Vint Serf recently voiced concern about consumer generated application data being on risk in the long term. One solution is to use and enforce open data formats.

Software that lasts 200 years proposes to build software like other public infrastructures like buildings and bridges and provides several good suggestions.


6 reasons why you need software for your business

As a business owner, it is often hard to justify the investment of time and money into a new software. Here are a set of criteria which any software must meet in order to be adopted and be useful to their customers.

All designers use lines to convey mood, either consciously or otherwise. Here’s a guide which specifies the different lines with some examples of how they are used in movie posters, designs and artwork. Mood Lines: Setting the Tone of Your Design


In a previous life, my manager sagaciously instructed me, “debug only code, not the comments”. Amazing, it has served me in life outside software too. Here is a nice compilation of proverbs filtering back from the digital world into the real one. Are these 11 proverbs for the digital age?


If you want to get the plain truth,
Be not concerned with right and wrong.
The conflict between right and wrong
Is the sickness of the mind.
— Seng-Ts’an, Zen poet.


Find a bug in a program, and fix it, and
the program will work today. Show the
program how to find and fix a bug, and the
program will work forever. — Oliver Selfridge.


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Talking to the future

Communicating a message to far out future is a problem that is still unsolved. It has been getting some attention because of the need to safely dispose nuclear waste which has a very long life. But, the problem is bigger than that.

Touch screens, however cool they may look now, aren’t the best interface we can get. They force us to use at most couple of fingers and motions, out of the myriad ones our hands are capable of, and which we use effortlessly while interecting with physical things. Technology has a lot to catch up to. Here’s a beautiful rant: The Future of Interaction Design by Bret Victor.


Some advice for a beginner programmer

Recently one of the developers who used to work at 8Rays asked me for some advice about his career plan. We had several email exchanges and I ended up giving him lots of advice. May be some of them are generic enough to be useful to a wider audience. So, here it is.

AI is back again

Artificial Intelligence or AI has never really left the news but it has always been something in the future. Tantalizing with its possibilities but not here yet. However, it is again being talked about, this time in more practical terms. Here’s an overview.

Characters: From the eyes of computers

We all know computers are number crunching machines. But, how do they handle letters and words? How does a computer store and display your email and help you write a document? Learn about how the computer’s ability to handle numbers translate into its ability to process text by a sly trick.

Hello Lamp post, say something more please

A fun filled internet-of-things project in the UK involving objects in the cityscape. And some ideas to make it more useful.

If you need to check how your website looks in different operating systems and browsers, give this a try: Browserling.

Here are some more: browsershots.org, browserstack.com, crossbrowsertesting.com, net renderer and here is a listing and review of similar tools.


Great products are like ducks calm above the water but paddling furiously below the water. They make something complex look effortless. – TOMASZ TUNGUZ


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