Why television and movies are captivating

From Philip K. Dick’s 1978 article “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later” (emphasis mine): The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. George Orwell made thisContinue reading “Why television and movies are captivating”

Happy Birthday to ion

Note: I no longer work with IonLab since Nov 12 of 2009. One year ago, on this day, we launched ion, the ipod charger. The launch was just one blog post. That’s it. Within two hours, Atul Chitnis bought the first ion in our online store. We celebrated. But hold on, let’s rewind the storyContinue reading “Happy Birthday to ion”

Barcamp Bangalore 6 Day 2

Day 2 of Barcamp Bangalore No. 6 (Apr 20 Sun) started off on a pleasant note because I just had to stop and admire the greenery of the IIMB campus. Had an impromptu discussion on development on Nokia Phones with Ashwin and another person who worked in Nokia. Surprised to hear that it costs soContinue reading “Barcamp Bangalore 6 Day 2”

Barcamp Bangalore 6 Day 1

For the uninitiated, Barcamp is an “unconference” which means its a place where people meet, but all the usual rules of a conference do not apply (hence the ‘un’). The best part about any conference is usually the hallway crowds where people say hi and end up engaging in some of the most passionate discussions.Continue reading “Barcamp Bangalore 6 Day 1”

Web dev frameworks vs RIA

How do traditional web development frameworks cope with RIAs? By RIAs, I am referring to the Flex/Silverlight model (Ajax has a hybrid model in my view, so I’m not discussing that here since I don’t want to muddle up the question). Coming back to topic, I see that the traditional web development frameworks are inside-outContinue reading “Web dev frameworks vs RIA”