Sunday, September 16, 2012


ICC annual awards function was held in Colombo on Saturday to honour the best cricketers of the world in 2011-2012. India's Virat Kohli named the ‘ODI Cricketer of the Year’ for his splendid performance compiling 1,733 runs at an outstanding average of 66.65, including eight centuries and six half-centuries in 31 ODIs with highest score of 183 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara won three awards - the prestigious Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and the People's Choice prize. He had received the People's Choice award last year as well. Sangakkara scored 1,444 runs at an average of 60.16, including five centuries and five half-centuries in 14 test matches. He also played 37 ODIs, scoring 1,457 runs at an average of 42.85, with three centuries and nine half-centuries. He has also effected 42 dismissals in the ODIs.

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine was named as the Emerging Cricketer of the Year. He took 12 Test wickets at an average 31.50 in three Tests, while in the 15 ODIs he played in he claimed 28 wickets at an average of 18.82. South Africa's Richard Levi won the ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year in recognition of his 51-ball 117 not out against New Zealand. India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was included in the team for a fifth year in succession, was named the captain of the team.

Previous winners of Cricketer of the Year award - Rahul Dravid (2004), Andrew Flintoff and Jacques Kallis (joint winners in 2005), Ricky Ponting (2006 and 2007), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (2008), Mitchell Johnson (2009), Sachin Tendulkar (2010) and Jonathan Trott (2011).

Cricketer of the Year: Kumar Sangakkara (SL)
Test Cricketer of the Year: Kumar Sangakkara (SL)
ODI Cricketer of the Year: Virat Kohli (Ind)
T20 International Performance of the Year: Richard Levi (RSA)
Spirit of Cricket Award: Daniel Vettori (NZ)
Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Sunil Narine (WI)
Umpire of the Year: Kumar Dhamasena (SL)
Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor (WI)
Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year: Sarah Taylor (Eng)
Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year: George Dockrell (Ire)

ICC one-day Team of the Year: Gautam Gambhir, Alastair Cook, Kumar Sangakkara, Virat Kohli, M.S. Dhoni (capt. & wk), Michael Clarke, Shahid Afridi, Morne Morkel, Steven Finn, Lasith Malinga and Saeed Ajmal. 12th man: Shane Watson.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Barfi! - Movie Review

If I am asked to describe Anurag Basu’s ‘Barfi’ in a single word ‘Masterpiece’. Storyline - life is about finding happiness in small things rather than in being wasted in lusty pursuits. The acting of Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra leaves the audience speechless. Cinematographer Ravi Varman captures the lovely North Bengal in a splendid way and each frame looks like a beautiful painting.

The movie narrates the story of the character Barfi who has a speech and hearing impairment who lives with his ageing father in Darjeeling of 1970s. Barfi is innocent and simple hearted guy who is more appealing for his cute Chaplin-meets-Mr. Bean acts. Shruti, a typical rich girl who visits Darjeeling loses her heart to him despite the fact that she is engaged to a wealthy man back in Kolkata. After a short romance, she leaves Barfi heartbroken to marry the moneyed man as she chooses money over true love. There comes an autistic Jhilmil Chatterjee belongs to an affluent family in Darjeeling where her sensitive needs were barely cared by her family. Meanwhile Barfi’s father is battling kidney failure and Barfi looks for all ways to get the money for his father’s treatment but in vain. So he decided to kidnap Jhilmil for money with the help of his friend. As story moves on Barfi and Jhilmil realize that they are made for each other to share their lives. On the other hand, , Shruti feels that even after 6 years of marriage still she has strong feelings for Barfi.

Ranbir Kapoor delivers an award-winning performance through the character ‘Barfi’. No doubt Priyanka Chopra who played the role of Jhilmil Chatterjee would be the award winning woman and bollywood newbie South Indian actress Illeana D’Cruz sticks to her character and adds beauty to the magical tale of Barfi. The story moves back and forth from 1978, 1972 and 2012 in an easy-to-follow fashion and the film’s songs are simply touching.

Overall ‘Barfi’ is a classical sculpture and a sweet treat to audience with perfection in casting, acting, comedy, romance, emotions, story, screenplay, cinematography etc. Kudos to the director for his romantic comedy movie with an unforgettable character ‘Barfi’.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Probably Samsung Series 9 notebook is the thinnest of all which would give you a feel of holding a tablet. The laptop has the "aerodynamic" aluminum body unidesign which shows off the precision of their craftsmanship. The 13" Series 9 measures only 12.9 mm (0.5") and weighs just 1.16kg with pixel dimensions of 1600x900. The other standout feature is the SuperBright screen, which works wonderfully well even at the low brightness level.

Price: 1.03 lakh

  • Powered by an Intel i7 CPU, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM ((not upgradeable).
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
  • 1.9 GHz Intel Core i7-3517U, 4 MB CPU Cache, Intel HM75 chipset.
  • 3 Watt stereo speaker (1.5 W x 2), 1.3 mp webcam & internal mic.
  • Dual-channel Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet LAN provided with included dongle.
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000, 256 GB SSD
  • 80-key backlit keyboard, multi-touch track pad
  • 4-cell (44 Wh) battery with claimed backup of 9 hours, 40 Watt AC adaptor.
  • Ports:VGA-Out (through optional adaptor), Micro-HDMI, Headphone \ mic combo, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, SD \ SDHC \ SDXC card slot, DC power input.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Smartphone App to track Battlefield objects

New software has been developed to track the exact location of distant objects and monitor their speed and direction which would be very useful to soldiers in battlefield to better target the location of their enemies. This app provides so many tools in a single, readily available, relatively inexpensive package. With this application if the target size is known, a single image is enough to pinpoint the target's location. If the target size is unknown, the software uses two images to triangulate the location of the target. If the target is moving, with the short video of moving target, this software can calculate the speed and also in what direction target is moving. The improved battery life, camera resolution and GPS accuracy makes the software to provide more accurate observations and also it is more user-friendly. It is not restricted only to soldiers and could be used by everyone. 

How to change ACCESS ID Password

The PeopleSoft access ID is the RDBMS ID with which PeopleSoft applications are ultimately connected to your database after the PeopleSoft system connects using the connect ID and validates the User ID and password. It has all the RDBMS privileges necessary to access and manipulate data for an entire PeopleSoft application. The access ID should have Select, Update, and Delete access. Users do not know their corresponding access IDs. They just sign in with their user IDs and passwords. Behind the scenes, the system signs them into the database using the access ID.

Datamover includes a command called CHANGE_ACCESS_PASSWORD. Purpose - to reset the database password in the PSACCESSPRFL record for the database system user that typically owns the PeopleSoft schema (e.g. SYSADM for Oracle or sa for Microsoft SQL Server). 

The syntax for the command is:

The symbolic ID is the account used by PeopleSoft to link users (operators) to the system account which is stored as ACCESSID in the PSACCESSPRFL record and encrypted. Symbolic ID is present in PSOPRDEFN & PSACCESSPRFL tables.

Additional Info:  Below is the PeopleSoft tables give you releases information.
PSRELEASE       -     PeopleSoft Application Release version
PSSTATUS           -     People Tools Release version
PSLOCK               -     Object version
PS_MAINTENANCE_LOG       -   Application DB version & Bundles / Tax update info.