I got this from a friend of mine. It might be some old stuff but it made laugh a lot so though of sharing it through this blog :)
Letter from Banta Singh of Punjab to Mr. Bill Gates of Microsoft
Subject: Problems with my new computer

Dear Mr. Bill Gates,

We have bought a computer for our home and we have found some problems,
which I want to bring to your notice.

1. There is a button ‘start’ but there is no ‘stop’ button. We request you to check this.
2. We find there is ‘Run’ in the menu. One of my friends clicked ‘run’ he ran up to Amritsar!

So, we request you to change that to ‘sit’, so that we can click that by sitting.
3. One doubt is whether any ‘re-scooter’ is available in system?
I find only ‘re-cycle’, but I own a scooter at my home.
4. There is ‘Find’ button but it is not working properly. My wife lost the
door key and we tried a lot trace the key with this ‘ find’ button, but was
unable to trace. Please rectify this problem.
5. My child learnt ‘Microsoft word‘ now he wants to learn ‘Microsoft
sentence’, so when you will provide that?
6. I bought computer, CPU, mouse and keyboard, but there is only one icon
which shows ‘MY Computer’: when you will provide the remaining items?
7. It is surprising that windows says ‘MY Pictures’ but there is not even a
single photo of mine. So when will you keep my photo in that.
8. There is ‘MICROSOFT OFFICE‘ what about ‘MICROSOFT HOME’ since I use the
PC at home only.
9. You provided ‘My Recent Documents’. When you will provide ‘My Past Documents’?
10. You provide ‘My Network Places’. For God sake please do not provide ‘My
Secret Places’. I do not want to let my wife know where I go after my office hours.Regards,

Last one to Mr Bill Gates :

Sir, how is it that your name is Gates but u are selling WINDOWS?


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When I read the book ‘The monk who sold his ferrari’, somewhere I wished that I too get a chance to go on such a spiritual journey. Last year I came to know about Vipassana . Vipassana is a 10 days residential course where they teach you meditation and other techniques to help you know yourself better. Its completely free of cost. I personally believe in meditation a lot and think our mind has infinite power if we can tame it. Like many other people I also thought that going for a 10-day course where you are completely disconnected from the outside world (i.e. no access to cell phone/internet) is next to impossible but deep down I wanted to go for it. 15 days back I was thinking of going for some 4-day meditation course but then a friend of mine insisted that I should go for Vipassana. He assured me 100% satisfaction from Vipassana. Once again that desire to go for Vipassana became stronger and I started researching about Vipassana online. I read almost all the stuff available online related to Vipassana. I read about experiences of different people from different parts of the world and found one common feedback ” ITS WORTH IT” . 90% of the people who went for the course simple loved it and thought it was one of the most wonderful experiences of their life. Its supposed to be very tough. You have to maintain noble silence for 10 days. You cant even look at each other. They want you to be completely with yourself. Initially it sounds like an insane thing to do but you won’t hold the same view after you are done with the course.

So I had made up my mind that I will go for Vipassana. For some reason I was excited Continue reading

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Yesterday read the following beautiful poem

“To every man there openeth
A way, and ways, and a way.
And the high soul climbs the high way,
And the low soul gropes the low:
And in between, on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A high way and a low,
And every man decideth The
way his soul shall go.”

Isnt is so true ? Every day is a day of decision. We are constantly at crossroads, in our
business dealings, our social relations, in our homes; there is always the necessity of a choice. In this ever-changing material age, with seemingly complex forces all about us, we sometimes cry out that we are driven by force of circumstances. Yet the fact remains that Continue reading

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Have you ever heard of this ?

If you think you can , you are right.
If you think you can’t , you are right ” — Henry Ford

Isn’t capacity/capability is just state of mind ? Let me try to explain this through some real life examples.

My brother’s friend wanted to start his own business but he used to think that he is not capable of doing it all by himself. He would always tell himself that he is too young to start his own business and his mind would show him all the possible reasons why he cant do it. His mind showed him all the problems like lack of knowledge, financial constraints, infrastructure and above all the fear of failure. Since business wasn’t an option for him ( as he used to think) , he joined a multinational IT company in Bangalore. It was then he realized that it wasn’t something he wanted to do. He talked to my brother and me about it. We just told him one thing “if you really want to start your own business , just tell yourself that you ‘CAN’ do it and feel that you ‘CAN’ do it” . It was no less than a surprise to him that his mind started showing him all the possible ways of doing his own business. His dad decided to help him with finances. His cousin decided to help him with technical stuff and his mind freed him from the fear of failure . His “I CAN” played all the magic.


One female who was working in a multinational company got married and had kids. She wanted to work again but she used to tell herself that she CAN’T work and her mind would show her all the possible reasons Continue reading

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Can you hear me ?

A man feared his wife wasn’t hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem. The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.

Here’s what you do,” said the Doctor, “stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and s o on until you get a response.

“That evening, the wife is in her bedroom and he was in the den. He says to himself, “I’m about 40 feet away, let’s see what happens.” then in a romantic tone he asks, ‘Honey, do you wana make love tonight?” No response. So the husband moves to closer to the room, about 30 feet from his wife and Continue reading

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You must have seen this warning on many sites that you shouldn’t select “remember password” on a shared computer. Do you know exactly why they ask you to do that ?  I would like to talk about one good reason why you should not be doing that.

Lets see how its dangerous in firefox when you select “Remember password” for any site.

Remember password

When you click on “Remember” in the above image, anybody can see your username and password(in clear text) on your computer. If you want to confirm it , try this in Firefox . Click on tools->options . Select the “Security” tab and then click on “Show Password” Continue reading

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Yesterday I was looking at the traffic on www.shwetagupta.com and found that lot of people from myspace and other domains are referring to images hosted on my server and hence eating up my bandwidth. I was getting 40% of the requests(for images) from myspace domain. Yes! they have a huge traffic. If one has to use the images then they should download them and host them on their server instead of hotlinking to someone else site. “Hotlinking” or “Bandwidth theft” is direct linking to a web site’s files (images, video, etc.). An example would be using an <img> tag to display an image you found on someone else’s web page so it will appear on your own site, weblog, forum message post, etc. Usually personal sites don’t have that much of bandwidth to allow hotlinking of images. Also I observed that lot of people these days not only copy the content from your site but also the the images (still being served from your server i.e. leeching your bandwidth)

You can do two things to discourage hotlinking of content on your site

I Making changes in .htaccess file

Suppose all your images are in images folders ( mine are in http://www.shwetagupta.com/blog/images) then create .htaccess file in that folder with following content so that request for any image on shwetagupta.com (on any domain other than shwetagupta.com) will cause it to display a substitute image (stolen.jpg) i.e

Hotlinking of images

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I have at times loved to be in invisible mode on Yahoo messenger and chat with people as per my convenience. Last week I was in invisible mode at 7 am in the morning and one window popped up ” Hey Shweta, how are you” . I asked that friend of mine “How do you always know when I am online ? ” . She replied ” xeeber. Its xeeber.com Wink ” .

Detect invisible users on xeeber.com

I checked out the site and wow you just need to type the user id of the person and xeeber.com tells you the status Continue reading

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Here is my journey so far in my own words.


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Yesterday I was reading a article about pligg on techcrunch and thought of giving pligg a shot. I was amazed that it took me less than 10 minutes to set up a digg clone. Check out the – digg clone I set up using pligg

It has lot of nice features like Continue reading

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