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)

23 February, 2013


I have been running BOINC projects for a number of years on my personal desktops.

BOINC is the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing.

BOINC is a way of allowing CPU cycles (and some memory and I/O) on laptops, desktops and servers to be used as shared resources for compute intensive tasks that are in the public domain and are executed as distributed applications.

BOINC users get credits ("Work done") for units of work for various projects.

My current credits (23-Feb-13) are :

  • Einstein@Home  :       119,886
  • SETI@Home      :        72,030
  • Milkyway@Home  :        70,586
  • climateprediction.net : 48,333
  • malariacontrol.net :    24,766
  • Spinhenge@home :        13,514