Archive - 2003

November 15th

a better dictionary

If you're sick of's slow load-times and pop-up ads, check out HyperDictionary - it's got a nice, clean interface and you can browse endlessly since every word on site is clickable. Go have a look!


November 15th

lost in transit

As an added 'feature' to its services, my internet provider intercepts all outgoing emails and sends them using its own mail server. While this is quite helpful since I can send large attachments very quickly; the problem is that this is done through an open relay. It seems that the server was recently detected and blacklisted by spam tracking lists, making spam filters think my email is spam. I've stopped using the local relay server for now, but it seems lots of people haven't received emails that I sent out.

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Noticed this while reading Nidhi's blog. I don't know whether this means that AdSense gave up trying to figure out exactly what NidhiT's writing about; but I must say the big G's got a good sense of humor.

AdSense Ad: 'This Blank Space Brought To You By Google'


November 14th

idyaDBX released

I'm happy to announce the release of idyaDBX: the new name for the DBX project. We're calling this idyaDBX instead of just DBX to avoid getting confused with all the other things named DBX: we're sick of people emailing us with their Outlook Express issues (go here, people!).

There are many cool things other than just the new name. The most important of which are the new licensing terms, where we're open-sourcing idyaDBX. By default, idyaDBX is available under the Q Public License, a OSI-compatible license that allows redistribution (without modification) of idyaDBX for non-commercial software. There are also some contributed fixes and minor tweaks in the code. In addition to this, we've moved the project to SourceForge and have redone the website: lots of new features to facilitate the project's progress.

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There is news that Ramsus Lerdorf is going to speak at Linux Bangalore 2003. The event is from the 2nd to the 4th of December, and my endsems start from 8th. Why does this always happen to me?! I guess I can console myself with the fact that Zeev and Andi(the current maintainers of the language and designers of the upcoming fifth version) are not coming.


November 12th

November 11th

falling apart

Like all things in this world, my computer too is showing signs of age. At times, the CD drive stops working, which I tend to by taking off the case cover and reattaching the connecting wires after blowing on them in an attempt to remove dust. This is an easy task, since I keep my computer in a state of "easy undress"; all screws removed, with the inner wires arranged for easy access. However, while you might think that this redressal would allow me to get on with my work, my computer decides otherwise during the next boot: Error: Floppy Drive(s) Fail. After the floppy is fixed, it's the keyboard's turn, where one encounters the funniest IBM joke yet: Keyboard fail. Press F1 to continue.

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November 9th

no comments

Adam is waging a war against comment spam.


November 8th


Just got back home from MODEM '03. I'd gone there just to hang around, but since the quizmaster didn't turn up, Aadisht and I prepared the whole thing in a couple of hours and did the event ourselves; thus making this the third MODEM I quizmastered. Was fun. I intended to come back home and write a whole lot about today, but I just realized I'm way too tired to write anything thoughtful and coherent. Should hit the sack now. Goodnight!


November 5th

live at modem

I'll be crashing Modem 2003 on Saturday, the 8th of November. Any Delhi schoolbloggers around? Gimme a holler. It would be cool if we can have a blog meetup of sorts.