Just got to know about LG‘s Multimedia Refrigerator which has a touch screen, a built-in video camera, and many more. Couldn’t imagine browsing the net from a fridge but then, few years back I didn’t imagine anything about free e-mails, mobile phones, internet, blogs et al.

Intsereitng find!

Randomising letters in the middle of words has little or no effect on the ability of skilled readers to understand the text. This is easy to demonstrate. Look at this..

In a pubiltacion of New Scnieitst you could ramdinose all the letetrs, keipeng the first two and last two the same, and reibadailty would hadrly be aftcfeed. My ansaylis did not come to much beucase the thoery at the time was for shape and senqeuce retigcionon. Saberi’s work sugsegts we may have some pofrweul palrlael prsooscers at work. The resaon for this is suerly that idnetiyfing coentnt by paarllel prseocsing speeds up regnicoiton. We only need the first and last two letetrs to spot chganes in meniang”

Source: A forwarded mail.

(Un)Movable Type

Mahesh in his e-mail to me (see below) and Codey thru’ his comments at Kribs’ blog explained why and why not to shift to Movable Type.

Moving to Movable Type is like using Microsoft Windows. It’s become a standard blogging system because so many people use it. That’s why you get the best features, most important of which is interoperability with other blogs (RSS feeds, Trackback, import/export feature, etc.) Also, there are frequent improvements and updates to the software. So you’re always “safe” when you use MT. Of course, if all you want is simple bare-bones blogging, anything will do. Prior to this, I used Web Crimson. – Mahesh Shantaram

As of now, I have decided to wait and watch. Would do some tests myself and decide whether to jump into the MT bandwagon.

Bulk Mails

Rediffmail has a strange way of categorising mails as Bulk ones. I use that mail account only while making online purchases and yesterday few important mails from the seller were marked as ‘Bulk’ and got sent to the ‘Bulk mail’ folder. I was about to give the seller an earful but thankfully I checked that folder checked and discovered the folly. In that sense, Yahoo does a good job.

I enjoyed what I did at work this morning. I prepared the ‘question paper’ for the screening test that the job applicants would be taking up as our company is looking to recruit someone. One of the all time favourite job interview question of the Tamil film makers is “What is the capital of Denmark?”, irrespective of what the job or company is (I don’t know why, but I have observed it in many films). I was quite kind to the applicants ensuring no such non-sense.

National Express

Yesterday, I was booking tickets over the internet for our forthcoming trip to London. I was in for a pleasant surprise when National Express, the coach operator offered a ‘Special Value’ fare of £2.00 return to London, the journey which would normally cost £22. For two tickets it was a great savings, particularly when you convert the saved money in to Indian Rupee equivalent. Long live National Express!! :))

This day in 1996, as a twenty year old I sheepishly entered the premises at 127, St. Mary’s Road, Alwarpet, Chennai. That bungalow owned by veteran Tamil comedian Nagesh housed a division of Ramco Systems, where I began my career as ‘Software Tester’ and my association with the company still continues. Being in an industry known for its huge employee turnover, seven years in the same company is considered to be ‘longish’ but not when I see many veterans still hanging around. I have had several pleasant memories (& a few bitter ones too) in the professional front and I can say for sure that Ramco has shaped up my personality on many fronts and is partly responsible for what I am.