Celebrity Issues
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ sathya

Being a mini “celebrity”  can be a problem. Now I’m no “celebrity”, but being a moderator of India’s biggest tech website forums, Tech2.o has its advantages…and drawbacks too. Some of the people who contact me on IM, just make me go =)) =)) =))

Case in point was the other day, while I was working, I get buzzed on IM. A guy asks me, “are you the moderator at tech2?". I say “yes”. He tells me: ““prove it!!” I was like WTF?, and I go “Why should I?". He then goes :“I KNOW YOU ARE LYING”. I then go “Ughhh, Ok, fine. I see no reason as to why I should “prove” you anything” . I’m like jeez what losers. Unfortunately I didnt have teh ENTIRE log of that conversation to share with you guys.


Enable/Disable AutoPlay For Individual Drives
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ sathya

Windows’ Autoplay is a neat feature - the moment you pop in a CD/Drive or a Removable drive, autorun.inf file is read, and any executable file mentioned in there is executed. While this seems as a good idea, say, for automated setup installers, Autoplay has gathered some infamy as a virus distribution centre.

With default settings, you can only disable or enable Autoplay totally, not for individual drives. So is there a way to enable Autoplay, say only for individual drives, say, CD Drive? Yes!

For that you’ll need Tweak UI, grab it from here. After installing, launch it.


Coldplay Releases Their First Song For Download
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ sathya
Well first it was Nine Inch Nails offering their single Discipline for free download and now Coldplay has taken the same route, offering their single “Violet Hill” from their New album “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” for free download. Enjoy the song, it’s awesome. Cant’ wait for their album.

Indian Work Culture ?
· ☕ 5 min read · ✍️ sathya

I keep getting this mail as a forward, and it’s contents reflect my views too. Have a look at the mail.

Mail sent by Narayan Murthy to all Infosys staff:

It’s half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on…
PCs still running, coffee machines still buzzing…
And who’s at work? Most of them ??? Take a closer look…

All or most specimens are ??
Something male species of the human race…

Look closer… again all or most of them are bachelors…

And why are they sitting late? Working hard? No way!!!
Any guesses???
Let’s ask one of them…
Here’s what he says… “What’s there 2 do after going home…Here we get to surf, AC, phone, food, coffee that is why I am working late…Importantly no bossssssss!!!!!!!!!!!”


Dilli Chale!
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ sathya

Yup, that’s right! I will leaving for Delhi tomorrow night who’s going to get married to attend my teammate’s wedding on Sunday. So why am I leaving so early? Sight seeing 😀 :D/ ! Will be reaching Delhi tomorrow night(taking a flight, scheduled for departure at 20:30), we have an elaborate “schedule” all planned out. Lets see how it goes!

Will keep twittering about it, follow me and you’ll know more!

Update: I was sent a text file containing the “elaborate schedule” I was speaking about, here it goes:


The Geek Quiz – How Geeky Are You?
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ sathya
Are you a geek? Do you consider yourself to be ‘Lord of the Geeks’? Well then why not take a simple quiz and find out? [xubz] had tweeted about this and lo! This is my result: Not bad eh?66% Geek Some other results: [xubz] scores 58% Omkar scores 54% So does that make me, the err, “geekiest”? Nope! I’m beaten by unitechy, who scores a whopping 75%! 😮

BSNL EVDO To Be Available in Chennai only in Outer Peripheral Areas
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ sathya

BSNL Chennai’s website may claim that EVDO connections are avaible, but the reality is that they’re offering connections only in outer peripheral areas. Sad as it may be but the news is true. I’d paid a visit to the Greames Road exchange in Chennai to apply for a EVDO connection. Initially I was thrilled to see the EVDO device infront of me, all my excitement died when I was informed that there’s no CDMA tower in Triplicane, nor there is one in city. I was told that at the moment, BSNL is focussing on EVDO connections(in Chennai, atleast) only in areas where standard wired connectivity is not possible - areas like Perungudy, OMR, Velachery etc.


Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Impressions
· ☕ 5 min read · ✍️ sathya

Ever since I’d seen a preview Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 at GSMArena, I’ve been floored by that awesome device. The good folks at WMExperts have managed to get a unit of Xperia X1, and take it for a spin. Lets see what they have to say about the X1. WMExperts also had a chat with Martin Winlet, the Director of Global Marketing for Sony Ericsson and he also answered some questions people had put to him. Here are some excerpts from their article


Change your Yahoo IM Status to What You Are Currently Listening to
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ sathya
While on IM, one of the most common question everyone asks is - How do you show what song you’re listening to? Well it’s a no-brainer really, quite a few plugins exist which allow to do so, but most of them are buggy, don’t work with one version or the other, or just don’t work at all! Well after doing a bit of research, I found an ideal plugin for Winamp - Yahoo Messenger 9/8/7 Now Playing v4.

Duke Nukem 3D and other games For Nokia N800
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ sathya
Back in 1997, when I was in 7th standard, and an adolescent, I was a huge fan of Duke Nukem 3D - for its AWESOME graphics, the attitude, and of course the sex and the violence 😛 . Back in those days, I used to play it on my old computer - an Intel Pentium 100MHz, with 16MB RAM, an 8X Creative CDROM drive and a Creative SoundBlaster 16 soundcard and had a blast with its 320.