Extremities are my destiny, I

Extremities are my destiny, I think.

Weekend was fabulous. Went to Anbe Sivam with friends to a faraway suburb and had tasty’n’filling lunch in an Indian restaurant called Madras Palace. You get better sambar here than Saravana Bhavan in Chennai. Will write a writeup on Anbe Sivam soon.

Chicago was warm on the weekend, today morning it was freezing rain where you find small droplets of snow falling down and melting the moment the hit the ground. Now, it is snowing like nobody’s business and its already more than 2 inches of snow and all I could see from workstation is nothing but snow capped skyscrapers and hundreds of all-look-white cars flying (rather skiing).

My lovely spring, where are you?

Bill Gates spammed me…howbout you?

Bill Gates spammed me…howbout you?
[ Whom do you want to spam today? ]

Last week, I received a mail in hotmail mailbox which read the sender’s name as Bill Gates with a e-mail address of BillGates@chairman.microsoft.com. But then I isolated in to last degree, throwing it as one of the hundred spams that I receive in my hotmail inbox, everyday.

At once I thought it could be a proper mail because I am a mcsd [Microsoft Certified Solution Developer] and probably it was a mail in connection to that. It wasn’t. It wasn’t a spam too. A true mail from Bill Gates which said, it was sent to me( and a million others) in connection to security measures taken by MS in the last year and in the current year.

The gist of the mail is to avoid security loopholes in Microsoft software and the list of measures taken by microsoft in the near past. But then whats the reason to send a email, NOW. Frankly, I don’t know. Maybe microsoft just predicted the slammer attack on Friday the 24th Jan ’03.

The Slammer worm, also known as “Sapphire,” began to spread shortly after midnight ET on Saturday and quickly slapped many computer systems around the world offline. Slammer targets Microsoft’s SQL Server 2000 as well as applications created with the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE 2000). Any application using this codebase is open to the exploit unless it is patched.

This is what the Internet Storm Center has to say on this:

Up to now, this worm has been named ‘Sapphire’,’SQL-Hell’ and
‘MS-SQL Slammer’.
The worm is sending a 376 byte long UDP packet to port 1434 using random
targets at a very high rate. Vulnerable systems will immediately start
sending identical 376 byte packets once they are infected.
The worm is sending traffic to random IPs, including multicast IPs,
which may improve its Denial of Service (DOS) capability.

The entire transcript of the Bill Gates mail could be read from here.

Tail Piece: I googled Bill Gates and got a whopping 1,600,000 results.

Piled up: – Pile One…

Piled up: – Pile One…

I am running behind…..time moving faster than me, proving once again I am lazy. Lots of things I wanna write on this blog. Last month I had tons of experiences and moments to be shared with. At that moment, when something strikes me to write in the blog, I would either be in midst of the trafficy chennai in my splendor (I miss it! now) or I would be in a restaurant or in some place where is no smell of computers. Sometimes when I have the urge to write, I feel like running towards my PC to type the thought ASAP. But unfortunately when I am beside my PC, my inspiration to write goes down to a record low.

Now I feel I do injustice to my instant thoughts(some of them are real silly ones!!) by not penning them. To brief out things which I have missed to write about only in the last month needs a full day. I am sure I have forgotten many of them even now. Anyway, here are some of them which I missed and this is an effort towards anti-laziness, Hurray!!.

a. Sanjay Subrahmanyan‘s Kutchery or Show where I was a standing spectator just near the stage, was good. He was looking at me often (atleast I think he was), wondering whether I am nodding my head to his songs or I am trying to say STOP IT !!. Anyway, he is such a darling of carnatic masses, just takes you on a trip to seventh heaven in a minute. He sings with sheer love for music. Does make a lot of facial expressions which at times doesn’t blend with his voice. One of his songs was calling Lord Nataraja to dance. And heck, he was too good that we thought Lord Nataraja was on his way to Chennai.

b. Kadhal Virus was a dramatic film. Filmed in the most artistic manner, it became an exaggeration sometimes. But overall a pretty ok film. Kathir, the director, has this rather different phenomenon of potraying his films to be a go-getter. You get a feeling that when you are not catching up with the pacing fashion, watch a kathir film and you get a hang of what these teens and young adults are upto. Idhayam – his debut potrayed the college guys with a realistic eye for detail. For it was how Kathir must have spent his college times. In Kadhal Desam, it was a rather modern college and girls in this movie demanded a minimum property of credit cards and cars from their boyfriends. Kadhalar Dinam potrayed the cyber culture of teenagers. It publicly displayed what happens in a private chat room of college lovers. All these movies where ahead of time in terms of fashion and story backdrop but the ending was always far behind its time.

All his movies revolved around the panic stricken, fickle, idealistic, freedom loving minds of the younger generation. None of his protagonists were heroes. They were just common men having their own common emotions like each one of us. But Kadhal Virus movie is a slight drift from kathir’s way of films. Here we have a protagonist who elevates to become a typical tamil cinema hero. The story itself is 3 decades old. Old wine in an ultra new bottle is only good for a sip. But don’t take a plunge into the wine, it starts to become sour.

A classy hero, who can reflect emotions aptly and a heroine who doesn’t even come close to her character, act in Kadhal Virus. These two people’s love forms the crux of the movie. Finally, the heroine marries a unknown prince and the hero becomes our devdas. And finally quits the world by drinking his way to glory with heart full of sadness. If you didn’t guess this ending before the interval, you will be punished to watch two indian masala movies a day for the next fortnight.

A R Rahman‘s renders soul for this movie. His classy numbers include Sonnalum Kettpathillai and Vaan Nila. Ofcourse the hits are Hey Hey Enna Aachu by Vasundara Das. Vaali the veteran lyric writer has a supersonic tamil express in the song Vaan Nila. Astounding lyrics which was sung with utmost ease by Karthik. ARR’s romantic piano creates a world of magic in this song.

Finally, a far better movie than the hyped up Solla Marantha Kathai(SMK hereafter). SMK was slightly different from Kadhal Virus by only one aspect. It was old wine in old bottle and people thought antique stuff was much better and watched SMK. But then realized the old wine bottle was taken from old trash and was also broken at places. Thangar Bachan, the director of SMK has opinions that tamil films lack the story content unlike his movies. His SMK is no better than Kadhal Virus. Atleast Kadhal Virus has touch of class and artistic feel. SMK lacks in all areas except music by illayaraja. Everything was pushed aside in SMK in order to portray realisticness, finally ended up in disappointing his audience. Last Word : Richard the hero of Kadhal Virus is a talent to watch out for.

Some more piled up…… unleashed, tomorrow.

Its too cold outahere at

Its too cold outahere at chicago to write anything. Did a good thing before I left chennai. I sneaked in the night show of the first day to watch Anbe Sivam. Too good for a film to run in gollywood. And btw, aren’t you wondering what I am doing in this freezing sub zero temp at chicago. I am here again on a business trip. Will hang around till it is spring here.

US looks dirty in this winter because of the salt they throw on the road to avoid skids. But the trees look amazingly beautiful with no leaves and they have a brownish black color that sets your mood to nostalgica. The blend of colors now is unexplainable. It is uglily beautiful (huh..bad english!!) and thats what i call CUTE.