Monday, August 28, 2006

Definition of a Planet

As per International Astronomical Union , a planet is defined as,
A round thing orbiting a star.
More precisely, according to the draft definition:
“A planet is a celestial body that (a) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (b) is in orbit around a star, and is neither a star nor a satellite of a planet.”

Pluton: A planet orbiting beyond Neptune, taking more than 200 Earth years to circle the Sun. So far, it would include Pluto; Pluto's former moon, Charon; and "Xena" (2003 UB313).
Satellite: Anything orbiting a planet, as long as the mutual centre of gravity does not fall outside the planet. Includes several bodies much larger than many planets, such as Jupiter's moon Ganymede (diameter: 5262 kilometres).
Small solar system body: Anything orbiting the Sun that's not a planet or a satellite. Most asteroids and comets would be SSSBs. Currently called minor planets.
Unofficial categories of planet:
Dwarf planet
: A planet smaller than Mercury (diameter: 4879 kilometres), which is the smallest uncontested planet. Would include the former asteroid Ceres; Pluto; Charon; and Xena.
Giant planet: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.
Classical planet: The four giant planets plus the familiar four rocky, terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Small Windmill for homes

A small, affordable wind turbine available for the first time this September promises to help homeowners fight the rising cost of energy.
The Skystream 3.7, a wind generator from Southwest Windpower in Flagstaff, Ariz., stands 35 to 100 feet tall — depending on the location — and costs about half that of conventional turbines currently available.

Southwest Windpower is planning to mass produce the Skystream and sell it for between $10,000 to $12,000 installed, about half the cost of similar size turbines, which are typically assembled by hand on a much smaller scale.
According to the developers, the system could save the average homeowner $500 to $800 per year on electricity.

Depending on the available wind, the turbine could provide 40 to 90 percent of an average home's energy needs.
Further details: http://www.skystreamenergy.com/skystream/

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Onyx mobile concept

This is a concept mobile phone named "Onyx" designed by Synaptics.

Looks awesome!



Link: http://www.synaptics.com/onyx/

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A mirror site to digg.com and digged articles

This site mirrors digg.com and all recently dugg articles on digg.com.
Since many sites featured on digg.com homepage goes down due to bandwidth exceeding or by server crash (popularly called as "The Digg Effect"), duggmirror.com provides a free mirroring service to digg.
url:
www.duggmirror.com

(problem was that digg.com was not loading for the time sake, thanks to the stupid connecton from my ISP , BSNL!, i used duggmirror.com to access digg.com)
(these days visiting digg.com is like eating food, thrice a day or more!)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Italy Wins World Cup Of Programming

It's been a good year for Italians: first they won the World Cup, and now they've taken home the trophy in the Microsoft Imagine Cup.
A total of 181 students from 72 teams representing 42 countries participated in the games that ended on Friday. Italian team Even .ctor took first place in the software design category.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a competition for students to compete in creating real-life technology applications. It was designed to provide an outlet for students to fuse their technological and artistic interests outside the classroom. Other winners included Piotr Marek Mikulski from Poland in the algorithm category, Andreas Tomek from Australia in the IT category, Team Forest from Canada in the short film category, Team Virtual Dreams from Brazil in the interface design category, and Team Atomnium from France in the programming battle.
"The competition encourages students from around the world to apply their imagination and creativity to design software technology that has real world applicability," said Joe Wilson, director of academic initiatives for Microsoft in an email to sent to PC Magazine. "As a result, it enables students to bridge between their idea and its impact on both a local and global scale."
Winners were awarded $25,000 in cash and celebrated in an award ceremony held at the competition site in Delhi, India on Friday.
Over 65,000 students entered the competition in the first round. This is the fourth year for the event. The theme was "Imagine a world where technology enables us to live healthier lives."
In 2005, one of the winning teams went on to become the founders of Musigy Inc., an online community music portal. Bill Gages, chairman of Microsoft, released a statement on Friday expressing hope that this year's winners will see similar success.
"These projects demonstrate the power of software to address real-world problems, and I'm so impressed by the high levels of technical innovation that these students achieved in their work," Gates said. "This year's Imagine Cup participants all share a commitment to improving people's lives that is very inspiring. They represent the next generation of business and technology leaders, and their creativity and passion are reasons for us all to be optimistic about the future."
"Students studying computer sciences today are the technology leaders of tomorrow," Wilson added. "Our commitment is focused on fostering innovation, enabling student success in computer sciences and encouraging entrepreneurialism and creativity -- all essential elements of Imagine Cup."
The 2007 Imagine Cup will be held in Seoul, South Korea.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Microsoft monopoly in Security business

Digg it!
Microsoft, the maker of Windows was supposed to be responsible for security in its product (Windows). Instead, what MS is doing is that they are putting up services such as Live Onecare, and selling these services for around 50$.
If Microsoft can fix Windows with OneCare, why not they do it directly within windows or via LiveUpdate?
It is bad that Microsoft charges its customers for a service that should have been part of the standard operating system itself.
And Windows Live OneCare is currently available in the U.S. only.

Then, the point here is that Microsoft is trying to suppress other players in the Security business.(Remember, thats what happened with IE and Windows in the Browser wars and,but IE was free,and OneCare isn't)
What Microsoft has done is that they locked up the kernel code of Windows Vista.
Security firms such as Symantec(Norton) argues that security features in the Windows Vista kernel obstruct innovations by antivirus and other security applications

"If security vendors don’t have access to the platform kernel, it cuts down on our ability to innovate and create compatible solutions," Oliver Friedrichs, director of emerging technologies in Symantec Security Response wrote on the company's website.

He alleged that Microsoft is forcing end users to only use solutions offered or allowed by the software vendor, thereby stifling competition and innovation in the security industry.

Windows Live OneCare might not run, or it might slow the performance of your computer, if you install it when other antivirus or firewall programs are also installed on your computer. During Setup, Windows Live OneCare checks for the some common antivirus and firewall programs that are known to conflict with Windows Live OneCare and provides means for you to uninstall them.

Antivirus and firewall programs known to conflict with Windows Live OneCare:
-Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005
-Symantec Norton Antivirus 2005
-Symantec Norton SystemWorks 2005
-McAfee Internet Security Suite 2005
-McAfee VirusScan 8.0/2004
-Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security 2005



References:
-http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2162150/symantec-cries-foul-vista
-http://www.windowsonecare.com/purchase/sysreq.aspx
-http://www.windowsonecare.com/prodinfo/Default.aspx

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