Monday, December 29, 2008

Brown rice lowers risk of diabetes

NEW DELHI: A simple change in your diet can now lower your cholesterol level and protect you against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and breast and colon cancer.

Doctors, nutritionists and dieticians are now increasingly recommending brown rice as an excellent source of all-round nutrition. Experts say the difference between brown rice and the more popular white rice is not just the colour. White rice actually lacks the necessary quantities of over a dozen important nutrients, including vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B1, B3, B6, folacin, potassium, magnesium and iron.

Rice goes through a number of procedures before it's ready for cooking. After harvesting, the seeds are run through a rice huller/husker for milling to remove the outer grain husks. What remains is brown rice. To create white rice, the inner husk is removed and the grain is polished. But this entire procedure actually destroys 67% of the rice's vitamin B3, 80% of its vitamin B1, 90% of its vitamin B6, half of its manganese, half of its phosphorus, 60% of the iron and all of its dietary fibre and essential fatty acids.

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Source: Times of India

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Round One to Pakistan

Vir Sanghvi, Hindustan Times
December 27, 2008

Are you as surprised as I am by the war hysteria that suddenly seems to have become the defining feature of India-Pakistan ties? In the aftermath of 26/11, many of us took pride in the maturity of the Indian reaction. Even though we knew quite quickly that the attacks were the work of terrorists based in Pakistan, Indians refused to give in to the knee-jerk response to retaliate.

We had telephone intercepts that demonstrated that the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyeba was behind the attacks. Phones recovered from the dead terrorists offered proof of regular calls to Pakistan. And Ajmal Kasab, the one terrorist to be captured alive, soon confessed to his Pakistani origins.

There were two ways we could have responded to this mountain of evidence. The first was to say that this proved that Pakistan was involved and to then launch surgical strikes on terrorist training camps in Pakistan. The second was to buy Asif Zardari’s claim that while the terrorists may have had Pakistani origins, they had no state sponsorship. In fact, said Zardari, the same terrorists were the ones who had killed his wife and launched attacks within Pakistan.

I reckoned we had been reasonable in choosing the second path. We rejected the war option and, somewhat surprisingly, Indian public opinion did not demand a retaliatory strike.

Instead, most of us trusted Zardari, or at least gave him the benefit of doubt, believing that he was sincere when he talked about wanting peace with India and appreciating his offer not to launch a first nuclear strike made at the HT Summit.

Plus, we had faith in America. Many foreign policy experts told us that America was on our side; that Pakistan was so indebted to America that it could not afford to offend Washington; and that diplomatic pressure from the likes of Condoleezza Rice would ensure that Pakistan cracked down on the groups that had organised the Bombay attacks.

One month after those terrible incidents, two things have happened. The first is that Pakistan has gone back on its early willingness to help India get the perpetrators of the terror strikes. An offer to send the ISI chief to India was hurriedly withdrawn and the current position of the Zardari government appears to be that there is no evidence at all of any Pakistan involvement in the attacks. Even Ajmal Kasab, whose Pakistani origins have been unearthed by Pakistan’s own media is sought to be denied his rights as a Pakistani citizen. We do not know who he is, says Islamabad, and we don’t believe that he is a Pakistani.

The second development is that while we have congratulated ourselves on our restraint, Pakistan has built up the war hysteria on its own anyhow. Each day the Pakistani people are told how an Indian attack will be repulsed. More troops have been moved to the border with India. Pakistan Air Force aircraft fly sorties over major Pakistani cities. And Pakistani ministers accuse India of needlessly targeting Pakistan.

In effect, therefore, we have the worst of all worlds. We avoided threatening war in the hope that the Pakistani government would cooperate in the investigation. But all offers of cooperation have been withdrawn and far from helping us, Islamabad is dedicating its energies towards claiming that India is lying about Pakistani involvement.

Further, the very war hysteria we hoped to avoid by counting on Zardari has been created anyway — not by us, but by Pakistan.

In effect, we’ve been forced into a situation where we can expect no cooperation from the Pakistan government while simultaneously defending ourselves against charges of seeking to invade Pakistan and force war on the region.

How could things have gone so wrong?

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Source: Round One to Pakistan - Vir Sanghvi, Hindustan Times December 27, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

ToDo (or) Virtual Diary using Notepad in Microsoft Windows

This is real cool tip for people who use notepad to write down any info on a day to day basis...
In Notepad (Microsfot Windows)

* Open a Notepad and type '.LOG' (CASE SENSITIVE) as the first line of the file.
* Save and Close the file.
* Double-click the file to open it and notice that Notepad appends the current date and time to the end of the file and places the cursor on the next line.
* Type your Notes and then Save and close the file.

Each time you open the file, Notepad repeats the process, appending the time and date to the end of the file and placing the cursor below it

It simply serves as a virtual diary!

What Every RF Engineer Should Know: RFID

What Every RF Engineer Should Know: RFID

December 27th, 2008

RFID is hot on the RF DesignLine, so I had a virtual "sit down" with some leaders in the industry to see where the technology is, and where they think it is going. The following article includes some of the thoughts and remarks of Todd Humes, Senior Director, Engineering Embedded NVM Group, Virage Logic Corporation; Darren McCarthy, Technical Marketing Manager, RF Test, Tektronix, Inc; Jeff Miller, Product Manager Tanner EDA; David Hall, Product Manager, National Instruments RF & Communications; and Dirk Morgenroth, Marketing Director, RFID, NXP Semiconductors.

After the interview, I’ve included some links to some of the most popular RFID articles on the site.

RFDL: What is the status of the technology?
Humes: RFID technology continues to become more prevalent as standards-based designs reduce die cost and drive broader market adoption. ISO standards 14443, 15693, and 18000 have created opportunities for companies to enter the RFID space without forcing proprietary solutions onto their customers.

McCarthy: RFID technologies are becoming ubiquitous. The cost and benefits of various RFID technologies have enabled the adoption in homes, cars, documents, animals, and phones. Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) have been mandated on all cars for safety concerns about the operating pressure of our tires. Passports issued worldwide in recent years have all migrated to the ISO 14443 "proximity" RFID standard to simplify and coordinate worldwide immigrations. There is no single RFID technology that can fulfill all applications. Near Field Communications (NFC) on mobile phones and UHF RFID technologies for tracking cargo shipping containers need to operate over different distances and temperature ranges, and the amount of data and security are defined by the end-use application of an RFID technology.

Miller:RFID tags are used in a wide variety of applications around the world, and their use is expected to explode as the unit costs decrease and new markets open up.

Hall: RFID adoption is still sometimes limited by tag manufacturing costs and the need for better understanding of UHF signal propagation. However, it seems that greater awareness of the technology’s benefits is needed in order to drive widespread adoption. I am continually amazed at the new applications people are able to solve with RFID. And, further improvements in RF performance will naturally occur as a result of increased awareness.

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Source: http://www.rfengineer.net/

Friday, December 26, 2008

Change in Instruction for E-Ticket Passengers

Instruction for E-Ticket Passengers (New - November 2008)
  • The input for the proof of identity is NOT required now at the time of booking.
  • One of the passengers in an e-ticket should carry proof of identification during the train journey.
  • Voter ID card/ Passport/PAN Card/Driving License/Photo Identity Card Issued by Central/State Government are the valid proof of identity cards to be shown in original during train journey.
  • The input for the proof of identity in case of cancellation/partial cancellation is also NOT required now.
  • The passenger should also carry the Electronic Reservation Slip (ERS) during the train journey failing which a penalty of Rs. 50/- will be charged by the TTE/Conductor Guard.

Core2Duo ~ Dual Core

Core2Duo & Dual Core

The difference between core2duo and dual core has been an area of interest primarily because of the similarity between the names. Most of the sites tell about a larger cache size but there is a bigger picture to it.

Core2 is a brand by Intel featuring the Intel’s eighth generation “Intel core microarchitecture”, which uses highly improved processor cores or wafers or dyes of the Intel P6 in combinations to provide an increased performance. It is an attempt by Intel to bring computing on laptops and desktops into a single processor banner of core2, which was earlier divided into Pentium 4, Pentium D and Pentium M. This gives us the unheard core2solo, the highly successful core2duo, the next buzzword core2quad and the performance freak’s core2extreme.

It includes the Merom and Kentsfield, and their future versions namely the highly successful Penryn, the Wolfdale and the Yorkfield. They come in mixed flavors of laptop and desktop version.

Core2duo was launched in Aug 2006, features the Intel Core microarchitecture. It was a whole new range of processors and used new improved versions of technologies like x86 virtualization, SSE3, SSE 4.1, NX bit, SpeedStep and others. The shift of Intel’s focus from processor speed to overall performance delivered in the form of these core2duo processors which have better processing power and low power consumption. The core2duo is the dual core version of the core2 architecture. It comprises of Mermon and the latest Penryn(45 nm) cores. Penryn also allows DDR3 on desktop PCs. This brought a whole new world of low cost processing power for notebooks and a new battle, rather battlefield.

Dual core was launched under the Pentium brand and became popular soon because Intel started launching the dual core for notebooks early in 2007, and then for desktops in mid 2007. These processors are based on the Yonah , Morman and Allendale. The dual core comes mainly in 65nm cores with the 45 nm version released in August this year.

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Source: http://techarraz.com/

The Year in Computing - Technology Review

The Year in Computing

[Interesting Artcile on computing - By Kate Greene, Technology Review]

Computer interfaces, wireless devices, memory, and microprocessors were all hot topics in 2008.

By Kate Greene

Tiny touch: A device called nanoTouch has a touch-sensitive back to make it easier to view the front-side display. Here, a credit-card-size gadget shows an image of a person’s finger on the back to help him move a cursor around the screen.
Credit: Patrick Baudisch

Smart Screens
Thanks to renewed interest in hands-on computing, researchers have continued to push the boundaries of displays and interfaces. This year, researchers at Microsoft demoed a back-of-the-screen touch pad, and a startup based in New York called Perceptive Pixel came up with an intuitive way of sliding an on-screen object underneath another based on the touch force. (See "What's Next for Computer Interfaces?") Touch screens came down in cost, becoming available to the average hacker. Engineers at Nordt, a research studio based in New York, introduced a product called TouchKit, which lets anyone make and modify his or her own touch-screen table for less than $1,000. (See "Open-Source, Multitouch Display.") And Microsoft researchers demonstrated an easy, cheap way to turn a normal display into a multitouch surface. (See "A Low-Cost Multitouch Screen.") Taking things one step further, Samsung partnered with software provider Reactrix to entirely remove the need for touch with a gesture-based interface: a screen that incorporates computer vision software to "see" the hand movements of people standing in front of it. (See "A Display That Tracks Your Movements.")

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Source: Technology Review

Thursday, December 25, 2008

First Look at Blue Spruce, IBM's Next Generation Browser Platform

First Look at Blue Spruce, IBM's Next Generation Browser Platform

Written by Richard MacManus / December 25, 2008 1:00 PM /

IBM is about to commit itself heavily to browser-based applications. The giant IT company is quietly working on a project called Blue Spruce, which aims to create a fully browser-based application development platform. ReadWriteWeb was given an exclusive first look at Blue Spruce at the Web 2.0 Summit, where we sat down with IBM's VP of Emerging Internet Technologies, Rod Smith, for a "show and tell" of what IBM claims will be the next evolution of the browser. What's more, it's fully open standards based - so it is squarely aimed at challenging the proprietary-rich Internet platforms of Microsoft's Silverlight and Adobe's Flash.

Editor's note: Looking back over 2008, there were some posts on ReadWriteWeb that did not get the attention we felt they deserved - whether because of timing, competing news stories, etc. So in this end-of-year series, called Redux, we're resurrecting some of those hidden gems. This is one of them, we hope you enjoy (re)reading it!

Blue Spruce is a project within IBM that is only about 5 months old. Up till now it hasn't been shown publicly. Blue Spruce isn't yet complete, but conceptually it is two different things:

  • Project Blue Spruce Client Toolkit
  • Project Blue Spruce Co-Web Server

Here's a summary of what we know so far about the Blue Spruce platform:

- Uses the WebKit Open Source Browser Engine (in the demo we saw, Safari was the browser being used)
- Uses the following Open standards: HTML, JavaScript, CSS, (All Ajax), XMPP, H.264
- Server runs on Linux, MacOS X
- Utilized OpenAjax Metadata Specification, so it can utilize any widgets
- It's being ported to IE 6+ and Firefox

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Source: ReadWriteWeb

Monday, December 22, 2008

BITSAT - 2009

BITSAT - 2009

What: Birla Institute of Technology and Science offers a computer based online test (BITSAT- 209) for admission to Integrated First Degree Programmes, First Semester 2009-10. All admissions to Integrated First Degree Programmes of BITS , Pilani at Pilani campus, Goa and Hyderabad campus will be made on the basis of this test.

Details:

~ It is a three-hour test, to be taken at dedicated computer centres in different cities in India. It will consist of multiple choice questions, and will be conducted during May 9- June 12, 2009.

~ First rank students of all central and state boards in India for the year 2009 will be given direct admission to the program of thier choice, irrespective of thier BITSAT-2009 score.

Am I eligible:

~ You must have passed the 12th examination of 10+2 system from a recognised Central or State Board or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

~ You must have obtained a minimum aggregate of 80% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in the 12th standard examination, with at least 60% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

~ You must be proficient in English.

~ You must be appearing for the 12th standard examination in 2009, or have passed the examination in 2008

How to apply:

~ Interested candidates should register for BITS-2009 by filling out the form at http://www.bitsadmission.com/ The printout of the form alongwith a fee of Rs. 1000 (Rs. 500 for female candidates) should be sent to Admissions Officer, BITS Pilani- 333031.

~ Application forms are available via post till January 21, 2009 from the BITS office by sending a request with the candidate's name and gender alongwith the postal address and a demand draft for Rs. 1100 (Rs. 600 for female candidates) in favour of Birla Institute of Technology and Science.

Deadline: The completed form should be submitted by 31st January, 5:00 pm.

For more details: Log on to http://www.bits-pilani.ac.in or http://www.bitsadmission.com/

Source: Rediff.com - http://www.rediff.com/getahead/2008/dec/22-bitsat-2009.htm
(Note: Information re-use for the benefit of the students.)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Security flaw in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)

**Important Information**

A serious security flaw is found in Internet Explorer today and everybody is been advised by 'MICROSOFT' not to use Internet Explorer for any confidential banking transactions until the new patch is released.

The new patch would be released at the earliest and Microsoft advices everybody to use the browser from their rivals until the patch is released. Click on the below link to read:

Adam Khoo - Youngest Millionaire

Interesting Article from Adam Khoo - Youngest Millionaire

Some of you may already know that I travel around the region pretty frequently, having to visit and conduct seminars at my offices in Malaysia , ndonesia , Thailand and Suzhou ( China ). I am in the airport almost every other week so I get to bump into many people who have attended my seminars r have read my books.

Recently, someone came up to me on a plane to KL and looked rather shocked.. He asked, 'How come a millionaire like you is travelling economy?' My reply was, 'That's why I am a millionaire. ' He still looked pretty confused. This again confirms that greatest lie ever told about wealth (which I wrote about in my latest book 'Secrets of Self Made Millionaires' ). Many people have been brainwashed to think that millionaires have to wear Gucci, Hugo Boss, Rolex, and sit in first class in air travel. This is why so many people never become rich because the moment that earn more money, they think that it is only natural that they spend more, putting them back to square one.

The truth is that most self-made millionaires are frugal and only spend on what is necessary and of value. That is why they are able to accumulate and multiply their wealth so much faster. Over the last 7 years, I have saved about 80% of my income while today I save only about 60% (because I have my wife, mother in law, 2 maids, 2 kids, etc. to support). Still, it is way above most people who save 10% of their income (if they are lucky). I refuse to buy a first class ticket or to buy a $300 shirt because I think that it is a complete waste of money. However, I happily pay $1,300 to send my 2-year old daughter to Julia Gabriel Speech and Drama without thinking twice.

When I joined the YEO (Young Entrepreneur' s Organization) a few years back (YEO is an exclusive club open to those who are under 40 and make over $1m a year in their own business) I discovered that those who were self-made thought like me. Many of them with net worths well over $5m, travelled economy class and some even drove Toyotas and Nissans (not Audis, Mercs, BMWs).

I noticed that it was only those who never had to work hard to build their own wealth (there were also a few ministers' and tycoons' sons in the club) who spent like there was no tomorrow. Somehow, when you did not have to build everything from scratch, you do not really value money. This is precisely the reason why a family's wealth(no matter how much) rarely lasts past the third generation. Thank God my rich dad (oh no! I sound like Kiyosaki) foresaw this terrible possibility and refused to give me a cent to start my business.

Then some people ask me, 'What is the point in making so much money if you don't enjoy it?' The thing is that I don't really find happiness in buying branded clothes, jewellery or sitting first class. Even if buying something makes me happy it is only for a while, it does not last. Material happiness never lasts, it just gives you a quick fix. After a while you feel lousy again and have to buy the next thing which you think will make you happy. I always think that if you need material things to make you happy, then you live a pretty sad and unfulfilled life.

Instead, what make ME happy is when I see my children laughing and playing and learning so fast. What makes me happy is when I see my companies and trainers reaching more and more people every year in so many more countries. What makes me really happy is when I read all the emails about how my books and seminars have touched and inspired someone's life. What makes me really happy is reading all your wonderful posts about how this BLOG is inspiring you. This happiness makes me feel really good for a long time, much much more than what a Rolex would do for me.

I think the point I want to put across is that happiness must come from doing your life's work (be in teaching, building homes, designing, trading, winning tournaments etc.) and the money that comes is only a by-product. If you hate what you are doing and rely on the money you earn to make you happy by buying stuff, then I think that you are living a meaningless life.

Monday, December 01, 2008

A LETTER TO PRIMEMINISTER of INDIA

A LETTER TO PRIMEMINISTER of INDIA

Dear Mr. Prime minister

I am a typical mouse from Mumbai. In the local train compartment which has capacity of 100 persons, I travel with 500 more mouse. Mouse at least squeak but we don't even do that.

Today I heard your speech. In which you said 'NO BODY WOULD BE SPARED'. I would like to remind you that fourteen years has passed since serial bomb blast in Mumbai took place. Dawood was the main conspirator. Till today he is not caught. All our bolywood actors, our builders, our Gutka king meets him but your Government can not catch him. Reason is simple; all your ministers are hand in glove with him. If any attempt is made to catch him everybody will be exposed. Your statement 'NOBODY WOULD BE SPARED' is nothing but a cruel joke on this unfortunate people of India.

Enough is enough. As such after seeing terrorist attack carried out by about a dozen young boys I realize that if same thing continues days are not away when terrorist will attack by air, destroy our nuclear reactor and there will be one more Hiroshima.

We the people are left with only one mantra. Womb to Bomb to Tomb. You promised Mumbaikar Shanghai what you have given us is Jalianwala Baug.

Today only your home minister resigned. What took you so long to kick out this joker? Only reason was that he was loyal to Gandhi family. Loyalty to Gandhi family is more important than blood of innocent people, isn't it?

I am born and bought up in Mumbai for last fifty eight years. Believe me corruption in Maharashtra is worse than that in Bihar. Look at all the politician, Sharad Pawar, Chagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane, Bal Thackray, Gopinath Munde, Raj Thackray, Vilasrao Deshmukh all are rolling in money.

Vilasrao Deshmukh is one of the worst Chief minister I have seen. His only business is to increase the FSI every other day, make money and send it to Delhi so Congress can fight next election. Now the clown has found new way and will increase FSI for fisherman so they can build concrete house right on sea shore. Next time terrorist can comfortably live in those house, enjoy the beauty of sea and then attack the Mumbai at their will.

Recently I had to purchase house in Mumbai. I met about two dozen builders. Everybody wanted about 30% in black. A common person like me knows this and with all your intelligent agency & CBI you and your finance minister are not aware of it. Where all the black money goes? To the underworld isn't it? Our politicians take help of these goondas to vacate people by force. I myself was victim of it. If you have time please come to me, I will tell
you everything.

If this has been land of fools, idiots then I would not have ever cared to write you this letter. Just see the tragedy, on one side we are reaching moon, people are so intelligent and on other side you politician has converted nectar into deadly poison. I am everything Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Schedule caste, OBC, Muslim OBC, Christian Schedule caste, Creamy Schedule caste only what I am not is INDIAN. You politician have raped every part of mother India by your policy of divide and rule.

Take example of former president Abdul Kalam. Such a intelligent person, such a fine human being. You politician didn't even spare him. Your party along with opposition joined the hands, because politician feels they are supreme and there is no place for good person.

Dear Mr Prime minister you are one of the most intelligent person, most learned person. Just wake up, be a real SARDAR. First and foremost expose all selfish politician. Ask Swiss bank to give name of all Indian account holder. Give reins of CBI to independent agency. Let them find wolf among us. There will be political upheaval but that will better than dance of death which we are witnessing every day. Just give us ambient where we can work honestly and without fear. Let there be rule of law. Everything else will be taken care of.

Choice is yours Mr. Prime Minister. Do you want to be lead by one person or
you want to lead the nation of 100 Crore people?

Prakash B. Bajaj
Chandralok 'A" Wing, Flat No 104
97 Nepean Sea Road
Mumbai 400 036

(Source: a forwarded email)

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