Monthly Archives: August 2017

Quiet, mist-shrouded, impossibly green, nearly trafficless drive down the Poona-Bombay Expressway early on a weekend morning.

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QR codes for (bank account number + IFSC)

It’s 2017. It’s a shame that adding a ‘beneficiary’ on a bank website or app is so tedious. The intended recipient digs out and copies their account number and IFSC, texts or dictates it to the sender, who adds it … Continue reading

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Banks’ incentives don’t align with their customers’

My bank tells me my customer status will likely be downgraded: Banks measure their customers’ value by the amount of money they maintain in their bank account and fixed deposits. This makes sense for the bank; these deposits are what … Continue reading

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What goes on inside

“What goes on inside is just too fast and huge and all interconnected for words to do more than barely sketch the outlines of at most one tiny little part of it at any given instant.” – David Foster Wallace, … Continue reading

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“So the solution to technology is more technology?”

From the FAQ for the website Time Well Spent, which advocates more mindful use of technology, and recommends apps to achieve this. Which leads to the question So the solution to technology is more technology? A: Absolutely not. We don’t … Continue reading

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I had a grey time

Worli Seaface on a Monday afternoon. A quiet hour or so spent with sluggish clouds, engorged waves and windsurfing crows. As meditative experiences go, this featureless stretch may be the most conducive. Marine Drive near Princess Street, a Saturday morning. … Continue reading

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Apple’s surprisingly poor spam protection in Messages

The iOS Messages app has no way to block alphanumeric sender IDs, either in iOS 10 or in the iOS 11 public beta (as of August 2017). The app displays a Block this caller menu option against the contact details, … Continue reading

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