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January 18th

Prava See Ya

All this humdrum about Non Resident Indians being so successful makes me want to scream. So many people are talking about how this Indian is the CEO of that company, etc. So? Big Deal!!

I agree with something Lord Swaraj Paul said recently - We are one sixth of the world's population. Read it again. One Sixth. That's like, one, two, three, four, five, Bhaijan. Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Behenji.

By this rule, every one in six successful people should be Indian. So every one in six times you read a book, it should be an Indian work. Every sixth software you use, should be Indian. Hell, every sixth model you think of in your dreams should also be Indian.

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January 17th

currently reading

Just finished Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal In Bohemia on the Palm. Currently in the line are some other Sherlock Holmes, and H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. Though the font size is a little small, and it does require some time to get used to, it's got some things I've always wanted while reading books in bed - you don't have to flip pages, it turns itself off in 2 minutes on inactivity (when I fall asleep) and best of all - the backlight allows me to read in the dark, without my parents screaming.

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January 13th

palm.ist

People, I'd like you to meet my new baby:

Palm m500 - MINE!!

It's a Palm m500. And it's MINE! I've waited for this so long and it's finally in my hands. Yipee!

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January 10th

back!

Phew!!!

Exams khattam! They were pretty decent, considering the extreme last minute studying that I indulged in this time.

The first thing I did after the last exam was go to Kapil's house and check email - 60 new. Not bad. My Primary Hard Disk's crashed, taking along with it my MP3 collection, all the apps I installed, and all my email and address book. So much for second hand stuff.

I'm contemplating now whether to go for a new HDD, or a new computer, lets say a 2GigHz, 512Mb? Hmm.

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December 31st, 2002

happy noo ear!

All this Networking and Windows Programming and Theory of Computation and Graphics is getting too frustrating. Endsems start 2nd Jan, end on the 9th. Therefore, my next post will be after that. Hope everyone has a great New Year. Back to 802.3, 802.4, 802.5......

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December 25th

diapers for christmas

Well, I open my much-spammed Yahoo Mail Inbox, and here's what I see:

Yahoo Inbox: One year's supply of Huggies Free

Going by the forms I filled while signing up, I think Yahoo already knows I'm 19 years old, and definitely grown out of the "out-of-control" stage. As far as I know. I don't think people have babies at my age, usually. I don't think its common for 19 year olds to have infant siblings either. Then why should I be offered such wonderous deals? Ms. Wenda, I have two words for you. Targeted Advertising.

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December 21st

of bots and men

Here's a list of the last 4 visitors at arnab.org, according to my statistics program:

1. The Wossrom Bot, a program that determines how 'friendly' a blog is towards different operating systems.
2. The EvilBot, a program that updates the "Index Of Evil" to keep track of who's the baddest bad boy of them all. Bin Laden's still #1, by the way.
3. Some guy using Lynx 2.81, the a good text-mode browser that people use when they're secretly (mis)using Internet in the college library. Reading this blog in the college library? I'm flattered.

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observation

...You don't notice that Eminem's song, Stan has the f-word 4 times until you're playing it at top volume, and your parents and you are having breakfast, listening to the "ambient music" you set up.

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December 20th

rofl!

BusinessWorld Issue Cover page

[via Kautilya]

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devnagari script kiddies

This news at Linux Delhi's site made me chuckle:

Two school students, Avneesh Chhabra (15) and Shivaas Gulati (15) designed a Hindi Devanagri font for an inter-school contest. They won the event, received assurances from Microsoft that the Seattle-based company may be interested in licensing the fonts from them, and then, on 25 November 2002, decided nevertheless to publish the fonts under the freedom-based Lesser Gnu Public License (LGPL).

The Inter-School contest was MODEM 2002 - I was there to conduct a quiz. The Font Design event was being held for the first time. The objective was to make an ITRANS mapped Unicode Hindi Font and it was quite exciting to see the entries, and the approaches used. Some guys had actually scanned and vectorized Hindi characters written with pencil on paper. Some entries looked like hacks of presently available stuff.