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Parents here in US & some exciting news!!

Well, no updates or posts for a long time now!. So… some quick updates from me..

My parents are here in the USA. They landed here on Dec 5th and both me and Chitra have been busy since then! :)

… Last couple of days have been very hectic and action packed!… We did go on a vacation to the west coast ! Visited SFO, Las Vegas (again!!), Grand Canyon (again!!) .. and Los Angeles. Photos of this trip are posted in my photo album!

… and last but not the least, we are expecting our first Baby!! :) Baby is due Feb 21st ’08 and all of us are very excited!

Widescreen LCD Monitor – V7 Series

Well, laptops are good to have, but after using them for over an year now, realized that laptops are bad for my eyes. Not if you use it on a proper desk, but the thing with laptop is, its too easy & convenient to use it when you are on the bed, and some how, in my case, I ended up placing the laptop too close to my eyes.

Well, I have been wearing eye glasses for the past 2.5 yrs now, and recently did a routine eye test. Obviously, my power had slightly increased and I think it can be attributed to the improper use of laptops!

So, this week, bought myself a 22″ widescreen LCD monitor (V7 Series). I have never heard about this name before, but found it via a deal site on staples.com. It had very good reviews, and it was well priced. Got it for around $238 (including taxes+shipping).

V7 Series 22

Its a pretty decent monitor, has regular VGA input, built-in stereo speakers, dvi inputs (no cables though – you need to buy them). Love it so far!…….No problems what so ever. See Updates below…

Logitech Cordless Navigator Duo

Also got Logitech Cordless Navigator Duo. So, now I have a full fledged ergonomic workplace at home.

Hopefully, that should help my eyes and my body! :)

Update 1 (9-Nov, 9 AM CST): After using the monitor for a few days, noticed that there was a low hissing noise, which used to start and stop randomly. Asked staples for an exchange – to which they readily agreed. Waiting for a replacement unit today. Will update how the new unit performs.

Update 2 (9-Nov, 7 PM CST): Staples folks screwed up. They are telling me that they have some logistic issues, and the monitor that I was supposed to get is missing from their warehouse. So, its only possible for them to deliver on Monday (12-Nov). Will update once I get the replacement unit!

Update 3 (14-Nov, 8 PM CST): Staples delivered the monitor on Monday (12-Nov), and also offered a $35 coupon to compensate me for the trouble. Haven’t yet got the coupons, but i think they should be here in a few days. The replacement monitor is OK so far!. No hissing noise for 2 days now. Will have to keep an watch for few days. Will update in a weeks time.

Newer Car – 2005 Toyota Camry LE

My 1998 Toyota Camry was doing great, but I always wanted to get a newer car, and finally got one this week. Ever since I have driven Camry, I have kind of become a big fan of it. So…got this 2005 Toyota Camry LE from an Craigslist Ad. (btw, craigslist rocks! its just amazing!).

Features of the new(er) car…

  • 4 Door – Grey color as you see from the pic below.. :)
  • Automatic Transmission.
  • only 39, 500 miles on it when I bought it.
  • clean title and carfax history.
  • Power window, power locks (with remote!!!! – which i missed in my old camry), power seats!
  • CD player + Radio ..but no mp3 player :(
  • Relatively new!
  • And got it at a pretty good rate!

2005 Toyota Camry LE Front View
2005 Toyota Camry LE – Front View

2005 Toyota Camry LE Side View
2005 Toyota Camry LE – Side View

2005 Toyota Camry LE Front View
2005 Toyota Camry LE – Front View

2005 Toyota Camry LE Rear View
2005 Toyota Camry LE – Rear View

2005 Toyota Camry LE Rear Side View
2005 Toyota Camry LE – Rear Side View

And exactly one week later, i sold my old 1998 Toyota Camry LE on craigslist!!

Long Silence & the Wii

I think this is the longest period of silence on this blog!. …. I guess, its over a month since the last post!

Well, all is well, and both of us (me and my wifey) are pretty busy these days with work. Work itself is not as hectic as it used to be couple of months back. Its ok. But kind of lazy to post regularly ;).

In other news…., we brought a Wii. .. and that might explain the reason for not posting. :)

Wii

…currently hooked on to Legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess. Its kind of a epic game. Almost in the final stages now. I think i will be able to finish it in the next couple of weeks. Need to hunt for the next game then.

Oh, btw, Wii is lots of fun. hehehe.

Our Newyork/Niagara trip was pretty good. Both of us enjoyed it. …Will post the picture soon.

Vegas Trip – Hoover Dam

This post was long due! Memories from our Las Vegas Trip! When I look back at it, its almost 6 months now since we had been to Las Vegas!!! Wow. Time runs so fast!

Anyways, Since I had lots of photos to post, I have split this one big post into three posts.

Well, it was a 5 day trip and it was fun. Here is the photo essay!

Las Vegas is the land of casinos. Don’t be surprised to find slot machines when you come right out of the Terminal Gates at the airport! You can find slot machines every – from Gas Stations (aka Petrol Pumps!!) to Superstores! More about Las Vegas in part 3 of this post.

Welcome to Las Vegas…
Welcome to Las Vega
Welcome to Las Vega – Click to Zoom

We landed in Vegas in the afternoon, and immediately we were on our way to Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam is around 30 mins drive from Las Vegas. Hoover Dam is considered to be one of the greatest engineering works in history and is a must see!.

Here are some snaps…
Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

We could go under ground !! (i.e, base of the dam where the generators are located) – Check out the massive generators!
Power Generators at Hoover Dam
Power Generators at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

This is one of the massive water intake pipes. It can house an entire school bus within it! Everything about this dam is BIG!
Water Intake Pipes at Hoover Dam
Water Intake Pipes at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

The power stations as seen from the top of the dam…
Power Station at Hoover Dam
Power Station at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

Power Station at Hoover Dam
Power Station at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

This is the Visitor center which was built recently…
Visitor Center at Hoover Dam
Visitor Center at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

View from the dam…
View from the Dam
View from the Dam – Click to Zoom

These are the water intake towers ….
Water Intake Towers at Hoover Dam
Water Intake Towers at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

Water Intake Towers at Hoover Dam
Water Intake Towers at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

And the dam…
Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

There are two spillways at the Hoover Dam. This one is on the Arizona side of the Dam. The spillways at the Hoover dam are Massive, and they have been used only once when there was major flood.
Spillway at Hoover Dam
Spillway at Hoover Dam – Click to Zoom

Since this was in late November, it was pretty dark by 5 PM… and we could not spend much time. We started back to Las Vegas and headed back to our Hotel (Monte Carlo).

Check out the Wikipedia entry on Hoover Dam.

More on Vegas trip in the next post….

Hello!

Its Spring time here in Houston, and I am back after a long silence :).. Its almost more than two months since i ‘wrote’ a post I guess.

Well, the last couple of months have been pretty hectic on the work front. Things are settling down slowly. (I think! & hope). Lets see. Fingers crossed. … Hopefully, you should soon see some regular posts back on this blog!

Well, nothing much has changed over the past few months, pretty much the same work schedule. No major travels…except that we had been on a 4 day road trip to Fredericksburg (Texas) & Dallas back in December ’06 during the Christmas holidays. . so I have a lots of posts/pics that have been backlogged (including the Las Vegas trip snaps!). I hope i would be able to clear all the backlogs soon :)

Well, having said above, I must tell you all that I am not totally off the internet :) I am very much connected. Thanks to Google Reader, I am still actively tracking all the blogs that I used to read and follow (and a lot more!). Also, Google Reader is my primary feed reader now!. Bloglines is out for me! And Google Reader gets better by the day! The only thing that I would like to see on Google Reader is a search feature to search contents my subscribed feeds (or starred/shared posts). Surprising that a ‘search’ powerhouse like Google doesn’t offer ‘search’ feature natively! (160GB Seagate Portable Hard drive (USB powered) – got it from newegg.com
2. 750GB Seagate External Drive (USB 2.0 + FireWire + external power) – (Just ordered – yet to arrive!)
3. Canon Digital Rebel XTi -400D (Sold my old Canon Digital Rebel 300D on eBay!)
4. EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Telephoto Zoom (Sold my old 75-300mm lens on eBay)
5. 3 GB of CF cards (2 GB – Sandisk Ultra II & 1 GB – Lexar Platinum)
6. Garmin Nuvi 360 – GPS – Use this a lot. In fact we were totally dependent on this on our last road trips!

Well, I must say that I got pretty good deals on all of the gadgets! But the sad part is, I haven’t had lot of time to play around with most of the above gadgets :(

Well, next post coming up soon!

I am alive…

Just a note to let you all know that I am alive. ….. Its getting more hectic with every day passing by. Not sure when I would be able to get out of the kind of schedule that I am in!

I know that I have lot of postings/pictures to post … but just not finding the time.

By the way… wishing all the readers a Very Happy New Year – 2007!

Oh ya.. I am back from Vegas…

Well, regular readers of this blog might have been wondering if I stayed back in Vegas ! :) .. its been quite some time since I posted an entry here!… well, I am back.. and kind of pretty busy with work.

Our Vegas trip went on pretty good. We had a nice time. Clicked tons of snaps… But, work has been very very hectic ever since we came back. So, I am not finding enough time to post the Vegas snaps out here.

Will do soon once I get some time .. may be over this weekend. Else, all is good…

Off to Vegas!

Will be traveling to Las Vegas later today on a 4 day vacation. Its been quite some time since me and Chitra had a nice break from work, … and thanksgiving is the best time to have one ! (ideally.. not! – but given our work/situation!)

So, we start on the 21-Nov, and return back to Houston on the 25-Nov. Also plan to drive to Grand Canyon on one of the day.

Photos and updates once I get back!