Archive - 2006

February 11th

goodesktop 3

If I were you, I would stay away from Google Desktop 3. The EFF’s worries are a little far fetched, but not unplausible at all. To be very honest, this combined with personalized search, Google Talk archiving, and GMail Talk are really worrying me. It’s like incubating a dinosaur egg. It might be a brontosaur, but it might also be a T-Rex.

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February 11th

free fallin'

Free Fallin’, Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers:

She’s a good girl, loves her mama
Loves jesus and america too
She’s a good girl, crazy ’bout elvis
Loves horses and her boyfriend too

It’s a long day living in reseda
There’s a freeway runnin’ through the yard
And I’m a bad boy cause I don’t even miss her
I’m a bad boy for breakin’ her heart

And I’m free, free fallin’
Yeah I’m free, free fallin’

All the vampires walkin’ through the valley
Move west down ventura boulevard
And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows
A ll the good girls are home with broken hearts

And I’m free, free fallin’
Yeah I’m free, free fallin’


google mumbai, google delhi

Google opens sales offices in Mumbai, Delhi. Total tally: an R&D center in Bangalore, an engineering center in Hyderabad, and 2 sales offices.


February 9th

wise brouhaha

Superstar Thread about the NLD10 release, the controversy, and open-source development philosophy. Read the whole thing; if not, then atleast the initial emails.

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February 9th


From “Greg”:

As Mike points out, one way to get people to switch is to be obviously better. That’s what Google did to Altavista to steal the crown.

No, that’s not true. The real reason Google is popular is because Yahoo! switched from Inktomi(in a way, AV) to Google as their search engine, complete with “powered by google” signage. So you have the #1 website on the Interweb telling everyone that Search = Google. Then, when search became important (because the Internet exploded in terms of content, and hence usefulness of web search), people had no trouble to switching from a huge portal to a dedicated search engine they already used.

February 7th


From a friend:

“…that GPA of 4.0 and Virginity are two analogous things..Once you lose them, you cannot get them back!”



When I was a kid, I remember agreeing with my dad that Pepsi tasted like soap water.
It still tastes like soap water.

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Overheard at the foosball table:

Who are you to question my reality?

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February 4th

resolution review

In the beginning of the year, I had resolved to do (and not do) a few things. 35 days in, lets see how I’m holding up:

I promise to not consume carbonated beverages in 2006.
Approx. 11 bottles of Diet Mountain Dew. Again, it’s Diet. I’m human, ok?

I promise to not consume chocolate or candy products in 2006.

I promise to waste my time swimming instead of thinking about swimming.
Um, I went once… I also have my swim equipment in my lab; that should count!

I promise to be nice to the fairer sex. I’ve heard this has its benefits.
I’m afraid this is incredibly hard to do. It’s hard to make myself believe that they aren’t evil, conniving sadistic people intent on messing with your mind.

I promise to be more proactive about my research.
Will… start… tomorrow!

I promise to give a sincere shot at Learning Spanish.
Status: I can do the simple hi-hello conversation with some prodding. Maybe I’ll take a Spanish course next semester.


color me saffron

Staying away from yet another review of the movie, all I’m going to say is, “Oh paen di takki gar ki yaad diladi yaarr… idhar bas Gullabbon de najaare se dil behla letaa hun “.