technology and zen of life

“A heisenbug (named after the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) is a computer bug that disappears or alters its characteristics when an attempt is made to study it.”

Instagram – Using the API

First a short introduction on Instagram, it is an iphone app for taking pictures, adding filters to make them look retro, and then for sharing them with sites like Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and Facebook, more importantly, it’s a simple social network of other people’s photos. You can “like” or comment on the photos, and see what’s new. It’s easy and doesn’t take much time or effort. This is one of the reasons it has become so popular so quickly.

What is also good to know is that Instagram has recently released an API which the user’s can use to fetch pictures that users upload to the website. In this article I want to discuss that API and how to use it to make the most out of it.

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Here is a nice TED talk on how to live a long life….

It talks about what life styles actually help one to live long and healthy life.

Using an old computer as a Network storage

I have been thinking of writing this article for some time now. I am currently planning to do a series of articles describing various ways you can convert an old PC into a useful device. Some of the areas I want to cover are converting the PC into –

  • Movie / MP3 player
  • Network storage device
  • Network hub / monitor / dhcp server

In this article I want to look at converting your computer into a network storage.  First lets look at the basic requirements your system must meet to be able to be used as a network storage

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Useful search tools

I want to share these two amazing search tools:


The first one is an awesome song lookup search engine. Ever had that tune stuck in your head and not being able to remember the song ? Just tap the rythm into this cool web application and it will try and look up the song for you!! Okay I admit that the database that the site uses is far from covering all the songs but if it is one of the popular songs the chances that you find it are really high!

Next is a reverse image lookup. Pretty useful if you have an image and want to trace it to its origin. Although I have not used this much but I did try to lookup random shots and tried to look them up with success! So happy reverse searching!

If you know any other useful outside the box search sites let us know by posting them here.

Google 2011 april fools

If you are anything like me the first thing that 1st April brings you to is to check what did google did this year as a part of their prank. Initially I was a bit depressed when I could not find anything on the major Google web services pages but a look on the Gmail page was not disappointing

Introducing Gmail motion

The technology which looks quite similar to the Xbox kinect is now available with Gmail!! Check out their promotional video

for the official announcement go to

Happy April fools day!

Teaching kids to be entrepreneurs

An amazing TED video.

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Zap the channel errr.. site?

Stumbleupon has taken up my huge amount of hours, stretching deep into the night, into the wee hours of many mornings while promising a never ending stream of interesting randomness at the click of the mouse. Recently in January Stumbleupon with its 12 million users surpassed Facebook and its 600 million users in the amount of web traffic. Thats 50 times more traffic per average Stumbleupon user then an average Facebook user!!

So what is Stumbleupon? To be put it is an adventure that takes you around the wonderful world of Internet. Traditionally Internet is designed to work like most other computer related technologies; which is answer based systems. It does not allow you to discover content on its own. On the other hand Stumbleupon is all about discovery. It lets you discover, share and recommend web pages based on your topics of interest. There are currently about 700 million pages served per month to its 12 million + user base!

Once you register for an Stumbleupon account you set up your list of topics that you would like to read about. The best way to stumble your way through is to get the Stumbleupon tool bar which lets you stumble/rate and discover new pages from the tool bar. The concept of Stumbleupon is straightforward, when you come across a webpage you like, you “stumble” it telling people that you like it. Similarly you can also rate a page with a “thumbs down” if you don’t like a certain page. These pages are known as your “stumbles”.

It is one service that I would recommend everyone to give a shot at!


Quotable quotes

I have this habit of collecting quotes that I find interesting here are 50 randomly selected quotes:

  1. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.   —Albert Einstein
  2. Eighty percent of success is showing up.  —Woody Allen
  3. I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.   —Wilson Mizner
  4. The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge    —Daniel J. Boorstin
  5. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.   —William Arthur Ward Read the rest of this entry »


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