Monthly Archives: September 2008

Worst stampedes in the world

Death never comes as welcomed, it comes without invitation and sometime even the same can knock your door when you are completely away from it somewhere in God’s Arena !!

Its Irorny but its the truth of how disaster our human life is .. .

Following is a short chronology of some of the worst stampedes in the last 20 years:

* March 1988: In Kathmandu, 70 fans are killed after a stampede towards locked exits in a hailstorm at Nepal’s national soccer stadium, the country’s worst civilian disaster.

* July 1990: 1,426 pilgrims are crushed to death inside al-Muaissem tunnel near Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The accident occurs on Eid al-Adha (The Feast of Sacrifice), Islam’s most important feast at the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage.

* May 1994: In Saudi Arabia, a stampede near Jamarat Bridge kills 270 where pilgrims hurl stones at piles of rocks symbolising the devil.

* April 1998: One hundred and nineteen Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death at the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

* May 2001: In Ghana, 126 people are killed after a stampede at Accra’s main soccer stadium when police fire teargas at rioting fans in one of Africa’s worst soccer disasters.

* February 2004: A stampede kills 251 Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia near Jamarat Bridge during the ritual stoning of the devil at the annual Haj pilgrimage.

* January 2005: At least 265 Hindu pilgrims, including several women and children, are killed near a remote temple in India’s Maharashtra state.

* August 2005: At least 1,005 people die in Iraq when Shi’ites stampede off a bridge over the Tigris river in Baghdad panicked by rumours of a suicide bomber in the crowd.

* January 2006: Three hundred and sixty-two Muslim pilgrims are crushed to death at the eastern entrance of Mena’s Jamarat Bridge when pilgrims jostled to perform the stoning ritual between noon and sunset.

* February 2006: Seventy-one people are killed at a stadium in Manila as they scrambled to get into a popular Philippine television game show.

* September 2006: At least 51 people are killed in a Yemeni stadium where President Ali Abdullah Saleh was holding a pre-election rally in the southern province of Ibb.

* August 2008: Rumours of a landslide triggers a stampede by pilgrims in India at the Naina Devi temple, in Bilaspur district, in Himachal Pradesh. At least 145 people were killed and more than 100 people injured.

Want to make a bomb? Just log on to the Net

Type “How to Make a Bomb” on Google and you will get a long list of sites that give ingredients, measurements, directions – everything you need – to kill.

IBNLive.com directs us on above thing as follows …

Want to make a bomb

The question is: Even after Delhi’s serial blasts, why is such information freely available? Internet Service Providers, through whose servers all Internet traffic in India flows – say they need directive to shut down.

Internet Security expert, Rajesh Chharia says, “We can shut down these sites in five minutes. But we need a Government order.”

Pasting a site’s address on a service provider’s server is all it takes to block it in India. But terrorists get around that by pasting the same information on a new site or by using proxy servers. Countries abroad have found a lasting solution to the problem.

Cyber Security expert, Rajat Khare says, “The Middle East uses content filtering software at its international gateways. All traffic is electronically checked. If it has any objectionable keywords like porn or bomb, it’s automatically blocked. Problem is, it’s an electronic invasion of your privacy. And it requires lots of money to implement.”

Nuclear weapons’ manuals were once easily available on the Net. However, the US took them down after the 9/11 attacks.

Last year, the European Union outlawed all bomb making websites as part of the war against terror.

Surprisingly, India hasn’t made any such move inspite of being hounded by terrorism for more than two decades.

We India are the IT hub of the world but still when it comes to usage of IT for domestic purpose we lack way beyond, why so ?

Hubert Chang – Third co-founder of Google ?

Following story from IBNLive.com is interesting, someone after 11 years claims that he too is a founder of Google !! . Isnt that really surprising ?

Also to add there comes in a Indian Born US Professor who links third founder Chang with Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

So the story starts as follows ……

A man, who calls himself Hubert Chang, has released a web video published on Vimeo, in which he has claimed that he is one of the co-founders of Google.

However, his authenticity is being questioned as to why he waited 11 years to make his declaration.

In the video, Chang has claimed that he helped Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page design the search giant in February 1997.

“The design includes the search engine algorithm, the business model (also called AdSense and AdWords), the name of the company, the outline of the system architecture, a corporation culture like a grad school, and Google’s growing path,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Chang, as saying.

Google has already released a statement claiming that Chang”s claims are completely baseless, but it did not deny that Page and Brin had met him.

Chang claims that he abandoned Google 11 years back because of his father’s desire for him to complete his PhD at New York University.

Today, though, Google has a market capitalisation of 138 billion US dollars. And Page and Brin are worth 16 billion US dollars each, according to Forbes.

Chang says that Page and Brin asked him in September 1997 whether he would like to put his name on the academic paper that first described the Google search system, but he declined the offer so he could focus on his studies.

He said that the decision was difficult, uncomfortable and, in hindsight, unwise, but it “made sense” at the time.

Chang says that it was Stanford computer science professor Rajeev Motwani, who first introduced him to Brin and Page.

However, Motwani told InformationWeek that though he may have passed on a few emails but Chang’s claims were “completely unfounded in reality”.

“After viewing this tape, some people might think I’m lying, some might think I’m crazy, some might be upset, while others will consider I’m honest. But the tape has to be made,” said Chang.

Chang has also claimed that he did try to contact Page and Brin after finishing his PhD in 2002 but they ignored him. Chang claims that it may be because they were either busy, did not know how to position him or did not want to “fully acknowledge the past”.

In the video he does not explain why he waited 11 years to come forward and neither did he respond to a request for an interview.

On the other hand Google said that Page and Brin had “no recollection” of meeting Chang, “however, given the number of people they’ve met in the last decade it’s impossible to say categorically that they never have”.

Google said: “Rajeev Motwani, the Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Stanford, believes he may have shared some emails from Mr Chang with Larry and Sergey in 1997 or 1998. But in any case PageRank had already been developed by that time and was a working prototype.”

HTML Color Code Chart

Hey folks here goes a pretty small handy tool to find out color codes.

With this dynamic HTML color codes chart you can get codes for basic colors.You just need to click on any color to get it’s HTML color code:

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Also at above URL you can find HTML Color Picker. You can start with your own color by writing its color code in a provided input field.

Web 3.0: Now Your Other Computer is a Data Center

Following guest post is written by by Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com

For almost ten years now, we have been witnessing a decisive shift from client-server software to software as a service. Google, eBay, and Amazon.com established the value of multi-tenant internet applications in the consumer market, and salesforce.com, Google, and others have been proving that this same multi-tenant model is winning in the enterprise as well.

This shift to Web-based applications has generated two powerful waves so far. Now, we are seeing a third wave—one that we are calling Web 3.0—and it may prove to be the most significant and disruptive yet to the traditional software industry.

While the world doesn’t need another buzzword, I feel that both the emerging generation of entrepreneurs and developers, as well as traditional software ISVs, need to grasp the enormity of Web 3.0 and its potential to create change, disruption, and opportunity. Web 3.0 is about replacing existing software platforms with a new generation of platforms as a service.

To put Web 3.0 into perspective, we need to look at all of the major waves in the history of the Web. They are not defined by distinct periods of time, but are best seen as overlapping waves of adoption.

Web 1.0: Anyone Can Transact
Web 2.0: Anyone Can Participate
Web 3.0: Anyone Can Innovate

Read Complete Article @ TechCrunchIT.com

Depression in US Economic Market – Why & When it all started

So u people must be wondering…that whats going on in the market…?? Whys there a sudden & so desperate bloodbath……..going on in the markets. There s a brief reason as to why it all started..from.!!!! Precisely summarised the current Economic crisis in US

IT all began with the sub-prime crisis. If you lost you money in the market crash of January 2008, here’s the route to your loss, in chronological order.

2001-2005: House prices in the US begin to rise rapidly. Banks lend aggressively and create a sub prime industry.
Sub-prime lending refers to lending (at slightly higher interest rates) to people who may not be eligible for a loan under normal circumstances. Maybe they don’t have a regular job or income, or have defaulted in the past.
Banks traditionally did not lend to such people due to high risk of default. But since these loans were mortgaged against property and property prices were rising continuously, banks started doing so. If customers defaulted, they good sell the mortgaged property.

2005: The booming housing market halted abruptly in many parts of the US.

2006: Prices are flat, home sales fall.

February 2007: Sub-prime industry collapses in the US; more than 25 sub-prime lenders declare bankruptcy, announce significant losses, or put themselves up for sale.
While they were lending, banks did not factor in the possibility of a fall in property prices. When the Federal Bank (the US equivalent of RBI) started increasing interest rates, the sub-prime borrowers started defaulting and banks started selling off the mortgaged properties. As more and more properties came into the market for selling, the property prices fell.

August 2007: Many leading mortgage lenders in the US filed for bankruptcy

March 2008: Bear Sterns falls.

September 2008: Lehman Brothers file for bankruptcy. Merrill Lynch sells off to Bank of America. Between 2001 and 2006, the US financial markets had developed a new product – a bond securitised against the mortgages.

In simple terms it means that the mortgage banks borrowed money against the mortgages on the condition that they would repay to lenders as soon as they recovered their mortgages. The lenders in this case were financial institutions (like Bear Sterns, Lehman and Merril Lynch) who in turn sold retail bonds to individuals.

Sadly, the repayment never happened. And institutions like Bear Sterns, Lehman, Merrill Lynch and AIG were the casualties. Since the mortgages were not honoured, the banks could not repay these financial institutions who in turn could not repay retail investors.

How to stay awake in meetings

Do you keep falling asleep in meetings and seminars?
What about those long and boring conference calls?
Here’s a way to change all of that.

1. Before (or during) your next meeting, seminar, or conference call, prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5″ x 5″ is a good size. Divide the card into columns – five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.

2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block:
* synergy
* strategic fit
* core competencies
* best practice
* bottom line
* revisit
* expeditious
* to tell you the truth (or “the truth is”)
* 24/7
* out of the loop
* benchmark
* value-added
* proactive
* win-win
* think outside the box
* fast track
* result-driven
* empower (or empowerment)
* knowledge base
* at the end of the day
* touch base
* mindset
* client focus(ed)
* paradigm
* game plan
* leverage

3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.

4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout “BULLSHIT!”
Testimonials from satisfied players:
· “I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won.” – Adam, Atlanta
· “My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically.” – David, Florida
· “What a gas! Meetings will never be the same for me after my first win.” – Dan, New York City
· “The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box.” – Ben, Denver
· “The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed ‘BULLSHIT!’ for the third time in two hours.” – Paul, Cleveland

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21 Years of Marriage

After 21 years of marriage,
I discovered a new way of keeping alive the spark of love.

A little while ago, I had started to go out with another woman.
It was really my wife’s idea. “I know that you love her,” she said one day,
taking me by surprise. “But I love YOU too,” I protested.
“I know, but you also love her.”

The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my mother,
who had been a widow for 19 years,
but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally.

That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie.
“What’s wrong, are you well,” she asked?
My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news.
“I thought that it would be pleasant to pass some time with you,”
I responded. “Just the two of us.”
She thought about it for a moment then said “I would like that very much.”

That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up,
I was a bit nervous.
When I arrived at her house,
I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date.

She waited in the door with her coat on.
She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary.

She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel’s.
“I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed,” she said, as she got into the car.
“They can’t wait to hear about our meeting”.

We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy.
My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady.
After we sat down, I had to read the menu.
Her eyes could only read large print.

Half way through the entree,
I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me.
A nostalgic smile was on her lips.
“It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small,” she said. “Then it’s time that you relax and let me return the favor,” I respond.

During the dinner we had an agreeable conversation
- nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each others life. We talked so much that we missed the movie.
As we arrived at her house later, she said
“I’ll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you”.
I agreed.

“How was your dinner date?” asked my wife when I got home.
“Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined,” I answered.

A few days later my mother died of a massive heart attack.
It happened so suddenly that I didn’t have a chance to do anything for her.

Some time later I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place mother and I had dined.
An attached note said:

“I paid this bill in advance.
I was almost sure that I couldn’t be there but, never-the-less, I paid for two plates – one for you and the other for your wife.
You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you.”

At that moment I understood the importance of saying, in time:

“I LOVE YOU”
and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve.
Nothing in life is more important than God and your family.

TATA CRUCIBLES 08 CHANDIGARH

1) HP came out with a new computing memory wat is it called?
Ans: Memorister

2) which is the world most transparent company interms of policies?
Ans: GE

3) 3rd was a visual of a totally devastated area with jus 4 tyres remaining
Ans: J.K. Tyres

4) which person left motorola to join cisco as a CTO?
Ans: Padamsree warrior

5) which FMCG markets top ramen in india?it stopped in april 2008
Ans: marico

6) walgreen pharmacy is credited with the invention of ___________ .
it was first created by Ivar Coulson. This beverag exists in India in many different flavors?
Ans: Milk Shakes

7) Hills is a brand owned by which company?
Ans: Colgate

8) Monsanto sold which product to coca cola?
Ans: Sacharine

9)meet me at the hyphen. refers to which famous landmark in newyork?
w____ a____

10) Norleo, Senseo are brands of which dutch company?
Ans: Phillips

11) Pic of Naresh Goyal

12) Which Japanese company is known as the “Time-maker” and name means exquizite, minute, Success in japanese?
Ans: Seiko

13) Which American Business woman said “First god, Second family, Third My Ashes?
Ans: Mary Kay Ashe

14) Which brand owns Higginbothams?

15) pic of TUX

16) which company was in the business of making japanese aircrafts in ww2 and now famous in automobile segment?
Ans: Mitsubishi

17) Godrej airconditioners are sold in special shops called?
Ans: Cool Zones

18) “local roots global reach” is the tagline of which brewery in india?
Ans: Pernod Ricard

19) Which Automobile major is a sponsor for the Cannes film festival?
Ans: Renault

20) Shapoorji pallonji owns which of the following brands? mango, FCUK, SAcille ron
Ans: Sacille ron

21) bond girl 007 is a perfume by loreal/avon/revlon?
Ans: Avon

22) Great escape is a event organised by which automobile major in india to promote its SUV’s?
Ans: Mahindra & Mahindra

23) Which game grossed half a billion dollars after its release in april 2008? Age of empires/ GTA4/ oly08?
Ans: GTA4

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25) Ad of Monster.com