Doomed!

Doomed!

Recently I began noticing ants around the house. I don’t generally mind ants, as long as they don’t move around in numbers, but they found a dusbin, and the meagre treasure quickly caused a little black river to form across my clean floor. Soon they were inspecting all the clean surfaces and even the fridge. … Continue reading “Doomed!”

Quanta

Quanta

A colleague forwarded me an article that is waaaayyyy above my pay grade – mental ability to comprehend – but it is fascinating nonetheless. It describes how quantum error-correcting codes can protect against the fragility of quantum states in computing. Here is the article: https://www.quantamagazine.org/how-space-and-time-could-be-a-quantum-error-correcting-code-20190103/ I haven’t really thought about quantum physics much, because it … Continue reading “Quanta”

Adventure Riding

I am not a tall person. I am reconciled to this fact, and it never really bothered me much… until I decided to learn motorbike riding. Not just any motorbike riding either, but adventure riding, which takes you off-road onto surfaces varying from gravel highways to little twee-spoor tracks littered with loose rocks, pebbles and … Continue reading “Adventure Riding”

Influence

I subscribe to a few tech-related newsletters, and I found this interesting article discussing Instagram “influencers” and sponsored content in one of them: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/12/influencers-are-faking-brand-deals/578401/ Someone once said something to the effect of, if you’re not paying for a product, you are the product. YouTube, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter… social apps are free because they … Continue reading “Influence”

Agility

Let me make this clear: I am not an agile fan. I heard the murmurs when it started many years ago, and kept a watch on it. It sounded like a pipe dream: more collaboration, shorter development cycles, writing mo’ faster code mo’ better with less bugs, effortlessly changing the software as new requirements emerge. In … Continue reading “Agility”

Time to App

Time to App

Whenever someone hears that you’re an app developer, they say things like “You should write an app!” To which I usually reply “It’s all been done before.” Let’s face it, the Flappy Bird-phenomenon was a fluke, the kind I’m unlikely to chance upon.  Even though I knew all the apps had been written, albeit some … Continue reading “Time to App”