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This blog is from Jason S, Bangalore India. I will blog about the various technologies and interesting stuff that I come across everyday. The technical articles will range from .net to ABAP!!!
10 ways to stop all those irritating calls - Very easy and practical
Most of you might get those very often irritating calls from the Sales or Tele-Marketing folks - I just get too many of these. Here are 10 simple ways to stop them for good!!1. After the telemarketer finishes speaking, ask him/her to marry you.2. Tell the telemarketer you are busy at the moment, and ask him/her if he/she will give you his/her home phone number so you can call him/her back.3. Ask them to repeat everything they say, several times.4. Tell them it is breakfast/lunch/dinner time, BUT ask if they would please hold. Put them on your speaker phone while you continue to eat at your leisure. Smack your food loudly and continue with your dinner conversation.5. Tell them that all business goes through your agent, and hand the phone to your five year old child.6. Tell them you are hard of hearing and that they need to speak up...louder...louder...louder!7. Tell them to speak very slowly because you want to write every word down.8. If they start out with, "How are you today?", sa...
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Interview Tips and Guidelines to make you Stand Out off the crowd
Here are some tips / guidelines to make you STAND OUT OF THE CROWD in the job market!!1. Read the job description and company profile carefully before applying online, so that you are aware of the job details when an employer calls you about your application. If the job advertisement does not contain enough information, e-mail / call the employer for more details. 2. Remember to write down the name and contact number of the recruiter in case you need to call back later - after you have applied. 3. Prepare for the interview by finding out more about the company, the job and the industry. Usually browsing the company's website is a good approach to learn more about the employer. 4. Be punctual for your interview. Always take your resume, transcripts, certificates and relevant documents to the interview. 5. IMPORTANT: If you cannot attend the confirmed interview for whatever reason, you must contact the employer beforehand to let them know. Not informing or attending the...
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Four things you probably never knew your Mobile Phone could do - Interestin
There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:1. EmergencyThe Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourselfout of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.2. Have you locked your keys in the car?Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlo...
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Can you read this?
Can you read this in the first attempt????Not possible to read anything? then follow the guidelines given below Close your eyes almost 90% so that you can actually read it :)Isn't it really superb!!!!
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Indian Premier League (IPL) Complete Match Schedule
Indian Premier League will kick off on April 18 in Bangalore with the match between Bangalore and Kolkata. Mumbai will host the semifinals and the final, which is scheduled for June 1. Below is the complete match schedule for the Indian Premier League (IPL).April 18: Bangalore vs Kolkata at Bangalore April 19: Mohali vs Chennai at Mohali and Delhi vs Jaipur at Delhi April 20: Mumbai vs Bangalore at Mumbai; Kolkata vs Hyderabad at Kolkata April 21: Jaipur vs Mohali at Jaipur April 22: Hyderabad vs Delhi at Hyderabad April 23: Chennai vs Mumbai at Chennai April 24: Hyderabad vs Jaipur at Hyderabad April 25: Mohali vs Mumbai at Mohali April 26: Bangalore vs Jaipur at Bangalore; Chennai vs Kolkata at Chennai April 27: Mumbai vs Hyderabad at Mumbai; Mohali vs Delhi at Mohali April 28: Bangalore vs Chennai at Bangalore April 29: Kolkata vs Mumbai at Kolkata April 30: Delhi vs Bangalore at Delhi. May 1: Hyderabad vs Mohali at Hyderabad; Jaipur vs Kolkata at Jaipur May 2: Chennai vs Delhi a...
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Cool new Bikes in India : Bajaj Pulsar 250, Yamaha Fazer 250 and TVS Fiero
The Bajaj Pulsar 250, Yamaha Fazer 250, and the TVS Fiero F3 250 are finally going to be launched in India soon!!So here are some exclusive pictures of the cool Bikes . (Click on Image to Enlarge)PULSAR 250 Yamaha Fazer 250Fiero 250CC - A beast within the 250cc engine and definitely an Indian make. It's gonna be out for 1.3 lakhs.It'll be the first Indian bike with rear disc brake.. Rear Disc brake !! check this out - simply cool.
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Just Bible :: A blog completely dedicated to Bible Study Launched
Hi Folks,What's kept me busy over this weekend. Well, I went on to realize a long term dream for coming up with a Blog dedicated to the Bible . Yes, I have created a site called JustBible - for the same.It has daily Bible verses to enrich you everyday. Also, has some meditation material for you to ponder and absorb. You can easily receive updates from JustBible by entering your mail ID in the form provided on the website(as usual no need to bother about Spam).[Click to Enlarge]God Bless you and your loved ones - do pay a visit now JustBible.Cheers!!Jason
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H1B Visa Processing in India :: Must know Facts and FAQs!!
Who are Eligible?On a broader scale, any India n citizen who has 16 years of continuous education from a recognized (not all institution are recognized by US consulates) educational institute will qualify for H1b if he has relevant adequate experience of at least 2-3 Years with a registered IT Development company and he who doesn`t have any legal problem are eligible. Please note eligibility doesn’t guarantee VISA, it is to the discretion of the consulate officer who are not to grant a VISA.The sought after technologies areJava, J2EE Technologies with UML/XML, SQL/OracleVB.Net, ASP.Net, C#, .NetC,C++Data Base Administrators (DBA’s)Testing ToolsData Base DevelopersSAP, Oracle AppsSAS, Cognos, Informatica and other ETL ToolsVLSIVignettePlumtreeMS Visual StudioCold FusionSymantec Visual CaféIBM Visual AgeJMS/JBuilderHow is the Case picked Up?U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has no outlined strategy to pick up the candidates while processing their H1b Petitions. Case...
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India in the eyes of a Pakistani Journalist
This is written by a Pakistani journalist called Dr Farrukh Saleem on 12/9/2007. He is an Islamabad-based freelance columnist.It was an eye-opener and made a wonderful read. I have just re-produced the article on an 'as-is' basis, hence no offense intended to anyone.The two Ambani brothers can buy 100 percent of every company listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) and would still be left with $30 billion to spare. The four richest India ns can buy up all goods and services produced over a year by 169 million Pakistanis and still be left with $60 billion to spare. The four richest Indians are now richer than the forty richest Chinese.In November, Bombay Stock Exchange's benchmark Sensex flirted with 20,000 points. As a consequence, Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries became a $100 billion company (the entire KSE is capitalized at $65 billion). Mukesh owns 48 percent of Reliance.In November, comes Neeta's birthday. Neeta turned forty-four three weeks ago. Look what she got fro...
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How to easily Backup your Blogger Blog Online for Free?
Yes, you can now Backup your Blog hosted on Blogger for free.Well, it is always a good practice to Backup your online assets like e-mail, photos, etc - and blogs can't be an exception. There are numerous plugins available on other Blogging platforms like Wordpress / Mamboo (yes it is gaining popularity in blogs too) / Movable Type to backup all the contents of the blog at regular intervals. But till now there was no Free service available for blogs hosted on Blogger.com.Today, I came across this cool website called BlogBackupr, which provides an absolutely FREE service of backing up blogs on the Blogger platform. But I suppose, since it is still in beta stage - there is no complete backup available yet. Coz only 25 posts from my site got backed up, as against the 700+ posts that are available on my blog.BlogBackupr is an online application that only needs a URL to create the full backing of any blog using feeds. It does not require a lengthy registration but needs your e-mail addr...
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List of Most Frequently Pirated Softwares on the Internet
Here is the List of most pirated Softwares via the internet, much of which consisted of security tools from Symantec and productivity and design tools from Adobe – makes me really wonder if Adobe’s high price points have anything to do with them being a prime piracy target. If only software was made really affordable for individual use, I suppose piracy can be brought down a lot.Here's the complete list.1. McAfee VirusScan2. Symantec Norton Anti-Virus3. McAfee Internet Security Suite4. Intuit TurboTax5. Adobe Photoshop (CS / CS3 and other variants)6. Adobe Acrobat Professional7. Intuit Quicken Home and Business8. Symantec Norton pcAnywhere9. Symantec Norton Ghost10. Adobe Creative Suite
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How to download Visual Studio 2008 Professional, SQL Server 2005 from Micro
Yes you did hear me right!! FREE!!Well, Microsoft has recently started a program called - DreamSpark. It is simple, it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so that they can chase their dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start in their career. Please note that the program is open only for Students!! Also the program is open for students from the following countries only: United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium.The list of softwares that they can download for free are as follows:Expression Studio Sql Server 2005 ExpressSql Server Developer EditionVirtual PC 2007Visual Basic 2005Visual C++ 2005Visual C# 2005Visual J# 2005Visual Studio 2008 ProfessionalVisual Web Developer 2005Visual Studio 2005 ProfessionalWindows Server 2003XNA Game StudioThis is how you can download:Sign In with your Windows Live ID. If you ...
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How to easily enable the Hidden Yahoo Messenger Matrix Mode in Windows Vist
Did you know that there was a Hidden Matrix mode in Yahoo Messenger when you use it over Windows Vista? Well, even I wasn't aware of it until I recently read a report about the same at Yahoo's Blog.Matrix mode provides the user with an easy option of dealing with all the conversation windows. It gathers them all together in a single box so you don’t have to fill your desktop with all of them. I would say Wonderful!!Check out the screen shot below and I guess that'll summarize what I meant by the Matrix mode.To activate Matrix Mode , start a few IM conversations and then be sure to condense them into one window as tabs. You can do that by dragging the bottom tab of one window into another, or hitting Ctrl + , (ctrl plus comma) on your keyboard. Once your conversations are in a tabbed window, hit Ctrl + Alt + Shift + b to enter Matrix Mode(Any more key combinations would have resulted in me taking my family member's help). Simply press Pressing Ctrl + Alt + Shift + b.Hope you fou...
Bro DGS Dhinakaran passed away today
It is sorrowful that our beloved Brother Dr.D. G. S. Dhinakaran has passed away today. It is a big loss for us. We have lost a Godly man who prayed with tears for all of us.WHO WILL STAND UP FOR US IN HIS PLACE? HE CAN NOT BE COMPENSATED AT ALL.Note: Funeral service at Chennai Kilpauk Cemetry on 21.02.2008 Evening. You can send your condolence messages to email@example.com"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His Saints" Psalms 116:15.Noted Christian Preacher and Evangelist Dr. D.G.S Dinakaran passed away into Christ this morning at 6:30hrs IST in Chennai at the age of 72. He was struggling from heart and kidney ailments.He was admitted to Appollo Hospital in Chennai on January 29. Most of his family members were at his bedside when he breathed his last. His body was taken to his residence at Jesus Calls for public homage.Dr.Dinakaran is the founder of the Jesus Calls Ministry.He was Born on July 1, 1935 and had a very tough life being torn by the ailments of pover...
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How to find NIMHANS entrance test results online easily?
Well, I was trying to access the Nimhans Entrance Test results and lo - the main page of Nimhans takes an awesome 4-5 minutes to load!! and to get to the entrance test results page it took another 4 minutes!!So, here is the direct link to the result page - http://www.nimhans.kar.nic.in/admis_resul ts/default.htmGuess you can save the initial 5 minutes by going directly to the result page instead.The result page claims to have the results for the following entrance tests:B.Sc. in NursingB.Sc. in RadiographyDiploma in PsychiatryDM in NeurologyD.M. in NeuroradiologyM.Ch. in NeurosurgeryM.D. in PsychiatryM.Phil. in BiophysicsM.Phil. in Mental Health and Social PsychologyM.Phil. in NeurophysiologyM.Phil. in NeuroscienceM.Phil. in Psychiatric Social WorkM.Sc. in Psychiatric NursingPh.D. in BiophysicsPh.D. in BiostatisticsPh.D. in Clinical NeurosciencesPh.D. in Human GeneticsPh.D. in Mental Health and Social PsychologyPh.D. in Neuropathology Ph.D. in NeurophysiologyPh.D. in NeurovirologyPh...
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How to easily find Definitions at your fingertips using Google
Looking for specific definitions online has become much much more easy. Whenever you key in a definition, the top search result leads to wikipedia, and there should be an article posted on the query. But what if you need just a two to three line short definition of the word. Well, helps' at hand.Well, Google 's glossary search was first launched as a lab project, and it restricts the index to glossaries and other resources such as WordNet and even Wikipedia. To use this option all you need to do is type "define:word," without the quotation marks and the term sought after instead of ‘word’.So if you want to know the definiton of Jason, just type in define:jasonHope this info helps you to better use Google.
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How to easily burn a .bin / .cue / SVCD using Nero?
This morning my good friend and a regular reader of this Blog - Asif asked me how he could burn a .bin image to a CD and I went ahead explaining it - he was successful in getting the .bin burned into a CD.Well, this post is mainly for the folks out there that seem to have constant problems burning a .bin / .cue / SVCD disk. Well, actually this post is more designed to provide a foolproof way to burn a SVCD to a disk that even the newest person can understand - but it equally works fine for those folks with other extensions like .bin or .cue.So you must be having a disk copy program. By that I am referring to one of the many simple disk to disk programs available like Nero , cdrwin, clonecd, etc. They are the best tried softwares when it comes to copying one disk to another, however, sometimes they, or the user, might have problems when attempting the direct burn of a cue/bin to disk. So we will use the straight disk copy portion of one of these programs, along with Daemon tools to do...
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Top most Firing IT companies in India
Got a mail from one of my Good friend on this topic and this is how it went.Disclaimer : I cannot personally acknowledge that the information given in this article is 100% accurate. But most of it is true and has been acknowledged by the India n Press too.IBM - Right now this is the most firing company for IT professionals. In the last 6 months, this company has fired nearly 20% of their employees because of Background checks and performance issues. This is the most insecure company from an IT professional's point of view. They don't have any strategic plans at HR policies regarding employee security. No appraisals (maximum 10%).TCS - Previously it was functioning as a government IT Company . Now a days TCS has also become a firing major IT company. Recently it fired on 500 people - mostly people below 2 years of experience and TCS has also lost so many projects recently( especially British Telecom Projects).Accenture - This is second top most firing company. The firing rate is a...
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Valentine's Day Viruses are out already
Though we have still one more day left for Valentine's Day - the Valentine's Viruses are already fast propagating as usual and most of them are especially from China.Most of the Valentine's Day viruses spread through emails and on-line chat services and off late even using social networking sites like Orkut and myspace. There is a special warning against a Valentine's Day virus named "Vbs.Valentin.A", which comes as an attachment under the guise of Valentine's blessings for Feb 14 - so better watch out for this monster(hopefully in your Spam Box). Some of the other viruses to watch out for this season include "Worm-blebla.B" and "VBS-ILoveyou".As precaution you must exercise utmost care when opening unsolicited emails exspecially those with Spanish characters. Also, those who love Internet shopping must take care against clicking on fake discount messages from online stores which usually aids in the spreading of more such viruses.Wish you all a very happy and virus-free Valenti...
10 most commonly used Shortcuts in Google Reader
Here is the list of 10 most commonly used Shortcuts in Google Reader to improve your efficiency while reading dozens of stuff a day. Since the official blog of Google Reader does not show the 10 most commonly used commands or shortcuts of this very popular feed reader. I thought I'll expose them for you.Here we go:j - Down to the next item.n - In list mode, go to the next item without opening it.k - Up to the previous item.m - Mark Read / Unread.t - Tag an item.p - In list mode, enters the previous item without opening it.shift+n - Skip to the next subscription.v - Visiting the original article.o - To expand / collapse element in list mode.s - Add star (highlight). Hope you find this easy and useful to use.
TCS LayOffs - Less 500 employees in a day
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) - One of the world's leading information technology companies which boasts of processes like the Global Network Delivery Model™, Innovation Network, and Solution Accelerators has quietly laid-off 500 of its employees (or 1% of its total workforce). TCS has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons - last week it was on the headlines for cutting down on variable pay across the board amd now this.Well, showing the door for 1% of its workforce for a large MNC like TCS maynot be a big issue as per the World Business Standards - but it sure is for the Indian IT Market. The cause could be easily attributed to the rising rupee vs the US dollar that has been building up the pressure on margins and revenues. Another factor that has been bothering most Indian IT companies is the signs of a slowdown in the US economy, the largest spender on IT systems and outsourcing.TCS shrug off the layoff issue terming it as "not an exceptional thing". It says tha...
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Skype has a Security Hot Fix
Skype has released a new security hot fix to fix the cross-zone scripting vulnerability that led to closing access to the Metacafe and Dailymotion video sources for sharing via Skype Chat windows and mood message feature.Also, the official Skype Blog says that the newly released update(version 184.108.40.206 ) has also fixed one major issue that I - as well as some of my reader's had reported "Frequent Skype Crashes". Issues such as the inability to answer a second call and to start video when plugging in a webcam during a call have also been resolved it seems.You can use the Help > Check for Updates menu in Skype to check for the new update and install the same. So go ahead and update your Skype with this 22MB update as you read this article.
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How to easily Strip attachments automatically in Microsoft Outlook
If you just don't have enough time in the day to sort through all your mails and file each attachment (I'm sure everyone can relate),I suggest you use this macro that strips attachments from your emails, saves them to a folder in your My Documents directory, and inserts a hyperlink pointing to the saved attachment:Note: Before using this macro, please store all important attachments, run it on a message containing an attachment of low importance and check the macro is working properly. Use this macro at your own discretion and risk, and ensure that you do not overwrite files with the same name.1. In your My Documents folder, create a folder named "OLAttachments"2. In Outlook , go to Tools > Macro > Macros3. In the Macro name box, type a name for your macro, e.g. SaveAttachments (no spaces) and click Create.4. Paste the following code into the code window of the module:Public Sub SaveAttachments()Dim objOL As Outlook....
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Jason S quits SAP Labs
Yes dear friends - I have now officially quit SAP Labs . So, I guess this sentence very much sums up why the blog wasn't updated that regularly in the last 2 months.I had worked on some really wonderful array of technologies while at SAP for the last 2 years - ranging from SAP Enterprise Portal (EP), customization of the Enterprise Portal, a bit on ABAP, CRM Web Shop Customization (both B2B and B2C) and also extensively on SAP CRM Mobile Sales (MSA).Well, my last project was integrating a third party tool called Strategix with the SAP CRM Mobile Sales for Shelf Management.Well, well, I am now happy after serving 2 months notice period to get relieved from SAP!!!Things look much brighter now as I start out my new career!!
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How to Modify Word Shortcut / Context Menus easily?
Word allows you to modify the Shortcut menus which appear when you right-click on an item within your document. As an example of the process you can follow to make changes, try these steps (assumes you want to change the Shortcut menu that appears when you right-click on text within your document): 1. Choose Tools > Customize. Make sure the Toolbars tab is selected 2. Scroll through the list of toolbars, and select the Shortcut Menus item. A floating Shortcut Menus toolbar appears. The toolbar has three items on it. These items represent the three categories of Shortcut menus used by Word 3. Click on Text, then choose Text from the drop-down list. This displays the actual Shortcut menu that appears when you right-click on text within your document 4. Within the Customize dialog box, click on the Commands tab 5. Using the Categories list, choose the type of item you want to add to the Shortcut menu. This modifies the commands listed in the Commands list 6. Drag items from the Command...
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Clean your Computer use the cool Freeware :: CCleaner
CClean er (Crap Cleaner) is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history.It easily cleans the following Windows components: * Internet Explorer - Temporary File Cache - URL History - Cookies - Hidden Index.dat files - Last download file location * Firefox - Temporary File Cache - URL History - Cookies - Download manager * Recycle Bin * Clipboard * Windows Temporary files * Windows Log files * Recent Documents (on the Start Menu) * Run history (on the Start Menu) * Windows XP Search Assistant history * Windows XP old Prefetch data * Windows memory dumps after crashes * Chkdsk file fragments CCleaner was designed from the ground to be safe and secure to use. It has multiple levels of checks in place to ensure that it cannot delete...
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Some Quick E-Mailing tips in Outlook
Make a message unavailable to recipients after a specific date To set the expiration date on a message you are composing, click Options.... Under Delivery options, select the Expires after check box, and then in the lists, select the date and time you want the message to expire.Set a reminder to reply to a message Right-click the message you want to set the reminder for, point to Follow Up, and then click Add Reminder. In the Due By list, click the date when you have to complete the reply. In the second list, click a time. In the Flag color list, click the flag color you want, and then click OK.Make a folder available for online and offline use Right-click the folder, click Properties, and then click the Synchronization tab. The folder must be on your network, not on your hard disk.Quick ly print search results from your Inbox To print a list of your search results from the Advanced Find dialog box, press CTRL+P.Check an e-mail alias against the names in your address books To immedi...
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Sketch your Thoughts Online easily using Sketchcast
Sketchcast is like a YouTube - but for drawing. The service enables you to create a “sketch” of just about anything that lurks your mind and easily publish it online. Once you have clicked on the “Record” button, draw whatever you wish. You can also integrate your voice. Once you feel that you are done, go ahead and click on the "Stop" button. Once you are done you have an option to publish your video in the site. The site also provides code in HTML which is specifically to publish the video on your blog/site.Below is one such Sketch I created!!
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50 million FREE iTunes songs : Courtesy Starbucks GiveawaysMore articles from this author:
Starbucks recently has announced a new plan to give away about 50 million songs Absolutely FREE from Apple iTunes library as part of a promotion to drum up interest in its wireless music service that will debut very soon.The offer is valid from October 2nd only at Seattle and New York locations and in slated to be available in San Francisco later during November.Here's how you can make use of this offer. When at Starbucks browse over to the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store. Then you will be able to view and also download the currently playing song(at Starbucks) as well as the last ten played songs Absolutely Free .Also, there is news that 1.5 million music cards will be given out each and every day in all of Starbuck's 10,000+ US stores from October 2 through November 7. Each Music Card will allow the customer to download a special "Song of the Day" at no cost from iTunes.There is also information that the artists who will be featured will include :Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell (Hear M...
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