Sunday, August 31, 2003

Currently Reading 'The Magic of Thinking Big' by David J Schwartz,
an amazing book aimed at increasing motivation levels . . .

Friday, August 29, 2003

India in bad shape and reeking of corruption
- Tasty Teasers

Someone was telling us that a carpet seller from Kashmir visits them frequently says that the Kashmir problem is kept alive from both sides - he says that BSF and other armed forces on the Indian side and soldiers take lakhs from the terrorists to allow inflitrators sneak inside India across the LOC paving the way for massacres and mass killings. How far this is true I do not know, but certainly a person from the very epicentre of the troubled state wouldnt be blatantly lying ....

Calcutta, the intellectual and literary capital of India once upon a time now is the capital of corruption and mindless violent politics - the politicization of everything from schools to hospitals and everything in between. Also the work culture seems nil in that state. People themselves dont trust the health and education apparatus in West Bengal.
Someone was relating an incident wherein a poor lady had kept some small amount of rupees in a bank - she had come to collect it but the bank babus shooed her away saying "Baad mein aawo, jaao ab" (come later get lost now) and giggling at her in the mean time discussing cricket scores among themselves. 'Exploit the poor - they cant retaliate' attitude. Its her money and just see the way the bank employee behaves. Nothing moves without money or clout !
A person went to treat a heart ailment in a reputed hospital in Calcutta, but after the so-called 'treatment' he was inturn found to have kidney damage.

At times of war see the way the whole country of USA stands behind the government - this is a virtue in itself however biased the decisions of the government may be; totally unachievable in our country I am sure. The opposition would start making attempts at pulling down the government crying foul play!

Just a few instances - I know I am being negative but this thing eats away into the roots of our country unless something is done - we are also equal participants as we accept corruption as an integral part of our life without second thoughts.

Sunday, August 17, 2003

Reading Thresholds of Motivation: Nurturing Human Growth in the Organization by V.S. Mahesh
An analysis of how companies can effectively nurture human growth and potential that combines Western thinking with Eastern philosophical traditions. The examples used are both Indian- and US-oriented. The Indian case studies present fairly common problems, but unique solutions. A great book full of indepth insight on the inherent perfection in humans and how organisations can tap and nurture it in its employees - full of anecdotes and real-life examples.
At times each and everything seems so strikingly similar to what he writes A must read. Got the book by chance at work in our library, when I went to browse through some of the books

Also reading Honour Among Thieves by Jeffrey Archer . . . Not a great story - borrowed it from a colleague !

Also trying to start Alice in wonderland and Don Quixote (unabridged) in e-book format on MS Reader !


Was on Linux (RH PCQLinux 8.0) all through the past two days trying to configure and install drivers for my modem - but it doesnt work

Detected but still . . .

Vendor Id : 127A
Device Id : 4321
Revision Id : NONE
Sub Vendor Id : 13E0
Sub Device Id : 0210

Vendor Name : CONEXANT
Modem Type : Unknown communication device

ATTENTION: An Unknown Conexant communication device
(Modem) was detected. You can download and install
the Conexant driver, check if it works with your
current modem device.
You may need to configure your Vendor ID and Device
ID manually (see INSTALL file).

Download Site :


Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.18-24.8.0/misc/hcfpciosspec.o will taint the kernel: non-GPL license - Copyright (C) 1996-2002 Conexant Systems Inc. All Rights Reserved.
See for information about tainted modules
Module hcfpciosspec loaded, with warnings
Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.18-24.8.0/misc/hcfpciengine.o will taint the kernel: non-GPL license - Copyright (C) 1996-2002 Conexant Systems Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Module hcfpciengine loaded, with warnings
Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.18-24.8.0/misc/riptideint.o will taint the kernel: non-GPL license - Copyright (C) 1995-2002 Conexant Systems Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Module riptideint loaded, with warnings
/lib/modules/2.4.18-24.8.0/misc/riptidesound.o: unresolved symbol unregister_sound_dsp
/lib/modules/2.4.18-24.8.0/misc/riptidesound.o: unresolved symbol mpuintr
/lib/modules/2.4.18-24.8.0/misc/riptidesound.o: unresolved symbol register_sound_dsp
/lib/modules/2.4.18-24.8.0/misc/riptidesound.o: unresolved symbol register_sound_mixer
/lib/modules/2.4.18-24.8.0/misc/riptidesound.o: unresolved symbol unregister_sound_mixer
Hint: You are trying to load a module without a GPL compatible license
and it has unresolved symbols. Contact the module supplier for
assistance, only they can help you.

/lib/modules/2.4.18-24.8.0/misc/riptidesound.o: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.18-24.8.0/misc/riptidesound.o failed
/lib/modules/2.4.18-24.8.0/misc/riptidesound.o: insmod hcfpciserial failed

ANY IDEA WHAT TO DO? Got the drivers from and compiled using the kernel source and yet. . .
Kppp is not detecting /dev/modem seems /dev/modem does not exist - Lots of Googling turned useless . . .

Off to work again from tomorrow, was a bit busy the last week, some bit of pressure, for a module is to given tomorrow.

Friday, August 15, 2003


The Intellectual Scene in Post-Independence India - A critical review of strengths and weaknesses

"But this is not the image of America. The image of America is a technologically advanced country etc. etc. Ours is the only country where the mobile citizens of India have transformed the problems of India into the image of India-its identity.

Go to any country and the same negative stereotype is echoed that India is suffering from poverty and malnutrition. India has no drinking water. Indian women are all burnt. If they are married, they are burnt, if they are widows, they are burnt. See the image that has been built about this country. Who did this? The English educated Indian."

- S Gurumurthy (Read more)

Monday, August 04, 2003

I was thinking, with all the attempts at information gathering by US agencies against terrorism, is such a thing possible ?

Presenting :
The 'Info Sensory Monitor Organ'
By Shamit Bagchi

Trying to add a whole new feature to the human being, that of embedded genes to communicate with associated nano-agents that receive signals and transmit to the nearby grids or nodes, powerful towers linked up with satellites orbiting in space to transfer the data between locations on earth for data capture, storage and monitoring.

They become an integral part of the human body unlike cyborgs who voluntarily embed themselves with sensors and other such devices this one is fissioned into the human chromosome as ISM genes and specific DNA sequences which actually get transmitted in the genes as an act or pact of coordinated activity between the humans and nano-agents.

An individual (two to be precise) once introduced with the gene will get an agent (nano-bot) activated by means of his location and then will pass it on to his offsprings as hereditary matter. Locations and mind thoughts are all coordinated and scanned by Info Positioning Sats and these devices so minute as to be percieved as non-existent.

This mechanism as a module deviced to gather data and content from the thought processes and nerve signals and then either monitor them real-time or store them into a massive database which can be constantly filtered to find out any unwanted activity and potential terrorist minds.

Like speech a new form or mode of information or thought transfer between humans and humans ; and humans and machines . . .