Sunday, September 28, 2008

NASA: 2 space shuttles on nearby launch pads simultaneously

You might not get to see this again, at least not for many years...

Space shuttle Atlantis (foreground) sits on Launch Pad A and Endeavour
on Launch Pad B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At the left
of each shuttle are the open rotating service structures with the
payload changeout rooms revealed. The rotating service structures
provide protection for weather and access to the shuttle.

the first time since July 2001, two shuttles are on the launch pads at
the same time. Endeavour will stand by at pad B in the unlikely event
that a rescue mission is necessary during Atlantis' upcoming STS-125
mission to repair NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The missions is slated
to launch Oct. 10.

After Endeavour is cleared from its duty
as a rescue spacecraft, it will be moved to Launch Pad 39A for its
STS-126 mission to the International Space Station. That flight is
targeted for launch Nov. 12.

Link: NASA - Mirror Images

Image below. It is beautiful!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Choosing the next CEO: Nice story

Got this nice story in the mail ...

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different.

He called all the young executives in his company together. He said, 'It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO.I have decided to choose one of you'

The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. 'I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED.

I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO'

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.

After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.
Six months went by--still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.

Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil -
He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection.

Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he new his wife was right.

He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful--in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

Jim just tried to hide in the back. 'My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,' said the CEO 'Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!'

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, 'The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!' When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed - Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, 'Behold your next Chief Executive! His name is Jim!' Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?

Then the CEO said, 'One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you.

Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!'

  1. If you plant honesty, you will reap trust

  2. If you plant goodness, you will reap friends

  3. If you plant humility, you will reap greatness

  4. If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment

  5. If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective

  6. If you plant hard work, you will reap success

  7. If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation

  8. If you plant faith in God, you will reap a harvest

  9. So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

Hidden Emoticons - Yahoo! Messenger

For Yahoo! messenger --> You won't find these in the emoticon menu, but you can send them by typing the keyboard shortcuts directly into your message.

Link: Hidden Emoticons - Yahoo! Messenger

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I use Firefox as my default browser. It's great, and has a lot of cool features. But it loads up very sloooooooooowwwly!!

To avoid the pain, a couple of things to try:
  1. Turn off automatic updates: FF checks for updates (to itself, to plugins and to search engines) very time you start it. This makes it very slow. So turning off automatic updates makes it very fast. To turn them off go to Tools --> Options --> Advanced --> Update check off all the Automatic Update checkboxes.

  2. Note: This means that you don't get some required updates automatically. So you will have to do this yourself. Tools --> Add Ons --> Find Updates

  3. Use FF Preloader -->
    This pre-loads parts of FF into memory (RAM) and hence speeds it up.
    Note: There are folks who caution against doing this - it may cause FF to malfunction. I have not tried this myself.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Joke: Ten Jew Berry Mud

Old but gold joke…

The following telephone exchange between room-service and a guest at a hotel in Asia was recorded and published in the Far East Economic Review.

Hotel: Morny, ruin sorbees.

Guest: Sorry, I thought I dialed room-service.

Hotel: Rye! Ruin sorbees ... morny! Jewish to odor sunteen??

Guest: Uh ... yes ... I'd like some bacon and eggs.

Hotel: Ow July den?

Guest: What??

Hotel: Ow July den ... pry, boy, pooch?

Guest: Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry, scrambled please.

Hotel: Ow July dee baychem ... crease?

Guest: Crisp will be fine.

Hotel: Hokay. An San tos?

Guest: What?

Hotel: San tos. July San tos?

Guest: I don't think so.

Hotel: No? Judo one toes?

Guest: I feel really bad about this, but I don't know what 'judo onetoes' means.

Hotel: Toes! Toes! ... Why djew Don Juan toes? Ow bow singlishmopping we bother?

Guest: English muffin!! I've got it! You were saying 'Toast.' Fine. Yes, an English muffin will be fine.

Hotel: We bother?

Guest: No, just put the bother on the side.

Hotel: Wad?

Guest: I mean butter ... just put it on the side.

Hotel: Copy?

Guest: Sorry?

Hotel: Copy ... tea ... mill?

Guest: Yes. Coffee please, and that's all.

Hotel: One Minnie. Ass strangle ache, creasebaychem, tossy singlish mopping we bother honey sigh, and copy... rye?

Guest: Whatever you say.

Hotel: Ten jew berry mud.

Guest: You're welcome.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Firefox add-on: ScribeFire Blog Editor

Blog to a variety of sites such as Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, Windows Live Spaces, etc. right from within the Firefox browser.

Really cool - I use this one regularly. Most of my posts are via this tool.

Note: They have a feature where you can make money via ads, but I have't used that. I only use the pure blogging part.

Link to Firefox add-on: ScribeFire Blog Editor :: Firefox Add-ons

List of supported services/sites:

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New browser - Google Chrome

Google has come out with a new browser, Google Chrome.
The browser is now ready for download. Try it out ...

Download link: Google Chrome
For some reason, this download link works only in IE for me, not in Firefox. Coincidence? ;-)