Abhishek Desai

My, myself and the Internet

Month: January, 2009

The Sad Tragedy of Micro-Optimization Theater

The Sad Tragedy of Micro-Optimization Theater via Coding Horror by Jeff Atwood on 1/29/09 I’ll just come right out and say it: I love strings. As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t a problem that I can’t solve with a string and perhaps a regular expression or two. But maybe that’s just my lack of […]

How Obama Will Use Web Technology

How Obama Will Use Web Technology via TechCrunch by Guest Author on 1/24/09 Editor’s Note: The following guest post was written by Kevin Merritt, the CEO and founder of blist, a Web-based list manager and spreadsheet that was used on Change.gov, the Obama Administration’s transition Website. President Barack Obama was sworn into office this week […]

10 Steps To Protect The Admin Area In WordPress

10 Steps To Protect The Admin Area In WordPress via Smashing Magazine » Fonts by Sergej Mueller on 1/26/09 By Sergej Müller and Alex Frison The administration area of a Web application is a favorite target of hackers and thus particularly well protected. The same goes for WordPress: when creating a blog, the system creates […]

Obama’s India Policy & The China Factor

Obama’s India Policy & The China Factor via 1938 Media by info@1938media.com (1938 Media) on 1/13/09 As the world’s largest democracy, economic behemoth and nuclear power, India’s continued emergence as a bulwark of stability in Southeast Asia is pivotal to Barak Obama’s foreign policy portfolio. Since George Bush brokered the U.S.-India nuclear agreement in 2006, […]

Communicating with code

Communicating with code via Paul Buchheit by Paul Buchheit on 1/22/09 Some people can sell their ideas with a brilliant speech or a slick powerpoint presentation. I can't. Maybe that's why I'm skeptical of ideas that are sold via brilliant speeches and slick powerpoints. Or maybe it's because it's too easy to overlook the messy […]

50 Extremely Useful PHP Tools

50 Extremely Useful PHP Tools via Smashing Magazine by Jacob Gube on 1/20/09 By Jacob Gube PHP is one of the most widely used open-source server-side scripting languages that exist today. With over 20 million indexed domains using PHP, including major websites like Facebook, Digg and WordPress, there are good reasons why many Web developers […]

Love (and annoying)

Love (and annoying) via Seth's Blog by Seth Godin on 1/19/09 The goal is to create a product that people love. If people love it, they’ll forgive a lot. They’ll talk about it. They’ll promote it. They’ll come back. They’ll be less price sensitive. They’ll bring their friends. They’ll work with you to make it […]

State of Innovation in India: 2009

State of Innovation in India: 2009 via ReadWriteWeb by Bernard Lunn on 1/18/09 A year ago, I wrote about the State of Innovation in India, keying off an article I had written 10 years previously. Rather than wait another 10 years, ReadWriteWeb has decided to make this an annual review. This time, we have restricted […]

Why Google Employees Quit

Why Google Employees Quit via TechCrunch by Michael Arrington on 1/18/09 In 2008 Google HR set up a private Google Group to ask former employees why they left the company. We’ve been forwarded what appears to be authentic posts to the thread by a number of ex-Googlers, which we reprint below minus identifying information other […]

Thanks or No Thanks

Thanks or No Thanks via Joel on Software by Joel Spolsky on 1/14/09 “Simply because one programmer’s idea translated visibly and directly into a lot of money didn’t mean that the other team members weren’t adding just as much value to the business, albeit in a less direct way.” From my latest Inc. column: Thanks […]