Wednesday, 31 December 2008

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Tuesday, 30 December 2008

The Power of Emergency Number 112

112 is the emergency telephone number in the European Union member states, the Republic of Colombia (South America) and worldwide (on GSM mobile networks). Whenever you are struck in an unknown place with no network and if you are in any emergency, just dial this SOS(Save Our Souls) number 112, for emergency support. It will connect you to the nearest GSM provider irrespective of which connection or what handset you own. This number can be dialed even when your keypad is locked. Almost all EU Countries have already implemented 112 and can be dialled free of charge. In other countries the number will be redirected to the emergency number of their respective countries, for example dialling 112 in the US will be re-directed to 911, in Australia to 000 and in India to 100.
For more information on this topic click here : 1-1-2


Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Get paid for Blogging

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One of the best things in writing a paid post at payingpost is that you can set your own timings. You can either work as many hours as possible or work as little as you wish. With a little knowledge and hard work and marketing you could make more than $100 per month. Payment is via Paypal. Payingpost has recently come up with an attractive and more user-friendly layout. It allows users to search for only the offers that their blog qualifies. There is also a live-chat by which you can clarify your doubts with the help staff. On the whole, Payingpost is the best place for bloggers who wish to make money with their blog. We all blog. If you can get paid to blog, then what is the harm in joining for free. Start making money online with PayingPost!.

Monday, 15 December 2008

How can you test your antivirus software...??

Creating A Test Virus:
Have you ever wondered if your anti-virus software is really working? Would you like to see what happens when it detects a virus? Here's a safe way to test your computer's virus protection that doesn't require you to have a real virus.

First, open Notepad. Then copy and paste into it the text on the line below. (It should all be on one line.)


Then select File, Save, select All Files for the file type, then save the file as

Your anti-virus software may prevent you from saving the file as, which is a sign that it is working effectively. If it doesn't raise an alert, try scanning the folder where you saved To see what happens if you try to run a file containing a virus, double-click to open it.

The file you have created is completely safe. It is not a virus. It is a standard test file developed by the European Institute for Computer Anti-virus Research (EICAR). All anti-virus products are programmed to detect this file as if it was a real virus. Therefore you can safely use it to test whether your anti-virus software works, without fear of infecting your computer.

If your anti-virus product should fail to prevent you from running the file, it will simply display the text "EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE" in a DOS box. No harm will have been done, but you should probably consider using a better anti-virus product, because if it had been a real virus, your computer would by now be infected!

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Ajith : The most lovable actor in Kollywood

Most young actors in Tamil filmdom declare Ajith as their favorite hero. The list is only getting bigger and stronger by the day. The man affectionately called 'Thala' finds favor among many young heroes including Simbu, Jai and Nakul.

Jai who is currently enjoying tremendous success, debuted in a Vijay film playing the star's brother. But then his favorite star is Ajith and even goes on to say that he talks to 'thala' frequently and even gets some valuable tips from the star.

Simbu has declared many a time that he is a fan of Ajith. His soon-to-be-released film 'Silambattam' would showcase him as an Ajith fan.

With so many young stars fervently declaring that they like Ajith, has Vijay been left out? Well, not exactly. Bharath who is called 'Chinna Thalapathi' is reportedly a die-hard fan of 'Illaya Thalapathi' Vijay and talks to him whenever he can for inspiration.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

What is God...? An Interesting Conversation

An atheist Professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks one of his new Students to stand and.....

Professor: So you believe in God?
Student : Absolutely, sir.

Prof : Is God good?
Stud: Sure.

Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Stud: Yes.

Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him.
Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn't. How is this God good then? Hmm?(Student is silent.)
Prof: You can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?
Stud: Yes.

Prof: Is Satan good?
Stud: No.

Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Stud: From...God...

Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Stud: Yes.

Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Stud: Yes.

Prof: So who created evil?(Student does not answer.)
Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don't they?
Stud: Yes, sir.

Prof: So, who created them? (Student has no answer.)
Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son...Have you ever seen God?
Stud: No, sir.

Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Stud: No, sir.

Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God?Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?
Stud: No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.

Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Stud: Yes.

Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?
Stud: Nothing. I only have my faith.

Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.
Stud: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Prof: Yes.
Stud: And is there such a thing as cold?

Prof: Yes.
Stud: No sir. There isn't.(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)
Stud : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don't have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Stud: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness?

Stud : You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light....But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? In reality, darkness isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?

Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Stud: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Stud: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one.To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your Students that they evolved from a monkey?

Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Stud: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)

Stud: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher? (The class is in uproar.)

Stud: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor's brain?
(The class breaks out into laughter.)
Stud : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain,sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir? The room is silent. The Professor stares at the Student, his face unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son.
Stud: That is it sir... The link between man & god is FAITH . That is all that keeps things moving & alive.

I believe you have enjoyed the conversation...and if'll probably want your friends/colleagues to enjoy the same...won't you?....

This is a true story, and the Student was none other than.........
APJ Abdul Kalam , the former President of India


Get Free Web Training & Certification From Sun Microsystems

Hey i'll tell you a way by which you can spend your free time in some useful means. There are many cerified courses available for free on the Internet. And what not, you can get yourself a free Sun Certification. Sun offers Sun Student Courses where students around the world can get free web training on the newest and coolest technologies. Once you complete the course requirements you can receive a free certificate.

All you have to do is just sign up here Sun Student Courses

After you have successfully signed up, You will be taken to the list of available courses.

Sun offers the following courses :
1)Introduction to Sun SPOTs
2)Real World Technologies: NetBeans GUI Builder, JRuby, JavaFX, and JavaME
3)Introduction to Solaris and
The above courses are in English. It also offers a course in Russian
4)Операционная система Solaris

This is the certificate i recieved from from Sun after i finished the first course. Currently i am doing the second course.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Be careful before buying your food at Wal-Mart..!!

Well, are you enjoying seeing Chinese food popping up in your supermarket left and right..? Have you noticed you can't buy a single package of fish that isn't made in China (or Vietnam)..? Do you think your food from China is processed in a sanitary manner, and thus safe to eat? Take a look at this...!!!



These undercover enclosed pictures speak a thousand words. Avoid buying all processed food packaged in China. Anything goes! We just don't know what else is in those packages. Unlike in the U.S. and Canada, China does not have laws regulating food processing.

On that note: also avoid using disposable chopsticks in the restaurant. Apparently, they have been bleached to look white! We certainly don't need bleach in our body and if left behind by customers they are just re-used.

Basically, do not buy any processed food from China, also Hong Kong, too. MANY companies are using a Hong Kong address to avoid this type of image reputation.

Early dawn, starts the day by riding around to collect dead chickens

Asking around for dead chickens

Total of 5 riders are hired by the boss to ride to farms to buy dead chickens

A dead chicken cost 1 RMB and would be sold at 9 RMB after processing

Storage for the dead chickens in the court yard

Carcasses are thrown everywhere


Four employees start de-feathering the dead fowl after soaking in boiling water from a rusty wok

Enduring the pungent odour, but sometimes, it gets so terrible that even the most experienced of the workers would puke

Workers rushing to get the chickens de-feathered

A discarded bath tub being used to soak the bare skin dead chicken. The contaminated water would have accelerated the decomposition process

Wearing slippers walking among the chickens before the coloring processing

After the colour y, its creepy to find that they are quite tenderising

And now presenting the mouth watering Charcoal Roasted Chicken!

Do NOT buy food originating in China (or Vietnam or Thailand)! Take the time to read the labels and look for country of origin! STOP BUYING ANYTHING FROM CHINA.

( Hey... I found this information over the internet. I was shocked after reading this. So i am putting it here just to make an awareness. I don't want to hurt anyone's sentiments.)

Sources :

The ten best romantic gifts

What is Love...?? It is an eternal feeling. It cannot be translated into materialistic pleasures, but i feel that, for some, expensive and lavish gifts are the best way to express their romantic feelings.

According to The Independent, a Vintage Timepiece is a truly timeless present with style and shape to suit all. The watch needs to have a collectiblity factor that ensures that they become more valuable as time goes by.

The second best gift is a romantic film just for two. Hire an entire cinema, exclusively for you and your partner, showing your favourite slushy movie, whether it's Gone With The Wind or Sleepless in Seattle.

Words they say is the best way to express your love, so standing third in the list is a bespoke book bound, which could turn out to be a very intimate way to express your affection. Either you can pen your own verses, or have your loved one's favourite books bound. This will certainly be a lasting and unique expression of your love.

Vintage Wine and Chocolates stand fourth in the list, while a drive in style garbs the fifth position. Plan a an unforgettable day in a chauffeur-driven vintage or classic car, and you'll surely have your partner falling all over in love once again.

The 10 best romantic gifts are:
1. Vintage Timepiece
2. A Romantic Film Just For Two
3. Words of Love
4. Vintage Wine and Chocolates
5. Drive in Style
6. Up, Up and Away (Hot air balloon)
7. Fragrant Memories (perfumes)
8. Trip in steam engine- The Venice-Simplon Orient Express
9. If Music be the Food of Love (cook sumptuous food)
10. Weekend Break (ANI)

So now you got to know of these gifts, try surprising your girl-friend with any of these.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Fun Trivia

1) Mathematical Magic

259*(your age)*39=?

Try it. You will be surprised to see the result.
2) Neurological Test

This is a REAL neurological test. Sit comfortably and be calm.

(i)- Find the C below. Do not use any cursor help.


(ii)- If y ou already found the C, now find the 6 below.

99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 99999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 99999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 99999999999999999
99996999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 99999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 99999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 99999999999999

(iii)- Now find the N below. It's a little more difficult..


This is NOT a joke.
If you were able to pass these 3 tests, you can cancel your
annual visit to your neurologist.
Your brain is great and you're far from having Alzheimer
Disease. Congratulations!
3) Hey! How long can u last here... Be honest...

Put ur best time here as a comment...
4) Small Magic

1. Go to Google

2. Click images

3. Type 'flowers' or any other word.

4. You will get a page which is having full of images

5. Then delete the URL from the address bar and paste the below script:

Note :
If u r using Firefox then right click on the above link and then select copy link location. Then paste it in the address bar of the page where u did the image search.
If u use Internet Explorer then right click on the above link and then select copy shortcut. Then paste it in the address bar of the page where u did the image search.

5) Tic - Tac - Toe

Try this game and win me...




Prabhu Deva's son No more

Choreographer-Actor-turned Director Prabhu Deva's 13 year old son Vishal alias Basavaraj passed away in the early hours of Thursday. He was suffering from cancer for a long time. Deva's family had been fighting the disease along with him knowing that he would be taken away from them at any time. Prabhu Deva said that, though he knew that it would happen, he hoped that they would have more time with Vishal. Recently Prabhu Deva took his son abroad on the Villu shoot to make him happy and fulfil his wishes.

Sunday, 30 November 2008

What are BackLinks....??

A backlink is an incoming link to a website/webpage. The number of backlinks is an indication of the popularity/importance of that website or page. They may be of significant personal, cultural or semantic interest: they indicate who is paying attention to that page. Backlinks enable you to keep track of other pages on the web that link to your posts.

In basic link terminology, a backlink is any link received by a web node (web page, directory, website, or top level domain) from another web node. Backlinks are also known as incoming links, inbound links, inlinks, and inward links. There are several factors that determine the value of a backlink. Backlinks from authoritative sites on a given topic are highly valuable. If both sites have content geared toward the keyword topic, the backlink is considered relevant and believed to be have strong influence on the search engine rankings of the webpage granted the backlink. A backlink represents a favorable 'editorial vote' for the receiving webpage from another granting webpage. Another important factor is the anchor text of the backlink. Anchor text is the descriptive labeling of the hyperlink as it appears on a webpage. Search engine bots (i.e., spiders, crawlers, etc.) examine the anchor text to evaluate how relevent it is to the content on a webpage. Anchor text and webpage content congruency are highly weighted in search engine results page (SERP) rankings of your webpage with respect to any given keyword query by a search engine user.

Search Engine Optimization

Websites often employ various techniques, called Search Engine Optimization(SEO) to increase the number of backlinks pointing to their website. In other words, SEO is the process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to a web site from search engines via "natural" ("organic" or "algorithmic") search results. Usually, the earlier a site is presented in the search results, or the higher it "ranks," the more searchers will visit that site. SEO can also target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, and industry-specific vertical search engines. Quality backlinks are crucial for SEO's success. But the the question is how to get them..?

The idea behind including backlinks as part of the page rank algorithm is that if a page is good, people will start linking to it. And the more backlinks a page has, the better. But in practice it is not exactly like this. Even if plenty of backlinks come to your site the natural way, additional quality backlinks are always welcome and the time you spend building them is not wasted. Among the acceptable ways of building quality backlinks are getting listed in directories, posting in forums, blogs and article directories. The unacceptable ways include inter-linking (linking from one site to another site, which is owned by the same owner or exists mainly for the purpose to be a link farm), linking to spam sites or sites that host any kind of illegal content, purchasing links in bulk, linking to link farms, etc.

There are different ways to for SEO. Go for volume of links or go for Trusted links. But only a few go on the angle of "get the right links" and you might not need as many links as you thought you did. It should be noted that a blog with the right 10 links can beat the blog with 1000 of the wrong links.

A typical search engine results page

The above pictures shows the difference between the site that has lots of wrong links from many wrong sites and sites that has few right links from trusted sites like google, yahoo etc.


PageRank is a numerical value which represents the popularity of a website. It is one of the methods Google uses to determine a page's relevance or importance. It is from 0 - 10, with 10 being the highest number awarded.

"Mathematical PageRanks (out of 100) for a simple network (PageRanks reported by Google are rescaled logarithmically). Page C has a higher PageRank than Page E, even though it has fewer links to it: the link it has is much higher valued. A web surfer who chooses a random link on every page (but with 15% likelihood jumps to a random page on the whole web) is going to be on Page E for 8.1% of the time. (The 15% likelihood of jumping to an arbitrary page corresponds to a damping factor of 85%.) Without damping, all web surfers would eventually end up on Pages A, B, or C, and all other pages would have PageRank zero. Page A is assumed to link to all pages in the web, because it has no outgoing links."

According to Google "
PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page's value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves "important" weigh more heavily and help to make other pages "important"."

According to "PageRank is a family of algorithms for assigning numerical weightings to hyperlinked documents (or web pages) indexed by a search engine. Its properties are much discussed by search engine optimization (SEO) experts. The popular search engine Google to help determine a page’s relevance or importance uses the PageRank system. Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed it while at Stanford University in 1998." However, examine search results and you will find that page rank isn't the only determining factor in search engine placement, although it has value and is part of the algorithm.

According to, "PageRank is a numeric value that represents how important a page is on the web. Google figures that when one page links to another page, it is effectively casting a vote for the other page. The more votes that are cast for a page, the more important the page must be. Also, the importance of the page that is casting the vote determines how important the vote itself is. Google calculates a page's importance from the votes cast for it. How important each vote is is taken into account when a page's PageRank is calculated. PageRank is Google's way of deciding a page's importance. It matters because it is one of the factors that determine a page's ranking in the search results. It isn't the only factor that Google uses to rank pages, but it is an important one.

Note that, not all links are counted by Google. For instance, they filter out links from known link farms. Some links can cause a site to be penalized by Google. They rightly figure that webmasters cannot control which sites link to their sites, but they can control which sites they link out to. For this reason, links into a site cannot harm the site, but links from a site can be harmful if they link to penalized sites. So be careful which sites you link to. If a site has PR0, it is usually a penalty, and it would be unwise to link to it."

Page Rank : Some Facts

1. One-way inbound links from websites with topics that are related to your website's topic will help you gain a higher page rank.

2. Other one-way inbound links from pages with high page rank but unrelated topics do help a little, but not nearly as much.

3. The number of links outbound from the website that links to you also determines the value of the link. A related website with 10 outbound links that links to you is much better than an unrelated website with 100 outbound links that link to you.

You can find more information on this topic from :

* What are Backlinks and how do i use them?

Wiki : Backlink

* Improving your page rank

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Dear Friends/Visitors/Fellow Bloggers......

I really need your support in maintaining this blog. If you find my posts informative, please do comment on them. And if you want me to post on any topic that you feel may be informative to others, kindly notify me with a comment or shout in the shoutbox.


Friday, 28 November 2008

This video explains the end of the wolrd in 2012

Hey.... Everyone must watch this video... Though i don't believe in all these kinda stuff, this video made me fear gripped....

Comments are welcome.....

The Gateway to Northern Mindanao : Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro City is located at the northern coast of Mindanao, Philippines. It is the capital of Misamis Oriental province and the regional center for Northern Mindanao (Region 10). The city is popularly known for its initials CDO or CDOC.

CDOC is known as "The Gateway to Northern Mindanao" because of its location and good transportation facilities. However, it is through her warm and hospitable people that the city became more known as "The City of Golden Friendship".

Cebuano or Bisaya is the city's main dialect. English on the other hand is widely used in schools, media, government and commercial transactions. People from Cagayan de Oro are called Kagayanons. Most are brown-skinned of Malay descent and some with mixed ancestry popularly known to locals as mestizo.

The city has a reservoir of advantages: no typhoons all year round, rich agricultural environments, a broad consumer and manpower base, cheap and abundant power, strategically located internation seaports, modern telecommunication facilities, adequate infrastructure and a highly efficient educational system.

The city is also home to several universities and colleges. Xavier University, Liceo de Cagayan University and Capitol University are known in the fields of nursing, medicine, agriculture, engineering and commerce.

City Facts

COUNTRY Republic of the Philippines
ISLAND Mindanao
PROVINCE Misamis Oriental
AREA CODE 8822 (MisorTel); 88 (Philcom)
TIME + 8 hours
POPULATION 553,966 (2007 Census)
POPULATION GROWTH 2.54% (2007 Census)
LAND AREA 488.86 square kilometers
LANGUAGE Cebuano, Tagalog, English
RELIGION Christian, Islam, Buddhism
CURRENCY Philippine Peso (PhP)
MEASUREMENT Metric, mixed with English
ELECTRICITY 220 volts, 60 cycles
ELECTRIC PLUG Type A, Flat Blade
Left Hand Drive

Places Of Interest

* Monigue Cave

* Malasag Eco-Tourism Village

* Macahambus Adventure Park

* F.S. Catanico Falls

* Mapawa Nature Park

* Macahambus Hill Cave

* Pueblo de Oro Golf Club

* Rodelsa Hall

* Xavier Museum

* Night Cafe & Night Market

* Mc. Arthur Marker

* Kagay-an Resort

* Tourism Showhouse

Official Website :

In News at CDOC :

Duaw Sa Kagayan Delegates To arrive Today


Friday, 21 November 2008

In pics: HP TouchSmart tx2 laptop

Hewlett Packard has introduced the company's first laptop computer with multi-touch technology promising users the same fingertip navigation built into previous HP desktops and popularised by Apple's iPhone.

The new notebook, called the TouchSmart tx2, will have three modes: PC, display and tablet, with a digital pen to sketch or take notes directly on the screen.

Here's a look into the first touchscreen laptop from the world's largest computer maker.

Capacitive multi-touch technology
TouchSmart tx2 features a 12.1-inch diagonal BrightView LED display and convertible design that allows it to be used as a PC, display or tablet. Users can navigate the screen with more than one finger simultaneously, using what HP describes as `capacitive multi-touch technology'.

Since the laptop recognises input from more than one finger at a time, users can use multiple gestures, such as flicking, pinching and rotating.

In addition, the screen, which has a resolution of 1,200 by 800 pixels, swivels and can be laid flat.

Processing power
The TouchSmart tx2 comes preloaded with Windows Vista Home Premium, and HP is giving customers the choice of AMD's Turion X2 Ultra Dual-Core mobile processor or AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core mobile processor.

The system also has ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics processor, up to 8 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. Other features include Bluetooth and WiFi wireless technology, an integrated camera and a DVD burner.

Rotating screen
HP has developed a `convertible' display for tx2, which lets users rotate its screen and use the notebook like a tablet PC. For less adventurous users, tx2 also offers a traditional keyboard and mouse.

HP said that tx2 also has a rechargeable digital ink pen that can be used to write or draw on the screen, and the handwriting can then be converted into typed text.

Software & pricing
The software foundation of the tx2's multi-touch capabilities is HP's MediaSmart 2.0. This allows users to view photos, listen to music, surf the Net or watch movies in high-definition, while bypassing Microsoft’s Vista interface.

In addition, HP has entered into a partnership with MTV Networks to bring video in from MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.

HP TouchSmart tx2 is priced starting at $1,149. The company has placed its touchscreen laptop in the same bracket as Apple's low-end MacBooks in terms of pricing.

Rivals in the market
Although HP is touting tx2 as the first product of its type, rival Dell already offers touchscreen technology on its Latitude XT tablet PC. The Dell laptop, however, lacks consumer-oriented software.

Evolutionary growth
The company introduced its first touchscreen computer -- HP-150 -- in 1983. Earlier this year, the company unveiled TouchSmart family of PCs, which feature HP software designed to enable users to access applications with a swipe or tap of a finger, without touching a mouse or keyboard.

These TouchSmart machines have been largely aimed at integrating computers into the home, designed to serve as a kind of family bulletin board, a television and a place to check email in one place.

Source : TOI

The rise and fall of Yahoo CEO

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is stepping down after a rocky tenure as chief executive of the Internet company. Among, the original Silicon Valley dotcom billionaires, Yang was named CEO in June 2007 after Terry Semel exit.

As CEO, Yang had the task to turn around the company's dwindling fortunes. However, the rejection of the Microsoft offer and a failed advertising partnership with Google marred his brief tenure. Here’s tracing the rise and fall of Yang.

Yahoo was born
Born in Taiwan on November 6, 1968, Yang moved to the United States with his family when he was around 10 years old and was raised in San Jose, California.

While studying electrical engineering at Stanford University in California, Yang and a classmate, David Filo, created a directory for websites in their spare time called "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web."

Yang and Filo founded Internet portal Yahoo in 1995. Yang became an instant billionaire the following year when the company went public.

Yahoo survived dotcom bubble burst five years later and despite its recent struggles has remained one of the most popular sites on the Web, drawing millions of users a day as a gateway to the Internet. Yahoo mail still is the second most popular mail globally.

Among the world’s richest
According to Forbes magazine, Yang is the 524th richest person in the world with a fortune estimated at $2.23 billion.

Despite his wealth, Yang has remained heavily involved in running Yahoo. Some shareholders have accused him of putting his personal affection for the company he created over the interests of its shareholders.

Microsoft offer proves ‘costly’
Earlier this year, Yang rejected a $33 per share offer by Microsoft for Yahoo worth a total of more than $47 billion.

Yahoo has since been trading at between $10-12 a share, and rejection of the Microsoft offer led to a shareholder revolt against Yang.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer huffily withdrew the offer after Yang sought $37 per share. The negotiating breakdown triggered a shareholder revolt led by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who called for Yang's ouster in July.

Icahn reached a truce that put him and two allies on Yahoo's 11-member board, but he still has been lobbying for Yahoo to pursue a deal with Microsoft that would either involve selling the company in its entirety or just its search engine, which ranks a distant second to Google Inc.

Failure of Google ad deal
After squandering the opportunity to sell to Microsoft, Yang tried to boost Yahoo's profit by forging an advertising partnership with Google.

But that backup plan fell through two weeks ago when Google walked away from the deal to avoid a court battle with the US Justice Department, which had concluded the partnership would have throttled competition in the online advertising market.

On the day the Google partnership collapsed, Yang publicly said he thought Microsoft should hook up with Yahoo. But Ballmer threw cold water on the idea the next day by declaring he doubted a deal could be worked out.

Given the acrimony surrounding the breakdown of the earlier talks between Ballmer and Yang, some analysts have speculated Microsoft will be more willing to renew negotiations if Yahoo had different leadership.

Plunging stock
Yang had also been exploring a possible acquisition of another fading Internet star, AOL, but most analysts panned the idea as a desperation move that threatened to hurt Yahoo more than it would help.

As Yahoo shares sank, a major acquisition became a moot point anyway because the depressed stock price made it more difficult to finance a deal. Yahoo said Yang will step down as CEO once a replacement is named but will retain a strategic role in the Sunnyvale, California, company.

"From founding this company to guiding its growth into a trusted global brand that is indispensible to millions of people, I have always sought to do what is best for our franchise," Yang said in a statement.

"Having set Yahoo on a new, more open path, the time is right for me to transition the CEO role and our global talent to a new leader," he said.

"I will continue to focus on global strategy and to do everything I can to help Yahoo realize its full potential and enhance its leading culture of technology and product excellence and innovation," he said.