Blogosphere threatened by Google downtime
May 16th, 2007
Google's Blogger.com has been offline this year more than any of the other top 10 most popular websites. As of May 15, the Google's Blogger.com was down for around 21 hours and 11 mins, nearly a day. The detailed report of uptime and downtime is accessible through pingdom website. In the given below table you can see how much the websites’ downtime has increased since April 2. The downtime is measured through GIGRIB(Green is good, Red is Bad).  Pingdom GIGRIB is a unique, distributed website monitoring service. GIGRIB users can add websites they want monitored, and in return their computers become a part of the GIGRIB monitoring network. Alexa Rank Site Downtime Increase ...

 

Taj Mahal getting a facelift
May 16th, 2007
I knew this! I have always given beauty tips and maintained that they will give you the results. Getting famous with my beauty tips, people from Parliament came to see me, asking for help to give a facelift to “Taj Mahal”. 17th Century marble mausoleum, built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz is turning yellow. Air pollution monitoring and curbs on nearby industrial activity have failed to prevent India’s famed monument to love, the TajMahal.Ten years ago Delhi Supreme Court imposed a ban on motor vehicles in the vicinity of the marble monument and ordered regular monitoring of the air quality around the monument. Vehicles cannot drive within 1.5 miles (2km) of the site and ...

 

Lovely song from Huntrez – “Releh”
May 15th, 2007
This is one of my favourite songs and I want to share it with everybody. There is nothing so special in it but I don’t know why I love it. The lyrics are every catchy and once you hear it, you are bond to hum it all day. It’s very interesting the way “Rehle” is pronounced “Releh” in the song. The singer “Huntrez” who is also dancing in the video is looking very funny. The whole video is funny and sexy, especially when girls slap their bum. So have fun….

 

Google again…
May 15th, 2007
I have love and hate kind of relationship with Google. Few days back I email Google to know that if I can use my domain “Dontbegoogle.com” just for fun stuff and purely to write positive things about Google, but they refused and I was denied to use that domain. I mean they didn’t say that I can’t use it, but they said that I cannot put Google adsense on it. I know if I use that domain and put some other adsense on it, still one day I will receive notice from Google to bring down my website, b’coz I’ll be using their brand. So I have dropped the idea of using domain my “Dontbegoogle.com.” I like the way Google keeps changing its ...

 

Warne, Lara, McGrath, Inzamam sign up Indian Cricket League(ICL)
May 13th, 2007
The cricket series, Indian Cricket League (ICL) was announced in April by Subash Chandra, Essel Group - the owner of Zee TV who will broadcast the tournament.The inaugural tournament, featuring a series of big name stars at the end of their careers in the first class game, will start shortly after the first-ever ICC Twenty20 World Championship, taking place in South Africa in September. According the latest issue of Spin magazine, Shane Warne and Brian Lara have signed up for the breakway Twenty20 compeition (ICL) taking place in India this october and are joined by Inzamam-ul Haq and Shane Warne with many more big names to follow. Zee have their eye on a series of other Legends who have been recently retired or are on the ...

 

Mandira Bedi & her Saree
May 13th, 2007
I wonder what level one can go to get attention or to be in limelight. Flop actress and cricket commentator Mandira Bedi, while hosting a show on Set Max channel during the final of the World Cup Saturday, wore a sari that had the national flags of 16 participating countries printed on it. India's flag, however, found place near her knees, which allegedly violates the Flag Code. The controversial sari was designed for Mandira by Satya Paul especially for coverage of the World Cup. "I reckon if Satya Paul had taken some more pain in designing the saree, the Indian flag would have found top place on the saree." Gyan Prakash Kamra, a Jaipur resident, has accused Mandira of disrespecting the tricolour ...

 

Mango and Banana Milk Shake with Mixed Fruits
May 13th, 2007
1 small ripe mango2 medium bananas4 cups milk, chilled2 tablespoons honey8 grapes, quartered1/4 cup pomegranate pearls Peel and chop bananas and mango.  Put these pieces in a smoothie maker.Add half the chilled skimmed milk and blend.Add honey and the remaining milk and blend again.Add ice and blend till it gets crushed.Place the grapes in stemmed glasses and pour the milk shake over.Sprinkle the pomegranate pearls and serve immediately.

 

Egg white omelette
May 13th, 2007
8 eggs8 tablespoons oil2 small onions, chopped8 medium fresh button mushrooms, chopped1 small green capsicum, seeded and choppedSalt to tasteWhite pepper powder to tasteFor one portion: Break two eggs and separate the yolks from the whites.Heat one tablespoon oil in a large shallow pan.  Add one fourth the onions, one fourth the mushrooms and one fourth the capsicum and sauté. Take the egg whites in a bowl, add salt to taste and whisk.Add this to the pan and stir till the eggs set. Sprinkle a pinch of white pepper powder.Drizzle some oil along the sides and flip to turn the omelette. Cook on the other side too.Serve immediately. Make the other omelettes in the same way.

 

Pasta with Red Pepper Sauce
May 11th, 2007
1 cup fusilli pasta in different colours1 medium red capsicum, halved and seeded  1 medium carrot, thinly sliced  1 medium onion, sliced 4 tablespoons olive oil4-5 cloves garlic, chopped1/2 cup tomato pureeSalt to taste1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder1/4 cup fresh cream1/2 teaspoon dried basil2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsleyPreheat oven to 180°C. Cut red capsicum into one inch sized pieces. Put red capsicum, carrot and onion on a tray and sprinkle one tablespoon of olive oil and cook in the oven at 180°C for 10 minutes.Boil sufficient water in a deep pan with salt. Add one tablespoon of oil and cook different coloured fusilli pasta in it till al dente. Drain and refresh in cold water. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and mix.Remove the vegetables ...

 

Celestial Vegetable Soup
May 11th, 2007
1 medium green capsicum, seeded and diced 8-10 fresh button mushrooms, quartered 1 medium carrot, 1 cm cubes 1/2 cup green peas2 tablespoons sweet corn niblets1 tablespoon oil3 cups vegetable stockSalt to tasteA pinch of sugar 1 whole dry red chilli, crushed2 tablespoons cornflour Method:Heat oil, add green capsicum and mushrooms and cook for two to three minutes on high heat. Add warm vegetable stock along with carrot, green peas and sweet corn niblets. Bring to a boil. Add salt to taste, sugar and crushed red chilli. Add cornflour blended in quarter cup of water, stirring continuously. Cook on high heat for one minute. Serve piping hot.

 

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