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  • BD 9:15 am on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    No love for Nokia 

    I’ve been talking about this a lot with my friends. Thought of reaching out to a wider audience.

    At the time of writing this post, popular services like Twitter, Foursquare or even Google buzz don’t have native clients for the S60 Nokia platform. You get apps for iPhone, Android and even Blackberry; but not Nokia.

    I don’t understand this phenomenon. Nokia has the largest market share, why aren’t apps available? Other people have similar frustrations.

    I happen to be a recent buyer of Nokia E75. I love the phone mainly for its features, though I’m disappointed with the lack of apps :(

    Hope things improve.

     
    • nandini 8:33 am on May 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think they would do better with a touchscreen phone, everyone seems to want that. I’m getting the palm pixi touch screen because I like to touch things :P, but I think Nokia would definitely be better if they introduced some phones like the sony walkman phone, touch screen , more blackberry looking nokia pda phone etc….

    • I Me My 5:11 am on October 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Good to hear from you BD. Yes, I was in India this past summer and I had a wonderful time.

    • BD 3:24 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for dropping by Id.

    • BD 3:25 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      @nandini
      “I like to touch things” LOL! :P

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  • BD 3:50 am on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: musings, , poem   

    Coffee at Midnight 

    Reposting an old post from a defunct blog of mine.

    “Eyes don’t obey but your mind says no way.
    You remain confused while the work stays at bay

    You need that magic potion,
    something like the Gaul’s ration.
    The doctors say this ain’t the time
    Darn! it’s difficult to resist the temptation.

    Out of milk and out of sugar,
    it won’t be that spectacular.
    But it wasn’t ever about the taste,
    the black one’s anyways more popular.

    You have a sip of that black,
    a bit bitter but you get the knack.

    Eyes don’t complain no more,
    and you get back on track! “

     
    • nandini 8:35 am on May 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      ohhh BD this warms my soul!
      most men write poems about the love who usually is a woman, now you, you just gotta serenade that coffee….only thing to stimulate you! ( I give up heartbroken now and sobbing, oh how I wish I were a cup of coffee)

  • BD 10:15 am on February 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Great Monday 

    We knew it right from 1992. Now the world knows.
    Congrats Rahman!

    I liked his acceptance speech:

    All my life I had the choice between hate and love. I choose love and here I am.

     
  • BD 8:10 am on January 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    What a news to start the morning with 

    Congrats ARR
    And belated happy birthday to you !

     
    • Ritesh 8:55 am on January 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats to him indeed! I haven’t heard the music, rushing to do that right now.

    • Ritesh 10:17 am on January 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have to say, he has composed better music before. But sadly, no intl recognition for them.

  • BD 9:00 pm on August 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Is there anybody out there? 

    I’m not sure if you share this feeling. Every morning, as I browse through the newspaper, it feels as if I already know what’s gonna be in it. I switch to TV, looking for some excitement. The same feeling again. Things have become so predictable!

    I ultimately end up relying on my morning tea to wake up me fully.

    However, the best part is my drive to work. It’s like playing a video game where you got to manoeuvre your car through myriads of obstacles. Every day is a new challenge, a new way to beat the traffic and reach office in time. That wakes me up! May be I’ll write about Bangalore traffic jams some other day. They are quite notorious if you didn’t know about them already.

    *****

    It’s been a long time indeed since these blog’s got updated. I’m not sure if you guys are still tuned in. Whoever is, let me ask you this. “How have you been doing?” :D

     
    • Ritesh 9:20 pm on August 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Doing good :P

    • Gary 10:13 pm on August 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, suddenly something. Not too bad here btw.

    • Priyanka 10:59 pm on August 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Good One. Someone once said: In India u drive on the left of the road… in blore u drive where the road is left :D

      Looking forward to ur blog on Bangalore traffic ;)

    • BD 12:41 am on August 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey! nice to hear from you guys :D
      Gary you’ve been reading my blog? since when?

    • Hemanshu 6:47 am on August 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m here too dude.. always here. Nice to hear back from you!

    • Kanupriya 5:20 pm on August 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Somehow, I still feel that you’re in America!

    • BD 6:07 pm on August 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Kanu!

      why would you feel that way?

    • guess 8:49 pm on October 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You are psychic? you already know whats gonna be in the newspapers? Can I have the lottery numbers then :D

  • BD 10:57 am on September 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Lenovo thinking about Linux 

    A while back, on Dell’s adoption of Linux for its home user segment, I had said:

    Dell happens to be the number 1 PC maker in the US. It won’t be wrong to assume that other PC manufacturers would mimic Dell’s strategy.

    And guess what, now Lenovo has this to say in its blog:

    … One of our competitors has done so and it seems to be working out for them. (I won’t say who, because every time I mention a competitor by name, you should see the five-alarm fire that erupts over here. You all know who I’m talking about though.)

    Lenovo

    It also mentions:

    … we’re spending way too much time on the enterprise market and not enough on the enthusiast market. Enterprises have been, and will continue to be, slow to adopt Linux for some of the reasons I outlined, but there are nonetheless a LOT of people running Linux out there, especially on their ThinkPads.

    Lenovo has started a poll asking users to vote for their favorite distros which they want to see officially supported for their Thinkpads. Go ahead vote for your distros!

    All thanks to Vista! Thank you Microsoft, you’re finally going to help us get rid of Bug #1.

     
    • nandini 5:25 am on September 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      post something new, dis boring

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    • black_mamba 5:09 am on October 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Is this gonna Kill You? No i Dont Think so !

    • tarun1026 8:32 am on November 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      BD, I started this thing.

      http://www.techbanyan.com/about

      What do you think :-)

      Do lemme know. You do remember my fishing boat venture…do ya? ;-)

    • Shantanu 7:48 pm on December 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, have you stopped blogging altogether?

    • Fatima 8:29 am on December 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Pakistan is gearing up for yet another elections early next year, and for an indepth analysis, news and, discussion, and

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    • Bubble20 4:30 am on September 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      This is a great post. I love reading it.

  • BD 2:19 am on September 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    On being separate 

    An interesting video about non-dualism

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    At this juncture I’d also like to share an excerpt from Wayne Liquorman’s (aka Ram Tzu) poem:

    Go back to your church, your temple,
    Your therapist, your drug dealer, your ashram.
    There you may find a moments peace.
    You found it there once.
    Here is only emptiness for you.
    You’ll find no food for your ego here.
    What if your precious sense of self
    Were to shrivel up and die?
    Where would you be then?
    What would happen?
    Best not to risk it.

     
    • I Me My 11:50 pm on September 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful poem! Do you think Blakes “Songs of Innocence” and then the “Songs of Experience” were a reflection of this belief? I

    • nandini 9:41 am on September 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      To comment on a comment, but wouldn’t contrasting Blake’s poem generally show that God is indifferent?

    • BD 4:06 pm on September 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Id

      A lot of people consider non-duality as a state of mind rather than a belief.
      I haven’t read either of the works you listed but thanks for the pointer! Would surely read em when I get a chance.

      @nandini

      “God is indifferent?” Would love to hear an elaboration on that, and how it relates to the context of the post.

    • nandini 11:22 pm on September 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I was talking about the referral to Blake’s poem, contrasting the songs of innocence and the Songs of experience, can show that either 1. God does not exist or 2. God is indifferent .

  • BD 9:44 am on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Milk for the Cat 

    If you happen to be a cat lover, you surely must have read Harold Monro’s  “Milk for the Cat“.

    I had come across this poem at school. It’s been one of the most cherished ones till date; not only because it was amazingly detailed, but also because I grew up in the company of cats :)

    But why am I writing a post on cats? It’s not caturday is it? No, what really triggered this post is this song I accidentally discovered on Youtube:

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    Both Harold’s poem and this video exude some kind of timelessness, which I find hard to pin point. May be it’s as simple as “love for cats.”

    What if Harold Monro were to be alive in today’s times? He’d probably come up with something like the “Mean kitty” song :) No?

     
  • BD 8:38 am on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    The Sacrificial Lamb 

    Just stumbled upon this:

    Nepal’s state-run airline has confirmed that it sacrificed two goats to appease a Hindu god, following technical problems with one of its aircraft.

    BBC NEWS

    I don’t know who really is the sacrificial lamb; the goat or the passengers? If you happen to use Nepal Airlines for your travels, you better decide :P

     
    • nuttellinu 8:44 am on April 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      which god is responsible for the airplanes?

  • BD 12:10 am on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    US bomber loaded with nuclear missile by mistake 

    An Air Force B-52 bomber flew across the central United States last week with six cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads that were mistakenly attached to the airplane’s wing, defense officials said yesterday.

    The Stratofortress bomber, based at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, was transporting a dozen Advanced Cruise Missiles to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana on Aug. 30. But crews inadvertently loaded half of them with nuclear warheads attached.
    (emphasis mine) Washington Post

    Also read the story here.

    A B-52 bomber at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. File pic

    Geosci blog has some reactions.

    Having the worlds largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, the mistake is no doubt embarrassing for the nuclear messiah.

    But, at least they made it public.

     
    • Mihir 3:28 am on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      They made it public because the nuclear missiles were no danger to anyone even if they were launched

    • BD 4:21 am on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Mihir

      Even though this fact doesn’t become immediately apparent to common folk, don’t you think they could have still hushed up the entire thing? After all this is an embarrassing expose!

    • Mihir 8:45 am on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      These things don’t need to be hushed up. Hushing up every “embarrassing” incident is best left to the likes of the Soviets and Chinese.

    • BD 8:51 am on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hushing up every “embarrassing” incident is best left to the likes of the Soviets and Chinese.

      I’m glad that you finally got my point ;)

    • Mihir 8:48 am on September 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Ach!

    • Sam 10:26 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      edited

  • BD 7:42 pm on September 6, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Marvel vs DC 

    We have so many Mac vs PC parodies floating around, but this one’s the best I’ve come across so far. Here’s some Marvel vs DC action!

    videovideo
    video
    video

    There are more here
    :D

     
  • BD 7:58 am on September 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Prostitutes no longer criminals 

    If the proposed amendments to the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act of 1956 are passed, prostitutes would no longer be treated as criminals.

    However their profession would still continue to be treated as an illegal one.

    Fifty years after India enacted a legal framework to check prostitution, Government has finally decided to go for a radical change in the law.

    The Immoral Traffic Prevention Act of 1956 is being amended and sex workers will now be treated as victims and not as offenders. They cannot even be asked to vacate the property they reside in.

    “It’s not legalising, it’s decriminalising of the prostitutes. Most of them are in it not by choice,” says Chairman, Centre for Social Research, Ranjana Kumari.

    CNN IBN

     

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    The oldest profession in the world still continues to be illegal in India, depriving prostitutes of their legal rights, and thus making them vulnerable to exploitation.

    Given the socio-cultural impediments, legalizing prostitution might be suicidal for the administration at this juncture.

    But with this creative middle ground adopted by the Goverment through the proposed amendment, the prostitutes, particularly those who have been pushed into this profession against their will, might get some legal rights.

    Women who have entered the profession voluntarily, or those who wish to stay, might have to wait a little longer.

    One step at a time, I guess.

    Related read:

    India Together article on the issue

     
    • Liju Philip 8:58 am on September 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      This is a long time coming. Next step is to legalize the sex trade so that the govt can bring it under taxation. Regulate the industry. Give them some sort of IDs and get them to insist on safe sex and compulsory medical checks.

    • Raza Rumi 9:22 am on September 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with Liju
      thanks for this informative post

    • Anonymi 12:24 pm on September 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      The new act proposes to go after the costumer. Considering that 60 percent enter the trade by their own fair judgement for financial motives, this act would further drive the market underground, The new act instead proposes to go after the costumer. Considering that 60 percent of the trade is run by non-trafficked individuals, wouldn’t this act be unfairly hurting their trade. Also it is only natural that an industry adapt to the needs of its costumer, this trade more so. Which means we will be effectively driving the industry deeper underground, which is the way the market will respond to protect the consumer, of course at an increased risk to the prostitutes themselves. Ineffectively half hearted at best, harmfully retrograde at worse.

    • Anonymi 12:26 pm on September 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      And yes, that was customer, not costumer :D The things I crank out!

    • Raindreamer 3:58 pm on September 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      In Scandinavia prostitution used to be legal. In some of the countries street prostitution was made illegal because its great proplems. Sweden has prohibited buying (but not selling) sexual services and in other countries there are debate on the same issue.

      The direction is diverse and reasons are that the proplems with prostitution don’t vanish by making it legal, although it is in nobodys pest interest to harass prostitutes that are on the pusiness against their will. It just makes traffikers job easier.

      There is also the tax question. In that sphere prostitution is hardly ever legal, even where it is not prohibited.

    • Raindreamer 4:03 pm on September 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      of course not pest but best intrests ;)

    • BD 4:24 am on September 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Anonymi and Raindreamer

      You guys should start using Firefox — it has inbuilt spell checker :D

    • topcat 2:36 pm on September 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i heard somewere in my economics class tat prostitutes are duly payin their taxes……
      is that true????
      wat do u feel????

  • BD 3:58 am on August 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Google indic transliteration 

    is simply the best indic transliteration tool I’ve come across till date.

    logo

    Currently it’s just available for Hindi. Hopefully this would be added to Google’s localized pages — and support for more languages and scripts is always welcome. (via: india uncut)

     
  • BD 9:52 am on August 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Dailytimes Hacked 

    Just got this via email (thanks Ayesha). It seems the website of leading Pakistani daily Dailytimes got hacked yesterday. The exact time and the duration of operation is unclear, but the site is back up and running today.

    The hackers posted the following message:

    “hack3d by ic3d r0s3 :):) greetz to (linuxg0d) ,(savechanges) ,(pagefault) and old whackerz crew;;;;;; to PHA and yeah to the criticized one (abunasar) : keep it up kid;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; and still after 2 yrs ………….. — THIS IS THE END BEAUTIFUL FRIEND ?? ;;;;; Mr. Mush PLz GOOOOOOOOO;)”

    Apparently the hackers were of Pakistani origin, and their message seems to be directed against Musharraf.

    Will update this post in a bit.

    Update: Blogosphere coverage

    Update 2:

    It’s 11:26AM IST, DailyTimes has been hacked again, apparently by the same hackers. The same message has been posted

    http _dailytimes.com.pk_

     
    • none 9:51 pm on August 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      what gave away their pakistani identity? sayling plz, greetz? keepi it up beautiful friend?
      its quite hilarious actually

    • BD 10:03 pm on August 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @nandini
      hehe, yeah that’s what I thought.

  • BD 3:33 am on August 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Deja vu 

    It seems wordpress.com was blocked in Turkey. Almost seems like a page out of history.

    Thanks to RTI we came to know how the Government blocks websites in India.

    Update:

    Official reaction from wordpress.com regarding the ban in Turkey.

    The letter mentioned in the above link contains the list of blogs that led to a Turkish court order to bring down the entire wordpress.com domain in Turkey.

    Go have a look at these blogs before they are taken down!

    These blogs have now gotten more publicity because of the entire censorship process. What an irony :D

     
    • Matt 9:22 am on August 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Censorship is such a dangerous path, and clearly against the first amendment in the United States Constitution here in the US. In America, you can say *almost* anything, exceptions being saying you’re going to kill the president and yelling “FIRE!” in a crowded theater. People do take advantage of this freedom, often in America, by insulting others with hate speech, but at present I see no way around this, as it is critically important for people to be able to criticize the government without negative consequences for them.

      It’s good to hear from you BD. Keep the faith.

      Matt in the USA

    • BD 3:39 pm on August 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Matt for the insightful comment.

    • Scot 1:18 am on August 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Waz up bro it me scot in Phoenix,Az

    • Raza Rumi 2:26 pm on August 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      thanks BD – this was a good post pointing out a serious challenge to blogging –
      Let’s hope some sense is drummed into the minds of Turkish authorities!

    • I Me My 1:02 am on August 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yet another!

    • BD 1:16 am on August 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Id

      and yet another !

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