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Michael Jackson touches hearts from the beyond!
The legendary pop star Michael Jackson, has grabbed 4 more American Music Awards, taking his tally to 23. MJ’s reach as a musican continues to stun his critics and fans alike. The award was collected by his brother Jermaine Jackson.
 
The categories for the awards are - Best Pop/Rock Male Artist, Best Soul/R&B Male Artist, Best Pop/Rock Album, Best Soul/R&B Album. The ceremony was held in Los Angels, sunday night. Taylor Swift, the biggest winner of the night, payed her tributes to the King of Pop.
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Windows 7 is Microsoft’s latest offering and it has lived up to the expectations that surrounded its much anticipated release. The OS comes with 3 simple versions(Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate), compared to the cluster that came with Vista.  Here follows a detailed review.
  
The UI:
Vista’s user interface was a disaster. Windows 7 makes up for the lost ground. It is free of the over-used Taskbar and Quick Launch Toolbar. In its place are bigger icons. Microsoft cannot seem to change its concept of a Desktop. For successive versions I have been expecting better and improvised versions of the desktop, and Windows 7 offers old wine in new bottle. So that is a bit disappointment. Other than that, the next prominent feature is Jump Lists, which is rather convinient to use.
 
Security:
This a crucial part of any modern operating system and Windows 7 seems to be up there with the best. Though a lot of it is same as Vista, the operating system gets credit from experts in the field, for preventing malicious code from running. Internet Explorer 8, that comes with Win7, also is in tune with expectations of a safe internet browsing experience. However, many believe that the biggest test for Windows 7 is yet to come. Most viruses today, are designed fpr XP and not Vista/Win7. The real test will begin once Win7 gains in popularity.
 
Speed:
Win7 feels faster than Vista, but gamers around the world still swear by XP. They feel it is still unmatched. Overcoming Vista was the easier part, so how does Microsoft overcome the XP hurdle. Its a hard battle, considering the level of success that XP had among gamers. More is awaited from gamers in the blogosphere to share their experiences. Give this space some more time guys.
 
Backward Compatibility:
If you are upgrading from XP, well you better. Microsoft has annouced end of life support for XP. And moving over to Win7, would be a good choice. XP users may find the user interface a little hard to get accostumed to, but its worth taking the pains. Desktop search is a new feature that XP users are likely to like.
 
If you are moving over from Vista, well then, it is not so much enthralling. Most of the features would be familiar for Vista users. This is not to say Win7 doesnot offer a new experience for Vista users. The choice is more clear cut for XP users. However, if you are bugged of using Vista, Win7 will offer you some respite!
 
To sum it all up, Windows7 is a must use experience for all. My guess is that 9 out of 10 people would like the experience.
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Barack Obama’s winning of the Nobel Prize came as a huge surprise to the world. That the Nobel Committee is biased is a well known fact. After all, Gandhi was nominated several times but never won and worse, Hitler was also nominated several times. But it somehow maintains its credibility, perhaps for lack of competition.
Recommendations for the Peace Prize should be made some 6-8 months in advance. Back then President Obama couldn’t have even figured his way around the White House, let alone walking the narrow roads of International diplomacy. This raises the all important question, what did Mr. Obama achieve in 3 months of presidency that made him a contender. Perhaps the prize was given to him to stop him from becoming like his predecessor.
What’s worse, it will be another 50 years to know the name of the person who nominated Mr. Obama.
The Nobel Committee sure works in a weird way.
So, its been one year since, President Obama entered the White House. Has there been any tangible change seen in America or around the world?
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Barack Obama promised so much in election campaign that one year after crossing the line, he has been found wanting for more. His approval ratings have dropped, marginally only though. The pillars of his election manifesto promised so much that sceptics questioned its practicality during his campaign days. But the world was too busy deifying Obama, that these voices were dismissed as naysayers. His promise of shutting down Gauntanamo Bay is proving to be hard to implement, however hard the President tries. His plans of winding up operations in Iraq are simply not feasible at this point. Healthcare is a major thorn in his domestic turf, though die-hard sceptics like Paul Krugman are giving it a mild thumbs up.
The last point may be the only reason why people are still not writing off Obama, but certainly his honeymoon period is over.
Ah, what about his international diplomacy, after all, that got the world outside America excited. Well, his Nobel Prize, or rather the reactions to it say it all. You may not be his fan, but Obama is hard to ignore. But how long will this last?