The world is looking for more ‘more’. But the moment we reach ‘more’, we want more of it. And the path to infinite ‘more’ is, I guess, doomed!
The world is looking for more ‘more’. But the moment we reach ‘more’, we want more of it. And the path to infinite ‘more’ is, I guess, doomed!
I purchased an expensive laptop, again, from HP and they offered to send me a printer (free after mail-in-rebate). After I received the printer, I opened the box and tried to set everything up, but was left scratching my head after not finding the USB cable that is required to connect the printer to the computer.
So I thought I’d chat with an online HP technician and that is exactly what I did today.
Imagine my surprise when he told me that HP does not ship USB cables with their printer!
What kind of a stupid, idiotic, moronic company is this?
To be precise, who are the stupid, idiotic, moronic people that run this company?
Who made the decision to not ship a cable to connect the printer to the computer?
How do these brilliant, over paid, over rewarded MBAs expect people to use the printer after paying for them?
I am a pretty loyal customer of HP and have bought a number of laptops and printers from them before. I am definitely going to think thrice before ordering a HP product now. Especially printers, considering how HP printer cartridges are a rip off!
I made my displeasure very clear to the support technician. Here’s the chat log:
Dileepa Prabhakar : I ordered an HP HDX16T (Online Order HXXXXXXXXX) and received a free HP Deskjet D2680 printer. However, the printer did not ship with a USB cable to connect to the computer. I am now left with an unusable printer.
[An agent will be with you shortly.]
[You are now chatting with Yyyyy .]
Yyyyy : Welcome to HP Total Care chat support for Imaging and Printing Group. My name is Yyyyy. Please give me a minute while I review your problem description details.
Dileepa Prabhakar : Hi Yyyyy. Sure. Ping me when you are ready.
Yyyyy : Sure thanks Dileepa. As per the records with me you are referring to a HP DeskJet D2680 Printer, with WIN VISTA installed as an operating system. Am I correct?
Dileepa Prabhakar : Yes.
Yyyyy : Dileepa, I would like to let you know that the USB cable is not a part of the printer and is not shipped with any new printer. It is ordered and purchased separately. I apologise for inconveniences.
Dileepa Prabhakar : Oh, really? Wow… I don’t know how to say this, but that’s stupid (on HP’s part).
Yyyyy : Once again, I apologise for inconveniences. Would you be interested to order the a new USB cable from HP directly?
Dileepa Prabhakar : No. Don’t want to pay double for a USB cable from HP when I can get it for far less elsewhere. Thanks for letting me know though. Tell your management that they are idiots, pardon my strongish language.
Yyyyy : Okay, is there anything else I may help you with?
Dileepa Prabhakar : No. Thanks. Good day (or night, wherever you are).
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Yyyyy : Have a good day!
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We know that politicians in India are heartless, but this is a new low. Maharashtra Deputy CM R R Patil, in a press conference on Saturday, said the following:
"One or two such incidents keep happening in big cities. They (terrorists) came to kill 5,000 people but we ensured minimal damage."
There are so many things wrong with that statement.
1. Does he thinks we should get used to this because "one or two such incidents keep happening in big cities". Of course he does! He doesn’t suffer. He has Z-class security. It’s the common man that suffers. And we all know how much our politicians care for the common man.
2. For him, the 200+ lives that the terrorists took is "minimal damage". How heartless and irresponsible of him to say that.
3. And what exactly did he or his government do to prevent the terrorists from killing 5000+ people? The state government was clueless, the state police were clueless. The only reason the death count is _only_ 200+ is because the terrorists DIDN’T kill more. And believe me, they would have killed more if they had a chance to!
4. Does he even understand that the scale of damage goes far beyond the damaged buildings?
The problem goes far beyond the state government. The central government coalition is lead by the same political party: the Indian National Congress, Congress for short. The number of terror attacks in India this year alone is so many, any other country would have reacted with some seriousness. Not so in India. And the blame rests entirely on the central government.
Our Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, is an intellectual. But he’s no leader. He was a great Finance Minister, but he has been a terrible Prime Minister. His speech on the day of the Mumbai terror attack was the low point of his tenure as the PM. It was uninspiring, to put it mildly.
The fact that R R Patil has not been asked to resign shows how ineffective Congress party chief, Sonia Gandhi, is. She’s as clueless as the rest of them, even more so if anyone can be! The now ex-Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, was a minister _only_ because he had the backing of Sonia Gandhi.
She’s the chief of the Congress party by default — it’s dynastic rule over there.
In a democratic India, the Congress party is the last remaining kingdom. It’s time this kingdom was dismantled.
I returned home from work today and opened Google Reader to check on the latest feeds. I noticed a feed from BBC F1 titled “Hamilton sets benchmark in Brazil”.
I then opened the article to see how much slower Filipe Massa was and wonder of wonders, the headline had changed to “Massa edges title rival Hamilton”.
Conspiracy theory: BBC had fixed Massa’s Ferrari to run slower, but he still managed to run fastest! BBC should be thoroughly investigated for this report. It seems to me that BBC had prepared the report well in advanced and hit the publish button even before the practice session was over.
Seriously, what’s wrong with the British press? I had earlier blogged about BBC’s biased F1 coverage. This latest ‘incident’ just provides additional material to show just how biased the British press is, including the supposedly unbiased BBC. FWIW, I have never found them to be unbiased in any of their reporting, not just F1. Balanced? May be. Unbiased? Never!
Lewis Hamilton is the most arrogant driver on track. He says he is similar to the great Senna. How much more arrogant & cocky can he get? I wish him the worst luck this weekend in Brazil. I hope his car breaks down. I do not want to see him finish the race.
I am not being racist or anything — it’s got nothing to do with his color (I hardly notice his color, being a ‘colored’ person myself) . I just don’t like him.
Massa deserves the title this season. He has been the best driver on track. If not for Ferrari’s multiple mistakes this season, Massa would have been crowned champion by now. If not for Ferrari’s dismal performance in the wet this season, he’d be level with Hamilton now, may be even ahead. It’s the new management at Ferrari that should be blamed if Massa is unable to win the title in Brazil.
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I traveled to Mumbai on Tuesday and returned back to Pune on Wednesday. And I traveled by train.
I have never been a fan of traveling by train in India, but sometimes one just does not have a choice. And in India, since there are no private railway companies, we just have one option – the Indian Railways.
For all the noise about Lalu Prasad Yadav doing great things for the Indian Railways, here are some hard facts from just one journey:
After every journey by train in India, it takes me a couple of days to ‘forget’ the stinking smell that my nose is very keen to ‘remember’. A shower doesn’t help!
Hopefully, Lalu has made enough money off of Indian Railways – he should be proud of his ‘achievements’.
As we have seen from the UI in the Windows Live Wave 3 products and the leaked Windows 7 M3 screenshots, Microsoft is moving towards a more typographical UI. Which means they are eliminating all icons from the user interface and moving towards a more textual user interface, as can be noticed from the following screen shots:
In keeping with this new UI philosophy, the next version of Office, code named Office vNext, too will have a typographical user interface. And I have exclusive access to a screenshot of a very early version of this UI!
I present to you the Home tab of Word vNext!…
Compare this to the Word 2007 Home tab:
As we can see, Word vNext’s Home tab is really easy on the eyes and makes the user concentrate on the task at hand rather than the user interface itself.
Now, this redesign of the Office vNext UI is in a very preliminary stage and Microsoft is looking to eliminate all icons, including the Office button. Microsoft is also looking at bleaching the UI with white or shades of white in keeping with the new design philosophy.
Since Microsoft never makes drastic changes to the UI without some kind of feedback, it is believed that the new typographical user interface philosophy is driven by extensive user group study data.
Microsoft has not yet finalized on this user interface model and is further investigating ways to make the user interface even more typographical. Their ultimate aim is to hit the clear, confident and disconnected user interface of the classic MS-DOS editor, edit.com.
Caught the 5:25pm show of Rock On!! at Adlabs Gold, Pune today. Nice movie. Different from the typical, crappy Bollywood flick (E.g.: Singh is Kinng).
It almost feels like Dil Chahta Hai, Part II. Dil Chahta Hai (DCH) was Farhan Akhtar‘s directorial debut and it is one of my favorite movies. Rock On!! is his debut as an actor. Rock On!!’s theme is similar to DCH, but the storyline is completely different. The acting is top class, especially Purab Kohlic as Killer Drummer (K.D.).
Farhan Akthar has sung all his songs in the movie himself. It’s pretty evident that all the actors have put in a lot of effort to bring a very realistic display of their individual skills as musicians in the movie on to the screen. However, Farhan Aktar’s voice just doesn’t cut it as a rock singer. The voice feels shaky and is not stable or bold enough. But the overall performances by everyone involved more than makes-up for this one ‘drawback’. An impressive movie by Abhishek Kapoor.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy‘s music is excellent, as usual!
At the end of the movie, right before the credits start rolling, they have put up a message: "Do not download songs. Buy CDs instead.". Why not offer people a way to purchase songs online? I don’t like buying CDs. They take up space, are hard to manage and Audio CDs can hold a very limited number of songs. Offer me a way to download songs online — I’ll pay, of course!
BTW, Adlabs Gold charged Rs. 150 for a single ticket. It used to be Rs. 130 just a couple of weeks ago. I wonder if this has something to do with the movie distributor, Anil Ambani’s BIG Cinemas. Come to think of it, Adlabs is part of BIG Cinemas. Anil Ambani is making a killing!
Official site: http://rockon.bigadda.com
I hope that she never gets a chance to become the Prime Minister of India. Politics in India has already hit a low point. If she becomes the PM, it will hit a new low. Possibly the lowest it can go. It’s not about caste and religion (she is very keen to emphasize both). It is about deserving the opportunity to lead the country. It is about having the ability to administer the country. It is about serving people and not self. She fails on all counts.
(Pic courtesy http://in.rediff.com)
Ahmedabad Bomb blasts: http://specials.rediff.com/news/2008/jul/26slid4.htm#
That image above is captioned: “A bomb disposal squad personnel inspects a bag. The police were on the lookout for other live bombs throughout Ahmedabad.”
Look at the image closely.
1. The person inspecting the bag has no protective gear.
2. We do not have robots to help in these situations.
3. Look at the number of PEOPLE just METERS AWAY from the bag under inspection.
Are we still living in the stone age? Is this some kind of a show for people to watch? What’s wrong with this country? What if that was really a bomb and what if it had exploded? Nice fireworks, huh?
Incredible India~ — still in stone age. Come visit us.
(Read about bomb disposal here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomb_disposal)
It’s the first round of state elections in Karnataka today. As usual, every party leader claims that his/her party is going to win enough seats for a single party majority. But what’s most striking, to me, is that all of them think that they are going to ‘rule’ the state of Karnataka.
This is the way politicians think in India — they are the ‘rulers’. They still don’t get the fact that they are ‘elected’ by the people of the country to ‘represent’ them as part of the government or by sitting in the opposition. They are supposed to administer and manage the affairs of the country. They are not supposed to ‘rule’ us. They are neither dictators nor kings.
I still remember the statement made by Lalu Prasad Yadav (the current Union Railways Minister) on a program on NDTV news channel. He said, and I quote: “One day, I’ll rule the nation”, in his own inimitable style. I was watching the program along with a cousin of mine and we both burst out laughing. Of course, he wants to ‘rule’ the nation. He wants to ‘rule’ the nation so that he can make more money than he did as the Chief Minister of the state of Bihar.
That’s the aim of almost every politician in this country. Get elected, do absolutely nothing for his/her constituency, make crores of rupees illegally, wait for the next election and repeat the cycle.
So as the next set of looters get elected in Karnataka this month, we can all look forward to many years of corruption, looting, destruction of public property, underdevelopment, negative ‘improvement’ and a lot more. Exciting times ahead!!!