Archive for November, 2010

Just for Fun – Linus Torvalds

November 10, 2010
Just For Fun

Just for Fun

  • It takes design & good taste to be simple.
  • The act of delving into someone’s passion would be akin to “invading his soul”.
  • In the American version of the game, you draw the enemy lines and the skill rests on one side’s ability to be divisive. European politicians tend to win by demonstrating they can foster cooperation.
  • “FO OF” is the hexadecimal representation of the first two bytes of an illegal instruction sequence that made Pentium CPU lock up.
  • Golden Rules: Number One: “Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you.” If you follow that rule, you will always know how to behave in any situation. Number Two is “Be proud of what you do.” Number Three: “And have fun doing it.”
  • First Survival. Second your place in the social order. And then entertainment. The three things that make us do the things we do.

Blogging & Live Journaling

November 10, 2010

I have been blogging about my thoughts on UX, Tech (FOSS & Proprietary) & Self Education. I also have the need for Live Journaling, but I really dun want to maintain another blog or livejournal for it. So I am adding another category Live Journal and logging daily about what I do and find extremely interesting in the day under this category, though I know is the best solution for this.

User Experience – Treasure Map

November 10, 2010

UX Treasure Map

Found this @ Semantic

Usability Testing – Rocket Surgery Made Easy

November 10, 2010

Usability Testing - Steve Krug

Finished reading the book. Its nice. Will write a book extract of the same this weekend.

Free Software Song

November 9, 2010


Indian Linux Localization Video

November 9, 2010


So small So nice So true So real – for me

November 9, 2010

Time Love Memory

How long must I lie? When will I be free!

I didn’t choose to leave her but she’s a part of me.

Resume of Steve Jobs – The Apple Guy

November 9, 2010

Steve Jobs


I’m looking for a fixer-upper with a solid foundation. Am willing to tear down walls, build bridges, and light fires. I have great experience, lots of energy, a bit of that “vision thing” and I’m not afraid to start from the beginning.


Linus Torvalds – On Starting Small

November 9, 2010

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Linus Torvalds

Nobody should start to undertake a large project. You start with a small _trivial_ project, and you should never expect it to get large. If you do, you’ll just overdesign and generally think it is more important than it likely is at that stage. Or worse, you might be scared away by the sheer size of the work you envision.

So start small, and think about the details. Don’t think about some big picture and fancy design. If it doesn’t solve some fairly immediate need, it’s almost certainly over-designed. And don’t expect people to jump in and help you. That’s not how these things work. You need to get something half-way _useful_ first, and then others will say “hey, that _almost_ works for me”, and they’ll get involved in the project.

And if there is anything I’ve learnt from Linux, it’s that projects have a life of their own, and you should _not_ try to enforce your “vision” too strongly on them. Most often you’re wrong anyway, and if you’re not flexible and willing to take input from others (and willing to change direction when it turned out your vision was flawed), you’ll never get anything good done.

In other words, be willing to admit your mistakes, and don’t expect to get anywhere big in any kind of short timeframe. I’ve been doing Linux for thirteen years, and I expect to do it for quite some time still. If I had _expected_ to do something that big, I’d never have started. It started out small and insignificant, and that’s how I thought about it.

poMMo – PHP based mass mailing software

November 9, 2010


poMMo is a PHP based mass mailing software or say web app. In my previous organizations I have used PHP-List for deploying a mass mailing solution. PHP-List was good it had more features and ability to handle more number of email addresses per list. In my current organization, I was unable to configure PHP-List. We even thought of buying official support from PHP-List. Then one day just strolling here and there on the web I found poMMo.

It has a very nice interface, very easy to install and very fast. It has 3 ways of sending the mass mail – from smtp, from sendmail and from php mail function. You can also control the number of mails you can send through within an hour every hour. It doesnot have the stats feature ready yet, but the developers are working on it and will be there in the next release.

Of all the PHP based web solutions seen so far I love wordpress, phpbb and pommo.