Ashish Kulkarni\’s Journal

October 19, 2006

links for 2006-10-18

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 3:39 am

October 18, 2006

links for 2006-10-17

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 3:38 am
  • We can now know more by knowing less…imagination and understanding of concepts create value in today’s world.
    – Learn to effectively use tools that allow you to forget.
    – Free your mind to understand concepts.
    – Leverage concepts against each other.
  • “Homophily” is the phenomenon where birds of a feather flock together, which creates a tight circle of self-similar recommendations that support individual prejudices. Breaking out of this circle creates serendipity: pleasantly surprising the user.
  • Why Paul Allen left Microsoft:
    “During one of the last long nights working to deliver DOS 2.0 in 1983, I am told that Paul Allen heard Gates and Ballmer discussing his health and talking about how to get his Microsoft shares back if Allen were to die.”
  • Experts suffer from knowing too much: the more facts one has, the more they can be enlisted in support of pet theories and more chains of causation can be found beguiling. Also, the future is seen to be indeterminate and the past as inevitable.

October 17, 2006

links for 2006-10-16

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 3:41 am
  • “since nobody seems to know very much about making good software, it makes sense to try to distill a little wisdom when possible.”

    1] Fail Fast
    2] Write Less Code (and DRY)
    3] Computer Programs Are For People
    4] Do The Right Thing
    5] Reduce State

September 22, 2006

links for 2006-09-21

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 3:38 am
  • While everyone will agree that addressing the cause is the best way to get a different effect, it is rarely put in practice … because effects are easily seen and causes are frequently hidden from view, they are completely misdiagnosed as a result.

September 21, 2006

links for 2006-09-20

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 3:43 am
  • The less you identify work with employment, the easier it becomes to start a startup: when you see your career as a series of different types of work, instead of a lifetime’s service to a single employer, there’s less risk in starting your own company.
  • Forms of cost-center technology:
    *) Differentiating: something that makes your business desirable over your competitors
    *) Non-differentiating: infrastructure upon which the above is built.
    Open Source is the key to spending less on non-differentiators
  • In Extreme Interviewing, you recreate the actual work environment with the existing team involved, with an equal focus on personal/technical skills. Reminds me of the quote: “you hire a juggler after seeing him juggle, but not so for a programmer.”
  • Great managers define what success will look like, and why that success will be meaningful, but then they get out of the way, allowing people creative license and the freedom in decision-making to motivate themselves in attaining that success.
  • The effectiveness of groups, teamwork, collaboration, and consensus is largely a myth. In many cases, individuals do much better on their own .. groups often breed false confidence that leads to unsound decisions which no one would have made on their own.
  • A good discussion of top 5 reasons why people quit
    1. Money
    2. Work is not challenging
    3. Too many challenges
    4. Company atmosphere
    5. The small stuff

September 20, 2006

links for 2006-09-19

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 3:40 am

December 27, 2005

links for 2005-12-27

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 10:35 pm
  • Q: Why are people so uncomfortable with Wikipedia, Google and that whole blog thing?
    A: Because these systems operate on the alien logic of probabilistic statistics, which sacrifices perfection at the micro scale for optimization at the macro scale.
  • Television is bad for your brain, but TV shows (via DVD/bittorrent) can be good for your brain. Some Reasons:
    1) TV Addiction is a distinct possibility
    2) TV News reduces left-brain logical thinking
    3) Having TV in background causes “brain drain”

December 26, 2005

links for 2005-12-26

Filed under: Links — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 10:37 pm

Humor from Overheard In The Office

Filed under: Humor — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 9:33 pm

I really love Overheard In The Office. Here are some recent gems that I particularly liked:

Agent #1: Why is that dog wearing a “W” on its head?
Agent #2: That’s not a “W”; it’s obviously an “M.” It’s just upside down.
Bystander: Um…those are reindeer antlers.

Boss: I’m getting nailed to the wall here, guys! C’mon! I’m not Jesus Christ! Help me out!

Manager: Here you go.
Employee: Oh, thank goodness. This is what she’s looking for…I’m so glad you found it. I would have had to redo it right now.
Manager: I found it on your desk.

CSR #1: What does IT stand for?
CSR #2: Idiotic tendencies.
CSR #1: Oh, so that’s why we forward them all the stupid questions.

CSR on phone: Sir, would you mind slowing down just a little bit? You’re really giving me a lot of information, and it’s not really registering in my brain because I’m still trying to type in all the other crap you told me.

Worker: So the Christmas party is mandatory?
Boss: Of course not, but if you don’t show you’ll probably be ostracized.
Worker: …And I have to sign a waiver to drink?
Boss: Do you think a company of lawyers would let everyone drink, then drive, and not cover their asses?

Co-worker #1: Where is my breakfast burrito?
Co-worker #2: Sorry bud, I totally forgot to order you one.
Co-worker #1: Next time I shoot my .357 magnum at the range…I’m going to draw your face on the target.

VP: There is only so much you can do with one hand.
Co-worker: I’m not going to touch that.

VP: We have to create the problem that the customer will want to solve.

Co-worker #1: I’m really hot.
Co-worker #2: I’m turning the heat down to 90. If anyone’s cold then they can go into [Jessica]’s office, but first you have to take off your clothes because it’s a sauna in there.
Co-worker #3: You shouldn’t tell people to take their clothes off before going into [Jessica]’s office.

Worker #1: Do you have any time available to meet on Thursday?
Worker #2: It will be pretty tough; I have back to back meetings all day.
Worker #1: How about 11AM?
Worker #2: Okay, I have nothing scheduled at all between 9AM and 5PM.

Warning: Incoming Links

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Ashish Kulkarni @ 2:10 pm

I’ve been going through my backlog of links on bloglines, and I’ve bookmarked well over 30 links, so expect that the next post will have a lot of links to read through!

I tend to put description about the links in the entry itself, instead of creating a blog entry for every link (that would be too many entries!) and a duplication of effort. I also treat it as a challenge to produce a 255-character elevator pitch for the article. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t 🙂 What do you think is the best way to go about it?

I’ll be posting how I use and bloglines to find good articles on the web within a few days.

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