on Jan 29, 2009
Yes Finally the central Government has decided that they will reduce petrol prices. It's a 5Rs cut so now i will get petrol at 45 and Odd Rs.
Went to fill petrol today and the price is already down, 300 bucks earlier fetched me just 5.9 liters of petrol, But today at 45.60 Rs i got somewhere around 6.6 liters of it. So i can travel additional 30Km's :P
I just want the petrol rates to be down more, and they should sit around 35-40Rs so that everyone can drive their rides. But at the same time would like to see our RTO making the emission standards a bit more strict as to save the environment.
Happy Riding pals... :)
This fine day i went to watch Raaz The Mystery Continues.............
What a Horror Movie... Which has no horror at all.... All thanks to the Some sound effects you will just feel a bit 2-3 times in a movie that it's a bit creepy... As far as acting goes the movie is fine.. Never dare to ask about the story... The story never makes sense... Story tries to tell you about GOD, JUSTICE, ENVIRONMENT, LOVE, FAMILY, CORRUPTION and too many factors, Which spoils the main intention of the movie to be a horror movie. What i like about the movie is it's Songs. One more factor i liked is the movie is Watchable full time, It never lets you drop your interest even it has such a horrible story... :)
Rating....?? 2.5/5
Watchable once... :P
After the initial rush of Orkut i was getting just bored of Orkut. It was like once in a month i was logging into the site to check the status of my profile. But things changed recently. Orkut is fully done better. New looks, new style , new features, Mobile alert, Google Chat embedded.... Man i have just started Loving Orkut again. You can check me anytime at Orkut.
Now what should i tell...?? Happy Social Networking People.....?? :P
on Jan 24, 2009
Yes, Finally i Found the solution for Using IE Only Sites in Firefox. Just You need to install a Add On IE Tab. This can be downloaded from IE TAB. This Add On Just works on Windows System.

What if you are in a MAC or Linux System..??
There is another Add On which Just emulates your behavior to IE, so you can browse those IE only sites on Mozilla Firefox.
User Agent Switcher 0.6.11
Install this Add On to your Firefox then Switch your user agent to Internet Explorer, You will be able to browse those IE only site. Any troubles Please let me know... :)

This Solved my iConnect problem, Now i am able to browse Axis Bank iConnect from office using Firefox and Also at home Using Firefox.
on Jan 23, 2009
Yes the Blog is completely moved to the new Template... I have moved all the images to my Hosting so as to never loose the view of my Blog. A little more enhancements might be on the way soon. But i just hope i can write more content than increasing the beauty of My Blog...
Give a visit leave a Comment... Let me know you know me... :P

Now You can:Digg/Technorati/Delicious/StumbleUpon/Reddit/Blinklist/Furl/Mixx/Facebook/Google Bookmarks/YahooMyWeb/

So Just Do it if you like it.... :D
on Jan 22, 2009
Yes, Finally found some time today to update my blog and change Template etc etc...
So now you can find it a lot more pleasing than earlier and lot more neat looking.... :P
I Have more fine tuning to do in template ASAP ;)

You May like to subscribe to My RSS FEED... Just Do it... :)

How about Letting me know that you Visited my Blog by Leaving a Comment... :)
I have a Account in Axis bank, which provided me with a iConnect netbanking account. Initially i had so much trouble finding my Login ID so the account was idle for almost a Year. Then One fine day i just got interested in Internet banking. So started Digging the Documents. Found the iConnect and Telebanking Password slips.
Now started searching for the Login ID, Tried all possible ID's which were mentioned in the Welcome Kit... Just to be annoyed and not able to login.
Then Found a Entry as Customer ID in the Telebanking password slip. OK Finally made out that the Customer ID is the iConnect ID too so that is the LOGIN ID for iConnect.
So i just typed in the Customer ID and the Password, just to get greeted by a Page which tells me USE INTERNET EXPLORER. So Logged in with the Internet Explorer and i was able to login.
After 12+ Months of holding the iConnect service i was finally able to login into the iConnect. Now i have to find something which lets me use the service in Firefox.

So if you are still searching for The iConnect Login ID then it's the Customer ID in the Telebanking password slip. Don't know still what is the TXN password for. Will findout soon.

The Services provided look good. Just have to make more use of them. Till i Find something good, Signing off. :)

Update: 7-Sep-2011
According to a Comment by Falak Chhaya the cheque book contains the Login ID. :)
on Jan 21, 2009
Just Got a Forward, thought of Blogging:

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many.

They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn. Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages.

We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.
on Jan 13, 2009
Got This mail, It is told to be Satyam Employee's Mail.
"At a time when almost 90% of my Satyam friends are cribbing about the fraud and betrayal by Ramalinga Raju, I have a slightly different opinion. It's bold of me to write this in black and white but this comes straight from my heart and experience.

Let me start by quoting an example of 2006. Most of my friends were unemployed with 50-60% plus marks in BTech, with a degree from an average University and hunting madly for a job. Whether people accept it today or not but the truth remains that Satyam was the ONLY saviour and the only mass recruiter who was ready to accept students who had back logs but had cleared them and also it did not put a very strict minimum marks criterion. And this was true not only for my small college at Lucknow but also those across India . Satyam is the fourth largest in IT in India. Looking at India's population I really want to thank Raju for giving some 54000 Indians jobs atleast for all these years . He was the reason for the revival of confidence and the reason for the bread and butter for many a families.

Satyam training was renowned all over India. Their STC training centre created numerous love stories and unexpected rekindling of a youthful environment where girls and boys were more indepenent than their college days . I remember most of my Satyam friends felt that they made better friends at Satyam's three to six months training than those in the four years of BTech.

Unfortunately people forget to thank God in sad times . I understand that what Raju did is deplorable and unpardonable. He should have treated business more formally and not dealt with it like a family affair . He should have been strict a couple of months or years before itself. Why did he hire so many non potential candidates and keep them on bench? When were the managers and the team mates last told that if they dont work hard, they will lose their job? Business cannot be run lousily.

I have been staying with some 200 odd girls for the last 2 years and many of them are from Satyam. Moreover I network a lot and I have lots of male friends at Satyam . I have seen how people tail gate to Satyam, how they give their swipe cards to others to swipe it on their behalf , how female employees have gone home sharp at 6am irrespective of when they landed at office, how employees sit at home for months at a stretch, prepare for all kind of post graduate entrance exams and still enjoy a full month's pay, how often they went for movies at local theatres at office hours, how often employees went to office just to sign on registers in the morning and at evening, how often they faked their certificates , how often they put unlimited fake medical and house rental bills.

How can we blame just one man when EACH AND EVERY person was disloyal ? How can we exclude Auditors like PwC ? How can we exclude the Board of Directors who have washed their hands off so clean? How can we exclude banks who gave hefty loans without true verfication? How can we exclude the Chief Minister of AP who allowed leniency for Raju's fellow businessman? How can we exclude managers who were never able to trace which bench employee under him had been away from office for how long ?

Yet how can people forget this is the same man whose ideas and potentials gave them an identity for the past several years? How many couples found the right match at an IT industry , courtesy Satyam and how many Andhra farmers benefited from their crores of investments in Satyam shares .How can people forget that Satyam launched its offices right at the doorsteps of a residential colony, where people can simply walk to work ?

The most gruesome experience that I can recollect was when a Satyam tag wearing person was waiting to attend an interview and I overheard him saying that he was in a business meeting at the My Home Satyam ( Madhapur) office when he was sitting right infront of me at a totally different company. When employees themselves show such a lousy attitude and dont care a damn for the brand that they carry around their neck, how can they expect others to care?

I am not saying that ALL Satyam employees are bad. I have known very dedicated people too, but my point is very clear, before pointing fingers at others, introspect .There are thousands of people who have completed certifications at the cost of Satyam, got trained at Satyam. Satyam made several freshers stand on their feet to get better jobs elsewhere across the globe and attain onsite exposure through Satyam.

What Raju did was to keep the business of Satyam going at any cost. I see a very smart man in him when he understood that he should rather accept his mistake than be caught by the USA laws . I see a selfish father in him too that he put a lot at stake for Maytas. However, he resigned with a lot of dignity and his letter of resignation shows humility. It takes a mammoth amount of courage to accept your mistake in public at a time when the media is ready to blow everything out of proportion. If humans dont make mistakes who else would ?

My last salute to this man is for creating such mass employment in India for 57k employees and 57k families when even opening a beetle(pan) shop in a lane in India is a challenge !! Thanks to him for creating income for all the thousands of families who benefited through food chains, the tiffin wallahs, the transport people and all those who made money by renting their houses.

I read he donated Rs 12000 crores from his personal pocket to give the January salary of his Satyam employees. Today Satyamites call Raju a FRAUD. The true and loyal Satyamites surely have all the reasons to say this word. But all the rest who sucked every rupee out of Satyam without doing any value addition need to understand - who was a bigger fraud.

Komal Rastogi"

Just So True.... :)
on Jan 5, 2009
All of a sudden yesterday i felt like writing some C++ programs as to see what all i remember after 1.5 Years of Continuous software testing. Installed DEV C++ on My machine. To test for the working of the compiler wrote a Hello World Program first. When i compile and run the program, AVG puts Threat sheet, and detects the Hello World.exe i created as Threat. Damn irritating. Tired with trying i just have one option left add the programs folder to the AVG exception List Which i do and Finally my Hello world Program is working... :)
Now today's first work is to Uninstall AVG and Install Avira AntiVir Personal, Felling sad to switch to other Antivirus solution as i never had any problems with AVG till today, The free edition itself kept me free from all the viruses. So i have to change now. Then try some special coding. ;) Hope it works.
on Jan 3, 2009
I am not a big Aamir Khan Fan, But i like the movies by him.
I just got Disappointed with Ghajini. First it was a Remake, The Story was a little out of today's time line. Over all a Paisa Vasool movie rather than a great Entertainer.
Positive Points: Good Acting, direction.
Negatives: As Mentioned earlier, Just too raw movie, Story time line a bit odd and Old.
Some Points to mention:
Aamir looks great in the Movie, Asin looks Gorgeous.

That is all for this movie. All action makes you get bored inside theater. Sometimes you just laugh at the sequences. I hope the Standard of Hindi Films doesn't become like the Tamil Ones. This Ghajini being the starter for Hi-Fi super human kind of movies. Then Aamir's Jokes will Come out just like Rajnikanth's jokes are Running these days... :P
on Jan 2, 2009
Yes After getting addicted to the Heroes Season 1 I started watching the Season 2 which was quite short and boring... :(
Then came the Season 3 which has taken the Heroes Season out of sync. It looks as if heroes is getting to be a family story than the real action it used to be. The story becomes so confusing and irritating. But it is just watchable.
New characters with different abilities are a good addition to the series, But too much of time travel and a very foolish 'Hiro' and 'Ando' has Made me get mad at them.

Yes It's back and 8 Episodes are Over, Just brilliant show. Top cars, Top Speed, Top Roads thats how Top gear should be and it is like that. Just love to watch all the episodes. The UK version is the best. I hated the Australian version of Top Gear.
The Hosts are just perfect, The Humor is a little off language but it is presented in a good way.
So I am Just enjoying the SE 12 of Top Gear.
Yes this is sometimes the most annoying thing to do if you don't like iTunes like me. Adding music deleting music is just too much of trouble in iPOD sometimes. But the biggest trouble is Copying the music from iPOD to your PC. Recently i just need to use this option dude to the iPOD Trouble. So i used a Real good Piece of software which is Free and Very useful. It can copy Music from iPOD to PC as well as PC to iPOD by just a few clicks. You can get the copy of this useful software here. Just lessen your worries now.
Copy the music the way you want.