Thejesh GN

A Blog, A Website and A container for all my views with excerpts from technology, travel, films, india, photography, kannada, friends and other interests. I am Thejesh GN. Friends call me Thej

Civics that Your Kid should Learn

Posted by Thejesh GN On July - 19 - 20113 COMMENTS

According to me kids should be taught about their city and civics of their city very early. Unfortunately most of the school syllabus ignores that part of scial science. That is where BalaJanaagraha is trying to bring change. A very close friend of mine Sanjana has co-authored "Me and My City" for school children. This year thousands of Bangalore kids will learn about their city and governance from this book. Congratulations Sanajana.

If you don’t live in Bangalore or If your kid doesn’t study in one of those BBMP schools. Don’t worry, you can download and print a copy. Others can check the embedded Scribd copy below.

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My Mobile Data Usage

Posted by Thejesh GN On July - 13 - 20111 COMMENT

For last six months I have been collecting the data about my internet usage on phone. I was doing this to decide on data plan. This is related to only the data usage on cellular networks and not on WIFI. Its 2G only and was captured using 3G watch Dog.

What does data say?
Daily average (both upload and Download) : 16.4 MB
Monthly average (both upload and Download): 492 MB
Heavy usage day: Thursday (27.6 MB)
Least usage day: Tuesday (11.6)

Conclusion:
I use way less than I thought. I will continue using the same plan. I don’t need any upgrades.

data usage
Data visualizations was done using manyeyes matrix chart. Click here or on the image above to interact.

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Book: Anything you want

Posted by Thejesh GN On July - 10 - 20111 COMMENT

Anything you want

Just finished Anything you want by Derek Sivers. Its not your boring business book even though it talks about CDBaby. Its a small book with lots of stories. It reads like a blog, hence its more personal than most of the business books. But it does have some good suggestions for anybody who wants startup anything.

Some interesting quotes from the Book

  • When you make a company, you make a utopia. It’s where you design your perfect world.
  • “Revolution” is a term that people use only when you’re successful. Before that, you’re just a quirky person who does things differently.
  • If you’re not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, say “no”.
  • Resist the urge to punish everyone for one person’s mistake.
  • Whatever you make, it’s your creation, so make it your personal dream come true.

Another interesting part of this book is about the way it got published. Its published by Domino Project, started by Seth Godin.

The Domino Project is named after the domino effect—one powerful idea spreads down the line, pushing from person to person. The Project represents a fundamental shift in the way books (and digital media based on books) have always been published. Eventually consisting of a small cadre of stellar authors, this is a publishing house organized around a new distribution channel, one that wasn’t even a fantasy when most publishers began.

For most of us Indians, its not available if its not on FlipKart :( So Domino Project please do push it to FlipKart. Kindle owners don’t have to worry.

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My Workflow with Mercurial (Hg) and bibucket

Posted by Thejesh GN On June - 29 - 20112 COMMENTS

Mercurial is a free, distributed source control management tool. It efficiently handles projects of any size and offers an easy and intuitive. Bitbucket is a free code hosting site for the popular Mercurial distributed version control system. You know the reason why I chose Bitbucket/Hg as opposed to GitGub/git. This tutorial is my regular workflow involving Mercurial and BitBucket. I hope its useful to you too.

1. Create or Fork a Repository at BitBucket
There are two ways to start with bitbucket. Either create a new project repository or fork/join existing repository. By forking you will create a new repository which is an exact copy of the original repository with you as admin. You can also contact the admin of existing repository and join as contributer. Make sure you have write access so you can push the changes.
Bitbucket Hg Repository

2. Install TortoiseHg on your local machine
TortoiseHg is a Windows shell extension and a series of applications for the Mercurial distributed revision control system. It also includes a Gnome/Nautilus extension and a CLI wrapper application so the TortoiseHg tools can be used on non-Windows platforms. Its available for Win, Linux and MacOS.
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Mathematics on Web

Posted by Thejesh GN On June - 27 - 201110 COMMENTS

At some point of time course material of Processing will go online. I believe in true web and hence the presentations are in HTML. Last two days I was struggling to put some mathematical formulas with out breaking the web. The best I could find was MathJax. Its an open source JavaScript display engine for mathematics that works in all modern browsers. No plugins required and uses @font-face for displaying. Its future proof as I am writing all my formulaes in MathML. Its good to know its compatible with screenreaders used by people with vision disabilities.
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