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December 25, 2007

Awesome stuff with sound(sorry Holophonic Sound...;)) Dont Miss this one...!!!!!!!!!!!

http://weblog.404creative.com/index.php/2007/06/03/auditory-illusions-holophonic-recordings/

Auditory Illusions : Holophonic Sound


These super clear audio files are called holophony (holophonic sound recordings) and are designed to be listened to with headphones for the best effect. They have been recorded with a dummy head that has two microphones, one in each ear. The shape of the head and ears are designed to be similar to a human head to most closely replicate real human hearing. It’s pretty incredible.

Grab your headphones and have a listen. While the content itself isn’t that engaging, the sound effects will probably have you listening a second time.

examples at www.holophonic.ch

December 09, 2007

December 02, 2007

Thought for the Day

clipped from www.city-data.com
Handle every situation like a dog.





If you can't Eat it or Chew it.



Pee on it and Walk Away.








Good ones...

clipped from mail.google.com

November 17, 2007

Cool one.. chk it out...

clipped from www.mailbigfile.com

November 10, 2007

Namaste

clipped from www.aspire.org

Namasté
(In India, this is the highest form of respect one can pay to another human being.
Translated, it means: "I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells;
I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace.")

Cool ones...

clipped from funtasticus.com

As the author claims this is not Photoshop! This is a real giant zippo!

zippo019_1
zippo019_1
zippo021_0
zippo020_2

Confusing but good ones...

clipped from funtasticus.com
confusing004_3
confusing015_14
confusing022_21
confusing024_23

November 03, 2007

Cool ones...

clipped from www.webupon.com
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    A seriously cool concept…you type in a subject you would like to research and this generates a list (you choose its length) of related keywords and topics. You can visit a Wikipedia page at any time or continue navigating through the related keywords until you find what you want. It is a very cool way of diversifying a research effort.
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    Learn how to repair or recycle household items that you might otherwise throw away.
  • Interesting... Chk out

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    October 30, 2007

    Gr8: moral....... ;))

    clipped from mail.google.com

    Do you know the relationship between two eyes..? They blink together,

    They move together, they cry together, they see things together and

    They sleep together BUT THEY NEVER SEE EACH OTHER.. that's what's friendship

    But when a beautiful girl comes in front, one eye goes blink and the other remains open...

    Moral of the story : Girls can break even the best of friendships.

    Hmmm

    clipped from mail.google.com
    An innovative idea on a large billboard in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    It really makes people want to grab that "Heineken". 

    October 28, 2007

    October 25, 2007

    IT'S ALL ABOUT WIVES....... ;)

    My wife dresses to kill. She also cooks the same way.


     

    ************


     

    My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.


     

    ************


     

    A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong .


     

    ************


     

    I bought my wife a new car. She called and said, "There was water in the carburetor."


     

    I asked her, "Where's the car?"


     

    She replied, "In the lake."


     

    ************


     

    The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.


     

    ************


     

    I haven't spoken to my wife in 18 months - I don't like to interrupt her.


     

    ************


     

    My girlfriend told me I should be more affectionate.


     

    So I got myself two girlfriends.


     

    ************


     

    Man is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.


     

    ************


     

    A little boy asked his father, "Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?"


     

    The father replied, "I don't know son, I'm still paying."


     

    ************


     

    A man placed an ad in the classifieds: "Wife wanted."


     

    The next day he received a hundred letters.


     

    They all said the same: "You can have mine."


     

    *************


     

    It's not true that married men live longer than single men.


     

    It only seems longer.


     

    *************


     

    Losing a wife can be very hard. In my case, it was almost impossible.


     

    *************


     

    A man meets a genie. The genie tells him he can ask for whatever he wants, but his mother-in-law gets double of what he gets.


     

    The man thinks for a moment and says, Okay, give me a million dollars and beat me till I'm half dead."


     

    **************


     

    The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once.


     

    **************

    deskback.blogspot.com/

    October 21, 2007

    DRINK WATER ON EMPTY STOMACH


     

    It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven a its value. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

    Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

    METHOD OF TREATMENT

    1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water

    2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute

    3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

    4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours

    5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.

    6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

    The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/ reduce main diseases:

    1. High Blood Pressure - 30 days

    2. Gastric - 10 days

    3. Diabetes - 30 days

    4. Constipation - 10 days

    5. Cancer - 180 days

    6. TB - 90 days

    7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards - daily.

    This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

    It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life.

    Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.

    This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals ...not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain...

    For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.

    It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

    Once this "sludge" reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

    A serious note about heart attacks: Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting.

    Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.

    You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.

    Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.

    60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.

    Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive...

    September 30, 2007

    The Complete Guide To Optimizing Windows XP


     

    Beginners


     

    Remove Annoying Delete Confirmation Messages

    Although not strictly a performance tweak I love this fix as it makes my machine 'feel' faster. I hate the annoying 'are you sure?' messages that XP displays, especially if I have to use a laptop touchpad to close them. To remove these messages:

    Right-click on the 'Recycle Bin' on the desktop and then click 'Properties'

    Clear the 'Display Delete Confirmation Dialog' check box and click 'Ok'. If you do accidentally delete a file don't worry as all is not lost. Just go to your Recycle Bin and 'Restore' the file.


     

    Disable Indexing Services


     

    Indexing Services is a small little program that uses large amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexes and updates lists of all the files that are on your computer. It does this so that when you do a search for something on your computer, it will search faster by scanning the index lists. If you don't search your computer often, or even if you do search often, this system service is completely unnecessary. To disable do the following:

    Go to Start

    Click Settings

    Click Control Panel

    Double-click Add/Remove Programs

    Click the Add/Remove Window Components

    Uncheck the Indexing services box

    Click 'Next'

    Optimise Display Settings

    Windows XP can look sexy but displaying all the visual items can waste system resources. To optimise:

    Go to Start

    Click Settings

    Click Control Panel

    Click System

    Click Advanced tab

    In the Performance tab click Settings

    Leave only the following ticked:

    Show shadows under menus

    Show shadows under mouse pointer

    Show translucent selection rectangle

    Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop

    Use visual styles on windows and buttons


     

    Speedup Folder Browsing


     

    You may have noticed that every-time you open my computer to browse folders that there is a slight delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers every-time you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly:

    Open My Computer

    Click on Tools menu

    Click on Folder Options

    Click on the View tab.

    Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box

    Click Apply

    Click Ok

    Reboot your computer


     

    Disable Performance Counters


     

    Windows XP has a performance monitor utility which monitors several areas of your PC's performance. These utilities take up system resources so disabling is a good idea. To disable:

    download and install the Extensible Performance Counter List

    Then select each counter in turn in the 'Extensible performance counters' window and clear the 'performance counters enabled' checkbox at the bottom.button below


     

    Improve Memory Usage With Cacheman


     

    Cacheman - http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/Cacheman/982371189/1


     

    Cacheman Improves the performance of your computer by optimizing the disk cache, memory and a number of other settings. Once Installed:

    Go to Show Wizard and select All

    Run all the wizards by selecting Next or Finished until you are back to the main menu. Use the defaults unless you know exactly what you are doing

    Exit and Save Cacheman

    Restart Windows


     

    Optimise your internet connection


     

    There are lots of ways to do this but by far the easiest is to run TCP/IP Optimizer

    Download and install

    Click the General Settings tab and select your Connection Speed (Kbps)

    Click Network Adapter and choose the interface you use to connect to the Internet

    Check Optimal Settings then Apply

    Reboot


     

    Optimise Your Pagefile


     

    If you give your pagefile a fixed size it saves the operating system from needing to resize the page file.


     

    Windows XP sizes the page file to about 1.5X the amount of actual physical memory by default. While this is good for systems with smaller amounts of memory (under 512MB) it is unlikely that a typical XP desktop system will ever need 1.5 X 512MB or more of virtual memory. If you have less than 512MB of memory, leave the page file at its default size. If you have 512MB or more, change the ratio to 1:1 page file size to physical memory size.

    Right click on My Computer and select Properties

    Select the Advanced tab

    Under Performance choose the Settings button

    Select the Advanced tab again and under Virtual Memory select Change

    Highlight the drive containing your page file and make the initial Size of the file the same as the Maximum Size of the file.


     

    Run BootVis - Improve Boot Times


     

    Bootvis - http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=664


     

    BootVis will significantly improve boot times:

    Download and Run

    Select Trace

    Select Next Boot and Driver Trace

    A Trace Repetitions screen will appear, select Ok and Reboot

    Upon reboot, BootVis will automatically start, analyze and log your system's boot process. When it's done, in the menu go to Trace and select Optimize System

    Reboot.

    When your machine has rebooted wait until you see the Optimizing System box appear. Be patient and wait for the process to complete


     

    Remove Fonts for Speed


     

    Fonts, especially TrueType fonts, use quite a bit of system resources. For optimal performance, trim your fonts down to just those that you need to use on a daily basis and fonts that applications may require.

    Open Control Panel

    Open Fonts folder

    Move fonts you don't need to a temporary directory (e.g. C:-FONTBKUP?) just in case you need or want to bring a few of them back. The more fonts you uninstall, the more system resources you will gain.


     

    Intermediate

    Turn Off System Restore


     

    System Restore can be a useful if your computer is having problems, however storing all the restore points can literally take up Gigabytes of space on your hard drive. To turn off System Restore:

    Open Control Panel

    Click on Performance and Maintenance

    Click on System

    Click on the System Restore tab

    Tick 'Turn off System Restore on All Drives'

    Click 'Ok'


     

    Defragment Your Pagefile


     

    Keeping your pagefile defragmented can provide a major performance boost. One of the best ways of doing this is to creat a separate partition on your hard drive just for your page file, so that it doesn't get impacted by normal disk usage. Another way of keeping your pagefile defragmented is to run PageDefrag. This cool little app can be used to defrag your pagefile, and can also be set to defrag the pagefile everytime your PC starts. To install:

    Download and Run PageDefrag

    Tick "Defrag at next Reboot",

    Click "Ok"

    Reboot


     

    Make Your Menus Load Faster


     

    This is one of my favourite tweaks as it makes a huge difference to how fast your machine will 'feel'. What this tweak does is remove the slight delay between clicking on a menu and XP displaying the menu.


     

    This is the delay time before a menu is opened. You can set it to "0? but it can make windows really hard to use as menus will open if you just look at them - well move your mouse over them anyway. I tend to go for anywhere between 50-150 depending on my mood

    Go to Start then Run

    Type 'Regedit' then click 'Ok'

    Find "HKEY_CURRENT_USER-Control Panel-Desktop"

    Select "MenuShowDelay"

    Right click and select "Modify'

    Reduce the number to around "100?


     

    Make Programs Load Faster


     

    This little tweak tends to work for most programs. If your program doesn't load properly just undo the change. For any program:

    Right-click on the icon/shortcut you use to launch the program

    Select properties

    In the 'target' box, add ' /prefetch:1 at the end of the line.

    Click "Ok"


     

    Ensure XP Is Using DMA Mode


     

    XP enables DMA for Hard-Drives and CD-Roms by default on most ATA or ATAPI (IDE) devices. However, sometimes computers switch to PIO mode which is slower for data transfer - a typical reason is because of a virus. To ensure that your machine is using DMA:

    Open 'Device Manager'

    Double-click 'IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers'

    Right-click 'Primary Channel' and select 'Properties' and then 'Advanced Settings'

    In the 'Current Transfer Mode' drop-down box, select 'DMA if Available' if the current setting is 'PIO Only'


     

    Advanced

    Speed Up Boot Times I


     

    This tweak works by creating a batch file to clear the temp and history folders everytime you shutdown so that your PC doesn't waste time checking these folders the next time it boots. It's quite simple to implement:

    Open Notepad and create a new file with the following entries:

    RD /S /q "C:-Documents and Settings"UserName without quotes"-Local Settings-History"

    RD /S /q "C:-Documents and Settings-Default User-Local Settings-History"

    RD /S /q "D:Temp" <–"Deletes temp folder, type in the location of your temp folder"

    Save the new as anything you like but it has to be a '.bat' file e.g. fastboot.bat or deltemp.bat

    Click 'Start' then 'Run'

    Type in 'gpedit.msc' and hit 'ok'

    Click on 'Computer Configuration' then 'Windows Settings'

    Double-click on 'Scripts' and then on 'Shutdown'

    Click 'Add' and find the batch file that you created and then press 'Ok'


     

    Speed Up Boot Times II


     

    When your PC starts it usually looks for any bootable media in any floppy or cd-rom drives you have installed before it gets around to loading the Operating System from the HDD. This can waste valuable time. To fix this we need to make some changes to the Bios.


     

    Note: Once this change has been made, you won't be able to boot from a floppy disc or a CD-rom. If for some strange reason you need to do this in the future, just go back into your bios, repeat the steps above and put your floppy or CD-rom back as the 'First Device'

    To enter the bios you usually press 'F2 or 'delete' when your PC starts

    Navigate to the 'Boot' menu

    Select 'Boot Sequence'

    Then either move your Hard drive to the top position or set it as the 'First Device'5. Press the 'Escape' key to leave the bios. Don't forget to save your settings before exiting


     

    Speed Up Boot Times III


     

    When your computer boots up it usually has to check with the network to see what IP addresses are free and then it grabs one of these. By configuring a manually assigned IP address your boot time will improve. To do this do the following:

    Click on 'Start' and then "Connect To/Show All Connections'

    Right-click your network adapter card and click 'Properties'

    On the 'General' tab, select 'TCP/IP' in the list of services and click 'Properties'

    In the TCP/IP properties, click 'Use the following address' and enter an IP address for your PC. If you are using a router this is usually 192.168.0.xx or 192.168.1.xx. If you are not sure what address you could check with your ISP or go to 'Start/run' and type 'cmd' and then 'ipconfig/all'. This will show your current IP settings which you will need to copy

    Enter the correct details for 'Subnet mask', 'Default gateway' and 'DNS Server'. Again if you are not sure what figures to enter use 'ipconfig/all' as in stage 4


     

    Disable Unnecessary Services


     

    Because Windows XP has to be all things to all people it has many services running that take up system resources that you will never need.

    Below is a list of services that can be disabled on most machines:


     

    To disable these services:

    Alerter

    Clipbook

    Computer Browser

    Distributed Link Tracking Client

    Fast User Switching

    Help and Support - (If you use Windows Help and Support leave this enabled)

    Indexing Service

    IPSEC Services

    Messenger

    Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)

    Portable Media Serial Number

    Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)

    Remote Procedure Call Locator

    Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)

    Remote Registry Service

    Secondary Logon

    Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)

    Server

    SSDP Discovery Service - (Unplug n' Pray will disable this)

    Telnet

    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper

    Upload Manager

    Universal Plug and Play Device Host

    Windows Time

    Wireless Zero Configuration (Do not disable if you use a wireless network)

    Go to Start and then Run and type "services.msc"

    Doubleclick on the service you want to change

    Change the startup type to 'Disable"


     

    Speedup Folder Access - Disable Last Access Update


     

    If you have a lot of folders and subdirectories on your computer, when you access a directory XP wastes a lot of time updating the time stamp showing the last access time for that directory and for ALL sub directories. To stop XP doing this you need to edit the registry. If you are uncomfortable doing this then please do not attempt.

    Go to Start and then Run and type "regedit"

    Click through the file system until you get to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-System-CurrentControlSet-Control-FileSystem"

    Right-click in a blank area of the window on the right and select 'DWORD Value'

    Create a new DWORD Value called 'NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate'

    Then Right click on the new value and select 'Modify'

    Change the Value Data to '1

    Click 'OK'


     

    Improve Boot Times


     

    A great new feature in Microsoft Windows XP is the ability to do a boot defragment. This places all boot files next to each other on the disk to allow for faster booting. By default this option in enables but on some builds it is not so below is how to turn it on.

    Go to Start Menu and Click Run

    Type in "Regedit" then click ok

    Find "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-SOFTWARE-Microsoft-Dfrg-BootOpt imizeFunction"

    Select "Enable" from the list on the right

    Right on it and select "Modify"

    Change the value to "Y to enable"

    Reboot


     

    Improve Swapfile Performance


     

    If you have more than 256MB of RAM this tweak will considerably improve your performance. It basically makes sure that your PC uses every last drop of memory (faster than swap file) before it starts using the swap file.

    Go to Start then Run

    Type "msconfig.exe" then ok

    Click on the System.ini tab

    Expand the 386enh tab by clicking on the plus sign

    Click on new then in the blank box type"ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1?

    Click OK

    Restart PC


     

    Improve XP Shutdown Speed


     

    This tweak reduces the time XP waits before automatically closing any running programs when you give it the command to shutdown.

    Go to Start then select Run

    Type 'Regedit' and click ok

    Find 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER-Control Panel-Desktop'Select 'WaitToKillAppTimeout'

    Right click and select 'Modify'

    Change the value to '1000

    Click 'OK'

    Now select 'HungAppTimeout'

    Right click and select 'Modify'

    Change the value to '1000

    Click 'OK'

    Now find 'HKEY_USERS-.DEFAULT-Control Panel-Desktop'

    Select 'WaitToKillAppTimeout'

    Right click and select 'Modify'

    Change the value to '1000

    Click 'OK'

    Now find 'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-System-CurrentControlSet-Control'

    Select 'WaitToKillServiceTimeout'

    Right click and select 'Modify'

    Change the value to '1000

    Click 'OK'

    September 25, 2007

    India vs Pakistan - T20 Final Pics



    World Champs



    India's players celebrate their victory over Pakistan in the ICC World Twenty20 final match in Johannesburg
    on September 24, 2007. (Reuters Photo)




    Irfan Pathan celebrates the dismissal of Shahid Afridi (unseen) during the Twenty20 WC final match between
    India and Pakistan at Wanderers. (AFP Photo)


    Score Cards:


     

    India

    Batting


     

    Runs

    Balls

    4s

    6s

    S/R

    G Gambhir

    c Mohammad Asif b Umar Gul

    75

    54

    8

    2

    138.89

    Yusuf Pathan

    c Shoaib Malik b Mohammad Asif

    15

    8

    1

    1

    187.5

    AR Uthappa

    c Shahid Afridi b Sohail Tanvir

    8

    11

    1

    0

    72.73

    Yuvraj Singh

    c Umar Gul b Umar Gul

    14

    19

    1

    0

    73.68

    MS Dhoni (W & C)

    b Umar Gul

    6

    10

    0

    0

    60

    RP Sharma

    Not Out

    30

    16

    2

    1

    187.5

    IK Pathan

    Not Out

    3

    3

    0

    0

    100

    Harbhajan Singh

      

      

      

      

      

      

    Joginder Sharma

      

      

      

      

      

      

    S Sreesanth

      

      

      

      

      

      

    RP Singh

      

      

      

      

      

      

    Extras: 6(NB-1, WB-4, LB-1, Byes - 0, Penalty-0)

    Run Rate:7.85

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

    Total Score: 157/5 (20.0)


     

    Pakistan

    Batting


     

    Runs

    Balls

    4s

    6s

    S/R

    Mohammad Hafeez

    c AR Uthappa b RP Singh

    1

    3

    0

    0

    33.33

    Imran Nazir

    run out AR Uthappa

    33

    14

    4

    2

    235.71

    Kamran Akmal (W)

    b RP Singh

    0

    3

    0

    0

    0

    Younis Khan

    c Yusuf Pathan b Joginder Sharma

    24

    24

    4

    0

    100

    Shoaib Malik (C)

    c RP Sharma b IK Pathan

    8

    17

    0

    0

    47.06

    Misbah-ul-Haq

    c S Sreesanth b Joginder Sharma

    43

    38

    0

    4

    113.16

    Shahid Afridi

    c S Sreesanth b IK Pathan

    0

    1

    0

    0

    0

    Yasir Arafat

    b IK Pathan

    15

    11

    2

    0

    136.36

    Sohail Tanvir

    b S Sreesanth

    12

    4

    0

    2

    300

    Umar Gul

    b RP Singh

    0

    2

    0

    0

    0

    Mohammad Asif

    Not Out

    4

    1

    1

    0

    400

    Extras: 12(NB-1, WB-6, LB-1, Byes - 4, Penalty-0)

    Run Rate:7.79

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

      

    Target: 158 runs from 20 overs

    Total Score: 152/10 (19.3)

    September 16, 2007

    Cool link which reads your mind…

    Hi friends,

    1) Go to the link below. After reading each window, click on the boy in the lower right corner of the picture.

    2) In the last window type in your answer in the white box using the keyboard (there is NO cursor).

    3) Watch the paper in the boy's hand. You will be amazed.

    http://digicc.com/fido/