Shyam Somanadh

Founder and head janitor of the company. Seen mostly on the highways travelling or planning to travel when I'm not consuming copious amounts of content.

About The Imminent Online Future Of Indian Media

NYT’s India Ink takes a swipe at that contentious topic of the future of media in India, seen through the eyes of an emerging online media scene in India. The post covers interesting aspects of the problem and is well worth a read, but it also misses a few key points. For one, niche, experimental … more

How Not To Build Software For SMBs: SAP’s 3 Billion Euro Story

Tucked away in the story about SAP closing down its SMB suite is one significant detail: It cost the company about 3 billion euros to develop. SAP, one of the world’s biggest makers of business management software, originally projected that Business by Design – which was launched in 2010 – would reach 10,000 customers and … more

Is this the best we can do?

This is a post that has been in the works for a while, even though I have not been able to find a way to frame it in a manner that is to my liking. It does not cover the usual tech/early stage/digital topics that I prefer to write about here. In a sense, it … more

Running 3.8.0-29 Kernel On ElementaryOS Luna

After a bit of tweaking and fiddling I have managed to get the 3.8.x kernel running on the Acer Aspire V5 431. Unlike the previous time when I tried it and failed to get bcmwl-kernel-source to compile from the package manager, this time it worked with a different approach. Thanks to this post on AskUbuntu, … more

Moving Away From OS X, Switching Over Fully To Linux

Most of the reasons for the move has already been documented in a previous post, so I’ll skip the immediate compulsions that pushed me in this direction. Even while I writing that post, I was not very sure if it would all come together well in the end. After  much experimentation (and some really frustrating … more

Encryption Is Not The Answer

The strangest reaction about the entire privacy mess that is unraveling is the quest for even stronger encryption. If you ask me, that is trying to solve the problem at the wrong end. We can, in theory, go in for unbreakable-grade encryption and hope to keep everything away from prying eyes. That would have been … more

On The Content Business

Fair disclosure: I have no idea why Jeff Bezos bought WaPo. You won’t find much about that in this post. This is going to be a rambling, ill-focused post. Much of the discussion around the content business eventually comes around to the question of paywalls and subscriptions. I feel this is the wrong approach to … more