Who is Ben Baller?

I wrote a similar post on my blog before. Years ago. And it turned out to be one of the highest traffic pages. It turns out that people looking up Ben Baller from Australia was being directed to my blog on Google. I'm a huge fan of Ben Baller. He's…

Working Hard

I'm working really hard these days. Especially the past week or so. I typically start working around 9am or 10am and of course there's a few breaks here and there for family stuff like dropping my son and wife off somewhere, lunch break, driving to the co-working space then I'd…

The 10-30-60 Percent Method

I was just chatting in this WhatsApp group chat that's focussed on trading - usually equities and I brought up a question for discussion that's been boggling my mind for a while. Is the real estate market over-extended? If not the US, is the Australian market overpriced? To analyse this…

Magento Developer - Melbourne Australia

I've been living in Melbourne since 1998 - I can't believe it's been 22 years already! Magento is something I came across in its beta form around 2007. I happened to have been looking for freelancing developer jobs on the side, and found a potential client from Japan - I…

The Ethics of Automation

There was a huge debate on my Hacker News post about the ethics of automating 'what you are not supposed to'. There seems to have been a - and maybe still is - a school of thought that translates in my brain like: 'if you aren't given an API for…

Why I'm Extremely Bullish on Open Source RPA

In the year 2016, I wrote a blog post called "I don't need no stinkin' API - Web Scraping in 2016 and Beyond" which to my absolute surprise, went on to be #1 on Hacker News for nearly a full 24 hours. My site crashed; luckily it was on AWS…

What's Your Addiction? Here's How to Get Sober

Mental health issues, substance and behavioural addictions and its impact on the human psyche is one of my deep, personal interests. Its root cause and potential solutions interest me even more. Homelessness to me at least, seem to be a symptom of one of those things and I'm equally passionate…

Isn't AI Just a Beautified & Optimised Brute-Force?

A massive amount of raw computational power is used during training doing massive amounts of calculations to figure out what's wrong and what's right, what works and doesn't and this process to me, doesn't look too different from a very stupid brute force attack - trying to figure out the…