Thursday, October 15, 2009

Apple's Snow leopard wiping out user account data

These are bad times for data it seems, with the failure of the Microsoft/Danger servers leading to a loss of data for T-Mobile SideKick customers, and a new Apple bug which causes data loss.

This Mac OSX Snow Leopard bug seems to be rather deadly as it leads to a loss of all user account data. Apple's support forums describe the problem as occurring if a user logs into a Guest account on their Snow Leopard computer, and then logs back into your regular account.

The solutions are few, but the good news is that
Apple has declared that they are indeed aware of this issue and are working on fixing it. They also state that the bug is extremely rare, although the severity should count towards the quick release of a fix.

Currently if you have a Snow Leopard computer, it seems it is best to disable your guest account, or atleast disable and reenable it if you need to actually use it. For those with backups on their Apple Time Capsules,
CNet has a way to recover your account.

If you thought that would be a good reason to be an Apple Time Capsule,
think again. This touted backup device seems to have random failures where the devices just dies after over a year of operation, something which is quite obviously undesirable in a backup device.

Our condolences to those SideKick customers with Snow Leopard backed up on a Time Capsule. The universe has just sent you a message, switch to a notebook, pen and carbon-paper.

Credits :- Kshitij Sobti

Reliance brings first Windows Mobile 6.5-ready phone to India, the HTC Touch 2

HTC and Reliance Communications today launched the new HTC Touch2, the company’s and India’s first touch phone embedded with Microsoft's newly released Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.
“The HTC Touch2 is a compact Windows Mobile device which delivers a familiar touch experience that our consumers relate to, have experienced in the past, and expect in the future from the house of HTC,” said Mr Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India. “The Touch2 expands HTC’s portfolio of touch-based phones and will deliver an advanced touch experience to a broader group of people whether it’s making a call, chatting with friends on Facebook or simply responding to an important email, the HTC Touch2 gives you an immense sense of control.”
Touch and Navigate Better
The HTC Touch2 ensures that everything is at your fingertips in an attractive design that fits comfortably in your hand. HTC Touch2 comes equipped with the upgraded TouchFlo user interface that presents another enjoyable experience including 11 color icons and the weather clock on the home screen for you to intuitively get the local time and weather. The Touch2 is also equipped with an internal GPS antenna that can support satellite navigation solutions including Google Maps.
Superior mobile internet experience
HTC Touch2 Opera Mobile and IE Mobile provide you an accurate display of desktop style Web pages, allowing you to view pages conveniently. The Zoom Bar (see image gallery) allows you to easily swipe your finger on your browser page or photo to view contents in an optimum size.
Life made easy with latest Windows Mobile goodies
Powered by the new Windows Mobile 6.5, the HTC Touch2 is enhanced with a wide variety of applications that enables powerful messaging, browsing and productivity capabilities. With efficient synchronization of Outlook, Calendar, Contact and Work into the Touch2, you will have the ability to manage both work and play with ease. You can also download innovative games and practical applications all from the Windows Marketplace. In addition Microsoft’s new My Phone service enables you to automatically back up and synch photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the Touch2 to the web.
Pricing & Availability
The HTC Touch2 (detailed specifications here) will be available at a market price of Rs. 24,490 in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh and Rs. 22,490 for the Rest of India at all leading authorized HTC resellers across the country.
Special offer from Reliance
The HTC Touch2 comes with a special and exclusive offer for Reliance Mobile customers. “As part of our value proposition, we are bundling six months Free Data Usage of 200MB per month. This bundled offer can be availed by the users of HTC Touch2 smartphone on Reliance Mobile network. Through this cutting-edge device, our customers will be able to enjoy a host of Windows Mobile Applications on our 3G ready network,” said Mr Vrajesh Shelat, Head - Wireless Data Business, Reliance Communications.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

[Rumour] Cloudboard: Google’s upcoming Web-based clipboard

A leaked internal feedback form and other data from Google suggest that the Internet search giant is getting ready to roll out a new Web-based clipboard manager called Cloudboard.
The Google Operating System blog stumbled upon the feedback form for internal testing purposes, and it gives out quite a few interesting details.
Calling it a ‘server-side clipboard for Google Apps’, the Cloudboard is kind of a replacement for Google Notebook, making it easy to paste excerpts from Google Spreadsheets to Gmail, copy multiple images from Picasa Web Albums, copy YouTube videos, copy an event and pasting it into Google Docs or Gmail, paste copied items from Google Image Search, copy maps into Google Docs, etc.
One of its coolest features seems to be an ability to automatically format the data you are copying to play nice with the app you paste it to. The form cites an example that if you copy a formatted cell in Google Spreadsheets onto the Cloudboard and then paste it into Google Docs Writer, the Cloudboard would transform the data into a comparably-styled HTML table.
This seems like it would be quite a useful app, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see Google integrate it in some way into the Chrome browser too.

Credits:- by Mihir Patkar

Office 2010 to come in Ad-supported version

With the coming 14th version of Office, Microsoft is introducing new models for people to try out and buy the suite, which include a web-based Click-to-Run approach and an Ad-based model.

No doubt Microsoft Office is popular, and a large number of its users, especially in India, use unlicensed versions. Few here can afford even the cheapest Home and Student Edition which comes for around Rs. 300 after spending 5,000 to 10,000 on a Windows license (if they even bought that).

According to Mcrosoft's statistics, 500 million people around the world use Office, and that the last two years have seen s boost in sales of their entry-level product, the Home and Student edition of Office.

Now they plan to introduce another edition of Office, the Starter Edition. Much like the starter editions of Windows, they plan to have this product available only on new PCs. This version will be ad-supported, and will only include Word 2010 and Excel 2010, and offer "basic functionality for creating, viewing and editing documents."

Till now new laptop or PC buyers often found themselves with either a trial version of Microsoft Office, or a Microsoft Works, which is another office suite by Microsoft which has a rather poor workflow with the Microsoft Office suite. The new Starter edition of Office will replace Microsoft Works and eliminate the need for a trial by straight away giving people a version of Office which doesn't expire.

This is a smart way of raking in money from those who are uninterested or uninclined to purchase a full copy of the Office suite, and to get some money from an audience which would otherwise have just installed a pirated version.

Another new optimization in Microsofts approach towards Office is the introduction of a new "Product Key Card". It is essentially just the serial key you need to activate the version of Office bundled with your PC, and does away with everything else which is inessential, such as the DVD itself!

These new models are mostly to the benefit of those buying a new PC bundled with Office. For the people who already have PCs, Microsoft will offer a new Click-to-Run Office 2010 version, which will allow people to install and run a trial of Office 2010 with ease, and in fact it even uses virtualization technology which allows you to try Office 2010 even with an older version installed.

It is nice to see Microsoft realizing that piracy will not stop no matter how much protection you add, as people will find a way around it. The answer lies instead social engineering, providing people with something they need or want is such a way as to still make a profit, but Microsoft still needs to cater to those not buying new PCs, and provide a downloadable version, we're sure it'll end up on the web anyway.

Credits:- by Kshitij Sobti

Friday, October 9, 2009

Google: We will never be evil like Microsoft

At a press conference in New York on Wednesday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founder Sergey Brin fielded a lot of questions from the media about everything from Bing and Chrome OS to the recent Gmail outages and never being as evil as Microsoft.
Peter Kafka of AllThingsD was at hand to transcribe most of the event. Here are some of the most interesting aspects of the talk:
On Microsoft Bing, its innovations and whether it’s really different:
Brin: Competition is healthy. But many of the tweaks in Bing we’d already seen from Microsoft Live earlier in the year.
Schmidt: I agree!
On the recent Gmail outages:
Brin: We are focusing not only on outages, which we don’t like, but recovery time. The second outage could have been resolved in five or ten minutes, but we made errors in handling it, and it extended over an hour. But if you look at a typical enterprise today, those outages tend to add up to more than even these kinds of outages that we had. Also, we’re working on the number of people affected by outages, trying to group people into pods so that if one goes down, it doesn’t affect others.
On Google Books and persisting with it despite its controversies:
Schmidt: It’s not a particularly good business for us. We’re going it because we think it’s the right thing to do.
On the Google Chrome browser:
Schmidt: It’s being adopted a lot more than it seems. I see a lot of Macs in this room, and a lot of very sophisticated people are using Macs now and we need to get a version of Chrome out for that, which we’ll have in a couple of months. Key to browser strength is speed.
On hardware and phone OSes:
Brin: Hardware is getting amazing with regard to cost. Used to be that displays were expensive, but now they’re cheap, and so are chips. Now, the main cost is broadband connection, or cellular, or however you get to the Internet. That’s why wide broadband availability is important to us. Think about how much you spend on access costs compared to the amount you spend on your handset. The phone cost is negligible. I think it’s better if hardware isn’t locked down to specific platforms.
On the clash or overlap between Android and Chrome OS
Schmidt: Currently, we define Android as being for mobile, delivered via a telecom store and heavily integrated with the telco’s offerings. Chrome is designed for a 10, 12-inch form factor, like that of netbooks. They both use Linux, but they’re designed for different uses. May be some overlap there…
On Google News and getting into journalism/media:
Schmidt: We have to be very very careful not to favor one media organization over another, with regard to speed or latency. We are staying out of the media business. You guys are very good at it, and we’re not.
On reasons they will never be like Microsoft with regard to anti-trust:
Schmidt: Culture, for one. Another reason is that majority of users are one click away from moving away from us. Third: If we went into an “evil room” and had an “evil light” shined on us, and we then behaved in an “evil way”, we would be destroyed. There is a fundamental trust between Google and its users.

Mihir Patkar / Oct 08, 2009 15:21:10 IST / Tags: Google, AllThingsD, Google News, interview, Gmail outage, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt, press conference, Microsoft anti-trust, Google Books, Microsoft Bing

Thursday, October 8, 2009

What is a Browser??

I've been trying to explain to my mom for months what a web browser is, with little luck. After a few rounds of failed attempts, I grew curious about people's general understanding of web browsers. So I decided to conduct a highly-scientific (read: not scientific at all) survey of my friends and got the following results:

As it turns out, my mom's not the only one who is confused about web browsers — even though the browser is one of the most-used programs on computers.

For my mom, my friends and everyone else who may be wondering about web browsers, I created a one minute video to help explain what they're all about about

I've also created a simple site,, that gives even more information about browsers. On this site, you can see which web browser you're using, explore links to browser diagnostic tests and read some useful tips for getting the most out of your browser.

Lots of our time each day is spent online, and every page on the web is experienced through the browser. Unfortunately, most people don't realize that there are many browsers out there, which differ on features like speed, security and extensibility.

So, the next time you find yourself as the informal tech support for your family and friends, make sure to explain why their browser matters — and of course, what it is!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Logical Fallacy..

A GUY FROM NGO: Do you know this Monday we distributed chocolates among poor children?
*HR: Why?

THE GUY FROM NGO: What why? Don’t you understand? Those are poor kids. They don’t get to eat chocolates often. And you must see the smile on their face when we gave them the chocolate? I would donate every penny I have just to make those smiles eternal.
HR: Good.

HR: Donate every penny you have!

THE GUY FROM NGO: What do you mean? How would you know? You never donate. You can never enjoy the joy of giving?
HR: may be.

HR: I don’t find it logical what you call giving.

THE GUY FROM NGO: What? Do you know what are you speaking?
HR: yes. I am speaking about the thing you did on Monday.

THE GUY FROM NGO: What? What about it is illogical?
HR: How much nutritive value does a chocolate have?

THE GUY FROM NGO: I don’t know. But why do you want to know about a chocolate’s nutritive value?
HR: What was the price of chocolate you distributed?

THE GUY FROM NGO: 15 rupees. Their parents will never buy them those costly chocolates.
HR: What is the price of 1Kg apple of good quality?

THE GUY FROM NGO: hmmm…. 80 Rupees per kilo.
HR: How many apples do you get in a kilo?

HR: Let us be on the lower side. Say 4 in a kilo. Do you think the nutritive value of an apple is more than that of the chocolate?

HR: Do you think the poor people you are helping can afford a 20 Rs apple to their children?

HR: Good.

THE GUY FROM NGO: But….we were just helping them.
HR: still you think you really did?

THE GUY FROM NGO: But we didn’t think that much.
HR: Did someone tell you not to think?

THE GUY FROM NGO: You talk as if you never make mistakes. We are humans we make mistakes.
HR: yes I do. But I never try to alleviate the guilt by making others realizing that they also do mistakes.

THE GUY FROM NGO: It is impossible to converse with you…Okay!!...What now?. What according to you I should do now?
HR: You still don’t want to think yourselves?

THE GUY FROM NGO: Isn’t it your responsibility to propagate such ideas?
HR: What did I do right now?

*: the HR character here is inspired from HOWARD ROARK ,HANK REARDEN, DAGNY TAGGART, JOHN GALT, ……………………….

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


So now i shall begin. I had to wirte all this disclamer as u knw some legal issues may occur, and its better to declare it before writing. I am writing thsis article after being inspired from my close frnd Tanmay Desai.. U may read his blog too.. sophomore22...

Now what does this Happassole mean?? well it is not just a word.... it has deep connection with my life, my nature, the people have a look on me... It means Happy- Asshole ( * read disclamer for objection!)..
now i will tell u how i got such a name. Well am basically a person who is always happy. I believe in being happy no matter what ever the matter be, i love being happy and making ppl ( people) haapy..
And this is a reason for other ppl arround me who get jealous by seeing me happy.. They think that how come this asshole is always happy inspite of being in dramatically devastating conditons?? Well now here i may like to add something about me..
So readers keep ur spirits up!! and carry on..I am physically handicapped person by birth.. Ya i am.. but i never felt thatr coz of my mom! She always inspired me to fight all problems and never give up.. As doctors say i have conjenital disorder.. and am certified of 80% dissability.. LOLz.. But always treated as not Dissability and Different ability.. as i a can do things that no others can.. ya, there are many ting that i cant.. Like i cant play cricket like all of u, i cant play soccer like ronaldo. i cant dance like MJ, but what i can do no one can...
Now tis is the spirit that makes me going on in this world of measaries..
Now currently i am studying in 3rd year of computer engg in a reknowned college of my state.. I have always seen myself in the mirror as others, i dont know why? but my dissability never came in my eyes. I always treated my self s normal. But the time i step out of my empire and penetrate the world if urs i am realised every secxond of being what i am... Now thats it a bullshit..!! i dnt care actually...
Whenever i was challenged i completed it with guts and was victorious.. But still ppl cant seem to see that.. They are ready with their own excuses.
Now it has been almost 3 years i have not got any success in life. After entering college my life totally changed. I was feeling good in the early daus of my college life as i got admission in the top most and most reputed college of our state.. but then slowly and gradually that feeling vanished. I dont know how but i stared feeling numb.. and alone.. May be one of the reason was that i could see love couples all arround and always thought that wen will this day come in my life?? For some days i felt lonely but then as i say this asshole cant stay sad and again i got happy and continued with the life God gave me. I never complained about what i had, i just felt a lil different. Now u mite understand.
Then came some good frnds in my life... and increased... We all are a gang of say nerve wreaking guys!! we never seem to be serious we are always in our own world..

Then in 3rd year of my college i met tanmay.. i told u about him in the starting.. I and tanmay share the same feelings about the world, the crap education systema nd the most the administration zombies of our department!!
I have a same problem that why do ppl see only the percentage of a individual and categorize him as an intelligent or a moron?? Is there nothing to do woth a ability of a person???? we both are technically sound.. I dntmeanb that we code for google!! haha. but we are better than most of the sheeps of our college ( Dept..)
Why do companies that come for capus and recruitment see a persons merit marks?? And not his understanding and creativity?? Does creartivity of a person has nothing to do with??? Doesnt it matter the most??? Even Einstien has damn weak in studies but his interest in physics and creativity in maths led him to be what we know as Einstein!! I dont sat that we have they calibre of the type of Einstein.. We are not even supposed to be under estimated.. no.. no... never.. at no cost..
I triesd to get good marks in my lyf of college from all the years i have studied! but i neber managed to score a distinction! No that doesnt matter.. does it??? Well i dnt know why we have such a system of education here???
It really sucks man!! A person is not considered to be intelligent if he is creative but ya.. wait a minute if u a re a buttering guy, if u can butter any one and u have good percentage then u are a genius.. and all the others are assholes!!
So, thats what i am.. a Bloody Happy Asshole... (Happassole).. and frankly speaking am happy!!!! about what i am...
No regrets no complaints but ya let my tym come.. i show all these jurks wat a happy asshole can do! Let my tume arrive , till then i will wait.. And if i got a chance i cud surely like to change this crao educational system for sure..
That is a dream that i see.......
Oops .. sorry i know this is quite a long one.. but sorry i cant stop writing once am in the zone.. sorry if i hurt ur feelings..
Have a nice day.....

Thank You,

Do Comment on how it is......................

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cat percentile 99.97

We were 8 students in our panel and there were 4 such panels.


We were given 10 mins to write an essay in the area provided in the interview form. We were forewarned to stop rightaway when we are asked to stop. Essay topic was how other games were not eclipsed by Cricket and something like that.

Wrote a decent essay.. examples from olympic winners not getting padma awards etc..

All in all a good 10 mins to start with.


I was last in the panel and the panelists told us that they will take 15 mins each.

They took a break just after the 7th guy left and it started to scare me.. :)

P1: Old prof to my left

P2: Old prof to my right. ( Mr Rajendra Patel)

M: me

P2 called me in.

Pleasantries and was asked to sit.

P2: Please show me this certificate and explain what it is.

I stood up went close to P2 and showed the Gold medal certi and explained it was given to me for getting the highest marks in CBSE Board amongst all thirteen schools run by Bokaro Steel.

P1: Good, Very Good!

P2: Ok XXX , you have done electrical engg from IIT Kanpur.

M: Yes Sir!

P2: There were a few electrical enggs before you, what did they tell you?

M: Sir, they told me you were asking probability questions?

P2: Probability? What probability?

M: Sir, they were telling you gave questions about probability etc

P2: Ok.

P2: How would you explain to a layman why he pays for electricity? Electrons come to his home and then he returns it back, he doesn’t keep any why should he pay for it?

M: Sir, although he is not keeping any electrons, but energy is required to maintain this flow of electrons and the power company thus needs to be compensated.

P2: Speak in layman’s terms

M: Sir, it is like the current won’t flow unless there is potential difference.

P2: Speak in layman’s terms.

M: Sir, we can think it as water flowing, water flows on a slope similarly .

P2: Ok

P2: Ok tell me how will you explain integration to a layman. And dont tell me area under the curve ok.

M: Sir, it is basically a better form of summation when the function is discrete you can use sum, but when it is continuous it can’t be summed, so we break into parts.

P2: Now you are using discrete continuous, I have told you four times speak in layman’s terms.

M: Sir, take a Asymmetric figure, now if we need to find the area of this figure, summation would not help us, but we would need integration to do it.

P2: DO you know transmission losses form the major part of power losses?

M: Yes sir

P2: What is done to prevent these losses?

M: Electricity is transmitted a very high voltage 11 KV or 22 KV or even higher. This is done to reduce i^2r losses.

P2: Any other?

M: We can use better equipment, better transformers

P2: Is the purpose of transformer to cut power losses?

M: no sir, thats not it primary purpose but in course of transmission we need a lot of transformers and if we have efficient ones, we can reduce losses.

P2: WHat is the primary purpose of a transformer?

M: Either to step up or step down voltage depending on the need.

P1 Takes over

P1: Ok XXX, You have done electrical engg from IIT Kanpur, Can you make electricity flow without a wire

M: Sir it won’t be practical but it can be done.

P1: How?

M: Sir, if we apply voltages at sharp points, the air around the points will breakdown into ions and then start conducting. Sound and corona discharge will accompany this phenomena and this will be very inefficient way of transmitting electricity.

P1: How far?

M: very small distances around 1 mm.

P1: Ok, this sound and light thing doesn’t look practical. ANy other way?

M: Sir, basically what I did there was made air an conductor and replaced wire by air. If we have to remove wire, we can use any other conductor ( smile). May be water.

P1: Yes ( smiles)

P1: Ok do you know function of a function, can you differentiate it?( passes me a paper) We use a lot of calculus in Management.

M: Sir, it is basically defined when the independent variable is not a basic. For example y=f(x) and x=g(z) then y=f(g(z))

P1: Now differentiate it?

M: y’=f’(g(z)g’(z)

P1: What is that prime business ? (smiles) write simply

M: dy/dz=d(f(g(z)))/d(g(z))xd(g(z))/dz

P1: why is this a product and not a sum? Can you prove it?

M: yes sir.. I prove it using basic definition of derivative and the chain rule fo limits. he takes the paper and verifies it.

P1: Can you give an example?

M: yes, y=cos(sinx).

P1: Now differentiate it

M: y’=-sin(sinx) cos x

P1: Good.

P1: XXX, Can you tell me the difference between electrical force and gravitational force?

M: Electrical force can be attrcative or repulsive but gravitational force is attractive only.

P1: Ok, Do you know the nucleus, there are only protons, are they like charges?

M: yes sir.

P1: Then why don’t they come out and break the nucleus?

M: Sir, there are three forces inside the nucleus. Electrical force, gravitational force and nuclear force. The gravitational force is very small and hence neglected. But to counter the repulsive electrical force there is a nuclear force which keeps the protons inside the nucleus.

P2 takes over

P2: Ok, Where are you from?

M: Bokaro Steel City

P2:Hmmm, have you heard of the city Mclean? Can you tell me the country it is in?

M: No sir! ( I did not take a guess )

P2: Brussels?

M: Belgium?

P2: DO you know why most indian rivers originate from north and then flow into east or west?

M: Sir, the melting ice of himalayas act as the source of rivers, hence they originate from there. The rivers then flow southwards due to the slope and they move eastwards or westwards due to the terrain they face in their course.

P2: Ok can you tell me the names of all major cities on the banks of river ganga from west to east?

M: Haridwar.

P2: Before Haridwar?

M: Rishikesh.

P2: Ok Continue

M: Rishikesh, Haridwar, kanpur, allahabad, banaras, patna, sultanganj, Kolkata.

P2 looks at P1

P2: Take a toffee

I pick an alpenlibe from the bowl

and say thank you to both of them

P1: All the best.

I am out now..

There was no one left who could tell me the time but it was approx 20-25 mins.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Some people always look for negative!!!

1. Robert Fulton invented the steamboat. On the banks of the Hudson River he was
displaying his new invention. The pessimists and the skeptics were gathered around to
observe. They commented that it would never start. Lo and behold, it did. As it made its
way down the river, the pessimists who said it would never go, started shouting that it
would never stop. What an attitude!

2. There was a hunter who bought a bird dog, the only one of its kind in the world. That could walk on water . He couldn't believe his eyes when he saw this miracle. At the same time, he was very pleased that he could show off his new acquisition to his friends. He invited a friend to go duck hunting. After some time, they shot a few ducks and the man ordered his dog to run and fetch the birds. All day-long, the dog ran on water and kept fetching the birds. The owner was expecting a comment or a compliment about his amazing dog, but never got one. As they were returning home, he asked his friend if he Page 14 of 175 had noticed anything unusual about his dog. The friend replied, "Yes, in fact, I did notice something unusual. Your dog can't swim."

Looking for the GOLD!!!!

As a young Scots boy, Andrew Carnegie came to America and started doing odd jobs.
He ended up as one of the largest steel manufacturers in the United States.
At one time he had 43 millionaires working for him. Several decades ago, a million dollars
used to be a lot of money; even today it is a lot of money. Someone asked Mr. Carnegie
how he dealt with people? Andrew Carnegie replied, "Dealing with people is like digging
gold: When you go digging for an ounce of gold, you have to move tons of dirt to get an
ounce of gold. But when you go digging, you don't go looking for the dirt, you go looking
for the gold."


Charles Dickens wrote about a prisoner who stayed for many years in a dungeon. After
serving his sentence, he got his freedom. He was brought out from his cell into the bright
daylight of the open world. This man looked all around and after a few moments was so
uncomfortable with his newly acquired freedom that he asked to be brought back to his
cell into confinement. To him, the dungeon, the chains and the darkness were more
secure and comfortable than accepting the change of freedom and the open world.

David and Goliath

We all know the story of David and Goliath. There was a giant who was bullying and
harassing the children in the village. One day, a 17-year-old shepherd boy came to visit
his brothers and asked, "Why don't you stand up and fight the giant?" The brothers were
terrified and they replied, "Don't you see he is too big to hit?" But David said, "No, he is
not too big to hit, he is too big to miss." The rest is history. We all know what happened.
David killed the giant with a sling. Same giant, different perception.

Acres Of Daimonds

There was a farmer in Africa who was happy and content. He was happy because he
was content. He was content because he was happy. One day a wise man came to him
and told him about the glory of diamonds and the power that goes along with them. The
wise man said, "If you had a diamond the size of your thumb, you could have your own
city. If you had a diamond the size of your fist, you could probably own your own
country." And then he went away. That night the farmer couldn't sleep. He was unhappy
and he was discontent. He was unhappy because he was discontent and discontent
because he was unhappy.
The next morning he made arrangements to sell off his farm, took care of his family and
went in search of diamonds. He looked all over Africa and couldn't find any. He looked all
through Europe and couldn't find any. When he got to Spain, he was emotionally,
physically and financially broke. He got so disheartened that he threw himself into the
Barcelona River and committed suicide.
Back home, the person who had bought his farm was watering the camels at a stream
that ran through the farm. Across the stream, the rays of the morning sun hit a stone and
made it sparkle like a rainbow. He thought it would look good on the mantle piece. He
picked up the stone and put it in the living room. That afternoon the wise man came and
saw the stone sparkling. He asked, "Is Hafiz back?" The new owner said, "No, why do
you ask?" The wise man said, "Because that is a diamond. I recognize one when I see
one." The man said, no, that's just a stone I picked up from the stream. Come, I'll show
you. There are many more." They went and picked some samples and sent them for
analysis. Sure enough, the stones were diamonds. They found that the farm was indeed
covered with acres and acres of diamonds.*
What is the moral of this story?
There are five morals:
1. When our attitude is right, we realize that we are all walking on acres and acres of
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· Attributed to Dr Russel Conwell .
· Opportunity is always under our feet. We don't have to go anywhere. All we need
to do is recognize it.
2. The grass on the other side always looks greener.
3. While we are dyeing the grass on the other side, there are others who are dyeing the
grass on our side. They would be happy to trade places with us.
4. When people don't know how to recognize opportunity, they complain of noise when it
5. The same opportunity never knocks twice. The next one may be better or worse, but it
is never the same one.

Blaise Pascal

Someone once approached Blaise Pascal, the famous French philosopher and said, "If I
had your brains, I would be a better person." Pascal replied, "Be a better person and you
will have my brains."
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The Calgary Tower stands at 190.8 meters. The total weight of the tower is 10,884 tons,
of which 6,349 tons is below ground (approximately 60%). This shows that some of the
greatest buildings have the strongest foundations. Just like a great building stands on a
strong foundation, so does success. And the foundation of success is attitude.

Ballon Man

There was a man who made a living selling balloons at a fair. He had all colors of
balloons, including red, yellow, blue, and green. Whenever business was slow, he would
release a helium-filled balloon into the air and when the children saw it go up, they all
wanted to buy one. They would come up to him, buy a balloon, and his sales would go up
again. He continued this process all day. One day, he felt someone tugging at his jacket.
He turned around and saw a little boy who asked, "If you release a black balloon, would
that also fly?" Moved by the boy's concern, the man replied with empathy, "Son, it is not
the color of the balloon, it is what is inside that makes it go up."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Quotes for you.

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.  –  Unknown

The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory.   That’s the essence of it.  
–  Vince Lombardi

“Capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth.  Socialism is the equal distribution of poverty.”    

–  Winston Churchill

“Real strength is not just a condition of one’s muscle, but
a tenderness in one’s spirit.”

 — McCallister Dodds

“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence.A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”
–Octavia Butler

“The earth laughs in flowers.”  
 e.e. cummmings

Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a
man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises
all opinion, will make a man brave in another.

-Charles Caleb Colton

When everybody’s coming your way, you’re in the
wrong lane  


To be alive, to be able to see, to walk,…it’s all a miracle.  –  Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982)  Polish Pianist

In the final analysis there is no solution to man’s
progress but the day’s honest work, the day’s honest
decisions, the day’s generous utterances and the day’s
good deed.  

–  Clare Booth Luce

May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong. 

  — Chief Dan George

“It is nice to know that the computer understands the problem. But I would like to understand it too.”  

–  Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist

“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of  yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of  tomorrow.”

- Robert H. Goddard

It is quite possible that the Arizona Cardinals will be winning the Super Bowl later today.  That is the Dream of the last few decades (yesterday,) the Hope of Today and the Reality of Tomorrow.

- Bill Austin

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very
moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”

-Oprah Winfrey

“Physics is becoming so unbelievably complex that it is taking longer and longer to train a physicist. It takes so long to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them.”

- Eugene Wigner (1902-1995) Hungarian-born US physicist

“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of

-  Maria Edgeworth

Making the decision to have a child - it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
- Elizabeth Stone

Famous Quotes - The Future

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller (1880-196 8)
American Writer

Happiness is not a goal, a place or anything to do with money…it is nothing more than a state of mind.

A broken heart is like a broken mirror… its better to leave it as it is… “Or hurt yourself trying to put it back together”

Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet

“Things are seldom what they seem, / Skim milk masquerades as cream.”

- Sir William Gilbert

“If you wish in this world to advance your merits you’re bound to enhance; you must stir it and stump it, and blow your own trumpet, or, trust me, you haven’t a chance.”
- Sir William Gilbert
“When you’re lying awake with a dismal headache, and repose is tabooed by anxiety, / I conceive you may use any language you choose to indulge in without impropriety.

- Sir William Gilbert

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