Tuesday, September 26, 2006

In the Line of Fire "or" In the Line of Cotroversy ??


I am yet to complete my reading “Call to Honor” the Autobiography which had lots and lots of controversies around….

And got the other one !!!!

Huh…again an autobiography with bang bang bang of controvercies….."In the Line of Fire"

The very first Autobiography which I read was of Mahatma Gandhi's !!!
Now I am really eager to know that “if such kind of controversies arose during that period ???”
I read that !!! and I feel it was really informative.

I feel autobiographies are mostly written when the person concerned is no longer in office, and has the luxury of time, introspection and hindsight. Even so, most such works offer justifications more than honest self-analysis. An autobiography written while the person is still in office becomes an even more tricky proposition considering the recent autobiographies.

Here people just go around the controversies instead of taking GOOD out of the book.
I don’t see anybody who had come up saying “yes this is a great work done by Yeshwant Singh”.
But if I would say “He has done a great work by making others know about him”

I am yet to buy my copy of “In the Line of Fire” but this time I am prepare and aware of the controversies.

Cut to 2006. President Musharraf, who seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999, was initially welcomed by the Pakistani intelligentsia which had tired of corrupt politicians and was impressed by his offer of a clean administration. But after seven years in power, most of which he has spent walking a tight-rope between the religious Right and the U.S., the general has been honest enough to admit his popularity has eroded.

An election is coming up next year. The opposition has ganged up against him. What revelations will this autobiography contain?

One thing is sure. President Musharraf does not need a "mole" controversy for his book to become a bestseller. It is enough that he has been at the helm of affairs in Pakistan in the tumultuous years since 9/11. Just the contradictions that Pakistan has lived through and experienced in this period are enough.

There is hardly anyone who can say with authority that he or she knows the real Musharraf. Here, I am not even talking about the shenanigans of his private life because that is no one's business. I'm talking about Musharraf the general, the army chief, the President, the architect of Kargil, the coup-maker, the Taliban supporter, and at later stage, the biggest opponent of Islamic militancy and extremism, the courageous advocate of peace with India, the man who is liberal at heart and wants to promote women's rights.

Then what is inside the Book which Launched such a goddaman controvercy ??

So I am really desperate to get my copy to justify my post's title "In the Line of Fire "or" In the Line of Cotroversy ??"

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

My take on "new" MSN search engine….

So finally Microsoft launched its new search engine.........

I was dazed after hearing this news coz personally did not expected that….

I was expecting one more Integration between Yahoo and Microsoft my so called “MicroYahoo” and that was their search engines integration….as couple of month ago they have integrated their chat messenger.

BUT anyways as they have come with their own New Search Engine , so as a Computer Geek we should feel HAPPY considering the fact that competitions are always good for Innovations!!!! Isn’t It ?

For them it is a strong move to acquire the market share in Web search as Google and Yahoo are ahead.

Microsoft said it aims to improve the search experience by allowing for refined queries and presenting results on a new user-friendly interface”.

So for the above said statement I thought why not lets try this new search engine and compare it with my all time favorite Google’s search !!!!

So here I go :

I am going to search “Steve Irwin” in Microsoft’s and Google’s search and I will compare the results here.
But before I do that let me tell you what I expect from my search :

(1) It should return me the home page of “Steve Irwin” ( if he has one )
(2) If the personal web page dose not exist , than I would like to get some information about Steve Irwin from Wikipedia , the free encyclopedia
(3) As he was the famous star for Animal’s planet channel so I would like to get the link from Animals’ planet.
(4) I should get pages from Australian Zoo

Well , let me not expect more :)

Now here I am going to compare what I got !!!
Here I will just compare the results of first page ( make sense ) isn’t it ?

Ok , So From Google’s

I got 10 links in the first page( not considering the first link "News results")
They are :

Australia Zoo - Home of the Crocodile Hunter
Welcome to The Crocodile Hunter Website

Steve Irwin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Steve Irwin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Animal Planet's Crocodile Hunter with Steve Irwin
Animal Planet :: The Crocodile Hunter

Steve Irwin (II)

Mate tells of Irwin's last moments NEWS.com.au

BBC NEWS World Asia-Pacific 'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin killed

Steve Irwin

Now From Microsoft’s

I got 10 links in first page ( not considering the first link "News results")
They are

Steve Irwin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin dead
Stingray kills 'Crocodile Hunter'

Steve Irwin (II)

Animal Planet's Crocodile Hunter with Steve Irwin
Animal Planet :: The Crocodile Hunter

Steve Irwin

Australia Zoo - Home of the Crocodile Hunter

‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin killed by stingray

Steve Irwin at Open Switch

Well if I look at these results and compare it to my expectation, without being biased to any one I would say Google has given me the close result. Its True !!

But I can not say this that Microsoft’s new search engine is not better just by this small comparisons !!! Agree ?

Ok , so having said that I must thank Microsoft for its great move for putting the Web search engines in Eerie.

And let me wish them to meet their expectations. And as they are expecting me to use the same so I can not promise but can say that definitely I am going to compare them for some time and keep updating my post.And if they IMPRESSED me then….what to say “I can’t say bye bye to google but I can Warm welcome Microsoft “

This is Not Good : None of them have given my post on first page :(

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

We Miss You Steve (A Heart-Pounding Moment)

Steve Irwin!!! For the Globe he was known as “Crocodile Hunter.”

Steve was beloved by millions of fans and animal lovers around the world and was one of Animal planet's most passionate conservationists.

I rarely missed his episodes on the Animal Planet’s channel…..

Today morning when I came to know about this TRAGIC LOSS…..the very first thing came into my mind was “Good people gets very short life” !!!! Really a heart-pounding moment for me………..

Steve was killed during a filming expedition on the Great Barrier Reef. While we are still collecting specific details, it was a rare accident in which Steve swam over a stingray and was stung by its barb in his chest. A doctor on board Croc One, Steve's research vessel, was unable to resuscitate Steve and by the time he was reached by the rescue helicopter he had passed away.

Steve was a larger than life force. He brought joy and learning about the natural world to millions and millions of people across the globe. He was a true friend to all of us at Discovery Communications. We extend our thoughts and prayers to Terri, Bindi and Bob Irwin as well as to the incredible staff and many friends Steve leaves behind."

He is no more………..

Steve, from all God's creatures, thank you. Rest in peace.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Few love-love for Agassi......

I do not wanted to post this in early day , coz just now I reached office , but I could not control myself…..

What a F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C Friday morning , watching my all time favorite Agassi in the third round of US open , as this is his last US open.

Dunno whether he is going to make it to the final but for me it is just praying each match to move him ahead…..
Though it is difficult for me coz my next favorite Nadal is also here but what to do I am sorry Nadal let me pray for Agassi coz this his last US open …….hope you understand !!!!

Andre Agassi came through a dramatic encounter to beat Marcos Baghdatis in five sets at the US Open and so extend his career by at least one more match.

The 36-year-old, who retires after the event, upset the eighth seed 6-4 6-4 3-6 5-7 7-5 in the night match.
Agassi was superb in the first two sets but missed break points in the third and lost a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
With Baghdatis suffering cramp, Agassi recovered from a break down in the fifth and faces Benjamin Becker next.

"I felt so good today and what a time to feel it," Agassi told the crowd afterwards.

"This just means the world to me. All you guys refreshed my faith in the human spirit and I can't thank you enough for that."

Baghdatis played down his physical problems and paid tribute to the American.

"I'm OK," he said. "I want to wish Andre good luck, not only for this match but for his life.

"He's more than a legend. He gave so much to the tour."

With every match potentially his last, the Las Vegan is being heralded at every turn in New York.

It was no different on Thursday night as the crowd of 23,000 gave him a lengthy standing ovation as he walked onto court.
Baghdatis has reached the Australian Open final and Wimbledon semis this year and went into the match as favourite, but Agassi was the sharper from the start.
A break point went begging in game three but there was no second chance for Baghdatis four games later and Agassi served out the set.
It was exactly the same story in the second as Agassi pulled the strings with his more consistent backhand, forcing errors from Baghdatis.

And when the American earned two break points in game seven of the third it looked like a repeat performance and a quick win for the twice former champion.
Baghdatis fired down an ace on his way to holding, however, and promptly broke Agassi for the first time in the following game before sealing the set.
Agassi left his younger rival standing early in the fourth set, sending the New York fans wild with a magnificent break in game two and another in game four.
But then the unthinkable - Baghdatis fought back to win seven of the next eight games and broke immediately at the start of the fifth.
To the relief of almost everyone, Agassi broke straight back and what followed was one of the most dramatic sets that even the American veteran can have played.
The key moment came when Baghdatis suffered cramp in game nine.
And although he held on for two more games, a wayward backhand on the second match point handed Agassi victory and extended his remarkable story.

WOW !!! Really a great Friday morning……….

Agassi’s History is here