Archive - Jul 17, 2004

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new gmail features

Gmail added some new features to it's arsenal today. The most important one for me being the ability to import contacts, of course. Combined with address auto complete, it's a wonderful thing to have.

The next big thing I'm looking forward to is Yahoo Mail's clean, fast new interface - thanks to its acquisition of OddPost. I expect it'll hit browsers within a month.

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read this please

Ten stories the UN wished the world knew more about.

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infolab musings

The InfoLab(which is where I work) has quite a few research scholars, most of whom are supported by fellowships. These fellowships are endowed by reputed companies, and come with designations for the students, such as "Infosys Fellow", "IBM Fellow" and suchlike.

In light of this, I have decided that I will henceforth work hard and build a company, and then contribute a significant portion of the profits towards research, particularly fellowships. I have also decided to name my company Stupid Inc., so that the beneficiary(e.g. John Doe) is known to the world as &q

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arnab's guide for media people

I've had more than a few journos calling me asking me about "this blogging thing" wanting to know why people want to become lexical exhibitionists and where can they find more. Or something along the lines of that. Here are a few things you might want to keep in mind before calling me up:

  • I like to waste other people's phone money. If you're calling from Delhi, Digboi, Ukraine, or some other place far away, I like to do that even more.
  • And if you're from a newspaper I don't like because you guys have more scantily clad anorexics than news as content, I will yap like Cyrus Broacha.
  • Please, please, please do your homework first. My mother taught me that a long time ago. All it takes is a little googling ro yahooing or teomaing. Not that difficult, you know.
  • I will ask you to send me the draft text that pertains to me. Please don't throw your mighty newspaper's no-public-disclosure policy at me in retort. I do this so that you don't misrepresent me and write about how I like to wear pink polka dotted underwear while blogging. Dear readers, no matter what any national daily tells you, any mention of polka dot and my name in the same sentence is definitely fictional. I assure you that. Also, there are laws in India about this, and I have a lot of free time.
  • After speaking to you, I will send you links and things to help you. Please do check your mail after you speak with me.
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and people thought I was boring

Guess what I saw when I logged in to Orkut today:

Orkut.com: you have 37 fans out of 40 friends

37 out of 40!! Imagine! Even rockstars don't have that kind of approval ratios!

Ok, so it's an orkut bug. everyone has more fans than they can imagine. But it made me happy for a while :)

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letters to the weblogger

Anuj Arora responds to my weblog post:

"If you're an extremely boring person, I will seem like a very good listener to you. In reality, I'll be thinking about recursive activation spread functions or
things like that."

this, of course makes you what? :-P

~A

Well it's atleast less boring than thinking about the latest model of dual-core titanium plated whammy bars and 128 channel bandpass preamplifiers or somecrapliketha

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