Release Early, Release Often. Not quite

Quite often I have come across the mantra of “Release Early, Release Often” , a philosophy that says developers should release their products early and gauge user response to the app and make frequent changes based on user feedback. The benefits of such an approach are obvious, you get early feedback from users telling you what they like and what they don’t and what features they would like to see in the product. It ensures your development is headed in the right direction and doesn’t oscillate out our control. It helps you focus and get to the right features faster instead of releasing something into the market and realizing you have gone all wrong. For many developers this had yielded good dividends. It does work. Continue reading

TechCrunch spreads FUD about Android

Now I am not new to tech fanaticism. I have been a Linux evangelist(read fanatic) myself and I have gotten into heated debates with people over Linux. But we used to be a civilized, objective lot. We argued on facts and figures (of course a few did argue that “Linux = opensource = good, Windows = closed = evil” which never went down with non FOSS geeks), we touted numbers to prove our superiority like number of bugs found over a time period vis-a-vis Windows, boot up times, file read/write speed, memory utilization, uptimes etc.

But there is another breed of tech fanatics, whose fanaticism borders on the edge of delusion, who would not listen to facts and figures that go against them and would instead cook up and speculate numbers to justify their alleged superiority, and whose fanaticism has been equaled by scientists to those of religious fanatics.

Apple religion

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Moving your photos from Facebook to Google+

While it’s way too early to comment if Google+ will kill Facebook, it sure looks promising and people are dying to get their hands on invites. Getting used to a new social network does take a lot of time; getting used to the UI and terminology, inviting friends, filling up your profile, adding your pics, all of these happen over weeks if not months. There is a easier way to move your photos from Facebook to your Google+ account.

Facebook allows you to download all your data (pics, videos, comments, profile data etc) as a zip file. You can then use Picasa to upload those photos to your Picasa account and therefore make them available on Google+

Here are the steps

Step 1: Click on Account > Account Settings

Step 2: Click on the ‘learn more’ link under ‘Download Your Information’

Step 3: Click on Download

Step 4: In the next page that comes up, click on ‘Download’ again

Step 5: And you are done. Click on ‘Okay’

Facebook takes time to gather all your data. You will get a mail with a link to download your data when Facebook has finished gathering your data.

Step 6: Downloading your date

once Facebook is done archiving your data, you will get a mail with a download link. Click on that link, provide your password and download your data as a zip file

Step 7: Extract the zip file

Step 8: Move the pictures folder to your My Pictures Folder (optional)

Step 10: Open up Picasa. It will automatically detect the new pics. In case you did not put the pics in your My Pictures folder, you might have to manually import the pics. Enable ‘Sync’ for every album you want to share on Google+

And its done. The pics will be synced to your Picasa account and will appear on Google+

That’ it.

However, you will have to manually upload your videos as Google+ does not yet integrate with your Youtube account.