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Live now ( Live every moment )

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."    -- Annie Dillard

      We lose the power of the moment because we're so rarely in it.
We're reliving the past or speculating about the future. We continue to
believe that tomorrow's the day when I'll be more capable, more wealthy,
more fit and more loving. Meanwhile, I'm just putting in time, dreaming
of better things but not making any concrete move to realize them.

      When you find yourself thinking of the future or the past, bring
your awareness into the present moment. Really experience how you feel
and what's happening around you, without judgment. If we can treasure
each moment, our lives will be rich, no matter what we have
accomplished.

      "Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two
golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered
for they are gone forever."

      "If, before going to bed every night, you …

Facts About India

The name `India is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.
The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name `Hindustan combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.
The number system was invented by India. Aryabhatta was the scientist who invented the digit zero.
Sanskrit is considered as the mother of all higher languages. This is because it is the most precise, and therefore suitable language for computer software. ( a report in Forbes magazine, July 1987 ). Chess was invented in India.
Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies which originated in India.
The place value system and the decimal system were developed in 100 BC in India.
The first six Mogul Emperor s of India ruled in an unbroken succession from father to son for two hundred years, from 1526 to 1707.The World's First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara temple at Tanjavur in…

Facts of R

·Racecar spelled backwards is racecar. ·Radio and TV producer John Guedel was the originator of the musical commercial. ·Rain falls at 11kmph (7mph) ·Raindrops aren't actually tear-drop shaped. They are rounded at the top and flat on the bottom. ·Rape is reported every six minutes in the U.S. ·Rats and horses can't vomit. ·Rats are omnivorous, eating nearly any type of food, including dead and dying members of their own species. ·Rats can survive without water longer than camels. · Red is the most commonly colored vehical involved in accidents each year. ·Red is the most popular car color in the U.S. ·Red paint is the cheapest color to make. ·Refried beans aren't really what they seem. Although their name seems like a reasonable translation of Spanish frijoles refritos, the fact is that these beans aren't fried twice. In Spanish, refritos literally means "well-fried," not "re-fried." ·Regular coffee drinkers have about one-third le…

An old story, but good

An old man lived alone in Minnesota. He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work. His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation.

"Dear Son, I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able to plant
my potato garden this year. I hate to miss doing the garden, because your mother always loved planting time. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot.
If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren't in prison.
Love, Dad "

Shortly, the old man received this telegram:
"For Heaven's sake, Dad, don't dig up the garden!! That's where I buried the GUNS!"

A dozen FBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns.

Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son te…

Engineer Vs Manager

A man flying in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. Reducing altitude, he spotted a man on the ground and descended to shouting range.

"Excuse me," he shouted. "Can you help me? I promised my friend I would meet him a half hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man below responded: "Yes. You are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above this field. You are between 40 and 42 degrees North Latitude, and between 58 and 60 degrees West Longitude."

"You must be an engineer," responded the balloonist.

"I am," the man replied. "How did you know?"

"Well," said the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost."

Whereupon the man on the ground responded, "You must be a manager."

"That I am" replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," sai…

The best geek novels written in English since 1932

Total No. of people voted : 132
1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams 85% (102)
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell 79% (92)
3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley 69% (77)
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick 64% (67)
5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson 59% (66)
6. Dune -- Frank Herbert 53% (54)
7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov 52% (54)
8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov 47% (47)
9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett 46% (46)
10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland 43% (44)
11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson 37% (37)
12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons 38% (37)
13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson 36% (36)
14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks 34% (35)
15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein 33% (33)
16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dic…

Top 10 Space Movies

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Average Rating: 4.2

2. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
Average Rating: 4.2

3. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
Average Rating: 4.2

4. Apollo 13
Average Rating: 4.2

5. Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Average Rating: 4.2

6. Star Trek: First Contact
Average Rating: 4.1

7. Alien
Average Rating: 4.0

8. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
Average Rating: 4.0

9. The Right Stuff
Average Rating: 3.9

10. Contact
Average Rating: 3.9

Google Base

Google Base is a place where you can add all types of information that it will host and make searchable online. You can describe any item you post with attributes, which will help people find it when they search Google Base. In fact, based on the relevance of your items, they may also be included in the main Google search index and other Google products like Froogle and Google Local.

Walk-through airport lie detector

A new walk-through airport lie detector made in Israel may prove to be the toughest challenge yet for potential hijackers or drugs smugglers.

Tested in Russia, the two-stage GK-1 voice analyser requires that passengers don headphones at a console and answer "yes" or "no" into a microphone to questions about whether they are planning something illicit.

The software will almost always pick up uncontrollable tremors in the voice that give away liars or those with something to hide, say its designers at Israeli firm Nemesysco.

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No demand for media-player-free Windows

Microsoft started offering a version of Windows without a bundled media-player, known as Windows XP N, in June this year, to comply with last year's antitrust ruling by the European Commission.
Dell, Lenovo and Fujitsu Siemens have announced they have no plans to pre-install Windows XP N.
Recently RealNetworks has settled with Microsoft

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Classrooms with wireless Internet

Cornell University researchers outfitted classrooms with wireless Internet and monitored students' browsing habits.
They concluded, 'Longer browsing sessions during class tend to lead to lower grades, but there's a hint that a greater number of browsing sessions during class may actually lead to higher grades.'

Women Are Clever

A woman was out golfing one day when she hit the ball into the woods. She went into the woods to look for it and found a frog in a trap. The frog told her, "If you release me from this trap, I will grant you three wishes." The woman freed the frog, and the frog said, "Thank you, but I failed to mention that there was a condition to your wishes. Whatever you wish for, your husband will get it ten times!" The woman said, "That's okay." For her first wish, she wanted to be the most beautiful woman in the world. The frog warned her, "You do realize that this wish will also make your husband the most handsome man in the world, an Adonis whom women will flock to". The woman replied, "That's okay, because I will be the most beautiful woman and he will have eyes only for me." So, KAZAM-she's the most beautiful Woman in the world! For her second wish, she wanted to be the richest woman in the world. The frog said, "That will …

30 Movies you must watch before you reach 30

Being John MalkovichJaane Bhi Do YaaroPather PanchaliFerris Bueller's Day OffAnjali Love ActuallyMemoirs of a GeishaLife is Beautiful Lakshya Pretty WomanThe GodfatherAmerican PieThe Matrix Good Will HuntingThe Shawshank Redemption Run Lola Run Girl with a Pearl EarringMaine Pyar Kiya Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyThe Full MontyDilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Forrest Gump The Terminator Edward ScissorhandsJo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar Catch Me If You Can Bridget Jones's DiaryBend It Like BeckhamBack To The Future2001: A Space Odyssey

Intersting Facts

1 If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side 2 If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off. 3 Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying. 4 Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it. 5 The Mercedes-Benz motto is 'Das Beste oder Nichts' meaning 'the best or nothing'. 6 The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal. 7 The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing. 8 The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night. 9 Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day. 10 The roar that we hear when we place a seashell…

Microsoft marketing strategy (MARKET.EXE)

/* Project: Version - Windows XP */
#include <nonsense.h>
#include <lies.h>
#include <spyware.h > /* Microsoft Network Connectivity library */
#include <process.h> /* For the court of law */
#define say(x) lie(x)
#define computeruser ALL_WANT_TO_BUY_OUR_BUGWARE
#define next_year soon
#define the_product_is_ready_to_ship another_beta_version
void main()
{
if (latest_window_version>one_month_old)
{
if (there_are_still_bugs)
market(bugfix);
if (sales_drop_below_certain_point)
raise(RUMOURS_ABOUT_A_NEW_BUGLESS_VERSION);
}
while(everyone_chats_about_new_version)
{
make_false_promise(it_will_be_multitasking); /* Standard Call, in
lie.h */
if (rumours_grow_wilder)
make_false_promise(it_will_be_plug_n_play);
if
(rumours_grow_even_wilder)
{
market_time=ripe;
say("It will be ready in one month);
order(programmers, stop_fixing_bugs_in_old_version);
order(programmers, start_brainstorm_about_new_version);
order(marketingstaff, permission_to_spread_nonsense);
vapourware=TRUE;
break;
}
}
switch (nasty_q…

Gone are the days...

When the school reopened in June,And we settled in our new desks and benches.When we queued up in book depot,And got our new books and notes.When we wanted two Sundays and no Mondays, yetManaged to line up daily for the morning prayers.We learnt writing with slates and pencils, andProgressed To fountain pens and ball pens and then micro tips.We began drawing with crayons and evolved toColour pencils and finally sketch pens.We started calculating first with tables and then withClarke's tables and advanced to calculators and computers.When we chased one another in the corridors inIntervals, and returned to the classrooms drenched in sweat.When we had lunch in classrooms, corridors,Playgrounds, under the trees and even in cycle shed.When all the colors in the world,Decorated the campus on the Second Saturdays.When a single P.T. period in the week's Time Table,Was awaited more eagerly than the monsoons.When cricket was played with writing pads as bats,And Neck…

Google Searches Used in Murder Trial

It seems that the content of Google searches were used to help establish intent in a murder trial.
Will police in the future simply serve a subpoena to Google to find out what you've been thinking about? While this use of that information makes sense, at what point does your privacy give way to public concerns? Should police be able to search through your search history for "questionable" searches before you've been arrested for a crime, and what effect would this have on the health of society?

MailNation offers One Tera Byte Email Storage

I just got the message that Mail Nation is providing new Mail accounts with 1 Tera Byte storage. They are offering more than one domain to create your account ( Eg. mailnation.org, mailnation.net). The free service includes, Webmail with 1TeraByte ( 1000 GB ) storage and Mail forwarding feature. You have to pay 19$ if you want POP and SMTP access to your mail box. If you create your account and login, you will find the message "Please note that the use of YahooGroups is strictly prohibited. If you choose to receive such emails, your account will be deleted without notice. Thank you." . The Webmail interface resembles that of MS Outlook and its very clean with out ads.You won't find any ads even in the free service. If you go for fee mail account , then you need to login atleast one for every 60 days to retain your account. I think mailnation has used good strategy to penetrate into E-mail bussiness, but they are offering the free account to lure you towards their…

World Wind from NASA

NASA has released World Wind  (Open software) which lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, World Wind lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there.

Virtually visit any place in the world. Look across the Andes, into the Grand Canyon, over the Alps, or along the African Sahara.

You can find World Wind @ http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/

Nominated Poem of 2005 for the best poem.........

Dear White fella............ Couple of things you should know.....WhenI born, I Black, When I grow up, I Black, When I go in Sun, I Black, When I scared, I Black, When I sick, I Black, And when I die, I still black....... And you White fella, When you born, you Pink, When you grow up, you White, When you go in Sun, you Red, When you cold, you Blue, When you scared, you Yellow, When you sick, you Green, And when you die, you Gray................. And you calling me Colored ???????????

Microsoft moving to Live (Online sofware services)

Microsoft plans to launch Internet-based complements to its core products(Windows and Office), that create opportunities for the company to sell online subscriptions and advertising. Windows Live is a set of Internet-based personal services, such as e-mail, blogging and instant messaging. Office Live will come in both ad-based and subscription versions that augment MS' Office suite. The programs won't replace the paid software but instead seem aimed at capturing its online share. Windows Live at Live.com.

From BBC
The move to online software services is closely linked to the spread of high-speed access to the internet, as online software services are only as good as a user's access to the web.
Mr Gates, who is Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, said the strategic shift would change his company's approach to doing business: "We are trying to put a 'service plus software' mentality into many of the product groups inside Microsoft."