RIP - Sam Manekshaw

I recently got to know that Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw passed away and the ripe age of 94; I am especially sad to hear that - I cannot explain it - might by my army roots. I think fellow Army brats might get it. May he rest in peace!

July 4, 2008 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Who would want to be king?

I used to rule the world Seas would rise when I gave the word Now in the morning I sleep alone Sweep the streets I used to own I used to roll the dice Feel the fear in my enemies eyes Listen as the crowd would sing: “Now the old king is dead, long live the king!” One minute I held the key Next the walls were closed on me...

June 25, 2008 · 2 min · Amit Bahree

Time to boycott Apple?

If I bought an expensive gadget, I own it and can do anything with it (as long as it is legal of course). So if an update deliberately bricks the gadget how is not bullying? Also is it legal (obviously I am no lawyer). Phht … and people say Microsoft acts life a bully! I think it might be time to boycott Apple and take my business elsewhere.

September 28, 2007 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Catching up with an old friend

It has been so long that I can’t remember when I last spoke with my dear old friend Govind . We use to work together back in Seattle. He is one guy who I have a lot of respect for and when he talks, you shutup and listen (yes I know that is very difficult for me to do). It is interesting the twists life throws at one and how everyone adapts and changes....

June 23, 2007 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Dominus Illuminatio Mea

What? Is that even English? I’ll get to answering it in a second. Not sure how many of you know, but for a very long time I have been wanting to do a Masters and also dabble in the world of Academia Research. I have done some commercial research in the past which I thoroughly enjoyed but never done any Academia research - well not yet anyway’s. <p> <img src="images/oxforduniversitynewcresttrans1.gif" alt=""/> </p> After procrastinating on this for a long time, and with many other factors which I’d rather not get into here, finally the time came and I just had to try and pick this up again....

May 11, 2007 · 3 min · Amit Bahree

Go Karting

We had a team event from work yesterday and went Go Karting - which was the first time for me! It has been something I have been wanting to do for a while but never got around to for one reason or another. It was a lot of fun - we did three rounds of about 15 minutes each with about 10 minutes break in between each session. And other than our team there was no one else there for some reason so we had the whole place to ourselves - which made it quite easy and flexible....

January 17, 2007 · 2 min · Amit Bahree

Is he dead?

Nope, you ain’t that lucky - I am alive and kicking and just have been quite busy lately (or for a change as some of you might say). Between starting a new project and traveling (with very limited access to emails and the Internet), getting the final chapters and code samples for the book out the door and have friends and relatives over from abroad, does not leave me any time for blogging....

November 13, 2006 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Fry'&#039;'s finally has a site - w00t!

Those who know me, know how much I love Fry’s electronics and is the single most thing I miss after moving to London! They finally have a website now ! Although they have had the domain for a while they have not started using it till now. If you have not heard of Fry’s (where the heck have you been living dude), then read up more here . Ah, I miss the those Fry&rsquo;s Ads in the newspapers every week....

October 21, 2006 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Happy Diwali

Hope all of you have an very happy and safe Diwali!

October 20, 2006 · 1 min · Amit Bahree


I am not really a TV junkie (with the exception of Tom and Jerry and Discovery Channel), but I recently saw a few episodes of a new drama called Numb3rs , which is all about a genius mathematician who uses Maths and helps solve crimes with the FBI. It is pretty cool (and g33ky of course ), check it out if you are into maths - you usually learn something in each episode....

August 27, 2006 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Upgraded to CS 2.1 Beta 2

Continuing the Living dangerous theme I upgraded this blog to CS 2.1 Beta 2 . It’s a painful process (including smoke testing). Anyways it all seems to be working. I also added a couple of new things which are not very evident upfront. One being the completely automatic public turing test to tell humans and computer apart control (or better known as captcha control) - to get a better handle on spam and the other is a Google Sitemap generator that you can check out here ....

July 30, 2006 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Living on the Edge

It seems I cannot get enough of the adrenaline rush and like to live on the edge. I have further upgraded this blog to run on CS 2.1 (Beta 1) and is now using .NET 2.0 instead of v1.1. and also on the backend is using SQL 2005 instead of SQL 2000. Now all I need to do is sit and pray that nothing breaks. 🙈

July 27, 2006 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

HDD Crash - backup software recommendation?

The HDD on my work laptop crashed over the weekend - started with CRC errors and then went kaboom (not literally). While our IT folks are trying to recover the data off it as I type this, I wanted to know if you can recommend a cheap or free tool for backing up? I of course did not have the latest backups of my files - I use to till about a year ago and got lazy....

July 17, 2006 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Have I been ignoring your emails?

If you have send an email to my work email address within the last week and you have not heard from me, chances are I did not get that email. I am one of the lucky guinea pigs, whose mailbox has been moved to Exchange 12 (officially now called Exchange 2007) where we are using it in production. There seems to be an issue (which we are investigating), where Exchange is kicking back emails saying something along the lines of:...

June 13, 2006 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Where the heck am I?

Well lots of stuff happening in life and as a result this is on the back burner. Firstly we bought a place and moved last weekend, so last few weeks have been just awfully busy with that. Also started a new project in the last few weeks and that has kept me busy as well. Some more stuff happening, which hopefully I can talk about some day. But all in all, next few weeks, I am going to be snowed under again, and you should hear from me eventually....

May 17, 2006 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Google Calendar - just what I was looking for

I have had an issue for a while - how to share calendars with Meenakshi and the rest of the family in an easy way. Right now my primary calendar is in Exchange at work, and that is fine for work related items, but tracking and sharing personal items was not possible. Right now, I mark them as Private in Exchange so my colleagues can see that I am busy then, but cannot see the details....

April 15, 2006 · 2 min · Amit Bahree

Its Snowing!

Its snowing here in London right now - first snow if the season and its big flakes! Yippppeee!

December 27, 2005 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Trip down memory lane

A fellow Avanader is on the way to Seattle and I was helping him find deals for Fry’s and that that is probably the only thing I miss about the US! There is nothing close to that in the UK! The trip down memory lane has been quite nostalgic for me. :)

November 25, 2005 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Everyone OK in Delhi

Both Meenakshi’s and my parents and everyone else in the family is OK in Delhi after the blasts. Also been calling around and asking and of all the people I can get in touch with from the extended family to friends, as far as I know everyone is fine.

October 30, 2005 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Where to get a new car battery?

I am quite new to the UK having moved from the US a few months ago and seems like I need a new battery for my car. Any ideas which sites I can look at to get an idea for cost, etc? I would prefer an OEM (same brand that originally came with the car). Any ideas?

July 14, 2005 · 1 min · Amit Bahree