Before You Ask For Help
July 5, 2021

One of the most valuable pieces of career advice I received was this answer on Stack Exchange by Joel Spolsky. The question is: How many questions are appropriate to ask as an intern? Here’s what Joel has to say.

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Brian Kernighan on Open Office Plan
June 1, 2021

In his book, Unix: A History and a Memoir, Brian Kernighan talks about the Unix room at Bell Labs where the operating system was developed, and contrasts it with the modern open offices.

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Work in Progress
March 24, 2021

Feature requests, bug reports, support calls, and an onslaught of customer requests. Is this what your typical day looks like? You are reacting to other people’s demands and needs, fighting battle after battle after battle. You spend the whole day on shallow, urgent tasks while losing track of important ones. Could there be a better way?

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Programming Ruby
March 15, 2021

I have started learning the Ruby programming language for one of my side-projects that uses Ruby on Rails. Now the project is simple enough so that I could get by without knowing Ruby. But I thought learning the language would be a worthwhile project in itself.

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I Have a New Email
March 9, 2021

I have finally made a switch to Hey for email. From now on, you can send me an email to

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Programming Music
February 24, 2021

For the last few weeks, I have been programming while listening to the Harry Potter theme. It has done wonders for my productivity.

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Work From Anywhere
February 15, 2021

The trend catches on. On Friday, Spotify announced their “Work From Anywhere” program, which lets employees work from anywhere in the world, while still paying San Francisco and New York salaries.

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Let Me Unsubscribe
February 4, 2021

Don’t you just love when your entire sign-up workflow is done in minutes, and your bank transactions involving money are done in seconds, but a simple ‘unsubscribe’ from the marketing emails may take up to 10 business days to take effect?

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How to Automatically Push Code After Commit
January 31, 2021

If you are a solo developer working on a project, and need to push your changes immediately after committing them to the repository, Visual Studio Code has a shortcut that will make your life easier.

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Google's SEO Guidelines
January 29, 2021

Search Engine Optimization is about helping Google understand and present your website so it’s shows up prominently in the search results. This is an overview of the basics of SEO according to Google.

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Classification of Investments
January 28, 2021

Prof. Damodaran, who is my favorite finance writers, wrote a post on the classification of investments into assets, commodities, currencies and collectibles. Here’s a brief summary.

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Self-Driving Cars
January 5, 2021

Gone is the optimism of just a couple of years ago. All that remains is the delusion of grandeur.

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Hopes and Dreams
December 28, 2020

There was a young man who, in his youth, expressed a desire to become a great writer. When asked to define “great,” he said,

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Looking for a Roommate
June 25, 2020

I am looking for a roommate to share my one bedroom apartment on Quadra-Mckenzie. It’s a semi-private room, most suitable for students who are looking for temporary stay.

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Working From Home
March 20, 2020

I have been working from home this week. Though I miss my awesome colleagues at CityView, I am also enjoying the solitude and the quiet work environment at home, where I can work in a focused state for a couple of hours straight without constantly getting interrupted every 15 minutes.

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Books I Read in 2019
January 1, 2020

Though I didn’t read as many books as last year, I read them with more focus and understanding. Here are all the books I read in 2019.

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Books I Read in 2018
January 15, 2019

As a bibliophile, 2018 was a great year. I read 70 books and skimmed through many more, averaging at least five books per month. Here is a list of all the books I read last year.

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Stoic Programming
April 4, 2018

I have been studying Stoicism for more than 2 years now. The more I read Seneca, Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus, the more I realize how Stoic principles can be valuable when applied to programming. This post is a quick reminder to myself when I am writing software.

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February 10, 2018

“It’s not the external events that cause us trouble, but only our perceptions about those events.”

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End of History
January 29, 2018

History, it seems, is always ending today. It’s easy to imagine how much I have changed over the years. At 27 today, I have almost nothing in common with the 22-year old Akshay. Looking into the future, however, is quite a different story altogether.

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Patterns of Unproductivity
November 7, 2017

I had a terrible day at work. Cannot think of a day when I have been so unproductive. I devoted less than 10% of my brain cells on any meaningful work. There are some definite patterns here. Calling these patterns out might help me avoid them in the future.

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Developer Pay
November 1, 2017

A question has been lingering in my mind for quite a while. Are software developers entitled for the time they put on at the work, or are they supposed to get money only for the work that actually goes on building the working product?

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August 21, 2014

I leave for Canada tomorrow. It’s exciting. The year has gone by so fast. It feels like yesterday when I quit my job. So much has happened since then. Here’s a summary of my year so far.

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October 3, 2013

I went to a study-abroad seminar hosted by GeeBee this morning. They did an excellent job of explaining the process to pursue higher education abroad.

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Hello World!
July 21, 2013

After two weeks, I have left my job at Neeble Technologies. I feel exhilarated. The last four years of my life were dedicated to the single-minded goal of becoming a software engineer, get a high-paying job at an MNC, and live happily ever after. I don’t know what I am going to do next.

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