Author Archives: Johny

The last straw #Facebook

Facebook feed algorithm is driving people to extremism. It’s making their beliefs even stronger, cementing it further by watching likeable content repetitively. While Facebook notoriously, has been working on some or the other secret social experiments at large scale, this is the last straw. I have been tempted to stop using Facebook since many years but had hold back the thought because of the business clients on social media.
I don’t know how Mahesh Murthy manages to take a stand and use fb the same time… something to learn?
But I think they are not prepared for the negative consequences, the negative sentiments and extremism causing on the society at large. This may look bit vague, but this is a very serious concern.

This should be the movement, to stop Facebook from manipulating peoples mind. I think a mentor would help! Do you feel the same? Are you game for this? RT below tweet, or better yet, comment below (using your facebook credentials 😐 )

 

DrupalCon Asia here I come

DrupalCon 2016 -IIT BombayDrupalCon is happening in Asia for the first time. Lucky for me it’s happening in India, Mumbai near I live (at IIT Bombay to be precise). I’ve been following Drupal Events and news since the launch of D8; and thinking of attending the conference. Today is the last day to pay for the tickets and register for the event. I delayed my decision to max and paid more than double the super-early bird price. ₹ 8,000 is still considered an costly conference in India even if you bill it as business expense. I know it’ll payback. Drupal is a whole new level, compared to other obvious choices for website development (read WordPress & Joomla). I was blown away by the built-in features & the possibilities with Drupal 8. D8 took forever to launch since the last version (released in 2011) and it changed everything. I hope the wait is well worth, especially now, when I’ve decided to work on the project using Drupal platform. Currently I’m building it on D7 due to lack of mature modules. But, eventually more mods will be available to D8. Sooner the better. Better even before the launch of our app. My plan is to start working on Drupal 8 as soon as I am satisfied with MVP (minimum viable product/ prototype) on D7, and built it on HHVM instead of currently available version of PHP.  HHVM, the hacked PHP by Facebook team, is surely faster than PHP.

DrupalCon is multi-track (parallel lectures) event with loads of informative sessions and non-stop flow of the tips, lessons & knowledge. They have very unique session (or should I call it un-session?) called BoF.

Birds of a Feather sessions (or BOFs) are informal gatherings of like-minded individuals who wish to discuss a certain topic without a pre-planned agenda. BOFs allow groups to meet and discuss issues relating to regular conference sessions and talk out common problems facing the community.

Isn’t it cool? A space for like minded people with informal settings and no-agenda. I’m really excited to attend this conference. I never attended DrupalCamps (the smaller version) nor DrupalCons before. And I’m sure there’s going to be loads of take-away. I’ll write post-event blog about my experience.

If you happened to be coming to DrupalCon Asia next week feel free to ping me on twitter.

On your marks. Get set Go!

Vir Das, the comedian, actor in Bollywood has more active and less popular facet that you might not know. Perhaps he’s one of very few people in the film industry who are real, well versed & make sense.

He’s pretty active on social media, so go, follow him!

 
I’m bit late posting his YouTube video on anxiety about the exam results but I think it’s timeless, so here you go!

Tumblr doesn’t showcase SrBachchan blog

So the other day I thought to play around with Tumblr to learn about its services post acquisition. I signed up (from an Indian IP address), to create a new blog and found the place to be lonely. Tumblr offered me some blogs to follow, which I presume are popular. (Something very similar to twitter).

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But, I didnt get what was the obvious. The Amitabh Bachchan’s blog is not featured in Tumblr’s suggestion engine. It should have been featured, not only because of his super-stardom celebrity status, but because he’s got a very popular blog. Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most active blogger in India and the world. He’s been blogging regularly, everyday, posted more than 3000 articles for more than 6 years. On the next screen, upon deliberately searching for his blog by typing his name (yes, with spelling mistake, which most of us misspell Bacchan) I found no results. Surprisingly “NO RESULT” for ‘Amitabh Bacchan’. Shame on you, Tumblr!
Amitabh Bachchan, aka SrBachchan had to move from BiggAdda when it discontinued the blogging service. Tumblr ‘won’ Blog of Amitabh Bacchan and migrated old posts & images, when BiggAdda stopped its blogging service.
tumblr-sr-bacchan Tumblr should be grateful that Sr. Bachchan uses its platform for blogging, which otherwise is non-existent in India compared to prominent blogging platform, BlogSpot (& WordPress). Not only this gives free publicity and advertising to the Tumblr but also gives a strong message of recommendation as SrBachchan is using this blogging platform.

Recently, Mr. Bachchan clarified on blog about the 65 crore ‘gold-plated thali’ controversy. & I had a good laugh on how India.com manipulates the stories to create a buzz.