Friday, September 30, 2005

Kewl Print Ad

That's one effective ad. Nuff said!!!

MirrorMask out today!!!

Gaiman/McKean/Henson film opens this Friday!

Hey Sarat! I hope you are ready with a ticket!!!

Btw I forgot to inform you that I bought the DVD of Ran.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Drawings Gallery :: The Universal Turing Machine

A beautiful portrait of Alan Turing called "The Universal Turing Machine".
Visit the site for more such pics.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Cricinfo - Quote ... unquote

Cricinfo - Quote ... unquote: "'We were brought up watching opening batsmen score nine before lunch. If Geoffrey Boycott flashed at a ball outside off stump in the first over of a Test match, questions were asked in Parliament. If he flashed at two, the ravens abandoned the Tower of London.'
Brian Viner writes about the frenetic pace of the current Ashes series and wonders what happened to Test cricket as he knew it"

I was ROTFL after reading this quote. Reminded e of the good old days when day listened to Vijay Merchant's show:)

Sunday, September 25, 2005

iMSIT_Walkingman_188_294.gif (GIF Image, 188x294 pixels)

Don't know if I blogged this before. Great pic of work. More interesting as the link which pointed me to this called it the "Walking Decrypter" Kind of an apt name:)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

McNealy's Straight Talk

found this via Berlind's Midnight Oil :

iPods and Fat Clients (Windows) are "historical oddities"… by ZDNet's David Berlind -- ...according to Dan Gillmor's account of an interview of Sun CEO Scott McNealy done by D co-host Kara Swisher. As I've written elsewhere, I agree on the iPod (Can Sun capitalize if that's so?). But the fat client? I wouldn't write the obituary just yet.

As I pointed out earlier - I really like the fat client. I always find fat client applications ahve a certain polish which I do not find in thin client applications.

Microsoft's nightmare inches closer to reality | CNET

Microsoft's nightmare inches closer to reality | CNET "Microsoft's nightmare inches closer to reality"

via Scripting News.

P.S: Personally I still love stand-alone OS's to Web based applications:)

Xena.Shimmera.Net - New Gab's Xena Obsession

As is obvious a site for Xena addicts.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Google blog search

Funny how things grow right below your nose and you do not realise it. In this case Google had come out with ablog search and I was totally unaware of it. why should I have known? Well look at the very top of my page. Seems it relsed on 14th Sept. Well here are some more interesting links regarding this.

Google's lacklustre Blog Search
Google: the tale that's wagging the blog?

Microsoft Challenges Massachusetts on Open-Format Plan

As usual Microsoft falls back upon the most dependable of strategies -FUD!!!

link obtained from latest newsletter of

Yahoo stirs tempest over China dealings

Money over morals -so what's new. I am sure my MBA friends will agree that business is business;)

link obtained from latest newsletter of

EFF: The Customer Is Always Wrong: A User's Guide to DRM in Online Music

There is generally a problem with us human beings. Something is never an issue till it does not affect us. Well waiting on the fence is going to be very very harmful in the future. For too long people kept quite about what they felt about issues like DRM. Well it is here to stay breaking every right that a person deserves. Add the Digital Millennium Act into the mix and what we have is a "failure to communicate" Nuff said!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Categories of Free and Non-Free Software

I used to be very confused regarding this. However this page succinctly explains this.

Read an e-book to your child, go to jail?

Seriously, at least as per Adobe's copyright.

For all of you shouting about how copyright is the very column on which our society is based - you need to read this:)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 Open Source Security: Still a Myth

"Outside the open source community, the notion that open source is good for security--particularly when developers are diligent--often meets with extreme skepticism. In fact, many people worry that exactly the opposite may be true: that open source software may tend to be less secure. One can certainly make a reasonable claim."

Something that worries me at times.
Consider the following:
"All in all, in some cases open source may have more eyeballs on it. Are those eyeballs looking for security problems, though? Are they doing it in a structured way? Do they have any compelling incentive? Do they have a reason to focus dozens or hundreds of hours on the problem to approach the level of effort generally given to a commercial audit? The answer to all of these questions is usually no. A good deal of software doesn't get examined for security at all, open source or not. When it does, commercial software tends to receive much more qualified attention."

For more read the article.

Free as in Freedom

Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software.

Another gem while perusing the O'Reilly site. Enjoy:)

Colophon (book) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"In publishing, a colophon describes details of the production of a book."

How did I reach here? O'Reilly again. While persuing their site for some books I repeatedly saw this word as a link for many books and thought I would check it out.

O'Reilly: Origin of Species: A History of O'Reilly Animals

Generally all O'Reilly books have the name for the animal featured on the cover somewhere in the book. However I faced a situation today where this was not true. The reason was that the book I had was the pocket reference for the vi editor, which did not explain the animal on the cover. This must have been due to the fact that this was a companion book to "Learning the vi editor" and the animal featured on both the books were the same.
As usual my curiosity was piqued and I wanted to find out more. My initial feeling was that it was a lemur. However I was wrong and in the process found out about a completely different animal - a tarsier.

A day well spent!!! :)

The main link of this article will send you to the article of the lady who started this trend.
Also visit this link for info about why some of the O'Reilly book do NOT have animal covers.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Sorry mates...

...but I have to add word verification for the comments as there is too much comment-spam happening. Hope this does not inconvenience you lot. If there are any problems just email me.

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Am I?

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Yup that's what/who I am :)

The idea to do this came while perusing Nitin's site What I Hate About Your Programming Language What I Hate About Your Programming Language

Interesting article. Gives me an impetus to learn some more languages so that I can come up with a list of my own:)

Geek Code ver 3.12

Well I admit I am at least a decade late in publishing my "geek code". But hey! better late than ready, right:)
So here goes:

Version: 3.1
GE/CS d>- s:++>: a->? C++>++++$ USL>++++ P+>+++ L+>++ E---@ W++ N++ o+ K?
w+(---) O? M-@ V-- PS+>++ PE++ Y+>++ PGP>++ t+>++ !5 X+(-) R*() tv+
b++>++++ DI++++ D++ G++ e*++>+++ h---() r+++ y+*

Click on the above code to get it decoded. The decoding is done by "The Geek Code Decoder Page"

Some more Geek Codes:

Larry Wall
Wil Wheaton

So what's your Geek Code

The Mercury: Fatal crash mars GB rally [19sep05]

"Citroen's race leader Sebastien Loeb, who would have clinched his second successive championship as a result, then took time penalties to ensure he did not win in such circumstances."

The circumstances was the death of one of the co-drivers Michael Park. If he had not taken the penalty he would have won the series as the rest of the stage ahad been cancelled. Pretty decent of him to not win in these circumstances.

This is one of the great things about Rallying. Competition more often than not is with oneself and not the kill em' all attitude that other sports require. Now if only the showcasing of Rallying was made better:(

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 e-Print archive

This is a free archive of scientific papers. A very much required resource in these days of restrictive and ridiculous patenting.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

SoYouWanna know the ten most expensive music videos?

"When MTV launched on August 1, 1981, the first music video it played was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. What an awful video. In those days, all a music video needed was jiggly girls in bikinis, big hair, fast cars, and if you were lucky, jiggly girls with big hair driving fast cars. No huge costs, just a little something to complement the listening experience."

Well things have changed and more often than not the songs nowadays seem to complement the video:)
Check the most expensive of these videos.