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Computing Freedom

DRM. Digital Rights Management. The one word that's meant to protect the rights of the publisher, at the cost of the consumer. It is a scheme that employs cryptographic measures to prevent people from copying/distributing media content, especially music.
What DRM can do for you:
You'll be asked to Pay-per-use of music, video, software that you already bought.Allows the content producer to disable your rights to the published content through hardware measures, including permanent hardware disability, any time they wish to. Which means the music you bought, or the DVD your purhased may not be usable tomorrow, whenever the producer decides to do so.Discourages indie content publishers from making content, because of the royalty involved. Which means sending people the video you shot or the music you composed or the software you wrote could cost you a fortune.Curbing the freedom of the consumer, and milking him, by pushing him to pay a lot of money for a commercial service, though …

The meaning of Life

At last! I've discovered it. At least I think I do.

I didn't run butt-naked on the streets shouting "Eureka!", but it was nevertheless, a realization for me. Before I tell you the meaning of life, a few words:


The whole world runs on faith. If you have faith in my words, it shall probably make you a happier person. I'm not asking for money, or anything. I'm not asking you to ditch your religion or culture. I'm not asking you to do anything exotic. All I need is just your faith. With that, this might be the religion of the future.I'm not promising you a better life, or anything for that matter. You may probably get peace of mind if you follow what I say, or anything, or nothing as far as that goes.This information is being passed as-is and without any warranty of any kind. So if you don't find what you're looking for, DON'T SUE ME.I could as well put the whole propaganda into a book, into TV, advertise it online.. Whatever. I'm not going…

The Lazy Life ...

... a.k.a. I'm Lovin' It!

My typical day begins at 10 AM. I wake up, and mom makes the bestestestest filter coffee! Then bath, then eat (mmm.. BURP!). Then TV+siesta! Then go out. Then come back, eat dinner (uff.. mommah, i'm becomin' a baloon!) TV+Sleep. What a busy schedule!

When it comes to food, I never complain at home. My mom's been an ACE COOK, and have never stopped relishing her food. I am eternally thankful to the almighty for the same.

Mention TV and think CAS. CAS is the root of all evil. FTA channels are ohhkayy, but I'm missing out on all those nice movies and soaps thanks to CAS. Have started tuning to VH1... It's cool, plays some wonderful music. and no CRAP! So, there was this show called The Fabulous Life of the Hilton Sisters .. I was all like: "Wow! These two are this spoilt that they decided to make a whole series out of it!" but then, some time later, after watchin J-Lo's fabulous life, I decided that the Hilton sisters wer…

King Size Life

Last weekend was AWESOME!!



This Saturday, myself and Sandeep went to Adlabs IMAX, the only IMAX Dome theater in India. There are only three IMAX theatres in India, the other two being in Hyderabad and Ahmedabad respectively (both are flat IMAX 3D theatres). There, in the gaming arcade, we zipped on a nice bouncy ride in Thrillarium, in a short film called "Mazy Mine". Then we got to play a real game of Pong, and we tied at 6 each. Then after a quick bite, we went to see Robots.


First, we were overwhelmed by the IMAX (Think big) experience. IMAX supposedly features a projection system that's very powerful that it can use the moon as a screen, and a sound system that delivers a whopping 12KW of power output; Cool! We were greated by an intro IMAX movie of A. R. Rahman'sMaa, Tujhe Salaam ... it filled us with an immense sense of national pride to see our tricolor on the magnificent dome screen.


Second, we loved the movie. The story features a young robot named Sparky who…

Another Weekend

20 years of darkness. 7 days of hell. No one could survive it. We did!

This saturday, we watched NAINA. A nice movie, for one. Gave us a jolt of the BHOOT experience. Urmila plays the role of Naina Shah, who gets supernatural eye-sight after her eye operation. So that's what the movie is all about... A few observations/conclusions:


Indian thriller movies are special in their own way. They rely more on silly things like falling objects, illusions, darkness and sounds. The THX surround sound system always adds on to the effect.
Indian movie physicians are exceptionally trained to transplant the choiciest of organs into the Hero/Heroine.
People who recieve eye-transplants don't usually watch TV/go out with da hunk hero the very next day (as it happens in many movies). It was well depicted in this movie. Kudos!
Indian movies always revolve around conventional ghost technology for thrillers. It's time we got ourselves updated on that.
An Indian movie without filmi dance/music is usu…

Controversy sells more than Fact

I am a common man. My sources of information are the daily news, the hoardings and the biz. What I get to read, feel and percieve is what they write, and needn't be what is, or what should be. Which is why I am writing this.



What I get to read everyday is nothing more than plain "controversy". So, there are a hell lotta' things happening in and around the world I live. However, the ones who feel the brunt of the media aren't the Joe and Jill somebodies. Only when you are popular, rich or when the media can make some money outta' using your name, do you make it into the media, the Page 3.

So, this article doesn't, in any way mean that media is all about making money. But media is about making money too. What you get is written by people and not by machines. Which is why we should treat news with caution and discretion.

Simple example: Britney Spears makes it to the headlines, and your friendly neighbourhood pickpocket doesn't. Not unless he's commit…

Shiva - Elephanta Caves

Sandeep and I decided to go out this Saturday... First, we went to the Mahalakshmi mandir, and took a darshan of the beautiful, ever merciful goddess of wealth.

From there, me went via Churchgate, to the Gateway of India. From there, we hitched a ferry on to the Elephanta island. It was the farthest I had gone on sea.. and the cruise was magnificent!

The island got its name from an elephant statue which welcomed the first Britishers on these islands. Before that, It used to be called Gharapuri, or the island of caves.

It's a bane that tourists get milked and exploited so much, in India. First you have to pay to get in, and pay to see the caves, and pay more to drink water, eat food and what not ... Well, after paying enough, and a small uphill trek, we could get a glimpses of those caves. It appeared to us, as a half-constructed Shiva temple, with lots of nice statues and lingas. Most of the statues were destroyed, thanks to the ignorant firangees before us, who supposedly broke t…

Quality of Life

So, all along, we have been making our processors faster, software more portable, rockets fly higher, stock markets zippier, food more efficiently and money more fluid...

But how many of us have made our lives any simpler and qualitative? When have we ever sat back to relax, to take a break, to give our life more meaning as "a whole"? All along we've been doing TQM and Six Sigma to our products, our processes, our office.. Doesn't our own life count?

Let me explain this: So, beyond a limit, no matter how fast your processors run, no matter how your money flows through your assets, there are always things in life that need you. Without you, they just don't make sense. So, if all you need out of your PC is just being able to hook up to the net, listen to music or type a few documents, you don't bother if your PC is a P3 or a 64-bit Duron. You are there, things happen just the way you want them to, and nothing else matters to you. Right? Just like that, if all th…

The cream of life

Mumbai has a lot to offer, when it comes to food. The best part about this city is, one can choose to live life as he/she pleases. Extravagant or affordable, It's all there. For example, there is this Park View restaurant, where we eat. Opposite to that, I found one very interesting ice cream shop. The best thing is, it's all made right before your eyes, the way you want it. Rose Falooda and Fruit Salad are the chef's specials there;If he likes you, you'll get another full scoop to wash down. You wouldn't wanna spend a mini fortune eating ice creams in Park View. Get the point?

Practice School

There are many things about practice school.

First, if you are in a city like mumbai, you'll spend one fifth of your time in travelling. It gets worse when you get bussed for as much as two and a half hours in the mornings.

Second, if you really have nothing to do, then start a blog.

Third, if you really like your work as much as I do, then work hard. It pays off in the long run. You'll end up feeling like you have achieved big things in a day.

Fourth, it's not a rhetoric evaluation thingie where you keep writing diaries and reports. The focus is on the job.

Fifth, enjoy life! You are probably going places, so why not have a good time? ;)