For Once, Being Reactive is Good

Apple said Monday that it sold more than 300,000 iPads on the first day of its launch, ushering a new era of people buying things in order to find out what they are.   SNL Weekend Update, season 35, episode 18 All my life, I thought ‘reaction’ was a bad word. Ever since the FrenchContinue reading “For Once, Being Reactive is Good”

Micro-Services – Fad, FUD, Fo, Fum

But band leader Johnny Rotten didn’t sell out in the way that you’re thinking. He didn’t start as a rebellious kid and tone it down so he could cash in. No, Rotten did the exact opposite — his punk rebelliousness was selling out. […] And he definitely wasn’t interested in defining an entire movement. FromContinue reading “Micro-Services – Fad, FUD, Fo, Fum”

Lean Startup Inc.

Y2K was a banner year for behavioral scientists. In the years leading up to the Internet bubble bust, most investors reported on their profiles that their risk tolerance was ‘high’. At that time, they assumed that the risk meant that they can get an even higher return on their speculative investments than they have hoped for in their greedyContinue reading “Lean Startup Inc.”

The 12 Amp Limit

Sometimes movies I watch leave a lasting impression for completely unexpected reasons. Case in point – 1995 hit “Apollo 13”. The movie offered plenty of fodder for people who like to play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, and offered Tom Hanks in a clean 1970 NASA style haircut. A lot easier to take than the abomination onContinue reading “The 12 Amp Limit”

Plan for the Delivery Aftershocks

My home country is not by itself an earthquake-prone region but we did get jolted ever once in a while with an echo of a truly damaging quake in the neighborhood. People who experienced earthquakes know that after the main event, a series of progressively smaller tremors are normal, indicating the plates settling into aContinue reading “Plan for the Delivery Aftershocks”

Don’t Get Attached To Your Code

Many years ago when I moved to Canada, my father-in-law came to visit. He was showing interest in what I did for living and I tried to explain to the best of my abilities. I failed miserably, leaving him befuddled that people are actually paying me money for lining up the bytes ‘just so’. ForContinue reading “Don’t Get Attached To Your Code”

Dumb Code Good, Smart Code Bad

I owe the idea for my Orwellian title to a well known engineer Robert W. Lucky who came into my life through a ritual of cracking open a brand new and shiny IEEE Spectrum magazine and immediately going for his column “Lucky Strikes” (this awesome name acquired a whole new meaning after I started watching MadContinue reading “Dumb Code Good, Smart Code Bad”