Monday, July 31, 2006

Knock Some Commands Into Your Laptop

from slashdot:

"For the first time, you can smack your computer and get a meaningful response! An article at IBM Devworks show you how to rap on the laptop case with your knuckles and have commands run on those knocks. Enterprising hackers have developed modules for the Linux kernel to take advantage of laptop integrated accelerometer sensors; with them the possibilities are endless."
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Get the raw knockAge demonstration video.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Steganography app hides a messages in plain sight

BlackBox is an application that makes use of steganography. You have the ability to hide messages within Bitmap (BMP) files with no changes to the image or even the any of its properties, such as its file size. Useful for people who would like to send anonymous messages.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Stiff asks, great programmers answer

"I asked 10 questions to a bunch of programmers that I consider very interesting people and I respect them for various things they created." Interesting interview with Linus Torvalds, Dave Thomas, David Heinemeier Hansson, Steve Yegge, Peter Norvig, Guido Van Rossum, James Gosling and Tim Bray.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

India's biggest life insurer opts for Linux

All of LIC's 2,048 branches, 100 divisional offices, seven zonal offices, head office and subsidiary offices will be covered by the deployment. Along with this all of LIC�s desktops will also simultaneously be converted to Linux. Approximately 60,000 users and five to six thousand servers will migrate to RHEL.

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Top 10 Tallest Buildings in the World

This overview is the most accurate compilation of its kind and uses in-depth research results and reliable building information. It is based on data standards as outlined by the Emporis Data Committee (EDC). The ranking is based entirely on the buildings' structural height. TV towers, masts, and other building types are not included.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Blogs are back !!

the ban by indian govt on blogs has been lifted !!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Top 10 free and cheap productivity tools

From Gina Trapani @ Lifehacker

Getting organized, focused and productive doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. We've reviewed thousands of time-saving applications and gadgets here at Lifehacker over the past year and a half, but a handful of really shine when it comes down to getting your stuff done, and most of them are simple, widely available, free or almost free. Here are my top 10 picks for best free and cheap productivity tools, in no particular order.
  • Pen and Paper
  • Plain text : todo.txt
  • Google Desktop
  • ....
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Noob's guide to manual photography

Some might ask why you would want or need to modify camera settings manually when the camera can do it for you �just fine.� If you really want to end up with expressive photographs instead of mere snapshots, this beginner's guide is a must-read. I personally didn't really get into photography until I learned the manual controls. Check it out.

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Go ahead, get a little crazy

Sometimes the smart way to make money is to be a little dumb. That is if dumb means listening to yourself when others might scoff at your idea. Hey you’ll probably go down the tubes, but just maybe you’ll hit big like the folks on this list: Top 10 Dumbest Online Business Ideas That Made It Big Time.
source :
1. Million Dollar Homepage, 2. SantaMail, 3. Doggles, and so on.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

An Introduction to AJAX

AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) is the latest boom in the Web development world. AJAX helps developers narrow the gap between desktop and web applications — Google Earth, Flicker and MS Outlook Express Web Version are some of the applications powered by AJAX.

Asynchronous means that you can make a request to a server and perform other actions while the server is processing your request -- and on the arrival of the response required actions can be performed -- as opposed to conventional web applications, in which the user has to sit back and stare at the blank screen while the server is processing the request.

AJAX Architecture :
Figure 2

Source : Topcoder

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

India Joins China in Censoring Websites

"On the directions of the government of India, Indian ISPs have started censoring and blocking web properties. This was first noticed by Indian bloggers and upon inquiring with their respective ISPs, the actions are confirmed. Unfortunately, Blogspot and TypePad are the targets till now."
There's an ongoing discussion of the censorship on GoogleGroups. The coverage linked above indicates that the blocking is based on a list issued by India's Department of Telecommunications.
This is a list of ISPs already known to be blocking these domains.
India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) passed an order to ISPs Friday to block several websites. The list is confidential. Indian ISPs have been slowly coming into compliance. SpectraNet, MTNL, Reliance, and as of Monday afternoon, Airtel. State-backed BSNL and VSNL have not started yet but likely will soon.
The known list of blocked domains is *, * and

Source : Slashdot
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Monday, July 17, 2006

Dual Processor vs Dual Core

It has always been a frequent question "Will I benefit from multiple processors?" With the growing popularity of dual core processors, the topic is more important than ever! Will multiple processors or a dual core processor be beneficial, and what are the differences between them? These are the questions this article will attempt to lay to rest.

A major question for some people getting ready to buy a high-end system is whether they want or need to have two processors available to them. For anyone doing video editing, multi-threaded applications, or a lot of multitasking the answer is a very clear 'yes'. Then the question becomes whether two separate processors (as in a dual Xeon or Opteron system) is the way to go, or whether a single dual-core CPU (like a Pentium D or Athlon64 X2) will do just as well. Dual CPU vs dual core -- which is better?!
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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Hardware Abuse

Some of the things people do to computers is downright painful.
Read this funny doc to go through how people mess up with their comp

  • Tech Support: "Sir, your computer has no AGP slots, and this is an AGP video card."
  • Customer: "Yeah, but the card fit perfectly into the little white slot."
  • Tech Support: "Which white slot?"
  • Customer: "There's five of them -- little white ones. There's a spare one."
  • Tech Support: "The PCI slot? shouldn't...let me check."

  • Tech Support : "Sir, wait a second. Let me see if I just heard you
    correctly. Did you just say you were inserting and removing the modem
    while the system was up and running?"
  • Customer: "Well, yeah, I did it both ways."
  • Tech Support: "Sir, I recommend that you do NOT do that. You could seriously
    damage your hardware."
  • Customer: "Well, that's what I thought Plug and Play meant!"

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

It's 2025. Where Do Most People Live?

It's 2025. Where Do Most People Live? from

Researchers at the Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR), a part of The Earth Institute, have developed a high-resolution map of projected population change for the year 2025.


It's 2025. Where Do Most People Live?

The map indicates that the greatest increases in population density through 2025 are likely to occur in areas of developing countries that are already quite densely populated. In addition, the number of people living within 60 miles of a coastline is expected to increase by 35 percent over 1995 population levels, exposing 2.75 billion people worldwide to the effects of sea level rise and other coastal threats posed by Global warming

Digital Dirt: How to Clean Up Your On-line Profile

According to a 2005 survey of 102 executive recruiters, an executive job-search and networking organization, 75% of recruiters use search engines to uncover information about candidates, and 26% of recruiters have eliminated candidates because of information found on-line. Search engines aren't going away, so here are some tips to help you.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

How to create a patch

Generating patches, files containing the difference between files, is the domain of diff programs.
Creating Patch :

diff -Naur olddir newdir > new-patch

Note: the symbol > will redirect the output to the file new-patch.

To apply the patch
go to olddir and do :

patch -p1 <new-patch

And if you want some files to be excluded from doing a diff use -x option like

diff -Naur -x *.o olddir newdir > new-patch
this will exclude .o files when doing a diff

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Searching with find

The find command is one of the darkest and least understood areas of Linux, but it is also one of the most powerful. The biggest problem with find is that it has more options than most people can remember -- it truly is capable of doing most things you could want.

The most basic usage is this:

find -name "*.txt"

That query searches the current directory and all subdirectories for files that end in .txt.

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High-profile India satellite launch ends in disaster

An Indian rocket veered off course after takeoff Monday, scuttling the launch of an Indian satellite that was to be used for broadcasting television signals and transmitting data, media reported.
"Things have gone wrong at the separation stage. We have to analyze the data (to know) why it went wrong," the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, G. Madhavan Nair, was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India news agency.

Rocket veers out of control during satellite launch
High-profile India satellite launch ends in disaster

Monday, July 10, 2006

E-mail: Be Less Annoying

Steve Bass: writes about annoying email behaviours.

I've come to the conclusion that everyone needs to take a test before being able to use e-mail. No, I'm serious.

E-mail: Be Less Annoying, Part II
E-mail: Be Less Annoying, Part III

Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Myth of the New India

"An NYT op-ed on The Myth of the New India reports that only 1.3M Indians are participating in the so-called new economy of BPO, leaving 400M have-nots without a piece of the pie. Despite recent gains, nearly 380M Indians still live on less $1 a day, setting the stage for rural and urban conflict."

From the article: "No labor-intensive manufacturing boom of the kind that powered the economic growth of almost every developed and developing country in the world has yet occurred in India. Unlike China, India still imports more than it exports. This means that as 70 million more people enter the work force in the next five years, most of them without the skills required for the new economy, unemployment and inequality could provoke even more social instability than they have already."

Few Comments :
A Dollar fetches a lot of things in India, and i'm surprised that a lot has been assumed and written about without checking the facts. as of today, a dollar equals about Ruppees 45.84 (that was yesterday's rates). a Dollar fetches a lot of stuff, in fact i will give 2 examples - one for the metropolitan poor man with a dollar and the poor man in the rural india
Source : Slashdot

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Choose (and remember) great passwords

Great tips on how to choose password from lifehacker

A secure, memorable password is easy for you to remember, and hard for others to guess.

Everywhere you turn you've got to come up with a password to register for something or another. Whether it's the dozens of web sites that require you log in to use them, or your ATM card PIN, or your wireless network login, how do you decide on a new password? More importantly, how do you remember it?

Also   Interesting

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Firefox and Thunderbird cheat sheets

A nice cheat sheet of shortcuts can be just what the doctor ordered
when you're looking to adopt a new program and get straight to
productive use.

Source: Kshitij's Blog

Monday, July 03, 2006

After Intern goofs..its interview time..

Preparing For a Software Engineering Interview

You've used your killer resume to land an interview with a great company. Now how should you go about preparing?

Also How to Write a Killer Resume, for Software Engineers.
by Niniane Wang, June 2006

Updated :
Also : 10 Ways to Tweak Your Tech Resume
from [Geeks are Sexy] technology news

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