Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Hulk: Big , Bad and Green. I love him more as the evil monster out of control than the nice hero within.

Wolverine: With those sharp 'fingers' and even sharper wit, he is a treat to watch.

There is a point in superman history where he actually campaigns for Lex Luthor and makes him President.

This is how the sketch actually is made. The colours are filled in later based on the greyscale gradient.

Frank Miller can make kids look scary. And this is spawn.
Neat Effects. Frank is known to create superb effects with very few colours.

Spidey has been tried with various costumes. Needless to say, the original is the best.

You simply HAVE to love The Joker's guts.

Any guesses who the rider is?

Know what the difference between him and the Lantern is? He makes this look GOOD.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Been tagged by Minnie and Ranade. Here is a list of things I’d like to say about myself..

I am a proud Saggitarian and fiercely defend the associated traits.

I hate hypocrisy though I can be a hypocrite sometimes. I guess we all are.

I can be annoyingly happy. Being perpetually cheerful is something that comes to me naturally and I wudnt change it for the world.

I do have mood swings though. Noone has probably noticed because I go sulking in some vague corner.

Im better known for my patience among friends, especially when it comes to being pushed around. But I DO lose it sometimes. Seriously. Ask my family and they’ll tell you.

I can be brutally honest with people. I simply don’t seem to know what to tell and what not to. My foot is constantly in my mouth.

I love to travel. Don’t like the trekking part of it much though. Would love to go Himalayas some day. I find myself more at home in cold temperatures.

I hate being tagged “average “ or even above average. But I am simply too lazy to fight it.

I am NOT a flirt. I just don’t see why people think that I am. Including my mother!

I believe in love and other associated sentiments but I don’t think of it as a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I can’t stand chocolaty people. I like chocolate :) .

I LOVE CHICKEN. Balls to bird flu!

Music is a must for me. I cant work/study/travel without it. I can even bear heavy metal (the music) but I can’t stand heavy metal fanatics.

I am a communist at heart. I harbor strong anti-western feelings. I hate the mall culture, though I visit multiplexes quite frequently. If confused, refer point #2. It hurts me to watch people eating corn worth Rs.4 but bought for Rs.35 just because it comes in a paper cup. I hate the fact that people visit expensive restaurants just because they are expensive and with no concern for how the food may be.

I hate it when people refuse to give alms to beggers just because they are not handicapped. If it is against your principles, do something about it.

I hate people who take credit for others’ work. I respect their talent in doing so, but I hate them.

I feel that I am duty bound to answer to people even when I have no clue about what they are asking. This might have caused me to throw a lot of crap in the past.

I am king of all that I own. I hate sharing my stuff. Very finicky about it.

I love gossip. As long as it is genuine.

I share a love-hate relationship with Ekta Kapoor soaps.

Now tagging Chand, Jeevan and Funk.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Mozilla and Money

Due to anonymous threats from opensource fans i had to include this apology here. The information in this article is not relevant anymore. Mozilla is now an independent entity. The information that I used from the net for this article turned out to be outdated. Im sorry :)

How does Mozilla make money?

An innocent question at coffee time made me investigate this fundamental question and the answers were quite surprising. Following are some facts I have accumulated from the net:

The Mozilla browser started when Netscape, the maker of the once popular browsers Navigator and Communicator, gave its code to mozilla.org. This "donation" was done so that Netscape would no longer have to spend millions on the drudge work of coding its browser. This drudge work was now to be done by unpaid enthusiasts.

Netscape is owned by the mega-congolmerate AOL-Time Warner (AOLTW). Thus, the original code that started the whole Mozilla project from Netscape is the property of a once $165 billion corporation.

Now, the licensing agreement that outlines to what extent Mozilla is open source shows that something fishy is behind the scenes. This license states that any code added to Mozilla is also open source (Section 3.2. Availability of Source Code). This assures that all new improved code that is ever made off of the Mozilla source, always goes back to Mozilla. This is a very tricky situation since the commercial Netscape browser is still downloaded and used. This new breed of Netscape browser (version 6 and the new version 7) is based SOLELY on Mozilla's code with extra commercial features that further AOLTW's grip on the Internet!!

Let's turn our attention to a browser named Komodo. While it is based on the free code done by the free programmers at Mozilla, it sells for $300 (yes three hundred) per copy. From an open source browser that obviously is free, a private company changes a few things, and viola!, a $300 browser is born!

Earlier, if AOL was used as the ISP for PCs in the US, the browser was IE which didn’t look so good. So they very conveniently shifted to the gold-mine at hand – Mozilla. What unsuspecting ‘volunteer programmers’ don’t realize is that AOLTW will sweep the code from them and use it in AOL. Let's count AOL's total subscribers: one, two, three... 34 million. At a simple $20 rate per month with the 34 million subscribers, that's $680 million dollars a month. That's at least $8.16 billion per year. Sure AOL does not use Mozilla code yet, but it will with AOL 8.0 or 9.0.

This means AOL is/will be making at least $8.9 billion per year off of code done by unpaid programmers. This figure does not count any money Netscape makes, any money that is gained by Netcape's influence, or how much third-party products such as Komodo rip off from Mozilla.

BTW, the official Mozilla statement is “Firefox generates most of its money through a tool that lets users search the Web with various search engines, and also search for products at Amazon and eBay. Firefox takes a small share of revenue through contracts with those partners.”

Mozilla makes 30 million a year like this: everytime someone does a Google search with Firefox and clicks on an Adwords ad, Mozilla gets money. Google calls this "Adsense for Search" and you can find more info about it on their website.

30 million vs almost 9 billion! Hmmm…

I guess as long as I have good looking tabs on my browser, I’m quite happy. ;)

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