Suramya's Blog : Welcome to my crazy life…

January 31, 2006

Politically incorrect but Hillarious retelling of Mahabharat

Filed under: Funny News,Interesting Sites — Suramya @ 2:38 PM

Check out this extremely hillarious retelling of Mahabharta: Vyasa’s Dissertation

Yes, I know its a sacred text for Hindu’s.
No, I don’t think its wrong.
Yes, I think its really funny.
No, I won’t remove links to it.
Yes, I will mirror it if it goes down.

Thanks to Anomalizer for this link.

– Suramya

January 30, 2006

Meeting with friends is fun

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 1:47 PM

This Saturday I met up with Tarini, Sachin and Udit at Ansal Plaza. It was a lot of fun we had a lot to talk about as I was meeting Tarini after about two years and Udit after almost seven years. Sachin I had met a few months ago in NY so he didnt look that different. Udit has lost a lot of weight but other than that he hasn’t changed that much.

Sachin took pics so I will post them here when I get them from him. We sat outside enjoying the sun and talked and talked and talked. Then Tarini had to leave so after a couple of hours of yakking at each other we split.

Have to meet Yash and Monica also but our schedules never seem to match. 🙁

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


January 28, 2006 merged with main blog

Filed under: Website Updates — Suramya @ 12:07 PM

Hi Everyone,
After thinking a lot about it I have decided to discontine the blog and instead use this blog to store everything. So I have merged all posts from into this blog.

Feel free to post your comments about this decision. Please use the search box on the right side to find the stuff you were looking for when you ended up at this page. Alternatively, you can just browse the Knowledgebase category find all the entries from Knowledge (plus the entries added since then).


Blog backend upgraded

Filed under: Website Updates — Suramya @ 12:04 PM

Hi Everyone,
Upgraded the blog from WordPress 1.5 to WordPress 2.0 today. So far everything looks ok but let me know if you have any problems with the blog due to this.


January 27, 2006

Deleting code

Filed under: My Thoughts,Tech Related — Suramya @ 3:30 PM

Pretty interesting article on why its important to delete code you don’t use. I never thought about it before reading this but now that I think about I don’t like deleting code either.

Even though I have subversion that I have started to use as a source control repository I still comment out code and leave it in there. Sometimes I do it because I am not sure the new code will work and then it jsut stays behind as “dropping’s” until I remove them (Which is not that often) I am not as bad as some of the examples depicted but I guess I have to improve on this…

Overall an interesting point of view.

Original Article: Ned Batchelder: Deleting code

– Suramya

January 26, 2006

My life for the past month (Part1)

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 1:44 PM

First of all a very Happy New Year to all of you. Yes I know its almost a month late but I have been kind of busy to post stuff.

A lot has been going on in my life recently. I came to India on the 14th Dec and then had to rush to Jaipur for Amit’s wedding. It was a lot of fun. Me, Vinit and Surabhi drove from Delhi to Jaipur and I must say the drive was very nice. The road was well maintained and the truck drivers were very nice, if they saw you coming behind them they would automatically get out of the way. I don’t think we went below 80 for the entire drive. (Except for the few infrequent busy area’s).

Over there we metup with Ravi and Sonia and all of us went to the wedding as Barati’s (The groom’s party) and I did my first baarat dance. (In hindu weddings the groom goes to the bride’s house/wedding area riding a horse and the groom’s party dances the entire way). It was a *lot* of fun. The band walla’s (The people playing the music) wanted to leave early but we made them stay for a long time while we all danced. Finally someone from the girl’s family had to come and tell us: “Beta ab bahut ho gaya ab under aa jao” (Son, you have danced enough so now why don’t you all come inside) so we finally went inside.

The food was good the company was great. Since the only people we knew over there were Amit’s immediate family we just roamed around and enjoyed the wedding. After the photographs we went back to our room. The next day we left early in the morning and drove back to Delhi. The drive was again a lot of fun (The part when we had to cross Gudgoan was *not* fun).

Then I visited my Grandparent’s place and did a lot of shopping. Then We left for Bangalore on the 22nd (or was it the 23rd?) by train. There were Eight of us (Me, Mom, Dad, Surabhi, Bijender Chachaji, Rajkumar Mama, Ranmal Mausaji and Jawahar Singh Uncle) it was a noisy and eventful trip. We had the ‘pleasure’ of being in the same compartment as a group of girls from 6 – 9th class who were going to Bangalore for a school trip and they were noisy. They just wouldn’t shut up… The worse was when they decided to start singing… < shudder > That was just painful.

We Finally reached Bangalore on the 25th morning where it looked like pretty much half of Vinit’s family was there to recieve us, since we weren’t expecting so many people to come to the station to recieve us it was a very pleseant surprise. Then we drove to RaceView hotel (So named because you can see the Race Course from its rooms… Duh.. ) Everyone then settled in to a brief rest then my Buaji’s (Dad’s sister’s) (Padmani and Maithili) and their daughter (Nandani) [Sorry if I misspell anyone’s name. I am really bad at spelling] arrived. I hadn’t met them in over 10 years since they have been in Australia for the past couple of years. It was nice meeting them. And guess what? they like 🙂 Then at lunch time I went to the Airport to recieve my Tauji and Taiji [Dad’s elder brother and his wife] and Amarnath Uncle. It was a long wait as Amarnath uncle’s flight had been delayed a lot due to fog in Delhi.

Finally everyone arrived and we had lunch. It was great food and I think I overate a bit. Then we retired to the hotel while surabhi went to get ready to a Beauty Parlor with Vinit’s Aunts and mom. They took a while…

Finally the evening arrived and we all arrived at Leela Palace for the engagement. It was a great event where they had a program called Bollywood Dhamaka by a group called Vibes (I think). It was an event that was over 3 hours long so if you think that I am going to type everything that happened during it then you are sadly mistaken. Highlights are as follows:

1. Surabhi and Vinit got engaged
2. The dance Group performed.
3. Atul danced inspite of his injured leg (And he danced pretty well).
4. Vinit’s Mama’s and Chacha’s also danced
5. So did his and surabhi’s friends (Yes including me. )
6. Maithili and Padmani Buaji sang an awesome song
7. The food was again great.

Now I am tired of typing. Will finish this post later.


January 24, 2006

Editing remote files securely with vim

Filed under: Linux/Unix Related — Suramya @ 4:10 PM

This is something I will be using a lot. Now if the same thing works for emacs my life would be set…

To edit a file on the remote host, you would use the following command:

$ vim scp://suramya@remotehost//home/suramya/testfile

This will use scp to download the file, fire up vim locally to edit it, and upon saving the file, scp it back to the remote host. The basic syntax of the command is:

$ vim scp://user@host/[path_to_file]

Original Article: Editing remote files securely with vim


Mastering Ajax: Make asynchronous requests with JavaScript and Ajax

Filed under: Tutorials — Suramya @ 3:49 PM

Good tutorial by IBM that explains how to make asynchronous requests with JavaScript and Ajax.


Most Web applications use a request/response model that gets an entire HTML page from the server. The result is a back-and-forth that usually involves clicking a button, waiting for the server, clicking another button, and then waiting some more. With Ajax and the XMLHttpRequest object, you can use a request/response model that never leaves users waiting for a server to respond. In this article, Brett McLaughlin shows you how to create XMLHttpRequest instances in a cross-browser way, construct and send requests, and respond to the server.

Complete Article: Make asynchronous requests with JavaScript and Ajax

– Suramya

January 23, 2006

Proper vulnerability disclosure process

Filed under: Interesting Sites — Suramya @ 9:54 PM

Proper vulnerability disclosure process:

NIAC Vulnerability Disclosure Framework



Thanks to Mike Caudill for posting this list to Security Basics @SecurityFocus Mailing list.

– Suramya

Sites for publishing security related whitepaper’s

Filed under: Interesting Sites — Suramya @ 9:39 PM

Following are good sites for getting your security related papers published. Conversely they are also good sites for getting security related material.

* SecurityFocus

People interested in writing an Infocus technical article should contact security Focus at, along with details of the article idea and an outline for consideration.

– Kelly Martin
Security Focus


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