January 27, 2010

Dictionary - Google extensions

I found this Google extension very useful – Google Dictionary

Update your Google chrome to get extensions and bookmark sync.

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January 26, 2010

Windows 7

I've been using Windows 2003 quite happily for the past 6 years. But realized it was 7 years old OS and the technology has developed immensely. Despite the terrible experience with Windows Vista I finally decided to install Windows 7. It has been one month after Windows 7 installation and I'm very impressed – the startup/loading time has improved significantly and smoothness of the applications is amazing.

This is what I was expected from an OS. Most of us were desperately waited for an OS to replace Windows XP/2003 – Microsoft’s Windows 7 must be the choice for them. Needless to say I’m upgrading my wife’s laptop and my desktop PC to Windows 7. For those who are still waiting to install Windows 7 – Don’t wait anymore!

January 19, 2010

Power of Intention

Intention – an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions. This is the general meaning of the Intention. But for most of us intention is just another word. While we live a mediocre life we tend to forget what is the actual meaning of Intent or Intention. We are limited by our thoughts and our intentions.

Intention is all around us, it is just like gravity. Thanks to Sir Isaac Newton we know that the gravity exists, but what about Intention – the following example will give you a simple idea about the intention.

Have you ever tried to recall a name or place? The harder you try to recall the name the farther it goes away. Once you give up the try and after some time just out of the blue you will remember the name or the place you tried to recall earlier; that is the power of intension. We need use the intention to fulfill our desires. To see the power of intention try to do the following exercise.

Write down a specific goal you want to achieve, and then carry that paper with you all the time. Read it at least three to four times a day, especially before Meditation or Prayer. Also read it as soon as you wake up in the morning. When you pray or meditate you create intentions – nevertheless the power of Meditation and Prayer has to be discussed in a separate post. By reading your goal frequently, you create an intention. And another powerful yet very difficult thing to do is to relinquish your attachment to the outcome. What does this means – you intent to achieve a certain goal, but you release your attachment to the outcome. Just like the name or place recalling example, let the universe handle your intention; therefore don’t worry about the outcome. When you worry about the outcome, you create stress & anxiety. Trust the power of the universe; believe that everything in this world is as it should be.

When the time is right your intentions will be fulfilled. If it is not, then surrender to the outcome. Eventually, everything will be as it should be.

January 18, 2010

What happens if Google shut down their operations in China?

Don’t be evil – informal Google’s company motto. Despite the massive Internet user base in China Google has warned them, that they will stop all of their operations in China. What does this mean to Chinese users? No Google search, no Gmail, no Google Apps and None of the other Google applications. It is like “No Internet” for me at all . At least 90% of my Internet time I spend on Google products. I use Gmail, Google Reader, Google docs, Google Apps, Google Analytics and Google News to name few. So without Google I have nothing to do on the Internet except following my friends on Facebook.

Google as a company evolved immensely in a very short period of time. Their products are very useful and neat. I personally benefits enormously from their products and it is true for most of the Internet users worldwide. China will surely have a considerable impact on their economic growth if Google decided to stop their operations. As an emerging nation China should not be isolated from the rest of the world (Internet World). For me personally, I can't imagine Internet without Google.

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January 7, 2010

Kevin Skinner

It’s amazing how people achieve their dreams with determination. This guy really amazed me and I’m sure he does the same to everyone else. What others think about you is none of your business. Kevin Skinner – Winner of America’s Got Talent.

Microsoft Ajax and Jquery

Microsoft Ajax framework is the best choice for me when I build quick web applications, particularly for intranets. But for public web sites, especially when you want to make the site super fast, then the MS Ajax is not the wisest choice. Recently, I decide to use Jquery instead of MS Ajax for one of my personal web sites. And the website shows a significant performance improvement.

Following is the outcome of my research on the response time and the downloaded data size by using MS Ajax and Jquery. By using Jquery I was able to reduce the size by 50% of the downloaded data. Have a look at the following screen captures. I used Firefox’s firebug for the analysis.

Response with Microsoft Ajax


Response with Jquery


Please visit for more reference - http://docs.jquery.com/Ajax

Hope this helps!

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