Google Nexus 7 Everything you need to know(Price and Specifications)

Google unveiled their much awaited tablet Nexus 7,to keep up with their competitor’s iPad. 

Designed by Google but built by Taiwan’s Asus, the seven-inch tablet will sell for just $199.

This Tablet is available in the google play market from wednesday,and will start shipping them in mid july.

This tablet is aimed at the popular Amazon Kindle fire, which also sells for $199.The Nexus 7 features content like magazines, books and movies front and center.



The tablet will be powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip clocked in at 1.3GHz. Graphics will be handled with a 12-core GeForce GPU. Rounding it all up, the Nexus 7 tablet will come with a now-standard 1GB RAM. All of this adds up to a smooth-as-butter performance in both everyday apps and the latest video games.

Screen Resolution

the tablet features a 7-inch display with a not-so-surprising HD resolution of 1280×800. It uses IPS display technology which is just geek-speak for “great colors” and “wide viewing angles” but, because of its resolution, not necessarily the greatest sharpness (that award goes to the new iPad with its 2048×1536 display(Retina Display)


In another step to reduce manufacturing costs, Google has decided to not include a rear-facing camera unlike most tablets. There will be only a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera suitable for video chatting.


Connectivity options include the usual Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Continuing the trend of including NFC chips, you will be able to use services like Google Wallet and Android Beam on the Nexus 7.

OS Version

As expected, the tablet will be based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We’ve discussed Jelly Bean’s key features – significantly smoother user-interface, better notifications, offline-voice typing and improved voice commands – in a separate post here.


It’s also worth noting that Google has made a rather interesting move by not just announcing the tablet itself, but modifying their native apps for a richer experience on the Nexus 7 tablet. The two apps which have gotten the slight makeover are; YouTube and Maps. They are now both optimized to take full advantage of Nexus 7′s HD display, and are bound to make your content pop out of the screen, not literally, though.


Undoubtedly the most important aspect of the Nexus 7 tablet, the one thing that set its apart from other tablets – both Android and others – is its price. For an unbeatable price of $199, you’re getting a full blown Android tablet (unlike the Kindle Fire) with the most commonly used features. This is a device that I will definitely consider before I get my first tablet – it’s either going to be a new iPad or the Nexus 7.
Nexus 7 can be ordered right now from the Google Play Store for $199 for 8GB model and $249 for 16GB model. You can choose between two colors, black and white. It will come with $25 Google Play credit, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Bourne Dominion and include subscriptions to magazines like Popular Science and others. Nexus 7 will be initially available in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Shipping will begin mid-July.

Review of Gangs of Wasseypur

Gangs of Wasseypur to say in one line is different. It might appear as a revenge story in the beginning, but has the uniqueness to stand out as one of a kind. The plot is humongous and complicated and revolves around the rambling saga of the coal mining mafia in Wasseypur, near Dhanbad in Bihar. It is the feud that involves endless bloodshed and violence and is carried over three generations of Khans. The story does not end here and will be carried forward to another, the film’s sequel.

It is a land where the outward rules of law and order are hardly applicable. The people are set in their own world of gang war, flouting rules of a civilized society. Interestingly, the characters that are set in such a background are extraordinary not only in their zeal for bloodshed but their personal lives as well. The narrative does not unnecessarily try to put someone in a pedestal and all are layered characters with varied shades. And perhaps this is why the film appeals to us so much because it gives us a glimpse of reality where nobody is distinctly a hero or a villain. Manoj Bajpayee, who deserves accolades for shelling out such a performance of Sardar Khan, is the central character but then again he is a flawed man as well. He is far from being perfect in the utopian sense of the word as he murders as well as copulates with an equal zest. It seems no one but Bajpayee could have given out such a brilliant performance that has so much of drama to it. This performance can certainly be considered to be on a par with Bhiku Mhatre in Satya or even better.

But not only Bajpayee, each and every character in the film is brilliant. Jaideep Ahlawat playing Shahid Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, playing Bajpayee’s son Faizal are simply brilliant. Nawazuddin Siddiqui had impressed the audiences with his stellar performance in Kahaani and now in this movie also he stands out and holds out promise for the sequel. Bajpayee’s first wife in the movie Richa Chadda plays the role of a firebrand wife who grows to accept her husband’s straying ways and her performance has a significant impact as well. Reema Sen as Bajpayee’s second Bengali wife has played her part quite well and looks sensuous and appealing and in several scenes is shown to evoke Bajpayee’s lust.

Sneha Khanwalkar’s music is different and surprisingly interesting. The soundtrack blends so well with the film that together they give out a classic appeal. It is the kind of music that one does not usually hear but has a strange riveting appeal to it.

But the film belongs to its director Anurag Kashyap, who is the captain who steers the film amidst the tribulation and complicating journey. There is so much material and so much happening yet it is Kashyap’s distinctive style that has made all the difference to the film. It’s true at times the film appears to be a tad too long and there are moments you feel you could have done away with certain scenes but then again one must keep in mind that the film is Kashyap’s epic saga and not merely a personalised tale. The best part is that the film ends with a promise for another gripping and enticing tale for which the anticipation starts as soon as the film ends. Gangs of Wasseypur is a brilliant film that certainly cannot be missed.

Microsoft Surface V/S Apple iPad

Microsoft this week took wraps off its own “Surface” line of tablets, two years after Apple unveiled iPad and Steve Jobs declared the beginning of post-PC era.

With Surface, the software giant makes entry into the already-flooded tablet market and to take on Apple as well as other tablets that run on Google’s Android operating system.

Here’s how the newly-unveiled Microsoft Surface line compares with Apple iPad.

1.)Thickness and weight

Windows RT Surface is 9.3 mm thickness. whereas Apple’s new iPad is 9.4 millimeters. Microsoft Surface will weigh about 676g and on the other hand Apple iPads weigh 652g and 662g for the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+ Cellular versions, respectively

2.)Screen size and resolution

The screen of both the versions of Surface tablet, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro measure 10.6-inches with 16:9 widescreen featuring ClearType HD Display technology. The device also features ultra-wide angle for viewing.

The tablet’s screen can auto-adjust according to the light intensity either indoor or outdoor. Apple’s iPad sports a 9.7-inch LED-backlit glossy screen with IPS technology and 2048×1536 pixel resolution.


Both versions of the Surface tablet sport dual cameras (one rear and one front camera) called as LifeCam. The company has so far not disclosed how much magapixels each camera packs.

The Apple’s new iPad sports 5MP iSight camera with autofocus and can record 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second. It also has a FaceTime camera that clicks VGA-quality photos.


Microsoft Surface comes in two variants as per their operatiing system, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro. Both the variants of Apple iPad (Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + cellular) run on iOS 5 and are expected to be soon up gradable to recently-unveiled iOS 6.


The connectivity options in Microsoft Windows RT version include microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD video and 2×2 MIMO antennae. Windows 8 Pro version comes with microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video and 2×2 MIMO antennae. Both the devices also feature stereo speakers and dual microphones.

Apple iPad’s Wi-Fi version packs 30-pin dock connector port, 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack, built-in speaker, microphone, Bluetooth 4.0. The tablet’s Wi-Fi + cellular version has micro-SIM card tray as extra.

6.)Touch Cover vs Smart Cover

Seems to be inspired by Apple’s Smart Cover, Surface comes with a built-in Kickstand that lets users place their tablets vertically on a table. Both the variants of Microsoft Surface sport a keyboard and a trackpad protected by a 3mm thin, pressure-sensitive cover called Touch Cover. Touch Cover comes in five different colours.

Smart Cover protects iPad screen and can be folded to make a stand that holds iPad horizontally which helps user to click and shoot pictures and HD videos handsfree. The iPad Smart Cover is available in 10 colours.


Windows RT version of Surface is configurable to 32GB and 64GB, while Windows 8 Pro variant is configurable to 64GB and 128GB.

Apple iPad’s both variants offer 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB options.


Microsoft has not revealed the pricing of Surface tablet line. The company said that it would be “competitive” with current tablets and Intel-powered Ultrabooks.

Apple iPad 16GB Wi-Fi models are available for Rs 30,500, the 32GB model costs Rs 36,500 and 64GB model Rs 42,500 and Wi-Fi + cellular models are available for Rs 38,900 for the 16GB model, Rs 44,900 for the 32GB model and Rs 50,900 for the 64GB model.

Cool Tips and Tricks for your awesome Gadgets

All of us use use funky and cool gadgets flaunting to others ,but these gadgets have much more than just looks.take a look at some secrets of those gadgets and how you can unleash them….

1.)TV viewing distances
Most people sit too far away from flat panel televisions. In order to provide an immersive viewing experience, the TV needs to occupy a certain minimal field of view. Plus, sitting too far away means that your eyes will not be able to view the extra detail that a high definition set offers.

Recommendations can vary, but as a thumb rule, take the screen size in inches, multiply it by 1.5 and you get the ideal viewing distance (in inches). For instance, for a 40-inch HD set, you need to sit about 60 inches (5 feet) away for the optimum viewing experience with HD content

2.)Call barring
The call barring feature, present in almost all phones now, allows you to restrict incoming or outgoing calls. This is useful when you are roaming out of your network or when you are handing your phone over to someone else and want to prevent misuse.

Usual settings include restricting all incoming /outgoing calls, outgoing international calls or calls when roaming. Go to Settings > Call Settings and open the sub menu for call barring. Here you can set a restriction of your choice. If available, set a password so that no one else can change the settings..

3.)Leave a CD inside your DVD player
It’s an unfortunate (and completely overlooked) design flaw, but almost all CD/DVD players have their lenses facing upwards.

And the biggest enemy of the lens is dust, which always settles down. Accumulation of dust on a lens leads to several issues – slower loading times, read errors (skips, pops) or a complete failure to read. The easiest way to prevent this is to simply leave a disc inside the player at all times.

The disc completely covers the lens and acts as a shield that prevents dust from settling. If you haven’t used your CD player for a long time, make sure to eject the disc first and clean it before playing.

4.)How to tweak equalizers
When tweaking audio equalizers, almost everyone increases the levels to boost certain frequencies . However, it’s way better if you first move all the frequencies to the zero position (flat) and then lower the ones you want reduced.

For instance, if you want more bass, leave the lower frequency bars (often denoted by Hertz or Hz) at the zero or flat level and move the higher frequency (often denoted by KiloHertz or KHz) bars down. To compensate, simply increase the volume a bit.

These settings will give you ‘sweeter sound’, protect your speakers from damage, reduce overall distortion and prevent the automatic limiter (found in most audio systems now) from kicking in.

5.)USB drive as RAM
On a Windows PC (Vista and later), you can use a highspeed USB flash drive to increase performance. The feature, called ReadyBoost, can be enabled by right clicking a connected USB drive in ‘My Computer’ and selecting ‘Properties’. It works best if you dedicate a 4GB drive for this purpose (don’t use the same drive to store files)

6.)Custom keyboard shortcuts in iOS
To make typing simpler on your iOS device, you can assign keyboard shortcuts to oft used phrases or sentences. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard and tap on Add New Shortcut – just type out the phrase you want to use, the shortcut for it and click save. Now when you are typing in any app, enter the shortcut and it will automatically enter the phrase it is assocciated with.

7.)Using Gmail aliases
Your one Gmail ID is actually many. Gmail aliases are a great way to filter incoming mails. The first way is to add a “+” icon after your username followed by text of your choice. For example , you can register on shopping sites with the ID “yourusername” and then set a filter for emails to this ID. The other way is to use dots. If your ID is username@gmail, mails sent to or even will still get delivered to your inbox.
8.)Volume levels on iPod
Many songs have different volume levels, especially when they’re different audio formats and obtained from different sources. You’ll notice that when listening to songs using earphones, levels can keep changing, forcing you to adjust the volume.

On most iPods, Apple has included a setting called ‘Sound Check’ – when switched on, it automatically adjusts (normalises) volume levels of different tracks to similar levels. To activate this feature, head to Settings > Music > Sound Check. Note that Sound Check only works with the default music player.

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Equal for Everyone

The oil minister Jaipal Reddy has just proposed that the duty on diesel cars be raised. This could increase their selling price by up to Rs. 2.5 lakh. He is proposing this due to the price differential between diesel and petrol. This will ensure that, over the lifetime of the car, the lesser price which diesel owners pay for fuel will be offset by the higher price they paid initially. At the end, all car owners will be equally bankrupt, and the government will lose less money on subsidy.

I like this policy so much that I feel it should be applied everywhere. We should look for different places in our society where there is inequality with some good reason, and then remove that inequality blindly so that everyone is equally screwed. Here is a list of things we should do:

1. Exams: All tests in India have this crazy concept that people who are better prepared or are more clever get more marks and do better than people who have just turned up for the ride. We need to make everyone equal by giving a starting handicap of -40 marks to people who have historically been known to be high rankers. We should first start with the JEE by giving a weightage to Board Exam marks so as to dilute true merit…wait, that’s under control already.

2. Make all tablet prices equal: Specifically, make the Aakash, our indigenous Indian tablet, the same price as the new iPad. Very few people are going to buy it anyway – they would rather buy foreign pricey stuff that has the same basic features – so the makers might as well loot the few people who do buy it.

3. Income: The government should ensure that beggars everywhere get the same money as do people who worked hard, went to college, and then became successful businessmen. Whenever someone becomes a beggar, he or she should be able to file this information with the government, which should immediately pay Rs. 1 crore into his or her account. Freedom to equal income should become a new fundamental right.

4. Chess: In chess, why should one player have 16 black pieces and the other 16 white pieces. This is racist as well as promoting inequality. What needs to be done is to give both players 16 white pieces (because we love fairness) to play with. And since an Indian is the world champion, we should be able to influence FIDE to do this.

5. People in jail: The greatest inequality in India is between people who are in jail and people who are not. Why should only a few be entitled to this privilege?

To fix this, we need to immediately set up a procedure whereby everyone can be in jail some of the time. We should have a rotating slot system so that every citizen can experience a small cell, the attention of same-sex inmates and companionship with A Raja.

6. Queues: Long lines at ticket counters have one glaring inadequacy: not everyone can buy a ticket at the same time. The only solution is to outlaw queues and make it a free for all. Of course, there will be a lot of kicking, scratching, hair-pulling and biting as people try to reach the counter first, but this will just make it easier to send everyone to jail (see the point above).

7. Booking rail tickets on IRCTC: IRCTC needs to pull up its socks. It has the ridiculously antiquated policy that people who try to book a ticket at an earlier time will be given preference. What it needs to do is take booking requests till two hours before train time, and then announce that all ticket announcements (not only RAC) will be made at the platform. This will uphold our fundamental right to equality like nothing else.

And IRCTC has already done a small test of this logic in their tatkal booking system, so it’s well on the way.

11 Lessons from Albert Einstein along with his 11 best Quotes

We all know Albert Einstein – the Amazing minded genius who gave the world the theory of relativity and won the Nobel Prize.Many of us even know that Einstein was offered the Presidency of Israel in 1952, or that there is a chemical element named “Einsteinium” in his honor. But only a few people know that before becoming a renowned scientist Einstein had to face repeated failures and criticism even from people he loved most.

Who would ever guess that he had speech difficulty as a child and was considered “slow-minded” by his own parents? Or that the brightest mind of our century failed his University Entrance Exam? Or that when Einstein had applied for promotion from patent clerk third class to patent clerk second class at his first job, his request had been rejected on the grounds that he was not “fully familiar with mechanical engineering.”?
There is no doubt that Albert Einstein has been an inspiration for many great minds of Physics, but he also knew quite a bit about the Laws of Life as happiness and success.

Here are 11 Most Amazing Success Lessons from Albert Einstein himself:

1. Keep your mind open

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”

If we think we already know something, we stop learning, we stop questioning, we stop innovating, and, inevitably, we stop improving. Do not let your dysfunctional beliefs, your negative experiences or your education, keep you from moving forward. Sometimes the best way to make a breakthrough in life is to leave your heavy baggage of knowledge behind.

2. Get curious

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

Curiosity is one of the rare qualities that we should learn from our children. It is what keeps us young, interested, engaged and fascinated. Curious people are “seekers” – they not only try get to the bottom of things, but embrace new experiences and actively look for challenges that will stretch them, whether that involves making new friendships or learning new skills.
And while everyone knows exactly what curiosity feels like, we often forget to apply it to our day-to-day lives (even to things and people we think we know most about!) When we approach the world with a curious mind and an opened heart, there is simply no reason to feel bored, cynical or demotivated.

3. Persist

“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

How long are you willing to stick with your goals or look for solutions to your problems? How about 5 or 10 per cent longer than you normally would? A lot of times it will be enough to turn your luck around and help you to become successful.

4. Welcome Mistakes

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

Making mistakes is a necessary part of being successful. Not only by making mistakes we learn what does not work, but some of these mistakes actually turn into happy accidents that adjust the course of our professional or personal path and guide us in the right direction.

5. Change Your Attitude to Change Your Life

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

Your reality is a reflection of your thoughts. A cause of every problem or every challenging situation that we have brought upon ourselves is rooted deep into our past negative thinking patterns. We can not change our past. But we can change the way we choose to respond to these problems and situations Right This Moment.

Sometimes choosing to emotionally let go of the problem is the fastest way to make it disappear.

6. Live in the Moment

“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”

Having goals and thinking about where you want to be physically, financially and professionally is crucial for our success. Correctly-chosen goals, as road signs, point our efforts in the right direction and help us to stay focused. However, having plans for the future is not the same as obsessing over everything that might or might not happen 5-10 years from now.

7. Create Value

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

The way I see it, there are two choices when it comes to attaining success and making money: you can either concentrate on what you want to get from life and those around you, or you can concentrate on how your business, services, products or your efforts can add value to the world around you.
If you concentrate on the first, you can make a decent living, but only if you concentrate on adding value, you can be truly considered a  successful person.

8. Seek Experience, Not Information!

“Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”

You can learn about certain subject all you want, but you will never truly grasp it until you put your knowledge to practice and turn it into your personal experience.

9. Always Do Your Best

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

Success in itself is an ability to do something better than most people would do it. If you want to be successful in any area of life the rules are always the same – try harder, persist longer and practice more than you normally would.

10. Take Risks

“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”

Common sense is a great tool that can contribute to our success, if used moderately. However, being too cautious and always choosing the most “achievable” goals is what keeps so many people living below their God-given potential.

11. Focus on What Matters Most!

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

This is a sign that hung in Einstein’s Princeton University office as a reminder of the truly important things in life. To him it was love and happiness.

25 practical tips to wake up Early in the Morning

If others can be out of bed really early and make great days ahead, so can you! It’s all a matter of changing routines, learning the benefits of being an early riser and practicing the new habit positively.
Here’s how:tips
  1. Gimme one good reason. Is it being a better worker? Is it to be healthier, less stressed parent? Or is it because you’ve proven that the late riser’s life is that of a loser? Just find one good reason why you should be up and moving about early, and always keep that in mind. Make it your mantra before you finally doze off.
  2. Forget the snooze. Hey, hey. The snooze button won’t get you anywhere near the new habit or waking up early. Forget it. Set the clock at 6 AM and that’s it. Once you extend another ten minutes of getting back to sleep, you’d want another ten. And another. And some more. So forget the snooze and always remind yourself of your “one good reason” to rise on time.
  3. Know the OR ELSE factors. Most early risers know very well the repercussions of staying longer in bed. But those who don’t tend to go back to sleep. So be aware of the dreadful “or else” scenarios and that will push you to really wake up early.
  4. Sleep well and enough. People who don’t get sufficient and quality sleep are always sluggish, if not nurturing that pathetic habit of waking up late. If you wish to shift from this, then you must commit to get good sleep all the time.
  5. Make your bedroom a partner. A great bed, better pillow textures and form, and comfortable sheets would surely help in changing your sleeping – and waking – patterns. Change your bed position so you’d face the rising sun. Have the lights automatically turn on at set times in the morning. Don’t have TV or the internet in your bedroom to avoid late night temptations.
  6. Open a window. Having great air during sleep is good for your health so make sure you have a window or two opened at night.
  7. Dress right at night. Wear comfortable night wear that wouldn’t keep you awake at night. Make sure what you put on is appropriate with the weather condition and your body’s temperature. This helps you achieve quality sleep versus feeling too cold, too warm or too edgy
  8. Sleep happy. Yes, there are so many things to think about. But even with serious concerns, find a way to put yourself in a positive light and avoid thinking bad right before you sleep. Think “Tomorrow’s gonna be better, I can make it work” instead of clouding your mind with “Ugh. Life’s so unfair! Why does it always have to be me!”
  9. Create a bedtime ritual. Think nice thoughts that soothe your mind and soul. Set aside the hectic schedule for tomorrow, and instead focus on the shopping spree or vacation once you’ve completed the task. Praying and meditation works for some; try it when you feel you’re ready.
  10. Avoid night traps. Apart from TV, internet, pessimism and unfavorable bedroom atmosphere, get off good books and interesting magazines before you sleep.
  11. Eat and drink well and properly before bedtime. Don’t just focus on practicing the “no food right before sleeping” habit. Always eat a good, light dinner and avoid alcoholic drinks and coffee. They affect your sleep and have adverse results on waking up on time.
  12. Toilet before sleep. Discharge before you head off to bed so your sleep won’t be disturbed by a bursting bladder.
  13. Consistent hours even on weekends. Stick to the sleep hours and waking up routine even on weekends and holidays. Once the pattern is broken, it’s difficult to get back on track.
  14. Turn on the light right away. As darkness helps people sleep, light would keep the body attuned to day. So once you’re awake, reach for the light right away.
  15. Have a better alarm. Instead of the soft rings that could be snoozed, find an alarm that is really loud and bordering on maddening. Then place it in the bathroom or at a far corner in the bedroom. Putting it off would push you to wakefulness.
  16. Stretch. Don’t jolt your heart by suddenly jogging or doing jumping jacks in place. Instead, do stretching in most parts of your body to allow the “daytime” body processes to start well.
  17. Jump and stretch some more. Push yourself some more to be fully awake by doing more rigid stretching, jump or jog in place before heading off to the next routine or to the bathroom or kitchen.
  18. Water right after. For some, a glass of water isn’t just a healthy start, it also wakens their internal body system. Or if you need it, have water on your face to splash off sleepiness!
  19. A gentle reminder. Still too sleepy? Put the days’ to do list somewhere like the ref or bathroom cabinet whe
    re you’d be reminded what lies ahead. This should keep you on track and make you appreciate your effort to rise early.
  20. A little extra comfort. Get extra clothes ready for waking up, like a thicker coat, pajama bottoms or socks for extra cold mornings. Others would use the evening’s storm or pending blizzard to stay in bed longer. Well, don’t! Instead, be prepared.
  21. Find a partner. It helps to let someone help you with the shift. Ask your spouse or partner, even someone at work to make surprise calls just to check you’re really up. Mothers are great at this!
  22. Be ready for surprises. When your sleep has been disturbed for serious reasons, like a late night call from overseas or another state, or a bad dream, find a method to get right back to sleep. Don’t get up unless you need to go to the police district or the hospital!
  23. Perk up. Find the one good song or album to fill the air with positive sounds as you start the day. Some would even use the “party” music as alarms. If coffee or cold fruit juice perks you up, then go ahead and drink. If it’s the morning talk shows or news that gets you going, then turn the TV on.
  24. Open another window. Letting in more air – and early day time sounds – would help your body become in sync with what’s coming ahead. Take a minute or two to breathe deeply facing the window. It always refreshes – and perks you up.
  25. Congratulate yourself – out loud. Once you’re up, express wonderful congratulations verbally. It solidifies being awake, particularly if you say, “You’ve done it again!” with “Now let’s get going, dude! Time for coffee and let’s rock!” Imagine saying all these out loud!

Right strategy to wake up early

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
 – Aristotle

Are morning people born or made? In my case it was definitely made. In my early 20s, I rarely went to bed before midnight, and I’d almost always sleep in late. I usually didn’t start hitting my stride each day until late afternoon.

But after a while I couldn’t ignore the high correlation between success and rising early, even in my own life. On those rare occasions where I did get up early, I noticed that my productivity was almost always higher, not just in the morning but all throughout the day. And I also noticed a significant feeling of well-being. So being the proactive goal-achiever I was, I set out to become a habitual early riser. I promptly set my alarm clock for 5AM…

… and the next morning, I got up just before noon.


I tried again many more times, each time not getting very far with it. I figured I must have been born without the early riser gene. Whenever my alarm went off, my first thought was always to stop that blasted noise and go back to sleep. I tabled this habit for a number of years, but eventually I came across some sleep research that showed me that I was going about this problem the wrong way. Once I applied those ideas, I was able to become an early riser consistently.

It’s hard to become an early riser using the wrong strategy. But with the right strategy, it’s relatively easy.

The most common wrong strategy is this: You assume that if you’re going to get up earlier, you’d better go to bed earlier. So you figure out how much sleep you’re getting now, and then just shift everything back a few hours. If you now sleep from midnight to 8am, you figure you’ll go to bed at 10pm and get up at 6am instead. Sounds very reasonable, but it will usually fail.

It seems there are two main schools of thought about sleep patterns. One is that you should go to bed and get up at the same times every day. It’s like having an alarm clock on both ends — you try to sleep the same hours each night. This seems practical for living in modern society. We need predictability in our schedules. And we need to ensure adequate rest.

The second school says you should listen to your body’s needs and go to bed when you’re tired and get up when you naturally wake up. This approach is rooted in biology. Our bodies should know how much rest we need, so we should listen to them.

Through trial and error, I found out for myself that both of these schools are suboptimal sleep patterns. Both of them are wrong if you care about productivity. Here’s why:

If you sleep set hours, you’ll sometimes go to bed when you aren’t sleepy enough. If it’s taking you more than five minutes to fall asleep each night, you aren’t sleepy enough. You’re wasting time lying in bed awake and not being asleep. Another problem is that you’re assuming you need the same number of hours of sleep every night, which is a false assumption. Your sleep needs vary from day to day.

If you sleep based on what your body tells you, you’ll probably be sleeping more than you need — in many cases a lot more, like 10-15 hours more per week (the equivalent of a full waking day). A lot of people who sleep this way get 8+ hours of sleep per night, which is usually too much. Also, your mornings may be less predictable if you’re getting up at different times. And because our natural rhythms are sometimes out of tune with the 24-hour clock, you may find that your sleep times begin to drift.

The optimal solution for me has been to combine both approaches. It’s very simple, and many early risers do this without even thinking about it, but it was a mental breakthrough for me nonetheless. The solution was to go to bed when I’m sleepy (and only when I’m sleepy) and get up with an alarm clock at a fixed time (7 days per week). So I always get up at the same time (in my case 5am), but I go to bed at different times every night.

I go to bed when I’m too sleepy to stay up. My sleepiness test is that if I couldn’t read a book for more than a page or two without drifting off, I’m ready for bed. Most of the time when I go to bed, I’m asleep within three minutes. I lie down, get comfortable, and immediately I’m drifting off. Sometimes I go to bed at 9:30pm; other times I stay up until midnight. Most of the time I go to bed between 10-11pm. If I’m not sleepy, I stay up until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. Reading is an excellent activity to do during this time, since it becomes obvious when I’m too sleepy to read.

When my alarm goes off every morning, I turn it off, stretch for a couple seconds, and sit up. I don’t think about it. I’ve learned that the longer it takes me to get up, the more likely I am to try to sleep in. So I don’t allow myself to have conversations in my head about the benefits of sleeping in once the alarm goes off. Even if I want to sleep in, I always get up right away.

After a few days of using this approach, I found that my sleep patterns settled into a natural rhythm. If I got too little sleep one night, I’d automatically be sleepier earlier and get more sleep the next night. And if I had lots of energy and wasn’t tired, I’d sleep less. My body learned when to knock me out because it knew I would always get up at the same time and that my wake-up time wasn’t negotiable.

A side effect was that on average, I slept about 90 minutes less per night, but I act
ually felt more well-rested. I was sleeping almost the entire time I was in bed.

I read that most insomniacs are people who go to bed when they aren’t sleepy. If you aren’t sleepy and find yourself unable to fall asleep quickly, get up and stay awake for a while. Resist sleep until your body begins to release the hormones that rob you of consciousness. If you simply go to bed when you’re sleepy and then get up at a fixed time, you’ll cure your insomnia. The first night you’ll stay up late, but you’ll fall asleep right away. You may be tired that first day from getting up too early and getting only a few hours of sleep the whole night, but you’ll slog through the day and will want to go to bed earlier that second night. After a few days, you’ll settle into a pattern of going to bed at roughly the same time and falling asleep right away.

So if you want to become an early riser (or just exert more control over your sleep patterns), then try this: Go to bed only when you’re too sleepy to stay up, and get up at a fixed time every morning.

Practical tips to Increase XP Speed and Performance

even though windows Vista and 7 are launched,many of the consumers have sticked to XP because of its simple design and conventional styling.but XP if not maintained properly,may slower down a bit,and cause are some quick and practical tips to speed up Windows XP

1.)Delete the temporary internet files and browser history.

Whenever you surf the net,windows automatically saves certain pages and addresses and saves in your hard-disk.If you don’t clean up your temporary files,your computer can slow down and can even hang up.

I personally reccomend CCLEANER.It cleans up your hard disk and also your registry cleaner.

Also you can use the disk clean up feature of your windows use it

Click start in the bottom left corner, then click run.

Type, “cleanmgr.exe” in the text field.

Press “okay”. This can take a while if you have never done it before.


Once a month, run a disk cleanup. Here’s how: Double-click the My Computer icon. Then right-click on the C: drive and select Properties. Click the Disk Cleanup button — it’s just to the right of the Capacity pie graph — and delete all temporary files.

2.)Remove unwanted/unneeded software which may be the reason for slowdown.

Click start, then click control panel.

Click add/remove programs.

Highlight any old software you do not use and then click “remove”.

3.) Reduce Windows Load timeClick Start, then Run.

  • Click Start, then Run.

    Type in ‘msconfig’ and press enter.

    Click on the BOOT.INI tab at the top.

    Over to the right there will be a box labeled Timeout with 30 in it. Change the 30 to a 3.

    After you apply this step, your pc will want to do a restart for changes to take effect. After the restart, you’ll get a System Configuration Utility window; just check the radio box that begins “Don’t show this message.”

4.) Decrease Processing time and speed up Windows

Turning off the fancy Windows XP graphics will noticeably increase the speed of your computer.

Go to Start, (Settings), Control Panel, System. NOTE: You may need to ‘Switch to Classic Mode’ to see the System applet.

Go to the Advanced tab. Click the Settings button under Performance.

Select the ‘Adjust for best performance’ radio button, then Apply, and OK.

The graphics aren’t as flashy, but your computer will run a lot faster.

5.)Stop unwanted Start-Up programs.
Run msconfig

Choose startup box

Select uncheck programs you don’t want to run on start up


Click here and download StartUpCPL.

Install the software you have just downloaded.

Open control panel, select Start up.

Disable any programs you do not want load automatically.

6.)Empty the Recycle Bin.

Simply deleting files from the disk doesn’t really delete them at all, rather they are moved to a temporary holding area on the hard drive for easy restoration. This area is called the Recycle Bin and is usually displayed on the Desktop. Review the contents before emptying. Once emptied, the space on the hard drive that the data occupied is made available for reuse and the restoration of files emptied from the recycle bin becomes extremely difficult. Note that this will only speed up your computer if the hard drive is nearly full.

7.)Run “Error Checking” on all hard drives.

Right-click a drive icon in “My Computer” and select “Properties” followed by “Tools”. Choose “Error Checking” to let the utility scan the drive for damaged files that can contribute to slow drive access speeds. This process may take several minutes or more to complete.

8.)Install “Malwarebytes Anti Malware”.

Malwarebytes is a highly regarded, free anti-malware program for Windows computers. It should be downloaded from the developer’s page directly – assuring you of the latest, unadulterated version. The program comes with a setup wizard to make installation as easy as possible. During installation, you will have to opportunity to try the Pro version for 30 days, free of charge. You can accept or pass on this offer as decided by you. The Pro version will allow you to automatically run the program silently in the background to prevent malware from entering your computer. The free version must be manually started to scan for suspected malware installations. Right after installation, and each time a scan is started, you will be asked if the program can download an updated list of threats for its database. This should be allowed for maximum protection at the time of each request. Choose a “quick scan” if you suspect trouble, to clear most problems in a few minutes. A thorough scan would be comprehensive, but
can take quite some time to complete – depending on the amount of data on the drive(s) to be scanned.

Simple Tips to remain Healthy

 When it comes to good health, there’s no big secret. Here are 10 things you can do today to improve your health. 
1. Check your weight

Nearly one in three women and four out of 10 men in England are overweight. Obesity causes 9,000 premature deaths every year and, on average, reduces life expectancy by nine years. Use BMI calculator to find out if you’re a healthy weight or whether you’re at risk of serious health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. 

2. Drink less

Most people are unaware that regularly drinking more alcohol than is advised by the NHS can lead to a wide range of long-term health problems, including cancers, strokes and heart attacks. For example, men who regularly drink more than three to four units a day are three times more likely to have a stroke. 

3. Eat less salt and fat

Excessive salt and fat in our diets are a major cause of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Too much salt in your food can cause high blood pressure and make you three times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Two thirds of Britons have too much saturated fat in their diets, putting them at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

4. Exercise regularly

There’s more to exercise than losing weight. Even if you’re slim, you’ll still get health benefits from exercising. Even a little regular activity can lower the risk of developing major chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes, by up to 50%. Regular exercise can cut the risk of premature death by 20% to 30%. 

5. Eat more fruit and veg

For a healthy and balanced diet, try to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Research shows that eating at least 400g of fruit and vegetables a day can lower your risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

6. Keep stress in check

In 2008/09 some 415,000 people in the UK reported work-related stress at a level they believed was making them ill. Psychological problems, including stress, are the underlying reason for one in five visits to a GP. If left unchecked, stress can lead to further health problems such as high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. 

7. Improve your sleep

Nearly everyone has problems sleeping at some point in their life. It’s thought that a third of people in the UK have bouts of insomnia. Most healthy adults sleep for an average of seven to nine hours a night. If you’re not getting enough sleep, it can affect relationships, your performance at work, and it can delay recovery from illness. Good sleep starts with a good bedtime ritual and some simple lifestyle changes.

8. Quit smoking

The health benefits of quitting smoking are immediate. After 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse return to normal. After 24 hours, your lungs start to clear. After three days you can breathe more easily, and your energy increases. Keep it up and you’re adding years to your life. Research shows that men who quit smoking by the age 30 add 10 years to their life. 

9. Check that lump

One in three people in England is diagnosed with cancer at some time in their life. Cancer usually affects older people, but it can occur at any age. Detecting most cancers early means that treatment is more likely to be successful. Sometimes, noticing a small change, like a lump, changes to a mole or unexplained weight loss, can make a big difference to your health.