India's Achievements ?

Tomorrow is Independence day.

Once more people will get drunk it being a holiday - oh wait ... its on a Saturday. Damn! One holiday gone ! WTF !

I though am thinking on other lines.

Its been 60+ years now since India gained Independence. And I wonder.

I wonder how. I wonder why.

There are almost no world class achievements.

I can only think of one achievement which puts India on par with other world powers. The Delhi Metro. I see that and think - wow ! This is something which the people have done which we can proudly say we are shoulder to shoulder with other countries.

I am sure there are other achievements, but I can't think of any.

Achiements like a gold medal in the Olympics don't count - for a country so vast and with so much potential, a single gold medal is like a consolation prize. I am thinking more on the lines where can say 'hum kise se kum nahi' .

What are your thoughts ? What achievements can you think of ?

TFD : Patanjali

When you are inspired by some great purpose
Some ExtraOrdinary project
All your thought's break their bonds
Your mind transcends limitations
Your conciousness expands in every direction
And you find yourself in a new and wonderful world
Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive
And you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

Cost of a Mac

So, someone was telling me the other day that if one wants to get a laptop of the same spec as a Mac, it would cost more.

Is that true ? I decided to check it out.

I decided to check it against the Alienware laptops from Dell. ( Alienware used to be a different company, but Dell aquired it a few years back. I guess they thought they would benifit from the reach of Dell).

Here I am not going to go on about the OS part of it. Just the hardware part. OS is a personal choice. If you like to let the OS do everything - its a Mac for you. If you want to configure everything - go and get Linux. If you want something in between - try Windows. Whatever.

This is a comparison purely for gaming rigs. I am looking at the cost vs specs of a high end gaming rig.

Macbook Pro Alienware (custom rig)
Cost : $2499 $2074
Screen : 17" 17"
Memory : 4 GB 4GB
Hard Disk : 500 GB 5400rpm500GB 7200rpm
Processor : 2.8 GH Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9600
Keyboard : BacklitBacklit
OS : Mac OS X Windows Vista Home Premium 64
Colour : White Black
Graphics : 9600M GT (512MB) GTX250M (1GB)
Weight : 2.99kg not specified
Battery Life : 7 hrs not specified
Screen Size : 1920x1200 1440x900

Matching the specs of the apple , the Alienware rig comes out to be less costly !