Thursday, March 31, 2005

Comedy shows that I love to watch

Full House
Friends
Mad About You
Kate & Allie
Will & Grace
Dharma & Greg
Dave's World
The Norm Show
Hidden Hills
Three's Company
That 70's Show
Yes Dear
Titus
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Everybody Loves Raymond
Sabrina - The Teenage Witch
Cheers
Frasier
Seinfeld
Ally McBeal
Becker
Gregory Hines Show
Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place
3rd Rock From the Sun
Caroline in the City
The Hogan Family
The Brady Bunch
Small Wonder
The Wonder Years
Can't Hurry Love
Veronica's Closet
The King of Queens
Just Shoot Me
Grounded for Life
Suddenly Susan
Clarissa Explains It All
Rhoda
I Dream of Jeannie

Find more info on the above shows from:
http://directory.google.com/Top/Arts/Television/Programs/Comedy/Sitcoms/
http://www.epguides.com/menu/comedy.shtml

TV Channels that bring these to me in India:
Zee English
Star World

The well kept secrets about marriage are finally out in the open !

Cross-posted to my regular and humor blog.

My wife dresses to kill. She also cooks the same way.
-Henny Youngman
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My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.
-Rodney Dangerfield
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A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong.
-Milton Berle
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I bought my wife a new car.
She called and said, "There was water in the carburetor."
I asked her, "Where's the car?"
She replied,” In the lake."
-Henny Youngman
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The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.
-Henny Youngman
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After a quarrel, a wife said to her husband, "You know, I was a fool when I married you."
The husband replied, "Yes, dear, but I was in love and didn't notice."
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When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.
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I haven't spoken to my wife in 18 months - I don't like to interrupt her.
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My girlfriend told me I should be more affectionate.
So I got myself two girlfriends.
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A man said his credit card was stolen but he decided not to report it since the thief was spending much less than his wife did.
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Man is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.
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A little boy asked his father, "Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?"
The father replied, "I don't know son, I'm still paying."
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Young Son: Is it true, Dad, that in some parts of Africa, a Man doesn't know his wife until he marries her?
Dad: That happens in every country, son.
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Then there was a man who said, "I never knew what real happiness was until I got married; then it was too late.
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A man placed an ad in the classifieds: "Wife wanted."
The next day he received a hundred letters.
They all said the same: "You can have mine."
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A woman was telling her friend, "I made my husband a millionaire."
"And what was he before you married him?" asked the friend.
"A billionaire." she replied,
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Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.
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It's not true that married men live longer than single men.
It only seems longer.
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Losing a wife can be very hard. In my case, it was almost impossible.
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Just think, if it weren't for marriage, men would go through life thinking they had no faults at all.
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A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
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A man meets a genie. The genie tells him he can ask for whatever he wants, but his mother-in-law gets double of what he gets. The man thinks for a moment and says,” Okay, give me a million dollars and beat me till I'm half dead."
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Men who have pierced ears are better prepared for marriage.
They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.
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The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.
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Gettinga girlfriend ...The sweetest Dream
Getting Married -----The Worst Night Mare
----Saci
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Multiplicity

Ever seen the movie by that name ? The hero goes onto clone himself over several times, with each clone being dumber than the earlier one, resulting in ultimate chaos and comdey !

Well, I don't want to be struck by such "side effects", but I'd still love to have a few clones of mine going around doing some of my chores. 24hrs and 1 Sudhir just ain't enuf ! I need more - more of me !! :)

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Need recommendations for UPS

What are the things to think about while buying one ? What brand ?

Where to buy (in Chennai) ? Any recommendation other than Supreme Computers, Ritchie street - I already know that one :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

A tip on securing you Gmail session

If you want your entire gmail transaction to be via secure http, just make sure you start the session by using the secure version of Gmail - https://gmail.google.com.

Gmail remembers your choice and honors it for the rest of the session. I read this long ago somewhere and don't exactly remember where, however it works. I don't know if it is indeed a designed feature :)

That's my typical work week

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Typical Work Week

Infinite loop

Outgoing calls on my mobile have been disabled due to some billing confusion. If I call any number, I get the following message (or almost)

"The outgoing call facility is currently not available on your number. For assistance, please call Airtel Customer Care number 121"

Now, if I call 121, I still get the same message as above !! How the heck am I supposed to get in touch with them via my mobile ?! :)

FWIW, I did call them from a landline to clarify the confusion, but it sure beats me how they could wonderfully manage to get me into the above situation ! :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Google gives the answer to life the universe and everything

Google has a calculator built into its search engine, which contains a formula for the question — answer to life the universe and everything. Try it and see what it returns!

Courtesy: A walk in the clouds..

Email notification for earthquake information

In case you want to be notified via email for information about easthquakes anywhere on earth measuring 5.5 and above on the ritcher scale, you might want to visit USGS Earthquake Harzards Program : Earthquake Notification Services

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Monday, March 28, 2005

Painless ear piercing ..

Came across this "interesting" piece of info on ear piercing. Now, don't ask me how an observer can be very certain (1oo%) on whether someone is experiencing pain or not ! :)

Question:
Any place where they do painless ear piercing for a 1 year old kid ? Heard that there is a new method that is painless.

Answer:
Lalitha Jewellery in T.Nagar and I guess most of the gold shops in chennai these days have a gunshot method for piercing ears for kids

You just have to hold your kid and using a gunshot they pierce the ear and also at the same time along with the gunshot the front and back part of the earring gets inserted.So is pretty much painless and hassle-free.

It is a non -gold earring , but sterilized and sealed ones (Gold plated). After 15 days you can remove these and put any gold earring of your choice , or leave these studs for 3 months.

The staff in Lalitha were well trained for this job.

Dated news, but interesting read - "Jailed for using a nonstandard browser"

A Londonder made a tsnuami-relief donation using lynx -- a text-based browser used by the blind, Unix-users and others -- on Sun's Solaris operating system. The site-operator decided that this "unusual" event in the system log indicated a hack-attempt, and the police broke down the donor's door and arrested him.

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Read the complete article here.

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How to speed up Firefox browser

Disclaimer: I haven't tried this yet - am about to - try at your own risk :)

If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages faster with these settings:

1.Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:
network.http.pipelining network.http.proxy.pipelining
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Alter the entries as follows:

Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"
Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"
Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it recieves.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

It's like the deep breath before the plunge.

(or something very close to that. Words uttered by Gandalf, from LOTR - Return of the King. I simply liked the wordings very much)

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Interesting ...

A Linux training institute proclaimed thus on a list I'm part of

Our professionals are experts in handling opensource softwares due to which we are able to establish a vibrant training centre.

The immediate parry and actually interesting way to put forth a question was

Words are cheap. Show us a faculty list, their fields of expertise etc. Put that info in your website.

IT majors shoot pay hikes at pros to kill attrition

Wipro, Satyam & Infosys have raised salaries by about 15% in a desperate attempt to retain employees.

Wipro has seen its attrition rate drop from 18% in the second quarter to 12% last quarter, a 6% drop. Similarly, Satyam has seen its attrition rate drop from 19% to 15% in the last quarter. Infosys, on the other hand, has seen a marginal drop of 0.5%.
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Wipro has raised offshore salaries by 15-17% in November, while rival Satyam also raised the salaries of its offshore employees by 18-20% in October. ... Infosys has said in its guidance that it expects salary hikes to the tune of 12-15% in FY06.

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Read complete article here.

Daily Cartoon - 03/23/05

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Any tips for an ice breaker ?

Here's the situation:

A friend of mine and I were discussing about the possibilities that one has, in order to start talking to a person of the opposite gender, given all the "Indian circumstances" surrounding any normal situation. Both the folks don't know each other personally, haven't ever had a chance to talk, don't work together in a team, nor in the same division, though they do happen to see each other usually during coffee times at a cafeteria nearby.

Now, what are really practical ways of starting a conversation with that person, given that she probably has come over for a cup of coffee with some of her colleagues ? :)

No, don't give me fancy non-implementable ideas, nor standard pick-up lines - although you could try and be creative just for the heck of it :)

As for the intention behind all this, my friend is just trying to make "friends" for a start ;-) And, no this is really not about/for me :)

Pay-as-you-like food

A Bengali restaurant in New York experimented with a new concept - pay-as-you-like. You eat, and then you pay as much as you think that the food is worth. After causing serious conscience-related trauma in patrons, they finally had to put prices in the menu.
Link to article.


Courtesy: Ghosts in my mind

Blogger.com seems to be having issues with comment notification ?

Blogger.com has a wonderful feature by which one can choose to be notified if any comments have been entered for a particular blog item. Recently, I've been observing that I'm not receiving some of these notifications. I haven't yet ascertained if it's a problem on my email reception side or if Blogger.com has an issue.

Anyone noticed anything similar recently ?

Recommendations received for my quest on computer monitor

In one of my previous posts, I'd asked for recommendations for a computer monitor. Here are some of the results.

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I suggest to go for LG based on all my previous experiences. Of the 5 Samsung monitors, 4 showed lot of problems after two years.

LG 17" comes with 3yrs onsite warranty and their service is really good (atleast is in hyderabad, not sure how it is in Chennai). Last known competitive price for LG 17" monitor is 5.8K (about 4months back).

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Regarding outlet I would recommend Supreme computers in the same street.

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Samsung is really good and I have been using it for 2 years.Now many models have come in Samsung (17 inch)monitor.When I got it the rate was 8,600(Flat screen) and the normal screen rate was around 7500.Now the rates have fallen down. Now my friend got one for 6500 itself. U can buy at supreme computers in Ritchie Street.

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Before buying it in supreme just check the price in "Challenger" just opposite to Supreme..

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I'd suggest Samsung 17" monitor - cost effective, stable, good resolution and refresh rate, easy to configure. You can get it for Rs.5500 (or less) at Ritchie Street (Supreme Computers). There are other brands which might be of better quality (Sony, Phillips) or better price (Microtek), but Samsung gives the best of both worlds. LG is also a good alternative.

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Of course you'd expect recommendations for shops in Ritchie Street only and I know of a particular shop where I usually buy computer hardware (Nirmaan Computers). I've had a good experience with him and shares some customer feedback about the products.

By the way, if you're going for 17" just to upgrade your screen size, just consider the fact that the viewable space (I mean actual size of the monitor excluding the frame that you see) would be diagonally 15.5 to 16" only. Try a 19" monitor that would make a fair deal for your eyes (Viewable is 18"). I recently bought a 19" (18") inch Samsung SyncMaster monitor from the above dealer for approx. Rs.13, 500/-. The only complaint that I have against this monitor is that the contrast of the picture is slightly lower compared to normal CRT monitors, but it is more than compensated by the concave shape of the screen and the minimal rear projection (occupies the space of a conventional 17" monitor).

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I bought Samsung Syncmaster 750p in Supreme computers, Ritchie Street 4 years ago. It is still going great guns without an issue.

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Check this.
http://business.vsnl.com/deltapage

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Everyone gets tired

once in a while or eventually.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Need recommendation on computer monitors

Need a 17" color monitor for my computer. Any recommendations for what brand, price and where to buy (if in Ritchie street, any particular outlet) ?

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Flickr yahooed ?

My recent favorite photo site : Flickr

Looks like it's being sold to Yahoo. How I wish Google had got it :)

Rumors, rumors and more rumors. Or should I call those murmurs ?

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Monday, March 21, 2005

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Ever wanted to listen to Swami Vivekananda ?



If you are Indian, then Lt. Swami Vivekananda needs no introduction. You would have also heard about his famous speech at The World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, where he addressed the attendees as ‘Sisters and Brothers’.

Did you ever wanted to listen to the actual speech? Find it right here.

Swami Vivekananda’s Speech - Part 1 Size - 7.16mb
Swami Vivekananda’s Speech - Part 2 Size - 4.78mb

There is bit of noise in starting of speech but overall the quality is good.


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Daily Cartoon - 03/20/05

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Sunday, March 20, 2005

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

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Making the most of life

If I can throw a single ray of light across the
Darkened pathway of another;
If I can aid some soul to clearer sight of life and duty,
And thus bless my brother;
If I can wipe from any human cheek a tear,
I shall not have lived my life in vain while here.

If I can guide some erring one to truth,
Inspire within his heart a sense of duty;
If I can plant within my soul of rosy youth
A sense of right, a love of truth and beauty;
If I can teach one man that God and heaven are near,
I shall not then have lived in vain while here.

If from my mind I banish doubt and fear,
And keep my life attuned to love and kindness;
If I can scatter light and hope and cheer,
And help remove the curse of mental blindness;
If I can make more joy, more hope, less pain,
I shall not have lived and loved in vain.

If by life's roadside I can plant a tree,
Beneath whose shade some wearied head may rest,
Though I may never share its beauty,
I shall yet be truly blest--
Though no one knows my name,
Nor drops a flower upon my grave,
I shall not have lived in vain while here.

Sometimes we can feel without touching,
its called emotions.
Sometimes we have to touch to feel,
its called desire.
Sometimes when we touch we never feel,
its called ignorance.
And there are times when we touch and retouch,
and the feeling is different everytime,
that's what we call Life.
The rest is only reflections........


- Unknown

Someone once asked ...

"or is it too early to ask ?" during a personal converastion.

And I said, "nothing is ever too early to ask. It might at times only be too late. Remember that always.".

What do you think ?

BTW, that was ages ago and I now think that there might be times when stuff is at too premature stage to "decide on" something, but then does that still mean that one can't ask an "early question" ?

What can I do for a friend ?

A forward (ages ago) from a very dear friend. I don't think I can truly, completely be the person that the following talks about. I try to - amongst the best of my friends.

I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts, or fears.
But I can listen to you, and together we can seek answers.
I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain, nor the future with it's untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.
I can't keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.
Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happinesses are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter and joy.
Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
I can only support you, encourage you, and help you when you ask.
I can't give you boundaries, which I have determined foryou,
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow, room to be yourself.
I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces and put them back in place.
I can't tell you who you are.
I can only love you and be your friend.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Star Wars Episode III

"Revenge of the Sith" trailer is out. I know I've been very late on catching up on some of these things. I got an opportunity to watch it only today. Waiting for the movie release - I just love the sound effects :)

Go here for the trailer.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

For all those wondering about the decreased frequency of blogging ...

My computer's monitor (at home) went almost bust. One saturday morning at around 2am, I heard a loud bang and acrid smell of smoke emanating from behind the comp. I later found that some part of the monitor has been screwed up. It still works to some extent, if plugged on directly to the mains (not via the usual computer stabilizer), however I don't want to risk my handsome face in front of it, unless it's Meg Ryan that I've to chat with :)

In the meanwhile, my humor blog has been receiving some much needed attention. Add the RSS/ATOM Feed to your readers.

How to start a startup ...

http://www.paulgraham.com/start.html

Monday, March 14, 2005

Indian tax defaulters face the music

Tax defaulters in southern India are being forced to face the music after city authorities hired drummers to play non-stop outside their homes until they pay up.

After many residents ignored repeated demands to settle overdue property taxes, authorities in a city in Andhra Pradesh state have sent 20 groups of drummers to play outside offenders' houses for the past week.

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One week of incessant drumming has cleared 18 per cent of the backlog.


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Recent recruitment figures of the top Indian IT companies

A few snippets ...

Infosys Technologies has been hiring about 50 people a working day for the last nine months.
Wipro adds three employees to its staff every working hour.
Satyam will see an addition of 30,000 to the present 20,000 in the next few years.
HCL Technologies’ total strength has crossed 20,000 with a net addition of 1,775 during the quarter ended 31 December 2004.
TCS’s headcount stands at 43,681 people with over 6,200 added in last two quarters.

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This fiscal, so far, the highest numbers came in July-September quarter, when Infosys hired a net of 5,000, Wipro 5,500, TCS 3,974, HCL Technologies 2,116 and Satyam 1,241.


Read the full article here.

Courtesy: Krishna

Saturday, March 12, 2005

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Stuff about marriage ! :)

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

International Men's day ...

Well, y'day (8-Mar) was International Women's Day. A bunch of colleagues and I were travelling in a car, for a lunch eatout, with the local FM radio station "Radio Mirchi" on. The radio jockeys were bantering about IWD.

Me: Ok, if there's so much hoopla about IWD, what about International Men's Day ?!
Comment from the rear seat: Well, only 8-Mar is International Women's Day. All the rest of the days are International Mens' Day!!
Me: Wow, haveta blog that one :)

And, here I am :)

Tight mini skirts or ...

something like what womens tennis players wear isn't necessarily the best thing to wear during a gym workout (which includes stretches), unless your intention is not to exercise ;-)

WTH - how dumb can the RPF be ?

Railway Police Force (RPF) - "best known for doing all things other than their job" - that seems to be their motto !

Read the following story to know how you can be at risk while buying tickets for your friends, neighbors, colleagues - You may get arrested !!

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1050309/asp/jamshedpur/story_4470516.asp

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

An "interesting" flame war on a M$ "sponsored" student focus group

M$ Vs. FOSS (or almost). A lengthy thread. However certainly worth reading.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/linux-bangalore-non-tech/message/4789

An interesting note on an experience in India from RMS

Richard M Stallman - heard of the name before ? "Father" figure / evangelist of GNU software. The man who wants Linux to be called GNU/Linux. The list is endless ...

Offered with no further comments, except to say that it ain't a very pleasant one:

Here's an interesting note on an experience that RMS had while on a stay in India.

A "Why I hate Microsoft rant" ...

http://www.euronet.nl/users/frankvw/rants/microsoft/IhateMS.html

Tamil Nadu govt promotes Linux in schools ?

11th Grade / 11th Standard / +1 computer science syllabus is being revised to include more stuff on Linux (for the first time ever). This'll hopefully give a chance to all those clueless people who get even out of colleges without knowing what unix is or how a unix command line is !! Now, don't get started on how linux is different from unix and all that :)

The following came on a egroup that I'm part of.

Dear All
The Revised syllabus for Computer Science for Higher Secondary First Year consist of the following
1) Introduction to Linux
2) File Handling
3) Linux Commands
4) Vi editor
5) Shell Scripts
Theory : 10 Classes Practical : 20 Classes

But , the syllabus also includes Windows and its applications for 10 Theory classes and 15 Practical Classes. I am not sure what type of commands and scripting will be introduce. More over, it is not continuing in +2 Syllabus. [ where C++ is introduced ]

Hope in the coming years it will be converted towards GNU / Linux and Open Source / Free Softwares.

Broadband India: Dishnet Wireless to go Wi-Fi & Wi-Max

Readers please note and remember that "true" Wi-Max gear will not get out till at least the third quarter of this year, if not later. So all news that you hear about Wi-Max is actually pre-Wi-Max gear.

Two years after selling his internet broadband business — Dishnet DSL — to Tatas-controlled VSNL, NRI businessman C Sivasankaran plans a Wi-Fi initiative.

Dishnet Wireless Ltd, a subsidiary of Sivasankaran’s Sterling Group, will launch a slew of wireless services, including Wi-Fi, Wi-Max and Enterprise Services Solutions (ESS) throughout India. The move comes close on the heals of Centre freeing the 2.4 Ghz and 5.1 Ghz bands, on which the Wi-Fi platform works for Wi-Fi services. While the Wi-Fi service will be launched in mid-April, the Wi-Max services will be launched in May, senior company officials said.

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The first service to be launched will be Wi-Fi, followed by Wi-Max and ESS”. Dishnet will provide Wi-Fi broadband service at a speed of 512 kilo bites per second and above, he claimed. Dishnet plans to set up a total of 6,000 hotspots across 180 cities in the country. Currently, the country has little less than 250 hotspots and more than 95% of them are in Banglore alone.


Read the complete article here.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Google Desktop 1.0 released (no longer beta)

http://desktop.google.com/index.html

The Indian Blogger has a writeup which includes recommendations on decent plugins.

In the future computers may have a horse instead of mouse ...

Europhysics News writes about a new ergonomical mouse called Horse (jpeg) that reduces repetitive stress injuries by allowing 'the three middle fingers to adopt a flexed position to relax the tendons' and including a thumb scrool [sic:] wheel. Just a few simple changes for so much more comfort!

Courtesy: /.

And, here's the ergonomic "Horse" :)

Daily Cartoon - 03/06/05

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Do you know the full form of A B C D E F G ?

A Boy Can Do Everything For Girl

Now can anyone guess the full form of:

G F E D C B A ???

























Girl Forgets Everything Done & Catches (new) Boy Again.

Daily Cartoon - 03/04/05

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Sunday, March 06, 2005

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Saturday, March 05, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 03/03/05

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Friday, March 04, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 03/02/05

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Creativity can be dangerous ...

This one's doing the rounds among the email servers of IT companies like wild fire now. From what it seems, it looks like a person who was on "bench" (jargon for those who are still waiting in the wings for a project to be assigned to work on) in one of the leading IT companies got creative and made this ad spoofing those of his employers'.

FWIW, it has not been ascertained whether the story behind the kewl satire ad is true, however it is indeed one funny ad to read, especially if the reader has seen the employers' actual ads (must try to a link to get one of those) :)

Courtesy: Nirenjan, Kiruba

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InfyBench

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY - Kids speak

I'm now beginning to "dislike" the cursory notice at the top of my post that talks about something being very appropriate for my humor blog, but appearing here 'cos it's in the "best interest of you folks" :) So, from now on, no more "disclaimers" :)

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HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. -- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with. -- Kirsten, age 10

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WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. -- Camille, age 10

No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married. -- Freddie, age 6 (very wise for his age)

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HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. -- Derrick, age 8

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WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8

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WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. -- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. -- Martin, age 10

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?

I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the news- papers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns. -- Craig, age 9

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WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

When they're rich. -- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that. -- Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do. -- Howard, age 8

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IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. -- Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

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HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there? -- Kelvin, age 8

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And the #1 Favorite is........

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck. -- Ricky, age 10

Good way to convince your boss that you deserve a promotion

Yet another candidate for my humor blog, but here 'cos it cud be _very useful_ for you :)

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Hi Boss,

People who do lots of work...
make lots of mistakes

People who do less work...
make less mistakes

People who do no work...
make no mistakes

People who make no mistakes...
gets promoted

That's why I spend most of my time sending e-mails & playing games at work

I need a promotion.

Daily Cartoon - 03/01/05

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Thursday, March 03, 2005

For all those of you with a passport ...

and having just 6 months to its expiry, beware, _and_ get a new passport ready.

My friends visa application (to the US) got rejected 'cos he had exactly 6 months left on the day he appeared for the consulate interview. It appears that US govt rules don't allow it.

So, pick up that passport and check the dates for expiry. Better still, try and get a new one if you have a year to expiry.

And then, there's the rumor of the 20yrs passport not being accepted by US too. So, better still, get a 10yrs passport the next time you apply for a new one.

Got a friend working at Motorola ?

Well, I heard that they get discounts upto 50% off MRP on Motorola mobile handsets. So, now you know whom to approach for the next gift :)

And, while you are getting ready to coax your friend, you might be interested in reading my take on a motorola (c350e) phone.

Google working on a new OS?

Here's adding to all the past rumors/speculations ! :)

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=21553

Thanks to Chandramohan for pointing this to me.

Because I'm a man - a public service message for Women

More apt for my humor blog, but here so that you can use some of these explanations :)

Because I'm a man, when I lock my keys in the car I will fiddle with a wire long after hypothermia has set in. The AAA is not an option. I will win.

Because I'm a man, when the car isn't running very well, I will pop the hood and stare at the engine as if I know what I'm looking at. If another man shows up, one of us will say to the other, "I used to be able to fix these things, but now with all these computers and everything, I wouldn't, know where to start." We will then drink beer and break wind as a form of holy communion.

Because I'm a man, when I catch a cold, I need someone to bring me soup and take care of me while I lie in bed and moan. You're a woman. You never get as sick as I do, so for you this isn't a problem.

Because I'm a man, I can be relied upon to purchase basic groceries at the store, like milk or bread. I cannot be expected to find exotic items like "cumin" or "tofu." For all I know, these are the same thing.

Because I'm a man, when one of our appliances stops working, I will insist on taking it apart, despite evidence that this will just cost me twice as much, once the repair person gets here and has to put it back together.

Because I'm a man, I must hold the television remote control in my hand while I watch TV. If it is misplaced, I may miss a whole show looking for it (though one time I was able to survive by holding a calculator) ... applies to engineers mainly.

Because I'm a man, there is no need to ask me what I'm thinking about. The answer is always either sex, cars, or football. I have to make up something else when you ask, so don't ask.

Because I'm a man, I do not want to visit your mother, or have your mother come visit us, or talk to her when she calls, or think about her any more than I have to. Whatever you got her for Mother's Day is okay; I don't need to see it. And don't forget to pick up something for my mother, too.

Because I'm a man, you don't have to ask me if I liked the movie. Chances are, if you're crying at the end of it, I didn't ... and if you are feeling amorous afterwards ... then I will certainly at least remember the name and recommend it to others.

Because I'm a man, I think what you're wearing is fine. I thought what you were wearing five minutes ago was fine, too. Either pair of shoes is fine. With the belt or without it, looks fine. Your hair is fine. You look fine. Can we just go now?

Because I'm a man, and this is, after all, the year 2005, I will share equally in the housework. You just do the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning, the vacuuming, and the dishes, and I'll do the rest .... like wandering around in the garden with a beer wondering what to do.

This has been a public service message for Women to better understand Men.

Just too good

An ideal candidate for my humor blog, but too good to let it pass the eyes of my regular blog reader :)

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband.

Suddenly her husband burst into the kitchen. "Careful ... CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOD! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my GOD! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful ... CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"

The wife stared at him. "What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?"

The husband calmly replied, "I wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving"

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Evan Williams tries to clarify about Odeo

Read his "clarification" here.

Coming from the man who gave Blogger to the world, it's probably not too much to expect him to stick to his words. And, remember, it was Google who made Blogger much more accessible to the rest of the world by making a lot of things available for free.

Go Evan and go Google !

Yahoo - 10yrs ago and now

10yrs ago, 1995:
http://promo.yahoo.com/birthday10/incorporation

Now:
http://in.yahoo.com

Neat place to get computer component prices online

http://computerwarehousepricelist.com/products.htm

The shop is in Bangalore, India.

INFOSYS to acquire 350 acres of land

That's a HUGE amount of land !!

Infosys Chairman and Chief Mentor Narayan Murthy today said that 350 acres of land will be acquired for expansion of Company's Bangalore Development Centre.

Talking to newsmen here, he said that the land will be acquired from the State Government near Yelahanka, on the way to the proposed Bangalore International Airport. The land would be acquired in a month time and the work would be completed in next eight-month time.

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Read the complete article here.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

A wonderful article about Yahoo (which is 10yrs old now) ...

A real nice article on Yahoo - Yahoo! The invisible giant turns 10. Watch out for it at http://www.wired.com/wired/

Daily Cartoon - 02/28/05

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Any recommendation for a good, free ...

graphical diff tool for Windows platform. I remember using tkdiff earlier, but was wondering if there are other good options out there.