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  • Harshad Joshi 2:33 pm on November 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: enlightenment, , ingress, niantic labs, portals, resistance, resonators, xm   

    My encounters with ingress 

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    As part of resistance, I played ingress, an augmented reality game created by niantic labs, part of Google.

    This game is quite interesting and it has added an alien storyline with xm, portals, resonators etc  to keep players glued on.

    This is the future of RPG. The environment will be your own locality, your opposition will be real people..

    Actually, this game is part of Googles ambitious data capturing and mining project that will help it to gain location information about businesses , points of interests that is otherwise hard to find using satellites.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:15 pm on October 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bbm, , , messaging, ,   

    BBM for android 

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    If someone had said of having an android version of blackberry’s legendary bbm, I would have laughed at him.

    Not today.

    Posted from WordPress for Android

     
  • 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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    Posted from WordPress for Android

     
  • Harshad Joshi 7:52 am on February 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BBC, , Online Communities, Real life, Social network, , Virtual world, YouTube   

    a virtual life 

    These days we have got two social lives. One in real world and other in virtual world of social networks like Facebook and/or  Twitter.

    I was reading an article of why Facebook causes a new stress on users. - http://www.opposingviews.com/i/new-report-facebook-causes-stress-depression-anxiety  and http://www.switched.com/2011/02/16/facebook-causes-stress-anxiety-hooks-us-anyway/

    An important finding from one of the posts is

    Charles speculated that many users may feel anxious because of the site’s intrinsically self-centered structure. “It’s like being a mini news channel about yourself. The more people you have the more you feel there is an audience there,” Charles told the BBC. “You are almost a mini celebrity and the bigger the audience the more pressure you feel to produce something about yourself.”

    In short, Facebook tries to create a virtual but fake celebrity out of users, whatever might their real life be. By including photos, videos, quotes, events, Facebook is  like more of someone PRO promoting your personal life..publishing your details to world.

    But in the end, we should always remember that Facebook is a virtual world. Whenever you log into Facebook, you invest time, bandwidth and personal data in it..which is obviously not free. Remember not to get carried away by frenzy of getting a ‘celeb’ status. It is very easy on Facebook to get influenced by someone more elite then you and you can waste lot of positive energy attempting to be like them.

    I found out some old tips that will help you to stay updated with everyone without getting bogged down by all the information Facebook hurls at you.

    1. RSS feeds – If you want to find out latest information about a product, technology, or anything, you just need to subscribe to their RSS feeds. A good thing about these feeds is that most of sites dont have ads in them, thus providing you with clutterless information. However, it might not take too long before companies bombard you with ads in RSS feeds

    2. Email – Email is the reason why internet became popular. IM or real time communication is taking fight against email, but there is no substitute for emails as yet. Answering emails is more easy and more natural then replying to real time IM…not only emails allow you to think before answering, it is also more productive due to push mail services that are available on handsets, computers etc.

    3. Be social in real life – It takes nothing extra to be nice with people..meet people. Maintain good relations with them. If you ever get into trouble, the real people you know will be the first to help you out.  Speaking and conversing with people  helps better then posting fancy updates.

    4. Facebook is not the ultimate goal – Facebook is just another way to share things, its not the ultimate communication or the end point of what communication will be like. As we are evolving, we might have advanced tools at our disposal.

     
    • Anita Menon 9:09 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Well it can be sorted and that stress kept at bay, if you don’t take yourself seriously :-)

      • Harshad Joshi 9:16 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        yeah. everything can be sorted out, but an individual needs to know how much stress to bear and how much to keep at bay.

        social networks is just a phase we are passing . we all had a life before fb and i bet there will be life beyond fb as well :)

        • Anita Menon 10:51 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

          I absolutely agree!

          yours truly,
          A social media junkie ( :-))

          • Harshad Joshi 11:08 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

            as a technology user and creator, facebook is quite marvelous in terms of accessibility, scalability and concept.

            but how long will it grow selling users data to partners? at some point it will reach saturation point and this juggernaut will stop rolling. we will go back to days where mobile phone will be used as a mobile phone to call people and send sms.

            it will take approx 8 years more and we will go back to normal life we had before 2005. a life before GPRS, broadband, blogs etc went mainstream.

            • Anita Menon 11:10 am on February 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

              That makes a lot of sense. Didn’t see that far into the future of social media. I enjoyed reading your post about it.

    • vinita 2:43 pm on February 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi
      I am reading the Emperor of Maladies-just started actually, and have read about 50 pg only so far. So far the book has no reference to the ancient indian texts and curiosity about Ancient Indian comments or finding lead me (thanks to google) to your blog.
      Then like other netizens i got diverted to reading your page on ancient vedic mantra that heal and cure.

      Needless to mention, i am suitably intrigued by your views, and range of topics you are covering in these articles…

      i will visit this again surely.,, inshallah..! our attention span is like a 2 yr olds these days .. as i write this vijay mallya’s assets are flashed on tv and the startling (well not so startling) fact is announced that his total debt to banks thru 6 of his companies is a whopping 14000 cr..
      for a rich beyond words man, with 26 properties, a luxury mall, 200 horses, and 16 vintage cars … the king of goodtimes will go down in debt may be. but at the same time, i worry for the PSU bankers who financed such ventures, coz the witch hunting for them would be terrible…

      anyway the mind is a potpourrie of millions of thoughts and so it flitted from the treatiseon cancer to our ancient indian scriptures, to power of yagna, to reading about your cheerful profile …….and then thanks to the audio-visual stimulant of tv- to mr mallya!!! au revoir…

  • Harshad Joshi 12:24 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Google Voice,   

    XMPP stanzas for Google Voice user in india 

    Google Voice is an awesome service that enables free callings to USA and Canada and has got affordable rates for rest of world..From last few days, I am getting Google Voice’s Call button in my gmail chat window. As Google Voice is not officially launched in India, this service keeps on coming and vanishing randomly..

    I captured some xmpp stanzas using my xmpp bot -

    got   <presence from=”purigol@gmail.com/gmail.D63F1C6C” to=”firewalrus@gmail.com/0A882B52” id=”4″>
    <priority>24</priority>
    <caps:c node=”http://mail.google.com/xmpp/client/caps” ver=”1.1″ ext=”pmuc-v1 sms-v1 video-v1 voice-v1″ xmlns:caps=”http://jabber.org/protocol/caps“/>
    <status>Meeeep</status>
    <x xmlns=”vcard-temp:x:update”>
    <photo/>
    </x>
    </presence>

    DEBUG: dispatcher   ok    Got jabber:client/presence stanza
    DEBUG: dispatcher   ok    Dispatching presence stanza with type-> props->[u'jabber:client', u'http://jabber.org/protocol/caps', u'vcard-temp:x:update'] id->4
    DEBUG: roster       ok    Setting roster item purigol@gmail.com for resource gmail.D63F1C6C…

    I have got some screenshots, but i will save them for later stages.

    I am not sure if Google is just testing Google Voice promo in India..i believe its launch in india will radically change the voice and mobile market..

    Dear google, please free us from the tyranny of mobile companies… ;) :P

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:32 am on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags:   

    Where am I? 

    If you need to find me….get over here – http://moiblogging.wordpress.com or just leave a comment, I’ll get back to you. :)

     
  • Harshad Joshi 12:34 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fun,   

    Unwritten letters (my love story, my beliefs, my space, etc) 

     
  • 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 12:11 pm on December 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2008, 2009, Aesops Fables, , Obama, Outsourcing, Panchatantra, Recession, Senryu, , Wise words, Wordpress   

    The end brings a new beginning 

    The end was actually hiding a new beginning in its sphere;

    darkness became the light,

    the wind turned into the smell of fear…

    2008 will end soon. Thank you to everyone who supported me. I had promised, even if this blog might stop for a while, the journey still continues…Some of you mailed me, some of you called me, I thank you. I wont pretend, but your words helped me a lot..

    I cannot make you wait for too long..

    You can now find me on Twitter – http://twitter.com/sevenlives

    House on a tree..the zen way

    This is a new venture by me into realms of unknown. I have tried to be honest while writing the Haiku, an art that is obscure, difficult to master, yet at the same time offers simple advice to the reader, the Zen way. At the same time, you can find humour, sarcasism, philosophy, rhythm a blend of everything…As a kid, I read a lot of Aesops Fables, Panchatantra, Indian legends, so expect to find the wise sages, the lonely Hermits, the houseless woods, speaking tigers, poisonous snakes, dangerous scorpions, smiling babies, everything that we encounter in our dreams and real life :) .Sometimes you might not actually feel like reading a stereotype Haiku, but i have tried to preserve the ’3 line rule’ , short is sweet..It offers me several advantages -

    1. It requires less time to write

    2. It helps to deliver the right message in right time

    3. Offers you lot of flexibility in reading, you dont need to be holed up forever in front of pc all the time..

    What more I can say now? Its time you can go and read it. Mind you, its Twitter, microblogging has got some limitations, the Haikus I wrote still maintain a rough edge, but I havent tried to hide the naiveness, maybe it will help to end the learning phase a little more fast..Twitter cannot substitute WordPress, but for the timebeing, it serves well..

    This is the sample of what you can expect

    People understand Tao

    People understand Zen

    Lying is a bad habit..

    This Haiku is obviously meant to target all marketting mongers. They are all of the same catagory, they try to sell you anything making it appear useful, however you bring it, you realize, its a waste of resources. We all need to be careful. Dont invest into something that appears glamorous, glosy. Too much of shine can be harmful. Your money/time/resources are precious, use them wisely and dont succumb to any pressure. In todays age, where recession looms ahead, job cuts are round the corner, we need to make sure we act wisely.

    Or

    Peace and goodwill

    they are everlasting desires

    Weak people have got no options…


    Todays tough age demands more out of us. No one can afford to be weak and request help all the time. Its apparant that a weakling is a burdan in any society. Unless you are strong, you are firm, you will always stay at the mercy of others, thus making your life miserable and weak. A weak person always desires peaec, but he is unable to fight for it, thus living forever in grief..A lesson we learn from Indias IT sectors debacle – Depend on US for yor jobs, you will always be at the perils of anti outsourcing voices. Obama isent a good man who will work in your favour, making life easy for you. The time isent the same now. Its time to get tough and act accordingly..Develop your own technology and then sell it. Sooner or later the world will be at your feet.

    Ok, thats enough for now.

    With all your blessings and compliments,

    I will be there again…

    See you on Twitter.

    Harshad Joshi.

     
    • Mahendra 4:19 am on December 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      “A weak person always desires peaec, but he is unable to fight for it, thus living forever in grief.”

      Well said!
      I am totally in agreement with above.
      Besides IT, we in the engineering industry are also experiencing slow down . The Infrastructure business which was the flag ship business group of the company, is lying low. Customer who have once placed the orders, are not in position to take deliveries due to cash crunch. Infrastructure business in mostly dependent upon the World Bank Finance . When this source dries down, the going gets tough.

      With all the Odds of 26/11 reminds me of this poem:-

      Still I Rise —–

      You may write me down in history
      With your bitter, twisted lies,
      You may trod me in the very dirt
      But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

      Does my sassiness upset you?
      Why are you beset with gloom?
      ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
      Pumping in my living room.

      Just like moons and like suns,
      With the certainty of tides,
      Just like hopes springing high,
      Still I’ll rise.

      Did you want to see me broken?
      Bowed head and lowered eyes?
      Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
      Weakened by my soulful cries.

      Does my haughtiness offend you?
      Don’t you take it awful hard
      ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
      Diggin’ in my own back yard.

      You may shoot me with your words,
      You may cut me with your eyes,
      You may kill me with your hatefulness,
      But still, like air, I’ll rise.

      Does my sexiness upset you?
      Does it come as a surprise
      That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
      At the meeting of my thighs?

      Out of the huts of history’s shame
      I rise
      Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
      I rise
      I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
      Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
      Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
      I rise
      Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
      I rise
      Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
      I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
      I rise
      I rise
      I rise.

      Wish you all happy new year…

    • Harshad Khandare 6:44 am on June 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      My Dream home.. Tree House..

  • Harshad Joshi 12:04 pm on October 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blasts in India, Indian Mujahideen, ,   

    8 terrorists arrested in Pune 

    8 dangerous terrorists of Indian Mujahiddin are arrested from Pune today. They used to  hack Wifi connections and use the connection to send threatening emails to Police and government. Its notable that each of them were well educated, the head honcho Mohmmad Mansur Asgar Pirbhai,aged 31 used to work @ Yahoo! one of the most prestigious companies of India on a salary of Rs 19 lakh . Shame on Yahoo! for employing such a terrorist. (Yahoo! India has agreed to share Pirbhoys information to police, still is this the HR policy of Yahoo, shit….)

    First, the Samajwadi Party, Congress and that old man Javed Akhtar  wailed in favour of Azamgarh based terrorists claiming that they indulged into terrorist activities becasue they didnt had education, jobs etc. Now look at this Mansur Pirbhoy. Educated, having a well secure job and future, still he manages to do terrorist acts, plant bombs, send hate mails, and what else..I was startled to read that this son of a swine Pirbhoy didnt had a hint of remorse for what he did, or what he wanted to do.  He was stone cold during interrogations. Should we riddle their bodies with metal in public, just to show what is the fate of being a terrorist?? Meanwhile, Maya Sharma, the widow of Delhi Police martyr, Mohan Chand Sharma has come back strongly at the son of a bitch Amar Singh when he made derrogatory comments againsts the Late Sharma. WTH is Amar Singh?? Why dosent someone rip off his bulging eyes?? Except for Amitabh Bacchan, I think no one would like Amar Singh.. 

    Meanwhile here are few tips

    1. If any muslim coms to stay in your building, area, inform the police.

    2. If your company has employeed muslim people, check their activities, their mails, their surfing habbits etc.

    3. Dont trust what the muslim religious authorities say, muslims *are* terrorists. The Imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi is the biggest terrorist..dont trust the terrorists..

     
    • rahul 4:43 am on October 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      not only the politicians are saying that they are not terrorist but also they are pointing our system(police) who are fighting agaist terrorism,Mr Amar singh politician from samajwadi party is saying that the delhi encounter were fake ..don’t interfere and give such stupid comments when you are not helping anybody…..

    • anil 1:02 pm on October 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      did you seen Cinema Wednesday

    • Pritish Mukherjee 5:55 pm on February 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Learn to speak in an unbiased manner….if u carry on with your rhetoric against mislims as a whole u’ll come across as nothing less than an educated terrorist u are condemning in yur article…sweetheart grow up and learn to defend right and wrong ….what javed aKHTAR SAYS IS FOR UNEMPLOYED ,muslims not encompassing the vast majority of educated of alleged Indian Mujahiddeen members involved in the attacks in Delhi and Jaipur….So in all I am trying to tell you is that some segments of all religions and sects (including hindus…keeping in mind godhra and babri…) are open to brainwashing so please for f@#$%’s sake don’e be judgmental about a particular generic group as a whole….

      • pious 4:19 am on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        you are absolutely right

    • RexTR 2:57 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      you are a fucking racist. you have no right to condemn a religion based on some acts of violence. and you have no right to accuse muslims before any group has even come forward to claim that they caused this. all muslims are not terrorists. terrorists are people like YOU, so filled with hate for others, so fueled by insecurities that they do and say anything to validate their existence.

    • pious 4:18 am on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      its only the indian police and the ministers fault

  • Harshad Joshi 2:54 pm on September 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Sony, Sony Mylo,   

    Wi-Fi Sony® mylo® : A review 

    The Wi-Fi Sony® mylo® internet device gives you what need to stay connected. It conveniently uses wireless LAN technology so there are no monthly bills or long-term contracts. Call your friends on Skype® for free or IM them on AIM®, Google Talk™, or Yahoo!® Messenger using the back-lit slide-out keyboard and enjoy unparalleled communication in the palm of your hands. You can also browse the Web, take photos and share them on the 3.5-inch LCD touch screen. All this on a device small enough to take virtually anywhere. Sony® mylo®, the fun of a PC in your pocket. Also available in black.

    Shoot Video…Now you’re a star

    Now you can capture video using the built in camera to capture video in MPEG4 in addition to capturing still images. There are many websites where you can upload photos and videos like Flickr™ and YouTube™ as well as social networking websites. Because our device supports uploading and downloading files mylo Internet Device owners can post content to many of these popular content websites1.

    Enhanced Web Browsing

    Through its hi-res touch-screen, you can browse many popular websites. Your portable Internet experience is now closer to the internet experience on a PC. Enhanced Web Browsing combined with Adobe® Flash® Lite 3 support means you now have access to websites like YouTube™ and others. Mylo’s upload and download capability allows you to use popular websites like Facebook® for posting and commenting1. Adobe® Flash® Lite support also means you can play compatible casual Flash games.

    Instant Messaging. Where and when you want.

    With the Sony® mylo® Internet Device you can always stay in touch. Instant Message your friends with the most popular messaging software from AOL®, Yahoo!®, Google™ and Skype®. Send and receive e-mail through AOL® Mail, Google Gmail™ and Yahoo!® Mail. And, with COM-2′s new backlit keyboard you can type wherever you want to regardless of how much light is available.

    mylo Widgets

    A widget is a small application that is generally designed to do one simple thing but to do it really well. COM-2 comes with several pre-installed widgets that range from basic like the Google search widget and the Facebook® Notifier that tracks activity on your Facebook page to more advanced apps like the My Contacts widget that works as a consolidated buddy list for all the IM applications on the mylo. In addition to the preinstalled widgets COM-2 users will be able to download new widgets from the new COM-2 product website. And, for the first time, users will be allowed to register as a developer in order to gain access to the technical resources they will need to build their own widgets.

    Built in Camera

    With the built in 1.3 Megapixel camera imaging and everything you do online are at your finger tips. Now you can capture photos, edit them on the built in photo editor and because COM-2 features upload and download capability you can post them directly to your blog or even to your Facebook page. All on the mylo without the need for a PC.

    Voice Calling with Skype®

    Skype lets you enjoy free Internet phone calls to and from any Skype enabled device and PC, anywhere in the world! Or Skype-Out to any phone number for a nominal fee.

    Music and Video

    MP3, ATRAC, WMA (Secured and Un-Secured) and now AAC codecs. Play music you’ve purchased from many compatible online music stores. Multi-task: listen to music while you IM or surf the Web. COM-2 also supports Windows Media DRM 10 so you can even use your mylo communicator with many popular subscription music services. The improved video player supports both MPEG4 along with the improved video quality of MPEG4 AVC.

    Free Wi-Fi access at McDonald’s and more

    Sony’s mylo® COM-2 device owners receive free Wi-Fi access at over 10,000 Wayport Hotspot locations nationwide; including over 10,000 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s® Restaurants, 70 IHOP restaurants, 600 hotels, and more.

    SHOUTcast® Internet Radio

    You can now enjoy many of the over 22,000 free SHOUTcast® Radio stations on your mylo® COM-2 Internet Device. Whatever your tastes may be, SHOUTcast Radio is bound to have a station for you. From music, to talk, to sports, news and more, SHOUTcast Radio offers COM-2 users selections of nearly every genre from all parts of the world. Enjoying unlimited free radio on your COM-2 is easy through the SHOUTcast Radio widget and associated service.

    Product Specifications

    Video

    • Format(s) Supported : MPEG4 SP/ASP, AVC Baseline (up to QVGA 30fps, 384/768 kbps)

    Weights and Measurements

    • Dimensions (Approx.) : 5 1/4 x 27/32 x 2 5/8in (130.8 x 20.7 x 64.6mm) (excluding protrusions)
    • Weight (Approx.) : 6.8oz (193g) (including rechargeable battery)

    Hardware

    • Camera : 1.3 Megapixel with macro mode
    • Keyboard : Backlit slide-out QWERTY keyboard
    • LCD : 3.5 WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) with Touch Panel
    • Microphone : Built-in and one-touch answer remote controller
    • Speakers : Built-in

    Graphics

    • Format(s) Supported : JPEG, PNG, BMP

    Power

    • AC Power : Adapter DC IN 5.2V
    • Battery Life (Approx.) : Up to 6 hours Internet calling, Up to 20 hours music playback, Up to 7 hours video playback, Up to 6 hours Web Browsing
    • Battery Type : Removable Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery 3.7V 1200mAh

    Web Browser

    • Web Browser Type : Access NetFront™ web browser with Adobe® Flash® Lite 3

    Networking/Modem

    • Security : WEP (128bit/64bit, Open System/Shared Key), WPA-PSK (TKIP, AES)
    • Wireless LAN : IEEE 802.11b/g

    Software

    • Instant Messaging : Yahoo!® Messenger, Google Talk™ ,Skype® or AIM®
    • Internet Voice Calls : Skype®

    Operating Conditions

    • Operating Temperature : 5 to 35 C (41 to 95F)

    Inputs and Outputs

    • Headphone Jack : ö3.5mm jack via remote controller
    • Headset Inputs : 10pin flat jack (16ohms)
    • USB Port(s) : mini USB jack

    Memory

    • Memory Size : 1GB Internal memory
    • Type : Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo™ Expansion Slot (up to 8GB Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo™ supported)

    Audio

    • Format(s) Supported : MP3, WMA, AAC, ATRAC®

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:04 am on September 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adware, , Browzar, Google Chrome, Google Gears, GoS(Good OS), Internet Explorer, Matt Cutts, Mozilla Firefox, , , Privoxy, Proxy Server, Spyware, Tor   

    Google unveils Chrome, the browser (spyware) we were waiting for 

    Google finally unveiled Chrome, the beta edition of its web browser. Long ago, Google has predicted – ‘The browser is the platform’, keeping it in mind, it released Gogle Gears, now the Chrome. The tab button stikingly resembeles like he Yahoo toolbar, did anyone note that?? Of course, the Yahoo toolbar adds the tab functionality to older IE editions. Cold this be the next big application that will spy on people from now? I remember writing a link on how Google has exploited privacy and security of users..Wow…Is this the biggest spyware we have ever seen?? A note to Paranoids – I cant say for gurantee that Google Chrome is the official spying tool released by Google, but given its past and privacy pundits worried over Google tracking its users habits, trends etc…but in that case, I can safely say – Orkut is the biggest spyware. Enter Orkut, and you will find all fizzy stuff ranging from click trackers, url trackers, content crawlers, etc.

    I suggest – take a break..Stay away from the web for some time, maintain a random click pattern that will make Google;s life difficult. ;) Install this wonderful tool, Tor

    Q. What is Tor?

    A. Tor is a software project that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Tor works with many of your existing applications, including web browsers, instant messaging clients, remote login, and other applications based on the TCP protocol.

    Good luck. However, I am amazed how well this wannabe Google Spyware has found its way in news, media, blogs..did this thing really needed so much attention?? Mozilla’s doing a fine job against Microsoft, the browser war isent the same one it was in 1997…Joke..! Like Apple iPhone, Google Chrome has lived its hype, and I think its one of the most successful webmedia marketting campaign we have seen recently., after the dramatic Apple iPhone..

    2 years ago, I remember downloading an IE based slim browser, it was called Browzar. The site’s still alive, except that it didnt get a grand attention Chrome’s getting.. I think it hasent come out of its beta stage even after 2 years later I downloaded it. Browzar claims to be a paranoid web surfers friend..but as its based on IE, I wont assume anything..Wow, the date matches exactly…Take a look @ this article I had written lonng time back describing Browzar.;)

    Psst..want to see Chrome crashing?? Try this link;)

     
    • AmericanCitizen 4:52 am on September 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Run as far away from a Google binary as you can!!! Google is in the business of intelligence gathering and putting their software on your computer is utter suicide for your privacy and security.

    • Limey 12:49 pm on September 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I tried running the Chrome installer. It only got as far as telling me it wasn’t suitable for my system (Windows 2000), but it had already installed a hidden “updater” program (i.e. spyware) in the Local Settings folder, set to be run every reboot (and stay resident). I discovered it when the firewall trapped it trying to phone home, and removed it with HijackThis.

      This browser is seriously bad news – avoid!

    • colono 5:35 pm on September 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      There is a struggle for freedom of all kinds – from basic civil liberties to freedom of information and knowledge – Google profits on keeping certain sections of Open Source software thriving, – such as some of the various platforms that allow social networking, then they keep the rest extremely closed in a manner resonant with other totalitarian cyberspace empires, like Fakebook and Microsoft.

      Some say that Stallman is an extremist, but freedom requires principles. Those principles are broken by Google all the time and more and more information and potential knowledge are controlled by over-sized corporations that increasingly are under conventional market pressures – and therefore might sell all their user behaviour data anytime that the shareholders should remain unsatisfied with the profit maximisation rates.

      It is Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Pfizer et al who are the extremists – the rest of us are merely people trying to share and cooperate, but they won’t let us. It is a matter of principle!

    • hector santos 4:02 am on September 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You need to stop complaining and report this UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR to the FCC, FTC, your state senators, etc.

      Google is just exploiting the pandora box APPLE has opened with installation of software on user devices (now you PC is just a DEVICE now) with full centralized server control on your computer.

      PUT A STOP TO THIS NOW BEFORE IT BECOMES TOO LATE.

      Here is whats going to happen:

      MICROSOFT will see Chrome as a threat (google opened the door with saying its now a OS) and MS will look for the legal right to put its with “Kill Switch” just like APPLE has done with the iPHONE to kill applications they feel is a threat or not part of their strategy.

    • knujlla 8:17 am on September 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Google Chrome communication is explained here:

      http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/google-chrome-communication/

    • Chrome Plated Spyware 11:30 am on November 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Google Chrome and Google in general are but symptoms of a controlling, centric style of government. If you liked how the GWB regime trampled your liberties, you’re gonna love the “new” Obamination and Chrome.

    • roofcleaningtampa 7:10 am on April 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I TRUST Google because their motto is “Do No Harm”.
      I intend to installl the Google Browser, and try it.

      • eric 9:51 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        you trust google….. ah okay.you are a sucker.plain and simple.just because you dont give a dam that google puts a key logger on chrome dosent mean the rest of us are so dumb.better make sure you stay away from the porn because your “friend” google will find out.

    • Mr Google 9:12 am on July 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      since installing I can not enter my flash drive which has a security login because it says that another application is using it fkciugn ogogle crohme

    • Ms Engineer 1:24 am on December 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Google Chrome is just simple spyware, much worse than even Microsoft. Big Brother Google is spying everyone is using their luring “free” services and “products” – free as “give us your freedom and all your computer content” cause our “professionals” will take care of that and all aspects of your future life, we will OWN YOU and your thoughts, intentions, startups ans so on – !

      The next scamming scheme is being forged right now, the big scam of all scams named Chrome OS, which is nothing more than an interface to connect on their proprietary servers where you should put all your computer content like a naive, in their hands, so voila, total control is here ! You will be billed somewhere int he future for moving the mouse ! Google totally sucks, is just a spyware company and as alternative you internet users can think at duckduckgo.com, ixquick.com, scroogle.com or startingpage.com ALL of them don’t record any IP’s or searches of their users. The last two are just google searches without the spying. Use adblock to block their google analytics and other junks as well as some cookie manager addon for firefox and don’t forget to enter about:config and erase everything that has google in it and geo, for geolocation.
      What you have to do to escape the spyware these corporations throwed all o ver the web in an attempt to spy and controll everyone. Don’t be a fool, you don’t need any google to use the internet !

    • Ms Engineer 1:25 am on December 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Google Chrome is just simple spyware, much worse than even Microsoft. Big Brother Google is spying everyone is using their luring “free” services and “products” – free as “give us your freedom and all your computer content” cause our “professionals” will take care of that and all aspects of your future life, we will OWN YOU and your thoughts, intentions, startups ans so on – !

      The next scamming scheme is being forged right now, the big scam of all scams named Chrome OS, which is nothing more than an interface to connect on their proprietary servers where you should put all your computer content like a naive, in their hands, so voila, total control is here ! You will be billed somewhere int he future for moving the mouse ! Google totally sucks, is just a spyware company and as alternative you internet users can think at duckduckgo.com, ixquick.com, scroogle.com or startingpage.com ALL of them don’t record any IP’s or searches of their users. The last two are just google searches without the spying. Use adblock to block their google analytics and other junks as well as some cookie manager addon for firefox and don’t forget to enter about:config and erase everything that has google in it and geo, for geolocation.
      What you have to do to escape the spyware these corporations throwed all o ver the web in an attempt to spy and control everyone. Don’t be a fool, you don’t need any google to use the internet !

  • Harshad Joshi 7:54 am on August 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Abhinav Bindra, , Beijing Olympics, Cisco, Delhi, , Kapil Dev, , Mahendra Sigh Dhoni, , Najafgarh, Netgear, Sushil Kumar, , Vijender Kumar,   

    Olympic Medal, Apple iPhone, and me 

    Last two weeks were of great hustle bustle for Indian sports. Abhinav Bindra won the first individual gold medal in 10 m shooting event for independent India, later Shushil Kumar, a Najafgarh lad fetched a bronze in freestyle wrestling, the last one was in 1952 Helsinki Olympics, and on the same day, Bhiwani based boxer, Vijender Kumar ensured a sure bronze in boxing, 75 kg catagory. So far, this has been the best sports performance by Indian in any major sport event, the other mentionable achievements being winning the 1983 ICC World Cup under Kapil Dev, and the 2007 Twenty-20 world cup win under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy. Some people said that Abhinav won gold because he had enough resources to get out of the under facilitated  Indian sports system, we thought, perheps this is the way winners are created. But Sushil Kumar, a person whose father is a MTNL driver, managed to win a bronze in wrestling. True, shooting and wrestling cannot be compared, but I cant help thinking, is the system so bad that you need to be a multi millionaire to win a gold for country? If that was the case, then Sushil Kumar might never had a chance..

    A lesson is lurking in there for budding sportsmen out there

    1. If you are like Abhinav Bindra,a super rich having truck load of money, resources and passion to make it to the top, dont worry for a damm ‘system’ or anything related, just do what you feel will take you to the top.

    2. If you are like Sushil Kumar, or Vijender Kumar, maybe you have to rely on government provided facilities, even though one may say the govt lacks the latest technology and infrastructure, still, thats your best hope and best choice.  The government is too slow to do things, but once in a while, it does produce winners.

    3. Olympic events are great, but thats not the ultimate goal. take for example, a sport like Formula 1 acing is at par with any sports event, I think its the most expensive sport ever known to mankind, we should excel in that too..Dr Vijay Mallya, the head honcho of Formula Force India has got enough money to make a good car..leave that it wont beat Ferrari in near future, but still…their ad shows Shahrukh Khan saying – ‘I want to compete with the best’,  Good luck mate..  ;)

    Yesterday, on 22 August, Vodafone and Airtel launched Apple iPhone ‘officially’ in India. Originally, the iPhone sported a tag of $499 and $799, many Indians thought they might lay their hands on the hyped beauty, however, things soon turned the other way, the iPhone is avaiilable @ a cool 31000/- and 36000/- which is approx $900 in terms of US dollors, isent it too high?? Add to it, 3G is not present in India, the TRAI, the DoT are still a distance from striking the deal with 3G providers, nothings finalized..then why do I need to buy a pretty expensive wifi device? I could go in for Netgear or cisco routers, they allow great wifi features..No doubt Apple iPhone got not so great response in the Indian market. Mr Steve Jobs, dont take Indians for granted, they will pay you more if you give them what they need, but no chance if you provide half baked products at an exotic price.

    The Apple iPhone has got several limitations.

    1. You cannot forward an sms.

    2. No bluetooth present. Apple tries to fill this gap, expecting that wifi will overtake bluetooth devices, but then they will have to wait for some time.

    3. A 2 MP camera, no flash, no video. No takers for this one.

    Now, about me..

    Well, me had pretty ordinary week, barring a few lectures by people, everything was the same as usual. Trying hard to overcome the rage, and I think I will be successful in doing it. :)

     
    • amit singh 7:44 am on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i am shooter from indion army

  • 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.

     
    • mrinalini 3:46 pm on August 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      you are just superb.willyou be a friend o mine.you look so hot without your shirt. please don’t take me otherwise

    • 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 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 11:03 am on July 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arushi Talwar, CBI, CNN IBN, Dr Rajesh Talwar, Madhur Bhandarkar, NDTV, News Channels, Times Now   

    Arushi Talwar – who was the real villian? 

    Some people stick to fame in their lifetime, some, like the teenager Arushi Talwar become famous after being killed..Who made Arushi Talwar’s death famous? – The Media. The news media in India needs to be seriously monitored for the senselessness they have been showing on TV. First they portray someone as a murderer, a dacoit, a criminal, without investigating in deep and then after the real story is out, they start portraying the same person as a saint, a holy man who was caught in crime..! Whoa, isent that great?

    I dont know who killed Arushi, I dont even care about what Dr Talwar was, I dont even bother about who Hemraj was,but as a viewer, I am fed up with the news channels that show crap and complete nonsense on the TV.Heck, why should I subscribe to channels that continuously show irrelevant content as a part of their main program? Hey, now it sucks, news channels have becoming a sort of reality time pass show, where they can make a news out of anything, virtually anything. The real criminals in the Arushi Talwar murdar case were the news channels, the media, and the idiot investigation agencies, the police who didnt know how to react in this situation. Suddenly, everyone involved in there wanted to become famous, even if that fame would last for 15 seconds..Why people are hell bent on becoming famous?? Perhaps Madhur Bhandarkar should make a new film named – Fame or News Channel. Hot topics for a controversial film.

    But one question remains unanswered – Who is the real villian in Arushi Talwar case?  My bet is on the over eager news channelsaka news mongrels. They are the main villians.

    Update on 10 September 2008

    The CBI has failed to file a chargesheet against any person and offered a prize worth Rs 10000/- to the one who tells who killed Arushi talwar…According to me, the system killed Arushi, the media killed Arushi, now throw me the money ;)

     
  • Harshad Joshi 8:50 am on July 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dilemma, , , Myspace, People   

    The New Age dilemma 

    • S: (n) dilemma, quandary (state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options)

    I have discovered a new ego bruising experience. If you are a single individual, and having lot of virtual girl friends on social networking tools like Orkut, then you might have noticed that whenever the girls status changes to ‘commited’ there is something, a sort of silent tiing that goes across the mind..It isent exactly pain or unhappiness, its something mix of surprise, shock, bruised ego and just like that…

    No actual reason why this happens, but fair enough, so many times I have preached to people – Digital Social Networks esp Orkut are a fun, playway mirror of our daily lives, but the real problem arises when we start relating those tools with our real life and begin attaching our emotions and expectations to our virtual meetings. A timepass turns trouble for some. Should Orkut/Facebook/Myspace be avoided? Or is it the beginning of a new age desperation? Boy…this things tough to comprehend…Web 2.0 has binded people togather on a common platform but no ones ever thinking of the trouble that is following us..Wake up…Welcome to the new age dilemma.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:14 pm on March 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ,   

    Broadband 

    I am happy with my new Broadband offering me 2Mbps, but I am not satisfied with the initial download limit they have imposed for the starter plan.

     
    • mph 3:24 pm on May 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I just saw your comment on Markshuttleworth’s blog about ubuntu.

      1. The reason that Ubuntu does not deliver mp3/divx/wma is that ubuntu is available for free. To distribute the above legally requires paying people for the rights to. (patents) I do know that windows costs the same amount in certain areas of asia however it is not totally legal.
      If you want the mp3/divx/wma then buy linspire (http://linspire.com/)

      2. Yes, there are more exe files around but an exe is not a package it is just a simple program (unless you are talking about self expanding archive). For windows firefox.exe is fine but you really need all the other hundreds of files that are part of the mozilla installer. Also, with self expanding archives and installers is it not a pain that all of them are similar but are not. You can’t really easily automate installing many apps onto a machine easily like you can with rpm/deb. Ex: how would you go about creating an auto install for firefox in windows with your own plugins and prefered home page.

      3. http://www.linuxgames.com/

  • Harshad Joshi 3:48 pm on July 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Blogging – Blogging completes its first 10 years 

    According to Wall Street Journal, this is the 10th year since the first blog came to life..thats quite an incredible fact.

    Blogging has got several advantages

    1. It allows people to create web content that people can read and comment on

    2. It also made use of RSS (web site syndication), and also introduced several new concepts like podcasting, content management, social networks, news feeds etc.

    3. Arguably, one can say that true digital democracy exists today primarily due to blogs people read and people write. Infact there have been several instances where there were heated discussions of bloggers being ‘failed’ journalist, but anyway, todays bloggers have got far more awareness as far as content quality is concerned.

    4. Blogging forms the first successful step in Web 2.0 revolution.

    Lets know something more about the blokes who began this revolution.

    1. Dave Winer, 52, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

    (From scripting.com, quite a good read, but dont worry if you fail to understand some of the post content)

    2. Jorn Bargar is the father of the term ‘weblog’ which was actually a joint word of ‘Web Log’, when he began the first blog of internet history -The Robot Wisdom.

    3.The next mentioning blog is BoingBoing. Boing Boing (originally bOING bOING) is a publishing entity, first established as a magazine, later becoming an award winning group blog.

    4. Curiously, I find that a blog going by a title ‘icanhascheezburger‘ is always at the top of WordPress blogs most of the time, I am not too sure what this thing means, but its certain that people visit that blog more times then they visit mine…I rarely visit that blog, but the curious ones can try it out :P

    This is what the blog owner says

    I Can Has Cheezburger is a site that gathers, organizes, tags, and captions what we hope is the most funny and slightly weird pictures of lolcats and lol* (other animals) from the Internet. We also receive user submissoins, and we caption some (tag = wemadesit!). Many of the earlier images on this site were found around the internet and forums (there are hundreds of forums where this meme has grown outside of its original context such as fark, fazed, vwforums, gpforums) — we attribute as much information as is available, however due to the nature of the internet, anonymity, the inability to locate the creators of a picture, and sourcing info our information may be incomplete, or flawed.

    There are more interesting blogs and sites, I will continue adding here, but later…till then,

    Happy Blogging…

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:58 pm on July 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ,   

    Get an Apple iPhone for free 

    Theres a strange aura about Apple iPhone, theres so much to write about it, people outside America are madly waiting to lay their hands on this wonderful amalgamation between a Apple Macintosh + mobil phone + iPod + PDA + fragile design + hype.

    How about winning this incredible device for free without answering freaky questions, without solving ridiculous puzzles, without stealing, or dropping dead? A comparatively new, lesser known web 2.0 review company-Rev2 is giving away iPhones for free, over here. Hard to believe, but theres no reason why one shouldent try to win this thing, after all, its the iPhone, the real iPhone we all non Americans, Asians have been waiting for.

    Apple definately must be happy seeing the way iPhones were sold out however there were some reports of slow activation, delayed starts, non replacable SIM cards by AT&T, but thats all, apart from this there hasent been any major hassle of any sort.

    Many people are curious to know when the Apple iPhone is to be launched in India/Asia, I think Apple should try coming here early, else this market will be captured by Treo, Nokia N series, Motorola, and Sony Erricson multemedia devices.

    Umm…the future looks awesome, hope for some more goddy. Dont forget this cool site giving an Apple iPhone for free. Rev2.org indeed is having lots of guts, and mind you, theres no big sites thats offering this scheme as of now. Good luck.

     
    • anand 11:12 am on July 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i am interested in mobiles
      i have interest to buy iphone but i my dad
      scolded that u have already bought nokia7610

    • james 2:45 pm on July 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i think that if you have a you should go behind his back and buy the iphone and when your dad finds out it should be a few weeks back from when he told you know yeah he will be dissapointed but he will forgive sometime around.

    • midhun 7:02 pm on July 15, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i am interested to buy iphone…but i didnt got job to buy it…….

    • Shekhil 6:15 am on June 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi…guys……
      Ya..me toooooooooo Awaiting for the lauch of iPHONe in INDIA.

      ANy one know…Whn it is to be in INDIA??
      ANd exact price..

      Anyway am suprised with all facilities that i see on the specifications of this moile..Its awesome;)

    • sonu 3:27 pm on June 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      i m waiting for launching in india 3g

    • Harshad Joshi 6:26 am on June 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Forget 3G, Long live wifi…

    • Ajay Patel 6:05 am on July 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi All,

      Eye is Beautiful part of our body, Same as Eye I want this iPhone as Part of My Life.

    • Ajay Patel 5:17 am on July 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi All,

      CoooooooooooooolApple Eye Phone
      The Apple of my eye.
      So I want this eye.

    • Trushank 12:22 pm on August 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      the iPhone is been waited for so much time in INDIA that as it will launch
      people will explode at the stores

    • Trushank 12:25 pm on August 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      an iPhone means
      an i(eye) catching phone
      and also it means the 3rd generation technology that is emerging with the
      iPhone

    • taylor 9:36 pm on August 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      heyyy ppl i want the iphone so bad i have been wanting it since the day it cam out and my mom says i cant have it becuase i already have a phone yea a dumb cricket one but anyways i really want and need this phone who doesnt want ti it has everything on it how cool is that anyways i cant wait to see who wins the contest bye….. remember i reallly really really really want this bye again

    • vineeth 11:33 am on September 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      iphone for free is like a god meets me , how i can get a friend with god , if i get i phone for free is like a friend with with god

    • W Zenith 2:08 am on August 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I m in very poor family. And also i know its specifications. I love iphone too. I’ve been dreaming about Iphone everyday . But i could not afford to buy this. That’s why i’ve been searching to get an iphone for free.. So Plz grant me to give an iphone for free

  • 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 9:19 am on March 7, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    The Digital (Anti)Social Networks 

    Digital (Anti) Social Networks

    Tired of getting friend requests from MySpace, TagWorld, Friendster, TypePad, Skype, AIM, Yahoo!, Chia Friend, LinkedIn, MSN, TextAmerica, Upcoming, Digg, Google, 30 Boxes, Second Life, Plaxo, Zooomr, ICQ, Flickr, LiveJournal, Dogster, dodgeball, Backwash, BuddyBridge, FriendFan, Classmates, Buzznet, ReferNet… not to mention Friend Surfer, friendsand, Friends of Friends, friendsbay.de, Friends of Friends, Friends Reunited, Friendoo, Friendset, Friendsync, Friendity, Friendzy… and a million others… Tyrone J. Walrustitty put the following text on his Geocities homepage:

    Dear “Friend,” I don’t want to join [insert Web site name here]. I hate social networks. Hate ‘em! I’m tired of you sending these damn invitations to me. If you do it again, I’m going to stop being your friend – because inviting me to yet another social network that doesn’t interest me simply isn’t a very friendly thing to do. If I’m already on the social networks that you’re already on, I have no problem in connecting with you there. As it stands, however, my tolerance for social networks is turning me anti-social. If I add one more social network to my social network network, I’m truly going to go social on yo’ ass.

    Based on this simple idea, Tyrone launched Hermitster, raised $8.2 billion in funding, and sold the property to Rupert Murderock for well over a trillion dollars.

    Umm…after observing the bad effects of tools like Orkut, Myspace, Ryze(Does it exist ?), I guess its time now to quit the ‘digital’ social networking tools…

    Image Coutesy – BLAUGH, the (un)official comic of blogosphere.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 8:30 am on February 28, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Gmail gets into trademark troubles 

    Looks as if trouble is always in air for Google’s Gmail. First it was the privacy question, then it was the spam and now, its a legal problem, that could well rip Google off Gmail. I think Gmail spells ‘trouble’.

    The company that recently won the rights to the GMail trademark in the UK has taken its case Stateside. And if Independent International Investment Research (IIIR) is successful claiming its stake to GMail in the US as well, your @gmail.com address could change to @googlemail.com instead.

    Late last month, IIIR filed a petition with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to cancel Google’s ownership of the GMail trademark, alleging the company had improperly acquired their application for it in 2004.

    IIIR launched their GMail product in the US in 2002. The “G” stood for “Graphiti,” a combination of “graphics with integrated text intelligence.” A subscription service offered through the their website, it was intended to allow stock brokers to incorporate IIIR’s equity and currency data for investment banks.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 1:52 pm on February 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Dont mess up with the kids. 

    Small kids, children are Gods most awesome creations. They posses an excellant mind that watches everything all around with great curiosity and innocence. We oft take some things for granted, but its a fact – Kids are the smartest bunch of individuals, who can take you by surprise, almost at the time when you least expect.

    A few facts will clear up the concept.

    7 reasons not to mess with children.

    1. A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.

    The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.

    The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

    Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.

    The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah”.

    The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”

    The little girl replied, “Then you ask him”.

    2 . A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work.

    As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

    The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”

    The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”

    Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl: replied, “They will in a minute.”

    3. A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.

    After explaining the commandment to “honor” thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?”

    Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, “Thou shall not kill.”

    4. One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
    She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, “Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?”

    Her mother replied, “Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.”

    The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, “Momma, how come ALL of grandma’s hairs are white?”

    5. The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.

    “Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, ‘There’s Jennifer, she’s a lawyer,’ or ‘That’s Michael, He’s a doctor.’

    A small voice at the back of the room rang out, “And there’s the teacher, she’s dead.”

    6. A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, “Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.”
    “Yes,” the class said.

    “Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn’t run into my feet?”

    A little fellow shouted, “Cause your feet ain’t empty.”

    7. The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: “Take only ONE. God is watching.”

    Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

    A child had written a note, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”

    Courtesy – Mailing lists on Orkut

     
    • John 11:09 am on February 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      CooooooooooooooooooooooL and Trueeeeeeeeeeeeee Toooooooooooooooo

  • Harshad Joshi 8:28 am on January 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Birthday Orkut 

    Orkuts third birthday

    Today is Orkuts 3rd birthday.

    The Beginning
    Orkut was quietly launched on January 30, 2004 by Google, the search engine company.
    Orkut Büyükkökten, a Turkish software engineer, developed it as an independent project while working at Google (required by its policy). Some discomfort with this exists among users and potential users of orkut, especially since Google’s other noteworthy product of 2004, the Web-based email client Gmail, had servers scan emails for keywords in order to deliver advertisements targeted at them, which sparked an idea that Google was “reading your email”.

    While previously working for Affinity Engines, he had developed a similar system, InCircle, intended for use by university alumni groups. In late June 2004, Affinity Engines filed suit against Google, claiming that Büyükkökten and Google based orkut on inCircle code. The allegation is based on the presence of 9 identical bugs in orkut that also exist in InCircle. Originally, the orkut community was felt to be elite, because its membership is by invitation only. However, at the end of July 2004 orkut surpassed the 1,000,000 member mark, and at the end of September it surpassed the 2,000,000 mark.

    While the intended invitation method was e-mail between two acquaintances, invitations to orkut are obtainable via the web with a bit of diligence or eBay, just like Gmail invites.
    Orkut’s use as a social tool is complex, because various people frequently try to add strangers to their own pool of friends, more often than not just to increase the number indicating their number of friends next to their name in their profile. Many “add-me” communities exist, solely for this purpose. A large number of bogus, cloned, fake, invisible and “orphaned” profiles also exist.
    As of today; there are
    41,282,563 users on orkut.

    Speed and reliability
    Orkut often is unavailable, producing a “Bad, bad server. ” error message — behavior consistent with that of an underpowered server under heavy load. The outages tend to occur during the day hours in the Americas, home of more than 80% of orkut users.

    Iranian censorship
    Orkut was very popular in Iran, but the website is blocked by the government. As they say, this is due to national security issues, as orkut users have the ability to spread messages rapidly, but the government says it’s due to Islamic ethical issues about dating and match making. To get around this block, sites such as “orkutproxy.xom” (now defunct) were made for Iranian users. Other websites such as Groups likw Yahoo, Google have communities dedicated to receiving updates on the newest location of Iran’s orkut proxy. Though it was once possible to bypass governmental blockage of orkut, the site has closed its HTTPS pages on all anonymous proxies. Now it is almost impossible for ordinary users to visit this site inside Iran.

    In August 2006 UAE followed the footsteps of Iran in blocking the site.

    Demographics of orkut
    The latest information can be obtained from here.

    Some prominent controversies faced by Orkut in these 3 years.

    1. Recently an Indian girl had filed a complaint against a boy who put up her fake profile along with abuses and profanities. But now its gone a step above a notice was issued by the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court to Google’s social networking site Orkut, for spreading “hatred against India.” The Court responded to a public interest litigation (PIL) that took exception to a “We hate India’ community in Orkut. The community, set up by a *Russian, Miraslov Stankovic, states that it is against all those people who are against Pakistan. The community is about having a group of people who have enmity against India because of its oppressive and hostile approach, it says in the description of the community. The number of members of the community as on Thursday was 91, down from 100 the previous day.

    2. A case has been filed against ‘Orkut’ website at Pune for deplorable denigration of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Lord Rama. An assurance was given by the police to investigate the matter. The case has been filed under article 67 of Information Technology Act and article 505 of Indian Penal Code.

    Actually, whatever may be the problems, its certain now that social networking groups have a long way to go. Lets wish Orkut a happy birthday and hope that it maintains a clean environment.

    A very popular story about Orkut Büyükkökten is circulated on Orkut social networking site through mails and scraps. Its something like the follows

    A guy lost his girlfriend in a train accident,but the gal’s name nowhere appeared in the dead list. This guy grew up n became IT technical architect in his late 20?s, achievement in itself!!He hired developers from the whole globe and plan to make a software where he could search for his gf through the web.Things went as planned n he found her, after losing millions of dollars and 3 long years!!

    It was time to shut down the search operation, when the CEO of Google had a word with this guy n took over this application.This Software made a whopping 1 billion dollars profit in its first year,which we today know as ORKUT.

    The guy’s name is ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN.Yes its named after him only.Today he is paid a hefty sum by Google for the things we do like scrapping.He is expected to b the richest person by 2009.ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN today has 13 assistants to monitor his scrapbook & 8 to monitor his friends-list. He gets around 20,000 friend-requests a day & about 85,000 scraps!!!

    Some more cool facts about him

    He gets $12 from Google when every person registers to this website.

    • He also gets $10 when you add somebody as a friend.
    • He gets $8 when your friend’s friend adds you as a friend & gets $6 if

    anybody adds you as friend in the resulting chain.

    • He gets $5 when you scrap somebody & $4 when somebody scraps you.
    • He also gets $200 for each photograph you upload on Orkut.
    • He gets $2.5 when you add your friend in the crush-list or in the hot-list.
    • He gets $2 when you become somebody’s fan.
    • He gets $1.5 when somebody else becomes your fan.
    • He even gets $1 every time you logout of Orkut.
    • He gets $0.5 every time you just change your profile-photograph.
    • He also gets $0.5 every time you read your friend’s scrap-book & $0.5 every time

    you view your friend’s friend-list.

    “Moral of the story”?
    LOSE U R GIRLFRIEND AND MAKE BILLIONS !!!!

    I dont know if its real or unreal, its very much of a bollywood type thing. Who knows?? :P

    Dont believe me?? Well..you can take a look at Orkut Büyükkökten  (Orkuts) official profile on Orkut.. :D

    Here is a list of Orkut Büyükkökten s research papers

    Dont get sade if you are not able to make any sense out of any of this material. I tell ye – You are not alone.. :P

    Notes:

    • Not sure of origins. Information based on the profile.
     
    • Antibush 6:41 am on February 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. What do you think? Is killing thousands of innocent civilians okay when you are doing a little government makeover?
      What happened to us, people? When did we become such lemmings?
      We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!

    • John 11:21 am on February 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      “LOSE U R GIRLFRIEND AND MAKE BILLIONS !!!!” – then nobody in this world might be poor ; )

    • Ishmail 1:19 pm on May 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      cool

    • Ishmail 1:20 pm on May 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m happy

    • Pranay 1:17 pm on August 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      plz refer to the biggest info stack of world so called internet n see that orkut is a married guy to another guy ie..he is GAY…
      see it urself
      http://devilsworkshop.org/orkut-buyukkokten-creator-of-orkut-marries-his-boyfriend/

  • 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 5:10 am on January 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Apple shares up on iPhone launch(Well finally..) 

    Apple iPhone

    Shares in Apple Computer closed some 8% higher on news that it is launching a touch screen mobile phone, the iPhone.

    News of the device – to be used exclusively on the Cingular Wireless network – sent shares in smart phones, iPhone’s competitors, sharply lower.The iPhone, costing from $499 (£257) to $599, will be on sale from June in the US and from October in Europe.The phone with 4 gigabyte (GB) of memory will cost $499 while the higher price is for a model with twice the memory space.

    Also at the Macworld event in San Francisco Mr Jobs said that the firm would change its name to simply Apple.

    The move to switch from calling the firm Apple Computer to Apple is an indication of the firm’s focus on consumer electronics, Mr Jobs said.

    Mr Jobs predicted that in 2008, when the phone will start being available in Asia, the firm could sell 10 million iPhones, equivalent to 1% of today’s yearly mobile phone market.

    Competition from other players in Smartphone catagory

    Andrew Seibert, of Stewart Capital Advisors, said phone firm Verizon might have to watch out and other manufacturers “may have some problems”.

    Analyst Shannon Cross of Soleil Cross Research said the move would lead consumers to “upgrade some of the existing iPods” but more crucially it would cause greater competition for existing smart phones.

    Shares in smart phones fell on the news, with Research in Motion – the maker of Blackberry devices, tumbling nearly 8% on the Nasdaq.

    “We won’t find out for another six months what real impact (the iPhone) is going to have in the channels,” said Research Capital analyst Nick Agostino.

    But after the news the market was reacting to potential stiff competition ahead between Apple and smart phone makers – including Nokia, Motorola and Palm, for high end consumers.

    Mr Jobs said: “Most advanced phones are called smart phones. But they are actually not so smart, and really not so easy to use.”

    ‘Revolutionary’

    We are all born with the ultimate pointing device – our fingers – iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse

    Steve Jobs, chief executive, Apple Computer


    Users will be able to play music from iTunes and take photos with the new phone.

    “We are all born with the ultimate pointing device – our fingers – and iPhone uses them to create the most revolutionary user interface since the mouse,” said Mr Jobs.

    The iPhone name is currently owned by Cisco and the firm said it expected to reach an agreement with Apple Computer over the trademark following the announcement by Mr Jobs.

    The two firms have been in talks and a Cisco spokesperson said she expected “to receive a signed agreement [on Tuesday]“.By close of trade Apple shares were $7.10 higher at $92.57. AT&T, the firm behind Cingular Wireless, saw its shares add 13 cents, to $33.94.

    The full specs:
    Screen size: 3.5 inches
    Screen resolution: 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
    Input method: Multi-touch
    Operating system: OS X
    Storage: 4GB or 8GB
    GSM: Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
    Wireless data: Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + EDGE + Bluetooth 2.0
    Camera: 2.0 megapixels
    Battery: Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing, Up to 16 hours Audio playback
    Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.4 x 0.46 inches
    Weight: 4.8 ounces / 135 grams

    Final word – Drool..

     
    • Tara 1:47 am on November 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I NEED TO KNOW Where And When Can I Purchase This Phone!????

    • Mobile Phone Images 12:25 pm on November 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      It’s nice looking phone, but it’s far from our normal people range.

    • Harshad Joshi 12:41 pm on November 30, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, I agree

    • Sanraj dev 6:28 pm on February 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hey jst wana knw hw mch dis iphone costs 2 me ya here in india

      thnx

      reply me as soon as possible !!!

    • Cell Phone Reviews 6:31 pm on April 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Really a great amazing phone nice work done here…..

    • lambo_fen 9:27 pm on April 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      brao we noo qko naprao noo me kefi brat az sam noo lud fen na iphone 4ove4e tva e nai ludiq tel jalko 4e v balgariq rqdko se namira takav a i ot amerika nemoje da se razkodira apk i v balgariq daje i da nameri6 6te sa dosta skapi :( lo6a rabota

    • Harshad 8:49 am on April 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @lambo

      what was that…!!!

  • 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.
    More details

    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 6:50 am on December 19, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: TIMES   

    Party – I am the Times person of the year. 

    I am pleased to be selected as the person of the year – 2006 by the world famous Times Magazine. Read it as ‘face of the year‘ or ‘mug of the year‘, or ‘eyes of the year‘ because, the moment you look at the front cover, you notice that a strange pair of eyes stare at you. Lo..interestingly, they belong to you. I think that proof is enough to get convinced that you have been selected as the person of the year for 2006.

    Interesting deal. I suspect that there were either too many contenders for this post(ranging from my grumpy professor, Dubya Bush, our local news paper agent to Osama, Osamas cook, the toilet cleaner of UN generel assembly or the pet dog of Zambias chief district magistrate. Depends.) or probably Times thought that now is the time to accept that Web 2.0 is far more superior then conventional paperback or web 1.0 web contents, in terms of public feedback and flexibility, and more importantly – Trust.

    Yet another example of marketing strategy overtaking technology. Prior of getting selected as Person of the Year, I didnt know that a thing like Times exist ;-) . I accept that its a part of my ignorance towards paper media, but still..Times sales might have doubled or tripled once they announced this historic decision. Maybe its ‘time’ that others too take a notice of this.

    Meanwhile – Long live Web 2.0 !!!

     
  • 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 3:52 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Wordmasters 2006 – From where it all began 

    Dear readers.

    I want to tell you guys a few facts regarding this Google Wordmasters 2006.

    Like we all know, Google. has found contests to be a good way to identify talented staff in India. It did that to hire engineers in India, and it’s did it again, to find graduates with good English-writing skills for its AdWords advertising program.
    Google, which has an Indian research-and-development operation, is expanding the offshore operations to staff it with people with other skills required by Google worldwide.

    Google India has hired an undisclosed number of graduate staff for its AdWords and online sales programs. The company is not guaranteeing employment for contest winners, but it intends to use the contest’s screening and interview process to identify potential recruits. Google has separately advertised on its Web site for the position of an AdWords representative to assist in the management of its online advertising accounts. The company has said that it requires a graduate with strong American English editing and writing skills.

    Through its Wordmasters contest, Google hopes to identify the right persons for this kind of job, the spokeswoman added. Google is also looking for staff in India to assist in the management of its online customer accounts for its new service, Google Checkout, and for its online sales.

    A number of companies, including Microsoft, have used contests to help identify qualified Indian staff. For two years consecutive years Google has hosted a coding contest, called Google India Code Jam.

    Multinational companies with operations in India are looking for other opportunities to tap India’s low-cost skilled staff. Many of the companies that started with software development in India are now looking at business process outsourcing, online sales and content creation and management.

    This was on 21/09/2006

    Every one who participated was extremely pleased. The Google goody bag, the young and smart Google India employees, the aura and ambience of the local environment, the aspiring dreams of young budding writers waiting for getting their enourmous talent to be recognized by the worlds best company. This is what dreams are made up of. Remember – this is what you felt on reaching the venue.

    The event was completed within a couple of hours, and the contestants returned home, with the organizers promising the results after 1 month.

    Somewhere on 15 Oct 2006, this news made a headline -

    Google not finding right talent in India to suit its needs

    IT engineers may be dime-a-dozen in India, but internet search engine leader Google is having a hard time finding candidates with the right skill sets in the country.

    Google, which is considered to have a very low attrition rate even in the high-job-hopping Indian IT space, has found it more challenging to hire certain talent in India as compared to other parts of the world, the company’s founder-director Kavitark Ram Shriram admitted recently.

    The Indian origin founding board member of Google and a well-known venture capitalist said at an ‘Investing in India’ conference in San Francisco, “I know first hand that we have had a bit more of a challenge trying to hire engineers for Google in Bangalore compared to the other parts of the world.” The people are smart, innately smart, but do not have some particular skill set yet, Shriram added.

    The daunting admission comes from an influential board member of a company which puts a prominent link of ‘We’re Hiring’ on the home page of its India website.

    Besides, the company claims to encourage its employees “to make their dreams a reality,” to provide “a fun atmosphere” to work, along with other benefits like “mediclaim insurance, life insurance, business travel/personal accident insurance, sick time, maternity leave, paternity leave and family care leave.”

    When contacted, a Google India spokesperson declined to comment on the issues raised by Shriram, but said the company was very pleased with the talent it had found in India.(Obviously a big lie. Is the Company president out of his mind or is the spokesperson too diplomatic??)

    The spokesperson told PTI, “We are building global centres to be at the same quality throughout the world and Google Bangalore R&D centre is an important part of the Google innovation story.”

    The Bangalore centre was one of Google’s first R&D centres outside the US and was set up with a charter to innovate, implement, and launch new Google technologies and products. The company’s Google Finance service was first developed at this centre.

    “We are very pleased with the way this centre has grown and with the talent we have found in India,” the spokesperson said. (Another example of a big lie)

    The company director, who was among the two Indians in the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans, cited the shortage of right talent with certain skills in web development and web design technology areas as well as at middle-manager levels.

    Now, do I need to tell anything more? The story itself reveals what exactly is behind Googles cards. I dont say that they are wrong, but we need to understand this. We are really way behind the world as far as Web 2.0 is concerned. But this situation wont last for too long. With the great Indian spirit, I am sure that we will top this newly found technology.

    An exclusive feature of the first tones of Freedom.

     
    • Hiren 3:57 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I participated in the contest about a month back but I can’t understand how one can gauge writing skills by writing just one essay over one hour. It should be more thorough and exhaustive.

    • Prashant 8:39 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      May be the winners are still on a Diwali Vacation?

    • abc 10:43 am on November 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      But the fact remains that most Indian websites are very poorly designed and take a long time to load.

  • Harshad Joshi 2:15 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google’giri’ 

    Googlegiri is a new term which is used to symbolize an act of unexpected  fiasco of an overhyped incident arising mainly due to a lot of backfiring. This word was recently coined during the excessive wait of Google Wordmasters 2006 result, courtesy of Harshad Joshi and his colluges. Used largely in geek and nerd community, it can also be extended into common public. Its somewhat analogous to term ‘Gandhigiri’, which also became a sort of hype when the latest version of a  film called Munnabhai was released, although the terms and the meanings are totally unrelated.

    Googlegiri (c) Harshad Joshi 2006, but can be freely used by anyone in any local language. No need to preserve this notice while speaking, but while using it in public media, a refrence wont do any harm ;-)

     
    • Vandita 9:19 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I think all attempts to know the results of Word Masters Challenge have gone awry…thanks to Google guys who googlied the entire episode with much pomp and show.

      As somebody had posted in wordpress, the results can be expected by 7th Nov, not many hours to go. So untill that time, we can all share the principles of Google’Giri as coined by Harshad…

    • Harshad Joshi 10:17 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Only 24 hours to go. Who knows maybe the winners couriers might be already on the way??

    • Hiren 2:49 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting. Can’t help what yahoogiri would stand for. The recent trader riots and damage have proved that Gandhigiri was a pssing fad. At least yahoo and google would have more longevity.

  • 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 3:28 pm on October 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Broadband in India and abroad. 

    Harshad Joshi hates waiting on a site for too long

    If by any chance you have encountered this image on some other site for more then 40 seconds, then you know that you are not using Broadband to access that particular site.

    Broadband is often called high-speed Internet, because it usually has a high rate of data. In general, any connection to the customer of 256 kbit/s (0.256 Mbit/s) or more is considered broadband Internet. The International Telecommunication Union Standardization Sector (ITU-T) recommendation I.113 has defined broadband as a transmission capacity that is faster than primary rate ISDN, at 1.5 to 2 Mbit/s. The FCC definition of broadband is 200 kbit/s (0.2 Mbit/s) in one direction, and advanced broadband is at least 200 kbit/s in both directions. The OECD has defined broadband as 256 kbit/s in at least one direction and this bit rate is the most common baseline that is marketed as “broadband” around the world. There is no specific bitrate defined by the industry, however, and “broadband” can mean lower-bitrate transmission methods. Some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use this to their advantage in marketing lower-bitrate connections as broadband.

    In practice, the advertised bandwidth is not always reliably available to the customer; ISPs often allow a greater number of subscribers than their backbone connection can handle, under the assumption that most users will not be using their full connection capacity very frequently. This aggregation strategy works more often than not, so users can typically burst to their full bandwidth most of the time; however, peer-to-peer file sharing systems, often requiring extended durations of high bandwidth, stress these assumptions, and can cause major problems for ISPs who have excessively overbooked their capacity. As takeup for these introductory products increases, telcos are starting to offer higher bit rate services. For existing connections, this most of the time simply involves reconfiguring the existing equipment at each end of the connection.

    As the bandwidth delivered to end-users increases, the market expects that video on demand services streamed over the Internet will become more popular, though at the present time such services generally require specialised networks. The data rates on most broadband services still do not suffice to provide good quality video, as MPEG-2 quality video requires about 6 Mbit/s for good results. Adequate video for some purposes becomes possible at lower data rates, with rates of 768 kbit/s and 384 kbit/s used for some video conferencing applications. The MPEG-4 format delivers high-quality video at 2 Mbit/s, at the high end of cable modem and ADSL performance.

    India has created a mobile revolution, but now, we are waiting for yet another broadband revolution that will help in faster communication and easy sharing of information at a rapid speed. As time progresses, we will definately feel the need of fast internet access due to following reasons.

    1. The paradigm change from ‘fixed’ desktop apps to ‘live’ and usable ‘online widgets. Many sites like Google and Yahoo! have got various useful services and widgets that can be utilized efficiently only on a relatively fast net access. Most importantly, these apps are available at a cost of 0 rs. Money saved is money earned.

    2. Conventional media services have proven inefficient and unsufficient to reach the masses, only radios have succeded, but the time taken to do so is very slow and a radio service has got very few VAS. To reach more people at a time and enable to them to have a multiple way of communication is another advantage of broadband. We see that todays media is only a ‘one-way’ information transfer system. You can listen, but you cannot ‘talk’

    3. Financial institutes like banks, stock markets, etc will recieve a boost and will enchance their capability.

    4. Broadband will also help to spread education and at the same time, will help in reducing the digital divide and economical rift between the various levels of society.

    Its very brief, but I think that all readers of this blog will agree that India needs more broadband services as compared with abroad.

     
    • Hiren 1:00 pm on October 14, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I read somewhere that by 2007, India will have 100million internet users which should imply an expansion in broadband services. Broadband is a must for spread of online education. What you have said about video is bang on target.

    • irfanhab 1:39 pm on October 14, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I think India should more concentrate on wireless broadband, WiMAX/WiFi, because in many developing countries the telephony infrastructure and land line is insufficient, and thus reaches only a small portion of the population.

      I live in Pakistan, and use broadband at home, but broadband here is available only in the big cities, not in other 80% of the country, and thats because of the landline/telephony infrastructure, thus I believe that developing nations should focus more on developing wireless broadband to boost there connectivity.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:02 pm on October 14, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Mr IrfanHab
      India is far more progressed then Pakistan in all fields. And on top of that, there is no sign of democracy in Pakistan, no freedom, no policies.

      We have got broadband almost all over India, only thing is that we need that more Indians should make use of it. We are always proud to be Indian.

      But anyways, thanks for the suggestions.

    • Saawan 8:40 pm on October 14, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      And companies in India are planning to bring IPTV to India! huh

    • Harshad Joshi 5:02 am on October 15, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Saawan

      Dont worry dude. India has got all those facilities and there are people who can buy not only an IPTV  but also their own private satellite. Its just a matter of time when the Indian economy gets a real boost. And it wont be a boom, it will be a real and fast growth that will enable India to be in the top markets in this consumer oriented world.

      The only apparant thing that concerns me is the – Digital Divide and Economical rift which is prevalent in the country due to somewhat outdated distribution system. If we can replace that system with a new and working one, I guess that we will soon be called a ‘progressed’ and advanced country much before 2020.

      We need that more people should make use of these facilities and demand it from the govt. We need technically literate people. A knowledge based society is always better in many senses. Not only they are loyal to country but they can also help in preventing terrorism in any form.

    • broadband 10:05 am on October 16, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      This month AT&T has been granted a telecom license as first foreign carrier, perhaps they will be able to bring more broadband options in the near future.

  • Harshad Joshi 1:22 pm on October 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    What is your “Blog Cheesiness Factor” ? Mine is -48. 

    Warning: reading this post is most certainly a waste of your time, and if you decide to compute your “Blog Cheesiness Factor” that I just made up, don’t complain that this was a complete waste of time. As a Friday night blogging topic, I’m just granting myself the excuse that it’s been a long week, and that it is OK.

    Last night I was reading one of issues of Might Magazine, specifically Might #7: the Cheese Issue, and I realized that blogs didn’t really exist then, but there’s a lot of Blog Cheese out there. You know, the tired cliches, tackiness, presumption, bragging, self-indulgence or just proving you have your head so far up your ass your blog is technically a travel blog.
    Just off the top of my head (and I’ve been guilty of so many of these so I’m not making fun of anyone, seriously. Seriously, if you see yourself here, you see me and pretty much every other blogger – I used my own site for inspiration!).
    Most of these are just cliches…

    Because some of those “cheesy thingies” are classic, I decided to compute a “Blog Cheesiness Factor” for my two blogs. The BCF is defined as Sum (cheesy things you do on your blogs) – Sum (cheesy things you have not done on your blogs). Going through that profond self examination requires a good 15 minutes and complete honesty. Don’t say that you did do something you didn’t do, and vice versa. Oh, and things in this list you did in the last five minutes don’t count.

    Things I do/did:

    * Linking to the people you hung out with last night.

    • Linking to the famous people you hung out with last night.
    • Photos of you and your friends having fun last night.
    • Photos of you having fun with famous people last night.
    • Blogging drunk.
    • Taking someone off your blogroll because they piss you off.
    • Introducing people at a party by their blog name. Am appealling on this one, it is their identity!
    • Having your picture on your index page.
    • Posting pictures you took of people without asking their permission.
    • Blogging about your kid.
    • Being “recognized.”
    • Having stupid commenters.
    • Having sycophantic commenters. See above.
    • Having, going to, or blogging about any sort of “blogger get-together”, “blogger party” or “blogger bash.”
    • Having a “guest blogger.”
    • Friendster. Dodgeball. Flickr. Myspace. Buzznet. LinkedIn. Tribe. Ryze. bla-bla-blah
    • Linking to your own press.
    • Plugging your friend’s stuff. I plug if it is good, and disclose the relationship.
    • Blogging about search terms that brought people to your site.
    • Starting a post with, “Everyone in the blogosphere has been buzzing about…”
    • Saying “blogosphere.” Ever. Even ironically.
    • Referring to any blogger as “famous.”
    • Posting pictures that you’ve taken of your TV. One of my first test pictures on my Photoblog, does that count ?

    * Blogging about weight gain / weight loss / gym membership / ice-cream binges.
    And, finally…

    • Blogging about blogging.

    Plus my personal additions:

    • Reading your ego-feeds first.
    • Checking your blog/feed/referrer traffic more than once a day.
    • Blogging posts like “I love my XXXX”, XXXX being any electronic, kitchen, gardening or automobile gear.
    • Having a feeling of deep loneliness when your traffic is 50% below average.
    • Mentally setting an expectation as to when the first comment on a post or picture will be posted.
    • Desperately trying to find something to blog about, just because you have not for a while and your traffic has been in constant decline for the past X weeks.
    • Actually wasting my time calculating my BCF.
    • Not only wasting my time calculating my BCF, AND blogging about it.
    • NEW: Posting way too late/tired, and going “WTF did I mean/write/disclose ?” the next morning.

Note that as a photoblogger, many of these “sins” come with the territory. When you meet someone well known , you take pictures, and you… link to them. Likewise, when you meet a bunch on bloggers or photobloggers, you agree on a common tag and you upload!

Things I have not done (yet):

* Posting solely to wish a friend happy birthday.

  • Linking to something on another site and bragging that you “helped.”
  • Blogging about the stupid ideas you got when you smoked pot and watched reality TV last night.
  • Having a regular feature on your blog about the ideas you get when you smoke pot.
  • Blogging about George W.Bush.
  • Blogging about the epiphany you had last night about yourself and your life.
  • Posting your results from online personality tests.
  • Participating in any blogging “meme” (“Write down the first three venereal diseases that pop into your head.”)
  • Using the word “meme.”
  • Blogging about how it’s been so long since you’ve dated/had sex and how you don’t care.
  • Blogging about natural disasters and pointing out how terrible they are for the people involved.
  • Blogging about Coachella.
  • Going to Coachella.
  • Going to a “secret show” and blogging about it the next day. (“It was so hard to keep the secret, but Julian made me pinkie-swear.”)
  • Blog “feuds.”
  • Having an anonymous blog.
  • “Coming out” from your anonymous blog.
  • Going on “hiatus.”
  • Coming back from “hiatus.”
  • The use, ever, of the term “guest list.”
  • Blogging about your trip to (Prague, Costa Rica, Iceland.)
  • Having a blog that never links to anything except your friends blogs that don’t link to anything except their friend’s blogs, etc.
  • Posting anything that requires a “jump.”
  • Posting a year-end best-of list.
  • Apologizing for not posting your year-end best-of list sooner.
  • Apologizing for not blogging for a while.
  • Apologizing for not blogging for a while because “things have been crazy – I can’t talk about it yet but suffice it to say, I’ve already mentally spent the advance money, lol!”
  • Talking about how much you love Tivo/DVR.
  • Calling Tivo/DVR “My new boyfriend.”
  • Putting your iPOD on random and posting the songs it plays.
  • Posting anything about your iPOD.
  • Posting about things you’ve recently purchased.
  • Posting about things you’ve recently received. (“Random House sent me a copy of the new David Foster Wallace…”)
  • Blogging about hipsters or the LES.
  • Inventing a nickname for your significant other that you use only on your blog. (“Last night, The Asspounder and I had dinner at a cute little place in the West Village…”)
  • Inventing nicknames for all your friends on your blog. (“Last night, GirlySue, Desperatina, and the rest of the Tribe went out for decadent deserts to commisserate about how there are no good men out there.”)
  • Blogging about the restaurants and bars you frequent.
  • Blogging from a restaurant or bar.
  • Blogging about your dates.
  • Blogging about your sexual tastes/prowess/activities of the last evening.
  • Posting IM conversations.
  • Making fun of how the New York Times is always behind on every trend.
  • Having advertisers.
  • Not having advertisers for a spelled-out reason (ie, any other reason than just being lazy, not caring.)
  • Blogging about how much traffic you’ve gotten since you received a link from a much bigger blog.
  • Blogging about how much traffic you’ve gotten since you received a link from a much bigger blog, and saying “Welcome (much bigger blog) readers!”
  • Writing to someone to ask if you can link to them.
  • Blogging drunk about how you shouldn’t/never blog drunk.
  • “Cryptic” blogging to seem mysterious.
  • “Cryptic” blogging to send a secret message to someone.
  • “Cryptic” blogging to seem cool. (“I can’t really say anything about this right now, but big important things are happening to someone we all know.”)
  • Having entries in your cellphone like “Mark Whatevs” and “Foxy Jess”
  • Having a “pictures of me” page.
  • Having a “pictures of me” page where all the pictures are clearly self-portraits.
  • Saying “I was approached by _______ who wanted me to post about _______”
  • Blogging about your breakup.
  • Blogging about your engagement.
  • Blogging about being “recognized.”
  • Blogging about compliments you’ve gotten.
  • Mentioning the amount of traffic you get.
  • Mentioning the exact number of readers you have per day.
  • Taking down all comments that aren’t gushing about how wonderful you are.
  • Blogging about how work sucks.
  • Blogging about your pet.
  • Blogging about the blogging award you got/were nominated for.
  • Blogging about how drunk you got last night.
  • Taking down all comments that aren’t gushing about how wonderful you are.
  • Blogging about how work sucks.
  • Blogging about your pet.
  • Blogging about the blogging award you got/were nominated for.
  • Blogging about how drunk you got last night.
  • Having a wishlist or asking for donations.
  • Writing “I’ve been listening to (hip band’s new album) for weeks and it’s so great, it comes out today and you should pick it up.”
  • Not linking to your own press, but referring “cryptically” to it and mentioning how everyone else is linking to it and musing about how you “don’t see what the big deal is.”
  • Accusing someone of stealing an idea from your blog even if it’s the most commonplace, obvious joke about a situation that can be made.
  • Blogging in the first-person plural.
  • Posting song lyrics.
  • Blogging previews. (“I’m going to watch “PoweRGirls” tonight; check back here tomorrow and I’ll tell you what I thought about it.”)
  • Plugging your friend’s stuff that sucks, and not specifically saying it’s good. “You should all buy my friend’s band Mouthfeel’s new record.”
  • Posting about an event instead of going to it. (“Unfortunately I can’t make it, but you should all go see my friend read from his book about growing up in the suburbs.”).
  • Blogging about your bad mood/bad day/general ennui.
  • Confronting someone at a party because they don’t link to you.

So where does that leave us: 34 – 82 = -48.

What does that mean ? Nothing, besides that I have done less “sins” than I potentially could have!

I did tell you it was a waste of time, didn’t I.

Tip: to avoid a painful counting exercise, copy each list separately and paste them in your favorite spreadsheet, it will do the Math for you.

This is the first blog post that I had read and after reading this, I decided that I need to write my own blog. The original link is here.
So, now you know.. :-)

 
  • Harshad Joshi 5:11 pm on October 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google AJAX Search API (Beta) 

    Each time I used to log in my Google personalized page, I just couldent used to stop me from wondering – ‘Can I add these rich apps on my blogs too??’

    The Google AJAX Search API is designed to make it easier for webmasters and developers to do two things:

    1. Add a dynamic search box to your site that includes Google Web, Video, News, Maps, and Blog search results.
    2. Build powerful web apps on top of Google search.

    The Google AJAX Search API provides simple web objects that perform inline searches over a number of Google services (Web Search, Local Search, Video Search, Blog Search, and News Search). If your web page is designed to help users create content (e.g. message boards, blogs, etc.), the API is designed to support these activities by allowing them to copy search results directly into their messages.

    Long live Web 2.0

    ;-D

    There are several reasons for Google to make use of AJAX apps.

    1. AJAX apps are very useful in distributed computer systems, where local environment differs from every device. No need of an extra plugin. All programs are run within the browser itself. It adds to some extra security(sort of..)
    2. Its very easy to write completely functional apps with local enhancements that can run easyly on demand.

    3. The execution and response time of these AJAX apps is very less, thus enhancing productivity.

    4. Even though J2EE is also a close competitor in this field, normal Javascript is comparatively more easy to learn and program.

    5. And finally, people like apps that are fast, attractive and work without major trouble and headache.  Not many people like to install a Java/Macromedia plugin. This does count at the end of the day.

    Thus this is the small step towards Google OS.

    Wait and watch..more will follow shortly.

     
    • Apun Ka Desh 12:15 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting Info…

    • technikhil 2:35 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      This is just the latest in a series of innovations from Google (refer my post http://technikhil.wordpress.com/2006/07/16/googlenaut-the-online-blitzkrieg/)
      It has really shaken up the internet as we know it pioneering most of the hip online technologies like AJAX and Mashups.
      Yahoo is doing a pretty good job catching up though (http://technikhil.wordpress.com/2006/10/05/yahoos-web-20-makeover/) . It is interesting to see the oneupmanship that these companies do to each other…

    • Harshad Joshi 3:12 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @technikhil

      Yes, you are right.

      But today while observing Yahoo!, its apparent that the company has lost its focus. First it tried to topple AOL from online portal bussiness, and concentrated on providing goodies and colourful products to end users. It did manage to pull of AOL’s share, but in doing that, it just slipped on the future online trends management.

      At that very time Google slowly expanded its image and bussiness from reliable search engine to a trend setter in online bussiness. While Yahoo! limited its ad market solely to US citizens, Google gave a chance to everyone to earn money through Adwords. This move made Yahoo! loose its potential consumers. A very wrong decision.

      Definately we will analyse Yahoo! and some of its ‘fiasco’ decisions in much detail sometime later on this blog :-D

    • Ashish 7:00 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I am not so sure about the point about Yahoo failing. It seems to have got back on track in the last few quarters, and about now, seems the only one who can think of matching Google in terms of innovations. Yahoo answers was the first new thing ahead of others, and Yahoo Photo continues to march on.
      Google has failed miseably in its IM, as compared to Yahoo and MS.

    • Harshad Joshi 8:06 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ashish

      Yahoo! Answers is certainly one of the best services we have. I just cannot agree more..

      But on the other hand, if Yahoo! has got a ‘good’ service called as ‘Yahoo! Photo’, then what about ‘Flickr’? Incidently, more Yahoo! users prefer ‘Flickr’ as compared to Y! Photos. Not only Yahoo!, but also others make use of it. So a question naturally comes to my mind – ‘Whats the need of Yahoo! photos, when Flickr is more usable or vice versa?’

      It clearly points that Yahoo! is confused over its some decisions. At this top level, such funny incidents can clearly be termed as a sort of ‘failure’. This is my interpretation of a probable failure. YMMV. :-)

      Google has failed miseably in its IM, as compared to Yahoo and MS

      You need to be a serious diehard M$ and Yahoo! fan to say this. :-D
      I dont mind Yahoo! IM, but M$…??!!!

      We must not forget that Gtalk, Googles IM has been launched just a year ago. We yet have to see the true competition between these softwares.

      I find no problems with Gtalk. Not only it allows to chat, but it also allows to share files over the net. Not only that, it also offers ‘libjingle’ and opensource XMPP/Jabber project under linux for free.. :-)

      Its not free that matters. It also needs to be convinient. :-D

    • Harshad Joshi 8:10 pm on October 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      We must agree that Google Adwords and Adsense technology has got no competition as of today, because nearly 67% * of todays visible sites make use of Google related Technology to monetize their size.

      • Wait. It needs some verifications. :-D
    • Nick 7:26 pm on December 24, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve implemented the google search api in my wordpress blog here . Nice. I like.

  • 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

  • Harshad Joshi 3:26 pm on September 17, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Takover fails.. 

    Hmm, I just didnt have any other options ;-)

    Googles takeover bid fails to woo the Indian Wizard Harshad Joshi

     

     

     
  • Harshad Joshi 3:13 pm on September 16, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Linux for desktop users. 

    Conventionally,GNU/Linux has always attracted the higher end market comprising of Geeks, nerds, techies, and for a time it was good.

    But now, many useful changes are occuring and GNU/Linux is now available as a conventional ‘Desktop OS’, with sleek window managers like KDE, Gnome, Firefox, a good collection of useful software etc. Many end users are now ready to accept GNU/Linux as an alternative to proprietry, expensive software.

    Please vote in for the most ‘user friendly’ linux distro available in the market over here -

    http://zohopolls.com/harshadjoshi/the-most-user-friendly-linux-distribution-in-the-market

    As for now, results are showing ‘Ubuntu’ leading the distro list. I was tempted to add OpenSUSE, but somehow it slipped.

    See you there. Your vote can make a difference.. ;-)

     
  • Harshad Joshi 7:05 am on September 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Maps on Orkut 

    Today, 13 Sept 2006, 12:30 IST Google has now added an extra facility for Orkut users. Yup, its the much awaited Maps service allowing users to view their friends location.Please click here to view the snapshot I got…
    I ask myself an obvious question – Was it necessary? I mean theres a more good friends mapping service called ‘frappr’ which already provides this functionality, and that too it uses Google Maps service…

    Who cares…lets wait before seeing what Orkut gets more to beat MySpace.. :-)

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:39 pm on July 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Ads 

    Today Google Ads server failed to respond. The url is -

    http://www.google.com/errors/asfe/system_down.html

     
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