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CPU – 98.6

Back after along time since Khandvification; a lot has changed in life. Getting married changes your life completely – for good. You get more involved, evolved and absolved. Life becomes busier but peaceful, more intense yet restful and lazier but fruitful.

One such fruitful evening, I realized its been a long time since I fiddled with electronic circuits – opened up my laptop (i3, 4Gb – purchased back in 2011; still rock solid), decided the CPU fan needs cleaning and ended up cracking the dried up thermal insulation “paste” that apparently improves the thermal conductivity between the CPU and its heat sink (genius!)

Although I managed to re-assemble everything in place, it seemed the laptop was heating up quicker than before (which might have been an illusion considering the fact that I never bothered about the CPU temperature ever before) reaching temperatures so high, it could have had a major impact on my lineage (and even more on the motherboard).

Looking up on Google, it seemed to me that the CPU had a bad case of viral fever and the acetaminophen that could possibly cure the symptoms was in a 1.5 gm syringe (Amazon)!

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And then it was time to open up it up again: clicking and snapping out the keyboard, prying open the chassis and separating out the heat sink from the CPU, I was privileged to view the most beautiful mess that I had created myself:

Then, using a bunch of coffee filters, I cleaned up the older, dried-up paste. I used an ordinary 50% rubbing alcohol solution  (ethyl alcohol, camphor, etc.) as the solvent – although the Internet recommends to use Isopropyl alcohol (>90%) or no solvent at all; but as I type this story from the same laptop and do not see any sparks flying out, I guess it’s OK (although now I realize it could have been dangerous – so all risks are yours and yours alone) . Maybe in a few months, the residual camphor reacts with the metal oxide and converts the 2 cores into 3 – who knows.

Despite using the coffee filter, the cleanup look a lot linty (aggression!!)- so used a hair dryer to blow away the lints (carefully in small bursts so as not to melt the motherboard).

Two “pea-sized” drops of fresh metal oxide paste were then injected on the CPU surface(s) and the heat-sink was set in place (no manual spreading of the paste with cards/spatulas) followed by the overall assembly, which was a breeze.

Starting up the laptop, I confess, was a bit scary – but I sailed through. And yes, it’s 98.6 now – the kid is alright.

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Three Youtube vids in parallel (maybe some load)

Categories: Random

Ae “Status Quo” – Tujhya aicha gho

October 25, 2012 2 comments

This status quo that has trapped me

Does not let me break free

My life, this is my question to thee

What the PHAK do you want from me?

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That one little spark is what I look for

To shut the PC and walk out the door

But all I have is lack of  motivation

A lot of baggage and stupid emotion

Makaan Shift kar raha hai kya be

Dear Life, show me the light, give me a rhythm

Let me choose a new algorithm

I remember quicksort has a complexity of n Log n

Damn you ‘status quo’, PHAK off until then!

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Jai Maharashtra,

CS

PS: Sincere thanks to Yerwada jail, American Tourister and Wikipedia for the images!

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Learning vowels the SOTY way

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

I was trying to figure out the inspiration behind the composition of the recent song – “Ishq waala Love” from the movie SOTY.

And then I came across motivation in the form of a fantastic spoof of the song by some creative artists on you-tube (here). Common sense tells you that some grammatical rules need to be followed while constructing the key phrases that form the song viz.

  1. The phrase must consist of exactly 3 words – 2 nouns and a preposition
  2. The preposition must be either a waala or a waali
  3. The 2 nouns must represent related objects (physical or abstract) and may be in 2 different languages

After laying a few ground rules mentioned above one can create his/her own version of such stupidity. Below are some examples:

A
Shoe waala joota
Dog waala kutta
Pandu waala mama
Dhondu waala pajama
Highway waala khadda
Vicky donor waala Chadda

E
Dance waala pole
Dark waala hole
Scam waala crore
(Yeh dil maange more)

I
Doodh waali gaai
Neend waali chai
Colour waali holi
Support waali choli
Rubber waali choti
Silk waali langoti

O
Phone waala hello
Goa waala D’Mello
Get up waala utho
Sit down waala baitho
Disney waala Pluto
Hina waala Bhutto

U
Singham waala bhau
Bread waala pau
Gori waali Shalu
Kaala waala bhalu
Serial waala gattu
Darpok waala fattu

Note: Some/most of the rules have been broken above, but its cool.

Nowadays it doesn’t take much brain power to be a lyricist 😛

Alvida waala Bye,

CS

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Finger 1ickin’ good – Really?

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Every day of my life, I thank God (/evolution) for creating (/evolving) those wonderful creatures called chickens.  I am also thankful to Colonel Harland Sanders for founding KFC – a company that extended on top of God’s creation to create a product so “finger 1ickin”, that is has earned itself a place in heaven.

KFC, a name that represents yummy succulence coated in heavenly herbs and spices, has been a faithful companion since the day I first set foot on a foreign land  – Jakarta, Indonesia. My everyday lunch would comprise of 2 pieces of fried chicken, 1 rice bowl and a medium glass of coke (Dua ayam goreng, satu nasi, satu coke). It had become a routine for almost one and a half months. Nevertheless it fascinated me everyday. Once I was back in India, somehow the same package turned out to be costly so I discontinued (I later realized this to be a case of ‘Mental Accounting’ – spending money in IDR especially when you are on a business visit pinches less than spending the corresponding amount of money in INR). But any ways  KFC in India turned to be a once in a blue moon affair for me and I never regretted it. The adage – distance makes the heart grow fonder was aptly suited in this case.

But alas! A day comes in every product’s life that it gets stoned!! Probably and unfortunately, today is that day  for KFC India. While busy licking their fingers and pockets, a KFC Outlet in Thiruvananthapuram forgot that hygiene supersedes everything especially when we are talking about food. The result – a customer spots a dead worm in his “Fiery Chicken”, calls up the authorities and gets the outlet closed. The reasons given are as pathetic as the dead worm itself:

  • “Faulty refrigeration” in deep freeze for months before being served
  • Grilling the flesh at 70 deg C only (when the actual suitable temperature is around 160 – 170 deg)

I hope that this a one off incident and other food establishments (not only KFC) take a page (and the worms) out of the above incident and improve their facilities and processes. India is still not as tolerant as China in matters of the tummy (who might enjoy the added flavors and extra proteins :)).

Kentucky bhau is already smiling…

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Keep it lickin,

CS.

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The mystery of escaping defects and Obama (or Osama ?)

Today one of our managers sent us a picture of an Indian news channel having published the news of “Obama’s” death, adding his  own message at the end – Ensure that your code does not have similar escaping defects 🙂

We assured him for a moment that we would take care, but will we? Rather, the question is – can we? In-fact the Indian media was not the only one to commit this blasphemy; the western media was at the forefront declaring “Obama Bin Laden is dead“. One cannot expect such silly mistakes from a channel of Fox News‘ caliber – but yes, it happened. I am sure they must be biting their own tongue now that they realized that just one letter makes a big difference.

Anyways, I was also wondering if Osama (its ‘s’ not ‘b’ this time)  is really dead. He was probably dead 10 years ago (and the 2nd May operation was a farce). Or maybe he is alive somewhere giggling at the death of one of his clones (and the 2nd May operation was a farce again).

Osama has a clone in every part of the world. Which brings me to another question – what happened to sadda Indian Osama – Pradhuman Singh ? He simply disappeared after the fun-tastic “Tere Bin Laden“. Probably he is also sitting somewhere giggling at the entire episode while gorging on a fabulous piece of Tandoori Kukkar.

Whatever the facts may be, in conclusion I just want to add that – Obama ki jai ho aur Osama ki maa ki aankh…

Jai Shri Ram, Jai Ganga Maiiya

CS

Categories: Random

Aku Soku Zan

February 15, 2011 1 comment

Thats the catchphrase of a popular character Hajime Saitou from the famous (Japanese) Anime series – Rurouni Kenshin. (one of my favourites)

Literally, it means “Swift Death To Evil” which is the code by which the Shinsengumi live.

I have always wondered – why can’t we practice Aku Soku Zan on terrorists caught on our soil? As of now, this does not happen unfortunately. Rather these assholes are provided free accommodation as if they are on some vacation to this country. I am proud that our country has a centuries old “Atithi Devo Bhavah” policy, but guys, don’t confuse Assholes with Atithis.

Some people talk about their rights – Right to a fair trial, Right to live as long as not proven guilty, etc. And after spending a lot of public money on their trials (as well as serving them nashta and newspaper) they are given a death sentence (which might be administered sometime in the future).

But wait, 1-2 months before the actual execution, another plane with innocent passengers gets hijacked by a new breed T-organisation demanding the release of their convict friend in return for the passengers. And there goes the bastard; free, unpunished,  given a new lease of life from where he can start his second innings. He becomes a hero in his nation and probably gets honored with his ‘conquest’ gaining a mention in their history books.

Disgusting isn’t it? Let me tell you one thing – Aku Soku Zan never dissapoints!!

Jai Hind,

CS

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secret revealed…

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Hell!! never thought blogging could be so addictive. Was having a bath and found myself flush with ideas!!

Anyways, I  want you guys to have a close look at this and tell me what this is:

Yes!! you’re right. It’s a Copper Stripper. (technically it’s a wire stripping tool, but who cares 🙂 )

Pop quiz. Recognize this famous scene?

All my Bollywood loving friends will instantly recognize this scene from the movie Chachi 420, where Jaiprakash Paswan aka Jai (played by actor Kamal Haasan) acquires a new identity – Laxmi Godbole – the female protagonist of the movie.

After getting divorced, Jai, who is eager to meet his daughter Bharti (under custody of his ex-wife), applies for the post of a nanny for Bharti.

And during a telephonic conversation with his ex-father-in -law, Jai advertises himself as a nanny. Lux (the underwear brand) becomes “Lakshmi” (with due respects) and “Til Gul Ghya God God Bola” becomes “Godbole”, and the iconic “Lakshmi Godbole” is born. Kudos to Kamal Haasan (and of course Paresh Rawal) for playing such a fantastic role in the movie.

Coming back to the subject, once I was whiling away a weekend at my home in Mumbai, thinking about possible names for my blog site.

And then I heard something – Khachaek-Khachaek – the sound of the omnipresent Bhangarwala peeling insulation off old unused copper wires. Thats when the name struck and stuck – CopperStripper.

Cheers Guys !! Thanks for reading 🙂

Ciao

CS