Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Strong, spirited, powerful, inspiring, enlightening
http://www.vivekananda.net/fouryogas/Untitled-3.htm AND http://www.vivekananda.net/

With the hope that . . .
Tons of Success and Joy awaits you and me in the coming New Year;

Lots of wishes from my side for great times ahead - 2003 AD and beyond;
Reach great social, professional, academic, intellectual and spiritual heights;
Always brim with self-confidence, yet maintain strict self-control.
May God and his divine providence assist you all the way;

Monday, December 30, 2002

Swami Vivekanada's Chicago Address ( AN EXCERPT )

Response to Welcome At The World's Parliament of Religions,
Chicago, 11th September 1893

Sisters and Brothers of America, It fills my heart with joy
unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome
which you have given us. l thank you in the name of the most
ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the
mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of the millions
and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects. My thanks,
also, to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to
the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from
far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different
lands the idea of toleration. I am proud to belong to a religion
which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance.
We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all
religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has
sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all
nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered
in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to the
southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which
their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am
proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still
fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote
to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have
repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by
millions of human beings:

"As the different streams having there sources in different
places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the
different paths which men take through different tendencies,
various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to

The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies
ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world,
of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita:

"Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form, I reach him;
all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to

Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism,
have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the
earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood,
destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it
not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more
advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently
hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this
convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all
persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all
uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same

Sunday, December 29, 2002

HUMAN CLONING - The argument continues . . .
Cloning produces a new individual using only one person's DNA. The process is technically difficult but conceptually simple.
Scientists remove the genetic material from an unfertilized egg, then introduce new DNA from a cell of the animal to be cloned. Under the proper conditions, the egg begins dividing into new cells according to the instructions in the introduced DNA.
http://www.clonaid.com - the company creating all the news

Interesting Read : An Interview with "a software generalist" in the Linux community, who answers technical questions on-line, concerning all aspects of Linux. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/12/26/1040511127721.html

Saturday, December 28, 2002

A stunning movie (though Ebert gives it 0.5/5) - The Ghost and The Darkness, just watched it.
Ill give it a *** (3/5) - Man-eating Lions in Africa set in 1898 colonial british era . . . Om Puri in the cast too. The photography and pace is all in all good.

Got this article : Indian and Israeli Spy Agency (thats RAW and MOSSAD) Team Up, Target Pakistan

Friday, December 27, 2002

Where DO WE GO from here?
[From Google news - Now 9:00 PM - 25 mins (BLOGGER SETTINGS GIVES ERRONEOUS TIME IN INDIA . . .)]
Tomorrow? Never Know !
Tomorrow's technology begins today - Researchers in industry and academia tinker with self-repairing systems, molecular circuits and more.
From New.com CNET

Top Ten Trends in 2003 - The Red Herring Magazine is out with the forecast of the top ten trends for the next year. The list includes Wireless, Hardware/Software, Venture Capital, Semiconductors, Nanotechnology, Financial Reporting, Telecommunications, Biotechnology, Broadcasting and Broadband. From http://www.webjives.com/
Satyajit Ray's Cinema
I have watched only a handful of the works of Master Director Satyajit Ray - But Pather Panchali ( Song of the Little Road ) is still pending.
Pather Panchali, Ray's first foray into the film making world, was completed in 1955, and proceeded to win the top prize at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. It's a quiet, simple tale, centering on the life of a small family living in a rural village in Bengal . . .
Here are two reviews - Here and here
And in direct contrast Ritwik Ghatak
About a 100 miles east of Calcutta lies Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Dhaka was the center of cultural activity of East Bengal and, along with Calcutta, saw the birth of major cultural movements in the first half of twentieth century. However, the independence of India in August 1947 saw the partition of Bengal. The trauma of this partition remains etched in the minds of the people whose lives were forever changed by it. Nowhere is this perhaps better portrayed than the films of the Bengali director Ritwik Ghatak. The first of his films to be released was Ajantrik in 1957. Following closely on the heels of Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali, which created history in the Indian cinema, Ajantrik was strikingly different in its approach. Portrayed with a humour uncharacteristic of Ritwik, Ajantrik's story revolves around a taxi-driver's unusual reletionship with his battered Chevrolet.
Notable among Ghatak's students are Kumar Shahani, Mani Kaul, Sayeed Mirza and Adoor Gopalakrishnan.

Some of the greatest directors of cinema who made the difference.

Alfred Hitchcock : Steven Spielberg : Martin Scorsese : James Cameron : Francis Ford Coppola : George Lucas : Satyajit Ray : Shyam Benegal : Ritwik Ghatak
Though Mrinal Sen and many others are missed out.


Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Added a blog search engine facility - called FreeFinder . . .Lets see if it works
UPDATE (sometime later) : seems to be working fine Great !
RedHat users may find out their exact kernel architecture (which is not always the same as "uname -m" output)
with the following case-sensitive shell command:
rpm -q --qf '%{ARCH}\n' kernel
A Short Summary of Hyper Threading
Hyper-Threading Technology brings the simultaneous multi-threading approach to the Intel architecture(where multiple threads can execute on a single processor without switching).
Hyper-Threading Technology makes a single physical processor appear as multiple logical processors. To do this, there is one copy of the architecture state for each logical processor, and the logical processors share a single set of physical execution resources. Processes or threads can be scheduled to logical processors as on conventional physical processors in a multi-processor system, and instructions from logical processors will persist and execute simultaneously on shared execution resources.
Each logical processor maintains a complete set of the architecture state. The architecture state consists of registers including the general-purpose registers, the control registers, the advanced programmable interrupt controller (APIC) registers, and some machine state registers.

And now United Linux? - UnitedLinux is a standards-based, worldwide Linux solution targeted at the business user and developed by Conectiva, The SCO Group, SuSE, and Turbolinux. Designed to be an enterprise-class, industry-standard Linux operating system, UL provides a single stable, uniform platform for application development, certification, and deployment and allows Linux vendors, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and Independent Hardware Vendors (IHVs) to support a single high value Linux offering rather than many different versions. Go to www.UnitedLinux.com

Tuesday, December 24, 2002


Microsoft must include rival Sun Microsystems' Java programming language in its Windows operating system, a federal judge ruled Monday MORE HERE
ALSO on Blogs from WIRED

Explore Intel's Hyperthreading technology
Technical Resources

Read more about
The Simputer - a full-featured, powerful handheld computer. It is an acronym for Simple, Inexpensive, Mobile, People's Computer

Also see http://simputer.org
"I am back"
Christmas tomorrow - phone was dead, blogging in abeyance from the net; Caldera Linux does not seem to have much though a few things like Aktion media player and Java SDK are pre-installed - no games especially GNU Chess - a favourite of mine though I have never beaten it.

ON Monday, December 23, 2002
I have been unable to blog for the past few days because of a dead phone and frequent shifting of cables and the associated repair work. In the meantime something went wrong . . .
Here is how it all started - I suddenly wanted to intall Linux into my vacant partition (actually an earlier corrupted install) that I had reserved for the same. I chose Caldera OpenLinux Workstation - loaded with all the dev features. I selected the partition and said 'format' and then the boot loader option(GRUB/Lizard, not good old LILO) asked if it could write into the MBR(Master Boot Record) and I checked the option true and the OS boot options as Linux and pre-existing Windows. Now the insane part, after the install it went into Linux and then when I rebooted, and tried to go into Windows it threw me into a shell - command prompt asking me to give the location of command.com ; after some headache I lead it to command.com using the Windows startup diskette. Then what do I see? The drive C: has been renamed D: and vice-versa. I just could not start win.exe from D: (Himem.sys present, but it was blind to keep saying it does not exist) - using fdisk I set the present D:(earlier C: dont confuse . . .) as active but to no avail. Then getting bugged of it all I reinstalled Windows 98 from my HP Pavilion System Recovery CD with a do not format and the installation occurred in D:(earlier C: remember ! so after that I had 2 sets of Windows folder ) and the contents were preserved; now I have to do something about the registry - will my previous programs work what do you think? Though they are not working now. Lets see - hope I dont goof up again. But I am puzzled about how the renaming occurred - any ideas ??? Now both Lin and Win are working fine ! But then who was the culprit? CALDERA Linux or me or both ?

ON Sunday, December 22, 2002
Straight out of Kiruba's Blog

http://Control.Blogger.com : The Pyra guys have come out with a wonderful system to "create a feedback mechanism that will leap to developing increasingly better tools and services." . It's one of the best feedback mechanism I've seen. Structured very nicely. Check it out.

Want to know who's linking to your blog? Technorati is a great source. You just need to type in your blog url and it will tell you who all have linked to you. Heck, it even tell you how many minutes back they gave you the link !! I found this very useful. I did a search for my blog and noticed new people who have linked to the interview with blog royalty. I dropped them a 'thank-you' note. You may choose to have automatic alerts but you gotto pay $10 for the privelege.

Thursday, December 19, 2002

An Indian Blogdex coming up ?
A step-by-step guide to building an RSS 1.0 document by hand.
bEYOND html - http://www.newarchitectmag.com/archives/2000/02/beyo/

-> I started reading a book called Deep Time by David Darling on the theme - travel of a particle from the beginning of the Universe to its end and further. After A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, I am somehow finding this book not very interesting, am flitting from reading a few pages and then not feeling like continuing again - this cycle repeating again and again and again.

-> India has its latest and fastest supercomputer PARAM Padma at 1 teraflops(floating point operations per second). The fastest in the world right now is the Earth Simulator at Japan - 36 teraflops. MORE

-> I am yet to read (buy?) Prey by Michael Crichton but this the first book that I have had an overdose of reviews and critciisms and praises before actually reading the book - call it commercialization or brand marketing - brands do sell in this world and the marketing strategy in this case inline with modern day practice is to gain from Crichton's popularity - create the hype early and spread it faster than the nanobots eh ! Or is it that this time I am more personally involved into the internet way of seeing things - before they are out or you get a copy? I was reading the Amazon and B&N customers reviews - apart from that, a dozen or more reviews more from here, there everywhere...
-> A good blog on emerging technology and their impact - http://www.emergic.org/ (Rajesh Jain's Weblog on Emerging Technologies, Enterprises and Markets) - from there an interesting quote on weblogs : (read for much more)

What started off as the publishing of personal diaries and journals now promises to be the anchor for the creation of knowledge sharing systems among enterprises and communities of practice. Weblogs mirror thinking � be it of an individual or a collective. They are transforming the web from read-only to a two-way, read-and-write web, creating for a much richer flow of ideas that bypasses traditional media

-> Eradicated from the planet in 1979 in one of the great triumphs of modern science, the smallpox virus now resides, officially, in only two high-security freezers-at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and in Siberia, at a Russian virology institute called Vector. Some experts believe that military strains of smallpox have been developed and tested in special weapons-test chambers at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Koltsovo, Russia. An international black market for smallpox strains has developed. Most people on earth have no immunity to smallpox, even those who have had shots, because the vaccine wears off after 10 to 20 years. Preston's book on the same lines - Richard Preston

Sunday, December 15, 2002

The term "zeitgeist" comes from the German "Zeit" meaning "time" and "Geist" meaning "spirit". The term is defined in English by Merriam-Webster's Collegiate� Dictionary as "the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era." Google believes that this word and its definition appropriate to describe the program it implemented to share global search statistics and trends from the world's most popular search engine. Hence the 2002 Year-End Google Zeitgeist

Just finished a hilarious book, Headcrash by Bruce Bethke incidently attributed as the creator of the term Cyberpunk. - the book is about the cyberhero's (woefully inadept in real life but a geek all the same) adventures in Virtual Reality with an anti-character virtual identity . . . and how the VR-crazy humans are finally taught a lesson.

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

I got a shock today, I rang up Gangarams Book Bureau to find the price of Richard Preston's The Demon In The Freezer, my my it costs Rs. 1000 (Hardbound, paperback yet to arrive in india I was told, its almost Rs. 1300 at www.fabmart.com) never have I bought a single book as costly as that. The costliest I have bought till now, Stroustoup's The C++ Programming Language was some 600 bucks. Though TDITF seems like a great book . . . Will wait till it comes down to the flea market.

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

I am finding lots of references to Richard Preston as an alternative to Crichton though one writes on Non-fiction and the other not.
His latest book.
O T H E R L I N K S :
Excerpt from The Demon in the Freezer
Cobra Event
MIT presents Richard Preston

Monday, December 09, 2002

Call it racism or whatever - but have you got these looks ? A handful of volunteers decided this; very unfair naa ?

Saturday, December 07, 2002

"The principles of physics, as far as I can see, do not speak against the possibility of maneuvering things atom by atom. It is not an attempt to violate any laws; it is something, in principle, that can be done; but in practice, it has not been done because we are too big." Richard P. Feynman - December 29th, 1959

"In not too many decades we should have a manufacturing technology able to: Build products with almost every atom in the right place; Do so inexpensively; Make most arrangements of atoms consistent with physical law. Often called nanotechnology, molecular nanotechnology or molecular manufacturing, it will let us make most products lighter, stronger, smarter, cheaper, cleaner and more precise." Nanotechnology: It's a Small, Small, Small, Small World By Ralph C. Merkle, Ph.D.

ON NANOTECHNOLOGY - Introduction & Basics

How Nanotecnology will change the world . . .
Bad News: Two Van Goghs stolen from museum


Friday, December 06, 2002

Started reading HEADCRASH by Bruce Bethke a funny cyber tale I guess from the first few pages . . .

Finished CONGO - GREAT BOOK . . . ONE BOOK in which Crichton gets more emotional than others with amy[the gorilla] - Earlier I had read The Great Train Roberry, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Airframe, Timeline and the stunning Andromeda Strain. Need to get hold of Sphere and prey . . .

Thursday, December 05, 2002

NOW READING : Congo by Michael Crichton is turning out to be a treat with the rain forests, primates, cannibals, 1979 hi-technology and Amy . . .

Wednesday, December 04, 2002

The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham ( REVIEW CONTINUED . . . )
I had earlier written - a classic book about the duality in life and everything else. If there is good why is there evil - a moving first person narrative describing both sides of life in a character running through the medley of characters their lifes and vanities from early 20th century Paris and London and a bit of America and India too.

At a later stage, the book accepts certain aspects of the Indian spiritual knowledge as the most pure and ideal form. It emphasizes in terms of the main character of focus, Larry who is being described by the author himself in first person; about the universal truth that ideal life should be detached from everything - there should be no attachments to anything in life. It also describes the amoral and disreputable side of the social structure prevalent then in Europe and France(Paris) in particular. It depicts, merrily or boisterously at times, the wrong facets of life , but the underlying message is I guess to illuminate their obnoxious aspects and consequences on the society at large. Though, some of the examples portrayed harped a bit too much on the distasteful or misleading, atleast in my view. The characters and certain paradoxical circumstances and effects in their life are very well dished out. A very good book though. Enlightening? Tries to be, Yes ! A classic, certainly !
One of the best novels I have read in the mould of 'A Farewell to Arms' by Hemingway, though the two cannot be entirely compared, probably the genre is same, though Hemingway never attempts to be an idealist which Maugham attempts. I'll give the later more marks, because according to my belief systems moral values are the foundation on which life rests else it collapses of utter disillusionment. That got a bit too serious I guess - no problem, blog it out they say . . . Who says? Again a paradox ???

Sunday, December 01, 2002


- Even the cactus is beautiful, but never in the company of roses.

- I chose to light a candle while they were cursing the darkness.

- The toughest part in taking criticism is not accepting it gracefully, but identifying how you can make it work for you.

- The Internet cannot be a truly democratic medium unless everybody is able to draw upon the benefits of computers, irrespective of their comfort with English. This belief has gained momentum worldwide and is perceived as the key to bridging the digital divide.

- Having seen that babies command greater attention than fancy gadgets, I can safely believe that there's still some hope for humankind.

Saturday, November 30, 2002

The new series of comments on the website guestbook are welcome Thanks guys . . . Ill look into and follow your suggestions and comments seriously. lookout for changes. A good weekend indeed !

Just finished Razor's Edge by Somerset Maugham - a classic book about the duality in life and everything else. If there is good why is there evil - a moving first person narrative describing both sides of life in a character running through the medley of characters their lifes and vanities from early 20th century Paris and London and a bit of America and India too.
Now Reading (just started) - CONGO by Michael Crichton

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY (Plagiarised from somewhere cant recollect now, cause I liked it) :
You insult me; I feel bad. I insult you; We both feel bad. Better you insult me and we leave it at that.

Friday, November 29, 2002

I was reading an article in The New Indian Express where C N R Rao - former IISc Director, lambasted the hype surrounding Information Technology in India - saying 'imagine if everyone were a IT guy in India where would scientific development take place from' - young students are losing interest in the core areas of sciences and arts.

Somewhat related to this but on a different plane are a series of thought-provoking essays I had found earlier - Questioning Technology
[Why then -- if we have so much information -- are we in an age of such unenlightenment . . .]

Sunday, November 24, 2002

Linux vs Windows continues . . .

The world-wide market share for Linux (some 0.05% or so) may be dismal - but just to think that all of us are scared stiff to use Win XP - PIRATED for the reason that we will be caught. I have got news of someone (friends of my friend's friend) being actually caught using illegal copies and had to cough up some Rs. 10,000/- odd. Then why not use a FREE OS like LINUX or a advanced feature rich version from a distro for about Rs. 100. This is just beyond me. I guess the hardware compatibility issues are keeping people away - internal modems, sound card problems etc. Reliability is another issue. But with companies like HP and IBM supporting the Open Source (OSDN) movement such doubts will surely be quelled. With a equivalent for everything in Linux as in a proprietary OS like Windows ( 2000, XP ). Especially in our country, India, where we cannot afford to shell out 10K everytime for as many licenses as PCs. With the new BlueCurve and other such slick and rich and friendly User Interfaces (KDE & GNOME) the experience would enormous and productivity would surely go up. I used PCQLinux and Caldera when doing my projects in college and my experience has been satisfactory. Red hat the best distro is out with their Ver 8.0
There is something exciting and satisfying for everyone in Linux whether a novice on PCs or a core developer - Multimedia or office software or the Internet .



Read this article for more on a complete Linux Experience.



Saturday, November 23, 2002

I dont know if I agree fully with Atul Chitnis on this. The Bangalore LUG here. Because competition is always a good thing - and what is just will surely prevail. I remember last year, I attended the 3 day Linux Bangalore 2001 - this time no chance clashes with office hours seems - I will really miss it.

Friday, November 22, 2002


J.N.Tata Auditorium, Bangalore, India - December 3, 4 & 5, 2002
A three day conference on understanding and using Linux technologies. This conference aims to cover a large number of areas that include Core Linux technologies, Open Source, Embedded Systems and other allied technologies. LIST OF TALKS
Two Search Engines I use and all about B L O G S and B L O G S there . . .
The newly reconfigured Blogdex :

Life has become monotonous, eh! No not exactly I am liking this new schedule (early to bed & early to rise makes a man healthy . . . and wise) - probably my entry into a job after those diverse school and college days makes me react in a certain manner. I would only like to mention that the internet speed at office is indeed amazing - almost 2 Mbps - unknown atleast to me, frankly.
Well I was reading the Amazon Editors' Picks on Digital Culture. Seems like a good list (some technical some social) but I dont know if any of these are good enough in terms of building up a healthy social atmosphere - where you spend more 'quality time' offline than online.
As someone was telling me today that all festivals and festivities are a way of putting aside the daily tensions and dissapointments aside and enjoying the variety of traditional, cultural and social events atleast for that time being.
Too Much Information! -> READ THIS


Michael Crichton's next novel PREY will be out on 25th Nov.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Need to update my website - coming up soon - 6 working days per week is a bit too much; but nothing doing I guess have to go by the rules of the job.

Need to download & try and learn up to use MoveableType .

This surely is a Journo Blog - all free speech - here I 'applied' to be included into the Indian Blogger's List. (You can too... )

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Just to mention it here I had tried to install IPv6 (http://ipv6.org)on my system a few months back - I installed the set of TCP/IP protocol software from trumpet.com for Win 98 but hopeless; it did not work - I was able to dial in and get connected with the new set of protocols but none of the sites were opening(including IPv6 ones). Rick had tried and was successful long long back on Win XP. I am stuck with my Win 98 system. Lets see if someone else has been successful on Windows 98 . . . ?

This guy's(NetAhoy) blog seems interesting ! I reached him because he had signed my guestbook.
A list of Indian bloggers is at indianbloggers.blogspot.com - though my blog is missing . . . !

Some disturbing news on Michael Crichton's Prey -> Rick informed me - the book ships on 25th Nov 2002.

Monday, November 18, 2002

I am back again blogging - PCs were provided at work today - the PII system (the fan actually) from Siemens makes a lot of noise on booting then vanishes. Apart from that the saga continues - got two CDs from Rational - Rose Evaluation version & a CD titled Inside the UML. Checked them out - Rose and other software after being installed is asking for a license - donno what to do? The UML tutorial and other PDFs were good. We might be using these in our project at BEL especially for requirements capture etc. Not Rose most probably. Thats it - Oh yes these are very good links especially this and this [parent site] too . . .

Sunday, November 17, 2002

I am blogging after a long while after joining BEL. We had VC++ training from 22nd Oct to 05th Nov. Well right now I am about to jump into a project at BEL (Bharat Electronics Limited) classified as RESTRICTED and am not supposed to make public. The Software Technology Center at BEL is real cool and plush but we are getting tired ( YAWN ;-) ) reading the proposals and users requirements etc. The work atmosphere is also kinda good with amiable and friendly team mates. The inducted new comers like me have varied reactions on the projects alloted to them. Ill be assigned the project probably tomorrow and BEL uniforms (cream shirts and brown trousers) are to worn worn ( oh very dull !!! ). Bought a few books from a local book fair today. Thats about it for now. Gung Ho ! Project work and coding from tomorrow.

Friday, November 08, 2002

MIT's course material ONLINE for FREE (In the course of next 10 years, every subject taught at MIT will be available ONLINE for FREE)

Monday, October 07, 2002

Here I begin on a unknown path in life Looking forward to the FUTURE. HOSTEL STAY IN BEL FROM TOMORROW Blog it out they say . . .

Thursday, October 03, 2002

There are many things that get recharged on practice - like my drama skills that had become almost completely non-functional. Now that we are again doing a Bengali play (comedy) FLU by Sailesh Guha Neyogi in our old Joymahal Durga Puja group after a long long time, I am surely getting replenished on the acting front; only the rehearsal classes are running haphazard and a bit irregularly (good for me) because all members of the troupe are busy with what else LIFE, including our versatile director. Rote up the dialogs that is the fun part. As grown up adults we now have the privilege of inventing dialogs(of course with entirely different meanings) when we forget the original ones ! No such freedom existed when we were much younger.

Monday, September 30, 2002

Sunday, September 29, 2002

I watched the war classic The Longest Day with a big cast and plenty of war-time action. This is a movie about D-Day (06 June 1944) when the allied (British and American) forces invade France starting from Normandy, Omaha and other beaches - the biggest challenge to the Germans in the World War II. The large scale war scenes are well crafted being very authentic and the mass attack sequences are scintillating. The movie displays the allied strategy with paratroppers landing helped by French resistance groups as diversionary tactics and how the Germans are tricked into thinking it as a small scale commando effort. And then the beaches are invaded by troops from about a whopping 5000 allied warships. The stone wall is blasted using Bangalore torpedo charges. Too much emotion is not mixed up with the realistic depiction of that phase of the war. It ends with a poignant scene when an injured allied soldier mentions, "He is dead(pointing to a German soldier), I am crippled and you (to another soldier froma separate regiment) are lost. This is what happenin a war I guess".
Back to back I started watching Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan; it is almost like a continuation of The Longest Day(at least in terms of the period D-Day plus). Yet to finish it.

Saturday, September 28, 2002



Why do Humans Kill Humans?

Good question,it seems you are a little confused.

let me help you out

a) Money :- Because money has become the soul need of 20th century

b) Power :- It comes with money, but in this ever growing population
of the world,it is hard enough for some one to reach the top, and so he
will try stay at the top as long as possible. And others will try to
depose him.

c) Religion :- Now, Now a very interesting point to be raised in the
lieu of recent events. Well, lets take India as an Case Study.

c1. From about the 6th and 7th century hardcore caste systems were in
place- caused deprivation of basic amenities to a lot of people - hence
violates all basic human rights- cause of a lot of anger

c2. Around the 15th ,16th century some idiot brahmin the so called
upper caste, decided that if you go outside India causes Dharma Bhrashti-
a major cause for no exploration ans reduction of trade and hence no
exchange of ideas with outer world-hence turns out by end of 19th century
we are 100 years behind the world science and technology

c3. Also during same period Muslims came in with thier chatri
fundamentalist view point causin g the nation to fractured into Hindu and
Muslim Kingdoms- Hence caused disunity and ultimately to the colonization of

c4. Cause for partion with help from religious fundamentalists - both
sides.still a barrier for progress dur to narrow views on women's
rights and other factors.

c5. cause for riots which retard our economy by 5 to 6 years

After a through analysis of the above facts, and a touch of
optimization we come to the the conclusion religion is THE factor against our
progress. Here in the 21st century were we talk about supersonic cars,
colonies on Mars etc, we Indians are still bothered with the pathetic
things like religion.

The only religions we should be concerned about is
Humanity and Knowledge(Scientific and Technological)

Ultimately it is so as long as there is this craze for spremacy,
people will keep on killing people.


As shaon said The only religions we should be concerned about is
Humanity and Knowledge(Scientific and Technological)

The first of these (humanity) is what Religion tries to codify and make easy for people who do not /cannot understand.
Only as I mentioned it has been wholly misinterpreted and true it causes a lot of violence - but that way you cannot blame the concept because it is being misused. Note every object on this earth can be misused and that includes religion. Also we should not confuse up religion with racism and racial discrimination.
Religion is the last thing that can be an impediment to progress. Without religion the whole human balance ( as you are getting to see one aspect in the US already - the family concept is already defunct ) will be lost and things would become mechanical and dry (the animal mentality - dog eat dog scenario) if you leave everything to technology alone.. It(technology) is only the means and not the goal. Without Religion and Faith ( as Rick pointed out in an artcle on the movie Signs) the social structure and human edifice would crumble. War, greed, money, national borders etc are the causes of regression and in not religion. The study of religion and theology would indicate that religions came up for providing a yardstick by which to differentiate good from bad. If we as a nation succeed in the future it would be because of our spiritual and social integrity which I have no hesitation to mention heavily rests on the concept of religion. Knowledge (wisdom and scientific and techological prowess( IT lately)) true has and will always be a part of us Indians.

Further views/rebuttals may be found expressed in the Banglog Blog - http://banglog.blogspot.com/

Famous Blog Search Engines
blogdex - By an MIT student
Daypop and Blogdex both offer Billboard-style lists of the top fresh links in the weblog community. Their popular links are often called memes.


Friday, September 27, 2002

Windows Media Player 9 (beta) released
Download the beta player here

2.8 GHz PENTIUM OUT - reaching 3.0 GHz soon I guess - A protoype of about 6.0 Ghz was displayed at The Intel Developer Forum - Fall 2002 recently.

Here you'll find info on blogging and other microcontent news ie the new form of journalism - compact content updated regularly.
The recent articles in this site below talk of a blogger's mentality ... Read more at

Also another good blog - find more blog links here.
Try these too

An amalgam of ideas, thoughts and pointers
to interesting niches on the web.

Happens Initially due to overexcitement I guess . . .

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Why do humans kill humans?

All the hue and cry from the National Human Rights Commission seems to have died down this time - no response even after two days of the massacre - mad mindless bloodbath. Where is the so-called pseudo-secular front? I am referring to the recent gruesome violence perpetrated by the foreign-trained armed terrorists at the sprawling magnificent temple(though not famous for me; I had not heard about it till this carnage - shows my ignorance) - The Swaminarayan Temple made entirely of sandstone at Akshardham in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Not a word of sympathy from the secularists - since the victims were from the 'majority community' and in India they are always treated in the same manner whether Godhara, Kashmir or otherwise; the media also adds to these partisan views. The reaction should be the same and condemned, when humans lose lives in such dastardly and deplorable acts.
True the clashes after Godhara in Gujarat were tragic and equally inhuman; some of the events (whoever the anti-socials they cannot be left scot-free) inflicted were indigestible - the Kausar Banu incident (I cant describe what happened - find out from Google if you want to) comes to mind - I shudder when I think how men can turn so inhuman, baying for blood of people from another community - just unimaginable.
Human lives cannot be seen with different wavelengths - whether they belong to this community or that. As I was reading in Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines; it is the men who have isolated themselves among invisible boundaries, trying to protect themselves at the cost of others who are not part of that enclosed space within the those imaginary boundaries. Terrorism has been attributed to religion but to ascribe religion as the cause or fomenter of trouble is foolish because religions were created to create a sense of amity or equality among people - every religion preaches its followers to respect followers of other religions and live in peace and harmonious accord - not other way round as some dangerous cliques of each religion have made it out to be and this insidious trend has spread, to several parts of the globe, including India. Terrorism has its roots in the hardcore views of these groups in some religions - who unknowingly cause more damage to their religion's image than uplift it. . Religions as I understand initially came up as a set of practices and activities to purify and sanctify the human minds and give them a sobering effect, to teach all that is good; and to differentiate good and evil and detest from all that is wrong, and most of all to respect life in all forms. Today this has only been wholly misinterpreted.
Some of these groups having their influences on political parties is again a dangerous proposition and can lead to consequences seen in the Gujarat government's inaction during the backlash following the Godhara carnage ( In this horrendous act of violence a train full of Hindus were burnt down - charred beyond recognition). Sentiments will often get inflamed, but sometimes the way media does the coverage adds fuel to fire.
It is not that national or religious sentiments should be thrown to the wind but we must and its absolutely necessary that we take up a more rational and liberal broadminded approach (to understand a fellow human's feelings is the first step towards this) - one of developing an atmosphere of peace, friendship and universal brotherhood. As I was reading somewhere - that when the first photographs were taken of the moon and the Earth together from space - there could be no possibility of recognising borders, forget races, communities or religions etc. A planet inhabited by humans and other species made to share its resources and goodies. Probably the way humans are inflicting damage on Earth and the nature - nature always has its way to maintain its balance - and vanquish the species that tries to conquer nature - not only by natural calamities and disasters but also by sowing seeds of hostility among the very species and its races. The reasoning may be illogical but I feel its true. The whole scheme seems not supernatural but natural or I have not found any better solution to why such things happen OR is it a case of survival of the fittest?

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Of the 3 movies I watched recently (past and this week) - Schindler's List(1993), The Lord of the Rings(2001) and Vertical Limit(2000); the first two are each around 180 minutes long. ( I seem to watch the movies a bit too late)

Schindler's List had the second CD spoilt so I watched the 1st and 3rd CDs - seems like a very realistic portrayal of Nazi Germany. The depiction is very objective and Spielberg just presents the facts as a chronicler not in anyway mixing it up with his ideas or views etc. Cant say much more because I missed the important part where the story develops.

The Lord of the RingsTHE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING - a big movie based on the novel by JRR Tolkien. I liked the starting but then midway it seems to stretch a lot which at times makes it monotonous - though effects in a hall would be profound. A richly computer animated film, as Frodo Baggins(Elija Wood) travels across from the Shire to Mordor - but does not quite reach it - made by a Newzealand based director it has a good cast; well capable of enacting those fairy tale like sequences. Ian Mackellen is the best of the lot. I didnt understand; whether he acctually dies or is under the Shadows??? Some of the action and other sequences are stunning.

Vertical Limit starts with a very illogical death sequence and then it portrays a mission to rescue another jeopardized mountain expedition team. The person who played Nehru in Govind Nihlani's Bharat Ek Khoj ; plays a Pakistani General in the movie. A team of six is sent to rescue the team of three - then the breathtaking scenes and blizzards and avalanches are fine but the movie seems to defy logic - risking lives to fulfill a publicity stunt. I dont know; the human nature for adventure seems insatiable - such expeditions are mostly danger-prone if not always.

Schindler's List
The Lord of the Rings - TFOTR
Vertical Limit

Saturday, September 21, 2002

My fully refurbished site/homepages at :


A noiseless front page is what I was aiming at,
which has been achieved to a large extent.
Other pages to modularize the site has been
added - of course frames still exist; I find the
concept of frames useful to provide navigational ease.

I have an extreme inner urge to not reduce my website
status to an Orphan Annie !!!

Thursday, September 19, 2002


XML Chapter from O'REILLY'S latest book on Java
[Almost everything to start you off on XML and parsing
features in Java - Introductory to more details]

O'REILLY'S Open Books
[Their free online books available here]


JAVA - Top Ten Tips and Tricks
[By Jonathan Knudsen]

[O'Reilly's Website is at: http://ora.com]

Monday, September 16, 2002


To View programs that start at the time of booting on Linux

To mount Windows partition in a dirctory under Linux
mount -t vfat /dev/'win-partition' /'directory'
mount -t vfat /dev/hda3 /win OR
mount -t msdos /dev/hda3 /win

When files are corrupted in Linux at bootup type:
fsck /dev/'linux partition'
fsck /dev/hda2

If Linux does not boot properly boot using
F1 on LILO and then type
linux single

rmtree - to delete directory like deltree on DOS

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Is this our ultimate state of computing "nirvana." I some times think . . .
Sitting in front of a piece of cantankerous machinery is an awfully dumb way to spend most of the day.

as Charles Cooper puts it

Whom do we blame for our current computing state? The early industry was basically handed blueprints by Microsoft and IBM some 20 years ago.
Then it was left up to those who followed to figure out how to make the best of what was a pretty ungainly attempt at human-computer symbiosis.
Of course the Macintosh user interface and the personal digital assistant are some sops, but we're still a world away from where we should--or could--be.
The first company that figures out how to free us from our collective computing straitjacket will strike financial gold.

Friday, September 13, 2002



Old Hindi Music:

SOURCE CODE : http://www.codeproject.com/

New 'moon' found around Earth
An amateur astronomer may have found another moon of the Earth. Experts say it may have only just arrived.
Much uncertainty surrounds the mysterious object, designated J002E3. It could be a passing chunk of rock captured by the Earth's gravity, or it could be a discarded rocket casing coming back to our region of space.
It was discovered by Bill Yeung, from his observatory in Arizona, US, and reported as a passing Near-Earth Object.
It was soon realised, however, that far from passing us, it was in fact in a 50-day orbit around the Earth.

Earth's new 'moon' is space junk - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/2253385.stm

Earth's second one is called Cruithne. It was discovered in 1986 and it takes a convoluted horseshoe path around our planet as it is tossed about by the Earth's and the Moon's gravity.


2) Good site for indexing Blogs: http://blogdex.media.mit.edu/

3) From:

Intel chip to include antipiracy features
Bracing itself for another potential fight with computer privacy advocates, Intel Corp. said yesterday that its next generation of microchips, due next year, would include anti-piracy features that will protect computers against hackers and viruses while giving digital publishers powerful new tools to control the use of their products.
The technology, code-named LaGrande, was designed to protect computers from viruses and bad-natured hackers. But the feature will also give Hollywood, the recording industry, and software makers much stronger controls over the way consumers use their digital music, films, and computer programs.
Publishers, for example, may prevent PCs that run LaGrande and Microsoft Corp.'s software-based Palladium security technology from copying CDs, forwarding certain documents, or running unlicensed software.

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace which I read a few months back is a great classic involving several generations. In this novel of epic proportions ; the protagonist Rajkumar grows up from a a poor young boy to an old man as the locales in the novel shift from Burma to several parts of India and America in between and running through many other South-East Asian nations - Thailand, Singapore etc from the 19th century till after the WW-II finally ending in the 1990s. Its largely a family saga and this family tree does branch out at a furious pace. The language nurtured by Ghosh's style is very mellow and subtle; yet it never ever got me bored. And even though the book is well researched out and voluminous - about 550 odd pages; the narrative flows without confusing the reader too much unlike Ghosh's Calcutta Chromosome which ends to leave the reader in a tizzy - the only other book of his that I have read till now.
The complex British Raj scenario extending from Burma to India starts out with how the Burmese King is exiled to India- from his magnificient Glass Palace; followed by Rajkumar's coming of age and entering the real tough world - with a definite will and strong acumen to succeed. A myriad number of characters are fleshed out delightlfully and in detail from a sentimental photographer to a boisterous but conceited army officer - from a lady of iron will to one inclined to give up everything in life. They are all portrayed as earthly mortals, culpable and capable of committing mistakes over and over again is emphasized at. Rajkumar grows on to become a rubber and timber merchant in Burma and then how riches come by along with his childhood Burmese friend as his wife. Morals and virtues and inner conflicts and ideas are thrown in at times to tickle the reader's thought processes. After several years as his family has spread far and wide; during the WW II the Japanese attacks begin. The whole family is devastated and eventually disintegrates. Eventually Rajkumar is reduced to penury - and how he manages to return back to Calcutta is described very poignantly - his resilience being an underlying theme - as he remains alive till the end. Several relationships and marriages develop in Calcutta and elsewhere in between as the novel slowly unfolds. Complex human emotions and relations are expressed in a flawless rich language that I came to find as Ghosh's hallmark. All in all a very good and complex human novel with well thought out and keen asian geographic imagery.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Bought AGATHA CHRISTIE's ' Curtain : Poirot's Last Case ' from Sapna's - Nice wry humour and interesting beginning with a crippled arthitritis ridden Hercule Poirot on a wheel chair . . .
So blogs are I guess an introvert's best way out to say what he feels and preserve for eternity; unless of course there is a blog server crash or a WTC like thing; today being the anniversary of that shocking event - an event stranger than fiction or any sci-fi/action movie I have ever seen.
A good link on blogs : http://www.msnbc.com/news/795156.asp
A team blog is what I am trying to create but its yet to come up - disinterested extroverts I guess . . .
The Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani train accident was real gruesome on 10th Sep - about 150 killed. SAD
Results yet to come for 8th sem; gotta wait till then.

Friday, September 06, 2002

Finally I got the much awaited Linux drivers for my Rockwell HCF modem
from an initiative by Conexant(nee Rockwell) and Mark Boucher from

Homepage of the Linux drivers for Conexant modem chipsets project!

But my dream of surfing using Linux remains unfulfilled...
This is what happened:
I installed the drivers on Red Hat Linux 7.1 and rebooted.
On getting into KDE a deafening high frequency sound
started blaring out of the speakers - I had installed both the
Riptide and Conexant HCF drivers - so probably the error lay with the sound card settings .
Then using Kmix & Xmix I reduced the sound and volume levels
And then tried to log in using Kppp after getting my ISP's
Primary DSN but after dialling and the connecting sound
Nothing at all - this was after I made the dialling mode as pulse from tone..
The sound just became a constant monotone after that
I got other messages and warnings like
"This facility is not available on your telephone" but it did not connect into the ISP's server.

Later I found the Beta drivers support only Conexant chipsets
and not the older chipsets marked as Rockwell. Sad case ended here.
Hoping for a better future release that supports mine.

Something that seemed illogical to me earlier:
CATCHA algorithms (akin to 'gotcha') is what is used then you try to create an account using
Yahoo (mail etc) - those distorted confusing wavy words are used to restrict automatic registration
by Automated Bots and other programs as humans can easily identify/crack these words but not
computers. But Yahoo is still facing problems with too many registrations.

Had the Farewell lunch today and had a nice time parting with the Engineering classmates.
That's all for today.

Thursday, September 05, 2002

BE 8th Sem exams got over GREAT RELIEF

Waiting for Michael Crichton's release of Prey in November 2002

Heard Shaan's Tanha Dil today on Radio City FM 91
Great Song; Liked it a lot . . .
My first message - Here I am This is me . . .