technology and zen of life

“A heisenbug (named after the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) is a computer bug that disappears or alters its characteristics when an attempt is made to study it.”

A Gen WHY Response to Geek Nation

The first time, a friend handed me Geek Nation: How Indian Science is taking over the World, he said, “It’s a bizarre book!” And one has to admit that reading this book is a journey which you take with the author, Angela Saini, with mixed feelings. At times your emotions resonate with those of the author and at others, it’s an uneasy feeling that something fundamental to Indian Science is missing. Something essential that’s lost in the myriad of places that she visits and people that she interviews. But, before one begins to explore it, one has to clarify that Gen W.H.Y. is borrowed from the book itself. It is what Thomas Simon, Vice President – HR, TCS calls the new generation of young Indians that question. I belong to this generation and hence, I presume that I have a right to question. Read the rest of this entry »

Get your desktop E-Mail client ready for free IMAP for GMail – What does GMail IMAP change

OK, I have it enabled now. Free IMAP for GMail. But first for those who don’t know what IMAP is, go to this link . How is IMAP any different from POP3, or wait what I am talking about. I have this small FAQ for newbies.

Q. What is POP3/IMAP?

A. To simplify this, they are mail accessing protocols which are used by your Desktop E-mail Client.

Q. What is a protocol?

A. From wikipedia “A Protocol is a set of guidelines or rules that help in governing an operation on the internet and communications over it” . Simply put it’s a way to communicate over internet.

Q. What is a desktop e-mail client.

A. An e-mail client is a computer program used to manage e-mail. Few examples are

Linux : Mozilla Thunderbird, Evolution, KMail, Pine, Mutt (pine and mutt are console based)

Windows : Mozilla Thunderbird, Outlook Express (not free), Microsoft Outlook (comes as a part of Windows), Windows Mail (comes in windows Vista)

PS : This is by no means the whole list of E-mail Client available. This is just the list of client I have used in the past, and in the order of my liking.

Q. What is an E-Mail?

A. Seriously man, stop reading this! 😛 Anyways. Read this for information about E-Mail

Ok, so now we are out of the viscious cycle of jargons, lets come to the point. GMail has added IMAP service to their currently 4.4GB E-mail inbox. How does this matter to you. Well if you have a E-mail account with services like Yahoo or Hotmail, I can say IMAP wins over almost every service they have to offer.

Q. How? ( You can say to me, you dumb ##$##@$, that BIG editor gave Yahoo a better score than GMail!)

A. How does IMAP change your life. Well in simple terms, you might never need to open the web browser for any of your emailing needs. Is that big? Well lets add this to the list, unlike POP3, you can use multiple E-Mail clients at the same time on the same account. It means you can receive the same e-mail on your PDA, Laptop, Desktop and if you mark it as read on one of them, it will be marked read in all of them, it keeps everything in sync. You will love this feature if you have a history of using POP3 and the mails once downloaded and read are again marked unread once you shift to some other computer.

Q. I still don’t get it, how does it makes GMail any better?

A. Well any standard IMAP client can be configured to

  • Run in system tray, without take any place in the tasks list
  • Check one or more, e-mail accounts simultaneously
  • Check the accounts after a fixed interval, again and again and again, so that you don’t have to
  • Notify in case you get a mail

Q. Still doesn’t makes any sense to me!

A. Using and e-mail service with IMAP access (like GMail) and a desktop client you can send/receive your e-mail (with attachments) from your desktop without using a browser, and you will be notified of new mails automatically.

Q. Why is your english so bad!

A. I am working on it 🙁

Q. So I what do I do now?

A. I’ll suggest create an account on GMail and see it working first hand.

This what IMAP changes for me and many other GMail users, although Google might have big plans with this offering !!!


Imagine a platform where you could contribute your own music, meet up with various artists form all over and even get together and release your own album!! Well TempoStand offers you that and much more…

TempoStand is a platform that promotes independent musicians in India. It is not specific to any genre. Hindustani, Sufi, Folk, Rock, Jazz, Punk, Carnatic, Blues and all other genres are invited. The more crazier it is the better. To be a part of TempoStand you only need to be original. Everything on the site is Creative Commons BY-SA, so everyone is free to mix and share. Read the rest of this entry »

South Park 1108

Just for the news fellas, South Park has taken a mid-season break and they will return on 3rd, October,2007. So we have to wait till then.

For more information on South Park

Google : :

Do you Stumble?

StumbleUpon is a social Link sharing site. If you are an information seeker like me, but are tired of searching google for finding interesting site, then worry no more, StumbleUpon will help you discover and share great websites. The coolest thing about StumbleUpon is that, with just a click of a button you will be taken to an interesting site from the list of categories that you choose. And trust me its quite addictive.

The StumbleUpon toolbar is a must to have in your browser. If you dont have it, you are missing some fun of internet.

Apart from using StumbleUpon for surfing, you can also use to meet like minded people.

StumbleUpon is also cool, if you want to surf through the numerous videos that have started flooding on the website due to the popular emergence of social video sharing sites like youtube and googlevideo.

Other popular choices include to surf random news, pictures, blogs, wiki etc. You can also write reviews of these pages/sites which other users can read. Read the rest of this entry »

South Park – 1107 | Southpark – 1107

My Rating : 3/5

At times you don’t exactly know what the exact context is while watching the TV series which are aired in foreign countries. Similar stuff happens here. Although this episode has few funny moments & some odd happenings, the episode turns out to be pretty ok.

Starting with gathering of homeless people in South Park county begging for change, ending up almost ruining the town, and the “Boys” coming up with an idea to kinda drag the homeless to other city using a highly modified bus. Also the suicide of ‘head of homeless studies’, Cartman jumping over homless using his skateboard and Randy killing a fellow person are the stuff to look out for.

As I stated in the beginning, I don’t quite understand the context of the homeless people.. yes yes it might be like common sense for people in US, but not for me. I see many homeless people around me, but nothing like the shown has ever happened.

In all the episode was quite ok and you can watch it once.

Google SketchUp Roundup

Sketch Up as defined by its official website..

Google SketchUp 6 is a 3D modeling software tool that’s easy to learn, simple to use, and lets you place your models in Google Earth. Are you remodeling a kitchen, landscaping your back yard or adding a deck to your home? Google SketchUp makes it faster, easier and a lot more fun. From simple to complex, from conceptual to realistic, Google SketchUp helps you see your vision before you build it.

The software is definitely easier to use then other 3d modeling softwares available in the market. The most amazing thing about the software is that one can design a whole city with the help of just rectangle , polygon and a curve drawing tool and a pencil, one just has to show an artistic touch while pulling or pushing from specific locations( which is the crux of this software) like pulling small part outside from a rectangular wall to depict as the fins of the window or removing small parts from a wall to depict doorr or windows and many many things could be done in a similar fashion. One can see the image of a stadium generated by this software.

Sketch Up image

source: Google3DWarehouse

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Get details of upcoming Programming Contest

If you are a programming freak like me and would like to keep updated with the upcoming programming contests, so that you can register well in advance for them, then your wish has just been heard. There is a very nice wiki site called The Algorithmist which not only contains an updated schedule for upcoming programming contests, but is also useful in referring for the algorithm related resources.

Bookmark this link now: Programming Contest Calendar

The Algorithmist is a wiki started by Larry, Ryan, and Rrenaud, who are also very high rated Topcoder members.

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