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How do I fasttrack myself as a leader?

As an invited speaker, I was addressing a group of young engineers and budding leaders in Chennai recently. This team was in an offsite meeting with their CEO. My session started just after they completed a group meditation session with the help of a professional. All those brains were so refreshed and I got an incessant rain of interesting questions as soon as I finished my introduction. Some of those questions that inspired me (because people were sharply thinking in the right direction) and my answers are as below.

The Talent Economy Dynamics

This blog post is a very simple abstraction of some basic concepts that shape the economy. It is not meant to be a detailed and accurate walk of history of economic development.

The point I would like to put across is simple. We have people with talent driving a major part of economy of today and this is significantly different from the past.

கடைசி வீடு

குட்டி கதைஒரு ஊரில் ஒரு தனவந்தர் இருந்தார். அவர் காலி மனைகளை வாங்கி அவற்றில் வீடு கட்டி விற்கும் தொழில் செய்து வந்தார். தன் தொழிலுக்கு உதவியாக ஒரு கொத்தனாரை வேலைக்கு அமர்த்தியிருந்தார். அந்தக் கொத்தனார் மிகவும் நேர்த்தியான, அழகான வீடுகளைக் கட்டுவதில் திறமைசாலி. அவர் கட்டும் வீடுகள் உடனே நல்ல விலைக்குப் போயின. பலரும் காத்திருந்து வாங்கினார்கள்.

Recovering a root file system error in Amazon EC2 Ubuntu instance

First, do not play around with your home directory permissions

Recently, I was playing around with my Ubuntu free tier t2.micro instance and used a sudo command to change the access rights of the /home/ubuntu directory to 777. I promptly logged out of my putty session without realizing that EC2 does not take this easy. Result: My next putty login failed ( with an error like "server returned public key") and ftp stopped working as well.