Sunday, October 24, 2004

Tallest Tree in the World

Redwoods,I recently came to understand, are among the world's tallest living trees.On an average they are 180 to 250 feet in height and 7 to 12 feet in diameter.Wow,that is some size.There is a redwood tree in northern california which is 330 feet high and the tallest known tree in the world.Any competition to the highrises in New York?.Had I known all this earlier,I would have made it a point to visit the taxodium family,during my umpteen visits to California.It is called redwood because of the red colour of its wood.Its grows along the west coast of the United States from Central California to Southern Oregon.So next time I plan a visit to USA a meeting with Sequoia Sempervirens is a must.

Monday, October 04, 2004

My best friend-the laptop

I got attracted to it during my visit to USA in 1998.I visited a huge mall and was looking for some hightec stuff for computing.I liked the Toshiba satellite model instantaneously and bought it.It has been with me since then till a couple of months ago when I gave in to the temptation of buying a newer model of the same family.The laptop has been a great companion all these years.It has been used and abused.My daughter spilt a glass of water on the key board and it was out of commission for a few months till a new one arrived.Everyone in the family used it and derived great benefit.Till recently,I had preserved all my incoming and sent messages from day 1 in the outlook express.Surely,it slowed down the computer a wee bit,but more than compensated for it by the sheer joy it gave of being able to access these mails almost instantaneously.I will write more about my laptop in the days to come.This is only the beginning.For the record,my old Satellite has not become redundant.My wife has tucked it waway nicely for her use.