Archive for March, 2009

So I am back with an intresting blog on ‘Smartphones” , yeah the one you geeky one always asked for “A miniature computer that has phone capability”. Ok, let me start with describing what a SMARTphone really is:

“Smartphone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities, often with PC-like functionality. There is no industry standard definition of a smartphone. For some, a smartphone is a phone that runs complete operating system software providing a standardized interface and platform for application developers. For others, a smartphone is simply a phone with advanced features like e-mail, Internet and e-book reader capabilities, and/or a built-in full keyboard or external USB keyboard and VGA connector. So as I said, it is a miniature computer that has phone capability

Now lets come to the main topic waht are the Best Smartphone available today by Operating System they have used, the answer defnitely varies and depends on what you most need your smart phone for. Do you need a device that excels at e-mail or one that’s optimized for browsing the Web? And will the best smart phone for e-mailing or browsing also keep you entertained on a long flight?…
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Lets start our Review with none other than “BlackBerry OS

Mobile to look for: BlackBerry Curve 8900

With its BlackBerry Bold, RIM showed us the way forward, while the touch-screen Storm changed the BlackBerry game entirely. But T-Mobile’s BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the best of both worlds. The 8900 packs a higher-resolution screen, an updated user interface, a faster processor, and integrated document editing. It also features the svelte form factor that’s a dead ringer for the small, sleek, and wildly popular Curve 8300 series. Our only complaint: No 3G radio. But free calls over Wi-Fi help soften the blow. Defnitely I say this is a true Champ 8) yeah!!
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O.S: Symbian

Mobile: Nokia E71

Lack of subsidized stateside carrier support has caused Symbian fans in the U.S. to lose out. But at least Nokia offers plenty of sleek, capable unlocked handsets to choose from. The Nokia E71 is the best of the lot—by far. It looks and feels expensive, has a very comfortable QWERTY keyboard, and offers comprehensive enterprise e-mail and document editing. Oh, and did I mention that it’s drop-dead gorgeous? 😉

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O.S: Windows Mobile

Mobile: Palm Treo Pro

Windows Mobile runs on so many handsets that it wouldn’t be fair or accurate to pick just one. Try using the HTC Touch Pro apart from Palm, a powerful, high-end slider with a five-row keyboard, full VGA (640-by-480-pixel) resolution, a touch screen, and a full complement of radios—though all these features are offset by an unintuitive interface. Palm scores big with its unlocked Treo Pro, a shrewdly specified enterprise Windows Mobile-based smartphone, even if the lack of a subsidized, carrier-backed version keeps mainstream users away.
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O.S: Palm OS

Mobile: Palm Centro

Alas, the Palm OS has been relegated to the history books. Consequently, there’s no reason to buy a Palm OS–powered handset today unless you’re looking for a real deal, in which case the entry-level Centro is a solid option. Fortunately, there’s plenty to look forward to on the Palm front: The forthcoming Palm Pre (Sprint), the company’s WebKit-browser–based handset, features a vertical sliding keyboard and an entirely new way to synchronize your contacts. From what we’ve seen so far, we think the Pre will be a master multitasker

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O.S: iPhone OS

Mobile: offcourse iPhone

This is one trend setter this days, the iPhone uses an operating system called iPhone OS, which is derived from Mac OS X. Third party applications were not officially supported until the release of iPhone OS somewhere if I remember in 2008. really not such a bad shot at all 😉

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O.S: Android

Mobile: Variants of HTC (Google Mobile)

This OS, though very new, already has a cult following among programmers eager to develop apps for its flexible, Open Source, back end. Android, which was developed by Google, has yet to own even a small part of the smartphone market because of its recent release date. Android is an Open Source, Linux-derived platform backed by Google, along with major hardware and software developers (such as Intel, HTC, ARM, and eBay, to name a few), that form the Open Handset Alliance. Not so bad the try with its feature, never used it though..
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None the least:

O.S: Linux

Mobile: Motorolo / Samsung Variants

Linux is strongest in China where it is used by Motorola , and in Japan, used by DoCoMo. Rather than being a platform in its own right, Linux is used as a basis for a number of different platforms developed by several vendors, including Google’s Android, LiMo, and TrollTech, which are mostly incompatible. Another platform based on Linux is being developed by Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic, Samsung, and Vodafone, as I remember.
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So there we go ending another post as usual with some glitter.. I have also setup a poll to rate the O.S from your your view..

Happy Days, C U

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Back to some intresting blog and this time it’s on Anti-virus kits, yeah I know we all browse and always have one or the problem with the anti-virus we use for your PC. So I went ahead and worked out based on reviews and my own usage, presenting some of the TOP Antivirus you can look to install for your PC.. You may have a different opinion this but I guess one or the other would match your needs, so I am not rating them this time..
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    Kaspersky:

Kaspersky Lab one of my favourite and currently used stuff :), program used to identify and remove potential risks and malicious programs attempting to corrupt files and data on a computer. Real-time email scanning & automatic hourly updates; Rootkit and keylogger protection.

Performance: Superior, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Good, Price when ranked: $40,

Bottom Line: Program had the fastest response to new malware outbreaks. Interface is clean but not exceptional.
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    BitDefender:

The best way to defend your computer against computer viruses, spy ware, hackers and spam is BitDefender 2008. BitDefender 2008 is an exceptional product with a user friendly interface that scans all existing files on your computer as well as all incoming and outgoing emails, IM transfers and all other network traffic.

Performance: Superior, Ease of Use: Very Good, Features: Very Good, Price when ranked: $30,

Bottom Line: Inexpensive product received excellent scores in our performance tests, although its scan speed was sluggish.
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    AVG Antivirus:

AVG Antivirus has been an up and coming virus scanner for many years. Its free version is one of the most downloaded files on the Internet in the Computer Security sector. The new interface is clean and intuitive while still remaining useful. AVG went through a re-write of their virus scanning engine and included two of their stand alone products with AVG Antivirus as well. AVG Antispyware and AVG Antirootkit were both integrated with the virus scanner. Also revamped is the way AVG Antivirus uses the hardware within your computer. It has been changed to make better use of the multiple cores which are common in todays computers. This should speed up scanning as well as reduce slowdowns

Performance: Fair, Ease of Use: Very Good, Features: Good, Price when ranked: Free,

Bottom Line: Free product has a slick media-player-style interface that hides some features. Scan speed was slow in tests.
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    Norton Anti-Virus

Norton, one of the leaders in security software, offers viable antivirus protection. The software is easy to use and has wide-ranging security features to protect your PC from malicious programs. Some of this protection includes instant messaging scanning, script blocking and POP3 and SMTP email protection. But, this software does not provide protection from P2P or file sharing transfers.

Performance: Good, Ease of Use: Very Good, Features: Very Good, Price when ranked: $40,
Bottom Line: Veteren utility offers solid threat detection and a nice interface. Phone support costs $30 per incident
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    McAfee:

McAfee is an industry leader in computer protection and VirusScan is their #1 defense against viruses. This software comes with a ScriptStopper, to stop viruses to spread from one computer to another via email, and WormStopper. Some downsides to the program are that it does not offer instant message protection, P2P/file sharing protection or registry startup protection. McAfee offers an 800 number, however it’s going to cost you and good luck finding the number.

Performance: Superior, Ease of Use: Very Good, Features: Very Good, Price when ranked: $40,
Bottom Line: Relatively good heuristics help VirusScan provide solid protection. Phone support costs $3 per minute
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    F-Secure Anti-Virus:

Does thoroughly scan your PC for viruses, and has a built-in anti-spyware scanner. One or the other or both can be run to cut down on scan times. Moreover, the program scans outgoing and incoming email in real-time, does a great job of shielding your registry against probable hijackers and controls which programs startup automatically. F-Secure has a news section that can be used to sign up for virus alerts and updates of what is going on in the virus world.

Performance: Superior, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Good, Price when ranked: $40,
Bottom Line: Solid performer responded quickly in tests and provides best breaking news on malware outbreaks.
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    TrendMicro – (Pc-Cillin):

Anti-virus has protocols for protecting PCs against viruses, worms and trojan horses as well as spyware, rootkits and malware. It scans incoming files realtime, including emails, downloads and files from portable storage devices. You can also schedule scans, run customized scans or conduct a scan on demand. Trend Micro’s Anti-virus plus Anti-spyware now gives its customers the tools it needs to battle malicious spyware, amongst things like trojans, hackers, worms, and adware.

Performance: Fair, Ease of Use: Superior, Features: Good, Price when ranked: $50,
Bottom Line: Former Best Buy performed poorly in heuristics and zoo tests but has the best interface of the bunch.
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    NOD32:

The NOD32 anti-virus software by ESET is a novel virus program that provides real-time protection against worms, trojans, spyware, malware, phishing and hackers. Nod32 has two different ways to run the program. You can run a simple Nod32 scan or you can spend more time using the control center. Within the control center you can have access to tons of customization feature and different types of scans-DMON, IMON, EMON and more.

Performance: Good, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Fair, Price when ranked: N/A,
Bottom Line: Performed the best, although it failed to clean several old macro viruses
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    Panda Antivirus:

Panda Antivirus making protecting your personal computer as easy as possible. Free automatic updates. Powerful blockage from hijackers, keyloggers, intruders, and hackers. Panda’s Antivirus software comes with an virus and spyware protection. Panda allows you to block, delete, clean, and quarantine infected files and does not slow your pc down during virus scans which is helpful to those constantly on your PC

Performance: Very Good, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Very Good, Price when ranked: $50,
Bottom Line: This former Best Buy performed well, but not exceptionally, in our newest nonspyware tests.
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    Alwil Avast!

Performance: Good, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Fair, Price when ranked: Free,
Bottom Line: This program has decent overall malware detection, but poor proactive protection and an awkward interface. It also lacks phone support.
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    The Shield Deluxe:

The Shield Deluxe 2008 combines reactive virus protection and spyware detection methods with the latest proactive technologies to provide your computer with the most effective protection against malicious programs. The product is simple to install and set up, while offering advanced users a range of versatile settings for fine-tuning the program.

Performance: Superior, Ease of Use: Very Good, Features: Very Good, Price when ranked: Hmmm not be find it :(,

Bottom Line: Inexpensive product received excellent scores in our performance tests, although its scan speed was sluggish.

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    Avira AntiVir:

AntiVir includes: AntiSpam, Firewall, GameMode, backup, AntiBot, AntiDriveBy, ParentalControl and more. Avira provides many of the world’s largest companies and institutions with Anti-Virus and Malware detection software. Protection for your entire network, including desktop PCs, file servers, proxy servers, email servers and mobile end devices.

Performance: Fair, Ease of Use: Good, Features: Price when ranked: Free,
Bottom Line: This program has good overall malware detection, but poor proactive protection. It also lacks phone support.
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This are some comprehensive list of good Anti-virus available today in the market which will help you out on all Security features including, anti-spyware, email protection, script blocking, instant message protection , P2P/file sharing protection or registry startup protection, RootKit protection, anti-trojans, anti-hackers, anti-worms and adware protection!

Hope it helps,,
Will be back with more action…

After a quite a time i am back writing on one of my favourite topics, Yup ‘Science Fiction’ I thought let me make this intresting by giving you the “list of top ten science fiction books” I think which are legendary and the best of best all time, I thought about why I read science fiction. Most of the time, I want the fantasy – a belief in another world so strong that I feel certain that I’m learning something about myself, society, future, the world, universe and so on. If I haven’t learned something from a book, I tend not to remember having read it afterward. These books will stand the test of time because they meet that criteria. Because the list is so short, it doesn’t include all my favorites or all the authors I like to read. It merely acknowledges existing research and long-range understanding put into fiction form and an enjoyable read.

I always love the quote from Quin “”Did you ever happen to think… that… there might be other people who dream the way I do?”

Yes there are many who think the same way I do so the list may not be great in your minds ;), but defnitely there are so many astounding science fiction books out there that this has been one of the hardest lists for me to put together. I have added and culled but finally I have a list of the best 10 Science Fiction Books of all time

So without wasting any time here we go….

1) “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card:

Taken from home at the tender age of 7, surrounded by enemies, with no hope and impossible odds, he is Earth’s last hope. Ender excels in the field of combat. The invasion of the alien insects ‘buggers’ looms over the Earth. Ender is put to the test when he leads Earth’s defensive and retailitory attack against the aliens. The dialogue, visuals, and details bond you to the characters and make this story incredible. This is still my favorite by Orson Scott Card but I typically read his books because I’m sure to have presented some issue about morality and society embedded inside his work

2) “The Time Machine” H G Wells

Love this one 🙂 The Time Machine was first published in 1895, making it the oldest book on this list. Considered by many to be one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time, this book coined the term “Time Machine” which is almost exclusively used to refer to any device that allows humans to move through time. The book’s main character is an amateur inventor who lives in London. He is never identified, instead being referred to simply as “The Time Traveller”. Having demonstrated to friends that time is a fourth dimension, and that a suitable device can move back and forth in this fourth dimension, he completes the building of a larger machine capable of carrying himself and me 🙂

3) “The Mind Parasites” by Colin Wilson

Elise – Scientists discover that alien parasites have infiltrated the minds of humans, creating self-doubt, depression, anxiety, and robbing humans of their powerful, innate creative abilities. The search to understand and destroy these aliens is a dangerous one, driving insane almost all who attempt it. I don’t know why this book is out of print. It’s a classic. The spookiest thing is that the symptoms described for alien occupation of one’s mind are emotions that we all have, and are the thoughts and ideas that keep us from stepping into our own power. What if there are alien beings taking up residence in our unconscious? Trippy, great book.

4) “The Foundation Series” Isaac Asimov

Yuppy, The term ‘Foundation Series’ is often used to include the Robot Series and Empire Series, which are set in the same fictional universe. In total there are fourteen novels and dozens of short stories written by Asimov, and six novels written by other authors after his death. The series is highly acclaimed, deservedly winning the one-time Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series” in 1965. The premise of the series is that scientist Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept devised by Asimov. Using the law of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale; it is error-prone for anything smaller than a planet or an empire. Using these techniques, Seldon foresees the fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way, and a dark age lasting thirty thousand years before a second great empire arises. These books are captivating and if you start book one, you won’t stop until you finish book fourteen.

5) “The Great Dune Triology” by Frank Herbert

Dune was published in 1965, and is frequently cited as the best-selling science fiction novel in history. Dune is set far in the future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary fiefdoms are controlled by noble Houses that owe allegiance to the Imperial House Corrino. The novel tells the story of young Paul Atreides as he and his family relocate to the planet Arrakis, the only source of the spice melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe. In a story that explores the complex interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, the fate of Paul, his family, his new planet and its native inhabitants, as well as the Padishah Emperor, the powerful Spacing Guild, and the secretive female order of the Bene Gesserit, are all drawn together into a confrontation that will change the course of humanity.

6) “1984” by George Orwell
This story tracks a young man who wishes privacy and the effects invasion of his privacy by the political system has on him. Ever since George Orwell wrote this book about Big Brother watching us, the issues about the use of technology and their ability to invade our personal privacy has grown. New technology on satellites and in personal communications show this is an issue of real concern. Many oppressive political systems continue to use the same tactics that Hitler used that brought about World War I. Crime is monitored by the Thought Police, an elite and secretive government organization that can erase you and all records of your existence. cool isn’t..

7) “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula Le Guin

This story made me cry when I first read it. It tracks a alien diplomat’s entry into a world divided politically and his attempts to create a treaty. It deals with what it means to be human in the face of social differences. It also proposes a society with an alternate form of sexuality.

8) “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

Huxley is one of my favourite writers. Brave New World is set in a dystopian future which anticipates developments in reproductive technology, biological engineering, and sleep-learning that combine to change society. The world the novel describes is a utopia, though an ironic one: humanity is carefree, healthy and technologically advanced. Warfare and poverty have been removed and everyone is permanently happy. The irony is that all of these things have been achieved by eliminating many things that humans consider to be central to their identity — family, culture, art, literature, science, religion, and philosophy. It is also a hedonistic society, taking pleasure from promiscuous sex and drug use, especially the use of soma, a powerful drug taken to escape pain and bad memories through hallucinations.

9) “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Philip K Dick

Published in 1968, this novel, even today, is years ahead of its time. Set in the future, the World War had obliterated millions with entire species extinct. This causes the humans to look for a new home planet. However, large corporations build artificial animals, which look extremely realistic, and are successful in creating artificial humans, used for slave labor. This causes great fear amongst the human population and the androids are subsequently banned. The androids are on the run, and Rick Deckard is brought in to hunt down the escapees to “retire” them. This book was the inspiration for Blade Runner.

10) “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert Heinlein

Stranger in a strange land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human raised by Martians on the planet Mars, upon his return to Earth in early adulthood. The novel explores his interaction and transformation of Earth culture. Typically of Heinlein, this book cover a variety of human taboos, including homosexuality, nudism, and cannibalism. The book introduces the character of Jubal Harshaw who is a central figure in many later books by Heinlein. It won the 1969 Hugo award and has not been out of print since the first publication. Eventually Stranger in a Strange Land became a cult classic, attracting many readers who would not normally have read a work of science fiction.

There we go some of the best science fiction novels I have read and Indeed legendary, just takes you out to another world, you have never imagined exsisted.. And my final comment if you are a great science fiction fan and you have not read this and think you have missed some really great ones… 😉

Will pItch in again with my next blog, untill then c u…