Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pc2Web TIPS - How Password Should Be? 9 Rules

Whether we are purchasing something online or we are signing up for new or existing Email Address, a password is usually required. In today’s increasing online world, having a strong password is a must. With more and more services being added everyday, it can sometimes be hard to come up with new passwords to use. So, I thought I would take some time today and try to provide some light on creating a safe & strong Password.
According to security experts, there are 9 rules one should follow when making up passwords.
  1. Password should be random. By that, I mean you should choose a series of characters that are completely random to everyone else, but make complete sense to you. For example, the more easy you make it for you to remember the password, the easier it will be for a hacker or other undesirable person to steal it from you. Furthermore, the longer it is, the harder it will be to crack.
  2. Passwords should be unique. Create a password that no one else will be able to easily guess.
  3. Each password should be, at the very least, eight characters long, but the longer it is, the better. If you can come up with a password that's 14 characters or more, go for it!
  4. Password should be a combination of upper and lowercase letters and there should be at least one number or symbol included somewhere. The more variety you add to your password, the better it will be.
  5. Password should be changed regularly and frequently. The longer you leave the same password in place, the easier it will be for a hacker to grab it.
  6. Type your password manually each and every time you're asked for it. Yes, the "Remember Password" feature is nice, but it's really best to enter it in each time.
  7. NEVER use your first name, last name or login as your password.
  8. Case Sensitive password is always preferred. Examine the following userid and password:
is not the same as:
Userid: exampleid
Password: examplepassword
You must enter your password in the same case as you have done originally.Often we experience the inability to log into a case sensitive login because the caps lock key is on causing the case sensitive password and/or username to fail.
9.Alter the Passwords you currently use by adding a meaningful symbol is one step toward making them difficult for Internet thieves to crack.
1. Your son’s initials are SON
2. Your daughter’s initials are DAU
3. They were born in 1981 and 1983, respectively
Potential password: Son81>83Dau
Further requirements for a strong password:
* Spell letters phonetically: the initials ABO can become AyBeeOh
* Use both upper and lower case letters
* Use at least one number
* Do not begin or end the password with a number
Practice your new password in your word processor and get it to flow smoothly off your fingers

If we follow these nine simple rules, we'll have the most secure and strong Passwords. I strongly suggest that you stop everything, go, right now, and change your banking and any financially sensitive passwords. Other types of passwords can wait. Do it now, before you forget.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Feb 23, For Devotion & Celebration

Shivaratri or Mahashivratri is festival on February 23, wherein Hindu devotees around the world observe Shivratri Vrat or Upvaas or fast. The fasting involves refraining from eating any food and not sleeping through out the night. Shivratri is the day when rituals and worship are given more importance. Sivaratri literally means ‘the night of Lord Shiva’ and unlike other festivals associated with Hinduism there is no fun and merrymaking on the day. How to celebrate Mahasivratri?
  • The Mahashivratri fasting begins on the morning of Shivratri and ends next day morning or the Amavasya morning. Since it is a long Upvaas or Vrat, many people consume a special meal known as ‘phalar.’
  • Devotees wake up before sunrise and take bath and wear clean clothes.
  • Applying of sacred ash, or vibhuthi, is an important aspect on the day. People also wear a Rudraksha Mala.
  • The idols of Ganesh, Shiva and Parvati are cleaned and a lamp is lit.
  • Most people then visit a nearby Shiva temple. In most places, Shivratri is largely observed in temples.
  • Some people observing fast consume a mid-day meal consisting of non-cereal food such as boiled potatoes which is made into a curry without onion, garlic, adarak or haldi. Another food eaten on the day is pakori or Kutt Singahri ki puri.
  • Most devotees go for a fruit diet and drink lots of water.
  • No meal is eaten after sunset.
  • Next meal is taken on the morning of Amavasi after doing puja and giving alms.
  • The entire night is spend in a nearby Shiva temple or by chanting Mantras or listening to stories related to Shiva.
  • Some of the important mantras that are chanted on the day include:Shiva Panchakshari Mantra – Om Namah Shivaya or chanting the sacred names of Lord Shiva.
  • People who have a Shivling at home can bathe the Shivling with water intermittently throughout the night.
All the rituals on the night of Shivratri are an opportunity to cleanse the ignorance and open the door to bliss. The fasting, rituals and chanting are meant to kill desire, greed, illusion, arrogance, jealousy, and anger. This will make a better person and prepare to face the challenges. Resources: http://www.mahashivratri.org/shivaratri-fast.html [website of Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India ] http://www.123greetings.com/events/maha_shivaratri/

Rotary International’s 104th Anniversary Rotary is one of the largest and most influential international humanitarian service organizations in the world. Founded on February 23, 1905, in Chicago, today Rotary has over 1.2 million members who belong to more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. As volunteers, Rotary members serve the needs of their communities worldwide. Our Rotary Club of Secunderabad West, joins Rotary clubs around the world to recognize the day, also known as Rotary’s “World Understanding and Peace Day,” by addressing a variety of community concerns. Rotary members conduct projects to address today’s humanitarian challenges, including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns while encouraging high standards in all vocations. Rotary members strive to build goodwill and peace, and provide humanitarian service in their communities and throughout the world. Rotary’s top philanthropic goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. To date, Rotary has contributed nearly US$800 million and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is currently working to raise an additional $200 million toward a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These efforts are providing much needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment and educational materials for health workers and parents. I am proud to be associated with this fantastic organization as Rotarian.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Have You Determined Presentation Objectives?

Audience always expect clear guidance about what is expected of a Presentation. Smart objectives to your presentation help you and your audience. My clearly stated objective for this topic on -Have You Determined Presentation Objectives?" -is: "By the time you complete reading this article, you must be able to apply and ready to use them effectively in your future Presentations."
This is summary of my article published in ezinearticles.com
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Rotary showcases Career options at Khammam

The students who are pursuing graduation would always like to know what's next. In order to help build and carve their own career and future, Rotary Club of Khammam [ Rotary International District 3150] Andhra Pradesh,India has organized a mega Career Event on 30th January, 2009 from 2 pm to 5 pm at Khammam town [ http://khammam.ap.nic.in ]. This event showcased two topics: (1) Career as Company Secretary and (2)Career in Civil Services. Being Chairman of Rotary District Career Guidance, I have taken the responsibility of identify the presenters, assisting the Rotary Club to plan & implement. I was also requested to act as moderator for this Career Guidance Seminar. What impressed our team on reaching Khammam was the rousing reception at the Railway station followed by the Rotarians' hospitality and honor accorded throughout the day. The first topic "Career as Company Secretary" presentation was shared by Cs.Rajnish Poppot, Vice-Chairman and Cs.R Chandra Sekhar, Executive officer on behalf of Hyderabad Chapter of Company Secretaries. It was explained to the audience, most of them pursuing graduation, that the CS course is recognised as a statutory profession and abundant opportunities are available. A detailed brochure was provided to every participant. Shri Amarnath Varanasi, Director-Apex Center for Exams, Hyderabad who spoke in the regional language -Telugu on "Career In Civil Services". He impressed the participants with the How, Where & When logistics of Civil Services examinations, its preparation and success mantra. The ovation of 800+ young aspirants at the end of the Seminar was a true reflection of the excellent arrangements and efforts put in by Rtn. Malladi Vasudev-Programme Co-ordinator; Rtn. K Veerabhadra Rao-Club President; Rtn.A Venkateswarlu-Club Secretary. I took the opportunity to visit "The Rotary Artificial Limb ( Jaipur Limbs ) Center" a prestigious project of the Club which has been rendering services to the community at large since June, 1992. This project is unique of its kind in the whole of South India. Government provided the club with land in heart of the town and Rotarians built a Meeting Hall as well as Artificial Limb Center. For more details visit http://www.rotarylimbcentre.org I was also elated to be the Guest Speaker at the evening joint meeting of Rotary Club of Khammam and Stambadhri and spoke on "Rotary Volunteers". It was a pleasant surprise to receive a grand felicitation by the Club with a shawl & garland for my support in this Career Event.
Please view the Photo Slide show at: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/surya342/CareerEventRotaryClubOfKhammam#

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Golden moments as broadcaster on Vijayawada Radio

The Government owned -All India Radio [Akasavani],Vijayawada,Andhra Pradesh, India has been organising several events to mark its diamond jubilee celebrations. This station was officially inaugurated on December 1, 1948. I was associated with this station and its staff for over a decade [1974 to 1985] as a part-time broadcaster known as Casual Artiste. I am delighted to know through Newspapers and TV that recently a get together ‘Vajrotsava Sambaram’ was arranged and provided a rare opportunity for several past and current broadcasters of All India Radio, Vijayawada station to meet each other and collectively go down the memory lane. Though I missed this occassion, I recollect my fond memories and sweet experiences during my stint in the All India Radio:
  1. The first broadcast assignment was a feature on Diwali celebrations and customes followed by various states in India. This feature with prerecorded interviews with residents of telugu speaking youth from various states linking my commentary was produced for about 20 minitues Yuvavani -the youth programme well received by the listeners.
  2. With my development of voice modulation and compering skills within one year, I could make myself fit as a full fledged Casual Artiste to render pre-recorded and live programmes in 25 minutes Yuvavani broadcast at 6-25pm daily. This listinging rate was high due to its content and time.
  3. My job was to attend two hours prior to the schedule broadcast,under the guidance of the Programme Executive scribble announcements in telugu, prepare the participants / artistes for either recording or live performance, collect from Library signature tune [every programme on AIR should be commenced and ended with a designated recorded instrumental music over which main Announcement of programme goes], spool tapes, film tune Gramophone 78RPM / 45 RPM /33.5 RPM records and music fillers. Spend in rehearsal room [also called recording room] about 20 minutes with preparations of my own performance alongwith live performance artistes and move over to the main studio for live take-off. I was also assigned Women, Children, News, Workmen, Music and Agricultural Sections of AIR to conduct interview emenint persons, create features, attend Outdoor Broadcast recording, reading employment news, short stories, reading letters from listeners, participating in dramas, editing and voice over dubbing works. My favourite assignments were news reading and announcements which I used to emulate Late Shri Tirumalsetty Sreeramulu, Shri Kalakrishna, Shri Malladi Suribabu, Shri Maadugula Ramakrishna etc.,
  4. My fond memories include:
  • Conversation recorded with Dr.Jayaprakash Narain IAS [presently Lok Satta convenor] who was in final year of MBBS during 1977 in Guntur Medical College when I was assigned to cover Medical & health exhibition.
  • While creating feature on young NCC cadets learning skills of gliding at Vijayawada-Gannavaram Airport was a thrilling experience.I accompanied the Instructor of the Glider [ a motorless two seater aircraft ] which was flying over the city for about one hour for recording actual instructions and safely returned to land.
  • My friends, family members, fans and admirers who visited to witness my live performance in the studio particularly during Krishna Pushkarams celebrated once in 12 years, [ What is Kumbhmela to Allahabad, Krishna Pushkaram is to Vijayawada]
  • Planning, commitment for quality and time consciousness were given priority for adjudging any broadcaster like me. I was adjudged as A1 Grade Casual Artiste both in terms of audition test and routine gradation given by the Duty officer [who listen Radio and report for review]. Punctuality is given top priority as the studio clocks were to be adjusted / matched with Greenwich mean time twice in a day. This was essential as the Vijayawada Radio need to relay News / National programmes from Hyderabad or New Delhi.
  • Hundreds of post cards received by AIR containing the views & accolades of listeners from several parts of state about my performance made me feel like a Celebrity on many occassions.
  • Many a time my photographs taken on my broadcast assignments were published in AIR monthly official magazine VANI as seen in this blog - Eminent writer was interviewed by me [right].
I am grateful to Vijayawada Radio, for whatever I am now.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pc2Web TIPS - End It All !

Have you ever used End Key on your computer keyboard? Have you strayed away from it because you don't really know what it does? The End key is located in the little section of keys to the left of the numberpad on computer keyboard. It's right under the Home key and right in between the Delete key and the Page Down key. Well, hit this 'End' key to move the cursor to the end of the line, paragraph, page, screen, cell, or document depending on the program and where the cursor is currently positioned. The End key can actually do different things, depending on the program you're using it with. Its main use though is to help get from the top of a page to the bottom quickly,using a key combination such as pressing the Shift key and the End key together would highlight the text from the cursor to the end of the line. It's really one of the keys to save time. Hence do try it out and make it a habit to regularly use towards this End!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Guest From Arkansas-USA

Group Study Exchange (GSE) is a program sponsored by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International that enables young people in the early stages of their careers to participate in a month-long cultural and vocational exchange. Since 1965, more than 57,000 individuals (almost 12,000 teams) from 100 countries have participated. For each exchange, the Rotary Foundation matches two Rotary districts from different parts of the world. Team members learn about the host country's culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, and establish personal and professional friendships. Team members are hosted by Rotarians and live with host families. Teams make a number of presentations in the Rotary events, participate in vocational visits and enrich with guided tours to places of interest.
In January 2009, the Rotary International District 3150, Andhra Pradesh, India [ I belong to Rotary Club of Secunderabad West in this Rotary District] has received a GSE reciprocal team from Rotary District 6150, Arkansas State, USA. Our Club has hosted on 23-25 January, 2009 this GSE team consisting of three women [non-rotarians] and a Rotarian team leader. I have hosted Mrs.Karen Pallone, a veterinary surgeon belonging to Rose Bud [ 200 families live in this town ] near Little Rock city, the capital of Arkansas State in USA.
I have arranged a guided tour for Mrs Karen to the college of Vetenarary sciences in Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University in Rajendra Nagar, Hyderabad. I accompanied her during the 3 hour guided tour in this massive Institution wherein Mrs.Karen interacted with students, teaching faculty and visited the University exhibition. We have also visited the Charminar [ the prestigeous symbol of Hyderabad as seen in the photo in this blog ] followed by a shopping at Lepakshi -the state owned handicrafts shoppe.
My family has got an excellent opportunity to know more about Arkansas in USA and their culture. As Arkansas is a picturesque place, it is called The Natural State. Bill Clinton the former President of America [who visited Hyderabad in 2002] hails from Arkansas. The world's only diamond park open to the public where one can prospect for and keep any stones found in this park. Mrs. Karen presented us a book "Picture Arkansas" + the country Flag + a pen set with insignia of their State Governor's signature + Lapel pins of the State etc., During the farewell party to the GSE team by our Rotary District Governor Rtn. Dr. Sarat Babu, the impressions and experiences of team members as written in our Club's Guest Book include the words of Mrs. Karen...
"SURYA has been an amazing host & seen that all my dreams & mission in India have been completed before I leave. It has been an amazing journey, I will not forget. Thank you all."
I must thank Rtn Raghava Rao & Rtn Harikrishna -our Rotary District chairs for GSE teams for providing us a wonderful opportunity to host GSE team member from Arkansas-USA.