36 Vayadhinile

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An excellent low budget movie that does not depend on sleaze and cheap songs for its success. Kudos to Jyothika and Surya for pulling this off.

My Tech BEAST – The Dell Inspiron 5548

Dell has been a faithful brand, serving us with 10+ Years between our two laptops. The first was a Inspiron 1525 with Core 2 Duo + 2 GB RAM (2009) and the next was a sexier Inspiron N4010 Core i3 + 4 GB RAM (2011). I am using the 1525 and was feeling it aging gracefully. My daughter and brother-in-law seem to have taken a liking to it and I was wondering if I should get a new laptop.

In comes Inspiron again

After being such a loyal Inspiron guy, no other laptop (other than the new Mac Book) could pull me towards it. Only the Mac will restrict me from all my extra curricular endeavors.

On the lookout for a laptop I wanted to get the best config. Let’s see where I am

Processor: Core i7Broadwell – 2.7 GHz (upto 3 GHz)

RAM: 16 GB DDR3 1600MHz

Display: Touch, Full HD, IPS, 15.6 inches

Graphics: AMD Radeon with 4 GB DDR3 Cache

Hard Disk: 1 TB, Hybrid (8 GB Cache)

Keyboard: Backlit

Rest: HD webcam, Bluetooth 4, Latest WiFi, USB 3.0 and stuff

Looking forward to meeting and having a long time relationship with this beast. The model was not available locally at all (no 16 GB version – only 8 GB possible). Dell had only one model 87000 upwards here. Thanks to my colleagues who travel to US this month, I am getting my hand on one of this. Two more have bought this laptop on my recommendation. Here is hoping that they get to use it to its full potential 🙂

Cost (bought in US): 56000

Trying out GoDaddy Hosting

Moved my site from freehostia to godaddy. The domain name changes surprisingly took just 30 mins. I backed up my site there, exported and imported into goDaddy all in under 5 minutes. The photos and some media are missing but there were missing even in the old host. I need to review the speed of goDaddy. I think it should do fine.

The Journey called Life

What is the most entertaining and enthralling part of a roller coaster ride. Well it is the ride itself. Not the destination (which is anyway the same place you started). Ask Columbus why he undertook four risky voyages where he could have died or what is somebody gave him an option of revealing the result of those voyages before he started. He would have laughed at you and said that what mattered were the voyages themselves, not anything before or after that. Same with mountaineers. After they reach a summit they start looking for the next peak to scale. They never feel satisfied with the current achievement.

See a tense cricket match, chasing with a required run rate of more than 10 (like CSKs). Once the match is won what you get is only relief and not the excitement or tense happiness when you journeyed to reach the target.Life is life that. People who have achieved their targets are boring people bragging about what they have done. Instead look at people who are always on a journey. They are intense, active and full of vigor. Arise, Awake and Stop not till your goal is reached and WHEN your goal is reached make a new goal and again Arise and Awake and Stop not till that is also reached and you continue so on and so forth.I have seen numerous people who are fed up with their fight, fight to achieve success in life, fight to finish their studies, fight to settle in life (whatever that means). But they need to realize that it is the fight that keeps them going, that gives a purpose in life and a goal. Once the fight is over, there is nothing else to do. They say I will be happy after I do this. After I settle down in life, I will be happy. But it is the journey that you take to achieve that matters. Once you settle down, don’t settle, become unsettled and start again.

When I hit the highways to go to Pondicherry from Bangalore I get super excited. Even after so many years of driving up and down, I still feel like a child when I start the engine of the car. But once I reach the destination, there is only a relief of having reached safely, no huge burst of happiness. We need to learn to keep our life’s journey like that. Always on, doing something new, learning something different, fighting for a cause,keeping ourselves updated, providing a surprise help to someone in need, whatever it takes but the journey should be on because as some great person has once said “Satisfaction is only in efforts and not in attainment. Hence efforts are success and efforts are victory”

So on and on, let us make new journeys and new destinations till our final destination beckons…

The Society

You must have heard people say this at least a hundred times. What will society say? People are talking very bad about you. People are questioning your behavior. How will I ever show my face now?

In bible there is a story. There was a prostitute and the people (society) felt that she should be stoned to death. So they gathered with stones in hand. The girl ran to Jesus for help. The only thing Jesus said was “Anyone who had not committed any sin can throw the first stone on her”. No one dared. The so called society is filled with hypocrites, barbarians, thieves and perverts who don’t have any rights to point fingers at you. In fact they speak about you to pull you down to their levels. It helps their ego to see a good soul being tarnished so that they can say – “Ha, (s)he too is like us”. Simple proof of things – People freely talk shit about others without realizing that they themselves are a pile load of shit.

You probably have heard of this donkey story. A man and his son had to travel with their donkey from one town to another. The donkey being old and tired, they all walked. On their way were four people gossiping about something. The moment they saw this travelling party, they commented “Why on earth would someone have a donkey and not ride on it. How foolish can that be”. So the man and his son decided that it makes sense to ride on the donkey but since it was old and tired only one of them will ride it and the other walk beside. Since the man was himself old he rode the donkey and the son walked by his side. However they came across another set of 4 people in a tea stall, again discussing some unrelated stuff. They saw the man riding the donkey and said with a stern face. “What a cruel man; He rides happily while his poor son has to walk”. So the man decided to put his son on the donkey and walk beside. In the next stop, a further four people hissed among themselves but loud enough for the travelers to hear. They said “The poor old man had to walk in this age, while his young and arrogant son is riding”. The man thought for a while and decided that they both ride. However they had gone only a few hundred meters when they met the fourth set of four people who said, “How can human beings be so cruel to animals. The poor donkey is both old and tired and these two goons are sitting on top of it” and they were right too. So the man decided to heed to their words too. He tied the donkey front and hind legs with a rope and between him and his son they carried it. They felt happy that they finally managed to shut up everybody. However when they came to flooding river and had to cross it on a bridge, the donkey too afraid, started shaking, stumbled out of their hands, fell into the river and died.

Moral of the Story (English) – When you start paying attention to what people gossip about you, you will end up with your ass in trouble

Moral of the Story (Hindi) – कुछ तो लोग कहेंगे, लोगों का काम हैं कहना छोडो, बेकार की बातो में , कही बीत ना जाए रैना

Moral of the Story (Tamil) – நாலு பேர் நாலு விதமாதான் பேசுவாங்க. அதபத்தி யோசிச்சா நம்ம நாள் தான் வீனா போகும்.

The Age of Internet Jealousy

Facebook (verb) is a nice fun activity. It helps to in one place get updates about our friends and family, what they are up to. It also allows us to provide a window for the world to see how we are doing, where we have been and what we have done of late. Whatever technology brings to the table, people will always remain the same. So if earlier we had to brag about the latest saree or gadjet in a family social meet, we do that now much faster and more often using facebook. We want the world to see and fume inside the great life that we are living. So it is not uncommon to find photos of us on a family trip to Dubai or flaunting the latest costly gift that our spouse gave us. Nothing wrong with that, basically we are updating that we have been on a trip. What could be wrong with that? The intention. That is what is wrong with it. The best category of photos and updates goes to personal relationships. A personal close photograph becomes a public object to kindle jealousy among the not-so-close people or worse still people who are yet to find a meaningful relationship. Worse yet are the updates like – see my husband cooks food for me. I see the updates frequency is the most and the content exotic among people living outside India. Funny still people who comment on them are also those who fall in the same category. Let us make some straightforward interpretations of these updates. They would be something like
“See what you are missing”
“I am so happy with my husband/wife”
“See where I am now. We were once so similar and in the same position”
“What a pathetic life you have got”
“Make your life meaningful. Go out and enjoy like me”
“See how beautiful my wife is”

One thing is, weak minded people do fall for this trap and begin feeling bad, exactly as what the (im)poster wanted to happen. So brace up. Our life is not a junk pile and we have much better things to do than make a feature film of our life. Still facebook is a nice entertainment for about 5-10 minutes a day.

Context

Context – What is it. It is everything. It is life. It is what makes you you and me me.
For computer science graduates context generally refers to all the details that are part of a running process. It is not very different in life too. A context is one that is build on our experience, perspective and outlook of life. A simple example. What is luxury? For a person who is in battlefield, a few moments of sleep is luxury.Getting alive home and meeting his wife and kids is a luxury. For a person who has been riding a bicycle all his life, a two wheeler is a luxury and the two wheeler guy a car. For the car guy it is truck – no you silly – a bigger better car. It goes on but you get the point. Right? When we complain about life, we miss the point. All it takes is to alter our context and look at the world from someone’s else’s context.

We have a wonderful caterer for lunch @ our company and he has excelled in not letting us get bored of his food. However on some off days the food is not inspiring and we do complain, atleast among ourselves. Who would eat this junk? Many in this wide world would. Have a look at the picture of somalian kids and you would swear to not waste food after that. Imagine in the shoes of people who were left hungry and with the only choice of eating each other. The only thing that differs is the context.

We do complain that life has not been fair to us. If you are reading this, then you have been fortunate enough to be educated, understand computers, wealthy enought to have access to one and still you complain. Research says that people who have had life threatening experiences behave life yogis after that. Because they have understood and experienced a context which no one else has. They know that the momemnt we realize we are a temporary variable in this universal code and will be purged out of the stack when the time comes, we take life much more positively. Take war for example. The society that has seen war sees our normal everyday boring life as a gift. Same with people diagonized with say Cancer. They would feel that we are wasting a precious gift called life.

Context exists in personal relationships too. My wife believes that there could be no one else taking care of his wife as I do. Her sample data consists of pigs dressed as men and of men who behave as feudal lords of yester-years. Men who would prove their manliness by controlling their wives and treating them as bought slaves. So even a normal male human being seems like an impossible existense to her. Similarly when couples fight they often have totally different context bases. Same with a parents and their kid. More than half the problems can be solved the moment one switches context and looks at it from the other side.

10 Years and on…

It was 10 years back when as part of a blogging community called ‘Tabulas’ I had started to blog. A short analysis reveals that I blog a lot in blocks mostly when on official travel outside India (I get loads of free time). They also mimic my professional life’s load.

For me a blog is a digital diary with an option of exposing certain pages – the public pages. I have more private posts in this blog than public ones. What do I do with them. There is nothing so funny as to go back and read your own posts back in the years once in a while. Of course they are ‘For my eyes only’.  I also do other crazy stuff like make a post every year on the same day to create a link of posts. Another thing that I am planning to do is create a lot of public post-dated articles which will automatically show up in future – whether I am in a position to post them or not. Kind of digital after-life… Leaving behind a legacy of wise words for the world to follow… 🙂

P.S: For those who have seen tamil movies, this should remind you of a Goundamani comedy scene

Technically Yours…

Those close to me know that I am a gadjet freak. While I have bought a lot of tech items what many don’t know is that I beat the sh*t out of them before I retire them. So my Wii which has seen 5 years is still used everyday and is being worked upon (emulation, dos, etc) almost every week. Same goes for my TV, Laptop, Tab and other devices. So essentially I eek out every last paise that I paid for them before they can die on me and in most cases I gift them to someone known for a second life. I ended up buying a Samsung Galaxy S2 (upgraded from a Nokia basic model) two years back. I intend to keep it for another 3 to 4 years unlike other phone aficionados who change their phone every year or whenever they sneeze. So as a true tech explorer I optimized my phone, installed launchers, good apps, cleaned it up regularly and maintained it well. When Samsung was hesitant to release the Jelly Bean upgrade to my phone in India (because they wanted to cash in on S2+), I ended up installing a Spain version from Sammobile using ODIN. However one thing that I could not do was to increase the battery life. In fact after Jelly bean and Google Now my battery life went down hill. I was adamant and wanted to fix it. After several attempts I decided that the best way to manage your phone is to first have full control over it.
For android phone it meant gaining root access (remember unix classes) or simply ‘rooting’. I googled, got the necessary information, build up the required bravery (the phone might die if done wrong) and finally went ahead. It was very simple. After that the next major step was to install a customized firmware (software for the chip inside phone) called Custom ROM. Though the most popular mod was from Cynogenmod, I went ahead and installed Super Nexus 2.0 Build 4. This particular ROM was the pure Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 with some optimizations. I loved the fact that my phone looked like a true android phone and not as some imposter skinned by the manufacturer. I am testing the unbelievable battery life. The last time I charged was 2.5 days back and I have used a few hours of blutooth, an hour of hangout (video chat), phone calls (even on loudspeaker), Wifi connected browsing. I am left with 50% more which means another 2.5 days of these activities. I am simply blown by this. This actually means my battery life has increased from 1 day to 5 days. Amazing isn’t it. The more I think about that the more it awes me. Btw the person who developed this ROM is less than half my age and goes to school and writes exams. That is a lot of encouragement and inspiration to do more… and enjoy more….

Update: After 4 days and 12 hours, my phone went to below 20% battery and I had to charge it. Will post the screen shots next time.