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  • Harshad Joshi 2:33 pm on November 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: enlightenment, , ingress, niantic labs, portals, resistance, resonators, xm   

    My encounters with ingress 

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    As part of resistance, I played ingress, an augmented reality game created by niantic labs, part of Google.

    This game is quite interesting and it has added an alien storyline with xm, portals, resonators etc  to keep players glued on.

    This is the future of RPG. The environment will be your own locality, your opposition will be real people..

    Actually, this game is part of Googles ambitious data capturing and mining project that will help it to gain location information about businesses , points of interests that is otherwise hard to find using satellites.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:15 pm on October 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bbm, , , messaging, ,   

    BBM for android 

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    If someone had said of having an android version of blackberry’s legendary bbm, I would have laughed at him.

    Not today.

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  • Harshad Joshi 4:47 am on June 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: backdoors, cyberspying, huawei, human rights, NSA, prism, , security, telecom, USA   

    The triple whammy of cyber spying on people 

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  • Harshad Joshi 6:52 am on April 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: editing, grunge, , pop art, psychedelic, ,   

    Photo of today – psychedelic hell 

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  • Harshad Joshi 5:23 am on April 13, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    The gods of technology.. 

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  • Harshad Joshi 11:07 am on March 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: software   

    The care and feeding of software engineers (or, why engineers are grumpy) | NCZOnline 

    http://www.nczonline.net/blog/2012/06/12/the-care-and-feeding-of-software-engineers-or-why-engineers-are-grumpy/

    #nowreading

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  • Harshad Joshi 2:03 pm on December 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    I, me, myself 

    This is what makes me, drives me..

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  • Harshad Joshi 8:33 am on December 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Peep into the future 

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    This is screenshot of Google ingress – a RPG based on augmented reality..imagine playing treasure hunt with modern gadgets.. This is the future..

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  • Harshad Joshi 10:38 am on November 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    UEFI is coming 

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    Stay tuned for more information..

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  • Harshad Joshi 7:17 am on September 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    of free speech and bans 

    (PS – this post is not about a specific government or ideology or community, but a brief attempt to summarize what overall is happening is right or wrong) Technology is static concept..unable to move, unable to interact unless the dynamic concept of its users get involved in it.

    Twitter, Facebook are good technologies meant to create digital connection and interactions between people who are otherwise hard to meet in real world.

    So far it is good.

    But from past few months, things are getting complex for Indian government and Indian netizans. There have been specific cases where Indian government has urged social networks to monitor disturbing content being uploaded on sites. Here disturbing content means anything picture, post that contains offensive material to either disrupt social harmony (do we have it?)  or directly the government.

    In unofficial way, Indian government is telling social networks to remove anything that it deems to believe to be offensive and can cause damage to governments image in peoples mind or worldwide.

    Perfect step taken by Indian government..except that it is totally nonsense and wrong.

    Some genius elements in Indian government totally fail to understand that they are playing a fools game by banning technology and curbing free speech ( which in unofficially non existent in today’s Indian society ), why cant they realize that instead of banning entire sites, or banning sms..they should target specific groups that are misusing technology to disrupt government functioning..

    And this is where government fails miserably. There is no way government has any kind of system to monitor users..no intelligence can provide them information..or even if intelligence provides information, the government is rarely seen to act promptly on this..yesterday sushil kumar shinderevealed that home ministry had warned state government of possible riots in mumbai..as usual, state government waited till few crores of property was damaged and people on twitter got enough material to be angry for weeks..

    Frankly..what is twitter ? It is just a microblogging site that allows people to post 140 character updates, allows people to follow, block, RT each other..thats all. This is static or fixed functionality of twitter. What probably inflammatory on it is the people who are using or misusing it for their purpose. this is the dynamic part of social network which needs attention

    And just to prove me wrong..police, ie a government body has decided to target people and arrest them and remove their websites and content. Police have arrested Aseem Trivedi who was associated with IAC in their recent tussle with GOI..This linkwill provide more information..and the charges put against him are quite serious for anyone.

    Is this the beginning of the end? Or a new beginning where all our probable fears will be proved to be true? What chaos and what challenges lies ahead?

    Time will tell..

     
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  • Harshad Joshi 9:15 am on July 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , God Particle, Higgs Boson, , Sanskrit, Universe   

    Higgs Boson – The God, The Ghost or the Gods debris 

    God particle is the real ghost..nobody asks questions as to how and why particle acceleration took place initially?! Each one of us is part of Gods debris that was floating in gigantic space..when He blew himself to know what he was..! God will cease to exist once he knows he is God. There will be no purpose for his existence..and to know what is real..he blows himself up to millions of small bits and pieces! And this cycle will continue…to control it..there are anti god particles which prevents gods debris to rejoin…These anti god particles are the reason why WE exist…

    The ancient thinkers realized the cosmic secrets and locked it in cryptic text, mantras, hymns…it was for our own good…

    Hymns are actually passwords that can unlock a fascinating world filled with spirits, forces which hold human existence..

    For the curious souls, here is the vedic mantra that describes origin reason and desire of universe

    नासदासींनॊसदासीत्तदानीं नासीद्रजॊ नॊ व्यॊमापरॊ यत् ।
    किमावरीव: कुहकस्यशर्मन्नभ: किमासीद्गहनं गभीरम् ॥१॥

    न मृत्युरासीदमृतं न तर्हि न रात्र्या।आन्ह।आसीत् प्रकॆत: ।
    आनीदवातं स्वधया तदॆकं तस्माद्धान्यन्नपर: किंचनास ॥२॥

    तम।आअसीत्तमसा गूह्ळमग्रॆ प्रकॆतं सलिलं सर्वमा।इदम् ।
    तुच्छॆनाभ्वपिहितं यदासीत्तपसस्तन्महिना जायतैकम् ॥३॥

    कामस्तदग्रॆ समवर्तताधि मनसॊ रॆत: प्रथमं यदासीत् ।
    सतॊबन्धुमसति निरविन्दन्हृदि प्रतीष्या कवयॊ मनीषा ॥४॥

    तिरश्चीनॊ विततॊ रश्मीरॆषामध: स्विदासी ३ दुपरिस्विदासीत् ।
    रॆतॊधा।आसन्महिमान् ।आसन्त्स्वधा ।आवस्तात् प्रयति: परस्तात् ॥५॥

    कॊ ।आद्धा वॆद क‌।इह प्रवॊचत् कुत ।आअजाता कुत ।इयं विसृष्टि: ।
    अर्वाग्दॆवा ।आस्य विसर्जनॆनाथाकॊ वॆद यत ।आबभूव ॥६॥

    इयं विसृष्टिर्यत ।आबभूव यदि वा दधॆ यदि वा न ।
    यॊ ।आस्याध्यक्ष: परमॆ व्यॊमन्त्सॊ आंग वॆद यदि वा न वॆद ॥७॥

     

    These are just some thoughts..it all depends on us how we accept this reality or deny it..

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:51 pm on June 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    the ghost of UEFI and Micr0$0ft 

    i was reading this article -  http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/12368.html

    It is written by someone related to redhat and it describes implementing UEFI secure boot in Fedora Core. Lot of PC/laptop/tablets in 2012 and beyond will have UEFI instead of good old bios. I want to know what Debian is planning to do and how it will thwart this potential threat to opensource software and now hardware architecture.
    Will Debian community fight against this evil step taken by computer makers ?  Check what Canonical, makers of Ubuntu have decided - http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTEyNDY 
    All idea of opensource is not open unless we have access to open hardware architecture.
     
  • Harshad Joshi 2:25 pm on February 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Why I quit Facebook – NYPOST.com 

    social networks are publicizing personal emotions and creating a kind of vacuum that literally is sucking everything you have got and showing to to public. and worse, you are appreciating this fact.

    already we have got huge information overload. not sure where facebook will lead us. in India, Orkut was actively used in 2005-08..facebook killed it. Now who will kill +facebook in what way remains to be seen.

     

    Why I quit Facebook – NYPOST.com.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 7:52 am on February 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BBC, , Online Communities, Real life, Social network, , Virtual world, YouTube   

    a virtual life 

    These days we have got two social lives. One in real world and other in virtual world of social networks like Facebook and/or  Twitter.

    I was reading an article of why Facebook causes a new stress on users. - http://www.opposingviews.com/i/new-report-facebook-causes-stress-depression-anxiety  and http://www.switched.com/2011/02/16/facebook-causes-stress-anxiety-hooks-us-anyway/

    An important finding from one of the posts is

    Charles speculated that many users may feel anxious because of the site’s intrinsically self-centered structure. “It’s like being a mini news channel about yourself. The more people you have the more you feel there is an audience there,” Charles told the BBC. “You are almost a mini celebrity and the bigger the audience the more pressure you feel to produce something about yourself.”

    In short, Facebook tries to create a virtual but fake celebrity out of users, whatever might their real life be. By including photos, videos, quotes, events, Facebook is  like more of someone PRO promoting your personal life..publishing your details to world.

    But in the end, we should always remember that Facebook is a virtual world. Whenever you log into Facebook, you invest time, bandwidth and personal data in it..which is obviously not free. Remember not to get carried away by frenzy of getting a ‘celeb’ status. It is very easy on Facebook to get influenced by someone more elite then you and you can waste lot of positive energy attempting to be like them.

    I found out some old tips that will help you to stay updated with everyone without getting bogged down by all the information Facebook hurls at you.

    1. RSS feeds – If you want to find out latest information about a product, technology, or anything, you just need to subscribe to their RSS feeds. A good thing about these feeds is that most of sites dont have ads in them, thus providing you with clutterless information. However, it might not take too long before companies bombard you with ads in RSS feeds

    2. Email – Email is the reason why internet became popular. IM or real time communication is taking fight against email, but there is no substitute for emails as yet. Answering emails is more easy and more natural then replying to real time IM…not only emails allow you to think before answering, it is also more productive due to push mail services that are available on handsets, computers etc.

    3. Be social in real life – It takes nothing extra to be nice with people..meet people. Maintain good relations with them. If you ever get into trouble, the real people you know will be the first to help you out.  Speaking and conversing with people  helps better then posting fancy updates.

    4. Facebook is not the ultimate goal – Facebook is just another way to share things, its not the ultimate communication or the end point of what communication will be like. As we are evolving, we might have advanced tools at our disposal.

     
    • Anita Menon 9:09 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Well it can be sorted and that stress kept at bay, if you don’t take yourself seriously :-)

      • Harshad Joshi 9:16 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        yeah. everything can be sorted out, but an individual needs to know how much stress to bear and how much to keep at bay.

        social networks is just a phase we are passing . we all had a life before fb and i bet there will be life beyond fb as well :)

        • Anita Menon 10:51 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          I absolutely agree!

          yours truly,
          A social media junkie ( :-))

          • Harshad Joshi 11:08 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            as a technology user and creator, facebook is quite marvelous in terms of accessibility, scalability and concept.

            but how long will it grow selling users data to partners? at some point it will reach saturation point and this juggernaut will stop rolling. we will go back to days where mobile phone will be used as a mobile phone to call people and send sms.

            it will take approx 8 years more and we will go back to normal life we had before 2005. a life before GPRS, broadband, blogs etc went mainstream.

            • Anita Menon 11:10 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

              That makes a lot of sense. Didn’t see that far into the future of social media. I enjoyed reading your post about it.

    • vinita 2:43 pm on February 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi
      I am reading the Emperor of Maladies-just started actually, and have read about 50 pg only so far. So far the book has no reference to the ancient indian texts and curiosity about Ancient Indian comments or finding lead me (thanks to google) to your blog.
      Then like other netizens i got diverted to reading your page on ancient vedic mantra that heal and cure.

      Needless to mention, i am suitably intrigued by your views, and range of topics you are covering in these articles…

      i will visit this again surely.,, inshallah..! our attention span is like a 2 yr olds these days .. as i write this vijay mallya’s assets are flashed on tv and the startling (well not so startling) fact is announced that his total debt to banks thru 6 of his companies is a whopping 14000 cr..
      for a rich beyond words man, with 26 properties, a luxury mall, 200 horses, and 16 vintage cars … the king of goodtimes will go down in debt may be. but at the same time, i worry for the PSU bankers who financed such ventures, coz the witch hunting for them would be terrible…

      anyway the mind is a potpourrie of millions of thoughts and so it flitted from the treatiseon cancer to our ancient indian scriptures, to power of yagna, to reading about your cheerful profile …….and then thanks to the audio-visual stimulant of tv- to mr mallya!!! au revoir…

  • Harshad Joshi 6:36 am on July 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Hi tech आषाढी एकादशी.. 

    #include <stdio.h>

    void main(void)
    {
    for (;;)
    {
    printf (“विठ्ठल विठ्ठल जय हरी विठ्ठल..!\n”);
    }
    exit(0);
    }

     

    gcc -Wall -lm vitthal.c -o vitthal; ./vitthal

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:24 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Google Voice,   

    XMPP stanzas for Google Voice user in india 

    Google Voice is an awesome service that enables free callings to USA and Canada and has got affordable rates for rest of world..From last few days, I am getting Google Voice’s Call button in my gmail chat window. As Google Voice is not officially launched in India, this service keeps on coming and vanishing randomly..

    I captured some xmpp stanzas using my xmpp bot -

    got   <presence from=”purigol@gmail.com/gmail.D63F1C6C” to=”firewalrus@gmail.com/0A882B52” id=”4″>
    <priority>24</priority>
    <caps:c node=”http://mail.google.com/xmpp/client/caps” ver=”1.1″ ext=”pmuc-v1 sms-v1 video-v1 voice-v1″ xmlns:caps=”http://jabber.org/protocol/caps“/>
    <status>Meeeep</status>
    <x xmlns=”vcard-temp:x:update”>
    <photo/>
    </x>
    </presence>

    DEBUG: dispatcher   ok    Got jabber:client/presence stanza
    DEBUG: dispatcher   ok    Dispatching presence stanza with type-> props->[u'jabber:client', u'http://jabber.org/protocol/caps', u'vcard-temp:x:update'] id->4
    DEBUG: roster       ok    Setting roster item purigol@gmail.com for resource gmail.D63F1C6C…

    I have got some screenshots, but i will save them for later stages.

    I am not sure if Google is just testing Google Voice promo in India..i believe its launch in india will radically change the voice and mobile market..

    Dear google, please free us from the tyranny of mobile companies… ;) :P

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:54 am on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Django Live | Download Django Live software for free at SourceForge.net 

    Django-OS – Live CD running on hardened kernel and LAMP stack – http://sourceforge.net/projects/djangolive/ #opensource #python #LAMP #india

    via Django Live | Download Django Live software for free at SourceForge.net.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:32 am on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags:   

    Where am I? 

    If you need to find me….get over here – http://moiblogging.wordpress.com or just leave a comment, I’ll get back to you. :)

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:07 pm on April 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags:   

    Python Pits.. 

    Q. How many times do we require to convert a python tuple to plain string?
    A. It was during one situation that I required to collect some data directly from the database. If this wasent enough, I had to send the data to a mobile using sms. I used MySQLdb and connected to the database.The program was as follows.

    import codecs
    import MySQLdbconn = MySQLdb.connect(host=’localhost’,use_unicode = True, charset = “utf8″, user=’harshad’,passwd=”,db=’statusnet’)

    cursor=conn.cursor()

    p=cursor.execute(“””select content from notice where profile_id = 1″””)

    g=cursor.fetchall()

    q=[]
    for i in g:
    j=str(i)
    q.append(codecs.encode(j))

    print len(q)

    for e in q:
    print codecs.encode(e)

    The output of the program was as follows.

    python statusnet.py
    5
    (u’Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time… http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1&#8242;,)
    (u’hello.c http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/2&#8242;,)
    (u’Hallo.’,)
    (u’Wussup??’,)
    (u’!harshad hi..’,)
    ["(u'Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time... http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1',)", "(u'hello.c http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/2',)", "(u'Hallo.',)", "(u'Wussup??',)", "(u'!harshad hi..',)"]
    root@indiaforce:~# python statusnet.py
    5
    (u’Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time… http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1&#8242;,)
    (u’hello.c http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/2&#8242;,)
    (u’Hallo.’,)
    (u’Wussup??’,)
    (u’!harshad hi..’,)
    ["(u'Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time... http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1',)", "(u'hello.c http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/2',)", "(u'Hallo.',)", "(u'Wussup??',)", "(u'!harshad hi..',)"]

    Wow..look at the output. I got a nice tuple. Now do I send a tuple as sms??

    After some time I realized that there must be a way to convert all tuples to a string and then send the strings either to the screen or to the mobile or anywhere…

    Here is the code..

    import MySQLdb
    import codecsconn = MySQLdb.connect(host=’localhost’,use_unicode = True, charset = “utf8″, user=’harshad’,passwd=”,db=’statusnet’)

    cursor=conn.cursor()

    p=cursor.execute(“””select content from notice where profile_id = 1″””)

    y=[]
    while (1):
    a=cursor.fetchone()
    if a == None:break
    print a
    y.append(a)

    print y

    g=[]
    for i in y:
    s=i
    b=[j.encode("utf-8") for j in s]

    for i in b:
    print b
    g.append(i)

    print “g > “,g

    Output

    python statue.py
    (u’Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time… http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1&#8242;,)
    [(u'Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time... http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1',)]
    (u’hello.c http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/2&#8242;,)
    [(u'Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time... http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1',), (u'hello.c http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/2',)]
    (u’Hallo.’,)
    [(u'Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time... http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1',), (u'hello.c http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/2',), (u'Hallo.',)]
    (u’Wussup??’,)
    [(u'Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time... http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1',), (u'hello.c http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/2',), (u'Hallo.',), (u'Wussup??',)]
    (u’!harshad hi..’,)
    [(u'Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time... http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1',), (u'hello.c http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/2',), (u'Hallo.',), (u'Wussup??',), (u'!harshad hi..',)]
    ['Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time... http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1'%5D
    ['hello.c http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/2'%5D
    ['Hallo.']
    ['Wussup??']
    ['!harshad hi..']
    g >  ['Traces, many faces, lost till the end of time... http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/1', 'hello.c http://localhost/statusnet-0.8.2/index.php/attachment/2', 'Hallo.', 'Wussup??', '!harshad hi..']

    I dont know how many times we land up in a similar situation, now that we have got a list, we can easily iterate through it and get a sleek string as output. No hassles at all.. It still shows some hiccups, nevertheless it works..kludgy but effective. Can work for any amout of rows that we need..

    Main intention of writing this place is that I couldent find a better example on google and wondered if I write it, might be useful, and if someone is finding a solution for it, here is it.. :)

    End of Logs.

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    PS – In case you wonder I havent added any exception handling code..it is one of my prime mottoes not to write code generating exceptions. so far its been good. ;)

    print q

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:23 am on March 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , GNU/Linux Kernel, Hackers, Rootkits, Virus, Web Security   

    India Force Linux presents a hardened kernel 

     
  • Harshad Joshi 6:00 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Nokia, Symbian   

    Hello World using Python on Symbian OS 

    # import the app user interface framework module
    import appuifw
     
    # create a single-field dialog (text input field): appuifw.query(label, type)
    data = appuifw.query(u"Type your name", "text")
     
    # create an information note: appuifw.note(label, type)
    appuifw.note(u"Hello "+str(data)+", welcome to Python World", "info")

    Bang…how many lines for a hello world? Baah, I doubt if people like symbian app development.

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  • Harshad Joshi 6:10 am on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Open Source, Red Hat, Suse, Ubuntu   

    Why Open Source Linux Desktop is practically a fail 

    I met a group of people and we had to discuss on open source. I began as usual – Stop using proprietary Windows. Stop stealing software. Embrace Linux, it helps you (after that I told them several examples of how commercial companies are benefiting from open source technologies. All the case studies and examples were stolen from net and distro sites)In that interaction, I rediscovered some facts -

    1. In this social media age, no one cares for the tool but for the work. It dosent make a difference whether a software is free or not; as long as it dosent cost a penny. The end result matters, not the way how you do it.

    2. Piracy isent openly encouraged, but its the least thing cared about.

    3. Commercial Linux distro owners need to have a higher marketing budget then the funds needed to develop the core software. To make this thing works, a community based, unstable software having latest versions is given out free. Tweakers use it and report the bugs, fix things, enhance it and pass it back. This stable software is then inducted into stable desktop and sold as a commercial product. Red Hat has been doing it since 2003 and perheps this is what makes Red Hat to top linux distro list.

    4. People like to use GNU/Linux on servers but they are reluctant to pay a price for getting a software. However, they do spend on training users.

    5. Some distros like Ubuntu are absolutely hell bent on mimicking Windows way of functionality and seriously, its the first instance in 7 years where I have seen a Linux distro crawling on desktop, and well, crashing it..!! Their latest version is hopeless..!

    At the end.

    Open Source is very good sounding concept but a newcomer finds it extremely hard to earn something real fast as compared to those using non open source. You need to have a sure backup plan if Open Source based concept back fires.

    Preaching of the theorotical Open Source concepts like – Free Software, Libre, Open ness etc is all crap, people start yawning after hearing this nonsense for more then 3 minutes. And this is what the Open Source Evangelists do..and make sure people run away from it as far as possible ! People have got real FUD in using open source software, we cant cant claim all FUD’s are artificial or unreal.

    But all is not bad. I would recommend that every newcomer who wants to develop apps in GNU/Linux or wants to work as a network administrator should start using Red Hat software (FC and CentOS). This is true for Indian public, at other places, YMMV. The other prominent players in commercial Linux market are – Suse and Ubuntu. Try this once you feel Red Hat is letting you down.

    The title of this post is somewhat wrong, but I couldent find one better.

    Posted via email from [root@localhost /root]#

     
    • zaine_ridling 11:52 am on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps a better way is to show them how robust and how fast our Linux systems are. Whenever I even mention how much fun I’m having with Linux to my Windows and Mac friends, they get angry. One reason is that they’re paying $300+ dollars to be held captive by proprietary, corporate software, and the last thing they want to admit is that they’re wrong.

      But while the last ten years have been good for Apple users, they’re now discovering how expensive it is to compute on increasingly closed systems. As for Microsoft, the last decade has been one nightmare after another. Since switching to Linux in 2006, I haven’t looked back.

      • Harshad Joshi 1:17 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Globalization is bringing a lot of money and we are seeing average salaries go up. Now many people can afford to purchase expansive proprietary software, infact i know some people who flaunt expensive OS as a status symbol..!!

        Whoa..the more, the merrier..!

  • Harshad Joshi 12:34 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fun,   

    Unwritten letters (my love story, my beliefs, my space, etc) 

     
  • Harshad Joshi 6:46 am on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Economy, The milkman story   

    Some freak economics a milkman taught me 

    Economics is a very facinating mix of theorotical science and practical art of managing money. Apart from spelling the word economics right, theres very little contribution to world economics from my side..

    until now..

    Few days ago, one interesting bill was attached to our common notepad – It was the milkman bill..Out of utter curiosity, I looked at it and was staggered..!! It read that I had to pay almost 1000/- to the milk man, and the service charges were extra. Service charges in this case was the salary given to the milk delivering boy and some supply chain management costs..

    I just calculated – The milkman gets approx 1000 rupees from my house. He delivers milk to adjoining 50 homes. On an average, a family needs 1 litre of milk everyday, and in Pune, the well known brand costs around 32 rupees a litre. So, in all, it works about 30×32 = Rs 960/- per home. Multiply it with 50 families, and the monthly income of the milkman is – 960×50 = 48000..!! The milkman automatically gets a decent discount from the milk supplier since he purchases them in bulk. The other cost is that of the milkboy who delivers those bags early in the morning..I am not sure how much salary he will fetch, lets assume he gets 2500/- pm. Most of the time that boy needs to invest 2 hours per morning and then continue study or any other activity. That leaves Mr Milkman the amount of almost  47000/- pm. Add to it there is no known and official service tax on doing this.Wow..aint that awesome? Add to it that our milkman does work in a bank apart from delivering milk, so this salary is extra to him…

    Incredible.!!

    I read in papers that many freshers in engineering arent getting jobs and even if they land on one, they have to work as a trainee for well over 1.5 years till they start getting the standard salary. Add to it the cutting edge training costs these engineers invest in.

    From the facts based above, I can safely say that I want to be a Milkman…instead of slogging in front of the computer writing cryptic and buggy software, its better I start something like this..!! Till few years ago, milk delivery man was just another poor mans job..today its turned to be a number one earning service with comparative less stress etc. Of course, even this field might have its own unknown risks, losses, and all that stuff, but did anyone ever look at the strange economy behind the scene??

    I dont know..

    PS  – All figures are indicative, your milage may vary. I am an ignorant and untrained economist, so please forgive me if I make mistakes.. ;)

     
    • Prasad Kulkarni 9:25 am on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, no doubt that Milkmen are milking money like anything. But is that the only thing attached to it?

      A milkman needs to buy a cow or buffalo. A price which will break even after 2-3 months. Adding to that he needs to develop the customer base which needs lot of marketing cost (though not much considering the company’s marketing cost).

      Also, he needs to buy food for those cows and buffaloes. That will also get subtracted from his earnings. He needs to buy shampoos and soaps for washing those cattle. If the cattle get sick he needs to take them to veterinary doctor adding to the total expenditure and subtracting from the earnings.

      This is not it, he needs to build a shed for them, keep the surrounding clean, milk the cattle (which is in fact the tough job, to milk the cattle).

      If you calculate all these things you will get very restricted surplus. This all accounts for almost Rs. 10,000 monthly (some pluses or some minuses) so what he gets ultimately in hand is around Rs. 38,000.

      But even then the earnings or profit he makes is hefty. But the hard work it needs to carry all these operations is very much. And if you really want to get into this business, you will not be able to perform all these tasks and for that you will have to hire someone who will share your profit.

      And the main thing is this job or business is unstable and volatile. Because if you under-perform (that means if you don’t produce good quality of milk) the house where you are serving will ask you to stop serving them.

      Now considering all these things, you tell me how good this job is.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:00 am on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @Prasad

      Well, you are partially right in this case.

      The milkman I am talking about dosent maintain cows/buffaloes or goats.

      Instead he maintains a heavy duty refridgerator and purchases milk packets in bulk from Chitale, who in turn maintain the milk supply chain and milk producing machinary.

      Obviously I dont want to be Chitale, as its a very heavy invested business..

      I want to be the local milk man who maintains an important position in milk supply chain, and he is the one who comes in direct contact with end customers.

      The profits or expenditures I mentioned are that of the local milkman and not of Chitale or Katraj or Amul..

    • Prasad Kulkarni 2:40 pm on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      OK, but still the profits you have mentioned have some sharing components. The bill of electricity he will get by using Fridge. Then there are other factors like, if he owns a place then fine, but if doesn’t own then the rent is added thing.

      But he still manages to milk hefty profits.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:48 pm on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @Prasad

      Bang on..thats what I am trying ot convey that the milkaman is earning more taxfree profits we can ever imagine..

      Add to the fact that no one ever asks the milkman for discount in milk bottle, say a rupee less, say Rs 31. We should all ask for discount, coz as it is we are going to purchase a guranteed 30 milkbottles from him, arent we supposed to get something in return??

      Shit, this is very dirty politics played all around..! We are wasting money..!

      Save money.

    • subbu 7:47 pm on December 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The MilkMan gets his milk from another supplier. So doesn’t it mean he spends among the 48000 you had mentioned to procure that milk?

      So its not as much profit as it may seem. Even if he gets the milk at 3/4 of its price he is left with 12000 for operations cost. Whatever is leftover of that is his profit.

    • Ed Hartz 7:22 am on December 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I am new to this industry. I only started weeks ago and I can tell you that this is a rewarding business for two reasons; it can be and is for me connected to the sustainable agriculture movement today, and second reason; it is lucrative if you want to sell and market and are good at it. I happen to live in one of the most lucrative counties in the USA. And I project that this business first year with only myself can earn $220,000. That is within a 15 mile radius and with 1-2 towns. I plan to move onto the other towns in my county then into Manhattan, New York. we will train other people to be their own distributors. The Milkman Company will take care of marketing, some of the sales jobs, buying power, product knowledge, and other office administrations.

      Watch for us in the industry. and watch for our Milkman delivery trucks. These same opportunities can exist for entrepreneurs in other regions of the State, the USA, and globally.

      Thank you.

      Ed Hartz
      President
      The Milkman Company

  • Harshad Joshi 4:54 pm on August 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adrian Sutil, FIA, Force India F1, Formula1, Giancarlo Fisichella,   

    Force India F1 team wins..Great going India.. 

    Force India F1 racing car, 2009 (c) Vijay Mallya and India.

    Thats the 2009 Force India F1 racing car that has done many Indian fans proud when Giancarlo Fisichella secured 8 points in the 2009 Belgian GP. I dreamed of this day since 2008 ever since Vijay Mallya brought the former Jordan-Midland team from Spyker.

    A great moment back here for all fans in India. Vijay Mallya rocks. He’s a true passionate businessman who knows how to pull out things…great going. Best of Luck to everyone at Force India F1 team.

    8th Sept 2009.

    PS – This post was written hurridly in a moment of ecstacy and happiness where I praised Vijay Mallya, FI and F1, just like every other Indian F1 fan. But the moment I came to know about the dirty politics of Mallya(trying to get F1 a tax free entry in India) and transfer of Fisichella to Ferrari, I denounce all the praise I posted for them. Please refer my twitter account – http://twitter.com/hj91 for more details. The only reason I havent wiped out this post is to show that the best of best thinkers, fans and learned people do wrong things without thinking too much..! – Harshad Joshi

     
  • Harshad Joshi 2:48 am on August 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Independence Day, ,   

    Independence Day 

    India Flag

    Yesterday, our forfathers fought against the evil british empire..

    Today..we have to fight against the evil corrupted system that they have left behind..

    The battle isent over…

    Happy Independence Day, India..

     
    • Pradeeesh 2:54 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I Love My India

  • Harshad Joshi 12:36 pm on August 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: N1H1, , Sharad Pawar, Suresh Kalmadi, Swine flue   

    Swine flue in Pune, India, some reasons and questions 

    Everything is justified.

    However, India is more prone to any kind of epidemics because of the inherent unclean habits the common people have.

    Add to it the careless attitude of people who actually are supposed to work on complex issues. The recent epidemic wouldent have had been so grave if the airport authorities would have done a more strict check of the people coming from abroad..what did they do? Just filled up a form saying that we are safe..some infected blokes slipped in the city, mixed with people and today, after 10 lives gone, we are wondering from where did it all start..!!

    Nuts..isent it??

    And one more thing..

    This swine flue isent a joke anymore we sit and analyse it esp the punekar way..

    Some families have lost their children, working men. This loss cant be justified. At this point of time, we all should support them. We need to realize the gravity of this issue.

    Lets not take it like ‘just-another-thing’

    Ignorance is a deadly sin, and we are paying for it.

    Some things that came in this light

    1. Where is Sharad Pawar, the head of National Disaster Management Committee which was set in Mumbai 2005 floods? I think the old guy needs to divert his attention from ICC to India. People are dying, food is becoming expensive and this guy..what is he doing??

    2. Where is Suresh Kalmadi? This man is invisible since the Deepak Mankar incident, and even during the swine flu epidemic, he hasent come across to punekars? Is this what we have elected him for?

    3. Is this a plot of a foreign power to disrupt the Indian software industry??

    4. The CM of MH is a MBA, he is supposed to have knowledge of how to manage things..but he missed it completely. Confused, Ignorant and Pathetic.. Asshok Chavan should sit in his house …

    5. Dont get out of home for at least 4 days.

     
    • sonal dharmadhikari 1:22 pm on August 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      we guys never have an idea where the authorities r lost in such situations….
      its no good searchin them
      i,for one,have given up all hope of pinnin them down
      nor is it good enough to mope around doing nothing…
      take care of urself n everyone u know or dont,as much as possible
      tats all i cn say

    • Dr. Manish Mishra 12:02 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The lesson learnt from Swine flue is – keep clean and make your city clean & green. Every where you can see lot of garbage particlarly in common places of Bhopal and other medium size city. This is a major havoc as compared to other contagious diseases in India. Most of the persons/localites are irresponsible towards thier surrounding environment.

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  • Harshad Joshi 10:57 am on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    A sneek peek 

    Screenshot-ifl

    Thats the first preview of India Force Linux Desktop. Stay Tuned…

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:42 pm on July 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Here it comes.. 

    India Force Linux

    India Force Linux

    6 years ago, I had my first ever tryst with Linux. One step towards the goal. Coming here was a task I dont want to remember. Still, I will reach to the top.

    Here comes Agneya. The first release from India Force Linux.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 7:24 am on January 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , IBM, , Qbasic   

    The first program 

    10 REM

    20 PLAY “CDGFABC”

    30 END

    F5

     

    This isent a 3 lined haiku, its my first program written in Qbasic on a 286 MS-DOS machine in 1993. This was the first step into computing. Had no idea that one day I will be here.

    10 years later, the anatomy of IBM PC’s was revealed in ‘IBM PC’s and CLONES’, a classic cult book by B.Govindraju. Surprisingly, the teacher who taught me PC Architecture had no idea how to generate sounds through PC speaker. It wasent her fault, its the bad education system we have.

     
    • airborne 9:18 am on April 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      We have an examination system , not an education system. Quoting a UN representative after a meet with Ashok Ganguly, CBSE.

    • omkarr 4:52 pm on May 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      PLAY “CDGFABC”

      these are looking like music tones, great! I did not know it was that simple.

      The first time I generated sound in pc through programming was using C, if I remember correctly.. I specified the frequency and the delay time and it generated correct tone.

  • Harshad Joshi 12:11 pm on December 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2008, 2009, Aesops Fables, , Obama, Outsourcing, Panchatantra, Recession, Senryu, , Wise words, Wordpress   

    The end brings a new beginning 

    The end was actually hiding a new beginning in its sphere;

    darkness became the light,

    the wind turned into the smell of fear…

    2008 will end soon. Thank you to everyone who supported me. I had promised, even if this blog might stop for a while, the journey still continues…Some of you mailed me, some of you called me, I thank you. I wont pretend, but your words helped me a lot..

    I cannot make you wait for too long..

    You can now find me on Twitter – http://twitter.com/sevenlives

    House on a tree..the zen way

    This is a new venture by me into realms of unknown. I have tried to be honest while writing the Haiku, an art that is obscure, difficult to master, yet at the same time offers simple advice to the reader, the Zen way. At the same time, you can find humour, sarcasism, philosophy, rhythm a blend of everything…As a kid, I read a lot of Aesops Fables, Panchatantra, Indian legends, so expect to find the wise sages, the lonely Hermits, the houseless woods, speaking tigers, poisonous snakes, dangerous scorpions, smiling babies, everything that we encounter in our dreams and real life :) .Sometimes you might not actually feel like reading a stereotype Haiku, but i have tried to preserve the ’3 line rule’ , short is sweet..It offers me several advantages -

    1. It requires less time to write

    2. It helps to deliver the right message in right time

    3. Offers you lot of flexibility in reading, you dont need to be holed up forever in front of pc all the time..

    What more I can say now? Its time you can go and read it. Mind you, its Twitter, microblogging has got some limitations, the Haikus I wrote still maintain a rough edge, but I havent tried to hide the naiveness, maybe it will help to end the learning phase a little more fast..Twitter cannot substitute WordPress, but for the timebeing, it serves well..

    This is the sample of what you can expect

    People understand Tao

    People understand Zen

    Lying is a bad habit..

    This Haiku is obviously meant to target all marketting mongers. They are all of the same catagory, they try to sell you anything making it appear useful, however you bring it, you realize, its a waste of resources. We all need to be careful. Dont invest into something that appears glamorous, glosy. Too much of shine can be harmful. Your money/time/resources are precious, use them wisely and dont succumb to any pressure. In todays age, where recession looms ahead, job cuts are round the corner, we need to make sure we act wisely.

    Or

    Peace and goodwill

    they are everlasting desires

    Weak people have got no options…


    Todays tough age demands more out of us. No one can afford to be weak and request help all the time. Its apparant that a weakling is a burdan in any society. Unless you are strong, you are firm, you will always stay at the mercy of others, thus making your life miserable and weak. A weak person always desires peaec, but he is unable to fight for it, thus living forever in grief..A lesson we learn from Indias IT sectors debacle – Depend on US for yor jobs, you will always be at the perils of anti outsourcing voices. Obama isent a good man who will work in your favour, making life easy for you. The time isent the same now. Its time to get tough and act accordingly..Develop your own technology and then sell it. Sooner or later the world will be at your feet.

    Ok, thats enough for now.

    With all your blessings and compliments,

    I will be there again…

    See you on Twitter.

    Harshad Joshi.

     
    • Mahendra 4:19 am on December 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      “A weak person always desires peaec, but he is unable to fight for it, thus living forever in grief.”

      Well said!
      I am totally in agreement with above.
      Besides IT, we in the engineering industry are also experiencing slow down . The Infrastructure business which was the flag ship business group of the company, is lying low. Customer who have once placed the orders, are not in position to take deliveries due to cash crunch. Infrastructure business in mostly dependent upon the World Bank Finance . When this source dries down, the going gets tough.

      With all the Odds of 26/11 reminds me of this poem:-

      Still I Rise —–

      You may write me down in history
      With your bitter, twisted lies,
      You may trod me in the very dirt
      But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

      Does my sassiness upset you?
      Why are you beset with gloom?
      ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
      Pumping in my living room.

      Just like moons and like suns,
      With the certainty of tides,
      Just like hopes springing high,
      Still I’ll rise.

      Did you want to see me broken?
      Bowed head and lowered eyes?
      Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
      Weakened by my soulful cries.

      Does my haughtiness offend you?
      Don’t you take it awful hard
      ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
      Diggin’ in my own back yard.

      You may shoot me with your words,
      You may cut me with your eyes,
      You may kill me with your hatefulness,
      But still, like air, I’ll rise.

      Does my sexiness upset you?
      Does it come as a surprise
      That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
      At the meeting of my thighs?

      Out of the huts of history’s shame
      I rise
      Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
      I rise
      I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
      Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
      Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
      I rise
      Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
      I rise
      Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
      I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
      I rise
      I rise
      I rise.

      Wish you all happy new year…

    • Harshad Khandare 6:44 am on June 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      My Dream home.. Tree House..

  • Harshad Joshi 11:23 am on December 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ,   

    The last post on this blog. 

    A dream, a dream, a dream I had
    The world, a theater
    The stage, our lives
    The actors, ourselves
    Our dreams, our plays
    Our audience, our souls

    Alas, at last, the courtain’s closed
    Aplause for dreams
    Applause for peace
    Applause for us.

    Blog Stats 

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    Isent it enough for someone unknown like me?? Maybe Amitabh Bacchans weekly stats might be this much, but then…  ;) 

    (Incomplete)

     
    • goosemanrocks 10:56 pm on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      darn. and i just found you.

    • Kate 11:03 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

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  • Harshad Joshi 6:48 am on November 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags:   

    आता आठवताहेत.. 

    आता अनोळखी होऊन गेलो आहोत आपण…. आता आहेत त्या फक्त आठवणी..

    आधी.. सकाळी उठल्यावर पहिला फोन तुला.. जेवायच्या वेळेस फोन.. सन्ध्याकाळी फोन.. झोपण्यआधी फोन..
    आता.. तुझ्याशी फोन वर बोलुन ८ महिने झाले.. ते हि बळजबरीचे बोलण..

    तेव्हा.. रोज chatting.. खूप busy असलेल्या दिवशी सुद्धा missed call देवून.. वेळ ठरवून chatting..
    आता.. शेवटचा mail कधी आला तुझा ते सुद्धा आठवत नाहिए..
    आणि chatting?? बोलणच खुण्टलय तर कसल chatting??!!??

    काय म्हणायच त्याला? जे पुर्वी होत? प्रेम? नाहिच.. अस विसरत का कोणी प्रेम? ती होती एक चूक.. तू केलेली, आणि तुझ्या प्रेमाखातर मी ही केलेली..

    “मी तुझ्याशी बोलल्याशिवाय नाही राहू शकत ग.. “
    “तुझा mail आला ना कि एकदम माझे डोले लकाकतात.. i feel much better..i donno why पण एकदम relaxed वाटत.. कितीही रुसलीस ना तरी mail करत जा.. “
    “plz चिडू नकोस ग.. बोल ना ग plzzz..”

    गेल ते सगळ..
    आता उरल्या त्या सगळ्याच्या आठवणी आणि.. आणि हे..

    “i just dont love u.. that was my mistake.. now will u plz stop ths and live ur life n let me live mine..”

    Life is like that, and no matter how brave I pretend to be sometimes, some things really left an indelible mark on me, although it was nothing earth breaking or nerve shatttering thing, maybe I was a bit changed.

    Tip – I want to know who reads this post and finds it relevant.

    Moral of the story – This post is dedicated to a wide spread misuse of chatting and instant messaging. I wish I post the real dialog I had, but today, I do not have any kind of feelings left with me, Life has taken a new turn and all the old griefs are dead… :) For some strange reasons unknown to me, I have seen people behave like fools and they reason it for love, baah..There are very important things in life, and I do not think that a so called love is one of them..

    I think this is the last post having a tag ‘Love’ on this little blog. :D

     
  • Harshad Joshi 9:10 am on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Inventions   

    Top 50 inventions of the year 2008 

    Time magazine recently announced top 50 inventions for the year 2008.

    Here is the list of those:

    1. The Retail DNA Test

    2. The Tesla Roadster

    3. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

    4. Hulu.com (hulu.com is an invention..grate..then what about other video sharing sites like joost, youtube and etc?? ;))

    5. The Large Hadron Collider

    6. The Global Seed Vault

    7. The Chevy Volt

    8. Bullets That Shoot Bullets

    9. The Orbital Internet

    10. The World’s Fastest Computer

    11. Green Crude

    13. The Memristor

    14. The Bionic Hand (Did you watch Star Wars in where Luke Skywalker was fitted with a machine hand way back in 1975?? Umm..reinvention reinvented, what else?)

    15. The Direct-to-Web Supervillain Musical

    16. The Dynamic Tower

    17. The Mobile, Dexterous, Social Robot

    18. The New Mars Rover

    19. Montreal’s Public Bike System

    20. The Everything Game

    21.The synthetic organism

    22. The Shadowless Skyscraper

    23. The Branded Candidate

    24. Bionic Contacts

    25. Thin-Film Solar Panels

    26. The Speedo LZR Racer

    27. Bubble Photography

    28. The Invisibility Cloak (Psst..Mogambo’s prowling round the web, dont let him know.. ;))

    29. The 46th Mersenne Prime

    30. The Internet of Things

    31. Einstein’s Fridge

    32. Facebook for Spies

    33. Biochemical Energy Harvester

    34. Made-in-Transit Packaging

    35. Airborne Wind Power

    36. The New Ping-Pong Serve

    37. Smog-Eating Cement

    38. The Baseball Instant Replay

    39. Enhanced Fingerprints

    40. The Seven New Deadly Sins

    41. The Peraves MonoTracer

    42. Disenvoweling

    43. High-Tech Running Shoes (Well…Well..Well…now henceforth we wont have human athletes running for pride, there will be shoes competing with each other..Nike v/s Reebok..FILA v/s Adidas..Great.. D)

    44. Sunscreen for Plants

    45. The Short Refinance

    46. Aptera Electric Car

    47. Google’s Floating Data Center

    48. The Time Eater Clock

    49. Sound-Enhanced Food

    50. A Camera for the Blind (Camera for the blind.. Wow, it sounds so cool..how does it work? P)

    Psst – This entire information was stolen from here

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:04 pm on October 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blasts in India, Indian Mujahideen, ,   

    8 terrorists arrested in Pune 

    8 dangerous terrorists of Indian Mujahiddin are arrested from Pune today. They used to  hack Wifi connections and use the connection to send threatening emails to Police and government. Its notable that each of them were well educated, the head honcho Mohmmad Mansur Asgar Pirbhai,aged 31 used to work @ Yahoo! one of the most prestigious companies of India on a salary of Rs 19 lakh . Shame on Yahoo! for employing such a terrorist. (Yahoo! India has agreed to share Pirbhoys information to police, still is this the HR policy of Yahoo, shit….)

    First, the Samajwadi Party, Congress and that old man Javed Akhtar  wailed in favour of Azamgarh based terrorists claiming that they indulged into terrorist activities becasue they didnt had education, jobs etc. Now look at this Mansur Pirbhoy. Educated, having a well secure job and future, still he manages to do terrorist acts, plant bombs, send hate mails, and what else..I was startled to read that this son of a swine Pirbhoy didnt had a hint of remorse for what he did, or what he wanted to do.  He was stone cold during interrogations. Should we riddle their bodies with metal in public, just to show what is the fate of being a terrorist?? Meanwhile, Maya Sharma, the widow of Delhi Police martyr, Mohan Chand Sharma has come back strongly at the son of a bitch Amar Singh when he made derrogatory comments againsts the Late Sharma. WTH is Amar Singh?? Why dosent someone rip off his bulging eyes?? Except for Amitabh Bacchan, I think no one would like Amar Singh.. 

    Meanwhile here are few tips

    1. If any muslim coms to stay in your building, area, inform the police.

    2. If your company has employeed muslim people, check their activities, their mails, their surfing habbits etc.

    3. Dont trust what the muslim religious authorities say, muslims *are* terrorists. The Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi is the biggest terrorist..dont trust the terrorists..

     
    • rahul 4:43 am on October 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      not only the politicians are saying that they are not terrorist but also they are pointing our system(police) who are fighting agaist terrorism,Mr Amar singh politician from samajwadi party is saying that the delhi encounter were fake ..don’t interfere and give such stupid comments when you are not helping anybody…..

    • anil 1:02 pm on October 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      did you seen Cinema Wednesday

    • Pritish Mukherjee 5:55 pm on February 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Learn to speak in an unbiased manner….if u carry on with your rhetoric against mislims as a whole u’ll come across as nothing less than an educated terrorist u are condemning in yur article…sweetheart grow up and learn to defend right and wrong ….what javed aKHTAR SAYS IS FOR UNEMPLOYED ,muslims not encompassing the vast majority of educated of alleged Indian Mujahiddeen members involved in the attacks in Delhi and Jaipur….So in all I am trying to tell you is that some segments of all religions and sects (including hindus…keeping in mind godhra and babri…) are open to brainwashing so please for f@#$%’s sake don’e be judgmental about a particular generic group as a whole….

      • pious 4:19 am on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        you are absolutely right

    • RexTR 2:57 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      you are a fucking racist. you have no right to condemn a religion based on some acts of violence. and you have no right to accuse muslims before any group has even come forward to claim that they caused this. all muslims are not terrorists. terrorists are people like YOU, so filled with hate for others, so fueled by insecurities that they do and say anything to validate their existence.

    • pious 4:18 am on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      its only the indian police and the ministers fault

  • Harshad Joshi 3:04 pm on September 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Happy Birthday Google.. 

    Google's 10th Birthday

    Google completes its 10 years, 28 September 1998 – 28 September 2008..

     

    Starting from what was called  as ‘Dont be Evil’, Google today is the world’s largest database holding tonnes of secrets about people, their habbits, their thinking, their culture et al..

    In the first 10 years, Google has introduced several user oriented web softwares that helped them remorph the IT industry..Initially, Google began its life as a simple web search engine no one could had imagined to be what is perheps an integral part of their computing experience. There are other players in this market, like MSN, Ask, the recent Cuil, but Google has outcasted them and I dont think there would be anything much left for anyone to try as far as Web search is concerned.

     

    Long live Google, and dont forget, the privacy bomb’s ticking.. ;)

     
  • Harshad Joshi 2:54 pm on September 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Sony, Sony Mylo,   

    Wi-Fi Sony® mylo® : A review 

    The Wi-Fi Sony® mylo® internet device gives you what need to stay connected. It conveniently uses wireless LAN technology so there are no monthly bills or long-term contracts. Call your friends on Skype® for free or IM them on AIM®, Google Talk™, or Yahoo!® Messenger using the back-lit slide-out keyboard and enjoy unparalleled communication in the palm of your hands. You can also browse the Web, take photos and share them on the 3.5-inch LCD touch screen. All this on a device small enough to take virtually anywhere. Sony® mylo®, the fun of a PC in your pocket. Also available in black.

    Shoot Video…Now you’re a star

    Now you can capture video using the built in camera to capture video in MPEG4 in addition to capturing still images. There are many websites where you can upload photos and videos like Flickr™ and YouTube™ as well as social networking websites. Because our device supports uploading and downloading files mylo Internet Device owners can post content to many of these popular content websites1.

    Enhanced Web Browsing

    Through its hi-res touch-screen, you can browse many popular websites. Your portable Internet experience is now closer to the internet experience on a PC. Enhanced Web Browsing combined with Adobe® Flash® Lite 3 support means you now have access to websites like YouTube™ and others. Mylo’s upload and download capability allows you to use popular websites like Facebook® for posting and commenting1. Adobe® Flash® Lite support also means you can play compatible casual Flash games.

    Instant Messaging. Where and when you want.

    With the Sony® mylo® Internet Device you can always stay in touch. Instant Message your friends with the most popular messaging software from AOL®, Yahoo!®, Google™ and Skype®. Send and receive e-mail through AOL® Mail, Google Gmail™ and Yahoo!® Mail. And, with COM-2′s new backlit keyboard you can type wherever you want to regardless of how much light is available.

    mylo Widgets

    A widget is a small application that is generally designed to do one simple thing but to do it really well. COM-2 comes with several pre-installed widgets that range from basic like the Google search widget and the Facebook® Notifier that tracks activity on your Facebook page to more advanced apps like the My Contacts widget that works as a consolidated buddy list for all the IM applications on the mylo. In addition to the preinstalled widgets COM-2 users will be able to download new widgets from the new COM-2 product website. And, for the first time, users will be allowed to register as a developer in order to gain access to the technical resources they will need to build their own widgets.

    Built in Camera

    With the built in 1.3 Megapixel camera imaging and everything you do online are at your finger tips. Now you can capture photos, edit them on the built in photo editor and because COM-2 features upload and download capability you can post them directly to your blog or even to your Facebook page. All on the mylo without the need for a PC.

    Voice Calling with Skype®

    Skype lets you enjoy free Internet phone calls to and from any Skype enabled device and PC, anywhere in the world! Or Skype-Out to any phone number for a nominal fee.

    Music and Video

    MP3, ATRAC, WMA (Secured and Un-Secured) and now AAC codecs. Play music you’ve purchased from many compatible online music stores. Multi-task: listen to music while you IM or surf the Web. COM-2 also supports Windows Media DRM 10 so you can even use your mylo communicator with many popular subscription music services. The improved video player supports both MPEG4 along with the improved video quality of MPEG4 AVC.

    Free Wi-Fi access at McDonald’s and more

    Sony’s mylo® COM-2 device owners receive free Wi-Fi access at over 10,000 Wayport Hotspot locations nationwide; including over 10,000 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s® Restaurants, 70 IHOP restaurants, 600 hotels, and more.

    SHOUTcast® Internet Radio

    You can now enjoy many of the over 22,000 free SHOUTcast® Radio stations on your mylo® COM-2 Internet Device. Whatever your tastes may be, SHOUTcast Radio is bound to have a station for you. From music, to talk, to sports, news and more, SHOUTcast Radio offers COM-2 users selections of nearly every genre from all parts of the world. Enjoying unlimited free radio on your COM-2 is easy through the SHOUTcast Radio widget and associated service.

    Product Specifications

    Video

    • Format(s) Supported : MPEG4 SP/ASP, AVC Baseline (up to QVGA 30fps, 384/768 kbps)

    Weights and Measurements

    • Dimensions (Approx.) : 5 1/4 x 27/32 x 2 5/8in (130.8 x 20.7 x 64.6mm) (excluding protrusions)
    • Weight (Approx.) : 6.8oz (193g) (including rechargeable battery)

    Hardware

    • Camera : 1.3 Megapixel with macro mode
    • Keyboard : Backlit slide-out QWERTY keyboard
    • LCD : 3.5 WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) with Touch Panel
    • Microphone : Built-in and one-touch answer remote controller
    • Speakers : Built-in

    Graphics

    • Format(s) Supported : JPEG, PNG, BMP

    Power

    • AC Power : Adapter DC IN 5.2V
    • Battery Life (Approx.) : Up to 6 hours Internet calling, Up to 20 hours music playback, Up to 7 hours video playback, Up to 6 hours Web Browsing
    • Battery Type : Removable Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery 3.7V 1200mAh

    Web Browser

    • Web Browser Type : Access NetFront™ web browser with Adobe® Flash® Lite 3

    Networking/Modem

    • Security : WEP (128bit/64bit, Open System/Shared Key), WPA-PSK (TKIP, AES)
    • Wireless LAN : IEEE 802.11b/g

    Software

    • Instant Messaging : Yahoo!® Messenger, Google Talk™ ,Skype® or AIM®
    • Internet Voice Calls : Skype®

    Operating Conditions

    • Operating Temperature : 5 to 35 C (41 to 95F)

    Inputs and Outputs

    • Headphone Jack : ö3.5mm jack via remote controller
    • Headset Inputs : 10pin flat jack (16ohms)
    • USB Port(s) : mini USB jack

    Memory

    • Memory Size : 1GB Internal memory
    • Type : Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo™ Expansion Slot (up to 8GB Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo™ supported)

    Audio

    • Format(s) Supported : MP3, WMA, AAC, ATRAC®

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:15 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Atom, प्रलय, Big Bang Theory, , Economics, Large Hadron Collider, , Particle Physics, Physics, Quantam Mechanics, Quarks, Science, Stephen Hawkings, The String Theory   

    The LHC, CERN,the Earth,and me 

    The LHC or Large Hadron Collider was supposed to fire a huge beam smashing atoms, colliding quarks, and whatnot, that was capable of turning Earth into a black hole @ 1:30 PM IST.

    Its 2:08 PM IST, I am observing that I am alive, the people next to me are alive, the computers working properly, there is no power cut, the TV’s on, there has been no earth quake reported, my mobile network is operational, theres traffic on road..people are moving around, they seem perfectly all right ..All these things prove that Earth has been spared from becoming a black hole. I dont now if the scientists @ CERN got what they were finding, but I am pretty sure that the world wont end that easily, especially with me having a lot of desires left to be satisfied ;)

    Theres no प्रलय, heres no Doom’s day, theres no Apocalypse, Judgement Day has been postponed. :P

    Rejoice Dudes, we have got yet another day to live..make the most out of it, who knows what those crazy scientist might be upto now..However, i cant help thinking. Bing Bang, Universe is great, but we have got so many problems like hunger, poverty, unemployment, racism, corruption, religious controversies, why cant someone try to solve them, I bet they are more challenging then Big Bang.. ;)

    Hey…to know what CERN’s to, watch this live webcast from this site.All I can see is few people walking here and there..

    Update on 10 Sept 9:30 PM IST

    This news of earth being turned into a black hole was potrayed so cinematically by some Indian news channels that one 16 year old girl in Indore commited suicide when she saw that the world was going to end soo..The Indian TV media once again proved they are the biggest assholes in some aspects..No maturity, no sense, no originality..Mongrels…Crap heded blistering barnacles..

     
    • debmalyasinha 8:12 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey… Engineers and Physicists at CERN had cleared the fact that all rumours regarding creating microscopic black holes are all crap… So, Why take chap?:D enjoy dude…:D

    • limey 8:31 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      They are only turning it on today. The colliding won’t actually happen for a few weeks yet so why people were getting all worried about today strikes me as being rather amusing.

    • dreiund20 8:40 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      There are no collisions planned today, so no chance of creating a black hole right now. Rejoiced to soon ;-)

      But to be honest: i don’t think anybody has to be afraid of black holes – that’s just…bullshit :-)

    • Brett Henebery 8:45 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Harshad,

      CERN did indeed switch on the LHC, but only to warm up the machines and do some preliminary tests. They haven’t even began colliding the atoms yet. The first collisions take place in the second week of October this year.

      If such a devestating cataclysm were to take place we wouldn’t know until 2012 when it reaches maximum performance and any hypothetical ‘mini black holes’ have had a chance to accrue and form a quasar inside the planet (which would be apocalyptic to say the least).

      Having said that, no one can say for certain exactly what will happen once the LHC is colliding beams in ernest. Even CERN themselves admit that they can’t predict exactly what will happen and what chain of events will transpire. That’s a tad worrying. After all, nothing of this scale has ever been tested. Until now anyway.

      There is a miniscule and remote chance that in four years, if Dr Otto Rossler and former nuclear physicist Walter Wagner are right, the earth will be experiencing some major negative changes. God forbid that happens.

      2012 is a significant year for many reasons, (see the Mayan Long Count Calander and the Grand Allignment). I just hope that the LHC doesn’t make it a tragic hat trick for us.

      Personally, I’m optimistic. The chance of tragedy is there. But it’s very small.

      • Harshad Joshi 1:14 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think you were talking about a film named 2012, man, watch it, nice and cool computer effects. Is this what the future is?? But that film has no mentions of LHC, or did I miss it ;)

    • federico federici 8:55 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hello world! – said my PC as I switched it on few minutes ago.
      Oh, I see that the world still works!
      For sure something went wrong in their LHC experiment…

    • kenjara 8:56 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Its worth noting that the main collision experiment wont take place till around christmas. It will still not destroy the Earth though.

    • ibofightback 9:01 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I thought all they were doing this time was firing one beam, and the micro-black holes that will swallow the world (not) from colliding two beams aren’t due for a few weeks?

      geez … reading around the ‘net, it appears virtually none of the MSM is bothering with that slight (not) difference either …

      So have some patience, still some time to plan for doomsday! :)

    • Gonçalo R. 9:21 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      In the telegraph.co.uk news it says that ‘The first collisions are expected in around 30 days.’

      So I don’t know if we’re safe already… but I hope so ;)

      At least, today we seem to be all right.

    • phr0ggi 9:27 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      “All I can see is few people walking here and there..”
      LOL. It’s when all you can see are the silhouettes of people running here and there (backlit by flames a la “Towering Inferno”), that you should maybe worry…

    • zenbiscuit 9:30 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Ahh, guess we’ll all have to live to die another day…

    • enggprasad 10:01 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, you have written the article quite in funny way. And even then it spills the truth. Nothing has happened as of yet. So we can say “Earth is Safe”.

      I agree with you that why people, scientist, politicians run behind the “MRUGAJALA”?? As you rightly said, there are various issues like Hunger, Corruption, Racism, Poverty, Unemployment etc etc. Why can’t India and in turn World look for that. They are definitely challenging than Big Bang. No problem, World should go on exploring Earth, Universe and Environment but after it solves the problem within.

      Prasad Kulkarni

    • Harshad Joshi 10:49 am on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      On my rivers of belief
      If you understand, or if you dont…
      If you believe or you doubt…
      There is universal justice…

      The eyes of Truth…are always watching you….

      If you can read this, hey..you are alive, so am I, so is everyone..We live another day….

      We dont know what fate/destiny Karma has planned for us…We must start living a new day we have got. No matter what your faith is, no matter what your religion is…

      Remember – The only truth that prevails is your desires. The desires to make your life worthy of living. Share your joy, reduce someones sadeness, change the mantra of living a life, we all will be in a bliss..

      Hari Om taatsat…

    • seekingsalvation 1:35 pm on September 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      A fair bit of science is using observations to extrapolate towards some sort of conclusion; and I concur with your observation that we are all very much alive.

      Hopefully this will continue to be true for a long, long time.
      I enjoyed the way you put things
      Have a good day
      Salv.

    • Spyros 5:07 pm on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      There is just no chance at all that CERN destroys the world. See the safety reports in http://www.arxiv.org

      2 comments

      1) Mini black holes are quantum objects described by quantum gravity. Since we don’t know how to do quantum gravity we cannot calculate any probabilities (for creation, decay etc) except for the case that we use classical theories (general relativity). These give an absolutely negligible probability for a BH to be created. I wish that LHC creates one however. This way we might get a hint on how to construct quantum gravity.

      2) If you could stand next to a mini BH you would feel no gravitational force (its field is extremely weak on macroscopic scales).

      3) BH do not devour everything that stands in their way. They are black simply because if you cross the event horizon there is no possible way to get out. But in order to fall into a BH you need to have a trajectory that crosses its event horizon. If we replaced the sun with a BH nothing would happen. Well, there would be no light and planets would revolve at faster speeds (those closer to the BH would have complex rosette trajectories).

    • Spyros 5:08 pm on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry. Although i am a physicist, i am not so good at elementary mathematics. Those were 3 comments… :)

    • sunnysideofliving 2:01 pm on September 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Look at all the people interesting in seeing the Dooms Day!!

      Much ado about nothing as usual…….. wot a pity….all that money…… :(

    • sunnysideofliving 2:05 pm on September 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Luv ur blogs…adding to my blog roll…hope u don mind…

    • Joe Nahhas 11:10 am on January 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      LHC is garbage: Not me oE=mc²/2
      2009 is the end of Einstein’s space-jail of time and Fraud symbol E=mc²
      Joenahhas1958@yahoo.com
      Time is not a structure like space to allow space-to time-back to space jumping claimed by Physicists regardless of what physicists have to say about it because Physics is a business and not necessarily science or scientific and like every business it comes with fraud and fraud is Einstein’s space-time (x, y, z, it) continuum that led to fraud symbol E=mc² and yes I am saying that 109 years of Nobel prize winners physics and physicists are all wrong and space-time physics is based on scientific fraud. When “results” expected and “No” discovery, Physicists rigged Physics for grant money since the start of the industrial revolution. Physics today is at least 51 % fraud!
      r ——————>>Exp (ì w t) ———->> S=r Exp (ì wt) Nahhas’ Equation
      Orbit——–>> Orbit light sensing——>> Visual Orbit; Exp = Exponential
      Particle —->> light sensing of moving objects———— >> Wave
      Newton———>>light sensing———->> Quantum
      Quantum = Newton x Visual Effects
      Quantum – Newton = Relativistic = Optical Illusions
      E (Energy by definition) = mv²/2 = mc²/2; if v = c
      m = mass; v= speed; c= light speed; w= angular velocity; t= time
      S = r Exp (ì w t) = r [cos (wt) + ì sin (wt)] Visual effects
      P = visual velocity = change of visual location
      P = d S/d t = v Exp (ì w t) + ì w r Exp (ì w t)
      = (v + ì w r) Exp (ì w t) = v (1 + ì) Exp (ì w t) = visual speed; v = wr
      E (visual energy= what you see in lab) = m p²/2; replace v by p in E = mv²/2
      = m p²/2 = m v²/2 (1 + ì) ² Exp (2ì wt)
      = mv²/2 (2ì) [cosine (2wt) + ì sine (2wt)]
      =ì mv² [1 - 2 sine² (wt) + 2 ì sine (wt) cosine (wt)];v = speed; c = light speed
      wt = π/2
      E (visual) = ìmv² (1 – 2 + 0)
      E (visual) = -ì mc² ≡ mc² (absolute value;-ì = negative complex unit) If v = c
      w t = π/4
      E (visual) = imv² [1-1 +ỉ] =-mc²; v = c
      wt =-π/4+ỉln2/2; 2ỉ wt=-ỉπ/2 – ln2
      Exp (2i wt) = Exp [-ỉπ/2] Exp [ln(1/2)]=[-ỉ (1/2)]
      E (visual) = imv² (-ỉ/2) =1/2mc² v = c
      Conclusion: E = mc² is the visual Illusion of E = mc²/2 joenahhas1958@yahoo.com. All rights reserved.
      PS: In case of E=mc² claims to be rest energy claims then
      E=1/2m (m v + m’ r) ² = (1/2m) (m’ r) ²; v = 0
      E = (1/2m) (mc) ²; m’ r =mc
      E=mc²/2
      n that

      • Harshad Joshi 6:25 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Einstein would have been proud of your scientific analytic skills, too bad he died decades ago leaving this world at the mercy of evil scientists planning to blow up the earth.. :|

    • the_blob_inc@msn.com 5:20 pm on November 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      the lhc at this point in time is a very bad idea, there are far to many unknowns.

      when they were testing the fist a-bomb they though it might light
      the atmosphere on fire, sure it may have not happened in the end but they had to do it because lives were at stake and they had to end a long drawn out war. failure was not an option!

      but there is no justifiable reason why we should chance fate a second time over such a small thing.

      at this point in history there are more important things, i feel they should postpone the testing for a decade or so and devote those $$$
      bones to some thing better like mining asteroids and or developing practical solutions for space flight.
      like idk a space shuttle the common man could afford to buy, maintain and operate.

      the simple fact of the matter is that these tests have no real world use/applications at the moment.
      more over we already have the scientific/technological capability of achieving such feat’s as space flight with out the lhc.

      to conclude my rant i ask what is the lhc going to do for me “the common man”? I’ll tell you, “possibly” kill me and every one else, and a whole lota nothing!

      and for what to satisfy the curiosity of some egg head whom does not care about my thoughts
      ideals and more over my genius!

      fool’s, I’ll bet if it was put to a world wide democratic vote today they would be shut down tomorrow!

      the end does not justify the means no manner how you dice it what so ever.

      (after all its not like the lhc is going any where;)

      • Harshad Joshi 1:09 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think Earth Defence Forces have detected an alien attack and hence they have designed a killer machine to prevent defeat in an inter galactic war…wow, we are now going to see star wars for real..

        LHC is the havoc machine, a weapon to be used in case of an alien invasion :P

    • the_blob_inc@msn.com 4:23 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i wonder what would happen if the lhc was fired up and then all the sudden the sun let out a giant solar flair?

      after all our sun has an solar cycle of about 11 years between its major amounts of solar activity.

      i remember back in 1999 and 2000 they were all worried over y2k and also over that nastier solar cycle thing.

      which may i add will be at its height on dec 21 2012.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle
      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e1/Sunspot-bfly.gif

      either way i think the test should be postponed until a time between our suns solar cycle.

      sure it would take them 15-20 more years or so to do all the tests they want to do but “safety first” that’s what i always say.

      as far as i have read the lhc only has a life expectancy of 10 years, during that time it will be upgraded once.

      but for them to do testing in 2009-2011 then stop for 5 years and then resume for 3-4 years, would be way more safer.

      • Harshad Joshi 6:20 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Relax, enjoy life to the fullest till the last day comes. Trust me, the LHC will fail once again because no one knows how to operate it. The scientist are crazy people with lot of time and money to waste.

        PS – Get married *now* if you are single. Who knows if LHC disaster may take place, there will be mutations of all kinds.. ;)
        :D

    • the_blob_inc@msn.com 7:25 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      idk the main and only problem with the lhc that ppl should be worried about is the unknown side effects if such a device.

      no only to us but our solar system in general, it doesn’t take much research on the internet to find out that such things can go terribly wrong.

      although the lhc is only a 10 year project, the simple fact of the manner is that if such an device were in operation for say 40 years there is some where between a 40-75% chance of catastrophic failure resulting in alot of the side effect’s that many have dismissed as being false misinformation.

      be it mini black holes, strangelets, mono-polar particles, i would have to say they are the least of our worries.

      after all are we ready for the information and research that would be generated by the lhc, what are the consequences of this information?

      after the discovery of nuclear fission mankind had the ability to fully destroy its self, this in effect caused fear and panic and later led to the cold war, a struggle which led to the economic failure of communism in the ussr resulting in much poverty.

      with great power comes great responsibility, that being said what makes these scientists the right people for this task?

      what gives them the right to put our lives at stake even if the chances is only like .000000000000000000000000000001% especially when nobody can say for certain what will or wont happen.

      i dont wana go on spouting out all this doom’s day jargon and referring to prophecy but even though i dont believe in that crap that does not mean im not going to at least try to avoid such things.

      i think that those people responsible for the lhc are being very ignorant of peoples believes customs and ideals, if the lhc were built in canada here it would have been shut down already due to lobbying and petitioning, and more over for being a violation of the Canadian charter of rights and freedom’s (due in part to its timing in accordance with the dec 21 2012 thing).

      figure that, if i believed in the mayan religion and customs (ha minus the human sacrifice of course) according to the c c r f they would be violating my rights and i could sue them.

      • Harshad Joshi 9:14 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Dont wory mate, nothings doom gonna happen, and if it does, then it will be for us all.

        So, till then, live this day, die on another one..

        And according to my knowledge, LHC is locate somewhere in swiss/france borders underground tunnel. What has canada to do with it? :-O

        • the_blob_inc@msn.com 10:32 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          well first of all i just don’t want some fool machine messing up the earths geomagnetic field or for that manner disrupting the sun or some stupid thing like that.

          it may be in France/Switzerland but it is still on earth.

          i more or less just dont want them to do testing during the sun’s solar maximum.

          http://indigosociety.com/earth-not-risk-lhc-large-hadron-collider-t7791/#post546661

          aka 2011 and on to 2015 or so and from 2020 to 2025, if they could not mess around with it then that would just be swell.

          idk if it only effected them i wouldn’t care, i would happily go along with it until they killed them selves just so i could say i told you so.

          but this thing is so big that if some thing go’s wrong it wont only effect them, our collective asses are on the line.

          i think what will happen is a computational error due to emi/emp from a massive solar storm, this in turn will cause catastrophic failure.

          • Harshad Joshi 11:00 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

            “i think what will happen is a computational error due to emi/emp from a massive solar storm, this in turn will cause catastrophic failure.”

            Dont worry mate, I hear EU uses Linux and not MS Windows. So there wont be any calc errors.

            But I respect your views.

            • the_blob_inc@msn.com 11:07 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

              it wont be software , it will be a hardware thing.

              i’ll bet the entire facility is automated.

              every door every window and even down to the very relays and contractors they use to control the sophisticated equipment in the lhc.

              at that point it wont manner what operating system they use, in the end it will just be a simple error caused by the very thing that breathes life into our fair planet.

      • Harshad Joshi 9:17 am on November 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        To be honest, I dont know what to react on LHC, its beyond my control to say ‘shut if off’ ;)

  • Harshad Joshi 3:04 am on September 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adware, , Browzar, Google Chrome, Google Gears, GoS(Good OS), Internet Explorer, Matt Cutts, Mozilla Firefox, , , Privoxy, Proxy Server, Spyware, Tor   

    Google unveils Chrome, the browser (spyware) we were waiting for 

    Google finally unveiled Chrome, the beta edition of its web browser. Long ago, Google has predicted – ‘The browser is the platform’, keeping it in mind, it released Gogle Gears, now the Chrome. The tab button stikingly resembeles like he Yahoo toolbar, did anyone note that?? Of course, the Yahoo toolbar adds the tab functionality to older IE editions. Cold this be the next big application that will spy on people from now? I remember writing a link on how Google has exploited privacy and security of users..Wow…Is this the biggest spyware we have ever seen?? A note to Paranoids – I cant say for gurantee that Google Chrome is the official spying tool released by Google, but given its past and privacy pundits worried over Google tracking its users habits, trends etc…but in that case, I can safely say – Orkut is the biggest spyware. Enter Orkut, and you will find all fizzy stuff ranging from click trackers, url trackers, content crawlers, etc.

    I suggest – take a break..Stay away from the web for some time, maintain a random click pattern that will make Google;s life difficult. ;) Install this wonderful tool, Tor

    Q. What is Tor?

    A. Tor is a software project that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Tor works with many of your existing applications, including web browsers, instant messaging clients, remote login, and other applications based on the TCP protocol.

    Good luck. However, I am amazed how well this wannabe Google Spyware has found its way in news, media, blogs..did this thing really needed so much attention?? Mozilla’s doing a fine job against Microsoft, the browser war isent the same one it was in 1997…Joke..! Like Apple iPhone, Google Chrome has lived its hype, and I think its one of the most successful webmedia marketting campaign we have seen recently., after the dramatic Apple iPhone..

    2 years ago, I remember downloading an IE based slim browser, it was called Browzar. The site’s still alive, except that it didnt get a grand attention Chrome’s getting.. I think it hasent come out of its beta stage even after 2 years later I downloaded it. Browzar claims to be a paranoid web surfers friend..but as its based on IE, I wont assume anything..Wow, the date matches exactly…Take a look @ this article I had written lonng time back describing Browzar.;)

    Psst..want to see Chrome crashing?? Try this link;)

     
    • AmericanCitizen 4:52 am on September 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Run as far away from a Google binary as you can!!! Google is in the business of intelligence gathering and putting their software on your computer is utter suicide for your privacy and security.

    • Limey 12:49 pm on September 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I tried running the Chrome installer. It only got as far as telling me it wasn’t suitable for my system (Windows 2000), but it had already installed a hidden “updater” program (i.e. spyware) in the Local Settings folder, set to be run every reboot (and stay resident). I discovered it when the firewall trapped it trying to phone home, and removed it with HijackThis.

      This browser is seriously bad news – avoid!

    • colono 5:35 pm on September 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      There is a struggle for freedom of all kinds – from basic civil liberties to freedom of information and knowledge – Google profits on keeping certain sections of Open Source software thriving, – such as some of the various platforms that allow social networking, then they keep the rest extremely closed in a manner resonant with other totalitarian cyberspace empires, like Fakebook and Microsoft.

      Some say that Stallman is an extremist, but freedom requires principles. Those principles are broken by Google all the time and more and more information and potential knowledge are controlled by over-sized corporations that increasingly are under conventional market pressures – and therefore might sell all their user behaviour data anytime that the shareholders should remain unsatisfied with the profit maximisation rates.

      It is Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Pfizer et al who are the extremists – the rest of us are merely people trying to share and cooperate, but they won’t let us. It is a matter of principle!

    • hector santos 4:02 am on September 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You need to stop complaining and report this UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR to the FCC, FTC, your state senators, etc.

      Google is just exploiting the pandora box APPLE has opened with installation of software on user devices (now you PC is just a DEVICE now) with full centralized server control on your computer.

      PUT A STOP TO THIS NOW BEFORE IT BECOMES TOO LATE.

      Here is whats going to happen:

      MICROSOFT will see Chrome as a threat (google opened the door with saying its now a OS) and MS will look for the legal right to put its with “Kill Switch” just like APPLE has done with the iPHONE to kill applications they feel is a threat or not part of their strategy.

    • knujlla 8:17 am on September 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Google Chrome communication is explained here:

      http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/google-chrome-communication/

    • Chrome Plated Spyware 11:30 am on November 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Google Chrome and Google in general are but symptoms of a controlling, centric style of government. If you liked how the GWB regime trampled your liberties, you’re gonna love the “new” Obamination and Chrome.

    • roofcleaningtampa 7:10 am on April 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I TRUST Google because their motto is “Do No Harm”.
      I intend to installl the Google Browser, and try it.

      • eric 9:51 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        you trust google….. ah okay.you are a sucker.plain and simple.just because you dont give a dam that google puts a key logger on chrome dosent mean the rest of us are so dumb.better make sure you stay away from the porn because your “friend” google will find out.

    • Mr Google 9:12 am on July 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      since installing I can not enter my flash drive which has a security login because it says that another application is using it fkciugn ogogle crohme

    • Ms Engineer 1:24 am on December 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Google Chrome is just simple spyware, much worse than even Microsoft. Big Brother Google is spying everyone is using their luring “free” services and “products” – free as “give us your freedom and all your computer content” cause our “professionals” will take care of that and all aspects of your future life, we will OWN YOU and your thoughts, intentions, startups ans so on – !

      The next scamming scheme is being forged right now, the big scam of all scams named Chrome OS, which is nothing more than an interface to connect on their proprietary servers where you should put all your computer content like a naive, in their hands, so voila, total control is here ! You will be billed somewhere int he future for moving the mouse ! Google totally sucks, is just a spyware company and as alternative you internet users can think at duckduckgo.com, ixquick.com, scroogle.com or startingpage.com ALL of them don’t record any IP’s or searches of their users. The last two are just google searches without the spying. Use adblock to block their google analytics and other junks as well as some cookie manager addon for firefox and don’t forget to enter about:config and erase everything that has google in it and geo, for geolocation.
      What you have to do to escape the spyware these corporations throwed all o ver the web in an attempt to spy and controll everyone. Don’t be a fool, you don’t need any google to use the internet !

    • Ms Engineer 1:25 am on December 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Google Chrome is just simple spyware, much worse than even Microsoft. Big Brother Google is spying everyone is using their luring “free” services and “products” – free as “give us your freedom and all your computer content” cause our “professionals” will take care of that and all aspects of your future life, we will OWN YOU and your thoughts, intentions, startups ans so on – !

      The next scamming scheme is being forged right now, the big scam of all scams named Chrome OS, which is nothing more than an interface to connect on their proprietary servers where you should put all your computer content like a naive, in their hands, so voila, total control is here ! You will be billed somewhere int he future for moving the mouse ! Google totally sucks, is just a spyware company and as alternative you internet users can think at duckduckgo.com, ixquick.com, scroogle.com or startingpage.com ALL of them don’t record any IP’s or searches of their users. The last two are just google searches without the spying. Use adblock to block their google analytics and other junks as well as some cookie manager addon for firefox and don’t forget to enter about:config and erase everything that has google in it and geo, for geolocation.
      What you have to do to escape the spyware these corporations throwed all o ver the web in an attempt to spy and control everyone. Don’t be a fool, you don’t need any google to use the internet !

  • Harshad Joshi 5:31 am on August 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , QoS,   

    BSNL to launch 3G in Pune 

    BSNL has planned to launch 3G in Pune, Maharashtra. BSNL is the state owned public limited company. Its the biggest POTS provider and it also provides cellular, wll and internet services. BSNL has planned to invest Rs 300 crore and initially, it will serve about 2000 BSNL customers. Later, in end 2008, they will expand it once the GOI finalizes the 3G deal. To use 3G, you will need to pay 725 per month..

    Q. What is 3G ?

    Ans. 3G is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology, after 2G. It is based on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) family of standards under the International Mobile Telecommunications programme, “IMT-2000“. 3G technologies enable network operators to offer users a wider range of more advanced services while achieving greater network capacity through improved spectral efficiency. Services include wide-area wireless voice telephony and broadband wireless data, all in a mobile environment.

    Unlike IEEE 802.11 networks, 3G networks are wide area cellular telephone networks which evolved to incorporate high-speed internet access and video telephony. IEEE 802.11 networks are short range, high-bandwidth networks primarily developed for data.

    Features

    The most significant feature of 3G mobile technology is that it supports greater numbers of voice and data customers — especially in urban areas — and higher data rates at lower incremental cost than 2G.

    By using the radio spectrum in bands identified, which is provided by the UTI for Third Generation IMT-2000 mobile services, it subsequently licensed to operators. 3G uses .6 MHz channel carrier width to deliver significantly higher data rates and increased capacity compared to 2G networks.

    The .5 MHz channel carrier provides optimum use of radio resources for operators who have been granted large, contiguous blocks of spectrum. On the other hand, it also helps to reduce the cost to 3G networks while being capable of providing extremely high-speed data transmission to users.

    It also allows the transmission of 384 kbit/s for mobile systems and 2 Mb/s for stationary systems. 3G users are expected to have greater capacity and better spectrum efficiency, which allows them to access global roaming between different 3G networks.

    Issues

    Although 3G was successfully introduced to users in Europe, Asia, South America (Uruguay) and Africa, some issues are debated by 3G providers and users:

    • Expensive input fees for the 3G service licenses
    • Numerous differences in the licensing terms
    • Large amount of debt currently sustained by many telecommunication companies, which makes it a challenge to build the necessary infrastructure for 3G
    • Lack of member state support for financially troubled operators
    • Expense of 3G phones
    • Lack of buy-in by 2G mobile users for the new 3G wireless services
    • Lack of coverage, because it is still a new service
    • High prices of 3G mobile services in some countries, including Internet access (see flat rate)
    • Current lack of user need for 3G voice and data services in a hand-held device

    My concern

    • BSNL is not known to provide anything called as QoS. Infact, not a single telco or ISP in India ever promises to deliver services on minimum QoS. Even most of the consumers dont bother about QoS. Why this carelessness, I dunno..Astonishing to know that 3G can have upto 2Mbps top speed. BSNL actually provides 2 MB as an elite internet service and that too at a premium price, and they dont gurantee that the upload/download sped will be consistant. Call any of their technical teams, they have got an answer – The server through which you ar uploading might be having some problems..Gosh, I am experimenting on their unlimited plan, and all I can get is a paltry 30 kbps download under good conditions…Are they taking me on a ride?  Is this what they call broadband??
    • Right now, BSNL is promising video calling on 3G. The catch is that many existing customers dont have access to full fledged 3G devices. Also, people having BSNL mobil will be able to make video calls only to those having bsnl as mobil service provider, as no other service provider has got 3G capabilities of now. So, its only bsnl here..Remember those olden days when the BSNL phone used to be dead for major part of day, do we get to see this in case of 3G as well??
    • Why didnt BSNL go in for Apple iPhone 3G when they were actually having resources to provide 3G? Its a waste of money and time for those who have purchased it through Airtel or Vodafone…

    One things good that we are actually getting some premium services in India, however, as a consumer, we need to demand QoS from all service providers, whether its the ISP, telco or even the government that we elect..(or others elect..)

     
    • abhijeet 2:21 pm on August 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      stop using net 4 sum days ,think abt d real world try to experience the real world,lot of things wil make u crazy .try to experince everything ,try 4 India tour…….hope u wil find urself….BEST LUCK…..

    • Buddy 8:38 pm on August 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Abhijeet, You need to learn to balance your life between net and real world. Mature buddy.

    • sachin 5:42 pm on May 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      i-phone is a very expensive device for india. You can get a similar featured phone for less than half prize. Sadest part os otis almost two tomes expensive comparing to us or uk.

  • Harshad Joshi 7:54 am on August 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Abhinav Bindra, , Beijing Olympics, Cisco, Delhi, , Kapil Dev, , Mahendra Sigh Dhoni, , Najafgarh, Netgear, Sushil Kumar, , Vijender Kumar,   

    Olympic Medal, Apple iPhone, and me 

    Last two weeks were of great hustle bustle for Indian sports. Abhinav Bindra won the first individual gold medal in 10 m shooting event for independent India, later Shushil Kumar, a Najafgarh lad fetched a bronze in freestyle wrestling, the last one was in 1952 Helsinki Olympics, and on the same day, Bhiwani based boxer, Vijender Kumar ensured a sure bronze in boxing, 75 kg catagory. So far, this has been the best sports performance by Indian in any major sport event, the other mentionable achievements being winning the 1983 ICC World Cup under Kapil Dev, and the 2007 Twenty-20 world cup win under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy. Some people said that Abhinav won gold because he had enough resources to get out of the under facilitated  Indian sports system, we thought, perheps this is the way winners are created. But Sushil Kumar, a person whose father is a MTNL driver, managed to win a bronze in wrestling. True, shooting and wrestling cannot be compared, but I cant help thinking, is the system so bad that you need to be a multi millionaire to win a gold for country? If that was the case, then Sushil Kumar might never had a chance..

    A lesson is lurking in there for budding sportsmen out there

    1. If you are like Abhinav Bindra,a super rich having truck load of money, resources and passion to make it to the top, dont worry for a damm ‘system’ or anything related, just do what you feel will take you to the top.

    2. If you are like Sushil Kumar, or Vijender Kumar, maybe you have to rely on government provided facilities, even though one may say the govt lacks the latest technology and infrastructure, still, thats your best hope and best choice.  The government is too slow to do things, but once in a while, it does produce winners.

    3. Olympic events are great, but thats not the ultimate goal. take for example, a sport like Formula 1 acing is at par with any sports event, I think its the most expensive sport ever known to mankind, we should excel in that too..Dr Vijay Mallya, the head honcho of Formula Force India has got enough money to make a good car..leave that it wont beat Ferrari in near future, but still…their ad shows Shahrukh Khan saying – ‘I want to compete with the best’,  Good luck mate..  ;)

    Yesterday, on 22 August, Vodafone and Airtel launched Apple iPhone ‘officially’ in India. Originally, the iPhone sported a tag of $499 and $799, many Indians thought they might lay their hands on the hyped beauty, however, things soon turned the other way, the iPhone is avaiilable @ a cool 31000/- and 36000/- which is approx $900 in terms of US dollors, isent it too high?? Add to it, 3G is not present in India, the TRAI, the DoT are still a distance from striking the deal with 3G providers, nothings finalized..then why do I need to buy a pretty expensive wifi device? I could go in for Netgear or cisco routers, they allow great wifi features..No doubt Apple iPhone got not so great response in the Indian market. Mr Steve Jobs, dont take Indians for granted, they will pay you more if you give them what they need, but no chance if you provide half baked products at an exotic price.

    The Apple iPhone has got several limitations.

    1. You cannot forward an sms.

    2. No bluetooth present. Apple tries to fill this gap, expecting that wifi will overtake bluetooth devices, but then they will have to wait for some time.

    3. A 2 MP camera, no flash, no video. No takers for this one.

    Now, about me..

    Well, me had pretty ordinary week, barring a few lectures by people, everything was the same as usual. Trying hard to overcome the rage, and I think I will be successful in doing it. :)

     
    • amit singh 7:44 am on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i am shooter from indion army

  • Harshad Joshi 4:06 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Howto, Online Communication, Safe Chatting, Tips and Tricks, Why?, Yahoo Messenger   

    Tips for Safe Chatting 

    Don’t chat about things that could enable a stranger to locate you. That includes your last name, the name of your school or workplace, the city you live in, and where you hang out.

    Protect your info. Don’t put identifiable information in your user profile, including photos. What’s uploaded to the Internet can be downloaded and shared by everyone. Avoid posting photos that allow people to identify you, especially sexually suggestive images. Before uploading a photo, think about how you’d feel if it were seen by a parent, friend, or future employer.

    Never meet with someone you encounter in a chat room unless you already know who they are.

     
    • mrinalini 3:46 pm on August 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      you are just superb.willyou be a friend o mine.you look so hot without your shirt. please don’t take me otherwise

    • Harshad Joshi 4:36 am on August 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Mrinalini

      Sorry, but it isent my pic.. ;)

  • Harshad Joshi 7:22 am on August 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Moral Police, Problems, , Taliban   

    Unexpected problems?? 

    The best way to avoid problems, is to avoid them.

    Look around, you will get to see people who are perfect, they just dont seem to have any kind of conflicts, or any issues, they get well with any situation, any kind of people, they appear so natural, so flawles, sometimes we call them as happy go lucky, but sadely,the moment we try to act like them, we are in deep deep trouble..Heaven sake dont try to copy someone because it appears attractive or seems so perfect and so right for them. Once you are in a problem, dont crib over you getting caught in there when someone else was deserving it, just accept the fact that you werent smart enough to get out of it.

    Last week, an errant rave party convict started screaming at me explaining that the rave party was good, he was innocent, and things like that..Actually, I didnt bother anything, but I realized, that he, along with his physiotherapist sister were facing problems, just like I described above. For them, rave party wasent the problem. The problem was, they found their names in the list of convicted people I had put up almost year ago..I imply said- If all that you are fgetting problamatic over seeing your name, the best solution was not to attend the party where you knew drugs were distributed freely…Maybe thats was their fasination, who cares?? That called me a moral brigadeer, a moral police(Hey, what does it mean?), he also called me a Talibani (rofl)..

    Anyway, all I can say is – ‘Dont ever get into trouble, and if at all you do, just accept it as fate.’

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:32 pm on August 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Idea Cellular, OpenWengo, Reliance India Mobil, Skype, STD, Tata Indicom, Telephones, TRAI,   

    TRAI okays net telephony in India 

    The Telecom regulator in India, TRAI on Monday allowed ISPs to offer unrestricted internet telephony services, a move that will further boost competition in the domestic long distance segment and lower STD tariffs.

    “It is envisaged that customers will ultimately benefit from cost effective and innovative internet telephony service.

    These recommendations will put Indian telecom sector in tune with global trends. The grey market tendencies shall be curtailed,” TRAI said in a statement.

    As per the TRAI recommendations, the STD service providers would be connected to ISPs through public internet for the purpose and the two service providers would have mutual agreement for the same.

    The move will permit calls from personal computers to fixed line and mobile phones. Currently, a voice call can travel between two computers but not from a mobile or a fixed phone. This is expected to open huge channels of revenues for Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

    The Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), a technical arm of Department of Telecom, will work out the number plan for the ISPs to enable them to offer telephone services.

    “Telephone numbers from identified blocks shall be allocated to ISPs, Unified Access Service Providers, BasicService Providers and Cellular Mobile Service Providers for internet telephony,” TRAI said.

    With a view to make internet telephony secure, TRAI said, all ISPs interested to provide unrestricted internet telephony would install “Lawful Interception” equipments. Usually, that would mean that the government or law enforcement agencies will be able to monitor anyone, good to prevent terrorist conversations, but potentially seen as a invasion on privacy..Further, voice grade communication requires strict QoS control and it also needs good broadband penetration among people..Given the policy of calling 256 kbps as broadband in India, I doubt whether there will be real mass appeal to this scheme. Lets see..

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:32 pm on August 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , George Bush Jokes, , , Sports   

    Beijing Olympics 2008 kicks off 

    Beijing Olympics 2008

    The Beijing Olympics 2008 ceremony has kicked off and officially, for next 20 days, we are going to see an exciting series of old records broken, new records being set. Top leaders from almost 80 countries are visiting Beijing for this extravaganza. Here’s a joke thats being passed here in India.

    Dubya, the George Bush Jr, who is enjoying his few days as American President, is visiting China as a guest at the Beijing Olympics ceremony, where he is supposed to deliver a small speech.

    He’s handed over a speech letter by his secretary. Dubya goes through it, and begins…

    “O…O……O….O…”

    The secretary says ‘ Sir, plese turn the page, thats not ‘O’. Thats the official Olympic logo. Your speech’s on the next page..’

     
  • Harshad Joshi 10:01 am on July 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ego, ,   

    The Ego and the flames 

    Ego is bad. Very bad. And when you find someone more egoistic then you, then its extremely hard to describe how badly it hurts. What exactly hurts is not known, but somewhere within, deep inside there is pain..lot of pain..words can describe it…but its real and it exists.

    I found  a new way to get over pain.

    1. I searched for all her conversations from the server. All the dialogs were intact on Gtalk, Gmail and Open Server.

    2. Brought a bundle of executive bond papers, the most expensive ones.

    3. Opened every conversation I had with her.

    4. Print was the command.

    5. Printing continued till the entire executive bond paper bundle became empty.

    6. Gathered all of them, and arranged them properly.

    7. Went on the terrace. Sprinkled some kerosene on it. 1 match stick was enough..

    8. As I watched the flames consuming the conversations I had with her, within my true self, something was feeling to be at peace. I think it was ego, maybe..

    9. Threw the matchbox in too…emptied the whole kerosene bottle..the eager flames were hungry for more..

    10. Felt much better. It was all over for me…One relation ended. I finally was at peace..The rage seemed pacified…

    I hope things will be normal now. Slowly, but surely, I will be back. I am not a slave of my ego, but I cant promise anything if it gets hurt.

     
    • aqua gurl 3:49 am on August 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Good one, but i wish it was that easy.
      I hope things get better with you!!!
      Time is the strongest healer to such wounds, the most reliable!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 10:44 am on August 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @valencia

      Well..I guess it wasent easy afterwards..I had purchased those expensive papers for taking printouts of the stamp collection I found on flickr…Later Dad inquired about those pages, and I nonchalantly told him -’I set them on fire’..He was stunned..!! I had to hear many things…I had to apologize to him. Probably he knows the real reason, he’s just waiting for me to confess it…I will speak it out to him soon…

      Till then, alls well…

    • Fari B 11:36 pm on August 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Ego is painful, you are so right. I had a big pain today, as my ego came up against my mothers. The worst thing about ego is that is implicitly hard to see in ourselves and easy to see in others. That is the nature of introspection, to reveal.

    • chirax 9:22 am on August 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm… Ego is Good, Makes to stand up for yourself.

    • sunnysideofliving 6:59 pm on September 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nope. Ego is not good at all….atleast not with loved ones.. Causes break ups of friends and lovers more than anything else.

  • Harshad Joshi 5:25 pm on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: feedparser.py, Google News, Mark Pilgrim,   

    How to write a kludgy news crawler in Python and challenge Google News to its limits 

    A kludge (or, alternatively, kluge) is a clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem or difficulty. In engineering, a kludge is a workaround, typically using unrelated parts cobbled together. Especially in computer programs, a kludge is often used to fix an unanticipated problem in an earlier kludge; this is essentially a kind of cruft.

    I was searching data on my old disk and I found some interesting code I had written(rather abandoned) an year and half ago. At that time, I was very fascinated by the concept of Google News, which scanned and gathered news from almost 450 sources and mash up them together on one single page.  Mnay sources, one destination. Needless to say, Google created a smash hit product.Life appeared easy, all of sudden.

    Given my nature, it wasent surprising  that I desired to write the next Google News Killer app. It began at night…around 10:30 to be precise. I was determined to finish the program in a nights time. Python was my original (and only) choice that seemed suitable for me to create the next biig thing. Googling around I found that a module feedparser.py makes parsing RSS feeds easy(so to say). However, there was a problem – At that time, I had no clue of what XML meant. That was only the beginning. Later, I also discovered that I had extremely limited knowledge of HTML..Then I realized that my Python basics were giving me plenty of surprises…

    Bah..it looked so bad, here I was trying to write a good program, and there were tonnes of difficulties in first path itself. However, determination took over desperation, and after tweaking and pondering for well over 46 minutes, I was able to produce an extremely kludgy , extremely basic, extremely primitive Google News Killer – Wow…..the feeling was so good.  Imagine – writing something out of scratch, and that too without any help(ok, I took help from Mark Pilgrims feedparser.py and python.org) I chose to call it News Crawler.

    Get the python file by clicking the link - check-news Dont forget to rename it the file to check-news.py and also, make sure that identions are proper.

    Now something about the code.

    1. As I said earlier – the code is extremely dumb, extremely kludgy, extremely primitive, extremly basic and theres lot of shoddiness in there. Dont laugh at it even if it appears funny.

    2. The code has heard nothing of security, and is meant to run under controlled environment.

    3. It dosent make use of any SQL database backend, but is wise enough to store the RSS feeds on HDD before dissecting them,and extracting useful content.

    4. It expects that the XML files are in Unicode format. Some rouge sites make use of shabby encoding, which raises an exception in the program.

    5. I havent added any exception handling, just laziness, nothing more.

    6. For reference, I have shown how we can incorporate Slashdot and Reddit feeds on single page. You can add in your favourite feed.

    ToDo

    1. Make use of a good HTML templeting system.

    2. Solve the problem of unicode.

    3. Add error checking and improve its utility by making use of Pythons object oriented features.

    4. Add a SQL backend system for storing the parsed RSS data. To be honest, its the toughest job to do.

    5. Post up a nice powerpoint presentation describing the system. :)

    5. PS – I will definately not do anything of above unless someone seriously decides to fund me.

    After a long time I am back to programming world, I got so busy with other things that I had to abandon my dream project, but who knows, someday it may come true..  ;)

     
    • Sandy 6:58 pm on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi, I was trying to perform a similar act when I bumped into ur blog. Unfortunately I am nbot able to download your .py script. Can you please email it to me

      san.grad@gmail.com is the Id.

      Thaks in Advance.

    • lobiga 6:24 pm on March 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey
      cann you send me the source pls .

  • Harshad Joshi 11:03 am on July 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arushi Talwar, CBI, CNN IBN, Dr Rajesh Talwar, Madhur Bhandarkar, NDTV, News Channels, Times Now   

    Arushi Talwar – who was the real villian? 

    Some people stick to fame in their lifetime, some, like the teenager Arushi Talwar become famous after being killed..Who made Arushi Talwar’s death famous? – The Media. The news media in India needs to be seriously monitored for the senselessness they have been showing on TV. First they portray someone as a murderer, a dacoit, a criminal, without investigating in deep and then after the real story is out, they start portraying the same person as a saint, a holy man who was caught in crime..! Whoa, isent that great?

    I dont know who killed Arushi, I dont even care about what Dr Talwar was, I dont even bother about who Hemraj was,but as a viewer, I am fed up with the news channels that show crap and complete nonsense on the TV.Heck, why should I subscribe to channels that continuously show irrelevant content as a part of their main program? Hey, now it sucks, news channels have becoming a sort of reality time pass show, where they can make a news out of anything, virtually anything. The real criminals in the Arushi Talwar murdar case were the news channels, the media, and the idiot investigation agencies, the police who didnt know how to react in this situation. Suddenly, everyone involved in there wanted to become famous, even if that fame would last for 15 seconds..Why people are hell bent on becoming famous?? Perhaps Madhur Bhandarkar should make a new film named – Fame or News Channel. Hot topics for a controversial film.

    But one question remains unanswered – Who is the real villian in Arushi Talwar case?  My bet is on the over eager news channelsaka news mongrels. They are the main villians.

    Update on 10 September 2008

    The CBI has failed to file a chargesheet against any person and offered a prize worth Rs 10000/- to the one who tells who killed Arushi talwar…According to me, the system killed Arushi, the media killed Arushi, now throw me the money ;)

     
  • Harshad Joshi 8:50 am on July 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dilemma, , , Myspace, People   

    The New Age dilemma 

    • S: (n) dilemma, quandary (state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options)

    I have discovered a new ego bruising experience. If you are a single individual, and having lot of virtual girl friends on social networking tools like Orkut, then you might have noticed that whenever the girls status changes to ‘commited’ there is something, a sort of silent tiing that goes across the mind..It isent exactly pain or unhappiness, its something mix of surprise, shock, bruised ego and just like that…

    No actual reason why this happens, but fair enough, so many times I have preached to people – Digital Social Networks esp Orkut are a fun, playway mirror of our daily lives, but the real problem arises when we start relating those tools with our real life and begin attaching our emotions and expectations to our virtual meetings. A timepass turns trouble for some. Should Orkut/Facebook/Myspace be avoided? Or is it the beginning of a new age desperation? Boy…this things tough to comprehend…Web 2.0 has binded people togather on a common platform but no ones ever thinking of the trouble that is following us..Wake up…Welcome to the new age dilemma.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:31 am on July 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anti Depressant, Anti Stress, Depression, Fluxotine, Goa, Mercedes Benz, Stress, Vedanta   

    Wise Words 

    By staying faithful to shreya [what is right and beneficial], instead of preya [what is pleasant], we win the sweetest fruits of life, from success to happiness to enlightenment

    There are some marvellous concepts in Vedanta that reduce the spiritual quest into essential principles. Among them are the twin concepts of Preya and Shreya.

    What are these? Apart from the fact that they are delightfully rhymed (notice how Sanskrit specialises in related concepts that rhyme? Yogi-bhogi, tan-man, smriti-shruti, one could go on!), they are connected, for they illustrate the vital importance of fusing our desires into one single-pointed direction.

    Preya stands for what is pleasant: a holiday in Goa, channa bhaturas and gulab jamuns, driving a Mercedes Benz, designer clothes and shades, a blazing love affair, etc. Shreya, unassuming and circumspect, stands for what is beneficial to us: eating healthy, maintaining an exercise regimen, staying within one’s income, maintaining fidelity in marriage, doing one’s duty. All the world will agree, especially today, that Preya is the hip swinging chick, while Shreya, let’s face it, is the dowdy one. Boring, for heavens sake.

    Little wonder then that most of us beat a path to Preya’s door, while Shreya’s threshold is definitely the road less taken, indeed almost never taken.

    All through our lives, we chase the objects that promise us happiness, like money, love, good times, fame, power, success, etc. But the paradox, as Vedanta says, is that we never really get happiness. Why? Because we look for it in the wrong place. Outside, not inside. Preya seduces us through our senses and we gallop after all that it flourishes, horse racing, cigarette smoking, Formula One races, and what not. But no sooner do we get there than the promised happiness either dissolves or is seen to not exist.

    In the Katha Upanishad, the body is likened to the chariot, the five senses to the horses, the intellect to the charioteer, the mind to the reins, and the Self to the rider inside the chariot. As long as the intellect and the mind do not do their duty by reining in and controlling the senses, the horses will run amok, charging after whatever attracts them without discrimination or restraint. And what happens? The rider never gets to the place he wants to go: peace of mind, happiness, health, even enlightenment.

    Shreya, on the other hand, can seem like a dull piece of goods when first we make our acquaintance with her dull —and exacting—like a stern school marm, but as we get to know her better we will have to admit that she really has our interest at heart. You are on a diet, she will remind us, just as we are about to lift a grilled cheese sandwich to our mouth, and if we can make ourselves replace it with a vegetable sandwich instead, we will savour the sweet sense of a victory over the senses. Or we may be itching to watch TV and she will remind us of the vegetables to be peeled or the ironing to be done. Or her small still voice stalls us when we contemplate a temptation at work that requires us to bend the rules just a little in order to make a fortune.

    Most of us pay obeisance to both Preya and Shreya for we are awfully torn between them. Instead of fusing all our energies into one direction, we fritter them by being pulled into two opposite directions. We long to stay slim, fit and healthy, but no sooner do we see a mutton biryani or hariyali kabab than our goal forgotten and we chomp right into them. We regret it later, but that simply adds to the problem because now we have guilt to contend with as well, which also sends us headlong into Preya.

    We long for success but instead of gritting our teeth and working our heads off, we apple polish the boss and bitch about our colleagues. We vow not to gossip or bitch about others but no sooner do we catch hold of a juicy morsel, than we hasten to spread it among our buddies. Life is a long and wearisome struggle to get out of the hold of Preya and towards Shreya.

    For we will never get what we want as long as we do the opposite.

    The Katha Upanishad tells us that Preya and Shreya stand for the two choices that we have to make at any given time. Consciously or unconsciously, we choose either Preya or Shreya. And the two go in opposite directions.

    One towards lasting happiness and fulfillment, the other towards temporary satisfaction and permanent regret. At the end of our lives, we will be able to gauge which of the two has been our guide and inspiration by examining where we stand. Are we happy, energised, buoyant and radiant? Clearly, Shreya has been our mentor. Are we tired, ill, impoverished and unfulfilled? Oh dear, we have been too enamoured of Preya.

    So how do we get out of the hold of Preya and move towards Shreya?

    Ramakrishna Paramahansa put it in sublimely simple words. If you want to go East, don’t go West. If you want to lose weight, don’t eat fattening food. If you want to be fit, don’t give up your exercise. If you want to finish your project, stop chatting with your colleagues and checking the mail.

    If you want to get enlightened, stop chasing good times. All we have to do to obey Shreya is not to obey Preya. Refuse to betray your friends or your own values. Refuse to chase money, fame or power at the cost of values or principles. Refuse to indulge the senses.

    And lo, your task is done. Preya soon wilts away into a gossamer shade, and Shreya waxes strong and beautiful. With Shreya at our side, the battle of life is eventually won, for she teaches us to put the long term over the short term, the principle over expedience, the right over the tempting.

    By staying faithful to Shreya we win the sweetest and most sought after fruits of life, from success to happiness to enlightenment.

    Simple words, they are effective in preventing a lot of day-to-day troubles we have most of times, including a bad-relationship, a bad office day, a bad fight…everything like that…

    For those who found Preya and Shreya a wee bit simple or complex, this is for you.

    All human beings are not equipped to take on changes or difficult situations in life, naturally. Out of them, many don’t adapt to those situations. The result normally is— those situations and accompanying stress overwhelm people. Since modern times stress has been identified as the single biggest contributor to depression. The mind-boggling changes in every sphere of life—culture, profession, modes of transportation and rapid lifestyle changes put pressure on men to adjust with equal speed. Stress begins to wear them out and there is a loss of resiliency against adverse situations of life. Consequently, they begin to pull away from others and give in to depression.
    It is often said that people think themselves into depression. The thinking pattern of a person helps him accept or avoid a stress situation. If one shows disposition towards anxiety, worry, restlessness, anger and tension as stress responses, it can lead him to chronic emotional turbulences. We can worsen an ordinary sorrowful situation by imagining its possible intensity. We create problem situations by imagining what might go wrong, could go wrong, and how terrible it would be. Even if the depression is due to biochemical imbalances, the person doesn’t abstain from thinking negatively about it. Constant stressful situations make one develop a negative pattern of thinking, which gives in to depression at the slightest provocation in life.

    At present, a whole lot of holistic therapies are applied to heal acute and chronic depression. Besides prescription drugs, healing methods such as naturopathy, energy balancing, and yogic techniques are extensively and effectively utilized all over the world. Adopting a positive lifestyle helps you develop a healthy mind-body frame to avoid depression. For those believing in medical solution, a dose of Fluxotine will do wonders.

     
    • Joyeeta 1:07 am on July 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Good one :)

    • R.V.Ramani 1:55 pm on October 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      One of the best I have read. Shreya & Preya ever stands in my memory.
      Thanks,
      RVR

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