That Was The Week That Was: 5th to 11th April 2023

The one in which I learnt about email security and geared up for travel.

Delhi, India

This edition of That Was The Week That Was is going to be shorter than usual. I have to go for a short holiday from tomorrow (will be a well-deserved break after all the busy work that has happened this year) and last week has been an effort to close all the urgent tasks before I leave. That, combined with all the travel anxiety I am experiencing (aisa lag raha hai jaise koi train chhoot rahi hai) has left little energy to dabble in anything else.

One urgent set of tasks came in the form of a client complaining that their business emails weren't getting delivered to personal Gmail accounts. Attempting to fix it led me down a path of trying to understand how SMTP and email delivery work. Eventually, we realised that the problem was occurring because they didn't have a proper SPF or DKIM record set up. It was a good learning experience overall—I now know what SPF, DKIM and DMARC records are for. I will probably end up writing about these soon.

Other Notable Stuff

  • I helped a friend improve the styling for the website of a Hindustani Music collective that he's a part of. It was the first time I used Squarespace and I hated it like every other website builder I've tried.

  • A bird pooped on my shirt while I had gone for a run one evening. Some people say that it’s lucky to receive such gifts "from above". Well, it certainly didn’t feel that way. 🤢

  • I restarted my efforts to write on Medium. I'll probably also cross-post on other platforms like Hashnode, and HackerNoon. Hope it goes well. 🤞🏽

  • Chelsea played decently against Liverpool (Kante played) but couldn't win. Unlucky.

  • The circus came back to town! Frank Lampard got appointed as Chelsea's interim manager till the end of the season. And his first game back ended in misery against relegation-threatened Wolves. I don't know what the Chelsea management is smoking. 🤷🏽‍♂️

Random Thoughts

Content Consumed

  • Film: Pathan
    Watched it with my mom over three days during dinnertimes. I had heard enough from my friends to avoid spending extra money to watch it in a theatre, but a decent watch on OTT. Absolutely no logic in any portion of the storyline and too much inspiration drawn from mediocre Hollywood films, but the action sequences and nautanki made it a fun watch overall.

  • Book: The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

Stumbled Upon

Last Week in Numbers

  • 16 deep work hours

  • 0 matches won by Chelsea

  • 1 day to go for my holiday. 🏖️

That was the week that was. Not much this time. But the next one should be interesting. 🤘🏽