Monday, February 18, 2008

Hindustan Times Google Gadget

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Zero click folder browsing via Mac OS X Dock

I am primarily a windows user and had hard time finding my way through files and folders by just using mouse.

I was pleasantly surprised when Mac OS 10.5.2 allowed me to set display of folder (in dock) as "Folder" and "List" for "View Content as". Now I have a way to keep browsing folders using mouse without switching to finder.

Six principals for making new things

I like to find
  1. simple solutions
  2. to overlooked problems
  3. that actually need to be solved, and
  4. deliver them as informally as possible,
  5. starting with a very crude version 1, then
  6. iterating rapidly.
Read this piece by Paul Graham and coudnt resist shamelessly copying it here. By the way I discovered it via Techmeme, which I am using frequently to get good tech articles.

For my 18-year-old self

Marked the ones that I most believe in.
  1. How to control impulse spending.
  2. You gotta stay active.
  3. How to plan finances.
  4. Junk food will come back to bite you in the butt.
  5. Smoking is just dumb.
  6. Fund your retirement, son. And don’t withdraw it.
  7. All the stuff you’re doing that seems hard — it will be of use.
  8. Don’t buy that used van without checking it out closely.
  9. That guy you’re going to sell your car to? On a gentleman’s agreement? He’s not gonna pay you.
  10. Make time to pursue your passion, no matter how busy you are.
  11. All that stuff that’s stressing you out — it won’t matter in 5 years, let alone 15.
  12. The people you make friends with are so much more important than your job or the things you buy.
  13. All that time you spend watching TV is a huge, huge waste of time.
  14. Your kids are going to grow up way faster than you think. Don’t waste a minute.
  15. Forget the drama. Focus on being happy.
  16. Pay more attention to blogs when you first hear about them. They’re more than just journals.
  17. Speaking of which, keep a journal. Seriously. Your memory is extremely faulty.
  18. Tequila is seriously evil.
  19. Yes, you can do a marathon. Don’t put this goal off — it’s extremely rewarding.
  20. All these mistakes you’re going to make, despite this advice? They’re worth it.
From Zen Habits.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Are you right brain or left brain?

From funderstanding

This theory of the structure and functions of the mind suggests that the two different sides of the brain control two different "modes" of thinking. It also suggests that each of us prefers one mode over the other.

Experimentation has shown that the two different sides, or hemispheres, of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking. The following table illustrates the differences between left-brain and right-brain thinking:

Left Brain
Right Brain
Looks at parts
Looks at wholes

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Indoor cricket

Finally, after college, I found a bunch of guys who play cricket religously. 6 months ago I started playing with them and now I am playing a tournament as part of this team - Crazy Cricketers.

This is a variant of regular cricket and played inside. Check out FAQs here.

I call myself a bowler who is handy with bat. In this tournament I have done fairly ok with both bat and ball. We have had 2 matches so far - 1 loss, 1 win.

I am going to work hard and concentrate to help take Crazy Cricketers to semifinals.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Flying alarm clock

"When the alarm goes off, a helicopter flies into the air, carrying the key to turn off the alarm. The only way to silence the alarm is to get out of bed and find the key! The true late sleeper has finally met their match!"

Whats next? A shower? All those funny scenes from cartoon channels coming to reality.