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Facebook Timeline Just Arrived Today For Everyone..To get click the link inside

The Much awaited but literary faces lotz of criticism for the drastic changes in Facebook profile called FACEBOOK TIMELINE announced at F8 earlier in September 2011, only for the developers as Get TIMELINE Now through Facebook Apps.... but today gone public for everyone..Lets see how people react these changes on their real life.To get timeline and wanna know more about it [click Here]
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Mutton / Lamb Sekuwa

Ingredients: 1.5 lbs.Mutton/Lamb, trimmed, and cut into I-inches cubes Melted butter for basting Bamboo skewers (pre-soaked for at least 30 min. in cold water) Marinade: 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 tablespoons musturd oil 1 cup onions, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 3 fresh red chilies 1 teaspoon pepper corn 1 teaspoon timur 2 cloves garlic 1 in. ginger 1 tablespoon fresh dill weed, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 1 tablespoon soy sauce Salt to taste 1/4 cup green onions, cut in 1-in. length Instructions In a blender combine all the marinating ingredients to form marinade. In a large bowl mix lamb meat with the marinade. Marinate for at least 6 hours. Fire up a charcoal grill. Clean the grill surface thoroughly. Thread the marinated lamb cubes into skewers. Do not overcrowd the pieces. Grill the skewered lamb cubes, frequently turning and basting with melted butter until cooked medium-rare. Take off the grill and brush the cooked sekuwas with butter before serving.Serve with fresh radish strips.
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Youtube ...Reprogrammed the biggest makeover ever...

YouTube has reprogrammed its website to make it easier for viewers to find and watch their favorite channels. The facelift, unveiled on Thursday, is the latest step in YouTube's attempt to make the Internet's most popular video site as easy to navigate and as compelling to watch as cable TV. In the process, YouTube owner Google Inc. hopes to make money selling ads. As part of the redesign, YouTube is replacing its staid white background with a touch of gray. The changes are part of the biggest renovation that YouTube has undertaken since Google bought the site for $1.76 billion five years ago. Although Google has been steadily adding more frills to YouTube since that acquisition, the videos on the site often were stitched in a crazy quilt that often required visitors to do a lot of searching to find what they wanted. Google also has been sprucing up other products in recent months, including its Gmail service and news section. YouTube's website has been reorganized to display three main vertical columns instead of scattering clips in horizontal rows. The left of the page is devoted to a column that can be customized to feature a viewer's favorite channels and monitor the videos being posted by their friends on social networks, including Facebook - a rival to Google's own Plus service. The effort to highlight channels comes a few weeks after YouTube agreed to invest $100 million in original programming from about 100 celebrities, media companies and video entrepreneurs. Most of these channels will debut next year. YouTube hopes additional advertising will enable it to reap a profit from the investment. The middle of YouTube's new home page is where videos can be played. The selection will change as viewers click on a different channel included in their lists in the left column. The far right column will recommend other videos, based on what kind of clips that viewers have watched in the past. Bringing more professionally-produced content and more organization to YouTube has become more important since last year's introduction of Google TV - an attempt to seamlessly blend conventional television programming with Web surfing. YouTube's more streamlined look might make the site more attractive to watch on large-screen TVs using Google's product or other connections to the Internet.
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On the whole, THE DIRTY PICTURE banks heavily on shock-value, sex-value and most importantly, script-value.

THE DIRTY PICTURE is embellished with several powerful sequences. Note the sequence when Vidya convinces/seduces Naseeruddin Shah, after he refuses to work with her. It's remarkable. Also, the first encounter with Emraan Hashmi. Noteworthy! Much later, the volatile sequence at the awards ceremony [the intermission point] is amongst the highpoints of the enterprise. The second hour has its share of super moments as well. The one featuring Vidya outside Anju Mahendroo's mansion is super. Vidya's interaction with the two women [individual sequences, both] -- with Naseer's wife first and Shakila, the dancer, next -- packs a solid punch. Vidya's interaction with the maker of porn movies is another shocking twist. The finale, of course, moves you no end. Vishal-Shekhar deliver a good soundtrack. 'Ooo La La' is easily the song of the year [rendered brilliantly by Bappi Lahiri and Shreya Ghoshal], while 'Ishq Sufiyana' has long legs too. Another striking track is 'Honeymoon Ki Raat'. The choreography of these tracks [Pony Prakash Raj], especially 'Ooh La La', is straight out of the 80s. Bobby Singh's cinematography is magnificent. Vidya's sizzling show and dare-bare act is sure to seize the viewers by complete astonishment. It's a novel casting because it is nothing like what Vidya has done before and is completely diverse to her image. But let's give Vidya the due: She delivers an astounding performance, pushing the envelope yet again. It wouldn't be erroneous to state that Vidya will walk away with the awards for the sterling act in this film. Besides, she carries off the hot attire without making her character look vulgar or tasteless. In fact, Milan and costume designer Niharika Bhasin Khan have ensured that the sexy-looking persona is aesthetically depicted. Vidya had put on oodles of weight to get the look of the character right and the flabby body only adds a lot of authenticity to the character she depicts on the big screen. Naseeruddin Shah, who has been cast as an ageing South Indian superstar, sports wigs, dark glasses and painted moustache, reminding people of the stars of that era. He plays to the gallery, provoking claps, laughs and whistles, thus pulling off the role with élan. One has to credit Emraan Hashmi for willing to take on bold, aggressive characters. I actually wondered what prompted the actor to share screen space with Vidya, who has a meatier role and enacts the central character, but he walks his own path throughout the film. He plays the headstrong, hot-blooded, rebellious director to the hilt. Tusshar is wonderfully restrained in a significant role. His sequences with Naseer and Vidya, both are truly fantastic. Anju Mahendru is first-rate, reminding people of a real-life lady journo, who was hugely popular for her writings in the 80s. Rajesh Sharma, the film-maker who 'discovers' Silk, is outstanding. An actor to watch out for! Shivani Tanskale, enacting the role of Naseeruddin Shah's wife, is perfect. Mangal Kenkre [as Ratnamma] and Imran Hasnee are adequate.
It's an exceptional portrayal of an ordinary person's rise from scratch to extraordinary heights and her subsequent fall. Without doubt, it is one of the most comprehensive scripts to come out of the Hindi film industry in 2011. A film with a universal theme and terrific mass connect, it has remarkable potential to set the cash registers ringing for one more valid reason -- entertainment, entertainment and entertainment.
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How to Install iOS 5 if you not have an iPhone 4s?


If you have an older iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, you can upgrade it to Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 5, released earlier today. So, too, can iPad and iPad 2 owners, and those with a third- or fourth-generation iPod Touch. Note that many people are reporting problems with the iOS 5 installation the following covers the basic procedure as it's supposed to go.

To get iOS 5, the first order of business is to update to iTunes 10.5. Open iTunes and then click iTunes > Check for Updates to install version 10.5.


Before you can upgrade to iOS 5, you must first upgrade to iTunes 10.5.

Once iTunes is up-to-date, connect your iOS device. If you aren't prompted automatically to start downloading iOS 5, select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch under the Devices header in the left-hand column and click Check for Update.

Click on your device in the left-hand column and then click Check for Update to find iOS 5.
A pop-up window will appear, alerting you that a new iOS version is available for your device. Click the Download and Update button. (Or, if you are going to need your phone in the near future, opt for the Download Only button to download it now and install later. iOS 5 is a 668.8MB download for the iPhone, which could take an hour or more, depending on your connection and the amount of traffic hitting Apple's servers.)

You are now 4 clicks away from starting the iOS 5 download.
Click through the next three screens to start the download. If you want to see its progress, click Downloads under the Store header in the left-hand column of iTunes. It shows you the estimated time remaining and how many megabytes have been downloaded.

The impatient among us can check the progress of the download in iTunes.

Once the download completes, the installation will begin automatically if you chose the Download and Update option. Once iOS 5 is installed, you'll need to hop through a few setup screens on your device before it's ready to use. You'll be asked to enable location services, sign in with your Apple log-in, enter your birthday, agree to terms and conditions, set up iCloud, and enable Find My iPhone. On my iPhone 3GS, it looked like this:


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Wanna Get It?...Facebook's New Timeline Feature, Step By Step Guide.

Most users will have to wait a few weeks before they get to see Facebook’s most drastic changes to the service since the company was founded, but you can use a developers' workaround to gain access to the Timeline feature right now.
Developers already have access to early beta versions of the new features. Luckily for users eager to try out the revamped Facebook, becoming a developer is a simple process that shouldn’t take you more than 5 or 10 minutes.
Facebook announced the updates Thursday at the company’s f8 developers' conference.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s how you do it.
First, log into Facebook and enable developer mode. The easiest way to do this is to just type “developer” into Facebook’s search box and click the first result. It should look like this.
You’ll have to retype your password and allow the developer app basic access to your account before you see a screen that looks something like this.
This is the basic developer page. We’re going to convince Facebook we’re real developers and create an app that uses its new “Open Graph” tech. Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as hard as it sounds.
Now, create a new app by clicking the button in the top left corner. Nobody but you will see the app, so the information you enter doesn’t actually matter. Just create an app name and namespace (the latter needs to be all lowercase), agree to the terms and conditions, and create the app. Now you should arrive at the app’s main setting screen, as shown below:
Click on the link labeled “Open Graph” on the left (not shown here) to open up the Open Graph Getting Started page. To get started with Open Graph, you’ve got to fill in an action your app can do and an object for your app to interact with. This can be any verb and noun. (For instance, my fake app fulfills my lifelong dream of fighting a robot.)
After you’ve created your action and object, click the Get Started button. This will drop down the first of three pages of settings but, since no one will see them, they shouldn’t matter. Quickly click through them to create your app. When you’re done, you should see a page like this:

You're In!

Congratulations, you’re now a Facebook developer on the cutting edge. Just wait a few minutes for your new developer status to filter through the system. Then return to the Facebook homepage where you should find an invite for Timeline at the top of the screen.
Be warned that the new Timeline is a little bit buggy, and not everything Zuckerberg promised inThursday’s keynote has been implemented yet, but if you want to get a handle on Facebook’s new features early, or try out the new Spotify app, or just gain bragging rights with your friends, this should be your golden ticket.
Some things to note: Even though you now have access to the Timeline, it still won't be your default homepage. To get back to your timeline view you'll need to surf to http://www.facebook.com/YOURNAMEHERE?sk=timeline, switching out the YOURNAMEHERE part with your facebook username, or just bookmark the timeline page when you get to it.




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Most Awaited Movie Of The Year Directorial Debut For Pankaj Kapoor, MAUSAM is a colossal disappointment!

MAUSAM starts with mere adolescent attraction between a Punjabi boy Harry [Shahid Kapoor] and a Kashmiri girl Aayat [Sonam Kapoor] in a small village of Punjab. It develops into young love between them in season two. Their love realizes its own depth in the hours of separation through season three. In the fourth and final season, their love culminates into togetherness. But not before sacrificing a lot personally and learning the truth behind universal love.

MAUSAM has an old-world charm, no two opinions about it. The magic of the good old days is delectable and it's a great feeling to go back in time. Right from the setting to the costumes to the overall ambience, the film succeeds in pulling you back in time. But like I pointed out at the outset, the writing leaves a sour taste in your mouth. It lacks meat.

Let me elaborate. The transition from Season 1 [in Punjab] to Season 2 [in Scotland] seems most unreal. The transition from a small village in Punjab to a palatial mansion and shop in Scotland remains a mystery. It truly baffles you. Also, when Sonam accidentally spots Shahid in Scotland, after a gap of many years, you'd expect her to rush up to him; if not hug him, at least make him aware that they've finally found/traced each other. But she doesn't, till he traces her and leaves a note for her. Why does Sonam evade him on the street first and at the concert later? Those in love would jump at the very first opportunity to rekindle an old flame, right?

The graph of the film moves downwards with each passing episode. The war and the aftermath doesn't work, the Switzerland incident [when Shahid spots Sonam and chases her again, only to find her with someone else], though well shot, adds to the length, while the finale in Ahmedabad -- the climax -- is far from convincing. Besides, the lovers cross paths so many times that it doesn't come across as a coincidence anymore. Also, their reunion doesn't make you feel euphoric at all. The film doesn't end at that. There's an element of heroism injected in the finale moments of the film and it is so ridiculous that you actually rub your eyes in disbelief. Seriously, Mr Kapur, what were you thinking when you wrote this part?

Pankaj Kapur is a brilliant actor, but he has a long, long way to go when it comes to writing a screenplay and telling a story without stretching it. There's no denying that he has handled a number of sequences adroitly, but after a point, MAUSAM becomes a tedious experience that sets in boredom and tests the patience of the viewer. The production values are top notch and producers Sheetal Vinod Talwar and Sunil Lulla deserve credit for giving the film a gargantuan look. The soundtrack of MAUSAM [Pritam] is a delight for listeners. The songs that stand out are 'Sajh Dhaj Ke' and 'Rabba Main Toh Mar Gaya Oye'. Binod Pradhan's cinematography is remarkable.

It must have been a challenge of sorts for Shahid and Sonam to get the roles right. For, both sport not one, but varied looks in the film. Shahid gives his all to this role, submitting himself to his director-father to mould him the way he chooses to. It won't be erroneous to state that Shahid surpasses all his previous performances, including the one in KAMINEY, with this film. The film also marks the coming of age of this actor. For Sonam, MAUSAM will prove to be a turning point in her career. Astonishing -- that would be the right word to describe her work this time around. The confidence with which she handles the distinct characterization speaks volumes.

Supriya Pathak Kapur is first-rate. Anupam Kher is wasted. Manoj Pahwa is wonderful, as always. The actors essaying the role of Sonam's father and sister are natural. Vaibhav Talwar gets no scope. Aditi Sharma excels in a brief role. 




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Google+ is now open for all.

After a long wait wait now the day come with most awaited another social networking site by the search engine giant "Google" called google plus opens for everyone with great features and for that just do not need a gmail account you can make a google plus id from your current hotmail or yahoo ids to login and curently more that 25 million using google plus lets see after its convenience to everyone what will happen time will tell but facebook really face some cut in their revenue this year thats for sure says market researchers.


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Miss Universe 2011- A Miss Angola Leila Lopes First Angolian to be Crown as Miss Universe with Video


A new Miss Universe was crowned Monday night: She's Miss Angola, business student Leila Lopes, and she plans to work on HIV advocacy worldwide, in addition to helping her own country.
"As Miss Angola I've already done a lot to help my people," Lopes, 25, said Tuesday morning after taking home the crown. "I've worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs.
"I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more."







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MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN-Yet another winner from Yash Raj!


Kush [Imran Khan] is looking for the ideal Indian bride for his brother Luv [Ali Zafar], who stays in London. In his quest, Kush goes through an array of wacky encounters with several families until he finally finds that perfect girl in Dimple [Katrina Kaif], the craziest / wackiest girl he has ever known.

Both the families meet. Formalities are completed. Preparations proceed in full swing. And just then Kush falls in love with Dimple... his brother's dulhan.

On hindsight, if someone were to tell you that the story of the film is about a guy who falls in love with the bride he has chosen for his brother, you'd expect lots of melodrama and an undercurrent of tension after a point in the narrative. I'd say, ignore all the nagging misconceptions or preconceived notions you may have had about MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN. Venture into the cineplex with an open mind and trust me, as the reels unfold, you'll realize that the film is not like what you may have envisioned prior to its screening. It makes wonderful sense!


Most rom-coms follow the conventional route. You know how they start, what's in store in the middle and how they usually end. They don't really challenge the intellect, frankly. But there's a twist in the tale in MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN that catches you by surprise. Sure, it's about two guys liking the same girl -- a formula that's done to death -- but even if the theme has been used and re-used time and again, there's always scope that the next man who attempts it may treat it slightly differently. Thankfully, MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN has the conventional plot, but isn't conventional in the true sense. And it's definitely not the been-there-seen-that kind of a movie either.

On the flip side, MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN has its share of few predictable moments in its second hour. Actually, the graph of the film dips, albeit slightly, in the post-interval portions. The problem is, the first hour is so high on entertainment quotient that you expect the second hour to supersede the first by leaps and bounds. Lots seem to happen in the post-interval portions, but the episodes aren't as exciting as the first hour, which is why you feel the difference. However, the finale throws a new twist, which may appear stretched to some, but is likeable nonetheless.

First-time director Ali Abbas Zafar has complete grasp over the medium and has treated each scene wonderfully well. Besides, he has drawn admirable performances from the principal characters. Handling comic scenes is one tough job, but Ali seems to have a flair for it. MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN has a winner of a soundtrack. Expectedly, the songs, composed by Sohail Sen, stress on the fun quotient that compliments the mood of this film. The songs are urbane-friendly, yet massy, with 'Dhunki', 'Choomantar', 'Madhubala' and the title track being excellent compositions. I would also like to make a special mention of the choreography of these songs [Bosco-Caesar]. It's truly eye-catching. Sudeep Chatterjee's cinematography is vibrant.

The performances are easy on the eyes. The unlikely chemistry between Katrina and Imran coupled with Ali Zafar's impeccable comic timing keeps you glued to the screen. Imran, frankly, seems the apt choice for this role and he more than lives up to it. Katrina is only getting better and more endearing with every release. Ali Zafar is a supremely talented actor and this film proves it yet again.

Tara D'Souza does a fine job. Parikshit Sahni and Kanwaljeet Singh are truly wonderful. The actor who plays Imran's friend is natural. John Abraham appears in a cameo.

On the whole, MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN is a delectably wholesome, heartening, feel-good entertainer. Not just a comedy, but also a tender, bittersweet saga, this rom-com is sure to melt your heart, then restore it anew all over again.

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How To Kill Processes from Command Prompt

Many People are familiar with the traditional way to kill or end a process in Windows using Task Manager.  This method is effective but not nearly as fun as killing a process in Command Prompt.  Additionally, killing processes in Command Prompt provides much more control and the ability to end multiple processes at once.

All of this is possible with the TaskKill command. First, let's cover the basics.  You can kill a process by the process ID (PID) or by image name (EXE filename).
Open up an Administrative level Command Prompt and run tasklist to see all of the running processes:
C:\>tasklist


Image Name                     PID Session Name        Mem Usage
========================= ======== ================ ============
firefox.exe                  26356 Console             139,352 K
regedit.exe                  24244 Console               9,768 K
cmd.exe                      18664 Console               2,380 K
conhost.exe                   2528 Console               7,852 K
notepad.exe                  17364 Console               7,892 K
notepad.exe                  24696 Console              22,028 K
notepad.exe                  25304 Console               5,852 K
explorer.exe                  2864 Console              72,232 K
In the example above you can see the image name and the PID for each process. If you want to kill the firefox process run:
C:\>Taskkill /IM firefox.exe /F
 or
C:\>Taskkill /PID 26356 /F
The /f flag is kills the process forcefully.  Failure to use the /F flag will result in nothing happening in some cases.  One example is whenever I want to kill the explorer.exe process I have to use the /F flag or else the process just does not terminate.
If you have multiple instances of an image open such as multiple firefox.exe processes, running the taskkill /IM firefox.exe command will kill all instances. When you specify the PID only the specific instane of firefox will be terminated. 


The real power of taskkill are the filtering options that allow you to use the following variables and operators.
Variables: 
  • STATUS
  • IMAGENAME
  • PID
  • SESSION
  • CPUTIME
  • MEMUSAGE
  • USERNAME
  • MODULES
  • SERVICES
  • WINDOWTITLE
Operators:
  • eq (equals)
  • ne (not equal)
  • gt (greater than)
  • lt (less than)
  • ge (greater than or equal)
  • le (less than or equal)
"*" is the wildcard.
You can use the variables and operators with the /FI filtering flag.  For example, let's say you want to end all processes that have a window title that starts with "Internet":
C:\>taskkill /FI "WINDOWTITLE eq Internet*" /F
How about killing all processes running under the Steve account:
C:\>taskkill /FI "USERNAME eq Steve" /F
It is also possible to kill a process running on a remote computer with taskkill.  Just run the following to kill notepad.exe on a remote computer called SteveDesktop:
C:\>taskkill /S SteveDesktop /U RemoteAccountName /P RemoteAccountPassword /IM notepad.exe /F
To learn more about taskkill run it with the /? command just like any other Windows command.
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Watch this film THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS-if you want to see cinema from India beyond the routine Bollywoodish stuff.


THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS traces Ruth's [Kalki Koechlin] search for her father -- a man she hardly knew, but cannot forget. Desperation drives her to work, without a permit, at a massage parlor. Torn between several schisms, Mumbai becomes the alien but yet strangely familiar backdrop for Ruth's quest. She struggles to find her independence and space even as she is sucked deeper into the labyrinthine politics of the city's underbelly. A city that feeds on her misery, a love that eludes her and above all, a devastating truth that she encounters.


First things first, THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS is not your emblematic desi flick. It speaks a new language and has the unflinching approach of individualist director Anurag Kashyap. The screenplay is such that it keeps you estimating as to what's going to happen subsequently, till the finale hits you like a ton of bricks. Truly, this is not your characteristic desi flick.

Shot in undersized places, like tiny dwellings, seedy massage parlors and shrunk spaces, the visuals add to the feeling of anxiety, claustrophobia and uneasiness throughout, which, frankly, gels very well with the character and plot of the film. That's not all, the sundry characters that you are introduced to in Ruth's journey -- shady people, drug dealers, ruthless criminals, sex fanatics and of course, the crooked officers at the government offices [note the treatment meted out to white women at these places] -- leaves you flabbergasted.

The narrative moves at its own pace, but let me add, there's never a dull moment in the enterprise. Kashyap successfully probes into the disturbed mind of his central character as she encounters her dilemmas and the scandalous conclusion to the story is something, I am sure, you'd never forget. I'd like to add here that this is Kashyap's most powerful film to date, his best work so far in terms of narrative and storytelling. Together with co-writer Kalki Koechlin, Kashyap narrates a tale that's extremely compelling and equally complicated.

THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS is embellished with top notch performances, with Kalki scoring brownie points for her super performance in the film. Playing a stylish, sensible, sharp-witted British girl supporting herself by working illegally in a massage parlor, Kalki has the right look for her part, but it does take a lot of guts to portray this intricate role. She has an inimitable talent and onscreen presence by means of which she single-handedly carries the film with her gut wrenching raw performance.

One of the finest actors of India, Naseeruddin Shah brings value and reverence to the character he depicts. In addition, there's a wonderful performance by Prashant Prakash, who plays Kalki's oversexed coke-sniffing lover boy. Gulshan Devaiya is an incredible talent, no two opinions on that, and he carries off his part brilliantly. The actress portraying the role of a vivacious chatterbox in charge of the massage parlor is excellent. Kumud Mishra, Shiv Subramaniam, Makrand Deshpande, Ronit Roy, Piyush Mishra, Rajat Kapoor and Divya Jagdale are perfect in their parts.

On the whole, THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS is yet another outstanding example of independent cinema. This Anurag Kashyap film caters to a more evolved, cinema literate audience. The film may not boast of big stars or may not be very huge on hype and hoopla, but it is a gem of a movie that should be watched for its powerful plot and terrific execution of the written material.
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Microsoft-New Windows 8 capable of accessing ISO and VHD files


Microsoft is adding more functionality to Explorer in Windows 8. On Tuesday the company is announcing improvements for data access in ISO and VHD files.

When was the last time you used a CDROM or DVD in your computer? Are you seeing that optical drivers are disappearing from laptops? This time around Microsoft is noticing this and now Windows 8 will enable users to easily access to content stored in storage formats such as, ISO and VHD files.

Accessing data in ISO files

To get everyone in the same page, ISO file is a simple disc image stored as a file, composed of all the contents of a CDROM or DVD disc — virtual optical disc if you will –. You can think of an ISO file as a full-fidelity image (digital copy) of the physical disc.

So what is new and how this will work in the new operating system? You may ask. Many times you had to get third-party software to do this work, e.g., WinCDEmu, now in Windows 8 this feature comes integrated without the need of installing any extra software. The way it works is easy — “mount” the ISO file by double-clicking or right-clicking on the file, or using the Mount option in the Windows Explorer ribbon. Once you do one of those actions, Windows seamlessly creates in the background a virtual CDROM or DVD drive on the fly, and a new drive letter will appear, which indicates that the data stored in the ISO file is now accessible.

The biggest benefits of ISO files are that they eliminate the need to have a physical discs and they are easier to distribute.

In a new entry from Building Windows 8 blog Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s Windows Chief, walks you through the flow that will enable you to access an ISO file:

“As you see in the figure below, we have three ISO files in a local folder. The one we will work with contains the (legally obtained) Office application suite. To mount the ISO, you can either double click the file or click Mount on the Actions tab.”



“Once you mount the ISO, a new drive letter appears for the virtual CDROM/DVD drive that Windows seamlessly creates. The contents of the ISO are accessible just as they would have been had you inserted the CD/DVD media into a physical optical drive. Only, operating on the contents happens at the speed of your hard drive, not an optical drive.”


“Once you are done using the ISO, you can (virtually) “eject” it, and the virtual drive disappears.”



And that is how easy will be accessing an ISO file on Windows 8!

Accessing data a VHD file

Another improvement in Windows 8 is a much easier access to a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) file. This file format is used by Microsoft virtualization solutions, Hyper-V and Virtual PC in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 to store information for Virtual Machines.

VHD is a “image format specification that allows encapsulation of the hard disk into an individual file for use by the operating system, as a virtual disk in all the same ways physical hard disks are used.” - Sinofsky explains.

Working with a VHD file is same as working with an ISO file with the difference that a VHD file will appear under the Hard Disk Drives section as a new hard drive.


As you can see, Windows will also provide a drive letter for the VHD file.


Once the virtual hard drive is mounted, you can work as if it was a normal hard drive. When you are done you can simply right-click it and select Eject, or you can just click the Eject button in the ribbon.




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BODYGUARD-a hurricane to strike at the box-office that's for sure.




When it comes to being punctual and doing his duties perfectly, Lovely Singh [Salman Khan] is unmatchable. Taking great pride in what he does, he spares no effort in giving his everything to his profession. Lovely is summoned for an assignment of guarding Divya [Kareena Kapoor], the daughter of Sartaj Rana [Raj Babbar], a business tycoon. Lovely accompanies her to her campus, but ends up rubbing her the wrong way with his over-protective nature.

She finds him to be a major obstacle in leading a regular campus life. To throw him off-track and get him out of the way, she comes up with a 'master plan' -- that of trapping him in a fake love affair. 'Once he's smitten by the girl of his dreams and is reveling in his new-found romance, he will leave us alone and we shall be free to do our own thing unhindered', says Divya to her friends.

She becomes an anonymous admirer of his and starts hounding him, expressing her 'feelings' in no uncertain terms. Lovely, however, proves to be a tough nut to crack and it takes quite a bit of doing from her side to penetrate his fort-like exterior. But once she succeeds in doing so, he transforms into a completely different person. Divya is triumphant and is all set to relish her regained freedom.

But things take an unexpected turn when she learns a few things about Lovely. Things that she could've never even imagined. And she soon finds herself trapped in a dilemma that she's unable to resolve. And with her, soon enough, Lovely finds himself trapped in a web of lies, trickery and deceit.

BODYGUARD is a simple-n-sweet tale of love that's engaging and relatable. At the same time, there's an unexpected twist in the pre-climax which shocks you completely. At no point does the director swerve from the main plot to provide a few extra laughs or thrills. Besides, this is a script which gives actors a lot of room to emote. And both Salman and Kareena seize the opportunity with both hands. More on that later!

Like I pointed out earlier, with BODYGUARD, Salman returns to a genre he started out with -- love story. Sure, BODYGUARD is a remake of a Malayalam film [remade in various South Indian languages as well], which has all the trappings of a perfect masala film -- action, music, comedy -- but BODYGUARD is essentially a love story at heart. Salman's intro may give an impression that it's a hardcore masala film, especially the song and fight sequence [frankly, the first half of the film is routine, with not much happening in the plot]. The director reserves the best for the second half, when it transforms into a love story. The action scene in the second half -- when Salman and Aditya Pancholi get into a fist fight -- is outstanding and will send his fans in raptures. Especially the moment when Salman's shirt rips off and his ripped muscles can be seen. The twist in the tale is a complete shocker. In fact, the penultimate reels of the film catches you complete unaware since you don't expect the story to change so dramatically.

Director Siddique, who has directed the same script for the third time, ensures that a simple story is narrated with simplicity and unfussiness. The twist in the tale comes at the right time, the songs are smartly integrated in the plotline and of course, there are ample comic moments, courtesy Rajat Rawail. The best thing about the film is that Siddique has made a very conscious effort to project Salman as a sensitive human being and not as a demigod, which is why the character becomes all the more relatable and endearing.

The soundtrack fits the genre of the film well. The title track at the very start [Salman's intro] will draw whistles and claps, while 'Teri Meri' is undoubtedly the pick of the lot. Soulfully rendered, this one's simply mesmerizing. Overall, it's a hit score from Himesh Reshammiya and Pritam. Sejal Shah's cinematography is appropriate. Vijayan's action sequences are stylish. Though not an action film, the action sequences do stand out.

Salman delivers one of his best performances in recent times. He makes magnificent use of his tough physique and soft face. Salman's fans are sure to lap this knockout performance in a big way. BODYGUARD would be incomplete without Kareena's contribution. Some roles are tailor-made for actresses who can deliver with aplomb and who better than Kareena to infuse life in a challenging character. She looks gorgeous [as always] and gives this character the dignity that it deserves. Raj Babbar is perfect. Mahesh Manjrekar is as usual. Aditya Pancholi, in a cameo, stages a welcome comeback. He's first-rate. Rajat Rawail is a joy to watch. He's truly funny. Hazel is quite good. Asrani and Vidya Sinha are okay in their respective parts.

On the whole, BODYGUARD works for varied reasons -- it has a simple, but captivating story with a dramatic twist in the tale, the chemistry between the lead actors is perfect and the music is well juxtaposed in the narrative. But its biggest USP is, without doubt, Salman Khan. He carries the film on his broad and brawny shoulders and that alone is the imperative reason for watching this film. BODYGUARD should emerge his third festive hit and fourth super-success at the ticket window.
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Katsudon - A Popular Japanese Cuisine


Ingredients
2 cups cooked short-grain white rice (rinse well before cooking to remove the starch)
3 eggs
2 (4-ounce) boneless pork chops
1 cup panko bread crumbs {Japanese}
Vegetable oil, for frying
1 cup dashi stock
1/2 cup mirin (sweet rice cooking wine)
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 green onions sliced into 1-inch pieces

Method:
Prepare the rice 1 hour before the meal.

Beat 1 of the eggs in a bowl and dredge the pork cutlets in it and then into the bread crumbs.

Fry them in hot oil until golden and tender, drain on paper towels. Slice the cutlets on the bias into 1/2-inch strips.

Bring the dashi, mirin, and soy sauce to a boil in a pot. Then add the sliced green onion, and simmer until soft. Half fill 2 deep bowls with the rice. Arrange 1 sliced cutlet on the rice in each bowl to look like it is intact.

Whisk the eggs in a bowl then pour slowly over the onion into the dashi in the pot. When the egg is nearly set, stir once. Ladle half of the egg mass on top of the pork in each bowl.

Then ladle more broth among the bowls. You may not need to use it all. Serve immediately.


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NOT A LOVE STORY is amongst Ramgopal Varma's best works..It shocks and stuns..Try, not to miss this one.


In 2008, an aspiring actress [Mahie Gill] was doing the rounds of the Mumbai film industry. In the course of her efforts, she met a person [Ajay Gehi] who lent her a helping hand. One fateful morning her boyfriend [Deepak Dobriyal] landed up when she was with that man in her apartment. What followed thereafter shook the entire nation.

In order to remain as real as possible, RGV has filmed the movie in the same building, which gives the viewer an idea about how the dastardly act was committed in actuality in the apartment. The scenes of the murder and its aftermath give you goose pimples. The murder and what transpired thereafter, including Dobriyal chopping the body into pieces and the accused couple making out in front of the dead body, have also been incorporated.

The second hour -- the investigations -- is captivating as well. At this juncture, a number of fresh characters are introduced: the cops, the lawyers, the hapless parents of the deceased. Not once is there a slack moment and RGV succeeds in keeping your attention arrested till the finale.

RGV is an accomplished storyteller and there's no denying that NOT A LOVE STORY would rank amongst his best works. The film leaves you shocked, stunned and aghast and at the same time, you feel sad for the lovers in the final sequence, when Mahie pours her heart out to Dobriyal. Though the film depicts a brutal crime, there's hardly any blood [except when the guy is murdered] or gore here. The screenplay [writer: Rohit G. Banawlikar] is captivating and RGV's execution of the material, spellbinding.

NOT A LOVE STORY stands out in the technical department. The sound design is perfect, while the camerawork [shot in natural light] is eye-catching. In fact, the zany camera movements may bother you initially, but you become a participant in the goings-on subsequently. Also, there are times when the constant shaking of the camera compliments the tension-filled atmosphere depicted in the film. But the highest praise, after RGV, should be reserved for Sandeep Chowta's background score. It's electrifying and augments the impact of a well-told story. The movie has two songs, one of which is the revisited version of the song 'Rangeela Re' from RGV's RANGEELA, which is cleverly integrated in the narrative.

The intensity of emotions between the couple is very high in NOT A LOVE STORY. Both Deepak Dobriyal and Mahie Gill vie for top honors. Mahie gives it all to this rather complex role and emerges trumps. Though she delivers a stunning performance all through, her work in the second hour, when the investigations begin, prove what a fine talent she is. Deepak carries the look of a maniac and also a possessive lover very well. In fact, the actor gets few lines to deliver and expresses the varied emotions through his eyes/expressions.

Ajay Gehi is first-rate in a brief role. Zakir Hussain is excellent, yet again. In fact, the actor surprises you in film after film. The film has a number of talented actors essaying significant roles like Neil Bhoopalam, Darshan Jariwala, Ganesh Yadav and late Rasika Joshi and each one stands out in their respective parts.

On the whole, NOT A LOVE STORY which only goes to prove how impactful the film is. But, most importantly, it reiterates the age-old adage, anger is short-lived madness and how things can change for worse at the spur of the moment.An intense mindbender, NOT A LOVE STORY is a wonderful illustration of how the accurate approach to storytelling can levitate a film

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