Monthly Archives: June 2009

Dhoni’s compilers didn’t work well this time,that’s it

India did not win this world cup.They said it was a big lie that was covered up by Dhoni’s men.It’s true that Men in Blue were fatigued and most of the key players including Dhoni and Yuvraj were unfit for playing this worldcup.But what could have we done , the schedule was way too hectic.Immediately after IPL the worldcup started.Even if the injured players were rested we would have lost this world cup.I think it is a waste of time complaining about

Rewind into past

‘Glorious moments are often hidden among the Shittiest of times,You just need Guts to find those’

Navjot Sidhu

“Remember the 1996 Word Cup Quater-Finals,there was a media news that Navjot Singh Sidhu was suffering from viral fever.The team management asked sidhu if he was okay with playing the game.It was sidhu who took the gut decision to play the game and he won the match for India.This is an example of ,NOT allowing fitness reasons to stop your spirit of sportsmanship”

Wasim Akram

“Another instance, was India’s match against Pakistan when Wasim Akram was suffering from some injury I guess.He played the game still and pulverised the Indian top order.Akram won that match at Sharjah single handedly for Pakistan.Sportsmanship”

I am sure Playing irrespective of the injury was again one of Dhoni’s Gut decisions like the one I noticed from other players in the past.If we had won, the media would never have cribbled about the loss.

We can’t expect success all the time.Failures do come very often,and they are very much necessarry only then we understand the value of success.This time we didn’t succeed , so what !!

For Fuck sake , stop complaining about India’s poor performance

There was another intance when Saurav Ganguly failed in the so called fitness test on the day of match.The match was the final of a Triangular series between INDIA/ NEW ZEALAND and AUSTRALIA.The Aussies were the clear favourites to win the final as they had been on top form and had dominated throughout the series.The venue of the final was in Eden Gardens the home of fanatic Indian cricket fans.Nobody wanted to repeat the 1996 Semi-final.And it was Saurav’s first final on his home turf.The flash news on NDTV read

“Saurav fails the fitness test ; Rahul leading the Final”

It might have been true, or it could have been like this as well.We wanted just good cricket and do not want any mob in Eden Gardens, that too.The history said Indians have never lost any final in the Eden Gardens.Still the Aussie storm was so strong that the mob looked inevitable.

So,what happened was,a Drama of fitness test and Saurav failed in the fitness test (strangely ,the coverage was shown on all TV channels) and the local fans were saved from watching their own lad being pulverised by the Aussie turf-rollers on their own soil.

The cricket community either managed the media very well by not letting them know the real reason or even the media was an accomplice in this lie for a greater good.

So, What you need to do now…

Sit back and enjoy the final on Sunday.Have a Gala time with friends…it’s WORLD CUP final between PAKISTAN  and SRI LANKA.

Update: Pakistan won the Final of the T20 World cup England.Who’s next time Sri-Lanka ??

Techworld in an ‘insane’ Vanity URL mob

If you are a regularly following technews , you must have heard about the Vanity-URL release by Facebook.It has been described as a Land-Rush by Techcrunch.I wish people could see the real thing happening here;somehow everyone is missing the point that this URL mob is marketing/publicity stunt by facebook.

Let me give an intro about myself  before I go further.I am a web 2.0 enthusiast and a half-geek trying to get away from mainframes background.I am currently working among a set of people who don’t understand “2.0terms ,I speak.Some people go mad when they hear the hottest word in the silicon valley.For those who are still not able to figure out what is the hottest thing in silicon valley,click here to know.Nothing wrong on their part,it’s a production support team and they need not know , what’s latest in Technology.

BLISSSSSSSSS ful indeed !!!

Now what it has got to do with this blogpost on VANITY-URL release by facebook.

I was reading through various techblogs as usual in the office when I read this on Techcrunch.I felt sick about myself.How could I have missed this opportunity who always keep thinking of ways to get out of my stagnant career ,  by either becoming rich over-night somehow or find a giant patron for my ideas in the techworld.

How did I miss this chance ??

What did I miss ?

A chance to become rich over-night by registering my facebook account’s vanity URL as some big  company or celebrity name and selling it over Assetize.com.If I had done so the celebrity/company might have approached me to buy their brand which I have taken.This link sparked the above idea.But I went with my usual online name ‘pinastro’.

My Facebook URL

My Facebook URL

But when I read the mob kind of squattering over the vanity-URLs , I felt , did I miss a huge opportunity to become rich over-night.(just an expression..I use often).I felt so dejected that it was reflecting on my face.My collegue who goes mad when he hears these Web 2.0 terms asked me sarcastically , “Why are you so dull, Is Twitter dead?”.I explained him about the vanity-URL.He used the word MOB for the craze over Vanity-URL.

I too agree with him,it looks like a crazy MOB.Think clearly

Is such a named-URL a new thing to social networking ?

Absolutely No. It’s already there on Twitter.

Facebook could have released this feature silently.To add fuel to this fire companies like Assetize and SocialToo are jumping on Facebook’s vanity URL band wagon.

What’s ridiculous is this shift of attitude of any new user who registers to a new social networking site:

Attitude of a New User before the Vanity URL:

“I really hope my name is the unique one and I need not add confusing and difficult to remember numbers as part of my username.Afterall my online identity is so important”

Attitude of a New User after the Vanity URL mob (fueled by Assetize.com):

“I will create a username of some well known celebrity or company so that they will buy the domain from me.Who cares about identity”

I say it’s just another popularity stunt masterminded by Facebook and Assetize.What made it sensational was the time constraint within which the URLs could be created.

Thank Goodness, I did not sacrifice my Facebook URL  for some cheap brand  just for the sake of money.I have my online identity safe 🙂

Rails Rails Go Away, Little Java wants to Play

I am learning Ruby on Rails these days and I found some interesting Rails Videos.Thought of posting some on my blogpost 🙂

How to tackle a gmail/orkut password thief

It’s a bad world out there.People are now ever more vulnaerable to spoofing and evil deeds by the crack ass cyber-criminals.As the real world is still struggling to refine the security measures against the terrorist attacks, the virtual world is already teeming with small password thieves to big bank account hackers (rather crackers  in the right terminology according to the Geeks).The virtual world is all set to become the alternative attack routes for the terrorists(which they are now using as means of communication only ,in future , Virtual Terrorsism may become mainstream).It is sure that once the real world becomes immune to the criminals , the criminals will turn to the virtual world in a big way.We are just loosing property and possesions due to cyber-crimes these days ,but there is a possibility of going further.

As in the real world,the cops come only when the situation gets worse and out of control.Cops always suggest to take precautionary measures to avoid the theft,forgery or assault.Likewise, the public needs to be aware of the basic precautionary measures to be taken to avoid their online(digital) life to be hacked or spoofed for something disastrous.

This is for those who tend to ask, What the heck goes wrong if my digital life gets Hacked (rather Cracked).

  1. People do not even realise how much they are into online-banking these day,don’t believe me,Look at yourself to believe.
  2. People do not even realise how dangerous it is to type their email id passwords whichever online services they register for.

I will blog more about the following in the coming weeks:

  • Dangers in the inevitable online life
  • Precautions that can be taken to have a safe online life

But now,I am going to tell about a very common technique used by the password thieves.They are using social networking sites like orkut and facebook.

The Attack:

The Password thief creates an orkut profile just like any other orkutter and sends you a scrap saying the below possible things:

Click on the link below to see some Actress Pictures

Click here to send you friend a Greeting card

See my nude pics on this link

The curious orkut user clicks on the links provided by a strange profile.

The link redirects to a page which looks like this

It's not the Orkut Login Page!!

It's not the Orkut Login Page!!

Look closely !!! It does look like an orkut login page but it is NOT.Look at the address bar(or URL).

What does it say ??  it’s not the Orkut Login page ..it’s the TRAP.

The user thinking that he/she has logged out by some inexplicable cyber-mistake,tries to relogin by giving the username and the password in the trap set by the password thief.And hence the gmail or orkut password is compromised.

After that the user might be able to login to the real orkut site only until the thief has not changed the password.The danger is if the user has given the gmail id as the contact email for his banking and other online services.His or Her online life is gone forever.

This is the orkut page of my friend who has become a victim of orkut password theft somehow.And the thief if her password is using her profile page itself for propagating his attack.This is how her page looks like now.

Ready for the Next Attack

Ready for the Next Attack

This is a blogpost by my ex-boss who happened to have lost his gmail password and his wordpress passwords to some brazilian hacker through orkut.

My Options

They say we can never have a new begining but we can always have a new ending. Let me see what are my options from here on.My career has come to a grinding halt after the great recession and the great pallam thalifying event.I really do not know where I am going and sometimes it’s so frustrating that I long for taking my bike and go for a trip to GOA from CHENNAI.

Today I got some stupid work to upload data to the production database.I could never have imagined after 3 years of experience in development I would end up in production support project with absolutely no incentives.I do a lot of planning , and most of the plans succeed only 75 % .The problem with my plans is that all of them demand a new plan once 75%  of the plan is completed.I think it’s due to uncertainty of the situation,so no worries.

I have the following options:

(A) Finish two three websites like http://www.dr-lokku.com and http://www.i-ambattur.in and present it in front of the interviewer while going for a new job.

(B) Start the old muttering of ONSITE to my manager ,but this time I have got a new strategy.Let’s see if it works

(C) Keep quite and do the production support and enjoy the enormous free time you get and start studying for the NID and CEED exams in Janurary.

(D) DO NOT ASPIRE for anything and you will be happy.

I am trying for all the three options except the fourth one.Somebody said :

“Never quit trying lest you will be repenting at your death bed about the things you didn’t try than the things you achieved”