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SCIT’s Initiative in promoting GREEN IT

SCIT Initiative in promoting GREEN IT

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behavior, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace

We first released our ‘Guide to Greener Electronics’ in August 2006. The guide ranks the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, TV’s and games consoles according to their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change.

Ranking criteria explained

The ranking criteria reflect the demands of the Toxic Tech campaign to the electronics companies. Our three demands are that companies should:

  • clean up their products by eliminating hazardous substances;
  • takeback and recycle their products responsibly once they become obsolete.
  • Reduce the climate impacts of their operations and products.

We at SCIT strive to protect the environment. Our Symbiosis Infotech Campus is a no pollution and no plastic zone. From this year onwards we have taken an initiative to be a college with Green IT too. The use of paper in our college is to the minimum and to complement that in our library we have most of the books in their electronic license format. One more step in Going green has been the selection of the laptops by the students to use during the academic course. The majority has laptops from DELL and HP which are among the top 3 Greenest companies.

LAptops owned by SCIT 08 - 10 batch
LAptops owned by SCIT 08 - 10 batch

*Greenpeace Ratings

1. Nokia
2. Dell
3. Hewlett-Packard
4. Sony Ericsson
5. Samsung
6. Sony
7. LG Electronics
8. Panasonic
9. Toshiba
10. Fujitsu Siemens Computers
11. Apple
12. Acer
13. Motorola

TECHIE KAUN is back…

Techie Kaun 08 ??

Halt Ye armed Executive techie knights of today!

For, the battle of intellects is making another foray

To challenge vibrant grey cells into a deadly duel

Lo! The tech-carnival is back with its eighth sequel!

Be it wading through the addling OS or network labyrinth

Or squashing your technical cerebrum on a managerial plinth

Brace yourselves for the challenges that none dare scorn

It’s neither run-of-the-mill nor humdrum, it’sTechie Kaun!

Techie Kaun ’08, the flagship event of Symbiosis Center for Information Technology, is back this year with its eighth edition. This year’s edition of the most exciting techno-managerial fest of the country only promises to be even more thrilling – what with its variety of mind-boggling events, rock-shows in addition to workshops and other corporate events.

The national level fest is aimed at stimulating young technical minds to face business and managerial challenges as well. The symposium, managed by the students for students and corporates, offers a plethora of events ranging from the wholly technical quiz Technowledge to the delightfully entertaining Gaming events.

THEME FOR THE YEAR

GREEN IT

The primary objective of such a program is to account for the triple bottom line,
an expanded spectrum of values and criteria for measuring organizational
(and societal) success. The goals are similar to green chemistry; reduce the
use of hazardous materials, maximize energy efficiency during the product’s
lifetime, and promote recyclability or biodegradability of defunct products and
factory waste.

ORGANIZER:

SYMBIOSIS CENTER FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, PUNE.

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Claude Shannon – The knight of Information Technology

Today we all use the internet, listen to the music, watch movies in digital formats and the space required to store it is so small that it would wa unimaginable in the past.

There is a constant exchange of information between people , on the networks and on the internet. This excange seems so obvious that we never think of what goes at the back of it to make it happen. This all seems to be an integral part of our lives now. All this exchange of information is due to the contribution of a single personality who established a relationship between mathematics and digital logic and laid down the algorithms and rules which dictate the terms which define the amount off space required to strore certain amount of information in the digital format and its tranfer limitation across the networks.

The information theory by Claude E. Shannon is comparable to the theory of relativity by Einstein but only it has the practicle proofs too. Shannon was also among the ones who helped in the devepoment of cryptography in digital form since the very days of its inception and was also a pioneer in the just started field of the Artificial intelligence.

The most inportant of his inventions was the ability to stroe in information in digital format which made the tranfer of information from one point to the other not only easy but much more reliable and less expensive. [The analog transmissions required amplifiers to boost the signals at regular intervals and the mjor disadvantage with that was that it also boosted the noise so the signal to noise ratio kept on increasing which remainds almost constant in the digital transmission.]

Shannon’s innovation helped boost the call quality and the distances it could reach and vrought down the price which took AT&T and Bell many steps forward at that time. He also proposed the idea of adding some redundant data to the actual data which allows for the reconstruction of the data if there is some loss of data at the recieving end. This is how we get flawless music and videos even fron the scratched discs.

Shannon had laid down these rules more thab 50 years back and it took such long time for the engineers and programmmers to implement these concepts. And as the time is passing by newer and better inplementations are coming into the picture.

Shannon also served his country very well by devicing methods to shoot down the German bombers as he developed algorithms for anti aircraft guns so that they cluld calculate the trajectory and shoot the bombers down.

Shannon was a fun loving personality. He was very much fascinated by juggling and some of his works includes the research on the Dynamics on keeping multiple objects in air simultaneously. He also helped NASA’s JEt propulsion lab in deep space communication. He also authored a book “Beat the Dealer” which made the casinos in Las Vegas change the rules for the game Blackjack. Shannon had many gadjets in his room which he himself stated as being useless.

Shannon did remarkable work in the field of mathematics and digital electronics but was never awarded the nobel prize the reason being that there was no nobel prize for mathematics. He however was awarded the Kyoto prize by Japanese constituted in late 1980’s which is considedred the nobel prize for mathematics.

Shannon suffered from Alzhimer in the last decade of his life and he finally lost his life to the ailment and left us all in February 2001. Shannon indeed was a knight in shining armor for the AT&T and BELL labs and many other communication giants like Qualcomm because of his work. Shannon is a legacy and if he would not have made the history then we still would have been living in history

Happy Holi

Holi (Hindi: होली), or Phagwa (Bhojpuri), also called the Festival of Colours, is a popular Hindu spring festival observed in India and Nepal. In West Bengal, it is known as Dolyatra (Doljatra) or Boshonto Utsav (“spring festival”).

On the first day bonfires are lit at night to signify burning the demoness Holika, Hiranyakashipu‘s sister.

On the second day, known as Dhulhendi, people spend the day throwing colored powder and water at each other. The spring season, during which the weather changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. Thus, the playful throwing of the colored powders has a medicinal significance: the colors are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva, and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors. A special drink called thandai is prepared, sometimes containing bhang (Cannabis sativa).

The Holi bonfire

The burning of fuel wood to create the bonfire for Holika dahan presents another serious environmental problem. Each bonfire uses around 100 kg of wood, and considering that approximately 30,000 bonfires are lit in the state of Gujarat just for one season, this leads to a staggering amount of wood.

Groups such as Sadvichar Parivar are now advocating one symbolic community fire, rather than several smaller bonfires across the city as a way to reduce wood consumption. Others are also suggesting that these fires be lit using waste material rather than wood.

In Vaishnava Theology, Hiranyakashipu is the king of demons, and he had been granted a boon by Brahma, which made it almost impossible for him to be killed. The boon was due to his long penance, after which he had demanded that he not be killed “during day or night; inside the home or outside, not on earth or on sky; neither by a man nor an animal; neither by astra nor by shastra“. Consequently, he grew arrogant, and attacked the Heavens and the Earth. He demanded that people stop worshipping gods and start praying to him.

Despite this, Hiranyakashipu’s own son, Prahlad, was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. In spite of several threats from Hiranyakashipu, Prahlad continued offering prayers to Lord Vishnu. He was poisoned but the poison turned to nectar in his mouth. He was ordered to be trampled by elephants yet remained unharmed. He was put in a room with hungry, poisonous snakes and survived. All of Hiranyakashipu’s attempts to kill his son failed. Finally, he ordered young Prahlad to sit on a pyre on the lap of his sister, Holika, who could not die by fire by virtue of a shawl which would prevent fire affecting the person wearing it. Prahlad readily accepted his father’s orders, and prayed to Vishnu to keep him safe. When the fire started, everyone watched in amazement as the shawl flew from Holika, who then was burnt to death, while Prahlad survived unharmed, after the shawl moved to cover him. The burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi.

Later Lord Vishnu came in the form of a Narasimha (who is half-man and half-lion) and killed Hiranyakashipu at dusk (which was neither day nor night), on the steps of the porch of his house (which was neither inside the house nor outside) by restraining him on his lap (which is neither in the sky nor on the earth) and mauling him with his claws (which are neither astra nor shastra).

In Vrindavan and Mathura, where Lord Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna). Lord Krishna is believed to have popularized the festival by playing pranks on the gopis here. Krishna is believed to have complained to his mother about the contrast between his dark colour and his consort Radha’s fair colour. Krishna’s mother decided to apply colour to Radha’s face. The celebrations officially usher in spring, the celebrated season of love.

There is another story about the origin of holi. Kamadeva is a god of love. Kama’s body was destroyed when he shot his weapon at Shiva in order to disrupt his penance and help Parvati to marry Shiva. Shiva then opened his third eye, the gaze of which was so powerful that Kama’s body was reduced to ashes. For the sake of Kama’s wife Rati (passion), Shiva restored him, but only as a mental image, representing the true emotional and mental state of love rather than physical lust. The Holi bonfire is believed to be celebrated in commemoration of this event.

Holi is a festival of radiance (Tej) in the universe. During this festival, different waves of radiance traverse the universe, thereby creating various colours that nourish and complement the function of respective elements in the atmosphere.

from Wikipedia and images from google

HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR

When the clock strikes twelve on December 31st, people all over the world cheer and wish each other a very Happy New Year. For some, this event is no more than a change of a calendar. For others, the New Year symbolizes the beginning of a better tomorrow. So, if you look forward to a good year ahead, spread happiness with these wonderful New Year wishes.
HAPPY NEW YEAR

Merry Christmas….

Merry Christmas to all of us…

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!

I was not able to post anything in last month or so [as if i post a lot 😉 ] due to my exams. I wud be bringing out many new things come this new year.

Happy Diwali

Diwali is the festival of lights. The glow of the earthen diyas spread the light of harmony, festivity and celebration. The diyas remind us that Diwali is the time to feast and have fun with our near and dear ones. Rejoice with your friends/family/relatives/acquaintances on Diwali.
HAPPY DIWALI

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