Thursday, October 25, 2007
But one of these is over 2 years old and even then, it was mediocre at best so clearly, it wouldnt run Vista, considering my mega powered desktop (C2D 6800, 88GTX SLI and 4gig RAM) sometimes croaks). The option ofcourse was to hack and install Apple's OSX - I'm not much for Linux. I think its pretty terrible as an OS.
I figured since Apple moved over to Intel, the OS should atleast in theory throw lesser tantrums while installing on an Intel notebook.
Compaq Presario V4118AP (V4000 series)
Intel Pentium M 1.73 GHz
512 MB of DDR memory
Intel GMA 900 graphics (integrated)
Broadcom Wireless 4318
Realtek Ethernet NIC
After all was said and done, my compaq laptop is now fully functional with Mac OSX except for a few minor irritants like inability to toggle bluetooth and wifi independently. Apparently in OSX there is no software switch to turn off bluetooth (unlike the airport switch which lets u switch off wifi)
Also, for some reason I wouldnt get any display as OSX thought my laptop display WAS the secondary display. A hardware trick of inserting paper clips in the VGA port sorted that and it now works like a charm!
What truly blows me away though is the speed of the OS. It takes like 40 seconds from cold boot to wireless connectivity!!
The same thing on my PC with Vista ultimate (and mind you, that's NOT a pirated edition) takes over a minute!
Another thing that amazed the hell out of me was just how EASY it is do things over the network with OSX. I just click on the network icon and in literally milliseconds it finds out ALL the other computers on the network so I don't have to search for IP addresses (since my home network is DHCP) I only wish they had this kind of network ability built into Vista. It is always SUCH a pain to transfer files between my PC and my notebooks. Now it takes milliseconds to connect and I have a feeling even the transfer rate is faster (but that could just be my imagination!)
2 days of running this OSX and I am beginning to see where the fanboyism is coming from.
However, if you are looking at making a switch, make sure you have about a week to use OSX before you go out on the road because the biggest issue I have had so far (since I am completely new to the Mac universe) is the lack of nifty tools I got so used to on Windows. It’s not that tools aren’t there, it’s just that experimenting to find out which is the one you REALLY like is time consuming.
If you want to find out how to put OSX on your non Mac notebook/PC head over to www.insanelymac.com. An awesome resource I discovered only after I spent the night banging my head trying to install this. It has so far been able to solve all the minor issues I have experienced.
If you need my help, you know where to reach me!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
People want to get a great computing experience wherever they are because they r using them in more and more locations for more and more things.
This is possibly the biggest reason of iPhone's success, great internet on the go capability. Ofcourse, this experienced over wifi coupled with 3G in their next version could hammer the nail in tablet and UMPC's coffins
Damn the weather. Its rainy all day today but thankfully sunny for the rest of the day!
Maybe the golden gates bridge won't be all cloudy although I do hear it looks rather dramatic that way - with the bridge disappearing into the clouds and stuff.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Fortunately, travelling Jet so the experience is really good :) no one does hospitality like Indians, whether it is hotels, airlines whatever.
Strangely enough, a Jet brochure said brussels was rated as the best airport in 2006.
So far, I can see stained seats and dirty carpet making it look more like bhopal than brussels.
I guess no one bullshits like Indians too! :)
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
About the only 2 things I hadn't seen in Paris were the cemetery where Jim Morrison is buried and Notredame.
Now I just haven't seen the cemetery.
Notredame is famous for its artistuc stained glass which has survived despite the attack on the cathedral which almost demolished the building!
Better photos when I reach my next destination - dubai!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Apparently this was built by launching a design competition at some French president's whim.
A danish guy won it and so now u know why it looks more like a hollowed pastry than a "monument'
It isn't even that tall! Ust a 110 metres. Propogandists say it looks like a 4 dimensional hypercube projected in a 3dimensional world.
That's absurdity of cosmic proportions!
To its credit though, despite being almost 20 yrs old, it doesn't look its age. At all!
The two vertical sides have offices and the rooftop has an exhibition centre.
Looks right at home in La defense and u could argue its the modern version of arch de triomphe but then, la defense is so out of synch with rest of paris that this along with the whole region is a monstrosity.
10 on 10 for urban planning but minus several million for architectural beauty.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
No parisian architecture, just the regular high-rises with lots of glass so if you were to suddenly wake up here, you won't be able to tell whether this is Paris, New York or even London for that matter.
Even worse, this is the only place I have seen in Paris where the sky is grey and not the usual lovely blue.
I want to be out of here!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Lately though (past 2 trips) I've seen them being bitten by the "airport modernisation" bug. Perhaps we are exporting more than just silk and spices
On my way to the hotel to crash into bed. Have to go check out the la defense arch at night!
Oh and I'm famished.
While I don't actual figured CDG definitely seems bigger in size but most of that area is quite wasted and not really for use by passengers.
DIA on the other hand makes super use of the space available splitting the sitting and eating areas and the shops.
I wish they had somewhere to sit on the ground floor. I could sit and lust at the cars in peace without making my leg muscles give all hope of rest and aching beyond what I thought was muscularly possible..
Ok boarding time!
On Emirates this time and MAN do they know which planes to buy. The economy seat had so much leg space that the person sitting next to me could get up and move about without actually having to wake me up. This was really good for him because this flight being a 4am flight meant I was at my sleepy and cranky best and the last thing I wanted was for someone to ask me to get up cuz he can't hold it on a 2hr flight!!
Dubai airport, much like the city never ceases to amaze me. Built out of land reclaimed from the dessert, this place is living example of man's technical genius and a sensible government's will to make things better for its citizens and visitors.
Quick trivia - 40% of world's cranes are in Dubai!
1 hour stopover till my connecting flight to Paris.
I'm going shopping!! Would be crazy not to! :)
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
However, there are some things that I did start or wanted to start but never finished and this book is top of the list (the others being learning to play the guitar and taking classes for French)
Zen and the art of Motorcycle maintenance: There has never been a book that I started reading and left unfinished. Never. Heck, I even went through an entire Nancy Drew! But ZATAMM is the exception that proves the rule.
Believe me, I started this book 3-4 years ago and I still haven't finished it. It's just too boring, I cannot figure out what the author is trying to say! I kid you not, everytime I try to read it, 5 pages is the maximum before I am hit by sleep like a steam roller.
Cleaning the shelves today, I found this book again. It is sitting in front of me, taunting me, daring me to read it and I can't. It's too boring.
Oh wait.. It's 2 in the night, I should be asleep but I'm not. Heck of an excuse to read it! As for the guitar classes, they will have to wait but I will hopefully start french lessons this Saturday. Look out for future posts in French!
Bonnuit mes amis!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Why is the world looking for Osama Bin Laden?
Well, the world isn't actually. It's mostly America and the ease with which he and his "colleagues" are shooting videos, they aren't doing a terribly good job of looking either. Unless, we talk about looking the other way!
Digging up some information on the web, it seems that the US isn't looking for Bin Laden in connection with 9/11 at all! Surprising, you would say?
Here is the REAL reason why they are looking for him:
"Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people."
So they want him for attacks which killed 200 people but not the one which killed just under 3,000 people? Baffling.
Here's the thing, in nearly 6 years since 9/11 we have not had one shred of evidence which linked Bin Laden or Al Qaeda to the attacks. Al Qaeda hasn't owned up to the attacks. It is simply been the US government that has been claiming Bin Laden's involvement, without proof.
I am not saying Bin Laden is a saint but this certainly is food for thought.
I don't know who the Chief of Propaganda at Al Qaeda is but he/she(?) clearly has misunderstood how things work in India so let me spell it out for him/her.
We don't care for your threats. Frankly, we don't even pay attention to it. Why? Because we have been battling terrorists and people have been dying because of that for far too long for us to be too worried about you. You are just another name on the long list we have.
When you say this attack will be bigger than 9/11, we are less than impressed. In terms of casualties 9/11 wasn't that big really. Total number of casualties including pilots and plane passengers was under 3,000.
In the past 10 years, in J&K alone, 40,000 people have lost their lives. That's an average of 4,000 per year in one state alone.
Then there is Punjab, the North east, the south and ofcourse, the preferred destinations - Mumbai and Delhi.
A very rough guesstimate would put official annual terror related fatalities at around 7,000-10,000.
So please don't go around telling us how you will kill thousands of people and expect us to shiver. We know what that tragedy is like. We have been fighting it for over a decade already.
And here's the funny bit. Al Qaeda's tape threatening India made less news (in India) than another recent tape threatening the US.
Bring it on.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Wow. This lady is seriously messed up in her head. While I am all for religious and cultural diversity including different opinions and point of views, NEVER have I seen or read anything this out of touch with reality.
Basically, Harry Potter is bad and Lord Voldemort is Good. He is apparently "Jesus".
Jesus DIED to save the rest of the world not cleanse the world of non Christians (Mudblood and pureblood)!
"Ginny, like our own children, is captured by Potter's serpent-like green gaze, and maybe his tongue; Mrs. Rowling gives away in the first book that the boy can talk to snakes, and considering what we already know about Potter, we should not put seducing an innocent girl into original sin past him. Like our own children, it is a lure she cannot resist, and one the Virgin Mary never had to face."
"In a particularly distasteful and lewd display, Potter tries to tempt the rightfully furious Angel by raising his pant leg and showing him his nude ankle. In this way the Harry Potter books contribute to the hidden gay agenda."
Frankly, this lady needs help.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Well, in Douglas's book, the answer is "42" Yup. This is the answer that solves the ultimate question.
Now scientists have found that Mr. Adams wasn't that far off the mark. Infact, he had the answer dead right!
You can read all about it here. Take THAT Nostradamus! and take THAT you snooty scientists with your pretentious Nobels.
Looks like a blood filled lake to me. If you think you can stomach it and want to see it for yourself, head over here
If this is what it looks like, may George Bush burn in hell while he is still alive!
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
NASA (Not A Smart Agency) has decided that it is going to pay up 19 million USD so the astronauts in space can drink recycled urine instead of water.
This is their attempt at solving re-entry problems. Assumption is, if astronauts have been drinking theirs (and their colleagues) recycled urine for weeks, they are going to actually look forward to a messed up re-entry and death instead of living with their loved ones NEVER kissing them for the rest of their lives.
The Russians are laughing all the way to the bank with this one. While socialism has collapsed, they have done the Americans over by getting them to PAY for drinking piss. I bet they are praising capitalism right about now! Bring on the Absolut and put some Tchaikovsky Comrade!
Here's the list of those that made it vis-a-vis those that I voted for.
1. The Taj Mahal
2. The Eiffel Tower
3. Chichen Itza
4. Easter Island Statues
5. Machu Picchu
6. Pyramids of Giza
3.The Great Wall
6.The Roman Colloseum
7.The Taj Mahal
What amazes me however was the sudden flurry of activities in India around this voting. Quick question, HOW do we know all those SMSes sent were actually reflected in the votes for the Taj? I don't see the SMS numbers and/or codes listed anywhere on the "official website" just promos floating about on billboards and TVs.
Frankly, it smells like a big scam to me but we'll never know now.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
The kid is worried sick till he sees her mom screaming about how the CD has been possesed by the devil. She then promptly takes to smashing it with a hammer.
Dont you just LOVE it when both, God and the Devil are on your side?
Therefore, if you do it right, you could be very famous real quick. If you get it wrong however, you could end up in a psychiatric ward like the first (I think) YouTube star "The star Wars Kid"
If you get it right (almost) however, you could be like this lovely girl fondly known as "The Everywhere Girl" or Jennifer Chandra.
The story is fascinating. Jennifer Chandra did a photoshoot at Reed College and sold the shots to Getty Images, an online image bank.
Call it the overuse of stock photography or plain laziness at corporations to hire photographers and do their own photoshoots, people have repeatedly used Jennifer's photographs in all sorts of advertisments. From Dell,Gateway, HP, Visa, Microsoft, BBC, US Department of State, CNN and tons more. Hence the name "Everywhere Girl"
If you would like to see a collection of her ads so far (and I believe this is ongoing), click here
While the everywhere girl is actually quite cute, our next internet model is anything but.
If you and your cause are both extreme Islamic fundamentalist you have your very own poster boy "fondly" called The Islamic Rage Boy. His real name is Shakeel Bhagat and he is 31 years old. He is also very VERY angry about something.
Just what that something is, he hasn't quite been able to figure out yet. Whether it is Salman Rushdie's Knighthood, or freedom for Kashmir, or the pope benedict's faux pas with anti Islamic comments. He was even screaming himself hoarse and shaking his angry finger and bug infested beard (no seriously it probably has its own flourishing flora and fauna!) at those Danish cartoons about The Prophet.
Frankly, those cartoons aren't even that clever but if you would like to see for yourself, click here.
rage range through the whole gamut of the "protest inventory". With his massively intense face and loud (ofcourse angry) slogan shouting and scuffles with the police, the chap clearly works hard. The only thing that I think he could be so angry about is the same thing that most professionals in this world are angry or unhappy about. The pay must suck.
Speaking of which. The Everywhere Girl isn't a millionaire either. Despite all her fame she has difficulty paying her bills. Clearly, being famous on the internet doesn't mean you will move to Beverly Hills with a shiny Ferrari in your backyard. Pity.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
There is something soothing about it, the gentle pitter patter. The constant static sound is actually better than the usual absolute silence I prefer when I want to be alone (which is getting to be more and more of the time these days)
Sitting in my balcony feeling the rain drops fall on me reminds of the time in college we all went to marine drive and got completely drenched. I wonder why I haven't gone back and gotten wet in the rain again. Come to think of it, I cant remember the last time I went out in the rain to get wet.
I wonder why I stopped. I wonder when I will gather the will to step out and do it again.
The strong coffee in my hand is making me strangely nostalgic. It also brings up another observation and subsequent question.
I miss that smell of fresh earth that you get if you experience rain in the country side or smaller towns. We dont get that in Mumbai. All we have here is cemented roads and depressingly boring buildings which start looking rundown 5 minutes after their renovation ends. We also get tons of garbage.
Just spending some time with my cousins and it dawns on me, they don't even KNOW what this smell is like. They get excited when we step out of town and they can see the rare star filled sky. Another thing which I had simply forgotten about.
What else have we forgotten ourselves and cant share with the next generation coming in? What all was forgotten before us that we haven't yet experienced and probably never will?
Today is probably "that day" when Mumbai will come to a standstill. Just as well. Everyone should stand still and enjoy the few remenants of nature still available to us in this concretized monstrosity.
How long till we forget about this as well?
The sheer amount of categorized, identifiable data with Google.
If you think I am taking this relaxed weekend to indulge in favorite pastime - Google Bashing, well, you are probably right BUT my passion for bashing google does not mean what I say is wrong.
If you want to be scared and/or shocked head over to : www.google.com/history
Type in your google password and see a list of ALL the search queries you have ever made on Google. ALL of them. Even the naughty ones.
You can see statistics of your searches per month, per day and infact even by the hour. The graph here is my search statistic for this past week. Do post your "scores" so we can see who searches the MOST :)
Go check this out. You will find that Google now knows more about you than even you do.
Be scared. Be VERY scared.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
"The biggest and the deepest thoughts can be conveyed in the simplest of words" I argued vehemently against it as at that point in time I was arguing FOR increasing the word count per article but generally, I agree with his drift.
Those of you who know me would probably be thinking "but you talk so damn much!" Well, that is simply because I want to communicate a lot more :)
But you are right, I am a words person (if I may invent a category) so much so that music for me is all about the lyrics. Poetry has always fascinated me, even when I had to study it as part of my course at school.
Having said that, I am the first one to clarify that I am not into the sort of poetry which goes through reams and reams of pages and thousands of lines to get to the point. No, I like poetry that says more with less and its incredible how the simplest lines can define ones entire life and yet not make the life seem shallow.
It is the ability of the poets, to simplify complex thoughts, emotions and events and convey them in a couple of lines which you remember for the rest of your life, that draws me to it.
Sitting here in a rather reflective mood, listening to Tequila Sunrise, my mind seems to keep repeating these 6 lines again and again. These lines have changed by life and are the most inspirational words I have ever read, save for The Alchemist which is at once inspiring and dangerous - but that is a story for another day.
For now, read these lines, go read the whole poems if you so like and if possible, post your favorites here so I can read them too.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost. The Road Not Taken
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
- Rudyard Kipling. If
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Barter works better than money.
His experiment of starting with a red paper clip and trading it to ultimately get a house in one year's time is something that flies in the face of common wisdom of "money" or "finance" if you will and as these things do, it got me thinking.
BTW, you can see what he did and how here: One Red Paper Clip
If you really think about it, paying money for objects is infact a kind of barter. Goods, in exchange of "money"
In the early days, people exchanged what they had plentiful for what they lacked or had less of. Now, we all barter with a common commodity (if I may call it that) and that is "money" so in a way, the barter system never stopped, it just evolved with us.
But since everyone now has some money (and some have loads) the barter system got a little skewed. As more and more people started getting more and more money, its value started going down and people had to pay up more money to get what they wanted.
Come to think about it, this is possibly one of the simplest explanations for how we get inflation. Granted that it isnt perfect but it does get the point across.
In theory (this is entirely my opinion) if we start bartering again, we might might end up paying a lot less for a lot more. To take an extreme example, if some one is stuck in a dessert and is thirsty, would he rather have water or a bagful of diamonds?
In barter, the value of goods traded may not be the same in monetary terms. But, in their perceived values to the parties trading, they might be equal.
Consider another example of stamps. Sweden 1855 Three Skilling Yellow is perhaps the most expensive stamp in the world, fetching over 2 million dollars (US) at an auction. The only reason the stamp is worth this much "money" is because that is the perceived value of the stamp by the collector.
Now consider a situation where there is no money and the owner of the stamp is not a collector but an auto enthusiast, while the collector is the owner of a vintage car he doesnt much care for. They will both trade and feel that they got a steal because for each, the perceived value of what they received is far far more than what they gave away.
It's amazing to speculate how we would've gone about life had money not been invented.
If you have something you want to trade for a paper clip, let me know. It should preferably be a house because I don't have the patience shown by Kyle to go around trading for a whole year!
In return, I will make my offer better than his. You are no longer limited to a red paper clip. I will get you one in any color you like!
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Why do you have to notice everyone in a restaurant and how they behave or act? And then why must you eat my head sitting for hours talking about why person X behaved or did what he did. Why? why? WHY?
Why dissect every nuance in a sentence spoken by someone? People blurt out things all the time?
I'll spare you the details of how I work my immense charm and get her to calm down but suffice to say, it is not something everyone can do. You have to be gifted and lucky. Mostly lucky :)
I have no answer to her questions except that observing people is my ongoing experiment. It might sound crazy but its fun and you learn a lot about people, which is important.
Observing people is like a hobby and a learning exercise. The more you watch, the more you learn and the more you learn, the more you understand and understanding people is always good. Ask people in any profession, from Investment banking to brand management, from advertising to publishing. Everything depends on understanding of people. So irrespective of the profession you are in you need to understand people.
It is said that to understand others, you must first understand yourself. This is perhaps the most misunderstood statement. It isnt a circumspect way of saying "mind your own business" But the best way to understanding people is to understand your own actions and reactions.
A branch off could be for you to say things for the heck of it and observing how people react. Some will be shocked, some amused and usually some won't care but each reaction or non reaction will teach you something about a person.
You could say this is a self learning method for manipulating people, you could be right but if you think about it, manipulating people isn't necessarily wrong in itself. It is WHY you manipulate them that defines the correctness.
Just walk into a mall and don't just hear people talking listen to them talk. Listen to the words they use, listen to the inflections in their voice, watch their body language and soon, by just looking at them, you will be able to tell whether they are genuine buyers or not.
A restaurant will teach you more about peer pressure than school. Look around and you will find people picking at their food and desperate to make small talk so they can forget about it for a while. Why? Its not because they are upset and didn't want to eat. If they were, they could've simply not ordered. Its because they ordered what they don't like. Maybe because what they like is the wrong thing to order with the crowd they are with.
Its intriguing to observe and sometimes even chat up people. It expands ones views and understanding of people as a whole. It can even make you more patient with them.
If you think about it, it isnt as creepy as it sounds. It is the most natural thing, to notice those around you. It is our "mind your own business" mindset which has created these silos and erected the barriers most of us live within. But we don't have to and we shouldn't.