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I had a dream

Two dreams actually. First, the Liverpool Board went behind my back and installed Juande Ramos as my replacement after I won the League + FA Cup double in Football Manager. Second, Oil touched 145 USD a barrel.

Have to say that both dreams worry me a great deal. By the time you read this, the second one might actually have come true. I am not going to start up FM for a while to ensure that the first one doesn’t come true – atleast for a while – because it sounds exactly the kind of thing the men assholes presently in charge of the great institution would do.

Dreams? More like nightmares!

Fire Sale

Selling the following items, bought within the last year, all in mint condition with original bills, manuals etc.

Item Expected price (INR)
Sony Ericsson M600i 10,000 Sold
iPod 5.5G 80 GB 17,000
Sony PSP with one game 7,000

Prices are negotiable. If you need details, please feel free to contact me.

Switch to Airtel is a good Idea

I have moved to Airtel as it offers me one “Value Added Service” that Idea never did – I can sit in my room AND have a functional mobile at the same time!

I am looking forward to not running out of the room in half asleep state when I get a call early in the morning. I am looking forward to people not complaining about how they had been trying to reach me for the past half hour only to be greeted by “the Idea mobile you are trying to call is out of coverage area” – damn right, I was out of coverage area you jerks, that area is my room in the heart of the city.

I am looking forward to no “cross connections” – believe it or not – which had become a common occurrence on Idea recently – imagine hearing random conversations during the middle of your own. I am looking forward to my mobile not dictating the choice of room I sit in – I guess I should sit in the living room as I am expecting a call.

I am looking forward to getting my life back.

PS – My new no. is mentioned at the foot of this page (for website readers only).

[tags]Mobile, GSM, India, Airtel, Idea[/tags]

And then you die

Sometimes in life you meet people who accept you the way you are. They ask no questions. They make no demands. They don’t ask you whether you do pot or care if you are having a bad hair month. Instead, they take you for exactly what you are and make you feel special the way no one else has done before. This post is to thank those people and tell them that they’ll be missed when they are not around.

This post is about accepting that life isn’t always a bitch.

The story so far

It’s been a strange new year. Moments of joy, bitter disappointments, all sandwiched between a crazy crazy schedule at work. Here’s what this year has seen a lot of:

  • Work, work and more work. (what, you’re tired of that theme already?)
  • Pizza and beer for dinner – is that the unhealthiest dinner known to man or what? I guess there’s a Homer in all of us.
  • Unread items piling up in Vienna (much better than NetNewsWire Lite IMO, as, amongst other things, it stores the “read” items for as long as I want – never saw that option in NNW.)

What the year has seen very little of:

  • Time for friends/ family and/ or personal mails/ IM.
  • Sleep.
  • “Me time”.

All of these a direct consequence of the work theme of course – something that happens with everyone under similar circumstances, eh? Anyways, with a major deliverable out of the way, things have quietened out at work since yesterday, so here’s hoping the year will see more of:

  • The mac nerd.
  • Time at the gym – remember?!!
  • Attempts at being less obnoxious.

Okay, I am just kidding about the last one – I couldn’t possibly pull that off if I tried.

I believe in miracles!

Around a month back I was playing with a few RAM modules for my Powerbook – I have been meaning to write about my experiences with that as well, but I guess that’s for another time. Long story short, I happened to lose one of the four tiny screws that holds the lid of the RAM compartment in place. I tried looking for it (a lot) as one would expect, but ultimately had to give up without success. The lid has been living with only three screws ever since.

Back home from work tonight, I took the Powerbook out of the backpack and placed it on the bed as part of my daily ritual. As I went around to the other side of the bed and looked to open the laptop lid (could I be any more elaborate/ dramatic?!!!), this shiny little thing caught my eye. It looked suspiciously like the missing screw but I didn’t believe it until it fit in nicely into the empty slot.

Of course, the question arises where did it come from? Was it in my backpack all along and “sneaked out” with the laptop this time round? Or did the cleaning guy find it today and decided (in his infinite wisdom) to keep it on the bed – it’s possible, the screw is very tiny and the guy doesn’t exactly do a thorough job cleaning each and every time. I guess we’ll never know – actually, maybe we will, because I’ll cross check with the cleaning guy the next time I see him.

What I do know is that I had given up all hope of my Powerbook being “complete” again, so this, to me, is an extremely pleasant surprise. It’s a Christmas miracle! HO HO HO…

It’s raining in the desert

Unexpected, un-seasonal (see below) but very welcome rains in Muscat as I am typing this. Playing with some C code tonight (gosh, it’s been a while since I last called malloc) and start hearing this weird noise. Open the window to see that the skies have opened up and it’s pouring down (I use that term loosely, i.e. by Muscat standards). It threatened to rain in the evening, and by that I mean the sky “spat” for some 10 minutes, but it was hardly anything to write home about (pun intended) and I missed all of it anyways as I was at work.

I really should be getting back to the code now, but before I go I have had time to check that rains aren’t that unexpected at this time of the year. However, looking at the numbers on that page, I guess we might have already exhausted our quota (of the rains) for this month.

Taking it easy

As of 40 minutes ago, I have decided not to let the Reds affect my mood the way they have done for the past half a dozen years or so. That is not to say that I will be supporting them with any less fervour, but I will try to curb the win-and-I-love-life and the draw-or-worse-and-I-hate-myself (until the next game, when the cycle repeats) pattern that my life revolves around. Of course, how successful I will be remains to be seen (to be honest, I don’t think I have a chance with this “hands-off” style of support, that just isn’t me), but let’s give this a shot. No more obsessive checking of Newsnow every 5 minutes (on non-match days also), no more RAWK, no more thinking about formations during tea breaks.

Aside from the Reds’ away form in the premiership (there I go again!), I have had little to complaint off late. Things been pretty hectic at work (up to 6 days a week now), bordering on the unmanageable as far as deadlines and pressure are concerned, but when I contrast that with the times I longed for meaningful work a couple of years back, you won’t hear me complaining too loud. Thankfully, there’s a break round the corner and I am looking forward to enjoying the nice Delhi weather at this time of the year with some good Vodka as well as catching up with friends and family.

All that should explain the lack of action around here – and whatever little time I have had, I have blown away in a newly discovered fetish – pumping iron et al, which of course sucks out whatever little is left in the tank at the end of the day. Thankfully, it hasn’t yet turned into an obsession (and something tells me it never will) so I allow myself off days like today which in turn allows you to read meaningless drivel like this!

Amongst other things, I completed 1 year with my current employer a couple of days back – a big, big thing in my part of the world. As an anniversary gift to myself (okay, I decide to masquerade it as a gift as an afterthought), I got myself a shiny new iPod video 80 GB (yes, it’s black) – hey, the price was too good to refuse! I was out shopping for a M2 card for my phone to allow me to listen to music while travelling/ gym-ing, but those chips don’t look like settling at a decent price anytime soon – so I bought something that costs 6 times instead! Genius! I thought of getting a 30 GB video iPod as the music “warehouse” AND :p a 2 GB Nano for the gym, but settled on the biggest, meanest iPod out there instead. Zune what? Still need to solve the gym music problem though.

Some more feedback on the phone like I promised. The M600i has been by and large nice – especially since I upgraded the firmware. I can actually view the messages with the email client now! And I don’t recall any “out of memory” messages since the upgrade either. There have been a few lockups while using IMAP mail that have required me to reinsert the battery (force reboot), especially when the connection quality has been dodgy, but hey nothing’s perfect, right? Also, I am still looking for a decent (preferably free) Yahoo! Messenger client. I have tried IM+ and it does okay for most part, but surely there’s something better out there (no, Elite Messenger doesn’t cut it either). BTW why don’t Yahoo! and others have official IM clients for the mobile platforms yet?!! Crazy.

[tags]iPod, M600i, UIQ 3, M2, Yahoo Messenger, YM, IM+[/tags]

A quickish update

Ah, the joys of having tea at 12:45 in the night! (I don’t like to call it morning just because it’s the next day/ date).

The six day Id vacation is over n done with and I’m back at work. Was more than a bit under the weather towards the latter part of the “break”, but almost back to perfect health now. Slept close to 12 hours straight last night, which is huuuuuuuge by my standards, but then if you consider I didn’t sleep for a second the night before, it comes close to evening itself out. Got meself a new phone after much deliberation – a M600i, first recommended by Kashyap. Mayank commented on how I had now gone for a “convergent” device (or a PDA + phone hybrid in any case), after having been in favour of specialist devices, but the truth is I still am in the “individual devices” camp and I’d even considered going down the Palm TX + cheap-bluetooth-EDGE phone, but I faced the same problem as last time i.e. there’s no such freakin’ thing as a “cheap-bluetooth-EDGE phone”, now that the 6021 has been discontinued.

I was having a tough time deciding when I thought, what the heck, let’s go for the M600i and we’ll see how things turn out – it’s a matter of 450 odd US dollars in any case (when you consider the phone and the 1 gig memory card) – tongue firmly in cheek. Not that I thought it’s a bad phone – anything but. It’s just the M2 that was the stumbling block for me – I don’t like proprietary formats and this new-format-a-month thing that Sony seems to be doing isn’t winning me over.

Anyways, my initial impressions of the phone have been mostly positive – especially the keyboard and the copy (from) anywhere-paste (to) anywhere thing that it has going. I must say thought that I haven’t had a chance to “play” with it as much as I would like or normally do with my “toys”. It doesn’t seem to be as responsive as I’d like it to be, but maybe that’s just me and my first time with a touch screen etc. I loved the “landscape” mode in the browser, though the fact I had to horizontal scroll a page was a bummer – maybe I should use the zoom option to try and fit more of that page at a readable level next time. Haven’t even upgraded the firmware yet or downloaded any custom applications – will try and post more of my impressions of the phone in due time. I think upgrading the browser (it’s Opera, right?) to the latest version might fix that horizontal scroll “problem” as well.

Received a bunch of books I’d ordered from Amazon and I am more than halfway through reading iWoz, the story of one of the smartest persons the world has ever seen, in (more or less) the words of the great man himself. That man knew what a diode is (was?) at the age of four – four! And boy did he make use of that brain of his – no use having a great mind if you are a lazy git (i’m looking at you, person in the mirror) – there’s a weird combination of pomposity and good old-fashioned self deprecation in one sentence for you right there.

Have also received the Hillegass and Kochan books – so now I have absolutely no excuse not to write that Cocoa application I keep designing in my head.

Now if only they developed a cure for procrastination, things would be pretty darn perfect.

[tags]M600i, M2, Amazon, Cocoa, iWoz[/tags]