Category Archives: Software

My Oculus Rift CV-1 Experience & Review: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Introduction My First VR Experience Getting the Oculus Rift Opening the Box and Setting up my Rift (aka My Precious) My First Oculus Rift CV-1 Experience Game Reviews The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Top 10 tips for using your CV-1 TL;DR   Growing up, all kids have dreams. Some want to be Pilots, others want to be Astronauts and some aspire to be like our cinema heroes, like the swashbuckling Indiana Jones. Well, last week, that dream was realized for thousands of grown up kids all across the world. How? Because for the first time ever, we all Read More →

How I got my dream job

  Trawling through 20,000+ job posts. Applying to 4,000+ jobs, giving out over 1000 business cards, talking to over 250 people on the phone for contacts and recommendations, and a 100+ interviews later, I finally have my dream job! I generally get one of 2 reactions when folks hear the details about my journey. 1. Oh man, thats a lot of time and work. Really Commendable. 2. Man, you had to go through that much? You either didnt apply right or you didnt really fit the job profile, you got lucky!   To be honest, its a little bit of Read More →

What is it about Technology that excites us?

It starts with an idea. An idea to create. To make something by fusing together our mind, electronic components, software and a little bit of electricity. Isnt that what any device is? It starts with all of that and one more thing. It has to be something that people want to use. It has to be something that delights them and fascinates them. It has to let people to do something that they couldn’t even imagine doing before. That is what technology is.   When people started making computers, it was about digitizing human effort. Even before that, people mechanized Read More →

Google BigQuery vs MapReduce vs PowerDrill

  What is big data? Today, every electronic device that we use, transmits some kind of data and most of it is being collected. We generate over 2.5 Exabytes (2.5 billion Gigabytes) every single day. In corporations, the most common types of big data collected are Log Files, Infrastructure Resource monitoring details and Spam data.   What is Big Query / Dremel / Apache Drill? Dremel is a querying service that allows you to run SQL queries against huge datasets (think hundreds of millions of rows).  It is quite simple to use and extensive development experience is not required to use Read More →

Top 15 Must Play iPhone Games!

I have been a iPhone user for 5 years now. From the 3G to the 5S. And I have loved playing games on the iOS platform. I think the main reason is because the platform just works. The OS is stable, the hardware can be repaired anytime in the store and even though the app approval policy may be strict, it makes for a seamless gaming experience. I would like to note that I am not flaming other platforms at all. They have some great features that I wish Apple would integrate, using an iPhone is just personal preference. I Read More →

Retro Games: Windows 3.1

Windows 3.1 Retro Games We all reminisce about the good old days and the great games from the days of Yore. Looking at the folder images above reminds me of so many of the games that kept me busy for hours. Hangman, Golf, SkiFree, Snake, Sticks, Jacks etc. Hence, I thought it would be a great idea to review some of the games that made me the gamer I am today. I’m planning on doing follow up posts on DOS games, Console Games, Win 95 and so on! If you have any thoughts or suggestions, leave me a comment below! Chips Challenge Read More →

Why Diablo 3 Shut Down The Auction House

A huge announcement was made yesterday for Diablo 3 fans. Blizzard has (finally?) decided to shut down BOTH the Gold Auction House (GAH) and Real Money Auction House (RMAH). The official announcement is available here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/10974978/ While the sudden announcement has the community chattering about the relevancy of the AH system, most people (including myself) see this as a boon to this game and simply wonder why this wasn’t done sooner ? Having a medium for players to trade and making there lives easier is great. However, Blizzard made a few huge mistakes while creating Diablo 3 and it seems that they Read More →

Humble Bundle

I think Humble Bundle is a really neat initiative. They provide interesting Digital Games (Origin, Steam) and eBooks (Mobi, PDF, ePUB) for a really cheap price and the providers donate proceeds to charity. Lets look at the current bundle. You get the following games for any price that you want. I believe the minimum is one dollar. And if you pay more than the current average price ($4.80), which will be $4.81, you get Battlefield 3 and Sims 3 too. There are a few reasons why this is interesting: 1. Price: Even though the games are old, its a really Read More →