Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Road * Traffic * Signals * Safety

"See what you can do right rather than pointing out others mistakes"

Useful Links on Roads, Driving...
Govt & Organizations
Glossary of Driving Terminology

YouTube Videos: Traffic & Road Safety by Mr. Adhiraj

Have a safe drive - someone is awaiting for you at home!

Drive Better - Live Better


I wish to write an article on driving in India, there are many of us think alike and Mr Adhiraj has come up with an initiative on driving in India.

I have got to know about a blog on Driving in India in a better and safe way.

Video 1: Covers the concept of Blind spots
Video 2: Introduces the principle of Mirrors, Signal and Manoeuvre
Video 3: At red lights, stop behind the stop line
Video 4: At red lights there are no free left turns
Video 5: The Zebra belongs to pedestrians
Video 6: Tyres and Tarmac (rather than bumper to bumper)
Video 7: Merging with the Main road
Video 8: Leaving The Main Road
Video 9: Never Cut Corners

Video 10: Show Courtesy on roads
Video 11: 5 Rules that help deal with Roundabouts
Video 12: Speed limits, stopping distances, tailgating & 2 seconds rule
Video 13: Lane discipline and overtaking
Video 14: Low beam or high beam?
Video 15: Parallel (reverse) parking made easy
Video 16: Give the cyclist the respect of a car
Video 17: Dealing with in-car condensation
and many more... <click here>

Courtesy & Thanks for this initiative: Dr Adhiraj Joglekar

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Save Power & Conserve Power

Save Power ~ Conserve Power

Following is a list of myths about energy and energy savings. Sometimes the basic premise is correct, but the energy savings are much smaller than people realize. In other cases the myth is based on factors that were once true but have been subsequently resolved through better design or manufacturing of products.

Buying an efficient air conditioner or furnace will automatically reduce my energy bill.
This is true to some extent, but you won't realize all the possible savings if the equipment is not sized or installed properly. Studies have shown that typical air conditioner and duct systems are improperly installed, wasting 1/3 or more of the energy used by the air conditioner. New and replacement equipment (and ducts) need to be properly designed and installed to realize all the possible savings. The same caveats about proper installation hold true for insulation, windows and many other energy-efficiency upgrades.
Energy efficiency and energy conservation are one and the same thing.
Well-intentioned information campaigns during oil crises of the 1970s created a lot of confusion about how to save energy and even about how to talk about saving energy. Energy efficiency means getting a job done with less energy. This could be lighting a room, cooling a house, or refrigerating some vegetables. The things made possible by using energy are sometimes called "energy services," e.g. illumination, comfort, or food preservation. Energy conservation, on the other hand, means reducig the level of services, e.g. reducing lighting or comfort or turning up the temperature of your fridge. Reducing service levels (conservation) does not necessarily mean sacrafice, however. For example, many spaces are overlit by current-day standards, water heater temperature are set too high, etc. Consumers have the option of improving energy efficiency (e.g. by purchasing better appliances) and/or reducing service levels, but lowering the quality of life is not a prerequisite for reducing energy demand.
Duct tape is good for sealing ducts.
Unfortunately, laboratory research has concluded that duct tape has very low durability when used to seal ducts. On new installations, tape may fall off due to poor surface preparation, because ducts are installed in dirty and dusty locations and conditions. On older systems, the tape falls off as it ages and the adhesive dries out and tends to wrinkle.
When my appliance is turned off, it's off.
In fact, we've found that most devices continue to consume power when they're switched off, sometimes as much power as when they're on!
Cleaning refrigerator coils saves energy.
While this seems intuitively logical, and very small savings may indeed arise, the few efforts to actually measure this effect have typically come up empty-handed. This is a classic example of a widely held belief based on assumptions rather than measurements.
Dimming my incandescent lights by 50% will cut my lighting bill in half.
Actually, the relationship is not linear and savings will be less than expected. As the voltage drops, the filament cools, the wavelength spectrum of the light output shifts further intothe infra-red, and efficacy thus suffers. Interestingly, fluorescent dimming is more linear and the savings for dimming are proportionately higher.
Turning up (down) the thermostat will make your home get warm (cool) faster.
It's tempting to think of a thermostat like a water tap, i.e. the wider you open it the more water (heat/coolth) will come out. In reality, it works more like a light switch in that if it's "on" the same amount of light (heat/coolth) will come out.
Installing foam gaskets in electrical outlets will significantly reduce air leakage.
Measurements have shown that less than 1% of a home's air leakage is due to outlets.
Leaving lights, computers, and other appliances on uses less energy than turning them off and makes them last longer.
The small surge of power created when some devices are turned on is vastly smaller than the energy used by running the device when it's not needed. While it used to be the case that cycling appliances and lighting on and off drastically reduced their useful lifetimes, these problems have been largely overcome through better design.
Energy efficiency increases the first cost of houses.
While efficient products may initially cost more, in some cases there may be little or no first cost. Most efficient products are also premium products (in terms of features, warranty, etc.), so it's difficult to say what you are paying for the efficiency. Market data have shown, for example, that there is little or no correlation between refrigerator efficiency and purchase price. In some instances, efficiency can even reduce first cost as in the case where smaller ("downsized") heating and cooling systems can be installed if they're highly efficient. Smaller units with high efficiency generate as much heating or cooling benefit as large, inefficient ones.
Insulating the ceiling will just cause more heat to leak out of the windows.
Adding insulation to one part of a home won't increase the "pressure" on heat losses through other parts. However, it is certainly true that poorly insulated areas will be the major loser of heat and they often merit attention before improving already well-insulated parts of the home.
Switching to electric room heaters will reduce your energy bill.
This is true only under some circumstances. If you have central electric heating, the using room heaters will most likely save you money. But, if you have central gas heating (which is far cheaper per unit of useful heat) you can easily match or even exceed your heating bill by switching to electrical units.
Fluorescent lighting is unhealthy.
Fluorescent lighting has changed dramatically in the last few years. Today's fluorescents have greatly improved color quality. And the annoying flicker and hum have been eliminated from fluorscents that use electronic ballasts. Because they require less electricity, fluorescents generate less power plant pollution, emissions which have many known health effects. Fluorescent lights also contain small amounts of mercury and should be disposed of properly. However, additional mercury releases are avoided thanks to reduced use of mercury-containing fossil fuels used to generate electricity. If it's been a while since you tried fluorescent lights, you might give them another chance.
Halogen lighting is super-efficient.
It's true that halogen lights use slightly less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, but halogens require transformers that can use extra energy, even when the light is off. They are also a fire hazard. By comparison, compact flourescent lights are nearly three-times as efficient and don't pose a fire hazard. Many new models are dimmable, like halogens. See
Electric heating is more efficient than fuel-based heating.
It's true that all, or almost all, of the electricity that goes into an electric heater is transformed to useful heat in your home. However, making electricity is an inefficient process, with as much as two-thirds of the input energy (coal, natural gas, etc.) being lost in the process. This is why electricity is so much more expensive for the consumer than direct fuels.

Little Greenbook -

Tip: Save Power - Set your monitor with 'BLACK' background screen and this will SAVE 20-30% of power - Minimise all Windows when not in use. Switch of the Monitor when not in use. When Monitor not in use (saves > 50% power - you work for 8 hours in office - remaining 16 hrs (2/3rd of a day's time) - Monitor consumes power, if it is ON. (even if it is not in use).

Find more here

Useful Links:

* Save Power
* IIT Bombay - Save Power
* BESCOM - Safety - Save Power
* Energy Conservation
* Energy Quest
* Search Engine - Blackle
* Alliance to Save Energy

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Monday, November 12, 2007

PILOT as an Interesting Career

I was collecting Career on Pilot details, luckily Rediff has got a collection of links on Pilot as profession. Thank God! Thanks to Rediff & Richa Pant :)

Hope this information will help in getting into Pilot as a Career

Source: Rediff GetAhead
Author: Richa Pant

Part I: Want to be a pilot? The sky's the limit

Part II: The highs and lows of being a pilot

Part III: How to train to be a pilot

Part IV: Pilot's training too expensive? Here's help

Part V: Why I like being a pilot


Thursday, November 01, 2007

10 effective ways to stay motivated

10 effective ways to stay motivated
by Shruti Sharma (Software Engineer)

Be confident. If you don't believe in yourself, why would anyone else? We all have something we are good at. Have faith in yourself and try to work on your niche skills. Drive the fear of failure far away from you. Remember, what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger!

2. Be clear. Fuzzy, undefined goals are difficult to focus on. How will you proceed when the path seems all foggy? Request your manager for defined, measurable objectives and tasks.

If your manager is not very forthcoming, take some initiative and work with him until you have clarity about your role and what you will be appraised on, at the end of the year. Self-motivated people work best with clearly defined objectives in life. Even if the targets seem a little hazy, house-bred motivation can come in real handy!

3. Work on yourself. Nothing works better as a power shot of motivation than the knowledge that you are good at what you do! Be on top of things at work. Identify your weak areas and get them out of the way. Enroll in courses that will raise your market value and also your motivation levels. Getting a few certifications and qualifications in your functional skills will definitely instill a great deal of confidence.

4. Take criticism positively. Even though the other person has no such intentions, turn all negative criticism into a positive driving force. Failure is a state a mind. If you think you can succeed, you will. Always think positive. That way, instead of brooding over past disappointments, you will route your frustration into positive energy required for working harder. It works like magic.

"My boss was always running me down. Even when I did a good job, he never praised me. Initially I used to feel terrible and slowly started to look for excuses to avoid official meetings when he would once again find reasons to discourage me. I contemplated resigning and finding a new job where I did not have to prove myself over and over again," recounts Mohit Sethi*. "But then, there were no guarantees that my next boss would be better to work with. So, I took it up as a challenge. I started reporting to work early and always finished my tasks before time. My team members started to respect me more because I helped them when my work was done. Gradually, my boss took a back step when he realised that I was now a highly productive member of the team. If I had not been self motivated to prove a point, thoughts of having failed and run away would have chased me forever."

5. Look out for challenges. If the current job demotivates you, not to worry. Be open to try out new things if your present role has become too boring to continue even a day more. Talk to your seniors to redefine your role to optimise your capabilities. Establish your reputation as somebody who is not scared to take on new challenges in life.

6. Be persistent. Most things may not work out right the first time. This just means that you need to try harder. However, ensure that you set your heart on goals that are really important to you and will help you progress in life. Save your efforts for things that matter. Do not waste your energies on peripheral things.

7. Keep the company of successful people. Try to surround yourself with confident people who are driven and high on life. Read books that fill you with optimism. Put up motivating posters and quotes on your workstation that will spread positive energy and drive away any depressing thoughts. Look around for successful people and try to emulate them. Find out what makes them tick and include that in your working style.

8. Celebrate life. If something doesn't shape up like you thought it would, it does not mean everything else is doomed as well. Do not feel stressed; high stress leads to low motivation. Take active interest in things happening around you. Live your life well. Continue to have faith in yourself and get involved in things that give you happiness. That itself will generate enough motivation for you to glide over waves of setbacks.

9. Start today. List all that is important for you to achieve your goals. Divide long-term goals into smaller milestones and celebrate each accomplished goal. Procrastination is a killer so keep it at bay.

10. Keep dreaming. Lastly, do not forget to keep dreaming. Dream big! Let your dreams fuel your desire to get closer to your goals. Write your dreams for yourself in a diary or a journal and constantly refer to them so that you do not forget or lose sight of the objective.

Remember, "Motivation is all about how high you can bounce when you hit absolute rock bottom."

Source: Rediff
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