What a day, What a game, What an election

If anyone watched the Cubs vs. Marlins game today, you will understand what I mean :). I was on a company wide conference call and watching the game at the same time. I couldn’t control my emotions when Sammy hit a homer, and made the score even in the 8th inning, I jumped up with joy. The CEO and VP were like “Huh.. and we hired this guy!!” :). But all that effort didn’t help us. In the end, it was a Marlins victory. And across the country, an actor becomes the new Governor of California. Where is this country going to? Hope Clark will make it out in the 2004 presidential election. Looks like the one with the biggest war chest wins elections nowadays rather than people with genuine public interest. But I am an optimist :). As they say, it ain’t over till the fat lady sings [or something to that effect].


Yeah baby.. The Cubs are in the playoffs. I wish I was in Chicago to celebrate this event. For the last 3 years that I was in Chicago, each of the sports team [Cubs | Bulls | Bears] showed promise at the beginning of the season and then fizzled away!! This is one of the most exciting sporting event that I have seen in my life. I was glued to the TV all the time. Especially in the 8th inning when Baker decided to bench Kerry. I was like..what the hell is this guy doing. But I guess he knew what to do. Thats why he is making the BIG $$$$$$ and I am slaving away in Hawaii. Not that I am complaining. THE CUBS RULE :).

Me: The Helpdesk Monkey

Customer: I am facing packet loss

Me: I am sorry to hear that. Can I get your circuit ID please

Customer: xxxxx

Me: Sir, I see that you are using ~490kbps on a 512kbps link. Hmm..you are going to have some packet loss depending on your usage.

Customer: What!!! You think I don’t know anything. I have been in this business for 8 years. I have tens of links. The other provider never has problems. You are shaving me off on 10kbps.

Me: ?? ?? ??

I love being the helpdesk monkey :).

Moral: Doesn’t anyone know that “raw datarate, doesn’t take into account data framing or encoding” of the TCP/IP stack.

Taste of Kapolei – II

I was so tired by the time I got back home that I didn’t have any energy to make it to the taste. I did notice that quite a few people [taking Hawaii’ population into context :)] turned up for it. Will try to make it next year.

Note: Why do we always postpone things?? :).


I love toys :). I have a collection of Bionicles, the Dark Lord and some other stuff. I love the look on peoples face when they see the toys on my desk. Coming to the reason for this posting. I was introduced to Kindereggs while I was going to school in Russia. I not only love the chocolate shell, but also the surprise toys you get in them. I was disappointed to know that they don’t sell them in the US due to safety issues. The toys in the eggs are quite small and there is a possibility that children can swallow them. During my usual nocturnal surfing, I came across this item on ebay. How can a true Kinderegg lover resist that :). I put a bid in. Lets see if I win. Now, all I have to do it find more place on my cramped desk ;).

A Happy Dassera

Wish you all a Happy Dassera. I miss all the fun and festivities back home. It has been more than a decade since I have celebrated an Indian festival properly. For the uninitiated, festivals in India mean new clothes, day off and meeting friends and relatives. We have too many festivals in India and too many days off :).

Sun[set or rise]??

You might have already noticed all the buzz being generated in the tech. world due Sun’s annoucement that is might have to write off 1 Billion [yeah, you heard that right] dollars for this quarter. A lot of people are saying that this is the start of the end. It is funny how bad decisions made by management can affect a company :). I always admired Sun for being a “technology” company, but in the last few years instead of being innovative and adopting to changing market needs, Sun stagnated. I mean, how many companies would think of going with Sun when they can get comparable technology [Linux+Inte/AMD] at a far cheaper price. What is wrong with people in the upper management? I have seen several companies go down just because of bad decesions by management. Do people loose their brains once they get there?? I do hope [if not for the shareholders, at least for the employees] that Sun can get its act together.

Taste of Kapolei

I recently moved from Chicago to Hawaii to pursue my career. Thanks to my good friend, Brian, I get to live pretty close to work. I noticed today that these guys here are trying to mimic The Taste of Chicago, appropriately called Taste of Kapolei. Only difference is that you buy a single $60 ticket. Don’t know if that entitles you to unlimited food or not?? Have to try it out. Will post an update of I do go there.

A new team is born :)

Annoucing the arrival of the lucky twins :). My cousins Vinod and Lakshmi just had twins. All I can say is, these guys bring good luck. The Cubs are in the playoffs!! ye ye. Oh, back to the twins :).
Vikas | Born at 8:05AM 10/3/2003 | Weight: 5lbs 17oz | Height: 19 ins

Shalin | Born at 8:05AM 10/3/2003 | Weight: 5lbs 17oz | Height: 19 ins

Welcome to the world kids :).

Hello world !

Everyone in this world is blogging!! :). Well, I wake up this fine day and decide..Why not me? After going through several different blogging software [Register | Serendepity | TextPattern], I have finally decided on B2. So, without any further adeu, welcome to my site :). I plan to write [when I can] on things that I think are important [Nerd Alert: This doesn’t necessarily mean that you will like it. But hey, if you are reading this, you really don’t have anything better to do :)]