1/26/07

Silent Retreat.

It’s time to read the next page of my professional life, which I am not even aware of and am feeling sad to turn over. I know good things come to an end but if I was a supernatural being, this regulation would have been different, the statement from people would be “bad things never come to an end”. Anyways, I’m feeling bad coz my manager is leaving our company. I’m writing this post just to let you guys know how good she was and the great time my team members had with her. I am very glad for having had a real good person as a remarkable manager and also a good friend. She’s one among those very few people whom I consider and respect for what they are.

Probably, this is the second time I’m actually writing a complete post on a different person when compared to my personal posts. She as a manager brought the right balance and spirit in the team, our team was named AGOGANS. As most of us know how hectic work gets at times but even in hard-hitting times she kept the fun momentum in our team going. If I said, I love my job; it’s only because of her. Now that she’s leaving our team, I guess it would take some time for everyone o us to adjust.

I feel very happy when I meet good people; good company always keeps you happy. I was able to refresh myself after meeting her as my state o mind was lopsided when I joined the company. She was among those few who encouraged this lazy little guy by giving frank remarks. Today is her last day in our company and the worst part is I am on leave…Goodbye Reshmi!!!

1/21/07

Astala"vista" baby!!

It took nearly five years for Microsoft to come up with their new version of operating system, Windows Vista.I was dying to lay my hands on it and when I finally did, it didn’t meet up to my expectations. Although there are few unique and wonderful features included in Vista, I feel Vista might still fail to impress the advanced or the high-end consumers. It’s absolutely obvious and normal to expect more but like always Microsoft has played safe by targeting the Home and the corporate segments. Big players cannot afford to take chances when there’s tough competition given by Linux and Apple on the other hand.



I am neither a PC geek to write or give my opinion on the source code programming nor a tweaking expert to find out the flaws in Vista. I belong to those normal classes of people who loves creativity or who often looks for change. If you also belong to the same cluster, I feel Vista may not gratify your expectations. However there are few modifications like bringing the concept of AERO into picture which gives a 3d effect but I cannot say Vista is a complete new experience as majority of the features remains the same which might be a slight drawback.

There’s an interesting feature called the User Account Control (UAC), with User Account Control and the new Parental Controls in Windows Vista, you can easily create a separate account for each member of the family and control which websites, programs, and games each person can use and install. You will have a calendar along with the time frames so that the administrator of the computer can choose at what time and duration a standard user can log in or what programs he can watch or visit on the internet.



For example, if the administrator allows control to a standard user on Saturday and Sunday then a standard user cannot log on to the system on weekdays unless he knows the admin password. ;) If your dad doesn’t like you to play games on the PC for more than an hour, with UAC he can control that too. Kids, watch out!! If your parents are strict, you will have serious trouble unlocking your user account.

However, why fear when I am here? ;) There’s a bug in UAC. You can bypass your account control by changing the time in the system setup or BIOS. For example, if you are a standard user and your account has been locked for a particular time frame, say from (6pm-9pm), in this case all you have to do is, go into the BIOS and change the timing of the computer to that time frame where you can access your account. Use it to the full advantage before Microsoft comes up with a fix to it. Go Vista.



Minimum requirements for running Windows Vista starter are:

1. 800 MHz of processor.
2. 64MB- video card.
3. Minimum of 512 MB RAM.
4. 20GB hard disk with 15GB of free space.

Minimum requirements for running Windows Vista Aero are:

1. 1GHz of processor.
2. Min 128 MB video card.
3. 1GB RAM.
4. 20GB hard disk with 15GB of free space.

Vista can be installed using a bootable DVD; therefore get a DVD-ROM/RW drive if you don’t have one. To know more about Vista, it's better you go and visit Microsoft than to read a lazy guy's blog.

1/9/07

When God stood up...

Place: Hyderabad
State: Liquid
Color: Dirty Green

Contradictions and city of extremes, everything is possible in Bombay Dreams but certainly not in Hyderabad Blues. We see miracles, horror, adventures, controversies and technology. We all know, relation between spirituality and science is always a good topic to deliberate coz one is natural and the other, supernatural which always contains a phrase called “but then…”

Every guy in Hyderabad is familiar with this place. This place is always nauseating to any new guy who passes over. It was once the pride of the pearl city “but then…” things changed. The story of how the metropolis hullabaloo effected the narrow slums “but then…” is that correct?

God stood up when the local people started hearing news about it being covered up. If there was no God, hundreds of unregistered houses would have been shattered. So? God is the savior…bottom-line. The drama started this way.., Government decided to cover this stinking old place to expand the dimensions of the city to ease the increasing traffic. “But then…” this place was occupied by hundreds of people who slowly turned their small huts into strong brick walls “but then…” never bothered to register their land.

Few days later, officials came down to warn the local residents to move away from this place..the land which belonged to the govt. This was the time when God emerged out from the soil. Soon, the local residents multiplied this news of God and they eventually ended up by constructing a small place of worship where God emerged out. The same place where the govt decided to lay roads. “But then…” is this really true? Did God really come up or is it just another story created by God’s creation? Well, for me.., the story is crystal clear. You can go and have a look and if you are lucky enuf you might receive the holy prashad of God also.



Today, this place still looks the same and the govt is not ready to take any step to hurt the religious sentiments. Well, this is the story of our very own Moosi River which now neither dons the pleasant look of a River nor is the major source of water as earlier.