Monday, August 4, 2014

Riding for charity

One disadvantage of living in a state like Massachusetts is that one cannot really bike year long without significant effort to battle cold and snow.. When the opportunity to move to California came around, I decided to make the most of it's awesome weather and bike all year long. The best way to insure that I bike regularly was to not buy a second car but force oneself to bike to work on a daily basis.

Luckily for me, 2 of my colleagues biked regularly to work and VMWare does quite a bit to encourage biking to work. The first weekend after starting my work, I picked up a new bike from Mike's Bike. Not knowing much about bikes I decided to buy a good but cheap bike..  Secteur fit the bill quite well (I discovered later that the total weight rating for the frame with luggage is lower than what I typically carry when I drop UV to daycare.. more about that in a different post). So far I have done over 1000 miles on my bike and the longest I have ridden a relatively flat trail is 23 miles.

After 6 months of biking to work I want to do more and go further in terms of what I can bike, this is when I came across a posting in Strava's VMWare forum for the Canary bike challenge.. It seems to be quite popular and has some amazing routes as part of the challenge. There is enough time for me to train to take up one of the routes. So far I have signed up for the 50 KM Challenge (which one grade 4 climb) but might consider doing the 75 KM route (with one grade 1 and one grade 4 climb!).

As part of the challenge I will be raising money for a good charity which supports real science and research for early cancer detection!

This is where you can help! Please click on the button below and donate any small amount that you can! Not only will it encourage me to train harder but also help good cause! I will keep this blog updated with my progress and other cycling related tidbits that I come across.

Donate Please!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Locals and Tourists #2 (GTWA #1): New York

Kinda matches the area I keep visiting as a tourist :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

New Blog

Have started a new blog more focused at MIT, SDM and technical stuff.
I like Wordpress, might move to it permanently in the long term.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Good Morning

Good Morning, originally uploaded by kerneltime.

Inspired from Vincent Van Gogh.. saw the recent episode of Dr Who based on him.. I do like his art.
The pic though technically is not perfect but I like it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Candid caricature

candid-cropped, originally uploaded by kerneltime.

Too bad I was not able to zoom up and frame it the way I wanted when I was clicking.. I still like the pic.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Playing with blur

Playing with blur, originally uploaded by kerneltime.

Was trying out taking blurry images of lights.. I like this one.. any guesses as to what it is?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

St Mark's Square

St Mark's Square, originally uploaded by kerneltime.

Sigh.. late night, aqua alta n pretty lights.. it feels you are walking a dream.

Gondolas waiting for their customers

I want to go back to Italy to click more pics.. I have a lot to learn and relish.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Spinning Beach ball

After upgrading to Snow Leopard, I was haunted by the spinning beach ball (source Wikipedia).

Tried many things.. eventually ran into some pages which recommended running permissions repair..

The following seemed to have solved my problems.

0. Reinstall the latest flash player.
1. Run permissions repair (via disk utility: applications-> utilities -> disk utility).
2. Restart the machine.

It seems this has some thing to do with the recent flash player and snow leopard.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

How Large Is a Petabyte? [Storage]

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How Large Is a Petabyte? [Storage]

13.3 years of HDTV content. That's approximately 58,292 movies, which means an equal number of large pizzas. So one petabyte equals 52 tonnes of pepperoni pizza. Yes, my head has assploded. For other equivalents, click and zoom in.

How big are 20 million four-drawer cabinets? As big as the Sears Tower? I have a hard time visualizing that. Strangely enough, I don't have any problem visualizing 52 tonnes of pepperoni pizza. [Mozy]


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Not a bad pick

IMG_8589.JPG, originally uploaded by kerneltime.

Had clicked this pic while visiting Hearst Castle in California, it is not a bad pic!
:( Do not remember the tour guides name.. he was really good though!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Organic Non-Homogenized

Shaws at Potter Squre in Cambridge, MA is now carrying organic non-homogenized milk! This is milk which is only pasteurized and does not have it's fat broken down to mix thoroughly.

Wikipedia has a good explanation, this is the type of milk I have been used to all my life and have found it hard to look at homogenized milk as milk. Homogenized milk seems too processed for my taste, I rather boil the milk and leave it standing to separate out the fat and milk (though you cannot really control the %fat). Traditionally, fat was separated out and used for making ghee.

I hope Shaws continues to carry non homogenized milk!

Brand: All Natural Farmers' Creamery (No Added Hormones, hope it means no hormones added period unlike other organic milk vendors which only claim no synthetic hormones).

Pic: (Could not click a better on.. )

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Wow! I was embarrassed by the poor coverage when it happened but now I am aghast!

To get folks up to speed read

The most honorable way to deal with this was to have your own blog on which you state the facts on how the original blog was incorrect. If some one thinks your journalism was shoddy, defend yourself, taking away his right to express his opinion is wrong! To make things worse it is often a stamp of approval.

I think the Indian media found itself empowered with money, satellites and a 24*7 access to audience but complete unprepared or untrained on how to handle it. In the desperate attempt to one up the other guy they just covered what they could find. I shared some of the opinions posted in the original entry. 

Copy pasting the text from

Shoddy journalism  

Date: Thursday, 27 Nov 2008 20:39

Appalling journalism. Absolute blasphemy! As I watch the news from home, I am dumbfounded to see Barkha Dutt of NDTV break every rule of ethical journalism in reporting the Mumbai mayhem. Take a couple of instances for example:

In one instance she asks a husband about his wife being stuck, or held as a hostage. The poor guy adds in the end about where she was last hiding. Aired! My dear friends with AK-47s, our national news is helping you. Go get those still in. And be sure to thank NDTV for not censoring this bit of information.

In another instance, a General sort of suggests that there were no hostages in Oberoi Trident. (Clever.) Then, our herione of revelations calls the head of Oberoi, and the idiot confirms a possibility of 100 or more people still in the building. Hello! Guys with guns, you’ve got more goats to slay. But before you do, you’ve got to love NDTV and more precisely Ms. Dutt. She’s your official intelligence from Ground zero.

You do not need to be a journalist to understand the basic premise of ethics, which starts with protecting victims first; and that is done by avoiding key information from being aired publicly—such as but not limited to revealing the number of possible people still in, the hideouts of hostages and people stuck in buildings.

Imagine you’re one of those sorry souls holed-up in one of those bathrooms, or kitchens. A journalist pulls your kin outside and asks about your last contact on national television, and other prying details. In a bout of emotion, if they happen to reveal more details, you are sure going to hell. Remember these are hotels, where in all likelihood, every room has a television. All a terrorist needs to do is listen to Ms. Barkha Dutt’s latest achievement of extracting information from your relative, based on your last phone-call or SMS. And you’re shafted—courtesy NDTV.1

If the terrorists don’t manage to shove you in to your private hell, the journalists on national television will certainly help you get there. One of the criticisms about Barkha Dutt on Wikipedia reads thus:

During the Kargil conflict, Indian Army sources repeatedly complained to her channel that she was giving away locations in her broadcasts, thus causing Indian casualties.

Looks like the idiot journalist has not learnt anything since then. I join a number of bloggers pleading her to shut the f⋅⋅⋅ up.

Update: In fact, I am willing to believe that Hemant Karkare died because these channels showed him prepare (wear helmet, wear bullet-proof vest.) in excruciating detail live on television. And they in turn targeted him where he was unprotected. The brave officer succumbed to bullets in the neck.

Update 2 [28.Nov.2300hrs]: Better sense appears to have prevailed in the latter half of today—either willfully, or by Government coercion2, and Live broadcasts are now being limited to non-action zones. Telecast of action troops and strategy is now not being aired live. Thank goodness for that.

Update 3 [30.Nov.1900hrs]: DNA India reports about a UK couple ask media to report carefully:

The terrorists were watching CNN and they came down from where they were in a lift after hearing about us on TV.

Lynne Shaw in an interview.

Oh, they have a lame excuse pronouncing that the television connections in the hotel has been cut, and therefore it is okay to broadcast. Like hell!

I’m thinking coercion, since Government has just denied renewing CNN’s rights to air video today; must’ve have surely worked as a rude warning to the Indian domestic channels.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


There is a beautiful view of Boston skyline out there but this is beautiful as well :)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

White Vegas

White country side, originally uploaded by kerneltime.

It snowed after 30 years in Vegas and on the exact day we were to fly to Vegas! Our flight got rerouted to Phoenix and we had to drive down to Vegas and it was colder than Boston!

Also, for the first time I got stuck in snow, happened in the Grand Canyon National Reserve and our vehicle had to be towed out!

Ok.. now that I am done with the rant.. the trip was awesome! Gambled, indulged in food, went for shows, shopped, went for a helicopter ride and had a relaxing time :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Falling ill

Been some time since I felt this sick.. trying out the sound track from slum dog millionaire to lift my spirits but the heaviness in the head keeps me down. 

It would have been nice if it was snowing and I could sit at home sipping warm tea watching the snow..

Monday, November 24, 2008

Good morning

I wish to be able to get up every morning and see the sun rise, there is some thing so peaceful about seeing the darkness of the night being dispersed even before the first set of rays hit us.

Alas.. most days I am awake till it is almost time for a sunrise.

Looking forward to winter.. kinda :)

, originally uploaded by c.tabler.

Winter is upon us.. apart from the chapped lips, extra clothing and lack of "carefreeness".. some of my fav pics have been clicked in winter.

Hoping to get back to clicking pics without an occasion and snapping some keepers this winter!

In the mean time here is one from one else that I really liked.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Facebook : really starting to suck

I don't event want to get into their pathetic non intuitive UI. The do have some smart developers working on the iPhone app though..

These days I am surprised to see that Orkut behaves much better than facebook..

1) Why do I keep getting logged out?
2) Why when i click on some links you tell me I do not have permission which works usually?
3) And please! If you are unable to accept text from me atleast show the text I painfully typed, don't eat it up

It is a pitty I have more current friends on facebook than Orkut.. they both suck but facebook pisses me off.

Ah.. needed to get this rant out of my system. The fact that Google is developing an infrastructure which scales is going to eventually going to win. Upgrades and architecture changes can get really tricky specially when your data keeps growing and you cannot stop serving data.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Facebook's Cloud Center consumes $1.5 Mn per Month on Electricity and Bandwidth!

Came across this article about facebook's cloud center.

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Facebook's Cloud Center consumes $1.5 Mn per Month on Electricity and Bandwidth!

This is the price you have to pay, or as some call it investing in the future. Facebook apparently is eating a Million dollar a month on Electricity bills and half million on Bandwidth. That is massive. I guess its time to host their stuff someplace else. Maybe at Amazon AWS?

Lets hope the Dubai lords are also smitten by the social bug. Obviously the environmental discussion will follow soon when I write about the dangers of not just the effects on the economic meltdown but also the meltdown of the data centers as we keep uploading beer and bras (See Nick's post here) on Facebook. I sometimes really wonder how useful Facebook really is, talk about oversubscription. Let's not call electricity a bitch,we just have to get real. These are pragmatic times and money isn't coming easy this time.

This week, the TechCruncher has reported, Facebook chief financial officer Gideon Yu is in Dubai, "possibly" discussing fund raising options with Dubai International Capital, the private equity firm owned by the city's ruler - who also happens to be the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Sources told Arrington that Facebook is spending "well over" a million dollars a month in electricity alone and "likely" another $500,000 for bandwidth, as shameless social networkers post billions of photos and other solipsistic pixels. Recently, the company said that users upload two to three terabytes of photos each day. And every second, it serves as many as 300,000 pics the other way.

The word from TechCrunch is that Facebook has set aside $100m to buy 50,000 servers this year and next. And it's supposedly buying a $2m NetApp storage system each and every week.

All this should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, we wouldn't be surprised if mammoth electricity bills have Zuckerberg and Co. sidestepping a melting US economy for large money bags in the Middle East.


Monday, September 22, 2008

A really nice collection of pics from India

In an attempt to capture the sheer diversity of India a few photos have been put at the link below.
A definite link to visit if you like pics.