Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Airport Tragedy

An Indian guy named "Anantharaman Subbaraman" arrived at the New York airport and ended up waiting for his visa for about 2 hrs for the authorities to call his name, he got fedup and went to them and asked why they haven't called his name yet .

They said that they have been calling him for last 2 hrs as 'Anotherman Superman'

Truly a tragedy!!!!!!!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Google searches web's dark side

One in 10 web pages scrutinised by search giant Google contained malicious code that could infect a user's PC.

About 450,000 were capable of launching so-called "drive-by downloads", sites that install malicious code, such as spyware, without a user's knowledge.

Read this for more info...

Thursday, April 5, 2007

IBM Develops A-browser for Blind

IBM will soon launch a multimedia browser to make audio and video content accessible to people with vision impairments.

The technology codenamed as the Accessibility Browser or A-Browser is a software created by a blind IBM employee in Japan, Dr Chieko Asakawa.

Using the A-Browser, a vision-impaired person will be able to control media content by using predefined shortcut keys, rather than having to look for the control buttons using a mouse.

It is learnt that the A-Browser is very much like Internet Explorer as it can surf just about any web page. So, once a user opens a web page, the browser automatically analyses multimedia objects inside the page, then the browser establishes a connection to each multimedia object. As of now, the browser has adapters for Adobe Flash and Windows Media Player.

IBM said that technology will be available sometime later this year and hopes to make it available for free. Also, there are plans to 'open source' the technology in order to make it available to a large number of people.

Friday, March 30, 2007


If ever Art has ardently wooed Beauty, nowhere is it more evident than in the paintings of Thanjavur. Every creation is truly a celebration of the beautiful. Rich, full bodied colours vie with exquisite filigree work to overwhelm the eye. The themes are figures of God, Krishna being the most frequently reproduced , but in various poses & depicting various stages of his life. Other Gods are depicted too. Today people are experimenting with birds, animals, building structures, etc.,

Thanjavur, located in the rich delta of the river Cauvery between Tiruchirapalli & Kumbakonam had been the centre of economical & cultural activities under the Nayaks of Vijayanagar dynasty, Sultan of Bijapur & lastly by Maratha rulers. Though Thanjavur was not the birth place of this art, this style of paintings developed here during the 18th century under Maratha rulers. As people & artists migrated to Tanjore from Mysore, Andhra, Bijapur, Maharashtra & Gujarat, the theme & style came to be largely influenced by various schools of arts & religious requirements, also coming under some Western & Chinese influence.

Seasoned wooden planks were joined on which paper or a piece of cloth was fixed by using tamarind seed paste. Locally available stone powder & unboiled lime powder were used to prepare the surface. Outline was drawn by tracing the original hand drawn figures. Semi-precious & precious stones, cut glasses etc., were placed to make the jewels for the figure. Apart from giving artificial gold colouring, gold & silver leaves were used to colour the costumes & jewellery and other decorative areas.

The pigments were prepared using locally available natual materials. The artists favoured bright luminous colours as the paintings were originally meant to be kept in poorly lighted rooms, temple, mutts and homes for worshipping. Tanjore style paintings are also drawn on glass by using different techniques. The characteristics of the Tanjore paintings are its brilliant colour scheme, decorative jewellery with stones and cut-glasses & its chubby larger-than-life figures.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The QEDWiki Project

One of the most sophisticated applications built on Zend Framework to date is the QEDWiki project by IBM. QEDWiki is an "application wiki," which extends the wiki concept significantly. Drag and drop application elements onto wiki pages, connect them through web services, and create composite applications that solve real business needs. The widgets are PHP classes that are executed via AJAX to render themselves. Most of the widgets used in the demos have both a design-time and a run-time rendering. IBM and Zend have an ongoing partnership to foster PHP development, and this is just one example of how they are working together. Much of the code that IBM has developed for QEDWiki is in the process of being given back to the community in the form of contributions to the Zend Framework. Check out this impressive demo by Stewart Nickolas to learn more about QEDWiki. [View Demo]

Friday, March 23, 2007

We Salute You!

Spend 2 minutes in remembering the martyrs Bhagatsingh, Sukhdev, Rajguru...

Today on 23rd Mar in 1931, with 'Inkilab Zindabad' in their mind, these three youngsters, were hanged to death. All for our independence...


Friday, March 16, 2007

Can't get through

Customer: "I've been ringing your call centre on 0700 2300 for two days and can't get through to enquiries, can you help?"

Operator: "Where did you get that number from, sir?"

Customer: "It was on the door to the travel centre."

Operator: "Sir, they are our opening hours."