Cell Phones can cause Ear Tumours

Thanks to Murthy for sending this one. BBC has a story, where Swedish researchers found that using your cell phone for 10 years or more increases the risk of ear tumours by four times! The Karolinska Institute study of 750 people found the risk of acoustic neuroma rose by 3.9 times on the side of the head the phone is used. There was no increase in risk on the other side of the head – giving an overall rise in risk of 1.9 times. Acoustic neuroma is a benign tumour in the auditory nerve, which can cause brain and nerve damage. It affects one in 100,000 people.

Maybe its about time you thought of using a hands-free (be it wired or wireless), its not only safer while driving but apparently you won’t have things growing out of your ear!

Selling my Car

If you were looking for the car advertisement then please either scroll down or you can click here.

Since there are a bunch of guys interested in the car, I was to keep this at the top of the blog.

Selling my Car

I want to put up my 1998 Honda Accord EX on the market and if any of you are interested in buying an excellent vehicle then please leave me a comment here.

I have brand new tires and brakes on the car. I also have all service records (Major, Minor and Oil Changes) and have kept the car in brand new condition both from the outside and inside with regular and timely servicing. The car looks great and is in excellent mechanical condition and needs no reconditioning. The engine is good with no leaks, etc. and the paint is glossy with the interior in a excellent condition too. This car has a clean title.

Here are some of the particulars:

  • Body: 1998 Honda Accord EX 4 Door Sedan
  • Engine: 4 Cylinder 2.3 L VTEC
  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
  • Mileage: 82K
  • Equipment Features:
    • Air Conditioning
    • Power Steering
    • Power Windows
    • Power Locks
    • Title Wheel
    • Cruise Control
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • CD Player
    • Premium Sound
    • Dual Front Air Bags
    • ABS (4 Wheels)
    • Power Seat
    • Moon Roof
    • Alloy Wheels

Asking Price: $8,650 (Or Best Offer)

Below are some pictures from various angles of the car including the inside (if you cannot see the pictures then scroll down a bit). You can click on each to see higher resolution image.

Don't fear, I am here

Well I have been out of the country travelling for the last three weeks and hence have not had the opportunity to blog – partly due to the fact that I was quite busy and partly due to the fact that could not find decent connectivity. Well I am headed back home tonight and should be back up and blogging sometime next week, though I would have a lot of catching up on work including loads of emails.

New Skin

Well as you can see I uploaded a new build of the blog that incorporates a new skin called LuxInterior by Gosatango. I have made some minor tweaks to this and there is still one bug that I need to resolve, though there is a workaround uploaded for it, so hopefully you would not see any issues. I would like to know if you want me to change anything in this e.g. personally I don’t like the headings of the posting in ALL CAPS; I would rather keep them in the same case as I entered them. But do let me know what you think, and also if there are any problems/issues, etc then I surely want to hear those.

What do you think of this skin?

I thought of changing the skin to see if there is another one that is better. What do you guys think of this one? I would probably be uploading a couple more this weekend and trying out those also sometime next week. Let me know your feedback.

Bloggers burning out

Wired news has a story which talks about about bloggers are burning out because of their blogs. For example one blog owner (who is a bartender), whose blog was something more like a jam-packed nightclub than the cosy neighbourhood watering hole that he had originally envisioned. His postings often generated hundreds of comments, each of which he moderated. While they enjoy what they’re doing, many find that keeping up with the pressures to post regularly and to be sharp, witty and incisive is often too much.

Blogging for some is an obvious labour of love, and having a forum that belongs to them and enables them to write whatever they want, and have it seen by throngs of readers, is a very attractive proposition. This is especially true because blogging is a timeless endeavour and one that allows authors to vent about whatever’s on their minds.

Several bloggers that Wired contacted for their story noted that their readers seem to look at their regular, consistent posting patterns as somewhat akin to a sign of physical health. And any break in that pattern is sometimes seen as a cause for alarm. Other bloggers feel that even if their readers aren’t worrying about their health, they’re still expected to be coming up with the next post with little or no delay.

What is your take on this? Why do you blog? If you blog does generate as much traffic what would you feel it would do (or lack there of)?

What the heck am I doing here?

Some of you out there have emailed me and expressed interest in knowing a little more on what I do and what is the purpose of this blog and what the heck does it run on? Now I am absolutely amazed that there are people out there reading this. My question to you is, what the heck are you doing reading this, don’t you have work or something to do? Anyways, what can I say, I am a Geek! W00T! Computers is something (probably the only things) I know a little about and have been playing with them ever since I can remember. Computers even today is first a passion, then a hobby and then a career, I am just very happy I am doing something I love doing and getting paid for it. 🙂

This came into being because many of my dear (and geeky) friends and colleagues bugged the hell out of me on where is my blog? They figured that I would be the first one out there with one. But with all the work and travel (due to work) I don’t get the time. Even now don’t expect an entry here everyday – it might now and then for the most part.

I run a modified version of .Text (very slightly modified) which is an excellent open source implementation called .Text, check them out on Gotdotnet. This ofcourse is running .NET with the backend being on SQL Server. .Text is pretty flexible and you can do a lot of stuff, I just have not had the time that is all. If you do go that way, try it out locally and let me know if there are any problems. Though Scott Water, the author of .Text has an excellent Wiki which I would ofcourse recommend to check out first. But as I said, if you want any help feel free to ping me, I cannot guarantee a reply immediately, but I will certainly get back. 

I wanted to find a good (and cheap) hosting company, so after looking high and low, I came across discountasp.net – I have been with them for 2-3 months now – not very long when compared to one of my other domains, where I have been for the last 6 years or so.

Humans are "Failure Machines"

I forget where I read this recently, but it stuck to me. Humans are failure machines, we are not success machines. We fail all the time and almost all the things. And it is only through this “weeding” process we get the feedback for the failures and learn how to correct them and then do better. Well … at least the smart ones learn to how to correct them.

The Blackout

For those of us who were lucky enough to be stuck in the Blackout of 2003, the Power System Outage task force has released their report with the causes and the resolutions.

If you did not know about the Blackout, here is an excerpt from the report “ … on August 14, 2003, large portions of the Midwest and Northeast United States and Ontario, Canada, experienced an electric power blackout. The outage affected an area with an estimated 50 million people and 61,800 megawatts (MW) of electric load in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and the Canadian province of Ontario. The blackout began a few minutes after 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time and power was not restored for 4 days in some parts of the United States. Parts of Ontario suffered rolling blackouts for more than a week before full power was restored. Estimates of total costs in the United States range between $4 billion and $10 billion (U.S. dollars). In Canada, gross domestic product was down 0.7% in August, there was a net loss of 18.9 million work hours, and manufacturing shipments in Ontario were down $2.3 billion (Canadian dollars)…”

My question is, how the heck do they calculate those numbers?

For the curious lot, I was stuck at JFK Airport for the whole night – sleeping on a chair – or trying to. I had just left work to catch a flight back home to San Francisco. I was on a project in the NY office of the company I work for and was shuttling between good old San Francisco and New York on a weekly basis.