The ABC’s of UNIX


A is for Awk, which runs like a snail, and
B is for Biff, which reads all your mail.

C is for CC, as hackers recall, while
D is for DD, the command that does all.

E is for Emacs, which rebinds your keys, and
F is for Fsck, which rebuilds your trees.

G is for Grep, a clever detective, while
H is for Halt, which may seem defective.

I is for Indent, which rarely amuses, and
J is for Join, which nobody uses.

K is for Kill, which makes you the boss, while
L is for Lex, which is missing from DOS.

M is for More, from which Less was begot, and
N is for Nice, which it really is not.

O is for Od, which prints out things nice, while
P is for Passwd, which reads in strings twice.

Q is for Quota, a Berkeley-type fable, and
R is for Ranlib, for sorting ar [sic] table.

S is for Spell, which attempts to belittle, while
T is for True, which does very little.

U is for Uniq, which is used after Sort, and
V is for Vi, which is hard to abort.

W is for Whoami, which tells you your name, while
X is, well, X, of dubious fame.

Y is for Yes, which makes an impression, and
Z is for Zcat, which handles compression.

New symbol for INR

India is one of the earliest issuers of coins in the world (circa 6th century BC), along with the Chinese wen and Lydian staters.The derivative word Rūpaya was used to denote the coin introduced by Sher Shah Suri during his reign from 1540 to 1545 CE. Formerly the rupee was divided into 16 annas, 64 paise, or 192 pies.

All that is history, now we have got something more to add to it. Indian rupees would no longer be denoted by ” Rs.”, we have got  a new symbol

The Indian Finance Ministry had conducted a contest and has selected this symbol from the final 5. The new symbol for Indian Rupee has been designed by Udaya Kumar Dharmalingam from  Tamil Nadu. He is also an alumni of IIT Bombay. UdhayaKumar also has credit for designing a tamil font named “Parashakti” as a mini project at IDC. He is awarded a cash prize of Rs.2 lakh, but more than that his name has been recorded in the history of Indian Rupee.

Hey, let me end up with a question!
When will our keyboards start refelecting the new Indian Rupee Symbol? 😉

Do check out the blog post, of another participant of the contest, <here>.

Glimpses from the history of Indian Rupees:

Sher Shah’s Indian Rupee

Indian One Rupee in the year 1917

Rs.5 in the year 1922

Image source: wikipedia

Google SSL and Google TV

Some news from the Google camp….

#1 . Google has announced SSL offering to its search application


https instead of http, in the URL means  that the browser encrypts and decrypts user page requests as well as the pages that are returned by the Web server. Google has been using this secure transactions in its Gmail, Google docs and other services and now it has extended it to its plain search…for googling. You can find a secure form of Google search here:

This secured channel helps protect your search terms and your search results pages from being intercepted by a third party on your network.” states the Search Giant.

The company says the “beta” tag is given because the service only covers the core Google web search product, while “Maps,” “News,” and “Images” are not yet covered. The company also notes that searches may be slightly slower than regular Google searches, due to the encryption process.

#2. Google TV: where tv meets web. web meets tv


This venture will make it easier for people to access the best video on-demand content from the web, as well as photo-sharing sites, such as Picasa, and social-networking sites such as Twitter.

Google TV will be based on Open Source Android OS with Google Chrome browser. Google will soon release a TV SDK for developing Android applications designed for tv sets.