Earth-friendly trucks …

(via slashdot .. via wired)
HFI is short for hydrogen fuel injection. This is a very cool concept. An aftermarket part, which basically injects small quantities of hydrogen along with air intake in diesel combustion engines. The deal is that hydrogen combusts faster than diesel. Hence, two nice things happen. One, there is faster combustion and you get more energy than if you just burn fuel. Two, you burn more completely, and hence lesser black smoke (which contains partially combusted hydrocarbons) is emitted. Truckers in North America are trying out this concept – which is saving them big bucks.

Ego …

Steve Pavlina has written a nice piece in his blog about why you should not be worrying what other people think of you. A few quick take-aways from his post:

  • At the time during which you are worrying about what other people are thinking of you, they are actually worrying about what you are thinking about them. Henceforth, everyone spends time worrying about what everyone else are thinking about them.
  • Just because someone told you not to go through a path because it is wrong, do not just shrug it off. You may encounter failure (and they may point it out to you that they told you before), but that is ok. Now you have learnt your lesson, you brush off the dust and continue.
  • Failure is not the opposite of success. They aid in the path to success.
  • Self-trust is a far greater possession than anything you might lose along the way.
  • Faith in yourself isn’t a result of success. It’s the cause of it.

Read the full post here.

Robert Frost quotes …

All of us would have read the famous quote by Robert Frost:

  • “Woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles and miles ot go before I sleep”.

But has anyone heard the following two quotes by the same man ?

  • “Until that point, he was lonely and desperate. Then his life took a turn. Then, he was desperate and lonely.”
  • “A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella during fair weather, and ask for it back when it rains”.

Satire at its best ! 🙂

Gen Y

In the US, the generation that saw the WW or the sons of those who saw the war are often called the Gen X or the baby boomers. As a natural consequence, their sons are hence called Gen Y – this is the generation which was born around the late 70s and early 80s.SavvySaver has an excellent post pointing to a yahoo biz article on how the attitude of Gen Y towards financial planning and work is totally different from how the Gen X used to look at it. Very nice.

Interesting point qouted by savvysaver from the article:

After witnessing the financial insecurity that beset earlier generations stung by layoffs and the dot-com bust, today’s newest entrants into the workforce are generally savvy when it comes to money and savings. They care about such benefits as 401(k) retirement plans.Thirty-seven percent of Gen Yers expect to start saving for retirement before they reach 25, with 46% of those already working indicating so, according to a September survey by Purchase, N.Y.-based Diversified Investment Advisors. And 49% say retirement benefits are a very important factor in their job choices. Among those eligible, 70% of the Gen Y respondents contribute to their 401(k) plan.


Unlike boomers who tend to put a high priority on career, today’s youngest workers are more interested in making their jobs accommodate their family and personal lives. They want jobs with flexibility, telecommuting options and the ability to go part time or leave the workforce temporarily when children are in the picture.

The 401(k) plan in the US are retirement plans – kind of like the PPF.

Microsoft Express

M$ is making available Microsoft Express free for download for a year. The edition would be “Lightweight, easy-to-use, and easy-to-learn tools for the hobbyist, novice, and student developer”. It would include Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition, SQL Server 2005 Express Edition,Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition,Visual C# 2005 Express Edition,Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition and Visual J# 2005 Express Edition. I think it is pretty cool that they are doing this. They are basically working on creating a better image. This would pacify a big subset of users who think that M$ are very very expensive and cannot be used by the “common man”.
Download it here.(news courtesy lifehacker)


It is autumn, and you should be doing fall cleaning – and oh ! I dont mean your house, I meant your planner. Innowen at has a wonderful piece on how we tend to forget cleaning our most beloved, trusted planner that we personal productivity lovers live on. We clean our desks at work, we clean our homes, but we forget our planner.

All sorts of scraps of paper fill those little binders or booklets. Receipts for purchases you can’t recall what you purchased, phone numbers quickly scribbled down on post-its and website addresses with unrecognizable names. If this sounds like the way your planner looks like now, it’s time for a good old fashioned Fall cleaning.

Read the full article here.

To each their ‘best’

Every one has heard of the saying – ‘To each their own’. I beg to differ. In this age, people have choices. ‘Own’ is singular. People get to choose what they like ‘best’. So I coined my own saying – To each their ‘best’ :).Anyway, that is me trying to play the philosopher. Anyone wonder what secret does ultra-cool Gina Trapani of Lifehacker fame, employ for her daily productivity needs. What hi-fi or lo-fi system does she use ?

Check out her post here.

Very nicely written post which supports my philosophical rambling above. My favourite part of the post is:
Taste-testing is easy. Committing to a tool is more difficult. With the daily onslaught of new and sexy apps out to help you get organized, it’s hard to settle on just one. Don’t get stuck in continual evaluation analysis paralysis, hopping from one solution or software package to another, relentlessly re-working your process for the sake of finding the perfect system. Don’t let Shiny New Thing seduce you. Stick to what works.

Do read through to the end of the post to see her secret weapon.

Happiness and Worry.

The two conflicting words that make up the title coincidentally showed up on on the same day. Wow. There are two nice articles on “How and why you should be happy” and “How to stop worrying”. I think these are important things that everyone should know.The first article (read here) talks about why you should spend some time and analyze what makes you happy. And then work towards getting into these situations or achieving such things that will make you happy. One good tip which I strongly agree with, is to surround yourself with happy people. Good read.

The second article (read here) is from Anxiety Culture. Very nicely written piece on why one should not worry. Nice intro.
We’re raised to worry and aren’t considered “grown up” until we perfect the art. Teenagers are told: “you’d better start worrying about your future”. If your worries aren’t at least as frequent as your bowel movements, you’re seen as irresponsible, childish, aimless. That’s a “responsible adult” game rule.

Gives a couple of nice tips. One that seems plausible is to “postpone” worrying. At any given time, if you start worrying about something trivial, write it down on a worry sheet, so you can mull over it later. The author says that, eventually most people forget about it.

GTD ! using Yahoo !

Chris Wright explains in his blog an cheap, simple, and elegant way for Yahoo ! users to leverage on the suite of tools that Yahoo ! provides to implement GTD. Defenitely a good read. There are two parts to it. Not sure if there is more coming, but it is no doubt a fairly comprehensive document (with screenshots). He goes by David Allen for most of the time – but for some exceptions like ‘keeping the tickler file digital’. He says it is because of his liking to move away from paper.

Read Part 1 here .
Read Part II here .