Archive - Mar 2006

March 25th

things i have done in the last few days

1. Had dinner at Mongolian Barbecue. Interesting place : they do it on the grill! The grillers are one merry bunch: spending hours in that hot, loud, noisy grill arena, singing, cheering — they almost make it seem like it’s an extreme sport. Would love to work there for a very short while. Follow that up with Chocolate Therapy at Ben & Jerry’s, and I’m a happy man.

2. Saw V for Vendetta – nice movie.

3. Met Arnab, Kaushik’s cousin. It’s always fun to meet a namesake.

4. Played with a friend’s Macbook Pro. The first thing I noticed was: Ooh, it’s thin! I’m finding it very hard to resist buying one.

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March 25th

tuttle tussle

CentOS takes over Tuttle City.

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March 24th

good times, bad times

Caterina Fake: It’s a bad time to start a company.

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March 22nd

the web 2.0 list

Web 2.0 : THE LIST.

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March 20th

google and the yahoo fixation

Another Yahoo clone: Google Finance. The current mode of operation looks like this:

(1) Take a Yahoo! service.
(2) Clean up the UI, remove the ads
(3) Throw some search mojo at it to keep Google a “search company”
(4) Release it to the public.

There’s also part (5), where we watch the service crash repeatedly with cute messages (Orkut, PageCreator, Reader). So much for innovations in scalability. Considering what you expect from the big G, I’m still surprised how I’m yet to see a Yahoo! property ever get overwhelmed. I did once notice the whole of Y!Groups crash and reboot sometime last year, but that’s about it.

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March 20th

187 dollar computer

Chinese startup YellowSheepRiver release the Municator, which seems to be the cheapest fully-functional computer that money can buy. Pretty much everything in the box seems to be Chinese made; including the Godson processor. Contrast this with the Indian counterpart Simputer, which in my opinion was much superior in terms of design, but failed to break the 200 dollar barrier (it included a touch screen, though), and used an Intel StrongARM processor.

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March 19th

foodburn

Bad day today. Underestimated the water in capsicum ki bhaji while heading off to have a bath, hence burning it and setting off the smoke detector. (It’s good that I have lots of experience with that device, from various prior experiments.) Came to the office, 10% of the popcorn I just made in the microwave look and taste like carbon.

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parental abuse

Is your son becoming a hacker? — Go find out, and take action!.

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apt.itude

Paul Simon & Arthur Garfunkel: I Am A Rock:

A winter’s day
In a deep and dark december;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
I’ve built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don’t talk of love,
But I’ve heard the words before;
It’s sleeping in my memory.
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

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March 18th

write like you talk

Kathy Sierra writes :

Your sixth grade English teacher warned you against writing the way you talk, but she was wrong. Partly wrong, anyway. Then again, we aren’t talking about writing the way you talked when you were 12. Or even the way you talk when you’re rambling.

For me, I try hard to do the reverse; i.e. talk like I write. This is because my writing is quite informal and accessible, or so I choose to believe, based on what people have told me. My speech, on the other hand, suffers from the same problem most communication networks have these days: network congestion with bottlenecks. My brain comes up with a more than a million things that I would like to eventually communicate to the listener, something that is theoretically not possible given that there’s a physical limit to how fast I can speak. Also, all these thoughts are not neccesarily in order (for example this sentence was inserted after I wrote the next two sentences), hence a lot of reordering needs to be done. Adding to this set of problems is another part of my brain which decides to do a lookahead analysis of the responses my audience might come up with, and then precomputing retorts and rebuttals to them.

This overwhelming of thought packets on the mouth buffer drives me into an incoherent mumble which often makes people think I’m a socially inept, dumb retard of some sort, saying all the wrong, inappropriate things at the wrong times, for example:

Girl: People tell me I clean up quite nicely.
Me: Oh, do you? That’s quite surprising.

How I wish I could use backspace while talking.

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