Nothing Fancy


Give me 15,000 Take Back Half Million!

I am sure you might have come across some person who would have asked you ” what are you doing nowadays ” & you would have replied casually ” Nothing Much – Same Old work ” . Then the guy would have told about some fancy business that he is doing & few of his friend have bought a car from it. All you have to do is join it & u will start getting returns 😀 

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In The News

Bin Laden’s voice was detected regularly until [14 December 2001] by intelligence operatives monitoring radio transmissions in Tora Bora, according to the Pentagon [details]. Since then, nothing has been heard from the al-Qa’eda leader and President Bush has hinted in private that bin Laden’s silence could mean he has been killed. [Telegraph, 12/28/2001]

With an ego the size of Mount Everest, Osama bin Laden would not have, could not have, remained silent for so long if he were still alive. He always liked to take credit even for things he had nothing to do with. Would he remain silent for nine months and not trumpet his own survival? [New York Times. July 11, 2002]

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A story that would touch anyone’s heart — Rohan Rathore, an IIT-Guwahati student, loved a girl named supriya who didn’t reciprocate his feelings. He composed a heart-wrenching number for her and died of cancer 15 days later. The song, titled Emptiness, became a rage online, with around 15 lakh views and eight dedicated Facebook groups with thousands of fans.

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Gajendra Verma Verma will be releasing the complete album

” Emptiness” with six songs next month.

Phir Suna Emptiness


Facebook privacy policies keep going down the drain. That’s enough reason for many to abandon it. Here you will find three more:

After some reflection, I’ve decided to delete my account on Facebook. I’d like to encourage you to do the same. This is part altruism and part selfish. The altruism part is that I think Facebook, as a company, is unethical. The selfish part is that I’d like my own social network to migrate away from Facebook so that I’m not missing anything.

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Microsoft’s Monopoly


“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Increasingly, computers are expected to be useful tools in our children’s education. But today, most children whose education involves computers are being taught to use one company’s product: Microsoft’s

The education of children represents a major revenue stream for Microsoft, and a strategic opportunity to embed their products into the lives of future adults. By enticing schools to teach their students using Windows and associated software, Microsoft can also make parents feel obliged to provide the same software at home. Where else do we see one corporation able to put their marketing and corporate branded materials in front of children as requirements in this way?

Many US states even boast about how they are cooperating with Microsoft, either ignoring or not understanding the corrupting influence that accepting freebies from this huge corporation has on their government. Because Microsoft’s software is proprietary, it is incompatible with education — users are simply passive consumers in their interactions with Windows, they are legally forbidden from adapting the software to solve a particular problem, or from satisfying an intellectual curiosity by examining its source code. An education using the power of computers should be a means to freedom and empowerment, not an avenue for one corporation to instill its monopoly through indoctrination.

Free software, on the other hand, gives children a route to empowerment, by encouraging them to explore and learn. Nowhere was the promise of an educational platform using free software more significant than the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. Launched by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte in 2003, OLPC was designed to lead children around the world to an advanced education using the combination of information technology and freedom. The project aimed to produce low-cost devices (starting with one called the XO) so that millions of children could have access to them, and free software, so they would have the critical freedoms to explore and share their software.

Then under pressure from Microsoft, Negroponte backed the project away from its commitment to freedom and announced that the machine would also be a platform for running the nonfree Windows XP operating system.

Microsoft is not the only threat to education — Adobe and Apple are both firmly placed in education, even on Windows. Adobe’s proprietary Flash and Shockwave players and Apple’s QuickTime and iTunes are widely used by educational software.

Microsoft is now targeting governments who are purchasing XOs, in an attempt to get them to replace the free software with Windows. It remains to be seen to what degree Microsoft will succeed. But with all of this pressure, Microsoft has harmed a project that has distributed more than 1 million laptops running free software, and has taken aim at the low-cost platform as a way to make poor children around the world dependent on its products. The OLPC threatens to become another example of the way Microsoft convinces governments around the world that an education involving computers must be synonymous with an education using Windows. In order to prevent this, it is vital that we work to raise global awareness of the harm Microsoft’s involvement does to our children’s education. A great way to do this is by downloading Sugar and helping a child in your local area experience free software.

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Neat Photoshop


lone ranger, originally uploaded by Disoriented Tracer.

I was just surfing my friend’s Flickr Photostream and came across this one.

The first thing that came into my mind was…

” Neat Photography ” or  ” Neat Photoshop”

-Saurabh

 

UPDATE:

This was Not Photoshop 🙂 As Tracer told me this was his skilfull hands which made this magic. A Wonderful Photographer indeed.

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