Online Privacy Should Be Modeled on Real-World Privacy

Monday, September 7, 2020
I read Daring Fireball often and one of the things I strongly agree with Gruber on is privacy. I think privacy ought to be a fundamental right and I loathe the practices of tech companies that are formulated on invading it. That is also why I use DuckDuckGo as my default search engine. John Gruber wrote this post following Apple’s new iPhone ad (watch it, it is a great one) about companies act as privacy thieves by tracking people across the internet. Continue reading...

Good Sudoku

Saturday, August 22, 2020
I’m a sucker for sudoku. I was obsessed about 7-8 years ago and solved it every single day for a while (thanks, Mumbai Mirror!). In the week after I watched and posted about the Miracle Sudoku, Zach Gage and Jack Schlesinger released a great sudoku game. I have been obsessed and can’t stop playing. My total daily phone screen time is ~2.5 hours and >20% on average has been playing Good Sudoku for the last few weeks. Continue reading...

How the pandemic might play out in 2021 and beyond

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
One thing that has constantly been on my mind for the last 7+ months: The COVID-19 pandemic 1. There’s so much I have read about it, heard about it, tried to learn about it, but a thought exercise around long-term implications of it fascinated me early on. Thereafter, I spent a weekend looking at the how walking and driving habits had changed in various Indian cities. More recently, as discussions around vaccines progress, and we learn more about SARS-CoV-2 and how it attacks the human body, I have also been thinking about what we can expect in the medium- to long-term as governments succeed or fail in controlling the spread of the pandemic. Continue reading...

The United Nations of Uniqlo

Friday, July 24, 2020
Over the last 18 months, Uniqlo has gone from being a brand I had no idea existed to my preffered clothing brand. The simplicity of the designs and the great quality of the clothes have won me over. Be it solids, polos or graphic tees. So when The Economist had a profile piece about Uniqlo by Amelia Lester, you bet I read it. Some quotes that are telling of the story of the company, its success and its goals: Continue reading...

Takeaways from the WWDC 2020 Keynote

Monday, June 22, 2020
I am an Apple enthusiast, and I just watched the WWDC 2020 keynote. Here’s what I thought (in no specific order): iOS 14 Reaching for the top row apps on my iPhone 7 Plus is not easy. I can rarely, if ever, use my phone with a single hand anymore. So, I appreciate the new home screen layout. It definitely appears useful at first glance. I can see myself adding Dark Sky (wait, will it still be updated? Continue reading...

The Miracle Sudoku

Thursday, June 18, 2020
Trust me and take 25 minutes out to watch this. Just trust me.

Playing with Apple's COVID-19 Mobility Data for India

Saturday, June 13, 2020
I came across Apple’s COVID-19 mobility dataset in mid-May. Instantly, I was curious. I have been interested in understanding how the world is changing ever since the pandemic begam, and thinking about what it means in the short and long-term. As I started exploring the data and seeing some interesting patterns in there, I started thinking about if there were ways I could share it and make it public. Of course, there’s always Jupyter Notebooks, but I don’t enjoy making my notebooks overtly formal and presentable. Continue reading...

What Will be the New Normal?

Friday, April 24, 2020
On January 31, 2020, when USA started restricting entry into USA from China, I felt lucky that it happened then, and not 20 days earlier when I was flying through Beijing on my way back to USA. Little did I imagine then that it was only the beginning of what was to come in the next few months (years?). Over the last 6-weeks, SARS-CoV-2 (2019-nCoV) has transformed the world as I knew it. Continue reading...

Instagram has Terrible Account Security

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
A few days back, someone reached out to me suspecting that their Instagram account had been hacked. What followed was me helping them work through every available way to lock down their account and then convincing them that they had done everything and it didn’t seem like it was hacked. In the process, though, as a proof-of-concept, I followed the same procedure I helped them go through. That brings me to what I learnt about Instagram and its account security practices. Continue reading...

Why I Use Apple Maps

Friday, February 28, 2020
For over 3 years now, since I moved to USA, I have primarily relied on Apple Maps for all of my travel and mapping needs. And the reasons for it, in more or less my order of priority, are pretty simple: Apple Maps has all the places and locations I have ever wanted to go to. There hasn’t been a single place that I have tried to go to and not found it on it. Continue reading...
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