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Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

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Everyone knows that IT jobs are mostly “sit on a chair for 8-9 hours” job. You do nothing except staring at the screen and punching keyboard. Although there are magical moments every now and then but soon the magic fades away…..

So here I am trying to take a leap of faith in finding something interesting, cool, adventurous and yet IT. Pretty hard to find something like that and I might have to create something new..but then if Donald Trump can be a presidential candidate I can do anything in the world. lol

Mahendra Kumar

Pic attribution: Google plus community.

Digital meditation- radio silence

Digital meditation- radio silence

You all know what meditation really is… in the most non Sanskrit words it is just calming your mind down but strangely enough calming your mind is like trying to bend the spoon as in the movie “Matrix” no matter how hard you try… that’s not happening.  Least you can do is to be happy about the fact that while trying to bend the spoon you cleaned up your kitchen (mind).

Now why am I talking about spoons here? well nothing in particular I just have two of them and would like to use them for long.

Back to the real Matrix…. Last week was kind of a turmoil. That happens all the time in tech world. Out of no where you are stuck with a few lines of code for days. I was practically staring at 15 lines of code for the entire week to find bugs in them.  The only relief was lunch at Divya Sir’s place. Trust me when I say I ate like a pig.. I really did.

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Bhagavad Gita says you need leave your body and think from a different perspective when you handle any difficult situation and to do that you need peace of mind therefore I turned off my computers, Wifi and cell phone for most part of the days and also deactivated my Facebook account briefly in order to stay as relaxed as ever and I did slept for long.

And luckily enough I finally got the algorithm sorted out and a job contract with awesome perks. However in the mean time my phone must have got a ton of curse words for being silent and not responding to any calls. Apart from a few calls from loved ones I don’t regret leaving my phone behind in the room. It’s one of those things which makes me believe that no matter what I am still a human who likes normal face to face conversation. That reminds me of a 70 years old security guard I met 2 days back after almost 3 years. A genuine smile and a few words were all we needed to catch up. We don’t even know each others name but he knows more about me than most of my Facebook friends plus we rarely chat.

Everyone is bound to get in trouble at some point or other but in those times it’s best to turn off your internet and move out in sun, rain and in cold the world would be more real and small. It’s definitely not running away but focusing on the real issue rather than what’s happening in Yemen.

From the beginning of the development sprint there were a whole lot of problems personal, professional but I believe that happiness is worth sharing and problems are worth fighting for. You would never hear any problems from me unless you are the one I need help from.

Coming back to meditation this is what meditation and radio silence actually means and it’s effects.
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( credits: Marcia Dominguez)

 

chapati by Mahendra

PS: Just got this picture from my lovely friend Jiaranai. I managed to make chapatis not in India but in Thai.

Mahendra Kumar

Windows 9 new look

Windows 9 new look

 

Here is the windows 9 brand new look. As promised Microsoft delivered on fixing the start menu further more. In windows 8.1 they added the start button but the functionality wasn’t the same. In version 9 they have brought back the good old start menu with it’s features. There are other visual changes related the windows app whose location can be changed and the position of shut-down button. Previously it was like Microsoft doesn’t want people to turn off their computer at all.

It is soon to be released next month. Rumor says it will be a free upgrade as opposed to priced version of windows. Hopefully they are taking the same path as Apple did when they made available their OS for free.

However there isn’t enough reason for people to shift from Apple or Linux to Microsoft it is certainly a gift for loyal Microsoft customers and users.

Hope you enjoy the brand new OS.

Mahendra 

Learn to Unlearn

Learn to Unlearn

The beginning of the new year was quite interesting for me.  Well, technically we surpassed the fear of 21/12/2012.  My birthday was a full of surprises too.  Well, this is enough of blah blah.. right!

New year taught me to unlearn many things.  It’s said that in order to learn something new you need to unlearn the stuff you already know about. For example in order to clean up my digestive system I had to drink a lot of salt water, it cleared every single food particle present in my body ( this is called Shank Paschalan). After that it was a fresh beginning….

Same logic applies in the field of studies… in order to learn a new language ( computer or spoken) you need to forget whatever presumptions you had and whatever tit bits you knew.. You need to start from zero buddy!

My ways of organizing myself never actually worked…oops! Therefore I have decided to use all sorts of technology available in this field.  And my experience and research led me to the world of Google products. Google has several tools which are more than perfect for me.  However the first thing I started doing is waking up early.. very early.

1. Google Calendar: It provides you with an interface which is very powerful and highly customizable. And the best part. You will get notifications on your cell phone too.

2. Google Drive: It is one of the major players in the field of cloud computing.  I recently upgraded my Google drive to 100 GB. The search feature in that is awesome.

enough of nerdy stuff. Here is the picture which marks the beginning of the New Year.

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Shameless self promotion

Shameless self promotion

“Let the shameless self promotion begin” one of the most unique and genuine quotes I ever came across. This is by one of my NON FACEBOOK friends, Sarah Gormen. She is one of the most amazing brainstormers I ever met. Brilliant ideas and a lot of skills. Globetrotter, and of course a lady with genuine smile all the time.. – very rare!

With my 19 years of experience with computers and a lot of work experience too, I know very well that the stuff you see on Facebook, twitter, Google+ are mostly for publicity / promotion. And among this a lot of genuine people, feeds, news disappear.

You don’t believe me?? Ok. let me give you an example. The feeds you see on your facebook homepage depends on the time and the popularity of the post. For example your friend posted a very old picture of you and him together. But because your other friends posted something else with a lot of people tagged on it. and companies posted their own feeds. You missed to see that. Unless your friend tagged you, or you dig a lot deeper in facebook feeds.

This happens everywhere in Media, Google news, Twitter “Trends”. I don’t know where to find genuine people. Perhaps, there is no website left which boasts of genuine people and no publicity. It’s obvious no one would ever built anything which won’t be publicized.

But then again, let me give you a perfect example. “Google”. It’s a fact that Google never publicized it’s SEARCH ENGINE, never started any add campaign for “Google Search” . It was totally word of mouth.

What I think is, when you have a real killer product, something top notch or something unique. You don’t need publicity. Everyone else will publicize for you.

PS: You may want to exclude books, or stories or any other content from writers and Artists etc. Cause, a story isn’t worth anything if people don’t know about it. Bible is the most famous book in history. Because it is the most shared book in history.

Best Wishes and keep me posted haha 🙂

Perhaps via email or post cards ( If you wish).
Mahendra