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September Blog Stats September 30, 2006

Posted by PagMax in Miscellaneous.

Laloo Prasad Yadav: A case study at Harv

Riya Sen and Ashmit Patel MMS clip

To ‘Vande Mataram’ or Not….

Indian Idol

Sania overhyped?

Yet another post on Vande Mataram

He-ee-eey main hoon d-d-d-don

Windows Live Mail Desktop (Beta) Screens

My first impressions of the Zune

Get a MacBook

Shah Rukh Khan:Rank 2 among heros who ca

(1) WordPress “more feature” / (2) Click

Vote for your favorite header

Launchy for Windows

Abhishek on Karan Johar and KANK

Interesting article

Comfortably Numb

Federer did it again ! !

Vande Mataram to sing or not – Contd….

Expanding the Circumference of Your Soci

A speech not delivered

Macs crash too

Abhishek on Karan Johar and KANK September 29, 2006

Posted by sk in Bollywood.

Abhishek had some nice words to say about KANK:

“In a film industry where we are accused of not making responsible films, Karan is blamed for making a good film like KANK.”

“Karan in his previous films was known as a candy floss director. I think he has shown amazing maturity by making a film like KANK, which is thought-provoking and makes you question some very basic things.”

“Karan has brought up a very pertinent question in his film ‘KANK’ – ‘What if you find your soul mate after marriage?”‘

Maybe we should have listened to Abhishek and sent this to the Oscars instead of RDB? By the way, this is what happens when you let idiots decide on which movie is sent. Why don’t they listen to Abhishek? He’s a Bachchan for heaven’s sake!! I just don’t get it. You know what? He may or may not be the sexiest man in India but he definitely is the smartest! And shut your mouth, anyone who’s snickering (sniggering for our friends back home in India).

Launchy for Windows September 28, 2006

Posted by sk in Computers & Internet, Microsoft, Technology and Software, windows.

 From Launchy.net

Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager.

Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!

More screenshots are available here. It’s a very useful tool. Simply press the key combination: Alt + Space to bring up the launcher and in a few keystrokes, you can run your favorite program. Furthermore, you can also index your documents, music, etc. The best part about the software is that it’s not made by Microsoft!! Of course, if you [still] think this software is worthless or you’ve found a better alternative, please feel free to leave comments.

Windows Live Mail Desktop (Beta) Screenshots September 28, 2006

Posted by sk in Computers & Internet, Microsoft, screenshots, Technology and Software, Windows Live Mail Desktop.

These are screenshots of Version 8.0.1034 released a few days back.


A separate mailbox is created for each account. This is a pretty useful feature wlm2that has existed in Thunderbird for some time now. All e-mails are grouped together in the folder “Browse all mail”. I have no idea why I have 90 total unread mails and only 82 unread mails in all inboxes. I’d love to know how that’s possible! It’s easy to add e-mail accounts – simply click on the “Add an e-mail account” link and the wizard will take care of you. You can also configure News settings by clicking on the news tab at the top. There’s also an RSS tab where you can read RSS feeds. The Contacts tab brings up Windows Live Contacts (your hotmail contacts) and the Calendar tab opens your Hotmail calendar in an internet browser.

It’s easy to add search folders to “Browse all mail” folder. Simply right click on browse mail and select the Search folders from the list.


Here’s an example of an RSS feed in WLMD.


Vote for your favorite header September 27, 2006

Posted by sk in Miscellaneous, Technology and Software.

Which one do you prefer?


Maybe now I can get back to working on my thesis etc., eh? By the way, both were done in Photo Filtre and Paint.Net (layers for the first photo and some designs for the second). Each took 10-15 minutes to make. The fourth one is older than the other three.

Credits: Photo Filtre software was suggested by phoenix. In fact, the photo on the “About” page was a direct copy of one on phoenix’s other blog.

The theme was suggested by Ruhi!

Interesting article September 26, 2006

Posted by planetsk in Computers & Internet, Technology and Software.

Check this: Boston.com article on Smart Drives

Comments are appreciated

(1) WordPress “more feature” / (2) Click Fraud September 25, 2006

Posted by sk in Blogroll, Computers & Internet.

I just discovered this. What do you do when you’ve written a long, long post that takes up all the space on the first page? You use WordPress’s “more feature” to display only a small portion of the post. This is how it’s done:

  • edit the post
  • click on the html tab on the editing page
  • decide how much of the post you want displayed on the front page and add this tag after that “<!–more–>” (text within quotes)
  • now see the result – your post is automatically truncated on the display page and the text that is removed is replaced with a link that says, “(more…)”
  • for examples, see my posts, “My first impressions of the Zune” and “Get a Mac”.
  • you can also put in your own text instead… instructions are given here.

If you already knew this, why didn’t you tell me so?

BTW, I usually combine a couple of posts together, so here’s the second: there’s a nice article by Ruhi about click fraud and how it affects the online advertising industry. What’s more, someone by the name of shravan has written some very interesting comments on that page. 🙂 Do take a look at it when you get a chance.

UPDATE (9/26/06): Check out my review of Microsoft codename Max here.

A speech not delivered September 23, 2006

Posted by PagMax in history, moon, space.

I was watching a documentary on Apollo 11 mission and they mentioned an interesting fact which I confirmed later by google search.

The chances of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (I have had pleasure to see both of them from 10 feet distance!) returning back from the moon were 1 in 6. (The engine which cranks up the lunar module, failed five or six times before it worked during practice sessions and due to weight constraints, they had only one shot to make it work on the moon!).

So then Honorable president (Not so honorable after watergate scandal!), Richard Nixon asked his speech writer to prepare a speech in case of mishap.  of course, fortunately, the speech never had to be delivered.

What really amuses me is while these two guys were up risking their lives to create history, Nixon wanted to make sure his English sounds poetic enough if he has to deliver the bad news.

Here is the full text of the speech which I found on this website which has some other information as well.

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

 Another interesting point is what if Nixon had to deliver this speech. How the history would have changed. Would NASA have just moved on to Apollo 12  to give it another shot or would they have just shut down the program. Looking at the history of NASA, may be they would have given it another shot.  However, Apollo-1, Challenger, Columbia disaster were different. Astronauts died almost immediately attempting to do which was already done before. This one, was attempting something which world has never seen before and was watching it live and you just leave two men up there to die of lack of oxygen or by suicide. A completely unprecedented example and I think NASA would have been under lot of pressure to shut the program for ever. In either case, the space development what we see today might  not have been the same.

BTW, I am sure you do know this but just in case, both Neil and Buzz are alive to this day!!

How to blog and how not to comment! September 22, 2006

Posted by sk in Miscellaneous.

I found these two interesting blogs on WordPress. The first one by phoenix (yes, the same “I like guys in orange glasses” phoenix) gives you tips on how to maintain a good blog, while the second one by Lorelle talks about how NOT to comment on comments. Now, do I follow the tips? No, not all of them :-), but nevertheless, they’re both good reads. I’ve also found the book, “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White very useful, not only for blogging, but also for writing technical reports etc. (even in Latex – of course, the book has nothing to do with the word processor/ typesetter but I thought someone would be happy to hear the word “Latex”)

Oh, and please suggest a good title for this post. Maybe phoenix can help with this. On the topic of phoenix, I’m returning to Phoenix on October 1st after three long months in San Diego.

Get a MacBook September 21, 2006

Posted by sk in Computers & Internet, Humor, Technology and Software.

errr… because your cat will love it.

UPDATE: Mr. Tismarkhan convinced me not to stop blogging about software, so here’s another post (I’m grouping it with the Mac one). If, like me, you constantly work with (as in read) pdf files and are frustrated at how slow Adobe Acrobat Reader is, Foxit Reader is a nice and light alternative. Version 2.0 was released a few days back. It’s available for download at: http://www.foxitsoftware.com/. This is what they have to say about the software: