Friday, December 14, 2007

The possible death of the Indian low cost airlines industry

With the recent hikes in airline fuel surcharge and other items, the airline tickets have once again gone beyond the point of usual affordability.

A ticket to Hyderabad from Chennai that used to cost around Rs.1200-1500 some time ago is now at a whopping Rs.2500 or so (including all kinds of taxes, surcharge, etc). The 12hr train journey in a 3 tier A/C compartment at Rs.800 or so looks much more attractive now when compared to the 1hr flight journey.

Is this the death knell of the LCC or is there a chance of things coming back to "normal" ?

1800 numbers via Airtel Mobile

I noticed just a day ago that access to toll free 1800 numbers from Airtel mobile phones has been working. It wasn't certainly the case a few months ago. Anyone knows since when it has been working and/or whether there's a catch to this ?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Huggies Baby Diapers

Ok, my baby has been a huggies baby almost from birth, till now - that's about 1 year and 1 month now.

Huggies M size 48 pack was around Rs.475 or so a few months ago, climbed to Rs.495 after that (with some supposed minor change in material) and now there's only the 50 pack at Rs.535 !!

Call it squeezing the last penny out of your reliable customer !

We did try out quite a few other brands, but nothing ever seemed right :(

Car Battery Industry

There's something weird happening in the Indian car battery industry - from a layman's perspective.

Back in Mar-2005 time frame, I bought an Exide Express 1.5years warranty car battery for around Rs.2300 or so. A few weeks ago, when I tried getting a new one, the price was close to Rs.4400 or so for the same type and warranty period.

I ended up buying an Amaron which cost me Rs.3800 (after getting an exchange of Rs.300 for my old exide express battery) and it has a 1.5yr replacement guarantee and a pro-rated exchange 1.5yr warranty period after that. Definitely a better deal (but then, Amaron is a newer entrant compared to Exide).

Anyway, What's wrong with prices shooting sky high in such a short period ? What is the rational - if someone knows, can you please let me know ?

Center Fresh

True to its name, IMO, the gum is fresh only in the center !!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Good list of open source software

An extremely good list of open source software.

It does miss some other extremely good free software (not necessarily open source), but that's a different story.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Fuel Chart for my Tata Indica V2

Fuel Chart for my Tata Indica V2.

Contains mileage, distance per trip, litres consumed per trip, cost of fill up per trip, various other ratios.

As you can see, mileage is dropping pretty badly in the recent trips. This is thanks to the 2km trip from home to office which can take anywhere between 15mins to 30mins+ and makes me travel only on 2nd-3rd gear :(

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Printing Digital Photos in India ...

Finally, thanks to "The Hindu" newspaper, I came to know about the existence of printing digital photos via websites in India.

Almost all of these sites provide unlimited storage for photo albums and will print and courier photos to your home. I'm yet to see a tie-up emerging between these photo sites and a major retailer like Food World, Spencers, Trinethra, Subiksha, Reliance Retail, Konica or Kodak Digital Express Studios, etc. That option would allow me to ask my prints to be printed at the nearest retailer and provide a pick-up option, thereby saving on costly courier charges.

Here's the list of sites.

Snapfish India (a wholly owned subsidiary of India)

Have tried out Snapfish, fairly satisfied with the photos. The site definitely has a lot of scope for improvement. Their courier charges seem a bit on the higher side when compared to others. However, the HP name is what gives me certain amount of peace of mind in terms of a lot of things.

May try out others.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

What's up with IRCTC ?

I loved the facility of booking train tickets on internet via IRCTC.

Of late, the site has become totally unresponsive. Multiple attempts to book tickets for family members over the last two weeks have only resulted in seeing one error on the web page - "Unable to retrieve due to communication failure."

It's getting totally frustrating. Earlier, this used to happen during daytime / office hours and trying to book late night or early morning worked. Now, nothing works :(

Don't know if it's just me or whether evil is at work at IRCTC :)

Friday, October 05, 2007

Tata Broadband - How consumers are taken for a ride ...

I would like to say I don't hate the Tatas, but the manner in which their ISP is run (by "erstwhile" VSNL babus) leaves a lot to be desired. Know of first hand horror stories about their data center and co-location services or rather the lack of it.

If you can watch CNN-IBN on 6-Oct-2007 at 6.30PM IST, you will get to hear the true story of an individual try to fight his way thru' the shit that is at Tata Indicom Broadband.

Read his story in his own words here.

Very unfortunate that a "neutral" review site like has tried to cut off his reviews.

Good to see that a mainstream news channel like CNN-IBM is taking this up "on his behalf". Albeit, they may have their own intentions (like program popularity).

The 1st Part will be aired on:
Saturday, 06.10.2007 at 18:30 hrs. (6:30 PM), IST

Replay of the of the 1st Part will be aired on:
Sunday, 07.10.2007 at 15:30 hrs. (3:30 PM), IST

The 2nd Part, will have more about the development of the story with many opinions about the ISP from various parts of India. This follow-up show will air on Saturday, 13.10.2007.

A good summary post also available here.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

The Athens Affair

Definitely a must read ! Probably the best pulled off technological crimes of the century. It's almost like a gripping novel read.

Illegally wiretapped cellphones in the Athens affair included those of the prime minister, his defense and foreign affairs ministers, top military and law ­enforcement officials, the Greek EU commissioner, activists, and journalists.
Literally the who's who of Greece.

The Athens Affair

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Recent movies on my "need to watch" list ...

Spiderman 3
Shrek 3
Mr. Bean's Holiday (not a must)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Narnia 2)
Sivaji The Boss (maybe)
300 (maybe)

To be released:
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Will update more as I remember :)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Something's wrong with my humor blog ...

I published a few posts in my humor blog and none of them are appearing at this point of time. Either some cache somewhere in my line of reception is holding onto older content or something is wrong with Blogger.

And I probably need to check from a location other than my current one to see if the problem persists. Anyway ...

Sunday, March 18, 2007

My broadband connection speed test

Note that I have a 128kbps ADSL connection via Airtel. So, it's technically not broadband. However, I'm fairly happy with it's quality albeit I still think it's overpriced (@ Rs.699+taxes per month).

BTW, has anyone performed such speed tests for a 256kbps or 512kbps connection from Airtel or any other Indian service provider ? If not, can you please do so and let me know (by leaving a comment in here) ?

Tests via

This one in Miami is generally slow, almost always.

Monday, March 12, 2007

NAS - network attached storage - my latest fancy

For a description of my home network, visit the following posts Home Network and Home Network - 2.

Gist: 2 laptops, 2 desktops with a linksys WRT54GL (for wireless n/w and 4 port ethernet switch) and DLINK-502-T for ADSL connectivity.

The 160MHz machine desktop is likely to come back from the hardware vendor with some I/O chip replaced to rectify the problem with it (hopefully). Now, I'm wondering if it can serve as some kind of NAS - network attached storage.

Obviously, it's under-powered in terms of CPU and memory, but it may be worth giving it a shot. I honestly know that I'll get fed up of it in a few moments and throw the junk out given it's possible pathetic performance with just that hardware configuration.

At the moment, I don't have any other real "technical/scientific" use that I can put it to. The only thing that still bothers me is that such a desktop will need uninterrupted power supply for functioning without data loss during power outages. And, a UPS is certainly not on top my priority list at the moment.

Anyway ...

Oh, BTW, this is nothing when compared to what some "uber geeks" have ;-)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Reality check about India ?

While I really can't vouch for the sanctity of some of the statistics quoted in the article noted below, it does present a good overall picture about direction things are/could be headed in, for India.

And, I know that it paints both a picture of despair and opportunity - rightly so. It remains to be seen which of these two gains the upper hand in the long run. I sincerely hope that we are able to capitalize on the opportunity at hand, although it seems to be a really tough thing to do given all the reality on ground.

"Good, Must Read" for those interested in India, from BusinessWeek.

The Trouble With India

In the name of security ...

Some of the things that the US and UK (and probably others) are doing in the name of security have implications going far beyond those that anyone can imagine today. If things keep going at this rate, I wish the lives of those guys asking for such schemes in the name of security are screwed beyond their wildest imaginations.

Reminds me of movie theater plots regarding identity theft and crisis. Woe befall these morons who think security will be achieved just by collecting every possible part of the human DNA. Imagine the kind of abuse it can be put to if it falls under wrong hands. Why don't these guys just get it ?!!!

Well, this certainly has been one of the worst rant I ever posted on this blog ! Sorry to subject you to this !

Most recent irritant source of this nasty rant - Don't like ID cards? Hand over your passport

People will be required to give fingerprints, biometric details such as a facial scan and a wealth of personal details - including second homes, driving licence and insurance numbers.

All will be stored on a giant ID cards Register, which can be accessed by accredited Whitehall departments, banks and businesses.

AVI to MPEG4 conversion

Given the huge size of AVI files being produced by my digital camera even for 2-3 mins videos (ranging around 45+MB in size), I need to figure out if there are better compression algorithms out there. Looks like MPEG-4 may be a better choice, however my camera (Canon A510) doesn't record in that format.

While I still have to completely understand all the various formats and their pros/cons, I decided to check out conversion utilities available out there. Most of them are substantial $$, mediacoder is freeware and uses a good amount of conversion encoders freely available.

Now to the interesting part - I tried converting a 50MB AVI file to MPEG-4 format and the conversion period started increasing from 600hrs to 1200hrs to 2000+hrs on an intel mobile centrino 1.6GHz processor with 512MB RAM. I just gave up - understandably.

Either I'm missing something, the tool is wrong, estimation is screwed up, or it's just not worth doing it in software.

Anyone done this earlier and has better inputs/insight ?

YouTube uploads fail intermittently

I started using YouTube about two days ago for private video uploads and sharing. I discovered that uploads have been freezing in between ever since y'day. I don't know if this is a function of some inherent builtin limit on YouTube's end (for daily uploads from a single user) or this is some bandwidth constraint imposed by my service provider (Airtel) or something else totally unrelated.

I'm however still able to download relatively large files without issues (so download bandwidth may not necessarily have been breached yet, at my current levels of consumption).

Uploads to YouTube of files 50MB or lesser have been freezing anywhere between 20% to 70% completion.

Anyone else noticed this ? Any known issues / workarounds ?

At the moment, I've been unable to upload any video completely since last evening (Saturday, 10-Mar-2007). FWIW, I was able to upload 6 videos in all since I began the whole process.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Comment notification not working on Blogger

For whatsoever reason, comment notification hasn't been working for me for some time now. Very rarely do I go to "actually see" my site. I'm happy posting, monitoring via RSS feeds if things are coming out ok (haven't been doing this lately) and responding to comments if and when I receive them via the comment notification mechanism on blogger.

Recently, I observed that my blog has had a few comments up for a few recent posts and I never received any notification for those. Need to check out what has happened. Either that or my email system has been acting up - I know that the spam classification category has been "very severe" of late on my personal email server and there have been a few genuine email rejects by the system.

Anyway, if you haven't heard from me or seen me respond in a timely manner to any of your comments, now you know why - apart from my laziness to type something out ;-)

"Report Bug" in Gmail

I've recently noticed a "Report bug" (or was it "Submit bug") link in one gmail a/c of mine while I don't see this on another. Anyone knows if this too is being rolled out in the usual Gmail fashion of a few users at a time ?

I wonder what is it that they actually do to do this only in an incremental fashion for most of the features. Is it due to the way their basic system has been designed ? Or are they looking at manageability and/or other things before letting full junta get something new.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

More spam on yahoo email

Of late, for the past couple of days (about a week or so), the amount of spam that is escaping yahoo's spam filters and landing in my yahoo inbox has increased. Although the daily numbers are typically in the lower single digits, it still makes me wonder what has gone / is going wrong and/or what has changed.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Technology for sharing bandwidth

From a pure technical perspective, is it possible to share unused bandwidth available across multiple independent ADSL connections ?

Like, if I were in an apartment complex and everyone (or almost) had an unlimited 128/256kbps download ADSL connection from their service provider of choice, would it be possible in some way to share the total bandwidth across all interested parties ?

Note that I'm not getting into the clauses the service provider has for connections, I'm just looking at technical feasibility. Maybe someway of hooking up via some wireless mesh whereby everyone was guaranteed their "assured" bandwidth, but still was able to leverage if someone's else was not being used ? It may probably "break" the assumptions of connection pool sharing being taken into consideration by SPs, but that's another matter. For example, they may assume not more than 10% of their connections will be active online at a given point of time and purchase their backend bandwidth accordingly.

Note that I'm also not getting into issues like what is the incentive for someone to get into such shared connections, etc.

Thoughts, ideas, known solutions, ... ?

Known problems/legal constraints ?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Online calendars - Scrybe ...

Back in Apr-2006, I'd posted my take on Google Vs Yahoo calendar.

FWIW, I still use Yahoo calendar for all my personal reminders. Infact, I've extended the usability by
* importing the events into my Nokia 6233 phone (albeit not as frequently updated as I wish it'd be),
* using yahoo calendar widget to view the events on my desktop (it's really cool and easy)

Anyway, coming back to why this post now, I recently read a Wired review on few online calendars - The Web's Best Calendars. I found Scrybe listed amongst them to have ultra-kewl capabilities. The demo video just makes you drool :) Enlisted myself for the beta, waiting in the queue now !

POP other accounts to Gmail

Back in Dec-2005, I'd written to Gmail support team with a request for enabling Gmail to access POP accounts with other email providers. Not only does it help consolidate my email accounts with Gmail (which may in itself be a good or bad thing depending on your POV), it will also help Gmail in providing more relevant ads for me.

The Gmail support team acknowledged that this was something they didn't then have and would pass it onto the appropriate team. Finally, today, I saw that Gmail announced this "feature" availability, beginning with their "usual" partial rollout process.

And, I'm one of those lucky few who has this feature enabled in the account already. Understandably, it's only a matter of time before everyone else gets it.

Wohoooo !!!!!!! Go Gmail !! Now, to figure out how much more of myself do I expose to Google :)

Monday, February 19, 2007

Home network - 2 (external HDD casing and others)

Further to my earlier post about the "Home Network", there's been very little progress.

The service vendor has told me that the other machine will require some I/O chip change that should cost about Rs.600. I'm double minds as to whether I should get it repaired or not, 'cos I don't have a HDD anyway (still need to salvage the HDDs that were diagnosed faulty). Getting a new one will cost me around 2K, but then it's a pretty slow machine. The only reason that'd make me get it repaired is to ensure that the vendor hasn't knocked off parts off the machine - not that there's anything really worthwhile in it ! (suspicious mind)

I got an external HDD casing from Supreme Computers (in Ritchie Street) over the weekend for Rs.600/- and plugged in my 200GB HDD into it. It's both convenient and cumbersome at the same time - convenient to move, cumbersome 'cos it needs external power. The casing heats up quite a lot - need to read up on whether it's indeed safe to do things this way. I'm yet to figure out how to get tiny holes onto the aluminum casing so that while they do work as an outlet for heat escape, they are not large enough to allow too much dust or insects inside.

And, I heard from Supreme Computer folks that it's not easy to get an external casing for converting internal DVD drives to external - their claim is that it's usually ridden with problems. Need to check that out. The DVD writer is currently on a machine with 633Mhz Celeron processor with 192MB RAM and 2GB HDD - certainly not the best location for efficient processing.

Next on list is research on actual external HDDs to understand their benefits (safety, reliability, ...).

It certainly is much more easier not to bother with computers at all :) :)

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Back to the wonderful beast called Firefox

Call it a state of mind !

Back in Dec-2006, I'd written about my problems with Firefox. However, I just couldn't convince myself to stay with IE as my default browser for a long time (Internet Explorer Unsafe for 284 Days in 2006).

Have switched back to Firefox. Did a complete uninstall, wiped out install directories, nuked the profile directories. Reinstall has worked like a charm. No more 100% CPU utilization/freeze problems, albeit it will still be a nasty memory hog. This time, I'm making it a point not to go firefox extension crazy :)

I must admit that I didn't do proper debugging earlier. While I did do a complete uninstall, deleted installation directories, I didn't bother about the profile directory. Guess that's where the problem was (what/why it was, I don't know).

Glad to have a "normal life" now :)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Time and distance

Date: Today, 8-Feb-2007
Travel Agenda: Drop Dad at Chennai Railway station and head to office

Start: Virugambakkam - 6.06am
Stop: Chennai Central - 6.26am
Distance: 15.2kms
Time: 20mins
Route: via Arcot Road, Kodambakkam Bridge, Mahalingapuram, Sterling Road, College Road, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Poonamalle High Road, Central

Start: Chennai Central - 6.27am
Stop: Vadapalani - 6.49am
Distance: 13kms
Time: 22mins
Route: via Poonamalle High Road, 100 feet Road, Saligramam, Arcot Road, Vadapalani

On an average, my 2km drive from home to office (and vice versa) takes anywhere between 10-20mins if it's during regular office hours !

Ain't it fun to be driving early in the morning ? :)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Steve Jobs (Apple CEO) on DRM

Interesting thoughts on DRM, especially concerning request to open up Apple's iTunes DRM. Definitely worth a read, given all the anti-DRM ruckus in Europe and US !

Thoughts on Music - Steve Jobs

Around 2 billion songs have been sold via iTunes store, and 2 million iPods (last year). On a global average, hardly 3% of music on iPods is from iTunes store. Rest 97% is non-DRM music.

Global 4 big music companies - Universal/Sony BMG/EMI/Warner - sold more than 20 billion songs via CDs _WITH NO DRM_. They've insisted on the DRM for players like Apple and we'd happily remove it if they "see the light" :)

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Emails can come back to haunt ...

much more than you can ever imagine. Or for that matter any written record !

The law also states that oral statements or commitments are also equally liable in some other contexts, but let's leave that at the moment.

Look at Comes et al. Vs Microsoft case where communication from as far as 1991 (or probably even earlier, I didn't look into too many exhibits) is coming back to haunt MS.

This doesn't imply that one has to be "extra-smart" while dealing with stuff bordering on what may be considered extreme positions in the distant future. Instead, just try and be good - "do no evil" !

Easier said than done ! :)

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Recommendations required for download managers

Any good recommendations for download managers that can dynamically change the speed for one amongst multiple downloads ?

Say I have 3 downloads, each going at 5.6, 4.3 and 3.2 kBps respectively (maybe from same or different servers). Now, I'd like to raise the speed of the 3.2KBps to say 5.0KBps, but don't mind the other downloads dropping to a lesser speed.

Is that possible ? Have you seen/used it ?

Any recommendations ?

Friday, February 02, 2007

Eat-out recommendations for Chennai ...

Some of my friends from abroad (Indian origin) landed recently in Chennai and asked me for eat-out recommendations. I promptly turned to my most "reliable" source - the office mailing list. Here's the list that I compiled out of the responses.

Personally, my favorite (for quality and standardization purposes) has been the Hotel Saravana Bhavan chain. It's just that they are getting very very costly by normal standards.

I've also liked Cascade on Khader Nawaz Khan Road. Good food. One thing to watch out is that the normal quantity of most items is enough to serve 3-4 people !

Ok, here goes the list ... (I wish this was on a Wiki so management would be easy)

Category based on Indian IT per capita standards :)

Very Expensive / First Class:
* MainLand China - Sterling Road, Nungambakkam (chinese food)
* Benjarong - close to Adyar Park Sheraton, TTK Road (malaysian food)
* Cornucopia - Opp to Dhaba Express near Nandanam signal (meditteranean & gourmet salads)
* Citrus - Hotel Savera (signature restraunt)
* The Crown at Residency Towers
* GRT Grand Days
* Residency
* Annalakshmi - Mount Road
* Southern Spice - Taj Coromandel
* The Park
* Le Meridien
* Radha Park Inn (100 ft road)
* Chola/Park Sheraton

Expensive / Business:
* Cascade - Nungambakkam, Khader Nawaz Khan Road (chinese food)
* Bellaciao - Italian cuisine
* Green Park
* Don Pepe - Cathedral Road (mexican food)
* Copper Chimney - Cathedral Road
* China Town - Cathedral Road
* Subway, Pizza Hut, ... chain - Spencer Plaza & elsewhere
* Hotel Saravan Bhavan chain

Moderate / Economy:
* Eden - Besant Nagar (for vegetarians)
* Little Italy - Nungambakkam, opp Pizza Hut
* Eatalica : RA puram & Sterling Road (good burgers & sandwiches)
* Sanjeevanam - Hygenic stuff from Cholayils - Sterling road, Adyar, Mogappair (veg & bland food)
* Kumarakom - Kerala food
* Matsya - Egmore (Mangalorean food)
* Coconut Lagoon - Kerala again, but you also get beer served here. Do not go to this place if you cant take spicy hot (as in absolutely HOT) food.
* Kabul - Afghani place
* Murugan Idly Shop - North Usman Road
* New Yorker - opposite to The Park (near Gemini Flyover)
* Rangis - close to New Yorker (Chinese)
* Dhaba express / Sachin Ka Dhaba - Anna Nagar, Adyar, Nungambakkam, Kodambakkam, near Nandanam signal
* Frankies at Greams Road near Fruit Shop
* Gangotri - opp Stella Mary's college, Cathedral Road (excellent chats)
* Sangeetha Chain
* Vasantha Bhavan Chain
* Venkateswara boli stall - West Mambalam
* Ratna Cafe - T.Nagar
* Woodlands in Narada gana sabha (good in evening time)
* Drive-in woodlands - Cathedral Road (not for food, but for a normal hangout over a cuppa coffee/tea, couple abundant car parking space in heart of city)

Discount tickets: :)
* Vaishno Dhaba - Sowcarpet
* Gujrati Bhavan - near Bank of Maharastra, opp High Court
* Bombay Mess - Sowcarpet
* Karpagambal mess in Mylapore - opp Bharathiya Vidya Bhawan
* Rajasthani Dhaba - near Blue Star, Anna Nagar

* Mocha - Nungamabakkam
* Barista chain
* Cafe Coffe Day chain

* Move and pick - Nungambakkam
* Fresco - Nungambakkam

Others (haven't been able to classify these) :
* Heaven n earth - Mount road (Chinese food)
* Hotel Ganges (next to Hotel Park)
* Malabar - on ECR (east coast road)
* Amethyst - near Gemini flyover (coffeeshop, not the kind you'd goto with your parents)
* Sweet Chariot - ispahani centre (near Gemini flyover)

For other recommendations:
* Chennai Food Guide (orkut community)-
* Check out Good Food Line in the supplement of 'The Hindu' - every
week some articles appear on food -- recipes, suppliers, eateries etc.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Home network

Thanks to the long weekend, I got a chance to spend some time with a hardware service vendor on saturday in repairing (or trying to repair, as mentioned in my previous post) my two home desktop machines.

Result - work in progress :

* Two 20GB HDDs diagnozed dead or not fit for complete use. Now, I'm doing the research on how to salvage those for some kind of use.

* One machine's (Pentium II) motherboard is suspected to have problems. Needs more diagnosis by the vendor.

Luckily one of the machines has been recovered. Albeit I'm now running it with a 2GB (my first machine's HDD, way back from 1997) and a (more recent, as of last year) 200GB HDD combo :)

I think the two 20GB HDDs conked 'cos I haven't bothered using any sort of UPS for a long long time. Need to get one, I'm looking for recommendations.

Salvaged computer spec - 600MHz-P3-Celeron/192MB-SDRAM/2GB&200GB-HDD/DVD-RW/Ethernet/1.44MB-FDD

Other one (trying to be salvaged) - 160MHz-P2/64MB-SDRAM/CD-R/1.44MB-FDD

Still wondering if I actually need a core desktop upgrade - cpu/motherboard/memory/...

Other installed gear - DLink-502T, Linksys-WRT54GL

Things in pipeline:

* External casing for internal DVD/CR drive
* External hard disk drive (or) external casing for internal HDD (if available)
* Wireless LAN card (if second machine becomes operational)

Keeping my fingers crossed on how the whole thing will turn out and how my home network will look in the near future.

What do you have at home ?

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Kubuntu on my laptop

Update: Snapshot of my Kubuntu (Live) desktop

I've been wanting to do this for such a long time, have finally managed it today !!

Running Kubuntu on my computer - just for the heck of it (all those rave reviews have indeed caught my fancy and attention for a long time now) !

My two desktop computers at home are dead for some time now (hopefully getting them repaired this weekend). My home laptop being used by my wife runs Win XP Home and can't be touched for my experiments ;-) Work laptop runx Win XP Pro and can't actually be messed either.

However, thanks to Kubuntu's Live/Install CD, I'm right now running the live version of Kubuntu on my work laptop without any problem ! And, am writing this post via it. Ain't it cool ?!

Now, to figure out where I'll actually install it.

(Will put up the desktop snapshot later).

Friday, January 26, 2007

More reasons for less posts ...

Apart from all the usual reasons that one gives for lesser and lesser blog posts, one of my major ones is that I've begun blogging at office. My division in my company has a portal which includes blogs for almost all employees. Beginning about two months ago, I've written a few occasional pieces - most of which are of internal consumption only (aka company confidential). So my "urge" to write or "think aloud" is finding another outlet :)

Go HCL !!

"New" RSS Screensaver ...

In an earlier post titled "RSS Screensaver" posted sometime in Jun-2006, I'd talked about MSN RSS Screensaver and NuParadigm's RSS Screensaver.

A few weeks ago (or prolly more than a month), I stumbled across Newsgator's RSS Screensaver. I like the flexibility that it provides in selecting and managing feeds (integrates with a newsgator account). However, it does miss some of the convenience that MSN RSS SS provides (detailed news about a post, images from selected directories as background, temperature/stock ticker, etc), but is definitely in the right direction.

For all those RSS fans out there, go get it !!