I'm Feeling Nostalgic

I had worked as a consultant during the past 5 months for a start-up Synovel which has been co-founded by my seniors. These guys have been doing some great work in the collaboration domain and their product Spicebird is definitely worth checking out. Below is the mail which I had sent an hour back upon reaching the end of my contract.


From: Rahul
To: Ashok, Sivakrishna, Prasad, Sunil
Subject: RE: Feedback

And my role at Synovel concludes :).

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The Marriage

Grandmother was pretending to be lost in prayer, but her prayer-beads were spinning at top speed. That meant she was either excited or upset. Mother put the receiver down. "Some American girl in his office, she's coming to stay with us for a week." She sounded as if she had a deep foreboding.

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New Domain Registrar

While I was just settling down this morning to finish "The Google Story", I received a mail from my current domain registrar "Mitsu.in" reminding me reg. the renewal of my domain "amaram.name". And as always, I ended up spending a few hours reviewing the current domains and choosing what I felt was the best :).

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Vanilla ice cream vs general motors

Vanilla Ice Cream that puzzled General motors!!!!

An Interesting Story

Never underestimate your Customers' Complaint, no matter how funny it might seem!

This is a real story that happened between the customer of General Motors and its Customer-Care Executive.

A complaint was received by the Pontiac Division of General Motors:

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Pidgin Master Password Patch

Pidgin stores the passwords of the accounts in plain text in a xml file (i.e. if you have enabled the "save password" option for the accounts). Anyone who can get read access to this xml file (accounts.xml) will know the passwords of all the accounts for which you have chosen to save the password.

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File Encryption Using GPG And Editing Using Vim

File encryption is a useful feature. Especially if you want to store some sensitive information in a file on your PC or mail someone a file with sensitive data. GPG allows us to encrypt files using either a password or public-private-key pair. Further, a vim plugin is available which allows you to edit the gpg file directly. Though vim by default provides encryption support for files (using the -x option), the encryption algorithm is weak. GPG provides a great alternative for strongly encrypting files.

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Lessons of the Square Watermelon

Japanese grocery stores had a problem. They are much smaller than their US counterparts and therefore don’t have room to waste. Watermelons, big and round, wasted a lot of space. Most people would simply tell the grocery stores that watermelons grow round and there is nothing that can be done about it. That is how I would assume the vast majority of people would respond. But some Japanese farmers took a different approach. ... Read the complete article.

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Choosing A Web Hosting Provider

My site had faced a big downtime last week - for 4 consecutive days. Thanks to the then hosting provider Powweb, I had to face this problem. As a matter of fact, I had sent them a mail immediately when my site went down. They took 2 days to respond and said that the problem was fixed. But even after an additional 2 days my site was still down. This along with the fact that even previously there were frequent downtimes (about 2-3 hours per week) made me switch my hosting provider.

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Need for Backup

Note: See also the follow up to this article about some of the Linux Backup Solutions

Some things are learned the hard way and the importance of taking backup was among those. While I will not get into the details about how to take backup I just want to stress on the importance of backups. Just consider one of the following real-life scenarios:

1. There is a huge power fluctuation and your entire hard disk gets destroyed.

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