Awesome tools to make you Super Productive


Busy! The favorite word of every IT person, which signs that we are turning unproductive. The moment you feel you are busy, take a break. Breaks allow you to regain your focus, sharpens your intuition, allows you to make conscious Read more

Snapshot 2013 - A Year of Giving!


I don't believe in taking new year resolutions. But Jan 1st is surely a good place to start our life with new focus and purpose; for the next 365 days. As 2013 ends and  2014 unfolds, I would love Read more

Mobile App Vs Mobile Web


You have a great idea! You might have attended online classes teaching you how to create Mobile apps. But, Do you really know how to decide if you can develop your idea as an Mobile site or an app? Read more

How to win a code hackathon?


Stay away from Great Ideas unless you are sure and expert in implementation! Great Ideas become very hard to finish in a 24 -hour code hackathon. Yes! When you fail to finish at-least an MVP(Minimal Viable Product) for your Read more

Awesome tools to make you Super Productive

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Busy! The favorite word of every IT person, which signs that we are turning unproductive. The moment you feel you are busy, take a break. Breaks allow you to regain your focus, sharpens your intuition, allows you to make conscious plans and be more productive. I am sharing 3 simple ways, I hack my brain to be little more productive everyday. 

Start using these awesome tools and enjoy a happy healthy life!

#1: Limitless Chrome Plugin: We tend to spend most our time browsing web, checking mails, socializing online. This plugin helps us to measure our productivity, set goals, remind us on our short-term / long-term goals and motivate us. I am glad that one of my friend has created this plugin which has become an awesome start in my everyday work-life.

Download Limitless here.

#2: Calm: Every IT geek excuse a healthy lifestyle for their busy schedule. Keeping your mind calm and peaceful is the first step towards healthy thoughts and we surely need at-least 2 minute of relaxation in a form of meditation (or) a nature walk alongside a river or beach or park to refresh our mind. But as we have already discussed, our busy self will never take us to beach or park. So how about bringing a beach or park  to our desktop? 

Calm is an online portal providing a relaxing and refreshing guided meditation and natural setting for melting our mind into tranquility. Experience the magic here. Read more


Snapshot 2013 – A Year of Giving!

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I don’t believe in taking new year resolutions. But Jan 1st is surely a good place to start our life with new focus and purpose; for the next 365 days. As 2013 ends and  2014 unfolds, I would love to share my awesome moments and thank you all for supporting me in whatever small i do.

With purpose comes passion, with passion comes enthusiasm.

Having Set the purpose for 2013: to share my knowledge to student community, I thoroughly enjoyed the year! It was an awesome experience and defining my purpose helped me to focus my efforts and has enabled me to work the whole year with renewed enthusiasm. 

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Here is a quick snapshot of my events and talks in 2013. 

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Jan 21st, 2013: Tech Talk @ Madras Institute of TechnologyFeb 23rd, 2013: Android Workshop @ PSG Tech, CoimbatoreMarch 2nd, 2013: Android Workshop @ Madras Institute of TechnologyMarch 2nd, 2013: Android Workshop @ Madras Institute of TechnologyMarch 3rd, 2013: Mobility Workshop @ IIT Madras.March 9th, 2013: Android User Experience Talk @ Velammal Engineering CollegeApril 6th, 2013: Android Guest Lecture @ Anna UniversityMay 31st, 2013: Project Mentorship, VelTech College, ChennaiSeptember 21st, 2013: Guest Talk @ Saranathan Engineering CollegeTalk on my Entrepreneurial Experience @ SRM Management SchoolOctober 20th, 2013: Mobility Talk @ Indra Ganeshan College of EngineeringTraining Teachers @ PSG College, Coimbatore on Java Web Services

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1. Jan 31st: I finally setup my Home Studio after a long research on Mics, Sound System.

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2. April 14th: Attended 12th Designer’s Meetup by Photoshop Usergroup, Chennai (had a chance to Network with wonderful designers and got lot of Inspiration)

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3. May 5th: My cute sister got her Graduation Certificate for her Masters in Business Administration. A day to cherish in 2013.

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4. June 26th: The most  memorable day in my life. I published my first Technology Podcast (Audio Recording) in Tamil ( My Initiative to help community to know the latest trend in IT Industry). Listen to my podcast here.

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5. August 14th: A day where I decided to become eternal. I registered for complete Organ donation. This day will be remembered by me forever. Click here to read my blog-post on Organ donation.

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6. September 7th: I was promoted in my family. :) Yes! My sister gave birth to a cute angel (baby girl) “Shravanthi”. I love her so much!! I realized the pain and the sacrifice of a women in these days. The most wonderful moment, i’ll always cherish in my life.

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7. October 20th: I should thank Mr.Hari Krishanan who introduced me to Toastmasters International. It was a powerful Division Conference where I had the privileged to meet Mr.Dhananjay Hetrechi. This event surely had a big impact on my public speaking skills.I have shared my learning in my blog-post here.

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8. October 14th:The monsoon was the perfect time to trigger my childhood hobby! I planted 12 little plants and brought my gardening hobby back to life! When i connect with nature, I can able to understand more about me.

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9. November 29th: Attended DroidCon India 2013 – India’s largest Android Conference. I met so many technology evangelists, won lots of goodies, networked with so many developers. I went as a participant, became a volunteer and came back as an expert. – what more good, can you expect from a conference?

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10. December 29th: I upgraded my first PC and gave it to my brother ( who was in need of a PC).My father presented me, my first Personal Computer, 10 years ago (in 2004). It was a pentium 4, 256 MB RAM, 40GB Hard-disk. It is still working great. This machine taught me everything in computers, that i know today. It’s my first guru and a memorable childhood friend.  I believe my PC will help my brother to learn technology, teach him good things and will surely be a wonderful companion to him.  

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2014: A Year where I’ll create measurable Impact by working on the most important goals of my life. To create lasting impression through my work, is my purpose for the year 2014!

Here are my high level goals for 2014:

  1. Author my first Book on Technology (180 Pages)
  2. Work on my Fitness, do consistent, timely workouts to improve and strengthen my mind and body.

Before I end this post, I need to say thank you. Thanks for reading this lengthy blog-post and encouraging me all through my life! Happy New year! Wish everyone of you a wonderful 2014!

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Mobile App Vs Mobile Web

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You have a great idea! You might have attended online classes teaching you how to create Mobile apps. But, Do you really know how to decide if you can develop your idea as an Mobile site or an app? Here is my quick checklist which can help you choose between creating a Mobile app or Mobile site?

Mobile Website:

1. Control: It gives freedom for you to choose the technology and distribution of Content
2. Budget: You don’t want to hire a separate iOS or Android developer to write two different versions of the same app. You can avoid extra tools, extra resources. Instead you can use your in-house web developers to create responsive Mobile sites.
3. Technology: Currently the browser technologies like HTML 5, CSS 3, JavaScript allows every developers to create much powerful Mobile Websites experience.

Mobile Apps:

1. Performance:  Native apps use the horsepower of the hardware to give nicer and richer experience along with high performance.
2. Features: As discussed on the previous point, Mobile apps can leverage from the hardware, providing more immersive experience through variety of features. Primarily the developer gets access to the device level integration packaging the app with powerful features.
3. Revenue: People often pay for the app itself, but not many will be willing to pay for downloading an Mobile Website from the app store. Hence, when you target to make money out of your app downloads, Mobile apps serve the purpose.

If you feel, I have not listed any other important parameters which is crucial in your decision making, Kindly register your comments below. Also do let me know your experience in choosing between Mobile app Vs Mobile Site. 


How to win a code hackathon?

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Stay away from Great Ideas unless you are sure and expert in implementation! Great Ideas become very hard to finish in a 24 -hour code hackathon. Yes! When you fail to finish at-least an MVP(Minimal Viable Product) for your super cool, most complex, one of its kind app within 24 hours, you’ll end up seeing many other groups, who have implemented very tiny stuff as a successful teams. Following I have consolidated my learning which could make you rock and win in a code hackathon!

Ideation:

1. Remix existing Ideas to come out with your new App Idea.
2. Don’t take up more than 2 core functionality in your first iteration of building.
3. Don’t validate the flow too much considering all the possible use cases under which it works (in the interest of time) .
4. Be open to all ideas from your team-mates, If you feel, your idea is great, please stay away from pitching it, as great ideas is difficult to be built in 24 hours. 

Design and Development:

1. Don’t focus too much on building a great User Interface for your App
2. Start building the core functionality with a minimal UI and focus only on the functionality… No UI.. No cosmetic.. No extras.. (atleast to start with)
3. Once your core functionality is working, think 1000 times before adding any additional feature, because anytime your new feature can screw up the existing feature, causing a blank screen at your demo
4. Please don’t use GIT or SVN unless if you want to risk your whole 24 hours solving the Merge conflicts. If your team is completely comfortable with version controlling, then GIT and SVN can save great time, else say no to them.
5. If the hackathon sponsor awards the team who uses their API, use this to show the differentiation.
6. Please..Please…Please.. Don’t build a backend, heavy UI, perfect database, best design guidelines or optimized code.. This is not the place to show your skills, this is place to hack and make stuff smart and quick. QUICK…Very Important.. Take all shortcuts, use all shortcuts to make your app run faster, better… Use the existing API’s available and avoid building anything from scratch.
7. Storing in database, making modular code, using a perfect ideal MVC designs are surely time consuming, so always think twice before you start to build from scratch. You have to build your MVP in 24 hours which should be cool, innovative.

Teamwork:

1. If you have 4 members, please don’t log into 4 laptops, each one doing their own modules… Because the integration becomes too complicated if everyone starts writing their own module. Work in 2′s on a single laptop and maybe have another laptop to integrate the finished pieces.
2. If you are going to finish your whole app within 60-700% of the given time on the hackday, chances are 80% that you could win it!

Launch:

1. Prepare a cool slide to demo your app.
2. If we win,launch a treat and enjoy! If we are not so lucky, remember that we din’t come here to compete.. We came to learn! We came to Understand how other work and think. We came here to measure ourself on where we stand among others in the ability to think better, do better. Remember, Anything could be learned over time. :)


Video Passtime

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Here are some of the most hilarious channels which I tune into when i feel exhausted at my work. Don’t expect motivation or knowledge, these are simply fun and good pastime! I’ll keep updating this list. Also add your favorite video time pass in the comment.

1. Hilarious Videos about the start-up world : http://vooza.com/

2. The Week that Wasn’t with Cyrus Broacha


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