Posts

  • Definition of Expert
    Found and liked this definition of expert in James Clear‘s newsletter. The physicist Niels Bohr on what it takes to be an expert: “An expert is a person who has found out by painful experience all the mistakes that one can make in a very narrow field.” The oldest source I could find was “Dr. Edward Teller’s Magnificent Obsession” in LIFE magazine. September 6, 1954.
  • Lockdown returns
    Last night I woke up to this emergency alert: Auckland returned to lockdown alert level 3 since this noon: 12 noon on Wednesday 12 August. The rest of New Zealand moved to alert level 2. I was shocked because last night I went to sleep planning to make the most of today, which I took off from work for working last Sunday. I wasn’t following news and had no idea of events leading up to this second lockdown. So having to wake up in the middle of my sleep to the emergency beeper of my phone freaked me out. We […]
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    Anytime you see a committee of more than ten, it isn’t the real committee. There’s a subcommittee somewhere making the decisions. Pg. 37, What I learned losing a million dollars I think this is very true in many settings.
  • 37
    Seven days ago I turned thirty-seven. I took the day off in lieu for working the previous Saturday. My wife took off from her work too. My wife and son surprised me with a couple of gifts, one of which is my favourite organic dark chocolate from a local co-op. Given the current world events, I did not feel too excited to venture anywhere outside our lovely neighbourhood. I spent the rest of the day with my wife and son, chatting together, playing video games, and eating out at our favourite places. I also spoke to my parents, brother, sister […]
  • HEY, email spy!
    I am not surprised by this, but it feels weird to realize actually getting spied! I am sure there will be many more instances of spying and it feels normal over time, but here’s the first one for the record.
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    I realize in the tweet sent from my previous post I sounded like I sent a pre-populated tweet some services encourage you to share right after signing up for them. 😬 That tweet isn’t something HEY populated or nudged me to send. I should have written a personable custom message to go along with my previous post. Nevertheless, I am excited about signing up for HEY!
  • Hey, HEY!
    Last night I bought my @hey.com email address subscription after trying it for a few days. I have been following HEY ever since Jason gave a heads up earlier this year. Since this is from Basecamp, I knew it is going to be amazing and it is! I signed up as soon as I got an invite a few days ago and I loved everything about it: the onboarding, speed, features, simplicity and privacy. But most importantly, I subscribed to the HEY Manifesto and the principles of its principals Jason and DHH and their Small Tech company, Basecamp. I never […]
  • Lockdown update: returning to normalcy
    New Zealand is moving to lockdown alert level 1 —and a return to mostly normalcy— from this midnight. Only border restrictions are in place. I am glad it is over! It won’t be as normal as before all this, and it is still important to follow the hygiene and physical distancing practices, but overall, given how broken the world is right now, I am grateful for where I am. I couldn’t be anywhere better! Here is the full timeline of New Zealand lockdown. God Defend New Zealand. Here is the summary of Covid-19 virus cases in New Zealand.
  • Fibre Ultra
    I upgraded my fibre internet to Fibre Ultra, technically called Gigabit fibre which has the advertised speeds of 900 Mbps down and 500 Mbps up. First, some backstory. My first fibre connection I got in 2018 was solid (Fibre 100 – 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up). After some time I grew unhappy with the puny 20 Mbps upload speed. I felt uplink could be better and so I upgraded in 2019 to Fibre 200 which doubled the download speed, but oddly enough it did not change the upload speed. So I saw no point in paying extra just […]
  • Lockdown update: returning to routines
    After eight weeks of stricter levels (4 and then 3) of lockdown, things seem to be getting better. We are currently in level 2 and have been since Thursday. It is great to see people returning to the streets and generally going about their businesses. Today we went to our favourite cafe in the morning. As always, the baristas made great coffee. After that, we went to our favourite place in the neighbourhood and grabbed bread from our favourite bakery. In the afternoon I drove past a restaurant that’s usually crowded but was ghosted for the past many weeks. I […]
  • Lockdown update: down to level 2 from Thursday
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today New Zealand would move from alert level 3 to level 2 at 11.59pm on the night of Wednesday 13 May; that’s seven weeks after we entered the strictest lockdown. On Thursday, 14 May, cafes, restaurants, libraries, gyms, malls, cinemas, tourism operators, and sports clubs can reopen. On Monday, 18 May, kids will be able to return to school. On Thursday, 21 May, bars will be able to open. I have no interest in bars, malls or cinemas. But I am looking forward to schools, cafes and libraries reopening soon. It is great to be […]
  • Lockdown update: down to level 3
    New Zealand eased into a less severe Level 3 of lockdown today (from 00:00 on April 28th), after about five-and-half weeks of strict lockdown in Level 4 that started from 11:59 pm on March 25th. We are going to stay in Level 3 for two weeks until May 11th. On May 11th, the cabinet will announce the nation’s next step in the fight against Covid-19. In a great piece of news, the new Covid-19 cases over the past eight days remained in single digits. I am also delighted to see the overall number of infected New Zealanders in the sub-1500 […]
  • Lockdown updates
    Yesterday at 4 pm Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced that New Zealand would go one level down to level 3 from 11:59 pm on 28th April. We would further go down to level 2 from 11th May if the downtrend continues. It is so much relieving! I am impressed with how this country managed the outbreak in the world where many other first and third world countries have had appalling results. I never took it granted, and I have always been grateful to be living in this country, but more so in the present testing times. I couldn’t have lived […]
  • Free Tutorial: Optimize Your Business Website — The Sensible Leader
    Originally posted on Kathryn Presner: Two weeks ago, my colleague Marjorie asked if I’d be interested in helping run a webinar for small businesses, with tips on getting the most out of their website. She knew I’d done a lot of public speaking and thought I might be interested. Even though we wouldn’t have a… Free Tutorial: Optimize Your Business Website — The Sensible Leader
  • Lockdown updates
    Yesterday marked two weeks since we are locked down. Today as we head into the Easter weekend I am excited about a few pieces of promising COVID-19 news: Lowest number (29) of COVID-19 cases since March 21. Tighter border controls, and mandatory quarantine for new arrivals since this midnight. And in a piece of more exciting news… Lockdown decision will be reviewed on April 20. I’m hoping lockdown will be eased to Level 3 and some level of routines will resume from April 28.
  • Two opinions on the PM
    Today I read two posts about the New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Arden and her government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. A praise: Three reasons why Jacinda Ardern’s coronavirus response has been a masterclass in crisis leadership and a critic: Should lockdown end early? I agree with both the opinions.
  • Pandemic thoughts
    It’s been two full weeks since I started worrying about Covid-19 pandemic. And we have three weeks of lockdown ahead. Like many of my generation, I haven’t seen anything like this before. Hopefully this is once-in-a-lifetime event and so I wanted to journal my thoughts in this post. That way, years later I don’t have to think hard to share the pandemic stories with my grandchildren. The pandemic By now it is needless to say we are experiencing unprecedented times around the world with this COVID-19 pandemic spreading fast in many countries. New Zealand is currently at Alert Level 4. Like […]
  • How not to text your customers before the lockdown
    And so are your customers! Bummed to receive this patronising text from my LPG provider just before the lockdown. I don’t even need a gas bottle anytime soon! Surely, they can send an empathetic copy, to the customers who actually have upcoming orders?
  • Books I read in 2019
    Here is the list of books I read in 2019, lifted from the Todoist Read project. ♥️ are the books I enjoyed and learnt the most from and would love to revisit from time to time.
  • Text Message Forwarding on iOS
    A while ago I noticed that I am receiving texts only on my iPhone, but some texts don’t show up in the Messages app on either of my Macs. The texts I can’t see on my Macs are usually the two-factor authentication codes and other texts sent from the special three-digit phone numbers typically used by the businesses and other organizations. This felt odd because until some months ago I always used to receive ALL the messages on ALL my computers. So certainly something has changed. This problem meant that while working at my computer I have to walk to […]
  • Twelve on Twitter
    Twitter helped learn a lot of things despite aggressively pushing its preferences at times. This post is my tribute to Twitter.
  • 2019 workouts
    Exercising is one of the foundational habits that I wanted to incorporate in my life. In 2014 I found a colleague who is passionate about personal training. He used to run exercise classes at my then workplace. He encouraged me to work out three times a week, became my accountability partner and have been since. Three hours a week seems to be just about the right volume of time and effort to be consistent with my exercise goals and make working out part of my lifestyle. Anything more than three times is a bonus. But I hardly ever worked out […]
  • What’s in your soap?
    A few weeks ago I was listening to an episode of the Rework podcast titled Lab Week. At [00:02:23] I heard this: We three live together and we just liked trying things out and one day we needed soap. We kind of looked it up and we’re like, well, how is soap made? And did a lot of research and figured out that a lot of soap is made with animal fats. Beef fat or even pork fat. And it’s not usually obvious in the ingredient list, but there’s like sodium tallowate, which is very common in a lot of […]
  • Outlook app issues
    I finally removed the Microsoft Outlook app from my phone. It still keeps freezing and getting in my way. The Outlook tech support person was kind and offered further help when I blogged and tweeted my troubles with the app in October. However, I still face this problem with the app. The frequent “performance improvements and big fixes” in the app’s version history doesn’t inspire my confidence. I captured only the latest few in the following screenshot but the same note repeats for many earlier versions. I have enough demands in my life that I don’t want to spend any […]
  • ✅ Wunderlist
    Microsoft is finally shutting down Wunderlist. Glad that I moved to ToDoist earlier this year. A few years ago, Microsoft acquired a calendar app called Sunrise that I loved using. I have since moved to the macOS and iOS stock Calendar apps. When you give your money or attention, think about the values and principles of the makers and avoid short-termers as much as you can.
  • 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! Thank you @zapier for doing the research for me. I can now switch back to #lightmode feeling enlightened, and yes, a little bit smug because #Itoldyousoallalong https://t.co/PBsjJUw8BY — Valentina Thörner (@ValeDeOro) November 4, 2019
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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 […]
  • 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.
  • 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 […]
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    Can’t wait to hear from my favourite author and speaker @berkun live!
  • The enemy is within
    Many years ago I read this essay titled Why overachievers go down the path of self-destruction written by Subroto Bagchi. Although I am far from being an overachiever, that post has helped me become aware of some of the mistakes driven people make. It is probably one of the earliest materials from where I learned the importance of humility, self-awareness and disassociating myself from my successes. The other reason why this article stuck to my mind for years is that I am fearful of giving in to distractions and temptations life throws at me from time to time. It is hard […]
  • Automattic buys Tumblr
    Catch up on this news at WP Tavern: Automattic Acquires Tumblr, Plans to Rebuild the Backend Powered by WordPress.  
  • Stop bullying, @twitter
    Just after four days since I suspected this would happen, Twitter started pushing top Tweets on me: Is quitting Twitter the only way to stop this?
  • Turning off top Tweets on twitter.com
    The first thing I noticed with Twitter.com’s redesign is that the algorithmic timeline (aka top Tweets) is set as the default. A few days ago I wasted some time looking to change this setting in the More > Settings and privacy page. I couldn’t find it there. I then googled, but still couldn’t find the answer. I googled again today and found the solution in this Mashable post. The timeline preference setting is moved from  Settings > Account > Content to the centre-right of the home page. The bright side is that at least now it is easier to change the preference […]
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    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
  • Twitter’s half-truth about its app settings
    Bill Bennett, a local technology journalist I respect, tweeted a CNN Business article about Twitter’s overzealous algorithm. That article quoted a Twitter spokesperson: … We will continue to work to improve our efforts here, and people always have the option of turning off our curation if they just want to see content from the people they follow. This quote is sketchy and only half-true. The other half-truth, which this Twitter spokesperson did not say, is that although you can turn off curation, on the phone app Twitter turns it back on within a few days without your consent. The settings on […]
  • I ♥️ NZ
    Reason number 1143 why I love NZ. https://twitter.com/mcspocky/status/1107674528870813697?s=21
  • Well done, New Zealand!
    #BREAKING The Civil Aviation Authority is suspending operations of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft both in and out of New Zealand. — RNZ (@radionz) March 12, 2019
  • Fibre upgrade
    After about fourteen months on 100 Mbps fibre connection, I asked to double the speed of my internet to 200 Mbps for a $15 extra per month. I will see how long I go before I get used to this new, high speed and stop appreciating it. So far so good, although I am a bit surprised at first that the upload speed did not improve.
  • Twitter is changing my timeline preferences
    Recently I wrote about how I reduced the noise on my Twitter timeline by changing the default timeline preference from top tweets to the latest tweets. Since then I noticed that from time to time my timeline preference is falling back to top tweets without my intervention. But I wasn’t totally sure because I did not think Twitter may be overriding my preferences. Today I realized it is indeed the case! As shown in the following screenshot of the iOS app on my phone, Twitter is overzealously overriding my timeline preference to what it wants me to see. Every time […]
  • How to quickly add tasks to your to-do app
    The usual workflow to add tasks to any to-do app involves loosely a few steps: Find the app on the computer Open the app Find the Inbox folder Click the Add task button Type the task name Hit Enter to add task These manual steps of adding tasks are way better than not having a to-do system in the first place. But the problem with manually adding tasks is the number of steps it involves. The six steps I listed above don’t even include deciding the project of the task, priority, due date, labels et al. The basic six manual […]
  • Exactly my thoughts on Cadbury chocolates
  • How to declutter your Twitter timeline
    I recently changed my Twitter iPhone app from Tweetbot 3 to the default Twitter iOS app. Twitter for iOS app is largely good. But I noticed that my Twitter timeline both in the browser and iPhone app got noisy than they should be for the fifty people I follow. This is making me spend (not waste) more time than I would like to spend on Twitter. The clutter also means the actual tweets from the people I follow, the tweets I would love to see, are buried in the noise. This made me feel like I am missing important tweets. […]
  • Reblog: Short Money Rules
    I feel like I am becoming tad wiser these days by reading Morgan Housel’s Collaborative Fund blog. This list of 29 Short Money Rules is one such gem I read on this blog today. A few rules that stood out to me: 21. Being nice to people is the easiest career competitive advantage. 22. Being smarter than others is the hardest. Choose wisely! Then there is this rule that I liked: 2. Most people are afraid of looking wrong. I think not worrying too much about my ego, always being open to feedback and iteration are what makes me unafraid […]
  • Hello Todoist. Goodbye Wunderlist!
    I have been looking for Wunderlist replacement since last year. I can feel Wunderlist is staling. Wunderlist’s new incarnation, Microsoft To-Do, isn’t making good progress. It lacks basic features like sub-projects et al. Given how long it’s been since Microsoft’s acquisition of Wunderlist was announced and the development progress of the To-Do app, I have no hope that To-Do will be worth the wait. Trello seemed to be a good replacement for a bit, but on looking deeper, Trello is a great project management tool, but not so much a to-do list. Sure, I can tweak Trello’s boards with checklists, […]
  • Alfred workflow for managing windows in Mac
    I am constantly looking for better workflows and today I stumbled upon this useful workflow to manage the app windows in Mac using Alfred. I set it up and used a few times. I loved using it! Thanks for making and sharing it, Paweł. I am also on the lookout for better Space Manager apps and ideas. But more on that later, when I find a solution that I love.
  • Doist blog has moved to WordPress too!
    After SvN, Doist blog, aptly titled, ambition & balance has moved to WordPress too! Good times for the web!
  • Time to forgo WhatsApp
    Time to let go of WhatsApp? Almost.
  • My best buys of 2018
    Kindle Paperwhite Kettlebells NutriBullet Select
  • Signal v Noise blog is now hosted on WordPress.com
    Great to see my favourite blog move to WordPress.com!
  • This is lovely! 👌👏
    The only thing I don’t like about Signal v. Noise blog is that it is hosted on Medium. So today, while re-reading the Become A Facebook-Free Business post, I was elated to see this edit: Yay!
  • Old habits. Not new resolutions.
    Just a thought that popped up while working out the upper body in the last hour. But first some context. Last week and this week, I am finding it very hard to exercise. It is after all holiday season, and I have had excellent exercise compliance so far this year. So why not take a break for Christmas and New Year weeks? The world doesn’t stop, and the sky doesn’t fall if you miss just two weeks, has been my inner monologue! But somehow that did not feel right. I felt uncomfortable from within about not having to exercise even for a week. That’s probably […]
  • Don’t fall for marketing emails
    Earlier this month I signed up for Grammarly to improve my writing. I used it for a few weeks, and it seemed like a useful app to help me write better. So I thought of upgrading to Pro but haven’t opened my wallet. Then an email appeared on 10 Nov suggesting me to upgrade for a 40% discount but only for the next 48-hours. It was tempting. But I am so used to email marketing. So I chose to wait. Then the Last chance: email came on the second day. I ignored it. The upgrade went up to its full price. […]
  • No 20th anniversary iMac?
    I hate it when an Apple event happens and I don’t see any updates to the products I need. My work computer is due for a refresh. So I ordered the latest iMac anyway despite no twentieth anniversary iMac refresh.
  • Atomic Habits
    My favorite habits author James Clear’s book Atomic Habits is releasing today. I  benefited from his work over the last many years. The concept of Identity-Based Habits which I first learned from his blog has helped me in many ways especially with building and keeping my exercising habit. I like his style of writing and explaining ideas. So I bought the book as I know I not only enjoy reading it but learn a ton. If you are a regular reader of his blog like me, you may find some ideas repetitive, but I think that’s a good thing. None of […]
  • It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work. Indeed.
    I am so glad I bought and read Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson’s latest book It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work. The book is a collection of succinct and insightful essays on how to work calmly and effectively. Alongside those, it teaches great lessons on leadership which ties into how Jason and DHH run their company, Basecamp. I feel lucky to have found and read book at this stage in my career. I loved the book so much that and I am keeping it as my go-to leadership handbook. The essays are quick and easy to read. I think […]
  • Three foundational skills everyone needs to get ahead in life
    Over the past few years, the following foundational skills have helped me shape my career. I am not going to perfect them anytime soon but I think I don’t have to. I believe these skills takes life-long practice and I really don’t want to get done with them. I think it would be silly of me to think that someday I will master them all. I probably won’t. But by simply being aware and practicing them, I feel like I can adopt growth mindset and get better in my life and career. Focus Regardless of what I do, being indistracable and […]
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    Feeling fired up and immensely grateful. Tad tired after an amazing week but at least I got to hangout for a few hours with two of my brothers on my way home. I will keep the 🔥 glowing.
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    Failing this week to eat mindfully, sleep restfully, and exercise intensely. For a good reason.
  • 3 things that are true about you (and everyone)
    Today I learned these three important things about myself (and others). You will make mistakes. You have complex intentions. You have contributed to the problem.
  • A8c GM starts in 7 days!
    Looking forward to meet many of my lovely coworkers for a week long fun, learning and general awesomeness!
  • (Video) Indistractable, Nir Eyal — The Sensible Leader
    Just watched this useful video. Being indistractable is a super power. Nir Eyal started out his Mind the Product SF 2018 presentation by sharing that in the five years since his book Hooked came out he’s kept up with everything, gathered feedback, and learned even more about the neuroscience and behavior that drives our motivations and attention. My main takeaway […] via (Video) Indistractable, Nir Eyal — The Sensible Leader  
  • Pretty much my relationship with my phone
    My phone is always on silent. I don’t even know if I have a ring tone. If someone ever needs to contact me in an emergency, I suggest they you someone else.
  • Avocado Toast
    I am not sure why I did not realize yet, but I became an appreciator of avocado toast! Glad that I realized it just before the harvest season for Hass avocados (the main variety of avocados in New Zealand), September to April. Yet another reason to look forward to spring and then summer!
  • Self care
    Lucky in this regard. I saw this post on tumblr that said “self care is creating a life you dont routinely have to escape from” and I can’t stop thinking about it — G✨ (@ganeeyahh) August 11, 2018
  • Remote Only
    Check this great guide on remote work: https://www.remoteonly.org/ In case it is not already evident, remote work is the future of work. If at all possible, don’t miss out on it!
  • Honest definition of narcissism
    “Narcissism”: inability to hide one’s self-centeredness from others. — Michael (@mmay3r) July 9, 2018 Liked this definition of narcissism. I think it’s the honest meaning of the word.
  • An important lesson
    Okay, this post is a bit late as I have been busy with other cool, important and exciting things. But I’d rather publish this post late than never because it is a good lesson and importantly, a lesson I believe and follow. Facebook is constantly urging you to share your thoughts and reactions to every life event. A couple days into its biggest challenge, Facebook’s creator is still hasn’t shared his thoughts. There’s probably a lesson in that. — Dave Pell (@davepell) March 21, 2018
  • 35
    I turned 35 today. I am happy, content and grateful for everything I have in my life. I have some habits to continue, ambitions to pursue, and dreams to realize. But right now, at this point in my life, I don’t wish my life be any different. I have enough. And what a great feeling that is!
  • Happy 15th, WordPress!
    Happy 15th birthday, WordPress. Great to fly with you for 11 of those years. You are special and unique outlier in the current murky tech world. Keep being awesome!  
  • An essay on Gratitude
    Just read this essay on Gratitude and it resonated with me. I very much love my Box of Daily Experience.
  • Kindle, Kano and a money lesson
    I bought a Kindle Paperwhite and Kano Computer Kit while I was in the US last week. I also did not buy an iPhone 8 Plus. My first attempt to buy Kindle was at the end of 2010. But that Kindle was lost even before it reached me along with my friend’s lost checked-in baggage. Over the years I have been reading a lot on iPhone, iPad and physical books borrowed from the library. But I felt like I could benefit from Kindle in the following ways: Easy to carry. Gentle on eyes for reading in the night. Distraction-free reading. Can […]
  • I love you, Auckland.
    I ♥️ Auckland. (It’s worth taking a moment here and there to cherish your blessings.)
  • My time is not free!
    I see at least two bad assumptions made in these texts. Do you see too?
  • Gave up on Mac’s Hot Corners
    I recently learned some Mac tips and one of the things I was excited about and tried is Hot Corners. But after a few months of trying them they proved to be Annoying Corners. I often accidentally send my mouse pointer to one of the corners of the screen and invoke them inadvertently. So I disabled Hot Corners today. I am hoping to instead add a few more multi-touch gestures to my finger memory. Multi-touch gestures are intuitive, fun, and make me feel like I am a pro Mac Book Pro user. So far I am loving the gestures which […]
  • Flossing
    I started a tiny habit: flossing my teeth. I have been trying to start flossing for many months now. I brush my teeth every night but I know brushing twice a day is not enough to keep a really good dental hygiene. I knew I needed to start flossing at some point because it is good to floss. While I was learning about tiny habits a few years ago, I read BJ Fogg’s suggestion of flossing just one tooth to start with. That advice sounded great. But I did not really  start. The other day I saw Colgate floss boxes near the […]
  • Meaning of personal freedom
    I loved the following definition of personal freedom I found in an Indian actor’s twitter bio I discovered via my colleague’s tweet. Freedom (n.): To ask nothing. To expect nothing. To depend on nothing.
  • Goodbye, Facebook.
    This Vox article I found in a colleague’s tweet convinced me to delete my Facebook account. I had my Facebook account for about ten years. Naturally my usage was high at the start circa 2010 and has steadily reduced over the years. Now I have a test account devoid of my personal details or photos using an email address that I use specifically for this kind of dummy profiles. I need this test account for my work. So I will have to keep it until Facebook becomes extinct. I haven’t turned cold turkey on Facebook. I haven’t shared anything of substance on Facebook […]
  • Do you remember when you joined Twitter? I do! #MyTwitterAnniversary
    Do you remember when you joined Twitter? I do! This month, ten years ago! I am celebrating by blogging about it 😀
  • Great article I read about proactiveness
    Yesterday I came across the following tweet by David of Raptitude, one of the few blogs I read and recommend. Really excellent stuff from @jdroth Becoming proactive: The number-one secret to wealth, freedom, and happiness https://t.co/pEJhtyd4Gm — David Cain (@DavidDCain) January 16, 2018 The article in that tweet is a great read regardless of your life situation. If you are dealing with challenges, you should read it to learn how to turn around your situation. If your life is already great, you should still read it as it serves as a great reminder of the things you got right and shouldn’t forget.
  • Fibre, finally!
    After 6 years of putting up with sub-standard internet speeds, technologies, and data caps, I am so glad to be finally on uncapped fibre connection! Thank you Spark and Chorus for very quick setup.
  • Candid advice
    This wise man has read my mind. sure things are changing but the rot is so deep, it cannot change fast enough to make a difference in one lifetime. You have one life. Not worth wasting your time chasing these guys. Do everything to avoid — Ram (@ramprasad_c) December 27, 2017
  • Passwords in plain text in 2018
    Finding it hard to digest that some businesses are sending passwords in plain text in 2018 :facepalm:
  • My New Year Day
  • Jingle Bells : Remote Work Version
    For reasons I can’t explain, I love to hear Jingle Bells song. The tune just feels nice. When my son was a toddler, I used to sing this one for him. I still love to sing this one even now and I don’t think I will ever get bored with it. My son’s class was on stage recently for the last school assembly before the school closed for summer break. The kids performed this Kiwi version of Jingle Bells song which I totally loved! To top it all, Automattic, my awesome employer and proponents of remote work, produced this cool […]
  • Farnam Street Blog
    Listening to Matt‘s podcasts is one of my favorite ways to spend my free time. I wish I made a list of all Matt’s podcasts I heard over the years. But somehow I missed that. And it is too late now. Anyway. Last night I listened OFF RCRD episode with Matt (transcript). It was great to hear him mentioning Decision Journals and Farnam Street Blog. He also mentioned Brainpickings and On Being blogs. They are great as well, but I deliberately keep the list of blogs I read  short. I started reading Farnam Street Blog only recently when someone at […]
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    Learned a few new mac tips from here, a link I originally found in this tweet. There is always something to learn.
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    The antidote to eight large slices of pizza I had earlier this week: five rounds of 👇 Then I topped it up with a bonus set of 70 kg deadlifts.  
  • Reason #435 why I love Auckland
    @giapo lives here and makes ice cream. https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba0PM3ujYsA/
  • First 5k of 2017
    I finally ran the first 5k of this season! I intend to run a 5k every weekend for rest of the spring and summer. I ran about twenty-five 5ks in 2015. But I did not run much in 2016. This year I try to do better again. My running goal is modest: I just try to run a 5k each weekend. I start running around this time in October when days start getting longer and weather warmer. I stop running around March when days start getting shorter and wetter. I can probably run a marathon or even a half of […]
  • James Clear’s “1% Better Every Day” video
    I learned a LOT about habits by reading James Clear’s blog. He has heaps of great posts on his site, but if I were to pick one, it is this: Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals This Year. The gist is that: Building good habits and changing ourselves for better is all  about our identity (what we believe of ourselves and who we try to become), not performance (the actions we take) or appearance (what others say about us). Performance and appearance are great, but for habits to last, they should start from within, from your identity, […]
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    Why settle for 280 characters when you can have four billion two hundred ninety-four million nine hundred sixty-seven thousand two hundred ninety-five!
  • Tweet more characters?!
    Okay, I work for a company that makes it easy for people to setup a blog, site or online store. So I may be biased. However, I found this tweet from Twitter interesting: But seriously, if you are dying to share something with world, and you can’t fit your thoughts in 140 characters, I think what you need is a blog or website where you truly own your content. Not tweets with 280 or some arbitrary number of characters.
  • Goodbye, Canada.
    Thank you for treating my colleagues and me well for the last ten days. You are awesome! 🇨🇦
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    Welcomed by beautiful weather in beautiful British Columbia. #a8cgm #whistler