Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997), born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was an Albanian[2][3] Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship[4] who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India in 1950. For over forty five years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.

By the 1970s she had become internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a documentary, and book, Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India's highest civilian honor, the Bharat Ratna, in 1980 for her humanitarian work. Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counseling programs, orphanages, and schools.

She has been praised by many individuals, governments and organisations; however, she has also faced a diverse range of criticism. These include objections by various individuals, including Christopher Hitchens, Michael Parenti, Aroup Chatterjee, Vishva Hindu Parishad, against the proselytizing focus of her work; this included baptisms of the dying, a strong pro-life stance on abortion and a belief in the spiritual goodness of poverty. Several medical journals also criticised the standard of medical care in her hospices, and concerns were raised about the opaque nature in which donated money was spent.

Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Ajantha Mendis....

Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslo Mendis (born March 11, 1985 in Moratuwa) is a cricketer who plays for the Sri Lankan national cricket team.

Mendis, although classified as slow-medium, bowls a mixture of deliveries, including googlies, off-breaks top-spinners, flippers and leg-breaks, as well as a Carrom Ball, released with a flick of his middle finger. For Sri Lanka Army in 2007-08 he averaged a mere 10.56 and took 46 wickets in six games, his strike rate a startling 31. This gained him a call-up to the full Sri Lanka squad for the Caribbean tour in April 2008.

His best bowling performance in a one-day international came in the final of the 2008 Asia Cup, where he took 6 wickets for 13 runs in just his eighth match. His 17 wickets in the tournament earned him the Man of the Series award.[1]

Mendis made his One Day International debut against the West Indies at Port of Spain in 2008 and took 3 for 39. He also plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

His first Test Match was against India at Colombo on July 23, 2008 in which he returned match figures of 8-132, thereby becoming the first Sri Lankan bowler to get an eight-wicket haul on Test debut.

Ajantha Mendis won the Emerging Player of the Year award at the LG ICC Awards ceremony held in Dubai in September 2008.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


If you gain something from my blog, please click on a Google AD.
Thank you! Visit Again!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Google Chrome- The New Web Browser

One of the problems in other web browsers is they're inherently single-threaded. Google Chrome developers wrote APIs that are asynchronous. They thought about having multiple processes instead of multiple threads, each having its own memory and its own copy of the global data structures. So not like other browsers Chrome has separate processes rendering separate tabs. It eventually makes separate threads as well.
In normal web browsers they only have one process and one address space that we keep loading web pages into. When we have too many tabs open we close some tabs to free up memory. But when time goes on little bits of memory still get used even when the tab gets closed. Which means that we have memory that nothing can refer to again or there’s a piece of de-allocated memory we still have pointers to. If browser wants to open a new tab it can’t fit in the existing space. So browser has to grow its address space. But when a tab is closed in Google Chrome, you’re ending the whole process and all that memory gets reclaimed. If you open a new tab now, you’re starting from scratch.
By experience of using Goggle Chrome I feel that though it is multi process, it takes fairly long time (when we have opened many tabs) to load pages than Mozilla Firefox. I don’t know whether this is correct, but I saw when I opened only one tab, it has made 3 processes(chrome.exe) !!! Something to think !!!!!!!!!!!

Our First Mentoring Session

First meeting

Our Mentor is the Country Manager of Sri Lanka Mr. Sriyan De Silva who was a past pupil of St. Peter’s College; Colombo 4, in my point of view is a very simple person but an anonymous one.

We had our appointment at 8.30 a.m., but we were there at DHPL building, Colombo 2, at about 8 a.m. Microsoft Sri Lanka is located in 11th floor. We were asked to wait at reception until Mr.Sriyan comes. It was a pleasant environment though not that awesome. His Secretary arranged some tea for us and invited us to take seats in a Board Room. He was there at the room on time. We haven’t seen him before; he entered room by telling “Good Morning Guys...”. He had two files which I think given by our department, with him. He greeted five of us by telling his name. He first asked us “How many sessions am I supposed to do with you?”, we answered 12 sessions. Then he told “What 12 no way!!!, I’ll do probably 8 sessions, 2 hours per each session. Otherwise it doesn’t worth you to come such distance and have a session of 1hour. It’s wasting of my time too, because my time is very expensive”. This shows that how well he manage time. Next he told each one of us to give a self introduction. While we were introducing our selves he wrote down some things on a paper. After listened to us he asked a question which we never expect. “Why people so worrying when they asked to introduce themselves?” I think that each one of you must think about.

After a discussion about above topic he gave us 10 minutes to think about ourselves and to deliver another self introduction. After listened to our speeches he introduced himself to us. It was a nice story. He was the Head Prefect in school time and was captained the College Basket ball team & Badminton team. He was appointed as the President of Commerce Society too. He was a very bright student. He did his A/L’s in Commerce stream and obtained Island First. Then he was selected to the University of Sri Jayewardenepura as an undergraduate. He did CIMA while he was in University. He participated in many youth societies actively. He earned money for his expenses by playing as a keyboardist of a band performed by some friends of him. He passed out from University with the Gold Medal for the best undergraduate, after 6 years, due to the bad condition in country at that time. Though he had the chance to join a managerial level job, he joined Nestle as a Sales rep as he stated simply because he wanted to get some experience in the field of Sales. He was really UNBELIEVABLE!!!! ISN’T HE???

Next he asked us about our expectations from this mentoring programme.

Finally he told that he’ll arrange next session on interviews. We finished our first meeting at about 10.30 a.m.