Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's.

New Year's Day:  Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.  

But can one still make resolutions when one is over forty?  I live according to twenty-year-old habits.

He who breaks a resolution is a weakling;
He who makes one is a fool.

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things

Never tell your resolution beforehand, or it's twice as onerous a duty.

Happy Newyear to all my kith & kins

               your' lovingly

Happy New Year 2012

If it didn’t Bring you Joy,
Just Leave it Behind.

Let’s Ring in the New Year
With Good Things in Mind.

Let Every Bad Memory Go
That Brought Heartache and Pain.

And let’s Turn a New Leaf
With the Smell of New Rain.

Let’s Forget Past Mistakes
Making Amends for This Year.

Sending You These Greetings
To Bring you Hope and Cheer

Happy New Year!

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

Year-end is neither an end nor beginning, but it happens with all the wisdom, 
experience can instill in us.

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year.
 It is that we should have a new soul

Year old has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. New Year in possession of hours of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the next twelve months!

The secret for success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.

The secret for success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.

your's lovingly,

Thursday, December 29, 2011


1. Drink plenty of water.                                              
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince
     and dinner like a beggar
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.                                                  
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.              
5. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer.                  
6. Play more games.                                                    
7. Read more books than you did in  2008.                                
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.                    
9. Sleep for 7 hours. (or   more)                                        
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day.. And while you walk, smile. .  

11. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.                                                    
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment          
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.                                    
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.                  
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.                          
16. Dream more while you are awake.                                      
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..            
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.            
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.    
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.            
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.                    
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class
     but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.                                  
23. Smile and laugh more.                                                
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.      

25. Call your family often.                                              
26. Each day give something good to others.                              
27. Forgive everyone for everything.                                    
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.      
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.                    
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.            
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will Stay in touch,

32. Do the right thing!                                                  
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful..        
34. God heals everything.                                                
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.                  
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.                
37. The best is yet to come.                                            
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.              
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.                      
Last but not the least: 
40. Share this to everyone you care about.    
Happy New Year My Dear Friends

Cyclonic Storm 'THANE' brings rain to Chennai

The very severe cyclonic storm 'THANE' over southwest Bay of Bengal moved west-southwestward and lay centered at 0830 hrs IST of today, the 29th December 2011 near latitude 12.00N and longitude 82.50E, about 270 km east of Puducherry, 250 km east-southeast of Chennai (Tamilnadu) and 420 km north-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka). The system is likely to move westwards and cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Chennai, close to Puducherry around early morning of 30th December 2011.

Under the influence of this system, rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (25cm or more) would occur over north Tamil Nadu & Puducherry during next 48 hours. Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall would also occur over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalseema and isolated heavy rainfall would occur over south Tamil Nadu during the same period.

Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is likely along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts. The wind speed will increase gradually becoming 110-120 kmph gusting to 135 kmph along and off north Tamilnadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast from today night onwards.

Storm surge of about 1 meter height above the astronomical tide would inundate the low lying areas of Chennai and Tiruvallur, Kanchipuram & Villupuram districts of north Tamil Nadu at the time of landfall.

Sea condition is very rough. It will gradually become very high to phenomenal along and off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts.

Fishermen along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & south Andhra Pradesh coasts are advised not to venture into sea during next 48 hrs.

Damage expected (over north coastal Tamil Nadu and south coastal Andhra Pradesh): Extensive damage to thatched roof and huts. Minor damage to power and communication line due to uprooting of large avenue trees. Flooding of escape routes. Storm is expected to damage the standing rice, groundnut and maize in coastal districts of Tamilnadu and rice and groundnut in coastal Andhra Pradesh.

Action suggested (over north coastal Tamil Nadu and south coastal Andhra Pradesh): Total suspension of fishing operations. Coastal hutment dwellers to be moved to safer place. People in affected areas to remain indoors. Farmers are advised to drain out excess water from the field to prevent crop damage. Taller crops like banana, leaves may be removed and extra physical support may be given.

Source: India Meteorological Department

Thursday, November 17, 2011

How to Install Android OS on PC Netbook or Laptop

Asus Android eePC
Recently we heard on some forums installed Android’s Gingerbread on the Nokia’s N900 and now let’s see how you can install Meego on your PC or Net book or even on the Laptop. So, let’s proceed on how you can install the same on your Asus eee PC. It’s not sure but it works on most of the computers. So, before we proceed to the procedure for install the Android OS on your system, you need to download Android x86 and also you need to port your device to the Android x86. So, let’s proceed and see how you can install the latest Eclair 2.0 Android operating system on your Asus ee PC.
How to Install Android OS on your EEE PC?
  • First, you will need to download the bootable Android x86 iso file and need to push the same into your USB storage device either by using Win32DiskImager –  or UNetBootIn
  • Now, you need to insert the USB drive in your net book and set the same to boot from USB drive from the BIOS options and then you need to restart your net book.
  • Now, the installation process will be started and the you can now use the same as the Live USB so that it can run Android without installing on your hard disk.
  • Now, if you choose to install the same, you need to select the partition for installing the same and then format using EXT3 format and then you need to choose the GRUB boot loader.
  • Now, after the installation, you need to reboot your system and will run the Android operating system.
Almost all features and enhancements looks nice as everything works fine but most of the users had complained about the USB disconnection if any big size file is being transferred but apart from that everything else like WiFi, Mouse, Keyboard and other peripheral integration seems like great with a clean and neat overall interface. Please note that this can be used as a backup OS or also can be made as a stand-alone OS. This also comes with an Android Market place which is compatible with the x 86 platforms.

Thursday, October 06, 2011


She has loved me from the moment egg and sperm collided Ceased her drinking and her smoking, never to rekindle Played the classics as I lay suspended, embryonic Tried to eat organically, and drank pure mountain water Just said no to drugs that would have eased the pain of childbirth Fed me from her breast and rocked me in my grandma’s rocker Dressed me in the sweetest little clothes you can imagine Pushed me in the tire swing that hung from our old oak tree Read to me from books that had the most delightful pictures Sent me off to school with pigtails tied up in pink ribbons Brought me kittens and a puppy from the local shelter Cooked for me the most delicious meals I’ve ever eaten Kept the house neat as a pin; no, that would be a falsehood --Nature’s not the only mother who abhors a vacuum.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Remembering Uncle Pai

Anant Pai had stories for every occasion. And no one got to hear them more than the people who worked with him. He had a story for schedules and a story for deadlines. He had a story for coming to work on time and he had a story for going home on time. He even had a story to scold with! He was a born storyteller.

On his birth anniversary, the best tribute would be to share a real-life story he loved telling us. It was about the time when he was a skinny young college boy, in clothes one size too large for him. Those were pre-independence days.

It was a monsoon morning and it had been pouring all the way to college. Anant Pai was drenched to the bone as he ran into the corridor and into the Principal.

‘Where is your umbrella?’ asked the Principal.

‘Don't have one,’ mumbled the young Anant.

‘Then you must go home and change or you will catch a chill,’ said the Principal.

‘My home is too far to go and come back,’ said Anant. ‘I want to attend my classes.’

The Principal was adamant that Anant Pai go home.

But Anant Pai was equally adamant that he attend class.

After arguing for a while, the tall Principal caught hold of his student and led him to the place where the college bell was hanging. Lifting him up high, the Principal said, ‘Anant, ring the bell for closing the college. I am declaring it a holiday today.’

And he did!

Anant Pai never forgot the man who thought that the health of one student was more important than keeping the college open for a day. He wanted his team to have the same concern and care for children. ‘There is a lot of negativity around us,’ he would say. ‘But we don't have to reflect it. When a child reads our stories, he should be filled with hope and happiness.’

A maxim Uncle Pai believed in, to the last.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordpress vs Joomla vs Drupal

Wordpress Joomla or Drupal?It was only time that kept bloggers around the world from writing their comparisons of the three major Content Management Systems (Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal) - and that time is finally up. People everywhere are breaking out their laptops and logging into their blogs to share what they believe are reasons for choosing this software or that.... and yet most of them seemed to have missed the important reasons why someone might choose one CMS over another.

So I'm taking it upon myself to spread some much needed understanding of the three systems and hopefully help you decide which one is best for you.

Background, History and Experience

Since a majority of people are discussing Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal as the three best Content Management Systems, I'm going to stick to them. Luckily, I've had experience using each extensively, and know the ins and outs of actually using the systems. To put this quite simply, I will not be giving you many statistics based on research... I'm giving you information from first-hand experience.

Only within the last year has Wordpress actually begun to step up as a true CMS. However the other two, Drupal and Joomla, have seemingly always been fighting for that top spot in the community. Both are open source, and both are widely developed with thousands of members in their community helping to develop and extend the possibilities of use for each. While Wordpress is considered the underdog in the CMS war, it is most definitely the king of blogging software (something that Joomla and Drupal struggle to do efficiently).

However, even where each has its flaws and each has its strengths (which I will explain below) you can build any kind of website with either one. I have built blogs with Joomla and I have built shopping cart websites with Wordpress. It just depends on what you need it to do, your familiarity with the system, and how long you have to work on that program. In fact, that is something that is misunderstood by many people - if you don't like using Drupal, that doesn't make it less valuable, it just makes it less useful to you!

But I digress, let us continue with a look at Wordpress:

Wordpress is just for blogging.... or is it?

WordpressWordpress is an excellent system to use when creating a website that lets you quickly get your thoughts out on the web, but while it is often used as a blog, it can be configured to work in many other interesting ways as well. One particular client of mine recently needed a website that would allow him and his employees to have an internal website for sharing notes, documenting tasks and writing about what was going on. Since Wordpress is easy to use and some of them were already familiar with it, it was an obvious solution. Install Wordpress on a server that they could access quickly and easily from anywhere with an internet connection, and let them get to business rather than have to learn about a whole different system.

It is key to know that Wordpress is extremely easy to use and setup. I have used it several times with clients that are brand new to the internet and having a website, yet they can pick this system up and use it quicker than the other two. Since WP is already developed to work as a blog, though, it can be setup to do so without any hesitation. Comments are already built into the system, as well as pinging services, multiple blogger profiles, trackbacks and more. Most of the time nothing needs to be done to those systems either, because they already work the way that the user would want them to.

Wordpress, however, is not to be used for everything. I have had little success (its there, just not much) using Wordpress as a shopping cart for certain clients. The very reason that Wordpress was created was to keep people from wanting to customize it to do things that are much more advanced. It is supposed to be used a certain way without modification - because any modification that you give to it may very well cause it to break. You will find many users of WP complaining that it is not developer friendly - and rightfully so, because there will be countless times in your journey to that great website that an upgrade released by the WP developers causes your entire site to simply disappear, or for those modifications that you made previously to no longer even exist.

Wordpress Pros

  • Simple to use - No need for modifications
  • Excellent for blogging or sharing thoughts in a sequential manner
  • Even the most elderly of users can get the hang of it quickly

Wordpress Cons

  • Not developer friendly
  • The community seems to like to complain
  • Upgrades bring more bugs than fixes sometimes

Drupal is to developers as candy is to children

Drupal CMSIf you're the type of person who would rather hand-code the content of your pages than use a WYSIWYG Editor, or if you enjoy tweaking the code that makes up the framework of a website, then Drupal is probably for you. This advanced content management system more closely resembles a developer platform than a traditional CMS. Its not to say that only developers can use the system though, but to say that they will feel more at home here than in the other two. Interestingly, being more developer friendly does not automatically make it more user friendly - in fact the developer has to work hard to make it that way if they need the end-product to do so.

There are dozens of more tags and functions that can be used to develop in Drupal than in Wordpress or even Joomla. Every single node has its own set of commands and tags that can be placed elsewhere to manipulate the function of the site, and this makes for a very intense experience (whether or not you know what you're doing). For those that are not so developer-minded, this can be the trial of their lives, but for people who live in code - well, they can literally get lost developing some very cool websites.

Now, these websites can act and function in some pretty neat ways, but Drupal also has the problem that it just doesn't always look that great. I have seen very few websites built in Drupal that look and feel as good as they function. You can especially see this in the theme directory on the website, where there are dozens of these themes built to prove the exact point I just made. It's a shame really, because with all of the development advancements the software has, it would almost be perfect with a stronger usability and design interface.

Drupal Pros

  • Extremely developer friendly. If I loved code more I would almost always pick this system.
  • Strong community to help discern the dozens (hundreds) of functions and tags available.
  • Can be used to create some really awesome websites that can outperform a majority of other sites out there.

Drupal Cons

  • Not very designer and user-friendly. It's hard for someone with little code knowledge to make the leaps required to do the very cool things that Drupal is becoming known for.
  • Theming of Drupal has been a huge case of fail (until recently). Probably because it has been developers, not designers, that are making the themes.
  • Getting a Drupal website published could cost you more time, and thus more money, than Wordpress or Joomla.

Joomla - Let's build websites together with Joomla!

If Wordpress is more for end-users and Drupal is more for developers, then Joomla! must be more for designers, right? If that's the conclusion that you came to then you're on the right track, but I would venture to say that Joomla! is actually a mix of all of those things. The name Joomla, in fact, means 'all together' in Swahili (Urdu), and it seems they've been living up to their name in the way that this powerful CMS works.


Designers will choose Joomla because of the amazing capabilities that its engine has in making websites look fantastic. Newcomers to Joomla (and website management) will love the fact that it is very easy to use and even customize as more and more developers create tools that are easier to understand. Developers, likewise, will choose the system because of its large capacity for development and customization. The new MVC framework was built just so that anyone with the knowledge could override the core of the CMS without actually modifying the original code.

Still, it's far from perfect. It's still not as flexible as Drupal is with its code. While there are many ways to override what the default code does, there are some parts of the system that just can't be pushed and stressed as hard as Drupal can be. Also, while Drupal can be used to run multiple websites with one backend and database, Joomla lacks the ability to create multi-sites. It is just powerful enough to be useful, but not enough to do anything.

In a side-by-side comparison with Wordpress, Joomla still has some way to go with being user friendly. In each case where I've had people use both systems to manage a website, those that lacked good knowledge of the internet or how their website even worked always chose Wordpress over Joomla. It is simple enough that it can be taught to practically anyone, but not enough that anyone would want to learn it.

Joomla Pros

  • Friendly for all types of users - Designers, Developers and Administrators
  • Huge community is awesome for assisting with creation of websites
  • Has been rapidly growing and improving itself for the past three years

Joomla Cons

  • Still not user-friendly enough for everyone to understand
  • Not quite as powerful as Drupal, and can be a bit confusing for some to jump into
  • Recently rebuilt the entire system from ground-up, and so there are still many out there sticking to the old versions (1.0.x)

In Conclusion

There is not just one system available for us to build our websites with, and so we should never limit ourselves to just one either. With so many different uses and ideas and opportunities that can be found in each, why should we anyone try so hard to make those CMS's that they dislike seem worst than their own. I remember at an event two years ago that both a Joomla and Drupal team went to, and the members of the teams actually swapped shirts - with the Drupal team wearing Joomla shirts and vice-versa.

I believe that it's time for us to start looking forward to a new future - where we use these different systems to better our own, and to continually build upon the awesome code, and knowledge, that has preceded where we are today. There will come a day when we are staring at three completely different pieces of software and trying to decide which one is the best - but in that day we will also look back to the year 2009 and remember that it was Joomla, Wordpress and Drupal that pushed us continually forward. Not just one of them, but all three - in that perfect, open-source way.

What do you think? Have you found a system that is more reliable than the others? Do you stick to using all three depending on the project that needs completing? Tell us in the comments!