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    Back To [Read] Book Land
    Tuesday, May 30, 2006
    These days, being summer vacations, I am doing mainly my projects and some studying also..
    For the leisure-time activity, I sit on computers [ of-course ] & am reading books also.

    But, I realised that I didn't have any new books so I started re-reading old ones. I have so far [re]read : Kill The Messenger by Tami Hoag, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, King Of Torts by John Grisham, The Last Juror by John Grisham. Then, I thought, which other books I have? I remembered that I had the Harry Potter Series... except The Sorcerer's Stone.

    I don't like The Chamber Of Secrets very much so I started with The Prisoner Of Azkaban [which I managed to finish in 1 evening] and now, after finishing The Goblet Of Fire in 1 day, I am reading The Order of The Phoenix.

    I thought I remembered many things about the Harry Potter series, but with every chapter, I am discovering new things. Now, back to reading...
    posted by J @ 8:20 PM   11 comments
    How 'The Da Vinci Code' Dosen't Work
    Saturday, May 27, 2006

    Since its 2003 publication, "The Da Vinci Code" has caused quite a
    stir. Since its debut to glowing reviews, it has sold more than 40
    million copies in at least 44 languages.
    In addition to being a bestseller, it's sparked a lot of controversy.
    It's a work of fiction, but it presents itself as based in fact, and
    many critics have raised questions about whether those facts are
    accurate.


    There are some errors with The Code which are quiet evident. How Stuff Works looks at some of them.. Read more.
    posted by J @ 8:17 PM   2 comments
    Few Things Up My Sleeve
    Thursday, May 25, 2006
    Recently, Firefox has been behaving rather abruptly. It has closed twice today without any notice. It just hangs and then :

    The classic program close error.

    Another thing is that I have changed the template of my blog. I liked it but I had to do a lot of tweaking and the Blog Title's colour won't change.. dunno why. And the posts have also acted up... They all have become mis-arranged..

    Will have to leave that for another day.
    posted by J @ 9:32 PM   6 comments
    Optimist & Pessimist
    Wednesday, May 24, 2006
    Pessimist : It can't get any worse than this...
    Optimist : Oh yes it can!

    I saw this in the local newspaper.
    Being an optimist in every situation dosen't help...
    posted by J @ 11:23 AM   2 comments
    Change Window's Boot Screen
    Sunday, May 21, 2006
    Bored of the same boot screen that comes each time you load Windows? Now, we will learn of an easy way to change it. We will change the boot screen using a software called TuneUp Utilities 2006 which you can get from here.

    Firstly, open up TuneUp Utilities 2006 and click on the TuneUp Styler 2 button.




















    Then, in the TuneUp Styler 2 window, click on 'Change the windows XP boot screen, and create or download new boot screens'.
















    This, opens a window in which you can create new boot screens, apply any boot screen, download boot screens, etc.


















    We will make a new boot screen. Click on the new screen button. Click on 'Search local drives' and select your desired photo. You can select the alignment of the image, progress bar position, colour of the progress bar, etc. It will suggest a background color, you may accept the suggestion. After all your tweaking, click on 'Save Boot Screen'.











    You can view the image as it will appear while booting by clicking on the 'Show Large Preview' button. Apply the boot screen you have just made & cherish your creation next time your Windows loads! Its as simple as that.
    posted by J @ 10:18 PM   7 comments
    Change Of Plan
    Today, I mailed an officer of my Internet Service Provider to change my broadband connection plan from Home - 250 [ monthly download limit : 400 MB] to 900 UL [ no download limit! ].
    It will be a very big relief to me after the plan is activated, but, today is a Sunday so, it will take some time. I hope the plan changes at the earliest.
    posted by J @ 3:01 PM   5 comments
    Windows Media Player 11 Is Available
    Friday, May 19, 2006
    Windows Media Player 11 is available to download officially from Microsoft's website.
    The link is : http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/11/default.aspx
    You can visit this link to download WMP 11 and view more information about it.
    posted by J @ 11:47 AM   1 comments
    Windows Media Player 11 - A Review/Preview
    Sunday, May 14, 2006
    I downloaded another copy of Windows Media Player 11, this time, through a torrent from here after I downloaded a corrupt .rar file.












    The new Windows Media Player borrows from iTunes in terms of the interface to make it easy to use and un-cluttered. On the left pane navigation tree, instead of Music, Video, TV all at once like in the previous Media Player, this version incorporates Playlists, Now Playing, Library, Online Store [URGE - as default] and the Audio - CD/DVD Drive laying emphasis on Music rather than Videos etc. but these are still accessible by activating a separate menu.














    Music is organized by album art, which can be resized. Applying album art is easy. You can copy any image and paste it on the image which says 'Paste Art Here' beside any Album which dosen't have an album art. Along the top pane, WMP keeps the Now Playing, Library, Rip, Sync, and Burn buttons, but they're all split keys--the bottom halves offer contextual menus for each option which are quiet useful. There is also a prominent live-search, which means that search box workes instantaneously, narrowing results as each letter was typed, which is a welcome addition.













    I could not test the portable music devices which are compatible with Windows Media Player and labelled as PlaysForSure but it is said to have been improved. CD burning has been improved a lot. The Player also splits long playlists into divisions so that one can burn several CD's in succession.












    In conclusion, Windows Media Player has improved a lot since its last version. Oh, and one more thing, it works only on Original Windows.
    posted by J @ 8:59 PM   13 comments
    Windows Media Player 11 ....
    Windows Media Player 11 Beta is released for download and is available here.
    The version is Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 build 11.0.53558.4826 and the file size is 23.0 MB. I am downloading it, but the speed is very slow and will try to give a review / first look later on.
    posted by J @ 12:15 PM   0 comments
    Rock On!
    It is a common fact that by the end of the 20th century rock was world’s dominant form of popular music. It spread all over the English world in a small matter of time. ¬Essentially hybrid in origin rock music includes several Music Styles or genres.

    THE 1950S-BILL HALEY'N' ROCK-N-ROLL

    The first rock-n-roll record to achieve popularity was "Rock around the clock,” by Bill Haley and Comets in 1955. Haley succeeded in creating music that appealed the youth because of its exciting background-beats - an exigent call to the dance. The primary instruments of early rock 'N' roll music were guitar, piano, drums, and saxophone.

    THE LATE 50's AND EARLY 60's-ELVIS, MOTOWN

    The greatest exponent of rock n’ roll from 1956 to 1953 was Elvis Presley whose plaintive, wailing, dynamic and delivery - appealed to youngsters and horrifying the elders. At the turn of the decade, ‘Detroid’ became an important center for black singers, and a certain type of sound -known as ‘Motown’ developed. Popular exponents of this style are: Temptations, Diana-O-Ross, Gladys Knight and the Pips.

    THE LATE 60's AND EARLY

    In the 1960's music mirrored the tension of the Vietnam War era and played an important role in American Culture. The verbal contest of rock songs turned tows-_ rebellion, social protest, and increasingly drug intake. Some famous singers and groups began to experiment. They started out songs with wild instrumental freak-out, electronic smashes and screeches, unusual, eerie sounds created by loud amplification and reverb.

    THE LATE 70'sAND 80's-PUNK ROCK

    A turning point in rock music occurred in mid 1970's in the form of "Punk rock', which was responsible for the stagnation of the genre and a nihilistic political: statement. Evident in Great England, performed by such bands as the Rex's Pistols and the Clash Punk also quickly became famous in US, played by the Ramones; decked out outrageously flamboyant costumes and makeup, these bands fashioned a captaining stage show featuring smoke bombs, blood spitting and fire breathing.
    By the 1980's rock had changed considerably as Black Flag, the Dead Kennedy's. 1990

    ONWARDS - MODERN ROCK

    At this time "nu-rock" began to take popular form. It was emotionally charged mainstream rock music, guitar driven, and seasoned with pop and nu-skool punk influences.
    After existing in the musical underground, garage rock finally saw a resurgence of popularity in early 2000’s with bands like ‘The White Stripes’, ‘The Strokes’, ‘Jet’, ‘The Vines’. This wave is often referred as ‘Back To Basics Rock’. Currently, popular rock trends include ‘Eno’ or Emotional Rock patronized by bands like ‘Cold Play’, ‘’Doves’, ‘Travis’, ‘Live’, Fat Lip’, ‘Snow Patrol’, etc. Certain bands like ‘Linkin Park’ gave way also to head bursting rock music and songs.
    posted by J @ 11:18 AM   3 comments
    Creature Of The Night
    Friday, May 12, 2006
    As songbirds awaken the early risers at dawn on the farm, one
    resident is already up; in fact, he never slept – not once in the past
    33 years.


    You’d think going without sleep for that long may have its drawbacks, but not for the man in central Quang Nam province who has never been ill after decades of insomnia. His inability to sleep has not only made him famous, but also represents a “miraculous” phenomenon worthy of scientific study. Sixty-four-year-old Thai Ngoc, known as Hai Ngoc, said he could not sleep at night after
    getting a fever in 1973, and has counted infinite numbers of sheep during more than 11,700 consecutive sleepless nights.

    “I don’t know whether the insomnia has impacted my health or not. But I’m still healthy and can farm normally like others,” Ngoc said. Proving his health, the elderly resident of Que Trung commune, Que Son district said he can carry two 50kg bags of fertilizer down 4km of road to return home every day. His wife said, “My husband used to sleep well, but these days, even liquor cannot put him down.” She said when Ngoc went to Da Nang for a medical examination, doctors gave him a clean bill of health, except a minor decline in liver function. Ngoc currently lives on his 5ha farm at the foot of a mountain busy with farming and taking care of pigs and chickens all day. His six children live at their house in Que Trung. “I have tried sleeping pills and Vietnamese traditional medicine but nothing helps, even to sleep for a few minutes,” he said.

    Creature of the night

    Ngoc often does extra farm work or guards his farm at night to prevent
    theft, saying he used three months of sleepless nights to dig two large
    ponds to raise fish. Neighbor Vu said Ngoc volunteered to help beat a drum during the night and guar the house for the relatives of the dead during funeral ceremonies so
    that they could take a nap. Vu also said when the commune was planting sugar cane, several people also asked Ngoc to awaken them at midnight to go to work, since he was up
    anyway.
    On Ngoc’s prolonged insomnia, Phan Ngoc Ha, director of the Hoa Khanh Mental Hospital in Danang said sleep disorders often cause anorexia, lethargy, and irritability. But, in special cases, some people can handle it and still live and work normally, although this was a very small ratio among insomniacs, Ha added.

    Source

    posted by J @ 4:26 PM   0 comments
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    posted by J @ 3:17 PM   1 comments
    Studies Will Fail You
    Friday, May 05, 2006
    Let :
    Study = No Fail         ------- eq. I
    No Study = Fail         ------- eq. II

    On adding eq. I & II we get :
    Study + No Study = Fail + No Fail
    Study (1 + No) = Fail (1 + No)
    Therefore, Study = Fail.

    Hence, proved that if you study, you will fail!


    posted by J @ 12:31 PM   4 comments
    Typorganism
    Monday, May 01, 2006
    This is an intresting link I came across while browsing :
    http://www.typorganism.com/asciiomatic/
    What it does is, it displays any photo of 60 * 50 pixles in ASCII characters so that you can still see the photo. It works best with potraits.
    posted by J @ 8:33 PM   0 comments
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