Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Trying to understand tax charges on Credit Card statement

I'm one of many paying credit card bills without verifying every bit of the details. I do look at overall charges and if it's in range of actual usage I go ahead with the payment. In the process of getting things organized started using a financial application. This is where problem started, there were minor charges for every transaction I made using PayPal and I'm unable to figure out how those charges are calculated.

For example, made a payment of Rs.543.08 through PayPal. Over the next few days there were three more charges

  • EDU CESS - Rs 0.05

  • SERVICE TAX - Rs 1.90

  • FCY CONVERSION FEE - Rs. 19.01

And all these transaction had text 'MARKUP FEE' in their description. No idea what it meant. Last charge may be for forex conversion from USD to INR, but still not clear if PayPal charged or it was Visa or my bank.

Searching all over the web to solve this. Wish bank statement was much clear on why these charges were incurred. Help much appreciated.

Update: Got reply from my bank customer support. Will update later today.

1. For currency conversion my bank charges 3.5%

2. Charges + conversion fee are charged service tax as usual

3. Monthly credit bill is much clear than the unfilled transaction listed in netbanking.

To find out Visa forex rates check here. The page has an field to enter bank fee. I find 3.5% to be unreasonable though. Not sure how much other bank charges.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sharing Embarrassments

Yet another post from me hating Facebook.

Looking at what I share and what my friends share, I could conclude one thing - everyone is having a happy life!! How true is that? Life isn't a bed of roses with no thorns. Am I missing something? We all love to share the good things happening in our life. How about the bad ones?

  • We are ashamed about what happened and don't want others to know. Facebook is a condensed good side of ours life.
  • Not all Facebook 'friends' aren't friends. Sharing the rough experience with selected few.
  • God is real. All are happy. First part is unlikely though.

How do you guys handle this? Call the trusted friends in trouble or update the status in Facebook asking for help?

 

 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Do we really need Instapaper?

Of late discovered few services which bookmark sites for later reading. Instapaper looks to be the most used. Thanks to the coverage of tech blogs, I did try out Instapaper. It does works as described. But do we really need it?

All of us comes across a link - interesting but bit lengthier or a video which we want to read it later may be once we get home. How do we manage it? This is where these services come in. Instapaper saves these 'bookmarks' in its server which we can access through their site or nice iPhone apps.

Don't we already have an easy way to do this? Bookmarks sync. Almost all browser support bookmark sync. Firefox, Chrome & Safari does support sync. For me it's MobileMe sync. All I do is have a bookmark folder to hold on these bookmarks.

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Is there any other advantage with 'save for later' services?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Moved to WordPress

Over weekend moved my blog to Wordpress from Posterous. This isn't the first time I've moved the blog, started with Blogger followed by an short stay with Tumblr and briefly with Posterous for an while and now with Wordpress.

All these services are good in their way and also have their down side. Tumblr isn't really blogging platform at all, it's more of Twitter+. Few may find Tumblr simplicity appealing. Blogger is good but not flexible other than good integration with adsense. Posterous is definitely better than Blogger, simple and works. Posterous is free as blogger but not sure what is their revenue model. May be premium themes like Tumblr. Blogger is all free as long Google can control content.

Wordpress on the other side of these free services. And comes at an cost but provides an full blogging feature. As long paying extra money isn't an problem Wordpress is the way to go. Custom domain mapping costs $12 which is free with Blogger/Posterous.

Overall I'm happy with the move to Wordpress. wp-admin is great. However importing blog from posterous had few issues though. I'll share it on my next post. Meanwhile I play with Wordpress themes.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Back to Ubuntu

As many would have noticed most of my recent tweets are related to MAC and not much about Ubuntu anymore. Yes, I did move to MAC as my primary OS. It's well integrated and works most cases which I felt missing in Ubuntu. That didn't abandon me from Ubuntu, watching all latest development in Ubuntu world. Now Ubuntu 10.10 is out, it's time to experiment.

Still remember the first time I had to install Linux on my desktop. RedHat was all Linux at that time, didn't knew much about partitions and ended up formatting whole partition. Since then become advanced installing Linux, recovering Linux and so. This time it was different, had to install Ubuntu on MacBook. From previous experience took cautionary precautions - backed up all my data, read documentation & forums and got prepared. Thought of having to re-install and recover data was still running back of mind.

Ubuntu installer has got elegant & beautiful. Beats both Windows & Mac. Only glitch is the top gnome panel. Installation went smooth, I could boot into both Ubuntu and Mac.

What has changed from last time I used Ubuntu? Shotwell is default photo management app, no difference for me as I was using it before. More or less looks the same and bit faster. Speed may be due to ext4 and new i5 processor. Most things worked without any tweaking. That was great.

But the negatives remains as is. My main concern is desktop space management in Ubuntu and all Linux distress. Im Mac/Windows 1440x990 is enough to have browser, chat client to be opened and not fill the desktop. In Ubuntu 1440X900 looks not even sufficient for browser. Is it window management or gnome shell itself?

Applications remains the same, doesn't look sleek at all. Rhythmbox/Banshee works but no where near iTunes. iTunes may be bloated but works fine. Shotwell is huge improvement over F-Spot but no way closer to iPhoto or Picasa. And for some reasons fonts in firefof looks crappy. Evolution mail client hanged connecting to exchange account and sucks.

Ubuntu should work well in Enterprise world. Java works well and does Eclipse. Ubuntu might work well in developer machines than for home machines.

Been 8 years I started using Linux from Mandrake, RedHat, Fedora, Yoper, Debain and to Ubuntu drawbacks had remained the same,

  1. Lack of apps that looks well and works. UI may be limited by gnome capability.
  2. No matter how higher my screen resolution is, Linux makes it looks small. Opening one application will fill up the screen.
  3. Hardware drivers - Linux on laptop has always been problematic especially video drivers. Worst performance.

For now Meerkat lives along side Snow Leopard. But not as primary OS. Haven't tried Unity desktop UI and Gnome 3. Look forward to 11.04.

 

 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

For ever…

Looking at the title don't assume the post is going to be about LOVE. It's about software licenses. The only registered most of us buy is Windows, of course it's forced on us by the manufacturers. How about application that we use everyday? Like photoshop, office and so for which license has to be bought. There are always free alternatives and even open source apps which works flawlessly. All of this paid app has to be upgraded whenever an new version comes up which sucks. And if developer decides to update to an higher version too often I end up using an old incompatible piece of garbage.

I do love using open source app only if it works the way I wanted it to. There are apps that works but doesn't handle everything in an nice way and had to tinker it. The middle way is to find an app that we had to buy only once and keep upgrade use it for ever. However there are only two apps which provides such licence.

WinRar

Surprisingly WinRar licence is valid for life. And it's the only archive app I ever had to use on windows. Even the trial version keeps working for ever but pops up an window evertime opened. Worth paying for an window user.

Echofon

In an quest of finding an nice twitter client for MAC, I ended up using Echofon. It can sync unread tweets across devices, really useful feature which no other client offer. Free version works great but disaply ads for the developers to make money. Ads can be removed by purchaisng an licence which like Winrar works for ever. For MAC/iPhone users Echofon very well could be the ultimate twitter client. Did I mention it also works as an firefox extension?

Would be nice to know about other apps offering life long licenses.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Android apps for India

Mobile app store has created a lot of fun and money. Are there any useful mobile apps for India? Searching android app store returned some pretty interesting apps. Here is my top 5.

 

India Clock Widget

Android without an widget? No way. Decent looking clock widgets. Nothing spectacular but will impress non-Indinas for sure.

Cricket India News

Mobile browsers suck. Here is an app to say up to date on Cricket news.

NDTV News

No official NDTV app for Android yet though there is an iPad app. Unofficial app does the job for android.

Indian Fairy tales

Haven't used this app yet but find it interesting. Hope they add more stories.

Matrimonial Alerts

This one is interesting. Can attract some audience for sure. Haven't tried this as well but applaud the idea.

 

Though I don't use most of the above app frequently, one app I use is Goundamani Sound Board. Nice collection of ringtone but remember to put you phone in silent mode if going for an meeting. Ringtones are funny though.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Apple fans care a lot about Android

Look at how many comments an Android story attracts in /r/apple

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May be Android users ignore the story and live in self denial.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Why HTC Magic will be my last Android smartphone?

Impressed by the cute ads Motorola, HTC & Sony plays for their android devices? Looking to buy an Android smartphone? Keep reading.

First smartphone I ever used is iPhone 2G. It works great. Apps, syncs with iTunes, Outlook. All is fine till I lose it on Chennai MRTC.

Next adventure is with HTC Magic. Runs Android 1.5 when I bought, not as polished as iPhone 2G was, doesn't sync with iTunes (doubletwist can sync) or Outlook. Still it works well as long Google is all you use. Got some real great apps, syncs with GMail, Google calendar & Contacts.

Doesn't the two look even? It does when you buy the device.

After an year Android 2.2 is out and guess what HTC doesn't provide update for HTC Magic anymore. I was stuck with Android 1.6. Good for me I rooted my device and thanks to cyanogen I flashed Android 2.2. But I lose out warranty and official support. With lot many Android device coming out it's all messed up. Downloading Android and installing it on phone is not like what we do with Windows. Every android device seems to be running their own version of Android.

Now iPhone 2G if I still had with me, would had received constant update from Apple.

Buying Android from anyone other than Google, be prepared to be left out without updates after an year. Sadly Google no longer sells nexus one. Android has become more like old Nokia phone where the phone runs the same dull OS till it dies.

No android phones if there are no future updates. I don't want to have an brick after an year.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Facebook sharing screwed?

Has FaceBook's privacy setting screwed sharing and comments?

One common annoyance, let's say person A uploads an photo, person B comments on it. Person B is friend of mine and I can view all photos in that album but can't comment on it. Is this not insane? If I can view the photo, should I be not able to comment on it. How will person A knew I had viewed his photo album because person B liked/commented on it!!

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I had to thank you all guys for bringing in your friends photos/links/videos for an great fun & time pass.

Another annoyance, can't like or share links/videos my friends(via his friend) has liked. I could re-share but doesn't it break the chain?

How do you guys feel about it? FaceBook got stuck between privacy and being social at same time!?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Local small businesses doomed? If not today.. then tomorrow

The only way we all know to invest our money is to buy stocks of reputed company or buy an mutual fund. Where do these investment go? Even if it's an mutual fund if goes to some publicly funded & privately funded companies. Considering the loans given by banks to small businesses, the growth the local departmental stores is going to be pretty much small. There is no way small privately owned stores survive against the super market. Near by tea shops, groceries are no way compete against big companies against the prices the big stores offer or the promotions.

Sodexho pass, lot of us in IT industry use this to buy groceries or for lunch. This is simply going to benefit the bigger & well established stores to survive. And us only investing on stock market will lead either small stores or companies being acquired or close out.

I like my money grow itself investing in stocks or mutual fund but is it good as a whole? I think NO.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The CROWD pressure

As dust settled down on Earth bacteria came out of something, few evolved to be monkey eating fruits & vegetables. Those are days where monkeys don't eat coconuts. One monkey out of tens may be hundred decided to try coconut. Assuming it's not something traditional and different what rest of population does, coconut eating monkey is the ONE like Neo. How would other monkeys treat it?

Similar to an classroom with low head count, say 10 students when one of student has an funky hair style. Rest of students may laugh or make fun but due to less head count they keep mingling and difference doesn't weight high.

Yup, now few monkeys can eat coconuts. No problem. When monkey population grows exponentially and if still few monkeys were only eating coconuts difference becomes huge.

20 more students join the class. Now the student with funky hair style is going to be made fun of and looked & treated differently.

Crowd pressure make everything looks the same and suppress innovation. In an world with strong preferences are we stuck in the cycle of natural evolution? To make an tasty curry, monkey needs coconut. Unless all monkeys realize to accept new and alternate ideas and views they are stuck. Did I mean being silent is suppressive as well? Yes, I do.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Music Listening Pattern

Experimenting with software has always been fun. One such exploration, started scrobbling my music listening to Last.fm. The good thing is scrobblers are passive, runs in background no need to care about.

After couple of years of scrobbling, I have listened to at least 18000 songs, not unique though. It's fun looking into what kind of songs  I have been listening and how.

No surprise, melodious songs are all on top of the list. And few songs which not many liked were on top as well. Last.fm can show weekly, monthly charts and can list based on time. Listening pattern is interesting though. Looks I have been hearing songs in burst i.e. once I start to like an song I keep listening to it crazily before flattening and adding it to an playlist. I suppose everyone does the same more or less?!

Another good thing, I can create dynamic playlist based on play count instead of ratings. Syncing iTunes & lsat.fm play count is easy. If you happened to use any other mp3 player, you are on your own to write some scripts.... it's all xml.

Check out my Last.fm profile. Share your's as well.

 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Heaven… is it the Future?

Heaven is visualized as a place we goto after death if we happen to do good stuff on Earth.

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That's what most of us where told. Based on that heaven becomes an place existing in Universe hidden from us. How correct this can be? Have we mis-interpreted the concept of heaven?

Someone can go to heaven only if they good - this can mean if all are moral future can be bright. Heaven after being dead - need not mean after-life but may refer to future generation.

Do good.. be moral.. to make earth an heaven... for better future!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Trust…

How do I or we accept friends request on social network?
1. Anyone we knew has already accepted the person?
2. Does profile photo look familiar?
3. Does personal information looks acceptable?
4. Is the person the one WE really knew?

In most cases I had to go with pt #1! If one person in friends list is fool makes me fool as well!. Is twitter or buss way of public profile simpler than FaceBook or Orkut?

Twitter gives feeling of secure rather than safety, when compared to FaceBook. Whatever goes online remains online.
Personally I happy to follow more people or have more followers in Twitter/Buzz than in FaceBook/Orkut mainly because  share stuff which I'm happy o share thoughts I'm open to.
And people/friends on Twitter are more open than on FaceBook/Orkut.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Being Social…

Having used all major social networks Orkut, Facebook, Twitter and now Buzz, are these really useful?

Orkut
Does what it's meant for. Not too much of sharing. Privacy level is great. Days where anyone's scraps can be viewed is gone. It's not actively developed or it has reached an point there aren't room for sharing. Google prefers twitter way of doing things, being public.

FaceBook
Has better UI than Orkut. As it turns around, FB want's to be God of all social stuff, which brings down the comfort level. And too much of sharing. Looking at the default news feed, it's all spam i.e. basically stuff I'm not interested in. Especially crapville games were annoying. Overall it has got big, there can only be downfall.

Twitter
Doesn't care about our personal information. All the links and thought we share matters. Simple. Real social network of all. It's not about friends but about interest.

Worst of All
Applications that link these so called networks. Specially hate apps that tweet in FB/Buzz. And hate sharing news in these networks. Better use Google reader.

My Pick
Twitter to be social. Orkut/Google to share with friends & relatives.

To address if these networks are useful or not, Gmail & Picasa gets the job done at the moment. For all public stuff Twitter is the best.

Friday, May 21, 2010

An week with MAC

I'm an MAC, I don't have BSOD!! Can MacBook pro be better than Windows/Linux pre-loaded ones? Lets see.

MacBook pro is my second Apple product after the iPhone 2G. iPhone had always been great though restrictive. Still remember how much fun it was to jailbreak and unlock the iPhone. No such fun with MBP. Why not mobiles be in the same way as their big brother.

Having used Windows & Linux before, one thing I expected out of Apple was better software and hardware compatibility. True, laptop works great but laptop froze once on very first day watching an movie and had to do an hard shut down. So, problem exists on all platform. Apple is no exception.

Trackpad & screen where outstanding. The best I had used. Mac OS is great. Installing application was the simplest of all. Keeping software updated is another story more of windows, Linux wins hands down.

Bundled Apple applications works great and is well integrated. As like any platform, 3rd party apps have compatibility issue as well. Tweetie, the popular twitter app for Mac has trouble with new MBP. With tweetie on, MBP runs on nVidia graphics card consuming more power. Hope twitter, new owner of tweetie fixes it at the earliest. Chrome has similar problems, any web page having an flash as will trigger nVidia. Safari & Firefox works great. Settled with Safari as default browser though Chrome is my first choice. Will wait for chrome to fix nVidia graphics trigger.

Ctrl key has been one of most used in Windows/Linux. It's the opposite in Mac, it's all MAC/Command key. There is no home/end button, what the heck? Yet to figure it out. And there is one delete button which works same way as 'backspace' key. Delete button?

Next one is interesting. Closing applications doesn't actually quit the application. It's like firefox runs but without any window. I don't mind this approach.

The bad thing about Mac is about finding free software to use. Most software available for Mac are paid stuff. The best free software I could find include TextWrangler,  Adium,  Cyber duck, Growl & Double Twist.

Overall I'm happy with the Laptop. It works but costs much.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Here comes 2012… Next is 2060

2012.. Mayans had definitely made this year so special. So many documentaries.. people coming up with their own interpretations... religions using it to fit their own agenda.. 3D movie..

Like any other year, 2012 comes and will go by as another year is history. So, what's next? 2060! Looks like Newton is helping out this time. Unknown.. unread Newton's prophecy pops out miraculously out of nowhere and here we have it.

As like any other prophecies, 'past' events where prophecised correctly here as well but were understood only now. Only unfilled prophecy will happen in 2060. How simple? No question asked!
Crap! Anyways it's an good time pass to watch it

http://www.youtube.com/v/voVnP8NcG5M&hl=en_US&fs=1&

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Auto-login for flash based login

To remember login/password for so many websites makes us dependent on browsers to remember login details. There are websites like IBM clear quest or Oracle support pages, for which browser couldn't remeber login details for next log in.

It's annoying to enter information every time. Fortunately found an workaround which worked both the above cases, never log out. So, next time web page remembers the user name but not the password. Some thing is better than nothing.

Is there an better way for auto-login to these sites?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Back to FireFox

Last couple of Chrome beta's & dev channel update for Linux had been so problematic.

1. So many page crashes. On the bright side, browser doesn't crash as the whole.

2. Image corruption on web pages. Scrolling the page mostly fix the corruption but still it's annoying. Every time I visit darkufo blogger page this happens for sure.

3. Backspace not working. This one is real frustrating. There isn't any option like in FireFox to enable it. Not sure if it's an regression bug or change in feature.

4. App tab not working in beta channel. For some reasons it happends every now and then in beta channel but not in dev channel.

With no clear date for an stable Linux version of Chrome, I had to come back to FireFox. Now back with Google toolbar. Miss the speed of Chrome & couple of plugins like quick scroll & Google dictionary. And of course the Chrome crashes. Let's see if Google releases an stable version of Chrome browser before releasing Chrome OS

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Respecting the new way’s of communication

Few like to ring my mobile...
Few like to be ringed back..
Few love dropping by my home...
Few like to drop me a mail...
More like to ping me in Gtalk...
Few like to SMS me...
Few love Orkut scraps...
Few live in FB walls....
Few like spams ..twitter....
More than few like to buzzzz......
I like telepathy!!!!!!!!!

Bottom line, I'm not omni-net-present. No one can be. Deleting account is more pain than not replying..

My pick - Gmail, Gtalk, Buzz & my mobile. Simple I don't want to maintain hell lot of account. Blog is public and so doesn't count.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Will Google & Chrome succeed what SUN & JAVA couldn’t?

First thing every JAVA book praises is it's cross-platform compatibility. True JAVA code can be developed & build and run in any platform JVM supports. The only problem is the user experience of JAVA application varies in Windows to Unix.(excluding web apps) Applications looks & works different in Windows but looks awkward in Linux. The real use of JAVA portability is to develop in windows and deploy on Unix server. There were few JAVA desktop application but performed badly and never drew user attention.

Now to Google, they choose HTML for cross-platform cross-browser applications. Will they succeed or they'll follow the way as JAVA? Google talk plugin doesn't work on all platform, definitely not on Linux yet. So, what's the real purpose of Chrome OS which is based on browser - HTML & JS? An device to access Google services and as an browser? If that's the case why would people buy Chrome net-books instead of iPad?

Chrome browser is definitely better than Firefox or IE but can it do things more than an what an normal browser does? Chrome OS & net-books can be of much useful to non-IT businesses but for the masses it can't be sufficient like iPad.

OS we know hasn't evolved much other than look & feel. We may have to wait to see how OS gets transformed and how we prefer to use. Will we ever accept give full control of our data and what application we use to Google or Apple or MS?

Advantage of Chrome is it's browser & security. Dis-advantage of Chrome OS is also it's browser. I could buy Apple or Ubuntu laptop and can still enjoy the benefits of Chrome.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Questions or Answers?

Questions we ask... Answers we give... which of these express our thoughts more?

Answer might vary depending on the context but it's certainly impossible to ask questions without knowing anything upfront or without any intentions. But, what is asked as question does matters!!

So, to better understand a person is it wise to let them ask questions? On the other hand, by not asking questions we can hide our thoughts!!

Questions matters than the answer itself!?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Easter an pagan festival?

X'mas always celebrated on 25th of December, every year. Nothing surprising, it's an birth date. Understandable. But, Good Friday which is typically an death anniversary. But, strangely it falls on different day of the year. Why?

Quick googling got me here. Looks easter is related to spring equinox. Again why?

Google took me here this time. Easter has more to do with Sun & Moon? Why is it X'mas and Easter date have to be calculated in different ways? Surprisingly Jews celebrate passover on the same day. Something doesn't fit here.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Dream n Bigggggggggg

One question I never had an answer is about ambition!! Every time an new teacher comes to class, this question just piggybacks with the introduction. I always did choose the best 'previous' answer.

After hearing Kalam asking students to dream big... think big... was wondering what would be my ambition if I happen to dream big!!

Initially thought of scientist, this is attractive to say to the world. Thinking of Kalam what did he achieve at the end, he didn't up reviving India or what so ever. He still dreams and has reserved a place in coming school history books.... Good for him nuclear tests went through. So, this is ruled out. One thing I always liked in Kalam's talks is about righteousness. He stress that a lot in his speech. Unfortunately everyone ignores that part for some reason.

Why not be politician? That's crap, I don't want to be a fraud.

IT Pro, wow this is amazing and I already had enough of it.

Entrepreneurship? I'm too lazy for it and it needs my full time. No more 8 hrs a day job.

After thinking a lot, the only ambition/goal/job that suits me is to be God. I need not show up. Need not do the work because there will always be someone who's going to say I did the work. Can get what I want without asking without doing anything. This is real dream job... be an God.

After all these years I'm still uncorrupted. I just need the stupid money to live happily. Not all of them though.

Conclusion I still don't have an 'professional' ambition. As of now, God has got some competition to defend his position.

Monday, February 8, 2010

How are we bound to the Law?

Don't know why I thought of it, but it's an interesting question though. Why should I follow the law?

Simple it's an level playing field to live in the country. OK, but is there an way out of it. If ever I decide I don't want to be part of any country, what are my options? Other than living in an isolated mountains or an island there is nothing else I could think of.

Any ideas?

Friday, February 5, 2010

No Dell Ubuntu Laptops for Canada

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16:21:38 CA SALES Sabiha 1271 Hi
16:21:43 Sunil                Hi
16:21:54 Sunil                I was looking for Dell Ubuntu laptop
16:21:58 CA SALES Sabiha 1271 The only computer with Ubuntu is Mini
16:22:03 Sunil                can find obly Mini10v
16:22:07 Sunil                oops
16:22:17 Sunil                any plans to launch other Ubuntu laptops?
                              CA SALES Sabiha 1271 pushes page, http://www1.ca.dell.com/ca/en/home/Laptops/ct.aspx?
16:22:26 CA SALES Sabiha 1271
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16:22:27 Sunil                I could find one in dell.com
16:22:33 CA SALES Sabiha 1271 We have no update on that yet
16:22:54 Sunil                ok, it means I had to wait n watch
16:23:03 CA SALES Sabiha 1271 yes
16:23:24 Sunil                ok, thnx for d info

Looks the only option Canadians (living in Canada) have to buy an decent Ubuntu laptop is System76.

Should I buy Pangolin Laptop instead on MBP?!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Celebrity’s and privacy…

Something which interests the whole world is to read some private information about actors, sportsman and all other public figures.

Is it fair for content publishers to do so? Is it fair we people to show interest in this?

I would be irresponsible to say 'It's not fair!' and still keep reading about it. For sometime I thought these people deserve privacy and it's not fair to intrude into it. Of late I started thinking otherwise. Reason, they are paid for it. So, it's not fair for an actor or sportsman to ask reporters & people to respect their privacy.

If our cricketers earn crores it's not only for their game (which they don't have much anyway) but also to keep us entertain off the fields as well. Given they earn more on advertising rather playing on ground, it's more or less fair.

Same holds for actors as well. Time has changed, we are in the world where we pay them to keep us interested & entertained rather paying if we are satisfied. By the way movies & music should have return policy like books & electronics..

Any objections?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Import iTunes library with ratings to Rhythmbox

What I'm still troubled using Ubuntu is an nice media player with library support. Rhythmbox lacks features which banshee has. But, I definitely don't want to get stuck with an mono application. Surely hope, rhythmbox gets better over time.

One feature where banshee beats rhythmbox is to import iTunes library. If rhythmbox  had done that, it would had been so better given their UI is inspired from iTunes.

Google lead to me couple of sites & one had an python script which unfortunately didn't work for me. So, I decided to do things on my own and for my good both iTunes & rhythmbox use XML files to save library info. That made my life easier.


One thing XSL doesn't do is file paths. So, replace all windows drive with Linux mount points manually.

On Ubuntu run,
xsltproc iTunes_to_rhythm.xsl "iTunes Music Library.xml" > rhythmdb.xml
to run XSL.

Finally place the file in ~/.local/share/rhythmbox folder and start rhythmbox.

Seems to be working fine for me. Let me know of any issues, will try to fix.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Chances of finding perfect partner are 1 in 285,000 – big job on hands

Chances of finding perfect partner are 1 in 285,000 - Telegraph



thats pretty much zero probability... but still chance is there...

ivalavu choice kodutha epadi kadu pidikurathu!!! big job on hands...

Pat Robertson says Haiti paying for ‘pact to the devil’ – Stupidity of the Day

Pat Robertson says Haiti paying for 'pact to the devil' - CNN.com

Another shame to Christianity. Who cares what he thinks and make it look like as an God's opinion. People like him are shame to any religions. Had he done anything useful for the people suffering in all poor countries. Haiti is another poor country. So, it's better he keeps his mouth shut.

IMO, UK & Europe should be the countries totally destroy for all what they had done to most of Africa & Asia in the name of colonies.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

STARTING: A 20-Year Mini Ice Age? The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere i…

STARTING: A 20-Year Mini Ice Age?

The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere i…: "

STARTING: A 20-Year Mini Ice Age?

The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists.

Their predictions – based on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans – challenge some of the global warming orthodoxy’s most deeply cherished beliefs, such as the claim that the North Pole will be free of ice in summer by 2013.

According to the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado, Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007 – and even the most committed global warming activists do not dispute this.

Brr. I don’t want a mini ice age.

Global warming...

then climate change...

now mini ice age? But, I heard Canada isn't as cold this winter as it used to be.

Whatever may be, my winter stay in Canada is going cool....

Thought For The Night

Thought For The Night: "

Via Sara Gries:

 

So true... I hate meetings.. having said meetings are good time pass

Who you’re going to marry (according to romantic comedies)

Who you’re going to marry (according to romantic comedies):



Saturday, January 2, 2010

Why not Frozen hell?

Why hell has to be a burning place? Why not freezing?

Any explanations? Only thing I could think of is more accidents happen due to fire rather than snow/ice!!

Fire accidents are so common including forest fire. Is there anything else?

Will Schrödinger’s cat Stink?

Schrödinger wrote:
One can even set up quite ridiculous cases. A cat is penned up in a steel chamber, along with the following device (which must be secured against direct interference by the cat): in a Geiger counter, there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small that perhaps in the course of the hour, one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none; if it happens, the counter tube discharges, and through a relay releases a hammer that shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid. If one has left this entire system to itself for an hour, one would say that the cat still lives if meanwhile no atom has decayed. The psi-function of the entire system would express this by having in it the living and dead cat (pardon the expression) mixed or smeared out in equal parts.

My question will that cat stink, if dead? If it stinks then there is no paradox nor parallel universe. So, What's the point? Am I getting anything wrong here?

There is no alternate reality, just one!!!!