Saturday, May 16, 2009

Exit Poll Result and Actual Result

The results of the 2009 elections to the House of People in India, the world’s largest democracy has turned out to some extent to be in conformity with the exit poll predictions. The predictions could have been even more realistic if the number of electors considered for the exit poll were a little more significant compared to the total number of electors.

I wanted to project this fact to seriously consider the reduction of the cost of elections in countries like India where the savings in the cost could be utilized for developmental schemes. Exit polls clearly demonstrate how probability theory can be used in reducing the cost of elections as well as in simplifying the election process.

Details of this can be seen in the post dated 19th January 2007: Role of Probability in Simplifying Elections
Here is another post that may be of interest to you: Iris Recognition Technology to Prevent Impersonation in Elections

Saturday, January 31, 2009

To Speed up Your Broad Band Internet Connection including BSNL Dataone

I have wasted a lot of time in trying to rectify the defects in my broad band connection, especially since my internet service provider supplies the connection through the telephone wires. On certain days it would appear that the connection is alright in the morning but after some time the tables would be turned! I would wonder whether the splitter or the router is creating the problem. The next moment I would wonder whether there is some thing wrong with my antivirus software. To make my suspicion stronger there was a ‘’ virus infection few days back, which I could repair without much delay.
Yesterday only I realized that it was the DNS server address which was the culprit. My network connection was configured (as is often the case) to obtain DNS server address automatically and the system was obtaining the DNS server address provided by the internet service provider. Unfortunately their DNS servers were often non-responsive and this was the real problem and not the telephone line or virus infection. Perhaps many of you might have experienced the same problem, without knowing what exactly the cause is.
It is here that the commendable service provided by openDNS comes to your help. You simply reconfigure your network connection to use the DNS server addresses provided by openDNS:
Preferred DNS server address:
Alternate DNS server address:
Before reconfiguring your network connection, keep a record of your earlier configuration (in case you want to revert back).
Configuring the network connection to incorporate the above openDND server addresses is quite simple:
(1) Click on ‘start’
(2) Click on ‘control panel’
(3) Double click on ‘network connections’
(4) Right click on ‘local area connection’
(5) Click on ‘properties’
(6) Select ‘internet protocol [TCP/IP]’
(7) Click on ‘properties’ button
(8) Click the radio button ‘Use the following DNS server addresses’
(9) Enter as preferred DNS server
(10) Enter as alternate DNS server
(11) Click OK
That’s all. If you were struggling with internet connection problems before the above configuration, you will definitely feel the improvement after incorporating the openDNS server addresses.

You may visit their site for additional information including screen shots of configuring your local area connection. You will find the additional useful services offered by openDNS.