Archive - Sep 2002


September 23rd

round and round and round...

The DTC has started the new Mudrika service today. There's about 8 new buses on the ring road, and all the buses don't have a ending stop - they just keep going round and round the ring road, non stop, ALL day!
This means that I don't need to ask before getting on to a bus. Just get on to it, travel and hop off. No remembering route numbers / timings etc. Life is fun.

This really cool thing happened today while I was travelling by the new Mudrika. This junior of mine from school asks me:

"Hi, are you the same Arnab who came in that "The Week" article?"
"Yes, why?"

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fashioning the future

A friend of mine is a fashion design student, and they've been assigned to come up with The Fashion Forecast for the year 2004. It sounded interesting, so I tried to come up with something:

Arnab's Fashion Forecast for years 2004,5,6:

Fashion Designers will have completely given up on the act of making new clothes. The fact is, that since EVERYbody has been buying new things for centuries, clothing has reached it maximum point. Hordes of clothes will adorn the average person's beds, cupboards, tables, etc.
Thus, people will only wear what they see first. Condition, color, coordination, style of clothing will all be rendered irrelevant, and anti-productive attributes. Stuff like old dad's shirts (old shirt, not dad) , and the sibling's jeans are the norm in collegewear today.

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September 21st

why this blog doesn't have a comment button

People have been asking why you can't comment on this blog. The principle reason is that it's my space, and I do the talking here. If you want to say something, you can contact me using the contact page, or post stuff on your blog, or at timepastown.

The other reason is, that I can't get the comments working in Movable Type for some weird reason.


September 19th

I think it'd be cool

I think it'd be cool if someone could make a small tool so that I could type in google: apples -oranges into my browser and it would take me directly to the Google search results. Yahoo messenger uses something like ymmgr: and MSN uses msmn:; so I think it should'nt be too difficult to implement.


welcome to zombocom

This one's hilarious. Extremely hilarious -


oogle boogle

Google churns out the most amazing things! I was looking for comments/ articles about Blogsnob, and saw that we'd been featured in the Hindu Business Line!! We did do an interview with Mr. Nair a long time ago, but since he did'nt contact us after that, we didn't know if we got featured or not.
Go check out the article here. It was published on July 29th - and we didn't even know! Also note the number of time he writes "says Nandi".


September 18th

hungarian rhapsody

Finally had the Windows Programming Test today. Some blokes in our class kept postponing it for days, and it's really irritating because your schedule is all messed up because of that. Didn't do as well as I expected, but it was decent. It was good that we had the test - not because I wanted marks, but because atleast I sat and studied what the Windows API was all about. Having attempted at making my own Windowing library, getting to know what the real Windows is like is pretty cool.

My Windowing library - ah, it brings back old memories when I was in school. Sameer, my project partner used to sit around going, "naah - I think the class implementation was better if we did that". And I wrote the whole damn thing out. Helped me a lot - I must say. It helped me in get my 4GB hard disk - I have reason to believe the old one crashed because of the 100 reboots I used to subject my computer through under the name of "Video Memory Research". But the one thing I've learnt most from WinGUI is not the graphics, but about the sheer power of Open Source.

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September 17th

bloggin' today

Nidhi's India Today article on weblogging is now on the stands. Haven't seen it yet. Will do that tomorrow. She says:

I think i shld have added the blogsnob gang -- Arnab, Kapil and Jayesh. Sorry guys. :(

No problem Nidhi... Kapil, JayANT and I can wait. :P

[scene fade out, Arnab looking up at sky, dreaming about the India Today issue with his face on the cover....]



sorry for the outage. Even after the format, the system Just Wouldn't Work. So I swapped master / slave; and now the 20GB hard disk contains the OS, and everything's booting fine. Will post later. I have to setup LOTS of applications now.


September 15th


Last night I got the system to boot with the new disk, and discovered that the original owner had about 4GB worth of Old Hindi MP3s - something my mom was thrilled to know. So for the next 5 hours, I had Md. Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar on the playlist.

It's not that I don't like them. But 5 hours?

Woke up today and the problem was back - it wouldn't startup with the 2nd disk. Spent the whole day trying to figure out what was wrong with the second hard disk, and figured that it was because of the 5GB NTFS partition in the front. Had to remove it, and carved out clean, reformatted partitions of Linux Native, Linux Swap.....

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