Showing posts from October, 2006

Phones I've owned


LG LX1200 (08/2002)

Samsung VGA 1000 (01/2004)

Sanyo PM8200 (08/2004)

Sony Ericsson T608 (06/2005)

Nokia 6225 (12/2005)

Sprint PPC 6700 (01/2006)

Sony Ericsson z520a (02/2006)

Sony Ericsson W600 (03/2006)

Sony Ericsson K750i (04/2006)

Verizon Palm Treo 700p (04/2006)

Verizon Motorola Q (11/2006)

Motorola RAZR V3x (11/2006)

Quote of the day :)

"I do use the computer and learn something new about it every day, and probably forget something about it every day."

- probably the eldest YouTube user ( geriatric1927).

You have been pre-approved for identity theft!

Talking all about saving paper and things like that, I noticed my mailbox gets totally spammed with credit card offers and such, which I have never ever used. Besides the annoyance that you have to shred those "offers" so that nobody misuses them, they also fill up the mailbox and make a big mess.

Most of those companies get the details from credit reporting agencies. There is now a number you can call that will stop the credit agencies from giving out this information:


It seems to be like the do-not-call list for phone, but this one is for mail.

I just got mine removed, time shall tell how well it works.

Car Value and Deprecation

I ran some numbers to find out what is the optimal time to sell a car. This is what came out of that.

As most people know, a car deprecates the maximum in first year, and then when its around 5 years old. After that, the deprecation becomes lower.

Numbers for Toyota Camry Solara SE Coupe. Original Cost $ 18,500. Source:

My view on DRM

People complain about DRM a lot:
DRM sucks, its too restrictive.
I can't play a song on all the devices I own because of DRM, even though I have paid the full price.
My car stereo can't play the songs bought from iTunes unless I burn them in a CD.
My linux machine can't play the songs.
I totally agree with the fact that DRM is killing the experience, and its actually quite cumbersome and annoying to use for the end users. But, looking at what people have been doing, if there is no DRM, and if movies and songs get available to download easily, people will definitely copy them, either knowingly or un-knowingly.

DRM does give us some benefits, like:
Having been able to provide a eat-all subscription based service.Providing movie rentals based on download.Having been able to download files you have bought again, if u loose them.
Studios being able to monetize on individual downloads, and hence (probably), passing on the profits to content creators.Stopping people from unauthorized co…