Archive for 2006

Pathetic cricket telecast by Sahara One and Doordarshan !

I was home today and was watching the 7th ODI between India and England. But Sahara One spoilt my mood by inserting commercials just about wherever they could. So much so that they even missed the winning shot to be shown live because they had a silly advertisement that they inserted during the telecast. Even Doordarshan who was showing a parallel feed were not far behind with the same number of commercials being shown there. It was so annoying and I felt that other channels like Ten sports and Star Sports are at least considerate in showing commercials. They do not irritate the life out of the the viewers. For the sake of the game of cricket and the cricket enthusiasts, the people responsible for giving rights for television feeds should keep a clause wherein commercials are shown but at an appropriate time and with a reasonable frequency. I have vowed not to buy Reliance products after being bombarded with Reliance mobile commercials every few minutes during the match.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Posted by Amol Vaidya
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Microsoft Codenames

I have always been fascinated by various Microsoft Product Codenames and what they mean to Microsoft as well as what they mean to the real world. Many codenames came and went and I thought I should compile a list and create it.. just for kicks. While looking up online, I came up with a list already made by someone. For those who are equally interested, here's where you can read up : http://www.dnjonline.com/articles/backend/codenames.asp

Also check a very helpful list which talks about the latest updates from Microsoft and the various upcoming products with their expected launch dates. This is at : http://www.dnjonline.com/articles/backend/listings/default.asp The good thing is that this is a single page where you have everything you need about Microsoft's updates and new versions.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Posted by Amol Vaidya
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A meeting with the Shahenshah.


No I am not referring to my favourite filmstar... I am talking about the Steam Engine named Shahenshah which pulled a lot of crowds to the Western Railway stations for a glimpse yesterday. The Indian railways ran a Heritage Special train to mark its 51st Railway Week celebrations and the train was pulled by this very Steam Engine. The majestic Shahenshah was all decked up and it was a great moment for someone like me who got to see a running steam engine in real for the first time. The only other time I had seen steam engines was in a Railway junkyard in Africa where there were about 100 of them... all rusted.

The coal guzzler whistled its way into Borivali Station at 12:20pm and got a red carpet welcome and I bet it touched the hearts of the veteran engine drivers in command who were greeted with bouquets and roses with people stretching out to shake hands and ask for their autographs. I was lucky to get right ahead and click a few pictures of the engine and later waded my way through the crowds for a few pictures of the bogies and the engine drivers.

The Engine Crew were a lot enthusiastic and
waving away to the huge crowd that had gathered to see the train. I bet it must have reminded them of the old times when they used to whistle their way chugging away through the city and beyond. It was a day where they rightly deserved their respect and attention.. just like the Shahenshah and the bogies attached did.

And this is how the Heritage Special logo was painted on all bogies. Gothic Font and all.. Cool Stuff ! All these pictures were taken from my 1 Megapixel mobile cam. Sure they are quite clear and I think I am slowly getting better at clicking pictures. :-) I have many more but these are the best 4 that I thought which must make it to my blog.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Posted by Amol Vaidya

Life in the fast lane

Who would have imagined travelling down an expressway at high speed, sitting at the back seat of a car and surfing the net, chatting on msn, writing a blog and doing a Google Earth lookup to see a satellite pic of the area where u currently are in. This would be called nothing short of silly or over ambitious a decade back. Thats what I am doing right now. I am travelling down the Mumbai-Pune Express Highway at 100kmph (good enough speed for this part of the world) and I am online and in touch with the world. Its fun. Actually I hadn't blogged in a while since I was busy preparing on quite a few things. So today I said to myself this would be a nice time to blog. With GPRS on the move its fun. But slow at times. With the RConnect PCMCIA card its even more fun because it's a lot faster. So I can afford to keep a host of internet based applications open at the same time. Whats more exciting is I needed WinZip on one of my VPC Images and guess what ? There I go online, get onto winzip.com and download the winzip application and install it. all at 100kmph.. oops.. at 15kbps :-p Cool aint it ?
Friday, March 24, 2006
Posted by Amol Vaidya
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and time stood still

While we were all waiting for 2005 to rollover to 2006, the year 2005 decided to hang on... for a second longer of course. The Leap Second as it is officially known as delayed 2006 (or should I say held back 2005) by a second. A Leap Second is added to keep uniform timekeeping within 0.9 second of the Earth's rotational time, which can speed up or slow down because of many factors, including ocean tides. The first leap second was added on June 30, 1972, according to NIST, an arm of the U.S. Commerce Department.

There's more you can read up on this at :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1345656.cms
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/12/25/leap.second.reut/
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Posted by Amol Vaidya

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