Early research on Indian scripts rendering and input in Linux/X

When I was in junior year of college in 1998-99, I worked on a project at the Indian Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad, India under Dr Rajeev Sangal and Dr Vineet Chaitanya. My programming partner, Naoshad Mehta, and I collaborated on adding support for Devanagari script in X under Linux through ‘rxvt’. We called

Why you should abandon Hotmail

To anyone who has used GMail, it would be a no-brainer. Hotmail is simply much harder to use. I enumerate some of my frustrations with Hotmail and how the experience compares against GMail. In a future post, I will show you how to move your main email account from Hotmail to GMail in an organic

Farming Strategy on Farmville

If you are on Facebook, you have certainly been implored by a connection to join Mafia Wars or Farmville. I have, and I’ve joined both. Farmville’s interactivity is far more visual and engaging, so I actually spend time playing Farmville. Here are some thoughts on maximizing your returns from the game.

Extracting WAV file header information using a Python script

I am currently working on WAV file playback in an embedded device. To store WAV (PCM) sounds on an embedded device, you need to strip the headers and extract the uncompressed PCM data from the file. My previous post shows how to convert the binary data from the WAV file into a C array that

Embedding a binary file as an array in Firmware

Most small embedded devices do not have enough storage to justify a file system abstraction.  So, if you have to store binary data like an image or a sound waveform, the most common method is to embed it in the code as a linear array. In this article, I show you a Python script that

Table Join Operation in Excel

The interactivity of Excel makes it a very handy tool for data analysis. But Excel excels only at numeric analysis. Unfortunately, tabular/set analysis is not inherently supported in Excel and you have to jump through hoops to do that. I’m posting the source code for a VBA subroutine (Excel Macro) that performs one of the

What will happen in Iran and Why does it matter?

Iran is front and center in all major new outlets these days. Iran has been the errant relative of the international community the last few decades, and has shot into prominence since George W Bush’s moronic invention of the ‘Axis of Evil’. Iran fared prominently in the last major international political event – the US