John McCain, on the 29yth of August this year (2008) declared Sarah Palin his running mate for U.S. elections for the president (hahaha – ignore my laughter). This happened at the national convention at St. Pauls, in the area of Minnesota. Sarah Palin is teh first woman ever to run on the US presidental ticket and the first nominee from Alaska ever.
Why does Sarah Palin attract so much attention? (or should i say hatret)
If John Mccain wins, Sarah Palin will be the vice president. This happened after all the feared rumours turned true after Sarah Palin visited Mccains residence on teh 24th of August, 2008. Sarah Palin’s extensive knowledge of foreign affairs (pun intended) and her special meeting with dozens of international leaders in New York has made her pretty infamous and recently cafepress.com released a series of anti-Sarah Palin T-Shirts.
Here are a few designs. Choose your favourite please!
I happend to be amongst the unfortunate few who mistakenly entered the Phones 4u outlet in Victoria Street, London. Had broken my Nokia N95 the previous day and I for some reason thought it’s better to talk to the idiots at Phones 4u rather than o2.
Anyway, the following happened at PHONES 4U:
1. They offered me the Samsung i900 Omnia on a 45 pounds per month, 18 month contract for free.
2. After sitting there for an hour, the gentleman found that it wasn’t free on a 45 per month contract, and I’ll have to go with the £75 per month contract. Had no option and desperately needed a phone, so I agreed.
3. The guy at the till said the contract has a 14 day “peace of mind” guarantee and if you’re not happy, we’ll change your contract or phone or both. I was pretty impressed at that stage to be honest.
4. The worst phone on earth as I call it – The Samsung i900 Omnia hung with a blank screen for 13 times in the first two days of using it. I checked a few forums and message boards online and found that to be a pretty common problem.
5. Went back to Phones4u and asked for a change of handset. i wanted the Blackberry Bold or Nokia E71 this time. For me, the most important thing is email, and having read some very good reviews about Samsung Omnia’s email connectivity on Windows mobile 6.1, I thought it might be ok, but it’s really a piece of crap.
6. Anway, people at Phones 4u then tell me that because mine was an existing contract on O2, they cannot change my plan, which was by now £75 plus £10 insurance plus £7.50 an internet usage bolt on = £92.50 per month.
7. With no option left, the gentleman at the till this time (surprisingly, not a single person from last time was present) offered the Blackberry Bold and I agreed. Another 45 mins to do some stupid paperwork and I was told that Blackberry Bold wasn’t available on existing contracts!! WHAT?? I said.. but then having no other option left at all in stead of the Nokia N95 or N96, i returned home with a new Samsung Omnia i900.
8. Here’s why you don’t need a Samsung Omnia:
Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system: Contrary to my expectations, the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 really sucks. You can’t get most windows mobile applications on it, almost everything that you get on IPhone, you don’t get here. Not even Youtube, Google talk or any decent games.
The unbelievably bad touch screen system: If you’ve happened to lay your hands on the Apple iPhone, you’d have seen screen gliding past on your touch, or photos enlarging on taking two fingers away from each other etc. Forget all that, 99% when you’re trying to get past the scroller on the Samsung i900 Omnia, you’ll end up mis-cliking a few links and spend the next 5 mins closing those windows. Of all the touch screen phones I’ve used including the LGs, I rate the Samsung Omnia – WORST!
No Good Battery life: Despite all claims that it has a good battery life, I have to charge the phone 2 times a day when all i do is take 3 incoming calls.
Unbelievable unlocking mechanism and lack of hundreds of options: If you don’t want to make hundreds of calls while the phone’s in your pocket, the only option you have is to lock it with a 4 digit pin, which is a pain to unlock with this touch phone 50 times in one hour. Plus you’d expect some basic options like auto-connect to your wireless network etc, which don’t exist and that’s when I haven’t veen explored the phone properly.
Samsung – please stick to TVs or something: With this level of competition and this quality of a phone, I don’t see why Samsung bother at all anyway.
Oh did I mention connectivity? 2 out of 5 times people reach my voicemail despite my phone being on. ha ha.. I’m adopting laughter therepy – You know when you are really mad at something but can’t do anything about it? Just laugh it off and pay all your money to these suckers!
Final word: Go for iPhone (it doesn’t have video recording or MMS texting or text forwarding or Bluetooth file transfer but a super set of applications and compatibility), any of the Nokias or one of the Blackberry models, but never never never go for the SamsungOmnia and NEVER go to Phones 4u.
I’ve been blogging about almost anything under the sun, but today I’ve made a conscious decision to stick to things close to my heart – and that’s technology, business and startups. I’m going to create this into a blog that focuses on technical breakthroughs, the Internet and computing in general, on the assumption that my posts will still get the same amount of traffic 🙂 On the 4th day of starting, ths blog had 257 hits. Now compare that to a new website!
Hey but wait a minute! What will I write on my company’s blog if I write about technlogy, internet and the likes here? Bad idea.. Go on Arjun, you still haven’t any anwers foundeth! :((
After Mccain has said a lot about Obama, and so have a hundred other people, all making news, the last thing you’d expect a country to need is a talk show host jotting down a 39 point list (note 39.. how precise) and then making news. Happens only in the US.
Well, here’s what terry Anderson had to say about Barack Obama anyway. in what Anderson calls the “not exactly” list:
(My very brief, to the point list):
Obama: ” Selma March Got Me Born” Anderson: not exactly, Selma came into your life in 1965.
Barack Obama: “My father was a goat herder” Terry Anderson: not exactly, he was well off and worked with the Kenyan government.
Barack Obama: “My father was freedom fighter” Terry Anderson: not exactly, because he worked with the government of Kenya, he was involved in one of the most corrupt governments.
Barack Obama: “My family has ties with the freedom movement” Terry Anderson: not exactly, Raila Odinga, your cousin has attempted corruption and disrupting fair elections in 2007, he contended for the post of president, and tried to enforce Sharia law, destroyed Christian homes, churches and killed people. Worst all, Obama support him.
Barack Obama: “My grandmother was born a christian, and always has been” Terry Anderson: not exactly, shes one of 14 wives of a man, which is against Christianity and she performs ger Salat prayers at 5am everyday.
Barack Obama: “My name’s origin is Swahili (African)” Terry Anderson: not exactly, Barak means blessed in Arabic, Hussein is Arabic and so is Obama.
Barack Obama: “I don’t practice Islam, nor have I ever” Terry Anderson: not exactly, you practiced Islam at school, and you were enrolled a Muslim for 31 years .
Barack Obama: “My Indonesian school was Chistian” Terry Anderson: not exactly, you were registered as a Muslim. ( So??? )
Barack Obama: “I was fluent in Indonesian” Terry Anderson: not exactly, none of your teachers confirm that.
Barack Obama: “Because of Indonesia, I have relevant foreing expereince” Terry Anderson: not exactly, you stayed there for 4 years between the ages of 6 and 10 and learnt nothing but Koran and cartoons.
Barack Obama: “I’m strong on foreign affairs” Terry Anderson: not exactly, no, you’re not because you’ve only been to middle east, indonesian and Africa. (how lame is that ? )
Barack Obama: “My ethnic confusion can be blamed on elderly drug use” Terry Anderson: not exactly, you never brought up Kenya when in high school.
Barack Obama: “An Ebony artcle made me run for the office” Terry Anderson: not exactly, the article doesn’t exist.
Barack Obama: “An article in the life magazine changed my life” Terry Anderson: not exactly, this article doesn’t exist either.
Barack Obama: “I won’t run in 2008, on a national ticket” Terry Anderson: not exactly, you are running now.
Barack Obama: “Its common to vote president in illinois” Terry Anderson: not exactly, only for you, not everyone has 130 “present votes”.
Barack Obama: “Oops I misvoted” Terry Anderson: not exactly, only when caught by Democrats and Christians, did you bother to change.
Barack Obama: “I was a law professor” Terry Anderson: not exactly, you were a senior lecturer on leave.
Barack Obama: “I was a constitutional lawyer” Terry Anderson: not exactly, as mentioned above, you were just a senior lecturer on leave.
Barack Obama: “There wouldn’t be an ethics bill if not for me” Terry Anderson: not exactly, you didn’t introduce, write or create it.
Barack Obama: “It was hard to pass the ethics bill” Terry Anderson: not exactly, it took only fourteen days.
Barack Obama: “I also wrote a tough nuclear bill” Terry Anderson: not exactly, it was rejected by your own party because of its negligence.
Barack Obama: “my state records are released” Terry Anderson: not exactly, state bills still haven’t been released.
Barack Obama: “I handled the mess at Asbestos Altgeld Gardens” Terry Anderson: not exactly, it was a large number of people, but you’ve mentioned just yourself.
Barack Obama: “The economics bill by me will help America” Terry Anderson: not exactly, your bill, which was a collective of your 111 economic policies lost 99 to 0 and you voted against it too.
Barack Obama: “I’ve been a bold leader” Terry Anderson: not exactly, your supporters don’t believe that.
Barack Obama: “I passed 26 of my bills in 1 year” Terry Anderson: not exactly, they weren’t your bills, just the ones handed to you.
Barack Obama: “We didn’t contact Canada about NAFTA” Terry Anderson: not exactly, The Canadian govt has released names and the conversation your campaign had.
Barack Obama: “I’m against terrorism and tough on it” Terry Anderson: not exactly, Your friend Ali Abunimah supports Israel’s destruction and you missed the Iran resolution.
Barack Obama: “I want all votes to count” Terry Anderson: not exactly, earlier you had asked the delegates to decide?.
Barack Obama: “I want the Americans to take decisions” Terry Anderson: not exactly, you prefer small time periods, confuse voters and force a public vote.
Barack Obama: “In state Senate, i passed 900 bills” erry Anderson: not exactly, only 26.
Barack Obama: “I don’t believe in tactics, only fairness” Terry Anderson: not exactly, Alice palmer was removed because of your tactics.
Barack Obama: “My father was a goat herder” Terry Anderson: not exactly, he was well off and worked with the Kenyan government.
Barack Obama: “I don’t take money for PAC” Terry Anderson: not exactly, you do, loads of it.
Barack Obama: “1984 advertisement has nothing to do with my election” Terry Anderson: not exactly, it was made by your campaign worked on his Apple, Mac.
Barack Obama: “I am and have been against Iraq’s policies” Terry Anderson: not exactly, you’ve been voting to fund Iraq and weren’t in office to to vote against.
Barack Obama: “I support Universal Health Care” Terry Anderson: not exactly, you plan leaves Americans to pay 15 million, people who don’t have money to buy.
Barack Obama: “Auschwitz concentration camp was freed by my uncle” Terry Anderson: not exactly, it was done by the Russian army and your mother had no brothers.
What do you think? Its not only very surprising, and not only do I not believe a word Terry Anderson says anyway, but a real shame for Mccains campaign, which despite millions spent on degrading Obama, was never able to confirm these facts. I’ll be looking out to get more news on this, and possibly a comment from Barack Obama’s campaign.
Living in london and being Indian at heart, it was amazing and proud to see Tata’s Nano everywhere on global news as the world’s most affordable car by a motor giant in India.
Then came news of the land row in West Bengal, where Nano’s production was stopped by the likes of Mamta Banerjee. To be honest, it was a great shock, and knowing what India is like, a world famous project was about to be ruined. People were offered good money for their lands, and to be honest, many of those land owners still wouldn’t know what transpired. It was a bloody political gimmick. Wasn’t it?
Ultimately, it’s good, no great! to know that the production will happen in Chief minister Modi’s state Gujarat at Sanand near Ahmedabad. This will be a 2,000 crore project and i still can’t believe those people in West Bengal who didn’t see what effect this would’ve had on their local economies with generation of jobs, infrastructure etc.
Tatas have still kept the price a secret although the Nano is being hailed as the 1 lakh rupee car.
“This is an extremely momentous and happy day for us because we have been through a rather sad experience from a small quarter of residents of West Bengal despite the state government’s efforts,” Ratan Tata (Chief of Tata motors) said a few hours ago.
The project will span 1,100 acres of land and its speedy allocation has been promised by the Gujarat government.
Modi, as usual delivered a senti speech welcoming the Tatas saying “This is a new chapter betweeen Gujarat and the Tatas”. etc. Who wants to know!
The facility in Gujarat will churn out 2.5 to 3 lakh cars a year, incremental to about 5 lakh cars a year. Not too many, considering the Indian population of 1 billion. Well, I guess if you’re looking to get a Nano, better watch out and book in time. 🙂
I feel happy for our economy car Nano and for India today. Another landmark!
Acting career: Skylar Deleon started off as an American child actor.
Arrested: August 16, 2005
Charged: Skylar Deleon charged with the murder of Thomas and Jackie Hawks, a retired California couple.
Deleon’s father: Skylar’s father is a convicted drug dealer. Does that mean anything?
Background: Skylar Deleon started as a child actor in commercials. At the age of 14, Deleon appeared Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in a tiny, no dialogue role, that aired on the 4th of May 1994. Skylar Deleon ‘s career as an actor wasn’t very successful as he had problems remembering lines.
As a marine: When Skyler was 20, he joined the US Marine Corps, but went into Unathorised Absense after 1 year and 3 months.
Accused of Thomas Hawks and Jackie Hawks’ killing: November 2004
Friend Machain Confessed: March 2005, Deleon ‘s mate Machain confessed and was arrested along with Skylar, his wife and friend Keneddy.
Skylar Deleon still maintained that he was innocent: He continues to claim that the couple were killed because of a drug deal gone bad and that he wasn’t even present at the scene.
Friend Kennedy also claimed innocent.
Skylar Deleon, on investigation, charged for another crime: While in jail, convicted, Deleon was charged of instigating another prisoner to murder his father and cousin along with another charge of murdering John Jarvi of Anaheim in Mexico in 2003.
Attempted self murder: On the 10th of July, 2008, Deleon caused injury to his genital parts with a blade .
Jennifer (ex-wife) found guilty: Skylar ‘s ex-wife, was found guilty for 2 killings on the 17th of November, 2006, was therefore sentenced to 2 lifeterms of prison without parole.
Last month, on the 22nd of Sept 2008, selection of jury members started.
Ex Indian Cricket captain, Sourav Chandidas Ganguly aka Dada announced his retirement from test cricket in a press conference in Bangalore today. In the conference he also said that he has received a threat to kidnap his daughter Sana. He will retire after the upcoming 4 match test series against Australia.
“Yes it’s true, but it would be better if we don’t discuss it here,” : Ganguly on being asked a question about his daughter during the press conference.
The kidnappers have asked for 2 crore rupees as ransom.
“Two letters addressed to Sourav Ganguly’s wife, Dona, were sent by post to their residence. The first one came a month ago, and the second 10 days ago,” Bhupindar Singh, from the criminal investigation dept. was quoted as saying to the Press Trust of India.
Coming back to cricket, here’s dada’s test cricket at a glance:
Ganguly captained India in 49 Test cricket matches (a record)
India won 21 tests under his captaincy (again a record)
Ganguly’s test average never dropped below 40.
Sourav Ganguly’s test career as a bowler:
Sourav Ganguly’s test career as a batsman:
He has been one of my favourite players and I wish him good luck after his retirement. I remember times when our Indian team used to be a group of gentlemen (being polite) against Aussies or Pakistani teams, who were very aggressive. I wished someone in the Indian team would come and give decent replies to these blokes. And then came Ganguly in 1996 (although he debuted in 1992, he started playing more regularly 1996 onwards). We love you dada!