Thursday, June 30, 2005

Cleaning a laptop screen

I have been looking around for the best way to clean my laptop screen. [i would like to get it to the way it was when i bought it! :)]. Using normal cloth or cotton leaves wipe marks on the screen. All i could find was this article on Any other practical ideas?

Update: Did some more googling and here is what i found. Jeremey has already blogged about this way back in 2003, and some of the comments over there are pretty good. Some comments are pretty hilarious too. There is some info over at cnet as well. Seems like the best method is to use the 3M Scotch Brite Cleaning Cloth for Electronics.

Monday, June 27, 2005

IEEE Bangalore Section Frontier Lecture Series 3-2005

Title: Model-Based Design and Testing - Perspectives for Automotive Embedded Systems Design
Speaker: Dr.Wolfgang Mueller, C-LAB, Paderborn University,Germany
Venue: Golden Jubilee Hall, ECE Dept, IISc

Date and Time: Thursday 30 June 2005 at 04.00 PM (coffee at >3.45 PM)

ALL ARE WELCOME (including non-IEEE members). There is NO registration Fee.

Abstract: Embedded software in automotive systems has reached a considerable complexity requiring new methods, languages, and tools. The presentation first reviews the current status of the Matlab/Simulink-based design flow for automotive software and tools for Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation.Thereafter, we give a brief overview of the AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System Architecture) initiative for a standard infrastructure and components as well as the IMMOS (Integrated Methodology for Model Based Development) Project for model based design and testing. In the context of the latter, we focus on an overview of the Classification Tree Method for Embedded Systems and corresponding tools from dSPACE and Razorcat.

Biography: Wolfgang Mueller received his diploma and doctoral degree from Paderborn University in 1989 and 1997, respectively. He is currently heading the group of Advanced Design Technologies at C-LAB, a joint R&D Institute of Siemens and Paderborn University.His current interests and activities focus on methodology,tools, and languages for the design of Embedded Systems and Systems-on-Chip. He published over 100 articles and most recently edited two books on SystemC and UML for SoC design. He is member of the DATE executive committee since its foundation in 1998 and cofounder of the UML-SoC workshop of the Design Automation Conference.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Eliminating Blind Spots!

Nissan is currently developing a system that will eliminate blind spots from around the vehicle with a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding area displayed on a central monitor. Pretty Cool, but you will have to wait till 2008 for a car to be fitted with this!

Friday, June 24, 2005

The CMMI Song

In case you have not yet heard the CMMI song(yeah, the SEI one), you can get it here. Lyrics also is available! :)

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Links for 23-June-2005

Tuesday, June 21, 2005


Level 5 Networks has announced EtherFabric™, which it claims to be Ethernet compatible, while allowing communication at a much higher speed. Performance numbers are here

The Ethernet currently in use was never designed for today’s high-performance environments, and as a result, the interconnects between systems have become one of the most significant limiters of overall data center performance, causing bottlenecks throughout. Other newly proposed networking technologies, such as iWarp and InfiniBand, lack compatibility with the existing network infrastructure, making them too disruptive and costly to implement. Unlike those solutions, the EtherFabric high-speed server interconnect products from Level 5 Networks maintain software and hardware compatibility with the existing environment while reducing the number of servers required by up to 50 percent.

Sunday, June 19, 2005


Watched Anniyan at Innovative Multiplex yesterday. Kudos to Shankar and Vikram for an excellent movie. Iam not going to spoil the fun those who haven't seen the movie, but here is the positives and negatives of the movie, so you can decide whether to watch or not.

+ Vikram's acting. Especially the climax!
+ Camera work dring fights/action sequences (Though a lot of it reminds of Matrix)
+ Vivek's Comedy (First half of the movie rocks!)
+ Art Direction

- Sadha.
- Script (Has too many logical flaws)

A must watch movie.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Is Code Talking the key to great Software?

A very nice article on software team dynamics.

Products can be shipped with good or bad communication, but the job is far easier and more exciting with a group of programmers that talk code. Whether it’s over cube walls, at the water cooler or to-and-from Starbucks – it plays into code that’s far better than one great programmer could create by himself/herself.

Code-Talking happens between developers and cannot be mandated by management. However, code-talking almost never happens in formal meeting environments. Code-Talking happens when no one is worried that sharing their code and ideas will be used against them in any way. Most importantly, code-talking only happens when developers value each others' opinions and experiences in an open environment.

Beyond the communication benefits, code-talking is one thing that can trigger passion in developers. I’ve found that many computer science Phds are natural code-talkers and contribute immensely to team communications – they tend to be highly motivated and view software development as the greatest job in the world.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

BMTC Route information System!

Nice site which gives BMTC bus information by Destination and by Route Number.

Update: Fixed the link to reflect the new page.

Today's Links!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Sunday, June 12, 2005

In the Hindu!

Ramya's column on Bloggers in yesterday's Hindu Sunday Magazine has my photo on it. :) Iam the one standing second from left in the first row.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Vacation time!

No blog updates as iam on vacation from tomorrow till the weekend.

Meanwhile, you can read Emily's account on dating an Apple Developer. :)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Book Tagging!

Prabhu tagged everyone reading his book tag post, so here goes my list. Disclaimer : More than 90% of my books are technical, and I read fiction only occasionally.

Total number of books I own:

Last Book I Bought:
Linux Kernel Development

Last Book I read:
Angels and Demons

Five Books That Mean a Lot to Me:
Alchemist - My most fav book!
Programming Pearls
Freedom at Midnight
The Art of Computer Programming - Knuth
The C Programming language - K&R

I am tagging:
Anyone reading this.

Sound Buzz

You can buy Indian film music online now. The store offers music in Windows Media Audio (.wma) files. Quoting from the site -

Soundbuzz is a digital music service provider and the only provider with a regional focus on the Asia-Pacific markets. Soundbuzz is a 'one-stop-shop' for the digital music media offering technology, creative, editorial and legal services to facilitate digital music commerce. Soundbuzz works with the world's leading digital rights management (DRM) technologies endorsed by the record labels that allows it to distribute its music safely and securely:
Soundbuzz works primarily with Microsoft Windows Media Rights Manager, the end-to-end digital rights management (DRM) system that offers content providers and retailers a flexible platform for the secure distribution of digital media files.
Individual songs cost as little as Rs 12

Monday, June 06, 2005

Athu Oru Kanaa Kaalam

Listening to songs from Athu Oru Kanaa Kaalam. Except "Kili Thattu", all other songs suck! What has happened to good old Ilayaraja?

Bangalore One

Government of Karnataka's one stop website for all services. You can pay bills, contact people in power, download government related forms, check train schedules and much much more. Nice set of links. (Thanks Pramod for the link)

Friday, June 03, 2005

No more "My"!

Ending a longstanding tradition, Microsoft Corp. plans to stop using the word "my" as the default prefix for such folders as "My Documents," "My Music," "My Pictures" and others along those lines. Starting in the next Windows version, due out next year, folders will be known simply as "Documents," "Music," and so on.
Good Riddance! I hated the "My" in those folder names so much, that i never ever used them! (Link)