Saturday, June 24, 2006

India and End Of File (EOF)

I am going to India!! Yay! I am leaving tomorrow and flying directly to Pune.. No more waiting at Mumbai and stupid 4+hrs ride to Pune. But I don't fly SQ any more.. :( This time its Indian Airlines. I hope its OK.

I hope to be able to blog from there. And hopefully upload some pictures. Lets see..

This post will also mark the end of an Era. I will be leaving a lot of old things and habits and starting on new ones. I will also be leaving Blogger. As most of you might know, I have had a parallel blog at wordpress. I am migrating there. Its a part of a big plan, which.. well we'll see about that in the future. Right now wordpress it is...

So this is the end of the Dump... the end of file..

EOF = true;

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Adicted Again..

I am addicted again.. .. This time its Piya Bavari Again by Ajay Pohankar. It's quite the same type of music as Time Traveler, but it’s different.

It’s same in the sense that is that same fusionistic sound. Lot of synth, a little trance and quite a bit lounge, mixed with classical Bandishes and Thumris. Makes one amazing combination. Not too classical for those who can't take it, but classical enough to give it that earthly feel. You have to listen it to really get what I am saying, and unfortunately I can't help much with that. But here is one place you can find the tracks albeit at really crappy quality (only like 20kbps..).

My personal favorite is Payalian Jhankar in raag Puriya Dhanashree. It has some really nice Pakhwaj sounds.

An interesting thing about the artists.. Ajay Pohankar is the main singer and Abhijeet Pohankar (his son) does the music and all the packaging. That makes an interesting team, a classically trained father and a son who's into contemporary music. Been seeing that a lot these days, and that’s good!

This same team had produced a couple of albums before this. I had one of their not-so-famous album.. mostly instrumental (as opposed to this one). But never heard the other albums. Now I will have to. Maybe I can get my hands on all the CDs when I go to India! They don't sell them in Singapore.. :(

Thursday, June 15, 2006

I take that back..

I seriously need to take back my last post. All the software has been acting up since I wrote about it!Sigh.. so here goes the rant...

MS Word 2007.. Crashed a few times in the 2-3hrs I was using it. (I should really really learn LaTeX). It gave me a lot of problems with drawing, especially ungrouping and regrouping.. Also spell check. The feature which I was kinda excited about, 'save as pdf' function also have font embedding issues... But then its a beta... so its ok I guess..

Netbeans 5.0. The suckiest part is that you cant edit the freaking GUI once its made. It wont let you edit any part of the obnoxious code that it writes. Great! So I have to use its form editor to edit the code there. And it only allows that for GUI that was created solely in Netbeans and not edited outside it. Sigh..

Flock.. The blogging tool creates wierd formatting for the html. It has paragraph markups all over the place and span tags around random words, doing nothing in specific. Later, I realised that they were on all words which the spell check utility thought had errors... Which happen to be like 30% of all the words!..

Finally, on a better note...

Windows Media Player 11 beta.. WMP11...I have been using it for a few weeks. Lovely graphical interface. Pulls album art off the web for most of your albums and a lot of new features. Should go really well with Vista.. At least the look and feel is there.. No other issues so far.. and does not take up so much memory..:)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Office 2007...Flock and more..

As I was pointed out by a friend yesterday, "its not that I have been wasting time since my exams got over, but my priorities are just all over the place". The list of things that I have to do is still unchecked and I am still busy!!

As for the things I have been doing, surfing the web and checking out software. So here's a quick summary of findings from the past few weeks... and more..

Office 2007 Beta is public. I was not sure whether I wanted to check this out, but since its free and I needed Word, I decided to check it out. And I am surprised by the amount of 'coolness' it has. I have to agree its a little annoying if you are used to using Word XP/2003. But some features are really great. Love the way styles are made easy to use as well as quick fonts and stuff. Do check it out, its worth the download...

Flock. I had heard of this browser before, and I was lazy to check it out. Its based on Firefox, and seems quite the same on the inside. But it has a neat looking theme and some great functionalities bundled along. A weird bookmarking concept which connects with delicious and a nice little note pad. My favorites though, blog support and flickr support. It would really appeal all bloggers and flickr fans. You can drag and drop your photos into your flickr account through the browser.. and write blog posts (as I am doing now) from Flock. This lets you quickly blog about stuff you see on the web, put images in it and all. Really great stuff. Of course being FF based, all your favorite extensions are available... well almost all..

Netbeans 5.0. OK, Netbeans 5.0 is nowhere near new, its from like Jan/Feb, but its cool! Its sports an amazing drag and drop GUI builder 'Matisse' for Java GUI. Here is a nice demo. You don't even need to know how to code for Java GUI to use this. Just place your components around and write the code for events. The code it generated for the GUI might be obnoxious, but hey at least you don't have to write it.

The only reason I am mentioning this is that I have to use Netbeans again just to take another screen shot of my GUI... :'(

Other stuff...

A really cool table top interface.

Hack your D-Link Router!

Simple GPS Data Logger

Lots of USB ports.. (Can I get one which maxs out the USB fanout?)

Blogged with Flock

Monday, June 12, 2006

Hazaaron Khwaahishen Aisi

Hazaaron khwaahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dam nikle
Bohat niklay mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle

Nikalna khuld se aadam ka soonte aaye hain lekin
Bahot be-aabru hokar tere kooche se hum nikle

Mohabbat mein nahin hai farq jeenay aur marnay ka
Usi ko dekh kar jeetay hain, jis kaafir pe dam nikle

Hazaaron khwaahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dam nikle
Bohat niklay mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle

-Mirza Ghalib (Hazaaron Khwaahishen Aisi)

A crude translation...

Thousands of desires/dreams, each worth dying for.
Many of them I have realized...yet I yearn for more.

We have heard about the dismissal of Adam from Heaven
With a more humiliation, I am leaving the street on which you live.

When in love, there is little difference between life and death
..we live by looking at the infidel for whom we are willing to die

Thousands of desires/dreams, each worth dying for.
Many of them I have realized...yet I yearn for more.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Say NO to platic bags..

This is cool! Finally they are going to try to reduce the amount of plastic bags that we use. A lot of trash can be saved if people are forced to reuse platic bags at the supermarket. One more step to lesser trash! Yay.

Its wierd, I was never a tree hugger for most of my life. Not that I did not care, but I always felt that it was too great a goal to acheive for societies in this world. However, my 6 month in Denmark changed my view. There was a pro-environment spririt in almost every European, (surely every Dane), that I met. Everybody cared for the environment, and encouraged others to care as well. I was reminded many times to recycle platic instead of just dunking it into the trash. The interesting thing is that most of the people I knew there was quite young. Environmental concerns are generally associated with older people, so this was even more surprising..

Their motivation and interest and the lack of pollution in Denmark, gave me hope. I believe we need that type of concern and enthusiasm to be able to have a environmentally friendly society. well, at least its starting. I plan to bring my own bags to the supermarket from now on! Wanna join??

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

To Commence or not to Commence


Much to the delight of my Mother, I have decided to go for my Commencement. The last straw was when some friends decided to outcast me, for planning to not attend the Commencement, from right now! Sigh... friends I have...

On the brighter side.. There is gonna be free food!!!!

To Commence or not to Commence that is the question.

I am in a dilema. I don't want to go for my Commencement. But I do.. :S

I feel that Commencement ceremonies/ Convocations and all similar things are just a way to show off your acheivements. It's like a time to go up on the stage and say, 'Look I am so smart, I graduated from NUS!'.

Personally, I feel that there is no great acheivement in graduating from NUS. It's not that big a deal and really... anybody can do it. So what's there to show off? And in anycase I don't like showing off. Plus, its really lame to wait like 3 hours just to go up get a fake certificate and smile while your photo is being taken. The worst of all is the fact that CPE is like the last few course to have convocation. Its like 8pm on 13th June!!

But I really want to go for mt Commencement ceremony. That's possibly the last time I'll get to meet so many of my friends. It will be fun hanging out, wearing stupid gowns and making fun of each other. I am already missing NUS and the people. This will be one chance to go back to NUS and meet so many..

Sigh.. I have to decide by the end of next week... Help please..

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Flying Time

It's amazing how time flies . Exams end.. Projects end... Semsters ends... Years end and Eras end.

It's also ironic that I have not posted for the last 2-3 weeks just when so many things happened. I'd rather not start on that.

When a chapter ends, another begins. The old chapter should not be delved on for much longer. And the new one, started on as soon as possible....

That reminds me, I have to read Da Vince Code before the movie ceases to exist in the theatres!!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Milo at 430...

Yup its 5am on a Saturday morning. I have no exams, school, work or anything.. But I am up..

Sigh. I kinda skipped dinner yesterday and was too sleepy to think about supper. And now like 3 hours after I slept, I wake up with crazy nightmares in my head.(I dont even wanna go there). So I decided that I was hungry and decided to grab some Milo from the vending machines and a granola bar.

So I went walking around PGP at 430am, in my PJs, half-asleep looking for Milo. And NO freaking vending machines in PGP have any freaking drinks left in them.. And I mean NONE. I walked around for 30mins looking for some drink and returned empty handed.

What does a man have to do here to get a Milo??

Thursday, May 04, 2006


As a part of the fringe benefits of doing my FYP in I2R, I got to attend many interesting seminars and talks there. Just attended one on Web2.0 today. Very simple, very straight forward, and very interesting.

Reminds me of a blog post from a friend..:p

Wikipedia has a nice long article on it.

A few points I took home..
  • All the Web2.0 applications are content driven. The technology allows people to share and access the content easily. It’s just the means.
  • Lower hardware costs are major driving forces for the Web2.0 'boom'.
  • Mashups (linking multiple available services to create newer, more useful, services) go a long way..
  • Look at alternate sources of revenue..
  • Finally..All you need is a simple idea.... The technologies and support is there. If you do it right, your start-up can also be bought by Google at $2m+++ ;)

Any Ideas???