Welcome to another edition of my newsletter.
This week I finally saw the stars and a faint line of the Milky Way galaxy with my naked eyes at Ditchling Beacon. It was cold, and windy but clear and I spent almost an hour at the car park.
I did my regular 5kms Bromley Parkrun with my personal best (PB) time of 23mins 49secs at this course.
I also watched Eliud Kipchoge break the Marathon world record in Berlin. He ran the distance of 42.195kms in 2hrs 1min 9secs breaking the earlier world record by 30secs. The earlier world record was also held by him. He has run the fastest marathon ever as part of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge when he ran the marathon distance in under 2 hours. He is a joy to watch and one of the few greats in athletics who has dominated this sport for some time now.
I caught up with a few friends over the week. Later during the week, I ended up watching Brahmāstra: Part One - Shiva. This is the first Indian film that is aspiring to create a universe similar to the Marvel and DC film universes, called the Astraverse. But it's rooted in Hindu mythology. Astraverse is nothing but a combination of 2 words - Astra which means weapon and verse means a chapter. I loved the ambition of the story and the vision of the director, Ayan Mukerji. It does seem to be inspired by many famous Hollywood films. But in his defence, I must say that copying something is not easy.
📡 Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
I and Rinat recently talked about GNSS in our podcast and wanted to share some information about the same. Many people know about GPS but not many people know that there are other positioning systems in the world as well, operated by other countries.
The various GNSSs in the world today are as follows -
Each country, mentioned above, has created their own GNSS so that it can safely rely on its services in case the other countries' GNSS are blocked/hacked/jammed.
Each GNSS has three segments as outlined below -
The GNSS is used for the following applications
Location – determining your position in the world
Navigation – identifying the best route from one location to another
Tracking – monitoring an object’s movement in the world
Mapping – creating maps of a specific area
Timing – computing precise timing within billionths of a second
Source - Novatel
GNSS operate at different bands, frequencies and signals but most operate in the L band.
In case you are interested in knowing which GNSS your smartphone uses, then head to GSMArena and check the specifications of your smartphone. It will mention which positioning system it uses.
I have been looking at options to generate a passive income and something that always comes up on the top is Dropshipping.
Say you have an online store. Your customer comes to your store and places an order to buy a product from your store. Your store doesn't have a warehouse from where you ship the product. Instead, you have a supplier to whom you send the order. The supplier takes the order and ships the product directly to your customer.
The online store could be created using Shopify or Etsy in this example. The supplier could be Printful, Printify, AliExpress, etc. You can sell anything from clothes, mugs, accessories or electronics.
Selling without owning, is the idea behind Dropshipping.
✍🏻 Kindle Scribe
I have been using Kindle for many years now and the e-ink technology it uses is very relaxing to the eyes while reading, and also makes its battery efficient.
There have been various e-ink devices launched since the advent of this technology and this device from Amazon could be in the right direction.
Time will tell how the device is received by the various consumers. But the possibility of not carrying my notepad but just the Kindle, for both reading and writing, makes me very excited. Imagine the possibilities.
📌🏃 Real-Time Race Tracking (RTRT)
My wife is planning to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 09-Oct-2022. As part of the race, they have already sent out her race pack and an email providing the race day booklet. The booklet mentioned downloading an app called RTRT to track the runner in real-time as a spectator.
Now, how cool is that? I can track my wife in real time and follow her along the race course with my son. We can be there to cheer her up and also see other runners.
Running a half marathon is not easy; my wife will be running this half marathon after becoming a mother. Kudos to her determination. I can never do what she can. She has already run three different 10Ks at different London parks to prepare herself for this run.
I have taken a screenshot of the app (using an incredible tool called scrcpy) to show what events you can track.
The way the app works is that the runner participating in an event first registers themselves in the app and starts it when they start their run. The app tracks the GPS location of the runner's device to tell every spectator, following the runner on the same app, the runner's real-time location. This is quite useful and can be used in so many ways.
Thank you so much once again for reading my newsletter this week. Please feel free to Buy me a coffee if you are enjoying what I am sharing.
Until we meet again next week, please stay peaceful, listen more, find new ideas, and enjoy more.