i'm alive

Well, I've been meaning to write this entry for ages now, but I guess the procrastination glands have been working overtime lately.

Frequent visitors of this weblog might have noticed the "Live From Mumbai" sign removed from the headers on the 15th of this month - that was the day I came back to Delhi, after 3 and a half long months away from home. I travelled by the new Rajdhani Express, which looks spectacularly awesome in terms of exterior train design. The interior hasn't changed much, though. I was disappointed that the notable updates to the interior were restricted to larger windows and airplane-like toilet facilities. I'm sure there was a lot more they could have done with the design. Of course, when they serve you Kaju Kishmish icecream for dessert after dinner, it's a little hard to complain about the overall experience, so I'll give it a thumbs up anyway.

The next few days were spent in getting back my internet connection (did that within 6 hours of getting off the train), buying a new computer, and setting up Linux(more about linux in a later post). Yes ladies and gentlemen, Arnab now has a new computer! I thought it would be entertaining to have a comparison of hardware specs:

Old Computer New Computer
Cyrix mII 233MHz Processor Pentium4 2.8GHz Processor
96MB SDRAM 512MB DDR RAM
4GB Hard Disk 80GB Hard Disk
Floppy Drive No floppy, only CDWriter
14" Monitor The new 16" SyncMaster 773s

In other words, it's quite a jump. I'm still coming to terms with the totally far-out "Whoa, I can store movies and play them and also play games on my own computer, dude!" feeling right now. But the buy was a neccesary one. After using a hyperthreaded P4 with 1 Gig of RAM at iitb for 3 months, even web browsing on my old pc was like dodging bullets in the Matrix.

The only thing that's left right now is to get used to the searing Delhi heat and get back to working at full force. It's my final semester, and I really want to graduate!

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About the author:

Arnab Nandi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. You can read more about him here.


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