February 28, 2009

Transform XP to Vista

Its been years since Im using Windows XP in my PC. I wanted to experience Vista in my desktop.
But the whole process of installing Vista from a CD annoys me, Plus I didnt have much time to sit back and watch the installation process.
I guess Google serves the lazy people(like me) better.
Can u believe it?
Im using Vista now in my desktop without actually having unloaded my XP...:)

Cool isnt it!!
Your XP remains as it is giving you the features of Vista.
It works on top of XP. To be precise, the user interface of XP is transformed to that of Vista while the functionality remains the same.
I got this Vista transformation by just downloading a 11MB setup file, And yes, it made a lot of difference..
I know im a freak to search and try all this :P, but still its cool.
This is for everyone who are tired of using XP and wants to switch to Vista( and who are lazy too :P)without much effort of unpacking XP. Its really simple and takes around 5 mins.
I can help you out in this.

February 27, 2009

Apple updates

A great time for me exploring the newer versions of my favorite softwares and surprisingly all these belong to Apple.

It has been months since I stopped using IE, Mozilla, Chrome and switched to Apple's Safari which I feel is comparatively better. A week ago, Safari 3.14 has been updated to its Beta version which is even more user friendly and cool. The Beta version has introduced 150 better features which now is my default browser.

Apple's iTunes has become my favorite player of all times replacing Windows Media Player & Real Player. It has become more reasonable with the launch of iTunes 8 giving the player a more stylish look than before. The layout of the player has also changed. No doubt iTunes has turned out to be my default player. The 3D visualizations in the new version is mesmerizing. But multiprocessing becomes a bit tough while these 3D visualizations are on. If iTunes 9 could overcome this, it would be a welcome change.

All these newer versions of Apple are too good to avoid and they are being kind enough to let the Windows users also to experience the fun.
Hats off to Apple !!

February 16, 2009

The monk who sold his Ferrari

The monk who sold his Ferrari is the first inspirational book i ever read. Having realized that ive been sticking only to fictions, I decided to divert myself from the routine.
Julian Mantle is a world renowned lawyer who has dedicated his entire life to his profession. The word 'obsessed' with his profession would be a right one. He achieves everything in life a normal human would long for (like a huge bungalow, resorts, Ferrari etc) but true happiness. John who had been knowing Julian for about seventeen years practices law under his guidance.
Suddenly Julian gets a heart attack and moves to India after giving up all his wealthy possessions including his Ferrari for which none know the reason. He travels a lot, meets people of various kinds and was fascinated by this mystical land.
"Even those who had very little opened their homes — and their
hearts — to this weary visitor from the West"
Many sages live for hundreds of years just by mastering their minds. Julian begins his search to find one such sage to learn the secret of a long, lasting and a happy life. He also succeeds by seeing a yogi who made Julian promise to scatter the seeds of truth in the West for people who are almost lost in their lives. 
Julian learns a lot, practiced what he learned and finally returns to John as a young, contended, full of energy and a truly reformed scholar. He tells John about his adventurous journey and his conversation with the yogis by which John was almost spellbound.
He tells everything what he learned from the sages and the lessons he took to master his mind and he stands as a perfect model of eternal happiness which everyone of us lack today. 

The Human mind is enormously powerful and we only use a small part of it. A mind has the capacity to restructure our life only when it is under our control. 
Robin Sharma has done a good job writing this book. It made me think a lot. Interesting though 

February 15, 2009

Milan 09'

Milan 09' is the cultral fest of SRM University which was held from 13th to 15th feb, 2009. Every year, this Milan season would be a great time for students of my college. Various events like dance show, rock show, War of the DJs, Face painting, light music, Folk dance will be held in the campus for 3 days. Various colleges participate making Milan a successful fest every year. It becomes even more curious for the students of my college since the management invites unexpected chief guests every year. Last year the chief guests included Actor Prasanna,Reema Sen, Priyamani, Tamanna, Asha Bonsle and few more. VJ Craig of SS Music conducted Voice hunt in our campus in which many students participated and had fun.

And this year when i came to know that it was Dr.Kamal Hasan who is invited to inaugurate the function, I almost jumped. Being a die hard fan of Padmashree Kamal Hasan, me and my friends decided to take seats in the front row by going early to the auditorium. Unfortunately, the front rows were reserved for staffs :((.. The auditorium of my college which has the capacity to hold around 5000 people was flooded. The only time when the audi was filled so much was the time when Dr.Abdul Kalam visited our college.
The 10 mins of the actor Kamal Hasan's speech was worth the whole day wait under the sun.
We waited to see his car leave after the inauguration.
After that since I was tired I was not able to attend Benny Dayal's light music show. Tats sad.
But all this was like having a break after i screwed up my first review of project :P

February 08, 2009

Fictions in track of Microsoft's recent technologies

Every Wednesday night, AXN channel telecasts a show called Crime Scene Investigation. 

CSI implements the cutting edge technologies in its scripts to give a fabulous effect to their viewers. The producer of CSI, Anthony E. Zuiker has recently planned to incorporate Microsoft's 'Photosynth'  which means stitching a large collection of images and turning them into a 3D view so that it is viewable from any angle. This photo stitching technology is not out in the market yet and is still under research. Many other research papers of Microsoft has also been implemented in this fiction from time to time. 

CSI may be a fiction, but the core technology is real- says Zuiker.
Zuiker makes regular visit to the Microsoft's research labs in Redmond, Washington to keep in track of whats going on in there. No doubt, this partnership of CSI with Microsoft proves to be priceless for the CSI crew. 

Zuiker says that he will keep implementing new technologies of Microsoft which he think is interesting.

February 03, 2009

novels- From pages to screen

We have been aware that many of the well known novels or short stories are being taken as a movie these days. This is done for one of the two reasons- to gain publicity or the real urge to give a standard vision to of the novel to its fans. In that case,if you have already read that novel, your expectation increases for the movie and if you havent, its just another common film. The most common movies made from novels:

Tamil crime writer Rajesh Kumar is known for his suspense filled novels and has gained immense popularity with Tamilians. His latest book 'Iravil oru vaanavil' has been decided to be made as a movie under the title 'Agarathi'. Lets see if the movie hits just as the novel did!

Tamil writer Sujatha's 'Pirivom Santhipom'( being the favourite of most of his fans) is being shot as 'Anantha Thandavam'. This film is even more hyped up since the time its audio was released. The readers of this novel and the crew are expecting it to be a blockbuster hit.I only hope the essence of the novel dwell in the movie as well...Years back many movies like Priya, Karaiyellam Senbagapoo, Vikram have been made from his novels/short stories. 

John Grisham's recent book "The Associate" has been planned to be shot as a movie under the same name. Many of his books have been made as movies-'A time to kill' , The Chamber, The Client, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The RainMaker, Runaway Jury are some of them. But what the heck?? I liked 'The Testament' of all his books...! Being a law school grad, all his stories have something to do with law...

Chetan Bhagat's two out of his three novels have been made as a movie- One night at the call centre didnt make a mark as expected. His all famous Five point someone is being made as a film under the title '3 idiots'. Amir Khan has taken it as a challenge to make the movie a blockbuster. 

But why dont anyone try shooting any of Kalki's works like Sivagamiyin Sabatham. But i heard about the failure attempts in trying to shoot Ponniyin Selvan-C'mon you cant expect to watch the whole of Ponniyin Selvan  in just 3 hours...But if anyone did make an effort and if it turns out fruitfully, that would definitely be a feast to PS fans...

Hoping for the best :)

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