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Need some pep talk on a Monday morning.

10-Feb-14

Need some pep talk to get started in the following week.
Check http://oliveremberton.com/.
This site has great posts about life in general as well as tips to succeed.
The following are some of my favorite posts from http://oliveremberton.com/.
1. Life is a game. This is your strategy guide. – Wish some one had handed me this guide 10 years ago. Nonetheless awesome stuff, very nicely presented as well.
2. http://oliveremberton.com/2013/you-can-do-anything-if-you-stop-trying-to-do-everything/
3. http://oliveremberton.com/2013/how-do-i-figure-out-what-to-do-in-life/
4. http://oliveremberton.com/2012/finding-extraordinary-success-and-fulfilment/

Some great life changing tips from James Clear.

07-Feb-14

I came across James Clear from my tweet list. This guy is multi-talented and multi-faceted. He writes concise posts which hit the nail on the head often.
He usually writes about self-development and is really good at it. Every sentence is worth underlining ans emphasising.
His site JamesClear.com is worth the visit.
I have created a small list of the articles I liked with their gist.

http://jamesclear.com/failure-scientist
GIST : Treat failure like a scientist. Your failures are not you. Your successes are not you. They are simply data points that help guide the next experiment.

http://jamesclear.com/lay-a-brick
GIST : You can start small. You can focus on improving 1 percent each day. You can simply put in another rep.You don’t have to build everything you want today, but you do have to find a way to lay another brick.

http://jamesclear.com/identity-based-habits
GIST : In order to believe in a new identity, we have to prove it to ourselves. The goal is not to achieve results at first, the goal is to become the type of person who can achieve those things.
Want to gain more stamina?
Identity : Become a person who gains stamina to do reps and pushups everyday.
Small win : Perform reps and pushps everyday with 2 reps increased each day.
Add more such identities like open source developer, good programmer, good father, good husband. Add small wins to all such goals.
Best programmer at work.Person who blogs regularly.Person who earns extra income each month.
When you want to become better at something, proving your identity to yourself is far more important than getting amazing results. This is especially true at first.

http://jamesclear.com/stay-focused
GIST : It’s the ability to work when work isn’t easy that makes the difference.
All too often, we think our goals are all about the result. We see success as an event that can be achieved and completed.
It’s their commitment to the process. They fall in love with the daily practice, not the individual event.
Fall in love with boredom. Fall in love with repetition and practice. Fall in love with the process of what you do and let the results take care of themselves.

http://jamesclear.com/professionals-and-amateurs
GIST : The ability to show up everyday, stick to the schedule, and do the work — especially when you don’t feel like it — is so valuable that it is literally all you need to become better 99% of the time.
Being a pro is painful.
Professionals stick to the schedule, amateurs let life get in the way.
It means that you’re good at making time for what matters to you — especially when you don’t feel like it — instead of playing the role of the victim and letting life happen to you.
Setting a schedule doesn’t make you a professional, following it does.
For one week, do the things you want to do without letting life get in the way. Next week, start again.

http://jamesclear.com/are-you-living-an-urgent-life-or-an-important-one
GIST : Too often we live our lives based on what is urgent for us and not what is important to us. It’s dangerously easy to spend years constantly chasing the next urgent thing and never setting aside time to do what we know we should.
Nothing worth working for will ever seem urgent. That’s the nature of important goals. They don’t demand attention right now. They require a sense of purpose, a clear direction, and consistency over the long haul.
Pick one thing that’s important to you, set a specific goal for yourself, and get started today.
Never leave your dreams unfulfilled.

http://jamesclear.com/deliberate-practice
GIST : You can take the same approach to your work, to your goals, and to your legacy. By combining these two ideas — the consistency of “10 years of silence” and the focus of “deliberate[measurable] practice” — you can blow past most people.

http://jamesclear.com/marginal-gains
GIST : It’s so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making better decisions on a daily basis.By setting a schedule to never miss twice, you can prevent simple errors from snowballing out of control.
Success is a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
—Jim Rohn
There is power in small wins and slow gains. This is why average speed yields above average results. This is why the system is greater than the goal. This is why mastering your habits is more important than achieving a certain outcome.

http://jamesclear.com/haters
GIST : “You can either be judged because you created something or ignored because you left your greatness inside of you.”
The truth about criticism is that it’s almost always in your head.
And that brings us to the main point: it doesn’t matter what you do, there will always be someone who finds fault in it. So how do you get over it and move forward anyway?
Focus on the Road, Not the Wall
Criticism and negativity from other people is like a wall. And if you focus on it, then you’ll run right into it. You’ll get blocked by negative emotions, anger, and self-doubt. Your mind will go where your attention is focused. Criticism and negativity don’t prevent you from reaching the finish line, but they can certainly distract you from it.
Finally, and most importantly, make the choices that are right for you. People will criticize you either way.

http://jamesclear.com/stop-procrastinating-seinfeld-strategy
GIST : The Seinfeld Strategy works because it helps to take the focus off of each individual performance and puts the emphasis on the process instead. It’s not about how you feel, how inspired you are, or how brilliant your work is that day. Instead, it’s just about “not breaking the chain.”
Choose tasks that are simple to maintain and capable of producing the outcome you want.

And finally the most important article

http://jamesclear.com/goals-systems
GIST : If you completely ignored your goals and focused only on your system, would you still get results?
$$ Commit to a process, not a goal.
You can keep things simple and reduce stress by focusing on the daily process and sticking to your schedule, rather than worrying about the big, life-changing goals.
When you focus on the practice instead of the performance, you can enjoy the present moment and improve at the same time.
$$ Release the need for immediate results.
$$ Build feedback loops.
Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed system will always win. Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process is what makes the difference.

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My first open source paid app on Nokia Store : Brahma – Screen capture “reinvented”.

28-May-12

After coding on & off for around 8 months I have finally published my first paid app on Nokia Store, Brahma. Brahma is my vision of a screen shot application. I was bored of seeing the setting item list layout of most screen capture applications. So me with my wife designed & coded Brahma. Brahma makes the regular task of taking screenshot more interesting and provides a new twist with some new options. The user experience has been optimized for Symbian^3 touch screens devices.
The application is paid but at the same time it is also open-source. So any one who purchases Brahma, can request the source-code. As the application is licensed under GPLv2, the purchaser is free to modify the code.
Brahma can be purchased from here.

Also Brahma is being offered at a special early-adopter price(for first 30 days) of just Rs. 10, that’s just a price of a cup of tea. So download it and let me know your feedback at the Brahma Support Forums.

KSTDC Tirupathi tour package experience.

27-Jan-12

Booking

The reservation was done online through the KSTDC site. The site is very basic, but quite functional. The specific seats in the Volvo bus can also be blocked. We were charged a total of Rs. 3400 for the whole package . The package that we took was the 1 day tour of Tirupathi(Lord Venketeshwara and Padmavathi Temple)-Mangapura.

KSTDC Website.

KSTDC Website.


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Finding rented accomodation in Bengaluru.

22-Nov-11

Moving to Bengaluru has been a mixed experience. A few weeks before the final shift to Bangalore the great search for an apartment was kicked off. It took us nearly 4 weeks of finalise the place. In this process we nearly saw around 30 flats and independent houses before finalizing on one. So here are some main points to keep in mind while finding a rented accomodation place in Bangalore.

Where to start?
The various places where you can find rent listings are as follows:

  • Message boards/ Forums in IT companies : If you are moving to Bengaluru, and if you have some friends here in IT companies then you can ask them to find such postings on the company internal forums as well.
  • Sites like magicbrick.com, 99acres.com : Best place to find owner posted ads.
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Best free tool to remove EXIF information.

13-Nov-11

Images contain EXIF information, which can contain enough private data to cause privacy issue. I found a very nifty tool to remove all the exif information from images in one click. It’s called Easy Exif Delete. It just has one screen, to add the image files, and in one click you can clear all the exif information of the images.

Here is the screenshot of Easy Exif Delete.

Screen of Easy Exif Delete.

Easy Exif Delete can be downloaded from the following sites:

  1. Cnet.com
  2. ConsumerSoft.com

 

Spotted : BlueTiger Motion Simulator.

16-Jul-11

Recently I saw a BlueTiger Motion Simulator, which is basically an advanced awesome car racing rig. The whole setup with 3 monitors and real time motion simulator was very cool. It was playing one of the Formula One Sims. I found it a bit too jerky. Check the pics below.

BlueTiger-sideview

BlueTiger-backview

Currently they are offering a 10 minute ride for 150 bucks.

Images taken with a Nokia N8. And on a unrelated note , wordpress seems to be incapable of handling its super resolution and uploading the images the throwing out of memory errors.

Flaminghorns.com Ovi feeds app published.

25-Jun-11

Now stay in touch with latest flaminghorns.com blog posts from all three blogs in a single app.
The flaminghorns.com feeds app generated using the Ovi AppWizard has been approved.
Just click on the image below to download the feeds app from Ovi Store.

flaminghorns.com feed app.

flaminghorns.com feed app.

Feeling frustrated, listen to Main Khuda.

20-Jun-11

Anurag Kashyap’s first movie, Paanch, which was never cleared by the Indian Films Censor Board, has one epic song.
Feeling down or frustrated listen to Main Khuda. Watch out for KayKay, playing the perfect lead singer & also you would notice Abhijeet from CID in the band playing guitar.

Lyrics of Main Khuda.

Movie Impressions: Kungfu Panda 2

18-Jun-11

Saw at Innovative Multiplex, Marathahalli

Ticket price : Rs. 100

3D/2D : 2D

What works?
As usual the animation is amazing. The detail in that goes in the each scene is really amazing. In the first installment if view of “Birth Place of Kungfu” was breath-taking with its colorful landscape, in Kungfu Panda2 (KP2), the view of the Gongmen City is truly mesmerizing. Dreamworks Animation knows it art well. And I am sure this time as well the people of China will like KP2 as well.
As for the story,the second installment stand on its own. My friend who had not seen the first part was able to thoroughly enjoy just about everything in KP2.

Gorgeous Gongmen City.

What doesn’t work?
Some of the jokes are not funny. Also the extended bout of self-doubt that Po faces is boring. Also while in the first part it was the quality of the villian that made the final fight scene epic, this time it is compensated with quantity. Lord Shen is more of a negative character,more like a placeholder, rather than a formidable enemy for Po.The endless stream of minions just fill the screen and provide Po and other warriors with Kung-fu fodder. The fighting and chase scenes took an eternity to culminate each time.

The intellectual anchor of the first part,Master Oogway is missed in this part. Master Shifu cannot replace Oogway’s serene persona.

Oogway : The Spiritual Anchor is missed.

The Furious Five get more importance this time, but with the addition of more characters, they seem to be lost in the character-scape.

Is it worth the theater trip?
If you ask me, NO. If you ask my friend who had not seen the first part , YES.

Image Credit : Kungfu panda wiki.