The hallmark of TheSunnyMag has been long form stories that have been painstakingly crafted. From time to time, we mix some insightful ones, even if they are short. In this edition, we’ve added a few short ones to the list because they are simple interesting. As usual, the weekly collection of beautiful stories from around the web contains some of the best written pieces. The Wired story on Ramona Pierson is a must read. The big picture stories force us to think beyond the normal. The second coming of Java is a piece computer geeks would love. We’ve added a section called Ind-yeah! Have a good read!
Declara Co-Founder Ramona Pierson’s Comeback Odyssey: As a 22-year-old marine, Ramona Pierson spent most days stuck in an office at the El Toro air station near Irvine, Calif. She excelled at math and was doing top-secret work, coming up with algorithms to aid fighter attack squadrons. Pierson enjoyed the covert puzzling. She was also an exercise addict: After clocking out each day, she would head off for a 13-mile run. Her male counterparts were impressed enough with the workout regime to nominate her the fittest person on the base. More here.
Dropbox has a radical plan: Become the portal to your digital world and join the ranks of Apple, Google & Facebook: Drew Houston, the 30-year-old CEO and cofounder of Dropbox, is supposed to be having his Steve Jobs moment. In an auditorium packed with elite coders and Silicon Valley insiders in July, Houston is debuting new features he says will transform Dropbox into the mobile era’s answer to the hard drive. This is DBX, the company’s first developers conference. It’s Houston’s bid to convince the software industry to buy into his grand vision—and the Wi-Fi isn’t working. More here.
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Public Enemies: Social Media Is Fueling Gang Wars in Chicago: Just about any teenager in Chicago today can tell you the story of Chief Keef and Lil JoJo, two rappers from the South Side neighborhood of Englewood whose songs serve as anthems for their rival gangs. Keef, an 18-year-old whose real name is Keith Cozart, is the most successful of the city’s emerging “drill” sound rappers (named after a slang term for shooting someone). Last year, while under house arrest for aiming a gun at a police officer, Cozart uploaded some videos to YouTube that eventually landed him an estimated $6 million deal with Interscope Records. The title of one of his early hits, “3hunna,” is a nickname for the Black Disciples gang, and in the song he maligns the Tooka gang, a crew affiliated with the enemy Gangster Disciples. “Fucka Tooka gang, bitch, I’m 3hunna,” he chants. More here.
Give Back? Yes, It’s Time For The 99% To Give Back To The 1%: It’s time to gore another collectivist sacred cow. This time it’s the popular idea that the successful are obliged to “give back to the community.” That oft-heard claim assumes that the wealth of high-earners is taken away from “the community.” And beneath that lies the perverted Marxist notion that wealth is accumulated by “exploiting” people, not by creating value–as if Henry Ford was not necessary for Fords to roll off the (non-existent) assembly lines and Steve Jobs was not necessary for iPhones and iPads to spring into existence. Read more here.
Strip Club Sues Oracle for Dodging $33,000 Tab: A San Francisco strip club is suing Oracle, saying the software giant refuses to pay a whopping $33,540 tab racked up by one of its employees. More here.
Isn’t there a computer program for that?: Check the spelling, grammar, punctuation and facts. Then the subeditor’s real work starts. More here.
In Japan, web search 3D-prints results for visually impaired: Yahoo! Japan has created Hands On Search, a machine that allows users to search by voice and receive a result in 3D-printed form. More here.
The Second Coming of Java: A Relic Returns to Rule Web: But over the past few years, Java has evolved into something very different. It has quietly become the primary foundation for most the net’s largest and most ambitious operations, including Google, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Square, as well as Twitter. “It’s everywhere,” says Krikorian. More here.
Bill Gates admits Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake, blames IBM: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has finally admitted that forcing users to press the Control-Alt-Delete key combination to log into a PC was a mistake. In an interview at a Harvard fundraising campaign, Gates discusses his early days building Microsoft and the all-important Control-Alt-Delete decision. If you’ve used an old version of the software or use Windows at work then you will have experienced the odd requirement. Gates explains the key combination is designed to prevent other apps from faking the login prompt and stealing a password. More here.
How I hired in India: In 18 months, reviewed close to 2,000 resumes, conducted roughly 400 phone calls and code-jam sessions, followed by approximately 50 on-site interviews, leading to the 15 people we have in Bangalore. I am lucky to work with them. Here is some gyaan about hiring your first 15 key team members in India. More here.
A SaaS Startup’s Journey to $100,000 a Month: That damn dangling carrot … Always in sight, never within reach. Until now. More here.
Let Tech Blogs Celebrate Start-Ups: I won’t rehash the Pando-versus-BeachMint fight — a summary can be found here, if you’re interested — but the episode brings up a more interesting (to me) question: What should the purpose of a tech blog be, anyway? More here.
Why Most Start-Ups Don’t Get Press: “PR isn’t about hits and it isn’t about placement,” says Brooke Hammerling, who’s worked with Oracle, Charity: Water, and WordPress. “You are your message, and your message is everything. More here.
Avoiding mobile app bloat: There are many forms of bloat across user experience, performance, resource usage and more. This post looks at some forms of UX bloat. More here.
Why we’re more creative when we’re tired and 9 other surprising things about how brains work: You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don’t worky. There are ways to change how our brains work. More here.
8 Reasons Why People Feel Lost in Their Lives: In this series of articles, I’ve covered hallmarks of highly respected achievers, ten reasons why we fail, and reasons why some of us love what we do. Now I’m going to veer a bit existential and examine eight reasons why so many of us feel lost in our lives, with a few suggestions peppered in along the way to help get our oars back into the water. More here.
Line of Credit: When the rupee struck 60, the lines tethering Mint Road to North Block drew taut. Relations between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in Mumbai, and the Ministry of Finance have rarely been without friction, but as the currency fell past a dramatic threshold against the dollar at the end of June, they were frantic and heated. The government in Delhi, already under siege from all sides, faced a new barrage of public criticism as the plummeting rupee touched new lows almost every day. Read more here.
Building a ‘Perspectful’ Edtech Ecosystem in India: While the opportunities seem exciting, there are many challenges in connecting Indian startups with investors around the world. Enter Perspectful, a newly launched advisory firm that helps investors make more meaningful and effective edtech investments. I recently caught up with one of the founders, Shabnam Aggarwal, to learn more about her take on the Indian education ecosystem. More here.
How the Delhi gang-rape revealed the ugly truth about India’s journalists: With the world’s media having descended on the Saket court complex, mismanaged arrangements by the court administration and the police began to cause confusion about which of the journalists would be let in. And then suddenly, the crowded halls turned into the personal battleground of two reporters who started fighting over who got to go inside first; a petty rivalry that descended into blows and curses right in the middle of the melee. More here.
Unveiled! Lenin’s Brilliant Plot to Destroy Capitalism: Print, print, print. That was Lenin’s answer. Or at least what John Maynard Keynes thought was Lenin’s answer. In his post-Versailles treatise, The Economic Consequences of the Peace, Keynes famously quoted the Bolshevik leader saying, perhaps apocryphally, that “the best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.” In other words, incompetent central bankers are a communist’s best friend. More here.
SEARCHING FOR E.T. IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES: Is it possible that we’ve been looking for life in space in the wrong way? After the first planets outside of our solar system were detected, in 1992, the search for signs of other life has become more systematic than ever, and additional exoplanets have been found at an increasing clip; the current confirmed count now stands at nearly a thousand. More here.
HOW SUCCESSFUL NETWORKS NURTURE GOOD IDEAS: In 2003, Kenyan-born Ory Okolloh was a young law student studying in the US but still obsessed with Kenyan politics. There was plenty to obsess over. Kenya was a cesspool of government corruption: Transparency International ranked it as one of the most corrupt public sectors in the world. Okolloh spent hours talking to her classmates and law professors about politics, until eventually one suggested the obvious: Why don’t you start a blog? More here.
Innovation Isn’t Just About New Products: Some organizations have focused on product innovation for so long they don’t know how to innovate in any other areas. For example, in 2010, Microsoft —one of the world’s best product innovators for the last two decades — launched a social phone called Kin. The product was a complete disaster. Within six weeks of the launch, the entire product group was shut down, and, according to their earnings reports, Microsoft took at least a $240 million write-off. How could such a great product innovator strike out so fast? More here.
The devil and the details: Quantum cryptography has yet to deliver a truly unbreakable way of sending messages. Quantum entanglement may change that. More here.