Monthly Archives: March 2010

India trending #princessSheeba

India has the count to make any topic trending on twitter! Be it #IPL #RCB #SachinIsGod #Satyanand #epicIndianAds or countless other such trending topics that pop up every other day!

Today’s trending topic is #princessSheeba and right now am jobless enough to track it back to its origin! Well I do it for most trending topics but right now am jobless enough to blog about it :P
(well, actually the script is running in the screen and I can’t do much about it atm :P )

So the first tweet about her was not today but 6 days back!

http://twitter.com/GeorgeTheWalker/statuses/10664155445

“2 yrs ago, I found this gem. Princess Sheeba – DEAR TO THE NEAR ONES and TERROR TO THE REAR ONES. m/ http://princesssheeba.com/index_1.html”

Today, it was rediscovered by
http://twitter.com/meenususanna/statuses/10967706993

And the first tweet with the #tag was

http://twitter.com/jacobrohan/statuses/10972635537

@manav84 Dude.. This is trend material… #PrincessSheeba

Lets see where this trend continue to!

PS: Have you ever noticed how all Indian trending topics are always on weekdays evening! (Needless to say why? ;)

cheers!

@Twitter embeds itself in the web using @anywhere

Sourced from BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8570293.stm

@anywhere, as it is known, will allow people using websites such as Amazon or the New York Times to follow new users or share media directly from the page.

It was unveiled at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

It is similar to Facebook’s Connect service that allows people to log in to other websites using their Facebook details and interact with friends.

“Imagine being able to follow a New York Times journalist directly from her byline, tweet about a video without leaving YouTube, and discover new Twitter accounts while visiting the Yahoo home page,” Twitter said on its blog.

‘Different approach’

The social network has not said when the service will launch, but said that it had already partnered with YouTube, Microsoft Bing and eBay amongst others.

Developers can already add Twitter functionality to their sites using a so-called API (application programming interface).

APIs are a set of tools offered by a firm to allow people outside the company to access and manipulate data held about their users.

They have become increasingly common amongst web firms to extend their reach beyond their own website.

Twitter said that @anywhere was a “different approach” that would be simpler for many sites to use.

This “open” approach to third-party developers allowed Twitter to grow at a phenomenal rate in its early days.

Recent data shows that traffic to Twitter’s websites has levelled off since the middle of 2009.

However, measurements of Twitter use is very difficult as many users interact with the service through desktop software and mobile phones.

IAF 7 SSC (M) F (P)/36 SSC (W) F(P) 2010

INVITES ENTERPRISING & ADVENTUROUS MEN & WOMEN
TO JOIN THE INDIAN AIR FORCE
AS SHORT SERVICE COMMISSIONED OFFICERS IN
FLYING (PILOT) BRANCH
WE ARE a high tech service, operating a formidable array of aircraft, weapons and associated equipment.
HAVE some of the finest training facilities, which will transform you into a skilled professional.
HAVE openings for bright young men and women who seek a life of challenge, honour and glory

GIVE WINGS TO YOUR DREAMS

Download the whole advertisement here.
Originally sourced from http://www.davp.nic.in/WriteReadData/ADS/eng_10801_73_0910b.pdf.

Download application form. Originally sourced from
http://careerairforce.nic.in/written_schedule/Flying%20Branch/Application%20Flyng%20Branch.pdf
1. Applications are invited from unmarried male and female Indian Citizens
for grant of Short Service Commission in Flying (Pilot) Branch of the Indian Air
Force for the following courses for which training will commence in Jan 2011.
No. 7 SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION (MEN) FLYING (PILOT) COURSE
No. 36 SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION (WOMEN) FLYING (PILOT) COURSE

Last date for receipt of applications: 06 April 2010.
Last date for receipt of applications for the candidates who are sending their
applications from Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep & Minicoy Islands,
Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Nagaland and
Mizoram: 13 April 2010

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS
2. Should be an unmarried Indian citizen.
3. Age: 19 to 23 years as on 01 Jan 2011 i.e. born between 02 Jan 1988 and
01 Jan 1992 (Both dates inclusive).
(Upper age limit for Candidates holding valid Commercial Pilot Licence issued
by DGCA (India) is relaxable upto 25 years i.e. born between 02 Jan 1986 to
01 Jan 1992 Both dates inclusive ).
4. Educational Qualification: Graduates (Three year course) in any
discipline including BE /B Tech (Four year course) who have attained Minimum
60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together. All candidates applying
must have passed Maths and Physics at 10+2 level through regular schooling.
Candidates appearing in final year/semester examinations may also apply
provided they fulfil the following conditions:-
(a) Candidates should not have any present backlog and should have secured a
minimum of 60% marks in aggregate in all papers put together upto the last
semester/ year for which results have been declared at the time of applying /
AFSB testing.
(b) Candidates should be able to provide provisional / original degree certificate
latest by 15 Dec 2010.
5. Height and Weight: Minimum height – 162.5 cms with correlated weight and
leg length in the range of 99 cms (Min) and 120 cms (Max).
6. Vision: (a) Visual Acuity 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in other, correctable to 6/6
only for hypermetropia. (b) Manifest Myopia – Nil. (c) LASIK Surgery for
correction of vision is admissible in Transport and Helicopter streams of Short
service Commission (Flying Branch) if the following conditions are fulfilled at the
time of Air Force medical examination:- (i) LASIK Surgery should not have been
carried out before the age of 20 years. (ii) The axial length of the eye should not
be more than 25.5 mm as measured by IOL master. (iii) At least twelve months
should have lapsed post uncomplicate stable LASIK. No history or evidence of
any complication. (iv) The post LASIK corneal thickness as measured by a
corneal pachymeter should not be less than 450 microns. (v) Individuals with
high refractive errors (>6D) prior to LASIK are to be excluded. Candidates must
not suffer from colour or night blindness.

Candidates who have failed the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) in an earlier
attempt OR a Flight Cadet suspended from flying training at Air Force Academy
will not be eligible to apply.
Airmen candidates are to apply through the separate Airmen entry

HOW TO APPLY
7.(a) If you meet the eligibility criteria, download the application format from our
website www.careerairforce.nic.in, complete the columns in English (Block
Capitals) and send the same by ORDINARY POST at the following address by
06 April 2010 / 13 April 2010 (as applicable). Alternately the application can be
typed or handwritten (in block capitals) as per the format given in the advertisement
in A4 size paper

POST BAG NO. 001, NIRMAN BHAWAN POST OFFICE, NEW DELHI – 110 106

Note:
No queries/correspondence will be entertained regarding late
receipt / non receipt or incomplete / non eligible / illegible applications.
(b) Superscribe the envelope: 7 SSC (M) F(P) / 36 SSC (W) F (P) Course
(as applicable).
(c) Application must also be accompanied by One self addressed envelope
(size – 23 x 10 cms) pasted with Rs 27/- postage stamps

SELECTION PROCEDURE
8. After scrutiny of the applications, short listed candidates will be called for Pilot
Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) and Service Selection Board (SSB) interview at one
of the Air Force Selection Boards (AFSBs) situated at Dehradun, Mysore and
Varanasi.
9. Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) will be administered on the first day and
candidates who qualify in it will undergo Stage I Personality Test on the next day.
Stage I test consists of Intelligence test and Picture Perception and Discussion
Test (PP&DT). PP&DT is a screening test and those who qualify would undergo
stage –II testing. Candidates who fail to qualify the PABT / stage – I would be
routed back on the same day.
10. Stage II tests consisting of Psychological test, Group test and Interview will be
conducted in the subsequent days (Three to four days).
11. Medical Examination will be conducted at AFCME, New Delhi or IAM
Bangalore for those who are recommended by AFSBs after stage-II testing.
12. Candidates recommended by the AFSBs and declared medically fit will be
appointed for training in order of All India Merit List depending on the number of
vacancies available.
13. No compensation will be paid in respect of any injury sustained during testing
at AFSBs.
TRAINING
14. Training is scheduled to commence in the month of Jan 2011.
15. Candidates will be detailed to undergo training for 74 weeks at Air Force
Training Establishments. During the training period, candidates would be
orientated with defence lifestyle and imparted military training to enhance their
physical and mental toughness before commencing flying training. On
completion of training they would be granted Short Service Commission. The
engagement period would be for 14 years from the date of commissioning (not
extendable).
IAF OFFERS YOU
16. Pay and Allowances: Flying Officers will be entitled to the pay band of Rs
15,600 -39,100 per month. Grade Pay, Military Service Pay, Dearness
Allowance, Flying Allowance, Transport Allowance & Kit Maintenance
Allowance are the other admissible pay and allowances.
17. In addition certain other allowances are applicable based on nature of duty /
place of posting.
18. Benefits: Well Furnished Accommodation, Comprehensive Medical Cover for
self and dependants, Leave Travel Concession, Leave (60 days Annual and 20
days Casual), Rations, Canteen, Officers Mess facilities and many more.
19. Insurance: Rs.30 Lac Insurance Cover (on contribution) as applicable to
serving officers. Additional cover of 3.5 Lac for Flying Branch is also available.
20. Adventure & Sports: The IAF provides facilities to pursue all major sports
activities. In addition, one can learn and participate in adventure activities such as
Sky Diving, Para Jumping, Para Sailing, River Rafting, Mountaineering, Trekking
etc.

Intangible:
21. An unparalleled way of life that offers you intrinsic compensation that no other organisation may provide

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS
22. Terms and conditions given in the advertisement are guidelines only and are subject to change without notice.
23. Pilot Aptitude Battery Test (PABT) is administered only once in a life time.
24. The columns in the Application Form must be complete in all respects. Illegible / incomplete applications will be rejected without
assigning any reason.
25. The following documents must be carried in original along with photocopies by the candidates while reporting to the Air Force
Selection Board for tests.
(a) Matriculation or Secondary School leaving Certificate issued by Board of Secondary Education for proof of Date of Birth. (No
other document would be accepted as proof of Date of Birth).
(b) 10+2 Certificate and Mark Sheet (issued by Board only) as proof of having passed in Physics & Maths.
(c) Original / Provisional Graduation Degree Certificate, Mark Sheets issued by the University only. For those appearing for the
final exams, semester/year wise mark sheets are to be taken.
(d) In case of final year / semester students applying, a certificate from college principal clearly mentioning the following aspects
annotated with proper stamp & seal of the institution (i) Name Of College (ii) University affiliated to (iii) Discipline of Graduation
(iv) Likely date of declaration of final result ( DD / MM / YYYY format ).
(e) Original Air Wing Senior Division ‘C’ Certificate (if applicable). In case the candidate is to appear in the NCC ‘C’ Certificate
(Sr. Division) Examinations, a certificate from the Commanding Officer of the NCC Air Squadron is to be obtained and carried
stating that the candidate will produce the ‘C’ Certificate by 15 Dec 2010.
(f) Original valid Commercial Pilot Licence issued by DGCA (if applicable).
26. Candidates who are not in possession of these documents will be routed back from AFSBs on the first day without any
payment of Travelling Allowance.
27. Onus of meeting eligibility criteria rests with the candidate. Merely because you have been called or tested in PABT / AFSB dose not
constitute fulfillment of eligibility criteria.
28. You must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease/disability. For broad details log on to our website
www.careerairforce.nic.in .
29. DISCLAIMER: Information given in the advertisement and on the website are only guidelines. In case of any ambiguity, the existing
rules and regulations of Indian Air Force / Govt. of India will be final.
30. STATUTORY WARNING: Selection in the Indian Air Force is free, fair and merit based. Any attempt to influence the selection
process detected at any stage, is liable to lead to termination of candidature or service and legal action against the concerned individual
will be initiated

Kerala’s love affair with alcohol

Original article at BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8557215.stm

Some Excerpts:

People in the southern state of Kerala are the heaviest drinkers in India, and sales of alcohol are rising fast. The BBC’s Soutik Biswas examines why.
Kerala has the highest per capita consumption of alcohol in India

Jacob Varghese says he began drinking when he was nine years old, sipping on his father’s unfinished whisky and brandy in glass tumblers.

Kerala is India’s tippler country. It has the highest per capita consumption – over eight litres (1.76 gallons) per person a year – in the nation, overtaking traditionally hard-drinking states like Punjab and Haryana.

Also, in a strange twist of taste, rum and brandy are the preferred drink in Kerala in a country where whisky outsells every other liquor.

Alcohol helps in giving Kerala’s economy a good high – shockingly, more than 40% of revenues for it’s annual budget come from booze.

A state-run monopoly sells alcohol – the curiously named Kerala State Beverages Corporation (KSBC) – runs 337 liquor shops, open seven days a week. Each shop caters on average to an astonishing 80,000 clients.

This fiscal year the KSBC is expected to sell $1bn (£0.6bn) of alcohol in a state of 30 million people, up from $12m when it took over the retail business in 1984.

Similarly, revenues from alcohol to the state’s exchequer have registered a whopping 100% rise over the past four years.

The monopoly is so professionally run that consumers can even send text messages from their phones to a helpline number to record their grievances.

“If we delay opening any of our shops by even five minutes, clients send us text messages saying that they are waiting to buy liquor,” says KSBC chief N Shankar Reddy.

That’s not all. There are some 600 privately-run bars in the state and more than 5,000 shops selling toddy (palm wine), the local brew. There is also a thriving black market liquor trade.

The jolly and convivial Mr Balakrishnan, 67, says his father “initiated” him into drinking when he was four.

ANZ Bank targetted by phishing attack.


ANZ Bank, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ASX: ANZ, NZX: ANZ), commonly called ANZ, is the fourth largest bank in Australia. This bank has recently come under attack by a major phishing attempt. Genuine looking mails are being sent out and these mails even have the proper from and reply to headers.
This looks much more major than the usual spoofy phishing attacks.

This attack makes use of open smtp relay servers like centralfilms.net.

The malicious mails have links pointing to

http://anzspadeace.emenace.com/bankmainanz/bankmain/bankmain/bankmain.asp/cgi-bin/login.htm and

http://anzservicesonline9.emenace.com/bankmainanz/bankmain/bankmain/bankmain.asp/cgi-bin/login.htm

If you get any mail from ANZ (and you have a account with ANZ) do not click on or provide any information in there. Contact your bank immediately.

Sample phishing email:

Hello
As part of our security measures, we regularly monitor the activities in the Bank system. We have recently contacted you in response to a problem with your ANZ Bank account.

Information you have requested for the following reason:
Our system has detected unusual debits on a credit card associated with your Bank account.
File No: PP-1128-818-425
This is a last reminder asking you to log in to Bank account as soon as possible.

Please restore access to your account.
Please do not reply to this email. Emails sent to this address can not be answered.
Copyright © 2010 ANZ Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141

ANZ has a contact us on their website where you can report such suspicious emails:

http://www.anz.com/common/forms/aus-online-enquiry/default.asp?intid=71

I never meant to hurt you!

I first heard this song in my first year of college. All thanks to Monty I guess. Here are the lyrics of the song sourced from

http://lyrics.filestube.com/song/7e38a8f510a935b003e9,Porcelain.html

In my dreams I’m dying all the time

As I wake its kaleidoscopic mind

I never meant to hurt you

I never meant to lie

So this is goodbye

This is goodbye

Tell the truth you never wanted me

Tell me

In my dreams I’m jealous all the time

As I wake I’m going out of my mind

Going out of my mind

Writer : HYNDE, CHRISSIE

Copyright : Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

How to auto insert target=”blank” in wordpress!

Hi,
So all of you must have used the link button in the WP editor to create links. Now the default link button makes your links open in the same tab. If you want to make your links open in a new tab, you have to add target=”_blank” to your a tag.

Now to do that manually everytime or use a text editor to manually edit (Ctrl+F, Ctrl+H) or whatever to search replace and add target=”_blank” could be a tedious job! Why do it when you can edit one file and automate it forever.

The file in question is quicktags.js and resides in “wp-includes/js” folder.

Open the file in a text editor and search for “function” till you come across “function edInsertLink”. This is the function responsible for inserting links to your posts.

Edit this function so that the corresponding part now reads as

edButtons[c].tagStart=’<a href=”‘+a+’” target=”_blank”>’

and save.
There you go.
Now your links will have target=”blank” as a part of them.

Or you can just download the file from here and save it in your wp-include/js/ folder.
cheers!

the anAlyst

New E-bay User Agreement

Just got a mail from ebay about their new user agreement policy.
Reproducing the mail verbatim in here.

eBay.in eBay sent this message to user(UserName).
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from ebay.
Learn more.
 

Important Information – New eBay User Agreement

Dear Anshu Prateek,

You are receiving this because you are a registered user of an eBay website (“eBay”) and you have provided a registration address in India.

Currently your “eBay” site of registration (that is the site on which you registered) is www.ebay.in and You have contracted with eBay International AG, a company incorporated under the laws of Switzerland and having its registered office at Helvetiastrasse 15 /17C H-3005, Bern, Switzerland. If You sell on “eBay”, You receive an invoice from eBay International AG for Your activities like listings, various features, final value fees etc.

With effect from 00:00 hours (India Standard Time) on the 1st day of April, 2010, all eBay users with a registration address located in India, will need to be registered with eBay India Private Limited (and not longer with eBay International AG). This means your existing User Agreement with eBay International AG will be terminated as of 31st March 2010 at 23:59 hours (You shall no longer be registered with eBay International AG) and immediately afterwards (i.e. effective 1st April 2010, unless you choose not to accept it, you shall be bound by a new User Agreement with eBay India Private Limited, a company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 (as applicable in India) with its registered office at 101-B, Akruti Corporate Park, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg (West), Mumbai 400079, Maharashtra (INDIA) and the Privacy Policy of www.ebay.in. eBay India Private Limited would raise invoices to You for your activities like listings, various features, final value fees etc. on “eBay”.

If you are registered with www.ebay.in, your new User Agreement with eBay India Private Limited and the Privacy Policy of www.ebay.in are hyperlinked as under. Please click on the following hyperlinks to carefully and fully read and understand your new User Agreement and Privacy Policy:

If you are registered with any other eBay website, while your existing user agreement with eBay International AG will be terminated as of 31st March 2010 at 23:59 hours, you shall be subject to the same user agreement of your registration site effective 1st April 2010, except for the following:

  1. Your contract is with eBay India Private Limited. eBay India Private Limited would raise invoices to You for your activities like listings, various features, final value fees etc. on “eBay”.
  2. The following clause in the Section “Fees and Services” or “Fees”, as the case may be:
    If you reside in India and you select to receive Your invoice in a currency other than Indian Rupees, you will receive all invoices from eBay India Private Limited in the currency as selected by you. You shall make the payments of these invoices in the name of eBay International AG, a company incorporated under Swiss laws and having its principal place of business at Helvetiastrasse 15/17, CH-3005 Bern, Switzerland. Your payments to eBay International AG should be in a currency other than Indian Rupees and should be from a bank account other than an Indian bank account or from a credit card other than those issued by Indian banks. You shall be solely responsible for compliance of all applicable laws including those in India for making payments to eBay International AG. Your payment to eBay International AG with full compliance of all applicable laws shall be sufficient to discharge you from your obligations towards eBay India Private Limited regarding payments under these invoices.

In the new User Agreement, as applicable to you, you would notice that the significant changes are (a) change in the contracting entity from eBay International AG to eBay India Private Limited; (b) eBay India Private Limited would raise invoices to you for your activities including selling and listings on any eBay website; and (c) your payment to eBay International AG for the invoices raised by eBay India Private Limited in non-Indian currency. Once these changes take place, you would continue to have the same world-class experience and protections in transacting on eBay websites that you always had.

Please note the following:

  1. If you agree and accept the aforesaid new User Agreement as applicable to you and with eBay India Private Limited and the Privacy Policy of www.ebay.in, then no further action from your side is necessary and effective 1st April 2010, all Your activities including selling and listings on “eBay” shall be governed by the User Agreement and Privacy policy mentioned above.

  2. If you do not wish to accept the aforesaid new User Agreement as applicable to you with eBay India  Private Limited and the Privacy Policy of www.ebay.in, you can choose to request to close your eBay account permanently on or before 31st March, 2010. Once you close your eBay account: (i) Your eBay account cannot be reopened, (ii) You cannot use the related feedback and (iii) You will not be able to use this user ID or email address on eBay .

  3. Please note that if you do not close your eBay Account permanently before 31st March 2010, as aforesaid, it shall be deemed that you have accepted the User Agreement as applicable to you with eBay India Private Limited and the Privacy Policy of www.ebay.in.

However, we encourage you to communicate with our Customer Service Resource to address any concern that may have prompted you to close your eBay account. Click here to learn more about the account closure process

Note: We recommend you to retain a copy of this email notification.

Regards,

eBay International AG and eBay India Private Limited