cogito ergo vagus

July 23, 2017

Long time no see

Filed under: miscellaneous — vagus @ 9:10 am

Been a while since my last blog post. This is just a heads-up to expect something soon. So stay tuned!


January 1, 2014

2013 in review

Filed under: miscellaneous — vagus @ 1:35 pm

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 860 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 14 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

February 13, 2013

2012 in review

Filed under: miscellaneous — vagus @ 11:25 am

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

October 24, 2012

Will You Marry Me?

Filed under: about me,humour,wishlist — vagus @ 10:08 pm

So, it’s been a while since my last blog. What has woken me up from my slumber? Please forgive me if it’s peppered with jargon and a little too geek for your taste while allowing me to elucidate.

I happened to spot an old nugget today amidst the storm, no pun intended, that is my Twitter stream which pointed me to this post about a Ms. Noriko Higashi:

I then looked at her GitHub post which makes this request:

Now, I’m also approaching my late 30s and still single. Maybe it’s because I’m a moderate Trekkie (a.k.a. Star Trek fan) but at least that’s not as bad as being a Star Wars fan, although I digress.

I was actually attracted to this gal (gawd I hope this wasn’t a gag) but, to cut a long story short, I didn’t score a passing grade by a whisker, with a 29/34 while she expects 30/34 what with me being a software engineer and all.

This is the list of the five of her preferences that I don’t match:

  • 1. No smokers. (Required) – struck out on the first one there.
  • 7. Someone who likes eating vegetables and natto. – I don’t do vegetables and had to look up natto.
  • 14. Someone who can tolerate social gaming companies like Zynga, GREE, or Mobage. – I can’t, and she even works at one.
  • 28. Someone who can play classic or jazz piano. – I blame my parents on this one for not encouraging me enough.
  • 30. Someone who plays at most only 1 hour of videogames a day, or at most only 30 minutes of TV. – While I hardly game these days I regularly stay glued to the unfairly nicknamed “idiot box” for extended periods of time.

I should mention (about item #24 on her list) that the name Peter Drucker rang a bell and I had to look him up to see whether I subscribe to some of his “seven principles” (yes I do) which I also had to look up to find out she was probably referring to his “seven sources of innovation” listed here:

That’s an interesting read, by the way, along with his wikipedia page which sums up his oft-critisised body of work.

Coming back to Ms. Higashi’s RFP (request for a partner, hyuk), there are a few items in her list of preferences which could be up for debate, though I like to think I meet them:

  • 2. No one whose personality changes when they drink. (Required) – I can’t say for sure due to the blackouts and amnesia.
  • 8. Someone who can speak with a person of non-Japanese descent for over 20 minutes (even if the spoken language is Japanese). – does saying “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto” over and over again for over 20 minutes count?
  • 11. Someone who does not become jealous of rich, beautiful or famous people. – I don’t because I already am rich, beautiful and famous.

And from the four preferences that she applies to programmers and other engineers:

  • 1. Someone who writes beautiful code–it makes me cry tears of joy. (Required) – my code always elicits the same reaction from myself.

If not for flunking five of her criteria, I would ask her “Will you marry me?”, but knowing what her response would be I’d rudely start by telling her to sudo go make me a sandwich.

January 1, 2012

2011 in review

Filed under: miscellaneous — vagus @ 11:05 am

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 40 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

March 12, 2011

Fresh Air and Sunshine

Filed under: about me,wishlist — vagus @ 9:27 pm

People who meet me might say I’m quite shy and reserved; introvert is the usual term used by the good folks with a limited English vocabulary, which includes me, by the way, not trying to be snide here. I would hardly speak or mingle with others, even with family living under the same roof. I would avoid socialising with coworkers outside the office and I generally feel uncomfortable or awkward while among (or is that amongst) a large crowd, for example, at a party, wedding or in public places.

Although, I believe, like the Obama (I’m an admirer) campaign slogan read, it’s time for change.


August 1, 2010

GemFire on my N900

Filed under: gadgets,linux,software,tech — vagus @ 10:19 am

GemFire Enterprise:
The premier in-memory distributed data management platform now with VMware/SpringSource.

Nokia’s N900: and
Runs a 600 mhz ARM Cortex A8 (65 nm, 32 bit RISC TI OMAP 3430) CPU and 256 MB RAM.

After installing mmjre and bash on the N900, let its console output do the talking:


January 26, 2010

Linux kernel ATA dmesg errors with Crucial M225 SSD

Filed under: broadband,linux — vagus @ 5:36 pm

One-line executive summary: If you face slowness, hangs, filesystem corruption and/or lots of dmesg errors about ata try adding ” libata.force=noncq ” to your linux kernel boot options.

I recently bought a Crucial branded 128 GB solid state disk (SSD) model CT128M225 of the M225 range because they’re the hot new thing to get.

The disk would work well with my copy of Windows 7 RC but to my dismay Linux would spew a lot of disk error messages as you can see here:


October 24, 2009

It Drives Me.

Filed under: about me,tech,wishlist — vagus @ 6:46 am

The gist:

  • Test driven on Sunday October 4th.
  • Driven home from the dealer’s on Saturday October 17th.

Bought a new silver Honda Civic 1.8 S MT!


October 18, 2009

I voted.

Filed under: about me,wishlist — vagus @ 6:39 pm

I voted for the first time a few months ago to elect an MP. On Tuesday October 13th voting was for MLAs and I voted again. The first time I cast my vote for an independent which I now feel was a waste. This time around I voted for Congress. Not because I wanted to vote for the party or for the local candidate. I voted for Rahul Gandhi, son of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.


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