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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 )

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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 …

Legalities of starting a business

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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 wa…