Note to self: On (not) buying books

Dear Future Me, I know you’ve hit that point again. You’re about to buy a few books, you’re this close to hitting “Buy”, but you keep thinking — there must be a better way! You ran out of space on the shelves a while back. The books are stacking up high on the remaining available surface. You joke about how you might die in an avalanche of books if there’s ever an earthquake (but you secretly think that it’s not such a bad way to go).

Aaaand you’re thinking, maybe I can solve this problem for once and for all. Surely advances have been made in the field of ebooks and ebook readers. Surely consumer pressure has jerked book publishers awake to the fact that DRM is truly a disservice to users. Possibly ebook reader hardware has solved the contrast and UX issues that make them just a bit of a pain to read and clunky to boot.


You’ll spend the next 2 hours looking up current ebook reader specs, getting excited about them, priming your credit card, then checking out what kind of DRM Amazon, B&N, Kobo, or whoever else has joined the game are shipping. Then you’ll realise you only have two options: rely on people being able to reverse-engineer the DRM forever, or start pirating ebooks, sullying that last bastion of purity in a world that renders consuming art while rewarding artists essentially a non-option outside of some parts of the western world.

So really, do yourself a favour. Go ahead, buy the books. You’ll find a way to make space for them. There might be some under the bed.

The funnies

From a random link:

My future wasn’t just stolen. It was taken into a back alley, beaten, raped, stabbed, and then tossed back out into the street to die right in front of my eyes.

HDFC Bank is teh suck

Never, ever go to HDFC Bank for a housing loan. They’re third-class brokers for the HDFC Ltd., who actually give you the loan. Deal with HDFC Ltd. directly instead — they’re relatively decent and polite, don’t make false promises, don’t make you run around and don’t tell bare-faced lies.

As I said

Do you really want this to happen?

Yes, yes, I know it’s an old article – I’m just caatching up with my reading ever so slowly now.

Stupid stupid stupid

I wish IBM could have stood up for this Gaurav Sabnis fellow. Not endorse his view, but not succumb to bullshit like “bad publicity”. Stupid pusillanimous corporates and their unwillingness to make moral stands.

[Addendum: Naivete is bad. Perhaps all is not to be taken at face value]

[Addendum2: IIPM’s “legal” notice was such a gas]

[Addendum3: As pointed out, the guy’s manager asked him to reconsider, so IBM technically did do something to stand up for him]

GNOME Bangalore, my butt

Happened to be visiting, and saw this. GNOME Bangalore is most certainly not, if the “Community” (it infuriates me that this is the word used) Meet is “OPEN TO: Those currently in NOSIP and those interested to join or know more about the program.”

Okay, maybe I’m wrong and it’s just an error. That is my hope, at any rate.

I do not believe the GNOME Bangalore body is managing to organise an actual community around GNOME-users/devs, but around NOSIP interns. I’m open to correction, if anyone knows better.