29 October, 2014

Update on BOINC Work Credits

So far, the total "Work done" by my BOINC account on various projects is :

Einstein@Home          : 361,987
Milkyway@Home          : 145,099
SETI@home              : 100,984
climateprediction.net  :  66,582
malariacontrol.net     :  33,495
Spinhenge@home         :  13,514


16 March, 2014

11 December, 2013

The Congress strategy after the "Semi-Finals" ?

What will the Indian National Congress be doing now ?  Will Rahul Gandhi be allowed to continue with his long-term plan of changing the party ?  Or will he be cut short ?  Will the coterie of power-brokers "put him in his place" ?

There was an amusing article in todays ToI / ET :  That Nandan Nilekani may be put forward as the Congress's PM candidate.  That gave my a laugh.  What a crazy idea !

How will the Congress counter the "Modi-wave" that they deny ?

Time will tell ..............


18 September, 2013

Amazon Service

I got great service from Amazon.  Here's the transcript of the online chat with Amazon Customer Support :

Initial Question: For my order (#108-3021598-2760208), I am being charged $24.95 for Shipping.
My understanding is that for Orders to Singapore where the amount exceeds $125 (this order amounts to $130.92), shipping is free. Yet, I am being charted for shipping.
Can you confirm why ?
05:15 AM(GMT) Raj Shekhar(CSA): Hello, my name is Raj. I'll be happy to help you today.
05:16 AM(GMT) Raj Shekhar(CSA): Hemant, I have changed the shipping speed to free shipping and now your order total is $130.92, you can see this update at this order under your account now.
05:17 AM(GMT) Hemant K Chitale: Thank you.
I appreciate this.
05:18 AM(GMT) Raj Shekhar(CSA):
Is there anything else I can help you with today?
05:19 AM(GMT) Hemant K Chitale: That's all. Thank you !
05:19 AM(GMT) Raj Shekhar(CSA): You're welcome Hemant .
05:19 AM(GMT) Hemant K Chitale: Bye
05:19 AM(GMT) Raj Shekhar(CSA):
Thanks for visiting Amazon.com. We hope to see you again soon!
Bye. Take care.

19 May, 2013

Useful Videos

19-May-13  You can change the world  (Nancy Duarte)

19-May-13  What makes us feel good about our work   (Dan Ariely)

19-May-13  Do schools kill creativity ?   (Sir Ken Robinson)

03-Jun-13  The Puzzle of Motivation   (Dan Pink)

03-Jun-13  Are we in control of our decisions ?  (Dan Ariely)

10-Jun-13  The Paradox of Choice  (Barry Schwartz)

29-Jun-13  Unweaving the Rainbow  (Richard Dawkins)

28-Jul-13   Global Corruption  (Charmian Gooch)

28-Jul-13  How to spot a liar  (Pamela Mayer)

07-Jan-14 A better democracy will need a better press  (Lord David Puttnam)

05-Jul-14  Language  (Stephen Fry)

02-Nov014  Why Privacy Matters  (Glenn Greenwald)