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The New Face of Junk Files

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Its been 90+ days since I got my second laptop. Everything was going just great until the day I started running out of free space on the HDD. It was just a matter of time on the 80GB hard drive. And now it has. So, what follows next are the cleaning, dumping and burning sessions. This whole thing is something very new to me. Previously, I just used to reinstall Windows after taking backup of data. This time, however, I decided to try out the whole ‘clean and make-it-fresh’ approach. And I must admit, it’s very irritating. The biggest annoyance is getting those apps to work default just like they did on first install.

Segregating your files and deleting the useless stuff is quite a task in itself. Thinking twice before every folder is shift-deleted adds to the pain. You don’t want like to delete some important stuff by your own fingers due to a mistake. Had it been the ‘format and reinstall Windows method’, what’s lost will remain lost. Atleast, you don’t feel that bad when you recollect you didn’t backup some files coz the system formats it for you.

So, while I was doing all this stuff, I realized the magnitude of the junk created by these .torrent files. I was shocked to see a number as big as 326. We all are torrent junkies, agreed, but having them in such huge numbers on your desktop, default download folders and ‘precious-collection-folders amidst the important stuff’ was shocking. Actually, it’s very stupid. So, I think one needs to be a bit more disciplined before hitting ‘Download .torrent’ link. That would be note to self from my next download. Ultimately, it will lead to less clutter.

How many .torrents have ya got?

This Blog is Now Ad-Free

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Woohooo! No ads. You can thank Tyroo for that. Seriously, this is one f-ed up service. Nothing was ever right about them. Their site sucks – no real attempt to simply their interface for generating codes. I’ve found some serious irregularities in their reports. To verify this, I asked a few people to intentionally click the ads. Three intentional clicks(all from different IPs & ISPs) on the same day were totally unaccounted for in reports. This makes me doubt their credibility. The only reason why I tried out their service was because it was Indian. Using the same code on other website has issues too. Could be they have issues in their server’s tracking abilities.

Tyroo doesn’t even care about what you have to say. They don’t respond to your doubts.

It’s not like they give better returns to web publishers either. Using Tyroo was a mistake in the first place. Google Adsense fetches great returns, I should’ve used it entirely.

What pissed me off completely is that for the past couple of weeks, all their generates ads in ‘Technology’ category were their own. No other ads, whatsoever! That is just plain retarded.

So, there you have it, my experience with Tyroo. Stay away from it. If you’re already using it, I’d like to hear your experience on the same.

Story of My Life

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

It just seems that whenever guys from Tata Indicom Broadband call me for ‘settling the account’, my net connection goes awry. If this is not curse, I don’t know what is.

So, now…I’m just gonna sit back and finish CSI Season 5 – one episode followed by another.

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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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.

I cannot believe….

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Things are happening at such a fast pace around me, I feel I’m missing a lot. I don’t want Aussies to win the World Cup again. That is just so dominating. Ban them till the next World Cup, I say. Let us bring some competition in the game.

The recent price cuts on the Intel Core 2 Duo processors is so tempting. The laptop, laptop/PC, PC, laptop… dilemma continues. Moreover, the sodding exams just don’t end. I don’t get any time to think anymore. My next exam is on Monday and it is really the moment of truth that I’ve been long waiting for. DSS is just not my cup of tea! I hope I just pass through it, barely works for me!

Laptoplogic.com now gets a dedicated shopping website in the form of LogicBuy.com I wish them good luck for the same.

This weekend would be very very dull for me. I will try to study as much as I can to get the Holy 4/10 in DSS! Design of Steel Structures, I will never forget what a PIA you’ve been.

Exam time again

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

I have no idea how each sem just passes by. What is all the more interesting is how these exams and submissions stand right in front of you when you are least prepared. When they come, it is time to say good bye to everything for a couple of weeks. It is that time of the year again. So, fine, I have to study and take my mind out of the things I usually do. But life is never that simple.

Your relatives, your friends, everyone and even all important things just have to come up when your exams begin. The season is such, it is vacation time for most and here I’m making plans to actually study. But people around me take their vacations as national holidays.

And my laptop just has to die on me a week prior to the exam. I have wasted all my time (not) deciding for my next laptop. As days pass by, the frustration builds up. Two years ago, it was my parents who insisted that I should go for a laptop. Now, it is otherwise. I don’t blame them. What good is a computer which dies in just 2 years? I don’t really know what will I use next. Dell’s 3 year ‘Complete Cover’ is really the thing I should be looking for. With time not on my side, I will think about the laptop purchase after the exam.

Beginning from Monday, I don’t have a PC to work on. What am I gonna do, I have no clue.

Just testing the new theme for a change. I know a couple of people who would kill me if I revert back to Kubrick after this. But I just have to.. Kubrick rocks!

Bad Things Happen

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Shit happens and there is nothing you can do.

It is out of my control, only thing I can do is try to fix whatever it is leading to.

Don’t expect me around for quite some time. Will update soon when I am in better shape.

Good bye.

April Fool’s Day is plain annoying

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

That says it all.

But since I feel so indebted to my blog, I will write a few more lines.

Everyone has just accepted to believe nothing on 1/4. Doesn’t matter if it’s the newspapers, press releases or Google pulling off a crazy service or product. Believe nothing, right? I don’t really give a damn about what date it is today for most days in the year, but I do make it a point to know when it is the first of April. Who wants to believe those crazy two or three ‘news’ before you realize you got tricked by a shenanigan. If you are in school, college or work as previous April Fools day of your life, you are habituated to those crazy pranks and the usual. Mostly the predictable stuff. But when it is a dull Sunday and you have nothing to do, throw in a April Fools day – it becomes very annoying.

Those breaking news on websites, SMSs, unexpected emails and messages on messengers are not even amusing. I would love to be called as a person with no sense of humor than to respond to those messages. What can I say – ‘Are you insane! This can’t be happening. Definitely this must be an April Fool’s day prank’ or ‘Thanks for letting me know. I will do my research and find truth in this regard. If it’s not, you tricked me and I am a retard’. And let me not even talk about those stuff with alerts saying – “THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOL’s DAY PRANK. WE ARE AS SERIOUS AS SERIOUS CAN BE’. Honestly, what does April Fool’s day stand for? Non-funny people to be funny, never mind for a single day? I don’t know.

If you want me to spell it out for you, I HATE this day. I never gave a damn about the World Shutdown Day on 24th March to experiment if one can live without computers for a single day. But had it been today on first of April, I would have loved to be part of the ‘experiment’ with a smiling face and non-abusive tongue. Damn!

Panvel Site Visit Presentation

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Useless post to everyone except my classmates in VJTI.

Please find the presentation here [zipped] [size 36.1 MB]

Direct Link – http://www.sourabh.net/project/sitevisit_panvel.zip

If you do download, please leave a comment (Uploading 40MB is really a big deal)