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Very fitting finale to Harry Potter!


What a writer, J.K. Rowling! What a movie, the Harry Potter series! And, of course, what an illustrious star-cast!

I’ve just returned home after watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II. And, I can’t stop thinking about the movie! Actually, I can’t stop thinking about the entire series! What a classic this has turned out to be!

Those who haven’t ever read the series, there’s nothing to worry! Your friends will surely commentate alongside you! 😉

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part II

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part II

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part II starts off from where Part I ended. Thereafter, it turns literally into a roller-coaster ride. Starting from the journey to the Gringotts Wizarding Bank, with Hermione Granger impersonating Bellatrix, little time has been wasted for Harry, along with Hermione and Ron Weasley, to return to Hogwarts school. We are introduced to Aberforth Dumbledore, the younger brother of late Prof. Albus Dumbledore, and to late Ms. Ariana, their sister, who actually goes and fetches Neville Longbottom from the school.

Now starts the real fun!

Right from the time where Harry confronts Helena Ravenclaw or the ‘Grey Lady’, the Death Eaters attacking Hogwarts, the very brave resistance and defense put up by the school inhabitants led by Prof. Minerva McGonagall, the tragic death of Severus Snape at the hands of Voldermort and his pet snake, Nagini, and Snape’s final meeting with Harry, following which Harry views Snape’s pensieve and learns about Snape’s love for his mother, Lily Potter, up to the time Harry enters the Forbidden Forest to meet his death! Its all breathtaking!!

The scene at the Forbidden Forest, where Voldermort appears to have ‘killed’ Harry, is quite chilling! Thereafter, it is all about the good triumphing over evil! You too need to watch the movie, isn’t it? 😉

All the right messages seem to have been made in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part II. Heroes require help to overcome evil, and so does Harry. Every person has a chance to do what’s right — as shown by Harry — even though that chance or choice may not be correct or right. Friends are shown standing up for each other, although, in the end, several (or some) fall, notably, Remus Lupin, and his wife Nymphadora Tonks, and Fred Weasley. Some battles are personal — again, Harry, and greater than one person. Harry’s rescue of his arch-rival, Draco Malfoy, from the Room of Requirement, is a great example of helping someone in great need!

What about the 3D effects? While I am not the right person to comment, one feels the movie would have still looked very fine, minus the 3D effects, but never mind!

As with all good things, the Harry Potter series of movies has now come to an end. And boy, don’t you feel it? It has been a decade long journey – first, with the books, and later, with the movies. As Harry Potter feels at the end of the book: All was well!

Categories: Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling

Intel leads industry transformation to open data centers and cloud computing

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Intel India held a demonstration of “The-Cloud-in-a-Box,” conducted by Nick Knupffer, marketing program manager, Intel Corp.

According to him, user experience is the driving force in our industry: both device and the cloud. Innovation starts with the best transistors. He added that cloud computing is not only inevitable; it is imperative. Intel is said to have the right solutions required to enable a connected world.

By 2015, there will be more users, over 15 billion connected devices, and naturally, data — 1 zetabyte Internet traffic. Internet and device expansion drives new requirements for IT solutions.

Intel’s Cloud 2015 vision.

Intel’s Cloud 2015 vision.

Intel’s Cloud 2015 vision is one of federated, automated and client aware networks. Federated, so that data can be shared securely across public and private clouds. Client aware, so that services can be optimized based on device capability. Automated, so that IT can focus more on innovation and less on management.

Data center processor growth has been >2X in five years. The mobile Internet that runs on Intel is also growing its data center business. Intel has moved to higher process nodes, and 22nm is now a revolutionary leap in process technology. Today, 70 percent of the global CIOs have cloud security top of mind.

Intel is now building the ecosystem around better, faster and stronger security based on Xeon. Here, the Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) and the Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT), are currently prominent.

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