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The blog is back with a minor bang

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Thanks to everyone for pointing out that the server had exceeded its bandwidth in the end of last month. I was really busy in some stupid things and didn’t care much about my blog. From what I can see, the traffic has really spiked up in recent times. I’ve no idea why anyone else except me would be checking this space. Since I exceeded the monthly 2GB bandwidth this month, I’m considering to move to a different webhost. This kind of rejuvenation helps the blog and the blogger behind it for personal reasons. Plus, the database is so freakin’ small, moving to a new server is a matter of minutes if not seconds. And having no extra baggage in the form of wordpress plugins, themes, etc. makes it easier.

I completely forgot what a stress reliever blogging can be. Just typing the simple things and backspacing them is so much fun!

Completely random, but what the hell. I could go on record and admit that I would even kill someone if that helps me hide behind a better, faster, reliable, low-latency and torrent-loving internet connection in my part of the world. Of course, unlimited one at that, with absolutely no connectivity to local cablenet hubs. Someone come to my rescue and surprise me, I’ve lost all hope.

Should I Be Afraid?

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Got this email last week. When I was just about to report it as spam, I noticed the other details.

It’s hard to accept that a bot would be doing all this. Best guess – someone/somebot has been following my blog extensively and drawing logical conclusions. Most of it is all there on the blog anyways: Eee PC, Mumbai, GIS, iPhone, etc. Except for the fact that I hate rains. But that figures if you’ve spent some time here.

So, the big question, am I being stalked? Hmm…

Updates

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Its been a while since I last scribbled anything on my personal blog. So here it comes.

A lot has been happening around to keep me busy. The most important part: Just 5 more tests of the final semester and I’m out of college for good. First one didn’t go so well, so here’s hoping the rest of them do. Can’t believe in a matter of a few months I would graduate with B. Tech (Civil) degree.

Dad and bro have now realized how easy things are with a laptop. More importantly, lesser worries. Except for a couple of office PCs, all systems have been replaced with laptops. Looking forward to buy a WiFi router after the exams to surf wirelessly anywhere in the home.

I’ve been kicked out of my room again. This time around I’ve shifted to the store room on the second floor. Took quite a bit of renovation but it turned out great. The room still looks empty but that will soon change as I move my stuff to this place slowly. Would upload some pics later.

More updates coming soon. Just rushed on this one to ensure minimum 1 blogpost/month on this blog.

Test Blog Post from Maxthon’s BlogEX Plugin

Sunday, March 16th, 2008
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What a day this has been, What a rare mood I’m in…

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Okay, I won’t quote the entire song. I was just dying to use it once after listening to it first on a CSI episode.

Getting back to the topic of this post:

Couldn’t have asked for a better day after the exams. Bunked college, slept like crazy for 10 hrs in the day. Got up, did my rounds of browsing the internet for interesting stuff and news. A very long day in that.

The India-England 6th ODI went right down to the wire. Sachin played true to his real self. Robin Utthapa somehow managed to play some cheeky shots and won the game for India. I don’t think anyone else in the Indian team would have pulled 20-odd runs from 15 balls. Not even Dhoni. So, that was some time well spent watching cricket on TV.

Between cricket and surfing, I got linked back here on sourabh.net from engadget for tipping them on a news. For the Lenovo ThinkPad Reserve Edition. Actually, I wanted to get it linked back to LaptopLogic, but the Engadget news editors had something else in mind. So, they linked the source to some PR agency. We had recieved the news directly from Lenovo (agreed to embargo). So, well, the backlink, got a lot of hits for my blog. Feels nice! But the original aim of tipping Engadget was not achieved. So, I kinda feel bad for it. It wasn’t in my hands.. so, I guess nothing can be done about it.

The Apple Special Event was a 10/10 on the excitement scale. Honestly, the most kick-ass ever within the last couple of years that I’m tracking them. Most of the stuff which were announced are some real VFM. The new 4GB Nano or the 80GB iPod classic would be my choice of PMP at the US price. Conversion in rupees when it’s launched here will make me change my decision. I know. I don’t think this will ever change. Greed, taxes or just inflation (is that the right word?)..whatever be the reason behind it.

A few days back I expressed my love for Kubrick as my personal preferred choice of WordPress theme. Out-of-nowhere, some coders have started expressing similar affection for it by rolling out modded themes similar to it. The good ones. There’s a three-column Kubrick and Kubrick with some good AJAX abilities. Will give them a try later this weekend.

So, that’s just about it. Couple of hectic days ahead at college and then the much needed weekend.

Some Changes on Sourabh’s Blog

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

I’ve given up looking for a new theme for this blog of mine. What I was looking for in a theme was minimalistic looks, some sort of randomness and good fonts (read: Verdana for content, Trebuchet MS for the links). Basically what I needed was a Kubrick replacement. Now I realize that I was searching for something I already have. Guess I just can’t let this blog live without the original ‘Kubrick’ looks and style. I don’t know what would be the right word to describe this love, but ‘captivation’ comes close.

So, Kubrick it is. No straying around with themes and wasting time. All the header images from the past have been removed and some new ones have been uploaded to give Kubrick a shot in the arm. Since, they’re random and about 20 in number – I’ve made sure my stay and someone else who lands here is different every single time.

My only gripe with Kubrick was that the single post page didn’t have a sidebar. That was a bad thing since I used Google adsense to generate revenue from my blog in the past. Now, I’ve decided against it. So, the lack of sidebar doesn’t bother me anymore.

Cheers.

Exam Time Again

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

The mid-semester exams start from Monday. This is the first time when I’ve all the books, notes and write-ups with me before the start of the exams. Well, almost all of them. Not that it matters, but it’s nice to know I can study if I want to. That’s a huge improvement from the last time. It just seems like yesterday when I gave those exams and they are here again. So, I’ve to see through them and do well. Everything else takes a back seat for the coming week.

Some Random Pics

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

The last few days have been very busy. Everything will finally fall in place from Monday(!). Well, hopefully. Getting back to college after a three-month long vacation is very difficult. It’s not the going which kills, the getting up early (sleeping early?) part does.

So today, for your viewing pleasure only, I will dump some random pics from my digicam to flickr. For those unaware, I got myself a modest little sucker called Nikon L11. I found out yesterday, the 2GB memory card couldn’t hold on to any more pics. At 3MB per pic, I’m looking at approx 700 pics to separate the good, the bad and the ugly before I go shooting again. Almost done deleting the useless ones and could-do-without shots. Unfortunately, the L11 doesn’t offer much to tinker around with. Whatever it does, I fiddle around to find the best settings for a given condition. I will post some of the better pics which will make some sense for others. Just to state the obvious, no people, just the its and thats can be seen below. Beginning with the best shot I’ve managed to take so far.

Doesn’t it look just awesome?
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So close to…

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I am, well was, this close to creating some history on this blog of mine. Don’t get me wrong, no history for the good reasons. If it hadn’t been for this post and a sharp brain of mine, June 2007 would’ve gone down in the archives with no blog post. Now this is something to celebrate about in an otherwise dull going.

Of course, now that there is 1 post in June 2007, I feel a bit more relaxed. I may be a very irregular blogger with reference to time and content, but atleast I’ve got something to chew on now. I’ve somehow managed to achieve something with the blog. That something in my case happens to be atleast 1 blog post per month.

Now that I’m done rephrasing the same thing in 5 different ways. Let me talk about the problem. My inability/unwillingness/lack of interest to blog. I don’t think there is any solution for the same. I don’t know where this blog is heading or what I can make of it. I somehow manage to do other things while I’m on the internet and find no time or content apt enough to fit here.

A few months back, I blamed my absence from blogosphere (I know that is one of the top most hated word on the web right now) to something else. Then I managed to get my self a new laptop and then a digicam. I was so wrong in thinking after getting some paraphernalia life gets better and happier. I even believed getting them would provide some updates in the form of pics, my views, basically anything to write a few lines about. But nothing happened and that was that. And now I’m here writing this post to save my ass and see June 2007 in archive forever. Cheers!

Finally some updates here

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

I have no more reasons to give. No more false hopes. This blog is officially dead and screwed. Blogging in your real name does more harm than good. I’ve learnt this the hard way, but still blogging is fun. So, here I am..

I have decided to take some time out and clear all the mess on the server where this blog is hosted. Literally, 3-4 instances of some irritating CMSs, useless videos, project files, images and what not. The SQL database size had grown to a size of 45megs. Hell with Spam Karma and BAstats for that. Cleaning & upgrading has already taken more than an hour. But well, the blog will soon be on WordPress 2.2! Feels nice to have an up-to-date wordpress after a long, long time.

I guess this is good for starters. I may have to find some new ways to motivate myself to resume blogging and post something on a regular basis. I hope I really mean what I’m saying right now.