Who Should Software Developers Care About?


Posted April 15th, 2014 | Author | 1 Comment »

Manager/Lead or Client – who should developers care about? Neither. Software developers in outsourcing companies are a harried lot. Demands come from multiple quarters – Lead or Manager, Client, Colleagues – to name a few. Sometimes a CEO and other random people are also part of the group. In large organizations, Marketing, Interaction and other

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The architecture of a techie paradise


Posted April 11th, 2014 | Author | No Comments »

“Do you really like working at Mindfire Solutions? “ I asked and saw my friend give me an as-if-you-don’t-know-it-already look. He said, “Whoever would want to leave this techie paradise?” You may begin to think that I was merely doing a survey. No, I was not! It was a candid coffee table conversation between the two

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A Glass of Google, Anybody?


Posted April 7th, 2014 | Author | 5 Comments »

Alternatively called revolutionary and creepy, Google Glass has cyberspace up – up in arms and up for it. Hate it or like it, you can’t ignore it. There are social, privacy and etiquette implications. Not surprisingly, places where privacy is paramount (such as dive bars), have banned Glass. This makes headlines because…nobody knows! And then

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Celebrating Awesomeness


Posted April 4th, 2014 | Author | 6 Comments »

Let us meet someone interesting today. One of our software engineers at Mindfire, Tadit Dash, was recognized by Microsoft this week as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for South Asian region. His MVP profile is here. You can read about Tadit’s journey here in his own words. On tech side, Tadit does his stuff

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It isn’t Hard to Hard-code!


Posted April 3rd, 2014 | Author | 3 Comments »

Recently I came across an interesting programming situation. Parts of a web-based system stopped working suddenly, with nothing significant having changed. After some finger-pointing and accusatory guessing, it was discovered that some scripts on server side had been shifted from /root/1level to a deeper nested folder, let’s say /root/1level/2level. So far so good. What happened

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Reflections on “Queen”


Posted April 2nd, 2014 | Author | No Comments »
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As with every good movie, the story and characters of “Queen” have subtleties you can reflect on, in different contexts. If you have watched the movie, read on! Right Person in the Right Place Whether it is casting Kangana Ranaut as the innocent yet liberal Rani or Lisa Haydon as the wild yet affectionate Vijaylakshmi,

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Common Sense vs Bureaucracy


Posted April 1st, 2014 | Author | 1 Comment »

An organization gets bureaucratic with age. Meaningless rules and policies are thrown around, often ignoring common sense. I came across an instance recently, and wondered what we were thinking. One of our years-old, loyal clients worked with a specific team for few months. Things were done and sealed, and when they shifted their back-end from

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Death ends life but not the relationship!


Posted March 20th, 2014 | Author | No Comments »
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Ever thought what it feels like to live another person’s dream? We at Mindfire Solutions do! Yes, we have been doing it every year since 2011 and hope to continue the tradition forever. And on that day we organize the Debasish Das Memorial IT Quiz popularly known as DDM IT Quiz, a tribute to Late

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Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch?


Posted March 12th, 2014 | Author | No Comments »
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Today as I dug into my plate of piping hot chicken biryani and let the rich aroma of multiple spices fill my nostrils, I realized one thing. It’s true, many authors have written volumes on the fact that there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL) but then they haven’t worked at Mindfire

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Mindfire Premier League 2014


Posted February 18th, 2014 | Author | No Comments »
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We all know that everybody loves a good game of cricket. The game is so deeply ingrained in the psyche of Indians in particular that almost everybody is drawn into it. Amateurs and professionals alike, they play it everywhere. Be it in the nook and corner of a street, an open playground, in the close

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