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10 Must-Read Books for Geeks


Originally Posted : 10 Must Read Books for Geeks

In this two-post series, I will share my thoughts and recommendations on what I consider to be great books for the geek nation. I have paid attention to cover a wide variety of topics that fall into one large common category: technology. These must-read books can all be purchased online from Amazon.

iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It

iWozAuthors: Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
Publisher: W. W. Norton
288 pages
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If you want to understand how the Apple fairy tale began in the seventies, then iWoz is a must read. This is the personal story of Steve Wozniak, inventor of the Apple computer. This book explains the long process that led Wozniak to create the first affordable computer, how he met Steve Jobs, and how they founded the Apple empire. This easy-to-read book reveals a captivating story aimed at everyone interested by the debut of personal computing.

Showstopper! The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft

ShowstopperAuthor: G. Pascal Zachary
Publisher: Free Press
312 pages
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Showstopper is the story of Windows NT. How it all started as a command prompt OS and became a graphical user interface system following the success of Windows 3.0. The author takes you to the very heart of Microsoft’s project team where you’ll meet not only David Cuttler, the brilliant and brutal architect behind the operating system, but most of the engineers and project leaders involved in the development of Windows NT. See how some of the team members literally sacrificed their family and social life to make this thing work in time. While this is not a technical book, software developers as well as project leaders, and anyone interested by Microsoft products, will have a hard time pulling their eyes away from it.

The Ultimate History of Video Games

The Ultimate History of Video GamesAuthor: Steven L. Kent
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
624 pages
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For you gamers out there, this is THE ultimate book to own. To understand where your favorite game console comes from, you need to know the story behind the pinball, the pong, and the development of the first consoles such as the Atari 4600. In this 624-page brick of a book, Kent covers all the angles, anecdotes and humorous stories, such as the rename of Puck-Man to Pac-Man to avoid an unfriendly rename starting with the letter “F”. Trust me, if you are either a passionate gamer or even a game developer, this is a must-have for your bookshelf.

The Google Story

The Google StoryAuthors: David Vise, Mark Malseed
Publisher: Delta
336 pages
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This book takes you back to 1998 before the PageRank algorithm was born. Larry Page and Sergey Brin created Google while they were students at Stanford University. You’ll learn how the co-partners redefined Internet search and reinvented advertising, while creating one of the most influencing organizations of all time. Whether you are a web developer, an entrepreneur, or simply passionate about the Internet and Google products, you’ll find The Google Story to be an unstoppable page-turner.

Does IT Matter?

Does IT MatterAuthor: Nicholas G. Carr
Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
208 pages
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Blinded by their arrogance and syndrome of God, too many IT managers are missing the whole point behind information and technology, which is to provide commodities, as Carr claims. IT must stop focusing on following technology and should realign its mission behind the concept of providing solutions to fulfill business needs. And just as the steam engine, railroad, telegraph and electricity, technology evolves to a point where manpower decreases substantially, and IT will be no exception. This is a must-read for high-level management! I recommend everyone involved in IT to keep this book on their bedside table.

Read more at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2008/04/01/10-must-read-books-for-geeks-part-i/#wQm2BR6oAHFHSttY.99

On The Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore

On The Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of CommodoreAuthor: Brian Bagnall
Publisher: Variant Press
548 pages
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Raise your hand those who once owned a Commodore 64? God, I would pay a lot of money to go back to the 1980s when the C64 was the king of the hill. This particular book, however, is not about hot rods. The story of Commodore is about very affordable family computers. This book starts at the very beginning of Commodore, when they acquired MOS Technologies, a semiconductor manufacturer, that lead to the development of the PET. Once the PET was history, then came the VIC-20, followed by the Commodore 64, which is known as the most sold computer of all time. The story even introduces the 128, the Amiga, and the end of Commodore. How could such a successful company fall so abruptly from the top of the world? This is what you will find out if you get yourself a copy of On The Edge. Definitely one to buy for the Commodore lover. And while you’re at it, check out this VIC-20 TV ad to remember the good old days.

Hackers

HackersAuthors: Steven Levy, Steven Levy
464 pages
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In this book, the word “hackers” does not refer to bad guys taking control of your Windows 98 PC or sending e-mail viruses. Hackers in this book are people who improved primitive systems by hacking electronics, thereby increasing their computing power and efficiency. In a period where computers were looked at like lab rats, university researchers and early developers such as Lee Felsenstein, Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak, pushed their limits and literally inspired what would be one day be seen as the computer revolution. Hackers offers a peek at a very formative time in geekdom and is worth reading no matter what year it is.

The Perfect Thing

The Perfect ThingAuthor: Steven Levy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
304 pages
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What’s the coolest gadget of the third millennium? The iPod, no doubt about it. This is one of the coolest books I’ve read in years. When you decide to write about such a cool thing, you need to deliver cool content, and Steven Levy does it amazingly. If you want to learn about the development of the iPod, how it changed Apple, the music industry, and the way consumers buy their favorite songs, then you need to get a copy of the perfect book: The Perfect Thing. Just check out how cool the book cover is!

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

WikinomicsAuthors: Don Tapscott, Anthony D. Williams
320 pages
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The Web, and Web 2.0 in particular, has changed our lives and is currently changing our entire economy. New possibilities inspired by social network groups and mass collaboration are smashing down boundaries, creating endless new business models for Internet companies. This book will definitively change your thinking and enlighten you. If you still have a hard time picturing what the Web 2.0 is, read Wikinomics – once you’re done you’ll be a real Web 2.0 Ninja. Fabulous read, and a very popular title lately.

The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

The Second Coming of Steve JobsAuthor: Alan Deutschman
Publisher: Broadway
352 pages
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This is the story of Steve Jobs, starting from the moment he was pushed away from Apple in 1985, and following his story until his return in 1996. During his leave of absence, Jobs tried to revolutionize education with the NeXT Cube, his startup that never made it big. On the side though, he purchased Pixar, the company behind Toy Story, from George Lucas himself, and literally made a fortune with something he couldn’t care less about. Finally, his journey with NeXT ended when the company was purchased by Apple in 1996, bringing Jobs back to his mother company, and the rest is history. The story of Jobs’ post-1985 Apple career is captivating, and the author brings you a very well-written book that’s entertaining from the first to the very last page.

This completes the 10 Must-Read Books for Geeks series. If you are tired of reading Danielle Steel, I guarantee you now have quite an exciting pile of geeky books on your bedside table.

Originally Posted : 10 Must Read Books for Geeks


Top 10 Technical Resume Writing Tips


Need help creating or updating your resume? It certainly can be complicated because your resume is going to be reviewed by software as well as by hiring managers. Review these top resume tips for choosing a resume format, selecting a resume font, customizing your resume, using resume keywords, explaining employment gaps, and more tips for writing interview winning resumes. Trust me it really worked well for me during my placement sessions and in future, and so do it would help you out in achieving success.

Let’s take a look on some of important tips and tricks to write a good enough resume:-

  • List your technical knowledge first, in an organized way. Your technical strengths must stand out clearly at the beginning of your resume. Ultimately, your resume is going to be read by a thoughtful human being, but before it gets to that point it often has to be categorized by an administrative clerk, and make its way past various sorts of key word searches. Therefore, you should list as many directly relevant buzz words as you can which reflect your knowledge and experience. List all operating systems and UNIX flavors you know.
  • List all programming languages and platforms with which you’re experienced. List all software you are skilled with. Make it obvious at a glance where your strengths lie – whether the glance is from a hiring manager, a clerk, or a machine.
  • List your qualifications in order of relevance, from most to least. Only list your degree and educational qualifications first if they are truly relevant to the job for which you are applying. If you’ve already done what you want to do in a new job, by all means, list it first, even if it wasn’t your most recent job. Abandon any strict adherence to a chronological ordering of your experience.
  • Quantify your experience wherever possible. Cite numerical figures, such as monetary budgets/funds saved, time periods/efficiency improved, lines of code written/debugged, numbers of machines administered/fixed, etc. which demonstrate progress or accomplishments due directly to your work.
  • Begin sentences with action verbs. Portray yourself as someone who is active, uses their brain, and gets things done. Stick with the past tense, even for descriptions of currently held positions, to avoid confusion.
  • Don’t sell yourself short. This is by far the biggest mistake of all resumes, technical and otherwise. Your experiences are worthy for review by hiring managers. Treat your resume as an advertisement for you. Be sure to thoroughly “sell” yourself by highlighting all of your strengths. If you’ve got a valuable asset which doesn’t seem to fit into any existing components of your resume, list it anyway as its own resume segment.
  • Be concise. As a rule of thumb, resumes reflecting five years or less experience should fit on one page. More extensive experience can justify usage of a second page. Consider three pages (about 15 years or more experience) an absolute limit. Avoid lengthy descriptions of whole projects of which you were only a part. Consolidate action verbs where one task or responsibility encompasses other tasks and duties. Minimize usage of articles (the, an, a) and never use “I” or other pronouns to identify yourself.
  • Omit needless items. Leave all these things off your resume: social security number, marital status, health, citizenship, age, scholarships, irrelevant awards, irrelevant associations and memberships, irrelevant publications, irrelevant recreational activities, a second mailing address (“permanent address” is confusing and never used), references, reference of references (“available upon request”), travel history, previous pay rates, previous supervisor names, and components of your name which you really never use (i.e. middle names).
  • Have a trusted friend review your resume. Be sure to pick someone who is attentive to details, can effectively critique your writing, and will give an honest and objective opinion. Seriously consider their advice. Get a third and fourth opinion if you can.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread. Be sure to catch all spelling errors, grammatical weaknesses, unusual punctuation, and inconsistent capitalizations. Proofread it numerous times over at least two days to allow a fresh eye to catch any hidden mistakes.
  • Laser print it on plain, white paper. Handwriting, typing, dot matrix printing, and even ink jet printing look pretty cheesy. Stick with laser prints. Don’t waste your money on special bond paper, matching envelopes, or any color deviances away from plain white. Your resume will be photocopied, faxed, and scanned numerous times, defeating any special paper efforts, assuming your original resume doesn’t first end up in the circular file.

Smart Steps to be Productive


You can’t deny with the fact that we’ve only 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week and 52 weeks in a year, neither less nor more. No matter what you do, you would probably gonna feel that you’ve less enough time to complete the tasks. But still successful people smartly manage their work complete within the given time. Mind the word ‘smart’ Fellas !! 🙂

There are plenty of ways to work more productively and efficiently, suggested by a lot of people throughout the world. The key behind all of these methods is to ‘work in time’. There’s only a need a Time-Management in your Life and you ought to maintain discipline and give some respect for that. Even some anonymous said nice words for Time, “If you gonna respect time, the time gonna respect you for sure”. So True! 😉

Lemme give y’all some tips to work productively and hopefully you keep them as habit.

1. Make A To-Do List

This is the primary method of scheduling your tasks. Simple! Make a ‘Daily To-Do List’ of all your upcoming tasks in an order and maintain discipline. Keep this list handy throughout the day and cross off those tasks which you’ve finished. This would make you productive and some satisfaction that your tasks are going properly.

2. Prioritize Your Tasks

Yet another important method. You should know which tasks are important and you should do them first. Of course, making priorities would help you enough to focus on the things. Just in case you’ve forgotten, you could make a list of all your tasks and give them ratings on the basis of their priorities to be done.

3. Set Deadline For Every Task

I’ve mentioned a quote on respecting the time and I meant that seriously. There’s just something about deadlines that makes you thrive. Set an appropriate deadline and try to finish them sooner, otherwise you’ll start procrastinate the task and further delay would cost you for other tasks waiting in queue. Make a reminder in your Diary or Cell phones, about deadlines, so that you’ll get to know about your tasks’ deadlines.

4. Keep Your Workspace Clean

Not only for cleaning concern, but also for productive cause you must keep your workspace. It often happens we waste couple of time in searching important files, documents and our belongings. Same case happens while working in a computer or laptop. Make your space clean enough such that all our belongings are visible. You could even prioritize among them. Let say, which items should be place above the desk or under the desk.

5. Plan Phone Calls

Some times even calling or taking calls in the middle of something, breaks the momentum and can derail the productive project. Kindly avoid such situations. Set a time zone in which you’re free for a while and make calling habits of those you’re trying to reach. You can’t always be rigid as some important emergency calls might come. Still try your best to reduce to some extent. Even you could notify to your callers to contact when you’re available to talk. And as a good manner, you must return all calls by the end of your task.

6. Set Your Own Working Time Zone

Everyone has different energy cycles and time zones of working. Some are night owls, who could world all night. While others are the morning persons. Even you also have the ability and stamina to work on either the time zones. Analyze your strength on which particular time zone you work most because that’s the time when you’ll be at your best.

7. Take Breaks For A While

It has been proven a lot of times that working continuously for long hours, makes you less productive as your energy deteriorates. Take some break after working for hours, have some food, listen to music, or take a little rest. But take breaks for few minutes, otherwise you’ll lose the momentum and further delay in the assignment.

8. Avoid Website Distractions

In the modern era of Social Networking, we spent a lot of time in tweeting, mailing, blogging or just simply chatting with people. Even if you’ve some important work to do, you get into it. Sometimes, we check our e-mail a lot of time in a day. The reason is that we get addicted to it. These are the distractions and seriously a waste of time. Avoid them. Reduce your time span in website. Check your emails once or twice a day. You could even set bookmarks in case you’re visiting some important websites very often, rather finding them again and again.

There are plenty of other tips being discussed in the web. But the main aim is getting more productive and working efficiently in limited time. They would take some time to be a regular habit and it’s always work in progress. The good news is if you start focus on applying new tools and techniques in your life. Hopefully, you’ll be succeeded.


The 27 Club


Amy Winehouse performing in Berlin in 2007
Amy Winehouse – Image via Wikipedia

Another Demise of a Brit Talent – Amy Winehouse, died Today at the age of 27. Though she became Controversial in Paparazzi, but she was DAMN talented singer. Her powerful deep contralto vocals reminds that ole school Real Jazz Music. As a matter of fact, I could say proudly, unquestionably, undoubtedly and 100% Surely that She was One of the Best Female Singers ever heard of all Time.

Tragically but Magically, She eventually joins the famous “27 Club”. The 27 Club, also occasionally known as the Forever 27 ClubClub 27 or the Curse of 27, is the title for an epitomic group of influential musicians who all died at the age of 27. They are generally considered to have led a “rock and roll” lifestyle.

The original “27 club” was Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, who died within 2 years of each other in 1969-1971. To these is usually added Kurt Cobain (1994). Many other notable people, some well-known, others less so, also died at the age of 27. I have omitted some other musicians and actors (who would otherwise dominate the list) to make a broader and (hopefully) more interesting list. The “biographies” are necessarily short and cannot go into the speculations and conspiracy theories that have arisen around some of the deaths. Plus, Their deaths during this ripe age are either known or shrouded in mystery.

Robert Johnson
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Robert Leroy Johnson (8 May 1911 – 16 August 1938). American singer and guitarist.

Drank whiskey laced with strychnine at a country crossroads near Greenwood, Mississippi. The details are unknown, and there are a number of accounts and theories. Researcher Mack McCormick claims to have interviewed Johnson’s alleged poisoner in the 1970s, and obtained an implicit admission of guilt. When Johnson was offered an open bottle of whiskey, his friend and fellow blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson knocked it out of his hand, and told him that he should never drink from an open bottle. Johnson allegedly said, “Don’t ever knock a bottle out of my hand”. Soon after, he was offered another open bottle and accepted it. That bottle was laced with strychnine. Johnson is reported to have started to feel ill throughout the evening and had to be helped back to his room in the early morning hours. Over the next three days, his condition steadily worsened and witnesses reported that he died in a convulsive state of severe pain—symptoms which are consistent with strychnine poisoning. Strychnine was readily available at the time as it was a common pesticide and, although it is very bitter-tasting and extremely toxic, a small quantity dissolved in a harsh-tasting solution such as whiskey could possibly have gone unnoticed but still produced the symptoms and eventual death that Johnson experienced.

Brian Jones

Drowned in a swimming pool. The coroner’s report stated “death by misadventure.” He was a Rolling Stones founder and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist…His age was 27 years & 125 days old and he died on July 3, 1969.

Brian Jones was the founder of a little known band named The Rolling Stones. While on the phone to secure a gig with a venue owner, Brian came up with the name “Rollin(g) Stones” by reading it off an album that was laying around. Their music consisted mostly of R&B covers and it wasn’t until Andrew Loog Oldham joined that they began shifting their focus to newer, more original material. This transition reduced Jones’ role in the band which was further accelerated with his drug habit and alcohol abuse. He became alienated from The Rolling Stones and eventually, he was no longer a member of the band he helped form. One month later, he was found face down in his swimming pool.

Jimi Hendrix

Autopsy showed he asphyxiated on vomit after combining sleeping pills with wine. He was a Pioneering electric guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys. His age was 27 years & 295 days old and he died on September 18, 1970.

There was nothing about Jimi Hendrix that didn’t stick out; from his flamboyant outfits, to his left-handed guitar, or his use of amp overdrive. After being turned down by The Rolling Stones, Jimi was introduced to Chas Chandler via Keith Richard’s girlfriend. They went on to form The Jimi Hendrix Experience a rock band that would revolutionize the genre forever. In 1969, he headlined the biggest music festival of all time, Woodstock. One year later, Jimi Hendrix was found dead after overdosing on pills and drowning in his own vomit (asphyxiation).

Janis Joplin

She died of a probable heroin overdose..She was a lead vocalist and songwriter for Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band. Her age was 27 years & 258 days old and she died on October 4, 1970.

Janis’ big break came in 1966 when she became the lead vocalist of the psychedelic hippie rock band, Big Brother and The Holding Company. She was renowned for her strong powerful vocals during a male-dominated rock era. Janis Joplin performed at Woodstock after having several shots of heroin and being highly inebriated. In 1970, she flew to Brazil where she cleaned up her act and remained sober for a while. She would later return to the US where her drug habits would resurface and ultimately, get the better of her as she died from an apparent heroin overdose in October 1970.

Jim Morrison

His cause of death listed as “heart failure”; however, no autopsy was ever performed. He was the lead singer, songwriter and video director for The Doors.. His age was 27 years & 207 days old and he died on July 3, 1971.

Jim Morrison was a poet, a writer, a filmmaker, and of course, the lead singer for the rock band, The Doors. Controversy surrounded The Doos when they were asked to perform on the Ed Sullivan show. Fearing that the lyric “Girl We Couldn’t Get Much Higher” was too risqué for television, Ed Sullivan requested that the band modify the sentence to be more TV friendly to which they agreed. When they played, Jim proceeded with original wording which infuriated Ed Sullivan. The Doors had great success in the late 60s but Jim Morrison started to get out of control. He was constantly drugged or drunk and would oftentimes show up late for live performances. In 1971, he moved to Paris and a few months later, Jim Morrison was found dead in his apartment. The circumstances surrounding his death are still unclear as an autopsy was never performed.

Kurt Cobain

He was the founding member, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Nirvana. His age was 27 years & 44 days old and he committed suicide on April 5, 1994.

In an era where rock music was all about long hair and leather jackets, Kurt Cobain sported short hair and wore flannel clothing. Nirvana became an overnight success when they took Michael Jackson off the number one slot in the Billboard music charts with their smash hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit. Grunge music would go on to flood the radio airwaves throughout the early nineties. In 1992, Cobain wed the equally unorthodox Courtney Love with whom they had daughter Frances Bean Cobain. In 1993, Nirvana, known for their grungy loud music, were approached by MTV and asked to perform a quieter, more intimate acoustic set. Kurt Cobain’s emotional performance in Where Did You Sleep Last Night still sends chills down our spines.

Amy Winehouse

Her cause of death has yet to be determined. She was a multiple award-winning English singer-songwriter.. She was 27 years & 312 days old and she died on July 23, 2011.

Ironically, Amy Winehouse owed much of her popularity to her song Rehab which contained the lyric “They tried to make me go to rehab but I said ‘no, no, no.’” After struggling with drug addiction, Amy Winehouse finally went against those same words and checked into rehab in 2011. After a short stay, the singer checked herself out of rehab and began a new European tour. She was booed off stage after showing up at her first gig intoxicated and unable to remember the lyrics to her famous songs. Her tour was cancelled following the incident to give her more time to recover. She was found dead in her London home a few weeks later.

For More Details Visit :- The 27_Club

Apart from the above mentioned famous musicians, there are some other famous personalities from various fields who died on the same age. However, they are not counted among The Club 27. 

Lea De Mae

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Andrea Absolonová (aka Lea De Mae and other pseudonyms) (26 December 1976 – 9 December 2004). Czech athlete, model and pornographic actress.

Died from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Absolonová was a member of the Czech diving team and injured her spine in an accident while training for the 1996 Olympics. She partially recovered and qualified for the 2000 Olympics, but persistent problems forced her to retire. She was later persuaded by a photographer to pose nude and eventually to participate in the adult film industry. She appeared in over 80 adult films. She was diagnosed with glioblastoma in July 2004. During her battle for life, fans from around the world and fellow porn actors supported a medical fund that had been set up for her in Prague, but she died 17 days short of her 28th birthday.

  Rupert Brooke

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Rupert Chawner Brooke (3 August 1887 – 23 April 1915). English poet, known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War.

Died of sepsis from an infected mosquito bite on a British navy ship off Lemnos in the Aegean Sea, en route to Gallipoli, Turkey. As the expeditionary force had orders to depart immediately, he was buried the same night on Skyros. His most famous line of poetry, perhaps fittingly, is: “If I should die, think only this of me: / That there’s some corner of a foreign field / That is for ever England.” (Australian and New Zealand readers will understand the significance of the date and his destination.)

Jean-Michael Basquiat

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (22 December 1960 – 12 August 1988). American artist.

Died of mixed-drug toxicity (he had been combining cocaine and heroin, known as “speedballing”) in his Manhattan loft/studio. In 1982, Basquiat became friends with pop artist Andy Warhol and the two made a number of collaborative works. They also painted together, influencing each others’ work. By 1984, many of Basquiat’s friends were concerned about his excessive drug use and increasingly erratic behavior, including signs of paranoia. Warhol died in 1987 and Basquiat the following year. (In the 1996 film Basquiat, Warhol was played by David Bowie (see no 15).)

Pat Tillman

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Patrick Daniel Tillman (6 November 1976 – 22 April 2004). American football player and soldier.

Killed by “friendly fire” in Afghanistan. In May 2002 Tillman turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from his team and enlisted in the US Army. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite holding views critical of the Iraq war. On 22 April 2004 he was killed, along with an Afghan militiaman, in a “friendly fire” incident while on patrol. The specific details of his death and its aftermath are currently being investigated by the US Congress. The Army initially claimed that Tillman and his unit were attacked in an apparent ambush. After a lengthy investigation, the US Department of Defense concluded that the deaths were due to friendly fire aggravated by the intensity of the firefight. A more thorough investigation concluded that no hostile forces were involved in the firefight and that two allied groups fired on each other in confusion after a nearby explosive device was detonated. Claims, counter-claims, accusations (including that he was deliberately targeted (ie murdered)) and investigations continue.

For more details visit : 20 Notable People Who Died at 27

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27 might be The Age of Deadly,
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Top 10 Similar Sites Like Wikipedia


Referred from :- Answer FM Blog Post

Wikipedia is huge source of knowledge, you can find everything from food recipes to current events. It is like whole world is in the Wikipedia. But sometimes, information on Wikipedia is too little or unsatisfactory that you search for the information in other websites. So here I have compiled a list of top 10 sites like Wikipedia which also provide the information for free.

 

10. Ask.com
Ask.com, now transformed into a information hub, allow you to find answers on any kind of topic from the experts.

9. eHow
eHow is great how to website, you can find how to articles from general daily life topics to science and mathematics problems.

8. How Stuff Works
How Stuff Works is another great source of how to and informational articles, you can find great article related to science, mathematics, life sciences, history and other general topics.

7. Google Knol
Google Knol is the Google’s version of Wikipedia. Though In the beta version, but a great source of information on the web.

6. Answers.com
Answers.com is vast source of knowledge, you can find answers related to your question, even ask here from great Answers.com community. You can also find videos article related to your problem on Video Answers.

5. Reference.com
Reference.com is ultimate resource to find meaning and threasures.

4. WikiHow
WikiHow is like mother of all How to website, consist of more than 80,000 how to articles and still counting.

3. About.com
Though About.com, is one of the humongous information resource on the web, and have large array of how to and reference article on variety of topics.

2. Encyclopedia.com
Encyclopedia.com is one of the most sought out website after Wikipedia, provides you information on variety of topics from general science to history.

1. Britannica.com
The most trusted website after Wikipedia.org, provides, articles, videos, biographies, pictures and facts on variety of topics

Referred from :- Answer FM Blog Post


10 Ways of Making a HIT Bollywood Movie


Looking towards The Current Bollywood Movies, actually it seems like something’s missing. Actually, We are moving towards Tollywood and Hollywood. I’m not saying it sucks everytime. Bu yeah !! Most of the times, It does. Sometimes, we’ve over-rated hyped actors (though most of them are untalented :P) featuring in a movie, sometimes there’s even mindless and useless srcipt and dialogues, and even Sometimes there’s also Poor Level of Direction and Cinematography. Though most of the Bollywood Movies these days have certain setbacks, but still they manage to lure the audiences somehow and therefore making it BIG HIT. After getting certain responses from the crowd these days, the film-makers are now intentionally making such bull-craps without any passion and profession many times, fetching a lots of money from the audience. 😛

It only runs by certain formalae, which I’m going to discuss further.

 

Dabangg

Dabangg Poster - Image via Wikipedia

Well, Dabangg is the best example of a formula Bollywood film that can never go wrong. The Salman starrer had just about everything that comprised the ingredients of a box office superhit. So let us decode Bollywood’s second biggest blockbuster Dabangg(find out which is the biggest Bollywood blockbuster )and analyze how to make a successful Bollywood film taking into account the following factors:

 

1. The quintessential heroSalman Khan was no short of Rajnikanth in Dabangg. His entry was jaw-dropping, whatever he does; he does with the demeanor of a hero. He has that swagger in his walk, is every bit as human in loving his brethren as he is superhuman in fending off the negative elements. He has his own baggage of problems but that does not stop him from being ‘cool’ in his own inimitable, earthy way. And yes, he romances his lady love with an easy-going charm too.

2. The action: Salman in Dabangg sends 13 people flying in different directions by hitting them where it hurts. Not possible in real life, but what the heck, the visual impact was worth it and who does not like to see objects flying when you kick them and if they suspend in the air, before crashing..even better!

3. The family man: All though seen in 45 movies before Dabangg, it still delved into the story of a son not getting along with his step-father; having issues with his brother, being close to his mother whom he loses eventually. So our guy is still very much, the family person first and has a heart in the right place.

4. The dialogues and locker-room lines: Check out these lines ‘Kamal Kartey ho Pandeyji” “Police Waleko Tokne Ka Anjaam Pata Hai Kya? 21 years jail aur thukai alag se. Aur Isi Police Walene Agar Tumhe Toka Toh Promotion Alagse Aur Bahduri Ka Medal Bhi! “Hum Tumme Itne Chedh Karenge ki confuse ho jaogey ki saans kaise le aur paadhey kahan se?’ ‘Tapad se darr nahin lagtha hain sahib, pyaar se lagtha hain’ All of theses lines and many more were aimed at the masses, but even the classes lapped it up. Why? Because the lines played to the gallery and come on even these high classes people secretly enjoy outrageous lines.

5. Catchy Item Number: A kick-ass item number that becomes the anthem of the nation, without really promoting it . Sheela Ki Jawaani was thrust on our throats, while people demanded Munni Badhnaam Hui; that is the big difference. Also Munni Badhnaam Hui was as much funny as much as it was sexy.

6. Amazing comedy: Comedy and action together can be a brilliant combination. One of the single-most factors for Dabangg to be a racy hit is action laced with comedy. Remember Salman bashing up villains and then breaking into a dance. Okay, it was a bit like Mask but we can forgive that

7. The Momentum: Dabangg had its momentum right from the beginning. From the very first scene, the movie was on the driver’s seat, going full throttle.

8. Good scenes: Okay Guzaarish also had good scenes but people will always remember Dabangg’s scenes; be it the Sonakshi-Salman scene, Salman Khan’s challenge to Sonu Sood, the entry scene or the final scene; because boss, they brought in the whistles. People often go to a movie theater with their friends or date; they don’t want to cry at the hero’s hopeless condition; they would rather be motivated while having fun.

9. Attitude and channelized star power: In today’s times, the movie has to get cracking immediately or it may be too late. Salman Khan’s massive star power got the audiences in but that alone was not enough. Sallu had been getting people into theaters many times, but they have shown him the middle finger and gone their way(not kidding, actually have seen people doing this for some of his crappy films). But this time, they didn’t; they clapped with glee. This was because Salman Khan’s starpower was projected in the best manner possible. This was the most RELATABLE Salman Khan movie for him as well as the audiences.

Speaking of attitude, there are some movies that have attitude while others do not. Rangeela had an attitude, 3 Idiots too; Rang De Basanti had it in loads, Swades had it and so did Tere Naam. It is not just about being stylish; in all these movies, you have characters with clear mindset; they are sure about what they want and have their own style and charisma. In Dabangg too, Salman Khan is comfortable in his own skin and takes pride in what he does. People love that. This is also ONE BIG REASON WHY RAJNIKANTH’s MOVIES rock.

10. Sequels: Dabangg’s Huge Success made its producer – Arbaaz Khan, to declare of making its sequel : Dabangg 2 . This formula is most used to create a hype among the viewers for any Movie, such that theywould even get fascinated with it as well. Other Examples like – Rohit Shetty‘s Superhit sequels : Golmaal Returns (in 2008) & Golmaal 3 (last Diwali 2010) and Mahesh Bhatt‘s upcoming and expected hit Murder 2, releasing this year.

Dabangg

Dabangg Poster - Image via Wikipedia

Dabangg is not a brilliant movie, heck, it is not even a good movie which would be remembered for many decades. But yes, it is a smartly made, ENTERTAINING movie, with all elements balanced in such a way that you end up enjoying akin to the way you’d relish a seven course meal that may not be nutritious but definitely tasty. Plus, Even I’ve seen it 6 times :P, but just to entertain myself for a while. Want another helping?


Reasons to say, “FACEBOOK Sucks !!”


Since it’s birth we are using Facebook and living with it. We are sharing something about ourselves in form of status, Photos and Videos, chatting and discussing with people, and even making some new friends. But Facebook has its own vulnerable effects which made it as if it is our Life. And eventually, it makes me yell to say that it SUCKS really cause it F*cks the reality.

Sorry Mike Zuckerberg, But that’s the Truth to embrace it. 😛

It would call it a Facebook Fatigue. There are many factors that contribute to the development of this debilitating neurosis. Let’s discuss some of them.

1. Facebook games.

There are bunch of Games Like- Farmville, Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker, FrontierVille, YoVille and now CityVille, developed by Zynga, which are frequently played by millions of Facebook People. Though they are fascinating, these games are a ridiculous waste of time. But I can’t judge people for playing them because I also wasted much time over such Games, just not in the same way. The difference is that I’m not spamming my friends’ newsfeeds with updates on my time-wasting activities. These super-annoying notifications are easily disabled by the perpetrators and therefore entirely unnecessary. To combat this bothersome blight, it is possible to hide the games so as not to receive further updates, which I have done. Nevertheless, new games are continually overrunning my defenses and pillaging my newsfeed. In short, Facebook and Zynga has earned a lot from these Games, which making Facebook people even more addictive.

2. Sharing Of Private Information.

Ok, I really don’t need constant updates about the progression of your diarrhea. Our society has almost completely removed any remaining barriers between public and private lives. Talking about Society, even some of my Past and Current Friends used to BRAG so much about themselves, their so-called Glories and Achievements around here, which hardly anybody give SHIT. Due to this, People are more interested in stalking on Other Private Info n Photos has though FB is having Privacy Settings for every FB account holder. I really wonder if reality television is partly to blame. Certain things should not be broadcast to the entire world. It becomes very harmful, if your Private Info somehow gets leaked and being misused.

3. Public Displays of Affection.

Flaunting relationships on Facebook is an egregious offense. I’m not talking about announcing engagements. That is perfectly acceptable. But “I love you, pumpkin” can be said in a private message. Or in a text message. Or on the phone. Or in a note. Or in an email. Or in real life. What purpose does it serve to write it publicly on Facebook other than to announce to everyone “Look at me! I’m in a relationship!”? But since it’s a Social Hype now, People are used to with it.

4. Obscure References.

I am as guilty of this as anyone. I have written plenty of status updates that only a friend or two could understand. Why? I don’t know. It amused me. But I find I get annoyed when others do it (especially when I don’t get the reference), so I’ve stopped. What is the point? If you want to talk to a few friends, send them a private message, an email, or call them. Simple isn’t it ?? But not for the FB addicted people. 😛

5. Negativity.

I don’t want to read about how awful your life is again and again. Those shitty lame quotes about love and life really bamboozle me now. We all have our burdens to carry. We all have to face hard days in our lives. When going through rough times, there is nothing wrong with getting support from friends and family on Facebook, but it’s not fun to be around a consistently negative person. So It’s a typical waste of time of discussing your own grieves and problems on a Social website.

6. Look at how awesome I am.

Everybody has a self-obsession. It’s good to have that as well. But talking too much about yourself and flaunting your small works like the biggest achievements, would eventually make you as a Snob. Honestly, I used to do so earlier days when I pretended to be something different from others. But now I released that there’s a very thin Line between of being Different and Being a Snob. You can’t be both at the same time because some of us cross the limit.

7. We Are Boring.

We need to be more judicious with our status updates. Why should others be interested in the mundane details of our daily activities? If we climb Mount Kilimanjaro or swim the English Channel, those are update worthy (please post pics and vids). If you really have something cool and interesting thing to express then Share it. But telling about the obvious daily activities Like- buying a new pair of shoes and eating a salad for dinner are not. Once again, I wonder if reality television is to blame. Facebook gives us a platform for our own reality program. We believe we are captivating and that others are fascinated by our every move but, in reality, we are quite boring.

8. Use of Abusive Languages

Facebook has gone so much real that people now have started abusing anybody anywhere. Though we’ve an Option to Block such users talking sh*t every time. But you can’t Block all of them. Since we all are familiar with it. Sometimes we even do it as well. Few Days back, I just visited to Limp Bizkit’s Official Facebook Group, where I saw an idiot with pathetic English skills writing a comment, “I f*cking love this f*cking Band, f*cking 100 times.”. Being and Limp Bizkit (LB), I would easily get to know that this person loves Limp Bizkit a lot. But for a layman, he would get confused, whether the person loves this band, or loves to F*ck !! 😛

Talking sometimes like that it really appears DAMN Tacky and Cheap. This is just a small Crime. It becomes a Terrorism sometimes in Cyber World cause it eventually harms any particular Individual, its Race, its Religion or its Caste.

9. Desperate Horny-Lusty People

Such person really bugs me out. They are really a Shame in Social-Networking due to their very cheap attitude which is highly impermissible. Likewise between Being an Introvert and Being a Snob, there is also a very thin line between Being Flirty and Being Horny, which seriously I don’t think these n00bards would understand at all. Instead of getting their own lives, they would prefer to peek on other’s (especially Girls’) profile.

10. Bundles of Fake Personalities.

That’s a very common point but still have to mention.
You would get to plenty of such people scattered all over this Cyber World. Whatever their main purpose might be, either making fun of the real person, or flaunting their greatness, or even hacking your account. Such n00bards are in huge numbers and promoting Cyber Crime these days. You can’t judge everybody here because you’re really not sure that the person to whom you’re keeping in touch for many times, whether that person is in real or not. He/She might be trying to harm you anyway. This is the major drawback of Social Networking which is inevitable. However, you should be smart and even matured enough to get connected with any person in Facebook.

Honestly, I don’t want to be like and even be with such Pathetic Scoundrels.

These are minor annoyances and easily ignored. In fact, I have only myself to blame for my Facebook fatigue. I remember those days when I used to be spent mostly on Facebook. Well it goes like this: I log on to Facebook daily. I read every single status update of every friend of mine. Liked and even commented some of their Photo and Status updates. Played some Zynga games like- Farmville, for many hours. Though it is kinda hectic and time-consuming task, but I was very addicted to it. Plus, I used to have over 300 FB friends. I couldn’t imagine of deleting my FB account because I would miss all of my friends. Like I said earlier, it’s a neurosis, simply say a habit which made me to do and feel so. Same features probably you also be inheriting in yourself, if you’re also that much Facebook addicted like I used to be.

Facebook is an excellent way to interact with people (your Family, Friends and even some Strangers) and stay in touch with them, but forgive me if I also think it the scourge of society. It seems to me that if we spend less time updating the world about our lives and reading about other people’s lives, we spend more time actually living. We can cultivate friendships face-to-face instead of maintaining superficial, virtual acquaintances. I would rather have a few strong relationships with friends I visit on a regular basis than 500 “friends” on Facebook. I realize this is not an either-or situation. We can have both. But I can’t shake the notion that somehow we might be better off without Facebook. Facebook might be a necessity, but it’s NOT your Life. I am quite thankful for modern technology when it is convenient and comfortable. But I don’t wanna to be completely reliable and dependable to it.

The truth is I have an addiction. I constantly check my notifications over there. I’m always glancing at my phone. I refresh my Facebook account and my Blog with the latest update. Our constant connectedness creates a positive feedback loop with many short-term advantages. Refresh a blog and we are rewarded with an interesting new post. Check our email and we receive vindication in the form of a friendly message. Log on to Facebook and we are instantly aware of our friends’ and family’s activities. This can become problem.

Soon we are investing embarrassing amounts of time and energy feeding the addiction. This valuable time, so easily wasted, could be spent reading a book, playing a board game with friends, making a homemade meal, or enjoying some fresh air. You know, living. It reminded me a quite good saying by very good person, “We must be careful we do not become the tools of our tools.”

However, I am taking control of my connection addiction. Instead of checking my email twenty times per day, I am checking it perhaps two or three times per day. I have already started limiting the blogs, I read to just a few of my favorites. As for Facebook, only one time (whether day or night) for logging on, and for an hour. That’s right, just one time per day. Moreover, reduced my FB friends from 500 to approx. 230. However, I like to blog at WordPress, so I update a Post on certain good topics at my site skipping some days from the Last published Post. Sometimes, I publish posts daily, but It’s OK from me. I usually write the whole content of my Posy during my Free Time. That’s quite something utilizing. 8)

I’ve only just begun these new changes, but I have already got to notice the effects. Before, I would mindlessly log on to Facebook out of habit. I didn’t even think about it. It was part of my routine. Now I find that I can’t be bothered. There are too many other things that I would rather do. As I disconnect from the virtual world, I hover myself more connected to myself and my immediate surroundings.

This is my experience so far. What I genuinely felt, I expressed it all around here in my Blog. What’s your opinion? Feel free to express and share something. Like my previous sayings so far, this Post would hopefully be quite informative and helpful enough for those who are wasting their precious time in Internet rather than enjoying the Natural Environment gifted by God.

Well, it is time for me to really get the HELL out from this Cyber World, Nature is calling me, Baby. 🙂


Free 10 Tips to Promote Your Blog


If you want to grow your blog, then it’s critical that you take time to promote it. Unfortunately, the old theory, “if you build it, they will come,” doesn’t apply to blogs. With over one hundred million blogs being tracked by blog search engines such as Technorati, publishing compelling content isn’t enough to drive awareness and traffic for your blog. Instead, you need to invest in some old-fashioned sweat equity to give your blog a traffic boost. The 10 free blog promotion tips below will help you get started.

1. Comment On Other’s Posts

An easy way to give your blog a promotional boost is by commenting on other blogs. Each time you comment, enter the same name and URL in the corresponding fields in the blog comment form. Doing so will help your search engine optimization efforts over time. When you leave relevant, interesting and useful comments on other blogs (particularly those that are related to your own blog’s topic), people will notice and follow the link back to your blog to learn more about you and read more of what you have to say.

2. Post Frequently

Posting frequently can boost your search engine traffic. Each new post acts as a new entry point for search engines to find your blogs. Writing with search engine optimization in mind can also boost the potential each of your posts has to lead traffic to your blog.

3. Participate in Online Forums

Join forums related to your blog topic and become an active, contributing member. Include a link to your blog in your forum signature, so it’s always available to other members.

4. Use Social Media

Leverage the promotional opportunities that the social web provides. Join social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn and include links to your blogs and recent posts in your profiles. Join social bookmarking sites like DiggStumbleUpon and Deliciousand submit great content (not just your own). Additionally, consider jumping on the microblogging bandwagon and join Twitter. All of these efforts will increase awareness of your blog and give it added exposure.

5. Link to Other Blogs in Your Own Posts

Try to include links to other blogs in your own blog posts. Refer to other blogs you enjoy reading or specific posts you found particularly interesting. When those other blogs have the trackback feature turned on in their blogging software programs, you’ll automatically get a link back to your own blog in the comment section of those posts. At the very least, the other blogger will see the incoming links from your blog in their blog statistic reports, putting you and your blog on his or her radar, and that means more exposure for you.

6. Include Your Blog Link

Basically, include your blog URL everywhere you can. Your email signature and business cards are two of the most obvious places to promote your blog with a link or printed URL, but don’t be afraid to think out of the box. Promotion is key to success when it comes to blogging. Don’t be shy about tooting your own horn!

7. Hold a Blog Contest

Blog contests are a great way to attract new visitors to your blog. The most important thing to remember when using a blog contest as a promotional tool is to get the word out about the contest by announcing it on contest websites.

8. Join a Blog Carnival

Blog carnivals are an easy way to get links to your blog in front of a lot of people. The more closely related to your blog topic that the carnival is, the more traffic you’ll get from it.

9. Guest Blog

Offer your services as a guest blogger for other blogs in your niche, particularly ones that get more traffic than yours does. Guest blogging is a great way to get links to your blog and your own thoughts and writing in front of people who are likely to be interested in learning more about you and your blog.

10. Write Multiple Sites and Link Them Together

The more blogs or websites that you write, the more interlinking is possible. That interlinking can be used to promote your blog through different channels that might attract different audiences. Create an integrated blog marketing plan by aligning your promotion efforts across your various blogs and websites to reap the biggest rewards.