Friday, December 31, 2004

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year 2005.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Saturday, December 25, 2004

If some of you have been wondering the infrequent(or lack of) posts for the last week or so, here's the reason: I underwent the LASIK procedure for my eyes to correct my myopia. I had this procedure done at Shankara Netralaya, Chennai. It was just a half-an-hour procedure, and now i no longer need to wear my beloved glasses, which i have been wearing for a little over 18 years now. I still see a slight halo around bright objects, which is supposed to persist for a week or so after the procedure. Other than that iam able to read books and browse the web as ever before. Will be resting for a week more before i head back again to work.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

IRCTC has allowed train reservations online starting 4am to 11:30 pm on all days including Sundays. Initially the timings were only during actual booking counter hours. Thats a good start. Iam waiting for the day, when i can just go online, book my tickets, and print out my e-ticket as well.
Update: The new timings are valid from Jan 1, 2005 onwards. I missed mentioning that! Thanks Sudhir, for pointing out the mistake,

Saturday, December 18, 2004

What you think is logical, just need not be. Iwas coding this little snippet in C++, in which i was reopening a ifstream. Now however hard i tried, any operations on the reopened stream just wouldn't work. After a good amount of googling, figured out that this is an FAQ!! Now who would have thought that a close after an open wouldn't clear all internal flags, and that we would have to call a clear() on the stream as well?

Thursday, December 16, 2004

What's next for Google. A must read for anyone interested in Google.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Microsoft has published this FAQ, in which Bill Gates talks about the secrets for his success.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Snapped the Thiruvalluvar statue at Kanyakumari when i had been there a few months back.

‘‘... there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer makes enemies of all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order...’’
— Nicollo Machiavelli in 'The Prince'

Monday, December 13, 2004

The Science of Second-Guessing. A very interesting interview with Stephen Hawking.

The top 10 software innovations of 2004. I dont agree exactly to the ordering, but its a good list.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Scoble gives an explanation on why WinFS is getting delayed and delayed.
Update: Adam Barr counters Scoble's argument for the delaying schedule. Now this is getting interesting!

The Shlemiel way of software - Salon has done an interview with Joel Spolsky

Unable to reform their wayward son, these parents killed him. Very sad indeed!

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Finding the Best Programmer's Font

I seem to be getting lots of spam phone calls at office these days. Mostly from Citibank, StanChartered, and other banks trying to sell you credit cards promising you all sorts of goodies from alarm clocks to life-time free credit card schemes. Initially it used to be just the private banks, but now i constantly get calls from executives of nationalized banks as well. If its not credit cards, then its about home loans. After getting disturbed quite often i have decided to not pick up the phone unless i can recognize the phone number on my phone's display. I have tried this for a week now, but iam still concerned that i might miss some genuine calls. US has a do-not-call registry. I dont think India has such a scheme. Even if they have, iam not sure how many potential spammers will respect such a do-not-call request. And we cannot even install spam filters for phones! Is there no way around this spamming?

Nandan Nilekeni's Guide to sounder sleep.

Yin and Yang - A nice article on desktop security.

Google suggest is damn cool! You just start typing what you want to search. It offers to complete your query. This sure saves a few extra keystrokes, and also avoids typos. Google IS God!
Update: Zef Hemel has a interesting discussion on why web appliation that we write normally suck, and that Google is able to come up with very rich client applications like Gmail and Google Suggest. He also proposes that an opensource community could develop all needed widgets necessary for developing rich web apps. Sounds a very interesting idea.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Laptop Usage Can Lead to Low Sperm Count and Infertility. Now, thats scary!

ZefHemel has collected some good Python Links

Monday, December 06, 2004

128MB Secure Digital (SD) Card for $1.95!!

My Toshiba 2410 laptop modem(or modem settings) seems to have a problem. I have dual boot on this machine, and the modem works like a charm on Linux. But on WinXP Pro, it just seems to get a busy signal al the time. The modem on this laptop is a software modem(I guess from Agere). As the modem works fine with Linux, i assume that nothings wrong with the modem as such. Have i messed up some setting? Any of you Windows/Modem Gurus out there can help me out on this. Just for Info, i use the Mandrake Linux 10.0 Official distribution.
Update: Finally was able to fix this problem. But had to take my laptop to my Toshiba dealer. He figured out that the audio driver was conflicting with the modem driver. Iam thinking why Windows couldn't figure this out by itself and alert me on how to solve this problem!

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Now you can buy a 400GB Seagate hard-disk for your PC. I actually find it difficult to even fill up my 20GB hard disk! (link via Ashesh)

Sun proposes a new open source license, under which Solaris will be opened up. Linus feels it will be tough for Sun to build a open source community based on such a license, as open source developers will never like to play second fiddle to Sun.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Singapore airlines to offer high speed internet on board its long haul flights. Pricing is not cheap though!

Check out this ad for Google's Bangalore office. Looks like it was on Times of India, but i seem to have missed it!

An cybercrime awareness post by Kiruba. If you are a blogger, please read it. And Kiruba has also removed the controversialsensational "video" post from his blog!

Secrets of Firefox 1.0. A nice list of tips for speeding up Firefox and for making it look better.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Monday, November 29, 2004

Ten Most Wanted Design Bugs

Designing Real-Time Systems with UML

If you use WinXP on your day-2-day work, here is a good list of tweaks that can help you make your machine faster.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Businessworld India has released this year's list of Great places to work in India. We are second in the list. Fedex tops the list.

QNX: The Unexpected Surprise. An article that looks at how good QNX is for the desktop. I have been using QNX as the desktop on one of my office machines for a few months now, and i find it really fun to use.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

26,500 Magazines and Newspapers from 200 Countries at (via Anil)

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Togadia wants the Kanchi seer case shifted out of Tamil Nadu. Mr. Togadia wants the case to be transferred to Gujarat, where he feels there can be a fair trial! He can't get more funnier than this, can he?

Monday, November 22, 2004

You can use this online tool to tune the cleartype font settings for your XP machine. Being a Microsoft website, this tool works only with IE, and not with Firefox!

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Things that can happen to your office when you are on vacation!

A huge set of programming contest problems

Here is a cool tip when using MSN search. You can use it to solve algebraic equations, and even higher order polynomials.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Going to Chennai today. Will be there for a day and then to Trivandrum. Its always nice to go home after 5 long months, and that too on a 7 day vacation!

The war between free email services is getting more interesting. Yahoo has rolled out email search, address auto-complete, and a few other enhancements to Yahoo! mail. Gmail already has a very useful search mechanism on archived mails, so this feature addition was expected of Yahoo. Now what will Hotmail do? Anyway great time for end users. Now one question creeps in my mind. Why would anyone want to pay money for email services, when you get all these great features for free?

Howard Stern has listed down the 50 states by their average IQ and how the states voted for the 2004 Presidential election. Out of the top 25 states in average IQ, only 6 states voted for Bush, while the all 25 states at the bottom of the average IQ list voted for Bush. See the trend?

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Noticed this while using Firefox 1.0 on Windows and Linux. In the Windows version, browser preferences are under the 'Tools' drop down menu with the name 'Options'. While the Linux version, its called 'Preferences' and is in the 'Edit' Menu. Dont they use the same codebase for Windows and Linux? Or is the GUI code alone totally different? So Firefox on Windows follows where IE places its Options, while Firefox on Linux follows where Netscape/Mozilla used to place the 'Preferences'. Interesting!

Friday, November 12, 2004

Finally was able to try out MSN Beta Search, after a full day after it was announced. It was just spewing out errors yesterday, but now it looks all the initial hiccups have been fixed. Lots of reviews have already flooded the internet. Most seem to a little biased against Microsoft.
Personally i felt it interesting. Most of my searches were spot on, and gave me what i was looking for. The $100 million invested on this looks like well spent. But how much this will be a competition for Google remains to be seen.
Forrester Research has a positive review: MSN Search--just good enough.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Wish you all a happy Diwali. And have a nice and entertaining long weekend too!

Moved to Firefox 1.0 on my linux box as well my windows machine. Both installations rock. One major annoyance i had with each and every firefox upgrade is that my themes just stop working. I had to download the theme again every time i installed a new version. I had guessed that issue would go off with 1.0 , but the problem still persists. This problem is present in both my Linux and Windows machines, so what i doubt whether its my configuration thats the root cause of the problem. May be its just my favourite themes, but still its pretty nasty when i end up everytime having to search and download my favourite theme.

Turn On, Tune In, Pay Up. MIT Technology Review on how XM and Sirius persuaded millions that paying to listen to a cool technology beats listening to a boring one for free.

The Real THR34T KR3W: The Story of Hacker Connor Hansen

Monday, November 08, 2004

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Speegle. Search results read out for you. Search results seem to be exactly Google's results, even though the site doesn't mention anything about Google on their webpage.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

How to interview a programmer

Twenty Reasons Why You Shouldn't Post Your Picture On The Internet. Absolutely hilarious! has published the proceedings from the Sixth Real-Time Linux Workshop held in Asia for the first time, November 3-5, 2004, at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Pdf versions of all papers available.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Kerry has lost!
The blogosphere in general, is in a highly depressed mood with the Bush win. Some weblogs are drawing solace on the fact Nixon also got reelected a second term, but he was impeached during that term. I genuinely and honestly hope that would happen soon. One thing that strikes me most though, is the fact while the 70-80% of the blog world wanted Kerry to win, while more than 50% of the American public thought otherwise. God bless America.
The main issue with the Bush win is that, Bush might consider this as an acceptance of his foriegn and domestic policies by the American public, which i believe is far from the truth. This is more of the Democratic party's inability to utilise the momentum against Bush to its advantage. Lets just hope Bush returns to more civilised ways, wins back support of the rest of the world, stop thinking about more invasions, gets Osama, cleans up his Iraq act, revs up the economy, gives better health care to Americans, revitalizes the intelligence community, and starts thinking more about the environment. I know thats a tall ask given Bush's reputation during the last 4 years, but whats wrong in hoping? Its hope that has and will save this world!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Techcentral runs this story about people in Malaysia buying pre-loaded linux boxes from the vendor, only to run pirated versions of Windows when they get home. Same is true here in India, where i have seen multiple instances where people bought a preloaded linux box, which costs less by about Rs 3000 (~$60), when compared to a windows box, and then quickly installing WinXP as soon as they got home. As long as piracy rules and linux does not give a similar out-of-the-box experience as Windows, most of the linux desktop adoption numbers will not make much sense.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Samsung has announced a 6 megapixel camera at 300$. Impressive enough. Two years back, i bought my Canon powershot A40 2 megapixel camera at 300$.

Microsoft's new security initiatives seems to be showing a lot of promise. In a html mangling test conducted by Micheal Zalewski, IE that ships with Windows XP Service Pack 2 was the only one to withstand the test, well..., not completely, but that was the best of the lot!. Coverage at Newsforge.

The story of the creation of the new Ford Escape hybrid car.

GM has a home for blogs , and Ed Koerner has a blog on small block engines. (via Scoble)

Sunday, October 31, 2004

In case you haven't yet registered for the Linux Bangalore / 2004, you can do so here. You save Rs.200 by registering early for the event. The event is on Dec 1,2 and 3.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Friday, October 29, 2004

After the initial enthusiasm of using Google desktop search, iam now figuring out that i do not have need for such a tool anyway. Let me summarise what i search on my PC on a day-to-day basis.
Source Code
I use cygwin for most of my dev work, and also various IDEs for building and loading code for my various target platforms. Most of these IDEs are good enough for searching source code symbols, and on cygwin, i have built up an useful array of small scripts over the years, which help me search source code without wasting a lot of time.
I have a huge collection of documents that i have managed to download during the course of my last five years of web surfing, which run into GBs of space now. Long before any of these search tools existed, i have made it a habit to properly organise my document collection into folders that make it pretty straight forward for me reach to a required document. Most of the older pdfs happen to be scanned images, which anyway Google search or the Windows built-in search will not be able help. And i have noticed that mostly i end up knowing whats the document title(or atleast part of the title) that iam trying to find in my collection, so Windows built-in search is fairly fast enough (if you enable the indexing service).

Now the other main feature that Google desktop search provides is the ability to search through my web browsing history. Call me a paranoid, but i have almost made it a habit to clean up my web history. my cookies folder, and my web cache every week or so, and so i dont have much use for a search tool there either. And even though the integration to the Google interface seemed like a cool feature initially, i have found myself too lazy to open up a web browser for just searching for a file. I guess iam too comfortable with locate, find and grep that replacing that with the desktop search doesn't increase my productivity even a little bit!

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Raymond Chen has this interesting information on where windows applications were minimized to in the pre-taskbar versions of Windows.

Google acquires KeyHole, a satellite mapping firm. Unlike Mapquest and Yahoo! Maps, Keyhole also provides a 3D interface for the map details.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Finally, after 2 months in Houston, iam back to Bangalore. To a nicer and cooler climate, i should say! On the work front, it was two glorious months. Convergence 2004 was a high point of the trip. Will update the blog with convergence snaps as soon as i get back to Bangalore. Till then, see ya.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Simple Is Beautiful. A great article on writing simple and readable code.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Chasing digital music's 'codec killers'. is reporting that a list of CD Audio tracks are creating problems for any encoding process. When you end up encoding these tracks you will either get a blurry sound, or will hear a very unpleasent sound. Iam not sure whether this has been verified with every encoder out there, so thats a good exercise for me.

Real Video of Karan Thapar's interview with J. Jayalalitha

We had a pretty impressive showing at Convergence 2004. Press coverage here, here , here and here

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Choose Your Competition. A nice and interesting article. The more i read Eric Sink, the more i become a fan of him!

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Stumbled upon this website which allows Kerry supporters in safe states to exchange their votes with Ralph Nader supporters in the battleground states. So it works like this. A Kerry supporter in a 'safe' state will be paired up with a Nader supporter in a battleground state, and each will vote for the other in their respective states. Thus in battleground states, Kerry gets the Nader votes, and in the 'safe' states, Nader gets Kerry votes. So Nader can be happy that his overall vote doesn't get affected and Kerry is with a higher chance of winning the battleground states. Nice idea, but people wont have to go to this extremes if the US president is elected just based on popular vote!

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Wooing the Geeks

Friday, October 15, 2004

The problem with Google desktop search that i mentioned in the previous post, is slashdotted. Some more interesting thoughts there.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Installed the Google Desktop search! Excellent tool. It finds strings from test files, word, excel, powerpoint, AOL IMs, and much much more. And the Google integration makes much more easier to access as one of the tabs when we launch the google website.
But iam already seeing a potential problem. As i try searching for some term, it shows up files from all the normally unreachable folders of my machine, ie, web cache and other files which i wouldn't like someone else using my PC to look at! Sure using preferences, you can specify which folders shouldn't be searched, but if you know all the folders that well on your PC, you wouldn't need a search, right? But i cant stop using this wonderful tool, just because of this minor concern, i just have to make sure no one else accesses my PCs in my absence from now on! :-)
Iam not sure when Google will get this on Linux as well.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The Many Hats of Software Development

Google Bangalore to be 'ideas' centre. Sounds interesting!

Microsoft is offering Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 for a 45 day trial download. This is a full feature time-out version.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Coverage of Sergey Brin and Larry Page's visit to India.

Economic Times

International Herald Tribune
The Hindu
Hindustan Times

A font primer for Linux

Monday, October 11, 2004

Another interview with Linus

Sunday, October 10, 2004

A very interesting article on the recent acquisition spree of most of the large companies.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Now, Windows users can also use Gmail's 1 GB space as a filesystem to read/write files. The Gmail space will appear as a seperate drive on your PC. Its still in Beta, but well worth a try!

Friday, October 08, 2004

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Listening to songs from 7G Rainbow Colony. Really love "Ninaithu Ninaithu" and "Kanaa Kaanum Kaalangal". Nice songs!

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Gary Kasparov on the need for courage in chess and business.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Sandisk cruzer mini

Just bought a Sandisk Cruzer mini 256 MB. Had been forced to write CDs everytime i want to copy something between my PCs. This works great and pretty small too.

On the lines of Google labs, Yahoo! has this website for the future projects they are working on.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

A good set of free online tech books

Friday, October 01, 2004

Today's print edition of the Wall Street Journal carries 4 full pages of advertisement for TamilNadu. Mostly about why Tamilnadu is a very attractive destination for foriegn investment. As has been the ritual for every advertisement from the Tamilnadu government, it carries a few pictures of J. Jayalalitha and a full page interview with her. The interview is worth a read. Couldn't find any links on this, though.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Check out this headline from Times of India! Funny.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

A great story about Love and Marriage

Friday, September 24, 2004

Guardian has this article on Bangalore's worsening infrastructure problems.

Yahoo search blog has a list of job postings for Yahoo! Search.

Given all the noise about a Google browser, what will Google name it if they come up with a new browser? They can't name it gBrowser, as somebody has already taken that name.
Any ideas?

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Software that lasts 200 years - Must read!

I will be attending the Convergence 2004 at Detroit from Oct 18- Oct 20. Iam mainly interested in
Session 1 : Mobile Digital Entertainment
Session 6: Impact of consumer electronics in automotive electronics
Session 7: Systems Architecture : Software.
Should be an interesting conference with most automotive companies participating. We too are exhibiting there.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

And finally Sony decides to add native support for mp3. I can't figure why it took them so long to decide on this one!

Never knew there were so many different ways to make chai!

Monday, September 20, 2004

A case history on Google by Economist. Very well written one. (via Lazy Geek)

Friday, September 17, 2004

Time Asia has an article on India's Olympic Debacle. Interesting read!

A very interesting site with avery detailed comparison of the user interface in OS X and XP. Wonder if there is a similar unbiased comparision between GNOME/KDE and XP somewhere on the web.

Political Compass. And here is where i stand!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

I have moved to Microsoft Outlook from Thunderbird. I was happy with Thunderbird for so long, but Lookout has changed my mind to move back. But one thing i dislike about MS Outlook is that i have to open Outlook express to read newsgroups. Is there no way they could have added that functionality to MS Outlook?

Is anyone able to view unicode websites properly with firefox? I have no issues with IE, but firefox just doesn't seem to like any of the settings i have. Single charecters come out fine, while the majority of the two letter combinations are inverted. Has anyone seen and set this right?

iTunes accused of overcharging their UK customers. A track costs 79p in the UK, whereas it costs around 67p in France and Germany. On similar lines, i wonder how much Apple will price its tracks if it opens a India-specific iTunes site.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Just noticed that Google News has added pages for China , Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Project Rebirth. This website captures the day-to-day activity at the site of the Freedom tower. It has links to the architects, the freedom tower plan, and a live cam for the site too. The basic aim of the project is to capture the rebirth of Ground zero using 6 time-lapse cameras.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Damn frances! My orlando flight is cancelled! :-(

Thursday, September 02, 2004

A nice article on Why you Shouldn't Write your Own Kernel Anymore?. As an embedded systems developer, i tend to agree to most of the author's thoughts.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

HBS Working Knowledge on The Pull Leadership Manifesto

Outsourcing of online game playing. Wired reports that wealthier players outsource tedious parts of the game they are playing for hundreds of dollars!

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Yahoo! Search blog. A blog from the search engine team at Yahoo!

The Playboy Google Interview at the Search Engine News Journal

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

By the Book Leadership: Six leaders recommend the nonbusiness books that influenced them most.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Business Week carries an interview with Rich Templeton, our CEO.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Now a MP3 player for your AK-47

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

"Nokia Moments"? Nokia trying to be the kodak of the digital age?

Monday, August 02, 2004

Windows Automotive. Interesting to see MS putting a good deal of effort into this market segment.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

RFID tags become hacker target. RFID tags can be reprogrammed by thieves or hackers thereby making a new type of shoplifting possible. And with RFID tags being used for various other uses such as Identity cards, it also opens up new avenues for abuse.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Is it a good idea for Microsoft to its Office suite to Linux? Won't that cause more people to switch to Linux? How can that make business sense for Microsoft? Iam not so convinced by the arguments of the article.

Friday, July 23, 2004

Microsoft has put up Lookout 1.2 on their website for download. Unfortunately i cant try this out as i have moved to thunderbird long back.

An interview with RMS. Stallman talks about GNU, the status of Hurd, and the future of GNU projects.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Army rations rehydrated by urine. Food scientists working for the US military have developed a dried food ration that troops can hydrate by adding the filthiest of muddy swamp water or even peeing on it. Now thats something which i would never ever want to try!

Monday, July 19, 2004

A whitepaper on "New Directions in RTOS Kernels"

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Charles Simonyi's Interview on Intentional programming and how to use it?

Older blog entries on Charles Simonyi and his company Intentional Software are here and here

Monday, July 12, 2004

A hard disk car audio player. Uses Linux, allows for upto 36 GB of internal storage and also has voice recognition for hands free access of all audio functions.

These Elecom iPod slim speakers are the sexiest speakers i have seen till date.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Google: The Missing Manual. Saw this book when browsing through Amazon! The book has got quite a number of good reviews!

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Business Ethics magazine has come up with the list of 100 best corporate citizens of 2004. Find the list here. TI has the 40th place in the list.

Friday, July 09, 2004

NYTimes has an interesting article on how MSN search is getting more and more similar to Google in its look and feel.

An Operating System Bibliography. Has a huge list of conference proceedings and books.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Microsoft search - Technology Preview

Saturday, July 03, 2004

We got our new RFID badges today!

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Sony unveils HDD Walkman. Looks really cool. I certainly like it more than the iPod.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Is Orkut based on stolen code?

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

21 Rules of Thumb – How Microsoft develops its Software.

Hacker Bibliography

The Unix-Haters Handbook. It even has an Anti-Forward by Dennis Ritchie. The book is available for free download.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Apple - Mac OS X - Tiger Preview. Steve Jobs has promised that this version will have more than what Longhorn promises to do. Searching seems to be the center of every one's universe now, and Apple doesn't want to lag behind. But the website isn't clear on whether Apple plans to incorporate a broader set of features as WinFS, or do they will just be content with faster search for the contents of the Mac.
Another thing that's interesting is Apple's move to get a RSS reader into Safari.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

WindRiver : Embedded Turnaround

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Microsoft patents a method to transmit data and power over the human body.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

After having used aterm on my linux box, i would like to find a way to make the command prompt on Microsoft Windows also transparent. Basically my would like my cygwin command shell to look transparent. Even after googling for a while, i couldn't figure out a way to get this done. Its possible to create transperancy for any Windows application, by using the SetLayeredWindowAttributes API call, but this does not seem to work well for the command prompt. Ideas Anyone?

Google Plans to Reveal Some of its Code. Discussion on slashdot

Beyond speakers: Bose turns to potholes

Monday, June 21, 2004

Deep inside the K Desktop Environment 3.2

iPod your BMW. Apple claims this is the first seamless integration of an audio player to an automobile.

"Things my girlfriend and i have argued". Highly interesting.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

I started using Xfce4 as my window manager. Pretty fast and looks cool. Also dumped xterm and moved to the much cooler aterm. I really like the transparent console feature in aterm!

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

C++ const Correctness - A nice article.

Monterey Linux - Linux for TI Processors.

Linux at Wimbledon

Monday, June 14, 2004

World's hottest name in electronics

Zhenjiang, China — On a rare day when a journalist succeeds in penetrating the factory gates of the world's fastest-growing consumer electronics company, even the simplest questions are blanketed with a near-obsessive secrecy.

Setting up a wireless lan at home.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Sony introduced three Linux-based in-car navigation and infotainment devices in Japan today. The NV-XYZ 33, 55, and 77 feature 3D map navigation technology, media players, hard drives, GPS, and PC connectivity. And they are based on a Linux 2.4-series kernel.

Google Blogoscoped - Another Google blog!

A Contest to Outwit Google

How AirTunes Works. Its very interesting to note the music streaming is done not using MP3, AAC or any other popular streaming format, but using Apple's own lossless compression scheme.

Riemann hypothesis proved?. A mathematician at Purdue University has claimed that he has the proof for the hypothesis which has remained an unsolvable math problem since 1859.

IBM Shrinks Desktop PC.

IBM has announced a desktop system that is 35 percent smaller than its predecessor with a footprint that takes up less space than some of its laptop machines.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Linux users can steal more bandwidth at wi-fi hotspots just by changing a line of code in the kernel. Advantage of open source?

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Microsoft has patented a method to dynamically generate a to-do list from "TODO:" comments in source code. Link to the patent at the USPTO. Doesn't look like this is the first time anyone is doing it. Yet they happen to be the first one to file a patent on it!

The Real World of Software Testing - A software testing blog!

Monday, June 07, 2004

How can you tell if a company is a great place to work?

Declaring Email bankruptcy.

Blog as a new medium of advertising. Gawker Media, a small company which operates weblogs, has started doing paid blog entries for Nike. Another innovative business strategy?

Friday, June 04, 2004

Qonos Scientific PDA. This new device, which is planned for 4th quarter 2004, is a hybrid between a PDA and a scientific calculator. Looks cool!

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Haskell - a functional programming language. What is functional programming and why it matters?

Thursday, May 27, 2004

A Quick Survey of Open Source Licences.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Mandrakelinux 10.0 ISO images now available for download!

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Programming Contest Problems Archive. Lots of programming problems from a wide range of contests.

UC Berkeley has a set of 3 online books titled Computer Science Logo Style. All three seem interesting books.
Volume 1 : Symbolic Computing
Volume 2 : Advanced Techniques
Volume 3 : Beyond Programming

6 Resume Mistakes to Beware Of

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Analysis of google's IPO and their future growth strategy. The analysis centers around the fact that Google's current business model is a risky business proposition as far as future growth prospects are concerned.

Andrew Tanenbaum's reply to the "Who wrote Linux?" study by Alexis de Tocqueville Institution that criticises Linus Torvalds for not giving credit to the sources where Linux was started from.

NDTV has a long list of restaurant reviews for Bangalore.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

The Prophet - by Kahlil Gibran

Hands-on Guide to the Debian GNU Operating System - A really nice guide!

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Installing colinux. Pretty straight forward to install, with no major hiccups. I haven't been able to set up my internet connection though.

Monday, May 17, 2004

The Fuss About Gmail and Privacy : Nine Reasons Why It's Bogus

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Some good linux kernel articles from the top hackers!

Friday, May 14, 2004

Cilk is a C-extended language for multithreaded programming.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Now google has an official blog

Linus vs. Tanenbaum. The legendary debate between Linus and Tanenbaum on the merits and demerits of monolithic kernels versus microkernel kernels.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Microsoft's WTL Off to Open Source. The Windows Template Library allows the creation of quick GUI apps in C++. Microsoft has posted the library and source code in SourceForge.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Sharp V602SH & Sharp V402SH, two new mobile phones for the Japan market, and one of them includes a dog bark translator as well :-)

Monday, May 10, 2004

An interview with Craif Silverstein, Google's Technology director and employee number one

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Thursday, May 06, 2004

PigeonRank, the technology behind Google's search. :-)

Google Opens Indian Research And Development Facility

Monday, May 03, 2004

Sasser -b, the first virus to have affected my office PC. Iam safe at my home pc though, as it runs linux.

Friday, April 30, 2004

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Google sets a $2.7B IPO. Will this really trigger off another dot-com IPO craze, as most analysts have ben predicting?

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

How Do You 'Vet' an Employer? - A nice discussion on what to look for in your prospective employer.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Hackers: Under the hood - Five real-life hackers

Friday, April 23, 2004

Got my gmail account. Impressed at first glance. Need to see how well their spam detection is.

A Car Stereo That Can Kill You? Cool.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Fontifier - You can create your own handwriting as a font!

Indian economy drifting towards crisis - A nice article by Prem Shankar Jha

Monday, April 12, 2004

Sunday, April 11, 2004

The Tamil Calendar

World's Most Expensive Hotels

Design Principles

In June 1999, Tim Peters channeled Guido and listed 19 guiding principles
for Python's design in a comp.lang.python posting. The principles shouldn't
be taken too seriously, as they're not hard-and-fast constraints and for
each rule you can probably list instances where it's been broken. Still, no
one has had much disagreement with this list of design criteria:

Beautiful is better than ugly.
Explicit is better than implicit.
Simple is better than complex.
Complex is better than complicated.
Flat is better than nested.
Sparse is better than dense.
Readability counts.
Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules.
Although practicality beats purity.
Errors should never pass silently.
Unless explicitly silenced.
In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.
There should be one -- and preferably only one -- obvious way to do it.
Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch.
Now is better than never.
Although never is often better than right now.
If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea.
If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea.
Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

You can download the Cog television ad here. This ad for the Honda Accord Euro is acclaimed as the best car ad in recent years.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

A nice quote. "Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people"

Stanford ready to give Einstein big exam - Satellite experiment will test whether General Theory of Relativity is correct

Monday, April 05, 2004

iTunes: How Copyright, Contract, and Technology Shape the Business of Digital Media. A Harvard research paper

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Friday, April 02, 2004

A Nation Congress' reply to India Shining

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Monday, March 29, 2004

Thursday, March 25, 2004

TomTom. A standalone car navigation appliance.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Near-Field Wireless Tech : Next New Thing?

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Camel Critiques. The best and the worst Perl books.

Monday, March 08, 2004

E Ink - Electronic Ink Displays

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Gerrymandering is the deliberate manipulation of political borders (in many countries, specifically the 'electoral district/constituency boundaries') for short-term electoral advantage, usually of incumbents. The word gerrymander serves both as a verb meaning to perpetrate the abuse and as a noun describing the resulting electoral geography.

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Gates predicts death of the password. Microsoft has teamed up with RSA for developing a strong authentication system for Windows

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Great Books on computing. A very good list of the classic computer books.

Monday, February 23, 2004

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Friday, February 20, 2004

The name 'Splunge' is a commentary on clever project names. The name comes from a Monty Python sketch. The scene is a business meeting, where executives are queried for their opinion of a business proposal by the CEO, and then summarily fired for giving the wrong answer—which soon becomes clear is unavoidable. Finally, one of the last remaining executives, in a panic, simply spouts 'Splunge.' Splunge is hastily defined as 'something that could be a good idea, but not necessarily, unless of course it's not, in which it isn't, but otherwise may be, but also may not be, depending on whether or not it is.' This is (of course) the only opinion that is acceptable by the CEO. All the other executives scramble to change their answers to 'Splunge.'(source)

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Monday, February 16, 2004

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Friday, February 13, 2004

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

How to manage smart people

Don't Hurry, Be happy

Muse Log, a blog which talks about a lot of things that interest me.

Monday, February 02, 2004

Ockham's Razor, or in Modern english, "Keep it simple, stupid"

Thomas G. Stockham Jr., 70, Father of Digital Audio Recording, Dies

Debugging with strace

Why Run Free Software on a PDA?

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Ailing Spirit may be juggling too much data. Looks like the software on Spirit opens files, but never closes them?

With Friends Like These, Linux Doesn't Need Enemies. A good article on the MyDoom Worm.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Google's Orkut goes offline. Might open again shortly after some improvements.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Google spawns Orkut, a social networking service. But it doesn't look like its easy to join. You need to someone who is already a member of Orkut to invite you. And i dont have any! ;-(

eXtreme programming(XP) deconstructed. The article tries to see if XP is a valid option for the embedded world.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Saturday, January 17, 2004

Friday, January 16, 2004

How to handle a GPL Violation? - A Discussion at Slashdot.

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Alpine debuts Car Audio Head units that allow integration with iPod. Read it here

Monday, January 12, 2004

Vying for that extra space on your desktop. Search companies are trying to leave behind the browser, and provide search capabilities using toolbars. An example is the Google deskbar

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Thursday, January 08, 2004

The New Leadership - Sober, Spirited, and Spiritual

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Thursday, January 01, 2004

An interview with Amar Bose: the sultan of sound