September 27, 2005



When Bill Gates was in sixth grade, he was at war with his mother Mary.

She would call him to dinner from his basement bedroom, which she had given up trying to make him clean and he wouldn't respond. "What are you doing?"she once demanded over the intercom. "I'm thinking," he shouted back.

"You're thinking?"

"Yes, Mom I'm thinking," he said fiercely.
"Have you ever tried thinking?"

So a psychiatrist took over and after a year of sessions and batteries of tests, the counsellor reached his conclusion.

"You're going to lose" he told Mary. "You had better just adjust to it because there is no use trying to beat him."
A lot of computer companies have concluded the same.
In the 21 years since he dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft, William Henry Gates III, 41, has trashed competitors in the world of desktop operating systems and application software. In the process he has amassed a fortune of $ 51 billions as per the Forbes magazine report a few days ago.

So, Think!

(Today, Bill Gates donates
$ 40 million to Lakeside School where he completed his studies in 1973.)

September 26, 2005

a mail and few words!

After reading thought the coach's e-mail, It is interesting to note how things have been deteriorating over the past few months (especially, after Saurav's worrying batting form!)

Here are the excerpts..

Who needs VVS Laxman?
" At the completion of the Test match I was approached by VVS Laxman with a complaint that Sourav had approached him on the eve of the Test saying that I had told Sourav that I did not want Laxman in the team for Test matches. I denied that I had made such a remark to Sourav, or anybody else for that matter, as, on the contrary, I saw Laxman as an integral part of the team. He asked how Sourav could have said what he did. I said that the only way we could go to the bottom of the matter was to speak to Sourav and have him repeat the allegation in front of me.

I arranged for a meeting with the two of them that afternoon. The meeting took place just after 6pm in my room at the Rainbow Hotel in Bulawayo. I told Sourav that Laxman had come to me complaining that Sourav had made some comments to Laxman prior to the Test. I asked Sourav if he would care to repeat the comment in my presence. Sourav then rambled on about how I had told him that I did not see a place for Laxman in one-day cricket, something that I had discussed with Sourav and the selection panel and about which I had spoken to Laxman at the end of the Sri Lankan tour.

Sourav mentioned nothing about the alleged conversation regarding Laxman and Test cricket even when I pushed him on it later in the discussion. As we had to leave for a team function we ended the conversation without Sourav adequately explaining his comments to Laxman. "

What happens inside?

"As I said to you during our meeting in Colombo, I have serious reservations about the attitude of some players and about Sourav and his ability to take this team to a new high, and none of the things he has done since his reappointment has caused me to change my view. In fact, it has only served to confirm that it is time for him to move on and let someone else build their team toward the 2007 World Cup.

This team has been made to be fearful and distrusting by the rumour mongering and deceit that is Sourav's modus operandi of divide and rule. Certain players have been treated with favour, all of them bowlers, while others have been shunted up and down the order or left out of the team to suit Sourav's whims.

John Wright obviously allowed this to go on to the detriment of the team. I am not prepared to sit back and allow this to continue or we will get the same results we have been seeing for some time now."

What say you?


The full text of Greg Chappell's e-mail to the BCCI. This was first shown by India TV and published by DNA in Mumbai.

September 21, 2005

Digital Dirtbike

In much of the developing world, villagers thirst for information about medical, agricultural, and educational problems. No reliable infrastructure exists for Internet, phones, or power. Digital Dirt Bike is a solar-powered information and communication center on wheels. A local technician drives from village to village, delivering treatments for common plant, animal and human diseases; weather forecasts; supplemental school lessons; and vocational information for farming and industry. The unit contains a notebook computer, printer, camera, satellite phone, and a sunshade. The double lid has two solar panels, used to power and recharge the equipment. Digital Dirt Bike is now successfully in use throughout Andra Pradesh, India. "There is an element of curiosity," said Mr. Jha, a farmer in A.P. "As soon as they hear the sound of the motorbike, between 50 and 100 people will collect around it.

Text and Image Courtesy: Businessweek, Special Report: Design for Emergency

September 10, 2005

Royal Adelaide Show

Wanna win a toy?

Royal Adelaide Show

The tagline for this year’s show “Miss it and you'll have to wait a whole year” tempted me to visit the great Royal Adelaide Show.

Really amazing, in short! Well, I couldn’t see the whole show (Just strolled around 50% of the show!) as I walked and walked alone. The battery also went dry in the camera. I managed to take some 70 odd pictures before that. Let me know if you like them.

Since, I have commented below the pictures. Look at my album Royal Adelaide Show!!

September 1, 2005

Blog Day!

Thanks to Sendhil for posting this. I often read some new blogs wondered some people start off very nice.

But, I dont often bookmark a blog! So, I list here some blogs which I consider good enough. And, you can also see my lists of 'Friends Blogs' and 'Blogs I like' at My MSN Space.

I dont write much about myself here in this space (I am willing to start posting in the near future!!), so, I like to read about blogs which are like personal diaries ..

So, here's my list:

1. Void: Puja from Bangalore writes one post per week. Well enough to read till next one is posted. Makes a good read!

2.Boing Boing: A Directory of Wonderful Things: It is hard to believe it's a blog. The story of "Success of blogs" will never miss this blog. It's almost like a media webpage!

3.Suvadu: A blog in Tamil. I read it because it is so funny and down-to-earth.

4.Chromasia: I am thinking of starting a photo blog for a long time. Some inspiration come from this one.

5. G'day Mate: For a change, see a blog from the other side of the planet. This australian blogger's blog has crossed 1.5 lakhs viewership since it's inception.

Good on you!