Notes to self

Not gold alone brought us hither

Dec 17, 2011


This blog was hosted on wordpress until today. Starting with this post, the new home is github pages. Also, my online scrap book, i.e. my tumblog, has also moved here to github pages and is merged with my blog. This makes it easier to maintain the two streams as one. I was paying wordpress for using my personal domain name for the blog, but github allows this for free.

Another change with this move is that I am using Octopress to manage my blog posts. This allows me to keep my content archived on my computer, and eliminates the need for backing up the blog – just in case the service provider closes shop or looses my data for any reason. With Octopress, I am able to use Markdown to compose blog posts and that makes it worth all the trouble of moving from to github pages. For the curious, the raw content of the blog can be seen in the markdown format here.

There was an outage for about an hour during the time my domain name switched from looking at my blog to github pages, and this was due to a mistake I comitted while changing the name server entries with my domain registrar. Anyways, thats not a huge problem because this blog gets very few visits. The bigger problem due to this outage was with my email ( which is hosted on Google Apps, and during this time, all emails sent to failed to deliver. I am not sure if any important email was lost during this time – hope not!

Finally, everything is back up and running normally.

Dec 14, 2011

Making a mark

Paul Graham: > Graffiti happens at the intersection of ambition and incompetence: people want to make their mark on the world, but have no other way to do it than literally making a mark on the world.


Dec 2, 2011


The job of the average manager requires shift in focus every few minutes. The job of the average software developer requires that the developer not shift focus more often than every few hours.

Software Project Survival Guide

Nov 30, 2011

Great company

Everybody wants to work for a great company. Few want to make a company great.

Nov 26, 2011

Job security

Engineers mystify what they do, as a form of job security. Eventually people figure it out.

EC2 for Poets