Archives / February 2010

  • നമ്മുടെ കമ്പ്യൂട്ടറിനെ വൈറസുകളില്‍‌ നിന്നും രക്ഷിക്കുകയെന്നത്‌ വളരെ ഗൗരവമര്‍‌ഹിക്കുന്നൊരു കാര്യമാണിന്ന്. പെന്‍‌ഡ്രൈവുകളുടെ ഉപയോഗമൂലവും‌ ഇന്റെര്‍‌നെറ്റിലൂടെയും‌ ഒക്കെയായി കമ്പ്യൂട്ടറിലെത്തുന്ന വൈറസുകളുടെ എണ്ണം‌ ക്രമാതീതമായി വര്‍‌ദ്ധിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. പലതരത്തിലുള്ള വൈറസ്സുകളുണ്ട്. കമ്പ്യൂട്ടറിന്റെ പ്രവര്‍‌ത്തനങ്ങളെ മന്ദീഭവിപ്പിക്കുക മുതല്‍‌ ഒരാളുടെ ബാങ്ക്‌ അകൗണ്ടുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട വിവരങ്ങളെല്ലാം‌ ചോര്‍‌ത്തിയെടുക്കാന്‍‌ പറ്റുന്ന വൈറസ്സു വരെ ഇതില്‍‌ പെടും. അതുകൊണ്ടു തന്നെ നമ്മുടെ കമ്പ്യൂട്ടറില്‍‌ മികച്ച ഏതെങ്കിലും‌ ഒരു anti-virus software നിര്‍‌ബന്ധമായും‌ ഉണ്ടായിരിക്കണം. ഭാഗ്യമെന്നു പറയട്ടെ, മാര്‍‌ക്കറ്റിലെ ഏറ്റവും‌ നല്ല anti-virus -കള്‍‌ എല്ലാം‌ തന്നെ നമ്മുടെ […]

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  • February 20, 2010 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    It is really interesting..!

    Some really funny GIF Animations

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  • February 18, 2010 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    An Introduction to the Theyyam – A Ritual Art

    Theyyam and Thira are among the most important of the rural performance rituals. The specialty of Theyyam is that their very guise is taken as godly. Thira, however, is a human impersonation of god to appease the latter. Thira prioritizes ‘dance’, whereas Theyyam gives predominance to the specific make-up. Etymologically, ‘Theyyam’ has its origin in […]

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  • February 11, 2010 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    That’s Google Buzz…!

    Google’s latest social media experiment came to life on Tuesday in the form of Google Buzz(a social media sharing service built into your Gmail window.) Buzz will let you share photos, links, videos, and status updates through your Gmail inbox or your mobile device’s Web browser. The product was announced on February 9 and promoted […]

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  • February 8, 2010 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    web designing paradigm


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  • February 5, 2010 - Rajesh Odayanchal

    A New Birth…!

    Hi friends, Welcome to my first post. This is a first entry on my new site –, through this site I would be expressing my thoughts, the folk culture of Malabar (Kerala). In addition, I have also incorporated some cherished stories which touched my heart. Thus, will be a complete the portfolio of […]

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April 25, 1983: Andropov writes to U.S. student

Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017 - This Day in World History

On this day in 1983, the Soviet Union releases a letter that Russian leader Yuri Andropov wrote to Samantha Smith, an American fifth-grader from Manchester, Maine, inviting her to visit his country. Andropov’s letter came in response to a note Smith had sent him in December 1982, asking if the Soviets were planning to start a nuclear war. At the time, the United States and Soviet Union were Cold War enemies.

President Ronald Reagan, a passionate anti-communist, had dubbed the Soviet Union the “evil empire” and called for massive increases in U.S. defense spending to meet the perceived Soviet threat. In his public relations duel with Reagan, known as the “Great Communicator,” Andropov, who had succeeded longtime Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in 1982, assumed a folksy, almost grandfatherly approach that was incongruous with the negative image most Americans had of the Soviets.

Andropov’s letter said that Russian people wanted to “live in peace, to trade and cooperate with all our neighbors on the globe, no matter how close or far away they are, and, certainly, with such a great country as the United States of America.” In response to Smith’s question about whether the Soviet Union wished to prevent nuclear war, Andropov declared, “Yes, Samantha, we in the Soviet Union are endeavoring and doing everything so that there will be no war between our two countries, so that there will be no war at all on earth.” Andropov also complimented Smith, comparing her to the spunky character Becky Thatcher from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain.

Smith, born June 29, 1972, accepted Andropov’s invitation and flew to the Soviet Union with her parents for a visit. Afterward, she became an international celebrity and peace ambassador, making speeches, writing a book and even landing a role on an American television series. In February 1984, Yuri Andropov died from kidney failure and was succeeded by Konstantin Chernenko. The following year, in August 1985, Samantha Smith died tragically in a plane crash at age 13.