Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree – (or so I Hope!) – Part 2

No, this has nothing to do with Steve Jobs, these are the words of my father, his wisdom that I have been fortunate to receive & another glimpse that I wish to share with you.

As I did before, I present to you again some more pearls of wisdom that I am fortunate to receive … a glimpse of which I would like to share with you.
Thank you for reading,

The Words of my Father … in 160 character installments

Friday, 4/2/2010
Difficulties in life do not come to destroy u, but to help u realise your hidden potential.
Let difficulties know that you’re more difficult.

Tuesday, 3/30/2010
Good morning.
A few thoughts for u:
1. Pray as if everything depends on God & work as if everything depends on you!
2. To handle yourself use your head; but to handle others, use your heart.
3. Do not lose head in success & heart in failure!
4. If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything.
5. Beauty & colour may attract the eye but only a smile appeals to the heart.

Monday, 3/29/2010
Thought For Your Whole Life: The Maximum Time You Will Have To Spend In Your Life Is With Yourself. So Make Yourself As Interesting As Possible.

Sunday, 3/28/2010
The Beauty Of Summer Is its Heat.
The Beauty Of Winter Is its Biting Cold.
The Beauty Of Monsoon Is That It Must Pour Cats & Dogs.
The Problem Is That People Want~
The Summer To Be Cool,
Winter To Be Warm,
Monsoon To Be Dry.
Very Strange...But True...
Good Morning.

Thursday, 3/25/2010
'HOPE & END' are always there for everyone.
It depends on us how we deal with them

Wednesday, 3/24/2010
A SMALL dot can stop a big sentence, but few more dots can give continuity. Amazing but true...every ending can be a new beginning!

Tuesday, 3/23/2010
"Comparison is the best way to judge your Progress; But not with Others, Just compare your yesterday with your today.”

Monday, 3/22/2010
Worries and tensions are like birds...we cant stop them from flying near us.....but we can certainly stop them from making the nest on our heads.

Friday, 3/19/2010
Every Morning in Africa a Deer wakes up. It knows it must Run Faster than the Lion or it will be killed...
Every Morning a Lion Wakes up, It knows It must Run Faster than the Deer or It will starve to death...
It doesn't matter if you’re Born Lion or a Deer. When the Sun comes up, You Better be Running !!

Thursday, 3/18/2010
Any method you employ to heighten the consciousness of the presence of that
which is the source of creation within you, is Yoga.

Wednesday, 3/17/2010
Things we must be thankful for :-
1. Worries at the start of day: means you are still alive.
2. Clothes that don't fit anymore: means you have a good appetite.
3. The mess to clean after a party: means you have friends around you.
4. Roof that needs fixing: means you've got a house.
5. Taxes to pay: means you aren't unemployed.
6. A bright & happy message on your mobile; means you have someone who always remembers you.!

Saturday, 3/13/2010
Remember, when the world pushes you to your knees, you are in the perfect position to pray.

Friday, 3/12/2010
"People are not DIFFICULT but, People are DIFFERENT".
If We understand this, we can build many Relations in Life !

Wednesday, 3/10/2010
It is not that belief is blind,
it is just that belief blinds people.

Tuesday, 3/9/2010
If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a 100 days of sorrow.

Monday, 3/8/2010
On the path of perfection, complaints are like the hammering that shapes a stone... into an Idol.

Sunday, 3/7/2010
Every TEST in our life makes us BITTER or BETTER.
Every PROBLEM comes to MAKE us or BREAK us.
Choice is ours...Whether we become VICTIM or VICTOR.

Thursday, 3/4/2010
"Forgiveness is the Economy of the heart- it saves the expense of Anger, the cost of Hatred and the wastage of Passion."

Wednesday, 3/3/2010
There are two different forces.... Gravity is holding you to the planet and pulling you down, but...Grace is pulling you up all the time.

Tuesday, 3/2/2010
Anger is false show of strength by a weak person while politeness and a cool mind reflects dignity and strength of a strong person.!

Thursday, 2/25/2010
Every Relationship Is Like a Glass.
A Scratch On any side will Reflect On The Otherside. So Always Handle Everyones Feelings With Care!

Wednesday, 2/24/2010
Life has no Guarantees.
It only provides Possibilities & Opportunities, Don't miss them.

Tuesday, 2/23/2010
"No one has ever won a game of Chess by always moving forwards.
Sometimes you have to move backwards to get a better step forward."
That's Life.

Monday, 2/22/2010
"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own and you alone are responsible for the quality of it."

Friday, 2/19/2010
I woke up this morning & I realised that I should learn to appreciate what I have,
time forces me to appreciate what I had!

Thursday, 2/18/2010
never search for happiness in others.... it will make you feel lonely....
search for happiness in yourself, because it keeps you happy, even if you are lonely.

Wednesday, 2/17/2010
Making 100 Friends Is Not A Miracle....
The Miracle Is To Make A Friend Who Will Stand By You When 100 Are Against You........

Tuesday, 2/16/2010
External Power is Limited...Do not use it in an unlimited manner.
Our inner power is UNLIMITED...Do not use it in a LIMITED manner.!

Sunday, 2/14/2010
"Perhaps the surest test of an individual's integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect.."

Wednesday, 2/10/2010
If you have not known sadness, you will not mature.
You will never know compassion... unless you know pain.

Tuesday, 2/9/2010
A Person who Spends Some time on his Knees for Prayer; will never find it difficult to Stand on his feet in life.

Saturday, 2/6/2010
Victory always starts in the Head. It is a State of Mind.
It then spreads with such radiance & affirmation that destiny can do nothing but Obey.

Thursday, 2/4/2010
One of the greatest illusions of life is that . .
"We always believe there is more time in tomorrow than today . . ''

Monday, 2/1/2010
Live life to Express and not to Impress.
Don't strive to make your Presence noticed just make your Absence felt.

Saturday, 1/30/2010
There is no Royal Road to Success. But after Success, Every Road becomes ROYAL.

Friday, 1/29/2010
Every King was once a helpless baby & every great structure once a blue print.
It isn’t where you are today but where you’ll reach that counts.
Get going...

Wednesday, 11/11/2009
A Sardarni goes to Sardar's shop to buy a tea packet..
Sardarni in Punjabi- Liptan di chaah hai?
Sardar-Mainu to nahi hai tainu ho to Lipat ja...

Keep smiling & God Bless.

Part One can be accessed from here

Saturday, 26 March 2011

my phone's display looks better

Mobile phone display mega shootout: The full picture -

Though this Article was written in November Last year. I've gone blue in the face explaining these concepts... so here it is again - STILL RELEVANT TODAY

The Take Away is simple 

1) AMOLED is the future - Contrast, Colour and Viewing angles are better
2) 300+ PPI Resolution is yet to be achieved in AMOLED
3) LCD technology is old BUT iPhone4's Retina Display is the BEST at Squeezing every last ounce from LCD Technology (TFT LCD with IPS).
4) iPhone4 (but NO other product) has 326 PPI Resolution aka  Retina Display 

Display technology is important for making the right choice but in the end you have to consider more than just that.

There are different resolutions and screen sizes and - of course - the feature sets count too. While you can find an LCD screen of pretty much any size and resolution, you only have two options for Super AMOLED and just one for the Retina.
Cheat sheet
And here goes a brief summary of our findings for the time of creation of this article. We wouldn't advise you to base your decision only on the ratings in it, but it could be used as a quick reference after you've read the whole thing.
Also check out those collages we prepared for you so you can compare the handsets for yourselves.
Display shootout Display shootout Display shootout
In complete darkness
Display shootout Display shootout Display shootout
Indoor shot • Out in the sun
In the end it all depends on what you use the phone - and the screen - for. The I9000 Galaxy S seems to be the best performer overall, but don't hesitate to go for an iPhone 4 if you need more resolution for those web pages.
Nokia is really going the right way with its CBD technology too - it's just a matter of time before they lift that resolution cap and start using it to its fullest.
And if don’t really care about image quality all that much... Well, grab yourself an LCD and save some cash to spend on apps.
The only technology that has a long way to go to convince skeptics (us included) is S-LCD. It’s just too insignificant of an update for the price premium and the time it took to appear. It will need to boost its credentials and shed its image of an emergency cure for the AMOLED shortage. At least, Apple’s Retina display has shown it’s not all lost for LCDs.
And while the future is with AMOLED, it’s not all rosy for them right now either. They offer excellent image quality and lower energy consumption – that should be enough to make them the definitive choice. But the negative effect of the present AMOLED shortage will be felt for some time.
One possible outcome is that AMOLED screens could become even more desirable. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy S and Omnia 7 will get a major boost being the lucky few to sport a Super AMOLED screen. It’s curious to see what happens to Nokia’s CBD – the Clear Black coating is theirs but they still need to ensure continuous supply of AMOLED units.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Respect Recycle & Reuse - a Clarion Call to Organ Donors (Part 2)

This is another one of my vain attempts to convince my family  of readers of the benefits of Organ Donation

Kidney donation – Donor and receiver perspective
by Dr Parul R Sheth
Your kidneys remove excess fluid and waste from your blood. Kidney failure occurs when your kidneys are unable to filter because of which dangerous levels of fluid and waste accumulates in your body. Kidney failure can be managed with diet, medication and treatment of the underlying cause.  If your kidneys are still unable to function, and you have no other life-threatening medical conditions, a kidney transplant could be a better option than dialysis.

For living-donor transplantation, only one kidney is needed to replace two failed kidneys.  A kidney is harvested from a healthy donor and transplanted in place of the diseased one. The recipient who receives a kidney from a living donor with low risk of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes has a better long-term quality of life.
Donor’s perspective
Dr Vatsala Trivedi, president, National Deceased Donor Transplantation Network (NDTN) at a WHO meet in Geneva said, “Till year 2008 India was performing on an average100 kidney transplants from deceased donors (DD). Between October 2008 and December 2009, Tamil Nadu alone contributed more than 150 kidney transplants from the DD program.”
Dr Bharat Shah says, “A deceased donor is usually the one who is ‘brain dead’. Over the last 15 years there has been a gradual progress in deceased donor kidney transplant. However, the progress is too slow and a large majority of kidney transplants performed in our country are with living donors”. Also, the deceased organ donation is hampered by socio-cultural problems and an increased demand. The use of live kidney donation is therefore promoted.
Dr M Sahay and Dr N Anuradha from the Department of Nephrology, Osmania General Hospital, Hyderabad, reveal that live kidney donation carries the risk of an unnecessary surgery in a normal individual for the benefit of the recipient and long term effects of kidney removal have not been studied in Indian donors so far.
Kidney donations in India are legal; you can accept a kidney from any live donor provided he/she is your relative and there is no money involved. In case you have no one to donate a kidney in your family, you can register the name of the person who needs the kidney with a NGO or hospital. If the hospital comes to know of any death of a patient whose blood group and tissue type matches with the recipient, the hospital personnel can help you with the cadaver or deceased donor kidney transplant.
If you are a donor, your kidney tissues should match the recipient’s kidney. Therefore, tissue matching is done using DNA tissue-typing methods. Kidney donation is a major surgical procedure. With time, your remaining kidney will enlarge as it takes on additional blood flow and filtration of wastes.
As a live kidney donor you can lead an active normal life with one kidney. After surgery, you may require rest for the first two weeks. Walking is a good exercise during this time. On recovery you can drive, exercise, play sports and get back to your normal routine.  Research studies show that there is not much of a long-term risk of kidney donation provided you have been screened well before becoming a donor.  
The donor experiences a psychological ‘high’ after contributing to the health of the recipient. Yet some may experience depression following the euphoria of saving a life. The problem may worsen if the recipient rejects the kidney. Counseling is a must before and after donation.
Recipient’s outlook
Transplant surgery has risks including bleeding and infection. But the most important concern for a recipient is that of organ rejection. Following transplant, medications, anti-rejection drugs and life-long immunosuppressive therapy are a part of the treatment. The medications may cause side-effects such as fluid retention, swelling, weight gain and mood swings.
Monitoring your kidney function, blood pressure etc is necessary for the next 3-4 weeks following surgery. A healthy lifestyle with no alcohol, tobacco or drugs and being proactive about diet and exercise helps maintain a healthy kidney. Plenty of information is available about donation and transplant procedures with support groups, NGOs and online.   
A few organisations involved with kidney transplants
  • Kidney  A website designed to wipe out kidney disease through internet based technology.
  • Living Kidney Donation: Online community for living donors, potential donors, their families, and medical professionals.
  • MOHAN Foundation: "Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network" is an NGO, a voluntary, non-profit organisation based in Chennai. It also has branches in Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad.
  • Narmada Kidney Foundation (NKF), India: A voluntary organisation of concerned individuals, corporate bodies and professionals who have pledged their time and resources toward filling a void in the country's health services.

Today is World Kidney Day.. Have a heart!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

An Inspirational Montage by Casey Gutteridge

This extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire.
^Click to Enlarge^
 The 19-year-old, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, who was photographing the leopard for a course project, was astounded by the mouse's  behaviour.

He said: 'I have no idea  where the mouse came from - he just appeared  in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in  the meat for the leopard.

'He didn't  take any notice of the leopard, just went  straight over to the meat and started  feeding himself.

'But the leopard was  pretty surprised - she bent down and sniffed  the mouse and flinched a bit like she was  scared.

'In the meantime the mouse just  carried on eating like nothing had  happened..
..but even a gentle  shove does not deter the little creature from getting his fill...
'It was  amazing, even the keeper who had thrown the meat into the enclosure was shocked - he said  he'd never seen anything like it before.' 

Project owner Jackie James added: 'It  was so funny to see - Sheena batted the  mouse a couple of times to try to get it away  from her food.

'But the determined  little thing took no notice and just carried  on.' Sheena was brought in to the Santago  Rare Leopard Project from a UK zoo when she  was just four months old.

Sheena is one of  14 big cats in the private collection started by Jackie 's late husband Peter in 1989. The African Leopard can be found in the continent's forests, grasslands, savannas,and rainforests. the mouse continued to eat the leopard's lunch and  show the leopard who was the boss.  

Just proves no one can push you around without your  permission!