Ramblings of an Eccentric Soul...

Husband to @HariniSaladi, moving web media forward, a musician, a gadget-freak, a committed geek, an artist, a babbler, a cook, a Tbird, Dark Knight on call.


Recent Tweets @gurupanguji

by Renganathan Ramamoorthy, gurupanguji.net

Honest, pithy, insightful. Highly recommended read.

Leica taps Audi’s design team for new mirrorless camera | The Verge

The Leica T bears more than a passing resemblance to the Jonathan Ive-designed Leica M from last year

Is Leica making a switch from being the niche camera brand to an aspirational brand @jonnathanson ?

Windows Phone 8.1 Finally Catches Up to Its Rivals
By MOLLY WOOD, nytimes.com

WIN­DOWS PHONE 8.1 is a very good mobile oper­at­ing sys­tem.

Now what?

Good or not good, most peo­ple have already cho­sen some­thing else — either an iPhone or some vari­ety of Android smart­phone. Nei­ther plat­form is per­fect, but they ar…

" Windows Phone is now — to use what may sound like faint praise — good enough. It’s good enough to replace Android, especially since the operating system is a lot more upfront about how it’s going to use my information, where and when it’s gathering it, and why." This seems important to follow up.

Obama pledges Net neutrality laws if elected president

If elect­ed pres­i­dent, Barack Obama plans to pri­or­i­tize, well, bar­ring broad­band providers like AT&T and Com­cast from pri­or­i­tiz­ing Inter­net con­tent.

Affix­ing his sig­na­ture to fed­er­al Net neu­tral­i­ty rules would be high on th…

So, no on the surveillance reform and no on net neutrality. What’s worse? Govt controls everything - China or few corporations control everything - USA?

F.C.C., in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane
By EDWARD WYATT, nytimes.com

WASH­ING­TON — The Fed­er­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion will pro­pose new rules that allow Inter­net ser­vice providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other con­tent to con­sumers, as long as a con­tent com­pa­ny is…

A sad sad day for the Internet. And I cannot believe that America is leading this. =|

STAFF AND WIRE REPORT, news-journalonline.com

And yet, San Francisco / Bay Area is in a home sale bubble. =|

'Watch Dogs' adds real guilt to fake killing | The Verge

There’s an app for that

"They go home at some point, they have their normal lives, and you have to process that."

Morality isn’t a minigame

A thrilling review and I’m even more excited to play Watchdogs on 05/27. Hint: @harinisaladi

HBO Go coming to Amazon Fire TV, HBO shows to Amazon Prime Instant Video

HBO and Ama­zon have struck up a multi-year agree­ment which makes Instant Video the exclu­sive online-only sub­scrip­tion ser­vice for HBO’s shows. As a part of the deal, the recently-launched Fire T …

Huge coup from @amazon. Online only subscription available only for Instant Video customers. Fascinating.

Posted by Renganathan Ramamoorthy

Haha haha. This is so so so much fun!!

$97k was about right at the time, but the cost of living in the Bay Area has gone up substantially. So we’re increasing the total to $120k, which we hope is enough for the founders to run their business and pay their living expenses for at least 6 months, and sometimes longer.

Good on YCombinator to recognize and up the ante. Helps the founders and now there is even less reason to NOT pursue your dream.

Transcending Complacency on Superintelligent Machines
Stephen Hawking, huffingtonpost.com

As the Hol­ly­wood block­buster Tran­scen­dence debuts this week­end with John­ny Depp, Mor­gan Free­man and clash­ing visions for the future of human­i­ty, it’s tempt­ing to dis­miss the notion of high­ly intel­li­gent machines as mere…

"All of us… should ask ourselves what can we do now to improve the chances of reaping the benefits and avoiding the risks."

Liam Spradlin, dadapixel.com

Interesting read on the metaphorical, subtle marketing of Glass by @dadapixel

Twitter Says Native Ads Will Be Available To All MoPub Publishers Tomorrow
Anthony Ha, techcrunch.com

MoPub is mak­ing native ads avail­able to all of its pub­lish­ers tomor­row, accord­ing to blog posts from MoPub and Twit­ter (which acquired MoPub last year).

This fol­lows an announce­ment in Decem­ber that MoPub will be test­ing native ads…

Resources on ads vs product ratio between Google, Facebook, and Twitter comparison would be interesting…

History of Jazz Piano (THE INSTRUMENTALS - Episode 5)

cdza is one of my all time favorite YouTube channels. The History of Jazz Piano doesn’t disappoint. :)

Lytro’s ultimate, simplest goal is to turn the physical parts of the camera — the lens, the aperture, the shutter — into software. If it can do that, the camera hardware itself becomes secondary; it would take nothing more than a cheap lens and a sensor to build a light-field camera.

This is powerful. In fact, this is the first time someone has seriously re-imagined the camera. I am super excited about this. Plus, I am also excited that they are using HTML5 tech to make the re-focus etc happen, which is way better than when they launched the point and shoot.

Exciting times.

The Lens Blur feature on the Google Camera is exciting in a similar fashion. It seems to be doing most of its work in software today and imagine if it can be accelerated and made more efficient with hardware features. Every Android device with a lens and a sensor can in turn become a light field device.

Super exciting times.