Hi! I’m Guru. I love to code and when I’m not busy with research or playing computer games, I’m hacking away on one of my pet projects. Currently, I’m trying to get my quadcopter off the ground and also working on creating a voice-controlled home-theater system. Being a student, I love to participate in Hackathons, although, my laziness restricts me to the ones that are conducted at my university itself. In the past, I have won awards for hack with the most economic impact for an idea very similar to what is now Storj. My team also won second place at a GDG hackathon for building Audioshare, a system-level mechanism to share and broadcast audio across Android devices through Wi-Fi. You may be wondering what the use of such a system is or why it matters, especially since Bluetooth does the same thing. The crucial difference between our system and Bluetooth is that our system sets up a pub-sub system where devices can publish audio streams with other devices subscribing to them. We envisioned using such a system in a stadium to allow commentators to describe the action while the audience can tune in. Similarly, such a system could also be used to great effect in a Museum.
My tryst with computers began when my father took a huge loan to purchase a PC spec’d at 166 MHz having 32 MB RAM and a 1 GB HDD running Windows 95. Games were soon to follow with Microsoft’s Pinball and Midway’s Mortal Kombat 3. Me and my dad played a constant cat-and-mouse game wherein he would find new ways to prevent me from playing—BIOS lock, hidden folders, etc—and I would be forced to bypass these measures. I spent a significant amount of time working with OpenKore—a bot for Ragnarok Online, a popular MMORPG. Most of my code, however, was only capable of solving my problems specifically and thus I was never able to contribute to the project much. Nonetheless, it’s quite likely that my scripts of bots playing the Bingo minigame to farm the rare Combat Knife item are likely still making their rounds.
This blog and twoseven.xyz are maintained by two people—me and my wife. We’re both in our late 20s and while I’m currently pursuing my PhD in Computer Science, she’s working for a leading software company as a developer. TwoSeven started off as a personal project of mine when we were in a long distance phase, to enable us to watch movies and TV shows together. We were fed up with counting down on Skype and trying to manually click play simultaneously. You can read more about our story in our History of twoseven.xyz.