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Archives / July 2008

  • July 28, 2008 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    100% height model css?

    I had been looking around for a way to accomplish fixed header and footer on a website when scrolling, and somehow i haven’t got it right with background attachment: fixed, neither i got it with absolute position… I have a main Div called wrapper, inside there are three main Divs: header, content and footer, and […]

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  • July 19, 2008 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    Surya Namaskar | Salutations to the Sun

    Practicing sun salutations regularly can produce longevity, efficiency, strength and improve overall health. You can make your waist and spine flexible through sun salutations. You can tone up and beautify your arms and broaden your chest. If your spirit has started sagging lately, practice sun salutations to revive and rekindle your lost and drooping spirit. […]

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  • July 7, 2008 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    The Complete CSS-2 Specification

    You can get a complete Specification of CS 2 from here. Just Click on the following Link.Cascading Style Sheets, level 2

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  • The Web Standards What are Web Standards about? A mindset change Semantically correct markup What is valid code? What is accessible code? Why use CSS to separate content from presentation? A CSS based site in action How do your VISITORS benefit from Web Standards? How do your CLIENTS benefit from Web Standards? How do YOU […]

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  • ഇന്നു രാവിലെ:ഒരു ഇടിയപ്പത്തിന്‌(നൂല്‍‌പ്പുട്ട്) എട്ടു രൂപ; മൂന്നെണ്ണത്തിന്‌ 24 രൂപ!ഇടിയപ്പത്തിന്റെ default കറി കടലക്കറിയത്രേ!! അതുകൊണ്ട് ചോദിക്കാതെ തന്നെ അതു കൂടെ കിട്ടും; അതിനു 15 രൂപ!!ഒരു കുഞ്ഞു ഗ്ലാസില്‍ മുക്കാല്‍ ഭാഗം ചായ (കുറ്റം പറയരുതല്ലോ നല്ല രുചിയുള്ള പായസം പോലുള്ള ചായ), അതിന്‌ 7 രൂപ…ആകെ 24 + 15 + 7 = 46 രൂപ…50 രൂപ കൊടുത്തപ്പോള്‍ ഹോട്ടലുടമ പറഞ്ഞു ബാക്കി 4 രൂപ ഉച്ചക്കു തരാമെന്ന്… ഇനി ഉച്ചയ്ക്ക്:ചോറ്, എന്തൊക്കെയോ […]

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June 28, 1953: Workers assemble first Corvette in Flint, Michigan

Posted on Wednesday June 28, 2017 - This Day in World History

On this day in 1953, workers at a Chevrolet plant in Flint, Michigan, assemble the first Corvette, a two-seater sports car that would become an American icon. The first completed production car rolled off the assembly line two days later, one of just 300 Corvettes made that year.

The idea for the Corvette originated with General Motors’ pioneering designer Harley J. Earl, who in 1951 began developing plans for a low-cost American sports car that could compete with Europe’s MGs, Jaguars and Ferraris. The project was eventually code-named “Opel.” In January 1953, GM debuted the Corvette concept car at its Motorama auto show at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It featured a fiberglass body and a six-cylinder engine and according to GM, was named for the “trim, fleet naval vessel that performed heroic escort and patrol duties during World War II.” The Corvette was a big hit with the public at Motorama and GM soon put the roadster into production.

On June 30, 1953, the first Corvette came off the production line in Flint. It was hand-assembled and featured a Polo White exterior and red interior, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, a wraparound windshield, whitewall tires and detachable plastic curtains instead of side windows. The earliest Corvettes were designed to be opened from the inside and lacked exterior door handles. Other components included a clock, cigarette lighter and red warning light that activated when the parking brake was applied–a new feature at the time. The car carried an initial price tag of $3,490 and could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 11 or 12 seconds, then considered a fairly average speed.

In 1954, the Corvette went into mass production at a Chevy plant in St. Louis, Missouri. Sales were lackluster in the beginning and GM considered discontinuing the line. However, rival company Ford had introduced the two-seater Thunderbird around the same time and GM did not want to be seen bowing to the competition. Another critical development in the Corvette’s survival came in 1955, when it was equipped with the more powerful V-8 engine. Its performance and appeal steadily improved after that and it went on to earn the nickname “America’s sports car” and become ingrained in pop culture through multiple references in movies, television and music.