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Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Bahadur that was Sam

Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw
Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw
[April 3, 1914 – June 27, 2008]

I can't say anything that hasn't already been said, but growing up in a post-Independence India devoid of heroes, he was one of the few our elders taught us to adulate.

I studied for a few years at the Kendriya Vidyalaya (Central School) at Happy Valley, Shillong, which is set amidst the 58 Gorkha Training Centre (58 here stands for 5 and 8). And there dedicated to the now departed Field Marshall and honorary Gorkha is a museum. The next time I visit home will make it a point to say hi to Sam Bahadur memorabilia.

But, the political leadership and the top military brass do not seem to share similar sentiments.

...the day of his last journey, seemed to be just another day in office for the political leadership and top military brass.

Right down from President Pratibha Patil, also the supreme commander of the armed forces, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to defence minister A K Antony and the three Service chiefs, none attended the "state funeral" of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw at Wellington on Friday.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

In Audio: Ghasiram Kotwal

An audio extract from the controversial play Ghasiram Kotwal penned by the late Vijay Tendulkar - staged during the Summer Theatre Festival at the National School of Drama, New Delhi - and directed by Rajinder Nath.

The audio tract describes the laws promulgated by the protagonist Ghasiram in his newly appointed role as the kotwal - the chief police official - of Poona.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Lee Ad: Jeans Fetish

Everyone of us would have had that one pair of jeans that we were/are madly in love with. Mine was a pair of tailored Ruf & Tuf jeans.

This television commercial for Lee illustrates that love.

The tagline says "Sticks to you like it loves you" - and you too stick back.

Lucky jeans.

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Agency: Happy

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Help Firefox 3 Create a World Record

Download Day 2008Join Firefox in its mission to set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours!

Sounds like a good deal, right? All you have to do is get Firefox 3 during Download Day to help set the record for most software downloads in 24 hours - it’s that easy. We're not asking you to swallow a sword or to balance 30 spoons on your face, although that would be kind of awesome.

The official date for the launch of Firefox 3 is June 17, 2008

To take part in this effort, just download Firefox 3 as soon as it is available, preferably from Download Day Headquarters. You'll get a customised certificate by downloading from Headquarters.

Firefox fans in India have to download Firefox 3 from the Download Day Headquarters by 11:46 PM [23:46] on June 18, 2008 to be able to contribute to the record-making download count.

Update: There were more than eight million Firefox 3 downloads in 24 hours.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Sanjay Dutt Hits Out at Metrosexuals

In this campaign - actually a surrogate beer ad masquerading as a pseudo public service advertisement - for Haywards 5000 Soda, Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt hits out at metrosexuals. And urges Indian men to be more "manly."

Haywards 5000 has initiated a Mard Bachao Andolan, that seeks to rescue Indian manliness from the clutches of waxed eyebrows, manicures and facials. I wish them success.

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Interestingly Sanjay Dutt himself has been spotted with a shaven chest.

By the way, Haywards 5000 happens to be my favourite beer.

Note: This andolan for bachoing men is not to confused with the activities of the Man Cell and similar organisations.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Download 'Protected' Images

Often friends ask me on how to deter people from copying or downloading stuff that they put up on the internet. My suggestion is simple - it is not worth the effort. Because anything that is displayed on the screen and emitted by the speakers can always be copied by the end users, with only a little extra effort.

While returning from home a few days ago, I ran into a school friend - now a risk manager and a budding photographer - who has put up a website via which he intends to sell his photos. "And no one can steal the photos from my site," he boasted. I tried to explain him that it is indeed very easy to circumvent the JavaScript had he had put in there. He didn't seem too convinced. I didn't have a laptop with me to give him a demo, and therefore this post.

The easiest way, when right click is disabled on a page, is to left click on the image and keep the mouse button pressed while draging and dropping it on to the desktop or to any folder shortcut on the taskbar [Source]

Another simple trick is to temporarily disable javascript on the browser, as most of this disabling is done via JavaScript, and then you can copy the images the usual way - right click > Save Image As.

To do so in Firefox, click on Tools (on the File menu) » Options » select the Content tab » deselect the Enable JavaScript checkbox » click OK.

To disable JavaScript in Internet Explorer (IE) go to Tools » Internet Options > click on the Security tab » click on the Custom Level button in the Security level for this zone section » scroll down and look for Scripting and click on the Disable radio button under Active scripting » click OK.

Just remember to revert back to your original javascript settings once you are through with your coping else you might not be able to experience the javascript powered features on some websites.

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