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Story of Ram and the Dvd drive

Mammoth effort in getting an upgrade in terms of optical media drive i faced in recent past is going to be evident in this writeup. RAM it is, not the Hindu mythological God Ram.

Ram 256MB was @ 266MHz, a slower guy with a motherboard FSB running at 333MHz. But he was the faster at a relatively lower price two years back. The thorough bread Ram-I was doing well. Then Mr. Some1 decided to upgrade the optical drive with a latest DVD Rewriter, and bought a LG Super Multi DVD Rewriter from a shop on SP Road, Bangalore. Minimum RAM was mentioned as 256MB. Some1 thought it would run fine. Unfortunately he got some device error, and felt he needed more RAM.

As it is the case with the herd, Some1 was busy on weekdays with the not-so-typical work he does. Somehow his weekends in the past month or so were also occupied, which is unusual. The DVD drive lay aside the table, on his book rack which had about a hundred dust clad books from Digital Signal Processing, The Unix Programming Environment, High School English Grammar to unused Barron’s GRE, and a few fictional and non-fictional novels.

Finally he managed to go to that SP Road to buy a RAM. By the way, forgot to describe SP road. This is a very narrow alley with hundreds of computer shops run by the Sobs on either side. They are the most meanspirited and meanest of human species i have ever seen. Those Sobs are unmatched by any disgusting human race ever inhabited the earth in their actions.

Some1 had taken his Ram-I to get something similar. But since that was an older RAM, many shops didn’t have it and the ones that which did have, overpriced it. The newer RAM @ 400MHz was cheaper. So, Some1 enquired couple of his friends and found out that faster RAM would work fine but at slower speed. That particular Sob said it may not work with all motherboards, still Some1 trusted his friends more and bought the higher speed RAM.

Asus A7N8X-VM motherboard

Ram-II @ 400MHz, Some1 plugged that in the evening and tried every combination of using the RAMs. The new Ram didn’t work! Some1 was furious. Found out every detail about Asus A7N8X motherboard of his computer. He was sure of it working unless Ram-II was dead. Sob had given a dead RAM.

After a not-so-pleasant Tuesday at work, Some1 left early from office. He went to SP Road in the chaos of traffic on the chilly evening. There was not a single space for parking. He went around a few lanes, but in vain. Finally he could spot a vacant space and tried to put his vehicle there but a voice from behind yelled at him. This was a cop waiting at the spot for the truck to come over and pick up those vehicles to police station. ‘Damn it’ Some1 thought and went further the alley. The narrow lane was thronged with two-wheelers parked at almost every nuke and corner of it. Some1 was already furious, thought that it wouldn’t take long to exchange the RAM and parked his two-wheeler somewhat in the middle of the road itself. He was confident that the truck can’t get into this lane before clearing all those vehicles parked before his two-wheeler.

He rushed to the shop ‘Sangam Computers’. He didn’t find the Sob he had bought the RAM from, but there were other Sobs. He showed the bill and asked a Sob to get a new and working one. This Sob obliged and sent another Sob to get a new RAM. The younger Sob went out and in a few minutes got a new RAM. Some1 took it and rushed back to his two-wheeler. Glad to find it untouched, he drove through the traffic to reach home.

Later in the evening Some1 plugged in the new RAM, Ram-III @ 400MHz. This worked!! :)

Some1 cursed that Sob and plugged in his DVD drive, and inserted a DVD. Damn this didn’t work!

I/O error. ‘What the %$^$ is it now?’ he thought. Then, Some1 extensively searched to fix this error on a popular search engine, finally he got the solution. Did as required and yay it was working. :)


If you are looking for exact fix click here.

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A short story

On the banks of a river, a childless sage was praying on a bright sunny morning. A small rat fell in to his hands from sky, dropping off the claws of a falcon above. The rat was alive and squeaking. The sage transformed the rat to a girl child. He took her to his home. His wife was delighted. They named her Roniya, meaning ‘joy of God’ in Hebrew, and raised her with great care, and zeal.

Years passed, Roniya grew up to be a beautiful young girl. Roniya’s adoptive parents wanted to get her married and asked her what kind of a boy she would be interested in. Roniya told them she wanted to marry the most powerful guy.

The sage thought Sun was the most powerful, and asked Roniya if she wanted to marry Sun. Roniya said “No.” The sage went to the Sun and asked “Aren’t you the most powerful of all?” The Sun replied “No, I am nothing when there are dark clouds covering.”

The sage asked Roniya if she wanted to marry Dark Cloud. She again said no. Surprised, the sage went to Dark Cloud and asked “Aren’t you the most powerful of all?” Dark Cloud said “No, I am just there as long as there is no wind, if the wind blows I’m gone!”

The sage thought Wind must be the powerful of all and asked Roniya if she wanted to marry Wind. Again, she said no. Perplexed, the sage went to Wind and asked “Aren’t you the most powerful?” Wind replied “No, No matter how hard i blow the tall mountains stop with ease”.

Sage was excited this time and asked Roniya if she wanted to marry the all powerful Mountain, who was better than Sun, Dark Cloud, and Wind. Roniya again said no. The sage was really confused, yet he didn’t say anything to Roniya. He went to Mountain and asked “Aren’t you the most powerful of all?” Mountain said “No. I may be strong in blocking the Wind, but there are these rats which drill and make holes creating burrows all over, wherever they want.”

Now the sage was enlightened and knew who the right choice was for Roniya. He knew Roniya would not say no this time. He went to her and asked if she wanted to marry a rat. Roniya jumped with joy and said “Yes!”

The sage transformed Roniya to a rat and he got her married to a rat. The rats lived happily ever after! :)

Moral of the story: A rat would only like to be with a rat, not any better. (or any worse? :P)

P.S.: Story i heard from my mom, sources not confirmed. No copyrights.


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