technology and zen of life

“A heisenbug (named after the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) is a computer bug that disappears or alters its characteristics when an attempt is made to study it.”

Google 2011 april fools

If you are anything like me the first thing that 1st April brings you to is to check what did google did this year as a part of their prank. Initially I was a bit depressed when I could not find anything on the major Google web services pages but a look on the Gmail page was not disappointing

Introducing Gmail motion

The technology which looks quite similar to the Xbox kinect is now available with Gmail!! Check out their promotional video

for the official announcement go to http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html

Happy April fools day!

Teaching kids to be entrepreneurs

An amazing TED video.

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Zap the channel errr.. site?

Stumbleupon has taken up my huge amount of hours, stretching deep into the night, into the wee hours of many mornings while promising a never ending stream of interesting randomness at the click of the mouse. Recently in January Stumbleupon with its 12 million users surpassed Facebook and its 600 million users in the amount of web traffic. Thats 50 times more traffic per average Stumbleupon user then an average Facebook user!!

So what is Stumbleupon? To be put it is an adventure that takes you around the wonderful world of Internet. Traditionally Internet is designed to work like most other computer related technologies; which is answer based systems. It does not allow you to discover content on its own. On the other hand Stumbleupon is all about discovery. It lets you discover, share and recommend web pages based on your topics of interest. There are currently about 700 million pages served per month to its 12 million + user base!

Once you register for an Stumbleupon account you set up your list of topics that you would like to read about. The best way to stumble your way through is to get the Stumbleupon tool bar which lets you stumble/rate and discover new pages from the tool bar. The concept of Stumbleupon is straightforward, when you come across a webpage you like, you “stumble” it telling people that you like it. Similarly you can also rate a page with a “thumbs down” if you don’t like a certain page. These pages are known as your “stumbles”.

It is one service that I would recommend everyone to give a shot at!

 

Quotable quotes

I have this habit of collecting quotes that I find interesting here are 50 randomly selected quotes:

  1. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.   —Albert Einstein
  2. Eighty percent of success is showing up.  —Woody Allen
  3. I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.   —Wilson Mizner
  4. The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge    —Daniel J. Boorstin
  5. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.   —William Arthur Ward Read the rest of this entry »

What motivates us ?

Here is a nice insight from the guys at theRSA.org into what really motivates us. This video really got me thinking about how can you redefine rewards to get the most out your own self and others; a must watch.

 

5 Addendums to The Nerd Handbook

Every year, I re-read the classic essay The Nerd Handbook on Rands In Repose, to quench my spiritual thirst. And every time I cry a little. No one in this world, including my mother and my girlfriend, has ever understood me so well. If you haven’t read the handbook, shame on you, go do it right now. It is the most perfect and empathizing description of what and who nerds are and how the people around us (especially spouses) should understand us. It is unfortunate that more nerds end up reading it than their spouses, mothers and bosses combined.

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Bill Gates and Me on Education Reforms

The recent post by Navin on education got me thinking about one of my favorite topics once more – educational reforms. Specifically, what to do about education in the post-information-revolution world?

So here are some thoughts by me and Bill, an old friend, on the issue. First is the lecture by Bill: Read the rest of this entry »

Online multiplayer Gambling flash games

Any Online Casino game could take your money if you’re not careful, but these are the games with the best odds—and the ones that will suck your wallet dry.

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Good odds: Blackjack

Gambling can be fun, but it’s designed to part you from your hard-earned cash. If you’re going to hit the tables, stick with blackjack, aka twenty-one. The exact origins of this game are as mysterious as the hand you get dealt at a table. The game’s popularity has grown to include various versions and live online games, which isn’t surprising when you consider that, it’s the only beatable casino game—if you know how to count cards without getting caught. Counting cards isn’t illegal per se (unless you are using a phone or some other device), but casinos are really sore losers and might ask you to stop playing if you get too good. If counting cards (or getting thrown out of casinos) is not your thing, blackjack still gives you an edge over other casino games because you can strategize to win. But not all blackjack games are created equal.

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Good odds: Poker

While casinos scrutinize players in every other area of the casino, poker players get more leeway because casinos don’t have as much money at stake. That’s because players are betting their own bucks, and the house gets a cut no matter who wins. So casino employees can relax—the poker players tend to police themselves around the table. What’s more, dealers are the experts when it comes to “tells”—they excel at reading people and their actions because it’s a key strategy to the game. If you’ve mastered a poker face and you’ve got the cash to ante up at the table, you might have greater success at poker than playing other casino games. On the other hand, if you think Texas hold ’em and Omaha are, say, names of convenience stores, you might be wise to avoid the physical poker tables while you’re still a novice to the game, because the competition can be tough. Even if you are a novice or veteran player it seems virtual tables to be the most fair in terms of gambling, read more about Pkv Games sites.

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Good odds: Video poker

The quickest way to empty your pockets is playing slots. Losing money is never fun, and it’s even less so when you skipped the magic show just to watch your money disappear into a machine. The easier the game, the worse the odds to win. Whether you’re pressing a button or pulling a lever, figuring out how to play the slots is fairly simple, which does not bode well for your pocketbook, and the quick rate between each play means your wallet empties fast.. Derk Boss, a licensed Nevada private investigator and casino security surveillance expert, agrees. “That’s a game where there are strategies you can study,”

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Good odds: Craps

Over a ten-hour period betting $5 a round, you’ll lose about $30 playing craps. On a $1.50 a pull slot machine, you’ll lose upward of $630 over the same amount of time. Plus, craps is far more exciting than pulling a handle all by your lonesome. It’s one big party at the craps table—you can easily spot them by looking for the area where a crowd is hooting, hollering, and clapping. Beware, though, the energy and excitement can be contagious and you might end up betting more than you anticipated just to stay at the table.

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