Archive for August, 2006

Happy Ganesh Festival – 27-Aug-2006

27-August-2006 Leave a comment

Lord Ganesh (Mumbai folks

One of the most popular Gods in India, lord Ganesh or Ganpati is considered a symbol of wisdom and a bringer of good luck. It is said that his elephant head epitomises everything related to wisdom-small shrewd eyes, long ears that miss nothing, a long nose that can smell out anything fight and his vehicle, a mouse, reflects how much importance a wise man gives to the smallest of life forms. Shown at gateways and on doors, either by visuals or symbols, generally facing the rising sun in the east, Ganesh is revered across India as a great clearer of obstacles. Meetings, gatherings, weddings, functions and celebrations begin with a prayer of lord Ganesh and no new venture-be it a new company, a new house, a new shop is inaugurated without reciting a ‘mantra’ of lord Ganesh.

Ganesh is remembered on chauth or chaturthi, the 4th day of every month of the Hindu calendered, but most of all on Ganesh Chaturthi which is celebrated as his birthday. Ladoos are distributed on the day-by tradition ladoos were placed in different corners of the house and eaten before the meal. Milk is offered to idols of lord Ganesh at home and at temples, and Ganesh puja is performed at all temples and hi-house prayer rooms. Fasting, feasting and distribution of sweets offered to Lord Ganesh are important aspects of Ganesh chaturthi rituals in India. Hindus pray to images of Lord Ganesha, large and small, many of them made specially for the occasion by cottage industries and street side artisans, and those that do not wish to keep the idols alive by daily prayers, offerings and lighting oil lamps, immerse them in the nearest water body (all rivers, lakes and the sea which are sacred to Hindus).

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Business Intelligence – Tutorial

25-August-2006 Leave a comment

I found this Foundation Tutorial on Business Intelligence. Its very simple to understand. Visit LearnBI website for the tutorial.

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Toad for DB2 – Freeware

22-August-2006 Leave a comment

Long back I used Toad for Oracle. Recently, I wanted a GUI client for DB2 UDB 8.x. With help of my friend Srini Rao, I came to know that Toad has DB2 version also.

The best thing I noticed on ToadSoft website is that “DB2 Freeware version does not expire”. This is something great 🙂

I also notice Toad has SQL Server, My SQL Clients too. I am impressed with Toad’s GUI. Its very simple and usefull for any Database Professional.

For more details, visit ToadSoft Home Page.

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Narayana Murthy retires from Infosys

21-August-2006 Leave a comment

Bringing his illustrious corporate career to an end, IT major Infosys Chairman N R Narayana Murthy retired on Sunday from the service of the company, which he had launched as a small firm in the city in 1981 and took it to enviable heights in the last two and a half decades.

Murthy turned 60 on Sunday and as per the company’s corporate governance policy, he relinquished his executive post. However, he would continue as its non-executive Chairman from Monday.

Source: Rediff News

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Yahoo! Widgets

21-August-2006 Leave a comment

Yahoo Widgets allows you to get Weather, Photos, Calendar and more on your Windows/Mac Desktop. To get this you need to install the Yahoo! Widget Engine. You can browse the Gallery here.

For more details, visit Yahoo! Widgets home page

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Sony ships 50GB Blu-ray disc

20-August-2006 Leave a comment

Sony Electronics has begun US shipments of its 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray disc write-once media.

The company also confirmed that it plans to start shipping 50GB dual-layer rewritable media later this year.

Although it is expected that the Blu-ray disc technology will make use of the notorious regional coding system, it is reported this week that the US and Japan will share the same code.

The capacity represents more than four hours of HD quality video at a 24Mbps transfer rate, allowing users to take full advantage of Sony’s Blu-ray disc burners and Vaio desktop and notebook computers.

Sony’s 50GB dual-layer recordable disc has a suggested retail price of around $48.

Source: Computing

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Microsoft Introduces BLOG Website

18-August-2006 Leave a comment

Everyone is familiar with many free Blog Websites. Googles Blogspot is one of the widely known Blog website. In fact, my Blog runs on Google Blogspot ;).

I recently noticed on my friend – Vijay Simha’s Blog about the New Features Blogspot has introduced.

Now, its time for Microsoft to come up with its own Blog website. Check it out – its called Windows Live Writer. I am not sure how many of us would like to migrate from One Blog to Another blog website.

Some of the features of Windows Live Writer includes – WYSIWYG Authoring, Photo Publishing, Map Publishing, Writer SDK and Compatibility

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