Shashank AgarwalMe(shashank agarwal) at my last college Aligarh Muslim University

Woah... the moment i think of the past year i yell the work "WOW!!!" and exclamation included.... i wonder how can so much happen in a year.....with me(shashank Agarwal)!!! I would recall all that happened during the year and would try to post a few pics as well....
Shashank Agarwal
My life in AMU in pictures
Shashank AgarwalMy dear friends... sharique, me nd kamran...Shashank Agarwal
That is my final year project, the automatic house with laser alarm,
automatic lights , automatic water tank and
infrared remote controlled door...Shashank AgarwalAfter the cricket math,manoj, me kamran, sameer and arif...Shashank AgarwalThats Moin, Mudabbir, umair and raghib...
mudabbir being naughty after 377 was passed..
Shashank AgarwalThe awesome day at girl's hostel's annual fest.... i can never forget the day..
just a bunch of guys and over 300 mad girls screaming !!

Trip to agra and fatehpur sikri
So the year starts... I am in diploma final year (Electronics) ...from Aligarh Muslim University.. New Year party was fun... with friends offcourse !!
So the college starts in a week, we were really sad as the college tour that we forced our college staff to send us. We even got the tickets booked got the letter signed from the vice chancellor...... but the tour got canceled as kasab had to make a visit to mumbai with his 9 member team...Shashank AgarwalRelaxing sumwhr when our car got stuck at a trafic jam!!Shashank AgarwalMe at Taj Mahal
Me at the Taj.....!!Shashank AgarwalMe with hot high school girls from chile.... She was so beautiful (the one next to me )..
But I am Shashank how can we stay and not have a tour, and i forgot to mention we didn't went to any tour during the 3 years. So i with 5 of my friends decided we would go to agra on our own rented car. The news spread like fire those who first rejected our proposal now wanted to have a hare of the cake and i wonder how those bihari gang came forward and gave me the tour money on day 1...Now the total no. went to "18".. so we had to book 2 cars.... but ya the tour was one of the most memorable journey i had ever in my life, from seeing The Taj Mahal for the first time , meeting hot chile girls in fatehpursikri(see the pic)... and the dance of sir satendra ( he's a colleague but we call him sir, ask me why if u r interested).Shashank AgarwalMe with 2 of my most dear frnds( Kamran nd Naved),
they taught me what is meant by a good tea...

Annual Fest So the tour went fine.... now the next big thing the College annual fest..
We didn't had a fest in 3 years, the first year was hindu-muslim riots, second year riots in AMU so we had this third year....
The Annual fest was an experience in itself, i was the co-convenor the second highest post i guess...but i had everything under me even the head...even the head convenor as he was a friend....
I organised the two most successful events and anchored them as well - "the Quiz Show" and "the Fashion Parade"....
Shashank AgarwalI anchoring the fashion show
Shashank AgarwalMy techno fest leagueShashank AgarwalThats my principal.. giving me the trophyShashank AgarwalJust exciting the audienceShashank AgarwalAsking questions to a contestant

Exams Exams
The fun was over now comes exams ...i studied so damn hard during these exams... that let me
to have scored 84% in the finals and a total of 79% in 3 years and a degree that says "First Division with HONOURS"....
And ya i got "103" rank in UPTU entrance and a not expected "18" rank in Indrarshtha University...Shashank AgarwalStudying at my AMU library

I first got MSIT , got the hostel, with a new girlfriend.....the one month there was the most memorable time i had in Delhi and i sometime wished i never changed my college...
As now i am in MAIT the best college in IPU... or i think so...

I have great friends there now.... and life is going great...

The year end semester were the worst exam of my life... just wish i pass in every subject...

And ya not to forget my sis's wedding, the other mega event of the year,.....
Shashank AgarwalMy family at my sis's wedding

And the other things i can't write much about... my changing girlfriends... late night roaming in city (i was there on delhi roads until 2am was great fun).... had vodka the second day i reached delhi in my hostel.... and loads of stuff i can not write about ( #@!$%#..........)....... and ya the new hair-style....
Shashank AgarwalMe Outside the President's house

In whole it was a grand year....so much happened in just a year time...............Shashank AgarwalAnd ya i have a new nick name now Shankee

Yes, Google now helps you to still get in touch with the so called snail mail and lets you send one postcard to anyone in US.

They say
"Sure, email is great, but there's something uniquely heartwarming about the kind of card that comes in the actual mail — especially for folks who don't hear from us as often as they should, simply because they aren't online.

So we've made it as easy to send snail-mail holiday cards as it is to send email. Simply fill out the form below and we'll send one free holiday postcard on your behalf. Yes, through the mail and everything.


So to send the postcard just fill in this simple form and you are done, there are a lot of already made templates to chose from.

holiday card from google

Google is dong this to promote Gmail in a totally different way, the cards are based on Gmail themes that you can apply on you Gmail account. Google says it would extend this service to other countries as well from next year.

Google has been keen on changing its ever static google search homepage screen. And has been experimenting with a lot of different structures and designs. Like it rolls out a new doodle (google logo) on the search page depending on the day or the important event. The latest is the Google fade away that guarantess to increase your speed of searching.

Google has made some chages to the page and until you hover or move your mouse you won't see the top bar and other features that are useless for users that are here only to search the site. It is quite an essential improvement. Google blog says it must have tries over atleast 10 different designs over few months until it finally settled on this one.

Google explains the decision to scrap the additives with this statement on their blog:

“For the vast majority of people who come to the Google homepage, they are coming in order to search, and this clean, minimalist approach gives them just what they are looking for first and foremost. For those users who are interested in using a different application like Gmai, Google Image Search or our advertising programs, the additional links on the homepage only reveal themselves when the user moves the mouse.”

google homepage-1

Apparently Google has attempted to master the fade-in effect, as they tried 10 different variations of it, ultimately landing on one that a majority of testers had positive and neutral reactions to. Interestingly enough though, the fade-in approach they picked also slows down the time it takes for users to take their first action on Google.com. While this would appear to be troubling, Google says that, “we want users to notice this change… and it does take time to notice something (though in this case, only milliseconds!).”

Similar posts- Google's no crap minimal search link

Want to even have a simple hassle free google search. Here you have it. Google has a small version where they show no ads at all, no unusual scripts and the data usage is kept at minimum.

To go to this page just type this in address bar of your browser-

The page is really simple and shows just the search result's heading which is linked. I guess this search feature would be best suited for mobile phones where net speeds are still very low.

Google is set to put a version of everything related to computers, it has its browser. office suite, loads of internet services, social networking site- orkut, launched its own operating system and now it has its own designed programming language called "Go".
Go is an open source project, distributed under a BSD-style license. This document explains how to check out the sources, build them on your own machine, and run them.

A simple program in go to print Hello World.

package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
fmt.Printf("Hello World \n")

Goole says Go is simple, fast, safe and free(Open Source).
Go compilers produce fast code fast. Typical builds take a fraction of a second yet the resulting programs run nearly as quickly as comparable C or C++ code.Go is type safe and memory safe. Go has pointers but no pointer arithmetic. For random access, use slices, which know their limits.Go promotes writing systems and servers as sets of lightweight communicating processes, called goroutines, with strong support from the language. Run thousands of goroutines if you want—and say good-bye to stack overflows.Go has fast builds, clean syntax, garbage collection, methods for any type, and run-time reflection. It feels like a dynamic language but has the speed and safety of a static language. It's a joy to use.
There are two distinct ways to experiment with Go. This document focuses on the gc Go compiler and tools (6g, 8g etc.). For information on how to use gccgo, a more traditional compiler using the GCC back end, see Setting up and using gccgo.

Google has made this site golang.org which has a lot of tutorials and programs for you to learn and practice.

Go is only available to be installed on Linux OS and it might take a while for for a windows compiler to be available soon. The instructions to install GO on an Ubuntu machine are given here.

The company says that Go is experimental, and that it combines the performance and security benefits associated with using a compiled language like C++ with the speed of a dynamic language like Python. Go’s official mascot is Gordon the gopher, seen here.

Here’s how Google describes Go in its blog post:

Go attempts to combine the development speed of working in a dynamic language like Python with the performance and safety of a compiled language like C or C++. In our experiments with Go to date, typical builds feel instantaneous; even large binaries compile in just a few seconds. And the compiled code runs close to the speed of C. Go is designed to let you move fast.

We’re hoping Go turns out to be a great language for systems programming with support for multi-processing and a fresh and lightweight take on object-oriented design, with some cool features like true closures and reflection.

Installing Go

Install Go[Top][Top]

The Go tool chain is written in C. To build it, you need to have GCC, the standard C libraries, the parser generator Bison, make and the text editor ed installed. On OS X, they can be installed as part of Xcode. On Linux,

$ sudo apt-get install bison gcc libc6-dev ed make

(or the equivalent on your Linux distribution).

To build the Go distribution, make sure $GOBIN (or $HOME/bin if $GOBIN is not set) is in your $PATH and then run

$ cd $GOROOT/src
$ ./all.bash

If all.bash goes well, it will finish by printing

--- cd ../test

Do tell us what you think of the article, please comment.
N known bugs; 0 unexpected bugs

where N is a number that varies from release to release.

For more help join a Golang Google group such as -

Golang nuts
GOlang Checkins

Search or just comment to know more !!

Microsoft rolls out "beta" version of its Office Suite - "Office 2010". And for a change it is giving users to download and try it for free. Here's how you can get it.

Microsoft® Office Professional 2010 Beta

Microsoft Office 2010, codenamed Office 14, is the successor of Microsoft Office 2007, a productivity suite for Microsoft Windows. Extended file compatibility,user interface updates, and a refined user experience are planned for Office 2010 to be released in June 2010. It will be available for Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. With the introduction of Office 2010 a 64-bit version of Office will be available for the first time, although in 64-bit, only for Windows Vista and later client operating systems. Office 2010 is not supported on Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.

Office 2010 will mark the debut of free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, which will work in popular web browsers (Windows Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari) but not in the Opera browser. Microsoft has confirmed that it will be released in the first half of 2010, and a public beta was made available in November 2009. A new edition of Office, Office Starter 2010, will replace the current low-end home productivity software, Microsoft Works.

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Office Professional 2010 combines all you need to create, edit and share documents from virtually anywhere. You get top-of-the-line tools to run your business and any project efficiently.

Download it here

Google finally launched its own operating system. Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web. Here you can review the project's design docs, obtain the source code, and contribute. Read more to know what is in google's mind.

The Chrome OS is Linux based Operating System that is based on cloud computing. It totally is on the clouds, i.e. everything happens on the Internet. They call it an extension of their chrome browser.

Google has not launched any version of chrome to be used on Microsoft Windows and i guess they never will support any of Microsoft Windows' applications ever. So the Chromium is based on Linux OS and the instruction that were given on the chromium site tells us how to install the machine on a Ubuntu system. (click here to know about Ubuntu).

Here are the instruction on how to use Chrome OS on Ubuntu.

It's a bit techie so in the next post we will be talking about how to use chrome on windows.

So what is chrome meant for-

Google tells us that most of the users use 90% of their computer to access internet so why not make computer to have just the internet and free users from all hassle of booting the system, worrying about the security, updating the software and all hassles. So they made the system online, you can not use chrome OS without an internet connection.

The User Interface of Chromium OS is very simple and looks like the browser itself, i actually didn't have had much time to discover what all can the OS do but as reports say it is simple, easy , and boots very fast (7 seconds as speculations). To log in into chrome you use your google account user name and password.

But it is full of bugs and needs a lot of work to be done on it.

Google says it is free for now and is asking developers to use and develop the code for it. But we have heard they might commercialize the software. But we all know Google is not the greedy one like Microsoft and hope it would do great with the OS.

program menu

2. Chrome OS Media Browser


Cloud Storage - Everything you save inside Chrome OS is put on the cloud like this notepad application which will sync with Google Docs.


These screenshots were taken from labnol.org

Do tell us what you fell about the post.

Microsoft has been busy with developing and launching Windows 7 all this time. And with the last failure of Windows Vista , Microsoft is leaving no stone unturned to make windows 7 a hit, from launching a massive house party across the world to sending free version of Windows 7.

Let us first know what the current scenario is around the world when it comes to 32 and 64 bit PCs. The bits of an OS tells how many bits can the processor solve simultaneously and thus reducing the time and improving efficiency.
64 bit software has been around since 2005 but still it hasn't been able to show a mark. The reasons may be lack of hardware support and software difficulties as well. Even if you have a PC that is not too old it's 99% certain it would be have a 64 bit microprocessor. But still even with all that supp rot the world is till in clutches of 32 bit software.
We wonder if Windows 8 would be a 128 bit version, but Microsoft has been known for doing big and something that others don't have boldness to do. As they have been launching 64 bit versions of XP, Vista and now Windows 7 , we don' know what is in mind of Microsoft.
Linux the competitor of Microsoft and specifically Ubuntu which has come up as the face of Linux has 64 -bit versions of its OS. But still no OS as for common man has been launched with a 128 bit version.
So lets wait and watch of what would happen of it in the future as 128 bit version of OS are definitely yo hit the market but as to when is the question.

Due to some unexpected dire consequences we have not been blogging for quite a few days. We are entangled in a lot of stuff right now. We would like to declare a few of our plans-
starting a tech magazine - htpp://magazine.shankee.com
We are making the shankee network grow strong.

And the big news , I (shashank agarwal) got access to Google Wave Sandbox, so i have been using and testing it for quite a while.

I have got admission on Btech (CS), in Indrapratha University , Delhi. So if you are somewhere around and interested in working with me, contact me for sure.

I am sorry for keeping you waited but we promise this tech blog is going to be better than ever, just give us a few time......

Shashank Agarwal

Windows 7 bug foundA new bug was discovered in Windows 7 , by us (shankee.com). This window 7's bug results in delayed/hanged start up. We disclose further details of the flaw in the latest release of Windows 7 and possible solution. Let me tell you it is not the blue screen of death on Windows 7 error it's a new error and has not yet been reported yet.

The Error

The error occurred when you would turn off your computer without shutting it down properly by going to Start menu>Shutdown.
And when you would restart the PC , windows 7's start up will be delayed for a very long time and would show a welcome screen saying "Please Wait"which would stay on for a very long time. I tested that for an hour almost and was so pissed off by that.Windows 7 welcome screen that hangs up

We really researched the error and it's existence has been confirmed . I have seen a similar error in Vista as well.

The Solution

We have discovered a solution to the delayed start-up problem.

  • Start your PC.
  • Go to the safe mode. As the PC would not have been properly shut down most computers would show a boot in safe mode menu.
  • If you don't see the Safe Mode menu press the "F2" key and the menu would show up. From the menu select "Start in Safe mode".
  • When you are logged in go to Start menu and select Restart from it.
  • The computer will Restart and you would get your normal screen.

This error was found in the latest updates Windows 7 RC version. There was one interesting thing about this error that it was found in some machines while some did fine with the turn off thing. Please comment and tell me if this error exists on your system as well.

Automatically Download from Rapidshare without Waiting Here is Script to automatically download files from rapidshare as free user. More advanced, deals with all possible errors and responds accordingly.

Rapidshare AutoWait - Greasemonkey Script for Firefox

This script can automatically download files from RapidShare.com. On the first page it clicks on Free Download, then it waits until the download is ready (this also deals with all possible errors - another download in progress, 15 minute limit, session expired, .. can be extended easily). Then it waits those few seconds during countdown and clicks on the download link.

Automatically Download from Rapidshare without Waiting

It means that if you set up Firefox to download rar files without asking and set up a default download directory, you really don’t have to care about anything else. You will still need to wait all those timeouts and countdowns, but you won’t have to sit in front of your computer to do that .

The script also displays status messages in the window title, so you can see how all your files are doing.

Link : Install Rapidshare AutoWait (for Greasemonkey)

The script also displays status messages in the window title, so you can see how all your files are doing.

Google has been trying really hard to improve its Google Chrome browser, and already it has been becoming a tough competitor for other browsers such as Firefox and Internet Explorer. Google released a latest beta version of its browser. Download it and have a sneak preview of how would it turn out in future.

As they said, the New Google Chrome Beta is faster than ever and also they tries to gave a new look to the browser windows. They have rearranged the tabs and other small stuff that show up in the first page. The best thing i love about is that Chrome is really fast not just it downloads webpages faster but when i click on that red-yellow-green Orb it opens in a fraction of second and not like Firefox and IE for which we have to wait for them to open up.

This new beta is fitted with a customizable New Tab page, an improved Omnibox and a few basic themes that allow you to deck out your browser with colors, patterns and images. We've also built HTML5 capabilities into this release, as well as a few other nifty technical improvements that will help Google Chrome make the most of your network connection.

Google Latest Beta version
You can learn more on the Google Chrome Blog, or download the beta version of Google Chrome to give these new features a whirl. Being on the beta channel gives you a sneak preview of things to come with occasional rough edges, but it's a great way for us to quickly churn out new features and get your feedback.

Please do comment on how you like the latest tech news from Google, do you love Google, and anything you want to tell us about.

Google has been really active over the past few months, buying something and selling something. The recent tech update is that they bought video compression technology company On2 Technologies for $106.5 million in stock. Though whether it will pay off remains to be seen, for On2 Technologies’ codecs are losing favor to H.264.

Its worth to notice how would Google utilize this new compression technology in their soon to release Operating system-"Google chrome OS" or if they use this in Android. Just look at On2’s mobile video arsenal: It owns technologies for embedded video for mobile platforms (Hantro) and On2 TrueMobile System, a mobile video system designed to send video across the networks — including 2.5G, Edge, 3G and 4G networks — using On2’s VP7 technology.

It also makes a lot of sense because most of its rivals have their own video technologies: Adobe with its market-leading Flash, Microsoft with its up-and-coming Silverlight and Apple with Quicktime. And On2 is behind many video codecs that it licenses to such aforementioned Google competitors as well.

Now let’s turn our attention to those delusions of grandeur. Back in January 2006., Google spent $102 million buying dMarc Broadcasting in the hope of becoming masters of the radio universe. “Google is committed to exploring new ways to extend targeted, measurable advertising to other forms of media,” said Tim Armstrong, then-VP of advertising sales. Armstrong is gone, and so is the radio advertising business. Today San Francisco-based WideOrbit announced that it’s buying Google Radio Automation Business, aka dMarc, for an undisclosed amount. But there’s no mention on Google’s web site about the sale. Instead it’s all about celebrating the acquisition of its newest, shiniest toy: On2 Technologies.

We are not sure what Google is up to , may be not to rule the world but may be capturing the whole Internet World.

How you liked this post from the Indian tech blog "Shankee.com". Please do comment and tell us what you feel of this.

Links- On2 official site

Lene Hau has already shaken scientists' beliefs about the nature of things. Albert Einstein and just about every other physicist insisted that light travels 186,000 miles a second in free space, and that it can't be speeded-up or slowed down. But in 1998, Hau, for the first time in history, slowed light to 38 miles an hour, about the speed of rush-hour traffic.

Two years later, she brought light to a complete halt in a cloud of ultracold atoms. Next, she restarted the stalled light without changing any of its characteristics, and sent it on its way. These highly successful experiments brought her a tenured professorship at Harvard University and a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation award to spend as she pleased.

Now Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics, Hau has done it again. She and her team made a light pulse disappear from one cold cloud then retrieved it from another cloud nearby. In the process, light was converted into matter then back into light. For the first time in history, this gives science a way to control light with matter and vice versa.

It's a thing that most scientists never thought was possible. Some colleagues had asked Hau, "Why try that experiment? It can't be done."

In the experiment, a light pulse was slowed to bicycle speed by beaming it into a cold cloud of atoms. The light made a "fingerprint" of itself in the atoms before the experimenters turned it off. Then Hau and her assistants guided that fingerprint into a second clump of cold atoms. And get this - the clumps were not touching and no light passed between them.

"The two atom clouds were separated and had never seen each other before," Hau notes. They were eight-thousandths of an inch apart, a relatively huge distance on the scale of atoms.

The experimenters then nudged the second cloud of atoms with a laser beam, and the atomic imprint was revived as a light pulse. The revived light had all the characteristics present when it entered the first cloud of atomic matter, the same shape and wavelength. The restored light exited the cloud slowly then quickly sped up to its normal 186,000 miles a second.
Communicating by light

Light carries information, so think of information being manipulated in ways that have never before been possible. That information can be stored - put on a shelf, so to speak - retrieved at will, and converted back to light. The retrieved light would contain the same information as the original light, without so much as a period being lost.

Or the information could be changed. "The light waves can be sculpted," is the way Hau puts it. "Then it can be passed on. We have already observed such re-sculpted light in our lab."

A weird thing happens to the light as it enters the cold atomic cloud, called a Bose-Einstein condensate. It becomes squeezed into a space 50 million times smaller. Imagine a light beam 3,200 feet (one kilometer) long, loaded with information, that now is only a hair width in length but still encodes as much information.

From there it becomes easier to imagine new types of computers and communications systems - smaller, faster, more reliable, and tamper-proof.

Atoms at room temperature move in a random, chaotic way. But when chilled in a vacuum to about 460 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, under certain conditions millions of atoms lock together and behave as a single mass. When a laser beam enters such a condensate, the light leaves an imprint on a portion of the atoms. That imprint moves like a wave through the cloud and exits at a speed of about 700 feet per hour. This wave of matter will keep going and enter another nearby ultracold condensate. That's how light moves darkly from one cloud to another in Hau's laboratory.

This invisible wave of matter keeps going unless it's stopped in the second cloud with another laser beam, after which it can be revived as light again.

Atoms in matter waves exist in slightly different energy levels and states than atoms in the clouds they move through. These energy states match the shape and phase of the original light pulse. To make a long story short, information in this form can be made absolutely tamper proof. Personal information would be perfectly safe.

Such a light-to-matter, matter-to-light system "is a wonderful thing to wrap your brain around," Hau muses.

Details of the experiments appear as the cover story of the Feb. 8 issue of Nature. Authors of the report include graduate student Naomi Ginsberg, postdoctoral fellow Sean Garner, and Hau.
In a practical manner

You won't see a light-matter converter flashing away in a factory, business, or mall anytime soon. Despite all the intriguing possibilities, "there are no immediate practical uses," Hau admits.

However, she has no doubt that practical systems will come. And when they do, they will look completely different from anything we are familiar with today. They won't need a lot of wires and electronics. "Instead of light shining through optical fibers into boxes full of wires and semiconductor chips, intact data, messages, and images will be read directly from the light," Hau imagines.

Creating those ultracold atomic clouds in a factory, office, or recreation room will be a problem, but one she believes can be solved. "The atomic clouds we use in our lab are only a tenth of a millimeter (0.004 inch) long," she points out. "Such atom clouds can be kept in small containers, not all of the equipment has to be so cold. Most likely, a practical system designed by engineers will look totally unlike the setup we have in our lab today."

There are no "maybes" in Hau's voice. She is coolly confident that light-to-matter communication networks, codes, clocks, and guidance systems can be made part of daily life. If you doubt her, remember she is the person who stopped light, converted it to matter, carried it around, and transformed it back to light.

Nero 9 free softwareNero, the most trusted and used software when comes to disc burning has revealed a free version of its latest Nero 9 software. Nero has been designated as making the best software when it comes to disc writing. Shnakee put a look at the latest tech update.

The Nero 9 free version is not a shareware but it is a freeware and never expires. Nero previously had given free trial version of its all software version but they had a lot of features.The free version of Nero 9 would only have basic DVD and CD writing and copying capabilities, and to use full functionality you need to upgrade to the full version.

Download Nero free version here

It looks like Nero has learned from other tech and software giants who first release a free version but with limited features and ask users to upgrade to a full version to use all the features of their software.
To download the software you need to register to Nero and provide your email account, i wish they don't fill me email Inbox with lots of spam mails asking me to upgrade. It may also be noted that their are numerous sites offering cracks and products keys to Nero 9 and other versions, so this step might reduce pirated software from torrent sites.

A 16 year old science fair participant Daniel Burd demonstrated how he decomposed plastic bags in just 3 months . As we all know plastic takes thousands of years to finally get decomposed, but if the process discovered by the boy goes fine we have a better solution to cope with plastic junk on the planet.

Daniel Burd from Ontario High School Junior, Waterloo discovered a process to decompose plastic but it too needed a lil-bit help from Bacteria.

(Hey, at between one-half and 90 percent of Earth’s biomass, bacteria’s a pretty safe bet for any biological mystery.)

The Record reports that Burd mixed landfill dirt with yeast and tap water, then added ground plastic and let it stew. The plastic indeed decomposed more quickly than it would in nature; after experimenting with different temperatures and configurations, Burd isolated the microbial munchers. One came from the bacterial genus Pseudomonas, and the other from the genus Sphingomonas.

Burd says this should be easy on an industrial scale: all that’s needed is a fermenter, a growth medium and plastic, and the bacteria themselves provide most of the energy by producing heat as they eat.
The only waste is water and a bit of carbon dioxide.

Amazing discovery, he did something that our scientists were'nt able to do with millions of dollars in research.

Everyone would have tried searching for some person they knew but are not in longer contact with, but searching for someone is quite a real tough task. But her Google comes to the rescue.

Google People Search is the ultimate tool when it comes to searching for someone, it searches for profiles of people and not content of a site or blog. Google People Search looks exclusively in sites that lists profiles of its users. It searches sites such as facebook, twitter, Digg but also lists some other sites as well.

When i searched for myself - Shashank Agarwal on Google People Search this is what i got this.

Google People SearchShashank Agarwal

The third one is the link to my twitter profile. While when i moved to second search page i found more links to my other social network profiles.

Google Custom Search shankee.comNote- This is a custom made search, where users specify what they want to search for. You too can make you custom Search Engine on Google that searches according to you.

Source- Google People Search

Apple has yet done something much un-expected and rejected Google Voice from being available on Apple Store. Google Voice is an allpication that lets users make and receive calls from a single number , send SMS and make cheap long distance calls.

Engadget reports that Apple has slammed the door on Google Voice, an app that lets users receive calls from a single "Google" number, make cheap long-distance calls, and send SMS messages. Not only that, but other apps with Google Voice functionality are also getting the boot.

As TechCrunch notes, the official reason for the rejection appears to be that Google Voice and its ilk "duplicate features that come with the iPhone," although many sense the heavy hand of AT&T—which might not like the idea of other services circumventing its voice and SMS services—behind all the drama.

Apple's Google Voice app denial has stirred up a hornet's nest of outrage, especially in the aftermath of other high-profile app rejections—including Qik (an app that streams live video from the iPhone), any number of 3G tethering apps, and SlingPlayer for iPhone (which finally was approved, but minus 3G support).

And don't forget that when the iPhone was first released, Apple didn't want to allow third-party apps at all. "Apple wants to control the look and feel and behavior of every aspect of the iPhone." Personally, I think that sentiment still holds true.

We have been growing our network and have been adding more shankee blogs to our domain family. Now Shankee has few more blogs added to it.

Love Issues-
Love Issues solves all your love problems, answers all your love and relation related questions. Love Issues would have daily updates and you can mail in your queries and they would be replied giving you the solution.


Great People
Great personalities have always fascinated me, so this blog is dedicated to life's of such great people who ever lived on Earth. This blog includes autobiographies of great leaders, politicians, actors, bussinessman and more....

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Looking through Facebook, Orkut and Twitter to know what other people are doing, now you have a better way to know status of your friends.But sometimes it’s even more useful to search only the status updates published by your friends and family, like when you’re looking for something specific to your social circle or only want to get an overview of thoughts or recommendations from those people you know and trust. Enter Status Search, which aims to fill that particular void in real-time search.

Once registered for this service, brought to you by Elad Meidar and Lior Levin, you can authorize it to gain access to what your circle of connections on both Twitter and Facebook is saying without the need to enter your credentials for said social networks. Basically, it’s what you can accomplish by searching FriendFeed updates from your friends but without the need for them to actually register for that service. Firefox users can enable a quick-search plugin for Status Search inside the browser, which takes away the hassle of having to remember to visit their website to search.

I tested a couple of search queries and the results were satisfactory, although I’m not sure exactly how far the index goes back. What I particularly liked was the fact that the trending topics that are displayed in the sidebar are generated from the stream of messages originating from the people you know and not the herd. In the past, I’ve called out for this type of implementation because Twitter’s trending topics have simply lost their appeal from the early days now that the service has gone mainstream.

Also nice: an alerts system that enables you to track specific words or phrases that you would like to get notified about. You can choose to receive an unlimited amount of e-mails on these terms, delivered either immediately or on a daily basis. From what I can gather from the Status Search website, the alerts are currently free of charge but there are apparently plans to start charging as much as $10/ month per word at some point (which is ridiculously expensive if you ask me).

Status Search

Converting PDF file into EXE Format I was looking for program that allows me to compile a PDF file into an EXE file, so the user receiving it doesn’t need to install Acrobat Reader, He just double-clicks the compiled file and gets the document.

Converting the PDF into EXE Format

With PDF2EXE, you can distribute your Adobe PDF files to your customers, share PDF documents with your friends without worrying about whether they can read it or not or have a pdf reader installed. PDF2EXE users can have more control over PDF files.

In fact, It’s a great idea to compress PDF, encrypt PDF, and finally convert PDF to EXE! My PDF file size is reduced after I convert PDF file to executable file. And now my PDF is embedded into EXE, more safe!

Features of this PDF to EXE Software

  • Compress, encrypt PDF document
  • Set password for the converted EXE file
  • Disable conversion from PDF to TXT, EXE to TXT
  • Disable printing of PDF file
  • Launch slide show after initialization
  • Disable conversion from EXE to image formats
  • Disable document properties
  • Prevent generated EXE from modification

Pdf to Exe Softwatre Screenshot

Open PDF Files without any PDF Reader by Converting the PDF into EXE Format

PDF2EXE is a SHAREWARE program to quickly convert PDF to EXE, making PDF readable on any computer without Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat software installed.

Link : Download

The conversion from PDF to EXE preserves the look and feel of the original document.

Windows 7 RTM releasedMicrosoft finally released Windows 7 RTM (Released to Manufacturers). This may be not a big news for customers but it means a lot for developers. Windows 7 RTM means it is finalized version and has completed editing and making changes to it.

We hope Microsoft would release it's windows soon, may be in a month or two. Windows 7 RTM was released for the manufacturers to test their hardware on the new windows. And make final changes to be released on their new computer models.

Windows 7 may look like a bit improved version of Vista but this is not the reality. Inside its totally different, its much faster, safer and has lesser problems than Vista.

We hope soon torrent sites would be flooded with Windows 7s leaked copies, and we hope Microsoft would do something for it.

Windows 7 Release Date has been set at 22nd October 2009, but Windows 7 is now available to pre-order for half-price! The offer is only valid for while stocks last and then customers will have to Buy Windows 7 for full price.

The Windows 7 testing program has finished and the Windows 7 RTM has just been leaked on torrents as Windows 7 RTM Build 7600, and it will be available officially later in July 2009.

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Blue-Crystal The Iceberg hotelYou might have heard about the ice-hotel in Russia, which architects build around the Christmas each year. Dubai is getting a permanent ice hotel, Blue Crystal that would float in the ocean around the year.

Dubai has been turned into city of magnificent structures that has never been ever been build anywhere else in the world. Like the Al-burj , palm island and the newly completed The World Islands.Blue-Crystal The Iceberg hotel

There is another addition to these , the new iceberg hotel called Blue Crystal. Dubai’s arid desert climate doesn’t easily lend it to ice sculptures–especially not ones with 6 stories of luxury entertainment including an underwater lounge and ballroom. The German design duo Frank and Sven Sauer claim that Blue Crystal will harness the world’s natural energy sources, keeping it self-sufficient. It will supposedly be powered by solar cells embedded in the icy facade and employ an ‘energy recycling system.’Blue-Crystal The Iceberg hotel

Blue Crystal shall carry a multiplicity of luxurious restaurants, an underwater lounge and a ballromm on 5 levels. A blue landscape of ice that turns into a pole of silence, far away from the hectic city.Dubai Ice Hotel

But still we all know how much electricity goes i our refrigerators to have some cubes of ice and here they have to keep a whole iceberg from melting when it floats in boiling waters and gets direct sunlight. But we never doubt Dubai as it has already shown the world there is nothing impossible in Dubai.

Blue-Crystal The Iceberg hotel

Blue Crystal concept video

Soon selected trains of the Indian Railway would get wireless internet capability as selected trains get wi-fi on them. The facility will only be available on selected trains and as we hope wi-fi is most probably to hit first on luxury trains such as palace on wheel and others.

The facility of Internet services by using Wi-Fi system was demonstrated on trial basis in Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express train from Jan. 11-24 and this was found successful, says a press release published on a government website.

The facility is not free and data usage would be charged. When started, passengers of the Indian Railway will be able to access Internet on train via a password protected account. Payment mode will be the user's credit card. Users also have the option to use data cards for Internet on the move.The payments can be made through credit card and other electronic money systems.
I am still not so sure of the success of the wi-fi on tracks service as how many of us actually use a laptop while traveling.

The plan, from Sonic Solutions, the company which operates the Roxio CinemaNow service, is to have the movie-loaded drives on store shelves in the fourth quarter of the year.The company hasn't offered complete details on the plan yet: The titles it will offer at launch have not been announced, nor has pricing for the drives (or their capacity).

Sonic has said only that the movies available will be similar to the current selection on the CinemaNow site, including a blend of new releases and classics. Most new releases on the CinemaNow service cost $19.95 to download; library titles typically run $9.95.

The company has said that movies won't be time-restricted, and that buyers will "own the content indefinitely." That of course doesn't mean that the drives will come free of DRM: The titles will be of course protected by strong digital security tied to the CinemaNow service designed to prevent them from being copied. Movies will have to be played back directly from the thumbdrive, either on a computer or through a CinemaNow-compatible device, which includes TiVo systems and LG Blu-ray players. Owners who register their purchases online will be able to play back the content through up to five devices.

But i also think that would this increase piracy rate. As it is much easier to transfer data on USB drives than on DVDs and also USB drive gets easily infected by viruses.

Source- tech.yahoo.com

getting a good rank for your blogAlexa has been one of the favorite tool for knowing how good or bad a site is, it has been one of the most trusted site when it comes to analyzing traffic stats of the web. But my experiments with the site have revealed that it can be manipulated to make your site have a great rank on Alexa.

When i launched my site shankee.com it had a rank over 6 million and i knew i would cross the minimum one million top sites of the world mark soon. But i wanted to make that as early as possible. So i started experimenting with Alexa. After being confirmed that the trick works and would give your blog a great rank i am finally revealing it to you.

The Trick
1. First make the site you want to have a good rank as the default homepage in your browser. To do in Firefox Go to Tools>Options and enter your URL in the homepage section. The procedure is same in Internet Explorer.

2. Now Go to Alexa and install their toolbar.

That's it this is the trick.

How does it works
Alexa tracks its toolbar, which tells the company what sites does the user has been visiting. So each time you open your browser you get one vote for your site at Alexa.

This trick works for sure but it only fastens the process of getting a better rank at alexa. Don't think you will get a great top rank in fortnight but it takes a few days. And this trick works for sure.

See shankee's stats at Alexa.

Everyone of us would have tried and wished so hard to solve the rubik's cube, but most of us failed. But my thirst for solving rubik's cube was never quenchd and finally i took a little help from Youtube saw a few turotrials and i was able to solve it finally.

See the tutorials mentioned below and you too could solve it by yourself, but still for sure it needs a lot of practice.

World's fastest transistorIBM claimed to build the world's fastest Graphene transistor. The IBM researchers claimed to make a Graphene Field Effect Transistor that works at frequency ranges of few Giga hertz.This research could prove making of efficient and super speed computing device. Myself being a Electronic student know the importance of Transistor and the transition time and working speeds. All chips circuits are now made using transistor as the basic building block.

Previously Germanium and Silicon were widely used but the speeds were limited and hence we saw formation of dual core and quad core...But this new research may prove a new turning point for the Electronic World.

Graphene is a special form of graphite, consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms packed in honeycomb lattice, similar to an atomic scale chicken wire. Graphene has attracted immense worldwide attention and activities because its unusual electronic properties may eventually lead to vastly faster transistors than any transistors achieved so far. The operation speed of a transistor is determined by the size of the device and the speed at which electrons travel. The size dependence was one of the driving forces to pursue ever-shrinking Si transistors in semiconductor industries.

A key advantage of graphene lies in the very high electron speed with which electrons propagate in it, essential for achieving high-speed, high-performance transistors. Now, IBM scientists have fabricated nanoscale graphene field-effect transistors and demonstrated the operation of graphene transistors at the GHz frequency range. More importantly, the scaling behavior, i.e. the size dependence of the performance of the graphene transistors was established for the first time. The team found that the operation frequency increases with diminishing device dimension and achieved a cut-off frequency of 26 GHz for graphene transistors with a gate length of 150 nm, the highest frequency obtained for graphene so far.

The report on this work, entitled "Operation of Graphene Transistors at GHz Frequencies" is published today in the journal Nano Letters and can be accessed at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl803316h.

GINA the fabric car from BMWThe world has been witnessing awesome concept cars whose designers claim that these will change the world. But BMW has made the greatest approach at this by making a shape changing car that is made of a frame covered with super fabric. This is something that is totally innovative and opens a new field of creativity for car developers.
GINA light visionary model ,Instead of steel, aluminum or even carbon fiber, the GINA Light Visionary Model has a body of seamless fabric stretched over a movable metal frame that allows the driver to change its shape at will. The car — which actually runs and drives — is a styling design headed straight for the BMW Museum in Munich and so it will never see production, but building a practical car was’t the point.

The car is extremely beautiful and when i first saw it i didn't knew that it was made of fabric. I thought it to have a metallic body. The fabric body has given the car so many options that we have never ever seen before. Like the frame has movable parts, that changed the shape of the car. I loved the moving seat system as well, it made seats to be adjusted according to my wish.
The car takes the level of customization to a different height altogether.

The first thing you would have in mind is that if the fabric tore apart. The fabric is not some clothes you see around. BMW says the fabric skin - polyurethane-coated Lycra - is resilient, durable and water resistant. It’s stretched over an aluminum frame controlled by electric and hydraulic actuators that allow the owner to change the body shape. Want a big spoiler on the back? Wider fenders? No problem. "The drastic reinterpretation of familiar functionality and structure means that drivers have a completely new experience when they handle their car," BMW says.

See the video yourself-

Some Pictures of the car
GINA the fabric car
GINA the fabric car from BMW
GINA the fabric car
GINA the fabric car