Monday, December 19, 2005

Windows Media Player 11

Windows Media Player 11
 WMP 11 is a huge leap forward compared to previous WMP versions, eliminating much of the complexity we've come to expect from Microsoft's bloated Media Player offerings. But the biggest news in WMP 11 isn't that it's simpler. In WMP 11, Microsoft has taken the notion of a media library and turned it completely on its head. If you thought you needed Media Center to get a visual look at your music collection, think again.
Its sheduled to ship for Win XP soon.
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Monday, December 12, 2005

Computer Languages

Computer Languages


Origin of Name





Augusta ADA Byron (Lady Lovelace)


Derived from Pascal, used primarily by the military.


ALGOrithmic Language


First structured procedural programming language, used mainly for solving math problems.


A Programming Language


Interpreted language using a large set of special symbols and terse syntax. Used primarily by mathematicians.


Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code


Very popular high-level programming language, frequently used by beginning programmers.


Predecessor was Bell Laboratory's 1972 B Programming Language


Compiled, structured, programming language commonly used in many workplaces because its programs are easy to transfer between different types of computers.


Advanced version of C. Developed at ATT Bell Labs.


C++ is used in numerous fields, such as accounting and finance systems, and computer-aided design. Supports object-oriented programming.


COmmon Business-Oriented Language


English-like programming language, emphasizes data structures. Widely used, especially in businesses.


FOuRTH-Generation language (4 GL)


Interpreted, structured language, easily extended. Provides high functionality in limited space.


FORmula TRANslation


Initially designed for scientific and engineering uses, a high-level, compiled language now used in many fields. Introduced several concepts such as variables, conditional statements, and separately compiled subroutines.


HyperText Markup Language


Designed for publishing hypertext on the Internet.


Sun Microsystems developers drank a lot of coffee when coding for this.


Originally developed for use in set-top boxes, transitioned to the World Wide Web in 1994.


LISt Processing


A list-oriented programming language, mainly used to manipulate lists of data. Interpreted language, often used in research, generally considered the "standard" language for Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects.


Derived from Greek logos, meaning word


Programming language often used with children. Features a simple drawing environment and several higher-level features from LISP. Primarily educational.


MODULAr Language, designed as secondary phase of Pascal (Niklaus Wirth devised both)


Language that emphasizes modular programming. High-level language based on Pascal, characterized by lack of standard functions and procedures.


Blaise PASCAL, mathematician and inventor of first computing device


Compiled, structured language, based on ALGOL. Adds data types and structures while simplifying syntax. Like C language, it is a standard development language for microcomputers.


Practical Extraction and Report Language


It is a text-processing language that looks like a combination of C and several Unix text processing utilities.


Programmed Inquiry, Language Or Teaching


Programming language used primarily to create applications for computer-aided instruction. Contains very little syntax.


Programming Language One


Designed to combine the key features of Fortran, COBOL, and ALGOL, a complex programming language. Compiled, structured language capable of error handling and multitasking, used in some academic and research environments.


Standard Generalized Markup Language


Designed as a metalanguage, it is used as an international standard for the description of marked-up electronic text.


Structured Query Language


Designed to be used for creating complex databases and accessing data in a relational database.


Visual Basic


Sometimes called the Rapid Applications Development system, is used to build applications quickly.


Extensible Markup Language


Used for creating arbitrarily-structured documents and Web pages; it is commonly associated with the Internet.


Thursday, December 08, 2005

Windows - Past,Present and Future

Windows  - Past,Present and Future
Longhorn (VISTA) Intro Video
A Pictorial  Presentation about the Past, Present and Future of Windows.
Extracted from a Video relating to the release of VISTA, made by Microsoft.
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The original video contains a awesome sound track along with high clarity video.
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Saturday, December 03, 2005

XP Energy Blue

Hi friends,
Energy Blue is a theme for Windows Media Center PC, but, its now available for XP also.
Energy blue Skin for WMP is also very neat.
Click on the links below to get them.

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Friday, November 25, 2005

Case sensitivity of URLS

Case sensitivity of URLS
WWW.YAHOO.COM is same as,
becasue, DNS servers which resolve the domain names are NOT case sensitive.
But, URLS like may be or may not be is case sensitive.

If you type, you may get an error,
depending on the operating system of server in which the file is stored.
If the file is hosted in Linux Servers, you will get an error if is typed.
But, it will be accepted, if the file is stored in a server running Windows Servers.
So, it will be better to type in correct case, if the target server OS is not known.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Ideas to deflect Earth-bound Asteroids

Simple ,
1. Put a big spaceship near it and let its gravity pull the asteroid off course.
2. Paint the asteroid white
3. Deflect by bursting small nuclear bombs nearby
4. The usual Hollywood way of blowing up the body with Nuclear power.The problem with this idea is that some pieces can still make it to Earth in case of nuclear explosion.
For detailed explanation , read this article from below

18:00 09 November 2005 news service

Zeeya Merali


NASA scientists have come up with a surprisingly simple yet effective way to deflect an Earth-bound asteroid – park a large spacecraft close by and let gravity do the work.

Previous suggestions have focused on deflecting an incoming asteroid with nuclear explosions. But NASA experts believe a "gravity tractor" should be able to perform the same feat by creating an invisible towline to tug the rock off its deadly course.

"Most people think of the Hollywood treatment – throw a nuclear weapon at it," says Edward Lu, a NASA scientist and astronaut who developed the idea. But this would produce shattered pieces, some of which might still head towards Earth. "That’s the blast-and-hope strategy," Lu adds.

Pots of paint

Another proposal is to detonate nuclear bombs close to the asteroid. The resulting blast of radiation should nudge it off track but there is the same risk of wayward fragments if the asteroid shatters.

A more novel idea is to paint the surface of the asteroid white. This should change the amount of solar energy it radiates and change its course. However, the amount of paint required could be huge.

Lu and colleagues originally thought about landing a spacecraft on the surface of an asteroid, in order to gently push it off course. But a lack of gravity means the craft would have to attach itself to the surface of the rock and this could prove complicated because the asteroid might be little more than a pile of rubble, Lu explains.

To make matters worse, asteroids often rotate, so pushing on one could simply set it spinning faster, rather than altering its course.

Hands down winner

Lu’s team finally realised that the spacecraft might not need to land at all. Placing a heavy enough object near the asteroid for long enough could produce sufficient gravitational tug to change its orbit.

For a 200-metre-wide asteroid, the spacecraft would need to weigh about 20 tonnes and lurk 50 metres from its target for about a year to change its velocity enough to knock it off course.

"This is hands down the best idea I have seen," says Erik Asphaug, a planetary scientist at the University of California at Santa Cruz. "This will work, but you need to put a large enough spacecraft out there at the right time."

Taking the hit

Such large spacecraft are perfectly feasible, says Lu. In fact, NASA’s multi-billion-dollar Prometheus programme, which was set to explore the outer solar system but which has been delayed, planned to develop just such a vehicle, propelled by nuclear fission.

The strategy crucially relies on our ability to detect an asteroid threat about 20 years in advance. For larger asteroids this is realistic. But Asphaug says many smaller asteroids – less than about 500 metres across – may go unnoticed until only a few years before impact.

Asphaug suggests it may be better to invest in predicting when and where smaller asteroids could strike, than on massive hazard-averting spacecraft. Governments could then prepare to evacuate affected regions. "In many cases it makes more economic sense to just let the thing hit," he says


Journal reference: Nature (vol 438, p 177)




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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Google Striking Fear Into Companies

Some excerpts from the article
"Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, strikes fear into the hearts of its competitors and suppliers. Makers of goods from diapers to DVD's must cater to its whims. But there is one company that even Wal-Mart eyes warily these days: Google, a seven-year-old business in a seemingly distant industry."
"Google, then, may turn out to have a more far-reaching impact than earlier Web winners like Amazon and eBay."
"Google, which tends to keep its plans secret, certainly has the wealth to fund ambitious ventures. Its revenues are growing by nearly 100 percent a year, and its profits are rising even faster. Its executives speak of the company's outlook only in broad strokes, but they suggest all but unlimited horizons."
"Google represents a challenge to newspapers, to be sure," said Gary B. Pruitt, chief executive of the McClatchy Company, a chain of 12 newspapers including The Star Tribune in Minneapolis and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. "Google is attacking the advertising base of newspapers."
"Mr. Breyer, the Wal-Mart board member, watches Google closely in his job as managing partner of Accel Partners, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. These days, he advises startups to avoid a "collision course" with Google, just as he has long counseled fledgling companies to steer clear of Microsoft's stronghold in desktop software."
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Friday, October 28, 2005

Don't Click the mouse!

This is a strange website  i came  across.
Wait for the site to load, and then there will not be any mouse clicks allowed in  the site.
All navigations are performed through "Mouse over" or "Timed mouse over" events.
Web designers must check this out.


Thursday, October 27, 2005

Google Base and Google Payment

Lets start with the basics,
Google has been successful in turning up the competiton in free Email service, and made us all
Also, Google revolutionised the Search Engine business and again we all stood to gain from Google.Nowadays, Searching the net is often referred to as Googling!
There has been lots of news about Google recruiting lots of people and making many aquisitions.
Now, here's the new google plan.

Google Payment - Google's version of services like Paypal
Google Base -Google's version of services like Ebay.

Google base combined with Google Payment is expected to be released soon.

Go here to read preview about Google Base:

Google Base ( is not currently online.

Go here to read about Google Payments:

Make sure you read the articles on the above links to get a clearer picture of the topic.

Thanks, Google.


Saturday, October 08, 2005

Top Ten Tips On Beating Bloggers' Block

Top Ten Tips On Beating Bloggers' Block
You know that feeling... the awful sensation that you just can't possibly blog about anything. Nothing inspires you enough. Everything seems too mundane. And, the more you think about blogging, the less you are inclined to blog.

Indeed, if writers can get writers' block, then bloggers can get bloggers' block.

What do you do in moments like these?

Here are some ideas on how you can create weblog content during 'dry times' when you feel as though anything under the sun isn't worth blogging about.

1) Check your Inbox. It's a great place to find fodder for blogging. Answer an email or two in your blog. React to a piece that you read from an email newsletter. Review a link or product that was recommended to you.

2) Start Blog Hopping. We all do it on a regular basis - reading blogs from our blogroll. However, this time, read your favorite blogs with the purpose of finding ideas to write about. Also, try to follow links to weblogs you don't usually visit. Start asking questions like: "What are my fellow bloggers interested in at the moment?" or "What is the most popular topic that people blog about? Do I want to write about it too? Or perhaps, I can blog about something that is not too popular." Doing these things may spark something in your 'blocked' blogging brain.

3) Comment in Your Own Blog. Yes, this idea is related to item #2. When you visit other weblogs, use your own blog when commenting on another blogger's entry that catches your attention. Or, if you post a short comment on someone else's blog, think of ways on how you can expand the idea. Oh, and don't forget to use trackback, if your blogging system allows you to do so.

4) Read, Listen To, or Watch the News. Even if your weblog is not about news, politics or current events, you will still benefit from finding out what's going on in the world. To give you a refreshed view, why not check out news sources that you don't usually refer to? For example, if you're a CNN person, check out BBC this time around. You might even want to try watching news in a foreign language.

5) Give Memes or Collaborations a Go. Even if you're not too crazy about memes or collabs, you might still consider trying it out. Give it a different spin if you like. Say, instead of creating "100 Things About Me" - you can write "100 Things About My Neighbor's Cat."

6) Create Lists. This is an endless source of blogging ideas. Some possibilities: "Top 10" lists, "Favorites" lists, "Worst of the Bunch" lists, "Things To Do" lists, "Wish" lists, etc. These lists may be on any given topic such as movies, books, music, people, paintings, food, sports, and activities, among many other things.

Also See: Web Logs Meme #3: Ten Top 10s

7) Play Games, Answer Surveys, or Take Quizzes. If you're not the sort of person who likes posting quiz or survey results as weblog entries, remember that you're not limited to the "usual route" of blog quiz-taking (i.e., find a quiz, respond to questions, and post the results as a blog entry). For example, if you take the quiz: What's Your Blogging Personality?, you can write about particular items asked in the quiz. Or, you can write about other ideas you may have for a game, survey, or quiz for bloggers.

8) Blog at Random. There are different ways you can blog at random. One way to do this is to pick up a dictionary or encyclopedia, open to a random page, and then write about a word, phrase or sentence that you find on that particular page. Another way is to flip through one of your photo albums (or boxes, if they're not in albums yet), and pick a random photo to write about - be it a memory, a fictional idea, or a non-fiction piece. You can also turn on the TV or the radio, then write about the first thing you watch or hear about. Another thing you might like to try is to find a journal writing software and/or book with creative writing prompts and pick a topic at random to write about.

9) Be a Sleuth! Are there things that you've always wondered about but never found the opportunity to get the facts? You might have asked yourself one or more of the following questions at one time or another: "How do you build an igloo?" "What are the different species of spiders?" or "Who is the richest woman in the world?" Well, now might be a good time to get your detective or research skills in to action. Check search engines, almanacs, and other sources of information. Then, start blogging your findings!

10) Do Something New. If not something new, any activity other than blogging or computer-related stuff will do. Sometimes, all you need is a little break. Go to the mall, watch a movie, go for a walk, visit the beach, or call a friend. Just get out there and live your life.

There are other ways to come up with blogging content other than the ones mentioned here. Go ahead and experiment! Just remember that living a full life is a surefire way to kick bloggers' block out of the picture.

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Google ripped Gmail from Chinese site?

Gmail seems to be copied from (belongs to ISM) is not online currently.
Check out its home page at web archive here:
Seems familiar with Google's Gmail? Read on... 
Gmail's long-lost Chinese cousin?
 ISM claims its Gmail service preceded Google's

By Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service
September 26, 2005

The multicolored letters look familiar. It's Gmail, but there's something different here.


you use Google's (Profile, Products, Articles) Gmail free Internet e-mail service, you can be forgiven for doing a double take when you visit the ISM Gmail Web site at After all, the two Web sites share more than a passing resemblance to each other.


ISM Gmail is a free Web-based e-mail service offered by Beijing ISM Internet Technology Development Co., a small Chinese e-mail provider and domain registrar based in western Beijing.


Like Google's own free Web e-mail service, the ISM Gmail service employs a logo comprised of blue, yellow, red, and green letters. And the sign-in pages of the two sites display a shared fondness for minimalist design; although Google prefers blue bars along the top and bottom of the page, while the bars on ISM's site are green.


At first glance, it's easy to assume that the Chinese site is just a knock-off of the better-known Google e-mail service. There's just one problem: ISM claims that its Gmail service was here first. And there's evidence to back up that claim.


For example, ISM registered the domain name on Aug. 1, 2003, according to whois information provided by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), which oversees the .cn top-level domain. That registration date predates Google's April 1, 2004, announcement of its Gmail service by eight months.


Moreover, an ISM manager who identified herself using only her surname, Wang, claimed the company developed the multicolored ISM Gmail logo in 2003, long before Google unveiled its own colorful Gmail logo. "We didn't know their logo would look like ours," she said in a telephone interview.

That claim could not immediately be verified.


According to Wang, Google approached ISM about its use of the domain and the Gmail name in August 2004, shortly after Google launched its own Gmail service in the U.S. Those talks didn't go anywhere, and the two companies are no longer in contact, she said.

For its part. Google would only say that it's looking into the matter. "We are aware of this and are investigating," wrote Debbie Frost, a company spokeswoman, in an e-mail.


Any resemblance between the two Gmails is purely skin-deep. Once you get under the hood, things look quite different. For example, the user interface employed with ISM Gmail is nothing like that used by Google's Gmail: there are no conversation threads, no labels and no search function. There's less space too. Instead of the more than 1GB of storage space that Google makes available to its Gmail users, ISM offers each user 300KB of storage.


ISM doesn't offer ads tailored to the content of e-mail. Instead, the only advertisements on the ISM Gmail site are a banner ad for ISM's own domain-name registration service and a rectangular ad that says, "In association with (Profile, Products, Articles)." But that's just for show.

"We don't have a relationship them. It's just a link," Wang said.


Today, ISM Gmail -- which stands for Global Mail -- has more than 300,000 users, Wang said. But getting the service up and running wasn't cheap, she said, claiming that ISM spent 20 million renminbi ($2.5 million) developing the technology for the service.


The ISM Gmail service is meant to be multilingual and currently supports two languages: English and the simplified version of Chinese. In the future, ISM plans to expand the number of supported languages to more than 50, including traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, Wang said.

For now, when users sends an e-mail, they can choose between using an English e-mail address ( or an e-mail address that uses a username and domain name written in Chinese characters.


In a country like China, where most people can't read or understand the alphabet, having e-mail addresses and URLs (uniform resource locators) written in the local language has long been viewed by some observers as a crucial step toward making Internet access widely accessible.


While that may be true, offering a bilingual e-mail service hasn't helped ISM turn a profit with Gmail. The company had originally planned to charge users for its e-mail service but that wasn't possible after Google began offering its own service for free, Wang said. Once that happened, users felt that ISM should also offer its Gmail service for, she said.



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Visualizing Web 2.0

Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog wrote:

I try to describe Web 2.0 as a term given to a natural emergence of related events, rather than some artificially imposed vision. I think that's a very true and crucially important aspect of Web 2.0.

It's now so clear that people are suddenly shifting their attention en masse to the Web for their computing needs. That is, instead of installing and maintaining a bunch of rapidly aging and non-integrated bits onto their personal computers.

People are finding that Web 2.0 places like Flickr, or Voo2do, and especially are terribly useful because they're always available, whenever they need it, anywhere they go, with their information.

And then there's the added value factor of putting your information into a highly social place. It becomes much, much more useful. People can leverage it, add value to it with comments, tagging, aggregation, bookmarking it, and so on. Your information, if you want, becomes part of the scene.

And with Web 2.0 apps, you still maintain control of your data. You haven't lost it at all, you've really just put it in context.

Yes, so Web 2.0 is such an engaging, lively, and useful place when compared to computing alone.

However, I still struggle to explain the Web 2.0 to my fellow technologists. It's hard to understand all the Web 2.0 forces and the way that they actually seem to fit together so nicely.

Web 2.0 is so much more than Google supplanting Microsoft with services that replace traditional software and just exchanging one market leader for another.

So I'm working on yet another visualization of Web 2.0. It's not the O'Reilly meme-map, it is a more traditional, concrete diagram of Web 2.0 that shows the people facing side and the content and services. And what's inside them.

It's not complete, or necessarily 100% correct. But it's a start. Please comment or change it, I'd like to get this right. And help more people understand Web 2.0.
I'm submitting this post to Technosight's Blogoposum 1 on Communicating Web 2.0, please participate if you can.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Yahoo provides free POP access to Indian users


Yahoo corp has introduced free POP access for Indian users(ie, members
with the id "username@yahoo._co.in_").

To enable POP access , follow these steps:

1.Login into your Yahoo mail account
2.Select "*_Options_*" from the top links
3.Then, select " _*POP Access and Forwarding*_ "
4.Then select "Web & POP Access" and complete the registration
5.Save the settings.

Then, you need a POP client like Thunderbird or Outlook Express to be
able to download your emails.

The mail settings are as follows:

Server Settings
Incoming Mail Server (POP3):
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP):
using SMTP port 587

Account Name/Username: Yahoo id
Email address: yahoo email address
Password: Your Yahoo! Mail password


Note: Currently ONLY members can have this facility
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Monday, September 05, 2005

Top 50 Internet Hackers

 Special defacements Top Attackers 
No Attacker Total
% of politically
motivated attacks
1. Fatal Error 832 12 1.44%
2. chinahacker 795 217 27.30%
3. Red Eye 582 85 14.60%
4. OutLaw 564 4 0.71%
5. D.O.M 494 0 0.00%
6. Unknown Core 480 11 2.29%
7. iskorpitx 419 1 0.24%
8. Ashiyane Digital Security Team 362 18 4.97%
9. SegmentationFault 342 0 0.00%
10. XTech Inc 298 0 0.00%
11. core-project 277 35 12.64%
12. simiens 272 0 0.00%
13. r00t_System 271 0 0.00%
14. Poizonb0x 254 0 0.00%
15. Batamhacker 254 0 0.00%
16. S4t4n1c_S0uls 249 90 36.14%
17. dark-underground 243 240 98.77%
18. Ir4dex 232 37 15.95%
19. batistuta 231 0 0.00%
20. NobodyCoder 230 223 96.96%
21. Hi-Tech Hate 228 39 17.11%
22. 209 162 77.51%
23. Prime Suspectz 203 0 0.00%
24. ASC 196 1 0.51%
25. Silver Lords 195 2 1.03%
26. TechTeam 188 48 25.53%
27. h4ck3rsbr 185 0 0.00%
28. powHACK 172 37 21.51%
29. PcDelisi 165 0 0.00%
30. Kernel_Attack 164 94 57.32%
31. ION 162 3 1.85%
33. Infektion Group 160 38 23.75%
34. DkD[|| 160 124 77.50%
35. F4keLive 156 0 0.00%
36. PRI[ll 156 0 0.00%
37. int3rc3pt0r 156 40 25.64%
38. Command Tribulation 155 141 90.97%
39. Team-evil 150 0 0.00%
40. Q8Crackers 149 1 0.67%
41. Innocent Boys 141 5 3.55%
42. TIG 136 0 0.00%
43. aikmel 126 114 90.48%
44. Zuso.Org 123 0 0.00%
45. Mirror 122 12 9.84%
46. Sidewinder 122 0 0.00%
47. Moroccan GanGsters 121 76 62.81%
48. DaemonOptik 120 1 0.83%
49. Sala 14 116 97 83.62%
50. TriboHacking 116 115 99.14%


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