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5 tips to help free up storage space on your GSuite Google account

When you hit your storage limit, follow these best practices to figure out which files, and settings, to change to save space on your G Suite account.

"Google says its's out of storage," read the email. "How do we figure out what's taking up the space?"

A client had somehow filled all 30GB of her G Suite Basic storage space. A standard free Google account user would have hit the limit after storing 15GB of data. When you reach the limit, you won't be able to store items that take up space on Google Drive, Gmail, or Google Photos.

The steps below will help you find the files that take up the most Google storage space, then delete data you no longer need. And--optionally--you can adjust two settings to reduce the storage space used by photos and documents you upload.

1. See your Google storage summary
Open your computer's browser and go to You may need to login to your Google account. There, you'll see how much storage you use on Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.

See how much you store on Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos.

2. Find large files on Google Drive

Next, go to in your browser. Google Drive will display a list of files, starting with the largest ones at the top. Choose files you no longer need, move them to the trash, then empty the trash. Remember: After you empty the trash, you can't easily get files back without the help of a G Suite administrator or a previously configured backup system.

3. Find large attachments in Gmail
Go to Gmail on your computer. In the search box, type the following to search for large attachments: size:15mb

Change the number, depending on the number of emails you see (e.g., size:20mb or size:5mb, and so on). Delete emails with large attachments that you no longer need. Empty the trash in Gmail to remove these items permanently.

4. Store photos that use no storage allocation
You also may be able to reduce the storage space of photos and videos. Again, in your computer's browser, go to Choose "High Quality" to allow Google to reduce the file storage size of photos you save to Google Photos on the web.

If you use the Google Photos app on a mobile device (Android or iOS), open it, tap the three line menu in the upper left, then choose Settings, then Backup & sync. Look for the "Upload size" setting. Tap it, then select "High Quality (free unlimited storage)."

5. Store files that use no storage allocation
Converting files you store on Google Drive to native Google Docs formats can save significant space. For example, I uploaded and stored a PowerPoint presentation. When I stored it in the original format, it used 43 MB of my storage allocation. When I converted it to Google Slides format? 0 MB, since native format files don't count toward the limit. That's true for any file you create in a native Google format--in Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, or Forms. None of these files count toward your storage total on Google Drive.

To save space, you can choose to convert files to a Google Drive format by default when you upload a file to Google Drive. Go to, choose the sprocket below your account image on the right side of the screen, then select "Settings." Make sure the box to the left of "Convert uploaded files to Google Docs editor format" is checked.

Who needs more storage?
If you're a G Suite administrator, you can check to see how much storage each of the accounts in your organization uses. Login to the admin console (, select Users, then look at the list. You can display both Drive usage and Total storage columns. If either of the columns isn't visible, select the three-dot menu (to the right of the help icon) to choose which columns appear.

Of course, you can buy additional storage of 100 gb for 130 rs monthly or 1300 rs annual using your credit card. An administrator can purchase storage space and allocate it to accounts that need it, or an individual Google user also may buy extra storage. If you really need more space, you might upgrade to G Suite Business: For an additional 672 rs per user per month, every account in your organization can receive unlimited storage. (Note: If you have four or fewer users on your G Suite Business account, each user receives 1 TB of storage.) With unlimited storage, you may never need to remove files, delete emails with large attachments, or compress photos again.

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Network Automation Engineer - Experience 10+ Yrs

permanent position vacant at intel

Responsibilities :-
- Network and security knowledge (routing, switching and firewalls)
Build automation and dashboards and lead improvements in documentation, playbooks and training for support organizations
- Should have worked on Cisco and Extreme Network products for Routing and switching
- Strong network troubleshooting skills from layer 1-7.
- Experience working on monitoring tools
- Job requires working with the Global team to support network for all regions in multiple time zones
- Should have worked in ITIL environment and experience on Service Now product
- Establishes networking environment by designing system configuration; directing system installation; defining, documenting, and enforcing system standards.
- Secures network system by establishing and enforcing policies; defining and monitoring access
- Reporting network operational status by gathering, prioritizing information; managing projects
- Monitor performance and ensure system availability and reliability
- Monitor system resource utilization, trending, and capacity planning
- Provide Level2/3 support and troubleshooting to resolve issues
-Experience working with DevOps and Agile/Scrum teams

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(Vietjet, Ho Chi Minh City, August 19, 2019) - It's a great news for Indian culture-lovers that Vietjet is now opening 2 direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to New Delhi with thousands of super-saving tickets priced only from 0VND (*). The promotional tickets are up for grabs during 3 golden days from August 20-26, 2019 at the website & Vietjet Air mobile app. The flight period is from December 6, 2019 to March 28, 2020 (**). With just a "click", you can "reach" India where thousands of fascinating and unique things await. In particular, the two first direct flights from Vietnam to India help passengers to save a lot of time and money.

Vietjet mở bn đường bay thẳng Ấn Độ với hng ngn v khuyến mi từ 0 đồng
The Ho Chi Minh City - New Delhi route will operate 4 return flights per week on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday starting from December 6, 2019. The flight departs from Ho Chi Minh City at 19:00 and arrives in New Delhi at 22:50. The return flight takes off from New Delhi at 23:50 and lands in Ho Chi Minh City at 06:10 (All in local times).

The Hanoi - New Delhi route will operate 3 return flights per week on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday starting from December 7, 2019. The flight departs from Hanoi at 19:10 and arrives in New Delhi at 22:50. The return flight takes off from New Delhi at 23:50 and lands in Hanoi at 05:20 (All in local times).

With direct flights from Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi to New Delhi of which flying time is around 5 hours per leg, Vietjet opens up a plenty of trade and tourism opportunities, promotes the economies of the two developing countries and connects India to the flight network of Vietjet across Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, etc.). With new-culture lovers, these routes will bring many interesting experiences in ancient lands with hidden treasures of massive cultural heritage, colorful festivals and the mysterious sacred religious origin. Let's take the chance to learn about this exciting land right away!

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Google announced that Google Assistant on the Google Home Hub has the ability to talk to plants, in particular, tulips, "due to great advancements in artificial intelligence." Google Tulip was largely developed in the Netherlands, a country that produces 12.5 billion flowers a year, which is around 50% of all flowers in the world. The country's most famous flower is the Tulip. Google and the Wageningen University & Research team were able to build on Assistant's existing Neural Machine Translation in order to map tulip signals to human language. After two years of training, Tulipish has been added as a language to Google Home's interpreter mode, meaning Google Assistant now offers translation between Tulipish and dozens of human languages. The feature was tested in the Netherland's world-famous flower park, Keukenhof. Users can say,

'Okay Google, talk to my Tulip'


In order to develop this technology, Google began looking at how plants communicated with one another through their root systems. The demonstration video shows tulips listening to users talk about their day, and of course requesting lots of water and sun. Voicebot's Bret Kinsella also commented on the new feature,

"Some people were surprised by Google Duplex: An AI assistant that can make phone calls for you and spare you the hassle of human interaction. Google Tulip takes the capability to an entirely different species that can benefit from AI in ways that surpass mere convenience. It is the only way these plants can communicate with their human cultivators and admirers. Google often talks about the next billion connected humans. What no one saw coming was the first billion connected flowers. This changes everything. Google Tulip is a great example of how the company has a broad vision of how applied innovation can help more than just humans."

Some people were surprised by Google Duplex: An AI assistant that can make phone calls for you and spare you the hassle of human interaction. Google Tulip takes the capability to an entirely different species that can benefit from AI in ways that surpass mere convenience. It is the only way these plants can communicate with their human cultivators and admirers. Google often talks about the next billion connected humans. What no one saw coming was the first billion connected flowers. This changes everything. Google Tulip is a great example of how the company has a broad vision of how applied innovation can help more than just humans.

Tulipish is just the beginning, too. Google researchers describe Tulipish as a rudimentary language for understanding nature and point out that the more we listen to nature, the more we discover the amazing things it has to say. Updates involving communication with other kinds of plants, like cacti, are already underway.
Hot News - InFocus / Kalam - The Journey
Jul 28, 2016, 04:07 AM

Close ur eyes and go back in time of the dot-com bubble. The company that you will most certainly remember is Yahoo and especially the chat room  :D

வாழ்க்கைக்குறது ஒரு வட்டம்ன்னு இளைய தளபதி சொன்னது உண்மையாயிருச்சு  :yes
M 7.3 Earthquake and massive Tsunami, off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

Location: 176 miles (284 km) E of Sendai, Honshu, Japan; 184 miles (296 km) ENE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan; 198 miles (319 km) E of Fukushima, Honshu, Japan; 285 miles (459 km) NE of TOKYO, Japan.

Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Chat Box / Taxation in Restaurants
Nov 05, 2012, 03:35 AM
sent by my colleague

I find restaurant bills often so confusing,
I just give up and pay the amount shown n the bottom line.
Perhaps we shouldn't.

Incidentally, I also resent the inclusion of Service Charges in
restaurant bills, because it assumes that I was satisfied with the
service. Just a matter of principle. Service Charge should be
something I leave behind at my personal discretion.
I recently demanded that the service charge be removed as the service was non-existent. After a short - very short! - discussion, it was removed. About Service Tax..... Be aware

This happened at the restaurant.

Let me explain.

We had been to several restaurants recently. I observed that "service
tax" was being misused in the way it was being charged to customers.

Let me give an example.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Food and Beverage = Rs. 1000.00

Service Charges @ 10% = Rs. 100.00

Service Tax @ 4.94% = Rs. 54.34 (on F&B + Service Charges)

VAT @14.5% = Rs. 145.00

Total = Rs. 1299.34

As per the definition - "Service Tax can be charged ONLY for the

services provided to the customer".

Now, see what is happening here in the above example.

Service Tax should be charged only on the Service Charge amount i.e
Rs.100 ONLY, and NOT on the entire amount (1000+100).

In this example, the customer should be charged only Rs 4.94, whereas
he has been charged Rs. 49.00 extra.

Where does this money go?
Only the restaurant owner and the chartered accountants who work for them know.

So, I have started asking them the questions - and am
surprised to see the reaction from famous restaurants. Either they
say: "Sir we cannot change the format of the bill - so , we will
recalculate and tell you the revised amount. You may pay only that."


"Sir, you do not need to pay the Service Tax amount itself"!!

I now have 3 to 4 restaurant bills, but for which I have paid only the
service tax on the service charge and NOT on the total amount.

Every bill MUST carry the TIN number and Service Tax Number, if they
charge it. So . . . , I ask for the Service tax number if it is not
available in the receipt that they provide.

As we cannot go to any government official and ask them to get this
right - because of our system.

Please remember - we cannot change any political leader - but we can
change ourselves.

If we change ourselves - things will change.

Please do share this with every one of your friends and known people.

Ask for the right tax calculation
Pay only the tax which is supposed to be paid.

Verify every bill and receipt that you make payment on.

"Please share if you think its worth"
1. Chinese have nothing better to do than teaching or practice Kung Fu.  ;)

2. More than 50% of U.S. population are FBI/CIA agents, working undercover.  :police

3. The purpose of school system of U.S. is to promote basketball/baseball.  :educated

4. Aliens have special interest in attacking U.S.  :laugh:

5. U.S. is a place where you can meet all mythical creatures like
werewolves and vampires.  :clown


1. At least one of the identical twins is born evil.  >:D

2. While defusing a bomb, do not worry, whichever wire you cut... you
"always choose the right one".  :hrmmm

3. If you decide to start dancing on the street, everyone you meet
will know the steps..  :yes

4. A detective can solve a case only when he is suspended from duty.

*The most Hilarious*






5. A hero will show no pain, while getting beaten up; but will show
pain when a girl cleans up his wound.   :turd

y we love kids....When kids were asked to write a note to god!!!  :laugh:

How to Keep a Woman Happy

It's not difficult?

All you have to do is to be:

1. A friend

2. A companion           

3. A lover

4. A brother

5. A father

6. A master

7. A chef

8. An electrician

9. A carpenter

10. A plumber

11. A mechanic

12. A decorator

13. A stylist

14. A gynecologist

15. A psychologist

16. A pest exterminator

17. A psychiatrist

18. A healer

19. A good listener

20. An organizer

21. A good father

22. Very clean

23. Sympathetic

24. Athletic

25. Warm

26. Attentive

27. Gallant

28. Intelligent

29. Funny

30. Creative

31. Tender

32. Strong

33. Understanding

34. Tolerant

35. Prudent

36. Ambitious

37. Capable

38. Courageous

39. Determined

40. True

41. Dependable

42. Passionate


43. Give her compliments regularly

44. Love shopping

45. Be honest

46. Be very rich

47. Not stress her out

48. Not look at other girls


49. Give her lots of attention, but expect little yourself

50. Give her lots of time, especially time for herself

51. Give her lots of space, never worrying about where she goes


52. Birthdays

53. Anniversaries

54. Arrangements she makes

Just merely 54 demands ...  :D


1. Leave him in peace

2. Feed him well.

3. Let him have the remote control.

Oh my god 3 demands ... L

Men.... What a demanding creature!!!  8) 8) 8)
How to Detect Hidden Camera in Trial Room?

In front of the trial room take your mobile and make sure that mobile can make calls........
Then enter into the trail room, take your mobile and make a call.....
If u can't make a call......!!!!
There is a hidden camera......
This is due to the interference of fiber optic cable during the signal transfer......

Please forward this to your friends to educate this issue to the
public......To prevent our innocent ladies from HIDDEN CAMERA...........

Pinhole Cameras in Changing Rooms of Big Bazaar, Shoppers Stop?

A few days ago, I received this text message:
Please don't use Trial room of BIG BAZAAR there are pinhole cameras to make MMS of young girls.
So, please forward to all girls. Also forward to all boys who have sisters and girlfriends.

Don't be shy in forwarding this message. Because its about protecting the integrity of all girls & ladies.


When we visit toilets, bathrooms, hotel rooms, changing rooms, etc., How many of you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary mirror hanging on the wall is a real mirror, or actually a 2-way mirror I.e., they can see you, but you can't see them. There have been many cases of people installing 2-way mirrors in female changing rooms or bathroom or bedrooms.

It is very difficult to positively identify the surface by just looking at it. So, how do we determine with any amount of certainty what type of Mirror we are looking at?


Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective surface and if there is a GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is a GENUINE mirror.

However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the image of your nail, then BEWARE, IT IS A 2-WAY MIRROR! (There may be someone seeing you from the other side). So remember, every time you see a mirror, do the "fingernail test." It doesn't cost you anything. It is simple to do.

This is a really good thing to do. The reason there is a gap on a real mirror, is because the silver is on the back of the mirror UNDER the glass.

Whereas with a two-way mirror, the silver is on the surface. Keep it in mind! Make sure and check every time you enter in hotel rooms.

Share this with your sisters, wife, daughters, friends, colleagues, etc.

The J - Jayalalitha led AIADMK party is all set to form the new government in Tamilnadu while the Mamata Banerjee led TMC has swept the Bengal elections.

In Tamilnadu, the AIADMK led alliance were leadi in 192 seats out of 234, while the ruling DMK party was leading in just 40 seats. This gives a clea majority to Jayalalitha to form the Government

In West Bengal, The TMK and Congress Alliance were leading in 215 seats out of 27 seats while the ruling party was leading in just 70 seats.

In Assam, the Congress party was leading in 76 seats out of 126 seats. The election results 2011 can be followed live here

In Tamilnadu, as the AIADMK sweaps the polls, a majority of DMK ministers are trailing. The only two who are leading are Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and his son M K Stalin but now Stalin is also trailing in Kolathur  :yes

What does

"Nine Pipe Pour Pour Pipe Pour Pipe Pour Pour Pipe"


Not a Tongue TwisterLL












Didn't get?????







Lallu Prasad Giving his mobile number
"9544545445"  :laugh: :laugh:  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

'Keep smiling,  It increases your face value'
New Metric system in INDIA !!!  8)

New Unit Conversion Scale developed by Reserve bank of India :-)
100 Crore  = 1 Yeddi
100 Yeddi  = 1 Reddy
100 Reddy  = 1 Radia
100 Radia   =  1 Kalmadi
100 Kalmadi = 1 Pawar (All Agri prices rigging)
100 Pawar = 1 Raja
100 Raja  = 1 Karunanidhi
100 Karunanidhi = 1 Sonia

:laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:

For the first time....

In the history of mankind......

'Need', 'Comfort' and 'Luxury'

are sold at the same price in

Onions Rs.65.......Petrol Rs.65 and Beer Rs.65  8) !!!! 

Why not increase the prices of the other items proportionately  :yes


I am really fed up with these issues, this really suxxxx and DAMN irritating. Gingly Admin should take care of these issues asap otherwise it would lose many users in future.

#1 I am getting e-mails from Hell anonymous person saying that he has got my mail ID via Gingly. Only friends should be able to view my mobile no and my personal details ,- NOT all the FOLLOW members.

#2 Mobile numbers should not be sent to Group owners if I join a Group.

#3 Need to add UNFOLLOW concept, where i can reject the unknown members who are following me.

#4 Finally the troublesome compose SMS page, I am not able to narrow down why this issue is happening.

Can't send SMS for an emergent purpose and its irritating alot.

If I click on Personal SMS pkg nothing happens on that page. Also after writing a Msg in compose SMS page and clicking on submit, new compose sms page appears instead of 'your msg has been sent' page.

No online support, nothing is available to report the issues. I can even say that GinGly is not at all user-friendly. I need you team to respond to these issues right NOW.


Project Manager working in an MNC, as usual after lunch

goes to the cafeteria for coffee.

He relaxes in canteen.

He sees a canteen boy cleaning tables there.

So he decides to have fun with him.

He calls him.

Then The Discussion Goes Like This

Project Manager - (Asks canteen boy) : How much do you earn?

Canteen boy smiles...

Project Manager - what are your future plans?

Canteen boy keeps quiet...

Project Manager - where do you see yourself 10 years down the line?

Canteen boy gives a cold stare.

Project Manager - In The Beginning When I came Here

I Don't Have Anything.......

And Now...

I Have Everything....Like...Money...Fame...

And What Do U Have ???

Scroll down to find out his answer







Canteen boy - " Sir.....I Have Work "

Project Manager leaves the cafeteria silently....... 

Scene 1
   Venue: Microsoft Corporation, New York , US s/w engineers are seeing some photographs.
   S/w engg 1: What's that?
   S/w engg 2: Bob's photographs from India .
   S/w engg 1: Wow. Let me see. Which is this place?
   S/w engg 3: (Sees the photo) this is Kalyaninagar, Pune
   s/w engg 1 : Fundo yaar! And what is this? He got Bajaj Pulsar also.
   s/w engg 2 : Let me see (sees). This guy enjoys life man...
   s/w engg 3: You know how much an Bajaj Pulsar costs? Nearly 60K......
   Say it in dollars... (60000*45 = 27,00,000 dollars)
   s/w engg 2: Oops. We can't dream of such a thing here.
   s/w engg 1 : Let's go to India & try for a job.
   [Everybody excited.]
   ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- -------
   SCENE 2
   Venue: Sun Microsystems, SanFrancisco , California , US
   s/w engg 1: I'm with you man. My Visa is expected anytime. Soon I will fly to India
   s/w engg 2 : Ohhh.... When is the party?
   s/w engg 1: When I get it on hand.
   s/w engg 2: Where will you be working?
   s/w engg 1 : I'll be working in a company in Sadashiv Peth there....
   s/w engg 2 : Oh! Sadashiv Peth. Great yaar. where it is...
   s/w engg 1 : It is in Pune.
   s/w engg 3 : Fundoo place yaar. Nice climate Not like
   California ..
   You'll love the weather yaar. One of my friends is in Budhwar Peth...He
   says it's the ultimate place to live in. Cool maan.
   s/w engg 2 : Who is the client yaar?
   s/w engg 1: You know Municipal Corporation of Pune ?
   s/w engg 3 : Yeah. MCP. One of my friends is there in the Road Repair & Cleaning Division. Most challenging job yaar. People are working in the cutting edge of technology there.
   s/w engg 1 : I'll be writing software for the accounts
   department of the GCU.
   s/w engg 2: GCU? what it means...?
   s/w engg 1 : that is Garbage Collecting Unit.
   s/w engg 3 : : Great yaar. That's what I like about that country.
You can get a job which requires all your skill. Not like here. See I'm
   writing software for the space shuttle remote control.
   I hate this.
   s/w engg 1 : Don't worry guys. I'll give you my
   Hotmail id. You can send your resume to me and I'll forward it to the HRD.
   [Everybody takes down his Hotmail id.]
   ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- -------
   SCENE 3
   Venue: Intel Corp. US
   s/w engg 1: Great news guys. Our George has got
   admission in the IGNOU with scholarship for B.A History. A great new field yaar...
   All are excited...
   George : Got my Visa yesterday. It's all finalized now.
   s/w engg 2 : Congrats yaar. So you are out of this country.
   s/w engg 1 : B.A in Histroy...ohh., enjoy your life there?
   s/w engg 2 : : Got full aid, eh?
   George : Yeah. Got the UGC scholarship That will be
   1200 Rupees per Year.
   s/w engg 1 : Great. Enjoy.
   s/w engg 2 : (Thinking loud): 1200 Indian Rupees...!
   that means 1200 * 45 = 54000 Dollars... with that amount I can buy an
   three bed-room flat & a Mercedes here...(US) !!!
   ------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- -
   A foreigner working in Pune as Software Engg gets a call from his
   Home ..
   Father : What are you doing son ?
   S/w Eng : Having breakfast ?
   Father : what are you eating ?
   S/w Eng: Beans with gravy and Bread and a local desert....
   ie (Puneri Misal Pav and Mastani :-) )...
   Father : enjoy...dear!!!   

8)  8)  8)  8)
On account of Chennai metro rail work, mofussil buses will not be allowed to enter Chennai via Tambaram/Chrompet to Koyambedu  or vice versa starting this July 31st 2010 between 7.30AM and 7.30 PM.

Passengers are advised to get down at Perungalathur in case you want to reach Tambaram/Chrompet/Pallavaram/Guindy or other places  which doesn't need a trip to koyambedu for which additonal MTC buses will be plying.

This is your information and planning  :educated
Chat Box / Future Shopping :))
Jun 15, 2010, 09:26 PM

Pics taken from my mobile last friday night.

Moment of History - First ever Bollywood press conference over Cisco TP

History was created on Friday, June 11, when 'Raavan' became the first ever Bollywood film to use Cisco TelePresence technology for film promotion. This is a significant milestone in the use of communication technology for the global entertainment industry on how movie launches will be looked at in future.  On Friday, the film's producers hosted a global press conference from the Cisco Mumbai office, across five cities and three continents using Cisco TelePresence technology to connect the film's director and cast with media present at two global locations. 

Demonstrating a live example of how collaborative technologies simplify working and provide a seamless experience, actors Abhishek Bachchan & Aishwarya Rai Bachchan joined the conference from the Cisco office in Mumbai, while director Mani Ratnam and actor Vikram joined from a Cisco TelePresence unit in Chennai. Media from New York and Dubai attended the press conference virtually over TelePresence, from their respective locations.

As the Indian film industry is becoming increasingly globalised, technologies such as TelePresence can provide a platform for stars and directors to connect with their global audiences without having to travel thousands of miles to get an authentic face-to-face meeting experience.

Abhishek Bachchan later said : "This cisco telepresence is just surreal!!! Way cool."

Jokes & Funny Images / Funny Husband Jokes
Jun 05, 2010, 01:29 AM
What is a wedding tragedy?
To marry a man for love, and then find out he has no money.  >:(  >:(  >:(

Wife : Honey ...... What are You Looking for ?
Husband : Nothing.
Wife : Nothing...?? U've been reading our marriage certificate 4 an hour ...??
Husband : I was just looking 4 the expiry date.  ;)

Husband says; "When I'm gone you'll never find another man like me".  :'(
Wife replied; "What makes you think I'd want another man like you!"   :laugh:

Why do men chase women they have no intention of marrying?
For the same reason dogs chase cars they have no intention of driving.  :laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:

What's a man's idea of helping with the housework?
Lifting his leg so you can vacuum
Asus, not to be left behind if the netbook market disappears for tablets, has announced two new tablets at Computex Taipei.  The tablets are called the Eee Pad EP121 and Eee Pad EP101TC.  The former is a 12-inch tablet running Windows 7, while the latter is a 10-inch tablet running Windows Embedded Compact 7.

The EP121, as mentioned, will run Windows 7, and will feature a Core 2 Duo processor.  It will be essentially a fully function laptop, especially when docked in the keyboard attachment which transforms the tablet into a laptop.  It will also have a virtual keyboard for taking it without the extra weight or bulk.  No other specs are known yet.  Asus is touting the EP121 as a "multimedia player, e-reader, and compact computing device," that also multitasks and can be used for video conferencing.  Asus claims the EP121 will have a 10 hour battery life.

The EP101TC looks to be closer to a direct iPad competitor.  It is a 10-inch screen with Windows Embedded Compact 7, presumably running on a Tegra 2 or similar.  The UI looks to be a mash-up of some elements from Zune HD and Android, which could prove interesting.  Asus looks to be billing this as an always connected device, giving you easy access to cloud services.  It's not clear if that means it will have a 3G radio in it, but it would make sense.  There isn't much else avaiable about the EP101TC.

Hopefully these tablets don't end up like the Eee Keyboard, delayed to the point where it gets tiresome.  As of now, they are scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 2011, with a price range of $399 to $499.

One only needs a quick glance to realize that ipad looks like a vastly oversized iPod Touch but what are its main strengths and its greatest disadvantages? Here is the way I see it:

Key features

    * Magnificent 9.7" capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
    * Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity
    * Optional 3G connectivity (data only)
    * 1 GHz Apple A4 CPU
    * iPhone OS 3.2
    * 16/32/64 GB of onboard storage
    * Weight of 680 grams (730 grams for the 3G version)
    * Very slim 12.7mm waistline
    * Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    * Haptics feedback
    * 10 hours battery life and 1 month of stand-by
    * Accelerometer and compass
    * Compatible with every iPhone app without any modifications
    * The cheapest version costs less than an unlocked iPhone
    * iBook application
    * The keyboard dock (purchased separately) easily converts the iPad into a nettop

Main disadvantages

    * It's not a computer but a big iPod Touch
    * No multitasking
    * No Flash support for the web browser
    * No camera
    * No standard USB port (you can get USB connectivity with an accessory but you need to pay extra)
    * No real GPS receiver (though there is cell-tower triangulation)
    * 130 US dollars (90 euro) for a 3G modem seems pricey
    * iTunes required for uploading content
    * No kickstand - it cannot stand on a table without the dock
    * No USB host
    * Looks pretty easy to drop
    * No exchangeable battery
    * Typing is quite uncomfortable
    * micro-SIM, instead of regular SIM for the 3G models
    * No memory card slot
The 'young superstar' Silambarasan known for his rollicking love affairs in the past is all set to settle down with his lady love FINALLY.

The hero who recently altered his Little Superstar title, seems to be making a conscious effort to change his image to that of a sophisticated, young gentleman from the previous image of a romeo.

Having proclaimed his affinity for Anushka, soon after her Arundhati success, the charmer has never hidden his feelings for her. However the marriage has come as a total shocker to the industry and friends.

Simbu has already indulged his ladylove in some expensive gifts, including a De Beers diamond necklace and a Mont Blanc pen, with which Anushka has even inked a few film contracts. The couple has also recently been house hunting in posh localities like Boat Club and Poes Garden.

Simbu who has been linked with some of his past heroines says, "Anushka is a total beauty. I admire her professionalism and the grace with which she handles her personal life. Truly, I am lucky to have her." The beauty is apparently visiting all the Chennai designers to plan her trousseau and her makeup artiste Nikki has already started exploring 'looks' for her big day.

Dressed in an elegant Manish Malhotra pink saree and glowing with shimmery cheek blush, the actress visited Simbu's parents and sought their blessings last week. After the wedding, which is going to be a "simple south Indian affair," Simbu shares, "I am planning to take her to Rome or Florence for the honeymoon. She deserves the best."

Anushka speaking to the paper also disclosed, "I love his X6 BMW. He took me on a long drive and that's when he proposed to me. I had to say yes, since he is such a well brought up person with nice values." Visiting temples might not be Simbu's favourite pastime, but he has apparently taken Anushka to an Amman temple in Kalakshetra colony in Besant Nagar to show his commitment towards marriage.

Although the couple believes in keeping it simple, the wedding is set to be a glitzy affair with some of the couple's closest star pals in attendance.

Simbu is planning to get his clothes done by Sidney Sladen, while Anushka is still on the lookout for a designer.

Simbu who proposed to Anushka during a long drive, presented her with a solitaire ring from Tiffany's.

Managing to surprise his close friends, Simbu told his dear ones about the marriage during a night out at a city bar . After marriage the couple plans to set up home in Chennai and plan to initiate their own production house.

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United Nations: More people in India, the world's second most crowded country, have access to a mobile telephone than to a toilet, according to a new UN study on how to cut the number of people with inadequate sanitation.

"It is a tragic irony to think that in India, a country now wealthy enough that roughly half of the people own phones, about half cannot afford the basic necessity and dignity of a toilet," said Zafar Adeel, Director of United Nations University's Institute for Water, Environment and Health (IWEH).

India has some 545 million cell phones, enough to serve about 45 per cent of the population, but only about 366 million people or 31 per cent of the population had access to improved sanitation in 2008.

The recommendations of United Nations University (UNU) released on Wednesday are meant to accelerate the pace towards reaching the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on halving the proportion of people without access to safe water and basic sanitation.

If current global trends continue, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) predict there will be a shortfall of 1 billion persons from that sanitation goal by the target date of 2015.

"Anyone who shirks the topic as repugnant, minimises it as undignified, or considers unworthy those in need should let others take over for the sake of 1.5 million children and countless others killed each year by contaminated water and unhealthy sanitation," said. Adeel.

Among the nine recommendations are the suggestions to adjust the MDG target from a 50 per cent improvement by 2015 to 100 per cent coverage by 2025; and to reassign official development assistance equal to 0.002 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to sanitation.

The UNU report cites a rough cost of 0 to build a toilet, including labour, materials and advice.

"The world can expect, however, a return of between and for every dollar spent on sanitation, realized through reduced poverty and health costs and higher productivity - an economic and humanitarian opportunity of historic proportions," added Adeel.
Jokes & Funny Images / Funny Pic :))
Apr 14, 2010, 11:11 PM
Gujarati Funeral ..... Excellent one...

A family in Gujarat was puzzled when the coffin
of their dead mother (Ba) arrived from the US .
It was sent by one of the daughters.

The dead body was very tightly
squeezed inside the coffin, with no space left in
it when they opened the lid;
they found a letter on top addressed to her brothers
and sisters:

Dear Chandrakantbhai, Arvindbhai,
Smitaben and Varsha ,

I am sending Ba's body to you,

it was her wish that
she should be cremated
in the compound of our
ancestral home

Sorry, I could not come along as all of
my paid leave is consumed.

You will find inside the
coffin, under Ba's body, cans of cheese, 10 packets of
chocolates and 8
packets of Badam (peanuts) please divide these
among all of you.

On Ba's feet you will find a new
pair of Reebok shoes (size 10) for Mohan. There
are also 2 pairs of shoes
for Radha's and Lakshmi's sons. Hope the sizes
are correct.

Ba is wearing 6 American T-Shirts. The
large size is for Mohan.

Just distribute the rest
among yourselves.

The 2 new Jeans that Ba is wearing
are for the boys.

The Swiss watch that Reema wanted is
on Ba's left wrist. Shanta masi, Ba is
wearing the necklace,
and ring that you asked for. Please take them off her..

6 white cotton socks that
Ba is wearing must be divided among my nephews.

Please distribute all these fairly.
Love Smita.

PS : If
anything more required let me know soon as Bapuji is also not feeling

too well now a days.  :laugh:  :laugh:
Jokes & Funny Images / Hostage situation :))
Apr 05, 2010, 10:28 PM

A driver is stuck in a traffic jam on the motor way. Nothing has moved for half an hour when suddenly a man knocks on the window. 

The driver rolls down his window and asks, "'What's going on?"

''Terrorists down the road have kidnapped Bal Thakrey, Udav, Raj and few more ministers. They're asking for a 10 million ransom or they're going to douse them with petrol and set them on fire. We're going from car to car, taking up a collection."

The driver asks, "How much is everyone giving, on average?"

"Most people are giving about a litre"  8)
Hot News - InFocus / JAI HIND!!!!!!!
Mar 23, 2010, 10:45 PM

23rd march 1931 in the morning time legendar BHAGATH SINGH, RAJGURU,SUKHDEV Were hanged to death for our nation.

But today we dont even remember their names we only celebrate chocolate day, Valentine Day ETC.., Atleast we can pass this message to every Indian and salute their sacrifice "


3:00 pm: Satish Sawant, an insurance agent, collected his brand new Nano from a showroom in Prabhadevi, and headed home, dreaming of showing off his first car to his family at LIC Colony, Mulund (W).

3:45 pm: The car burst into flames at Eastern Express Highway. Sawant jumped to safety.

Sawant had spent Rs 2.4 lakh on the silver Nano (MH03 AW 913), which he had got fitted with an A/C and a power steering.

As Sawant cannot drive, the Concorde Motors showroom provided him with a driver to take him home safely.

There was not much afternoon traffic on the Eastern Express Highway, it being a Sunday afternoon. Sawant managed to cross Bhandup in less than 40 minutes. Around 3:45 pm, he reached Navghar Signal on the Eastern Express Highway. Suddenly, a motorcycle overtook him, signalling him to look behind.

As he turned to see what the biker was pointing at, he was alarmed to see the rear of the car in flames.

Sawant and the driver leapt out of the burning car. In no time, the car was engulfed in flames. Even a tree on the side of the highway was singed.

A shaken Sawant said, "I have no idea what happened. A motorcycle rider overtook me and told me that the vehicle was on fire. The engine was behind me and I did not realise that the car was on fire," said Sawant.

A fire tender rushed to the scene and doused the fire. The Navghar police (Mulund E) have registered a case yesterday evening
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Chat Box / Sachin's Rare Collection !!!
Mar 14, 2010, 02:20 AM
For all sachin fan's.....
Cricket is our religion and Sachin is our God"

There was a saying..
"Dont pray when sachin is on grounds.., coz even god is busy watching him play".
and yet it remains fact for the way he used to play on grounds..

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Traffic arrangements for PM Dr Manmohan's visit

To be in place between 3.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Saturday

Chennai Police to take over new Assembly and Secretariat complex on Friday.

Police have issued vehicle passes in four colours.


CHENNAI: The Chennai Police have announced the following traffic diversions in view of the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is scheduled to inaugurate the new Assembly and Secretariat complex here on Saturday.

Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran said the traffic arrangements would be put in place between 3.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Saturday. Besides the Prime Minister, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Governor Surjit Singh Barnala and Chief Ministers of three States would participate in the event.

Going by the tentative schedule, Mr. Rajendran said Dr. Singh would drive from the airport straight to the venue (Omandurar Estate) and return to the airport. A programme at the Indian Institute of Technology has been cancelled. A four-tier security cover was planned for the occasion, he said.

Mr. Rajendran said the Chennai Police would take over the new Assembly and Secretariat complex on March 12. Anti-sabotage checks with the help of Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and sniffer dogs would be conducted. About 5,000 police personnel would be deployed for security. No preventive arrests were made yet, though police were questioning some persons on suspicion.

Police have issued vehicle passes in four different colours. Those with red passes would be allowed to enter Wallajah Road either from the Labour Statue or Anna Salai. Yellow vehicle pass holders could enter Wallajah Road from Labour Statue. Parking for these vehicles would be allowed at the Chepauk State Guest House and erstwhile Kalaivanar Arangam premises.

Vehicles with blue and pink passes would be allowed to enter Swami Sivananda Salai from Kamarajar Salai. These vehicles could be parked at the old MLA Hostel and vacant space near Doordarshan office. No other vehicle would be allowed to enter these routes.

Police and media vehicles would be allowed from Kamarajar Salai to park on the Madras University campus. Public vehicles could reach the function venue on Swami Sivananda Salai and park along the Marina Beach up to the Light House.

Traffic diversions

Vehicles going towards Anna Salai from Kamarajar Salai would have to go up to Kannagi Statue and take a diversion via Bharathi Road and G.P. Road. Vehicles proceeding to Parry's Corner from Anna Salai would be diverted at Spencer's junction to reach the destination via Binny Road, Marshals Road, Gandhi Irwin Road and E.V.R. Salai.

Vehicles going to Anna Salai from Muthusamy bridge would be diverted via E.V.R.Salai, Gandhi Irwin Road, Ega theatre junction, Dr. Gurusamy bridge, Sterling Road, College Road, Haddows Road and Nungambakkam High Road.

Vehicles proceeding from Chennai Central to Anna Nagar on E.V.R. Salai would not be allowed to take a left turn at Gandhi Irwin junction, Dr. Nayar bridge junction and Gengu Reddy subway.

No vehicle would be allowed between Spencer's Junction and Pallavan Road. If need be, traffic would be regulated on roads and lanes leading to this stretch, police said. Public vehicles coming to attend the function from GST Road would have to take a turn at Crescent College and take the Kelambakkam, Kovalam, East Coast Road, Thiruvanmiyur signal, Adyar bridge, Greenways Road, Santhome Road, Light House, Kamarajar Salai and Swami Sivananda Salai route.

Similarly, the vehicles coming from GNT Road would have to take the Erukancheri Highway, Basin Bridge Road, Moolakothalam, Walltax Road, E.V.R Salai, MMC junction, War Memorial, Napier Bridge and Swami Sivananda Salai route. Vehicles coming from Poonamallee High Road should take the Koyambedu, Ega Theatre, Central, War Memorial, Napier Bridge and Swami Sivananda Salai route to reach the function place.

Seeking the cooperation of the public in enforcing the traffic arrangements during the VVIPs' visit, Mr. Rajendran said police would coordinate with the MRTS officials with regard to operation of trains. A small stretch of the MRTS route near Chintadripet railway station runs close to the Omandurar Estate.

Shops in close vicinity to the function venue would remain closed for sometime on Saturday, he added.

Cisco made headlines today announcing a next generation router that will revolutionize the internet by increasing downloads to unheard of speeds.  The Cisco press release makes the following claims about the CRS-3 router:

It enables the entire printed collection of the Library of Congress to be downloaded in just over one second; every man, woman and child in China to make a video call, simultaneously; and every motion picture ever created to be streamed in less than four minutes.

Tech Ticker interviewed Kelly Ahuja, Cisco Senior Vice President and General Manager Service Provider Routing Technology Group about the new product this afternoon.  He answered all our questions but one: When will consumers be able to take advantage of this new high speed internet? Perhaps that's because that part of the equation is up to our internet service providers. Until they upgrade it might as well all be a dream.

Cisco announced a new version of its key routing system, which the networking giant said has a dozen times the traffic capacity of competitors and three times as much as the company's previous version.

Cisco's CEO John Chambers said the CRS-3 Carrier Routing System is aimed at the huge growth in video on the Internet, a trend that has also caused slowdowns.

Pankaj Patel, SVP and GM for the service provider business, claimed the system could in just a few minutes deliver all the movies ever made or allow everyone in China to make a video phone call at once.

It had better. The consumption of video online is growing like crazy and a constant bottleneck is likely without some relief.

"Video brings the Internet to life," said Chambers. "You are moving from a messaging platform to a video platform."

Along with Chambers and Patel, AT&T (T) Labs CEO and President Keith Cambron was on the call discussing deployment trials the telecom giant has been doing with the CRS-3. CRS-3 (pictured here) will be available within the calendar year, said the Cisco execs on a press and analyst call this morning.

Cisco had said weeks ago that it was making "a significant announcement that will forever change the Internet and its impact on consumers, businesses and governments."

Significant? We'll see, of course. For sure, it was a highly hyped announcement by Chambers. But due to the speculation about what Cisco was unveiling, its stock hit a 52-week high yesterday. It dropped slightly this morning after the call.

Many others are getting into the high-speed act on the Web. Google (GOOG) said recently that it is planning on building a superfast broadband service. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil its own ambitious plan to improve high-speed Internet access across the United States.

Cisco has gotten deep into the video business of late, both in pushing its networking gear and in acquiring a video device maker like Pure Digital, the company behind my beloved Flip digital camera.

It is also working on innovative holographic and television-based home telepresence technologies.

Be aware of LIFE LINE HOSPITAL - Thoraipakkam

Sent: Friday, February 26, 2010 10:32 AM
Subject: Be aware of Big Sophisticated Hospitals - pls read it ...
This is not a story but a true incident!

One of my friend, want to do Master check up to her mother.
Though she was quite healthy (No BP, No sugar or No general weakness), my friend wanted to do as she was in 50s.

So he toke her to the hospital in the morning 8.30 AM on Feb 20, 2010.
She was admitted in the hospital for Master Check Up.
After some few hours, he was informed that she has the possibilities to get heart-attack or heart block.
In the afternoon(2.00p.m) he was informed that the blood is getting arrested and have do a operation immediately
and  asked  sign papers.
My Friend was afraid & he accepted for that. He or his father were not allowed to go near her also.
They said she is unconscious and anything can be said after 4 hrs.
In the evening, around 4.30 p.m they said that she is no more.
It was really a shock for my friends & family.

It didn't stop there, the people in the hospital were not ready to give the body till they settle the hospital bill which was around
2.4 lakhs. Then they gave her body to them @ around 7.00 p.m...The highlight was that they her body as a cotton bundle.
As all her parts were removed...As My friend & family were in deep shock and pain they didn't question them.

He took her to that hospital for master check just because he will get back the money as medical insurance/reimbursement and this was one of the hospital which was listed in the insurance company and moreover near to their home.

All this happened in 'Life Line' Hospital, Thoripakkam Chennai.
I have heard that heavily charge, even if you go that hospital for minor sickness like fever, headache, stomach etc...But this is heights of height!!!

I guess this is not the only hospital which is like this. May be many of you might come across these type of incidents...
I thought of sending you this incident to create awareness.

In the interest of Public, please fwd this to your friends

If you have come across of such incidents in any other hospital, please add the Hospital name & place in the below below list:

1. LifeLine Hospital, Thoripakkam Chennai.


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Pencil Printer --  Not quite as portable, the device will definitely do its job. Simply insert a pencil in the appropriate sharpener and the lead will be used for printing your precious documents. That way you won't be required to use any actual ink. The downside of the process is that the printed words are erasable. In fact, what if I told you that this particular printer can also erase the paper once you don't need it anymore? Well it can do that so, there, you can "save the tree."  :yes



--Dr. Y. L. R. Moorthi, IIM,Bangalore.

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 phonesReason being cameras bundled with cell phones are outselling stand alone cameras. Now, what prevents the cell phone from replacing the camera outright? Nothing at all. One can only hope the Sony's 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 smart phone bus. They admit that Apple's I phone 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 "Mahabharata" (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 tele presence 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 tele presence 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 filmy 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? Cell phone! 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.  :educated

5 units of B-ve blood required immediately.

      Patient name : S. Alamelu

      Age               : 50

     Hospital          : MMM, Chennai, JJ Nagar, Mogappair.

     Contact person: S Indra

     Contact number: 9884090150.

The operation ( OPEN HEART SURGERY ) will be tomorrow Feb 3rd 2010.

Please, do the needful. 

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