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Away…

I’m away at home and away from technology and the feature’istic comfort of my pc. The blog’ll continue as soon as I get back. I have travelled about 4000kms till date in various parts of India in just five days. 🙂 You’ll get to know about every inch of the distance once I get back.

Download Jagadam MP3’s

Jagadam (Telugu: జగడం) is an upcoming Tollywood film in the direction of Sukumar (Arya fame). This film has Ram, Isha Sahani, Pradeep Rawat, and Prakash Raj in important roles. The film is slated to release on 14th Feb 2007.

Movie Info Links:

Jagadam on IMDB

Jagadam on Wikipedia

Jagadam Music Launch Info

Jagadam Trailer

>> Download Link (28MB) <<

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Whats Cooking At Google?

  • Google controls more network fiber than any other organization. This is not to say that Google OWNS all that fiber, just that they control it through agreements with network operators.
  • Why would Google need two data centers in a South Carolina with only four million residents? Why would they need to buy 520 acres in a Goose Creek industrial park when that’s probably 100 times as much land as any conceivable data center would require?
  • Google is building a LOT of data centers. The company appears to be as attracted to cheap and reliable electric power as it is to population proximity. In Goose Creek they bought those 520 acres from the local state-owned electric utility, which probably answers the land question posed above. By buying out all the remaining building sites in an industrial park owned by an electric utility, Google guarantees itself a vast and uninterruptible supply of power, much as it has done in Oregon by building a data center next to a hydroelectric dam or back here again in Columbia by building near a nuclear power station.
  • 100,000 servers for four million potential users or 40 users per server. What computing service could possibly require such resources?

 

Is Google trying to monopolize The Internet? For the complete article see the original source.

Windows XP: DMA Reverts To PIO After Multiple Disk Errors

Windows XP normally assigns the highest mode of operation for an IDE HDD. It them aggregates the number of CRC errors that occur on a disk. When the number of CRC errors reach 6 it downgrades the usual UDMA 5 to UDMA 4. When these errors happen frequently the HDD will downgrade to the lowest mode and get stuck in the PIO mode. Any device we use in this half of the century should not be working in PIO mode which has a transfer speed of about 3.33MBPS.

The CRC errors usually happen when the system resumes from the stand-by state. Usually the read requests are issued with a time-out value of 4 seconds. But when the drive resumes from stand-by it takes a little more than 4 seconds to spin-up. Hence the errors.

Symptoms:

  • The applications suddenly become processor intensive. Since the DMA has been reverted every instruction has to go through the CPU and hence the problem.
  • The Device manager show PIO mode and does NOT give a choice for changing to DMA. You can see which mode your HDD is operating in by viewing IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers > Primary IDE Channel > Properties > Advanced Settings – Assuming your HDD is connected to the primary IDE channel.
  • Explorer locks up or crashes frequently while moving a file.
  • Desktop icons and taskbar disappear for few seconds when you try to refresh.

Quick Fix:

  • Open Device manager and expand IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.
  • Select the IDE channel your hard disk is on.
  • Right click and uninstall.

This resets the driver for the IDE channel. The system will ask for a few (2 to be exact) restarts and the highest mode of operation is redetected. The HDD will now be seen to be working in UDMA 5 Mode which is the fastest with about an interface speed of 100MBPS.

For a complete Registry Fix and other Hot Fixes see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article here: Article ID:817472

Glad to hear any questions and comments…

AXN Banned In India!

AXNAXN Image, a mainstream action/adventure reality channel has been banned till March 15th by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in India. The reason quoted by I&B Ministry is that the channel has been broadcasting a program “World’s Sexiest Commercials” which was against good taste and decency and that it was adversely affecting the public morality.

AXN is primarily an action channel with a lot of reality programs along with a few of my personal favourites Guinness World Records, The Amazing Race, WRC and other stuff. The program in question used to be broadcast in the 11 P.M. slot which is not prime time in India. These were creative ads with a little sexual imagery and overtones but they never showed too much skin. Also interestingly the I&B proposed a broadcast bill allowing adult content after 11PM. This move made by the ministry seems to contradict its own views about what should be telecast. On second thought who in the name of hell is the I&B ministry to tell viewers what to watch and what not to. Whatever happened freedom, rights and other such amnesty stuff?

The question here is why has the Government taken such a drastic step for so small an issue. There are numerous other channel which show nude to semi-nude programmes on prime time space. No steps have ever been taken against them let alone banning them from transmission and re-transmission for such a long period. The last time such a step was taken is to ban a Russian pornographic channel from airing in India. Because of one small issue the people are being denied the choice of viewing their favorite programs. Rather it should’ve asked the channel to discontinue airing of the particular program instead of completely banning it. The Amazing Race Asia, yes Asia, is in the final round. 🙁 There seems to be something bigger going on than just the moral policing of the I&B. Just because they can, they should not go about banning every other channel since it was inappropriate for some politicians two year old grandson. As Spiderman says “With Great Power, Come Great Responsibility”.