Friday, March 14, 2008

God and Eleanor Roosevelt

I heard an interesting remark in a late nineties tv show and followed it up. To my amazement I did find news articles which reported that Hillary Clinton claimed that she had conversations with the "Late" Eleanor Roosevelt; note the operative word "late".  Now, it makes sense to me. it seems like only two kinds of people can advise US presidents and the hopefuls, the dead and God.  Bush had some point claimed that God had asked him to invade Iraq. Although th US media failed to pick it up, many other agencies including the BBC reported this. 

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Gone in four seconds

Yes! We got a perfect chance for making our Corvette race a bunch of street cars on a road in one of the Detroit suburbs.  The time was perfect, 11 in the night.  The racers were all there, a Black Dodge Charger to my left, a large white Escalade behind me, a silver Ford Mustang to my right and there we were in our red corvette in the middle lane.  I think it was the Charger that spotted us first and taunted us by racing ahead and slowing as if to goad us into a quarter mile dash.  I was at the wheel and resisted the temptation. I bet they all knew that none of their cars could have beaten our corvette in the race, or maybe they did.  The Corvette can easily pull off 0-60 mph in just over 4 seconds.

Then, the four cars surrounded me as we approached a red light.  I then realized that I was in the perfect setting for a quarter mile dash to the next light.  The others cars burnt rubber, and I waited, my heart was racing.  I looked to the right and behind me and realized that they were all teenagers giggling and smiling earnestly waiting to see if they could beat me to the next light.


They all sped past me, and I barely managed to get to 45: the legal speed limit, in about 5 seconds.  I chose not to race them. I knew better.  They were all kids probably in their early driving years and I didn't want to get into a street race with them - a possible recipe for disaster.  I did not want to end up as a bad future clip on World's wildest police videos.  I felt I did the right thing.

I was not sure if I had chickened out.   However, I sure knew that even I did I was a chicken in a corvette.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Downfall of Vista

Vista is going down, really badly, and with it is going down Microsoft's reputation!  With all due credit to MS product development teams, the firm should probably learn a thing or two about ethical marketing.  MS is being sued for its "Vista Capable" claims.

While Vista falls flat and XP continues as the dominant OS, Linux surges ahead as the leading OS with advanced 3D capabilities and visualization.  I dual-boot with Ubuntu, a popular Linux Desktop OS.  It is amazingly fast, stable and easy to use. From a strategic standpoint, I think the Linux community should use the moment to ramp up Ubuntu and some of the other desktop flavors of Linux to beat the technology edge out of MS.  It is going to take a while for MS to fix the mess that Vista has created.  Millions of dollars that were invested on product development (which truly meant - poor design and lack of clean engineering in the OS), have gone down the drain.  It is not clear whether the future release candidates will correct the faults for MS.  Linux, particularly Ubuntu, is uniquely positioned to take the shine away from MS on GUI at this stage. 

The downfall of Vista will be the beginning for the rise of Ubuntu dominance.