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अल्बाट्रॉस सँडविच

लेखक – जयदीप चिपलकट्टी
(Associate professor Department of mathematics, University of Manitoba, Canada)

बेथ : तुला एखाद्या नवीन विषयावर संभाषण सुरू करायचं आहे असं तुझ्याकडे पाहिल्यावर वाटतं.
गिमेल : मी तुला एक गोष्ट सांगणार आहे, पण तिच्यातलं मुख्य पात्र तसं का वागतं ह्यामागची कारणसंगती त्यात स्पष्ट झालेली नसेल. गोष्ट सांगून झाल्यानंतर, ज्यांची ‘हो’ किंवा ‘नाही’ अशी उत्तरं देता येतील, असे प्रश्न तू मला विचार. आणि मग माझ्या उत्तरांच्या आधारे ही कारणसंगती तू शोधून काढ.
बेथ : मान्य आहे. निदान तूर्तास.
गिमेल : एक माणूस एका रेस्टॉरंटमध्ये आला, आणि त्यानं वेटरला अल्बाट्रॉस पक्ष्याच्या मांसाचं सॅँडविच मागितलं. सॅँडविच समोर आल्यानंतर त्यानं एक चावा घेतला, आपल्या कमरेचं रिव्हॉल्वर काढलं आणि स्वत:च्या कानशिलात गोळी मारून घेतली. त्यानं असं का केलं असेल?

What took them so long?

Linux 4.10 released with "Better Writeblock Management"???? You mean this was known issue? with such a *ahem* simple *ahem* fix? So for 10s of years i have been waiting on a blocked editor when copying my photos to USB and you simply didn't care???? Year of Desktop Linux anyone?

Warming up to the new microsoft

Its hard to believe. Just couple of years back I would have thrown any microsoft technology out of the window when it came to my personal use.

But today I finished switching all my projects to use Microsoft Visual Studio Code.

Its open source, it runs on linux (still can't believe this one), and it has outdone any other FOSS web code editor in terms of speed (What?), features and support for modern open (what what what?) standards/tools.

Resistance was futile.

Facebook killed my blog

Looking at the rate of posts here, this blog is dying. And the reason is facebook.

Yet anaother browser Vivaldi

Seems like a good one, just that do we really need yet one more?

How not to do UX : HDFCSEC

I just found out their new "Next Gen Trading" app link.

As if the existing trading platform was not enough a nightmare to live with, they really took it to new heights with the new one.

Who/What in the world told them that a black background and florescent colored text is a good idea to present critical information? not to mention jamming 100 scrolling information displays onto one screen.


"GO"ing to be bilingual

After fighting for years with Java and derivative interpreted *ahem* crapware *ahem* I have found my second language. "GO" is the way to go for me now.

Stop developing a new desktop Env/framework and develop apps already

Its amazing to see so much effort and telent being poured into developing Gnome/KDE to openbox/enlightenment and everything in between.

So many pretty desktops and so much talent in doing such a good User Interface and UX.

But I have to ask this question. Why? today we have really great functional desktops, what we need desperately are good Apps. Linux office suite stack sucks, email clients are decade old and not developing new features. Video / photo editors are stuck in old styles with almost no innovation for a decade.

I need a freaking stellar office suit doesn't matter if its not DOCX compatible. We need to win users on functionality not compatibility. I need a gmail competitor on my desktop. Gimp is old (so is photoshop) have you seen the new web apps or android apps that let you do photo/video editing?

And only a sad handful of projects try to cater to this verses the hundreds doing the yet another desktop environment.

Split personality OSX vs Ubuntu(chromeOS?)

Given that my passion, profession and to an large extent ideology[1], revolves around computers I spend considerable amount of my life in front of them. But these days I find myself having to split that time in two distinct halves.

One half is OSX. Which is my work laptop, too bad Cisco doesn't allow Linux on workstations (although in stark contrast to a decade ago in corporate world all our development stacks now support Linux.) The dumbasses in IT departments are still as incompetent as ever and everywhere.

The other is Ubuntu on my personal laptop (large part of it chrome browser so you might even call it chromeOS with native App support).

The main problem is so _Much_ of both these OS's is actually common design originating from old CDE/Unix world and Ubuntu's recent found obsession to mimic OSX. Its quite irritating to keep remembering to keep switching between "Ctrl" and "Command" keys to do same things. Equally compelling is the curious features or lack of them in the UI. Like i have to keep remembering on OSX to close apps by pressing Cmd+q, while remember not to close my email client on ubuntu at all.

Thus i live a life now as if i have not decided my gender yet. Constantly frustrated at why in the world am I no longer an efficient person, but simply a 24x7 irritated one.

Thankfully android is accepted in corporate world.

[1] Mostly what "freedom" means is now defined by a software license text (google "GPL" and "Free software foundation"). Though not meant to be a guiding principle of life i find the fundamentals to be widely applicable.

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