Thursday, September 27, 2007

Lalbaug at its best on the Visarjan Day

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Lalbaug at its best on the Visarjan Day…………….here are some pics……… check it out………….

Lalbaughcha Raja……………………….

The garlands of Money were all lined up on the streets…………………..

Ganesh Gully, Lalbaug…………………….

Pragati Seva Mandal, Lalbaug……………………………

Tebakaya Mitra Mandal, Lalbaug…………………………

Parel Sarvajanik Ganeshutsav Mandal…………………………

And the Raja Once again………………………

Monday, September 24, 2007

Nascent Nokia N81...

Nascent Nokia N81... (Click on images to enlarge them.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

BCCI Inbox

BCCI Inbox

Look at this inbox of BCCI. Its hilarious.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Samsung SCH-B600 10 mega pixel camera phone.

Samsung SCH-B600 10 mega pixel camera phone.

Samsung have announced a 10 mega pixel camera phone on the opening day of CeBIT 2006. Maybe I should say that again - a 10 mega pixel camera phone! That's more megapixellage than most digital SLR cameras. But that's not all. Rather than just relying on the number of mega pixels to wow the crowd, Samsung also provide this beast of a mobile phone with a 3x optical zoom (not digital, like most camera phones: optical, meaning it actually works without pixellating your image), flash and 1/2000th of a second shutter speed.

This may be a way of Samsung laughing in the face of Sony's recently announced 3.2 mega pixel CyberShot camera phone. Whatever, if mobile TV is meant to be the mobile gadget extra of the year, no-one told the camera phone makers!

The Samsung SCH-B600 10 mega pixel camera phone seems much more like a top end camera that just happens to have a mobile phone grafted onto its side. With its optical zoom, 1/2000th of a second shutter speed and flash, it clearly is a camera in a mobile phone's clothing. That's not all, though. Being Samsung, they weren't just going to stop at a digital camera - not when you can shove mobile TV (DMB-S), MP3 player, voice recognition, Bluetooth, MMC micro memory cards, MPEG4 video recorder, and a TV-out into the thing as well!

With the Samsung SCH-B600 (and, to a lesser extent, Sony Ericsson's recent CyberShot mobile phones), cameras and mobile phones are becoming one and the same gadget, which is inevitable when you think about it. You can't keep your pictures in your camera - you have to transfer them at some point to either your PC or a printer. This used to be with a cable or technologies such as PictBridge, but more recently wireless communications channels have been used, with cameras appearing that use WiFi to transfer pictures to a PC. The logical step from there is to transfer pictures from a camera using the mobile phone network; in which case, your camera becomes a mobile phone!

Of course, the only thing wrong with this scenario is the huge cost of transferring data over mobile phone networks (Orange in the UK currently charge £10 per megabyte), but once the mobile operators start to realize they're just wireless bit pipes, the cost will come sharply down. Then all the manufacturers have to do is to work out whether it's a camera with mobile phone abilities they're trying to sell, or a mobile phone with top end camera functionality. Probably we'll see the two devices converge completely, and telling your kids about the days when there were cameras without mobile phone features (or vice versa) will get the same sort of response as describing a cassette tape to them.

Source: Engadget

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Get your cricket scores here

With the start of the Twenty20 world championship, cricket fever is upon legions of enthusiasts. To make it easier for you to indulge your interest in a game John Fowles characterized as "chess made flesh," we've simplified your search for cricket scores. Just type [cricket] in a Google search box and you'll see a brief score of all the current cricket matches. A single click will also give you access to a detailed cricket score card.

If you're a diehard India fan, then type [cricket india] or [cricket score India England] to get results for Indian matches. Of course, feel free to replace India with the country of your choice for country-specific results.

Source: Official google blog.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Bluetooth Notebook Mouse

The Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 and the Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 7000 both have a very sleek and compact design. Thus, they could be useful for people who are always on-the-go.Both these newly introduced wireless notebook mice have been designed to offer a more productive computing experience and also to reduce touchpad fatigue.

The Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 has been designed to work seamlessly with Bluetooth-ready computers. It could be particularly useful for laptop users, as it boasts features that people have long desired- a mouse that just works with no transceiver or extensive setup process required.

The Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 features High Definition Laser technology, offering smoother tracking, more responsiveness and better precision.

Other salient features of the Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 include:

# Bluetooth convenience: This mouse has 2.4 GHz Bluetooth technology without a transceiver for quick and easy wireless connectivity

# Modern design features: It offers more than a sleek design. Plus, this mouse is ambidextrous allowing users to use which hand they are comfortable with.

# Smart power features: The Mouse has a battery life indicator, an ON/OFF button and three-plus months of battery life

The second mouse introduced by Microsoft is the Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 7000, whose shape is based on Microsoft’s No.1 best-selling mouse namely the Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000.

# Listed below are the salient features of the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 7000: Advanced notebook mouse technology: This mouse houses top-of-the-line technology with 2.4GHz wireless for a confident connection and virtually no interference

# Offers a great benefit in crowded wireless environments.

# High Definition Laser Technology for smoother, more precise, and more responsive tracking.

# Smart software connection: One click of the wheel provides instant access to the Windows Vista Flip 3D feature, letting users flip through open windows and quickly switch between applications for added productivity.

# Innovative power features: The snap-in transceiver on the bottom of the mouse is more than just smart storage, as it also turns the mouse off when snapped in.

# The mouse also features a battery life indicator and provides up to six months of use with one battery.

# Comfortable design: Soft-grip sides and an ergonomic, ambidextrous design put comfort in the palm of users’ hands.

# Magnifier tool and Back button: Users can perform popular commands with just a single touch.

The Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000 will be available in October 2007, while the Microsoft Wireless Notebook laser Mouse 7000 will be widely available in September 2007. Both these mice will carry a price tag of $49.95 each.

Source: For more such review and latest updates visit.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

10 things you can do to make your presentations more effective

To advance and succeed in your career, you need more than just technical skills. You also need to be able to present your ideas clearly and persuasively. Here are some suggestions that may help you in that regard. They assume you are in front of a group, using the ubiquitous PowerPoint and a projector. However, the principles generally apply regardless of your actual type of delivery.

#1: Channel your nervousness

You’ve probably heard of that survey, right? The one that said most people fear public speaking more than they fear dying? Nervousness grips nearly every speaker, regardless of the topic or the size of the audience. In fact, there’s probably something wrong with a speaker who fails to experience nervousness. The trick is to avoid having the nervousness paralyze you. Rather, channel it productively, allowing it to energize you and your presentation.

#2: Know the material

The best way to control that nervousness is to know your material. All of the other tips in the world are useless if you’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the material you’re presenting. I’ll talk later about how you should interact with the slides themselves. For now, I’ll just say that the more you know and care about your material, the more effective your presentation will be. If you’re talking about a product, how often have you used it — and what gotchas can you share? In other words, what can you offer beyond what people can Google for themselves?

Knowing the material doesn’t mean memorizing a presentation. Audiences will recognize memorization, and it will turn them off.

If you really know your material, you can be free of the lectern and be directly in front of your audience. Your presentation will have more life, and your audience will appreciate it more.

#3: Organize the material

Public speakers have an adage:

  • Tell ‘em what you’re gonna tell ‘em.
  • Tell ‘em.
  • Tell ‘em what you told ‘em.

In other words, a good presentation has an opening, a body, and a conclusion.

The effectiveness of your opening can determine the success of your presentation. You want to capture your audience’s attention and draw them into your presentation. For example, when I do my talks on customer service and communications, I ask the audience for examples of times they, as customers, have been annoyed or upset. Other effective openings employ humor (see below), a quotation (a good reference is Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations), or a hypothetical situation to stimulate or even scare the audience. (For example,. “Suppose you arrived at work and the CEO confronted you, saying the data for the entire company was gone. How would you react and how could you prevent such a situation?”)

In the body of your presentation, make sure you cover the points you allude to in your opening. Finally, conclude your presentation with a summary of what you said. Make sure your material makes logical sense and that it flows smoothly from one topic to the next.

When preparing your slides, remember the “six-six” rule: A maximum of six words per line and a maximum of six lines per slide.

#4: Make contact with the audience

Many guides on presentations advise the speaker to look attendees in the eye. This advice, while well-intentioned, can cause distraction for a speaker. A better technique, I have found, is to look not into their eyes but at the bridges of their nose. When I do so, I’m less likely to be distracted, but it still looks like I’m looking at their eyes.

The worst option is to avoid all eye contact at all. Your talk will fail to connect, and your audience will feel excluded.

#5: Consider using a wireless mouse or pointer

I have found the wireless device is the best option for advancing your slides. None of the other alternatives work as well. Moving forward to press the Enter key manually takes time and distracts the audience. Relying on an assistant to do so requires good communications with that person and carries the possibility of a missed cue. Setting timings in the slide show to advance slides automatically limits your spontaneity.

I once delivered a presentation using my wireless mouse and later got a complaint that its red light distracted an attendee. Since then, I’ve made sure either to cover that light with my hand or else to tape it up.

#6: Empty your pockets

Before I deliver a presentation, I clear my pockets of any loose coins and my keys. That way, there’s nothing to jingle or otherwise make noise. Just remember to put them back when you’re finished.

#7: Properly handle questions from the audience

If you take a question from the audience, first repeat it so everyone can hear. Then, thank the questioner and answer the question. Finally, follow up to make sure you answered the question. Repeating the question first helps put your answer into context. Thanking the questioner allows you to gracefully “cut away” from him or her, so that you’re talking to the whole audience.

If you sense that the answer will take longer than a few moments, offer to speak with the questioner after the session.

#8: Avoid looking at the screen

The audience wants to see your face, not the back or side of your head. Looking at the screen while you’re talking breaks eye contact, and makes the audience feel disconnected.

“But wait,” you say, “How else can I know what my audience is seeing unless I too look at the screen?” Position equipment in the following sequence: screen / you (the presenter) / laptop computer and LCD projector / audience. Now, set your laptop for dual display, that is, so that images go BOTH to the LCD projector AND to your laptop. With this setup, you no longer need to look at the screen, because you will see the same display on your laptop.

#9: Embellish, don’t read

My wife teaches English at a local college, and a few years ago I attended an academic conference with her. Looking back at the one session I attended, I would have preferred root canal surgery. Each participant (there were four or five on the panel) handed out his or her paper before the session started. They then proceeded, in sequence, to read their paper verbatim.

Don’t insult your audience. They can read your slides themselves. What they want is your added value. So when you present, embellish the slides with your own comments and insight. Don’t just read the slides yourself.

#10: Use humor effectively

Humor, when used correctly, can break tension for both you and the audience and can help them connect with you. You don’t need to be a Rodney Dangerfield. People generally aren’t expecting humor, and they aren’t expecting a professional stand-up comic, so your chances of making humor work are greater.

A great book that can help in this area is A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Boardroom: Using Humor in Business Speaking, by Michael Iapoce. He talks about various aspects of humor, how and why humor works, and how a good joke should be structured.

My preferred form of humor is to make fun of myself. Once, I was doing a presentation right before one by Scott Waddle, the former commander of the submarine U.S.S. Greeneville, which struck and sank a Japanese fishing boat in 2001. The first thing I asked the audience was, “Who’s looking forward to hearing Commander Waddle?” As expected, the entire room raised their hands. “In other words,” I continued, “You can’t wait for me to finish.”


Salt water to be used as fuel?

ERIE, USA: A US-based cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the “most remarkable” water science discovery in a century.

John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn.

The discovery has scientists excited by the prospect of using salt water, the most abundant resource on earth, as a fuel.

Rustum Roy, a chemist at Penn State University, has held demonstrations to confirm his own observations.

The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.

The discovery is “the most remarkable in water science in 100 years,” Roy said.

“This is the most abundant element in the world. It is everywhere,” Roy said. “Seeing it burn gives me the chills.”

The scientists want to find out whether the energy output from the burning hydrogen – which reached a heat of more than 1,650 degrees Celsius – would be enough to power a car or other heavy machinery.

“We will get our ideas together and check this out and see where it leads,” Roy said. “The potential is huge.” AP

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Google Tells You What Time It Is

Google updated the OneBox (or the instant answer, if you will) that shows the local time in different parts of the world. Instead of just showing the local time...

... Google now adds a dynamically-generated clock, the time zone and other possible matches:

To trigger the OneBox, use one of these formats:
time city (time madrid)
time region/state (time queensland)
time country (time usa)

or other verbose formats:
time in...
the time in...
local time in...
current time in...
what time is it in...
what's the time in...

Other search engines also show the local time, but does a really good job. It shows the seconds and more information about the place: a map and the current weather.


Last photo on twin towers-9/11

The last photo on twin tower 9/11.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Is this nokia's iPone?

Is this Nokia's iPhone???

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Mumbai train map.

Hi Friends,

This is a train map of Mumbai city in India. Might be useful.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

New and exciting range of iPods.

San Francisco - Apple reduced the price of hot selling iPhones and also intriduced a new range of iPods. "We think it's one of the seven wonders of the world," Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs quipped as he pulled a new iPod Touch from a pocket of his trademark blue jeans during a press conference in San Francisco.

Apple cut the price of the popular eight-gigabyte iPhones by $200 to $399.

We want to put iPhones in a lot of stockings this holiday season" Jobs said. He also said,
"We are going to refresh or replace every single product in this line-up for this holiday season," Jobs said.

Here are some pics of iPod

iPod nano

iPod Touch - If you've used an iPhone you will feel very much at home.

iPod Classic

iPod shuffles

Friday, September 7, 2007

Google Phones

May not be true. But designs are good.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007