Are You Becoming What You Do Not Admire?


Posted October 2nd, 2014 | Author | 6 Comments »

  I was reflecting today on the movie “3 Idiots”, arguably the greatest movie hit in India (the Idiots are called so because they do not fit convention, not because they are dull or lazy). We see one Idiot who grows up over the course of the movie to develop a spine, to get courage

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Smart Work vs Hard Work – A New Perspective?


Posted September 16th, 2014 | Author | 4 Comments »

  Smart Work vs Hard Work. Which is better, which should be valued? This question haunts every workplace, and successfully confuses everyone. There are camps and devotees of either side, and convenient converts depending on situation! It is actually quite simple, if we see some facets clearly. Before we proceed, let us first remove the

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3 Trends in Software Developer Roles – And One to Avoid!


Posted September 11th, 2014 | Author | 5 Comments »

  Three roles have been evolving in software development over past few years. 1. Devigner The devigner is a person who packs a pretty punch. She is a graphic designer, UI designer, UX developer, server developer and database developer all rolled into one. In reality, its fate should have been obvious from the beginning. The

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Why Are We Called “Mindfire”?


Posted September 9th, 2014 | Author | 5 Comments »

  People have often wondered why we are named “Mindfire”. It is not a word, although it is clearly a composite – but why exactly “Mindfire”? For most human endeavor, almost anything worth doing, at least two things are necessary: intellect and energy. Boxing seems like a physical/energy sport, but the best boxers use their

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How Do You Raise a High Bar? – Fresher Salary Again!


Posted September 8th, 2014 | Author | 4 Comments »

  (Update Sep 20: IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT FALSE CLAIMS IN HIRING: Mindfire Solutions does NOT employ services of any external organization for our recruitment process, in any role at any stage. We do our OWN hiring COMPLETELY and nobody else – no placement consultant, no recruitment agent, no headhunting firm, no campus coordinator, nobody else

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Introduction to Xamarin and ASP.NET vNext in Nepal


Posted September 6th, 2014 | Author | 8 Comments »

  Two Mindfireans – Nirmal and Tadit – will be traveling to Kathmandu shortly, to speak at the DevTechDays event organized by Microsoft Innovation Center, Nepal on September 20 2014. http://www.devtechday.com/ http://www.devtechday.com/Speakers.aspx Nirmal will speak on “Jumpstart for Xamarin Forms”. Xamarin is an interesting way to write code in C# and have it run on

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Can Weekends Begin on Fridays?


Posted September 2nd, 2014 | Author | 24 Comments »

  Weekends start on Saturdays. What if they could start on Fridays? What?!? Are you out of your mind? Hmm. Carlos Slim set the dialog rolling for fewer workdays recently. He advocated 3 11-hour workdays a week. Larry Page has referred to a 4-day week. Debate has continued, with views ranging from impracticality to glee. The

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A Short History of Desktop Operating Systems


Posted August 23rd, 2014 | Author | 13 Comments »

  At the beginning of this millennium, the PC/OS wars had practically ended. You used Windows everywhere. Only some companies like Mindfire, which worked on Apple Mac development, had any use for platform diversity. Everybody bought Wintel – because you had to. Software was made for Windows only in most cases, so being on anything

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What Have These Two People Done?!


Posted August 21st, 2014 | Author | 27 Comments »

  Two Mindfireans recently achieved commendable personal milestones, and it inspires everyone around. Saurabh Agarwal Saurabh will be attending Mobile App Europe from September 29 to October 1, at Berlin, Germany. He will be presenting  on October 1 on “Tackling Fragmentation in the Mobile App World“. Saurabh found out about the conference, discussed topics and

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Thoughtful Programming Can Save Days. But Do You Have Time For It?


Posted August 19th, 2014 | Author | 3 Comments »

  Today I will share an experience in the effects of inflexible software, actually caused by hard work! We use a SaaS service for our payroll process. Last month, we needed to add a salary component for selected people. We decided that instead of adding it as the pre-defined “Bonus” component, we would name it

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