Worlds Best Presentation Contest 2008

This presentation is the winner of the World’s Best Presentation Contest 2008 organized by SlideShare.net

Interestingly, the same guy won the 1st prize last year for his presentation Shift Happens. Both of his presentations have a similar theme, they talk about statistics with the motive of generating awareness (or an emotion of insecurity) in the viewer and are thought provoking, I am not too sure about the authenticity of the statistics they bear. Nevertheless the presentation style is awesome. I loved it.
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At the end of the tunnel… there is Internet

Linux is so cool. Using Linux or Linux tools can give you tiny moments of joy, just like anything built by geeks, like iPhone, Skype etc.

Today as I woke up, I found that one of the 12 servers we use at BiRhymes was not accessible from India (the ones at the Joyent data center). No, our apps weren’t down, they were up because that server is only used to handle REST calls from MySpace.com so the only person who should access that server is MySpace and of course MySpace has servers in USA. The static files are servered from Amazon S3.

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If the people lead, the leaders will follow

Google understands a few other things most Web companies still don’t. The most important is that you should put users before advertisers, even though the advertisers are paying and users aren’t. One of my favorite bumper stickers reads “if the people lead, the leaders will follow.” Paraphrased for the Web, this becomes “get all the users, and the advertisers will follow.” More generally, design your product to please users first, and then think about how to make money from it. If you don’t put users first, you leave a gap for competitors who do.

– Paul Graham

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Enthusiasm

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

— Albert Einstein

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The Tough Software Business

Geek and Poke

via Geek and Poke

Web 2.0 is harsh world, no palce for slackers and wimps.

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Foot Notes

One of the most creative presentations I have seen (I have seen a lot, I used to work at SlideShare.net, world’s largest collection of presentations). If you are a traveler at heart, you would love this.

BTW, Slideshare is running Worlds Best Presentation contest. This one won my vote.

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Talent vs Genius

“Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.”

Robert Bulwer-Lytton

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Perfection

“The details are not the details. They make the design.”

Charles Eames

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Aksharabhyas

Aksharabhyas is a interactive game for children to learn Oriya. I made this game for the school Akshara to promote multilingual education among children and to encourage the use of Oriya (Odia) in schools.

Download: Aksharabhyas (zip 605kb)

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Extending Prototype

A talk I gave at OSSCamp Delhi about creating reusable addons/extensions to Prototype.js
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