Cactus - Shot at Mahabalipuram

This is an old photo dating back to 2015.. now the view has completely changed with concrete floors all around and the greenish slide is full of steps... This view looks great but now the natural look is gone..
Meltdown and Spectre are vulnerabilities in modern computers that leak passwords and sensitive data.

The talk of the town is about a newly discovered form of a security threat -Meltdown and Spectre that involves attackers exploiting common features of modern microprocessors that power almost every gadget like our computers, tablets, smartphones etc.

It’s not a physical problem with the CPUs themselves or a plain software bug you might find in an application like Word or Chrome. It’s in between, at the level of the processors’ “architectures,” the way all the millions of transistors and logic units work together to carry out instructions.

In modern architectures, there are inviolable spaces where data passes through in raw, unencrypted form, such as inside the kernel, the most central software unit in the architecture, or in system memory carefully set aside from other applications. This data has powerful protections to prevent it from being interfered with or even observed by other processes and applications.


The vulnerability basically melts security boundaries which are normally enforced by the hardware.That is why it is called as Meltdown.

Meltdown breaks the most fundamental isolation between user applications and the operating system. This attack allows a program to access the memory, and thus also the secrets, of other programs and the operating system.

If your computer has a vulnerable processor and runs an unpatched operating system, it is not safe to work with sensitive information without the chance of leaking the information. This applies both to personal computers as well as cloud infrastructure. Luckily, there are software patches against Meltdown.


The name is based on the root cause, speculative execution. As it is not easy to fix, it will haunt us for quite some time.

Spectre breaks the isolation between different applications. It allows an attacker to trick error-free programs, which follow best practices, into leaking their secrets. In fact, the safety checks of said best practices actually increase the attack surface and may make applications more susceptible to Spectre

Spectre is harder to exploit than Meltdown, but it is also harder to mitigate. However, it is possible to prevent specific known exploits based on Spectre through software patches.
So it's been 1.2 years since I got my car - Tata Tiago. I haven't done any major modifications till now except for the seat cover and full floor PVC lamination. Since I have got the extended warranty I don't want to void it by doing major mods. 

PVC Lamination:

PVC lamination is nothing but a sheet of PVC will be laid on the OE carpet mats. The OE carpet mats are prone to get dust easily and it is difficult to maintain if you have a baby onboard, since there are high chances of food and water/liquid spillage.  The fitment of the PVC matting requires removing and refitting of all the seats, the central console surrounding the gear lever and it is very easy to maintain too.

Removal of seats and central console in progress.
After seat and console removed.

The seats and console must be fitted back properly else there will be rattling inside the cabin caused due to ill fitment. I didn't face any issues and was completely satisfied with the job since the craftsmanship was good.

PVC Flooring - Final Stage
Seat Cover:

Ordered the seat cover from the same shop where I did the PVC matting. These covers are not readymade covers which don't fit properly and affects the seat side bolsters. These are specially made covers which have got perfect fit and the material is artificial PU leather. The quality and comfort is good.


Key Fob Cover:

After the first service, I noticed nail imprints on my key fob and realized that the soft layer on the top the key may get damaged while locking and unlocking the car and decided to get a cover for it. I was not able to get on from the local accessories shop, so I ordered one from Flipkart and it serves the purpose well.

       To Be Continued..
Date : 29 April 2017
Place : Silver Beach, Cuddalore

After Krish's (Muthu Krishnan TS, my son) first birthday, on a fine weekend evening, we decided to take him to the beach for the first time. 

At first, on seeing the huge crowd and the beach waves he was confused since he hasn't seen such a huge water body before. 

See the Confusion/wonder in his eyes
He first hesitated to get down but after few minutes he got comfortable and got down to play in the water. He enjoyed the waves thoroughly. When there was some delay between the waves he couldn't wait and started calling the waves to come fast with his tiny little hands and infant baby talk.

See the joy on his face.. !
Here is a small video clip of Krish Enjoying his first beach visit.

He thoroughly enjoyed the evening in beach and while starting to the home he was not ready to leave the beach and started crying. We had to console him very hard to leave the beach.