September 11th, 2003


Blogger decides to upgrade
all their users to the Pro level. An obvious attempt to stay afloat after MT and Typepad's deluge, but they have to even better than this to actually survive.



It's probably some planetary alignment thing, I guess. Hope work troubles go away soon.


September 7th


Anitaji has moved.


the secret is in the lemon

Due to the many failed attempts at making good mayonnaise sauce at home, I was a little wary about making it yesterday. I thought for a while about what could've gone wrong, and decided to do a bit of searching on the internet for the answer.

I was surprised by the answer: Lemon. By composition, mayonnaise is an emulsion of lemon juice and oil; with egg yolk acting as an emulsifying agent. How Stuff Works has a good write-up about this.

I've never added lemon before, and thus I always used to get frothy, oily goop that used to taste remotely like mayo, but was nothing like the tasty, creamy spread I got yesterday.

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September 6th


The last time I was talking to Mahesh Shantaram, he told me he was planning a trip to Delhi. It seems that he's altered his plans a little. He's moving to Washington DC! Congratulations, Filterman.


September 3rd

IMproper communication

It seems both my instant messengers have gone crazy. People don't get all my messages, get them 5 minutes late, and sometimes I don't get their messages. It's a little frustrating, because miscommunication is much worse than no communication at all.

Come to think of it, Yahoo! Messenger and MSN Messenger are both free services. I do not pay to peruse these services; so I can't really point a finger at them. Just like what's happened to free email - available, but unreliable. So just like email, instant messenging will also go paid? If it's not too expensive, I'd seriously consider

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September 2nd

comatose again

After months of consideration, I've decided to pull the curtains on one of my babies, TimepassTown. The main page now says, "We'll be back." - I'm a little optimistic that I'll have a radical change of mind one day and get back to aimlessly putting in effort to maintain the site again. But till then, it's good night for TpT.

I'm desperately trying to streamline my life. Over these last few years, I've realized that trying to be a student/programmer/company-man all rolled into one is a little more than what I can handle right now.

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September 2nd


Regarding Maya, the spam harvester trap that I've set up; I forgot to add that I didn't write the script I'm using. While I did have a related idea about thwarting spammers (who happen to be sending about 60-70 junk emails every day to my inbox), I discovered a host of spam harvester traps that people have written in various languages. If you would like to contribute your bandwidth and set up a trap on your website, pick up a script from here. Be careful though. Make sure you properly configure your robots.txt file to stop the well behaved indexers like Google, etc.

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August 30th

"bridging" the generation gap?

Todd Dominey writes about the momentous incident at MTV Video Music awards.


August 27th

die spammers die

A link for all those spam harvesters indexing my site. Feel free to link to the maya pages - they're an infinitely large simulated site which a spam indexer can traverse for hours, and thus break its back, overloading itself with countless bogus email addresses.

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