Tuesday, January 9, 2007

G'bye Blogger. Hey, WordPress!! ;-)

After using Blogger for only a week, I'm migrating to WordPress. Here's my new blog. Sorry Google, you disappointed me on this one! WordPress is so much more feature rich, that it absolutely makes no sense to use Blogger. Here are some of the features that attracted me to WordPress:

  • Stats - Now I can monitor the stats of my posts. Blogger has no such provision.
  • Lots of new, refreshing styles - Blogger has only a few, sucky ones.
  • Lots of customization - Blogger customization is very limited. Pathetic.
  • Rich editor - Blogger's editor is a joke compared to WordPress.
  • Profiles and Image upload - Blogger wants me to use Google's "Hello" program to upload my picture to my profile. I downloaded Hello and tried to upload my picture and it won't work. Apparently, Hello only works for old Blogger accounts and not the new ones. How lame!! My response: start->All Programs->Hello->Uninstall
  • And lot more... I don't want to waste my time on that.
But this will be my last post here. Please visit my new blog from now on. See you there!

Monday, January 8, 2007

Emacs vs. vi aka. The Battle of the Editors

To vi, or not to vi: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the fingers to suffer
The h's and l's of outrageous fortune,
Or to start using Emacs

I'm a long time vi user and still prefer it over any other editor. Although, lately I have been paying some serious attention to emacs. One thing that I don't like about vi, is that if you have the most basic version installed, then it doesn't come with syntax highlighting. Sure you can upgrade and get vim, but what if you can't? And what if the only other alternative would be to use emacs which comes with built-in syntax highlighting for most languages? For most people, using their favorite editor is a matter of life and death (well, almost). Programmers are known to defend their choice of editors with religious fervor. Talk to them about the possibility of using some other editor and they cringe.

The choice of editor depends on many factors. If you're primarily developing on Windows platform (and maybe ftp'ing or syncing your files with a remote server), then Eclipse is the best. It's free and it comes with a whole lotta plug-ins for pretty much every language and technology. For Linux platform, it's either vi or emacs. Although, both editors come with their own strengths and weaknesses, it's best to know both. You should be at the very least able to open, modify, save, close without saving and undo (very important!) in both editors.

Top Companies to work for

CNN Money released a list of 100 Best Companies to work for and Google was ranked #1. Some facts that kind of surprised me: Microsoft ranked #50, Yahoo #44 (I would think Yahoo should be ranked a lot higher - probably in the top 10), No Amazon, No ebay. I know I'm just talking about tech companies, but that's because it's the only sector I'm familiar with. Maybe they should come up with a list of 100 Best Tech Companies to work for. Regardless, it's a very good article.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Apprentice LA

The first episode of Apprentice Los Angeles aired today. It's been quite a while since I saw Apprentice. I believe I saw the first season and a little bit of the second one, that's about it. There are a few reasons I might watch Apprentice this season:

  • It's in Los Angeles and has a fresh look
  • The loosing team ends up being in a tent - this might add a funny element as the season progresses and the tent wears out. But that's how life is.
  • Ivanka Trump
In the first episode, the teams were challenged with running a car wash. The Sunset Car Wash that one the teams were working at is less than a block away from my house and it's where I usually get my car washed. Hmm... come to think of it, I might have seen one of those guys who got fired still working there!

Frankly, some of the contestants looked like complete dumb asses. But overall the teams look quite competitive. Ivanka was very impressive. She quite a competitive business woman. This should be a good season.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Age is just a number...

I got an email today from my boss letting me know that my insurance just went up slightly. I got a little confused since I hadn't been to the doc's recently and I inquired about the cause of this increase. Apparently, my insurance went up because I just turned 30! I almost fell of my chair. According to the insurance broker, when I signed up last year, I was in the 0-29 years age range and my rate was for that range. Since I now belong to the 30-34 years age range, my rate was slightly higher. What!!! I mean cmon now, cut me some slack here. I'm trying to get used to being in my 30's now and this certainly doesn't help. I feel like I'm a 20-something (Mr. Insurance guy if you're reading this, get me back on my previous rate, can ya?).

If I said the word "like" 20 times in a sentence, would that help me?? How about if I wore Abercrombie & Fitch? OK, how about Hollister then?...

They say that age is just a number... tell that to the insurance guy!!! grr...

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Currently Reading...

I'm currently reading "Writing Apache Modules with Perl and C" and it's just amazing. Learning more about the various phases of an HTTP request in Apache and the different handles that can be written in Perl and C is just fascinating. I'm surprised at how little I knew about how Apache handles each phase of an HTTP request. I'm going to be writing a few handles in the coming days and shall keep you posted! Back to the book...

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Happy New Year

So, I finally decided to start a blog of my own... well it was more like a new year's resolution (I know I'm a day late...but oh well).

I've tried to keep up my resolutions over the past few years, but the only thing that was common was that I rarely kept 'em beyond a few days. But I shouldn't categorize my blog as a new year's resolution. This is something I've been wanting to do for sometime, but didn't have the time (ok fine, maybe I was procrastinating).

There are quite a few things I'd like to accomplish this year:

  • Have fun quite a bit more - well, more than last year at least. Go out more often, take a vacation and maybe travel somewhere. Regardless, just try and have a whole lotta fun doing whatever I end up doing.
  • Give back a bit more - it truly feels good to give back to the world in any way possible. I'm gonna try and be more giving this year. Even a smile, a simple Good Morning, volunteering, charity... anything, something.
  • Hone my Perl skills - I think I'm an intermediate Perl user. Now I want to step it up a notch or two and work on slightly advanced Perl projects. If you're working on something cool and wouldn't mind a volunteer, I'd definitely love to hear!!
  • Win a Fantasy Football Championship - I can't wait for the next season. I was ranked 7th in our league, but this season has been the one of learning, growing and maturing. (Watch out Team Beer!!)
  • Go to SC Football games - I'm gonna buy the season tickets (by hook or by crook, haha)
  • Visit India and spend time with my family - I was there in '04 but can't wait to go back and meet my family and tour all around!!
  • And the list continues...
I'll keep the list updated. What are some of the things you want to accomplish this year?