Monthly Archives: February 2010

Things you may not know!

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1. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
 
2. The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they
start with..
 
3. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. 
 
 4. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters
only on one row of the keyboard.
 
5. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath. 
 
6. People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you Sneeze,
your heart stops for a millisecond.
 
7. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to
Suppress a sneeze; you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck
and die. 
 
 
8. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 (also try 111*111,1111*1111 etc)
 
9. If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs
in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg
in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.
If the horse has a all four legs on the ground, the person died of
natural causes.
 
10 What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and
laser printers all have in common? Ans. – All invented by women.
 
11. Honey – This is the only food that doesn’t spoil.
 
12. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
 
13. A snail can sleep for three years.
 
14. All polar bears are left handed. 
 
15. Butterflies taste with their feet.
 
16. Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.
 
17. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
 
18. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the
body to squirt blood 30 feet.
 
19. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have
over million descendants.
 

20. Wearing headphones for just an h our will increase the bacteria in
your ear by 700 times.

-Charu

which one will be good???

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I am searching for nokia mobiles with a touch screen and I found that some of them are good.  Recently I went for a mobile search, from that I came to conclusion to buy 5230 or 5233 or 5232 or 5235.  Out of these three which one is good?

Thanks in advance,
Charu

Mind blowing facts about Human body!

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Hi,

Got this article in yahoo.  Worth checking it out!

http://forum.activefun.net/mind-blowing-facts-about-human-body-t745.html

* Approximately 75% of human poop is made of water.

* Your eyes are always the same size from birth but your nose and ears never stop growing.

* It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.

* The average human dream lasts 2-3 seconds.

* Your brain is more active during the night than the day.

* One human hair can support 3kg.

* Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

* The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself.

* An average human loses about 200 head hairs per day.

* It is impossible to lick your elbow.

* Your body requires 1000* 1500 calories per day just to simply survive (breathing, sleeping, eating).

* Every day an adult body produces 300 billion new cells.

* Scientists say the higher your I.Q. the more you dream.

* The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest it the male sperm.

* You use 200 muscles to take one step.

* Muscle cells live as long as you do while skin cells live less than 24 hours.

* A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball.

* Your brain operates on the same amount of power that would light a 10* watt light bulb.

* There are 5 million hair follicles on an average adult.

* The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razorblades.

* The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Brittanica.

* The white part of your fingernail is called the Lunula.

* There is enough iron in a human being to make one small nail.

* A shank is the part of the sole between the heel and the ball of the foot.

* The talus is the second largest bone in the foot.

* The attachment of human muscles to skin is what causes dimples.

* A 13 year old child found a tooth growing out of his foot in 1977.

* Your thumb is the same length of your nose.

* A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s.

* Dogs and Humans are the only animals with prostates.

* It only takes 7lbs of of pressure to rip off your ears.

Thanks,
Charu

Noise Pollution!

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Noise from Road Traffic:
The noise pollution is always a annoyance or a nuisance now a days. Yup wherever you go the noise is always there. 
In the city, the main sources of traffic noise are the motors and exhaust system of autos, smaller trucks, motorcycles, and buses.  This type of noise can be augmented by narrow streets and tall buildings, which produce canyon in which the traffic noise reverberates.

Noise from Air Craft:
As the nation seeks to improve its nap-of-the-earth aircraft operations over National parks, wilderness areas and other areas has claimed national attention over recent years.

Noise from Railways:
While the railroads are carrying a heavy loads they produce high frequency, high level screech around 120 decibels at a distance of 100 feet, which will transfers the sound around to 138db or 140db railroad workers’ ear.

Noise from Construction:

A noise from this construction field might be from the pneumatic hammers, air compressorts, bulldozers, loaders, dump trucks, and pavement breakers.

Noise from Building:
The repairs to the existing house or the modification of the house might harm the neighborhood.  Examples for that are plumbing, boilers, generators, air conditioners, fans and etc.  While using the insulated walls when not properly constructed might even harm.  When the windows are open the outdoor noise like traffic etc might arise.

Noise from Inside house:
The house hold equipment like Grinders, vacuum cleaners, etc are the continuous noise makers which we used to get to that daily.  These noise’s contribution are not very large when compared on a day!

Ways to reduce the noise pollution.

  • Do not use car horns unnecessarily. Areas like hospitals and campuses are silence zones and honking is prohibited there.
  • Avoid loud music, which hurts your ears and others’ ears.
  • Firecrackers are extremely loud. So don’t try and burn them unnecessarily.
  • Motors, machines and vehicles also produce loud noises when not
    maintained properly. Proper maintenance should be carried out for
    better performance.
  • If you are working in an area where there are loud noises, you must wear earplugs to prevent loss of hearing.
  • When going to theme parks and such, avoid riding on the rides which
    produce a lot of noise. One example is the ATV, which is like a huge
    motorbike.

If you have any more ideas to reduce the noise pollution do post it.

Thanks,
Charu

Have breakfast or be breakfast!

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Who sells the largest number of cameras in India?

Your
guess is likely to be Sony, Canon or Nikon. Answer is none of the
above. The winner is Nokia whose main line of business in India is not
cameras but cell phones.

Reason being cameras bundled
with cellphones are outselling stand alone cameras. Now, what prevents
the cellphone from replacing the camera outright? Nothing at all. One
can only hope the Sonys and Canons are taking note.

Try this. Who is the biggest in
music business in India? You think it is HMV Sa-Re-Ga-Ma? Sorry. The
answer is Airtel. By selling caller tunes (that play for 30 seconds)
Airtel makes more than what music companies make by selling music
albums (that run for hours).

Incidentally Airtel is not in
music business. It is the mobile service provider with the largest
subscriber base in India. That sort of competitor is difficult to
detect, even more difficult to beat (by the time you have identified
him he has already gone past you). But if you imagine that Nokia and
Bharti (Airtel’s parent) are breathing easy you can’t be farther from
truth.

Nokia confessed that they all
but missed the smartphone bus. They admit that Apple’s Iphone and
Google’s Android can make life difficult in future. But you never
thought Google was a mobile company, did you? If these illustrations
mean anything, there is a bigger game unfolding. It is not so much
about mobile or music or camera or emails?

The “Mahabharat” (the great
Indian epic battle) is about “what is tomorrow’s personal digital
device”? Will it be a souped up mobile or a palmtop with a telephone?
All these are little wars that add up to that big battle. Hiding behind
all these wars is a gem of a question – “who is my competitor?”

Once in a while, to intrigue my
students I toss a question at them. It says “What Apple did to Sony,
Sony did to Kodak, explain?” The smart ones get the answer almost
immediately. Sony defined its market as audio (music from the walkman).
They never expected an IT company like Apple to encroach into their
audio domain. Come to think of it, is it really surprising? Apple as a
computer maker has both audio and video capabilities. So what made Sony
think he won’t compete on pure audio? “Elementary Watson”. So also
Kodak defined its business as film cameras, Sony defines its businesses
as “digital.”

In digital camera the two
markets perfectly meshed. Kodak was torn between going digital and
sacrificing money on camera film or staying with films and getting left
behind in digital technology. Left undecided it lost in both. It had
to. It did not ask the question “who is my competitor for tomorrow?”
The same was true for IBM whose mainframe revenue prevented it from
seeing the PC. The same was true of Bill Gates who declared “internet
is a fad!” and then turned around to bundle the browser with windows to
bury Netscape. The point is not who is today’s competitor. Today’s
competitor is obvious. Tomorrow’s is not.

In 2008, who was the toughest
competitor to British Airways in India? Singapore airlines? Better
still, Indian airlines? Maybe, but there are better answers. There are
competitors that can hurt all these airlines and others not mentioned.
The answer is videoconferencing and telepresence services of HP and
Cisco. Travel dropped due to recession. Senior IT executives in India
and abroad were compelled by their head quarters to use
videoconferencing to shrink travel budget. So much so, that the mad
scramble for American visas from Indian techies was nowhere in sight in
2008. (India has a quota of something like 65,000 visas to the U.S.
They were going a-begging. Blame it on recession!). So far so good. But
to think that the airlines will be back in business post recession is
something I would not bet on. In short term yes. In long term a
resounding no. Remember, if there is one place where Newton’s law of
gravity is applicable besides physics it is in electronic hardware.
Between 1977 and 1991 the prices of the now dead VCR (parent of
Blue-Ray disc player) crashed to one-third of its original level in
India. PC’s price dropped from hundreds of thousands of rupees to tens
of thousands. If this trend repeats then telepresence prices will also
crash. Imagine the fate of airlines then. As it is not many are making
money. Then it will surely be RIP!

India has two passions. Films
and cricket. The two markets were distinctly different. So were the
icons. The cricket gods were Sachin and Sehwag. The filmi gods were the
Khans (Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and the other Khans who followed
suit). That was, when cricket was fundamentally test cricket or at best
50 over cricket. Then came IPL and the two markets collapsed into one.
IPL brought cricket down to 20 overs. Suddenly an IPL match was reduced
to the length of a 3 hour movie. Cricket became film’s competitor. On
the eve of IPL matches movie halls ran empty. Desperate multiplex
owners requisitioned the rights for screening IPL matches at movie
halls to hang on to the audience. If IPL were to become the mainstay of
cricket, as it is likely to be, films have to sequence their releases
so as not clash with IPL matches. As far as the audience is concerned
both are what in India are called 3 hour “tamasha” (entertainment).
Cricket season might push films out of the market.

Look at the products that
vanished from India in the last 20 years. When did you last see a black
and white movie? When did you last use a fountain pen? When did you
last type on a typewriter? The answer for all the above is “I don’t
remember!” For some time there was a mild substitute for the typewriter
called electronic typewriter that had limited memory. Then came the
computer and mowed them all. Today most technologically challenged guys
like me use the computer as an upgraded typewriter. Typewriters per se
are nowhere to be seen.

One last illustration. 20 years
back what were Indians using to wake them up in the morning? The answer
is “alarm clock.” The alarm clock was a monster made of mechanical
springs. It had to be physically keyed every day to keep it running. It
made so much noise by way of alarm, that it woke you up and the rest of
the colony. Then came quartz clocks which were sleeker. They were much
more gentle though still quaintly called “alarms.” What do we use today
for waking up in the morning? Cellphone! An entire industry of clocks
disappeared without warning thanks to cell phones. Big watch companies
like Titan were the losers. You never know in which bush your
competitor is hiding!

On a lighter vein, who are the
competitors for authors? Joke spewing machines? (Steve Wozniak, the
co-founder of Apple, himself a Pole, tagged a Polish joke telling
machine to a telephone much to the mirth of Silicon Valley). Or will
the competition be story telling robots? Future is scary! The boss of
an IT company once said something interesting about the animal called
competition. He said “Have breakfast …or…. be breakfast”! That sums it
up rather neatly.

—Dr. Y. L. R. Moorthi is a
professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He is an
M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and a post graduate
in management from IIM, Bangalore.
 

Advertisement campaign going on better in Mobiles too!

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Hmmm.. yeah in most of the companies they always lack in marketing but this Vijay TV is doing an awesome job. In my opinion, that too especially in serials.  If you take any serials the advertising is done very nicely and very attractively.  What to say about them.. hmmm no words.  If you closely watch all the serials in Vijay TV the are attracting/pulling audiences to watch it.  If you take some other channels they aren’t like that.  In case of Vijay TV once Star group has acquired this channel they have improved a lot and much better when compared to other channels.  Even more Sun TV has started copying from Vijay TV.  That too that Kuttram Nadandhadhu enna, Vijay tv is doing it great and the Sun tv doing the same as Nijam very worse.  Compairing in Vijay tv is always good and in Sun TV and Kalaigner Tv come on they have to improve a lot on that part.  Whatever Vijay Tv does the same thing the Sun and Kaiaigner tv do the same.  Ashamed of them.  They don’t even know whats the meaning for innovation I think.  Now a days the serial called Thirumathi Selvam is becoming famous in Sun Tv.  Even I watch that serial.  Their advertising campaign goes on a contract with Vodafone and that too they are killing us by sending messages to mobile, they sending it as “are you a lover of that serial hmmm click on the number to know whats gonna happen today and all”  What a crappy thing if they do on a mobile too.  BTW, Vijay tv don’t do the same.

Advertising on mobiles should be banned for Tv serials.  It should be done only on Tvs what say you people?

-Charu