Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Overtime

ITOvertime.com is a site covers one of hot issues: that computer programmers should be paid overtime wages when working overtime hours. According to this site, if you're a programmer in CA, worked over 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week in the last four years, and made less than $87K/year, You are entitled to an overtime pay. You do not even have to have records. Drop 'em a line and see how it goes.

Earth survives the Space Storm

According to this Yahoo story, The Sun hurled a huge cloud of charged particles at Earth on Tuesday, with an intensity that could affect satellites, power grids and pipelines when it reaches our planet. This is the third most powerful on record so far.

You can view the Real-Time Images of the flare

Space.com has just reported that Earth has Survived the storm, Duh!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

How do you ensure you get Green Lights all the time?

one option is to get the Computer Geek like the one from 'Italian Job'. Second option is to get a Mobile Infrared Transmitters (MIRT). Originally intended for use by law enforcement officials, MIRTs are slowly becoming available to the public. Imagine the chaos at the intersection when numerous MIRTs try to activate the green light.

Mind you, however cool .... its Illegal !!

India among the World Largest Economy by 2050

According to the recent Global Economics Paper by Goldman Sachs, India will be among the largest economies by 2050.

Nokia: Just a mobile phone manufacturer? probably not

Nokia has just announced its newest models. Nokia 7700 is the one that stands out. Featuring 65K color 640 x 320 pixels touch screen, Handwriting recognition, Skinable UI, integrated camera, stereo FM Radio, Opera Browser, Music & video playback and streaming, mp3 player, Bluetooth and ofcourse the mobile phone thats works in all countries. Except for FM radio and Mobile phone, my computer can do all of above. And I thought Nokia is a Mobile phone company.

Monday, October 27, 2003

What's Special About This Number?

What's Special About This Number?: It's been said that 3 is the magic number, but really, what makes the curvy digit so special? We now have the answer to that question (and other numerical mysteries) thanks to this wonderfully interesting site. Turns out the number 3 is the "number of spatial dimensions in which we live." This site is filled with thousands of distinctive facts about numbers with links to definitions of obscure terms.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Other Charities

I have been using World Vision for the past 4-5 years. They let you choose the country you want to sponsor the child in. Which in my case was India. Also they send you a progress report every so often to keep you updated.

Hope this helps.

Allwyn

Indian charities



Starting this year, Both me and my wife are thinking of making donations to charity, a regular phenomenon. Over past years, we have tired to support the causes that we feel are worthy in whatever way we can( Kargil conflict or 9/11 victims). Either via donating to charities or through blood drives. Since past few months, we have been contemplating donating to causes which can help avoid such situations. Most noteworthy efforts are in areas of education. We share the pool of thinkers who advocate education as the only holy grail which would help society prosper and bring about the peaceful world as we envision to be. Some of the charities that We came across

Asha for Education: My friend, Brij, brought this organization to my attention, when he was fund raising for them.
Child Relief and You

Please support the charities to bring about a change in our society in whatever way you can. Even a small donation of $20 ( ~ equal to one dinner for a family ) by thousands of us can help significantly educating kids in India (as 1 USD = 45.38 INR) or whatever other causes you see fit.

Please share your favorite charities and/or experiences ...

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Real economics of outsourcing

According to recent issue of The McKinsley Quarterly, Sending US jobs offshore to cheaper labor markets like India is generating more employment back home.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

How to: Digital Photography

Absolutely faboulous site http://www.shortcourses.com. Short Courses has comprehensive guides on almost every aspect of digital photography. a must see.

New Tech: SmartPaperâ„¢ by Gyricon

Gyricon's SmartPaper™ uses over 100 Xerox patents on a kind of paper that contains a thin layer millions of tiny plastic balls. Each ball is half white, half black, with a tiny permanent electric charge. By applying electricity, each ball can be rotated to show either its black or white half, thus forming letters. The balls maintain their position until electricity is again applied to form new letters

Monday, October 20, 2003

Stories of Lord Krishna

Macromedia Site of the Day for Oct 4,2003...
Seattle art museum presents Exciting adventures of Lord Krishna

Honda Repair

<Brag>
Last weekend, I saved myself a chunk of money by replacing my Accord's Lock Actuator. Lock Actuator is the electrical component which controls the power lock operation on a door. The part itself costs around $41. Considering the fact that I'm naive at repairing automobiles, it took me about 2 hours to replace the Lock actuator without damaging or breaking anything. :) Similar job would have cost me about $300 at any dealer.
</Brag>

While doing the homework for the above, I came across several sites which are incredibly useful if you plan to do it yourself.

http://board.hondasociety.com
Online Forum for interacting with other DIYers. This is where I got my information on how to replace the Lock Actuator.

Honda's ServiceExpress
Service Express is American Honda's Web-based system for delivering electronic service publications to the aftermarket. In Service Express, technicians have access to Service Manuals, Service Bulletins, ServiceNews, Electrical Troubleshooting Manuals, and Body Repair Manuals in one convenient place.

Helm Inc
Helm is the place to go for Service Manual, OBD (on-board diagnostic) tools. They also offer Honda authorized Training for mechanics. Helm supports other car manufacturers too.

While above information applies only for Honda's and Acura's. I'm sure there should be similar sites for other cars too.

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Cool Internet Browser

MyIE2 is a new browser companion. Something like Turbo Charged IE. It boosts of several new features, some of which include...

Multi-Tabbed Browsing: similar to the feature in Opera.
Mouse Gestures: common tasks performed by playing mouse kung-fu
Ad-blocking: blocks those annoying flash-based ads.
Content filter: to filter offensive pictures on a web page
Skins and much more. check it out.

Bookmark Manager

I have a ton of bookmarks. Most often, I cant find them the next time and end-up searching again on google. Very fustrating that there is not a decent bookmark manager.
Here are a few I came across while scouring the internet
Free ones:
http://bkm.sourceforge.net/en/index.html
http://www.magouge.com/pbmanager/index.php

Commercial:
http://www.netvisualize.com/
http://www.activeurls.com
http://www.kaylon.com/power.html
http://www.netsnippets.com. Not exactly a bookmark manager but close.

None have impressed me so far. Do you know of any other utilities?

Global Corruption Survey

According to the research performed by Transparency International, India ranks 71st on the Corruption Perceptions Index done in 133 nations. Finland is found to be the most 'cleanest' and Bangladesh at the bottom of the pile, United states is at number 18.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Johnny Mera Naam

Wonder how all those DVDs reach you by mail. This FastCompany article talks about how NetFlix organizes and distributes DVDs.

Public Library of Science

The Public Library of Science promises free access to mostly exclusive medical and scientific research.

Monday, October 13, 2003

Bjarne Stroustrup Interview

Artima.com has published its interview with the C++ Creator, Bjarne Stroustrup

Saturday, October 11, 2003

More Online Games:

RoboTube Games
Crypt Raider
The Mother of all Flash-based games sites. This is by far the largest collection I have ever seen.

Friday, October 10, 2003

More Optical Illusions

These pages demonstrate some interesting visual phenomena, often called optical illusions (or visual illusions), stressing relative novelty and interactivity.

Your walk talks a lot about you...

According to a research conducted by Bio-Motion Labs, Motion synthesizer demonstrates that biologically and socially relevant information about a person is conveyed in biological motion patterns. It allows you to manipulate a number of parameters controlling the characteristics of human walking.

Degree Confluence Project

The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures and stories will then be posted here

Thursday, October 09, 2003

Got a Pointy Haired Boss??? you are not alone

Incredibly funny...sometimes I get scared if some bosses do get ideas by
reading this.. check it out...
http://www.bullshitjob.com

P2P Technology: this time its Pain-to-Pain

Extracted WiFi-SM is an Internet connected wireless device that you can fix on any part of your body. It automatically detects the information from approximately 4,500 news sources worldwide updated continuously and analyses them looking for specific keywords such as death, kill, murder, torture, rape, war, virus etc. Each time the text of the news contains one of these keywords, your WiFi-SM device is activated through the WiFi network and provides you with an electric impulse. This impulse is calibrated so that you can feel a certain amount of pain, but is completely safe.

Weirdly innovative I must say

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Need to remember your Password, get some sleep

Sleep may improve your memories

Indian economy to grow by 7% this fiscal year

According to this article, Indian economy will grow by leaps and bounds after a poor growth last year. This is mainly due to excellent monsoon season and the growing Tech Sector.

Monday, October 06, 2003

World's Largest Plasma Display Panel

LG electronics has broken its own record of producing the world's largest Plasma Display Panel (PDP). At 76", I would love to have one of these

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Online Games:

Here is a big collection of online Games (flash based). I did not check out all of them. But most of them look ok for Kids.

Friday, October 03, 2003

Damn!! I should have learned programming earlier

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Online Game: Dinner Party

Moderately Challenging Game about seating arrangements at a dinner party.

Editor's Note: This game is not functional anymore...the site hosting it seems to be down.

Indian Blog Hosting sites

Here are some of Indian Blogging Hosts...
http://blogs.rediff.com
http://www.humblog.org
Let me know if you come across any more...

How is the quality of hospital care in your state?

A ranking based on the outcomes of 26 procedures performed at 5,000 hospitals puts
North Dakota at the top and Mississippi at the bottom. See how the rest of the states rate.

http://www.healthgrades.com

Ten Technologies That Deserve to Die

Ten Technologies That Deserve to Die. Some technologies are so blatantly obnoxious that the human race would rejoice if they were summarily executed.

more IITs

Impressed with the research and development record and the quality standards maintained by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) across the country, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Wednesday announced setting up of five new IITs.