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1) Oracle to move software development to India from California, Sydney, Dublin: "The benefit of moving work from our other international centers to
India is not only in terms of cost but also because of the superior
quality of services we get," the paper quoted Keith Budge [ Oracle's
regional managing director for South Asia ] as saying.
2) India to become global hub for mission critical work: Gates: BANGALORE: Microsoft chief Bill Gates said on Wednesday that India
was on course to become a global hub for 'mission critical activity'
in software as it was increasingly earning a reputation for its
quality work and delivery on time.
3) IBM'S Gerstner Says Company Was Close to Buying SAP - in 1996: International Business Machines Corp. came close to buying Germany's
SAP AG, the biggest maker of business software, in 1996, the
Financial Times reported, citing IBM Chairman Lou Gerstner's
book "Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?"
IBM had recently acquired Lotus Development Corp., another business
software company, and was poised to buy SAP when Gerstner, who was
then chief executive officer, vetoed the transaction and instead took
IBM out of the business software business, the newspaper said.
4) Methods GET and POST in HTML forms - what's the difference?: In HTML, one can specify two different submission methods for a
form. The method is specified inside a FORM element, using the
METHOD attribute. The difference between METHOD="GET" (the default)
and METHOD="POST" is primarily defined in terms of form data
encoding. The official recommendations say that "GET" should be used
if and only if the form processing is idempotent, which typically
means a pure query form. Generally it is advisable to do so. There
are, however, problems related to long URLs and non-ASCII character
repertoires which can make it necessary to use "POST" even for
5) Adjusting your monitor: ...Monitor Height - The proper monitor height is vital in preventing
gradual neck and upper back strain. The most effective way to
determine correct monitor height is to sit correctly in your chair
or where ever you view your monitor. Next, close your eyes and
position your body and head in a neutral and comfortable position -
your spine should be straight and head centered over your shoulders.
Then, open your eyes and note at which point your eyes are initially
focused on. This area should correlate to the center of your
monitors screen or the part of the screen you view most frequently...
6) Spiritualist Basics: There is a quality of the universe called vibration. Every thing and
every one vibrates. Vibration can be thought of as being on a scale
from low (and slow) to high (and fast). Your vibration is low when
you are depressed because you have lost your job or have turmoil in
your family. You walk into a room where two people have just had a
violent argument and you can "cut the tension with a knife" the
vibration is low also. When you get up in the morning, it's a
beautiful day and you have that feeling that "everything is perfect"
or you are feeling love for someone, the vibration is high.
Using Amazon Web Services With PHP And SOAP: ...It's the coolest store on the Web - and now, its databases are
accessible to you. Welcome to Amazon Web Services, an XML-based API
that allows you to quickly build an online store that leverages off
Amazon.com's massive databases...
10) Ways to win, lose at SAP game: ...No SAP user expects to be able to go live, and thrive, without
mistakes. More often than not, it's the fault of an IT team, and not
the SAP software, when projects go awry, according to many experts...
11) CNN.com - Delhi hit by diesel-free chaos - April 8, 2002: ...The Supreme Court says its decision to allow only CNG-run buses
could inconvenience Delhi's commuters for a while, but in the long
run it could save them from all sorts of health problems by giving
them cleaner air...
12) BBC News | BUSINESS | Group hugs increase profits: Giving your colleagues a hug first thing in the morning really can
boost profits, judging by the experiences of one company. Workers at
Farrelly Facilities and Engineering begin and end the day with an
embrace. It's produced a happier workforce. Since they started this
routine, at the end of 1999, profits at the heating and air
conditioning business have more than doubled. One of the directors,
John Farrelly, told BBC News Online that none of the 50 workers was
forced to cuddle.
13) Dawn of a new database: Oracle makes an OK database. Microsoft's SQL Server and IBM's DB2
aren't bad either. But as data gets collected over wireless and the
demand for a warp-speed response increases, all of these well-
established - dare I say, old-time - companies may soon get a rude
awakening. You see, transactional databases are coming into their
own. Think about it. In the old days, only employees had access to a
company database, typically used to collect and analyze data and
issue reports. Now, anybody with a cell phone can access a database,
and it must respond to not hundreds but hundreds of thousands of
users, says Paul Grabscheid, VP of strategic planning at
14) Lenasia's Black Hindu Priest Breaks Myths: He used to be a devout Christian until
curiosity took him to a Hindu temple in Lenasia town, 25 miles south
South African city. Four years later, Meshack Jantjies, 35, is South
Africa's first black African Hindu priest. Not only does the deputy
priest at the Siva Gnana Sabay temple have a large following, but with
tremendous effort he is also mastering the Tamil language. Initially,
Jantjies joined activities at the temple while working as a cleaner
When his family joined him to live on the premises, he found more
engage in deeper studies. "The resident priest then made me a tape
listened to over and over. I learned to recite prayers from
(collections of Tamil devotion songs) by doing that. I also joined
Tamil classes at the temple." Two years ago, Jantjies was appointed
deputy resident priest. He has been fully accepted by the
devotees. "When I
stand before the people here and lead the prayers, I feel that I am
own family," said Jantjies. He goes to great pains to emphasize that
not recruited or converted by anyone. "I was like a wild animal before
joining the temple, and now I have found peace with myself. Jantjies
plans to make it his mission to break prevailing myths among other
communities about worship at Hindu temples.
15) SAP has the last laugh - Tech News - CNET.com: As SAP, Europe's biggest software maker, marks its 30th anniversary
this week, its combative chief executive has cause for a certain
satisfaction. Throughout the rise of the New Economy bubble in late
1999 and 2000, CEO Hasso Plattner had to battle charges that SAP was
a dinosaur left behind in the explosive growth of the Internet. The
company, which Plattner created with four colleagues from IBM, had
made its name with big corporate planning systems that were a byword
for technical excellence and user unfriendliness, requiring armies of
consultants and months of preparation to make them work.
16) Cauvery In A Puddle: The 3 page article starts "The total hijack of the South's rich classical arts into airless, Brahmins-only monopolies is stifling genuine growth" and ends "Perhaps only a realisation that monopoly runs counter to the grain of art. For now, they're caught in a dark warp, waiting for light."
Do not miss the Rants and Raves for this article too !
If you are a Tamil Brahmin... donot get offended... someone is expressing his point of view... Any criticism is good for growth... Let us look for ways to improve the situation...
If you have not watched tamil film 'Nandanaar'... please do watch it :-)
17) New Oroville: Catalytic is developing a completely self-contained company community
near Hyderabad, called New Oroville. Employees will enjoy modern
housing, offices, retail and recreational facilities, as well as
religious and civic centers to accommodate their needs without having
to travel outside the community.
18) Targeted Serendipity: Weblogs aren't just glorified pages of links and rambling personal
sites; they are an antidote to mass media. According to the author
of "The Weblog Handbook," Rebecca Blood, they are also bringing
creative expression to everyday people when they need it most.
19) ERP II SAP/Oracle Escalation Wake-up Call: Some enterprises with large-scale SAP/Oracle systems have experienced
an Oracle DBMS bug, which has exposed problems with the vendors'
support escalation processes. In the complex world of ERP II,
enterprises with large-scale implementations are likely to experience
difficulties that expose flaws in vendors' support and quality
assurance processes. Therefore, enterprises should become more
proactive with respect to their system support and management. The
critical support and escalation issues illustrated by the Oracle DBMS
bug will have major ramifications on the credibility of the ERP II
Unix market to support large-scale business operations.
20) SAPís Application Server Move Will Be "Massively Unsuccessful": Speaking at Information Age's Collaborative Commerce conference in
London (Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2002), Fred Meyer (chief product strategist
at application integration vendor Tibco) outlined the role of
packaged applications such as SAP's enterprise resource planning
(ERP) suite, mySAP.com, in the future of Web services. "There will
still be a role for packaged applications behind the firewall," says
Meyer, "but the complexity of these systems makes it impossible to
build exhaustive integration across applications. The SAP mindset is
that "we own this world so you can't touch this," which is why [the
move into application development] will be massively unsuccessful."
21) Carnatic music should reach masses: CHENNAI, INDIA, December 20, 2001: Carnatic music in its pristine form
should reach the masses, Mr. M. Karpagavinayagam, judge, Madras High
told The Hindu newspaper. Lighting the traditional lamp to mark the
inaugural of the Rasika Ranjani Sabha's annual music festival 2001-
said flawless music gained prominence only when it reached the common
He called upon music organizations to motivate and draw the younger
generation into their fold by propagating the joy of carnatic music.
R. Santhanakrishnan, sabha president, said efforts were on to revive
sabha's sastriya sangeetha school of music. The auditorium renovation
be carried out with the assistance of sponsors, rasikas, and well
22) BizReport : Brits Do Their E-Shopping & E-Banking At Work: Internet usage figures published this morning show that the average
Brit seems to do a lot more than simply work at their place of
employment. Many, the NetValue analysis says, seem do a sizeable
amount of online shopping and banking during their working hours. The
October figures from the Internet research firm, which have just been
expanded to cover work and university Internet access, show that 7.8
million Brits - 25% of the workforce - now access the Net from their
place of employment. The problem, the research firm says, is that
many also access the Net during their normal working hours - i.e.,
when they should be working.
23) Muslim Life in America - Office of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State: Islam is considered one of the fastest-growing religions in the
United States today.
24) vnunet.com: SAP will back .Net: German software giant SAP AG said it would back both Microsoft's .Net
strategy and rival Sun Microsystems' Java technology, rebutting
reports this week that SAP would give its full backing to the Sun
platform.SAP North American spokesperson Bill Wohl said a lot of
interest had been created by the inaccurate and incomplete newspaper
story. "We've spent the last 24 hours trying to balance it."
According to Wohl, the UK's Financial Times got the story wrong; they
relied on the wrong sources.
25) what is life all about ?: You are up and you are happy.
You are down and you are sad.
All ups and downs help you to find a balance in your being.
This is what life is all about.
Once balanced, no more ups and downs, but bliss and joy and silence
27) The Wellsprings of Horror in the Cradle: Alice Miller, a 1986 recipient of the Janusz
Korczak Literary Award by the Anti-Defamation League, has sought to
answers to the tragedy of terrorism and the people who perpetrate it.
believes, "On the basis of the research I have done into the childhood
histories of the most ruthless dictators, like Hitler, Stalin, Mao or
Ceaucescu, terrorism in general and the recent horrifying attacks on
United States are a macabre but precise demonstration of what happens
millions and millions of children the world over in the name of good
parenting." She adds that "nobody comes to the world with the wish to
destroy. Every newborn, independently from the culture, religion or
origins needs to love, be loved, protected, and respected. This is his
biological design. If he is maltreated by the cruel upbringing he will
develop the very strong wish to take revenge. He will be driven to
others or himself but only by his history and never by inborn genes.
suppression and subsequent denial of early rage that often ends up in
with an endless number of ideologies." Miller resides in Switzerland
hosts a website www.alice-miller.com where her readers can share their
experiences with others.
28) hibakusha: On September 11, I became a modern version of a hibakusha. Thatís
what Japanese people who lived through the Hiroshima atomic bombings
in World War II called themselves. This translates to "explosion-
affected persons." They were careful not to refer to themselves
as "survivors" because that wordís emphasis on being alive could
slight the sacred dead.
29) Line56.com: SAP Denies FT Report on .Net : SAP denied a report in today's edition of The Financial Times that
CEO Hasso Plattner will announce that his company will choose Sun's
J2EE architecture over rival Microsoft's .Net platform. "The
Financial Times coverage was just wrong," says Bill Wohl, North
American spokesman at SAP. "For the last eight months, Mr. Plattner
has talked about SAP's strategy of openness. And next Tuesday, we'll
announce our next generation technology architecture... that will
support .Net, J2EE and much more."
30) Magician Loses Its Sparkling Touch: SAP, Europe's largest software maker, had been doing so well this
year that it was starting to look more like the work of black magic
than skilful management. That, at least, was the impression until
recently when it became the last sizeable player in its devastated
sector to issue a profit warning. No longer under the spell, analysts
are now wondering whether the warning was a blip or the prelude to
more serious problems for the German group. At the very least, they
say, the episode has pointed to serious weaknesses that must be
addressed quickly. One of them lies in SAP's handling of its last
results announcement, which not only irritated investors but also
fanned fears the group may have lost "visibility" on developments in
its market...As Mr Ashton puts it: "You can have the biggest firework in the
world, it is no good if you do not have the audience."
31) SAP Chooses Sun Micro Platform Over Microsoft : SAP, Europe's biggest software group, has decided not to use
Microsoft's .Net software platform and is instead backing a competing
offering from Sun Microsystems. Hasso Plattner, SAP chief executive,
will announce next week that the German group is to adopt Sun's J2EE
architecture, a development platform for enterprise software based on
the Java programming language, to run SAP software. SAP's move is
likely to be a blow to Microsoft, as the German group has one of the
largest customer bases of any business software developer.
33) MOFGA - the MOF&G:2001 - Dr. Vandana Shiva: When Dr. Vandana Shiva attended the Maine
Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Common Ground
in September, she brought with her a stirring message. Honored as an
international leader in her promotion of organic farming, she flew
home in Doon Valley, India, on a flight after the terrorist attacks.
courage and fortitude, she has advocated organic methods of farming
core and essence of a peaceful society. When plants are able to grow
natural means in rich soil untouched by the violence of chemicals, the
result is peaceful farmers and families. Dr. Vandana herself has seen
results of chemically ravaged land farmed by huge corporations in the
Punjab. Local farmers, unable to make a living for their families,
their dignity and respect. After praising the MOFGA for their work in
endorsing organic farming, Dr. Vandana drew parallels in this area
own organic farm in the foothills of the Himalayas
34) United States Response to CBW Terrorism and Domestic Preparedness: A cartoonist couldn't have done that deliberately.
35) India may dominate global economy, says Marc Faber (The Financial Express: Investor): India and the other emerging markets have a bright future and may
eventually dominate the global economy, if Dr Marc Faber is to be
believed. The Hong Kong-based investment advisor has predicted the
rise of emerging economies vis-a-vis the US. He also hinted that the
next boom may not be lead by the much hyped technology sector
36) BBC News | SOUTH ASIA | Top award for Indian film singer: "If your thoughts remain simple, your face remains young, and your
voice, youthful." - WOW
40) Who\'s Fast 2002: This year's Who's Fast celebration presents 11 unsung
heroes and rising stars -- high-impact figures from all
walks of life and from all kinds of companies and
organizations. These are neither the most famous people
in business nor the richest. These are people who
matter because of the reach of their ideas and the
depth of their impact -- people who are shaping the
future of strategy, competition, work, and change.
41) Tech-visa workers feel heat: "The mood at work turned from cordial to antagonistic," Prasad says.
Because of Sept. 11 and the ensuing assaults on Indians, his mother,
who still lives in India, has urged him to move to India because she
fears for his safety.
42) America Attacked 9 1 1: Dedicated to the men, women and children who lost their lives;
all those who sacrificed their lives;
And to all the Heroes that responded to the emergency 11 September
43) Prayer and Pregnancy 10/17/01: Researchers at Columbia University, expressing surprise at their own
findings, are reporting that women at an in vitro fertilization
clinic in Korea had a higher pregnancy rate when, unknown to the
patients, total strangers were asked to pray for their success.
46) Navigating isn\'t fun: To the user, each successive screen is the equivalent of a new window
or dialog in conventional software. My axiom is: "A window is another
room. Have a good reason to go there." If the user is working on
information on one screen, don't send her to another screen to work
on that same information.
48) Degree.net Central: The Degree.net web site and its tie-in line of books were established
to provide quality information on education, both traditional and
nontraditional. We aim to be the number one source of honest,
unbiased information on degree-granting institutions worldwide