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Suvarnamukhi, life stream of Bannerghatta

Suvarnamukhi is the Beautiful hills that cover most the Bannerghatta National Park which is around 30 Km from Bangalore, the picturesque Hills stretch out to a huge rock. Suvarnamukhi stream flowing through these hills is the lifeline for the animals inhibiting the Park.

Reaching the Place

Once you reach Bannerghatta, there are two roads that lead to this place. One route is just before the national park you can take a diversion towards right and proceed towards the famous Champakadhama Swamy temple built in the Dravidian style of architecture, belonging to the Hoysala age is at the foot of this hill. The temple enshrines an image of Lord Vishnu with his consorts Sridevi and Bhudevi. Another small shrine dedicated to Lord Narasimha. On top of the hill is the new temple of the same God. Continue towards left on the hill you will find a narrow mud path from there you can start your trekking which leads to Suvarnamukhi Pushkarni.

Other route is Once you reach Bannerghatta take extreme right and continue on Mud road ( in between some patches of Asphalt) towards weavers colony and further there is a small Shanieswara temple where you can park your vehicles and start walking towards left for about 1 km you can reach Suvarnamukhi Pond. This trek will visualise the beauty of Suvarnamukhi hill passing through small rocks and Pitchersque sceneries. Mid way you can hear roars of Lions from nearby Zoo and also spot some Sambar and wild bison.

The Place  Suvarnamukhi Pushkarni.

Suvarnamukhi Pushkarni or the step well was built long a go by Hoysala Kings to facilitate Abhisheka for Lord Champakadhama Swamy is believed to be having Healing powers.

Many people visit this place during Amavasya( New Moon) and Poornima (Full Moon). Lord Suvarna Anjinaya (Hanuman) has been incarnated inside the Pushkarni.

There are many Nagara Kallu or Status of Snake god in and around this place. There is also Hanuman Temple named after the hills Suvarna Anjinaya.

Introducing Samsung Galaxy Note

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A new smartphone will have its debut in India this November, the Samsung Galaxy Note
The Korean tech giant had unveiled Galaxy N the IFA 2011 event in Berlin, Germany, catego the device as neither a smartphone nor a tab but in an entirely ‘new category of product’. The Android 2.3(Gingerbread) device from Sam has a 5.3-inch WXGA (1280 x 800, 285 PPI) d which is bigger than that of most smartp currently available in the market, but smaller the 7-inch or so screens that tablet PCs mostly with. The gadget’s most interesting feature is its stylu ‘S Pen’-that allows users to scribble messages notes, compose documents and sketch dra directly on the screen. The S Pen is combined with a full touch scree company claims the phone has the most adv pen-input technology, which includes functions like ‘pressure sensitivity, preciseness, spee more’, and allows users to compose notes ‘with increased accuracy and ease’. Just 9.65mm (0.38 inches) thick and weighing 178 grams, the device comes with an 8MP ca a 2MP front camera, 1.4 GHz Dual core processor and super HD AMOLED display. Wi-fi enabled, the smartphone has 16GB internal memory, which can be extended up to 32 microSD. Samsung is promoting the Galaxy Note as being the first in a “new category of pr developed through Samsung’s deep consumer understanding and insight.” While there’s still no word on what the price of the device might be, many believe the G Note might be sold with a price tag of over Rs 30,000 in India.

Nokia unveils Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows Smart Phones

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has unveiled its first handsets powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system – the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.

The new phones were unveiled at the annual Nokia World event in London on Wednesday morning and mark the start of Nokia’s attempts to fight back in the smartphone market after losing considerable ground to their rivals.
In an official statement, Nokia declared: ‘The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 brings content to life with head-turning design, Nokia’s best social and internet experience, familiar Nokia elements, such as leading imaging capabilities and new signature experiences.
‘The colourful and affordable Nokia Lumia 710 is a no-nonsense smartphone that brings the Lumia experience to more people around the world.’
A year ago, Nokia president and CEO Stephen Elop decided to ditch the company’s two operating systems and agreed a deal which will see all Nokia phones powered by the new Window Phone 7.5 OS, otherwise known as Mango.

Nokia’s done it. By the end of the year, two more Mango devices will add to the Windows Phone lineup. Alongside the Nokia Lumia 800, it’s brother, the Lumia 710 will also be gracing us with its presence by the end of the year. The Lumia 710 also contains the 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 CPU under it’s 3.7-inch ClearBlack display and it also comes with “stealthy black” and “crisp white”, with replaceable back covers to suit your color needs. The 710 is priced at around $375, which means it targets a slightly different market than the 800.

The new Lumia 800 features 16GB of memory, a 1.4 GHz processor and comes with a considerable amout of free software, including the newly launched Nokia Music, Nokia Drive and Sports Hub.
The handset is expected to be priced at €420 (£366), with Vodafone confirming it will be stocking the phone when it launches in the UK in November.
The Lumia handsets are expected to be available around Europe before the end of the year before going on sale in the US in early 2012.
As well as the Lumia phones, the Finnish company also launched four new handsets on Wednesday – the Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia Asha 200 and Nokia Asha 201 – which Nokia claims ‘blur the line between smartphones and feature phones’ with QWERTY keyboards and touch screen capabilities as well as integrated social networking.

The Lumia 710 will be hitting Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Italy and Spain in November and then Hong Kong, Russia, Taiwan, India and Singapore by the end of the year, with more countries to come in 2012.

Microsoft’s Office 365

Microsoft’s Office 365

Microsoft’s Office 365, now available in a public beta, as Microsoft’s business-centric “answer” to Google’s online services. I respectfully disagree. Yes, Microsoft is playing catch-up in the cloud services space with Office 365. However, to suggest that Office 365 is an answer to Google Apps is to imply that Office 365 is somehow in the same league as Google’s services. It isn’t. Office 365 is far more than simply a Web version of Office 2010. Office 365 is a service comprised of cloud-based versions of Microsoft’s four front-running business products. Of course, that does include Microsoft Office. But it also bundles in Exchange (the widely-used email platform), SharePoint (a platform for document sharing and collaboration) and Lync (a service that provides IM, video conferencing, PC phone calling and some enterprise social networking) all delivered through an interface that will make IT Admin’s happy, thanks to the granular level of control that can be imposed on a business, regardless of size.

With a 99.9% uptime guarantee, reasonable pricing, and the power of Exchange, Lync, SharePoint and Office 2010, Office 365 is a promising solution for Windows-based businesses. End-users have access to Office 2010 document editing via the cloud or through the included, locally installed, Office 2010 Professional Plus client, at $24 per user per month. This is also the way to go if you’re worried about your ability to function should your Internet connection go down. This is a cloud service, after all without Internet access, it doesn’t function, otherwise. Small businesses can save money by going completely “online” with only Office Web Apps (from $6 per user per month) and opt to not use the local office 2010 client. Either way, end-users also have access to a rich web-based Outlook client that retains many of the features of the desktop Outlook. Access to SharePoint sites for collaboration and Lync also provide users with a true, converged communications and collaboration experience.

Google Apps, while very useful in a stripped down way, simply can’t deliver the very granular administration side that Office 365 provides. Most businesses still have Windows environments and, unless they have very light productivity and collaboration needs, or operate mostly on-line, it makes far more sense (in terms of migration path and integration) for them to move to a hosted Microsoft platform than to Google Apps. Google’s applications are also not nearly as feature-packed—it was only recently that Google Docs got the pagination capability!

Depending upon an organization’s needs, Office 365 prices range from $6-$24 per user per month. Savings are obvious if you compare this monthly fee to the cost of hiring resources to build a unified communications system and manage and maintain local servers running Exchange and SharePoint. Plans scale from SMB to enterprise. Larger organizations with Windows networks can transfer Active Directory and domain information into Office 365.

Pros

  • Provides cloud-based Exchange and SharePoint Server.
  • Gives end-users Office Web Apps with optional Office 2010 desktop integration.
  • Also delivers Lync for Unified Communications and a rich Outlook Web App client.
  • Excellent Exchange administration capabilities.
  • Integrates with existing Active Directory environments.
  • Big cost-savings potential.

Cons

  • Lots of screens to navigate.
  • SharePoint administration could be better organized.
  • SharePoint settings include quirks.
  • Needs more robust mobile integration.
  • Microsoft needs to keep pricing models and SKUs simple and easy to understand.

Bottom Line

  • Office 365 could mark the beginning of the end for traditional, on-premise Windows server administrators.
  • With Exchange, SharePoint, Office and the unified communications service Lync all in the cloud, managing a Windows environment has never been easier or more centralized.

Water Woo’s

A Glance on Bengaluru Water woos and initiatives towards resolution

Bangalore – the IT hub of India stands in 3rd place in terms of most populous cities in India. It is one of the few cities which have been growing at 200%. Covering more than 740 Sq Km in area has already crossed 54 million in terms of Population. Once called Paradise of the retired has transformed itself in to a concrete Jungle with many high rises, the direct impact of this is acute shortage of basic amenities.

This unprecedented growth has taken a toll on one of the main day to day requirements is Water. Even though Government and civic bodies are doing their best to meet the requirements it is not sufficient. Major portion of Water for the city has is provided by the river Cauvery which is at a distance of 90 kilometres.  The city requires around 1300 MLD to quench its thirst but supply is just 950 MLD so shortage of 350 MLD.   This shortage is being covered by sourcing Ground water. At present Ground water level in the city is at 700-800 ft, Decade ago it was at 250-300 Ft, this shows that our ground water sources are depleting at enormous pace.

The city once had around 280 lakes of which 7 cannot be traced, 7 are reduced to small pools of water, 18 have been unauthorised encroached by slums and private parties, 14 have dried up and are leased out by the Government. 28 lakes have been used by the Bangalore Development Authority to distribute sites and build extensions for residential areas. The remaining lakes are in fairly advanced state of deterioration. 82 lakes out of remaining are also polluted with sewage, since only about 40% of the city is covered with underground sewage collection facilities.

Deeply concerned with the unchecked deterioration of lakes in the city and conscious of their critical role in maintaining healthy environs and recharging of ground water, Lake Development Authority has been formed by the Government. Another major factor is lack of barren lands for rain water to precipitate has led to flooding of streets during the monsoons. This transformation of city into concrete jungle has led to serious problems with quality and quantity of groundwater.

Bengaluru receives 850 mm of rainfall annually which is very good. However, this rainfall occurs during short spells of high intensity, because of this most of the rain falling on the surface tends to flow away rapidly leaving very little for recharge of groundwater. Most of the traditional water harvesting systems in cities have been neglected and fallen into disuse, worsening the urban water scenario. One of the solutions to the urban water crisis is rainwater harvesting.

Reasons for implementing Rain water Harvesting are as below

  • In areas where there is inadequate groundwater supply or surface resources are either lacking or insufficient, rainwater                 harvesting   offers an ideal solution.
  • Helps in utilising the primary source of water and prevent the runoff from going into sewer or storm drains, thereby reducing the load on treatment plants.
  • Reduces urban flooding.
  • Recharging water into the aquifers help in improving the quality of existing groundwater through dilution.

So Please Save Water

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