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Tech Support Blues

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UNIX Toolbox
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

Many times, I have been asked why does the computer manufacturing company charge me to remove the viruses… I did not ask for them. I did not download them myself. Then why do I have to pay for removing the malware?

Right, the company sells you computers… and people use the vulnerabilities in them to attack computers and yours is just another victim – so that makes the company responsible isnt it? I think otherwise.

Look at it this way… you buy a car. You go out for a nice ride… there’s a shootout in the street and a bullet is lodged into your car. Who do you blame? The car company for not making bulletproof cars? Or the people firing the guns?

Think about it… this is simple logic. Moreover, the operating systems are developed by different companies in most cases. The computer manufacturer has nothing to do with the strength of the software… so why should they not charge you for repairing what was damaged in a ‘drive by shootout’ on the Internet?

The best way to protect against most such attacks is to be vigilant, aware about the threats that you can face online and to take enough care to avoid them. Get a firewall, and update your antivirus software regularly. Simple eh? If you can’t do that, by all means, get tech support and get it done. Would you not pay your local garage guy to fix up that brand new stereo if you could not do it yourself?

Next time you talk to a tech support person, talk with a smile… it was not he who broke your system, but he sure is going to fix it – with your cooperation.

Written by hiway

September 21, 2005 at 11:26 pm

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Revisiting Old Friends

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Revisiting Old Friends
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

We were the best of friends. In school, I used to write programs in GWBASIC *cough* and make a copy on my very own 1.22MB floppy disk to bring back home.

Then I got many more friends when I started writing not just programs but small essays and articles on my little 286 computer. My teachers found it amusing to see one student get so much attached to pieces of plastic. I could carry around my own ‘files’ in a (then) small floppy disk and access it from the computers at school – how much fun it was!

I had some of my most hard-worked documents stored on these diskettes sometime in the past. Now these disks lie alone in a corner of my shelf. I have the big ol’ floppy drive, but it has ceased working long while ago, so these floppies keep the stored information to themselves.

I happened to stumble into them today, and thought of making a photo, just if… I never get to see them again. These bunch of floppies were my best friends when I was a little schoolboy… :-)

Written by hiway

September 20, 2005 at 2:44 am

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My New T-Shirt!

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My New T-Shirt!
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

I really like my shoes ;)

So me and Amit took a photo of the sole, I edited it to show the countours. Added a layer, painted the surroundings white, added another layer and painted the grip in solid black. Added some of my words… “Weapons of Ass Destruction” and printed it out ;)

Written by hiway

September 17, 2005 at 7:15 am

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Have a break…

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Have a break
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

Take a break, leave that bullock cart of your work behind and just chill out, go grazing in the green pasteurs or better, go photographing the green hills like I did today!

:)

My way of relaxing is to go on a long ride on my bike… just enjoy the cool wind in my hair, feel the chill of the air in my lungs and let the greens please my eyes. Walk around, take photos of big things, small things, things insignificant, things prominent.

Then come back, load the photos into the computer and sit back and look at the achievements for today – afterall, I captured a few good moments that will now last forever!

Its late now, and I’ve been working again. So I’m going to use the BEST way to relax – sleep! Good night world!

Written by hiway

September 15, 2005 at 1:50 am

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Software: Small Computer Kit

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Small Computer Kit
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

I spent a few hours working on my own website today. Not this blog site… but a more professional one ;) Ya know, I have a image to set now :D

You can take a look here.

If you are still wondering what this screenshot is doing here… let me explain. It is my emulator software SmaCK. I also added a page on the new site for the same… here’s a handy link.

The software is most useful to students and teachers of Bachelor of Computer Science (BSc. Computers) as it implements the smac (small computer) architechture and interprets the smac0 language as taught in the University of Pune syllabus.

Enjoy!

Written by hiway

September 13, 2005 at 1:31 am

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Travel: Trip to Mahableshwar

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Green Textures
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

I’m going to be short in this post since it is almost 4 AM and I’m still awake after driving the whole day and completely exhausted.

When we came back the lights were off due to load shedding… so I started by transferring the photos at 11 PM, quickly edited them to bring out the intended look.

Later, the most tedious job is the annotation, titling and captioning… you can’t do enough of it! And now I’m here, uploading the photographs… I’ll stop for a while and continue after I feel like getting up.

Good night world!

Written by hiway

September 7, 2005 at 4:02 am

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A Sunny Day

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A sunny day
Originally uploaded by *Ivan*.

Life surely has a strange sense of humor. I’m trying to comprehend a few things that have changed.

Tomorrow I leave for Panchgani, in the lap of nature, I’ll get enough time to meditate and think – and bring back some good memories.

May God bless everyone. Even those who hurt me.

Peace.

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P.S. The photo is not mine, but I find it most appropriate for my mood and today’s post.

Written by hiway

September 4, 2005 at 12:31 am

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22 Years

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Sunset at Shah Hill #1
Originally uploaded by Harshad Sharma.

Thanks to God for all the blessings. I am 22 today :)

Thanks to all the friends for ringing my cellphone at 12 in the night and waking me up – I guess it is safe to sleep now!

WIll post more, soon.

Written by hiway

September 1, 2005 at 2:13 am

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