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Viashno devi alti-1700m

Rohtang Pass alti-3,978 m

Patnitop alti-2,024m

Manimahesh Lake-
4080m

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Six Vintage Cars Guaranteed To Repel Women


Perhaps you’ve read something lately about how cool vintage cars are these days. To which I say: Take it with a grain of salt.

Just because you’re cruising around in something old doesn’t necessarily mean you’re fly. Au contraire, mon frère. Some contraptions–despite their elite provenance and six-figure price tags–will do you no favors in the image department, at least with the fairer sex.

Take these six set to go on sale next week at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, Italy. I dare you to defend them.

1980 Lamborghini Athon – This 260hp five-speed manual concept is completely topless–it has neither a hard- nor a rag-top, which is fitting because it’s named after an Egyptian sun cult. Its forward-set cabin and long deck are proportioned oddly for a spider, which makes it look even more weird. The taillights are nothing more than thin grooves so as not to mess up the solid appearance of the car. Estimated price: $310,000.

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1978 Lancia Sibilo – This thing gets 190hp from a V8 mid-mounted engine, but those are about the only conventional things about it. Named after the Italian for the hissing sound objects make as they travel through air, the Sibilo has no drop-down windows, and its bumpers are totally integrated into the overall shape. The steering wheel is a one-piece disk, and the body is hand-beaten steel with polycarbonate windows–apparently a glass supplier couldn’t deliver in time for the car’s debut. They should have waited. Estimated price: $140,000.

1974 Lamborghini Bravo – Made as a two-seat, V8 alternative to the 2+2 Urraco, the Bravo is 20 inches shorter than its counterpart, with a significantly smaller engine. The car seems at once sharp-edged and flat, with a snub-nosed hood and cartoon-y wheels with five round holes in them. Pop-up front lights, a three-quarter wrapping windshield and divots in the hood make it distinctive, to say the least. Like most of these machines, it never made it to production. Estimated price: $310,000.

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1963 Chevrolet Testudo – The meaning of its name–a Latin root for the word turtle–should tell you something about this 81hp flat-six-cylinder Chevy. It was a one-off design from Giorgetto Giugiaro, who went on to design some great things (BMW M1, Maserati Quattroporte) but this somehow missed that touch of genius. The sharp waistline divides the car horizontally into two (turtle-shell, anyone?), and the huge nose, pop-up headlights and lazy rear don’t do it any favors. But I always love a targa roof–and this has the ultimate: a completely wrapped glass shell that lifts up and forward as one unit when you want to leave the car. Estimated price: $1.1 million.

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero – This 115hp prototype was designed at the apex of a design rivalry between Bertone and Pininfarina (Bertone had done the Alfa Romeo Carabo, Pininfarina the P5 and 512S berlinetta). Nuccio Bertone debuted the Stratos HF, nicknamed “Zero,” at the Turin Motor Show in 1970; it’s supposed to look chiseled from solid rock. Design cues include dual exhaust pipes, a mesh grille, 84 tiny bulbs comprising the tail light, and seats that looked like they were upholstered with chocolate bars. At its highest point, Zero sits only 33 inches off the ground. Estimated price: $2.5 million.
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine – Admittedly this is a beautiful car in its own old-timey way. But even Johnny Depp would have trouble getting women into this thing. It’s a paltry 50hp and upholstered in a stuffy button-tufted leather, with beige carpets and curtains inside. The auction catalog notes that “this car has seen limited exercise. RM strongly advises the successful bidder carry out a thorough service before driving the car on the open road.” Which means don’t even think about driving this thing. Which means you might as well have no wheels at all. Need I say more? Estimated price: $1 million.

Google Attacks Microsoft’s Core With Chromebook


Google recently announced the launch of its Chromebook, which will be Samsung and Acer notebooks installed with a Chrome web browser. The Chrome web browser will essentially serve as a bare-bones operating system for users to access email and spreadsheets directly on the web rather than storing software such as Outlook or Word directly on PCs.

We believe that the Chromebook launch is directly aimed at Microsoft in the PC operating system and productivity software market as well as Apple, which uses its own operating system for the Mac and iPad.

What’s at Risk for Microsoft?

Microsoft derives about 75% of its stock value from Windows operating system and Office suite of products, according to our estimates. This indicates how important it is for Microsoft to protect these businesses.

Although consumers and businesses are accustomed to Microsoft’s products over the years, and more advanced programs will need the support of a full operating, this could serve as another shot across the bow from Google in its intentions to move toward a web based environment. In the near-term, we expect the impact to be negligible for Microsoft; nonetheless, Google could threaten Microsoft’s core businesses in the long term.

Google’s solution could be cheaper, faster and enable users to avoid annoyances with traditional PC’s such as long boot up times and staying on top of updates and new software versions.

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