Wednesday, December 31, 2008

'Pay as you go' PC Scheme

Hey now Microsoft charge you as much you use their computer.
under their new scheme named as 'pay as you go' Microsoft going to provide you prepaid PC with fully loaded functionalities and software and charge as you use.
These PC will be built on technology called "FlexGo". FlexGo is a combination of hardware and software that enables PCs to be sold and used on a pay-as-you-go basis, much like wireless phones.
This new technology checks your hardware utilization and cost you accordingly.
Must say an excellent business strategy. [:P]

Windows 7 beta leaked!!!

The beta version of Microsoft's new OS Windows 7, which is expected to be officially released sometime in January'09 has been leaked on to the net through various torrent sites as a 2.43GB iso file. 

The torrent is one of the most popular currently with over 4000 seeders and around 8000 leechers. In fact, according to the tracker, the torrent has been downloaded about 45000 times!!! 

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Glossary of PC Terms

1. PCI - PCI is an abbreviation for Peripheral Component Interconnect, which is a term used to describe a common connection interface for attaching computer peripherals to a PC's motherboard, or main circuit board. Most often, a PCI slot is used to connect sound and network cards.

2. AGP - AGP is an abbreviation for the term Accelerated Graphics Port, which, unlike the PCI connection, was used exclusively for connecting video cards to a PC. AGP has been phased out of contemporary PCs in favor of the much faster PCI Express.

3. Megapixel - A Megapixel is a unit of measurement which represents one million pixels — those tiny dots of color which make up an image.
Practically speaking, Megapixels represent the resolution, or size and quality, of an image, or an image capturing device such as a web cam or digital camera. The higher the number of Megapixels a camera can capture, the higher quality the images it produces will be.

Monday, December 22, 2008


In order to compete against cable's triple play, telcommunication companies started offering TV programming through their high speed Internet connection. This makes it possible for telcos to offer the quadruple play, which is a combination of wireless phone, Internet, land-line phone and TV programming.
IPTV can be viewed in several ways. A computer may be used to reassemble protocol packets and convert them into a television signal that can be recognized by standard television set. Another option is the set top box, commonly used by cable companies. The set top box would be used in place of a computer and would do the same job a computer does.
But because IPTV is based on the Internet Protocol, it is sensitive to packet loss and delays if the IPTV connection is not fast enough and it also does not support HDTV at the moment.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Birthday Bash ( 2008 )

I am presenting all people out there... few snapshots of the best birthday party we had ever hosted.. and attended ...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sony Ericsson is ready to come up with Android handsets

Almost three months back, when sony was ready to launch its most awaiting phone range Xperia with X1, shows interest towards google mobile OS Anderoid to be installed in it.
But at that time something wont worked up between both the companies and X1 was launched with Windows Mobile OS only.
Now on december 9, Sony led milestone in Mobile OS generation by accepting that they will make use of android in their forthcoming handsets.According to Sony research and development head, Android handsets are certain to have good sound quality and imaging functionality, courtsey Sony Ericsson's wealth of experience in these areas of mobile phone technology.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Chrome out of "beta"

surprise surprise... google have done something that is never expected of them... they have taken one of their products out of its "beta" status within 3 months of its launch... yes... google chrome beta is no longer a beta... its just google chrome... this is a very surprising development especially since google is known for betas that last years rather than months... now i am just waiting for the day when the old gmail will lose the beta tag that it has been carrying along for over 4 years now!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


The main difference between http:// and https:// is, It's all about keeping you secure

HTTP stands for HyperText Transport Protocol, which is just a fancy way of saying it's a protocol (a language, in a manner of speaking) for information to be passed back and forth between web servers and clients.

The important thing is the letter S which makes the difference between HTTP and HTTPS.

The S (big surprise) stands for "Secure". 
If you visit a website or webpage, and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: http://.

This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular 'unsecure' language.

In other words, it is possible for someone to "eavesdrop" on your computer's conversation with the website.

If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site.

This is why you never ever ever enter your credit card number in an http website!

But if the web address begins with https://, that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.

You understand why this is so important, right?

If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://.

If it doesn't, there's no way you're going to enter sensitive information like a credit card number!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Converting text to speech in linux

  1. Download festival, espeak or freetts.
  2. Install festival (Press Ctrl and D to exit it when it is running) or espeak.
  3. A default voice is included but you can get voices from FestVox, MBROLA project, CMU Arctic or Nitech HTS.
  4. Unpack them by typing for t in `ls` ; do tar xvf $t ; done.
  5. Install them
    sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/festival/voices/english/
    sudo mv * /usr/share/festival/voices/english/
  6. Get a audio encoder.
  7. Go to the command line.
  8. In festival type (SayText "Hello and welcome to Wikihow")
  9. To see a list of installed voices type (voice.list). To switch to a voice, type (voice_us2_mbrola) for example.
  10. Or from the command line type echo "It's such a beautiful day! Why are you in front of the computer?" | festival --tts
  11. Convert.
  12. Type (quit) to quit.