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I write ideas that strike me, sometimes just to remember them later, and just once in a while, you might find something useful. :-)
There are many inventions and ideas that aren’t available to the public. Most common reason would be the effort to make a production version is too high when compared to the profit it could make. Then there are those products which are stupid but still make the inventor a lot of money. But I am sure you would be able to find those products even in your own home. I know I have been guilty of buying things on impulse.
I came across a product that I found very interesting. Forget interesting, this is amazing and I want this now! Using laser to burn the wings of mosquitoes. I would be the dark emperor of a small area, but I would still be using laser and killing mosquitoes.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t agree to unwanted killing and definitely not massacre, but scientists have concluded that extinction of mosquitoes would not have or have very minimal environmental impact. As far as I can tell, the role of mosquitoes is to spread infections and thereby control population. But there are many animals that feed on mosquitoes and they would have to look for other food sources.
This “weapon” can kill at the rate of 100 mosquitoes per second, target mosquitoes, that too only female based on wing beat pattern and disintegrate their wings, at a rate of Â up to 100/sec! The prototype was built using parts available on ebay, yet the product is not available to public. Considering more people are killed by mosquitoes each year, I really can’t understand Â why they haven’t built it yet. You can assemble one yourself, if you have the know-how and the money. It is going to cost a few thousand dollars, but once it is mass produced, the cost should come down to $50.
Warning!: Geek Porn. Unless you are a Level 1 Geek Initiate, you may experience drowsiness, deja-vu and confusion. Trying to do the steps below without Geek supervision might result in disassembled computer, lost data and unbootable Windows. Call a geek to put it back.
I have been thinking about getting new hard disk for my computer. It has been running for 2 years and 10 months (powered on) and while this 160GB disk had survived a much younger 500GB hard disk and would probably outlive the 1TB external HDD, I didn’t want to push my luck. I haven’t lost data due to hard disk failure since 2003 and I didn’t want to start now. Moreover, I needed more space for Windows 7 and Ubuntu installation, steam games, pictures that were digitized and the slowly growing “digital photography collection”. In short, I bought a 2TB internal hard disk. For those who care, it is a Western Digital Caveliar Green Model No:
I was thinking that I could just pop the disk in, clone the existing disk and install Ubuntu on the old HDD, but the Windows installation was over 3 years old, probably more than 4 and there were some minor issues that I didn’t want to carry over to the new hard disk. So I disconnected the old hard disk and tried to install Windows 7 on the new one. Unfortunately, 2TB hard disk now appeared to be a 1TB disk. Apparently the Gigabyte motherboard has a bug that causes hard disk above 1TB to show lower size. It is not too difficult to fix and there are different solutions available online. Some day I will write down the steps I tried in case it helps someone.
Finally I got Windows 7 installed, and then I started backing up data from the old HDD, Game saves, random files I had saved on desktop, documents etc. It was much easier than I expected once I realized that trying to preserve my Chrome browsing history and cache would be conclusive proof that I have OCD. Things went smooth from there, install necessary softwares, (I just looked at my program files and downloaded those which I felt I need), latest drivers for the graphics card and that was it. When I did it the last time, I had to backup information from different programs and then restore it.
Thank you cloud!!!
Off came the new hard disk and installed Ubuntu 13.04 on the old hard disk. Why? Because, other than a few games there isn’t much in Windows that I can’t do in Ubuntu. Also, I can find my way around in Windows where as I would have to check man pages or Google to find out how to do things, especially in the terminal. Installing Ubuntu is very easy, anyone can do it. It might take some time to get used to it depending on how much you got used to Windows. Less Windows, easier the transition. The fun starts when you meet the terminal. Advanced user has a different meaning in Linux.
I would say it was a great weekend.
IÂ don’tÂ think everyone is meant to marry. No, not everyone should not be allowed to marry!
When I look around I see so many kids who have got a bad life just because their parents didnâ€™t know how to raise a kid. There are those who abuse kids, mentally, physically, emotionally and sometimes sexualy.
I am sure most people think that physical and sexual abuse is more frequent, but most children go through a lot of emotional and mental torture throughout their childhood. They just learn to cope with it. After all, that is what you would go through your entire life. Maybe itÂ isn’tÂ abuse, but the induction to real world.
If you are to grow up in a world were you will be tortured through never ending tests and trials which will emotionally and mentally drain you, what is a small dose at a younger age?
In a world were you could die a violent death, what harm could some physical pain do?
In a world were around 50% of the population would face sexual assault on a constant basis from the other half, what harm could one person do, even if it is a â€œlovedâ€ one?
Didn’t that escalate quickly?
It is a slippery slope; what is done reluctantly today will become norm tomorrow, and what is unthinkable today will be done reluctantly tomorrow.
It is not the criminals that needs to be corrected, but each and every one of us. The change should not happen with inconvenient truth, but the secret pleasures we indulge in too.
Treat others, irrespective of who they are, as you would want to be treated.
Until we reach there wouldn’t these kids be better off not being born?
There are good parents, which I donâ€™t deny. I know many who are or will make a good parent and they are probably the ones who deserve to be a parent.
I would rather be part of a race that became extinct because it chose to, than belong to one that failed to correct its faults.
Here is an old Hindi song, which probably conveys more meaning than the words above.