Monthly Archives: November 2005

Gmail + Aliases

Some email providers support something called “plus” addressing. Gmail is one of them. It’s not a well-known feature;

Essentially, “plus” addressing lets you create aliases by appending additional characters to the account name part of your email address. To do this, precede it by a plus sign (+). For example, if your gmail address is johnsmith@gmail.com you can create the following alias:

    johnsmith+test@gmail.com

No matter what valid characters you place after the plus sign (up to eight characters max), the mail will be delivered to you Gmail inbox.

So, why would you want to do this? There are a couple reasons . One is to (try) to control future spam. When you sign up for something at a web site, instead of giving your regular Gmail address, make one up for the site. For example, if you were to sign up for a free newsletter at extrahotsizzlingstocktips.com you might use the email address of johnsmith+extratips@gmail.com. Since you can see the “To:” address in your gmail messages, you can see if any future spam from other sites are using this address. If so, you know where it came from. At that point, you can treat emails to that address as spam. (Of course, I’m sure some sites will have this naming scheme figured out and sell your real gmail email, but many probably won’t)

You can also search and sort your email based upon the “plus” address. If each service you are signed up to is given a different email alias, you can search on that alias, or set up labels to automatically file these emails into unique labels.

If you aren’t using this to control spam, you can set up broad email aliases and associated label categories like “stocks”, “banks”, “technicl” (8 characters max) and so on. Then, you would use johnsmith+stocks@gmail.com for all your stock investment services, johnsmith+banks@gmail.com for all your bank accounts and johnsmith+technicl@gmail.com for all your technical site sign ups. Everything will be neatly organized under the associated labels.

Source : googletutor

Sweet!

Just when I thought M&M’s couldnt get any better.
I mean how HOT is THIS..



This is hilarious, they’ve actually started selling customised printed candy . Check it out:

Custom Printed M&M’s

Exun Alumni currently residing/studying in the United States of America , kindly send us some as soon as possible. Karan we know you’re planning to come here next month , there’s no escaping…

Windows Desktop Search

Though released long time back, I havent heard many people talking about it.
The Windows Desktop Search is MUCH MUCH BETTER than GOOGLE DESKTOP SEARCH. For starters it scans a lot more files on your hard disk and you can also search for a specific type of file. And if you are also like me who uses outlook express, then no more waiting to search for your messages! Besides, it also has add-ins one of them which also lets you search for .pdf files on your computer. And not to forget, it also has a Preview Pane, which lets you view the file without opening it. And all this within a second(speed of google). Obviously it takes time to index all the files but i guess its worth it in the end if you have a huge hard disk and totally detest the search embedded with your OS.

I also remember a discussion happening on this blog – Internet Explorer vs Firefox
and one of the major reasons that firefox won the battle besides the security factor was “Tabbed Browsing”. But guess what, interent explorer also provides you that now.

For much more info and features:
http://toolbar.msn.com/

Modern School Qualifiers

This, I belive is on the basis of how good you did in the prelims. Best of luck in the finals. For more info check modernschool.net/access.

SOFTWARE DISPLAY:

(All the teams are requested to bring their own computers for the finals)

1. Ish Goel- My Studies – Appejay School
2. Mukund – Checkers – Bal Bharti Public School
3. Atul & Vidhut – Alive City – Sardar Patel Vidhyalaya
4. Gaurav – Win RCC – DPS, RKPuram
5. Eashan & Dhruv – Sudokaholic – DPS, VK
6. Nikhil & Ramandeep – Games Mania – St. Columbas

SENIOR QUIZ :

1. Eshan & Dhruv : DPS, Vasant Kunj
2. Dhruv & Gursartaj : DPS, RKPuram
3. Kartik & Harshdeep : Mother’s International
4. Adithya & Apoorv : Apeejay, Noida
5. Ankit Sud : Apeejay, Sheikh Sarai
6. Akshat & Anik : DPS, Mathura Road

SENIOR PROGRAMMING:

1. Eeshan & Kanishk : DPS, Vasant Kunj
2. Sarthak & Pulkit : Sardar Patel Vidhyalaya
3. Abhishek & Aditya : Apeejay, Noida
4. Sidharth & Dhruv : DPS, Vasant Kunj
5. Nikhil & Ramandeep : St. Columbas
6. Anuj & Sakar : St. Columbas
7. Sahil & Tushar : DPS, Mathura Road
8. Rasagy & Udit : DPS, RKPuram
9. Ayushi & Pranav : Bal Bharti, Noida
10. Kshitij & Prateek : Sardar Patel
11. Saurabh & Nripesh : Hansraj Model School
12. Ankit Sud : Apeejay, Sheikh Sarai
13. Prashant & Ankur : Ahlcon School
14. Mohit & Umang : DPS, Mathura Road

CROSSWORD:

1. Bharat & Manas : DPS, RKPuram
2. Aditya & Vidhor : Apeejay, Noida
3. Raag & Milind : Mother’s International School
4. Ankit Sud : Apeejay, Sheikh Sarai
5. Kartik & Harshdeep : Mother’s International School
6. Prateek & Rohan : Sardar Patel Vidhyalaya

JUNIOR QUIZ:

1. Bharat & Manas : DPS, RKPuram
2. Kshitij & Soumya : Sardar Patel Vidhyalaya
3. Milen & Sanchit : Mothers International
4. Avik & Keshav : DPS, Faridabad
5. Keerthana & Angaj : DPS, Gurgoan
6. Raghav & Vansh : DPS, RKPuram

JUNIOR PROGRAMMING:

1. Anant & Vansh : DPS, RK Puram
2. Sarvagya & Kshitij : Amity International, Noida
3. Milind & Akshay : Mother’s International
4. Nitya & Chandni : Carmel Convent School
5. Prateek & Shishil : Apeejay, Nodia
6. Pulkit & Deepanshu : Bal Bharti, Noida
7. Sameer & Nandan : DPS, Faridabad
8. Saabir & Keshav : DPS, Faridabad
9. Manpreet & Devesh : DPS, Mathura Road
10. Anant & Suvinay : Mother’s International,Hauz Khas
11. Shivam & Rupali : Ahlcon Public School
12. Rishika & Safoora : Carmel Convent
13. Dehleena & Bipasha : Carmel Convent
14. Arjun & Mridul : Montfort

That’s all folks. Lets go out there and rock and win. Whopeee!!!

Steve Jobs’ speech. 12th june ’05

‘You’ve got to find what you love,’ Jobs says

This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, its likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky – I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation – the Macintosh – a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me – I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I retuned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much