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Sunday, September 30, 2007

DriverMax - easily reinstall all your Windows drivers within a few minutes

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Recently I found a software that is worth trying.

is a new program which allows you to easily reinstall all your Windows drivers. Simply export all your current drivers to a folder or a compressed file. This is done through the Export Wizard which will only export the drivers you selected.

After reinstalling Windows you will have everything in one place in less than 5 minutes. The Import Drivers Wizard allows you to install all the drivers that you exported earlier. The entire operation might take up to 5-10 minutes.

It also displays a complete report of all drivers such as versions, release dates etc installed on your system.


Note: DriverMax works only on Windows Vista and Windows XP(all service packs).

-> Visit Website for detailed information
-> Download from server 1
-> Download from server 2

If you know any other software with similar interest, do share that with us.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Best Online Feed Reader- Google Reader

Finally my quest for good online Feed Reader ends now.
Yesterday itself I came across Google Reader and believe me its pretty good and simple to understand.
Before, it was getting out of my control reading all the posts and articles of so many blogs. Now it saves my time.

Apart from Google Reader there were many more feed readers I tried, but none of them stood up to my liking. The Readers like BLOGLINES, FEEDLOUNGE, NEWS ALLOY were the ones I tried and they all failed.
Out of those News Alloy is the best. It has really lots of features.

But Google Reader outclassed all of them. Here are some features I like most about this Google Reader:-

->Users can subscribe to feeds using either Google Reader's search function, or by entering in the exact URL of the RSS or Atom feed. New posts from your feeds are then shown on the left-hand side of the screen. One can then order that list by date or relevance. Items can also be organized with labels, as well as being able to create Starred Items for easy access.

->Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. Whether a site updates daily or monthly, you can be sure that you won't miss a thing.

->Google Reader shows you all of your favorite sites in one convenient place. It's like a personalized inbox for the entire web.

->With your Google Reader public page, you can share your favorite items with your friends, simply by sending them to relevant links.

Google Reader is first application to make use of Google Gears, a browser extension that lets online applications work offline. Users who have installed the extension can download up to 2000 items to be read offline. After coming back online, Google Reader updates the feeds.

Inspite of all these excellent features there are some minor drawbacks:-

->It takes quite a some time (may be few hours) to show the updated feeds.

->Google Reader shows no warning that a user has subscribed to duplicate feeds.

That was my experience with Google Reader. I love google products.

If anybody out here uses any other Feed Reader thats suits him/her, do share that with us.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Unfamiliar truths and facts about “My Winning 11”

I have always been a great fan of the most prestigious sport of India, Cricket. I actually believe in high quality competitive cricket. No matter where cricket is being played, no matter which countries are involved in it, moreover, no matter how busy I am, Cricket is the game I have always followed or tried to follow most of the time.

The year I first started watching the game (from 1996 world cup onwards when India did not manage to qualify for the finals and left with tears in all eyes including Vinod Kambli ) till now when India had won the T20 World Cup in emphatic style, I came across many great players. Some of them had actually turned out to be the Living LEGENDs .

Here I’ll be focusing on my own DREAM TEAM Player’s profile and some UNTOLD TRUTHS related to them that did not come out of the hatch.

Here’s the list of my WINNING 11:-

1.) Sourav Ganguly (VC)

2.) Sachin Tendulkar

3.) Andy Flower (Wk)

4.) Steve Waugh

5.) Hansie Cronje

6.) Arjuna Ranatunga ( C )

7.) Rahul Dravid

8.) Wasin Akram

9.) Shane Warne

10.) Glenn Mcgrath

11.) Curtly Ambrose

12th man-> Jhonty Rhodes
13th man->Sanath Jayasuriya ( I could not find place for him in starting lineup but yes, its hard to leave him outside. So an extra player has to be added to raise the tally to 13, Legends of International Cricket)

I could sense-“Raised Eyebrows”.

Reason is obvious.

Most of you must be wondering where the hell is BRIAN CHARLES LARA? Why he did not figure in my “Winning 11”?

All I can say is that it was a tough call of leaving him. It’s really a Universal Truth that BRIAN LARA lies right on top amongst the cricketing legends. No doubt about it. But the thing is by the time I started watching cricket, except few exceptional innings( like that against the mighty aussies at home where he scored 213 in Kingston -- his first three-figure innings for a year -- to lead West Indies to series-leveling win in second Test against Australia. Also, scored unbeaten 153 as West Indies score 311-9 in fourth innings to win third test), I didn’t find LARA, a Master, Instead LARA, a distended captain and subsequently a batsman who failed YET AGAIN.

What about MURLI???

I am sure this may well be the next question.

My reply-


He may well be cleared by ICC of chucking the ball, but as far as I am concerned he is certainly not a COMPLETE bowler to qualify for my team. Having said that, I do admire his efforts and he has been a great ambassador of cricket. Its just that I regard him as a half bowler. My words seem to be highly debating. I can do nothing.

Their must be many more questions hovering around many great minds out there. If you go my way or if you don’t, do tell me for sure. It will be interesting to note .

In my next edition of this post (which will be published twice in a week), I’ll be starting with each of these above mentioned LEGENDS. Obviously concentration will be on one player profile at a time.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Learn Self Motivatation

The mentally tough competitor is self-motivated and self directed. He/she does not need to be pushed from outside as he is controlled from within.

The most important and fundamental areas of mental toughness is SELF MOTIVATION.

I’ll start here with small explanations of Self Motivation, Goal Settings and subsequently end with key techniques of Self Motivation and Goal Settings.

Self-motivation is important for achieving success in work and personal life. A well-accepted explanation of human behavior is that people have needs and motives propelling them toward achieving certain goals. The central idea behind need theory is that unsatisfied needs motivate us until they become satisfied. After satisfaction of one need, the person usually pursues satisfaction of another, higher need.

Work and personal life offer the opportunity to satisfy many different needs and motives. Among the more important needs and motives are achievement, power, affiliation, recognition, and order. The need for risk taking and thrill seeking is also important for some people. Generational differences in needs have been observed, such as older people placing a higher value on security and younger people placing a higher value on risk taking.

Needs are arranged into a five-step ladder. Before higher-level needs are activated, certain lower-level needs must be satisfied. In ascending order, the groups of needs are

  1. Physiological
  2. safety
  3. social
  4. esteem
  5. self-actualization (such as self-fulfillment).

Need theory helps in self-motivation. First identify which needs you want to satisfy and then focus your efforts on an activity that will satisfy those needs.

Also, goals are valuable because they

(1) focus effort in a consistent direction,

(2) improve your chances for success, and

(3) improve motivation and satisfaction.

One explanation for the contribution of goals is that they create a discrepancy between what individuals have and what they aspire to achieve. Goals also create a state of arousal that readies people for accomplishment.

Goals can be aimed at either learning or proving (performing). A learning-goal orientation means that an individual is focused on acquiring new skills and mastering new situations. A proving-goal orientation is aimed at wanting to demonstrate and validate the adequacy of your competence by seeking favorable judgments of competence. People with a learning-goal orientation are more likely to seek feedback on how well they are performing, and they are more likely to have higher job performance.

Goal setting is widely used on the job. Goals set by employees at lower levels in an organization are supposed to contribute to goals set at the top. Frequently, individual employees are asked to participate in goal setting by contributing ideas of their own. An important part of goal setting, both on and off the job, is priority setting. To increase the motivational impact of goals, some managers encourage workers to track their own performances.

Effective goals are specific and concise. You should describe what you would actually be doing if you reached your goal, and goals should be realistically challenging. Set goals for different time periods and include some fantasy in your personal goal setting.

Key techniques of self-motivation include

(1) setting goals for yourself,

(2) engaging in intrinsically motivating work,

(3) getting feedback on your performance,

(4) applying behavior modification to yourself,

(5) improving your skills,

(6) raising your level of self-expectation, and

(7) developing a strong work ethic.

Achieving goals and staying motivated requires self-discipline. Developing self-discipline consists of eight components:

(1) formulate a mission statement,

(2) develop role models,

(3) develop goals for each task,

(4) develop action plans,

(5) use visual and sensory stimulation,

(6) search for pleasure within the task, and

(7) minimize excuse making.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Nathuram Godse-The True Indian or The Inspiring Killer

This is the part of the long inspiring speech given by Nathuram Godse in the court when he was tried for the murder of Mahatma Gandhi

“I now stand before the court to accept the full share of my responsibility for what I have done and the judge would, of course, pass against me such orders of sentence as may be considered proper. But I would like to add that I do not desire any mercy to be shown to me, nor do I wish that anyone else should beg for mercy on my behalf. My confidence about the moral side of my action has not been shaken even by the criticism levelled against it on all sides. I have no doubt that honest writers of history will weigh my act and find the true value thereof some day in future. “


For full speech refer here-Nathuram Godse's defense speech in court

Pradeep Dalvi's controversial play
Mi Nathuram Godse Boltoy has once again ruffled feathers. Like it did in 1989, when the playwright was denied permission by the Maharashtra government to stage the drama. After its brief resurrection nine years later, the state government has now banned the play.

Find full play refer here-Mi Nathuram Godse

Tomorrow that same play is going to be performed by the fellow students at my University’s Auditorium. Initially I didn’t know much about this popular play. A friend of mine Rahul Sharma taught me few interesting aspects related to this play and his inspiring comments on Nathuram Godse made me to study the full play. Subsequently, the play Mi Nathuram Godse encouraged me to know more about the man who assassinated our Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchandra Gandhi.

Fifty-two years ago, on Jan. 30, 1948, Mohandas Gandhi was shot dead by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist. Godse believed that the Mahatma, or great soul, was responsible for the 1947 partition of India and the creation of Pakistan. Godse and his friend Narayan Apte were hanged. His brother Gopal and two others were sentenced to life imprisonment for their part in the conspiracy. Gopal Godse remained in jail for 18 years and now, at 80, lives with his wife in a small apartment in Pune. He is still proud of his role in the murder. After so many years he looks back in anger and without regret, in context of Mahatma Gandhi, he
"His Principle of Peace Was Bogus"

In 2000, Shri Dharam Jit Jigyasu gave his grand son, Muni Jaitly an eyewitness account of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination. Jigyasu was holding Gandhi when he died.

He was in Delhi during the same time as Gandhi. It was widely known that while in Delhi, Gandhi always stayed at Birla Bhavan, a house belonging to India's biggest industrialist family.

“Pitaji”, says Muni Jaitly, “decided to spend the night so that he could attend Gandhi's daily Hindu prayer meeting at six o'clock.

After asking for directions, Pitaji went off on foot, in traditional Indian dhoti (homespun loincloth dress), Gandhi hat, and sandals.

Pitaji was standing next to the assassin, Nathuram Godse, when all who were present kneeled before Gandhi to greet him.

Godse shot Gandhi three times. Pitaji heard Gandhi utter the words, "Hai ram [Oh God] ... Hai ram ... Hai Ram" as he hit the ground.

Instead of attacking Godse, Pitaji, along with Gandhi's nieces Manu and Abha, picked up Gandhi's body and rushed him to nearby Birla house. Pitaji carried Gandhi by the head.

It was there that Gandhi was pronounced dead.”

Gandhi ji said “Hey Ram” just before he was about to die but if we believe Gopal Godse words, he did not say anything. "When the bullets pass through crucial points like the heart, consciousness is finished. You have no strength" says Godse in an interview to THE TIME.

You can find it here- His Principles of Pease Was Bogus.

From tomorrow night till now, I have been thinking only Nathuram Godse and Mahatma Gandhi. I have tried to understand the perspective of both of these individuals. Still I think I am too young to reach even close to any conclusion whether Nathuram Godse is The True Indian or The Inspiring Killer, as the title of this article says.

At this moment I am more than interested in knowing others viewpoint. If you are reading this article and arrived at any type of conclusion or, if you are still perplexed like me, PLEASE don’t forget to tell me your thoughts. Meanwhile I’ll try to scratch my head more to get to a conclusion.


1.) Nathuram Godse

2.) Know more about him

3.) Gandhi - Godse

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

HIS versus HER Blog and Tips on Gaining Page Views

No one wants his or her blog to stay in isolation from rest of the world or at least from other bloggers. This post will mainly concentrate on the issue relating who can achieve more success in blogging universe, a MAN's blog or a WOMAN's blog. Also, I will try to write few important and basic tips necessary for efficient blogging. Although I am too young to this blogging universe to write my own tips still I'll concentrate on my own personal experiences so far in this great blogging arena, to produce something conducive.


1.) HIS versus HER Blog

It is scientifically proven that the attraction towards a woman, the most beautiful creature crafted by GOD, is limited not only due to external beauty. It has got something more to think, something deep to analyze. Why man always attract towards a woman? Of course, we all get attracted towards opposite genders but intensity is more in case of a man. The reason why a man does so is beyond our imagination. Let’s believe for time being that GOD had something to do with this that’s why he created us this way.

Now the point is, does the above mentioned theory applies here in blogging universe as well?

It can be hotly debated. But my perspective is somewhat like this:-

A man can be more successful at work. Simple reason is that men on average have a stronger drive to systemize. Systemizing involves identifying the laws that govern how a system works. Once you know the laws, you can control the system or predict its behavior.

This is the area where women are lacking. (NO HARD FEELINGS FOR ANY WOMAN OUT HERE. JUST CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG.)

The same theory applies to blogging as well. A man’s blog are more popular and worth visiting than a woman’s blog.

Mind you, that does not mean that woman cannot compete at this level. A woman’s blog can attract enormous amount of visitors.


Because it is a WOMAN’s blog. J
Yes, the blog content can be a factor but a female author profile along with her cool picture can add more to her blog’s unique visitor’s number. Isn’t it?


If you are a man-> Next time you plan to start your own blog, disguise yourself as a woman. A Man’s Brain along with a Female Author profile can act wonders for you.


If you are a woman-> Try to be a thinking man's crumpet which refers to a woman who is intelligent and good looking.

Hope I have given you a Head Start-a motivation or an advantage gained at early stage.

2.) Few Tips on Gaining Page Views

Increase the traffic with BlogRush. Just add its widget to your blog and start earning. See the right sidebar, I have already added it.

You can find it here: BlogRush

The site often encounters some problem. Just refresh the page each time to get any error in opening the page.

Reference has been taken from Madhur’s Blog.

Before getting started on linking your blog posts or creating a new post series, consider the following tips:-

1. Own Domain: Your domain should be small (10-12 characters are enough) one and easy-to-remember.

2. Good Host: If you have a self-hosted blog, then host it on a reliable host.

3. Nice Theme: You should have a nice, clear and simple template. Don’t make it full of images, because that will increase the loading time of your blog. Remember, your theme gives the first impression of your blog.

4. Feed Button: Place the feed link/icon in the first fold of your blog.

5. Comment on other blogs: This is important! Or you, yourself, won’t get any comments on your blog. So, this is a must.

6. Reply to comments: It’s good to respond all the comments given on your posts. Your blog looks more active this way.

7. Participate in discussions: Participate in discussions on other blogs. Participation doesn’t mean you start spamming.

8. Join Link Directories: Join as many link directories as you can. It gets you link backs, and link backs help you get a higher PageRank.

I have written this post as per my experiences so far.

Any where in the article if you feel like correcting me, Please feel free to tell me your suggestions.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Reasons why India needs a leader like Ganguly to succeed Dravid

Rahul Dravid will be known as one of best cricketers India has ever produced but not as India’s best captain. Although he left the job with great dignity, still I personally feel their was a bit of selfishness involved in this decision. I think he wants to be a legend like Tendulkar or Lara include Ponting also. Throughout his career, he always has been overshadowed by heroics of someone great like Tendulkar or Ganguly, lately Laxman as well. Now, he feels its time to make his own image and also protect his existing one, “THE WALL”. The previous tours of South Africa and England noticed a collapse of The Great Wall Of India. If this had been continued for over a year or so, Rahul Dravid might have lost his identity, forget about building new one.

Dravid is the kind of person who puts his heart and soul into any job he tackles. When you do that, especially in a country where a billion people all think they can do the job better or at least as well, it can wear you down mentally.


First thing is sure, India need a captain like of Sourav Ganguly stature. A person who can tackle and even effectively respond to all the inside game of the Indian Cricket.

Refering to this post Board games and bucks – Rahul Dravid out!

by Parayil A. Tharakan.

He should be an aggressive and bold enough to support and fight for his men whom he thinks can deliver at the time when needed. Who has the courage to knock out the opposition not only by his game play but also his off field interactions with opposition players. That’s where mental game starts. This strategy is opted by most to wear down the opposition players mentally before the start of the actual play.

To all these requirements, Ganguly is the best person to take the responsibility. But its time to look forward to fill the boots of the great TRIO Sachin, Sourav n Dravid. The future of Indian cricket does not allow to go back to Ganguly. Instead, find someone who can serve for longer years. Infact this is the best time to start grooming a young captain when the great TRIO is there to help and support him.

He can be Dhoni or Yuvraj, who knows?

All I know is that if india wants to fill up the huge gap the TRIO will leave behind them, it’s the high time India should start preparing for that.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

“Come on Lets get started, OH NO! I have a Problem”

One of the most challenging things about starting on a new task usually isn’t

  1. the planning,
  2. the thinking about it or,
  3. the mapping it out
It is the doing!

Actually taking the first step is often the most difficult part of any new undertaking।

In fact, one of the reasons projects fail, is lack of implementation. In others words - not starting the project was a major cause of its failure. Such is with life; we can have the best intentions and plans, but if we never start, nothing will happen.

Even in my case itself, whenever I try to start a new project, somehow I always feel to postpone it with reasons only I can understand. I remember when I was about to start my B-Tech final year project, everyday I used to woke up in morning saying to myself “Yes, this is the day to move on”. But the whole day use to pass by and at the end I left with only consolations “Oh common this is not the end of the road. It’s the full рез year project. Lots of time is left. Don’t worry”. I know being an optimist always helps you but this was the case of being OVER OPTIMISTIC. My Project Guide used to ask me every time I meet him about the progress of my project. My best reply”Sir, I am working all day and night”. In reality I was doing nothing but wasting time as if I got 1000 years before I die.

Getting started just seems to be the most challenging aspect of anything new.

My guess is one of the biggest reasons that starting is so challenging is the fear of the unknown. All the doubts and uncertainty can be devastating. Also, fear of not doing it right, or even not knowing what to do. The cure for all of these fears is action. Action is the enemy of fear. The best thing to do when fear sets in is to take action, and the secret is - any action will do. Just get moving and fear will move aside so that the beginning can start.

If getting started has you stunned with fear, take a deep breath and take one small action. Do something, anything. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you take action. Getting started is challenging, but once you do, you will build momentum that will keep you going.

Another trick that might help you is to get an accountability partner. Someone you will report to from time to time on your progress. It sounds silly, but you are more likely to start and stick with what you promise someone else, rather than just promising yourself. It is so easy to break a promise you make to you, but not as easy to do so when you have committed to a friend, a mentor or a coach. In my case my Project Guide always forces me to get going.

That’s why before entering in this Blogging Universe without any second thought ( what I’ll write and how I’ll manage), I just stepped in and lets see how far I manage to go. I want to be the living example of the theory mentioned above.

My very first step to the blogging universe

Hey, I am Rakshit Khare.
Age 22 yrs
Profession student,btech 4th yr