Friday, April 27, 2007


I completed the SAS Base Programming Certification for V9.0 yesterday. It was a good paper with 3 months of hands on experience. I postponed the exam twice because I did not get any books for these days. The Books are costly.

Lucky I got a SAS Application Guide of 1987 publication through ebay. This was helpful, I did revise this book and rest of the working experience helped to complete the exam.

I am planning to take the next exam too..Let us see how it goes..

- Naren

In the Mean Time..

Before getting on to the History book, I wanted to complete all the six books of Harry Potter.

So, I got a chance to complete the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone two days back.

I will get the next book tommorrow.

- Naren

Cricket World Cup 2011

General complaint about the World Cup Cricket in 2007 was boring, no exciting matches and the tournament was long. One more important reason is the ouster of India and Pakistan teams from the world cup. Both the countries are among the host nations for next world cup to be held in sub continent.

India is going to host 22 games, Pakistan 14 games, Sri Lanka 9 games and Bangladesh 6 games.
What would happen if any two teams out of four not qualified for the second level? Can we pull the same kind of crowd as it would be normally? But, we can assure it would definitely more than the response what we saw in Caribbean.

What about the safety and security measures? We did happen to see demolishing of player's house and threatens. I cannot imagine the headache of the police personnel.

But, even we analyze all the pros and cons, the advertising rights and money will answer all the questions to be raised.

- Naren

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Current Readings..

Last week I took lot of books from library

1. Da Vinci Code Illustrated version - For Sriram
2. Digital fortress - For Mahesh
3. TinTin Comics - For everyone
4. Hour Game - For myself
5. The First Great Civilization - For myself

Finished the Hour Game and started reading the book about the old civilizations, just rekindling my history.

I would go to library today, to return back some DVDs taken for Lochana and will definitely get
"The Diary of Anne Frank". I wanted to get this book for long time but did not get a chance to read. Now, after seeing "Freedom Writers" movie, I wanted to read this.


Freedom Writers..

I am watching a lot of movies lately..hell lot of movies..It would definitely average a day. I can't blame it. One more good thing, I have started to read books..Good Bad Comic anything now belongs to me.
Today I watched a movie named "Freedom Writers", it was good movie. It sort of senti which would suits me. Struggles and pain to success, not reminding Roark from Fountain Head.
But, It was a nice movie which made me to scribble a couple of words. Hillary Swank had really done a cool role and so does few of the kids in the movie. Nice work.
This is one great thing I admire, these people portrait the ordinary people as Hero for their heroical performance. Hats off..

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

100 Million IPods...Amazing..

100 Million iPods Sold

CUPERTINO, California—April 9, 2007—Apple® today announced that the 100 millionth iPod® has been sold, making the iPod the fastest selling music player in history. The first iPod was sold five and a half years ago, in November 2001, and since then Apple has introduced more than 10 new iPod models, including five generations of iPod, two generations of iPod mini, two generations of iPod nano and two generations of iPod shuffle. Along with iTunes® and the iTunes online music store, the iPod has transformed how tens of millions of music lovers acquire, manage and listen to their music.
“At this historic milestone, we want to thank music lovers everywhere for making iPod such an incredible success,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPod has helped millions of people around the world rekindle their passion for music, and we’re thrilled to be a part of that.”
“It’s hard to remember what I did before the iPod,” said Mary J. Blige, GRAMMY Award-winning singer. “iPod is more than just a music player, it’s an extension of your personality and a great way to take your favorite music with you everywhere you go.”
“Without the iPod, the digital music age would have been defined by files and folders instead of songs and albums,” said John Mayer, GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist. “Though the medium of music has changed, the iPod experience has kept the spirit of what it means to be a music lover alive."
The iPod has also sparked an unprecedented ecosystem of over 4,000 accessories made specifically for the iPod that range from fashionable cases to speaker systems, and more than 70 percent of 2007-model US automobiles currently offer iPod connectivity.
“I take my running shoes and my iPod with me everywhere,” said Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France champion. “I listen to music when I run. Having my music with me is really motivating.”
Every iPod features seamless integration with iTunes 7. The iTunes Store ( features the world’s largest catalog with over five million songs, 350 television shows and over 400 movies. The iTunes Store has sold over 2.5 billion songs, 50 million TV shows and over 1.3 million movies, making it the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and will enter the mobile phone market this year with its revolutionary iPhone.

PS: 100 million ipods includes my two IPODS too..