Thoughts

Lock screen bugs »

A NULL dereference existed in the lock screen which would cause it to restart if the emergency call button was tapped while a notification was being swiped and while the camera pane was partly visible. While the lock screen was restarting, the call dialer could not get the lock screen state and assumed the device was unlocked, and so allowed non-emergency numbers to be dialed. This issue was addressed by avoiding the NULL dereference.

Never thought a NULL dereference would be the cause of an iOS lock screen bug.

Web Services Over Email

“There’s an overload of social networks, and information in general on the web.”

I’m sure you’ve heard this before, and depending on how good or bad your web filters are, you might agree or disagree with this.

A new entrant in the web space has a really huge upfront challenge — to convince a person on the web to visit one more site. Regularly.

That’s a huge barrier, one that a web site creator would (if ever) be able to get rid of very slowly, over a long period of time.

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Hey Tata Photon, Am I Not Paying You Enough?

Observing the way the internet and mobile apps work for the past two-three years, I’ve learnt one thing:

If you’re charging your users a fee, you shouldn’t degrade their experience by showing them ads.

To put it more generally, a user’s fee to your service should, ideally, be the only way you derive revenue from him/her. No affiliate links, ads etc.

Although this isn’t followed by offline services (TV, Magazines etc.) I thought that services related to the internet and technology in general would adhere to this practice. 

Then I bought a Tata Photon Plus (a USB datacard). 

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Drawing iOS app icons
The icon grid is messed up, icons themselves aren’t aligned, the iTunes icon looks like it has grown hair, shading is pathetic, the paper started blotting, roundrects aren’t perfect and yet I feel so happy about drawing this.
Try guessing the app by their icons. These are some of the apps I use the most, and I really appreciate the work designers have put into making these wonderful combinations of 114x114 pixels.

Drawing iOS app icons

The icon grid is messed up, icons themselves aren’t aligned, the iTunes icon looks like it has grown hair, shading is pathetic, the paper started blotting, roundrects aren’t perfect and yet I feel so happy about drawing this.

Try guessing the app by their icons. These are some of the apps I use the most, and I really appreciate the work designers have put into making these wonderful combinations of 114x114 pixels.