Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Comparing Search Engine



Have you been using one search engine to perform your work? Depending on what you are looking for, you might be missing out on relevant information.

Dogpile’s search comparison tool does a pretty good job in visualizing the differences between three search engines named Google, MSN, and Yahoo.

It is worth a look, Dogpile .

Modding the Xbox in 10 minutes

Xbox modification which has progressed a long way over the past couple of years has shown a significant improvement in the modding industry. Ever since the release of the much anticipated gaming console, gaming enthusiasts have been waiting to get there hands on this console. In an recent publication “With the introduction of the TSOP mod, potential modders no longer had to shell out money for a modchip; rather just bridge two points on the Xbox motherboard. Now one doesn't even have to open up his Xbox”.

Using code exploits in certain games, a user will be able to load a phony gamesave that will boot into a Linux based operating system and allow the user to mod his/her Xbox…yes under 10 minutes.

Modding an Xbox does void your warranty; please perform this at your own risk.

Things needed in modding your Xbox –

1. An Xbox Memory Card - A way to transfer two gamesaves from your PC to the memory card.

2. Any version of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (NOT PANDORA TOMORROW OR CHAOS THEORY)

3. Mech Assault with the Serial #: MS02301L on the inner ring of the game CD
An internet connection, an IRC client (http://www.mirc.com), an FTP client (Smart FTP and WinRAR (http://www.rarsoft.com)

For more info on modding, read on Xbox Mode….

Thanks TechFreaks

Exclusive Windows Vista release date

Windows Vista, Microsoft’s next operating system release date has been revealed. Accoring to a recent internal Microoft documentation, Microsoft is preparing a release schedule for several products over the next year. Some of the software release schedules are for Windows Vista (codenamed “Longhorn”), WinFS, and SQL Server 2005 (codenamed “Yuon”).

Windows Vista

Inspite of all the possible rumors that have been circulating in the past, Microsoft is planning to ship Windows Vista Beta 2 in late 2005, not in early 2006. According to a recent publication “Vista Beta 2 is scheduled to be "feature complete" by September 29, 2005. Then, Vista Beta 2 will enter lockdown mode between October and November 9, 2005. After that date, Beta 2 will be in escrow. Microsoft now plans to ship Windows Vista Beta 2 on December 7, 2005”.

Microsoft currently plans to release Windows Vista to manufacturing on August 9, 2006, and make the product broadly available by November 15, 2006.

Longhorn Server

All of the above dates apply to Longhorn server as well. We'll see an RC2 release of Longhorn Server on October 18, 2006, and then the RTM release on January 10, 2007, according to the latest documentation.

WinFS

A lot of people were surprised by the shipping of WinFS Beta 1 Monday. As for the schedule - WinFS Beta 1 will be followed by at least one Community Technology Preview (CTP) release, which is currently due on February 15, 2006. Then, on May 1, 2006, Microsoft is scheduled to release WinFS Beta 2. Beta 3 is currently scheduled for November 15, 2006, with a Beta 3 Refresh release expected in April 2007. WinFS is currently scheduled for RTM in Q3 2007.

As software development is an intricate challenge, it is likely that Microsoft will miss targets and have to adjust accordingly. But for now these are the release schedules.

9 Days until Firefox 1.5 Beta!



Mozilla Firefox scheduled a lockdown for “Firefox 1.5 Beta 1” which will take place at 11:59 P.M on Tuesday, Sept 6 in preparation for release on Thursday, Sep 8.

There are a set of bugs blocking Beta 1 which is tracked by blocking1.8b4 flag. This is a set of bugs which have to be completed before the public release. These are large/risky patches, common crashes.

The set of bugs that are blocking the release of Beta 2 are tracked by the blocking 1.8b5 flag.

Recent release dates –

Sept 6: Lockdown for 1.5b1
Sept 8: Release 1.5b1
Oct 3: Lockdown for 1.5b2
Oct 5: Release 1.5b2
Oct 26: Lockdown for 1.5RC1
Oct 28: Release 1.5RC1

Lets do it Mozilla.

Help for Katrina Victims

Katrina the Hurricane which has devastated cities (New Orleans, Mississippi) has left the city drenched under water, most of the survivors have remained in the city as they have no place to go, but some have left the city to other areas.

Craigslist an online community developed to help people find what they want and need? From Jobs openings, to apartments, to furniture’s, and help for the victims of the Katrina’s aftermath. Now Craigslist has posted various listings on how and where you can find help. There are offers for any type of assistance being posted from all across the world.

Housing – People offering free housing offers for the Katrina victims.

Community Board – There are a numerous postings of relatives looking for survivors and other offers on free housing and offers to help.

For Sale – Lots of postings for help, housing, items that will help victims of the Katrina

Salvation Army as well as the Red Cross is accepting donations to help the victims of this terrible hurricane.

My prayers as well as thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by the hurricane.

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts

Startup

Press X during startup - Force Mac OS X startup
Press Option-Command-Shift-Delete during startup - Bypass primary startup volume and seek a different startup volume (such as a CD or external disk)
Press C during startup - Start up from a CD that has a system folder
Press N during startup - Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot)
Press T during startup - Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode
Press Shift during startup - start up in Safe Boot mode and temporarily disable login items and non-essential kernel extension files (Mac OS X 10.2 and later)
Press Command-V during startup - Start up in Verbose mode
Press Command-S during startup Start up in Single-User mode

Finder Window

Command-W - Close Window
Option-Command-W - Close all Windows
Command-Right Arrow - Expand folder (list view)
Option-Command-Right Arrow - Expand folder and nested subfolders (list view)
Command-Left Arrow - Collapse Folder (list view)
Option-Command-Up Arrow - Open parent folder and close current window

Menu Commands

Shift-Command-Q - Apple Menu log out
Shift-Option-Command-Q - Apple Menu log out immediately
Shift-Command-Delete - Finder Menu empty trash
Option-Shift-Command-Delete - Finder Menu empty trash without dialog
Command-H - Finder Menu hide finder
Option-Command-H - Finder Menu hide others
Command-N - File Menu new finder window
Shift-Command-N - File Menu new folder
Command-O - File Menu open

Mouse Keys

8 – Move Up
2 – Move Down
4 – Move Left
6 – Move Right
1, 3, 7, and 9 – Move Diagonally
5 – Press Mouse Button
0 – Hold Mouse Button
. (Period on keypad) – Release Mouse Button (Use after pressing 0)

Other Commands

Option-Command-D - Show/Hide Dock
Command-Tab - Switch application
Tab - Highlight next item
Command-Up Arrow - Move up one directory
Command-Down Arrow - Move down one directory
Page Up or Control-Up Arrow - Move up one page
Page Down or Control-Down Arrow - Move down one page
Option-Drag - Copy to new location
Option-Command-Drag - Make alias in new location
Command-Drag - Move to new location without copying
Shift-Command-C - Show Colors palette in application
Command-T - Show Font palette in application
Command-Shift-3 - Take a picture of the screen
Command-Shift-4 - Take a picture of the selection
Command-Shift-4, then press Control while selecting - Take a picture of the screen, place in Clipboard

Key board shortcuts for Windows

Windows System Key Combinations

F1: Help
CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
ALT+F4: Quit program
SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently

Windows Program Key Combinations

CTRL+C: Copy
CTRL+X: Cut
CTRL+V: Paste
CTRL+Z: Undo
CTRL+B: Bold
CTRL+U: Underline
CTRL+I: Italic

General Keyboard-Only Commands

SHIFT+F10 Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item
CTRL+ESC: Opens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item)
CTRL+ESC or ESC: Selects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu
ALT+DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box
ALT+TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)
SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature
ALT+SPACE: Displays the main window's System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window)
ALT+- (ALT+hyphen): Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window's System menu (from the MDI child window's System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the child window)
CTRL+TAB: Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program
ALT+underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu
ALT+F4: Closes the current window
CTRL+F4: Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window
ALT+F6: Switch between multiple windows in the same program

General Folder/Windows Explorer Shortcuts

F2: Rename object
F3: Find all files
CTRL+X: Cut
CTRL+V: Paste
SHIFT+DELETE: Delete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin
ALT+ENTER: Open the properties for the selected object

Dialog Box Keyboard Commands

TAB: Move to the next control in the dialog box
SHIFT+TAB: Move to the previous control in the dialog box
SPACEBAR: If the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option, this selects the option.
ENTER: Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline)
ESC: Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

iTunes Phone




Will it be Cingular or not!!

Over the past couple of days there have been articles that have been released about Cell phone to come included with iTunes. The latest rumor indicates that Cingular will be the one to use Motorola’s iTunes phone, yeah!! As of right now neither Cingular nor Motorola have confirmed about this rumor, both the companies have not denied to this rumor either. Which means something is cooking. Will it be Cingular who uses the next Motorola phone with iTunes will be known on September 7th when Apple will hold a press event in San Francisco? Apple which still has not confirmed the release of iTunes on Motorola phone did say this “invitations came with the tagline 1000 songs in your pocket changed everything”.

At this point we have to wait and watch as to what happens, and what Cell phone company gets the contract to use Motorola.

Snippy

A free Windows tool that captures a part of your screen instead of capturing the whole window, something what the print screen does. Snippy just grabs the freeform section you specify with a marker. For a rectangular selection hold down the shift key while dragging the marker across a portion of the screen.

Snippy resides in your tray, just click on it to activate or press the hotkey you specify. Then right click on the scissors icon and Save As without having to open the image. You can save the image in different formats.

Snippy

Opera Browser available for FREE

To honor the 10th anniversary, Opera is giving away free copies of their browser. This deal is only valid for today. The browser is available for both Windows and Mac for a mere $39. Some of the cool feature included in Opera 8, support for RSS.

This is a pretty nice offer considering it is FREE, I might download it and try it for myself.

Monday, August 29, 2005

My name is Bond, James Bond

“James Bond” a character that took over our hearts in the action genre. Women fantasize this character while men die to be like him. But what makes a character appealing to the general audience, is it his personality, clothing style, or the car. Yes the car speaks a million words, especially when associated with some one as powerful and popular as James Bond.

Over the years there have been several James Bond movies that have released; do you still remember what car appeared in what movie?

This will help you out – James Bond 007

Calculate Your Life Expectancy

Dean Foster and Lyle Ungar at the University of Pennsylvania created a mortality calculator. Answer some questions about your lifestyle and family health history, and the calculator gives you an estimate for how long you will live.

Life Expectancy

Tour of Seattle

Lean Backs vids presents a tour of Seattle using Google’s Virtual Earth, amazing!!

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting an adventurous and an exciting activity by its own. West Virginia which is known for its scenery (Trees, beautiful landscape, rolling hills etc) but more known for its rivers and White Water Rafting. West Virginia offers one of the broadest array of river experiences available anywhere in the world, from mild to wild with everything in between.

This past weekend was one in which I experienced the adventures of White Water Rafting. What an amazing experience, the river, the rapids, the fun. Before embarking on this amazing journey of 71/2 miles through the New River, I had doubts in my mind whether or not if I will be able to make through. But I did!! On our course we had to face level 4 and level 5 (pretty big rapids) currents which made this experience worth it. Note only rafting but traveling with 20 friends, in 3 vans, over 3 days was another factor the made this trip more enjoyable.

The whole experience will be one that will never be forgotten for the rest of my life.

People considering White Water Rafting should definitely go and enjoy this activity and the scenery that comes with.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Tips on Moving

1. What, Where and When Decisions

Before you call a moving company decide: What, Where and When...early in the planning. What's the best way to dispose of items you don't want in your new home? Identify furnishings that won't fit and things your family has outgrown. What furnishings will you replace within two months?

2. Who will move you?

Before you decide whether to move yourself or to have a professional move you, answer these five questions:

*Do you have adequate physical strength and endurance?
*Do you have at least two helpers, at least one who is stronger than you are?
*Can you be sure to have adequate time off work to complete the move on schedule?
*Will your homeowner’s policy cover potential loss in case of accident en route?
*Can you carry everything through doorways, up stairs without damage?

3. Packing for your move

Packing is both art and science--art in combining just the right items in each box to arrive damage-free, science in producing an inventory that enables you to quickly find anything you need at a moment's notice after arriving in your new home.

Some helpful hints:

*When possible, combine items that will go together in your new home.
*Pack heavy items in smaller, heavy duty cartons.
*Clearly mark room destination on TOP and at least ONE SIDE of every carton.
*Remember, your mover won't know which child is which, so tag bedroom boxes with BR-1 or BR-2 and tape the same tags on appropriate bedroom doors.

Some items should be moved with you:

*Family records
*Passports
*Insurance, health and other related paperwork

4. Records Valuables, Notifying utilities

Gather records and make plans to move them as carefully as possible including:

*Family medical and tax records
*Diplomas, school records
*Family genealogies, pictures

Notify utilities, media and others before the move. Check this list of businesses to be notified:

*Electric power company
*Water company
*Natural gas supplier
*Local telephone companies
*Long distance telephone company
*Television company
*Stock brokers, mutual funds
*Credit cards, banks

If you follow these points moving will be easier, faster, and stress free.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar which enables you to search for specific literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

Flash Memory that will speed up Hard Drives

In a competitive PC environment, companies are competing to be the best when it comes to a certain technology (whether it is Hard Drives, Memory etc). Boot time which determines how long will it take for your PC to boot up to the Windows XP screen. As PC are becoming more and more faster, at the same time the applications are getting more and more robust requiring more processing power, as well as more memory and storage space. We all live in a fast paced society where we expect things to be done in a fast and quick way.

Why not expect that from your PC as well, as currently there are 57 million users who use some form of accessible technology (Computers), wouldn’t it be nice if your PC took less time to wake up, and your laptops had increased battery life.

These are the some of the promises of solid-state memory disks (SSDs), which use flash memory to supplement or replace today’s hard drives.

Samsung which is working on two types of products: pure SSDs and hybrid drives that combine traditional hard disks and flash memory. Pure SSDs give you all the benefits listed above but cost a lot more than today's drives. Hybrids will offer extended battery life and faster boot-ups, but should have only a small price premium.

Mixed Storage –

Microsoft and Samsung's planned hybrid drive should provide better battery life and shorter wake-up times, with negligible additional costs. Whenever your laptop idles or goes to sleep, you can save apps and files to the hybrid's 64MB or 128MB of fast flash memory instead of to the conventional portion of the drive. The data stored in flash will be available almost instantly, saving time at wake-up and boot-up.

Advantages 0f this –

Speed – In today’s society speed is everything, whether it is finishing a task, developing a product and bringing it in front of consumers, building an automobile. Users need speed especially on PC’s (Hard Drives) as they work on important concepts that influence everyone’s daily life.

Time – Timing is everything, as the market is getting more and more competitive, companies are fighting with each other to develop and introduce a better and a more advanced product. PC’s (Hard Drives) play a critical role in that development, there is no room for the slow, this reflects to the wake up time as well.

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Gmail open to Public

Finally Gmail is open to the public, it's about time. Here is how you can sign up

Blog For Hope

Senator Hillary Clinton has started blogging on Yahoo’s blog service about cancer. Other well known people blogging are Chris Cannon, Deepak Chopra, Sam Donaldson, Fran Drescher, Peggy Fleming.

Ideas for telling jokes

1. Avoid announcing "a joke." Just tell it.
2. Keep it clean. It's better to tell clean jokes rather than risk offending someone.
3. Tell "smart" jokes, not "dumb" ones. Smart jokes have a bigger payoff 4.
4. Tell jokes that inform. Humor is more rewarding when it informs. Try to tell jokes that are
based on a true-life scenario.
5. Know when to quit. Learn two or three really good jokes and always tell the best one last.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Blu Ray or HD Dvd lets fight!!

Blu Ray or HD I’m confused…can someone help me out here.

The fight for DVD heats up as both Japanese firms take on their own technology. Sony with its distinct Blu Ray format which will unveil during the release of its Playstation 3 videogame, and Toshiba with HD (High Definition) format for its DVD’s to unveil during Christmas. Both companies do not have any plans of collaboration; there will be separate DVD players that will be manufactured to support HD and Blu Ray.



From a recent article -

“Moreover, the battle of the DVD formats goes beyond the two companies that are developing them. Toshiba's product is being backed by NEC and Sanyo, while Sony is being supported by Matsushita, the manufacturer of the Panasonic label as well as Apple Computer, Dell, Philips and Samsung. In addition, entertainment companies are finding themselves backing one or the other, with Paramount, Universal Pictures, which is part of General Electric, and Time Warner siding with Toshiba's HD format, while MGM, Disney and Sony's own Sony Pictures are promoting the Blu-ray disc.”

In an article published by Game Daily Biz –

"Despite their wishes to consolidate, it appears that irreconcilable differences have made it an impossibility, and consumers will have to choose for themselves which format will reign as DVD's true successor"

Blu Ray is likely to get a boost from the fact that Sony is including a Blu ray drive in its Playstation 3 gaming console. Sony is hoping that the PS3 will help fuel the adoption of Blu-ray much in the same way that DVD began to take off as more consumers purchased PS2s. Microsoft meanwhile has only said that they would consider adding HD DVD capability to future versions of Xbox 360, but if Blu-ray wins the format war, it would of course be a fruitless move by MS.

What disappoints me is the fact why can’t companies come up with one product that benefits every consumer. I know, it’s easier said than done.

Which technology will win this battle in the DVD market, is a matter of time. We as consumers can only hope that both these companies (Sony and Toshiba) can collaborate and work towards one DVD format. Yeah right!!

How to be successful in life?

A successful life is a satisfying life. It is a life that in which you are healthy, happy and satisfied with your existence. Much of what happens in your life is a result of your philosophy or the way you think in life.

Questions you may have –

1. What do I need to do in order to be successful?
2. Do attitude, health, and wealth play any role?
3. How do I start?

Have a positive thinking –

In order to lead a good, well balanced lifestyle, you need a positive philosophy towards your life.

Important factors that will aid you during this process

Take 100 percent responsibility for your life - In a society where people blame everything from their parents to the government for their failure to get ahead in life, they realized that when you say someone or something outside of yourself is preventing you from succeeding, you're giving away your power to that someone or something. You're saying, "You have more control over my life than I do!"
Successful people don't buy into this victim thinking. Rather, their personal credo is "If it's to be, it's up to me!"

Live your life on purpose – People who succeed in life are the ones that have and know what the purpose of their life is. When you live your life as a purpose you get he job done, and get it done right. People find you attractive because they sense your commitment to giving your all.

Be willing to pay the price for your dreams – You definitely want a big house or a luxury car but the problem is everyone wants these things. The question then is, "Are you willing to pay the price to get them?"

This is one of the major differences between the successful and the unsuccessful. Successful men and women find out what it's going to cost to make their dream come true. Then they find a way to make it happen. Most importantly, they don't complain about the work it takes to achieve their dreams.

Stay Focused – Every day we have to deal with many tasks, and communicate with a lot of people in order to get the tasks done. This is why the ability to focus on your goal is so critical to achieving it. Focusing requires giving up some things in the present because you know the time invested will pay off big-time down the road.

Don't Quit

When things go wrong
as they sometimes will,
when the road you are trudging
seems all uphill,
when the funds are low,
and the debts are high,
and you want to smile,
but you have to sigh,
when care is pressing down a bit…
rest if you must-but don’t you quit.

Success is failure turned inside out,
the silver tints of the clouds of doubt,
and you never can tell how close you are,
it may be near when it seems afar,
so stick to the fight
when you’re hardest hit….
it’s when things go wrong,
that you mustn’t quit.

Visual Thesaurus

A cool new way of finding different meaning for a word. Visual Thesaurus is a dictionary and thesaurus that provides you with an intuitive interface, and gives you the ability to learn and explore. Why is it different than the regular thesaurus? Take a look -



Some note able features –

Find the right word and explore. The Visual Thesaurus has over 145,000 English words and 115,000 meanings.

Improve your grasp of the English language.

Hear words pronounced correctly – It also offers a choice between British and American accent.

Expand your search to the Internet. From any word, you can initiate an Internet search for either web pages or images.

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Ways to beat depression

Depression mostly everyone in their life has gone through this stage. Depression comes in various forms failing a task, an exam, or by someone you love. Depression however could be very fatal not only to your mind but also to your body. It could cause life-long consequences that may ruin your self-esteem, health, and well-being.

Ways of beating depression –

A healthy body and a healthy mind – Eating right is one of the key factors that contribute to beating depression, avoid foods with lots of sugar, caffeine, or alcohol. Sugar and caffeine provides you with a brief moment of energy, but later bring about anxiety. Consuming alcohol during this process not only slows your thinking process but usually makes the problem seem even bigger after you sober up.

Exercising is the best depression booster as it increases your bodies’ endorphin levels and makes you feel good about yourself and your body. Endorphins are sometimes called "the happy chemicals" because of their stress-reducing and happiness-inducing properties.

Keep yourself busy – One of the ways to reduce depression is to keep yourself occupied in different chores (whether it is office work, or household work). Actively live an inspired life. Do what makes you happy, it can be anything, like bloging, hanging out with your friends (my favorite), reading a book etc. This will take your mind of your worries and allow productive thoughts to enter into your mind.

Set a goal - a meaningful purpose in life. No matter how difficult or discouraging life can be, remain firm and have an unshakable belief that you are capable of doing anything you desire. With this kind of positive attitude, you will become excited about life and attain a cheerful disposition to overcome any difficult situation.

Be surrounded with knowledgeable people – To succeed in life one has to be motivated in life, how can one be motivated during times of depression. Well by surrounding yourself by friends, and intelligent people who care this can relieve a little bit of depression from your life. Family and friends are the ones that give moral support and are always their when you need them in times of help.

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Happy 10th anniversary

Congratulations to Microsoft, August 24, 2005 is the 10th anniversary of Windows 95 and Microsoft Network known as MSN. How many of my fellow geeks went to the local Bestbuy at midnight 10 years ago to get a copy? Well as I remember I was very young when Windows 95 came out, it was amazing looking at the gui interface after I installed Windows 95 on my machine.

Google’s new talk and IM service

Google Talk a new client developed by Google, which lets you talk and IM with your closest friends for free. Now that’s what I am talking about!!

Google Talk integrates with Gmail, XMPP (used by Jabber, Adium, iChat) and supports audio chat. It requires a Gmail account and windows.



So what makes Google talk better –

Choice
Quality
Convenience

Review of Google talk by Download Squad

Saving at the Pump

As gas prices are averaging $3.00, we all need to think of a better alternative of how to use cars to get to our destination, for people who use cars as a means of transportation to their work and cannot depend on any other form.

Here are some tips on how you can save at the pump –

1. Forget Customer Loyalty
2. Be a better driver.
3. Time for a tune-up?
4. Get the right grade.
5. Pack light.

Save at the Pump

Bad news for Lotus Notes

IBM Lotus Notes e-mail and collaboration program used by companies all across the world, is finding itself in a pool of trouble. Two top market research firms, Gartner and IDC have published new reports showing IBM lost more e-mail market share to competitor Microsoft in 2004.

 

Both research firms now say Microsoft Exchange is King of e-mail, a market dominant with Notes with more than a 60% share.

 

"IDC says sales of Exchange grew 23% in 2004, to $950 million, while Notes sales grew 5% to $745 million. By the end of 2004, Exchange held 51% of the market, versus 40% for Notes, IDC says. That's a wider gap than in 2003, when IDC estimated Exchange held a 47% market share versus 43% for Notes."

 

Garner estimates Exchange has a market share of 48% versus 45.2% for Notes.

 

Many companies are switching to Microsoft Exchange as they don't see a promising future with Notes.

 

CompUSA one of the company that is making a switch to Microsoft Exchange –

 

"CompUSA, the computer retailer, adopted Notes in 1993 but now is moving all of its 9,000 Notes users to Exchange. Cathy Witt , chief information officer at CompUSA in Dallas, says she is jumping ship because she doesn't believe Notes has a bright future.

"Over the next ten years I think Notes isn't going to have a place anymore. For big enterprises, I don't see it staying. I see more and more big companies that were Notes shops, like we were, making that change," says Witt."

 

So why does a company stick with Notes and not transition to Microsoft Exchange –

 

Mostly due to the fact that there are many companies that have written loads of small applications that run on Notes, and the cost of rewriting all those applications for a Microsoft environment is so high that many just stick with Notes.

 

Microsoft now is trying to overcome that hurdle by writing software that makes it easier for Notes customers to switch to Microsoft.

The company is also trying to convince third-party developers who write add-on applications for Notes to start writing those applications for Microsoft's platform.

 

Radicati Group, a research firm, estimates Notes today has 23% market share but predicts that share will slip to 13% by 2009. Radicati reckons that by 2009 Exchange will have 200 million users worldwide, versus 103 million for IBM's two mail products, Notes and Workplace, combined.

 

Will there be a future for Notes, only time will tell. As of now Microsoft Exchange seems to be promising when it comes to an e-mail server.

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Vietnam doc makes his own endoscope

A doctor in rural Vietnam as made his version of a low cost endoscope using a webcam, a Pentium 4 processor, and Windows operating system. I know a lot of you will be asking yourself, how much did it costs? $800 compared to $30000 that are used in big hospitals.

“The adaptor costs almost nothing because it is simply a system of lens linked to a webcam costing just about $30.’

"A Pentium 4 computer with a color printer is all that is needed for image processing.”

"In total I had to buy only the scope, which is about $800," Dr Huy told the BBC World Service programme Go Digital.”

"Using the Windows operating system, we have programs to record the images and put them in a database of patients.”

"I can now make a complete endoscope system in just one week."

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Tips from preventing Data loss when saving files over Networks

Data loss an issue concerning companies and their employees all across the nation. Here is a great Word 2003 tip for preventing data loss in an unstable network.

1. Click “Tools”, selecting “Options”.
2. When the “Options” multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the “Save” tab.
3. Check “Make local copy of files stored on network or removable drives”.
4. Click “OK” to save your changes.

Preventing data loss

Top Party Schools

Do you want to know, if your university made it on the list for being a party school –

1. University of Wisconsin-Madison
2. Ohio University-Athens
3. Lehigh University
4. University of California-Santa Barbara
5. State University of New York at Albany
6. Indiana University-Bloomington
7. University of Mississippi
8. University of Iowa
9. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
10. Loyola University New Orleans
11. Tulane University
12. University of Georgia
13. Penn State University
14. West Virginia University
15. The University of Texas-Austin
16. University of Tennessee-Knoxville
17. University of New Hampshire
18. University of Florida
19. Louisiana State University
20. University of Maryland-College Park

Meet the Interns

Ever imagine how it would be like to intern at Microsoft? Well now you can find out, 5 students chosen from different universities to work as an Intern at Microsoft?

The interns here are David Smith (Michigan State University), Caleb Bell (Texas A&M), Hari Sivaramakrishnan (Maryland), Jacqueline del Castillo (Stanford), Eric Woo (Brown University), Kevin Grigorenko (Rutgers University).

Do they have the will of what it takes to work at Microsoft? Well as for now let’s see the video and find out –

Microsoft Interns

Google Desktop 2

Google a company that takes pride in thinking out of the box for coming up with mind-blowing software. Google who also takes pride in its employees who are the ones that make it all happen from day to day. Google Desktop 2 a new search product released by Google which is still under Beta mode.

The difference in this new version is a sidebar which goes on the side of your desktop, providing you access to your Gmail, news, weather, photos (from folders and RSS feeds), Scratch pad (for taking notes) and a quick view list of web pages and files you often use.
There’s also a Sidebar API, which already has a few plugins, like ones for iTunes, a todo list and a clock.

Here are some screen shots

Friday, August 19, 2005

Forgot where you parked your car, this will help

A lot of times this has happened to me especially in unknown surroundings or a big parking lot. I park my car; leave come back, now I can’t find my car. If this is you, take a look at this, it will definitely help you.

Write down the location in your datebook. If you carry around a calendar on your person, mark down which row and level you parked on in the corner of today’s entry. This is a great way to keep track of your car on a day-to-day basis.
Snap a picture. Carrying a cameraphone? Shoot a picture of the “You Parked in Row 5 of the Bluebird Level”-type sign nearest your car.
Note the landmarks. No signs? Look where you are in relationship to the major landmarks around you. For example, are you about 2/3rds of the way down the row that starts with the T in Target? Let the landmarks be your guide.
Tell a friend. When you involve other people, chances increase that one of you will remember where you parked the car.
Unlock and relock. Got a keyless remote? Go ahead and press the lock/unlock button a few times. Your car should beep at you when you lock it.

Once you use all these techniques finding your car will be a piece of cake.

Open a Stuck Jar Lid

Sometimes opening a stuck Jar Lid can be quite frustrating if you are in the middle of cooking something or plain want to eat something. Try these tips and see if they work.

Steps:

1. If the jar is new, use a triangular-tipped bottle opener to apply pressure and break the vacuum seal. Do this by placing the triangular tip underneath the lid and pulling the lid away from the jar until you pop the seal.

2. If this doesn't work and you suspect that food is stuck in the lid, tap the lid with a wooden spoon to knock away the food.

3. Wrap the lid in a dish towel to give your hands traction as you twist. Or put rubber bands around the lid to get a good grip. The rubber bands that hold together bunches of vegetables are ideal.

4. If the lid still won't budge, run the lid (not the jar) under hot water for a minute. This will cause the metal lid to expand so it comes off easily.

eHow

Need help, calling customer support

Sometimes finding a customer support phone number to a store can be quite tedious, the phone number is not listed on the receipt, it is not even listed in yellow pages.
No problem! Here is a list of customer support phone numbers for a list of Internet sellers, as well as other companies.

Customer Support phone number

Xbox 360 – Price has been set

Xbox 360 which is set to release in the fall of 2005 did not have a price tag when Microsoft unveiled its next generation Xbox, that has changed now. Microsoft announced that the new system will retail for $399. This version comes with most of the feature that Microsoft has been hyping for months: a hard drive, wireless adapter and membership to the Xbox live online gaming community.

However a stripped version of the console will sell for $299, this will give people an option on which type of gaming console do they want to buy.

With games like Quake 4, Half-Life2 under their belt Xbox 360 will be the console that everyone would want to buy.

Link

Laptops are getting HOT!!

In an era where technology is changing at such a fast pace, everyone demands better and faster performance from certain devices such as Automobiles, or Laptops. But as the performance (Higher Processor Speed, increased RAM, and more Storage Space) of a Laptop begins to get higher, the notebook surface temperature remains too HOT for a lot of users.

A recent article published on Wired News talks about how present-day laptops are cooler than their predecessors. Moreover Laptop makers are struggling to accommodate components that are more powerful and, consequently, hotter.

As said by Jeff Lev a Mechanical development engineer for commercial portable sector of HP’s personal-systems group “After dropping for a few years, CPU temperatures are "ticking back up" as customers seek faster, higher-power-generating laptops”.

“Laptop temperatures also got more negative attention in December when researchers from the State University of New York at Stony Brook published a study in the journal Human Reproduction. The study showed a decrease in fertility among test subjects when laptops caused an increase of up to 2.8 degrees Celsius in the "scrotal temperatures" of 29 healthy male subjects”

As technology is getting more advanced users are opting for laptops as a replacement to their Desktops. Laptop makers have not yet come up with a solution to reduce the surface temperature, which should be the center of attention in this ever growing technology market.

Laptops are HOT!!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Caffeine – It’s affects and benefits

Caffeine, the word has a different meaning for everyone. Caffeine also plays an important role in peoples everyday daily lives. People consume caffeine on a regular basis in the form of Coffee, Pop (Coca Cola, Pepsi, Mountain Dew) etc. As I am writing this post I like to point out something, I am not a caffeine consumer. Yes, I don’t drink coffee on a regular or on a daily basis but I definitely do not mind having a cup of coffee while I am hanging out with my friends at the local starbucks. Caffeine does have a lot of benefits not only does it keep you awake when needed, but it is also consumed on various occasions. Apart from the benefits of caffeine there are certain harmful affects of caffeine if consumed in the wrong amount.

For the caffeine addicts, here are some useful tips.

*Indulge in moderation. Doses of 10g or more can be lethal, and doses of 250mg or more are considered “overdoses”.
*Get your sleep. Caffeine is not a substitute for rest.

On the good side Caffeine does reduce the following Parkinson’s Disease and prevent skin cancer, liver cancer and others.

Sony Walkman Beam








Sony’s new gadget to compete with the shuffle called the Walkman Bean. The device features a 1 line OLED display, a fast charging lithium-ion battery (which will play 3 hours of music just from a 3minute of charge), it comes in multiple colors, with an option of 512MB, 512 +FM, and a 1GB version.

I would definitely like to see something different when it comes to a USB drive in terms of design, walkman beam looks different compared to the current USB drives that are selling in the market.

Essential Google Maps Sites

Found a great post on Lifehack.org. Some of the great implementations on Google Maps, pretty cool stuff.

PS3 for $299 on Amazon

Doesn’t that look awfully suspicious, that Sony’s Play Station3 which has a release date of spring of 2006, and not yet announced price would have a post on Amazon.com. I do feel a little skeptical especially when buying a PS3 for myself, but the sale does look like a legitimate post. From some of the reviews that I have read, it looks like it is made in China, but still PS3 has not officially said that it would be in sale in China either.
But who knows its Amazon.

Some of the Favorite College Towns

Ann Arbor, Mich

Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, on the Huron River and is the county seat of Washtenaw County. As of the 2003 census, the city had a total population of 114,498, which includes about 30,000 students.
Ann Arbor is situated in a productive agricultural and fruit-growing region. The city's economy, now dominated by education, high tech, and biotechnology, once included the production of agricultural implements, carriages, furniture (including sectional book-cases), pianos and organs, pottery and flour. Ann Arbor is also well known locally as a destination for dining out as a large number and variety of restaurants are located there.
Ann Arbor has a number of cultural attractions and events, with the University of Michigan having a large portion of them. Many performing arts groups and facilities are located on the University of Michigan campus, including Hill Auditorium and the Power Center for the Performing Arts. The University campus is also the location of several prominent museums. The University Of Michigan Museum Of Art, located along South State Street, contains 14,000 works of art of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, European, and American styles, and a changing exhibit.
Near the State Street area are two major theaters: the Michigan Theater, a live-performance venue and an independent and classics movie house as well as the home of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and State Theater. The latter shows independent movies. The Ark is Ann Arbor's folk and acoustic music venue.
So by now you have a good idea of what Ann Arbor is like, with University of Michigan situated in it.


South Bend, Indiana

South Bend is a city located in St. Joseph County, Indiana. As of the 2003 census, the city had a total population of 105,540. The city is the county seat of St. Joseph County.
The City is mainly comprised of the Nations top school University of Notre Dame - The University of Notre Dame is a preeminent Roman Catholic institution of higher learning located adjacent to South Bend, Indiana, USA. Notre Dame's campus sits on 1,250 acres containing two lakes and 136 buildings.
The university is located adjacent to South Bend, Indiana, and has its own ZIP code (46556).

The university is also known for its Graduate schools –

Founded in 1918, the Graduate School comprises four divisions—engineering, humanities, science, and social sciences—and the School of Architecture, and includes thirty departments and programs offering graduate studies leading to the MA, MS, MTS, and/or PhD degrees in most of the major humanistic, scientific, and engineering disciplines.

Graduate Business School
The Graduate Business School is administered by the faculty of the Mendoza College of Business. It offers professional studies leading to the MBA and MSA degrees and is ranked among the Top Tier MBA schools in the United States by US News and Business Week.
Notre Dame is known for their football, Notre Dame has its athletic teams known as the Fighting Irish. The school has a comprehensive and nationally competitive Division I athletic program, but it is most famous for its football program. With eleven NCAA football national football championships, Notre Dame football is considered one of the most storied programs in the history of college football. The school has many rivalries in football, the most famous one being with USC. Other schools generally considered to be rivals include Boston College.


Austin, TX

The City of Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas. According to the U.S. Census, Austin has a population of 296,922,196 making it one of the biggest cities in Texas, and a world population of 6,460,958,283.
Residents of Austin are called "Austinites" and include a heady mix of university professors and their students, politicians and lobbyists. Austin, home of Dell Computers, is the center of a high-technology region known as Silicon Hills. It is also the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World.
In the 1990s, the boom resumed with the influx and growth of a large technology industry. Initially the technology industry was centered around larger, established companies such as IBM, but in the late 1990s, Austin gained the additional reputation of being a center of the dot-com boom and subsequent dot-com bust.

Austin is situated on the Colorado River, with three lakes wholly within the city limits: Town Lake, Lake Austin, and Lake Walter E. Long. Additionally, the foot of Lake Travis, including Mansfield Dam, is located within the city's limits. Town Lake, Lake Austin, and Lake Travis are all on the Colorado River. The city is also situated on the Balcones Fault, which, in much of Austin, runs roughly the same route as the MoPac expressway. The eastern part of the city is flat, whereas the western part and western suburbs consist of scenic rolling hills on the edge of the Texas Hill Country. This makes Austin an awesome place to live.

Thousands of graduates each year from the engineering and computer science programs at the University of Texas provide a steady source of young, talented, and driven employees that help to fuel Austin's technology sector. The metro Austin area also has much lower housing costs than, for example, Silicon Valley.

Some of major employers in the Austin area - Dell, IBM and Freescale Semiconductor (spun off from Motorola in 2004). Other high-tech companies in Austin include Apple Computer, Vignette, AMD, Intel, Cirrus Logic, Samsung, National Instruments and Sun Microsystems.

Austin has a vibrant live music scene revolving around many nightclubs on 6th Street and a yearly film/music known as "South by Southwest”. The city is well known for as it is the home to University of Texas at Austin, the largest university in the state of Texas and a flagship institution of The University of Texas System, also the largest state system of higher education in Texas.

Moreover the city comes in at 3rd place for the Best Place For Business and Career according to a recent report by Forbes Magazine.

So here you have it College towns is a definite must if you are single and are looking for a great career. So why not take a chance and move to one of the leading cities known not only for it’s culture but also has a booming economy.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Track Flights with FBOWeb

Want to check the status of a plane as it flew across the country? With FBOWeb you can, stop by their main web page, select the Airline, enter the flight number, and click track.
FBOWeb will display the current location of the flight as well as the ETA.
The information updates itself every minute, so you can watch as the plane makes it way to its destination.
Cool Stuff.

FBOWeb

Note: The FBOWeb main page is being updated, you can preview the new (still being developed) page here.

How to make a great first impression on a Date

Dating, at some point in time everyone has dated some one, but there are quite a few who are new to the concept of dating and would like some useful advice. When it comes to dating what are some of the things you ask yourself. What do I do? What do I wear? What type of clothing should I wear? And how do I make a great first impression?

Well here is your answer, I know by now you would be asking yourself, well come on it’s a website, I don’t want to take advice from a website on Dating, well if you haven’t try it who knows it might work. eHow comes to your aid by providing useful information which will help you on your Date.

Want to make sure your date will be eager to go out with you a second time?

1. Dress attractively but comfortably. Don't wear clothes that make you feel stiff or self-conscious.

2. Be aware of your posture - it speaks volumes about you. You want to appear alert and confident by sitting up straight.

3. Compliment your date. Don't just say 'I like your shirt.' Be sincere and notice something that he or she took time with.

4. Learn to flirt and try it out. Don't overdo it, though.

5. Realize that you don't have to tell people how great you are. It's better to show them instead.

eHow

Piss powered battery

Lithium ion not really but battery powered by your own urine. Doesn’t that sound amazing or does is sound disgusting? Researchers in Singapore have been actively involved in designing a paper battery that converts urine into electricity.
The scientists from Singapore’s institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology built the battery to power tiny biochips that tests body fluid for various diseases. According to their research, urine is not only tested but also acts as the power source for the testing device.
From a report published in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

“The battery unit is made from a layer of paper that is steeped in copper chloride (CuCl) and sandwiched between strips of magnesium and copper. This "sandwich" is then held in place by being laminated, which involves passing the battery unit between a pair of transparent plastic films through a heating roller at 120ºC. The final product has dimensions of 60 mm x 30 mm, and a thickness of just 1 mm (a little bit smaller than a credit card)... Using 0.2 ml of urine, they generated a voltage of around 1.5 V with a corresponding maximum power of 1.5 mW...”

Press Release on how the scientists harness the power of pee

Feedster Top 500

Each year Feedster comes out with a list of 500 of the most interesting and important blogs. Each blog provides you with various areas of useful information that can be used for different purposes. Whether you are into technology, looking for a job, or just plain want to read something fun. These blogs will provide you with that information.

So here they are Feedster’s Top 500

Disabling your distractibility

Brad Isaac who has been studying goal setting strategies, motivation and human achievement for 20 years talks about how to divert from certain distractions especially for those who are goal oriented.

“Goal oriented people have a lot on their minds. We are constantly thinking about our To-Do lists, who we need to contact, our schedules, meetings, family obligations, barbecues… you name it. As such, when we are in a meeting or listening to a presentation there may be a tendency for the mind to drift off thinking about what we need to do when we get out of this meeting. These distractions prevent us from focusing on what is going on in our current surroundings. It impairs our ability to learn and oftentimes we miss critical elements of what's going on or what is being told to us.”

Here is what he has to say on this - Achieve-IT!

Watch out for the "Worm"

Media organizations which largely use Microsoft 2000 were caught with their pants down early this morning, according to New York Times.

Washington Post resident blogger Brian Krebs (Security Fix) says a number of media companies were reporting that their newsrooms were battling a new Internet worm that was taking advantage of a Windows security flaw that Microsoft Corp. first detailed just one week ago.

So as many of you would be thinking what is a Worm?

Computer Worms are viruses that reside in the active memory of a computer and duplicate themselves. They may send copies of themselves to other computers, such as through email or Internet Relay Chat (IRC).

Worm W32/IRCbot.worm!MS05-039 which has been spreading and causing havoc. Home users and companies be aware, you would have been affected by this worm as of right now perform a complete scan of all the machines in your area as well as update the machines.

The worm affects computers using Windows 2000. Some of the major companies affected by this includes CNN, ABC, The New York Times, The Caterpillar Co reported of problems with this worm. The worm has affected computers not only in the United States but also in Germany and Asia.

The worm can affect some early versions of Microsoft XP, said Johannes Ullrich, chief technology officer of the Sans Institute, a network security firm based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Some of the symptoms include repeated shutdown and rebooting of a computer.

Fix –

There is a downloadable patch available on Microsoft’s security web page –
Microsoft.com/security.

Virus Removal Tool
Download the latest virus definitions for your virus protection software. If you have McAfee or Symantec update the virus definitions and run a complete scan on your machine. This will find the virus and fix the issue.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

How to Enjoy Life? What is Healthy Life?

Questions that have been asked a million times, but is there a way to Enjoy Life as a whole!!

Following these Health principles will make you and your life a lot better –

*Making health your life's priority.
*Healing from illness.
*Daily Meditation with Positive Intent.
*Daily moderate exercise (Example – Running, playing various sports – Basketball, volleyball. 10 minutes of washing your car is a very good way to burn calories and is a good form of exercise).
*One to two servings of food filled with Whole Grain, vegetable Based Foods, and Fruits which should be consumed on a daily basis.

By incorporating these simple practices into your daily life you achieve better health –
*Remain self-reliant,
*Have deeper insight into who you are,
*Age slowly, and remain symptom free your entire life.

These are just some ways on how you can make yourself happier and your life better.

Apple on PC

Here is the situation - You really like a MAC the feel, the look but because of the processor intensive applications that you are using you are forced to buy a PC. Well that has changed now, yes! How you may ask?

MAC OS X can be installed on a PC. So here is a tutorial at 360hacker.net that shows you how.

Best of Luck –

How to install OS X on PC

Blogger for Word

Today, Google announced Blogger for Word, an add in that lets you post from Word to you Blogger account. Blogger for Word installs as a toolbar and lets you open an existing post or publish your current post. After typing out a post in Microsoft Word, I simply click on “Save as Draft” Blogger for Word prompted me for my account and password and posts the post onto my blog.



If you are a Blogger then you will want to take a look at this amazing tool. Blogger for Word if a free download, and is compatible with windows XP/2000, Microsoft Word 2000 and up.

Blogger for Word

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Bad news for Lotus Notes

IBM Lotus Notes e-8

Friday, August 12, 2005

Your'e Fired!

This phrase sounds familiar; yes Donald Trump has started blogging. Who could imagine Donald Trump would actually start blogging, I know what everyone is thinking, he is a business tycoon, he has multi million $$$ deals to sign. Well here he is in his own words providing useful advice to the Donald Trumps of tomorrow.

How To Do Pen Tricks

Something fun to for y’all. Pentrix-The Art of Pen Spinning is a Web site that teaches you, step-by-step illustrations, on how to do the most popular pen spinning tricks. I’ve always wanted to learn some of these, and while they’re not as easy as they might appear, but they do work.
I tried some, it does need some practice.

Here are some tricks

360 Degree Normal
Charge Normal
Sonic Normal
360 Degree Reverse
Sonic Reverse

Thursday, August 11, 2005

How to tip properly

Ever wonder what the appropriate amount is when it’s time to pay the tip, as well as when is the proper time for giving a tip. I found this great site how-to!! on eHow: How To Tip Properly.

They also have provided some detailed tips on how you can get better service. Some are industry specific; here is an example of a Bartender tip –

A “buy back” is when the bartender, in return for (or to encourage) good tipping, will buy you a free drink. The tip on a buy back should always be at least half the cost of the drink. In busy clubs or at crowded bars, it is acceptable to “pre-tip” the bartender. This encourages him to respond promptly to your needs, and it keeps you from waiting at the bar. A pre-tip is always at least 5 dollars (and more often 10 or above, depending on how crowded or upscale the bar is). Despite the amount, it should not comprise the whole of your tipping. One dollar for every 2 drinks afterward is typically sufficient to maintain their interest.

How To Tip Properly. “eHow”

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

G's b'day pics

Here are some pics from G's b'day.

Enjoy:)

Vivek n Nitu Posted by Picasa

Angna talking, like always Posted by Picasa

Girl pic Posted by Picasa

Look here guyz Posted by Picasa

Eating ice cream, yum!! Cold Stone.. Posted by Picasa

In downtown Royal Oak Posted by Picasa

Another group pic Posted by Picasa

Carlos explaining something Posted by Picasa

Bingo, Shashi n Norwood Posted by Picasa

Group Pic Posted by Picasa

What Business can learn from open source

Paul Graham writes an amazing essay on business and technology - What Business can learn from open source.

It’s a detailed piece on open source movement, and how it’s related to blogging, and what businesses can learn from all this.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Get Google Maps on your iPod Photo

Do you have an iPod photo? You are in business, that’s right!! Here are step by step instructions an how to add Google maps on to your iPod. Doesn’t that sound sweet?

Something like this can come in very handy, especially if you don’t have anything or anyone to rely on for directions, but the only catch is…you need to have an iPod photo.

These instructions are for a MAC, but it works fine on Windows.

Have fun:)

A Few Teasers -




Time names it's favorite 50

Time magazine has named it's favorite 50 blog sites. It is worth a look.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Coffee is better than woman??

Coffee a must have for some in the morning, and for some it really does not matter. But does COFFEE really help, yes it does. This is how!!

1. A cup of coffee looks good in the morning.
2. You won't fall asleep after a cup of coffee.
3. You can always warm coffee up.
4. Coffee comes with endless refills.
5. You won't get arrested for ordering coffee at 3 a.m.
6. Coffee never runs out.
7. Coffee is out of your system by tomorrow morning.
8. You can take black coffee home to meet your parents.
9. You can make coffee as sweet as you want.
10. You don't have to put cream in your coffee to make it taste good.
11. Coffee doesn't complain when you put whipped cream in it.
12. You can smoke while drinking coffee.
13. You can put out a cigarette in a cup of coffee.
14. Coffee smells and tastes good.
15. You don't have to put vinegar in your coffee.
16. If your coffee pot leaks, you can use a regular paper towel.
17. Coffee is cheap.
18. You can turn the pot on, leave the room, and it'll be hot when you get back.
19. They sell coffee at police stations.
20. You can always ditch a bad cup of coffee.
21. Coffee goes down easier.
22. If you put chocolate in your coffee, it doesn't put on weight.
23. No matter how ugly you are, you can always get a cup of coffee.
24. A big cup or small cup? It doesn't matter.
25. Your coffee doesn't talk to you.
26. Your coffee won't be jealous of a another cup.
27. Coffee smells good in the morning.
28. Coffee is good when it's cold too.
29. Coffee stains are easier to remove.
30. Coffee doesn't care when you dunk things in it.
31. Coffee doesn't care what kind of mood you're in.
32. Coffee doesn't shed.
33. Coffee is ready in 15 minutes or less.
34. You can't get a cup of coffee pregnant by putting cream in it.
35. Coffee doesn't mind being ground.
36. No matter how bad coffee is, you can always make it better.
37. Coffee doesn't have a time of the month ... it's good all the time.
38. When coffee gets old, you can throw it away.
39. Coffee doesn't take up half your bed.
40. Coffee doesn't mind if you wake up at 3 a.m. and decide to have a cup.
41. It can take up to two weeks for coffee to grow mold.
42. You can have an intelligent conversation with coffee.

No more Chappelle show

Ahhh!! That’s sad. Well the much anticipated Chappelle show is coming to an end. Earlier news reported that Dave Chappelle the host of the show went through a mental melt down, because of which he had to leave the show, and vacate to a nice vacation. Ohhh!! How nice. I think I need a long vacation as well, get away from work. That would be nice.

As reported by another actor Charlie Murphy (He is the brother of well known actor Eddie Murphy) who said "Chappelle's Show' is over, man. Done,". "It took me a long time to be able to say those words, but I can say it pretty easy now, because it's the truth."

Well I feel disappointed for some my friends who watch this show, but hey the man needed a break from his busy schedule, so he took a break.

Have fun Chappelle.

Basketball – Past and Present

A lot of great basketball players have played in the NBA, now there are no longer NBA players, but for some who have become “LEGENDS”. This collection of Images shows NBA players, as they were growing up idolizing basketball, and finally playing basketball for a NBA team – A dream come true.