Month: October 2009

Indian Space Reserach Oragization’s probe finds water in Moon, NASA decides to accept the fact that it knew for decades – next step extraterrestrial presence on moon?

NASA now agrees that lots and lots of water id present in the moons surface. That also shows the abundance of water in the universe. Interestingly, NASA all on a sudden starts talking about water in moon after India reveals that it found water from its Moon Impact Probe (MIP).

India’s Moon Impact Probe (MIP) was the first instrument to detect water on the moon – way back in November last year when the spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 entered lunar orbit, space agency chief G. Madhavan Nair said here Friday. ”I am happy to share for the first time with all of you that the MIP, while it was descending from Chandrayaan to the moon Nov 14, 2008, picked up strong signals of water particles on the lunar surface,” the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman told reporters in Bangalore.

Sources from Bangalore now say India plans to force NASA into accepting the Extraterrestrial presence in moon. NASA has all along denied such presence. It even denies the presence of any extraterrestrial objects or entities.

During its 20-minute descent from the Chandrayaan mother spacecraft until its impact near the pole, the 34-kg probe found the water particles varying from the lunar equator.

Indian Space Research Organization is under deep pressure from the Indian Government not to do anything that will antagonize Americans and NASA. But internally ISRO scientists and engineers are determined to expose the UFO phenomenon to the world.

The top management of ISRO is eager to satisfy the political demands of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is widely considered as a ‘Good Friend” of America.

”So, we have now multiple ways of confirming the presence of water on the moon. This is being acknowledged the world over as a real discovery. It is a path-breaking event as far as ISRO is concerned,” an elated Nair said. The mass spectrometre in the MIP registered signatures of hydrogen, helium, oxygen, carbon dioxide and water. ”In that signature, we could see a strong component corresponding to a mass fraction of 18, which is nothing but water. We had a serious doubt at that time. From the initial data, we could see a clear trend of increasing magnitude in the water molecules as it goes towards the poles. It is in line with what has come from M3,” Nair pointed out.

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Unhappy IT professionals: Future Tsunami

IT has expanded its reach to every segment that you can think of and so the need of IT professionals. They are in demand heavily and are responsible to run your business flawlessly. They work hard to make your business going. But when they are discontent, they can be harmful also.

When angry, IT professionals are no less than ticking bombs and can do any harm to the company irrespective of the past preferences.

The incident will shed some light on what harm angry IT workers can pose to the companies if not happy? Few years back, the workers at the offices of PaineWebber UBS faced some thing very terrible. The computers of all the employees were showing the same disc error, courtesy one logic bomb. The logic bomb was implanted by a then serving system administrator who was unhappy about not receiving the compensation that he was promised. The incident is a strong indication of what harm the angry workers cam pose to the flourishing and well to do company. The man was then put behind bars and was asked to serve the sentence for long 8 years.

But, it was too late as company had already suffered more than $3 million in damage before it was back to normal.

There are many other cases that narrate stories of IT workers which are less of revenge but more of them cracking under stress. Consider either way, the discontented workers tattered by terrible stress and impossible demands pose a great threat than ever.

But the question that strikes most is why people who are always in charge of keeping the things going can damage it? What made them to create such a chaos?

The outcomes are nothing just the burst of pressure and surging demands that boss puts on the workers irrespective of the constraints. Above that, in dot crash situation like now, they are more under peer pressure and tripled workloads. The employers are cutting the staff and piling the work on few thus demoralizing them and making them upset and furious.

One more incident will clarify what havoc they can do. One international and market analysis firm was losing its mails but not all. The problem was a recently fired techie, who to take revenge had set the servers to automatically delete messages coming in from overseas.

The reason is just not pressure, but it is something deeper. It is lack of appreciation and respect from their seniors. The loyalty quotient that is demanded from employees, employers lacks them often. To save, their money if crunch is widespread they can hand pink slips to the employees who are on payrolls and can opt for offshoring. This year in recession, estimates show that 8 percent of IT jobs have been offshored. Gartner Research has predicted that figure will rise to 30 percent by 2015.

Apart from lack of appreciation and loyalty factor, the problem runs deeper. Team mates and supervisors work, talk and even think differently. The general notion that is followed by business people are,” techies are just lying to them.” But real world things do not work this way.

At the end of the day, this discontent and lack of understanding can easily boil into a major problem.

Till now it was just problems and more or less we know this, but the challenge is how to keep your IT people happy and avoid them wreaking havocs.

The very first rule is trying stepping in their shoes. Take care of the technical aspects and think like geeks. They know their business well and try to commend them for that rather than pushing them. Always remember, without IT, there is no business. If IT people are unhappy, will they use that power to drive business toward their own ends.

The second option is try avoiding them like commodities and trust that the people you have hired are much intelligent to handle the responsibilities.

At crux it can be said that your IT people drives your business economy. If you take care of IT first, everything else.

Technology myths: How far are they true?

Technology and society have a cyclical co-dependence on each other, but due to some lack of knowledge or new inventions in the technology common man could not run parallel to the latest innovations and hence there are misconceptions got developed. To promote their individual products, various companies call for integration of new technologies as compared to the present one and started building of misconceptions. Media, advertisements and false messages also promote the formation of these myths.

In the feature we discuss some of the common technology myths that are present in our society and we might think they are true.

E-mail is safe as it requires password

The common myth about the email security is that if a person is using a strong password then it is safer. But according to sources, Google’s Gmail, Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail and Yahoo’s Mail are said not be immune to trickery from cyber crooks and could easily give up passwords. All the services rely on automated password reset programs which can reportedly be compromised by simply knowing a user name and the answer to one security question. Further, the content of an email can be read while travelling between your PC and the e-mail server by a hacker.

In camera only megapixels matter

In digital imaging, a pixel is the smallest item of information in an image, which is often represented using dots or squares. The general perception is higher megapixels means better picture, but for a good quality picture, they also require other features like image sensor size and type, lenses and image stabilization technology, shutter speed etc.

Anti-virus means full security

Antivirus software is used to prevent, detect and remove malware, and is recommended for any PC. But, if you have such software, it does not mean that your PC is now completely secure. To avoid any attack from computer viruses, worms, and Trojan horses, you must update your antivirus. Further, it is advisable to follow basic security strategies like not to rely on any unidentified email or link provided on net.

Cookies can track your web history

Browser cookies are small piece of text stored on a user’s computer by a web browser. Yes, they track your activities on a website. But, they only facilitate your browser activities if you visit same site again. You can manually delete all the cookies formed during your browsing or they get automatically deleted when you shut down your browser.

Shift + Delete means data deleted forever

Many users think that data deleted permanently cannot be recovered. But, after the availability of various file recovery softwares in the market, which enable you to recover undelete files, even if they have been removed from the recycle bin. However, recovery is possible as long as the disk area is not overwritten by any new disk.

Can we switch off our PC before Shut Down?

There can be some data loss, if we have not save before the shut down, but there is no physical damage to the hard disk by doing so. Some users believe that they should restart their PC after few hours of working, but analysts say that shutting down your PC every few hours may actually be harmful to your PC. Actually, when we shut down our PC, its components get stressed. Therefore, we should rest our PC once a while when required.

Indian IT sector beats recession with hiring spree

After the worst recession in US and bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, and a time when thousands of jobs are lost worldwide, Indian IT sector seems to be bullish on recruitment. According to the latest study, which has taken more than 375 Indian listed companies, has reported that the number of Indian companies that added new employees were 30% more than those who reduced manpower.

Last week, US President Barrack Obama has announced that US recession is almost ending and also Indian stock market has been surging, which has improved general economic sentiment. With the sign of improvements in the global scenario, the IT companies are not apart from the situation. In the feature, we discuss various IT companies where the hiring season seems to be back.

Tata Consultancy Services
TCS, one of the largest private sector employers in India with the strength of about 140,000 employees and one of the lowest attrition rates in the Indian IT industry. The company has announced that it would hire 25,000 people this year and out of which 90% will be from India.

Also, while announcing its Q1 results, TCS had said that it remained on track for graduate hiring programme in 2009-10. TCS is aiming the $10-billion revenue mark in the years to come.

Wipro Technologies

Wipro Technologies, the second largest IT Company in India as per the 2008-09 revenue has started hiring and has lifted the ban on promotions and hikes. The company has been recently recruiting in certain niche areas and delivery centres. Also, the company plans to employ more experienced sales professionals.

Wipro has reported a net addition of 15, 688 employees in the last fiscal. On June 30, it had 98,521 people on its rolls. Also, the company has reported an attrition rate of 8.4%.

Cisco India

Cisco India has announced that it will employ 10,000 to 12,000 persons in the coming years. The company has been aggressively expanding its commercial space in Bangalore totaling a floor area of 700,000 sq ft. It also plans to take an additional 2.2 mn sq ft of space in Bangalore in the coming years.
At present, Cisco has about 4,000 employees in India.

HCL Infosystems

HCL Infosystems Ltd, a listed subsidiary of HCL has also taken key initiative in the recruitment drive. According to sources, the company will hire around 500-600 people in 2009, which include 15-20 engineers for its R&D centre in Pondicherry with an investment of around Rs 40 crores. Now, the company has recorded headcount of 5,921 as compare to 5,753 in 2008. Further, HCL’s attrition rate has declined to 10.40% in 2009 from last year’s 14.89%.

Hewlett-Packard India

The Indian ancillary of Hewlett-Packard, the global IT giant also plans to increase its headcount. But, the exact details and numbers are not announced at present. Sources indicate that the process for the recruitment has been started and fresh pass-outs will join the company by the end of year.

Besides the above IT giants, Satyam, Infosys and Oracle Financial Services also plan to increase its headcount by next year. Recently, Satyam has won 32 more clients in last six months. Also, Infosys is turning towards various campuses across the country for next year expansion.

Mobile Number portability : A synonym for telecom revolution

Now, consumers could start changing their mobile phone service providers without having to surrender their numbers by this year end.

Indian Telecom regulator TRAI has formulated the guidelines for mobile number portability (MNP), which will be introduced by August-end. TRAI also asked operators to keep their networks ready to roll out the services quickly.

Also, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) confirmed that the telecom operators are actively working on that, but they still need some clarification, but the association substantiates that MNP should come by September this year.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had issued guidelines for MNP implementation in August 2008. Also, in March, DoT had selected two US companies, Syniverse and Telcordia, as technology providers for the implementation. Syniverse will implement the technology in north and west, while Telcordia would handle the services in the south and the eastern states.

Now the question is what MNP is and what are its benefits to common user? Is there any hidden agenda or ill-effects of this transformation? Let’s check it out in the feature.

Mobile number portability (MNP)

MNP enables users to retain their mobile telephone numbers when changing from one mobile network operator to another, avoiding the costs of switching to new numbers. Like India, various countries asked mobile telephone network operators to offer MNP, but the question is whether it can produce positive net benefits.

Benefits of number portability

1. It facilitates consumers to choose across mobile operators, as it removes the inbuilt cost of a number change when moving to a new provider.
2. Any number change involves a natural cost to the user, who would otherwise have to notify friends, family, partners and allies of their new number or re-print cards or stationary.
3. With MNP, consumers can move in between operators, where they may get a better deal on tariffs or services with another operator.
4. The service will be available to both pre-paid and post-paid subscribers.

Number Portability problems

1. High end-user charges for MNP can deter usage of the facility. According to the state-owned Telco BSNL, upgrading networks to allow MNP would cost the company about Rs 1,200 crores and only 2% of the elite customers were likely to use this facility, which suggest that it will cost about Rs 6,000 per user to port their number. Hence, various telecom companies want users to bear number portability cost.
2. Consumers who have wireless connection or any contractual agreement with the service operator could be in trouble by losing its contract or remaining money on the operator, as there is no clear guideline available yet.
3. Also, the process of switching to the new operator will take time and it can run upto 5 days.
4. For a new vendor, with limited infrastructure, it will be very difficult to sustain in the competitive atmosphere and hence, the change-over rate will be higher when MNP is there.

Conclusion

Various customers switch operators at some point after their new mobile subscription, which has many reasons, e.g. changes in individual demand patterns, service innovation, operator new offerings and changing price and quality propositions. So, with the help of new portability, consumers would not change the number but only the service provider without paying any cost.

What’s next after Windows 7 release, Windows 8…9?

Microsoft still has not launched its Windows 7 operating system, but the software giant has already started working on the new version of the Windows 7, dubbed as Windows 8. According to sources, the company is also forming relationships with major partners, including Intel, AMD, HP and IBM for the new platform.

Is Windows 8 coming in 2012?

Windows 8 may be launched in 2012, assuming Microsoft adhers to its plans to release a new operating system after every three years but the release date would ultimately be determined by product quality, reviews and feedbacks. The company has not announced anything officially, but Steve Ballmer has suggested that improved management and voice recognition are their development priorities for the new platform.

What’s new in Windows 8?

Windows 7 is set to launch worldwide on October 22, and will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. However, the next version of the operating system will have 128-bit architecture, sources added. As the promotions and the marketing tactics for the Windows 7 operating system heads toward its peak, a few details are starting to surface about its likely successor.

The earlier version, Windows Vista is also available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, but has failed to attract consumers. The benefit of 64-bit computers over 32-bit computers is that the former can address more RAM and are hypothetically more powerful than latter. Therefore, with 128-bit, the new version will have even more to deliver than its predecessors.

According to various analysts, virtualization will feature more prominently with Windows 8, which will offer more support for virtual desktops, for streaming applications, for access to applications without any net connection. Also, it will save money and time of the businesses and will provide better support for various business processes.

It is also expected that the new platform will include technologies like as 3D and gesture recognition, voice recognition or something similar to Google’s Web-based Chrome operating system technology. Also, analysts predict that the Redmond based company will combine cloud computing with the operating system providing a Windows-based experience better than any other. For this, Microsoft may incorporate its Azure cloud platform into the desktop environment.

It is expected that Microsoft will also add some innovative feature in the new platform like Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) service, which is a multi-master replication engine set up for folder synchronization across multiple servers. It may also be present in the Windows 8 Server. Also, a new feature is present in the Windows 7, namely BranchCache, which store caches for quick access to already used files from internet or server. Major improvements can be expected for BranchCache in the next operating system.

Discussion

In the new operating system, the software giant will certainly add various new technologies to counter various new operating systems from its competitors for example Google’s Chrome, Linux, Ubuntu and other open source operating system. By the end of August 2009, Microsoft’s eight year old horse, Windows XP was the most widely used operating system in the world with a 66.2% market share. After combining Vista share, Microsoft holds more than ninety percent of the operating systems’ market. But, to hold the major chunk of the pie, Microsoft has to work hard for the new operating system.

Source :- ITvoir Network (http://www.itvoir.com/)

Surf the Blocked Website !!!


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Another Way,
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Enjoy…