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R u Targetting an IPad.. Head to a TARGET store from 3rd Oct 2010

Hi Friends,

If you are looking to buy an Ipad, if you have a Target store nearby.. Check out from 3rd Oct, 2010, you might find them on sale 🙂 If you have Target credit card you can avail discounts also..

Source: Multiple sites on the Internet.

Happy Shopping..


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“Look Within”

Hi Friends,
I got the below short thought provoking story as a forward from my friend. Hope you find it useful:

A man feared his wife wasn’t hearing well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called his family doctor to discuss the problem. The doctor told him there is a simple, informal test; which he could perform and give them a better idea about her hearing loss.

“Here’s what you do,” said the doctor, “stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone, see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”
That evening, when his wife was in the kitchen, cooking dinner, he was in the drawing room, standing about 40 feet away from her.

“Honey, what’s for dinner?”, he asked in a normal tone. No response! So he moved closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeated “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Still there was no response. Next, he moved into the dining room where he was placed about 20 feet from his wife and asked the same question. Still further, he didn’t get his awaited response. He now walked upto the kitchen door which was another 10 feet away and asked “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Again no response! So he walks up and whispers behind her “Honey, what’s for dinner?” “Steve, for the fifth time I’ve said, “Chicken” . “Do you have some hearing problem ?”

Sometimes, the problem may not be with the other person as we always think; it could be within us. Let’s look within ourselves before we find fault with others.



Shutdown & Restart Shortcuts for Windows XP

Hi Friends,

Recently i was working by logging in remotely on a Windows XP computer. I wanted to shutdown the remote xp machine, but as you might be aware Windows XP don't provide the option to shutdown when logged in remotely, so i searched for command line options to shutdown/restart/hibernate remote Windows machine, the same works for local machine also.


This command starts a 30-second countdown for a shutdown or restart, which permits you to abort it (with a shutdown -a command). It you want the command to execute, use the -t  flag, which lets you set the time lapse in seconds. The examples below use a 1-second delay.

To RESTART Windows XP:
SHUTDOWN -r -t 01

To SHUT DOWN Windows XP:
SHUTDOWN -s -t 01

Hope this helps.


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How many Domain Names Internet has.. Any Guess??

Hi Friends,
While i was browsing the Net for my regular dose of NEWS, i came across the interesting news "Internet has over 196 mn domain names"

Check out the below link for more details.


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Removing Control M (^M) Characters From Unix File

Hi Friends,

While working on Unix, we generally transfer files from Windows to different Unix platforms. After the file is copied if we open the text file in our most liked Vi Editor, then we see ^M (Control M) character at the end of each line.

UNIX treats the end of line differently than other operating systems. Sometimes when editing files in both Windows and UNIX environments, a CTRL-M character is visibly displayed at the end of each line as ^M in vi.

Two simple ways of removing Control M (^M) Character files are as follows:

1) Using dos2unix utility

Many Unix flavors ship dos2unix utility.

dos2unix filename [newfilename]

e.g. remove control characters from file xyz.txt

dos2unix xyz.txt xyz.txt #this will replace abc.txt and remove control characters

dos2unix xyz.txt abc.txt #a new file xyz.txt will be created after removing control characters

2) Using Vi Editor

To remove the ^M characters at the end of all lines in vi, use:


The ^v is a CONTROL-V character and ^m is a CONTROL-M. When you type this, it will look like this:


In UNIX, you can escape a control character by preceding it with a CONTROL-V. The :%s is a basic search and replace command in vi. It tells vi to replace the regular expression between the first and second slashes (^M) with the text between the second and third slashes (nothing in this case). The g at the end directs vi to search and replace globally (all occurrences).

Hope this helps..


Book: Data Structures and Algorithms

Hi Friends,

If you are looking for a GOOD BOOK on Data Structures and Algorithms i would recommend book by Mark Allen Weiss, books are available for C & JAVA programming perspective.

Title:  Data Structures And Algorithm Analysis In C, Data Structures And Algorithm Analysis In JAVA

Happy Learning..

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Visual TraceRoute

You might want to check the Route taken to reach a website visually. VisualTrace route is  a nice portal which can help find the Route to a website visually.



Excellent File Extracting Software

Hi Friends,

You might want to extract ZIP, RAR and other files easily. There is a very nice software 7-Zip which does extracting of files perfectly, it has a PORTABLE version also which can be downloaded from and can be run from even a USB stick without having to install it.



Easy Way to Download Youtube Videos

Hi Friends,

You might be watching some video on Youtube or some online streaming video and might want to download the video, the site KeepVid might be very handy this.

It helps to download videos in different qualities.

FLV can be viewed easily with FLVPLAYER.



Programming Language Popularity

Hi Friends,

Do you know that Programming language popularity is measured systematically and tracked..

TIOBE software posts the Programming Community Index


The Index would be updated monthly. also posts the information on Programming Language Popularity.