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...

I Went to Statue of Unity

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Almost about a month ago, I visited the Statue of Unity (SoU), Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue near Baroda. Hailed as the biggest statue in the world, this was my first experience of visiting a tourist destination in India after living and traveling in USA for over 3 years. Here are some of my thoughts and observations from that visit, in approximate order of my visit: I was there on 26th December, 2019. Continue reading...

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Over the years, one thing that consistently bothered me was my inability to read and finish books. I started a lot of books, but finished rarely any. Over time, I lost interest in reading books. I read a lot of articles, blogs and news stories, some tens of thousands of words long, but I never got around to reading books. In late November, I decided that I wanted to change this about myself and that I wanted to read more. Continue reading...

Merriam-Webster Word of the Year 2019: They

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
There were a few things towards the end of 2019 that made me happy. ‘They’ being chosen as word of the year, was one among them. Over the last year, I have started using ‘they’ frequently as pronouns for people whose pronouns I did not know, and it started from something really simple: I choose to not give pronouns to someone else. I want to let them be them, pick their pronouns, respect their identity, and not judge them. Continue reading...

Another Website Update

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
I have had my personal website since early 2012. Since then, I have used a typical website hosting model and relied heavily on CMSes like WordPress to help me host things that I write. Over time, I have realized I was ambitious with what I set out to do and didn’t actually keep up with the various sub-sites that I created. That led to many of those WP installations becoming unused. Continue reading...
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