Mar 29, 2006

Lock Up

After Mani mentioned it, I saw the movie 'Lock Up' today. Quite a movie. In a strange way, it also makes you appreciate what you got, in a manner such movies do.

I was a great fan of Sylvester Stallone as a kid. I was in high school when 'Day Light' was released - I felt really bad when I heard that he was going to retire and felt really happy when he didn't. My sister and I must have seen 'First Blood' about 30 times when we were kids - coz that was the only video casette we had besides 'Police Story' at one point :-) (We saw 'Police Story' almost the same number of times too)

Mar 28, 2006

Some L1ners I Really Like

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
  • I don't think, therefore I am not.
  • Practice safe lunch: Use a condiment.
  • The trouble with life is there's no background music.
  • There's no place like 127.0.0.1
  • Vegetarian: Indian word for lousy hunter.
More here

Mar 26, 2006

The Great Money Trick

"Money is the real cause of poverty," said Owen.

"Prove it," repeated Crass.

"Money is the cause of poverty because it is the device by which those who are too lazy to work are enabled to rob the workers of the fruits of their labour."

"Prove it," said Crass.

Owen slowly folded up the piece of newspaper he had been reading and put it in his pocket.

"All right," he replied. "I'll show you how the Great Money Trick is worked."

Read the rest here...

[Credit: amphibia -> 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist' by Robert Tressel]

Mar 25, 2006

Sky Is Falling!!

Remember when I was accused of cracking into a blog when all I did was leave a comment? Many self proclaimed internet security experts wrote hate mail to me then. Something similar has happened to Oklahoma City government! LOL.

Check this out:
Orinigal story
Comments in Reddit

This is the gist of what happened:
On seeing the error page of his webserver, the City Manager feared an attack by "the hackers" and threatened to call in the FBI! You should read the whole story. Its funny!!

Mar 23, 2006

Solitude

When considering my career options, one thought I had was to pack my bags, withdraw my dollars and go to Chennai, India, and work as a recluse until I come out with a great product.

This month I was at home, sick, for two days at first and then a day the next week. Some virus that brought down almost everybody in my team. Being alone is nothing new for me. I was alone in the in-between-time when my room mates left for another project and my mom and dad were yet to come here to Seattle to visit me. That was more than a month of loneliness. However I was invited to dinner at one of my friends' homes or the other everyday. So that didn't suck that much. I have lived alone for months together on several occasions. But during the days I was sick, I was wondering how productive I could be if I just worked alone for a year... I didn't even cook properly - mostly noodles; sometimes steamed rice and dhal powder. Once I walked to a nearby Thai restaurant for chicken fried rice. I had a great sense of accomplishment when I walked all the way from my home to the restaurant in Seattle rain - but the meal really sucked.

Then I started working with Mallik on a small project. Working with another guy has its huge merits. I will give you a small example... Had I worked alone on that, I would have rushed and bought the first domain name that popped up in mind as a good choice. I think he would have done the same thing too. He resisted my choice and I resisted his choice. After a few days, I came up with names better than my original. But the process is still on... Of course there are other benefits besides this balancing out too. We brainstorm real fast. Fresh ground coffee, discussions, more coffee and coding late into the night was real fun. It is fun but not that fun when you do it alone. I fondly remembered my kernel recompilation days with my buddies Manikantan, Ramesh Reddy and Karthik Balaguru. (Arunachalam didn't come to many of those late night recomplie-fests for some reason)

I do realize the benefits of working with another person. My earlier desire to work alone can be traced back to an experience in college where we tried to run a startup. I can honestly say that it ran aground because of non-motivated friends who just played the role of tourists. There were several other reasons too. The experience kept me from collaborating with anyone. 'Whatever you do, do it alone and be responsible and accountable for it' became my motto. But now I understand the need to out-grow that negative experience.

I am quite successful so far. You can read this blog to know whats happening in the 'new ventures' portion of my life. Chances are, you don't give a rat's ass about it :-)

Mar 21, 2006

Google Finance

Did you check out http://finance.google.com? It is amazing! Yahoo has a very useful finance site that I've been using all these years. But they didn't improve it much in the past years. Now they've been surpassed by Google. NOW I think Yahoo will try to better Google... Shouldn't they be on their toes all the time with a competitor like Google? I would think so!

(Now don't say G Fin doesn't have this, doesn't have that... this is an early release... it will soon have this and that and more)

Working On

I am currently involved with some stuff, most of which are documented here. I am getting so engrossed with it that I haven't answered all emails from friends yet :-(

I read a really thought provoking essay yesterday:
'What You'll Wish You'd Known' - Paul Graham.

Mar 15, 2006

PBWiki

Guys & Gals, check out PBWiki.

I am kinda unnecessarily stressed out right now. Anyways...

If you haven't heard of Lucid Dreaming, here you go...

Mar 14, 2006

Back From Hiding

"Dude, you haven't updated your blog for a while" - Yep! But I wasn't being lazy :-) I was doing a lot of serious thinking & work.

I have been working really hard this week... reading, experimenting and learning. Crazy week. However, it is summarized here. [PLEASE DO VISIT]

Thanks a lot for your support and encouragement when I expressed my thoughts about taking the plunge. That is going to happen quite soon. While I clear off the road blocks for that, DailyBen would be my business building experiment. Putting Steve's ideas to the real life test should be fun. Of course he has done in his life. But believe me, for someone like me, who has been an employee right out of college, setting up a business and becoming financially free is as herculean as breaking a hard drug addiction: you know thats the right thing to do; you think you are striving for that; but when you do, your whole being revolts against your intentions. But, if you don't do it, you are screwed.

Mar 9, 2006

User Friendly?

User friendly? Windows? Have a look! People seem to be hanging on to it coz there is nothing friendlier yet. The day Google comes out with its Linux based OS, Windows will be dead. It will be so dead that you will wonder how it didn't happen long before it actually did. Ill conceived designs meet ill fated death. You should see the OS on Nokia 770. Ooooh smooth! By the way, a big buying opportunity ladies and gentlemen - GOOG is trading below $350! (thanks to WallStreet cry-babies).