Archive - 2002


November 22nd

student syndrome

Eliyahu M. Goldratt, in his book, Critical Chain:

Student Syndrome - no matter how long you give students to work on something, they will start the night before.

How true. How very, very true. (Link found via Joel on Software)


November 22nd

daypop is back

I just noticed that DayPop, the search engine that focusses on current events, news and weblogs is back. I had gotten addicted to the Daypop Top 40 for the top 40 links of the day before DayPop went down.


November 21st

segway wisecrack

I read this neat comment on Slashdot, about the Segway:

I can't wait for the day when an ASIMO steals a Segway and runs over someone's AIBO.


November 19th


Don't know what to do with that 5000 dollar bill that you've got lying around? Go pre-order a Segway Human Transporter! This much hyped, two wheeled wonder is scheduled to ship in March 2003. It appears is the sole seller for the product.

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November 17th

what an idya

When we founded idya Research, we had one statement that we resolved to keep in our minds when working on anything. The statement is "Because Simple is beautiful". While chatting with a friend today, he asked me what it meant, and I said:

Me: Remember that scene from Dil Chahta Hai? Preity Zinta in that pure white dress, wet looking hair, and just a string of beads around her neck and shoulders, so subtle but still looking like an angel fallen from heaven?

Him: er, Yes

Me: That's what we mean by "Simple is beautiful".

Speaking of idya, Idea Cellular has arrived in Delhi, with awesome ads on TV and posters, glowsigns, and billboards all accross the city. The ads look so good that my evil brain thought up this really cool plan where we could simply print "Y" signs in bulk, and paste the Y over the E in every "Idea"!

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November 15th


Just when I had been pestering Anuj to death about getting me an iPAQ 3835, HP gets ready to release this baby. The HP iPAQ H1910 is a 200MHz, 64MB, 16bit TFT Pocket PC. Almost identical to the 3835's specs, only that it looks a little like the Zire, and that it's for $299!!

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happy childrens day!

No wonder they were showing all those cute movies on TV! It was Children's Day yesterday!

Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India was born on the 14th of November. Children's Day was named after him, for his love for children.

Sam has a PJ for Children's Day.



This message box suddenly popped up right now:

The MSN Messenger Service will be shut down for maintenance in 5 minutes. Please complete all conversations in this time. After maintenance, you will be able to log back in.

Mixed Feelings:
a) It's nice they're telling us about it instead of a sudden blackout; but
b) why go down for maintenance in the first place?


November 13th

why contribute?

Everyone is talking about Macromedia's Contribute. But what I don't understand is that how it's so revolutionary. How more easy to use is this than a customized content management system? If this has something to do with being able to edit static webpages without having to open them in DreamWeaver of Frontpage, how about a Wiki with a WYSIWYG edit box?

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visio nary


When I'm training someone to be a C++ programmer, it would be nice if I never had to teach them about char*'s and pointer arithmetic

I know exactly what he means. I am a C++ guy at heart, but this is why I use PHP for more or less everything nowadays. (link found via Rob Fahrni)

I wrote to Rob when I saw a Visio ad in my inbox today, and before I could even reply to his first email, he had googled me out! (yes, it's a word).

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