I have come to a stage in blogging with such a long break since my last post that it feels like the decade, since I started, had never happened. So this may read/sound quite meta. One thing that really hinders me with getting back into the writing habit is the really-tough-to-type-on old laptop keyboard. Really tough because most keys are almost jammed (esp. backspace). Really tough because my typing has been mostly converted to swiping and hoping autocorrect figures out the swish swoosh pattern I did (which it often fails). I do have WordPress on the mobile but I haven’t gotten comfortable in writing anything of substantial length on a tap-tap screen. That and the fact that the screen keeps turning off before an idea bulb could turn on in my head. It is quite distracting. As i might have said before, most of my ideas and expressions almost always get summarized and fit in a tweet. Elaborating beyond that feels like delaying the conveying of the same. Continue reading ‘Meta Post: Attempted Re-ignition of a bye-gone habit.’

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The pro of a Linux supporter is that they are proactive on forums. Their intention to ‘suggest’ is misread as intention to help. The con of the Linux supporter is that they don’t clarify that they don’t intend to solve the problem. Not even a GOTO Linux statement is remotely useful without actually helping the user plan out the migration systematically with least downtime in day to day work. Linux users should know better how critical downtime is. Those who use at work at least. Fact is that it does take equally tremendous effort whether you keep fighting the battle on Windows ground or shift base to Linux. Neither category of ‘help’ need be discouraged. And as much as it sucks to be pushed away (figuratively) to RTFM when you are learning Linux, it’s not fair to expect a Windows user to take the same treatment. They didn’t sign up for that. Not that they can’t read..


Almost 3 decades on the face of that planet and I still never ever want to give hikes and treks a try again, despite being a sport and trying way too often than I’d ever wish to. Too many siblings become too compelling and dominating. To be honest, I can never ever get the hang of navigating ebrokhebro (ask a Bengali to demonstrate) up down slippery sliding trails. Rather than just go on complaining, which I know affects only me, I just wish somehow people had this universal fact registered that I don’t like to experience such nature first hand. Leave me alone. Let me sleep in late and catch up on my feeds. I’ll browse EarthPorn if I need to. I don’t like being forced to join in the generally accepted happiness norms. And worst of all, brand new shoes got ripped off their soles and the walk was super grievous.
Only reason I agreed to and only reason that would help keep the experience even a wee bit on the positive side of memory is that I was with my closest siblings. Still a bit of fun thru all that pain.


2013 in review

19Jan14

Happy new Year! Well, it’s true a whole year passed and I don’t remember writing anything here. I don’t remember where I left you fending for yourself last, blog. In general, my creativity, as far as writing of any sort (typing to be honest) is concerned, was “ittooo sa!” Nothing to show for. On the other hand, I became a more avid consumer. Became obese with information you might say. And junk food. Yeah! 2013 was the year of the free pizzas and free chicken burgers. Lost count how many times I’ve put MCD07, MOB06 and FRIFRK to good use. Ditched paytm because Dominos coupons were not coming free and nothing beats a BOGO offer. Continue reading ‘2013 in review’


I live…Again

06Sep13

that’s the blog speaking more literally than me. finally a happy turn’s come in my life and i want to get back to talking to my old friends…people who always care (but are lazy to get off facebook), starting with this blog. many months and many unfinished drafts went by. it’s hard to ignore all the time spent writing all that stuff and let them go…but it is far more boring to review those drafts and perhaps summarize the good parts (like how lives are presented on social networking sites). i did realize how difficult it becomes to be easily open about the not so bright side(s) of our lives. The armor of understanding can also turn to an iron maiden of misunderstanding. There’re never second chances in some cases.

 

Title is the starting dialogue of the main player character of the game Blood. the delivery is still awesome for me.


I often get asked about how do I discover most stuff online. For example alternate search engines, online tools, software downloads, news/articles, etc. Stuff that does not easily surface up in most common networks. The vague and yet to the point answer is that I waste enough time (in years) loitering on the interwebs. Now what I would get specific about is where exactly do you start and how do you go about loitering…erm discovering?

Best time to get distracted and learn anything and everything irrelevant is exam time. Brain is most active as a consumer as long as topics are anything but exams. I have probably discovered and read in detail more articles and sites in exam time than any other time. Not that I would recommend that to anyone, but most kids usually follow suit.

In the present day, you have social networks as your first point of discovering things on the interwebs. Worst place IMO. Your social network’s discovery potential is almost always as limited as your own self. Social networks even filter recommendations based on what you have shared or liked thus further limiting the variety of your discovery. Common examples would be facebook, twitter, google+.

Beyond the mainstream social networks you have sites, forums, communities, etc. that are dedicated towards link discovery and you are not just limited to knowing what your friends share or what the site thinks you may like. You start discovering links or sites based on what is globally ‘voted up’ or by randomly exploring tags and visiting sites that look interesting and finding useful stuff by trial and error. Common examples would be reddit, slashdot, popurls.

Methods besides the above need more time and involvement from you to discover new stuff. There is no one 100% effective systematic way to go about it. You could for example start with a topic that you fancy or something you have come across in brief from any of the previous link discovery methods and then you start reading up more on that. My favorite place to start is wikipedia which will contain links to external references. If you know of any specific search engines that specializes in the topic you are interested, you could try that too to discover more links relevant to that topic. Also if you are reading the article on any popular blog, you might find more interesting content jumping from one “Related post” link to the next. This is just like the youtube addiction where time flies as you jump from one video to the next and the fast internet never lets you complain. Only difference is that articles require most patience from you and less care for the world. The last method is what possibly makes your discovery unique and if you are really good at it, be the first to share for the rest of the second-hand link discoverers.

Discovering the web is novel when you are not stuck with just Googling and Facebooking stuff.


I have got so used to keeping everything locked within myself unlike my initial days of using this platform to vent out, express, share and ask about anything and everything that even writer’s block is not a good enough excuse for the kind of detachment that has grown between me and the blog. Nevertheless to keep the writing flowing, the best I can try to start with is something impersonal. Something that I am not holding privy and something that a web search could possibly answer you better but still a start is a start.

Most importantly, the update in real life that I gotta share is that I can finally make rice myself (including lemon rice) and it’s been such a relief to be able to have that simple meal (not to forget the butter and oregano seasoning on it). But this post ain’t about how to go about that. I am not insulting your intelligence in such a crass manner.

What I am always at ease with writing and sharing about is technology. Tools that help ease our work. And I end up bugging people by bogging them down with all the information that sounds quite awesome and useful to me. I want to talk about text expansion utilities today. I wish to introduce this more to people who are not tech savvy in particular.

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