Category Archives: Life

Why I’m Now A Pseudo-Buddhist

This might come out as insensitive and immature to those of you who’ve breezed through greater ordeals, but even the smallest triplet of losses in quick succession might have one running for spiritual solace.

A quick blow-by-blow:

  1. Internal hard-drive crash; managed to back up an image to my external hard-drive: May 19, 2011
  2. External hard-drive crash; no, I didn’t back this up: June 16, 2011
  3. Firefox crash; cleared my history, and didn’t restore the 23 tabs I had open: July 6, 2011

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I’m Broke, And Self-Hosted!

Update: This is a bad idea if you’re counting on reliability. Free hosting is, after all, free. So expect frequent downtime of whatever you’re hosting!

Thank’s Rohit, for directing me to x10hosting; I know have unlimited bandwidth, unlimited space, and it’s, would you believe it, for free! Plus I’m running on a free .co.cc domain. Though there are the more than occasional account suspensions for stepping over the line (which includes trying to back up your entire WordPress blog), it’s the perfect way to try out setting up a server and your own domain before getting looted by some hosting provider. Give it a try yourself, or watch me play around at eyeshalfclosed.co.cc!

$1 Per Pixel, And Sold Out!

The Miliion Dollar Homepage

The main motivation for doing this is to pay for my degree studies, because I don’t like the idea of graduating with a huge student debt. I know people who are paying off student loans 15-20 years after they graduated. Not a nice thought! – Alex Tew

Sup, Letux 400

the letux 400 laptop

The Letux 400, a rebranded Skytone Alpha 400. The cool pen-like thing lying next to it is the “Optimal Supplement for the Openmoko Freerunner”. to quote the product brochure. Why?

Thanks Quark 2011!

Update: To my surprise, the “goodie” ended up being one passed through many hands; horribly used, with the spring-latch mechanism of the SD card broken (which means you need to hold your SD card in place to prevent it from popping out), and to top it off, all the documents, settings and other remnants of the previous owner(s) still gracing various folders. It’s still an amazing little, used, gadget. But then again, I guess I should just be happy to get anything in the first place, with the pseudo-nepotism that’s now completely taken the place of meritocracy, even in the smallest of administrative institutions. Sad, really.

Here’s Something New | Foreheads!

It rings again. I swat it like that last mosquito I clumsily missed, expecting it to stop buzzing. Silence, momentarily. It starts again, while the voice echoes in my head, “Multivitamins.” Buzz. I can’t take it any more.

“Hello, ma?”

“Did you eat your multivitamins?”

“Ye…”

“Lunch?”

“Yea…”

“Did you book the tickets?”

“I di…”

She cuts the phone. In the flurry of questions, I wonder why Mamma’s started indulging in so much rhetoric. If I answered one of her questions with a burp, would she notice? My conscience pricks; stabs rather, I would probably be a miserable anorexic lump had it not been for this wonderfully efficient alarm clock. Wouldn’t Mamma be happy if she could stick post-it’s on my forehead for every little thing she wanted remembered? I recall what Mohit asked me once, “If the alarm clock rang at the wrong time, would you throw it away?”

I guess I wouldn’t, with Foreheads just around the corner! This tiny app sits on your desktop, letting you post sticky notes on your “Forehead”. The cool thing is, so can your Mom! Via the internet and a unique Headprint for your Forehead, anyone can post a sticky on your Forehead and watch its status.

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Hilltop Karting | Verna

To be very frank, karting bores me. Like all repetitive action; running in circles, lifting weights (hypothetically), chewing gum. But this turned out to be like one of those times when you were younger, when you’d spin around until you got dizzy, and do it again and again till you end up with a sick stomach. Verna’s is the most beautiful kart-track I’ve been to yet.

Cost: Rs. 150 per head for 10 laps which zip past before you know it. So look for someone with his/her birthday coming up.

How To Get There: Take a bus from Zari., in the direction opposite that of Vasco.  Catching the bus will take you half an hour if you’re lucky. The journey’s a twenty minute issue, you’ll be dropped at the Verna bus stop.

And Then: Take the road up the hill. It’s a fifteen minute climb straight up and you won’t get a taxi there to lug you around, so do carry a little water.

After Karting: There’s a restaurant downhill with reasonable rates (< Rs. 150 per head), called Woodburne (or something). And any food will taste good after the long climb down!

TODO: Punish Operating System

89% of all video games contain some form of violence. Let’s break convention here, and come to face with another dirty piece of reality, and this time we don’t spare the video-game teetotallers. A glimpse into the average computer user’s psyche would bring up a variety of graphic images; violence, torture, punishment. Not in the sense of the soldiers at Abu Ghraib, but nevertheless, disturbing, surreal fantasies of chaining your computer to a wall, flogging its rear, yelling

“Why don’t you just do what I tell you to!?”

Stop looking around guiltily, this isn’t a sermon about how you need to keep your mind like a garden of fresh flowers. The dark being resides within us all, wishing to control, mindlessly, absolutely. And there finally seems to be an outlet to vent out your frustration, and let loose the demons inside. Enter Petrovich.

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