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It was 1992, I had written my senior secondary school (12th Standard) exams and was interested to do Engineering for my under-graduation. I was an average student, so the IITs and Government colleges were out of reach for me. Anyways, I wrote a few of the competitive exams for the peer-pressure and to tell my parents and teachers that I did try, but I was unlucky to get through. One such entrance exam I wrote was for “Delhi College of Engineering”. The real reason was that me and a friend had planned this was the only way our parents will…

My interactions with the people in the (Indian) Army were during my School Days in NCC (National Cadet Corps) – mainly during the 13 Days Sivaji Trail trek in 1988 that happened around the hills of Pune, and, the annual…

A picture of my room (den) at my house in 1999. I had two PCs and a whole load of accessories then. A group of friends used to hang out here and it was like a “free” community computer centre…

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…