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Slate Comparision : iPad vs. HP Slate vs. JooJoo vs. Android Tablet vs. …

Everybody’s talking about tablets, especially those single-pane capacitive touchscreen ones more specifically known as “slates.” The iPad is the biggest newsmaker, but there are lots headed our way (most with built-in webcams). Here’s how they measure up, spec-wise:

Slate Comaprision

The iPad has the most storage, cheap 3G, the time-tested iPhone OS and its mountain of apps, and a serious amount of Apple marketing juice behind it. But it’s also famously lacking features common to the other tablets, such as webcam and multitasking (only first party apps like music and email can multitask). The Notion Ink Adam is perhaps the most interesting of the bunch, with its dual-function transflective screen from Pixel Qi: It can be either a normal LCD or, with the flick of a switch, an easy-on-the-eyes reflective LCD that resembles e-ink. Its hardware is also surprisingly impressive—but it remains to be seen if Android is really the right OS for a 10-inch tablet.

Source : gizmodo.com

Interesting facts about “Bombay STATE”

During British rule, portions of the western coast of India under direct British rule were part of the Bombay Presidency. In 1937, the Bombay Presidency became a province of British India.

After Indian independence in 1947, many former princely states, including the Gujarat states and the Deccan states, were merged with the former Bombay province, which was renamed the State of Bombay.

The State of Bombay was significantly enlarged on November 1, 1956, expanding eastward to incorporate the Marathi-speaking Marathwada region of Hyderabad State, the Marathi-speaking Vidarbha region of southern Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarati-speaking Saurashtra and Kutch. The southernmost, Kannada-speaking portion of the state became part of the new linguistic state of Karnataka. The state was being referred to by the local inhabitants as Maha Dwibhashi Rajya, literally, the great bilingual state.

The state was home to both Marathi and Gujarati linguistic movements, both seeking to create separate linguistic states. The Mahagujarat movement in Gujarat was led by Shri Indubhai Yagnik. On May 1, 1960, after a movement for a separate Marathi state turned violent, the State of Bombay was partitioned into the States of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Increasing Java Heap for Ant

I ran across a little tip tonight I thought I should share. Trying to perform a large Salesforce Code migration with Ant kept giving me the following error: Out of memory. Increase Heap Size.

This is a Java error indicating that the virtual machine is out of memory. So now I know what the problem is, what next? If I was launching from a command line changing the heap size is not that tough. Just look up the options for java and set a new value, but I’m using Ant. Looking at the Ant shell script or batch file was no help.

Well a bit of Googling turned up that Ant looks for an environment variable called ANT_OPTS which is use to set Java parameters. Just set the environment variable and off you go. So I added the following to increase the heap size:

export ANT_OPTS=-Xmx256m

That sets the maximum heap size to 256 Megabytes. So if you ever need to increase the size of the Ant JVM, now you know how.

How to Set Java Heap Space

The Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is the execution component of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that interprets and executes the byte code stores in a Java class. Within the Java Virtual Machine is a notional idea of the Java heap which is where objects created in a Java class reside in memory during the program’s execution.

When an object is done being used by the executing program, the Java Garbage Collector frees the memory in the Java Heap used by the object. If your java program requires an extensive use of memory and you do not increase the default Java Heap size, then your program can fail on a “out of memory” Java exception.

Step1 Open the command or DOS prompt on your computer. To open the prompt, select the “Start” menu and type “command” in the search text field followed by the “Enter” key.

Step 2 Change the DOS directory to the location of the Java program you are going to execute with the larger Java Heap size. To do this, type “cd ” followed by the fully qualified directory path of the class files. An example of this is: “cd c:\myjavafiles”.

Step 3 Change the max Java Heap size to 128 megabytes through the use of command line arguments on the Java Virtual Machine invocation. To do this, type the following command at the DOS prompt followed by the “Enter” key:
java –Xmx128m YourClassNameHere

Step 4 Exit the Java program run in Step 3. Re-run the Java application setting an initial default Java Heap size of 32 megabytes (MB) with the ability to increase the heap size to 128 MB if required by typing the following command at the DOS prompt followed by the “Enter” key:

java -Xms32m -Xmx128m YourClassNameHere

Submit a Form in Internet Explorer with Enter

Ran into an (other) interesting Internet Explorer bug. Seems that if you have a form with only a single text input, hitting the enter button will not submit the form in IE.

<form action="" method="post">
<fieldset>
<label for="user_name">User Name</label>
<input type="text" name="user_name" id="user_name" />
</fieldset>
<fieldset class="button">
<button type="submit" name="submit" id="submit" title="Verify User Name">Verify User Name</button>
</fieldset>
</form>

The solution is to hide an additional disabled input for IE to find, using IE conditional Comments and hiding it from view with some CSS.

<form action="" method="post">
<fieldset>
<!--[if IE]><input type="text" style="display: none;" disabled="disabled" size="1" /><![endif]-->
<label for="user_name">User Name</label>
<input type="text" name="user_name" id="user_name" />
</fieldset>
<fieldset class="button">
<button type="submit" name="submit" id="submit" title="Verify User Name">Verify User Name</button>
</fieldset>
</form>

Irvine Robbins – I don’t want my employees stealing

Irvine Robbins – American innovator who changed the way ice-cream was sold

Irvine Robbins started with a single ice-cream parlour in Glendale, Calfornia, and with his brother-in-law, Burton Baskin, turned it into Baskin-Robbins, the world’s biggest ice-cream chain. Robbins, who has died aged 90, was an innovator in both business and ice-cream – part of Baskins-Robbins’ success was due to their being among the first franchised retailers. Robbins claimed his franchising model inspired Ray Kroc, to whom he passed it on while supplying milkshake blenders to Kroc’s hamburger stands, called McDonald’s.

But Robbins’ real genius lay in the marketing of ice-cream itself. More than just a food, ice-cream is the great comforter of American life, and Robbins helped turn it into a great indulgence. The explosion of Baskin-Robbins’ 31 exotic flavours killed postwar America’s traditional preoccupation with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry once and for all. Robbins’ idea was to surprise customers with new flavours, and the idea grew into commemorative tastes

He graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Washington in 1939, returned to the family business and married Irma Gevurtz. He served in the army during the second world war and, after his discharge, cashed in an insurance policy he had received for his bar mitzvah, moved to Glendale and opened the Snowbird ice-cream store. Baskin, who had married Robbins’ sister, had run a clothing store in Chicago before the war, but after his discharge from the navy, followed Robbins, and opened his Burton’s Ice Cream in nearby Pasadena. Robbins’ father had advised against the brothers-in-law going into business together, lest they inhibit each other’s ideas.

But by 1948 there were five Snowbird stores, and three Burton’s, and the brothers-in-law decided to merge. With the merger came their 31st flavour, chocolate mint, which gave them one for every day of the month (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry were never counted among the 31). It would also be three more than Howard Johnson’s, who famously offered 28. Within a year they were up to 43 stores, growing quickly after deciding to sell each store to its manager, what would come to be known as “franchising“. They renamed the company, with a coin-toss deciding that Baskin’s name would come first.

Soon they were out of the managing business, producing ice-cream at a factory in Burbank, concentrating on the standardised look of the stores and a constant churning of the flavours they sold. Overall, more than 1,000 flavours have filled the scoops of Baskin-Robbins stores, and employees have always been allowed to eat as much as they like, because, as Robbins said, “I don’t want my employees stealing.”

In 1967, the partners sold their business, by then some 500 stores, to United Fruit for $12m. The premium ice-cream business took off as baby-boomers reached adulthood. Within six months, Baskin had died, aged 54, of a heart attack. Robbins worked for the company until retiring in 1978. It is now owned by Dunkin’ Donuts, and boasts some 5,500 stores worldwide. Robbins was an ardent anglophile, and an unlikely supporter of Newcastle United, but his Grape Britain ice cream, perhaps fortunately, never left the laboratory.

Robbins retired to Rancho Mirage, his house equipped with a six-seat soda fountain, where he ate three or four scoops daily, frequently adding banana ice cream to his breakfast cereal.

He is survived by Irma, daughters Marsha and Erin, and son John, who rejected the family business, became a vegan, and is the author of Diet for a New America.

Irvine Robbins, businessman, born December 6 1917; died May 5 2008

Ack :- Guardian.co.uk

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.

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Read a very good article on how to generate Seach Engine Friendly URL’s and what does that mean to Search Engines @ It Articles.

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Lehman bankruptcy will hit IIM placements

With America’s fourth largest investment bank Lehman Brothers filing for bankruptcy protection and Merrill Lynch being bought over by the Bank of America, placements at the Indian Institutes of Management will be affected.

These financial giants have so far been the biggest recruiters from the IIMs especially from the institutes at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta.These have been among the day zero firms on IIM campuses and have made plum job offers.

“We are sitting on pre-placement offers from these companies, which go invalid after this development. So, the students will have to go through the regular placement process and look at other companies,” said professor Sourav Mukherjee, chairperson, placements, IIM-Bangalore.

The institute will write to these banks in the next few weeks to seek clarification on the issue. Last year, IIM Bangalore had received around 20 job offers from the banks.

IIM Calcutta has recorded 54 offers so far from these banking banks. Last year, IIM-C received 90 pre-placement offers. Students have been offered international profiles with BCG, Mckinsey, Bain and AT Kearney in the consulting sector and Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Barclays, HSBC, Credit Suisse and Citibank in the investment banking sector. The institutes however, are not very enthusiastic of the banking and financial sector doing well on the campus this year.

“Banking giants like Lehman and Merrill have been the leading paymasters on our campus, offering crore-plus salaries. The confidence of students in the banking sector is collapsing with the bad news from the market,” said an IIM professor.

The IIMs have decided to host new companies on campus. Many institutes have decided to invite smaller private equity players and wealth management firms. Unlike most years, the banking and financial services sector is not expected to be the best performer on campus this year.

Read Complete Story @ Rediff India Abroad

Hewlett-Packard to cut 24,600 jobs

Hewlett Packard, which acquired Electronic Data Systems for nearly $14 billion this summer, plans to trim its company-wide workforce by nearly 8 percent as part of that acquisition.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP will announce restructuring plans for the EDS division to “streamline costs, invest in growth and drive shareholder value,” it said in a statement.

The company said 7.5 percent of the combined workforce, or 24,600 jobs, will be cut as part of the restructuring. Half of those cuts will be in the United States.

EDS, whose government solutions division is in Herndon, has about 2,200 Washington area employees.

Read Complete Story @ Washington Business Journal