Archive - 2005

July 27th

waterproof mobile strategy

In the last month, 4 people I know have martyred their cellular phones by either washing them with their clothes, leaving them out in the rain, or just plain dipping them in a bucket of water. No, I don’t know why the phone was dipped in the said bucket.

Maybe it is time to standardize on waterproof communications electronics. Or considering that all four people went on to buy new, more expensive phones for replacement; maybe this is exactly why our phones are so water friendly?

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July 26th

gmail did the viagra star

Mr. GMail, you allow me to “star” emails in my spam folder. By star, I presume you mean that you stick a “This here email? It’s Important!” sign on that email. But I want to know, dear Mr. GMail, why is it that I want to importantify my spammicrap? Why, tell me?

Viagra! In easy installments! STARRED
Printer Cartridges! STARRED
Toner Cartridges! Not Starred. Weep weep. Spam is feeling low-self-esteem. Loosah!

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thank you

I’m feeling so happy that might just burst. I don’t know if this is temporary bliss, or the epiphany of a lifetime, but this world totally rocks. Everything is so super way out cool that it’s far out chillin’. Dear everybody involved, thank you for making my life the most awesomest ever!

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July 25th

jam biscuit plea

Dear Britannia Biscuit people,

Can you please make the Jam biscuits you sell a little bit less impervious to liquids? I find them very hard, and no matter how much I dip them in coffee, or keep them for ages in my mouth, they refuse to melt, which would have been a superbly awesome thing for jam biscuits to do.

Thanks muchly,
Arnab

PS: If you stack two jam biscuits with the jam bits facing each other, they end up fusing and making a biscuit club sandwich, which is very cool.

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July 22nd

Delhi Times

Just spent a week in Delhi, the weather here sucks big time! Hot, humid and just plain sticky. It seems the Delhi weather wasn’t satisfied with its dehydrating, scorching sun; so it decided that we shall now have the weather of Kolkata in Patparganj. I had no idea my forhead had so much water in it.

Anyway, I’m headed back for wonderfully-weathered Bangalore tonight by the Rajdhani, will reach monday morning. Funny, but I’m actually looking forward to work. However, from the lack of emails from my boss and co-worker; I’m suspecting they’ve forgotten me already. Oh well.

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July 15th

Indiatimes -- the new spammers on the block?

It seems the newspaper group we all love so much has reached new heights – referer and comment spam. From Rojisan:

This is a bit surprising coming from a media outlet, but I’ve given them about two weeks and several attempts to clarify the situation with India Times and/or the Times Group. Since it’s such a big company, and with a reputation to protect, I’ve given them much more time to respond than I usually do.

What I do know is that the tag was for indiatimes.com, which is operated by timesgroup.com, and that the attack came from (in my case, at least), Spacecom Broadband, probably somewhere around New Delhi. I also know that no one from indiatimes.com or timesgroup.com has been willing to respond to my messages about this incident.

They’ve spammed around 4000 websites, it seems. I’d really like to write a long post about indiatimes and how much spam it sends me; but it quite reliably lands in my spam folder, so I don’t care too much. But this might be an example of revenge spamming or just some spammers trying to taint indiatimes’ “reputation”.

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July 15th

dronings on utter nonsense

Wikipedia entries for Poppycock, Gobbledegook, Ubbi dubbi, and Dada.

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Captcha vulnerability

Guys, if you’re running the Drupal Captcha module I wrote, can you please download the new versions? There’s a small security thingy that I just fixed. Thanks.

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a humble request to the email overlords

Dear Email Service providers like Yahoo! and GMail,

I would really appreciate if you would let me upload and import my MBOX files from my local email client into your email folders? That way I don’t have to bombard innocent smtp servers to bounce emails to your server. Also, simple email importing would preserve headers and not confuse the crap out of your interfaces.

Regards,
Arnab

PS: I would also appreciate MBOX export; but since you guys need vendor-lock-in to support your business; I’ll understand if you don’t provide it.

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July 13th

ten courses and dessert

Oh, I forgot to write about it, but this is what I had on Sunday night, at the SigFood mishmash:

  • Thai Pepper-garlic chicken
  • Tamarind Chicken wings
  • Far-eastern Potato croquettes
  • Crispy vegetables in chilli, garlic, and basil
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice
  • Grilled eggplant in red chilli sauce and basil
  • Choo Chee fish
  • Hot n’ sour chicken salad
  • Drunkard’s noodles Chicken
  • Massaman curry with tofu and sweet potato + rice
  • Blueberry cheesecake

All this washed down with a glass of Juicy Julep, and a glass of my standard equal-parts-cranberry-and-coke-concoction. Some notes:

1. Bangalore LJ people are one happy bunch.
2. People from work are very cool people, if only I meet them, which is hard.
3. Ryze people are mostly too old to sit and chat with.
4. Freegeek and Solzaire are actually twins who got lost in a Kumbh Mela when they were kids.
5. Ten courses is a little more than what I can handle.
6. I deserve to be presented a monthly pass of some sort at Shiok, for the number of times I’ve eaten there.

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