Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Jillendru Oru..

Surya has launched his next movie "Jillendru Oru Kadhal".It aslo stars his favorite Jothika and Bhoomika and the highlight being A R Rehman's music.The stills are lookin good and looks like Surya-Jo pair's chemistry is again gonna rock the box office.


Friday, December 23, 2005


Ex NDTV man Rajdeep Sardesai has launched his new TV news channel which he claims as the news channel run by Journalists.The channel CNN-IBN started telecast from last saturday and to me looks packed with all the ingredients to make it to the top.Though the graphics look similar to CNN and some promos look similar to NDTV I think it is bound to have such effect .CNN looking to start a regional news channel in India found a suitable person in Rajdeep who was looking for someone to fund his dream channel.All the best CNN-IBN.Their website is also looking pretty exhaustive and hi tech. way to go.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Rang De basanti

A R Rehman rocks in his latest album Rang de Basanti starring Aamir khan,Siddharth(Boys fame),Madhavan,Soha ali khan and others.The songs are simply superb,refreshing-typical ARR.But the surprising thing is that there are 10 songs but not one features Shankar Mahadevan,Hariharan,Udit Narayan,Sadhana Sargam,Sukhwinder singh...Well Rehman himself has rendered his voice to 5 songs.The one featuring him and the great Lata Mangeshkar (Lukka chuppi) is superb.Its a must have for Rehman fans.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

whats really happening in Indian IT scene?

Indian IT scene is on a high with lots of global media attention and hype and MNCs setting up shops @ Bangalore and Chennai.Well is that all.
There are quite a few things that are missed in all the hype and hooplah.
Found this article.
Reality bites.

Media Hype

Not that I dont like Amitabh .I actually admire him as an actor and a personality as such.But did not like the Media attention and hype created on him taking ill.And as i was thinkin about this i came acros this post from fellow blogger.
quite right.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Mazhai Mazhai

The recent rains in chennai flooded the IT corridor along the Old Mahabalipuram road here.The roads leading to this place were also flooded.IT highway can be renamed as IT waterway.

This is picture of flooded IT corridor near sholinganallur.

One of the flooded connecting roads.

Monday, November 07, 2005


This is an online tool which presents the results of a search query in a bubble diagram.It uses Yahoo search.

Happy BirthDay

Today is the birthday of Padmasri KamalHassan and Singers Karthik and Srinivas.
Happy BirthDay to these wonderful performers.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

34 th Birthday

Its 34 years since the first email was sent .More here...
Official Google Blog: Guess what just turned 34?

Google and Typos

The article talks about Typos and how to they spread in the net.


Sivakasi na Standard!

Sivakasi na Standard!Well this is the caption one will see in most parts of Madras and get to listen in the FM radio.As a kid most of us got the impression that Diwali crackers have the same logo "STANDARD".Since it has been- the brand.And Our own Ilaya Dhalapathi is making use of this by having a brand placement in his forthcoming(hit :-))"Sivakaasi.
To some extent this sounds correct as well coz,
*Vijay films have some standard.("can watch em once"-This phrase again needs some justification{oru thadava paakalam})
*They have standard music (some times sub standard)
*They have standard stunts.(Good stunts rather)
*They have standard formula tricks-Kuthu paatu,punch dialogues,item numbers.:-P
*They have standard masala storyline.:-P

So i think it is a nice try.

India beat Sri lanka in the first ODI at Nagpur by a whopping 152 runs.Man of the Match -new skipper "Rahul Dravid".

Monday, October 24, 2005

The Japanese connection

Its a known fact that Super Star Rajinikanth has a huge fan following in Japan.A proof.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Ganguly: En paer Saurav, muzhu paer Saurav Ganguly.
Saurav’s Doctor: Ivarala 15 nimisathaku maela entha pitchlayum batting panna mudiyathu.
Yarro ivar thalaila vegama ball pottu thakiyirukaanga.Ivar oru SHORT TERM BATTING LOSS patient.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Nice Forward...[ Katrathum petrathum]

Glorifying CAP (Cut and paste)Technology

Joke of the day

Read it somewhere just sharing it..

A millionaire kept live alligators in the pool behind his mansion. He had a beautiful unmarried daughter, and decided to throw a huge party for potential suitors. During the party he announced, "I will give one million dollars or my daughter's hand in marriage to the man who can swim across this pool full of alligators."
As he finished speaking, there was the sound of a large SPLASH! There was a man in the pool swimming with all his might, with the crowd cheering him on. Finally, he made it to the other side unharmed.
The millionaire was impressed. "My boy that was incredible! Fantastic! I didn't think it could be done! I will now keep my bargain. Do you want my daughter's hand in marriage or the one million dollars?"
The man said, "Listen, I don't want your money. And I don't want to marry your daughter. I want the person who pushed me into the water!"

Monday, October 17, 2005

Google Recognises Thalaivar

Well check this out .Google search results for "Thalaivar" lists out Rajinikanth related links as the first set of results.So google recognises Thalaivar and his popularity.Great.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Funny video

A funny video describing how people are dependent on internet these days and how crazy they become when they dont have net connection for a coupla minutes.

Google rss reader

Google has come up with a web based rss reader which helps the users in keeping track of their favorite blog feeds.
I was expecting google to get this stuff long ago.Its good enough but needs a beefy net connection for better performance.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Yahoo ! Site Explorer

Yahoo has come up with another interesting search called the site explorer.This search helps one access all the pages of a website that is indexed by yahoo search.The Yahoo! search database contains detailed information about the structure of the web. In addition to the web pages themselves, the database stores information about links among pages, and uses that information (as well as additional algorithms) to gauge the popularity of a given page.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Instant messaging is big in cyber world and there are so many companies that offer u the im service.Generally what happens is u need to download an im software and get it installed in ur machine to use it.But if u r the one on the move and dont want the hassles of installing a software etc then there is the web version of the instant messengers.One new service called meebo(still alpha version) offers the web messaging interface for the popular services like Yahoo,msn,icq,jabber and the latest google talk.Its interface is pretty neat and good and is robust enough.check it out .

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Email rumours

Rumours spread fast these days thanks to email.One recent email forward about the person above stating that she was the Bar dancer arrested recently in the match fixing allegation.There was a mail saying that she was related to a Politician.
Bu today in Aaj Tak channel there was an interview with this person which said that she is Tamanna Bhatia an upcoming actress in Bollywood who also has featured in a music video along with the Indian Idol Abhijeet Sawant.Probably this may boost her popularity and she might land in a good movie project.

Yahoo updates

Yahoo has come up with two more search engines.
Yahoo instant search is one where one can instantly find the various possible search terms related to the search keyword given.
Yahoo mindset is a yahoo research venture which tries to sort the search results as commercial and no commercial and also allows to user to choose the degree of sorting using a dragbar below the search box.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Google updates

Now one can search the blogs the google way.yeah google has launched the blog search engine .
Now google has integrated the community venture Orkutwith google account and one has to (forced)link his orkut with his google account.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Friday, September 09, 2005

Anniyan Vinayagar

Pillaiyar a la Ganesh, The elephant god is probably the only Hindu god to have the most number of forms,looks and styles.The latest being the "Anniyan Pillaiyar".This is actually the "Aparajithidu Ganesh" made at Vizag.(Aparajithidu is telugu version of Anniyan).

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Sania Mirza On par with Rahul Dravid

India teen tennis sensation Sania Mirza is on par with The Wall of Indian cricket Rahul Dravid in what ??
Well they both earn approximately 1.5 crores of rupees per annum through endorsements.
Sania's ad revenue has risen by a whopping 30% which is understandable given the fact she had a meteoric rise to rank 40 from somewhere in the 200s in less than a year.But being on par with Dravid who has been a cricket star for few years now in India where cricket is a religion, may raise a few eyebrows.But probably the fact that Sania is now a global lady sport star from India and the primary spenders in India are women her case stands justified.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Well Looks like England captain Michael Vaughan is gonna lift this trophy after the final test at Oval.But the aussie captain Ricky Ponting may have other ideas.
Well this has been one of the rivetting series so far and i feel it should be fitting enough that the English win this ashes series.

Trisha,Sneha-have become beautiful moms

Yeah its true.But if u were wondering how these ladies who never cross their teens in the movies(they are young though) turned mothers overnight.Well in the ad world they are the beautiful moms now.Trisha(she has been there for sometime) is the Horlicks mom whereas Sneha is the latest mom in ITC biscuits and a popular atta brand.Well when one gets paid more than what you get for a full movie why not ?.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Google Talk

The Talk of the cyber town is the all new "Google Talk".It is the new service offering from the house of Google.It is an instant messaging as well as a Voice chat system.(uses VOIP).Its light ,stable and simple to use.Google's just too good and all set to rule the Instant messaging world now dominated by the Yahoo! and msn.

Monday, August 22, 2005

20 :20 cricket in India

20 : 20 cricket which is such a huge hit in England made its first appearence here in India this weekend.Six teams- i each from the cricket associations from Karnataka and bengal,Chemplast from chennai,a team from New south wales,Air-India,a world XI contested for the cup.World XI had the likes of Dhoni,srinath,sami and Dean jones.There were few stars but predominantly youngsters who want to make it big for india were there.Man of the series Suresh Raina and Indian test wicketkeeper Dinesh kaarthick performed well.
For the CAS stricken chennaite like me any kind of live cricket is now ok and if its good enough then what else..

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

optical illusion

A nice flash presentation on optical illusion can be found here.


Blogger add-in for MS Word

if u wanna post to ur blogger blog from ur favorite MS word u can do that from now on using the add-in provided here.shud be useful..

Thursday, July 28, 2005

News Channels and sms..

In India these days the hottest business in Media are the news channels.Topping the list is Prannoy Roy's NDTV and closedly followed by the India Today group's AAJ TAK and Headlines today.There are some 7 popular news channels and one thing u find common in them is the interaction with the viewers through sms-Short Messaging Service.They use sms for several purposes such as voting,viewer feedback,latest news n scores etc.Off late one use of sms by these channels is worth mention.Telecasting messages from People who need to contact their family/friends but unable to do so on their scrolling newsbar.And India being hit by natural disasters more often nowadays say the Tsunami or these Mumbai rains this system is being put to use.But whether this service is effectively used and is helpful to people or not is not known.But i doubt its effectiveness coz both parties(the sender and the intended recepient) have to watch that particular news channel to know the news.Neways ,if it helps then fine.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Go Aussie Go

Australia continued their supremacy on the Ashes with a fantastic 239 run win over the arch rivals -poms.Pietersen stood tall among the ruins but again that was kinda expected with the form hes in and the capitulation of the rest of the team was expected as well considering the professionalism that this aussie team is known for.
India should learn from this aussie team ,how to win from advantageous positions.Greg Chappell the man in charge should be well versed in this and should in turn inculcate it into the men in blue.Hope things get better for India in the tri series in Sri lanka where a pathetic series is underway.windies with not even a'A' side struggling under the hands of murali.Well cant help it.Hope India puts up a better performance in the forthcoming tri series.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Sahara -English masala flick

No logic - sheer fun-this is what the movie "Sahara" is all about.The actors Matthew McConaughey, Penelope cruz and Steve Zahn have done their job fine.There are a few missing links here and there.who cares just two hours of adventure guranteed.The cinematography showcasing the Sahara desert and the Niger river is great.The Stunts are also good and the boat stunt(Panama) in particular was good.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Aussies Just took a small break

The Aussies are back and in style led by none other than the brilliant "Gilly".he struck a swash buckling century and they reached home with 15 overs to spare.Though deprived of cricket action at the CAS stricken Chennai i still follow it in newspaper and the net.Waiting for the launch of the TATA -STAR TV direct to home venture "T-Sky".Hopefully it is a good offer for the audience.

Another template change

Today my blog underwent a template change since i thought the google like looks werent that great and so changed looks pretty simple now.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

How is this Ashes gonna be ?

In the last Natwest tri series match there was a war of words between Matt hayden,simon jones,collingwood and vaughan and kinda amicably resolved by Ponting and the two umpires.Well going by these kinda incidents one can say the passions are running high in this new look English team and they are gonna give the aussies a run for their money this time around.well if that happens then this Ashes edition is gonna be a treat for cricket lovers.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Awesome Anniyan.

Anniyan @ Satyam cinemas(chennai) -->wonderful experience.
Lot of reviews float in the net abt this movie and what i have here is my view.
The storyline shows some similarity to Shankar's previous movies Indian and gentleman.well all his heroes have been crime fighters and cant help them being similar.
well positives first.
:) Vikram- a class act.Be it the simple "rules Ramanujam" or the lover ramp model "remo" or the killer Anniyan (with the style of "undertaker" ) he is just fantastic.The scenes with Sadha in the room of "temple towers" where he switches between Remo and Anniyan and the scene with Praksahraj where he in a single shot depicts both "ambi" and "anniyan" are just too good.He scores in Comedy in the scenes in the train and then when he writes his love letter to mention a few.

:) Vivek- man whenever he comes on the screen the theatre erupts to a laughter.he is just too good in his timing and only he can bring this effect.The jokes where he drags kamalHassan,vairamuthu are just a couple of instances of his superb comedy.

:) Cinematography-Ravi varman and Manikandan have done a brilliant job .The fight sequences and the songs deserve special mention.The "tulip gardens " in the Kumari song are a visual treat.Andankaaka song,wherein u find a whole village panited colourfully (including a big bridge)is awesome.

:) Music-Harris jayaraj has did a pretty good job in the background score and the songs are all pretty good though many felt the absence of ARR.

:) Shankar-for obvious reasons.

Sadha and prakashraj also deserve special mention as they have stuck to their job.
someone may say whether it is sadha or 'Sodha' .well she looks pretty good.And thats half the job done.and she doesnt overact or do any blunders anywhere.
Prakashraj as the police officer is as usual good.nothing very particular about his role.The minuses..

:( Sadha doesnt even get the slighest of doubts about the similarity between remo and ambi.

:( First half is dragged a bit explaining about the irresponsible public.Even in the theatre during the intermission i saw ppl smoking in a no-smoking zone.

:( Storyline somewhat similar to sidney sheldon's Tell me your dreams.

Overall its a fine movie and will be one of the biggest Tamil Superhits of all time.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

User interface without clickin the mouse

Wanna check out an user interface without clicking the mouse.This site dontclickit is for u.check out and dont dare to click the mouse.



The Ashes -the traditional urn -the series .Its back in England this summer and there are a lot of English fans hoping for a turnaround after 25 years.Will Vaughan and his team make it.Well going by their performance in the last 15 months or so, there is something positive in this team and has the capability to beat the world beaters Australia.Well the aussies are not invincible but the fact is they up their performance levels whenever it matters.Before the ashes is the ODI triangular series with Banladesh as the third team.
England's trump cards Peitersen and Flintoff are fit and raring to go .so this shud be exciting.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Tsunami relief match

Yesterday there was a tsunami relief match held at the Lords featuring MCC eleven and the World eleven.Thought Saurav wud click after his blistering century in the county match.But he dint click.Neways the MCC IX won the match.
The indian batters dint do that well sehwag out for just 5.but the Indian spin duo Kumble and Harbhajan bagged 3 wickets each.Thats pretty kewl.
But the real spirit was fundraiser for Tsunami relief and it was realised.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Saurav ,Irfan sign up county stints

Indian captain Saurav Ganguly has signed up with glamorgan this season and will be playinghis first match on wednesday and speedster Irfan Pathan is playing a match today for middlesex for which he has signed up the contract.Nice to c these guys in the English coubty season and hopefully the prince of kolkata finds his magical touch.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Flash based site: pretty kewl

This site about the new car cayman from Porsche is a damn good website using flash.
check it out here.


Friday, May 13, 2005

Eventful day in cricket(yesterday)

South Africa literally shocked West Indies or rather Langdevelt shocked the Windies by pulling off a sensational hat trick at the death ,in the 3rd ODI in SA Vs WI series.Man - last 4 balls 2 runs and u loose all ur 3 wickets in three balls.That doesnt happen often.Me reminded of the Miandad's last ball six against India.

Shane warne scored his first ever First class century in 72 balls against kent.Shane warne is great bowler alright and he was a pretty effective batsmen as well .Happy that hez got his 1st 100 which took some time coming.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Thunderstorms in chennai

It may be hard to believe that there are thunderstorms in chennai in the month of May.
but its happening for the past 2 days.but no heavy rain it has been pretty overcast from afternoon and the climate is cool as a cucumber abd some respite from the scorching sun.

Monday, May 02, 2005

New Look!!

Gave my blog a new look with a change of template .But this works for new posts alone but for direct links and archives of old posts it takes me to the blog with the older template.I donno how to solve it and mebbe one cant do it .If somebody know it please let me know.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Anniyan music rocks (did i say that)

well after listening to the numbers from Anniyan-the most hyped and awaited tamil movie now-i wasnt too impressed .The music by Harris Jayaraj who has given tremendous hits like "Minnale" doesnt seem to have done that xtra bit to get the best.Shankar whose movies right from his debut film Gentleman to his last movie Boys ,in which music was given prime importance and were all chartbusters.Reason---"A R Rahman".First time shankar works without ARR and the difference is felt.BUt i dont say that the music is bad .Its still good but not good enuf.The slow numbers Aiyangaru veetu and kumari are good .Shankar Mahadevan's rendition in the second song is brilliant.The fast numbers resemble some western songs and thats it.Well shankar spends lavishly on the picturization of his songs and hope that it makes up for the not so great music.

Bridge partly underwater

BRIDGE, originally uploaded by netcitizen.

This bridge is between Sweden and Denmark. Picture taken from the side of Sweden.

The bridge is half under the water, for ships to pass and then again, it comes out on the other side. Truly a marvelous piece of Engineering!!!

The bridge (or should it be called tunnel) goes under water to allow movement of ships.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Top ten Firefox browser annoyances

If u are a Firefox lover u neednt worry abt it .but still.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

My google search History

Google has come up with another innovative idea called My google search History which keeps track of ur recent google searches and provides access to them as well as the results u chose.The search stats for the current month is also provided.Nice ...

Outsourcing off Los Angeles?

Doing Outsourcing with a twist.Literally working out of a development center on the sea.chk out the link.

via Kalyan Varma

Monday, April 18, 2005

Bye Bye Mr Wright

John Wright got it all wrong in his last series ,the just concluded ODI series against Pakistan.Well cant blame him altogether coz that bad was the batting display of our batsmen and hap hazard bowling of our bowlers.Among the batsmen barring Sehwag,Dravid Dhoni and to some extent kaif the rest were really pathetic .The ones i mentioned too failed when it mattered.Well The Indian team did well in last few years but in patches John wright success % was 40 in tests and 54 in ODI top of the charts among all other previous indian coaches.Well now the question is whoz the next coach???The options i think ,going thru the information sources that i know, are Greg Chappell,Tom Moody and Dave whatmore and a remote chance of steve waugh(i personally don think so).There mite be another candidate in the the legendary Alan Border whos now no more an Aussie selector .Well whoever be the coach to c India win in the future there should be positive changes in the team selection,investment in all levels of domestic cricket and improvement of the facilities in our domestic circuit.Hope for the best :).

Monday, April 11, 2005

Deccan Chronicle in chennai

Deccan chronicle ( 4th largest selling English daily in India) which is primarily based in Andhra n Karnataka has launched its Chennai edition recently and at just a Rupee cost .They wanna get a share of the market somehow which is basically dominated by The Hindu(Re 3.25 daily Re 4 in the weekends ) and to some extent by The New Indian express(Re 1.50).Whether it succeeds in doing so is there to be seen.Well i had read it in Hyderabad; had its own masala stuff and doing the same here. but u get a newspaper at Re might work.

Yahoo 360 Invites

Some Yahoo 360 Invites there for the taking .whoever needs one post comments .

Saurav -Bashing continues

These every Magazine carries an article about Saurav Gangulys poor form and jokes abt it .Heres one more of the Saurav Bashing ..

The following are some of the ideas for Ganguly to regain form and stay in the middle for a longer duration.(subject to approval by I.C.C)

IDEA NO:1: Plastic Ball or Tennis Ball or Rubber Ball to be used while bowling to Ganguly.

IDEA NO:2: Only one stick should be kept while Ganguly is Batting instead of Three so that his chances of getting out bowled will be minimised

IDEA NO:3: Dada can wrap up his legs with 4 or 5 bats instead of pads, so that there is no chance of getting out lbw.

IDEA NO:4: The size of the ball can be reduced to the size of a lemon or size of his bat can be increased to twice its size. Or the size of the ground can be decreased to that of a Basketball Ground.

IDEA NO:5: Fast Bowlers are prohibited to bowl the following deliveries to Dada.
They should not bowl Inswinger,Outswinger,Off cutter, Leg cutter,Bouncer,Short Pitched Ball, Reverse swinging ball, yorker,reverse swinging yorker,slower ball and most importantly in and around the off stump corridor.

IDEA NO:6: Slow Bowlers are prohibited from bowling off spin,leg spin,doosra,googly,china man,flipper,faster ball.

IDEA NO:7: Speed restrictions for bowlers:

IDEA NO:8 Fast bowlers in their runup should run like Mohinder Amarnath and slow bowlers should not run at all.

IDEA NO:9 Ganguly can change his position as medium fast bowler instead of Batsman and bat at no:11, so that by the time he enters the ground 48 or 49 overs would have been bowled.

IDEA NO:10: I.C.C Should warn Pakistan Bowlers that hereafter any bowler taking Dada's wicket, the number will not be added to the bowler's tally of wickets.

IDEA NO:11: Bowlers should not appeal for dismissal of Ganguly. Even a small appeal (not necessarily loud appealing or excessive appealing) will lead to match refereee Chris Broad suspending the bowler for the rest of the series.

IDEA NO:12: Fast Bowlers should only throw the ball and slow bowlers should use underarm throw.

IDEA NO:13: Even after this if Ganguly gets out, the bowler will be called a chucker and new rule for bowling action, i.e.( 2 degrees bending of bowling arm allowed for fast bowlers and 3 degrees bending of bowling arm for slow bowlers) will be taken into account and the bowler will be immediately sent to Australia by next flight for corrective action.

IDEA NO:14: No fielder should catch the ball hit by Dada. If they catch, then any of the opening batsman who got out earlier, like virender shewag will be allowed to bat for second time.

IDEA NO: 15: For every minute Dada stays in the middle, one run will be added to his score and if the ball hits the bat and travels to the following places, runs will be credited to Dada as follows.
Slip,Gully,Forward Short Leg: 1 run
Mid on,mid off, cover,point: 2 runs
long on,long off,fine leg,third man: 3 runs.

and finally if Dada's wicket is taken before he reaches 50 runs all pakis will be fined 50% of their match fees.

Friday, April 08, 2005

India in a World Cup final !!!

Its an India Vs Australia Final on a cricket field.But this time its between teams of the fairer sex.Yes its the final of the Women's Cricket world cup 2005 being held this month in South Africa.Hope the ladies dont repeat their male counterparts.All the best for the Indian women's cricket team :).

Friday, April 01, 2005

Gmail up to 2 GB space and more...

Gmail on account of its first anniversary celebrations has beefed up the mailbox space of its users to some amount above 1 GB.Mine stands at 1250 MB.According to google they are gonna up the space to more 2 GB.great news are just an april fools special.wait n c :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Yahoo 360

yahoo has come up with the yet to be launched Yahoo 360 beta which i think is yahoo's answer to orkut which is a popular online community service and blogger the mother of all blog services.1 can sign up to the waiting list to use yahoo 360 once it is launched.Yahoo is combining launchcast and the more popular Yahoo messenger to make it a complete solution.Match on.Google should soon come out with IM solution and other stuff soon

Friday, March 18, 2005

The Year 2038 Problem--Interesting

The Year 2038 Problem

What is it?

Starting at GMT 03:14:07, Tuesday, January 19, 2038, It is expected to see lots of systems around the world breaking magnificently: satellites falling out of orbit, massive power outages (like the 2003 North American blackout), hospital life support system failures, phone system interruptions, banking errors, etc. One second after this critical second, many of these systems will have wildly inaccurate date settings, producing all kinds of unpredictable consequences. In short, many of the dire predictions for the year 2000 are much more likely to actually occur in the year 2038! Consider the year 2000 just a dry run. In case you think we can sit on this issue for another 30 years before addressing it, consider that reports of temporal echoes of the 2038 problem are already starting to appear in future date calculations for mortgages and vital statistics!

In the first month of the year 2038 C.E. many computers will encounter a date-related bug in their operating systems and/or in the applications they run. This can result in incorrect and wildly inaccurate dates being reported by the operating system and/or applications. The effect of this bug is hard to predict, because many applications are not prepared for the resulting "skip" in reported time - anywhere from 1901 to a "broken record" repeat of the reported time at the second the bug occurs. Also, may make some small adjustment to the actual time the bug expresses itself. This bug to cause serious problems on many platforms, especially Unix and Unix-like platforms, because these systems will "run out of time".

What causes it?

Time_t is a data type used by C and C++ programs to represent dates and times internally. (Windows programmers out there might also recognize it as the basis for the CTime and CTimeSpan classes in MFC.) time_t is actually just an integer, a whole number, that counts the number of seconds since January 1, 1970 at 12:00 AM Greenwich Mean Time. A time_t value of 0 would be 12:00:00 AM (exactly midnight) 1-Jan-1970, a time_t value of 1 would be 12:00:01 AM (one second after midnight) 1-Jan-1970, etc..

some example times and their exact time_t representations:

Date & time time_t representation

1-Jan-1970, 12:00:00 AM GMT ---- 0

1-Jan-1970, 12:01:00 AM GMT ---- 60

1-Jan-1970, 01:00:00 AM GMT ---- 3 600

2-Jan-1970, 12:00:00 AM GMT ---- 86 400

1-Jan-1971, 12:00:00 AM GMT ---- 31 536 000

1-Jan-1972, 12:00:00 AM GMT ---- 63 072 000

1-Jan-2038, 12:00:00 AM GMT ---- 2 145 916 800

19-Jan-2038,03:14:07 AM GMT ---- 2 147 483 647

By the year 2038, the time_t representation for the current time will be over 2 140 000 000. And that's the problem. A modern 32-bit computer stores a "signed integer" data type, such as time_t, in 32 bits. The first of these bits is used for the positive/negative sign of the integer, while the remaining 31 bits are used to store the number itself. The highest number these 31 data bits can store works out to exactly 2 147 483 647. A time_t value of this exact number, 2 147 483 647, represents January 19, 2038, at 7 seconds past 3:14 AM Greenwich Mean Time. So, at 3:14:07 AM GMT on that fateful day, every time_t used in a 32-bit C or C++ program will reach its upper limit.

One second later, on 19-January-2038 at 3:14:08 AM GMT, disaster strikes.

When a signed integer reaches its maximum value and then gets incremented, it wraps around to its lowest possible negative value. This means a 32-bit signed integer, such as a time_t, set to its maximum value of 2 147 483 647 and then incremented by 1, will become -2 147 483 648. Note that "-" sign at the beginning of this large number. A time_t value of -2 147 483 648 would represent December 13, 1901 at 8:45:52 PM GMT.

So, if all goes normally, 19-January-2038 will suddenly become 13-December-1901 in every time_t across the globe, and every date calculation based on this figure will go haywire. And it gets worse. Most of the support functions that use the time_t data type cannot handle negative time_t values at all. They simply fail and return an error code.

A quick check with the following Perl script may help determine if your computers will have problems (this requires Perl to be installed on your system, of course):

# Use POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface)
use POSIX;
# Set the Time Zone to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) for date calculations.
$ENV{'TZ'} = "GMT";
# Count up in seconds of Epoch time just before and after the critical event.

for ($clock = 2147483641; $clock < 2147483651; $clock++)
print ctime($clock);

For example, the output of this script on Debian GNU/Linux (kernel 2.4.22) (An affected system) will be

# ./
Tue Jan 19 03:14:01 2038
Tue Jan 19 03:14:02 2038
Tue Jan 19 03:14:03 2038
Tue Jan 19 03:14:04 2038
Tue Jan 19 03:14:05 2038
Tue Jan 19 03:14:06 2038
Tue Jan 19 03:14:07 2038
Fri Dec 13 20:45:52 1901
Fri Dec 13 20:45:52 1901
Fri Dec 13 20:45:52 1901


"The best way to predict the future is to engineer it." Consider testing your mission-critical code well ahead of time on a non-production test platform set just before the critical date. For more general applications, just using large types for storing dates will do the trick in most cases. For example, in GNU C, 64-bits (a "long " type) is sufficient to keep the time from rolling over for literally geological eons This just means any executables the operating systems runs will always get the correct time reported to them when queried in the correct manner. It doesn't stop the executables you may still want to be worried about

Well-written programs can simply be recompiled with a new version of the library that uses, for example, 8-byte values for the storage format. This is possible because the library encapsulates the whole time activity with its own time types and functions (unlike most mainframe programs, which did not standardize their date formats or calculations). So the Year 2038 problem should not be nearly as hard to fix as the Y2K problem was.

Admittedly, some don't feel that this impending disaster will strike too many people. They reason that, by the time 2038 rolls around, most programs will be running on 64-bit or even 128-bit computers. In a 64-bit program, a time_t could represent any date and time in the future out to 292 000 000 000 A.D., which is about 20 times the currently estimated age of the universe. The problem with this kind of optimism is the same root problem behind most of the Year 2000 concerns that plagued the software industry in previous years: Legacy Code. Even if every PC in the year 2038 has a 64-bit CPU, there will be a lot of older 32-bit programs running on them

The greatest danger with the Year 2038 Problem is its invisibility. The more-famous Year 2000 is a big, round number; it only takes a few seconds of thought, even for a computer-illiterate person, to imagine what might happen when 1999 turns into 2000. But January 19, 2038 is not nearly as obvious. Software companies will probably not think of trying out a Year 2038 scenario before doomsday strikes. Of course, there will be some warning ahead of time. Scheduling software, billing programs, personal reminder calendars, and other such pieces of code that set dates in the near future will fail as soon as one of their target dates exceeds 19-Jan-2038, assuming a time_t is used to store them.

Good luck, and hope no ones flying car breaks down in 2038

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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Dharamshala--Latest on the Indian cricket map

Board presidents XI led by Kaif take on Pakistan today at the picturesque venue at Dharamshala in the state of Himachal pradesh.Its simply a wonderful showpiece this ground surrounded by snow clad Himalayas and lush greneery around.The organisers expect a house full today cos this is the first match here of such a stature.The Dalai Lama was supposed to inagurate the match.but due to the backing away of the Pakistan cricket board fearing some political reactions coz Dalai lama is not a friend of Pakistan's ally china he will not do so.And the tibetians out there in Dharamshala are not happy about .well as far there is some good cricket who cares!!

Monday, February 14, 2005

Star nite for Tsunami relief

The stars of Bollywood came together to raise funds for tsunami relief in a star nite and also there is an auction @ where one can donate money online as well as bid for the stuff (including some meetings ,dinners with stars)there and the bid amount will fund the tsunami relief.
The show was great fun with almost every bollywood star was present .
My favorites in the show were performances by SRK,Adnan sami,Sukhwinder and last but not the least the performance by the senior and junior Bachchans.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Google all the way

Find all forms of Google in things u can't even think of.
Its hilarious .


Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Indian Driver in F1

Narain karthikeyan makes to the F-1 and will be driving for Jordan.
thats a great news for all F-1 fans in India.

Read More Here

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Google Video

Google has started a search engine with which one can search for the recent TV programmes online.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Google phone!!

Google's gonna start free phone service over broadband internet on the lines of Skype.
.Read Article here

Saturday, January 22, 2005

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An online image to ASCII converter


Annamalai serialllllll ends finally :)

Annamalai one of the top rated soaps in SUN TV the number 1 Tamil satellite channel came to a close yesterday.Produced by the Radaan Networks run by Actress Radhika ,who was the main cast of the serial enjoyed enviable TRP ratings among Tamil channels.The same company produces a new serial Selvi,which will take the slot from the next week.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Picasa 2

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The Funhaler is a newly FDA-approved device that encourages young asthma sufferers to use their inhalers (a normally uncomfortable and somewhat shocking procedure) by attaching brightly colored whistles and spinning wheels that make noise as the child takes in a lungful of medicine. Simple and effective and totally needed.

Gizmodo: "Gadgets"

A380'superjumbo' jet

he world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, has been unveiled in an elaborate ceremony in France.

The twin-deck aircraft can carry about 555 people - more than the Boeing 747 jumbo built by Airbus' main competitor.

The ceremony was attended by European leaders including Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schroeder.

BBC NEWS | Business | Airbus unveils 'superjumbo' jet: "The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, has been unveiled in an elaborate ceremony in France."


Prannoy Roy run NDTV has now started a 24 hr business channel called
NDTV profit entirely dedicated to business affairs.Great.There are a slew of informative programs for all NDTV fans.The Program YOU DECIDE is now moved onto NDTV PROFIT at 9 pm slot.starting as a news production company in 80's NDTV now has 3 channels under its belt.
Way to go NDTV.


The Doctor on reel VasoolRaja MBBS is now a Doctor in real .Our own Padmashri Kamal hasan was awarded the Honorary Doctorate by the Sathyabama deemed university yesterday.Several famous film personalities were also present at the occassion.

Monday, January 17, 2005

TheCute Little Yahoo!

A Romanian couple decided to prove how much they hate their own child by naming him "Yahoo". Reuters reports that a three-day old bully has already given him an "Indian burn".

Obviously that bit about the bully is just my joke, although you can bet it will be true in about 6-10 years. The Romanian couple has decided to name their son after a freakin' search engine because they met over the Internet.

Daily Libertatea said on Thursday Cornelia and Nonu Dragoman, both from Transylvania, met and decided they were meant for each other following a three-month relationship over the net.

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World's Smallest 3 CCD Camcorder

Is the Matsushita/Panasonic Digicam NV-GS150 the world's smallest 3 CCD digital camcorder? The new handheld was shown off yesterday in Japan, highlighting its 2.32-megapixel sensor—pretty good for a video recorder, especially one just 123mm long. And the price isn't half bad either: just $777.

Also, if you're hip to the camcorder scene, you should check out CamcorderInfo's CES coverage, where they basically catalog every single bit of information that was released, even if they had to choke it out of the vendors.

Gizmodo : Panasonic NV-GS150: World's Smallest 3 CCD Camcorder: "Digital Cameras"

ITC -new marketing way

ITC launched Sunfeast range of biscuits sometime last year.
Now During this Pongal season in Tamilnadu,In order to boost sales of its Milk biscuits it has launched an offer wherein u get a photo of Actor Vijay in his new movie Thirupaachi (the movie also gets a free advt) along with a pack of ITC biscuits.This will definitely promote sales in Tamilnadu as Vijay is the hottest hero down south.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Happy Pongal !!!

Thamizhar Thirunaal NalVazhthukkal!!!
Last year ended with the tsunami tragedy and the New year was'nt all that bright.
Lets Hope that Pongal brings new lease of joy and prosperity in all our lives.
Pongal is the important festival in the Tamil calendar ,the harvest festival and a thanksgiving day for the Sun god.
Sankaranthi is celebrated on the same day all over north and west india .
In the Tamil movie front a slew of movies release tomorrow .The ones to look for include vijay's Thirupaachi ,sarath kumar 's Ayya and Dhanush's Devadhayai kandaen.
Hope Kollywood has lot to cheer about the pongal releases.

Its Hot in New Delhi airport

hot movie clip was shown at the New delhi Internatioanl airport.Hmmm..

Now, sleaze show at airport too! : "A steamy adult movie screened on television sets at the international
airport in New Delhi has baffled authorities, who had installed them
for entertainment of passengers."

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Gates' PC Crashes During Keynote Speech

Bill Gates Pc crashed during his key note speech at the at the International Consumer Electronics Show.Microsoft founder isnt spared either.