Friday, May 27, 2005

Time for a break ...

I'm off for a couple of days out of Chennai and possibly out of email world. Be back on Jun-2. Catching up with emails, blogs and news is going to take time.

Till then, take care, be good and play safe :)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

About worries ...

A woman worries about her future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

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Cross posted to my regular and humor blog.

Personality test - find out your hidden personality ...

Don't shoot me ! This came via email ! :)

Discover what you expect from your partner, your feelings on luck and other aspects of your hidden personality. Answer the questions below and note down what you have chosen.

1. What kind of chair do you prefer ?
A. Cloth covered
B. Leather covered
C. Wood
D. Cushioned
E. One with a built-in massager


2. Tomorrow is Sunday . What are you going to do ?
A. Stay home and take it easy
B. Go shopping
C. Do some sports
D. Go out for a walk
E. Stay in bed and catch up on my sleep


3. A box is lying in the road . What's inside ?
A. An abandoned kitten
B. Garbage
C. Treasure
D. A surprise!
E. Nothing


4. If you go to the zoo, what do you look at first ?
A. The panda , of course , it's the most popular
B. A less popular animal , because it won't be so crowded
C. The animal closest to the zoo entrance
D. Whatever's first on the recommended route and punctilious in your ways
E. The animal I like best


5. What kind of present would you buy for a very close friend ?
A. A handkerchief (Because your friend will be happy , no matter how many handkerchiefs he/she has already)
B. Something you like
C. Something your friend has been wanting
D. Something popular ( the " latest thing" )
E. Something hand-made or homemade


6. You want to cross a river , but there is no bridge in sight . What do you do ?
A. Swim across
B. Build a raft and ride it across
C. Search for a bridge
D. Search for a shallow spot to wade across
E. Wait until the river dries up


Analysis

1. What kind of chair do you prefer ?

Hidden meaning : You want your partner ( girlfriend/boyfriend ) to:

A. Cloth covered
A. Be together with you always, no matter when or where

B. Leather covered
B. Be more open with you about himself/herself

C. Wood
C. Take more care of his/her dress and manner

D. Cushioned
D. Be a little bit more relaxed, calm and composed

E. One with a built-in massager
E. Do more for you

The message behind the question :
A chair is for sitting on . If you choose to sit on certain chair, you have no suspicions or distrust towards it. This is the same psychology present in our relationship with the people we like. In other words, the qualities you look for in a chair are similar to the qualities you look for in a partner.

2. Tomorrow is Sunday. What are you going to do ?

Hidden meaning : With respect to money:

A. Stay home and take it easy
A. You spend as little as possible.

B. Go shopping
B. You spend whatever you have.

C. Do some sports
C. You save for rainy day.

D. Go out for a walk
D. You spend carefully. Pennies saved turn into dollars.

E. Stay in bed and catch up on my sleep
E. You are probably a bit stingy.

The message behind the question :
Sunday is a day you are free to use however you want. Having freedom to do whatever you want is like having money to spend however you want. Becoming good at managing your finances is an important step towards independence. What do you think of your money spending habits? A penny for your thoughts...

3. A box lying in the road. What's in side ?

Hidden meaning : You think good luck ....

A. An abandoned kitten
A. Depends on maintaining good relationships with others.

B. Garbage
B. Is something you won't attain. You expect only bad luck.

C. Treasure
C. Will definitely be yours , someday....

D. A surprise!
D. Might come your way , but if it does , you'll be so surprised, you'll probably burst out laughing

E. Nothing
E. Doesn't exist. Reality is built on practicalities.

The message behind the question : People often attribute unexpected events to good luck or bad luck. When something goes well ; it's because of good luck ; when things turn sour , it's the fault of bad luck. Your answer reveals what kind of luck (what's inside the box ) you think will befall you in an unexpected circumstance (the box on the road )

4. If you go to the zoo , what do you look at first ?

Hidden meaning : The hidden side of your personality tends to be:

A. The panda , of course , it's the most popular
A. Easily to attracted by fads and fashion. You are actually showy and want to be noticed.

B. A less popular animal , because it won't be so crowded
B. Reluctant to accept things as they are. In general, you are prone to think a little negative.

C. The animal closest to the zoo entrance
C. Satisfied to care of things with a minimum amount of effort.

D. Whatever's first on the recommended route and punctilious in your ways
D. Quite methodical and punctilious in your ways. You have few problems adapting to the rules of society.

E. The animal I like best
E. A little selfish ...You do only what interests you !

The message behind the question :
When you are at the zoo, you are surrounded by caged creatures that you can't talk with , and which can't communicate with you. The fact subconsciously governs the way you act. It is very similar to how you act in human society as well. In other words, your actions reveal the hidden side of your personality...

5. What kind of present would you buy for a very closed friend ?

A. A handkerchief (Because your friend will be happy , no matter how many handkerchiefs he/she has already)
A. You are not able to relate clearly to others. You tend to become lost in clouds of confusion when attempting a task.

B. Something you like
B. You are the type of person who assumes that the world revolves around yourself.

C. Something your friend has been wanting
C. You are tend to think about others' feelings a lot, perhaps because you are so eager to be liked.

D. Something popular ( the " latest thing" )
D. You care more about world trends and fashions in general than you do about your own, or other individuals' opinions.

E. Something hand-made or homemade
E. You have a tendency to overdo things, but basically you value your friendships highly.

The message behind the question :
By stating what kind of gift you would give to a good friend, you are actually revealing how you relate to others. However, it doesn't really matter so much what you give someone - it's the thought the counts. If you care enough to give something, your friend will get the message. The dual acts of giving and receiving are, together, one of the finest pleasures and one of the best forms of communication - that friends share...

6. You want to cross a river, but there is no bridge in sight. What do you do?

Hidden meaning : When it comes to finding a romantic partner you:




A. Swim across
A. Will search and search until you find your perfect match.

B. Build a raft and ride it across
B. Make opportunities to interact with many people through club activities or a hobby, then select someone you like.

C. Search for a bridge
C. Don't have any particular type in mind, but are inclined to look for someone who is likely to say 'YES' if you ask him/her out.

D. Search for a shallow spot to wade across
D. Base your search on information from your friends.

E. Wait until the river dries up
E. Are not too worried about finding someone right away. You're kind of laid-back in such matters.

The message behind the question :
Your answer to this question reveals the way you tend to search for a boyfriend/girlfriend. Crossing a river is a psychological equivalent of getting out and finding that special someone. In any case, if you don't make an effort to meet people, there's no way any relationships is going to start at all. So, get to it !!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Women are like ...

computers. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have had a better model.

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Cross posted to my regular and humor blog.

BlueScreen Screen Saver ...

An old one, nonetheless interesting.

Recall the dreaded windows bluescreen ?! Have you ever seen one in the recent past though ?! If not, goes on to show how things have improved, ahem ! ;)

Anyway, go to Sysinternals BlueScreen Screen Saver page for downloading it and having fun !!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

US Visa interview experience

Date: 19-May-2005
Scheduled time of entry into consulate: 2.45pm-3pm
Actual arrival time at consulate: 2pm
Actual Interview time: ~4-4.15pm

Interview:

Me: Good afternoon

Prologue: Me inserted the "company folder" in the slot in the glass door. US Consulate Officer (USCO) picks it up, does some checking, notices the two earlier visas to the US and applies some rubber stamp on them.

USCO: (No ack for the "good anoon", maybe she didn't hear) Which project are you working for ?
Me: XYZ
USCO: Please speak into the mic on the left.
Me: (Speaking into the mic) XYZ
USCO: What does it do ?
Me: (Very short) blah, blah, blah ...
USCO: How long have you been working for HCL ?
Me: More than 6 years
USCO: Which places are you going to ?
Me: San Jose and (after a very hard attempt at recollection) Massachusetts
USCO: Why two places ?
Me: My team is split across both those places.
USCO: Please take the token to counter 1 and pay the DD.
Me: Thanks

I don't know if I'd prolly write a more detailed version of the entire experience including the time that I waited and saw many people being interviewed. Let's see.

One thing though that did occur to me during the waiting period watching all the old couples trying to get a visa to the US (to visit their daughters/sons) was - "Is US worth it (for those kids) to put such aged people to such hardships and tension ? What will happen in case the visas are rejected ? How much hardship and separation can parents take at old age ?"

Anyway life goes on ...

Saturday, May 21, 2005

The secret behind beauty ...

Cross posted to my regular and humor blog.

Q: Why do women pay more attention to their appearance than to improving their minds ?

A: Because most men are stupid, but few are blind.

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Men Vs. Women ...

Men forget everything; women remember everything. That's why men need instant replays in sports. They've already forgotten what happened.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Time for another Chennai Bloggers meet ...

Date: Sunday, 22nd May 2005 (or on Saturday)
Time: 5.00 pm onwards
Location: Java Green outlet, Panagal Park, T. Nagar.

There's a mini debate on whether it's gonna be a Sunday or Saturday event. Stay tuned to Nirenjan for updates on this.

No more Cartoon blogs ...

I've decided to stop the cartoon cronjob posts to the blog. I've very lately realized that they unnecessarily add more stuff to the blog and give a "false" indication of new items on the feed. Those who are interested may subscribe to those via Dilbert or UserFriendly.

Update: I ended up deleting a couple of the most recent cartoon posts in order to enable "actual" posts to come "up".

Monday, May 16, 2005

iPod ?!

I'm quite inclined to try and get an iPod ($300 variety) for me sometime in the near future. Does anyone have any specific recommendation on why *not to* go for it ? Is there something better, reliable, more user friendly, more value for money or something on different set of lines ? Also, if someone has it here in India, are there any other "must buy" accessories that need to go with it ?

And, when thinking about the iPod, I wondered why it didn't have the recording facility - or does it ? It'd be so neat to be able to record something when on the move (since you already have the iPod).

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Happy marriage

Cross posted to my regular and humor blog.

A happy marriage is a matter of giving and taking. The husband gives and the wife takes.

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Hiring is obsolete ...

A wonderful essay.
http://www.paulgraham.com/hiring.html
(Got Slashdotted too - http://tinyurl.com/8uovb)

Another wonderful essay by the same author:

Why Nerds are Unpopular
http://www.paulgraham.com/nerds.html

Read his other essays at
http://paulgraham.com/articles.html

Cute one ...

Cross-posted to my regular and humor blog.

Q: Why did the cucumber blush ?
A: Because it saw the salad dressing!

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Monday, May 09, 2005

They're still laughing about this at IBM.

Cross-posted to my regular and humor blog. An old one in a different flavor.

Apparently the computer giant decided to have some parts manufactured in Japan as a trial project. In the specifications, they set out that they will accept three defective parts per 10,000.

When the delivery came in there was an accompanying letter. "We, Japanese people, had a hard time understanding North American business practices. But the three defective parts per 10,000 have been separately manufactured and have been included in the consignment. Hope this pleases you."

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Yahoo Mail : For those who haven't noticed it yet ...

Yahoo Mail now offers 1GB space ! I know that it's old news, but just in case someone didn't notice, it's a good reason to be happy about :)

Friday, May 06, 2005

Why Google Scares Bill Gates

A neat article (from Fortune), worth reading.

Source: /.

"A long and interesting article in Fortune on the battle between Gates and Google. 'Forced to watch Google's stock soar the way Microsoft's used to, and Brin and Page enjoy their roles as tech's new rock stars, Gates brings to the fight a ferocity that nobody has seen since the Netscape war a decade ago. Their popularity gets under his skin. "There's companies that are just so cool that you just can't even deal with it," he says sarcastically, suggesting that Google is nothing more than the latest fad, adding, "At least they know to wear black."...Trying to build a Google killer, however, has turned out to be truly humbling for Microsoft."

Monday, May 02, 2005

CD-R price Rs.12 per unit ?

While on the search for write-once CD-R media, I chanced upon Philips 50CD pack at a price of Rs.600 (online on FabMall). That's about Rs.12 per unit and shipping is supposedly free (to all major cities within India) at the moment.

Does anyone know of a better deal or has any recommendations for a particular brand ?

Without case:
Philips (50CD) : Rs.600 (Rs.12/unit)
Moser Baer (25CD) : Rs.325 (Rs.13/unit)

With case:
Sony : Rs.25/unit
Imation : Rs.20/unit

Update: I finally ended up buying "Moser Baer Pro" CD-Rs at Rs.9.25 per unit from "Samata Infotech" on Ritchie Steet a couple of days ago.

24hrs just ain't enuf

for a day & night combination. I need close to 48hrs in the combo and the ability to further cut down on sleep. Sheeesh !!

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Daily Cartoon - 04/30/05


http://www.userfriendly.org/cartoons/archives/05apr/xuf007860.gif

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