Thursday, September 28, 2006

Bye Bye Blogger

After rambling here for 3 years, I've decided to move my blog to a different home. My reasons: Got bored of the same interface and themes even though I've not posted much. Actually, I was looking forward to Google's blogger beta but as of now, it does not allow you to migrate your blog entirely and I don't want to have multiple blogs. Also, much of what Blogger lacks, what blogger-beta promises/provides, Wordpress already has. So, I've moved to Wordpress. My new blog can be found here . I donno if it is within the blogging ethics to move a blog entirely from one host to another but I want to keep all my posts in one place so I've imported this blog to the new site.

A big thank you to Blogger for the good service provided over the last 3 years.

Monday, September 11, 2006


I've rejoined the Free Internet Chess Server . I plan to play a few games there everyday. My handle is "MrPunch" and my current (provisional) rating is 1902.

Emacs artist mode...

I was blown away when I saw emacs's artist-mode (M-x artist-mode activates it). Artist mode switches emacs's text buffer to a nice canvas where you can draw ascii art using the mouse!!! Coooooool!

Here is a sample scribble:

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*** * **** ******** * ********

Note: I was trying to scribble 'kicha'. Guess the CSS has ruined my fine drawing :-(

This weekend...

Indrani came to Salem this week and stayed with us for the weekend. We drove to Yercaud hills. It was a one and half hour drive from my place. The weather was very pleasant, misty and a little bit of rain. We saw the various vantage points. At the highest point, 1500m above MSL, is the Servarayan cave temple. The temple houses Lord Servarayan and goddess Cauvery and it is said that the cave runs so deep that it touches the river Cauvery. It is believed that the god and the goddess are the protectors of the surrounding hills and hence they take the name from him which the Britishers have anglicized to "Shervaroy hills". We walked on the nearby meadow and it was an interesting experience to see the mist covering and clearing every now and then. From the other side of the meadow, one could clearly see portions of the hill that were shaved off by the bauxite miners. Not a pretty sight. We could'nt go to the waterfall because of bad roads and we were too lazy to walk 10Kms. We missed out on a few places but given the short stay, we managed to cover a lot. On our way back, we even climbed a fire monitoring tower installed near a hair-pin bend where we got a nice view of Salem!

I'm quite bad at photography. Indrani sure had a tough time teaching me framing etc. However, I still ended up taking pictures by simply "pointing and clicking". Here are some pictures.

We got a lot of things sorted out regarding acharya/peixes and the direction that the urdu editor will take. Apart from that, we also chatted for a long time. Little did I know that Indrani can sing well. She sang a few Bangla songs and I also made her sing a few verses from Thiruvasagam. Needless to say, it was fun listening her sing Thiruvasagam.

Overall, it was a great weekend.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Turbo Power!?

Borland has finally made the Turbo product line available for download. Rushed over to the download site and started to download Turbo C++. The package came in two parts - a prequisite that weighed 230MB and TC++ itself which weighed 390M!. Wonder whatz inside. Turns out .Net 1.1 is required. Hmm. As the download was progressing, began to read the FAQ. When I read that the commandline compiler was not included in the package I lost interest and cancelled the download. I was just curious to try out the compiler. Am not a big fan of IDEs. Emacs is fine for most of my needs.