GeoCaching, the adventure

So, the other day I stumbled upon the website of adventure filled game called ‘Geocaching’. It’s a real-life treasure hunt game for grown-ups. (check the official website for more info). Anyone can play and be part of the community; all you need is a GPS device and the curious mind.

Out of curiosity I downloaded its mobile app to see if we have any caches stored nearby. I’d be surprised if I find one in this area of the world. I learned that one is in ‘Elephanta caves’ and couple more in Mumbai city. That’s it. Upon searching other area (through the mobile app), I found one in Dadara & Nagar Haveli!! Yes, on the hill island in that big Dudhani water-reservoir (Madhuban dam)! What more interesting is the story of the couple who stored that geo-cache there. Mr. Thane Richard has excellent narrating skills and a gripping story. I couldn’t put down my mobile reading his 4 part series of blogposts till (4:00am) I finished it. I must confess, I’ve had no time reading thriller novels or adventure short-stories for last few years. But this is nothing less than a masterpiece, something hard to put down that you read in one sitting. It is worth checking out both the story and the phenomena, called “GeoCaching”.

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Sir Branson approves drones4good so do I

I follow and approve @drones4good, so do Sir Branson. Don’t hit the panic button just yet.

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I checked my blog (front side of the blog) after so many days. The fonts and site design looks old-fashioned, kind-of ‘classic’. Yes, then default theme TwentyTen for the WordPress has officially become classic. I’ll re-design my websites soon.

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Stop reinventing the wheel

…It’ll save you time and money. Use what is already there in the market- ‘ready-made’, ready to use. I remember, in college, I used to derive the math formula (in physics and calculus exam) if it doesn’t come to me off by heart. How silly of me, wasting precious time during test, deriving (reinventing?) what is universally accepted and given.

Fast forward to adulthood (the business decisions & real life scenarios): Compared to ready-to-use solutions out there, the do-it-yourself approach looks cheaper and attractive. You’re always tempted to use custom solution, tailor-made exclusively for you. But these often cheaper (or free as what they appear on the surface) solutions cost you a lot of time and end up very expensive in maintenance. You’d rather want to spend your time where it matter more than building something that is readily available. The customization or specialization that you may achieve in developing would hardly hardly make a difference of 10-20%.

I learned from the experience and the experiments but now I agree with the Hindi phrase महंगा रोये एक बार, सस्ता रोये बार बार ! for most of the cases.

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