Friday, August 6, 2010

Trek atop Tunnel Top

Tunnel Top again after 2 years... It were the same exciting incessant rains this time around when we visited Tunnel Top (a small place near Karjat) 15 days back with a group of mixed breed people. By breed here I mean there were first timer trekkers, few more experienced ones while some lazy guys who had different thoughts about the venue.
We left Khadki(Pune) railway station at 4pm to reach the spot at around 5:30pm only to get down on a small pavement near the railway tracks before Karjat. There was this huge valley on left side of ours and train gushing from 6 inches on the right. It was terrifying for few among us. As soon as we reached the cottages we were greeted by a small cup of tea. SATISFACTION !!!
We spent our time roaming around the area untill it was dark then had a good dinner with chickne specially prepared for us in authentic maharastrian village style. We spent next 2 odd hours playing cards and went off to bed at around 2 am. The next morning was very beautiful as we set off for a small walk to lashing water nearby. We got our backs turned red as we tried standing tall under the waterfall but to vein. Then we returned to cottages had lunch and played poker for about 2 hours. Neitherless to say I lost again. At around 4:30 pm we started our return journey by waiting at railway tracks only to find that the train was late by 30 minutes and we got drenched in monsoon rains for the last time before we gasped for running train where one of friend dislocated his shoulder (He is fine now :) )and reached back to our destination. Off we went to bed after a hot shower for much needed sleep and with hope of another trek this year in same season.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Decoding the Excel VBA password

This thing haunted me since ages. I was able to figure out a way to do this in unique style. I was thinking about finding the password for these many days but later found that we could change it the way we want. Following are the steps to accomplish this little trick:
1) Make a copy of excel file for which you need to find the VBA password (This is just for future recovery just in case the conversion fails)
2) Create a new excel file and set VBA password (eg: testpwd)
3) Download any HEX editor like "Hex-editor XVI32"
4) Open the source file and newly created excel file using this editor
5) Find following string CMG=" and copy the hex code till double quote ends
6) Paste it in the source file at same CMG=" location
7) Repeat steps 5 and 6 for search string DPB=" and GC="
8) Open the source file and enter VBA password 'testpwd' to open the VBA editor ....VOILA

Reply back to me if you need to know passwords for different file formats. Mail me if you have any query or suggestions regarding this.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

My Rajgad trek

Hmm...Finally something to cheer about after long QTP blogs and here I am writing my first travel blog. First of all let me thank all 5 great trekkers who accompanied me and kept my morale high troughout our journey ;).
We had an exciting last weekend wher we spent the whole night chilling out ...literally. It was around 12 degrees but the wind flow gave you an hint about what chilling out meant. We left Pune at 6 (We were supposed to leave at 3:30 but who cares about punctuality in India...thanks to my fellow members) crossed the 12 km stretch on NH4 towards Satara with 4 stops last being at new McDonalds outlet. It was almost dark when we reached the base of Rajgad so decided to have some food. We started around 9 pm and made our way to the top from the 'CHOR DARWAJA'. It was the brightest full moon night and we had some interesting photo shoots during our journey. One of our trekker was about to leave his baggage at base after 10 mins of walking (or I should say was eager to come along without luggage) so we had no other option to carry it on other shoulders. At about 12:30 we had reached the temple on top and then were scavenging for a place to sleep. Finally got one behind the temple had our fire place lit up and we were fast asleep in our bags. Morning sun was extremely beautiful from the fort top and we clicked in heaps. We then started climbing the BAALEKILLA early(9 am is early) in the morning reached the top at about 10AM and enjoyed the beauty of Western Ghats from the top. Visited MACCHI on our way down and came back to the temple for our lunch. Then we started our looong journey down hill as few of our trekkers were afraid of heights. Kicked bikes and zoomed off to Pune with again break at McD. It was fun altogether.