may harm your computer

I had my laugh yesterday, when Google search recommended that visiting may harm my computer. In fact, the message was shown for all the search terms. This strange behavior lasted for 30 minutes and Google reports it as a bug during a rollout of a release. Google’s partner also has a posting on the same. Google promises to do robust file checks to avoid future incidents. But shouldn’t Google have them already?

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Creative ZEN PMC – Swollen Battery

For quite sometime, I didn’t bother to use my Creative ZEN pmc (Fondly called as vethalai petti by my friends). With all those scary deadlines, I didn’t bother to listen to music at work. One fine saturday, I took it to upload some latest film hits and the device wouldn’t turn on. To my shock, I found a dark spot on the screen and unit suddenly appeared a bit bulky. Yes, it was swollen. The back cover was jammed.

With a sinking feeling, after a couple of searches, landed in Corey Gouker’s Machine Inside The Mind blog. Felt relieved. After making few scratches on the back cover, I decided not to open the device by myself. Finding the Creative’s service center in Triplicane deserves a separate post. The service center guy felt that my LCD was broken. With enough Gyan from Corey Gouker’s blog, I argued with him saying it is the case of swollen battery. The guy gave me a stare and attempted to open. After some struggle, he popped the battery out and the black dot on the LCD disappeared. He said it is the first case he has encountered in Chennai. I felt so honoured. 🙂 I have ordered for the replacement battery which needs to arrive from their office in Mumbai.

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After a couple of days, the battery cracked open. Am not sure, if it would explode in the coming days. I will keep you posted 🙂

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So folks, if you own this device, please ensure you don’t keep it unused. Atleast remove the battery, if you are not going to use it for few weeks together.

Team dinner @ Copperpoint

We had just sent a new application to production and to celebrate it, went for a dinner at Copper Point, GRT. The ambience was pleasant with a mild violin in the background. While we started with a mutton paya soup accompanied by tandoori lobster, the vegans chose a fancily named “rasam soup” along with an assorted vegetarian starter. The lobster was well prepared with just the right flavours.

For the main course, we ordered naans, pulao and lobster briyani.  The complimentary fryums were great and helped us until the main dishes arrived. Naan was great but the lobster meat was not tender and didn’t taste good. May be microwaved meat? Seeing our reaction, the chef came and explained the cooking process and assured that the meat was fine. However, he was ready to offer us a replacement. By then, we were already full and so moved on to deserts without making much fuss. Overall, the food was good except the briyani and the service was cordial.

The wonderful tandoori lobster

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Meena, Ananth, Karthik, Me, Abdus – L2R

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DISCLAIMER: The above photos were taken with Abdus’s mobile and hence may look horrible 😉

Hall of shame

The sense of achievement that lingered in the hearts of fellow Indians after Rathore‘s victory came to a sudden jolt by the disgraceful behavior of two Indian weightlifters following their failed dope tests.Soon the Finger pointing game followed the allegations. The lack of unity among our sports persons and officials have surfaced once again. Perhaps this is one of the main reason why we Indians often perform awfully in world sports.

The increased number of doping incidents in weightlifting warrants a stringent action against the offenders.Hope the Indian government, Indian Olympic Association and IWF take some punitive measures soon. Only such actions,can prevent the sport from getting tainted further.

Creative zen touch – too good to believe

Creative has announced a new Creative zen touch player. The visible USP of this player is it's battery life which is 3 times more than Apple's iPod. Even if the manufacturer's claim is 75% true, it still amounts to 15 hrs. Sounds too good to resist. Rest of the features include the 20 GB hard disk, Touch pad, USB 2.0, MP3/WMA and the usual 97dB SNR. May be this time when I stop at Dubai during my travel to India, I shall it pick it up and dump by Creative MuVo 1.5 GB player which I bought 6 months back.

I wonder if any bloggers have tried this product and vouch for it?

Bravo major!!!

Just now saw the news in rediff that Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has won a silver in Athens olympics for the
double trap shooting event.

I came to know about Mr.Rathore just 3 weeks back when I was flying from Milan to Dubai in Emirates. There was a lady sitting next to me who looked like an Indian.After few hours of flight, we introduced to each other and I came to know that she was Mrs.Gayatri,an Army doctor and her husband is a major who is representing India in olympics for the double trap shooting event. Things started getting interesting and we continued with a good discussion on a variety of things ranging from Politics, Culture, Life at Italy, Her culinary skills,Shooting and so on. Then we landed in Dubai airport and bid goodbye as she was heading to Delhi where as I was having a plan of staying in Dubai for a day before I start to Chennai.

After this I started closely watching the Olympics. The media was writing that Anjali Bhagwat will win a medal for India in shooting where as Rathore‘s name was in shadow. But I firmly believed that Rathore would win a medal and it has appened. I really feel happy and wish him for his wonderful performance par excellence.He has started the medal counter and hope it continues further.

Bravo major.India is proud of you.

p.s. I forgot to ask for Mrs.Rathore‘s address. Can someone help me to find it,so that I can send my wishes to her family?

Finally I was able to find Major’s address from news paper articles and sent flowers 🙂

Gmail fanatics

Gmail has kickstarted a revolution in the webmail arena. The Gmail offer of 1GB eventhough if it's still in the beta with limited invitations, has created a shockwave among the leaders in the market space. Yahoo and Hotmail have come up with their new increased storage plans. Even localised providers like have silently come up with a 1 GB offering. And there are numerous sites that have popped up recently to facilitate trading of Gmail invites like,, and so on. People trade for money, return of favour, good will and all kinds of weird things one could imagine. Although Google has banned the trading of invites, there is still a fleshy market for Gmail invites in ebay auction site. Infact I got one for $6.After all,who doesn't want a fancy gmail account?

I wonder whether there will be a similar war for the among the free webspace providers.Only time can answer

– A Gmail fanatic