Monday, May 29, 2006

What if?

What if there is no God? What if God couldn't care less or do anything at all? What if?

The tragedy in Indonesia [link]. And the picture that made me ask, What if??

Saturday, May 27, 2006

The other side

The media, it seems from a few accounts, has conveniently ignored the other side of protests. The other side has a right to its view being publicized too. Two links I got on rediff.

The OBC view on reservation!
What more do the upper castes want?

A healthy debate is what we need. But for that the Arjun Singhs need to go! They have had a long parasitic existence on the Indian fabric. They need to go! But then who will replace them? They, the youth (The party referred to in the link is inconsequential as far as I am concerned)? Parasites in the making?

My seat, mai baap

My seat, mai baap [link]!

" This is the last — but perhaps the most destructive — relic of the licence quota raj. The quota crisis, and the fortuitous arrival of higher education on the political centrestage is in many ways similar to the other crisis that led to India mortgaging its gold to escape payment defaults. Finance Minister Manmohan Singh managed to convert that crisis into an opportunity that changed our lives. Can he similarly in today’s crisis in higher education do the same for our children? Surely, this situation is no less daunting in its risks and complexities. But the rewards of expansion, opening up, private investment, genuine administrative and intellectual freedoms in a society that lays such a premium on education and scholarship will be no less significant."

Friday, May 19, 2006

What are you scared of ?

"No cuts have been recommended in the film, which will have a 15-second-long disclaimer at the beginning and in the end, as demanded by Christian groups."[link]

What are the demand makers scared of? What?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Monday, May 15, 2006

Sunday, May 14, 2006


"Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping - they called it opportunity. "- Bill Gates [link]

Friday, May 12, 2006

Linux vs Windows

And the winner is.........?

Well, no winners here. A good post comparing the two for the desktop. The author's opinion is at the very end of the post, rest all is pretty much without any malice or bias or hatred towards either of the two operating systems.

I have a dual boot, XP and Debian (upgraded the CD version with 2.6.16 Linux kernel and the latest KDE). I do not think that Linux is any bit faster especially if u run the GUI with all the fancy features. Even Windows XP gets faster if one runs it in the Windows Classic mode! The one thing I love about Linux is its great command line interface (shell). It makes life much easier most of the times. Also, Linux is much more configurable if you are willing to take a bit of pain. The greatest disadvantage with using Linux is that most applications, drivers, tools etcetera are made for Windows and it is not always easy to use a different set of tools or applications in a world where almost every other person uses Windows. Wonder why Linux tries more and more to look and feel like Windows?

A lot is said about the security aspects and how Linux is better. Well, I guess the sheer numbers of Windows' users makes it more vulnerable to attack and as far as I am concerned I have had no problems related to security all the while I have used Windows and I do stay connected and online for most part of the day!

Last but not the least, Windows allows me to concentrate more on my work than on how my OS works. Linux satisfies the geek in me!

Well, there is a winner, in fact there are millions of winners.... The users, you and me are the winners. The user can decide and choose and given the ease with which information is available it is not very difficult to decide what one wants!

Prudes that we are!

Got the link on IndiaUncut! Enjoy the stats.

Monday, May 01, 2006


Welcome, Mac.


Windows may after all benefit from all the drubbing it gets every now and then. They should have learnt a few lessons on security by now. Time to capitalize I guess, while others come to terms with the bad bad world!