• Movie Review

    The Internet’s Own Boy (2014)

    Ever since I read about the making of this movie “The Internet’s Own Boy”, I have been wanting to watch it. It is about the sad story of early demise of Aaron Swartz, the whiz kid of Internet who did pioneering work in RSS and galvanized the US public against SOPA. Last week when the movie was released it was available only as a Pay per view from Vimeo and geographically restricted to US only (later they had a different link for rest of world). It was an irony that both the restrictions (pay-wall and geography lock) was against the ethos that Aaron stood for and died for. On the…

  • The year without pants
    Book Review

    The year without pants

    Before you think the book is about something sleazy, it is about Software Project Management with a fancy title. Scott Berkun was a former Microsoft manager, in charge of first five releases of Internet Explorer. After which he turned to full-time writing. His earlier books on The Art of Project Management and Myths of Innovation are famous titles. WordPress is the Open Source blogging software that’s powering this very blog of mine. It is used by 60 Million other websites and is used by 22% of the top 10 million websites. So when I saw a book by Scott Berkun writing about his experience working for a year+ as a…

  • Apps

    calibre ebook management

    While I have used calibre – ebook management in the past, those usages were limited and I had mostly used it as a ereader. Books I bought from Amazon goes into my Kindle Touch and managed easily from Amazon.com. But I realized I have lot of ebooks from non-amazon sources especially PDFs of magazines I subscribe like IEEE Spectrum which needed better management than simply storing in OneDrive shared folders. So I explored the landscape. Since I use Apple iTunes to manage all my music, videos and iPhotos for pictures, I turned to Apple iBooks (now in Mac OS) but that didn’t work out. iBooks won’t help in Windows, which…

  • Apps,  Gadgets

    Use CDs in a PC with no optical drives

    This is an old trick, but an useful one especially for new PCs & Tablets which don’t come with optical drives to read CDs or DVDs. The other day my son brought a book with a CD of “The Human Body” and wanted to know how he can use it in his laptop.   His laptop being one of the new convertibles (Tablet and PC) doesn’t have an optical drive and it was running Windows 8.1 Update (what else you will expect in my house). First I tried copying the entire contents of the CD to a folder in a USB thumb drive, copied it to the laptop, tried launching…

  • Economy

    Heartbleed–Internet Software should be polygamous

    The last few days the news has been all about the Heartbleed internet security vulnerability that may have helped hackers to access thousands of users passwords and security certificates from websites around the world. This is a serious issue that has affected Internet due to the fact that over two-thirds webservers (Apache and nginx) run the vulnerable version of OpenSSL. WSWS explains at the software level on how 5 lines of erroneous code by not including a memory bounds check has resulted in this bug. If you look into the list of websites, services and devices affected by this bug in OpenSSL, you will spot many popular Linux & FreeBSD…