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April 30, 2006

Sun is working “true to the spirit”

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A very nice post. §


OpenBSD 3.9 coming …

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With OpenBSD 3.9 slated for release tomm (May 1st), here’s an interview and an article related to OpenBSD. § §


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Received feeds through your messenger clients. Presenting: InstaFeed! §

Via Novell Cool Solutions. § 

PC-BSD’s package management philosophy

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 8:15 am

The PC-BSD package manager doesn't use pkg_add, or the ports system, or even RPM. Instead we've developed more of a straight-up installer approach. Software packages are installed into their own separate directories, complete with libraries and all. The goal is to have installed programs be entirely self contained, so that if the lib's on the system change, the package will be unaffected. Each package is installed into its own subdirectory under "/usr/local/MyPrograms/". The PC-BSD installer takes care of making links, setting up binaries to find their required libraries, creating icons, etc. Removing the app is also managed by PC-BSD. The directory is simply removed, along with any relevant icons / links created.

This approach is something major OS's all learned to master very early on, (I.E. Windows ®, Mac ®) but the *nix world still struggles with. Many systems and distributions install packages and libraries all over the system, creating a tangled web of dependencies, where one wrong move could render many other programs inoperable. This can make installing or upgrading programs very difficult, unless a specific RPM or binary has been created for your exact distribution, which sometimes are in short supply. §

PC-BSD 1.0, the first stable release of this Desktop oriented OS based on FreeBSD 6.0 and KDE 3.5.2 is out. I had given it a shot long ago, didn't like it much. (To be fair, it was a beta/ alpha release; so that could be one reason). I like having the full power of the OS to me, not just a glorified GUI version. And so I didn't like PC-BSD much then coz it was FreeBSD and yet was not FreeBSD. It didn't have an identity of its own.

Today however, while reading the para above on their website (in the Projects section), I liked what I read. And now I see that PC-BSD is not just about a glorified GUI pasted on FreeBSD 6.0; rather, it has some ideas and innovations on its own. Personally, I like the fact that they are doing things this way. It amazes me on how much energy and resources are spent towards package management concepts on both Linuxes and BSDs; and I keep wondering how come the Windows world doesn't seem to make such a big fuss out of it. If Windows can have a simple double click way of installing, then why not Linux or BSD?

One thing I used to think was that maybe the Windows approach is "bad" in some ways, coz it allows you to download stuff from all over the place, and that can in turn cause stability and other problems for the OS maybe. You know, perhaps the newly installed thing isn't compatible with some other app, etc etc. But then I realized that even the BSD or Linux world allows u to download stuff from all over the place — and so that can't really be a differentiating factor. Maybe, then, its a matter of size or something? In Windows, each downloaded app is self-sufficient — it contains all its required libraries etc etc. And so it doesn't depend on anything else; but at the same time its a bit larger download/ installation. Linux and BSD on the other hand have apps depending on other apps, and so this way they "build upon" each other. Downloads and installed sizes are lesser coz a lot of stuff is shared between apps; but the side effect is that you have a mesh of dependencies.

From a geeky point of view I guess its more "satisfying" to know that your system doesn't have any unnecessary bloat etc. As in, the problem is as optimized as it can be. No libraries etc are installed twice. No space is wasted. And so on. And so the Linux or BSD way rules. But from a end user point of view, I'd say the Windows way is a lot preferred. Who cares if you have 2-3 copies of a library in your system? As long as they don't cause any problems with each other and the system as such, and I can have a much easier way of downloading and installing packages, why not? (In Windows for instance, I can download the setup file for a package at work when I am online, and go install it at home offline. With Linux or BSD, I can't be sure of that. Most prolly the file will have some dependencies, and so I have to go online from home too to try and download them).

Ofcourse, all this is just my guess work.

On a related note, check out GoboLinux.

April 28, 2006

No places for Firefox2

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 7:32 am

Wokeys, so it turns out that the much touted "Places" feature of Firefox2 won’t be there after all. Instead, it might get pushed to Firefox3. ("Places" is similar to Flock’s "Favourites"). §

Personally, I think that’s a trashy piece of news. One of the things I was looking forward to in Firefox2 was the Places feature. (Another thing I was looking forward to was the change in placement of the tab close buttons. Finally Firefox takes a more sensible approach!) So things are a bit sad that way. What’s there to look forward to in Firefox2 without Places? Ben Gooder tries to justify that (not to well IMHO). § 

Here’s the document that Ben refers to in the link above. The way I see it, its just a bunch of UI improvements or "catching-up" work done by the Firefox2. I mean — "Larger search box" — is that even a "reason" to make this Firefox2? Or what about "Tabs are "default" for new window open requests"? Except for a handful of interesting features, I don’t see why the rest should count in calling this release Firefox2 and not Firefox 1.6 or something! §

April 27, 2006

IE7 Beta2 released

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 12:22 pm

Notice the lack of "preview". This is the Beta2. :) Here’s a nice post on the same by Beranger. §

Scott Free!

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 7:23 am

Sun CEO Scott McNealy steps down and hands the reigns over to his Number 2, COO Jonathan Schwartz. § §

The first link is about Scott and his successor. The second is about Scott and his contributions to Sun/ Technology etc.

April 25, 2006


Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 7:56 am

Well, much along the lines of Red Hat’s Fedora and Novell’s OpenSUSE, now Linspire is starting of Freespire.

The new Freespire distro was announced Monday by Linspire President and CEO Kevin Carmony during his keynote address to Summit attendees. Freespire will be a Debian-based, community-driven and -supported project tied to the commercial Linspire distribution, Carmony outlined, in much the same way as Fedora Core and openSUSE relate to their parent commercial distros, Red Hat Linux and SUSE Linux, respectively.

But there the similarity ends and Linspire is being quite vocal in outlining the differences.

Much of what makes Linspire unique amongst Linux distributions is its focus on the desktop and the company’s willingness to incorporate fully-licensed versions of proprietary software and drivers that allow end-users to perform operations–such as viewing a movie on DVD media legally in the US–that might not be afforded to users of other distributions.

Linspire has legal licensed versions of the proprietary codecs, and its giving those along for free (beer) in Freespire. 

Freespire is venturing into new territory by offering a free community Linux operating system that includes the option for legally licensed proprietary software pieces at its core distribution. Without this choice, desktop Linux’s market adoption will continue its slow creep toward mainstream acceptance.

Compared to other distros like OpenSUSE, that do offer proprietary stuff like Flash and Acrobat and Java, this is the first time a distro is giving away licensed versions of MP3 and other multimedia codecs away I guess. That’s what makes Freespire different I guess. 

Linux has found broad acceptance on servers, but has met with resistance from desktop and laptop computer users for its lack of native support for hardware and multi media formats. Freespire addresses this hurdle by offering proprietary drivers and software as a choice, and giving desktop Linux users the option of "out-of-the-box" legal support for MP3, DVD, Windows Media, QuickTime, Java, Flash, Real, ATI drivers, nVidia drivers, Adobe Acrobat Reader, third-party fonts, and so on. This is a significant first for free, community versions of Linux. Other Linux distributions do not include all of these pieces of proprietary software in their core, free distributions.

There’s lot more to read about this new (yet unreleased) distro. But I am just lazy to keep quoting from the various pages. § § § § §

The distro is as yet unreleased. Since its based on Debian, I guess I will be giving it a try when its out. :)

Get Yahoo! Mail Beta

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 7:27 am

To get Yahoo Mail Beta, just switch your content preference to Germany, France or UK. Then you will be asked if you want to join the beta when you log into your Yahoo Mail. Say yes, and join the beta. Then from the options menu, change your content preference what it was before. Then go to Yahoo Mail again. You should see Yahoo Beta. If you don’t see it, go to options and click "Try Beta" button. That’s all. §

Yahoo! still does not get it though. Its nowhere near Gmail in simplicity and easy of use! Naah. I guess it just proves that there’s no point copying a competitor unless you also understand what it is that really draws users towards their product. Yahoo! Mail Beta is got lots of AJAX, but none of the simplicity and non-clutter of Gmail. And its got long ads on the right side of the window.

In its defense, Yahoo! Mail Beta is much much much better than Microsoft’s Live Mail (Kahuna). Microsoft’s offering has to be the worst of the lot!  

April 24, 2006

How Mono got into Fedora

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 9:24 pm

Did you know that there’s a body called the Open Invention Network (OIN)? And that their role is to collect patents and keep them for "Free" software projects to use? And that …

As it happens, OIN holds a set of patents covering a number of fundamental aspects of XML-based web services. These patents (originally assigned to a failing company called Commerce One) created a fair amount of concern when they went up for auction at the end of 2004; many companies feared that they could be used to shake down companies all over the e-commerce field. What actually happened is rather different: they were bought by Novell for $15.5 million and eventually contributed to the OIN pool. These patents, it seems, are considered strong enough to keep Mono safe.

Novell did the community (and perhaps the technology industry as a whole) a big favor by buying those patents; in the process, it beat out bids from a couple of "intellectual property" firms associated with Nathan Myhrvold. Donating them to OIN multiplied the favor by putting these patents directly into the service of free software. We may all be a little safer as a result of this action. §

Wow! That’s soo nice. I found the whole thing pretty cool. A proper offensive strategy than just being on the defense always. :) 

April 23, 2006

Choosing a Debian distribution

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 11:03 am

Nice read. §

Status of GNOME 2.14 in Debian

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 9:25 am

 Hourly updates on the status of GNOME 2.14 in Debian Sid. §

April 21, 2006

The unabridged selective transcript of Richard M Stallman’s talk at the ANU

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 3:09 pm

Richard Matthew Stallman, the father of the GNU movement once gave a talk at the Australian National University where he explained his stand on the name GNU/Linux, the Digital Millennium Act, DRM which Stallman chooses to call Digital Restriction Management and software idea patents. He talked for over one hour explaining and throwing light on these and many other topics of interest to GNU and all freedom loving people. §

A very nice read. Stallman was someone who’s views inspired me a lot while making the switch to Linux years ago. Great guy.

That said, I do think he’s goes a bit overboard at times. You know, not entirely in tune with the "practical" nature of  this world. But that’s fine I guess. You need to aim for the sky, then only you’ll manage to get atleast the earth.

I look forward to the day Ogg is the format for audio. And when DVDs can be playing without any legal hassles. And when OpenDocument is the format for spreadsheets and documents and stuff like that. And when stuff like flash have free software replacements. That would be the day one can use one’s Linux distro right out of the box — the legal way! :)

The folly of piracy regulation

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 2:23 pm

Any cure which relies on tighter regulation of the market — especially the kind of extreme measures being advocated by some people — is far worse than the disease. As a widespread phenomenon rather than a nuisance, piracy occurs when artificial restrictions in the market jack up prices beyond what people think are reasonable. The "regulation-enforcement-more regulation" strategy is a bottomless pit which continually recreates (on a larger scale) the problem it supposedly solves. And that commercial effect is often compounded by the more general damage done to social and political freedom. §

Well said. :) 

Check the site out. Its a free library. Not many books there as of now, but its worth a look. And the rest of the write-up by this author is interesting too.  

MS releases Need For Click thanks to the US Patent Office

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 8:59 am

Since losing the patent case filed by Eolas (U.S. Patent No. 5,838,906—known as the ‘906 patent), Microsoft has to change radically the way IE works with a lot of content, especially video and other ActiveX controls.

Microsoft is now making changes for Internet Explorer. The changed IE handles active content, such as QuickTime, Macromedia Flash, Java and other ActiveX controls in a new way. Rather than automatically rendering and displaying active content, the updated browser prompts the user to confirm each active content item on a page. §

Heh! The crazy patent system! :)


Multimedia support in Linux

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 8:45 am

… "ideological reasons" are there where Fedora Core doesn’t want to support NTFS — but this is not multimedia. When a distro supported by a business (not by a single guy, like for MEPIS) does not include support for MP3 files, or for AVI files, or for libdvdcss, this is not for "obscure ideological reasons" — it’s because of the law, dammit!

Warren Woodford may not give a damned… whatever about the fact that you should pay for distributing any support for playing MP3 (and he pays not). And Microsoft formats are proprietary — Linspire payed for that! And DVD decoding is illegal in many countries!

So, if a one-man-distro doesn’t care for that, fine. But this is not a sustainable business model. All the business-backed free distros can not follow the same path! §

I like the way Beranger puts this. Some time ago I too used to wonder on how come some small distros (like MEPIS for instance) have full multimedia support , whereas larger distros (like OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, Fedora, etc which have with commercial backing) have zero mp3 and DVD etc support. From the documentation and websites of these distros, I’d get the impression that it was not included coz of "ideological reasons" — and that was like a big grudge I had against them. Why are they soo damn ideological anyways? Smaller distros based on these larger distros have all the stuff built into them, so why don’t these larger distros throw away their ideologies?! And not just that, everyone keeps saying Linux is a Windows replacement and is meant to replace your desktop OS, so then why don’t they include mp3 and DVD support (instead of their ideologies) coz that’s like bare minimum requirements nowadays!

Ofcourse, that was before I started reading more about all this and actually spending some time with these distros. Then I realized that the point was not about ideologies. Sure, it was "presented" as if it were an ideology issue, but the actually core of the matter is about these being illegal to provide. Support for MP3 or DVD etc is simply illegal to support for these distros — unless they shell out money and licensing fees etc for these formats — and that is impractical (it goes against the whole idea of "open source", and hey, how long and from where do you expect these community driven distros to go about paying licensing fees anyways?!) And I realized that even though the distros do not include support for all these, its quite easy to get the required stuff yourself — doing a search on the Net will get you plenty of articles that show you how to do it. And infact, nowadays we even have simple one-click-solutions for installing all this (eg. EasyUbuntu). So things are not as bleaky as they sound; and its definitely not coz "ideological reasons" or whatever.

Beranger puts it all well above. :)  

April 20, 2006

Microsoft’s new brain

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 5:02 pm

Brutal competition. A stock going nowhere. Microsoft is in crisis, so Bill Gates has unleashed his new hire, software genius Ray Ozzie, to remake the company – and conquer the Web. §

An interesting (but long) article on Roy Ozzie and Microsoft’s new strategies.

Dangerous Drafts in Yahoo Mail?

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 4:43 pm

Tech Dirt digs up an interesting bit in the latest evolving story of Yahoo working with the Chinese gov’t to hand over user information… according to USA Today, the email that helped to jail Jiang Lijun was just in draft mode. Two things are noteworthy here: first, the email wasn’t even sent, and the user might have thought its draft mode makes it more private; second, just how did the Chinese gov’t know about this user and draft in the first place? (Do they regularly spy on users in some sort of agreement with Yahoo?) §

Eww! About two weeks ago I moved out all my mail from Yahoo and Gmail. Its tempting, when you have loads of space there, to just keep on dumping all ur mails there. But I dont want my whole life getting backed up at some Yahoo/ Google servers — so I started POPing the mails out to my machine. Fine, I dont have the convenience of having all my mails online at my fingertips, but its ok, I can live with that. And stories like the above are assurances that I did the right thing I guess. 


Package management meets version control in rPath

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An article talking about rPath, a new innovation in package management  (for Linuxes). §

The Edgy Eft

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A very interesting mail by Mark Shuttleworth (founder of Ubuntu) on plan’s for Ubuntu’s next release (Dapper+1): The Edgy Eft. §

And here’s why. Edgy is all about cutting edge, perhaps bleeding edge, brand new code and infrastructure. It will be the right time to bring in some seriously interesting but definitely edgy new technologies which lay the groundwork for the next wave of Ubuntu development.

An Eft is a youthful newt, going through its first exploration of the rocky territory just outside the stream. And that’s exactly what we hope the development team will do with Ubuntu during the Edgy cycle – explore slightly unfamiliar and uncharted territory that is perhaps a little out of the mainstream.

So dream a little about Xen for virtualisation, Xgl/AIGLX and other wonderful wobbly window bits, the goodness of Network Manager, a first flirt with multiarch support for true mixed 32-bit and 64-bit computing on AMD64, the interesting possibilities of the SMART package manager… and other pieces of infrastructure which have appeared tantalisingly on the horizon.

We can afford to take some risks with Dapper+1, because Dapper has turned out so well. We have a great answer for people who need super-solid and super-predictable results: Dapper is still fresh, will continue to work on modern hardware for some time, and has plenty of legs in its support cycle left to run.

This "meta cycle" of aggressive new features, slowly converging over a series of releases on a solid and consistent look-and-feel and underlying platform, has worked very well for us over the course of the past two years. We didn’t plan it this way, but I suspect the next two to three years will look similar – we’ll start of with a release that has a lot of edge and new tech (remember Warty?) and polish that up till we see the timing is right for a really polished enterprise "long term support" release, like Dapper. We’ve no concrete plans for the next Dapper, only that we’ll know a release or two in advance when the time is right.

The past two years have been a privilege and a pleasure. Dapper is the full expression of what we have learned in this first phase, and I have every reason to believe it will be a hit. Once that’s out the door, it will be a great opportunity to rock-‘n-roll up our sleeves, play with new ideas, kick some new tyres and of course dig some new foundations. We may strike gold, we will likely uncover some dirt, but it should be fun and it should be funky. Let’s live on the Edge a while.

Great! I am starting to like and understand Ubuntu more and more! :)

April 18, 2006

Looking Ahead: Ubuntu Linux 6.06

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 1:23 pm

Ubuntu is a pretty interesting Linux distribution isn’t it? I mean, no other take on Linux has shot so high so fast. Nobody has single-handedly turned the desktop Linux world over on its ear like Ubuntu has. Nobody. What makes it so special? What sets it apart from the hundreds of other distros on the market today? Well, we’re here to take a look at the latest pre-release copy of what is to become Ubuntu 6.06… Flight 5. §

A very nice review of Ubuntu Dapper. Really. I had given Flight 3 a shot, and didnt like it — too slow, things not working as expected, etc etc. But this review made me feel like trying it again. So I did. And I must say I am quite pleased with the way Flight 5 is. And the review helped me realize where all Dapper is making a diff — the icons, theme, etc etc. Dapper really is good. I now have both Breezy and Dapper installed.

So far when I used to try Ubuntu, I was under the impression its a Linux for humans, and so it would make things damn easy etc etc. So I used to get really irritated when I have to resort to the command-line, or keep installing extra packages to do some obvious tasks (like edit the menu for instance).  I mean, I might as well install Debian then!

But now I figure that Ubuntu does try to make things a bit different from Debian. For one, its the safest and easiest way to keep trying out Debian Sid. I have Debian Etch (that’s the name for the current "testing" branch) installed as of now, and while I would like to try Sid, I am unsure coz I’d really hate to install Sid on my machine and find that it crashes or has major issues. Would spoil the whole the fun in using Sid. Rather, I would like it if someone more knowledgeable than me were to install it, clean out any bugs in it, and then give me to play around with. That way I get to have the latest Sid and be sure that it won’t mess up things.

That’s what Ubuntu does. The way I see it, it gives me a chance to try a snapshot of Sid every 6 months. Ok, agreed, its not the latest and greatest, but c’mon, you can’t have everything! The developers do need some time to iron out the bugs etc in Sid, and you gotta give them that. §

In addition to letting me play with Sid, Ubuntu tries to provide a uniform OS experience. As in, pay a bit of attention to the packaging, menu layout, overall consistency of things, etc etc. That’s probably what the "human" part is all about. The goal being to make UI improvements to make the user feel at home.

Till about today morning I wasn’t really sure in what ways Ubuntu tries to improve the UI. Coz frankly, I didnt see much diff between Debian and Ubuntu — GNOME looked and behaved same — except for different themes. But today morning, after reading the article, and see the new icons and UI imiprovements etc, I realize that ya, there is work going on for making UI improvements. And that work looks nice.

Frankly speaking, Linux as such isn’t totally ready for the desktop. But yup, lots of things are happening now to make it ready. After doodling around a bit in Linux, reading reviews, installing and  trying them out etc, I feel that its only a matter of time. Maybe by this year end; or sometime early next year — Linux will start to feel as comfy as Windows. Most distros now have great package management software and control panels — a big step in itself!

Ofcourse, one thing we’ll all have to live with is the thing of downloading multimedia codecs and proprietary separately by ourselves — coz of the patent etc issues. But in that area too, I see that there are many sites which give you step by step instructions on what is to be done. You follow the steps there — a one time affair — and after that updates etc are all managed by the distro’s package management tools. So there’s no need to keep in mind that you have extra stuff installed that you gotta take care of.

Meanwhile, here’s an overview of Fedora Code 5. Notice that it too has a GUI package manager now. And that there are various UI improvements. §

April 17, 2006

On backporting applications

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 6:56 am

Excerpts from a post by John Doug, the Ubuntu Backports project leader. §

I wanted to get GNOME 2.14 on Ubuntu 5.10 "Breezy Badger", and I was under the impression Backports would be having them. But turns out they dont. Heck, turns out they dont even have Firefox 1.5! (Breezy has Firefox 1.0.7 and Backports dont have the newer version). And this post by John elaborates on why Backports don’t have all these.

Its kind of tragical you know. When you are in Windows, you don’t really get bothered by all this. Want the latest Firefox? Sure, go download, double click, enjoy! But on a thing like Ubuntu (which claims to be userfriendly), I am told that it affects a thousand other components which I dont care about, and that I can’t have it, etc etc. And if I want the latest Firefox or GNOME, the only way is to upgrade to Dapper; and since that’s like delayed for 2 more months, all I can do is upgrade now and hope its stable.

(Ok, to be fair, I can download Firefox from Mozilla and install; but that’s not intuitive. That doesn’t make use of Ubuntu’s package management. As far as I am concerned, that’s a "hack" — something the average user *shouldn’t* be bothered with).

The cool thing about Linux, supposedly, is that all software is provided by the distro maker. So then its their responsibility that when newer and greater versions of existing software are released, they *should* be installable by the users! Now, with Ubuntu for instance, I feel handicapped that I am using Linux coz I can’t install a newer version of Firefox as easily as I could have done on Windows. And ditto for GNOME. Now that a stable version is released, I do not see any reason why my Linux distro cannot allow me to run that; and instead asks me to wait, or risk running an unstable version of the OS to run a stable version of the software I want!  

April 16, 2006

Respecting the Beliefs of Others

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 12:22 pm

Many of our biggest world problems are caused by different religious views. But it’s not socially acceptable to even discuss whether those views originate from the almighty or a drunken guy wizzing on a tree stump. At a bare minimum, just to pick one example, either Christianity or Islam is completely and utterly wrong. The beliefs are mutually exclusive. Muslims believe all Christians will burn in Hell. Christians believe that the Koran is fiction. They can’t both be right. (They could obviously both be wrong if the Heaven’s Gate guys turn out to have it right.) §

Bringing free software to the masses

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 8:17 am

It is time to show a contrast. GPL 3 is the first stake in the ground against DRM. For the first time, someone has said, "That’s it; we’re stopping it."

When we release the second draft of GPL 3 sometime in June, we’re going to be campaigning to end DRM. We will be campaigning with manufacturers and to get computer users to care about this issue–to not buy their hardware from certain manufacturers and to pinpoint the fact that if you’re downloading music, there are a lot of restrictions on how you can use it. For example, you can’t share it with friends, and the next device you buy may not allow you to play music you have already downloaded and paid for. §

Interview with Peter Brown, Executive Director of FSF.

OpenSUSE and codecs

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 7:58 am

Fiddling with OpenSUSE nowadays, here’s an interesting article on how to install various codecs and propreitary packages to it. Its nice when you find ONE article that explains everything — so you don’t have to Google around on how to do this and how to do that. §

April 15, 2006

The world’s most modern management – in India

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 5:42 pm

I have seen the future of management, and it is Indian. Vineet Nayar, president of India’s 30,000-employee HCL Technologies (Research), is creating an IT outsourcing firm where, he says, employees come first and customers second."Everybody was aghast the first time I said that," admits Nayar. § 


April 14, 2006

Why Ubuntu isn’t for New Linux Users

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 1:36 pm

Ya, I kin d of agree with the author on this one. I gave Ubuntu a shot, and I was suprised myself on how much it relies on the command-line. §

April 9, 2006

Google Romance

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 3:53 pm

Google Romance is a place where you can post all types of romantic information and, using our Soulmate Search™, get back search results that could, in theory, include the love of your life. Then we’ll send you both on a Contextual DateTM, which we’ll pay for while delivering to you relevant ads that we and our advertising partners think will help produce the dating results you’re looking for. §

Too good! Google’s April Fools joke. :)

Be sure to read the FAQ and Tour and Press Release on the landing page. Hoooohohohohohohahahahahaa!! :) 

Google’s hidden payroll

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 2:29 pm

Because Adsense earnings can vary widely depending on a site’s traffic or subject matter, many Web publishers in the developed world don’t bother participating. Whereas a $25 monthly payout may not be worth the trouble to a blogger in Manhattan, it can mean the world to a blogger in Manila. §

Interesting. :)

The Flickr Gunners

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 2:12 pm

Go read. §

Pleasure Unit Theory

Filed under: Links — rakhesh @ 2:08 pm

Pleasure Unit Theory: People organize their lives to get their minimum required units of pleasure. While individuals vary in terms of how many units of pleasure they need, everyone is striving to reach their personal minimum.

When Eve looks at a piece of pie, she knows it might increase her total happiness for that day by only 1%, at the price of losing all the other things that bring her pleasure. By contrast, when you look at that same piece of pie, eating it might be the only good thing that happens to you all day. You NEED the pie to get close to your minimum pleasure units. § 

Hehe! Good one from Scott.  I think I am one of those people that have pretty whacky ways of thinking; but this guy is competition! :)

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