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  • K 9:54 PM on December 30, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: email, netiquette,   

    A: Because it fouls the order in which people normally read text.

    Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

    A: Top-posting.

    Q: What is the most annoying thing on usenet and in e-mail?

    As seen as the signature of Mahesh T Pai on Ilugd mailing list
  • K 12:13 PM on December 28, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: chat, ,   

    Just discovered accidentally – In GMail chat, if you surround text with 2 underscores or 2 stars, they show up as italicized and bold text respectively in the chat. For example: _hello_ gets converted to hello and *world* to world. If you discover more such hidden features of GMail, feel free to share here.

  • K 4:39 PM on December 25, 2010 Permalink

    This is the last lecture I am giving you. From next class on, I will only respond to your questions. This course has plenty of readings. If you don’t have questions, it is either because you have not done your reading, or you are too stupid to be in this course.

    At the beginning of all his PhD courses in Cognitive Psychology at CMU, Herbert Simon used to address his audience this way. Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Herbert_Simon
  • K 8:17 AM on December 25, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , posterous,   

    The reason why I recently shifted to this blog is detailed at http://kartikscribbles.posterous.com/one-last-post-on-my-posterous

  • K 2:37 AM on December 25, 2010 Permalink  

    One last post on my Posterous 

    I started out with Posterous 6 months back mainly to just try it out. After inactivity for about 3 months, I started posting regularly here. I have tried different kinds of posts in this period – with photos, code listings, even other type of attachments. But after my last post I was rather disappointed with Posterous and decided to move on to some other blogging platform. So, this is the last post here and I want to present my observations. likes and dislikes about Posterous.


    • Ability to post via email, though I discovered even WordPress can do that but it gives you a rather cryptic sendto address.
    • Import feature to import your posts from a previous blog, many platforms are supported. (Again a standard feature on WordPress and many other blogging platforms).
    • The Gallery feature – when you attach photos with the post email, they appear as a nice enough photo gallery at the beginning of your post.
    • Scribd support – when you attach a pdf to your post it shows up in your blog as a cool embedded document powered by Scribd (though it still requires Flash support).
    • Those cool drop downs for About, Tags and Search at the top powered by M8 theme I am using.


    • It doesn’t produce decent (X)HTML automatically for a post sent through mail.
    • Same goes for code listings, there is no way that I know to tell posterous what I am posting through email is a part of code and should come between a <code> tag pair. And appending <code> tag pair for each in line command within normal text is a pain if done manually.
    • The web interface and toolbar is also quite basic and features very less functionality.
    • In my last post I had to attach a tar.gz archive containing some LaTeX source files. I was happy to see it appeared on the blog with a nice icon and friendly “Click here to download” link. But I discovered there was no way I could update that file (or upload another one instead) as the web interface doesn’t allow that type of file. I wondered why does it accept the same file through email posting though.

    Due to my complicated blogging requirements, now I have shifted to WordPress (my favorite) again, though, this time on wordpress.com instead of my own domain. You can visit the new blog at https://k4rtik.wordpress.com and all my previous posts are available there as well.

    My concluding remarks for Posterous:
    Posterous is a good service for basic blogging but they have a long way to go to compete with solutions like WordPress or Blogger. At its current state, I feel it’s immature for my blogging needs.

  • K 12:00 AM on December 24, 2010 Permalink
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    Something that has stuck with me after Anjhan’s keynote at the last FOSS.IN:

    When you are pissed off at somebody, and you’re angry at them, you just haven’t given them enough time. Just give them a little more time — and they’ll almost always impress you.

  • K 11:51 PM on December 23, 2010 Permalink

    Hacker is any person who likes to explore details of a system and extend their functionality as opposed to most people who prefer to learn the bare minimum. (via @tuxmaniac)

  • K 5:17 PM on December 23, 2010 Permalink
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    Replaced my Studio XPS screen and palm rest 

    Got my laptop screen and palm rest, touch pad replaced 🙂 But all my stickers – Drupal, Hacker Logo, Python, Firefox, Core i7, Windows 7 – and RMS’ signature are gone 😦


    Dell Studio XPS Screen


    Dell Studio XPS Palm Rest Old


    Dell Studio XPS Palm Rest New

  • K 1:36 PM on December 20, 2010 Permalink
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    Here is a video about the features of the theme I am using:

  • K 4:59 PM on December 18, 2010 Permalink
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    Just noticed 850 friends in my facebook account and wondered – How many of these have I met personally or even over a chat? Gotta shorten up this list.

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