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Filed under: Bits and Bytes by Hari
Posted on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 at 21:17 IST (last updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2008 @ 21:22 IST)

I have to ditch Opera for the time being since there is not yet a 64-bit version available. Anybody else annoyed with this lack of 64-bit versions of proprietary software (Adobe Flash comes to mind instantly)? I tried the gnash plugin for Firefox in Linux, but it is a bit buggy and doesn't work as well as the proprietary Flash. Kudos for the effort though and I hope they manage to develop a full-fledged FOSS replacement for Flash soon. Not that I am a big fan of Flash, but most video sites seem to rely on this technology at the moment.


There is a certain attitude required for selling. There are some shopkeepers who seem to understand customer psychology better than others, almost intuitively. How often have you gone inside a shop and found that the man behind the counter or the shop-assistant is less than enthusiastic about selling you something? You would imagine this happens in busy shops where they hardly have the time to serve individual customers, but it always seems to happen in the least crowded shops. Now I know the reason for the lack of customers. It's all in the attitude of selling.


I hate saying this, but I actually seem to enjoy Vista for its eye-candy. Since getting my new laptop, I've been burdened with this resource hog that sucks memory and CPU cycles with amazing efficiency, but I decided not to remove it for these reasons:
  1. It's a genuine OEM version and I paid for it in the price of the laptop. Besides I happen to have some Windows games which I might enjoy from time to time.
  2. I can dual boot with Debian. At least Vista was good enough to provide a partition-shrinking tool which allowed me to set up Linux without any issues. I was quite amazed that Microsoft could be so kind. :P
  3. Oh, and that GUI glass effect is quite cool... ;)


The pattern for this blog seems to be a lot of posts in a rush, followed by a period of quiet. I cannot help it. Ideas keep getting stale over time and I have to constantly keep thinking of new ways to engross my readers. This "random thoughts" section is just one more idea which I plan to use as a filler between the heavy-duty stuff.

17 comment(s)

  1. Now, have you got 64 bit Vista with your laptop? (how come!!! which laptop it is?) or is it the linux you're talking about?

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 @ 21:43 IST #
  2. It's the HP Pavilion 6314 model with a Intel Centrino core 2 duo processor 1.73 GHz and 1GB RAM and 128MB Nvidia GeForce Go 7400. The hard disk capacity is 160 GB.I thought Vista was 64-bit only and that there was no 32-bit vista. Obviously I was mistaken.The edition is Vista Ultimate. :)

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 @ 21:49 IST #
  3. Only processor (it must be T5300 you're speaking about) is 64 bit...OS is 32 bit by default...If it is HP you didn't get OS media (Original OS DVD) right? How much you paid? I have tx1016AU tablet a month old now ..just comparing

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 @ 22:05 IST #
  4. must be around 56K

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 @ 22:07 IST #
  5. I was considering that model but was not happy with the 2 x 512 MB layout of RAM (which makes upgrading inconvenient)

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 @ 22:08 IST #
  6. Shri, I think the version of Vista installed on my laptop is 64-bit because it has an emulation layer to run 32-bit apps (older Windows programs). You're almost right about the price, give or take a couple of thousand (prices vary from place to place, dealer to dealer).Again, I am aware of the 512 MB x 2 layout. I guess I was happy with all other parts of the laptop.And Shri, the OS DVD did not come with the OEM version. Only the recovery disk. Does any laptop with OEM Vista come with the full install DVD?

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 @ 22:13 IST #
  7. I think only with Dell you get original OS media...You can check in control panel if it is 32 bit or 64 bit. Since 64 bit is not yet suitable for day to day use. (32 bit processors wont support it and most of the applications wont run on it)btb have good time with new lappy...And where is the treat for your readers?

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 @ 22:24 IST #
  8. Shri, here's a treat: a link to Wikipedia's article on Icecream: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_creamIf we are able to meet some time, I'll get you the real stuff. :razz:

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 @ 22:39 IST #
  9. wow treat was delicious... :roll:Wish I could come and collect your "real treat " You can always send me them by courier or parcel:lol:Or you can simply give your credit card number, I'll take care of rest of the work.. :twisted:

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 @ 22:51 IST #
  10. why smileys are not coming?

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 @ 22:52 IST #
  11. Smilies are not coming because they don't have feet. They're only disembodied heads. :PActually, you need a space before and after the smilie code. I'll fix it now.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Thu, Jul 19, 2007 @ 22:54 IST #
  12. thanks...what about my treat parcel and / or your cc number ???? :mrgreen:

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Fri, Jul 20, 2007 @ 09:36 IST #
  13. I don't have a credit card. :cool:

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Fri, Jul 20, 2007 @ 09:46 IST #
  14. My latest post might just prove handy (You might have got an offer for free reliance data card with your pavillion...be sure to read below review)http://enidhispeaks.blogspot.com/2007/07/why-free-reliance-data-card-offer-makes.html

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Sun, Jul 22, 2007 @ 00:19 IST #
  15. Shri, you're a week late. My father decided to take that "offer" in spite of my protest. He is usually so anti-Reliance that I was surprised that he went for it. However he has said that he will terminate the connection in a couple of months.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Sun, Jul 22, 2007 @ 08:20 IST #
  16. Ok. I think I'll go ask ask reliance some royalty for delaying that post :razz:What is your experience with that? Good, bad or ugly?

    Comment by Shrinidhi Hande (visitor) on Sun, Jul 22, 2007 @ 09:11 IST #
  17. Heh... actually I've just started using it. It's pretty slow - almost like being on dial up. I think I'll probably ditch it later. But I'll be sure to send them a registered letter later to make sure that they disconnect.

    Comment by hari (blog owner) on Sun, Jul 22, 2007 @ 09:34 IST #

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