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  • Harshad Joshi 2:33 pm on November 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , 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 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 8:33 am on December 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Peep into the future 

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    This is screenshot of Google ingress – a RPG based on augmented reality..imagine playing treasure hunt with modern gadgets.. This is the future..

    Posted from WordPress for Android

     
  • Harshad Joshi 2:25 pm on February 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Why I quit Facebook – NYPOST.com 

    social networks are publicizing personal emotions and creating a kind of vacuum that literally is sucking everything you have got and showing to to public. and worse, you are appreciating this fact.

    already we have got huge information overload. not sure where facebook will lead us. in India, Orkut was actively used in 2005-08..facebook killed it. Now who will kill +facebook in what way remains to be seen.

     

    Why I quit Facebook – NYPOST.com.

     
  • 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… 😉 😛

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

    Django Live | Download Django Live software for free at SourceForge.net 

    Django-OS – Live CD running on hardened kernel and LAMP stack – http://sourceforge.net/projects/djangolive/ #opensource #python #LAMP #india

    via Django Live | Download Django Live software for free at SourceForge.net.

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

    A sneek peek 

    Screenshot-ifl

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

     
  • Harshad Joshi 11:23 am on December 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ,   

    The last post on this blog. 

    A dream, a dream, a dream I had
    The world, a theater
    The stage, our lives
    The actors, ourselves
    Our dreams, our plays
    Our audience, our souls

    Alas, at last, the courtain’s closed
    Aplause for dreams
    Applause for peace
    Applause for us.

    Blog Stats 

    Total views:232,497

    Busiest day:1,607 — Monday, March 3, 2008

    Totals

    Posts:157

    Comments:1,300

    Categories:48

    Tags:398

     

    Isent it enough for someone unknown like me?? Maybe Amitabh Bacchans weekly stats might be this much, but then…  😉 

    (Incomplete)

     
    • goosemanrocks 10:56 pm on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      darn. and i just found you.

    • Kate 11:03 am on December 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

      Kate

      http://educationonline-101.com

  • Harshad Joshi 2:03 pm on November 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Good Bye Wordpress.   

    Slowly walking out… 

     

    goodbye..Good Bye....

     

    Hi everyone.

    Whether you have come here by chance, hunting for something you need, or maybe Google/Yahoo! guided you here, or someone recommend you to visit this tiny blog, I want to thank you for visiting.

    I think the time is coming, slowly but surely and I am honestly losing my motivation to write. I think I should stop this blog. I met many wonderful people througout these 2 years. I am thankful to them for all the support they gave me. This decision isent going to be very easy for me, but sometimes we have to make a tough mind and act accordingly.  

     Live life the way it should be. In your day to day interactions, you will come across many experiences, many people. Some of them give you moments to cherish about, some you may like to forget. Whatever the case might be, one mantra to make your life little more better. Be yourself, dont hide. Just believe in destiny, dont care what it says. Just believe in destiny. Love and trust atleast one person and make sure you both stay togather. Learn to forgive the people who mange to hurt you. Many of them do it unknowingly. Just identfy them. And importantly – People around you are like mirrors. They reflect to you what you actually are. If you are one of those actors loving to decieve people, automatically, the people closer to you are the same. If you are a kind hearted person, you will always have company of those people who need you most and you will also have collegues similar to you. 

    I could write more, but let some things be secret. You know it. 

    PS – If I regain my motivation, I defiantely will be back…but again, no gurantees. 

     

    Till then, 

    Adeos.

    Harshad Joshi.

     
    • aqua gurl 4:56 pm on November 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome post….love the advice you give….so true….”learn to forgive the person who manage to hurts you”!!!!

      Why would you stop writng….anyways its ur choice…..although i would like to read your posts sometimes…!!

    • R.V.Ramani 5:21 am on December 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      it is awesome and too bad if you discontinue?

      RVR

    • Anuya 10:21 am on December 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      itka chaan lihilas…. itki changli advice dilis… ani jewha vatla ki ajun kahi aikayla milel tujhyakadun tewha discontinue karnyachya goshti kartos…?

  • Harshad Joshi 9:10 am on November 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Inventions   

    Top 50 inventions of the year 2008 

    Time magazine recently announced top 50 inventions for the year 2008.

    Here is the list of those:

    1. The Retail DNA Test

    2. The Tesla Roadster

    3. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

    4. Hulu.com (hulu.com is an invention..grate..then what about other video sharing sites like joost, youtube and etc?? ;))

    5. The Large Hadron Collider

    6. The Global Seed Vault

    7. The Chevy Volt

    8. Bullets That Shoot Bullets

    9. The Orbital Internet

    10. The World’s Fastest Computer

    11. Green Crude

    13. The Memristor

    14. The Bionic Hand (Did you watch Star Wars in where Luke Skywalker was fitted with a machine hand way back in 1975?? Umm..reinvention reinvented, what else?)

    15. The Direct-to-Web Supervillain Musical

    16. The Dynamic Tower

    17. The Mobile, Dexterous, Social Robot

    18. The New Mars Rover

    19. Montreal’s Public Bike System

    20. The Everything Game

    21.The synthetic organism

    22. The Shadowless Skyscraper

    23. The Branded Candidate

    24. Bionic Contacts

    25. Thin-Film Solar Panels

    26. The Speedo LZR Racer

    27. Bubble Photography

    28. The Invisibility Cloak (Psst..Mogambo’s prowling round the web, dont let him know.. ;))

    29. The 46th Mersenne Prime

    30. The Internet of Things

    31. Einstein’s Fridge

    32. Facebook for Spies

    33. Biochemical Energy Harvester

    34. Made-in-Transit Packaging

    35. Airborne Wind Power

    36. The New Ping-Pong Serve

    37. Smog-Eating Cement

    38. The Baseball Instant Replay

    39. Enhanced Fingerprints

    40. The Seven New Deadly Sins

    41. The Peraves MonoTracer

    42. Disenvoweling

    43. High-Tech Running Shoes (Well…Well..Well…now henceforth we wont have human athletes running for pride, there will be shoes competing with each other..Nike v/s Reebok..FILA v/s Adidas..Great.. D)

    44. Sunscreen for Plants

    45. The Short Refinance

    46. Aptera Electric Car

    47. Google’s Floating Data Center

    48. The Time Eater Clock

    49. Sound-Enhanced Food

    50. A Camera for the Blind (Camera for the blind.. Wow, it sounds so cool..how does it work? P)

    Psst – This entire information was stolen from here

     
  • 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 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 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 10:01 am on July 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ego, ,   

    The Ego and the flames 

    Ego is bad. Very bad. And when you find someone more egoistic then you, then its extremely hard to describe how badly it hurts. What exactly hurts is not known, but somewhere within, deep inside there is pain..lot of pain..words can describe it…but its real and it exists.

    I found  a new way to get over pain.

    1. I searched for all her conversations from the server. All the dialogs were intact on Gtalk, Gmail and Open Server.

    2. Brought a bundle of executive bond papers, the most expensive ones.

    3. Opened every conversation I had with her.

    4. Print was the command.

    5. Printing continued till the entire executive bond paper bundle became empty.

    6. Gathered all of them, and arranged them properly.

    7. Went on the terrace. Sprinkled some kerosene on it. 1 match stick was enough..

    8. As I watched the flames consuming the conversations I had with her, within my true self, something was feeling to be at peace. I think it was ego, maybe..

    9. Threw the matchbox in too…emptied the whole kerosene bottle..the eager flames were hungry for more..

    10. Felt much better. It was all over for me…One relation ended. I finally was at peace..The rage seemed pacified…

    I hope things will be normal now. Slowly, but surely, I will be back. I am not a slave of my ego, but I cant promise anything if it gets hurt.

     
    • aqua gurl 3:49 am on August 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Good one, but i wish it was that easy.
      I hope things get better with you!!!
      Time is the strongest healer to such wounds, the most reliable!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 10:44 am on August 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @valencia

      Well..I guess it wasent easy afterwards..I had purchased those expensive papers for taking printouts of the stamp collection I found on flickr…Later Dad inquired about those pages, and I nonchalantly told him -‘I set them on fire’..He was stunned..!! I had to hear many things…I had to apologize to him. Probably he knows the real reason, he’s just waiting for me to confess it…I will speak it out to him soon…

      Till then, alls well…

    • Fari B 11:36 pm on August 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Ego is painful, you are so right. I had a big pain today, as my ego came up against my mothers. The worst thing about ego is that is implicitly hard to see in ourselves and easy to see in others. That is the nature of introspection, to reveal.

    • chirax 9:22 am on August 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm… Ego is Good, Makes to stand up for yourself.

    • sunnysideofliving 6:59 pm on September 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nope. Ego is not good at all….atleast not with loved ones.. Causes break ups of friends and lovers more than anything else.

  • Harshad Joshi 8:27 am on July 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Beautiful face, Beauty, , Marathi Actress, Marathi Films, Modelling, Natrang, Sonalee Kulkarni, Sonali Kulkarni   

    Sonali Kulkarni – the new face in Indian modelling field 

    Sonali Kulkarni

    I saw her first at Zee Marathi Awards 2008. I searched Google/Yahoo/Flickr, but all that I got was Sonali Kulkarni, the arts film actress. Finally, after much search and much wait, I got hold of her pic. Next time someone searches for Sonali Kulkarni images, this picture should be displayed in the results. Lets see…Its good to know that she hails from Pune.Umm…thats cool.

    Hey Sonali, you rock. I wish you good luck for the future.

     
    • prashant 3:41 pm on September 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      i louve you sonali

    • Anitha 8:43 am on January 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Sonali,

      Hope u remember us (three sisters Kavitha, Savitha & Anitha) we used to stay in ‘C’ Type Quarters, Dehu Road, Pune. You all used to call my mother “Amma” & also come for tutions at our house.

      All the best to you, take care

      Anitha

    • Mukund G. Dabholkar 10:27 am on March 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I saw her in Tata indicom, Zee award & Marathi film, it’s a really having spicy, charming look… All the best for her better future

    • Mukund G. Dabholkar 10:30 am on March 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      When I was seaching Sonali Kulkarni pics in google, I tried a lot finally got very less pics one of the best is in this site. I want more more pics of sonali…

      pls forward to above mail id.

    • mangesh 10:46 am on March 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Tumche 2 movie mi pahilya.

      1. Bakula namdev gotale.
      2. aaba zindabad.

      Ajun kiti movie aahet tumchy?

      plz sanga….

    • mangesh 10:55 am on March 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Me Tumchy 2 Movie Pahily.

      1. Bakula Namdev Ghotale.
      2. Aaba Zindabad.

      Ajun Kiti Movie Aahet Tumchy?

      Plz Tell Me……….

    • pranil 11:41 am on April 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hey i love sonali
      anyone know somethin more abt her
      i.e her forthcomin movies or somthin like dat
      plz forward it to above mail

    • amit patel 7:50 am on June 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hi sonali i sow

    • amit patel 7:54 am on June 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hi sonali i saw you in Goshtha Lagna Nantarchi at Vasai i like your acting and you also. i ask suresh sali Production Manager about you i like your face i cant sleep proper after i saw you buy take care of your self i am your good wisher pls. take care of your self.
      i love you and miss you lot.

    • Harshad Joshi 8:07 am on June 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @Amit Patel

      hehehehe….. 😉 😛

    • sandeep 11:35 am on July 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      chhan kiti disate fulpakharu………….

    • CHETAN 8:42 am on July 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      MI AAPLA BHARPUR MOTHA FAN AAHE AANI TUMCHE SNAP NETWAR JAST UPLABDHA NAHI AAHET MALA HA EKAHC BHETALA SO PLS SEND ME YOUR AT LIST ONE ORIGINAL SNAP
      THK U
      WISH U GOOD LUCK FOR UR CARRIER

    • pradip 9:21 am on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hi sonali tu gadhvach lagna ya picher madhye jo endra darbari nache sundari ya ganyasathi jo shrungar kela ahes khar jyaveles mi to picher madhey tula tya paridhanat pahil an mi mazhe bhan harpun ghelo hoto aas vatal janu swargatali pari tu asavi kharach tuz te rup avarnniya ani mohak vatale tuze te rup pahun ase watale janu kadakyachya unhat achanak paus padava ani aganit pavsachya suya angala tochun ji prasanata milel tevadhi tuz rup pahun watala ashich pragati karat raha tuza shatkotimadhil ek chotosa tuza chaheta

    • Harshad Joshi 11:11 am on September 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      @Pradip

      Hahahaha…thats incredible..hehehehe..!! 😛

    • kishor 9:59 am on October 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      WISH U GOOD LUCK FOR UR CARRIER………..

    • Vijay Kale 10:54 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Sonali,

      You are just incredible..when i first saw in BNG, i didnt knw ur name so i thought who is this foriegn actress..but when i came to know about ur profile..i just went mad..i love you somuch..can do nething for u..pls come down to kolhapur sometime..i want to see u..or tell me ur address..i will come down..

      Love you..

      Bye take care..

      • Harshad Joshi 11:37 am on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        How optimistic..:P 😀

        hehehehehe…

        BNG? What is BNG?

        • Pankaj 11:47 pm on October 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          at Harshad……….

          BNG – Bakula naamdev ghotale….

          rather than laughing at everyone put some input abt sonali…..ther r some fans (crazy), let them share there feelings….. 🙂

    • jitesh 10:02 am on October 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      plz mail me sk images

    • Parikshit 4:50 am on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey sonali u r the most beautiful girl and u rock….

    • seema 10:19 am on December 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Sonali,

      I am also one of your fan from Pune. Actually I am a dancer and till date I was just loving Madhuri’s dance but after I saw your performance on “Apsara Aalli” in zee marathi awards, I can now definitely say that after Madhuri now there is you. Me and my all friends will surely see you coming movie “Natrang”. Good and keep it up. But just one request please don’t leave Marathi film industry ever becuase we need you. Please reply on given email-id if you’ll ever see this comments.

      Love u……Seema

    • Akshay Kulkarni 7:32 am on December 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Kulkarni ya naavatach jaadu ahe….kai bolava hey kalat nahi…pan jar kadhi tu maaza ha comment vaachshil tar mala ekhada mail karnyachi tasdi ghe….I promise, we could really be gr8 frnds..! and yes…Best luck…

    • priya 7:37 pm on December 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      hi sonali i saw u the add of dagina rite?in nashik ithought u r from nasik means my friend pankaj jhut bolata hai k aap usaki girlfriend thi? but u r really nicebes luck

    • prem 7:20 pm on January 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      nice dance in “AAPSARA,” hope we will see such nice performances again and again.

    • sachin 8:27 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I Love U Sonali…………..

    • deepak 8:38 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I Love u sonalee………….realy am a big fan of yours………..

    • praful 8:41 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Realy i am a Big fan of yours,Your NATRANG Movei Is So super U r so sweet Work in this Movei,Realy I like You……………….

    • Zack 8:47 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sonali Kulkarni,

      I don’t know if Sonali really reads this comments, but its just a attemept to reach her.

      I read all the comments from your fans (Am your fan too), and guess what all of us feel about same that you’re gr8.

      You’re gourgeuos, you act well, you dance well, I mean everything about you is so perfect.

      But, I was wondering what kind of person you are? (don’t misunderstand).
      I mean whats your nature, are you introvert or extrovert?
      Are you down to earth or are you a high flyer?
      Do you like reading books or you’re a geek (technology freak)?
      Whats you qualification?
      What cell phone do you use?
      Whats your favorite movie?
      Whats your favorite food?

      There are lots of queries, Why don’t you write a blog and we can be your followers?

      If you ever read this, try to answer some of my questions or may be all of them! I got more like this.

      Tumhi ahatach itkya chan ani talented tar amchya sarkhe lakho fans asnarach na tumche.

      Tumcha navin movie ‘NATRANG’ kalach pahila, shabd sapdat nahit.
      Sarvat adhi sangen, as always tumhi far far far far sundar dista hya movie madhe and simply great performance.

      Atul kulkarni ni sudha amazing kam kela ahe, man what a gr8 transformation, from normal person to a pehlwan and then to a Maushi!
      Simply stunning!

      Pan khara tar tumchya sathich amhi mule (all male fans) movie baghayla gelo hoto.

      All the best for future, amhala asech chan chan movie pahayla tumhi ankhin changle changle kam kara

      Bye and take care

      Tumcha pankha
      Zack

    • pratik 10:24 am on January 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hey ,Sonali u ar d upcoming best actres,instead of saying upcoming u ar now best in best actres looking at promo and movie natrang OH u ar amazing,good ur song ” APSARA AALE” OH u ar looking grt and acting speechless grt , just to say b grt , do movies, we want to see u more and more ”atleast once i want to met u,i like u i m ur grt fan,just want to chat wit u face to face i hope my drm come true” may sucesss alwys wit u,bye

    • hemant kulkarni 8:42 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      u look so beautiful in Natrang. speacilly in the song “Apsara ali”.
      best luck.
      and plz reaply me.

    • Nishant Nirbhavne 10:26 am on January 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dear sonali

    • prashant 4:57 am on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hei… sonali;

      I don’t know if Sonali really reads this comments,
      Really i am a Big fan of yours, you r looking fabulas in natrang.
      u r dance is tooooooo good. There is lots of improvment in u r
      acting, as per as consider to namdev ganpat ghotale..
      so keep it up & best of luck.. & take care..
      And one more tuze photo nahi aahet net war … shodhun thakalo..lawkar upload kar..

    • amit akkalkotkar 3:02 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      u r tooooooooooooooooooooooo
      Gooooood
      or u r
      BEST

    • sunny 11:56 am on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      kay distes janu mazi swapnatli apsara

    • Rohan 7:37 pm on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Sonali… The first time I saw you in Gadhvacha Lagna…. I was impressed…..n d second time I saw you was in Zee awards n I went Mad…. The way u moved was simply irresistable…. I hope u read this…
      God Bless You…
      ur well wisher…

      Rohan

    • nilesh 7:04 am on January 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      me premat padloy sonali cha
      kharach apsara ahes tu

    • Rahul 4:17 am on January 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Nothing else U R Just APSARA & RAMBHA……….

    • sameeeeeeeeeer 9:33 am on January 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      heeeeeellllooo sonaliji i saw you in bakula namdev ghotaleeee u looking sssssooo fanta…… my goood wishes with you for ur comingggg charming lifeeeeeee…………… nn ur really coooollllllll

    • raviraj 6:55 am on January 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hey !! hi sonali !!
      i just wanna say that you are looking awesome in “Apsara aali” song.

    • Amol 3:32 pm on January 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      yo sonali tu kharach Apsara aiha.

    • Yogpot 10:27 am on January 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      mazyakade sonalisathi fakta ekach word aahe ..
      Sonali .. nad khulacha……

    • umesh 7:13 pm on January 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Namaskar….
      mala aapan far aavadta…….
      me aaplya premat padlo aahe…..

    • ajay 12:48 pm on January 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      tu khup sundar ahes, jashi swapnatali pari, jasa phulanar gulabach phul, cham cham ti chandani, ya agoder tuzyaitaki sundar marathi flim madhe kunich navata , tuza he khulanar saundarya asach khulat rahude, tuza te mohak hasana asach rahude. tu kharch apasara ahes ji swapatun ithe utarali …….. best of luck

    • yogesh kadam 4:09 pm on January 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      when i saw a movie called BAKULA NAMDEV GHOTALE , I she bcame one of my favourite actress.
      but now since I’ve seen NATRANG, I’ve fallen in love with her …
      Now , she is my new dream girl

    • sujit gadekar 8:38 am on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      you make a very good acting in natrang, bakula namdev ghotale.
      I LIKE YOUR PERSONALITY.

    • Guna 7:02 pm on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love u Sonu…
      Tujhya shivay ratri chi zop udali ahe…

      keva he apsara yenar

      Tujhach ani fakt tujhachhhhhh…
      Guna..Kagal gaon…

    • tushar 4:32 pm on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      krupaya hindi movie kade walu naka .

      ase mala fakata watat nahi pan we all friend were having chat on this. first time a good looking and well acting karnari star .maharashtra la milali ahe ..ani hindi movie madhe kam kele tari side heroine manun karu naka or a house servent plzzzzzzzz<

      best of luck.

    • abhi 7:10 am on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      More Pics of sonalee

    • Ghanshyam 6:49 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Gadhvacha Lagna
      Bakula Namdev Ghotale (Best Actress 2008)
      Aaba Zindabad
      Hay Kay Nahi Kay
      Natrang
      Iraada Pakka (to be released)

    • balasaheb 10:06 pm on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hi sonu …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

      I don’t ask u any question becouse of if i see your picture I forget any things…………………………….

    • sunil phutane 6:59 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      kadhi bhetshil

    • ganesh 5:05 pm on February 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hello……
      best luck for ur bright future currier..
      god bless you

    • Smita 8:06 am on March 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Sonali…… u r really having such a good look…specially in yhe song Apsara aali in natarang……. i reallly like u.
      but some times i hate u too coz my boyfriend also like u so much…n i get joules that time… 🙂
      all the best 4 ur future life…..

    • rahul amrutkar 6:50 am on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      marathi movies can better when sonali like actors are coming into this field

    • rahul amrutkar 6:52 am on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      marthi movies are on rocking when somali is coming in marathi

    • abhi 9:24 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sonalee’s New Movie Iraada Pakka

      [IMG]http://i43.tinypic.com/1zyhbgj.jpg[/IMG]

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    • DEEPAK 6:41 am on May 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      u r most beautiful woman in marathi cinema. i like u very much in natrang.

    • DEEPAK 6:42 am on May 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i think u r most beautiful woman in marathi cinema. i like u

    • dr shree 5:32 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      excellent performing. wish to see u agadi javalun luv u

    • dr shree 5:34 pm on June 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      make me ur gd friend

    • Tushar Kulkarni 9:08 pm on July 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi…… Sonali Kulkarni I m d big fan of urs ur very good dancer & u r goodlooking kulkarninche nav aapan pudhe nyave hich saddhicha .. aaply upcoming films konty?

    • mohsin (M.D) 7:35 pm on July 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      me tumcha pahla chitrapat natrang pahila aani tewwah pasun tumcha fan jhalo…….
      mala jast bolta yet nahi but i want 2 say u i like ur acting

    • swapnil 6:21 pm on September 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hi…Sonali. im big fan of your.
      i have seen your 2 movies, Natarang & BNG. you have acted really well in both movies. u have really promising future. you make us watch marathi movies. thnks.
      waiting for forthcoming movies.

    • jatinder 8:46 am on October 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hiiiii

    • harshal wani 9:22 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      love u sonu ..tu kharach khup chan distes. pan marathi film madhech kam kar .jay maharastra. your fan;HARSH from nashik

    • shrikant 3:14 pm on October 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hi sonali
      u r looking so cute
      u r so butifull
      u r looking lovely in sarri
      i want u r smily imeges plz send me on my email id …………………..
      plzzzzzzz…………..
      shrikantgatkal11@gmail.com

    • Ravindra more 1:31 pm on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi sonali…………! give me a one chance to meet you.

    • Nikhil N 2:21 am on November 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Me tuza khup motha fan ahe. Me tuzya sagalya film pahilya ahet

    • sharu 4:46 am on December 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      he sonali mala mahiti ahe saglech tuze fan ahet pan tya sarvan pekshya mi zara jast veda ahe tuza…………………………..

    • kishor 5:00 am on December 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hi , sonali……………………………….

    • sharu 5:05 am on December 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      He sonali , mala mahiti ahe sagle tujhe fan ahet pan tya saglyan pekshya mi zara jast cha veda ahe

    • kishor 5:06 am on December 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      He sonali , mala mahiti ahe sagle tujhe fan ahet pan tya saglyan pekshya mi zara jast cha veda ahe

    • sharu 5:08 am on December 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      hi……………………………………

    • dipak 7:30 am on February 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      you so looking beautiful & cute. i like u r movie natrang

    • vipul 9:17 am on July 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      ur a2 geogeous

      • vipul 9:25 am on July 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        many people hv told u, u hv changed a lot………………………………….! but the truth is i think……………………………….. u hv found yourself……………………

    • KUNAL JANRAO 4:09 pm on August 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      hey u rock yaar………….
      i like you
      do u like to meet me
      im eager to meet you………
      so in short i love you my angle

    • Ketan haware 4:45 am on March 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi sonalee i m very exiciated to see u in your upcoming movie ajinta in paro so i m your great fan for ever and ever i love your name

    • RAJ 12:47 pm on May 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wish u Happy Birthday Sonali.
      I Like You

    • yogesh...g 1:07 pm on May 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hai sonali ji ,i am latur city sonali ji aap to bhoat sutndar hai aur app ki awaz bahot achi hai….ok sonali ji besttop luck.

  • 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 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 7:25 am on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Slambook, Teen Age   

    Slambook 

    Slambook….after so many years, I remember this…I never got a chance to be in someones slambook, but it was something very hot in my school days. Usually, it was as self decorated book having different sections like we have on Orkut, except that we had to manually fill it in our own handwriting. Bad handwriting wasent allowed and the system was ultra secret. It was meant to be an exclusive girl-to-girl communication system. Boys werent allowed nearby, but I confess that I had once stolen a slambook out of pure curiosity, just to get details of what happens in there. It was luck, but peeping in someones property is equivalent of stealing…Later I meekly returned that book, the girl was shocked..!! She said – ‘Did you read this??’ I said – ‘No, why should I?’ I lied, I know, but I read everything, everything that was supposed to be a secret away from most of boys reach.

    Some interesting stuff I remember was

    1. The address and phone number – Every girl jotted down her phone number and postal address. In those days cellular phones were non existant and pagers were ultra cool. It was of no great use to me, I did not have a landline number, and the line I used for speaking would be heavily monitored. Besides, I was too lazy to move around on a cranky bicycle hunting for the girls address.

    2. Likes – It was default that a girl likes ice cream and black forest. For a long time, I didnt know what black forest meant until someone fed me a delicious combination of chocolate, cake, coffee, ice cream, then I realized its a yummy thing…and since then, its my favourite till date.

    3. Favourite colour – Insignificant detail, but pink was common..We dont have this on Orkut 😛

    4. Favourite film – Most of them mentioned Hollywood stuff. I wasent permitted to see any Hollywood film(officially) till I  became 18. Unofficially, I watched many Hollywood movies, and my parents dont know that 😉 Never knew why girls liked Tom Cruise. I liked his mission impossible 2 movie, because I was facinated by the bikes in it, not the heroine.

    5. Every girl tried to decorate her slam content as good as possible. (I recall, my drawing belonged to the genre of Mr Pablo Picasso. Ultra Modern, abstract, and complex, my teacher once mocked me that you will be the next Picasso of India.She was rude..I didnt like that joke)

    Today, I am riding on the messeges sent by Gods of Technology, as if I am from other galaxy, or an Almighty, but innocence is what I want. Those were the best days of my life…Sweet and innocent. Free from complexities of all this world..Todays kids arent so lucky..They have got everything, but the charm of a naive and raw life is unknown to them..Today we have got Orkut, Facebook, Myspace, theres even one online virtual site, but that beautiful handwritten slambook remains an eluded teen age dream…nostologia peheps..

     
    • cia 6:37 pm on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Slambook!!!!!!!
      Wow….its so nice you wrote about it….brings back all those memories of school days….went roaming about in class asking ppl to fill it out….
      The funniest thing is, i fancied the slam thing so much, that i had 2 slambooks…one in 7th n one in 10th…and i still have them….crazy times =)

  • Harshad Joshi 4:47 am on June 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dharma, , Enlightment, , , Healings, Illusions, , , , , , , , , Shri Shankaracharya, , , , , ,   

    Enlightment,a new hope 

    मी आसाच आहे……
    धर्मासाठी झुंजावे…
    झुंजोनी अवाघ्यांसी मारावे…
    मारिता मारिता घ्यावे राज्य आपुले…
    देव मस्तकी धरावा,
    अवघा हल्लकल्लोळ करावा..

    Men are haunted by the Future. Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone, and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?

    I call myself a Peaceful Warrior… because the battles I fight are on the inside..

    All Karmas proceed with the force to either remove pain or gain pleasure
    Experiencing pleasure and pain, we roam the streets of Samsara

    Where there is Birth, there will be certain pain
    There is certain Death, and nothing to gain

    Not knowing light from darkness we roam the streets of misery
    In beauty there is ugliness
    In ugliness I see beauty too
    What a repulsive body that I have which oozes grime and filth
    These carnal desires do I find unfulfilling

    Where there is Birth, there will be certain pain
    There is certain Death, and nothing to gain

    Sadashiva Samarambham Shankaracharya Madhyamam
    Asmadacharya Paryantam Vande Guru Paramparam

    सदाशिवा समारंभम् शंकराचार्य माध्यमं
    आसमादचर्यां पारयनतम् वन्दे गुरू परंपरामं

    Finally the Truth is seen
    Unknowable once to me but now known to me
    What an error it is to take myself to be what I am not

    No words can reveal me
    Yet words alone set me free
    The beatitude revealed through desciplic succession

    No delusion for me
    I am the ever free
    No illusion for me
    I am the ever free

    Finally, the desires are Ash, I smear those ashes on my forehead and I free myself. Bhasma on my body..Bhasma on my soul..I am liberated….the Pain turns to Love….a new hope..Maya reveals her true form…

    Maya is inevitable…

    I submit myself to Maya..

    Maya has set me free…

    The revelations are known…

    May there be peace..

     
    • cia 8:51 pm on June 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      As one of the noble truths of buddha say,

      all human existence is painful, eliminate the pain by eliminating the cause.

      however, nothing is permanent.

    • Harshad Joshi 8:02 am on June 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Buddha was suffering from acute depression…But do you know that Buddhas teachings did protect Indian sub continent from maniac Mongols till 1962 India China wars??

      The only way to prevent any sorts of conflicts is to accept the things as they come to you without asking for its purpose or to think about its consequences. The only truth is the Desires we have with us. Denying Desires for some imaginary reasons is root cause of sorrow, and its funny that in todays marketing age, people can cash on sorrow too..if you can cash it on, sorrow is fine, else submit yourself to Maya unconditionally, rest assured, everything works in your favour…

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    • Jenny and Edward 8:45 am on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Loved it… Painful but so true for those who seek true peace and enlightenment. The Journey of enlightenment begins with the first step.
      Living In The Light of God… ~~~Jenn~~~

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

    Good Grief 

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

    This incident taught me many things.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      @ Adi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      @ The Biiig K

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

  • Harshad Joshi 6:24 am on June 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Hell, Innocence, , , , , , Threats, Time,   

    Moments of madness and sadeness(and peace too) 

    Its night. I am on the terrace, waiting for Nikhil. Our meeting is late by almost 2 hours, and on top of that, the sms meant for him went to someone else whom I have recently hurt a lot. Yeah, she was my only good friend who used to enquire – ‘Howz you’, no one, even my so called best buddies never asked me so sweetly of how am I? No one cared. I mean why would anyone bother?? My image in front of them is that of a warrior, every move is a war, every step is a step taken in battlefield, no place for emotions. Warriors are not meant to be asked ‘Howz you’, its assumed that they are fine. Why emotions? The only emotions that were known were Rage, and madness fueled by arrogance and ego, an ego I dont remember the time I carried first. Why do I have that image? Why am I attracted towards pain? Why do I have so much ego and arrogance that not only hurts me but also the people who are around me. Why? No one bothers to know this, but I am going to put it in public, I am suffering it for past 3 days, and its too much for me. The guilt is killing me. Its not the first time, but then who says that sufferings are easy? Sufferings are sufferings, everytime we suffer, it hurts. It hurts like hell. Why did I make a hell of my only good relations? Was I proud? Was I vain? Was I mad? I dont know, but definately I am sade.

    Coming back to the meeting. Nikhil and I met after almost 2 months. Strange thing. Two brothers living in a same place chat over Instant Messenger, instead of offline meetings. Ridiculous or inevitable? Is it overuse of technology or height of geekiness?? Whatever…

    I told him for my problems. His solutions are always working. I trust him for almost anything. He said – ‘Brother, why did you suffer?’, I said ‘I dont know’, pat came the reply – ‘Coz you are new to it’, I said ‘But she didnt feel anything about it’ He responded – ‘ Reason is that – its not new for her’ Boy, I wonder from where my brother gets these answers? He is genius for sure. He makes a good software engineer, ruthless at times, but very practical and to the point. Not unlike me, an emotional fool, too vulnerable to get hurt in this hard world. Is this the reason why I wear a mask of a Warrior? I dont know.

    We discussed many things- Current trends in industry, the upcoming standards, the bugs, the errors, the childhood memories, esp the one of playing hockey and football, had a good laugh at it remembering our innocent days.It was an innocent world far far away from tangents of todays technology.Candy tasted like Candy, sugar was sweet, TV was cartoons and joy was joy, no adultrations. Mom says I am still that innocent child trying to find his lost toys in a huge world. Lost toys? Will ever I get to regain my lost toys?

    BTW, a sms seeking her apology has gone unanswered. I know it reached her,but currently she is too hurt to respond. I will wait. Time can heal every wound. Hate can be pacified. Desires can be overcome, only Time knows how and when…

    To be continued…

     
  • 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 😛

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

    320 GB of terrorism – Exploring a terrorists hard disk 

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

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

    1. The disk contained well over 12000 files,

    2. 5000 e-mails,

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

    4. Jehadi messages with phone numbers

    5. Car bomb design !!!

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

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

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

     
    • Wilddimm 4:29 am on August 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hello
      This is a beautiful site! Thank you!!

    • jamiejnbb 10:42 pm on October 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      hey all, I was wondering if anyone experiences with online dating could recomend a good site. If not I was gonna go with singlesnet
      best to ask the community before I dive head first…thanks.

    • Leslie Ramiscal 5:03 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally confused .. Any ideas? Bless you!

  • 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 5:59 pm on April 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bangalore, Centrino, Hyderabad, , Intel, Intel Centrino, Laptops, , Wi-fi, Wimax, Wireless   

    Unwiring Pune – Indias first Wi-Max enabled city 

    Finally its there. The ‘Unwiring Pune’ project has kicked off.. This new wirefree access utilizes WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) and Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) technologies to equip Pune with high-speed wireless internet. Wireless connectivity will allow people to access the Internet through a laptop or personal digital assistant (PDA), sans the need for cables. WiMAX is claimed to be the most cost-efficient way of building wireless data networks and a means to link people over large distances for “last mile” connectivity and bridging the digital divide. Taking a leap over Bangalore and Hyderabad, Pune will become the first Indian city to have a high-speed wireless Internet network even before the Centre’s much-awaited spectrum policy is announced. Initially Pune did had a demo of wireless internet access on Walking Plaza, but today, this project has finally taken off in grand style. Streaming, broadband access and that too with ease and convinience is sure to rock Pune. Imagine the power of Broadband without the hassles of wires..

    What more can I say? Its true that Pune was coming in news for all the wrong reasons(rave parties, orkut misuse etc), but now I think that this news makes one feel good….Similar kind of service is provided by the search engine giant Google in San Francisco. Now we are at par with the developed regions in some departments, if not all, but that shouldent stop us from being happy..

    Q. What is WiMAX?

    A. WiMAX (World Interoperability for Microwave Access), based on the IEEE 802.16 standard, is expected to enable true broadband speeds over wireless networks at a cost point to enable mass market adoption. WiMAX is the only wireless standard today that has the ability to deliver true broadband speeds and help make the vision of pervasive connectivity a reality.

    There are two main applications of WiMAX today: fixed WiMAX applications are point-to-multipoint enabling broadband access to homes and businesses, whereas mobile WiMAX offers the full mobility of cellular networks at true broadband speeds. Both fixed and mobile applications of WiMAX are engineered to help deliver ubiquitous, high-throughput broadband wireless services at a low cost.

    Intel currently plans to integrate WiMAX and WiFi into its notebook platforms based on Intel® Centrino® Mobile Technologies. Pairing the two will help bring users the ultimate in high-speed mobile broadband. Intel believes that WiMAX, with its technical and economic advantages, should help enable mainstream adoption of personal broadband.

    Moral of the story – Get a laptop having Intel Centrino Mobile Technology.. 😀

    Update : 23 April 2008 – No further development and this project seems to have lost momentum

     
    • BD 6:45 pm on April 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Wow that’s great news! It’d be great if you could link to some sources that talk more about this project.

    • Vinod Ponmanadiyil 2:16 pm on April 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      The Bangalore Unwired Project kicked off early – as usual. But tangled in the beaurocratic-tapes – as usual.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:24 pm on April 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      For a looong time bangalore has been getting attention and resources, but now its time that the overhyped city gets a break..its too much crowded..

      East or west..Pune is the BEST, and soon, Pune will overtake the world..Watch it.

    • suresh patil 7:05 am on April 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      its really get dat ,,….people…use it ..we have no more time 2 spend ..its better dat we can access net from anywhere …..in any place ….

      thx

    • Rashmi 7:38 pm on April 10, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Can i Apply for it.I m 2007 passout fresher I.T. engineer

    • Madhu 10:06 am on April 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Its indeed great that…….pune is grabbing attention of all…….and soon i am sure it will overtake…..bangalore and become the IT hub of india

    • Harshad Joshi 6:37 pm on April 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Madhu
      Pune holds the power to be the IT and educational epicenter of the entire world, not just India.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:39 pm on April 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Rashmi
      Huh? I doubt your ‘IT’ skills… 😀

    • harish 2:13 pm on July 25, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      hi nice job
      think collage guys r eagerly waiting for the bike

    • hudson 6:40 am on September 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Wow that’s great news!Can i Apply for it.I m 2007 passout fresher For a looong time chennai Annagar has been getting attention and resources, to me

    • hudson 6:44 am on September 3, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      whery naice bike more am also waiting for the bike

    • satish sharma 2:46 pm on April 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      nice bike of yahama 165cc as compair herohonda cbz, apachi and bajaj pulusr dtsi.

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

    Police planning to ban Orkut in India 

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

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

    But is banning a solution to this problem?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      yes it’s really need to ban orkut.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Anyways, I’m having my hands crossed…

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

      orkut shoudnt be banned so that i can easily scam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      please please please ban this site orkut

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

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

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

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

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

      @Monika

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

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

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

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

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

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

      @Anupreet Singh

      Yes, I agree with your point of view.

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

      it should be banned because children are misusing it

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

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

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

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

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

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

      All Orkut users

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      @Sateesh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      @Ashu

      Sigh… 😦

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      hi

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Why the orkut is not banned yet?

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

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

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

      we could ban you !! …..

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

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

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

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

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

      NO, it’s not the solution of this problem

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

      please ban orkut in india please

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

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

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

      it may not be the solution for this kind of problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I got this mail a few hours ago.

    hi there,

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

    please be sensible and do reply.
    take care.

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

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

    Now the reality

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

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

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

    What was the reason for this chaos?

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

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

    Moral of the story –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Harshad Joshi 2:44 pm on February 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Google job opportunities as an Adword Representative 

    Sometimes its better to hear the most honest voice within you. I did that, and even if others might feel that I did wrong; personally I feel much better now. The inner voice knows all the secrets and truths.

    Thats all.

     
    • mona 12:47 pm on April 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      hiiiiiiiiiii i heard abt dese jobs.can u tel me more abt it.il be gr8ful

    • Harshad Joshi 5:27 pm on April 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @Mona

      Please refer the other posts on this blog, you will surely find something interesting and useful.

    • Nawab 2:14 pm on April 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Need some more info on content writing and adword in google…the links featured do not take you directly to the desired areas….i need some more info on how to apply, what needs to be done and where to apply????/

    • Harshad Joshi 6:07 pm on April 20, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Refer your local newspaper. Google has now began to give ads on this particular post of AdWord representative. More details can be obtained from various topics on this blog.

    • reynaldoderas 2:46 am on August 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i love google adn i drim to work for i have my own business but i still want to be part of google pleasegive any idia how i can start

    • reynaldoderas 2:50 am on August 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      how i can get a job whit google

    • Harshad Joshi 4:39 pm on August 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      @reynaldoderas

      You can get more information about Google Jobs in India at this site. http://www.google.co.in/jobs/

      For international jobs at Google, please visit this site –

      http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/international.html

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  • 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?? 😛

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

    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.. 😛

    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 6:52 pm on January 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    4 months after the Google Wordmasters 2006 – an opportunity for a Google job 

    Google Wordmasters 2006 was a fiasco for almost everyone except for the winners(if any). Thousands anticipated their success, got almost dusted by the rather unfriendly and semiprofessional attitude of Google India..People vowed to avenge…Until..

    Until they got a mail from Google India.(I received it on the 25th)

    Hi ,

    We are reaching out to you to check your interest in pursuing an opportunity with our organization. Attached is the job description that you have been short listed for. Please go through it carefully and feel free to reach me for questions, if any.

    Please send me your updated CV to take you forward in the process.

    Thanks,

    Google Staffing

     

    Maybe everything isent lost.. and I pray..at least this time there might be some justice..

     

    😛

     
  • 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. 😛

     
  • 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 4:00 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Wordmasters – The Aftermath 

    Desperation, fraustration, anger, hate, curiosity. If you want to know what does it feel like, ask every Google Wordmasters 2006 participants who frantically searched the web for the answer, but unfortunately couldent find it. Its a sort of dismay and disarray. 2 days, and no sign of result..Bingo, its a perfect formula to drive someone crazy..

    Did you notice that I had put up a gentle warning about this particular compitition in my first post over here? It simply said this –

    Dont fall prey to any competition, even if the sponsers name is Google. Those who are curious, wait for 30 Oct 2006 to see the winners of this great Google Wordmasters bash 2006…

    * All content(including the nonsense concept) (c) 2006 Google India .

    Sadely, as usual, most of you ignored this warning..

    [TO BE CONTINUED]

    PSClick here to find how wiered and interesting terms people use to search Google. No, it isent a joke, its a hint of desperation. This is a pic I took some couple of nights ago. Enjoy.

    Update on 3 Nov 2005 11:15 pm IST

    We need to take some vital steps to teach Google India for the extra smartness they have shown.

    For at least a week, please boycott Google Search Engine and opt for Yahoo!, Ask.com, Answers.com, or Semantic Space Meta Search Engine.

    1. Yahoo! is one of the premier portals present today and has got consistant high traffic. Incidently, Yahoo! has got the #1 position according to Alexa web search.

    2. Ask.com, previously known as Ask Jeeves turns out to be a surprise package, with great quality contents and relevant terms. Its unlikely that result you will get is of unexpected quality.

    3. Answers.com isent a conventional search engine. Its an ‘answer’ engine not delvering simple links, but relevant content from top websites accross the world. Its best features are – a nice design, simple user interface and lots of other goodies. Incidently, Answer.com powers ‘The First Tones of Freedom‘ as the default knowledge provider.

    4. Semantic Space Web Engine – The last option for Google Web Search. Built on top of Google itself, the meta engine prides itself on providing a top quality searches based on highly well researched and analysed database of useful websites. Use it to find things you never thought to exist. Be careful though, its in beta stage.

    For syndication fans, try out – Newsgator, Bloglines, Digg, Del.icio.us

    With all the united efforts, I am sure that Google understands what users feel when they are hurt. Join it and experience the difference. There is a web beyond Google. Liberate your senses and I bet you will hear the first tones of Freedom.

     
    • Rajesh Kumar 4:34 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, it could just be that they have informed only the winnners and then asked them to keep the info to themselves.I am just guessing.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:45 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe no one won this competition..!!
      😉

    • Afterjoseph 5:29 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Since Google seems to be in no mood to clear the air, the REAL winners (wannabes and those who dream of owning a Maruti Swift need not apply) could come out and put an end to this mystery. Overall, this competiton seems to be backfiring bigtime on Google – they have at least 3000 people from across the country (not to mention their families and close friends) cursing them…

    • Harshad Joshi 5:36 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Joseph
      Let me correct the sum.

      Its 3000-3 = 2997 people cursing google alongwith several millions all across the globe.

      The remaining 3 are the blokes who won the compitition. 😉

    • Afterjoseph 5:51 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      But if there are no results announced, how would you assume that 3 blokes have won the competition? On one hand, there are people claiming that the results aren’t out and it’s all an eyewash. On the other, we are referring to winners. Should we put some newspaper onto this and let them figure out what on earth’s going on?

    • Hari Menon 6:09 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Press release from Google: “We regret to inform you that none of the entries in the Wordmasters Challenge were found suitable for the top prizes, so we have decided to give consolation prizes of Google keychains to the first hundred all correct entries. The next hundred shall receive snazzy pens. If you already got these in your goodie bag at the time of taking your test, you can exchange your key/pen for a FREE GMAIL ACCOUNT!!!”

      [PS: Just kidding!]

    • JOhn Mathew 6:36 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey,
      Yah. i also think its an eyewash. very good way of Branding. isnt it. making 3000 people wait for a month with their fingers crossed. so thats 3000 more crossed fingers added to the Handicapped list.
      Hey. do let me know if anyone comes to knwo bout the winner.
      bye
      john
      strategics05@gmail.com

    • Aastha 7:15 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Im curious about your “to be continued”.
      And seriously apalled at how there are no results from this competition.
      Has anyone sent in that self addressed envelope?

    • Kaushal Karkhanis 1:09 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey dude I forgot one thing – I remember the contest forms said results would be annouced on OR AROUND the 30th of October 2006 – how much around… let the skies decide!

    • bothack 1:45 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Rajesh Kumar:
      Google will never chose the winners and ask them to be quite. The whole damn thing was a PR stunt. So obvi if they are awarding they would make sure every ass on earth knows about it. Looking at the possibilities I feel Harshad is right when he says there might be no prize…

    • Nag 3:02 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      There is no way this was a publicity stunt. There will be a winner or three announced, wait and see. I’m willing to lay a wager on this. Any takers?

    • Harshad Joshi 3:15 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thats what the stuff Loyal Googlers are made up of.. 😉

      Dont bet dude. Feed some hungry and poor people instead. It will do ya lot of good. 😀

    • Cram 4:54 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi

      Perhaps you would like to look at this:
      http://blog.outer-court.com/forum/74471.html

      This apparently was NO wordmaster challenge but an exercise in building a parallel corpus. Hmmm…3000 blokes taken for a ride by the big G? Very evil.

    • Hari Menon 9:09 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      It’s not even a week since October 30. Wait a few more days before you recommend doing anything as drastic as boycotting Google!

    • Harshad Joshi 6:05 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hari

      relax dude. My concept of boycotting dosent involve a march on Google India armed with black flags, posters and banners saying ‘Google Go back’, or pelting stones at the office, shouting slogans,blood shedding etc as it used to be in pre independence era.

      😀

      ‘Boycott’ is a relative term. All that I wanted to say was – ‘Look for options beyond Google. Its no harm in trying other search engines on the web too..some of them are very good’.

      Just try it.. 😉

    • Scooby Doo 1:33 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Are we counting Sunday 5th November ’06 as the sixth day after the given date of Oct. 30th? Look at me…I STILL have hope! Maybe they’ll make a grand announcement on the seventh (and final) day, i.e. tomorrow, Monday the 6th of November. I have never, ever kept track of the calendar so fervently. If I don’t hear of any prize winners by tomorrow, I’m joining the revolutionary parties who will storm the East India Company of Google Inc.!

    • Harshad Joshi 2:00 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, we will all march and shout slogans against the Googlegiri

    • Scooby Doo 1:53 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Ok guys, it’s the seventh day from the Blessed date of 30th Oct. Are there any winners amongst us? If so, will you please stand up, so that we can applaud for you and rid ourselves of this horrible suspense story we’re living out?

    • maverick 6:41 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, please let me know on my email when the results are out. i am sick of browsing the net over the google results.

    • Scooby Doo 10:17 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well people, we may as well hang up our boots…the contest was a sham. And a big blow to Google’s image. Can we still hang on to our faith?

    • M.Sagar Kumar 11:58 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dear friends,

      I had gone through the above conversations. Though none of the above told me who the winners are, it gave me relief to learn about so many like minded friends undergoing a similar trauma. I am extremely sorry for deriving strength from the suspense every one is feeling.

    • maverick 12:01 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      why doesnt somebody call up google or enquire at their office in Hyderabad?

    • Harshad Joshi 12:10 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Because their Tata Indicom or Tata Walky number has changed and there is no way one can get the new number.

    • Sarita 11:11 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      yea people,

      i contested from the b’lore venue and i have been constantly browsing thru this blog site for news of any sort…really, have all been had..very evil…they cant afford to do something so evil. it would be a big big downer for them if they did. something is fishy somewhere…i guess we’ll have to just wait and watch. come to think of it even b4 the contest began except for some stray ads in the newsapapers on on off, their communication was pretty bad. i did not even get an email from them but got an sms the previous evening!

      well, anyway, results or no results, i love browsing thru this blog post now…it’s good fun 🙂 i think all here are brilliant writers! keep it up!!! :-d

      ps…should i boycott my gmail a/c and switch to good old yahoo instead

    • Harshad Joshi 2:11 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Long live Yahoo!

    • Sarita 5:05 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      OK everyone, since there is still no news of the results, why don’t you all judge my entry…it’s a poem that i have written on Innovations and included all the key words and they are in capital letters. I’m still a very immature writer so your comments might help…here goes…

      INNOVATIONS

      A new page I turn each day,
      With loads to EXPERIMENT all the way!
      Seems ABSURD when the process begins,
      Innovating is fun, as you can IMAGINE!

      Sometimes I wonder and ANALYSE,
      Feels like a new PHENOMENA on the rise!
      OBSERVATION helps me all the time,
      I smile as the creative bells chime!

      Make use of HORSE-SENSE and I seem to know how
      Think OUT OF THE BOX and hear myself say wow!
      Endless as the DIRECTIONS may seem,
      ENERGY and INQUISITIVENSS make a powerful team!

      WIERD as it may seem, I move on to CREATE,
      As I don my THINKING HAT, my mind is in a debate!
      IMPOSSIBLE as it seems, my mind keeps getting STUCK,
      I try to make it PRACTICAL with a little bit of LUCK!

      As minutes pass on, I feel excitement mounting up,
      Rack my brains and stay INQUISITIVE, but never once GIVE UP!
      Watch with bated breath as my creative brainchild takes shape
      ‘EUREKA’! I scream, as joy brews up my nape!

      Innovation always brings joy to me,
      I move on and on with willpower and glee!

      Thanks for reading it, in case u have 🙂 Waiting for ur comments…any response is welcome, as long as there is one…hahaha, unlike the big G!

      Cheers!

    • Ambi 3:41 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      nice try! my cousin was among the ten shortlisted… she just heard from them

    • Harshad Joshi 3:59 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Arrgh…I hope it dosent turn out to be another rumour. We had enough of it all ready.

    • M.Sagar Kumar 12:35 pm on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Though Google did not say anything officially so far, like it had done for inviting us to the test, it seems the results that are published by certain websites( non google ones) are actually google results only.

      I thank the organisers of this site for lighting a candle in the darkness and kept us all engaged and posted about the status all these days.
      Congratulations to all the winners.

      It is better for the winners and for the google also to release an advertisement on this——– the results.
      Otherwise what’s the use of winning a contest if the winner is kept in anonimity?
      Thank you all.

    • amit 8:08 pm on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      What’s in a name – William Shakespeare
      Got the joke?

    • Scooby Doo 1:38 am on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad
      I still can’t buy the news of the winners as listed on Techshout.com.
      This is because no where on the site is it mentioned that the news is officially from Google. Why would a giant choose a nondescript site to post the winners’ list?
      The only positive thing I see about Wordmasters’ Challenge is that it brought us all together here, and reading through the comments made one laugh, even though heart of hearts you feel like crying. People on this message board got so creative with comments. I think these messages should be posted online forever. Thanks Harshad for your support and ideas, along with Bot Hack and the rest. Discovering your sites made me realise that I wasn’t the only frustrated one!

    • Harshad Joshi 4:48 am on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Scobby Doo

      Hey guess what?

      You have just immortalized yourself by commenting on the blog.

      Your comments will be visible to future generations till WWW, Google, logging, computers, internet and finally this world exists. Writing is a great way of becoming immortal.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:51 am on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      There is no need to get fraustrated. Its because of this behaviour that big MNCs exploit our mindset and get away from it. Life is an ever learning experience. Just learn from it and document it, just as I have done it,so that it will be useful in the future.

    • M.Sagar Kumar 4:27 pm on November 26, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I am feeling sorry for the so called winners of this word game. They were kept in a secret state as if they had done something shabby.

      They must be craving for some sort of publicity which atleast will be noticed by thier neighbours, colleagues and relatives.

      Thanks to this global google, even the nearby panshopwaala will not trust the claims of the so called winners.

      Eversince google had hidden itself behind aloo techie, atleast we freed our selves from this senseless tension.

      Poor winners cannot have this luxury of mental peace.

      Let us all feel sorry for them.

    • Mitul 5:54 am on March 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I think Google has not done any fraud with anyone by organizing this contest. I participated from Ahmedabad.

      I think, Google might have paid to the venue owner by reserving it for a day and I am sure no body in the world are so fool just to pay money to do a practice on 300 people in 7 states! They might have already selected or might have not got what they looked for.

      The only thing is that, they should have been announced something to be a loyal to everyone. They failed in doing that to us.

      Thats a shame of india and CURRENT indian generation who like to party but cant raise a voice like people from 1947. (Current generation just like to hang out with girls and not like to stand up and raise even a single voice against anyone/anything). Just like to keep blogging and keep writing for nothing.

      So learn to take a blame on us and either do something or shut your mouth and suffer.

    • Mitul 6:01 am on March 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply

  • 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 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 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 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!

  • Harshad Joshi 2:38 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Wordmasters, Pune 

    Today I went to the (much advertised and much hyped) Google Wordmaster competition held to find Indias most creative writer (!).

    The competition was very simple(Google says it, not me). Two options were given, each having 20 words. We had to choose one of those two and had to write a paragraph/essay/story/dialogue/poem/whatever incorporating those 20 words. The best part was that you had to write it on only one ruled paper provided by courtesy of Google. The hall was filled almost completely as more people turned out to attend the Google event. On top of that, it was great to see that the AC was not working. I had a nice sweat and probably this was the compensatition of missing todays workout. (How can people survice without an AC or cooler or fan? No questions to be asked. )

    I am tempted to provide you with one of my worst ever written literature, but after seeing the response to this post.Click this link to find what I wrote at Google WM, Pune.

    Meanwhile, curious cats can view the photocopy of Google’s paper* here. (Beware though, the image is scanned in a real life size for optimum viewing.Paper and its contents are (c) Google India 2006)

    Todays advice – Dont fall prey to any competition, even if the sponsers name is Google. Those who are curious, wait for 30 Oct 2006 to see the winners of this great Google Wordmasters bash 2006…

    * All content(including the nonsense concept) (c) 2006 Google India .

    [INCOMPLETE]

    Please go through this link too.

     
    • Hiren 4:09 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I went to Delhi’s googlemaster at 11am. It had participants for all age groups and was interesting in that sense. The AC was working. At least somebody is trying to spot creative writers. Its a good intiative. They told us its going to be held in 8 cities. Should be an interesting outcome.

      I wonder why they leave poetry out of a ll this. That is supposed to be the ultimate in creative writing.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:21 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The Google blokes we had were quite liberal. One elder wanted to write a poem out of those words, and he was promptly allowed to do so. I was wondering how he would manage that act of composing a peom using those 20 words…
      Needless to say, I was at my wits( and patience) end.
      Pl check that paper we had. I think it was the same all over the India. Anyway, I wasent able to write anything logical or sensible. I was unhappy. I didnt like it. No AC/No assistance + a paper I didnt like.

    • mayuresh 8:06 am on October 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      interesting. do post your entry. it wud be good to see what u managed even in such trying circumstances.

    • Harshad Joshi 9:15 am on October 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Mayuresh
      Yes I will definately blog about it.
      It was a lesson for Google and for me as well. Its always good to document events that have a potential to change a paradigm in a way of thinking. 🙂

    • Salim 2:38 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      I went to the Kolkata event on Sept 30. The hall (Xaviers auditorium) was full. There was a cute chick from google {I think Shruti and I hope google doesnt see this 😉 } and a guy Malan who managed the stage. I was horrible at time management and spent most of my time writing the draft, and was left with just 10 min to copy to the actual paper. I never knew writing with a pen took soooo long and almost became illegible in the last portion {most probably they’re goin to disqualify coz of my bad writing 😦 }

      I will have to be content with the goody bag and google stuff they gave away.

      Guys do let us know if anybody wins !!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 4:20 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm..The Google Goodie bag was made up of paper but it wasent mentioned whether it was a handmade, recyclable or reused/recycled paper. A plastic coating on it would have made the bag more durable and would also have served as a sweet memory of Google Wordmasters.. 😀
      Dear Google, next time you give us paper, please see to it that no environment is harmed. Instead of plain paper, Google Writely would have been more good. We could have appeared for online.

    • John Mathew 7:36 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Google Wordmasters 2006 – an experience

      Google Wordmasters was conducted across 10 cities in 10 cities across the country. I was one of the lucky 3000 who participated in the contest.
      Here’s the experience from a man who experienced it.
      I was a participant at Ahmedabad centre. At first the misconception (not only to me but to a lot of participants) was that only 300 out of the whole country would be there. So I expected around 20-30 from Ahmedabad as this was a city with the least IT savvy people compared to the other cities but to my awe, as soon as I saw around 250 people standing in the registration line, I knew I was wrong.
      Hence, the conclusion was there were gonna be 2999 competiors for me !!
      As I reached there, I was given a registration number at the desk and then we were led to an air conditioned auditorium. The venue was nice but still a lot of doubts here and there.
      We could see a couple of youths in Google Tshirts making people envious bout them. They were working actively on the event. The head of Google from Hyderabad, Sonia Flynn, was there. She gave amazing guidelines to the restless participants who wanted to clear each and every doubt in mind (of course, which was needed guys!!)
      Sonia gave a small but nice presentation on GOOGLE and also about Wordmasters 06’.
      But the funny thing, was the funny questions coming from the crowd like “Can I use smileys?” “What’s the least amount of words we can write a passage on?” “Can I use French words?” etc.
      Sonia was amused by the questions but managed to answer.
      They gave a printed paper on which there were 2 sets of words each of a set of 20. Parcipants had to choose one of the sets and write a passage. Conditions were no one can write a passage of more than 200 words, all 20 words have to appear once in the passage and time was 1 hour inclusive of 45 min of writing, 10 min of verifying and 5 min for final check.
      I had studied what the competition was before many days and so was prepared but I was not sure of getting success owing to the poor English levels of Gujarat compared to the other cities, but the competition was not much dependant on the language. It was on smart use of the time to finish a creative passage with given constraints.

      The words were simple, except a few. But for me it was stressful as I wrote the passage the first time in rough in very bad handwriting to get the theme, then a second time to get it more clear, then a 3rd time to see if its all correct grammatically and also if it contains all 20 words and finally the 4th time on the actual answer sheet they had given. I found that I had written 205 words. So cut off some unnecessary words here and there. Finally I ended up at 193 words.
      We submitted it and that’s it.
      They gave goody bags to all, containing a big notepad, a pen, a keychain all with Google logos.
      Everyone’s waiting for a call from The Google HR team. But they would call only 10 and out of 10, 3 would be winners. They would get cash prizes, a distance learning course from some top foreign university and a tour to Hyderabad Google office.
      Well, I had gone because I love that brand. I admire the way it’s come up and I admire the revolutionary products they come up with. Great going GOOGLE!!
      Everyone’s waiting for 30th October 2006 !!!

    • Harshad Joshi 8:48 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Wow…You seem to be the fortunate ones having an AC.. 🙂
      Sadely mnay of us werent. 😦
      Yup. Many common people from all around attended this event. Its simply because Google is successful in making an impression of a world class global superbrand(which incidently it is) in mind of common people, who have little connection with technology, but are potentially biggest consumers. These are the people who will purchase large commodities and will have a role to play in deciding the market stategy. Google needs that more people should know about it.
      Thats it. Google clearly has a solid plan to capture the biggest consumer market in this world. Its only a matter of time before we come to know the real stategy.
      Its going to be unfold soon…
      I am waiting Google…

    • Bala 9:19 am on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I was at the google contest venue at a’bad. I agree with most of what John Mathew says, except that the calls from google HR are supposed to be independent of the contest results. i liked the presentation on google itself, which was a nice brief one.

      There were people who hoped to write in english, creatively no less, but failed to understand simple instructions like switching off their cellphones!

      It was a good concept for a contest and it was encouraging to see the turnout, especially the number of older people. I was also deceived into believing that i was one of the early 300 registrants. google needs to clear that up in future. overall a nice experience. lets see what 30/10 brings.

    • Harshad Joshi 1:25 pm on October 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yes you are right.
      Many people did forget to switch off their mobiles. Even I was amongst them 😉
      Google WM was indeed a unique and challenging experience.

    • Raj Kumar Hansdah 7:10 am on October 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I was @ Kolkata. My GOOGLE goodie bag did not contain the key chain. Lets hear from other participants at the venue (I wasn’t too curious to look inside theirs )

      It was great FUN, especially the doubts raised by the participants ! I felt I was back in my school English class, having regressed (or grown) to Harry’s age.

      About the Essay, I was so focussed on my piece, that I managed to do it in a CRISP, concise 110 words. Then, later I tried to expand it to at least 150 by APPENDING some sentences. Before I coul finish the latter task, the warning bell had rung, and I started jotting down hurriedly on the fair sheet, whatever I had scribbled on the draft.

      The ultimate result would be for the GOOGLERS to judge; but who dares stops me from dreaming that I won… by a wide margin….
      Thats it folks, do share your experiences…..t

    • Harshad Joshi 7:54 am on October 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The goodie bag was a hit..

      Google strategy worked.. 🙂

    • Salim 3:18 am on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yup Harshad, the goody bag was a nice strategy by google to get its brand even more noticeable. Mr. Hansdoh, my bag did NOT contain the keychain as well, so u r not alone 🙂

    • Salim 3:22 am on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      One more thing… the deadline of 45 minutes was not adhered to strictly as when I submitted my paper at the end of 45 mins, there were still people scribbing away merrily for a good 10 mins more with some lame warnings from the google staff. Cheating cheating… boo hoo hooo… 😦

    • Harshad Joshi 4:37 am on October 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, it wasent SSC/HSC board exam and their poorly paid staff. It was Google. Expect them to be linient.. 😀

    • Raj Kumar Hansdah 8:21 pm on October 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks ppl for all ur responses.
      So, I wasn’t the only one bereft og Google key chain !
      And yeah, it did bug me v. much to see many participants at the back seats merrily scribbling away for at least 10 minutes after the end of session. Actually the Googlers were blocked by curious participants quizzing them about results, prizes etc.; thus preventing them from collecting the papers.
      I wish the papers of late submitters be cancelled or penalized.
      Lets wait till Oct. 30th !!

    • Harshad Joshi 3:48 am on October 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I bet that the LLB’s(Lords of the Last Bench) will not win the prize. Winners dont need extra time to finish their papers. 🙂

      The winner will be definately an exceptional and good writer. Of course, Google is going to have a lot of tough time in deciding the winner, because there is no shortage of good writers here.. 😀

      So, lets wait for 30 October 2006, the day when Google shows us who the ‘real’ Wordmaster is..
      (Waiting to be there…)

    • Deepa 7:32 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I too took the wordmasters challenge. With all the hype with which the Google conducted this event they could have organised it more professionallly. Do not know how reliable thier selection process will be. I noticed in Chennai, that there were many in the age group of above 50 and 60. If they turn up as winners will Google recruit them?!

    • Harshad Joshi 8:13 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Deepa

      Oops, it seems those blokes might have forgotten to tell you this that Google Wordmasters 2006 and Google recruitment have got no relation with each other.

      Simply said – Winning Wordmaster dosent mean that Google is gonna employ you. To get into Google, one needs qualifications that Google is searching for. Thats it.

      But unfortunately, many people misunderstood the Wordmaster challenge as a way to get into Google.

      Sigh…if that was the way things turn, I would have been a king by now.. 😉

      Anyway, 30 oct 2006 isent too far…Lets wait and watch..

    • dilettante 9:21 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I was at the A’bad venue, but am from Baroda.
      I came to check the scene out. I teach creative writing (in English), and wondered how good a scope there is to pursue this field- is there enough interest in people to learn how to write professionally.

      Judging by the numbers at the A’bad venue- there are quite a few wannabes.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:36 am on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @dilettante
      This isent a marketting or bussiness blog. 😉

      Anyway, nice to know you.

    • dilettante 5:01 pm on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hi! harshad..
      first off, sorry, but i didnt have the marketing angle in mind. We end up teaching creative writing for free mostly.
      We help kids and teens/ adult who cant find teachers , or cant afford books or tuitions on the subject- with their passion for writing and poetry.

      we also help like minded people to help kids in their area.
      I just stumbled on this blog and asked instinctively, without explaining my intentions.
      once again my apologies. tc. good site.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:52 pm on October 18, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @dilettante

      Hey..theres no need to apologize..

      I had to edit your comments, because of our policy. Its very simple one – We just edit some part of comments, which can possibley divulge personal information like email address, work address or details, personal or political views etc. By doing this, we prevent email spammers/leechers and malicious minded blokes who sniff round the web for data. Unfortunately, as of now, this is the only method that works well. 😦

      And Akismet too..

      Similarly, there are some guys who make use of this facility to market their personal site or blog. Unless we are sure of what content that site has, we dont provide a link to it. 😀

      So, its necessary to do all these things to enable readers a rich experience with the right content, without any possible distraction. No ads, no personal info required. Thats what makes us the user preferred option.. 🙂

    • neha sathaye 5:14 am on October 25, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      wow…..what an experience!
      i would like to congratulate the google team for carrying forward a competition of this sort!

      my experience was quite a thrilling one…..
      i was not in town a day before the competition and landed the city the same day, and while heading the destination realised tht had no pen to write……. “can you beat it, a writer going without a pen to write volumes”

      that was the day i realised that there are few shops in the city that sell pens…..god gracious, i was on time….
      after all that rush….google gave me a good goody bag…..which had something that made me smile…..it had “a BIG BOLD pen”…..ha ha what more i could have asked for?

      an experience with excitement to the fullest, i would be extremely thankful to google for a platform to the writers in india…..we need such recognition!
      and would be more thankful if my dream to win the winners place would come true…….

      “Dare to Dream Big to Live Big”

    • Narcissa 1:08 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Does anyone, anyone at all, know if derivatives were allowed? I mean tenses and forms of the words given… because when I asked at the venue, I was told they were. And then I come across this blogger who says they were strictly forbidden.

    • Harshad Joshi 1:35 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Narcissa
      With less then 24 hours left for the announcement of Google Wordmasters 2006 champ, I guess this question and any answer to it would be insignificant. 😉

    • Raj Kumar Hansdah 6:09 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      waitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiing for the results….

    • dilettante 7:47 pm on October 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @RAJ KUMAR H
      yeahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! results tonight! …………..

      i was just comparing the ‘angst’ we are going thro compared to the Lil CHAMPS contest yesterday.
      those kids and mostly the parents) would know what ‘results’ mean.
      of course,,, exams are the benchmark in nailbiting waits- but that contest beats anything we’ve been thro to a pulp, and how.

      still .. may the besst googler win. (i wonder if those having gmail Ids will have any kind of bearing on the contest…. oh dont you wish now you’d have taken up on that invite.)
      see you after the results for the inevitable bitching.

    • amit 6:07 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      what time are the results coming out
      what website

    • charuta 6:30 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! please anyone who features in the Google results, do leave a message on this page!

      Waiting for the results!

    • ravi 9:04 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      “Everything was over long back” “Whatever has to happen will happen” You won’t win because you are good. You will win coz someone else is not better than you, and all the someone elses are waiting too, so just relax. If u win, ull know only when ur supposed to know. Dont be anxious. Anxiety is an enemy of creativity.

    • Harshad Joshi 9:34 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Huh..what was that?

      Hey dudes, dont worry. Google will mail you if you are the winner.

    • Jyoti 9:40 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      What are the results of google wordmasters???? I have searched it through google but unable to find!!!! Anyone can help???

    • Arshiya 10:33 am on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi..if anyone knows, has google declared the results?

    • Sayan 1:15 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      Any Idea of the results? Have tried my best but no info as yet.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:49 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      😀

    • Pooky 3:19 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi,
      It’s now night of the 30th and still no results. They should at least tell you that you didn’t win, because the anxiety is driving me NUTS!! Will the winner please tell me that I’m not it. Also, please leave an address (so that I can tear him to bits).

    • Harshad Joshi 3:32 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The name of the winners may be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: Google India Pvt. Ltd., Prestige Sigma, No.3, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore 560001.

      😉

    • S.K. 5:58 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Guyz!

      BINGO! I knew that I can do it and I have actually done it!!! Oh boyz, I am top of this world…. But just to let you all know, google have not hired me yet… It has just gifted me a maruti SWIFT!!!

      Thanks for all your appreciations and wishes…

      For those who didn’t win, better luck next time!

      S.K.

    • Sayan 6:16 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Dude,
      Congrats ! Can u share with us the mode of communication that Google preferred to reveal this secret?

    • amit 9:34 pm on October 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      dude SK, congrats.
      how did u get to know?

    • Allan D'Souza 4:55 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      It was a great contest! Briallintly contrived by a bunch of whiz kids, I must say. Proud to have been a participant. But when are the results due? It’s already way past 30th Oct?

    • Allan D'Souza 4:56 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      It was a brilliant contes, I must say. Brilliantly contrived by a bunch of whiz kids. But when are the results due? It’s already way past the deadline. I though all participants were gonna be informed via email?

    • Arshiya 5:05 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey SK congratulations!!! How did u get to know about the result. Did the google guys call u

    • Afterjoseph 6:52 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Can anyone else confirm this? Is there news regarding winners from any other city?

    • Hari Menon 8:34 am on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      [Narcissa:] Does anyone, anyone at all, know if derivatives were allowed?

      At the Bombay venue, this was asked by someone, and the organisers’ response (after a bit of confusion) was: yes, derivatives of words are permitted. So I went ahead and used a few. It was a risk though — you know how clueless organisers can be.

      As for “SK”, the purported winner of the Swift, I find it strange that such a marvellous prize went unannounced in the media. Don’t tell me Google’s PR team is this bad? 😉

    • maits 12:58 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      it may seem like the sour grapes whine (not ‘wine’)… but i sure hope this guy s.k’s essay wasnt as badly written as his comment here. if otherwise, you can only shake your head over google’s falling standards. sigh….

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

      I wanna read that esay.

    • Narcissa 1:09 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      S.K.’s comment is full of grammatical inaccuracies. Does anyone know where Google has put up the results for the Wordmasters challenge?

    • Sayan 1:51 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Everyone,

      Any Idea of which corner of the earth are the results located ? Trust me, Google is only good in the virtual world. I am sure it “sucks” in reality. Sorry to use the word Harshad, but its really frustrating to be a part of this events….esp. after spending so much energy and time in creation….when u don’t know the result….I am sure you would agree with me.

      All the Best Everyone

    • Harshad Joshi 2:34 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sayan

      Hey dude..never feel sorry to use the word Harshad 😉

      Harshad means ‘The giver of joy’ aka ‘The Remover of Sorrow’. So, never worry about any difficult situation in life. There is always a Harshad around you, who can always help you in any kind of situation.

      Just try finding him once 😀

    • Harshad Joshi 2:36 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      BTW, the results are located in Google India HQ, Bangalore. Its address can be located somewhere in the comments section.

    • Sayan 2:56 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      That was quite motivating.

    • S.K. 6:34 pm on October 31, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guyz! just take a chill pill…i was kidding…just wanted to add some more volumes to the curiosity among the blog readers. btw, i am not that lucky to top around 3000 contestants in India (Read: lucky)…as I believe that anyone’s potential can’t be measured with just a 45 mins of hassled competition organized by confused nerds of Google…

      hey Harshad, thanks for your mail dude…:)….neways, i am also one those curious ‘janta’, who wants to know the actual results of Wordmaster…ANYBODY THERE??? cheerz!

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

      hey everybody,
      i was wondering how the results will be out… does anybody know whether the google ppl have told the non winners that the results are ….. whatever?
      because i did not get any mail in my mail box

      BTW…. the comments here are very good 🙂

    • amit 12:30 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Ok, friends, Googlers, countrymen, since Google hasn’t been able to decide, what do you think of the following essay? I think, in all modesty, that this would be better than Ass Kay’s.

      It is absurd and weird that men are better than horses because of their horse sense. What if the horses imagine an impossible scene of making men ‘had been; what if they put on their thinking hats, and go inside a box to analyze phenomena, to experiment, to create? Their inquisitive faculties, incisive observations, and horse power and energy might just rein in all the luck, and give them the right direction. You never know! When they come out of the box, they might just say ‘ Eureka’! Archimedes had discovered the principle of floating, they might discover principles of emoting, doting, gloating all of which are vanishing from the human race. Swift had written about this in Gulliver’s Travels . Hyounyms were master horses, Yahoos were slave men. You don’t think it’s practical? Did anyone think that a djinn called Google would be possible? Now we know why Google overrides Yahoo. The horse power may cause men-o-pause. It’s time to give up?

      Time to think out of the box?
      What do you think of this innovation?
      I think it rocks.
      I have put on all my thinking hats and socks!

    • Pooky 3:33 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I’m back people.
      I find it hard to believe that this S.K character has actually won. Maybe he didn’t reveal much because of my last threat (heh heh), or maybe he’s just pulling our legs.
      In any case, I always expected that GOOGLE, the God of the Internet (or at least one of the candidates for that post), would publish the resuts ONLINE, instead of having ME send a SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE to their office in Bangalore. No wonder they call it BANG-A-LORE, what with all that story of smokes and mirrors in the package.

      By the way, if any winner is worried, then for their info I’m from M.P. So it’s unlikely that I can harm them in any other city.

    • maits 4:00 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hey amit, that was one ear-to-ear stretcher of an essay you wrote. you can obviously think on your feet. google or no google, i wanna congratulate you for your fine writing. if you make it, i’m sure the best man will have won!

    • amit 4:11 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      thanks a ton, maits
      it’s always gratifying for a writer to get such encouragement

    • sandy 4:42 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, some interesting comments. Hard to believe that Google would keep the results so hush-hush

    • sandy 5:04 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Guys, this is the rough draft I wrote for the contest. I’m sure it’s nowhere near the best, but please send your comments on whether you like it or not. Please be candid.

      Angry? Who me?

      Pradip was angry. He faced a dilemma is his professional life. He was finding it difficult to adjust. He loathed his overbearing boss, who he thought had an ulterior motive to destroy his career. He understood that disagreements were meant to be democratic, but his boss’s view’s differed so very drastically with his! He understood that he had to control his temper, not be adamant, but adjust. He was hurt by his constant accusations of slackness. He felt he needed a rethink on his future, an insight, for he felt that his boss’s motives had been suspicious, at best. He would have liked someone with an innate goodness of nature and penchant for adherence to human values.

      Pradip tried to calm his nerves. Maybe he would practise meditation, which was the suggestion of his anger management therapist. Suddenly he laughed out loud. He was always struck by how much his therapist looked like Einstein, with his silver goatee, frizzled hair and white cloak.

      The sound of the chiming clock woke Pradip up from his reverie. Lata, his wife, came over and kissed him. Instantly, he was transformed. His taut nerves loosened. Her mere presence lifted the nebulous cloud that had formed in his mind. He was under control and confident of success. Taking a deep breath, he marched out into the sunshine, for his office.

    • maits 6:07 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      you deserve every bit of it amit. beauty, like contact lens lies in the eyes of the beholder. but for this once, it lay in your essay. thats a good thing because this way you dont run the risk of catching conjectivitis. i’m glad my earlier comment didnt turn out to be the sour grapes ‘whine’…. would have to take a sip outs the sour grapes ‘wine’ otherwise. lage raho, is all i can say. where theres a will, theres property. who knows your name might be in it too….

    • Superstar 7:47 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Hari,
      I was the one who asked at the Mumbai venue about the use of derivatives. They clearly answered finally that they were allowed. I had a good laugh at SK’s teaser about winning a Swift. If wishes were horses……..

      No offence meant, but Amit’s essay did not excite me at all. Half of the essay did not make good sense. It seemed that the key words were forced into the writing. In a winner’s essay, the use of the 20 key words should go with the natural flow of the writing and they should not even be noticed.

      This said, it is very strange that Google has not yet declared the three winners anywhere. If anyone knows anything about the winners, pls post it here.

      Cheers!
      Superstar

    • Ranjani S 7:49 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well, Am I relieved to know that SK was only pulling a prank. Well, folks, since there seems to be no other way to find out the results, I found myself marching to the Post Office (I admit, I am doing this after a very long time indeed !!) and have sent in a snail mail to the guys at Google alongwith a stamped self-addressed envelope (I didn’t realize stamps and envelopes are so costly)

    • amit 8:03 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      pun is fun isn’t it?
      am a compulsive punner too…
      what’s your name

    • neha sathaye 10:39 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      can google pls reveal the secret to the janta…………..
      its high time they send a mail………………………..
      i request the google team to inform all the 3000 contestants the results….and not the winners only……
      otherwise the restof the contestants live their entire life with that one single hope……….

      do make it fast!

    • Piali 11:27 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Angry? Who me!
      I was trying my best to control my nerves. Few minutes back, my Doctor a competent professional, pronounced that my lungs were severely damaged. I had to adjust, my life around the oxygen cylinder – my lifeline. My vehement disagreement was futile. Extreme shortness of breath bound me to a wheelchair. I was wallowed in anger – raging and fuming. On a moment of sheer depression, my friend suggested me to start meditation. The motive was to rethink over my condition and to bring out the best in it. And then started a real ‘fairy tale’. I felt to be the boss of my own life My hurt feelings were washed with a sense of serenity. My insight to life deepened. No more was the adamant youth, when people confronted me but tried to accept that in a democratic country, differences of viewpoints are obvious. The famous formula of Einstein, E=mc2 had a new meaning for me, where ‘c’ referred to my Inner Light – Light of the Soul. It nurtured the aspects of goodness latent in me.
      It taught me the ultimate lesson – to be a human being, I had to be humane towards one and all. That is the best form of anger management for me.

      Words – 196
      (it is a real life situation for me. Meditation did help me overcome the helpless feeling over my disease. My doctors had given me up. And toady with I am recovering with a hand in hand working of conventional medicine and a unique no-drug, no-touch Energy Therapy called Pranic Healing)
      anyone interested to know about it may contact me.
      when i saw the words, i just felt it was one more avenue for me to reach out and share my expreince

    • maits 11:33 am on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      people i smell battle… ‘superstar’ honey, amit’s writing makes good sense to sensible people (gwarsh… what am i doin? fighting it out for somebody i did not know existed, until today!). anyway amit, if you are looking at this, ” your essay being good falls in no grey area, rest assured. but the cells that went in its making can be imagined to be as grey as they come. as for ‘superstar’, let him eat cake…..”

    • Hari Menon 12:15 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      [@ Ranjini:]
      I’d recommend that you don’t waste any more money. 🙂 I spent half a day and around Rs 50 on participating, and I’m not willing to invest any more effort or time. I’m sure there are others who spent far more than I did — I didn’t have to travel very far to reach the Bombay venue.

      [@ Superstar:]
      I’m trying to remember what you looked like, but to no avail. 🙂 I also recall someone else asking about the use of prepositions and conjunctions (of, but etc) and the organisers’ response was that these won’t be taken into consideration when determining the word count. I ignored them because the question paper clearly said participants will be penalised for getting the word count wrong. Who’s to know if “because” or “before” will be counted or not? So I included *all* words in my word count.

      [@ maits:]
      Amit’s essay was decent, but it had many factual errors. “Rein in all the luck” would mean stop luck, which was not what he intended. Archimedes propounded the principle of flotation, not floating.”Doting, gloating and emoting” aren’t vanishing from the human race — indeed, humans are getting better at these things! He also misspelt “Houyhnhnm”, and the “men-o-pause” joke seemed far-fetched. These minor things don’t matter in a blog post, but you can be sure Google will notice!

    • Superstar 3:39 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hari,I’m the one who asked the most questions at the Mumbai venue……..some of them even embarrassed the organisers for the many flaws in their stated rules of the competition. 😉

      Cheers & good luck to all!
      Superstar

      PS: Still no winners declared??

    • Harshad Joshi 4:03 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Superstar

      Hey, this isent the place to argue or show supremacy. Please find some other suitable venue to settle your scores.

    • Sayan 6:00 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Everyone,

      I would advice everyone to stop predicting and instead, try and find the results and let the entire community know.

      Arguements won’t lead us anywhere Guyz !!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 6:35 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sayan
      Yeah. The bi*chy a**holes have been blocked forever. 🙂

    • Hari Menon 6:54 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Amit posted his essay and asked readers what they thought of it. And some people gave their honest opinion. How can that be considered “argument” or “showing supremacy”? In other words: if you ask for an opinion, be prepared to accept criticism along with praise. I don’t see Amit complaining, so he’s perhaps mature enough to realise this fact.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:11 pm on November 1, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hari
      Hmm..some commenters are a lot immature with an idiotic approach. Please dont mind them..

      Let me tell ya – Writing is a very difficult job, and I guess, checking it is even more difficult. Perheps due to our great talents, the Googles ‘respected’ writers might be having a tough time out there to decide the best writer. 🙂

    • Pooky 3:38 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      This is getting really annoying.
      I DO NOT intend to send them a self addressed post card.
      Some one should talk to one of their representatives and tell them what we all think of them. Google is simply jumping into the fire by ill treating so many of it’s fans. Have they no idea how many people participated not because of their writing skills but because of their crush on google? (Believe, me I’m not one of them).
      I honestly think that I can win. But, there are a lot of people out there, and so I may lose. But in any case, I should be respected as a writer and be informed of the outcome. ASAP.

    • maits 4:18 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      well folks, is no news good news?

    • ravi 4:24 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Zabardast Dhokha!! get back to work guyz..

    • Manjit Singh 5:17 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Results? Reeesulttts? Where are You? Come on out, Result…We are waiting for you.

      Well It seems the Result for GWM has gone and hid itself in some nook or cronny !!!

      Now it is over 3 days past the result’s deadline and yet the result is not out.

      How can Google goof-up, it is simply not expected from the leader, naaa God of the Web !!!

    • Harshad Joshi 5:38 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      Yes. You are right. Its always better to get back to work.

    • Piali 5:45 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Ya Harshad , we all are back to work. but it is unexpected of a leader to act this way. every participant has the right to know the winner and runners up. what makes the results so unavailable? at least we expect to see their essays posted, marvel at their writing skill and congratulate them. and it is not the only contest held by Google. The results of Code jam are out on the net. Why so much secrecy on this one particularly ??

    • ravi 7:16 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      im thinking…. is there some clause in the Rights to Information Act where we can sue them for delaying information…. and after we get the money… Ill take a 50% cut for proposing the idea, Harshad 20%, and the best eight comments can share the rest. The ten of us can then tour the area where that RTI booster, Arvind Kejriwal, (Ramon Magsaysay award) lives, and we can also do a distance learning course in “Lawsuits and Legal Proceedings against Errring Companies.” Then, we can hope to get recruited by some big law firm where we can make money out of screwing people instead of waiting to make money and then screwing in Google.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:45 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      Lemme tell ya dude…that is one of the best comments.. Muhahahahaha.. 😀

    • maits 8:23 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi
      yeah ravi, i second harshad. if there were to be a competion to judge the best satirical comment, you would win handsdown.

    • Scooby-Doo 9:11 am on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Google has succeeded in turning me into a crazed,hyper, compulsive-obsessive woman! No results…and it’s November 2nd already! Waaaaahhh!!! Where are the results?? And yes, I wouldn’t mind turning to the courts now…I’ll get double compensation for a) zabardast dhokebaazi by an MNC and b) a hitherto perfect human being destroyed by terror tactics of top-dog companies.
      Pleeez friends, do leave a note if and when u come to know of the results!!
      Bye!

    • Piali 1:20 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Is the result really out?
      if yes, then why isn’t a single winner coming up to share the wonderful news? has they been prohibited by google from doing so?
      if yes, wat binds them to follow such dictate?
      if no, then is it not the least courstesy for googles to inform the delay about result?
      Lord,
      May the brilliant employees of Google be blessed with the understanding that the contestants are also human beings and they deserve to be treated with respect and not left hanging indefinitely.

      let us all pray together 🙂

    • ravi 2:43 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey….

      Does their aim “to FIND and REWARD” mean the same as “to RECOGNIZE and REWARD” or FIND means just FIND??

      BTW, when did they ever mention that there is gonna be a public announcement ???

      My guess is that the winners have already been informed.

    • Harshad Joshi 2:48 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Who cares??

      Hmm..I think the winners might have been notified. But fearing the controversy of results, I think Google is maintaining silence. Or maybe Google wants to announce more winners..!!

    • Pooky 4:50 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think much of the possibility of more winners. However, at the Indore center, the Google employees delibirately avoided the questions asked about the announcement details. I’m guessing that this was all thought out.

      This leads to another possibility: that there are NO winners. Google may have hoodwinked all of us. After all, this forum is the first result when you Google “google wordmaster result”, so anybody can find it. Also, if winners actually have been forbidden to speak of their credit, they can very well use a pseudoname (like the one I’m using) and announce.

      I’m more inclined to think that there have been no announcements yet; otherwise we would have heard of it. Or, that there aren’t going to be ANY winners, and Google has our writing. We do not have any rights to it (I don’t even have a copy of mine).

      Moreover, we did not pay anything to participate. What possible benefit could Google have by organizing this contest. Face it people, Google is a commercial giant, not a sympathizing NGO that’s out to work for the slums. What is it’s hidden motive, and it’s final destination?

    • ALI KIRMANI 5:09 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Has anyone out here tried posting a letter to the given address. I jus did it, lets c. I will notify u guys if i get a reply frm the google guys. newey the big deal is tht google is a internet giant, and when the results are out they will be on the net before anywhere. I had participated in the comp. at Delhi, and believe me somthin was missin, missin as in the whole event seemed a bit ill managed. me wonderin why the guys not putting up the results, may they wanna avoid any controversies.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:51 pm on November 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Chill out dudes. Life is more exciting and awesome. Lets not waste time on Google Wordmasters. Maybe even they might be goo’f’led on seeing a great response, maybe they got less then what they had expected.

      Actually, if you carefully observe Googles recent paradigms, then you will find that they have invested a lot in Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Machine Design and digitization of large databases. Maybe its one of Google Labs project that searches and indexes human handwritings. It can be a project to decipher human handwriting or some fuzzy system to identify patterns..anything might be possible..for completion of this project, they might be needing large samples of different handwritings and topics from people of different backgrounds. So they might have arranged this compitition.

      The other motive was to reach a large number of ‘non-technical’ users. I observed at Google WM Pune that a large number of participants were MBA, B Com or non engineer graduates. I think they might have well reached their targets. Also, some have speculated that Google is unveiling its new Adsense technology and it needs people who can recognize the monetery value of words.

      And err..if nothing happens of what I mentioned above, forget that I had said anything. 😉

    • Pooky 3:24 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Not to be over-paranoid here, but I think that you may have something there, Harshad. The idea of Google indexing all of our handwritings is not too far-fetched, as it would seem that the ultimate goal of Google is world domination.
      If it records our Google Searches, and saves and indexes that result, along with all of our gmails, and chats, and net habits, indexing our real life handwritings would be the next logical step.

      Maybe we should have another forum for discussing the pros and cons of a commercial giant knowing everything about your life.

    • ravi 9:14 am on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      yaaawwwnn…. im not so keen on winning ‘their’ contest anymore. Ill just take the prize if it comes.

      .. and ya..wats up with this envelope thing folks??? GOOGLE cant put up some 30 words of information on a webpage???? WHAATHAAFFCKKKK. (therez never been an occasion when Ive said WTF with so much disbelief/disgust…. so much disbelief/disgust that the inside of my lower lip is bleeding after saying it.)

    • Manjit Singh 1:59 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well Said, Amit !!!

      Is it really Google or is it some third agency, who had cornered the contract to evaluate the writings? and then unable to excute the same.

      There is a sense of Deja Vu, remember what happens in Meerut? 13-14 yrs old, Fifth standard students checking PG Papers?

      Who is to say about the actual picture, Google is not forthcoming with the truth.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:12 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey..thats curious. Today I called on the number from which Google had contacted me and lo..the office boy took the call and told that only he and his boss work there. Whoa..did Google outsource its management job to a company having only two employees..!!

      Dangerous..this is dangerous.

    • dilettante 6:26 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hmmm, apparently the contest is garnering more ill will than good will. This is a case of backfiring ideas.
      As it is I have become upset with Google because they hold up Opera’s operations when it comes to accessing gmail.
      This is the only result (the winners) that does not show up on a google search.
      pray hope that they havent fininshed correcting, and one of us may still get that call.
      heh heh.
      but the point made earlier is very valid. how come they didnt put out the names at a place. Even if it is delayed , why not say that.

      something is fishy in Denmark.
      Harshad keep up the sleuthing, i’ll provide backup.
      You look up the back alley i’ll make some calls to bangalore.
      The rest of you – make a large circle. and move in when you get the signal.

    • ravi 5:16 am on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ dilletante
      “….the rest of you – make a large circle. and move in when you get the signal…”

      LOL dilletante…. i just burst out laughing at this…. Burst out just like that guy at the contest in Bangalore….when the organizers said that 10 winners would get a tour of the google office, he asked “which office (sounding which country)” and they said “Hyderabad.” Dude din notice the “ONE DAY TOUR” i suppose.

      BTW, i called the bangalore office. They said they have no information whatsoever and asked me to contact Google Hyde office…I called them and they said they have no information too. Whoaaaaaa…….

    • Harshad Joshi 5:31 am on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      OK – here is another phone number. Not of Google India, but of the particular company that had arranged the event for Google Wordmasters in Pune.

      +912024458380

      Even these blokes are unaware of this matter.

    • Pooky 2:35 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Anyone got a reply from their postal yet?
      The T&C say that the winer’ll be informed within a week of declaration. That leaves 3 days to go.

    • amit 6:23 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      rum tum trumpledum bacon fat and strumpledum …old saint mumpledum …pull his tail and strumpledum…and old doggerel in the play saint joan…we seem have been pulled in a pool of circular circumspections, which is why i had posted my stuff
      there are people who liked it and some whose supremacy didn’t quite let them…
      about my essay…well as the last 4 lines suggest…it’s not about whether archimedes discovered floating or flotation…anyone with li’l brains can figure that out…or the spelling of the H word which I still don’t know even after coming across it many times…it’s about innovation. i am not giving any information. it’s word play….it’s to show how ideas can be twisted an dhow writing can be fun…how words can be played around with and an engaging structure arrived at. i am no techno or info geek and if i were to define myself….well i’d always resist definitions…it’d be against the convention of structures of incumbent knowledge systems. makes sense? if not, consider it another essay that i revelled in…
      anyways, one good thing that happened was that people posted their stuff instead of whining “where are the results” …so we got to read some stuff…and we also smelt ….or felt…
      might be google is going to make a film script out of this blog
      he he
      cheers people

    • amit 6:25 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      now dont’t say i don’t know the spelling of how which has been spelt has dhow. he he

    • amit 6:26 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      and a dont’t to top that

    • Harshad Joshi 6:58 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      So, finally I can predict that the results will be out on or around 7 nov 2006, ie only a couple of days from now. We waited eagerly for a month, lets wait for some more hours..48 maybe.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:09 pm on November 4, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm…is the winner somewhere on these posts??

    • ravi 5:41 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Intezar mein hai jo mazaa, woh mulakat mein kahaan?
      jisnebhi isko likha, zara please tell me tu hain kahaan?
      Tumko bathadoon ki, han zaroor, mazaa hai intezar mein..,
      …agar intezar ek sundar google ho, aur ‘hum’ uski *** mein.

      .. someone wanna edit this???… and keep it decent guyz.

    • ravi 5:58 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      … .can someone edit this for me along the lines of intezar and extended-intezar???

    • Pooky 8:01 am on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I sure hope that the winner is here. Guess who I’m voting for?

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

      @Pooky

      Is it me?? 😉

      Please vote for me….if the winner is to be decided by polls..

    • amit 4:23 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      mr joshi you sure will win the web racketeer of the year award..he he

    • Harshad Joshi 6:13 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Now thats what I can call a ‘jerk’.

      Muhahahahaha 😀

    • amit 7:15 pm on November 5, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      was that a knee-jerk reaction?

    • punny 5:09 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      no point hiding the fact. none at all hiding behind the ‘who me?’ facade. this google fiasco has reduced us all to a bunch of angry young/old (owing to the no-age-bar) men and women. it has infected us with a kind of opressive compulsive disorder that makes us stare hopelessly hopefully at our inboxes for hours on end. (in my case- with breaks to look over my shoulder suspecting the boss’s eyes to be on me, and my lack of work).
      if not sue it, i atleast hope to sew together my shattered hopes and dreams…

    • punny 5:10 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      i meant age-no-bar. owe this to google too!

    • sandy 5:10 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, Manjit, Ravi, Amit

      Guys, i enjoyed every one of the writings posted here. Great blog. Great fun. Great writing talent. And as for my essay, i didnt get any feedback, but if anyone has read it, thanks pal. Harshad, I was thinking whether everyone could send other samples of their writings to be read and commented upon, without malice. What do u think?

    • punny 5:11 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      and the title was ‘angry? yes me!

    • Harshad Joshi 5:18 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sandy

      Yeah, definately your idea is great. Feel free to post what you guys wrote at Google Wordmasters 2006, I bet you will get an unbiased feedback..without much delay..

      😉

    • Sarita 5:27 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey people,

      I have been reading the comments from 30th oct…v.interesting! I participated from bangalore and what a hyped up event this was….indeed very surprising that there is no winner yet…have we all been had?!!! and yes, harshad, google had outsourced this event to some crazy stupid event mgt co. i had not even got a confirmatory email from them for participation, but got some idiotic missed calls on my cell from the event mgt guys. when i called them back to check out, they asked me what i wanted…imagine i get a missed call from them and they ask me why they gave me missed calls!!! anyway, i got an sms the evening before the event and that’s all how i landed there. what shitty mgt! and to think that some 3000 of us have all been fooled!!! hahaha…do they have a good sense of humour or what!

      anyway, whether the results are out or not, reading the comments here are good fun, and i now log in more out of interest in them! And Amit, i really liked your piece of work….i am a punner too. it’s good fun.

      curiousity may have killed the cat, but we are no cats and still alive n kicking, waiting for the results…….

    • sandy 5:37 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      As I told before, all the essays posted here are eminently readable, which is what ultimately what counts. Harshad, Amit, Piali…. all of you wrote well. The line of thinking was different, styles and techniques were all different. All of you who went to google thought you could write something worth a second look, and I think you all suceeded. The difference in thought processes really amazed me, there are so many ways to approach the same topic. And I think you should all continue writing, even if engaged in different professions ( if the writing bug hasn’t consumed you yet like is has me).

    • Harshad Joshi 5:38 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Basically, this entire event was arranged to give the very young Google India team an experience of real life situations and real life management. Prior to this competition, several mock competitions were conducted at Google Hyderabad. I got this info from an MBA bloke who was with me at GWM, Pune. He was doing his intership with a company situated at baner. This company probably had taken a job to provide online and offline ads to Google. Carefully observe Google ads esp on Orkuts Indian communities – We are getting ads in tamil and Gujrati and Hindi.

      If you had closely observed, the maximum age of the Google employee was approx 25. So, please be a little linient on them It was probably their first try at conducting such kind of event. Remember – Management in Indian environment is very difficult, because we have got all sorts of people from diverse backgrounds. Its very difficult for foreign companies to adjust to Indian conditions.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:41 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Sandy.. 🙂

    • amit 6:06 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder if 30th September set our imaginations on fire as much as post-30th. Julius Caesar dead is more powerful than Julius Caesar alive. The conspiracy theorists of the 1980s America have had a run for their money I am sure…idiom database, cultural interpellation…nice theories. But i guess their system of outsourcing has simply backfired and Google time has become Indian Stretchable Time.
      @Sarita: Thanks a ton for the encouragement. and obviously you and i know punny is different from a different world of the puny.
      @sandy: i guess you’ve made a very good point about how different thought processes interepret the same moot idea. Thanks
      @Mr Joshi. You’ve got your award. This is the most happening blog these days.

    • Manjit Singh 6:17 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      So, My Hunch seems to be correct after all?

      I strongly feel that the much publicized event was actually an exercise to test the waters, maybe to retain people for some superBlog or to present relevant, human edited content – in the lines of askme.com, about.com, wikipedia.com et al.

      It was totally outsourced job and the 3rd agency goofed up.

      The Proofs of Goof-ups are many-
      1. The invitations for the test were not very effectively communicated.

      2. It was presented basically as an intro to Google’s various ventures and not actually as a contest attracting Talent.

      3. Arrangements for the test involving people to generate IT Bytes using language were pathetic, to say the least. I am sure many people must have felt uneasy using pen paper, instead of a PC (at least I Did).

      4. India is not very high on the Google’s agenda, then why this contest was held here only?

      5. At some places, Contestants were given 60 Minutes and elsewhere just 45 Minutes. They organizers did not even have a clear-cut policy?

      6. Even the Logo on Goodies Bag was somewhat different, meaning it was second grade job conceived, and executed locally, by equally proficient dumbos.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:26 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Amit
      Hey thanks dude, I will take it as a compliment.
      But even me is amongst those 3000 guys fighting (and searching hard) to reach the top 😉

    • Harshad Joshi 7:29 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Mr Manjit Singh
      I found problems only with the Google Goody bag – It was made of pure cardboard with no mentions of a recycle logo. I guess it was a handmade tool and was meant to be thrown as soon as possible.

      Other then that, there was no way that I could replace my original Yamaha key chain with a weak plastic one by Google. Lets face it – Yamaha is a more trusted brand with a great deal of funky products, including my bike.. 🙂

    • Ranjani S 8:23 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Intezaar yoon hi hum kartey rahe,
      Google results ki raah dekhtey rahe,
      Blog pe blog Harshad banata gaya,
      aur hum sab usmein likhtey gaye.

      Na results aaye na winners dikhey
      aur na janey kitney blogs baney,
      “Google Wordmasters” ki jagah ab hum log
      ‘Harshad blog’ search karney lagey.

    • punny 8:38 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @amit
      you are right amit- though i dont claim to be a Brobdingnag, i’m not exactly puny either ;)…

    • amit 8:46 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      is there no one from bangalore on this blog who can enlighten us?

    • Harshad Joshi 10:16 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I had found someone at Google Hyderabad, but she hasent replied as of now.

    • ravi 10:18 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      dear…
      of course we read it and here are my comments.

      1. The plot was fantastic 100/100.
      2. Grammar was almost flawless 98/100.
      3. Tone and sequence of theme(whatever you understand by that) 99/100.
      4. Creativity 98/100.
      5. Logic and relevance/usage of words …. mmmmm 90/100

      .. its a fine example of how, like someone here said, the keywords should be in a flow and shudnt look like they’ve been forced into the writing….. if that were to be a parameter in the judging process, ud certainly score full points..

      “He was always struck by how much his therapist looked like Einstein, with his silver goatee, frizzled hair and white cloak.” Im finding it hard to link why Pradip laughed out loud when his therapist told him to meditate. Anyways, its not all that irrelevant. And I guess every entry is definitely going to have a certain degree of irrelevance (except mine, coz im going to win this ******* contest). I wouldnt be surprised to meet you on the tour…

      Overall, I would say it was pretty neat work. You can certainly write a book that I would’nt hesitate to buy if I wanted to.

    • Harshad Joshi 10:18 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ranjani
      I am flattered.. 😀

      Hmm..so its now clear to me who had typed those queries on Google..

    • Hari Menon 10:22 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, maybe you should gently remind your Hyderabad contact that journalists are slowly beginning to express an interest in running a small feature on Google’s goof-up? It’s not really a lie, because I was a journalist for six years. 😀

    • Harshad Joshi 10:29 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hari

      Wow thats great..actually, this whole compitition was targetted primarily towards professionals like jounalists, graduates from mass communication, marketting background etc.

      This explains the major reason why engineers like me promptly called it a biiig show off…I was visibely upset the moment I came to know what it was all about. Not that I am a bad writer, but I was expecting something else.. 😦

    • Harshad Joshi 10:32 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      All journalists and readers over here – Please voice your opinions without fear. This is the only place where free speech and liberty is practiced without any baising or favour.. 😀

    • ravi 10:52 am on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ RANJANI S

      LOL Ranjani… sexxxxy one… tx for taking the cue… Filllllls the heart.

      ..true Ranjani, I suppose we are forming a small community here thats gonna stick around for a long time …wat say u Harshad…

      Im beginning to like this community better than my “friends.”

      No prejudice. No facial features. No color of skin. No size of boobs. No information on financial status. No information on marital status. No information on availability for sex. Pure mind. I like this place.

    • Ranjani S 12:51 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Queries ? What queries? Bhai, all we need are results, winners, any news from the Google guys about what they got out of 30th September and yes, the sooner the better…

    • Harshad Joshi 12:56 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Relax..too much desperation causes a loss of focus, which may definately affect our daily work.

    • Harshad Joshi 12:57 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The winner knows it all..

    • Hari Menon 1:12 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      To be precise, no news is no good.

    • Ranjani S 1:14 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Harshad, DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING or EVERYTHING of the results?

    • ravi 3:20 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Despite your disagreement, it is my viewpoint that we should be professional, set aside our differences, adjust and rethink our approach on how to control and accept with goodness the hurt caused by the adamant denial of our democratic rights by the now formerly humane boss who organized the GWM contest; and not worry about meditation, soothing the nerves, or anger management, because even Einstein with all his insight would not have been able to decipher his motive.

    • ravi 3:46 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Despite your disagreement, it is my viewpoint that we should be professional, set aside our differences, adjust and rethink our approach on how to control and accept with goodness the hurt caused by the adamant denial of our democratic rights by the now formerly humane boss who organized the GWM contest; and not worry about meditation for soothing the nerves or anger management, because even Einstein with all his insight would not have been able to decipher his motive.

    • sandy 7:26 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      Ha, ha, that last comment was well put! As for your comments on my piece, its immensely gratifying. I’ve just written five pages of a screenplay after reading it. But what about your piece? Do let us share.

      As for the competition, it all depends on Google’s sincerity. We might have got it all wrong, for I seem to remember the Googlers telling us that the results would be out ‘around’ 30th, and not ‘on’ the 30th. Of course, I must be wrong, because all of you knew otherwise. In that case, there are two plausible scenarios. One, Google is indifferent and thus callous, as suggested. Two,they are terribly serious and quality conscious and want to be sure of the mettle of the winners. As you know, in literature, assessment of good writing is subjective. Let’s hope the latter is true and we get ten worthy winners.

    • sandy 7:30 pm on November 6, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi

      You are right. Pradip laughed out loud because his therapist’s Einstein-ish look came to his mind. But the way I put it makes it quite confusing. Thanks for pointing that out.

    • Ranjani S 4:53 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I called twice on the number provided by Harshad. Its this company called Merittrac, that conducts tests and exams for different companies. But whoever picks up the phone after being queried on the GWM result date says, ” the concerned person is not there” or “the concerned person is on leave” “I have no idea about who the concerned person is”.

      Why so much hush-hush on this? Even the Doodle for Google results have been announced a day earlier than scheduled.

    • punny 5:15 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      i’ve lost hope – not about winning; thats been dead and buried a long while now, but of atleast discovering who the lucky three are-altogether. i just visit this forum once in a while to see others’ subtle (and some not-so-subtle’) comments as a mildly amusing distraction. so what if my company has blocked personal emails and messenger services, have met a good deal of interesting people here. thats a pat on the back for you harshad. keep up the good work…

    • punny 5:40 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      come on, come all… ye shunned, ye spurned, sanghattan mein shakti hai! lets form a community. lets have a president and a secretary. lets have monthly meets and eats as excuses to display our jewellery and gaudy clothes and carefully memorized technical details of the latest automobiles we have acquired. lets arrange blood donation camps and google-hate themed poetry competitions for school children and give out pencil boxes as prizes. what can be a nobler way to serve the nation?

    • Harshad Joshi 6:20 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ranjani
      A couple of days ago, even I had called them, and surprising, the office boy picked up the phone and said that only two people work there and the boss was on leave.

      Let me tell you – Its a big lie and its also a sign of unprofessionalism.

      I had received a call from this same very company conforming my entry to GWM 2K6, and a voice was that of someone claiming to have a name Pallavi.

      This bogus answers is just to avoid peoples calls, and misgude them.

    • Harshad Joshi 6:22 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Puny
      Thanks dude. Dont lose hope. There are endless ways to beat your enemy if you have a right tool.

      Just boycott Google Search and use Ask.com or Yahoo! search for a few days. Similarly, inform all your friends about this. Google will definately learn its lessons the way it deserves.

    • Ranjani S 6:24 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      Yes, I had got a call from this Pallavi a day before the contest besides two emails sent earlier. This company is a big one with presence in some eight cities across India and a list of clients worth looking at.

      Take a look at their website http://www.merittrac.com

    • Harshad Joshi 6:26 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Update Alert
      Right now I called Google Online India Private Limited on number – +912255078700 and a person named Sumant advised me to call a number +912267078629 after 12:30 pm.
      Now for all those who want to convey Google their love, hatred, emotions, boos, shouts, this is the number that can help you. Call it and accordingly tell what your experience was . This person probably knows all the result details.
      The postal address is
      Google Online India
      Office No.211, Level 2,
      Raheja Centre Point
      294 CST Road,
      Near Mumbai University
      Off Bandra Kurla Complex, Kalina
      Santacruz (East),
      Mumbai 400 098
      phone +91-22 55078700
      fax +91-22 55078711

    • Harshad Joshi 6:32 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ranjani
      My wild guess is that the eminent writers are nobody but the blokes working for this Merittrac thing.

      Now we have got two targets – One is Google India and the other is Merittrac.

    • Ranjani S 6:35 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Chalo sab,
      saade baara ke liye tayaar ho jaao,
      phone utao,
      number ghoomao,
      kaun hai winner,
      pata lagao…

      aur nahi pata chale toh,
      phir se blog par aao,
      Harshad ko sab bataao,
      aur thoda Google ko bala boora sunaao

    • punny 6:50 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @harshad
      i repeat, i may not be a Brobdingnag, but i’m not exactly ‘puny’ either.
      @rajani
      lead kindly light honey…. make mincemeat of the google people. lets hear what you have to say after that

    • punny 6:51 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      sorry, i meant ‘ranjani’

    • Ranjani S 7:01 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey guys, I just called up on the Google India number that Harshad gave.
      spoke to this lady called Marianne (not sure about the name, the voice had an accent), She heads marketing for Google India.

      The important point is she said the results will be announced to the media on Wed or Thurs and will be notified to all the participants via email.

    • Manjit Singh 7:07 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I kept telling you people that Google has outsourced the whole gimmick to some two bit outfit.

      Nice Kavita, Ranjani !!!

      Turbans off t’you (I am a Surd, Hence not Hat but Turban)

    • Arshiya 7:14 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Guys..jus had a word with a guy named Deep at the no 02267078629.
      The results will be declared on Thursday, the 9th. The mode will be press release + a personal email. Confirmed info….so hold ur breath!!

    • sandy 8:45 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @rajani, harshad, punny, amit, ravi

      It is disappointing to note Google’s slipshod arrangements. That they have outsourced to Merittrac is not such a big issue, but the followup is abysmal. If Merittrac hosted the event, they could have posted a commentary on their website. And if we take the ’eminent writers’, I must say it was always a stunt. I don’t know any eminent writers personally, but I presume they have to write a lot and don’t have the time or the inclination to hobnob with Google and check 200-word essays, even in their spare time with Googlers waving wads of notes at them. Realistically, I have no problem with the ’eminent writers’ of Merittrac assessing the writings, provided they come up with a result.

      Meanwhile, I read somewhere on this blog that the results might come out on 7th, is that on? Harshad, do you know anything about this?

    • ravi 9:32 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ punny

      “…lets have monthly meets and eats as excuses to display our jewellery and gaudy clothes and carefully memorized technical details of the latest automobiles we have acquired….”

      LOL punny… precisely how it stinks in my part of the world too.

    • ravi 9:37 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      geeeee Sandy….. nice to know……… Just analyze this quote for their two meanings “Our achievements are limited only by our imagination”

      just keep em’ flowing…..

    • ravi 9:40 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      geeeee Sandy….. nice to know………

      “Our achievements are limited only by our imagination”

      just keep em’ flowing…..

    • Hari Menon 10:18 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I wrote to two interesting email addresses that I found on MeritTrac’s web site. I didn’t enquire about the results; it was simply to confirm their role in organising the contest.

      One ID was info@merittrac.com and the other was maz@merittrac.com (the MeritTrac Assessment Zone).

      I got the following response in a matter of minutes:

      —————————-
      “Hi. This is the qmail-send program at mail.xxx.net. I’m afraid I wasn’t able to deliver your message to the following addresses. This is a permanent error; I’ve given up. Sorry it didn’t work out.
      : vdeliver: Invalid or unknown virtual user ‘info’
      : vcheckquota: Message would exceed virtual user’s disk quota.”
      —————————-

      So much for that. Any luck contacting them on the phone? Their contact details are here.

    • Hari Menon 11:12 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s a small breakthrough: the person in charge of marketing operations at MeritTrac has responded with the following: “Let me assure you that I will personally look into this issue. I will check with my team internally and also speak with google and revert to you by tomorrow positively.”

      Let’s ease off now, guys, and give them a fair chance.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:27 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Hari

      They could have done it well before this day.

    • Harshad Joshi 11:41 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      My bet – The results are sure to raise a huge controversy..

    • punny 11:50 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @hari
      how about posting those emails you sent to those people on this forum. should be fun like those grin jerkers of posts on your LJ blog. we probably have a winner in our midst. for the likes of you however, “to be precise good news is no news” perhaps 🙂

    • Hari Menon 11:58 am on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      > The results are sure to raise a huge controversy..

      Not if the winner is among those who posted here, I hope. 🙂

      Speaking for myself, I see no reasons for any controversy regarding the results. There are two main reasons for this: (a) it’s difficult to judge someone’s creative ability by means of a 45-minute test; and (b) it’s very unlikely that any of us would know the winners personally (even if they are on this forum), so how can we say if they’re deserving or not?

    • ravi 12:03 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      May I caution us not to expect the expected but to just accept unexpectedly the unexpected unaccepted results?

    • Ranjani S 12:48 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Hari

      When I called up the MeritTrac Pune office this morning, someone told me that one Rohit was the concerned person and he is on leave for a week. Hari Bhai, ek aur week……..?!

    • ravi 2:13 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you.

    • ravi 2:23 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Im not going to make another comment until the results are out and Im declared the winner.

    • ravi 2:57 pm on November 7, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      LOL, im thinking how I’ll react when they announce the contest for Google wordmasters 2007.

    • Ranjani S 3:54 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Ravi

      I am sure if you win the 2006 contest, you will be one of the “eminent” writers who will be dumped with the contest papers of the 2007 contest.

    • sandy 4:15 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ hari

      “Speaking for myself, I see no reasons for any controversy regarding the results. There are two main reasons for this: (a) it’s difficult to judge someone’s creative ability by means of a 45-minute test; and (b) it’s very unlikely that any of us would know the winners personally (even if they are on this forum), so how can we say if they’re deserving or not?”

      How right you are! On top of that, I don’t think any self-respecting writer would become disheartened or even acknowledge a superior based on such a sketchy judgement of his capabilities.

    • sandy 4:24 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ hari

      But that brings us back to the same spot. If none acknowledges a superior writer, there’s bound to be some controversy, as Harshad pointed out. But that controversy will be in the minds of the participants, as I doubt Google will let the names of the winners out to the losers, unless someone specifically asks for it. I’d be pleasantly surprised if I’m wrong, however.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:30 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Sandy
      We will come to know who the winner is.

    • Ranjani S 4:31 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy

      When I called yesterday at the Google Online India office and spoke to this Marketing Head, I asked her specifically if only the winners would be notified. She said that all the participants would be informed about the results.

    • sandy 4:35 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, Harshad, that would be great! But what’s the tentative date? Or are you in the dark as I am?

    • Harshad Joshi 4:41 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      There is no darkness, once you can see through the eyes of the Truth.

    • sandy 4:44 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ranjani

      That’s great, mate! To me you are the ‘eyes of the truth’

      @harshad
      Well said!

    • Ranjani S 4:50 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Sandy,

      Yes, I am all eyes and ears to know about the results. I know I have done a decent job at the contest myself but am really keen to know who won. Their articles, I am sure, will be worth a dekko.

      @ Harshad,

      Your replies somehow give the impression that you are the Mr.Know-It-All.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:55 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I know what I need to know, and precisely thats the reason why you are here.
      Apparantly, its my purpose to know.

    • Ranjani S 4:56 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      ….??!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 5:02 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Its a famous dialog from the Matrix flick, but dont worry if you didnt get it. Its my favourite dialog and I try to use it as often as I can, but usually, my timing goes wrong.

      Muhahahaha… 😀

      Anyways. Lets get back to work. Today/Tomorow we will know the winner.

    • Ranjani S 5:04 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      Bhalai ka toh zamana hi nahi raha….

    • ravi 8:43 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Im going to start two companies called Meritcrap and Meritrats to compete with Merittrac.

    • punny 8:53 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @Ravi
      dont! you have no chance of beating them at ratty crappiness. go into the hay corn and feed business, and practice voodoo on weekends…

    • ravi 9:19 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      The word ‘Google’ means 1 followed by hundred zeros.

      I hereby authorize the concerned authorities to change the meaning to “the one followed by 3000 zeros.”

    • ravi 9:35 am on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      …. or “a zero followed by 3000 1s??”

    • ravi 2:39 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Since the 3 winners would have already been notified and its not any of us, now we can only hope to be one among the 7 ehh???

      mmmmmmmmmm.. ok

    • sayan 2:45 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Harshad,

      Is it confirmed that the results will be revealed tomorrow(09/11/06) through press and personal emails?

    • sayan 2:46 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Everyone,

      Is it confirmed that the results will be revealed tomorrow(09/11/06) through press and personal emails?

    • Harshad Joshi 2:50 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I am keeping my fingers crossed. This news was confirmed from Google Mumbai, but its better to wait for tommorow.

      BTW, the winner might have been notified today itself. So guys, please keep an eye on your inbox.

      Ciao

    • ravi 2:59 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Results on nine-eleven

    • ravi 3:30 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Harshad

      >> “This news was confirmed from Google Mumbai”

      confirmed from google?????? hmmm

    • Harshad Joshi 3:52 pm on November 8, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I hope it wont be destructive 😀

    • Tshering 5:44 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      “If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.”
      –Bill Lyon

    • Ranjani S 5:59 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Anyone, any news yet…?

    • Hari Menon 6:16 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      For all we know, MeritTrac could have handed in the results long ago but Google India could be waiting for an opportune moment to reveal all. I know the delay is frustrating, guys, but let’s show some restraint. There’s no point blaming MeritTrac or anybody else unless we know the facts.

    • amit 7:14 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      where are the results people

    • punny 7:55 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      well? any news as yet? i managed to sneak out of a meeting to have a look at the forum. dissappointed not to find any updates…:(

    • ravi 9:09 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hey, is this some bakra kinda thing??

    • ravi 9:52 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      If the results were supposed to be announced today, would’nt that task be at least on the top 5 things to do for the day, if not the first thing to do. So what would take them until evening…???? a certain planetary alignment???

    • Tshering 11:05 am on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Vamsi Krishna Nakkina wins Google Wordmasters creative writing contest
      http://www.alootechie.com/News/1676.asp

    • afterjoseph 12:04 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Okay, this link provides the answers:

      http://www.alootechie.com/News/1676.asp

      What I am surprised at is the fact that the 10 ‘winners’ are not from each center – I thought there would be a winner for every 300 participants… no such luck. Bangalore (3), Hyderabad (3), Mumbai (2), Delhi (1) and Indore (1) is how the story goes. All the best to the winners 🙂

    • ravi 12:14 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      allllrite… so Vamsikrishna from hyderabad has won….. congratulations man.. and congratulations to Nalini from Bangalore and Amritha from Delhi, and all the other winners.

      .. and all of u here in this blog, it was great fun being here (except for the intezar part).
      The contest was a great opportunity to pit our talents against others in the most unbiased environment. Lets get back and give our best in whatever we are doing in our “oh so biased” environments. All the best everybody. My love to all and again my love to all, i have and will never have anything else to give to anyone.

    • Harshad Joshi 1:27 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Well, its the end of everything, I hope…!!!

    • Harshad Joshi 2:09 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      My apologies for the delays, I was away from my reliable network, and so, inspite reading your comments, I couldent do much. Sorry, but moblogging using the moto razr is a bit of uncomfort.

      PS – There was no hoax. Today we got the results I think.

    • Sayan 2:19 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations to the winners !!!! For everybody else, like me….There is always a better chance next time.
      So….don’y be upset….and take this positively.

    • Harshad Joshi 7:04 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      But inspite of all this, I am not feeling it right.

      I had a firey talk today to someone called as Maya from Google Mumbai this morning, and she had told me to contact Google Hyderabad, telling that she had no more details.

      Further, she had also told that Google would announce this news to media and press and also email participants about it. I havent received a mail as yet and so is the same about everyone. Now, that Aloo tech isent that unreliable, but they have a disclaimer on their site which warns us about presence of some rumours in the news.

      My point is that we should not feel that this matter is over. We should keep an eye on every probableprogress in this event. I wonder – Why did Google feel the need to give the news to a third party site? It has its own sites. Note – All official Google events news are mentioned on Googles official pages. Example of this is Google Doodle held in UK. This is the link to that page –

      http://www.google.co.uk/doodle4google/rosssmele/index.html

      There are two possibilities –
      1. The results might have leaked out from Merittrack or come concerned company who had checked the papers. Similarly, there is no mention of who checked and assessed the papers?

      2. Google got what it wanted. Free publicity at the cost of common users. This strategy works great sometimes.

      I will believe this news to be 100% true when I see faces of those blokes, I get to read what they have scribbled and I find this news on leading media sites.

      Till then, there is no peace. The answers to our questions loom large ahead, we need to find it.

    • sandy 8:00 pm on November 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot imagine a company coming out with a full page ad for a competition and then announcing results on the sly. I was always apprehensive about Google informing all participants of the results, but the results in national dailies would surely have been a huge mileage for the company, as would have been the prizes. If this was supposed to be some adolescent fancy, then it’s very unfortunate for all participants.

    • sandy 3:52 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I read the names of the winners in a Google press release, so it’s authentic, Harshad. We won’t ever come to know what they wrote, though. Because that would be controversial, as I mentioned before, assessment of literature is very subjective. Warm congratulations to the winners!

    • Pooky 4:44 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hi everybody. I suppose that this is the end of this forum, although I will return to write further about Google and it’s interactions. And I will also be glad to share my experiences of Hyderabad with you.

      I am Terence Tuhinanshu of Indore, one of the top 10. As of yet, no communication (neither electronic nor postal) has reached me from Google. Although I suppose that the list is correct (I wrote something pretty darn good), we don’t know for certain right now.

      You have all been good friends in my time of trying patience and testing confidence. I would like to thank Harshad for allowing so many of us to come together and interact so well.

      Love
      Terence (Pooky)

    • Harshad Joshi 4:56 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Whoa..so Pooky was the winner who was with us from the very beginning. A question though – Are you a girl or a boy?? I never heard this name before. Sounds like a tibetian or japanese origin 😀

      We would all like to read what you wrote at the (ill-fated) GWM 2006.

    • Harshad Joshi 5:09 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      1. Pooky Says:

      November 2nd, 2006 at 3:38 am

      This is getting really annoying.
      I DO NOT intend to send them a self addressed post card.
      Some one should talk to one of their representatives and tell them what we all think of them. Google is simply jumping into the fire by ill treating so many of it’s fans. Have they no idea how many people participated not because of their writing skills but because of their crush on google? (Believe, me I’m not one of them).
      I honestly think that I can win. But, there are a lot of people out there, and so I may lose. But in any case, I should be respected as a writer and be informed of the outcome. ASAP.

      This was a comment made by Pooky. Shows the confidence to win.. 😀

    • sandy 5:10 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @pooky

      Hey Pooky, congratulations! Let us read what u wrote at Wordmasters. Might be an education for all of us.

    • mayur 5:45 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      > [Pooky:] As of yet, no communication (neither electronic nor postal) has reached me from Google.

      you know what? I think someone at meritcrap read the discussion here, and and leaked the results to alootechie just to cover their ass! meritcrap wouldn’t have the power to announce the results in the authentic media, so they must have done this to escape allegations of incompetence (because google was taking too long to publish the results).

      this is NOT to dispute whether the winners were deserving or not (I’m sure they are); its just to investigate why the results had to be leaked in such a shady manner. after all, we have word from pooky himself that he received no communication from google! is this any way to go about things?

      I feel a proper investigation is called for. google india must be informed as well. Anybody know any journos? We can all chip in and give them feedback.

    • Ranjani S 7:31 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey all,

      there is something wrong somewhere!!!. I just called up the Google India office (10th Nov, 1.00pm in the afternoon) , spoke to this lady called Shijitha. She tells me that the Google Wordmasters results are going to be out only the coming Monday (13th Nov) or Tuesday (14th Nov). A mention about the results on some blog site, she emphatically said, Google has nothing on its official news or blog, so please do not take anything as true. Can someone find out what’s really going on?

    • Tshering 9:42 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      “Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).

      — How true!

    • dilettante 10:02 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      hoo boy

      @rajani.. wow. . i sweated out reading thro all the posts.. and now this. you say this will go on and on?

      @ Harshad- i am also not happy, if they are not competent to manage the contest and garner such adverse publicity, who are to say they are comp. enough to judge writers of our ilk. (heh heh! yeah I’m pissed at not winning, how’d u know?)

      @ pooky- you are clairvoyantly spooky but, how did you receive info that you are the winner?

      @ ravi- thanks for laughing at my comment. it made it all worthwhile.

      @ the rest of u- we are all winners here. (yeah sure)

      keep the blog going guys, maybe we can change it from being a google bashing site to a site that promotes writing. Writing for the sake of it. Prizes not withstanding.

    • punny 10:12 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      come on people, grow up. stop hanging on to dear hope when there isnt any.

    • dilettante 10:50 am on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      new grouse (read bitching).
      i didnt think it was relevant earlier, but now with imcompetencies accumilating, i feel the need to share one more howler on the part of google.
      This happened at the Ahmedabad venue.
      As the contest started, a participant asked the meaning of the word ‘horse sense’- a keyword.
      One of the google staffers said it meant ‘stupid / idiotic sense, or Dumb.’ I dont remember the exact word, but this was the gist. Immediately a guy nearby said., no its quite the opposite and said it meant common sense. But the guy from google argued to the contrary and said he was sure.
      Now at moments like these, any one could have lost his faith. Its not a day to day word in India. Many people may have taken the wrong meaning into account.
      Small bitch, but now I think it all filts into the larger scheme of things.

    • mayur 12:27 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      ranjani, read my comment above (the first paragraph in particular). I bet my last ounce of horse sense that the aloo tikki announcement was stage managed by someone at meritcrap — they were clearly passing the buck to google india for not announcng the results on time.

    • Harshad Joshi 12:36 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, this aint a Google bashing blog 🙂

      Its just a plain and simple place where I usually write useful things..

    • Harshad Joshi 12:38 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Please do not believe in rumours and hoaxes. Google will definately announce the winners in a great style. And I am also hoping that they gift all participants with a more durable Google goody bag with lots of useful goodies in it.

      Muhahahaha 😀

    • Ranjani S 12:50 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ dilettante

      Its just that I thought I must find out from a more reliable source than a website that sounds more like a recipe making one.

      @ all

      I have only been sleuthing around, finding out about Merittrac from the number Harshad gave and then following up with Google India and then following up some more over the results and putting the info on these blogs.

      I have had more fun writing in these blogs than at the contest. I am thinking, I could start on a career in Investigative Journalism.

      Still, keep writing folks, and if not Google Bashing, like Harshad says, just plain writing for the sake of writing,like dilettante says.

    • ravi 1:17 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      1. How would Merittrac know what the prizes are?
      2. Whats this google press release Sandyz talking about?
      3. If someone stage managed this, is pooky pooking to us?? how would they get his/her name.
      4. Ranjani confirms that someone told her the results dbe out on monday or tuesday 14th, but that doesn mean that these are not the winners.
      5. Has someone from Meritcrap (ya mayur, lets be adamant like you about their renaming for whatever reason) made a “deal”??
      6. Im sure Google is gonna beat that aloo out of this alootechi guyz.

    • sandy 6:32 pm on November 10, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ravi, ranjani s, harshad, dilettante, mayur

      Folks, this is too much crap, and check this address for me, if I was gullible enough to take this: http://press-releases.techwhack.com/5378/google-announces-winners-of-wordmasters-2006.

      If the results are not yet out, then let me tell the pranksters my idea of wholesome fun. They should spread their sweet buttcheeks for me to administer the hot iron rod. I’m also thinking ball and chains, guys. And even if the results are out, this sure is a funny way for Google to go.

      All of us guys were serious about the affair, and this is humiliating.

    • Pooky 4:28 am on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Google has finally contacted me. They said :

      “Hi Terence,
      CONGRATULATIONS!!!
      We are immensely excited to let you know that your essay has been chosen among the top ten essays of the Google Wordmasters challenge 2006!
      The winners of the contest are:
      Rank Name
      I Vamsi Krishna Nakkina
      II Karunguzhi Nalini
      III Amrita Singh
      There is lot of excitement in store for you and we will come back with further details!
      Warm Regards
      The Google Team”

      For anyone who’s wondering, Terence is a an English name of Roman descent, and doesn’t mean anything: it’s a name. The first Terence was a Roman playwrite (somewhere around 0000 AD), and all other Terence’s are supposed to be his descendants.
      Tuhinanshu, on the other hand, is pure Sanskrit. Tuhin means ‘dew’, while anshu mean ‘moon’. Tuhinanshu is the moon as seen through the dew-mist, very blurred and deceptive, but detectable and beautiful nevertheless.

      And friends, I am sorry that I cannot share the essay with you. It’s not because of any non-disclosure condition that Google is forcing on me, it’s because I don’t remember exactly what I wrote. The beauty of all my work is it’s mortality. If I write something good, and remember it as one of my great achievements, then I won’t ever write anything better than that. I’m not prepared for that, not right now.

      And Harshad, I am a man, and my age is 19. I was probably the youngest participant at Indore, and might be the youngest winner.

    • Harshad Joshi 4:34 am on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dont mind..its always great feeling when you win.

      Enjoy your success. Thats the least I can say.

    • Ranjani S 6:30 am on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Okkeeeeeeeeee
      so its Pooky
      who is among the top ten !!!
      and the rest now be content
      with the Google bag and pen.

      and while Terence has ‘lot of excitement in store’
      We expect he shall of course let us know more,

      For he is from the ten who have passed the test…

      and not Sandy nor Punny,
      although this has been funny,
      not Ravi nor Ranjani,
      not Dilettante nor Harshad Joshi,
      are among the writers best,
      and just fall among the rest.

      but let us all go on further
      no tension and no stress
      and just keep writing
      to Harshad on his blog WordPress !!!

    • ravi 2:42 pm on November 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ Ranjani

      nice one dear…

    • punny 8:31 am on November 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      @ranjani,
      flattered that my name came in handy in your little rhyme. wish it had featured in the google winners list as well…. sigh, some people have all the rotten luck

    • Indian Webmasters 12:37 pm on November 27, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Gotta agree with Harshad 🙂

    • Pooky 6:04 am on December 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Everyone,
      It seems to have grown quiet here since I’ve left. Well, I’d like to inform you all that the Awards Ceremony was on 8th Dec at Hyderabad, and I couldn’t attend because I was busy with my examinations. So, except for my name popping up on a bunch of second-rate news sites for about a week, I’m really not all that different from you people.
      Well, better luck next time I suppose!

      Terence

    • Harshad Joshi 6:35 am on December 11, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah..all was quite and many had forgotten of this incident. But still, even that prize distribution thing didnt receive any focus from the techno news sites…

      Now I dont think that anyone will bothered about Google the next time…

  • Harshad Joshi 10:27 am on September 29, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Mission Google Wordmaster 

    Tommorow is gonna a great day. 298* people. 6 different cities. One competition, One aim – Who is going to be a Google Wordmaster..??

    Here I come… 🙂

    Because I blog of nothing but mainly of Google and its related technologies, I shouldent worry much. But its scary when someone asks you to write an essay. Theres always a difference between an essay and a blog. 😉

    The last time I remember writin’ an essay is my 12th HSC English paper in 2001, where I scored a decent 73%.

    But for no reasons it adds pressure when Google asks for its potential impacts on society and blah..blah blah..

    Who cares?? Google is good for me. I dunno of the rest of remaining mortals.

    • I registered twice and Dad said no to the invitation. So it leaves a total of 300 – 2 == 298 blokes trying hard to reach to the top of glory.
     
    • Mitul 6:19 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

    • arshad 6:20 pm on December 2, 2006 Permalink | Reply

  • 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 😀 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.. 😀

  • Harshad Joshi 9:52 am on September 23, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Ubuntu 

    Ubuntu from Canonical. The linux free distro based on ancient african concept of openness

    Today I got my official Ubuntu copies from Canonical. It feels nice that this distro is doing good, and I am sure that oneday it will be one of the most preffered and liked version of OS. It has got a nice GNOME desktop and an uncluttered interface making it very attractive. Even Google makes use of this distro within its Mountain View office..

    I recommend this version for college students and engineers.

    Get your free copy of Ubuntu Linux here.

    Software should be a liberating force, but sometimes too much commercialization can make this freedom turn into chains. Its upto us that we prevent this..

    The above quote (c) Harshad Joshi, 2006

     
    • laosboyme 2:42 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Nice to see someone using ubuntu user! hi!

  • 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