Nice Story from Inbox: Love your job but never fall in love with your company, because you never know when the company stops loving you!

31 August, 2005

A mother and a baby camel were lazing around, and suddenly the baby camel asked .....

 Baby: Mother, mother, may I ask you some questions?

 Mother: Sure! Why son, is there something bothering you?

 Baby: Why do camels have humps?

 Mother: Well son, we are desert animals, we need the humps to store water and we are known to survive without water.

 Baby: okay, then why are our legs long and our feet rounded?

 Mother: Son, obviously they are meant for walking in the desert.  You know with these legs I can move around the desert better than anyone does!" said the mother proudly.

 Baby: Okay, then why are our eyelashes long? Sometimes it bothers my sight.

 Mother: My son, those long thick eyelashes are your protective cover. They help to protect your eyes from the desert sand and wind.  Said mother camel with eyes rimming with pride....

 Baby: I see. So the hump is to store water when we are in the desert, the legs are for walking through the desert and these eyelashes protects my eyes from the desert......Then what the hell are we doing here in the Zoo !!!!!???

  MORAL OF THE STORY IS: Skills, knowledge, abilities and experiences are only useful if you are at the right place" (where are you right now????????)

  Love your job but never fall in love with your company, because you never know when the company stops loving you!

Web Design:Blog without using MySQL

PIVOT is the PHP solution if you want to host your blog at a private web site but does not have access to MySQL data base.

Without much pain I could get one of my blogs up and running. Here is an example blog which is hosted on on TumkurInfo.

More about Pivot:
Pivot is a web-based tool to help you maintain dynamic sites, like weblogs or online journals. Pivot is released under the GPL so it is completely free to use. It is written in PHP, and does not require additional libraries or databases to function.

Pivot is completely free, as it is released under the GPL. In short it means something like this: You can use Pivot for free. you can redistribute it for free. You can also use the code I wrote and turn it into something else, but you have to make the derivatives of this program available for free as well.

Pivot related Links:
About Pivot
Download Pivot (from
The Forum (Get support here!)
The Pivot Wiki (Lots of information)
Pivot Webring (Pivot Users Ring) (Templates, languages and more) (Pivot news and resources)
Contact Author (not for support)

Nanotechnology for windshield defogging

In the Nanotechnology news section of, it is reported that MIT scientists have developed a unique polymer coating made of silica nanoparticles which eleminates fogging on glas surfaces. It will be great permanent solution to automobile windshield and spectacle fogging problem.

Foggy windows and lenses are a nuisance, and in the case of automobile windows, can pose a driving hazard. Now, a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may have found a permanent solution to the problem. The team has developed a unique polymer coating - made of silica nanoparticles - that they say can create surfaces that never fog. More

Gulabi Huva in our garden

25 August, 2005

Camera: Olympus C-4000, 4 Mega Pixel
Exposure Details: Flash, Macro, F/4, 1/125, ISO 100

Web Design: Guestbook without using MySQL

23 August, 2005
Yes Joanna's php guestbook is the shortest answer. It's a simple guestbook that uses PHP but doesn't require MySQL.

Why should I bother about a guest book which does not require MySQL?

Simple, MySQL service is paid service with web host. It does not come with basic package. They want me to upgrade if I want to use MySQL data base service.

How about free services like Sign My Guestbook?

It is getting difficult to manage with Sign My Guestbook recently. They charge for new accounts, the server is down a fair amount, the date format is downright ugly, and it adds that stupid code at the bottom linking to diaryland and pitas. However, it remains one of the easiest to use and most customizable guestbook services out there. Above all MySQL service is paid service with many web hosting.

Thanks to Joanna for Great set of PHPs. Check out my working guest book at

India 2004: Best Business Schools

16 August, 2005
The Best Business Schools 2004 Rank

Rated by Business World - Dated 22-09-2003       

  1. Indian Institute of Management   Ahmedabad  
  2.   Indian Institute of Management  Bangalore  
  3.   Indian Institute of Management  Calcutta  
  4.   Indian Institute of Management  Lucknow  
  5.   National Institute of Industrial Engineering  Mumbai  
  6.   Management Development Institute  Gurgaon  
  7.   Xavier Labour Relations Institute  Jamshedpur  
  8.   S.P. Jain Institute of Mgmt & Research  Mumbai  
  9.   Faculty of Mgmt Studies, University of Delhi  Delhi  
  10.   Shailesh J. Mehta School of Mgmt  IIT-Bombay  
  11.   Indian Institute of Management  Kozhikode  
  12. ICFAI Business School  Hyderabad  
  13.   University Business School  Chandigarh  
  14.   Dept of Mgmt Studies  IIT-Delhi  
  15.   Xavier Institute of Management  Bhubaneswar  
  16.   Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management  New-Delhi  
  17.   Institute of Rural Management  Anand  
  18.   Indian Institute of Foreign Trade  New Delhi  
  19.   International Management, Institute   New Delhi  
  20.   Goa Institute of Management  Goa  
  21.   Institute of Management Technology  Ghaziabad  
  22.   T.A. Pai Management Institute  Manipal  
  23.   Indian Institute of Management  Indore  
  24.   Fore School of Management   New Delhi  
  25.   Symbiosis Institute of Business Management  Pune  
  26.   Regional College of Management   Bhubaneswar  
  27.   Indian Institute of Modern Management  Pune  
  28.   NIILM Centre for Management Studies  New Delhi    
  29.   Prin L.N.Welingkar Inst. of Mgmt Development  Mumbai    
  30.   Loyola Institute of Business Administration  Chennai    
  31.   Vinod Gupta School of Mgmt  IIT - Kharagpur    
  32.   Institute for Technology & Management  Mumbai    
  33.   Alliance Business Academy  Bangalore    
  34.   Graduate School of Business & Administration  Noida    
  35.   PSG Institute of Management  Coimbatore    
  36.   Prestige Institute of Mgmt & Research  Indore    
  37.   Institute for Financial Mgmt & Research  Chennai    
  38.   Jaipuria Institute of Management  Lucknow    
  39.   Indian Inst. of Social Welfare & Business Mgmt  Kolkata    
  40.   Bharathidasan Institute of Management  Tiruchirapalli    
  41.   Asia Pacific Institute of Management   New Delhi    
  42.   Department of Management Science, Pune University  Pune    
  43.   Amrita Institute of Management  Coimbatore    
  44.   Rourkela Institute of Mgmt Studies  Rourkela    
  45.   Rajagiri School of Management  Cochin    
  46.   Indian Institute of Rural Management  Jaipur    
  47.   N.L. Dalmia Inst. of Mgmt Studies & Research   Mumbai    
  48.   Indian Institute of Health Management Research  Jaipur    
  49.   Master School of Management  Meerut    
  50.   Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies  Harihar    
  51.   Inst. of Business Administration & Training  Bhubaneswar    
  52.   Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management  Secunderabad    
  53.   BLS Institute of Management  New Delhi    
  54.   Institute of Management Education  Ghaziabad    
  55.   Sri Sringeri Sharada Institute of Management  New Delhi    
  56.   Dept of Management Studies, University of Kashmir  Kashmir    
  57.   SDM Institute for Management Development  Mysore    
  58.   K.J. Somaiya Institute of Mgmt Studies & Research  Mumbai    
  59.   Symbiosis Institute of International Business  Pune    
  60.   Dept of Business Management, Osmania University  Hyderabad    
  61.   Sydenham Inst. of Mgmt Studies & Research  Mumbai    
  62.   School of Mgmt Studies, Hyderabad University  Hyderabad    
  63.   Jagan Institute of Management Studies  New Delhi    
  64.   New Delhi Institute of Management  New Delhi    
  65.   Mount Carmel Institute of Management  Bangalore    
  66.   Dept of Management Studies, REC  Tiruchirapalli    
  67.   Institute of Public Enterprise  Hyderabad    
  68.   National Institute of Management  Calcutta    
  69.   National Inst. of Agricultural Extension Mgmt  Hyderabad    
  70.   United Institute of Management  Allahabad    
  71.   Gitam Institute of Foreign Trade  Visakhapatnam    
  72.   Birla Institute of Management Technology New Delhi    
  73.   Dhruva College of Management  Hyderabad    
  74.   KLS Inst. of Management Education & Research  Belgaum    
  75.   Integrated Academy of Mgmt Technology  Ghaziabad    
  76.   College of Mgmt Studies, GITAM  Visakhapatnam    
  77.   Dept of Business Admin. Guwahati University  Guwahati    
  78.   Aravali Institute of Management  Jodhpur    
  79.   Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies  Pune    
  80.   Shiva Institute of Management Studies  Agra    
  81.   Integral Institute of Advanced Management  Visakhapatnam    
  82.   Xavier Institute of Social Service  Ranchi    
  83.   Department of Commerce & Management Studies  Calicut    
  84.   Bharati Vidyapeeth's Inst. of Mgmt Studies  Mumbai    
  85.   International Institute for Special Education  Lucknow    
  86.   School of Mgmt Studies, Cochin Univ. of Sc. & Tech.  Kochi    
  87.   Kousali Institute of Mgmt Studies  Dharward    
  88.   St. Joseph's College of Business Administration  Bangalore    
  89.   Institute of Technology & Science  Ghaziabad    
  90.   Siva Sivani Institute of Management  Secunderabad    
  91.   Alagappa Institute of Management  Karaikudi    
  92.   Institute of Productivity & Management  Ghaziabad    
  93.   Institute for Technology & Management  Chennai    
  94.   Institute for Technology & Management  Bangalore    
  95.   Inst. of Finance & International Management  Bangalore    
  96.   Indian Institute of Science & Management  Ranchi    
  97.   Institute of Management Studies  Noida    
  98.   Institute of Mgmt & Information Science  Bhubaneswar    
  99.   Department of Business Administration  Bhavnagar

Wireless networking (Wi-Fi): Free Wi-Fi by Google?

Is Google offering free Wi-Fi?

May be! Check out this SlashDot post

If that comes true, that will be another wonder. But, nothing is impossible.
And Google... they are know for doing things in a different, simple and effective way.
All the best Google if you are planning such a great project.

Definition of Wi-Fi from the web:

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) wireless standard for LANs.

Wireless Fidelity; Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance's (WECA) brand identity for the IEEE 802.11b standard; WECA certification that ensures products' compatibility.

WiFi is the wireless way to handle networking. It is also known as 802.11 networking and wireless networking. The big advantage of WiFi is its simplicity. You can connect computers anywhere in your home or office without the need for wires. The computers connect to the network using radio signals, and computers can be up to 100 feet or so apart.

Clock for web pages provides some nice clocks for web authors.

Following code is for GMT0530 Bangalore, India.

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Conversion of mol2 file to sdf using babel

11 August, 2005
Conversion of mol2 file to sdf using Open Babel

babel -imol2 file.mol2 -osdf file.sdf

Conversion of .mdb (Molecular data base format, ex. Sybyl also uses this format) to sdf

.mdb generally contains multiple mol2 files for converting to sdf first
catinate all the mol2 files to single mol2 file. Now use babel to convert mol2 to sdf
Following commands will be useful:

cat `find ./ -name "*.mol2"` > all_mol.mol2
babel -imol2 all_mol.mol2 -osdf all_mol.sdf
rm -rf all_mol.mol2

Note: put the above set of commands in to a file (say "mol2sdf") in ~/bin directory
and use it inside the .mdb (database) directory.

Edit PDF Code as Clear Text using a Vim Plug-In

Happy to find a nice tool at 'AccessPDF-Forum' to edit pdf files using VIM. Using this, VIM users can install a plug-in (pdftk) for easily editing PDF code. When PDF file is opened in Vim, the plug-in calls pdftk to uncompress the page streams, so they are editable. When PDF file is saved, the plug-in uses pdftk to repair and re-compress the PDF.


Download, unpack, and then move pdftk.vim into your Vim plug-ins directory ( e.g., C:\vim\vim63\plugin). Restart Vim to source the new plug-in.

What is  pdftk?

From AccessPDF

If PDF is electronic paper, then pdftk is an electronic staple-remover, hole-punch, binder, secret-decoder-ring, and X-Ray-glasses. Pdftk is a command-line tool for doing everyday things with PDF documents. Keep one in the top drawer of your desktop and use it to:

Pdftk allows you to manipulate PDF easily and freely. It does not require Acrobat, and it runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD and Solaris.

Pdftk is free software (GPL).

Indian government must strongly support Electric Cars (like Reva) for clean future!

05 August, 2005
Indian government must encourage Electric Cars (like Reva) for clean future!

Reva is a Bangalore based Electric car company. They are the first to launch electric cars in India.

Picture of "Reva Electric car"

Electric cars are the cars of the future. Though there is good support from the government it is not enough. Government  of India must think seriously about waiving the off "Road tax", "sale tax" which will bring down the car price dramatically. Thanks to Karnataka government, which has already exempted road tax and also the sales tax on Reva. All other states must follow the same for the clean future.

Heart Surgery for $1 and a Quarter!

Sounds like impossible, right? Check out a post by CochinPrince in his blog.
It is worth quoting from his pages:

Twenty-year-old Prasanna, a farmer from Tumkur district of Karnataka, would have normally wasted away after he was stricken with a heart disease.

However, a model health insurance scheme has provided a ray of hope to thousands like him, besides setting a splendid example of government-private partnership.

Prasanna underwent an open heart surgery for Rs 60, the annual premium for the Yeshasvini health scheme launched in the cooperative sector in 2003.

This quiet health revolution reaching out to the have-nots has resulted in medical treatment to more than 85,000 farmers in the last two years.

As many as 25,000 farmers have undergone various kinds of operations, including those of the heart, brain, stomach, eyes and the gall bladder, during this period.

Starting from the 800-bedded super-speciality Narayana Hrudalaya Hospital on the outskirts of Bangalore, it now reaches out to farmers through 170 hospitals across the state.

The scheme came into being ironically at a function where its originator — the Hrudalaya hospital founder and heart surgeon, Dr Devi Shetty — was invited to endorse a milk product. Dr Shetty, a foreign trained cardiologist who went on to become Mother Teresa's personal cardiac surgeon and then an unabashed advocate for providing modern health care to the poor, asked his hosts the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) to support a path-breaking idea.

What he had to offer to the KMC's Managing Director was this: "I will extend health benefits to all your two million employees for just Rs 5 a month"


How to submit your home page to Google?

02 August, 2005
Why should I submit my home page to Google listing?

To increase the possibility of finding your pages by others.

OK, How do I submit my site to Google?


Should I add each page I have generated?

No, only top level directory is enough.
Ex: if you site is
You only need to add
Neither you need to add

Got it?

Google about Moon

Google has a nice page "In honor of the first manned Moon landing".

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