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  • Harshad Joshi 1:42 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Countdown on Google Wordmasters 2006…. 

    As I am typing this, there is less then approx 16 hours before the winner of Google Wordmasters 2006 winner will be announced to the public.

    All things said and done, this job wont be easy….

    A brief update – Please go through this updated link to know the latest information. ( Harshad Joshi on 29 Jan 07)

     
    • Ann 5:17 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      have the winners been announced as yet?

    • Harshad Joshi 12:12 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yes.

    • suraj 12:24 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Mr Joshi,

      Do you know who are the winners of Google Wordmasters 2006 are ?
      How did you come by this information please specify the source i.e. url
      or any other source.

      Hope you post your reply on this site or take the trouble to email.

      Thanking you,

      suraj

    • Piali 1:41 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Won’t the winners names be given in any website ? won’t it be made known to all contestants. That is the rule of any compettion to let everyone know who the winners are!

    • Salim 7:14 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      yeah harshad come on … tell us if u have any info about the results… Google publicized the contest so widely… but when it came to results.. they are silent!!! Please lemme if anybody has any info on the results… drop me a mail at salim.sakir@gmail.com pleeeeeeeeaaaaazzzzz

    • Piali 7:41 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      This is fraustrating. every contestant has the right to know the winners and runners up. with 3000 people participating and the result known to a handful. congratulating the winners will make us feel a part of the contest. plz let us know the result. I am sure every contestant is longing to know it .

    • neha sathaye 7:23 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      pls let us knw the result ….
      each one of us is logging and anxious to know…..
      its really irritating………how is google behaving so irresponsible?

    • Harshad Joshi 7:49 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Neha

      Relax..just look how cool and calm I am right now. Dont waste precious bandwidth on Google. Utilize it to listen to music, meet friends, surf for new information.

      Thats it..

    • yourbestfriend 6:43 am on January 29, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi all Have you recvd a letter from Google regarding your being shortlisted ? Seems that some people have based on the Google wordmasters contest 2006.

  • Harshad Joshi 4:33 pm on October 25, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Wordmasters, Pune – An insiders story(part 2) 

    Gosh..only 5 more days to go and the winner of Google Wordmasters 2K6 will be announced on 30 October 2006. Theres a lot of excitment amongs almost 3000 participants across 10 cities of India. Whoa..who will be the lucky one to take the cream cake. Who will lead from the front?

    Wow..its tense moments for some of us, except for the Winner who at the back of his mind might be thinking – ‘Oh, it was too easy. Just a presence of mind and some luck. Thats all. You do require some skill…but taking 2999 people at a time,God must be crazy..But its a sort of feat and an achievment. ‘

    And those who know that they are not gonna win might be thinking on somewhat these lines – ‘Many people have got truck loads of skills, but unfortunately, its the winner who takes it all at the end. God must been feeling crazy while designing this system, but probably even he didnt had any other option.Hmph…Better luck next time..’

    Let me tell that winning is an astonishing experience. Some feel it like adreline pumping through blood, while some feel it as the tight hug of sweetheart – up, close and personal.

    Whatever it may be, I bet that the entire 3000 blokes want to win..Lets enjoy this waiting till 30th.

     
    • Aastha S. 6:18 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Its October 30th and no news from google! I can hardly wait to hear about the winners…. especially curous about the age/city demographics of the 10 they pick 🙂
      Good Luck to all!

    • Ranjani S 5:32 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Now its the 31st and there is still no news about the winners. Does anyone know when exactly the results would be declared? Can’t wait to know about it.

    • Harshad Joshi 12:17 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The winners know it already.. 😉

    • Salim 7:11 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      anybody has got ANY information about the winners? I am dying of curiosity !!!

    • Salim 7:11 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      anybody has got ANY information about the winners? I am dying of curiosity !!! pls someobody let me know on salim.sakir@gmail.com

    • Hari Menon 5:57 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Salim, don’t die. It’s probably Google’s way of maintaining suspense. Of course it could simply be incompetence, but I prefer to believe the former!

    • Ranjani S 8:07 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well, if winners do know about it, could they be kind enough to let the others know how they got to know the results?

    • Salim 6:25 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hari bhai, thanks for your advice… but its november 1st for gods sake… and still no news !

    • niceguy 5:50 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I got a mail frm them sayin my write-up appears in top 25.. nothin else.. corresponded but no response.. asked bout employment.. they say they’ll get in touch if needed..

    • Harshad Joshi 6:02 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Mail me that message so that I can believe.

    • Kartik Kannan 8:18 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      ” Let me tell that winning is an astonishing experience. Some feel it like adreline pumping through blood, while some feel it as the tight hug of sweetheart – up, close and personal ”

      It did feel that way this evening.I got a mail saying that I was the runner up.but wait let me confirm it in a couple of days, by going and confirming it with google and I will comment on your blog with the details and the proof as u have asked 🙂

    • Ambi 3:42 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Any news yet?

    • suraj 12:22 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Mr K.Kannan,

      I checked out your blog. Really liked the piece “Whose Bride is it Anyway ?” Find it completely credible & rib tickling because once I too committed a similar social faux pas.

      Did you contact Google India & confirm your runner up status at the Google Wordmasters 2006 ? If possible post the piece you wrote for them on your blog or Harshad’s or email it to me. I would like to see the kind of writing which has made the grade.

  • Harshad Joshi 4:08 pm on October 25, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Priceless.. 

    Charles wakes up at home with a huge hangover. He forces himself to open is eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins and a glass of water on the side table. He sits down and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. Charles looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotless, clean. So is the rest of the house.He takes the aspirins and notices a note on the table.

    “Honey, Breakfast is on the stove, I left early to go shopping.. Love You!”

    So he goes to the kitchen and sure enough there is a hot breakfast and the morning newspaper. His son is also at the table, eating. Charles asks, “Son,what happened last night?

    His son says, “Well, you came home around 3 AM, drunk and delirious. Broke some furniture, puked in the hallway, and gave yourself a black eye when you stumbled into the door.”

    Confused, Charles asks, “So, why is everything in order and so clean, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me?”

    His son replies, “Oh, that! When mom dragged you to the bedroom, you said, “Lady leave me alone! I’m married!”

    Moral
    Self-induced hangover — $100.00
    Broken furniture — $2, 000.00
    Breakfast — $10.00

    Saying the Right Thing While Drunk – PRICELESS!!!!

    “Love like you’ve never been hurt….
    and Dance like nobody’s watching….”

    Found this thing buried in my inbox. Sometimes, its better to dig in the mails, we can find a lot of interesting stuff..Earliar I used to read almost all mails in my tinny winny precious(!)4 MB inbox. But now I hardly bother to read everything in detail. Spoilt..I am a spoilt brat.. 😉

     
  • Harshad Joshi 2:31 pm on October 17, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Yamaha 

    Yamaha Logo

    Look at the ヤマハ発動機株式会社 (Yamaha motor) logo.

    I have to shell out Rs 75/- for getting the logo replaced. I am not liking this. All Yamaha users, please check the headlight logo on your Gladiator 125 cc or Libero G5 106 cc. The logo is likely to fall off if you try to drive your bike roughly.

    I wish I could trade my current Yamaha with the RX-100. Dunno why they stopped manufacturing it?? That bike rocks.. 🙂

     
    • Hiren 11:24 pm on October 17, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      In a lighter vein, you could have said “Logo, logo(people), beware of the Yamaha logo”. You remind me of the cricketer Dhoni who is obsessed with bikes.

    • Hari Menon 5:46 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The RX 100 was a two-stroke bike, so it will fail to meet the strict emission (pollution) norms of today. I owned one of the original (1988) Japanese models for six years before buying a secondhand Yamaha RD 350. That was a dream bike, but it proved too expensive (mileage: 15 km per litre). So I moved on to the more affordable Bullet. I’ve stuck with a Bullet ever since.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:58 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Bullet rocks. But Yamaha looks are awesome. 😉

    • faisal 4:54 pm on October 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      yamaha rocks,amazing bikes,i loved it,i have also yamaha bike(gladiater 125cc type rs),its ewesome bike yaar,what a pick up,speed,and look,no 125cc other bike can be like it.

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

    Google Code Search 

    Google Code Search

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

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

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

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

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

    Google criticizers can raise following points.

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

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

    3. What about the cache?

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

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

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

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

      Yeh..Waiting to be in there… 😀

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

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

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

      @Hiren

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

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

  • Harshad Joshi 8:07 am on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply
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    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive in Pune 

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Pune, Maharashtra India

    Its hard to believe but its true. Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and her friend Brad Pitt are in Pune for a film shooting which depicts the story of Daniel Perl, the US journalist and news reporter who was massacared in Afghanistan by the Taliban terrorists. Irfan Khan, the versatile actor from Mumbai’s film industry will also play a major role in the film.

    Actually, very few people knew about this, but paparazzis from the US came a week ago in Pune, and it was then that people realized that something big is gonna happen. Woo..a whole month. I will definately try to hunt them. If I succeed, I will definately post it over here. Else, we will have to wait for other journalist who will give us the news anyway. 🙂

    Whoa..Pune rocks..Angelina rocks…this blog rocks..I am so happy… 😀

    BTW- Leave that aside and just take a look at Mrs/Ms Angelina..her lips appear so delicious…I wonder how it feels like… 😉

     
    • shashi 3:58 pm on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Erotic……
      strawberry……
      Just delicious ……..

    • Harshad Joshi 4:01 pm on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      A true beauty with sense of duty.

      She is just a lovable actress..My favourite. I always imagined her as Lara Croft.

      Mr Brad Pitt is a lucky dude. 🙂

    • Hiren 3:02 am on October 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Delicious all right, Harshad but don’t you think, Brad’s es, Jennifer Annisten was equally delicious?

    • Harshad Joshi 4:27 am on October 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe.. 😀

    • ainee 12:25 pm on October 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      mind blowing
      auspicious
      too hot..
      the best

  • 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 😀

    • 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. 😀
      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. 😀

    • 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. 😀
    • 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 2:54 pm on October 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Wordmasters, Pune – An insiders story(part 1) 

    In this post, I am about to present before you one of my worst ever documented literature in English language. And unfortunately it was at Google Wordmasters on 30 Sept 2006.

    “I know that it sounds a little weird to when I call Google as my best Gini. It also sounds absurd concept to imagine Google, an out-of-the-box web phenomena as my personal manager. But its true^. Each Before using Google each time I try my luck at blogging. I get to read comments like ‘Can you ever analyse the validity and relevance of what you post?’. I put my thinking hat and carefully went through the comment. My observation was that – People get more readers when they make use of Google services. The best amongst them is ‘Google Alert’. With its insquisite method of alerting each time an event occurs. So I registerd myself on Google Alert and found that now it is impossible for me to loose the track of any news or the web (?).I also found that the more you experiment with Google, the more energy you utilize in smart thinking, you can have an insquisite topic and content at your hand.

    Now this is the secret that will help you to create a smash hit blog post. Definately (?) I also like the way Gmail Notifier^^ informs me like ‘Eureka’ its found.

    All right – Now you know how to write a blog. Get practical. Get in the right direction, use Google. It makes no horse-sense of slogging with no use. Give up your old ideas. Accept the new standard. I have a right to say this because I have gone through the experiment of blogging.

    Good Luck”

    (Let the OCR scanning this doc at Google not crash due to my illegible handwriting. Let the judge not rip his/her hair at the end of reading this.)
    ^ – I an not praising Google. I just had to form a sentence for the heck of it.

    ^^ – Geez, I was just trying to impress Google that I know its little tool. But I forgot that the judge will be an expert in English and not in Google services. No need to tell that it was a waste. BTW, no one uses this one as we have a little GTalk, which not only alerts us about a new mail, but also lets us share files. folders. data. voice etc. Someday, it will transfer video too..

    FYI – The words that are marked as bold were the keywords that we had to include in the writeup, no matter we liked them or not. There were some 20 of them and because all of them were selected randomly by a computer, there was no hint of making any sense out of it.

    Disclaimer – 1. Dont complain if you are ro,fl. This was my very rough draft scribbled at Pune Wordmasters 2006. The final version of this is (was) much better(!).

    2. Dont send me comments or mails regarding the bad grammar. I know that already. Any mail/comment in this regard will be found deleted in my trash box.

    *You can also take it as an informal HOWTO of ‘How to create blog topics from nowhere using Google’(barring the irrelevant claims and bad grammar).

     
    • Mitul 6:22 am on October 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      This is Mitul Bhavsar.
      I visited Google WordMaster competition and it really rocks. It has been taken by Google India. Their employees came from their different branches and took a test of competitors.
      They also gave us a nice goodie bag contained a writing pad, a pen and a keychain (google branded). I expected some coffee and junk food which could leave a good impression but didn’t get them though. 🙂
      Any way, overall it was a nice experience.
      Thanks Google…
      Mitul

    • Manjit Singh 3:02 pm on October 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I also visited (Participated) in GWM contest at New Delhi.
      It was quite challenging but There were no Desks, We were expected to write on sheet supported by Goodie Bag/NotePad sitting on an auditorium seat !!!

      Contest included – 20 random Words…
      You must Use all of them in your little piece between 150-200 words !!! The piece should be accurate from both gramatical angle as well as logical…

      Somehow I got my Q Paper almost 5-6 Minutes into the contest, since the volunteer simply was not coming my way, hence In about 40 Minutes, foloowing was what I could put togather !!!

      ——————————-
      Words Chosen from Given Option
      ——————————-
      Rethink, Humane, Meditation, Viewpoint, Soothe, Accept, Hurt, Professional, Motive, Adamant, Einstein, Control, Democratic, Anger-Management (this was togather), goodness, nerves, Adverse, Boss, Insight, Difference
      ——————————-
      My Piece without a Spell Checker 8>0
      ——————————-
      Serving with an NGO, for upliftment of Homeless Children, I am forced to rethink if our approach is really humane?

      It all started when I suggested for Meditation for our inmates, to soothe their nerves and adjust to the adverse conditions. However, my boss had different opinions about controlling the problem, which includes usage of violence too.

      In a Democratic Setup, Everyone is allowed to present their viewpoint; it is entirely up to the other person to either accept it or reject it. Now, not only has he scrapped my idea, He has started spreading bad words about my capabilities. I am really hurt by his unprofessional motives, He is adamant to create differences between me and my co-workers.

      Without having any insight on the matter, or even evaluating the effects of overall goodness it will create, He has become an Authority on Anger Management. I am no Einstein but I know how to study human behavior and make them better people.

      Total 163 Words

    • Harshad Joshi 5:18 pm on October 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      #Mitul.
      I liked your straight Gujrati-to-English translation. Esp that ‘Junk Food’ 😉

      Thanks man. I had a hearty laugh after many days. 😀

    • Harshad Joshi 5:28 pm on October 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Mr Manjit Singh.

      Thank You for that detailed information you provided. I liked that story of yours, but found that some links were missing..Some irrelevance is there, but I can agree that sitting in an auditorium and writin with no support desk can definately make us write crazy things. Thats my feeling too…

      On top of that it was ages ago that I had written an essay on a piece of paper. I do write blogs, and I have tools for correcting my spellings, grammar, etc but this was truly something differant. Manual writing can be lil’ awkward if you are lacking in practice.

      I dont know about others, but whoever will win this compitition, will definately be a creative, smart and extraordinarily talented writer.

    • Mitul 7:12 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      #Harshad, I am glad that I made someone laugh.

      How about you? I guess, you would be in a same IT profession too.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:35 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Mitul

      I am a human first. Rest all attributes like engineer, bloger, programmer dont make any difference, although many people know me through them.

      But I would be very happy if all start recognizing each other as ‘Human’.

      Cheers.. 😀

    • ALI KIRMANI 7:15 am on October 22, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I participated in the wordmasters competetion, and must say it was pretty good. ofcourse i werent able to time my self properly…that way i messed up my hand writing in the end……..lets c……..

    • Kaushal Karkhanis 9:16 pm on October 22, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Really liked how you used all those words Harshad!

      I chose the other set.

    • Rajesh Kumar 9:23 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone know the winners yet?

    • Sreekanth 1:46 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hai Mitul,

      Yours truly also attended the Google contest. My essay went almost along the same lines (but I think urs was better than mine, though i would not accept it 🙂 ). I really feel sorry for the human who will read my suprahuman (pun intended) essay.

      I wish to add one more wish regarding my essay………

      Let the OCR scanning this doc at Google not crash due to my illegible handwriting. Let the judge not rip his/her hair at the end of reading this
      All in all that was a great effort by Google.

      Let any Googler not find my address if they so wish

      It was great reading u r essay and especially u r COMMENTS on it…

    • Kunal 12:11 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      It’s 31st and still ‘googling’ to find winners…

    • maits 12:52 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      heard a guy called s.k declare himself winner on some site. said he won a maruti swift. the way he presented it, makes one wonder what standards google is falling to. oh well… the same old sour grapes story i s’pose…

    • Harshad Joshi 1:03 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Maits

      You are right. This is what made me bother and I published that comment. It was bad grammar and bad lingo.

    • Natasha 11:26 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve missed a few points in replicating my essay but it goes something like this…When ar ethe winners gonna be out?

      The 20 words-
      Analyze practical imagine inquisitive horse-sense weird absurd change direction luck observation energy know give up Eureka Experiment impossible create out-of-the-box phenomena

      ‘If you were to analyze, the most number of inventions have occurred in the recent millennium. It’s no longer any practical necessity, but simply a keenness to imagine, to be inquisitive, to hazard an experiment… that leads an enterpriser towards a Eureka moment.

      Nothing seems impossible to create anymore. Going by trends, the more out-of-the-box the ideas, the higher the chance of them growing into phenomena. Just think silicon implants!

      Does it take rudimentary horse-sense to surface a groundbreaking idea on human behavior? Perhaps a weird sense of the absurd to conceive something that would change the direction of technology? Or just plain luck coupled with keen observation and energy to change fortunes.

      I know for sure this age is ripe for the wannabe inventor. You can’t give up unless you’ve triggered every spark of ingenuity inside of you. So go ahead, think innovation. Think Google.’

    • Kaushal Karkhanis 1:06 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Natasha – your essay is phenomenally awesome! If you’re not a winner with that, I dont know what *does* it take to become one!

      Cheers n all the best to u, Harshad n everyone else. And it’s quite sad we’re till in the dark about the results

    • leon 4:04 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Was curious about the results. Loved natasha’s post. Well written and one does not feel the mandatory 20 words were forced into the essay.
      Seems like we have a winner 🙂

    • Mitul 4:16 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      By the way, when the result will be declared? If it has been declared already, who is a winner?

      I am not able to see any updates here: http://www.google.co.in/wordmasters

      Google must update this page by displaying results of all states. They do everything before the contest to gather crowd and do nothing then after 🙂 Is it due to GoogleINDIA? (lazy indian googlers).

    • Mitul 4:17 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      GUYS… stop being after a name, NATASHA. First get to know whether that person is “HE” or “SHE” (hope you get what name seems to be). Run.. else you will all miss the train. Hehehe…

    • Mitul 4:20 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      #Hey harshad,
      Tera blog to chal pada yaar…

      Good luck man.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:25 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      ..!!!…???

    • Harshad Joshi 5:12 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ All

      Please dont send false hoax mails to any of your friends in regards to Google Wordmasters 2006.

      There are two reasons for that
      1. Its illegal.
      2. Its unethical and shows idiotic mentality.

      If anyone has been receiving false, illegimate or hoax mails, please mention it here.

    • chiren 11:44 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hi guys ….
      I liked Natasha’s piece very well! Great Going! Harshad’s was a little heady!Not written in a proper frame of mind??
      Here is mine!
      Innovativey yours …….
      To create new innovations ,one needs to be innovative ,in mind and spirit.This also means that one has to wear a fresh thinking hat and come out with out of the box ,yet
      practical solutions to issues.
      The ideas may look absurd or weird at the outset.To analyze and experiment with these ideas ,one need to be inquisitive and practical as well!Imagine ,the joy of the ancient-day scientist ,Archemedes ,when he screamed Eureka and apparently ran naked along the street! He struck luck, while in the bath!His observation of water overflowing from the tub, upon his dipping into the same,gave him a direction to the phenomena of displacement of matter!
      It may well be a horse-sense that gives the enrgy to know the unknown.It could also seem impossible to innovate.
      To give up an idea is easy.To sustain the enrgy and surpass the impossible,therein lies the spirit of innovations.
      Some of the most popular innovations of our times,be it the mobile phone,” email on the move” or thumnail storage drives ,they all say it aloud – B Innovative!

    • avinash 12:47 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      does any one knows who is the winner?

    • Cypeunevy 6:56 pm on October 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hmm interesting site. Are you interested in my eligible gall Do you want a joke? 🙂 Why is a bell obedient? It rings only when it is TOLLED!

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