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Archive for October 2005

Kick-starting my blogroll with Apple’s blog!

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As I had written earlier, I am just sort of starting out with my blog, and most of the things are in the process of being set-up. One of the most important and — for me — interesting aspect of a blog is the Blogroll section. Over there, you will find links to the blogs by other people, that has enthralled and captured the attention of the author of the current blog. These are the blogs that are well-worth the author’s time, and perhaps the reader’s time too. It also kinda tells you something about the kind of person this author is.

I am starting my blogroll with a link to my good friend Apple’s blog, “Something Bizarre“. He is a sensible, well read, and talented person with strong — and I must say, mostly correct — opinions on many things. I am linking to his blog without taking his explicit permission, though I hope he wouldn’t mind the publicity ;-).

I really like this entry here, that portrays the thought process of the average Software Engineer, on the days and months before his engagement. At least I had undergone some of these things over the last few months. Every one does, I suppose. Nice work, Apple!

A request to him though: Please start updating your blog. Btw, do update your profile too; it is too oldĀ  ;-).

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October 31, 2005 at 00:04 hrs

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The new browser Flock kinda rocks!

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I have been reading a bit over the last few days about the latest browser on the block, named Flock, and about how it has the potential to revolutionize the way we blog.

Flock, for the uninitiated, is a new browser built on top of the best browser in the planet, Mozilla Firefox. I thought I will give it a try myself, before posting anything on it, and so far the results have been pretty encouraging, if you happen to be some one who blogs, like me ;-).

Of course, Flock is still under development, and is not ready for mainstream use yet, but still it kinda rocks. In fact, I have posted this using Flock!

I really like the pain-free way in which I could add those links above. Another feature that might prove handy is the ease with which one can both locate and upload pictures using Flock, linking to the best of its’ class service, Flickr.

Of course, to give us the other side of the story, we do have some one blogging to help people understand why exactly Flock sucks.

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October 31, 2005 at 00:04 hrs

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Oh! but did I tell you? God is back!

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A couple of days back, I made an attempt to announce to the world that God is back!. It was welcomed by a couple of very funny comments.

Well, today at Mohali, the Indians finished off the Lankans with an absolutely clinical performance, a performance that has earned the kudos of the National selectors, since they decided to retain the winning combination for the next three matches.

But the point to ponder over is not the result, but what inspired an insipid bunch of loosers to go out and perform like champions earlier at Nagpur, and now today at Mohali? It definitely was the magic and the brilliance of Sachin.

If your doubt still lingers, just ask Murali. He might have recovered enough to tell you what hit him today at Mohali :).

Before I sign off for the day, how about this one for self-confidence, from none other than our beloved Dada?

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October 29, 2005 at 03:58 hrs

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It is a bright morning in Chennai

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A very quick update: The sun is out in Chennai this morning. The cyclone apparently has moved over to the Andhra coast.

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October 28, 2005 at 08:31 hrs

Its now Chennai’s turn to get deluged!

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As I am writing this, rains in Chennai seems to have stopped. But oh my God! what a day it was! Water everywhere!

We had seen the rain footage from Mumbai, and more recently from Bangalore, on TV. But today, we had a hands on experience. It has been mentioned in the media that this has been the heaviest rainfall (27 cm) in Chennai in the last 10 years. Of course, it is nothing compared to the 90 cm rain that they received in Mumbai a couple of months back.

This morning I braved the weather to go to work, but couldn’t move beyond the first 500 meters or so. All the roads that I can possibly take to reach Mount Road were water logged, and the traffic was moving at a snail’s pace. Of course it was pouring down rather heavily while I was watching all this. I was completely drenched by then, and had to return back. Luckily, my bike’s engine is still roaring.

For countless others in other parts of Chennai, it has been a day of disasters. Media reports suggest that more than 60 people might have died in Chennai alone. Countless houses are flooded, and there are uprooted trees everywhere. The vital thing now is to prevent the outbreak of water borne diseases.

The guys over at the Chennai Helpline did an excellent job of keeping the world abreast of the developments over the day. Great work!

Finally, rains stopped around 2000 hrs, and it is pretty calm outside now. Hope Chennai will bounce back to its normal self tomorrow.

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October 27, 2005 at 20:08 hrs

God is back!

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India thrashed the mighty Lankans in Nagpur yesterday. This was the first time the Indians were beating Lankans in their last 5 encounters. This was made possible by a fantastic innings by Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, who simply tore into the Lankans. I missed the live action, though I did watch the highlights in the evening. Remarkable innings. Read what Cricinfo has to say here.

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October 27, 2005 at 19:53 hrs

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Welcome aboard, buddy!

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Hello and welcome to this blog, buddy!

This is Proto here, and I am happy that you dropped by. Hope you would find something that interests you here.

The main reason for starting this blog was this: I am finding it really difficult to keep in touch with all of my buddies, to the extend I would like to, thanks to the demands of my professional and personal life. Even if I manage to be in touch with a few of them, I am unable to share all the news and views with them.

I thought long and hard about this and felt that a blog could well be the perfect solution to this problem. Of course, that also provides me with a convenient pretext to start blogging :).

I hope to have something posted here on a regular basis, say once a week or so. I will be writing mostly about my personal life, my buddies and the ones close to me, programming (my passion), and also about my other interests, including Cricket and Movies.

While we are at that, let me tell you yet another reason for launching this blog: Some of my buddies had suggested to have a repository from where they can access the various articles/ideas/links I had been talking to them about. This will nicely solve that problem also.

Thanks once again for visiting this blog. Take care and be well, and do drop in as and when time permits.

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October 25, 2005 at 00:59 hrs

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