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Aadithya C
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I can't make this stuff up

I'm sitting in a Starbucks doing random whatever over an iced americano. While I waiting for my drink, I watched a guy with his friend, pick up a newspaper; and start to remark on the Samsung Apple verdict.

Guy: "Wait, so what they're saying is, Samsung is the same as Apple?"
Friend: "I know, right? Makes me think twice about how much I paid for my Mac Book"
Guy: "Seriously"

Not 10 minutes later, a husband and wife, same newspaper:

Husband: "... Samsung's iPad is the same as Apple's iPad, and I paid how much for the Apple one? Honey, I told you they were a ripoff", after looking up the Samsung tablet on his iPhone.
Wife: "Oh wow," looking at the screen, "... that's a lot cheaper. Think we can return it?"

I put my Samsung QX410 on my table, and started to plug in, when he leans over to me, "Sorry, you don't mind if I ask, how much did you pay for your Samsung laptop?"

"Oh, no worries, it was $700." I replied. 

I watched shock overcome his face, like actual shock. He looked at me, blankly, for an awkward amount of time, "Mind if I have a look?" he asked. 

So, I obliged, and showed him a few things. He commented on Windows 7, so I opened up my virtual machine of OS/X... By the time the conversation was over, he was ready to kick Cupertino in the nuts, I think.

... Now, the punchline: 

I'm writing this post after the FOURTH group of Starbucks patrons have made the connection that Samsung is now the same as Apple. They don't know the details, they don't really care, what they know is Apple is saying that Samsung is the same as Apple ... and with one simple Google Search, you get prices that are basically half for what seems to be the same products -- for nearly everything. 

Two of these groups (including the husband/wife) asked me about my Samsung laptop, the second group noticed my Galaxy phone (also by Samsung)... Best billion dollar ad-campaign Samsung ever had.
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A decade -- 10 years. Doesn't sound like much, right? But a decade ago, the big social networking story was Friendster with a whopping 3 million users. Microsoft's Internet Explorer had 95 percent ......
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Jet Packs!
I was watching the Giants game today and outside the park in the marina a guy was tooling about with a water jetpack. I'd never seen one before so I did a little googling and found this. Gotta love this thing :-)  Wanna buy one? Here's the website:  It doesn't say what they cost, but I found a few places on the web that suggest the are $130,000 US. Quite pricey :)  Sorry about the ad in front of the video. Couldn't find an ad free one. But that Far Cry games looks pretty awesome too ha :) 
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What if materials could defy gravity, so that we could leave them suspended in mid-air? ZeroN is a physical and digital interaction element that floats and m...
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Count happiness instead of gdp
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Hand-Painted Xbox 360 Controller Bra HIts

Sadly, it's non functional. But imagine if it actually worked as an Xbox controller!

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Advice to young programmers

This is the summary of speech Given by Alex Stepenov (Principal Scientist, #Adobe Systems) at Adobe India on 30 Nov 2004.

1. Study , Study and Study

- Never ever think that you have acquired all or most of the knowledge
which exists in the world. Almost everybody in US at age of 14 and
everybody in India at age of 24 starts thinking that he has acquired all the
wisdom and knowledge that he needs. This should be strictly avoided.

- You should be habituated to studies...exactly in the same way as you are
habituated to brushing teeth and taking bath every morning. The habit of
study must become a 'part of your blood'. And the study should be from
both the areas: CS, since it is your profession, and something from non-
CS...Something which does not relate to your work. This would expand
your knowledge in other field too. A regular study, everyday, is extremely
essential. It does not matter whether you study of 20 minutes of 2 hours,
but consistency is a must.

- You should always study basics and fundamentals. There is no point in
going for advanced topics. When I was at the age of 24, I wanted to do
PhD in program verification, though I was not able to understand anything
from that. The basic reason was that my fundamental concepts were not
clear. Studying 'Algebraic Geometry' is useless if you do not understand
basics in Algebra and Geometry. Also, you should always go back and re-
read and re-iterate over the fundamental concepts.
What is the exact definition of 'fundamental'? The stuff which is around
for a while and which forms basic part of the concepts can be regarded as
more fundamental. Of course, everybody understands what a fundamental

- Here are few books which I would strongly recommend that every CS
professional should read and understand.

I. "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs" by Albenson
and Sussman
I personally do not like the material present in this book and I do
have some objections about it but this is the best book I have ever
seen which explains all the concepts in programming in a clear and
excellent way.

This book is available online at

II. "Introduction to Computer Architecture" by Hennessy and Patterson.
How many of you have shipped the programs by writing them in
assembly? A very good understanding of basics of how a
computer operates is what every CS professional must have.

H&P Wrote two books on CA. I am talking about their first book,
the introductory text for understanding basic aspects of how a
computer works.

Even if you feel that you know whatever is written in that book,
do not stop reading. It's good to revise basics again and again.

III. "Fundamentals of Programming" by Donald Knuth.
The core of CS is algorithms and Data structures. Every CS
professional must have the 3 volumes of Knuth's Book on
programming. It really does not matter if you take 30 years of your
life to understand what Knuth has written, what is more important
is that you read at least some part of that book everyday without fail.

IV. "Introduction to Algorithms" by Cormen, Leiserson and Rivest
This book should be read daily to keep your concepts fresh. This is
the best book for fundamental concepts in algorithms.

2. Learn Professional Ethics

- As a CS Professional, you are morally obliged to do a good job. What this
means is that you are supposed to do your job not for your manager but for
yourself. This is already told in Bhagavad Geeta : Doing duties of your life.

- The direct implication of this is: never ever write a bad code. You don't
need to be fastest and run after shipping dates; rather you need to write
quality code. Never write junk code. Rewrite it till it is good. Thoroughly
test every piece of code that you write. Do not write codes which are "sort
of all right". You might not achieve perfection, but at least your code
should be of good quality.

- Let me quote my own example in this context. You might have heard
about STL, The Standard Template Library that ships in with C++
compilers. I wrote it 10 years ago, in 1994. While implementing one of the
routines in the STL, namely the "search routine", I was a bit lazy and
instead of writing a good linear order implementation of KMP which was
difficult to code, I wrote a best quadratic implementation. I knew that I
could make the search faster by writing a linear-order implementation, but
I was lazy and I did not do that. And, after 10 years of my writing STL,
exactly the same implementation is still used inside STL and STL ships
with an inefficient quadratic implementation of search routine even
today!! You might ask me: why can't you rewrite that? Well...I cannot,
because that code is no more my property!! Further, nobody today will be
interested in a standalone efficient STL ...people would prefer one which
automatically ships out with the compiler itself.

- Moral is, you should have aesthetic beauty built inside you. You should
"feel" uneasy on writing bad code and should be eager to rewrite the code
till it becomes upto the quality. And to the judge the quality, you need to
develop sense regarding which algorithms to use under what

3. Figure out your Goals

- Always aspire doing bigger things in life

- "Viewing promotion path as your career" is a completely wrong goal. If
you are really interested in studying and learning new things, never ever
aspire for being a manager. Managers cannot learn and study...they have
no time. "Company ladder aspiration" is not what should be important for

- You might feel that you want to do certain things which you cannot do till
you become a manager. When you become a manager, you will soon
realize that now you just cannot do anything!

- You will have a great experience as programmers. But if you care for
people and love people, you will never enjoy being a manager...most good
managers are reluctant managers. If you see people as people, you cannot
survive at management level.

- Always aspire for professional greatness. Our profession is very beautiful
because we create abstract models and implement them in reality. There is
a big fun in doing that. We have a profession which allows us to do
creative things and even gives nice salary for that.

- The three biggest mistakes that people usually make are aiming for money,
aiming for promotion and aiming for fame. The moment you get some of
these, you aspire for some more...and then there is no end. I do not mean
that you should not earn money, but you should understand how much
money would satisfy your needs. Bill Clinton (or is it Bill Gates?) might be the richest person
in the world; he is certainly not the happiest. Our lives are far better than

- Find your goal, and do best in the job that you have. Understand that what
is in your pocket does not matter...what is in your brain finally matters.
Money and fame do not matter. Knowledge matters.

4. Follow your culture

I have seen the tradition that whatever junk is created in US, it rapidly
spreads up in the rest of the world, and India is not an exception for this. This
cultural change creates a very strong impact on everybody's life. Habits of
watching spicy Bollywood or Hollywood movies and listening to pop songs and
all such stupid stuff gets very easily cultivated in people of your age...but believe
me, there is nothing great in that. This all just makes you run away from your
culture. And there is no wisdom in running away from your culture. Indian culture,
which has great Vedas and stories like Mahabharata and Bhagavad Geeta is really
great and even Donald Knuth enjoys reading that. You should understand that
fundamental things in Indian culture teach you a lot and you should never forget

Finally, I would like to conclude by saying that it's your not waste it on
stupid things...develop your tests, and start the fight.
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The lean startup: Great tips for anyone interested in product development
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    Engineer, 2008 - 2012
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Cambridge, MA
Bangalore - Surathkal - Gurgaon
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Advanced Study Program, present
  • National Institute of Technology Karnataka
    Computer Science, 2004 - 2008
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