O blah!

March 30th, 2008

This week has been very very bad for me. Firstly I was working 11 hour days through most of the week, and then had to work on Saturday and Sunday!

So – I didn’t/couldn’t blog for the whole of the week and weekend.

Let me see if next week will be better.

Fingers crossed.

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To all my feminist friends out there

March 21st, 2008


I know, I know… too many of these posts…. I promise… Better posts soon.

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What does it all mean?

March 20th, 2008


Horrible phrase isn’t it?

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The Red Queen

March 20th, 2008

So, I’m already off by one day on my self-imposed call to give at least one blog entry per day (since I started blogging again). I’ve done over a week of posts but now am a day late and still haven’t done today’s!!!

Aargh!!! Does this one count???

I feel like Alice’s Red Queen running faster and faster to stay in the same place.

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Arthur C. Clarke – The Final Odyssey

March 19th, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke died today at his home in Sri Lanka aged 90. A gifted visionary, he believed that “At the present rate of progress, it is almost impossible to imagine any technical feat that cannot be achieved – if it can be achieved at all – within the next few hundred years.”

For those who haven’t read it yet, my favourite Clarke has to be Childhood’s End. Read it.

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Nobel-prize winner!

March 17th, 2008

Poor poor Richard Feynman!

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Lewis Wins!!!

March 16th, 2008

Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton wins the opening race of the 2008 Formula1 Season at Albert Park! Wooohooo!

An incredibly accident-packed, incident-packed Australian Grand Prix leaves only 7 cars on track at the end of the race! Whew – only 9 official finishers. And Ferrari has 2 DNF and 4 other Ferrari-engined cars also retired (Torro Rosso and Force India).

Still –

Go McLaren! Go Lewis!!!

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Hornblower and the Art of Reading Old Naval Stories

March 15th, 2008

After many years, I am re-reading the Horatio Hornblower series by C.S. Forester. Hornblower, a fictional naval officer in the Royal Navy during the times of the Napoleonic Wars, is an immensely charismatic person. He is shown as very intelligent, but unwilling to accept that merely his intelligence could cause him to rise above other people, he pushes himself and his subordinates far harder than might be necessary. He earns a respect and admiration from his crew and his superiors and over time reaches the exalted position of Rear Admiral after starting from the lowly position of midshipman.

Set in the Age of Sail, the books also give the reader a vivid insight into the life of Naval officers during the turn of the 19th Century. Problems almost incomprehensible today, like delays of months before news reaches another part of the world, are detailed in the chronicles of this wonderfully etched out character.

Read the books if you like naval or historical fiction. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them.

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If only I were so lucky!

March 14th, 2008

In the very public parking lot of a large IT park in Bangalore today at lunchtime a very interesting sight was witnessed.

A dirty, but recognizably blue Daewoo Matiz was parked next to the main walkway. The engine was running, the airconditioner was on, and for a moment it seemed that the car was empty with a big cloth hung over the windscreen to keep the interiors protected from the harsh noonday sun.

But a closer look gave a very different perspective. In fact, as I was pulling out of the parking lot, the sight of a young man and woman adjusting their clothing could be seen through the rear window.

If only I could get so lucky on my lunch break!

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Firefox 3 Beta 4

March 14th, 2008

FirefoxSo finally we’re coming around to the release of Firefox 3. Beta 4 has just come out, and while I was hoping that this would be the last beta of Firefox before release, it seems that there will still be (at least?) one more release to go.

And here’s a few of the things that Moz developers say is new in FF3:

It’s More Secure
  • One-click site info
  • Malware Protection
  • New Web Forgery Protection page
  • New SSL error pages
  • Add-ons and Plugin version check
  • Secure add-on updates
  • Anti-virus integration
It’s Easier to Use
  • Easier password management
  • New Download Manager
  • Resumable downloading
  • Full page zoom
  • Tab scrolling and quickmenu: tabs are easier to locate with the new tab scrolling and tab quickmenu.
  • Plugin management: users can disable individual plugins in the Add-on Manager.
  • Star button quickly add bookmarks from the location bar with a single click; a second click lets you file and tag them.
  • Tags: associate keywords with your bookmarks to sort them by topic.
  • Location bar & auto-complete
  • Smart Bookmarks Folder: quickly access your recently bookmarked and tagged pages, as well as your more frequently visited pages with the new smart bookmarks folder on your bookmark toolbar.
  • Places Organizer: view, organize and search through all of your bookmarks, tags, and browsing history with multiple views and smart folders to store your frequent searches.
It has an Improved Platform for Developers
  • New graphics and font handling
  • Color management
  • Offline support
It shows Improved Performance
  • Speed
  • Memory usage
  • Reliability

┬áSo, what do I think of it? It’s pretty good! The new location bar is enough reason in itself to upgrade. Compared to the current location bars on most browsers, when you start typing some text, it shows you not just the history, but bookmarked pages as well, and not only based on the url but also on the title!

Of course, the other stuff has also improved, like the download manager (finally!) and simple but irritating bugs have been fixed, like the bug that didn’t show the full alt text when one moused-over an image.

And FF3 is fully Acid2 compliant! And it is still among the highest browsers for Acid3 (more on Acid3 later!).

There are still a few things to iron out. A few bugs, like the bookmarks page not working correctly, random crashes et al. And of course, most add-ons haven’t yet been updated to support FF3.

So, while you may not want to use this (or even the next) beta, you should certainly use it when the final release comes out – hopefully in the next month or so.

And if you aren’t already on Firefox2 then you’re not doing yourself any favours. If you want to use Opera that’s fine, but if you still are s(t)uck with Internet Explorer, then I guess you’re happy with a virussy buggy painful browser experience – your bad.

Go Firefox!

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