Sunday, January 29, 2006

From Bangalore to Boise

Frankfurt Airport duty-free shop


Aircraft being loaded

My kitchen :))

I intend to spend most time here!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Which is more scary?!

You wake up one morning and have an excruciating pain in your left shoulder and can barely turn your shoulder around. You vaugely remember taking a fall from your bike the previous day. Was that an auto or a bike that caused it?! Everything in your head is kinda foggy. You drag yourself through the early morning routines and leave early to office to beat the traffic.

You reach office eager to try out some assembly stuff that you've been thinking about for a week. The parking lot is practically empty. You bolt up the stairs in fresh fervour. You forget everything about the shoulder pain. You reach for your badge in the pocket. Damn, its not there!! You reach the other pocket for the mobile phone. Its not there either!! "Wow... this is not good!", you think to yourself. You have to climb down the stairs again to get the temporary badge from the security. You are presented with a form to fill out. You notice that the shoulder pain is coming back again! Darn! You fill the form and get the badge and this time take the lift to the upper floor.

You sift through the bag to find the draw keys - no prizes for guessing - its not there either!! You know that your very key to passing the whole day is gone - without the headphones that's in the draw, you're almost like fish without water. Unable to figure out if you lost them all or simply forgot them at home, you dial your mom. To your relief, she confirms that everything's right there at home. She is concerned whether you can't do work because some important documents are locked in the draw. You assure her that, for a change, you can work better without the "stuff" in the draw. You are the only one around at office that early. You sneak up to your colleague's desk and elope with his headphones. But you have enough courtesy to leave a note at his desk that the headphones are with you. You think what would happen if you forget to get the draw keys again someday and shudder.

"What a great start to a day...." you think to yourself and start writing this post...

PS: Thanks to Avinash for providing my life support.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Wake me up...

Summer has come and passed
The innocent can never last
Wake me up when september ends

Like my fathers come to pass
Seven years has gone so fast
Wake me up when september ends

Here comes the rain again
falling from the stars
Drenched in my pain again
becoming who we are

As my memory rests
But never forgets what I lost
Wake me up when september ends

Ring out the bells again
Like we did when spring began
Wake me up when september ends

~ Green Day (American Idiot)

I know its still January!!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Brains Storming

Scene 1:

AP1: So, what do you do for a living?
Me: I'm a software engineer
AP1: You work at Infosys?
Me: No, I work at HP
AP1: Hindustan Petroleum? Then you must be getting free petrol??
Me: Err... no - HP = Hewlett Packard
AP1: Ah - accha. Which division do you work in? I know many people there!
Me: Its called storage labs
AP1: Oh - the place where they store raw materials??
Me: Close! Our job is to write code for the refrigerator of the cold storage!

Scene 2:

AP2: We need revolutionary change in operating systems
Me: (YAWN)
AP2: You know... more intelligence. It must do more for its users
Me: You said something?!
AP2: It should adapt to different users' usage dynamically
Me: Say what??
AP2: Lets say a user is tired. The OS can get to know this by his/her typing speed. So, it can start playing a soothing song for the user! Howzzat?!
Me: The user could be having breakfast and typing with one hand!
AP2: Err... ya. And like, the OS should be able to locate and install drivers for any kind of devices. All on-the-fly. User need not worry about what he's plugging in!
Me: So, I can plug in my microwave oven and download the pizza as a jpeg image! Cool!!
AP2: Don't joke! What if the OS could switch the computer on by the voice command of the user?? Then the user won't have the risk of any electric shocks during switching on the computer!
Me: Have'nt you patented this yet?!

Scene 3:

AP3: I'm new to the software field and I want to learn about linux badly!
Me: Another brick in the wall
AP3: So,do you think it is wise to install both windows and linux on my system?
Me: Your "system"??
AP3: Yeah, my desktop
Me: Ah, yes - I thought you meant something else!
AP3: What do you think?
Me: Let me ask you something. I'm really new to this world. Do you think its wise if I marry both Pooja and Dooja?!

Anyone has more such stuff to say?! :D

Glossary:
AP(1,2,3) - Anonymous persons

PS:
Someone stop me from drinking too much Irish coffee. It leads to a surge in boredom(and creativity perhaps??)!