Tuesday, September 30, 2008

well-wishers of Mr Johnson...

Only if i had responded to 1% of the junk e-mails I receive Mr Johnny would be atleast a couple of feet long by now. Viagra, Cialis, extenz, enzyte, hyrdrocodone, vicodin, phenterminetc etc, etc

WTF I just happen to click on the spam folder which reads some 700 unread undeleted e-mails n all they have to read is that they are my best well wishers.

Minimize your expences on enhancing and get the best result ever
How to get out of a bad condition and failures each night
You will need this for a good pounding
Get directions to their hearts when they see the size of your equipment
I am glad that the spam filters work.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tickles from Seattle - 4

Tirin day... Fun evening...
...gulpin Vodka ...sippin RUM
discussin indusrtry... bitchin policies...
...pitch high ...flippin birds

J.G. : Stop it, will discuss when am in sane n not insane

NEWSPaper with No-Paper

...took off really great in the form of e-NEWS from various sources but the question is how far will it go. Personal preference I use internet to catch a glimpse of the day when it comes to news or I use it to browse, as browsing gets a pain with a physical resource at hand. I use internet to read the abstract but when it comes to a complete content I prefer library/bookstore over the web.

 Amazon introduced 'Kindle' a electronic reading device but 1 year being in production its still not popular yet. I dont know the reason for it being on back order at the store but to be true I really dont know a single person who is a buyer of it.

Kindle could be I should rather say is a great product, a blissful feeling from no IM pings or e-mail notifications or virus alerts, irritating popups advertisements, etc etc. but how far will it go ?

 A birds eye view; Kindle (Amazon) offers ~24 newspaper on Kindle at a monthly subscription of ~$5 - ~$14 and the issue arrives wirelessly and synced to you device. This means no more walk to the drive way with coffee in hand in adverse weather condition, no worries about recycling the newspaper every month, and having a feeling of going green. Now the problem is Kindle doesn’t offer colors on the reads no advs and browsing might get cumbersome at times. The reason being mobile device is comfortable as far as you read linearly but is a pain as soon as you have to scroll left or right. (Tip: for notepad turn on the word wrap). 

Kindle somehow couldn’t pick that swing, I am sure most of my readers might not even be aware of it as they were of the i-Phone before its release. Its again some advertising stunts that it lacked. Do you plan to buy a Fiat? Do you knw Fiat owns Ferrari, does this change your opinion? Second reason I can think of, is its price and being monochrome till date.

I am still skeptical about Kindle catching the market. Reason my pocket currently has a PDA, cigarette pack, light, wallet, carabiner for keys, Zune and a bag at hands with a laptop, charger, some disks, notebook and am I ready to carry Kindle when I can grab a glimpse of world on a paper newspaper in cafe or my Newspapers website.

Someone said the other day that e-media and replacement of paper junk is the next big thing and Kindle is a huge step. I question it loudly as my opinion is, its never happening. I think the next big thing is still replacing the moving parts from your electronics to minimize the dissipated heat and reliability and the core tech on the other hand will be more concerned about the performance algorithms concentrating more towards a better seek time of response on any application under use.

btw: its hard to type Kindle, my reflexes made me type Kindly several times

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

She never comes in time...

....n always leave before she is supposed to. Given no option I have to step out of the bed at times... look for my flip flops in dark. What else can I do; helpless. Wishing I had a joint/bong at hands at this hour. I lit the same old cigarette and rummage through the contents of my fridge to find something to drink... alas the inventory ditch me too. I stand there in the patio shivering n cracking on that beer which I never kept in the fridge with rage n random thoughts flowing in the narrow alleys of my head. Do I need another jacket, how about shaving my head off, anyways I am never going to eat at the Chinese place again? I light up another cigarette and NewsWeek has Sarah Palin's coverage again in the third consecutive print.

Still waiting tapping feet... Ahh here you come
sweet SLEEP... i really craved for you. GoodNyte all

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A webmaster Most Wanted...

REWARD: $20 for the person who'd slap the webmaster of Staples 20 times and a reward of another $40 for the person who will kick the hiring manager of this webmaster 40 times.

Proof required. Accepted formats mpg n avi. Reward can be pro-rated after evaluation.

Now if you are wondering why I am super pissed... I think I just analysed the error message too closely. Almost every line has a flaw in it.

IE4 is no more shipped and Microsoft has already released IE8 ages back ("before chrome"). The argument from the webmaster is that "...this is due to the advanced features used in the product customization process". Bastard I very well understand your advanced features that you need the most cutting edge technology available out there called IE (in the era of firefox, opera, chrome) and your backward compatibility is as remarkable as Intel(still supporting 8086).

I hope to commit my transaction with you using Windows95 with IE4. With all due respect; another reason for me storming is the 'if else' condition provided by the webmaster for the reason I see this page "....if using IE4 or higher and still...... there may have been an error. Please inform webmaster"

P.S.: Staples is a popular online retailer for office/desk related supplies.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Pain in the Butt... finally resolved

Security on internet has always been a concern since day one. Remebering passwords is another pain. I used several password managers but was always insecure about the security of my privacy, banking, e-mails, profiles, etc etc. Verisign is a very trusted resource and I am glad that they finally came up with PIP (Personal Identity Portal). Any online retailer or banking istitution if verisign certified is convincing to me. 

Just like google became a synonym for search over the web so did verisign for security n trust.

PIP is a single signin solution supporting the OpenId and direct sign to supported urls. Well atleast for me it was of great use as all the vendors, retailers, and banking institutions I visit are supported by them. For site not suporting open id username n pwd fields are auto populated.

Have you heard of bookmarklet (differs from bookmarks). GChrome, googles new browser uses it and signing into them is supported by PIP too.
I am in a habit of using my cellphone a lot on the fly for transactions but neither Windows Mobile6 nor the i-Phone (may come soon in future) support is available till date. But then thats not a necessity thts just luxury i can demand for.

So far I have been loving it and I am very convinced with the product. 

DarkerSide: What if the PIP password is compromised :) alls gone. Well my solution is I use omni pass a finger print reader to auto populate verisign for me. And my finger print reader saves 2 different prints and I can use either bird to scan incase of injury.

Monday, September 15, 2008

...a Seattlelite drizzels's

yeah its true that I have not jazzed up for an evening in a while... no more formal pants, ironed shirts, polished shoes, gel glued wet look hair, wrist watch for me. 
The joke pretty much is true in Seattle; To know that a Seattlite is pimped up for an evenin is casual shoes, northface fleece.

I think I am loving the NW. Its so casual n simple that I land up in my favourite pubs at times in shorts n sneakers tht too right after the gym without being an odd one out. The max I do at times is to put on my corduroy blazer, a non-wash look jeans and a casual cotton shirt and the same old casual shoes.

It’s a well-observed fact that Seattlites love to dress casually. My frenz visiting me from east coast have been amused to see this and I proudly call it the NW Looks. Seattle is pretty infamous for rains (it rains everyday for 9 mnths) but the answer to the question "why Seattle?" is always the ocean and the mountains. People here simply love outdoor activities and never mind rains. They sail, they hike, they camp, they surf... they do anything that an athlete would do. Not only Seattle is the rain city, but it also is the bike capitol of NW. Seattlites love to cycle.

The work culture here is different from anywhere else. The unbelievable part is that I keep liqor at my desk and can drink any time I feel like. The 'F' word is loved in the meetings to refer to crap under discussion. Fridays 3pm means beer and Xbox times. Dress code, yeah there sure is one: today I was at work in flipflops and gymshorts. All this doesnt mean that people dont work here :). Some small flagship HQ's here are Microsoft, Amazon, T-Mobile, Expedia, REI, Starbucks, Zillow. Yup the second silicon valley if exists it exists in Seattle. 

....leaving my old jalopy, by the railroad track 
I'll get a hip, double dip, americano and will drive the TC down the track... honk honk whistle whistle

btw I hated d ~2 yrs spend in  Tx

Sunday, September 14, 2008

"White Collar... defining Idiot"

I simply love to see how people’s views may float or differ on small things and a naïve discussion can grow into an exponential argument and a volley of views. 
Anyways so the other day someone posts on an e-mail alias that :

'Idiot' is a grossly misused word and an oversimplified epithet, if one goes by the Supreme Court's (India) brand new definition of the term.
To be legally accepted as an 'idiot', one has to be so dumb as to be unable to count till 20, list the days of the week, or fail to remember the names of one's parents, the Court said on Friday.
"An idiot is one who is of non-sane memory from his birth, by a perpetual infirmity, without lucid intervals: and those are said to be idiots who cannot count 20, or tell the days of the week or who do not know their fathers or mothers or the like," said the judgement by Justices Arijit Pasayat and M K Sharma.” - Source
……..and this kindled a pen of many people and the discussion goes as…..

Is it clear that there is an "OR" between all the three conditions ?
I still feel its a flawed definition.
1. If you cant count till 20, you are poor in mathematics and not idiot.
2. If you cannot list the days in a week, you have weak memory and not necessary an idiot.
3. Fail to remember parents name - Again memory, or maybe no parents or maybe parents left in childhood. So what if the person genuinely doesnt know his/her parents name .. not idiot isnt it.
" I would say an idiot is someone who can count till 20, but cannot count from 100 to 120 as simple as that. " (said by me - i am not a judge though)
The offensiveness of idiot calling is something that needs to be defined. Like if my parents call me idiot, its ok, but if some outsider calls me idiot i will be offended by it, since my parents know me well to call me that :) I mean its really good for "idiot" to have been grossly misused, now an idiot could be someone who doesnt know who an idiot is.

I think:
An idiot is someone who keeps on making same or similar mistakes again and again and doesn’t learn. A common voter is known to fit this definition more often than not :)

Good, but the problem there is defining "Common Voter".
A few more defintions , "idiocracy" is the process of being an idiot. I think the problem is that idocracy is considered relative in our society, so if a bigger idiot calls be idiot i get angry. So to resolve all this we should have a common "non elected" body that scales idiots (possibly  via a sort of Idiotness Aptitude Test)  and there should be a sort of CGPA kind of thing, there. So along with our merit scores we should have idiocracy scores too. That would reduce confusion. After all a good mix of genious and idiotness is necessary for sucess as the idiot in you makes you take risks. :)
Now i am feeling stupid and i cant define that.

Actually, idiocracy is a stupid/funny movie. 

My say:  I love the company of white collar... they have an argument, a logic for everything and love to discuss...but I cant even deny Jimi Hendrix's say either  White collar conservative flashin down the street, pointing that plastic finger at me, they all assume my kind will drop and die, but I'm gonna wave my freak flag high.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Round Meat & Rectangular Bread

Yesterday evening I decided to grab a deli sandwich from WholeFoods while going home and bummed into a person who seemed really baffled in making his pick for the sandwich.

AgentA: Wass goin on... lots of choices leaving u confused
Stranger: No my problem is m trying to figure out why the bread is rectangular and meat is round.
AgentA: Its a curse... which we have to serve for Adam Eve's sin
Stranger: huh..
AgentA: For their sin God cursed mankind that from now on "whenever you make a sandwich you will get few bites of nothing but bread on the corners; Bread shalt be rectangular and Meat shalt be round."
Have a wonderful dinner... bye

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Just a thought...

... why is it never an engaged (busy) tone when I dial a wrong number...!!! it always rings and its always answered.