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I didn't think I would do this again so soon, but I want to continue sharing the more interesting articles I read around the internet and particularly blogs. When I say interesting, I mean things which interest me primarily even if I might not agree with the article author's perspective on some issues. Nevertheless, read and judge for yourselves if you have the time.
Corey Thompson writes about his experiences with ATI video cards on Linux in his article ATI Cards on Ubuntu (or any other Linux). ATI have always lagged behind NVIDIA in driver support, but recent developments suggest that the reverse might become true in the not-too-distant future. I still remember how I struggled to get 3D acceleration to work with my Radeon 9600Pro the first time I used Linux. Things have improved a great deal since then and the news continues to be encouraging on the Linux hardware support front.
Sudipta's article on Losers Inc. is a very vehement and sardonic commentary on the state of teachers in India. He has a point here, but I wish the article wasn't so forceful. The point is well made though a few commenters missed the sarcasm and interpreted it literally. Personally I don't have such strong opinions on that subject so I couldn't make up my mind whether I agreed with his anger or not, but there is no doubt that the article raises some pertinent questions.
Snoskred's post on her fear of dogs rings very true. My Fears Come Back to Me As A Surprise is a well written account of her fear of dogs and a couple of traumatic incidents involving savage dog attacks. Too many dog owners fail to understand how this fear of dogs can affect people and think that everybody should be friendly with dogs. I don't think all dogs fall into the 'savage' category and some can be extremely friendly too, but after reading about such experiences, I know I would be nervous approaching any dog, big or small when the owner isn't at hand to control it.
Plus Ultra is a blog that I am subscribed to for a long time. The author Raj has a natural sense of humour and entertains his readers with satiric comedy. In between, he also writes on serious issues and this post is one of them. The power of commodity is an article which illustrates how big corporates control natural resources which provide the raw materials for their line of business around the world and how they manipulate prices to make huge profits. It is scary to think of how much power the likes of Coca Cola wields over the public, particularly in emerging economies.
Finally Ray also broke his long silence and posted a couple of articles after I nagged him on chat. The Film is Not Yet Rated is an interesting post on the documentary with the same name and he shares some thoughts about the way censors and film boards operate in the US and the UK. Interestingly, it seems that the UK is far more open about its standards to determine a movie's rating than the US.
Posted on Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 16:25 IST (last updated: Thu, May 7, 2009 @ 21:38 IST)