Archive for December, 2009

NCERT Textbooks Online

Posted in Books, EBooks, Education on December 24, 2009 by Atul

NCERT has provided its textbooks online for quite some time now. NCERT Textbooks may be downloaded from its website. A very interesting NCERT publication is its history textbook for Class XII, titled the “Themes in Indian History”. Entire set of PDF files comprising this history book may be downloaded from this link. This file is in 7z format and may be uncompressed with freeware 7zip.

Improve WiFi Reception: TL-ANT2405C

Posted in Networking on December 24, 2009 by Atul

Are you facing wireless connectivity issues between your wireless Router and a desktop PC equipped with a PCI wireless adapter? The problem may not be the PCI adapter or the router; the antenna on your PCI adapter might be the culprit and the solution may lie in replacing the default antenna with a dedicated wireless antenna. These antennas can be positioned so as to achieve optimal reception with high signal strength and have a small wire which is fastened to the antenna slot of the wireless device, replacing the default antenna that your PCI card came with. And the results are more than impressive. TL-ANT2405C is one such antenna from TP-LINK Technologies Co. Ltd. Continue reading

Abbreviations in Legal Citations

Posted in Law, Misc Tips on December 19, 2009 by Atul

Stumped by cryptic abbreviations in legal citations, like RPC, FSR, RTR, S.Ct., Atk., De G & Sm and the like? The best place to untangle the legal citation abbreviations to meaningful  words visit the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations.

Why Did Mariam D. Deng Ignore Me?

Posted in Fun, Rants on December 17, 2009 by Atul

I received an email from Mrs. Mariam D. Deng, informing me of the unfortunate murder of her husband Mr. Dominic  Dim Deng. She also gave me the link to BBC story confirming this. She wanted my help in stashing only Seven Million pounds and I, like the good man I’m, offered my full co-operation and also a home to her kid. She never replied. Here’s her solicitation and my reply (I hope she doesn’t assert her copyright on her mail).

**********  MADAM DENG’S EMAIL  **********



My dear Beloved.

Greetings in the name of our Lord, it is in my search for a reliable  and God fearing person and having gotten your contact through prayers and  pains taking efforts via searching I made on the internet on my bed side. Presently, I’m in a hospital here in Beijing, China where I have  been undergoing therapy treatment for Oesophagi Cancer.

Though its a sad and long story but I will cut it short for your quick  and easy understanding. Continue reading

EBooks on PSP Slim – Bookr 8.1

Posted in EBooks, PSP, Reading on December 6, 2009 by Atul

Read eBooks on PSP, in plain text, PDF, CHM, HTML, DJVU, PalmDoc format with Ebook Reader v. 8.1 (BookR 8.1).

One of its neat features is that it  remembers the page you were reading before quitting the reader (tested with plain text and pdf file). The next time you open the file, it opens where you left (sort of bookmarking).

However, for reading html files, it seems to rely on the inbuilt PSP browser, which means the same limitations, low memory troubles, no bookmarking etc.  (I faced low memory error messages in opening a 1MB html file. Converting it to .txt reduced the sizer to 650Kb and I could read it directly in BookR).

PDF file was opened inside BookR and handled pretty well. A 3MB PDF file with images did not cause much lag.

One gripe though. The program uses (O) as the primary button and (X) as the secondary button, unlike most applications and menus of PSP; (O) will perform an action and (X) will go back to previous menu, for instance. That poses a minor irritant when shifting in the program menus.

Download Bookr v. 8.1 from Esnips or Rapidshare

Acknowledgments (as found in the original Readme file downloaded with the software)

Programmers – Carlos Carrasco Martinez and Edward Choh (Original)
– Christian Payeur (Control/GUI enhancements)
– Yang.Hu (DJVU support)
– Nguyen Chi Tam (CHM, HTML support)

MuPDF library – By Artifex Software, Inc. licensed under the AFPL license.
Visit: PSPSDK –

chmlib 0.39 by Jed Wing <>

VnConv by Pham Kim Long <>

DjVuLibre 3.5 by Leon Bottou and Yann Le Cun