Archive for the 'Misc' Category

India offering aid for Katrina

Monday, September 5th, 2005

Via Boing Boing, I got to know about India sending aid to the US for Katrina’s after effects. It is a small gesture, only about $5 million dollars and some medical teams being sent from India. When the tsunami struck last year India was initially hesitant to accept foreign aid because of the message it [...]

Exploration

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

There are seven people 360km up in Space Shuttle Discovery taking every precaution they can to get back home alive. After the Columbia disaster everyone is edgy. At the same time we have another seven people trapped in a mini submarine in the pacific just 200 meters below the surface of the ocean. There is [...]

Mumbai Monsoon

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

On Tuesday, Bombay received the heaviest rainfall it has ever got this century. More than 90 cm (36 inches) of rain fell in less than 24 hours. To put that figure into perspective, that is a little more than the amount of rainfall Chicago receives in a year. There were massive floods all over the [...]

World Heritage Sites

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

UNESCO has designated more than 800 natural and cultural properties worldwide as World Heritage sites. I decided to see what the other properties were like after visiting one of them last week and being filled with a sense of wonder of what the world has to offer. Here are some of the websites I found [...]

American Red Cross

Sunday, June 19th, 2005

(via Boing Boing) American Red cross wants access to all work related intellectual property that volunteers come up with during their term and for a year afterwords. It is interesting to read the Confidential Information and Intellectual Property Agreement and some answers to frequently asked questions. What strikes me is how non-profit organizations like this [...]

Dreamhost

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

I moved my blog to dreamhost quite easily. While comparing hosting on the web I came across this deal where they allow you to sign up for 1 year of hosting for just 10$. You need to type in coupon code 777. So I signed up and gave my referral fees to wordpress.org. After the [...]

Abusing Amazon.com images

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

Nat Gertler figured out how to abuse Amazon.com’s image server and get it to send back strange images. He has a cool gallery set up and a guide on how to hack the image server. The image you see above has been loaded from http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0006ZATKU.01._PIdp- schmoo2,BottomRight,-190,-190_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg I got the amazon server to create this risqué [...]

Mastercard Extended Warranty

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Several friends have had problems with their apple laptops. Some within a year of purchase and some just after. Is this “planned obsolescence” by Apple or because the laptops are using components at the beginning of their product life cycles? Maybe a bit of both. About a year after purchasing my powerbook G4, the dvd [...]

Maps

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Here are a couple of interesting maps. http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/ This one sent to me by Hemanshu shows the 2004 US presidential election result maps with an twist. The maps have been skewed by their weight (according to population) into a cartogram. It is a much better way of presenting numerical data in graphical form. http://www.forbes.com/static_html/bill/2005/bill05distmap.shtml Forbes [...]

How to move your computer

Friday, May 20th, 2005

Apple has Instructions on how to move your Imac G5. I just had to leave feedback saying ” The information on the page is hard to understand.”