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Moved... [21 May 2006|11:07am]
[ mood | cheerful ]

I have moved my blog to here.

Thanks for visiting my page at livejournal.

~mks

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Extreme Browsing... [04 Apr 2006|11:40am]
[ mood | amused ]

Read this at Google Blogoscoped...

But this browser photo is a must see -

Too much!

http://splasho.com/blog/wp-content/pic.html

~mks

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Tittle-Tattle - podcasts [09 Feb 2006|05:13pm]
[ mood | good ]

These days I have started hearing podcasts. Thanks to this post by My Way. I used to think/hear about them but never really spent time on it. But now I am becoming regular listner of TWiT which is "Home to the world's most listened to podcasts: this WEEK in TECH, Security Now, and Inside the Net", in their own words.

Btw, Sunil Gavaskar also has one now at yahoo cricket. Although I have listened only one podcast from his collection, but it seems he is overly cautious with himself for a podcast as he comes out very unlively in his new venture (or probably yahoo's new venture for India).

Listening to podcasts - I found this new quicktime which comes bundled with iTunes (player) quite easy to play around for hearing podcasts. I tried one media player plugin Doppler but haven't figured out how it works, iTunes was already working.

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Steam Locomotives in China [03 Oct 2005|11:11am]
[ mood | good ]

I spent some time reading long blogs from Scott Lothes who is traveling in north eastern china where they are going to phase out steam locomotives on their main lines in the same region. Some of them are as recent as 1999.

He is unable to post photographs from there as blogspot is not accessible in China and he is posting thru emails. But his text blog is sufficient enough for the Rail Lovers.

Chinese do have Electrical Locomotives as well ;-), and compare this with their Maglevs in Shanghai. Shanghai Maglev is the fastest railway system in commercial operation in the world.

Sop, steam locomotives are still in use some where in the world. I am sure Chinese Railways will not be phasing them out completely as the blog mentions it is going off from one of their main lines (need to google on this). I have not done much reading on the Railways of the World but I thought Indian Railways were the last one using Steam Locomotives till few years back and Chitaranjan (West Bengal, India) was the last Steam Locomotive Factory.

I used to travel in them in my childhood on my way to my "Naani ke ghar (nanihaal (Grand Ma's house) we call in it in UP (Uttar Pradesh, India) or may be the hindi speaking populace)".

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My latest read - Wings of Fire... [29 Sep 2005|10:03am]
[ mood | good ]


This autobiography of our president A P J Abdul Kalam is a very nice book. I remember how we used to make fun of (failed) test flights of Agni, PSLV and GSLV etc. in our school/college days. But this one is a real "from the backstage" account of what used to happen in ISRO or DRDO during those days or even before that when I was too young to understand the importance of the launch of SLV etc.

There is a complete account of how they developed an indigenous Hovercraft (way back in the sixties) which was later shelved and we still import them. And how he lead the team who tested the first Satellite Launch Vehicle but later he watched the second test launch from the Visitor's Gallery and then he moved to DRDO and lead the team who developed all the missiles we are so used to now that we even never bother to read the news reporting their test flights these days.

Too good!

~mks

PS - I should have read this book long ago, but better late than never.
PPS - Posting this from my live journal client, LJ.net. Works slightly weird, not really convenient to start from behind a firewall but still.

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Five Point Some one... [27 Sep 2005|01:40pm]
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Koi lauta de mere...

Recently I finished reading the book "Five Point Some One..." by Chetan Bhagat. Its about "what _not_ to do at IIT". Its a nice book and brought smile to my face many times.

Its a fiction, language quite like what is spoken in college hostels (Boy's hostels to be precise!). Its like my nostalgia, generally what we read or discuss about is our parent's or grand parent's nostalgia but this one reminded me about my school/college days.

One such thing mentioned in the book is these guys sitting on top of their college roof at mid-night. This reminded me about us guys going to Ganges Ghats and staying there till late night, or going there at mid-night and coming back at dawn. (That was BHU, Varanasi)

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