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May 31, 2008

Bypassing gear locks and ways to prevent the bypass

Filed under: My Thoughts — Suramya @ 1:59 AM

I have recently installed a gear lock in my Honda City. Its a lock that immobilizes the gear so you can’t change gears and is supposedly more secure than the basic car locks.

I was playing with it and realized that even though the lock stopped you from changing gears it is still possible for you to drive the car. All you have to do is press the clutch when you start the car and then just drive slowly. It works if you have left the car in the 2nd gear, if its in the 4th gear then its a bit harder as you have to regulate the clutch also but its possible.

The easiest way around this issue is to leave the car in a gear that makes it impossible to move the car without removing the lock. i.e. if you are parking the car while facing a wall, leave the car in 2nd gear and if you are backing up to a wall or another car then leave it in reverse. So even when someone starts the car they can’t drive away because the only direction they can go in is blocked.

Just thought I should share this.

- Suramya

May 27, 2008

Save a tiger. Hug them.

Filed under: Humor,My Thoughts — Suramya @ 1:05 AM

They are beautiful and endangered! Hug a Bengal Tiger. Together, we can save them from extinction.

Got this message on Facebook today. I guess we are saving them from extinction by providing them with free food and home delivery :-p

- Suramya

May 24, 2008

Rain Rain go away…

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 12:38 AM

The past few days it has been raining a lot over here. In-fact in the last week it had rained pretty much everyday. The rain it good but it brings assorted problems with it.

Last Tuesday night/Wednesday morning it was raining very heavily. I was at work till late and wanted to leave but because it was raining so hard, me and Shipra decided to wait for the rain to stop before we left. After almost 1 1/2 of waiting the rain stopped for a little while so we both ran out and got into our respective cars.

A minute later we found out that the left front tyre of her car was stuck in a ditch. Apparently the rain washed away a lot of the mud and the tyre sunk into the ground. Plus this hole was now filled with water so we couldn’t get any traction on the wheel. Spent almost half an hour trying to get the car out and ended up being covered in mud. (Good thing I was wearing brown pants). Finally managed to get it out on the last try. If that try hadn’t succeeded we would have left the car there and used my car to get home. Thankfully that wasn’t needed.

To top things off, Lots of power lines went down that night so there was no electricity at home and to make things even more fun there was a short in my house wiring (water got into an outlet) so the inverter also stopped working. Spent the night without power. Then in the morning when the power came back the door bell wouldn’t stop ringing. (yes, it was another stupid short). Finally figured out which fuse to trip to stop the stupid ringing. (I was half asleep and really cranky)

Its a pain to drive when its raining. Although its a lot of fun when you are sitting at home watching rain from indoors. But I guess its better than the heat.

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

- Suramya

May 20, 2008

My bathroom is being demolished…

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 3:33 AM

Yeah, dad decided that the bathroom should have been on the other side of the room and the study also needed an attached bathroom. So two new bathrooms are being constructed and my poor bathroom is being demolished (sort of) to be converted to a servant quarter.

So right now I have been relocated to Surabhi’s room. :( I miss my room. If you want I can post pictures of the mess my bathroom is in right now: the door was demolished and is going to be blocked, and a new door is being created at the other end of the bathroom. The nice shelves etc are also being demolished.

The study is in a worse shape. Over there pretty much the entire wall has been broken down. Right now they are in the process of digging up the floor to lay down the pipes etc for the sewage connection. So as soon as you enter the house it looks like a trench is being dug across the open space.

This is all for now. Will post more later.

- Suramya

May 19, 2008

Upgraded to 1mbps connection at home

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 3:25 AM

Upgraded my net connection at home to 1MBps unlimited connection. Now it feels like I am finally back on the information superhighway.

Love the new speed. Airtel also has an 8mbps connection but they have a bandwith quota on it. Which I know is a bad idea for me. The last time I had a quota based connection I had to pay almost Rs 40,000 in internet connection charges. (The connection was for Rs 250)

Well this is all for now. I am off to enjoy my new speedy downloads :)

- Suramya

May 14, 2008

Yet another delayed update

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 2:31 AM

Hi everyone! As usual I have gotten busy with real life and not updated the blog. So here’s a summary of what I have been doing since my last update:

1. Working: Spent a lot of time at work. One of the project’s deadlines got preponed and had to pitch in on the project. Spent some time working on data migration issues also. It was an interesting experience. Got home at 8 – 8:30 am a couple of times. But I enjoy working over here.

2. Reading: Read a couple of interesting books: “Reserved for the Cat” by Mercedes Lackey. Its the 6th book in the Elemental mage series and it was an ok read. I liked the other books in the series more. Also read the entire Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell. Really like this series. Am really waiting for the next book in the series to come out.

3. Rafting: Went for a rafting trip with Surabhi, Vinit and Ridhi. It was an amazing trip. We got to Rishikesh late in the afternoon and immediately left for rafting. Since there have to be atleast 7-8 people in a raft our group was paired with another group which had three girls in it. I enjoyed the trip a lot. We got to do; rafting, cliff jumping, rock climbing, rappelling, crossing the Burma bridge and kayaking. The water was freezing.

The second night we got hit with a sandstorm and then it started raining so the next day the water level was a lot higher and the rapids were even better. The guide we had was fun and made us play some really cool games. The one I enjoyed the most was where we had to stand up during a rapid and try not to fall.

Yes I took photos (Obviously) however my camera was low on battery (don’t ask) so we used Shivani’s camera also to take photos. We have some really nice pics on her camera so I am waiting to get those pics before I upload photos to the website. I should have them by next weekend. Till then, all you got to do is wait…

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

- Suramya

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