Thursday, September 23, 2010

How to search old tweets: 10 tools, 20 features

Twitter’s default search only goes back a week—if that—and often chokes on multiple keyword searches. Fortunately, there ARE many great alternatives, and I’ve included a chart comparing the nine top tweet search engines below. Here are links to each of the nine, in order of what I’ve found most useful to least useful for general tweet searches (however, some are powerful in other ways)):

  1. Searchtastic
  2. SnapBird
  3. TwimeMachine
  4. Topsy
  5. TweetBoard
  6. Google Advanced Search
  7. TweetScan
  8. BackTweets
  9. FriendFeed
  10. Twitter Advanced Search
Aravind T..


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Here are 13 ways to get lucky

13 ways to get lucky

Always thought other people have all the luck? Well, this is because they understand the difference between luck and planning and know how to place themselves in the path of good fortune. And now, you too can bend the path of luck towards you.

Max Gunther has outlined13 techniques for discovering and taking advantage of life's good breaks in his book 'How to Get Lucky', which has recently been republished after its debut in 1986.

Gunther, who died in 1988, said that lucky people arrange their lives in characteristic patterns and tend to position themselves in the path of "onrushing luck", reports

Here are his 13 tips to turn your luck around:

1. Never confuse luck with planning:

When a desired outcome is brought about by luck, you must acknowledge that fact. If you confuse luck with planning, you will all but guarantee that your luck, in the long run, will be bad.

2. Find the fast flow:

Go where events flow fastest, surround yourself with a churning mass of people and things will happen. It doesn't matter if you are a quiet person; all you need to do is meet a lot of people and let them know who you are. Then they will direct opportunities your way.

3. Take calculated risks:

There are two ways to be an almost sure loser in life. One is to take risks that are out of proportion to the rewards being sought. The other is to take no risks at all. Lucky people, characteristically, avoid both extremes.

4. Know when to cut and run:

Always assume that a run of luck is going to be short, never try to ride a run to its peak. You will virtually always be right as the law of averages is heavily on your side.

5. Know how to select luck:

Is there some likelihood that the problems with your investment - whether it be time, money or love - will go away? Do you have some realistic hope of fixing them? If so, you should stay aboard. If not, you should get out and look for better luck elsewhere.

6. Take the zig zag path:

Despite what many people think the path to success is rarely a straight line. Lucky men and women, on the whole, are not straight-line strugglers. They not only allow themselves to be distracted, they invite distraction.

A plan should be used as a guide only and if something better comes along the plan should be discarded immediately without regret.

7. Supernatural belief can help:

Not because it makes you more lucky but because it helps you make impossible choices. Sometimes there is no rational choice to make, yet the worst reaction is to do nothing.

A supernatural belief can enable people to get into a potentially winning position simply by helping them make choices.

8. Be a bit pessimistic:

Lucky people, as a breed, tend to be pessimistic. Optimism means expecting the best, but good luck involves knowing how you will handle the worst.

9. Learn to keep your mouth shut:

Talk can tie you up and lock you in positions that seem right today but may be wrong tomorrow. Avoid unnecessary talk about your problems, plans and feelings. When there is no good reason to say something, say nothing.

10. Recognise a non-lesson:

There are experiences in life that seem to be lessons but aren't. Recognise when something was just bad luck and move on.

11. Accept the universe is unfair:

All of us, the good, the bad and the in-between, are all equally likely to realise our fondest dreams or contract cancer.

12. Be willing to be busy:

The more activities you have going the greater the likelihood that something good will happen.

13. Find a destiny partner:

This is someone who is someone who changes your luck over a long term. This person is not necessarily a romantic partner and is usually just found by blind luck but it can help if you are actively looking.

Aravind T..

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Friday, September 03, 2010

Hinduism A to Z..

is for Aum, the three-syllabled mantra that represents the Sacred Mystery in sound and vibration.

is for bhakti, deep devotion and love for the Divine which softens even hearts of stone.

is for culture, the beauty of Hindu music, fine arts, drama, dance, literature and architecture.

is for dharma, which is righteousness, cosmic order and duty, leading us on the right path.

is for Earth, our lovely blue planet, which we treat as sacred, protecting all its wonderful creatures.

is for family, the precious cornerstone of Hindu life, culture, service and tradition.

is for guru, our enlightened master who, knowing Truth himself, can guide us there.

is for hatha yoga, healthful physical science for vitality, energy-balancing and meditation.

is for India, Bharata, Mother- land to one-sixth of humanity, holy land for Hindus everywhere.

is for japa, repetitive, prayerful mantras which quiet emotion and empower the mind.

is for karma, the law of cause and effect by which we determine our experience and destiny.

is for lotus, the heart's inner shrine, where God dwells, ever serene, ever perfect.

is for mauna, not talking, the inner silence known when words, thoughts and actions are stilled.

is for nonattachment, the art of living the simple life, without too many needs or desires.

is for open-mindedness, the Hindu's tolerant freedom of thought, inquiry and belief.

is for puja, mystic worship of the Divine in our home shrine and holy temples and places.

is for quest, seeking to know, "Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going?"

is for reincarnation, our immortal soul's journey from birth to rebirth. We do not fear death.

is for samskaras, sacraments sanctifying life's passages: name- giving, marriage, death and more.

is for tilaka, forehead marks worn in honor of our unique and varied lineages.

is for utsava, our many home and temple festivals, full of bhakti, fun, feasting and family sharing.

is for Vedas, our oldest and holiest book, the word of God recorded in 100,000 Sanskrit verses.

is for wealth (artha), one of life's four goals, along with love, dharma and enlightenment.

is for xerophily, the ability of certain plants and animals to thrive in India's hot, arid plains.

is for yoga, union of the soul with God which brings release from worldly bondage.

is for zeal, the fervor with which we perform service, go on pilgrimage and greet our holy religious leaders.

Aravind T..


Thursday, September 02, 2010

What I love about being Indian?

Some point of views about why i love India

- self findings

Culture and sacrifice

The thing that I love most about being Indian
is living in a cultured society.
I can speak my language very well without faltering.
I love Indian foods, our dresses and beautiful places.
I always respect and love people
who sacrifice their lives and
who are still struggling for the sake of India.
In future, I would like to have
a job in India rather than go abroad.

India all the way

The best thing about being an Indian
is that you belong to the most colorful
and beautiful country in the whole world.
Every state, every city in India has a different history to tell.
I also like the variety of seasons,
the food, clothes and the rich culture.
Indians are the most intelligent of all.
An Indian will serve India in every possible way.

To be an Indian is a honour.
I'm proud because I am in a country
where people from different castes co-exist.
We manage to live together,
celebrate each other's festival and respect each other.
We speak many languages.
There is no place like India

India is a country with a rich culture and heritage.
There's such a variety of food, dances and heritage sites,
it is a great country.
I am proud to be an Indian because
I belong to a land full of warm people,
great food, cool places and the Himalayas.
There is no place like India.

Brothers one and all

In which country will you find a Muslim president,
a Sikh prime minister,
a Christian ruling party leader
and a Hindu vice-president ruling our nation?
Isn't that proof enough to show brotherhood exists in our country?
What more reason can I state to be a proud Indian?

Variety is the spice

I love being Indian because
we have such a rich culture,
different customs, costumes, languages
and spicy food!
India is the true example for the
phrase variety is the spice of life.

Love still exists

Being an Indian makes you different firstly.
I love to be an Indian because love and
affection still exists in India.
The country still has tradition , values and culture.

Aravind T..