Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Lately reading - Buddhism Lecture & Essays by Ven. B Anandamaitreya - a good text on the features, context, aims of Buddhist teachings and how Buddha showed the way from ignorance to realisation or Nibbana (Pali word for Nirvana). I was especially struck by the concept of 'Loving Kindness' ( This is the first step to the realisation and total non-attachment ) - where you have a feeling and always think of 'Let him be happy and free of all enimity, troubles and afflictions' for all beings (KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, human & non-human too...) from your loved ones right upto your enemy !
It would be such a great world if this precept of Lord Buddha were to be followed.

Sunday, May 25, 2003


When I got my new hard disk installed from the vendor, they had installed Windows 98 (yes I still use it with pleasure - no problemo) from my HP Recovery CDs on it.
The Seagate HDD - 40GB was split into :

C: 10GB and
D: 30GB

So I wanted to install RedHat (PCQ) 8.0 Linux from the PCQuest CDs.
I used fips.exe (it comes with all Linux CDs in a folder named dosutils) from DOS command mode to split the active partition ie C: to something like 5GB (initially fips.exe gave some error like last sector not free and a 'bye cannot split partition')
Then I defragmented Windows (with Diskeeper Lite - stupid piece of software was an evaluation version and allows defragmentation only once but its fast) and tried fips again and it partitioned the disk and I installed the complete Linux system.
It was then that the trouble started - Windows became unstable and crashed and became frozen or slow at times meaning frequently.
I defragmented Windows again and guess what after that I had a premonition that something was wrong with the Linux part and after I pass the GRUB OS loader screen and some initializations I am bang on target. The OS doesnt find a series of files and throws me into a shell to login and neither X Windows starts nor anything else - I am like bugged and havent installed Linux again, yet. Can I recover the Linux install from this mess - I doubt but a reinstall will I am sure hive the same hassles again!
What is the basic problem - comments are welcome . . .
Was my partitioning process flawed? As this has happened earlier too on my crashed harddisk . . .
What other options (Ranish partition manager does not support large disk sizes I guess) are present to split a disk which has only Windows on it (all over it;-)) ?

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Today's All India Public Sector Workers strike caught on at workplace - no work today ! Striking workers disrupted work.

Opposing privatisation - does it cause loss of jobs or more oppotunities ?
What about impact of 'Globalisation' ?
Are labour laws made to safeguard workers or victimize and exploit them ?
And other such concerns & demands were the chief causes of the strike !

The support of course as usual came from the Leftist parties and unions - known for their repeated strikes on even the minor issues even if it causes economic losses running into hundreds of crores . . .
Financial estimate is todays strike did about a Rs. 1000 crores !!!
Do leave your views on the issue if you find time . . .

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

LINUX&UNIX - SCO vs.IBM Complaint

Unix was invented more than 30 years ago by AT&T's Unix Systems Laboratories. In many ways Linux works similarly to Unix, making it relatively easy to translate Unix software to Linux.
AT&T sold the Unix intellectual property to Novell Networks, which in turn sold it to the Santa Cruz Operation. Caldera International, a seller of Linux, then acquired from SCO the Unix rights and two SCO products, OpenServer and UnixWare. Then last year, Caldera changed its name to SCO Group to reflect the fact that most of its revenue came from its SCO business and not from the Linux products.
But SCO has recently alleged that parts of the Unix source code have been copied into Linux, and it is seeking fees from Linux users. In March, SCO sued IBM for $1 billion, alleging that Big Blue had used SCO's Unix code in Linux. IBM, along with Hewlett-Packard, has been a major backer of Linux. Last week, SCO escalated the battle by sending letters to about 1,500 large corporations warning them that their use of Linux could infringe on SCO's intellectual property.

Read More from an interesting article refuting SCO's charges . . .

The Einstein Archives Online Website provides the first online access to Albert Einstein�s scientific and non-scientific manuscripts held by the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and to an extensive Archival Database, constituting the material record of one of the most influential intellects in the modern era.
The site allows viewing and browsing of approx. 3,000 high-quality digitized images of Einstein�s writings. The website also provides access to the published versions (in PDF format) of 39 among the 934 digitized manuscripts.

Sunday, May 18, 2003


India's friendly gestures towards China and Russia on one hand and USA and Israel on the other is certainly intriguing. From being neutral (neither here nor there) to active neutral (both here and there) is the Indian foreign policy becoming more active?
The recent visit of defence minister Fernandes to China emphasizes this and frequent visits and long-lasting defence coperation with Russia are up. Also USA seems to be planning to join hands with India and firmly step into the Indian military bases, if the supposed ongoing discussions between officials are anything to go by. As reported by Rediff (Article at, who were able to lay their hands on to a classified US DoD (Department of Defense) document, intense interaction and lobbying to gain a foothold in South Asia is on its way. Britain has supported India's entry as the permanent member of the UN Security council. Israel is also keen on increasing contacts military and technology (key focus being military technology which the Israelis are masters in). Israeli PM Aerial Sharon may soon visit India. As America goes on to control the world, Israel seems to control America with Jewish masterminds in all key positions in the defence departments and goverment of USA.

As for the world and the menace of terrorism, grim reminders - the Saudi and Morocco blasts indicate clearly of troubled times in the near future.

Sunday, May 11, 2003


The philosphy behind The Matrix


A new PC prototype co-developed by Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard, Athens sports a translucent case, integrated wireless phone complete with handset and headset, integrated video camera for video conferencing and a gorgeous 23-inch flat panel display with an integrated CD/DVD drive built into the monitor

Gates Goes From Geek to Chic

Why the future doesn't need us.
Our most powerful 21st-century technologies - robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech - are threatening to make humans an endangered species.

QUARK SOUP - A very good blog on environmental issues and sciences as its point of focus .
Impressed by this particular entry
First David Appell talks about (not entirely his views but a collage of links to) how nanotechnology and biotechnology (same as Prey) can be a serious threat beyond just sci-fi to actually finish off biological life on earth and get(a chilling prospect)taken over by exponentially replicating artificial life by as near as 2035 . . . whoa ! Day-dreaming ?
Its his analysis of a book by Bill McKibben - Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age. The book calls for putting tabs on nano and biotech tinkering(aka research) or risk killing the human soul ! "A moratorium on these 'dangerous' technologies" - Luddite thoughts ??? That this is even not conceivable in this age of technology march with blinding pace, is surprising. But then isnt it thought provoking and even scary.
Appell then refutes these claims well . . . he couners the argument with the fact that we are constantly developing technologies to improve life, fight crippling diseases and up the standard of living and the process may have transformed us from Homo Sapiens to Homo Mutans or Homo Techno or whatever but that this argument cannot imply we are on self-destruct mode; since ages we have been evolving (unmistakably changing the world around us in the process) and the state we are in now is one we have arrived at, on this ongoing human journey. Its easy to frighten the public at large to sell books and movies and earn dollars but to find real solutions is much more difficult, and its for this precise reason, that the quest for innovation must go on.

Explore ::: wood s lot :::
From there :

America: The failed experiment
Paul Harris
yellow times

Most Americans seem to think that the United States has been a monumental success.
The United States is in decline; it is a society in an advanced state of decay.
America began with the genocide inflicted on native North Americans; it enslaved its own people and nearly tore itself apart in a cataclysmic war fought, in part, about that slavery. It has since spread its beneficence and its mayhem around the globe with casual disregard for all others. It remains a highly polarized society grouped together only by a collective fear of everyone else; within its own borders, groups of various sizes adhere only out of fear of other Americans.
The United States has relentlessly chased after the ability to annihilate its enemies with firepower beyond belief and convinced itself that it is right and just to do so. ...

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Discussing Blogs - an engrossing interview with Rebecca Blood

Rebecca Blood is an internationally known weblogger and writer. Rebecca has maintained the popular weblog, Rebecca's Pocket, since April 1999, linking and writing about current events, media literacy, web culture, sustainability, domestic life, and whatever else catches her eye. She is frequently called on by the press to illuminate the currently unstoppable weblog phenomenon. She has a BA in English and has held more kinds of jobs than you have

Today I took the Eliza interview, the computer program that converses/speaks with you. Its very very interesting but once it abused me I said bye . . . ;-)
A DOS based artificial intelligence program, which I found in one of my colleague's PC on the intranet.
Other Definitions :

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

The phone was dead or problematic for the last 2 weeks
BLOGSTREET.COM seems upgraded & really good - Go check out all its features !
Ordered a new pair of spectacles (price of lenses have really gone up).