Been a long time since I wrote anything here. Life’s been stagnant – in many ways, and maybe the word “uninteresting” is a good summary. Today is a lazy Sunday, and I am home reading up links on the www. Been looking at the travel photographs by Christopher Herwig – mostly of Central Asia. Most of it is amazing.

And among the “better” things, I dumped digital. Well, I had Canon digital for 2.5 years, with the EOS 300D, and I do have a D70s body(which I don’t use all that often), but I bought a used Nikon F5, to replace the old and battered F90 body. The F90 was my best camera whie it lasted, and it has been through a lot. And I am liking the F5 – and still learning its many, many features. Walking around with a f/2.8 lens is so much better than the silvery Canon body. All I need now is a nice lil slide scanner :)

The Book of Pilgrimage

You are the future,
the red sky before sunrise
over the fields of time.

You are the cock’s crow when night is done,
You are the dew and the bells of matins,
maiden, stranger, mother, death.

You create yourself in ever-changing shapes
that rise from the stuff of our days —
unsung, unmourned, undescribed,
like a forest we never knew.

You are the deep innerness of all things,
the last word that can never be spoken.
To each of us you reveal yourself differently:
to the ship as coastline, to the shore as a ship.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

Swiftfox – a faster Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla’s Firefox browser has become heavier and heavier with recent builds. Well, it is either that, or maybe there are issues with some of the plugins I use with Firefox – but the end result is that startup load times have gone up dramatically, and performance with 8-9 tabbed panes open is very sluggish. So, I have been looking for ways to improve performance. And..

Came across Swiftfox – an optimized build of Mozilla Firefox. You can install Swiftfox by downloading the bzipped binaries for your processor directly, or by using the new Installer that they have come up with. It is a simple shell script that the user runs, selects the client processor version, and the script then wgets the appropriate build.

I have not really been a proponent of optimized “built for processor” binaries, but Swiftfox is an exception. It seems to really work well, and the loading time is noticeable, even on my relatively powerful laptop.

Urban life

Temporary Well Being

The pond is plenteous
The land is lush,
And having turned off the news
I am for the moment mellow.

With my book in one hand
And my drink in the other
What more could I want

But fame,
Better health,
And ten million dollars?

Kenneth Burke

Yahoo Mail Beta

I logged onto Yahoo Mail’s web interface today, and got a pleasant surprise.

After agreeing to test the new Beta Mail, I was asked if I wanted to configure an alias/secondary email to my already existing $ address – and was taken to a neat looking new interface.


What I like with about the new interface is the ability to

  • view the message in the bottom pane
  • open the message in a new sticky window
  • open the message in a popup window(which can be made sticky)

There is one catch however.. I tend to use Mozilla Firefox most of the time, and this new beta “crashed” Firefox .. so all my experiences are with MS Internet Explorer.

All in all, changes which have been long overdue.

Apples to do Windows now

Now why did Apple do THIS?

Windows on the Apple sounds great. Meaning to buy a the new MacBook Pro.. if/when

  • They get clued and name it something more appealing than MacBook Pro
  • The new models have more USB connection options
  • Newer models of the MacBook with FAR better specs are released