The cool new Dell 24W7FP


The 24 inch Dell has been with me now for little more than two months. It has been more or less flawless with Vista + a Radoen X1600 card. I was unable to find the Vista release and have had to run with the version that came on the Vista media which is actually a MS release.The ATI site lists the driver still in Beta. I hope it will release soon, given that Vista should be out in retail shelves on the 30th of Jan.

The one glitch that surfaced and couple of times is that the monitor did not detect the DVI output of the card and I had to use the VGA cable to see what was happening. It could be my card or its driver acting up, but I have been unable to see why. After the VGA connection is made and the system rebooted, the DVI came back up and everything seemed fine, Duh.

P.S. : The background is a pic of the himalayas in Auli, taken my 2005 ski trip.

Why such lawlessness ?

Bangalore Rants

The rioting and looting last week was a another black mark on the cosmopolitan face of the city. It is a sad and shameful display of lawlessness by elements who I knew existed, but didn’t expect to be so blatant.

This is the second time in a year or so that Bangalore has witnessed wanton harm to citizens. The destruction of public, private property will in all probability go unpunished. I am agonizing over how we the common people will secure ourselves from such mobs and hooligans. What fortifications can one put up to avoid injury or worse from such situations ? The law keepers and makers seem to be busy elsewhere and it is hopelessly outnumbered, demoralized and inept to handle such situations.

My frustration is too deep to go into how we could fend from, insure against or avoid such happenings. It seems a futile to ask that we stick together and make this city work. Bangalore has such tantalizing potential to be the city that India can be proud of , but alas, it is being dragged back every time a few steps to progress are made. Perhaps a few more days and the optimist in me will come back to think lofty thoughts.

Testing blogging and moving personal site here..


While Bangalore is being kicked in the face for having thought lofty thoughts about becoming a global city, I have been trying to save a couple of thousand rupees, and hosting my blogs and random stuff in blogger,Flickr and assorted free space.

I think I’m getting ripped off with “hosting” offers. All I needed was space for an occasional rant and my kiddo’s pics. Oh yes, I still nurture dreams of updating my blog and having a section for minimalist “design” ideas. I’m going to try my best to put it up as soon I can get my lazy butt to it.