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all PCs overboard!

A multimillionaire techie who owns an ex-Royal Navy warship is probably the ultimate model for Apple's Switch campaign. He moved his entire company staff to Macs; and now has a "Mac only" restriction for everybody on his boat - for security reasons. Read the story at Wired. (Wired recently underwent a cosmetic overhaul and now have a brilliant XHTML design - worth a look)

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slickth sense

Just watched The Sixth Sense on Star Movies - I must say it's a very well written / directed movie. Didn't really get a chance to 'feel' all the thrills and suspenses since I knew how it ended thanks to a stupid boy in school in 1999, who went and watched the first-day-first-show or something. The next day, he got on to the school bus and screamed, "Bruce Willis is a Ghost!!!"

If you have'nt seen the movie yet, I'm really sorry. I just gave away the backbone suspense secret to what is one of th

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quizmastered

We were short of time. The audience comprised the 8 member teaching staff of the Computer Science Dept. and students who were waiting for the prize distribution that was scheduled after the event. And there were exactly six teams that registered for the event who automatically qualified for the finals.

Even after all this, I would say the quiz was a success, if not a great one. I've done quizzes before, but this is the first time that I spoke properly, and didn't make any of those factual errors that lead to fights between the quizmaster and the participants after the quiz. The PHP script I wrote for the quiz(using DBX) worked without a hitch (yay!) and Kapil and Shantanu were perfect at the scores and computer. It was the first time I conducted a speed round in a quiz and I was surprised I didn't stutter or stammer!

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using your own

I'm conducting the quiz at my college's computer fest, and I needed a simple way to store all those questions, so that I could edit them etc. And guess what I used? DBX!! It's simple and small, and we wont need to install it(since DBX doesn't need to be) on the PC in college. Also, since the data is stored in XML, I'm directly writing all my questions in <question> tags in my text editor... It's quite fast, and has made the process much easier. It's a nice feeling when you find a good use for your own creat

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tughlaqabad

Went for the walk at Tughlaqabad fort today. Magsasay award winner Dr. Ramji Narayan took us to the fort, and told us all about it. Dr. Ramji is an economics professor, but it's amazing that he knows so much about history. The fort is an amazing 14th century monument, and it was really cool to learn about how people built buildings for war in the pre-gunpowder era. We even had a chance to go down into one of the Sultan's escape passages, which was all dark and full of bats. It was a nice mix of adventure and education. And the phrase for the day would be Dr. Ramji's now famous qu

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walk, talk and a guitar recital

I've been quite busy this week organizing cultural events in my college, as a part of SPICMACAY's Virasat Programme. This monday we had a talk by Magsasay award winner Rajendra Singh about Water Conservation and the Environment. It was a really informative talk. On the 26th we have a walk around Tughlaqabad Fort with Dr. Ramji Narayan, a noted historian.

open source and making money from it

This article has a good analogy: Normal software is like selling Coke - you have the secret formula and you're trying to get it to as many people as possible. Open Source is like selling bottled water. People have it, but you're still selling it to them.

This article gives some information about licensing etc., but it generally says the same thing. You're still selling something that's free. The only reason people will be buying it from you is because your bottle looks snazzier (easy to use Interface), they can get your brand everywhere (good distribution), and you provide cool things with your bottle (accessories, tools, training, support...).

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now on mt2.5

Finally finished upgrading to Version 2.5. This is the reason I moved to php from perl. I uploaded all the files, ran the script, and what do I get? The Internal Server Error 500. My webserver can't handle perl scripts in DOS format, so you have to convert it into UNIX format. It took me an entire week of research to get this thing right - 6 days to find the batch converter, and 20 seconds to convert all the files.

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namesake!

Check out the names at this page here - An entry by Arnab Nandi - but it's not me! I thought my name was rare... hmm. Check out the address - @infy.com - he's working at InfoSys!! wow.

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back from the dead

Sorry for not posting so long - it's been an awfully busy month. Blogging, it seems, is a pretty tough thing to do - you can't write when you're free, because you have nothing to do, and thus nothing to write about. And when you have something to do, you don't have the time to write about it!

The 15 days of October Holidays have started. I had promised myself I'd study seriously this fortnight, but I just can't get myself to it. All of a sudden I'm downloading SDKs, subscribing to developer mailing lists and learning new languages. I have no clue what's going to happen.

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