Monday, September 29, 2003

Measuring Speed of Light using Chocolate and Microwave

This Excellent article explains how anyone can approximately measure the speed of light using a microwave and block of chocolate.

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Optical Illusions

Some really cool Optical Illusions...

http://persci.mit.edu/gaz

http://www.liquidgeneration.com/sabotage/optical_sabotage.asp

http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/~akitaoka/index-e.html

http://man.unice.net/blog/images/t2%2003small.jpg

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Connecting to internet using Bongo Drums

Creativity and perservarance is all that takes to achieve anything in this era. Especially if you are doing something as strange as Connecting to internet using Bondo Drums. Whats the speed you ask? blazingly fast 2bps...Now if they could just watch the new Matrix Revolutions trailer over it.

Friday, September 26, 2003

Ferrari of Computers...

Be amazed and reached out for ...*ummm* your bank balance...wait until you see this

  • 3.8 Ghz PC with *all* ( read again *all*) the bells and whistles for mere $7800

  • My Favourite: Jaw Dropping Grand Canyon 92" Monitor starting at $8500


  • Though I havent read the performance reports or reviews of any users, Just by reading the specs alone, I believe Liebermann Inc has done a great job. I'm drooling already. :)

    Thursday, September 25, 2003

    Online Game: Telescope Game

    Nice game of strategy

    Monday, September 22, 2003

    Online Game: 5 differences in 2 images

    Nice little game Differences. Objective is to spot 5 differences between the two images. Not as easy as it sounds.

    New!! now you can comment on posts

    I have just added the support for comments. You can now post your rants and raves online for public viewing.

    How to live beyond your means

    Even when you're spending money you don't have, there are savvy ways to stretch your cash. More at CNN/Money

    Friday, September 19, 2003

    Microsoft goes after Google

    Microsoft goes after Google

    A piece of history for sale

    While many companies have gone bust during the last few years. Ebay continues to grow. if you havent already, maybe its time to buy its stock. or maybe its birthplace. The Home where ebay was founded is now on sale...EBay's birthplace is put on the market.. Any takers???

    Thursday, September 18, 2003

    Beauty or Beast?


    Image Credits, Copyrights: NASA

    Isabel looks awesome from space. Probably not so much of a welcome sight, if you are in North Carolina.

    Happy marriages : Fountain of Youth ???

    According to this study, Happy couples lead healthy lives....Duh!!!

    Online Radio: LAUNCHcast

    I love LAUNCHcast for music listening....It has collection of all genres of western music from comfort of your browser.

    Warchalking

    According to warchalking.org, "Warchalking is the practice of marking a series of symbols on sidewalks and walls to indicate nearby wireless access. That way, other computer users can pop open their laptops and connect to the Internet wirelessly. It was inspired by the practice of hobos during the Great Depression to use chalk marks to indicate which homes were friendly"
    This low-tech approach seems to be more practical and informative than that offered by several WiFi Finders like Kensington
    Now only if I could find some chalk...

    Recalling your emails

    Even felt like recalling an email to your boss, colleagues but it was too late. If you are using Microsoft Outlook its possible,
    Just setup a delay rule following these steps.
    1. Go to Tools....Rules Wizard
    2. Click 'New' Rule
    3. Select "Check messages after sending"
    4. Click Next on "Which conditions you want to Check?" dialog.
    5. Press yes to "This Rule will be applied to every message" message box
    6. In the "What do you want to do with message?" dialog, Select "Defer delivery by a number of minutes"
    7. Select your favourite number of minutes.... I usually select 2 mins.
    8. Select Finish. and close the Rules Wizard.

    Now everytime you send an email it will sit in your outbox
    for specified number of minutes. If you ever wanted to change it, delete it etc, You have sufficient time to do it :)

    Wednesday, September 17, 2003

    Stealth Disco

    Check this out :) Funny Stealth Disco performed behind the back of unsuspecting co-workers

    Employee performance evaluations.....

    A friend fowarded me this....
    Actual quotes taken from federal employee performance evaluations.....
    1. "Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom and has
    started to dig."
    2. "I would not allow this employee to breed."
    3. "This employee is really not much of a has-been, but more of a
    definite won't be."
    4. "Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat
    in a trap."
    5. "When she opens her mouth, it seems it is only to change feet."
    6. "He would be out of his depth in a parking lot puddle."
    7. "This young lady has delusions of adequacy."
    8. "He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve
    them."
    9. "This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot."
    10. "This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts, the better."
    11. "Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all
    together."
    12. "A gross ignoramus -- 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus."
    13. "He doesn't have ulcers, but he's a carrier."
    14. "I would like to go hunting with him sometime."
    15. "He's been working with glue too much."
    16. "He would argue with a signpost."
    17. "He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room."
    18. " When his IQ reaches 50, he should sell."
    19. "If you see two people talking and one looks bored, he's the other
    one."
    20. "A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on."
    21. "A prime candidate for natural de-selection."
    22. "Donated his brain to science before he was done using it."
    23. "Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming."
    24. "He's got two brains, one is lost and the other is out looking for
    it."
    25. "If he were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week."
    26. "If you gave him a penny for his thoughts, you'd get change."
    27. "If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean."
    28. "It's hard to believe he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm."
    29. "One neuron short of a synapse."
    30. "Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled."
    31. "Takes him 2 hours to watch 60 minutes."
    32. "The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead."

    How long are you gonna live?

    A highly Scientific method to calculate your Life Expectancy :) Have you come across any other interesting ways to do the same?

    Tuesday, September 16, 2003

    And you thought your job sucked...

    Wait until you read this article "Worst Jobs in Science". What would you nominate for Flatus Odor Judge? or Carcass Cleaner?

    Need some more gross stuff, dont forget to read pages 2,3.

    Monday, September 15, 2003

    Privacy: a snake oil ?

    While we zealously guard our privacy, we are knowingly giving away information about ourselves almost in all aspects of life. A few examples that came to mind
    1. Grocery saving card like Safeway Club Card or Basha's Thank You Card : which monitor your every purchase patterns.
    2. Digital Cable box or Tivo : monitoring your likes/dislikes
    3. Phone Companies: Telcos monitor your calling patterns while with E911 wireless companies can soon monitor the places you visit
    4. Each time you use your credit card at stores, you are establishing a physical presence in the area
    5. Those free magazine surveys that you fill to save some money.
    6. Phone numbers that you are asked when shopping at Linen n Things or Great Clips
    7. Personal information that you are forced to give up when signing up for Utilities
    8. Medical Records
    and list goes on and on

    Privacy is almost a 'snake oil' in Online world.
    How much thought do you give when you are handing out your information? In this busy world, we just accept it as a part of life and move on. You dont have to. Reading this article Gaming Safeway Club Card has inspired me to find out more about how I can protect me and my family's privacy.
    I will keep posting the information as I get my hands on it. Beware the big brother might be watching :)

    Thursday, September 11, 2003

    Remembering September 11th

    I still remember Sept 11, 2001 very clearly. I was still in bed after returning late night from work. We had deliverables to finish within couple of months and time was precious. Around 7 am, my friend called me and said 'Dude, check the news quickly'. I said 'why? whats happened?" still in transient state with just 5 hours of sleep. He said ' just check CNN. Do it now' and hung up. Reluctantly, I dragged myself to living room and switched on the TV. What
    I saw was mind blowing. After making sure that I was really watching CNN and not some action movie. I checked other networks, MSNBC, Fox, ABC...All were showing the same images over and over again of WTC tower being hit. Just few mins later, breaking news was another plane had hit the second tower and Pentagon had been hit. As the seriousness of the situation dawned upon me quickly, I tried to recollect if I had any friends there. I had a few friends there, I got in touch with them and made sure that they were ok. Apparently they were watching the 2nd plane hit the WTC while standing across the Hudson river. Whole incident was absolutely horrifying and defies any attempts to describe it. I had been through something similar in Mumbai during 1992 bomb blasts, when terrorists had struck all over mumbai (Bombay) with 12 bombs and hundreds of lives lost. I later learned that I too had lost a dear friend in WTC attacks. I had worked with Alok Agarwal for over 2 years. He was a very bright, dedicated and compassionate person.
    He is survived by his Wife and Son. My heart and my prayers go out for all the 9/11 innocent victims. May all your souls rest in peace. You will always be a part of this world.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2003

    world's smallest and lightest camcorder

    Extracted from japaninc.com's gadget watch newsletter.

    The DCR-IP1K from Sony is the world's smallest and lightest
    MICROMV camcorder. And the MICROMV tape is, yes, you guessed it, the
    smallest camcorder tape in the world. With dimensions of 39x69x91mm
    and weighing just 230g, it makes the DCR-IP1K a considerable 26
    percent lighter and 30 percent smaller than the now fatty (or, in PC
    terms, both vertically and horizontally challenged) DCR-IP7 model, so
    the IP7's catwalk days are definitely over. For the gamblers amongst
    you, Sony helpfully informs us that the DCR-IP1K is almost exactly
    the same size as a regular playing card. They're calling it a "rump
    size" camera.

    The one-fifth inch CCD produces 1,070,000-pixel images, which boils
    down to 690,000-pixel moving images or 1 million-pixel still pictures
    in real life. The lens is one of those fancy Carl Zeiss efforts, with
    a 10-times optical zoom allowing 35mm camera f-stop equivalents of
    F1.8 to 2.3. There's also a Memory Stick Duo slot for recording still
    images (up to 1,152x864 dots) or brief MPEG-1 movies. Connection
    options include Composite, S-Video and USB/i.LINK. An NP-FF51 lithium
    ion battery is included in the pack.

    More info: http://www.sony.jp/CorporateCruise/Press/200309/03-0903/

    Price : 160,000 Japanese Yen ~ 1,400 US Dollar


    I prefer the similar camcorder but which records to a DVD, can play mp3's, has 801.11b connection to send images over network with battery lasting more than 10 hrs :)

    Thursday, September 04, 2003

    For IE users, I came across a cool way to view source. just type in view-source: scheme before any URL. IE will open the source code of the site in notepad

    Wednesday, September 03, 2003

    Came across this new JDBC framework SQLExecutor. It seems to be simple to use (one of its main design goals). One of features which i often look for is abstractiong SQL Error codes to more logical level. As you might already know, handling SQLExceptions is a nightmare when developing in a database independent manner. SQLExecutor seems to address that and make Exception handling a managable task. I would like to find out experiences of other developers. So if you come across anything. Please blog it.

    my first blog....Still trying to find out what it means to be blogging...simply put its like posting messages to a message board...You can post your thoughts, remembrances, events, annoucements etc here. Nice way to keep in touch...Happy Blogging