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What is Sacred Matrix ?

Friday, November 25, 2005



… and always the sacred stream
flows in subterranean darkness.
Sometimes its tones sparkle from its depths.
He who hears them, senses a secret that reigns,
he sees it flee, and wants to grasp it,
he burns with a longing for home, for he senses Beauty.
Hermann Hesse
The sacred matrix is the matrix of life itself. It is present in the blossoming of a tree, in the scent of a flower, in the chirping of a bird, in the wallowing of a pig, and in the blowing of the wind. It is present in the depths of the oceans, in the folding of mountains, in the river valleys, and on the mountaintops of eternal silence. It creates the structure of a crystal, a shell, or a dripstone cave. It brings forth the germination of grain, the division of cells, and the play of the galaxies. It sometimes looks out, pure and clear, through the eyes of a baby. Sometimes - in the most beautiful moments of love - it reaches our heart. It is then that we are transformed for a brief eternity and we know the goal of our journey.

We humans have a fine sense for the sacred matrix and we feel it in many things. We let ourselves be touched by it in quiet places, and we seek out certain spots to be close to it. There are certain sounds in the winds of the soul that touch us in the places of our childhood, on the shore of a lake that is as smooth as glass, on the swells of the ocean as the sun is setting, or in the sparkling dewdrops in the morning. Here, very little has changed over the generations. People still climb to solitary heights to watch the sun rise from a ledge and they still look up at the stars at night and connect with eternity. It is in the connection that the sacred is revealed. People visit open churches, breathe the sacred air, hear the tones of organs, and enter into resonance with the sacred matrix.

Already as a child I sniffed at the apple blossoms and tried to find out what kind of bliss this scent reminded me of. I experienced the same thing again, when I much later worked in an orange plantation on Corsica. There was something deeply familiar about this scent, and something endlessly beautiful. It was like the anticipation of a life that encompasses all our longings, all fibers of our soul, and all our human desires. My soul knew of this life and it tried to find it again from within, it tried to recognize it as precisely as possibly and, wherever possible, to realize it. Many people have had such experiences, but only a few have had the opportunity to follow them. Here, what is both hiding and revealed is not only a dream or a longing, it is a reality: the reality of the sacred matrix. We would not have this longing, we would not feel this tone of the sirens in our soul, and we would not have this irrefutable feeling of a deep memory, if this reality were not to exist.

The sacred matrix is the original, trans-historical, non-alienated, cosmic and divine matrix of universal life. According to the plan of Creation for the human being we are to realize it on earth. It appeared to us in our childhood, when the candles burned in the Christmas tree, it filled us with the bliss of first love, and it sometimes crossed our paths at the edge of death. We can never leave it entirely, for we are born of it, we have gone through eons with it, and again and again we have seen it light up at the edges of the roads and the fences of our territory. We met it in the beyond, and we reconnected to it, so that we would never forget it again when we returned to earth. Yet we always forgot it again and we became so accustomed to forgetting that it now only seems like a distant dream to us. But will not this earthly life, that we are living here and now, and that seems so absolutely real, one day when we return to the beyond, also seem like an unreal dream? Have we not gotten to know the game with the many different realities too well to simply see dreams as simply dreams? It is not a dream, but a deep, deep memory, that comes over us when we touch the Sacred, and this memory keeps recreating our longing. In the name of truth we cannot but find and follow the entire content of this longing. For the longing, that is recognized and not suppressed or sentimentalized, is the signpost that leads us to our sacred home.

What will the sacred matrix look like, when it has been realized among humans? There are many images, many fragments, many partial realizations. They come from many different times and cultures. Among them are Minoan Crete, the advanced archaic cultures of pre-history, the era of the temples on Malta, and the remains of the original cultures of peace in Australia, Tibet, Africa, and Latin America. This includes the Bishnoi and the Muria in India - especially the Muria, with the facility they call Ghotuls, a house for children and youth with free, self-determined sexuality. Also, many reports point in this direction: the (colored?) reports by Margaret Mead about some South Pacific peoples (Samoans and the Arapesh Mountain), the reports by Jean Liedloff about the Yequana Indians in the jungle of Venezuela, and those by Dhyani Ywahoo about her people, the Tsalagi Indians. Maybe it included the Queen of Sheba and the equally legendary empire of the Hyperboreans, which is supposed to have spanned from Finland to Greenland (with the capital Thule) during the second millennium B.C. Tradition speaks of a "golden age", and today we can assume that it truly did exist. The sacred matrix has already been realized on earth. We must find it again, not by putting this mosaic together stone by stone, but by entering a state in which it fulfills us automatically, and which shows us a vision of future society. It is the state of connectedness; it is the universal state of being. The sacred matrix always assembles itself by itself, as soon as our consciousness is in the state of the universal frequency. The more often we are in this state, the more we can see, and the more the world can show itself to us in the light of the sacred matrix. It is the self-revelation of a possible life that is inherent in the building plan for human beings.

In this life, there are no laws that are created out of fear, for there is no fear. There is also no violence, for there is no resistance to overcome. There is also no technology that is based on overcoming resistances, for in the sacred matrix we receive the necessary powers through resonance. There is no robbing and no conquering, no unfulfilled hunger, and no consuming needs, for we live on a planet of abundance. There is no humiliation and no cruelty, for we are all beings of the same Spirit and the same life. There are opposites, but no contradictions; there are conflicts, but no wars, there may at times be harshness, but no cruelty. There is no religious disguising or glorification of evil, for evil no longer exists. There are no longer any punishing male gods, but also no female deities such as the Indian Kali, the Greek Artemis or the Babylonian Inanna, wherein the union of good and evil is celebrated. These deities all arose during the patriarchal era, when the sacred matrix had long ago been distorted by mankind's great mistake. The icons of the sacred matrix, which were created during the prehistoric era, no longer exist or else they remain only as remnants. The deities from that time live latently in the present, waiting for new cooperation and resurrection.

While I am writing all this, the sacred matrix is operating like a coordinating program in my cells, as an operator in my thoughts, as a source of my vision. May it transfer to the reader, so that we together can find the passion and the power to bring it onto Earth.

[Courtesy] [The Sacred Matrix] [The Sacred Matrix]


Harry Potter - The Goblet of Fire

The movie is well made, very stylish and extremely visually appealing. The line between special effects and reality is sufficiently blurred to make the experience completely enjoyable and speaks to the wonderful advancements made in the industry today. I was most amazed with the way Rowling’s vision has been brought to the screen.
Nowhere do the sets and their rich rendering disappoint, be it the spectacular Quidditch World Cup, the Beauxbatons carriage and Durmstrang ship and most importantly in the tasks of the triwizard tournament themselves. The dragons, merpeople and the maze are wonderful to watch. The second task involving the water and merpeople recieved, I think, the best treatment of the lot. The Hogwarts castle has lost the enchanted look which it had in Alfonso Cuaron’s version, opting instead for more prosaic stone walls, circular staircases and stained glass windows but there is so much else happening in the movie, that it doesnt matter too much.

The story starts with all the buddies, Harry, Hermoine and Ron coming back to school. In the Great Hall, Dumbledore announces the Triwizard Tournament that’s being held at Hogwarts and how 3 wizards above the age of 17, from 3 of the wizarding schools will compete for highest honour and greatest glory!

Technically this book has the most action and hence, is the one that is most suitable for adapting to screen and with so much action going on the story moves along at a brisk pace. Rowling purists will notice HUGE slashes being made in the material. A number of side-plots and character developments that are in the book are completely reduced or done away with completely. For example, the Quidditch World Cup which takes about half the book is reduced to the first 10-15 minutes and we are taken directly to the Triwizard Tournament.

The movie has a lot of high points and has done fair justice to the book (even with the cuts)! It makes you smile quite often. But what it does the best, is keeping you on the edge of your seats inspite of knowing everything that’s going to happen!

And that I guess is the strength of the movie! I mean you know every action and reaction and yet you marvel at its screen rendition. It’s a near perfect vision of what you may have imagined while reading the book!

Overall, this is a good movie, a fun and entertaining watch.

Taj mahal

The movie Taj Mahal is Akbar Khan’s magnum opus, it claims of some of most extravagant sets ever mounted, some of the most lavish costumes ever made, some of most of the spectacular and exhilarating battle scenes ever captured, and the most expensive film ever made In India. He is like a painter who feel he is ready to make his masterpiece; to attain greatness; to join the league of the luminaries of the past.

"Taj Mahal-An Eternal Love Story" tells us the story of the golden period of the Mughal era.It takes the viewers back in the 17th century,when the royal family of the Mughals was ruling India.The film starts with an ageing Shah Jehan (Kabir Bedi) imprisoned in a fort, who is in the last stages of his life. His sons are fighting in battles against each other to become the Emperors of India and the Mughal Dynasty. Everywhere,around him, there is violence and warfare. Endless killings and bloodshed are on the rise.Beheading of slaves and even brothers is no big deal for anyone.Imprisoned in a fort, the ageing Shah Jehan,looks at the mausoleum he made for the love of his wife,the Taj Mahal, where his favourite and beloved wife is buried. A sight of the Taj Mahal reminds him of his youth,of the past,when he was the Prince of India and how he fell in love.

Akbar Khan should be credited for condensing the entire story within 2 ½ hours. And the story that is told is moving enough. But it may only have selective audience. For, only a few of the present X-generation would care to witness the tale of an era long gone by.

The movie gets slow paced at many times, particularly in the second half, and the songs – only a few of which manage to catch your fancy – are basically a drag.

Despite these shortcomings, Akbar Khan’s passion still comes through. The movie is visually rich. Save for some poor set recreations of the palace, and some terrible make-up at times (Dara Shikoh’s severed head, for instance), meticulous attention seems to have been paid to details.

In a nutshell, 'Taj Mahal' is a film worth watching once, despite all its shortcomings. The movie delineates, in detail, the story of Shahjahan’s love, Noor Jahan’s intrigue and Aurangzeb’s greed. The movie’s end leaves you with a sad and heavy heart.

Exams phobia

Thursday, November 24, 2005

My 3rd semester exams are starting from 12th december and just before the exams i always encounter with strange problems, like feeling sleepy while studying, tendency of memory failure; whatever i read i forget, so i decided to deal with these problems, to tackle with 1st problem - i take bath before study or wash my face at regular interval. To tackle with memory problem i've started searching in google - about how to improve memory and i found many tips & techniques.
Is there anyone who better knows how to improve memory?
Coz here exams, does'nt test your talent, it does'nt test; how much you know about the subject, but here exams means how much you can record things in your brain and how efficiently you can vomit it on your answer sheet.


Memory Improvement Tools

The techniques it explains are particularly helpful in studying for exams or in situations where you need to remember detailed, structured information. They also make things like learning foreign languages and remembering people's names much easier.

This section is split into three parts: first of all, the introduction explains the principles behind the use of mnemonics.

We then discuss a range of individual tools that you can use to remember information. Finally we discuss how to use the skills in practice to remember peoples names, languages, exam information, etc.

While you are reading these articles, have a look at the memory technique book reviews and resources on the sidebars - these will help you to develop your memory skills further

Memory Improvement Tools

Introduction to Memory techniques

Remembering a Simple List - The Link Method and Story Method

Remembering Ordered Lists - The Number/Rhyme Mnemonic

Remembering Ordered Lists - The Number/Shape Mnemonic

Remembering Middle Length Lists - The Alphabet Technique

Remembering Long Lists - The Journey System

Remembering Grouped Information - The Roman Room System

Remembering Very Long Numbers - The Major System

Using Concept Maps to Remember Structured Information

Using Aide Memoires

How to... Learn a Foreign Language

How to... Remember Information for Exams

How to... Remember People's Names

How to... Remember Lists and Long Numbers

Other Memory Tools - Reviewed... - Our reviews of other important memory resources

Memory Resources

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Find out who is around you ?

My blog has a new feature - a blog map! An interesting piece of artefact that shows the bloggers who are geographically near me.




This is the blogmap site: http://www.feedmap.net/BlogMap/
This blog post is a guide to setting up a blog map:
http://kuancheen.blogspot.com/2005/08/blogmap-me-please-guide.html

But I haven't been able to locate my place i.e Alipore(Kolkata). The coordinates I've used shows my location in Howrah out side of kolkata. That needs to be fixed.


Chandu Thota, the BlogMap creator, had done another great job in coming up with FeedMap BlogExplorer!Now, you can submit your blog's location accurately(decently accurate) using the FeedMap BlogExplorer!.

Go to FeedMap BlogExplorer!: http://www.feedmap.net/blogexplorer/
Right-Click on your location and click on "Add a Blog" menu item.

The Ultimate Guide to Google Services

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

[Written by - Jay Koby]

Anyone who has ever used the internet probably knows about Google’s web search, but did you know that Google does a lot more? We’ve discussed many Google services on TipMonkies before, but there are some which some of you may not be aware of. Read the full article to get the giant list of Google services and what each does. We’ll try to keep this list up-to-date as Google begins rolling out more services (because you know they will).

Here’s the big list of Google’s services:

  • Add to Google lets publishers create a custom “Add to Google” button for their RSS feeds. When a user clicks the button, they can choose to either add the feed to Google Reader, or the Google Homepage service.
  • Blogger is Google’s blog-hosting and creation service which seems to be very popular on the web because of the price (free) and ease of use.
  • Froogle is Google’s product search engine that you can use to find the cheapest price for a product.
  • GMail (or Google Mail) is Google’s popular email service, that gives you over 2 gigabytes of storage.
  • Google AdSense is Google’s contextual advertising service, popular among many websites. Google also released
  • Onsite Advertiser Sign-Up on November 21, 2005 which lets advertisers buy ads on a site directly from the Google Ads on that page.
  • Google AdWords is the other side of AdSense. While AdSense lets publishers put ads on their site, someone has to pay for those ads, and AdWords connects companies with publishers so you can make a little bit of money.
  • Google Alerts are e-mail updates to particular searches you do on Google. Pretty useful for monitoring websites or news.
  • Google Analytics crawls your website and keeps track of your visitors through a small piece of Javascript. Great tool for webmasters trying to improve their stats and AdSense revenue.
  • Google Answers lets you hire someone to research a topic or answer a question for you.

  • Google Base looks like its going to be Google’s massive content library, with all sorts of content, uploadable by anyone. Oddly enough, it sounds like EPIC and Google Grid mentioned in this video. Many people are comparing this service to Craigslist.

  • Google Blog Search is very much like the web search service but letting search only through various blogs around the web.

  • Google Book Search allows you to search though books that Google has scanned into their database.

  • Google Catalogs is a search engine for mail-order catalogs.

  • Google Code is Google’s effort to promote and contribute to Open Source software.

  • Google Compute exists as a part of the Google Toolbar and uses your computer’s idle time (when you’re not using it) to compute data from distributed computing projects like http://folding.stanford.edu/.

  • Google Deskbar is essentially an embedded IE window in your Window Taskbar that you can search Google from.

  • Google Desktop is similar to apps like Konfabulator or Dashboard but not as attractive. It offers various widgets and a sidebar which let you do things like searches, aggregate feeds, write notes, check weather, and more.

  • Google Directory which is similiar to Yahoo’s and dmoz’s services, letting you search by category.

  • Google Earth is a desktop application which is basically Google Local on steroids.

  • Google Groups allows you to create a mailing list, read Usenet posts, and generally collaborate with others who share a similar interest.

  • Google Homepage is a webpage which lets you add various widgets like weather, news, horoscopes and more, much like Netvibes.

  • Google Image Search is Google’s slightly-lesser-known service to search for images.

  • Google Labs highlights all the projects Google is working on for future release.

  • Google Local combines data from Google Maps with information on local businesses and venues.

  • Google Maps is a mapping service which also provides driving directions to and from different locations. The service is only available in a few countries (mainly the U.S.) but support for other countries is expected in the future. Google Maps has become quite popular lately thanks to a readily available API which lets people create their own maps.

  • Google Mobile is similiar to Google SMS, but using WAP instead.

  • Google Movie Showtimes lets you type in a zip code or address, and it will find movie theaters and showtimes near that area.

  • Google News is a news portal, aggregated by Google’s computers. Everything is done by machines, so no human interaction.

  • Google Reader is a new product which acts as a web-based RSS reader.

  • Google Ridefinder lets you easily find taxis in some of the major cities around the United States.

  • Google Scholar searches things such as theses, papers, and other research and technical information.

  • Google Search History is technically part of the Google Homepage service, but does have its own page so it warrants a mention. Basically, if you sign in with a Google account, Google will keep track of all your searches done via its web search engine.

  • Google Send to Phone is a little Firefox extension which lets you send text messages to mobile phones via SMS.

  • Google Sitemap helps create particular searches for a web address which can be very useful for webmasters looking to index their own site, or see who is linking to it.

  • Google SMS allows you to access many Google services through your mobile phone through text messaging (message GOOGL to learn more).

  • Google Store isn’t really a service, but rather a place to buy some cool Google merchandise.

  • Google Suggest is just an extension to the normal Google web search engine, but with autocomplete functionality to your searches making it a little easier to find what you need. There is also a Firefox extension available.

  • Google Talk is Google’s IM and VoIP program running on the Jabber network. You need a Gmail account to use this.

  • Google Toolbar is the swiss army knife of toolbars, if ever there was one letting your use the various Google web services from your toolbar, as well as offering other interesting information like a site’s PageRank and more.

  • Google Language Tools lets you translate a phrase or entire website, as well as giving you access to web search in different languages, or the ability to search for a particular something in just one language.

  • Google Video and Google Video Upload offer an archive of freely available video clips.

  • Google Web Accelerator supposedly helps load web pages faster, but there have been security and privacy issues raised about this application.

  • Google Web Search is the familiar web search. It also allows you to access certain functions like a calculator, a stock tracker, word definitions, travel information, weather, and more by simply searching for that information (for example, define onomatopoeia or weather 90210). These are not standalone services but a part of web search, which is why I’ve added them here and not into their own section. Additionally, there is the Advanced Search feature for…well…advanced searches which could be more precise than normal searches.

  • Hello is a small IM client which is used in conjunction with Picasa to share pictures with family and friends.

  • Orkut is a networking site similar to Frienster or MySpace, except it is invite only, so if you want to join it, you’ll have to know a guy, who knows a guy.

  • Picasa is a fantastic digital photo organizer application for your desktop.


Now that you know about many of Google’s services, get out there and start Googling!


Update : Google launches site tracking service

The Search Engine Experiment

Monday, November 21, 2005

Who Really Has The Best Results?
A public experiment discovering which of the top three search engines (Google, Yahoo, or MSN) really offers the best results. By taking the test you also find out which engine you personally prefer (and it's a blind test, so prejudice won't effect the outcome).

Lets talk about Google. Skynet Anyone?

I found this article very intresting -
Everyone right now loves google. They are the internet darling much like Netscape was 10 years ago. They can do no wrong, they can do no evil, and they have a large pile of cash that is almost respectable to what Microsoft has in which to move their company forward. Everyone sees what is going on right now with Google. You have Google Mail and Google Talk, which are both still in Beta. You have their giant colossus of a search engine which is probably on top of over half of all browsers installed in the world. You have Google ads, which mostly generated the 381 million dollars of profit in Q3 of 2005 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4362490.stm). You have Google ads on google's websites and just about any other website you visit will have them listed trying to get a piece of the action.

On top of that you have their little pet projects that are going on in the background. You have Google providing wireless to San Franciso residents. You have Google purchasing up large chunks of Dark Fibre (http://news.com.com/Google+wants+dark+fiber/2100-1034_3-5537392.html). You also have Google providing video now through their website. Top this off with the large scale hammering from email, the scaling to incorporate video from their website, the large infrastructure purchase through aquiring tons of Dark Fibre, something is noticably going on here.

There was an interesting article posted by Robert Cringely (http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20051117.html) recently about Google. While I agree with some of it, I do disagree on their large scale intent with all these Betas and acquisitions. You can read his article if you want, but it goes on to say that Google is reportidly to have 64 data centers now compared to just 1 years ago. In theory they could have 300 plus 2 years from now. They are starting to dump these data centers down into bunkers, which it isn't implied but I would imagine run along some of this fibre they picked up. Since they are tapped into this network they probably have access to some of the large POP sites that are providing bandwidth in those areas (since they provided the Fibre or it is running into/through their site). Now they have a closer outpost in which to run their services at faster speeds and at lower latencies.

He goes on to mention that Google is developing the infrastructure where it would have access to their 300 data centers and having peering agreements with ISPs in the area in which to feed audio/video and any other content through their chains since they can easily pass it through Google's fibre back to their 300 data centers to be distributed to another peering site connected through Google. This results in a technoloy that could all but replaced broadcast cable Tv.

He goes on to mention a Co-op work on a online version of an Office appliation (which I will discuss later as a giant key to their success) and then goes on to mention it will lieterally cost google 300 million to essentially co-opt the Internet. Since a lot of these networks that own the fibre are nearing bankruptcy or simply have all this dark fibre they essentially doing nothing, they will be able to buy it up in large quantities and literally because a giant ISP/Bandwidth provider similiar to Level3. Lastly, he mentions that this approach is much like the one Walmart has going on right now. It will literally kill off or marginalize the medium-sized ISPs/providers since it won't be a economical or practical to continue. In the end Web 2.0 would become the Google network.

I would like to expand this more and start harping on what I have been talking about for months. Everything Google is doing clearly points at them being a large scale service provider and the logical first steps are going in order. They start with a simple text based service provider. It quickly grows and grows and they learn how to grow and scale the platform. They develop a giant datacenter and eventually they will grow out of that. They start to introduce webmail now. A good way to learn how to cluster even more more machines together to support petabytes (maybe even exabytes) of data across multiple servers. Now, they start to provide video. This is really a bandwidth/storage challenge to see how they need to properly place servers on a pipe to stream the video in a reliable manner. In order to do so they will need more
datacenters and they will need more bandwidth. Every step they take increases their size and their ability to handle large clusters of machines across multiple datacenters.

Moving on to their next logical step. A world wide application that could be used in a corporate environment. Producing some kind of service for something like Open Office makes a lot of sense. The ability to pull open a document you created anywhere and work on it from any machine is the next step in the service driven internet they are trying to create. This will introduce a lot of new challenges. First, they will have to properly secure their data if they wish for businesses to use this service. Any storage/bandwidth issues should now be taken care of due to all previous experiments, so they are past this hurdle. Now, this is a chance for them also to start doing some more customer service related testing where they could have support for this product. It could be a no-cost option or a service you purchase. Either route they can start setting up call centers and training to properly handle these issues in the future.

The next logical step from there is most likely to produce more web enabled applications that can be run from any computer anywhere. Perhaps they will start some kind of accounting program because they sure are data mining you now. They have what kind of emails you have, where you visit on the website, what you are spending your money on, what you do professionally according to your documents. They probably know more about you than you do. They will continue to grow and scale and building an infrastructure underneith it.

The next step is to start to use this infrastructure in some sort of ISP implication. This could be done during the previous two steps, but they now own one if not that largest chunk of the U.S. network. They could possibly sell some of that off to help offset some costs. They by now are probably the largest or one of the largest bandwidth providers/users out there and most likely not using it to the full potential. Again, this is a good test/trial for the next step ahead.

The next step of course is some sort of operating system. This could be 3-10 years down the road from now depending on how fast they move. It would of course be all web based. You literally fire up any computer in the world and it will start to boot your configuration up. A good example of how this could or might work is a company called Ardence (http://www.ardence.com). Think of Ghost on steroids. It has the ability to PXE boot Windows XP without a hard drive. It might only pull down 180-200MB of data (in now terms that is a lot of bandwidth, but time the giant google pipes are in we might have 100Mb down) we will practically be sitting in an internal network configuration. This application will pull down the essentials for the OS and stream an application down everytime you run it. The Google OS will be something similiar to that. It will simply boot the core and load anything on demand as it goes. You will be able to choose a list of Google approved applications and perhaps other applications not improved. It will load everything in a modular fashion where if something doesn't work correctly it would just strip out the unapproved applications on next boot. You will have the choice of saving to the Google network, or if you have a hard drive you can save to it. If you save to the Google network it will be accessable from anywhere and it can probably find ways to make secure connections to your local harddrive too.

They will of course give this out for free in certain flavors. They might even give away free systems that use part of the computer for processing and disk storage. Imagine millions of computer acting like bots storing information that is passing through their own lines. It will be smart enough to know to store data in a regional area so it would be pulling central Illinois data from central Illinois area. They could essentially lessen their need for large Data Centers to some point since the machines will be handling a lot of the load by themselves. Even if you don't pay for the OS or pay for the hardware, you will still be paying for the pipe to connect to their network, so they are getting money from everyone. Everyone is using their services, all data is flowing through their network. All of this from a small company that could do no wrong or evil.

This next decade is not going to be about Open Source versus Microsoft or Microsoft versus Apple. It is going to be about just how fast Google can move as a company. Google is the size of a tank that can move like a small European car. Most companies that size are the size of a tank and can move like a tank. For a mere $300 million Google will be able to effectively purchase the infrastructure of the U.S. internet and create the next network that the U.S. will run on. After that I am sure they will move on to Europe and other counties. Everyone take the time to bow down to your new overlords and sign into the Google Skynet.

--Josh
[Original Article]

Truth or Rumour

Friday, November 18, 2005

Rumors are flying this morning that Riya (a killer photo facial recognition startup) has been or is being acquired by Google in the $40 million range. See Om Malik, Niall Kennedy and Paul Kedrosky.

Even though everyone is blogging about it, this is nothing more than a rumor at this point.

So what is the rumour -

Google purchasing Riya?

Photo service Riya has been acquired by Google for close to $40 million according to sources involved with the company. Riya uses face recognition technology to identify people in photos. The system can also recognize text such as street signs. Google likes using algorithms to solve complex problems, so the acquisition seems like a good fit. Om Malik has done some additional digging on the deal's details. Riya has approximately 12 employees in Redwood City and an additional 10 employees in India. Riya is set to launch this week with a party in Atherton this Friday


Riya leverages potent facial and text recognition technology with an intelligent interface to help people make sense of the thousands of untitled and untagged photos that are building up on their hard drives (and on the web).How it works?

The process starts with registration and choosing a privacy setting on your pictures. You then download a client application that uploads photos you choose to include in Riya. The actual uploading takes a while - about 4 hours for each GB of photos. Instead of waiting around, Riya will email you when the process is complete.


That’s when the fun starts. In my case about 400 pictures were uploaded. I was presented with a view of facial thumbnails of everyone in my photos. Riya asks that you begin to educate it by telling it who the people are…it then very quickly starts to auto-tag pictures with a surprising level of accuracy.


Riya also recognizes text in photos, and lets you select any area of a photo and tag that as well. For instance, you could select just the Eiffel Tower in a photo and tag it as such. Within moments, everything of importance in all of my photos was tagged. And more importantly, it was searchable.


It’s an easy step to allow friends to also tag and search your photos (if you choose), and even allow full public search.


Linking these two features - massively automated tagging of everything in photos, with search, is compelling to say the least. The folks at Riya call it “tag locally, search globally”.


Riya is going to be successful. They have real technology. And, as people use it to tag photos, Riya will create a database of unique attributes of people. Once enough people start using the service, Riya will be able to auto-tag people’s names with less and less training by the user. At that point, why would anyone try a competing service? Riya will have technology (protected by patents) and an incredible network effect as well.


Riya plans on having a destination site that will be free, and will OEM their service to other photo services. Sites like flickr can certainly try to duplicate Riya’s service, but unless they move very quickly Riya’s network effect Riya will be insurmountable.


In fact, Riya could become so ubiquitous as to actually cause real privacy concerns. One question I asked the team today was - “what if you get so much data on people that I could take a picture of a crowd, upload it to Riya, and instantly have the names of every single person in the crowd?” Apparently, their technology is not that powerful - yet. Riya’s ability to know who’s in a photo is largely based on who you are and the people you are connected to.


To fully appreciate Riya you have to see it visually. I’ve posted a few screen shots below of my experience using it earlier today.









Get in to the Riya alpha if you can. It’s going to be a popular service.

What in the world is Pingoat! ?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

What in the world is Pingoat! ?

Pingoat is a service that pings or notifies a number of services that keep track of weblogs and publish them. By pinging, you let the services know that your blog has been updated and hence, they crawl and index your site, publishing your blog contents, thus increasing your blog's popularity.

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Google Base is Full of Crap, Literally

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

[Mashable]

Yep, Google Base is chock full of spam links, credit card offers and get rich quick schemes. It’s all pretty predictable really. This isn’t all Google’s fault and it’s great to see them trying out a risky (and perhaps revolutionary) idea, but inevitably when you open up a service to user generated content, you can expect to get some fairly questionable material. Run a search for something spammy (poker, money etc) and you’ll find a familiar array of affiliate links and “free money” offers. Even if you simply browse Base, you’ll find it littered with items which are nothing more than blatant ads. And why not? For spammers, Base makes it easier than ever to siphon off traffic from Google’s neverending supply. Greg Linden commented on the same issues earlier today:


There isn’t much content yet but, as content is added, the trick will be keeping spam and crap out. I expect Google Base to be treated like a free version of Google AdWords by many. I doubt it will take long for people to upload your usual assortment of credit card offers, domain name services, get-rich-quick schemes, and exciting new ways to increase the size of your willy to elephantine proportions.

So, how will they help people find the relevant stuff and filter out the crap? At this point, it isn’t clear. We’ll have to wait and watch.


Of course, this is the exact same problem that eBay experiences. However, eBay has the benefit of a loyal community - the community exists to enforce the rules in a way that algorithms or employees never could. Even though spam postings can stay on eBay for months at a time, many get reported by dilligent users and are eventually pulled down. Sure, Google has placed a “Report Bad Item” button next to the entries in Base, but is this really enough?

In the past, user-generated content has gone hand in hand with community - eBay, Flickr, Epinions, Shoposphere. Google Base has the content, but the community is notably absent and the spammers are free to do as they please. I’m really hoping that Google has created a revolutionary system for acquiring clean, structured data - but right now it’s being hijacked by the texas holdem brigade.

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Battle Field

Right now i'm coming from battle field not that kind of battle field which means -
  • -An area where a battle is fought
    -A sphere of contention

but the field where we MBA guys fight - Group discussion and PI, we fight for our placement when ever a good company comes then, our conference hall turns battle ground, till now i fought two battles one for TATA Rayerson and today for HCL Technologies.

Today in GD we had different groups, and no. of soldiers were 10 in each group, my group was D and my no. was D-2, while waiting for our chance I felt that i'm waiting for some kind of war and going for it, 1st our group members made many plans before entering into the field, that we will discuss properly in organise way and don't create any mess but those guys who planned as friendly fighter later they turned into our enimies from hell they were fighting like d.... well dog is not the right word but still they were fighting like hell, like this is there last chance etc.... through out the discussion i felt that i'm in the wrong place b'coz the topic what we got was abstract and we could make out some thing creative out of but our group memebers/soldiers took it in wrong direction from Iraq war to India-pakistan relationship, the topic was so simple and nice - dead yesterday, unborn tomorrow which means what ever we have is today.
The GD is still going on, different battle teams are getting ready for it to fight till the last breath of their life after that we have the main fight which we fight individually with HR team of Companies.

I'm alive

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Ok, emails are literally coming in faster than I can sort them - forget about reading and responding. If I don’t know you there is a zero chance of me responding. If I know you I’m probably not responding either. I am beating myself up over this but there is just no solution right now. I apologize. I am missing some good leads and pissing people off, two things I never wanted to do.

My friends are now emailing me and telling me the only way they know I’m still alive is because they see new posts on SaCreD MaTriX every once in a while.

Boston Matrix for keyphrase, redefining terms

Monday, November 14, 2005



AIM Matrix For Keyphrase Analysis





Aji Issac Explains, how you can use your own 'Boston Matrix' to get the right keywords for your site.





Keyword analysis is a major part of search engine marketing. Choose the right key phrase,check the market and calculate the ROI in terms of time and money.





I am just trying to redefine "The Boston Matrix" in terms of keypharse analysis, hoping that it will help in your investments.





There are three steps to it,




1. Market



2. Competition



3. Conversion Ratio



Let me explain it one by one:-



Market:



Check different key phrases using suggestion tools like word tracker,inventory.overture.com/d/ searchinventory/suggestion/ or www.espotting.com/ popups/keywordgenbox.asp, it doesn't have to be perfect as we are just looking for keyphrases with high search shares.Choose as many as possible with promising market.Google's Adword can also be used.



Competition:


Search in Google or yahoo and see how many sites are listed under respective key phrase search.For example when I search for 'key phrase' in google it says, - Results 1 - 10 of about 4,800,000 for 'key phrase'- this gives the primary idea of the competition. Take the first ten websites in SERP and check the following factors:-




1. Back Links (directly proportional to PR)


2. Saturation



3. Ranked Page's onpage attributes like Title, keyword density etc.



Competition is directly proportional to Back Links, saturation and onpage factors but I consider the back links more crucial as achieving better saturation level along with onpage optimization is comparatively easier to obtain.




Conversion Ratio:



If 100 visits are made to your website from a key phrase, how many will get converted (sigup or buy).For example the key phrase 'mortgage quote' will have higher conversion ratio compared to 'mortgage rate' as the person searching for 'mortgage quote' is more likely to signup.



Create your own 'Boston Matrix' for keyphrase analysis.



Create the matrix in the following way:



Take a blank paper and pencil. Draw a square about 10cm X 10cm in size. Divide the square into four equal parts(cells). Each of these cells will denote a type of kephrase.




Take X-axis starting from the bottom left corner towards right.


Take Y-axis starting from the bottom left corner towards top.




Name top two cells as C and D . Name bottom two cells as A and B.



X-axis denotes Search Market. Y-axis denotes Competition.



Values on X-axis will be from high to low from left to right.


Values on Y-axis will be from low to high from bottom to top.



Thats it - now you are ready to analyse !




C: These key phrases require high investment of time and money but will deliver high in long run. Proper strategy and resources are required.




D: ROI is very low, its better to avoid such keyphrases in the initial stage of business but at later stage some keyphrases do well without any investment due to the improved standard of the site.



A:Low Competition but high market. It is with High ROI.Target such keyphrases as it generates the money to survive and invest on other cells of the matrix.


B: You may choose not to invest at the initial stages of business as many of these keyphrases will automatically make it to top with time without any investment. After making few A's and C's, check the investment required for B.




Summary:



In the initial phase of your business invest on 'A's,later invest on 'B's and 'C's. I will advice not to invest on 'D's until it starts appearing in top ranks with time. In marketing we say that retaining a customer is tougher than getting a customer.



Similarly if making it to top ranks is tough, then tougher it is to retain the position. So do proper risk analysis at every stage of your online business.



About the Author: Aji Issac


Also read : Visitlab's keyphrase analysis postion manager


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Google Analytics

Google took the wrapper off Analytics today. It is a rebranding of their Urchin acquisition from earlier this year. Google Analytics is mostly free (up to 5 million page views per month), or completely free if you are an adwords user.Registration for Analytics is currently suspended.
Ars Technica is running an article on the new Google Analytics service that provides traffic metrics and other website analysis features, especially useful for marketing purposes. It also claims to provide easy integration with Google AdWords to help find out the usefulness of the campaigns. Web sites that don't use AdWords can add a small javascript snippet to the pages they wish to track. Google is using the Urchin web analytics technology, a company it had earlier acquired. Also discussed on Slashdot here.
Introducing Google Analytics.

Sophisticated. Easy. Free.
Google Analytics tells you everything you want to know about how your visitors found you and how they interact with your site. You'll be able to focus your marketing resources on campaigns and initiatives that deliver ROI,and improve your site to convert more visitors.

Sophisticated, yet easy to use.
We believe that web analytics should be simple and sophisticated at the same time. We've designed Google Analytics to have enterprise level capabilities and yet still be accessible to anyone who wants to improve their marketing and site design. Google Analytics delivers all the features you'd expect from a high-end web analytics offering, and provides timesaving AdWords integration features.

Sophisticated, yet easy to use.
We believe that web analytics should be simple and sophisticated at the same time. We've designed Google Analytics to have enterprise level capabilities and yet still be accessible to anyone who wants to improve their marketing and site design. Google Analytics delivers all the features you'd expect from a high-end web analytics offering, and provides timesaving AdWords integration features.



Free.
Google Analytics gives us an opportunity to invest in our advertisers and everyone else who wants to create quality content on the web. Instead of spending money on web analytics, you can focus on creating targeted, ROI-driven marketing campaigns, and on improving your site design and content.

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Won, Lost and Learned

Sunday, November 13, 2005

As I always say there is no failure only learnings or we can say we never loose only learn something good out of it.

We had our annual inter-college fest – Inferno this weekend. I had participated in two events one in marketing and the other in Web designing. My marketing team members were Nidhi, Joydeep, Poonam & I, and Web designing team member were Naveen & I.

We spent about 4hrs. on the marketing case study and 40 minutes in Web designing. We bagged the 1st. position in marketing and 3rd. position in Web designing. This achievement was not at all possible without the help of my group members. But since I love to make website and it is also my hobby i really wanted to win the Web designing event, and as far as my feedback about both the events goes, i think i used my grey matter more in the f Web designing event, but unfortunately the two judge out of three being a marketing person and software designer were incompetent to understand the technical aspects which my group has presented and awarded the others as winners.

What i hated is not losing but the fact that i lost the 1st position because the judge could not look beyond his own fixed ideas and accept something new which even the worlds best Web designers would acknowledge.

Anyway later I told myself that, one should not always win, because until you don’t lose once in a while you don’t understand the value of winning. That really helped me to calm down and move on.

Not to mention that on Friday I and 5 of my friends had gone out to celebrate the Rs.1400 and gift coupons we got as prize money for the 1st. position. We had a nice time outside, i really loved those mutton briyani and chicken bharta…

Anyways the fest is over and now there are more important things to do, like our 3rd semester exams and our placements.

There is no mistakes, only learnings

Saturday, November 12, 2005

I like web designing and i love to develop WebPages, even though I haven’t joined any institute for it, today we'd got website designing competition (online Dot Com) in our institute as part B'school festival - Inferno, My partner + very good friend of mine, Naveen Sharma we both participated, we got one case study upon which we had to develop one site in 1 hour 15 minutes, Since i'm very much comfortable with windows Xp i demanded PC with XP but they denied to provide even though we were the first group(may be they don't like the concept of 1st come 1st serve), I don't like to make any excuses but i would like to write truth what exactly went - the kind of PC we got was pathetic in 15 minutes it get hanged for 15 times, There was'nt any thumb view of pictures option some how file got corrupted so it took us 35 min to search right kind picture out of more than 200 pictures, we didn’t allowed to use Adobe photoshop by which i give a lots of effects to pictures like I did with the banners and posters of B'school fest Inferno and many more things.... so that i got so pissed off and furious, I just revolt against organiser of abacus club which again wasted my 15 minutes. 1st i decided that i won't participate coz if i can't give my best shot then what is the use participation but later my partner tried to pacify me. later I told one thing to myself that if you get all kind of luxury + etc.... Then how can you judge your abilities, the best designer is that person who can take out best things from worse situation + so many constraints.


Then we both started building website and amazingly it was really beautiful and very simple, the best thing about the website was attracting appearance, colour combination, consistency, our logo, home page, etc..

Here i'm not saying that we had created the perfect site -
-=- we did many mistakes like we didn't made questionnaire page due to time constaraints
-=- Judges were stick to order billing form which was very lengthy (but here i would like to mention one thing is that if you go through any site like eBay, alibaba.com etc who deals with B-B/B-C/C-C transaction you will find that they will make you fill up 5-6 pages of form which is very lengthy as compared to our 1 page billing form )

another mistake that i would like to mention, from which i had learned a lots of things in my MBA life thatt no matter how good is your product if you can't present it properly then you can't sell it, After all Jo dikhta hai woh Bikta hai (you buy only those things which you can see)

Almost all the contestants had made there website like...(no comments) except one which stood 1st whom i thought will stand second after us, i don't like to talk about the other contestants coz i did'nt liked any of them, they didn’t had any consistent theme, almost all of them didn’t made questionnaire except one for which judges screwed us, they forgot vital information which is very essential while making any transaction (i know b'coz i did some homework about it last night), and many more things....

Now the question is whether we won or not, if you ask this question to judges they will say NO......
If you asked this question with us then we'll say we'd made best website from others and we'd won coz we'd learned many things from this contest

There is no mistakes, only learning’s
Never take anything for granted
Never underestimate yourself and others too
How to work in constraints and lack of resources
Belive in yourself even results don't favor you
Simple is the best

Later all the winners and contestants were saying that you'd made best website, even they din't had any idea what judges saw in their site if you ask me - they did many major mistakes if your ask with any professional website designer you'll come to know. Even you can tell who won just compare these two sites http://www.frontech.com/ and http://www.dell.com/ or http://www.apple.com/

In these last lines i would like to mention that winning and loosing was not the issue which bothered only thing that i didn’t like was i hurt the expectations of my batch mates who thinks that I’m the best web designer i don't know why... but i would like to say them that if you always win that you won't care about your mistakes but if you loose then you will take care of your mistakes and try to improve your self which is the essence of our life.


Update:
last night i tried to interrogate what went wrong but I didn’t found any solid reasons but later I found it, as I use to say there are three things which brings you down to the earth that is greed, lust and anger and yesterday I was driven by greed and anger which pulls me down from goodness mode to passion mode and later to the ignorance mode.

How to make a keygenerator

Thursday, November 10, 2005

^_^
This entire document is, of course, only meant for educational purposes. Itshould not be used for *actually* cracking applications, but only as a guidefor developers wishing to write secure applications blah blah
blah.

Now you can learn >> How to make a keygenerator??

Tutorial 0ne tutorial 2wo

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Star on the Run

Highly unusual, a huge star has been discovered in the Milky Way (our galaxy) that is moving at the incredible speed of 1.6 million miles per hour. Who knows, maybe it's really a Big Borg ship headed this way!





Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have recorded a massive star moving at more than 2.6 million kilometres per hour. Stars are not born with such large velocities. Its position in the sky leads to the suggestion that the star was kicked out from the Large Magellanic Cloud, providing indirect evidence for a massive black hole in the Milky Way’s closest neighbour. These results will soon be published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

The full text of this ESO Press release 27/05 and the associated artist’s impression is available at Read More>>

Inferno 2005

Now days i'm busy with Inferno 2005

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Steve Rubel's Ten Technorati Hacks

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Steve Rubel’s “Ten Technorati Hacks” is outstanding. If you are looking to exploit the deeper features of Technorati, read his post.


My favorite features:

  • Subscribe to Search Feeds: Every search has its own feed.
  • Suscribe to Tag Feeds: Every technorati tag has its own feed
  • Individual Blog Search: Click on the search tab and then enter the unique blog URL you want to search.
  • Brower and OS plugings: Mac OS widgets and Firefox plugins
  • I’ve been spending a lot of time on Technorati lately. They are doing a much better job indexing blogs quickly and in general posts are appearing in near real-time. Yahoo, Google, Topix and many others have launched blog search to try to knock Technorati out of its top position in real time search. None have succeeded so far, and

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Ten Technorati Hacks - Steve Rubel

If there's any one site I use more than others (with the exception of Gmail), it's Technorati. This site is a fantastic window into the psyche of the more digitally inclined. Here, in another in my series of hack postings, are 10 ways I get more mileage from T'rati.

1) Subscribe to Tag Feeds

Need something to blog about? Cat got your tongue? Don't worry, Mama Technorati can take care of you. Simply find some Technorati tags you care about, subscribe to their RSS feeds and stick them in a Firefox menu. You'll be full of ideas in no time. Every Technorati tag has its own feed.

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2) Use Technorati to Search Individual Blogs

Are there certain blogs you visit more than others because they are great connectors or simply because they propagate great ideas? I know I do. The great thing is ou can use Technorati to search individual blogs. Click on the search tab and then enter the blog URL you want to search. For example, here's what a search for Microsoft on Robert Scoble's blog would generate.

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3) It's All in the Watchlist

Technorati lets you set up as many watchlists as you would like. These are basically persistent searches. Simply register on the site, construct your search and then click on the “Add to Watchlist button. Each Watchlist also generates an RSS feed.

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4) Integrate Technorati Into Your Browser

You can dramatically speed up your Technorati-ing (is that a word?) by adding downloading some Firefox search plug-ins. For example, Firefox users should click here to add Technorati to your Firefox search box. Or click here to add way to search Technorati tags.

Don't stop with just search plug-ins. Be sure to add a few Technorati bookmarklets.

5) Put Technorati in Your OS

If you love Technorati so much that you can't stand not getting closer to it, the good news is that you can. Mac OS X users can download this Technorati Dashboard widget. Windows lovers, you achieve the same by downloading Konfabulator and then picking up this widget. Or, try this Goowywidget.

6) Ping Technorati

Everytime you update your blog, tell Uncle Technorati that you want to show him something. He'll spider your blog right away. You can do this here or by using a pinging service (definition) like Pingoat. I use ecto, a cros-plaform blogging tool, to ping Technorati every time I post and integrate Technorati tags.

7) Take Technorati to Go

Believe it or not, I spend a fair amount of time away from my 'puter. That doesn't stop me from taking T'rati with me. I use their mobile service on my Treo. It works on any browser-capable phone. Just bookmark m.technorati.com on your celly, Nelly.
8) Put Technorati Backlinks Right Into Your Blog

OK, this one's geeky. It's even beyond my TypePad skills. However, some folks put Technorati backlinks into every blog post they write. Here's some instructions on how to do this pretty much for every platform.
9) Put Technorati Into Your RSS Aggregator

Who here lives in the Kingdom of Greg? In other words, who here uses NetNewsWire or FeedDemon. I do, on occasion. Good news. You can stick some nice Technorati tools right into your reader. For example, Niall Kennedy has a way to check Technorati backlinks with NetNewswire. Not to be outdone, Nick Bradbury has done the same with FeedDemon. If you're a Sage fan, the basic RSS reader template has backlinks built in.



10) Conduct a Real-time Focus Group

I am interested in what people are pointing to and discussing. It's a good window into the finds' eye of the consumer. There's no better way to do this, perhaps than to see what people are saying when they link to corproate Web sites. For example, a search for links to Dell.com, generates this search. Be sure to sort by authority as well as by date. Journalists, this trick works equally well for you. It can help you track companies and products. PR pros, this is a must if you are working on any brand that is discussed.

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Einstein key stops hacks

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

A THEORY first proposed by Albert Einstein 70 years ago has provided the basis for a new electronic key that could spell the demise of computer hackers.

Physicists at the Australian National University have successfully used bright lasers to prevent transmitted data from being hacked. Their breakthrough was based on work done by Einstein and his colleagues in 1935.

They uncovered a phenomenon known as entanglement, a theory that described the way particles of energy interacted predictably with each other.

Applying this theory in the field of quantum cryptography allowed the ANU group to generate a secret key that prevented data from being hacked. The discovery was expected to be of particular interest to defence and intelligence organisations, governments and the finance sector because it allowed communication without eavesdropping.


The security of quantum cryptography was guaranteed by the laws of physics, as the security of conventional cryptographic methods relied on the complexity of mathematical operations.

The ANU scientists, led by Dr Ping Koy Lam, have developed an experimental prototype demonstrating this futuristic technology and were currently investigating the potential commercial applications.

"The technology employs specially generated secret electronic data, or keys, to encrypt a message," the ANU team said. "Upon receipt of the encrypted message, the recipient uses a precisely matching decoding key to recover the original message.

"It could revolutionise information security in the way the World Wide Web revolutionised the availability of information."

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Leave a note for the year 2025

Monday, November 07, 2005

Forbes.com can lets you create a "e-mail time capsule" that will automatically email you in up to 20 years later. Surprise you in the future.
The E-Mail Time Capsule

Most time capsules involve cramming stuff into a metal box and burying it in a hole in the ground. It's a method that works --but it's so primitive. What if you could write an email to yourself, and be assured of receiving it twenty years in the future? That's what we've done with this email time capsule. Simply fill out the fields below, decide how long you want the capsule to be sealed for, and hit send. We'll do our best to make sure the message gets delivered. Read More>>

Also Futureme.org can send you your email after 30 years
Leave your message here>>

The Monk who sold his Ferrari

Sunday, November 06, 2005


Now days I'm reading, “The Monk who sold his Ferrari”, by Robin S. Sharma.
It’s a story of a lawyer, Julian, very famous, extremely successful and possessing loads of wealth, who abandons all the worldly pleasures to move to the Himalayas of East in search of peace of mind. There he meets the Sages of Sivana who shares with him the key to peaceful and successful life. Finally he returns to his land, and preaches the wisdom he has gained during his sort of exile to his friend and colleague John.
The major part of the book is focused on the teachings of sages of Sivana through the mouth of Julian. The book provides good food for thought and pushes you to think how can you apply those theories to your own life? The book is not the one which you can read at one go. If you really want to enjoy the book and gain the knowledge from it, try reading it slowly imbibing the overflowing knowledge. It may sound boring at times as there is repetition of concepts but overall it’s a good book.

Some of the concepts which really touched me: live each day as if it’s the last day of your life. Call up everyone you want to, do everything you want to as you would do on the last day of your life. Laugh quite often. Even if you don’t feel like, do it forcefully. And believe me. I tried it and it helps to overcome your anger, bad mood etc. If you want to acquire a new habit, do it without failing at least for 21 days, at the same time and same place. Set your priorities. Spend some time on yourself. Breathe from the stomach. Meditate quite often. Concentrate a lot on self-improvement (practice the art of kaizen- for all those who have read the book). Try to find joy in small little things and enjoy the life (pata nahin kal ho na ho ;-)). And lots more………

So overall I liked the book… but you need to have the patience to read the book. Many a times you will have a great urge to leave the book midway. But read it till the end. It may improve your quality of life.

Download of the Day: Google Desktop out of beta

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Desktop search application Google Desktop is out of beta with a few cool new features. Most notably, the sidebar now features Google Maps integration.

Fans of Google Maps will want to check out Sidebar’s new maps panel, which lets you do all the usual cool maps stuff — local business info, directions, sightseeing — plus a new one: finding new locations relevant to the web pages and emails you’re reading and showing them in your maps panel.

There’s also a simple new to-do panel. Other third party panels are available, including gdTunes, a very cool plug-in that integrates with iTunes and even displays album art.


If you’ve been waiting to try Google Desktop until it graduated from Beta school to become a full Doctor of the Desktop, now’s the time to get indexing!

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[x] Download Google Desktop Search
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HOW TO : Make Your Blog Beautiful

Redesigning Blog Templates

I just stumbled across a useful page for those wanting to give their blog a bit of a design overhaul - it’s a blog tutorial on Blog Templates using Photoshop. In it they talk about how to design header banners/logos, give photos borders, make button etc. They also give a lot of useful links to help in the process.


Top Ten Blog Design Mistakes

1. No Author Biographies - I’m amazed that so many blogs don’t have any information about who is the behind them. Not essential information but common sense in my books to be transparent enough to tell people who you are.

2. No Author Photo - for me this is not a must - but it does add something personal to a blog.

3. Nondescript Posting Titles

4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go - I agree - it also helps with SEO to use make links more descriptive

5. Classic Hits are Buried - So true - highlight your best posts or they’ll go unseen after dropping from the front page

6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation - has anyone ever used a calendar to navigate a blog or is it just me who avoids them?

7. Irregular Publishing Frequency - again something I’ve written quite a bit about. It’s not about high or low posting frequency - but regular posting. Find your rhythm and stick to it.

8. Mixing Topics - Stick to you niche

9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss - so true. Once you hit publish you lose control over who will ever see what you write. Be careful.

10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service - the quote of this article is ‘Letting somebody else own your name means that they own your destiny on the Internet.’ So true.

Home-made motorcycle

I don't know much about this home-made motorcycle or the rider who appears on it in this photos, only that the bike is amazing.









|W|P|113153061994681520|W|P|Steve Rubel's Ten Technorati Hacks|W|P|rkrana@gmail.com11/09/2005 03:50:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Naveen|W|P|I agree.Technorati is one step ahead in the blog search and in a way it is very different ball game altogether. It is not just sufficient to find the relevant content as with generic web search because the focus is now on the quality and how well the featched results mach personalized info space preferences..the personalized info space is really formed by your own tags and the tags of the community you hang out with..so Technorati’s approach is good one..Also transient nature of blog attractions and the real time aspect in the blog updates can not be handled by conventional caching based web search..and since blogging is all about distributive knowledge bank based on community verification model the farther we stay away from a centralized authority deciding what is important the better we will be in long run..So go Technorati !! Keep innovating ..11/09/2005 03:53:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Paul|W|P|Great Article! I was wondering if you knew how to use the Technorati API to get some code that shows one's Technorati rank on their site. I've been messing with it for a long time but nothing's working. I even tried the duckSoup Technorati API for PHP with no luck.One thing which I absolutely love about Technorati is Blog Finder. That's the best way to find popular blogs on any subject.11/09/2005 03:54:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Manish|W|P|Thanks for an informative post. Just started blogging a while ago and discovering lots of stuff. These tips are great. One question. A lot of the searches in Technorati comes up with bogus spam blogs. How do I tweak it so that I don't have to waste my time finding that it's a splog? Thanks.11/09/2005 03:59:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anju|W|P|'Mama technorati?' Exactly how much do they pay you to carry that much water for Momma, Rajesh? "This site is a fantastic window into the psyche of the more digitally inclined." Me thinks I am inclined to believe you have a vested interest in this reporting.11/09/2005 06:42:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Maddy|W|P|I subsribed to a few tags all right, but the number of posts coming down each day was just overwhelming.

So I culled it to about 4 technorati and del.icio.us tages and auto-filed them in the RSS readers 'Watchlist' folder. Still too much ... with all the other feeds I read.

So while subbing tags is great to get post ideas, it just takes too much time trying those 'diamonds in the rough'11/09/2005 06:45:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Sam|W|P|Perhaps you could use Technorati's How much my blog is worth" as a measure of the rank on individual blogs.11/09/2005 06:46:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Martin|W|P|Thanks for the tips Rajesh,

I was only using about 20% of the capabilities of Technorati before.11/09/2005 06:50:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Paul|W|P|Sam: I've used that. ;-) However, its fall back is that the code isn't dynamic or anything.. if your rank increases the code that site gives you won't change the value. You have to do it manually. I am interested in deciphering the technorati API for this feature, just rank, as my blog is rapidly growing in popularity and I want to track it easily. Around 3,000 last I checked.11/09/2005 06:53:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Santosh|W|P|What is that expanding OS X menu in the topleft?11/09/2005 06:55:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Varinder|W|P|Santosh, it's from Firefox. It's a folder of RSS feeds that I keep on my bookmarks toolbar.

Sterling, I do not represent Technorati. At one time we worked for PubSub, but we have no affiliation with T'rati. Go ask 'em.11/09/2005 06:58:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Amrao|W|P|Rajesh,
One thing which I absolutely love about Technorati is Blog Finder. That's the best way to find popular blogs on any subject.11/09/2005 07:40:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Astha|W|P|a friend told me technocrati is soon going to make blogging a profiteable activity ? wat does dat mean ??11/09/2005 08:13:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Rajesh|W|P|As far as my info, i'd heard that it i'll be just like Google's adsense which work on PPC (Pay per Click) but i'll have more innovative technique.... what you have heard... ??11/09/2005 08:16:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Amrao|W|P|I think you are right...11/09/2005 08:21:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Rajesh|W|P|Also Technorati earns it's revenue through - Advertise on Technorati11/09/2005 08:23:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Neha|W|P|Hey what is PPC??????11/09/2005 08:27:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Rajesh|W|P|Well Neha, PPC engines can be categorized in "Keyword", "Product", "Service" engines. However, a number of companies may fall in two or more categories. More models are continually being developed.


Keyword PPCs
Advertisers using these bid on "keywords", which can be words or phrases, and can include product model numbers. When a user searches for a particular word or phrase, the list of advertiser links appears in order of bidding.

As of 2005, notable PPC Keyword search engines include: Google AdWords, FindWhat, GoClick, 7Search etc.


Product PPCs

"Product" engines let advertisers provide "feeds" of their product databases and when users search for a product, the links to the different advertisers for that particular product appear, giving more prominence to advertisers who pay more, but letting the user sort by price to see the lowest priced product and then click on it to buy. These engines are also called Product comparison engines or Price comparison engines.

Some of the PPC Product search engines are: BizRate, NexTag, PriceGrabber, Pricescan, Pricethat, Pricewatch, PriceLeap, Shopping.com


Service PPCs
"Service" engines let advertisers provide feeds of their service databases and when users search for a service offering links to advertisers for that particular product appear, giving prominence to advertisers who pay more, but letting users sort their results by price or other methods. Some Product PPCs have expanded into the service space while other service engines operate in specific verticals.

Examples: NexTag, Pricethat SideStep, TripAdvisor11/09/2005 08:31:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Amrao|W|P|I think you forget to mention -

1) Cost Per Click or CPC (as it is often initialized to) is a phrase often used in online advertising and online marketing circles.

With many advertising networks and websites, the advertiser is charged for advertising their ad (on the advertising network or website) only when a user clicks on their ad. How much they pay (for that click) is called their Cost Per Click or CPC.

The CPC can be determined by different factors, depending on which advertising network or website the advertiser is advertising on.

2) Click-through rate or CTR is a way of measuring the success of an online advertising campaign. A CTR is obtained by dividing the number of impressions delivered, by the number of users who clicked on it. For example, if your banner ad was delivered 1000 times (impressions delivered) and 10 people clicked on it (clicks recorded), then the resulting CTR would be 1%: 10/1000=.0111/09/2005 08:34:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Rajesh|W|P|Hey Thanx Amrao11/10/2005 02:03:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Venkat|W|P|Once again Rajesh, thanks for the information, I am a little busy right now, but I promise I will look in to it. Sorry I also haven't had the chance to check out those photoshop sites which you gave me. I'll do it very soon. Once again, thanks.11/10/2005 12:21:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Rajesh|W|P|It's fine.... even I'm very busy... now days....11/08/2005 08:11:00 PM|W|P|Rajesh|W|P| A THEORY first proposed by Albert Einstein 70 years ago has provided the basis for a new electronic key that could spell the demise of computer hackers.

Physicists at the Australian National University have successfully used bright lasers to prevent transmitted data from being hacked. Their breakthrough was based on work done by Einstein and his colleagues in 1935.

They uncovered a phenomenon known as entanglement, a theory that described the way particles of energy interacted predictably with each other.

Applying this theory in the field of quantum cryptography allowed the ANU group to generate a secret key that prevented data from being hacked. The discovery was expected to be of particular interest to defence and intelligence organisations, governments and the finance sector because it allowed communication without eavesdropping.


The security of quantum cryptography was guaranteed by the laws of physics, as the security of conventional cryptographic methods relied on the complexity of mathematical operations.

The ANU scientists, led by Dr Ping Koy Lam, have developed an experimental prototype demonstrating this futuristic technology and were currently investigating the potential commercial applications.

"The technology employs specially generated secret electronic data, or keys, to encrypt a message," the ANU team said. "Upon receipt of the encrypted message, the recipient uses a precisely matching decoding key to recover the original message.

"It could revolutionise information security in the way the World Wide Web revolutionised the availability of information."

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|W|P|113146161468140917|W|P|Einstein key stops hacks|W|P|rkrana@gmail.com11/08/2005 08:27:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Naveen|W|P|This technology is already out of date. There's a laser technology which is corkscrewed which makes it impossible for anyone to read the data unless they are directly in front of it. This tech also allows more than 2 bits of data - which will allow either large packets of data to be sent speeding up the internet (or allowing for more growth @ current speeds) and will also allow for molecular computer architecture which modern laser technology cannot.

As for Einstein, I'll simply ask this: Why can current quantum theory only work in 2 spacial dimentions and 1 spacetime dimention?

I'll also ask, why are ppl going back to Einstein's work on quantum theories which have supposedly long since been "outdated" to create new sources of energy?11/08/2005 08:28:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Anand|W|P|If this key is really so unbreakable it will never make it into normal businesses. I can already imagine CIA/FBI/NSA folks looking really worried... "damn, are we going to loose the ability to play Big Brother..."

Oh, btw "NSA" is not in dictionary used by spelling checker ;)11/08/2005 08:29:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Varad|W|P|"They uncovered a phenomenon known as entanglement".
Uh, no?
I wish there was a 'bury it' link, since that article
needs to be.11/08/2005 08:33:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Baljinder|W|P|Now if everyone computer came equiped with some sort of death ray lazr thingy, and zapped a hacker as soon as he started hack... that would kill hackers.11/08/2005 08:35:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Manvir|W|P|Ok, encryption yes but come on, this is why i hate the mass media. Its not going to stop the hacking of public services which is probably of greater concern. If your looking for outlandishly exspensive ways to secure a network there are plenty already available.11/08/2005 08:38:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Rakesh Nair|W|P|It will stop someone from sniffing something out, but do nothing to stop the hackers that get onto your computer or network.

Much respect to E, but you have to remember there are non-E humans operating computers11/08/2005 08:40:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Albert Khumlo|W|P|No death for hackers spelled out today. How many people do you think will actually bother to encrypt their data? How will that stop rootkits and Fr3e Scr33ns4verz? And even if every possible hole in a computer system is close, no programmer can fix A PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair). Einstein was wrong about so many things. Special relativity. Then he screwed it up even worse with General Relativity. Can you really trust him on this one? The guy was a loser.11/08/2005 09:09:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Santosh|W|P|they don't really high light in this artical that the quantum engaglement only happens when the data is transmitted throught the lazer. so hacking/bugging might be impossible (or to be more acurate, mathematically implosible) in the lazer stream, hacking/bugging can occure before or after the entanglement.

and since i don't see lazers replacing, Cat5E cable any time soon, don't expect any real results11/08/2005 09:10:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Sumit|W|P|Wow. Never have I seen a more complete misunderstanding of Quantum Cryptography.

If you define "hacking" as "interception of transmitted data" or "eavesdropping", then this article might have a grain of truth in it.11/08/2005 09:12:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Sujoy|W|P|Naveen can you post a link to this "corkscrewed laser" you speak of? I've never heard of it. Tapping high speed fiber optics is possible but very risky. It requires extreme expensive equipment and every more expensive computing power to sift through all the data you get from a tap. It's like trying to isolate a grain of sand in a fairly large sand box, you can do, but at what cost of time and money? Not to mention it get 10x more complex when you have to tap transoceanic fiber runs.11/08/2005 09:15:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Joydeep|W|P|This isnt going to stop.... ONCE AGAIN, IF DATA CAN BE READ IT CAN BE CRACKED GIVEN ENOUGH TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Security is false sense of safty... Anyways, The data is encypted with keys... There are a lot of encyption methods use keys and can be cracked. Hell SSL *can* be cracked, althought a brut force attacks takes a while. Anywho, nice to see new methods of encytion...

Ok my point behind all this is, no matter how secure anything is, it can still be cracked given enough time and effort. If someone wants into ur system bad enough, they will do it.11/08/2005 09:16:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Vinod|W|P|quantum cryptography ..this is really old news ..nothing new to see here.

and btw the failure of any crypto is in the implementation not in the crypto itself.11/08/2005 09:20:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Varinder|W|P|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_cryptography
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_entanglement

einsteins name just makes suddenly more impressive, doesn't it?11/08/2005 09:22:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Prabhu|W|P|This story is a joke. The real advances in this area are made by people such as Anton Zeilinger and his team in Austria. They have been sending quantum encrypted informatin across increasing distances for YEARS, more than a year ago even completed the first quantum encrypted bank transaction... Squash this.11/08/2005 09:28:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Ravi|W|P|The article is misleading. Einstein did not "invent" quantum entanglement. In fact Einstein thought the idea was so absurd that he used it as "proof" that quantum physics was an incomplete science. The principle was Bohr and Heisenberg's proposed solution to the EPR (Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen) paradox.11/09/2005 04:22:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous James|W|P|i just went to lecture about quantum information so i decided to share my new found knowledge.
this is the common mans guide to quantum cryptography. we're talking photons polarized here (vertically, horizontally, left tilted and right tilted).
alice sends random states to bob:
| / - | | / / | -
bob measures states with a random alignment:
- | / / | | -
alice tells bob which measurements will result in accurate results:
y n y n n n y n y y
bob now has a key:
0 0 1 1 1
at this point neither party has told anyone what the key actually is.
to protect against an eavesdropper (eve) who would collapse the eigenstates if she analyzed the data (therefor ruining it), alice sends bob say 10% of the real key (imagine the key has a much longer bit length and this works), if alice and bob's keys don't jive, they do the entire thing over until eve stops eavesdropping.
there you have it, quantum cryptography. this can be done along long distances (talking 100km+) through fiber optics and los alamos is working on doing it via satelite. it is very real and very secure (as secure as physical laws allow) although as stated above it does not protect against either computer being compromised, it protects against the data being intercepted.
this article is not news.
this is all because of a theory called the "no cloning theorem" presented by Wootters, Zurek, and Dieks in 1982.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-cloning_theorem11/09/2005 04:24:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Superficial Brain|W|P|This is not really news. This idea has been around for a while, and there are a couple inaccuracies. 1) It should decrease bugs and increase security, not stop hacking. 2) Quantum entanglement is NOT part of Einsteins theories. In fact, Einstein never acknowledged quantum theory at all ("God doesn't play dice with the universe."). 3) The future of encryption is more commonly believed to lie in quantum encryption, specifically using the aforementioned "quantum entanglement", which is actually not about hacking either. There are a couple other minor things, but i dont want to bore you with the details...11/09/2005 04:25:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Indian Oceanic Waves|W|P|It would be kinda nice if every router out there eventually ended up using non-tapable links between each other.
That would at least slow down those evil script kiddies who have been known to put taps on cables lying at the bottom of the ocean, among other places11/09/2005 04:26:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Varinder|W|P|You can never stop the Hackers. No matter what you do they will always be out there. Maybe operating in a different way but they will still be there.11/09/2005 04:27:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Walnut Cracker|W|P|YEAH you can crack anything. Hell I crack walnuts all the time.11/07/2005 10:05:00 PM|W|P|Rajesh|W|P|
Forbes.com can lets you create a "e-mail time capsule" that will automatically email you in up to 20 years later. Surprise you in the future.
The E-Mail Time Capsule

Most time capsules involve cramming stuff into a metal box and burying it in a hole in the ground. It's a method that works --but it's so primitive. What if you could write an email to yourself, and be assured of receiving it twenty years in the future? That's what we've done with this email time capsule. Simply fill out the fields below, decide how long you want the capsule to be sealed for, and hit send. We'll do our best to make sure the message gets delivered. Read More>>

Also Futureme.org can send you your email after 30 years
Leave your message here>>|W|P|113138190484683552|W|P|Leave a note for the year 2025|W|P|rkrana@gmail.com11/06/2005 03:37:00 PM|W|P|Rajesh|W|P|

Now days I'm reading, “The Monk who sold his Ferrari”, by Robin S. Sharma.
It’s a story of a lawyer, Julian, very famous, extremely successful and possessing loads of wealth, who abandons all the worldly pleasures to move to the Himalayas of East in search of peace of mind. There he meets the Sages of Sivana who shares with him the key to peaceful and successful life. Finally he returns to his land, and preaches the wisdom he has gained during his sort of exile to his friend and colleague John.
The major part of the book is focused on the teachings of sages of Sivana through the mouth of Julian. The book provides good food for thought and pushes you to think how can you apply those theories to your own life? The book is not the one which you can read at one go. If you really want to enjoy the book and gain the knowledge from it, try reading it slowly imbibing the overflowing knowledge. It may sound boring at times as there is repetition of concepts but overall it’s a good book.

Some of the concepts which really touched me: live each day as if it’s the last day of your life. Call up everyone you want to, do everything you want to as you would do on the last day of your life. Laugh quite often. Even if you don’t feel like, do it forcefully. And believe me. I tried it and it helps to overcome your anger, bad mood etc. If you want to acquire a new habit, do it without failing at least for 21 days, at the same time and same place. Set your priorities. Spend some time on yourself. Breathe from the stomach. Meditate quite often. Concentrate a lot on self-improvement (practice the art of kaizen- for all those who have read the book). Try to find joy in small little things and enjoy the life (pata nahin kal ho na ho ;-)). And lots more………

So overall I liked the book… but you need to have the patience to read the book. Many a times you will have a great urge to leave the book midway. But read it till the end. It may improve your quality of life.
|W|P|113127233770278047|W|P|The Monk who sold his Ferrari|W|P|rkrana@gmail.com11/08/2005 11:31:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Nidhi Narayan|W|P|hi Rajesh
i guess you are perfectly correct when you say that loads of patience are required to read the book,but as far as i read it,it seemed like a good book.......but as they say a books worth is measured only by how much we can learn and practise from it and not by the author or the cost.since it belongs to my roomy so i plan to borrow it soon and finish reading it.11/08/2005 12:33:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Rajesh|W|P|Yeah it's a good book, the best thing about this book is it's simplicity....11/08/2005 09:33:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Rose|W|P|I've read this book... it has really changed my way of thinking...11/08/2005 09:34:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Shankar|W|P|I'll try it....11/08/2005 09:35:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Shourabh|W|P|i'll give 8/10....11/08/2005 11:10:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Mridula|W|P|I have read the book and loved many of the concepts but when it comes to putting them in practise it is a different story.11/09/2005 09:42:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous ravi kiran|W|P|as rose says that the novel has changed the way he thinks, iam sure he is planning to leave AIM and join IIM.
moreover his long term plan is to become a BRAHMACHARI and lead the rest of his life as a monk.11/09/2005 09:51:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous tiwari(PLEASE READ)|W|P|hi rose yaar tu "BRAHMACHARI" banana chahata hai, main toh already hoon.tu bhi meri toli mein shaamil ho jaa, aur saarey AIM key boys ko BRAHMACHARI banatey hai11/09/2005 12:25:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Rajesh|W|P|Rose: it do change your life if you follow it..

Shankar: der aaye durust aaye

Shourabh: i'll give 6/10

Mridula: You are absolutely right..... but if we try nothing is impossible..

Ravi and Tiwari: reading this book and following it, does'nt mean that you have to become brahmachari, it gives you the message for your inner happiness....11/17/2005 11:02:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous promod|W|P|I read this book in one Sitting.. I started reading this at 11 in the morning and completed at 9 PM.. I forget to have my lunch on that sunday..It is really an amazing experience.Though many of the ideas he is putting forward are familiar in India,the way he present his ideas is in a very very intelligent one.These ideas will surely surprise the people in west but not to that level for the people in India.

He uses a lot of quotes.. many his own many said by some other scholars....One i like among them is

"There are No mistakes.. Only lessons"11/17/2005 11:27:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous Rajesh|W|P|Yeah i like this quote a lot... that's why i use it lot and try to follow it.....

you are very correct that we all very much familiar about all those things what is said but it just some kind of remainder for us to have a look at those ancient knowledge given by our ancestor (which we are forgeting/neglecting)and try to know the truth about life and live it with true values and happiness.6/29/2006 10:37:00 AM|W|P|Anonymous ram kumar chetri|W|P|i had drought this book. here in ktm it avilable in low cost. so i had it. i will read it and then i give my comment.i tell u later about it.7/15/2006 11:14:00 PM|W|P|Blogger abhishek sharma|W|P|hey,
i havnst read this book completely. but i do have a query. according to this book we should know wat we want and should strive for it. but dun u guys think that its bit contradictrory, i mean if i want peace and solitude and want to rest somewhere in lonly place away frm evryone's eye then wat about my parents my family my social duties. we all are caught in shackles of certain responsibility and others expectation which we have to fulfill. so most of the times we are bound to do wat we dont want to do.so finally wat should we do.?7/15/2006 11:18:00 PM|W|P|Blogger abhishek sharma|W|P|but ya of course this is true that mind is a great servant but a cruel master11/06/2005 02:00:00 PM|W|P|Rajesh|W|P|

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Desktop search application Google Desktop is out of beta with a few cool new features. Most notably, the sidebar now features Google Maps integration.

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There’s also a simple new to-do panel. Other third party panels are available, including gdTunes, a very cool plug-in that integrates with iTunes and even displays album art.


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[x] Desktop grows up [Google Blog]
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|W|P|113126625525706065|W|P|Download of the Day: Google Desktop out of beta|W|P|rkrana@gmail.com11/06/2005 03:06:00 PM|W|P|Anonymous Naveen|W|P|While it is nice to see them releasing more procuts out of beta, which they are very well known for keeping stuff stuck there for years, this one never really impressed me. 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I just stumbled across a useful page for those wanting to give their blog a bit of a design overhaul - it’s a blog tutorial on Blog Templates using Photoshop. In it they talk about how to design header banners/logos, give photos borders, make button etc. They also give a lot of useful links to help in the process.


Top Ten Blog Design Mistakes

1. No Author Biographies - I’m amazed that so many blogs don’t have any information about who is the behind them. Not essential information but common sense in my books to be transparent enough to tell people who you are.

2. No Author Photo - for me this is not a must - but it does add something personal to a blog.

3. Nondescript Posting Titles

4. Links Don’t Say Where They Go - I agree - it also helps with SEO to use make links more descriptive

5. Classic Hits are Buried - So true - highlight your best posts or they’ll go unseen after dropping from the front page

6. The Calendar is the Only Navigation - has anyone ever used a calendar to navigate a blog or is it just me who avoids them?

7. Irregular Publishing Frequency - again something I’ve written quite a bit about. It’s not about high or low posting frequency - but regular posting. Find your rhythm and stick to it.

8. Mixing Topics - Stick to you niche

9. Forgetting That You Write for Your Future Boss - so true. Once you hit publish you lose control over who will ever see what you write. Be careful.

10. Having a Domain Name Owned by a Weblog Service - the quote of this article is ‘Letting somebody else own your name means that they own your destiny on the Internet.’ So true.

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