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  • Harshad Joshi 4:47 am on June 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: backdoors, cyberspying, huawei, human rights, NSA, prism, , security, telecom, USA   

    The triple whammy of cyber spying on people 

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  • Harshad Joshi 10:38 am on November 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    UEFI is coming 

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  • Harshad Joshi 7:17 am on September 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    of free speech and bans 

    (PS – this post is not about a specific government or ideology or community, but a brief attempt to summarize what overall is happening is right or wrong) Technology is static concept..unable to move, unable to interact unless the dynamic concept of its users get involved in it.

    Twitter, Facebook are good technologies meant to create digital connection and interactions between people who are otherwise hard to meet in real world.

    So far it is good.

    But from past few months, things are getting complex for Indian government and Indian netizans. There have been specific cases where Indian government has urged social networks to monitor disturbing content being uploaded on sites. Here disturbing content means anything picture, post that contains offensive material to either disrupt social harmony (do we have it?)  or directly the government.

    In unofficial way, Indian government is telling social networks to remove anything that it deems to believe to be offensive and can cause damage to governments image in peoples mind or worldwide.

    Perfect step taken by Indian government..except that it is totally nonsense and wrong.

    Some genius elements in Indian government totally fail to understand that they are playing a fools game by banning technology and curbing free speech ( which in unofficially non existent in today’s Indian society ), why cant they realize that instead of banning entire sites, or banning sms..they should target specific groups that are misusing technology to disrupt government functioning..

    And this is where government fails miserably. There is no way government has any kind of system to monitor users..no intelligence can provide them information..or even if intelligence provides information, the government is rarely seen to act promptly on this..yesterday sushil kumar shinderevealed that home ministry had warned state government of possible riots in mumbai..as usual, state government waited till few crores of property was damaged and people on twitter got enough material to be angry for weeks..

    Frankly..what is twitter ? It is just a microblogging site that allows people to post 140 character updates, allows people to follow, block, RT each other..thats all. This is static or fixed functionality of twitter. What probably inflammatory on it is the people who are using or misusing it for their purpose. this is the dynamic part of social network which needs attention

    And just to prove me wrong..police, ie a government body has decided to target people and arrest them and remove their websites and content. Police have arrested Aseem Trivedi who was associated with IAC in their recent tussle with GOI..This linkwill provide more information..and the charges put against him are quite serious for anyone.

    Is this the beginning of the end? Or a new beginning where all our probable fears will be proved to be true? What chaos and what challenges lies ahead?

    Time will tell..

     
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  • Harshad Joshi 5:54 am on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

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  • Harshad Joshi 5:23 am on March 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , GNU/Linux Kernel, Hackers, Rootkits, Virus, Web Security   

    India Force Linux presents a hardened kernel 

     
  • Harshad Joshi 6:10 am on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Open Source, Red Hat, Suse, Ubuntu   

    Why Open Source Linux Desktop is practically a fail 

    I met a group of people and we had to discuss on open source. I began as usual – Stop using proprietary Windows. Stop stealing software. Embrace Linux, it helps you (after that I told them several examples of how commercial companies are benefiting from open source technologies. All the case studies and examples were stolen from net and distro sites)In that interaction, I rediscovered some facts -

    1. In this social media age, no one cares for the tool but for the work. It dosent make a difference whether a software is free or not; as long as it dosent cost a penny. The end result matters, not the way how you do it.

    2. Piracy isent openly encouraged, but its the least thing cared about.

    3. Commercial Linux distro owners need to have a higher marketing budget then the funds needed to develop the core software. To make this thing works, a community based, unstable software having latest versions is given out free. Tweakers use it and report the bugs, fix things, enhance it and pass it back. This stable software is then inducted into stable desktop and sold as a commercial product. Red Hat has been doing it since 2003 and perheps this is what makes Red Hat to top linux distro list.

    4. People like to use GNU/Linux on servers but they are reluctant to pay a price for getting a software. However, they do spend on training users.

    5. Some distros like Ubuntu are absolutely hell bent on mimicking Windows way of functionality and seriously, its the first instance in 7 years where I have seen a Linux distro crawling on desktop, and well, crashing it..!! Their latest version is hopeless..!

    At the end.

    Open Source is very good sounding concept but a newcomer finds it extremely hard to earn something real fast as compared to those using non open source. You need to have a sure backup plan if Open Source based concept back fires.

    Preaching of the theorotical Open Source concepts like – Free Software, Libre, Open ness etc is all crap, people start yawning after hearing this nonsense for more then 3 minutes. And this is what the Open Source Evangelists do..and make sure people run away from it as far as possible ! People have got real FUD in using open source software, we cant cant claim all FUD’s are artificial or unreal.

    But all is not bad. I would recommend that every newcomer who wants to develop apps in GNU/Linux or wants to work as a network administrator should start using Red Hat software (FC and CentOS). This is true for Indian public, at other places, YMMV. The other prominent players in commercial Linux market are – Suse and Ubuntu. Try this once you feel Red Hat is letting you down.

    The title of this post is somewhat wrong, but I couldent find one better.

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    • zaine_ridling 11:52 am on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps a better way is to show them how robust and how fast our Linux systems are. Whenever I even mention how much fun I’m having with Linux to my Windows and Mac friends, they get angry. One reason is that they’re paying $300+ dollars to be held captive by proprietary, corporate software, and the last thing they want to admit is that they’re wrong.

      But while the last ten years have been good for Apple users, they’re now discovering how expensive it is to compute on increasingly closed systems. As for Microsoft, the last decade has been one nightmare after another. Since switching to Linux in 2006, I haven’t looked back.

      • Harshad Joshi 1:17 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Globalization is bringing a lot of money and we are seeing average salaries go up. Now many people can afford to purchase expansive proprietary software, infact i know some people who flaunt expensive OS as a status symbol..!!

        Whoa..the more, the merrier..!

  • Harshad Joshi 2:48 am on August 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Independence Day, ,   

    Independence Day 

    India Flag

    Yesterday, our forfathers fought against the evil british empire..

    Today..we have to fight against the evil corrupted system that they have left behind..

    The battle isent over…

    Happy Independence Day, India..

     
    • Pradeeesh 2:54 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

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  • Harshad Joshi 12:36 pm on August 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: N1H1, , Sharad Pawar, Suresh Kalmadi, Swine flue   

    Swine flue in Pune, India, some reasons and questions 

    Everything is justified.

    However, India is more prone to any kind of epidemics because of the inherent unclean habits the common people have.

    Add to it the careless attitude of people who actually are supposed to work on complex issues. The recent epidemic wouldent have had been so grave if the airport authorities would have done a more strict check of the people coming from abroad..what did they do? Just filled up a form saying that we are safe..some infected blokes slipped in the city, mixed with people and today, after 10 lives gone, we are wondering from where did it all start..!!

    Nuts..isent it??

    And one more thing..

    This swine flue isent a joke anymore we sit and analyse it esp the punekar way..

    Some families have lost their children, working men. This loss cant be justified. At this point of time, we all should support them. We need to realize the gravity of this issue.

    Lets not take it like ‘just-another-thing’

    Ignorance is a deadly sin, and we are paying for it.

    Some things that came in this light

    1. Where is Sharad Pawar, the head of National Disaster Management Committee which was set in Mumbai 2005 floods? I think the old guy needs to divert his attention from ICC to India. People are dying, food is becoming expensive and this guy..what is he doing??

    2. Where is Suresh Kalmadi? This man is invisible since the Deepak Mankar incident, and even during the swine flu epidemic, he hasent come across to punekars? Is this what we have elected him for?

    3. Is this a plot of a foreign power to disrupt the Indian software industry??

    4. The CM of MH is a MBA, he is supposed to have knowledge of how to manage things..but he missed it completely. Confused, Ignorant and Pathetic.. Asshok Chavan should sit in his house …

    5. Dont get out of home for at least 4 days.

     
    • sonal dharmadhikari 1:22 pm on August 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      we guys never have an idea where the authorities r lost in such situations….
      its no good searchin them
      i,for one,have given up all hope of pinnin them down
      nor is it good enough to mope around doing nothing…
      take care of urself n everyone u know or dont,as much as possible
      tats all i cn say

    • Dr. Manish Mishra 12:02 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The lesson learnt from Swine flue is – keep clean and make your city clean & green. Every where you can see lot of garbage particlarly in common places of Bhopal and other medium size city. This is a major havoc as compared to other contagious diseases in India. Most of the persons/localites are irresponsible towards thier surrounding environment.

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  • Harshad Joshi 10:57 am on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    A sneek peek 

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    Thats the first preview of India Force Linux Desktop. Stay Tuned…

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:42 pm on July 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    Here it comes.. 

    India Force Linux

    India Force Linux

    6 years ago, I had my first ever tryst with Linux. One step towards the goal. Coming here was a task I dont want to remember. Still, I will reach to the top.

    Here comes Agneya. The first release from India Force Linux.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:04 pm on September 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Happy Birthday Google.. 

    Google's 10th Birthday

    Google completes its 10 years, 28 September 1998 – 28 September 2008..

     

    Starting from what was called  as ‘Dont be Evil’, Google today is the world’s largest database holding tonnes of secrets about people, their habbits, their thinking, their culture et al..

    In the first 10 years, Google has introduced several user oriented web softwares that helped them remorph the IT industry..Initially, Google began its life as a simple web search engine no one could had imagined to be what is perheps an integral part of their computing experience. There are other players in this market, like MSN, Ask, the recent Cuil, but Google has outcasted them and I dont think there would be anything much left for anyone to try as far as Web search is concerned.

     

    Long live Google, and dont forget, the privacy bomb’s ticking.. ;)

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:11 am on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ATS, GUJCOC, , Hemant Karkare, , Narendra Modi, POTA, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Shivraj Patil, Sonia Gandhi, , Vijay Salaskar   

    Shivraj Patil, a height of political incompetence 

     

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    Breaking News – Sunday 30 Nov 2008 12:15 pm 

    After an eventful 3 days of Mumbai attacks, the bastard Sivraj Patil has finally decided to resign form the post of Union Home Minister. 

    Son of a bitch..!!

    Update on 28/11/2008

    1. NSG commondos has surrounded Nariman House.

    2, The Oberoi and Taj skirmish still continues, a blast is reported..

    3. USA sends a team of FBI officials to Mumbai, I dont know what will they do in here..

    4. Narendra Modi announces a 1 crore compensation to each of the killed in the attack..

     

    Update on 27 November 2008

    Mumbai is being attacked by pakistani militants. India *is* at war..Are we getting it, India *is* at war..!!!

    We lost Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar, and numerous others… :(

    Shivraj Patil, you dork, why dont you just resign and sit at home telling stories of pre independence era to your grand children..maybe they will believe you are a Man…Terrorists are bombing places at their will, and your crap headed crab, you are sitting in a hi security office delivering bloody quotes..You incompetent nuthead, go away from the post of Union Home Minister, it is a prestigious and responsible ministry once held by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, hailed as the Iron Man of India. Shivraj Patil, dont forget, Sardar Patel was also of Congress, but one thing he had was courage. Courage isent a word, anyone could use it. You need to be a Man, understand it right. You need to be a Man to know exactly what courage means. The other day you were quoted as saying ‘I am not panicking even if terrorists attack’, isent it?? You burly brained nonsense, had the terrorists targetted your family members you would have realized who panicks and who dosent.

    Let me tell you – The common Indian isent intimated by any kind of terror attack. We are used to every difficulty in life, every challenge, and every terse situation. But why should people like you get to be there, where you are right now..?? Crap head, just walk the streets of any Indian city unarmed, no security with you then you might get some sense in your brainless skull…

    Shivraj Patil, you dork, you are an incompetant politico. Get a life…Get away from the Union Home Minisstry Office. You have already spoilt the prestige of that post, dont detoriate it further…

    In a talk given to NDTV, this is what the minister has to say..

    “I will resign only when the Congress president Sonia Gandhi tells me to go.”

    wow, look at the height of shamelessness…So, according to Mr Shivraj Patil, Sonia Gandhi is the new God. And he will obey his God only…I am speechless…

    We need that The law proposed by Narendra Modi, the GUJCOC should be implemented throughout India to battle terrorism. Add to it the POTA. Then I think no terrorist will dare to attack India

     
    • Mitul patel 7:03 am on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      you are dam right this is not the place when person like Mr.shivraj Patil belongs its better for him and for all the people of india if he resinged from the post and atlist need some one like Mr.Modi to replace him so in futuer we are not hear quotes like ‘I am not panicking even if terrorists attack’

    • Ranjeet 12:58 pm on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Why is Shivraj Patil so sympathetic towards jihadis, terrorists .He avoids using terrorist words and instead use misguided people for the inhuman terrorists.

      Shivraj Patil has been the weakest Home Minister we ever had .
      why is he so reluctant to make any anti terror law .

      He doen’t deserve to be Home Minister of India and must quit if he has a bit of shame.

    • Undercover Indian 3:10 pm on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Right. This man deserve to be removed. He just don’t understand what country is dealing with. When bodies of indians were lying in parks and roads, this man was more concerned about his personal cleanliness. What an irony…. From an iron man , now we have progressed to get a ironical man.

      http://www.undercoverindian.com/2008/09/delhi-bomb-blasts-and-well-attired-home.html

    • chandrabhan 8:19 pm on September 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Come on guys, I have named him ‘Shivraj, The competent’. he has many competencies like licking sucking and immaculate dressing. He always manages to appear in spotless white dress and shoes. All this takes time, where will he find time for managing the ministry?
      Be gentle on him, He is greatest gift to former Babu MMS.
      We simply deserve people like them. First of all we don’t vote and then we crib about the govt, It is not fair. I simply love him. He is the best sucker in this side of the world

    • Tornado 8:13 pm on November 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Well I can see the frustration hope soon people show this in election by kicking them off.
      Shivaj Patil has also put his name in Indian political history as the most incompetent and shameless person.

    • rajesh 7:03 am on November 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Apponitemnt of silly person like him on such imp post….shows how much serious our goverment is about our secutiry

    • Devendra Rai 7:20 am on November 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      We need an Obama style revolution to clean up Delhi. Or a sort of French Renaissance. Or else, the common man will continue to die at the cost of arses sitting in fortified and conditioned offices. Wonder where is Raj Thakeray to defend the marathi manoos who have suffered this pain and where is his party! To top it all, the hon’ble home minister spoke about V P Singh rather than people who are still alive and can die at the press briefing!

    • Monika 7:21 am on November 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Best way to counter terrorism
      1. Kill all the politicians and give reign to educated and dedicated people like IAS officers, IPS officers .Politicians are the biggest terrorists.
      2. Make the entire system more effecient and more accountable.
      3. Mr Sibbal says that it was a well planned attack and it was being planned from 2-3 months. Shame on you. Were you sleeping since then. Where the heck is our intelligence? Can we call ourselves a global power when we cant defend even a common man in our country. There are blasts everywhere and every month. Delhi, lucknow, jaipur, gujrat, bangalore, the list goes on.
      4. I want a bomb to explode in the parliament when all the politicians are there. They have fucked our country.
      5. This non sense statement that we choose the politicians is ridiculous. We will choose from what we get. The whole lot is rotten, what choice does the common man have?

    • Blitz 8:02 am on November 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      1.After all this, Shivraj Patil should not be asked to resign, he should be “Sacked”.
      2. Even yesterday (Mumbai shoot out) he again came in best suit he can afford and had a rose on his coat.
      3. Last time when he was confronted by people / media he shouted back saying that he is loyal to his “leader” (read sonia gandhi). NO. Mr. Shivraj you are answerable for us, people of India. You represent India not sonia.

    • email7284 8:02 am on November 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Totally agree with Monika. India must take some pages off Bush and Blair doctrine. India has must apply the system Israel uses. Most Muslims are shocked and have had enough of these militants using the cover of their religion for such heinous acts.

    • shekhar 4:33 am on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Is he shameless or a mad person I do not know. I request terrorists to once again attack the parlement but ensure that atleast 200 of them (from all parties) are killed. All of them are either fools or shameless. (including PM — yes)

    • Scooter 6:47 am on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m from the United States and know NOTHING of the politics of India. In fact, I know little of India except I have been watching a lot of the coverage of the terrorist’s acts on NDTV the past few days.

      If I might ask, what is the attitude of the general populace towards tour Prime Minister? Is it favorable or unfavorable since this event?

    • Harshad Joshi 6:50 am on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Breaking News – Sunday 30 Nov 2008 12:15 pm

      After an eventful 3 days of Mumbai attacks, the bastard Sivraj Patil has finally decided to resign form the post of Union Home Minister.

      Son of a bitch..!!

    • Ashish Kapadia 8:04 am on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Scooter

      Terrorism specially from Muslim twisted minds isnt something new for India. But this time it has hit Indians hard.

      The general feeling is “Enough is Enough”.

      Everyone knows Pakistan is harbouring , supporting and instigating such attacks.

      People want answers and action now.

    • Harshad Joshi 8:08 am on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      What more reasons India wants to start attacking pakistan?

      Isent this recent carnage not enough to declare a war on Pakistan?

    • Santosh Kumar 7:54 pm on December 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Guys

      I understand the feeling of 1) Relatives of the Victims of Mumbai attack 2) The uneasy tense feeling Mumbaikars have when the go out on the streets of Mumbai

      Hemant Karkare- Got his BTech as Mechanical Engineer, cleard IPS. When such highly qualified sincere officers are killed, it really is painful and sad.

      However, please do not become emotional. Think Rationally.

      I have seen emotional remarks like declare war on Pakistan.
      Just think for 5 mins. What is the use of war? Will it not breed more hatred? You go and bomb the terrorists and kill them. But, their families will again develop hatred. Hatred breeds more hatred. You are just applying ointment for a disease, rather than curing it using medicines.

      LB Shastri resigned as the Railway minister in 1956 owing moral responsibility when a train accident took place killing 144 people. How could he control a train accident ? But still he owned the responsibility.
      Our former home minister Shivraj Patil, should have done it on the same lines. Unfortunately, it does not happen that way in today’s politics.

      Its collectively responsibility of We the citizens to elect good politicians, report susupicious people to the police immediately.

    • T.s.RAO 5:22 am on December 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The only reason why shivraj was allowed to continue is that he is very handsome in his three piece suit does he not?he looks like
      a member in house of lords.sonia being from Europe would have liked somebody who looked a French or English.What other reason
      could there be for his continuance in that post.just think?

  • Harshad Joshi 4:06 am on August 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Howto, Online Communication, Safe Chatting, Tips and Tricks, Why?, Yahoo Messenger   

    Tips for Safe Chatting 

    Don’t chat about things that could enable a stranger to locate you. That includes your last name, the name of your school or workplace, the city you live in, and where you hang out.

    Protect your info. Don’t put identifiable information in your user profile, including photos. What’s uploaded to the Internet can be downloaded and shared by everyone. Avoid posting photos that allow people to identify you, especially sexually suggestive images. Before uploading a photo, think about how you’d feel if it were seen by a parent, friend, or future employer.

    Never meet with someone you encounter in a chat room unless you already know who they are.

     
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    • Harshad Joshi 4:36 am on August 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Mrinalini

      Sorry, but it isent my pic.. ;)

  • Harshad Joshi 12:32 pm on August 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Idea Cellular, OpenWengo, Reliance India Mobil, Skype, STD, Tata Indicom, Telephones, TRAI,   

    TRAI okays net telephony in India 

    The Telecom regulator in India, TRAI on Monday allowed ISPs to offer unrestricted internet telephony services, a move that will further boost competition in the domestic long distance segment and lower STD tariffs.

    “It is envisaged that customers will ultimately benefit from cost effective and innovative internet telephony service.

    These recommendations will put Indian telecom sector in tune with global trends. The grey market tendencies shall be curtailed,” TRAI said in a statement.

    As per the TRAI recommendations, the STD service providers would be connected to ISPs through public internet for the purpose and the two service providers would have mutual agreement for the same.

    The move will permit calls from personal computers to fixed line and mobile phones. Currently, a voice call can travel between two computers but not from a mobile or a fixed phone. This is expected to open huge channels of revenues for Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

    The Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), a technical arm of Department of Telecom, will work out the number plan for the ISPs to enable them to offer telephone services.

    “Telephone numbers from identified blocks shall be allocated to ISPs, Unified Access Service Providers, BasicService Providers and Cellular Mobile Service Providers for internet telephony,” TRAI said.

    With a view to make internet telephony secure, TRAI said, all ISPs interested to provide unrestricted internet telephony would install “Lawful Interception” equipments. Usually, that would mean that the government or law enforcement agencies will be able to monitor anyone, good to prevent terrorist conversations, but potentially seen as a invasion on privacy..Further, voice grade communication requires strict QoS control and it also needs good broadband penetration among people..Given the policy of calling 256 kbps as broadband in India, I doubt whether there will be real mass appeal to this scheme. Lets see..

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:32 pm on August 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , George Bush Jokes, , , Sports   

    Beijing Olympics 2008 kicks off 

    Beijing Olympics 2008

    The Beijing Olympics 2008 ceremony has kicked off and officially, for next 20 days, we are going to see an exciting series of old records broken, new records being set. Top leaders from almost 80 countries are visiting Beijing for this extravaganza. Here’s a joke thats being passed here in India.

    Dubya, the George Bush Jr, who is enjoying his few days as American President, is visiting China as a guest at the Beijing Olympics ceremony, where he is supposed to deliver a small speech.

    He’s handed over a speech letter by his secretary. Dubya goes through it, and begins…

    “O…O……O….O…”

    The secretary says ‘ Sir, plese turn the page, thats not ‘O’. Thats the official Olympic logo. Your speech’s on the next page..’

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:25 pm on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: feedparser.py, Google News, Mark Pilgrim,   

    How to write a kludgy news crawler in Python and challenge Google News to its limits 

    A kludge (or, alternatively, kluge) is a clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem or difficulty. In engineering, a kludge is a workaround, typically using unrelated parts cobbled together. Especially in computer programs, a kludge is often used to fix an unanticipated problem in an earlier kludge; this is essentially a kind of cruft.

    I was searching data on my old disk and I found some interesting code I had written(rather abandoned) an year and half ago. At that time, I was very fascinated by the concept of Google News, which scanned and gathered news from almost 450 sources and mash up them together on one single page.  Mnay sources, one destination. Needless to say, Google created a smash hit product.Life appeared easy, all of sudden.

    Given my nature, it wasent surprising  that I desired to write the next Google News Killer app. It began at night…around 10:30 to be precise. I was determined to finish the program in a nights time. Python was my original (and only) choice that seemed suitable for me to create the next biig thing. Googling around I found that a module feedparser.py makes parsing RSS feeds easy(so to say). However, there was a problem – At that time, I had no clue of what XML meant. That was only the beginning. Later, I also discovered that I had extremely limited knowledge of HTML..Then I realized that my Python basics were giving me plenty of surprises…

    Bah..it looked so bad, here I was trying to write a good program, and there were tonnes of difficulties in first path itself. However, determination took over desperation, and after tweaking and pondering for well over 46 minutes, I was able to produce an extremely kludgy , extremely basic, extremely primitive Google News Killer – Wow…..the feeling was so good.  Imagine – writing something out of scratch, and that too without any help(ok, I took help from Mark Pilgrims feedparser.py and python.org) I chose to call it News Crawler.

    Get the python file by clicking the link - check-news Dont forget to rename it the file to check-news.py and also, make sure that identions are proper.

    Now something about the code.

    1. As I said earlier – the code is extremely dumb, extremely kludgy, extremely primitive, extremly basic and theres lot of shoddiness in there. Dont laugh at it even if it appears funny.

    2. The code has heard nothing of security, and is meant to run under controlled environment.

    3. It dosent make use of any SQL database backend, but is wise enough to store the RSS feeds on HDD before dissecting them,and extracting useful content.

    4. It expects that the XML files are in Unicode format. Some rouge sites make use of shabby encoding, which raises an exception in the program.

    5. I havent added any exception handling, just laziness, nothing more.

    6. For reference, I have shown how we can incorporate Slashdot and Reddit feeds on single page. You can add in your favourite feed.

    ToDo

    1. Make use of a good HTML templeting system.

    2. Solve the problem of unicode.

    3. Add error checking and improve its utility by making use of Pythons object oriented features.

    4. Add a SQL backend system for storing the parsed RSS data. To be honest, its the toughest job to do.

    5. Post up a nice powerpoint presentation describing the system. :)

    5. PS – I will definately not do anything of above unless someone seriously decides to fund me.

    After a long time I am back to programming world, I got so busy with other things that I had to abandon my dream project, but who knows, someday it may come true..  ;)

     
    • Sandy 6:58 pm on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi, I was trying to perform a similar act when I bumped into ur blog. Unfortunately I am nbot able to download your .py script. Can you please email it to me

      san.grad@gmail.com is the Id.

      Thaks in Advance.

    • lobiga 6:24 pm on March 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey
      cann you send me the source pls .

  • Harshad Joshi 2:36 pm on June 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Friendship, , , Jilted Love, , , ,   

    Good Grief 

    This heartbreak hangover has continued for fairly long time, I mean its more then a week I havent been able to pick my spirits up. In one point of view, everything appears as a dead end, especially in this fast globalized ultramodern age, with so much technology and gadgets around, who would bother to wait and listen? Its such a fast paced world. Friendship made and broken in seconds, split seconds without batting an eyelid, On the other hand, the mind, the frenziness of emotions and feelings tell an otherwise story. Whom to really care for? Inspite of technology, the communication and understanding gap still prevails between people. This comes to notice specifically when one apologizes to a girl by making use of email/sms/chat combo. Even a guy advised me to meet her and sort it out. Boy, I had that courage and might, then probably I wouldent even have these bad feelings get into my way. This is Karma, we attach our emotions with so many people really without knowing the consequence of what will happen in future. Some blokes I know are pretty calculated individuals, they do not allow emotions to get in their way, call it a professional approach of sort.

    This incident taught me many things.

    1. No matter how much rich your dad is, a gurl will first look at you and your capabilities. Atleast the one who analyses you for a long time dosent get impressed by the prizes you won, she looks at the job and the yearly package. No other impression ever works.. :(

    2. Surrounded by technology, we might get a feel of being a technocrat or whatever, but primitive feelings like emotions, rage, jealousy still exist. By no means we can avoid it. The forms and definations of ego might have changed, but it still continues to hurt as hell.

    3. Love hurts. In every age Love hurts. It has hurted me a lot. I dont know if I am mature enough to understand its true meaning, but the seen consequence makes me wonder – I am freaky enough to be loved?I am an equally loved and hated guy, I remember most of those occasions when I was hated..

    Gosh darn those status lines on my Gtalk – Love and Hate are one and all, sacrifice soon turns to revenge..

    A girl may not find these lines romantic enough, especially when shes commited to someone else. She will take it as an ominous sign of flirting, and bang, thats the end of all relations..no amount of apologies work, meeting is impossible, no truce…no peace, direct attack…what else??

    4. If you have been hurt before in relations, its wisdom to avoid complications in first place itself. If any jilted lover is reading this, I would advise – Avoid relations that do not exist. Example – A fragile relation that occured during a meeting over in social networking tools like MySpace, Orkut, FaceBook etc. These relations are never serious, they do not have any name, Modern pundits call it cyber relations, I dont have any good name for it. I mean its crazy concept to even think of attaching a name and emotions to a thing that exists in electronic world. Its true that sentimental fools like me are fond of attaching their feelings to the most ridiculous and insignificant things that exist in this world, its difficult at times. Here, every occasional hi, hello is a symbol of friendship, and every relation is apparantly a permanant one. Madness in all respect….I am a mad person who has got a provan track record of being in madly with love with girls I know I would never get to see, to touch, to talk and so on…This is my flaw, and I seriously need to get over it. My ex girl friend said that she avoided me because I did not had a ‘pure’ friendship with her. If I know that saying hello to her in wee hours of morning can spell as disaster I am suffering from, I would have avoided it. I am going to avoid it all togather throughout my life. Never send a girl an sms that can spoil your party. Controversies are never comfortable…

    5. Even if sacrifice may turn to revenge, you may not see the face who would say ‘I love you, I will kill you, but I will love you forever’ (Sobs…Sobs…..Tears…Sniff) I didnt :( Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…….

    I will update this if my girl replies back to me, else think this as the end of this post (and my spoilt relation as well ) Hey Girl, dont mind, I will still continue loving you..Pure love knows no limits   :(   (Sic..Snifff…)

     
    • Adi Crazy 6:50 am on June 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      :) Damn right you are. Agree with most of it.
      Did your girl reply?

    • Harshad Joshi 7:06 am on June 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @ Adi

      Hi Adi. I met her. I apologized using all the words I knew till today, but she didnt like my new role of a jilted lover. I asked her if our relations would be right as they were earlier, she indirectly said ‘No.’ If this wasent enough, as per expectations, she informed me that shes getting married soon…I could do nothing more but nevertheless, I congratulated her. That was the only option I had, nothing more we can do. Relations are a crazy thing.

      Age of Lonliness is bad enough, and someone telling you that you are lonly is more bad then ever….

    • fennychandra 3:50 am on June 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t agree more. Love hurts. Avoid relations that do not exist. Example – A fragile relation that occured during a meeting over in social networking tools like MySpace, Orkut, FaceBook etc. My last messy relationship started from Skype. And here I am now with my grief. *sob sob*
      Cheer up dude!

    • The Big K 7:18 am on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm. Look, some girls are idiots. Maybe your loved one was an idiot? :D . Be passionate about something in life and excuse people who have hurt you.

      Don’t keep on babbling about love all over you blog. Enjoy!

    • Harshad Joshi 11:52 am on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @ The Biiig K

      Yeah, I ended that ‘heartbreak hangover’, everything seems fine now.. :)

  • Harshad Joshi 3:15 pm on March 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Buddhism, China, Dalai Lama, , Revolution, Tibet   

    Liberate Tibet from China 

    Chinese government is crushing the freedom of Tibetians and there are chances that more Tibetians are suffering from Chinese atrocities. I support the Tibetians in their quest for Freedom.

    Let there be a free Tibet..

     
    • JT 6:00 am on April 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Please, tell me which source did u get from Chinese atrocities, and how Tibetans suffers? I do want to know…
      and by the way , Did you know Tibet used serfdom ? as in slavery? Dalia Lama was there religious leader alright, but should a religious leader enter a game of World politics? Do you know Tibetan children goes to monasteries instead of school? their little minds and filled with limited concepts taught by monks with only their understandings of the world.

    • Shoghi Effendi 12:50 pm on May 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You and your Tibetans can SIOOMA ;-)

  • Harshad Joshi 4:32 pm on August 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Shame and Sadeness! 

    Today the Sanjay Dutt was released on bail…A criminal got out without any major hitch…the politicos backed a criminal Sanjay Dutt, like …Its a very shameful and sade day of Indian Judicial System…The pain of 1993 Mumbai Bomb blast victims is increased..What a humanless and poor example..!!

    All Hails to the pathetic dogs..!!!

     
  • Harshad Joshi 2:56 pm on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    320 GB of terrorism – Exploring a terrorists hard disk 

    Appearances are deceiving. A meek looking and soft spoken individual turned out be an ace terrorist in the making, can one believe this fact easily? Nope..

    Todays paper had a news that explored the 320 GB ‘terrorist’ hard disk. The detailed stats are,

    1. The disk contained well over 12000 files,

    2. 5000 e-mails,

    3. Videos of Osama bin Laden(the head honcho of a well known terrorist firm)

    4. Jehadi messages with phone numbers

    5. Car bomb design !!!

    Incredible, there was no mention of if illegal mp3 files, p0rn videos, pirated software was present, nor the computer brand or OS..Pondering over that, a new concept stuck my mind..Google and major search engines can impress people by marking terrorist sites as ‘Caution : This site contents are not meant for cultured and civilized people‘, this warning will prevent people from visiting those sites, as it is Google maintains a list of spam and malware web pages, it will add a more feature to its popular search engine..Watch this incredible image for more details

    Google Search Engine from the future searching for corporate espionage, terrorists and more

    So, next time you want to befriend someone, please ask them for their hard disk for a detailed analysis, persistent storage sometimes can answer forbidden questions.

     
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      best to ask the community before I dive head first…thanks.

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  • Harshad Joshi 6:18 pm on June 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    A practical approach for blocking Orkut and saving trouble 

    From the past few days theIndian media is in all sorts of frenzy, displaying the news and reports telling that Indian government has instructed CERT India to ‘ban’ Orkut access primarily because,

    1. Indian authorities believe that Orkut allowes creation of flame communities that pack enough ammunation to set cities on fire and a punch that hurts the fragile ego of icon worshippers.

    2. Orkut is a place where loners waste their bandwidth hunting for girls, their personal details, a photograph or pieces of vital info.

    3. Orkuts a facinating place where you can abuse anyone, yes anyone, ranging from George Dubya Bush to the local administration without the fear of getting in line of fire. Although too much abusing or ranting can lead to your profile or community being marked as fake. But why bother , you can create plenty of fake accounts.

    4. Orkut is also a place where one can secretly plan their next rave party without the cops noticing it.

    Actually, I am not sure that this is what the government or authorities think of, but these all activites are being carried out on Orkut. No doubt about it. And I also know that the democratic government of India will try as little as possible to ‘ban’ it, afterall, the govt has so many daunting tasks ahead of them, be it the election of new president after Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the Chinese theat claims over Arunachal Pradesh, the rising value of ruppee against the US dollor(Huh, isent this thing funny? The rise of ruppee against dollor is extremely conducive to the booming Indian economy, but is a warning bell for the cheap service industry that is the home of US BPOs etc. Strange ways of economy. What to lose and what to keep?)

    On top of it, people get mad each time they discover that Orkut is being misused by sadistic outfits for achieving their targets. Orkut certainly gives a nice facility to create various groups and read a wide audience, but is it vitally necessary to get involved in Orkut to a level where we find it difficult to communication without the digital network? I mean the analog social network, the real one is much more good option.

    Some reasons for Orkuts wide misuse

    1. It allows creation of fake profiles and hate communities. Although theres provision for reporting it as bogus, the procedure isent foolproof. It can work either ways. Using this facility, someone can report a persons profile as bogus, even though that individual may be posting the truth. Who is to decide that the validity and quality of contents posted are in interest of community or no? Tough job, AI hasent reached this height as of now.

    2. People have to learn to exist in digital world. Even if the digital world is limited to a few dark servers placed on unknown datacenters, the impact they cause on real lifes can be damaging. It cannot be blamed on any digital network. People carry their personality, their good, bad attributes, imperfections, ideologies where ever they go. When this happens, usually theres trouble, leading to unstability.

    Inspite of everything, Orkut wont be ‘banned’, no one except the Chinese govt has the courage to ‘ban’ Google, but I still think that Orkut needs to be ‘blocked’ in offices, corporations, at place of work, school, colleges, government sections, public places etc. Doing this will be more feasible. Majority of well known companies block access to Orkut site, the reason is very simple – Dont want to distract the employees attention from work, and dont want to get into any legal trouble because of any employees miscreant activies.

    In schools and colleges, we go to study and not surf the web. Its common sense. We dont want to expose students to ill effects of bad company.

    So, that leaves us to homes. Yes, at home, we are free to do  anything. Access Orkut from your home.

    Moral of the story – Orkut cannot be ‘banned’ in India but it certainly can be ‘blocked’ by using proxy servers. Any digital social network can be a great tool to explore the world around us, but till the time we dont find a common unified way of understanding the ‘real’ world, we might face these problems forever.

    And as usual, as far as I am concerned, I personally feel that there are lot of other problems in this world that need a top priority attention example – Global Warming, Rise of terrorist outfits etc. It makes little sense to quarrel and argue over a damm freaky Orkut.

     
    • Shyam 10:45 am on September 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Global warming is a myth.

  • Harshad Joshi 6:04 am on March 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    The secret behind Bob Woolmers untimely death 

    On 18 March 2007 (the day after Pakistan’s unexpected defeat to Ireland) Bob Woolmer was found unconscious in his hotel room in Kingston, Jamaica. He was taken to the nearby University Hospital but it was later confirmed that he had died.

    It was a bizzaire news for the most, but there are some very secret motives hidden deep into the dark side of the moon. There are several speculations that point towards the match fixing bookies, but a very interesting theory has come to light.

    Could the US secret agencies like FBI or CIA behind this? Or is it the job of Pakistani Secret Service, the ISI done for giving Mussharaf a cue – Your time is up..?Or is it the job of international mafia bookies whose match fixing tricks are destroying the spirit of cricket?

    One thing is sure – The US now has realized that Mussharaf is unable to control the fanatic terrorist groups within his state. This is particularly dangerous for US troops lying stagnant in neighbouring Afghanistan, where the Taliban and Al Kaida are preparing to make a comeback, not fully though. Dubya Bush cannot afford to suffer loss due to troubled situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. On top of it, there is a deep discontent among top Pakistani military administration and the common public, esp the world saw the raging civilians marching against the recent removal of Supreme Court Judge.

    Whatever it may be..things are getting murkier as the time progresses..Indian needs to keep a watchful eye on these developments that take place. Another fanatic leader taking over Pakistan is gonna create trouble for India.

    An update March 24 12:29 IST

    Its now confirmed by the Jamaica Police that Bob Woolmer was murdered “due to asphyxia as a result of manual strangulation.

    The Jamaica Police has conducted a DNA test on Pakistani team and there is a strong chance of someone wrongdoing the South African for fear of getting exposed in match fixing scandal.
    Meanwhile, in India, Bob Woolmer is getting the media attention much more then what he used to get when he was alive..Watching the news channels for the day, I believe that conspiracy surround Woolmers muder is more important then any national issue. Now for rest of week, the news sleuths will be behind every detail occuring in Jamaica, and the media hype will be at its peak and we will get atmost bizzaire theories from the immature Indian TV channels. Pathetic dogs..

    According to some newsmakers example IBN-7, Inzamam is the prime culprit, while some(TIMES NOW, NDTV) are suspecting Danish Kaneria(the sole hindu player in pakistani team) for his passiveness in this case. Its funky to watch the half baked speculations that media makes..Whatever that might take… Match fixing cartels and mafias now rule the game along with the new underground bosses – the sponsers, who are sure to suffer huge revenues if India gets out of the competition cheaply..Afterall, not everyday one can invest million dollors and get nothing in return..

    Meanwhile, in other developments, the Indian team is yet again on slump of getting outbursted..with scores reading something as 43-2. I am not gonna stay awake for idiots like them. If they win, its good, if they dont, I will be happy..

     
    • Shoghi Effendi 5:56 am on March 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, where were you on the night of 18th March?

    • Harshad Joshi 6:04 am on March 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Shoghi
      Thats quite an inflammatory question.

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  • Harshad Joshi 6:48 am on February 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: “रेव्ह पार्टी", Censorship, Communism, Communist, Democracy, Free will, Governments, , , , Rights, Secret   

    Police planning to ban Orkut in India 

    According to media reports, the Pune police is in full swing to ban Orkut, the Google owned digital social networking tool following its controversial communities and its probable role in anti social activities.

    To a certain extent, I feel that there is a ‘real’ need in maintaining Orkut. Given its liberal policies, a madman can create real mess on Orkut by creating hate topics, insultive discussions and also spoil images of well known personalities. Its sort of a free ground for cheap and unconstructive publicity. And after the recent blasts, things are turning pretty hot.

    But is banning a solution to this problem?

    Nope. Given Googles brand influence, I dont think it will be practically possible. Even if the police dont succumb to the influence of any media, there still will be a wide disarray among the ‘anti-social’ elements in the society. Only China is the state which officially monitors Google content. So much so the my blog – The First Tones of Freedom cannot be viewed on any Chinese ISP, sole reason being the word – Freedom, I preach about the importance of Freedom and Liberty in life..

    Anyway – A middle path should be adopted and Orkut should make use of a better ‘Report as Bogus’ system. I mean its ridiculous the way things are handled as of now. Things will be clear in a few days.

     
    • John 10:16 am on February 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      This can’t be possible to ban orkut for such a stupid reason. Instead of doing it, pune police should contact orkut to remove such community from it rather than permanently baning the orkut.

    • priyankavarma 6:14 am on March 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Permanently banning orkut will not b a solution as so many other social networking sites like orkut are coming up…

    • Rohit 1:28 pm on March 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I thinks its really need to bann orkut these days… coz bad things is bad things after all the discussion …
      if we want to set clear liberal surrounding then it has to be vanish bad things like orkut….
      i am in sight that orkut should bann not in india but in all over world…

    • nandita 9:02 am on April 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yes orkut shd be banned as some ppl r misusing it to defame gals and they also talk crap things abt innocent ppl. There r some ppl who really make cheap comments abt gals and their characters.Its really misused and many gals r suffering cos of this.please ban this site plsssssssss

    • Sumit 10:59 am on April 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      yes it’s really need to ban orkut.

    • angshu raj 5:19 pm on April 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      no , i dont think orkut should b banned . banning it will not solve the problems , instead the police should try to remove these communities . everything has its advantages and disadvantages . police should try to look at the advantages of such a site rather than banning it for its small disadvantages

    • Bhadra 6:55 am on May 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think orkut should be banned. The police should contact orkut to ban such communities.

    • senthil 7:14 pm on June 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      yes orkut should be banned in india ,india gal dnt nt know abt some of the cheap guys .There r some ppl who really make cheap comments abt gals and their characters.Its really misused and many gals r suffering cos of this.please ban orkut in india

    • Sandeep Krishna 2:39 am on June 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Banning Orkut just because anti-social activities are being carried out is totally ridiculous. Why not our Govt rather ask Google to monitor the content being posted there?? If measures have to be taken so crud, then everything right from emails to blogs to chats must be closed!

      That way our nation will be soon back to technology “zeroes” rather than the “zeroes and ones”! ORKUT SHOULD NOT BE BANNED!

    • Harshad Joshi 5:13 am on June 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Sandeep
      I dont think that orkut will be banned throughout India, as its virtually impossible. Had we been living in China, where the government is very cruel, I guess this move would have given some results.

      However, in many companies, the employees are not allowed to use Orkut and many private companies ban Orkut during office hours.

    • Sandeep Krishna 5:51 pm on June 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with you @ Harshad. It’s true about china, all web content is being monitored there! I also heard that compaies in India are doing that…

      Anyways, I’m having my hands crossed…

    • jk 4:15 pm on June 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      orkut shoudnt be banned so that i can easily scam

    • Ali 3:37 am on June 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yes i agree orkut should be banned. Because there are many bad things happening.

    • chandra mohan 2:51 pm on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Orkut should be banned becoz all the nonsense are happening there….Can anyone tell that wat all r doing in Orkut other than reading others scrap…!! All the things should be kept private rather than public which causes some problems..So lets join together to ban that damn thing

    • pramod 3:08 pm on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      banning of orkut is exposing the fact that police are still ineffcient to capture the cyber crimes.. people will portait the bads things only they never see good. personally speaking i contacted my school mates through orkut only. now it s ban in UAE also.

    • Harshad Joshi 3:25 pm on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Pramod
      Theres a more efficient way to contact former school mates, just form one alumni student group, thats all, besides the school must be having some contact information of its former students, isent it?

    • Arshad 3:45 pm on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I do admit with all the controversies posted. Hate groups are incresing rapidly and damanging social securities. Though I regularly visit orkut, I have a strong hatred, agony against it. I just go through it to check out what the new nonsense is created.

      Pune Police pls go ahead, people like me are always with you in terminating such groups.

    • alex 7:41 am on July 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      The motive is to gain the fabulous sensuous pleasures & Rewards ( 72 virgins & all luxuries etc for each ) promised for them & their families too in the KORAN. To know more about it refer to the celebrated PENGUIN translation of Koran by NJ Dawood, or any other version or refer to Google. See Chapters(Sura/Verses) 56/(12 to 40),55/( 54 to 56),55/ (72to-74), 76/ (12 to 22), .This is the easiest way for dropouts, drifters, idlers & terminally ill to pass off in great glory as Martyrs & also benefit their families who only rejoice & never grieve for their death . Now even educated youths are being brainwashed to be more religious & do their” duty” by using sophisticated methods like- food & gas poisoning, nuclear blasts, aircraft sabotage, ship attacks,car bombing etc. to gain these sensuous rewards in Paradise .Thus most of them are silent members of ‘SLEEPER CELLS ‘ ready to act on their own. All muslims are not Jihadis but ALL Jihadis have proved as muslims. Is this not true ? Worldwide publicity should be given for this despicable hidden motive & the Radical Fundamentalist leaders must be made to denounce & deny these acts & issue a FATWA warning that their families will be outcasted , deported & lynched. They will never do it –as they are a party to it & are actually rejoicing after the killings.—-Your comments please—

    • Harshad Joshi 8:47 am on July 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Alex
      A ‘fatwa’ against declaring a ‘fatwa’..that would solve majority of problems. :P

    • Jim 1:26 pm on July 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t feel Orkut should be banned in a democratic country like India. Banning Orkut is not a permanent solution to this problem, as the controversial postings can be made through other social networking sites and blogs too. The only difference is that, Orkut is a bit more popular.

      There should be an official government organization to keep track of the content being displayed in different websites. The general public should be able to contact this organization through digital means, probably through website and complain about the content in websites, anonymously. If this government body finds that the content is inappropriate, they should contact the website owners and demand to remove the content within a feasible deadline time. If its not removed even after this, then it is reasonable to consider banning as an option….

    • vivek singh 2:12 pm on July 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      please please please ban this site orkut

    • Rocky balvant 2:13 pm on July 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      dont ban the site. there should be a proper monitoring of the site done by google people because all the todays generation need sex chat & sex relation.
      with the help of orkut there can the business like prostitution.now a days mumbai is suffering with this kind of problem because of bollywood people .
      all man in this world gone made behind girls.
      orkut can be categorize in such kind of porn sites.
      so pls tell police about this that … this site can be a business of prostitution…
      So pls monitor this site very properly if u can, else just ban this site.

    • monikonika guha 6:33 am on August 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      the orkut site should be banned……………………. i have a terrible experiences through this orkut ………….. though i dont have any account in orkut but still i faced problems …… everybody will be wondering how and why ?? then let me tell the total story..my name is monikonika guha i am working in very reputed IT Industry,on a fine morning my freind called me up and told me what rubbish profile you created in orkut…….with nude pictures ……i was shocked …i was trembling after visiting the profile because the profile carry the same name as i do ……. lots of rubbish scrap posted on that profile……in of the scrap it was written are you that same Monikonika Guha working in IT Industry (don’t want to reveal the name of my company )……i felt like dying and helpless when i saw that scrap……. i earnestly request please to stop this orkut or to stop all this nonsense

    • Harshad Joshi 2:24 pm on August 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Monika

      You should lodge a complaint against the profile by consulting the police cyber cell. Next time you are giving a real example of Orkut exploits, make sure that you dont give away personal details, so many people read the first tones of freedom, I cant say how many of them are crooked, its better we learn to protect ourself.

      I think Orkut needs to be banned, atleast some communities and profiles definately..

    • anupreet singh 11:30 am on August 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i think orkut should be banned.today if u search for a friend as by entering into the profiles of others,,,u must reach at crap profiles…which have written abuse in their profiles.,,nudity in pictures, and their views are very cheap…
      there r lot my communities which very openly talk about sex,sex practices,sexual parts…….i was shocked …i trembed after visiting that profile

      there is no privacy… anyone can read your scraps…..can copy your pics from albums…..

    • Harshad Joshi 5:26 pm on August 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Anupreet Singh

      Yes, I agree with your point of view.

    • Abhit shetty 5:12 pm on August 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      it should be banned because children are misusing it

    • Abhit shetty 11:16 pm on August 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      it should be banned because children are misusing it and bad things are passed off

    • neha 4:58 am on August 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i think orkut shud be banned…its being misused…it helps u keep in touch wid frndz..yes…but not onnie dat…u wana take sum1 for a ride…use orkut!!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 2:52 pm on August 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Orkuts in serious trouble right now. In Mumbai, India, a boy named Adnan was killed by his friends who had befriended him through Orkut..!!

      All Orkut users

      Beware, stay sharp, people are spying on you through Orkut medium, its highly unsafe place to distribute your personal information on Orkut.

    • Ananth Sarella 10:10 pm on August 27, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Guys! Banning Orkut will not actually solve the problem. Yes of course it can solve problems on temporary basis. Ultimately education is something that can solve the problem.

      People should attain maturity in things that they do. For which we need to be given the right education. Education does not start in schools or colleges, but starts at home. Parents should be paying attention to their children. Their activities need to be monitored and corrective measures should be taken.

      This may sound like a long term project, however this can solve 99% of the problem.

      Is Orkut a problem? or is it the people who are using it?

    • sudhanashu ryhal 7:11 am on October 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Banning orkut doesnt solve this problem but instead of banning it, people who miss use it their accounts should be closed…… it really should not be banned because it is online community which makes meet ur friends which are or have gone away from us!!!!!!!!

    • D.Baskaran 9:43 am on November 1, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      banning anything will only boomarang. what is reqd. is to have a close monitoring so as to ensure that no anti-social element crop in the scrapbook and this can be done by google easily. when ther is a will there must be a way. go ahead!!!

    • Riju 5:41 am on November 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yahhhhhhh….Its better to bann a community like orkut at present..

      Other wise there is one solution for this pblm is limit its features..
      like 1.ban photos
      2.dont allow to post scrap those who r not accepted friendship
      3.not reveal the posted scraps to all so on

    • sateesh 2:58 pm on December 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hai i support it to be banned or esle i recommend google to make changes on their orkut project by providing individual security to every user .. this orkut project has lots of beneifts that one can find out anyone .. but as per human psychology is not correct one to be open always in virtual state .. great technology has been misued here .. many cases , many problems …in this project , everything is open …. theres no privacy at all .. so that any sort of problems may araise on every ones lives .. no doubt … i support it to be banned or altered by providing security to scarps and personnel informations …. Thanking u .. its my point of view …

    • Harshad Joshi 5:54 am on December 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Sateesh

      If all that Google would do is to enable privacy for everything, then I guess that move will spoil the entire concept of digital socializing, which in any case is a crap according to me.

    • Idetrorce 11:23 am on December 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
      Idetrorce

    • Bunty 2:31 pm on December 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I think it should be banned as if it has spoiled many people life…..anyone can abuse or tarnish image..and photo session should be banned…
      many people misuse this facility and blackmail others by creating profiles derogatory to that person.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:58 pm on December 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I think that Google now protects the Orkut profile by giving a privacy option. Those who wish to keep their pix open only for friends should try this facility provided.. :)

    • Ashu 12:00 pm on December 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      some one has posted my number on orkut id ” shruti9811664819(mahima)” and i m getting all non sense calls since today… pls help, i dont know the person in orkut id/or contents but because of my number mentioned i m being harressed. I my self do not have orkut ID infact.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:54 pm on December 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Ashu

      Sigh… :(

      I think you should contact your local Police Station and lodge an FIR against the person, you can also request your friends to report the profile as bogus, and for the time being, stop attending unknown calls that do not have place in your contact list

    • ammu 3:12 pm on December 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      pls ban orkut as soon as possible……….. There r some ppl who really make cheap comments abt gals…………please please please ban this site orkut………

    • niral 2:40 am on January 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      orkut needs to be banned… though aftr banning orkut thrs not gonna change in the world and ppl. bcoz of same as orkut thr is a websites like hi5.com, facebook.com.. many ppl ruined their life bcoz of orkut..
      it should be banned asap as under 18 kids started using orkut…

    • Bilal 9:30 am on February 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Orkut should be banned. It’s causing deaths also. It spoils people. The police is taking a good step.

    • Ranjeet Kumar Chaurasia 11:14 am on April 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi
      hello
      nice website………orkut………….

    • Achilles 12:54 am on April 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Orkut content needs to be moderated. Lot of objectionable material is being posted there and the site is patronized by the younger generation. Blatant exposure to such material can do more harm than good. Not only Police should take steps in this direction but even we as parents and social groups should take steps in this direction. Sooner the better it would be. Not only orkut but rediff qna is another site where lot of pornographic material is being posted. Issue should be taken up for this site as well.

    • Rakesh 8:11 pm on April 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hi

      Plz ban the Orkut . it is spoiling people
      Please ban it

    • tejaswi 7:22 am on May 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      ORKUT WEBSITE MUST BAN. THAT IS RIGHT DECISION BY POLICE. BECOZ ORKUT CAUSES MANY CRIMES LIKE KIKDNAPPINGS, AND MURDERS.. AND CHILDERNS WHOM HAVE NO HOME NET THEY STOLE MONEY FOR USING ORKUT…MANY GIRLS ALSO SUFFERED BY ORKUT.. I ALWAYS FAVOUR ON BAN TO ORKUT

    • Dont Give a Shit 6:51 pm on June 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Man wht is it with you and orkut been ban, i think it is bull shit, and ppl shld be smart enough to use it…com on goddamit!!!!! that is the only way to keep in touch with your buddies… Moreover wht is it with you Indian women (FOR HEAVEN SAKE WOULD YOU PEOPLE JUST GROW UP)

    • Ritesh Pathak 7:05 pm on July 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Why the orkut is not banned yet?

      As i am student.. I see lots of my friends are misusing the Institutional Facilities for their all BAD purposes any if they found any girl they just ask for friendship..

      I prefer to BAN orkut everywhere in the world .. .. ..

      Hey google people listen this carefully.. or there are several ways …

      we could ban you !! …..

    • boby 1:00 am on September 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hai I like orkut but some ppl misuse orkut name………..baning is not a final word of peace GOOD LUCK

    • democrat 4:54 am on October 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      If Government decides to ban orkut then ban Internet also..Because there arise many social networking sites like this..Police should rethink about this issues..Don’t be too foolish.every thing humans discovered has a positive and negative thing that depends upon the user..

    • Supriya 6:24 am on April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      NO, it’s not the solution of this problem

    • bobby 3:45 am on August 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      please ban orkut in india please

    • Navdeep 8:03 pm on March 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I read yours comments about orkut. and i m shocked that at this level it can be missuse.. if ppl hvnt sense of humanity then they have no right to make any relation with any one. because these are sites to join the loved ones….. bt these mammals are not able to use…. so i am also suggesting to ban….otherwise strict privacy should be there.

    • adhithiya 6:47 am on April 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      it may not be the solution for this kind of problem

    • sanjiv dey 8:32 am on May 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      sir, I dont support that orkut should be banned in India but what I feel to some extent there is a risk in using orkut due to spam, spyware & hacking. There are some bad charecter people who are using orkut can do harm or hacking with other users account & profile because this is already happened with me. I am using orkut for the last two week but to my astonishment on yesterday dated 12 May, 2010 I found my own profile & name which I created in orkut has been missing & corrupted by another name of a girl along with a faceless photo of this girl. Who can do this thing ? However I
      Am not a girl but a boy. My own profile has been missing.

    • sanjiv dey 8:59 am on May 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      somebody has taken over my orkut profile by changing it with another fictious & doubtful profile and I am not able to fix it up. what should I do ? Please help me.

  • Harshad Joshi 7:46 am on February 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Google provided email ids to spammers – The reality behind the closed doors. 

    I got this mail a few hours ago.

    hi there,

    i believe we are in the same boat.
    this is in regard to the mail i received from deepta from google and i understand u folks too have got the same. this was on 25th of Jan. later on 26th of Jan, once again i received a mail with an attachment named Video_part.mim, which due to being infected by virus didn’t opened up.
    have anyone of u folks got any further correspondence from the other end. and if so would u be kind enough to update me with whats going on.

    please be sensible and do reply.
    take care.

    Normally,I would have ignored this mail, but it had a curious refrence. This mail was bcc’d (blind carbon copied) to almost 427 other recipients. These were the blokes who were interested in working for Google as an Adwords Representative(Whatever that means). Unfortunately for Google, one of these 427 recepients is a potential spammer, a script kiddie, who sent a malignant mail containing a virus attachment to some Satyendra Sheth , who inturn started speculating that Google(or someone similar) sent him a virus*..!!

    And now, the funny part is that some guys are ‘bcc’ing their sentiments to the entire group of 427 people, thus causing a perfect situation creating chaos, misunderstanding and a mess, to be precise.

    Now the reality

    1. Google India hasent sent anyone a virus. The girl (deepta mathur) who sent the original mail, is a real person, who has graduated from Hyderabads ICFAI bussiness school in 2006. She does work at Google India as a Google recruiter.

    2. Google India has not sent any spam or virus, but accidently, they have managed to provide the spammer(Dont know who it is) a good amount of valid email ids, thus making his life easy. Must a prankster kid, good for nothing.

    3. Those who sent the CV that matched Googles expectations, actually got another mail that provided details for further interactions. No need to tell that it was all authentic. For Pune, Google had conducted one exam on 4th Fed 07 at Reliance Web World. Unfortunately I didnt make it.. :(

    What was the reason for this chaos?

    1. The enigma maintained by Google India. Ever since the Google Wordmasters Challenge 2006, Google has managed to spoil its ‘goody boy’ image, thus creating a sense of apprehension amongst all the participants.

    2. Even if they had sent a mail, Google provided no additional resources. No official telphone/email was provided. Lets face it. People are lazy to hunt for all the official resources. And is the get apprehensice, its difficult to gain the confidence back.

    Moral of the story -

    1. Ignore this matter as far as possible, use a good antivirus, maybe use Ubuntu Linux, dont spread rumours or dont get hanky panky about a minor issue.

    2. The email list contained mail ids originating from biig companies likeWipro, TCS, IBM, Nilhent etc. It seems that everyone is interested in working for Google. Hey, provide your employees with better solutions, else they will leave you more fast.. :P

    If anyone has to speak or put up his/her own view, please make use of the comments section.

    • - The virus is Worm.Win32.VB.b that spreads through email attachements. It affects all Windows OS, and its alias are Nyxem.D, Kama Sutra,W32.Blackmal.E@mm,CME-24 ,WORM
     
    • unixshell 1:44 pm on February 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      What you are describing sounds like CC, not BCC. A company (indeed, anyone) should not CC a bunch of people who do not know each other.

    • Abha 3:51 am on February 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      whats more surprising is that we have so many people responding to it….looks like they’ve got nothing better to do :)
      inspite of people requesting to be left out of the discussions, mails are being sent.
      i dont understand the reason for creating such a big issue out of it….

    • John 10:23 am on February 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I didnt get such stuff yet … i’m feeling lucky …

    • Ridhi 12:24 pm on February 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i m one of those who took the wordmasters challenge , also gave two tests of adword masters …got through …was asked to wait for telephonic round ( by some divya kiran)…and all this was 3 months back.
      all in the list of 427 recepients and evryone else who is involved with this case would agree that google’s recruitment procedure is RIDICULOUS.
      Even the people who have been offered the job got it after long. Some who gave aptitude test with me on Sunday 29 .10.06 Time – 5:00 p.m.
      and have been finalised with all rounds are still waiting for offer letter.That is around 4 months . :)
      And The girl (deepta mathur) who sent the original mail, who has graduated from Hyderabads ICFAI bussiness school in 2006 ,who work at Google India as a Google recruiter , MUST KNOW THAT , too.

    • amiyy 6:14 am on August 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      asdergh kjou ghyt vlserr j7ygf mkfi9r g,fvkldyr

    • MURTAZA JAMALI 9:38 am on January 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      don’t be sad ONE CHANCE GOES ANOTHER COMES!
      MISUNDERSTANDING HAPPENS
      but A HUMAN CANT UNDERSTAND ANOTHER HUMAN IS BECOZ OF HIS PROUDNESS.
      PEOPLE ARE ARE PROUDY BUT THEY CALL THEM SELVES DOWN TO EARTH. Asian/African gals LIVING IN USA ARE SELFISH & PROUDLY.they are over smart never trust them

  • Harshad Joshi 3:43 pm on January 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    How do we rise above racism towards respect and tolerance in society? 

    Political movements in certain parts of the world openly expound racist ideas. The dissemination of racist ideas is tolerated in the name of freedom of expression. The Internet is misused to propagate racial hatred. Globalization, which has so much potential to spread prosperity, can also result in economic disparity, cultural homogenization and marginalization of certain countries. We must ensure that globalization contributes to the overall well-being of all people in the world while at the same time respecting the uniqueness of different cultures and traditions.

    In any progressive country, tolerance and compassion are core values in society. There should be a development philosophy of “Gross National Happiness” where the individual well-being is the focus of all development initiatives.

    Humanity can only make headway if it acknowledges and draws on lessons from the evils of the past, in particular slavery, the slave trade and colonialism. We must acknowledge those crimes, not to twist the knife in the wound, but to better acknowledge that their lethal germs still persist. We are not here to humiliate anyone, but humanity can only take a decisive step forward if the whole truth of history is brought to light. If we want to overcome racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, we must restore the truth regarding the history of people who today find themselves on the bottom of the pile. We are not thinking about any kind of vengeance. Reconciliation not only asks for forgiveness, but also for repentance, sincere repentance. Sincere repentance must be active repentance. The international struggle against racism and racial discrimination requires a sensitive approach. Each voice in the international community must have a say. Debate must be promoted and a universal solution must be found out in peace and harmony.

    Thats it.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:05 pm on January 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    1 year of blogging 

    Gosh..Its my blogs 1st birthday today. Happy birthday little blog. :P

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:52 pm on January 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    100 things we didn’t know last year(2006) 

    This is the (unexhaustive) list of 100 things that most of us ignored or didnt notice in 2006.Depends

    1. Pele has always hated his nickname, which he says sounds like “baby-talk in Portuguese”.
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    2. There are 200 million blogs which are no longer being updated, say technology analysts.
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    3. Urban birds have developed a short, fast “rap style” of singing, different from their rural counterparts.
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    4. Bristol is the least anti-social place in England, says the National Audit Office.
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    5. Standard-sized condoms are too big for most Indian men.
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    6. The late Alan “Fluff” Freeman, famous as a DJ, had trained as an opera singer.
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    7. The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions.
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    8. There are 6.5 million sets of fingerprints on file in the UK.
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    9. Fathers tend to determine the height of their child, mothers their weight.
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    10. Panspermia is the idea that life on Earth originated on another planet.
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    11. An infestation of head lice is called pediculosis.
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    12. The Pope’s been known to wear red Prada shoes.
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    13. The fastest supercomputer in the UK can make 15.4 trillion calculations per second.
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    14. Online shoppers will only wait an average of four seconds for an internet page to load before giving up.
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    15. Donald Rumsfeld was both the youngest and the oldest defence secretary in US history.
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    16. Spending on Halloween has risen 10-fold – from £12m to £120m in the UK, in five years.
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    17. Coco Chanel started the trend for sun tans in 1923 when she got accidentally burnt on a cruise.
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    18. Up to 25% of hospital keyboards carry the MRSA infection.
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    19. The UK population grew at a rate of 500 per day last year as immigration out-stripped emigration.
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    20. Sex workers in Roman times charged the equivalent price of eight glasses of red wine.
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    21. English is now the only “traditional” academic subject in the top 10 most popular university courses.
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    22. The number of people committing suicide in the UK has fallen to its lowest recorded level.
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    23. More than one in eight people in the United States show signs of addiction to the internet, says a study.
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    24. One third of all the cod fished in the world is consumed in the UK.
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    25. In Kingston upon Thames, men on average live to be 78. In Kingston-upon-Hull it is 73.
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    26. Each person sends an average of 55 greetings cards per year.
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    27. Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 litre bottles.
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    28. More than 90% of plane crashes have survivors.
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    29. Tony Blair’s favourite meal to cook is spaghetti bolognaise.
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    30. The brain is soft and gelatinous – its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta.
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    31. The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.
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    32. Barbie’s full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.
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    33. Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five litres of cooking oil a year.
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    34. Plant seeds that have been stored for more than 200 years can be coaxed into new life.
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    35. There were no numbers in the very first UK phone directory, only names and addresses. Operators would connect callers.
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    36. The InterCity 125 train was designed by the same man who came up with the angle-poise lamp and Kenwood Chef mixer.
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    37. Pavements are tested using an 80 square metre artificial pavement at a research centre called Pamela (the Pedestrian Accessibility and Movement Environment Laboratory).
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    38. A common American poplar has twice as many genes as a human being.
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    39. The world’s fastest supercomputer will have its speed measured in “petaflops”, which represent 1,000 trillion calculations per second. More details

    40. The medical name for the part of the brain associated with teenage sulking is “superior temporal sulcus”.
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    41. Some Royal Mail stamps, which of course carry the Queen’s image, are printed in Holland.
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    42. Helen Mirren was born Ilyena Lydia Mironov, the daughter of a Russian-born violinist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
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    43. There is only one cheddar cheese maker in Cheddar, even though cheddar is the most popular hard cheese in the English-speaking world.
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    44. For every 10 successful attempts to climb Mount Everest there is one fatality.
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    45. Cows can have regional accents, says a professor of phonetics, after studying cattle in Somerset
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    46. Involuntary bad language, a symptom affecting about one in 10 people with Tourette’s syndrome, is called “coprolalia”.
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    47. Watching television can act as a natural painkiller for children, say researchers from the University of Siena.
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    48. Allotment plots come in the standard measure of 10 poles – a pole is the length of the back of the plough to the nose of the ox.
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    49. When filming summer scenes in winter, actors suck on ice cubes just before the camera rolls – it cools their mouths so their breath doesn’t condense in the cold air.
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    50. There are 60 Acacia Avenues in the UK.
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    51. Gritters come out in hot weather too – to spread rock dust, which stops roads melting.
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    52. Forty-eight percent of the population is ex-directory.
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    53. Red Buttons – real name Aaron Chwatt – took his surname from the nickname for hotel porters, a job he did in his teens.
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    54. The CND symbol incorporates the semaphore letters for N and D for nuclear and disarmament.
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    55. While 53% of households have access to a garage, only 24% use them for parking cars.
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    56. Mortgage borrowing now accounts for 42% of take-home salary.
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    57. The word “time” is the most common noun in the English language, according to the latest Oxford dictionary.
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    58. Forty-one percent of English women have punched or kicked their partners, according to a study.
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    59. Dogs with harelips can end up with two noses.
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    60. The clitoris derives its name from the ancient Greek word kleitoris, meaning “little hill”.
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    61. A domestic cat can frighten a black bear to climb a tree.
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    62. Thirty-four percent of the UK has a surname that is ranked as “posher” than the Royal Family’s given name, Windsor.
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    63. The Downing St garden is actually a Royal Park.
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    64. Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobiacs is the term for people who fear the number 666.
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    65. The more panels a football has – and therefore the more seams – the easier it is to control in the air.
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    66. One in four smokers use roll-ups.
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    67. Music can help reduce chronic pain by more than 20% and can alleviate depression by up to 25%.
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    68. The egg came first.
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    69. Humans were first infected with the HIV virus in the 1930s.
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    70. Sir Paul McCartney is only the second richest music millionaire in the UK – Clive Calder, is top.
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    71. Publishers have coined the term “Brownsploitation” for the rash of books that have sprung up in the wake of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code blockbuster.
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    72. Modern teenagers are better behaved than their counterparts of 20 years ago, showing “less problematic behaviour” involving sex, drugs and drink.
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    73. George Bush’s personal highlight of his presidency is catching a 7.5lb (3.4kg) perch.
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    74. Britain is still paying off debts that predate the Napoleonic wars because it’s cheaper to do so than buy back the bonds on which they are based.
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    75. Five billion apples are eaten a year in the UK.
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    76. In Bhutan government policy is based on Gross National Happiness; thus most street advertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags.
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    77. Metal detector enthusiasts are referred to as “detectorists”; there are about 30,000 in the UK.
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    78. The Labour Party spent £299.63 on Star Trek outfits for the last election, while the Tories shelled out £1,269 to import groundhog costumes.
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    79. The best-value consumer purchase in terms of the price and usage is an electric kettle.
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    80. Camel’s milk, which is widely drunk in Arab countries, has 10 times more iron than cow’s milk.
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    81. Iceland has the highest concentration of broadband users in the world.
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    82. There are 2.5 million rodent-owning households in Britain, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association.
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    83. Rainfall on the roof and gutters of a three-bed detached house can amount to 120,000 litres each year.
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    84. Thinking about your muscles can make you stronger.
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    85. The age limit for marriage in France was, until recently, 15 for girls, but 18 for boys. The age for girls was raised to 18 in 2006.
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    86. Six million people use TV subtitles, despite having no hearing impairment.
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    87. Goths, those pasty-faced teenagers who revel in black clothing, are likely to become doctors, lawyers and architects.
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    88. Nelson Mandela used to steal pigs as a child.
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    89. There are an average of 4.4 sparrows in each British garden. In 1979, there were 10 per garden.
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    90. The Himalayas cover one-tenth of the Earth’s surface.
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    91. Lord Levy, recruited by Tony Blair to raise money for the Labour party, made his own fortune managing Alvin Stardust, among others.
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    92. In a fight between a polar bear and a lion, the polar bear would win.
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    93. If left alone, 70% of birthmarks gradually fade away.
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    94. There are two million cars and trucks in Brazil which run on alcohol.
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    95. US Secret Service sniffer dogs are put up in five-star hotels during overseas presidential visits.
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    96. Flushing a toilet costs, on average, 1.5p.
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    97. Tufty the road safety squirrel had a surname. It was Fluffytail.
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    98. A “lost world” exists in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of hitherto unknown animal and plant species.
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    99. The term “misfeasance” means to carry out a legal act illegally.
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    100. In the 1960s, the CIA used to watch Mission Impossible to get ideas about spying.
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    All these above 100 things are captured by the BBC UK, and I found this when I was randomly surfing for nothing. Call it a waste of time or a worthy utilization of bandwidth..whatever. But thats not enough according to me as most of these things are UK oriented. Would love to hear some things that really I didnt know.

     
    • Will Ma 4:08 am on January 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting though I just glance and do not read all of them. Would be glad to know, as you said, while your updating the list about the US.

  • Harshad Joshi 1:24 pm on December 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    AppArmor 

    OpenSuse

    I am tempted to use this distro..has got more sleek graphical features as compared to ubuntu, and also has got AppArmor

    AppArmor is an application security tool designed to provide an easy-to-use security framework for applications. AppArmor proactively protects the operating system and applications from external or internal threats, even zero-day attacks, by enforcing good behavior and preventing even unknown application flaws from being exploited. AppArmor security policies, called “profiles”, completely define what system resources individual applications can access, and with what privileges. A number of default profiles are included with AppArmor, and using a combination of advanced static analysis and learning-based tools, AppArmor profiles for even very complex applications can be deployed successfully in a matter of hours.

    The official description is located here and Ubuntu users will be happy if they click  here.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 2:08 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    An overview of free and open software(part 1) 

    Tux, the GNU/Linux mascot

    I support and use GNU/Linux kernel and open source software mainly due to following factors.

    1. Its free. Nothing can beat that.

    2. Its stable and seldomly crashes. Memory management is more efficient.

    3.Most of the documentation is available for free either online or offline.

    4. It has got great desktops and allows one to fully customize the environment and settings without causing major hiccups. However, newbies need to be watchful.

    But there are some things that are criticized

    1. Lack of central control – Who controls Linux OS? Do new distribution makers need to follow certain common norms that would enable core system to setup easily without involving too much user interference?

    2. Too many distros spoil the party – There are approx around 80 linux distibutions available today. Out of them, only 5 – Red Hat, Suse, Ubuntu, Debian, Knoppix are well known
    amongst common users. People get confused in this matter.Its hard to decide when there is too much or too less.

    3. Geek or n00b – Todays distros have to manage a balance between the geek and newbie. Too much simplification of Linux will definately affect its stable usability and real geeks will turn to more geeky kernels like FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Solaris etc. Linux is attractive, mainly because of its geekiness factor.

    4. Heavy duty multimedia users and gamers have to suffer a bit – Its true that linux clusters have helped to create some of the Hollywoods greatest flicks, but even then, its hard that pure gamers and CG programmers will switch to linux.

    5. Device manufacturers often ignore Linux users while designing drivers, although the scene is changing fast. Big players like HP, Nvidia, ATI, Creative bundle Linux drivers too.

    Meanwhile, feel free to vote in your favourite linux distro here.

     
    • laosboyme 2:39 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah You’re all right the sad thing is why do manugacturers ignore linux…

    • ventureskills 4:21 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I love the picture did you do it?
      We offer Linux on all our workstations and only supply our small business server with our image (slackware based) on. Current take up is 50% while your 3rd criticism is probably true if only for the number of “generic” distros out there I think for business users and business n00b the big 2 Distro’s are SuSe and Fedora we supply SuSe 80% and CentOS/Fedora 20% these work out of the box for some one who is new to linux, meanwhile we use a mixture of windows, Slackware, Gentoo and CentOS.

      The driver issue isn’t as bad as it use to be unless your a die hard game fan in which case sadly windows or a ps3 is your only choice.

  • Harshad Joshi 12:44 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Co-op Search Engine 

    I think I am a little late on this topic,but anyway…

    This is my new Google Co-op Search Engine over here.

    Feel free to experiment, but note that it dosent index thousand/million/billion pages. However, it does incorporate nice links and good content for technology/food/linux/Web 2.0 fans and users. And following Googles method, its currently in beta.

    Direct link to Semantic Space – http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=004747769890504554559%3Anckzlkyfnc0

    There is one Rollyo also, but I think that its less technical.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 9:26 am on October 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Code Search 

    Google Code Search

    It really seems that Google is on fire. It has definately taken search engine’s utility to a new level. Google Labs has got a new beta tool in its arsenal – Google Code Search.

    Developed by Russ Cox Google Code crawler gives programmers a single place to search publicly accessible source code. It includes:

    Code Search crawls and indexes publicly hosted archives (.tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .tar, and .zip) and CVS and Subversion repositories, making them searchable in one place. Results are also accessible via a GData feed, which people will use to create plugins for their favorite editors and IDEs.

    A nice tool. Shows Google’s innovation and an old habit to create probable issues. Frankly, this tool is a boon for those programmers. Helps to locate variables, comments, refrences all at one place. Infact, it was due to this tool, that I came to know about specific virus called as Tchernobyl/SpaceFiller. Infact the most surprising thing was that I found this refrence in a code snippet from the Mplayer software. (For n00bs – Mplayer is a popular audio/video software natively available under GNU/Linux systems, and has the ability to play almost every media format).

    So many times I went through Mplayer source code, but it was honestly impossible to find this thing.
    Its stunning..but only for the right audience.

    Google criticizers can raise following points.

    1. An easy way for script kiddies to find a virus code rather easily. More access means more convinience to find code and create(or rather steal) malware and cause nuisance.

    2. Google may have unknowingly crawled proprietery source code, not intended to be released to the common public.

    3. What about the cache?

    The answers loom large ahead of us, but it will apparently become more clear after some days. Till then..Enjoy Google.. ;-)

     
    • Harashita 10:11 am on October 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Google rocks in every field….its a revolution …a truly innovative comp.

    • Harshad Joshi 12:26 pm on October 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yeh..Waiting to be in there… :-D

    • Hiren 4:22 pm on October 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      It seems that google takes action first and thinks about the copyrights and other issues later. This would be a boon to programmers definitely; even more to software students.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:03 pm on October 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hiren

      No. We cannot blame Google for the service they are offering. It definately is a usable and reliable search tool, only thing is that users misuse these utilities at times.

      But as far as code search is concerned, its a fantastic concept.

  • Harshad Joshi 4:48 am on September 27, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    The future of Google and conventional computing(beta version 0.01) 

    Today I had a nice closer look at Google Writely, a free and easy option for word processing. Infact, I must say that it is a nice product, definately a good competition to its paid and bloated counterpart MS Word.

    Going by current product releases by Google, it seems that now the paradigm is slowly but surely shifting from offline, desktop based apps to online, Web apps, in which broadband has goot a major role to play. There are many speculation as how the GoogleOS would be like, and even I would like to put in my views.

    1. At the core, Google will have a very minimalistic version of OS kernel (either Ubuntu or its own derived from GNU sources)

    2. The job of this core will just be limited to setup the screen, perform minor system checks, set local time and after authentication, log on the the main server or the cluster grid to which the computer(in this case a thin client) belongs.

    3. HDD will mainly be used as a supportive backup utility and will contain small apps needed for booting and setting up the system.

    4. The apps will be similar to the ones like we have seen – Google Writely (for all text processing), Spreadsheets (for all tables), Google Pages, Blogger etc.

    All these services will work as a unified collection of tools togather.

    5. And the best part of this is that all apps will be free for commercial or personal use. Google will earn its future income mainly through ads, big corporate markets and can even venture into consumer product market like shopping malls etc.

    6. The market for distributed computing and apps will be at its best and Google will also get its major share from creating a very economical desktop for developing countries like India, Brazil, China etc. The software will be developed into local languages and this will help in reducing information and digital divide across the globe.

    7. Google will create redundant cluster grids that will be deployed in space research, pharmaceutical and drug modelling, SETI, Human genome product etc. Googles search technology will be used to explore gigantic databases.

    Now for some challenges to be faced by Google.

    1. Issues related to local polictics and Government regulations.

    2. Problems related to privacy.

    3. Lack of fast broadband facilities in many parts of the world.

    (Disclaimer – This post in beta and may be modified by author as per updated information. Commercial use not allowed without permission of author. Can contain wrong spellings and grammatical mistakes, which are natural to be present when posts are written in a quickfire way. BTW, as I said, this post is still in its beta version :-D Today is incidently Google’s 8th birthday)

     
    • Hiren 5:25 am on September 28, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like google is sounding the booglve. Very very interesting post. I was not aware of any of these things. Except for the forced compromise that it made in China, google has been doing fine.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:55 am on September 28, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thats what I am saying. As it contunues to spread around the globe, Google is definately going to face issues from local government and polititions. Apart from that, many users also accuse Google of overusing its ‘cookies’ policy that helps it to collect each and every possible information about the user and potentialy a consumer.
      But nevertheless, the future appears bright and good, till Google maintains its ‘Dont be (too much) evil !!’ policy and thats what we want..free apps and good search engine that provides relevant results.. :-D

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