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Applying for Indian Passport, some tips (non-technology)

Recently I happened to visit passport office, Pune to to renew my passport and to my surprise it got rejected. I said "to my surprise" because while filling up the application form, my wife has done enough homework and ensured couple of times that there is no mistake in it. But then the officer who was scrutinizing the application form rejected in few minutes by saying that I should not have written my parents name in full. Rather it should be just like "last_name first_name" as was in my current passport. But if this is the case, then why its written in the application form "write FULL name"? During my whole experience, I am putting down few tips which would be useful esp. for Pune based people: Make sure you take online appointment from  While filling the application form, if its renewal, make sure you carry EXACTLY same information to the application form as is on your "to be expired" passport. This is very importa

Cloud Computing: Next BIG revolution in IT (Can Avatar become reality?)

After Web 2.0, cloud computing is the latest buzz word in the industry. I remember IBM started started implementing first Grid computing architecture just a few years back and not its turning into widely accepted reality. Now we can say by and large that cloud is evolved from grid computing to fairly matured model. Amazon has become pioneer by launching their AWS suite. Still this idea has a long way to go... Actually this is going to be debating topic if "grid computing" in cloud or cloud in "grid computing". ...each cloud can be made up of grids and all clouds can be in turn connected in outer grid! I think it really depends on how one visualized the things. But clearly the bottom line is to leverage the power of computing so that now instead of focusing more on building faster chips, industry can shift the focus on building efficient cloud and faster connectivity. I am sure roughly 50% of the machines of the world (probably more after considering huge redundancy

Flex Builder or Flash Builder?

While browsing through adobe site and I found this interesting info. So far I have used flex builder 3 extensively, but was not aware of next release, and restructuring of components. Adobe while working on Flex 4 release, realized that flex is promoted as an open source framework and if they are charging for some product built on top of it, it should not have the word flex in it. So they renamed the flex IDE to Flash Builder which is currently in beta phase. That sounds interesting ... though I personally would have preferred flex builder as flash is runtime byproduct of flex. Flash builder has some cool features. The most I am looking forward is their application modeling plugin. Using this plugin, you can automatically generate server-side code (Data Management Service destinations) as well as Flex client code from a common data model. To read more, visit flash builder 4