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I haven't been posting anything since the last couple of days...have been busy with ...
(I haven't been posting anything since the last couple of days...have been busy with all the term-work and stuff.My PC is having some problems starting up...probably something wrong with the ...)
I haven't been posting anything since the last couple of days...have been busy with all the term-work and stuff.My PC is having some problems starting up...probably something wrong with the CMOS..., which is good in a way because my exams are coming up soon and I won't be spending my precious time doing unproductive (??) things.In my column 'Language', in this month's (May '03) issue of e-commerce - "XML Data Traversal".
12:41:06 May 24, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Developer 2.0 May '03 Screenshot
The Developer 2.0 website has not been updated for quite some time, so I got the mag scanned from college.FYI: You can find my article "Using the XML Data Source Object" on pages 27-30. (Could you see the title of my article in the screenshot?)Click here for a larger image (700x901).
16:12:37 May 21, 2003, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Yesterday evening I left for Nasik along with dad and Vinod. It was for a ritual that ...
(Yesterday evening I left for Nasik along with dad and Vinod. It was for a ritual that dad had to perform, being the 16th day after my grandmother's death. Its one of the few places in India where ...)
Yesterday evening I left for Nasik along with dad and Vinod. It was for a ritual that dad had to perform, being the 16th day after my grandmother's death. Its one of the few places in India where such things are done. As a matter of fact, its one of the 4-5 places in India (well, in the world) where the Kumbh Mela that happens once in over a decade takes place; the last one was in 1991-92. This time around the Kumbh Mela will kickstart on the 31st of July, '03 and its at Nasik. Over 30 million people are expected for the same. If you did not know, its the largest gathering of people in the world.Well, as for the place it is indeed very historical, the atmosphere very serene. What I did not like was the apparent commercialization of the long-established rituals. Anyway, what was to be done was done. After the rituals, we went to a place called Tapovan where a lot of events relating to Lord Rama have taken place; I don't remember all the things I saw.By the way, I saw a Honda Mugen ...
14:41:28 May 21, 2003, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
The Good Life
Got the 5th semester results today and the most outlandish thing happened today. Yours truly cleared all the subjects. I was really 'happy'.....stop mulling over what's the quote for (never mind if you overlooked), I'll let you know in the words ahead - I always (well, almost always) associate happiness with success, something that would make me feel snobbish...yea, success is like an ego-booster. But, that's not the case here...I am happy - Mumbai University style. There's nothing to be happy (Premshree style) in getting a really good percentage in a MU exam; it sucks big time. Its just a test of how hard one can study and get good marks and a means of accumulating loads of testimonies that merely substantiate the extremely well-known fact that the MU system is crappy and needs radical changes. Only an ignorant fool or a MU bureaucrat will patronize the univ.Now, how the heck did a maverick like myself clear?? Earlier I never ever bothered about anything relating to my engineering ...
11:22:51 May 19, 2003, Monday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Deepa and Kamalesh left for Kerala. I'll miss them, especially Deepa because she was ...
(Deepa and Kamalesh left for Kerala. I'll miss them, especially Deepa because she was here for over a month and she spent most of her time with me.....How were the exams so far, huh?? Well, CG was ...)
Deepa and Kamalesh left for Kerala. I'll miss them, especially Deepa because she was here for over a month and she spent most of her time with me.....How were the exams so far, huh?? Well, CG was bad, OS was great - I love this subject; reading from Andrew S. Tanenbaum's Modern Operating Systems, 2e is a wonderful experience. DCOM was pathetic, I could have left in 10 minutes had it not been for the supervisor's quaint, sort-of-obsession to not let the students leave the examination hall within 30 minutes from the start of the exam. Weird, huh?!!
08:40:52 May 18, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
XML-DSO @ DevX
My latest article at DevX - Making Use of the XML Data Source Object.
14:34:40 May 15, 2003, Thursday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
XML Namespaces
Well, so I did pull up an all-nighter but was it of any use? Nah, the reason I stayed awake all night was that I atleast attend the CG exam. I don't remember when I last saw the day at 6:00 AM...its wondeful anyway.Yesterday, I saw this article on XML Namespaces at SitePoint while I was checking if my article, Using the XML Data Source Object had spawned any new discussion. If you are new to XML, you might want to read the article (XML Namespaces Explained) here...well, the article has a rating of 10/10; its like saying, "The sun rises in the east....." and expecting people to rate what you just said. Oh...maybe the rating reflects the author's ability to explain things in a nice way...hold on...is there an easier way to explain - "The sun rises in the east....."?? Heck...I don't know why I am being so critical about the article...anyways, I guess what I am trying to say is that such articles are not meant to be rated.....I'll be leaving in an hour or so for the exam...I hope I do ...
23:41:22 May 13, 2003, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
I read this article (partially) - Getting Started with XML Security. It looks like a ...
(I read this article (partially) - Getting Started with XML Security. It looks like a good introduction to XML Security. I might print out the article (at college); that's how I prefer reading ...)
I read this article (partially) - Getting Started with XML Security. It looks like a good introduction to XML Security. I might print out the article (at college); that's how I prefer reading articles, I somehow don't like reading them from the computer screen.Hey, Kamalesh will be coming today! So, I might now get to go to Kerala only after my 6th semester exams...heck, I have to prepare for my GRE too, nothing's happening on that front. Speaking of Kamalesh (Deepa's brother), he is an ace guitarist and Deepa's mentor. I just think that his desperation to come to Mumbai has something to do with his wanting to do something with his music. Anyway, its a good thing that he is coming.By the way, a couple of days back I watched a really cool movie called, "Wet Hot American Summer"...no big stars, nothing special about the story (no real story actually) but fun to watch anyways.Have CG exam tomorrow and I don't know a thing...maybe I'll have to pull an all-nighter. ciao!
08:33:43 May 13, 2003, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Lessons in Life
There are times when you think you have achieved what you could and then you start to relax and you let your mind wander for some time and soon you realize that there is much more to achieve than you had actually thought. Soon you achieve that something too and yet again start relaxing and this cycle continues...well, the cycle does not continue forever because when you have actually reached the pinnacle of what could be achieved in a specific field, your wandering mind returns void to your sane mind. All this might sound very simple but the fact is, the journey from base to pinnacle is either a very difficult one or a very long one so you might spend a lifetime trying to reach the pinnacle.Once you have reached the pinnacle of achievement in a specific field (you should consider yourself great!), you tend to start taking interests in other fields and you want to give it your best shot. Diverging into new territories may also be due to frustration, which is often the case...after ...
06:04:46 May 12, 2003, Monday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Remembering Amathe
My grandmother, whom we grandchildren call Amathe was not a very usual grandmother...or maybe we felt that way...or maybe it was in fact that way, anyway you look at it we all loved her. She used to love watching cookery shows on television, she used to write the recipes shown and probably could boast of the largest recipe archive ever! The unusual thing was that she rarely cooked anything :-) I used to get angry at times when she would want to watch a cookery show but later when I started to become more mature, I never said anything. Another thing she loved doing was seeing Tamil and Malayalam programmes.She pretty much lived a lonely life here in Mumbai - dad, my brother and I used to remain out until evening in the weekdays, mom used to keep busy with her tuitions from afternoon until late in the evening. The only time all of us were together was in the night. I feel so very sorry for her. We (all of us) used to argue with her many times...she used to bother a lot about the ...
09:08:39 May 11, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Whew!
I saw the interview of Frank Abagnale, the person on whose story "Catch Me If You Can" is based, on BBC's HardTalk, late yesterday night (technically today). The interview had appeared earlier on BBC and I had missed it and I so wished to see it; voila God listened to me! The fact that the movie is based on a real life former conman, adds the 'real-life-like' ingredient missing in most movies.The start of the day was awful...Vinod left for college in the morning while Deepa and I were still sleeping. A couple of hours after he left, I started feeling the bed was wet...I said to myself, "Is anybody here capable of pissing in the bed?!!"..."Damn it...that doesn't matter...but is anybody capable of pissing so much?!!". When I gained complete consciousness, I realized what had happened - Vinod had left the valve (for the tank to fill) open and he never even told anyone of us; the tank overflowed and almost the entire house floor was roofed with water, thankfully the balcony and part of ...
15:27:45 May 10, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
My latest article at SitePoint - "Using the XML Data Source Object".Does anyone know ...
(My latest article at SitePoint - "Using the XML Data Source Object".Does anyone know Opera's equivalent of NS4's document.height?)
My latest article at SitePoint - "Using the XML Data Source Object".Does anyone know Opera's equivalent of NS4's document.height?
14:47:21 May 9, 2003, Friday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Analyze this!
Over analysis is probably the course of action you take when you strive for perfection and I am one of those over analyzers (or should I say I am a perfectionist?). Well, its not necessarily a bad thing to over analyze anything but it does become a perfectly useless process when you are over analyzing trivial matters. Hold on...by trivial matters I don't mean inconsequential matters because many a time I spend my time trying to perfect a particular thing (programs for one) but essentially it wouldn't make a difference if it were 'perfect' or 'less-perfect'.The problem though, is that striving for perfection is like a habit-forming drug that you cannot refrain from it when you want to. Speaking more pragmatically, the addiction is so grave that its just an illusion that you can actually distinguish between what's more important and what's not. Thus, being able to gauge the importance of matters becomes crucial.Before your thought crosses galaxies of instances that contradict my ...
07:13:28 May 9, 2003, Friday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Top of Page JavaScript
Added a new JavaScript - "<a href="http://www.qiksearch.com/javascripts/top-of-page.htm" class="content_link">Top of Page</a>".
16:47:59 May 8, 2003, Thursday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
My life...your life...
People around you - your friends, classmates, people in the neighbourhood etc. influence your lives to a great extent, sometimes the effect is good and sometimes adverse. Some people influence you so much that it brings about radical changes in your thoughts and perceptions about certain things. Situations in the world and state of affairs in your own life affect you in a big way but I ain't complaining against the inevitable. Given a different set of people, you are bound to have a different life, different outlook. I am not sure if it is possible to remain absolutely impervious to others' influence. Its like you are living everybody else's life but yours and I hate it.....I want to live my life.....
14:30:57 May 8, 2003, Thursday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
I love you grandma...
My paternal grandmother expired yesterday at noon...I'll miss you Amathe.....
03:35:37 May 7, 2003, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Palm Beach Road
All of us (except Vinod) went to Navi Mumbai for the housewarming of a friend's new house. Everything around here is very well organised. The highlight of the day was the drive through Palm Beach road. Its a beautiful, seemingly-neverending road - no traffic at all...it was like driving through Miami but without the sea.
15:28:10 May 4, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
The heat here is killing.....I have always felt that one reason why India has not ...
(The heat here is killing.....I have always felt that one reason why India has not progressed at a reasonably good pace is the climate here but I never expressed this feeling to others because of ...)
The heat here is killing.....I have always felt that one reason why India has not progressed at a reasonably good pace is the climate here but I never expressed this feeling to others because of the risk of being tagged a lunatic. But now I know that I am not the only one who feels this way."There have been many explanations for the failures of India...Some blame India's culture, and its religions...Some even blame the climate, saying it has sapped the will of the people..." - Mark Tully, India in Slow Motion.Today, Deepa, Vinod and myself went to Andheri; Deepa wanted to see all the good places of Mumbai (Haaaa!!). I don't go here unless I have some unavoidable work. I bought couple of MCs from Planet M at Shoppers' Stop - Progressive Rock (fantastic compilation) and Aerosmith, Big Ones (MCs ain't dead yet, huh!). We went to the 'Fame Adlabs' area (dunno what the place is called) and I was so pissed with the place. The only thing that made the visit to Andheri a bit worthwhile was ...
16:51:02 May 3, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Developer-IQ, May '03
My article Dynamic Menu is in the May '03 issue of Developer-IQ.Its just the 2nd of the month and the mag has already hit the stands...not a very usual thing.
16:32:46 May 2, 2003, Friday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Family's day out...Again!
Today, we drove to Mulund. We went to an area called 'Nirmal Lifestyles' - really cool place. It has everything that I would want in a place - a McDonald, Barista, malls (really big ones!), a multiplex etc etc. First we went to Shoppers' Stop...the one here is pretty spacious and relatively less crowded in juxtapose to the one at Andheri. I bought a track pant for myself. We gave in to our munchies and stuffed ourselves from McDonald's; mom and dad didn't have anything much - they somehow don't enjoy the food here. By the way, the Mc here is really cool, I mean the structure of the place. Its by far the coolest Mc I have been to - you will not find such a Mc in any of the western suburbs. Next, we headed to R-mall (strange name, dunno what's with it) at LBS marg - its the largest shopping mall in India! It has 4 levels of parking and all the levels were almost full today. Anyways, we didn't spend much time here because it was getting a bit late and dad dreads the traffic in the ...
14:22:51 May 1, 2003, Thursday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
IRIS - the Magazine
The college magazine 'IRIS' is out. You can find my article XML and JavaScript in the technical section. The magazine is much better and bigger compared to the last year's mag. One thing that I don't like about this year's mag is the cover design: it is radically different from the previous mag - it looks more professional but it is not good enough. I'll try to put up the screenshot of the mag in a future post.By the way, I have been able to read Programming Pearls at college!
04:58:42 May 1, 2003, Thursday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Email Validator
After a very long time, I added a new JavaScript - "Email Validator". I had written the script as part of the validation for my contact page. I thought it could be useful to others. The script has two validation functions: one that validates using regular expressions and one that does not. Get the script here.
17:55:41 April 29, 2003, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Sucks!
College was boring today. As was expected of the first day of college after a 2 week gap, few students had come - 'Iris' hangover probably! The heat here is killing me; my tee was drenched when I returned home.I took along Jon Bentley's Programming Pearls, 2e along with me to college. I had bought it quite long ago and it has been lying at home ever since. I want to read this book desperately but I never felt like reading it at home.....nah, I never really tried to. Anyways, I took it to college anticipating that while the teachers are busy lecturing, I would quitely read away my time but, alas, it didn't work out. Our class is so really pathetic...I can understand everybody's dislike to lectures but I hate the abysmal noises that some of the students make. I guess, I should try not to pay attention to the dim-witted comments that these students make; dunno why but some of them seem to take great pride in this shitty stuff and that's what annoys me more than anything.I'll try my ...
16:44:10 April 28, 2003, Monday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Family's day out...
...Yesterday all of us spent over half the day away from home. We had gone for the 'Times Summer Fest' at the Bandra-Kurla complex. I don't think I have been to this place before.....the structure of some of the buildings here are simply amazing; some of the impressive ones - IL&FS, Wockhardt, ICICI Bank. As for the shopping fest, the turnout was really huge. People had to actually queue to get in to the exhibition hall; if this was not done, it would have definitely resulted in a stampede. The large crowd was maybe due to the fact that it was the last day of the exhibition and also it was a Sunday. The exhibition hall was divided into three sections: home appliances, FMCG and furnitures. Nothing interested me much other than the food stalls outside the hall :-)I have been tweaking up my journal for the last couple of days. Noticed the latest change (or addition)? I have added the 'Permanent Link' feature. I could have linked to a particular post using the 'comments' link but I ...
06:03:12 April 28, 2003, Monday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Yesterday was the annual day at college and yours truly did not bother to attend it. ...
(Yesterday was the annual day at college and yours truly did not bother to attend it. Well, there was a good reason I should have attended: I was to get two certificates - one for being the event ...)
Yesterday was the annual day at college and yours truly did not bother to attend it. Well, there was a good reason I should have attended: I was to get two certificates - one for being the event head for the web designing contest at Iris '03, the second one for the 1st place in designing the website for SFIMAR. Anyways, I was in absolutely no mood to attend the function nor did I ever intend to.College begins tomorrow, so things will pretty much settle down; all the routine stuff will begin, not that my life changes drastically when I have college but even going to college and then coming back is something that I absolutely hate. Sucks!Checked the telephone bill today: 3.5 grants apprx, all because of the internet. How I wish I had cable internet here (-: Got some well-deserved shoutings from dad. Now on, I'll try to do most of my work at iWay. Psst..., I posted this one from home :-)As you have probably noticed, I have added a Search facility to my Journal. Now that my journal is ...
19:48:28 April 26, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Find my article Tabular Data Control at JavaScript Kit.
Find my article Tabular Data Control at JavaScript Kit.
09:45:19 April 25, 2003, Friday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
I went to college today, actually to meet the Principal but that turned out to be ...
(I went to college today, actually to meet the Principal but that turned out to be lowest in my priority queue. I, having nothing to do browsed through the internet rather dispassionately for a ...)
I went to college today, actually to meet the Principal but that turned out to be lowest in my priority queue. I, having nothing to do browsed through the internet rather dispassionately for a while. The events at college today were quite interesting; a 'who-dares-wins' kind of thing was going on and that was fun to watch. Yea, I did meet the Principal sometime in between; it wasn't required though because I knew what had to be done but then its like a 'ritual'.I came home at around 3:30 PM. In the morning I got edits for my next article for DevX so I had been working on that all the while; I am done with it now. The edits I get for my articles are quite useful; the article turns out much better.Yesterday, while speaking to Deepa for a while, I started to realise that I have a really poor memory. Oh, no not that I can't remember stuff I did a while ago but the stuff I did days or months or years ago. Vinod always thought I had a poor memory (maybe relative to him) but now I know ...
15:33:46 April 24, 2003, Thursday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
Decent day.....went along with Deepa to Churchgate; she, not surprisingly bought stuff ...
(Decent day.....went along with Deepa to Churchgate; she, not surprisingly bought stuff from FS and surprisingly, I bought stuff for myself! We had lunch from Mc and thankfully they have introduced ...)
Decent day.....went along with Deepa to Churchgate; she, not surprisingly bought stuff from FS and surprisingly, I bought stuff for myself! We had lunch from Mc and thankfully they have introduced some new stuff - McCurry Pan; not all that great but anyways more to choose from!Find my article Socket Programming in Perl in the April '03 issue of e-commerce.Also, find my article Using XML Data Traversal at SitePoint.I did not go to college yesterday; dunno about the results of the Open Software contest. I'll repent if the winners' softwares are not as good as mine.I'll have to go to college tomorrow - website updation. I don't like doing it; I'll probably hand over the website maintenance responsibility to the winner of the web designing contest that took place recently at college.
14:02:49 April 23, 2003, Wednesday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
RSS 2.0
Added RSS 2.0 support to my Journal. Check for it's validity here.
15:58:17 April 22, 2003, Tuesday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai
I went for a walk with Deepa, yea a walk!; something that has never happened in a long ...
(I went for a walk with Deepa, yea a walk!; something that has never happened in a long time. I need to do this more often; We had an ice-cream after the walk - something I should occasionally ...)
I went for a walk with Deepa, yea a walk!; something that has never happened in a long time. I need to do this more often; We had an ice-cream after the walk - something I should occasionally have. I am bloating from all sides.....Today was the first day of the 5-day long Iris '03. I went to college at around 11:00, did not look like any event was taking place...not much crowd. Anyways, I had gone to college to conduct the web designing contest (I was the event head) and it turned out to be pathetic. Partly, I am to blame because I did not do my work properly: the event was to start at 1:00 PM and I was still installing the required software at 2:00 PM; finally the event started at around 2:30 PM and continued till 5:00 PM. Another reason for the way the event took place was the damn computers. Believe it, there were only around 6 PCs that were in proper working condition. All the good PCs were used for the gaming event. What a preposterous compromise, ain't it? That's the way ...
16:51:02 April 21, 2003, Monday (PDT) Source: Premshree Pillai