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The Giving Pledge

Bill Gates Convinces 40 Billionaires to Give Away Half Their FortunesQuite an attention grabber don’t you think? Even better it’s actually true. Bill Gates & Warren Buffet (both gave away their fortunes) have added 38 other billionaires to their project ‘The Giving Pledge’, including such names as Larry Ellison (Oracle), George Lucas (Film Director), Michael Bloomberg (New York Mayor) and many others. 
Interesting nugget – if every person on the Forbes 400 richest Americans list gave away just half their wealth, charities would be richer by 600 billion dollars! This got me thinking, how much money could the 400 richest Indian raise?
Zero. That’s the first answer that popped into my mind. I can already hear the outcry  how dare I attack the Indian philanthropic impulse? Question the generosity of my compatriots? I’ve had people practically jump down my throat to defend Indian billionaires. I’m not ignoring the huge wealth of time, money & energy devoted by millions of Indians who…

Newbie Guide To Windows Backups

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining. So its Thursday and your computer just exploded – no, its not your fault, this time – what do you do?
If this your reaction to “Do you backup?”, this is the guide for you. Some of you might have tried Googling how to backup and restore & gotten plenty confused in the process. The world of backup software is as vast and pothole ridden as the world of anti-virus/anti-spyware/anti-malware software. What kind of backup do you need? Which software will you pick? Paid or free? are just some of the questions you will have to face. Fortunately for you, I’ve written this guide to help you through it all.
What kind of backup do you need? Basically there are 3 kinds of backups - System Images Backup & Restore Online & Offsite System images simply mean that the software takes a snapshot of your entire system (one or all partitions)…

Oops…I Did It Again!

No, I definitely don’t mean that song. It’s what two of my friends said to me when their Vista crashed (yet again I might add). So like the good tech support gal that I was, I sat down to fix it for them. Guess what I found?  That horror of horrors, that evil monstrosity that all PC makers foist on unsuspecting non-geek buyers – yes, I found just the 1 giant partition into which all system and  their most important data/media files were thrown into. What’s a geek to do? I did end up fixing their laptops but it got me thinking my help shouldn't stop with just fixing up their laptop. Et Viola! I hit upon the perfect solution – Blog it!

Newbie Guide to Windows Partitions
The Problem: Millions of users storing their precious documents, pictures, videos, music etc. in the most vulnerable place  on their systems – user/my documents/…
The Culprits: Windows OSes which insist that it is the best place for data (all the shortcuts point there) and PC makers who can’t be bothered to partition the…