Friday, December 23, 2005

Madness (and love)

Its the last day before vacations at office. I leave early reach home at 5. Mom is surprised to see me home so early. I open my laptop to sit down and write some code. There's a long pending project I had started way back in september - there's some nagging problem and I'm too frustrated to sit down and debug the darn issue. I opened the browser to write about the project and the problem that I'm stuck at...

"Dude, life does not run according to an algorithm - language does not mean C++. Please talk in human comprehendible manner!"

"Well I feel like they're talking in a language I don't speak..."

"DO NOT quote some dumb song you keep hearing all the time! Tell us what YOU think!! Its like you don't have any opinion or mind of your own!"

"You better start sniffing your own rank subjugation, Jack, 'cause it's just you against your tattered libido, the bank, and the mortician forever man and it wouldn't be luck if you could get out of life alive" - (THUD - that was someone spearing me down to the ground!)

Shit! This is going way too much off on various tangents!!!!

Shut the fuck up, Donny!

"It sure is no fun working all the time. What you must do is to try and see how to make big bucks, fast!"

"In a land of make believe, they don't believe in me"

"Okay, we're losing this guy here - get the incantation"

"Someday, somehow, I'm gonna make it alright - but not right now.... No one's wondering when..."

(Don't even bother to wonder what that was all about)

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Temp only!

Some people do extensive research to come up with something like this - but just goes to show that software engineers are indeed a rare breed :-)

Alternative Theories


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Windows Blues

My computer has finally succumbed to my brash usage and Windows has crashed and it does not boot up anymore. Well, It was not me - it was the sudden power failure that did the damage. I tried booting with various options - safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, last good known configuration - none of them worked! I knew I had to spend a good one hour doing the repair installation. I got a bootable CD to start the repair installation - to my horror, the installer listed C: as an "Unknown" partition. Goddamn it - there was a very good NTFS partition there!

I decided to pursue this and booted to linux to see whether I could access the windows partitions. Viola - All the NTFS and FAT32 partitions are accessible from linux. I could copy documents and even edit files! If linux can read the partitions, why the hell windows can't?! I went about searching for an answer to this.

The answer most probably lies in the basic dual boot configuration. Having a dual boot machine with 2 operating systems is something like having 2 girlfriends! No - its not very pleasant if one of them gets to know about the other. Something very similar was the case here too. The windows installer probably looks for its signature in the MBR of the disk. It found that linux (the "other" girlfriend) had filled up the MBR with the bootloader - it just (grows jealous and) refuses to recognise the partition.

I'm just guessing that this might be the issue. I'll have to do some more experiments to confirm this.

Moral: Things always seem fine until something screws up! (Is'nt it always?! - DUH!)

Saturday, December 03, 2005


Don't talk
It might hurt
It might cause hatred
It might make people estranged
It might evoke sympathy
It might bring tears
Don't talk

Don't go
Don't go searching for light
It might be fire
Don't go