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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.


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.

Katsudon - A Popular Japanese Cuisine

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

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.


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


Egg Curry - RECIPE


6 eggs
3 tomatoes
1 small onion
1/2 cup yogurt
2 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1/2 tsp ginger paste
1/2 tsp garlic paste
1/2 tsp cumin
3 cloves
3 cinnamon
2 cardamon
1 bay leaves
1/3 gram masala powder
4 green chilies
Salt to taste
1/2 cup vegetable oil


Boil eggs. Remove the shell of eggs. Saute with little bit of turmeric and salt and keep set aside . Make a paste of onion, tomatoes, and green chilies in a mixer or chopper.

Heat oil in a pot and add cumin, sauté in 2 minutes, Now add ginger paste, garlic paste and sauté again 2 minutes on a low heat. Add mixture of onion, tomatoes and green chilies and fry till golden brown.

Add red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, yogurt, black pepper powder, cloves, cardamon, cinnamon, bay leave and cook 10 minutes on a low flame. Cook till it starts leaving oil.

Now, add eggs and a 1/2half cup of water and cook it till curry semi thickened. Now add garam masala and add 1 cup of water and bring to boil and reduce the flame.

Simmer for 8 minutes, Garnish by fresh coriander and serve hot with Basmati Rice or naan.

Apple Most Awaiting iOS 5 Top Features that Makes the iPhone 4 Even Better

Apple iOS 5 features are out – officially declared by Apple. While the OS itself is set to come out later this fall 2011, the features are sure rocking the world. The most important thing about iOS 5 is that it enhances quite a lot of things on the devices. With iOS 5, quite a number of things are about to change. The iOS 5 features range from great changes in the Photo App, to the Notification Tab, and to web browsing. A lot of things have been added, tweaked and made better by Apple this time and also that it only up-gradable to iPhone 3gs, iPhone 4 and iPads

iOS 5-Most notable changes are the iMessages, the Newsstand App, the Camera (access from the Lock Screen), and the overall integration of iCloud – which again is supposed to release this fall.

IMessages - The iMessages is another awesome feature. Of all the iOS 5 features, this one is probably the most sought after because it lets you message unlimited (for free) via your Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity! The iMessage is built right into your Messages, so you do not have to open a new App for it. And moreover, it integrates quite well with the Messages app too!

Newsstand - The Newsstand App is surely a very powerful addition amongst the iOS 5 features – it brings you all your subscriptions quite literally to one place – your Newsstand on the iDevice. With neat alerts too, iOS 5 makes sure you don’t miss new issues!

Notification Center - There has been a massive revamp in the Notification Center. Now, the Notification Center no longer works as before – which was quite annoying to many people. Quickly disappearing notifications are seen as a welcome iOS 5 feature. Swipe-down has been enabled for notifications so all your notifications is just up there, ready to be swiped down. Not just this, but you can now add a lot of stuff to your Notification Center, too, including stocks, weather, and more.

Reminders – This gives you a better way to manage your to-do lists. You can migrate them across many apps and also make them go across iCloud – another new feature about to come this fall – so any update on any device gets reflected on all other devices.

Photos – This is the best. You don’t have to go for photo editing apps for anymore for those touch-ups, crops and the works. It all comes built-in with your Photos app which means you can spice up your photos right after you capture them!

Camera – There may be times when you don’t have the time to unlock your phone and then click the photo. iOS 5 lets you access the camera app right from the lock screen. For More Details CLICK HERE


AARAKSHAN-It's a daring, heroic, commanding and an engaging film that shouldn't be missed!

AARAKSHAN tells the story of Prabhakar Anand [Amitabh Bachchan], the idealistic principal of a college that he has single-handedly turned into the state's best. It is the story of his loyal disciple, Deepak Kumar [Saif Ali Khan], who will do anything for his Sir. Of Deepak's love for Prabhakar's daughter Poorbi [Deepika Padukone], of his friendship with Sushant [Prateik].

Centered on one of the most controversial issues of recent years, the story suddenly becomes a rollercoaster ride of high drama, conflict and rebellion, which tests their love and friendship for one another and their loyalty to Prabhakar Anand.

Gender bias and caste-based politics are two paramount problems plaguing our society and it's not easy to depict these two issues with accuracy on screen. I am no one to comment whether AARAKSHAN would be able to throw up any enduring solution to the problem, but I am sure that the film would seize your mind and make you deliberate on the issues facing the nation. And that, to me, is akin to accomplishing what Jha must've set out when he green-lit AARAKSHAN. One also relates to the subject instantly because it mirrors the thoughts of a common man, since every family is genuinely concerned about the education and job their child will get.

At the cost of repeating myself, I'd like to say that the dramatic moments in AARAKSHAN make it a riveting experience. The conflict between Amitabh and Manoj Bajpayee in particular and the turn of events during the post-interval portions leave a solid impression, but the narrative tends to get lengthy and a tad uninteresting and repetitive towards the second hour specifically. The conflict between Amitabh and Manoj is well presented and moves to the next level in the second hour, but the sequences thereafter, when Amitabh, Deepika, Saif and even Prateik start conducting classes and educating the students, dilute the impact generated by the first hour. Also, the culmination to the story, when a full-blown confrontation between the government officials and commoners takes place, though well executed, could've been more impactful. In short, the excessive length of the film, more specifically towards the second hour, acts as a deterrent.

An issue-based film rarely has scope for music [Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy] and AARAKSHAN is no different. Nonetheless, Jha weaves the songs smartly in the narrative, which doesn't really hamper the flow of the story. Like every Jha movie, AARAKSHAN is embellished with hard-hitting dialogue and Anjum Rajabali comes up with lines that are sure to be talked-about while thrashing out the merits of the film. Sachin Krishn's cinematography is top class.

The Principal's role is tailor-made for Amitabh Bachchan. Though the actor has portrayed an unsympathetic Principal of an educational institution in MOHABBATEIN earlier, his role is different this time around. In MOHABBATEIN, a delicate episode toughened his character. In AARAKSHAN, his persona begins to suffer when Manoj Bajpayee and the coterie begin to show aggression and debase him. He doesn't strike back initially, but retaliates later, when he starts teaching all over again. The actor gives a completely new dimension to this character.

It requires great courage to cast Saif Ali Khan in the role, but he comes across as very persuasive. In fact, the film offers him several difficult sequences, which the actor carries off with flourish. His diction, while delivering shudh Hindi, is perfect. This role must have been a challenge for Deepika Padukone as well and she surprises you with a confident portrayal. In fact, she has an equally challenging part to play in the story and it must be said that she handles her scenes, even when she's pitted against experienced actors, with complete understanding.

Manoj Bajpayee was remarkable in RAAJNEETI; he played a devious and manipulative politician with gusto. In AARAKSHAN, his character is negative as well; he treats education as a business. And Manoj is incredible this time as well. Prateik is impassive in a few scenes. Also, he needs to loosen up a bit.

Tanvi Azmi is first-rate. Mukesh Tiwari is, as always, top notch. Yashpal Sharma is exceptional. Darshan Jariwala is very good. Saurabh Shukla is wonderful. Chetan Pandit is adequate. Vinay Apte is perfect. Anita Kanwar and S.M. Zaheer are alright. Hema Malini appears towards the end of the film.

On the whole, AARAKSHAN communicates an engaging story with very relatable characters. It's a movie that is truly inspiring and thought-provoking, but at the same time, its running time [almost 2.45 hours] is a deterrent. The film is mired in controversies ever since Prakash Jha announced the project, but the controversies will only enhance the curiosity-value for this film. AARAKSHAN not only works as a film, but also as a tool to drive home a forceful message.




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