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A day out in Seattle

After a long, tiring and extremely eventful week, I decided to spend a day to explore the more tourist-y places in Seattle. The destination in mind was downtown Seattle with a stopover for breakfast.

So it was about 10.30 I reached at Glo’s Cafe(http://gloscafe.com/) for my third visit there. Its a quaint little place near the intersection of Olive St and Denny Wy. One think to keep in mind before going there on Saturday or Sunday mornings is the wait. I knew this but kindof underestimated it this time. I finally got a place at around 12 and was literally starving at that point and on the verge of hogging at the starbucks just opposite to Glo’s. Anyway, I fought the urge and was aptly rewarded in the end. This time it was scrambled eggs with bacon and like last couple of times, the experience was amazing. Highly recommended for everyone. The wait is totally worth it and if you come a bit late, you’ll probably get the seats very quickly.

Moving on, I then boarded the bus for downtown and was there in about 15 minutes. First objective was to buy a backpack and I had a … Read the rest

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Hosting woes end

So, it was about an year ago I started having problems with my hosting provider. The first one was Znet(http://www.znetlive.com/) . The problems were (biggest) long load times, frequent “maintenance” shutdowns  and other accessibility issues. After living with this for some time I decided to move to a different host and this time chose Brainpulse(http://www.brainpulse.com/). The primary reason for choosing these was location preferences. Brainpulse hosting was going good for a while before their screwed up (and completely lost) tech and customer support managed to make sure this site was down for about a week. I can safely say the tech support was totally incapable of handling a simple issues like redirections and renaming. Guess it became too complicated for them.

Now since I already had a couple of test services running on an aws instance, I finally decided to handle this myself and after a night of successful configurations, renaming and redirection settings, this blog has finally been shifted to an aws instance.

Things should behave well now and i’m more than happy to know I won’t need to spend hours and hours on explaining my problems to clueless customer support guys.… Read the rest

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xkcd – 1077 (Home Organization)

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First Trip

So after about four months of getting my bike, today I took it for its much needed spin(read long drive). The decision to do so was pretty much made in 5 minutes and hence there was no question of when to do it. Hence at 2.45 am today(sunday), I geared up, set the odometer reading to zero and just left. Obviously Gurgaon wouldn’t let me go so easily without a bit of scare. So a gaping chasm(read pothole) was thrown my way out of nowhere on an otherwise perfectly smooth road and needless to say, the landing wasn’t any smooth. Had to stop and check the bike for any visible damages. Thankfully none. Could proceed. After another few kilometers, the bike refused to start after I had turned it off at a long red-light. Payback for the pothole assault I guess. After two or three rounds of trying the kick had to seriously consider giving up the entire plan. But a Royal Enfield rider isn’t supposed to give up so easily(yea, that was me being smug :P ). So did some tinkering with the throttle regulator and miraculously the thing started working. Guess it decided to cut me some slack after … Read the rest

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Wp for Android…

It was about 4 months back I commenced and then gave up my search for an admin app for Wp blogs. Finally its here.. WordPress for Android 2.0. Amazing interface and works smoothly. Plus things like uploading videos and pictures are highlighted in main menu only. Makes sense considering the frequency of usage of both on mobile devices.
The biggest benifit that I feel it will have is that one doesn’t have to wait now to get to a computer for posting a blog. I have wanted to post things when I am travelling, brooding or just watching tv… as in right now. Though only time will tell how much I, or anyone, will use any of these features, but its good to have a choice at times when its required.
Anyway, I’m done with this post. Guess posting from phone doesn’t require that much effort.
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Reminiscence – 2

The title itself should give you an idea that the only change happening on this site for almost 2 months now is updates going on in twitter and last.fm section. Right now I feel like writing about a dozen posts and when I did sit down to write, I had one particular thing in mind, but I figured it was better to make this post as the next-in-series of the reminiscence’s.

So its been quite-some-busy last two months with events after events happening- mostly, all good. Went for a long vacation, saw the first Indian F1 GP, released the new version of my app, bagged a new job, shifted to a new place and finally moved in an awesome place. All that took the time I used to spend adding content here and scouring for more content to experiment with and THEN add it here. Guess that’s expected when there is so much on the plate. There are many stories to share and experiences to narrate that will follow. Specially in the tech section, you can expect a LOT of posts in the week to come. Yes, that’s due to me working on something totally different from what I was … Read the rest

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xkcd-664 (Academia vs. Business)

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Google and Skynet

Well first of all, those of you who don’t know what Skynet is, should first get  your fundamentals cleared up before you read the next line. For those who have made it this far without violating the rule stated in line 1, I congratulate you on being a part of a group that holds greatest of regards for one of the best movies ever – Terminator. Well, personally, I won’t go so far as to  include the later releases of the series to the clique.

Anyway, it was while travelling a couple of days back a thought stuck me as particularly intriguing one. Actually it was after I read about the upcoming launch of Google Drive, the search giant’s new cloud based storage service, which, as can be easily predicted, will make our lives easier in one more way. Not that there are no such services like this already present, but its not too much to expect something unexpectedly awesome from Google that will simple eliminate the competition, maybe incrementally, if not in one big swoop. Coming back to the point, what I started looking for was the number of the places where this company does NOT have its … Read the rest

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xkcd-626 (Newton and Leibniz)

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D3vf3st and more

A great weekend after a long time. Well, call it weird but my definition of ‘great’ here does include spending full Saturday on google devfest(D3vf3st, as they decided to call it) and then the  night on a party whose duration overlapped with the wee hours.

The dev-fest was something I was looking forward to intently since the very moment I received the confirmation mail, which was about a couple of weeks back. The conference was divided into sections ranging from Android, Google Apps, HTML5, Chrome, GAE aspects and few more. As for me, I was primarily interested in Android and GAE. After the keynote lecture on UI patterns of HoneyComb and some amazing features(read powers) of HTML5, the lectures began.

The first one was on the Android Market by Tony Chan who delved into the factors that can make or break an application in the Market and what are the various tools developers can utilize to get maximum benefits out of their application. Since I already have deployed an application on the market (:smug smirk), I knew about most of the stuff being talked about. But at the same time, there were many tips he suggested that one should pay … Read the rest

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