Sunday, February 08, 2009

Tasty Chalia... and now Tasty Masala?

Vision of Prosperity 2009a

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

What is Success?

In my recent discussion with my respectable teacher, Parkash Loahana, I asked a question: "what is success?" Yesterday, I got an email from him defining the "success".


Success cannot be measured in terms of money, power prestige, influence, education or standing in society. For a man may have all of these but yet his life is full of misery, unhappiness, moral corruption, and ineffectiveness. Success should be measured by the yardstick of happiness, the ability to be happy, and make others happy, the ability to be loved and to love, the ability to remain peaceful harmony with those around you, with your own self and with God's cosmic laws.

 
 

Success has three dimensions; the first is length, which is concerned with a man's material needs, his hopes and aspirations, his desires and dreams. The second dimension is breadth, for the truly successful man should go beyond himself and reach outward to others. Third dimension is height; he must go high and tap the hidden source of supply and wisdom which we call God.


 

Then, a personal living in a small cottage, don't have much wealth can be a successful person… but do we know any such successful person?

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

WTF: Google Talk Lab Edition

Recently Google released Google Talk Lab edition. Like, lot of other people I downloaded this lab edition and installed on my computer immediately. Ops! I found my Google talk is still on my pc! Ok, no problem and uninstalled with faith in Google. Firstly I was unable to see all my contacts or only online contacts. So decided to change setting but… there is no button to change "Settings"…. Ok! I performed some simple search and routed to FAQ page of Google Talk Lab edition. And to my surprise, this edition does not support all future as normal Google Talk do (even this is not mentioned on Google Talk Lab Editio's download page)…

According to FAQ:

Some fatures from the original Google Talk client are missing. What happened to them?

Google Talk, Labs Edition is an experimental release that brings some of the great features of the Google Talk Gadget to the desktop. Some features like voice calling and file transfer from the Google Talk client did not make it into this version. If you need to use voice calling or file transfer, you can download the original Google Talk client here:http://www.google.com/talk

Surprising! Then what does it do?

Google Talk, Labs Edition is an experimental release of the Google Talk client. It has many of the same great features as the Google Talk Gadget, including instant messaging, emoticons, and group chat. Google Talk, Labs Edition also comes with new desktop notifications from Calendar, Orkut, and Gmail.

I don't know what is the idea behind this decision? If they aren't releasing this edition incrementally to last one then what is the usage? Should I install two different version of Google Talk on my PC? Phew!

This time Google team really disappointed me!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Final Project Ideas

As I posted that we had a very good session at NED regarding Project Ideas. Recently, few students contacted so I thought this is good idea to post here.
  1. Provide a platform /portal in order to set reminder on SMS and/or email. These reminders can be birthday or meeting reminders. This ideas seems simple but the real challenge is implementing algorithm to send multiple sms/emails at a time.

  2. Secure/ self destructive email is not possible by using current email providers. For example, I wish to send a secure email which should not read/open without secret word etc. Or sending email to read only once, or sending email to read before specific date etc. The idea is to provide a platform to send such emails. Kindly note, there is no need to create another web server like gmail or hotmail, but the idea is to utilize openness of other email servers. Like, Gmail provide pop3 or IMAP access.
These days, RSS is becoming more and more popular and sophisticated way to communicate. I have two Ideas in this regards.
  1. Google Reader is one of common Feed aggregator. Some others are FriendFeed etc. But common functionality missing in these all are distributing feed. Like, Google Reader provide sharing post with all but do not provide option to share post with specific people. 
  2. Can we replace email with these RSS? Instead of sending email, post material on central server and allow specific people to read... later when someone wish to reply then he/she will be posting comments or setting up new post.
The last idea is about security:
  1. I hope you know about CAPTCHA (you can see detail at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captcha)
    This is a way to identify the human being not CORRECT human being. The idea is to utilize/modify this system to identify correct human being. For example, when someone perform an online bank transaction then is there any way to identify that whether this transaction is being performed by correct (i.e. the person who is authorized to do so) human being or not?

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Need Course Project Ideas!

I am looking for course project ideas for the following courses:

  • Operating System
  • Data Structure
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Network Programming
  • Logic Building / Introduction to Programming

The only requirement is the project should reflect implementation of essential topics of course.

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Windows 7 beta: deadline extended

Microsoft extended the deadline for Windows 7 beta downloading till February 10, but people could complete their download till 12th February. There will be no restriction on product key and if you will not have your product key, you will be able to do so even after 12th February. 

According to Windows blog, the reason cited as:

Because enthusiasm continues to be so high for the Windows 7 Beta and we don’t want anyone to miss out we will keep the Beta downloads open through February 10th. Customers who have started but not completed the download process  will be able to do so through February 12th.

Presently, Windows 7 beta 32 bit version available in five languages including Arabic, English, German, Hindi and Japanese. 64 bit version of Windows 7 beta is not available in Hindi language. You can download Windows 7 beta from here.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Speaker at NED

Last Saturday I had a very good session at NED University regarding FYP Ideas. This session was arranged by DEVNEXT Group. This was a panel base session in which students asked number of questions regarding their project ideas. For more details about this session you can visit Ali Raza’s blog. 








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Friday, January 16, 2009

Life is moving …

I still remember the time when I joined my college and thought that School life was awesome and unforgettable. Later, I had similar feelings about my college life when went to university. So, whenever there is a change in life, we feel delighted about our past (except one instance in life :) ). But there is no doubt, the things learned in past really payoff in future. Once again, I have same feelings on my last day at office as I decided to leave my current job for prospective future.

I never thought such emotional attachment to workplace. I really enjoyed my time there and learned a lot. I will really miss some great friends too. But life is moving…

I feel this change is a step towards my entrepreneurship plan… I am going to join a university as Lecturer for next one year. I believe this can help me in two ways:

  1. help me to complete my master ASAP (research is a full time job)
  2. Provide me seed money to experiment with entrepreneurship stuff.
Although, I consider this as an experiment and might you will see another change in my life soon (hope for best) . So keep visiting my blog :>

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