Mission “Image Processing”.

Hello Folks,

This holiday reminded my old days when I was crazy about Photoshop and spent much of my free time in practicing Photoshop affects. Now that Photoshop had become one of my necessary softwares to edit the pictures from my cam. A plan had been put up to purchase a new version of CS4 PS, but still negotiating as it is too costly.

Last two days were pretty boring and so I spent most of my time on Web. I was reading too many blogs, especially the controversial series by Chetan Bhagat regarding the latest Bollywood movie 3-idiots.  It was surprising to see Aamir acting little rude (in his words) in the press meet. I’ve never seen him over reacting before the media. On the other hand, I see that all the points raised by Chetan were valid and reasonable. Lets wait and see where this issue ends.

Apart of reading, I was also doing much of photoshop and going through different tutorials on the net. One that impressed me is a blog by Michael Rather. This blog has lot may useful video tutorials which you might want to try. I have seen many tutorials on web which seem very easy while watching but not while implementing. Unlike this, Michael’s tutorials were simple, understandable, and doable.

With time passing on, the technology kept on increasing, things becoming more sophisticated and advanced. When I started getting to know about photoshop (Way back in my college days), I just know it as a tool used by digital photographers and is developed based on Digital Image Processing (My Favorite subject in Engineering). But now, It had advanced way ahead in its abilities. I saw photoshop moving its way from PS 6.0 to CS1 to CS2 to CS3 and finally to CS4. People are now talking about HD Image processing by which an image can have a dazzling dreamy look. Having technology, running like a High-way express, I feel that I am still crawling way behind, like a small tiny snail. I am sure, by the time I get to know what is HD Image Processing, there will be a completely new kind of image processing.

So My dear friends, Don’t crawl like me. Be fast in getting to know ongoing things that suits your interest and get carried away by them. 🙂

Following is the result of one of those Photoshop experiments I did.

Original Photo Taken With My Cam

After Editing

Happy New Year Again. Take Care.

Durga Prasad

Mood: Sitting Very lazy. Searching for new music on internet. Waiting to go out to have a delicious food. Deceived by a Pizza Hut delivery Guy 😦 (which was ordered 4Hr’s back).

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In search of a root tip of “corruption”.

Hello Dear Readers,

Today I was recalling one of the discussions that I had with the son(Rahul) of a very famous general stores in my home town. This is a very busy store which always has at least 20-30 customers standing in line to get the stuff from the shopkeeper. 

The discussion was basically about the corruption. Well… I mean, the shopkeeper not giving the bills to the customers, thereby not paying the tax to government (Which he is suppose to pay). The shopkeepers son is a  B.Tech Graduate from a famous college in AP. He was asking me the details of a software that he can buy for the use in his shop to minimize the paper work that they are doing currently. Currently, there is no automatic billing system and they give the handwritten bills to the customers which are not accountable and so the money going in to the Black Account.

The discussion went as below.  (Being a techie software professional, I started with first step in SDLC.)

Me: So… What kind of software you are looking for and what are your requirements ?

Rahul: Well…! Not much expensive. It should just be replacing the manual work which we are doing in our shop.

Me:So…. You are gonna give computerized bills to the customers is it ? Does that mean you are staring to pay the tax correctly.

Rahul:Excuse me !!! That’s not possible.  (Hesitated to speak much here).

Me: Sorry….! I didn’t get you. (Trying to be smart to get more info).

Rahul: Well..! Frankly, My intention of this software is not to pay taxes, but just to remove one more worker from my shop (who is working on accounting now), and get more profit thereby.

Me:(Smiling) Ok Ok. I know this is all very common everywhere. But can I ask you one realistic question? (Discussion slowly deviating from Software to corruption).

Rahul: Why not ? Go ahead.

Me: Why don’t you start paying the tax correctly to Government ? What is dragging you back from paying it ?

Rahul: (With a smile and a hesitation on his face). Well..! The answer is the Profit. 🙂

And yes ! We can really start paying the tax to the Govt. But, let me explain this to you with a simple example. 

We get a load of 20 Boxes (Each Box contains 100 pieces) of XYZ detergent soap 20 times a month. XYZ is the fastest selling detergent and most of the supplies in our home town goes from our shop as it is 50 PS less than all other shops. But, XYZ gives the bill only once (for 20 Boxes) in three months.

Suppose if we have to start paying tax, We have to ask all our suppliers to do the same. This is not so easy as they are all the big heads under the shadows of political cover.

Moreover, If I pay tax, I should defnitely increase the rates of all the items accordingly. At the same time, the customers will be reduced because of the increase in rates.

If I still have to over come this, I have ask all my co-shoppers to start paying tax as well. For which they will say “Get Lost”.

On top of all this, Paying tax will not let me get rid of paying the monthly bribe to the local tax officer.

So, now you tell me..?? Should I pay tax or not?

Me: —————– (JUST A BLANK FACE)——————–

 

So, Folks………. Think about this. Where is the root of this problem ? Where can I start, If i have to eradicate corruption ?  Can I be safe/successful in doing this?

I don’t have any answer for all the above questions. Do you ?

If you have have any ideas, Do let me know by commenting on this post.

Regards,

Mood: Very serious – Thinking Deep about corruption

Durga Prasad

Those Who influenced me – Part 2

Hi All,

I know, I would have written this post long back. But, time didn’t permitted me from last few weeks because of my work. This weekend I spent lot of time reading blogs and watching movies.

Here we go….. with the continuation of my previous post “Those who influenced me”.

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie:

I (may be every one) Know Angelina as a world’s sexiest celebrity. And Brad as her husband, the hero of some of the hit movies of Hollywood.  And this couple, I know them as  the hottest couple of Hollywood.  I never realized that there could be a such a good background for a this couple.

As a team, actors Brad Pitt, 44, and Angelina Jolie, 32, have served as our goodwill ambassadors worldwide. They brought help to Pakistan in 2005, after a catastrophic earthquake killed tens of thousands of people and left millions homeless. They have tended to the poor and sick in Africa. And they’ve raised global awareness—and contributed $1 million of their own money—for the victims of atrocities in Darfur. Brad co-founded Not on Our Watch, an organization set up to focus global attention on Darfur and other hot spots.

In the U.S., Brad and Angelina didn’t just talk about, or even just throw money at, the tragic fallout from Hurricane Katrina. They actually moved to New Orleans and have set about trying to make right what so many have made wrong. Brad established a project to finance and build 150 new homes in the Ninth Ward.

Angelina has worked tirelessly through the United Nations on behalf of refugees around the world, touring border camps in Africa, Asia and Latin America and lobbying on Capitol Hill. The couple cares for three adopted children, from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam, in addition to their biological daughter.

Oscar Pistorious:

Some time back, I got a forward email to my office id. That mail was very inspirational and I there was also a picture of a George W Bush jogging with a guy who has both of this legs disabled. Initially i thought that it is some kind of photoshop trick (which i always experiment on) and left it unread.

But, after reading about Oscar Pistorious, 21, I could recall the mail which I read long time back. I promise you…..He is not a normal guy. He has got lot of determination and confidence  about his decision and yes. He made a difference.

After reading the following two paragraphs you will say….

“Disability, is no more a barrier to achieve the heights of success in your life”.

When Oscar Pistorius’ lower legs were amputated at age 1, few would have banked on this South African challenging world-class sprinters. At 20, when he began to close in on an Olympic-qualifying time for the 400 m, experts posited that his times were so good, he must have been getting an un-fair advantage from his bladelike prosthetics. When he set his sights on the Olympic Games in Beijing, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ruled he couldn’t compete against able-bodied athletes. An IAAF-initiated study found that more energy is returned to Pistorius’ upper legs from his blades than from ankles and calf muscles and that he uses less oxygen.

Pistorius, 21, is appealing, on the basis of studies with differing results. It was only recently that living with prosthetic legs was seen as a huge impediment, but he has turned this perception upside down. He’s on the cusp of a paradigm shift in which disability becomes ability, disadvantage becomes advantage. Yet we mustn’t lose sight of what makes an athlete great. It’s too easy to credit Pistorius’ success to technology. Through birth or circumstance, some are given certain gifts, but it’s what one does with those gifts, the hours devoted to training, the desire to be the best, that is at the true heart of a champion.

Erik Weihenmayer:

Even though he is not one of “Time 100 2008”, I just couldn’t shut my mouth speakning about this guys I would like to change the phrase that I have mentioned in my previous post. Here it goes.

“Disability, is no more a barrier to reach the Pinnacle of success”.

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And for Erik, that pinnacle is Mount Everest. Can you believe that a blind person was able to climb the world’s highest mountain?  Yeah…Eric did it. https://i0.wp.com/www.loc.gov/bookfest/2002/bioimages/weihenmayer.jpg

Eric Weihenmayer, 33, is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He also completed the seven summits in september 2002. His complete story was covered in the Time Article titled Blind to Failure.

Eric Says …….

When I was learning how to climb mountains as a blind person, I had a lot of encouragement from experts. But after I summited Mount Everest, these people weren’t ready to accept what I had done at face value. Some said I must have cheated; one even claimed I had an unfair advantage: “I’d climb Mount Everest too if I couldn’t see how far I had to fall.”

Its time to go to sleep……Time is 2.18 AM (very late in the night).

I may have to realease Part 3 of this series..

Untill then,

Cheers,

Durga Prasad.

Those who influenced me – Part 1

Hello Guys,

As promised in my previous post, I am back with an interesting post. This post is about few personalities in this world that influenced millions of people like me. The source of this post will be TIME 100 Influential people of 2008. Reading the TIME Magazine has become by favorite part time of recent days and I am almost addicted to this magazine. For those who are already the frequent readers of TIME magazine, please treat this as my running notes for a session on TIME 100 of 2008.

When I just had a glance at the 100 people that are listed in this magazine, I realize that i knew very few of them. I really felt ashamed that I didn’t know much about these great people. I will talk about few people whose life and achievements are really awesome and impressed me a lot.

Dalai Lama:

Dalai Lama, 72 of tibet is known for this non-violent fight against china to free the TIBET from their hand. He is the one who is following the Gandhian path to get this done.

China’s rulers aren’t like the British masters of colonial India, and the Dalai Lama’s Gandhiesque nonviolent struggle won’t give them twinges of conscience, leading to Tibet’s freedom. If anything, Beijing has grown more ruthless in suppressing Tibetan aspirations, as we’ve seen this Olympic year. And yet he has found a way to think kindly of those who oppress his people and vilify his name. I found him unwilling to show any harshness.

He said , “I don’t dislike the Chinese, only their actions”.

This one sentence shows his kindness to this world and that has created in me a lot of respect towards him.

Barak Obama:

Heard a lot of this guy in the recent times as he was one of the persons, who was running as a Presidential candidate along with Hillay Clinton. Also as per The Nostradamus Code, this is guy is going to rule U.S.A and will also be a key for the initiation of World war III.

Barack, 46, has already changed American politics. We often hear about the size of the crowds he attracts, as a measure of the excitement about his candidacy. It’s the variety of the crowd that is the real phenomenon: little kids who sit on the floor in front of the podium, and the 101-year-old gentleman who stood up from his wheelchair in Iowa and said, “I’m with him too.” Farmers in overalls next to people in business suits. Every race, religion and creed. Every political party and no party at all.

You can feel their excitement about being in Barack’s presence—and about being in the presence of one another. They glimpse for a minute what it might be like to find common cause across differences. That’s how Barack has changed politics.

He also was the author of many best selling books of America. Check out this link for all of his books.

Hillary Clinton:

I know Hillary as just another Presidential candidate running in competition to Obama. Other than that I don’t know much about her except some news regarding U.S election which I rarely watch in the television. But there is alot to know about this Presidential lady.

She really has done a lot to the U.S’s children. Rob Reiner, a noted political activist, anchor, director and producer, says

There is no more courageous, passionate and committed fighter for our nation’s children.

Hillary, 60, has worked her whole life to improve the lives of America’s children. She knows that through quality health care and a strong education system America’s children will be prepared to succeed in tomorrow’s jobs.

Jacob Zuma:

Jacob Zuma, the president of African national congress, and Thabo Mbeki were once friends and allies, but they fell out around 2002, allegedly because Mbeki, South Africa’s inscrutable President, suspected that Zuma was plotting to replace him.

The power struggle that ensued was a peculiar affair, its very existence denied by the ruling African National Congress (ANC). When Zuma was dismissed from the deputy presidency and later charged with corruption and rape, his followers were convinced that their man was the victim of an Mbeki-inspired vendetta. (He was acquitted of the rape charges; the corruption charges are still being investigated.)

The controversies didn’t hurt Zuma, 66, an unabashed populist who revels in traditional African polygamy—he has several wives—and whose massive rallies feature the Zulu anthem Bring Me My Machine Gun. His pro-poor rhetoric resonates with many ordinary South Africans who have not benefited from Mbeki’s business-friendly policies. That explains how he easily trounced Mbeki in an internal vote last fall to become the ANC’s chairman, a victory that has put him on track to win South Africa’s presidency next year. Many party elders are horrified that such a man should step into shoes once occupied by Nelson Mandela, but they can’t deny that he has achieved an African rarity: the peaceful overthrow of a powerful incumbent.

Sonia Gandhi:

When I first had a look at the front page of TIME 100, I was very curious to search for an Indian (I am very patriotic by the way) in the list of 100. To my luck, I was able to find few in that list.

Sonia Gandhi, 61, President of Indian national congress is one of them. I never expected that an italian lady can take the Indian politics in to her hand and drive it to the heights of success.

Sonia Gandhi came to India with his husband Rajiv Gandhi (Late), dynamic and very successful Politician of India. The couple has enjoyed their years of bliss, until the prince is obliged, in painful circumstances, to take over the kingdom and discovers the harsh realities of ruling a turbulent realm, culminating in the unspeakable tragedy of his murder.The queen retreats into silence and mourning until the insistent supplications of her courtiers compel her to emerge and once again take the destiny of the kingdom into her hands.

For the queen, offered the crown on a brocade cushion, turns it down. She prefers to remain behind the throne, walking with the peasantry, rallying the people but leaving power in the hands of her gray-haired viziers. She was always behind the scenes acting as a president of Indian National Congress, and was taking part in making the crucial decisions about the country. The story of Sonia Gandhi, 61, is remarkable at every level, and the fairy-tale metaphor barely begins to scratch the surface of its extraordinariness.

To be continued…..in my Part 2,

Durga Prasad

“Shahrukh is licking my feet” – Aamir Khan.

Blogging, has become a popular/efficient channel for the Big Heads to comment on each other. I came across a recent video in YouTube (Click Here), which made me search for Aamir’s blog. This Video from the Zoom television focuses on Aamir’s comment in his blog about King Khan.

The following are the actual lines of text from the Aamir’s personal blog.

“I’m sitting under a tree, on the edge of a valley, approximately 5000 feet above sea level. The river Krishna flows far below us snaking its way among the Sahyadri mountains. A cool breeze is blowing, jannat ki hawa (breeze from the heavens), as my mother calls it. Ammi, Ira and Junaid are by my side and we are in the middle of one of our favourite board games ‘Settlers Of Catan’. Shahrukh is licking my feet and I am feeding him biscuits every now and then. What more can I ask for?”

I was shocked to look at the bolded sentence above. For one sec I was very upset and then continued to read the complete post. In the later part of the post Aamir made it very clear that Shahrukh is his dog’s name and he also explained about his relation with shahrukh. But, if you look at this from the bird eye view of Indian Media, here goes the report….

Bird Eye view:

The telecast started with the old blogging controversy between Amitabh and Aamir. Sometime back, when KingKhan signed for KBKP Part 2, Amitabh has written in his blog questioning about King-Khan’s ability and efficiency to conduct this TV Show. And now Aamir khan has joined his hand’s with Big B writing one more controversial double edged statement in his blog (Comparing King-khan with a dog). Weather or not it is their real intension to comment on King-khan, media is intelligent enough to take it in a way that it gets more publicity.

My View:

Being a fan of Aamir and King Khan, I had to look at Aamir’s blog to check out the actual content over there. The post with the title Settlers Of Panchgani doesn’t talk anything about King-khan. Aamir is just talking about his dog and some thing else. There is absolutely NOTHING in this post that is really controversial about King-Khan. I don’t see any thing wrong in having a dog with a name that is unfortunately a name of the famous Bollywood actor. It is also very evident from the Aamir’s post that the dog came to his house along with the caretakers when he bought it. This also means that, Aamir didn’t name his dog. It has been named by its caretakers.

This brings to a conclusion that Aamir has nothing to do with King-Khan in his post Settlers Of Panchgani. He is never liable to answer any questions from media regarding this post. The following lines made it very clear…

“Now, before you jump to any conclusions let me add that Shahrukh is the name of our dog. And before you jump to any further conclusions let me add that I had nothing to do with naming him.” (In his words…)

King-khan, as usual is always on safe side to grab the votes of his fans (I am also one of them). He neither has a blog (to hurt others), nor he comments on others. Even if some body comments on him, he is kind enough to take all of them as compliments and go ahead with a right spirit. When asked a reaction about Aamir’s and Amitabh’s comments on him here is his reply “I Don’t think there is anything negative in it…I don’t have copyrights on my name that nobody else can use it. Also, its good to see such comments from my friends now and then”.

What a reply. Hats off Shah……..

Ohh i can’t forget Aamir. Hats of to you too…… (He apologized Shahrukh for any unintended hurting of his sensibilities).

Cheers,

Durga Prasad.

Relocated a kid from warangal – being a part of TCS Maitree

Hi all,

I am very excited to write this post as I am able to relocate a mentally retarded kid who is unfortunately been separated from his parents before 8 months.

A 12 Year old kid Mohammad Hakeem, son of Mohammad basha (sells old properties) is been separated from warangal during the occasion of his sisters marriage. This kid has some how reached Chennai Central railway station, where the police squad for child care has taken him in to custody.

What should this squad do?

This squad, sitting at Central Railway Station (Chennai), is suppose to search for separated/ran away kids from different places and take them in to custody. These may also have to speak to the kid and fid out where he is from and why he has ran away/been separated. If he is not able to find out any thing from the kid’s answers, they have to send this kid to GBH (Government Boys Home).

What is GBH and what should it do:

GBH is a Government Home for the children who are separated and ran away from their homes. There are two sections in GBH. Section I of GBH should take care of children who are recently been separated from their parents at different places, by providing them temporary shelter, clothing and food. When a kid is in Section I, its means that government is still trying to relocate this particular kid by different means.

Section II of GBH should take care of the kids’ shelter, food, clothing and education. If a kid is at Section II (They call it HOME), it means that Govt is not able to relocate this kid and so is taking care of him.

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The most mysterious figures of recent times

He’s perhaps the most mysterious figures of recent times.No one knows if he’s alive and his supporters have used this mystery to their advantage.
As Osama bin Laden – world’s most dreaded terrorist – turns 49, he has world’s biggest investigative agency trying to trace him down.Usamah bin Muhammad bin `Awad bin Ladin was born in Riyadh to a wealthy businessman from Yemen with close ties to the Saudi Royal Family. He had an estimated 55 siblings and was his father’s 17th son.
Raised a Sunni, he studied business and project administration in Jeddah. When he was 17 he married to his first wife, who also happened to be his first cousin.
Since then he reportedly married four other women, divorcing one. He has had at least 24 children and his last public appearance was at his son’s wedding just before 9/11.His turn to extremism was sparked by the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. When the Saudi government allowed a coalition from the United States to establish a base in the country, he considered it the ultimate betrayal.
It was thought that he died in the US bombing of Afghanistan, but reports indicate that he escaped to Pakistan. Later, it was rumored that he died of kidney failure. The release of a video just before the 2004 US elections, and in January this year, prove both wrong.
Wherever he is, he is the FBI’s most wanted criminal with a bounty of at least $25 million on his head.
A Saudi Muslim scholar who spent years with Arab jihadis in Afghanistan said he knows Osama bin Laden well and that the Al-Qaeda leader will never surrender, according to a report published today.
He will never surrender because he seeks death and yearns for it,” said Musa al-Qorni in an interview with Saudi-owned pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat.
He added that he believed bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, is at present under the sway of the “Egyptian jihad group” led by Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri and acts according to its plans.
Qorni said he and others tried to convince bin Laden when he was in Sudan in the mid-1990s to come back to Saudi Arabia and “lead a normal life”, but that the Saudi-born militant snubbed them and returned to Afghanistan.
US President George W Bush said during his first visit to Afghanistan on March 1 that he was confident bin Laden would be brought to justice.
Bin Laden, sheltered by the Taliban regime that was removed from power in a US-led invasion in late 2001, is believed to be hiding out along the remote, mountainous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
A US-led coalition force of about 20,000 based in southern and eastern Afghanistan as well as some 80,000 Pakistani troops stationed on the other side of the border are on the hunt for Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, including bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar.