Monthly Archives: November 2009

Speech by Chetan Bhagat at Symbiosis

The below is supposedly a speech by Chetan Bhagat.

Don’t just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced, successful life. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order.

There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.

“Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first. Same is with life where health and relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die. ……………….

One thing about nurturing the spark – don’t take life seriously. Life is not meant to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? …………….

It’s ok, bunk a few classes, scoring low in couple of papers, goof up a few interviews, take leave from work, fall in love, little fights with your spouse. We are people, not programmed devices………” 🙂

“Don’t be serious, be sincere.”!!

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Why windows still leads and not linux

To be fair any *nix distribution is much better than any windows install, that said why does windows occupy such a huge place in everyone’ heart. For a few days back you would have noticed many fb updates with Karmic tags in it. Well i have been tinkering with linux for about a month. I had it earlier but with my isp not providing support i could not do much with it. Albeit while doing some random looking around i found an article for linux connectivity and that was the start.

So back to the topic. Why hasn’t Linux (here i mean the Ubuntu Linux, not that its the only distro but the one am using) scored over Windows

  • Device Manager
  • – Am a linux newbie i must say but i think i know a little bit to tinker around. While doing it managed to remove my network manager program and then few wierd half learnt commands later i had no network, my eth1 card was not being recognised at all. i had no clue what was wrong. Now If i was in Windows i would just about go to device manager, remove the device and reload it. Drivers back. I do not see the same in ubuntu, i know there is a way to get it and that means a lot a sudo driven changes. Mind you the average user might find windows device manager threatening, so you do not even bother asking him to do sudo commands on nix

  • Usability
  • – Seems Ubuntu usage is simple i love how apt simply gets what you need like i do not have to visit 10 sites to get the correct installer. fire up apt and ask for your program, the only problem is do not get anything wrong. Do that and it seems ur up against a huge wall of commands and tweaks

  • Out of the box
  • – For some reason there are many quirks in the ubuntu distro
    My network dns address gets overwritten by the network manager program. So everytime i boot up i need to put it. the same bug that was present in jaunty for NM not saving gateway info is still present. How the hell did it pass quality with these 2 big quirks i do not get it.

    See a computer must work out of the box
    1 – Simple configuration – most people want a pc so as to surf, chat etc etc and some social networking and shit like that it Should work.
    2 – Mistakes happen so give a way to rectify them aka device manager

    Thursday, the day that was just abt usual

    Sometimes its just now your day and when that happens, things find a way to go wrong. This happens as you say shit happens and work your way through.

    But what you do not get it that people do not like to take responsibilty. No am not talking abt responsiblity for their actions but to take decisions. Even if they know probably what they need to do and may be just ask like dude you want me to make these changes/or like i saw the issue and i think i will fix it this way, let me know your views. These are people who would wait for you even if the issue escalates but not fix it.

    Anyways i guess its works ok for them, it works ok for me as well.

    Since i am writing the post a day post there does not seem to any anger. Since the window had the same text it had yesterday i posted it.

    Burp ! Fart ! !

    The above 2 words have lots of negative and funny air to it. I mean fart in a calm quiet place and it makes you an instant hit. Hit for all the bad talks that is. You are the talk of the group that is. You wish.

    points to note however
    1 everyone Sends one thru the back. The ones that do not make a sound are more dangerous in the smell area.:)
    2 noise means velocity. T will go out very fast 🙂

    that said you must be careful.
    How to make less noise
    # well actually not 🙂 just let it rip 🙂

    What up

    Well its been a while since i have actively blogged, yes been posting some shitty stuff but had to. Anyways i was

      Working
      Being out – i was out almost most all of October, first birthday trip to Goa, then office off-site to Jadhavgad, then Diwali and other stuff, and just last week to a friends place to Karjat.
      Doing Noting

    Well the latest is i have been installing a new operating system “Ubuntu”. Do not ask what, why, just did the update some days back and this week was all busy in getting the upgrade to Karmic Koala. Its not be easy going with it there are some issues in the upgrade and this week with watching the new episodes of “the Big Bang Theory” and “How i met your Mother”

    Well its Thursday and waiting for Friday because the weekend is going to be great since many new things are going to occur. One of them is gonna set the ball running for a whole lot of things. You would have to wait for it. Its going to be ….. sh sh sh.

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