Wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year 2005.
Friday, December 31, 2004
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.
Posted by Krishna at 1:12 AM
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,
Posted by Krishna at 6:39 AM
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?
Posted by Krishna at 6:53 PM
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Snapped the Thiruvalluvar statue at Kanyakumari when i had been there a few months back.
Posted by Krishna at 9:37 AM
‘‘... 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'
Posted by Krishna at 7:11 AM
Monday, December 13, 2004
Sunday, December 12, 2004
Saturday, December 11, 2004
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?
Posted by Krishna at 12:08 PM
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.
Posted by Krishna at 6:24 AM
Friday, December 10, 2004
Laptop Usage Can Lead to Low Sperm Count and Infertility. Now, thats scary!
Posted by Krishna at 11:35 AM
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Monday, December 06, 2004
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!
Posted by Krishna at 5:19 AM
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Saturday, December 04, 2004
Singapore airlines to offer high speed internet on board its long haul flights. Pricing is not cheap though!
Posted by Krishna at 9:47 PM