Archive for March, 2006

‘Free Reliance handset’ with Acer laptops

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Check out the new ‘Free Reliance Handset’ Scheme on purchase of Acer laptops. Reminds me of the deals of free mouse-pads with 150 Rs Shipping expenses seen on baazee/ebay.

Free Reliance Handset on Purchase of Acer Notebooks

That would even make the fool realize there is nothing free. Inshort the scheme is for those interested in paying Rs.3600 to get an LG handset, Activation with the cheapest scheme and some free Rconnect usage for 3 months. What could be more funny than paying additional amount to get a datacable to use free hours on Rconnect. I wonder why Acer India wants to further spoil their name with such misleading offers with practically no good for potential buyers.

Check out the pdf file yourself for more info.

What is a small goofup?

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Dell is refusing to give a refund to a customer who believes she was wrongly sold a server.

Kate was asked by her boss to contact Dell to buy two new desktop computers and “something to link them”. Dell sold her two PCs and a PowerEdge server, ironically with only one network card.

Kate realised her mistake because she spoke to a more technically-literate friend (Register reader Chris Morton) who told her she needed a cable to link two computers, not a server. Chris asked Dell to refund Kate because the server was effectively mis-sold. Her company has only two employees.

But Dell refused to give her a refund because the order was made through its business channel.

Late last week Kate got this email from an “EMEA customer relations executive”: “We have followed up internally by checking our records, and have discussed this matter with the sales person concerned.

“It is our understanding that the sales conversation was clear, and full and included a discussion about providing a solution that would allow for system growth in future. The solution proposed therefore seems to have been a reasonable one, and the purchase seemed to be an informed one, so we see no reason to cancel the order.

“We regret that your experience seems not to have been positive, and we respect your right to pursue this matter further.

Our position remains as stated above.”

Source: Y!News

Am I the only one to find it funny than being sorry for the woman. A server to connect 2 systems? Nice scope for expansion. No wonder Dell doesnt sell basic switches.

Foxit PDF reader just got better

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

I was always the one of those who used to hate installing Adobe Acrobat Reader for reading pdf’s. Foxit PDF reader is just what I need to open pdf files – simple, minimalistic and no nonsense. I dont need any of the Adobe’s Compatibility with browsers to open pdf’s – the only time when my system hangs. Nor do I want to delete files form the plugin’s directory to speed up the Acrobat Reader’s loading times. Even the seventh installment just gave a false feeling of loading pdf’s quickly , all thanks to the constant large memory footprint even while you were not opening the proggie. Foxit PDF Reader with the version 1.3 release Build 1522 seems a lot better in rendering pages. Earlier while dealing with files with 200+ pages and fast scrolling the proggie would just crash. But that is no longer the case.

Earlier versions were a mere single exe file program with no setup. So if you are like me who downloads in some weird corners of your hdd, it can get a little messy. Finally the developers decided to give it a simple setup/install function like with all other program. Now I have a cute nice little icon in my fav. colors – blue and orange to add some colors to my otherwise dead desktop with a plain black background.

If you just read pdf’s offline, Foxit PDF Reader is a hell lotta better option than the bloated counterpart. No harm in trying it out if you havent. A mere 1.1 MB.

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Title bar says it all

Thursday, March 9th, 2006

I had been facing some issues with my internet connection due to an erratic router. So I have been considering some alternatives for a long term solution. Going by the hoardings on the eastern express highway about the Xbroadband, decided to check them out. I was expecting a new ISP but it turned out to be an Exatt subsidiary. If they plan to avoid the ‘exatt’ name in the hoardings, why have it the website title?

Firm Sells USB Memory Sticks for $3500.

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Luxurious mobile phones, precious notebooks, what’s next? White Lake, a U.K.-based maker of memory products has the answer: deluxe USB memory sticks with gold casing and encrusted with brilliants that cost up to $3500 per unit. The company says that such products will open a new market for the firm.

“This product will open new markets for us. We have sold huge amounts of personalized USB stick with logos over the past year. Our customers used them as a give-away. Some of them asked us for a more exclusive product line. This stick meets their demand, so we expect to sell quite a few of them,” said White Lake owner Rob van Berkom in a statement.

A report over ExtremeTech web-site claims that White Lake announced that it would unveil exclusive USB memory sticks on March 9th, at CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany. The sticks will be available in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1024MB flavours.

The USB sticks were designed and hand made by Dutch jeweler Erwin de Vroome. There will be two types of the luxurious USB sticks available: made of gold and with diamonds for the price of $3500 (€2950) and fabricated with 18 carat gold, but without diamonds for $2800 (€2400). The products may be improved further with engravings.

Source: Xbitlabs

Insane is the only word which comes to my mind. But then again there would be people buying just about anything. $2800 pricetag for a gold plated usb stick!

Wait is pathetic

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Breaks between two seasons of a television series is obvious. If they are somewhere midway in a season, its acceptable. But breaks between two episodes every now and then is annoying.

Countdown to LOST: The Whole Truth
17 days 7 hours 23 minutes left


Sucks to say the least. Cant wait !

Copy Paste

Saturday, March 4th, 2006

I copy something from my friends to complete some submission work in college like anyone else would do at times. There are times when I share my work with others. The person whom you copied from gets less marks/grades than you do for that work. This is not the first time, it has been happening for quite a while now. Till now I had been telling its just a one time, then a two time thing and the law of averages are soon gonna apply. All the explanation that I give are making me appear foolish. I can see a few raised eye brows against me just because of the better grades. There aint anything I can do about it or probably I should hope that the assessment is done without reading the names of the students if its a factor.

Anagrams — Are These Hidden Truths ?

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

An Anagram, as you know, is a word or phrase made by transposing or rearranging the letters of another word or phrase. Found it floating somewhere in the www .

Dormitory – Dirty Room
Evangelist – Evil’s Agent
Desperation – A Rope Ends It
The Morse Code – Here Come Dots
Slot Machines – Cash Lost in ’em
Animosity – Is No Amity
Mother-in-law – Woman Hitler
Snooze Alarms – Alas! No More Z’s
Alec Guinness – Genuine Class
Semolina – Is No Meal
The Public Art Galleries – Large Picture Halls, I Bet
A Decimal Point – I’m a Dot in Place
The Earthquakes -That Queer Shake
Eleven plus two – Twelve plus one
Contradiction – Accord not in it
Princess Diana – Ascend in Paris

“To be or not to be that is the question, whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.”
And the Anagram:
“In one of the Bard’s best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.”

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” *Neil Armstrong
The Anagram
“Thin man ran; makes a large stride, left planet, pins flag on moon! On to Mars!”

The following phrase:
PRESIDENT CLINTON OF THE USA can be rearranged (with no letters left over, and using each letter only once) into

Lol, some are just made up too good to be true.

Pappu pass ho gaya

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

The third semester results are out after all the delays and as it turns out, I have secured a GPA of 6.5/10 . Descent enough for my liking and I am happy with it.