Sunday, September 30, 2007

GRE Reading comprehension questions

Hi guys,
The toughest part in GRE verbal is the reading comprehension questions. i guess most ppl will agree wit me on this. Dull, boring and complex passages which would make u fell dizzy are those which appear in gre.The sad part, even after reading these passages scrupulously, is that u ve questions which takes a lot of deliberation and thorough understanding of the passage to be answered , which takes quite a lot of time.without sufficient preparation u ll be finding it really hard to crack these questions in the exam. i am enclosing a set of documents with practice passages, questions and explainatory answers. hope u find this useful.


for october questions:

CAT 1999 question paper

Hi guys,
i believe cat fever would ve hit its peak by now and most of u guys would be immersed in serious and intense prepartion.The previous year papers will help u in identifying the trend.Moreover we do ve questions tat repeat in CAT. This paper ll certainly give a piece of wat tat is in store for u this year.Please leave ur comments for more materials.

CAT 1999 paper with solutions

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Hi guys,
After intense research , i ve found out a few questions that have appeared in the gre tests during the course of this month.These questions are not fallacious. I have found out these questions by thorough investigation, following the footsteps of my close friend praveen and i can garuntee that these are very much genuine. But i cannot put my money on these questions to repeat, but i am sure these will give u an idea of what you can expect. Practice makes u better. ALL THE BEST.

1. archipelago:islands::

(a) arbor:bower
(b) garden:flower
(c) mountain:valley
(d) sand:dune
(e) constellation:star

2. moderator:debate ::

(a) legislator:election
(b) chef:banquet
(c) auditor:lecture
(d) conspirator:plot
(e) umpire:game

3. celerity:snail ::

(a) indolence:sloth
(b) cunning:weasel
(c) curiosity:cat
(d) humility:peacock
(e) obstinacy:mule

4. marathon:stamina ::

(a) relay:independence
(b) hurdle:perseverance
(c) sprint:celerity
(d) job:weariness
(e) ramble:directness

(A) election: voter
(B) anthology: poet
(C) cast: actor
(D) orchestra: composer
(E) convention: speaker

(A) absolute: variability
(B) candid: openness
(C) certain: regularity
(D) relaxed: diligence
(E) sincere: hesitancy

7. From slapstick to satire, tragedy to farce, the theater in early modern Europe took ---- forms.

A bifurcated
B multifarious
C dissipated
D dissonant
E comedic

8. After years of rapid ----, Atlanta has the longest commutes in the nation and air so polluted that the federal government has threatened to ---- highway funds.

A expansion . . withhold
B deterioration . . cut
C growth . . supplement
D decline . . double
E development . . augment

9. The Sociologist responded to the charge that her new theory was - by pointing out that it did not in fact contradict accepted sociological principles.

1. unproven
2. banal
3. superficial
4. complex
5. heretical

10. Ironically, the party leaders encountered no greater - their efforts to build as Progressive Party than the - of the progressive already elected to the legislature.

1. obstacle to - resistance
2. support for - advocacy
3. praise for - reputation
4. threat to - promise
5. benefit - success

11. Human reaction to the realm of though is often as strong as that to sensible presences; our higher moral life is based on the fact that - sensations actually present may have a weaker influence on our action than do ideas of - facts.
1. emotional - impersonal
2. familiar : symbolic
3. disturbing - ordinary
4. material - remote
5. defenitive - controvoisial.


A diffident
B gregarious
C egregious
D facetious
E overbearing


A arrogant
B divisive
C creative
D indecisive
E unsentimental


A clandestine
B overt
C covert
D stealthy
E rife

15. Superficial
(a) profound
(b) exaggerated
(c) subjective
(d) spirited

16. Obviate
(a) becloud
(b) necessitate
(c) rationalize
(d) execute


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Disclosure Policy

I accept compensation for a few of my posts. I write honest reviews based on my findings.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

GRE BIBLE and Kaplan verbal workbook

hi guys,
in this post i am enclosing the GRE BIBLE software which has a series of individual verbal and quants tests as well full length tests. It also includes preparation materials for verbal, quants and anaytical wrting. This software is a must for any gre test taker who wishes to prepare diligently and excel in the test.


Click here for more gre materials:

Sunday, September 16, 2007


hi guys,
Here are the practice tests released by princeton itself. The software includes four tests which exactly simulates the actual gre test. I found this really useful. I am also enclosing a pdf file which has a list of words sorted out from barrons. Keep checking my blog for daily updates.
BARRONS Wordlists

chk my friends blog for questions that have appeared in gre tests during september and august 2007:

Saturday, September 15, 2007


hi guys,
though the cat is totally unpredictable, wat i ve found from the analysis of previous yr papers is that cat too is following a trend when it comes to the no of questions. There has been a steady decline in the no questions suggesting that more importance is being given to accuracy and thoroughness in all the topics. So i feel there is a lot that we can learn from the previous year papers which ll definitely help us with this yrs test. I am going to post the 2006 paper today along with the key.i ll be updating my blog daily with fresh papers and all other stuffs which ll help us crack the cat. so keep checking my blog daily.


Friday, September 14, 2007


hi guys,
i guess the cat fever is growing everywhere and with less than seventy days most of the cat aspirants would be going through immense preparation. i am one amoung u ppl aspiring to get into one of the top management institutions in our country. I ve collected loads of materials and mock tests including CAT question papers. I am going to publish the rapidshare links of the files that i ve uploaded, in my blog. make the best use of them. I ll be updating my blog frequently, so be on the look out for more tests and materials.please leave ur comments so that i can serve u better.

GRE update

hi guys,
As i promised yesterday , i am here giving u the rapidshare link of one more sample test which i have uploaded.These tests follow the adaptive type question pattern as in the real test and are of highest standards. I am sure these practice tests would be of great help to those ppl whose test dates are imminent. The more you practice the better u become. one more thing guys many of them are having a torrid time this month . So be prepared to face the challenge. Practice more.check out my blog for daily updates for more practice tests and preparation materials.Please leave back ur comments in case u want any info regarding GRE or any particular study material.
GRE Big Book word list


Thursday, September 13, 2007

GRE practice tests

Hi guys,
I took the test last month and i got a modest score of 1390. I was thorough with the barrons wordlists. My success can be attributed to the enumerous practice tests which i had taken, that helped me get acquainted with the question types in Gre verbal. Here am i posting the various materials and tests which i had amassed . I am sure everyone ll be benefitted by these materials. I am going to post one stuff a day. So keep checking my blog for daiy updates. Please leave ur comments in case u find this useful. And guys incase u wish to return a favor for my magnanimity, cick on the ads appearing in my blog and help me earn.
My friend is doing an excellent job of consolidating most the questions appearing in the gre tests during the course of this year, month wise. Check his blog too.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Kamal Rajni and mani ratnam join hands

There is a big buzz going around kollywood and movie fanatics here are agog because Kamal and Superstar Rajni are likely to share the screen in a mani ratnam film.All this speculation arised after Rajni and maniratnam met twice in recent times , once at kamal's residence and again at Ragavendra kalyana mandapam which is owned by the superstar himself. It is also believed that the movie is going to be produced under kamal's banners. The two moguls of tamil film industry are going to work together after thier 1977 blockbuster 'Pathinaru Vayathinile'. ManiRatnam has worked with both kamal and rajni and the two movies were mega hits. I am very eager, like many other movie maniacs to see this awesome threesome in action.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

india all out for 187

india succumb to a modest total of 189. dhoni was the pick of the indian batsmen with a half century which enabled india to reach this score. James Anderson was hostile from the start and he was englands best bowler. Dmitri Mascarenhas bowled a miserly spell and chipped in with three wickets.

yet another Indian collapse in a final...

After a nail biting win in de previous odi at the oval , the two teams india and england were all set to face the music in the final game being played at a historical venue-The Lords.. India struggled from the start wit ganguly looking wary. Sachin looked to continue his usual form and seemed to be set for a big score. india lost the wicket of ganguly around the sixth over. then there was a brief partnership between sachin and gambhir ..after the fall of gambhir wit the score on 50 england managed to strike two major blows (dravid n sachin) with the help of the umpire's poor decision. india looked to consolidate through robin uthappa n yuvraj singh.. but after a brief partnership between the two , a lapse of concentration made uthappa go wild at a slower ball from dmitri mascharranes and was caught at mid off .. then it was yuvraj's turn to take the long walk to the pavillion.. Now India are in a diasasterous situation at 169/9 of 45 overs.. I hope Dhoni takes india to a decent total by the end of 50 overs.

Friday, September 7, 2007

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In The Year 2525- song 4m the 60's

Great song from the 60's... just wanted to share it with you...

In The Year 2525 - Zager and Evans :

In the year 2525
If man is still alive.
If woman can survive, they may find.

In the year 3535
Ain't gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lies.
Everything you think, do and say, is in the pill you took today.

In the year 4545
Ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes.
You won't find a thing to chew.
Nobody's gonna look at you.

In the year 5555
Your arms hanging limp at your sides.
Your legs got nothing to do.
Some machine doing that for you.

In the year 6565
Ain't gonna need no husband, won't need no wife.
You'll pick your son, pick your daughter too.
From the bottom of a long glass tube. Whoa-oh

In the year 7510
If God's a-comin, he oughta make it by then.
Maybe he'll look around himself and say.
Guess it's time for the judgment day.

In the year 8510
God is gonna shake his mighty head.
He'll either say.I'm pleased where man has been.
Or tear it down and start again. Whoa-oh

In the year 9595
I'm kinda wonderin if man is gonna be alive.
He's taken everything this old Earth can give.
And he ain't put back nothing.Whoa-oh

Now it's been ten thousand years
Man has cried a billion tears.
For what he never knew,
now man's reign is through.

But through eternal night.
The twinkling of starlight.
So very far away.
Maybe it's only yesterday.

In the year 2525
If man is still alive.
If woman can survive, they may find.

In the year 3535 {fade}

Brain training

Hey, i'm planning to try this thing called 'Brainflex' and was wondering if anyone know anything about this.

content from external source:

Brain Flex is an experimental (and free) composition of brain wave frequencies designed to perform the following:
If you are in a stuck, negative or unproductive state it can lead you someplace else.
If you are already feeling good, it can make you feel even better.
If you’d just like to exercise your mind, running it through a series of state changes by altering its external stimulation in unpredictable ways, it can do this too.
for further details chk dis link

Here's the link:

Has anyone tried this before? It seems it has some postive advantages. I'm just wondering if there's any negative side effects to this. Any advice on this brain training or others would be nice, thanks...

My wierd dream last nite

Alot of my dreams are very vague and most of the time meaningless, about quotidian things that have no real importance. This time, it was different, and some things stayed with me, and felt like it carried some weight, and very symbolic in nature. Personally i have no clue what i saw and what it means, and i cant share more than i tell you now.

In this dream it seemed clearer than normal, i walked out of my living room into my back yard and was scanning the nightsky, like i usually do when it's late. When i looked toward the left side... I saw three crescent moons in a triangular formation in the air, accompanied by a large black planet (No idea what it was) to the right of these moons. I soon called in my father who was in the dream, and was just as amazed as i was. As this (totally) black planet got closer and closer, it had multiple outside layers/glow around it in a strange gray/silver color. We panicked, and in the last seconds, this glow expanded to engulf the entire night sky. No second later i was hit by a strong pulse, almost like being hit by a strong burst of air, in any case, it vibrated.

Then it was over. When i woke up, i was reminded of several things that might have a relation to this dream, UFO's, Niburu, and a black hole. I have absolutely no confirmation of what time or what day it was in the dream, so maybe it was just as random as any other dream. That i dont know, just thought i would give you a heads-up, because the entire thing felt very strange to me.

Windows Vista SP1 vs. Windows XP SP3

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows XP Service Pack 3 will have close release dates in 2008. And in this context, with the proximity of the refreshes for Vista and XP, Microsoft of course has chosen to emphasize Vista SP1 while pushing XP SP3 to the background. This is undoubtedly the right move for the Redmond company, although it could turn up to prove quite a gambit, in terms of prioritizing its latest Windows platform over the ubiquitous XP operating system. But what is the right strategy for Windows users? The choices are obvious. Either stick with Windows XP, wait for the third service pack and ride the operating system for all it’s got until Windows 7 (Seven), Vista's successor will drop in 2010, or switch to Microsoft's latest platform.

Microsoft revealed that in the first six months of Vista availability, from the end of January and until the beginning of August, it shipped 60 million licenses. Shipped does by no means equal sold, but the two concepts are bound to become synonymous at a certain point. According to statistics from Market Share by Net Applications, Windows Vista accounted for 6.26% of the operating system market at the end of August. Internet metrics company OneStat delivered a different perspective and stated that the global usage share of Vista was just 3.23% in July. These statistics leave approximately from 80% of XP users (according to Market Share) hanging in the balance between switching to Vista for the sake of SP1, or hold in tight with XP until SP3 and beyond, waiting for Windows 7.

Microsoft currently plans to make Vista SP1 available in the first quarter of 2008 and although the company has not confirmed the actual period, users should expect the refresh after Windows Server 2008 will be released to manufacturing and even launched at the end of February in the coming year. Windows XP SP3 is scheduled to drop after Vista SP1 in the first half of 2008 and will be the last service pack introduced for the operating system launched at the end of 2001. Vista SP1 and XP SP3 are valid options for the vast majority of Windows users.

As far as home users are concerned the issue of choosing between the two service packs, and ultimately between Vista and XP is based on personal sentiments. Microsoft's Wow has failed to convince the mass of XP users to migrate to Vista. In this regard Vista SP1 does provide a strong incentive, but will it be sufficient to dislodge an operating system that has had almost six years to dig in its roots? Additionally, the timing of XP SP3 could not be worse for Vista adoption and it will reverberate and impact the uptake of the company's latest operating system. But the bottom line is that SP3 will in no manner be a repeat of SP2 delivered in 2004. XP SP3 will bring no new functionality to the table, according to the latest reports, it will not even deliver Internet Explorer 7. End-users that want a Windows evolution will have to move to Vista or stick it out until 2010. But three years is an awful lot of time...

When it comes down to corporate users, Microsoft, through the voice of Brandon LeBlanc, suggested that: "Organizations do not need to wait for SP1 to deploy Windows Vista; they are encouraged to begin their Windows Vista evaluation and deployment now. Organizations currently evaluating and deploying Windows Vista should continue their evaluation, pilot programs, and deployment on the initial ("Gold") Windows Vista release. Organizations just starting to evaluate Windows Vista should plan a pilot program. Organizations waiting for Windows Vista SP1 should start their compatibility testing on the gold release of Windows Vista now, and then begin their evaluation and pilot programs on the release candidate of Windows Vista SP1 when it is released."

Analyst firm Gartner seems to agree with Microsoft on the issue of migrating to Vista ahead of SP1. Michael A. Silver, Gartner Research VP, revealed that Vista SP1 is important in the context of corporate environments, but that it will not deliver the same impact as former Windows service packs. Silver associated the loss of SP relevance as an immediate result of the infrastructure built with Windows Update, Microsoft Update and Automatic Update.

"Many organizations wait until the first SP ships before they test and plan deployment of a client operating system. Furthermore, many organizations have highly complex PC environments and would not be ready to deploy Vista before 2H08, so SP1 will not be in the critical path for them. However, there are some advantages to skipping the release to manufacturing (RTM) version and adopting SP1. The biggest is that Microsoft will only support the prior SP for 12 to 24 months after the next SP ships (in this case, 24 months). So if SP1 ships in 1Q08, the original Vista release (which would be SP0) will only be supported (with security patches, for example) until 1Q10. Another advantage: Users who deploy SP1 to begin with eliminate the need to test and support an extra service level," Silver explained.

Migrating to Windows Vista ahead of SP1 means also planning and deploying the service pack once it becomes available. This of course translates to extra costs. However, by pushing Vista deployment to late 2008, corporate users can bundle the two into a single deployment process. Organizations will have to manage almost another year without Vista and avoid deploying SP3 for XP, in order to move directly to Windows Vista SP1. There is also the possibility of waiting until Windows 7, but such a scenario implies that Vista's successor will be deployed no earlier than 2011. Not really an option.

Either way Silver offered the following advices: "organizations that expect to be running any XP in mid-2010 should plan to test and deploy SP3. It should be significantly less work than testing and deploying SP2. Organizations should integrate SP1 into their testing, piloting and deployment plans, but they should not significantly delay Windows Vista deployment on new PCs by waiting for SP1. If shifting a PC deployment a few weeks would allow deployment of Vista, do it, but don't bring in new PCs on Windows XP instead — it will be easier to upgrade a Vista PC to SP1 than an XP PC to Vista. If shifting a PC deployment a few weeks would allow deployment of SP1, do it."

Thursday, September 6, 2007

my first poem

The Dreams which You have To Desire
Are all those for which I aspire
The Pettels of the Rose
Just tell me You are the house of love
A Love which Undying Defines me
It completes me It Reminds me
It makes me realise what I am
Its a feeling I have never felt
And It Makes my heart melt
The Way in which You smile
You are the one who will walk a mile
With me together We will Conquer!
For Us Awaits a Journey to be Started
A Journey Which Will Define the Ethics
Ethics of Pure Love Carved in Ivory
Which Even the Gods Will crave for!
For You are............. The one whome I love
And whome this heart feels as One
You are the one who makes me leap into the sky
in hopes to fly Even I fail I do Leap Its because of you
Because you are the dream A Dream Unconquered
You are immortal Not a Human being Your soul is
A Beauty in itself Its Not Mixed with Lust,Hatred Pride
its Blended in Gold And Heavenly Jewels!
They Find themselves Honoured to be crafted on thy crown
For thee are Life In a human form!
A Miracle Waiting to be unleashed A Miracle which may sense
as a Normal Thing for the outside world but for this Cold Hearted
Human Being You are God, You are Life
For thee is whome I live for For whome I will die
For thee is whome I would Love all my life!

Pill-sized robot tests tumours in body

Scientists have developed a pill-sized robot that can travel inside
your body, can find if you have any tumours and transmit the
findings back to a computer.
After being swallowed, the robot passes through the body
naturally, reported the online edition of Daily Mail. The miniature
video camera fitted with the device can capture around 40,000
images of the intestines.
The extraordinary invention by Alex Zivanovic of Imperial College,
London, and other researchers, it is funded by the European Union
to the tune of around 1.8 million pounds ($3.5 million).

Im sure this been posted before so dont flame me. Just want more people to see it.

Im sure this been posted before so dont flame me. Just want more people to see it.

1 - Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
2 - Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
3 - There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
4 - The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
5 - A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes
6 - There are more chickens than people in the world.
7 - The longest one-syllable word in the English language is”screeched.”
8 - On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
9 - All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.
10 - No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
11 - “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
12 - Almonds are a member of the peach family.
13 - There are only 4 words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
14 - A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
15 - An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
16 - Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
17 - In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
18 - Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
19 - The characters Bert & Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “It’s a WonderfulLife.”
20 - A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
21 - A goldfish has a memory span of 3 seconds.
22 - It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
23 - The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
24 - In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
25 - The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
26 - The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
27 - There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
28 - The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.
29 - A cockroach can live nine days without its head before it starves to death.
30 - A polar bear’s skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.
31 - Elvis had a twin brother named Aaron, who died at birth,which is why
Elvis’ middle name was spelled Aron: in honor of his brother. It is also
misspelled on his tomb stone.
32 - Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.
33 - More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane
crashes. (Not any more!)
34 - Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
35 - Shakespeare invented the words “assassination” and “bump.”
36 - Marilyn Monroe had 6 toes on one foot.
37 - If you keep a goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.
38 - Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
39 - Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
40 - The sentence “the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English language .
41 - The names of the continents all end with the same letter with which they start.
42 - TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
43 - The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.
44 - A snail can sleep for 3 years.
45 - American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class
46 - The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
47 - Vatican City is the smallest country in the world with a population of 1,000 and a size of 108.7 acres.
48 - “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
49 - No president of the United states was an only child.

And last and definitely most important:
50 - The average chocolate bar has 8 insects’ legs in it. (i really
needed to know that!!)

Dhanuka Pathirana- a dream knock

An absolutely astonishing , a simply miraculous event happened yesterday. we had the 25 yr old Sri lankan A player Dhanuka Parinitha Score a swashbuckling knock of 277 runs in just 72 balls marked by 29 huge sixes and 18 fours in a twenty20 game match that took place in london. The youngster describes his breathtaking knock as a dream. With the twenty20 world cup nearing this fantastic, out of the world unimaginable knock of his would add a lot curiousity to this short fast paced, exciting version of cricket.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


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Monday, September 3, 2007

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BREAKING! The BEST Anti-Virus!!!

Enlarge pictureBitDefender has just been tested by security experts and it detected 99.51% of malware! This is a huge percent, these guys are getting close to perfection! Way to go, BitDefender!
I still cannot believe it, they were close to 100% and they were tested by Germany's AV-test, so this is great. The other 29 anti-viruses participating at this test bit the dust, as the program`s innovative B-HAVE module came into place.

"We are very pleased with the results of this test and will strive to continue leading the pack among top antivirus vendors," commented Bogdan Dumitru, BitDefender’s chief technology officer. "AV-Test’s results demonstrate BitDefender’s ongoing commitment to providing home and SMB users with solutions that offer the absolute highest levels of malware protection. The timing of these results is ideal, as it shows the level of protection now available in BitDefender 2008, our newest line of security solutions."

And what I can say for sure is that this was no easy task for BitDefender, as the test included about 1 million threats (from the last 6 months). I've seen a lot of anti-virus representatives ranting about how their software is the best and all that, but you were still vulnerable to a lot of viruses even with it installed. But in this case, it's not the vendors who stated it's great, but the German testing squad, so this is something you can rely on!
I remember when I first encountered BitDefender software on a computer, I was a bit annoyed by that Murphy character and didn't like it too much, but that was about 4 years ago. Now, BitDefender is a leading global provider of security solutions and all I can do is congratulate them on their performances! And just in case you forgot – it took down 99.51% of malware!

SanDisk Ups the Ante, Launches 4GB SDHC Plus and 8GB Memory Stick Pro Duo Cards

As it considers itself to be the world's largest manufacturer of flash data storage card products, SanDisk has to constantly live up to its name and launch upgraded products that will answer the consumer's demands for increasingly higher data storage capacities. And that's exactly what the company seems to be doing, as it has just launched at IFA 2007 two important upgrades to its high-performance Ultra II line of memory cards, namely the 4GB SDHC Plus and the 8GB Memory Stick PRO Duo models.

According to the company's statement, both cards offer fast read and write speeds, of 10MB/sec, thus reducing the waiting time between camera shots and the download time when transferring photos and video to a computer. However, since these features could be considered normal for a company with SanDisk's reputation, they've also added a little extra to the mix.

Thus, the 4GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC Plus card also offers both SD and USB functionality in one design, since it features SanDisk’s proprietary Hinge Lock technology, which allows the card to be inserted into a USB port on any computer. This two-in-one SD-plus-USB feature eliminates the need to carry cables or card readers to transfer photos and videos from cameras or camcorders and even if the card might seem a little frail, the truth of the matter is that it has survived more than 10,000 open-close cycles in SanDisk’s durability testing

"With video recording becoming a standard feature on digital still cameras, memory cards need more capacity and speed to capture not only high-quality photos, but also video" said Susan Park, senior product marketing manger for SanDisk Ultra II cards. "Our SanDisk Ultra II line of high-capacity memory cards provides increased storage and speed to meet the growing demands of digital photography, so consumers can capture, preserve, and relive their most precious moments."

Both cards are supposed to hit the shelves worldwide sometime in October, but their estimated price tags won't be exactly cheap, as the 4GB SanDisk Ultra II SDHC Plus has a MSRP of around 80 US dollars, while the 8GB SanDisk Ultra II Memory Stick PRO Duo will retail for around 160 US dollars.

Rihanna Is a Lot Smarter Than She Looks - Apparently

Just have a look at beautiful Rihanna on the cover of Peach magazine– and say no more. This girl seems to move on through the music world with ease and grace and common sense – and I'm sure everyone agrees she would definitely make for a nice model if her time wasn't taken up by singing, looking totally hot and making silly blunders about Britain not being part of Europe.

But who cares about that? Right. Most of us simply want her to keep singing and keep taking as many of those clothes off. Or something along those lines. But we haven't spent too much time asking ourselves what more there is to her other than singing and looking pretty - and by the looks of her latest interview, there's quite a big part of Rihanna about which we don't have a clue.

Like for example the fact that her relationship with her father is a very strained one. We have to remember here that on previous interviews she has touched upon the fact that her father was a drug addict. He has eventually beaten his addiction, but his love for cocaine and the arguments that shook her family as she was growing up left her struggling to trust the people around her.

"I am actually embarrassed by that" Rihanna says when asked about her relationship with her father. "I don’t like speaking about it because I am not proud of it. But it is something that helped make me who I am today. Now people know that I am not perfect and that I had real conflicts. My dad is not pleased, because he is embarrassed. We still have not sat and had a conversation about it".

Also, when it comes to speaking about her past image Rihanna admits that she had to lead a constant struggle against her initial marketing team, which she eventually fired. "I felt like my girlie image was boring and contrived and generic. I was so restricted. I could not wear red lipstick. If I did I would get cursed out by my marketing person. I did a big performance on an awards show and I won some awards and [was happy] , but as soon as I got off the plane, I got the nastiest email from her about [my looks]. I then realized she was not treating me like a human being so I cut her off". Good for you, girl – although that does require some serious guts.

But now she has Ne-Yo, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland on her team, writing her songs and giving her good advice. Like she has stated on other occasions, Rihanna is well aware that she is a role model for many people out there. "I'm very aware of the impact I have on people's lives", she insists, "so I only wanna make positive ones. Why not help? Be that example they can follow".

And having seen what drugs can do to a family, she won't be doing a Britney on us. "I can't understand how people let it get that far, and in control of them. To me, you have to have control". Better hope she means that – because we sure want to see her around for a very long time from now on.

Cricinfo live scores on google

Cricinfo is now supplying live scores to google, so google users in key cricket markets can now get live scores as they search.

The score of the current match will come up at the top of your search results if you search on various key cricket and world cup related terms.

Additionally, you can add a live scores gadget to your personalised google homepage.

Abdul Kalam's final speech as president

Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our
Achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success
Stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
We are the first in milk production.
We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.
Look at Dr. Sudarshan , he has transferred the tribal village into a
Self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such achievements
But our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters. I
Was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the
After a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The
Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a
Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid
And a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The
Gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the
Newspaper, buried among other news.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. Why are we so
NEGATIVE? Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign
Things? We want foreign T. Vs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign

Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that
Self-respect comes with self-reliance? I was in Hyderabad giving this
When a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal
In life is. She replied: I want to live in a developed India . For her,
You and I will have to build this developed India . You must proclaim. India
Is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed nation. Do you
Have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a vengeance.

Got 10 minutes for your country? If yes, then read; otherwise, choice is
YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are a joke,
The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.

YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?
Take a person on his way to Singapore . Give him a name - YOURS. Give him a
Face - YOURS. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International
Best. In Singapore you don't throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in
The stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are. You pay
$5 (approx. Rs. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim
Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU come back to the parking
Lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or
A shopping mall irrespective of your status identity... In Singapore you
Don't say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn't dare to eat in public during
Ramadan, in Dubai . YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered
In Jeddah . YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange
In London at 10 pounds ( Rs.650) a month to, 'see to it that my STD and ISD
Calls are billed to someone else.'YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph
(88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop,
'Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so's son.
Take your two bucks and get lost.' YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell
Anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New
Zealand .
Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo ? Why don't YOU use
Examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston ??? We are still
Talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system
In other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and
cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an
involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the
same here in India ?

Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of Bombay , Mr.
Tinaikar , had a point to make. 'Rich people's dogs are walked on the
streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place,' he said. 'And
then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the
authorities for inefficiency and dirty pavements. What do they expect the
officers to do? Go down with a broom every time their dog feels the pressure
in his bowels?
In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job.
Same in Japan . Will the Indian citizen do that here?' He's right. We go to
the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility.
We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do
everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We expect the
government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all
over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper
and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms
but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and
toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.
This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to
the public. When it comes to burning social issues like those related to
women, dowry, girl child! and others, we make loud drawing room
protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse? 'It's the
whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my
sons' rights to a dowry.' So who's going to change the system?
What does a system consist of ? Very conveniently for us it consists of our
neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the
government. But definitely not me and YOU. When it comes to us actually
making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with
our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far
away and wait for a Mr.Clean to come along & work miracles for us with a
majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.
Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their
glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to
England . When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out
to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and
brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape
the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is
mortgaged to money.

Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great
deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too.... I am echoing J. F.
Kennedy 's words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians.....


Lets do what India needs from us.

Thank you,

Dr. Abdul Kalaam

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Learn from flowers

Reader Gerson Luiz tells the story of a rose that longed for the company of the bees, but none would come to her. Even so, the flower was still capable of dreaming. When she felt all alone, she would imagine a garden filled with bees that came to kiss her. And so she managed to resist until the next day, when she opened her petals again.

"Aren’t you tired?" someone must have asked her.

"No. I have to go on fighting," answered the flower.


"Because if I don’t open up, I wither."

The Lotus

Buddha gathered his disciples and showed them a lotus flower: "I want you to tell me something about what I hold in my hand."

The first gave a whole treaty on the importance of flowers. The second composed a lovely poem about its petals. The third invented a parable using the flower as an example.

Now it was Mahakashyap’s turn. He came up to Buddha, smelt the flower, and caressed his face with one of the petals.

"This is a lotus flower," said Mahakashyap. "Simple, like everything that comes from God. And beautiful, like everything that comes from God."

"You were the only one who saw what I hold in my hand," was Buddha’s comment.

A wise man

For days the couple travelled almost without speaking. Finally, they arrived in the middle of the forest, and found the wise man.

"My companion said almost nothing to me during the whole journey," said the young man.

"A love without silence is a love without depth," answered the wise man.

"But she didn’t even say that she loved me!"

"Some people always claim that. And we end up wondering if their words are true."

The three of them sat down on a rock. The wise man pointed to the field of flowers all around them: "Nature isn’t always repeating that God loves us. But we realise that through His flowers."

Meeting God

The woman was strolling through a shopping mall when she noticed a poster announcing a new flower shop. When she went in, she got a shock; she saw no vases, no arrangements, and it was God in person who stood behind the counter.

"You can ask for whatever you want," said God.

"I want to be happy. I want peace, money, the capacity to be understood. I want to go to heaven when I die. And I want all this to be granted to my friends too."

God opened a few pots that were on the shelf behind him, removed some grains from inside, and handed them to the woman.

"Here you have the seeds," He said. "Begin to plant them, because here we don’t sell the fruits."

Bush’s drivel on Iraq

It ill behoves an administration led by two who assiduously avoided the Vietnam War to lecture the nation now on the lessons of its consequences. President George W. Bush said last week that those who succumbed to calls to end the war would be responsible for the same tragedies that the end of Indochina wars unleashed.

"Will today’s generation of Americans resist the allure of retreat?" he asked. Or will we bug out and leave Iraq to Khmer Rouge-like horrors?

For those of us who spent some years in Indochina, living through that drawn-out catastrophe, there are indeed parallels with today. The President’s rousing claim that "a free Iraq" is within our reach is the same drivel as was the "light at the end of the tunnel" to a previous generation.

Robert McNamara, the Donald Rumsfeld of the Vietnam War, admitted, even tearfully, years afterward that we had little business sending soldiers to die in a country where we knew so little about its culture or history. Of course there were knowledgeable people who tried to tell McNamara, but, like Rumsfeld, he had his own illusions of American military capability, and didn’t want to hear anything that ran counter to his preconceived conceptions.

There are parallels in the arrogance and hubris of those whom David Halberstam called the "best and the brightest," the men President Lydon B. Johnson inherited from John Kennedy — smart to a fault and, like Paul Wolfowitz and his soulmates, totally wrong. There are parallels in the corrupt and ineffectual leaders that America tried to prop up in Saigon, then, and in Baghdad today. In the end they were always handicapped by being seen as lackeys to a foreign power.

Nationalism and patriotism, two powerful forces in Indochina as they are in Iraq today, always favoured the other side. The US presence, and the destruction that is the natural business of foreign armies, could always create more recruits for the other side than we could kill.

The calls in Congress, and by presidential hopefuls, to dump Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, because he is following his own interests instead of the interests of the United States, reminds me of the efforts to unseat President Ngo Dinh Diem in Vietnam. At first, Washington had praised Diem to the skies, but when he didn’t do things our way he had to go. Our efforts succeeded. He was murdered in a coup, but neither the war nor the political situation improved for us.

There are parallels in the ability of US troops to clear, hold, and build in any given area for a while, but the moment the Americans are gone the other side moves back in. In most cases the other side was never absent — just lying low.

I was amazed after the Henry Kissinger-negotiated ceasefire in Vietnam, when I travelled in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam, that areas we had considered to be safely on our side raised the Viet Cong flag. All the schools we had built, the hospitals, the roads we had used as benchmarks of our success meant nothing.

We can win every battle and yet lose the war. Does anyone really think that we have really won the hearts and minds of Falluja, just because things are comparatively quiet there now?

The President is right that many of us underestimated the consequences of our failure in Indochina, and the consequences of our failure in Iraq will be much worse for us geopolitically and strategically.

But the horror of Cambodia was the result of war, not our leaving it. When societies are torn asunder under the stress of war, dark forces — like diseases when the immune system fails — come to the fore. The Khmer Rouge would never have come to power if the war had not come to Cambodia, any more than Mao would have come to power in China were it not for the Japanese invasion, or Lenin in Russia had it not been for World War I.

But the most important parallel that Colin Powell, and others, learned from Vietnam is that the American public will not sustain a war that drags on for years with no discernible progress.

Historians may one day write that the Iraq War was lost right after Baghdad fell and we failed to stop the disintegration of the country. It’s too late to speak of winning now. We should be concentrating on mitigating the failure.

MEN r Women

It is very possible that after the public revelation of this article I would be ambushed by a frightening group of women in their mid-thirties, possessing mediocre grooming habits, and lethargic husbands: a group that calls itself the Feminist Mafia. But, I dont care. Its more important to me that the truth is divulged; the truth that has been kept a secret for centuries by generations of trained fighters known as WO-Men (Warriors Obliterating Men); the truth which, when revealed, would change the course of life as we know it today; the truth that men's lives are so much worse than women's lives.
Boyhood is not just about being stupid and breaking stuff. It also involves the very traumatic experience of trying to negotiate with the baggage of gender guilt thats thrust upon you by the women around you. The thrusting of the gender guilt, at such an early age, is, of course, the primary psychological weapon in the artillery of the Warriors Obliterating Men. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters-they all seem to mutter the same guilt-inducing line when faced with any problem: Oh, why should you bother? Youre a male. Were the ones who have to endure it. Its not so much the words as its the tone of their voice that fills you, the little boy, with a gnawing feeling of culpability. There starts the journey of the demoralized man whos forcibly made a part of a generalization that he doesnt care much about.
However, the contrast between the truth and the generalization is as stark as the difference between a car and a car salesman. Men do not have better lives than women just because women say we do. One example that all women cite is the mans gift to pee standing up. Let me tell you something, its not all that its hyped up to be. In fact, it could be downright harrowing on certain occasions. Men do not enjoy the privacy of a separate stall when they go to a public restroom like women do. All we get are half a dozen contraptions mounted on the wall that to someone with a reasonably active imagination would look like the beaks of really large pelicans. But the really disturbing part lies in how close the half a dozen pelican beaks are to each other. And the only thing that separates you and the peer next to you is a thin rectangular partition thats nowhere near as tall as it should be. Can you imagine the trauma of having to pray for a guy who's shorter than you pee next to you every time you visit the restroom to relieve yourself? We'd much rather spend a few extra seconds pulling down our pants than having to be on surveillance mode every time nature calls. But, of course, women will never understand because they re the ones who have to endure it.
Another bane of being a woman, they say, is having to deal with that time of the month which makes her cranky, emotional, and depressed. Well, let me inform you women that we men undergo similar phases as well, but on a level way more intense than you could fathom. A woman couldnt possibly comprehend how cranky, vulnerable, and suicidal a man can get for a stretch of time as long as even a year whenever the Indian Cricket Team goes and makes a mess of a match that they should have won blindfolded. Forget the monthly mess, ladies, this one bugs us every minute of every hour of every day we live. Therefore, women have their womens problems and we guys have the Indian Cricket Team. You tell me which is worse.
What Ive revealed so far is merely the tip of the iceberg. Although, I feel its safe to assume that men all over the world are wising up to the real truth. Never again should we drop our heads in shame and walk away tongue-tied when a woman tells us that we have it good. We should stand up and bravely put ourselves down. Dont let any woman tell you that youre happier than them; stand your ground and prove to them that youre more depressed than Vincent Van Goghs optician. And if they corner you and pull out their trump card- the labor pain card- smile back confidently at them, take your cap off and show them the huge bald spot thats staring back with a vengeance.

Microsoft Sidewinder strikes again

The last reference to a Microsoft Sidewinder product was back on an old must-have games roundup from 2002, where we pointed to a Sidewinder steering wheel. Microsoft seemed to have let its gaming hardware brand die since then; that is, until today's announcement of the Sidewinder Mouse. Available in October for $80, the new Sidewinder comes with the usual laundry list of features we demand in our high-end gaming mice these days, including a few we haven't seen before.

The Microsoft Sidewinder Mouse includes more features than any gaming mouse to date. Some even look useful.

(Credit: Microsoft)Naturally, the Sidewinder is a laser mouse, with a customizable sensor that tops out at 2,000dpi. It includes buttons on the mouse itself for swapping between sensitivity settings, as well as a weight kit, for those with the touch of a safecracker who demand mousing perfection.

None of those features are new in general, as Logitech has had them in its G5 Laser mouse for a while. What's new is a built-in LCD that tells you what dpi setting you're currently in, as well as the fact that the weight-carrying case doubles as a cable guide. Also, Microsoft includes two additional sets of "feet" aka different varieties of Teflon pads, for the underside of the Sidewinder, allowing you to customize the glide.

The LCD and cable guide feel a little superfluous, but we can imagine a finicky gamer playing around with the different feet. Hopefully we'll find out for ourselves soon.