Why do we have self-evaluations?

Posted by Nikhil on Sunday, October 4, 2009

Almost all of us have an appraisal cycle at the work place. This is supposed to be the time when someone can evaluate the work he/she has done in the entire year and demand for a raise. While reading through some blogs on I got to this: Are employee self-evaluations worthless?

Here is my take on it:

In my opinion, self-evaluation is important for both the employee as well as the employer. Employee has a chance to exhibit his achievements and the employer can judge the maturity level of an employee through the self-evaluation.

There is no doubt that the employee can rate himself whatever he wants (as suggested in the report). But then, the manager is a manager because he knows his direct reports. The manager is being paid to know the person in-out and hence rate them as per his own knowledge. Self-evaluations are in fact a great chance to see if the person in question is mature enough to be promoted and may be made a manager himself. For, if he can rate himself rightly, he can rate others as well.

How to Earn Money by Uploading Your Photos

Posted by Nikhil on Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Shareapic is a free service that allows its users to upload and host their images on their servers. What makes it different from the rest ?

Shareapic has a unique revenue sharing model that compensates users for directing their friends and family to see their hosted images.

Making money from the Share A Pic site is a simple process. You earn money for every image view that you manage to receive. So if you upload a photo you took of your pet dog, and you manage to receive 10 image views, you will earn 10 x whatever the set payment rate is. When a member hosts a gallery, they can then show this gallery to others. Each time this is done, the member is paid.

ShareAPic pays you cash if you are good at sharing your pics uploaded to the service; the details:

  • Get paid $0.22 per 1000 pic views;
  • Pay out within 30 days
  • Payments via PayPal
  • Alternative prizes: gift certificates from Amazon and eLuxury
They pay out within 30 calendar days as long as your account balance is over $20.00.

Link: Signup with ShareAPic

Terminate Crashed Applications

Posted by Nikhil on Monday, January 19, 2009

If you use Windows, There is every chance that you have felt the heat, when there are applications/software in your system that hang or turn irresponsive. Here is way to lessen the pain:

Terminating crashed Applications quick will not make you wait until the it closes by itself, you can change the wait time in system registry. To do this, Open Regedit and navigate to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
and change the value of "HungAppTimeout" key to 500 or 1000

500 = .5 seconds

Hope this helps!

What is Pagefile.sys in Windows Operating System?

Posted by Nikhil on Sunday, January 11, 2009

All of us must have seen a huge file in the C:\ of our computers in the name of pagefile.sys and wondered why is such a huge file (sometimes as big as 2 GB) residing on the system? What is the use? Is it right, if I delete this file and free up some space? Well, we will try to get answers to some of thoe questions here...
What is pagefile.sys?
Windows NT uses a paging file for virtual memory called PAGEFILE.SYS. This file is created during Windows NT Setup and is always located in the root directory. No matter what your system configuration is, Windows NT will create and use a paging file.
This part of your hard disk would behave as a RAM in cases where the RAM is being fully utilized, and there is need for more, infomation/data not currently being accessed can be 'swaped' to that location and thus free physical RAM for immediate use. That same data can be transferred back if need be into physical RAM at any time.
Without some memory area so defined (on the hard-drive) W2K (and also NT XP) will not run properly, especially when running applications that demand/use large areas of RAM. Size (and location) can be set by default or as you prefer.
The paging file is not necessarily a single file; it can be a group of files stored in various locations, across hard disks and partitions.
Optimizing the page file:
The following two guidelines should be met when optimizing the paging file:
  1. In general, you should set the size of the paging file to the same size as your system RAM plus 12 MB. There is a minimum size requirement of 22 MB for the operating system. If system RAM plus 12 MB is less than 22 MB, increase the size of the paging file until your system RAM plus paging file is at least 22 MB. This is just for the operating system's own requirments. For reasonable application performance, a 40 MB total is recommended.
  2. If you have multiple hard disks, splitting up the paging file is a good idea, as it will speed up the access time. If you have two hard disks, and you split the paging file, both hard disks can be accessing information simultaneously, greatly increasing the throughput. However, if you have two hard disks, and one hard disk is faster than the other, it may be more effective to store the paging file on only the faster hard disk. Some experimentation may be necessary to arrive at the best configuration for your system.

Note: There is no point in splitting up the paging file between multiple partitions as it does not increase the ability of the hard disk to access the paging file. This may be a good idea, however, if your logical drives aren't large enough for the entire paging file.

Can I Delete the page file?
It is not wise to remove it completely under normal circumstances, you can turn the virtual memory Off however.
  • right click my computer
  • click properties
  • click advanced (tab)
  • under performance click settings
  • click advanced (tab) under virtual memory click change
  • Enter the desired value here or select "no paging file" to turn the virtual memory off.

Clearing the Page file:

Alternatively, you can clear the paging file as well while switching off the Computer. To do so, follow the below steps:

  • Go to Start
  • Click on "Run"
  • Type "regedit" in the "open" textbox and click OK
  • In the registry window that opens, nevigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management" and then change the value of "ClearPageFileAtShutdown" to 1 ie:- dword:00000001

Clearing the paging file is a good practice, as this file can otherwise be used to retrieve your personal information.

Indexing Search on Windows Vista

Posted by Nikhil on Thursday, January 8, 2009

The new search capabilities in Windows Vista are certainly a significant step up from those in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. For once, you can actually find what you're looking for in a reasonable amount of time. By default, however, the new Vista search feature only indexes the partition where the operating system is installed, which is usually the C: drive. That's fine, unless you have a second partition or second hard drive you use to store your data files. In that case, you have to manually add the second hard drive to the search index. Luckily, it’s only a two step process!

Step 1: Turn On the Search Indexing for the Second Hard Drive/Partition

Double click on your My Computer icon, right click on the drive and choose Properties. Then check the box that says “Index this drive for faster searching.” Finally, click OK.
For some strange reason, that doesn't actually add the drive to the index, so you have to perform one more step.

Step 2: Add the Drive to the Indexing Options

Go to Start, Control Panel and click on Indexing Options. In the dialogue box, you’ll see a list of current locations that are indexed by the Indexing service. Click on the Modify button and check off the second partition or hard drive you want indexed (for example, D:, E:, etc).

If you don't see the drive you're looking for, make sure you press the "Show all locations" button at the bottom of the window. You should then see all of the possible choices:
That’s it! Windows Vista will then begin indexing the new location and results from the extra drives will appear in your searches. Now, you can also add network drives to the Vista search index, as long as the drive is a mapped drive. Note that turning on the indexing in Vista is a great way to find files quickly and I would suggest keeping it on all the time. However, you may want to turn it off if your computer seems to be running slow.
Either way, this is an easy way to make your Vista searching even easier!


Pakistan occupied Kashmir: Northen Areas

Posted by Nikhil on Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Northern Areas in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) have been split into five districts: Gilgit, Baltistan, Diamir, Ghizer and Ghanche. A population of 1.5 million inhabits a vast area of 72,495 square kilometers. Sparsely populated as the area is, the ethnic groups are varied – Baltees, Vashkuns, Mughals, Kashmiris, Pathans, Ladakhis and Turks, speaking a multiplicity of languages, including Balti, Shina, Brushaski, Khawer, Wakhi, Turki, Tibeti, Pushto and Urdu.Justify Full

The Northern Areas are the only region in Pakistan whose status is not specified in the Constitution. While Kashmir is mentioned as a disputed territory, the Northern Areas find no mention in the relevant schedule, nor do they have an autonomous or constitutional status of their own. The people of these areas are not citizens of Pakistan within the meaning of the Constitution and do not enjoy any fundamental, legal, political or civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution. The region is also out of bounds to foreigners and journalists, except for occasional tightly controlled guided tours selectively organised by the Army or the intelligence agencies.

No assembly till 1994!
Until 1994, the people of the Northern Areas had no elected assembly, or even a municipal council, and no representation in the Federal National Assembly. In October 1994, the Federal Government allowed the political parties of Pakistan, but not of ‘Azad Kashmir’, to extend their activities to the Northern Areas.
The first party-based elections to a 26-member council called the Northern Areas Executive Council, were held in October 1994. But the council had no legislative authority, only advisory powers. The real power continued to be vested in the Ministry of Kashmir and Northern Areas Affairs headed by a Joint Secretary to the Government of Pakistan based in Islamabad, which exercised supreme control in all matters.
A verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in March 1999 recommending the extension of legislative, financial and administrative powers as well as an independent judiciary with writ jurisdiction, paved the way for the first Northern Areas Legislative Council to be elected in 2000. It was granted powers to legislate on local matters and impose local taxes. But the superstructure of the Northern Areas administration was left unchanged so that Pakistan's Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs continues to be its chief executive.
Northern Areas Structure of Governance

It has the status of a Federally Administered Area. The chief executive authority for the region is the Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Northern Areas, States and Frontier Regions. Assisting him is a Deputy Chief Executive who is appointed by the Chief Executive from amongst the members of the Northern Areas Legislative Council, who shall be elected by majority vote by the members of the Council. The Deputy Chief Executive is effectively a Minister of State. Advisors, who are appointed by the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive, from amongst the members of the Northern Areas Legislative Council, assist the Deputy Chief Executive. The Advisors are entitled to the status of a Provincial Minister.

Northern Areas Legislative Council
The Northern Areas Legislative Council is headed by the Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Northern Areas, States and Frontier Regions and it meets only when the Minister convenes it.
The Northern Areas remain one of the most neglected and poorest part. In 1981, the female literacy rate in the region was just 3% and the male literacy rate was 14.7% . There is no industry to speak of except a few brick kilns. According to an article on the World Bank website, "Over 90 percent of the region’s 800,000 people live in small villages scattered along valleys carved by glacial streams and rivers. Subsistence agriculture is the norm and access to basic social services is often limited or unavailable. Roads are few, with one highway as virtually the only link to Pakistan."

The Pakistani Government has reportedly set up only 12 high schools and two regional colleges in the Northern Areas, with no post graduate facilities. Very few locals are able to secure government jobs, and when they do, they are paid 25 per cent less than non-native entrants from Pakistan's Punjab province. There are no local dailies, or local radio or television stations. According to the most recently available data, there is just one doctor for 6,000 people. Piped water supply is virtually non-existent. And two thirds of the population must do without electricity in an area where winters are extremely harsh.

7 years of Parliament attack: did we learn anything?

Posted by Nikhil on Saturday, December 13, 2008

December 13th 2001: A group of gun weilding terrorists attacked the Parliament of India (the so called Temple of Democracy).

Seven years down the line, India is still bleeding from the wounds the terrorists have given it. Have we learnt anything? Lets see what have we learnt or NOT LEARNT.

How not to politicize the terror issues

Afzal Guru, the terrorist convicted in Parliament attack case is still ALIVE! Supreme court had pronounced a death penalty on him 2005. The execution was to happen on October 20, 2006, but the man and his family filed a clemency plea to the president of India. the decision is still pending.

Are we waiting for another IC-814 to be hijacked so that we can set Afzal free? Please stop the vote bank politics and hang the terrorist. Send a strong signal to all who think they can do anything they want to India and still be free.

Intelligence System still needs overhauling

There needs to be a better coordination between different departments. In Mumbai attacks, we had prior information about such an attack but did not act on the information. Result in there for all to see. There should be some accountability in such cases. Intelligence system should be modernized. There should be follow up actions once the information is provided.

Real time Physical security

We should learn from Isreal. Isreal is surrounded by 13 enemies and is still surviving. We need to nip the terror camps at the preparatory stage itself. The preparedness of Police and Security agencies should be on a war scale.

We need to secure our borders first and then launch a major assualt on the terrorists at the root level. Dry up their funds, their access to weapons. Finish the support staff first. The terror camps will seize to exist on their own. This would require deplomatic initiatives, warfront efforts.

But for all this, our polititians have to be at their best and wouls need to work towards a common goal without looking for the petty gains over each other.

May we live long enough to see that day!

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