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30. January 2009

This is Courage ** Part 2 **

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Part 1

21. January 2009

Converting PDF to Image file

Yesterday i was trying to convert one of the PDF document to Image file . And as usual the process began with Google search for “how to convert PDF document to Image ( jpg ) file “. Google made our life easier ( not actually google its us who are making each others life easier sharing thing we know and Google is just a facilitator ) . I usually dont think much and put my logic before i go to Google and search for the things i dont know . This is bad.. after spending about an hour i didn’t get perfect solution . and later i got my mind working .Β 

The key was “Snap too” which is built-in feature in Adobe Reader . Snap too takes the snap ( picture of the selected part of the document ) and saves that in clipboard which can be pasted anywere ( photoshop , paint, word etc. ) . Since my PDF docuement was just three paged i just used snap tool thrice ( for each page ) . But this trick wouldn’t be of good use if the document is having many pages.

Anywasy my job was done πŸ™‚Β 

adobe-reader-snap-tool

18. January 2009

Google Error – We are Sorry

So today i was using google and clicked on the “cached” link to see the google cache of my search result and to my surprise what i see is a Google Error which says ” We are sorry  but your query looks like similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application….. blah blah… ” 

Google called me spyware/virus πŸ™ . And i am sure my computer didn’t have any spyware or virus because its my office computer which is protected very well ( i have not had any problem in my computer since more than 2 years ) . Google help says 

In a nutshell

  • This message appears when Google detects automated querying coming from your IP address, thus causing a quick spike in traffic on http://www.google.com
  • The error page most likely displays a captcha (a squiggly word with a box below it). To continue using Google, type the squiggly word into the box. The captcha image helps us determine whether traffic is coming from automated robot software or individual users.

I dont know whats wrong. 

Google Sorry Error

16. January 2009

This is Courage

Technical Skill is the mastery of complexity, while Creativity is the
master of presence of mind

This is a famous paper written for an Oxford philosophy exam, normally
requiring an eight page essay answer and expected to be backed up with
source material, quotes and analytical reasoning.
This guy wrote the below answer and topped the exam!

*OXFORD EXAMINATION BOARD 1987*
*ESSAY QUESTION*

Question: What is courage? (50 Marks)

Answer: This is courage

14. January 2009

My Wife……………

My wife sat down on the couch next to me as I was flipping channels. 
She asked, “What’s on TV?” 
 
I said, “Dust.” 
 
And then the fight started. 
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My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. 
She said, “I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.” 
 
I bought her a weighing machine. 
 
And then the fight started. 
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When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her someplace expensive… 
 
So I took her to a gas station… 
 
And then the fight started. 
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After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security. 
 
The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver’s license to verify my age. 
 
I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. 
I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later. 
The woman said, ‘Unbutton your shirt’. 
 
So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. 
She said, ‘That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me’, and she processed my Social Security application. 
 
When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office. 
 
She said, ‘You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too.’ 
 
And then the fight started 
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My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table. 
My wife asked, ‘Do you know her?’ 
‘Yes,’ I sighed, ‘She’s my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn’t been sober since.’ 
‘My God!’ says my wife, ‘who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?’ 
 
And then the fight started. 
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11. January 2009

Windows 7 Installation and Hands on with Screenshots

Yesterday i downloaded Windows 7 beta. I wanted to have a look and hands on to the Microsoft newest OS. There is already a buzz that this version of Windows is far more better than Windows Vista . The download link was down for some some hours because of sudden rush in the Beta release download from Microsoft servers . It got reopened and i didn’t miss the chance. You can also download Windows 7 beta from official Windows website . It will just require your hotmail ( live or passport ) ID. The download size is 2.44 GB i got that image done in 3 hrs or so. There are number of demo videos at Windows 7 official site for a sneak peek.Β 

At first look i liked the Windows 7. Its the best Windows from Microsoft. The clear changes that can be seen when i first saw the desktop screen is the task bar . Task bar has been reinvented in Windows 7. There is no such thing like quick launch menu. Instead you can “Pin” and then “Unpin” any program you like in the task bar. System tray is also given a face lift. I really didn’t like the thick Task bar but i hope its configurable by the user. I just used Windows 7 for some half an hour after the installation before writing this. I also sent feedback to Microsoft for my dissatisfaction over the thick task bar.

The second thing i noticed in that half an hour is the Sidebar Gadgets are now no longer “Sidebar Gadgets” now they can come out of the side and remain anywhere in the desktop.

One great improvement for an immediate notice is when you right click anywhere in the desktop. In vista i never liked the mouse going to busy pointer for little interval before it displayed right click options ( that made me and many others think vista is too slow ). but now in Windows 7 right click option shows up immediately without the mouse going to busy pointer. πŸ™‚

Third change i noticed is a little space at the bottom right corner of the Desktop . On clicking it shows up the Desktop with transparent overlay windows that were open.

These are the immediate changes i noticed

There is a snippet tool which makes the job of taking screenshot and editing it very useful and easy.

Connecting to network is a lot easy . Control panel misses the classic display but has another better alternative something like “show all item”.
one thing i noticed ( kind of incosistency ) is the behavior of busy mouse pointer . I saw XP styled busy pointer once but later i never saw it . I only saw Vista styled ( circular ring ) busy pointer .

Another thing i noticed is there is no option to Change background image from desktop righ click menu when default theme is active in the Windows 7.

So below are the steps i did to get Windows 7 on my box from downloading to hands on. There are number of screenshots gallery for your viewing pleasure πŸ˜‰Β 

Click on any image for its bigger resolution Image

1. First i downloaded windows 7 beta .iso ( DVD image file from Windows 7 site )

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windows-7-download

2. Burnt the .ISO file to a DVD ( 2.44 GB of .ISO file )

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