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A wonderful day @ WONDERLA !

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There may be lots of ways in which you could shed your stress and worries for a day…but the way that we chose yesterday was perhaps the best choice that we had made and this day would remain evergreen in my life !

Wonderla – The rocking amusement park situated in the outskirts of the bangalore city in the mysore road is undoubtedly the craziest amusement parks that ive ever visited. This was our full day destination for a one day team event. I cant wait more to get into the wackiest rides here…

We, four of us, reached there by around 11.30, totally unaware that some crazy events are going to pounce upon us from then ! We changed and kept our belongings in the locker and started to explore the rides in this wonderful park.

The first shock came when we got into the broad ‘Wonderla Bamba’

Not that thrilling but yes, i definitely made us know that there are more to come 🙂

 

Then came the ‘Wonderla Splash’

This could come into the league of rides that would make your hormones go for a ride ;). The moment we start our ride downwards from the steep rail..starts the thrill and fun . The highlight was the photo that was taken unaware on that moment and that would reveal the fun and thrill in our faces.  I would love to go into this one a ten times !

 

Some High Profile thrillers

 

Drop Zone

This was not supposed to be a high profile thriller, but somehow found its place in the list. The trick was the uncertaintly on when we will be getting dropped from the hold of the lever and when we are freeflowing to the ground all of a sudden. I enjoyed it !

 

Insanity

The literally ‘Insane’ ride that the park has ! This masterpiece throws and juggles you around in the ai, ofcourse with the seat belt on, or else you would have found me somewhere in the outskirts of the city mountain range having got thrown out of the park premises itself 😉 This one was AMAZINGGGGGGGG…… I felt all my blood cells bursting virtually…

 

Hurricane

If you see this ride from ground…you ll feel there are some mices fitted into the seats of the machine and they are just been thrown and played around insanely just like when they are caught within a hurricane. I would rate this one as the BEST in the rides in this park. Still i can feel the rush of blood through my vessels ! Never miss this one if you are thrill lover 🙂

 

These are some of the rides that could amaze and amuse you…but this cool nice park has a host of other fun rides and lots of water rides that could virtually take away your worries for the day. 

 

Location

This wonderful place is located in the ourskirts of bangalorw, on the mysore road. Its around one and a half hour ride from the city, and is pretty well organised and clean to the core. I really like the way they have maintained the place and planning when i can go back for another exploring journey 🙂

For more information you can log into http://www.wonderla.com

ENJOY MAADI !

Written by Ranjith

September 27, 2008 at 10:29 pm

The browser war has a new joinee – GOOGLE CHROME !

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Suddenly there has been an announcement and a sudden launch of a new browser to the world of hacks and compatibility, making life more challenging for the web developers around the world. Will it be a new ground of web experience for the netizens around ? Well…we need to wait and watch…

Im taking about the launch of the new browser ‘CHROME’ by google,  yesterday. The service went live at 12 Noon PT yesterday and is available for Windows Vista and XP – for now. Mac and Linux versions are coming soon. It will launch in 122 countries and 43 languages. It is also fully open-source.

I just downloaded the app and this blog comes right from the  cute and clean tab of CHROME. Its a clean and simple interface and google has kept its consistency around the theme that they normally follow – SIMPLE and EASY TO USE. Actually this sudden launch of this new member of the google family was reportedly because of a leakage of information about the browser project that was under progress in google for the last 2 years and the corporate has told that it is a ‘huge investment’ for the company.

 

There are many pros and cons about chrome, but one thing is clear. It has a long way to go,for being at par with the other players in the arena.  Here are some updates

  • Tabbed browsing, as it has become a norm by now 😉
  • Addressbar cum Search bar (In chrome it is the ‘omnibar’ that functions as both an address bar and a search bar)
  • Newly created tab showing recently visited site links and screeshots increasing the usability
  • Total security from intrusions through web, as chrome has an additional security layer that makes it inaccessible for those bad guys around to access your system registry via web

One major disadvantage would be the absence of effective extensions which firefox has in abundance. But never to underestimate, im expecting wonders from the search engine sultan !

Courtesy : ZDNET Blog

Written by Ranjith

September 3, 2008 at 12:21 am

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Matching HTMLs ‘Pixel Perfect’ly with visual design

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At times i have wondered, if there is a better way to match the visual comps from graphic designers to the HTML / XHTML pages that the web-developers code. Navigating using ‘Ctrl+Tab’ and using ‘Calipers’ are indeed working out, but there should be some other better ways to do that…and that is what exactly the page, that i happened to visit after googling for a while, had to tell me

PIXEL PERFECT

This firefox extension that allows web developers to easily overlay a web composition over top of the developed HTML/XHTML. By toggling the composition on and off, the developer can visually see how many pixels they are off in development. Pixel Perfect also has an opacity option, so that you can view the HTML below the composition. Being able to see both the composition and the HTML, you can now simultaneously use Firebug while Pixel Perfect is still in action.

http://www.pixelperfectplugin.com/about/

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August 26, 2008 at 9:46 pm

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July 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm

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THE ALCHEMIST – A Reader’s view

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Seldom does a printed information leaves an ever- lasting impression in one’s mind. This was one such book facilitating a complete transformation of one’s mind. The story had a charisma in itself, and the author played his role very well in delivering a masterpiece, that was destined to change lives of millions of readers and show the right path to several others.

“The Alchemist”, by Paulo Coelho, is what i’m talking about. A book that talks about how a boy found his destiny and shows others how to find one’s and travel towards the fulfilling of their dreams. It has left an everlasting impression on me and I believe that there can be a lot of interpretations about the same book, based on the point of view of readers. Everyone has their own view and perception of a single source can be different for different individuals. and that is what this book tells exactly about – How to travel towards your destiny and listen to the sounds an call of your own mind.

Listening to your heart and following it, is one thing that most of them fail to do these days. They are merely following their daily routines. There are great artists hidden in a businessman, a great philosopher may be waiting to emerge from a busy shopkeeper. All these men just failed to follow their heart. Following sheepishly to meet their daily needs and earn a living, by sacrificing the ultimate call of their hearts!

And this, one can’t blame it on the attitude, but the situation and circumstances forces a man to sacrifice the call of his heart and this book is the perfect guide on how to challenge the odds and reach your destiny – Find out what you are destined to do in life!

I’m fortunate enough in having chosen a profession that i’ve always wanted to be and I believe, i’m following my heart’s voice. Thanking the almighty and following my dreams that I firmly believe will help me reach the destiny as the boy did by discovering the treasure beneath the old tree in the abandoned church.

This life indeed is a search for a treasure…:)

Written by Ranjith

July 29, 2008 at 10:22 am

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‘BANG’alooru Life-Cycle

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The silicon-valley of India, City with most number of IT professionals, Garden City, The dream destination for aspiring Techies…Bengalooru is such a cool place to live in.

Sorry, excuse me – It ‘was’!

Open-up the recent newspapers and go through them…you ll find this cool city finding its own way to trouble. Slowly picking up its notorious image in many ways. be it cases of road-rage, crimes upon greed for money, violence against ladies and now the serial blasts that has shaken the city and the whole industry, Bengalooru definitely is going to lose its place among the top destinations in the country.

The exploding growth and the ever-increasing demand for day-to-day commodities are gonna land this clean city under tremendous pressure in coming days.

Scattered Groups of well-dressed guys/chicks waiting for their cabs, swarms of Buses and Tempo travellers labeled with logo of some eminent corporate rushing along the road, motorists appearing from shortcut routes making it seem to be appearing from nowhere and at-last a dead-lock created in the nearby junction due to narrow roads – a day begins in this city! Transmutation is a nightmare for most of the time, with non-ending trails of vehicles drawing a very sorry figure of this Silicon Valley…

Step out of the comfort of your air-conditioned seat @ work and you probably will be landing into a place which makes you seem like you’ve switched into another TV channel accidentally! The roads are pot-holes reminding the ones in kerala and pedestrian paths being used by motorists is a daily sight. Road infrastructure is a major problem here…

Do you not own a two-wheeler and are you residing in a not so residential area in the city? Well, forget about going out for purchasing something from the nearby shop towards night. The road would have become a conferencing ground for the canine friends in your locality by that time! The city seems to have fallen in love with the stray dog community here, and you could find more no. of dogs in the road than humans towards night and the corporation even has figures that deduct statistics of dog bite per day J. I’ve heard news about the authorities taking steps to end the dog menace in the city, but for me it just remains news…

Adding to the long list of problem that we already have in pocket, here comes a power cut-off for almost 6 hours a day! The reason is the shortage of water in the hydel power stations somewhere. To cope with the power shortage, industries are depending on power generators and buying fuel at an alarming rate which has led to a shortage of diesel in the city. Long queues in fuel stations are adding to the traffic jam problem and here a cycle becomes complete!

Is this what we call the ‘BANGALORE LIFE CYCLE’?

I think its high time we all realise this and act for a change and bring back the city to the full glory that it used to be in !

[ Important Note: Readers, this is just a view expressed and not to be taken offence. Personally im a fan of this city, but i feel there are somethings that needs to be changed forever and hence this post! Again, take it in right spirits friends 🙂 ]

Written by Ranjith

July 28, 2008 at 10:54 am

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Creating CSS menus on the Fly !

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This is insane ! This is a boon too 🙂

The first feeling that came to mind when this article opened in my 17 ” monitor, was ‘ASTONISHMENT’. How easy have they made creating CSS menus ! This really is a great tool to work with, saving lots and lots of coding time for projects. It makes cssing look a child’s play with the sort of approach they’ve followed. A wizard based approach to create css menus….great job

Have a luk CSS ers 🙂 : http://www.accessify.com/tools-and-wizards/developer-tools/list-o-matic/

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July 24, 2008 at 10:32 am

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