Monday, July 28, 2008

An old Leonardo da Vinci notebook that Bill Gates bought

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Codex Leicester is a 72-page notebook, one among the
many that Leonardo da Vinci wrote to record his ideas and
make practice sketches.
Created between 1506 and 1510, and acquired by Bill
Gates, the pages have sketches and text on water, light,
and several other subjects, writes John C. Maxwell in
Talent is Never Enough ( www.pea

Gates finds da Vinci’s scientific notebooks awe inspiring, “not simply as repositories of his remarkable ideas but as records of a great mind at work.

In the pages of the Codex Leicester, he frames important
questions, tests concepts, confronts challenges, and strives for answers.”Maxwell recounts how Gates has been fascinated by da Vinci’s work since he was 10. “He was a genius in more fields than any scientist of any age… His notebooks were hundreds of years ahead of their time. They anticipated submarines, helicopters, and other modern inventions.”The main reason we remember da Vinci is because his love for learning never stopped, Maxwell observes.“He was learning and writing his discoveries in his notebooks until the very end of his life.” The good news, he adds, is that we don’t have to have the talent of da Vinci to be teachable. “We just need to have the right attitude about learning.”The first rule towards that direction is that nothing is interesting if you are not interested. “It’s a shame when people allow themselves to get in a rut and never climb out. They often miss the best that life has to offer,” the author bemoans. “In contrast, teachable people are fully engaged in life. They get excited about things. They are interested in discovery, discussion, application, and growth.” There is, thus, a definite relationship between passion and potential, Maxwell concludes.Recommended read for those aspiring at the plus beyond

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Top 10 Concepts That Every Software Engineer Should Know

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The future of software development is about good craftsmen. With infrastructure like Amazon Web Services and an abundance of basic libraries, it no longer takes a village to build a good piece of software.

These days, a couple of engineers who know what they are doing can deliver complete systems. In this post, we discuss the top 10 concepts software engineers should know to achieve that.

A successful software engineer knows and uses design patterns, actively refactors code, writes unit tests and religiously seeks simplicity. Beyond the basic methods, there are concepts that good software engineers know about. These transcend programming languages and projects - they are not design patterns, but rather broad areas that you need to be familiar with. The top 10 concepts are:

1. Interfaces
2. Conventions and Templates
3. Layering
4. Algorithmic Complexity
5. Hashing
6. Caching
7. Concurrency
8. Cloud Computing
9. Security
10. Relational Databases

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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Billgates- Questions from audiences continued.

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Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Together -Part 1

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Do all things Digitally.
See Steve jobs and Billgates views on technlogy.. questions from the audience at D5. All Things Digital Text ... steve jobs bill gates all things digital

BSNL -Bandwidth USAGE Finder with Bill details

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How to check Monthly Dataone bandwidth usage ?

Currently BSNL issues 2 types of Dataone accounts and usage checking site is different for each type. Your account type can be found out by checking your IP address (check your IP address here). One type of account has IP address of type 5x.xx.xx.xx and other type has IP address of type 117.xx.xx.xx . Usage checking site for first type (5x.xx.xx.xx) is and for the second type (117.xx.xx.xx) is . Newer users are mostly given second type and for logging into you need to get a portal id, which can be obtained from BSNL customer care or by calling Toll free number 1800-424-1600.
Dataone bandwidth usage finder

This tool is an automated way to check usage. This tool was initially developed when dataone usage checking website provided only session logs and did not provide total bandwidth usage.This tool was developed to login to dataone site and calculate total usage. Later upon request from users lot of features were added to program.

Some features of this tool
Daily total of non free and free usage( for those having night(2am to 8am) unlimited)
Graphic display of daily usage
Option to auto login to dataone usage checking site
Summary of usage, daily average used , average usable, estimated bill etc.
Download latest version of ShaPlus Dataone usage finder here .


For users having IP address of type 5x.xx.xx.xx(check your IP here)
Last updated : 01 Jan 2008

Download BSNL Broadband Usage
For users having IP address of type117.xx.xx.xx(check your IP here)
Last updated : 30 Apr 2008

NOTE : List of URL which can be used as admistrative login URL. If one site is not working or is not updated, try another.

You can also find an admistrative login URL by visiting this page

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Create your own special characters in Windows XP

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Have you ever wanted to create your own font or maybe just a special character—for example, a character showing your initials for approving documents with your “signature”? You can easily create your own characters using a hidden Windows XP tool called the Private Character Editor. Here’s how:
1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.
2. Type eudcedit in the Open text box and click OK.
3. When the Private Character Editor launches, you’ll see the Select Code dialog box. Click OK.
4. A user interface that looks and works very much like Paint will appear. Here, you can use standard tools to create your characters.
5. When you finish, select the Save Character command on the Edit menu.
Once you save your new character, you can access it using the Character Map tool. Here’s how:
1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.
2. Type charmap in the Open text box and click OK.
3. When the Character Map appears, select the Font drop-down list and select All Fonts (Private Characters).
4. Select your character, click the Select button, and then click the Copy button.
You can now paste your font character into any document that you want.

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