Tips on Buying a UPS?

After moving to Bangalore, it turns out that I would need to get one or more UPS’s for the machines at home. The place we will be moving to in a few weeks does have power backup, but if/when there is a power cut it takes a few minutes for the generators to kick in and is not instantaneous as I was thinking. I have never bought a UPS until now and don’t have any experience with it - what are the things that I need to consider?...

May 15, 2011 · Amit Bahree

Colourful India

Awesome photos of Colourful India.

February 6, 2010 · Amit Bahree

Happy Birthday

Today India celebrates its 60th independence from the British Raj - Happy Birthday! So 5 more years to retirement? . Over the last 6 decades has had quite a ride. There has been a lot of talk about it lately here in the local media in UK along with many celebrations in London (mostly to woo Indian business, Bollywood, etc). The BBC showed a very interesting documentary called “ Partition: The Day India Burned ” on the partition of India from the British colonial days in two states - India and Pakistan....

August 15, 2007 · Amit Bahree

EU vs Italy?

Don’t get me wrong - I love Italy - the country (whatever little I have seen), the food, the language, the people but all this is also true for India

April 14, 2007 · Amit Bahree

Google New in Hindi

If you are like me, and your Hindi is crap, what better way to learn it by reading the news via Google News Hindi ?

March 18, 2007 · Amit Bahree

China's reproduction of disputed India/China Border

While this story is a few months old, I just came across it. Seems like China has accurate reproductions of the disputed Indo/China border down to scale - including accurate geographical features. Take a look below - the image on top is from China’s reproduction and while on the bottom is on Google earth. <p> <img src="images/image02.png" alt=""/> </p>

October 20, 2006 · Amit Bahree

In a Twist, Americans land jobs with Indian companies

Interesting story by the NYTimes on how American graduates are joining Indian companies and going to India for initial training before going back to their offices. They also talk a little about their experiences in a developing country and how some of the most basic things are different.

October 18, 2006 · Amit Bahree

Helping poor Indian's crack IIT

BBC has this very inspiring story about how a few people give Indians from the poorest rung of society a chance to get into IIT (Indian Institute of Technology). Those of you are familiar with IIT, know how huge an achievement this is. Those who are not familiar with IIT - they are looked at IIT = MIT + Harvard + Princeton to give you an idea. There are many rankings and depends on what you believe as comparing apples and oranges is always difficult....

October 5, 2006 · Amit Bahree

Letter to Pakistani people

Thanks to Rohit for sending me this - I have been just too busy (as you can probably tell), to even blog about this. There is an awesome letter to the Pakistani people (from Indian bloggers) , which is worth a read! If you have not been involved or know some of the Indian culture, you might not get the full context, but still worth a shot. :)

May 16, 2006 · Amit Bahree

Nixon's dislike of "witch" Indira

Although I keep to my geeky side of things, every now and then I do come across a political story that I find intriguing for various reasons which I post here. This is one of them, reported by BBC about Nixon&rsquo;s dislike of &lsquo;witch&rsquo; Indira as he called Indira Gandhi , India’s Prime Minister from 1966 - 77 and then 1980 - 84.

June 30, 2005 · Amit Bahree

Blogs in Hindi

I stumbled across an interesting blog - all written in Hindi - and boy is my Hindi rusty! But this is an excellent example of the usage (and limitations) of a UNICODE implementation. Not sure of the content of the blog itself as it will …. ahem …. take me a little while reading up and understanding. Flame mails awaited eagerly.

May 8, 2005 · Amit Bahree

From Offshore to Ship-to-Shore

This has to fall in the wacky-ideas’ category. Dian has an interesting post (cross posted here) about Roger Green and David Cook seem like your run-of-the-mill high tech execs – well dressed, well spoken, bright guys. That is, until they tell you their business plan. Dian heard it at a party at the Gartner conference, then did a quick interview with them. And then you have to wonder, are these guys whacked?...

April 22, 2005 · Amit Bahree

It&#039;s a flat world after all...

Got this via Megha (my sister). By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Thomas L. Friedman is the author of ‘‘The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century,’’ to be published this week by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and from which this article is adapted. His column appears on the Op-Ed page of The Times, and his television documentary ‘‘Does Europe Hate Us?’’ will be shown on the Discovery Channel on April 7 at 8 p....

April 8, 2005 · Amit Bahree

Militants Planned Attack On Indian Software Firms

Picked this up off slashdot . Militants killed in an encounter in New Delhi on Saturday night planned to attack leading software companies in Bangalore in addition to the Indian Military Academy in Dehra Dun, Delhi police said on Sunday Indian police claim the men were members of Lashkar-e-Toiba - a Wahabi militant group fighting for an independent Kashmir. Apart from maps of call centers police also recovered 100 kilos of dynamite, 10....

March 8, 2005 · Amit Bahree

India and China - economic

Interesting article in USA Today about by the year 2020, China and India will be vying with the United States for global economic supremacy, the nation’s top intelligence analysts predict, and al-Qaeda will have withered away - only to be replaced by smaller, more splintered but equally deadly groups of terrorists. The National Intelligence Council issued its once-every-five-year look at the future of the globe Thursday, contrasting optimism about dramatic global economic growth with concern that the same cyberpathways fueling economic development are also hastening the spread of violent, radical Islam....

February 23, 2005 · Amit Bahree

Patent office rejects Microsoft's FAT Patent

Picked this up from Karan’s post and was quite glad to read it. FAT has been around fro ages and Microsoft trying to patent it does not fit in the common sense mode thinking that most of us are use to (ya right!). Its the same as some bright people in USA tried to patent some of the Ayurvedic medicines that have been practises in India for the past five thousand years, which identify a person’s constitution and treats the person with diet, exercise, meditation, herbs, massage, sun, and breathing to bring harmony to the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the individual....

October 6, 2004 · Amit Bahree

Old Post getting a lot of heat!

I don’t know how this happened, but one of my old <strong>posts</strong> now shows up in the top 10 when you google on “ <strong>Bangalored</strong> ”. This has generated not only a lot of traffic to the weblog but also some people just not getting my original intent of the post - which was a Joke. Oh Well, you can brood over it and let me know your feelings too.

July 23, 2004 · Amit Bahree

Orkut and India

Karan has a very interesting <strong>discussion</strong> going on Orkut and India. Here is essentially my view on the whole topic: In my personal experience, most Indians that I have met here in USA are full of crap when it comes to India! They have viewpoint hearing that one goes “whaaaat?????” and left scratching their heads. When I dig a little more, it turns out that they have lived all their live in one small town (or a big metro) before they stepped on a plane to come here and that makes up their Indian experience and viewpoint!...

June 16, 2004 · Amit Bahree

Indian Classical Music

On a different note than most of my entries here, last weekend I went to an Indian classical music concert by <strong>Zakir Hussain</strong> and <strong>Master Pandit Jasraj</strong> and was organized by the <strong>Bay Area Performing Arts</strong> . The concert was amazing, I have seen Zakir a number of times earlier and as always be was mind blowing. This was the first time though I saw Jasraj and did not know he sang Krishan <strong><em>Bhajans</em></strong> ....

June 15, 2004 · Amit Bahree

Don't get "Bangalored"

I am not sure if I should buy this t-shirt or not? What do you think? :)

April 29, 2004 · Amit Bahree


The first computer designed and produced in India is now for sale in the country. The Simputer has been developed by scientists and engineers at the Institute of Science in Bangalore. The handheld device was built to help people to afford to have their own computer and access the internet. It comes in three versions and can be used to surf the web and send e-mails. The basic model has a 206Mhz processor, 64MB of memory and uses the Linux operating system....

April 11, 2004 · Amit Bahree

Does one need to "promote" offshoring?

Mercury News is running a <strong>story</strong> on how India’s second-largest software company, Infosys Technologies, announced Thursday that it is expanding operations in Fremont with a new management-consulting subsidiary to advise technology companies on shipping software-development work offshore. My question is, do they need to promote offshoring? Isn’t there enough action on the offshoring front?

April 9, 2004 · Amit Bahree

U.S. Outsources Obesity To India

Supersizing Rampant in Bangalore The United States is rapidly outsourcing obesity to India and hopes to shed as many as three trillion pounds of unsightly cellulite annually, President George W. Bush announced today. In a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Milwaukee, the President said that since most of the millions of jobs outsourced since he was elected President were extremely sedentary, “Those jobs are now making the people of India fat instead of us....

April 9, 2004 · Amit Bahree

IBM to buy India's third largest backoffice company

I think it is time to move back to India now. :) Here is an excerpt “…IBM, the world’s largest IT company, on Wednesday said it would acquire the country’s third largest BPO outfit, Daksh eServices, to add skills in strategic areas. Though IBM did not reveal the deal size, industry sources put the deal at Rs 700 crore (around $150 million), which is almost two-and-a-half times Daksh’s revenues for 2003-04....

April 7, 2004 · Amit Bahree

Wipro hit $60m with back taxes

Though I have never worked for (or at) a “big” Indian software company <strong>this</strong> is interesting as more and more Indian companies are taking a shelter under various US tax schemes. I am no tax expert and am not sure the legality of this, but this could be a huge “profit” for the Indian companies if it is upheld in court. Does invite the question, do they pass this onto the average joe working their butts off?...

April 4, 2004 · Amit Bahree