Lottery - *Jai Veeru revisited

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Long before I saw Sholay I have been a fan of using coin to make decisions for me. Recently I found another situation which needed guidance from the coin, and I couldn't find one. So, I decided to write an e-coin. It's a little more flexible than the physical one, so it can be tossed once or 10000 times as the need may be. And it is a multidimensional coin which has any number of choices you want as opposed to the traditional two.

Try it if you want to. Get a copy here.

All disclaimers possible go with it (Not responsible for any wrong decision or a machine crash blah blah blah...)

*Jai and Veeru are the main characters of Sholay

Re: Vista

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Looks like someone agrees with the annoying security bit.

http://techdirt.com/articles/20071127/022730.shtml

Sunsets

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I have been a big fan of sunsets all my life. [I will try and write a clog explaining why :-)] If I have a camera with me, I don't leave an opportunity to capture the beauty (as much as I can). Here are some of my favorites.

Sagar, MP, India


Bhopal, MP, India

Grand Canyon, Arizona, US


Scottsdale, Arizona, US (1)


Scottsdale, Arizona, US (2)


Another fascination I have related to photography is to take shots from my window(s). I will soon publish a couple of them as well.

Moonshot

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Here is a moon shot from my Panasonic FZ8.



Delhi Metro(cks)

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Its been around 10 months since I went to Delhi. The idea was to go to IITF. Well some trip it was, a pleasant surprise. Roads to and in Delhi are fantastic. There are all the right signs at all the right places (well almost). Things are in order as they should be everywhere. Well, that wasn't all that impressed me. The Metro, newest addition to Delhi is truly world class.

Thanks to Metro and a series of flyovers, almost all of Delhi now travels in air. Trade fair was fine, not that I was expecting a lot.

All in all, Delhi rocks!

Re: URL the SEO way

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The original post talks about optimizing your urls for search engines.

http://www.amitsrivastava.net/2007-11-11-url-the-seo-way/

As soon as the web started, so started the efforts of indexing it. The search engines worked on figuring out the best way to get relevant sites. With time the searches got more and more powerful. Circa 2007, searching is the most common way of browsing internet (I read it somewhere and it suits my common sense). With this new found power, the tables are turned and websites need to make sure that they are search friendly to make their presence felt.

Vista

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There's been quite a buzz about vista not delivering on promise and being a complete failure but being a microsoft fan I was not deterred. I even got it for my laptop. It was all fine until a few days back when some things happenned

1. Noone in my family liked it. I constantly assured everyone that once we get a hang of it, things will look better and may be even superb.
2. I started doing some serious work, rather tried doing some serious work and realised it's not going to be easy.
3. Copying files is quite an exercise, you get to confirm it so many times (at least twice if copying to OS drive). I have always been clicking yes without reading the warnings though. After all how wrong can you go in copying a file. I guess, will have to find a way around this one (may be there already is which I don't know of)
4. The copy times seem to be substantially longer than expected.
5. The whole security thing appears to be more of a protection of my machine from me rather than anyone else.
6. The occasional blanking of screen. I skipped my heart beat the first couple of times, but it is much better now that I am used to it.
7. My batch files and some other utilities don't work. I am yet to debug the reason for this, but I am suspecting some of my command line utilities including my batch files won't work in the new os.

I am willing to trade my new vista with the good old xp any day at least until MS does some magic in its service packs. As J C Penny commercial puts it - its time to work your magic ;-)

Following link has more professional material on the issue, definitely worth a read.

The Vista Death Watch

(Mile)Stoned

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As Socrates would have put it - An unplanned life isn't worth living. I seem to be increasingly getting into this mode. I have always been a man of planning (who likes creating plans not necessarily executing them). On top of my instinct, my work environment further reinforced it over past few years. The situation has gone to the extent that I cannot live a day without having a plan for it. Even if I need to waste my time, I need to think about it before I do it and apparently I keep doing that all the time.

Well, this may sound like a fantastic way of managing time (or may be not). But having first hand experience of living it, I know its not. The only thing it does is, you micromanage your inefficient day, and soon enough you start nano-managing* your inefficient-er day.

Every plan comes with inevitable milestones. No matter how small they are. It becomes an act of always reaching for something (and more often than not you don't reach them in time or not reach at all).

So, all that puts a question mark on the quote I started with - Is a planned life living at all?

I am sure I am not the only one with this syndrome, or I just hope so.

* Micromanage = Micro + manage. Micro is 1 millionth part, nano is one billionth. For mathematically inclined, nano = 1/1000000000