Monday, August 11, 2008

The Making Of A Masterpiece.

The making of a Masterpiece.
Hi guys. Tell me how many of you have been to a car factory and seen a car in the making. Not many of you i guess. Well, here is your chance to have an insight into the world of car manufacturing, that too a Peugeot "Citroen". Well, the basic processes of car manufacturing are same. What I have for you is an animated car manufacturing plant showing the different processes involved in car manufacturing. It shows the different stages of car manufacturing right from unreeling of galvanised steel sheets to body assembly and finally the finished product. When you move your cursor around the plant you will see the name of the process at the right hand top corner. Click it and you will see the animated version of that particular process. Some processes have an option of "A CLOSER LOOK". Click it and you will get a deeper insight of the process.

I want to keep my post short and sweet. Rest is for you to explore. So, go ahead guys and click here.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Big Dog Is On The Prowl.

The Big Dog is on the prowl.
This is something out of Steven Speilberg's futuristic sci-fi movie. Let me introduce you to the Big Dog. It is the alpha male of Boston Dynamic's futuristic breed of robots. Now let me tell you something about Boston dynamics. It is an engineering company that specializes in robotics and human simulation. The company began as a spinoff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where Marc Raibert and his colleagues first developed robots that run and maneuver like animals. Their groundbreaking work inspired the launch of Boston Dynamics in 1992.
The Big Dog is an amazing robot built by Boston dynamics. It can walk, run, climb rough terrains and can incredibly balance itself if you hit, kick or apply any kind of force to it. Just have a look at the video link below. You can imagine the amount of brainwork that has gone into building it. The complicated design which mimics the movement of a dog. Great inventors have always looked at nature to create something simply awesome like the Big Dog. Take for example the aeroplane which uses the same mechanism to fly as the birds do. The feathers are replaced by aelerons to control the speed and direction. Well now the Big Dog is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. BigDog is powered by a gasoline engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system. BigDog's legs are articulated like an animal’s, and have compliant elements that absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next. BigDog is the size of a large dog or small mule, measuring 1 meter long, 0.7 meters tall and 75 kg weight.
BigDog has an on-board computer that controls locomotion, servos the legs and handles a wide variety of sensors. BigDog’s control system manages the dynamics of its behavior to keep it balanced, steer, navigate, and regulate energetics as conditions vary. Sensors for locomotion include joint position, joint force, ground contact, ground load, a laser gyroscope, and a stereo vision system. Other sensors focus on the internal state of BigDog, monitoring the hydraulic pressure, oil temperature, engine temperature, rpm, battery charge and others.
In separate trials, BigDog runs at 4 mph, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, and carries a 340 lb load. Boston Dynamics has three other robot which are equally impressive. They are Rise, Rhex and the Little Dog. To know more about the robots and watch their videos click here.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

IDUG 2008

IDUG 2008
Hi, this is an invitation for IDUG India 2008 starting on 21st August 2008. IDUG 2008 for Australia and North America are already over but if you are a DB2 die hard you can catch up with the other two, India and Europe. IDUG Europe 2008 starts on October 13. Experience IDUG face-to-face and walk away with a host of new ideas, proven techniques, and professional contacts to take your utilization of DB2 to the next level.

The IDUG 2008 - India Forum will be hosted 21 - 23 August 2008 at Le Meridien in Bangalore, India, and will feature three days of leading-edge education delivered by expert users, consultants, and representatives of IBM, as well as other leading DB2 vendors. More than 30 technical sessions covering such diverse topics as DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for Linux/UNIX/Windows, application development, compression, Dynamic Warehousing, PureXML, security, DB2 High Availability Features, and Database Partitioning will be delivered.
If this interests you can go ahead and click here to find out more.
To register for IDUG India 2008 click here.
To register for IDUG Europe 2008 click here.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Google Code Jam Contest.

Google Code Jam contest.
Hi guys. This is one contest that nerds wait for all round the year just like atheletes wait for the Olympics. If you are a nerd you know what I am talking about. Its none other than the Google Code Jam contest. Its been a success since it started. Let me present to you Google Code Jam contest 2008 "The battle of the geeks". Do you love solving tough problems and algorithms, then this is the place you belong. And even you are not very proficient in programming, go give it a try. You will come to know where you stand because only the "geekiest" survives.
Google Code Jam is a coding competition in which professional and student programmers are asked to solve complex algorithmic challenges in a limited amount of time. The contest is all-inclusive: Google Code Jam lets you program in the coding language and development environment of your choice.
Google Code Jam begins in July and continues in August, when you will compete in online rounds against contestants from around the world. The Top 500 participants will advance to onsite competitions at a local Google office to compete against those in their region (Asia Pacific; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and the Americas). The Top 100 will participate in the final round at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California on Friday, November 14.
Did I forget something. Oh yes, the winner gets a handsome prize money of 10,000 USD. Now this will surely make you give it a try. Top 500 finalists gets a Google Code Jam T-shirt. The Top 100 finalists from the local onsites will be flown to Mountain View, California to compete in the onsite finals. Travel and accommodation will be covered by Google.
Well if you are interested enough to register for Code Jam then click here. Registration closes on July 17, 2008. Hurry up guys. Don't miss this one.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Wine Is Served.

Wine is served.
Hi guys. Sorry for not posting anything for a long time. Its just because i didn't find anything worth mentioning. This one is pretty interesting. Finally Wine 1.0 got released on June 17th 2008. This is the first stable release of Wine after 15 years of development and beta testing. Dont know what m talking about??? Well then, let me give you a brief introduction about Wine. Obviously, its not about french wine. Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available. Wine provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes, including Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and Solaris.
The Wine project started in 1993 as a way to support running Windows 3.1 programs on Linux. Bob Amstadt was the original coordinator, but turned it over fairly early on to Alexandre Julliard, who has run it ever since. Over the years, ports for other Unixes have been added, along with support for Win32 as Win32 applications became popular.
Wanna know more about Wine. Here you go: click here
To download wine 1.0: click here

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Android Bootcamp

Android Bootcamp.
Till now I have been writing about Android and Google and on similar topics. But this is something very interesting and practical. Guess what!!! Android Bootcamp is here. It starts on September 15th in Atlanta, Georgia. Not only Android, there are a whole lot of courses to choose from. Starting from C, Cocoa, Django, iPhone etc. You name it, you have it. This is no child's play. Pros are here to teach you. They are one of the best in their respective fields. Android course is priced at $3500. To check for course availability and pricing click here. There are courses held in Frankfurt, Germany also for Europe Geo.
Big Nerd Ranch, Inc. is a company with a radical new approach to teaching. They offer intensive, head-down computer programming courses taught by experts in a retreat environment. Classroom, accommodations, and dining all take place within the same building, freeing the student to learn, code, and discuss with your programming peers and instructors. If you want to know whoz gonna teach you click here. A knowledgeable instructor is a wonderful thing, but knowledge alone doesn't make for a good teacher. Big Nerd Ranch instructors provide the necessary combination of knowledge and outstanding teaching skills.
Expense reporting is a simple process for a Big Nerd Ranch class. One fee covers tuition, meals, lodging, and transportation to and from the airport. You get on and off a plane. We take care of everything else.
At the Big Nerd Ranch, they remove the distractions inherent in standard corporate training. We offer classes in quiet, comfortable settings in Atlanta, Georgia; Frankfurt, Germany; and Rome, Italy. After an intense day of learning, you walk a few steps to your room for a good night's sleep and awake refreshed and ready to focus on the next day's lessons.
To register for any course click here.
To have a glance at their library click here.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

China's Huawei May Sell A Stake Abroad.

China's Huawei may sell a stake abroad.
HONG KONG -- Huawei Technologies Co. is considering the sale of a multibillion-dollar stake in its mobile-devices division to a foreign investor that could help the closely held Chinese telecommunications-equipment maker navigate the North American market, according to people familiar with the situation.

The sale, which could rank among the largest foreign investments in a Chinese company, is at an early stage, the people said. Later this month, Huawei plans to invite strategic investors and private-equity companies to make bids for a significant stake in the business, with a foreign investor possibly taking a majority shareholding in the business.