Remember the head fakes

Randy Pausch (1960-2008) – Brilliant orator, awesome teacher, and above all – an amazing person. RIP.

The Last Lecture.


Lines of the day

Chaos can be a positive thing. Chaos is inherently part of the creative act. To embrace creativity means you must also embrace chaos. Things don’t happen when everything is neat and “just so”. Creativity is all about distruption. The people who tell you that creativity is pain-free are liars. The people who tell you they’ve got a plan are liars. There is no plan. There’s just you, God and the need to invent. And this uncertain world is what most of us now find ourselves entering, willingly or otherwise.

Creativity equals chaos. Chaos equals creativity. Embrace it or die.

~ Hugh MacLeod – Why I’m Writing a Book


Facebook redesign flaw

facebook redesign error

The new Facebook interface has screwed the Google Reader Shared Items & Flickr. I think its the error in the FriendFeed like application Facebook has. Is anyone else seeing the same error?


Delhi Airport

Comments welcome 🙂

Personal Tech

Software release names

When I was upgrading the WordPress installation, I noticed that the particular version was code named “Tyner” after McCoy Tyner, a jazz pianist. WordPress releases are mostly named after Jazz musicians, like Ella Fitzgerald, and saxophonist Stan Getz.

These codenames have always fascinated me since the good old days of Prithvi and Agni, at the Insti’s IPC – not International Patent Classification but Information Processing Center. Prithvi was the codename for the Linux server, and Agni for Unix. Vi used to be the editor of choice. Pine for email. Cat and Man were commands, rather than species name. Anyways I digress.

I was always fascinated by the way “Valhalla” used to appear on the terminal (screen) when we tried to log on to the network. And since then I have tried to follow these release names for various softwares. Below is a quick look at the names used by RedHat Linux.

  1. RHL 7.0 – Guinness
  2. RHL 7.1 – Seawolf
  3. RHL 7.3 – Valhalla
  4. RHL 8.0 – Psyche
  5. RHL 9.0 – Shrike

I think post this RedHad became Fedora, or atleast a part of it did, and they used different names. Maybe I will follow up with some other interesting ones later (Ubuntu follows a cool method).