Firefox 19 – Released February 19

Oh yeah, the new version of Firefox is upon us.

Firefox 19 for Windows, Mac & Linux was released yesterday with some bug fixes and major change being an in-built PDF viewer. We’ve been using third party (read Adobe) add-ons until now to view PDF files within the browser itself, now no need for those. PDF files will open within the browser itself, a la Chrome.

See the full release notes & changes here and download the latest version by clicking on the banner below.


Champions League 2012 – Round of 16 Draw

The draw for the round of 16 matches of the UEFA Champions League 2011-2011 was made earlier today at Nyon.

And know what, there is no Manchester United innit! They are in the draw for the *blegh* Europa League

UCL Draw

Pick of the lot? AC Milan Vs. Arsenal. I’d also expect Chelsea to be given a stern test my the Napoli whiz-trio of Hamsik, Cavani & Lavezzi…but it remains to be seen if either or all of them will still be with Napoli come February 😐

The first legs will be played on 14/15 & 21/22 February 2012 with the return legs on 6/7 & 13/14 March 2012

More: | BBC Sport

How to activate Partial DND & receive SMS from selected categories

Starting September 27th, the Do Not Disturb (DND) regulations from TRAI will kick-in, meaning mobile users who have subscribed to the National Do Not Call Registry will stop receiving unsolicited SMS or Calls from telemarketers, financial institutions, advertisers and any other pesky services that harangue users by sending such messages.

While this is a good (and long overdue) move by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India which will guarantee some peace of mind to consumers, there is a flipside to it as well. Mobile users will also not receive “informational” messages from various services providers or institutions. For example, you will receive (not sure though) any SMS about the call taxi that you had just booked or the confirmation SMS from an eCommerce site that you made a purchase on.

Though the unsolicited messages menace is a genuine one, there are some messages that users will actually need and await for. How to address that, you might ask.

Well, there is a way to implement Partial DND i.e. selectively activate the do not disturb services for a particular category. Details below:

2010-11 UEFA Champions League Draw

The draw for the group stage of the 2010-2011 UEFA Champions League was held earlier today at Monaco and it threw up some really delicious ties for Europe’s top club prize. 32 clubs were split into eight groups of four teams, who’ll play each other home and away between September and December to decide which two teams from each group advance to the first knockout round.UEFA Champions League

  • Group A: Tottenham, Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, FC Twente
  • Group B: Benfica, Lyon, Schalke, Hapoel Tel-Aviv
  • Group C: Manchester United, Rangers, Valencia, Bursaspor
  • Group D: Barcelona, Rubin Kazan, FC Copenhagen, Panathinakos
  • Group E: Bayern Munich, AS Roma, Basel, CFR Cluj
  • Group F: Chelsea, Marseille, Spartak Moscow, Zilina
  • Group G: Real Madrid, AC Milan, Ajax, Auxerre
  • Group H: Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk, Partizan Belgrade, Braga

Champions Inter Milan have newcomers Tottenham, Dutch champions FC Twente and Germany’s Werder Bremen alongside them with last year’s runners up Bayern Munich in Group E alongside AS Roma, Basel & CFR Cluj.

Among the other English teams, Arsenal have potentially the easiest group as they’re bunched with Shakhtar Donetsk, Partizan Belgrade and Braga in group H. Premier League champs Chelsea were drawn alongside Marseille, Spartak Moscow and Zilina. Manchester United will face a tricky tie against SPL Champions Rangers with Valencia and Bursaspor the other teams in group C.

As is the case always, there’s the ubiquitous group of death and it is group G, with Real Madrid, Ajax, AC Milan and Auxerre grouped together innit!

The action kicks off on the 14th of September.

More: Replay of the draw | UEFA Report | BBC Sport Report

JITM is now Centurion University

My Alma Mater – Jagannath Institute for Technology & Management or JITM, is now Centurion University. The Orissa Assembly has passed the Centurion University of Technology & Management Bill 2010 which was tabled towards the end of July and it will pave the wav for the creation of the independent university. It will be based at Paralakhemundi, and the JITM Trust will be responsible for its functioning.

The university will be unitary, self-financed and it will be established to provide advanced knowledge in branches of Engineering & Technology, Medical Science and Genetics, Humanities and Social Science, Management, Law, Vocational Education and Training, Tribal and Development Studies. It will ensure the standard of the degrees, diplomas, charters, certificates and other academic distinctions laid down by the UGC.

The Governor who will be the visitor will have sweeping powers and can call for any papers or information relating to the affairs of the university. The Chairman of the Trust will be the President of the university, while the university will have its Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and other regular functionaries. [Source] [Another Source]

‘10 British Grand Prix – Saturday Qualifying – Another Pole for Vettel. Another 1-2 for Red Bull.

Red Bull continued their qualifying domination as they took Pole position and a 1-2 in the British Grand Prix’s Saturday Qualifying. Sebastian Vettel will start on Pole Position ahead of his teammate Mark Webber. Fernando Alonso will start from P3 as he matched Ferrari’s best qualifying position. This is Red Bull’s 9th pole out of 10 races and their fifth one-two of the season. Incidentally, Webber was the first driver to break the 1 Min 30s barrier but was immediately eclipsed by Vettel as he wheeled round his Red Bull in 1:29.695 and then scored a 1:29.615 on his second run to grab pole position.

British Grand Prix Qualifying Top 3

Lewis Hamilton managed P4 in an underperforming McLaren, which was shorn of its new diffuser and other updates after they didn’t bring the needed advantage. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg will start on P5 with Renault’s Robert Kubica in P6. Felipe Massa will start P7 with the Williams of Rubens Barrichello beside him on P8. BMW Sauber’s Pedro de la Rosa and Michael Schumacher complete the top ten.

The British Grand Prix is back at Silverstone after it was thought to be going to the Donnington Park circuit but after the latter failed to secure the necessary funding & the Silverstone owners made some modifications to the circuit, it is now back for the next 17 years. And with two British drivers in the team, McLaren’s home race will be all the more important. But they got off on the wrong foot as they had to ditch their plans of the ‘blown rear diffuser’ after it slowed them down considerably in the Friday and Saturday practices.

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