Archive forDecember, 2008

Where would I be?

This one of the heart touching poem one of my friends (Mr. P.C. Gautam) had mailed to me. It goes as follows:

Sometimes I wonder if its all worth while, if I’ll ever make it.
Sometimes I think that my dreams won’t ever come true.
With everyday that passes, I know there is another clue.

Sometimes things are right under my nose, And all I had to do is look.
Sometimes all I want is to save a rose, And then just go on with my life.

Sometimes I wonder why life takes such unexpected turns, Then I realize, this is my life.
If I had not taken these trails, Where would I be?

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Megapixel myth?

The very first impression that comes to the mind is, the greater the mega pixel of a device the better will be the picture quality. Is that true or is that what we have been fed with this myth? This is the fact which I also came to know about it very lately. I was also under the same impression that the higher the mega pixel the better the quality. But I had to do some research before advising one of my friends to buy a digital camera. And so it all started.

So what camed out was the fact that mega pixels have nothing to do with image quality. Cramming more mega pixels into a smaller image sensor can even lead to reduced picture quality.

Before buying, one should always check out for the optical zoom (the more the better), LCD (size, quality), optical viewfinder (useful to frame photos in bright sunlight) and video recording (should be at least VGA quality @ 30 fps). Along with the above take a note of the battery type, the accessories (lens, flash, remote) and the manual modes. Ensure that the buttons are freely accessible as smaller cameras have really tiny and hard-to-use buttons.

Cameras with touchscreen LCD’s reduce the number of buttons, but attract a lot of fingerprints. Also check if the responsiveness of the screen is good enough.

There are different terms (in layman’s language, to impress the features) that are used to sell the camera’s.

CCD/CMOS (charge coupled device/complementary metal oxide semiconductor): The type of image sensor used in a digital camera.

Digital zoom: This type of zoom digitally enlarges a portion of the image to make it appear bigger/closer.

Image stabiliser: A technology/mechanism by which camera shake is automatically countered (to a certain degree). It can be electronic or optical. Electronic is cheaper, not as effective.

ISO/ASA (Industry Standards Organization or American Standards Association): Denotes sensitivity to light, assigned to a number. Higher ISO/ASA means greater sensitivity and vice versa. It can help reduce camera shake, and can also lead to increased image noise.

Optical zoom: Refers to the use of movable lens elements to bring an object closer. Look for optical zoom figure, not the digital zoom. That is the base of it.

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Aisi Apni Wife Ho …

This one is from a forwarded mail that I had received some time ago. The author has a great imagination and hope that his wishes are fulfilled as well as mine with the same specification :-).

5’5″ jiski height ho,
Jeans jiski tight ho,
Chehara jiska bright ho,
Weight mein thori light Ho,
Umar me difference slight ho,
Thori see wo quiet ho,
Aise apni Wife ho.

Sadak per sab kahe kya cute ho,
Bhid me sab kahe side ho, side ho,
India ki paidaish ho,
Sas ki seva jiski khwahish ho
Aisi apni Wife ho.

Padosi jab baat kare to haath me knife ho,
Dinner candle light ho,
Dono me na kabhi fight ho,
Milane ke baad dil delight ho,
Hey prabhu teri archana uski life ho.
Yeh kavita padhke sab kahe “Guru, tum right ho”,
Aise apni Wife ho.

Kaash yeh concept .0001 percent bhi right ho
Agar aisi apni wife ho
To kya hasin life ho
Har kisi ki yahi farmaish ho
Kudrat ki bhi aajmaish ho
Khudah ke software mein bhi bug ki Na gunjaish ho
Ay kaash, kahin to ek aisi paidaish ho
Aisi apni wife ho. Aisi apni Wife ho…………

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Debian on Compaq Armarda 1500C

Compaq Armada 1500C? What is this? A jeep with 1500 cc cylinders? Ha ha ha. Nope, it is a Pentium II series notebook with 366Mhz processor, 12.1 Inch Display, 4 GB HDD, 32MB RAM, 24X CD-ROM and 56K Modem. A bulky piece compared to today’s one. Technology has changed drastically and so has the gadgets.

This antique piece was their for re-installation of the OS. And guess what is was running, our dear own M$ 98, which sucks. The first impression that came in my mind was, why not scrap this laptop? It would do no good to itself, with installing M$ on it. But behind my mind I thought why not install Debian and check it once. So, all set to work.

Downloaded the Debian Net Installer ISO and burnt it in the CD. CD-ROM taking it’s own sweet time to read the files from the CD. But finally was able to install it. Took almost one hour for installation. Checked the hard disk space it occupied, aila only 356 MB with no GUI and the most important the modem is detected and you can use it out of the box. apt also works. So all set to install the X window. Thought of many options but finally decided to install Xfce. So after installing the disk space consumed was less then 800MB and you had 3 GB of space left for your work. Woh! good great. Had a beast tamed with Debian. 🙂

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