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//Boeing’s 737 Next Generation airliners have been struck by a peculiar software flaw that blanks the airliners’ cockpit screens if pilots dare attempt a westwards landing at specific airports.// The Register, 8 Jan 2020 Reading the above news made me ponder on the topic of building software for critical systems and the result was this brief post-Overconfidence in one’s ability (software) is dangerous. Writing software for operating aircraft is extremely complex, and, difficult to do. Those who do are brilliant engineers. At the same time, software engineers will do good to humanity if they remember that any software will (always)…

Reading a book

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it” After many weeks, I picked up a non-fiction book and was able to read it only for 15-20 minutes without reaching for my phone or PC to Google / take down…

Shocking news! Mr Puneet Agarwal, M.D. of Path India (Ltd), a leading highways and toll-plaza operator in the country, died in an accident at his farmhouse in Indore on the 31st December 2019, along with 3 others from his family. I had met Mr Puneet a year ago, through a mutual friend Mr Sanjay Vyas. Mr Puneet came out as a kind and simple person. In the first (and sadly the last) meeting itself, he generously welcomed me and another mutual friend to his office, showed us around his factories and personally drove us to his farm and farmhouse in the…

Backup

I used to be an obsessive ‘backup’ person. Decades ago, when I started coding in GW Basic and then Clipper, I always had backups in multiple floppies, and programs that I considered my masterpieces I even took printouts. With my…