Daily Archives: July 21, 2009

Real – Unreal: Kala Academy

The real is but a dream…

A few moments in the evening spent at the Kala Academy, Goa’s premier centre for the performing arts. A couple of friends were down from Mumbai, to meet Juliana De Sa — a reputed teacher in the field of western classical singing. We got down to the topic of how singing and music has taken a backburner in a world of cut throat competition. And yet there are still individuals who relentlessly pursue that dream against all odds. Joanne Marie DeMello happens to be one such person that Goa is proud of.

What is this life if full of care...?

What is this life if full of care...?

We wandered around the lobby of Kala Academy and the blend of reality and illusion caught my eye. I was lucky to be carrying my digicam and decided to go for a few panoramas. It’s up to you to decide what is real and what is not.

A piece of sky

A piece of sky

Through the looking glass

Through the looking glass

... we have no time to stand and stare

... we have no time to stand and stare

"Elementary, my dear Watson"

"Elementary, my dear Watson"

Night and Day

Night and Day

[For those looking for the homepage of the Kala Academy]

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Better Batteries

That's an investment!

That's an investment!

Everyone around me seems to be buying a new laptop these days. I bought a new battery instead 😀

For months now I saw the steady decline in backup time the current battery gave me, until one day died. This left me with a decision and a prospect of burning a hole in my pocket again.  And so I bought the new battery (for your information: an original ACER laptop battery costs Rs 800 more in Goa than in Mumbai)

The next I wanted to know was how to increase the life span of the battery…  I looked up the net and found equally confusing views.

Opinion 1: There are fixed number of charge cycles for a battery, after which its performance declines.
Opinion 2:  Do not wait for a battery to discharge completely to charge it again.
Opinion 3: Do not worry about leaving a battery connected to AC power continuously.  There is a chip to disconnect the battery from the mains once it is completely charged.

On a lighter vein, I knew of someone who physically takes off the battery once it is charged and uses only AC power. However, if the power fails suddenly… pop goes the BIOS and the document you are working on!

I wanted an answer.  After following a few google search pages and a few twitter updates… this is these best resource i came up with: Laptop battery maintenance and Battery University

If not a new laptop, at least I can boast about a new laptop battery!