My thoughts on Tech

The keys to Oracle…

sathyabhat shared this story from The Tom Kyte Blog: “What do I have to do to become expert, where is the list of key things I need to do with regards to Oracle” This is a question I get on asktom frequently – what are the things I need to know, what do I have […]

On Backupify killing their free backu...

Long ago when Backupify said they were going to offer their service for free, I knew it was too good to be true and weren’t going to last long. Fast forward today, they mention they’re going to not only kill their free twitter backup service, but also wipe out data of their existing free users. […]

Error’d: Where I Come From, We ...

sathyabhat shared this story from The Daily WTF: "In my native language, we don't have translations for seven months out of the year. Way to go Windows Live!!" LOL. “Someone FINALLY got it right!!” Farz wrote, “In my native language, we don’t have translations for seven months out of the year. Way to go Windows […]

Pirates play a gamedev simulator; go ...

What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy? → Summary of “What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy?” When Game Dev Tycoon (a Game Development Simulation Game) was released, its developer released a cracked version on BitTorrent simultaneously. […]

Alienware X51 with Ubuntu makes no se...

This morning in my half-woken state, as I was checking Hacker News, I spotted this piece about Alienware launching the X51 with Ubuntu. I initially thought I was dreaming, and woke up immediately and read the piece, and I was left dumbfounded when I read it again to be sure. Kind of dumbfounded at Dell […]

Reviving my dead Windows 8 install wi...

Couple of months ago, just about a month before #cpgweds – the engagement my Envy 14 laptop started showing signs of dying – weird noises coming from the vents, system freezing arbitrarily, system getting incredibly hot – and that’s really unusual because the Envy’s cooling system is probably one of the best that I’ve seen in a laptop. […]

Salute to Fabrice Bellard

I probably top the ranks of lazy arses who procrastinate like there’s no tomorrow – and then there’s Fabrice Bellard Amongst others, he’s created/led A 4G LTE base station running entirely in software on a standard PC. A new ASN1 compiler generating small and efficient C code. A PC emulator in Javascript: how much time takes your […]

My Experience on upgrading from Windo...

So after much thought, I upgraded my Windows 7 Ultimate install to Windows 8. I didn’t plan to upgrade so soon, I wanted to wait for few more months before doing the upgrade – the main reason for holding back the upgrade was lack of drivers. However with Super User‘s Windows 8 Challenge around, I […]

Patch 1.0.5 for Diablo III

Blizzard Rolling Out Patch 1.0.5 For Diablo III, Brings in New Events → Along with lots of bug fixes, the patch brings in two new types of Gameplay events – the Infernal Machine and Monster Power. tl;dr version: Monster Power increases monster health difficulty & health from 100% to OMFG-are-you-nuts!?!? levels Infernal Machine brings in […]

EA Screws Up Coupon Code Validation, ...

EA’s Coupon Code Goof Up Results in Free Games Bonanza → The coupon code was supposed to be one-time and applicable for one game — except EA forgot to put in the one-time check. Woops. Few enterprising souls discovered that they could use it multiple times. EA’s servers essentially didn’t bother to validate if the […]