Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar retires from ODIs

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has announced retirement from ODI format today bringing an end to a glorious 23-year-old career in the format. "I have decided to retire from the One-Day format of the game. I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team. The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest," the 39-year-old said in a statement released by the BCCI today. He also added that he would like to wish the team all the very best for the future and he is eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years.

After World Cup Victory

Tendulkar, considered the most complete batsman in modern cricket and one who was considered next only to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman. He retires with amassing 18,426 runs in 463 one-dayers at an average of 44.83 with 49 hundreds in the format, including a double hundred - the first in this form of the game. He is highest run getter in this format of game. Ricky Ponting stands second highest run getter and Sanath Jayasuriya stands third in this format. Besides his batting, Tendulkar was an effective bowler and finishes his ODI career with 154 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls.

Sachin's 1st Run in ODI

Tendulkar made his ODI debut against Pakistan way back in 1989 and interestingly he is quitting the scene just ahead of another series against the arch-rivals. Going forward Sachin will now remain active in only the Test arena. The brightest moment of his ODI career came last year when he finally became part of a World Cup winning Indian team after five previous appearances.

The Australian government on Tuesday awarded Tendulkar the prestigious Order Of Australia (OOA). He became the third Indian after Mother Teresa (1982) and Soli Sorabjee (2006) and fourth non-Australian cricketer after West Indian greats Clive Lloyd (1985) and Garfield Sobers (2003), Brian Lara (2009) to get the honour.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Enjoy 10GB attachment in Gmail

Its happy news for Gmail users who were facing difficulties in sending a file of size more than 25MB as an attachment through mail. Now you can send even a movie in your mail to anyone. Surprised! Google has announced to integrate Google Drive into Gmail, so that users can be able to insert files from Drive directly into an email without leaving their Gmail. Now you can send files up to 10GB, which is 400 times larger than what you are capable of now. Since the user is sending a file stored in the cloud, all recipients can access the same.

Monday, November 19, 2012

How to change display name in Outlook 2007

If your e-mail recipients see only part of your name, but you want them to see your full name, you can easily make the change in name which you preferred. The display (below screenshot) may show only part of your name which was entered when you first set up your e-mail account.

To display your full name, edit your name in Account Settings.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.
  2. On the E-mail tab, select your Internet service provider (ISP) account, and then click Change.
  3. Under User Information, in the Your Name box, type your name the way you want it to appear to people who receive e-mail messages from you. 
  1. Click Next, and then click Finish.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Trace Magic

Here is a tool (TraceMagic) I have come across recently which would be helpful for PeopleSoft admin as well as the developers. TraceMagic is designed primarily to address the difficulty in working with tracesql files when attempting to determine which SQL statement(s), and or People Code programs are causing performance problems. It helps the user to quickly isolate performance bottlenecks in SQL Statements and/or PeopleCode functions by turning the text-based, time-ordered tracesql file into a sortable-grid display.

The size of TraceMagic Installer would be in terms of Kilobytes and the installation part is very simple.  A double-click on setup.exe icon will take care of whole setup. Once the program starts, select the toolbar button "open folder" and browse your computer for a *.tracesql file, then you can view the data in a series of sortable grids. The ‘Statistics’ option will give you a clear picture about the event durations and the kind of DML statements involved. Getting the distinct tables involved in the whole transaction/navigation is possible with this tool.

In session level tracing, while other trace flags settings will work with this tool, it is highly recommended that the flags set during the creation of the tracesql file be those six checked settings shown below. The two additional items that are checked and highlighted are optional.  

Like other utilities, TraceMagic too has certain requirements and restrictions. It requires Microsoft .net Framework Version 4 and is compatible with Windows XP (32-bit) and later releases. It may not function perfectly when multi-line entries are present in a tracesql file. Large tracesql files can severely reduce the performance of TraceMagic, and in cases when file size is near available RAM, it may quit without any warning (crash). Hope this article can save you some time for tea break.

Friday, October 19, 2012


Saif - Bebo Glittering
Saifeena @ Sangeet Ceremony
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Saif-Kareena's Sangeet ceremony


Ibrahim Ali Khan - Saif's Son
Sara Ali Khan - Saif's Daughter
Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu

Karisma Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor
Preity Zinta - Karan Johar - Sonam Kapoor

Rishi Kapoor

Monday, October 15, 2012


English Vinglish truly marks the rebirth of a star 'Sridevi' who has returned to film industry after 15 years at the age of 49. In her heydays of the eighties she ruled Bollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood  often driving films to blockbuster status without bothering who the hero was. The movie has been directed by Debutant writer-filmmaker Gauri Shinde.


The movie is about the story of Sashi (Sridevi), a middle-aged Maharashtrian housewife who earns her own money by making sumptuous ladoos and selling them to the experts. Sashi is ridiculed for their poor linguistic skills by their English speaking family. Sashi finds herself as an object of potshots by her husband (Adil Hussain), who has little respect for her real talent and her 7th grade daughter who feels ashamed to even introduce her mother to her school folks. Sashi flies off to New York to lend a helping hand at her niece’s wedding where she smartly grabs the opportunity to enroll herself into English speaking classes. In no time, Sashi becomes the most committed student in her class and starts watching English movies to improve her English reading and writing skills. She does everything more significantly to earn respect that she duly deserves from her family. In her pursuit of literature, she finds her classmate, a Frenchman (Mehdi Nebbou) getting attracted to her plain simple personality. Despite several barriers, Sashi manages to achieve her goal.

Sridevi is so charming and hats off to her for the awesome performance. She has not acted but lived as Sashi with the right portions of susceptibility, control, and quiet strength, delivering a performance that is nothing short of perfect. With the meaty role in ‘English Vinglish’ after 15 years, post watching the film, I have just one word for the actress - FLAWLESS! 

‘English Vinglish’  film is a poignant dollop. No doubt, the film leaves you with a big smile on your face. There's also a delightful cameo by Amitabh Bachchan for Hindi and by Ajit Kumar for South Indian languages. Both the actors are good at stealing the scene with flawless comic timing. Overall, ‘English Vinglish’ is a complete family entertainer and worth every penny! Yes, Sridevi is back!

Monday, October 8, 2012


West Indies sealed the ICC World Twenty20 crown with a comfortable 36-run victory in the final match against Sri Lanka. It the West Indies' first world title after a gap of 33 years having won the ODI World Cup back in 1979. Batting first in front a 35,000 enthusiastic crowd, Caribbeans scored only 32 runs off the first 10 overs. With the powerful hitter Gayle in opening position, the powerplay yielded only 14 runs for West Indies due to brilliant effort by Sri Lanka’s unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis who grabbed four wickets for 12 runs. Samuels played one of the most memorable innings under pressure with a heroic 78 off 56 balls to steer West Indies to 137 for six. He hits 6 sixes off T20 specialist Lasith Malinga's bowling where almost every other batsman struggled. With the strong batting lineup, it was not a difficult score to chase but still they lost the match by 36 runs as they were bundled out for 101 runs. For Sri Lanka and Mahela Jayawardene, it was another case of 'so-near-yet-so-far' having now lost four World Cup finals (two 50 overs and two T20s) across two categories. A sense of sadness surely spread from Colombo throughout Sri Lanka on Sunday night. Mahela Jayawardene stepped down as T20 captain after the final.

Gayle and his teammates bring such uncontrolled happiness to the sport with the way the celebrated after winning the world cup. An ecstatic West Indies team did the 'Gangnam Style' dance after defeating Sri Lanka. Accidently it was birthday boy Dwayne Bravo who prompted the celebrations after catching Lasith Malinga on the boundary to end the Sri Lankan innings. He was joined by his teammates and coaching staff, sprinting onto the pitch from the sidelines, for celebrations that would go into the next day and no doubt beyond.This is a team that loves to have fun almost as much as it loves to play cricket. There’s always a smile on the faces of the West Indies players with the team full of wonderful people like Chris Gayle, the man who adopted the global hit  “Gangnam-style” dance from South Korean rapper Psy – throughout this tournament.

Man of the Match – Marlon Samuels

Man of the Tournament - Shane Watson

Spectators Pick XI - Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan, Michael Hussey, Brendon Mcullum (wk), Mitchell Starc, Raza Hasan, Saeed Ajmal, Lasith Malinga. 

Flop XI - Richard Levi, Gautam Gambhir, Hashim Amla, Jonny Bairstow, Kamran Akmal, Kieron Pollard, Shahid Afridi, Andre Russel, Umar Gul, Tim Southee, Brad Hogg, Albie Morkel.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


There are a certain things that you probably never knew what your mobile phone could do in times of emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival.

Emergency #
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network and you can dial 112 in case of emergency; the mobile will search any existing network to establish the connection for you and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked.

Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy when you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone. Your car door will get unlocked. Distance doesn’t matter at all.

Hidden Battery Power
If your mobile battery is very low, press the keys *3370# to activate hidden Battery Power. Your mobile will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your mobile next time.

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone
To check your mobile phone's serial number, type the following digits on your phone!: * # 0 6 #, a 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone gets stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.