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11 December , 2014

Can there be a cloud storage where nobody peeps into it?

Filed under: Blog — Ranganathan @ 14:04

This happened today and I felt very uncomfortable . . [ my vocab lacks the apt word ]

Google+ has a list "people you may know" .
Generally that list populates based on my GMail communication.
Today, I visited G+ after many months’ gap .

This time, it is listing a set of people .
coworker, lab assistance staff, ex-manager, et al.
and one : not related to my workplace. & I had only a few sms exchange with him.
None of these people contacted on GMail.

I was breaking my head , to root-cause how all these showing up in "people you may know" list !

MAN, this is due to Android phone. These peoples’ phone numbers were recently added to my phonebook.
And google has picked up from there.

One good-looking person has hot-looking pics in their G+ album. I can’t unsee them now.
well , that’s the least negative issue here.

Can there be a cloud storage where nobody peeps into it?
To backup my contacts; my bills & statements; to backup my rough-work doodles & thoughts.

Or do I need to take these all offline, and do a manual backup once a month?
to HDD / DVD etc ?

Those days, when backup = copy to 3 different floppy disks, were a bliss !



5 December , 2014

No sugar please. Start with half-sugar.

Filed under: Blog — Ranganathan @ 08:39

No sugar please. Start with half-sugar.

I know how sugar tastes. If you want me to relish & enjoy the taste of your coffee / tea / drink, please add no sugar.

I am not diabetic.
I am not following crazy-healthy diet plan.

It started with an accident.
Someone forgot to add sugar in a home drink.
First sip. just a split-second thought of "what the h…?" ,
& I realized: ooh, THIS is the real taste of the drink. All these years, I’ve been tasting 90% sugar and 10% drink.

Then on, I tried all of frequent drinks – tea,coffee,juice,milk,shakes,etc – without sugar.
Many of them, I felt "yuck !"
Yuck list topper: fresh orange juice (yes!).

Perhaps taste buds are heavily addicted to sugar.
so, switched to "half sugar" in all of these drinks.
Sorry, canteen staff at office forced to separately prepare my order.
And, Thanks!

This became my routine everywhere.
After 2 years of this, recently when I went out with a friend,
"okay. I’ll take by-two."
"bearer, strong coffee please. by-two. one part without sugar"
ME: "no wait. both parts no sugar."

wow, I liked it. THIS is real coffee taste.

now, 25% of my drinks are "no sugar". the rest are "half sugar".

I remember my grandpa was diagnosed with diabetes at age 74.
In one shot, he switched to "no sugar".
Good, he enjoyed REAL TASTE of things for 11 years.

Glad I switched early at 30.

No Sugar. Welcome to the real taste !


26 January , 2014

Trips to Airport, pointing to some ‘upgrades’ ?

Filed under: Blog — Ranganathan @ 14:25

Hello !
I was at Blr airport today, at a very unusual time 4am.
Friend flying to the US, and he requested me to drop him.

Now, this is my 3rd trip to Airport.

1. (late 2011) car is new, and friend comes home for Friday night, and we decide to have coffee at … well, Airport. Started at 11pm.
That’s a nice excuse-drive location for youngsters. Good road, and finally cafe coffee day 24×7. ๐Ÿ™‚
Route: via MG Rd, Malleshwaram etc. Totally navigated by said friend.

2. To receive my chacha & chachi from Mumbai, on 1st May 2013. started at 3pm.
Route: Via Reva college, after learning this cabbie-route shortcut from office friend.

3. 26-Jan-2014: to see off a friend who’s flying to the US.
3 hrs of sleep in the previous night, woke up at 2am, started at 3am and reached at 4am. Return: 645 to 745am.
Route: the main route, via Hebbal.

All nice experiences aside , . .
by trend, this is definitely on the upward slope.

So, makes me think “what is the next trip to airport going to be for ?”

Aah, all the nice upgrade thoughts are so heart-warming !


ps: typed this in gmail-compose, as an email to a friend, and changed mind to post here. ๐Ÿ™‚

15 April , 2013

Petrol prices again cut by Rs1.20: for what? April 2013

Filed under: Blog — Ranganathan @ 21:29

1. For election 2014 .
2. Reduction in petrol price, will reduce inflation figures, forcing RBI to reduce interest rates, so the real-estate gang fills its purses . Two-three years later, all this floating rate loans will hike their interest rates, and all banks will be filling the purses.

For sure, this chain will further bring down the demand for gold in 2013 , some side benefit for the govt reeling under heavy CAD trouble .




[[EDIT / Update]]
That was a very narrow focussed post, without considering global mega cues; price of everything has fallen:

However, the gangs mentioned in the first part, still stand to gain & make a killing . !

25 March , 2013

Useful links

Filed under: Linux, Tech — Tags: — Ranganathan @ 12:16

This blog to post useful links I came across very recently. All towards *The Goal*.

Originally, I would have saved these on del.icio.usย . Not anymore. These days, that site has become a shameful ugly mutant of what it used to be. Hence using this blog.

[hence, I will be editing this same post to add more links on this track.]

Useful “swiss army knife” one-liners on Unix:

Lesser known but more useful Unix commands:

Looks interesting. MOSH (MObile Shell) by MIT:

Time-saving tips that every Linux user should know:


A few good recommendations for preparation:

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1. updated Timezone and date formate just before posting this.
2. in future postsย I should be heavily reducing negativity , and increasing Positivity by a large factor.
3. will use just simple language that I know. (strictly no referring to dict / thesaurus for the articles.)

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