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  santa jokes....
Posted by: ravish.sarwade - 04-16-2009, 01:32 PM - Forum: The Lounge Forum - Replies (3)

Interviewer: What is a skeleton?
Santa: Skeleton is a person who started dieting but forgot to stop it..!!!

Jailor: Tumhe kal subah 5 baje phansi di jayegi.
Sardar: Ha Ha Ha Ha!
Jailor: Kyon has rahe ho?
Sardar: Main to uthta hi subha 9 baje hoon!

Santa ki chatri me hole tha, kisine pucha, umbrella mein hole kyu?
Sardar bola: Oye barish ruk jayegi to pata kaise chalega.

Teacher: Translate - Bazaar mein goliyan chal rahi hain..
Santa: The Tablets are walking in the market..

Santa's girfriend: Meri maa aapko bahut pasand karti hai.
Santa, after a deep thought: Kuchh bhi ho jaye, shaadi to main tujhse
hi karunga!

Santa: Why has the Govt. fixed voting age 18yrs & marriage age 21yrs?
Banta: Govt. ko pata hai ki desh sambhalna aasan hai, lekin biwi ko nahi.

Santa bada dukhi tha, kisi ne pucha itni tension me kyon ho?
Santa: Ek dost ko 3 lac plastic surgery k liye diye the, ab use pehchan nahin pa raha

Why did Santa sleep with a scale?
Because he wanted to measure how long he has Slept.

Driver: Sir ji, petrol khatam ho gaya, gaadi aage nahi ja sakti.
Banta:-Chalo Phir, wapis le chalo..

Santa: Wo dekh teri biwi ko saanp kaat raha hai.
Banta: Arre tension mat le, Jeher bharwane aya hoga...

Santa bought a car on loan... He didn't pay the dues, the bank took away his car.
Santa: If I knew this, I'd have taken a loan for my marriage also

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  Comedy Services removed from Add-On in SD Website
Posted by: Sathish - 04-16-2009, 08:34 AM - Forum: Sun Direct - Replies (6)

Sun Direct has removed Comedy Services from Add-On Packages. This Confirms that they are going to remove all the comedy services as they have started FTA comedy channels.

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  Gitanjali adds glamour to Mumbai Indians
Posted by: Sathish - 04-16-2009, 08:16 AM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

MUMBAI: Diamond jewelry brand Gitanjali Group has announced its tie up with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians. It has designed the man of the match trophy for the franchisee's home matches.

In addition, Mumbai Indians has tied up with the upcoming film 99 which revolves around cricket. The stars of the film Boman Irani, Soha Ali khan
and Cyrus Broacha will be in South Africa cheering for the Mumbai Indians.

Gitanjali also has a deal with the Kolkata Knight Riders for whom it has designed the helmets.

The two-feet tall Golden trophy has 550 diamonds studded on it with 785 precious stones. Gitanjali Group manager marketing and communications Priyanka Choksi says that the aim is to be at the heart of young India. "Cricket in India is more than a sport. It has a cult status and we are gald to be associated with this magnificent game."

Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani says, "We are happy to be associated with the Gitanjali Group. We believe that this unique trophy will be apt recognition to the most precious player of the match during our home matches."

In the sporting arena, Gitanjali is looking at Formula One.

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  BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices a new free antivirus for Unix/Linux platform
Posted by: Sathish - 04-15-2009, 08:17 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

A couple of days ago, BitDefender introduced a new antivirus for Unix/Linux OS called BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices (you can take a look, and get more information from BitDefender website).

Just because you use Linux, it doesn’t mean your computer doesn’t have viruses or worms. They are just lying dormant, embedded in the EXE files on the NTFS partitions, or hiding beside those DLLs on the dual-boot computers, waiting for you to send them to your Windows-using friends.

Unless you sadistically enjoy seeing your non-Linux peers suffer, you should act responsibly and get yourself an anti-virus scanner that runs on Linux. One such is the latest BitDefender Antivirus Scanner For Unices. If you agree to use it on your home computers only, you can have it for free - that’s free as in freeware, not Richard Stallman free.

Virus is a catch-all phrase, and BitDefender’s designed to catch them all - from executable viruses, script viruses, macro viruses, to backdoors, trojans, spyware, adware, diallers, and more. BitDefender looks inside files created by over 70 packers, compressors, and installers, from the most common ones such as Zip, 7-Zip, and .tar.gz to more exotic ones such as UPX, ASPack, PECrypt, etc. We found that it even picked up an infected file inside an archive split into multiple volumes. To avoid being caught out by Zip bombs, BitDefender has an adjustable compression depth.

Product Description

BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices is a versatile on-demand scanner built for Linux and FreeBSD systems. It provides antivirus and antispyware scanning for both UNIX-based and Windows-based partitions.

BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices is highly customizable and capable of script and extension-based integration with various applications such as file managers and mail clients.


BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices may be used free of charge at home or on your personal computer. In case you want to use BitDefender Antivirus for Unices for business purposes, a registration key must be purchased through the BitDefender Online Store or from BitDefender certified partners

Features and Benefits
  • On-demand antivirus and antispyware protection
  • Script and extension-based integration with various applications and services:
    • Mail clients (e.g. Pine, Evolution) and Mail Server services
    • Scheduling services (e.g. Cron) ensuring scan and update automation
  • Classic command line scanner complete with a graphical user interface for better integration with desktop environments
  • Automatic addition of the scanner’s GUI to the system menu
  • Three popular file manager plugins (the GPL-ed sources) included in the GUI package: Konqueror (KDE), Nautilus (GNOME) and Thunar (Xfce)
  • Action setting based on scan result type
System Requirements

Operating System: Linux, FreeBSD
Linux Kernel: 2.4.x or 2.6.x (recommended)
FreeBSD: 5.4 (or newer with compat5x)
glibc: version 2.3.1 or newer, and libstdc++5 from gcc 3.2.2 or newer
Processor: x86 compatible 300 MHz; i686 500MHz; amd64(x86_64)
Minimum Memory: 64MB (128MB recommended)
Minimum Free Disk Space: 100MB

Supported Distributions:
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 3 or newer
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 or newer
  • Fedora Core 1 or newer
  • Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 or newer
  • Slackware 9.x or newer
  • Mandrake/Mandriva 9.1 or newer
  • FreeBSD 5.4 or newer

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  Vodafone outscores Bharti, adds 2.85mn subscribers in March
Posted by: Sathish - 04-15-2009, 07:26 PM - Forum: Cellular Services - No Replies

The Vodafone subscriber addition numbers are now beating that of Bharti Airtel. Bharti added about 2.81 million subscribers in the month of March, while Vodafone added about 2.85 million subscribers. This time Vodafone has taken over from Bharti and this has happened after Vodafone has expanded.

Bharti has added about 2.81 million subscribers in the month of March, while Vodafone has added about 2.85 million subscribers. This has happened after March 2007 that was the time when Bharat Sanchar Nigham Limited (BSNL) had taken over from Bharti and that happened because year-end push had been given by BSNL. We have seen this month (March 2009), BSNL numbers have gone up sharply in this month.

But if you look at the top two players, this time Vodafone has taken over from Bharti and this has happened after Vodafone has expanded. Till August 2008 Vodafone was operating in 15 circles and post that it has launched in 7 circles and now it is operating in 22 circles.

Vodafone is not listed and so Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) numbers are not available on quarterly basis but we get to know some of the Vodafone numbers from international reports. Every quarter numbers are little delayed in case of Vodafone, those numbers are quite comparable to Bharti. Bharti and Vodafone until have not got into the price cut war and we do not expect because sometime back if you see Bharti has been saying that they don’t want to get into the number games. They are more interested into revenue share rather than subscriber market share and that is the stand they have been taking for the last couple of quarters. They want to be best as far as the revenues and the margins are concerned in the telecom industry. But this is first month that Vodafone has crossed Bharti, and if you see till August 2008 Bharti’s net additions was about 0.9 million subscriber higher than Vodafone that was the kind of run rate and that was the difference between the two, but now it has gone in favour of Vodafone.

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  High-Definition TV hits India
Posted by: Sathish - 04-15-2009, 07:24 PM - Forum: Sun Direct - No Replies

Nearly five years after High-Definition (HD) televisions flooded the Indian market, viewers are finally set to get a taste of high-definition television viewing . This, as HD-enabled MPEG 4 set-top boxes that enable HD content to play on these televisions, were so far absent in the Indian market. The Tamil Nadu-based DTH player, Sun Direct, which claims to be the second largest DTH player in the country with an active subscriber base of 3.1 million, has altered the scenario. By launching Sun Direct HD, the player, which will continue to offer its non-HD DTH services, has become the first service provider in India to offer high-definition viewing television services.

The less than two-year old company, which has so far incurred ‘expected’ cumulative annual losses of Rs. 450 crore and is looking to break-even in the next four to five years, is banking on the niche HD service as one of the offerings that will help in achieving its target of three million additional customers in FY 2009-’10. Though Tony D’Silva, COO, Sun Direct, admitted at a press conference held in Mumbai that the penetration of DTH is higher and semi-rural and rural areas where cable network faces several hindrances as compared to metros like Mumbai and Delhi, he added that target clients belonged to Segment A and B in metros and big cities.

Justifying the decision to offer HD-enabled MPEG 4 set-top boxes imported from Samsung to the viewers at a cost of Rs 10,000, D’Silva said, “The HD-viewing experience is definitely a niche offering. With LCD sales set to touch the 1.5 million mark this financial year, we are looking at capturing 20 per cent of these LCD owners for our subscriber base. As for the next financial year, the government’s decision to offer a HD broadcast of the 2010 Commonwealth Games should popularise the format to a great extent. Also, as we have seen in the past, LCD televisions as well as the HD set-top box are bound to see a fall in prices, thus attracting more customers. As for the monthly fees, it is an affordable Rs 100, available as an addition to our basic packs.”

For those new to the term, high-definition viewing typically refers to five times sharper picture quality; a more effective, CD-like sound quality in the form of 5.1 channel Dolby and a 16:9 aspect ratio that allows for wide-angle viewing and thus makes the viewer’s more ‘real’. However, contrary to the belief of most anticipating it would be adventure and lifestyle channels as well as news channels that would make for initial HD content in India, it will be Tamil and Telugu movie channels, one each, that will serve as the first HD broadcasters in India. Elaborating on the content plan, D’Silva said, “We are looking at launching the Sun Direct HD in two phases that will be spread out across the ongoing financial year. In the first phase, we will be able to launch four channels without increasing our transponder capacity. These four channels include two movie channels, one each in Tamil and Telugu, offering HD-compatible films from SUN TV’s library to kick-start operations. In fact, we plan to add four new movies every month to this already well-stocked library.” Not a surprising strategy when 85 per cent of the DTH player’s clientele are viewers in South India.

However, having started its pan-India roll-out in September last year, it has also entered into an agreement with the National Geographic Channel (NGC) for bringing one of its HD channels onto the platform. Though the NGC is in the process of acquiring a license for facilitating HD broadcast for four of its channels – Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Music, Nat Geo Adventure and Nat Geo HD in India, limited transponder capacity will see Sun Direct HD going ahead with just one for its first phase. A plan to develop a library for Hindi films shot on HD and subsequently initiating an exclusive channel for the same is on the anvil as well. But this is likely to take anywhere between three to six months, admitted V. Narayan, Head-Marketing, Sun Direct.

As for the second phase, for which the provider will have to get permission for increasing transponder capacity, a clear content strategy is yet to be derived upon. Perhaps, news channels like INX news, which have shifted to the HD format and channels like Star TV (which opted for HD for the latest version of Mahabharata), could make for potential choices.

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  HITS to beam Games to your TV
Posted by: Sathish - 04-15-2009, 05:16 PM - Forum: Cable TV and FM Radio Services - No Replies

Come Commonwealth Games, and sport lovers in the country and abroad will get to experience a visual treat on television from a technologically superior platform, head-end in the sky (HITS).

In the next three to six months, HITS operators will be allowed to commence operations after the Centre clears the new licensing policy. A cabinet note has been readied on the HITS licensing policy post-haste and forwarded to cabinet secretary K M Chandrashekar. This is to ensure that the services are available in time for the relay of Commonwealth Games being hosted by Delhi in 2010.

Players’ contingents, their supporters back home and sports enthusiasts the world over would get a digital view from different satellites via the HITS operators, who would relay it to cable operators.

HITS has advanced know-how that can aggregate digital signals from various satellites to make the visual picture available in digital mode through cable operators.

At present, cable operators in most cities relay TV programmes in the technologically inferior analogous mode. Once they switch over to the HITS platform, they will have to be linked through a specialised software to get programme relays.

In some cities, programmes from over 400 TV channels are relayed digitally through six direct-to-home (DTH) operators bypassing the cable operators. The conditional access system (CAS), rolled out in December 2006 in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, also offers TV programmes in digital mode. Digital programmes are being relayed from Chennai since 2003.

While CAS is being extended to 23 other cities, the government proposes to move a step further in the television viewing experience by allowing relay of programmes through HITS, which can also provide extended coverage of TV programmes without any territorial constraints.

Information and broadcasting ministry officials have held extensive discussions with various stakeholders on rolling out HITS licenses. The Cable Operators Federation of India and top brass from Dish TV and Tata Sky are also open to the new platform rollout.

Jawahar Goel, chief executive of Dish TV, in a letter to Asha Swaroop, I &B secretary, has expressed willingness to begin the HITS operations immediately, without even waiting for the new licensing regime.

Former chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Nripendra Misra, said, “the telecom regulatory body had made comprehensive recommendations on HITS two years back. Rollout of this technology would make available another platform for digital relay of TV programmes”.

Against the Trai recommendation of allowing digital signals relay on KU and C bands, the Centre proposes to restrict the relay to more reliable C band. Licenses would be provided after a one-time entry fee of Rs 10 crore apart from compliance with norms on minimum Rs 10 crore net worth. Trai had mooted Rs 40 crore as the minimum net worth required for a company to enter HITS operation. Additionally, HITS licensees will have to fork out Rs 40 crore as refundable performance bank guarantee.

While Trai has mooted uplinking from cities outside India, the government has decided to limit both uplinking and downlinking from within the country. However, the government has agreed to the Trai recommendation that subscriber management system and encryption should be done within the country to ensure “effective control over distribution and monitoring of content”.

None of the broadcasters or cable operators can hold more than 20 per cent equity holding in the company offering HITS services, as per the Centre’s proposal. Once the government formalises the HITS norms, it will bring the country’s 66,000 cable operators under its fold in phases.

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  Dishtv Plans to go mobile on metros
Posted by: saurabh_g - 04-15-2009, 05:09 PM - Forum: Dish TV India - No Replies

Dish TV plans to go mobile in metros

The new device would be compact and will have buffering capacity so the viewer doesn’t lose video under a tree or in a tunnel while drivingReuters

Mumbai: Direct-to-home operator Dish TV India is exploring a new technology to beam channels in vehicles for intra-city travel in metros at special subscription rates, a top official said on Wednesday.

The product, which can be fitted in cars, buses and sports utility vehicles (SUVs), will air limited channels only, unlike a similar product launched last year, managing director Jawahar Goel told Reuters over the telephone.

Last year, the firm had launched Dish TV mobile, which airs all channels, can be fitted in large cars and SUVs for inter-city travel, and the service is currently being used by Kingfisher Airlines, the Railways and Indian Navy.

“We are working on the hardware, which goes in the cars in metro cities, where the travel time from office to home takes 1-“ hours or more,” he said. “We can provide people with a couple of news channels, business channels, sports and music.”

The new device would be compact and will have buffering capacity so the viewer doesn’t lose video under a tree or in a tunnel while driving, he said, adding unlike the Dish TV mobile units which are bulky.

This month, rival Sun Direct, which has over 3 million subscribers, launched high definition services, claiming to be the first such platform in India.


While analyst view the ongoing spat between multiplex owners and movie producers as a posiitve for DTH operators, Dish TV is not keen on buying movie rights and has a revenue-sharing model with producers, Goel said.

In March, film-makers decided to freeze marketing and release of all films over a dispute on revenue-sharing with multiplex owners.

“Movie-on-demand is a category which is taking up but there is no great revenue. DTH will not become significant revenue generator for film-makers,” Goel said.

The firm, which plans to spend Rs8 billion in 2009-10 to acquire hardware and add more subscribers, expects television consumption to rise in the coming months due to elections and the upcoming indian premier league matches.

“The total industry will garner 10-11 million subscribers in FY10,” Goel said, adding there was a concern due to recession in world economies and a rising dollar.

However, the company sees an additional burden of 500 rupees per new subscriber on account of foreign exchange losses on set-top boxes, which are imported.

This impact on the subscriber acquisition cost translates to Rs1.25 billion in the current fiscal year, Goel said. The Indian rupee has lost 2.3% against the US dollar so far in 2009.

Shares in the firm ended down 0.16% at Rs32.05 in a choppy Mumbai market.

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  Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to release 7 games in India
Posted by: Sathish - 04-15-2009, 04:13 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

MUMBAI: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has plans to release seven games in the Indian market this year. Additionally, the company will also foray into the regional space by launching India-specific games to woo the local gamers.

"Although content is important, language is equally important to seek penetration. Hence we are developing games in local languages to expand our gamer base in local areas too. Instead of giving International content in Indian languages, we are developing customised content for the Indian audience which will be available in various regional languages," says Sony Computer Entertainment country manager (play station) Atindriya Bose. These games will be developed for both Play Station 2 (PS2) and Play Station Portable (PSP).

"Bangalore-based Candela Software has developed two games with educational flavour. Titled 'World Quiz', the quiz-based game covers topics on History, Geography, etc. The other game 'Joint Entrance Quiz' is especially developed for gamers to prepare for their engineering and medical entrance exams," adds Bose. These games are available on PS2 in English.

"Hyderabad-based Gameshastra is developing four games namely Kabaddi, Kite Flying. Gilli Danda and Garba on the Indian rural tradition," says Bose. These games will be available on both PS2 and PSP and will be available in three Indian languages in addition to English. "We have confirmed on Hindi and Tamil and are still debating on which the third language would be. Most probably it will be Punjabi," avers Bose.

Sony is also launching an underworld game where three gangs in Mumbai will fight for the loot.

All the games will be launched by Diwali or by the year end. "The PS 2 games are priced at Rs 499 and we are yet to decide on the price for the PSP," says Bose.

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  Sabayon Linux 4.1 GNOME Edition Released
Posted by: Sathish - 04-15-2009, 03:22 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

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Almost three months after the release of Sabayon Linux Lite MCE, Fabio Erculiani announced yesterday, April 13th, the immediate availability of a new edition, entitled Sabayon Linux 4.1 GNOME and based on the Lite MCE version. This GNOME edition of Sabayon Linux 4 brings a "ready to use" version of the powerful and popular XBMC Media Center, multimedia applications, a dark GNOME desktop environment and all the other apps you'll need. Sabayon Linux 4.1 GNOME is available for the x86 and x86_64 architectures, featuring a custom Linux kernel with support for the EXT4 filesystem, which is enabled by default in the installer!

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"Dedicated to those who like order over chaos, to those who like simplicity over complexity, to those who think that less is more, to those that just want more for less.
Sabayon 4.1 will catch you, based on Sabayon 4 LiteMCE, represent what can be the future of our Operating System: just the best of the Out-Of-The-Box, GNOME, multimedia applications and nothing more than what you need for your daily tasks." - said Fabio Erculiani in the official release announcement.

Highlights of Sabayon Linux 4.1 GNOME:

· Linux kernel
· EXT4 as the default filesystem
· X.Org 7.4
· GNOME 2.24.3
· Office Suite 3.0.1
· Entropy Package Manager 0.52.8
· XBMC Multimedia Center
· Amazing desktop effects powered by Compiz Fusion 0.8.2
· World of Goo Demo
· Dark artwork
· and many more!

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In order to run Sabayon Linux 4 on your personal computer, make sure that you meet the minimum system requirements:

· Intel Pentium Pro, Celeron, AMD K6-2, Pentium II or Athlon CPU
· 512 MB of RAM
· 10 GB of free hard disk space
· Supported 2D video card
· a DVD reader

However, the Sabayon Linux team recommends the following system requirements for optimal performance:

· Dual Core Processor (Intel Core 2 Duo / AMD Athlon 64 X2 or better)
· 1 GB of RAM
· 32 GB of free hard disk space
· Supported 3D video card (Nvidia, AMD or Intel)
· a DVD reader

Sabayon Linux 4 is a Gentoo-powered Linux distribution that offers a very attractive and easy-to-use desktop environment, out-of-the-box support for wireless networks, Adobe's Flash Player, Sun's Java technology, the open-source office suite, the award-winning Mozilla Firefox and Opera web browsers, Google Earth, Picasa, Adobe Reader, VLC and many, many more popular and useful applications and tools.

Download Sabayon Linux 4.1 GNOME Edition right now from here.

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