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How to kill a great platform

How to kill a great platform

There are few things in life more disappointing than watching a beautifully crafted, socially responsible, disruptive technology platform self-destruct from the inside out. With the launch of the so-called “web-extensions” versions of Mozilla Firefox – which now extends to the once reliable ESR (Extended Support Releases) branch – Mozilla has destroyed much of the appeal that Firefox once held for its community of loyal and devoted users and developers. This is a not a recent development. It started several years…

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An Epidemic in India

An Epidemic in India

Prologue A disease has spread throughout this great land of ours. To be sure, this disease is not new to us Indians. In some ways it has become part of our very national DNA. It has been with us for thousands of years. What harm then, one might ask, could such a familiar disease do to our nation and civilization if we have survived thousands of years with it? India today is not the India of old. India today is…

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Herniated Disc Exercises

Herniated Disc Exercises

Found a really nice set of five simple exercises for treating herniated or bulging discs. The exercises are: Cat-cow Bird-dog Lying prone face down with elbows tucked in under your sides Superman – with your arms either by your side, or folded behind your head, or stretched out in front Cobra or Mackenzie press-ups.

Speeding up WordPress

Speeding up WordPress

One common problem with wordpress sites is that they can seem sluggish compared to, lets say, sites built with static or single-file CMSs such as grav. There are several online tools which can help you check how fast your site is and how to optimize its performance. Two of these are pingdom and Google’s pagespeed insights. Putting my site through these two tools yields the following results: A more comprehensive list of online tools for testing your wordpress site speed…

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Transcending Bad Sci-Fi

Transcending Bad Sci-Fi

So I was watching “Transcendence”, the latest cinematic attempt to generate public hysteria about Artificial Intelligence (AI), or more specifically about Hard AI. I stopped watching around the 42 minute mark. Johnny Depp’s remarkably good portrayal of a scientist dying a slow and painful death from Polonium poisoning had kept me watching despite the utter nonsense being thrown around in the name of Sci-Fi. Then I got to the point, where one of a gang of anti-AI extremists says the…

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Some things … cannot be learned quickly

Some things … cannot be learned quickly

There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things, and because it takes a man’s life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave. – Ernest Hemingway (From A. E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, Random House, NY, 1966)

… and so it begins

… and so it begins

Welcome to my blog, gentle readers. Here you will be exposed to all manner of speculation and conjecture on my part. Those with an enhanced sensitivity to non-rigorous reasoning might occasionally experience a feeling akin to motion sickness. I urge such rigor-bound passengers to depart at the earliest exit. To the rest, welcome aboard. Happy trails!