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Leave Office Early

Dear Friends,

I came across a hoarding in Ejipura, Bangalore with a different caption that read “Leave Office Early“.

Of course, with the surprised mind, I was very curious to check out what was there in store by surfing the website http://leaveofficeearly.com. I am sure you would also love to do the same thing. Aint I?

On a whole, it is for a nice initiative targeted on June 24, 2011.

Good luck :)

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Opinions on Best Ebook Reader

Hi Friends,

It was a mail thread I had for asking the opinion on the best Ebook reader, among my friends. As usual with my own style, I am collecting all the replies and posting it here so it will be useful to all!

Here you go…

Question :

Hi Friends,

Are you using any Ebook Readers? If so which one do you use and what is the best factor your feel out of your ebook reader? I am thinking to buy one and I thought I can get your opinion on the same.

If I google out, there are so many and I am slightly confused on which one to choose.

What are the parameters one should look at before buying a device?

Which one do you think stands at its best these days? I know this is very subjective and depends on various factors.

Kindly share your views.

Thanks in advance.

Answers:

Sowmya says :

I got a Kindle just the WiFi version… I think it is very good and serves my purpose. The cost has also come down. I really love it. If you are keen on reading colourful magazines then nook is fine. Kindle has the e-ink technology that has less strain to the eye. So my suggestion go for kindle. But irrespective of opinions do an extensive research and find out what you need the most (between kindle and nook) 🙂

Upon asking about the price of Nook,

I got it from amazon for $139.

Nook is a product of Barnes and Noble… the book sellers.

Vivek Juneja says :

Hey Raghs,

I currently use the Kindle from Amazon. The 3rd generation one is pretty amazing device. Awesome battery life, great to read on for long hours, WiFi, 3G options. Plus bonus : Text to Speech (natural speech), Webkit Browser, MP3 / Music / Audio books player, On board QWERTY keyboard.

I am using this for last 3 months, and pretty happy with it. The form factor is easy to carry. I am pretty amazed by the battery life ( around a month of decent usage).

So my best bet for you would be a Kindle. Currently its a B & W with 16 shades of gray. Color is missing, but it really does not count if you are not reading colored books. It supports quite a good number of file formats including PDF, Word, MOBI, EPUB etc. PDF rendering is neat, but I support converting the PDF into the native format for all the benefits.

Overall a nice device. Ring me if you want more details.

Arunkumar K says :

best one is the kindle as it is the best for the eyes.. ipads and sony readers arent as good..

battery life is awesome as well and it is also reasonable pricewise!!

Anupama Biswas says :

i have a kindle too and its good 🙂 No complains so far 🙂

KrishnaKumar says :

You sure want just ebook reader? And seriously, noone to recommend Adam? Of course, it cannt compete with Kindle as an ebook reader, but it should do the job pretty well and much much more than Kindle in other regards. Just for the heck of it, I would wait till Adam goes to full fledged production. It has been disappointingly delayed already. It does have eInk display (along with other options). It should cost a little more than Kindle, but its worth it.

http://www.notionink.com

Ramya Anandan says :

Raghav,

I agree with below comments about Amazon kindle, go for it.

Jeevan Kumar says :

I never used a Ebook Reader so no idea which one is best in category.

Sriram Kailasanathan says :

Raghava,

I would suggest you a high end android mobile where you can install kindle software for free, with which you can double your mobile as a reader also and dont have the worries to carry 2 devices.

I hold a HTC desire, and installed the kindle on that, works fine for me

Rekha Balasubramaniam says :

Raghavan,I heard about Amazon e-book reader kindle but not sure how far it is worthwhile buying J

Ramesh VG says :

If just a Ebook then go for Amazon Kindle, but if u want more than a reader but a tablet, wait for few more month, where new tablets are coming to market.

Thank you all 🙂

 


 



 


 


 


 


 

Calm a disturbed mind

I got this as a forward. However, felt really good and thought of sharing this with you all.

Buddha’s Advice to Calm a Disturbed Mind

Once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers.. This was in the initial days. While they were traveling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, “I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there.”

The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink , So he came back and told Buddha, “The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink.” After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The disciple obediently went back to the lake.

This time too he found that the lake was muddy. He returned and informed Buddha about the same. After sometime, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back. The disciple reached the lake to find the lake absolutely clean and clear with pure water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.

Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said,” See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be…. and the mud settled down on its own – and you got clear water. Your mind is also like that! When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless.

Change in pattern of train services

May be useful for people who are from Tamilnadu (India) and may travel via coimbatore (to and from).

CHANGE IN PATTERN OF TRAIN SERVICES

Due to remodelling works at Coimbatore yard, following changes will be made in the pattern of train services between Chennai Central and Coimbatore.

I.   TRAINS DIVERTED

All Mail/Express trains presently running via. Coimbatore will not touch Coimbatore from 25.11.2008 to 12.12.2008.  Instead they will be diverted via. Irugur – Podanur route with stoppage at Podanur.

II.   EXPRESS TRAINS PARTIALLY CANCELLED

a)         Train No.2679 Chennai Central – Coimbatore Intercity Express will run upto Erode instead of Coimbatore on 26th, 29th November and 2nd, 5th, 8th and 11th December 2008.

b)         Train No.2970 Jaipur – Coimbatore Jaipur (weekly) Express (via. Chennai Central) will run upto Erode instead of Coimbatore on 27th November and 4th and 11th December 2008.

c)          Train No.2969 Coimbatore – Jaipur (weekly) Express (via. Chennai Central) will leave from Erode instead ofCoimbatore on 28th November and 5th and 12th December 2008.

d)         The Coimbatore portion of Train Nos.2671/2672 Chennai Central – Mettupalayam – Chennai Central Nilgiri Expresses will be terminated at/ leave from Coimbatore North from 25.11.2008 to 12.12.2008 and Mettupalayam portion will run upto Mettupalayam.

III. TRAINS FULLY CANCELLED

a)     Train 2681 Chennai Central – Coimbatore (Weekly) Express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 22.20 hrs. on Saturdays will be cancelled on 29.11.2008, 6.12.2008 and 13.12.2008.

b)     Train 2682 Coimbatore – Chennai Central (Weekly) Express scheduled to leave Coimbatore at 23.30 hrs. on Fridays will be cancelled on 28.11.2008, 5.12.2008 and 12.12.2008.

IV. TRAINS WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO BE DEALT AT COIMBATORE

There will be no change in the Arrival and Departure of the following Mail/Express trains terminating/originating at Coimbatore during the period.

a)     Train Nos.2673/2674 Chennai Central – Coimbatore – Chennai Central Cheran Expresses.

b)     Train Nos.2675/2676 Chennai Central – Coimbatore – Chennai Central Kovai Expresses.

c)      Train No.2680 Coimbatore – Chennai Central Intercity Express.

d)     Train Nos.1013/1014 Lokmanya Tilak Terminus – Coimbatore – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Expresses.

e)     Train Nos.6609/6610 Nagercoil – Coimbatore – Nagercoil Expresses.

f)        Train Nos.2083/2084 Mayiladuturai – Coimbatore – Mayiladuturai Jan Shatabdi   Expresses.

g)     2647/2648 Coimbatore – H.Nizamuddin – Coimbatore Kongu Expresses.

h)      6614/6613 Coimbatore – Rajkot – Coimbatore (weekly) Expresses.

V.  TERMINATING/PASSING THROUGH PASSENGER TRAINS FROM 25.11.2008 TO 12.12.2008.

a)      Train Nos.610/611 Mangalore – Coimbatore – Mangalore passengers will run upto and leave from Podanur instead of Coimbatore.

b)      Train Nos.634/633 Shoranur – Coimbatore – Trichur passengers will run upto and leave from Podanur.

c)      Train Nos.631/632 Coimbatore – Palghat Town – Coimbatore passengers will run upto Podanur instead ofCoimbatore.

d)      Train Nos.0633/0634 Coimbatore – Shoranur-Coimbatore  passengers will run upto Podanur instead ofCoimbatore.

e)      Train Nos.607/608 Erode – Coimbatore – Coimbatore passengers will run upto Coimbatore North duly canceling the run between Coimbatore North and Coimbatore.

f)        Train Nos.383/384 Nagercoil –  Coimbatore – Nagercoil passengers will run upto and leave fromCoimbatore.

g)      Train Nos.387/388 Coimbatore – Mangalore – Coimbatore  passengers will leave from and run upto Podanur instead of Coimbatore.

h)      Train Nos.887/888 Tiruchchirappalli – Palghat town- Tiruchchirappalli passengers will run via. Irugur , Podanur. In lieu of stoppages of T.No.888 passenger between Coimbatore – Irugur, T.No.1014 Coimbatore – Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express will be stopped at Coimbatore North, Pilamedu, Singanallur and Irugur as a special case during the above period


Courtesy:
Thanks to my colleague Vidhya R for sharing this through an e-mail.

New GMail with Themes

New Gmail Theme

New Gmail Theme

Looks Like I am working on a Mainframes Terminal? 🙂 Huh.. No way.. Its the ‘Gmail’ with the ‘Themes’ 🙂

Always been wondering about the 6 letter world ‘Google’ as their breathing mantra is all about ‘Innovation’, ‘Creativity’. They just rock and I simply fall in love with every aspect of Gmail.

I do remember I was one of the few to comment the same sharing the addiction towards Gmail service by bypassing all the predecessors Yahoo, Rediffmail which were ruling till then.

Thanks to my colleagye Vivek Juneja for just setting this theme ‘Terminal‘ (with Courier New font — towards which I started having a liking of late) accidentally when he was trying to find out a theme called ‘Mountain‘ which he is using in his machine. I guess the set of themes vary depends on the browser you use. Vivek uses Google’s own new browser ‘Google Chrome’ and there he has little more different themes. As I do use ‘Flock’ which is based on ‘Mozilla Firefox’, I don’t.

Though I always go with the simple and pleasant colours, this one has dominated today because of the power saving thought [Check out www.blackle.com – yet another stuff from Google which suggests you to go for black background to save the power consumption]. Moreover accidental events sometimes yield good results 🙂

One good aspect whih has NOT dissatisfied me was the font style is retained in the mail content with this theme :). Way to go Google..

I Love you Google 🙂

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Get A Trial, Get a TShirt

You can give a trial if interested. It is from VersionOne, an Agile Project Management Plan.

http://www.versionone.com/agilepmtooling/index.asp

You can get a free T-Shirt 🙂

Airliftonline – airport transfer service for bangalore

I am sure it would be of a great rescue to Bangaloreans who are in need to travel via air. As the new airport (Bangalore International Airport — BIAL) is located far away from the city and the average time duration to reach is about 2.5-3 hours in the day time, everyone in the picture tends to make use (exploit rather? huh…) of the situations for getting more MONEY!.

This particular piece of info i got from my friend through an email seems to be of a great boon. Thought of sharing it here ! 🙂 But, kindly go through the website for the full-and-updated information!

Here you go..

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We are starting a Airport Transfer Service for Bangalore . Since the New airport is far from the city and we feel that Airport Transfers will become very expensive for the Passengers and there will be a definite problem to commute to and from the New Airport . We are introducing our service to make airport Transfers less expensive and still provide the required luxury while taking customers to and from the airport. We will pick up the customers from the Airlift pickup points and drop them to the airport and vice versa bring them to the city from the airport.

Unique features of the Airlift Vehicle

*         Airlift will be 6 seat air conditioned Toyota Innova. Individual Bucket seats for all 5 passengers.

*         Airlift will have a LCD screen on each passenger seat for personalized entertainment system, these screens will show 5 channels with different contents.

*         Airlift has ample overhead covered and secured luggage space.

*         Airlift will be Wi-Fi enabled for passengers to browse the internet on the screens and as well as with their laptops.

*         Airlift will be driven by our Auto Pilots who will be in uniform and well trained to communicate and present themselves to the customers.

*         Airlift will also be tracked by GPS system to ensure efficient on time services and tracking every vehicle to make sure of complete security of passengers.

Airlift is being designed to provide complete comfort and help the passenger to use their commuting time productively.

Pricing:

We feel that the Normal City Cab from or to the Airport will cost about 750/- to 1000/- one way. Our service has been priced at Rs. 300/- one way and moreover Return journey for to and from the airport will be Rs. 450/- per person.  That is nearly 70% saving on the Airport Transfers vis-à-vis a regular City Cab.

How to avail the service:

Book Tickets online on our website http://www.airliftonline.com through Credit or Debit Card.

Pickup the Prepaid Coupons in any of the Retail Stores and call 91-98450-47788 to make a booking or use the same on http://www.airliftonline.com

Support:

SMS AIRLIFT to 54545. Our support team will get in touch with you ASAP.

Call our 24/7 call center number 98450 47788.

Logon to our website http://www.airliftonline.com for any queries

Best Initiatives from IITs

Dear All,

The IITs have taken up an initiative of starting online teaching and thus have started offering course materials online for every engineering stream.

Many professors from all the IITs have provided course materials for each chapter and each subject.

One has to register at the link provided below and can access the course material free of cost.

Every Chapter has been described with diagrams and charts. Please spread this message to everyone, as many can benefit from this program taken up by the government and IIT.

This is just a trial period going on and hence i request everyone to register at the link given.

1] Type the following address on internet explorer http://www.nptel.iitm.ac.in

2] Click on Courses

3] Sign up as a NEW USER

4] And one can access any course material.

Please spread the world, so that this initiative benefits as many students as possible.

including javascript file in a jsp file

“how to include a javascript file (external .js file) into the jsp files?”. it is all about. It can be achieved by using “<script>” tag as follows

<script language="text/javascript" src="../path/to/your/javascript-file.js"/>

This link helps you for the same -> http://www.w3schools.com/js/js_whereto.asp

It all started off with the inclusion of a javascript calendar in a Web application what i am developing! At first i had searched for some cool javascript calendar stuff in google.  Though got a couple of links, got impressed very much this DHTMLGoodies stuff. The reason being it satisfies my exact requirement as it does NOT not only capture the date but also the time which is what i needed. Look at the section “A date picker for form” which is in the middle of the page.

But the issue always start with customization :). As the demo page was having some other types of calendars, i had to omit those. But my gimmics on the mimic was not working as i kept getting an ‘Object expected‘ error in the IE browser! Felt very bad and tried some work arounds, finally somehow managed to get this thing done! The real action i was doing was keeping the html page outside the folder which was actually inside a folder named ‘demos’ in the downloaded DHTMLSuite package zip file. But it dint seem to be working and i was going crazy what might be causing so. Well, one of my colleagues also attempted to debug and finally we have decided that it should be under a folder and its name should also be ‘demo’. He even searched for the same in files in demo directory for being hardcoded! I was telling that it should never be the way.  i asked him to recheck by giving a different name and he gave the name as ‘xxx’. Crazy fellow :). It did work 🙂

Finally, the mistake was there in the naming convention of .js file. There was an error in the filename as the actual filename was having a mixed camelCase (fileName.js) but inside it was referred all in small case! 😦 yuck.. It is again a silly copy-paste error! 😦

This is how we tend to do the mistakes on the things which we know we are comfortable with. Aint I?

Keyboards are dirtier than toilet seats

Courtesy: Thanks to my friend Meera for sharing this through an email.
LONDON: Did you know that computer keyboards often harbour more dirt than an average toilet seat? Shocking but true!
The findings of a research carried out by a microbiologist published today in Which? Computing magazine shows that keyboards house millions of bacteria which can cause diarrhoea and vomiting.
James Francis examined samples from 33 keyboards and found bugs including E coli and S aureus which can cause skin infections and make people ill.
For comparison the scientist swabbed a toilet seat and door handle in a typical London office and found that in the case of one keyboard it was five times dirtier than the lavatory seat. “I haven’t seen a reading like that in a very long time — it was off the scale. It was increasing the risk of its user becoming ill,” said Francis. The keyboard had to be removed from the office because it was home to 150 times the acceptable limit of bacteria.
Two other keyboards had “warning levels” of bacteria, while a further two showed high levels of coliform bacteria which are associated with fecal matter.
“These results are generally typical of offices up and down the country,” said Francis.
The chief culprit for contamination was people eating at their desks and dropping crumbs that lodge between keys and encourage the growth of millions of bacteria.
Other causes include people not washing their hands after using the toilet. Dust, which traps moisture, also provides ideal conditions for the growth of bacteria.
“Most people don’t give much thought to the grime that builds up on their PC, but if you don’t clean your computer, you might as well eat your lunch off the toilet,” said Sarah Kidner, the editor of Which? Computing. The magazine suggests giving the computer a regular cleaning.
 The survey showed that 22 per cent cleaned their keyboard and 27 per cent their monitor on a monthly basis. Just over one in 10 said they never cleaned their keyboard, which 20 per cent said they never cleaned their mouse.
 It recommended that computers be shut down and unplugged before being gently dusted with a soft, lint-free cloth and wiped with an approved computer cleaning fluid.
 The magazine also warned that headphones could ferry germs between people and transfer headlice.
Friends,
 Atleast from now on shall we be careful and responsible to keep our environment clean and virus free?
  I somehow tend to clean my home PC on a regular basis which includes keyboard.  🙂 Anyways, it is again justified with the news.
   So lets continue the good work..