Saturday, January 30, 2010

a website for finding the technology used in the making of a site


Am blogging after a very long time and something very interesting struck my brains today...yes is there anything to find out which technology is used in constructing any website on earth ???? I goggled with these words "how to find out using which technology a website is built?"and my search ended up in a website that gives great information on any website and technologies used in them.http://builtwith.com/

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Little boy,Large cause




It’s all the media’s fault — nowadays, one vacation every summer is not enough. A family has to visit at least three destinations to get a sense of having gotten away from it all. Interestingly, the loudest clamour for multiple vacations comes from the smallest members of the family — children.

So, 11-year-old Prithvi hopping from one city to another and staying at star hotels with his parents may not come as a surprise. Quite a number of eyebrows goes up when people learn the ambition behind Prithvi’s city-hopping.

Prithvi did not pester his dad Raghu for an extended vacation, but wanted to be taken to a few cities so he could raise funds for less fortunate children. How? The Hyderabad-based Prithvi is a DJ, honoured by U.K.-based World Record Academy for his effort at Katriya Hotel in Hyderabad on June 18, 2008. The boy played non-stop for three hours and five minutes, mixing over 100 songs.

“From the Internet, I found out that somebody in the U.K. became a professional DJ at eight. Prithvi must be the youngest DJ in Asia,” says Raghu, a graphic designer who takes time off work to nurture his son’s talent. It all started on December 31, 2007 at a New Year’s Eve party. “I also manage events. For this one, I had brought DJ Jimmy Bell from the Ministry of Sound (a global dance music phenomenon). As it was my event, Prithvi climbed on to the stage, and stood behind the DJ cabin. Seeing how the music from Bell’s turntable swayed the crowd, Prithvi decided there can’t be a better profession than playing discs.”

On January 1, 2008, he started to explore options for making dance music. He downloaded the 15-day trial version of Virtual DJ, a software for mixing songs. “He mixed two songs — impressed with what I heard, I bought him the software. On an overdrive, Prithvi mixed about 25 songs in a month. I put him under the tutelage of Ananth, a DJ in Hyderabad,” says Raghu.

As if on fast forward, DJ Prithvi quickly went on to play at clubs, and also mixed a song for “Mahatma”, a film directed by Krishna Vamsi. The highlight, however, is what Prithvi has been doing to raise funds for Abhaya Foundation in Hyderabad, which supports children with disabilities and terminal diseases.

This year, he played at Athina in Durgamma Cheruvu (Hyderabad), and on April 16 at Athina (Leela Palace, Bangalore), and raised Rs. 1,30,000 (including sponsorships). Last Saturday, he performed at Vertigo (Deccan Plaza, Chennai) and his ‘do-gooder’s vacation’ will be complete after two more performances — in Vishakapatnam and Hyderabad.

Among other plans are, raising funds to help Sri Lankan Tamils.

source:The Hindu

Monday, June 8, 2009

Haji Ali Dargah



HAJI ALI DARGAH (Hindi: हाजी अली दरगाह, Urdu: حاجی علی درگہ)is located in the islet of coast of Worli southern mumbai and is considered as most recognizable land marks.
It is situated 500 yards from the coast, in the middle of Worli Bay with worli located in its vicinity.It is linked to Mahalakshmi by a narrow cause way. This causeway is not bound by railings, and is lashed by the sea during high-tide. Therefore, the dargah is accessible only during low tide. It is bounded by the sea on either sides and this is considered as an highlight of the holy shrine.
HISTORY
The dargah was built in 1431 in memory of a Muslim preacher, Syed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari.
Hailing from Bukhara, in the ancient Persian Empire and now in Uzbekistan, Bukhari travelled around the world in the early 1400s, and had come to Mumbai, as per the historical records available with the Haji Ali Trust.
According to a legend surrounding his mystique, once Bukhari saw a poor woman crying on the road, holding an empty vessel. He asked her what the problem was. She sobbed that her husband would thrash her since she had stumbled and accidentally spilled the oil she was carrying. He asked her to take him to the spot where she lost the oil. There, he jabbed a finger into the soil and the oil gushed out. The overjoyed woman filled up the vessel and went home.
Later, Bukhari had a recurring - and disturbing - dream that he had injured Mother Earth by his act. Full of remorse, he soon fell ill and directed his followers to cast the coffin carrying his body into the Arabian Sea. After his death, his followers fulfilled his last wish.
Drifting in the high seas for many days, the coffin finally came and rested on a tiny islet around half a kilometre in the bay off what is today known as Worli, south-central Mumbai.
Taking that as some kind of divine sign, his followers buried the coffin on that islet. Gradually over the years, small additions were made to the shrine, which progressively became famous as the Haji Ali Dargah
As many as 40,000 pilgrims visit the shrine on Thursdays and Fridays.

Monday, May 11, 2009

6 ways to protect your privacy on Google


1. Know your privacy rights: Use the Google Privacy Center. This site includes all of Google's privacy policies, as well as privacy best practices for each of its products and services. Although the "legalese" of privacy policies can be difficult to understand, Google's Privacy Channel offers a library of short YouTube videos with practical tips on protecting your data when using Google products and services. Try the "Google Search Privacy" and "Google Privacy Tips" series.

2. Protect your content on the services you use. Some content that Google stores for you, such as photos uploaded in Picasa Web Albums, are public by default. You can protect your privacy when you upload photos by choosing the appropriate checkbox.Choices include "unlisted" (accessible only if you have the Web link, and not indexed by Web search engines) or private (viewable only by named users who must sign in).Another example: You can take a Google Chat "off the record" if you don't want the instant messaging transcript stored.In contrast, Google Latitude, which tracks your whereabouts by way of GPS-enabled cell phones, does not share your location data by default. You must authorize others to see it. Latitude stores your last known location, but not your history.

3. Turn off the suggestion feature in the Chrome browser. Chrome uses Google Suggest to try to guess which Web address you want as you type into the "Omnibox," the address bar in Chrome that doubles as a search engine query bar. It makes suggestions for where you want to go based both on popular Web sites and searches and on the text that you type in. That text is transferred to Google's servers and may be logged in some cases. The service is turned on by default.You can turn the feature off by going to "Under the Hood" under Options and unchecking the "Use a suggestion service" box. You can also select other privacy options, including surfing in Chrome's "incognito" mode, which ensures that Web history, cookies and records of downloads are not stored on your computer when the session ends


4. Turn off Web History. You may have turned on the Web History option, also called Personalized Search, when you first created your Google account. If so, Google may be maintaining a "personalized" search history for your use.Google does not use this data to target ads. It uses a separate search history, stored in Google's server logs and associated with a browser cookie, for that purpose. That data is "anonymized" after nine months. But your Web History is retained forever, unless you turn it off or delete the contents


5. Opt out of interest-based ad serving. As of March 11, Google and third parties in its AdSense network are using not just contextual information (what you're searching for) but a history of previously viewed Web pages to serve up targeted advertising. The idea is to serve up ads that are more relevant to your interests.You can remove interest categories Google has attributed to you or add others by visiting its Ad Preferences page. You can also opt out. To make the opt-out setting permanent, however, you'll need to install a plug-in for each browser you use. It's available for IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

6. Add SSL to Gmail. You can encrypt e-mails you read and create in Gmail. Your log-in data is encrypted by default by SSL encryption, but SSL is turned off when you interact with your e-mail, because it can slow performance.You'll find the option in Settings under the General tab. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select the "Always use https" option under the Browser Connection setting.


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Friday, May 8, 2009

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY



A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan

CHENNAI MOORE MARKET-Destination spot for avid readers



Yes the Moore market is claimed to be the destination and a hot spot for all book lovers and those who have a hard time spending money in expensive book shops. It is a commercial building complex situated near the Chennai suburban railway station in park town. I can safely bet that it is one of the perfect place in Chennai to buy books at the least price.If you expect Moore market (MM) to be filled with cool and hippy bookstores like Landmarks, Crosswords, Higgins bothams then you will be disappointed. On the contrary, MM is a gloomy mall packed with several small stores, which primarily offers old/new/pirated books with endless list of collections ranging from classics, comics, fictions, non-fictions,(auto)biographies, magazines, school/college text books……..etc. There is no fixed price for any of these books. The price purely depends on the buyers bargaining skills.The shopkeepers are helpful. Though they don’t look erudite, they are certainly well experienced about the books, which helps the buyers to find their choice amidst the heap of books.Besides the books stores, Moore market is also famous for its aquarium & fish shops, birdcages, antiques and odd electronic items.

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Perils of Rubina: The Slumdog Star vs. the Media



Slumdog Millionaire propelled nine-year old Rubina Ali to instant stardom and fame. However, too much fame can be a bad thing for a pretty little girl from an impoverished background. She has been subject to near constant media attention, witnessed brawls between her mother and stepmother over her custody and, most recently, been the subject of a dubious international sting operationThe British tabloid News of the World purported to have caught Rubina's father, Rafiq Qureshi, on video agreeing to a deal to sell the girl to an Arab sheikh for 200,000 pounds (about $280,000). The story quoted Qureshi's brother as saying, "The child is special now. This is not an ordinary child. This is an Oscar child." Without bothering to check the allegations with Qureshi, Indian newspapers and cable television channels descended on Rubina in her home in a slum in Bandra, a suburb of Mumbai, asking her to clarify the incident. Qureshi has consistently denied the tabloid's claims and has not been arrested — despite widespread reports in Indian newspapers and on television to the contrary. (See the real slum of Slumdog Millionaire.)

Rubina's biological mother Khurshida, who does not live with her and has been engaged in a custody battle over the child, then registered a case against Qureshi in the local police station. The Mumbai Police, however, have not found any evidence to back up Khurshida's claims or the tabloid's charge of attempted trafficking. "We had only called him in for an inquiry," says M. Dewar, the investigating officer at the local police station.

The authorities did, however, ask a local non-profit group, Childline, to meet Rubina and check on her well-being. "Our chat with the child was informal and was not intended to explore any story or seek the child's version of events or even to determine whether the story was genuine or not," a Childline spokesman said. The group has not yet been able to establish anything about Rubina's relationship with her mother, father or stepmother. "Those require a number of sittings and a variety of investigations," the spokesman said. (Read a story about what fate awaits Slumdog's child stars.)

In the meantime, The Jai Ho Trust, which was formed to look after the two youngest children in Slumdog Millionaire, Rubina and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, sprang into action. (It is supported by Slumdog's director, Danny Boyle, producer Christian Colson and an Indian child rights group, Plan India). The trust issued a statement saying that its representatives are in regular contact with Rubina and her parents to help protect the child's interests. "We are looking towards shifting the family out of the slum and into a flat, which will be held in trust till the children turn 18," says Noshir H. Dadrawala, one of the trustees. "We will also provide them a monthly stipend of 5,000 to 6,000 rupees ($100-$120) to cover their living costs." The trust also plans to hire a local counselor to periodically sit with the children and their families to help them "cope with fame and also how to handle the media."

That's one skill that the slums of Mumbai could never teach them. Rubina and Azhar are learning to live under a media glare that can undo the wealthiest, worldliest movie stars. The Jai Ho Trust has asked the Indian media to curtail their attention in the future, "to limit further unnecessary exploitation of her rights and interests." The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has ordered a probe by the Mumbai police of the alleged trafficking, but is also concerned about the media pile-on that followed the report. "We already have had a consultation with them [the Indian media] in January and we plan to hold workshops throughout this year to sensitize the media about child rights," says Shantha Sinha, who chairs the commission.

Too much media exposure could even put Rubina in worse danger, says Bhagyashri Dengle, executive director of Plan India, part of the Jai Ho Trust. "This constant media exposure has been very bad for her," Dengle says. "She has actually been laid bare to the attention of traffickers." When asked whether the Mumbai police will be keeping a closer eye on Rubina after this incident, a police officer in the local station laughs. "Where is the need for police watch?" he says. "Ever since the Oscars there are a hundred cameras outside her home that are tracking her every movement. They record every minute detail of her life. They have taken over our duty."
source:TIME CNN