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    According to the Wall Street Journal, Honda, Nissan, and Renault are making the same arguments against hybrid vehicles that General Motors made several years ago to predict that hybrids would fail. (See “Hybrid or Electric: Car Makers Take Sides” and “Honda Won’t Pursue Plug-in Hybrids.”) The difference now is that the arguments are right this time—at least for some markets.

    In the 1990s, U.S. automakers such as GM led the development of hybrid-vehicle technology. But GM elected to drop hybrids in favor of a much longer-term technology—hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles—arguing that hybrids were too expensive and didn’t provide enough environmental benefit to be successful. Then Toyota’s Prius proved GM wrong. And recently, GM has become a big promoter of hybrid technology, especially next-generation plug-in hybrids.

    Not so Honda, Nissan, and Renault. According to the Journal report, Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Renault and Nissan, complains that hybrids don’t really do much to reduce petroleum consumption and pollution, arguing that it’s better to build all-electric vehicles that have zero emissions. U.S. automakers such as GM made the same arguments, although they pushed for fuel-cell vehicles, not battery-powered vehicles. (GM, of course, already had a battery-electric vehicle, the EV1, which it scrapped.)

    Honda currently sells hybrid vehicles, but the company’s president and CEO, Takeo Fukui, is skeptical of next-generation plug-in hybrids. Such cars would still have both electric motors and a gasoline engine, but they could go much farther on electricity alone than today’s hybrids can. GM has been touting its Volt concept, which would go 40 miles on electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries. For longer trips, a gas generator would kick on to recharge the battery, providing an additional 600 miles of range. Fukui’s argument is that the gas engine in the Volt is unnecessary. Presumably, he is suggesting that it would be better, and cheaper, to use batteries alone, or to stick with gasoline.

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    I am very happy to read about mukesh ambani named as worlds richest man, but what about our country we are still called the worlds poorest country no employement no homes no food farmers are commiting sucide illetracy groing etc can he build a better india then becoming the worlds richest man god save my country and those people who fought for my country gandhiji,subash chandra bose,bhagat sing,lalalajpatrai they were not the richest man but they were world famous what is the use of being worlds richest man if you cannot build your country good luck mr mukesh ambani

    While Mukhesh Ambani stands tall as the richest person in the world, India stand at 94th rank in Global Hunger Index 2007. This is incredible India!

    Mukesh Abmani consider whole of Reliance Industries Ltd as his parental property. He conveniently forgets that he is a shareholder and also takes salary for the jobs he does for the limited company. He has absolutely no legal and ethical right consider the total value of Reliance to declare his own personal asset that makes his “ the richest in the world”. Mukesh needs some lesson on corporate governance and honesty from people like Ratan Tata, who declined (to Forbes magazine) to consider Tata Sons as his own property, unlike the Ambanis. We can purchase degrees even from universities like Stanford but not education. No wonder Reliance has a pathetic reputation as an employer and very poor employee retention record.


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    Unlimited Free Calls

    Unlimited Free Calls ar hard to find these days. With companies bringing in more restrictions over free calls policy by limiting number of minutes or asking for a fixed $$ price to use free calls, the catch is never ending. However it seems Talkster is ready to break the market with their innovative (rebtel like) service.

    Why I said Rebtel like service? coz talkster does the same thing but prolly more effectively than Rebtel. If you have been using Rebtel, then you know how they work. if not, follow me in this post and you would get the idea.

    Apparently, at the CTIA WIRELESS IT & Entertainment 2007 cell phone convention (23-25th Oct 2007), Talkster is launching Ad-based Unlimited Free Call services. We could only gather few details about how its gonna work.

    Visit the Talkster website from a PC or cell phone browser and enter your number and frien'ds number you'd like to call. Click to get connected. At this stage, Talkster will play a ten second commercial before you can talk all you want for free. Pretty good isnt it? I don't mind listening to a audio commercial and be able to talk for unlimited time. Sounds like a Good deal. Lets hope it turns out to be a good one unlike what we usually dream about and end up being a false promise.

    Leaving that aside, Talkster is currently offering free calls service via 3 mediums. Talkster site describe the procedure in detail, however to tell you quickly,

    1) You need to enter your and your friends number and dial.
    2) Talkster will give you and your friend each a local Talkster number that you can use whenever you want to call each other.
    3) Call the Talkster number for your friend. When your friend answers, tell them to hang up and call the local Talkster number in the SMS they were sent. You hang on - don't hang up! When your friend dials back using their Talkster number, you will be connected and can begin talking for FREE!

    This is purely from PC. You can however use Talkster via Mobile and SMS as well. The details are neatly described on Talkster HowItworks page

    Unfortunately, Talkster currently supports very limited countries, roughly about 30 odd countries.

    Talkster seems to directly compete with Rebtel in the so called "IamonlineCallmeback" kinda VOIP services. It would be interesting to see if Talkster manages to get rid of this and straightway offer a direct dial VOIP service without the need for callback. It seems talkster is trying to offset the cost via audio advertisements and maybe thinking of making a few cents per call.

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    Free Phone to Phone Calls

    Just when you thought, VOIP Guide is slowing down on FREE VOIP and free call offers. We are back with some great news for our Phone to Phone free call lovers. This time Raketu does it again.

    Raketu is a leading VOIP/IPTV services company. However their focus is more on the integrated VOIP/IPTV platform. However lately they started concentrating on the VOIP and especially free calls business to push their bundled product.

    We blogged about their free calls offer to over 40 countries . That offer was limited to Now they are going one step further by offering phone to phone free calls.

    Raketu now offers users free phone-to-phone calling using our RakWeb Calling service. Raketu's RakWeb service does not require any software download and can be accessed directly from any web browser, and from mobile devices at Raketu.Mobi

    The way it works: Make a pre-payment to your Raketu account, and you will recieve up to 1200 free minutes per month for 3 months. These minutes can be used for: phone-to-phone calling. If both phones are in the Raketu free calling zones, you can talk for up to 600 minutes for free. If only one of the phones is in a Raketu free calling zone, you can talk for up to 1200 minutes on the free calling zone phone. Of course, if you phone is not in Free Calling Zone then normal rates apply.

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    and make Free Phone to Phone Calls.

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    When working on a computer, all of what you are doing is processed by the CPU (central processing unit), the brain of the computer if you will. Like brains, computers aren’t all of equal power. Some are the equivalent to a rat brain, and some to Einstein. The trick is to find that sweat spot between value and performance, that’s when you’ve found the perfect processor for you! But, before you decide how much power you want to jam in that little chip, you’re going to want to decide on the type. This my friend, is where we enter a feud that has lasted longer than life itself (well, at least for people that are younger than it!), the Intel versus AMD feud.

    From the early 80's when the company Intel was founded, (by the way, Intel isn’t derived from the word intelligence, it’s a mix between the words integrated electronics) Intel has taken off and dominated the home computer market. It also took over the laptop processor market, and just recently with the introduction of there first 64 bit processor, very might well take over the server and workstation market (previously occupied by Sun’s UltraSparc and Compaq’s Alpha). But, all along the road to fame Intel has run into some competition. In the beginning, from IBM (the creator of the desktop), then Cyrix (which is almost totally wiped out), and most recently AMD. You might think that AMD will have the same fate as the rest, but the fact is that AMD is putting up a huge fight and is actually taking away Intel’s market share in almost all markets.

    Now that I’ve given Intel’s background, AMD deserves some of the spotlight. AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) doesn’t have such a long and prestigious history, but has done some pretty amazing things. No one knew about AMD before they introduced there first hit product, the AMD K6-2. It was designed to compete against the Pentium Pro, Pentium II, and earlier Pentium III’s. They then introduced the AMD K6-III, which wasn’t as popular and didn’t stick around long due to the introduction of the AMD Athlon and Duron processors. The Duron was designed to compete against the Celeron, it was designed as a consumer budget model. The Athlon was more advanced and was designed to compete against the Pentium III. They then redid the Athlon and came out with a Socket model (uses a small chip with pins on the bottom compared to the slot which was about the size of a graphing calculator and went in thin side down). This was designed to compete against the later Pentium III models and the Pentium 4.

    Now that you know some background information on the two companies, it’s time to start the debate between the Intel processors and the AMD processors. The first fight is between the two consumer budget chips from both models, the Celeron from Intel and the Duron from AMD. The next fight is the desktop round between the Pentium III and Pentium 4 from Intel and the Athlon from AMD. The next is the high-end workstation and server markets, in which the Itanium from Intel and the SMP version of the Athlon from AMD. The last battle is for the notebook market. This includes the Pentium III with SpeedStep technology from Intel and the Athlon 4 from AMD.

    Round One, Consumer Budget Processors

    This fight is between the two entry level processors, Intel’s Celeron and AMD’s Duron. Both of the processors don’t perform as well as there desktop counterparts, especially the Celeron. The Celeron is about 200 megahertz slower than the Duron or AMD equivalent, although the technical clock speed may be the same. In this one, the Duron wins hands down. It’s cheaper, faster, and fits in the Athlon socket, so if you built a system designed for a Duron you could easily upgrade to an Athlon, no converters or change of motherboard required!

    Round Two, Desktop Processors

    This is really where Intel and AMD fight because here energy is not an issue and the speeds aren’t limited by cooling or space. The Intel Pentium III processor goes from 400 megahertz to 1 gigahertz. It performs similar to the Pentium 4, but is cheaper (although not as cheap as the high end Athlon’s). The Athlon is meant to compete on all fronts. It goes from 550 megahertz to 1.67 gigahertz (and climbing). It usually performs at about the same speed as an Intel processor 400 megahertz ahead (for example, a 1.4 GH-z Athlon will beet out a 1.8 GH-z Pentium 4). They are also really cheap, with the 1.4 GH-z processor going for $100. The last processor is the Pentium 4. This is aimed at the higher level consumer, but when sold with a desktop isn’t much more expensive. Overall, I’d say go for the Athlon because it’s cheaper, faster, and doesn’t use Rambus RAM (the P4 only uses Rambus RAM, the Athlon can use SDRAM or DDR RAM) unless you’re a gamer, then I’d say go for an Intel Pentium 4 based system at 1.5 GH-z.

    Round Three, High-end Workstations and Servers

    For a market where neither Intel nor AMD has ever been too successful, there is an awful lot of competition. AMD competes with it’s SMP based systems (Symmetrical Multi-Processor, more than one processor) and Intel competes with its 64 bit Itanium processor. The first half of the fight is centered around high-end workstations. These are usually involved with CAD and CAM programs which just suck up megahertz like there’s no tomorrow. On this front, the SMP Athlon systems win out. They are much cheaper than the Itanium chips and don’t need a 64 bit operating system to perform to their full potential. The server market is different. It doesn’t really have much activity directly onto it, but much serve up a lot of information to a large number of clients. This fight is won by the Intel Itanium. People are willing to pay more for speed when dealing with web servers, and the operating system really isn’t that important because only the clients are going to interact with it and they won’t need to navigate around the OS and there aren’t any compatibility issues like there are with programs like AutoCAD.

    Round Four, Mobile Processors

    In one corner, weighing in at up to 1.1 Gigahertz, the Intel Pentium III with SpeedStep. In the other corner, the latest mobile processor from AMD, weighing in at up to 1 Gigahertz, the AMD Athlon 4! Alright, first things first, what sets these chips apart from there desktop counterparts. The SpeedStep technology that Intel talks about in the naming scheme is why it’s a mobile processor. SpeedStep enabled chips are designed to save power by running at one speed when plugged in and another when relying on battery power. For example, in my Dell Inspiron 8000 with an Intel Pentium III 900 MH-z SpeedStep enabled processor runs at 900 megahertz when plugged in and 750 when relying on batter power. This can be disabled though, at the BIOS screen. The Athlon 4 (note that the 4 is just meant to compete with the Pentium 4, it’s basically the same as the normal Athlon) is just basically an energy saver. At the end of the match, I’d have to say that the AMD Athlon 4 processor would win because it doesn’t slow down the processor and is much cheaper (as are most AMD products).

    All of this having been said, there are other choices out there. The main alternative is the Motorola PowerPC G4 or G3 that is in all Apple computers. I didn’t go into this here, because if you want a PowerPC system then you really only have two choices, iMac or G4 desktop. In the server/high-end workstation market there is the Alpha by Compaq (a 64 bit processor, although Compaq’s given up on this in favor of the Itanium) or the UltraSparc by Sun Microsystems. Also, in the notebook field there is the Transmeta Crusoe which consumes very little power. I just wanted to point this out before the Apple, Alpha, UltraSparc, and Transmeta fans start sending me hate mail!

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    Elephant Drive Review

    I found this new service called Elephant Drive. With the advertising of unlimited online storage my ears perked up and I clicked the link. Apparently this new service is being offered by Amazon.com and is currently in the beta stages. According to the website, while Elephant Drive is in beta the service will be free but once it goes live there will be a fee involved for most of the accounts with the option to have a limited but free account. Since this service is currently free, lets take advantage of some free space and check this program out.

    The Trunk

    Once you sign up for your Elephant Drive you will need to download their client called the Elephant Desktop. With this program you will be able to access your “Trunk”. The Trunk is your online storage which comes out to a decent 5GB. Ideally this program was created to backup critical files on your computer and store them in a safe place however, you can use the service to store anything you desire. For this review I decided to store 3GB of photos and to see how easy it would be for me to access these files once they were uploaded.

    Installation and Backup

    Before you get all excited you should know that Elephant Drive requires the Dot Net 1.1 Framework so if you haven’t got that installed, you will need to download it. Once you have everything installed and in place you can go about configuring your backups. Since I knew what files I wanted to backup, I simply clicked Backup Options>Create Custom Backup>Select Folder. With the folder selection window open, I browsed for the specific Pictures folder and then hit “Save and Run”. Immediately Elephant Desktop began to encrypt and upload my files to my Trunk. From the main menu, I then clicked Reports and Activity>Current Activity>Upload Activity and I began to monitor my upload progress. The first thing I noticed was how random my upload speed was. The upload would range from 1.94KB/s to 116.97KB/s which meant uploading 3GB could take a very long time. I am not sure what was affecting my uploading performance but I can safely say it was dismal. I can only speculate that their servers were being loaded heavily which caused my uploading to spike so much.


    Currently there are two interfaces available for you to browse your trunk. You can either use the Elephant Desktop that is accessed from the main menu by clicking Find Files and Folders>Browse your Trunk which then lets you view the various saved files by host computer. The other interface is accessed by right clicking the Elephant Drive icon in your system tray and selecting the Trunk Explorer. The Trunk Explorer features a click-and-drag interface which is much easier to use than the double click interface within the original desktop interface. I found second interface to be the easiest of the two becaus it mimics the Windows XP GUI and makes using it seem very natural.


    For being a simple program there are a decent amount of useful features. You can schedule Elephant Drive to perform a daily, weekly, or monthly backup. To increase your security you can choose to run two types of encryption using either something called Elephant or Personal Keys. I have not been able to tell a difference between these two keys, CPU utilization stays at 0% and memory consumption hovers between 43MB and 44MB. Restoring your files can be very easy, simply clicking two buttons and the files will be restored to the original folder. I don’t know if it will create the folder if it no longer exists, but once my upload has finished I will move the files and try to restore them.

    If I had this service when my operating system died on me last week I might have recovered all the work I lost. If Elephant Drive maintains a free service with limited storage totaling 5GB or so then I will definitely keep using this program to backup my most sensitive material and current work. If you are in a field where you need some form of redundancy this could be the perfect service if you don’t need to backup your work every day. Once I buy a MacBook I will try installing Elephant Drive on Windows XP and see if I can use Elephant Drive to transfer files between computers. If this is possible, it might be a great program to synchronize multiple computers with the same documents. Elephant Drive offers a great service and with no current fee I would have to recommend everyone to check it out.
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    Bachelor of Science in Business Technology Management

    The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) curriculum focuses on quickly building true competency in the core technologies that are currently in high-demand throughout today's ever-changing IT industry. This program offers a flexible set of electives allowing students to focus on the skills most relevant to their professional careers. The goals of this program are to provide students with: Practical expertise in modern technologies relevant to industrial computing and information systems; A working foundation of technologies needed in order to effectively use information technology for different types of applications; Skills in analysis and design of various information systems necessary to manage system development projects; Problem solving and creative thinking skills; The ability to plan and direct creative solutions to meet the needs of their data management environment; And programming and web development skills. The MSIS degree completion requirements include 36 total semester credits (9 core courses plus a focus track of 3 elective courses)

    University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)

    Bachelor of Science in Business Technology Management

    University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Technology Management is a unique program that combines business, information technology, and management into one degree. This opportunity gives students a well-rounded education in both Business and IT. Students will learn not only the technical aspects of the IT field, but the importance of skills such as project planning, leadership, and management. The business coursework will cover the areas of accounting, managerial and business concepts, management skills, finance, marketing, process improvement, and organizational behavior. The technology coursework will cover the areas of computer networks, database concepts, IT ethics, IT project management, management information systems, and decision support systems. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Business Technology degree program will graduate with a blended skill set sought after by business leaders of today.

    University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools


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    Are you going to college just for fun? I guess not. You want to earn a college degree so that you get a good start in your career path after graduation. This is most of college students' goal. Hence, it is important to consider what the degree to pursue and which courses to be taken.

    Are you going to college just for fun? I guess not. You want to earn a college degree so that you get a good start in your career path after graduation. This is most of college students' goal. Hence, it is important to consider what the degree to pursue and which courses to be taken so that your college's degree will help you the most when you start your career after graduation. Here are 4 tips to choose your college degree that in-line with your career goal.

    1. Choosing a Career

    In deciding what college degree to pursue, you can work backward by determine first what career you intend to involve after earning your degree. You may choose a hot career which gets the best starting salary for fresh graduates. But, be alert that a hot job will not be so hot forever and in demand in next 10 years. You may want to consider factors such as projected job market move for the selected career, salary increment rate, long-range opportunities and type of skills required; lastly type of career you are dreaming for.

    2. Choose Double Majors Or Major/Minor Combination

    You may choose a double major primarily for academic/intellectual purpose. Most employers do not place a premium on a double major. You may need extra one or two semesters to obtain a second major and it does not particularly enhance your degree marketability except for some special cases such as a chemistry technical writer preferred students with a double major in English & Chemistry or a health policy and business major for a job as hospital administrator. Hence, you decide whether the career you plan for is really required you to have a double major; if not, you may want to save the extra one or two semesters and start your career earlier.

    3. Choose A College Degree With Course That Meet Your Career Goal

    Many colleges are offering same degree program that meet your requirement. But, be alert that although each college degree program is named the same, their courses may be different; some courses may have a specialization area to focus in while others may teach on general topics. Hence, you need to carefully read through the details of each course offered in the college degree program before you decide one to go for. The best option is the one with the most courses that in line with your career goal.

    4. Earn Your Degree Online Or Offline

    Although earning your degree online is the most convenient way of study because of it's flexibility of study at your own pace, not all students will be successful be an online students. Hence, online education might not be your call if you are not right candidate for online education. Be sure to know which channel to pursue your degree, online or offline. If you prefer to go for online college degree, be sure to evaluate yourself to ensure that online education is right for you. Many colleges have a self assessment to test whether you are suitable to pursue your degree online.


    Hopeful the above 4 tips will trigger your mind when you are planning for college degree and choose a degree that you like and in-line with your career goal.


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