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How to add a Windows Live Writer plugin for WordPress tags

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Very few ‘really’ great things are there to support blogging, and I swear Windows Live Writer is God’s gift to people like us.

While using WLW, I was seriously missing the ability to add WordPress tags to my posts. It did have an insert tags options, but WordPress specific tags (allows other bloggers to find you post based on the tags) were not easy to add.

Now I have found a plugin designed by WLW’s team member J. Cheng and not by Microsoft.

By default, the support to post WordPress specific tags is not enabled in WLW . So some things have to be done in order to enable the support to add tags when you blog from Windows Live Writer.

 

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Click  on the page below to get to author, J. Cheng’s page which allows downloading of the said plugin.

Adding WLW plugin for WordPress specific tags

After downloading the plugin, when you restart the WLW, on the right bottom, you will find ‘a button with 2 upward facing double arrows’. Once you press it, you will witness a beautiful properties screen at the bottom of you post. Among other fields, it contains a Keywords field. This is WLW’s equivalent of tags.

So now, you can add as many CSVs (comma separated values) to the keywords field.

Happy tagging…

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Written by Dev

August 31, 2008 at 11:47 am

Ranbaxy shocks & sells out!

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Only thing that I felt on hearing the news was shock!! A serious shock!

 

Ranbaxy sold out to some Japanese Daiichi Sankyo.

 

Why did the flag bearer of Indian pharma industry bow out like this? After 3 consecutive years of gobbling up large and promising pharma companies around the world, why did Ranbaxy sell out? Leave alone me, even the business veterans are shocked. Mahindra & Mahindra’s vice-chairman Anand Mahindra sums up the sentiment of many in corporate India:

 

It’s a landmark deal for the pharma industry. But I can’t help feeling a twinge of regret about an Indian multinational becoming a Japanese subsidiary.

                                                       

                                                               The hunter gets hunted

 

So why this happened? There are some very valid reasons for this action by Malvinder Singh. This is what he had to say –

 

It was an emotional decision for the family, but after weighing several permutations and combinations, we felt that the deal with Daiichi Sankyo was the best for the shareholders and employees. What the family would get out of this was least of my concerns.

 

But why did the family have to sell out? Couldn’t they just have gone for any other way? “The family had to completely exit Ranbaxy to allow Daiichi Sankyo 50.1% stake without which they would not have come on board,” said Mr Singh. He added, with current regulations preventing Indians from holding shares in foreign companies, a merger by way of a share swap was not possible.

Quite a few important observations can be made from this deal.

 

Firstly, though pharma sector is poised for growth, the Indian pharmaceutical policy is not very conducive for the same. The policy does need some tuning up. It is easier for the Indian companies to become subsidiaries of foreign firms to have better growth.

 

Secondly, it shows the coming of age of the Indian businessmen. Who are not at all afraid to leave their homegrown companies to look for greener pastures. Is it the start of Americanization of Indian businessmen or the start of the era of serial entrepreneurs? Only time shall tell. Major question for Mr. Singh is now to decide on ways of deploying his new found treasure of INR 10,000 Crores.

 

Thirdly, it will help Ranbaxy to enter newer markets hitchhiking with Daiichi and join forces with ‘new drug discovery’ division of its new parent. The Ranbaxy-Daiichi combine will be the fifteenth largest drug maker in the world, with a footprint in major global markets. In addition to an expanded global reach, the combined entity will have a complementary product portfolio and a strong growth potential by effectively managing opportunities across the full pharmaceutical life-cycle; and cost competitiveness by optimising usage of R&D and manufacturing facilities of both companies, especially in India.

 

Fourthly, its good for retail investors, who would be gain a whopping 30% in the open offer. Ranbaxy would be converted into a debt free firm with infusion of $1 billion retiring a debt of $500 million. The surplus funds can be pushed into newer growth areas and help in satisfying Ranbaxy’s hunger for newer acquisitions.

 

Lastly ;-) it will help Ranbaxy to fight its patent battles with giants like Pfizer, etc. with a newfound parent which would be the 15th largest drug maker now.

 

New details were made available by the company later but it seems that the initial shock and horror has paved way for respect for the intelligent business sense shown by Ranbaxy’s board.

Cheers to Ranbaxy for this path breaking decision!!

The Best ‘Indian’ Olympics ever at Beijing

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So how long have you waited for something? One year, 2 years, 10 years!!

We Indians have waited for over 100 years to witness the spectacle given below.

 

India at top
India at top

 (I love ‘India over China’ in this picture)

The reason? Because inspite of being a country of 1.1 billion people, we had never ever, till date won an individual Olympics gold. 

But on just the 3rd day of the Beijing Olympics, we witnessed what no Indian had ever seen before. An inspired Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle in Beijing on August 11 with an incredible performance in the final. He shot a total score of 700.5.

Going into the last shot, Bindra and Hakkinen were tied for first place, but Bindra had saved the best for the last and secured the gold medal with his best shot of the final, an outstanding 10.8!

After the win, Abhinav was showered with unimaginable amounts of monetary rewards by the different state governments and individuals. Even his father gifted him a 200 crore hotel!!!!! We can say that he was lucky to enjoy the backing of an indulgent and rich father; he never had to worry about money while pursuing his passion, or distress over his future in case of failure. But, it is not the support system that makes the champion. Champions do there own bidding. He won because he had a dream, and because he pursued it single-mindedly. He practiced until he became almost perfect.

Abhinav had broken the jinx and got us the medal. And to tell the truth, all those known to me (me included) were of the opinion that we had done it for the games. No more expectations. All our desires were fulfilled with the Gold Abhinav brought.

I would like to thank Abhinav for bringing tears in my mother’s eye. She just loved the victory.

And then came another shocker!

We got another medal!

A bronze!

This time it was Sushil Kumar, claiming the bronze in the Men’s Freestyle Wrestling 66 kilogram class on 20th August. Kumar took three periods to beat Leonid Spiridonov of Kazakhstan 2-1, 0-1 and 1-0.

 

Wrestlemania!!!
Wrestlemania!!!

One gold seemed enough for us, and here, Sushil Kumar had put the icing on the cake! I can surely say that it was one of the ‘pleasantest’ surprises of India’s sporting history. And Sushil’s expression said it all. He knew what this medal meant to us and to him.

And on the 12th day of the Olympics, a 3rd medal for India was guaranteed. Now this was seriously unbelievable for us. We have never had it this good in any Olympics till now.

 

 

Wanna fight him?
Wanna fight him?
India’s Vijender Kumar beat Carlos Gongora of Ecuador 9-4 in the quarter-finals of the 75kg middleweight category of the boxing event on Wednesday to guarantee India another medal at the Beijing Olympics. He eventually did win a bronze.

I really lack words to express my feelings. 3 medals!! Just awesome! Simply divine. We had never had it this good and I would say that this Olympic outing of ours was even better than 1983 Cricket world cup win. What was great about these medals was that they came from people who were never really expected to do a lot. No medals came from the hyped Paes-Bhupati, Sania Mirza, Rathore, Anju George, Bhagwat etc. And how can we ever forget – our hockey team didn’t make it to Beijing.

What these 3 guys have done is that, they have torched the Olympic fire in India in a big way. Now they have become national heroes and kids want to imitate them. And when kids get involved in a big way in something, the results are astonishing. This is what happened to cricket.

What else to say but thanks to Abhinav, Sushil, Vijender.
 

 

 

Humming Kabhi Kabhi Aditi…

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Some songs are like…they just crawl into your mind when you are just hanging around  and not paying much attention to anything. You start humming it for no rhyme or reason. And then the deadly phase begins. You just cant get the song out of your mind for the next few days. It seems like your brain has transformed into a bowl of glue and the song has fell into it.

The song ‘ Kabhi kabhi Aditi’ from JTYJN is one such song. But I am facing a severe problem. Even after having heard the song such a long time back, I just cant get this song out of my sticky head!!!!!

 

 

I just wish that I knew some Aditi for whom I could sing the song…but unfortunately I don’t …

Having no idea whatsoever about the departure schedule of this song from the topmost part of my body, I can just thank Rashid for giving such a lovely tune.

Just check out the lyrics…they are so cute and obvious….

Lyrics :

Kabhi Kabhi Aditi Zindagi Me Yun Hi Koi Apna Lagta Hai
Kabhi Kabhi Aditi Woh Bichad Jaaye To Ek Sapna Lagta Hai

Aise Me Koi Kaise Apne Aansuon Ko Behnay Se Roke
Aur Kaise Koi Soch de Everything’S Gonna Be Okay

Kabhi Kabhi To Lage Zindagi Me Rahi Na Khushi Aur Na Maza
Kabhi Kabhi To Lage Har Din Mushkil Aur Har Pal Ek Saza

Aise Me Koi Kaise Muskuraaye, Kaise Has De Khush Hoke
Aur Kaise Koi Soch de Everything’S  Gonna Be Okay

Soch Zara Jan-E-Jaan Tujh Ko Hum Kitna Chahte Hain
Rote Hain Hum Bhi Agar Tere Aankhon Me Aansun Aate Hain

Gaana To Aata Nahi Hai Magar Phir Bhi Hum Gaate Hain
Hey Aditi Maan Kabhi-Kabhi Saare Jahan Me Andhera Hota Hai
Lekin Raat Ke Baad Hi To Savera Hota Hai

Kabhi Kabhi Aditi Zindagi Me Yun Hi Koi Apna Lagta Hai
Kabhi Kabhi Aditi Woh Bichar Jaye To Ek Sapna Lagta Hai

Hey Aditi Has De Has De Has De Has De Has De Has De Tu Zara
Nahi To Bas Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Muskura

Tu Khush Hai To Lage Kay Jahan Main Chaiyi Hai Khushi
Sooraj Nikle Baadalon Se Aur Bantein Zindagi
Sun To Zara Madhosh Hawa Tujhse Kehne Lagi

Ki Aditi Woh Jo Bichadte Hain Ik Na Ik Din Phir Mil Jate
Aditi Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na Phool Phir Khil Jate Hain

Kabhi Kabhi Aditi Zindagi Me Yun Hi Koi Apna Lagta Hai
Kabhi Kabhi Aditi Who Bichad Jaye To Ek Sapna Lagta Hai

Hey Aditi Has De Has De Has De Has De Has De Has De Tu Zara
Nahi To Bas Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Muskura

Hey Aditi Has De Has De Has De Has De Has De Has De Tu Zara
Nahi To Bas Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Muskura

Hey Aditi Has De Has De Has De Has De Has De Has De Tu Zara
Nahi To Bas Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Muskura

Hey Aditi Has De Has De Has De Has De Has De Has De Tu Zara
Nahi To Bas Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Thoda Muskura

Isnt it…??

If Paris Hilton was found on a social networking site

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What would happen when a leading and a very popular celebrity, who is popular for her popularism, Paris Hilton, goes online on a social networking site??

 

This is what I think her profile will look like.

 

Written by Dev

August 13, 2008 at 9:59 pm