The five keys to a successful Google team

An interesting read from Google on The five keys to a successful Google team, which can be applied to any startup employee.

Who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work, and view their contributions. So much for that magical algorithm.

We learned that there are five key dynamics that set successful teams apart from other teams at Google:

  1. Psychological safety: Can we take risks on this team without feeling insecure or embarrassed?
  2. Dependability: Can we count on each other to do high quality work on time?
  3. Structure & clarity: Are goals, roles, and execution plans on our team clear?
  4. Meaning of work: Are we working on something that is personally important for each of us?
  5. Impact of work: Do we fundamentally believe that the work we’re doing matters?

S3Backup Docker container and unRAID

I use a file server software called unRAID, which supports redundant disks with parity and other great features such as Docker support and a great community which creates plugins for any service imaginable. This is where I keep my main photo library, and I want to be certain that I don’t lose my photos — ever. Continue reading

The Martian (2015)


The Martian (2015) is the movie about astronaut Mark Watney who has been stranded on Mars after being presumed dead by his crew after a big storm made them abruptly abort the mission. Now that he is stranded on Mars with dwindling supplies, he must do what it takes to stay alive and hope for rescue. Continue reading

Worldwide Photo Walk 2015


I have attended the Worldwide Photowalk several years now (last year), but this is the first time during midday. Sadly, that shows quite a lot in the photos with their harsh shadows and bad contrast. It was a lot of fun however, and I’m already looking forward to the next time! Continue reading

Summer reads for 2015

What began as a simple urge to read the hyped up sci-fi novel by Andy Weir called The Martian before the movie would hit the local theaters, ended up becoming the start of taking reading itself to another level. Almost like meditation, reading makes one disregard everything that’s going on in one’s head and just focus on the story at hand. That realization made me incorporate reading a part of my daily habits. Continue reading

Larger photos now on the blog

For a long time, I have been meaning to update the way photos are displayed on this blog. I really like the way Medium does things, by letting photos extend beyond the borders of the text column itself and wanted to do something similar. It may still require some tweaking, but the photo galleries are now using a lot more of the available screen estate. This means that more photos will be displayed simultaneously, and the way tiled galleries work in Jetpack, photos will be displayed a lot bigger as well, eliminating the need to zoom into the pictures in most instances.