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To Ashes

Heart broken. That’s how my plight was when Hussey fell to Schwann. Defeat was imminent after Ponting ran recklessly, possibly to give a farewell gift to Freddie, who accepted it with pleasure. Actually, defeat was on the horizon after their first innings fiasco. The Aussies looked impetuous right from the word go. Their usually rock solid bats lookied wavering. The once mighty & invincible Aussies fell, like everything that rises does. Gone are the days when the Aussies would rout the English mercilessly in their own backyard. Earlier, the English aimed to loose the series by the smallest possible margin. They would gratefully accept a 2-1 defeat; ask Nasser Hussain, Alec Steward or Caddick.

But now, things have changed after the fateful departure of the greats of Aussie cricket: McGrath, Warne, Gilli, Hayden, Langer, Martyn and others. Aussies now struggle for victory, unlike in past when triumph came naturally to them.

People hate the Aussies, mainly because of their h…

Redefining an Operating System, the Google way

The traditional view of an operating system is something that loads when we switch on our computer, and shows us a desktop with icons, and which has a start button at the bottom left corner, so on and so forth. So basically, a plebeian idea of an OS conjures up images of either Mac , Windows, or at the most Linux. Can someone revoltingly usurp the traditional view, and more importantly, ideate something new? Well talk of revolutions and it rings(or Bings :) ) 'Google'. The frizzy braniacs at Mountain View have embarked on a journey just to do that. By winter next year, we will witness, either a farce or an exemplary new OS. I am vouching for the latter possibility. The news that Google is going to launch a Chrome based open-source(duh!) OS, based on Linux kernel, has received extreme reactions. Most people are thrilled, few say they anticipated it, and others have started flunking it.

They(the techies, who else!) say that they saw it coming when Google announced Chrom…

We the Consumers...

Marketing managers place the almighty consumer at the center of their efforts. And nothing wrong in it, after all the consumer is the king of the market. But does this make him arrogant? With increasing choices, a consumer does not think once before disposing a mean demeanor. To quote an example, some time back I went to crossword to indulge myself in reading. It was Saturday and something around 10.20 in the morning. What a morning it was, clear sky and light breeze. A perfect day for vacation.

Fresh and clad smartly, I entered the kingdom of books. Although I find almost the same books at the same place every time, the place thrills me. While I was looking around, picking and dropping books, I observed strange glances. The staff was looking at me rather uncomfortably. I ignored and continued my quest for the book I would partially read that day. I was the only 'outsider' in the shop then.

Some time later, a middle aged lady entered the shop. She looked in a hurry. …

GMail labs - Undo Send

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/new-in-labs-undo-send.html

A brand new feature is being tested in the GMail labs. Soon, you will be able to undo message sending, sent by mistake, or if you forgot to attach a file or include an important person(read boss!) in your email. Seems like GMail would be giving a tough fight to email clients like the Micrsoft Outlook. When you get all those features in your good old web browser, why would you wish to install a heavy program for it!!

The catch here is that you may undo send only within some stipulated time after you actually send a message, and that time being very short, only five seconds, I am not sure how effective would it be. But as far as my experience guides, I have observed that I catch mistakes in a sent message within a couple of seconds after clicking the SEND button. And even if you close the browser within those 5 seconds, your message will be sent anyways.

So, basically GMail holds on your message for 5 seconds after …

A disposition for war

Can killing of innocents be justified? Israel says it is justified as a collateral damage in a vast operation in an attempt to protect oneself.....Well! Is it enough? I don't think so. Almost 400 out of the thousand casualties of this war are women and children. Israel's claims are even more skeptical as they have barred journalists from entering their war playground. Not just journalists, they even prevented humanitarian aid to reach the needy under the argument of danger of arms smuggling. Does self protection mean exterminating the entire race of the enemy? I sometimes wonder what Israel would have done if Palestine had been a state with a powerful defence architecture. Had they been equally belligerent? I doubt. The violent reaction is precisely because they know that Palestine is a helpless guerrilla state.
Everyday, more and more incidents of human rights abuse are being reported. Latest one is the use of white phosphorus. The chemical is known to burn flesh…