Archive for March, 2008

Ok, so you are a pc user who wants to try out Linux but haven’t tried out Linux yet just because you didn’t knew how to install a Linux distro (or were just afraid of your hard drive getting wiped out during the installation), it couldn’t get better for you. There is a new application which is built just for you and it is named Wubi. What it does? Well it’s a windows application (surprise!) and it lets you install Linux just as you would install a windows based application. Cool, isn’t it?

Here’s how to proceed: you download Wubi off the internet (or get hold of it from somewhere else), launch the application and tell it the location of the Linux disc image. Then it asks you a few questions: on which partition you wish to install, your username and root password etc. Then you sit back and watch Wubi do its magic. The next time you reboot, you get to see a multi-os boot loader with both windows and Linux options. It can’t get any easier.

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For now, Wubi works only with Ubuntu. But I would like to see future versions of it working with other distros as well. It is a great product. Worth praise, indeed. Innovative software. I just hope that the open source world continues to see such innovative softwares.

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Nvidia is going to launch a new graphics card – the 9800xt. And as usual Nvidia will proudly show off its “phenomenal pixel processing power” that enables “cinema quality realism” in your games. While this is true in its eternity, wait just four months and Nvidia will launch another graphics card that will offer “never seen before realism. And since all the new games launched after that would be built to the standard of the newest card, you will be left with two options: either upgrade if you want to play the new games or just stick with your current games. And the worst part: if a new DirectX standard comes, your graphics card is “aged”. And then comes a time when to play a new game you have to upgrade your configuration. And unless you have inherited a lot of cash from your ancestors, you are out if luck.

This brings me to happy part of the gaming society: the people who are proud owners of gaming consoles. You buy a console, pop in a disc, and you are ready to smash your foes. It can’t get any easier. And you don’t have to worry about upgrades (and drivers and viruses). Even your 4 year old brother (if you have one) can operate a console. Gamers couldn’t ask for more.

So, if you are an insanely rich gamer, go and upgrade your pc every four months or so. If not (just like me!), then you have the option to sell one of your kidneys. Or you can just buy (or beg or steal) a console and make your way to gaming nirvana.

P.S. – If you want to see a gamer happy, please donate. I am planning to buy a PS3 (:->) but I don’t have enough greenery in my wallet. (:-<)

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My business plan

Hello everyone!

First, accept my thanks for wasting your energy and time by visiting my blog. I have a business plan. You may ask “what’s special about this?” Just read it and you’ll know what’s special in this plan.

The plan is simple. There are many persons who commit suicide every day. My idea is simple: Before committing the “ending my own life” task, come to me, get your suicide registered. Registration costs just Rs. 10,000 (discount offered if there are bulk orders), and then die peacefully. However, if afterwards you feel that your suicide is wasted, i.e. you are not satisfied with your death, you will get Rs. 20,000 returned in cash! Tremendous benefits! Yeppie! Register NOW!

The common man is in trouble. Reason? He wants to buy a new computer. To do so, he picks up a newspaper and looks for a computer ad. And he gets terribly confused at the terminology used in the ads. What are 32 and 64 bit processors? What is a Pentium? A Celeron? An AMD Athlon or Sempron? Which one is better? And why 2.0 GHz AMD is better than a 3.2 GHz Intel? The problem does not end here. What is DDR RAM? What is DDR2 RAM? What is SD RAM? Which one is better? And what is a SATA hard disk? Is it better than PATA? And what is a combo drive? What is centrino? Is it a processor? Or a motherboard? Likewise, what is a Turion? And what the hell is a SMPS? How much do I need – 300 or 400 W? And the motherboard is the birthplace of terminology. Nforce ultra? SLI? Crossfire? RAID with all the numbers (0, 1, 0+1, and 5)? Socket 939? Socket 940? Why my computer needs a graphics card? The computer at my office does not have one, so why should my PC have? And what is DirectX? What are pixel and vertex shaders? What are AA and AF?

And the list does not end here. This list is never ending. Why the IT companies are determined to make the life of the common man worse than ever? Result of all this – the common man ends up purchasing a computer for a hefty price which is not fit for his purpose. Technology is meant to make the life of the common man easier, not difficult. Somebody told that when technology makes progress, the terminology takes over it. And it seems to be holding true. God help the common man…