Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 16:21
Recently I came across this post from Dries that also inspired me to change the approach I follow to post on social networking sites.
I post a lot on twitter, linkedin and facebook and I also aspire to write blogs regularly on this site which never really happens but I try and have been blogging actively for 10+ years now but sometimes I wish if I can post more. Posting content on socials is easy as you don't bother too much about the grammar and you don't think a lot when posting but when you write a blog you have a tendency to give your blog some structure.
The whole idea of POSSE - Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere is to post the content on your own site where you own it and share it to other sites. So the content stay with you. You control it forever.
So here is the plan…
Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 16:51
I have a problem - I live a lot in past and worry even more about the future. People say it is not a great way to live you life but I think there is nothing wrong in it. I reminisce a lot about what happened in the past, cherish the old memories and most important I analyse what happened in the past to make informed decision about the future. To be honest it is all about being happy and my past experiences teach me a lot about how and why I did thing that I should or shouldn't have done.
Today I wanted to write about what I was doing, my state of mind and my dreams 10 years, 20 years and 30 years ago.
I was quite new Alcatel-Lucent, was still trying to figure out what will I do there. It was a big change for me. Coming from Kaplan which had a small 70-80 people office in Okhla phase…
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 10:08
In the past 1 year after moving to London my daily schedule that I have been following was quite disturbed. From time to time I used to tweak my schedule depending upon my availability, travel and work. However the only constant thing that never changed in my schedule was waking up early. I have been waking for at 4 AM for a long time now and it has working really well for me. I have written before about the benefits of waking up early. I had to give up watching TV serials and following a strict schedule through out the day but last year I was not entirely happy with my schedule so this year I have decided to take control and get back in discipline.
The whole idea of this self organization is to learn new things that interest me and help in my career as well. My biggest two skill set…
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 05:48
Recently I started doing some research on understanding the genesis and wanted to understand more about it. After spending few days going through online articles and lot of youtube videos I came to the conclusion that I was partially involved in doing or following it DevOps for a many years.
Wikipedia says Devops "is a software engineering culture and practice that aims at unifying software development (Dev) and software operation (Ops)".
So basically it is to bring together developers and operations team (who manages infrastructure) and that is done with the help of some tools to automate recurring tasks. Of course the intention here is to reduce time.
Take a look at this video below to understand what is DevOps
Also this video which describes DevOps even better.
Do we care about…
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 21:51
I can't believe I have been on twitter for 10 years! Phew it is a long time and surprisingly I remember very well the day I signed up for twitter. I was not sure what this new application is all about. It was 2007 September and I don't remember how exactly I came to know about it but I didn't like it a lot in the beginning. I signed up because twitter was built using Ruby on Rails and in Sep 2007 I was exploring #Drupal after developing a site in PHP and also trying Ruby on rail although I never deep dived in RoR. I spent few months learning and developing a site in PHP and when I came to know about Drupal I was hooked. It was a perfect CMS for me, it was powerful, scalable and easy to use as well for me. The only thing missing was lack of good looking themes, anyways coming back to…
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 17:22
Let us say you have a some sentences in your excel sheet in one or two cells. Now if you are very particular about punctuation like me then you may want to change the case of all the words starting in a sentence. Let us say you have some sentences like below in various cells.
A1: ravi is very nice. he likes writing on his blog.
A2: he is a good boy. he like to walk in the par. he like good food.
The sentences are ending with a full stop and the next sentence is starting with a lower case first letter in the word. The following macro can fix that :) Just highlight the cell where you want to run the macro.
Dim v As Variant
Dim s As String
Dim j As Long
Dim cell As Range
For Each cell In Selection.Cells
If cell.HasFormula = False Then
s = cell.Text
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 21:30
I have been clicking pictures in digital format since 2004 when I bought mobile phone with camera. It has been 13 years and I have lot of pictures. I used to manually organize the pictures by create a folder like YYYY-MM-DD_SOME_TEXT and for some reason I really like this format. These days people use Google Photos which is definitely amazing by I am still following the old fashioned way to manage the pics manually.
Most of the pictures I have taken in the past 13+ years are from mobile and stored in the memory card from from time to time I take them from mobile and store them separately by creating a folder by date. I feel lazy to create the folder by date manually and I used this nice shell script to create the folders with date name and nice organize all the pictures take on that date…
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 20:50
Earlier last year I wrote a blog post regarding the goals that I set for 2016, I never bothered to update you guys with the progress last year. In fact it has been two years (almost) since then and I still haven't updated. It is better late than never. Here is my update on my goals from last year.
1. Read 24 books - Not done.
I did read lot of books but certainly not 1 book every month. I think I read 5-6 since last year. Very bad Ravi. Not good. You can do better.
2. Get 6 pack abs - Not done.
In fact I stopped doing regular workout. I don't want to blame myself for this. Sometimes you can't control everything in your life but I will improve it in my next list of goals.
3. Less beer - Not done.
No comments on this. It is good that I am not very much into hard drinks.
4. Cycle and…
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 12:13
My second job with Kaplan Financial (earlier know as eMind) I worked mainly for Product Support and later as Project Coordinator where I was doing really interesting stuff. The company had few online products for Insurance education targeted for US market and the development team in India was responsible for maintaining it and adding new features. When I was working there under Product Support I was responsible for making sure that any new request from Account Managers are fulfilled and working with the development team as well to make sure that the new features or improvements are not going to break anything on the server.
When I joined that company I was kind of confused with life. It was just one year after graduating from college and my experience from first job wasn't great. I really…
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 18:21
Few days ago I decided that I will revamp this blog to latest version of Drupal which is version 8. To be honest I was not sure about D8 but more about improving the site. Actually for the past 2-3 years I didn't improve this site. This is the thing with website development. You need to keep on improving it, maintain it and make sure it is running fine. There are many things which I changed on the site and I want to summarise here.
Upgraded to D8.
The first thing I did was to install fresh D8 and then I migrated the data from D7. D8 comes with some experimental migration modules - Migrate, Migrate Drupal and Migrate UI. I used them and migration was kind of ok. I didn't bother too much about the configurations. I just wanted the blogs and its related configuration like fields to migrate.…