Google CEO Eric Schmidt joins Apple board – now what?

August 30, 2006 at 9:40 pm (Technology)

Google CEO joins Apple board
Google Apple

Valleywag here says:

Six effects of Eric Schmidt joining Apple’s board

  • After Schmidt talks to that health nut Steve Jobs, free candy in Google snack room is removed, leaving only fresh fruit (including, har har, apples)
  • Apple starts “throwing things against the wall and seeing what sticks” — two relaunches of the Newton later, Schmidt is told to shut up
  • Apple redesigns Google front page using only two words, a button, and one rounded corner
  • Cloud of Smug
  • Apple and Google form cooperative design team to establish industry-wide “glassy effect” specs
  • Maybe Google stops being so damn ugly
  • I shouldn’t probably be posting about this cos this is not a big news. If the G-Word was not associated with Eric, we wouldn’t be even talking about this for a day! What if he was with Novell or even IBM? No one would have cared!

    Everything that Google does should be treated as breakthrough or radical or revolutionary right? Even if it has been already done by Microsoft or someone; even if it’s not a home-brew idea and something which Google just paid and rebranded:)

    So, what next?

  • Google toolbar will be installed automatically when you install iTunes
  • Apple will help Google launch *all new* Music search
  • Apple’s 6th Generation iPod will have Google Talk pre-installed
  • Apple will help Google build a Google Media Player and that will be regarded as a *big* threat to Windows Media Player
  • and the G-Mania continues…

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    Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu Movie Review

    August 26, 2006 at 11:25 pm (Personal)

    Just came back from Vettaiyadu Velaiyadu – Innovative multiplex, Bangalore.

    First, it’s a kamal movie – so I was already going to watch it sooner or later anyway. But after listening to “Machi, You’ve got to watch this movie da, this is ultimate! It’s like watching a movie ten years ahead of it’s time da. Don’t miss it” by my friend Veera, I decided to watch it the very next day. Guess what, Veera wanted to watch it again and offered to join for another show.

    Movie starts with a 007 style action – Kamal against a local don – dishum dishum – kamal wins and the title song kicks in. Intro graphics are ordinary but the music score was cool. Kamal looks his usual charismatic – only a touch old and little out of shape. One thing, the way he walks, talks and moves with a stiff poture makes us imagine if his clothes were probably over starched or something :)

    For the next 30 minutes will give you a feeling of watching three different tamil movies in cricket highlights style. Prakash Raj, his wife and daughter – all turning out as victims of a serial killer. Finally everyone dies and Kamal goes to NYC to investigate the killings.

    You can see Kamal with loads of cute chicks around him in the flight to NYC. I don’t know if this was just coincidence or purposeful – but all of them looked like super models from Milan or Paris. Never had any one like that sit next to me when I happened to fly :(

    As we enjoy watching these pretty ladies, boom! We are bombarded with a really lengthy flashback of Mr. and Mrs Raghavan(Kamal and his dead wife Kamalee). Yes, Yes – We’ve seen these flashback way too many times! From the days of “Vetri Vizha” – Dashing brave cop. Falls in love with a cute girl. Gets married. Villains kill the girl and the cop takes revenge.

    But God is not so merciless, he at least saves us from Kamal’s “Abirami-Abirami” style crying by asking Harris Jeyaraj to pitch in with some sad back ground music when Kamal mourns the death of Kamalee.

    We are still struggling to come out of Kamal’s flashback and boom! We have Jyothika on screen now. What’s she doing in a NY hotel room after being ditched by her husband in Seattle which is on the other end of the United States? Oh! Yes, she came to New York to stay in the room right next to Kamal so that he can save him while she attempts to commit suicide. Yeah, now we get the hint.

    Kamal teams up with a phirangi police officer Anderson to crack down on the murderers in New York. Kamal is gifted with super natural powers called “Raghavan’s instinct” and leads the NY Police to find dead bodies of people who were killed in four different places in the USA. Wow!

    What’s even more miraculous is that Kamal cracks the traces of the serial killers with ease and manages to find them in no time. You would notice that Kamal uses a MacBook (Apple laptop) to help him with the investigation. Kamal sir, if only you used a Microsoft Windows XP based laptop you would have solved this mystery even earlier :)

    Gautam suddenly realizes that it’s only two hours in to the movie now and he can’t let Kamal catch the villains so soon – he makes the villains escape from NY and hit Mumbai to sing “Neruppe Sikki Mukki Neruppe” with Deepal Shaw dancing in the beaches of Goa.

    Story shifts to India then with Jyothika and Kamal hitting Chennai next week.

    Kamal usually bonds easily with his woman on screen and you can see a spark in the relationship right from the start. Well, this movie is one big exception! Kamal and Jyothika are a total misfit on screen and behave like some uncle and aunty! Has Kamal lost his charm with the ladies?

    Do I have to tell you how a Climax will shape in a Cop movie? Yes Yes – villains kidnap the heroine and wants Kamal to come to a remote location in the outskirts of the city.

    As expected, hero Mr. Raghavan(Kamal) comes on top and wins the final battle to reclaim Jyothika – only to find her buried under the earth for the entire time he was fighting the villains. What happens from now is something which anyone can guess, and am not going to tell you more.

    Positives from the movie

    • Kamal , Kamal’s getup, Kamal’s dressing
    • Harris Jeyaraj
    • Ravi Verma’s camera
    • Song sequence of “Paartha Mudal Naale” with Kamal and Kamalniee is cute
    • The NYPD detective guy “Anderson”

    Negatives

    • Loose story line
    • Non-impressive dialogues
    • Too much similarity with Kaaka Kaaka for characters, dialogues and sequences
    • Gautam tries to create an impact by making the corpses look as gory as possible! Ech!
    • Too lengthy ! Too many sub-stories within the main plot

    There are lots of petty things that I cannot resist to crib about –

    1. There are the subtitles that come every 10 or 15 minutes telling the audience the date and time for every scene. Come on Gautam, we are not fighting against time here to detonate a soon to explode Nuclear bomb here. This is not “Sum of all fears” or “Mission Impossible”. It’s a normal paced masala story and there is absolutely no need to tell us what day or time it is when Jyothika and Kamal wake up and meet in the Hotel lobby every day!
    2. There is a flashback for almost every character in the movie!
    3. Kamal using a Public Phone in NY to call India while he has a Moto Razr with him all the time
    4. Unnecessary information on the serial killers and their RESEARCH PROJECTS to save HUMANITY. Crap!
    5. Frequent “beeps” and “mutes” between dialogues due to use of offensive language. If you cannot convice the censor board to allow using them then why use them in the first place and later mute them?
    6. Jothika tells Kamal that the food that they service in the hotel is very American and wants to go to “Indian Café” to have some desi food. Ok, so there they are sitting in the Indian Café munching a Bread Toast with Spoon and Knife. Wow! How desi it looks!

    Signing off in Sun TV thirai vimarsanam style punch dialogue!

     

    Kaaka Kaaka was like adrenaline
    Vettaiyadu Velaidya was like Anacin(headache)!

     

    Fantasy Cricket

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    Microsoft Zune – iPOD killer? Sony PSP compete? fight Apple iTunes? and more

    August 25, 2006 at 11:43 pm (Technology)

      Microsoft Zune mp3 music player

    What is Zune?

    Zune is an umbrella term from Microsoft that will cover an upcoming portable media player, the software that will drive the device and a service for acquiring and sharing media. The project was previously known as codename Argo. The Zune is currently under production at the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington.

    Zune is speculated as the direct competition to Apple’s iPod family. However, the “Zune” brand will be used for all media players and other services. There are also speculations that Zune family will have a portable gaming device which Microsoft will bet against the PSP, handheld gaming device by Sony.

    Zune will be up against Apple iPOD as a portable music device, against Sony PSP as a handheld gaming device, against Apple iTUNES with it’s Digital Rights Management(DRM) and probably some more.

    I don’t know what you see here in the Engadget site is really Zune or not. The hardware is claimed to be manufactured by Toshiba.

    Toshiba 1089 showed up on the FCC, featuring a 30GB HDD, FM tuner and a 3-inch screen. I was guessing that XBox team within Microsoft will design and produce it. Well, atleast now that Microsoft has Toshiba to take care of the production worries.

    However, only a press release can confirm it – till then speculate, discuss and pass sarcastic remarks comparing it with iPOD. Do whatever, you can’t IGNORE the Zune :)

    Earlier this year, Microsoft’s GM of marketing, Chris Stephenson says to engadget here:

    “Today we confirmed a new music and entertainment project called Zune. Under the Zune brand, we will deliver a family of hardware and software products, the first of which will be available this year. We see a great opportunity to bring together technology and community to allow consumers to explore and discover music together.”

    Microsoft Zune Player
    Image Source: Engadget

    UPDATE 1: Apple unveils new iPODs this week and Microsoft calls the press to discuss about Zune

    UPDATE 2:Microsoft Zune Demo Video

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    Kamal in Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu

    August 25, 2006 at 12:15 pm (Personal)

    Kamal in Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu Image source: Sulekha

    Movie review … [UPDATE] Here is the link for Movie Review [UPDATE]

    Am watching this probably night show tonight or early tomorrow at Innovative Multiplex. Will come back and post a review. Frankly, I have my reservations on seeing Kamal play the same `kaaka kaaka` style cop.

    En peru anbuchelvan..anbuchelvan IPS

    Surya as Anbuchelvan is still fresh in my mind and probably I will have to come out of my Kaaka Kaaka hangover and prepare myself to see a more mature(old?) cop played by Kamal.

    I can’t stop listening to the songs yet, kudos to Harris Jayaraj. One downside is the rap getting on your nerves sometimes. But anyways the music should be a respite even if the movie turns out to be a little sticky. But hey, what am I saying – Gautam’s direction and Ravi Verma behind the camera won’t let you take your eyes off the screen. Hmm, let’s see. Keep watching this space – reviews to be posted soon, very soon.

    [UPDATE] Here is the link for Movie Review [UPDATE]

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    Bored with Paint.exe ? Want more?

    August 22, 2006 at 2:41 pm (Technology)

    Folks who have had enough with the default Graphics tool Paint that is shipped with Windows- here is some respite for you! There is a PowerToy called Paint .NET

    Replace Paint with Paint .NET
    Paid .NET

    You can get Paint .NET here

    Paint.NET is image and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Server 2003. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

    Paint .NET Screenshot

    Some common FAQs

      Is Paint.NET free?
      Yes, Paint.NET is indeed free in the sense that we do not charge money for it.

      Will Paint.NET ever replace Paint in Windows?
      There are no plans to include Paint.NET with Windows. But you can always download it for free from our website. Honestly, it’s better that Paint.NET is not integrated in to Windows, because that let’s keep our own design and agenda for everything.

    Personally, I use Paint only for cropping screen shots and it works quite well for me. But for folks who think Paint hasn’t evolved at all since Win 95 days – then Paint .NET is for you.

    Actually, not many people know that Paint.exe is PBrush.exe(remember Windows 95/98??) :)

    UPDATE:

    Bored with the plain old notepad? try the all new notepad2. You can download Notepad2 from here

    The original Notepad shipped with Windows is probably the handiest program of all times, small, fast, without frills! Notepad2 tries to follow this principle, it’s a small, fast and free text editor with syntax highlighting for HTML and other common languages

    Also, try the all new Microsoft Calculator Plus – by Microsoft

    Calculator Plus offers conversions between different measurement units for area, temperature, volume and more. It also includes all the mathematical functions offered in Microsoft Calculator

    Microsoft Power Calculator

    You can download the Power Calc.exe here

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    The alliance against Google

    August 17, 2006 at 10:26 pm (Technology)

    Economist here has an article comparing the tussle between Google, Microsoft and Yahoo with the 19th Century Eurpoean battles between Napolean and rest of Eurpean countries.

    It’s kind of funny to me as I don’t see Google as how Napolean was seen in the 19th Century – Invincible.

    The articles goes on to say,

    The world’s most popular web-search engine would closely resemble the Napoleonic France that in his youth humiliated Austria and Europe’s other powers. Its rivals—Yahoo!, the largest of the traditional web gateways, eBay, the biggest online auction and trading site, and Microsoft, a software empire that owns MSN, a struggling web portal—would look a lot like Russia, Prussia, and Austria.

    By forging an alliance among those three top companies to create a “balance of power” against Google. Google’s enemies, he might say, ought now to do the same thing that European countries did to bring down Napaolean.

    This means W-O-W. Imagine – Microsoft, Yahoo and eBay together. He heh! That would be one hell of a force to recon with. Not just money power – but between these three there are enough capable thinking heads to turn things around.

    The first thing that they might wanna to turn around is this :

    Search share

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    How many Windows Live Services are there?

    August 16, 2006 at 12:53 pm (News)

  • Windows Live Academic Search
  • Windows Live Account
  • Windows Live Agora
  • Windows Live Book Search
  • Windows Live Call
  • Windows Live Call for Free
  • Windows Live Custom Domains
  • Windows Live Dev
  • Windows Live Expo
  • Windows Live Favorites
  • Windows Live Feeds
  • Windows Live Gallery
  • Windows Live ID
  • Windows Live Ideas
  • Windows Live Image Search
  • Windows Live Local
  • Windows Live Mail
  • Windows Live Mail Desktop
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Windows Live Mobile
  • Windows Live Mobile Mail
  • Windows Live Mobile Search
  • Windows Live Near Me Search
  • Windows Live News Search
  • Windows Live Newsbot
  • Windows Live OneCare
  • Windows Live Product Search
  • Windows Live Publishing Portal
  • Windows Live QnA
  • Windows Live Safety Center
  • Windows Live Search
  • Windows Live Search Answers
  • Windows Live Search Desktop
  • Windows Live Search Help
  • Windows Live Search Macros
  • Windows Live Search Translation
  • Windows Live Shopping
  • Windows Live Spaces
  • Windows Live Toolbar and Desktop Search
  • Windows Live Web Search
  • Windows Live Web Search SDK
  • Windows Live Wifi Suite
  • Windows Live.com
  • … and growing.

    This list not including Office Live, Xbox Live, CRM Live and other non-Windows-specific Live services.

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    Is Bandwidth more important than Food?

    August 15, 2006 at 6:52 pm (News)

    If you are a average Indian farmer and someone asks you what is important for you in life, what would be your answer?

    Food? Irrigation? Farm subsidies? Lower borrowing rates for loans? Suicide problem?

    REUTERS here reports that an Indian village has uploaded itself to the internet.

    Ok, exposure to internet and computers is good. So? How is it going to solve the problems listed above?

    The news report says that the database of entire 1,757 residents was uploaded to a website. WOW! What a feat!

    “It will be a revolution,”

      – said farmer Ajaib Singh.

    Ajaib doesn’t know how stupid he is. Can he tell us what help this revolution is?

    The village does not have a single internet connection and most of the villages don’t know what the word computer means. Still, they claim this web initiative will help them connect to the outside world. You connect to the outside world and do what? Solve hunger problems? Solve Irrigation problems?

    Another funny quote here from one of the villagers:

    “Now we can put our problems on the Web site, and then the government can’t say ‘we didn’t know'”

    I can’t stop laughing at this. So you think some minister somewhere will take responsibility for the problems posted in the website? Wait a minute, this village is in India. :) The minister will probably blame the ISI in Pakistan for running the website! :)

    Bill Gates once famously said that his dream is to “Put PC in every home”. He probably meant “PC in every home, that can afford it”

    I think janata should shed their obsession with Computers and Internet. They should stop dreaming that computer and internet exposure will solve a common man’s problem. A farmer with a annual income of less than a half a lakh does not need Tally or Microsoft Excel to maintain his accounts. In fact, he doesn’t even need a calculator.

    A village with farmers committing suicides doesn’t need website!

    A farmer hardly getting a square meal a day certainly does not need a email address for himself!

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    I love this quote from Bill Gates :)

    August 14, 2006 at 10:44 pm (News)

    The familiar pattern of a decade ago begs the question that Bill Gates was asked when he met last month with a group of executives and journalists from The New York Times:

    Will you do to Google what you did to Netscape?

    Mr. Gates, the Microsoft co-founder and chairman, paused, looked down at his folded hands and smiled broadly, as if enjoying a private joke. “Nah,” he replied, “we’ll do something different.

    Here is the article and more about how Ray Ozzie will try to fill up the huge space left by Bill Gates’ exit.

    Ray Ozzie
    The man whom Mr. Gates is counting on to make a difference is Ray Ozzie, a soft-spoken 50-year-old who joined the company just eight months ago. He has the daunting task of galvanizing the troops to address the Internet services challenge, shaking things up and quickening the corporate pulse.

    New York Times asks Can This Man Reprogram Microsoft?

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    Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows Vista

    August 13, 2006 at 6:48 pm (Technology)

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/macosx_leopard_preview.asp

    This website talks about Apple’s new OS X copying features from Windows Vista. Just cos Toyota and Honda have sterring wheels does not mean that they copied the idea from BMW or Benz. Somethings are just common for GUI interface and neither Microsoft nor Apple can be at fault of plagiarism here.

    Sometimes I wonder how Apple CEO Steve Jobs can sleep at night. He appears to spend half his waking hours ridiculing Microsoft’s admittedly behind-schedule operating system, Windows Vista, for copying Mac OS X features. But this week at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), he announced ten new features for Leopard, the next version of OS X, most of which will seem more than vaguely familiar to Windows users. I’m not dim: Microsoft does copy Apple on a fairly regular basis. But seriously, Steve. Apple’s just as bad.

    I have not see the Mac OS in speculation here but I am using Visa since beta 1. First time users might say it’s just a pepped up version of XP and doesn’t really do much. But you get used to working in Vista and you would find that your old Win XP machine has just become totally unusable. Of course, I certainly agree with you that Vista is pushing up the hardware requirement specs through the roof. But hey, Intel has got to sell chips too :)

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    US Trip 2006 – Photo Link

    August 13, 2006 at 1:35 am (Personal)

    Check out my US Trip Photos in the Yahoo Photos! link below

    Yahoo Photos – Anand USA Trip 2006

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    US Trip 2006

    August 12, 2006 at 9:20 pm (Personal)

    After a 58 hour long journey – I reached Seattle on Friday evening (21 – July). There is nothing more than can possibly go wrong in one’s trip from Bangalore to Seattle via Chennai.

    My halt at Chennai was supposed to be few hours but turned out to be half a day. But then, I felt lucky as I got a chance to go visit my parents at Chennai and get some good home food.

    Made friends with flight attendants, air line coordinators, fellow passengers including some French chicks. With my laptop battery dead and just a Indian plug type handy – I really didn’t have anything else to do. :)

    Any hey, I spent my first dollar in the USA. Got a coffee for $3.99 at Starbucks in the JFK Airport. Tell you what, our own “Café Coffee Day” coffee is million times better.

    Anyway – checked in to Hotel Sheraton Seattle on Friday evening. First thing I wanted to do was call my friends and let them know I have reached. But guess what – all the contact numbers are safely stored in a Notepad file which is my laptop and the laptop battery is dead. I had to call the Hotel room service 21 times before they got me a Indian to US type plug converter to connect my laptop.

    Finally – got the contact numbers and started calling friends. Met two of them in the same evening – One of them took me to a Indian restaurant in Bellevue. I was the only Indian face among the fifty odd guests in the Indian restraint – felt like a stranger – huh, what an irony?

    Got back late in the night and went to bed – had to meet Rambo(G Arun) and Arvind the next morning. Rambo was flying in from California. Funny thing in Seattle was that I was able to see the sun till 10 / 10.30 in the night. For once I thought Surya bhagavan forgot to hand over the shift to Chandra bhagavan :)

    Saturday Morning. Arvind and G Arun came to the hotel to pick me up. I didn’t have my breakfast. Filled my back pack with all the food I found in a basket in my Hotel Room. A basket full of chocolates, chips, buts and candy bars.

    I was a little hell struck to see G Arun – with a Anniyan style hair standing next to a Chevrolet coupe. I kept telling him that he resembled a “Mexican Mafia” or a “Brazillian War Lord” :)

    Started our journey towards San Juan Islands in pacific coast of Washington State. G Arun drove the car and Arvind was more like a co-pilot helping him with the directions with mapquest data in hand. When I hear the peters in US tell me they use mapquest or Windows Live local – I was used to make fun of them as we never needed all that in India. But problem in US probably is that there are not enough “Nair Tea stalls” or “Punjabi Dhabas” to ask for directions on the high ways.

    We took the car in a ferry and reached Friday harbor in the San Juan Islands. Spent an entire day there. Took a 4 hours trip to whale watching in to the Pacific ocean. Was a nice experience although we mostly spent time making fun of the tour guides rather than showing interest in watching the whales :)

    Had Mexican food for dinner and came back late in the night. Guys spent the night the Hotel room as Arvind smartly misplaced the keys to his apartment. :)

    Sunday Morning – Got up and drove to Arvind’s apartment. He managed to get new keys and let us in. Nice place he has got in Bellevue. As some of you might already know – he is working for Expedia Travel Search as an intern. And hey, G Arun is with Yahoo now.

    Sunday’s agenda was a little less hectic – visited Snoqualmie falls. Not bad – but certainly not as good as Arvind hyped it. He said it’s taller than Niagara or something.. he heh!

    We visited Pike Place market and other places in Downtown Seattle that day and split at 6pm in the evening as G Arun had a flight to catch in the night back to California.

    But as expected, he missed his flight and slept in the Airport to take another flight in the morning. That wasn’t surprising considering his past track record in successfully making it to the airport on time. :)

    I had a Welcome party to attend Sunday night – came back a little late in the night to Hotel. My roomie from Microsoft arrived Sunday night – technically, it was Monday morning 1am :)

    Monday till Friday was Tech Ready. We visited Seattle downtown whenever we got time in the evenings, which was like almost everyday :)

    Microsoft has arranged for a cruise Thursday evening again in to the Pacific. Was fun. Met lotsa people from other divisions.

    During the course of the week – visited my Pakistani friend in Sammamish campus. He and his wife took me around the campus for an entire evening. We had some interesting conversations and some really good Pizza for Dinner.

    I also got to visit Redmond campus twice during the week. Although some may think it’s paranoid, I personally consider it as the Mecca or the Kasi or the “Promised Land” of us Microsofties. :)

    Friday evening, I met Sridevi, my long time friend from college. She was working in Amazon. Had a coffee with her at Starbucks. And then I got to visit her place in Redmond. Nice apartment. We then went to a Indian restraint again. One of the rare occasions I got good food :) I mean, good Indian food. Cos American food was totally inedible to me, a vegetarian.

    My cousin Vinod had come down from Portland on Friday night for a 2 day stay in Seattle. He stayed with me in the Hotel. Saturday we spent time at the Pike and visited the “First Starbucks outlet” in USA. Took some snaps there. We then visited the “Paul Allen’s Science Fiction Museam” – crap place. Waste of time.

    Sridevi had invited me and my cousin to her place for lunch. So went there at about 3pm. Frankly, I wasn’t really expecting a good food as she said she was going to cook food herself. I insisted we would buy as I wanted to live longer – but she refused.

    As God wanted it, me and cousins sat on the dinner table with a plate full of rice, Onion Sambar and Potato curry. My cousin was innocent and started eating it right away. I hesitated at first but then said a short prayer and started eating the food.

    W-O-W. This is how I felt after tasting the Sambhar. I told her “The cabbage Sambhar is really tasty” – but then she corrected me saying it was “Onion Sambhar” – :)

    Anyways, the food was good. Not just good – but really amazing. Kudos to Sridevi. Later, her roommate Praveena also joined us. Praveen made some amazing filter coffee later in the evening. One of the best I have had although not as good as the “Filter Coffee” that my mom makes. :)

    We then hunted the net to find some places to visit. Sridevi had a car and we decided to go to Alki Beach in Seattle. The drive was really good except that we almost got killed couple of times. “Sridevi drives a car” is certainly an oxymoronic statement.

    We spent few hours in the beach and took some Water Taxi rides to the other shore. It was beautiful to see the sun set below the Pacific Horizon.

    She then dropped us back in the Hotel and went back home to Redmond.

    Next day – Sunday was my flight to New York. My cousin was also leaving back to Portland. He was working in Intel as an Intern.

    Reached New York at 8pm. Kutty(Arun) was supposed to pick me up in the JFK Airport and I also reminded him several times. But as expected he was late to reach the Airport and not just that – I called from the Airport couple of times but there was no answer. It was a good feeling to wait in a city where you don’t know anyone and the only person you know does not answer the phone. :)

    So we took three trains to reach Kutty’s place in New Jersey. Had long chat about school and college days and also some plans for the future :)

    Next morning we went to New York and saw places like Times Square. Took some snaps. New York was a very different city compared to Seattle. Lots of people everywhere – you get a feeling like you are in Chennai Central station :) and believe me the weather was also as hot as Chennai.

    I also got to visit my cousins in New Jersey. I was meeting her after 9 or 10 years. Was fun. Most of my time in New York/New Jersey was spent on travel. I was either on trains or walking from one station to another. But then this gave chances for some good discussions with Kutty and possible some future plans.

    Wednesday evening was my flight back to Bangalore via Paris. No hiccups in my return journey. I had to come back to work on Friday as one of team mates was leaving and it was his final day at work.

    STOP.

    Sorry to bore your guys with a terribly lengthy post – but I really enjoyed this trip and certainly going to stay in my memory for a long time.

    UPDATE: Check out my US Trip Photos here

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    Moving away from MSN/Live Spaces to WordPress 2.0

    August 11, 2006 at 10:18 pm (Other)

    I never loved “MSN Spaces” and not really impressed that it’s rebranded as “Live Spaces” now. It’s got very less option to customize your page/blog. So moving on to WordPress now – I have tried to move some of my previous posts from Spaces to here – but all my comments are lost now. Hope WordPress works out well. It was easy to setup and customize. Here we go!

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