Was buying LinkedIn a good decision by Microsoft?

A few days ago, on 13th of June, Microsoft bought LinkedIn for around $26 billion at $196 a share. So, was this buying a good decision? Even before thinking about that, lets try to understand why was LinkedIn sold to Microsoft in the first place. After all, a company proclaiming to remain an independent entity doesn’t liquidate itself all of a sudden. Continue reading

How to deal with frequent disconnects of 3G USB Dongle on Linux Desktop

One of the major issues on linux desktop these days has to do with 3G USB dongles/modems. In many countries like India, a USB dongle still remains a major way to access the Internet. The latest versions of network-manager has solved most of the issues relating to the basic recognition of these modems, but one major irritant still remains on Ubuntu 16.04 and a few other distros. Continue reading

List of free online programming courses (MOOC) offering FREE certificates of accomplishment

This post is inspired by the Coursera Junkie post by Kathryn last year that happened to invite the ire of lots of learners interested in MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses). Whilst I was observing the comment chain in that post, I had never bothered to actually take the time to research any MOOC courses that offered free certificates or statements of accomplishment. But a few months ago, my once favorite online academy, edX.org had just crossed a line by starting to charge money for their certificates, thus shutting down the last zion of open education left for the learners. And because of this, I felt the need to start researching the alternatives. Continue reading