India has been developing the startup culture quite seriously over the past half a decade. In this time I’ve seen dozens of ventures pop up and quite a few of them fizzle out. If you’ve gone through a startup bootcamp or an equivalent program, you’ve probably heard the stats. Failure rate of startups is pretty high. I admit, I am concerned. Not about the high failure rate. It’s about why quite a few Indian startups are failing these days.
I am concerned because they seem to not be getting their basics right. Most startup schools and accelerators tell you things that usually go wrong. Repeatedly. Yet there are other things they don’t tell you. Things they’d think are common sense.
Sometimes it is hard to spot these from the outside but if you do see these signs, you better have taken your ERT training seriously because the building is on fire and you better be prepared to evacuate people.
Continue reading Signs of a troubled startup
Yes, that’s one of the most often asked questions right after “What is that?”. I don’t often provide this explanation to techies because doing that is as simple as giving them a few lines of explanation and pointing them to a good website with information. The real challenge, if you ask me, is explaining this problem to the everyday Joe out there. Especially since, in a place like India you’re likely to hear “we have bigger problems than <insert issue here>“. This to me sounds like a blanket excuse for not wanting to deal with an issue at hand and here’s how I tend to answer such queries.
Continue reading Net Neutrality: Why should I care?
My Macbook Pro sometimes doesn’t detect it’s web camera when I’m trying to join a video call and it’s painful to have to reboot the machine to fix it. A simpler way (especially if you have root access to your machine) is to kill VDCAssistant from the command line.
sudo killall VDCAssistant
Once you’re done, restart the application that was attempting to use your web camera :)
When BitTorrent bought over μTorrent, they promised users that all adverts would be optional. They have, however, made it harder and harder to hide the adverts including now a set of hidden options. Thankfully users have found how to access those hidden options.
Turn off ALL Ads/Featured Content/Bundle Crap in μtorrent/Bittorrent:
Options > Preferences > Advanced
Turn ALL settings to false:
Options > Preferences > Hold Shift+F2 while clicking Advanced (Hidden fields)
Turn ALL settings to false:
Source: Forum post from Beasley
PowerShell is one of Windows’ most underused tools in my opinion. In many cases it rivals if not betters support that bash scripts provide.
If you want to remove the extension of a file (say removing ‘!ut’ from file names), it’s a simple one line command. Continue reading Mass renaming file extensions with PowerShell
Have your first look at Microsoft releasing the .NET source on GitHub: https://github.com/microsoft/dotnet
Full Linux and OS X support for .NET is coming soon! I hope this also heralds the arrival of Visual Studio for Linux and OS X :)
Yes, you heard that right! I just got notification from the asset management team at ThoughtWorks that IDEA IntelliJ 14 is out and we get free upgrades (since we have an upgrade subscription). If you haven’t seen the features already, you should check it out! It looks like an upgrade worth making, especially since it’s free ;)
So go ahead and upgrade now!
If you don’t mind using Spotify in a browser, you can use Hola Better Internet.
Admittedly, it’s not as cool as using the Spotify client on desktop but it’s certainly a lot simpler (and quicker) than managing proxy settings yourself ;)
Once you get used to the JetBrains suite of IDEs pressing Cmd/Ctrl+W for expanding selection becomes second nature. This leads to closing tabs on most applications such as text editors which is of little consequence since you can train yourself to use a different short cut.
My favourite text editor (Sublime Text) does not have this feature built in but it seems I’m not the only one who misses the expand region feature. Go grab your copy of ExpandRegion by Aron Woost from GitHub with full instructions on how to install on Windows, Linux and Mac.