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mumbai meetings II - arnab fights back

Caught up with webloggers I knew and maitre d' of the Indian Bloggers' List. On her blog, she referred to me as "the talented Mr. Nandi" - whether she meant it as a compliment or as a comparison to the murderer and impostor from the movie, I don't know. We met at Barista's Bandra - the very venue of vice. Yes, I know I'm truly cursed. But is it my fault if these monopolistic coffee makers set up shop at the most easy-to-locate places? Anyway, here's the catch: we met at Barista's - i.e., we only used it as a trivial landmark to coordinate things. In other words, they lost a potential customer. Yes! Retribution at last!

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of mumbai meetings and the barista backlash

On the 5th, I met the inimitable Yazad Jal, weblogger extraordinaire and founder of Praja.

We met at Victoria Terminus, where Yazad showed me around the place - Yazad knows the area like it was his own backyard. Saw the many Victorian-era buildings around the place, including the Municipal Corporation building, and the hip-looking Slimes Of India building. After some discussion, we decided to go to the Barista cafe at Planet M. Regular readers of this blog would recall my recent misadventure with the cafe chain. It was my will power against Yazad's power to convince. Considering the fact that he runs an entire foundation by convincing people to give him truckloads of money, he's obviously very good at it; and hence we left my resolve at the token counter along with my bag and went up the stairs for our cuppa coffee. I guess Fate read my blog and decided to align the planets to humble me. The only upside to this incident is that it was Yazad who paid the bill, and so I wasn't directly patronizing them, Yazad was. Hence I shamelessly acquit myself on a technicality.

shotophop

The birth of Photoshop - I'm amazed to see how little the Toolbar has changed over 14 years. I guess that's what they call a timeless classic of UI Design.

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c&h fulltext search

The Calvin & Hobbes Collection, now searchable by text.

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shaayari

Funny one at the local humor newsgroup:

Jack & Jill - Laalloo Ishtyle:

Jackwa aur Jilwa gayil upar da hil

Paniya bharil ke vaaste
Jackwa gir gayil, ooka khopdi phat gayil
Aur Jilwa aawat ludkan poore raaste!!!

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crack scene!

BlogRolling acquired by Tucows!!! Press release at Y! News. Congratulations, Jason!

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lazy or crazy?

In the lab that I work, I sit on a machine that has no speakers. Hence, to play songs, I use a machine that has speakers - a desktop located about 2 metres behind me. If I were a normal person, I'd just walk up to the machine and play my songs from there. If I were to think that the music is too loud, I'd just walk up to the speakers and turn the volume down. But instead, here's what I did:

ctrl+alt+t to open a terminal

ssh compbehindme

xmms&

(noticing that it's too loud)

aumix


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yahoo vs google

Yahoo dumps Google. They're powered by their own search engine now, thanks to the acquisitions the made last year. It's amusing to see how the browser wars have turned out. In the very beginning, we had the following players:

Altavista - One time leader in the websearch engine. Commited harakiri by tranforming into a portal, among other things.
AllTheWeb - Indexes a LOT of pages. I used it for pages I couldn't find anywhere else. But that's about all I used it for.
Yahoo - Search, mostly dependent on the then-huge human-managed directory. Plus points: search quality, and portal features.

haha

From a comment at Slashdot:

Frequently Asked Questions for Etch-A-Sketch Technical Support

Q: My Etch-A-Sketch has all of these funny little lines allover the screen
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I turn my Etch-A-Sketch off?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: What's the shortcut for Undo?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I create a New Document window?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I set the background and foreground to the same color?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

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yeahright

Like this is going to work: Pizzas without bread! (Well, considering the number of stupid diet-people around, it actually might.)

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