Category: Online Happenings


        Operating Systems are considered to be the platform to interact with the computer. When many giants fight by creating their most wonderful beautiful operating systems, SilveOS team made a superb project called http://www.silveos.com . And it is basically a complete sliver light operating system which has almost all the basic applications that are necessity such as Rich Notepad, Simple Notepad, Paint, etc… It also gives its hands to the social media and provides some apps such as Twitter App, YouTube Viewer, Flickr Viewer and also a cool RSS Reader and so on… And there are also some other apps like Solitaire, Spider, Chess which will accompany you when you are really bored. Here are some of the snapshots of the SilveOS operating system.

       When you browse to http://www.sliveos.com, automatically the silver light application starts which is actually the booting process of the particular operating system. By default, the user is GUEST and you can simply login into the OS as a guest user and you can try the SliveOS. And obviously you can also create an account for yourself and you can simply login using that username and password.

 You can register here and after registration it will take you to the OS Desktop. And when you launch the Start Menu, you can see your username.

You can see my username in the start menu.

You can see my social media handle “InfiVivek” as the username in the start menu above.


 You can see the OS desktop in the essence of Windows 7. Ans you will also notice the icons of various applications.

This is the FILE EXPLORER in the SilveOS.  And you can see some My Document folders and other stuffs. The below images are some of the basic applications such as text editors and paint applications that are present in the OS.

Some entertainment softwares.

A Media Player from which you can browse audio or video files from your computer and play them.
Gadgets in the OS sidebar
And the pictures below will show some social media applications like Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and also an RSS reader.
Twitter App

YouTube Viewer

RSS Reader
It also has an inbuilt application for Microsoft Virtual Earth.
Microsoft Virtual Earth
And another important thing about the Slive OS is that it has an inbuilt Internet Browser which looks like below.
This browser has three default search engine built-in search.Namely Bing, Google, Yahoo

This OS has also the basic features or options like Control Panel where you can change your password for your username and even you can change the Wallpaper for your desktop. And so on….

Will you believe me when i say that you can install your own programs in this operating system. Yes here it is.

Installing an application from the Computer

Installing an application from the Internet
A Sudoku game is being installed…

And yes, you might have enjoyed seeing these pictures. When i was trying the SliveOS, i was very sad to see a thing there. That is,

The AD that is getting displayed below the task bar. Normally you won’t see the AD directly, you need to scroll down the page to see this. Off course they too need some revenue.



Advertisements

The above one is called the QR code. And now Bit.ly url shortening service introduces this feature. It is not a big task for users to create this code.

  • Go to bit.ly
  • Copy your long URL and paste in the Shorten with bit.ly text box and click shorten.
  • And now copy the shortened URL and paste that url in another browser and add ‘.qr‘ at the end of the short url and press enter to get the QR code for your website.
And now you can save them and post them in your blog or send them to your friend’s mobile. And To scan the code, you’ll need an app like QR Scanner (iTunes link) for the iPhone and iPod touch, or ShopSavvy for Android devices. 

        It is the Google’s next milestone. It has started testing its “Full Page Preview Feature“. Definitely this feature will make browsing easier. It actually narrow down unwanted clicks.Google Testing The Full Page Previews. Caught Red Handed by Technology Reviewers It may be of a good use for users but according to major organizations and other internet revenue makers, it is going to be big head ache. Actually, few of the organizations and technology reviewers has already traced Google testing the full page preview feature. It is really a boost for them at this time to make some screenshots of them and blog them in their websites. Here are some of them which i have saved from websites like, The Next Web and Blogstorm.

Here are some,
You can notice a blue magnifying glass icon, clicking on which you can get the preview… 

Image Courtesy: The Next Web and Blogstorm

      As all you people know about the Google’s URL Shortening service, http://goo.gl , it actually shortens the long url and makes it compact so that it can be used for microblogging purpose. There are a lot of such services like, http://bit.ly http://tinyurl.com http://ow.ly and http://ht.ly and ya many more such services. But among these services, Google didn’t open its shortening service for all the public users. That is, Google used its goo.gl for its own products like FeedBurner, and so on…

    And today, the Search Engine Giant Google has opened its URL Shortening service for the public. That is users can go to http://goo.gl and can copy and paste their long urls and can convert them into shorter one and they can share it. And a point Google mentions is that, those urls will be shared with everyone on web…

Here are some of the screenshots…

Goo.gl : Google URL Shortening Service.

My URL shortening history.

Goo.Gl

            We have heard a lot everybody saying “Rhythm Is Everything And Everywhere” !!!! But we would not have experienced that….

Rhythm is Everything, Everywhere !!!

Here is a proof for you !!! He makes us stunned. It is a 16 minute grand amazing beautiful show by the Percussionist Master Sivamani… I love it ……

Explore this video in TED

Hello Bloggers,

                  Finally the thing is going to happen in Coimbatore also. The Bloggers Meet @ Coimbatore is on 18th of September, that is tomorrow. The Bloggers has been invited and they have accepted our invitation and we are all going to gang tomorrow. Share and enjoy… The sensations of the tomorrow’s meet will be uploaded and shared in http://bloggersmeet-cbe.blogspot.com

Venue: Hotel Alankar, Coimbatore.

       I am currently experiencing the highlights of the Microsoft’s latest web browser, Internet Explorer 9 Beta….

I have blogged here some of the screenshots of those highlights. Go here to experience about the IE9 browser.

Shot1:

In IE9, the address bar and search text box are binded together,.. When you hit ENTER with a url in that box, then you will be taken to that particular website. And when you hit ENTER with a phrase or word, then you are taken to the Bing, searching that particular phrase….

Shot2:

Another cool thing with this IE9 is, you can pin a tab to your Windows 7 taskbar, as you pin other desktop application. That is you can bookmark a website in your Windows 7 taskbar. Go here for a DEMO.

Shot3:

       You are disturbed while browsing only in rarecases. That is, when you download a file, the notification asking for a confirmation is at the bottom of your browser. And also notifications asking for your confirmation to save your password is also at the bottom of your browser.

Shot4:

You will notice from the above clips that your favorites and tools and preferences section are much better organized in the Microsoft’s latest browser IE9….

Shot5:
The below are the screenshots showing how to pin a tab in the Windows 7 task bar.

Go here to download the IE9 Beta……….

           Rag-2-Riches !!!
A Real Slum Dog Millionaire !!!

A man from MANNARKOIL of Thirunelveli Dt, is now a renouned Entrepreneur in UNITED STATES!!!

Here is the rags to riches
story of an extremely talented boy from a small village in Tamil Nadu who has risen to be the chief executive officer of a company in Seattle, USA.

It is also the story of how Kalyana Raman Srinivasan, who was so indigent that he had to study under a streetlight, but then managed to score excellent marks, rose in life and became today’s Kal Raman.
At every turn in his life, he took the difficult path and it turned out to be the right one and in the right direction. His rise to the top is more dramatic than a thriller. Today, he is a very successful entrepreneur and the founder-CEO of GlobalScholar.

Kalyana Raman Srinivasan To Kal Raman

Difficult childhood:


       Kal Raman was born and brought up in a small village called Mannarakoil in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. It was a comfortable normal middle class life for him and his siblings as his father was a Tahasildar there.
But the sudden death of his father at the age of 45 changed everything overnight.
Kal was 15 then. “My mother got a pension of Rs 420 a month and you can imagine how tough it is to educate four children and feed five mouths with Rs 420?”
Hi life changed dramatically after his father’s death. The family moved from the rented house to a hut that had no proper water supply or electricity. Kal Raman remembers, “All of us used to study under the streetlight and, thank god, the streetlights used to work those days! MGR (M G Ramachandran) was the chief minister then. We had to sell the plates to buy rice to eat and my mother used to give us rice in our hands. That bad was our situation.”
But his mother, who had studied till the 8th standard, was very particular that her children studied. “All our relatives wanted my elder brother to stop studying and take up the small job offered by the government but my mother wanted him to continue studying.”
“Then they wanted me to learn typewriting and shorthand so that I could get some job after the 10th  standard. But mother said, ‘My children are going to get the best education I can offer. Education is our salvation.’ She was my hero for her vision and she still is my hero.”
What kept the family going? “We were sad but because we accepted our fate, we were at peace with whatever that happened to us. We knew our father would not come back to lift us up from poverty. We also knew our salvation was a long way away.”
He didn’t know why he used to tell his mother, “One day I will give you so much money that you will not know what to do with it!” Years later, he did exactly that!
First turning point in life:
Kal Raman believes that God played a hand in all the major turning points in his life. The first turning point in life was after his 12th standard. He got good marks in both the engineering and medicine entrance exams, and for engineering, he got admission at the Anna University in Chennai while for medicine, it was in the Tirunelveli Medical College.
“While going in the bus with my mother to join the medical college, I told her, “If I join for medicine here, the high probability is that my life may begin and end in Tirunelveli. I really want to see the world.’ She agreed with my decision to go to Chennai and join Anna University and study Electrical Engineering and Electronics.”
So, he stepped into a new world outside Tirunelveli, and that was Chennai. Though he had got merit scholarship and a lot of good people helped him pay the initial fee, the scholarship amount never used to reach him regularly or on time.
“The mess fee was Rs 250 a month and I used to be a defaulter in the mess at least six months in a year. Till you pay the mess fee, you cannot eat in the mess. So, I used to live on day scholars’ lunch boxes and also use to fast. That is when I learnt to fast ! I must say a lot of friends helped me with money and food.”
Scarcity of money was so bad that he had no money to buy food just before the final semester exams. When he gave his final semester exams, he had not eaten for a day-and-a-half. “After finishing the exam, I almost fainted.”
The day after the exams came all the scholarship money that was due and it was around Rs 5,000. “So, I went home a rich man and that helped us repay some loans.”

First job:
Like opting for Chennai and joining Anna University instead of a college in Tirunelveli, Kal Raman took another risk with his first job also. His first job was with Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE), and he had a choice of joining either Chennai or Mumbai.
Although he knew nobody in Mumbai, he chose the capital of Maharashtra.
He remembered the first day. “It was interesting. With bag and baggage, I went to the TCE office after taking a shower at the railway station as I had no money to go to any hotel. After the first introduction at the office, the manager noticed that I was wearing slippers to the office. He called me and said, “I don’t care which college you are coming from but this is not acceptable. You should come in shoes tomorrow.”
I said I couldn’t come in shoes the next day and this the manager construed as arrogance. “How could you talk like this?” he asked me. I said, “Sir, it is not that I don’t want to, but I can’t afford to buy shoes. Only after I get my first pay cheque, can I buy shoes. Sir, I request you not to terminate my job because of this. I and my family need this job.”
Shocked to hear the explanation, the manager asked, “Where are you staying?” and the reply was, “Dadar Railway Station.”
So distressed was the manager to hear Kal speak that he immediately released a month’s salary in advance and also arranged for him to be at his friend’s place till he could find a place to stay.
“He bought me a pair of shoes and those were my first shoes. The next day, I sent Rs 1,500 from the advance to my mother.”

From electrical engineering to programming:
Kal’s rise in career was meteoric in a short span of time. Within a month, he got a chance to move to Bengaluru (then Bangalore) and also to programming.
Soon, he was in Chennai with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Within a few months, he was sent to Edinburgh, UK.
From Edinburgh, his next stop was the United States. In 1992, he went to the US as an entry level contractor with Wal-Mart. In two years, he was a director running a division.
When he left Wal-Mart after six years, he was a man running the information systems for the International Division of the retail giant.
In 1998, he joined drugstore.com Online Pharmacy as the chief information officer and in 2001 at the age of 30, he was the CEO of the company.
He was at the right place at the right time. “God was there at every step guiding me to take the right decisions. I was also willing to take risks and tread new paths,” Kal says.

Starting GlobalScholar:
Philanthropist Mike Milken who had donated more than a billion dollars to education, wanted to use technology so that high quality education was accessible to ordinary people.
Milken convinced Kal to join him. That was the time Kal was building schools in his village for poor students.
In October 2007, GlobalScholar was launched targetting both teachers and students by acquiring four companies — National Scholar (USA), Classof1 (India), Excelsior (USA), and Ex-Logica (USA) — that were into education.
“Three months after the launch, I travelled all over the US, India, Singapore and China talking to teachers and companies and the public. I found that the only way to impact education was by impressing teachers. The biggest scarcity in the world is good teachers. We decided to help teachers with teaching practices and kids, learning practices.”

Kal Raman decided to concentrate on the US market as the US is more advanced in using technology. “They are also willing to pay money for technology. At present, schools buy the material which can be used by teachers, students and parents.”
Today, they have 200 people working for GlobalScholar in Chennai and 150 in the US. The study material is prepared in the Chennai office.
The company that was started with $50 million will have in excess of $32 million and will generate $5 million of profits. In 2008, the turnover of the company was Rs 40 crore (Rs 400 million) and in 2009, it was Rs 80 crore (Rs 800 million). In the current year it will be 150-160 crore (Rs 1.5-1.6 billion).
“GlobalScholar is growing at 200 per cent every year. We have 1,000 schools and 10 million students, which is one out of 10 kids in the US, using our study material. This is almost 18 per cent of the US population. We are the fastest growing education company in the US.”
GlobalScholar will soon introduce a pilot project in India and China. In the course of all this, Kalyana Raman became Kal Raman. “The country gave me everything and took half my name.”

Giving back to society:
Kal Raman is in India now for the Kumbhabhishekam of the temple at his village Mannarkoil. “It is taking place after 500 years. It is the culmination of two-and-a-half years of work. I have spent more than one and a half crore rupees (Rs 15 million) to renovate the temple and do the Kumbhabhishekam. More than anything else, I have given jobs to all my friends in the village who are masons and carpenters.”
Other than this, he has also adopted all the orphanages around his village and he takes care of around 2,000 kids, some of whom are physically handicapped.
“I feel if I can educate these children, eventually we can make a difference in the society. We also help 100 children in their higher education. Around my village, everyone knows that if a kid who studies well cannot afford to pay fees, he has to only come to my house; his education will be taken care of.”
“I do not do this as charity; its my responsibility. I am giving something back to the society that fed me, taught me, and took care of me and gave me hopes. “

Courtesy: Rediff.Com

Indrani Medhi & Rikin B Gandhiare the two Indians figure in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s prestigious Technology Review’s 2010 TR35 list for their outstanding contribution in the fields of energy, biomedicine, communications, information technology, transportation and the web.


Cool !!!! Two Indians @ MIT’s prestigious Technology Review’s 2010 TR35 list

Indrani Medhi, based at Microsoft Research India’s Bangalore lab, was named for her field research to design text-free interfaces that could help illiterate people find jobs, get medical information and use cell-phone based banking services.

Rikin B Gandhi, founder of the non-profit organisation Digital Green, was recognised for her extraordinary contribution in the field of farmer education.

Google Inc said users of Gmail will now be able to call telephones directly from their email, putting it in direct competition with Web calling service Skype and more traditional operators such as AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications

Google To Allow Phone Calls From GMail !!!While Google had already offered computer-to-computer voice and video chat services, it said that starting on Wednesday it will now allow calls to home phones and mobile phones directly from Gmail for the first time.

Google promised free calls to US and Canadian phones from Gmail for the rest of this year and said it would charge low rates for calls made to other countries. For example it said calls to Britain, France, Germany, China and Japan would be as low as 2 cents per minute.

Analysts said the service would likely be a bigger competitive threat to services like Skype’s than to traditional phone companies, which have already been cutting their call prices in recent years in response to stiff competition.

“This is a risk to Skype. It’s a competitor with a pretty good brand name,” said Hudson Square analyst Todd Rethemeier.
Skype became popular by first offering free computer-to-computer voice and video services.

Like Skype, Rethemeier said the Google service will likely be much more popular among US consumers making international calls, than among people calling friends inside the country.

“Calling is so cheap already that I don’t think it will attract a huge amount of domestic calling. It could take some of the international market,” he said.

Another analyst, Steve Clement from Pacific Crest, said that anybody who is tempted by Internet calling services has likely already disconnected their home phone. “The type of person who would use a service like that isn’t the type of customer who still has a landline,” Clement said.

Google said making a call through its service works like a normal phone in that a user could click on the “call phone” option in their chat buddy list in Gmail and type in the number or enter a contact’s name.

Calls that cost money will be charged from an online account that users can top up with a credit card, Google said. The service will not be available for making outgoing calls on cell phones because other Google apps already cater to that market, the company added.