Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How Newton's girlfriend is the reason you are reading this post now: The Butterfly Efftect, Chaos Theory & The Horse Shoe nail story

"For uncommon solutions you need to look in uncommon places"- from the book 4-hour body by Tim Ferriss.

Now comes the famous rhyme:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

The Butterfly effect from Wikipedia:

The butterfly effect is a metaphor that encapsulates the concept of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory; namely that small differences in the initial condition of a dynamic system may produce large variations in the long term behavior of the system.

The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events (compare: domino effect). Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different. While the butterfly does not "cause" the tornado in the sense of providing the energy for the tornado, it does "cause" it in the sense that the flap of its wings is an essential part of the initial conditions resulting in a tornado, and without that flap that particular tornado would not have existed.

Well, enough of copying. Now my version:

Sir Isaac Newon had a serious argument with his girlfriend (probably an exaggerated story, don't believe it )
 He went to his garden
An apple fell onto his head
He discovered gravity
Gravity became the backbone of classical physics
In nearly 350 years, the focus of physics became from macro to micro
From the micro approach, modern physics was born
Modern physics evolved and gave birth to electronics
In the early 1950 transistors were born
Researchers learned how to make gates
Microprocessors came into this earth
Steve Wozniak built the computer with a graphical user interface
Bill Gates developed on DOS
Windows was born, Mac evolved

IBM had the monopoly in personal computer market
Michael Dell decided to compete with IBM
In 1990 Tim Berners Lee created World Wide Web 
Torumoy bought a Dell laptop and with the help of Tim Burners Lee, published this post on the web
Now you are reading this post


So this is how Newton's (crazy) girlfriend is the reason you are reading this post now.

(Note: I am drunk with at least  250 ml of Vodka right now. Any mistake is sought to be seen in a merciful manner)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Trust: The Secret Smile

I was reading a book lately and there I found the most meaningful description of trust till date.

So here it goes:

"Trust is the safeness we feel in a relationship".

Do you ever feel scared thinking that you will make a huge mistake and your parents will leave you? I guess no. That's the level of trust you have with them.

You have recently started going out with a girl who you dearly like. But she doesn't know that your smoke. So you are always hiding that fact. You are scared that she may not go out with a smoker. That's the feeling of safeness you have, that's the level of trust you have.

You are already deep into the relationship. She knows you all in all. You make the mistakes, she accepts them as they are. Nothing changes. You still plan to go out with her for the latest Harry Potter movie. You enjoy that she accepted your mistakes so nicely. You appreciate that. You love her more for accepting you as you are, for accepting you with all the faults you have. You smile silently. You make a promise to yourself to be better. You try Getting better than yourself everyday so that one day you can make her smile silently by being a nicer person to her than you are today. You don't lie about the cigarettes but feel that she feels suffocated when you smoke. You don't like that. So you start trying to quit. One day you quit. Now you can imagine her silent smile. You feel happy thinking 'right now she is feeling happy thinking she has influenced you to get out of one injurious habit of your life'. You appreciate the life even more, you want her to smile like that a lot more times. Day by day you become more open to her, you learn to admit your mistakes and let her influence you to be better each day. You are an open book to her. She reads it, she does the proof reading. You become the hard cover edition. No more fear of making mistakes again. She trusts you all in all the way you trust her. No giving, no sharing. Just an outward feeling of trust. No strings attached yet the trust is stronger than ever.

(Note: I have never smoked even a single puff in my life, it's just a metaphor).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Which of these is not a web browser?


Does this post really need any description?

Yes it does.

Why?

Because the participant was unable to choose from these four options. It took an entire audience vote to pick an answer.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Blackmore playing Beethoven's 9th Symphony- When you add speed to feelings!




People who don't know Ritchie Blackmore and still listen to hard rock and heavy metal music should hold back, pause for a while and show gratitude for the man for whom the maddening rock and roll music has gone into such heights. He alone pioneered these two genres in the late 1960s and early 1970s (Deep Purple). Arguably his guitar riff  "Smoke on the water" is the most famous and greatest guitar riff ever composed (you may have heard it in the movie 'The School of Rock'). However in 1997 he completely changed his musical style and along with Candice Night (now his wife) came up with a Renaissance influence folk-rock band named Blackmore's Night . I have been listening to them since then and can't recall how many times I have listened to their tracks (probably 300 times or more than that: I remember every second of their every song, I can even anticipate what guitar sound will come next, the ups and downs of Candice Night's voice, even the way her emotional voice changes).

On the other hand, Beethoven is one of my most favorite classical composers (along with Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi). His 9th Symphony is the first one I learned to play on guitar. I still don't understand whether it represent's sadness, happiness or something else, but it is always good to listen to.

I am so excited to find this video that one of my favorite guitarists is playing Beethoven's 9th symphony in a grand style. He played with a Blues tone and added more elements to the original music. Anyway, no more reading. Enjoy the video!!




Monday, October 18, 2010

SPlayer: One video player to rule them all...!!!



In my 12 years of computer life I have come across many video players. I remember in 1998, Super Docoder was all I could think of. Later switched to Power DVD when DVDs got popular. When I became a little more pro, I started using Media Player Classic, Hero Super Player was a backup player. When I knew more about techworld, VLC got into my way. But let's be honest, VLC is ugly. I also tested WinDVD. Occasionally I use Windows Media Center and Windows Media Player 12 wieh K-lite mega codec pack.

If you go to www.cnet.com (Download.com), you will find the highest downloaded video players are GOM player, VLC player and KM player. Let's get a little more analytical.

Benefits and limitations of VLC, GOM, KM player.

1. VLC: It plays almost any kind of file, boosts sound to a great extent (sometimes makes it harsh to listen to). It's ugly and often freezes and crashes my system.

2. GOM player: Plays almost any kind of file. Has good default shortcut keys (left,right: for jumping forward/backward; up,down: for volume increase/decrease). It also automatically adds files to the playlist from a folder. It cannot play .VOB files well (DVD copy) and it doesn't integrate with the Windows 7 aero theme.

3. KM player: It overcomes most of the problems of VLC and GOM, but still it has some limitations. I have found if the video file is of low resolution (specially FLV files), it makes the characters feel like robots. Also, it doesn't have a good sound booster.

Now imagine a video player which has all the benefits of VLC, GOM and KM player and doesn't have a single limitation of any of theirs. Yes, that's what I am talking about. It is SPlayer. Probably it is Chinese/Japanese (not sure). But it is superb. It has been my default video player for months and has never made me upset a single time.

Let's look at its benefits one more time:

1. Plays any file under the sun.
2. Has navigation like GOM player (read above).
3. Boosts sound but doesn't make it harsh.
4. Automatically adds files to the playlist from a folder.
5.Automatically downloads subtitles. PLEASE READ AGAIN, automatically downloads subtitles.
5. It makes the pixel smoother. So the video looks better.
6. It has transparent control.
7. One click play/pause control.
8. Double click full-screen toggle.
9. Integrates with Windows 7 aero theme.
10. Doesn't make the system crash.
11. It has Home Theater feature (good news for Windows XP and Windows Vista/7 Basic users).
12. It has one click GPU acceleration feature.
13. In case you mistakenly closed one file, next time you start it SPlayer will resume from the last scene you saw.
12. Finally (but not the least), it is a small download of around 4.5 MB.

Well, SPlayer hasn't paid me to write all of these. I simply felt compelled to write about it as very few people know of it. Download it from this link (click it).

Friday, October 15, 2010

Stuck with 5

Sleep, sweet sleep, beauty sleep! I have spent a considerable amount of time reading and researching on sleep. But somehow sleep doesn't like me. It only maintains a business relation with me.

I don't remember last time I slept more than 6 hours. 5 hours is my average. Mostly it varies from 4 and a half hours to 5 hours. I have tried many ways, but I can't increase it.

So yesterday I decided to take an ultimate attempt. I worked out in the gym for 2 hours. I was determined not to sleep in the day time (which I never do). I had more than enough rice (I am a massive eater). Ended the dinner with sweet deserts. At that stage my body became so heavy that I felt lazy to move my fingers to type my password. I thought I was ready to have a "death-in-the-hell" sleep. But I wanted to go beyond that point. I opened up a bottle of wine and drank half of it. I was supercharged to drown myself into sleep. But I had to do even more. People say brain exercises before sleep ensures the soundness of it. So I solved one Sudoku puzzle. It was hard to solve considering I had had half a bottle of wine.

Last minute preparation. I went to the restroom to get refreshed. Used some cosmetics as it is known that the aroma of artificial cosmetics makes you feel sleepy. I turned on my laptop and spent some time deciding who should I listen to: Mozart or Beethoven? I like Mozart, but I guess for sleeping no one comes close to Beethoven. Thought of listening to Moonlight Sonata, but got away from that plan as the music is fast paced. Finally ended up listening to another soothing piece by Beethoven and played it on an eternal loop. Opened up all the windows to ensure enough oxygen supply in the room. Drank that much amount of water which would not force me to go to washroom in the middle of the night but would prevent me from getting dehydrated. I was readier than ever.

Though I was extremely sleepy, I decided to do some breathing exercises from Zen Buddhism. I have learned some methods from the book "The Miracle of Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh. Turning off the light, I decided to do that for 5 mins. Well, I don't remember after that. I slept. I guess that was 4 am in the morning.

The next thing I remember is getting up this morning. I felt so fresh. The wine hasn't made my body dehydrated. I was in a very good mood. Beethoven was still playing on my laptop. Nice smell of the morning breeze came into my nose. I felt I had hell of a sleep. I wanted to break my traditional 5 hour sleep record. I did. Or at least I thought so until I looked at my watch. It was 9 am.

I can't get away with my 5 hour record. It has choked me with its tightest grip. There is no way out of it. At least I would feel better if later in the day I felt dizzy or sleepy. No, I felt totally fine. I won't get my beauty sleep (The phase of sleep when you see dreams. It is usually easier to achieve if your sleep breaks once and then you go to sleep one more time for around two hours). Sleep doesn't like me. I am stuck with 5.

Friday, October 08, 2010

The Probability of Probability

The probability of probability is 0 or 1.

Recently I read the book 'The Black Swan' by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The book is highly philosophical and often shows the dumbness of probability. Here is my take:

We may say there is 80% chance of rain today. Truth is either it "rains" or it 'doesn't rain'. The probability is either 0% or 100%.

A coin may have 50% chance to fall on its head or tail. That suggests if you take 100 sample examples, 50 times it will fall on its head, other 50 times it will fall on its tail.

Suppose you experimented with a coin only twice. Both the times head came on top. So based on your two experiments, the probability of getting head is 100% which you surely know (from your practical experiences) is not true.

Well, NN Taleb used some similar examples in his book. Many people criticized this book as he (almost) insulted financial economists (directly). His logics are infallible and he has proved how many times they have been proven wrong (even Nobel laureates). When I read the book I didn't have any particular issue in my mind, I simply wanted to enjoy the book. And of course I had some expectations.

But the book has surpassed most of my expectations. It has taught me to be a skeptic, to be empirical rather than optimistic or pessimistic.

Lets look at another theoretical example (this one from his book).

In 1994 the price of oil per gallon was 27$. Some financial farms (based on probability) predicted in 2024 the price of oil for the same quantity will be 54$. Alas, in 1994 itself, within 7 months from the date of announcement, the price became 54$. So this is how wrong probability can be.

(note: my memory surely has betrayed me while writing the above paragraph. But please don't focus on the accuracy of the numbers, the concept is main and that is accurate).

NN Taleb pointed out one of the prime reasons this probability game fails because we always expect people will behave rationally in the given time which surely people don't do.

You don't know whether you GF is gonna dump you tomorrow. Based on the probability which is based on the statistics gathered from all your previous dates, you are gonna have a wonderful dinner with her tomorrow. But this probability appears to be right till the moment she dumps you. At that moment the value of probability is 0. If you have had 100 dates with her including the day she has dumped you, based on the statistics the chance of having another date with her is 100% (because she has shown up all the previous 100 times). But in reality it is 0. Human beings don't behave rationally and that's why we are human beings.

Forget all this probability game. If you meet an astrologer who is going to tell you your future, listen to him till he finishes and  the next moment give him a tight slap. Tell him he is a con man and liar. If he knew his own future, he would not take you as his customer. He would act smartly and avoid the slap!

Spider Woman

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Math Magic: Trick 1

You can surprise anyone by showing how quickly you can calculate whether one number is divisible by 3 or not.

Say 1235678. How you know if it is divisible by 3?

Add all the individual digits of the given number.

That is: (1+2+3+5+6+7+8)=32.

32 is not Divisible by 3.  Hence, the given number is not divisible by 3.

If a number is divisible by 3, the sum of all of its individual digits will also be divisible by 3.

Now let's take this number: 17746404.

Add them up:

(1+7+7+4+6+4+0+4)=33.

33/3=11.

So 17746404 is divisible by 3.

Now it's time for you to surprise someone.


Update:

My friend Anshul pointed out the trick is also applicable for 9. Thanks to him. 

Are you ready?

ready?
ready to get kisses?
ready to kiss me?
ready to be loved?
ready to love me?
ready to hear me singing?
ready to sing for me?
ready to make me smile?
ready to give me your smile?
ready to let me find you?
ready to get lost together?
ready to make our dreams come true?
ready to dream together?
ready?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Send/Receive 2 GB of data even using the worst Internet Connection (An overview of online backup services)

Here is a list of the upload limits of the popular email services:

1. Gmail: 25 MB
2. Yahoo mail: 25 MB
3. Hotmail: 10 MB.

Google docs and Windows Live Skydrive both let you upload 50 MB of data at once. Though using skydrive you can send a total of 10 GB of photos to someone, but you have to upload them manually and that's a pain in the ass.

There is one more upload service: it's Megauploader and it lets you upload a maximum of 1024 MB of data at once, it supports download managers, but uploading or downloading is still painfull in it.

But here is an easy solution to all these problems. Start using Dropbox right from this link. You can send a single file of maximum size of 2 GB or multiple files totaling upto that much size without a tiny bit of hassle once you have installed dropbox.

So what is Dropbox?


Dropbox is an online backup service having the following features:

1. It is platform independent: so you can use PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Android phone and you can access your data from anywhere.

2. It creates a new folder in your My Documents folder (the home folder for Linux users) titled "Dropbox" the only thing you need to do is just "copy and paste" the files into that folder. Dropbox will take care of the rest.

3. Dropbox always saves the last condition of your file. So even if electricity goes off, or if your internet connection fails, the upload/download process won't start from the beginning again. So for dial-up internet users, it is a great news of relief.

4. Dropbox doesn't slow down your internet connection. It uses an intelligent algorithm to find out when you are connected to the internet but not using it. It will only upload/download when you are not doling anything on the internet.

SO what you need to do?

1. Download Dropbox from this website. (around 12 MB for Windows)

2. Install it  and register (hardly takes two mins). Remember to remember your id and password.

3. Go to your dropbox folder and put whatever data you wanna put in there (just copy and paste).

4. Tell your ID and Password to the person you wanna send the files to. Also that person must install dropbox in the same way you did.

5. Forget about it. Go to your kitchen and make a cup of tea (You don't have to worry about it anymore, the file will be sent/received on time depending on your internet connection speed).



Well, now it's my time to go to the kitchen and drink some Chinese tea.

Note: you can access your data any time even on the web using your ID and Password.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I wanna enjoy sleeping a little more, I wanna sleep by the beach shore!! (create your own sleeping music)



I am sure, like me, many of you consider sleeping as an art, an act to perform, rather than just bowing your head to the nature's tool to refresh your body. So how about adding some more colors to that piece of art?

Do you ever wonder how you would feel if you could sleep by the beach shore everyday? How about sleeping in a tin shed room where the continuous rainfall creates music? What if you hear the birds twittering? Or forget everything, how would you like to sleep turning your lights off and hearing the sound of a thunderstorm?

Well, all of these can happen if you simply adjust the sound according to your mood in this website. (click the link)

So my friend, from today add an extra dimension to the heavenly act of sleeping and get lost in your dreams with the background music from nature.

By the way, after composing your own music you can also save it as a wave file and listen to it every night before going to sleep.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Finally Video Chat on Linux is available: Thanks to Google.



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You may have made your hands dirty with Empathy, Pidgin, Kopete blah blah blah, but finally you can buy the soap from google and get rid of the trouble.

Yes, now video chat is available on Linux. Lack of a video chat application was the only disadvantage Linux was having over Windows or Mac OS X in spite of being superior in all other ways (zero virus attack: in fact you can try to play with Chernobyl virus and try to execute it).

So guys, now nothing will stop you from switching to Linux. When you are working on your Linux PC, from any browser (e.g. Firefox or Chrome), search for Gmail chat. There you will get a plugin. Follow the instructions and you are ready to go.

I will come up with a lot of posts in the next few months to make Linux simple for you.

Till then, cheers...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Human clone of opposite sex.

The following song is written by Randall Garrett. Later few stanzas were added by the science fiction god Isaac Asimov.

Oh, give me a clone


Of my own flesh and bone


With its Y chromosome changed to X


And after it's grown


Then my own little clone


Will be of the opposite sex.




(chorus) Clone, clone of my own


With its Y chromosome changed to X


And when I'm alone


With my own little clone


We will both think of nothing but sex.




Oh, give me a clone


Is my sorrowful moan,


A clone that is wholly my own.


And if she's X-X


And the feminine sex


Oh, what fun we will have when we're prone.




My heart's not of stone,


As I've frequently shown


When alone with my own little X


And after we've dined,


I am sure we will find


Better incest than Oedipus Rex.




Why should such sex vex


Or disturb or perplex


Or induce a disparaging tone?


After all, don't you see


Since we're both of us me


When we're having sex, I'm alone.




And after I'm done


She will still have her fun


For I'll clone myself twice ere I die.


And this time without fail


They'll be both of them male


And they'll each ravage her by and by.


Source: I. Asimov A Memoir by Isaac Asimov.

Monday, April 05, 2010

iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTorumoy and some more 'i's

 




I got this idea about 8 months ago when I was reading an article about Steve Jobs and found out that he wanted to define his position at Apple as iCEO. I thought if Steve Jobs loves 'i' so much, we can do the same to show him some gratitude for his contribution to all the 'i' Products. Seriously, the first thing that came out of mind about 'i' is "Why can't we replace the term Asshole with an iAsshole"??

That would have been naughty, so I didn't. But I use it sometimes when talking with close friends just to make fun.

One day one friend came to me for a weekend afternoon guitar session. At one point he wanted to use the washroom. I showed him the way. He couldn't stop laughing when he found the label on the washroom door reads "iToilet".

I was thinking why Mr. Jobs loves 'i' so much? Even his book is titled "iCon". Probably, the reason is 'i' is related to imaginary numbers in Mathematics. So if someone has knowledge of basic Algebra, 'i' will trigger a part of his/her subconscious mind which thinks 'i' means 'imagination', 'imaginary' or 'something that you can only imagine'. Hats off to Mr Job's vision.

So far I have experienced Apple's many 'iProducts'. I love iPod (though I think the sound quality of Sony Walkman is better). I have used iPhone and like it. I have always wanted to have an e-book reader and also a netbook; now it looks  like iPad will solve this. But it will take some time for me to get it. Also, I wanna wait till Microsoft launches "Microsoft Courier" which may have better features than 'iPad'.