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Free Map Tools: Website Review

Free Map Tools is a place to find free tools to allow you to measure, save and send maps to other people. These tools can be used for a variety of reasons and by a broad range of people.

The site makes use of Google Maps and offers some very useful and unique online tools which some of us might find handy. Some of the tools offered are:

  • Radius around a point on a map: Draw a quick radius around any given point on a map.
  • How far is it between: Find the distance between two points.
  • Area calculator
  • Find population of a given locality
  • Elevation finder

If you want to try these tools visit the site at www.freemaptools.com

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Interact Club Career Guidance Session

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A career guidance session was conducted in Kendriya Vidyalaya Port Trust as part of Interact Club activity sponsored by Rotary Club Cochin West on 04 September, 2014. The theme was “Indian Administrative Services”. An enriching talk was delivered by Mr Babu Rajeev, Retd. IAS Officer, Assam Cadre, in the august presence of Principal Mrs Holy George, Rotract President V Renjith, Rotarian Mr Balchander, Faculty Advisor Mrs Lini Nair, which highly motivated students who were popping up questions and clarifications in the quest for stardom in the Indian Administrative Services.
More photos of this event are here.
And, below, Mr Babu Rajeev visiting the Chemistry Lab and reliving the memories of his academic years, since he was chemistry student.
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Library Related Downloads

DDC schedules for school libraries
DDC Third summary: The thousand sections
Free library management software
Greenstone Digital Library Software: An open-source software for building a digital library. Suppose you have collected a lot of textual information from the web/other sources and stored it in hundreds of Word files in your PC. Then this software will automatically index all the text you have stored and create a web page interface to search through these pages (just like Google). Very useful in a school environment.

Freeware for libraries: A lot of freeware is available on the web. But do use them with caution as some freeware may contain malware. Also, some softwares are free only if you utilise them for personal use. Here I have singled out some softwares which may be used in a library for one purpose or other.
Convert: A free unit conversion program that will convert the most popular units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass, power, density, pressure, energy and many others, including the ability to create custom conversions.
KompoZer: An easy to use HTML editor.
Notepad++: A more versatile notepad.
Unlocker: Unlocks files or folders which you are unable to delete as they are being used by other programs.
Startup Manager: Control the programmes which startup when your start Windows.
Picasa: A free picture organiser and editor. Organizes the pictures in your hard-drive quite efficiently.
VLC Media Player: Plays a number of video formats.
Gimp (GNU Image Manipulation Program): Photo edition application. You could use it to edit images of your blog.
FeedReader: A free RSS news aggregation solution that provides robust, state-of-the-art features in an intuitive, user-friendly environment.
GreatNews RSS Reader: RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it. GreatNews is another great tool to organize your RSS feeds.
Typing Tutor: A free typing tutor that teaches you how to touch-type.
Google Earth: A free 3D virtual globe that combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.
Avira AntiVir Personal: Avira AntiVir Personal is a German made, comprehensive, easy to use antivirus program, designed to offer reliable free of charge virus protection to home-users with a 99.7% Malware Detection Rate.
AM DeadLink: Librarians do collect a lot of links while they browse. This free tool detects dead links and duplicates in ther browser bookmarks
CCleaner: Crap Cleaner which I too use a lot. It removes unused and temporary files from your system, including cleaning the registry.
K-Lite Codec Pack: You need Codecs to play a wide variety of audio and video formats. K-Lite bundles a lot of useful Codecs. So next time your PC is unable to recognize an audio/video file, try installing this pack.
Foxit PDF Reader: Free PDF reader, and quite efficient too.
Free Download Manager
PDFCreator: A free tool to create PDF files from nearly any Windows application.
WAMP: Apache, PHP5 and MySQL server. Some library softwares may require a server to run. For instance, KOHA.
Baby Web Server: A simple web server with support for ASP. Setting up Baby ASP Web Server is very easy: copy the executable to a directory of your choice, set the directory of your webpages and it’s ready to run!
Easy thumbnails: This tool is handy if you are putting images on your website/blog.
Undelete Plus: Recover a file you have accidently deleted.
DreamMail: Allows you to logon your mail account remotely and check the mail content, preview and even to delete it directly from the server.
EsentialPIM is a modern Personal Information Manager that keeps up with the times and lets you manage appointments, tasks, notes, contacts, password entries and email messages across multiple devices and cloud applications. It has both free and pro versions.
Everything File Manager: This is a very fast and powerful file search utility without any downsides of indexing. The software runs in background at all times and creates database of files that is used for searches.
KRename is a powerful batch renamer for KDE. It allows you to easily rename hundreds or even more files in one go. The filenames can be created by parts of the original filename, numbering the files or accessing hundreds of informations about the file, like creation date or Exif informations of an image.
TheSage, the free portable dictionary.

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Excel Formulas


Need some help with Excel formulas?
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Excel formulas

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Quotes on success

1. “Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions.” Tony Robbins

2. “You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.” Ruth E. Renkl

3. “The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing.” Socrates

4. “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” John Wooden

5. “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”  Abraham Lincoln

6. ” If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn

7. “Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.” Anonymous

8. “When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you’ve got plenty to watch.” Anonymous

9. “Screw it, Let’s do it!” Richard Branson

10. “Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” Baltasa

11. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs

12. “The more you loose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” Norman Vincent Peale

13. “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” Jonathan Winters

14. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar

15. “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne

16.“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown

17. “The link between my experience as an entrepreneur and that of a politician is all in one word: freedom.” Silvio Berlusconi

18. “The entrepreneur builds an enterprise; the technician builds a job.” Michael Gerber

19. “A real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.” Henry Kravis

20. “Most new jobs won’t come from our biggest employers. They will come from our smallest. We’ve got to do everything we can to make entrepreneurial dreams a reality.”  Ross Perot

21. “My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job.” Ted Turner

22. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates

23. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.” Donald Trump

24. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” Thomas J Watson

25. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison

26. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vidal Sassoon

27. “Capital isn’t scarce; vision is.” Sam Walton

28. “Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners.” Robert T. Kiyosaki

29. “Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.” Anonymous

30. “I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” Warren Buffet

31. “Going into business for yourself, becoming an entrepreneur, is the modern-day equivalent of pioneering on the old frontier.” Paula Nelson

32. “Poor people have big TV. Rich people have big library.” Jim Rohn

33. “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill

34. “Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.” Vinnie Rege

35. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” Zig Ziglar

36. “People are not lazy. They simply have important goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” Tony Robbins

37. “Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is.” Anita Roddick

38. “The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning; to create a product or service to make the world a better place.” Guy Kawasaki

39. “A friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business founded on friendship.” John D. Rockefeller

40. “I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.” Russell Simmons

41. “I find that when you have a real interest in life and a curious life, that sleep is not the most important thing.” Martha Stewart

42. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein

43. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”  Maya Angelou

44. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

45. “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” Ralph Nader

46. “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin

47. “Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.” Napoleon Hill

48. Make your product easier to buy than your competition, or you will find your customers buying from them, not you.” Mark Cuban

49. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” Colin R. Davis

50. “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” Jack Welch

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Told in diary form by an irresistible heroine, this playful and perceptive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the May Bird trilogy sparkles with science, myth, magic, and the strange beauty of the everyday marvels we sometimes forget to notice.

Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden, Maine, her whole life. She’s a typical girl in an atypical world: one where sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, where dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee’s along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches, and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die.

To Gracie it’s all pretty ho-hum…until a Cloud comes looking for her little brother Sam, turning her small-town life upside down. Determined to protect Sam against all odds, her parents pack the family into a used Winnebago and set out on an epic search for a safe place that most people say doesn’t exist: The Extraordinary World. It’s rumored to lie at the ends of the earth, and no one has ever made it there and lived to tell the tale. To reach it, the Lockwoods will have to learn to believe in each other—and to trust that the world holds more possibilities than they’ve ever imagined.

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