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Monday, March 31, 2008

Watch Out - Tomorrow's April Fool's Day

Hi Folks,

Just wanted to remind you that tomorrow is 1st April, 2008 - incidentally the April Fools Day. So watch out for any suspicious calls / mails / messages that you may receive from your near and dear ones. It could also be your colleagues or even your boss!!

Hope you do remember, that even the big corporates love to play the fool on 1st April - especially Google. This is what it did last year April Fool from Google :: This year we have the Gmail Paper and Google TiSP. So we can expect something this year too!!

The day is such that April Fool hoaxes sometimes makes people doubt real news stories released on 1 April.

All de Best!!


The Complete Keyboard :: Call it the All-in-One PC

I always prefer using light weight keyboard, but if a keyboard be equiped a full PC may that be over weight, I would still like to use that. Just check this out and tell me what do you feel about this really cool innovation!!

Simply place it on your desktop, plug in a monitor and you are done - my gosh!

This new generation All-in-One PC in a keyboard not only takes up far less desktop space, but also puts an Intel® Core™ 2 Quad CPU with all its features and performance at your fingertips. The new ZPC-GX31™ is a true innovation packing so much power, performance and compatibility inside a normal size keyboard. With features such as Dual Display capabilities, 4GB of DDR2/667MHz RAM, 1Gb LAN and DVI interface you now have a complete personal computer that takes up no more space than a typical keyboard.

Limited Edition Pink Windows Vista!

What's so obvious with Pink and Japan. Well, we had toys, mobiles, candies, bags and a whole lot of stuff available in pink in Japan. Now you have a Vista in Pink!!

As a special promotion for the Japanese market we now have an upgrade version of Windows Vista Home Premium and best is that it is bundled with a year’s subscription of Windows Live OneCare and a copy of a Vista tips and tricks book. If that deal isn’t sweet enough, then you better know it comes in a pink box with little flower petals plastered all over. Imagine checking out of the electronic store with a copy of Crysis in one hand, and this in the other. Look out for the image below.

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Windows Vista SP1 Toilet Paper - It's really available now

The Japanese are simply hyping Vista SP1 release. I was just surprised to find that a roll of toilet paper printed with highlighted features is already available in Japan. You kind of have to feel a little bad for Vista -- it just keeps getting crapped on these days. Now available in a Toilet Paper Near You - so if the flush doesn't work, do you blame in on Vista then.

Also for some trivia now - If there is one place in the world that any gadget-electronic freak should go to, that is Akihabara district in Tokyo. Numerous stores bring on fascinating number of products, often first in the world. There are also products which are not so usual, nor you can find them in retail or e-tail in any other part of the world.

Some exclusive images below:
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Why is an investment in gold a good inflation investment?

An Investment in Gold is a Good Inflation Investment ONLY if the Return on your Investment is higher than the Inflation in the same period of time. If you invest in gold and lose 20% of your money in a year and that year the inflation in your country was 2% then your investment in gold was not a good inflation investment.

if you don't know what is Inflation - well, Inflation is an increase in the general level of prices of a given kind in a given currency. Inflation is measured by taking a "basket" of goods, and comparing the prices at two intervals, and adjusting for changes in the intrinsic basket. Gold is not a currency anymore and the Gold Standard is no longer used in any nation, having been replaced completely by fiat currency. Gold Prices are determined only by the market and the price goes down if everybody is selling and the prices go up if everybody is buying. I don't believe there is a relation between Gold and Inflation but I could be mistaken.

It may be good to some investors to invest in Gold now but this does not mean you should invest in Gold. Monex Deposit Company (MDC) is a 30 year old US based company. It allows you to purchase gold or other precious metals for immediate personal delivery or arrange for convenient and safe storage at an independent bank or depository.

Allocate not more than 10-15% of your portfolio to gold. "The timing to buy gold is not important. What's important is how much you allocate. According to me, only 10-15% of your portfolio should be allocated to gold. If you already have that much, do not spend your money on gold anymore."

Friday, March 28, 2008

How to disable messages from being Marked as Read after Previewing in Outlook

Today I came across a strange problem working with Outlook at my new office. Whenever I click on a mail to PreView, it would open the mail in the previewing pane and also mark the mail as Read. This was kinda irritating for me, as I usually preview mails to glance on what it means. If needed I would open and read it - I expected Outlook to behave in such a way that it marks a message as Read only when I open it.

Turns out this problem that I faced is actually the default behavior of Outlook. So, I just went ahead and figured out how to stop this default behavior.

Here's how you can do it. Head over to Tools > Options and then click on the Other tab. Click the Reading Pane button to bring up the options(shown in screenshot above - click image to enlarge).

Just remove the selection on the checkbox "Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane". You'll notice that you can't also select the "Mark item as read when selection changes" box, which seems a little silly, but it's not important - it also needs to be unchecked.

Remember that you can always mark an item as read by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Q, which is really the fastest way to mark items as read.

Ribbon to be natively supported in Windows 7

The people who are drafting the new user interface guidelines for Windows 7 plan to build the Ribbon, Jewel and “other new UI concepts” natively into the Windows platform.

Ultimately, they want software developers to avoid the prehistoric Win32 UI framework from no other than Windows 95. Instead, use this new lightweight and high performance markup-based UI framework to build “rich, graphics and animated user interfaces”. The Ribbon and Jewel (button in the top left corner) will be a part of this new framework.

I saw this on Microsoft job posting,
Come lead the effort to update the Windows 7 platform with the latest advancements in User Interface design. Bring the Ribbon, Jewel, and other new UI concepts to the Windows platform and work with internal partners and ISVs to update their applications to utilize these hot new UI technologies.

Our mission is to enable the next generation of user interface development on the Windows platform. We will be determining the new Windows user interface guidelines and building a platform that supports it. We’ll eliminate much of the drudgery of Win32 UI development and enable rich, graphical, animated user interface by using markup based UI and a small, high performance, native code runtime.

Adobe Photoshop Available online for Free

Adobe - the makers of Photoshop (the makers of the most popular photo-editing software) yesterday launched a basic version of Photoshop available completely online for FREE. It is called by the name Photoshop Express - I guess they got the inspiration from the free set of programming tools from Microsoft also called as Express(btw, I really love the Microsoft Visual Web Developer Express Edition).

Photoshop Express will be completely online solution so registered users can use it from any type of computer, operating system and browser. Also, in it's current Beta stage it offers a staggering 2GB of disk space to store your photos online.

I did play around a bit with it last night and found it very cool. But I still love the Photoshop CS3 locally installed on my machine - coz I use it for many professional uses and use layers, text elements, custom drawings, etc which currently can't be done on the online version.

The other cool thing that I noticed on the online version of Photoshop Express was with the option to mail a photo to anyone(very intuitive). Also, it gives a direct url to access the image - I guess this feature will save a lot of bandwidth for those who host images on their servers.

But Adobe has entered the scene very late, there are already some big names in the internet who have a profitable business like the 9-year-old Shutterfly, also photo-editing service Picnik or image-sharing site Photobucket. I guess this attempt is for Adobe to showcase itself that it is very much in the online business like the big players Google and Microsoft who have a host of tools available online.

Here's what I did, click here to download the modified image as a wallpaper.

Modified on Photoshop Express

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

How to easily merge two partitions (C and D drive) in Windows Vista

Here are simple steps on how you can easily merge two partitions (C and D drive) in Windows Vista.

Follow the simple steps below:
  • Click on Start in Vista.
  • Go to Control Pannel (Follow steps pre-fixed 'A' for "Control Panel Home view" / 'B' for "Classic View").
  • A: Click "System And Maintenance" (in green).
  • B: Click Administrative Tools (the one with a big gear icon).
  • A: Under Administrative Tools, click "Create and format disk partitions" (If a UAC prompt apears, click continue).
  • B: Click "Computer management" (If a UAC prompt apears, click continue), Next click "Storage", then "Disk Management".
  • On the list provided, right-click the letter drive you want to rid yourself off (say D:) and choose the option "Delete Volume".
  • If you have done it right, a black area should appear within your entire disk space.
  • Finally, right-click your drive you want to add the space to (say C:) and choose "Extend Volume" (by default, the wizard will choose ALL unallocated space to add to your Vista partition, but you can change that if you'd like.)
Hope that helped. Do let me know if you run into any issues with the steps.

How to easily remove Windows XP from the Boot Menu - Have only Windows Vista

Some of you might be very satisfied with Windows Vista and would like to remove Windows XP for good. Also, remove Windows XP from the Boot options. Then follow these simple steps:

1. Boot into Vista and delete following 3 folders from C: drive:
  • Program Files
  • Documents and Settings
  • Windows

2. Open System properties and click on "Advanced System Settings". Click on "Settings" button in "Startup and recovery" section and disable "Time to display list of operating systems" checkbox. Make sure Windows Vista is selected in "Default Operating System" drop down box. Apply it.

Thats all that you need to completely remove Windows XP from your system.

You can also follow this alternate method:

1. Format C: drive and then boot using Vista Setup DVD and select Boot Repair option. It'll re-write Vista boot loader.

Also, I'll not advise you to merge both partitions cause(assuming) your Vista is installed on D: drive and when you'll merge both partitions, D: will become C: drive and Vista might give errors while starting. So don't go for the merge option. I'll write a separate article later on how you can re-claim the partition into Vista.

Windows XP SP3 RC2 - Now Available for Free Download!

The most awaited Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3 is still in the Beta playground stage. But today Microsoft has released another version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (namely RC2) which is now available on Windows Update.

"Windows XP SP3 RC2 Refresh was made publicly available today via Microsoft Download Center," Microsoft said in a statement. "We've made this release candidate available in order to receive further user feedback prior to the release of Windows XP SP3."

Well, there isn't too much difference in the "refresh" from the RC2 version released last month. Well, the new SP3 has support for HD Audio.

For its part, Microsoft said the final release is still slated for some time in the first half of the year, with the standard caveat that its timing will depend on customer feedback.

You can Download Windows XP SP3 RC2 for Free from the below sites:

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

How to open .xlsx files easily without using Microsoft Office 2007

Well, you might be aware now that - Microsoft Office 2007 introduced a new file format called the Microsoft Open Office XML Format (.xlsx). But unfortunately this format is not compatible with older versions of Microsoft Excel(like Office Excel 2003 / Excel XP) or with alternative operating systems like Linux or Mac OS X. Nor is it compatible with other word processing applications like OpenOffice, Lotus 123, or NeoOffice.

Below are some easy solutions on how you can still open your xlsx files in other systems and also easily convert it to previous versions of Excel.

  • Install the latest version of Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack and it'll be able to detect the .xlsx file format and help you convert it to .xls file format.
  • Use the Online Solution found here to convert your .xlsx to be used in other formats too.

BlackBerry may face a Ban in India soon - Watch Out

For those of you who maynot already be aware of this - BlackBerry may face a Ban in India soon. Yes - The Indian Government had officially asked the BlackBerry makers a.k.a Research in Motion (RIM) to provide the algorithms required to decrypt BlackBerry messages latest by March 31st, 2008 else face a total ban on BlackBerry services in the country. This move was entirely for security reasons, so as to protect the public from the anti-social elements of the nation who have off late become Gizmo freaks.

It seems that the Government of India has already issued a strict warning to all telcom players in India [Source: All major new papers dated today] to put in place necessary security systems within 15 days, else stop BlackBerry services. The "necessary systems" would definitely mean systems that would be able to decrypt messages/communication sent from a BlackBerry device.

Well, the implication of a Ban of BlackBerry services would be really huge in India. India currently has over 400,000+ users of BlackBerry services and they would all be affected.

RIM has on it's part clarified that the company operates in more than 130 countries, and that it respects the regulatory requirements of governments. However that it does not comment on confidential regulatory matters or speculation on such matters in any given country.

Well, we need to wait and watch on this rather tricky regulation.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Download the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) RTM edition

Well, finally we have some exciting news.The Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RTM(both 32-bit and the 64-bit editions) is now available for general download.

Also, Microsoft did confirm the information leaked by Amazon.com last week that Vista SP1 was going to be made available on March 18, 2008. Right now we have the x86 and x64 Windows Vista SP1 for grabs either as standalone packages or through Windows Update.

"Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an update to Windows Vista that addresses feedback from our customers. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues; supporting new types of hardware; and adding support for several emerging standards," reads a fragment of the Vista SP1 description.

Windows6.0-KB936330-X86-wave0.exe is a 434.5 MB file while, Windows6.0-KB936330-X64-wave0.exe is a 726.5 MB file. In the RTM, only a select few languages are supported : English (US), French, German, Japanese, or Spanish (Traditional).

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system is available for download Free from HERE.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

10 ways to stop all those irritating calls - Very easy and practical

Most of you might get those very often irritating calls from the Sales or Tele-Marketing folks - I just get too many of these. Here are 10 simple ways to stop them for good!!

1. After the telemarketer finishes speaking, ask him/her to marry you.

2. Tell the telemarketer you are busy at the moment, and ask him/her if he/she will give you his/her home phone number so you can call him/her back.

3. Ask them to repeat everything they say, several times.

4. Tell them it is breakfast/lunch/dinner time, BUT ask if they would please hold. Put them on your speaker phone while you continue to eat at your leisure. Smack your food loudly and continue with your dinner conversation.

5. Tell them that all business goes through your agent, and hand the phone to your five year old child.

6. Tell them you are hard of hearing and that they need to speak up...louder...louder...louder!

7. Tell them to speak very slowly because you want to write every word down.

8. If they start out with, "How are you today?", say "I'm so glad you asked, because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these problems............"

9. Cry out in surprise, "Hey buddy, is that you? I've been hoping you'd call! How is the family?" When they insist they are not your buddy, tell them to stop joking.

10. Tell the A1 call center guy to call on your office number. - and give him the A2 call center number.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Interview Tips and Guidelines to make you Stand Out off the crowd

Here are some tips / guidelines to make you STAND OUT OF THE CROWD in the job market!!

1. Read the job description and company profile carefully before applying online, so that you are aware of the job details when an employer calls you about your application. If the job advertisement does not contain enough information, e-mail / call the employer for more details.

2. Remember to write down the name and contact number of the recruiter in case you need to call back later - after you have applied.

3. Prepare for the interview by finding out more about the company, the job and the industry. Usually browsing the company's website is a good approach to learn more about the employer.

4. Be punctual for your interview. Always take your resume, transcripts, certificates and relevant documents to the interview.

5. IMPORTANT: If you cannot attend the confirmed interview for whatever reason, you must contact the employer beforehand to let them know.

Not informing or attending the interview will create a bad impression about you. This may reduce your chance to secure future interviews with the same company.

6. Send the employer a Thank You email after the interview.

7. Follow up with the employer on the status of the interview after two or three days. This shows your interest for the job and may increase your chances of success.

All the very Best!!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Jason is looking for an Immediate Career Change

Hi Folks,

I am currently looking for an immediate career change. As you all know I recently quit SAP Labs after a 2yr stint at SAP.

I have an overall experience of 3+ years and have worked extensively on SAP CRM Mobile Sales and SAP Enterprise Portal and also on Microsoft technologies like VB.net(Win Forms), C#(Web and Win Forms), web services(SOA), asp.net, CSS, Javascript & other web technologies .

If you know of any openings at your organization / friends / network - then please do refer me.
I am currently only looking for oppurtunities in Bangalore(while in India).

I do have a Valid US B1/B2 visa stamped (No Annotations).

I can be reached at jasonblr@gmail.com

Thank you for taking time in reading through and considering me for relevant requirements.

Warm Regards,
Jason S

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Four things you probably never knew your Mobile Phone could do - Interesting

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

1. Emergency
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself
out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

2. Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other 'remote' for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

3. Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your mobile battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# (Nokia Only). Your mobile will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your mobile next time.

4. How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone's serial number, key in the following digits on your phone *#06#
A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

Hope you found the 4 tips above useful and interesting?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Can you read this?

Can you read this in the first attempt????

Not possible to read anything? then follow the guidelines given below

Close your eyes almost 90% so that you can actually read it :)

Isn't it really superb!!!!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Indian Premier League (IPL) Complete Match Schedule

Indian Premier League will kick off on April 18 in Bangalore with the match between Bangalore and Kolkata. Mumbai will host the semifinals and the final, which is scheduled for June 1.

Below is the complete match schedule for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

April 18: Bangalore vs Kolkata at Bangalore
April 19: Mohali vs Chennai at Mohali and Delhi vs Jaipur at Delhi
April 20: Mumbai vs Bangalore at Mumbai; Kolkata vs Hyderabad at Kolkata
April 21: Jaipur vs Mohali at Jaipur
April 22: Hyderabad vs Delhi at Hyderabad
April 23: Chennai vs Mumbai at Chennai
April 24: Hyderabad vs Jaipur at Hyderabad
April 25: Mohali vs Mumbai at Mohali
April 26: Bangalore vs Jaipur at Bangalore; Chennai vs Kolkata at Chennai
April 27: Mumbai vs Hyderabad at Mumbai; Mohali vs Delhi at Mohali
April 28: Bangalore vs Chennai at Bangalore
April 29: Kolkata vs Mumbai at Kolkata
April 30: Delhi vs Bangalore at Delhi.
May 1: Hyderabad vs Mohali at Hyderabad; Jaipur vs Kolkata at Jaipur
May 2: Chennai vs Delhi at Chennai.
May 3: Hyderabad vs Bangalore at Hyderabad; Mohali vs Kolkata at Mohali
May 4: Mumbai vs Delhi at Mumbai; Jaipur vs Chennai at Jaipur
May 5: Bangalore vs Mohali at Bangalore
May 6: Chennai vs Hyderabad at Chennai
May 7: Mumbai vs Jaipur at Mumbai
May 8: Delhi vs Chennai at Delhi; Kolkata vs Bangalore at Kolkata
May 9: Jaipur vs Hyderabad at Jaipur
May 10: Bangalore vs Mumbai at Bangalore; Chennai vs Mohali at Chennai
May 11: Hyderabad vs Kolkata at Hyderabad; Jaipur vs Delhi at Jaipur
May 12: Mohali vs Bangalore at Mohali
May 13: Kolkata vs Delhi at Kolkata
May 14: Mumbai vs Chennai at Mumbai; Mohali vs Jaipur at Mohali
May 15: Delhi vs Hyderabad at Delhi
May 16: Mumbai vs Kolkata at Mumbai
May 17: Delhi vs Mohali at Delhi; Jaipur vs Bangalore at Jaipur
May 18: Hyderabad vs Mumbai at Hyderabad; Kolkata vs Chennai at Kolkata
May 19: Bangalore vs Delhi at Bangalore
May 20: Kolkata vs Jaipur at Kolkata
May 21: Mumbai vs Mohali at Mumbai; Chennai vs Bangalore at Chennai
May 22: Delhi vs Kolkata at Delhi
May 23: Mohali vs Hyderabad at Mohali.
May 24: Delhi vs Mumbai at Delhi; Chennai vs Jaipur at Chennai
May 25: Bangalore vs Hyderabad at Bangalore; Kolkata vs Mohali at Kolkata
May 26: Jaipur vs Mumbai at Jaipur
May 27: Hyderabad vs Chennai at Hyderabad
May 28 and 29: Rest days
May 30: First semi-final at Mumbai
May 31: Second semi-final at Mumbai
June 1: Final at Mumbai

IPL Teams Squads As Of Now (Will Update if any changes)


Virender Sehwag (icon),
Daniel Vettori (US$ 625,000),
Shoaib Malik (US$ 500,000),
Mohammad Asif (US$ 650,000),
AB de Villiers (US$ 300,000),
Dinesh Karthik (US$ 525,000),
Farveez Maharoof (US$ 225,000),
Tillakaratne Dilshan (US$ 250,000)


Sourav Ganguly (icon),
Ishant sharma (US$ 950,000)
Shoaib Akhtar (US$ 425,000),
Ricky Ponting (US$ 400,000),
Brendon McCullum (US$ 700,000),
Chris Gayle (US$ 800,000),
Ajit Agarkar (US$ 330,000),
Murali kartik (US $425,000)


Yuvraj Singh (icon),
Mahela Jayawardene (US$ 475,000),
Kumar Sangakkara (US$ 700,000),
Brett Lee (US$ 900,000),
Sreesanth (US$ 625,000),
Irfan Pathan (US$ 925,000)
Piyush Chawla (US $400,000)


Adam Gilchrist (US$ 700,000),
Andrew Symonds (US$ 1.35 million),
Herschelle Gibbs (US$ 575,000),
Shahid Afridi (US$ 675,000),
Scott Styris (US$ 175,000)
R P Singh (US $875,000)


Rahul Dravid (icon),
Anil Kumble (US$ 500,000),
Jacques Kallis (US$ 900,000),
Zaheer Khan (US$ 450,000),
Mark Boucher (US$ 450,000),
Cameron White (US$ 500,000),
Makhaya ntini (US$ 200,000),
Nathan bracken (US$ 325,000. )
Dale Steyn (US$ 325,000)


Sachin Tendulkar (icon),
Sanath Jayasuriya (US$ 975,000),
Harbhajan Singh (US$ 850,000),
Shaun Pollock (US$ 550,000),
Lasith malinga (US$ 350,000)
Dilhara fernando (US$ $150,000)


MS Dhoni (US$ 1.5 million),
Muttiah Muralitharan (US$ 600,00),
Matthew Hayden (US$ 375,000),
Jacob Oram (US$ 675,000),
Stephen Fleming (US$ 350,000),
Parthiv Patel (US$ 325,000),
Joginder Sharma (US$ 225,000),
Albie Morkel (US$ 650,000)


Shane Warne (US$ 450,000),
Graeme Smith (US$ 475,000),
Younis Khan (US$ 225,000),
Kamran Akmal (US$ 150,000),
Munaf Patel (US$ 275,000)
Yusuf (US$ 475,000)

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Cool new Bikes in India : Bajaj Pulsar 250, Yamaha Fazer 250 and TVS Fiero F3 250 :: Exclusive Pictures

The Bajaj Pulsar 250, Yamaha Fazer 250, and the TVS Fiero F3 250 are finally going to be launched in India soon!!
So here are some exclusive pictures of the cool Bikes. (Click on Image to Enlarge)


Yamaha Fazer 250

Fiero 250CC - A beast within the 250cc engine and definitely an Indian make. It's gonna be out for 1.3 lakhs.
It'll be the first Indian bike with rear disc brake..

Rear Disc brake !! check this out - simply cool.

Just Bible :: A blog completely dedicated to Bible Study Launched

Hi Folks,

What's kept me busy over this weekend. Well, I went on to realize a long term dream for coming up with a Blog dedicated to the Bible. Yes, I have created a site called JustBible - for the same.

It has daily Bible verses to enrich you everyday. Also, has some meditation material for you to ponder and absorb. You can easily receive updates from JustBible by entering your mail ID in the form provided on the website(as usual no need to bother about Spam).

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God Bless you and your loved ones - do pay a visit now JustBible.


Saturday, March 01, 2008

H1B Visa Processing in India :: Must know Facts and FAQs!!

Who are Eligible?

On a broader scale, any Indian citizen who has 16 years of continuous education from a recognized (not all institution are recognized by US consulates) educational institute will qualify for H1b if he has relevant adequate experience of at least 2-3 Years with a registered IT Development company and he who doesn`t have any legal problem are eligible. Please note eligibility doesn’t guarantee VISA, it is to the discretion of the consulate officer who are not to grant a VISA.

The sought after technologies are

  • Java, J2EE Technologies with UML/XML, SQL/Oracle
  • VB.Net, ASP.Net, C#, .Net
  • C,C++
  • Data Base Administrators (DBA’s)
  • Testing Tools
  • Data Base Developers
  • SAP, Oracle Apps
  • SAS, Cognos, Informatica and other ETL Tools
  • VLSI
  • Vignette
  • Plumtree
  • MS Visual Studio
  • Cold Fusion
  • Symantec Visual CafĂ©
  • IBM Visual Age
  • JMS/JBuilder

How is the Case picked Up?
U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has no outlined strategy to pick up the candidates while processing their H1b Petitions. Cases are picked up on a random basis. To increase your chances of getting picked up apply from different companies.

What if the case is not picked up?
Even before you send the packet/candidature to USCIS, every cases has to be evaluated by an attorney and also have his/her education evaluation done. In spite of all this efforts, it is quite likely (70:30) that few of the candidates are not even picked up for processing.

What is the quota allotted to Indians for US H1b`s?
This keeps varying years after year and can increase/decrease as per the market situation prevailing in USA. For now India has around 65,000 VISA that can be granted to qualified Indian citizens.

What is the latest date for H1b petition submittal?
All H1b`s should reach the USCIS centers by 1st April every year, However there is lot of paper work and evaluation to be done on each case before they can be sent to USCIS. Bottom line sooner the better. But the last date would be 1st April.

If filed for H1b when can I go to USA?
Filing of H1b petition doesn`t guarantee your VISA.. once the H1b petition is filed, the USCIS processes the cases and will release the 797 form (Which is the basic document to be possessed by any one to appear for a H1b interview with their respective regional US Consulate... for south India it is Chennai) If granted a VISA at the consulate you can fly to USA anytime.

What if my VISA is rejected?
As said before, granting of H1b VISAS are purely to the discretion of the consulate officer who will conclude after looking in to your educational/experience certificates and their own quantifying parameters.

Hope this info helped in clearing some of the doubts related to H1b Visa processing.