Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Happy Onam!!!

It's Onam time. Wish you all a happy Onam !!

Onam ?
Onam is the biggest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. Onam Festival falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug - Sep) and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. Carnival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam - the harvest festival in Kerala.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

When Social networks turning to crime centers ...

Young Adnan, who was kidnapped and then murdered by his friends, was a frequent Orkut visitor and met them on the site. This is not first of such incidents; one may remember the case of Kaushumbi who was also murdered by the guy she met on orkut.

Read more at : link
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Saturday, August 18, 2007

$5 billion for WiMax network - the next big thing

Sprint Nextel said on Thursday it could spend as much as $5 billion by the end of 2010 on a new network based on the emerging high-speed wireless technology known as WiMax.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Plastic Faces

"today, it's not so much about people you meet, but plastic face masks. Who thinks, talk and act to certain codes. That come from the head, and never from deeper within. It isn't so much about relationships you develop, it's more a matching of fake DNA. Sometimes when you want to have a real conversation, talk to your local alley cat. At least, she never hangs around when she doesn't want to.''
-Kiara, Agent @ Model Casters (as quoted in Levis RedLoop)
Well, wasn't that a great piece of reflection?
I thought so. If Kiara was tired of 'botoxed, chin-tucked, boob-pinched, plasticated people', I'm tired of those polished, urbanized ones, who keep smiling almost mechanically, talk only politically-correct things, and are just pretenders.

Well, I know I can go on and on...on the purity of village life, on the old world charm, on the unhurried cities and towns from the other side of the spectrum...

but an occassional visit to the villages, a walk down the river banks, or up the east hills, or a travel in the line bus, well, that tells me how much of this urban thing is imported into those serene islands everyday. That said, well, those imports come not just through people, it comes through the air, the media, the movies... the pace is fast catching up...the emotions are fast draining off the faces, the thoughts are managed to sound trendy and politically correct...hmm...

hey, i know i have never been a fan of this "golden past", but you know when the present is all about pretensions, all about conveniences, all about excuses, and you know, all about me...

well, i pause...

I don't know. But is this what they call aging?

boot cut: ha, looking at it, Levis and villages, perhaps, a pin-stripped, boot-cut, straight leg, hmm...wiered?

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Buy AMD, Save our future ...

Looks oodd ? , lets look more

Currently we have only 2 major chip vendors - AMD and Intel - on desktop side (x86). If we don't buy AMD now, AMD will go into more losses and finally expect a close. This leaves only Intel in the field. As hardware is not software and as it requires
manufacturing, we cant do a open source chip with current models. This gives Intel the freedom to price as they want.

now lets say like : Buy AMD, save your wallet for future
: My next ( PC || Desktop || Laptop ) runs on AMD

AMD is the one which came with first X64 architecture and today AMD put its new AMD's Light-Weight Profiling (LWP) Specification for software parallelization (link).

It's right time to start think of AMD in your next PC.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Thenali Raman and Harry Potter

Ada pavi, you didn't get anything else, asked my friend, peeping on to the monitor and the title. ha, true, i had many more things to write about, but just thought i would write on this...doesn't it sound cool, norwegean wood?

well, cool or hot, that is the fact. the reality of living in a global village means trading off, or forgetting your history, your past, your lores, for the urban legends. I'm sure i'll see so many hands rising in triumph if i ask about harry poter at any of the schools in bangalore, mumbai, delhi, kolkatha, kochi, or hyderabad. but how many of those hands will remain up, if I ask about thenali raman, thacholi othenan, tagore, sivaji, or tipu?

K R Narayanan once said"Globalisation does not mean the end of history and geography and of the lively and exciting diversities of the world." It meant, rather, that global governance should be in harmony with the diversities it was required to contend with. Doesn't sound cool, norwegean wood?

Tailpiece: the friend who shouted the 'ada pavi,...' was busy sourcin the latest potter book for his niece...of course, his niece knows a few things about our own legends and lores, but we just got into this discussion on how fast this potter mania is catching up...and how cool and fashionable it has become to live in the present, the present presented by the media, and the hype.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Story of stolen $1 million worth of voice minutes

A combination of simple dictionary and brute-force attacks in combination with Google hacking enabled a criminal pair to break into VoIP-provider networks and steal $1 million worth of voice minutes, says one of the duo who has pleaded guilty to his crimes.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

mundu - The garment IM

The mundu is a garment worn around the waist in Kerala and Maldives related to the Dhoti as well as the Lungi. In South Canara district of Karnataka state the Tulu speaking folk and Beary community do use mundu. It is normally woven in cotton and coloured white or cream. The colour is dependent on whether the cotton is bleached or unbleached. Kaddar mundu is another kind which is made using handlooms. When unbleached the mundu is called a neriyathu. In modern times, two types of mundu are prevalent - the single and the double. A single mundu is draped once around the waist, while the double is folded in half before draping. A mundu is usually starched before use. talks about an IM product which claims: A comphrehensive Instant Messaging platform to help you build, grow and monetize your user community.

Another web 2.0 company playing with multi messaging ( i am not sure whetehr there 'll be a day when i can have one account and talk to different servers).The sadest part is i was not able to find even a single reference to any standards in the site. so i assume it as another propratory IM.

Unfortunatley the link gave more than enough confusion. Just put some blocks and say its a platform features without any explantion

any way i think the wed designers managed to push a lot of open standard words in the platform features as features (looks the person who made the picture never know what he was drawing ).It more resembled me a preson who dont know english draws "To let" as "Toilet".I tried to download but looks slow , so i left it as it is :-)

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Monday, August 6, 2007

ICE to RFC ? Noooooooo expect 18

Was wondering Ice going to be RFC.

Nooo , today was browsing my mails and find yet another version to come.

miles to go before i sleep ( now change it RFC ) :-)

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

A personal Moment ( first B day of my kid )

An year passed very fast, now my kid is turning 1 year ( turned on Aug 3 ). Sharing some moments from life ( the video we played on his BDay )

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

All new True life IMS

Got the link from a friend

Yep another IM service, Not at all conventioanl looks,

looks good in the link,
Chat, Call, TV , Radio, Music sharing, Blogs , Content reading--- man its all in one.

Didn't get a chance to download the software and try:
Some body informed me that its a sip-XMPP hybrid model.

The main page ( ) says they have 296,761 users

May be world's biggest sip-XMPP hybrid service :-)
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