In India all the appliance manufacturers compete for "Value for money" and on a race to give the least quality product. This is right from Cars, Mixies, Washing machines to even Agricultural products.

The trend probably started with Electronics (TVs, Mobiles, etc.) and has now spread like wildfire across all segments.

Please focus on "BuyItForLife" customers too. I (and many others) won't mind paying extra and get long lasting products with 10+ years warranties.

A steel gas stove that we bought about 15 years ago is still running fine in our hometown. May be it is cheaper to just travel and get that stove to Chennai.

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I am getting so agitated by the quality of the appliances that we get in India. Nothing seem to last even for a few years. An amazon gas stove that we bought is gone already within a year. A burner is not working.

Looking at amazon reviews of various gasstoves across manufacturers, there are cases of burners not working, non blue flame, shattered tops etc. within a year.

Why is there no legal protection in India for buyers who spend Thousands and get such poor products !?

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Pre-determined pricing, shielding from fluctuation, sponsored cultivation - all these things are fantastical on paper. The reality will be totally different. Watch this video of how it plays out in the US for chicken farmers

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We pay to Steam, Netflix, Amazon prime, Spotify. But not to Wikipedia,, Librivox, Project Gutenberg, for our favourite Linux distro.

The huge asymmetry between corporate and community has not emerged naturally. It is a product of our choices of not supporting community oriented projects.

The short conveniences vs the long-term good. We always chose the former.

In face of surveillance capitalism, we must and must change.

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I was pretty fed up with the behavior of 'df', so I wrote my own diskfree tool.

It's called 'duf', it's written in , and you can get it here:

On ArchLinux, you can simply install 'duf' from the AUR.

Took a break from computers for 4 days as eyes started twitching heavily.

Consulted a doctor. About a couple of years back, I had -0.25 and -0.75 in my eyes. Was advised to wear spectacles. I didn't listen.

Now the power has increased to -0.75 and -1.25. May be time to take those Pondicherry exercises that @tshrinivasan mentioned.

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State of 2020: My phone just auto-corrected "Congratulations" to "Coronavirus"

These people do a good job recreating music with a lot of the nuances too duly replicated

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ELSS is where you pay the Income Tax to a Mutual Fund Manager in SIP instead of the Govt in lumpsum

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@psankar This is my favorite song from the same album. Has an amazing line.
"ஆழியின் அலைபோல அலைதனில் நுரைபோல அலைந்து அலைந்து
அலைந்து அலைந்து மனம் கலைந்து குலைந்து
நிலை கலங்கி தினம் தவிக்குதே
தொலைவினில் தெரிந்திடும் கலங்கரை விளக்கே
அருகினில் ஒளிவீசு நீ இருக்கும் கரைசேர"

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HoppScotch is an API request builder which works like Postman. But this is completely run from the browser. It can be installed as a Progressive Web App and used without internet for local testing as well.

Because Ilayaraja is such a great music director, the awesomeness that is Ilayaraja the lyrcist is under-appreciated.

People claim Djokovic and Serena did the same mistake, even though it is quite clear that Djokovik's was an unintentional accident and Serena was intentionally shouting as she is a sore loser.

All these social movements (Like Islam, Voting for BJP, Feminism) etc., may become greater than the cause in the long term, it seems.

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Jemo articulates a lot of things that I had felt about social media far better!

I would not mind if there is a sturdy plastic table (even if it costs 10k+) but could not find anything. Nor do I know anyone who manufactures these.

There is a big market for space saving tables and chairs in India right now, due to the covid wfh situaton. Sadly none seem to take advantage it.

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Found one nice table in a shop called DeMaples. But they are everything wrong with an Indian shop. They had a good product, but terrible sales and support.

They are interested only in corporate sales with hundreds of pieces and not for individuals it seems. They won't even arrange for home delivery or even people to carry the table from their shop to the vehicle. Not convinced about their customer support either.

Anbe Ikea why you not in Chennai !

cc: @tshrinivasan @tecoholic

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I bought a chair from haworth a few years back. It is very good so far. It has withstood a lot of rough play by the kids. But now that is used by children for zoom calls.

I am getting hand and back pain, sitting and working from the bed. Need to buy an ergonomic chair and a table. Can't find a single showroom of steelcase, haworth, featherlite etc. in OMR. I miss Bangalore and Indira Nagar.

Any recommendation Chennaites ?

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