Feed For A Feed

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Google Reader, The best Feed reader which I have used strikes again with a new option to share our interesting feeds. The provide a public web page for the feeds which I share. You can visit my shared feed in this link. They also provide feeds for the same page like this.

Many blogs I find commenting on commenter’s comments on commenting comments commenting on commenters. The same way feed for a feed for a feed :)

Madam Curie = Radium came

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Anagrams, one of the beauty of English language. I have always admired the intricacies of English language like analogy, anagram,metaphors and lot more.I wanted to share some Interesting & Beautiful anagrams which I liked. These are not given in any order, its listed for readers pleasure.

  1. Virginia Tech campus = Civic US nightmare, Pa

  2. The London Olympic games = Logical to spend money? H'm.

  3. Allied Force = Oil-led farce

  4. Year Two Thousand = A Year to Shut Down

  5. World Trade Center = Lewd Terror Act; End.

  6. Microsoft Word = I Comfort Words.

  7. Enron Corporation = Horror! note panic tone!

  8. Schoolmaster = The classroom

  9. Eleven plus two = Twelve plus one **

  10. Silicon Graphics = A Long Chip Crisis

**As for as I have seen this is the only Number Word Anagram

The Ultimate 4 Anagrams:
  1. From Hamlet by Shakespeare: To be or not to be: that is the question, whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. =
    In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.

  2. "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil A. Armstrong = A thin man ran; makes a large stride; left planet, pins flag on moon! On to Mars!

  3. New York Times = Monkeys Write

  4. Why shouldn't America go re-elect President Clinton in Ninety-Six? = He has a prime or cunning tendency to wildly solicit Internet sex.

You can also post in comments on anagrams which you like.

Who will choose IRB

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When I heard this news that Qualcomm , one of the top wireless telecommunications
communications chooses Intec Convergent billing, I was a bit worried. Its not because that they have not chosen Infinys Rating & Billing(Formerly Geneva), a convergent billing solution by Convergys.

I have been working with Infinys Rating & Billing for the last one year, whenever some big company choose some other convergent billing solution I will have curiosity on why those companies choose those solutions. But this is the latest news, so I just want to post it here this time that I am curious to know the features Qualcomm looked on Intec's Single e-View.

Application Designing is The Fundamental but Crucial Task

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Once in my post I mentioned about Software Versioning, which is real need in Software Industry. Programming is only a first step, and we don't work in the stone age of programming where only one person programs the complete requirement.

Today collaborated programming is what in practices. We work as a team for developing a same requirement. To effectively maintain the programs written by different people version control systems like Clearcase , SourceSafe came into use.These configuration management tools came to make programmers life easier.

But every action has an opposite reaction; a new problem came up on integration of VCS usage with the programming. Whenever we make changes, it required a check-out and check-in. Since editors were not convenient to program where we are bound to make typographical errors on function names and syntax, then raised the IDEs and RCPs as the assistants with inbuilt dynamic help features, compilers and debuggers in it.

The IDEs also incorporated the features to use the VCS more effectively. Checkouts on touch of the file, Check-in on save and many more features to make our life simpler in programming, to concentrate only on logic. But there exists still configuration management problem in many places as head aches of the projects like the build break-up mentioned in this post.

I started of with this post, because of a discussion which I had sometime back on having database only for storing data, in which I felt the ease of use in IDEs had made them take some wrong design decisions. Allured by the new fancy frameworks we leave out designs. Frameworks and IDEs alone will not solve scalability and performance problems. Design of the application will solve that.

Frameworks helps in rendering a good application with a structured and organized code, but if a simple search page will take 3–4 minutes what good the framework does. Even unorganized codes give a better performance, which one would we choose. Since hard-coding is required in some places we make the code very complex instead of a simple code. So giving importance to a good design is very important and we should not get carried away with new up coming technologies. Looking for solutions which would suit our need is important, rather than making our Application change according to new technology or frame work.

Commenting is Now Easy

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Reading and Adding a comment in blogs has become very easy for me from the day I installed this Firefox plug-in for Blogger by Google. It is really convenient to glance the comments as well as adding my comments.

You can give it a try, you will surely enjoy that.

The Universal Popularity

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Today in Toastmasters club I was the Joke Master. Since this was my first session and the first role I am playing in Toastmasters, I was quite nervous. I prepared (cooked :) a joke and practiced the presentation twice in home yesterday. I have never felt so nervous for this, as we used crack jokes always from our sophomore days among our friends. Cracking a joke was not at all a big thing, but today it was different.

I had to deliver in the time limit given, and also I was on centre stage where all the people are watching warily at me. Finally I presented today, I was very happy when people really laughed for the joke when I completed it. I have posted the joke below , you can also enjoy the same :)

Frank and Prank walk into a fast food joint one afternoon to get lunch. Frank orders and the cashier gives him his meal. Prank goes up to order and the cashier greets him with "Hello Prank! How are you? Hey everybody! Prank's here!" Everybody in the restaurant comes up and says hello to Prank. After everyone has greeted him, Frank and Prank sit down and begin to eat.

"Prank, you're pretty popular!" says Frank. "I'm the most popular man in the world," says Prank.

"Now Prank," says Frank, you’re pretty popular but you're not the most popular man in the world."

"Oh yeah," Prank replies "I'll bet you a thousand dollars that I'm friends with anybody you can name!"

"That so?" answers Frank, "How about the President of the United States?"

"Let's go!" says Prank.

The two fly to Washington and knock on the front door of the White House. The president answers "Prank! How are you doing? I haven't seen you in ages!" The three go play a round of golf and then leave.

"That was luck!" says Frank, "Two thousand says your not friends with the Queen of England!"

"Let's go!" says Prank.

The two fly to Buckingham Palace and, sure enough, are greeted by the Queen. ''Hello Prank my boy! What have you been up to these days?" They enter the palace and have some tea and leave.

Frustrated, Frank says, "Double or nothing, you don't know the Pope!"

"Benny!" says Prank, "Let's go!"

When they get to the Vatican, Prank instructs Frank to wait outside and Prank will come out on the balcony with his arm around the Pope. After a while, a crowd gathers to hear the Pope speak. And as told by Prank, when the Pope came out, Prank's arm was wrapped around him. Prank looks down from the balcony and see's Frank passed out on the ground. He rushes down and wakes him up.

"Frank! Frank! Wake up!" Frank opens his eyes and says, "Prank. You're the most popular man in the world."

"I told you that, Frank," says Prank, "but you didn't faint when I knew the President! You didn't faint when I knew the Queen!"

"Well I was shocked that you knew the Pope," says Frank. "But I just couldn't take it when the guy next to me tapped me on the shoulder and said "Who's that up there with Prank?"

Still the Segregation in Browsers Exists

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Today, I was doing the so called load testing, along with my colleagues in my project. But this screen turned me off. Why cant applications be compatible with all kind of browsers. The basic work done by Netscape or an IE or fire-fox in fetching pages will be same.

Why can't then application use features common across browsers, as many things are getting standardized day-by- day. These basic things must be kept in mind while developing a web application.

I think every on must have a look on developing application simpler , but effective one.

Officiate yourself the Office 2007 Experience

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I read about MS Office 2007 a long time back, and was fervently waiting to work with this new release by Microsoft. It was not because I am obsessed with Microsoft like Google, but for the curiosity about the new Software Release.

They are providing a free online trial; you can follow this link and try yourself.

  • You need Admin rights (If you are trying this in office) since Citrix Plug-in will be installed, for accessing remote desktop
  • You need to register yourself there (either using Live Mail ID (Hotmail :) or any other Email ID) Then have a good time with the special effect masters’ great work

The new features which I found interestingwere the Office 2007 Button on the left top corner which is similar to start menu of MS Office, and he Menu based user interface is replaced with a Ribbon based interface (Shown below).

Still a multitude of enhancements like Collaboration using Microsoft Share point Server, are present, which I am still trying to figure out.You can also give a try.

Join with me for a Toast

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Yesterday, after a very long time, I attended Toastmaster’s session. This session was really interesting, I enjoyed every moment there. This was a special session, each of us where provided with a jumble of 12 x 12 alphabets to find out the hidden words in 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes we need to speak for 2 minutes using the words we deciphered from the jumble. I found out around 5 words which were all fairy tale words like goblin, maple syrup, costumes, banking & World Series. I spoke about my own version of Harry Potter as the word Goblin reminded me of the Green Goblin who govern the Gringots Bank of World Series Harry Potter, well known for their weird costumes and maple syrup drinking habits (This is an one line game I played now: ).

This time I found Toastmasters very useful because of one reason. The first time I went with a mindset that Toastmasters club is also going to be yet another Rotaract. But this time my intentions were not like that, I really wanted to improve my communication skills. The expected was given at the right moment yesterday. This Toastmasters Club is yet another commendable initiative by TCS Maitree like Global Village.

I have joined the club today, though the membership cost was around two thousand for one year including my joining fee. I will get much more than that is my expectation. Money is not every thing, rightly pointed in this.

Missed the Obvious

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Learning with passion is what I wanted to do. In the past ten months in programming with SQL and PL/SQL, I spend sometime always for AskTom, Steven Feuerstein's Oracle PL/SQL programmming, Oracle-Base by Tim and other Oracle Ace Blogs.

Last week I came across this post by Tim in his oracle-base blog. I realized many things on that when yesterday i was trying an Insert statement in oracle for inserting in more than one table. When i Googled my requirement of inserting in more than one table, the Oracle Documentation just banged in right front of me as topmost search result. The multi-table insert where lucidly explained in the documentation. Though I always like reading out for many advance concepts in oracle it was something very basic which I have missed, which was given right in the first page.

Now My Commandment is : "Thou shall not miss reading the Oracle Documentation"

Its not a Pipe Dream...

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I always adore Google for whatever they do from, Docs to Reader , or their April fool day hoaxes like Google Romance to Google Tisp ,I love it for their creativity, simplicity and elegance. But Pipes by Yahoo is really wonderful experience.

Last week Vivek & me combined all our blogs to create a single feed using Yahoo pipes. Man! the interface is really rocking! Our mesh looked like this

For subscribing for this Unified Mesh, you can use this feed.

From Italian Pasta to Russian Salad!

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I have read about multi-cuisine food in many novels but for the first time I tasted it in Global Village ‘007 program organized by TCS Maitree. 42 people from 18 different countries took part in it. This was an initiative to bring the TCSers from different country under one roof.

Banyan Park is a workplace everyone will envy. I enjoyed its scenic beauty along with a cloud of bats present over there. The program was also colorful when people from China to Colombia danced for Doom & Daler Mehandi’s album.

Finally, the food served, baffled me on what to eat and how much to eat. I ate from French pastries to Brazilian chocolates & Italian Pastas. Candidly speaking I turned a glutton for that evening as I used to be.The only stall I did not go was the Indian food, since they served Pav Baaji & Dabeli was served there, which is very common in Mumbai.

The closing part of the program was a presentation on India, by the people from these countries. That showed their respect India, really moved me.

I came home with my heart and tummy filled. A commendable program by TCS.