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Archive for May, 2005

C’est La Vie

Posted by Kunal on May 29, 2005

From the iitb newsgroups via arnab’s blog. Dedicated to a close friend of mine.

A woman has a close male friend. This means that he is probably interested in her, which is why he hangs around so much. She sees him strictly as a friend. This always starts out with, you’re a great guy, but I don’t like you in that way. This is roughly the equivalent for the guy of going to a job interview and the company saying, You have a great resume, you have all the qualifications we are looking for, but we’re not going to hire you. We will, however, use your resume as the basis for comparison for all other applicants. But, we’re going to hire somebody who is far less qualified and is probably an alcoholic. And if he doesn’t work out, we’ll hire somebody else, but still not you. In fact, we will never hire you. But we will call you from time to time to complain about the person that we hired.

Arnab’s website is a brilliantly designed. Just take a look.


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Theme Switcher

Posted by Kunal on May 28, 2005

I have added a theme switcher to the blog. Now you can change the skin/template/theme of the blog as per your wish! Go to the theme section in the sidebar and select a theme by clicking on it. More power to the user!

Additions to the blogroll:
Anand: Now that he is revived his blog, one hopes that his energies are diverted from spamming comment boxes to maintaining his blog!

Anish Bhatt: Fellow quizzer, rocker, Simpsons lover and IT engineer.


Update: No such plugin on currently. This feature used to work on my old blog

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Why did I switch?

Posted by Kunal on May 25, 2005

Why did I switch to WordPress from good old Blogger?
First and foremost, a big thank you to Anup for blazing the trail and finding a free hosting provider Clearphp. Now the reasons:
1. WordPress rocks. It is simpler AND much more powerful than Blogger.
2. I get my own website! Yes, this is a complete website where I can upload files, pictures, start chat rooms, forums, email, et all. All of this for free! A simple tool is provided by Clearphp to add all these thingies to your website.
3. is very slow to load at my place. Also, finding a decent subdomain at Blogger is a headache. My ultra-uncreative mind could only come up with a stupid url zaphod-beeb as all others on my wish list were already taken.
4. WordPress themes and plugins are awesome and open source. Hurrah! A tweakers delight, they are. Although the themes are in PHP (I don’t know PHP), they are very simple to understand. They are littered with helpful comments like if you delete this the sky will fall on your head. Prepare yourself for some cool changes on this blog in the coming weeks )
5. All links in the sidebar are stored in a database. So changing the template is a no-sweat job.
6. Categories! I believe categories are very important. A detailed post on categories/tags is in the offing.

All in all, a super deal.

One misconception is that Blogger makes life easier if you just want a Post & Publish functionality. WordPress is simpler. If you don’t believe me, google it!

The biggest problem with switching to WordPress (or for that matter MT) is finding a host either free or paid. One thing which I can’t understand is why the popular Indian bloggers have still stuck with Blogger? All over the world, the popular bloggers have their own domains/ subdomains. It just makes more sense to have more control over your blog.

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History Lessons

Posted by Kunal on May 24, 2005

A Condensed History of Everything
Written in a Douglas Adamsesque style, it is a humorous take on history from The Big Bang to the year 2046. It is a long page, but if you are faced with something important (e.g. exams in a weeks time!), then you will definitely find the time to read the whole page! (Thanks to Ramanand for introducing the Art of Structured Procrastination)

Some gems from the condensed history of everything:

73 BCE: Spartacus leads a failed slave revolt, inspires a pretty good flick.

999 CE: People freak out over the coming apocalypse of Y1K. Nothing bad happens, whatsoever. Go figure!

1492 CE: During their never-ending quest to get more spices and that silk, white people accidentally stumble across the Americas. Failing to notice that there are already millions of people living there, the Spanish, French and English decide to move in and start a New World. Slavery of native peoples and Africans in the New World begins pretty much the day we set foot in the place, and doesn’t end until the 20th century is within spitting distance. The end result of this half-millennium-long occupation? The Bush family, ultra-sexy strippers from Quebec, and the KKK. I just hope that Columbus received a karmic spanking for not keeping his mouth shut.

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