We are closing in on an entire year since the pandemic induced lock-downs started. With that, it’s also going to be a full year since a lot of us started working remotely, myself included. For the last year or so, I’ve worked predominantly from the makeshift office in my bedroom. It has gone through quite a few transformations and has been my excuse for a shopping spree on more than one occasion (anything in the name of increased productivity).

In this time, though, I have also gone through a job transition. I went from saying goodbye to a team that…


How to rethink your relationship with the technology around you

I absolutely love technology. Smartphones, computers, gadgets, any and all new tech — I’m all for it. It’s one of the many reasons that prompted me to take up a career in software development. Just so I had a chance to be at the forefront of cutting edge technology. I consider myself an “early adopter” for a lot of new tech products and I enthusiastically support new technology if it promises to make my life just a little more convenient. Hell, I even run a blog with the sole purpose of making digital literacy more widely accessible.

But off-late, I’ve…


What OSS is, what it stands for, and why it matters

The development industry has been seeing a growing towards software that is openly available, shunning proprietary software. For new developers, the reasons for this can be a bit confusing. So let’s try to break things down.

For a piece of software to be open source, it simply means that the source code is openly available for anyone to see, contribute to, and in most cases adapt for your own needs. For example, if you’re curious about how Firefox works under the hood, you can simply visit their source code page and take a look for yourself. …


Cloud computing is a roughly 400 billion dollar industry that has completely transformed the way software gets built today. But cloud computing as we currently use it is a fairly recent idea.To fully understand what it is and why it is all the rage, you first need to understand what came before it.

Let’s say it’s 1995 and you’re a young founder of hot internet startup. You’ve a great million dollar product idea that you’re ready launch. In order to release your product, you need some infrastructure. …


For better or worse, for the average user, search engines are the gateway to the internet. When trying to find relevant information on the web, most people tend to go to their favorite search engine, type in a couple of keywords and visit the first handful of links that show up. Aside from a handful of frequently visited websites, this is how most people access the internet.


2020 has quite literally been one for the history books. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve oscillated from being glued to my television screen all day to wanting absolutely none of it, sometimes within the same week. Especially in the early days, when it seemed as if we were being bombarded with new information every single day, it was hard not to get so consumed with the news. Every press briefing brought with it some clue about the repercussions of the virus, set against the slow drumbeat of the death toll in the background.

But as the novelty of…


Learning how to leverage structured mentorship to boost your career

Mentorship has played a very crucial role in my own career thus far, as I’m sure it does for a vast majority of young professionals. I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with some really thoughtful leaders over the years — both in and out of the workplace — who’ve guided me along. Here are some of the ways I believe structured mentorship can make a significant difference in someone’s professional life.

1. The benefit of hindsight

The biggest value mentors bring is that you can learn from their past decisions — both good and bad. Your mentors tend to have more experience than you…


A couple of weeks ago Canada released the COVID Alert app to the general public. The app is intended to help tracing efforts in the province to curb the spread of COVID-19. Understandably, there are some questions regarding its privacy and security implications. Although I focus here on the Canadian version of the app, the underlying architecture is used by a lot of other public health authorities all over the world. You can find the full list of countries here.

The first important thing about COVID Alert is that although the app itself is being branded and released by Health…


You’ve probably seen a ton of websites lately showing you popups about how they use your cookies, and your data. But what exactly is a cookie? And how does it work?

Cookies are a very clever concept, really. At the most basic level, you can think of cookies like pieces of information that are created by a website and stored by your browser, on your behalf.

For example, if you visit medium.com, Medium could choose to store some arbitrary information on your browser that it would like to receive the next time you visit their site. Technically, this can just…


Satellite internet is in the spotlight a lot these days. After seemingly already having passed its heyday, it appears to be making a comeback, thanks to work being done by a lot of major tech players such as SpaceX. But in order to understand what it is and how it works, let’s first talk about how the internet works in the first place.

When you really break it down, the internet is just a collection of files on a bunch of computers spread all over the world. When you visit a website, all you’re trying to do is access the…

Sanchit Gera

Just another opinionated, run-off-the-mill geek • Software Dev @Amazon • Views are my own

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