$35 computer from India!

Finally… there is “Made in India” item that would make Indians proud. Rs. 1500 ($35) computer will be launched in few days, on October 5th. The primary goal of this computer is to help students. The new device is a single unit system with a touch screen and a built-in keyboard along with a 2 GB RAM memory, wi-fi connectivity, USB port and powered by a 2-watt system to suit poor power-supply areas. I guess it’s something like an iPad but with lower horsepower and much lower cost. I can’t wait to get my hands on this! Related Link: Economic…

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Stories for young children

If you have young children, especially toddlers, you would have continuous demand for interesting stories every day. If you run out of stories, there is a help. MyOnlineReading.com is a great site for beginner readers. It helps the parents with the story ideas and also help the young kids to read in a fun way. The site displays stories in a book format where you can turn the pages by clicking on the page. If you have used Stanza in iPod Touch or iPhone, this would look familiar to you. For example, if you read Minty the Cat story, you…

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Developing PHP using Netbeans IDE

If you have used notepad or simple editors like html-kit to develop PHP, try Netbeans for a change. It is a great IDE for Java developers. With the PHP support it provides, Netbeans is the great IDE for PHP developers too. Almost all the free software comes with complicated user guide or no help at all. Netbeans is little different in that aspect. It provides better than average documentation. If you are a PHP developer, check out this video to understand how to develop PHP using Netbeans. The video explains how to integrate change control software (subversion), how to use…

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Can Students Really Learn From Online Degrees?

Education is big business, and this is why we find colleges and schools mushrooming all over the country. Most of them are not accredited, while some are just diploma mills that sell degrees to those who are willing to pay for them. So when it comes to degrees that are being taught online, the question of authenticity and value comes to fore. There are some schools however, that offer online degrees that are accredited and of good quality. But, even though the quality of education that is offered is good, can students really learn anything worthwhile from online degrees? Yes,…

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How to Manage Time Effectively – A Personal Quality Time Management

I write this article based on my true life searching and finding for what is a QTM (Quality Time Management) for me to make use it as my APQTM (A Personal Quality Time Management) and absolutely it is a type of writing which is characteristic apart from any other writers specific ideas in presenting and publishing their own personal thoughts. 1. Introduction As a reader, listener, and observer many times we heard about QTM already been defined, meant, and outlined by qualified and professional speakers. Things which a layman in banal couldn’t catch up the details of explanations made and…

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Youngest Engineering Graduate in India

S. Chandrasekar will receive his M. Tech degree today from IIT Madras. He is only 17. He was born on September 25, 1990. At the age of 11, Chandrasekar became the youngest Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and Cisco Certified Network Associate. In 2002, an Anna University committee, headed by Vice-Chancellor Dr Balaguruswamy, assessed the boy’s capabilities and decided to admit him into the BE program, which he cleared when he was just 15!. He then took the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering and scored 99.32 percentile, which left no room for academics at IIT-M to have second thoughts about admitting…

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Pull Them Up!

I have seen many U.S. teenagers exposing butts when they walk. Even some old guys don’t want to pull their pants up, they want to show what they got. Disgusting, isn’t it? Parents are not taking action to discipline their kids, so government is trying to do that. Florida government passed a bill that could mean suspensions for students with droopy pants. More details are here.

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Big Universities, Small Hearts

Middle class American students find it hard to join elite institutions because of prohibitive fee structure. Universities like Stanford, Harvard, MIT and many others charge hefty tuition fees even for undergraduate courses. Stanford charges $47,000 per year for undergraduate courses. Ironically, these institutions have billions of dollars in endowments. Stanford took $832 million in charitable contributions in 2007 alone. Good politicians of U.S. put pressure on these universities to give some life to middle class students. Sen. Charles Grassley, senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has suggested requiring large college endowments to spend 5% of their assets annually, the…

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Indian American Children Reach Intel Science Talent Finals

It happened again. Eight Indian American kids made to the finals of Intel Science competition. The competition is generally described as “Junior Nobel Prize”. Out of eight, five are girls. Great job kids! Avanthi Raghavan, Shravani Mikkilineni, Hamsa Sridhar, Shivani Sud, Isha Jain, Vinay Venkatesh Ramasesh, Ashok Chandran and Ayon Sen are named among the 40 finalists for the Intel Science contest. Each finalist gets at least $5,000 in scholarships and a laptop. “A high proportion of Indian American finalists speaks well for the community” said Rick Bates, spokesperson for the organizers. Do you have young genius in your house…

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