July 2004 Archives


From one of those forwarded mails:

Difference between Focus on Problems, and Focus on Solutions

One of the most memorable case studies I came across on Japanese management was the case of the empty soap box, which happened in one of Japan's biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty. Immediately the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department.

For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty. Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Post-haste, the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty. No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent whoopee amount to do so.

But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the same problem, did not get into complications of X-rays, etc but instead came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.

Problems a typo can cause

Only on one server, ssh public key authorisation was failing. Its been like this for months together and I could never figure out the issue, until I saw this today.

ls *keys*

MS Outlook 2003

Do you use MS Outlook 2003 and hate those fancy coloured html / rich text mails. If you want to convert them to plain text automagically, enable this option.

Tools -> Options -> Email Options
and Select "Read all standard mail in plain text".

PS: Don't spam me with comments asking why Outlook? One of those corporate nuances.

Monday Morning Blabber

When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.
-- Samuel Johnson


Thanks to a friend of mine, I got to watch SM-2 yesterday. Little bit of sentiment, some SciFI and some SFX. Nice movie for kids. Nothing more.

If SM-2 is re-made in Tamil, Vijayakanth will act as Peter Parker.

Of course, this was the best scene in the movie.


SwitchProxy Tool extension for Firefox.

For all who need to switch proxies between office and home.


Cable TV

M.K.Space Vision provides Cable TV for us. I have been trying to watch the ongoing India - Srilanka cricket match and the service is crappy. And in between, a message pops-up covering most of the screen saying "This signal is being stolen and liable for action under the copyright act". There is also a ticker running, which says "You are watching Ice TV signal from Rajajinagar". Tried calling up both Ice TV and M.K. Space Vision but both the numbers are engaged.

Crap! You need to live with it. This month's Cable TV payment cut.


YALJM? Yet Another LJ Meet.

Tahir sms'ed me around noon yesterday asking about plans for lunch. We decided to meet up at Koshy's. Called up Nerdy and Dhempe. Dhempe came with his friend and roped in Marvin and his friend. A few pics here.

Dhempe -> Sorry, some of the pics you took havent come out good. So censored.

Honda Accord

This is a beauty.

This Advertisement for the new Honda Accord was shot in real time with no CGI involved in the sequence. It required 606 takes and cost $6 million to shoot.

Note: Requires flash
Note 2: This was written yesterday and never got posted. dhempe says this very old.

Copy + Paste

Copy + Pasting to save a few keyboard tapes types sometimes could be disastrous. I have changed it before someone pointing out. Hopefully no-one ever noticed.

Making mysql a bit more shell-like

This is cool.

'use' and 'show' will soon be forgotten.

British GP

Since the rain has kept me indoors, watched the British GP. Yet another victory for Schumacher, though Kimi gave some fight. It has become a ritual now to see Schumi on the podium, irrespective of his position on the qualifying.

Pictures from yesterdays meet

Pictures from yesterdays meet are here. Turned out to be a geek meet with flashy bluetooth devices and everyone looking for Mike-yo.


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DOS - The OS of the future I bumped into this make shift IBM road side showroom yesterday. Was baffled to see the pamphlet. He had two ThinkCentre Models with Red Hat Linux as the OS. Any guesses for the third? DOS. Unfortunately the chap was unable to tell which version of DOS and asked me to contact his boss. Click on the pic.

This saved my day today

echo "GET /" | openssl s_client -connect [ip]:443

I have a dual boot Windows XP / FC2 and am struggling to get VMware 4.5 run FC2 as a guest under Windows XP. Have RTFMed and STFWed but haven't got a clue it. Whenever i try to edit the HDD after configuring it as a raw partition it gives this error.

Failed to retrieve disk information for "D:\Balaji\E198183\My Documents\My Virtual Machines\Red Hat Linux\Red Hat Linux.vmdk":
The partition table on the physical disk has changed since the disk was created.Remove the physical disk from the virtual machine then add it again.

Any clues?

Note: This was written yesterday night but never got posted


After weeks together, I am home at a sane time. Don't remember when I last reached home before a midnight.

Saturday's Meet

Pictures of Saturday's meet with Aivalli, Premshree and Yazad Jal are here. And my new userpic on LJ comes from one of those.

The Firm by John Grisham

Just finished reading "The Firm" by John Grisham. A fantastic thriller. Couldn't put it down once i crossed 200 pages odd. Glad that its over, i can go and get some sleep.


You have an open mind. But would you close it sometime for repairs!
-- Courtesy Yazad


Installed MTCloseComments on my blog atlast. Have been bugged by fscking spammers in the last couple of days.

And am off to catch up with Alan, Sandeep, Nerdy and Premshree around MG Road. If interested, contact any one of us.

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