• Events,  Lounge,  Speeches

    Launch of 100 Femto Satellites in Rameswaram, India

    I feel privileged to be part of the program today organized by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation to launch 100 Femto satellites in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. These tiny satellites weigh around 14 to 50 grams and were launched using balloons to study various elements in the atmosphere and its impact on seeds and other materials sent. The satellites were assembled by students of government and private schools around the country. The technology for the program was made possible by Space Zone India. About four records were made in the day and are due to be recognized by Asia Book of Records and World Book of Records, London including for…

  • Gadgets,  Homepage,  Speeches

    Mesh Wireless network in my house

    Prelude I have been writing here about my home networking experiments for more than a decade. In 2010 I shared the daisy-chaining wireless access points, in 2014 about installing a load-balancer to get failover between the two TELCOs (Airtel & BSNL), and, in 2019 on the two wi-fi routers (TPLINK Archer C50 & Mi Router 3C) I had bought. On the last one, it seems I had erred in my choice, as the routers didn’t have a Gigabit LAN port which I needed. In the recent weeks of 2020, I have been facing issues with frequent call disconnections during video calls and spotty connections in many places in the house – these…

  • Speeches,  Travel Review

    The art of slow travel

    This year-end many of us have cancelled our vacation travels. Let me help you. Join me in this 30-minute talk on “SLOW TRAVEL”. I believe, when you (are finally able to) travel it is important to be comfortable, observe the places, stop and smell the roses on the way. Then take a few good pictures for memory and to enjoy the local food and culture. I call this as “Lazy Travel”. It is about not hurrying to finish the items in your checklist, certainly not about camping or long stays, but to plan for spending reasonable time to do justice to a place that you are going. Let me know…

  • Microsoft,  Speeches

    Developing low-code apps with Microsoft Power Apps and AI Builder

    I think the future for the majority of the software being developed will be low-code (and by 2040 No-code) development platforms. Add to this the magic dust of Artificial Intelligence it becomes super exciting. In this connection, I was glad when I was invited to deliver a talk as part of a Microsoft India’s community event today. The title of my talk was “Developing low-code and AI apps with Microsoft Power Apps & Azure AI”. I demoed how easy it is to develop a simple blog viewer application, a blog sentiment analysis, text deduction from a newspaper clip and a food classifier to identify “Rasam” & “Papads”. Agenda: Why low-code…

  • Lounge,  Microsoft,  Social Media,  Speeches

    Maintain your social media san(ct)ity

    Today it has become fashionable to hate social media and talk in length about its bad influence. I have been using social media [Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and so on] from 2007. I consider myself to be active, I have been posting almost every single day most of the weeks and I respond with comments on other(s) posts too. I have benefited from social media, seen and experienced its goodness. In the last few years, the way I see has changed. In this talk, I will share with you what I have learned, my own experience, which will be useful to you in charting your own course. Trust me, I am…