Saturday, April 29, 2006

Geek Blog

Biotech: Info and Trends

Biotechnology is the manipulation of biological organisms to make products that benefit human beings. Biotechnology contributes to such diverse areas as food production, waste disposal, mining, and medicine.

 

Although biotechnology has existed since ancient times, some of its most dramatic advances have come in more recent years. Modern achievements include the transferal of a specific gene from one organism to another (by means of a set of genetic engineering techniques known as transgenics); the maintenance and growth of genetically uniform plant- and animal-cell cultures, called clones; and the fusing of different types of cells to produce beneficial medical products such as monoclonal antibodies, which are designed to attack a specific type of foreign substance.

 

History:

The modern era of biotechnology had its origin in 1953 when American biochemist James Watson and British biophysicist Francis Crick presented their double-helix model of DNA. This was followed by Swiss microbiologist Werner Arber's discovery in the 1960s of special enzymes, called restriction enzymes, in bacteria. These enzymes cut the DNA strands of any organism at precise points. In 1973 American geneticist Stanley Cohen and American biochemist Herbert Boyer removed a specific gene from one bacterium and inserted it into another using restriction enzymes. This event marked the beginning of recombinant DNA technology, commonly called genetic engineering. In 1977 genes from other organisms were transferred to bacteria. This achievement eventually led to the first transfer of a human gene, which coded for a hormone, to Escherichia coli bacteria. Although the transgenic bacteria (bacteria to which a gene from a different species has been transferred) could not use the human hormone, they produced it along with their own normal chemical compounds.

 

In the 1960s an important project used hybridization followed by selective breeding to increase food production and quality of wheat and rice crops. American agriculturalist Norman Borlaug, who spearheaded the program, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of the important contribution that increasing the world's food supply makes to the cause of peace.

 

Modern trends:

Today biotechnology is applied in various fields. In waste management, for example, biotechnology is used to create new biodegradable materials. One such material is made from the lactic acid produced during the bacterial fermentation of discarded corn stalks. When individual lactic acid molecules are joined chemically, they form a material that has the properties of plastics but is biodegradable. Widespread production of plastic from this material is expected to become more economically viable in the future

Biotechnology also has applications in the mining industry. In its natural state, copper is found combined with other elements in the mineral chalcopyrite. The bacterium Thiobacillus ferrooxidans can use the molecules of copper found in chalcopyrite to form the compound copper sulfate (CuSO4), which, in turn, can be treated chemically to obtain pure copper. This microbiological mining process is used only with low-grade ores and currently accounts for about 10 percent of copper production in the United States. The percentage will rise, however, as conventionally mined high-grade deposits are exhausted. Procedures have also been developed for the use of bacteria in the mining of zinc, lead, and other metals.

 

The field of medicine employs some of the most dramatic applications in biotechnology. One advance came in 1986 with the first significant laboratory production of factor VIII, a blood-clotting protein that is not produced, or has greatly reduced activity, in people who have hemophilia. As a result of this condition, hemophiliacs are at risk of bleeding to death after suffering minor cuts or bruises. In this biotechnological procedure, the human gene that codes for the blood-clotting protein is transferred to hamster cells grown in tissue culture, which then produce factor VIII for use by hemophiliacs. Factor VIII was approved for commercial production in 1992.

 

Controversies:

Some people, including scientists, object to any procedure that changes the genetic composition of an organism. Critics are concerned that some of the genetically altered forms will eliminate existing species, thereby upsetting the natural balance of organisms. There are also fears that recombinant DNA experiments with pathogenic microorganisms may result in the formation of extremely virulent forms which, if accidentally released from the laboratory, will cause worldwide epidemics. Some critics cite ethical dilemmas associated with the production of transgenic organisms.

 

In 1976, in response to fears of disastrous consequences of unregulated genetic engineering procedures, the National Institutes of Health created a body of rules governing the handling of microorganisms in recombinant DNA experiments. Although many of the rules have been relaxed over time, certain restrictions are still imposed on those working with pathogenic microorganisms.

 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Red Shift: Miracle with quasars

Red Shift, antagonist with gearShifts, are wonder of the modern discovery. This is a shift observed towards longer wavelengths in spectral lines of some or many celestial objects. Lastime when I was revamping my knowledge of astro-physics, red shift got deep in, consequently this brief in here from Encarta-2006 goes like:

Red Shift, shift towards longer wavelengths observed in the lines of spectra of celestial objects. The American astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble, in 1929, linked the red shift observed in spectra of galaxies to the expansion of the universe. Hubble suggested that this red shift, called the cosmological red shift, is caused by the Doppler effect and hence indicates the speed of recession of the galaxies—and, by using Hubble's law, the distances of the galaxies.

A second mechanism for the red shift is the gravitational red shift, also called the Einstein shift. It was predicted by Albert Einstein's general relativity theory, according to which periodic processes are slowed down in a gravitational field. The Einstein shift is noticeable in the spectra of compact massive stars, such as white dwarfs.

The large red shifts observed in quasars are generally believed to be cosmological. Some scientists, however, believe that the red shifts in quasars are caused by the Einstein shift or by another unknown mechanism.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Do You Love Someone This Much?

 

A girl and a guy were speeding over 100 mph on the road on a motorcycle……..

 

Girl: Slow down. I’m scared.

Guy: No this is fun.

Girl: No its not. Please, its too scary.

Guy: Then tell me you love me.

Girl: Fine, I love you. Slow down!

>>> ……>>

Guy: Now give me a BIG hug.

>>> Girl hugs him>>>

Guy: Can you take my helmet off & put it on yourself? It’s bugging me.

 

 

 

>>> In the paper the next day: A motorcycle had crashed into a building because of brake failure. Two people were on it. But only one survived.

 

>>> Truth >>>

 

The truth was that halfway down the road, the guy realized that his brakes broke, but didn’t let the girl know it. Instead, he had her say she loved him and felt her hug him one last time, then had her wear his helmet so that she would live even though it meant that he would die.

 

If there’s anyone in life you love this much, please comment on.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Nepal King finally addresses the nation!

 Proclamation to the Nation from His Majesty King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (21 April 2006)

Beloved Countrymen,
You are all aware that, given the situation prevailing in the country then, we were compelled to take the decision of 1 February 2005 to set in motion a meaningful exercise in multiparty democracy by activating all elected bodies, ensuring peace and security and a corruption-free good governance through the collective wisdom, understanding and the united efforts of all the Nepalese. By supporting our decision, the Nepalese people made amply clear their desire for peace and democracy and the civil servants demonstrated sincerity towards their duties. We are appreciative of this. We also have high regard for the dutifulness, valour and discipline displayed by the security personnel, upholding their glorious traditions.
By visiting different parts of the country, we made honest endeavours to acquaint ourselves with the hopes and aspirations of our people, mitigate their hardships and boost their morale. We also called on the political parties to enter into a dialogue in the interest of the nation and people afflicted by violence and terrorism. However, this did not materialise. The ideals of democracy can be realised only through the active participation of political parties. In keeping with the traditions of the Shah Dynasty to reign in accordance with the popular will in the greater interest of the nation and people and our unflinching commitment towards Constitutional Monarchy and multiparty democracy, we, through this Proclamation, affirm that the Executive Power of the Kingdom of Nepal, which was in our safekeeping, shall, from this day, be returned to the people and be exercised in accordance with Article 35 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal - 1990. As the source of Sovereign Authority is inherent in the people, harmony
and understanding must be preserved in the interest of the nation and people in an environment of peace and security. While safeguarding multiparty democracy, the nation must be taken ahead along the road of peace and prosperity by bringing into the democratic mainstream those who have deviated from the constitutional path. Similarly, a meaningful exercise in democracy must be ensured with the activation of representative bodies through elections as soon as possible. We, therefore, call upon the Seven Party Alliance to recommend a name, for the post of Prime Minister, at the earliest for the constitution of the Council of Ministers which will bear the responsibility of governing the country in accordance with the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal - 1990. The present Council of Ministers will continue to function until the appointment of the Prime Minister.
May Lord Pashupatinath bless us all!
Jaya Nepal!
(Unofficial Translation)
Source: Royal Palace Secretariat

 

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Future Summit: Fate of the future!

 

 

Future on the Earth is beyond our imagination. By 2035, we would have enchanting wow! Are we living? There is no doubt that many scientific innovations are already crouching our way of life. Cyborgs are no more human dreams, fantasy will rule our mind. A little brain to think of the earthly phenomenon of decades ahead!

 

One of the ever to be organized assembly on Future Summit is certainly going to procreate advancements we’d have never thought of. Projects that could lead to new sources of energy; cures for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and migraine headaches; machines that will soon fill the world around us, as well as machines we'll implant in ourselves. CNN Future Summit is what this all about.

 

An Englishman in Singapore. An Australian in Boston. An American in Toulouse. One is seeking to create artificial life; others to create artificial intelligence. The committee of ten helping to shape our discussion of the future of science and technology is really immense to talk of.

 

A CNN Future Summit technology profile has details to be explored. I suggest You visit these pages which discuss the following scopes and areas to be expounded.

 

ü       Cybernetics: Merging machine and man

Ever since our ancestors first started making tools, humanity has been trying to go beyond its limitations to improve on the way our bodies interact with nature.

 

ü       Robots: The future is now

Humans have always been fascinated by the idea of robots. Science-fiction, so often the medium through which society explores the potential impact of new technology, has always been obsessed with robots, and some of the most enduring sci-fi characters have been robots, from R2D2 and C3PO, to The Terminator and Data.

 

ü       The promise of stem cell research

Chances are very good you've heard about stem cells. Whether from reports of their almost miraculous ability to cure and restore, or very public controversies over their source or the research itself, stem cells have been a hot topic in the news for years.

 

ü       The code of life

Genes are the basic building blocks of life, and in studying them genetic science is giving us the ability to adapt and alter ourselves fundamentally, providing unprecedented opportunities to improve on nature.

 

 

Some areas to be explored in this summit are from genetic engineering, cyborg, genetic testing, future of humanity, brain signals and their utilizations with recordings, making work on beyond human ability thru human themselves, possibility of stem cell therapy: applications and workings, robots on daily lives, society; and work, humanoid robots to befren, and so many. I could just point out some few over here. You may be delighted to visit these topics in detail, click here.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Another outbreak from Yahoo Mail!

Another outbreak from Yahoo Mail!
Whois going to create an IM society and what is this Y! to do with. Another forwarded message stating Yahoo to charge you for using IM...

Read yourself....

 
Hey, sorry to break the news but you have 6 days 2 send this or you can say buh bye to your account. Yahoo is going to charge ten dollars a month for instant messenger to whoever doesn't send this message your account wil be deactivated and it will cost ten dollars a month to use it!!! To send this to everyone on your list right click on your group then click send message to all in group sorry about this.....DO NOT DELETE.....we want to find out which of our users are actually using their yahoo. -gM-
 
 

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Chines Face Transplant Gets Success!

Heavily inspired by French Surgery, now Chinese face transplant has got it up!  It's now might be dream of youngster to have one new face. One Chinese paper run like this:
 

Doctors Vying for Chinese 1st Face Transplant

Three Chinese doctors are vying to carry out the country's first face transplant.

 

Medics in France made history last month when they carried out the world's first partial face transplant on a woman who was injured by her dog.

 

It has now emerged a trio of doctors in China Li Qingfeng in Shanghai, Hong Zhijian from Jiangsu Province and Chen Huanran of Beijing are looking to take the procedure to the next level, the Beijing News daily reported yesterday.

 

Li, of the Shanghai No 9 People's Hospital, affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University, declared on December 1 that he is brooding over a whole face transplant, which is expected to take at least 12 hours to perform.

 

Six days later, Hong, from Nanjing General Hospital of Nanjing Military Command, said he was looking for volunteers to be his first face transplant recipient.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Blank DVDs

 

Yes, today I am going to discuss about my latest troubles and case of migraine DVD burning fires. I knew duplicate mean no-branded blank DVDs cost no more than Rs 30/DVD but I wanted to back up all my 7 GB music in DVDs so that I could have my hard disk for some good purposes.

 

Keeping this thing in mind, I bought some- about 3, Samsung Pleomax DVD+R8X with capacity 4.7 GB. But to my surprise none of these worked after successful burning by Nero on LG DVD+RAM. My furiousness lasted no longer my dislike for Samsung grew even more- once my very new Samsung CD-RW did not work after a month of purchasing- but this case is more disgusting, isn?t it?

 

I tried these DVDs on the LG DVD+RAM and worked for the very first trial after burning on the same DVD+RAM but after I tried on my PC with Lite-On DVD-ROM 16X, but in vain. These DVDs were written at the speed of 8X.

 

I had deleted all my music after I burned these DVDs. And for now I do have nothing to get listen to, neither DVDs work nor have I got any left on my hard disk.

 

How can I get off the situation? Is there any way to recover my precious music files? Is the case with Samsung really? Anyone please do help me, get of this trio.

 

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Software Conflict: Wife 1.0 Upgraded !!!

Hope lastime you enjoyed GIRLFRIEND 1.0 but surprising not everything (huh huh) go rite. The upgraded version of  Girlfriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0  version is now getting troubles. In case, had you not read GIRLFRIEND 1.0, do click here because without reading that reading this is A MERE FANTASY ha haaaaa.
 
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Last year, after hearing how great it was for so long, a friend of mine upgraded from Girlfriend 3.0 to Wife 1.0. He has found Wife 1.0 to be a resource hog, leaving him very little free space for other applications. Wife 1.0 is also spawning Child-Subroutines, which further consumes valuable system resources. His system performance and resources seem to diminish with each passing day. At first, he thought Wife 1.0 might be infected with a virus, but other users have assured him that Wife 1.0 is behaving normally and this behavior should be expected due to the nature of the application.

My friend also discovered that Wife 1.0 installed itself in such a way that it can monitor all other system activity. He now finds that some programs such as PokerNight 10.3, BeerBash 5.1 and PubNight 7.0 cannot run at all. If he attempts to launch them, Wife 1.0 complains about a sharing violation and crashes. He finds this behavior strange since he could run these programs just fine before he upgraded.

At installation, he found Wife 1.0 provides no option to bypass the installation of undesired add-ons such as MotherInLaw 55.8 and BrotherInLaw Beta release.

Some features he would like to see introduced in the upcoming Wife 2.0 release:

* A "Don't Remind Me Again" button.
* A Minimize button.
* An Install Shield that allows Wife 2.0 to be uninstalled at anytime without the loss of cache or other system resources.
* An option to run the network driver in promiscuous mode.

I have decided to forego all the headaches associated with Wife 1.0 by sticking to Girlfriend 3.0. However, even that option has many problems. Apparently, you cannot install one version of Girlfriend before you completely uninstall the old version first. To make matters worse, the uninstall program for Girlfriend doesn't work very well, leaving undesirable traces of the application in the system. If the newer version finds a reference to the old version, Girlfriend will completely freeze until you reboot and remove the stray reference. I am told this is a long standing bug which I should have been aware of.

Also, versions of Girlfriend have conflicts over shared use of the I/O port. You think they would have fixed such a stupid bug by now. Another thing that stinks -- all versions of Girlfriend continually popup little annoying messages about the advantages of upgrading to Wife 1.0.

***** BUG WARNING *****

Wife 1.0 has an undocumented bug. If you try to install Mistress 1.0 before uninstalling Wife 1.0, Wife 1.0 will delete all MSMoney files and take all your cache before doing the uninstall itself. Then Mistress 1.0. will refuse to install, claiming insufficient resources.

***** BUG WORKAROUNDS *****

If you can afford it, try installing Mistress 1.0 on an entirely different system and never run any file transfer applications such as LapLink 6.0.

Another possible solution would be to run Mistress 1.0 via an ISP under an anonymous name.
 
>> I am not the author of this joke, adapted from ArcaMax.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Memory Consolidation


Research on REM sleep suggests that there is a biologically relevant reason for dreaming. The revised version of the Hobson-McCarley activation synthesis hypothesis acknowledges the deep psychological core of dreams. In its present truncated form, the hypothesis of random brain stem activation has little explanatory or predictive power.
 

The Crick-Mitchison hypothesis provides a function for REM sleep—reverse learning—but it does not apply to narrative, only to the bizarre elements of the dream. What this implies with regard to REM processing in lower species must be defined before the theory can be evaluated further. In addition, the Crick-Mitchison hypothesis as applied to the hippocampus would suggest that neurons fire randomly during REM sleep, providing reverse learning. Instead, in my experiment on the neurons that coded space, these neurons fired selectively, implying an orderly processing of memory.
 

Recently Avi Karni and his colleagues at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel were able to show that memory processing occurs in humans during REM sleep. In their experiment, individuals learned to identify particular patterns on a screen. The memory of this skill improved after a night with REM sleep. When the subjects were deprived of REM sleep, memory consolidation did not occur. This study is an important breakthrough and opens a particularly promising field for exploration.
 

Further study will continue to elucidate the meaning of dreams. In particular, an experiment is needed to determine whether eliminating theta rhythm during REM sleep alone results in a memory deficit. Because theta rhythm has not been demonstrated in primates, it may have disappeared as vision replaced olfaction as the dominant sense. An equivalent neural mechanism may exist in the hippocampus that periodically activates the NMDA receptor. These studies in animals and others to come in humans will probe fundamental aspects of memory processing and the neuroscientific basis of human psychological structure.
 
 
 
*David Jones; Derived apart from Jonathan Winson  and internet database.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Ant Colony Optimization: A need of an Hour

This page is extracted from http://users.cjb.net/karisma/ and is here with permission from the page author. 

  1. Background:

    In the real world, ants (initially) wander randomly, and when having found food, returning to their colony while laying down pheromone trails. If other ants find such a path, they are likely not to travel on at random but to follow the trail, and return and reinforce it if they eventually find food. (Details on this behaviour.)

    Over time, however, the pheromone trail starts to evaporate, thus reducing its attractive strength. The more time it takes for an ant to travel down the path and back again, the more time the pheromones have to evaporate. A short path, by comparison, gets marched over faster, and thus the pheromone density remains high as it is laid on the path as fast as it can evaporate.

    Thus, when one ant finds a good (short, in other words) path from the colony to a food source, other ants are more likely to follow that path, and positive feedback eventually leaves all the ants following a single path. The idea of the ant colony algorithm is to mimic this behavior with "simulated ants" walking around the graph representing the problem to solve.

    Ant colony optimization algorithms have been used to produce near-optimal solutions to the traveling salesman problem. They have an advantage over simulated annealing and genetic algorithm approaches when the graph may change dynamically; the ant colony algorithm can be run continuously and adapt to changes in real time. This is of interest in network routing.

     

  2. Particle swarm optimization

    Particle swarm optimization (PSO) is form of swarm intelligence. Imagine a swarm of insects or a school of fish. If one sees a desirable path to go (ie for food, protection, etc.) the rest of the swarm will be able to follow quickly even if they are on the opposite side of the swarm.

    This is modeled by particles in multidimensional space that have a position and a velocity. These particles are flying through hyperspace and remember the best position that they have seen. Members of a swarm communicate good positions to each other and adjust their own position and velocity based on these good positions. 

Swarm intelligence

  1. Swarm intelligence (SI) is an artificial intelligence technique based around the study of collective behaviour in decentralised, self-organised, systems. The expression "swarm intelligence" was introduced by Beni & Wang in 1989, in the context of cellular robotic systems (see also cellular automata).

    SI systems are typically made up of a population of simple agents interacting locally with one another and with their environment. Although there is normally no centralised control structure dictating how individual agents should behave, local interactions between such agents often lead to the emergence of global behaviour. Examples of systems like this can be found in nature, including ant colonies, bird flocking, animal herding, bacteria molding and fish schooling.

    Two of the most successful swarm intelligence techniques currently in existence are Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) and Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO). ACO is a metaheuristic that can be used to find approximate solutions to difficult combinatorial optimization problems. In ACO artificial ants build solutions by moving on the problem graph and they, mimicking real ants, deposit artificial pheromone on the graph in such a way that future artificial ants can build better solutions. ACO has been successfully applied to an impressive number of optimization problems. PSO is a global minimisation technique for dealing with problems in which a best solution can be represented as a point or surface in an n-dimensional space. Hypotheses are plotted in this space and seeded with an initial velocity, as well as a communication channel between the particles. Particles then move through the solution space, and are evaluated according to some fitness criterion after each timestep. Over time, particles are accelerated towards those particles within their communication grouping which have better fitness values. The main advantage of such an approach over other global minimisation strategies such as simulated annealing is that the large number of members that make up the particle swarm make the technique impressively resilient to the problem of local minima.

 

  1. Applications of Swarm Technology

Swarm Intelligence-based techniques can be used in a number of applications. The U.S. military is investigating swarm techniques for controlling unmanned vehicles. NASA is investigating the use of swarm technology for planetary mapping. A 1992 paper by M. Anthony Lewis and George A. Bekey discusses the possibility of using swarm intelligence to control nanobots within the body for the purpose of killing cancer tumors. Swarm technology is particularly attractive because it is cheap, robust, and simple.

 

Further Studies can be done from these external links:

 Compiled by: Shiva Prasad Paudel on search on Internet portals, Info@Karisma.cjb.net

Friday, April 07, 2006

Girlfriend 1.0

Dear Tech Support:
 
Last year I upgraded Girlfriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0 and noticed that the new program began unexpected child processing that took up a lot of space and valuable resources. No mention of this phenomenon was included in the product brochure. In addition, Wife 1.0 installs itself into all other programs and launches during system initialization where it monitors all other system activity.
 
Applications such as Poker-night 10.3 and Beer-bash 2.5 no longer run, crashing the system whenever selected. I cannot seem to purge Wife 1.0 from my system. I am thinking about going back to Girlfriend 1.0 but uninstall does not work on this program. Can you help me?
 
Dear Sir,
 
This is a very common problem men complain about but is mostly due to a primary misconception. Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 1.0 to Wife 1.0 with the idea that Wife 1.0 is merely a "UTILITIES & ENTERTAINMENT" program. Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and designed by its creator to run everything. It is impossible to uninstall, delete, or purge the program from the system once installed. You cannot go back to Girlfriend 1.0 because Wife 1.0 is not designed to do this. Some have tried to install Girlfriend 2.0 or Wife 2.0 but end up with more problems than original system. Look in your manual under Warnings - Alimony / Child Support. I recommend you keep Wife 1.0 and just deal with the situation.
 
Having Wife 1.0 installed myself, I might also suggest you read the entire section regarding General Protection Faults (GPFs). You must assume all responsibility for faults and problems that might occur. The best course of action will be to push apologize button then reset button as soon as lock-up occurs. System will run smooth as long as you take the blame for all GPFs. Wife 1.0 is a great program but is very high maintenance.

AN UNUSUAL TELEPHONE SERVICE CALL

 


This story was related by Pat Routledge of Winnepeg, ONT about an unusual
telephone service call he handled while living in England.
It is common practice in England to signal a telephone subscriber by
signaling with 90 volts across one side of the two wire circuit and
ground (earth in England). When the subscriber answers the phone, it
switches to the two wire circuit for the conversation.
This method allows two parties on the same line to be signalled
without disturbing each other.
This particular subscriber, an elderly lady with several pets called
to say that her telephone failed to ring when her friends called and
that on the few occations when it did manage to ring her dog always
barked first. Torn between curiosity to see this psychic dog and a
realization that standard service techniques might not suffice in this
case, Pat proceeded to the scene. Climbing a nearby telephone pole
and hooking in his test set, he dialed the subscriber's house. The
phone didn't ring. He tried again. The dog barked loudly, followed
by a ringing telephone.
Climbing down from the pole, Pat found:
a. Dog was tied to the telephone system's ground post via an iron chain
and collar.
b. Dog was receiving 90 volts of signalling current.
c. After several jolts, the dog was urinating on ground and barking.
d. Wet ground now conducted and phone rang.
Which goes to prove that some grounding problems can be passed on......

Is this SPAM of Mr Bill Gates?

To forward this email is not REALLY my intention, please make this a report!

 

From: Sankhala, Suresh Singh
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005 12:48 PM
Subject: UK Requirement


Dear Friends,
Please do not take this for a junk letter. Bill Gates is sharing his fortune. If you ignore this you will repent later. Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet companies and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test.

When you forward this e-mail to friends, Microsoft can and will track it (if you are a Microsoft Windows user) for a two week time period.

For every person that you forward this e-mail to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00, for every person that you sent it to that forwards it on, Microsoft will pay you $243.00 and for every third person that receives it, you will be paid $241.00. Within two week! s, Microsoft will contact you for your address and then send you a cheque.

Regards.
Charles S. Bailey
General Manager Field Operations
1-800-842-2332 Ext. 1085 or 904-245-1085 or RNX 292-1085
Charles_Bailey@csx.com

Live Beta going great!

Microsoft might be proud to announce the NEW LIVE BETA! This one was a long awaited service, even by me, the home page runs few words like:

But I love this idea! I had opted to get info on this serive about 4-5 months ago....

http://ideas.live.com/

What is Windows Live?
Your online world gets better when everything works simply and effortlessly together. That's the basic idea behind Windows Live. So the things you care about—your friends, the latest information, your e-mails, powerful search, your PC files, everything—comes together in one place. This is a brand new Internet experience designed to put you in control. And this is just the beginning—you'll see many more new services in the coming months.

Learn More
What is Windows Live Ideas?
Windows Live Ideas (the page you're looking at right now) is where you can check out the very latest Windows Live products—so new that they're not even finished yet. So give them a try and then tell us exactly what you think. And don't hold back. We need your help to make these products the best they can be.



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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Are you an Engineer?


If these remind you of yourself, it's a good bet you are an engineer.

- At Christmas, it goes without saying that you will be the one to find the
burnt-out bulb in the string.

- In college you thought Spring Break was a metal fatigue failure.

- The salespeople at Circuit City can't answer any of your questions.

- You are at an air show and know how fast the skydivers are falling.

- You bought your wife a new CD ROM for her birthday.

- You can quote scenes from any Monty Python movie.

- You can't write unless the paper has both horizontal and vertical lines.

- You comment to your wife that her straight hair is nice and parallel.

- You forgot to get a haircut ... for 6 months.

- You have Dilbert comics displayed anywhere in your work area.

- You have ever saved the power cord from a broken appliance.

- You have more friends on the Internet than in real life.

- You have used coat hangers and duct tape for something other than hanging
coats and taping ducts.

- You know what http:// actually stands for.

- You own one or more white short-sleeve dress shirts.

- You see a good design and still have to change it.

- You still own a slide rule and you know how to work it.

- You wear black socks with white tennis shoes (or vice versa).

- You're in the back seat of your car, she's looking wistfully at the moon,
and you're trying to locate a geosynchronous satellite.

- You know what the geosynchronous satellite's function is.

- Your laptop computer costs more than your car.

- You've already calculated how much you make per second.

- You've ever tried to repair a $5 radio.

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