Thursday, September 29, 2005

A new addition to our family

On the 28th of September, 2005, at 20:10 India time, God gifted us a 3.1 kg bundle of joy. Here are a couple of pics I took of our beautiful son:

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Cooing at new-born babies banned

This happens only in England: A West Yorkshire hospital has banned visitors from cooing at new-born babies over fears their human rights are being breached and to reduce infection.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/4284522.stm

What next? Disinfected 'burkhas' (veils) for babies?

Friday, September 23, 2005

Blogs are being beamed into space...koi mil gaya?

While casually browsing, I stumbled upon this. MindComet, a relationship management company based in Florida, is beaming blogs into space. The idea is that aliens can get to know humans better by reading ramblings of ordinary homo-sapiens. Check it all out at the following links:
http://www.bloginspace.com
http://www.bloginspace.com/blogsbeingtransmitted.php

Here are some possible reactions from the head of planet Zorg after reading some blogs I know:
Sid: "Wow. These guys have programming in their blood. Can make good slaves to write our programs"
GeekHead: "This species must have been extinct by now. How can they all be so fond of smoking and yet survive? Hmm...I guess we should get this specimen called SmokingJoe for analysis."
Sajid: "Wow...these guys are good fun. If we can enslave them on Zorg, we will have good entertainment. Get the ships ready, Major Maksanador. Lets import some fun"
Tanveer: "We must attack Earth and get them all here, but leave this guy alone. Sounds pretty useless to me"

Monday, September 19, 2005

Free online books for all

I found the following link with a list of free books online. It is a very impressive collection of very useful books. Go and check it out...they may have a book or two to hook you up for a very long time:
http://www.infosyssec.com/infosyssec/onlinebooks1.htm

Friday, September 16, 2005

Would you like MSNAOL?

Hmmm...Microsoft and Time Warner are talking. The subject is AOL. And Microsoft wants to take it under its umbrella as part of MSN.
Read the news at:
http://www.nypost.com/business/28069.htm

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Microsoft tries to hire Eric Raymond

"On the day *I* go to work for Microsoft, faint oinking sounds will beheard from far overhead, the moon will not merely turn blue butdevelop polkadots, and hell will freeze over so solid the brimstonewill go superconductive.
But I must thank you for dropping a good joke on my afternoon. Onthat hopefully not too far distant day that I piss on Microsoft’sgrave, I sincerely hope none of it will splash on you.
"
Read more here: http://esr.ibiblio.org/index.php?p=208

"Funny" would be an understatement.

Friday, September 09, 2005

A prominent Lazard banker's farewell message

I have seen many resignation letters and mails saying 'goodbye' to loving colleagues. But, I love this one most. Bernard Sainte-Marie, a former banker at Lazard, lashed out at Bruce Wasserstein in an email message to his colleagues as he left the firm last week. His mail is an interesting mix of heart-felt messages and funny comments such as "I will be pursuing my career in the general unemployment line, as I am neither old enough nor wealthy enough to retire. I wish myself every good fortune in the future."
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/09/business/09lazard_email.html?dlbk

Thursday, September 08, 2005

TreePad: A nice tool

http://www.treepad.com/
I like this tool. It lets you write and store information in a neat tree-like structure. The website calls it an Organizer, PIM / Database, Personal Information Manager and Word Processor.
You may say that any XML editor would let you write stuff in a tree format but this is a full featured word processor. Check it out at http://www.treepad.com/. There is a free TreePad Lite! available.

The 3 Essential Rules that Guarantee a Successful Business

Hmmm...everybody has a magic number to success. The '7' habits of highly effective people. The '22' immutable laws of marketing. The '4' P's of marketing (they have now incremented it to 5). The list is countless. I guess it all started in the pre-biblical era with all those '10' commandments and the '7' sins.
However, a few of them have good advice that is worth assimilating. FollowSteph's article on the 3 essential rules borders on truism and good wisdom. However, her three rules are worthy to be printed in large print and posted in the sad cubicle of every product designer and every business developer:
1. Solve a problem
2. Make it easy
3. Make it work 100%

I won't go into the details of how we often don't solve a real problem, or make the solution pathetically convoluted (for the users...it always is easy for us) or leave a half-cooked broth and still expect a sale. Read it here.