Thursday, November 30, 2006

Bengalooru Auto!

What is good about Auto-Rickshaws here ? Run on LPG so non-polluting autos, cheaper ( may be not!) I think what I like in these autos is the "Auto Driver's License Display System". This amuses me everytime, I get to see a bit of personal details of the driver, esp. the name of the auto guy, Then I decide in which language I would tell him the directions. If the name ends with some 'appa' or so, like, "sommappa" etc, then I get to speak in my broken kannada. If the name is more with 'Khan' then hindi and some names like 'murugavel' then Tamil and for rest of the names the default language is Hindi.

There are few autos with fradulent meters and my friend Deepti could recognize one today morning and to our wonder, he was ready to take Rs.5 less than what showed on the meter. Strange eh!

The biggest trouble here with autos is that you dont get one when you really need one...

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Parry's Pure Refined Sugar

There is a huge bilboard advertising "Parry's Pure Refined Sugar" near the Domlur flyover. I am one of the Regular buyer of this sugar for many months now.
The best thing about this sugar is its refined and looks all white and nice, and the size of granules is smaller and melts as soon as you add it in your coffee...

Unfortunately, last time I bought my grocery, this sugar was not available, I had searched almost in 4 shops to only then buy a different packet with bigger granules and cheaper in price but from same Parry company, it was not a Pure Refined variety and was in a different packing. The same week I noticed this bilboard up there.

Should it be some kind of strategy to hold up the stock, aggressively advertise and then launch it in stores again...

How does it help ? Theory of Demand and Supply ? Cant quite get it, should wait and watch what they come up with.

Another Blog on Parry's sugar marketing analysis which I liked reading...

December 04 2006 An update...
The bilboard there is gone! was there merely just for 2 weeks, now is replaced with ad for pondicherry.. wanted to take a picture of it for this blog.. but never did that!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Garbage Collection

Makes me immediately think of all possible things - From C# GC, PC Recycle Bin to the literal Trash Bin at Home..
Well I recently came across a "release build only bug" which happened when I used Mutex and the actual reason being, the Garbage Collection cleaning up the variables when out of the scope immediately in release build. Some refactoring got it working.
Similar one discussed here:

On a different Note, a recent visit to St.John's Hospital made me wonder about the garbage collection for the hospital waste. Then googled to find this one:
oh wow, lotsa things, how great it is to run a good hospital!

One of the Best things I saw here in Bangalore, the guy who comes to collect our garbage bags (atleast the one who comes to our street everyday) has all the patience to seggregate the garbage out (unlike many people who dont). And I feel, the garbage collection infrastructure has to improve a lot in India...

Ready Steady and "Muv" is up and running, will be launched officially to public very soon...
a trends tracking website
and kudos to my colleagues who developed it..
after all the hardwork I've seen them do, the brainstorms, the creativity that ebbed till the Huge treemy fish cutout that we all made..(now pasted on our office wall) every bit of the project seemed enjoyable!
Hope everybody else likes the site as much as we all here do!