Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Asterix is back

Well people and all you Asterix fans a new Astrix book " The Sky Falls On His Head" is being released next month on 14 October. Nice to hear that he will be back after a long long time. This will be the 33rd book in asterix series.The book will be distributed in 27 countries and some eight million copies are already printed and wait to be released. Eagerly waiting to lay my hands on it. I've read all the 32 books and I've a copy of almost all of them (e-books).

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Upgrading myself

Hmmm Finally I decided to purchase a computer and brought one today. Yaa I know its bit too late but I was always waiting for a better thing to hit market. As the saying goes "Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget”. And the same is applicable to my PC. My initial configuration was supposed to be the latest & fastest among the breed and ended up purchasing second next to the best. : - (There is always a possibility of upgrading. Unfortunately whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition depriving us of the possibility of up gradation.

Deciding my configuration was pain stakingly difficult and I was researching for the info from past one week. It became so complicated that I had to make use of advanced logic which of course is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence. Finally I stuck to my instincts & zeroed in on the present configuration. Hence I suggest you to draw your curves first and then plot your reading. That will save u lots of time and the decision will also be a reasonable one.

I was very much against floppy drives the day since I first saw a computer. If you're in a hurry, your floppy needs a format, a floppy drive wont work, or your files will be erased. Any way, you're screwed if you have a deadline. So I decided to exclude floppy drive from my configuration. Unfortunately the very important file that I wanted was on a floppy disk. There it goes again. I decided to borrow my friend's drive for a day or two. Well fate was totally against me and we were unable to remove the screws holding the floppy drive no matter what we did. This is called getting screwed in the wrong time. Finally I had no other option other than purchasing a floppy drive.

At last I rigged up every thing and installed Windows XP. "Ahhh this is how you spell relief" I think I told that a bit too loud and early. I restarted my comp to see a message " ENCOUNTERED A FATAL ERROR”. Millions of people believe they are animals, but I have yet to meet one that believes in Windows' stability. Even human stupidity has limits ;-). So I had to install a fresh copy all over again crossing my fingers. Finally comp is up & running and the onboard graphic card is above expectation. I'm able to play most of the games with reasonable frame rate excluding Half-life II.

Well finally No matter what problem you have with your computer - Its Always Microsoft's fault. Corollary: If it’s not their fault - Blame them anyway :-)

Saturday, September 03, 2005


Blink is almost entirely about describing instances of snap judgements that either assisted or led people astray in their decision making. Most of the point that the author tries to tell is already known. Yes, our snap judgments are sometimes right and sometimes wrong. Yes, our considered judgments are sometimes right and sometimes wrong. Thou the author tries to explain things with scientific experements, they are just conclussions that we madewhile we were growing up. However I liked a particular chapter regarding Warren Harding Effect that happens in our sub consious. Marketers can manipulate our first impressions, high arousal moments make us "mind blind," focusing on the wrong cue leaves us vulnerable to "the Warren Harding Effect". That is instant dislike to people whoare ugly and a soft corner to a person who is good looking. Also solutions to overcome warren harding effect. Excluding few good chapters this book is airy nothing.