Business Technology

Why I would skip HD DVD and Blu-ray rubbish

HD DVD and Blu-ray format war for next-gen high definition content just doesn’t excite me at all. I don’t see a great need to choose between the two mediocre and confusing things; and the DRM obsession beyond reason in both is simply too much to accept. Add the price/performance factor, and you’ll quickly realise it’s simply a dumb idea to invest in these technologies. On the other hand, IPTV (and generally, convergence to IP) is amazingly cool and I’m really really looking forward to it in next 2 years or so.

10 Reasons Why High Definition DVD Formats Have Already Failed

Health India Social

Yoga and Pranayam re-invented

A lot of controversy surrounds Swami Ramdev, but there is no doubt that he has re-invented Yoga and Pranayam by bringing it to masses – no less than several million people! Personally, I fully concur with his critical views on soft drinks, in particular ones that contain aspartame, which can lead to several fatal diseases.

Re-inventing yoga for the masses


Mysterious number 6174

The most beautiful piece of Mathematics is Euler’s identity, the equation e^(pi i) + 1 = 0 or its variant e^(pi i) = -1, where i is iota or sqrt(-1). 6174 is another beauty of Mathematics. I randomly selected 4644 as the test case, and reached 6174 in 4 steps. Via reddit. Duggmirror.

Mysterious number 6174

Productivity Technology

Best graphing/plotting tools

The best ones I’ve found so far. Any recommendations for better ones? Google directory has many more.

Meta Social

Federal Income Tax in America is unconstitutional!


This documentary is definitely worth ~2hrs of your life, especially if you’re an American citizen or resident. Hell… based on Russo’s conclusions, it’s worth watching if you even live on this planet and value freedom.

And here’s another site which seems to have a fair few similar-themed movies and documentaries.

America: Freedom to Fascism

India Productivity Technology

Google now maps India

Google Maps now include Indian cities! Thanks to Navneet for the tip.

Innovation Technology

Insight into future of Computer Architecture

A very insightful interview by the legendary H&P. Summary: The future is parallelism and we don’t (yet) have a good programming abstraction for it. The most promising solutions IMHO thus far are STMs and some aspects of IBM X10 (ppt).

A Conversation with John Hennessy and David Patterson