Archive for the ‘Info’ Category
I always wondered how much money did utility softwares make. Such as WinZip. I've never paid for it.. first it was that I had no idea how to pay in dollars. And then it was just too much after converting it to rupees. And we're Indians. We live with too many nags to be bothered about a nag screen 🙂
I paid for my copy of WinZip back in the day. I know others who did as well. But individual users are the exception. The real revenue stream for a product like WinZip these days is from corporations, which dare not have dodgy unlicensed evaluation software on their users machines. So because they know that some of their users will try to sneak WinZip in, they buy site licenses that cover the cost for every seat in the organization. It’s cheap insurance against lawsuits.
Buy movie tickets standing in the queue… done that.
Buy movie tickets online.. done that.
Buy movie tickets on the telephone… done that.
Run to buy snacks during the interval… done that.
Order snacks for the interval online along with buying the ticket… nopes. But there is hope. Check this out. An awesome idea.
Order snacks on the telephone during the interval… nopes… perhaps never! 🙂
Busy not working… It's around 4:00 PM … time for some tea 🙂
Tring Tring… Damn… a call from an unknown number … +914039845465 .. who's this idiot calling.
Caller: Sir, I am calling from ICICI Bank regarding some payments that you have made from the website.
Me: (worried… I did make some online payments 2 weeks back which had mysteriously failed) Eh… ok.. what's this about?
Caller: Sir, this is about *&%*&%
Me: Sorry but I didn't get that. Could you repeat it again?
Caller: Sir, this is about &*^&^%%*
Me: (Time to get my ears checked) Right… thanks. Ok.. so?
Caller: Sir, Did you make a payment to …. Hutch… of Rs. 465/-?
Me: No… (Hutch… I never have had a Hutch phone!)
Caller: Sir, your credit card number is xxxx xxxx xxx?
Me: (hmmm… the first 8 digits match) Excuse me… but I thought you said this was regarding online payments..
Caller: Sir, this is regarding &^%*^%*&$
Me: (pissed off) Right… anyway you have given me only 11 digits. A credit card would have 16 digit, right?
Caller: Sir…. could you confirm that your credit card number is xxxx xxxx xxx?
Me: (paitently) And I just told you, unless you give me all the 16 digits I cannot verify if this is my credit card number or not.
Caller: Ok.. just a moment… Sir, could you tell me your credit card number?
Me: (whoa slow down baby) No I cannot. Could you tell me again what this is all about? Is this about failed online payments?
Caller: Err… sir, is your credit card number xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx?
Me: (ok, 16 digits finally. Where did he get them now?) No it is not…
Caller: ok <disconnect>
OK… what was that all about? Was somebody trying to steal my credit card numbers or is it just me with an overactive imagination?
Remember the SETI@Home programme? Well, I am very hopeful that I will meet E.T.’s in my lifetime, but am not very optimistic. I rather believe the Men In Black concept where aliens live amongst us and unknown to us.
However, the Climate Change Experiment programme by the BBC is more interesting to me. I am for some reason more worried about our environment than poverty, corruption and the like. Yeah… blame me for acting like a rich kid. I don’t care 🙂 Even though the movie The Day After Tomorrow was awful, the whole idea of something like that happening gives me the jitters. So I am taking part in the experiment.
The participant map shows 50,880 hosts currently. Out of which, 38,956 is in the UK alone! And India has a paltry 66 computers!!! Come on people…
A Happy Christmas to you and you. There couldn’t be more, could they? 😛
I am not much of a holiday person… and I’d rather just sleep and watch movies. Unfortunately, when there is a life to be lived, I can do no such thing. And I am off to soak in the festive spirit wherever I can find it 🙂
[UPDATE: This also happens to be my 100th post here! Wow.]