Sunday, September 25, 2011

Top Google Tips

If you’re like me, you probably use Google many times a day.  But, chances are, unless you are a technology geek, you probably still use Google in its simplest form.  If your current use of Google is limited to typing a few words in, and changing your query until you find what you’re looking for, then I’m here to tell you that there’s a better way – and it’s not hard to learn.  On the other hand, if you are a technology geek, and can use Google like the best of them already, then I suggest you bookmark this article of Google search tips.  You’ll then have the tips on hand when you are ready to pull your hair out in frustration when watching a neophyte repeatedly type in basic queries in a desperate attempt to find something.
The following Google search tips are based on my own experience and things that I actually find useful.  The list is by no means comprehensive.  But, I assure you that by learning and using the 12 tips below, you’ll rank up there with the best of the Google experts out there.  I’ve kept the descriptions of the search tips intentionally terse as you’re likely to grasp most of these simply by looking at the example from Google anyways.

12 Expert Google Search Tips

  1. Explicit Phrase:
    Lets say you are looking for content about internet marketing.  Instead of just typing internet marketing into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase.  To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes.
    Example: "internet marketing"
  2. Exclude Words:
    Lets say you want to search for content about internet marketing, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term advertising.  To do this, simply use the "-" sign in front of the word you want to exclude.
    Example Search: internet marketing -advertising
  3. Site Specific Search:
    Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase.  Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the "" modifier.
    Example: "internet marketing"
  4. Similar Words and Synonyms:
    Let’s say you are want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms.  To do this, use the "~" in front of the word.
    Example: "internet marketing" ~professional
  5. Specific Document Types:
    If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier "filetype:".  For example, you might want to find only PowerPoint presentations related to internet marketing.
    Example: "internet marketing" filetype:ppt
  6. This OR That:
    By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search.  If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator.  (Note:  The OR has to be capitalized).
    Example: internet marketing OR advertising
  7. Phone Listing:
    Let’s say someone calls you on your mobile number and you don’t know how it is.  If all you have is a phone number, you can look it up on Google using the phonebook feature.
    Example: phonebook:617-555-1212 (note:  the provided number does not work – you’ll have to use a real number to get any results).
  8. Area Code Lookup:
    If all you need to do is to look-up the area code for a phone number, just enter the 3-digit area code and Google will tell you where it’s from.
    Example: 617
  9. Numeric Ranges:
    This is a rarely used, but highly useful tip.  Let’s say you want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers.  You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is hard to read, what’s between the X and Y are two periods.  This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers.
    Example: president 1940..1950
  10. Stock (Ticker Symbol):
    Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term and Google will give you the current financials and a quick thumb-nail chart for the stock.
    Example: GOOG
  11. Calculator:
    The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression in to Google.
    Example: 48512 * 1.02
  12. Word Definitions:
    If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the "define:" command.
    Example: define:plethora
Hope this list of Google search tips proves useful in your future Google searches.  If there are any of your favorite Google expert power tips that I’ve missed, please feel free to share them in the comments.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Neutrinos Are Faster Than Light

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Dookudu Movie Review

A scene from DookuduPavithra Srinivasan writes Telugu film Dookudu is a must-watch if you're a Mahesh Babu [ Images ] fan.

Star-vehicles come with a set formula: the hero's name scorches the screen, he is always on the side of good, he can vanquish a truck-load of villains with his bare fists and get the loveliest girl in the land to fall in love with him. All this while he is the best son or brother his huge household can have. 

This time around, 14 Reels Entertainment's Dookudu, one of the most anticipated Telugu films of the year, arrives with some fantastic packaging and a star who bears the weight of such expectations effortlessly: Mahesh Babu. 

Director Sreenu Vaitla, joining hands with him, has taken infinite care to make sure the movie's tagline is completely justified: Daring and Dashing. 
Such hero-worship has its plus-points, but also plenty of minuses.
For the first hour anyway, you're too mesmerised by the flashback in sepia tones, which shows Shankar Narayan (Prakashraj) a much-loved politician, make plenty of enemies (Kota Sreenivasa Rao, Shayaji Shinde and co). In addition to being a do-gooder, he is also very fond of his son, but fate intervenes and Shankar Narayan meets with a gory accident.
Enter the dashing hero, after the requisite number of years, grown-up, impeccably dressed in casual wear and beating up goons. Ajay Kumar, IPS (Mahesh Babu) is hot on the trail of the king-pin Don Nayar (Sonu Sood [ Images ]). His investigation takes him and his friends all the way to picturesque Istanbul (courtesy K V Guhan's beautiful camera-work), where they stake out the villain's movements. And where Ajay also runs into his would-be beloved, Prashanti (Samantha Ruth Prabhu), whose arrival is predicted by friend M S Shastry's (Vennela Kishore) grandmother.
In the meantime, Shankar Narayan, who has been in a coma, wakes up. And Ajay begins some complicated manoeuvres, trying to take care of a father whose health is precarious by setting up a double identity of sorts, and making headway in catching criminals as well. All this makes for plenty of stylish shoot-outs, much swaggering about in stylish shades, belting out punchy dialogues and energetically choreographed songs to boot.
In the midst of all this arrive Brahmanandham, playing an acting-obsessed house-owner, and M S Narayana, who delivers a hilarious spoof that sends the audience into splits. The veterans add some lustre to the proceedings whenever the screenplay takes a nose dive (which happens a lot).
For Mahesh, the role is pretty much a cake-walk. And he's Superman here, in every sense of the word. He occupies pretty much 95 per cent of the film, carries it on his very capable shoulders and adds plenty of panache and style to the proceedings. His comic timing is impeccable, and he manages plenty of laughs with his straight face and (occasional) accent. But more than his undeniably powerful chops, fisticuffs, and dance-moves, he impresses you the most when he's a son to his father, trying desperately to keep him in good health. These moments, when he allows himself to be vulnerable, are perhaps among the best.
Aside from him and the two principal comedians, the rest are pretty much part of the backdrop.
Samantha is eye-candy, wears towering heels that make you nervous about her balance, and tiny outfits for the foreign duets. Chinmayi is her voice, again, after Ye Maya Chesave, and it suits her well.
You wish Prakashraj had been given more screen-time, though.
Sonu Sood is more a caricature than a villain who's supposed to strike fear in your heart, and he's as silly as most villains are, taken in too easily, and fooled far too well. The rest, including Nasser, Tanikella Bharani and Co appear very briefly.
Thaman's music is a lot of sound and fury, but Nee Dookudu and Guruvaram linger in one's memory for a while.
With a star-cast this huge and a technical crew that's willing to go the extra mile, you expect a neat screenplay as well, from Gopi Mohan. And this is where Dookudu meets its biggest stumbling-block. The screenplay wanders all over the place, has huge plot-craters and so many logic-less sequences that you pretty much lose count.
Bullets fly all over the place without harming a hair of the hero's head, and the action-sequences are too many. Villains are vanquished in such silly fashion that you wonder what the point of the police investigation was.
The length of the movie makes you wish editor M R Varma had been utilised better. But who cares when Mahesh looms larger than life on the screen and leaves you no time to think? 


Sunday, September 4, 2011

BPT -- Basic Proportionality Theorem

Proportionality Theorem states that, A line parallel to one side of a triangle divides the other two sides into parts of equal proportion.

In triangle ABC, a line drawn parallel to BC cuts AB and AC at P and Q respectively.

proportionality theorem
Let the point P divide AB in the ratio of l: m where l and m are natural numbers. Divide AP into 'l' and PB into 'm' equal parts. Through each of these points on AB, draw lines parallel to BC to cut AC.

Basic Proportionality Theorem (B.P.T.) will be more useful in the topic 'SIMILARITY'.

Division of a line segment into equal parts.
Divide a line segment of length 8.4 cm into 5 equal parts.

AB = 8.4 cm

proportionality theorem

1. Draw AB = 8.4 cm and through A draw another line AX at an acute angle to AB.
2. With a suitable radius, cut off equal lengths AP, PQ, QR, RS and ST.
3. Join TB. Draw SF, RE, QD and PC parallel to TB to cut AB at F, E, D and C. The line segment AB is divided into five equal parts.
AC = CD = DE = EF = FB
Divide AB = 8.4 cm internally in the ratio of 3 : 2.

1. Draw AB = 8.4 cm and through A draw another line AX at an acute angle to AB.
2. Make ÐABY = ÐBAX so that BY is on the opposite side of AB to that of AX.
3. With suitable radius, cut off equal lengths AH, HJ, JK, KL and LM on AX.
Similarly, with the same radius cut off BP = PQ = QR = RS = ST on BY.
4. Join AT, HS, JR, KQ, LP and MB to cut AB at points C, D, E and F respectively.
AB is divided at E in the ratio of 3 : 2.

  • Midpoint Theorem
The straight line joining the mid-points of two sides of a triangle is parallel to and equal to half the third side.
  • Converse of mid point theorem - The straight line drawn through the mid point of one side of a triangle, parallel to another, bisects the third side.
  • The Intercepts Theorem
If three or more parallel lines make equal intercepts on a transversal, then they make equal intercepts on any other transversal.
  • A line parallel to one side of a triangle, divides the other two sides proportionally (Basic Proportionality Theorem).
  • Using the above results, we can divide a line segment into a number of equal parts.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

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Bodyguard Movie Review

Writer-Director: Siddique, Actors: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor etc.
Salman Khan’s Bodyguard is a debacle unless you are one of his blind worshipers in a packed cinema hall who would whistle and clap at his every move. The film is disdainful to your sensibility and unfortunately even lacks any entertainment value; if in-your-face risqué dialogues and bosom-bottom jokes still manage to titillate you, it’s quite another thing.
It takes you merely the few first scenes to be able to predict the entire film. But who watches such a film for plot anyway? It is a case of a star outgrowing the very medium that lent him expression and desperately trying to repeat success through his body language, trademark dance movements and tacky one liners—‘mujh par ek ehsaan karna, ki mujh par koi ehsaan naa karna (Do me a favour, that never do me a favour)’ is the one here.   He is introduced in the film as bodyguard Lovely Singh with an extravagant dance number which also features Katrina Kaif. The predicament of Bodyguard is that every polished stunt and every glossy song it contains is to underline the aura around the star instead of contributing to the story. One has to carefully avoid calling him an actor because his face retains the same expression irrespective of whether he is dabbling in romance or action.
Sartaj Rana (Raj Babbar) is the strongman of a town who had once saved the life of Lovely Singh’s mother when she was pregnant with him. Bodyguard Lovely Singh remains indebted to Sartaj Rana all his life and takes up the duty of body-guarding his daughter Divya (Kareena Kapoor) who is a management student. Divya is seemingly annoyed at having a bodyguard by her side every moment but to anybody’s guess, it hardly takes her a few days to fall in love with her bodyguard in the most unconvincing of ways. Bodyguard Lovely Singh, humbled by his sense of duty is oblivious to all this and doesn’t have an inkling that the girl he has fallen for over phone is none other than his madam Divya. However, the film has multiple climaxes and one feat the film achieves is to surprise you when you expect the lovers to be united in the end. The only thought that has gone into the film has been to craft a prolonged climax which is not simplistic as one would assume it to be.
It is hard to come by characters in a film who have been relegated to caricatures of a such a lamentable status. The film breezes past you in such a superficial way that it will be more befitting to label it a commercial for a bodyguard (read Salman Khan) than cinema. Or then it can be said that the writer-director has done a bad patchwork of stitching together stunts and songs, held loosely by scenes that have neither depth nor any thought for his characters. All that Kareena Kapoor is made to do throughout the film is show off Manish Malhotra outfits and is confined to girly giggles and tears in the name of a role.
The sets add to the incongruity and dubiousness of the film. The climactic fight which starts at Divya’s bungalow shifts to an old fortress midway which provides a more picturesque setting for it and a park in the film looks fake to a ridiculous extent! There have been attempts to add humour in the film at the expense of an obese servant called Tsunami, a sexy maid by the name of Savita and a dwarf classmate of Divya. The elements in the film are not just hackneyed, but date back to some fifteen years when one could still manage a laugh or two at such an endeavor.
There have been so many star-studded Hindi films with tremendous popular appeal as well as a decent storyline. This one is a dud which not just fails to impress on all counts, but emerges as a desperate attempt of one man who acquired a larger-than-life status now trying to be even larger-than-cinema. If you venture out to watchBodyguard on his pretext, make sure you leave not just your cinematic sensibility, but also your senses at home which can otherwise be assaulted upon.

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