The world is Flat. The Immigration requirements say otherwise.

Recently I completed listening to Tom Friedman’s “World is Flat” on an audiobook had to agree with a lot of his statements, especially given how my life has been spawned over several countries and continents in the last decade. But when it comes to immigration requirements – I have to tell Mr Friedman – The…

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WA Lawyer gets Both Speeding Tickets dismissed!

Late June, I had managed to get myself 2 tickets within a week which were to be contested at the Bellevue Court and one at the State court. The fines for the infractions were initially to about $300 (total) though the potential damage it could do to my insurance given that I drive a sunset-6spd 350Z…

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The Bad Omen of Ipod Nano and Me.

Before Christmas on my first attempt to buy a Nano on the internet I was scammed by some scam artistes who had a history of scamming and changing their names. Ofcourse having bought everything on Ebay from books, to batteries, to digital cameras to even my Saab 9-5 (before I got my 350Z) I thought Ebay…

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2010 – the Visa Odyssey: Last Hurdle before the H1B Visa turns to a Green Card …

Another of my longfound truths of life was deemed false today. LongFound Truth of Life # 671: “Any email that usually starts with the words – “Congratulations” is a Junk Mail from a newly minted “multi-Millionaire” from a faraway country to wants your help to move money into the US in exchange for a share…

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Why do Speeding Tickets happen in Pairs?

There have been tons of discussion around “Flashy Car Colors leading to tickets”, but do speeding tickets happen in pairs (read: within a week) ? Well based on my experience in PA and in WA, and some of my friends here at work (who shall be unnamed for once on my blog), The the answer…

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Office12: Chunk up ur Outlook PST File – sayz the HelpDesk Police

On my migration from Office 2003 to Office 12 – Outlook went from slow to Stop. After long calls with the IT Helpdesk the problem was resolved. My PST files were 1.8GB big, the recommended size is about 1 GB. It took a good part of 4 hrs to chunk that up into smaller PST…

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Dammit Jim! Wherez my wallet?

Remember the mainframe concept of consolidation? Where all the CPU power, rules , data are all in one central server – and if that crashes all hell breaks loose? Well the way I maintain my wallet is not too dissimilar to that. All credit cards, cash, membership cards, IDs and licenses are all stored in…


Analyze this: A Visit to the Doctor’s V/S a consulting engagement..

Prologue: In a few wks I am on point to launch the Security SKUs from the Enterprise Services – so I have been dreaming about assessment frameworks, customer paintpoints, value propositions etc for waay too long these days. Maybe a function of these hallucinations is the reason I am writing this blog post in 2…

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Bi-weekly Mortgages … What was I thinking?

Have you ever had a situation when you read too much into something, made some assumptions and consequently the wrong decisions? Well we all have! Here is my recent story on this. The Bi-Weekly Mortgage Payment companies   Background: If you had a mortgage you know its compounded and the way compound interest works –…

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Santa Baby – Just hurry down a virus tonight…

Long airport lines, crowded malls, distant Sleigh-bell sounds in bars (I know! it is crazy) arent the only “scroogey” part of the holiday seasons – but lately – it has been the viruses too. This holiday season – its the new Santa IM Worm – bah thats old news you say… Well it is – but…