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Gaurav Sareen
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I am not a bit bruce lee guy, but the quote is great. 
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This playlist takes me back to my grandmother listening to the radio when i was the age that my son is now. Nostalgia.

Kala Doriya - Surinder Kaur & Parkash Kaur
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also the - ek meri aakh kaashni
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Very interesting story about junk food industry. 
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True, sometimes its easier to hear without the loudspeakers going off. Dan Sommerfield - which book did you get?
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Exciting news for Social Search.
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nice update..
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sunday afternoon walk with the boys. 
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You should post some pictures too!
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I have been following the advice on this post from the generally excellent blog for a few weeks, and already notice the difference. The two specific items that made difference for me were to quit facebook, and to aggressively manage email and maintain an empty inbox. 
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Dusty Wilson originally shared:
 
Dennis Ritchie co-invented C which is the basis of basically everything that involves computers. He co-invented UNIX which is the basis of everything computers except Windows (though Windows was very, very extremely influenced by it). Apple's OS X is a UNIX-based platform. But, no, so many people think Steve Jobs did it all alone and that he should be praised as a savior. Not only did he "borrow" ideas, designs, and features from everyone else, he whined if anyone ever did the same. In 1996 he said "We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." In 2005 he said "They are shamelessly copying us." This year he said "I'm going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this" and then almost immediately afterward released iOS 5 with a ton of features first introduced in Android. The guy is/was an asshole. I have no patience for a hypocrite like him.

(I wrote this as a response to someone's post containing this picture. I figured I may as well share it here. My opinions on this matter certainly are no secret.)

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EDIT (8:31pm Nov 5): Because people don't read the comments before they post them (naughty, naughty!) I'm posting my clarification here. I'm getting a lot of comments complaining to me while saying exactly the same thing I've already said.


1) My complaint is that Steve Jobs was a hypocrite. That's all I said here about him. He did not get to the point he was without help. He stole plenty from others (and he admitted it) but he complained when other people did the same thing. That is the definition of hypocrisy.

2) I was complaining about Steve Jobs and Apple way, way, way before he died. I'm not going to stop complaining simply because he died. If that makes me a bad person, so be it. For as long as we supposedly have free speech in the world, I'll continue to use it. And as long as people continue to share their Holy Steve opinion, I'll continue to share my opinion of the contrary.

3) It would be libel if it were inaccurate. But everything I said is taken straight from his mouth. He said he was happy to steal and then threw a fit because someone else did it too.

4) Many of your comments are adding words to my post that I didn't say. Particularly, I'm hearing that I said that Steve Jobs or Apple were worthless or didn't add anything to the world. That's not true and I never said it. See also point #1 above.

5) I had cancer too (but beat it) so don't come whining to me about his cancer. You'll get no tears from me.

6) I've heard something about me being jealous of Apple. Why would I be jealous? That's a silly argument.

7) My problem with Apple is the restriction they place on their customers, vendors, developers, and devices. Steve Jobs is in a Control or be controlled environment. I'm in a Share and share-alike environment. These things do not mesh.

8) I do believe people should borrow ideas from everyone else. How else will we have a better world? What is the value of being selfish with your ideas? How will that help anyone except yourself? Bullcrap.
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Good to find Muhammad Yunus online.

His thesis is really important one, not only in the super important case of poverty but some of the other big issues that get talked about today like terrorism, corruption, religious fundamentalism. We need to address root causes in the system.
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The more time you spend among poor people, the more you become convinced that poverty is not the result of any incapacity on the part of the poor. Poverty is not created by poor people. It is created by the system we have built, the institutions we have designed, and the concepts we have formulated.

Poverty is created by deficiencies in the institutions we have built---for example, financial institutions. These banks refuse to provide financial services to nearly two-thirds of the world's population. For generations they claimed it could not be done, and everybody accepted that explanation. This allowed loan sharks to thrive all over the world. Grameen Bank questioned this assumption and demonstrated that lending money to the poorest is not only possible but profitable.

During the global financial crisis that began in 2008, the falsity of the old assumptions became even more visible. While big conventional banks with all their collateral were collapsing, around the world microcredit programs, which do not depend on collateral, continued to be as strong as ever. Will this demonstration make the mainstream financial institutions change their minds about their traditional definition of creditworthiness? Will they finally open their doors to the poor?

I am quite serious about this question (although I know all too well what the likely answer is). When a crisis is at its deepest, it can offer a huge opportunity. When things fall apart, we can redesign, recast, and rebuild. We should not miss this opportunity to convert our financial institutions into inclusive institutions. Nobody should be refused access to financial services. Because these services are so vital for people's self-realization, I strongly feel that credit be given the status of a human right.

That poverty is created not by poor people but by their circumstances tells us something else important---something about the potential of human beings themselves.

Every human being is born into this world fully equipped not only to take care of himself or herself, but also to contribute to the well-being of the world as a whole. Some get the chance to explore their potential, but many others never get the chance to unwrap the wonderful gifts they were born with. They die with those gifts unexplored, and the world remains deprived of their contribution.

Grameen has given me an unshakeable faith in human creativity and the firm belief that human beings are not born to suffer the misery of hunger and poverty. Poverty is an artificial, external imposition on a person. And since it is external, it can be removed.

We can create a poverty-free world if we design our system to take out its gross flaws which create poverty. We can create a world in which the only place you would be able to see poverty is in poverty museums. Someday, school children will be taken to visit these poverty museums. They will be horrified to see the misery and indignity that innumerable people had to go through for no fault of their own. They will blame their ancestors for tolerating this inhuman condition for so long---and rightly so.

To me, poor people are like bonsai trees. When you plant the best seed from the tallest tree in a tiny flowerpot, you get a replica of the tallest tree, only inches tall. There is nothing wrong with the seed you planted; only the soil base that you gave it is inadequate. Poor people are bonsai people. There is nothing wrong with their seeds, but society never gave them the proper base to grow in. All it takes to get poor people out of poverty is for us to create an enabling environment for them. Once the poor can unleash their energy and creativity, poverty will disappear very quickly.
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Rich and Poor will exist in spite of equal access to opportunity because ultimately it is the human endeavor (and some luck) that determine how rich or poor one is. Here in US, basic school education is mandatory by law and mostly free but rich and poor still exist (although definition of poor is so much different here compared to other parts of the world). So yeah, a small percent of people will find a way to be rich, but they will have to provide incrementally more valuable products or services to stay rich because now rest of 'poor' people will be aware of what(/how much) are they getting in return for their money. So society as a whole gains, and yes, the things still stay interesting.
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  • iit delhi
    computer science and engg, 1993 - 1997
  • Govt college
    High School, 1991 - 1993
  • St Edwards
    School, 1981 - 1991
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  • Microsoft
    Dev Mgr, 2006 - present
  • Microsoft
    Dev Lead, 2004 - 2006
  • Microsoft
    engineer, 2002 - 2006
  • Seilevel
    engineer, 2001 - 2002
  • Trilogy Corp
    engineer, 1999 - 2001
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shimla - delhi - boston - new york - austin - seattle