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What it means to be “Open”

I don’t really like soap operas on telly. Having grown up where everyone else seems to be hooked up on one asian soap opera series or another, you tend to quickly notice repeating patterns in the story lines. If you watch closely enough, the very first episode will tell you who the bad guy is, who the long suffering good guy is, who the couple who starts out hating each others guts but ends up together are and that poor bastard who’s going to get amnesia. Apparently soap operas on the western side of the globe has a lot more sleeping around with the same people also.

There is a soap opera being played out in the Valley at the moment tho (there isn’t as much sleeping around in this one…at least I sincerely hope not considering the actors involved). It started when Steve Jobs ranted this, then the second episode saw Andy Rubin do this, and then everyone decided to let loose. Amidst the artilleries that have been firing back and forth, what really struck me most about the entire saga is the many misconceptions that’s been floated in reference to what open source constitutes.

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Welcome me to the world of modern mobility !

I’m lost. I whip out my phone for directions or possibly some kind of location of where in the GALAXY I am. No can do. The old geezer doesn’t have a built-in GPS. I try to call someone for help and the phone decides to restart for no apparent reason. Even worse, it decides to placate me after spontaneously dying by telling me that “The phone was restarted for performance purposes” (I’m not kidding). After several tries, the call goes thru. I talked for 11 minutes to get some semblance of direction. After I hang up I notice that the battery has gone from a full charge to 33% remaining. Something in the GALAXY has sucked out the juice from my batteries apparently….

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On the other side of the globe

Ok I’m safely on the other side of the globe. Just a heads up: its 2pm in the afternoon now and the lag is hitting me hard so I might taper off in the middle of writing this post. I actually fell asleep on the couch with one leg still in my jeans last night (come to think of it I either fell asleep or someone mugged me and was conscientious enough to not take anything and leave me in a reasonably comfortable position).

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This one is KEWL!

I geeked out a little bit over the weekend. Saw John Britton’s demo with Twilio ages ago and always wanted to play around; and finally got around to it. Ironically the Plugins I built took me about an hour or so – to write and test – while the darn video took me a few days 😛 Its still a little pixellated in areas so watch it in HD. All you telly junkies out there should be thankful I chose the life of a software geek and not an AV dude. If it had been the latter, House would look like Spongebob Squarepants.

In any case, I just felt that some things are worth the effort and should be done…especially when they’re beyond cool 🙂

PS: Should have added this on the first go so my mailbox didn’t die from the question about links. Check out Joget and Twilio.

I watched Man Utd vs Real Madrid *live*

5th September, 2010. Caladanzas Park. A beautiful Californian summer morning and I watched Man Utd play Real Madrid *live*. Honest to goodness. Well or rather I watched 2 teams wearing Man Utd and Real Madrid jerseys play each other at a Winchester Soccer League game 😛 (hey come on, we’re still in startup mode and I’m not about to blow a wad of cash watching 2 overpaid teams that I don’t even support play).

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Pitching to VCs

Ok don’t quote me on this. I’ve been doing this for a remarkably short time so I won’t go near the terms “experienced” or “seasoned”. A whole bunch of you who are about to embark on your entrepreneurial adventures have been hitting me up and asking what the VC scene is like in the Valley and how best to approach it tho so I’m going to pen my thoughts. If any lawsuits come my way connecting this article to any failure to secure funding, I’m responding with the standard “Me no speeka eengleesh”.

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