Archive | July, 2005

The Register Article!!

30 Jul

This huge stir caused by Andrew Orlowski’s article titledIE7 nukes Google, Yahoo! Search in The Register only convinces people of the transparency that blogging has brought in this world.

Imagine the pre-Scoble era when some napping journalist all of a sudden decided that it was time for some Microsoft bashing; out came an article about some evil deed of Microsoft and the big Redmond Giant climbed a few scales on the wicked-meter! Things are a bit different now.

Back to Cricket! The Island Nation

30 Jul

Well, with little success at Age of Conquerors trying my hand at beating the likes of William Wallaces and Surds of Turks, it was down to GTA San Andreas to rid me of the prevailing boredom. As is most often the case (just like it was with Vice City,) I do not make it mandatory to complete all games that I venture into, and hence at the morning of this day, I was again left without anything that would interest me, barring perhaps the elusive Ludlum’s paperback that I can’t seem to find. And so I look up to cricket, the traditional one-day cricket, without those ridiculous super-subs who have by now, in the three games that they have made appearances in, left no doubts in minds of people about their absolute worthlessness. Our little neighbours down south do make some intelligent decisions at times!

Okay, talking of cricket, with little under 12 hours to go before India take on SriLanka, I wonder what magic trick could Chappel and Dravid pull up without Sachin and Saurav (in other words, 22000 odd ODI runs, 600 odd ODI appearances!) It would be a tall order for a batting line up, which has proved its fragility umpteen number of times, to take on Moody’s wards, fresh after defeating a depleted WI side. Flexibility is the word I’ve been hearing all along from the new coach. I don’t know, but if you call getting VVS Laxman to open the batting for India as flexibility, it’s synonym could only be absurdity!


28 Jul

I’ll have to admit that the nature of Pottermania is beyond my comprehension capabilities! As more and more fans of all ages and countries immerse themselves in Harry’s adventures, adding fuel to the belief that Pottermania is inescapable, I am baffled by its ability to appeal to all ages.

Bored by the inactivity prevailing in this muggle world, I began to read the first one of the series and immediately concluded that reading beyond the tenth leaf was something impossible. Undeterred, I watched the first movie. I Hated it. But with the evil-wizard becoming apple of more and more eyes with every passing moment, around the world, it could only have been something wrong with me and so I watched the second movie. And then it became so easy to establish that I loathed the Potter Kid!

Just a passing thought – “Would it be a bad idea for a Potter special appearance in Oliver Twist? The poor kid could do with some wizardry.”

Hard to locate an Apple on Gates’ Virtual Earth

27 Jul

Its fashionable to criticize whatever Microsoft does! So even if Microsoft’s Virtual Earth is really cool, with a much superior user interface (the neat compass making it very friendly and easy along with increased map-display area), and really useful features like a scratchpad and business search, all this world is bothered about is why there isn’t an Apple on Gates’ Virtual Earth!

Microsoft to patent emoticons

24 Jul

Now, why on this earth would Microsoft like to patent emoticons or smilies!

Link: US patent application # 20050156873 with Microsoft Corporation listed as the assignee and Bettina Walter, Thorsen von Seelen and Thorsen Jens as the “inventors”.


Manmohan Singh goes to the US

22 Jul

A pale buff coloured background in the newspaper is bound to draw attraction towards itself, and when the headline reads something like “Pokharan PrimeMinister”, it makes the reader all the more curious. Thursday morning, waking from a long overdue sleep, I sat reading the ex-Prime Minister of the Republic of India say something about India having sold out to the US, making long term commitments in exchange of mere promises from President Bush. This coming from a man who possibly played the most crucial role in India’s resurrection as a global player couldn’t just be brushed aside as mere balderdash.

How much ever the current government claim about Indian relationship with the US never being better, it can simply not be denied that this relationship is built only on the framework that Vajpayee and Clinton left for the current leaders of the two countries, two leaders who are nowhere as charismatic and authoritative as their predecessors. And so Vajpayee’s words couldn’t just be taken as meant to add fuel to the competitive parliamentary politics, for they were from a man who had redefined and dictated India’s outlook towards the United States for a considerable time.

I wonder what would have been on Manmohan Singh’s mind on board the Air India flight to the red carpet welcome at Washington. Manmohan Singh comes across as a humble, sincere, scholarly individual and it wouldn’t be impossible for someone to dismiss him as the man unfit to be discussing India’s acceptance as a responsible nuclear power, amidst all the political cynicism at home, with George Bush. But Manmohan Singh has a way that does get the message, stern or otherwise, across. So he may have not made all the headlines in the media, but he had the attention of those who mattered. And as he concludes his visit to Washington, he must have all the reasons to be satisfied and to believe that this visit would be instrumental in a new power balance in South Asia, with Washington’s acceptance of Indian nuclear capabilities, its assurances on the Indo-Pak Line of Control issue and continued commitment towards increased economic cooperation.

What remains to be seen is how does India respond to the outcomes of this visit. The current administration will have its work cut out if it has to prove to Vajpayee and the nation that it has not made “long term specific commitments” in exchange of “merely made promises”. A nuclear India is of hardly any interest to the United States, for it will only add up to another crease on its forehead; what is in its interest is India’s economy and if we falter here, with all this political turmoil being caused by the Left and continue our lack of appreciation of the needs of infrastructure prevailing in the country, no bridging of the nuclear divide will be relevant. No longer can we expect Information Technology to shoulder the burden of “India Shining” and making India “relevant”. And then, if this visit has increased India’s proximity to the United States, as claimed, then Manmohan Singh is bound to face some music at home- no doubts about what the Communists think of the Indo-US relationship. This could go anyway. Any way that India wants it to go.

Call it a real bad idea in graphic design

22 Jul

The logo doesn’t leave much to say.