Pardon the Programming Interruption

November 21, 2011

Nope, this has nothing to do with software development. But for regular readers, a few things to note: If you have subscribed to the RSS feed, please validate if you have subscribed to There is a digit “2” at the end of the “feeds” sub-domain. Apparently, the “new” FeedBurner wants it that way. If you […]

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The Increasing Sophistication of Spam

September 25, 2011

Erik talks about a new type of spam comments: a series of posts have started to come in that follow a distinct pattern. They’ll include some insipid compliment not referring to the content at all, and contain exactly one misspelled word. So, something like “Wow, great contnet!” The other defining characteristic is that they all […]

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Great Software Development Blogs Revisited

January 9, 2011

I see that of my list of 5 great software development blogs from 2007, only one (Scott Berkun) is still going strong. Jeff Atwood is still posting, but much less frequently than before. The others have officially quit. I wonder if the age of great software blogs is over. Many of my other favorite software […]

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Software Development Blogs

June 29, 2009

Jurgen Appelo has the latest edition of the top developer blogs up. Surprisingly, I have jumped from 149 to 127 despite having a couple of months where I hardly wrote anything at all, and also after a move to WordPress that seems to have dropped my RSS subscribers by half. I have been noticing the reduced […]

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WordPress Move

June 17, 2009

I changed my hosting from Blogger to a hosted instance of WordPress. I hope this does not result in a deluge of posts to your blog reader (Google Reader does that sometimes). Thanks for continuing to read my blog. If you are not yet subscribed, you can subscribe using a blog reader at or […]

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April 13, 2009

Or, translated from Australian, miscellaneous items, in this case, too small to write a long blog post on. And a bit too long for Twittering.  So here are a few of those thoughts: Most newspapers have fact checkers for their articles and reports. Newspapers are dying and being replaced by bloggers and other websites. Several […]

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Best English Software Blogs by Malayalis

April 3, 2009

I am not entirely sure why I did it, but I spent a few hours going through every single blog in the Kerala Blog Roll maintained by Manoj Prabhakaran, Asst. Professor at the University of Illinois. Out of those, I looked at those public blogs related to software or technology written in English and updated […]

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Some Fun WordPress Stats

February 5, 2009 just published their statistics for the month of January: 372,519 blogs were created. 393,836 new users joined. 4,592,097 file uploads. 2,710 gigabytes of new files. 553 terabytes of content transferred from our datacenters. 8,771,891 comments. 6,528,657 logins. 1,073,421,738 pageviews on, and another 945,105,050 on self-hosted blogs (2,018,526,788 total across all WordPress blogs we […]

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When Ads Destroy Branding

January 30, 2009

The reason why free markets work is that profit is a powerful motivator for economic activity. Supply and demand in the marketplace drive production, encouraging greater investment in goods demanded more by consumers. This is just as true on the Internet. There is a growing need for online services and information, and suppliers are rushing […]

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The Ugly Side of Online Success

January 29, 2009

Once again, another blogger (Michael Arrington of TechCrunch) is targeted with death threats. This is fast becoming too crazy for comfort: Something very few people know: last year over the summer an off balance individual threatened to kill me and my family. He wasn’t very stealthy about it — he called our office number, sent […]

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