June 16, 2009

QOTD (quote of the day)

It is hardly as if women leaders do not wield real power in India. 255 Lok Sabha seats have been won in the 2009 elections by parties where women are the absolute and unchallenged leaders. In spite of this, we have seen no change in the number of women Parliamentarians. The idea of reserving seats for a group is based on the pectation that when they come to power, they will use it to help other less fortunate members of the group. Clearly that expectation has been definitively belied.

– Santosh Desai writes in “Gender Reservations” under City City Bang Bang, Times of India, Bangalore, Page 8, June 15th 2009.

SOTD (software of the day :P)

VideoCacheView for windows
After watching a video in a Web site, you may want to save the video file into your local disk for playing it offline in the future. If the video file is stored in your browser’s cache, this utility can help you to extract the video file from the cache and save it for watching it in the future.
It automatically scans the entire cache of Internet Explorer and Mozilla-based Web browsers (Including Firefox) and finds all video files that are currently stored in it. It allows you to easily copy the cached video files into another folder for playing/watching them in the future.

Powered by ScribeFire.

Things that I want to do in my vacation

June 5, 2009

Thought if i don’t put up a list, i’ll never know at the end of the vacations, if I did well

  • Read
  1. in spite of the gods – i’ve started
  2. the lord of the rings
  3. the mahabharata
  • Watch
  1. all good movies from “my movie collection”
  2. all enjoyable tv series’ from “my tv series collection”
  3. some tv
  • Do
  1. play badminton
  2. sit around at home (aaah.. does this qualify as a todo list item.. life!)
  3. music classes maybe?
  4. fix some stuff around home

I know.. the Watch part is a bit humungous, bit I’d really like to complete the rest in full

The Tipping Point

February 10, 2009

Ah! Again, we come here. The impact of the first impression

Assume –

A person associated with a tribe starts a conversation with you and leaves a very bad impression.

The image of the whole tribe is affected by that individual. Is it right ?

To an extent yes, maybe no. But surely the image in your mind is right if the leader of the tribe witnesses it and ignores it/takes his associates’ side.

They may be right. You may be right.

But you are entitled to your opinion on them. And you can share it with your tribe.

Nothing wrong.

Top 3 Team Names at Inscription

January 25, 2009

Team names that I found the best in today’s event – Inscription (it is an online coding event), part of ENGINEER 2009

1. returnVoid point_of_life() ?
2. pushpendragold Chavanaprash GOLD 😀
3. Skywalker knows his chances 😛

The Overnight Millioniare Scam

January 25, 2009

There are four ways to make a million dollars.

Luck. Patient effort. Skill. Risk.

(Five if you count inheritance, and six if you count starting with two million dollars).


again from seth’s blog

world’s longest comment

July 8, 2008

today, after readding a very interesting blog post here, i started writing in the comments. it carried on and on and on, like had never happened before! after a full blog posts’ worth of material, finally i stopped. read it here. of course if its not removed by the author for having exceeded the readers patience.

it was through my RSS reader google reader, but now you can even insert ads in feeds – check out feedburner.com [and google bought it recently].

and wordpress.com had gone https – to add new post, to change settings, everything. and 256 bits! hmm. wonder if it’ll hurt mobile bloggers. [what Sid ?]

and tag suggest! at least the first time i’m seeing it!

ubuntu hardy

June 19, 2008

yeah. after much deliberation i wrote the hardy distro to a cd and installed it. it took many attempts, the md5sum of the iso being fine. i couldn’t think of why the CD wouldn’t boot. pachi suggests that it could be a burning error. (twice, huh!) it happens to be that. the 3rd time, when i wisely use a rewritable cd – it all works fine !

anyway, why i am mentioning this at all is because – for the first time compiz does work as intended on my computer without noticeable drag.

i remember having put much effort a year and a half ago, with suse. it’d worked decently.

after i’d switched to ubuntu a little later, it never did work. i had come to believe my graphics processor won’t support it until Vista beta came along and aero worked fine ! if windows can do it. so should ubuntu. after that, every distribution release, i’ve been upgrading / installing and it hadn’t come close to working fine yet.

that’s it. it’s cool. not that it’s a wonder. but still..

PS: two unsettled issues yet – playing rmvb on totem (solved after installing realplayer for linux), and low video quality (compared to windows, yea surely).

looks good though and is visibly faster. even the internet connection seems much much faster , comes as a surprise !!

like someone said –

“Linux is only free if you don’t count your time”

but still better than my windows? where network doesn’t work. network stops working after arbit amounts of time after login.

google it. happens to many (no its not your ISP issue). try Winsock Fix. slightly better i feel, but not alright!

Hardy is good. i now only miss some 3rd party software (and better video)

long time draft. was pending publish.