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Look what I found! Old PCMCIA and CF Cards for Laptops of early generations. Before the introduction of USB ports, the PCMCIA (or PC Card) provided the first true way to expand the features of your PCs (and cameras). For the millennials, it will be hard to imagine a time when laptops didn’t have Wi-Fi or even Ethernet (LAN) ports, but they did. And you used these PC Cards to add new features to them and they worked well for the times but were expensive. I can’t recollect what we were using a laptop for without any networking, I can…

அந்த நாள் (1954)

இன்றைக்கு கே டிவியில் “அந்த நாள்” திரைப்படம் ஒளிபரப்பானது. படமெடுத்து ஏறத்தாழ எழுபது ஆண்டுகள் ஆனாலும், இன்றைக்குப் பார்க்கும்போதும் விறுவிறுப்பாகச் சென்றது. முன்பே நான் ஓரிரு முறை இந்தப்படத்தைப் பார்த்திருந்தாலும் சுவாரஸ்யத்திற்குக் குறைவில்லை. அதற்கு முக்கிய காரணம் வீணை எஸ்.பாலசந்தரின் திறமையான இயக்கம் ஒரு காரணம். புகழ்பெற்ற ஜப்பானிய இயக்குனர் அகிரா குரோசாவாவின் “ராஷோமோன்” படத்தின்…

Binary code

Glancing through the FREE book “Reverse Engineering for Beginners”, brought a lot of fun memories that I had with assembly language and doing Hex dump of executables. Sharing two examples below: 1. My first freeware (downloaded by thousands) around 1996-97…

The other day I had visited my elder aunt’s house, there below the stairs, I found this old metal (tin) box. I was saddened to see the box being used for storing old keys, nails and screws – nearly sixty years ago, in its glory days, the box held inside it a treasure trove of language wisdom – one of the two magnum-opus publication by my grandfather Sri Krishnaswamy Sarma (Sarmaji). It had inside it a hefty book of over 1500 pages celebrating, teaching and sharing the joy of the art that is almost lost nowadays, the art of letter…

Venkatarangan in downtown Seattle in 2000

Over the years, I have attended many of the premium events of Microsoft like TechEd in the USA and I have myself spoken in quite a few of Microsoft Tech Ed’s that happened in India and Sri Lanka. The first…