Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Whilst casually browsing through a few weblogs, I saw a quite shocking news about the malefic hatred objective of Government of Tamil Nadu in proposing to take over the nandavanam ('The Holy Garden') of Sri Rangam temple. Check out this blog post over here. There is also a hosted petition to voice our support towards the noble cause of saving the temple resource over here.
There are tonnage of constructive items for the state administration to improve upon the lifestyle of the people in the state and redressing their grievances. I really am surprised many times people behave weird and crazy driven by political vendetta and disturb each other's sentiments and beliefs.
Let us appeal with solidarity to the administration and the Lord to get this malefic effort halted and have the beautiful garden saved.
This post is just a simple fun comparison between checkout and checkin with reference to hospitality industry (hotels) and technology configuration management tools (like source control)
- Checkout (in hospitality industry): The latest time you would need to depart from the room by settling the bills.
(Technology): The act of preparing a file for editing and making changes to the same, which is protected by source control.
- Checkin (in hospitality industry): The process of signing up formally with the hotel helpdesk and taking up your room.
(Technology): The act of saving back the changes made on the file to the source control.
While for hospitality industry a typical checkin process happens before checkout itself; in the case of technology the reverse of the process is the reality reserving the fact that first addition of the file is classified distinctly as 'Add to source control' [which can also be deemed as a checkin process] :)
There had been a little steady stream of events right from the end of December 2009 plundering and sabotaging my peace of mind contributed from a steady set of quarters. Thanks to my very favorite Ashram in Coimbatore and their meditation practices and my Todolist (now powered by Google Apps) the general productivity level has just touched the threshold red-alert border without dipping further anymore.
The week ago I had a conversation with my Guruji and I believe my new year assurances ("Go Back Tension") would now get empowered with little more refinements from the night of 26th January 2010 00:00 hours or before that forthwith. I love Wordsworth for his ability to love the essence of daffodils during the periods of solitude. Quoting the verses:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
in vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
My recent trip to India MVP Open Day at Hyderabad and the sweet little environment further empowered this greatly.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
In such a jocund company
I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought
My circumference to the mundane world would now run through another stringent filters which might cause a shrinkage in order to cause a run down on the excess surplus fat gathered but as a matter of fact I would rather plan on envisaging a more promising and convincing circle that is helpful to the community and world at large.
For those interested in reading the full verses of 'The Daffodils' by William Wordsworth, please click on here.
My mobile had already embraced the prepaid culture from the first week of new year to bring in chosen cost-effective trends, wallet-friendly measures and economical usage of the telephone. This alongwith the refined policy from Republic Day Eve of India would for sure work out charms. Wish me!
The hot summer seems to be peeping in this year quite early; rather as early as January itself. Till about 6.30 it is so cold and just at 7 AM the sharp prickly rays of Sun start to trouble us when we start out to our day-to-day chores.
We need to ensure that we stay cool and secure indoors maintaining low profile. Though air conditioning and other luxury things might not affordable to each one of us at least a little newspaper hand fan should be helping us a great deal.
Let us also see if we can help out the poor animals by giving them some water when we see them in the sun.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
This is an observation from a road safety slogan put up by Hyderabad Traffic Police, near Microsoft India IDC in Gachibowli. The slogan reads very interesting:
Safety -- You will regret if you forget
I believe everyone should make an honest and humble endeavor to remember this slogan each time when they commute and/or travel on public roads. In the similar vein, I would also like to share Chennai Suburban City Traffic Police which supports and upholds blood donation and road safety in one quick precise sentence:
"Donate blood; Not To Road" which is also inscribed in Tamil as:
ரத்த தானம் செய்; சாலைக்கு அல்ல
India's premiere television channels now equip and empower every citizen of the nation with more power to their voice in expressing and sharing out bad things that happen around them so that the hitherto lazy bureaucratic red tape administrative personnel are kicked to be more active to redress their grievances at the earliest. I just thought of sharing two things which I observed:
Saturday, January 16, 2010
When it truly comes to a more control and flexible cellular connection, I believe a prepaid should be a best bet choice. Whilst service providers argue that they present enviable number of bill payment options for the comfort and convenience of the users, recharging a prepaid is no big deal. Be it online or your local dukanwala can help you recharge your cellular connection really fast and amazing.
A few online services that I came across to help quick and easy recharging of mobile connections are:
Note: Hyperlinks to select service providers are provided as an illustration and comfort to the people. I have not personally/comprehensively tried those services and hence can not vouch or endorse on the reliability and trust of those services. Hence please exercise sufficient caution and due diligence attention whilst transacting with those service providers.
Whilst checking my email came across this website called Bribeline, an initiative by Trace International. This seems to be an international mission by non-governmental organizations to raise the standards of Anti-bribery compliance. The details requested from the bribe victim and very less and not much personal information is collected in the website.
I hence thought I would share these URLs for the benefit of everyone.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Ever wondered where to locate a good scanner to digitize your photo in good quality but don't have a scanner with you. Rediff has an innovative service called 'Scan a Snap', which I came across whilst locating an information.
All one has to do is to send a non-returnable snap/photograph (along with your Rediff Homepage nickname, email address and telephone number behind the snap) to the following address:
Rediff Communication Limited,
1st Floor,Mahalaxmi Engg. Estate
L.J. First Cross Road, Mahim (W)
Mumbai - 400 016.
Rediff takes about four days to have the photo scanned and then they send you the same by email. There a few few fineprints with this service which may kindly be noted:
- The photographs are non-returnable.
- There is an upper cap of four photographs per user.
- Cost: FREE
You can check out for more information from here.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Just received an email from VITAA confirming the Annual Alumni Meet scheduled to be held on 26th January 2010. The text of the invitation is included below as a humble service to my alma mater and to ensure that other VITians can get this message so that they can try to schedule their calendars to attend the alumni meet.
Greetings from VITAA (VIT Alumni Association) !!
You are invited on behalf of VIT Management and VITAA Office bearers we invite you and your family members to attend the VITAA Day 2010 (Annual Alumni Get-together) on 26th Jan. (Tuesday) in VIT.
Our beloved Chancellor, Pro-Chancellors, VITAA Office bearers, Faculty, Staff & Students of VIT will be happy to meet you at VIT on 26th Jan. 2010.
Please register at: http://www.vit.ac.in/vitaa/vitaa_day/vitaaday_frm.asp
Welcome to the VIT's 26th year celebrations on the 26th Jan. 2010.
Please visit: http://www.vitaa.org/vitaa_tracks.pdf to view the VITAA Annual Alumni News Letter 2009-10.
Please forward this message to all your friends (VITAA members).
For further details, kindly contact Mr.J.Krishnakumar, Alumni Officer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org ;
Mobile: +91-9443311361 ; Landline: +91-416-2202248.
Please stay in-touch.
See you on Jan. 26th in VIT.
VITAA - We Share ; We Care
Thanks & Regards,
- V.G. Sridhar
- D. Venkaatesh
- P. Srikanth
Monday, January 11, 2010
I was reading an old article of Indian Independance when in 1928 there was a huge movement against the 'Simon Commission' called 'Go Back Simon'. Something interesting struck my mind
I think starting this Pongal we should nurture a similar thought 'Go Back Tension'. It is better to give back the tension to the originators itself than we shouldering it without any need. Stress and tension mostly eat away the productivity both in personal and professional cadres.
Some people try to feed these vectors to us because of their own patented idiotic idiosyncrasies. Rather we succumbing to it, if we can give them back that should make use feel lighter so that there is more room for productive thoughts.
In less than forty-two hours, we celebrate Bhogi. Bhogi is a unique festival in India wherein the old things are destroyed and the house is painted and decorated with new things. We should take a cue from this festival in that we destroy the evil thoughts from our mind and nurture noble thoughts only. Besides this, if there are factors contributing to the reality of succumbing us (or at least abetting that act), I wouldn't lessen the severity of the rule that we should firewall ourselves from such factors whatsoever.
We wish you 'Happy and Prosperous Pongal' to one and all. Let Bhogi destroy all evil from our physical and mental circles thus paving way to prosperity of wealth and happiness to bloom and fill our wallets and heart!
Saturday, January 09, 2010
ITC has released a beautiful desktop calendar for the year 2010. The elegant calendar carries the theme name of 'Lavanya -- The Essence of Beauty'.
You can download the small 6.5 mega bytes calendar from here.