Bloxorz - nice puzzling block game

Here's a simple game of moving a 1x2 block by rolling/turning it over to finally reach a hole. Reminds me very much of Sokoban, but with some interesting twists including the absence of walls.

Play it to know more - it sure will bring down your productivity at office

RCDefaultApp - centralized application association management

I came across this nifty preference pane RCDefaultApp for Mac OS X, that allows you to manage all kinds of associations like file associations, default applications for various file extensions, url protocol associations at a single place.

Its a relief to be able to set the default browser, default newsreader or default application for .xxx files at one place, instead of hunting around for the settings in various applications like Safari, Mail, Finder, etc.

This is now one of my must-have utilities for Mac.

Tunnel - simple and strenuous game

I downloaded this port of the old arcade game "Tunnel" for the mac. You can check it out here

Its a really fun game, but the feature that really got me hooked was the use of the sudden motion sensor to play the game. It is real fun to pick up your laptop and start using it like a joystick (although its really strenuous on the wrist)

I would have liked the option to increase the speed to make it more challenging and a pause feature. But on the whole, a throughly enjoyable game :-)

Cheeni Kum title song rocks

The title song of the movie Hindi movie "Cheeni Kum" just rocks!!! I love the passion with which Shreya Goshal has sung the song.

I personally feel that she has bested her own previous top "Jadu Hai Nasha Hai"

Windows Scandisk better than Mac disk tools

I hate saying this... but it seems that the Windows Scandisk tool is better than any of Mac's disk tools (Disk Utility, fsck) at fixing disk problems.

I finally connected my external hard drive to a Windows system and ran Scandisk. That fixed all the problems with my hard drive. And now the hard drive mounts fine on a Mac too.

Sorry Apple!!! But this one goes to Microsoft :-(

Mac & FAT32 HDD problems

A file on my external USB hard drive failed to read today. The hard drive has a FAT32 file system, so that I can read the data from a Windows box and my Mac.

I suspect that the hard drive has some bad sectors (something I use to fix using "scandisk", when I used to run a Windows box).

I tried running Disk Utility -> Repair Disc from my Mac. It ran fine but the problem was still there.

I tried running "fsck" from Terminal, and it gave me a weird error "BAD SUPER BLOCK: MAGIC NUMBER WRONG ".

And googling just seems to bring me to the conclusion that nobody uses a FAT32 external hard drive with a Mac. Am I the only freak doing this??????

Shaan's best in Dastaan-E from Om Shanti Om

I recently watched the movie Om Shanti Om and loved the final song of the movie "Dastaan-E". The more I listened to it, the more I wanted to listen.

The singer of the song came as a shock... Shaan. I couldn't imagine Shaan with such a deep & rich voice. I still can't believe its Shaan, even after listening to it again.

I feel this is one of Shaan's best pieces. Its also one of my all-time favourites. Way to go, Shaan!!!

Common questions to ask about housing loans

Its been a painful week enquiring at a dozen places about the various housing loan options.

With each new enquiry, I accumulated some more questions to ask about any housing loan. Here they are, in case you need them:

  • Is a fixed rate of interest really fixed for the entire tenure? If it is not fixed for the entire tenure, when is it revised?

  • At what interval is the floating rate of interest revised?

  • Can you convert a floating rate of interest to the fixed rate of interest during the loan tenure?

  • Are there any part-payment charges?

  • Are there any pre-closure charges?

  • Is the loan insured? Does the insurance cover property damage or also accidental death of the applicant?

  • Is the loan issued on the (house value + registration)?

  • Does the loan also cover charges for soft furnishing of the house?

  • Is there any discount for timely payment of the EMI? (Believe me, some banks do give this)

  • Is the actual loan amount directly handed over to the vendor or to the applicant?

  • How long does loan disbursal take after completion of sanction?

Snapshots in Mac

I knew that on a Mac, Cmd+Shift+3 could be used to take a snapshot of the entire screen and Cmd+Shift+4 can be used to take a snapshot of a selection.

But I was surprised to find that Cmd+Shift+4 followed by Space can be used to take a snapshot of a particular window. This is very useful and convenient, as I no longer need to carefully select a window from the top-left to the bottom-right. Just point at the window and click.