The Lazy Blogger

Getting the 3GS on the first day


After a long wait, the day was finally here. I got up at 5:30 am and got ready to leave for the Valley Fair Apple Store in San Jose from my apartment in Milpitas. Managed to get ready only by 6:30. Got the 6:45 light rail from Great Mall and reached Civic Center at 7:12. Got the number 61 VTA at 7:22 and reached Stevens Creek and South Bascom at 7:45, walked the rest of the way to valley fair mall and 'queued' up at about 8:04 am. There were about 50-60 people ahead of me. The gentleman offering coffee said the line wasn't much bigger that what it was then (maybe another 20 people) before the store opened. In about 10 minutes one excited guy came shooting video of the queue in his new iPhone. Everyone were in good mood and smiled back... Some guy from the "Mercury News" (didn't see any ids on him, but heck he did quote me here and my company's CEO of all people found out from the article) was talking to people in queue and asking about their experience. Asked me a few questions like where I was from, when did I queue up, why queue up etc. Sometime later the 'conceirge' came along and verified if I had a reservation. Wasn't really sure so showed them the printout of the email and confirmed that indeed I had one. Was told to mention this when the queue reached the store (which had about 15 people ahead of me). Thereon it happened pretty fast and in no time I was at the Store (at, not IN the store). The queue of people who had preordered had 5 people and the queue without reservation had... a huge crowd of 1 person ONLY :-). That made three of us at the head of the 'reserved' queue joke that we 'now' did not have any reservations :). Anyway it wasn't a long wait, another 5 minutes and I was in and Fun started.

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Making of an "Apple" convert...


It's really a long story, but to cut is short, I've fallen in love with the ... you guessed it... iPhone.

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I Like Hulu :)


We've (at least in the Bay Area) have all seen ads of Hulu ( where Alec Baldwin claims they are from out of the world and here to take it over :).

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Life in reverse gear!!!


Let's admit it, everyone was happy to see the end of 2008... Stupid presidents, stupid ideologies (aka jihad), supid financial decisions (I firmly believe the wall street collapse is a nicely manufactured crisis by the finance guys who've made and continue to make tons of money at the expense of the common man - who in turn is stupid to say the least); everything was ready to be designated to history!

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"We have moved!"


Well it's almost been three weeks now. On August 16th 2008, me and my family (= wife and kid) moved to US of A. Duration of our stay is likely to be decided by which one of us is asked by our employers to return back home earlier. But fact is for approximately a year we won't be seeing India anymore...

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Coder as a Project Manager - destined to fail?


Project Management as seen by an 'Accidental Project Manager'.

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Story of Nemo's Birth


This article was written almost a year back... Now our 'little' Nemo is one year and four months old...

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Removing Linux and grub loader from a Dual boot system


There are a million posts on how to do this, but I'll still post my experience.

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...and they all come down...


First time since I installed Vista, it crashed yesterday. What was I doing? Burning a DVD :-( . On inserting the blank DVD I was asked what would I like to do with it. I wanted to create a Multisession DVD and selected appropriately. While trying to burn the second session I canceled the burning immediately after I started. It created only a couple of folders. Next I again dragged dropped and canceled again (dropped at the incorrect folder). This time it copied two small files. Finally when I drag dropped the correct folder at the correct location on the DVD it burnt it halfway and froze. There was no DVD activity and I couldn't kill the process. It wouldn't even shutdown the machine. Had to use the hardware 'reset' button to restart my machine.

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Detecting dot net CLR version on client machine in Firefox


Update [November 24, 2009]: Folks it's been a while since Microsoft launched Silverlight. Then came what is referred to as Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant add-on for Firefox ( This does what my original article attempted. Someday I'll post a new article on how to use it. As of now, this article is deprecated.

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