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Friday, March 10, 2006

Forbes Reports Billionaire Boom

A worldwide economic boom has yielded a record number of dollar billionaires in the past year, according to Forbes.

Their number rose by 15% to 793 with India taking the lead in Asia and new Russians lining up to fill the gap left by jailed Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Microsoft’s Bill Gates tops the list for the 12th year running at a net worth of $50bn (£29bn).

The combined net worth of the 793 is $2.6 trillion and US billionaires account for just under half the amount.


  • Bill Gates (USA, Microsoft) - $ 50bn
  • Warren Buffett (USA, investor) - $42bn
  • Carlos Slim (Mexico, industrialist) - $30bn
  • Ingvar Kamprad (Sweden, Ikea) - $28bn
  • Lakshmi Mittal (India, steel) $23.5bn

“A billion just isn’t what it used to be,” said Luisa Kroll, Forbes magazine’s associate editor, revealing the 20th annual list in New York.

But she noted the figures were conservative estimates for different reasons.

A very positive spreadsheet could indicate a desire to sell a business, she told reporters, while somebody about to divorce might seek to downplay their worth.

According to the 2006 list:

  • the youngest billionaire is a Lebanese woman, 22-year-old Hind Hariri, who inherited $1.4bn from her assassinated father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
  • India’s 23 billionaires have a combined net worth of $99bn, surpassing former Asian leader Japan’s 27 billionaires with their total worth of $67bn
  • Russia’s 33 billionaires now have a combined wealth of $172bn, based largely on oil and gas prices, compared to a total of $68bn for oil-rich Saudi Arabia’s 11 billionaires.

‘Whiff of inflation’

“Russia continues to astound us,” said Ms Kroll, as seven new billionaires were recorded from that country.

Khodorkovsky, the former Yukos chief executive convicted of fraud and tax evasion last year, is now in a Siberian prison which allows its inmates to earn less than a dollar a day.

However, Forbes estimates he “still has somewhere below $500m”, said Ms Kroll.

While New York has the highest number of resident billionaires with 40, Moscow is second with 25, and London comes third with 23.

Steve Forbes, Forbes’ chief executive and editor-in-chief, attributed the global rise in the number of billionaires to an economic boom.

“The global economy has been growing the last two years at rates not seen since World War II, fuelled by a commodities boom with a whiff of inflation,” he said.

Source: Forbes
Via: BBC News

Thursday, March 09, 2006

"How to use Outlook to backup your Gmail account"

With all the recent talk of Gmail accounts being deleted, this is a very helpful guide that you can use to easily backup your Gmail.

To use your Gmail e-mail account in Outlook, you must first make sure POP3 support is enabled in Gmail, and then you can add it to Outlook.

  • Log in to your Gmail account
  • At the top of any Gmail page, click Settings
  • In the Mail Settings window, click Forwarding and POP
  • In the POP Download section, select Enable POP or all mail or Enable POP only for mail that arrives from now on
  • Click Save Settings.

Next, we’re going to configure Outlook:

  • In Outlook, on the Tools menu, click E-mail Accounts
  • Click Add a new e-mail account, and then click Next
  • Click POP3, and then click Next.

Under User Information, do the following:

  • In the Your Name box, type your full name the way you want it to appear to other people
  • In the E-mail Address box, type your e-mail user name followed by @gmail.com

Under Server Information, do the following:

  • In the Incoming mail server (POP3) box, type pop.gmail.com
  • In the Outgoing mail server (SMTP) box, type smtp.Gmail.com

Under Logon Information, do the following:

  • In the User Name box, type your full e-mail address, including @gmail.com
  • In the Password box, type your password
  • Select the Remember password check box

Click More Settings

  • On the General tab, under Mail Account, type Gmail
  • Click the Outgoing Server tab, and then select the My outgoing server (SMTP)
  • requires authentication check box
  • Select Use same settings as my incoming mail server
  • Click the Advanced tab, and then under Server Port Numbers for both Incoming server (POP3) and Outgoing server (SMTP), select the This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL) check boxes
  • Change the Outgoing server (SMTP) port number to 465
  • The Incoming server (POP3) port number should change automatically to 995 when you select the This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL) check box
  • Click OK

To verify that your account is working, click Test Account Settings. If there is missing or incorrect information, such as your password, you will be prompted to supply or correct it. Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet.

  • Click Next, and then click Finish.

Notes * Do not select the Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) check box. * Unless specified by Gmail, all server and address entries are typed in lowercase letters.

(via Microsoft)

Now, you’ll want to export all those emails you just downloaded into one singly, tidy file:

1. On the File menu, click Import and Export. 2. Click Export to a file, and then click Next. 3. In the list, click Personal Folder File (.pst), and then click Next. 4. Click the folder that contains the messages you want to back up. If the folder contains a subfolder that you want to include, select the Include Subfolders check box, and then click Next. 5. Under Save exported file as, click Browse, and then specify a name and location for your backup file, for example, Mail Backup. 6. If you back up a .pst file that you have backed up to before, click one of the following:

Replace duplicates with items exported Existing data will be overwritten with the information in the file being exported. Allow duplicate items to be created Existing data will not be overwritten, and duplicate information will be added to the backup file. Do not export duplicate items Existing data will be kept, and the duplicate information in the folder will not be copied to the backup file. 7. Click Finish.

(via Microsoft)

Now, go to Box.net, and set up a free online storage space (1GB is free, and 15GB is for a nominal fee). In all likelihood, your .pst email backup file is less than 1GB. Simply upload this file to your Box.net account. Your Gmail backup is now safe and you can now forever access it and load it into Outlook the event of a horrific Google crash.

Source: Betapundit

The 4th Dimension

The Tesseract (or HyperCube) is mathematical prediction of what cube might look like in 4D Space. An old story tells us how to keep our money safe from robber that exists only in two dimensions (sheet of paper): simply just put it in square safe. 2D robber won't be able to reach it... but if another 3D cruck wanted the gold, he would simply take the gold out of the sqaure not even touching the safe walls. On the other hand, to keep gold out of reach from 3D robber you would need a cube safebox with walls on all 6 sides...now the gold is secure.. but imagine another robber bursting from 4th dimesnion just to steal our gold! He would be able to take the gold from inside the box safe bypassing all the walls, simply taking the gold from inside. In this situation hypecube safebox would become usefull, if we had one... Hardly imaginable, but here are few explanations how to understand 4D cube mathematics, or simply view or rotate your own Hypercube or other 4d structures.

Strange Crustacean Discovered

Scientists just announced the discovery of this strange new crustacean 900 miles south of Easter Island. According to a report in the journal of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, divers first found the creature last year at a depth of 7,540 feet. From the Associated Press:
Scientists said the animal, which they named Kiwa hirsuta, was so distinct from other species that they created a new family and genus for it. The animal is white and just shy of 6 inches long — about the size of a salad plate.

In what (the French Institute for Sea Exploration's Michel) Segonzac described as a "surprising characteristic," the animal's pincers are covered with sinuous, hair-like strands.

It is also blind. The researchers found it had only "the vestige of a membrane" in place of eyes, Segonzac said.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Blackberry/Treo Killer: Nokia E62

(Picture is of E61)

  • runs on Symbian 9.1 and S60 3.0
  • both GPRS and EDGE for data
  • GSM bands 850/1900
  • Bluetooth 1.2
  • screen is 240x320, 256,000 colors, TFT
  • miniUSB instead of Nokia’s usual PopPort
  • Push email (like the Blackberry)
  • USB Mass Storage Mode, so you can mount your phone as a hard drive
  • QuickOffice for viewing/editing Word/Excel/Powerpoint
  • Screen Export feature lets you run Powerpoint presentations off the E62 with compatible projectors
  • Positioning and Navigation apps that work with Bluetooth GPS devices

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Jet-Powered VW Beetle

Ron Patrick wanted a VW Beetle with a jet engine (hey, who doesn't?). But he also wanted to be able to drive it on the open road, rather than just on a closed airport runway surrounded by fire engines and EMT crews. His solution? A dual-engine vehicle, with a normal VW motor for day-to-day transportation, and a GE T58-8F helicopter turboshaft engine converted to run as a jet, to get through rush-hour traffic. All we know is we don't want to be caught behind Patrick when he flips the switch on this one. That, and how much will he charge to add this little trick to our ride?

Source: Engadget

Finally: Real Origami Photo!

  • runs a “variant” of Windows XP (and can run other x86-compatible operating systems)
  • 7-inch screen
  • Price? “Under a $1,000.”

See Also:
Origami Update
Microsoft Alexandria? Origami?
Origami Project (Official Site)

Microsoft Alexandria? Origami?

Click on the below picture of Origami (not confirmed) and you will notice an icon labelled "Alexandria" on the top right of the device's desktop, also on the right side of the current window title bar.

Is it another secretive Microsoft product or something related to Windows Media Video subscription system used in Vongo?

See also: Origami Update

1GB USB 2.0 Watch

Features of the Mr.Gadget 1GB USB 2.0 Executive Watch (Limited Edition):

- 1GB Data Capacity
- Ultra fast USB 2.0 data transfer rate, USB 1.0 compatible
- Stainless Steel construction
- Japanese Citizen Precision Movement
- USB cable included
- Plug and Play with most Windows and MAC operating systems
- 5 year warranty

System requirements of the Mr.Gadget 1GB USB 2.0 Executive Watch:

- IBM compatible Desk PC, Notebook PC, Mac
- USB port: Support USB version 1.1 or 2.0
- Hard Disk Free Space: approximately 10MB
- OS Support: Win 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS

Want to Buy? Go to Mr.Gadget
or try Amazon.com: Hot Watch Deals

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Origami Photo

Also See: Origami Update