Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Samsung goes thin again

The LCD keeps on getting slimmer. Samsung has created a 0.74 mm LCD now. Incidentally, Samsung had the earlier record too - and that was 0.84 mm.

To get a relative comparison, Samsung's Ultra Edition phones shown above have a 1.9 mm LCD screen

Bittorrent goes Napster way

Bittorrent, the creator of probably the most popular method of sharing files online has gone the Napster way - they have opened a movie store which is going to host more than 3000 movies and TV shows

Friday, February 23, 2007

Yahoo User Interface Library

These days, I am kept busy experimenting and making use of the Yahoo User Interface Library.

Suggested to me by a good friend, its a Javascript framework and makes your life just too easy that you can't believe it when you are developing complex javascript features.

They have now released a new improved version - read more about it! which features Buttons, Datatables and Browser History Manager

What more? its based on BSD license - so, all the more freedom

Three cheers to Yahoo!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Comic Photo Strip

This is a funny one - Comeeko lets you add photos - create a photo strip, add bubbles of text and make up a story! Interesting, but sadly won't make any profits.

Google Adsense Bonanza

You don't see any adsense referrals on this site - the reason ofcourse is that Adsense referrals hardly generate any revenue.

Google has changed that now,

For Adsense

  • When a publisher who signed up for Google AdSense through your referral earns their first $5 within 180 days of sign-up, you will be credited with $5.
  • When that same publisher earns $100 within 180 days of sign-up and is eligible for payment, you will be credited with an additional $250.
  • If, in any 180-day period, you refer 25 publishers who each earn more than $100 within 180 days of their respective sign-ups and are all eligible for payout, you will be awarded a $2,000 bonus (bonus payouts are limited to 1 per year).
AdWords Referrals:
  • When an advertiser you refer spends $5 within 90 days of sign-up (in addition to the $5 sign-up fee) you will be credited with $5.
  • When that same advertiser spends $100 within 90 days of sign-up, you will be credited with an additional $40.
  • If, in any 180 day period, you refer 20 advertisers who each spend more than $100 within 90 days of their respective sign-ups, you will be awarded a $600 bonus (bonus payments are limited to 1 per year).
Via Adsense Blog

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Would you pay for GMail?

The best web email service might have a pay version with possibly unlimited storage space.

Sergey Brin indicated that it might be similar to Google's photo hosting service

"We can't afford to give away everything for free,"

Would you pay for it?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Tips for picking a great domain name

Here are some things to consider when selecting or buying a domain name − starting with an explanation of how the domain name selection game works.

For you to own a domain name, you need to get it registered. So the process of selecting a name includes working with an authorized domain registrar. Registrars take the form of Web sites that can search the domain name database for you and see if the name you want is available. If it is, you can usually fill out an online form, pay a modest fee, and become the name owner.

Read more

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Difference between Web and Web 2.0

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Microsoft finally targeting the BIGGEST market ?

Microsoft has launched Windows Vista in India. The only difference between the older launches of Windows and Vista has been the hype built up and the pompous nature of the launch.

This was probably the first where a software has been launched in India when you had Bollywood stars and Political bigwigs at the same place. Is Microsoft finally targeting the potentially biggest market ever?

Software Piracy in India stands at 72% and it's unlikely to decrease any soon - the software is too pricey for everyone to buy, but I believe that's not what Microsoft is really targeting - it's the Govt Organizations that they are really looking at and its a HUGE market out there. With a Economy that's rollicking at a growth of 9% per year, its a good place to be in, isn't it?

Interestingly, India has a President who has been advocating Open Source and some states like Kerala and Maharastra have adopted Linux (Get Case Study). However, most of the Software Service companies predominantly have Windows based solution offerings.

It remains to be seen whether the Govt really falls to the evil empire.

Finding FREE(?) books via Google

You want to find free books on the Internet and don't know where to find them.

You use Google to do the dirty work and give in a query something like below

inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:"index of" +("/ebook"|"/book") +(chm|pdf|zip)

The above query removes all the html pages and searches for folders like ebook or book (what people mostly use) and search for file types chm, pdf and zip

Please note that you will find illegal copies of books.

Bugmenot !

If you haven't heard of this yet - well, you are not missing signups!. I've been using Bugmenot for about four years now and it's a REAL time saver So, instead of going to nytimes.com and registering for an account - you just use the "public" username and password that's already available at bugmenot Check Bugmenot There is a Firefox extension as well

Samsung Ultra Smart F700

Samsung Ultra Smart F700 features a touchscreen as well as a QWERTY keyboard. The phone also supports upto 7.2 Mbps speed through the HSPDA network.

Samsung F700 Specifications

- Standard: HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, EDGE
- Frequency: 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz + 2.1 GHz
- Camera: 5.0-Megapixel with Auto-Focus
- Display: 262,744 TFT (2.78-inch, 440 x 240 px)
- Features: Full Touch Screen
- MPEG4 / H.263 / H.264 / Real MP3 / AAC(+) / eAAC+ / Real
- QWERTY Keypad
- MMS / Email / Java / WAP 2.0
- Bluetooth / USB
- Flash UI / Document Viewer
- Full HTML Browsing
- Offline Mode, BGM
- Memory: microSD
- Size: 104 x 50 x 16.4 mm

Thursday, February 08, 2007

India vs Srilanka LIVE Commentary

Pass on this link!

Speed up Firefox

Start Firefox

In the location type


In the filter text box type


Double click on it and turn it to true

You will also see network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Double click again and type 8

Again, in the filter text box, type


and Double click to turn it to true

In the filter text box, type


and turn it to

See if you find any difference ;-)

Many thanks to various sources!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Fixing Flash Sound issues in Firefox

You don't hear anything when playing a Flash video or it just doesn't sound after pausing and playing?


sudo aptitude install alsa-oss

sudo vim /etc/firefox/firefoxrc

You will see a entry like


Change it to


Please note that these issues are usually noticed with the older versions of Flash.

Maybe you should upgrade to the latest version of Flash for Linux.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Change your forgotten password

This is Ubuntu/Debian specific and might differ in other Linux distributions.

So, you come back after a long vacation and don't remember your password ? Just change the password!

1. Reboot the system and Press Esc to enter the GRUB menu
2. Choose the menu option in which you see the "recovery" option of the latest kernel
3. Let your system boot and you will see a root shell soon
4. Change your password ! using passwd
5. You are done! Reboot and use your new password!

Top 100 Diggers

Christopher Finke brings us back the Top 100 diggers which Digg doesn't want to show

See here

Photoediting Online through Picnik

Picnik is a online tool which allows you to edit, manipulate your photos. Looks like a little bit of Picassa on the web. You can also upload your photos to the various websites like Flickr, Snapfish , etc.

Check it out