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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
Book homepage ($2.99)

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
Book homepage

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
Book homepage

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
Book homepage

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
Book homepage

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
Book homepage

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
Book homepage

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
Book homepage

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
Book homepage

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
Book homepage

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


Install BackTrack 5 R2 OS in VMware


  • Run the VMware Player (version 3.14 or higher) virtual machine executable (.exe) file.
  •  The VMware Player Window appears on the screen, having the list of installed OSes on the left screen and the menu with a list of options on the right.
  •  Click on Create a New Virtual Machine option on the right-side menu of the VMware player window and a New Virtual Machine Wizard Menu Window appears on the screen.
  • Select Installer disc image file (iso) option and Click Browse… for locating the path of the downloaded BackTrack 5 ISO file. However, a caution message is also displayed. But, Click Next to move further.
  • Select Linux option from the list of Guest Operating System Menu and Other Linux 2.6x Kernel option from the Version Menu of Select the Guest Operating System Window.
  • Type the name “BackTrack 5” (or whatever suits) on the Virtual Machine Name Menu. The Location can be changed by Browse… option as per private settings. Click Next after satisfactory changes.
  • A Ready to Create Virtual Machine Menu Window appears to present the details of the entire required configuration setting for installing BackTrack 5.
  • Some settings could be changed by clicking Customize Hardware… option, where a separate Hardware Window is opened allowing changing the allocated Memory, Processors size, adding or removing hardware devices. Make sure to add (or don’t remove) Modem or any Network Adapter device into this virtual machine because an Internet Connection would be required for upcoming experiments. Click OK after changing satisfactory settings.
  •  Changes could be seen after customizing the Hardware settings. Select/Tick the Power on this Virtual Machine after creation option on the bottom menu. Click Finish to begin the installation of BackTrack 5.
  • VMware Player would start installing BackTrack 5 OS into Virtual Machine.
  • Click on the I Finished Installing option at the bottom message menu and Click into the black screen.
  • Press Enter key and BackTrack 5 Live CD Menu appears on the Virtual Machine Window.
  • Select BackTrack Text – Default Boot Text mode option from the Menu by pressing Enter key. The BackTrack would start installing sooner.
  • After installing on Live CD within seconds, another BackTrack 5 screen appears mentioning the default root username (root) and default root password (toor). Type “startx” on root@root: command workspace for starting its graphical interface, GNOME.
  • The BackTrack 5 Live CD has been installed and the main screen appears on the Virtual Machine.
  • Double-Click on the upper tab of VMware window to full screen view of the BackTrack 5 OS.

 

  • Press Ctrl+Alt keys for returning back to Windows system.
  • As per default settings of Virtual Machine, the BackTrack 5 has a default screen resolution of 800×600. To change the desired settings, Go to System > Preferences > Monitors Menu.
  • The Monitor Preferences Window appears, including all the required monitor settings.
  • Click on the Resolution drop down menu and select the desired resolution (e.g. 1024×768). Click Apply after satisfactory settings.
  • A message box has been displayed for at most 15 seconds. Click on Keep this Configuration option.
  •  A New screen resolution could be observed on the Virtual Machine.

 


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.

Install Ubuntu on Windows using VMware Player


Would you like to use Ubuntu Linux programs, but prefer the convenience of Windows 7?  With VMware Player, you can install a full copy of Ubuntu and integrate it with your Windows 7 computer for free.

VMware Player makes it easy to install Ubuntu Linux as a virtual machine in only 5 clicks.  It then offers easy access to Ubuntu programs straight from your desktop with Unity mode.  Here’s how you can set this up on your computer.

Getting Started

First, download and install VMware Player (link below).  It is a free download, but requires registration. I’ve used VMware Workstation 6.5. You can use the latest versions of VMware Player or Workstation available as well.

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You may see some prompts about installing drivers; simply approve them.  We didn’t see them on our latest test, but have in the past.  When you are finished installing VMware Player, you will have to restart your computer.

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Install Ubuntu

Once you have installed VMware Player and downloaded Ubuntu, you’re ready to setup Ubuntu.  Open VMware Player, and choose “Create a New Virtual Machine.”

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You can install Ubuntu from a disk, or directly from the ISO file you can download (link below).  This is the simplest method if you’re simply wanting to use Ubuntu in VMware Player.  However, if you do have an Ubuntu disk, then feel free to choose that instead.  Once you’ve selected your install media, VMware Player will automatically detect Ubuntu and will show that it will be installed with Easy Install.  Click next to continue.

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Now enter your name, user name, and password.  All fields are required.

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Please note that the username can only have lowercase characters and numbers.

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Also, the password must be at least 8 characters long.

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Now, choose a name for your virtual machine and where to save it.  Simply click next to accept the defaults.

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You can choose how large you want your virtual hard drive to be; the default is 20Gb, but you can choose a different size if you wish.  Please note that the entire 20Gb will not be used up on your hard drive initially.  Ours only took up 3.6Gb with a clean install, but this will increase as you install programs and save files.

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And that’s it!  You can review your settings and change them here if you wish, or simply click Finish to start installing Ubuntu!

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VMware player will now install Ubuntu without any further input.  The window may show cryptic commands, but don’t worry, as you don’t have to do anything else to install Ubuntu.

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During the install, you may be prompted to download and install VMware tools for Linux.  Simply click Download and the tools will automatically download and install, though you may have to approve the UAC prompt.

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VMware will continue installing Ubuntu even while the tools are downloading.  Once the install is finished, you will be presented with your Ubuntu login screen.  The full install took about 30 minutes in our test.

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Select your user name, then enter your password to access Ubuntu.

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Welcome to your Ubuntu desktop!

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Installing VMware Tools

VMware Player will attempt to automatically install the VMware tools into Ubuntu during the initial setup, but sometimes this does not work.  In our test, the tools failed to install during the Ubuntu setup since our internet connection was down.  In your tests, it may or may not automatically install.  If it doesn’t, follow the following steps to install them.  Please not that this is fairly complicated, so be sure to enter the correct things during the install.

To install the tools, click VM and then select “Install VMware Tools” in the menu.

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This will open a File Browser window.  Double click on the VMwareTools icon; this should look like a box that says tar.gz on the front.

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This will open the compressed file.  Click the Extract button at the top of the window.

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Now, choose where to save the files.  Simply click “Desktop” on the left, and then click Extract.

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This will take a moment.  When the files are extracted, click “Close”.

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Now, click the Applications menu at the top of the screen, click Accessories, and then click Terminal.

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Enter the following to access the files you unzipped before:

cd ./Desktop/vmware-tools-distrib

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Now, enter:

sudo bash

and enter your password when prompted.  Please note that the password will not show while you are typing it in; simply type it in, and press Enter when completed.

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Now we can install the VMware tools.  To do this, enter:

./vmware-install.pl

and then simply press enter at the prompts to accept the defaults.  It should ask a total of 5 questions, and just press enter at all of them. image

After a bit, it may ask the following questions about documentation files; simply press enter again at each prompt.

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The installation is now complete.  You will still need to configure the tools, so simply enter “yes” at the prompt to automatically do that.

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It may ask to enable an experimental backup feature; we simply entered “no” at this prompt.

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Then, it will want to setup the graphics configurations.  Enter “yes” at the prompt.  Your screen may flicker or go black momentarily while it is changing these settings.

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Finally, you will see the following message when the install is complete.

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Restart Ubuntu by clicking on the button with your username at the top right, and then selecting Restart from the menu.

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Once your virtual machine has rebooted, login to Ubuntu as before and your setup is complete!

Integrate Ubuntu with Windows 7

You can already use all of Ubuntu’s tools and features directly from the Ubuntu desktop in VMware Player.  But, if you would like to use your Ubuntu programs seamlessly in Windows, we need to activate Unity mode.  Click VM and then Unity Mode in the VMware Player Menu.

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Now, you will have an Ubuntu menu right above your Windows 7 Start button!

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By default, the Ubuntu windows will have a border and VMware logo on them.

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To change this, click VM and then Settings, select the Options tab, and uncheck the “Show borders” and “Show badges” boxes.

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Now the windows will look just like they do in Ubuntu.

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You can run Ubuntu windows side-by-side with Windows 7 windows, and can copy and paste, drag-and-drop between the windows, and more!  The Ubuntu programs’ icons show up in the taskbar the same as normal Windows programs.

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You can access all of the files in your Ubuntu virtual machine from the Ubuntu menu.  Select Other, and then choose Computer or Home Folder.

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Conclusion

VMware Player gives us an exciting way to have a complete Ubuntu install right inside Windows 7.  This would work the exact same on any modern version of Windows, including all editions of XP and Vista.  In this tutorial we used Ubuntu 9.10, but other recent editions should work the same.

Links

Download Ubuntu

Download VMware Player 3

VMware Supports

VMware Manual PDF

 


From Facebook With Love


Since the popularity and extreme usage of Facebook, It is now focusing more on Security. We are usually obstructed with certain things like Security Code Verification, while posting any links on Group, Page and even Friends’ Wall.  Though it which is obviously a hectic thing to type those shitty alphanumeric codes (again and again if you’re posting multiple times).

Recently Facebook has done some settings related to the topic, which made me SICK. Last Monday,  I was just sending Friend Requests to my College Seniors . But after sending almost 20 Friend Request with 5 minutes, Facebook blocked me for Sending more Friend Request. I thought there must be some problem in my Accounts Setting. I’ve checked my Account Settings, which was all Perfect. Then I went to the Help center, where I get to know that Facebook automatically blocks the Users temporarily from the activities which he/she is doing repeatedly. Plus, You would be relieved from these restrictions for a limited period of time, with a condition that you don’t have to share the links during tha period otherwise the Time Period would be more Longer. Damn Sure, Even most of the time you have to encounter certain problems of getting blocked for repeatedly sharing links or commenting on walls of Friends, Groups and Pages and even on Comment.

WTF is that ?? I don’t have any free time sitting Idle for hours.  It’s totally Irritating.

I just saw on my Friend’s wall yesterday. He posted a picture of his Wall showing that he has been blocked from replying to his own Wall Posts of Birthday Wishes by his Friends. DAMN !!! 😛

Now that’s totally Lame Facebook. Enough is Enough. You really oughta think about on this thing especially . In the terms of Spamming or Cyber Bullying, You’re screwing someone’s B’day with such Present. Rectify your System which unnecessarily punishing Innocents most of the time. :X

 


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


Facebook 2011 Statistics


Well Guys, I don’t need to explain it briefly since the following figures would tell the whole story. 😛

For more information on Facebook Statistics you can view another infographic here.

Referred from :- Digital Buzz’s Blog Post


Facebook 2010 Statistics


Well Guys, I don’t need to explain it briefly since the following figures would tell the whole story. 😛

and also a Facebook 2010 Yearbook Statistics

Facebook 2010 Yearbook Statistics

For more information on Facebook Statistics you can view another infographic here.

Referred from :- Digital Buzz’s Blog Post


C/C++ Programming on Linux using GCC


Hey Guys !! I’m back again with some Technical Stuff once again.

Well Just few days back, I was in search for a place where i could get proper techniques of C/C++ Programming under Linux Platforms using GCC. Actually, I’ve mostly used Windows in my Life and as a matter of fact, I’ve used either Turbo C++ or Dev C++ under Windows Platforms. I even didn’t required anything else so far. But since my MAD Professor insisted us to practice C++ in Linux, my search for E-books, Documents and Softwares beings,  for understanding C/C++ in Linux using GCC/G++ compiler, begins.

It took me a while to figure out that Linux is in fact the best Operating System or OS, for typical Non-Gamers unlike me. 😛 And whenever I DO login Windows, even by mistake, I am greeted by a slew of viruses and a painfully slow speed. Anyways, I figured I should do even my C programming on Linux. It was there in my coursework from college you know!

There are two ways in which you can program in C in Linux:

1) Use an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) like Netbeans or Codeblocks.

OR

2) Use the inbuilt GCC compiler, like I did.

GCC basically stands for GNU C Compiler. Its not actually an IDE, but it kinda works when you get used to it. Plus, its easier to setup. Many people (including me) were in a total state of confusion at first, but hey, turns out its pretty simple!

Let me illustrate the steps you need to take to compile and build a program on a Linux machine.

1) Type out your code in a text file (on gedit) and give it a “.c” extension. It actually works. Atleast in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick, your pre-processor code will have a different colour than the rest, and so on, like a normal IDE.

2) Go to Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal. Use the command “cd” to navigate to the directory where your “.c” file is stored. Eg: If your file is stored in “Documents” under the root folder, the type “cd Documents” in the terminal.

3) If your filename is say, “code.c”, then type “gcc code.c -o code”. This compiles and builds your required file.

4) Type “./code” to run your program. And Its all done !!

And of course, if u need to use C++, just replace gcc” by “g++”. And save the file as “.cpp”. The rest is all basically the same. Even sometimes, It can happen that GCC may not be installed in your OS. Not a problem. It will automatically prompt you to install it in a couple of simple steps, which require you just pressing “y/n”.

At the end of the day, Linux programming may not give you a very distinct advantage, but hey, its different! Its a skill that you’ll need to learn eventually maybe and since I got to know how to get with it easily, so why not learn it now? 😉


101 Steps to Becoming a Better Blogger


Hello Guys !!

I’m back this time with some Technical Stuff.

Well as y’all know, Blogging is the one of the simplest way which can help you make good money online. As we all believe that Internet is a small universe of information and we often get paid to dig this universe. So lets start building your small world in it and name it as blogging to explore new information and get paid for our unique ideas through unique content.

We have attached a very good blogging file that will help you understand the concept of blogging and make money with it. And eventually, creating such Blogs, not only your earning Money, you are also giving some of your unique ideas and thoughts (whether in form of Art, Photography, Literature, Technical or any kind of interesting field.) to the concerned readers.

Once you understand the blogging concept then you are all set to start your blog and make money by becoming a Google Adsense Publisher. You can also become a publisher for Amazon to start selling their product and earn commission from them. But for all these things you first need to emphasis on Blogging and Promoting your Blog online. For that, you could refer to Famous Blogs, take some ideas from there about Site Promotion and Money Making.

Besides, I’ve something as a Gift for y’all. 😉

Recently, I’ve just read a E-book of ” 101 Ways To Becoming a Better Blogger “ by ” Ellie Harrison “. It is really interesting and i enjoyed a lot while reading this whole book. It’s just 43 page PDF file (about 607 KB size). It contains all the necessary and indeed worth helpful Blogging Tips, starting from the scratch, from Site Promoting to Money Making.

Well, It took me a whole day to read as I’m already a Blogger and know somewhat its Tricks and Trades. But still, got something NEW to learn more about Blogging, which I would follow in future. For dummies, It would take hardly a week I suppose. So, Let’s Get it Started.

You can DOWNLOAD this PDF of this E-Book.

Keep Blogging Fellows !!! 8)


Insert Music I-Pod in your Blog


Hello Bloggers !! 8)

I’m back again in the my Technical Yard section. I am about tell y’all something really cool and fascinating Stuff which is an awesome Widget for any Blog. Well this one, not only Blogger, but also other people would like it as well. I’m simply talking about a customized Music I-Pod Playlist, which runs on a GUI Music Player created by Mixpod.com, which simply plays Music of your selected Songs in a Playlist. It’s a very Cool Stuff to add in your Blog as many people like to have such thing in a blog these days. So just try it once for sure.

Not only for Blogs Like- WordPress and Blogspot, Add a Mixpod to any webpage and make people to listen to your Music Playlist. Every time someone visits your blog, He/She will be able to hear the Music of your selected Playlist on your very own Mixpod. Ohh !! That sounds really Cool huh !! 8)

It’s very very simple to add to your Blog.

First of all, visit the Official Mixpod Website, where you’ve to Create an account by Signing up at there. It’s just simple, like you create an account in Facebook. Just fill up the necessary details and then, You’re done !!

After making an account on there, It’s time to Create a New Playlist by clicking the required Tab for that. Here you’ve to first, choose a Skin which you would like to have in your Music Player. There are plenty of options to choose any one of them. Some of them like- Mixpod, MixTape, Old School,Ninja, Jeroen V2 etc. are typically MP3 Players only. Whereas, some other players like – Sidekick, MyPod Touch, Minipod, MyPod Nano etc. are MP3 and Music Video Players as well.

Out of them, My personal favorite is ‘ MyPod Touch ‘, because of its very cool look. 😉 8)

Anyways, after selecting Player Skin, it’s time to Create a Playlist of your favorite songs. Well, this job is very very easy as Mixpod gives you a place to search your favorite song and then add it to your Playlist. You could even change the order of the Songs, by dragging any particular song to the desired position. Otherwise, there is an option to Sort the songs in either Ascending or Descending order. You could even change your Player’s skin as well as Mixpod gives an option to select a Skin, if you are not satisfied with the Previous Skin.

After Creating your Music Playlist of your Music Player, Save the Playlist, by giving a Name(required) and description (optional) to it. Also, select some other options to describe the Genre and Category of your Playlist. You could even give some Tags to it as well. Now, your Playlist is defined as well.

You can now Save it, when you’re all done with the required formalities, and collect the HTML code for your playlist, which you could even Post on your Blog. However, You would be asked to Share/Post this Playlist in Website. Then, Go to Other Sites Tab, Click on ‘More‘ and then, on WordPressbutton. It would ask for your WordPress Username, its Password and Blog’s URL. Fill those spaces and Post it. But, it would automatically make it as a Post in Blog. 😛

For inserting it as a Widget on your WordPress Blog.

Copy the HTML Code from the Blog Post . Then Go to Dashboard -> Appearance -> Widgets. Drag the HTML Text Tab on your sidebar Menu. Paste the HTML Code, add a suitable Heading (your wish) and Save/Activate it.

Finally, you’ve inserted it in your Blog. It plays automatically whenever any visitor comes to your Blog. You and other visitors would get to see the Mixpod Player playing all your favorite songs added in your Playlist, all exclusive in your Blog. Honestly speaking, I have used it long time ago and even used it for a very long time as well. But all those Fun has ended now, as I’m done with it and removed that thing. 😛

But It’s not BAD thing to have it. You could atleast try at once.
!! Just make one and Have Fun !!


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. 🙂


The Rattle Snake Game (Version 1)


Guess What Folks !!!
Finally, My very 1st Game Program in C/C++ called “ The Rattle Snake Game ”, on which I’ve already told y’all about in my previous post, has been completed. It took me about 2 Weeks, let say 14 Days, for making it happen.

From since Day One till the End, I was constantly thinking and working upon through this Day-Night, using the concepts related to this game like- Designing The Intro and The Outro, Animating Snake Motion, Updating Score Board and Calling Other Menus and Sub-Menus. For this, I’ve used most possible Proper and Logical Algorithms in order to implement such concepts. I’ve also simple Graphics, which is basically has C Header file “GRAPHICS.H”, through which I had done the animation part easily by calling its concerned functions. Now, that’s kinda fascinating for the Gamers. Moreover, I’ve made my Game Program Well Coded, Nicely Indented and Minimal Memory Space as possible. Even I’ve divided it into various Modules (Functions), so that my other fellow Programmers could easily find it readable enough and understand the logics which I had used so far.

I won’t gonna tell you how to play it as it’s very simple Game which you might have played during your Kindergarten days. Instead I would like to throw some light on this Game in certain small Snippets.

This is the Intro of this Game, where you could see a border made with Snake’s body, alongwith the Title Name of the Game, the Programmer’s Name. (Off-course It’s me :P) and also a Blinking Message at the bottom asking for pressing any Key.

The Game Intro

As you can see now, it immediately asks to Enter your Name after pressing any Key. When you’re done with entering your name, simply press Enter key to move further. But Remember, You could use less than 10 characters only. Otherwise, you would be asked again and again for entering your name under 10 characters, alongwith an Error message.

Entering your Name

Now, you would love to see the following thing because it’s the Main layout view of the Game. I’ve made a Sidebar at the right. It consists of an Instruction Menu (with the commands and keys for playing the Game) , a Scorecard (which keeps on updating whenever the Snake eats the Egg) and a Blank Space left for displaying Messages. You can move the Snake by the arrow movements.

For pausing the Game Press ‘Enter’ key and for Exiting the Game Press ‘0’ key.

Game Begins and Snake Approaching Towards the Egg

Well, When the Snake has eaten the Egg, the score gets updated which was higher than the initial High Score (Zero). The High Score would now get updated with a Navy Blue Text Background. However, its length would increase after consuming 2 Eggs.

Snake has eaten the Egg

When you’ve reached any Level, i.e. eaten the numbers of eggs so far to reach the next level, You would be getting a Level bonus on clearing the previous Round. Your speed gets more increased after Crossing any Level.

Level Upgradation

As obvious, there are two ways of getting the Snake Out, i.e. biting either the walls or itself. For that a message would gets displayed with a message “Ouch !!” followed by “Gameover”.

Snake hitting the walls

Snake hitting itself

If you Quit yourself by pressing ‘0’ key manually, you’ll kicked out of the game and similarly a message would gets displayed with a message now calling “Exit !!” followed by “Gameover”.

Exiting The Game Manually

Whenever your Game gets Over, by either the above ways, you would further be asked for Continue again. Press ‘y’ for Yes or ‘n’ for No. If ‘Yes’, the new message “Loading” would be displayed. Within few seconds, a New Game would be uploaded on a Fresh screen resetting all the Scores and Levels to its initial value except the High Score.

Continuing the Game

Fresh New Game after Continuation

However, On pressing for ‘No’, the new message “Exiting” would be displayed. After that a fresh screen appears with similar Design like the Intro had and also an Outro message, thanking you for playing my game.

Not Continuing the Game / Exiting

The Game Outro

Post your Feedbacks for this very Simple Game, with Simple Graphics and Concepts by your very Simple Blogger, Ash Bee. 8)

PS:- Don’t criticize me for making such a simple game. It’s my very 1st step in Game Programming and Animation. I would definitely go further on this thing since I’ve already laid some interest over it. Hopefully, I would increase my Level to make some Brilliant Games on upcoming days.


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.


My 1st C/C++ Game – Rattle Snake Game


Well Guys !!
After studying and practicing more like HELL in Programming for years, I’ve finally came to one of its very cool and fascinating application : Gaming, on which I’ve made – A Rattle Snake Game in C/C++ Programming Language.

It’s a very Simple and Common Game, not that complicated and even not that challenging. However, It’s a great step to Get Started with Game Programming in C/C++. I’ve made this Game using logically sound Algorithms, Concepts on Arrays, Structures and Loops, and also DOS Graphics. However, It requires some nice Skills and more Practice to Built and Run such a program.

I’ve just done the Gaming Part, where you’ll get to see the whole body of the Snake (including its Head and Tail as well :P) moving accordingly to Player’s Key Movements.The Snake’s body gets increasing after consuming the Food/Egg on its way,which is quite animative. As obvious, the Game gets Over, when the Snake structs the Walls or even its own body foolishly :P. Moreover, I’ve designed an Instructions Menu for getting an Help in moving the Snake and a Scorecard which would keep an updated score during the Game, which hopefully would be an attractive and helpful thing to get notice upon. 8)

I would upload all its screenshots probably on my upcoming Post.

So far, I’ve laid emphasis on the Gaming Part,which has been completed and running successfully. But, Certain Animations are still required to make Game Intro, Menus and Outro are yet to be done. So, There’s an unfinished job for completing it in a whole. Hopefully, I’ll be able to complete’em just before my College Holidays.

As a matter of fact, many Elite Programmers have made so even more better than me, on various Programming Languages like – JAVA, PASCAL, C#,FORTRAN, PIKE, PHP etc. alongwith some  Modern Graphic Techniques like API, OpenGL etc., which are quite more compatible to Run successfully on my Platform as compared to mine.

But the purpose of making this Game, is simply understanding all the concepts which I’ve leaned so far and exploring furthermore in the filed of Game Programming.

Soon, I’m gonna upload the Full Game, when I’m done with its Finishing Work. Hopefully, It comes soon ASAP. 😉

P.S. :- It’s very very easy to play Game in your PCs and Laptops. But it’s F*cking too Hard to make such Games through Programming Languages.


Get Free E-books from ‘E-booksX’


I’ve just browsed through Internet for downloading E-books for my IT Programming course. And finally, I’ve got to see this Website Site. It’s a very good to site to get E-books, not only Programming, but also on other topics Like- Literature, Humor, Tutorials etc. etc. In short, It’s a place where you could find E-books on various topics by many renowned authors and publishers.

Recently I began to buy eBooks for the Kindle application on my iPad. While I still love paper books, the digital wiles of eBooks are looking increasingly attractive to me. Below are five eBook features that may tempt you to buy electronic books too.

I should note that I wasn’t a hold-out on eBooks for moral reasons. I simply couldn’t access them until recently. Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s Reader and Barnes & Noble’s Nook have all been either unavailable to people outside the US, or the eBook stores to populate them have been inaccessible. However with the Kindle for iPad, I’ve finally been able to enjoy the forbidden fruit of eBooks.

Moreover, You’ve got certain reasons to prefer E-books better than normal Paper Books. Here they are as follows :-

1. Social Highlighting

I must add that one thing I miss about paper books is the personal touch, for example receiving a book from a friend with their marked up highlights. By contrast, there’s something a bit impersonal about electronic highlighting. But perhaps eBooks will evolve to enable more personal sharing of highlights, perhaps even mimicing your hand writing style.Being able to highlight quotes and passages and easily find them again is a key feature that eBooks have over paper books. This activity can also be social – Audrey Watters pointed me to an Amazon Kindle page featuring the most highlighted passages of all time.

2. Notes

The ability to create and then easily display archived notes is a big plus for eBooks. Instead of scribbling in small writing in the margins of a paper book, you can type a clear note in your eReader.

3. Look-up of words

I recently bought a few books of poetry in the Kindle Store. Readers of poetry will know that modern poets like to use big and esoteric words. So one feature I have really enjoyed over the past week is tapping a word and having the definition displayed below. Very helpful and something that made me thankful I had the eBook version of the poetry.

4. Ability to Tweet & Facebook quotes

@Tooq commented via Twitter that he/she likes the ability to tweet or send to Facebook quotes from books, on the Kindle. This feature was introduced to Amazon Kindle 2.5 at the end of April.

5. Search

You can search for topics or keywords inside your eBook, or out on the Web. Similar to the word look-up feature, this is something that augments the reading experience.

Most of these features are just the tip of the iceberg of what eBooks are capable of. As ReadWriteWeb’s Curt Hopkins opined yesterday, “the e-book format has inherent multimedia possibilities: trailers, background and reference materials, interviews, actors reciting the poems the book contains.”

Those multimedia features probably need to come from publishers, rather than eReader manufacturers.

In the meantime, let us know in the comments what your current favorite eBook features are. Or are you still a paper book hold-out?

I must recommend to you to JOIN this one for sure. Though You’ve to fetch some MONEY initially for that cause it’s not for FREE 😛 Still, It’s cool.

!! Have a Try !!


Insert ‘Flag Counter’ in your Blog


Well Guys !!
I’ve just found an amazing cool Stuff which is an awesome Widget for my Blog. It’s just a Flag Counter, which simply counts the number of visitors from different countries across the Globe. It’s a very Cool Stuff to add in your Blog. Here you’ll get an idea about the countries of visitors viewing your Blog.

Not only for Blogs Like- WordPress and Blogspot, Add a free Flag Counter to any webpage and collect flags from all over the world. Every time someone from a new country visits you, a flag will be added to your counter. Not only will this make your site far more interesting, but clicking on your Flag Counter will reveal amazing information and charts!

It’s very very simple to add to your Blog.
1st of all, visit the Official Flag Counter Website. Then create your very own Flag Counter.
For that, you’ve got two options for representing the Visiting Stats :-
(a) Top Countries – where you could see Flags of Top Countries in order
(b) Flag Map – where you could see a World Map with Flags of all Visiting Countries
However, (b) is bit hectic . So I recommend you Try (a) . 😉
Further options are very simple and understandable. You’ll easily get with it. 😀 8)

When your done with the desired settings, Click on the button “Get your Flag Counter”. After that, it would ask for your e-mail, so that you could have an access to manipulate or change settings of your Flag Counter. You could even Skip the Option if you don’t want to manipulate so in future. Then you’ll get the HTML Code for your Flag Counter, which you could even Post on your Blog.

For inserting it as a Widget on your WordPress Blog like I’ve done in mine, copy the HTML Code from the Flag Counter Website Code Box . Then visit to you Blog. Go to Dashboard -> Appearance -> Widgets. Drag the HTML Text Tab on your sidebar Menu. Paste the HTML Code, add a suitable Heading (your wish) and Save/Activate it.

Finally, you’ve inserted it in your Blog. It automatically counts the Page Views of your Blog and categories every visitor in respective countries. You and other visitors would get to see the Page views from different counties of your Blog.

!! Just make one and Have Fun !!


Install and Run C++ In Windows 7


Well Guys, Since most of us are having Windows 7 Operating Systems in our PCs or Lappies.

I’ve noticed that there is problem in Installing some of the Old C++ compliers (especially Turbo C++). A lot of my friends are still having a difficulty in Installing and further Running the Application.

Regarding this issue,  I’ve searched through Internet and finally, discovered its Solution, which I’m gonna with y’all right now in the following Points Step-by-Step.

Installation of TurboC++ in Windows 7

1. Download Turbo C++ complier, which is easily available on various Software Sharing Websites.
Otherwise, Download from here
2. Extract the zip files to: e.g. C:\TurboC

step1 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7Extract zip files

3. Run the installation file: C:\TurboC\INSTALL.EXE

step2 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7Run the install

4. Press Enter to continue

step3 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7Press Enter to continue

5. Enter the Source drive: e.g.C   and press Enter to continue

step4 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7Enter the Source drive

6. Enter the Source path: \TURBOC    and press Enter to continue

step5 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7Enter the Source path

7. In directories, Specify where Turbo C files are copied. E.g.  C:\TC . When done go to start instalation and press Enter

step6 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7Specify where Turbo C++ files are copied

Hence, Your Installation is successful. 😀

step7 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7Succesfull instalation

8. Launch from your destination      e.g.   C:\TC\BIN\TC.EXE

step8 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7Launch from your destination

Sometimes, It might not Run properly or even would be unable to Run. So therefore, After Downloading and Installing Turbo C++ complier in your System, We now require a DosBox Software, which is capable of running Turbo C++ Complier in Windows 7 64-Bit format very easily.

Installation of DosBox in Windows 7

1. Install the software DOSBox ver 0.73 :Download from here

2. Run the DOSBox 0.73 from the icon located on the desktop:
step 1 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7 64bit
3. Type the following commands at the command prompt

[Z]: mount d c:\Turbo\ [The folder TC is present inside the folder Turbo]

Now you should get a message which says: Drive D is mounted as a local directory c:\Turbo\
step 2 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7 64bit
4. Type d: to shift to d:
step 3 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7 64bit
5. Next follow the commands below:

cd tc

cd bin

tc or tc.exe [This starts you the Turbo C++ 3.0]

step 4 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7 64bit
6. In the Turbo C++ goto Options>Directories> Change the source of TC to the source directory [D] ( i.e. virtual D: refers to original c:\Turbo\ . So make the path change to something like D:\TC\include and D:\TC\lib respectively )

Starting TurboC++ in the DOSBox automatically:

You can save yourself some time by having DOSBox automatically mount your folders and start TurboC++:

For DOSBox versions older then 0.73 browse into program installation folder and open the dosbox.conf file in any text editor. For version 0.73 go to Start Menu and click on “Configuration” and then “Edit Configuration“. Then scroll down to the very end, and add the lines which you want to automatically execute when DOSBox starts.
Automatically mount and start Turbo C++3.0 in DOSBox ver 0.73:
step 5 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7 64bit
Scroll down to the very end, and add the lines:
step 6 How to install Turbo C++ on Windows 7 64bit
Those commands will be executed automatically when DOSBox starts!
Please note: For Full screen: Alt and Enter

When you exit from the DosBox [precisely when u unmount the virtual drive where Turbo C++ 3.0 has been mounted] all the files you have saved or made changes in Turbo C++ 3.0 will be copied into the source directory(The directory which contains TC folder)

PS:- Don’t use shortcut keys to perform operations in TC because they might be a shortcut key for DOSBOX also . Eg : Ctrl+F9 will exit DOSBOX rather running the code .

Moreover, I’ve uploaded an VIDEO tutorial for your convenience. Take a look on it Fellows.

 


Top 10 Tiny & Awesome Windows Utilities


Hello Guys !! 8)

Well, This time I’ve brought something really interesting for Y’all.

It’s the little things that make a Windows system great—like utilities that use less than 10MB of memory to make your life easier. Here are 10 apps that pack a lot of greatness into very little space.

Note: Most of these apps do, indeed, use less than 10MB of hard drive space when installed, or use that much when they’re running in the background. Some will scale in use as you demand more or less from them—DisplayFusion or UltraMon, for example, when handling very high-resolution backgrounds or a wall of monitors—but all should have an almost negligible performance impact on a modern system.

10. Taskbar Shuffle

You don’t open your programs in the order you want them nealy arranged on your taskbar, you open them when you need them. Taskbar Shuffle knows this, and makes it easy to quickly swap windows around, along with system tray icons. It also allows you to close out windows with a simple middle-click, which alone could make it worth the roughly 6MB price of admission. You won’t know you wanted to fling windows out of your cursor’s way until you try it.

9. Everything

It’s probably smaller than your desktop wallpaper. But Everything is more useful and efficient than applications 25x its size. Everything only searches through file names, not inside the contents of them, but it does so stupid-fast as you type. You’ll usually find your file with a few keystrokes, and Google fans will appreciate the boolean operators that enable and/or elegance. Definitely an app you’ll want to right-click and create a keyboard shortcut for. There’s also Locate32, which does a bit more, is portable, and has more user-friendly features—we just like Everything for its single box that searches, uh, everything.

8. DisplayFusion or UltraMon

If you’re rocking dual, triple, or even quadruple monitors at home or at the office (and, let us just say, lucky you on that last bit), these apps have a relatively small system footprint, but make a big impact in how your system looks. They both manage separate or split wallpapers across multiple monitors, and can grab and rotate images from your computer, Flickr, or other sources. With DisplayFusion’s recent update, they also both maintain your Windows taskbar across all your monitors (or don’t, if that’s how you like it). Our resident multi-monitor enthusiast Jason still keeps both apps on his system for the little things, like multi-monitor screensavers in UltraMon, but both are among the very select paid apps we’ll admit to being worth shelling out for (although both have restricted “free” versions as well).

7. Texter

I know, it’s like we never give up on promoting this, right? Well, what can we say—we (the royal “we,” really) wrote it because it filled a need in our half-breed lives of alternating text and HTML. Turns out, though, that folks ranging from power emailers to military writers have found dull, boring text they can automate, misspelled words to catch on the fly, or perhaps powerful, seriously secretive acronyms they’d occasionally like to spell out. For less than 2.5MB of RAM on most systems, this one packs a pretty hefty punch.

6. Revo Uninstaller

In a magical world without computer stress, we’re all running virtual machines to try out software we might not want, and we simply uninstall it there, keeping one system nearly pristine. For the real world, Revo Uninstaller scrubs an application and all its traces off your Windows system. It can also turn off programs that are starting up with Windows, and uninstall applications with a crosshair “Hunter Mode” that doesn’t require you to know what it’s named.

5. NirSoft’s password recovery tools

Nir Sofer has contributed a wealth of great applications to the Windows world, but his Lifetime Achievement award for free software could be granted on his password utilities alone. Need to share your network password, but haven’t actually typed it in forever and a day? Network Password Recovery to the rescue. Need to unlock an Outlook PST file? Hit up PstPassword. Nir’s got you covered for email clientsIM apps, and, for every other app in your system that you can only see asteriks for, Asterisk Logger. Use them with the light side of the geek Force, and you’ll owe Nir a beer after he saves your unlucky day.

4. CCleaner

With good reason, this tiny, powerful little app has remained our readers’ favorite Windows maintenance tool. With a few clicks, it guns through your web browser remains, Recycle Bin, temporary system files, registry, and unnecessary application left-behinds, clearing them out and, in some cases, freeing up at least a DivX movie’s worth of space. It also offers a startup program analyzer and disabling tool, and can be run on a schedule for that light, regular crap-free feeling (ew, but good, right?)

3. Process Explorer

Windows Task Manager isn’t a bad tool, necessarily, but it only gives you a layman’s view of what’s eating up memory or pulling serious CPU cycles. Process Explorer expands on the vagueries of “rundll” or “svchost” with a double-click, links background services to applications, and points to the folders they come from. You might not need it all the time, but when you’re rooting around and trying to free up system memory, it’s like a finely-tuned metal detector.

2. Replacements for built-in Windows utilities

There are a lot of good reasons to keep on rockin’ Windows XP, but some of the built-in utilities can feel a bit, well, dated—and that goes for a good number of Vista tools, tool. Notepads without tabs? A Paint app that can’t really resize or undo more than one action? Skip the headaches and work-arounds and run down our list of power replacements for built-in Windows utilities, almost all of which are tiny litle buggers that do their work a whole lot better than Windows’ own stuff. This editor, for instance, tries not to think about what file copying was like before TeraCopy came along—or, if he does, tries to keep himself calm about that 4GB transfer that failed out for no reason, overnight.

1. Rainlendar

If you feel like you’ve heard this one before without really knowing why, you probably saw it listed as the best calendar application, or listed as one of the tools used to create a Featured Desktop. This customizable little guy gives you a floating, tiny, yet informative calendar on your desktop, along with a to-do list. It integrates with Outlook, Google Calendar, and most other iCal-supporting scheduling systems. The full app with offline Outlook, GCal and shared calendar support costs €10 (or about $14-15), but could totally be worth the price for anyone who doesn’t like to have to open a browser, or flip up Outlook, just to see what’s going on Monday.

These are really Nice and Perfect Utilities. Hope you like this Post and try to use some of these Awesome Softwares.

Don’t forget to Post Comments !! 8)


Resize Your Image Files without Stretching Them


Well Guys, I’ve got something NEW for Y’all right now !! 😉 8)

We all are very fond of Collecting Images (Photos or Wallpapers) from Internet. But sometimes it really happens that we get those Images in small or big pixels/dimensions. So therefore, we don’t get the Images of our desired Dimension.

In order to somewhat resize them, we try out the ole school methods. 😛
Using MS Paint or similar kinda utilities, we either by changing their dimensions or stretching the whole Image. If we try to do them, we get some kinda Stretched (while Increasing their dimensions) and Compressed (while Decreasing their dimensions), making the Image completely very bad and ugly looking. 😛

I know you would say Adobe Photoshop would do it for sure. I agree, it really does this task. But somewhere I found that even Photoshop, though capable of re-sizing the Image to somewhat extent is unable to produce a good Image Quality while resizing. 😛

So, Regarding this thing, I’ve founded such Softwares which are capable of Resizing Your Images (Increasing/Decreasing the Pixels) without stretching the Image, and therefore making it as it was in its Original Dimensions. So You can get a separate Image file with changed dimensions/pixels. Now This is somewhat bit useful Fellows !! 😉 😛

  1. Photo Resizer Pro 3.9 :- This Software is simply The Best Image Resizing Utility I’ve used so far. It simply creates and saves a Separate Resized Image file , with a changed Pixel/Dimension of the Original Image File to another Folder. It’s very simple to use. It has other embedded features like:- Cropping , Enabling Effects, Embossing, Red Eye Reduction etc. etc. 😉

    Download Photo Resizer Pro 3.9 Software

  2. Picture Resize Genius 2.9 :- It’s a very nice Image resizing utility. It typically meant for resizing purposes only. It has some default Dimensions for resizing the Image. Like the above, It also has other special utilities, which gets Open in different Window. It also creates a Duplicate file with similar picture quality while Expanding the Dimension. However, It has certain problems while contracting the Image Dimensions as the Image gets unrecognizable (kinda blurred i must quote) after the whole transaction.

    Download Photo Resizer 2.9 Software

  3. Resize Multiple Image Files Software 7.0 :- It’s very compact kinda software, with less Options and Buttons. It’s typically also meant for resizing purposes only. It gives you an option either resize by percentage or resize by selecting Pixels (either manually or choosing one form the list of Default Dimensions in a Drop-down Menu).
    Download Resize Multiple Image Files Softwares 7.0 Software

Well, The following is actually an Image of a GRAFFITI and My Current GRAVATAR at My BLOG. I’ve just resized the above firstly, by expanding and then, by contracting its Dimensions and Pixels.

Take a look on the Images fellows !! 😉 8)

Image with Original Dimensions (403 X 500 pixels)


Resized Image with Expanded Dimensions (1000 X1241 pixels)


Resized Image with Contracted Dimensions (175 X 150 pixels)

As you could see that The Image has been resized to Large and Small Pixels. But the Image is neither looking blurred or ugly. 😉 So It’s Cool, Isn’t it ?? 😛

Well, There are a many Other Image Resizing Softwares like – Acronics True Image Home 13.0, Wallpaperio PSP Maker 1.0, Resize Images 1.0, Instant Stretch 3.0, Quick Photo Resizer 2.6, Resize Your Picture 4.2 etc. etc. ,which works like the above Softwares I’ve mentioned so far.

Well, Y’all could even Download and try them out as well. 😉
Rate and Send me some reviews on this post regarding this issue.
Addiozz !! 😉


10 Free Screencast Software To Make Video


Heyy Guys !! Wassup ?? 8)

I guess you’ve seen many Video Tutorials of whatever things you wanna visualize. Looking them a lot, Damn Sure !! You get so fascinated by it that you also want to create your Own Self-Made Video Tutorials like them. Isn’t it Folks ?? 😉 😛

Well Guys, they simply just use Screencast Softwares,where they can record their own Desktop View and give us Tutorials regarding any problem.

Even I was also like you days back ago. I’ve seen many Video Tutorials, where we get someone’s Desktop view and that person try to teach us. I got the same fascinating shit like Y’all are having right now.

So therefore, after browsing so much about these type of softwares and trying many of them. There are quite a few free screencasting applications which you can use without burning hole in your pocket. I’ve now A List of 10 Free Screencast Software To Make Video, which are as follows :- 😉

  1. Jing Project is the best free application ever made for screencasting. Jing Project has been created by TechSmith who incidentally also own Camtasia and thus you can be rest assured of the quality. I have been using this application since last few months and I am yet to face a single glitch. Jing is available for both Mac and Windows. Jing has recently undergone some changes which have improved its functionality and the user-interface. It is definitely not as feature rich as Camtasia but you shouldn’t forget that it’s free and does the basic task very well.
  2. AviScreen is another free screencasting application which although is not as refined as Jing but a try can be given as it saves the screencasts in .avi file type which is compatible on most systems. It has a smart feature called “follow the cursor” which lets you capture a video of relatively small dimensions while covering all mouse activity over the whole screen area. The major drawback of this one is that it does not record audio. Windows only.
  3. Copernicus is the free screencasting application for Mac which also doesn’t support audio. It can be used for taking screenshots while it also does the basic video capturing quite well.
  4. xVidcap is a pretty classic application which also doesn’t support audio like the two applications mentioned above. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The screen capture is actually done by saving each frame as an individual image – this is then sent through a transcoder which produces a complete MPEG video file.
  5. Windows Media Encoder is also a free application which can be used to capture both live and prerecorded audio, video, and computer screen images. The recordings are made in Windows Media format and can only work on Windows Operating Systems. Similarly Windows Movie Maker can also do the job.
  6. Camstudio 2.0 is an open source application and like Jing Project, it can also support both audio and video. It produces screencasts in .avi file type which it can also encode to .swf file type. It also includes features like adding captions and videi-in-video.
  7. Screencast-O-Matic is an online web service which provides you to make screencasts. It requires JAVA in your computer in order to run. Since it’s a browser based app so you can run it on any Operating System. It can record your desktop as well as audio.
  8. Wink is the last free application that we could find capable of making screencasts. It is a cross-platform application which captures screencasts and the feature of adding explanation boxes, buttons, titles etc. further make it worth a try.
  9. CaptureFox is a Firefox extension which can let you capture screen and record your sound. It makes the recordings in .avi file type while you may adjust its video quality as well. Free.
  10. Cankiri is a free screencasting application originally made for Linux in Python. It can although work on other Operating Systems too.

Well, Some of above are the Best. While few of them lag behind due to their certain drawbacks. A Tip Of Advice, I would like to share that, “Prefer that software which is most compatible as well as most in your Desktop”.

If I have missed any free screencasting application then please tell us in comments.

Adiozz !!  😉  8)


Download ‘YouTube’ Videos from ‘KeepVid’


Heyy Guys !! Wassup ?? 8)

Well, Y’all know about YouTube.com. It’s simply a website where we all always watch Videos (whether it’s Music Videos, or Tutorial Videos, or Promo Videos, or even Home Videos etc. etc.) at YouTube. We just upload there and others watch them with pleasure and comment on it. 😉

But sometimes there are certain favorite Videos, which you wanna Download from there only. But you dunno how to do that. Guess What People ?? I’ve got a PERFECT SOLUTION for Y’all !! 😉 8)

Just Download your YouTube Video Link from the Address Bar and then, visit www.keepvid.com. All you’ve to do, is to Paste the Copied YouTube Video Link at URL Bar and Click the DOWNLOAD button.

It would take few moments for checking and processing the Link.
After that, you can easily get its Video File. However, There are various options to Download the Video in various Video Formats (Like – .3gp , .flv, and .mpeg formats) , Video Quality and Resolution Levels. You can select the desired option and get ready for Downloading. 😉

So, It’s now become much easier to DOWNLOAD any Video from YouTube and get its Video File in desired format using KEEPVID.