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 allyoucanread.com (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!

LinuxDevices.com 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)