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Buzzing around on my Honda Activa

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At Bangalore I'm usually driving my bicycle - either to office or short trips to, say, nearby stores. Occassionally I get to drive my friend's Activa. At Ernakulam, where I'm from, I drive a Honda Activa (current active user : my sister). Was home for about a week recently and I rediscovered the joys of driving it. The Activa is Honda's big hit in India. Easy to use (automatic gears) but powerful enough, it's a pretty good vehicle. Especially in cities. It was wonderful to once again feel the wind in my face (figuratively, I was wearing a helmet of course) and the rush of speed (only 40 kmph, but still good enough for me :D ). I would love to own an electric vehicle like the Activa sometime. Wonder when one will reach these shores. Photo courtesy : Flickr and Adarsh_BlueSpace
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Apr 30, 2009

Roger Ebert on “How I believe in God”

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Roger Ebert has a wonderful article on his view of God. In it he talks about how he relates to God. He talks about morals and his early education which helped instill it in him. Wonderful read, highly recommended.

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Apr 30, 2009

Masala Dosa in Bengaluru

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Masala Dosa in Bengaluru

It must be something in the genes. Mallus and Tams are like peas in a pod. Especially when it comes to food.

So for a poor mallu lad fed up with the over - oiled Masala dosas of Bangalore where is the refuge? Obviously a Tamil hotel. And so it was that I found Pongal at Jeevan Bhima Nagar. 22 Rs for a decent masala dosa. Not bad :)

Image Courtesy : Wikipedia page on Masala Dosa

Filed under food
Apr 20, 2009

Enabled Google Analytics

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I enabled Google Analytics a while ago. Reports are yet to come in. Cause.. no one has visited this blog yet.. heh heh :D

Filed under technology
Apr 10, 2009

Virtualbox and madwifi

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Blaaagh.. I hate this!

Tried installing virtualbox on a Compaq C700. The install went flawlessly. I even tried out some stuff on it. All was well… until I had to switch on my wi-fi that is. Just wasn’t showing up. An ifconfig -a showed up only eth0 and lo. Googled around a bit. Seems as if madwifi (the wifi driver) and virtualbox don’t go very well together.

You can take a look at this ticket.

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Apr 6, 2009

BrandAdda release 1.0

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Update : SmartCrowds had to close down. Brandadda.com is no longer online. Hi folks! :) On March 31, 2009 we opened up release 1.0 of our site to the world wide web. It was surely a proud moment for all of us at SmartCrowds who worked so hard towards it. If you haven't already, I urge you to check it out. Don't forget to leave the feedback at the bottom of the page in the feedback form. OK, What are we all about you ask? Most communication today associated with brands and consumers is one - way. Brands blast the airwaves with commercials and adverts. The consumer has rants which he blogs about or posts on different fora. How do we close the loop? How we do we make the communication more interactive? BrandAdda is our answer to this problem. Here you can air your views regarding what you love/hate about something and the brand reps will listen to you.. and respond! You are absolutely nuts about Apple's 1984 Mac commercial? Post a youtube link and let the world know. Wanna hear what the twitter world is talking about Apple? Hear Hear.. There are lots of things you can do on BrandAdda. We genuinely hope that this will address the big gap between customers and companies today. This release brings a lot of changes to the UI. Some features were taken out that seemed to be unused or confusing to the users. We added some features to make the whole experience much better for the user. Visually, I believe the site to be much more appealing than it was before. For me personally this release meant some long nights and weekends I was working while my friends were enjoying themselves. But I feel happy I made those sacrifices, because the end product is so awesome that it really makes me proud. I personally believe we've now got a product that can really take off. What it needs is for the people out there to know about it. Would appreciate it if you can help the word spread. If you are a registered user at BrandAdda you can invite your friends by email and get extra points for it :) Inspite of all the effort we put in, there might still be bugs and issues. Sorry for that. Please help us by reporting them on the feedback form at the bottom of the page. Well.. there goes the baby into the big bad world. Let's see how she does :) ps : The opinions here are my own. They have nothing to do with the company.
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Apr 4, 2009

A R Rahman commits suicide

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Yep. That’s my prediction for tomorrow’s headline. All that Rahman has to do is see BJP’s ad. It sux big time!

Is it too much to ask for a decent ad? Not asking for a miracle, am I? Damn, that track made me want to throw up.

Mind, I’m not an anti – BJP guy really. I don’t really like the political ads the parties are coming up with either. But I hate to see good music destroyed.

:D

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Apr 2, 2009