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Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7

Unfortunately, it isn’t straightforward if you wish to upgrade to Windows 7, and are currently running on Windows XP (which almost the entire world is!). The biggest difference (from a Windows Vista user currently) being that all your programs will have to be re-installed! Yup…all…! Thats your Office, iTunes, Picasa, GTalk, Skype…everything…!!

Thats quite a pain…and unfortunately no way to get out of it.

However, Windows has been kind enough to come up a step-by-step tutorial to help current XP users migrate to Windows 7. It basically uses the Windows Easy Transfer, which creates a backup of all your files and settings (kind of the File and Settings Transfer Wizard, but this time compatible with Windows 7).

Here is the step-by-step tutorial (Right Click and Save-Link-As)

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7

The web-version of the tutorial can be found here

Main nahi maanta…!! boohooohoooo

Recall your younger days playing cricket…when the smarter guys used to bowl you out…and you started sobbing and went “yeh meri ball…main ghar jaa raha hoon…mujhe nahi khelna” (this is my ball…am going home and not playing anymore)

well…it seems some really old guys also suffer from the same

BJP Blames EVMs for assembly elections loss

BJP Concedes defeat in Maharashta; Blames MNS

such babies…! and such joy to see them defeated!

ISB, Anil Kumar and McKinsey

In yet another instance of financial fraud that have emerged like Akshay Kumar’s Films in the last year, Galleon Group’s billionaire founder, Raj Rajaratnam, was charged Friday in a sweeping, $17 million insider-trading case (btw notice how amazingly fast a concept like wikipedia updates on even biographies!)

I have never heard of this dude, but apparently he is a billionaire! So strange that he would do this for 17 mil…! So either its a false case or the hole is deeper than visible!

Also arrested in the case is Anil Kumar, Director at Mckinsey. Now a director at Mckinsey is pretty big…its a senior partner level…something that is achieved only by nomination and election. So this could be a big dent to the company (woohoo!!)…imagien clients resting seriously confidential data in consultants hands, only to realize that the same information is being used for personal gain! Well, honestly, this shit happens all the time, but being caught is not cool. Especially when you are Director Mckinsey

Unfortunately, Anil also happens to the Board Director at ISB. Which SUCKS, because this dude’s working will impact the rather fragile branding perception that ISB is going through this year. Its rapid rise in the first 6 years brought with it a lot of critics…people who love to lap onto the fact that ISB has been now involved in 2 financial scams…starting with Dean Rao and Satyam and now this!

ISB has started its band-aid solution by asking Anil to step down, but the damage might have been done! Especially when it comes to people commenting on whether “this is what ISB teaches its students!”

It hurts! But such is the price you pay for being in the limelight!

The Power of Perception

I have hated advertisers for the longest time ever…partly because I think they do a good job…and partly because they don’t (mostly) know when to stop! While the other has been (somewhat) taken care of by the “Do Not Disturb” act…its the first one that I speak about today.

You will rarely find people with a science (education) background in advertising. Before you jump onto why, I think the rationale is more fundamental (and nothing at all to do with capability, as you might have imagined!). The 2 fields are opposite to each other, in principle.

Science, as a concept, relies on the real world. Its premise is that value can only be created by ‘creating’ something. Actually building it. Something that requires raw materials, labor, operations etc.

Advertising on the other hand, relies on perception value. Its premise is that value can be created by simply altering perception. You can actually create something out of nothing.

And there is no better explanation for this statement, than the video below. Absolutely Brilliant!

Happy Diwali 2009

Wishing my readers a joyous and prosperous Diwali 2009 (which basically means I am wishing my own self…does anyone else ever come to this site?)

Naturally…its a great Diwali for India…now that even Obama has formally wished us and the White House has posted the same on its YouTube Channel…! And true to our style (not to mention my last post), the video is all over FB and Twitter and Google…!!

India finally can celebrate Diwali

A little less nationalistic hero worship, please

Joke (as heard, when I was 12)

3 nations decide to build a rocket. USA, UK and India (dont ask me how they got together). And so they decide to contribute with what they feel they have best.

US – I will pump in the money to build in and also the infrastructure

UK – I will lend all the technology needed to build it.

Both them turned towards India…wondering whats left to be done.

India – I will get “Made in India” printed on it!

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So yah…the joke might be bad and you have heard this before…but do you realize the undertone of the joke. Do you realize why this is a joke in the first place?

Somehow we Indians love to find ways to associate India with whatever is happening around the world. We get excited if Slumdog wins an oscar (which beyond Rahman is as much Indian as is Hamburger from Hamburg!), if Rushdie wins a booker (has he?), if Russell Peters wins the US Stand-Up Comedian Show (which he deserves to, if there is such a show) or if an 2nd-Gen US-Indian enters the final of the SpellingBee Contest.

Its as if “one of the fastest growing economies of the world” tag has brought with it a lot of performance pressure. We desperately need these achievements coming in! Western acknowledgement for us, is our “Boost is the secret of my energy” and I fail to understand why!

Instead of cherishing performance and achievement, we find it fashionable to display blinded patriotism!

Latest, in case is Venki Ramakrishnan. I love the fact that he has won the Nobel Chemistry prize 2009. Being a science student I somewhat understand his work (though most of it flew over the top). But suddenly the recognition has brought with it this Patriotic deluge that he cant handle! As a scientist who is not ( at all) used to such public attention, he quite innocently expressed disenchantment with people from India “bothering” him “clogging” up his email box and dubbed as “strange” their sudden urge to reach out to him.

Needless to say, the very same people who were reaching out to him now expressed anguish over his remarks. And in a wonderful admission of sorts, he writes in again today

The best way to take pleasure in someone’s achievement is to take an interest in their work and feel motivated to learn more about science.

Finally, there are many excellent scientists in India and elsewhere who will never win a Nobel prize. But their work is no less interesting and people should find out about what they do. My visits to India confirm that it has great potential and bright young students. A little less nationalistic hero worship will go a long way to fulfil that potential.

Read the entire entry here

I concur!

My World Your Eyes 1

I start a regular PhotoFeature which captures day-to-day life…from my phone, camera…my eyes!

My World My Eyes – 1

A road-side astrologer predicting the lives of multiple people…at one go!

Community Prediction

Obama wins…WHAT…???

In the biggest WTF this year, Obama has won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

ummm…WHAT…???

He has been in office for friggin 8 months…or 9…whatever…! Even more…he would have been in office around 2 weeks even the deadline (Feb 01) of the Nobel Prize closed. So basically, someone was so overwhelmed with the Obama “Yes We Can” that he went ahead and nominated him. And the committee too was so mesmerized that they friggin awarded him!

Dont get me wrong here…I like the guy…he seems nice and is trying to do stuff. But honestly, he speaks more than he delivers. We have seen enough instances of his reaching out to the masses like never before, ala Rahul gandhi, but cmon, with the shit that the US is going through he better be doing stuff too. To me this award is more of an appreciation of what he intends to do, than a reward for what he has done. And hey…thats not what the award is meant to be for!

In bigger WTF…did you know that some jackass nominated Hitler for the awards too!

THIS is utterly insane!

IF this is true…this has got to be the sexiest thing ever!

PhotoSketch: Internet Image Montage from tao chen on Vimeo.

We present a system that composes a realistic picture from a simple
freehand sketch annotated with text labels. The composed picture
is generated by seamlessly stitching several photographs in agreement
with the sketch and text labels; these are found by searching
the Internet. Although online image search generates many inappropriate
results, our system is able to automatically select suitable
photographs to generate a high quality composition, using a filtering
scheme to exclude undesirable images. We also provide a novel
image blending algorithm to allow seamless image composition.
Each blending result is given a numeric score, allowing us to find
an optimal combination of discovered images. Experimental results
show the method is very successful; we also evaluate our system using
the results from two user studies.

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