Word of the day


Meh, Instagram

I am looking up something in a public Instagram account and it wants me to login to continue.

Not going to happen, Instagram.


Dark Mode = OFF

Turned off automatic dark mode on my iPhone after seeing the following tweet. Dark mode didn’t feel right and I think that’s for the reasons explained in the blog post within the tweet.

I prefer Night Shift instead.

Actually, the best way to dark mode is to keep the device screen off after a certain time in the evening!


Today is my 15th work anniversary!

Today I feel grateful to be able to be employed for fifteen straight years, starting my work journey from the beautiful Infosys Mysore campus which was very much under construction at that time.

Today, fifteen years ago, I walked through this beautiful entrance of Infosys Mysore campus (called ECE). This entrance was still under construction at that time.
This multiplex wasn’t there at that time but we overheard a globe-like building was going to be built.
One of the pools near the hostels.
Infosys occupied one of the floors in this building named Bhavani in Technopark, Trivandrum, Kerala.
I worked here for part of 2005 and 2006 before relocating to Bangalore.
The beautiful pyramid building; one of my fave spots on the campus at that time.
Another view of the pyramid.
This fountain is one of my fave spots on the campus.
The pool near Lotus foodcourt.
The amphitheater where I have some great memories.


Something is wrong with this iOS Outlook app update

Update: I uninstalled the app, restarted the iPhone, reinstalled the app (version 4.7), set up my email accounts and disabled notifications and smart default settings that I don’t need.

It is back to all good now.

Technology is weird!

This version 4.6 loads, but the app is unresponsive.
There’s the next version (4.7) in the App Store but can’t update yet.

Advice Journal Tech

A debate between Matt M and DHH

Recently REWORK podcast recorded and published a fascinating debate between the two people I admire and respect, Matt Mullenweg and DHH, about tech monopolies and power of the open-source.

I look forward to another show on Venture Capital and funding. Hopefully, they are able to record it sooner!

Journal Running

Weekly 5K runs

Daylight saving time started in New Zealand last Sunday (29/September) which means, I can no longer wait to run. It is now time to lace-up and run a 5K every weekend.

And that’s what I did last Saturday: I ran a 5K with a bit of nudging from my eight-year-old who also wanted to run and joined me. Like every year, I intend to run a 5K most of the weekends until come March / April when days start getting shorter.

Last Saturday’s run felt effortless overall. We stopped a few times to catch up with our breath. Son was understandably gasping, but I felt okay overall. At no point during the run I felt like I was dying. I will assess after a few more runs — I want to be able to run 5K non-stop in sub 30 minutes — and if I am not huffing and puffing enough, I will add up another kilo-metre or two.

This year I am going to leave the phone at home when I go for runs. In the past, I carried my phone to log the stats and map of my runs. But carrying a phone is clumsy and I want to stay away from my phone at least for the little time I am running. Until I am able to justify a Garmin Forerunner by actually running without it, I want to base the effectiveness of my runs on how I feel and the time elapsed between leaving and returning to my front door.

Wish me good luck!


Avocado toast recipe

One of the highlights of spring and summer for me is the onset of the avocado season. Avocado toast is an expensive eat-out but works out super cheap and easy to make at home. I like avocados for their taste, nutrients and super simple recipes. Here is the recipe I typically use.

Avocado toast with omlette

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light, avocado toast with omlette recipe; perfect for a quick, late summer dinner.


  • 2 slices of bread. I used Lekkerbrot Loaf.
  • 2 ripened avocados
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 2 pinches of sea salt


  1. In a medium bowl, mash two avocados together.
  2. Optional: add chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil, mint, salt and black pepper.
  3. Mix everything together.
  4. Make two omlettes in any style you prefer. I like Bull’s-Eye egg aka. Sunny-Side Up.
  5. Toast two bread slices.
  6. Spread the avocado mash on the toasts.
  7. Sprinkle some sea salt for taste.
  8. Add one omlette on each on toast.
  9. Enjoy!
Apps Journal Tech

Messaging app with VIP features

It is 2019 and I wonder why there are no messaging apps that will let me choose the people from whom I wish to receive notifications. Right now, the notifications are all or none deal and I default to none. Which is better, but not best. As people start getting detached to devices and start prioritising their offline lives, I think there would be a lot of demand for a user-centred notification system.

The closest I know is of the VIP feature in the iOS Mail app. But that’s not good enough. My dearest people will not email me; they either call or text.

I’d be very willing to open my wallet for such an app. Let me know if you know of any. Although I am sceptical that someone will build such a user-friendly app, I’d be thrilled to be proved wrong.


Can’t wait to hear from my favourite author and speaker @berkun live!