Archive for December, 2006

UGC NET December 2006 – Question Paper on Law

Posted in Education, Law, UGC NET on December 24, 2006 by Atul

Through this post I had tried to reproduce the question paper of UGC NET December 2006 exam, from my memory. The UGC has now decided to allow access to its old question papers (the general paper as well as all subjects) from December 2004 onwards and this page is now redundant . The Question Papers may be downloaded from the official website of UGC. Question Papers on the subject of Law can also be downloaded from the official website.

Question Papers of Paper I from December 2004 to December 2008 may be downloaded from http://surplusprodus.blogspot.com/2009/12/ugc-net-question-papers.html

Good luck everyone! It was nice to have you here.

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UGC NET December 2006 Question Paper

Posted in Education, Law, UGC NET on December 24, 2006 by Atul

Through this post I had tried to reproduce the question paper of UGC NET December 2006 exam, from my memory. The UGC has now decided to allow access to its old question papers (the general paper as well as all subjects) from December 2004 onwards and this page is now redundant . The Question Papers may be downloaded from the official website of UGC. Entire set of Question Papers on Paper I may be downloaded here (compressed 7z file may be opened using freeware software 7zip).

Good luck everyone! It was nice to have you here.

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XP Themes, Vista Transformation & Spybots

Posted in XP on December 16, 2006 by Atul

Using Spybots S&D on a WinXP computer and wondering why the inbuilt updater gives an error “Cannot open AVI”? I don’t know why it happens, but if you have installed Vista Transformation Pack (VTP) to enliven your desktop, Spybots update will give just this error. So get rid of that Transformation Pack because Spybots is definitely worth more than any desktop enhancer. And if my experience is anything to go by, VTP is easier to install than get rid of. Had to go through the complete routine; uninstall VTP, run system file checker (SFC, to restore changed files), uninstall and reinstall Internet Explorer 7 (which stopped working thanks to SFC, I guess), not to mention the zillions of reboots…

Anyways, if, like me you’re sick of Microsoft’s Luna theme and you want to take a lightweight (read non-bloatware) route for new desktop themes, go for uxtheme.dll patching and grab some themes from DeviantArt. Now, if you were smart enough to install (and more importantly, uninstall) VTP, you’ll surely understand how to go about it. And if you’re not, your own risk, don’t flame me later.

Orchid Innovations Bluetooth USB Dongle Drivers

Posted in s60 on December 14, 2006 by Atul

Orchid Innovation USB Bluetooth Dongle Looking for drivers for the bluetooth USB dongle? There are no specific drivers for this device. The Orchid Innovations USB-BT dongle (at least the one I own) contains chipset from some Integrated System Solution Corp. Quick Google search leads me to the page describing the ISSC BT Dongle. The description page provides that this device will work either with Widcomm drivers or the IVT Bluesoleil driver package.

As far as I know, the Widcomm drivers can only be obtained bundled with the product from the manufacturer and Widcomm (now acquired by Broadcom, as the site says) does not provide any public downloads for this driver. So there is not much to choose from.

If you are looking for IVT Bluesoleil Software, just visit www.esnips.com and perform a Search. Apparently many people have uploaded it there.

There were some problems with Nokia PC Suite but they were finally resolved (read my other post if you face hardware error message with PC Suite BT connectivity).

Update: Thanks Sanjay for updating us. Looks like Orchid Innovations have put up drivers for their products at http://www.orchidinnovations.com/drivers.htm ORC-BT-IVT looks like the driver for the dongle (there are no clear instructions). My Orchid dongle went kaput long ago so I’ve no idea if these work or not. All the best, people.

11 Commandments of Orkutting

Posted in Rants on December 12, 2006 by Atul

ONE-
If you’re ugly, stop acting like you don’t know it & stop using cute nicknames. The captions under your picture that says “top model pose”, “sexy”, “arnt i hot” doesn’t convince anyone.

TWO-
To the people who have like over 1000 friends, are you serious? Nobody in this universe can keep up with that many friends. You’re just stupid. Go play in traffic.

THREE-
If you’re real pretty, dont approve all friends request and bitching later on how u hate getting stupid comments & messages. You’re the one who approved them in the 1st place!! Be realistic on what u’re getting into!! Continue reading

Ebooks on S60

Posted in s60 on December 11, 2006 by Atul

A while back I was exploring software goodies for my (then) newly acquired Nokia 6681 when I thought of ebooks. Now, 176 x 208 has already been derided as a joke for anything useful, but I was not ready to be put down, not yet.

My earlier attempts at reading PDF files with the bundled Acrobat Reader had been really painful; sluggish and with no sense of formatting. This time I decided to give a try to Amazon’s Mobipocket Reader. It is mainly an ebook management program, but more importantly, it can convert existing formats such as .pdf and .doc to Mobi ebook .prc format for viewing on a mobile phone. In a ideal world, the desktop application should’ve detected and installed a counterpart on the mobile phone. But that was not to be. The phone was detected all right but nothing else happened. So the next step was to get the standalone SIS installer for the cellphone. Continue reading

USB Bluetooth Dongles, Bluesoleil and Nokia PC Suite

Posted in s60 on December 7, 2006 by Atul

USB bluetooth dongles are well known to have problems working with Nokia PC Suite in Windows XP SP2. The Windows Bluetooth Device drivers are often pointed out as the culpricts. The solution for this situation is well documented by Microsoft in KB840635.But in case of cheap bluetooth dongles, like the one by Orchid Innovations that I own, the problem lies elsewhere.

This posting relates to solving the issues between the bluetooth dongles and PC Suite. If you are looking for IVT Bluesoleil Software, just visit www.esnips.com and perform a Search. Apparently many people have uploaded it there. Continue reading