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....

Other shankee blogs-

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

You must have seen in Harry Potter movies when some letters gets teared apart and destroyed after the message has been conveyed, but it is no longer fiction as scientist have made special documents that when coated with a special layer of nano-particles would get erased by themselves when read once.

A team at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, coated gold nanoparticles with a layer of hair-like molecules called 4-(11-mercaptoundecanoxy)azobenzene or MUA. When zapped with ultraviolet light, these filaments change their shape and charge distribution, causing the nanoparticles to congregate together and change colour .

The colour of the nanoparticles depends on how close they are to one another," says lead researcher Bartosz Grzybowski. "For instance, gold nanoparticles are red when separated, but become violet, then blue, then colourless as they cluster together."automatically disappearing ink for documents

The color change is not forever and in the absence of Ultraviolet Light the MUA goes back to its original shape, allowing the nano-particles to disperse and the content to vanish.

The image's lifetime depends on the amount of MUA coated onto each nanoparticle. By varying this concentration, the chemists found they could control how long the images stayed visible, from hours to days. Exposing the films to intense visible light or mild heat erased the images even faster, in a matter of seconds.

Source- Newscientist.com

Its night time and suddenly someone takes a picture, and stuns your eyes with the sudden flash of light. Flash is the most annoying part of being photographed, but that soon will be changed with the new invisible-flash cameras.

Dilip Krishnan and Rob Fergus at New York University have built a "dark flash" camera which floods a scene with infrared and ultraviolet light that is invisible to the human eye. The image is crisp, but the colours are strange.

The resulting image isn't perfect -- the pictures are described as having the character of night-vision shots --so the new system, developed by two researchers at New York University, grabs color information from a flash-free picture which is snapped after the UV-illuminated shot is taken. Detail from the first shot and color data from the second are then combined in software, with what is called a "remarkably natural end result."

The camera isn't perfect and the pictures that are constructed combining the image reflection from UV and Infrared light still have freckles. They still have to solve a few issues as not all objects reflect ultraviolet and Infrared lights so they would end up ruining the picture.

Sample pictures

But still the results are great and we hope that we will have invisible flash in all cameras in future.

Source- Tech.yahoo.com, newscientist

Microsoft makes code for Linux
Microsoft is releasing three Microsoft-developed Linux drivers to the Linux community for possible inclusion in the Linux source tree. This is one of the rare time when Microsoft does something for free and for the Linux community.

Microsoft previously released part of the Linux Integration Components under the GPL, so this isn’t technically the first-ever GPL’d code from the Softies.Microsoft made the Linux driver announcement on July 20, the opening day of the O’Reilly OSCON open-source conference.

Microsoft is touting today’s release of 20,000 lines of code — which it is putting under the GNU General Public License v2 (not GPL v3) licensing agreement — as part of Redmond’s commitment to improving the integration of Windows and Linux.With today’s announcement, Microsoft becomes one of many companies contributing code to the central Linux kernel committee.

Tom Hanrahan, the head of the OSTC, is quoted on Microsoft’s press site as explaining the purpose of the drivers this way:

“Our initial goal in developing the (Linux driver) code was to enable Linux to run as a virtual machine on top of Hyper-V, Microsoft’s hyper visor and implementation of virtualization.

“The Linux device drivers we are releasing are designed so Linux can run in enlightened mode, giving it the same optimized synthetic devices as a Windows virtual machine running on top of Hyper-V. Without this driver code, Linux can run on top of Windows, but without the same high performance levels. We worked very closely with the Hyper-V team at Microsoft to make that happen.”

Hanrahan also played up the consolidation message in explaining Microsoft’s motivation for releasing the Linux driver code:

“Customers have told us that they would like to standardize on one virtualization platform, and the Linux device drivers will help customers who are running Linux to consolidate their Linux and Windows servers on a single virtualization platform, thereby reducing the complexity of their infrastructure.”

So the code is for making Linux and Microsoft servers integrate better. WE wish someday Microsoft will roll out Driver-independent Operating System, so that we users don't have to get into hassle of installing drivers to make stuff work.

Source- Microsoftpresspass

FlashGet is specifically designed to address two of the biggest problems Flashget screenshotwhen downloading files: Speed and management of downloaded files. If you've ever waited forever for your files to download from a slow connection, or been cut off mid-way through a download - or just can't keep track of your ever-growing downloads - FlashGet is for you.

FlashGet supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, BT, MMS, MMST, RTSP, ed2k protocol. Optimized the multi-thread dispatching, capability of disc read/ write when downloading; fixed the bug in certain situation that it has no traffic in Drop Zone. Version 1.9.6 added FlashGet Recommendation Page.

Download here

Browser add-on Flickr Gallery Plus adds extended functionality to Flickr's set view, allowing users to click through to see full versions of each shot without having to reload the page. Once installed it will go out and pre-fetch the larger sized version of each shot, making big sets a cinch to speed through. This includes the addition of keyboard shortcuts (something you can't get in Flickr without a Greasemonkey script) which lets you go back and forth between shots using your arrow keys.

In addition to its thumbnail optimizer, the add-on includes a simple slideshow viewer that doesn't attempt to replace Flickr's own gorgeous slideshow tool. Instead, it simply fades together the pre-fetched pictures without leaving the page. You can set how long you want each photo to be displayed, anywhere from one to five seconds.

If you're a heavy Flickr user this extension is definitely worth the download as it will cut your page loads in half. It retains Flickr's slideshow tools and its same navigation; you also have the option to turn it on and off from a setting at the bottom of your browser.

Note: As with all experimental Firefox add-ons, you must be registered with Mozilla's Firefox add-ons site to download it. It's also available as a Greasemonkey script.

Flickr Gallery Plus lets you go back and forth between shots with your keyboard's arrow keys. It also pre-fetches each image--letting you load it without the page re-loading.

Google has been giving Microsoft tough competition in almost every way they could and in return Microsoft is also giving a head on head reply to Google. So we put a little light on what mess has these two tech giants have been in outdoing each other.

Operating system
This is the latest fight topic that started after Google announces to launch its own Operating System. Microsoft for sure has been the king of PCs as more than half of the world is still stuck to windows. Google decided to launch Google Chrome OS and has promised to reveal something that the world has never seen before. We don't know exactly what would it be like but we hope for the best. The Google announcement came at a point when Microsoft is to release Windows 7 in October but Google Chrome OS has not been showing much affect of Microsoft's window's sales as pre-release sales are on a high.

Google is the guru of search engines, it has captured almost all the market when it comes to search. Microsoft has been trying hard to increase its market share in this sector from a long time. They launched "Live Search" which failed miserably but the recent search engine by Microsoft i.e. "Bing" has been doing good. But as experts have said that bing's percentage of market share has been increasing. But who know what is the future of Bing . We love google.

Office Applications
Microsoft Office has been the most widely used application used worldwide till date. Google have their own online version of office applications "Google Docs". Seeing the increase popularity Microsoft is to release an online version of its Office 2010 and that too for free use.
We hope that where Microsoft maked Office 2010 online Google will soon release an offline version of Google Docs.

These we hope were the main places of Google-Microsoft fight but still they seem to leave no stone unturned and we keep on seeing each of them revealing something or the other to give their opponent a stiff competition.
Please comment and tell us what do you think on the Google-Microsoft fight.

Microsoft has finally decided to launch an online version of its most famous office application "Microsoft Office 2010". This decision came at a time when google has revealed of launching its own operating system soon. Shankee puts a look at what's going on.

Microsoft, after tiptoeing around in the online app space for many months, is finally diving in headfirst in the move from offline software to the web. Office 2010, the next big release of its productivity application suite, in addition to traditional installable versions, is also going to come in an online-only incarnation, similar to -- and a direct response against -- Google Apps.

Microsoft already offers some online services in the form of Windows Live and Office Live, but these are limited to basic collaboration tools (email, calendars, etc.) and building business websites rather than creating and editing documents via a web browser. Office 2010 will mark Microsoft's first serious foray into online productivity.

Early screen shots are promising, and the online versions of Office 2010 -- which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote -- look more feature-filled than I'd imagined they would. Microsoft has said the apps will be stripped down somewhat, which is to be expected of a free product, but so far they certainly don't look like they veer into the simplistic world of, say, the Windows Notepad.

Analysts have mostly given the thumbs-up to Microsoft for moving some of its applications to the web, even if it might cost them dearly.
Microsoft excel on the web
Excel spreadsheets can now run in the browser

The Wall Street Journal has estimated that offering free online software could "put at risk as much at $4bn (£2.46bn) in revenue".

One analyst told the paper that despite such losses, it could be a canny move.

"Making sure people are still using Microsoft products is more important" in the short term than risking revenue, explained Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

Looks like the Microsoft Google war goes on getting dirtier and dirtier.

Update- It is rumored that some leak version of Office 2010 are available on torrent sites but still that is not confirmed, and soon Microsoft will roll out Beta version for testing by developers soon.

The world has gone mad for the latest Harry Potter movie : Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince. Everyone is blogging about it, reading about it and ya watching the movie as well. But i found some weirdly funny stuff about it and so different that i actually can't keep myself from writing about it. See the five sentence review.

Five sentences on the latest Harry Potter movie:

1) It's a very good, rather dark, and entirely adult movie.
2) You need to have read the book to understand what the hell is going on.
3) If you have read the book, there are no surprises and the end is ruined.
4) If you JUST read the book, and all the details are still fresh, don't bother seeing this movie—too much has been changed for the sake of fitting the general story into a 2-hour movie and the differences will drive you bonkers.
5) The locket-in-the-bowl scene is, like, wicked scary.

Source- http://danrenzi.typepad.com/stuff/2009/07/harry-potter-review-in-five-sentences.html

News sites that charge users a subscription fee are the exception for now, but the editor of the Financial Times "confidently" predicts that they'll be the rule inside 12 months. The big question: whether to charge per month or per article (or both, for that matter).
During a speech in London this week, FT editor Lionel Barber said he can "confidently predict that within the next 12 months, almost all news organizations will be charging for content" on the Web, according to the Guardian.

The only real question is "how these online payment models work and how much revenue they can generate," a matter that's "still up in the air," Barber said in the Guardian piece.

The speech comes less than a week after the New York Times let slip that it's mulling a $5-a-month online subscription fee, after years of essentially giving away all its content for free on the Web.

Indeed, "free for all" is pretty much the current policy for most online news sites, save a couple. For example, the Wall Street Journal charges readers $1.99 a week, while the Financial Times uses a "frequency model," which lets you browse between three and 10 articles in a 30-day period (depending on whether you're registered); after that, you'll have to pay $3.49 a week to keep reading.

Another model that "free" online news sites might consider, according to Barber, is "article-by-article"—that is, rather than (or in addition to) charging a monthly or weekly subscription fee, users could pay, say, 49 cents (I'm grabbing that figure out of thin air) for a single story.

Personally, I like the "per-article" model—it's a bit like a 99-cent song on iTunes, which feels almost painless (and obviously, there's no commitment involved).

But the article-by-article method needs a couple of crucial elements to work: the right platform (how will users register—via Google, Facebook Connect, or on each individual site?), and the right price. 99 cents seems like too much, while 10 cents is probably too little for the news sites. So … 25 cents? 39 cents? 49?

So, what do you think: If newspapers start charging for their online content, would you rather get a subscription or pay-as-you-go—and if the latter, how much would you be willing to pay per story?

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Reading a newspaper online absoultely free

The big question is here "Can recycling plastic bags be bad for environment ?". This question is not correctly framed we mean "Is banning plastic bags bad for environment?'. This question has been coming in front of the Indian Government again and again, and still Supreme Court has not passed any law forcing ban on plastic bags in India.

You might be puzzled that why should plastic bags be not banned even when many countries have adopted this. The big answer - banning plastic bags means more pressure on paper bags and therefore its use would increase rapidly. Paper bags are made from trees which would result in cutting of more trees, and instead of helping the environment it may be a cause for deforestation.
Plastic is not that bad, we eat a lot of food that comes packed in plastic packing. The main problem is with its reuse and proper recycling methods.

Recycling paper and glass is pretty straightforward. Metal is also fairly straightforward. But plastics are different. Plastics have a complex chemical make-up that changes the equation. If you look on a plastic container, you might notice a number by the recycle sign. These numbers run from one to seven, and each has a different meaning.

So what do you think is the solution to this problem .. please comment...

Shankee has been growing so wildly ever since it was launched. I have been not posting content as i was busy in making sub-blogs of Shankee.com. But managing all these blogs and also writing on them as well has become a difficult task to handle so i am looking for people willing to be a part of the shankee family.

I am Shashank Agarwal the main editor and head of the shankee family. Shankee is now 2 months old (launched on 5th may ), So i think i must tell my readers where i have been busy and what is happening behind the curtains in shanke.com. So along with the main blog (shankee.com) we have also made a lot of sub-blogs that are part of the shankee family. These are-


(Under Construction)


And we have plans for more, so do you too want to write your own blog. So her is the chance.
So tell me what do you want to write about, select something that you can never get bored writing about.

Send me a mail at shashank@shankee.com tell me what is the thing you are most passionate about. I will love to help you all make a blog and help you gain knowledge with my experience.

Standard Charger to use Micro USBThe biggest mobile chargers of the world have agreed on using the same charger for all their phones. This would remove the extra burden from the customers of carrying different charger for different devices.

Every Mobile manufacturer provided a charger that was exclusively made for the device and could not be used on any other mobile device. So if you have more than one phone then you needed to carry different charger.

But now, according to a report in The Telegraph, ten companies, including Apple, LG, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, have submitted a Memorandum of Understanding to the European Commission pledging to start making phones that can be charged using a single charger.

They have agreed on using the micro USB to connect all their devices. Micro USB is already very famous as it has been adopted by a wide range of electronic devices including mp3 players, chinese electronics gadgets and many more.The production of such devices will be seen only from next year.

The European Commission has been putting pressure on mobile phone makers to reach an agreement on a universal charging standard in an effort to cut down on the thousands of tons of waste generated each year by the inclusion of unwanted chargers with every new handset.

The GSMA, the trade organisation that represents the mobile phone industry, said that the new universal chargers will consume half as much energy when on standby as today's charging cables.

Hackers steal data just by using elctrical outlets and cheap lasersStealing Data with just putting a plug in the electrical switch in the next room would have been seen as a part sci-fi movie but it is no longer fiction. Hackers have created ways to steals your data while you are typing on your keyboard even from as much as 15 meters away.

The hack will demonstrated at the Black Hat USA 2009 security conference in Las Vegas later this month by by Andrea Barisani and Daniele Bianco.

The equipment to carry out the power-line attack could cost as little as $500, and the laser attack gear costs about $100 if the attacker already owns a laptop with a sound card, says Barisani. Carrying out the attacks took about a week, he says.

The hack was simple and has been successfully performed.

So how did it worked-
When you type on your keyboard or use your mouse it generates electrical signal that travels yo your computer. This signal tells your PC what you have typed and has been used like this from the time computer existed. But while doing this you also create a small current to be induced in the ground wire of your PC. This current goes back to your electrical circuit Board from where it can be accessed and on amplifying will give back all you type on your PC.
This trick has been proved to be successful and in not fiction. The only way to prevent yourself from this trick is to use wireless keyboards but still they can be hacked as they transmit signals in the air. Other possible solution would be grounding the PC so that extra leak current flows through that and not back into your electrical switch board.
So we don't know to what extent would hackers go in using their mind in hacking stuff.

In the second type of attack where the presence of victim in line of sight was important was also described.

Attackers point a cheap laser, slightly better than what is used in laser pointers, at a shiny part of a laptop or even an object on the table with the laptop. A receiver is aligned to capture the reflected light beam and the modulations that are caused by the vibrations resulting from striking the keys.

This modulation is converted to an electrical signal that is fed into a computer soundcard. “The vibration patterns received by the device clearly show the separate keystrokes,” the researchers’ paper says. Each key has a unique vibration pattern that distinguishes it from the rest. The spacebar creates a significantly different set of vibrations, so the breaks between words are readily apparent.

Analyzing the sequences of individual keys that are struck and the spacing between words, the attacker can figure out what message has been typed. Knowing what language is being typed is a big help, they say.

Laptop lids, especially shiny logos and areas close to the hinges, provide the most easily read vibrations.

“We think it is important to raise the awareness about these unconventional attacks and we hope to see more work on this topic in the future,” Barisani and Bianco say in their paper. Others with more time and money could doubtless create better spying tools using the same concepts, they say.

Source- Networkworld.com

While the discussion pertains to Vista particularly, the same applies to Windows 7 in general too ! For a general user the first three are usually more than sufficient to make your Vista faster. The remaining are some more which a tweak enthusiast may wish to consider. Utilities like WinPatrol or Tune-Up Utilities can help you in most of the cases.

1. Restrict the no. of start-ups. Why have programs starting up when you dont really use them. Even those you use can always be started manually by clicking on the. I personally prefer not to have ANY starups. I click on my Internet Defense Suite manually, before connecting to the Internet. So decide for yourself which one’s you really need as start-ups.

2. Disable services which one may not require. For example, if your pc is a stand-alone one, there may be sevral services which you can disable or switch over to manual mode. Auto-starting and closing down of services takes time & resources. These can be saved. BlackViper’s Vista Service Configurations is an excellent guide to follow.

3. Reducing visual effects (eye candy).
Right-click on “My Computer” > Properties > Advanced > Performance-Settings > Visual Effects > Adjust for best performance > Apply > OK.
To allow the themes and the glass effects, you may have to check on the boxes : enable transperant glass and use visual styles; this way atleast the spirit of Vista will be preserved- else be prepared for a really bland Vista ! Use your discretion. I know disabling all can actually negate the purpose of ‘eye-friendly’ Vista.

4. Ensure that boot defragmentation is enabled, so that files used during start-up are clubbed together.
Start Regedit. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Dfrg\ BootOptimizeFunction . Select Enable from the list on the right.
Right Click on it and select Modify. Change the value to Y to enable and N to disable. Reboot.

5. Disable : “clear page file on shutdown” option. Cleaning the page-file on every shutdown means overwriting the data by zeros, and it takes time.
To clear/not clear page file you can apply this reg tweak. Back up registry before trying this.
Start->run->regedit [enter]
GotoHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\ Control\ Session Manager\ Memory Management
Modify (if not present, rt click in open space and create) the Value Data Type/s and Value Name/s :
Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value]
Value Name: ClearPageFileAtShutdown
Setting for Value Data: [0 = Clear Page File Disabled / 1 = Clear Page File Enabled]
Exit Registry and Reboot.

6. Defragment your System Disk & Fine Tune your Registry. If you find the Vista’s in-built defragger slow, you can try SysInternals Power Defragmenter which works on Vista too ! Use the freeware CCleaner to clear up your PC Junk and clean up the Registry. Compacting the Registry occasionally is a good idea too !

Vuze ( formerly Azureus) has been my most favorite software when vuze azureus logoit comes to downloading videos.The best part it is totally free and features more HD content that any other software or site.Vuze have big archive of videos, HD clips, trailers, music videos and even full dvdrip movies.

The new search also indexes results from other file hosting sites such as Vuze Azureus windowMininova and Bitjunkie . With being a superb place for downloading songs and videos, Vuze is also one of the best torrent downloading clients that downloads much faster than most of the torrent software.

Vuze 4 ( formerly Azureus) is the latest version, It features lots of High Definition Content which you usually won't find at other places. The best thing about it is that it is completely free to use and download. The Interface is very attractive and has been made to suit the eyes as well as easify tasks. All of the content is in form of torrents. It also lets you search for videos present in its database alongwith results from leading Vze Screenshot torrent sites.Vuze also lets you connect with your friends and download faster by sharing torrents.Try it now because i usually don't praise any software that much, but vuze certainly needs to be applauded for.

Download Vuze

Geocities will be buried for ever on October 26, 2009. It was long ago Yahoo decided to shut down Geocities but still was supporting existing Geocities sites. The decision was made after Geocities turned out to be a no-profit venture. It may be due to impact from other free webpage services like google page, blogger, wordpress and more.-
Here is a copy of the mail Yahoo sent me..

Yahoo! GeoCities Service Announcement

Important notice: GeoCities is closing.

Dear Yahoo! GeoCities customer,

We're writing to let you know that Yahoo! GeoCities, our free web site building service and community, is closing on October 26, 2009.

On October 26, 2009, your GeoCities site will no longer appear on the Web, and you will no longer be able to access your GeoCities account and files.

What You Need to Do
If you'd like to move your web site, or save the images and other files you've posted online, you need to act now by choosing one of the following options:

Move your site to Yahoo! Web Hosting.
We know your files are important to you, and we want to make moving to Web Hosting as easy and affordable as we can. For a limited time, you can move your files automatically, take advantage of terrific features like a personalized domain name and email, even redirect your GeoCities web address to your new site — all for only $4.99 a month for a full year.

For more information and complete terms, please see our special offer now.

Download your files to your own computer.
With your pages and images saved offline, you can re-create your site with any hosting provider.

To quickly download your published files, visit your GeoCities web site, right-click on each page, and choose Save Page As... from the menu that appears. Choose a location on your computer to save your files, then click OK or Save. Learn more about downloading your files.

Don't Wait
Please be aware that after October 26, your GeoCities files will be deleted from our servers, and will not be recoverable. If you'd like to save your files, you must download them now or move to Yahoo! Web Hosting. If you need assistance, please visit the help center.

We want to thank you for being a GeoCities customer, and hope you continue to enjoy our other Yahoo! services.

Best regards,

The Yahoo! GeoCities team
Please do not reply to this message. This is a service email related to your use of Yahoo! GeoCities. If you have questions, please contact Yahoo! Customer Care. For your protection, Yahoo! will never ask you to provide your billing information via email. To learn more about Yahoo!'s use of personal information, including the use of Web beacons in HTML-based email, please read our Privacy Policy. Yahoo! is located at 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089.

Copyright © 2009 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved.
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The Google Operating System Google Chrome OSGoogle has now decided to launch its own operating system, the Google Chrome OS. After the success of simple and fast Google Chrome, Google has decided to give its users an amazing operating system that they would have never seen before.

As reported by Google on The Official Google blog, Google is set to launch its own operating system "Google Chrome OS" which promises to deliver its users the speed and the swiftness in accessing files like never before, like we do on windows machine and wait for the system to boot up. This is what google said

"We hear a lot from our users and their message is clear — computers need to get better. People want to get to their email instantly, without wasting time waiting for their computers to boot and browsers to start up. They want their computers to always run as fast as when they first bought them. They want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files. Even more importantly, they don't want to spend hours configuring their computers to work with every new piece of hardware, or have to worry about constant software updates. And any time our users have a better computing experience, Google benefits as well by having happier users who are more likely to spend time on the Internet."

So Google aims at giving its users an amazing computer using experience. The features of Google Chrome OS have been summarized in the following points-

• Simplicity-
Google wants their OS to be simple and easy to install. And don't want users to invest a lot of hours in just managing to install the system to their system.

• Hardware Compatibility-
Google will run on both 86 and ARM chips
The biggest problem with Windows is hardware compatibility. I have to install drivers for all my external devices, but in Linux we don't need any additional drivers for anything at all. So Google learning from Linux have decided to remove the burden fro users of adding drivers.Google Chrome OS

• Security
Google wants its OS to be free of viruses, malware and other malicious software, so they have indicated of starting from scratch and developing the system in some way that the world has never seen before.

• Software Support
This is the most interesting part Google said that all software running on any famous web technology would run on Google Chrome OS. Because for windows i need an application made for it, and that will never run on Linux. And for Linux i need to have a different set of application that will never sun on Windows. But this point is not very clear as we don't know if Google was saying about full applications or just web applications. Hope that would me more clear in the future.

• Google Chrome OS is different from Android. It is built with a total different approach.
The software architecture used in Google Chrome OS is simple, Chrome would be running within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. Google still has a lot of work to do but as against Microsoft they would be taking help from the Open Community for developing the Software.

We always knew that Google would launch a new Operating System, from the time Google Google fights with Microsoft windowsrevealed Google chrome which is believed to capture the giant market that Microsoft's Internet Explorer has captured. And when when we would see Google rolling out its Linux based Operating System windows would have a tough fight. Also it is really funny to see Google making such announcements when we have Microsoft's Windows 7 coming later this year.
Google has always worked hard to have a good image as against Microsoft which is seen as an dictator who has been ruling the computer world for so long. I love Google and Linux so would definitely support the new OS.
Google has been quite active over the few weeks or days, they just removed the beta tag from their Google applications, have planned to soon launch Google Wave and already in news for Android. We don't know what Google have in mind !!! May be capturing the whole world !!! :-)

The next prediction i make that Google would do is , making Google docs offline and publish as a full software for users to use it as a home or office application, Giving Microsoft Office a big competition.

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Cellphone Towers ruin the perfect view of your surroundings, and i wish they never existed. But scientists have put these cellphone towers to a good use. By studying the behavior of radio waves emitted by Cellphone Towers , they have been able to predict floods and save many lives.

From the latest research by scientist as Tel Aviv University in Israel have Cellphone Towers to predict floodfound ways to use cellphone towers to predict floods. It is based on the fact that cellphone towers use radio waves to transmit signal and receive data. This flow of Electromagnetic waves is affected by the moisture and other climatic conditions.
So on studying these effects of atmosphere on the radio waves , scientists were able to measure the humidity and eventually the amount of rain that may follow. The prediction about rain can be used to calculate the conditions that may led to floods.

This technology is a revolutionary idea to use an already available asset in helping mankind.

The report can be found here.

We all want to get the best result out of search engines. With the askboth shankeelatest buss created by Bing that some say shows great search results while others prefer sticking to the search giant Google. But what if you can use both. Yes a new website lets you search both Google and Bing at the same time.

Askboth is a new site that lets displays results from both the search engines on the same window. It does nothing much as it transfers the results that would show up on Bing and on Google and combines that up. But this simple idea is quit revolutionary and this site may be popular for a while.

Here's a screenshot of what came when we searched for shankee.com
askboth shankee

I actually didn't much liked the site as it had a lot of unclean google ads that covered half the screen, and made me feel like as if the page is so messy.
Link - http://www.askboth.com/

Related- See results from Wolfram-aplha and Google in the same window