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Friday, March 28, 2008


If you are in some hurry or don't want to waste few minuetes, kindly skip to the bottom line section of this post.

To measure the mileage of my bike - Hero Honda Passion Plus.

Odometer reading when the fuel fell to Reserve level (D1) : 24376.2 kms.
Amount paid for the petrol filled in the nearby bunk : Rs. 100.00
Cost of 1 litre petrol : Rs. 57.60
Odometer reading when the fuel fell to Reserve level, next time (D2) : 24506.8 kms.


Quantity of Petrol filled : Amount paid/Cost of Petrol
= 100/57.61
= 1.74 L

Distance traveled for 1.74 L of Petrol : D2-D1
= 24506.8 - 24376.2
= 130.6 Km

Distance travelled for 1 L of Petrol : Distance Travelled/Quantity of Petrol
= 130.6/1.74
= 75.06 km


Mileage of the bike = 75* KMPL (aprx.)

*conditions apply

Testing time : mostly around 11 am and 10 pm.

Max speed : 40-50 km/hr

No pillion passenger

Bottom Line:

  • Mileage of my bike is 75* KMPL (aprx.) - need to check again : bike & my eyes [:)]
  • Above section of this post is just a sample on How to answer a 12 marks question, with just knowing a single word in the whole text book (image - as usual to fill the space)
  • This can happen to you, if you stay for too long in the office, on a friday evening, without any valid reason/work.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

some auto chips....

Maruti's Swift Dzire:
Maruti Suzuki, today launched the sedan version of its successful Swift as "Swift DZire". Swift Dzire will replace the Maruti's earlier midsize sedan model - Maruti Esteem.

Petrol variant of Swift DZire will cost about 4.5 to 6 lakhs INR and the diesel version about 5.5 to 7 lakhs INR.

Need to wait and see if this car gives a tough fight to the Mahindra's Logan.


TATA acquires....:
This year seems to be Tata Motor's glorious one. First it was Nano and now, today they have acquired Ford's British marquees Jaguar and Land Rover for 2.30 billion dollars in an all cash deal.

Good to see a Indian Motor company, shining in the highly competitive international business.


Chevrolet Captiva :
Heard about this SUV from Chevrolet. To me, the appearance rocks. With the Diesel engine, will this be the next killer model in its segment?

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Gmail down??? (Temporary Error 502)

UPDATE : Check the below URL for a set of workarounds to fetch emails from GMail when the service is down.

I m not able to access my gmail account for the last 5+ hours. This is what I see when I login into Gmail with my account :

Temporary Error (502)

We’re sorry, but your Gmail account is currently experiencing errors. You won’t be able to use your account while these errors last, but don’t worry, your account data and messages are safe. Our engineers are working to resolve this issue.
Please try accessing your account again in a few minutes.
However, my friends are able to login. Also I m able to login into other Google services!!!

Dear Google, 5+ hours is not temporary!!! Please solve the problem before I sue you!! [;)]

I can access my GMail account now (1900 hours - after 9 hours!) Hope the problem is solved for others too..

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Just miss.....

On 19th March 2000 - cool and breezy Friday evening in a small town near Ooty - an eight year old school boy was running towards his home, holding a small cup in one hand and a cricket bat in the other.

His team had just won the Cricket Tournament in the school and he was declared as the Player of the Tournament. He was so excited. His face was filled with joy and his legs were gathering momentum for every step.

When he reached the home, he could hardly stand, still managed to share this happy news with his parents. However his strict father wasn't much excited by this, rather he got angry and started scolding the little boy.

He wanted his son to concentrate more in studies. He thought cricket would spoil the little boy's studies.

The father took the bat from the little boy and put that into the fire. As the bat was burning in the fire, tears were rolling down the little boy's cheek. He made up his mind to never touch a cricket bat in his life.

Poor little boy!!!

If at all that incident didn't happen on that day,
  • India wouldn't have lost in the first round of 2007 World Cup
  • a Indian player will be the topper for the next Wisden Cricketers of the Century
  • Chennai Super Kings would have had an Icon Player for the Indian Premier League
  • that little boy would have bought the costliest Bugatti Veyron with the money from IPL
  • the Software Industry would have been a little better
  • few strange bugs wouldn't have occurred in the history of software development,
  • ..and you will not be reading this boring blog post.
How strange a simple incident can change the history!!!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Vijay, Kuruvi, IPL and then fatal Error...

One of my friends, who is a die-hard fan of actor Vijay, sent me the promotional picture of their hero's next movie Kuruvi and a link to his official website (by fans!!!) : www.vijaynet.com

Just while browsing through the home page of the website, found a message that said - "Vijay endorses Chennai Super Kings". Since it was about the Chennai Cricket team for the Indian Cricket League (IPL) Tournament, I was eager to read further and clicked on the link.

Ooops the next screen said : "Fatal error"

a bug or the message???

PS: Vijay and Actress Nayanthara endorse the Chennai Cricket Team for IPL.

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Monday, March 17, 2008


Searching for the best Fixed Deposit rate? the best Home Loan Offer?? the best vehicle Loan in the town??

You can find all these information at one place : www.ratekhoj.com

This website provides up-to-date information about interest rates in all major banks in India.

In Fixed Deposits, as of today, for 90 days Term, ING Vysys Bank provides the maximum interest rate : 9.25%

For Home Loans, Punjab National Bank charges the least 10% (for floating) and 11.75% (for Fixed)

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Friday, March 14, 2008

I m not the only one..... [;)]

This afternoon, when I withdrew Rs.200/- from the ATM inside our office, the transaction slip showed the current balance of my account in few hundreds. It is only the mid of this month and another twooooo weeks to go for my next salary.

Such a low bank balance just in two weeks after salary is really bad. Definitely not a good thing, that too when the recession is nearing [;)]

Thank God that there isn't any minimum balance restrictions for the salary accounts , else half of our salary would go as penalty.

Just when I was about to leave the ATM cabin, I saw another transaction slip on the nearby writing-stand. I know it is unfair to look into others' bank balance but still couldn't resist.


that unknown friend had withdrawn only Rs. 100/- and after that transaction his balance was in few tens only. If tens and coins can be taken from the ATMs, I m sure that friend would have cleared all his bank balance.

Feeling a bit relaxed now.. I m not the only one!!!


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Aeroplane over the head...

Every time when saying "Good Bye" to a friend at the Airport, when another friend updates his Orkut album with some cools snaps taken at a scenic foreign location, when another good friend keeps talking about his traveling experience, when a aeroplane flies over my head, feeling something odd in the heart.

Definitely not feeling jealous or envying them, but feel like missing something in life. I can understand flying abroad is not Everything in life, but at the same time I m not a Gautama Buddha.

Should fly at least to the nearby Singapore/Malaysia/Sri Lanka soon..

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The Willow does reply!!!!

and Hearty Congrats to the Indian Cricket Team!!!

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Monday, March 03, 2008

User friendly ATM????

I really can't understand why the ATMs in this part of the world have such interfaces.

Every time, when I insert the card to withdraw some amount it prompts for the Language.

When I choose my Language it will ask for the Account Type - Saving or Current

When this data is provided, it will ask "Do you need a print out for the transaction?"

... and only when all these information is provided it will ask for the PIN number and proceed the transaction. This is same for all Banks, here.

Leave the PIN number.

Why aren't the other information not being stored in the card (or somewhere), when I provide them for the first time??? I don't change these information very frequently and I guess even others don't.

I m feeling very tired of keying these information, every time [:-(]
Hope I m not the only one.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Apple to discuss about iPhone SDK on March 6

When they first launched iPhone in 2007, Apple said the SDK (Software Development Kit) for iPhone applications will be launched by Feb 2008.

Last week the Business Week said the iPhone SDK will be delayed by few weeks.

Now Reuters reports that the Apple has made an official invitation to media and developers to discuss about the new features and SDK road map of iPhone :

"Please join us to learn about the iPhone software roadmap, including the iPhone SDK and some exciting new enterprise features," Apple said in an invitation sent to reporters.

The event will take place on March 6th, 2008 at 10 am Pacific time at Apple's Cupertino campus.

btw, what does this "to learn about Roadmap" mean???

does this mean that they are only going to discuss about the SDK and the launch will take some more time. Only the Apple knows.

Being a software professional, I do understand how releases get delayed.
Hence no complaints from me.

.....and moreover I only have a Nokia 3315 [:-)]

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