Mumbai : shun the crap about Spirit of Mumbai and stop to grieve..plzz

Posted by Unknown on Nov 29, 2008

In Brief :

I urge the Mumbaikar's to show a little less spirit this time and pray/grieve for the hundreds who have lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the city. We seem to be using the "spirit of mumbai" as an excuse to hide our growing indifference to the gruesome attacks which seem to have become a way of life here. I'm not sure which is better :
  • Going about our life as if nothing happened : to give a strong reply to the terrorists.
  • Stopping in our tracks and share our loss and grief together : a strong reply to the government that we have suffered and you better do something about it.

It's time to salute the brave army men, NSG,mumbai police,scribes covering the episode and valiant civilians living/dead who fought willingly/unwillingly.

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IBM unveils 5 futuristic innovations !!

Posted by Unknown on Nov 27, 2008

In Brief : unveiled its annual "IBM Five in Five" list in which the company details some of the most striking innovations which it thinks has the potential to change the way we live in the next five years.
This is the third edition.
The 2008 list is before you....
1. Solar technology to become ubiquitous
With energy-saving technology a prime concern in the days of the current economic downtrend, the future looks bright for alternative energy sources.
2. Medical soothsayers
For less than $200, you will be able to predict your medical future.
This technology can go a long way in dramatically altering our lifestyles!
3. Converse with the web in voice
A miracle for the trillions who can't read or write.
4. Digital Shopping Assistants : coming soon !!
This not about the mundane, currently very un-interactive online shopping experience you're used to.
5. Forgot something? Hit Search!
In the future, it is possible that our activity will be recorded by cameras and microphones all around us. All these data will be continuously fed to a personal computer, which will keep all our "records" making them available instantly whenever you need it!
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Speculation time: Microsoft Live Search to be Kumo !!

Posted by Unknown on Nov 25, 2008

In Brief : Rumours have it that Microsoft intends to re-brand its Live Search into Kumo next year.
The company has allegedly already acquired the domain last week
It has been also securing all the other variants of Kumo (.net, .jp, .fr and so on).
All these domains are now being held by CSC Corporate Domains, Microsoft's domain registrar of choice at the moment.
CSC Corporate reportedly picked the domain up from semiconductor equipment supplier Schlumberger, which renounced at the domain a few years ago.
Kumo is the Japanese term for "spider" and "cloud," both words fitting the general idea of search technology.
The acquiring of and other domains for Kumo sparked speculation that Microsoft is making a second re-branding after MSN and
Another hint that Microsoft is taking measures to boost Live Search is that it has recently hired Sean Suchter, currently Yahoo's vice president of search technology.
According to the latest data provided by ComScore and Citi Investment Research,
  • Microsoft’s Live Search : 8.9 %
  • Google : 63 % (of search market)
  • Yahoo : 20 %

The big question here is whether will have more success that, which reached a dead end and hasn’t grown in the past few months despite Microsoft’s programs to actually pay users for using the service.

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Next is what : Internet in outer space !!

Posted by Unknown on Nov 24, 2008

In Brief : Imagine Cyberspace being extended to outer space !!

Nasa has successfully transmitted images to and from a spacecraft 20 million miles away with a communications system based on the net.
The Disruption-Tolerant Networking (DTN) technology is designed to work across vast distances where response times can be measured in days.
Further tests of DTN are due to take place on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2009.
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Searchwiki : google takes search customization to another level !!

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In Brief : Google's SearchWiki service enables users to get more involved in the system’s search results.
[[[ A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language.
Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis.
Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".]]]

The new customization process lets users change the results’ ranking and also add comments and annotations.
With just a single click you can move the results you like to the top or add a new site.
You can also write notes attached to a particular site and remove results that you don't feel belong. These modifications will be shown to you every time you do the same search in the future. SearchWiki is available to signed-in Google users.
For now, Google users can only change their own search results, but all the notes can be publicly viewed.

In order to edit and customize the search results, users will have to be signed in to their Google accounts. From that point on, all the new features will become available, allowing the complete rearrangement of the search results, the deletion of unhelpful results and also the remarks on the search’s usefulness.
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I'm taking a day off !!

Posted by Unknown on Nov 23, 2008

In Brief : Will be watching India vs England daynight ODI.
watch out for the new post tomorrow !!
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The Power of "Touch " : know the touchscreen !!

Posted by Unknown on Nov 22, 2008

In Brief : Touchscreen is a display which can detect the presence and location of a touch within the display area.
The term generally refers to touch or contact to the display of the device by a finger or hand. Touchscreens can also sense other passive objects, such as a stylus.
However, if the object sensed is active, as with a light pen, the term touchscreen is generally not applicable.
The ability to interact directly with a display typically indicates the presence of a touchscreen.
Earlier, most consumer touchscreens could only sense one point of contact at a time, and few have had the capability to sense how hard one is touching. This is starting to change with the commercialisation of multi-touch technology.
The touchscreen has two main attributes :
First, it enables you to interact with what is displayed directly on the screen, where it is displayed, rather than indirectly with a mouse or touchpad.
Secondly, it lets one do so without requiring any intermediate device, again, such as a stylus that needs to be held in the hand.
Such displays can be attached to computers or, as terminals, to networks. They also play a prominent role in the design of digital appliances such as the personal digital assistant (PDA), satellite navigation devices and mobile phones.
Problem 1 : stress on human fingers.
Solution : Use fingernails as stylus.
Problem 2 : fingerprints on the display
Solution : use optical coating to prevent finger oils to stick.
Problem 3 : "Gorilla Arm" effect- Cramps in finger and arm.
Solution : horizontally oriented touchscreen minimises it, but it remains an issue.
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Google updates SMS service in India !!

Posted by Unknown on Nov 21, 2008

In Brief : Google has launched a newer version of SMS search !!

It comes with new numbers and a host of other features.
Just SMS your query to 9773300000 and get your answers at the cost of a regular text message.
Search anything right from finding the local atm machine to confirming your PNR status !!
SMS help to 9773300000 to get started !!
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Intel launches i7 processor in India !!

Posted by Unknown on Nov 20, 2008

In Brief : Intel launched it's Core i7 processor in India ....

Intel has released three different models of the Core i7 - all quad core variants with hyper-threading :

* Core i7 920 clocked at 2.66 GHz priced at $284 (approximately Rs.14,063),
* Core i7 940 clocked at 2.93 GHz priced at $562 (approximately Rs.27,830),
* Core i7 965 XE (Extreme Edition) clocked at 3.2 GHz priced at $999 (approximately Rs.49,470)

The Core i7 processors are markedly different from their predecessors and have many advantages over them.

  • There is the increased parallelism with the processor being capable of executing 33% more concurrent micro-ops simultaneously.
  • There is also the faster unaligned cache access and faster synchronization primitives. Intel has also implemented a new 2nd level branch predictor to avoid situations when execution units stand idle.
  • Yet another improvement is the cache sub-system that has been redesigned from scratch.
  • The Core i7 processor also marks an end of the legendary FSB (Front Side Bus). These processors feature the new Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) bus, which is Intel's answer to AMD's Hypertransport 3.0 and a three channel memory controller supporting 1066 MHz DDR3 memory is present on-chip.
  • Multi-threading technology (similar to hyper-threading of the NetBurst architecture processors) is also featured on these CPUs with SSE 4.2 instructions. These are capable of handling up to eight software threads on four processor cores.
  • Turbo Boost technology allows the cores to bump up the clock speeds when deemed necessary.
  • This quad-core chip is manufactured using the 45nm process, sporting 731 million transistors.
  • Combined with the Intel X58 chipset-based motherboards with LGA1366 socket, these are incompatible with older motherboards. Currently, these can only be used with motherboards based on the Intel X58 chipset.

Update : For the technologically inclined ...

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Difference between Core2Duo and dual core..Did you know??

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In Brief : Those who don't know the difference between core2duo and dual core :

  • Core2duo is a brand of Intel just like Pentium D or Pentium 4
  • Both Core2duo and Pentium D processors are dual core
  • It's just that Core2duo processor has a different arhitecture than Pentium D and even the lower end Core2duo processors are faster than higher end Pentium D
  • So if its dual core, it could be Core2duo or Pentium D or any other dual core processor
  • Core2Duo processors are fasterthan Pentium D ones and hence better.

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pirates of Somalia hold the World at ransom !!

Posted by Unknown on Nov 19, 2008

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Leonid meteor shower : watch out for celestial fireworks till Nov. 21 !!

Posted by Unknown on Nov 18, 2008

In Brief : It's the Leonid meteor shower time again...keep sky-gazing till Nov. might be lucky !!
The Leonids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle.
The Leonids get their name from the location of their radiant in the constellation Leo: the
meteors appear to stream from that point in the sky.
The Leonids generally begin on November 13 and end on November 21, with maximum generally occurring during the night of Novemer 17/18.
Observers are generally treated to displays of about 10 meteors per hour on the night of
About every 33 years, the Leonids enter a phase of enhanced activity that accompanies the
return of its parent comet. During these periods, rates can amount to hundreds and even
thousands of meteors per hour. The last such enhanced period occurred during the period of
1998-2002 and the Leonids have been winding down ever since.


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Fields Medal....Mathematician's Nobel Prize...ever heard this name !!

Posted by Unknown on Nov 17, 2008

In Brief : The only two times I heard about it are ....

(1) when Grigori Perelman refused it in 2006 and
(2) while watching the movie "The Goodwill Hunting".
The Fields Medal is widely viewed as the top honor a mathematician can receive.
It comes with a monetary award, which in 2006 was C$15,000 (US$15,000 or €10,000).
Founded at the behest of Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields, the medal was first
awarded in 1936, to Finnish mathematician Lars Ahlfors and American mathematician Jesse
Douglas and has been regularly awarded since 1950.
Its purpose is to give recognition and support to younger mathematical researchers who have
made major contributions
The International Union has awarded its 2006 prizes on August 22, 2006 during the Opening
Ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid, Spain.
The next prizes will be awarded during the opening ceremony of ICM 2010 in Hyderabad, India on August 19, 2010.
In 2006, Grigori Perelman, credited with proving the Poincaré conjecture, refused his Fields
Medal and did not attend the congress. More...
IMU Prizes are awarded every four years at the Opening Ceremony of the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM).
The Fields Medal recognizes outstanding mathematical achievement.
The Rolf Nevanlinna Prize honors distinguished achievements in mathematical aspects of information science.
The Carl Friedrich Gauss Prize is awarded for outstanding mathematical contributions that have found significant applications outside of mathematics.

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Barack Obama in brief....

Posted by Unknown on Nov 10, 2008

August 4, 1961 (1961-08-04) (age 47)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Birth name
Barack Hussein Obama II

  • Political party
Democratic Party
Michelle Obama (m. 1992)
Malia Ann (b. 1998)Sasha (b. 2001)
Kenwood, Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater
Occidental College, Columbia University, Harvard Law School
United Church of Christ

Office of the President-Elect

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the President-elect of the United States and the junior United States Senator from Illinois.
Obama is the first African American to be elected President of the United States.
He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School where he was president of the Harvard Law Review.
Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004.
He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.
Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate in January 2003, won a primary victory in March 2004, and was elected to the Senate in November 2004. Obama delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004.
As a member of the Democratic minority in the 109th Congress, he helped create legislation to control conventional weapons and to promote greater public accountability in the use of federal funds.
He also made official trips to Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
During the 110th Congress, he helped create legislation regarding lobbying and electoral fraud, climate change, nuclear terrorism, and care for returned U.S. military personnel.
On February 10, 2007, he announced his candidacy for President of the United States, and on June 3, 2008, he was named the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party after a 17-month-long primary campaign.
He became the President-elect after defeating Republican presidential candidate John McCain in the general election on November 4, 2008, and is due to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009.
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Spice's latest innovation finger swipe touchscreen !!...for Rs 7999...

Posted by Unknown on Nov 8, 2008

Spice Mobile's latest innovation the Spice S-930 will leave you bedazzled.

This incredible technology can be put into action with just a finger swipe! Users no longer need to activate their cell phones via keypads.
With the help of this incredible technology, you can view your gallery images and even unlock your keypad with just a fingers swipe.
  • A sleek metallic finish exterior
  • 2 Mega Pixel Camera with Webcam facility
  • 2 GB Expandable memory Complimentary 1 GB Memory Card
  • Video and MP3 player
  • FM Record and Play
  • VAS’s new Opera Mini Browser and Thomson Reuters, for speedy browsing and keeping up abreast with the various worldly events.

It costs Rs. 7,999/-. No it's not some typing mistake. It costs just that.

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Michael Crichton passes away.....

Posted by Unknown on Nov 6, 2008

  • Michael Crichton, the doctor-turned-author of bestselling thrillers such as "The Terminal Man" and "Jurassic Park" and a Hollywood writer and director whose credits include "Westworld" and "Coma," has died. He was 66.

    For nearly four decades, the 6-foot-9 writer was a towering presence in the worlds of publishing and filmmaking.

    Lynn Nesbit, Crichton's agent since the late '60s, told the Los Angeles Times,"There was no one like Crichton, because he could both entertain and educate. His brilliance was indisputable, and he had a grasp of so many subjects -- from art to science to technology. I respected him so much intellectually and as a writer. I loved him. It's like losing a very good friend as well as a client of so many years."

    Director Steven Spielberg in a statement Wednesday said, "Michael's talent out-scaled even his own dinosaurs of 'Jurassic Park.' He was the greatest at blending science with big theatrical concepts, which is what gave credibility to dinosaurs again walking the Earth."

    Spielberg, who was a new contract TV director at Universal in the early '70s when he met Crichton and was assigned to show the writer around the lot, described him as "a gentle soul who reserved his flamboyant side for his novels.

    Crichton's body of work....

    1966 "Odds On," novel. Written under the pen name John Lange, about a robbery planned by computer that goes terribly wrong.
    1969 "The Andromeda Strain," novel. (Movie, 1971; TV miniseries, 2008.) An alien micro-organism threatens to wipe out mankind.
    1970 "The Terminal Man," novel. (Movie, 1971.) Crichton tackles mind control.
    1970 "Five Patients,"non-fiction. Crichton's first of four non-fiction works, about his experience at a Boston hospital.
    1972 "Binary," novel, as John Lange. Crichton makes his directorial debut with a TV movie of the same story, renamed "Pursuit," the same year.
    1973 "Westworld," feature film. Crichton writes and directs, with Yul Brynner as a robot that turns homicidal in a role playing vacation spot.
    1975 "The Great Train Robbery," novel. He writes and directs movie adaptation, 1979, starring Donald Sutherland.
    1981 "Looker," movie. Writes and directs this techno-thriller, starring Albert Finney.
    1984 "Runaway," movie. Writes and directs story about murderous robots and heat-seeking bullets, starring Tom Selleck.
    1987 "Sphere," novel. (Movie, 1998.) Spaceships, black holes and time travel.
    1990 "Jurassic Park," novel. (Movie, co-writes screenplay, 1993.) Cloned dinosaurs squash man's hubris.
    1994 "ER," television show. Based on a script Crichton had written 20 years earlier. He serves as creator, writer and executive producer.
    1995 "The Lost World," novel. (Movie, 1997). More dinosaurs.
    1996 "Twister," movie. Crichton co-writes screenplay.
    2002 "Prey," novel. Beware of artificial intelligence.
    2004 "State of Fear," novel. Global warming isn't real, according to Crichton. Scientists attack.
    2006 "Next," novel. Beware of genetics.

    source- The Los Angeles Times
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Obama 's triumph...the figures

Posted by Unknown on Nov 5, 2008

Obama-- 349, (63,930,982)..........270 to Win
McCain- 162, (56,416,755)

* read as Total electoral votes (popular votes)

Senate---- Dem (56) Rep (40)
House of-- Dem (254) Rep (173)

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Morning Business News

Posted by Unknown on Nov 1, 2008

Govt withdraws 15% export duty on steel
Cabinet clears way for 49% FDI in insurance
Telenor buys 60% in Unitech telecom
GAIL-Indian Oil to set up petrochemical plant
US ban, forex losses land Ranbaxy in Rs 394-crore loss
M&M Xylo to take on Toyota Innova
FIIs short-sold $3bn stocks: Sebi
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Quarter 2 Net Results of Indian giants

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* Punjab National Bank net up 31%, cuts PLR
* Bharti Airtel net rises 27% to Rs 2046 crore
* Hindalco’s net profit rises 12% at Rs 720 cr
* RCom profit up 17% to Rs 1531 cr
* Nestle India profit rises 13.5%
* Britannia Inds Q2 net profit up Rs 53 crore
* Tata Steel profit rose 50 per cent
* Bhel's net profit down 10.45%
* Bank of India (BoI) net profit 79.39 per cent rise in to Rs 762.8 crore
* Hero Honda Q2 net soars 50 per cent
* HDFC net profit up 32% excluding one-time gains
* L&T Q2 profit up 32% to Rs 460 crore
* RIL's net growth slows 7.4% at Rs 4122 crores
* TCS net profit flat 1.5% at Rs 1271 crores

* Tata Motors net dips 34% as sales go on slow track
* Suzlon Group net loss Rs130 crore; sales up 33%
* Kotak Bank Q2 net dips 37%
* Sify net loss widens Rs 27.6 crore
* Raymond net dips 22% to Rs 24 crore
* BPCL suffers huge Q2 loss Rs2625 crores
* Jet Q2 loss Rs 385 crore
* Maruti net lowest in 3 37%
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