Here we are, not quite two weeks from the end of this year’s Steam Summer Sale.

Here we are, not quite two weeks from the end of this year’s Steam Summer Sale. We were all ambushed by a veritable cornucopia of bargains, many of which were simply too good to pass up. At this point, I expect a lot of us are quietly dreading our next credit card statement. Well, believe or not, the hardware market seems to be giving us—the over-indebted Steam addicts—a break this summer. Graphics card prices have fallen sharply over the past little while, and they’re now lower than ever. The price tags on some cards have dropped by the equivalent of a full performance tier, or close to it. The getting is unquestionably good. Then there are Intel’s Devil’s Canyon and Pentium Anniversary Edition processors, the latter of which is perhaps the best CPU value we’ve seen in years. Picture this: a $75 dual-core processor that’s fully unlocked and can overclock by up to 50% on air, at which point it can nip at the heels of $200 quad-core chips. Talk about a return on investment. On top of that, some new, value-friendly solid-state drives have joined the party. Crucial’s MX100 offers an almost unbeatable combination of value and performance at 256GB and 512GB, ideal capacities for a ga...

The idea of seeking shade from sunlight is as ancient as the human civilisation itself and

The idea of seeking shade from sunlight is as ancient as the human civilisation itself and this statement may elevate the respect we should give to sunshades above our windows. However, we have reduced it to a ubiquitous flat RCC slab, often used everywhere without any reason. The word commonly known today as ‘chajja’ is the projected element just above the window, which shades the opening, stops rain from entering the room and reduces sky glare while looking out of the room. Ideally, each window needs to have specifically designed element based on the orientation, sun directions, rain patterns, monsoon wind, sun path and such others, besides the activities inside the room. However, it is of common practice today simply to cast a flat RCC slab as an extension of the RCC lintel beam, which can do as much harm as good, if not well designed. Between buildings with very narrow gap, sunshades will block the little light and air we can get, hence should not be provided. The buildings shade each other. If the chajja is to mainly serve the looks and elevations, the ordinary flat projection will adversely effect. In north facing windows which get minimal rain and harsh light, chajjas ca...