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  • Whoa, this blog is in its fifth year!

    Posted on January 2nd, 2009 Sandeep No comments

    …but the number of entries over the last few months have decreased to a bare minimum. I don’t know if it’s the lack of time (believe me, I have be plenty busy with work) or the lack of inspiration that’s causing a writer’s block. Whatever it is, I hope to beat it this year. No, it’s not my new year’s resolution – but I can always try, can’t I?

    Wish you a very happy new year!

  • Bush in Iraq

    Posted on December 14th, 2008 Sandeep No comments

    Iraqi journalist throws shoes at Bush.

    TSA confirms passengers will no longer be allowed to wear removable shoes. Bah.

  • US set to lead world towards a new climate deal: I call BS

    Posted on December 11th, 2008 Sandeep 4 comments

    According to this report from the BBC, the US is all set to lead the world towards a new climate deal, according to John Kerry. But – and it’s a big one – only if other countries pledge emission curbs too.

    I’m sorry, what? That’s not leadership. That’s saying ‘I’ll do it only if you do it’, and that’s not the way a good leader works. Besides, I have serious concerns about the US having the balls to do something like that – I mean, lead the way to a new climate deal. It has to be done by developing countries and only then will it be more effective and maybe, just maybe, we can have a better future.

    Barack Obama becoming the US president will have its positive effects, of course – especially if public transportation based on alternative fuel sources is improved.

    On a related note, check out this video from last year’s UN talks on climate change in Bali.

  • Life never becomes dull for me…

    Posted on October 19th, 2008 Sandeep No comments

    … and this time, it’s because of a stolen passport. I am a sitting duck without a friggin’ passport and I don’t know how long it will be before I get a replacement one.

    Dealing with the Indian embassy is one thing, but it’s dealing with the cops that is more annoying. Everything takes its own sweet time and it’s hard to get things done when you are working with a startup. If I could outsource such jobs to someone else, I would — but things as delicate as a stolen passport require one’s personal presence everywhere, so I can’t really expect to outsource it to anyone.

    I was supposed to travel on work, but I don’t see that happening anywhere in the next 2 months, at the very least. Oh well. I will just have to do the best I can to work things faster.

  • Apple and product placements

    Posted on September 23rd, 2008 Sandeep No comments

    Yesterday on CBS there were three new season premieres – How I Met Your Mother, Worst Week and Two And a Half Men. Invariably in all the three, you could see the Apple iPhone being brandished about by the actors. I wonder how much it cost Apple for the deal.

    There ain’t no easier way to getting inside a consumer’s mind, eh?

  • Testers at Google

    Posted on August 12th, 2008 Sandeep No comments

    Google is a multi-billion dollar company. I wish they’d spend more money on hiring software test engineers. Why should we put up with crappy interfaces and still help the company make billions more through ads? This may look like the beginning of a rant, but that’s all I have to say for now. You know what I’m talking about, so if you’re unhappy with a particular Google “service”, leave a comment.

  • The Accord is totalled

    Posted on August 1st, 2008 Sandeep 5 comments

    The Honda Accord I used to drive is now totalled. I met with an accident 10 days ago where my car was sandwiched between a Yaris and a pickup truck and it was pretty badly damaged (thankfully nothing happened to me); the radiator is gone, and so are the front headlights, bonnet (hood, if you’re American) and trunk, which got smashed in.

    A preliminary report from the body shop said it is not worth repairing as the total cost of repairs exceeds 75% of the value of the car. The car itself was in very good condition with new drive tyres (tires) and regularly maintained, but it had done nearly 144,000 miles. I am yet to hear from the insurance company about the damage estimate. If they could repair it, I’d be more than happy to pay my part of the deductible and have the car back – since I cannot afford (nor do I have the time) to buy another car right now.

    Right now I am driving a rental Kia Spectra arranged by the insurance company. But I will have only a week left after they pay out to return the rental. I’ve been running around talking to dealers for the Honda Civic Hybrid, but so far everyone’s saying there’s a three-month wait (at least). One dealer was trying to sell it to me at a premium and that was for a 2008 model (if I wait a couple of months, the ’09 will come out).

    Living 30 miles from office has its disadvantages. I might move closer to office in a few months, you never know. And give up on the car altogether.

  • Marathon time again

    Posted on July 12th, 2008 Sandeep No comments

    Well, it’s that time of the year again where I decide to run the marathon. After two half-marathons, I will be running the full 26-mile marathon this year, in Montreal. I was in Montreal last year for the Formula 1 Grand Prix and loved the city, so I look forward to going back. The marathon is on September 14, 2008, and I started practicing from today with a 5 km run.

    In the coming weeks, I will try to record my progress on this blog and elsewhere. If you are interested in running, check out my tips for running a half marathon.

  • Power is Apple. Or is it Steve Jobs?

    Posted on July 2nd, 2008 Sandeep No comments

    Just found this interesting article over at TechCrunch. So it appears that the new 3G iPhone cannot be activated by you using iTunes, as with the older model. Activation is now in-store only. Wow, I mean, that’s crazy. That’s tying you to AT&T and they are getting away with it. But the only reason they are getting away with it is because it’s the goddamn Apple iPhone 3G.

    A few weeks ago, the lower portion of my old iPhone lost sensitivity. Overuse? I doubt it. Anyway, off I went to the Genius Bar at the local Apple store. The Genius tried convincing me to buy a sleeve for the iPhone, and sort of hinted that I may not get a replacement as the phone had a few scratches and dents. I said I’ll think about it. Anyway, I got a replacement iPhone (and would you believe a girl next to me had the same problem, and she also got a replacement).

    I don’t know if this is a common theme among the first generation iPhones. Anyway, I am glad I hadn’t jail-broken my phone yet, otherwise I wouldn’t have received the replacement. The warranty on this phone lasts till August 2008, maybe after that I’ll give it a try.

  • One of the quietest months

    Posted on June 30th, 2008 Sandeep 1 comment

    After a whirlwind tour of California at the end of May and beginning of June, I drowned in work, work and more work.

    And then I lost the password for this blog. Well, it’s back.

    Half my time in California was spent at the Qualcomm BREW 2008 conference – although I was managing my company’s booth rather than attend the sessions. It was fun, mostly. Something I have never done before. The rest of the time was spent in a Chrysler PT Cruiser and/or meeting relatives.