Hit Refresh

The son of an Indian Civil servant studies hard, gets an engineering degree, immigrates to the United States, and makes it in tech. But wait, there is more to it. Hit Refresh is less about the personal life of Satya and more about the amazing transformation happening inside Microsoft. This is my informal summary of Hit Refresh, an autobiography of Satya Nadella.

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Perceptions in CS

“It’s not the external events that cause us trouble, but only our perceptions about those events”. This meditation from Marcus Aurelius, profound in itself, finds parallels to coding theory in Computer Science.

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End of History

History, it seems, is always ending today. It’s easy to imagine how much I have changed over the years. At 27 today, I have almost nothing in common with the 22-year old Akshay. Looking into the future, however, is quite a different story altogether.

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Bottom-up Design

A really good talk by Ryan Singer about the design process at Basecamp. It is quite old, but still useful. In under half an hour, he designs a simple yet beautiful web-page from ground up, starting with the requirements, moving on to model, screen, design, html/css and finally coding it up.

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