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Arthur C. Clarke on blogging

Submitted by Karthik on 22 October, 2005 - 21:50

Noted science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke has contributed an article [Free reg. required] on the rise of "citizen journalism" to Outlook's anniversary edition [released last week]. He basically talks about how blogs, wikis and the like are surely .. revolutionising the media and changing the scope of variables such as censorship, accuracy and responsibility.


IIPM vs. desi bloggers

Submitted by Karthik on 22 October, 2005 - 18:48

This seems to be a good coupla weeks old, but nevertheless I believe that these guys need to get all the exposure that they deserve.. better late than nevah I've been told.. :)

Now, even though I don't really think much of MBAs.. I have never heard of a top B-school named IIPM before today - seems I should get out more lol..

This whole imbroglio seems to have stemmed from this article on a college community site named JamMag [fubar site]. IIPM apparently have an intense marketing campaign to draw in students from all over India. The article basically questions the veracity of pretty much everything that IIPM advertises and also draws attention to the very authenticity of degrees from IIPM.

Robert Jordan - A Knife Of Dreams

Submitted by Karthik on 20 October, 2005 - 02:05

The previous three books of Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time saga have been tedious to say the least. But, with the Lan + Moiraine prequel (which was the last book released by Jordan) being so promising, I was looking forward to reading Book 11 - Knife Of Dreams, with some interest. Having finally done so yesterday, here's my take on it..

While things have definitely picked up in KoD (in terms of momentum), Jordan seems to have lost track of all the myriad characters that he's introduced in previous books. There are just way too many loose threads, and the holes in the logic have grown to drive-a-truck-right-through proportions.. Similarly, the threads that have been tied off have been done so rather clumsily (presumably in a rush to set things up for Tarmon Gai'don which has a looming presence throughout this book), and many characters are just plain ignored.

Google Sitemap Module Added

Submitted by Karthik on 12 October, 2005 - 14:55

Site Update: Added the google sitemap module yesterday - looks pretty nifty, except I'm not too sure that it's handling node type priorities very well - not sure yet.

I'm also working on my first Drupal module, and intend to perhaps write a walk-through-or-two that outlines the basics of module writing. The online docs are (as is the norm with Drupal) just plain shoddy.


Disabling Clean URLs via the DB

Submitted by Karthik on 7 October, 2005 - 19:53

If (like I was today) you're stuck with a Drupal site with Clean URLs enabled but mod_rewrite disabled, here's how you disable it via the database [Afaik there's no way to do this from Drupal itself, as you just can't login and navigate the site as all the URLs are clean URLs.. quite the catch-22 :P]:

Navigate to the variables table your DB, and view its contents sorted by the name field. The three rows that concern us are:
cache s:1:"1";
clean_url s:1:"1";
clean_url_ok i:1;

All three are stored in serialised form [as strings]. Cache will be set to 1 only if you have caching on, the same for clean_url. Edit each row so that the end result is as follows:

Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Saga - Reading Order

Submitted by Karthik on 6 October, 2005 - 13:41

I've just been re-reading the Vorkosigan series - for my and everybody elses reference:

Reading (and chronological) order for Lois McMaster-Bujold's addictive Vorkosigan series:

  • Falling Free
  • Shards of Honor
  • Barrayar
  • The Warrior's Apprentice
  • The Vor Game
  • Mountains Of Mourning (short story - see below)
  • Ethan Of Athos
  • Labyrinth (short story - see below)
  • Cetaganda
  • Brothers In Arms
  • Borders Of Infinity - 3 short stories

Deer Park Alpha 2/ Firefox 1.6a1

Submitted by Karthik on 26 September, 2005 - 19:04

Firefox seems to be finally getting it's act together with the next version of it's browser - codenamed "Deer Park". I am a content user of the now free (!) Opera browser, and have always look down my proboscis at anyone claiming that FF is a better/more user friendly browser. But now, it appears I will be hard pressed to do so :P

The notable improvements (that have taken care of some of my pet peeves) that I've noticed are:

  • Page based error messages : All error messages are displayed in the browser page rather than with a popup dialog.



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