Monday, December 28, 2009

Indian cinemas are far better

I have been in cinemas at US couple of times in last months. They are really well managed and number of screens in a cinema are large (10 to 12 screen in a cinema!). It gives good feel to see such a large number and feel relax on getting tickets.

Honestly, there is not a single problem in getting a ticket (online or store). But wait, buying a ticket doesn't mean you get a seat ! There would be a separate queue to enter into the cinema screen. If a movie is hit OR multi-starer OR first week etc then audience will be more. After entering, individuals have to find places to seat at their ease. Now, upon this wonderful opportunity, people will start filling up in a random way and at the end, if screen crosses 70-75% of total occupancy, a chaos happens. If any group enters after 90% of occupancy, they have no option but to de-group and watch a movie!

No Group has got entertainment in de-group and if they do, that group is not required at all! Its individual entertainment. I have seen number of people requesting each other to settle right and left and all.. to get their belongings and family members together.

Whereas in India, you will not get a ticket if its sold-out (same as US) but once you get a ticket, you are sure and you know where you are going to seat prior to show time. You don't need to rush to hold a seat or request a single person for your seat!

I have no clue on this system. If the US system is so worried about individual and personal timings in routine then how can they bare such excuses and time wasters. Everyone plans to be near by cinema and in queue an hour before the show. In addition, you have to be ready with your tickets by then. In short, spend 5 hour of time to watch 3 hour movie.

I bet, Indian cinemas are far better on this. Isn't it. I had not realized it at first, but, after discussing with friends, I guess that's what it is. We are better..!

Friday, December 11, 2009

few jokes

"Naya Daur" jo purani hindi movie hai uski prequel koi bollywood director bana raha usme actors kon honge???
Ans:John Abraham,Katrina Kaif aur Neil Nitin Mukesh....kyuki "New York" film ke "hai junoon" gane me
wo kehte hai na "yaaro,khulke jilo pal...DAUR APNA AAYENGA"...ab "naya daur" film ka prequel yaane "daur" hoenga na!


Ajit and Robert PJ:
Raabert : Baas, iss aadmi ne hamaare saath gaddary kee hai..
Ajeet : Iss kuththe ki ek haath mein titan ki ghadi aur doosre haath mein hmt ki ghadi pehnaado.
Raabert : Lekin baas, yeh to gaddaar hai.
Ajeet replies.......
Ajeet : Hum jaante hain, raabert. Isko bataana hai ki ab yeh do ghadi ka mehmaan hai.


Aisa konsa din hai jis din bahut jyada thande pani ki baarish hoti hai????
Ans:Chilled-rain's day...
plz haso.....


Text states in gvim

If you're using Vim 7+, you can use g- and g+ to go between text states. For a more advanced usage see the :help earlier and :help later.

Some more info on this :
Using g+ and g- is very different than using u and ^r.

Try following:
* Create new file
* (in normal mode) Type iOne - Esc
* Type oTwo - Esc
* Type oThree - Esc
* Type oFour - Esc
* Type oFive - Esc
* Type 2u
* Type oSix - Esc
* Type oSeven - Esc

Now you have an undo tree with 2 branches. Typing u only goes up the last branch. Using g- goes up by time - branch doesn't matter here.

Have a look in :help usr_32.txt for good explanation of using the undo tree.

I got this tip from someone. Thanks to whomever contributed the tip!

The Power of Ctrl+R in gvim

The Control-R mechanism is very useful:-
:h i_CTRL-R

Usually used for inserting the contents of a register 0-9a-z
but can also insert the following special registers etc

'"' the unnamed register, containing the text of the last delete or
'%' the current file name
'#' the alternate file name
'*' the clipboard contents (X11: primary selection)
'+' the clipboard contents
'/' the last search pattern
':' the last command-line
'.' the last inserted text
'-' the last small (less than a line) delete
=5*5 insert 25 into text (mini-calculator)

what can be done in free time?

I had some free time and I was thinking what can I do if I have such a free time everyday!!

Let me explain little bit more:
I finish up with my regular activities and was thinking on what can I do next? Naturally there are thousands of things and then why to do all these. But it happens, its very difficult to have interest in all things which needs to do..

By thinking, I was in a deep root thinking on what is the idea that I am not doing and I can start off right now. Suddenly second thought came, what will happen if someone take away all my current activities from me? Upon this question, I was just blind.

Why blind ? Because, this is not happened for the first time. It is happening again and again. After little peace in mind, I start playing chess, inet games, cricket, walk, outing etc etc... Later I set my mind that next time I will definitely start xyz.. but at the end, next term never comes..

I did it again and I get the same result again. Can I break this ?

Have you guys felt any such situation ever?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

gvim : search history window

One of original great improvements of VIM over Classic Vi was the ability to reuse/edit/correct commands laboriously typed in, you had only simple line edit commands available to do this, normally perfectly sufficient of course. However you also open a command line window to gain full vim command line editing commands:-

Note these are normal-mode commands!
Creates a small window of your most recent commands

Creates a small window of your most recent searches

hitting "return" will execute whatever line you are editing

to close/leave the command window without executing the current line use :quit

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Being Different – On the left hand side

Copying from my friends blog : Excellent (

Nac ouy daer siht ecnetnes? Fi os, ylbaborp uoy era eno fo esoht wef elpoep ohw nac daer eserver osla.

The above sentence is for those people who have the ability to read the words in the reverse direction. It has been found that people who are left handers, can read it first time or faster than others.

Yes. This is about the left handed people in the world. People who used to be the called the ‘bad ones’ historically; this is for them. And you may have guessed that, this is also from one of those people. I am left handed person.

When I was a little boy, I remember that I used to write with left hand and with the same hand I used to eat. I used to do my most of the things using my left hand only. But watching me doing so, my elders in the family asked me to change my hand. According to them, I was using wrong hand to do the things. I can also say I was almost forced to change my hand and as a result, I started writing using ‘right’ hand. Initially I used to write with right hand first and when I am tired of writing with that hand; I change my hand and then start writing with the left hand. Eventually I became ambidextrous. Now I can do things with my both hands. And I don’t know whether it is good or bad.

Here I am putting some of the information which I got from various places. The information is mostly about the left handed people and their history. The information is collected from various sources and need not to mention that one can’t use it as a base of their study. But as far I know I it is from reliable sources. Here I will put all data in bullet form so that you can read points easily or skip some parts.

  • There are various studies have done on number of left handed people, and it was found that approximately 10 to 12 percent of the adult population is left-handed in the world.
  • Studies indicate that left-handedness is more common in males than females
  • In ancient time almost all the civilization, left is taken as the "bad" side. And hence left handed people are also taken as the bad side of the society. And that could be the reason why we found very few old people who are writing with left hand and now as the society has become more open more people with left hand are visible.
  • In his book Right-Hand, Left-Hand, Chris McManus of University College London argues that left-handed people as a group have historically produced an above-average quota of high achievers. He says that left-handers' brains are structured differently in a way that widens their range of abilities, and the genes that determine left-handedness also govern development of the language centers of the brain.
  • In 2006, researchers at Lafayette College and Johns Hopkins University in a study found that left-handed men are 15 percent richer than right-handed men for those who attended college, and 26 percent richer if they graduated. The wage difference is still unexplainable and does not appear to apply to women.

One more theory divides left- and right-handed thinkers into two camps: visual simultaneous vs. linear sequential. According to this theory, right-handed people are thought to process information using a "linear sequential" method in which one thread must complete its processing before the next thread can be started. Left-handed persons are thought to process information using a "visual simultaneous" method in which several threads can be processed simultaneously. Another way to view this is such: Suppose there were one thousand pieces of popcorn and one of them was colored pink. The right-handed person — using the linear sequential processing style — would look at the popcorn one at a time until they encountered the pink one. The left-handed person would spread out the pieces of popcorn and visually look at all of them to find the one that was pink. A side effect of these differing styles of processing is that right handed persons need to complete one task before they can start the next. Left-handed people, by contrast, are capable and comfortable switching between tasks. This seems to suggest that left-handed people have an excellent ability to multi-task, and anecdotal evidence suggests that there are more creative stems due to this ability to multi-task.

Some of the causes of left-handedness according to various sources:

  • In 2007, researchers discovered LRRTM1, the first gene linked to increased odds of being left-handed. The researchers also claim that possessing this gene slightly raises the risk of psychotic mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.
  • Testosterone: Exposure to higher rates of testosterone before birth can lead to a left-handed child. This is the Geschwind theory, named after the neurologist who proposed it, Norman Geschwind. It suggests that variations in levels of testosterone during pregnancy shape the development of the fetal brain. Testosterone suppresses the growth of the left cerebral hemisphere and so more neurons migrate to the right hemisphere. The highly developed right hemisphere is now better suited to function as the center of language and handedness. The fetus is more likely to become left-handed, since the right hemisphere controls the left half of the body. The theory goes on to tie the exposure to higher levels of testosterone and the resultant right-hemisphere dominance to auto-immune disorders, learning disorders, dyslexia, and stuttering, as well as increased spatial ability.
  • Ultrasound theory: Ultrasound scans may affect the brain of unborn children, causing higher rates of left-handedness in mothers who have ultrasound scans compared to those who do not.

Tools and Left Handers

  • As most of the people on this planet are right handed, hence most of the tools are made for them only. So for a left handed person, it is become very difficult to use tool design for wrong hand. You can take example like, scissors, handles, Japanese knives, tools or even our own computer mouse.
  • Many of the left handed people have poor handwriting or they write slower than others. The pen could also be the reason for that.
  • Later designers have found this flaw and now creating for both kinds of people.

Left handers in Sports

  • In sports, most of the times being left handed are at advantage. In sports like boxing and fencing, most of the opponent will be right handed person and is trained to fight against right handed person only. So left handed person, who is trained to fight against right can easily defeat the opponent.
  • In boxing, someone who boxes left-handed is frequently referred to as southpaw. Most boxers, southpaw or otherwise, tend to train with sparring partners who adopt a right-handed stance, which gives southpaws an advantage.
  • Written rule in polo states that one must not hold a stick in his or her left arm. There are very few left-handed professionals in polo; all are required to use their right hand.
  • We can see many good left handed players in games like cricket or baseball.
  • In tennis, left-handers impart spin on the ball that is opposite of that which a right hander would hit. As a result, right-handed players (who are accustomed to playing right handers) have difficulty dealing with a left-hander's shots which curve in a direction opposite to what they are accustomed to facing. Rafael Nadal, despite being right-handed, plays left-handed tennis after being encouraged to do so by his coach for this very reason.
  • In sports like cricket, hockey, football, basket ball, baseball; being left handed person is advantageous.

Some of the famous people

Left-Handed U.S. Presidents

  • James A. Garfield (1831-1881) 20th
  • Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) 31st
  • Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) 33rd
  • Gerald Ford (1913- ) 38th
  • Ronald Reagan (1911 - ) 40th
  • George H.W. Bush (1924- ) 41st
  • Bill Clinton (1946- ) 42nd
  • Barack Obama (1961- ) 44th
Left-Handed Actors
  • Amitabh Bachchan
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Tom Cruise
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Julia Roberts
  • Slyvester Stallone
  • Bruce Willis
  • Oprah Winfrey
    Left-Handed Cricketers
    • Alan Border
    • Alistair Campbell
    • Denis Compton
    • Saurav Ganguly
    • David Gower
    • Gary Sobers
    Miscellaneous Left-Handers
    • Joan of Arc, French heroine
    • Alexander the Great
    • Julius Caesar, Roman general
    • Napoléon Bonaparte, French emperor
    • Queen Victoria of England
    • King George II of England
    • King George VI of England
    • Prince Charles of England
    • Prince William of England
    • Fidel Castro, Cuban leader
    • Henry Ford, automobile manufacturer
    • Dwight F. Davis, founder of the Davis Cup in tennis
    • Helen Keller, advocate for the blind
    • John F. Kennedy, Jr., lawyer/publisher
    • Michelangelo, (artist)
    • Raphael, (artist)
    • Leonardo da Vinci (artist)

    The list is quite long. I am putting very few names here. For full list click here (external link)

    Last but not the least; August 13 is celebrated as International Left Handers Day.

    Please do write your comments here about this article or give suggestions if you have some. Thanks.

    Saturday, October 24, 2009

    What are the recordable DVD formats?

    This is an overview of the Recordable DVD formats for Set Top DVD Recorders and Computer DVD Burners; DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD+R, DVD+RW.

    Answer: There are five recordable versions of DVD: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM. DVD-R and DVD+R can record data once, like CD-R, whereas DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW can be rewritten thousands of times, like CD-RW. DVD-RAM is a removable storage device for computers and video recording. It has become widely used in DVD video recorders because of the flexibility it provides in editing a recording. The other two recordable format types (DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW) are essentially in competition with each other. There are many claims that one or the other format is better, but they are actually very similar. Many manufacturers now offer Set Top DVD Recorders and DVD Burners that record in both "dash" and "plus" format. Below is a brief look at each format.


    A write-once format that is compatible with many existing DVD Players, Recorders and DVD-ROM drives. Can only be used in DVD Recorders and Burners that support DVD-R recording or multi-format recording (drives that record "plus" or "dash"). Holds 4.7GB of data or video. Typically, it can hold 2 hours of MPEG-2 video on standard (SP) speed setting.


    DVD-RW is the re-writable version of DVD-R. It allows for approximately 1,000 re-writes before it is used up. In general, DVD-RW discs are slightly less compatible than DVD-R. Can only be used in DVD Recorders and Burners that support DVD-RW recording or multi-format recording (drives that record "plus" or "dash"). Also holds 4.7GB of data or video.


    Another write-once recordable DVD format developed seperate from DVD-R. These discs are basically the same as DVD-R discs. They hold 4.7GB of data or video and are compatible with most DVD Players and DVD-ROM drives. They can only be used in DVD Recorders and Burners that support DVD+R or multi-format recorders.


    The re-writable version of DVD+R. It can record approximately 1,000 times. They also hold 4.7GB of data or video and must be used in DVD+RW compatible Recorders and Burners or multi-format recorders.


    DVD-RAM comes in two varieties and storage capacities. These discs come in both cartridge and non-cartridge varieties and come single-sided or double-sided. Offered by only a few manufacturers (Panasonic, Toshiba and a few other minor ones), DVD-RAM is useful if used like a hard drive. Because it supports and incredible 100,000 re-writes, you can use the disc to record TV shows, view them and then re-write over them many times. Single sided discs hold 4.7GB, double-sided 9.4GB, allowing for longer recording times. DVD-RAM is the least compatible of the 5 recording formats, and is typically used for recording and playback in the same Set Top DVD Recorder.

    Final Thoughts When choosing a format to use, keep in mind that DVD-R/RW won't record in a DVD+R/RW recorder or burner, and vice-versa. This is not an issue when using a Multi-Format recorder or burner, and most DVD players and DVD-ROM drives will read either format.

    Saturday, August 29, 2009

    Is Chrome challenging to hackers ?

    This is pretty old incident but I guess worth noting down here...

    Let me share one of my experience with Google's chrome.

    I face unusual behaviour from my machine during internet access. It starts normally. Even internet connection and initial browsing happens properly. Suddenly Window's damn error comes out saying something wrong in the memory space. I ignore them all as I become habituated to them and at the end they are warnings !

    One day I realized that when I use firefox then only this error comes! Then I shift to IE but it doesn't go away. Then I tried to download anti-virus and planned to scan whole space but I am not able to download and scan. Even USB ports and CD-ROMs went off. Thats frustrating point.

    Till this time, I was not habituated to Chrome and even there were no shortcuts available anywhere. I searched it.

    I tried with chrome to download AVG. Surprisingly, it went through. I got tens of virus on that scan. I guess that virus is not treated well against Chrome algorithm otherwise I was just screwed-up and about to format as no option left...

    So, Best of luck to hackers, I have Chrome now!
    I used to surf with chrome for long time now and I am as usual fan of it.

    Thursday, March 19, 2009

    TOI support

    Its my pleasure to tell my experience with Times of India for e-paper.

    After coming US, I used to refer TOI for current news. In between they stopped epaper edition for Ahmedabad (you might have observed !) . I did mail them regarding this and they replied in couple of hours only. As time passes, I forgot and used to with other cities news and ToI main web page. 

    Today I got notification mail saying, your request for Ahmedabad epaper is back and I was so surprised that moment. They really care customer so much. They remember me and my mail for these weeks and at the end they do notify with global update occured.

    For them I am just a single reader and I mailed in very normal fashion. Still they cared.

    Thanks TOI.

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009

    Funny incident at Chipotle

    I went in the Maxican Grill - Chipotle, its near by my office and used to go weekly or so. I took my order and make a place on vacat table.  Near by my table, there was a couple with 5-6 yr old kid. 

    I was as usual started my lunch and on the half way to complete. Suddenly that kid looked at me and laughed. Again and again that happened for 5-6 times.. Now, I got confused. I was completely in the formal, all clothes were well dressed, combed properly, I was using fork and my specs were also ok. Just to confirm I checked couple of these things as well. Still, she continued laughing in between her lunch.

    After sometime, her parent shook hand and asked my details and other stuff. At last they told that daughter loves "Mr Bean cartoon" and she felt I looked very near by. I was completely shocked for 5 min or so... 

    In the end, I felt atleast kid is enjoying her life and I could become part of her laugh !!

    Sunday, March 15, 2009

    SLUMDOG MILLIONARE ki team ko kabi bhooka nahi rehna padega...wo kahi bhi khana bana k kha sakte hain...even jungle mein aur any other veeraan jagah..kahi bhi






    they have DANNY BOIL(boyle)

    wo egg boil karsakta hai..aalu ubaal sakta hai...maggi bana sakta hai
    ..u cn c..
    BOIL karke toh bohht kuchh banta hai..

    now u cn undrstand...why my AR RAHMAN always say "thanks to Danny Boyle"

    ~~~~RELIGIOUS P.J~~~~
    Scene hai...BHAGWAAN KRISHNA nd his beloved RADHA were mein..krishn was playing the flute n radha was at ease...resting her head on his laps...
    now tel me...krshn bhagwan ko aise positiion mein dekhke humein kya bulaana chaiye???







    AKBAR ke darbaar mein ek Bald aurat aa gai...
    (koi kaam nhi tha usey wahaan...fir b aagai..)

    now temme why..



    arey simple hai yaar...AKBAR privacy chaahta hai toh kya bolta hai harr baar??


    toh bas....takli aagai...jahaapana ke bulaane pe...


    drawing karta sardar...Eraser use karte time kya gaaega??

    mein darr di rab rub kardi de mein kardi rub rub...


    Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    NN Murthi



    - Narayana Murthy


    Extract of Mr. Narayana Murthy's Speech during Mentor Session:

    I know people who work 12 hours a day, six days a week, or more. Some people do so because of a work emergency where the long hours are only temporary. Other people I know have put in these hours for years. I don't know if they are working all these hours, but I do know they are in the office this long. Others put in long office hours because they are addicted to the workplace. Whatever the reason for putting in overtime, working long hours over the long term is harmful to the person and to the organization.

    There are things managers can do to change this for everyone's benefit. Being in the office long hours, over long periods of time, makes way for potential errors. My colleagues who are in the office long hours frequently make mistakes caused by fatigue. Correcting these mistakes requires their time as well as the time and energy of others. I have seen people work Tuesday through Friday to correct mistakes made after 5 PM on Monday.

    Another problem is that people who are in the office long hours are not Pleasant company. They often complain about other people (who aren't > working as hard); they are irritable, or cranky, or even angry. Other people avoid them. Such behavior poses problems, where work goes much better when people work together instead of avoiding one another. As Managers, there are things we can do to help people leave the office.

    First and foremost is to set the example and go home ourselves. I work with a manager who chides people for working long hours. His words quickly lose their meaning when he sends these chiding group e-mails with a time-stamp of 2 AM, Sunday. Second is to encourage people to put some balance in their lives. For instance,here is a guideline I find helpful:


    Ø      Wake up, eat a good breakfast, and go to work.

    Ø      Work hard and smart for eight or nine hours.

    Ø      Go home.

    Ø      Read the comics, watch a funny movie, dig in the dirt, play with your kids, etc.

    Ø      Eat well and sleep well.

    This is called recreating. Doing steps 1, 3, 4, and 5 enable step 2.

    Working regular hours and recreating daily are simple concepts. They are hard for some of us because that requires personal change. They are possible since we all have the power to choose to do them. In considering the issue of overtime, I am reminded of my oldest son. When he was a toddler, if people were visiting the apartment, he would not fall asleep no matter how long the visit, and no matter what time of day it was. He would fight off sleep until the visitors left. It was as if he was afraid that he would miss something. Once our visitors' left, he would go to sleep. By this time, however, he was over tired and would scream through half the night with nightmares. He, my wife, and I, all paid the price for his fear of missing out.

    Perhaps some people put in such long hours because they don't want to miss anything when they leave the office. The trouble with this is that > events will never stop happening. That is life!! Things happen 24 hours a day. Allowing for little rest is not ultimately practical. So, take a nap. Things will happen while you're asleep, but you will have the energy to catch up when you wake.


    Sunday, March 1, 2009

    Are USA roads faster ?

    I am travelling near by areas to Santa Clara and I heared people talking about the speed in the USA. I really got upset with Indian Citizens who proudly saluted speed over here and abuses Indian road.

    I think these people have not visited India in recent years or they are biased to other country. Matter of the fact is India has officially faster capacity on road basis. In US maximum official speed is 70 MPH (~115 kmph) including all type of roads. 

    The developement of the Bangalore airport to city road limit is going to be 180 kmph and it will finish by 2010. This will be real achievement by India. Right now, Express Roads are having 110-120 kmph. All of these are official. Unoffcially people do drive 130-140 kmph on Express roads. 

    I do believe on Highway Police and catching of violation of the speed limit are liberal in India and its really very well implemented in US. These do increment Average speed but not the Fastest speed. 

    We are no longer behind ....

    skiing experience

    This was my first skiing experience and to be honest, I haven't seen such a snow in great amount. Me and friends went Lake Tahoe for a day. Of course, one day was very short but there was a bad weather the very next day and it is the safest to leave on the same day (job awaits on Monday !)

    We prepared with hand-gloves and some water proof clothes earlier. It was decided to leave the home as early as possible. We all are lazy in getting up and as a result we manage to start ~ 160 mile journey at 6 am. We reached Alpine (skiing place) at 11 around. 

    We filled up forms and got kit on rent. It is really very difficult to wear that boot. We helped each other and skiing beginner's class was scheduled at 1 pm. We played here and there and then instructore came. He timepassed some amount in inquiring what we do and what's name and all.. and suddenly he moved to other team. After some time we got the other instructor. She was comparatively well. We put down many a times and then we learn to stand and move slowly and rotate in a circle etc... At last there you go, we skiied from green carpet (lift used to go up on slop) and that was the real experience. 

    I didn't know how to stop and I drop down intentionally many time (almost all time) not to cross our area boundary. After 10 around time I learnt well to break at desired time and then it was real fun to move around. 

    Then what, go up and ski down, its a real fun and amazing experince. Got motivated to go up and up and come down in short time. 

    I was really scared at beggining and felt down many a times... But at the end, there was a fun and enjoyed a lot ....

    In between, one of the friend didn't feel well and he needed to rest and all... also we felt short time in a day.. but at the end... felt lucky to be here...

    I just think following thought after all these :
    Push Yourself to the Limits And Experience Wonders You Never Imagined ..

    I got a bit afreshed ...

    After a long time of observation, I have realized that I become more productive and free thinker when I take a fresh breath and take relax time somewhere. For me, I noticed that my such place is near water and that too when there is no human noise.

    I don't know whether such thing exists for others or not but I am sure that they should exist. It gives motivation atleast to me. 

    Recently, I visited near by sea shore and I feel really afreshed and I am able to complete my tasks (not only job task!) in desired time. It really breaks mind movements and makes me to think on my need and what I am doing. For me, I am moving to right direction with this, I guess we all can find something like this which motivates individual. 

    What you say ?

    Thursday, January 29, 2009

    online game in flash

    Nice villege development game.

    Really a good timepass..

    Sunday, January 25, 2009

    Computer Museum @ Mountain View

    Its nice rainy day. Water on the floor, wet car and luckily less traffic on noon. You can see all positive points to go ahead and do as you wish ! Huh, not talking for romatic scene but its a simple city museum atmosphere. Its really cool wind out and raining mildly. 

    Leaving room in the morning we had decided couple of shows to attend. Just at the enterance, we confirmed all shows and in our list one surprise show added for Macintosh History on its birthday. Felt very lucky !

    Computer Museum at Mountain View is really special. First show was scheduled for "The Babbage Engine". There are only two engines in the world like that and I saw one of them. Containing near 8000 parts in the design and it can solve 7th order equation in just one circular shot. It weighs nearly 5 tons but its very accurate. Its really amazed to see all its functionality and efforts put by Babbage at that time.

    The very next show was to have overview on the punch card and its revolution. It also explains how early computers were developed. After watching this, we can easily co-relate the hit-miss theory, sensors, all digital parts and all in the practical. To be surprised, the latest printer and punch card still follows the same concept. 

    One interesting part to print my name printing program on "IBM 1401". It is the first successful computer by IBM. It uses the character card to program. One mistake and whole bunch of cards are in waste. Thick power supply, bulky in weight and noisy at action. Its just basic char of those machines !

    What next, yes you predict right. The Mac History. 

    Whole Macintosh innovation, experiments with Apple 1, Apple 2, Laisi, etc. are available in museum. Not less but volunteer are very willing there to describe Steve Jobs' journey from Mac to Pixar and again back to Mac. The evolution of iPod and its model for the demos.

    There are also more visionary machines are available for demo. That includes punch card revolution in both direction "HW" and "SW". 

    Nice to spare couple of hours here. Good Practical site !

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009

    Most interesting part from Obama Inaugural address

    ...our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness...We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth. And because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
    President Barack Obama
    excerpt from inaugural address 20 january 2009