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under $5 wireless antenna

for those of you who want to increase ur wireless range, heres a good option


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wireless frustrations..

for the past couple of days, i would loose connection to my wireless connection, ceteris paribus.. i would get it back but only after 15-20 min… right when ur in the middle of doing something, ur connection looses.. really frustrating.. but the funny part was that the dumb card wont admit to that fact… the all loving windows vanilla colored pop up would just say “limited connectivity”,falsely giving some hope… i peered a lil more and found out the error message was “IP could not be renewed”.

my IP was obtained from the DHCP service running on my router… there was no straight forward reason for that error message.. so i thought that if i would change all the IP on the network to a static one, my prob wud be solved (besides i could save some precious bandwidth by avoiding the DHCP packets) .. i was right.. only partially though… heres what i did..

1. i disabled the DHCP on the router

2. i set the IP address of all the comps accessing the network to a static one.. all the above mentioned steps should of solved the prob but without the next u wudnt be able to access the web..

3. i also set the gateway and the DNS address of all the comps to the IP of the router.. this took me a while to figure out. if this isnt set, you would be able to access the network but not the web… this took a long time to figure out…

for now everthing is looking good..

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google in reverse

go to and search for ‘elgoog’ (which is google in reverse) and hit the ‘i’m feeling lucky’ button.. u’ll get a mirrored version of the result page… interesting!

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ctrl+V, ctrl+C, ctrl+X alternatives…

im an avid believer in the greatness of the cut, copy, paste commands ;).. without it, developers would of been frustrated and u prolly wudnt of seen the great s/ws of today.. without it , creating a 5 or  6 page school/college essay/assignment in under 10 min , irrespective of the topic, wud of been near impossible!! i think the creater of the cut, copy, paste commands should be given “THE 19/20th CENTURY INEVITABLE” award… hee he..

the following shortcuts are actually for right hand mouse users..

ctrl+V – Paste

ctrl+C – Copy

ctrl+X – Cut

but for left hand users (not a rule of thumb, but) the shortcuts are..

shift+insert – Paste

ctrl+insert – Copy

shift+del – Cut

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photoshop filters

i always knew that adobe photoshop was powerful but never tried to learn the sophisticated things about it. i was happy with the tools in the toolbox. lately i came to the realization that filters are something that had immense potential to create some awesome graphics. today was the first time i messed around with filters. the mad graphics with swirls,liquify and electric effects u c on websites are made with photoshop filters. i came across this article on the web and tried something of my own.

i used the gradient, wave filter and played with hue/saturation settings. heres my creation

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diff kinds of licenses..

there are days when suddenly a random thought, somewhere from out of the yonder blues pop up… today was such a day.. the thought was about s/w  licenses… (i know, pretty wierd!!) so to satisfy my freakish inquisitiveness i did a lil research on licenses.. there are licenses for commercial and non-commercial products. the commercial ones generally are :

1. Named User License

A named user license allows the software to be used by one user, named when you purchase the software. Named user licenses may be installed on multiple computers but they may only be accessed by the named user, they may not be shared in any way. A named user license may not be used concurrently on different computers.

2. Concurrent User License

A concurrent user license allows the software to be used by more than one user at the same site. The number of simultaneous users to the number of licenses purchased have a limit. Eg: 5 concurrent user licenses permit 5 users to access the software at the same time. A 6th user must wait until one of the current users exits the software. A concurrent user license is sometimes called a floating or shared license.

3. Site License

A site license permits an unlimited number of copies of the software to be installed within one specified site in an organization. An unlimited number of users may access the software simultaneously within the specified site. A site is defined as all of the purchasing organization’s locations within a specific radius in miles/km.

4. OEM License

An OEM license allows third-party software developers to bundle the purchased product with their non-competitive product.

5. Global License

Softwares that have a global license can be used at any number fo sites by any number of people.the non-commercial ones vary to a wide degree.. heres a link for those of u who want to know…

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SDLC = Sofware Development LifeCycle.. today i started messing around with a testing a tool called “TestComplete” from automatedQA. TestComplete is an automated test manager, with project level support for the full range of internal and UI testing. Seems complicated. I guess i’ll get a grip on it in a couple more days. Using this tool you can create a test bed consisting of essential functionalities that should work and then run a script thatll execute all the functionalities and give the results. So what does that got to do with SDLC? Well, with this new project, ive now been associated with all the stages of a standard SDLC. Analysis -> Designing-> Coding -> Testing -> Deployment. Yipee!!

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