Thursday, November 06, 2008

Google chrome not showing alert and confirmation dialogs in popup

Am I the only one noticing this? I have a pop up page which shows a confirmation dialog - it used to work with the earlier Chrome version. But the current chrome version ( 0.3.154.9 ) does not show the confirmation message.

The confirmation messages shows up fine in Firefox, IE ( holy guacomole ),Opera and Safari. 

Weird.

Michael Chrichton ( 1942 - 2008 )


Michael Chrichton passed away on Nov 4, 2008.

A salute to a great author with a great imagination. 

His books that I relished.

Jurassic Park

Enjoyed it for the chaos theory and he inducted me into fractal world.

Disclosure

Picked this book in the middle of my 3rd year exams. Started reading at 2.00PM and put it down at 3.00AM the next day.  ( thankfully I had a day between exams).

Eaters of the dead

I don't remember much about this book but for one interesting anecdote in the book - the length of a man's nose determines the length of his..you can guess :)

The Great Train Robbery

Chaltahai book. Nothing is sticking on my brain now. 

Prey

Introduction to Nano technology. But kind of predictable and got boring towards the end.

Airframe

Marketing said you will never fly an aircraft after you read this - but my memory is too short so it did not matter !!


Movie adaptations that I enjoyed.

Sphere

I made the cardinal sin of seeing this movie and then regretting later that I saw this movie. Now I will never read this book - time is too short and also the director has already imagined for me - I cannot imagine anyother way now.

Congo

Good fun. No regrets that I did not read the book. Couple of months saved :)

Lost World

I do not remember the movie - but still I want to read this book - it is in my list of books to catch upon.

Got to get the books he has written after Prey - State of Fear and Next. I will definitely feel sad when I read his books henceforth - while reading a book you are actually reading the author's mind - and the feeling that the mind is no more - kind of makes you feel sad. 






Legalities of starting a business


I always wondered what it takes to start a business in India.

Turns out that it is quite simple - no big bureaucratic red tape which I always thought India was. There are 3 major types.


Sole Proprietorship:

This is what I opted for. Nothing to register with the government, lawyer or auditor. You are fully responsible for your business. Liability is solely yours. What it means is you incur a huge loss - you have to pay from your personal property. You wake up in the middle of night and decide - man let me start a business. There you go - your business is born. As simple as that.

Want to open a bank account. No problem - tell them your company name and give address proof and PAN card number. Done.

Till 2 Lakhs of income, you pay 20% tax. Beyond that it is 30%.

Partnership:

You need help from an auditor for this purpose. You and your partner(s) decide what is the percentage you own the company ( and hence the liabilities ) etc. Costs some 5000Rs I guess. I did not dig deep into this as this was not the option I was taking.

Even if your firm made only 100Rs as profit you have to pay 30% tax.

Private Company:

This is the most expensive and longer router ( but safer route ). You first give a proposal to the government entity with a bunch of company names. Then they will tell you which one is available. Then you might have to spend to the tune of 1Lakh Rupees to get all done and it is a long drawn out process.

So you have a great idea - just go ahead and start doing it. Have a friend helping you out - cough up the 5K and continue your march.

I know what you are thinking - even I went through the same phase. What if someone stakes claim to my brand name by doing the legal 1Lakh Rupees way while you were slogging to popularise brand.

Well first accept that you are screwed. Like it helps !!

You have your user base - just change the name to something better - call it formerly known as blahblah.com. I am no expert in this - but when you are beginning do not worry about such things - if it did not cost a whopping 1Lakh I would have registered my company. But the 1Lakh can be spent in far better ways - getting a good UI designer, designing a fundoo logo, get a kickass server - so your pages load fast.

How about patenting? I still have not explored this area - might be doing it soon. Watch out for a post on that.

So have you started your business by now?