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Excerpt from "The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization " – The Big Bang Theory, Episode 9 :

Leonard (to Penny): Hang on, hang on. Do you not realize what we just did?

Penny : Yeah, you turned your stereo down with your laptop.

Leonard : No, we turned our stereo down, by sending a signal around the world via the Internet.

Penny : Oh. You know you can get one of those universal remotes from Radioshack? They’re really cheap.

Leonard : No, you don’t get it. Howard, Enable public access.

Howard : Public access enabled.

Penny (after a few seconds of nothing happens) : Boy, that’s terrific. I’ll see ya.

Leonard : No hang on, hang on… (The lights in the apartment star blinking) See?

Penny : No.

Leonard : Someone in Sichuan province, China, is using his computer to turn our lights on and off.

Penny (kinda frustrated) : Oh, that’s handy. Here’s a question… Why?

Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Koothrappali (all together ) : Because we can .

With a plethora of technology blogs around, does anybody actually need another one? Maybe not.

So why woikr ?

Well, because we can ;-)

woikr team:

Anshuman Johri – A photography enthusiast, who aspires to be a world-traveler from Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Chirag Gupta – a geek, suffers from “never-ending-gadget-lust” disease and loves movies from Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Setu Garg – another geek, an audiophile to be precise from Noida, UP, India.

Swaroop T G – an avid gamer, reads too much about technology than he needs to from Hyderabad, AP, India.

We launched at 00:00 hrs on 15th Aug 2008 – The Indian Independence Day.

Happy Reading !

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First Look: Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire

Maruti is all set to launch the sedan version of its critically acclaimed Swift. Maruti Suzuki Swift, ubiquitously touted as “The Best Maruti Ever” & “Most Proffered Car for Enthusiasts” is all set to get a much awaited upgrade.

Swift has ruled the premium hatchback segment on the Indian roads for quite some time now. This month Maruti will be launching the Swift DZire. A sedan version of the Swift to capture the low to mid range sedan segment. It is believed that DZire will challenge Mahindra Renault Logan in this segment. This model will also succeed the award winning Maruti Esteem which will not be produced by Maruti anymore.

Have a look at the website for Swift DZire:

Maruti will be announcing the prices later this month but according to experts,  the base petrol model will be priced around rupees 4.5 lakhs & the base diesel model around 5.2 lakhs ex-showroom.

Here are some images:

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Buying a new Maruti

I recently bought a Maruti Suzuki Swift. I had quite an experience buying that and I would like to share some tips with everyone.

This was the biggest purchase I have done without my Dad. Of course I took all his advise on the phone, but its a completely different experience when you are the sole decision maker.

Anyways, I have a few guidelines for people going for a new Maruti. I would like to share them with everyone:

  1. Always talk to at least 2 dealers in your city so that you can make them compete to give you a better deal
  2. There is usually a discount when you finance your car. Its always better to get that discount adjusted in your loan amount. This decreases the interest you pay and in turn decreases your EMI (thanks to Mayur for this tip)
  3. All Maruti dealers have a deal sheet for the customers. The marketing guy is supposed to fill it up with whatever discounts/freebies he is giving to you and then sign it and get it approved by the owner of the store. One copy is given to the customer. This is to ensure that you are not cheated once you purchase the vehicle. Make sure that you get your deal to be put on this sheet no matter how well you know the dealer/marketing guy.
  4. All Maruti cars come with one year extended warranty. Make sure you ask for that. Negotiate for 2 years if you can.
  5. Its always best to get at least anti rust coating on the bottom of the vehicle pertaining to Indian road conditions. You can try and get it done for free. Do not forget to collect its (& Teflon coating’s) guarantee card as it is re coated for free during servicing.
  6. The accessories at dealers are overpriced. You can get the same stuff for cheap outside.
  7. The central locking system from Nippon which comes as a MGA sucks. Go for Autocop. This does NOT void your warranty.
  8. Keep at least 3 hrs. for the delivery process to complete. Even if you are not getting the accessories installed. Its always good to take a friend to inspect the vehicle.
  9. The marketing guy will try to sell you financial products related to the loan. Do not buy them unless you exactly know what they are. Ask him to fill the form in front of you.
  10. In case you have been referred by an auto card member, get the points credited during the purchase. Do NOT leave this task for later.

Remember to collect:

  1. Delivery challan
  2. Receipt of whatever amount you have paid
  3. 5 liters fuel slip
  4. Temporary number
  5. Insurance document
  6. Teflon & anti rust warranty card (if purchased)
  7. Owner’s manual with 4 blank service slips


Hide n Seek

Summer is approaching in Northern India. While I was in the park today doing my routine morning walk, I noticed this beautiful sky I could not resist leaving un-captured.

The photos have been taken using my Apple iPhone at around 9 AM IST at Trifala Park Sector 61 Noida.

Originally uploaded by setu_garg




I saw an advertisement today in an India’s leading newspaper on the front page urging people to not talk on mobile phone while driving. For the record – in India, people usually drive as if they are drunk. Add mobile to it and you have many casualties.

Now, the advertisement shows a person driving a car and wearing a bluetooth headset. If you look closely, you will find that the person is sitting on the front left seat of the car and the car indeed is left hand drive!

Everything is fine except that we have right hand drive here in India! Unless the advertisement was meant for the select few who import vehicles from the US, it completly misses the target audience!

The advertisement was given by the Delhi government which is organising the 2010 Commonwealth games in India.

When will these idiots understand that keeping the right audience in mind is the first thing to do when creating an advertisement.

Seriously people. Grow up.

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Where are we going?

Sometimes I just wonder where are we all heading ?

Now I am obviously not thinking in philosophical terms and talking about tech here. When I turn around and look back at the year which has almost passed away, I see:

  1. A top notch software giant release a newer version of its operating system which is inferior to its own predecessor.
  2. Another software & hardware giant announce & release the invention of the year but soon become defensive about it and is now indulged in a cat & mouse game with a handful of god sent angels.
  3. A company ubiquitously called the synonym of the web releases an open source mobile platform which might make the mobile industry a little less “evil” but is certainly not a breakthrough (as expected from it).
  4. The Indian guy which gave a software giant the then invention for the web is challenging the same giant (now a copy-cat) with his another breakthrough invention.

These were the major news in the tech world which managed to stick in the feed xmls for the longest amount of time. I do not think that the motivation behind all the above was pure innovation. I see the 2 frogs in a well story going on here. Everyone is concerned about the competition so much that much of their resources are wasted in keeping pace with their competitors. Imagine what it would be like if all their resources went into pure innovation !

This reminds me of my first ever blog post :). Why do we compete ? Why can’t we just go our own way and do whatever we are supposed to and want to? This this this & this will tell you what I am talking about.

C’mon guys ! Its high time wake up ! Rise above the obvious stuff & make us feel proud that we were born in this time !

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Congratulations Ishmeet!

Ishmeet just became the first voice of India! Congratulations!

I feel that this was the right choice as he had a better voice than Harsha.

However, i do not like people from Punjab, Haryana & Himachal who say that its all because of votes from their states. If this was true, then it means that he did not deserve this title at all!

I really do not dig people from these states saying that they are better and more powerful than any other state in India. I agree that these are the richest and most literate states of India, but India is a land of diversities and every state has its own importance. If they think they are better than the other states, they are no worse than Tamil Nadu which thinks it should not be a part of India.

Ismeet was chosen because his voice was better between the 2 finalists.

If it was upto me, I would have gived this title to Toshi. And I suppose most avid music lovers would agree with me.

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New address

My blog’s feed now has a new address.

This address is better from the point of me tracking how many subscribes are there and how many hits does my feed actually get. It will also guarantee a good uptime and better and faster feed rendering for you guys. It will also give you a golden egg every week delivered to your home and will full fill all your wishes bla bla bla…

Hey Hey :D.

Jokes aside, Feedburner is a great way to deliver your feeds. It gives site administrators great control over their feeds, and offers great flexibility over standard delivery.

I would request all the subscribers of this feed to shift to this address:

To make it easier for you, here are a few buttons:

Add to Google Reader or Homepage

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Make sure you read my next blog via feedburner !


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Real Talent

This post is again related to the talent shows gaining popularity over Ekta Kapoor’s daily TV soaps (and this somehow makes me happy).

I feel that a lot of credit is given to the singers who sing well on stage. However, no one even knows the names of the musicians who play the music on which the contestants sing.

I believe that they have the real talent. If it was not for them, none of the contestants could sing and sound so well. Hats off to these people!!

If you observe closely, you will see that they catch up every song real quick. I mean the contestants and judges sing many songs at random. But these guys have no problem playing them.

This post is dedicated to all those people. Of all of them I only rememher the name of Shantanu Da who plays a lot of instruments but primarily guitar.

Keep up the good work people!


Dhikkar hai…

I just finished watching the repeat telecast of Amul Star Voice of India’s latest episode in which Toshi got eliminated from the league.

I am an avid music listener and have some basic knowledge of Indian music. With whatever little knowledge I have, I would say that “Dhikkar hai Rajasthan ki janta par”. If they could not identify such a golden voice, they should go to hell (interpret it as something more offensive).

I have never heard any reality show contestant sing so well. He is literally a pro singer and can very well sing for Bollywood movies.

I seriously believe (looking at good contestants being eliminated) that these reality shows should stop taking polls from the general public. I mean i do not understand the concept of taking judgement from general people when you have judges and guests like the music directors of Bollywood and highly respected and worldwide acclaimed Pandit Jasraj.

Although Sajid -Wajid and probably Aadesh Srivastava have signed up Toshi to sing in their films in the future but i guess everyone (and Toshi) would have loved him to become the Voice of India.

Dhikkar hai.. Dhikkar hai..

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