Mission Impossible VI : Home Hunt.

Mission Impossible VI : Home Hunt. Relatively difficult things in life : - Finding a place to work at. - Then finding a place to live in. Repeat those once every 3-5 years. There are just way too many factors that you have to take into consideration while finding a suitable place to live. If the rooms are nice, the hall is too small. If the house looks good from the inside, it's a mess on the outside. If the home is at a convenient location and the rooms are good enough , the rent is too high. These online websites that attempt to make the world a better place by helping you find a place to live in, like commonfloor, nestaway, nobrokers, yada yada just do not work out. None of them capture the essentials each one of us is looking for while home hunting, probably because such human intuition just cannot be captured. A place that radiates a homely vibe to me may not to you. What feels right  to me might just not to you. However, I've been trying to observe my thinking p

What will happen when jobs run out?

Food for thought. Can we ever run out of jobs? Automation kills jobs. Work that demanded humans in the 20th century will not employ us anymore, because we've found efficient and accurate alternatives using machines. Farmers became industrial workers, small time construction workers became infrastructure machine operators, and now we're all headed to become slaves of the computer, irrespective of which domain we're in. Machines can currently do most jobs humans used to do till the previous century. What will happen if artificial intelligence takes over our current jobs? Humans can then only be employed in creative and emotional domains, but I fear artificial intelligence may overpower humans there too. Say 2000 years from now when AI is very powerful and over the generations humanity has come to believe there is no scope for improvement, what will we do then? Could the world then become Utopia? Remember, no jobs means no hierarchy in society.  - Meh. The hypothet

A company I'd genuinely love to work for

I was going through my blog drafts list and found this. This is a post I wrote immediately after giving my second interview at Tonbo Imaging. It was a disaster, and I was far too discouraged to publish it. It has been three months since I wrote this, and am now interning here :) - I sat through one of the most embarrassing interviews I've ever faced - at a company I genuinely would love to intern at, and later hopefully work at. The company makes products. Keywords. Make . Product . They're not just another Indian service startup/company that barely goes beyond making apps and websites to claim they solve real world problems. These people really do solve a real world problem. They really do *make* things that solves problems. Having gone through A LOT of potential places I'd like to work at, these guys were the only one to employ people from fields like electronics, mechatronics, design and software. Software was just a small section. A true combination of hardware

Money, the Governor of this World

Highly unstructured flow of thoughts on money. Not sure if I'm going to be able to make my point by the end of this. The thought of how money controls this planet keeps surfacing my mind every now and then. The world needs a common mode of trade to function, and thus money was invented to bridge the gap of trade. The problem however is that our entire society functions solely on this one object . All our life decisions are based factoring money into account. From the cook that comes to our home, to the guy that runs the local store downstairs, to the professors that taught us (lol) at university, to the people I work with at office. The career we invest in, the school we attend, the place we live, the job we do.   Our life decisions are too heavily based on this one man made tool! Money was created as a tool for exchange; we've all heard about since Kindergarten. The secret is, let it be just that, and nothing more. Money is a level of abstraction above what value you can

Website Update!

Image I've finally updated my website! I now realize I never blogged about it, though it should have been the first thing I wrote about. I love it dearly. I've designed it in a way that makes it a very effective way for me to keep track of the major professional events in my life. I created it when I was in my junior year, when I started applying for internships for the summer. I figured instead of sending boring resumes all around, a simple link and a fancy cover letter would do the trick. I later realized most Indian companies aren't of the same opinion, and that they are accustommed to those dull resumes, but nevertheless the website helped me learn a lot. For starters, I got a deeper hold on Python Flask and deploying it to the web. I started the website with two basic intentions; one to keep a track of all the projects I've done, and second a place to store my favorite music, and analyze how they change over time. I ended up doing neit

AR is the Future

The HoloLens arrived at our office this week, and I've spent about 5 minutes everyday, amusing myself at what the future is going to be like. The possibilities are truly endless - start by watching the video. You know how a lot of companies exaggerate their product in their demo video, and it ends up being nothing as fancy as what you saw? The HoloLens is exactly what they've shown! The projections you see really do look like they're there! In a very simple demo application, you can choose from a set of holograms, resize them and place them anywhere you like. Honestly, anywhere you see space. I placed a hip-hopper guy on my table, a miniature Nasa rocket on the entrance to our floor, and the Globe in the center of the room. And everything looks extremely real! You can move around the holograms, go as close as a centimeter to them, and they all look like a part of your world! This is the future - but it's scary. To the people who aren't a part of the HoloLens

Where Have I Been?

It has been a month since I've posted anything here! Every now and then when I think it is high time I write about something, I remember the enourmous amount of documentation I have to go through. There is lots that has happened in the past month or so, and I wish I had taken out time to blog about each one of them. My marvellous 4 years (now I know that it's actually 3, really - you generally intern at a company in your last semester, and the semester before that you spend looking and worrying about where you'll be put up in the last semester). College was extraordinary. Now that I've started interning, I realise why everyone says they are the best years of their life. Its much harder to meet like minded people - the equally clueless sorts you met when your first joined university. Once you're out of that town full of people like you, it isn't easy to meet people who are willing to share their clueless-ness. (Trust me, everyone is - no one has any idea what

The Thought Train

Thoughts. I woke up in a strange trance like state this morning. There are questions to which I finally had answers to - a simple theory, an explanation to a particular thought that I have been trying to articulate for the past several months. It was all so clear, every thought, every word that my mind spoke made perfect sense. Like magnets each thought clicked in perfect harmony, leading me from one sentence to the next. I haven't had such a flash of clarity in months, though this lasted for probably under a minute. And just as my conscious brain kicked in, it all seemed to go away. I forgot the keywords of every sentence that led me from one to the next. Much like hearing the sound of an engine take off, seeing a train leaving the station as soon as you arrive at the platform, this train of thoughts fled just as I was about to make sense of it. I am still unable to work back how the dots connected, and am not certain how long it'd take me to be able to pen down what I

Signing PDFs is a looong process!

tldr; Signing pdfs is a looong process - it takes me 15 minutes every time I do so! You open your email and see a pdf that needs to be signed and sent back. Until 2005 or so, when phones were not smart, and they didn't know the Internet existed, it'd be a huge hassle to digitally sign these pdfs. (Or so I've been told - I was just 10 around that time.) People then would first print, sign, scan and then finally send the signed pdf. I suppose that'd take around 30 minutes. It takes me 10-15 minutes now and I'm not really glad about it. Here's what I do. I've kept a saved copy of my signature on my laptop saved as a .png (I'm certain that's not the smartest thing to do). I open that on GIMP. If the pdf requires the date to be written I do this - take a blank piece of paper, write the date, take of picture of that, send it to my computer via gmail (not very proud of using gmail for this.) Then, I download the pdf, open each page that requ

I have 100,000 installs!

Jan 2016 Me : So I spent the whole weekend working on this app - it was a whole lot of fun, though I barely slept. I found this amazing website with brilliant content and thought it'd be cool to make an app out of it. Friend : Its great, but do you reckon anyone would use it? Oct 2016 Me : Over ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND   people have used it, and about 60% use it regularly! :D Friend : Whaaaat! How? LifeHacks on Google Play . Here are the numbers behind the scenes. A collation of statistics and insights you may find interesting. Total Installs (number of unique users the app has been installed by) Interesting note: The first 1,000 installs took 3 months (Mar'16); The first 5,000 installs took 5 months (May'16); The first 10,000 installs took 6.5 months (Jul'16); and now I get around >3,000 installs a day. Exponential growth! Currently Active Installs (i.e., number of users with the app still installed) It's about 60% retention rate, whic