• Lounge

    Lofts in Downtown LA & Curry House

    Last Sunday I was in Los Angeles area and I visited a classmate of mine after nearly a decade. He works in Downtown L.A. and moved there from Pasadena (CA) for the shorter commute (bicycle) to work. I was under the impression that Downtown in L.A. was not so safe a place and very few Desi Indians lived there, especially due to lack of good school districts. But here was my friend living here and he says he is enjoying the time saved due to zero commute. He has rented an apartment in Downtown and he told me the one he has rented is called as Loft’s here. Loft for me…

  • Travel Review

    London Bridge at Lake Havasu

    Today on our way back from Grand Canyon to Los Angeles we (myself and my friend) went to Lake Havasu City. The reason for our stopping in the middle of Mojave desert is to see London Bridge (Lake Havasu City). Even though this was a weekend (Sunday) we saw a handful of tourists only. When I went to London in 1998, I remember the tour guide there saying the original London Bridge no more there – the physical structure has been demolished and a modern one was built a few decades back in the same place in London across River Thames. The original London Bridge was bought by Robert P.McCulloch…

  • Travel Review

    Trip to Grand Canyon

    Having been visiting United States over last 15 years on many occasions, I feel there are only few places in USA that lives up to the hype. America has great marketing engines that can sell to the world the idea of visiting even a spot in a road (Spot where John F Kennedy was spot in Dallas as example). After you have seen few of these hyped places you start admiring their geniuses and excellence in selling a concept. For example I was not impressed with Mystery Spot (7 mile drive) near Bay Area or Hollywood Boulevard. The natural wonder in America is something that leaves me in Awe all…

  • Travel Review

    USA – Route 66

    Today after the last day of Build 2011 Conference I had planned to travel to Grand Canyon with a good friend. After work, he drove down from Los Angeles to Anaheim (CA) to pick me up at the conference venue. Our plan is to drive down about 7 hours and stay overnight in a small town called Williams which is near South rim of Grand Canyon. We stopped at Needles (CA) which is the southern end of California which ends midway over the waters of Colorado River. The sandbanks of Colorado River here has created some scenic spots where we spent some time enjoying the waters, the greenery of nearby…

  • Gadgets,  Microsoft

    Windows 8 Samsung Tablet

    Just like the other 4999 attendees of Build Windows Conference, I am too happy to have got a test Samsung Tablet running “Developer Preview” of Windows. Having got a touch netbook previously in PDC 2009 towards the launch of Windows 7, I should say I was expecting something like this. The tablet looks great, feels a little heavy compared to iPad but has a USB port, plays all media formats that Windows Media recognizes (and for those it doesn’t you can always run VLC Player) and starts up in less than 2 seconds (awesome).   The machine specifications were impressive too and ships with SDK & Visual Studio to develop…