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May 14, 2008 at 10:15 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Gandhi’s 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World

May 14, 2008 at 6:22 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
“Mahatma Gandhi needs no long introduction. Everyone knows about the man who lead the Indian people to independence from British rule in 1947.”
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1. Change yourself.

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

2. You are in control.

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

3. Forgive and let it go.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

4. Without action you aren’t going anywhere.

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”

5. Take care of this moment.

“I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present.

6. Everyone is human.

“I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.”

7. Persist.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

8. See the good in people and help them.

I look only to the good qualities of men.

9. Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

10. Continue to grow and evolve.

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We’ve All Got To Sacrifice

May 14, 2008 at 6:18 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Allen: “Mr. President, you haven’t been golfing in recent years. Is that related to Iraq?”

Bush: “Yes, it really is. I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be as — to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

Canada to formally apologise to Indians for 1914 brutality

May 14, 2008 at 6:07 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Canada will formally apologise to the Indians here for the Komagata Maru tragedy of 1914 and acknowledge the hurt caused to the community
The Komagata Maru ship brought 376 Indians to Canada in 1914 in violation of the racist immigration laws of that time. But it was not allowed to anchor here and forcibly sent back to India after two months. On return to India, many passengers were shot dead by British Indian police in Calcutta, now Kolkata
Making this commitment to the Indo-Canadian community at a gathering in Surrey near here on Saturday, Jason Kenney, secretary of state for multiculturalism and Canadian identity, said the government would soon tender a formal apology on the issue in the nation’s parliament
He also hinted that his government will work with provincial (state) governments to have a Komagata chapter in school textbooks
The current Tory government set in motion the apology process soon after taking over in 2006

Get Vista’s Best Features in XP

May 14, 2008 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Lifehacker covers Vista’s small and large features missing from XP, separates them into three categories: applications, functional, and aesthetic (e.g., transparency is aesthetic, the new start menu search is functional). This list is not exhaustive, but it does cover the features readers feel make Vista worth it.
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Despite the fact that most of you prefer XP to Vista and would rather Microsoft extended XP’s shelf-life, several new and improved features available in Vista would be great to have in XP.
A Better Explorer:
Xplorer2 (original post)
QT TabBar (original post)
Explorer Breadcrumbs (original post)

Encrypt Your Hard Drive:
TrueCrypt (original post)
guide to encrypting data with TrueCrypt

Take Quick and Easy Screenshots:
Screenshot Captor (original post)
Clip2Net (original post)
Jing (original post)

Task-Switching la Flip 3D:
Shock Aero 3D (original post)

Integrated Start Menu Search and Launch:
Start Menu
Google Desktop Search

Replace the Windows Sidebar:
Google Desktop Sidebar
Live Thumbnail Previews of Files:
Xentient Thumbnails
InfoTag Magic

Streamline Your File Renaming:
Better Rename

Taskbar Window Previews:
Visual Tooltip

Give XP that Vista Look
Vista Transformation Pack
Uxtheme Patcher

Speed Up Your System with a Thumb Drive:
Windows ReadyBoost


Free Music: 22 Websites to Get the Music You Love

May 14, 2008 at 5:53 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
(thanks Mr. B)
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a mp3 search engine
a quick way to tell your friends what song you’re into
Critical Metrics
a database of highly recommended songs
offers, free of charge and legally, all kinds of music
Free Albums Galore
a full-album “mp3 blog”
Free Music Zilla
a tool specialized for social music downloading
GrooveShark Lite
find and listen to any song
Hype Machine
tracks avariety of MP3 blogs
a wide range of media
Internet Audio Archive
over a hundred thousand free digital recordings
create a custom radio station
the most popular custom radio site
choose which songs to play based on things like mood, genre
Music Search Online
mp3 search
create and share mp3 mixtapes
great for finding new music
media search engine
over 700,000 songs for you to download
for locating mp3 files
a custom radio station site
simplified interface for the SeeqPod music search engine
a music search engine with the ability to create playlists

What Happened to the American Spirit?

May 14, 2008 at 5:47 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

More importantly, the economic evolution of places such as China and the Gulf states of the Middle East is intimately tied to something so simple and so essential that it is easily overlooked: the belief that they can achieve anything.

That used to be the defining feature of this country, one that peoples throughout the world marveled at and envied.

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[Who Stole the American Spirit?]

Today, the economy and the American political system are seen in almost entirely negative terms, and in need of drastic reform. Perhaps it is a strength to be able to be so self-critical. But there is a fine line between self-criticism and self-excoriation.

This isn’t a Democrat-Republican divide. Ignoring problems is just as much of a liability as overstating them. But our deep pessimism and fear places us at serious disadvantage globally.

There is no denying that the current financial morass is deep and painful. But taking the long view, there is something both startling and disturbing about the gloom that has settled over Wall Street and the country in general. In fact, looking back over the past century, it would be a stretch to rank the current problems as especially notable or dramatic. Something else is going on – namely a cultural rut of pessimism that is draining our collective energy, blinding us to possibilities, and eroding our position in the world.

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