• Movie Review

    Paradise Now (2005)

    I saw this movie today, Paradise Now a 2005 film directed by Hany Abu-Assad.  It is one of the very few movies that is shot in Palestine, it about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Israel. It won a Golden Globe for best foreign language film and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category – which raised my curiosity more to watch the movie. The two youths from the city of Nablus (Gaza strip) are just 48 hours away from their mission. The two men are allowed to spend what is presumably their last night alive with their families. However, since absolute secrecy must…

  • Movie Review

    The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

    Came across this 2007 movie by Wes Anderson in some review online & saw the trailer in YouTube. The trailer for “The Darjeeling Limited” appeared to be interesting, so rented it for $2.99 from iTunes about a month back. Didn’t get to watch it with my vacation to Malaysia two weeks back and today the rental was about to expire, so watched it now. The movie is about three brothers who have little in common, nearly zero bonding as siblings, traumatized with their father’s death few years back, a mother running away to faraway places for helping in charity. The brothers take up a “spiritual” journey across India in Train.…

  • Coding,  Microsoft

    Running 32-Bit COM components in x64 IIS Server

    Recently we upgraded one Web Application for a client from a server running Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2, 32GB RAM. Because the new server was x64 we had to move the web application running in the server from 32-bit to 64-bit. The ASP.NET, .NET apps moved fine as expected, but few COM Components that were being used didn’t run on the new x64 environment. These were third party COM components which were only available as 32-bit binaries and no new versions from the original vendor(s). After few failed attempts to wrap the component with 64-bit wrappers, we found an easier solution. The solution was to use the…

  • Microsoft

    Writing diacritical marks in MS Word

    Today in my Yoga class my Yoga teacher approached me with a problem. He is writing some Sanskrit slogas with Latin Characters in MS Word and he is not able to get the diacritic marks, like the apostrophe or dashes on top of an English letter or below a letter. An example is below of what he is trying from an old Yoga textbook: Coming home I contacted my good friend Murasu Muthu Nedumaran, an expert calligrapher who instantly pointed me to the answer. The trick is to use what are called as Combining Marks in Unicode. Below are the options on how to do it. Option 1: In MS…

  • Book Review

    The Mote in God’s Eye

    I am not big into fiction reading and so I haven’t read any of the popular Science Fiction books. Recently while listening to famous Technology Podcast (which I love and listen every week while driving) “This week in Tech” by Leo Laporte in few episodes had Jerry Pournelle participate. I learned that Pournelle has written many Science Fiction novels and “The Mote in God’s Eye” which he co-authored with Larry Niven is a classic. So I got curious and picked up this book to read. For initial few pages, I was not sure whether I will like the book and continue until the end to complete the 592 pages. It…