Category Archive for 'General'

Finding ‘Lost’ Content in a Basecamp Post or Comment

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

Basecamp is increasingly being used by a lot of people and many, many people use it for managing web-based projects as well. Unfortunately, Basecamp does not escape “<” or “>” and anything that looks like a HTML tag gets interpreted by the browser as one. I consider this a fatal flaw in the software since […]

Counterfeit Banknote

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Today I got a call from one of the banks where I had deposited money that a Rs. 1,000 banknote was counterfeit and that I should come over. The note was impounded and I was simply issued a receipt that the note was a fake. I went to the bank that had issued me the […]

Ways of the Traffic Police

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

While ‘obedient’ women drivers are given gift hampers in Chandigarh, traffic rules violaters get Tulsi plants in Surat.

Another Milestone In Cancer Treatment

Friday, December 9th, 2005

A milestone has been reached in cancer research. We now know how secondary tumours form (slightly better report at BBC). Instead of a cell just breaking off from a tumor and traveling through the bloodstream to another organ where it forms a secondary tumour, or metastasis, researchers in the United States have shown that the […]

War On Procrastination

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Ain’t it outta this world that within a few hours of me declaring a personal war on procrastination (one of the biggest evils in me), I find that 43 Folders has a post about it? Go read it; it makes sense sense too.

Global War(m/n)ing

Monday, August 15th, 2005

Head over to the Global Warming: Early Warning Signs to read up on how terribly we are screwing up our planet. A look at the signs in India on the Asia page made me wonder if I’ll see a glacier-less himalayan range within my lifetime. Update: I came across a report in New Scientist about […]

My Boss Has Brains

Friday, June 17th, 2005

Seriously. One article in Businessweek led to a discussion about retaining talent (hey, we’re a normal company; even we have people walking out). So, he wrote in an email that makes a whole lotta sense to me as a manager. If you’re working in a senior position in any organisation, you will have members of […]

Steve Jobs Speech

Friday, June 17th, 2005

So I found myself reading the transcript of Steve Jobs’ Commencement address at Stanford University on June 12, 2005. It runs into about 4 pages (yes I printed it) and through personal example, Steve set forth, or rather paraphrased in his unique manner, a few very interesting and useful ideas for anybody who’s starting out […]

Rule #7

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

I so much identify with these unspoken rules of graphic design I caught at AdLand From among these all, the one that really stands out for the message is #7. #7. Speed. Quality. Affordability. Pick any two. As part of the list, it is probably getting understated but this is actually a very profound […]

Online Print Newspapers

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

PressDisplay is an interesting concept. They have about 200 print newspapers on their site ready to be read, every single day. Each newspaper is scanned and made available with full zoom & scroll abilities ala Google Maps. Among other features: Magnifying lens Bookmarks Full text search Archival access Requires free registration to read inside pages […]

Self Replicating Robots!

Thursday, May 12th, 2005

Self Replicating Robots Are Here! OMG! Run! Hide! Stock up stuff. They will take over the world! All those movies about robots taking over Earth are coming true! Nobody is safe! Nowhere is safe! It’s the beginning of the end! OMG! OMG!!!! 😉 Interesting article though.

Expectations & Managing Them

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

What do you do when expectations of what is expected of you at work reach a point where going even further out of the way to accommodate them is not possible? Is it a good idea to put down your foot the first time you have to go out of the way to fulfil something, […]

Monkey Business

Sunday, March 20th, 2005

I had an amazing experience a few minutes ago. I walk out of the office to go downstairs and what do I see? Three monkeys just outside the glass in the lobby sleeping in a hugging position. I rushed back in, got my phone and shot a small video and 4 pics. You have to […]

Return to 0.5k(b) SPAM

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

So today I return to my blog and find 512 comments. These had accumulated in the last few days of my blogabsence. All SPAM. All deleted. Can’t help but notice the coincidence of the number. For most part, I found it amusing (though the sheer amount of clicking required to get rid of all the […]

LEGO Grandfather Clock

Friday, December 10th, 2004

Man! This guy has serious time on his hands. He’s completed a seven feet high grandfather clock made entirely out of Lego blocks. 100% mechanical too. The clock keeps accurate time, runs for 13+ hours before a weight reset is necessary, and all gears and such are 100% LEGO elements. Lots of photos with closeups […]

Tata Ferrari … Ferrari Tata!

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Ferrari‘s pit in the 2005 F-1 season will have a few familiar faces. Familiar because they’ll be Indian. BBC reports that TATA has signed a deal with Ferrari to not only provide information technology services (through TCS) but also engineering services for the car itself! It this cool or what!?

Yale Plays A Prank On Harward

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

This is funny. Watch the video. Precious.

Disabling Comments

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

I’m getting way too many comment spams at the moment and am disabling the comments since I really don’t have the time to look into this. Probably on this Sunday or maybe next…

Coke Instead Of Pesticides

Monday, November 8th, 2004

Yes, it’s true according to The Guardian‘s this report. Instead of paying hefty fees to international chemical companies for patented pesticides, they are reportedly spraying their cotton and chilli fields with Coca-Cola. What is funny is towards the end of the report, at least one uncorroborated use of New Coke and some other proven uses […]

Focus on Solutions

Monday, November 1st, 2004

Learn to focus on solutions not on problems – An anecdote.