Top 5 New Features of Android N


Android N is still in its active development phase while the recent Developer Preview released by google has gained much expectation to this new version. The Final Release is planned for Q3 of 2016. Here are the Top New Features Read more

Managing your Mailing List


Emails are often the most time-consuming work for every professional, finding the important conversation amidst the noise is a real challenge. I was surprised to find that I was subscribed to more than 900+ mailing list.Think about the amount Read more

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

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


Know everything about English in 10 minutes

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I am sharing the hilarious and the most informative animation video on the history of English Language which i found from a social network.


A day with Toastmasters community

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The tipping point in my life came after attending the Division G Conference of Toastmasters International  (20th October, 2013). I had the opportunity to meet great personalities like Dr.Sumanth C RamanDhananjaya J Hettiarachchi. Below I have comprehended my learning which should serve all aspiring speakers in delivering their Dream Speech.

8 Lessons to build your Dream Speech from Dr.Sumanth C Raman

13MPSUMANTH1_862423f 1. Don’t write down the complete speech as a script word-by-word, as this would build too much dependency over the material. 

 2. Communication is not about YOU, It’s all about the other individual. Tailor your message in the interest of your audience. Ask the following questions before delivering the content,

a. What is that your audience need to know from your talk?
b. What is the level of understanding of the audience?

3. Be adaptive and always do a mid-course correction while during your speech reflecting the feedback from the audience. Don’t end up speaking word-by-word as in script.

 4. Always double-check if everything is right before the speech. Never leave anything in chance.As a speaker prepare and organize on every simple matters including computer, compatibility of software, laser pointer, supporting material, podium etc…

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My lost Hobby

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On those green memorable days of my childhood, in my grade 6, I used to water all the plants in my cute garden, clean it, arrange the brick paths, enjoy the water shower. 

As days passed, my garden was cemented and concrete pillars were raised. Muddy lands, bushes, trees disappeared and slowly my inner self started  to look for materialistic ways of happiness. 11 years passed now, since i had that connect with the nature- I started to experience a void (emptiness) somewhere in my heart.

Fortunately I had a chance this weekend (12-13th October, 2013- Sat,Sun) to tryout my childhood hobby of Gardening. I brought some awesome plants to my lost garden, where there is now, only cemented floors. I took the whole weekend to pot them, chit-chat with them, welcome them to their new home 🙂 I could realize Francis Bacon’s golden words, “Gardening is the Purest of human pleasures.” Read more