Absolutely! - A new term of Hospitality


 Doh! What's new about that? Well, it struck me for the first time that the word "Absolutely" can make you feel lot better, so gave a thought on it! On what context? I realised that you could use Absolutely instead of saying Ofcourse or why not? can be really effective. Thanks to Spice Jet hostess for giving me a chance to know the effectiveness.
 On 13 June 2011, I was making my trip back to Kochi from Mumbai. My sis booked a Flight ticket for me as I did not have the time to spend 24 hours on train. So got on board to Spice Jet, had a Steward[Just Googled for the Male version of Air Hostess and found this word] and 3 Air Hostess. Usually the Air Hostess have a pleasant face(compared to a Steward), but I should say this particular Steward(Sorry to not note the name) had an exceptionally pleasant face. The 3 Air Hostess had over made faces, and kind of artificial expressions.
  So being jobless for a whole 90 minutes, I was observing what these people learn from those hi-fi courses and stuff we see on Television. And I realised its all about Hospitality. The crew of Spice Jet were serving Snacks[Costly!] as a pair of two. This guy and lady had the duty of serving to the seats in the front, so my eyes got glued on the character. The Steward gave a overwhelmingly pleasant smile to everyone, so good that even when he said some excuse or apologized, we had to accept it whole heartedly. I wonder how he was in his college days, definitely not like this!
 So then I came across the expression I liked the most, and which of course tempted me to make a Blog Post. An elderly lady, 2 rows to my front,  asked this guy for some extra coffee. This Steward, gave his "™ "smile along with a Thumps Up gesture, and said Absolutely. Gosh! I never knew that particular word could be used so effectively on such a situation. Eventhough the Steward arrived late with the coffee, the old lady was content with him - just because of Absolutely!

First week @TCS



Read my whole experience at TCS here - My life with TCS - a Walkthrough

 Read this first - Eve of Joining TCS 
                          First Day @TCS
                          Second Day @TCS
 Phew! Its been a week at TCS, and I should say I enjoyed every bit @TCS. My career's first few days ought to be important to me, and I'm very glad that it went the best way it could. I'm pretty sure I'm already trying to develop the Values shared to us at TCS, and definitely improving on my Technical counterpart too.
 On Monday we had the General shift, i.e 8am to 6.30pm, it was the last day in which I could be at TCS with most of my friends[as I was put into the afternoon shift]. Most of us have a thought that Life at TCS can be hectic, but I should say I've enjoyed and still enjoying every moment of it. We had certain induction sessions, and Personality improvement sessions[Called BizS(Bis-skills) sessions], and an intro to what we will be doing in the 60 days of ILP. We came to know that there was a change in the ILP curriculum from our batch onwards, which was an exciting news to most of us. I should say, the Faculties at TCS ILP are very friendly and resourceful - make use of them.

Second Day @TCS


Read my whole experience at TCS here - My life with TCS - a Walkthrough


Read this first - Eve of Joining TCS 
                         First Day @TCS
 After the end of an tiring and awesome day, we set foot to Peepul's park again at 7am. The sessions were scheduled at 8.45 and we had plenty of time to take in breakfast. The sessions again were simply awesome! Awesome personalities and accent make us drop our jaws. Along with talks, we had Video clips regarding Safety and TCS. These sessions made us aware of the functions available at TCS and what we have to do when there is a requirement. In the afternoon we had the PAT test, which is an Objective, Online evaluation of Aspire. This test will be easy, if you have the basics right. If you have gone through Aspire, this is a piece of Cake.
 After the test we were again gathered for our ID distribution, everyone get a Tag, that one should wear inside the Campus. We also got our instructions for dress code. And towards the end of the day, we had our Batch allocations, and locations. We will get to know which batch we belong to, which stream we are going to follow, where our location after ILP would be, and what would be the timings of our batch. The batches are done on 2 shifts, Morning shift from 7am to 1.45pm and afternoon shift from 2.15pm to 9pm. You also get your schedules, along with instructions on which room you should be for the sessions. We had basically four Streams, and were put into it randomly, no choices and no Batch transfers were allowed. Also the Location of joining was 90% according to the choices you had given earlier.

First Day @TCS


Read my whole experience at TCS here - My life with TCS - a Walkthrough


Read this first - Eve of Joining TCS
 And the Sun rises on us, with a whole new career up ahead, looking bright and vibrant. All of us got ready early, the Bus was expected to arrive at 7am. All of us looked well groomed, and professional - a surprising new trend for us. A few of us had a Tie, but not many. But as the bus arrived, it started to rain cats and dogs. We had to share umbrellas to get to the bus. And surprisingly 5 minutes later, we had the bright sunshine back. Sadly, we missed a student back in the lodge of being late, and hopefully none will get into that situation.
 After a 40 minutes drive, we reached the Peepul's Park. We were allowed to enter the building after providing the Joining letter at the gate. Our bags had to go through an X-ray scanner and ANY electronic items(including Pen Drives) was not allowed inside. After getting into the campus, we were seated in a Hall, which had close to 260 new aspirants seated. It took sometime for everyone to be seated, and then our HR came forward and took a head count. We were allowed to have breakfast then, which I should say was AWESOME! Cheap and Healthy food was available in the Canteen - and of course the highlight was FREE Tea and Coffee! After Breakfast we had a few introductory sessions by fascinating people at TCS.

Day prior to Joining @TCS

 Read my whole experience at TCS here - My life with TCS - a Walkthrough


 And finally those days have come, the time when my life in going to take a turn to a Professional career. And I did not want anything to go wrong, and with God's grace, nothing has gone wrong yet. So after making sure I have every document as per required by TCS(via Annexure and the Welcome Mail), I set of the journey to Trivandrum from Ernakulam. Took a sleeper ticket with my friends Vineeth and Atul M, and set off the journey.
 Took long, but anxious 5 hours to make it to Trivandrum. And then we set foot at the Trivandrum Central Station[TVC], an overwhelming crowded station, but the nice weather came as a positive for us. We took a ticket from the Prepaid Taxi centre and started our search for Safire Lodge, Aristo Junction. The Lodge, eventhough does not look Hi-Fi, has fair enough facilities and is Clean(which is important!). Have close to 50 students at this lodge, with most of my friends at college together. We can chose our room mate, you need to have food from hotels[which apparently is not cheap], you have laundry service over here, and a Big Bazaar 15 minutes away. For Entertainment, 5 Cinemas around this place, Kovalam beach around 10kms away. The only thing hindering was that TCS campus was 18 kms away, close to 45 minutes travel. You have a bus to pick you up and drive you back, but make sure you don't miss it!

Technology aid to Women - Introducing SMS Service for Theater abuses

 Just came through an article in Mathrubhumi, and indeed an interesting one. Minister Ganesh Kumar announced this aid to the Women being abused in Theaters. And it was a simple piece of technology, if anyone get abused, they just need to send an SMS to a particular number, and the Police will arrest the culprit in less than 30 minutes. It might not be the perfect solution, but its certainly a start.
 With Mobile phones in every hand, I appreciate the Govt. introducing such services. Such Telephone services were activated by the Railway Police too - Read more here - Piece of info for all girls out there, This is required, maybe not in the metros and other cities where such issues are uncommon. But certainly this comes to the aid of women seeking peace in the public.

Posting Distressing Images might take you to Jail


 Make sure you don't upload or share offensive images on Facebook or Twitter now. You might be sent to jail or fined for doing so.
The state of Tennessee amended Tennessee Code Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 3 of its harassment law, which was previously focused on malicious person-to-person communication, to apply to anyone transmitting potentially offensive images on the web.
The exact language of the law now reads:

(a) A person commits an offense who intentionally:

(4) Communicates with another person or transmits or displays an image in a manner in which there is a reasonable expectation that the image will be viewed by the victim by [by telephone, in writing or by electronic communication] without legitimate purpose:

(A) (i) With the malicious intent to frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress; or

(ii) In a manner the defendant knows, or reasonably should know, would frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress to a similarly situated person of reasonable sensibilities; and

(B) As the result of the communication, the person is frightened, intimidated or emotionally distressed.

Youth lands in Trouble for posting on Facebook about Eating a Bull Frog

 Now that should be a lesson learnt - Facebook is a Public social network, and other can see what you say or post. This young man house in Panaji was raided by Officials of Goa Forest Department after being noticed by such an Update. WildGoa Network, a green NGO had noticed the post by Yoko Gomes, as the youth identifies himself on FB, and complained to the forest department. "We had downloaded all the content from Facebook and attached it with the complaint," said Clinton Vaz, an activist of WildGoa Network.
  The Indian Bullfrog is a protected species as per the wildlife protection rules and State Forest department has formed squads to crack down on poaching of frogs, which is an observed trend during during monsoons in Goa.

'Anonymous' on prowl again, takes down a Govt. Website in protest of Censorship

 Anonymous, all over the news for their heroic act against Sony, and now seems that the group is going to the next level. The Group recently attacked Turkey’s Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TIB), and the reason?
  "(The Turkish government) has blocked thousands of websites and blogs while abusive legal proceedings against online journalists persist. The government now wants to impose a new filtering system on the 22nd of August that will make it possible to keep records of all the people’s internet activity. Though it remains opaque why and how the system will be put in place, it is clear that the government is taking censorship to the next level," says Anonymous.

Play Snake while watching a Video on Youtube!

 Remember Vuvuzela sound which was popular during World Cup Football integrated to Youtube videos? Now Youtube has come up with another interesting Easter Egg. Try holding the left and up arrow keys on your keyboard while a video is playing or paused on Youtube.Once the game starts, you can direct a transparent snake around the video player with the arrow keys to gobble up dots that cause the snake to grow. Hitting the edge of the player or any part of your snake’s body will end the game. Checkout this video

How does Google Translate give an Interesting result on "Suresh raina is god"

Update This has been corrected by Google now, probably people might have suggested the Alternate, making Google realise the correct answer.
 A viral update has been spreading through Facebook recently. It goes as follows -
 Type "suresh raina is god "in google translator and translate it into serbian. After that copy that translated stuff and translate it back to english.. and see what happens!!!!
Try and see!!!!

  I bet each and every Indian would be taking a look at that. When we translate Suresh Raina is God to Serbia, we get this -Суресх Раина је Бог and if we translate it back to English, we get Sachin Tendulkar is God. 
  So how is this happening? Its happening because Google Translate does not use a Word by Word Translate approach, instead its based on  statistical machine translation, or in short I'd like to quote the words in Google Translate
How does it work?
 When Google Translate generates a translation, it looks for patterns in hundreds of millions of documents to help decide on the best translation for you. By detecting patterns in documents that have already been translated by human translators, Google Translate can make intelligent guesses as to what an appropriate translation should be. This process of seeking patterns in large amounts of text is called "statistical machine translation". Since the translations are generated by machines, not all translation will be perfect. The more human-translated documents that Google Translate can analyse in a specific language, the better the translation quality will be. This is why translation accuracy will sometimes vary across languages. 
 I would also like to add
 When Google Translate generates a translation, it looks for patterns in hundreds of millions of documents to help decide on the best translation for you. By detecting patterns in documents that have already been translated by human translators, Google Translate can make intelligent guesses as to what an appropriate translation should be. This process of seeking patterns in large amounts of text is called “statistical machine translation”. Since the translations are generated by machines, not all translation will be perfect. The more human-translated documents that Google Translate can analyse in a specific language, the better the translation quality will be. This is why translation accuracy will sometimes vary across languages.
  Ofcourse Sachin would be the obvious one with Suresh Raina, and Google Translate makes a wild guess! Also Sachin and Raina would have made a huge combination when Suresh Raina took Sachin on his shoulders after the World Cup victory. You also get an alternate choice in the translation, which will indeed help Google translate to realise the mistake. 

Clever Wife created a Fake Teen Profile, reveals Husband's Murder Plot

Update: Suspecting it was Angela all along, David Voelkert had gotten a notarized affidavit shortly after Jessica came online. In it, he said that he believed this was not a real person but rather his ex-wife or someone she knows. He said he was engaging with this person and lying in order to gain proof that his ex-wife was tampering with his personal life, proof he would then use himself in court. "In no way do I have plans to leave with my children or do any harm to Angela Dawn Voelkert or anyone else," he wrote above the Indiana notary's stamp. He then kept one copy and gave another to a relative for backup.
The timeline worked, his affidavit coming days before he said anything incriminating. The notary was interviewed, the document authenticated, and his case was dismissed

 Facebook is tending to be a Plot of all sorts of things. And here is a story of how Angela Voelkert came to know about her Murder Plot by her Husband.
 Voelkert, 29, created a fake profile of a teen named Jessica Studebaker last month, complete with a picture of an anonymous teen, and became Facebook friends with her gullible hubby, David, 38. She only had intentions to know about his dirty side, but unfortunately, it revealed much much more. David revealed to her new Teen friend about how he was planning to get rid of Voelkert and run away with the kids. To begin with, he had installed a GPS system on his Wife's van so as to keep track of her at all times. He even allegedly asked the "girl" to find a "gang-banger" at her school who would be willing to do the job for $10,000.
  David Voelkert, a video and audio-equipment salesman in South Bend, Ind., was arrested Friday and charged in federal court with illegally installing the GPS device. Officials said he could face more serious charges

Angry Birds products trending up high -A Cookbook of Egg Recipes

 Angry Birds, a huge hit since its launch on Chrome. It's literally being taken up by every major brand to advertise their product. The creators Rovio, have launched tons of popular toys and tshirts with Angry Birds on the flash. And now its time to cook the Egg bombs the Angry birds launch at the Pigs. Yes, Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio’s head of marketing and business development, announced the book at the Open Mobile Summit in London. Vesterbacka said Rovio’s Angry Birds cookbook will be targeted at families and include mostly egg-based recipes. The title will be self-published and likely distributed by Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble, in book form and as an ebook app, with Rovio banking 90% of all sales.
 Guess Angry Birds is going to break all realms of entertainment. Won't be surprised if I see a new Movie launching soon!
Source : mashable.com

Solar Flare Erupts- Spectacular Images + Brief interruption to communications

 Isn't the view simply spectacular? A handout picture shows the Sun as viewed by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 9, 2011. The sun is entering a more active phase due to peak in 2013 on a roughly 11-year sunspot cycle, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. Power supplies, air traffic control, communications and satellites can all be disrupted by storms.
  Reminds me of the movie Knowing. "This wasn't really such a big event," said Michael Hesse, chief of the space weather laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "It was spectacular to watch, but not big in terms of hazards to the Earth."

Girls not ready for Love Marriage till 21 - Karnataka High Court

 The Karnataka High Court has proposed to amend the law of Age limit on Girls for marriage. The HC has proposed to keep an Age limit of 18 for arranged marriages and 21 for Love marriages. Which I believe is a very positive move to make. I should say there are thousands falling in the blind mist of love at an early age and ruining their life with a wrong partner at an age of 18.
   "In our opinion, the girls below the age of 21 years are not capable of forming a rational judgment as to the suitability of the boy, with whom they are in love. It is relevant to mention that those girls, who are suffering from hormonal imbalance easily fall prey to the boys and fall in love, marry and repent at leisure,” the judges quote in an order.
   "Since the Hindu Marriage Act does not deal with love marriages, in our view, it is high time that the Parliament take note of the sufferings of such girls and their parents and amend the law suitably,” the judges said.

Jobs ready to built a Space Ship - New Apple HQ!

 Jobs is ready to make another Marvel. A giant new HQ, four storeyed, glass doughnut with a gorgeous courtyard in the middle. It'll hold 12,000 employees, and will be up in 2015
 "I think we do have a shot at building the best office building in the world," Jobs declared in a video posted on YouTube. "I really do think architecture students will come here to see this. I think it could be that good."
When Jobs unveiled Apple's plans he described the building as looking "a bit like a spaceship has landed There's not a straight piece of glass in this building, It's all curves."
 It will be huge and clean, Apple will switch from national grid power to an on-site energy centre using natural gas and other "cleaner", "cheaper" methods. It will comprise of a cafe that can feed 3000 at a sitting will be located within the giant doughnut. Watch the video below.

Got an Offer letter from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd! Ah, what a scam.

 Phew, I bet people would have worked a lot to frame such an email. The contents are so promising, that I had to read through the whole content and then give a Google search to realise its a scam. The point at which you doubt is when they ask you to put an amount of Rs.12,200 in an SBI Account. Have a look -


MARUTI SUZUKI INDIA LTD (MSIL)
Head Office Maruti Suzuki,
India Limited Nelson Mandela Road,
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070
Board no.46781000
Email; marutisuzukilimited@yahoo.in
Tel: +91113204882
+91 844 752 9964 (Monday to Friday 9:30 AM TO 5:30 PM)


REF: "MARUTI SUZUKI" DIRECT RECRUITMENTS OFFER.


Your Resume has been selected from MONSTER.COM /NAUKRI.COM AND CLICK JOBS.COM for our new plant. The Company selected 62 candidates list for Senior Engineer, IT, Administration, Production, marketing and general service Departments. It is our pleasure to inform you that your Resume was selected as one of the 62 candidates shortlisted for the interview. The SUZUKI Company is the best Manufacturing Car Company in India; The Company is recruiting the candidates for our new plants in Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai. 

Watch Bollywood Movies now on youtube.com/BoxOffice

  Starting with Yash Raj Film's Band Baaja Baaraat, you will be able to watch movies online now on Youtube. YouTube and Intel have partnered to bring you the latest blockbusters online. Get started by visiting youtube.com/BoxOffice, along with the Movie, you get to answer Trivia questions and contests on the Channel. Users will  have the option to view the movie in 720p and 1080p apart from the other standard resolutions.  Deleted scenes, making of the movie and other features that are available on the movie DVD will also be available. YouTube already has a movies channel that lets you watch movies for free but this initiative by Google in India Intel will bring the big blockbuster titles to the web screen.

E3 - Gamers Paradise

 E3 - Electronic Entertainment Expo is the Ultimate Paradise for every Gamer. And its happening now, June 7 to 9,2011, the whole Internet has been buzzing E3. With around 50 games announced, it has certainly startled me to get hold of the future of gaming, and Ive realised my Laptop is soon going to have a place in a museum!
 There are a few Gadgets that have caught my eye on the E3, and I bet most of them know what I'm going to say. Yes, the Playstation Vita and Wii U. Those are my choice for the best on E3, and ofcourse Apple was as interesting as it could be. Apple announced the iOS 5[Surprisingly already Jailbroken], Mac OS X Lion[with reportedly tons of new features] and the iCloud services.
 Playstation Vita, previously known as NGP, was a huge advancement from the PSP. With Dual touch layers[front and back] this certainly raises the gaming experience.

The Best of Apple's WWDC


By David King
 In case you weren’t following the WWDC keynote coverage live, you missed well, a lot. The event — which ran about two hours — was packed with information. Thousands of articles have already been written covering some of the bigger numbers and features, so I thought I’d highlight some of the smaller things you may have missed.

  • There are now 54 million active Mac users
  • 73 percent of those Mac users are now using notebooks instead of desktops
  • Photo Booth in OS X Lion has face tracking for targeted facial enhancements (like big eyes, or birds over your head)
  • The Mac App Store is already now the number one channel for buying software (beating Best Buy)
  • Starting with OS X Lion, Mac App Store apps can gain Push Notifications and In-App purchases
  • Updates will also now be delta updates — meaning you’ll only have to download what’s new, not the entire app
  • OS X Lion will only be available in the Mac App Store. Want a disc? Too bad, they’re extinct.
  • OS X Lion will weigh in at a svelte 4 gigabytes (not much bigger than an HD movie)
  • 25 million iPads have been sold in just 14 months
  • 15 billion songs have been sold through iTunes now

Twitter makes Link Shortening easier

 Felt irritated with going to bit.ly or tinurl for shortening your Links to share on Twitter? Well no more! Twitter has introduced an automatic Link shortening recently. Now all you have to do is paster your link as such on the Tweet Box and Tweet it, the link will be shortened to 19 characters automatically.
 Twitter says on its blog
Sharing links on Twitter.com is now simple and instant. Plus, since we show a shortened version of the original link, people will know which site the link points to. This service also increases security. If users click links that are reported as malicious, we direct them to a page that warns them.

Facebook Launches Facial Recognition of automatic Tagging of Photos

 Now Facebook has launched a Facial Recognition technique to automatically Tag photos in your friends album. And as Facebook does it, this has been enabled by default raising privacy issues. Now when you upload a photo of a group, Facebook recognizes the Faces and gives you suggestions to tag automatically. This is how Facebook reveals the use of such a tool
 While tags are an essential tool for sharing important moments, many of you have said tagging photos can be a chore. (Like that time you had to tag your cousin and her fiancé over and over and over again in 64 different pictures of their engagement party, and then go back and tag the guests.)

Don't worry if your Internet becomes unresponsive on Wednesday[in Asia] - World IPv6 Day

 The world is changing, and with its rate of growth, we need more addresses for websites. And thus introduced IPv6, and its time the world gets adapted to it. June 8th, is considered as the World IPv6 day, a day when all prominent websites including, Gmail, Google, Facebook, Youtube etc will give their test on IPv6.
 Not aware of IPv6? Well, let me put in a short intro, we presently use IPv4 addressing, which is in the form of 172.154.32.21. Its time that all combinations of this 32 Bit address exhaust. So IPv6 is introduced, with an address length of 128 bits, which is considered to never exhaust[Eg: 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334]
 The Internet world have been prepping up for this day ever since, and now the day has come. Experts say the Users won't even know about the change into IPv6. The vast majority (99.95%) of people will be able to access services without interruption: either they’ll connect over IPv6, or their systems will successfully fall back to IPv4. However, as with any next-generation technology, there may be teething pains. Experts estimate that .05% of systems may fail to fall back to IPv4, so some people may find Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Bing and other participating websites slow or unresponsive on World IPv6 Day.

Amazing Pics from the Chile Volcano

 Recently I made a post Iceland volcano of 2010, those pictures made my eyes glitter with fascination. Well here is the next set of Pictures taken of the Chile Volcano.

How many friends do you have on Facebook? But your Brain can only hold 150!


  Ha! Once I boasted of having 1000 friends, but now I realise, I know less than half of them. And here is another piece of interesting information, Robin Dunbar, a Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford claims that his studies reveal the Human Brain can only handle meaningful relationships with about 150 people. And I should say its true!
  150 - a number which will be henceforth known and Dunbar's Number, is believed to be the number at which a group of people functions the best, according to Dunbar. And its true in every aspect, smaller groups tend to experience closer bonds, and affection. On Facebook, Ive been on both Huge and Small groups and I should say, even in Huge groups a very few were close to me- and those meant the Group to me.

No idea, Get Idea - Good Idea, but Who will Pay?

 With 3 Abhishek Bachan's on the ads of Idea 3g, the quote No Idea, Get Idea is getting popular. Yes, 3G is a treat to the eye, fascinating Internet Speed, Live TV, Video calling and much much more. In short, if you need a summary on how 3G will change your Internet Experience, take a look at the graph below.
 Those stats are real, with a peak speed of 21.1 Mbps, its a dream for Indians to access that pace. The ads of Idea 3G are specific to the point, fast Image uploads[And comments too!], Live TV etc. But have you thought about their Price strategy? This is the basic strategy list-

MRP(in Rs.) Free(in MB)         Beyond Free
105                 100                         10p/10kb
205                 250                         10p/10kb
455                 600                         10p/10kb
655                 1250                       10p/10kb
745                 2048                       10p/10kb
1745               5120                       10p/10kb
Now, that't not cheap, and I admit fast Internet is never cheap. Just trying to shed some light on the Customers who go blind watching the ads. To make the above stats more understandable, I would say to download a Movie, it would cost you Rs.455+. And if you go beyond the free usage, to download a song - more than 50 Rs. Now that's never cheap, I'd say better slow than pay.

Airtel Tops in the Number of Consumer Complaints registered in NCH

 I had used Airtel for a while, and was happy with the service. The only defect it had was when it combined with BSNL, as for some reason BSNL SMS's never get delivered to Airtel. It was a black mark, and now National Consumer Helpline(NCH) reveals stats in which Airtel unfortunately leads. According to the reports, 2001 complaint calls were received against Bharti Airtel between March 2010 and February 2011.
 However Airtel responds to this situation well, putting forth a point on their huge customer base
  "Every customer complaint is important to us and we do address each of these at a customer and systemic level. However, it needs to be understood that the number of complaints referred here are a mere 0.00126 per cent of our active customer base,"
 NCH data can be summarized as follows

Messi to play in Kolkata on September 2nd!

 A dream come true for Indians - Argentina Vs. Venezuela on September 2nd at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. And this dream does not cost much too ! Tickets begin at a Price of Rs.1000 and range to Rs.5000, which I believe would be very less compared to the scorching glamor of the IPL. It is confirmed that Manchester City's star Carlos Tevez along with Barca's Javier Mascherano would be rolling their boots at the Salt Lake.
 CMG has revealed that they will be selling tickets for the Argentina's practice session as well. The team arrives at Kolkata on August 30th and will  be involved in a number of activities

TCS Pre-ILP Assignments - Database Concepts


Read my whole experience at TCS here - My life with TCS - a Walkthrough




Warning To who ever is going to copy paste and submit the same copy as below, Answers can vary depending on thoughts. There is more than one way for a solution, please do NOT blindly Copy Paste.
Thanks to the Community - TCS ILP 2011 and Siva G for providing the solutions.


EMP
EMP_NO NOT NULL NUMBER(4)
EMP_NAME VARCHAR(25)
DESIGNATION CHAR(4)
JOINING_DATE DATE
SALARY NUMBER(7,2)
DEPT_NO NUMBER(2)


DEPT
DEPT_NO NOT NULL NUMBER(2)
DEPT_NAME VARCHAR(25)
BUDGET NUMBER(15,2)
MANAGER VARCHAR(25)


Create tables EMP, and DEPT, the structure for which are given above.

Riding in Kochi, and Riding in Mumbai

 Got a chance to take out a Bike on the roads of Mumbai, never thought it would be easy, in fact I'm surprised that it was easy! I'm an amateur biker, learnt riding on my Yamaha Fazer only a year ago. But I've never tried any other bikes, and taking an unknown animal in the roads of Mumbai put a bit of scare in me. It was Bajaj Pulsar 150, and I did not even know how the Gear shift was! Neverthless, it went smooth after a slight rough start. Pulsar and Fazer have totally different dimensions, and handling is totally different.
 I did not ride much, from my Sisters flat near LnT Infotech, to Sakinaka via Marwah Road and then back. But I should say, its no match to the challenge you get at Kochi. The traffic here is kind of Calm, they wait for the vehicles to move, don't blow the air off your ears. In short, if I drive at Kochi right now, only one view would strike my brain. This one -

TCS Pre-ILP Assignments - Online Shopping Portal[Case Study]


Read my whole experience at TCS here - My life with TCS - a Walkthrough

Note :
To all those looking up for this project, I'm putting up my version of the Portal. Please DO NOT upload it as it is. Every single statement of a Project can vary person to person. And if you are planning to upload it as it is, please keep in Mind that I'm doing a project in PHP for the first time. I had very little time to work it out and only Internet to Help. The Coding is not complete, and represents only the skeleton of the Study. However to those who are interested to know how to approach the Case Study, Please do go through the Follow and Enjoy. And I would like to have comments from a PHP Expert as well!


 For the past few weeks people had been happily skipping over the Courses given in Aspire, but all realised the difficulty once Aspire put up a Case Study - To develop an Online Shopping Portal. The Case study goes as follows.

Facebook Birthday Party Invitation goes Viral - 15,000 Confirmed to Attend!

The Viral Party
 Phew, I've never heard an invitation going so wild before. Thessa, a Teenage girl from Germany, wanted to invite her few friends on to her Birthday party. So she created an Event in Facebook, but did a small mistake - she forgot to make the Invitation as Private. This invitation spread around like a wildfire. In no time around 15,000 people confirmed to attend the Party!
 Huffingtonpost.com reports -
Eleven people were temporarily detained, one police officer was injured, dozens of girls wearing flip-flops cut their feet on broken glass and firefighters had to extinguish two small fires at the 16th birthday party in Hamburg, police spokesman Mirko Streiber said Sunday.

The Best 2 ways to Download a Youtube Video

 Only once I begin using another Laptop/PC I realize the importance of certain softwares I had used to optimize my Laptop. And when it comes to watching Youtube, I believe everyone should keep two softwares with them
  • VideoCacheView
  • Internet Download Manager
VideoCacheView
 What's VideoCacheView? Well, do you know every time you watch a Video or listen to music[be it on Youtube, Facebook or any other site] the file gets temporarily stored in the Cache of your Browser? VideoCacheView lets you view these files and Copy them to a folder. So pretty much you can watch a Video, if you like it, open VideoCacheView and copy it! As simple as that! Here is a screenshot of the Software. You can download it from here - download.cnet.com/VideoCacheView/



Internet Download Manager
 I'm pretty sure most of them would be using this Download Manager - IDM the best Download Manager available. It reasonably fastens download speed, and lets you download Youtube Videos as well. When watching a video, you can see a Download this Video button floating at the bottom, clicking on which will download the Video.

So make sure you have Both!

Now Google shows you the Ads you wish to see - AdChoices

 Google Adsense is all over Internet, and how many times do you get irritated with those ads? Previously, Google Adsense shows the ads depending on the Site content and Site owners permissions. But now Google has given this choice to the Visitor! Now you can choose what ads to appear on the page you visit. You mightve noted the change in the ads you see in Websites now. Instead of Ads by Google, now you see Adchoices. Try clicking on that, and you will get to a page that explains all about Google Ads and Adwords.
 In that page, on clicking Ads Preferences Manager, you get to chose the ads you wish to see. You can select a variety of Categories, which get stored in your PC as a Cookie.
So begin today! Get awareness of Google Adsense, and chose the ads! Here is a video that explains it in detail.

How Blogging changes the way you think - Internet has its own Life Cycle

 September 2010, if you ask me "Are you a Blogger?", I'd retort - "What does that mean?".
 But if you ask me the Question today, I'd reply - "Yes, in and Out!"
 So what is Blogging? Let me explain it with an Internet Cycle. 
  • - In the beginning when you get into the world of Internet[nowadays, your entry will be on Facebook or Orkut], the first thing your thrive for is an Identity. You make up tons of friends, chat with many, Poke other, play games etc. Your mission would be to either make Maximum number of friends, or maximum number of scraps, or Rule the leaderboard. This I would put up as the First stage of the Lifecycle, which also includes getting familiar with the new world.

The Konkan Railways, an Unidentified Magnificence and Engineering Marvel

 I always watch the Programs in Discovery Channel and NGC like Mega Structures and other Engineering Marvels. Those visuals just make my jaw drop, to realise how technology has developed, how Mankind as evolved is very fascinating. But those were just visuals, Ive never seen any of those in real life. But I cam across one such wonder recently, and considering the lack of technology available in these parts of the Country, Im still wondering how this was made.
 Yes, I'm talking about the Konkan Railways. Though Ive traveled in this route before, never had the thought of 'how' risen in my mind. Maybe me being a blogger now has a part to play in planting that seed in my mind. And I'm still wondering how it is made. Konkan Railways stretches from Mangalore to Bombay[via Goa], refer the Image for the exact path. Wondering what's so great in building a railway track 800kms long? Just the fact that the whole path is amidst the worst terrains you'll find in South India, and criss crossed my a dozen rivers. Let me quote a few lines from Wikipedia
 With a total number of over 2,000 bridges and 91 tunnels to be built through this mountainous terrain containing many rivers, the project was the biggest and perhaps most difficult railway undertaking during this century, at least in this part of the world.
 After making the journey, I'm wondering how those tunnels were made. I would not be surprised if it was created in some western country. It's a part of India which is, I should say a bit inaccessible for Technology. Those tunnels stretch 5 to 7 kms, and its not one or two, as mentioned above about 91tunnel. With the Konkan opening in 1998, I seriously wish some Documentary was made on how the Konkan was made a reality. It might be that Ive never noticed one, if there exists one, please share the same below.

Add Google +1 to your Blog!

 Google's +1 will hopefully prove to be the next big thing on Internet. Its Google first initiative against the Facebook "Like". Wondering what +1 is? As you see a Facebook "Like" option on every site, now you can see a +1 very soon[You can find it in this blog!]. So what does +1 do? Here is an excellent video showing the functionality of +1.
So how to do it? Its very easy! Follow the steps below.
  • Go to - http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/
  • Select the +1 Button you like and then Copy Paste the Script you find below <script type="text/javascript" src="http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script>, above the line </head> in the HTML design of your Blog.
  • Then Copy the remaining of the Code in the site to wherever you wish to place the +1 Button[In my case inside the Pageshare Widget]
  • If you like it, +1 this!
For more suggestions on Widgets, read this post! - Essential Widgets and Tweaks to your Blog. Leave a comment if you have any doubts!

With Google introducing +1, Facebook Engineers feel the Heat!

 Yesterday, as usual I was around Facebook when I found this interesting image posted by the Official Page of Facebook Engineering. And from the look of it, I feel, the world feels, +1 has got up to Facebook.
I found this post at around 12am[IST] on June 2nd 2011, but was hesitant to make a post then itself. I was wondering if it was some kind of Joke by Facebook. I came back today and checked upon the Group to see the Image was gone. This concludes a few things
  • The Moderator was really going Mad!
  • There was some sort of disagreement among the Moderators
  • Facebook is already feeling the pressure of +1
As you see in the Image posted above, the Profile of Bret Taylor who seems to be the CTO of Facebook.
Either way, a note has to be put on Google +1. Google has launched +1 on several sites yesterday, including Mashable.com and I'm loving it! Certainly a sweet threat made to Facebook. 

[Video]Microsoft releases First Sneak Peak of Windows 8

 Yesterday, Microsoft revealed certain features of Windows 8 at the Computex 2011. And watching the video, it gives me a feeling that in future, there would be no Desktop for Windows, and of course, Mouse and Keyboard would disappear. No shockers in that approach by Microsoft, the world is going to a Tablet world. This might also boost up the Growth of Microsoft, which went Negative for the first time. Here is the video offered by Microsoft, and a must watch for every Windows lover.

This Guy Has My MacBook[A tumblr Blog], helps catch a Macbook thief

 Social Networking has a huge influence on the Current society. And here is another story to prove it. Joshua Kaufman, was pissed and angry to know his MacBook was stolen. But then what did he do? He did something clever, he was able to take photos of whoever was using his laptop Remotely- Technology at its Best! With the fury in his blood, he made a Tumblr blog - thisguyhasmymacbook.tumblr.com posting the pictures taken by the MacBook.
 This post had a surge of attention, within no time the Blog had 4,000 Tumblr followers, more than 20,000 Facebook likes and equal number of Tweets! It was spreading like a wild fire.After Kaufman's blog got so much attention, Oakland police investigated and were able to nab the alleged thief within hours of looking into the case. After they learned the man in the blog post photos worked for a cab company, investigators reportedly tricked him into picking them up and arrested him.

Facebook- 46% Indians keep track of their Ex, 52% look forward to a Romantic Prospect

 Interesting how different stats look over in the Internet. I found this recently, which clearly depicts the nature of Facebook users in the Present Generation. Based on a study which was conducted through on an online survey on a sample population of 2000 people from all walks of life spread across top five metros and Tier 1 cities in India, the following observations were made.

As Facebook touches 700Million Users,United States realize they are not even in Top 20

 United States the Hometown of Facebook does not even appear in the Top 20 users of Facebook. The growth of Facebook has been more than rapid, and if you wonder where these 700 millions have come, its more from Developing Countries like Brazil, India and Colombia! Seems Facebook is ruling over the world.
  With Facebook being such a huge success, wonder how other Social networks like Orkut and Twitter survive. Facebook is literally kicking off every possibility of having new users in other Social Networks. Personally even I almost quit Orkut, eventhough once I spend lot of time on it. Once I got into Facebook, there was no looking back. Here is an interesting stat of the Countries growth in Facebook.

Cant talk, cant Hold, cant Walk - Cerebral Palsy the Villain, but open gates to IIM

Happiness beyond measures-Sumanth(Third from Left)
 A mistake by the Doctor, denying enough oxygen to the baby, resulting in brain damage and Cerebral Palsy. It took 5 long years for Sumanth to take a few steps on his own, his neighbors and relatives felt sorry for him then. But 27 years later, each one of them would be proud to know Sumanth has got a admission in the most prestigious institutions in India, IIM- Indore.
  "His speech and legs were worst hit. We had admitted him to the Spastic Society of India, a rehabilitation centre for the mentally and physically challenged, when he was two-and-a-half years old. He received an excellent treatment from the school headed by Rukmini Krishnaswamy. He could barely manage to walk till he turned five," said Vasuki KS, the proud father.

TCS Recruitment Procedure, Surety Verification and Service Agreement



Read my whole experience at TCS here - My life with TCS - a Walkthrough

 Tata Consultancy Services(TCS) has recruited more than 50,000 Freshers this year. And all those freshers would be busy now preparing the Long list of Documents required by TCS. Here is a short description on the Entire process.
  • Recruitment : First and foremost process, the Recruitment. You have many sources for that, either Campus Recruitment of Offcampus. I got through Campus Recruitment held at School of Engineering, CUSAT. The process was a bit different this year. The recruitment was scheduled on Dec 10 and 11, 2010. The process had a Test, and 3 rounds of Interviews. 

Pentagon - Cyber Attack an Act of War

 With the world going Digital, so has the methodologies of Attackers. And the Pentagon realizes it, by declaring Cyber Attacks as an Act of War. "If you shut down our power grid," an unnamed military official says, "maybe we will put a missile down one of your smokestacks." These drastic steps are taken by the Pentagon after a main military supplier, Lockheed Martin, was hacked earlier this month.
  The finding of a cyberattack as an act of war is one that "for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force." So how does Military supplement a Cyber attack? And will this guarantee the Real attacker has been punished? I don't think so, in this world, you can make up a Fake attack by an Innocent society. No big deal, and would the US fire up missiles against them? A point to think of, lets wait and see how the future crafts up.

Former Google CEO admits he did not take Facebook as a Threat

  ``I screwed up,'' these words came from the former CEO of Google Eric Schmidt. And wonder why? He admits that he and other managers didn't do enough to challenge Facebook. They never thought Facebook would be such a huge hit, it was Google Win Win situation all over Internet a few years back. But now their Supremacy in Internet is being Questioned. Facebook is being the next big thing on Internet, and Microsoft are brining up innovative ideas along with Facebook as well.