The story of ENRON is like a Greek tragedy, that was doomed to be a disaster from the very onset. The tragedy brought on by the protagonists in this story on themselves had seeds in the actions they took while they were falling prey to their perpetual greed. The people like Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling who started out like heroes to the business world and investors, had become villains for thousands of American public including ENRON investors and employees. As corporate heads they might have made millions of dollars but somewhere along the line, the so called “smartest guys in the room” failed to follow the basics of business ethics and corporate governance. As leaders, when they should have put forward a corporate vision that incorporated some value system, all they ever talked about was earning more money. Following their lead, all the ENRON traders ever wanted to do was to keep bringing in more and more money, come what may. Mistakes were committed, to hide those mistakes, cheating was done, to hide one cheating another was done and so on, till it all came upon them crashing. Like a classic tragedy, all the people whether good or bad became contributers to the eventual downfall of a company that was once seen as the future of energy. It’s a classic case of corporate mis-governance, where all those who were supposed to be responsible institutions and businessmen, were blinded by the shine of freshly minted money. These big names included some of the biggest banks, America’s oldest accounting firm, Arthur Anderson, reputed stock analysts. All of them could see something was wrong, but none of them cared about anything as long as the money was pouring in. The people at the helm, that included Mr. Lay , Mr. Skilling and CFO Andy Fastow, who thought that they could control everything, eventually lost control to the thousands of traders they had trained like horses on the race course, with blinkers around their eyes they could only see what they were told to, i.e. “dollars”. They didn’t see what they were doing could lead the company to an abyss. They were exploiting all the loopholes in the rules and regulations.They were so irrational that they acted on their own will, knowing that their corporate heads were happy and good about everything as long as they earned money for the company. While traders were doing their job, their heads were using all the tricks in the accounting books to show fictional profits to keep their stock prices rising even when the company was in big debt. They were paying themselves big bonuses based on the fact that somehow profits will come from their false future projections. But, in fact they had been axing down the tree they had grown, while at the same time decorating it with false fruits that never seemed to wither away. However, there was only one problem….. The tree fell and the fruits were useless….
Are you tired of buying utilities or renewing license to your utilities on your already expensive Windows system? Here is a list of 50 such applications that are free to use. Furthermore, these applications do not require any fees and are available absolutely free.
1 Advanced SystemCare Free
Helps to protect, repair, clean and optimize your PC.
Owner : IObit
2 Wise Registry Cleaner Free
Helps you speeds up your PC by cleaning up your registry. Basically it provides windows registry clean up features with pretty easy to use interface.
Helps you optimize your system by cleaning up the system. Cleanup includes Browser history, Trash Files, Temporary files and Log files. Further, it features un-installation of unused application and the registry cleanup.
Owner : Piriform Ltd.
4 Adobe Reader 9.1
Adobe Reader lets you
• Open up and interact with all PDF documents.
• View, search, digitally sign, verify, print and collaborate on Adobe PDF files.
Owner : Adobe Systems Incorporated
PDF – Xchange standard features includes
• Add Comments and Annotations
• Add & apply Custom Stamps
• Mark-up pages with text and objects
• Type directly on any PDF page
• Extract text from a PDF page and few more.
6 AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
Protection against viruses and spyware
• Compatible with Windows Xp or higher
• Light weight and less overhead on OS.
Owner : AVG Technologies
7 avast! Home Edition
Simplest of application in terms of usability.
• Daily automatic updates
• Continuous data protection against all types of malware and spyware
• Available in 30 different languages.
Owner : ALWIL Software
8 Avira AntiVir Personal – FREE Antivirus
Provides Basic protection
for your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, Trojans.
• Available in 5 different languages
Owner : Avira.com
9 Avant Browser
Its salient feature include online profile storage to let user save users’ bookmarks, RSS Feeds, configurations or web passwords etc, in Avant Online Storage.
Owner : Avant Force
10 Open Office 3.0
Open office is an open source office suite for Windows. This is available for free download and serves as good alternative to well know Microsoft’s Word & Excel. It has full-featured set of office applications for word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation programs.
This application lets your share files with an account and you could use up to 2 GB (greater space requires paid accounts). This is quite handy tool for sharing your file over internet.
Owner : DropBOX.com
This popular freeware is VOIP based application which helps you voice call and is available for free download. You may make computer to computer calls for free. Moreover, Skype is one of the cheap VOIP service available to make computer to Phone calls.
Owner : Skype Limited
13 Smart Defrag
Smart Defrag helps defragment your hard drives more efficiently.
• Ease of use along with Data Safety and Reliability Guaranteed
Owner : IObit.com
14 Download Accelerator Plus
- Provides Mirroring Speed Boost to download from the fastest sources.
- Available in 38 languages
- Built-in Twitter integration to Tweet directly from DAP
Owner : SpeedBit Ltd
15 Flash Player
Plays multimedia design made with Flash.
Owner : Adobe Systems Incorporated
16 VLC Media Player
• It supports various audio and video formats which include MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, etc.
• Further, it is handy for use with DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
Owner : Videolan.org
17 YouTube Downloader
• YouTube Downloader is software that allows you to download videos from YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo Video, and many others
• This lets you convert them to other video formats for Ipod, Iphone, PSP, Cell Phone, Windows Media, XVid and MP3.
Owner : Biennesoft
18 Irfan View
• Fast directory view (moving through directory)
• Batch conversion (with image processing)
• Multipage TIF editing
• File search
• Email option
• Multimedia player
• Print option and many more.
Owner : Irfan skiljan
• It is a very good source code editor with support for several programming languages.
• Very good search and replace option.
• It has good Bookmarking and Multi-document support feature.
Owner : sourceforge.net
• Huge files can be edited, up to the limits of 32-bit virtual memory.
• Good search and replace files in huge files.
• Warm Start feature lets you restart exactly where you left off.
• And many more.
Owner : Helios Software Solutions
21 Word Web
• Provides Definitions, Synonyms and Usage for 150000 root words.
• Includes audio pronunciations
• Light-weight to the system
Owner : WordWeb Software
22 Applian FLV Player 2.0
• Play FLV Files on any PC
• Zoom to 2x or full screen.
• Includes free audio/video recorder & converter option.
Owner : Applian Technologies Inc.
23 Easeus Partition Manager 3.5
• Resize/Move partitions without data loss
• Extend system partition easily and safely
• Create, Merge, Split, Delete and Format partitions
• Support up to 2TB partition or hard drive
24 Free YouTube to MP3 Converter
• Lets you convert the YouTube video and download it as MP3 or Wav format.
• Automatically fills the title tag and the artwork in the downloaded mp3 files.
Owner : DVDVideoSoft Limited
25 Undelete Plus
• Restore accidentally deleted files
• Image recovery from Compact Flash, SmartMedia, MultiMedia and Secure Digital cards.
Owner : Phoenix Technologies Ltd
26 Video mp3 Extractor 1.8
• Convert Video Files (AVI, ASF, WMV files) to mp3
• Fast audio extraction algorithm
• Easy to use interface.
Owner : GeoVid.
27 Diagram Designer 1.22
• Creating flowcharts, UML class diagrams, illustrations and slide shows.
• Import/export WMF, EMF, BMP, JPEG, PNG, MNG, ICO, GIF and PCX images.
• Consists of slide show viewer and Simple graph plotter to plot mathematical expressions.
Owner : meesoft.logicnet.dk
28 Real Temp
• Reads temperature information for all inter Core processors.
• Keep track of the minimum and the maximum temperature of the processor.
• Provides calibration features for each core of your processor.
Owner : www.techPowerUp.com
• Free chat client with support for Msn, Yahoo, AIM Google Talk and other chat networks all at once.
• Supports more than 60 different languages.
Owner : pidgin.im
30 VNC Viewer Free Edition 4.1
• Easy connect and use remote computer screen.
• Easy to install and use.
• Supports loading and saving of .vnc a file which contains a set of connection options.
Owner : RealVNC Limited
31 Free Video to iPod and PSP Converter
• Helps convert full video or the part of video to Apple iPod, Sony PSP, BlackBerry and mobile phones MP4 video format
Owner : DVDVideoSoft Limited
• Helps user connect to P2P network and share the file they want to share.
• Faster starup and less waiting time.
• Better memory usage
• Free download and usage for basic usage.
Owner : Lime Wire LLC
• Completely free and open source.
• Provides Faster Torrent Speeds, I-Tunes compatibility, Friendly online chat rooms, easy navigation and many more.
Owner : frostwire.com
Even though plus Vx cost but basic version is absolutely free. Features it consists are as
• Audio CD ripping
• Voice recording
• File conversion between various formats and
• Audio CD buring.
Owner : JetAudio Inc.
35 Sql Tools
• This tool is for Oracle 8/9i/10g PL/SQL development.
• Provides good basic editor services
• Easy to install and connect to ORACLE server
Owner : Aleksey Kochetov
36 Tortoise SVN
Tortoise SVN is Subversion client having features such as
• Atomic Commits
• Directory and File versioning,
• Versioned Metadata
• Consistent Data Handling
• Reliable and quick tagging and branching and many more.
Owner : subversion.tigris.org
37 7 Zip
• High Compression ratio
• Compression ratio in the new 7z format is 30-50% better than ratio in ZIP format
• Supports multiple formats such as 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, LZH, CHM, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, RPM and DEB formats
Owner : Igor Pavlov
38 The Gimp
The GIMP is a more of the complex image editor like Photoshop available for windows platform. This application is free for download. It is quite good alternative Adobe’s Photoshop with similar features available for use.
Owner : The GIMP Team
ITunes is a freeware that helps you play your digital music and video. It helps you synchronize your iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV.
Owner : Apple Inc.
Jcreator is a light weight IDE for Java Programmers. Project management, project templates, code-completion, debugger interface, editor with syntax highlighting, wizards and a fully customizable user interface are some of the functionality that it provides.
Owner : Xinox Software
Eclipse is Software Development environment with support for multiple programming languages such as Java, C++, perl, PHP and others.
Owner : The Eclipse Foundation
MySql is a free open-source relational database management system (RDBMS). This is the most popular open source RDBMS and offers free download and usage. Further this has adequate features needed by small to medium scale database.
Owner : Sun Microsystems, Inc
Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows.
This provides a DLL which acts as a Linux API emulation layer providing substantial Linux API functionality.
Owner : Cygwin
• This is free/open source http web server.
• This provided Server-side programming language support to authentication schemes.
Owner : Apache Software Foundation
• Xampp is a comprehensive set of web development resources under a bundle.
• This is integrated package that consist PHP, PHP myAdmin, Mysql RDBMS, Apache Web server, Filezilla Ftp Client and few more.
Owner : Apache Friends
• This is freeware that you download the full website into your local folder.
• Arranges the file in the same directory structure.
• Further, lets you browse the pages with offline browser utility.
47 AVS TV Box Free
• AVS TV Box Beta is a FREE universal software TV viewer and comes along with Personal Video Recorder functionality (PVR) .
• PVR allows you to schedule TV recordings.
• It works with any windows video capture device like satellite, TV and DVB cards, miniDV cameras, video capture cards and others.
48 Mozilla ThunderBird
• This is good alternative to Microsoft’s Outlook. This is an email client email and Usenet client.
• Provides features such as easy mail setup, attachment re-minder, One click Address Book and many more.
Owner : Mozilla
49 Free Guitar Tuner
Free guitar tuner provides features for tuning acoustic and electric guitars. It provides few set of tones to tune it.
Owner : GCH Guitar Academy
mTorrent is free to download and use torrent client. This is one of the finest, speedy, efficient, and free torrent clients. Ease of installation and use along with user friendly GUI makes it quite popular.
Owner : BitTorrent, Inc.
I have been a loyal customer of Airtel untill recently when they started to call me regarding one number which I had never applied for nor am aware of. They say that the bill of tha number which is in excess of 3k is pending and I would have to pay it. They crossed their limits when they barred my real number because of that previous number which I have been telling them since more than six months that It doesnt belong to me. The customer care executives are hell bent on the fact that It was my number and there is no way that any one else could have got that number other than me. This had happened with me once more while I was working in Delhi. That time they forced me to pay the bill of some unknown number just like this. But this time I am not going to pay some one elses bill even if I have to now move away from Airtel. The customer care executives are totally unaware of what to do. Nodal oficers dont reply and if you pay a bill at their centre in cash they take more than 3 days to update the same and charge you for the late fee in next months bill. Airtel is bringinf shame to itself and its customer service level is deteriorating day by day.
Both windows 7 and Snow Leopard have been on the board for quite some time and bow lets pitch them head to head and see if they are worth the upgrade.
Both operating systems have improved the user experience, and which one you prefer is largely a matter of taste. There’s no doubt that Windows 7 is the prettiest Windows yet, but to our eyes Apple still has the more refined appearance while the redesigned Windows Taskbar is, well, a bit minging.
SERVICES MENU: OS X’s Services menu is handy, but it gets awfully cluttered. Hurrah, then, for the new context-sensitive version. Snow Leopard is all about simple but useful UI tweaks like this
Snow Leopard includes lots of welcome interface changes, including a context sensitive Services menu, a QuickTime interface that isn’t utterly hideous, a redesigned Exposé that’s now integrated into the Dock, scrollable Stacks and the latest Safari, which brings iTunes-style Cover Flow browsing to your favourite sites and browser history.
STACK IT UP: Snow Leopard refines rather than reinvents a lot of features, so for example Stacks are now scrollable for easy navigation
Windows 7 gets Taskbar icon thumbnail previews and the fun Aero Shake, which enables you to hide everything but the current window by giving it a wiggle. Jump lists make Taskbar icons more useful, the streamlined Notification Area is considerably less annoying than before and you now get an OS X-style pop-up preview that enables you to listen to MP3s without opening Windows Media Player.
PREVIEW IT: Thumbnail previews are little things that make a huge difference, and they’re among several useful UI improvements in Windows 7
In interface terms, then, Windows 7 is Vista with knobs on and Snow Leopard is Leopard given a bit of polish. The difference between Vista and Windows 7 is much more dramatic than the difference between Leopard and Snow Leopard, but both make your computer a nicer place to be.
Both operating systems promise improved performance and smaller footprints, with Apple suggesting that you’ll free up 7GB of hard disk space by upgrading. Microsoft is rather coy on this one, but if we look at the recommended system requirements Windows 7 wants 16GB free disk space for 32-bit and 20GB for 64-bit. Snow Leopard wants 5GB.
Windows and Snow Leopard have a number of performance features, but some of them are very hardware-dependent – so for example Snow Leopard’s hardware acceleration for QuickTime only works on Macs with an Nvidia 9400M graphics processor.
Similarly OpenCL, which uses the graphics chip for additional processing muscle, only works on specific Nvidia and AMD graphics chips, while the 64-bit processing naturally requires a 64-bit processor. If you do have all the right bits you should notice a dramatic difference in system performance, but even if you don’t Snow Leopard boasts faster waking, a faster Finder, speedier Time Machine backup and Safari, which is positively rocket-powered compared to Windows’ Internet Explorer 8.
However, to make all of this possible Apple has decided that it needs to make a sacrifice: Snow Leopard doesn’t support PowerPC Macs, so if you’ve got an ageing PowerBook kicking around you won’t be able to upgrade from Tiger or Leopard.
QUICK TIME: Bye-bye horrible old QuickTime interface; hello minimalist new UI, hardware acceleration and iPhone-style editing
Windows is noticeably quicker too. As we discovered when we benchmarked the RTM version Windows 7 is significantly quicker to boot, to sleep and wake, to shut down and to copy files than Vista, and it feels much snappier too.
Like Snow Leopard it enables programs to take advantage of the graphics processor for additional horsepower, although like Snow Leopard you need specific hardware to get the benefit: in the case of Windows 7, that means DirectX 11-compatible graphics kit.
Windows 7 has tweaked its multi-core support, although if you install the 32-bit version you won’t be able to take advantage of 64-bit processing. We’d recommend installing 64-bit Windows unless you’re running peripherals whose manufacturers can’t be bothered making 64-bit drivers; thankfully such firms are becoming increasingly rare.
In both cases the real performance increases will turn up in the longer term, when application developers take advantage of OpenCL and Grand Central Dispatch in Snow Leopard and DirectX 11 in Windows 7.
Rather bizarrely, Macs now support Microsoft Exchange by default while Windows doesn’t. But there’s more to Snow Leopard than support for Microsoft’s collaboration and communication system – which is just as well, given that few home users give a monkey’s about Exchange.
iChat AV does a better job using less bandwidth than before, PDF handling has been improved to make selecting text in multi-column layouts much simpler, and networking has been cleverly tweaked so that a sleeping Mac will wake up when files need to be shared and nod off again when it’s no longer needed.
The most dramatic new feature is QuickTime X, a major overhaul of Apple’s media player. It can use hardware acceleration for smoother playback, supports HTTP Live Streaming and provides easy video capture and uploading to YouTube or MobileMe. You also get iPhone 3GS-style video editing and a much less obtrusive interface.
Windows 7 gets better multimedia too. Media Player supports more formats including H.264 video, and there’s a nice feature called Play To that enables you to send media to other devices such as the Xbox 360. Cleverly, Play To will convert media into formats that your chosen device can understand.
PLAY TO: Windows 7 quite likes multimedia, and its Play To feature enables you to send music to a wide range of devices
Last but not least, Windows 7 gets Windows Touch, which supports iPhone-style multi-touch input (provided, of course, you have the hardware). OS X has touch support via laptop trackpads, of course. Windows Touch could be very important when you’re choosing your next PC, but it’s irrelevant at the moment for the majority of upgraders.
Everyone’s a winner, baby
On the face of it, Apple beats Microsoft in several key areas. The first is price – Snow Leopard is £25, while Windows 7 Home Premium is currently £64.98 at Amazon – and the second is ease of installation: while Windows 7 supports in-place upgrades that keep your files intact, XP users will need to do a clean install, as will anybody upgrading from a 32-bit Vista installation to a 64-bit Windows 7 one.
Snow Leopard is designed to be an in-place upgrade, and there’s no version confusion either: Apple sells one version to Microsoft’s three retail editions.
Microsoft could certainly learn some lessons from Apple in these areas – although Apple isn’t entirely angelic, as Tiger users can only get Snow Leopard if they also buy iLife and iWork in the £129 Mac Box Set.
At least, that’s the official story. According to Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal, “Apple concedes that the $29 (£25 in the UK) Snow Leopard upgrade will work properly on these Tiger-equipped Macs.” We’ll let you know what Apple says about that one.
Overall, though, it’s impossible to say whether one operating system is better than another – we’re comparing apples and oranges here, no pun intended. As most of its key changes are under the hood Snow Leopard feels more like a service pack than a new OS, and it’ll be a while before its biggest changes – such as the new toys for software developers to play with – become obvious to the average punter.
The price reflects that, and there’s enough tweakery and polish to ensure that no Intel Mac owner is going to regret spending their twenty-five quid.
Windows 7 is a different beast, with some dramatic differences to Windows Vista. In many respects it feels like the operating system Vista promised to be, but there’s enough innovation here to make it more than just Windows Vista Fixed Edition. As with Snow Leopard, you’re not going to regret purchasing it – especially if you pre-order it right now before the prices go up on 1 September.
So which is better? We think that’s the wrong question. Snow Leopard is better than Leopard, and Windows 7 is better than Windows Vista. If you aren’t planning to buy a new computer in the not too distant future, that’s all that matters: whichever platform you’re currently running, upgrading is well worth the money.
Yesterday for the first time I was roaming alone in Mumbai. Had to meet a friend in Andheri and I was staying in Airoli sector 6. I was not sure which bus goes where and thus all was to be asked from friends and fellow travellers.
The starting bus was told to me by my friend. Just to make sure that I was going where I wanted to go I tried to map the route on my E63. The connectivity was not an issue where ever I went.
The bus took me from Airoli sector 6 to SEEPZ in 20 minutes in 30 bucks that too in AC. (yea its true). I got down at SEEPZ. So far so good. Had my friend sms me her office address. Looked up the building name in map search and there it was on the map. I decided to walk upto her office. I reached there and waited for her to come. Did I tell you that all this while I was chatting to 3 of my friends who were on Gtalk and Facebook via Nimbuzz. I also Tweeted some bytes via Snaptu and updated my Facebook status through it too.
So far so good.
Now what bothered me was the resolution of my location shown to me on my phone which is within 500 to 700 meters depending upon the triangulation and terrain. We decided to go to Dominos and I assured them that we can reach on our own and lets try. At most we would have to ask some one.
Searched for Dominos on map located a store and as it was not that close we decide to get an auto rickshaw. The map showed me that we were going off route so we took a U turn… may be the driver was taking us on the right road… but who knows. We got down at a place somewhere near dominoes. In between Google failed to triangulate my location and ended up showing me somewhere in the mountains.
We looked for Dominos and following the map we reached the place marked dominoes. Now I don’t know whether it was the resolution issue or some bugger had marked dominoes on the wrong place. I guess the probability of it being marked wrongly on map is more. We had to ask a cool guy on a bus stop who told us the way to Dominos which was almost a kilo meter away from the marked spot. I also had called up the same outlet twice to confirm the location on the number that I got on the map. [number was correct spot was wrong or may be it was the triangulation algorithm… we would not be able to know]. Finally we reached Dominos. Had hell of a party. India had won the match too…
Lesson learn: Trust the technology but it has its limits and asking a human doest hurt at all (if confused ask more then one)
Technology can be trusted but people can not as we see that the person who marked Dominos on map was surely a human.
I know both statements above contradict but so is life… contradictory and confusing…
BTW I love my E63
Just finished reading I bought the monk’s FERRARI. A nice read, well laid out in a step wise manner. The striking thing was the ten commandments.
1. To acquire the Ferrari you need to ASPIRE and when you aspire, do not compromise for anything but the best.
ASPIRE – A Strategic Plan for Individuals which Revisits and Restates Expectations.
2 .Be optimistic , chase the negative thoughts away. A positive frame of mind will surely get you closer to your Ferrari..
3. Do not Whine and whimper about work -life balance.Be the winner, not the wimp and the Ferrari will b yours.
4. Set and follow the highest standard of Integrity in your personal and Professional lives. IF you are high on Integrity , people will respect and value you.The Ferrari when it comes stay with you.
5. Value your own time and the rest of others , and be rest assured that Ferrari will come to you.
6. No one is perfect. The moment you think you are , it is the count down to doomsday. Earning the Ferrari is all about constantly upgrading yourself,improving skill-sets and equipping yourself for the future.And for this the initiative has to be yours.
7. Identify the owners of the Ferrari and align with them. If you are in the company of successful people , their success will rub off on you . But you need to back it up with stellar performance. If you live in Ferrari town chances are you will get to drive one sooner.
8. Share your success with others , if you commit to uplift the downtrodden , you will become the true owner of Ferrari.
9.Remain fighting fit and be in perfect shape. No one will entrust with the Ferrari if you are not fit enough to drive it.Work hard, exercise harder , build stamina , and keep illness at bay.This is sure shot way of getting into the driver’s seat.
10. If you have followed the commandments with dedication and determination , it is the time to build a profile for yourself . Target your audience and announce your achievements . You will own the Ferrari in no time.
The real life examples picked by Ravi are totally relevant totally explain the point he is trying to make.
I started off with a very low interest, had it not been the examples of people, I would never had finished it. Its a good book but I liked “If god was a banker better”.
One quote that I liked the most in the book was “Good work not advertised is akin to kissing a girl in the dark. You don’t know who you kissed, neither does the one you kissed.”About the author Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM-Bangalore, batch of 1993 is currently working with a leading foreign bank in its Retail Banking unit. He now lives in Mumbai with Dharini, his biotechnologist turned banker wife and his nine year old daughter Anusha. Writing is a passion, for this career banker, which he pursues in his free time. He also writes occasionally for popular magazines like “Mans World.” “If God Was a Banker” his debut novel is a National Bestseller having sold over 20000 copies. His second book, “I Bought the Monk’s Ferrari” is also setting the bookshelves on fire and is a bestseller in its category.
Google has been actively collecting feedback on Google Wave with an ongoing survey, which was distributed via email, the help center, and Twitter. Today they’ve published the initial findings for public dissection.
So far results indicate that users love the concept of Wave, appreciate the collobartion features, and like the extensions, gadgets, and robots. On the flip side, however, the most perplexing part of the Wave experience is that users’ friends and contacts don’t have access to Wave. Respondents also complained of speed issues and indicated a desire for integration with more tools like email.
Based on our experience with Google Wave , the results that Google has published are spot on and point to some of the reasons why the system is both a game changer and, on the other hand, still not ready for mainstream attention.
Google does say that they will be acting on your feedback and opinions:
“With these responses and other data, we’re organizing our team around the core issues that are important to making waving better. We’re working hard to scale our systems so you can invite your friends and colleagues to wave with you. We’re also thinking about how to integrate with existing communication and collaboration tools. And since we all know that fast is better than slow, a large portion of the team is working to make Google Wave faster.”
The “Twilight” sequel scored the third-biggest opening weekend of all time at the North American box office on Sunday, as millions of young women swooned over the complex love triangle involving a high school girl, a vampire and a werewolf.
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” earned an estimated $140.7 million during its first three days of release across the United States and Canada, closely held distributor Summit Entertainment said, crushing industry expectations.
The record for an opening is $158 million, set last year by the Batman sequel “The Dark Knight.” The 2007 movie “Spider-Man 3″ follows with $151 million. “New Moon” replaced “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” ($136 million) at No. 3.
The vampire romance is well on its way to exceeding the $193 million total of its predecessor, “Twilight,” which was released exactly a year ago.
Summit Entertainment said “New Moon” also set an opening-day record with Friday sales of $72.7 million, surpassing the $67.2 million haul of “The Dark Knight.”
That tally was bolstered by record-breaking midnight sales of $26.3 million. The old mark was set earlier this year by “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” with $22.2 million.
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The closely held studio said “New Moon” also earned $118.1 million from 25 foreign markets. Data from individual countries were not immediately available.
Exit-polling data in North America indicated that women accounted for 80 percent of the audience and half the audience was under 21. Summit said male moviegoers increased their share by a couple of percentage points, and the new film also brought in a few more older women.
“New Moon” revisits the dangerous romance between high school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson).
After falling in love with each other in “Twilight,” Bella and Edward break up in “New Moon.” Bella hooks up with Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), an American Indian who is also a werewolf. Jacob protects Bella, but she still longs for the gentle blood-sucker Edward. Chris Weitz directed the $50 million project.
Reviews were largely scathing, but the franchise is considered critic-proof. Indeed, the stars have become sex symbols whose real-life romances with each other (Stewart and Pattinson) or with country star Taylor Swift (Lautner) have long been gossip-column fodder. Fans lined up outside theaters days before the sequel opened.
The “Twilight” film franchise is based on a series of four novels of the same name by Stephenie Meyer, which her publisher says have sold 85 million copies worldwide. A third film, “Eclipse,” is due in June.
Recently I was looking for a large hard drive to have some massive storage for my media server that I decided to host on my college LAN. The challenge was to get hard drives for storage and connect them in such a manner that all of them showed up as one single device.
I came across Starwind a software from Starwind software that allows the users to create a SAN using a network of computers and it emulates a large storage device which can be accessed on the network.
I am in the process of setting it up and will be trying it out on a Windows 2008 based server later. Currently I am planning to test it on my XPS 1210 which is connected to an XPS 1330 and a couple of Inspiron 1525.
StarWind helps you build a rock-solid, high-performance IP SAN
Synchronous and Asynchronous Data Mirroring and Remote Replication.
No need to allocate storage capacity until it’s needed. Allocates only as much space as is required for data being written on that volume without predicting future capacity need.
Volume cloning and incremental backups with unlimited number of rollback points.
SAN image files stored on NTFS partitions can be encrypted and compressed.
StarWind fully supports iSCSI boot from SAN. This allows you to completely eliminate the need for dedicated hard disk drives installed on client machines.
StarWind is able to use Serial and Parallel ATA and SCSI, Fibre Channel, USB and FireWire storage hardware. Export an entire disk or a single file or partition on the hard disk as an iSCSI virtual disk.
- Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 and 2003 (SP2)
- 2 GHz Intel Xeon class processor
- 3 GB of RAM
- 10 GB of disk space for StarWind application data and log files
- 1 Gigabit Ethernet or 10 Gigabit Ethernet connection
StarWind software is compatible with*:
• Microsoft Windows Server 2008
• Small Business Server 2008
• Storage Server 2003 R2
StarWind is tested for compatibility with the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator and it has also been
tested for compatibility with various Linux and UNIX iSCSI initiators, iSCSI HBAs from Adaptec
and QLogic and hardware iSCSI accelerators from Alacritech.
* from the StarWind website
I am keeping my fingers crossed as this is just a test and I am unsure of the outcomes. Hope this would provide us with a 2TB storage for our movie database and we can start off for the time being.
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