Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Microsoft Windows Vista debuted in retail stores

Microsoft Windows Vista debuted in retail stores today, after much anticipation. Bill Gates contends that computer operating systems -- and Windows Vista in particular -- have a higher profile than ever before, as the PC has morphed from a souped-up typewriter to a networked entertainment center, personal media library, and gateway to the Internet. Retailers around the world stayed open through the wee hours of Tuesday morning to sell the long-awaited Windows Vista operating system, even though most knew customers wouldn't be lining up out the door.

At a CompUSA store in Raleigh, only about a dozen people gathered to be among the first consumers to get Vista. The low turnout wasn't surprising; even Microsoft Relevant Products/Services Corp. chairman Bill Gates said the company wasn't pushing the midnight sales events for first major Windows update since 2001. The Best Buy in Brooklyn, Ohio, arranged free hot dogs and autographs from former Cleveland Browns player Bob Golic. About 35 Vista packages were sold just after midnight. But only a few braved the snow after the store reopened at 8 a.m. -- and not everyone left with a copy.

Vista went on sale in 70 countries Tuesday, along with new versions of Microsoft Exchange e-mail software and the flagship Office business suite, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint. But unlike the recent launches of next-generation game machines like Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3, customers haven't been camping out for days.

Though consumers can download Vista over the Web for the first time, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told one audience that, as in the past, most consumers will switch to Vista only when they buy new computers. More than five years in the making, Vista was released for businesses Nov. 30, but the unveiling for consumers only came Tuesday. The software retails for $100 to $400, depending on the version and whether the user is upgrading from Windows XP.

Microsoft contends that Vista is such a huge improvement over previous computing platforms that users inevitably say "Wow" when they see it. Gates ticked off some examples, such as how Vista presents a slick 3-D graphical user interface and document icons that give at-a-glance previews. Over the weekend, Dell Inc. started taking orders for PCs with Vista. Kevin Rollins, Dell's chief executive, said the company sold "tens of thousands of copies" for delivery Tuesday or later. PC World spokesman Hamish Thompson said some retailers are banking on Vista to push customers toward the higher-end machines needed to run Vista -- which imposes such hardware requirements as 1 gigabyte of system memory, or RAM. Consumers will also need to upgrade older software and devices to work with Vista.

Tags: Vista Windows Vista Microsoft

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The next Bill Gates 'not American'

The ‘next Bill Gates’ may have already been born but the technological advance of US rivals means he’s not American. The verdict from two Washington-based organizations - pollster Zogby International and PR firm 463 Communications, was issued after a survey of over 1,000 adults. Their joint study shows the consensus is that the ‘next Bill Gates’ or at the least, ‘the next great technology leader’ will originate from China or Japan.

In fact, only one in five people think the US will produce the globe’s next supreme technologist, just slightly more than the 13% predicting he will come from India. “The next Bill Gates has already been born,” said Tom Galvin, partner at 463 Communications. “Time will tell what country is providing the environment of innovation, ‘entrepreneurism’ and opportunity to enable him or her to flourish with the next great idea.”

Elsewhere, the survey found eight out of ten respondents believe their cars not starting in the morning would be more disruptive to their work than an Internet or e-mal failure. However among adults earning over $100,000, almost one-third said loss of Internet access would be catastrophic, whereas just 6% earning under $35,000 rated it as the bigger problem. An ‘Internet everywhere’ attitude also emerged among the respondents, with two-thirds of adults believing “soon there will be no place in the world where we won’t be able to access the Internet.”

One in three said the Web was a greater invention than the printing press, while the majority expects the medium to become omnipresent worldwide within the next decade.

Source: FreelanceUK
Tags: Bill Gates Technology Future

Monday, January 29, 2007

Hillary wants US troops out of Iraq

US presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has said that US President George W Bush should withdraw all US troops from Iraq before he leaves office, saying it would be "the height of irresponsibility" to pass the war along to the next commander in chief. "This was his decision to go to war with an ill-conceived plan and an incompetently executed strategy," the Democratic senator said in her first presidential campaign tour through the early-voting state of Iowa.

"We expect him to extricate our country from this before he leaves office" in January 2009, the former first lady said. The White House condemned Clinton's comments as a partisan attack that undermines US soldiers. About 130,000 American troops are in Iraq, and Bush has announced this month he was sending 21,500 more as part of his new war strategy.

Pressed during a forum to defend her vote to authorize force in Iraq before the US-led invasion in March 2003, Clinton responded by increasing her criticism of Bush. "I am going to level with you, the president has said this is going to be left to his successor," Clinton said. "I think it is the height of irresponsibility and I really resent it."

Bush describes Iraq as the central front in the global fight against terrorism that began after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Tags: Hillary Clinton Iraq Bush

Dedicated servers explained

When one has an idea to put it online the tendency is to start with less possible resources and as the popularity for the website grows more and more resources will be allocated. Website owners usually start with a shared server with less storage capacity and cheaper bandwidth plans and once they are convinced with the volume of traffic that their site attracts they go for Dedicated Server. Above is the usual tendency but depending on what the website is intended to offer one may straight away opt for a dedicated server. For example an online gaming website might not serve a better purpose with less and shared computing power at any stage of the web site's life, since for a gaming site a fast processing and response is necessary. Then the owner may go for a dedicated server right from the day one itself. The above mentioned being the main reasons, there are several other factors too on why you need a dedicated server.

A dedicated server or dedicated box as the name says dedicates resources just for your purpose. You will have the power to manage everything on the server ranging from operating system to the configuration files of web server. But in shared servers it is impossible to change some settings as the host restricts you and all those who share that particular server and the restrictions and most of the times the restriction is not to disturb other websites. In a shared server you will share everything from operating system to the space and the performance of your website depends on the traffic of other sites. But in dedicated servers there is no one else using the capacity of the server you can enjoy the full power of it and you can configure the server as per your needs. It needs a little more technical know-how for Dedicated server than Shared server. In a shared server the host will take care of the maintenance where as in dedicated servers you will be doing all the maintenance and configuration stuff. If your site is fetching huge dollars for you then you absolutely should not think of the costs on technical personnel as you might loose more than what you pay for the techie if your server is responding late to the requests by the visitors.

Information on a dedicated server is likely to be more secured than information on a shared server. A dedicated server can also be provided with its own firewall. If you are storing highly sensitive information on your server, this increased security will obviously be a high priority.

The potential of world wide web is too high some times you may not be able to assess the potential of the service or content you started to offer in your website. But as the day progresses and as you get more and more traffic you may want to server your visitors in a better way but with a shared server it is always a draw back in updating things. If you have your site running on a dedicated server then it is a piece of cake to upgrade your hardware or software.

There are no visible disadvantages with dedicated servers apart from the fact that hosting on them costs you money. If you run a busy web site, you may find it starting to outgrow its hosting account. A dedicated server may make your life easier, but before you take the plunge, you should be sure it's worth the price and that you can manage the server. You can ask these following questions before you go for a dedicated server.

How Busy is Your Site?
How much Network bandwidth do you need?
How much processor speed do you need?
How much disk storage do you need?
How often you need to upgrade your software?
How badly you need special features?
How secured should be your web site's content?
Can you manage it?
Can you afford it?

And the biggest thing to remember when considering a dedicated server these days is PHP. Most everyone you talk to now wants to start their own blog, their own forum, their own dating website; or some other online community. With all of the associated PHP code and scripts that these intensely software driven sites bring with them, even a slight increase in traffic and popularity can bring them to a screeching halt on a shared hosting plan. Just when you begin to spread your wings and your site begins to take off; that is when they will suspend your account and shut you down. Do not scrimp on cost if you are planning to have any kind of decent website. Shopping carts are another thing that need a dedicated server. If your store gets popular and you start making a steady stream of income that you rely upon, the last thing that you want to happen is your site being shut down for traffic violations. GET A DEDICATED SERVER from the beginning.

Tag: Dedicated Server

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

At Last Hotmail Is Catching Up And Started Windows Live Mail

Hotmail is now Windows Live Mail. It looks too faster than Gmail and the new Yahoo! beta. No problem it came late but it came with the latest and better features. I opened a mail which came from an unknown(Obviously the address is not stored in address book) and you know what Windows Live Mail did? Astonishingly it blocked all the content and gave me an alert and asked me whether I wish to view the content. It really helps people like me who access mails at work place and some times it is so embarrassing that when I open the mail it shows some stupid content that I had to switch to other window as fast as I can before any one looks at it.

And one more thing I liked in the look and feel is that when the Inbox gets populated, each mail in the mail list is preceded by the small mail icon and on mouse over the icon gets changed to a select box. Isn't that wonderful? More than all the other things, it is really fast and that is what we all need..right?

Tags: Windows Live Mail Hotmail MSN

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

AOL names Indian as Vice-President

Global web services company America Online (AOL) has appointed Maneesh Dhir as the firm's Vice-President to oversee the growth of its international portals and review new overseas business opportunities in Europe, Asia and Americas. Dhir, who will work from the company's offices in India's high tech hub of Bangalore, will lead all the operations including technology development, back office operations and call centres.

In an announcement made from its global headquarters in Dulles, Texas, the company, the major component of whose business is internet access services, said Dana Dunne will become the head of AOL's Europe operation reporting to Dhir who in turn will report directly to AOL President Ron Grant.

Dhir, 42, replaces Joe Redling who left in recent restructuring aimed at making the company more competitive with several new players entering the crowded field.

Tags: AOL Internet Corporate News

What is DLD?

DLD (Digital, Life, Design) is Europe's conference for the 21st century; covering digital innovation, gaming, arts and science and bringing together thought leaders from Europe, the Middle-East, America and Asia. The third DLD will take place at HVB Forum in the center of Munich, Germany. This year DLD conference is happening on these days: January 21st - 23rd, 2007

Jeff has some details and some photos of the event happening.
You can watch DLD live stream too.

Tag: DLD

Google co-op - Create Your Own Search Engine

Google Co-op is a platform that enables you to customize the web search experience for users of both Google and your own website. When you have a huge content filled website and if you feel like Google has indexed your site's data, well enough, then you can create your own search engine using Google co-op which allows you to give a name to the customized search engine and allows you to specify the websites or web pages that you want Google to search in. You can select an option that lets you specify whether you want to fully focus and give pure results from the websites or web pages you specified. You can also set an option alternatively to put special emphasis on the specified ones and then include all the results like a normal Google search. I tried with the first option in the customized search engine I created but found that Google includes all the other sites too though I told it to search in a few specified sites like this blog, CNN and BBC.

Guess what you can also make money with this. It lets you earn money with your search engine from the ads that are served with your search results. You connect your Co-op account with a Google AdSense account and get paid whenever someone clicks on an ad in your search results. Once your AdSense account is connected, you will start making money. For more details, see the documentation on Making money with your search engine. I am bit skeptic on the way adsense channels work for this to track the hits from this search engine.

You can collaborate with others to contribute to your search engine. There are two options for this too. You can choose to let everyone change and contribute to your search engine or you can let only those who got an invitation from you to change the search engine.

The concept looks good with the money part(though it is not expected that Google will let you know what percentage is that you are getting). But the problem is that there is no shortcut to remember your CSE's(Customized Search Engine) address. For mine it is some thing like this htp://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=009382753893031486944%3Ajg6fslmalde. With this huge string I certainly can not pass the word of mouth to promote my CSE. But there are already a lot of CSEs which are quite popular and helpful too.

This service from Google is still in beta.

Tags: CSE Customized Search Engine Google Google co-op

Thursday, January 18, 2007

iPhone is a 3-in-1

The Apple iPhone combines three products - a mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and an Internet communication device with email, web browsing, searching and maps - into one small and lightweight handheld. Offering an entirely new user interface the iPhone integrates a large multi-touch display and new software, letting users control iPhone with just their fingers. The iPhone allows users to make calls by pointing at a name or number.

Apple iPhone Features
  • iPhone’s accelerometer detects when users rotate the device from portrait to landscape, then automatically changes the contents of the display, so they immediately see the entire width of a web page or a photo in its proper landscape aspect ratio
  • An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the display’s brightness to the appropriate level for the current ambient light, thereby enhancing the user experience and saving power at the same time.
  • Doubles as a widescreen iPod with touch controls to enjoy content - including music, audiobooks, videos, TV shows, and movies - on a 3.5-inch widescreen display
  • Features Cover Flow, Apple's way to browse the music library by album cover artwork on an iPod
  • Watch TV shows and movies purchased from the online iTunes Store, with touch controls for play-pause, chapter forward-backward and volume
  • Integrated with Yahoo! Mail to 'push' IMAP email to iPhone users or with industry standard IMAP and POP based email services, such as Microsoft Exchange, Apple .Mac Mail, AOL Mail, and Google Gmail
Source: MobileMedia.com
Tag: iPhone

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Cisco to sue Apple on iPhone name

Cisco Systems is suing Apple for trademark infringement in a US federal court, for using the iPhone name. Apple launched its new handheld mobile phone device under the iPhone name on Tuesday, at the hotly anticipated Macworld event in San Francisco. Following the launch Cisco said it hoped to resolve the matter by Tuesday evening after negotiations. Apple responded by saying the lawsuit was "silly" and that Cisco's trademark registration was "tenuous at best".

"We think Cisco's trademark lawsuit is silly," Apple spokesman Alan Hely said. "There are already several companies using the name iPhone for Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) products. We are the first company to ever use the iPhone name for a cell phone, and if Cisco wants to challenge us on it we are very confident we will prevail."

'Revolutionary'

Cisco, which has owned the trademark since 2000, said it thought Apple would agree to a final document and public statement regarding the trademark. "Cisco entered into negotiations with Apple in good faith after Apple repeatedly asked permission to use Cisco's iPhone name," said Mark Chandler, Cisco senior vice-president and general counsel, in a statement.

The firm has owned the name since it bought Infogear Technology in 2000, which registered the name. Infogear had previously used the name for several years, said Cisco. Cisco, which supplies networks, said it would seek to stop Apple from "infringing upon and deliberately copying and using" the trademark.

Jon Noh, a spokesperson for Cisco told the BBC: "This issue is not about money, and it's not about the phone itself; it is about Cisco's obligation to protect its trademark in the face of Apple using it without our permission." Cisco's Linksys arm has employed the trademark since early 2006, and in December it launched its own phone, capable of connecting to the internet, called the iPhone.

News of Apple's launch of its touch screen has been long awaited and Steve Jobs, the firm's head, said the phone would revolutionise the market. Shares in Apple were 1.3% lower in after-hours trade, having risen 8% after the phone was launched a day earlier.

Source: BBC.com
Tag: iPhone

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Biography of Saddam Hussein and His Family Conspiracies

He was shot in the leg, sentenced to death, escaped twice from prison, led a successful one-day revolution, and became the leader of his country -- mostly while still in college. He is none other than Saddam Hussein, President of the Republic of Iraq. Here is a Biography of Saddam.

Birth name
Saddam Hussein al-Majid al-Awja

Height
6' 2" (1.88 m)

Spouse
Wafa Howeish (2003 - 31 December 2006) (his death)
Nidal al-Hamdani (1990 - 31 December 2006) (his death)
Samira Shabander (1986 - 31 December 2006) (his death) 1 child
Sajida Talfah (1963 - 31 December 2006) (his death) 5 children

Trivia

Declared himself President upon the resignation of President Ahmad Hassan al-Bakr due to "health problems" (16 July 1979).

At a now-infamous meeting shown on Iraqi television, he had several members escorted out and executed in an "effort" to "cleanse" the Ba'ath Party (22 July 1979).

In an open letter to the American people, Hussein said that the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center were retribution for the death and destruction America has unleashed against foreigners, including the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Gulf War and economic sanctions against Iraq. (18 September 2001).

Had over 20 presidential palaces.

Saddam's birthday was formerly an Iraqi national holiday.

Wrote two novels, "Zabibah and the King" and "The Fortified Castle", under the pen name "He Who Wrote It.".

Saddam Hussein is an admirer of Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin.

Belongs to the Sunni Muslim community, which accounts for about 37% of Iraq's population.

Ranked 55th on the Forbes World's Richest with an estimated worth of $7 billion. (2000).

Attended Cairo (Egypt) University School of Law.

An interrogator and torturer at the infamous "Palace of the End", the cellar of the former palace of King Faisal II.

In 1956, he participated in an unsuccessful coup attempt against King Faisal II.

In 1959, he and a group from the radical nationalist movement Ba'ath attempted to assassinate General Abd al-Karim Qasim, who had overthrown King Faisal II. It was unsuccessful, forcing Saddam to go into exile until 9 February, 1963, when Qasim was tortured and killed by Ba'ath army officers after a kangaroo trial broadcast live on Iraqi television.

Saddam Waged war against Iran from September 22, 1980 to August 1988. The Iran-Iraq war is estimated to have caused one million casualties including 250,000 Iraqi dead.

Invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990 and made it the 19th province of Iraq.

Favorite movie is The Godfather (1972).

Usually portrayed in US movies by actor Jerry Haleva.

Saddam Hussein has a look-alike puppet in the French show _"Guignols de l'info, Les" (1988)_ .

His regime ended publicly, if not officially, on 9 April 2003, when citizens of Baghdad pulled down a statue of him erected to mark his 65th birthday.

Children:
Sons Uday Hussein and Qusay Hussein, daughters Raghda, Rana and Hala by first wife, Sajida;

son Ali Saddam by second wife, Samira.

Uday controlled the media and was named Journalist of the Century by the Iraqi Union of Journalists.
Qusay ran the elite Republican Guard and was considered Saddam's heir. Both brothers made a fortune smuggling oil.
Saddam ordered Raghda's and Rana's husbands killed in 1996 after they plotted against him.

Raghda, Rana and Sajida were placed under house arrest in 1997 when it was suspected they had a role in the 12 December 1996 ambush that nearly killed Uday. Hala's husband, Jamal Mustafa Sultan al-Tikriti, surrendered to U.S. troops in April 2003. Uday and Qusai were killed in Mosul during a firefight with United States troops in mid-July 2003.

First wife Sajida is the daughter of Khairallah Tulfah, Saddam's uncle and first mentor. Their marriage was arranged when Saddam was 5 and Sajida was 7. However, the two didn't meet until 1958; they were married in Egypt during his exile. While Sajida was officially Iraq's First Lady, Saddam has at least three other wives the Iraqi press kept silent about. His newest wife, Wafa, is the daughter of his last deputy prime minister, Abdul Tawab el-Mulla Howeish.

In July 2003, a $25 million reward was offered for evidence of his whereabouts, his capture, or proof of his death.

His sons, Uday Hussein and Qusay Hussein, were killed along with 2 others in a 6-hour standoff with United States forces at a palatial villa in Mosul, Iraq. (22 July 2003).

Credited as "Himself" in the animated film South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999). Photos of the real Hussein (and the voice of Matt Stone) were used for the animated character.

14 December 2003: Acting on a tip, coalition forces captured the dictator hiding in an underground crawl space on a farm in Adwar, 10 miles from Tikrit.

When climbing out of the "spider hole" where he was hiding, he said to the US troops, "Don't shoot! I am Saddam Hussein! I am the President of the Republic of Iraq and I wish to negotiate!" One of the troops replied, "President Bush sends his regards."

Has been portrayed in movies and TV by actor James Evans of "General Hospital" (1963) fame.

In 1980, he was given the key to Detroit, making him an honorary citizen.

On November 5, 2006, he was sentenced to death by hanging for the murders of 148 people in the mostly-Shia town of Dujail in 1982.
Personal quotes

You Americans, you treat the Third World the way an Iraqi peasant treats his new bride. Three days of honeymoon, and then it's off to the fields. (1985)

Source: imdb.com
Tag: Saddam

Software replaces hardware in iPhone

No clickwheel, no keypad. They sheared off the entire front and replaced it with a huge, bright, vivid screen—that touchscreen Jobs got so excited about. When you need to dial, it shows you a keypad; when you need other buttons, the screen serves them up. When you want to watch a video, the buttons disappear. Suddenly, the interface isn't fixed and rigid, it's fluid and molten. Software replaces hardware, yes folks I'm talking about iPhone by Apple.

iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching — into one small and lightweight handheld device. iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers. So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.

WideScreen iPod
iPhone is a widescreen iPod with touch controls that lets you enjoy all your content — including music, audiobooks, videos, TV shows, and movies — on a beautiful 3.5-inch widescreen display. It also lets you sync your content from the iTunes library on your PC or Mac. And then you can access it all with just the touch of a finger.

Revolutionary Phone
iPhone is a revolutionary new mobile phone that allows you to make a call by simply pointing your finger at a name or number in your address book, a favorites list, or a call log. It also automatically syncs all your contacts from a PC, Mac, or Internet service. And it lets you select and listen to voicemail messages in whatever order you want — just like email.

Break Through Internet Device
iPhone features a rich HTML email client and Safari — the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device — which automatically syncs bookmarks from your PC or Mac. Safari also includes built-in Google and Yahoo! search. iPhone is fully multi-tasking, so you can read a web page while downloading your email in the background over Wi-Fi or EDGE.

High Technology

Multi-touch
iPhone features the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse. It’s an entirely new interface based on a large multi-touch display and innovative new software that lets you control everything using only your fingers. So you can glide through albums with Cover Flow, flip through photos and email them with a touch, or zoom in and out on a section of a web page — all by simply using iPhone’s multi-touch display.

Intelligent Keyboard
iPhone’s full QWERTY soft keyboard lets you easily send and receive SMS messages in multiple sessions. And the keyboard is predictive, so it prevents and corrects mistakes, making it easier and more efficient to use than the small plastic keyboards on many smartphones.

Source: apple.com
Tags: iphone Apple

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

US Somali air strikes 'kill many'

The US has carried out at least two air strikes in southern Somalia against Islamist fighters, who the US believes include members of an al-Qaeda cell. The targets were reported to have been tracked by aerial reconnaissance and then attacked by a US gunship launched from a US military base in Djibouti. The US says Somali Islamists sheltered al-Qaeda operatives linked to the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa. The Somali transitional government says many people were killed in the raid.

The air strikes are taking place just a few days after the Union of Islamic Courts, which had taken control of much of central and southern Somalia during the past six months, was routed by soldiers from Ethiopia and Somalia's transitional government. The US accuses the Islamists of having links to al-Qaeda - charges they deny.

'Boy killed'

Witnesses told the BBC Somali service that an area near the town of Afmadow was being bombed on Tuesday. The area was one of those hit on Monday, with unconfirmed reports of four civilians killed in the village of Hayo. "My 4-year-old boy was killed in the strike," Mohamed Mahmud Burale told the BBC from the area.

Source: BBC
Tag: Somalia War Against Terrorism

Friday, January 05, 2007

Saddam's execution video

If you wannt to see how Saddam was executed... here is a link to Saddam's execution video.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2269346183614501083

You can view the execution video on your own risk... why am I saying it? I was so much disturbed to see the whole video. I mean...this is the first time ever I saw a person getting hanged for real (I saw it in a lot of movies, which some how you can digest and you know that they are not real). I did read a lot of news about what Saddam did and think that he did sins by killing people. But I feel pity for him...I dont know why. May be because I didnt see in which manner he killed those Shias and may be I dont know how the families of those dead people feel. I searched on net and I'm not the only to feel so...I found MaddyBlueSparrow posting feelings on the curiosity to watch the death video of Saddam.

Tag: Saddam

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