Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
There was a small boy. He starts to realize that there are so many imbalances in this world. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a decent living standard, if not perfect. Many can't afford education to their kids, don't have enough money to feed their family, no good clothes to wear, no good place to stay and so on. This boy feels himself lucky as he gets all the basic things he need. He makes a promise that when he will start to earn in future, he will put his best efforts to help others. Today he is working in a software firm. He knows the he earns a lot. He also knows that he wants to help others who are in need and without fail he makes a monetary contribution to some child relief organization. Several months passed. He still works for an IT company and earns even more now. He works for long hours which includes few hours of productive (real) work, few hours of reading forward mails, visiting social networking sites like orkut, watching online videos etc etc,. He is so busy that he forgot to make the contribution he wanted to do.
I don’t know how many of us are like this guy, who wanted to contribute to the society with what we have but jus not doing it often. This may be because this goodwill is lying somewhere in the back of our mind. This blog is jus to remind you to show your kindness in your own way and in the worst case, you can remind your friend next to you.. Your friend had this idea of donating blood but just forgot it... who knows you might have brought smile in unknown faces...
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
AMP Font Viewer - Font manager, view, install, uninstall, organize your fonts. an interesting feature is that you can "test" fonts before deciding to install them.
Any Audio Converter - The name says everything, it converts audio files, WMV, MP4, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, MP3, M4A, MP2, etc. The interesting feature is that it can extract the audio track from video files such as AVI, MPEG, MP4, WMV, ASF.
Audacity - Open source audio editing and recording program, the best free on you can get. It is very easy to use and works on Mac OSX and Linux too.
CamStudio - Free screen session recorder, can record audio too, records to avi or swf files.
GIMP - The freeware alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It's an open source image editor, very powerful and quite stable.
GOM Player - This video player supports almost any video file format and subtitles, solid and nice looking.
IrfanView - The best free image viewer, already a classic piece of software. Can open various file formats and also has some basic editing capabilities.
And many more here
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Language Joke (originally frm here)
European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".
In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.
The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.
In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.
Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.
Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.
By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as re plasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".
During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl riten styl.
Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.
Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
- Synonym search: looks for words that mean similar things. Use the tilde symbol before your keyword, like this: ~eggplant
- Search for a numerical range using the numrange operator. For example, search for Sony TV between £300 and £500 with the string: Sony TV £300..£500
- To search only page titles, use. e.g. intitle:herbs
- The modifier inurl only searches the web address of a page: e.g., inurl:spices
- You can search for a blog title, for example, using inblogtitle:
Know wat s new by google
Saturday, September 06, 2008
A walk to remember
Enemy at the Gates
that I plan to watch... (dont b surprised)
The dark knight
that u recommend (leave as comments)
The Shawshank Redemption
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to others is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken,
because the greatest hazard in life is to do nothing.
The person who risks nothing,
does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
Chained by their attitudes, they are a slave,
they forfeited their freedom.
Only the person who risks can be free
Thursday, September 04, 2008
This post has links that may b helpful to u wen u plan for a trip in europe.. I will update this post wenever i come across related links..
Michami Dukdam... The meaning of Michami Dukdam is to ask for forgiveness for any sins we have done ... Normally people wish Michami Dukdam to the near and dear ones, before going for Pratikaman where they wash away all the sins through prayers...
Paryushan Parva: Celebrated annually for self-purification and uplift by the Jains. Non-Jains also express high reverence for this Jain festival. All members of Jain community- high and low, young and old, and males and females, participate with full vigor and zeal in the various religious rituals and cultural programs. They listen with rapt attention to the holy sermons of the saints and learned Jain scholars, during the ten-day festival. In these celebrations lie dormant the seeds of the well being, peace and happiness of the common man. On the eve of this festival all activities, which add to social discord or bitterness are declared taboo from the temple pulpits. These celebrations preach the Jain motto ‘Live and Let live’.
There are different aspects of this sacred festival ... It includes, fasting, offering prayers, worshippingLord Mahavir and further, at the last day seeking forgiveness through a particular ceremony called - Pratikaman ...
Fasting ... In Jainisim, fasting is considered as a spiritual activity, that purify our souls, improve morality, spiritual power, increase knowledge and strengthen relationships. The purpose is to purify our souls by staying closer to our own souls, looking at our faults and asking for forgiveness for the mistakes and taking vows to minimize our faults. Also a time when Jains will review their action towards their animals, environment and every kind of soul. Strict fasting where one has to completely abstain from food and even water is observed for a week or more. Depending upon one's capability, complete fasting spans between 8-31 days. People also have to follow the ritual of not eating after sunset..
Jain Prayer... The Namokar Mantra... Following is the real meaning of the prayer ...
Namo Arihantânam: I bow to the Arihantâs (Prophets).
Namo Siddhânam: I bow to the Siddhâs (Liberated Souls).
Namo Âyariyânam: I bow to the Âchâryas (Preceptors or Spiritual Leaders).
Namo Uvajjhâyanam: I bow to the Upadhyâya (Teachers).
Namo Loe Savva Sahûnam: I bow to all the Sadhûs (Saints).
Eso Panch Namokkaro, Savva: This fivefold bow (mantra) destroys all sins
Pâvappanâsano: and obstacles
Mangalanam Cha Savvesim: and of all auspicious mantras,is the first
Padhamam Havai Mangalam: and foremost one.
Birth of Lord Mahavir The belief is, that Queen Trishala, mother of Lord Mahavir at midnight saw fourteen following dreams after conception:
4. Goddess Laxmi
5. Garland of Flowers
6. Full Moon
8. Large Flag
9. Silver Urn
12. Celestial Air-plane
13. Heap of Gems
14. Smokeless Fire
After having such fourteen wonderful dreams, Queen Trishala woke up. Her dreams filled her with wonder. She never had such dreams before. She narrated her dreams to King Siddharth. After nine months and fourteen days, Queen Trishala delivered a baby boy - Lord Mahavir.
These 14 dreams are termed as "Supans", and each one is worshipped before the birth of Lord Mahavir, during this day long ceremony.
Pratikaman... This is one of the process of remembering all the sins done by us throughout the year and confessing in front of Guruji and asking for forgiveness. Also during pratikaman we ask forgivessness from all our fellow mates incase we have hurt them by any means...- by thoughts, speech or action, intentionally or unintentionally.
Ideally pratikaman has to be done everyday to wash our daily sins but it is said that even if you cannot do it everyday it should be done atleast once a year - on Samvatsari, which is today. There is a 2-3 hours ritual, where we read and go through the different types of sins a person can commit, and we ask for the forgiveness of those, and also in a way offer praises to God, so that we can cultivate the great qualities of God within us...
So wishing you all - MICHAMI DUKDAM - Please forgive me if knowingly or unknowingly, I have caused any pain, hurt you or said or done anything to you, I hereby fold my hands and seek your forgiveness ...