Friday, October 31, 2008

RUN commands

Go to Start->Run and type the following command

Accessibility Controls: access.cpl
Add Hardware Wizard: hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs: appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools: control admintools
Automatic Updates: wuaucpl.cpl

Bluetooth Transfer Wizard: fsquirt

Calculator: calc
Certificate Manager: certmgr.msc
Character Map: charmap
Check Disk Utility: chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer: clipbrd
Command Prompt: cmd
Component Services: dcomcnfg
Computer Management: compmgmt.msc

Date and Time Properties: timedate.cpl
DDE Shares: ddeshare
Device Manager: devmgmt.msc
Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)*: directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter: dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility: cleanmgr
Disk Defragment: dfrg.msc
Disk Management: diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager: diskpart
Display Properties: control desktop
Display Properties : desk.cpl
Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected): control color
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility: drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility: verifier

Event Viewer: eventvwr.msc

File Signature Verification Tool: sigverif
Findfast: findfast.cpl
Folders Properties: control folders
Fonts: control fonts
Fonts Folder: fonts
Free Cell Card Game: freecell

Game Controllers: joy.cpl
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof): gpedit.msc
Hearts Card Game: mshearts

Iexpress Wizard: iexpress
Indexing Service: ciadv.msc
Internet Properties: inetcpl.cpl

IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration): ipconfig /all
IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents): ipconfig /displaydns
IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents): ipconfig /flushdns
IP Configuration (Release All Connections): ipconfig /release
IP Configuration (Renew All Connections): ipconfig /renew
IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS): ipconfig /registerdns
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID): ipconfig /showclassid
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID): ipconfig /setclassid

Java Control Panel (If Installed):: jpicpl32.cpl
Java Control Panel (If Installed) javaws

Keyboard Properties: control keyboard

Local Security Settings: secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups: lusrmgr.msc
Logs You Out Of Windows: logoff

Microsoft Chat: winchat
Minesweeper Game: winmine
Mouse Properties: control mouse
Mouse Properties: main.cpl

Network Connections: control netconnections
Network Connections: ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard: netsetup.cpl
Notepad: notepad
Nview Desktop Manager (If Installed): nvtuicpl.cpl

Object Packager packager:
ODBC Data Source Administrator: odbccp32.cpl
On Screen Keyboard: osk
Opens AC3 Filter (If Installed): ac3filter.cpl

password Properties: password.cpl
Performance Monitor: perfmon.msc
Performance Monitor: perfmon
Phone and Modem Options: telephon.cpl
Power Configuration: powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes: control printers
Printers Folder: printers
Private Character Editor: eudcedit

Quicktime (If Installed): QuickTime.cpl

Regional Settings: intl.cpl
Registry Editor: regedit
Registry Editor: regedit32
Remote Desktop: mstsc
Removable Storage: ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests: ntmsoprq.msc
Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof): rsop.msc

Scanners and Cameras sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks: control schedtasks
Security Center: wscui.cpl
Services: services.msc
Shared Folders: fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows: shutdown
Sounds and Audio: mmsys.cpl
Spider Solitare Card Game: spider
SQL Client Configuration: cliconfg
System Configuration Editor: sysedit
System Configuration Utility: msconfig

System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately): sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot): sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot): sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting): sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache): sfc /purgecache
System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x) : sfc /cachesize=x
System Properties sysdm.cpl

Task Manager: taskmgr
Telnet Client: telnet

User Account Management: nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager: utilman

Windows Firewall: firewall.cpl
Windows Magnifier: magnify
Windows Management Infrastructure: wmimgmt.msc
Windows System Security Tool: syskey
Windows Update Launches: wupdmgr
Windows XP Tour Wizard: tourstart
Wordpad: write

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Smart Investor

A city boy, Kenny, moved to the country and bought a donkey from an old farmer for $100.00. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.

The next day the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the donkey died last night."

Kenny replied: "Well then, just give me my money back."

The farmer said: "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."

Kenny said: "OK then, just unload the donkey."

The farmer asked: "What you gonna to do with him?"

Kenny: "I'm going to raffle him off." (Note: To raffle is to sell a thing by lottery - draw lot -! To a group of people each paying the same amount for a ticket)

Farmer: "You can't raffle off a dead donkey!"

Kenny: "Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead."

A month later the farmer met up with Kenny and asked, "What happened with that dead donkey?"

Kenny: "I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars apiece and made a profit of $998.00."

Farmer: "Didn't anyone complain?"

Kenny: "Just the guy who won. So I gave him back his two dollars."

How smart his investing is !!!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ten practical ways to lower expenses in Small Business

Even if your small business is holding its own, there are steps you should take to keep costs under control. Here are 10 practical ways to lower expenses.

Whether your business is doing well or taking a hit on the revenue side, just about everyone is seeing their costs of doing business go up. Even small and midsize companies whose sales and income have increased are being forced to tighten their budgets to deal with soaring expenses due to fuel and energy prices, higher taxes, and other outlays over which they have little or no control.

Luckily, there are other areas where you may be paying more than you have to, so you can cut your costs to keep your organization's financial status on an even keel. Many of these changes don't require a big sacrifice--and you might find yourself getting more while paying less.

#1: Cut the landline
Traditional telephone service in most areas costs substantially more than voice over IP, even if you only make a few local calls. If your company does a lot of domestic long distance and/or international calling, you might be able to save a bundle by dropping the landline in favor of VoIP.

For instance, one small business in our area was paying US$43 a month per line for a basic landline from AT&T with no voicemail or other advanced features. Long distance calls were extra, resulting in an average monthly bill of more than US$200 each month for two lines.

Switching to Lingo Business VoIP, they were able to keep the same phone number, and they got two lines for US$49.95 with no extra charges for calls anywhere in the United States and 22 other countries. They also get features such as voicemail delivered via e-mail, call waiting, simultaneous ring, and other options they didn't have with the landline. Other VoIP providers have similar plans.

Before you give up the landline, be sure it's not needed for other purposes, such as your fax machine or security alarm monitoring system, and be aware of the emergency calling implications.

#2: Ditch the fax machine
Some older fax machines won't work on a VoIP line, although many modern machines will. However, whether or not you have VoIP, you may be able to save money by doing away with the fax machine altogether. Sending a fax over a landline often incurs long distance charges, and receiving faxes uses paper and printer ink.

Most documents that are faxed can be sent more cost effectively and just as easily as e-mail attachments. If the original document was created electronically, attaching it to an e-mail message is a simple click-click operation. If not, you can scan it and send it.

Some people with whom you do business may insist on a fax instead of e-mail. Recently, a Merrill Lynch advisor refused to accept a form via e-mail because it contained personal information, even though I offered to encrypt it.

However, I was able to send it using a free Web faxing service called FaxZero. The catch? They put an ad on the cover sheet. If you prefer not to have the ad, you can pay US$1.99 to send the fax. If you send only a few faxes a year, this makes more sense than maintaining a fax machine.

If you have people who insist on sending you faxes rather than e-mail attachments, you still don't have to deal with the expense of a landline, fax machine, paper, and ink. There are low-cost Web-based services for incoming faxes, such as Packetel that allow you to get a fax number and receive incoming faxes for US$3.95 per month.

#3: Reconsider physical security options
Physical security for your business is important, regardless of its size. But some small and midsize companies are paying more than they need to for physical security because they haven't considered modern options.

If you're still relying on the traditional security guard on the premises to protect the property at night when you leave, you might want to look into new technological solutions, such as IP-based surveillance cameras you can monitor from home or have monitored by a service at much lower cost than the salary of a guard.

You may also be able to save money on alarm system monitoring by switching to a monitoring company that supports VoIP or that uses a dedicated cellular uplink instead of a landline for communications between the alarm system and the monitoring station.

It also pays to shop around and carefully read all the details of alarm monitoring contracts, since many of them lock you into a contract that automatically renews for a multi-year period if you don't cancel at precisely the right time--which means you could end up paying for years of service you don't use if you need to move or want to switch companies.

Invest in good locks, fencing, security lighting, etc., but don't let security companies use fear tactics to talk you into buying expensive sophisticated security equipment and services that are overkill for your level of risk.

#4: Use snail mail only when absolutely necessary
Postage keeps going up, even as the quality of service we get from the post office seems to keep going down. Many business people have learned the hard way that they end up paying extra when bills that were mailed on time take weeks or even months to get to their destinations across town, so they pay even more to use certified mail or priority mail that can be tracked. At US$4.80 to send one regular size envelope domestically, the costs can add up fast.

You can save money by paying bills online when possible; this also saves money you pay for checks and makes it less likely that you'll incur late fees. You can also save by sending documents, especially large ones, as e-mail attachments, making them available for download from an FTP server or using other electronic file-sharing applications to send them.

#5: Go (at least partially) paperless
Paper and ink cartridges cost money, and the more you use your printers, the more quickly they'll wear out and require replacement. Printers also use power. With the rising cost of energy, you can save money on electricity bills by cutting down on the amount of material you print.

Consider how you can convert your workflow to an electronic one by eliminating unnecessary hard copies wherever possible. If you print and send a monthly newsletter to your clients, for example, consider instead sending it via e-mail or posting it on your Web site. Advertise your products and services on your Web site instead of printing flyers. Send internal memos electronically rather than distributing printed copies. Read documents and e-mail messages on the computer screen instead of printing them out.

#6: Recycle within the organization
Families on a budget have always saved money by passing on hand-me-down clothing, shoes, and toys from one child to another. Businesses can do the same by recycling office equipment, furniture, and supplies from one employee to another.

If your company's engineer needs a more powerful computer to run the latest number crunching software, the old system may be perfectly adequate for a clerk who only uses e-mail and word processing applications. Always look at how assets can be recycled within the company before throwing them away.

If you really have no more use for electronic equipment, many localities won't allow you to simply throw it in the trash--you have to pay to have it hauled away. Instead, you may be able to donate it to a charitable organization and save the cost of disposal while at the same time possibly getting a tax deduction. Just be sure to keep security in mind and remove or completely erase hard drives on any computers you give away.

#7: Cut travel costs
If travel is an important part of your business model, you know that costs are way up. Airlines are raising fares, tacking on new fees, and charging extra for things that used to be free, like checked baggage and nonalcoholic drinks.

Choosing to drive instead means paying gasoline prices that have almost doubled in the past year. There are also hidden costs involved in traveling--like that $852 cell phone bill for international roaming that we got after a recent business trip.

You can still reduce travel expenses by careful planning. Of course, the most effective solution is to travel less. With videoconferencing technology, you get the next best thing to being there without the cost or the hassle. You don't need expensive enterprise-level "telepresence" equipment to conduct effective remote meetings.

If you must travel, use technology to get the best prices possible. Many travel agents now charge booking fees. You might save by booking your own flights and hotels.

Do some research and find out the most cost-effective way to do it. Some airlines charge a higher fee for making reservations online, while others charge more to make phone reservations. Sign up for frequent flyer miles--and use them. Use a company credit card that gives you miles or cash back. Don't pay for extras you don't need, such as rental car insurance when your company or personal policy, or your credit card, already covers you.

The key to getting the best travel deal is often doing the research. You should try alternate airports, and alternate days/times if you have some flexibility in your travel plan. Booking directly from a hotel's Web site will often get you deals you might not get through the travel sites.

#8: Embrace telecommuting
If your small business is outgrowing your physical space, one way to save money may be to allow select employees to telecommute instead of investing in more office space.

With new technologies, it's not only easier but more secure than it once was to let workers log onto the company network from home. Having fewer people working at the office can also save money on your energy bills. One option is to shut down the office completely one day per week and have everyone work from home, so that you can also shut down the heating or cooling system.

Telecommuting costs less for the employees themselves, too. Not only do they save money on gasoline, but they may also save on the cost of clothes, lunches, and other incidental costs associated with working in an office environment. And they also save the time that it would take to drive to and from work.

Because telecommuting has so many advantages for workers, they may accept a lower salary, in turn saving your company more money.

#9: Partner up
Small businesses may not be able to buy office supplies and other items in bulk to take advantage of volume discounts, but by partnering with other small businesses in a co-op purchasing plan, you can all save money. You may also be able to form an association with other businesses to get better prices on things like employee health insurance or even consulting services.

#10: Go green
"Green" is the new buzzword, and many businesses are now making efforts to operate in a way that's more environmentally friendly, either voluntarily, out of the desire to be good community citizens, or under government mandates. The good news is that many of the measures you can take to help the planet also save you money.

For instance, using Energy Star rated electronic devices and turning off electrical devices when they aren't in use can save you a substantial amount of money. Similarly, reducing paper consumption to save the trees also has a positive impact on your bottom line.

Other environmentally-friendly money saving tips include upgrading the cooling systems in your facilities and using programmable thermostats to automatically adjust temperatures when the office is empty, using smaller and more fuel-efficient company cars, replacing bottled water in the office with a water filter, using energy-efficient light bulbs, replacing old CRT monitors with flat panels, and even replacing desktops with laptops, which use considerably less energy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Travel aggregation is a crowded market and what’s really needed is travel planning - across the different modes of travel (bus, train and flight)

Hyderbad based, Nearhop is attempting to be the travel planner and computes all the possible ways using bus/ flight/ train with combinations upto 3-hops.

Nearhop claims 5,000 places and has database of 38000 flights/trains/buses. For eg if you give ‘AAA’ as the source and ‘BBB’ as the destination,

NearHop enumerates the list of all direct services from ‘AAA’ to ‘BBB’. It also enumerates the list of all 2-hop paths to reach from ‘AAA’ to ‘BBB’. An example of a 2-hop path is first to reach a station, say ‘CCC’ from ‘AAA’ by flight/train/bus  and from there go to ‘BBB’  by flight/train/bus. 3-hop paths are also enumerated if they are appropriate.

Few features:

  • Given a source, destination and date, NearHop creates a travel plan. i.e it computes and enumerates the list of all "possible paths which include arrival time, departure time, fare, number of hops, service details, availability" to reach the destination from the source. A "possible path" can be either direct bus/flight/train  or combination of  the above. 
  • Lists the possible paths upto 3-hops.
  • Lists the day specific schedules. ie A flight may deptart at 3:00PM on sun, mon and tue and depart at 7:00PM on remaining days.NearHop computes the schedules specific to a day.
  • Lists the links to book the tickets.
  • Displays timetable of flight, bus and train for each city; shows the map for your journey

NearHop has also created database of bus/local train routes (for Bangalore,Mumbai,Chennai,Delhi,Hyderabad and Kolkata) and one can download the .jar/.jad file from here.

One of the most interesting feature is the local travel part: you can search for local train and bus timings (sort of navigator) and to me, that seems like a very relevant and useful info.

Aggregation of this sort is quite needed in the travel space, and Nearhop really needs to improve on data presentation - the current version seems too complex (and cluttered) to understand.

Do give Nearhop a hop and share your comments.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Worth of Words

Horror gripped the heart of a World War-I soldier, as he saw his lifelong friend fall in battle. The soldier asked his Lieutenant if he could go out to bring his fallen comrade back.

"You can go," said the Lieutenant," but don't think it will be worth it.

Your friend is probably dead and you may throw your life away."

"The Lieutenant's words didn't matter, and the soldier went anyway.

Miraculously, he managed to reach his friend, hoisted him onto his shoulder and brought him back to their company's trench. The officer checked the wounded soldier, then looked kindly at his friend.

"I told you it wouldn't be worth it," he said. "Your friend is dead and you are mortally wounded."

"It was worth it, Sir," said the soldier.

"What do you mean by worth it?" responded the Lieutenant. "Your friend is dead."

"Yes Sir," the soldier answered,

"but it was worth it because when I got to him, he was still alive and I had the satisfaction of hearing him say....

"Jim...I knew you'd come."


Many times in life, whether a thing is worth doing or not, really depends on how u look at it.

Take up all your courage and do something your heart tells you to do so that you may not regret not doing it later in your life........


Monday, October 6, 2008

Success Sayings

Zig Ziglar:
The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not the job; you can best get to the top by getting to the bottom of things.

Walter Chrysler:
The real secret of success is enthusiasm.

Benjamin Disraeli:
The secret of success is constancy to purpose.

Aristotle Onassis:
The secret of success is to know something nobody else knows.

Vincent Lombardi:
The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.

Dale Carnegie:
The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.

Orison Swett Marden:
The successful men of today are men of one overmastering idea, one unwavering aim, men of single and intense purpose.

E. M. Gray:
The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.

Irving Berlin:
The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success.

The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.

Side Effects for West Bengal Bcoz of Nano's Exit

Finally, Tata’s small car Nano will not be manufactured at West Bengal’s Singur Plant because Tata has decided to pull out from Singur and will manufacture Nano at some other location. Names of states like Gujarat and Maharashtra are emerging as front runners in begging Tata Nano project, though, we will able to see clear picture in coming days.

Tata has already started manufacturing small car Tata Nano from Tata’s Panthnagar plant in Uttarakhand and 50 Nano cars are getting manufactured on the daily basis from this plant. However, this exit of Tata Nano from West Bengal looks to have affected future industrialisation plans of state very badly. Second, people of Singur are biggest sufferers because they have only lost and lost heavily in this whole struggle, as they lost good compensation, job opportunities, growth opportunity and many other opportunities.

In future, any big industry will think twice before entering into West Bengal. Tata Nano has become a big success even before its official launch, because of worldwide publicity got by this world’s cheapest car. Therefore exit of such big project of worldwide value can put west Bengal many years back on the industrial growth map.

In the present time, Industrialisation provides a great option in front of state governments to provide rapid growth for their states and provide employment opportunities to people of state. Overall, Tata Nano Singur project is a failure for state government, central government and opposition and main losers are people of Singur and West Bengal, who have lost a good opportunity from their hands.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ban on smoking in public

A ban on smoking tobacco in public has come into force in India.

Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss says he aims to cut the number of smokers and to protect passive smokers from the harmful effects of tobacco.

India has more than 120 million smokers and observers say the ban will need to be strictly enforced. Those flouting it face fines of 200 rupees ($4.50).

Tobacco smoking in India kills 900,000 people a year, a figure expected to rise to a million by 2010.

India's health ministry says hundreds of thousands of people who have never smoked die each year by inhaling smoke from other people's cigarettes and bidis (small hand-rolled cigarettes common in India).

"From 2 October India is going to go smoke-free in all public places," Mr Ramadoss said.

"The aim is to discourage the smokers, to make them quit or reduce smoking. Also all non-smoking employees have a right to a 100% smoke-free atmosphere.

"The perils of passive smoking are equally bad."

'Teething problems'

Health experts say passive smoking contains more than 4,000 chemicals and exposure can cause lung cancer, heart disease, bronchitis and asthma.


Auditoriums, cinema halls
Hospitals, health institutions
Railway stations, bus shelters
Restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs
Offices, libraries, courts
Markets, shopping malls
Discotheques, coffee houses
Schools, colleges, fun parks

In the capital, Delhi, no-smoking notices have been posted at many office buildings, restaurants and hotels.

The government has provided an exhaustive list of what it deems to be public spaces as well as officials who have the authority to fine law-breakers.

People will still be able to smoke inside their homes, and in open areas.

The health minister says he has written to all state governments asking them to ensure the ban is observed.

Legislation to outlaw smoking in public in India was first passed in 2003.

A ban was supposed to have taken effect in 2004, but it has taken four more years to work out guidelines before it could be implemented.

Many say the new regulations will need strict enforcement to be effective.

Some say they believe the law will be used by the police and other authorities to harass people.

The health minister admits there will be "teething problems".


But he says the "smoke-free campaign is a movement launched with massive public support" and he is confident that it will succeed.

"I expect there will be problems, but it will be done. I appeal to the people to please do self-policing and abide by the act."

To raise public awareness about the ban, the health ministry is running a publicity campaign in newspapers and on television and radio and billboards.

A new website is also being launched on Thursday to provide information about the ban.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

MSN India Launches Live Search Maps

MSN India has launched it’s live search maps product and now supports 9 cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur (as well as integration with national highways/roads).

Live maps supports driving directions, business listing/PoI searches as well as local search - though the data quality is nothing great to talk about.

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