Thursday, November 23, 2006

Oh Phuleeeeze!

CNet's top 10 geek women is absurd. Was horrified to find Paris Hilton at number 10. What were the editors thinking when they decided to club that dumb female with luminaries like Marie Curie , Grace Hopper and Aleks Krotoski.

A few ladies who(according to me) deserve a spot instead of Paris for their association with Computer Science.

Repeat after me, carrying a Sony PSP and talking on your pink RAZR doesn't make one a geek. Even having Lisa Simpson there is an affront to women in science. Here are some more brilliant women in technology.

  • Emmy Noether. Einstein calls her "the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began".
  • Jeri Ellsworth
  • And more recently Kim Polese.

And then, we have the organizations of women in technology.

And finally, perhaps the most beautiful woman geek of all time Hedy Lemarr

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Made my day. :)

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I <3 SUN

Thank You, Thank You!

and.. We forgive you. ;)

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Free Hugs Campaign. Inspiring Story! (music by sick puppies)

This is an awesome video which reaffirms faith in human caring.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Gazzag is 3v1L!

A huge thanks to all my friends who spammed me. See, unlike you, I never signed up on Gazzag (I refuse to link to them) and handed them the 200+ e-mail addresses of my Orkut contacts. Gazzag is now my enemy.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Parakey : The Web OS

Looks like we will finally have it. The Web OS!
IEEE Spectrum has a great article on Blake Ross' new creation Parakey. Here's a quote from the article.
"Here’s how the Parakey experience works: you plug in your camera, and your photos get stored seamlessly on your computer in such a way that you can view them quickly and easily through your Parakey site. No more digging through folders for the right image files. They’re organized and displayed as attractively as a site like Flickr might display them, as thumbnails with identifying text beneath them."

My dream of 'the browser is the OS' might finally come true.

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Go Edgy Efta!

Partitioning Woes

Why is it that every time I touch the partitioning on my PC, Windows plays havoc with my existing partitions. I had a 5GB partition on which I used to run NetBSD. For some reason I needed to recover that disk space back, as I was rarely using NetBSD anymore. So I decided to convert it into a FAT32 partition as I don't trust NTFS at all and frankly think it's overrated. So I fire up GParted and try to convert the UFS partition to FAT32.

Hard luck! The 'fat32' option for creating a new partition was disabled. After fiddling around with it for some time (loading/unloading kernel modules) I gave up and decided to use Windows' inbuilt partitioning program. This one is hidden and can be found under My Computer(right-click) > Manage > Disk Management. After the partition program went about creating the partition, I decided to reboot to Linux.

Hard Luck 2.0! Windows managed to corrupt the grub bootloader. Worse Windows did not even boot! It complained that the system32.dll was not found and my installation was corrupt and I should re-install. So, I was struck with two problems at hand. Get grub back (the easy one) and fixing the Windows installation.

Getting grub back was easy. Just booted with a Knoppix CD , mounted my root partition and and did a grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/hda2 /dev/hda. Here /mnt/hda2 was my root Linux partition mounted under Knoppix. Getting Windows back to work was slightly tricky, I had to boot from the Win XP Installer CD, go into recovery mode and do the following.

  • Attrib -R boot.ini
  • Attrib -H boot.ini
  • Attrib -S boot.ini (For some strange reason Attrib -RHS didn't work!)
  • Bootcfg /Rebuild
  • Fixboot

The basic problem was that due to the new partition, the partition numbering had changed and everything had to be re-configured.

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