Bangalore Photos up on flickr!

I’m attending IBM’s ExtremeBlue Expo at their Bangalore Centre! :-)

You see, I mentored a couple of teams from IIT Kanpur, Roorkee and
IT-BHU over the summer. This is the culmination of their tenure here –
the ExtremeBlue Expo. I have been invited as a speaker to present one of
my projects.

That apart, this is my first trip to Bangalore! The farthest south I’ve
been! I’ve done a lot of things for the first time over the last 24
hours, beginning with haggling with risckshawallas with large potbellies,
larger handlebar moustaches, and even larger ignorance of Hindi and English!

Photos of the flight on http://www.flickr.com/photos/rahulgaitonde/sets/662615/ .

Till I find some breathing space to write more, tata!

How the Mumbaikar survived!

Rediff.com has done a splendid job asking readers to send in their experiences on how they coped with the rain on Torrential Tuesday.

There are some heartwarming, some heartrending tales from the average Mumbaikar, but two things stand out. One: the terrific resilience of the Aam Aadmi. Two, the frustration and palpable anger of the Mumbaikar regarding taxpayers’ money not being channelled back into the city. Indeed. I read an article that mentioned that Mumbai accounts for 16% of income tax collections and 35% of corporate tax collection in the country. People are asking why not even a miniscule fraction of this money is plowed back into the city for the infrastructural development it so badly needs. Any anwers?

The Indian petroleum pricing mess!

The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Here are two articles from rediff.com, well over two years apart. Much water has flown under the bridge since April 2003 and July 2005. The world has changed, and so has India – politically, economically. But it’s shocking how these two articles are nearly identical!

Govt taxes to blame for high petrol prices” – April 22, 2003.
Minus tax, petrol would cost Rs 18/litre” – July 27, 2005.

The General Password Licence

From a poll on Slashdot about the best way to remember multiple passwords:

“Man, why is it that when it comes to passwords people go all closed source! I thought this is slashdot, home of open source supporters! It’s time to open source passwords. I propose that we all post our passwords so that they will be shared and will thus be even easier to remember. Plus if you have a really good password people won’t have to reinvent the wheel and come up with it again. We could even have have a license and call it the General Password License (GPL for short) that requires that anyone using your password share their password back with the community. Besides, without thousands of eyes to make sure you have chosen a good password, how will you ever know?”