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  • Busy as a bee (culprit: NetBackup)

    Posted on April 29th, 2006 Sandeep No comments

    Looks like there’s a bug in the NetBackup administration GUI that corrupts certain policies with default attributes. One such thing happened at Bangladesh (where I spent a considerable amount of time this month) causing the nbpem – the backup Policy Execution Manager – to eat up CPU cycles and basically play havoc with backup throughput.

    Veritas Support was very helpful in identifying the issue, although the reason for the policy corruption was not found.

    Ran lots more tests to convince myself that the backup works as expected; there is one bottleneck that cannot be fixed at this time – the client’s processing time, or time required for it to read the files to be backed up. For some reason this is extremely slow. If I can somehow improve this, and organize files in a way that will facilitate multiple streams, I am sure of better statistics.

    I’ve been working for nearly 16 hours a day the past week (analyzing logs, logs and more logs), and need to take a break soon.

  • Indian Mobile Music Industry

    Posted on April 27th, 2006 Sandeep No comments

    If this report is anything to go by, mobile music in India will become so huge that audio CDs and cassettes will become a thing of the past. But the really sad part is that all of it will not be legitimate. In fact, I suspect most of it will be illegitimate.

    Getting songs onto your cell phone is ridiculously simple in Bangalore: all you need to do is head to SP Road or your nearest mobile servicing center, choose a bunch of songs and have the guy get ‘em over to your phone – for a paltry Rs.100 (~ $2), you get all the latest chartbusters and then some. Most new phones can take in memory cards in excess of 512MB, which is a decent amount of storage to carry your favorite songs.

    I don’t foresee any of the major carriers bringing out their own version of iTunes Music Store for selling songs OTA to cell phones in the near future. We certainly don’t have the necessary kind of networks (3G is expected to take India by storm next year). Even if they come out with such services, how many would actually be willing to cough up money to download songs?

    Like I said in another post, people care two hoots about piracy here.

  • CosmoPOD

    Posted on April 25th, 2006 Sandeep No comments

    I have been using CosmoPOD, the anytime, anywhere desktop, for some time now. It’s very useful to have a common desktop with a decent collection of applications. Powered by Linux, all you need is NX Client to log on and work as usual. Of course, the experience is enjoyable more so when you have broadband.

    The free version is advertising-sponsored – so the moment you open Firefox, a sponsor’s page loads up first. Not very annoying, but you will be itching to hit Ctrl+W on it.

    I came across CosmoPOD when I was actually searching for free services that offer SSH access. I got hooked. Although usage has gone donw a bit at the moment (reason: very busy with work – on my laptop, for now), I will continue to use it. It’s the closest thing I can get to Writeley. Speaking of which – any idea when they’ll start taking in new signups?

  • Russ Beattie Closes Notebook

    Posted on April 22nd, 2006 Sandeep No comments

    Russ writes the last page on his Notebook. No, it’s not April 1 folks. 3,000 posts, 4 years. It’s almost an era in blog years. We’ll miss ya, Russ.

    Russ’ blog was one of the first that I stumbled onto when looking for stuff to do on my (then) shiny new Nokia 3650. Heck, I’d go so far as to say he influenced me to start Techbook as a mobile-centric blog (of which very little has been happening lately – more on that maybe later ‘kay?). I’ve followed the Notebook since August 2003 and it’s been a fun ride.

  • Phew!

    Posted on April 22nd, 2006 Sandeep No comments

    Seems like everything is done. Theme installed. FeedBurner plugin installed. Hopefully my Bloglines subscribers should be able to see this. Please comment if you do :-)

  • Hang on to your seatbelts

    Posted on April 14th, 2006 Sandeep 4 comments

    Thanks to JD and the awesome folks at, I finally made the move to WordPress. Now all that remains is to import the entries from my Movable Type blog.

  • Moving to WordPress

    Posted on April 10th, 2006 Sandeep No comments

    You might already know that the amazing folks that run started hosting WordPress blogs a few months back. At the time, there was an option to move to WP or retain the existing MT blogs.

    I hadn’t decided to move then, but now it’s going to happen. Right after JD comes back. And after I come back from Bangladesh.