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[Windows Vista] Hidden Apps - Sticky Notes and Windows Journal

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This tip is for you if you have a Windows Vista based PC/laptop. Enable the Tablet PC option (it is an optional component).
Once Tablet PC option is enabled, go to Start Menu and search for note or notes, and you have access to Sticky Notes application!
You can find it All Programs >> Accessories >> Tablet PC >> Sticky Notes.


This Sticky Notes does not have a very impressive appearance - black font color on yellow background color. Background/foreground color change option is not available. UI is very much non-Vista. However, it allows you to scribble your notes, and record your notes

If you search for Tablet, you will find another hidden app - Windows Journal!
It has a very book like appearance, and you can add images as well. And you can change the background and font color. And multiple pages. And option to save the Journal entries.
When you first run Windows Journal, it gives you option to install Journal Note Print Driver.

[Windows Vista] Have you found the snipper yet?

If you use Windows Vista OS, this tip may come handy for you as there is a hidden snipper tool available in Vista. All you need is to 'uncover' it.

Goto Start -> Control Panel -> Programs
Click on "Turn Windows Features on or off"
Scroll down to "Table PC Optional Components" and check it if unchecked.

Now, hit the start menu and type in "snip" to find and run the snipping tool.

You can use Snipping Tool to capture a screen shot, or snip, of any object on your screen, and then annotate, save, or share the image. Simply use a mouse or tablet pen to capture any of the following types of snips:
• Free-form Snip. Draw an irregular line, such as a circle or a triangle, around an object.
• Rectangular Snip. Draw a precise line by dragging the cursor around an object to form a rectangle.
• Window Snip. Select a window, such as a browser window or dialog box, that you want to capture.
• Full-screen Snip. Capture the entire screen when you select this typ…

Download McAfee Antivirus for Free - till 12/31

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A single license of McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009 costs around $40 but you may have it for free via this link. Enter coupon code VSPPROMOCF and click Checkout.

The code is valid through December 31, 2008. You will also receive free upgrades to McAfee software for the next one year.

This release of VirusScan Plus is available for download on Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista systems only.

Link: McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009

Do you share Google Reader?

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Do you share your Google Reader items? I have been doing so for quite some time, but, alas, none of my friends have been doing so. Do you share your Google Reader items. My Google Reader page is available here and feed here.



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Introduction to AOP

JavaPulse.net has started a new series aiming to introduce AOP - Aspects Oriented Programming. Check out the first article in the series.

Aspect Oriented Programming (AOP) is a programming paradigm that aims to promote desirable software characteristics that have been difficult to implement in the current OOP (Object Oriented Programming) technologies. Desirable software characteristics include the DRY principle (Don’t Repeat Yourself), 1:1 modularity, information hiding, and separation of cross-cutting concerns. Examples of cross-cutting concerns are logging, security, transactions, remoting, caching, lazy instantiation, and even business logic.



Core AOP (Part I): Introduction to AOP

What is Maven?

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Maven is a popular open source build tool for Java projects, designed to make build process easy. It uses a declarative approach, where the project structure and contents are described. This approach differs from Ant's task-based approach and make files.

Maven follows some basic concepts -
- Same directory structure for all project contents so that once you are familiar with these standard/default locations, you will be able to navigate within any Maven project you build in the future with much ease,
- Your enterprise project can consists of multiple sub-project, each doing its own bit of activities, e.g. a web project, a number of java project, an ejb project - all of these may be the part of an enterprise project. So, you can create appropriate artifacts for each of the project - war file for web projects, jar for java and ejb projects. Then these artifacts can be clubbed using a standard Maven build to create an Ear for deployment.
- Standard naming conventions
- Another important c…

google.com or www.google.com?

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I tried reaching Google Adsense via google.com/adsense in Google Chrome, and I was prompted with the this message :)


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[Pic/Humor] Partying Style

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[Pic] Stone (40,000 BC) Vs IPhone (2008)

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[Pic] 1 Billion Strong India in 1 Picture

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[Video] Tour of the universe

You're fired: What it costs to sack a worker

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After years of fat profits and bonuses, cost-cutting is once again at the top of the corporate agenda. For companies wanting to chop out middle-management dead wood or sack factory workers, costs can vary enormously across the world. America, New Zealand and Tonga are among the most company-friendly countries, requiring no penalties or compensation to fire a full-time employee of 20 years. By contrast, a business in Zimbabwe must shell out well over eight years' worth of pay to sack a worker. But companies in Venezuela and Bolivia are even more tied—workers there cannot be fired at all.Source - economist

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NASA Remembers 9/11

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"The world changed today. What I say or do is very minor compared to the significance of what happened to our country today when it was attacked." So said Expedition 3 Commander Frank L. Culbertson, upon learning of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center.

This image is one of a series taken that day of metropolitan New York City by the International Space Station's Expedition 3 crew that shows a plume of smoke rising from the Manhattan skyline.

Upon further reflection, Commander Culbertson said, "It's horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic vantage point. The dichotomy of being on a spacecraft dedicated to improving life on the earth and watching life being destroyed by such willful, terrible acts is jolting to the psyche, no matter who you are."Source: NASA

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How to Block Ads in Google Chrome

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There has been a tremendous response to Google Chrome (at least from the Techie community), however, people are still holding from using Chrome for the simple reason - it cannot stop those ads being served to you. Now, there is a 'fix' to avoid that. At Geekzone forums, Master Geek wmoore explains how to block 'em without an extension.
Download and install Privoxy.
Click on the Wrench icon in Chrome in the upper right corner.
Choose options>Under The Hood>Change proxy settings.
In the Internet Properties dialog's Connections tab, click on the LAN settings button.
Check off "Proxy settings" and in the address setting add 127.0.0.1 and in the port 8118.
If you have the option, you can also check off "Bypass proxy for local settings".
Click "Ok", close Chrome and restart it.


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How corrupt is your state? Read this report

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20 tech habits to improve your life

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Some Basic Linux And Unix Commands

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cat - Lets you view the contents of a file. Many linux commands can use the redirection symbol > to redirect the output of the command. For example, use the redirection symbol with the cat command to copy a file: cat /etc/shells > newfile ( the contents of the shells file are written to newfile ).
cd - Changes the directory.
chmod - This command changes the attributes assigned to a file.
clear - Clears the screen. This command is useful when the screen has become cluttered with commands and data that you no longer need to view.
cp - Used to copy a file.
date - Entered alone, this command displays the current system date settings. Entered in the format date , this command sete the system date.
echo - Displays information on the screen.
fdisk - Creates or makes changes to a hard drive partition table.
grep - Searches for a specific pattern in a file or in multiple files.
hostname - Displays a server's FQDN.
ifconfig - Used to troubleshoot problems with network connections under TCP/IP, …

Geek 2.0: Are you a geek? Think again!

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In this digital era that we’re all living in, a lot of people who think they aren’t geeks actually are. Just look at the following illustration by David Armano and you’ll understand right away.





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Here comes Google Chrome...

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On the heels of launch of Firefox 3 and IE 8 Beta launch, comes the news of Google's own browser - Google Chrome. Google has used altogether a different strategy to announce the launch - it released a comic book for the same. Certainly Google want to show that it is a fun tool, and there is still room for it in the browser space (despite the furious battle between Microsoft IE and Mozilla Firefox).
Chrome seems to have a fresh approach to browsing tools, and a new set of features. With the IE 8 in beta, and Firefox 3 going strong, it looks to be a good season for innovation on the Web.

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Have u tried photofunia?

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Came across this Russina site photofunia.com which gives interesting twists to photographs. You dont need to be a member to do so. Give it a try...u will surely like it.
Limitation - You can upload pix of upto 500kb only :(

21 Laws of Computer Programming

As any experienced computer programmer knows, there are unwritten laws that govern software development. However there are no penalties for breaking these laws; rather, there is often a reward. Following are 21 Laws of Computer Programming:
Any given program, once deployed, is already obsolete.It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.If a program is useful, it will have to be changed.If a program is useless, it will have to be documented.Only ten percent of the code in any given program will ever execute.Software expands to consume all available resources.Any non-trivial program contains at least one error.The probability of a flawless demo is inversely proportional to the number of people watching, raised to the power of the amount of money involved.Not until a program has been in production for at least six months will its most harmful error be discovered.Undetectable errors are infinite in variety, in contrast to detectable errors, which by definit…

25 things that are not what they seem

A firefly is not a fly - it is a beetleA prairie dog is not a dog - it is a rodent
India ink is not from India - it is from China and EgyptA horned toad is not a toad - it is a lizardA lead pencil does not contain lead - it contains graphiteA douglas fir is not a fir - it is a pine
A silkworm is not a worm - it is a caterpillarA peanut is not a nut - it is a legumeA panda bear is not a bear - it is a relative of the raccoonAn English horn is not English and it isn’t a horn - it is a French alto oboeA guinea pig is not from guinea and it is not a pig - it is a rodent from South AmericaShortbread is not a bread - it is a thick cookieDresden China is not from Dresden - it is from MeissenA shooting star is not a star - it is a metoriteA funny bone is not a bone - it is the spot where the ulnar nerve touches the humerusChop suey is not a native Chinese dish - it was invented by Chinese immigrants in CaliforniaA bald eagle is not bald - it has flat white feathers on its head and neck when mat…

[Humor] Evaluate Your Management Potential

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Evaluate Your Management Potential
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Google Maps Street View comes to Phoenix

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Google Maps Street View is now partially covering Phoenix, Az. I was looking for the nearest bank of America ATM close to my place, and then on Google Maps, I find the Street View option.




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[Slide Show] Viva Las Vegas!

Recently, we visited Las Vegas with friends. Here is a slide show of few of the pics.



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Shot with Canon 870IS.


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[Pic] In Grand Canyon

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In Grand Canyon
Originally uploaded by rgargI was in Grand Canyon recently with family and friends. Shot with Canon 870IS.

[Pic] A Hot Afternoon: Outside view from inside

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A Hot Day: Outside view
Originally uploaded by rgargA hot afternoon in Phoenix. View from the living room. Shot with Canon 870IS.

[Pic] Gym Sourroundings in Deer Valley Village Apartments

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Gym Sourroundings in Deer Valley Village Apartments
Originally uploaded by rgargA panoramic view of the gym sourroundings in Deer Valley Village Apartments, Phoenix. Shot with Canon 870IS.

Bellagio Musical Water Fountains

Here is the famous Musical Fountains at Bellagio, Las Vegas.
I was not carrying my handycam with me, but I had my Canon 870IS digital camera with me. With optical zoom of 3.8, it was not-at-all bad shot :)

Hope u enjoy it as much!

How to be a Programmer: A Short, Comprehensive, and Personal Summary

A very good and detailed description about what it takes to be a good programmer, seen from a holistic point of view. Robert L Read describes the big picture and takes into account all factors that...

Link: http://samizdat.mines.edu/howto/HowToBeAProgrammer.html (via Stumble, thanks to braahm)


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Engineer Vs Manager

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
The woman below replied, "You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."
"You must be an engineer," said the balloonist.
"I am," replied the woman, "How did you know?"
"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip."
The woman below responded, "You must be in Management."
"I am," replied the balloonist, "but how did…

Back after a while

Its been a while that I appeared here. I have been much occupied with my project work off lately. Things seems ok now, and in control too :)
I am currently in Phoenix, Az, working on a travel related product for a big US Corporate, and we have been doing some good work in GWT, Spring, Struts, DB2 based Application. Application is interacting with a Vendor Application. Web Services are employed; both consumer and provider.
I dont know how long I would stay here, but would like to enjoy my stay here. Wife and kid are here with me. Phoenix is notorious for the summers, however, being from Delhi should help as both cities face extreme summers.

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Our Phoenix Apartment

Here is a video of my apartment in Phoenix. A lot of footage features my son Aryan :)










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