November 21, 2009
September 22, 2009
In response to my readers' repeated request to check the broken links, I have bundled up all the english e books and have shared the link with u. Click on the above button to download.
Below are the list of ebooks that would be present in the bundle.This should be working!
The Naked Face
Windmills of The Gods
Kane and Abel
Twelve Red Herrings
The Lost Symbol
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Mutation by Robin Cook
Around the world in 80 days
Biggest World Secrets
The monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma
The Google Story
Business at the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates
Pride and Prejudice
The Man On the Iron Horse
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Mein Kamph by Adolf Hitler
Dead Love by Russel
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus
The Arabian Nights
September 21, 2009
I have bundled up all these books and shared it here.
Some of the links below are broken. Please click here to get the books from one of my new posts.
Alai Ocai part
En Iniya Enthra
Pirivom Santhipom part1
Pirivom Santhipom part2
Jeyakanthan short stories 1
Jeyakanthan short stories 2
Jeyakanthan short stories 3
Dhevathaigalin dhevathai by Thabu sankar
Thanneer desam by Vairamuthu
Im looking forward for more books by authors like Indhra Soundharajan and Madhan. I'l add it here if I find them.
September 19, 2009
The legend's (legends) new sensational movie. I managed to watch Unnai Pol Oruvan on the second day of its release. Kamal Haasan as we know is a person with different thoughts and approach has once more proved his uniqueness by giving Tamil film industry a new dimension.
MohanLal and Kamal Hasan's combo with Shruthi Hasan's background score makes the movie an ultimate one. The answer for terrorism is nothing but terrorism. This is wat the movie is about. Sharp dialogues in the movie are just wonderful. And the scene where he says he has become an invisible man because his name is not in the voter's list has got the audience acceptance.
Sethu and Arif are two efficient police men and we have seen Arif already in Abhiyum Naanum and in a few ads. This role suits Arif better than anything else. If it was any other typical commercial movie the chasing scene of a culprit by Arif would have been shown in slow motion and in all angles. Thanks to Kamal (for avoiding all those unnecesary attention). And how he reacts when sethu shoots his hand- EXCELLENT. There cant be a single person who could resist a smile. Anuja who comes as a TV reporter as Natasha Rajkumar( starred in Sivi and Ninaithale inikkum) seeks attention by smoking.
Lakshmi is so apt for the role of Chief Minister's secretary. A guy from IIT is brought in who seems to be good at ethical hacking is the one who had acted with Vineeth in "May Matham" movie. All the characters have done their job very well and they really deserve an applause. Kamal's sense of humour is outstanding but still it doesnt affect the seriousness of the story.
The movie has no distractions like songs, dance, romance, duet, glamourous artists and deals only with a heavy subject- the power of a common man.
Hats off to Kamal Hasan and MohanLal and a great applause to the entire crew.
A Must watch!
September 13, 2009
Ninaithale inikkum is the remake of a malayalam movie "Classmates" which turned out to be a block buster. But the movie is not exactly the same scene by scene. Now the story
The movie starts with the get together function arranged by Shakthi's parents. Shakthi is a music lover who always wished for a music library in college, now that he is dead his parents wanted to fulfil his dream in the presence of his friends. So everyone is here for the reunion and suddenly Shiva(Prithvi Raj) is found struggling for life since someone has tried kiling him with guitar string.
Now the flashback which reminds you of the good old college days. Shiva and Vaasu(Karthik) are rivals but Shakthi remains a mutual friend of both. Shiva falls in love with Meera(Priyamani) the first day he comes to college but fails to disclose it till final year. Their love is only for a short span. Vaasu makes Meera to stand in college election as Shiva's opponent and does everything that would make the couple break up.
When the election results are to be out Shakthi is found dead in the generator room. Everyone was convinced with the reason of his death. But the truth is something else. Shiva discontinues and leaves to Mumbai.
Who could have killed Shakthi? What has that got to do with Shiva? And who is trying to kill Shiva? The mystery unfolds through another flashback told by the muslim girl(whose name I cant recollect) who he had loved.
A few twists and turns here and there makes the movie run @ fast pace in the second half.
Azhagai Pookuthey song tells it all- A master piece.
In Classmates - the original malayalam version Priyamani's role was played by Kavya Madhavan and Karthik's role by JayaSurya, Prithvi Raj in both the versions,Shakthi's role was played by Naren.
September 11, 2009
Apple which is known world wide for its user friendly gadgets has extended the features of its Nano iPod. Apple iPod came in two categories- shuffle and nano both of which had become a sensation once it entered the market. Nano which has been serving only music to millions is now coming up with video camera, Music genius, FM, VoiceOver and Fitness. Wats even more exciting is the size of the iPod is still the same.
With a few scrolls you could access the video camera and start recording the fun things happening around you. A built in mike lets u record the audio too.
Now this is not something new for those who are familiar with iTunes. When you really love a song you could turn on the genius in the nano which brings you a playlist of songs that would sound great with the one you love. If you are not satisfied with the playlist refresh it and give it a go for another combination of songs.
And one of the best features of iTunes is Cover Flow which will be available in the upcoming Nano too. You cannot find an easier way to browse through your songs. And just give the Nano a shake to shuffle the songs. Pretty cool
FM in Nano is not just the FM you listen daily in your other gadgets. Besides playing the station you tuned in it also tells who and what you are listening to. Two mind blowing features which comes along with FM- Live pause and iTunes Tagging. If you had to go for a break while your favourite song is playing, just pause it and go ahead. The song is all yours and you can play when you want to. You can also rewind and fast forward it. And its still FM ( APPLE, YOU ROCK).
And what is all about iTunes tagging ? Say you listen to a song in FM and you seem to like it. When you goto iTunes library you forget the name of the song. Is this happening with you? Then new Nano makes it simple for you. You can tag the songs and make a list of all the songs you like. Later when you synch it with iTunes you can download them as you wish.
This is something that was already put in iPod Shuffle as an additional feature. Voice Over tells you what song you are listining to and also the artist without interrupting your music. And it talks multiple languages too.
The built in accelerometer helps you to remain fit. You just turn it on before starting from your place to see how many footsteps you take to meet your goals.
8GB iPod Nano costs $149 (around Rs.7000) and 16GB costs $179( around Rs.8500). Totally worth it and I cant stop falling in love with Apple gadgets.
Waiting to get my pay cheque so that i get one.
September 01, 2009
Yesterday Gmail seemed to be down for a while as a result of which millions of users were not able to access Gmail. The first thought that came to my mind was if it was only me having this problem and then I was relieved when I found tweets like "Gmail is down", and many queries like"Is Gmail down?".
Millions of users have posted in various social networking sites. Twitter's one of the most trending topics yesterday was Gmail outage. But it was only for a while. Google informed their users that they will be back up shortly and seemed to regret for the inconvenience caused.
Gmail is the third most popular email service, Yahoo Mail is second and Microsoft's Hotmail continues to remain in the 1st place.As said, the problem was fixed and they informed the users through official Gmail blog. Gmail was back to normal again serving its 37 million users (according to ComScore in June). And a user after that has posted "The heavens opened, and then there was light. Gmail is back up" on Twitter.
Just to be confident that you are not the only one to face denial of access problems check out the tweets on twitter or google it. You will get the best and convincing results of whats happening around. :)
August 27, 2009
Utilizing social networking sites in right manner is most important these days. Unfortunately many users fail to be aware of the impending danger that is likely to happen by their own posts on these sites.
Letting the world know what they are upto is what most of the users post in social networking sites.Posts like "Off for the weekend", "Home Alone", "Will be back in 10 days" is like inviting burglars to ur house as reported by "The Digital Criminal report" conducted by a U.K based consulting firm. The survey has reported that 38 % of 2000 social networking users post their plans about vacations and their return dates on these sites. (If you are one among them stop that right away)
Whats much worse is many post their addresses and contact numbers in these sites as well which could be even more easier for strangers to track you down. Some even go the extent of posting about the new expensive things they happen to buy recently.
So beware of whats liable to happen because of the posts which you think sounds "cool". Could be pretty dangerous.
August 14, 2009
Harvey Metcalfe had to struggle a lot to make a living in his early days which obviously had got him money minded. Hired as a messenger boy in U.S Stock exchange he gets to know everything about stock exchange and when luck was on his way he grabbed it and made use of it. What next,, Harvey Metcalfe becomes a millionaire and had got everything he dreamed about.
The way how he sends his shares go high by making four people buy his shares was amazing. And these four people come to know they were cheated by Harvey Metcalfe and they sort a way out to get their money back. Well this is not an easy job as they were going to face a man who escaped law many times.
The total money lost by all the four were $1 million and they decide to get their money from Harvey Metcalfe "not a penny more not a penny less". Whats more interesting is Harvey being a cunning business man is never aware that he is being cheated by four people around. I could not keep the book down until I finished.
So if you are a person who will not miss reading anything good, have a go at this.. Its worth reading..
July 29, 2009
In my last second post about Google Vs Microsoft on July 25th, I had written that Google and Microsoft stepped forward to buy Yahoo but eventually none succeeded. Well, this was 3 days ago :) Today Microsoft has bought Yahoo . From now on Bing (Microsoft's search engine) will be the offiicial search engine that would be found on Yahoo home page as a result of which you will find "powered by Bing".
So now the two Internet giants have joined hands to push back Google... (???!!!!)
So no doubt everyone would be eager to know who gets on top in search technology!!!
And Google is now high on developing free OS for PC's the success of which would be a bane for Microsoft Windows (obviously)!
We will only have to wait to know who gets what better (and Id be happy either ways coz Im a die hard fan of both the companies ;) )
July 27, 2009
Of all the parts of HP that has been shot till now, Half blood Prince would be the most awaited one for all the HP readers. But to be honest the movie as a whole did not satisfy the expectations of HP fans. This part of the book has a heavy subject which features Voldermort's past and Dumbledore's guesses about the Horcruxes. But the movie has very less to say about these two.
Despite considering the fact that the entire book cannot be reproduced I have my own reasonable disappointments which I think would be common for anyone who is so much into HP. Iam satisfied and also happy with certain scenes though:
Satisfactions(or why dont we call it "Exceeds Expectations"):
I kept cursing the movie until the scene where Tom Riddle asks Slughorn what a Horcrux is and how the to have 7 of them since its a magical number. It was made fine and im pretty happy about it.
Then the scene where Dumbledore takes Harry to the cave where the third horcrux is present. I was really happy by the way the scene was shot. Again it Exceeds expectations!!
And Snape yells Avada Kedavra.. The scene is so perfect.You cant deny it!!
Doubting Snape would have been common to anyoune until you read the last book. After you did, you cant curse him anymore. Being a fan of Snape, I was waiting for the next scene where Harry yells "Fight back you coward" and uses "Sectumsempra" spell Snape says in return "Dont you dare use my own spell against me Potter..Yes Iam the Half Blood Prince". Hats off to the HP team for making these last two scenes so perfect..Here is the grade for these two scenes-Exceeds Exceeds Exceeds Expectations :D
As I said they should have focussed more on just 3 people-Voldermort, Albus Dumbledore and Harry (Of course Snape comes into the picture automatically) and not Ron, Lavender and Hermione. Why did they had to shoot the romance scenes between Ron and Lavender when there is so much important to show. And the scene where Ron drinks the Love Potion and talks about Romilda Vane. The team should have forgotten that they are making a movie that is a thriller and not a comedy.
I never thought they will elliminate the memory of Dumbledore where he takes Harry to Marvello Gaunt's house which has so much to tell about Voldermort's parents and grandparents. Weird! 2 minutes of this scene would not have caused much harm. And why the Quidditch match has to be given so much importance?
The story is about how well Dumbledore put things together to know about Voldermort and how he guides Harry through it. And the way he guesses wat the other Horcruxes are?? Those are not shown in the movie which again concludes to the point that they have give least importance to the most important scenes of the book.
And the ring that is supposed to be one of the Horcruxes.When I saw this scene I was like "Does that seem to look like it has a magical history to which Voldermort goes to an extent of making it a Horcrux?" They should have picked up a more artistic ring and not the one which is just simple.(Had Voldermort existed now, the entire team wud have been cursed big time :D)For that matter, the locket seemed to be better.
So tats it for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince movie.
P.S- They could have made it better
July 25, 2009
We all pretty much know that Google and Microsoft are the two giant companies competing with each other to invade the world. And that day would come before long.
Microsoft founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen began its journey in 1979.This corporation mainly focussed on their operating system called Windows which has become popular in a short period of time because of its user friendliness. Microsoft Office enables people to create smart presentations,docs and calculations using Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel etc. Users dont have to be a genius to work on these environments. All this success let Microsoft to expand its wings from Windows 98 to Windows XP and then to Windows Vista. The latest sensation being the yet to be released Windows 7.
And now we have Google founded on 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin with main focus on their Search engine. Google has been a default option for searching the web for a long time. Google accounts for around 60% of online searches-a record which no other search engine has come near to it. Though these two companies seem to have different focusses they do compete with each other. Like Microsoft Office, Google has its own Google Docs which enable users to create their docs and presentations. When it comes to Google everything is Web based. You dont have to have softwares installed in your PC to do all this work instead you just have to login to Google to get your work done.
But then Microsoft will never let its users down which is why it has its own Office Live Workspace which works similiar to Google Docs. Here you go!If its Microsoft's MSN that provides mail service to people, Google has its own Gmail. And if its Google Chrome its Internet Explorer from Microsoft's side. This competition doesnt stop with computers alone. If Microsoft introduced Windows Mobile operating system for smartphones, so does Google by introducing Google Android which is an open source OS.
Google has various other products too- Blogger, Google Maps, Google Chrome, GTalk, YouTube, Picassa, Orkut, GMail etc. All these have become a part of our lives these days. Thanks to Google!
On the other hand Microsoft's products apart from the operating systems are MSN, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Zune, the incredible XBox series of games,.NET softwares,silverlight, many hardware products and the latest sensation being Bing-Microsoft's search engine. How cool is that!
Both Google and Microsoft keeps buying the potential companies to strengthen their market but both didnt make it up buying Yahoo when it was under financial stress in 2008. And the both the companies have been investing a lot in Cloud Computing which has proved to be a boom these days.And both Google and Microsoft along with more companies have joined hands to make ue of the 'white spaces'(unused bandwidth in the frequency spectrum of television) in future!
As we saw earlier while Google focusses on online services and Microsoft on desktop applications these two companies are now trying to become successfull other way round too-Google on desktop applications and Microsoft on online services!
Sky is the limit for both Google and Microsoft.
Iam a fan of both Google and Microsoft for these are the giants who have made us go digital!
July 15, 2009
A battle between people who have fierce faith in God and those who dont. Raj Narayan comes back to his village after finishing his studies abroad. Technically he is an athiest who comes to wed his brahmin cousin who turns out to be a staunch believer in God. Not only her but the whole place is so religious.
And there is a group to steal the precious things that belong to the ancient temple and as per the fate Raj becomes its protector. Everytime he wishes to leave the place he had to face many obstacles and ultimately fail. Like this many weird things happen around him and he ends up knowing the truth which he refuses to accept.This is the outline of the story.
I particularly like the climax of the story where there is a strong answer for Raj Narayan's athiesm.A good book and I want you to give it a try if you are a reader.
Im looking forward to read "kannigal ezhupaer" of Indira Soundarajan in future.
July 10, 2009
Most of us use Google products like Blogger, Picassa, iGoogle, GMail, Orkut, Youtube and GTalk extensively. Recently more cool features have been added to some of these products and GTalk tops that list.
GTalk is no longer just used for chat and file transfers. The functions are upgraded so that it can be used irrespective of whether ur chat friends are online or not. If you are a job seeker the latest new feature would serve you best. Naukri has just launched its job search feature in GTalk.
Add email@example.com as your friend in GTalk and when you see this online type help and you get the necessary information to proceed further. You can enter your location, experience, search for a particular job or even search by giving your Naukri Id.
Apart from this I think there is something more which is worth sharing and has been in use for quite a long time. In you case you dont find any of your friends online and you need to kill time you could go for this- Add firstname.lastname@example.org as your friend in GTalk and when it is online start about by typing anagram. You receive a jumbled word and you have to assemble it to get a sensible word. As simple as it sounds. This becomes more interesting when you register yourself in gtalkbots.com after which you get a chance to compete with several other people who are in gtalkbots. In such a case you would tend to beat the other person competing with you to get a high score.
There are many more features in www.gtalkbots.com , Check it out and enjoy exploring the new features of GTalk.
July 05, 2009
The scientists at the Tokyo University have used Optical Camauflage technology to make this Invisibility Cloak but with a slightly complicated arrangement. A person who wishes to be invisible wears a garment similar to a hooded raincoat and the other person has to see through the cloak which makes the first person invisible.
We still have to wait for the perfect invisibility Cloak to be made(like the one Harry Potter had).Complexities apart, you cant deny the fact that its a cool piece of technology.
July 03, 2009
I remember watching the first part when I was in school (say 4 yrs back). People who got down the flight which happened to crash minutes later start dying in some sequential order. The deaths of these people are so mysterious and at the end none who was on the plane survives.
A year later this incident, a girl while driving gets an intuition that there would be a terrible road accident and therefore calls a cop and tries to prevent the accident from happening. But it seemed to be too late and the people as she visualized start dying in the order in which they drove their vehicles. Strange sequence though! This is wat Final Destination 2 is all about and i saw this movie recently. Its got more thrill than the first part.
And Final Destination 3 is a movie which I cant stop watching over and over again. Anybody who has seen this movie would give a second thought before going for a roller coaster ride in a theme park. People who escaped from going for a ride get killed and this time its even more worse. Final Destination 3 is 10 times more scarier than the combination of the first 2 parts. I cant deny the fact how i was shaken when I saw the tanning bed scene which is right after the roller coaster ride. And none survives at the end.
If you are a weak minded person dont watch this movie. On the other hand if you are a sport, go for it!
June 19, 2009
SpaceTime enables 3D web browsing. I happened to watch a video demonstration of this SpaceTime browser and wanted to try it at once. Although in the video the demonstrator says that spaceTime requries any system that runs Vista, the download page of the setup file says that it runs in windows XP too. Good for me :)
In SpaceTime web browser, when you give the address and click Enter the page opens in a cover flow format and gets you the required info. And there is no "add tab" button like what you usually find in other browsers. Initially I was disappointed by this but soon I found a button at the bottom which says "Goto the previous item of the stack". Click this button which displays all the pages you requested for in a stack.
SpaceTime browser is fast and user friendly too. Im having great time surfing thro this 3D browser :D
June 18, 2009
Although we are aware of many web based image editors, Falcon has its own unique features worth trying it out. Falcon has all the basic image editing tools but what makes it even more interesting is its integration with Talon Firefox add on.
This image editor enables users to take screenshots of the web page and you can either upload it to the aviary site and start editing or save it to your desktop. It has all the basic tools like brushing tools, cropping tools, text tools, resizing and rotating tools etc.
To top it of all, Falcon has 4 powerful utilities provided by Aviary: Advanced image editor, Color editor, Effects editor and Vector editor. You can count on Falcon for fast editing and hosting of the image.
Visit www.aviary.com to explore falcon's features.
Try it like I did!
See ya with another post soon!
June 17, 2009
I just downloaded Opera Unite to explore its features and i was surprised to see how the installation did not involve any complex third party products. The norwegian company which owns Opera says it aims to make every system as a web server thus enabling the users to share their files with the rest of the world. Although sharing files is available in other products released so far, the uniqueness of Opera unite lies in making every system as a server. With this you dont have to be infront of your PC to access and share your files.
Once you register your computer name with the website, you are provided with the link that makes your job easy. There are other things that come along with Opera Unite-
1. A media player to play as well as to send the audio files to your friends. You can also change the setting to public or private by which you can or cannot let others access your files.
2. File sharing module lets you share your files instantly with your friends. You dont have to worry about attaching files to mail or setting up an FTP service any longer.
3. And there is something called Fridge where you and your friends can leave a note and you get a notification when someone leaves a note.This is like what we do in our daily lives- you leave a note in a specified place for the intended person to see. I really love to see this feature in Opera Unite!
4. Photo sharing-Now this doesnt need much explanation coz we have been through a million photo sharing softwares.
5. The lounge is a chat server right on your computer without any third party websites. Really cool!
6. Sharing files are not restricted to just audio and image. Now you can host your websites too and let your friends know what your favorite sites are. This feature changes Opera Unite from browser to web server.
A browser that comes along with all these features. So what r u waiting for?
Opera Unite is available for download @ http://unite.opera.com/
Have fun exploring the new Opera Unite!
June 16, 2009
If you are a game freak looking out for action games you will have to wait for just another year. And you will also need a touch table by IntuiLab called the IntuiFace table which costs $20,000. And the game costs $50.Wats so special about this game was the question that came to my mind once i read the headline. And the explanation was convincing. This fast paced game takes you through World WarII. It makes you feel like you are responsible for the success or failure of the battle. Action games always have gained popularity among the gamers and to top it of all this game in partticular gives them a real time effect.
This video game has many features like you can zoom in or zoom out any area in the battlefield and can also change the camera view to your convenience. What was even more fascinating is that the game didnt slow down even more a moment which i think is a major criteria in keeping up the thrill and fun of the gamers.
And the developers say that this technology has the ability to scale so that it would work well on tablet PC's too.