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Wolfram Alpha Screenshots and My Test Reviews

I have been intrigued with the whole Wolfram Alpha hype for a long time and when finally I got to lay my hands on this engine, I was pleasantly surprised. I have to say, this is way beyond my expectations (I mean better) and the extent to which they’ve researched before launching it is really mind boggling.

Microsoft tried for ages to solve Integral and Derivative mathematical problems. I remember coming across a set of software to solve some complex Integration problems during A levels – never found anything good.

Wolf Ram Alpha is an answer engine that doesn’t return results like Google. It returns answers straight to the point. I have a few screenshots of what Wolfram Alpha can do. Get ready for an eyebrow raising experience.

What do you think about Wolfram Alpha? It’s 4pm CST and Wolfram Alpha launches at 7pm CST. 3 hours to go. Can’t wait.

For all those still talking about “hype”, just imagine the detail of the algorithm that runs this engine. It is remarkable. All the best to Mr Stephen Wolfram and Wolfram Alpha!


Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel to feature FV Katmai sinking. I can’t wait!

Fishing Vessel Katmai
Fishing Vessel Katmai

Tragedy struck fishing vessel Katmai in October 2008

FV (for Fishing Vessel) Katmai Ship was a fishing boat that operated commercially. Last year, in October it sank a few miles west of the Adak Island in the Aleutians.  During its sinking, the Katmai was playing host to a film shooting and tragically 7 of the 11 crewmen onboard were killed.  It wasn’t the first to face disaster. 4 other fishing vessels like the Katmai have sunk in Alaskan waters in the last 10 years, one being Artic Rose, where all 15 crew members will killed.

What’s so special about Discovery’s Deadliest Catch Season 5?

Team Discovery Channel have been there during the search and rescue operation and they’ve got amazing, raw footage to show me. It’s season 5 of “Deadliest Catch” on Discovery and I ain’t missing it.

I am still not sure if they actually found the live sinking footage, but it is definitely worth watching and waiting for. Any other questions, lemmi know.

Have a look at the following blogs for more on Katmai sinking and Discovery’s Deadliest Catch.

Discovery uncovers exclusive footage on Katmai sinking

Katmai sinking – Watch it live!


No Man in the World can Resist our Apple Strudel. Who said this?

Harold Lloyd's Apple Strudel
Harold Lloyd's Apple Strudel

Google trends is kindda strange. You never know what people may come up searching for and why. For example, people are profusely searching for:

1. No Man in the World can Resist our Apple Strudel

2. A Snack so Good, People Even Eat the Wrapper

Who is searching for that, and what is making people search for this? Since you’re on this page searching for it, perhaps you can share some knowledge?

Our research

1. You’re searching for “No Man in the World can Resist our Apple Strudel” or Harold Lloyd’s Apple Strudel poem because you really love Apple strudels.

2. You were very moved by Chicago businessman Harold Lloyd’s story, where Rogue magazine was helping him. You want to know more about him and want to read about how small businesses are affected by the recession.

What made you come here? Share

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Susan Boyle talks of boyfriend, virginity on TV. Why? It was a gimmick!

Susan Boyle - Unbrushed hair, lonely, virgin - Best suited to publicity!
Susan Boyle - Unbrushed hair, lonely, virgin - Best suited to publicity!

I am probably the latest Susan Boyle fan but I just can’t understand why they made all the hype before her performance on Britain’s Got Talent! Why would anyone talk of their own virginity, lonely life, not having been kissed ever and present themself with un-brushed hair? I’m forced to believe it was all a planned show!

Hair raising stuff – Her performance and the way the whole performance on Britian’s Got Talent was picturised, planned and recorded.

I, like any other Susan Boyle fan was searching to find more about her.  My obvious curiosity lied in knowing more about her  family, boyfriend, husband etc! Hence the topic “Susan Boyle Boyfriend”.

Came across this blog that claims it’s all a gimmick! You know what? I believe this guy! Check it out – Susan Boyle’s boyfriend

Breaking News – “Susan Boyle has been kissed” reports – She lied on TV?!

Contrary to how she describes her life (on Britain’s Got Talent), Susan Boyle’s neighbour claimed that she has been kissed. reported this yesterday. Angel or Crazy for publicity? You decide.

Some not so pretty exposure - Susan boyle
"Not so pretty" exposure - Susan Boyle
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Free Medical Advice for your Medical Questions. Great start, what’s next?

I have been following the “Free Advice”, “Free help”, “Free this”, “Free that” news pretty actively on the Internet. When everyone in the world was crazy for domain names, a company came out of nowhere offering free “.com” domain names (it ultimately went bust, but that’s beside the point 😉 ). When information was expensive and you had to subscribe to encyclopedias like Encarta or Britannica, Wikipedia came and made it all free. Then it was the paid news era – Online news subscription! Who would’ve thought, those same Newspapers will be competing with each other to provide more and more for free online! Thank you Google.

Talking of services that are still “paid for” on the Internet – there’s web hosting, all physical products that need to be delivered to you, leisure stuff like hotel stays, airlines, holidays etc and that’s probably about it (leaving the teeny weeny video, audio downloads, tickets, services etc.)

There’s one industry that has evolved at a fairly slow pace online – Medicine, Medical advice and stuff related to doctors and hospitals. Some time ago, Google came up with Google health, which at one point, was believed, had a bright future and was destined to take medical services to levels similar to other fields, but that wasn’t to happen.

While searching for a solution to my friend’s insomnia related problem, I came through to this new web site – Free Medical Helpline – Started by a few Doctors from India. They emphasize on giving medical guidance, and not prescriptions.

A new Free in Medical field
A new “Free” in Medical Advice

I have posted a question on this site about my friend’s medical issues. On going through some questions posted by others, I can see how the team was enthusiastic at first and has gradually come down to miniature answers. Probably the site can evolve into a wider encyclopedic source as and when questions come in. I will keep at eye out for my answer and update this post once I get an answer to my question.

Time will tell if this “Free Medical Advice Service” will pass the test of time and join Newspapers and Social Media!


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Here’s a beautiful profile I found about Ruslana Korshunova.

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Mayank Sharma? Are you Mayank Sharma from MSM?

Here goes – With my blog breaking records (turning up rank 1 for almost all Google searches) and my search for people I’ve lost touch with, returning futile results, I thought this may be a good way to find my good old friend that I lost somewhere in this “not so small world”.

Mayank Sharma


Education: Mount St Mary’s School, New Delhi
Batch: 1999

That’s literally all I know about my lost friend.

If you are the Mayank Sharma that fulfils the above criteria, then you must know me – remember Arjun? Your partner in 11th and 12th?

One incident that I clearly remember about you is SHOUTING “OYE” when Principal Bosco was passing by our classroom when we were in 11th or 12th. He re-entered and asked in a firm voice – “Who was it?”. Obviously no one replied. I guess he even asked a couple of “most targetted” boys to stand up. You were the last one to be targetted with your “good boy” image. So after a little try, Bosco left.

As soon as he left, you shouted again “OYE”.. the rest is history. 🙂

Mayank Sharma, this is an attempt to get in touch with you.

Comment on this blog with your email. However, knowing you, it’s possible that you’ll read this but not bother replying.  Mote aalsi!



Mel Gibson and Robyn Gibson divorce?

Robyn Moore (Robyn Gibson after marriage), Mel Gibson’s wife for 28 years, has filed for divorce stating “irreconcilable differences”. The celebrity couple issued a joint statement through a common spokesperson stating that maintaining the integrity and protecting its privacy was the top priority for the both of them…

Strained relations - Robyn Moore Gibson and Mel Gibson parting ways
Strained relations - Robyn Moore Gibson and Mel Gibson parting ways

While a direct quote is still awaited from any of the concerned parties, insider reports paint a different picture altogether. The word around the street is that friends and family had been speculating this long-impending divorce. Some reports even suggest that the divorce had been filed way back in August, 2006 when Gibson, 53, was held under charges of driving under influence of alcohol and was involved in a major roadside accident. Some might even recall that it wasn’t long before that Gibson bore the brunt for making anti-Semitic remarks. The original “sex symbol” of Hollywood has been in a personal turmoil of sorts in the past decade or so. Despite having a long spate of blockbusters to his credits, Gibson just hasn’t been able to shed the ‘bad playa’ image that has been so lovingly bestowed upon him by the media and audience alike.

…Coming back to the Mel-Robyn saga, the couple has jointly reiterated that they would sort things out amicably instead of washing dirty linen in public, as has been the forte of other celebrity break-ups. Watch this space for the next big dope on the Mel-Robyn story…


Tech Mahindra Wins Satyam Bid

Tech Mahindra, which is a joint venture between Indian firm Mahindra & Mahindra and British Telecom announced a bid that can salvage the scam-tainted company at $ 1.2 billion. This enables the sixth largest Indian outsourcer to wrestle market share from prominent local outsourcing competitors like Wipro, Infosys Technologies and Tata Consultancy services.

Tech Mahindra has overtaken Larsen & Toubro, which holds 12% stake in Satyam, in its bid by offering 58 rupee or $1.16 per share bid for 31 percent of the company.

“The selection of the highest bidder, in fair and transparent process, signals a new phase for the company in its progress towards growth and stabilization,” said Kiran Karnik, chairman of Satyam’s board and hoped that this will instill greater confidence among customers and investors.

Three months ago, Satyam’s chairman and founder shocked investors by admitting that he had overstated profits for many years and inflated the company’s operating margins. It was later found out that a team in finance department was responsible for churning out fake invoices and bank statements.

Tech Mahindra, which provides information technology services to the telecom industry, has less than half the workforce of Satyam. More than half of the company’s business comes from one client, British Telecom, which owns a minority stake. The deal would enable the company to venture in new industries from manufacturing to financial services.

About Satyam:

Satyam which means “truth” in Sanskrit, had around 53,000 employees and a market capitalization of over $7 billion. It was one of India’s biggest information technology companies and one of India’s fourth-largest software services exporter. Even considering the fact that Satyam is a very badly managed firm at a revenue run rate of $1.6 billion it should have garnered profits of around Rs 1,000 crores ($200 million).

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Sun Direct Unveils HD TV broadcast in India

With the perception of viewers changing every day and new technology literally swamping the world, Sun Direct has made history by unveiling the HD (High Definition) technology in India. It gives five times better viewing experience over regular TV and when compared with other digital broadcast technologies, it offers excellent resolution, sharp sound quality and clear visuals.

Targetting the niche audience, it has the plans to start two channels initially – one each for Tamil movies and Telugu movies, followed by a Hindi movie service and will start eight more channels gradually. The pricing comes around Rs 10,000 one-time cost with a per-channel price of Rs 100 a month and the company hopes the cost will come down when viewership increases.

Having crossed the three million subscriber base mark in March 2009, Sun Direct’s COO Tony D’Silva stated that it is the number two DTH service provider in the country. Korean giant Samsung has been asked to provide set-top boxes required for Sun Direct’s HD broadcast service. Sun Direct intends to capture 40-45 % of the DTH market, others being international channels like Fox International and Warner Brothers.

Sun direct HD TV in India
Sun direct HD TV in India

Enjoy HD broadcast in India during Common Wealth games 2010. This is set to pioneer the HDTV wave in the country and it has been assured by the government that Commonwealth Games 2010 will be telecast live in HD technology.

Sun Direct is a 80:20 joint venture between the Maran family and Astro Group of Malaysia. It offers 41 add-on packages and a basic package of over 130 channels in DVD quality for an initial price of Rs 499 along with a free dish and set top box (STB).