Sep 30

Its not that I am running out of ideas on what to post. I was reading Calvin after some time. Calvin has a haircut, and guess who cuts it for him. Hobbes! This, my friends is one of the most wicked comic strips I have come across.

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Calvin

Notice the haircut? I will never forget the time I did that to myself. I wasn’t too long before. I looked like a bubble head.

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Sep 30

This is something Simon, commented on to me previous post. I felt it deserve a post for its length (sorry, Simon! you do go on for long!) and relevance (that’s why its here)

Everything does have its phases. I used to think I would eventually reach a kind of plateau in life where everything would be sorted out. But now I realize that life isn’t like that. There are ‘good’ times and ‘bad’ times (and lots of in betweens!) and the phase you are in at the moment just happens to be, well, the phase you are in at the moment.
But ‘bad’ times do provide an opportunity for us to develop as people. Often, when things are going OK, you don’t have to try. It was when things got rough for me that I got into all the self-development stuff I write about in my blog. It has opened the door into a whole new area of life.

Chaos and uncertainty can be very unsettling - and we humans tend not to like them - but look at it this way: when everything is easy and sorted out, there is little opportunity for new possibilities or new opportunities to emerge. How can there be when everything is fixed? Out of chaos and uncertainty, though, that is where the real opportunities come. I hope you enjoy them!

You can check Simon’s blog here: Secret to Life

Ok ok! My blog has become very serious and just to cheer up the mood.

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Sep 29

Its very late now, 3 AM. Its Sunday. I should be sleeping. But I can’t. There are too many things clouding my mind now. Its been some months since I parted ways. Everything has its phases. This is perhaps the last lap. I hope at least. The first phase was when I was trying to go berserk and live life like nothing happened. It was normal. I remember it got to me when I got shit drunk in Belgaum. The auto guy was kind enough to drop me to my room. That’s when I was moving to phase two.

Now you start coming to terms with what has happened. It starts eating you slowly. You look at your mails and cell phone but there are no missed calls or messages. You keep staring at it with the hope that something does come. Maybe a one liner, a forward. Perhaps even a couple of abuses. But there is nothing as you stare into the blank screen. All it shows is four towers and my own name.

I was back in Pune and I was having serious symptoms of re-bound. Anything would do. having cloudy thoughts and longing to get back to the old routine is the order of the day. There was no one to listen to my drivel or tolerate my idiosyncrasies. I was looking and perhaps just for the heck of it. Like a flash out of the blue, I came back to senses. This was not the way. If something has to happen it would. One can’t make something happen. I did not try too hard last time, maybe I should wait and give myself time.

“Vinni, give yourself time!”, I kept telling myself. And eventually I did learn to do that. Now I am living with it. And yet, life shows no sign of stopping from what it wants to do. It has its own things to take care off. Maybe things are not so bad. I keep telling myself that.

Now I find other ways to keep myself occupied. Everyday, I wake up with the hope that something turns up. Nothing does. I don’t think it will, perhaps for the best. The daily trivial issues eat into the day like there is no tomorrow and I have to put up with tantrums and brats. I miss the times when I used act like one, but there is no one to tolerate it or tell me to stop. No one. I am on my own. Perhaps, for my own good. Who knows. There is always something in store, maybe not now. Maybe later. Who knows. Who knows….

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Sep 29

This is a post inspired by this article on ZDNet (Is Windows XP too good for Microsoft’s own good?)

Windows_XP Windows XP was a huge leap from Windows 98/ME. It made the right interface and people got used to just to easily. Most importantly it provided the right set of features. It managed to run on a computer with 128 MB RAM. It flew on a computer with 512 MB RAM. Life was really good.

It had the right amount of eye candy and features. Nothing went wrong and it did what you wanted it to do.

The reasons why I like XP are really simple

  • Neat interface and the right colors

  • Fast, runs on PII as well

  • Installs all drivers and software. No compatibility issues here.

  • surprisingly stable, unless of course you messed with your OS

  • Huge number of hacks for the likes of me who like to screw around. It also made it easy to make a lot of changes.

  • A lot of plugins and add-ons were available which made customizing very easy.

  • Navigation was simple and relied on the user to make the move first.

  • The start menu is simple and one needs to browse. It gives an idea of what you have, what you use and what you need to do away with.

  • Elementary features were installed, if you needed more you could install updates.

I had a Pentium IV (Northwood) with 512 MB RAM. I remember it used to fly like the wind. What a work horse it was. Used to run crazy shit on it, and it took all too well. I am still on XP with my lappy though. Works just fine. But wait a minute. Incomes Windows Vista! (Also check: Ahh! The joy of first love )

windows_vista_aero_3D When I first saw it, i was really taken aback. The amount of eye candy it had was mind boggling. Curious like a cat, i started browsing through it. I clicked on start to see what it came bundled with and what was installed by my friend. Hello??? I could no longer browse!!! I had to type it out in the box which took me some time to figure out. Goodness why would they think of doing that? What is just another way for them to make people start using Windows Search and not Google Desktop Search? And how do I shut it down? I don’t want it. I don’t want Windows search and i don’t want Google Search either. i know where my stuff is, and I’d to search for it on my own. Foolishness.

Next, i tried to configure the network. Wireless Network to be precise. It took me a while to find out how i could do that. I was so frustrated by the end of it, I don’t even want to talk about it now. Jesus!

I went through some other things and I was tired already. The problem was, it had too many features; many of which I will never use. Why is Microsoft shoving it down my throat? Dude, I am start enough to make the choices about what I want in my OS.

I tried installing some drivers which all failed. For some reason, it just won’t let you install drivers not digitally signed. Shit man! My Canon Camera won’t harm the PC and even if it does, its my problem. Just let me live in peace!

enough was enough. I left the PC in a huff and came back to my WinXP. My good ol’ XP.

What’s surprising is the deadline Microsoft has given to OEMs and Manufacturers to start shipping Vista and stop WinXP. It stands as June 2008 for now. I was just thinking, Windows 98 came sometime in 1997. It took us some 5 years to shift to XP? Right. But how in the world would you expect users to shift to Vista in an year? This is downright bully behavior. Not good. My next lappy comes with a Linux, whether you like it or not. Ubuntu here I come!

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