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      21.06.2010 21:17

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      Good but could have been better

      I have been hearing about the TV series for a long long time but never got the time and energy to get its DVDs and watch it. So when I heard about the movie, I thought it would be a great idea to watch the movie. Here is I found the movie.
      New York the city is known for its high life, thats what the movie is about. Four friends, rich and manicured from top to toe (except for Miranda, played by Cynthis Nixon, who is too busy with her job to do all the beauty thing, still looks too pretty for her age though), going around the city doing their thing.
      Sarah Jessica Parker is as good of an actress as she's beautiful. The movie is more or less her stories, with the rest of the characters supporting her lines. I particularly liked her sense of humor (which was scripted of course), but it seemed so real, she seems to be perfect for her role. Her boyfriend Mr.Big, played by Chris Noth, also has the personality of an established middle aged man who deserves a girlfriend as sane and pretty as Carrie (Sarah).
      The other three girlfriends do get a share of the movie's time for their story. Which even though makes the movie more interesting, specially for those who followed the series, but made the movie two long.
      Jeniffer Hudson, the American Idol sensation, does a great job with her short role in the movie and proves herself as a good actor, we all know about her singing skills already.
      I liked the movie, but I wouldn't wanna watch it again. But I really am looking forward to part 2.

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      13.05.2010 23:58
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      I recently started using Aftereffects just recently when I had to edit this music video for a friend. At first, the interface looked very complicated to me and there were just too much controls to handle. But after working my way through it, I realized Aftereffects is as user friendly as its powerful! I simply fell in love with it. Some of it controls, like the motion tracking and stabilizing make you feel so good when you see the instant great results. Similarly the inbuilt filters and effects can be used to add realistic effects to the video. My special favorite is the CC particle world. I used it to give a rain effect as well as a waterfall in another video. With a different setting, I actually made it used over a sky to give the effect of changing clouds. I simply loved how the end result would turn out. I don't think any other software can beat it and I simply can't wait to get my hands on the next version.

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    • Becoming Jane (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      13.05.2010 23:50

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      I am not a good reader and I have read just one book or Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice. I loved that book so naturally I fell in love with the author. I wanted to find out more about her so I was told by a friend to watch this movie. After watching the movie, I had mixed feelings. I had this urge to find out whether if this is what actually happened in Jane Austin's life. So I googled and reached the conclusion that yes, some of it is true. Turns out, she did run away with Tom Lefroy and the situation of her family was the way its shown in the movie, but again, the movie is based on a few letters sent by Jane Austin to her lover. So most of the story has been made. Its said that Jane and her sister never got married. Jane Austin's personal diaries, notes and letters were burnt by her sister after her death because thats what she had asked for. Pity we will never be able to find out more about such a great author.
      As far as the movie is concerned, its a very well made movie. Ann Hathaway has done a remarkable job. Her expressive eyes and haunting smile did great in conveying the emotions of her character. Though she has been criticized for her bad accent but since english is not my first language, I can't say anything on that.
      Jame McAvoy too has shown his fine acting skills. It seems like the fashion of those days suits him too well. He is the right combination of looks and acting is this movie.

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    • Enchanted (DVD) / DVD / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      30.08.2009 13:58
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      I used to read alot of fairytales during my childhood and would imagine fairies, princesses and kings. I always wondered how it would be if some of these characters can come to life. Seems like Disney wanted people like me to have a glimpse of that with enchanted.

      Realistic special effects, great animation and interesting storyline make it a wonderful movie to be watched with family and kids. The cast is very good too. Patrick Dempsey would be the perfect match for a romantic guy. Amy Adams makes the best princess and James Marsden has the looks of a prince from the fairytale.

      A must to be mentioned is Susan Sarandon who proves that she is the master of performance and can bring life to any role.

      The costume design and makeup is very good. Specially the costumes of James Marsden and Susan Sarandon looked just as if borrowed from a fairy tail. Disney's touch of music can be clearly seen in the movie.

      A very nice movie to be watched over coffee with family.

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    • The Hangover (DVD) / DVD / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      30.08.2009 11:37

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      Bachelor parties always sound fun. Las Vegas is like the paradise on earth. And when you put a bachelor party and Las Vegas together, you get the hangover!

      The movie starts with a groups of three friends and the bride's brother going to Las Vegas for a Bachelor party. When they reach there, it all seems nice and calm. They reach there hotel, get a suite and then go up to the roof where they drink, not realizing that what they are drinking is not what they think it is. After that, the next scene is of the morning when they wake up. That was probably the funniest scene. When you see everything in the room messed up, a hen, a baby and a tiger in the room! and as if thats not enough, a naked Asian guy int he trunk of their car and the bride groom totally missing! non of them has any idea how they ended up like that!

      A must watch!

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    • Twilight [2008] (DVD) / DVD / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      30.08.2009 11:25

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      I am not a good reader so i haven't read the book, but I certainly did like the movie. Vampires have haunted the young since forever! They look stylish, have an attitude and their kiss ends in sharp teeth sinking deep into the skin! and above all this, if the vampire gets to be as good looking as Robert Pattinson, thats like a girls dream come true!

      Robert Pattinson looks much mature and HOT than he was in Harry Potter, obviously they grow fast. And not just in physical terms, his acting has become mature as well. Kristen Stewart is also good for her role but sometimes she seems confused and not sure. Yes thats how the character Bela is but still, sometimes I felt as if she's trying too hard!

      The romantic element of the movie is very appealing. The cold wintery ambiance in the plot, with hill, mist and huge pine trees, and then Edward taking Bela on a ride through those cold forests! I bet it made alot of girls wanting a vampire boy friend who can climb the trees like a monkey!

      All in all its a very good movie, looking forward to the next in the series.

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    • Duplicity (DVD) / DVD / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      30.08.2009 11:14
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      I have always been a great fan of Clive Owen's movies and which guy on earth haven't had a crush on Julia Roberts? I came to know about the movie Duplicity in -'s interview for Time magazine.

      Like most of Clive Owen's recent movies, this movie has an element of suspense as well as humor to it, and the combination of these two elements keep the audience as much occupied as does the combination of Julia Robert's and Clive Owen in the same movie. Both of them are fine actors and even though this wasn't the kinda movie that involves the complicated acting skills, they both have done justice to their roles.

      The movie opening scene is pretty interesting. Two old but dandy wealthy looking men standing on an airport with private jets and each having a bunch of well suited personals on their sides, both arguing about something we don't get to know and then breaking into a fight.

      The climax of the movie is even more interesting, when you find out that all they were doing was following someone else's plan and without knowing it!

      The story might not be very good but the way its made and the cast makes it a must watch.

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    • Dell Inspiron 1525 / Laptop / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      26.08.2009 01:33
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      I got my Dell Inspiron 1525 as a gift from my father on getting through my exam. My first impression of it was of a nice laptop with really good finish and I wasn't wrong.

      The best thing about this laptop is its high speed hard drive. Everything loads like a breeze. I have seen my friends with more expensive machines with better specs but booting takes ages on their machine. Also worth mentioning is the price. I got it for around 59,000 rupees which is around 800 dollars. Which might still sound alot but in Pakistan, thats a very reasonable price.

      This laptop would have been one of the bests if it had a better graphic card. The current one is good enough to play HD contents but its really not for gaming. A serious issue is its built in speakers. They are very week and you will Have to use either headphones or external speakers if you have a bit of noise around you.

      All in all, its a very nice entertainment laptop with very nice finish.

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    • Bolt (DVD) / DVD / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      24.08.2009 23:07

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      I have always been a great fan of animated movies but lately, there has been a lack of good animated movies like the good old Lion kind, Little Mermaid etc. I wasn't sure about Bolt in the beginning as the idea of a dog being in a play and not being aware of it was not cartoonish to me. But when the movie went ahead, I found it very very interesting and funny.

      I must say the animators have done a great job with the animations of the pigeons, the way they move their head when they talk and how they frown their eyes was really funny. The funniest character of all was the cat called Mittens. She's clever and cunning yet funny. The writers and animators both have done a great job.

      I am not a great fan of Miley Cyrus but I have to admit her voice for Penny was perfect. Her voice has this young teenage tone to it and works very well in the movie.

      It's the kinda movie one would want to watch with their kids or friends and have a big laugh at.

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    • Tetanus / Pain Relief / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      31.03.2009 12:09
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      A deadly disease.

      I did a little research about tetanus and wrote an article for a doctor's project. This article has been compiled from various websites around the internet. here it goes....

      TETANUS

      Tetanus, also called lockjaw, is an illness characterized by an acute onset of hypertonia, painful muscular contractions (usually of the muscles of the jaw and neck), and generalized muscle spasms without other apparent medical causes. Tetanus is acquired when the spores of the bacterium Clostridium Tetani infect a wound or the umbilical stump. Spores are universally present in the soil.

      The primary symptoms are caused by tetanospasmin, a neurotoxin produced by the Gram-positive, obligate anaerobic bacterium Clostridium tetani. Infection generally occurs through wound contamination, and often involves a cut or deep puncture wound. As the infection progresses, muscle spasms in the jaw develop, hence the name lockjaw. This is followed by difficulty in swallowing and general muscle stiffness and spasms in other parts of the body.


      MECHANISM
      Clostridium tetani, an obligate anaerobic gram-positive bacillus, causes tetanus. This bacterium is nonencapsulated and forms spores, which are resistant to heat, desiccation, and disinfectants. The spores are ubiquitous and are found in soil, house dust, animal intestines, and human feces.

      Spores that gain entry can persist in normal tissue for months to years. Under anaerobic conditions, these spores geminate and elaborate tetanospasmin and tetanolysin. Tetanolysin is not believed to be of any significance in the clinical course of tetanus. Tetanospasmin is a neurotoxin and causes the clinical manifestations of tetanus. Tetanospasmin that is released by the maturing bacilli is distributed via the lymphatic and vascular circulations to the end plates of all nerves. Tetanospasmin then enters the nervous system peripherally at the myoneural junction and is transported centripetally into neurons of the central nervous system (CNS). Per weight, tetanospasmin is one of the most potent toxins known. The estimated minimum lethal dose is 2.5 nanograms per kilogram of body weight (a nanogram is one billionth of a gram), or 175 nanograms for a 70-kg (154-lb) human.

      These neurons become incapable of neurotransmitter release. The neurons, which release gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glycine, the major inhibitory neurotransmitters, are particularly sensitive to tetanospasmin, leading to failure of inhibition of motor reflex responses to sensory stimulation. This results in generalized contractions of the agonist and antagonist musculature characteristic of a tetanic spasm. The shortest peripheral nerves are the first to deliver the toxin to the CNS, which leads to the early symptoms of facial distortion and back and neck stiffness.

      Once the toxin becomes fixed to neurons, it cannot be neutralized with antitoxin. Recovery of nerve function from tetanus toxins requires sprouting of new nerve terminals and formation of new synapses.

      SIGN AND SYMPTOMS

      Tetanus affects skeletal muscle, a type of striated muscle. The other type of striated muscle, cardiac or heart muscle cannot be tetanized, because of its intrinsic electrical properties.

      The incubation period of tetanus ranges from 3 to 21 days, with an average onset of clinical presentation of symptoms in 8 days. In general, the further the injury site is from the central nervous system, the longer the incubation period. The shorter the incubation period, the higher the chance of death. In neonatal tetanus, symptoms usually appear from 4 to 14 days after birth, averaging about 7 days. On the basis of clinical findings, four different forms of tetanus have been described.

      Local tetanus is an uncommon form of the disease, in which patients have persistent contraction of muscles in the same anatomic area as the injury. The contractions may persist for many weeks before gradually subsiding. Local tetanus is generally milder; only about 1% of cases are fatal, but it may precede the onset of generalized tetanus.

      Cephalic tetanus is a rare form of the disease, occasionally occurring with otitis media (ear infections) in which C. tetani is present in the flora of the middle ear, or following injuries to the head. There is involvement of the cranial nerves, especially in the facial area.

      Generalized tetanus is the most common type of tetanus, representing about 80% of cases. The generalized form usually presents with a descending pattern. The first sign is trismus, or lockjaw, and the facial spasms called risus sardonicus, followed by stiffness of the neck, difficulty in swallowing, and rigidity of pectoral and calf muscles. Other symptoms include elevated temperature, sweating, elevated blood pressure, and episodic rapid heart rate. Spasms may occur frequently and last for several minutes with the body shaped into a characteristic form called opisthotonos. Spasms continue for 3-4 weeks, and complete recovery may take months.

      Neonatal tetanus is a form of generalized tetanus that occurs in newborn infants. It occurs in infants who have not acquired passive immunity because the mother has never been immunized. It usually occurs through infection of the unhealed umbilical stump, particularly when the stump is cut with a non-sterile instrument.

      Spatula test

      The "spatula test" for tetanus involves touching the posterior pharyngeal wall with a sterile, soft-tipped instrument, and observing the effect. A positive test result is the involuntary contraction of the jaw (biting down on the "spatula"), and a negative test result would normally be a gag reflex attempting to expel the foreign object.

      A short report in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene states that in a patient research study, the spatula test had a high specificity (zero false-positive test results) and a high sensitivity (94% of infected patients produced a positive test result).


      HISTORY
      Although records from antiquity (5th century BC) contain descriptions of tetanus, it was Carle and Rattone in 1884 who first produced tetanus in animals. This was accomplished by injecting them with pus from a fatal human tetanus case. During that same year, Nicolaier produced tetanus in animals by injecting them with soil. In 1889, Kitasato isolated the organism from an infected human, showed that it produced disease when injected into animals, and reported that the toxin could be neutralized by specific antibodies. In 1897, Nocard demonstrated the protective effect of passively transferred antitoxin. Passive immunization in humans was used for treatment and prophylaxis during World War I. Tetanus toxoid was developed by Descombey in 1924. It was first widely used during World War II.



      EPIDEMIOLOGY

      Time distribution:
      Tetanus can occur at any time of the year but the risk is high during rainy seasons and during summer, when the hot and humid environment promotes the growth of bacteria in the soil or other degerating organic matter.

      Place distribution:
      Tetanus is a global health problem, as C. tetani spores are ubiquitous. Tetanus occurs worldwide but is more common in hot, damp climates with soil rich in organic matter. This is particularly true with manure-treated soils, as the spores are widely distributed in the intestines and faeces of many non-human animals such as horses, sheep, cattle, dogs, cats, rats, guinea pigs, and chickens. In agricultural areas, a significant number of human adults may harbour the organism. The spores can also be found on skin surfaces and in contaminated heroin.

      Risk group:
      People of all ages can get tetanus but the disease is particularly common and serious in newborn babies ("neonatal tetanus").
      Apart from the risk for a variety of infections for mother and child, there is a serious risk for the mother and child to get infected by tetanus if the delivery is not carried out on a clean surface or with clean hands, or if the umbilical cord is not cut with a clean razor/pair of scissors, and if the mother is not immunized.
      Most tetanus cases occur among people who are inadequately vaccinated and who sustain an acute injury.
      Heroin users, particularly persons who inject themselves subcutaneously, appear to be at high risk for tetanus. Quinine is used to dilute heroin and may support the growth of C tetani.
      Similarly people who are in constant contact with the soil like gardeners and farmers are at high risk as the bacteria may be introduced in their bodies through injusries.
      Risk factors for Tetanus can be summarized as follow:
      * Soil
      * Manure
      * Wound
      * Farming
      * Gardening
      * Forestry
      * Outdoor sports
      * Outdoor occupations
      * Animal feces
      * Puncture wounds
      * Burns
      * Ulcers
      * Bites
      * Surgery sites
      * Injection sites
      * Umbilical cord stump
      * Childbirth - can cause a uterine infection.


      Association with rust

      Tetanus is often associated with rust, especially rusty nails, but this concept is somewhat misleading. Objects that accumulate rust are often found outdoors, or in places that harbour anaerobic bacteria, but the rust itself does not cause tetanus nor does it contain more C. tetani bacteria. The rough surface of rusty metal merely provides a prime habitat for a C. tetani endospore to reside, and the nail affords a means to puncture skin and deliver endospore into the wound. An endospore is a non-metabolising survival structure that begins to metabolise and cause infection once in an adequate environment. Because C. tetani is an anaerobic bacterium, it and its endospores will thrive in an environment that lacks oxygen. Hence, stepping on a nail (rusty or not) may result in a tetanus infection, as the low-oxygen (anaerobic) environment of a puncture wound provides the bacteria with an ideal breeding ground.

      Problem statement:
      Tetanus is a global health problem, as C. tetani spores are ubiquitous.
      Reported incidence of tetanus has declined substantially since the mid 1940s because of the widespread use of tetanus immunizations
      Worldwide, tetanus is predominantly a disease of underdeveloped countries located in warm, damp climates. Tetanus affects all age groups, with the highest prevalence found in newborns and young people. In 1992, an estimated 578,000 infant deaths occurred due to neonatal tetanus. In 1998, 215,000 deaths occurred with more than 50% of these on the Africa continent. Tetanus is one of the target diseases of the World Health Organization Expanded Program on Immunization. Overall, the annual incidence of tetanus is 0.5-1 million cases.
      Overall, the mortality rate is approximately 45%. Clinical tetanus is less severe among patients who have a history of receiving a primary series of tetanus toxoid sometime during their life as compared with patients who are inadequately vaccinated or unvaccinated.
      Tetanus - particularly the neonatal form - remains a significant public health problem in non-industrialized countries. There are about one million cases of tetanus reported worldwide annually, causing an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 deaths each year.
      Nearly all of the cases in the developed countries occur in unimmunized individuals or individuals who have allowed their inoculations to lapse, whereas most cases in developing countries are due to the neonatal form of tetanus.

      Prevention:
      Tetanus is the only vaccine-preventable disease that is infectious but is not contagious.
      Tetanus can be prevented by vaccination. The CDC recommends that adults receive a booster vaccine every ten years, and standard care practice in many places is to give the booster to any patient with a puncture wound who is uncertain of when he or she was last vaccinated, or if he or she has had fewer than 3 lifetime doses of the vaccine. The booster cannot prevent a potentially fatal case of tetanus from the current wound, however, as it can take up to two weeks for tetanus antibodies to form.
      In children under the age of seven, the tetanus vaccine is often administered as a combined vaccine, DPT/DTaP vaccine, which also includes vaccines against diphtheria and pertussis.
      For adults and children over seven, the Td vaccine (tetanus and diphtheria) or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) is commonly used.
      For pregnant ladies, the first dose is given in the 7th month of pregancy which is followed by another dose in the 8th month.

      WHO strategy for Nenatal Tetanus:
      Worldwide, all countries are committed to "elimination" of maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), i.e. a reduction of neonatal tetanus incidence to below one case per 1000 live births per year in every district. As of December 2007, 47 countries remain that have not eliminated MNT.
      The initiative's aim is to reduce the number of cases to such low levels that it is no longer a major problem. Unlike polio and smallpox, the disease cannot be eradicated (the tetanus spores are present in the environment), but through immunization of child bearing age women (CBAW) and of pregnant women, and through the promotion of more hygienic deliveries, the disease can be eliminated (which is defined as less than one case of Neonatal Tetanus per 1000 live births in every district)

      At the end of the 1980s, neonatal tetanus was considered a major public health problem. WHO estimated that in 1988, 787,000 newborn children died of neonatal tetanus, hence a rate of 6.5 cases per 1000 live births

      In 1989, the 42nd World Health Assembly called for elimination of neonatal tetanus by 1995

      In 1990, the World Summit for Children listed neonatal tetanus elimination as one of its goals, which were endorsed by the 44th World Health Assembly in 1991

      Due to slow implementation of the recommended strategies, the target date for elimination was postponed to 2000 and later, while adding maternal tetanus elimination as a goal, to 2005.

      While progress has been made, by the end of 2008, there still remains 46 countries to eliminate MNT. Activities continue in these countries, to achieve the goal in the near future.

      WHO estimates that in 2004 the latest year for which estimates are available, 128,000 newborns died of Neonatal Tetanus.

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        15.03.2009 18:49
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        I came to know about the movie by reading an article about Kate Winslet. I was surprised when I saw the movie! Its so weird how we can relate to some really strange ideas we see in movies. I mean, what if we could actually delete someone from our lives just like that. Imagine you are madly and sadly in love with someone today and the next morning, its all gone!

        The best part in the movie was when Jim tries to save Kate from being deleted by taking her to portions of his memories. Its like when you are dreaming of something really good, and in your dream, you realize that its a dream and its gonna be over when you wake up, so you try to take hold of that thing and try not to wake up. Sounds strange but I am sure we all have experienced something like that.

        The climax is really good. The movie starts with changing scenes and it was kinda hard for me to put it all together. But when I started to reach the end, I could put bits and pieces together and then I realized how good the movie is.

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        • earth.google.com / Internet Site / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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          25.01.2009 18:27
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          We all have seen those hi tech gadgets in movies when the really cool agents can zoom into any where in the world and see whatever he wants to. But thanks to google, now you can feel like that cool agent and see any place in the world whenever you want to.

          I always used to wonder where the high way next to my colony ends. I am not a good driver, so never gathered the guts to drive to the end. But then google earth solved my misery! There are hundred ways google earth can be useful. Thats not enough, it even let you take virtual tours of all the well known places in the world and if you think thats not enough, how about a 3d tour?

          Google earth has improved alot with time. Now you can hear local sounds and watch local videos of the place that you are visiting through google earth. I wish I had a GPS device and google earth plus so that I can actually get a complete secret agent feeling.

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          • Internet Censorship / Discussion / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            25.01.2009 18:17

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            A very controversial concept

            When there is a lot of information flow, the question of censorship arise. But now adays, there is a lot of emphasis on all access to information and freedom of speech. Internet has to face the same issues. There are sites that our parents don't want us to see, some that our government doesn't want us to see and some that our boss thinks are not for us.

            I think instead of implementing censorship, the users should be encouraged to view the right media and not view the not right media. But again, the criteria for deciding what is right and what is wrong is very vague.

            The new generation is very smart. They can by pass ip blocks by using proxy servers and can by pass filtering software. The only effective way would be to create an awareness among the users about whats wrong and whats right for them because after all, they are the crowd affected.

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          • wikipedia.org / Internet Site / 4 Readings / 2 Ratings
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            25.01.2009 17:54
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            There is no doubt about the fact that the internet is a whole new world of information. You can find out almost anything about anything. It seems like all you want is just a search away. But when there is too much information, you can't tell how to manage it, what to believe and what not to believe and what to add and what not to add.

            Wikipedia brings you all the right information about anything. Be it a person, a movie, something from your text book or something your friend told you about. Thats not all, Wikipedia is not limited to English language, its available in many languages, and if you think Wikipedia wasn't enough for your taste, it tells you about all the related links to your query.

            Wikipedia is a good example of web 2.0 where the users have the power to add to what they are reading. Wikipedia is so popular that web browsers like Firefox has actually added it to their search engines.

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              25.01.2009 17:25

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              You can't actually quit your job for online money.

              Like everybody else online, I myself always wondered if it was actually possible to get some financial benefit out of the internet. I started with googling. With the search, it seemed like money was just lying around online waiting to be picked. I wondered if its so easy to earn online, why are all these internet users not millionaire!

              But all that glitters is not gold! Most of the websites would ask you to deposit some initial fee. Ok, I was up to earning money, not spending. Then I came by a few other websites. I got registered on some. They kept sending me an email everyday saying this is my training! I got an email everyday but I never got to know what i was supposed to do.

              Disappointed, I decided to give up. But then I came by websites like Dooyoo and Ciao. I got registered. Wrote a few reviews. After some time, I realized dooyoo is probably the only easy money online if you are not a web developer or programmer or anything like that. So here I am, just earned half a pound, AGAIN!

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