Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday Begins ….crashes SAMs Club servers

Black Friday deals began at SAMs club online at 10 PM central and the website is already down within 20 minutes.

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Heard about cloud computing ?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Video : Score a zero, you can still become an engineer in Andhra Pradesh

Scoring a zero will still entitle you to get an Engineering seat, with fees fully paid by the government, in Andhra Pradesh, India. If you belong to a certain caste group. (SC/ST) Hmm!


In Andhra Pradesh, you can get zero in an entrance exam, but still get a place in the state's engineering colleges in the reserved quota.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Video : India's love affair with gold

Its a love affair. I guess its fair to call it a love affair. Unreasonable. Blind. And mad.

"No gold, no wedding," is a saying in India, indicating the importance of gold to Indian culture and tradition. Byron Pitts reports on India's obsession with gold.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Video : LeBron asks about free throws versus three pointers

Wonderful video. I knew the principle of multiplication of probability for repeated occurrences. But when looking at this specific example, it struck to me why the multiplication makes sense in the first place.

LeBron James asks Sal Khan whether it is easier to make three free throws or one three pointer

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Satyamev Jayate : What makes the difference?

Quite thrilled and optimistic about the possibilities of this show: Satyamev Jayate. Novel angle of commercial TV on social aspects.

Its worth researching more on why and how those states that stay clear of the bloodbath of innocent and unborn girls at an alarming rate, while rest of the country is so full of it.

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from Satyamev Jayate inaugural episode

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ferry Boat - Images tell the story

Technology changes fast. But infrastructure, probably take a life time for many parts of India. Beauty is life goes on with the best we have.
Ferry Boat - DSC03528_BW
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Its a tradition for some, a game for others

Its a tradition for some, a game for others.
CockFight-Bhimavaram
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

How Leap Year Brought Down Windows Azure Cloud Services

So finally, its the Leap year that brought down the Windows Azure Cloud services. The root cause behind the Windows Azure Outage was found to be a simple Leap day bug.  Read more on Windows Azure blog here.

When the GA creates the transfer certificate, it gives it a one year validity range. It uses midnight UST of the current day as the valid-from date and one year from that date as thevalid-to date. The leap day bug is that the GA calculated the valid-to date by simply taking the current date and adding one to its year. That meant that any GA that tried to create a transfer certificate on leap day set a valid-to date of February 29, 2013, an invalid date that caused the certificate creation to fail.
Source : Windows Azure Blog 

Isn't it a brighter spot of the whole issue that Microsoft got 4 years to fix the root cause of the issue :-))

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Happy Holi from Varanasi

Varanassi, India
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Happy Holi

Houston Holi 2012
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Video : Guru Brahma, listen to it the delightful way


Download Audio: http://vibedeck.com/theshrutibox/the-shrutibox
This video is what happens when you have a jam session with a traditional sanskrit sloka. Appropriately, Guru Purnima was just last week! A big thanks to the great musicians who contributed to this video. Be sure to check out their channels!

NDTV.com : Fact or Allegation ? Just another twisted title for sensationalism

This is yet another example of NDTV.com’s sensationalism twisted titles. The title says, as if this was a fact, woman made to urinate in pub...