Saturday, April 28, 2007
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Google seems to have just too many problems these days. One service seems to broken almost every day. Of the three services that I use, Gmail, Blogger and Groups, one of them is broken almost so very often
Google Groups seems to be down for over 5 hours now, there is no official communication on what's going on - there is almost no help if you want to from Google. You had Gmail users complaining that their messages and accounts were disabled for days together.
As someone puts it "Asking Google for help and getting it is like asking President Bush to speak intelligently .. aint gonna happen ."
Google isn't going anywhere with so many bad services. They have revolutionized the web like no one, unfortunately, its crumbling right now.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
While I prepare myself to upgrade to Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, I've been backing up my data before I reformat my good old hard disk which currently has Mandriva 10.1.
In the process of the backup, I needed a Firefox password saver which would let me save passwords and then import them later - Password Exporter turned out to be the perfect answer - lets you export/import passwords to either a XML file or a CSV file and your xml file can be encrypted too. Neat.
The international panel of scientists predicts the global average temperature could increase by 2 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100 and that sea levels could rise by up to 2 feet.
Scientists have even speculated that a slight increase in Earth's rotation rate could result, along with other changes. Glaciers, already receding, will disappear. Epic floods will hit some areas while intense drought will strike others. Humans will face widespread water shortages. Famine and disease will increase. Earth’s landscape will transform radically, with a quarter of plants and animals at risk of extinction.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Ubuntu 7.04 comes packed with a host of new features including data migration from Windows, new and easier ways to install multimedia codecs, binary drivers, as well as networking improvements and of course, GNOME 2.18, the 2.6.20 kernel and more.
Ubuntu 7.04 is the most user-friendly Ubuntu to date and includes a ground-breaking Windows migration assistant, excellent wireless networking support and improved multimedia support.
Windows migration tool - The new migration tool recognises Internet Explorer favorites, Firefox bookmarks, desktop wallpaper, AOL IM contacts, Yahoo IM contacts and imports them in Ubuntu. This offers easier and faster migration for new users of Ubuntu and individuals wanting to run a dual partition. In addition to single accounts, you can migrate several users' settings in Ubuntu.
Playing an MP3 or other media file just got a lot easier. If the required pieces are not yet installed, 7.04 will get the correct codecs for you, no more searching and no need for long and complicated instructions.
Stunning new desktop effects are available as a technology preview for users who choose to enable them. They remain turned off by default, for the benefit of users with older or less powerful chips and certain non-supported graphics cards.
New in 7.04 is Network Manager, a simple way to find and connect to wireless and wired networks. With a single click, view all the available wireless networks and their strengths. For those on a secured network, WPA support is built in right out of the box
Feisty features all new artwork; check out the new Desktop Background image, and a boot-up splash image that has more 'bling'. The new theme also includes a polished icon set.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
My normal internet activity involves visiting Technology, Finance sites, use gmail, Google search, once in a while visit sites where I can download stuff.
While I predominantly use Google products, its interesting to see how many ads were blocked in my ad blocking program. See the number of times ads were blocked over a period of 6 months. This site is supported by ads as well - so I woudn't really recommend it - I know there is a contradiction there :(
Just click on the above image, its self-explanatory.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
You go to their website, copy the code and put it on your site, you can let your visitors view what's the most popular page on your webpage, how many concurrent sers are currently on your website. Works neat - ofcourse AJAX based ;). I hear that it works well for 1000 concurrent users or less
The Samsung SPH-M8100 is a PDA WiBro smartphone which offers wireless Internet, voice telephony and video telephony services through WiBro and CDMA 1x EV-DO technology. The slider boasts a 2.8-inch color touch screen display, a TV-out, an MMC card slot, and 2 cameras; a 2.0-megapixel camera and a VGA camera for video calls. The M8100 also features T-DMB, Bluetooth with A2DP functionality, 128 ROM / 64 MB RAM memory and Microsoft's latest view and edit function.
Samsung's P9000 is a convergence device, capable of providing voice and multimedia data communications via WiBro. The P9000 comes with a full QWERTY keyboard for quick typing and surfing, while the MP3 player, VOD, and camera functions provide easy access to multimedia entertainment. In addition, the Samsung P9000 acts as a multi-functional terminal that can be used as a general PC, thanks to its Windows XP-based operating system.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Nokia N95 is a multimedia device with an innovative 2-way slide concept, integrated GPS functionality, a 5-megapixel camera and support for high-speed mobile networks.
With its integrated GPS, the Maps application includes maps for more than 100 countries, enabling users to explore the world, find specific routes or locate services such as restaurants and hotels and covering more than 15 million points of interest.
With the Carl Zeiss optics on the 5-megapixel camera, consumers can capture print quality photos and DVD-like quality video clips. Photos and video clips can be enjoyed on a compatible television thanks to the device's TV out feature and support for Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) technology. Designed for HSDPA networks and with support for WLAN, EDGE and WCDMA networks, the N95 provides coverage and speeds wherever users may be.
It's selling in US!
I've been always fascinated with Arbitrage - it exists in Stock Markets where you try to find price differences in stocks in different exchanges or between 2 merging companies.
There is one other kind of arbitrage which has become fairly popular - the Google Adsense Arbitrage - its where you bid $1 for a keyword, direct the traffic to a landing page with ads that pay $2 and get the profits.
Michael Gray in his 3 part article explains how Arbitrage works, the things you need to watch when you arbitrage.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Fuller Screen is a extension that enhances the existing Firefox Full Screen mode into a really full screen mode, hiding the remaining toolbars and statusbar and making them visible again when the mouse pointer hits an edge of the screen - more like a autohide mode
The autohide seems to be a little flaky though - and I am not sure if too many people use Fullscreen anyway - I am trying it out and finding a little hard to get adjusted - thats primarily because I use Live BookMarks, a lot of extensions like Firebug, del.icio.us, Foxclocks which reside on the toolbars.
Give it a try
Friday, April 06, 2007
Ubuntu will be shipping the Feisty Fawn CDs through the Shipit service. This might be in very soon - Feisty Fawn is scheduled to be released on Apr 19 2007 - Check here
Among the prominent features are the Xorg 7.2 server, Graphical Desktop Effects, New Artwork, Automatic media detection, codec installation, new Games - Chess, Sudoku
Edgy (6.1) wasn't available in the Shipit service
Keep checking Shipit :)
Sunday, April 01, 2007
If you invited me to try and crack your password, you know the one that you use over and over for like every web page you visit, how many guesses would it take before I got it?
Let’s see… here is my top 10 list. I can obtain most of this information much easier than you think, then I might just be able to get into your e-mail, computer, or online banking. After all, if I get into one I’ll probably get into all of them.