Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Thin Computer from Fujitsu

Japanese IT and communication solution provider Fujitsu on Tuesday launched its ultra-portable range of laptops, including the world's smallest tablet-convertible personal computer. This third largest global IT service provider also plans to introduce its range of desktops within the next 3 months.

The new models introduced in India includes the world's smallest tablet-convertible PC "Life Book U1010" (first 3.5G enabled laptop in India). It weighs just 0.63kg and is enabled with mobile broadband and provides palm sized connectivity for people who stay mobile. It is priced at Rs.85,000 for 3.5G and Rs.74,000. With a 14.1" wide screen, the premium LifeBook S6510(3.5G) is just 5.6mm wide. Can you imagine ?

Fujitsu is planning to sell about 35,000 units in the next two years. All these models come with a three year warranty, what more do you need ? These computers are really one's dream possession. So what are you waiting for ??? Get set go !!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Why Business phones are no longer a niche thing ?

Mobile phones are no longer a luxury as we all thought it to be once. Well, thats not the important thing. But what is definitely important to note is that even business phones - which were earlier the reserved for the upper class, have lost their niche status as well.

Think of Nokia N-series, Nokia E-series, Motorola, HTC, iMate, O2, Palm Treo. You need not be a Richie Rich to make one amongst these priced possessions yours. Competition pricing amongst the dealers have brought them within the reach of everyone. What was earlier priced at Rs.30000 or more, is now available from Rs.12000 onwards. As a result of this, even ordinary people and businessman are lapping it up.

Changing work trends and increasing incomes have increased the demand for such hi-fi phones and thats where the economies of scale pops up - the higher the volumes sold, lesser the cost becomes. But there's more than price that is bothering the customers.

The idea in an all in one phone seems irresistable - a touch screen, email, an operating system, wi-fi, camera, an in-built mp3 player etc. Thats why it is called a Smart Phone. Along with these features, the look and feel of the phone is also important for the customer.

It is for all these reasons that a high end phone in no longer a dream possession for a lay man.

Monday, January 28, 2008

How does a chameleon change it's colour ?

Chameleon is a variety of lizard which often changes its colour. This is possible because of the colour-containing cells beneath the skin. But how do these cells help it to change colour ?

The upper layer of a chameleon's skin is transparent but the layer just underneath it has cells containing red, yellow and black pigments. These pigments are granular in structure and these granulescan easily move from one point to another in it's body. The contraction and expansion of these cells containing the granules are responsible for the change in colour of a chameleon. The cells contractand expand due to several factors as described below...

First, Emotions play a role in changing it's colour. When a chameleon gets enraged or frightened,it's colour turns black. Also in a state of excitement yellow spots appear on its skin making it yellow.

Secondly, light brings a change in colour, for example when exposed to sunlight, its cells turn black dueto heat of the sun.

Thirdly, heat is also a contributory factor. when it is an a hot and dark atmosphere, its colour becomes green and at lesser temperatures in darkness, the skin becomes light yellow.

The ability to change colours by a chameleon has many adavantages like protection from enemies and in catching its prey for food.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Lenovo PCs go thin 'n green

If "Small is beautiful" was the mantra in the desktop personal computer business previously, it's time to add another tag, "Thin and green".

Chinese PC maker giant Lenovo has built what is possibly the thinnest, smallest, quietest and the least power consumer desktop computer. The A61E ThinkCentre launched in India this week, has achieved the highest 'gold' status of the industry's Green Electronics Council - rating based on the energy effeciency as well as 90% recyclable parts and packaging.

The version begins at Rs.15,800(excluding monitor) and are configured with a choice of AMD processors .

The dual core Athlon 64X2 or the mono core Sempron. The footprint is 8cm width by 27cm length by 17cm breadth and the machine weighs just over 3kg. It has a hard disk capacity of 80gb. Different models run Windows 2000 or Vista Business. It strengthens the partnership with chip maker AMD,whose dual core processor used here takes just 45 watts - less than an average incandescent lightbulb.

Ramayana by Bill Gates ???

When Bill Gates was in India, he had a chance 2 listen Ramayana. After returning 2 US he wrote it in his personal diary which has been recently found (Courtesy PTI). These are excerpt from his diary.

Ramayana by Bill Gates...

LAN, LAN ago, in the SYSTEM of I/O-dhya, there ruled a PROCESSOR named DOS-rat. Once he EXECUTED a great sacrifice PROGRAM after which his queens gave an OUTPUT of four SUNs - RAM, LSIman, BUG-rat and SED-rughana.
RAM the eldest was a MICROCHIP with excellent MEMORY. His brothers, however, were only PERIPHERALICs. Once when RAM was only 16MB, he married princess C ta.
12years passed and DOS-rat decided to INSTALL RAM as his successor.However, Queen CIE/CAE(Kayegayee) , who was once offered a boon by DOS-rat for a lifesaving HELP COMMAND, took this opportunity at the instigation of her BIOSed maid and insisted that her son Bug-rat be INSTALLED and that RAM be CUT-N-PASTED to the forest for 14 years. At this cruel and unexpected demand, a SURGE passed through DOS-rat and he CRASHED like unstable version of AI MSN does in intel.
RAM agreed to LOG INTO forest and C ta insisted to LOGIN with him. LSI-man also resolved on LOGGING IN with his brother. The forest was the dwelling of SPARCnakha, the TRAN-SISTOR of RAW-van, PROCESSOR of LAN-ka. Attracted by RAM, she proposed that he should marry her. RAM, politely declined, perceiving C ta to be his SOURCE CODE. She hastened to kill her but LSI-man cut her inportant PERIPHERALS. Weeping, SPARC-nakha fled to LAN-ka, where RAW-van, moved by TRAN-SIS TOR s plight, approached his uncle MAR-icha. MAR-icha REPROGRAMED himself to form a golden stag and drew RAM deep into the forest. Finally, RAM shot the deer, which, with his last breath, cried out for LSI-man in voice of RAM s SOUND CARD. Fooled by this VIRTUAL RAM SOUND, C ta urged LSI-man to his brother s aid. Catching the opportunity, RAW-van DELINKED C ta from her LIBRARY and changed her ROOT DIRECTORY to LAN-ka.


RAM and LSI-man started SEARCHING for the missing C ta all over the forest. They made friendship withthe forest SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR Akshat sorry... SU-greev and his powerful co-processor Ha-NEUMAN, who agreed to help RAM. SU-greev ordered his PROGRAMMERS to use powerful SEARCH techniques learntin CS130 to FIND the missing C ta. His PROGRAMMERS SEARCHED allaround the INTER-NETworked forests. Many tried to EXCITE the birds and animals not to forget the WEBCRAWLERS (Insects) and tried to INFOSEEK something about C ta. Some of them even shouted YAA-HOO but they all ended up with NO FOUND MESSAGES Google, Lycos nothing was left untouched. The only thing they forgot was to mail iitcse01 & get PTI s help. Ha-NEUMAN then devised a RISCy TECHNOLOGY and used it to cross the seas at an astonishing CLOCK SPEED. Soon Ha-NEUMAN DOWNLOADED himself into LAN-ka. Ha-NEUMAN found C ta under a brown - green (as Brahma will call it) TREE STRUCTURE Ha-NEUMAN used the LOGIN ID (ring) to identify himself to C ta. After DECRYPTING THE KEY, C ta asked him to send STATUS_OK MESSAGE to RAM.
Meanwhile all raakshasa BUGS around C ta captured Ha-NEUMAN to DELETE him using everything including Ctrl-Alt-Del. But Ha-NEUMAN spread chaos by spreading VIRUS Fire . Ha-NEUMAN pressed ESCAPE from LAN-kaand & conveyed all the STATUS MESSAGES to RAM and SU-greev. RAW-wan decided to take RAM head-on. One of the RAW-wan s SUN almost DELETED LSI-man with a Brahma -astra. But Ha-NEUMAN resorted to some ACTIVE-Xgradients and REFORMATTED LSI-man. RAM used the SOURCE CODE secrets of RAW-wan and wiped out RAW-wan s presence on earth. Later, RAM got INSTALLED in I/O-dhya and spreaded his USER FRIENDLY PROGRAMS to all USERS and everyone lived happily ever after, playing & enjoying AOE.
Please take this as a fun....

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Gilli announces Retirement...

Adam Gilchrist, the Australian vice-captain for the one dayer and a great Wicket Keeper has announced his retirement. The news came at the end of the third day's play between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval. He also said that he would retire from the one-day version of the game after the tri-series with India and Sri Lanka. Gilchrist has played 95 Test matches (Before Adelaide Test Match) and has scored 5556 runs with a batting average of 47.82. He holds one of the best strike rates, almost an impossible one in the test matches at an average of 81.97. He holds the wicket keeper's record for most Test dismissals. Gilchrist now has 414 dismissals(377 catches and 37 stumpings) from 96 Tests.

20 of Gilchrist's 37 stumpings have come off the bowling of Shane Warne.

However, it would be a daunting task for the next line of Australian keepers to keep up to their predecessors. Brad Haddin is tipped to succeed Gilchrist behind the stumps in the Test Cricket.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Effects of Smoking.....

Effects of smoking can be devastating if one comes to know about it completely. About 85% of thecases related to lung cancer in U.S is caused because of smoking. All the smokers have a chance of developing deadly cancers like leukemia, stomach, bladder, and kidney cancers. Apart from cancer, smoking can also lead to severe heart problems, arthritis and causes a greater risk ofdeveloping injuries by slowing down the body's healing time and some metabolism.
It's never too late to quit smoking. Some gains when you get after quitting smoking are,

Amount of time after you quit :

8 hours : Oxygen levels in body would return to normal level.
48 hours : All nicotine would leave your body.
2 weeks : Blood circulation will increase, energy level will return to normal.
1 year : Risk of heart attack will drop by half.
5 years : Risk of stroke will return to that of non-smokers.
10 years : Risk of lung cancer will return to that of non-smokers.
15 years : Risk of heart attack will return to that of non-smokers.

Along with health, you can save money and lead a better life.....

The Real Wolverine : Not X-Men

Everyones familiar with Wolverine from the X-men and his trademark mega sharp adamantium claws but have you ever wondered what a real wolverine looks and behaves like ? Well Wolverines are the largest land dwelling member of the weasel family (Giant Otter). The wolverine's fur is dense and does not retain mch of water which makes it very much resistant to the cold conditions. Thisproperty of it's fur makes it a hunter's attraction for making leather products out of the wolverine's fur. They look more like a small bear than an actual weasel with a long tail.
In terms of size they can grow as long as four feet and weigh as much as 40 pounds.All wolverines have two light coloured stripes along their back and carnivorous in nature, theyare known to eat plant materials too. The wolverines are extremely muscular and powerful for their size and have been known to kill and consume animals much larger than themselves.

The wolverines are found mainly in parts of northern Canada, the Arctic, Siberia, Scandinavia and also in parts of Russia.

Are you beginning to see the similarities between Logan from X-men and Wolverines now ???

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Real Adventutes Of Johnny Quest - Theme Music

The Real Adventutes Of Johnny Quest Theme Music :

TATA's Nano (1 Lac Car)

As the much awaited 1 lakh car was unveiled at the Auto Expo in New Delhi, people have already placed themselves, at least in their dreams, behind the wheels of this cute car named Tata Nano. Initially the car is launched in three colours- Red, White and Light green. The car will also be coming in two versions one is the standard version that is marked by the single color interiors, two spoke steering wheel and vinyl trimmed seats. Even though the car doesn't belong to the luxury range, Tata plans a luxury version for Nano with dual color interiors, three spoke steering wheel, fabric seats and body color bumpers .The luxury version will also be equipped with stylish steel wheels, fog lamps, central locks, power windows and A/C engine management system with heater. Nano, for sure, is a revolution that may change the face of India on the forth coming days. Let us await and see.

Specifications :

Length: 3.1 m
Width: 1.5 m
Height: 1.6 m
To seat: 4
Engine: 643cc, 2-cylinder, all-aluminum
Position: Engine, battery at rear end
Boot: In front
Fuel: Petrol
Fuel consumption: 20 kmpl
AC: Only in deluxe version
Music system: No
Passenger side mirror: No
Body: All-steel
Safety features: Crumple zones, intrusion-resistant doors, seat belts, 2 A-Pillars
Suspension: Independent front and rear

Saturday, January 12, 2008

FireFox 3 includes search option

Firefox browser is the most used and popular browser amongst Internet users. They have recently planned to launch a beta version that is reported to have search facilities and other tools that can be used even during offline.

Mozilla is testing it and has named it ‘Gran Paradiso’. This major IE rival will include the search and Bookmark option in the URL bar. In addition to this, Firefox 3 will also have other inbuilt changes that might not be visible, but will overall work to give a stand out performance. Despite all these changes, the browser is expected to be less in terms of size. Definitely a tough competitor for IE, atleast for some years to come.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Blu-Ray Player with Internet ?

Sony is expected to release its Internet enabled Blu-ray music player in to the markets soon. This will enable the users to download movie trailers and some games from the Internet. This player has an Ethernet Port that will enable it to connect to the Online world.

This is the first Blu-ray product release after Sony’s victory of Toshiba’s HD-DVD loss. Many HollyWood Studios have also reportedly shifted to Blu-Ray version. Many market analysts consider that the real capability of this device would be revealed in case of movie downloads which might make the DVDs a thing of the past.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Porsche to buy Volkswagen ?

Porsche recently got the nod from its supervisory board to buy a majority stake in Volkswagen, which is reportedly Europe’s largest car maker. But Porsche has no plans of a possible merger, but would still operate as two separate car makers.

Porsche currently holds a 31% stake in Volkswagen which is followed by Wolfsburg Company that holds a 20% stake. There is a wide spread speculation that Porsche is on the move to take a majority stake in Volkswagen.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Should we pay Taxes ?

For many years we have all been paying taxes. Have we ever wondered why we are doing this act ? Governments in most of the countries have been demanding taxes from its citizens. Without taxation, Government cannot function properly as it need funding to develop the country.

Taxation can be classified as Direct and Indirect Taxes.

. Direct Taxes include – Income tax, wealth tax, property tax etc.
. Indirect taxes include - sales tax, water tax, excise duty etc.

Different countries have different percentage of taxation. The only country that does not have taxation are the Arab Countries as they get bulk of amount is Oil Exports. A country which imports more will have higher taxation compared to countries which import less and export more.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Sherlock Holmes – A great Detective

One novel character that can never be erased from our minds is the detective Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the person instrumental in creating such a legendary character. Sherlock Holmes was a detective par excellence with an analytical mind with he would solve any kind of case.

Holmes was an imaginative character. Conan produced this character in such a way that Holmes became everyone’s favourite, especially amongst children. He is hence considered to be the greatest detective in fiction and movies have also come out based on Holmes’ brilliance in solving cases.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Colour changing Hill ?

Ever wonder how it would seem to be when a hill could change it’s colour ? There’s one such hill known as the Ayer’s Rock. It changes its colour everyday and every season. It is 440 km south west in Australia. It is 338m high and 10km wide in base.

Normally it is red in colour, and the colour changes occur during the sunrise and sunset. During sunrise, it looks deep red in colour and during sunset it looks orangish yellow and at times looks black.

This spectacular phenomenon is possible because the Ayer’s rock is made up of sandstone. During sunreise and sunset, it looks orangish and redish because the lower wavelengths are scattered by the dust particles. It has been converted into a National Park to attract tourists.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Zodiac Signs

In earlier days, people framed some patterns of stars and called them as constellations. The number of constellations visible at different times in a year was found to be 12. Hence these 12 constellations were framed to be the signs of the Zodiac.

The names of these signs are as follows –
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

Astrology is based on these 12 signs. There are about 88 different constellations known to man, of which the Hydra constellation is the biggest.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Code the Bars !

Whenever we buy some products, we might have seen some black and white bars on the back side. Have you ever wondered what it represented ? It is called as Bar Code. It represents a computerised information about the product encoded in a different format.

The code is scanned by a beam of light, and each bars represents a particular information about the product. Then these pulses of information are fed to the computer for decoding. Now a days, laser beams are used for reading these lines.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Are you left-eyed or right-eyed ?

We all might have seen people who are either right handed or left handed. But do you know people who are left-eyed or right-eyed ? This means that we do not use our eyes equally, that means either of our eyes is dominant. Studies indicate that 65% of the people are right eyed, 32% are left eyed whereas only 3% are ambicular.

According to the researchers all individuals have equal refraction for both eyes, the matter of being left eyed or right eyed is purely psychological according to them. They also said that it was an unconscious preference inherited from the childhood.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

World’s deadliest Animal ?

We might have seen many animals, but not all are friendly looking. There’s a world’s deadliest animal and it is known as the Sea Wasp. It has long tentacles which has millions of small stings that can inject venom. This venom is highly toxic and could kill anyone in few minutes when not given immediate medical attention.

The sea wasp is a colourless creature which has a bell shaped body. A sea wasp might have as many as 50 tentacles and each tentacle might have 1m stinging cells. Tentacles are for the purpose of searching for food and mainly for the defense mechanisms.

Scientists have till date not been able to find a complete cure for the wasp’s venom. Hence one needs to be really careful that they never go near these wasps.