State of Technology -#13

 #at_other_places –

#architecture – 
In line of Khan Academy, ‘Quantum Computing for the Determined’ is an excellent series of 22 short videos  

#code – 
Functional Programming – HowTo 

#design – 
99% Conference 2011 – Key Insights into Idea Execution — “Technology is part of every problem, and every solution.” “If you’re not being told you’re crazy, you’re not thinking big  enough.

#essay – 
Larry Sanger, who started WikiPedia, analyzes whether there is a ‘new geek intellectualism’? Have people started thinking that literature, philosophy, articulation, or formal education is not necessary?

#mobile – Best technical analysis of Andriod, ever – ‘ABS: The Guts of Android 

#saas – Classification of HTTP-based APIs and effect on performance, cost, simplicity

#tool –  All you ever want to know about DNS, from a UX magazine

#tweaks n’ hacks –  
‘Why do C++ folks make things so complicated?’


  • Missing the ‘old internet’? TeleHack will help


#parting_thought – Some great ideas work spectacularly the first time around, handsomely rewarding the original entrepreneurs. Others fail or flounder initially, sometimes multiple times, before a combination of the right entrepreneur and the right market and technology conditions unlocks their true potential.’

– John O’Farrell, General Partner at Andressen Horrowitz


About Nilendu Misra
I love to learn, create and coach. Things that I do well are - Communicating ideas - verbally or through words and diagrams; Problem Solving - Logical or Abstract; Very Large Scale Systems; think about 'Frighteningly Simple' approach first. Things that I intend to do better are - Establishing Stringent Process; Exchanging Tough Feedback; Keeping up with my reading or To-Do list to be able to completely relax.

3 Responses to State of Technology -#13

  1. mohanarun says:

    As regards the ‘geek intellectualism’ I think philosophy, art history, literature, etc. are bodies of knowledge which one can study but doesnt have much to apply in a real-world use case that has monetary value. It is knowledge for the sake of knowledge. All of the knowledge in these areas are google-able and it doesnt make sense to me that people would pay for studying these.

  2. doctordata says:

    It’s true things are searchable. Is knowing-as-needed adequate? As someone said ‘Education is what remains after you forgot things you learned’. Knowledge of seemingly irrelevance remains slightly below our conscious level, and often shows up as a main tool for cross-domain problem solving. Steven Johnson in his ‘Where Good Ideas Come From’ beautifully describes this process as ‘Exaptation’. Gutenberg’s printing press was a “combinatorial innovation” and the main idea of it came from wine press. Knowing something deep, like it is possible from a formal or self education or extensive reading, gives one time and space to think, question and ponder over cross-pollination of the core ideas that is not possible from Google. ‘If I need, I just search it’ knowledge is similar to having a dictionary, passionately built knowledge is like being articulate on one’s.Termite mounds in Africa uses only fraction of cooling energy needed by a similar building. It is possibly harder to stumble upon this via Google, or Reddit without consciously trying. The sheer number of people in Facebook that actually believes Onion news headlines — they probably saw it in a friend’s status message — to be true makes one think that Internet is a dispassionate multiplier. It could multiply knowledge. It could also multiply ignorance.

  3. mohanarun says:

    Well ‘geek intellectualism’ has been in practice here in India even before the “Internet” came along. The most prized courses were medicine and engineering and all the ‘cream of the crop’ students used to choose either of these, and other students who couldnt make the ‘grade’ were destined to take up subjects like philosophy, art history, literature, etc. Even today, if someone took to study literature because they took real interest in literature, they would still be perceived as ‘someone who couldnt make it to engineering or business management (MBA) or software engineering’. So I disagree that it is the internet that brought about ‘geek intellectualism’.

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