Archive for September, 2007

Interesting facts

  • The Australian aborigine language has over 30 words for “dust”
  • Founded in 1928, Motorola was a pioneer in car radios. It’s name was originally a combination of motor (for motor car) and ola (implying sound)
  • Te term bank teller originated during the 1929 stock market crash, when banks began hiring low-paid workers to tell throngs of frantic depositors that their money was gone
  • Hilton was first international hotel chain. It opened the Caribe Hilton in San Huan. Peuto Rico in 1949.
  • Nokia is named afetr a place in southern Finland. The company founded by Fredrik Idelstam in 1865 was established in Nokia as pulp mill for paper making.
  • Sony’s first Trinitron color TV got an Emmy award, the first for a product in early 1970s
  • The world’s three most powerful brand name are Google ($66 billion), GE ($62 billion) and Microsoft ($55 billion) according to Millward Brown, a market research firm
  • The time spent deleting spam costs United States business about $21.6 billion annually
  • The noun”sled” (sledge) originated from name of an 18th century mountaineer from Finland, Scheltz Linden frozen to death and whose body was used by his climbing partner to slide down a mountain during a winter Strom
  • Small business make up over an half (52 %) of US gross domestic products
  • With the increase in the sheer volume of internet traffic, the friction of electrons passing around the planet has increased the global temperature by 0.07 degree.

Source : Outlook Business

Rama Setu. Intelligent design?

The Centre today withdrew from the Supreme Court its two affidavits, including the controversial one filed by the ASI claiming there was no historical or scientific evidence to establish existence of Lord Ram and Rama Setu as a man-made bridge. More

Why can’t the believers come and prove their point in court? Did they fear that they may loose the their stand and will get into a situation similar to the one happened for the supporters of intelligent design? Ramayana is just a mythology. To me the construction of bridge itself contradicts the nature of omnipotent Ram. Why did Ram need to get involved in building the bridge which would take enormous energy and time to construct rather just appearing on the other side of lanka or just wish Sita to appear beside him ?

The BJP and VHP should stop the nonsense that they have just raked and allow the mega project to continue. It is irony that BJP/VHP thinks that projects hurts the sentiments of Hindus but failed to realise that same happened for muslims when Babri masjid was destroyed.

But I would have loved to know what the wise heads at supreme court would have done if the case was not withdrawn?

Woes with Airtel continues…

My woes with Airtel continues. The customer support engineer tells me that there is no way I can get in touch with real person. I have to come through the “system” meaning that I have spend mandatory¬† 30 minutes in vain to speak to person. I hate these stupid design and people who designed such a “system”.

It is interesting to note that the Airtel auto reply email comes to me after three hour and thirty minutes. Interesting! Comments to my previous post on their customer service will make humorous reading.

Airtel customer service

Me. A pickpocket victim at Chennai


I thought that I can’t be victim of pick pocket till yesterday. The reason in which I believed, that I was very much self-aware irrespective what’s happening in the surrounding and was proved wrong yesterday.

I was boarding the bus 11H from Pondy Bazar to Anand theater only to meet a strange fight between two passengers. One was accusing the other for picked his pocket and asking for money purse in return. The other one refused that allegation and started abusing the other in language that I cannot mention here. Meanwhile I really wanted to safe guarded my purse and head straight into the crowded bus. I was keeping purse intact.

In between some one pulled me into conversation asking me to get into the bus, in the heat of moment I answered him back I can’t and if he really wished to get then why not him, that is the time most likely when the one of the guy from the gang picked my pocket and made away with my mobile phone. Incidentally all the people who were making furore got down in the next stop and I realized that something is fishy only to realize that I have been pickpocketed. I realize now that all the three members were a buddies who enacted their role to the perfection, and me a big looser.

Lucky me, at least the cell phone was a old one but rue the fact that all contacts have vanished.  I am happy that I did not loose my purse which contained cash, credit and debit cards etc. I was sad that it happened in Chennai, a city I love.

How pick pocket works

Evil C++?

Sitting in the class to learn C++, I happened to stumble on this one. More of this can be found here.

C++ is a horrible language. It's made more horrible by the fact that a lot 
of substandard programmers use it, to the point where it's much much 
easier to generate total and utter crap with it. Quite frankly, even if 
the choice of C were to do *nothing* but keep the C++ programmers out, 
that in itself would be a huge reason to use C.

In other words: the choice of C is the only sane choice. I know Miles 
Bader jokingly said "to piss you off", but it's actually true. I've come 
to the conclusion that any programmer that would prefer the project to be 
in C++ over C is likely a programmer that I really *would* prefer to piss 
off, so that he doesn't come and screw up any project I'm involved with


Dumb or Smart

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his Customer,” This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.”

The barber puts a five rupee coin in one hand and two one rupee coins (1+1=2) in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?”

The boy takes the two one rupee coins and leaves. What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!”

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question?

Why did you take two one rupee coins instead of five rupee coin?”
The boy licked his cone and replied,


When you think the other person is dumb, you are making a fool of yourself.


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