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Sunday, November 28, 2004

I like Installing Open Source programs

The reason - I have never got past the installation stage to actually using the stuff.

So sweet of my company to present me with my very own Sun Solaris machine, that too a server so that I can NEVER login as the superuser!!! And ... I am really thankful to the corporate for installing softwares at obscure locations.

Gnu/FSF/Sun provies installables ( 'binaries' for geeks, 'excecutable' for Windows Buffs, and 'Programs' for those who knew how to get this far on the comp. For the rest ... "Me No Know TROLL Language") only for standardized locations.

That leaves me trying to get stuff running the hard way.Ie, Compile the source.

Its interesting that the moment I start doing this stuff, the machine starts off:

Me: Computer, compile this C program for me please.
Computer: Okay ... According to your login, you are Krishnan.
Computer: According to the machine hardware, this is a Solaris
Computer: WOW!! you have 'a list of programs', which are absolutely of no use to me.
Computer: ...
Computer: ...
Computer: ...
Computer: DUH
Computer: C?
--- Take some time off to abuse the computer
--- Some more time to find the libraries

Me: there you are. Now would you please..
Computer: Okay ... According to your login you are ......
--- Fuming
Computer: ...
Computer: ...
Computer: I need Coffee, a burger, some biscuits and the GTK libraries.
Me: What ?
Computer: Maybe not the biscuits ...
--- Grrrrr
Computer: Look ... Do you want me to do this or not ?
--- Resignation
Me: Here are your $%^#%^ libraries
Computer: Where ?
Me: Right under your nose !!
Me: Do you want me to shove it down your a**
Computer: Aaah ... these ... Do you call this a burger ? Looks like a bun, split in two, and stuffed with meat, vegetables, ketchup and mayonase to me !!
--- Contemplate murder
Me: (Sarcasm) Do you want me to stand on one leg too ?
Computer: Okay ... According to your login you are ......
--- Fuming
Computer: ...
Computer: ...
Computer: Umm ...
Computer: Well ... did you know.. Its been five years since I have been installed ?
Me: And your point is ...
Computer: We need a better OS.. there are these 'patches' ... we would need to install them ...
Computer: ID numbers 25JKH52, B5KHG2, 5O85B21, 2SJKH52, BSKHG2, 5O5B21, JK2H54, 224MK, 00H23HDS to name a few ..
Me: Install the $%^* patches you ##$^&
Computer: For that, I need permission from the supervisor.
--- Kill... Kill ... Control+C.. rm -rf * .. Die .. Die

Sunday, November 21, 2004

All's fair in Love, war and blogging competitions

THE NAME IS KAMATH .... VIKRAM KAMATH !!! and this is his mail ...

Hi guys,

I need some urgent help….i hope u know some bloggers out there….i did not know such a species existed before I came to ISB…..anyway we are having our B school festival and as part of it we are having a googling competition called Searchlight check it out….anyway it was our way of setting up a competition which we could easily win and we thought the proceeds would go to Chai/Beer money…..turns out people are going wild and it is turning out to be the Indian version of “Nigritude Ultramarine”…..and our local hero is left far behind.. …..his blog is

anyway to cut a long story short please fwd this link to as many bloggers as u know with a humble appeal to post it on their blogs…..last date for checking google ratings is Nov 25th so hurry……..a lot of Chai is at stake

The Best Indian Business School Blog

thanks baayz…

The Best Indian Business School Blog

Ok vikram .... Done !!!

I dont think I can be of much use here, considering the hit-rate I get on my site (Either that, or none of the visitors think it worthwile to POST COMMENTS). Of course, the site is at the top on google if I use keywords "Icewind Dale" and "Krishnan" :-) .. and the only person I know who might do that would be ... umm .. Me !!

Well vikram ... I tried. BTB, does google lower the rating of a site just because some obscure blogger (like yours truly) has a link to the site on his blog ? :-))

The blogger might be rare, but we do exist !!!
Homosapeans were rare too, at the time when our ancestors were swinging from trees.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Helpdesk @ Hyderabad

A video on call centers @ hyderabad. Its a 13Mb .wmv file. Get it here

This video does give an insight on the current trend of call centres ( being moved to india. I.e, Bangaloreed !!), and also on pranks played by the call center employees on unsuspecting suckers aksing for help !!

However, i still resent their exaggerated visualization of india as 'still in the iron-age' look (with bullock carts and all). Come on ... India is much more developed !!

Of course, the bit on indian auto drivers are sooo true ... they never look at the road while driving !!