Friday, January 30, 2009

Size Matters for NVIDIA

We have seen that AGP cards must be connected to motherboard internally or externally,But NVIDIA has developed a new concept of Graphics Processing and This concept has bagged a lot of awards along with “Best of CES 2009” award.Just look at the Pics down U can see a box which is double to the size of Mouse but this is the  best External graphics Solution to date possible.

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Intel Atom + GeForce 9400

GPU         10x performance

Compute Cores   1+ 16

Max Resolution      2560x1600

Video      HD (1080p)

Display      HDMI, dual-link DVI,

                       DP, or VGA (any 2)

Memory       128 bit DDR3 1333

PCI Express         1x16, 4x1 Gen2

Networking          10/100/1000

USB 12

Power      18W

Size        1709 sq mm

The black box at the right side is the Intel’s Atom processor. It is even Windows 7 ready and can be used with any type of system like Net book,notebook,tablet,desktop or even All-in-one Pc’s.With this GeForce 9400 and Intel Atom a normal Asus Netbooks was able to play call of duty 4.So check out in the market for this box and grab it as It has the real GPU in it.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pakistan has to do a lot of things!?!

In BBC on Nov08, there was post showing insights of terror in Pakistan.I would like to share a deep brief with the residents living in the places shown below….I just copied and pasted this whole post from BBC site,link is here http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7595827.stm

Voices from unstable borders

Pakistan-Afghanistan map

Despite being driven from power, a resurgent Taleban is at large in parts of Afghanistan and militants are still active in tribal areas along the Pakistani-Afghan border.

Here, people in the some of the most restive regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan talk about security and militancy where they live.

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN

One Kandahari resident, Asif, says villagers in outlying districts are often forced to co-operate with the Taleban.

There is Taleban activity in districts outside Kandahar city like Panjwayi, Maywand, Zhari, Shah Walikot and Arghandab district.

The people who live where the Taleban live have to support them but this does not mean that people like them. The Taleban want food and accommodation from locals. If Nato forces attack or an air strike is called in, the Taleban escape but the local people suffer.

I have heard that the Taleban have small groups in the villages, they are not organized, not under one command and the villagers say they do not have one strategy.

 

9/11: THE NEW FRONTIER

Mapping the militant nexus

New patterns of militancy

Voices from unstable borders

More coverage throughout the day on BBC World News and BBC World Service

The cost of living is high here. I know that in some cases, people are going to join military forces - either the government or the Taleban - because they need to feed their families.

Nobody likes the Taleban here. They took the people of the south by force. This year is the worst in recent times. I remember when we could go to any district in Kandahar with no fear. Now we cannot travel.


Popal, a telecoms worker, says people have deserted the districts surrounding the city of Kandahar.

The militants are not threatening any civilians in the city. Only those who work for international organisations or the government receive threatening letters.

I come from the Durai area where Isaf [Nato-led] and Canadian forces are working near the main roads and the situation is very bad. Roadside attacks are very common and people are killed almost daily. It makes people afraid of going out of town and onto the roads.

There is a village called Pashimol which is particularly disturbed and I recently heard of heavy fighting there.

The insurgents wait outside the city to attack by night. They seem to be almost everywhere. They want to terrorise and this is very easy for them. The police are only deployed around the city.

So the people who live outside the city have a very difficult life. Many of them have just come to Kandahar because life is more secure now here.

Most of the outlying districts are now empty.


Anwar says life is dangerous for those Afghans working for international companies and coalition forces.

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and policemen stand guard at the site of two suicide attacks in Kandahar on September 7, 2008

There are still security threats in Kandahar city

The districts next to the city feel the presence of the Taleban and no one dares work with the government or international NGOs. People even feel afraid to openly admire their activities in case of retaliation by insurgents.

If you work for yourself and keep a low profile you have no worries. But for people who work with the government and coalition forces you must keep an even lower profile. Those Afghans will be on the insurgents' blacklist.

Life is tough. We hear of killing and kidnappings. We can't make any long term plans - we just have to live life day by day.

The situation is worse than last year because insurgents are using new techniques to warn people not to help the government, coalition forces or NGOs. People are seeking ways to leave the country.

KUNAR, AFGHANISTAN

Mohammed says the real danger in Kunar province follows the US soldiers.

Life in Asadabad, the capital of Kunar, seems pretty normal. But if you go to rural areas, there is violence. It is not so quiet there. I can't really talk about that because I generally remain in the centre of Kunar. In the city, I have seen very little violence in recent times.

It is hard to tell what is happening out in the districts. When I have been to rural areas I haven't seen anything myself. Here in the centre we get bad news and good news about development activities - life is as we would have expected it as residents.

But we know that there is real trouble in certain districts, where the American soldiers operate. Every time the American soldiers go somewhere bombs begin to blast.

SWAT VALLEY, PAKISTAN

Najaf, a resident of Swat valley, says locals are now fighting the militants themselves.

This has been the seventh day in a row that we have had curfew in our village.

 

The locals say that if the militants come to their area, the army targets their places

Najaf

The people they call Taleban militants move freely in the area. They are at large and move among the population.

We were expecting that after Musharraf left the tension would ease and there would be no more attacks and clashes between the militants and the army. But things are going from bad to worse.

People are terrified and they are dead against the army because hundreds of civilians have been killed in these operations.

There is a place about 20-25km away from us where local people have been fighting with the militants. The army hasn't even got there yet but people are so angry. The locals say that if the militants come to their area, the army targets their places and then they suffer.

That is why these people have come out of their area and are trying to remove militants from this area themselves.

People are very scared, they have been migrating from this area.


Akash says militants roam freely in his part of Swat valley.

The situation is very bad. People are very worried. The behaviour of the government is very bad. Innocent people have been killed.

There are a lot of al-Qaeda people in our village as well as security forces. They hurt one another. In the middle of it all innocent people have died. But the militants go freely from one village to another.

About one month ago there was a bomb blast near my house. The government said the Taleban were there - but they were not. The wrong people are dying.

People from my village don't even want to talk about the militants because they are so worried.

I was born in Swat and now there is no education. My school is damaged. There is curfew all the time. I am at home now. College is closed. I am very tired of this. Many people are leaving the area. Neither the security forces nor the Taleban let us stay.

NORTH WAZIRISTAN, PAKISTAN

A student from North Waziristan says people in his village used to support the Taleban - but not any more.

Militants in Waziristan

A number of militant groups operate in Waziristan

These militants are not fighting for Islam or Pakistan. I don't know what the hell they are. They want to harm Pakistan.

My home is in a village in North Waziristan and I spend a lot of time there and I know the situation there well.

People are very worried. The majority are sick of the bombardments by the Pakistani army and sometimes the US army as well.

On one side the militants attack and from the other side the Pakistan army and the Americans attack. We don't know what to do.

This is a tribal area. In some ways this situation is not new for us. People have already suffered a lot. There is no government here but we live according to our own culture.

Everybody used to support the Taleban. Nowadays I don't think they do. Maybe 20%-40% of people support them. They are fighting and nobody knows why. They lost the support of the locals because of attacks on Pakistani civilians.

The real Taleban who I used to see were local people. They just wanted to fight anyone who harmed Islam. People were in favour of the Taleban in 2001.

That Taleban is now dead. The new Taleban are different. They target civilians. They are not serving Islam.

Some names have been changed to protect identities.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

SATYAMs SAGA

I had found this on http://cnu.posterous.com/satyam-employees-mail-about-th , al ovely thing to study .please read it below

I got a mail from my friend about some forwarded mail from a Satyam Employee about the recent scam by its Ex-CEO Ramalinga Raju.
I have reproduced the mail as is, followed by the things that I felt immediately on reading it.

Disclaimer: I do not work in Satyam or any of the big IT companies in India. I work for a small startup and these are my own views and not my employers'.

Its written by a Satyam employee:

At a time when almost 90% of my Satyam friends are cribbing about the fraud and betrayal by Ramalinga Raju, I have a slightly different opinion. It's bold of me to write this in black and white but this comes straight from my heart and experience.
Let me start by quoting an example of 2006. Most of my friends were unemployed with 50-60% plus marks in BTech, with a degree from an average University and hunting madly for a job. Whether people accept it today or not but the truth remains that Satyam was the ONLY saviour and the only mass recruiter who was ready to accept students who had back logs but had cleared them and also it did not put a very strict minimum marks criterion. And this was true not only for my small college at Lucknow but also those across India . Satyam is the fourth largest in IT in India. Looking at India's population I really want to thank Raju for giving some 54000 Indians jobs atleast for all these years . He was the reason for the revival of confidence and the reason for the bread and butter for many a families.
Satyam training was renowned all over India. Their STC training centre created numerous love stories and unexpected rekindling of a youthful environment where girls and boys were more indepenent than their college days . I remember most of my Satyam friends felt that they made better friends at Satyam's three to six months training than those in the four years of BTech.
Unfortunately people forget to thank God in sad times . I understand that what Raju did is deplorable and unpardonable. He should have treated business more formally and not dealt with it like a family affair . He should have been strict a couple of months or years before itself. Why did he hire so many non potential candidates and keep them on bench? When were the managers and the team mates last told that if they dont work hard, they will lose their job? Business cannot be run lousily.
I have been staying with some 200 odd girls for the last 2 years and many of them are from Satyam. Moreover I network a lot and I have lots of male friends at Satyam . I have seen how people tail gate to Satyam, how they give their swipe cards to others to swipe it on their behalf , how female employees have gone home sharp at 6am irrespective of when they landed at office, how employees sit at home for months at a stretch, prepare for all kind of post graduate entrance exams and still enjoy a full month's pay, how often they went for movies at local theatres at office hours, how often employees went to office just to sign on registers in the morning and at evening, how often they faked their certificates , how often they put unlimited fake medical and house rental bills.
How can we blame just one man when EACH AND EVERY person was disloyal ? How can we exclude Auditors like PwC ? How can we exclude the Board of Directors who have washed their hands off so clean? How can we exclude banks who gave hefty loans without true verfication? How can we exclude the Chief Minister of AP who allowed leniency for Raju's fellow businessman? How can we exclude managers who were never able to trace which bench employee under him had been away from office for how long ?
Yet how can people forget this is the same man whose ideas and potentials gave them an identity for the past several years? How many couples found the right match at an IT industry , courtesy Satyam and how many Andhra farmers benefited from their crores of investments in Satyam shares .How can people forget that Satyam launched its offices right at the doorsteps of a residential colony, where people can simply walk to work ?
The most gruesome experience that I can recollect was when a Satyam tag wearing person was waiting to attend an interview and I overheard him saying that he was in a business meeting at the My Home Satyam ( Madhapur) office when he was sitting right infront of me at a totally different company. When employees themselves show such a lousy attitude and dont care a damn for the brand that they carry around their neck, how can they expect others to care?
I am not saying that ALL Satyam employees are bad. I have known very dedicated people too, but my point is very clear, before pointing fingers at others, introspect .There are thousands of people who have completed certifications at the cost of Satyam, got trained at Satyam. Satyam made several freshers stand on their feet to get better jobs elsewhere across the globe and attain onsite exposure through Satyam.
What Raju did was to keep the business of Satyam going at any cost. I see a very smart man in him when he understood that he should rather accept his mistake than be caught by the USA laws . I see a selfish father in him too that he put a lot at stake for Maytas. However, he resigned with a lot of dignity and his letter of resignation shows humility. It takes a mammoth amount of courage to accept your mistake in public at a time when the media is ready to blow everything out of proportion. If humans dont make mistakes who else would ?
My last salute to this man is for creating such mass employment in India for 57k employees and 57k families when even opening a beetle(pan) shop in a lane in India is a challenge !! Thanks to him for creating income for all the thousands of families who benefited through food chains, the tiffin wallahs, the transport people and all those who made money by renting their houses.
I read he donated Rs 12000 crores from his personal pocket to give the January salary of his Satyam employees. Today Satyamites call Raju a FRAUD. The true and loyal Satyamites surely have all the reasons to say this word. But all the rest who sucked every rupee out of Satyam without doing any value addition need to understand - who was a bigger fraud.

Total Bull Crap.
First, this person doesn't know about running a services business in India. Having people in bench is very important for such companies(I am not cynical here). They have so many clients and god knows when a group of engineers need to be put into action. It is not wise or possible to go and search/hire people after a client has signed up. I tell this because I know the experience of working at multiple clients deadlines at the same time.
Second, he idolizes Raju. There is a special group inside Satyam who keep supporting Raju for whatever he does. There was even some website which was supporting him (http://www.ramalingaraju.com/ - now down)
Third, he says as if Raju was the key person for giving jobs to the 54000 people, even though they were a failure in college. It is not because he was a very kind person or was the follower of Mother Teresa. It is because, hiring all engineering graduates (whatever their marks were) was the only cost effective way to run the company. If all the IT majors in India say that they will only hire 90% or higher, then their workforce would be only 5000 (all companies together). Population is the major advantage for Indians and these IT companies clearly know how to use it to the advantage.
It can also be reworded as "the work that a 20 member team in India does is equivalent to the work that a 3 member startup in Sillicon Valley will do (in less than half the time)"
And finally, he says that everyone is to be blamed. Especially the engineers who sit around and watch movies during office hour.
Actually, I would blame Raju (and the board/top level management). They should be clear in the rules and company policy. Having a 10 employee company is like a local rowdy gang. No need of any rules. No need to keep track of the employees. But having a 50K personal organisation is like a military. Military should be strict. If it weren't, then the general is only to be blamed. There is no use blaming the freshly recruited soldier.
And about the employee who was lying about a meeting when he was sitting for another interview, this is what happens when you don't run your company properly. If your employees are not satisfied, people will go to greener pastures. It can happen in any company. Small or big.
These are the things I felt and I know that most of you might have some alternative view points which may prove me wrong. Please leave a comment below about what you think of the mail and my reply.

Update: One of my friends pointed out that he probably is a she.

Comments (7)

Satya Story said...

nice reply, why dont you put this in the Speak Up section of SatyaStory.com

Ram said...

since everyone does, a scam can't be treated as a legal plan for making money. End of the day, every thing is a business. If one is leading a company, he should set a good example for every one. The entire letter cant justify wrong things. if we keep on advocating for these, India would never improve. Rules are rules for all.... Dont go to admit all the faults you do, rather it creates a bad opinion on every one(right from the trainee to the Chairman) of SATYAM

fksatyam said...

True! You know what dude, my problem with raju has not been his financial leniency but the favoritism that was prevalent in satyam for years. I mean nobody except telugu speakers can really command any respect from their teams.I've heard even non- telugu managers cribbing about getting telugu engineers to work with them, because whenever they get a chance to move another project under a telugu manager, they always did!
Then why the fuck do you call it a fuking MNC!?? and that my friend is why I am not surprised to see them go down the gutter!

Rajesh.G said...

Satyamites u ill be back with performance All T best

Jan 19, 2009

Srinivasan R said...

@Rajesh.G
Yeah, I too hope they get back. Though I have my own reasons for wanting that.

Ram Mynampati said...

Your letter only proves how mismanaged SATYAM was and how big fraud the company was.The managers hired low potential and fake experienced people taking money, and most of the managers themselves put Fake experience...
The leader (Raju) is fraud, so are the most of the managers n employees...
Satyam is no big GOD Company in India, to be so loyal and proud of... It's one of the world's fake comapnies and mis-managed organisations...
54K employees were fed by duping 5 Crore people money and not from Raju's Pocket!!!!
He is a BULL SHIT.... Loser....

Jan 20, 2009

Srinivasan R said...

Oops. I don't think you read the post properly. The mail wasn't written by me.
It was written by some Satyam Employee to which I have posted a public reply.

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This clearly shows some thing abot satyam scam..

Is ’Slumdog Millionaire’ Overrated??

Many Indians felt Danny’s film Slumdog Millionaire is a Overrated film considering its script and story.They  felt that there is nothing special in this film and its just common slum story.They are not feeling the questions that are given in the TV aided show ’Who wants to be a millionaire’ in the Film.According to Me This film deservers a lot beyond Oscars for just one thing, It shows what Indian Bollywood was not able to show, It shows the feelings of slum guys and the problems they face in very constructive manner, It showed the simple Rising India.

In India,If U see the films which are becoming hit U could  find They simply like story,music,dialogues and choreography in any film they don’t consider Film editor,Camera specialist,Technical specialist etc.. as a person to be recognized…Just take this case..film ‘lagaan’ was a big hit in India and every Indian confirmed that this film deserves to get nominated in Oscars but there was utter failure.What they saw in the film was just the way the story goes and the same story which gives a sci-fi ecstasy of winning a cricket match(indirectly winning freedom).Just take the case of ‘rang-de-basanti’..It was expected to get in Nominations, there also it went undercarpet. Indians are not getting the concept that these stories look good for them But an outsider will not have a patience to watch a movie for more than 3 hours which is purely fictional and unnatural in many ways.

Considering ‘slumdog millionaire’ This film shows the real slums of Mumbai(of course, the script is based on the novel written by vikas swarop) where a boy from slums becomes a millionaire ..here everything looks just normal for Indians as they had seen such shows( like ‘kaun banega crorepati’ shown in this movie as ’who will become millionare’).Its somuch normal film for Indians. Just see ‘the curious case of Benjamin Button’ here this film is a like sci-fi(unimaginable) but it shows a lot of reality that what could happen if such unimaginable thing happens and the theme of the film is a great thought.But,why it was not selected for ‘Golden Globe awards’ (As of now oscar nominations were just announced so we can’t talk of winning Oscar ..so let us be at Golden Globe )According to me the answer is simple the effect on the viewer.In ‘The curious case of Benjamin Button’ viewer feels a lot about himself and death.But later the whole theme is neutralized or lessened by showing an old women’s love.There is nothing wrong for showing an Old women but Judges may have thought that Film ‘the curious case of Benjamin  button’shows more about Death while ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has more about winning something in casual way .For any Non-Indian ‘Slumdog Millioanire’  looks new and awesome as they go on seeing the film as they hadn't seen such type of India and the nature of road-side Baggers and also shows like ‘who wants tobecome a Millinaire’ .THere is a lot to say But I consider U guys to watch the film 3 times consecutively to see what and how the camera is been used and the way dialogue is spoken.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Who and ‘when this’ will change ??

Lot of things daily happen but at the end of the day..’Goodthing’ content and ‘badthing’ content is looked and considered for better tomorrow.Good things show positive response from us while bad things tingle underneath the  brain giving negative results.

If badtihngs appear before heavy force to correct them,then that force has to be corrected! If a person does a badthing , his fellow being has the responsibility to correct or make him understand.Unlike that If the second one is mum,then community and then World diminishes.If a country is going wrong then The fellow Countries has the right or license to mend it.Even though if Badthings continue??Then  What could(should) be done???

Fellow countries has to change their strategy of approach! or They should use some sort of psychological advancement to create fear in that person or in that country!!Are you thinking Why I’m wasting my post for baseless theology??Then I had to confirm that I dedicate This post to My Fellow Human Beings Who faced bigger challenge than terrorism in Palestine for their devotion and patriotism to their country and their morals till their end.

I want to post some of the unseen devious pictures of barbarism on People of Palestine in turn to Israel’s covert on Hamas.I know these are unseenable and unthinkable.SO, If u can’t resist seeing them please spare a moment .

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

What will happen is not the case??

It happens without any acknowledgement and it happens with slight higher perspectives..Do U know what i’m talking about??

Read this post where U can Find some quotes of Lord Macaulay while addressing British Parliament on 2nd February ,1835 about India particularly read the comments.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

What a waste of time??

Given the nature, intensity and consequences of the Mumbai attacks, as a Pakistani it is perhaps a little difficult to be critical of India’s media and how it responded to the terrorist attacks. One understands India’s justified anger over the attacks.

However, while there has been unilateral condemnation of the attacks from all corners of the globe including Pakistan, what has been disturbing is the power of the Indian media to raise the tempo to the level that it did over the last few weeks. For Pakistanis who see a better future for all in South Asia only if there’s peace between India and Pakistan, it is not just the events of the Mumbai attacks which have put paid to all such hopes, but perhaps more so, the intensity of the media response in India following the attacks.

In contrast, for many Pakistanis, the response of the Indian government has been far more measured and perhaps, responsible. Not so that of India’s media. Given the huge anti-Pakistan and let’s-carpet-bomb-Pakistan response from India’s media, the reply from the Pakistani media has been threefold. The first response was one of shock, sympathy and condemnation. As soon as the siege was over, and the Indian media launched its attack against Pakistan, perhaps not so much directly against its government as much as against its agencies and banned terrorist and jihadi organisations, the Pakistan media responded in defence.

In this second stage, the Pakistani media was far more sensible than India’s. This was perhaps natural because it had to prove every single Indian allegation of Pakistani involvement wrong. To its credit, extensive investigative journalism in Pakistan showed that many of India’s claims may have been wrong or exaggerated, while at the same time, there were some, though perhaps few, journalists and commentators who did say that some Pakistani organisations may have been involved in the Mumbai attacks. However, importantly, most commentators in Pakistan did not think at all that the Zardari government was involved and nor were supra-State institutions involved either. The consensus on this side of the debate was that so-called ‘non-State’ actors, jihadi organisations and the like, could have been involved, and hence, the Indian response to Mumbai’s terrorist attacks had to be different from what the way it was being projected. The problems related to terrorism in India were seen to be very similar to terrorism in Pakistan, and hence, a different response was called for.

The third stage of the Pakistani media’s reaction was when India’s government threatened retaliation. In Pakistan, this has now taken away the focus from terrorism and dealing with the real issues under the surface, and become a diplomatic war leading to nationalistic and militaristic analyses and responses. The debate shifted to questions of ‘what would happen if India were to attack?’ and how well-equipped the Pakistani military is to deal with it. One must add, however, now that the chances of such a war have been eliminated, the Mumbai terrorist attacks and their consequences, for the moment at least, have shifted from prime-time viewing; it has now been replaced by more mundane issues that face and interest the Pakistani viewer.

What could have been a more sympathetic, and perhaps even a joint, approach to deal with terrorism in South Asia, was quickly replaced by sabre rattling and posturing by the militaries on both sides.

There is no doubt, that Pakistan has faced international condemnation for having some sort of role, whether imagined or real, in the Mumbai attacks. There has been international pressure put on the government to put its house in order, knowing fairly well that this is near impossible. The Mumbai attacks exposed not so much India’s inability to deal with terrorism in its own soil, but more so, the fact that the Pakistani government is unable to deal with this monster at home. Institutional and power structures and arrangements in Pakistan, make taking on all sorts of terrorists far more difficult than most people imagine. Moreover, despite a hugely popular victory for democratic forces in the last elections in Pakistan, the elected government has also failed in establishing its writ over all institutions in the country. Sadly, the media reaction in India to the Mumbai attacks may have actually weakened and exposed Pakistan’s nascent democracy further and perhaps even resurrected Pakistan’s military as the country’s saviour. The war cries of the Indian media have resulted in the Pakistani media and public looking towards the military as a response to all forms of Indian reaction to the attacks.

S. Akbar Zaidi is a Karachi-based social scientist.