Archive - Dec 2003


December 12th


Hip Hip Hurray!! Yippee!! Google's coming to India!!


December 7th

does not use overseas labor

After seeing the WayPath project, I was beginning to like ThinkTank23 as a company. It even had a "community" link and all. Just then, I read the ending lines of their about page:

Think Tank 23 is a privately-held company with service centers in Seattle, Washington, and Denver, Colorado, and a network of U.S. based resources across the country. Think Tank does not use overseas labor.

"does not use overseas labor" - Perhaps I'm being too sensitive, but I didn't like the apparent tone of the phrase. Are they trying to imply that "overseas labor" is something lowly and inferior (the term "labor" being used for software development being a whole different matter), and that their company is superior by not using it? Perhaps not. Perhaps all they're saying is that they're doing their bit for the United States by keeping American jobs in America, and hence appealing to the prospective local clients who would prefer all-American companies.

December 6th


A must-read short story by Arthur C. Clarke: The Star. via Jefferey


December 4th


My third audio entry is a scratch tune that I found hidden in an obscure directory of my hard disk. Most of these scratch tunes I record are musical memos; stubs for songs that I had once intended to write, but couldn't due to lack of time or imagination. Like many of my other tunes, even this one had a few lines of poetry to go with it. Sadly, I don't remember the words anymore, or the sentiments I had attempted to capture. So all we're left with is an orphaned tune - without words, just a title: Kyon Raat(139 kb).

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Learning from the gurus: How to market your software project.



Finally back after more than 36 hours offline... Some "freeware" software trojaned an extremely freaky adware program into my machine. When I removed the adware, it took down the whole network adapter components of the OS along with it. Notes to self: a) Be careful about exactly WHAT freeware you're installing. b) If you ever meet a programmer who writes such kind of AdWare, remember to go for his jugular.