MOM says bye to Earth

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will cover 680 million km with no fuel. The velocity required by MOM to reach Mars had already been imparted during the Trans-Mars Injection.

Now, MOM is cruising with a velocity of 32.8 km/second. MOM is expected to reach Mars in September 2014.

MOM doesn’t require any fuel to travel from Earth to Mars in its Mars-Transfer Trajectory. However, a little fuel was required to correct the trajectory and control the orientation of the spacecraft, Isro said.

On December 11, Isro will conduct the first small mid-course correction maneuver. The subsequent ones will be carried out in April and August next year. “In line with our fetish for jargon, the fancy term coined for these operations is trajectory correction maneuver (TCM)!” Isro said.

Tags: Isro, Mars

HTML inside xml tag

You can include HTML inside XML tag using CDATA container. Aand strip that HTML using javascript to show up in html page dynamically.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <TextElement>This is text</TextElement>
  <HTMLElement><![CDATA[<div>your html here</div>]]></HTMLElement>

Strip it using Javascript Jquery.

$xml = $($.parseXML(myxml));
$htmlTag = $xml.find("HTMLElement").text();
$PuerHtml = $htmlTag.replace("<![CDATA[", "").replace("]]>", "");

Tags: Xml, Javascript, Html

Fist-bumping reduces the transmission of bacteria by about four times, compared with shaking hands.

W. Thomas McClellan, a plastic and hand surgeon in Morgantown, West Virginia, was talking with two colleagues about MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a difficult-to-treat, antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection prevalent in hospitals.

"When you go into a room with a patient with MRSA, you put on a gown and wash your hands," he said. "Meanwhile, the patient's family is there without any of that on, and you go shake their hands, which probably have MRSA on [them]." So McClellan had an inspiration, prompted by how he greets his young kids: "Hey, how about a fist bump?" We asked him to elaborate on the merits of fist-bumping.

Aside from use in hospitals, do you think fist-bumping should be adopted in daily life?

I do. And I'll tell you why. One, MRSA is really rampant in the community. When you go to Whole Foods or something like that, you wipe your cart handle down with an antibacterial cloth. We have alcohol sanitizers in hospitals. Well, that stuff is ineffective against some bacteria. When you think about the kinds of pathogens you are exposed to in the community, it makes a lot of sense to limit your exposure.

What part does hand-washing or hand-sanitizing play in fist-bumping?

You can't fist bump and never wash your hands. The one thing about fist-bumping is that it's not the usable surface of your hand. If you shake someone's hand, you then eat with that part of the hand. Fist-bumping protects that usable surface. You need to wash your hands; you need to limit exposure; and you need to use alcohol sanitizers.

The holiday season is approaching, which means there will be a lot of physical contact—hugging, kissing on the cheeks. Is fist-bumping the safest kind of greeting?

I'm not saying that everyone should be going around fist-bumping, but people should have an awareness of what they're doing. If you're shaking hands and about to sit down for a meal, you should wash your hands. If you have an open wound on your hand, you should definitely be washing your hands more frequently.

Are you planning any related research in the future?

This study did not address viruses. Viruses are much more easily transmitted. I think viruses are much more communicable than bacteria, particularly with the rise of H1N1, bird flu, and other viral pathogens.

Do you fist bump more now?

Yes, I fist bump everybody now! I still shake hands in meetings. But in the hospital, I don't. It's caught on at the hospital because it's catchy and people understand it. The number of hospital infections has decreased since we presented our study. I can't directly attribute it to our research, but it could be just be an increase in awareness.


Courtesy: NGC

Tags: Bump, Infection

GSLV-D5 India's first Indigenous Cryogenic Stage GSAT-14

GSLV-D5 with Indigenous Cryogenic Stage successfully launches GSAT-14 from SDSC SHAR.

GSLV-D5 is the eighth flight of India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV). It is also the fourth developmental flight of GSLV. During this flight, the indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) will be flight tested for the second time. GSLV-D5 will launch 1982 Kg GSAT-14, a communication satellite, into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). After reaching GTO, GSAT-14 will use its own propulsion system to reach its geostationary orbital home and will be stationed at 74º East longitude. GSAT-14 will help provide many satellite based communication services to the country including tele-education and telemedicine. GSLV-D5/GSAT-14 mission will be launched from the Second Launch Pad at Satish    Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR),Sriharikota. The flight duration of GSLV-D5 is 17 min 8 sec.


GSLV is a three-stage launch vehicle with solid, liquid and cryogenic stages. It is designed to inject 2 Ton class of communication satellites to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The four liquid L40 strap-ons as well as the second stage of GSLV use storable liquid propellants. GSLV-D5 vehicle is configured with its first and second stages similar to the ones flown during earlier GSLV missions. The third stage is the indigenous cryogenic stage. The metallic payload fairing with a diameter of 3.4 metre is adopted for GSLV-D5. S-band telemetry and C-band transponders enable GSLV-D5 performance monitoring, tracking, range safety / flight safety and Preliminary Orbit Determination(POD).

Indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage

Indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage

A Cryogenic rocket stage is more efficient and provides more thrust for every kilogram of propellant it burns compared to solid and earth-storable liquid propellant rocket stages. Specific impulse (a measure of the efficiency) achievable with cryogenic propellants (liquid Hydrogen and liquid Oxygen) is much higher compared to earth storable liquid and solid propellants, giving it a substantial payload advantage. However, cryogenic stage is technically a very complex system compared to solid or earth-storable liquid propellant stages due to its use of propellants at extremely low temperatures and the associated thermal and structural problems. Oxygen liquifies at –183 deg C and Hydrogen at –253 deg C.The propellants,at these low temperatures are to be pumped using turbo pumps running at around 40,000 rpm. It also entails complex ground support systems like propellant storage and filling systems, cryo engine and stage test facilities, transportation and handling of cryo fluids and related safety aspects. ISRO’s Cryogenic Upper Stage Project (CUSP) envisaged the design and development of the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage to replace the stage procured from Russia and used in GSLV flights. The main engine and two smaller steering engines of CUS together develop a nominal thrust of 73.55 kN in vacuum. During the flight, CUS fires for a nominal duration of 720 seconds. Liquid Oxygen (LOX) and Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) from the respective tanks are fed by individual booster pumps to the main turbopump to ensure a high flow rate of propellants into the combustion chamber. Thrust control and mixture ratio control are achieved by two independent regulators. Two gimbaled steering engines provide for control of the stage during its thrusting phase.


GSAT-14 is the twenty third geostationary communication satellite of India built by ISRO. Four of GSAT-14’s predecessors were launched by GSLV during 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007 respectively. After its commissioning, GSAT-14 will join the group of India’s nine operational geostationary satellites. The main objectives of GSAT-14 mission are:

  • To augment the in-orbit capacity of Extended C and Ku-band transponders 
  • To provide a platform for new experiments.

The cuboid shaped GSAT-14 has a lift-off mass of 1982 kg and the dry mass of the satellite is 851 kg.GSAT-14 structure is based on ISRO’s 2 ton class platform (I-2K satellite bus). The two solar arrays (each with two panels) of GSAT-14 together generate about 2600 W of power, while the light weight Lithium-Ion Batteries supply power during eclipse period. 

Some of the new experiments being flown on GSAT-14 are: 

  • Fiber Optic Gyro
  • Active Pixel Sun Sensor
  • Ka band beacon propagation studies
  • Thermal control coating experiments

Tags: Isro, Cryogenic, Gslv-d5, Gsat-14

Installshield keep installer window on top

In "On Before Move Data => OnBegin" section use set window position

SetWindowPos(GetWindowHandle( HWND_INSTALL ) , HWND_TOPMOST, 0, 0, 0, 0, SWP_NOSIZE | SWP_NOMOVE) ;

On top of the rul script add the following. It may be already declared in windes.h.

#define SWP_NOSIZE 1
#define SWP_NOMOVE 2
#define HWND_TOPMOST -1

If you need to use it for dialogboxes use below code:

hwndDlg = CmdGetHwndDlg( "YourNameForThisDialog" );

SetWindowPos(hwndDlg, HWND_TOPMOST, 0, 0, 0, 0, SWP_NOSIZE | SWP_NOMOVE);

Tags: Installshield, Top, Bring Front

Want to ward off allergies Pick food up off the floor says scientist who claims our obsession with cleanliness has weakened our immune systems

Picking food up off the floor, keeping a dog and regularly kissing your relatives are some of the best ways to ward off allergies, according to a leading immunologist.

Professor Graham Rook also advised that when a baby spits out its dummy, mums should just lick it clean and put it straight back in their mouth.

Modern society has become so obsessed with cleanliness that we no longer come into contact with some of the crucial bugs that keep our immune systems working well, he said.

Just eat it: Modern society has become so obsessed with cleanliness that we no longer come into contact with some of the crucial bugs that keep our immune systems working well, a scientist said

It means that when the body meets a substance it does not know, a ‘trigger happy’ immune system will over-react, attacking the body in the process.

Professor Rook, speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival last night, said the issue was a ‘generational problem’, with children in Britain and other Western nations more susceptible to allergies than older people.

Professor Rook, a professor in medical microbiology and immunology at University College London, said a simple way to keep the immune system working well is to pass germs between family members. That includes not rushing to sterilise a dummy when a baby spits it out.

Professor Rook said: ‘If a parent picks up the dummy right away and sterilises it or replaces it with a new clean one, that child has a considerably greater chance of having eczema and asthma.

‘But if you are the sort of parent that sucks it clean and it sticks it back in the baby’s mouth, then it actually protects them from allergic disorders.

‘It’s because they have better bacterial development in the mouth and gut. And this is what protects them.’

Conditions such as asthma, hay fever and food intolerances are on the rise.

Hospital admissions for allergic reactions jumped by 8 per cent last year, following a steady increase over the past three decades.

Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre published this week shows there were 20,320 admissions in 2012/13 compared to 18,860 in the previous 12 months.

Courtesy: DailyMail

Tags: Allergies, Food, Obession, Immune System

Google Voice Commands

General information

  • How old is [Neil deGrasse Tyson]?
  • Where was [Louis C.K.] born?
  • Define [colloquial] (Or "What does [colloquial] mean?")
  • What time is it in [Tokyo]?
  • Search for [photography tips]
  • Show me pictures of [the Leaning Tower of Pisa]
  • Do I need an umbrella today? What's the weather like? What's the weather in [New Orleans] [this weekend]?
  • What the [Google] stock price? What is [Apple] trading at?
  • What's [182 yards] in [miles]? What is [12 ounces] in [liters]?
  • What's [135] divided by [7.5]? (A great many types of math equations will work.)

Device control

  • Open []
  • Take a picture ("Take a photo" also works)
  • Record a video
  • Open [Spotify]


  • What's the tip for [123 dollars]?
  • Set an alarm for [6:30 am]
  • Set a timer for [20 minutes]
  • Create a calendar event: [Dinner with Glenda, Saturday at 9pm.]
  • Remind me to [buy coffee at 7am] (try locations! Remind me to [buy coffee filters at Walgreens])
  • What is my schedule for tomorrow? (also: What does my day look like [Friday]?)
  • Where's my package? (tracking confirmation must be in Gmail)
  • Make a note: [update my router firmware] (also try "Note to self:" This works with multiple apps, and you can even email yourself!)
  • Find [Florence Ion's] [phone number] (Works with all info in your contacts - addresses, birthdays, etc.)


  • Call [Jon] (also works with relationships: Call [sister])
  • Text [Susie] [great job on that feature yesterday] (also works with relationships: Text [mom] [I'm not going to be able to pick you up from the airport, period, I'm a bad son, period])
  • Send email to [Robert Baratheon], subject, [hunting], message, [I don't think you should drink so much when you go hunting, period]
  • Post to [Twitter]: [Oh my god the Red Wedding episode!]

Navigation and Travel

  • Where is the nearest [sushi restauraunt]?
  • Navigate to [Willis Tower, Chicago] 
  • Directions to [Fisherman's Wharf] by [bike] (also try "Directions home" or "How do I get home?")
  • Where is [the Louvre]?
  • Show me the menu for [Green Chile Kitchen]
  • Call [Asian Art Museum]
  • Show me my flight info
  • Where's my hotel?
  • What are some attractions around here?
  • How do you say [good night] in [Japanese]?
  • What is [50,000 yen] in [dollars]?
  • What's the flight status of [United] flight [735]?


  • Play some music (opens "I'm feeling lucky" radio station in Google Play Music)
  • Play [Happy] (songs must be in Google Play Music on your device)
  • Watch [The Lego Movie] (movies and TV must be in your Google Play account)
  • What's this song?
  • Listen to TV
  • What songs does [Pharrell] sing?
  • Read [Hunger Games]
  • Did the [Giants] win today? What's the score in the [Warriors] game?
  • What movies are playing [tonight]? Where is [Toy Story] playing?

Fun hidden stuff

  • What is the loneliest number?
  • Do a barrel roll!
  • Askew / Tilt
  • Go go Gadget [Spotify]
  • When am I?
  • Make me a sandwich
  • Sudo make me a sandwich
  • Who's on first?
  • Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right
  • Tell me a joke
  • Who are you?
  • Beam me up, Scotty!
  • What is [Jennifer Lawrence's] Bacon number?

 Courtesy: ViewTimes

Tags: Android, Voice Commands

Is Ice Melt Altering NG Maps?

National Geographic's soon-to-be-published Atlas of the World, tenth edition, will show the most dramatic change in Arctic ice since the 1963 publication of the first edition. For more about the National Geographic Atlas of the World and how the shrinking Arctic is changing part of its look, read Shrinking Arctic Ice Prompts Drastic Change in National Geographic Atlas.

Tags: Artic, National Geographic, Global Warming

8 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

Benefits of Drinking Wine

The Benefit: Promotes Longevity

The Evidence: Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers. Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.

The Benefit: Reduces Heart-Attack Risk

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers. Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

The Evidence: Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines. Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

The Benefit: Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes. Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam's VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Stroke

The Evidence: The possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol. Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Cataracts

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer. Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

The Evidence: Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.

The Benefit: Slows Brain Decline

The Evidence: Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers. Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006.

Tags: Wine, Health, Memory

Mars Mission Mangalyaan India comes last but still defeats the toppers - US, Russia, Europe

angalore, Sept 24: India's mission Mars -- Mangalyaan entered the Mars orbit, the latest entrant. It created history on Wednesday, Sept 24. The fact, which shocked many, is that Mangalyaan is the cheapest mission for Mars so far. Mangalyaan, which means "Mars craft" in Hindi, took off from the island of Shriharikota, off India's eastern coast, 10 months ago. The 3,000lb (1,350kg) device first headed for an elliptical orbit around Earth, after which a series of manoeuvres and short burns of its rocket engines sent it on towards Mars. India defeated US, Russia, Europe, the other countries which had already placed their satellite on Mars orbit. While big Asian giants -- China, Japan failed to join them, India joined the elite club of Martian explorers with United States, European Space Agency and former Soviet Union. 

Here are the comparative costs of travel to the red planet in recent years:

NASA's Maven USA Nov 18, 2013 Sept 21, 2014  -- $671million

Mars Express Orbitor Europe June 2003 December 2003 --- $386 million

Nozomi Japan July 1998 Mission failed, Dec 2003 --- $189 million

Phobos-Grunt With Chinese satellite Russia Nov 2011 Mission failed --- $117 million

Mangalyaan India Nov 5, 2013 Sept 24, 2014  --- $74 million

Tags: Mars, Mission, Mangalyaan, India

IRNSS-1C launched by PSLV-C26 successfully placed in orbit

Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) 

IRNSS-1C is the third navigation satellite of the seven satellites constituting the IRNSS space segment. Its predecessors, IRNSS-1A and IRNSS-1B wre launched by PSLV-C22 and PLV-C24 in July 2013 and April 2014 respectively. IRNSS-1C has a lift-off mass of 1425.4KG. The configuration of IRNSS-1C is similar to the of IRNSS-1A and IRNSS-1B. the satellite has been realised in less than six months after launch of its predecessor.


IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system being developed by India. It is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region extending up to 1500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area. IRNSS will provide two types of services, namely, Standard Positioning Service (SPS) and Restricted Service (RS) and is expected to provide a position accuracy of better than 20 m in the primary service area. 


Tags: Isro, Irnss-1c, Pslv-c26, Gps

Tomorrow Time Stops for a Second

Why Time Will Stop For a Leap Second

Time will stop on June 30, but don't worry: It will only be for a second. Researchers will add a sliver of time—a leap second—to the world's clocks.

Just as leap years keep our calendars lined up with Earth's revolution around the sun, leap seconds adjust for Earth's rotation. This kind of fine-tuning wasn't much of an issue before the invention of atomic clocks, whose ticks are defined by the cycling of atoms. Cesium-based clocks, one kind of atomic clock, measure the passage of time much more precisely than those based on the rotation of our planet, so adding a leap second allows astronomical time to catch up to atomic time.

Atomic Clock

An atomic clock based on cesium ticks away at the German National Metrology Institute in northern Germany.

Most of us won't notice the addition, which happens at 23:59:59 coordinated universal time (UTC), or 7:59 p.m. ET, unless we deal in timescales shorter than a second, or if we use a computer program that crashes because it can't handle the leap second. It's happened before: The 2012 leap second brought down Reddit, Gawker Media, and Mozilla.

"It's a major interruption mostly because there are a lot of systems that aren't prepared to handle the leap second correctly," says Judah Levine, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado. Leap seconds occur irregularly, which makes it hard for programmers to test their fixes, he explains.

Levine is responsible for making sure the nation's timekeepers at NIST can handle the leap second. When it comes time to adjust their clock, NIST will transmit 23:59:59 UTC twice, Levine says. "Once when that time arrives, and once again for the leap second."

So 6 p.m. mountain time—the NIST offices in Colorado are seven hours behind UTC—on June 30 will be stressful. "There's a full panic mode just before and after 6 p.m.," he says.

Even if all goes well during the addition, Levine and his team are usually greeted the morning after by a deluge of emails concerning various problems.

Not everyone recognizes the leap second, although Apple does so on its devices. Google mobile devices sync with internet time services that are usually tied to atomic clocks. But "if you have a standard Windows system, [it] just ignores the leap second," Levine says.

Financial markets like the New York Stock Exchange also take the leap second into account. The exchange will close the market a half hour earlier than normal, at 7:30 p.m. ET on June 30, to help their systems deal with the addition.

Courtesy: NGC

Tags: Leap Second, Atomic Clock, Earth, Clock

What is Gradle

Gradle is an open source build automation system that builds upon the concepts of Apache Ant and Apache Maven and introduces a Groovy-based domain-specific language (DSL) instead of the XML form used by Apache Maven for declaring the project configuration.

Gradle build consists of one or more projects. Projects can be something which should be built or something that should be done. Each project consists of tasks. A task represents a piece of work which a build performs, e.g., compile the source code or generate the Javadoc.

Unlike Apache Maven, which defines lifecycles, and Apache Ant, where targets are invoked based upon a depends-on partial ordering, Gradle utilizes a directed acyclic graph ("DAG") to determine the order in which tasks can be run.

Build Anything

Write in Java, C++, Python or your language of choice. Package for deployment on any platform. Go monorepo or multi-repo. And rely on Gradle's unparalleled versatility to build it all.

Scale out development with elegant, blazing-fast builds. From compile avoidance to advanced caching and beyond, we pursue performance relentlessly so your team can deliver continuously.

Tags: Gradle, Built Automation

What is Material Design

Material Design is a design language developed in 2014 by Google. Expanding upon the "card" motifs that debuted in Google Now, Material Design makes more liberal use of grid-based layouts, responsive animations and transitions, padding, and depth effects such as lighting and shadows.

Material is the metaphor

Material is a metaphor, a system for uniting style, branding, interaction, and motion under a consistent set of principles. With Material we believe product teams can realize their greatest design potential.

A material metaphor is the unifying theory of a rationalized space and a system of motion. The material is grounded in tactile reality, inspired by the study of paper and ink, yet technologically advanced and open to imagination and magic.

Surfaces and edges of the material provide visual cues that are grounded in reality. The use of familiar tactile attributes helps users quickly understand affordances. Yet the flexibility of the material creates new affordances that supersede those in the physical world, without breaking the rules of physics.

The fundamentals of light, surface, and movement are key to conveying how objects move, interact, and exist in space and in relation to each other. Realistic lighting shows seams, divides space, and indicates moving parts.

Material Design for Android

Material design is a comprehensive guide for visual, motion, and interaction design across platforms and devices. Android now includes support for material design apps. To use material design in your Android apps, follow the guidelines defined in the material design specification and use the new components and functionality available in Android 5.0 (API level 21) and above.

Android provides the following elements for you to build material design apps:

  • A new theme
  • New widgets for complex views
  • New APIs for custom shadows and animations

More Information >>

Tags: Android, Material Design, UI Design

What is SonarQube

SonarQube is an open source platform for continuous inspection of code quality to perform automatic reviews with static analysis of code to detect bugs, code smells and security vulnerabilities on 20+ Programming language including Java (including Android), C#, PHP, JavaScript, C/C++, COBOL, PL/SQL, PL/I, ABAP, VB.NET, VB6, Python, RPG, Flex, Objective-C, Swift, Web and XML.SonarQube is the only product on the market that supports a leak approach as a practice to code quality.

SonarQube offers reports on duplicated code, coding standards, unit tests, code coverage, code complexity, comments, bugs, and security vulnerabilities. SonarQube can record metrics history and provides evolution graphs. SonarQube's greatest asset is that it provides fully automated analysis and integration with Maven, Ant, Gradle, MSBuild and continuous integration tools (Atlassian Bamboo, Jenkins, Hudson, etc.).

Back in 2007, when first lines of code were created, the founders of SonarQube (originally called Sonar) had a dream to one day provide every developer the ability to measure the code quality of his projects. Their motto: “Continuous Inspection must become mainstream as Continuous Integration”.

Fully integrated with DevOps tool chains it comes with:

  • built-in integration with most build tools, which enables in most cases a no configuration approach
  • easily integration with continuous integration engines such as Jenkins, TFS/VSTS, TeamCity, Bamboo, etc.,
  • support for numerous source configuration management tools such as Git, Subversion, CVS, Mercurial, etc.,

Tags: SonarQube, Code Analysis, Open Source

Elon Musk Unveils Falcon Heavy Rocket Photos Ahead of Maiden Flight

SpaceX founder Elon Musk unveiled a tantalizing first glimpse at his company's new megarocket — the Falcon Heavy — which is expected to launch on its maiden flight next month. 

In an early morning Twitter post, Musk revealed several views of the new rocket under assembly inside SpaceX's hangar at Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The images show stunning views of the Falcon Heavy from above and one imposing shot of the rocket's 27 first-stage engines, nine on each of its three main boosters.

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy is a heavy-lift launch vehicle powered by two first-stage boosters from the company's Falcon 9 rockets and a central core booster that itself is a modified Falcon 9. The rocket will stand 230 feet (70 meters) tall when complete and is designed to launch payloads of up to 119,000 lbs. (57 metric tons) into space.

The Falcon Heavy is the most powerful U.S. rocket since NASA's Saturn V moon rocket and is capable of launching twice as much payload as the current record-holder, the Delta IV Heavy built by United Launch Alliance. SpaceX's rocket is also designed to be reusable, with the three core boosters built to fly back to Earth and land like SpaceX's current Falcon 9 rockets. The company test-fired the Falcon Heavy's core stage for the first time earlier this year, in May.

Musk has said that Falcon Heavy's first payload will be his own midnight-cherry-red Tesla Roadster, launched on a trajectory aimed for Mars orbit. However, Musk has said that there's a fair chance the rocket could fail on its debut test flight. The Falcon Heavy is expected to perform its first static-fire test on Pad 39A by the end of 2017, SpaceX representatives have said. 

SpaceX also plans to use a Falcon Heavy and Dragon space capsule to launch two passengers around the moon by the end of 2018.


Tags: Elon Musk, SpaceX, Falcon, Rocket, NASA

Eelo New Open Source Mobile OS by Mandrake Linux Creator

eelo is a new mobile OS based on open source Android distribution LineageOS. Its creator is trying to build an ecosystem which is free from Google and Google related products

eelo is a new project launched by Gael Duval, the creator of now defunct but once hugely popular Mandrake Linux (later known as Mandriva Linux). As per Gael, this is an attempt to free us from corporates like Google and Apple invading our privacy and selling our data to advertisers. 

I’m not happy with this situation because iOS is proprietary and I prefer Open Source Software. I’m not happy because Apple is getting crazy with their latest products. They are more and more expensive, and not really exciting.


Also I’m not happy with Google and others. They have become too big and are tracking us by catching a lot of information about what we do. They want to know us as much as possible to sell advertising. Like millions others, I’VE BECOME A PRODUCT OF GOOGLE.


I want to stop that, at least for myself. People are free to do what they want. They can choose to be voluntary slaves. But I do not want this situation for me anymore.


eelo will be more than just a mobile operating system. It will have its own associated web-services such as email, cloud storage, online office tool etc. eelo is intended for people with a better respect for their personal data and privacy. But at the same time, it wants to give the end-user all the tools that a standard mobile OS provides.

eelo is forked from LineageOS, an open source Android distribution. LineageOS can run mainstream applications so it will be used to put together a consistent mobile and web system.

The project is called ‘eelo’ after eel fish because eels are small fishes that can hide in the sea. That’s symbolic of privacy.

Oh! don’t expect it to be 100% perfect from the privacy point of view at least in the beginning but Gael thinks it will be better and better with each iteration.

“We’re 7.6 billion people on Earth and I don’t see a good reason why they would all accept to have their private data cached by Google, Apple and a few others,” says Gaël Duval, the Europe-based project founder of Eelo. However, Duval told that his approach will be realistic and pragmatic, which means he is not going to make Eelo completely isolated from the rest of the ecosystems.

The first level of his privacy-enabled phone would mean “no Google inside”. “Google is absolutely everywhere. Even in Chromium (the open source release of Chrome web browser), there are low-level code that is sending what the user is doing to Google,” he explains, adding that if “you use a Google DNS resolver such, Google is catching some information about your activity on Internet”.

The same with Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive and so on. Similarly, each time to install an application and or even use an app that is using Google services, you are sending some information to them, he adds. “Apple is catching your data (even health data) and using it for their business, and also they have a deal with Google to have their search engine by default for the user.” Duval promises alternative services “that better respect the user privacy”.

Tags: Eelo, Mobile OS, Manadrake Linux, Gaël Duval

How to lock and turn off monitor in windows 10

I found how to turn off screen in windows 10 using pwoershell using batch script.

Create a .bat file with below script and execute the file using double click it. It will invoke the powershell and send message to hardware to turn off the monitor.

To wake up the display back, just press any key or move the mouse.

powershell (Add-Type '[DllImport(\"user32.dll\")]^public static extern int SendMessage(int hWnd, int hMsg, int wParam, int lParam);' -Name a -Pas)::SendMessage(-1,0x0112,0xF170,2)

Tags: Windows 10, Powershell, Turn Off Monitor, Display