Tuesday, August 31, 2004

My invitation / request for accomodation ...

And, here's how my mail sent out for "accomodation required" looked like :) It was sent on 15-Oct-2001. I got quite a few interesting wisecracks for replies, as was intended ;-)

Hi,

I'm looking for accomodation near office, either single room or single
bedroom house with attached bath and no water problem. Accomodation on
a sharing basis with exisiting tenants is also fine by me provided I
get my own single room, (preferably) with an attached bath. Rent around
1.5K max pm. OK to commit to a short term lease if required.

For the sake of those who are ready to share accomodation, my interests
include, but are not limited to, music, watching TV, reading
novels/comics/magazines, computer gaming, linux, ... I'm fun loving,
easy going person who enjoys spending quality time with friends. I am
looking for people who don't just stay in their rooms, and whom I can
enjoy spending my time with. I'm comfortable with room mates of either
gender. I will be mindful of your privacy and your boundaries. My only
constraint is that my roomie(s) _must_ be teetotallers and non-smokers.

If you feel I am someone you would like to live with, do contact me and
I shall get back ASAP.

Those who have pointers to rentals, please do pass on the information to
me.

Regards,
Sudhir.P

Last working day in this place ...

The following is the mail that I sent out on 9-Jan-2003 when I had to change buildings (location) of office. It created such a furore ! So many people would have been happy that I was leaving ;-)

***********************************************************************************

Hi,

It's been a wonderful (almost) 4 years young association with this
place. It's with a sad and heavy heart that I have to bid good bye
to some of you as I have to move away due to reasons beyond my
control.

For those who are interested in reaching me in the future, please
visit http://www.symonds.net/~sudhir_lp/future-contact.txt for
detailed contact information.

Cheers,
Sudhir.P ;-)

What am I reading ?

I was reading "The Da Vinci Code" last week, but had to stop at 3/4th of the book, had to return it to the lender - a kind hearted soul :) My lending library, inspite of having 4 copies of the book, told me that all copies were out and not expected till next week :(

I ended up borrowing an Archie's Double Digest and "The Last Juror" (John Grisham). The Archie book is done and am now reading the other one.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Driving in India ...

Read a very humorous account of driving in India, located @ http://www.boloji.com/humor/025.htm. I couldn't agree less to what's in the article.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Regex : Java and Perl ...

A decent report at http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2004/08/22/PJre
Onam Celebrations at our 3 offices !! See the wonderful "Pookalam" !! Boy, does it take a lot of patience !!

Posted by Hello
Onam Celebrations at our 3 offices !! See the wonderful "Pookalam" !! Boy, does it take a lot of patience !!

Posted by Hello
Onam Celebrations at our 3 offices !! See the wonderful "Pookalam" !! Boy, does it take a lot of patience !!

Posted by Hello

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Wheels of Hope Get Indian Villagers on Internet

For many poor Indian farmers, hope for a better life arrives on a bicycle rickshaw that carries a computer with a high-speed, wireless Internet connection. The "Infothela" program brings Internet access and computer instructors to India's villages, where most of the country's 1.06 billion people live.

http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/04/08/ap_2081604.asp?trk=nl

Wipro tops offshoring list

BANGALORE, India - Wipro Technologies, the software services division of conglomerate Wipro Ltd., tops a list of offshore software and business service providers, according to an industry survey.

...

Wipro's headed a list of Indian companies that included second-ranked Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys Technologies, which ranked third in the survey.

Source: http://www.eet.com/article/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=29100601

Redesign the Scobleizer web site ...

Scoble (Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger) is having a redesign contest.

Byb bye MD5

http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1105_2-5313655.html

Indian state rolls out wireless broadband

MALLAPURAM, India--An Indian state has launched wireless broadband to provide connectivity in rural areas unreachable by traditional telephone lines or cellular phone services.

The community Internet kiosks, named Akshaya, have been set up by the Kerala State IT Mission Department. More than 550 of the kiosks have been opened in the Mallapuram district, spread over 3,500 square kilometers. The local government plans to introduce kiosks in other districts later this year. The centers will offer services such as Internet access, Net-based phoning and videoconferencing to state offices as well as private businesses. Five Wi-Fi hotspots have also been established around government offices and a tourist resort.

Complete article @ http://news.com.com/2100-1039-5311730.html

How Olympic Torches Work

Every two years, the Olympic torch makes its way through a huge relay that involves thousands of people, thousands of miles and years of design consideration -- all to reach the Opening Ceremony that kicks off the Olympic Games. Learn all about the torch's history, construction and transport.

http://www.howstuffworks.com/olympic-torch.htm

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

This is one must read site ...

http://www.thingsmygirlfriendandihavearguedabout.com/

Sample:

Just for reference; if Margret returns from having her hair cut and says, 'What do you think?' and you reply, 'I'd love you whatever your hair was like,' well, that's very much The Wrong Answer, OK?

Margret flooded the kitchen last week. Turned the taps on, put the plug in the sink, and utterly forgot about it (because she'd come upstairs and we'd got involved in an unrelated argument). She goes back downstairs, opens the door and - whoosh - it's Sea World. The interesting thing about this is, if I'd flooded the kitchen, it would have been a bellowing, 'You've flooded the kitchen, you idiot!' and then she'd have done that thing where I curl up in a ball, trying to protect
my head, and she kicks me repeatedly in the kidneys. As it was, however, there's a shout, I run downstairs and stand for a beat in the doorway - taking in the scene, waves lapping gently at my ankles - and she turns round and roars, 'Well, help me then - can't you see I've flooded the kitchen, you idiot?

Where to sit in the cinema. On those occasions when we a) manage to agree to go to the cinema together and, b) go to see the same film once we're there. (No, really).

Our sink is blue and we're not talking about it. It happened over a week ago; I was leaning over the sink, brushing my teeth, when I noticed that there was a sort of lazuline patina that had seeped over most of the surface. Margret hasn't mentioned anything about this. Why she hasn't is that she's obviously tried to clean the sink with, well, I don't know, some fluid used for stripping entrenched cerriped colonies from the hulls of submarines or something (they were probably offering three bottles of the stuff for the price of two at Aldi). She is waiting for me to mention it. But I am a wily fox, and will be doing nothing of the sort. I'm no wet-behind-the-ears, naive youth anymore, not by a looooong way, and I can perfectly see the spiked pit the seemingly innocent words, 'Did you know the sink's blue' are covering. It would go - precisely - like this:
Me: Did you know the sink's blue?
Margret: Yes. I did. I used a jungle exfoliant produced by the Taiwanese military to clean it, and it discoloured the surface.
Me: Oooooooo. K.
Margret: Well maybe, just maybe, if you cleaned the sink once in a while...
You see what she did there? Now I'm facing a whole day of 'When did you last...?' Well, not this canny fellow - not this time, my friends.
Our sink is blue and we're not talking about it.

The Da Vinci Code ...

I've been hearing rare reviews about it from my friends. Need to get my hands on a copy soon !! What with the due dates for XLRI assignments slowly creeping their way upto the top of my list of tasks, I don't know if and when I'll get time to read 'Da Vinci Code'. Let's see - I'm an optimist (not to mention a midnight oil burner - for fiction books) :)

Monday, August 16, 2004

Who needs a calculator ? [Modern Students Devour Old Math]

Competition to get into India's top engineering schools has students turning to Vedic math, a set of Sanskrit shortcuts with a disputed origin. Manu Joseph reports from Mumbai, India.

Read more @
http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,64575,00.html

Friday, August 13, 2004

Super ant colony hits Australia

A giant colony of ants stretching 100km (62 miles) has been discovered in the Australian city of Melbourne, threatening local insect species.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3561352.stm

Nude newscasts hit Europe

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/08/11/britain.naked.reut/index.html

Marriage is like a besieged castle ...

People who are in want to get out,
People who are out want to get in ! :)

How to look busy :)

Will definitely help in professional life :)

http://live.indiatimes.com/ppt/130804a/index.html

Tech Tip : Nah ! Personal EMail Mgmt Tip ...

I don't know how many of you use a filter at the topmost level to filter out all mails that are addressed with your email-id in either "To or Cc". IMHO, that's a neat and productive method. And it ensures that urgent things addressed to you don't get lost in a myriad of folders.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Love Marriage Vs. Arranged Marriage ...

It's funny when people discuss LOVE MARRIAGE vs. ARRANGED MARRIAGE.

It's like asking someone, is suicide better or being murdered :))

Fresher Openings ...

Don't know far these are authentic. Verify for yourself.

Here are the freshers jobs this week:

1. (0-1 Yr exp) Software Associate
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=667

2. Fresh Programmers Wanted
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=668

3. (0-5 Yrs Exp) Software Professionals (Job Code : ERP01)
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=669

4. Fresh Engineer (Electronics/ Computer)
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=670

5. Fresher trainee in L & T INFOTECH LTD
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=671

6. Fresher - Jr. Programmer
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=672

7. Fresher - Technical Support Executive
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=673

8. Fresher - Implementation Engineers
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=674

9. Freshers for .net Technology
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=675

10. Freshers - Java - Web Development Company Ltd
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=677

11. Graduate Trainee - L&T INFOTECH
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=679

12. Freshers - Software Trainee - JSP, JAVA
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=680

13. Freshers - Sun I Tech India (P) Ltd
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=681

14. Freshers - Infosys Technologies
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=682

15. Freshers Required in UbiNetics
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=683

16. Freshers Reqd in Yash Technologies
http://www.jobsassist.com/jobs/JobDescription.asp?JobId=684

(Sunil) Mittal, (Shiv) Nadar Capital’s wealthiest

Bharti Tele-ventures, which is ranked sixth in the market capitalisation sweepstakes on Indian bourses, has catapulted its promoter Sunil Bharti Mittal to the top of the Delhi rich list.

His shareholding in Bharti makes him worth over $2 billion. Using CMIE data, the Hindustan Times has put together a list of Delhi’s wealthiest based on the promoter’s shareholding and the market capitalisation of the company.

Tech visionary Shiv Nadar who lives in Sacremento emerges as the number two on the list through his shareholding in HCL Tech and HCL Infosystems. He is ranked second behind Mittal (Rs 10,437 crore) with personal wealth of Rs 8,226 crore. Brothers Malvinder Mohan and Shivender Mohan with the help of various investment companies emerge as number three followed by the Hero Group's Munjals.

Many of Delhi’s high-profile business families — Burmans of Dabur, O.P. Jindal family, Jaiprakash Gaur, Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi and Gautam Thapar are all part of the A list. Some like Gaur and Oberoi have their registered offices outside Delhi, but reside in the capital.

Interestingly, the gap between the top three and the rest is extremely large. Assets are not part of the computation, as only the stockmarket's wealth has been considered for this exercise which is the global paradigm for this purpose.

Source:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_942352,0002.htm

Friday, August 06, 2004


As noted below, TheServerSide.net is providing a free download (single PDF in an 8.82 MB ZIP) of Essential XML Reference, courtesy of DevelopMentor. Note: Free registration on TheServerSide.net is required prior to download.

[TSS.net] Essential XML Quick Reference: A Programmer's Reference to XML, XPath, XSLT, XML Schema, SOAP, and More

Developmentor has exlusively provided TheServerSide.com with the entire book of Essential XML Quick Reference for free download. Essential XML Quick Reference is for anyone working with today's mainstream XML technologies. It was specifically designed to serve as a handy but thorough quick reference that answers the most common XML-related technical questions.It goes beyond the traditional pocket reference design by providing complete coverage of each topic along with plenty of meaningful examples. Each chapter provides a brief introduction, which is followed by the detailed reference information. This approach assumes the reader has a basic understanding of the given topic.The detailed outline (at the beginning), index (in the back), bleeding tabs (along the side), and the page headers/footers were designed to help readers quickly find answers to their questions.

By way of Brian Ritchie's Blog.

[Microsoft community blog posts]

Do not take life too seriously.

You will never get out of it alive.

Author: Elbert Hubbard

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

XLRI, XLRI, ...

How am I assocaited with XLRI ?
via PGCBM - Post Graduate Certificate in Business Management

For more info visit
http://www.xlri.ac.in/x_programmes/pgcbm.htm
http://www.dwge.com/services/dwge_individuals/pgcbm.htm

Here's a write up (from the course co-ordinator) on my recent campus visit (5-10 Apr 2004). Photo's from the XLRI trip are available here.

New director & dean at XLRI (my study college)

NEW director, dean at XLRI
Business Standard - New Delhi,India

N Casimir Raj has replaced PD Thomas as director of the Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur. Raj has over 30 years of experience in marketing.

He has taught at some well-known institutions, including St Louis University, Missouri, Wheeling Jesuit College, Wheeling, and the Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Bhubaneshwar. He is also a former principal of Loyola College, Chennai.

Meanwhile, Pingali Venugopal, professor of marketing at the institute, has replaced E M Rao as dean (academics). Venugopal is a visiting faculty at XIM and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Source:
http://www.business-standard.com/strategist/storypage.php?hpFlag=Y&chklogin=N&autono=163089&leftnm=lmnu7&leftindx=7&lselect=0

For more information on what I'm studying at XLRI, visit http://www.hughes-escorts.com/services/dwge_individuals/pgcbm02.htm

Monday, August 02, 2004

Forbes.com offers RSS feeds ...

Go to the following URL for more info on the RSS feeds.

http://www.forbes.com/fdc/rss.shtml

Good recommendations for free anti virus software ...

Here are the recommendations for good, free anti virus software:

Online scan and clean only (not downloadable):
http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

AVG anti-virus scanner/cleaner:
http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/
(their home page is @ http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php)

The important thing is this :

To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

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How to bring the world (?) to a halt ?

I saw a program, towards its end, on BBC last night (1-Aug-2004) at around 8.20pm. It was talking and showing about how some British scientists were working on and had already perfected technology to bring all computers down - almost in the whole of Europe - at the flick of a switch.

It was called EMP (didn't catch what it meant) or some such and when used, could simply knock out a computer from every being operational again. Not probably rocket science given that everything in a computer is mostly electronic/electrical and that some amount of purposefully directed electomagnetic radiation could cause quite a significant amount of influence on it's operation.

However the thought that someone was working on it actively and had it as part of the country's national defense strategy (or so to speak) was quite alarming :)