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Monday, March 16, 2009

Top 30 innovations in the last 30 years

The Wharton School of Business has created a list of the top 30 innovations in the last 30 years. The complete list is here, but here are the top ten:

  1. Internet, broadband, WWW (browser and HTML)
  2. PC/laptop computers
  3. Mobile phones
  4. E-mail
  5. DNA testing and sequencing/Human genome mapping
  6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  7. Microprocessors
  8. Fiber optics
  9. Office software (spreadsheets, word processors)
  10. Non-invasive laser/robotic surgery (laparoscopy)
11. Open Source Software Services
15. Online Shopping/ E-commerce
20. Social Networking - Orkut, Facebook, etc
22. Digital Photography
24. Genetically modified plants
26. Bar Codes & Scanners
27. ATMs
30. Anti-retroviral drug for AIDS.

Courtesy: David Chappell


Saturday, March 07, 2009

My orkut algorithm

Thanks da.
Thanks a lot..
Happy new year..

this is the what appears in my orkut scrapbook more often than not.
Orkut is lifeless or atleast my scrapbook is.

This is how my orkut algorithm works,
1) login to orkut
2) check the birthday list
3) wish them
4) logout
5) Repeat from Step (1) the next day.

Orkut was a big craze when I was in 3rd year. I got an invite from one of my friends(I don't exactly remember who it was). It was in the Database Management Programming Lab 5th Semester I joined orkut. Within the next few months, orkut mania swept our college and they issued a ban on accessing orkut. From 0 friends to 300 friends in 3 years... got a chance to link with my old schoolmates which otherwise would not have been possible...

Apart from that, invites pour in from HiFi, Facebook ..blah blah. I chose not to join any other social networking website.

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

7 things the world doesn't know about me

In continuation to my earlier post on 5 Things the world doesn't know about me some years back, here's an update :)
Here it goes...

1) I have the habit of adding sugar to coconut chutney every time. Well... Sugar + Sambhar also tastes good... It seems a bit weird, but I have always liked the taste :)

2) I have been to the theatre only thrice in my life so far,
Jurassic Park (1994) - with family @ Madras
Jungle Book (1998) - school trip @ Madras
Chak De India (2008) - Team outing @ HP, Bangalore

3) Gulab Jamoon & Rasagulla are the sweets I hate the most. Maybe it is too sweet for my tongue.

4) Chess, the game I love the most. I have represented my school in chess tournaments at Madras. And have always regretted for the lack of exposure I got after moving to Madurai in 1999.

5) I have the habit of treasuring my old stuffs safely. And of course, memories of my Kindergarten days, 11th & 12th tuition classes, the unlimited fun I had while seated at the last bench during my 12th std @ SBOA, 1st day at college, new friends during my college days, campus placements , semester exam scare and the list goes on...

6) Of late, trying to explore the ironies & contradictions in life.
A random thought, X- boy, Y- girl,
Statement 1: X likes Y. X decides not to approach/talk to Y until things get settled. After some years, X happens to meet Y. Then X decides to talk. The Crowd says, X does not even know Y and so no point in talking now.
Statement 2: X likes Y. X decides to approach/talk to Y. Years go by, they get along very well. The Crowd says, how can X do such a thing. X should not have talked with Y in the beginning.
Statement 1 & 2 are ironic.

7) Many people who interact with me become surprised when they come to know that I am a Christian. "Nirmalanand" which means "a person who delights in holiness" literally gives very little hint that I am Christian.

By the way, there is absolutely no significance as to why I have chosen 7 things and not any other number ;-)

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