Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Netscape buying top Digg users

Imagine Gmail paying hundreds of dollars to Yahoo users , so that they switch over from Yahoo to Google!
And, hey, thats an example, dont take it seriously.
A similar case is happening in the social bookmarking arena.
Digg is the emperor of social bookmarking and Netscape is the latest entrant into this arena.
Now, what Netscape is doing is that they are offering top users of Digg (diggers) to come to netscape.com and netscape pays them 1000$ per head. What an offer!
But, wait, not everyone is moving to netscape.
There are several loyal users of Digg.com who had refused to move to netscape.
Here's what the head of Digg (Jay Adelson ) has to say,

“I’ve thought about what to do with the real power Diggers, the ones who spend their whole day on Digg and really work hard, is there a way that I could show my appreciation. The way I would show my appreciation would be to never give them more power, more features than another user has. It might be something like a T-shirt, it might be a rating that they can show other users, but it has to be a level playing field.”

"Hmmmm, $1,000 of cold, hard cash from Netscape per month… or a Digg T-shirt? Doesn’t sound like a level playing field to me. But Digg power users were split over the monetary offer"

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Types of software

There are many interesting types of softwares.

Bloatware
Software that has lots of features and requires considerable disk space and RAM. As the cost of RAM and disk storage has decreased, there has been a growing trend among software developers to disregard the size of applications(also see fritterware)

Careware
Shareware for which either the author suggests that some payment be made to a nominated charity or a levy directed to charity is included on top of the distribution charge

Crippleware
Software that has some important functionality deliberately removed, so as to entice potential users to pay for a working version

Crudware
Pejorative term for the hundreds of megabytes of low-quality freeware circulated by user's groups and BBSs in the micro-hobbyist world.

Freeware
Software, often written by enthusiasts and distributed at no charge by users' groups, or via the World-Wide Web, electronic mail, bulletin boards, Usenet, or other electronic media.
At one time, "freeware" was a trademark of Andrew Fluegelman. It wasn't enforced after his death

Fritterware
An excess of capability that serves no productive end. The term describes anything that eats huge amounts of time for quite marginal gains in function but seduces people into using it anyway. See also window shopping. One example is the use of Incredimail to heavily decorate emails.

Guiltware
A piece of freeware decorated with a message telling one how long and hard the author worked on it and intimating that one is a no-good freeloader if one does not immediately send the poor suffering martyr gobs of money

Malware
"Malware" is short for 'malicious software' and is usually used as a catch-all term to refer to any software which causes damage to a single computer, server, or computer network.

Payware
Commercial software. Opposite to shareware or freeware.

Shareware
Software that, like freeware, can be usually obtained (downloaded) and redistributed for free, but most often is under copyright and does legally require a payment in the EULA, at least beyond the evaluation period or for commercial applications.Shareware is sometimes also nagware and/or crippleware.

Shelfware
Software which is never used and so ends up on the shelf. Shelfware may be purchased on a whim by an individual, or in accordance with corporate policy, but not actually required for any particular use. Alternatively, it may be software that has been developed (unlike vaporware), but is never released as a product -- a common occurrence at DEC.

Spyware
Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes. Spyware applications are typically bundled as a hidden component of freeware or shareware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. Once installed, the spyware monitors user activity on the Internet and transmits that information in the background to someone else

Nagware
The variety of shareware that displays a large screen at the beginning or end reminding you to register, typically requiring some sort of keystroke to continue so that you can't use the software in batch mode.

Vaporware
Vaporware is software which is announced by a developer well in advance of release, but which then fails to emerge.

Some definitions adopted from Foldoc archives.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Indian Govt blocks blogspot, typepad and geocities

Govt of India has banned and blocked blogs that are hosted at blogger.com's service (blogspot.com).
Two more services Typepad.com and Geocities.com are also blocked by the Indian Govt.

India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) passed an order to ISPs to block several websites.

An Indian political blog is reporting that the ban was initiated by the Indian intelligence service to stop terrorism. According totheir source, the terrorists are using blogs to communicate. It is useless (because the terrorists can simply use proxies),and it's similar to shutting off the country's telephone service because terrorists talk to each other through phones.

So, whats the solution now?
For serious users of blogger.com, i suggest moving your website to some other server instead of hosting at blogspot.com
Here's the procedure (its what i did minutes back)

1.Log in into " blogger.com "
2.Go to your blog's settings
3.Select "Publishing"
4.Click on a small link called "Switch To: FTP "
5.Enter FTP details of your website there and click on "Save Settings"
6.Republish your Entire Blog
7.Your blog will be hosted on the server of your choice now.

Thats for users with access to a FTP server, for others, create a FTP account in any of the freely available webhosting solutions such as www.50webs.com
50webs provides free FTP access and subdomain based hosting, so you can have
http://yourblogname.50webs.com instead of http://yourblogname.blogspot.com

If any users want detailed information about hosting with 50webs or with configuring blogger, submit comment on my site or email me at bharath.mv@gmail.com , so that i can put up an elaborate tutorial on my blog.

Lets hope that Indian Govt doesn't block blogger.com and 50webs.com !
Tutorials over, now for the technical part.

The Indian Govt is not correct in its part to block these websites.
If India is worried about terrorists, let it track suspicious blogs or block selective blogs.
Its insane to block out such premiere websites such as blogger and geocities.
Technically, terrorists can have thousands of ways to communicate online, if so, will the Indian Govt block the entire Internet?
So much for all the speeches about India shining in IT sector.
Setbacks such as these can have the potential to erase the IT future of India and spoil the reputation of Indians online.

All said, is the Govt Listening?

www.bharathtech.com

Make sure you register your protest to this move, make ur comment below

Friday, July 07, 2006

Censoring Digg?

Digg is a social bookmarking site and what makes it special than news websites is that digg does not censor user's content.But, thats got its own drawbacks and there can be exceptions.

Few minutes back(Friday morning 2 AM,July 2006), a link to a semi-nude video was posted on Digg and the post made it to the front page thanks to celebrities that were involved in the video.Within a few minutes the story recieved lots of diggs, but disappeared from front page and the "Videos>Comedy Videos" category, thanks to censorship on part of Digg staff.

Now, here's the irony.90% of the comments about the video were in favor of the video.I am happy that a few people opposed that post.

I place one humble request to fellow diggers, please do not vote for such objectionable content and bury the story. Such content spoils the reputation of the entire digg community.

Dont allow digg to become an adult content bookmarking site.

(note: i am not posting the link to that adult digg article so that the reputation of my blog won't be spoiled)

Comparison of ASP,PHP,JSP and PERL

Go here for the article,
http://easywebbers.blogspot.com/2006/01/finally-difference-between-php-asp-and.html

How to choose a Web Host?

There are millions of companies on the net who advertise themselves to be the perfect web company, but only few of them are REALLY proficient web hosting companies. In the world of advertising tactics and gimmicks, few good companies get overshadowed by the rest. There is no sure shot way to determine the perfect web hosting company, but it is possible to find a good company if we follow the consequent steps.

Quality V/S Price: Most of the companies offer web space at very low price i.e.99 cents, 1$ per month, these companies reckon to provide very high quality. What quality can you expect with 99 cents web hosting company? My point is, you can't get both quality and price, and you may have to compromise on one aspect at least. Therefore don't get tempted to buy from such low costing hosting company; you may lose on both quality and price. Have an economical budget, if you can afford high priced hosting company, good for you.

Review, Research, Compare:
The first rule, don’t blindly believe on advertising tricks, most of them are over hyped, a website is the mirror of any web hosting company.
* Try to scan their websites, their web content, and their site layout. Flashy signs and no specific layout only spells trickery, also review their language in detail, if they have made tall far fletched claims that seems too good to be true stay away from them.
*Compare between the hosting company websites, their features, analyze their costs read their content and then decide which is the best hosting company. Comparison will help you to examine the features of hosting companies and enable you to select the one with the combination of best features and price.
*Try to get the opinions of the hosting company you choose from various acquaintance, business associates, friends etc. Give more importance to word of mouth, if they come from reliable and experienced source. Read various web hosting related forums of your niche market as well. You should also read various web hosting related forums. Also read the testimonials of clients on the website.

Drop A Ticket:
The web hosting company looks good and reasonably priced but what about their service, their response time? Find all these queries.
* If they are truly dedicated customer support, they will clarify your difficulty within shortest response time. If they answer in 2-3 days, they do not care for your valuable time.
* Furthermore by dropping a ticket about a problem which is persistent in your company, which should little intricate and complex and check their response, examine their knowledge when you're interacting on chat/phone.If they respond fast with satisfactory solution, you have found a reliable web hosting company.

Bandwidth problems: Some hosting companies support unlimited bandwidth, but for large amount don’t just go for unlimited, fix a bandwidth as per your need as to avoid conflict if any.

Do they help you grow: Your website may be small now, but it may grow tomorrow Clarify these details how they are going to help you when you expand in future.

More here,
http://webmasters-meet.com/showthread.php?t=1274

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Remove Blogger's Navbar

Blogger's Navbar is a useful tool to search within your blog.But, for bloggers who have customised their blog's template, it maybe useful to remove that Navbar from their blog.

The Navbar looks somewhat like this,


To remove that bar, simply include this code in the section of the blog's Template.


<!--start removal code-->
<style type="text/css">
#b-navbar {height:0px;visibility:hidden;display:none}
</style>
<!--end removal code-->

Then, i request all bloggers to update the "Links" section of their blog to point to some useful sites other than pointing to "Edit ME".
Go here to find how to edit it:
http://weblogs.about.com/cs/blogtemplates/qt/linkchange.htm

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Commenting on Blogs

Leaving a comment on someone's weblog is like walking into their living room and joining in on a conversation. As in real life, online there are some people who are a pleasure to converse with, and some who are not.
Good blog commenters add to the discussion and are known as knowledgeable, informative, friendly and engaged. Build your own online social capital and become a great blog commenter by keeping these simple guidelines in mind before you post.

Stay on topic.
Bloggers enable comments on specific blog posts to hear more about the content of the post. Don't change the subject. There's nothing more annoying than seeing a comment on a post about Hurricane Katrina that reads, "By the way, do you know anything about turtles?"

Contribute new information to the discussion.
Twelve people saying the same exact thing in one comment thread is useless and irritating. Before you comment, read the entire thread and make sure your comment offers something new to the conversation. If you don't have the time or patience to read an entire thread, then don't comment at all. The longer a comment thread the more likely someone has already said what you're thinking, and the less likely it is to be read by future visitors anyway.

Don't comment for the sake of commenting.
Commenters who only say "First!" or "Nice site" on an open thread have no business hitting that "Post" button at all. Further, only spammers comment for the sake of adding their name and URL to a web page. Useless comments will gain you the reputation for being a useless commenter.

Know when to comment and when to e-mail.
A weblog comment is a public one-to-many communication within the context of a blog post. An e-mail is a private interaction. A weblog comment that reads, "Oh yeah, that link is cool. By the way, how's your sister?" doesn't contribute to the public conversation and belongs in an e-mail message to the author instead.

Make the tone of your message clear.
No one can hear the tone of your voice or see your facial expression online. Sarcasm, in-jokes and exaggerations can easily be taken the wrong way in a public forum. Remember that a simple colon and a parentheses can change the meaning of a sentence entirely. Use emoticons or additional information to communicate the spirit of your message.

Own your comment.
Anonymous commenting, while sometimes necessary, can be seen as cowardly. Build your identity and own your words by placing your name and weblog address on your comments wherever possible.

Don't post when you're angry, upset, drunk or emotional.
There's no taking back a published blog comment - once you post, it's there for everyone to see and for Google to cache. Remember, you're not going to show your best face in the heat of an emotional moment. If you find yourself angrily typing a message into someone's blog comment box - STOP. Get up. Take a breath. Walk around. Give it a day. Revisit the thread when your head is clear. This goes doubly for public blog comments as it does for private e-mail messages.

Adapted from Lifehacker's guide to weblog comments
Thanks to www.lifehacker.com
Full article: http://www.lifehacker.com/software/top/special-lifehackers-guide-to-weblog-comments-126654.php

Interesting: photos inside photo

Click on the photo in the page in the link.
The photos zoom in continously upon clicking and there's no stopping.
Kind of interesting, must see to understand what i mean.
And, wait while the ShockwaveFlash content loads...

http://interact10ways.com/usa/information_interactive.htm

Revenge for stolen mobile

There is this person who left his mobile accidentally in a taxi.Another passenger took it and refuses to give it back.Take a look at what the mobile's owner is doing!

http://www.evanwashere.com/StolenSidekick/

Five reasons no one will replace Google

Google has five advantages that will keep all but the most determined innovators from beating it to artificial intelligence.

Google knows semantics.
Its entire business drives it toward pulling meaning from context. Better semantics make better ad placement and more precise search results. That's the reasoning behind contextual ads, topical search results, and the closely guarded and ever-changing search algorithm.

Google has the smartest people in the world.
Or damn close to it. Google's increasingly discriminating hiring process weeds out all but the top engineers -- executives are fond of saying that Google only hires people smarter than half its employees. As one tech exec said, "Yahoo's morning bus may have wifi, but it doesn't have any PhD's on it."

Google has Marissa Mayer.
All "Marissa is a robot" jokes aside, Senior VP Marissa Mayer, one of the most powerful Google executives after founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, is a titan of artificial intelligence. For her Bachelor's and Master's at Stanford, she specialized in A.I., and she holds several patents in the field. Her knowledge will not be lost in her role as Google's product gatekeeper -- it's Marissa who decides what products are ready for release.

Google is filthy rich.
And don't think clickfraud will bring them down -- today, Google launches GBuy, a payment system that trumps pay-per-click advertising with pay-per-sale, meanwhile bringing in the dollars of would-be buyers who don't trust vendors, but do trust Google. All this income gives Google a lot more room to play than its most ambitious competitors.
Google says it's working on AI. The co-founders already said that they're building a sharper artificial intelligence. Their new ambient sound translator can already identify a TV show from five seconds of computer-captured sound. Google plans to use the system for even more contextualized ads and content. Why this isn't the biggest tech news of the year is a mystery.

Google is not distracted.
The company's major competitors are Microsoft and Yahoo. The former is plagued by unwieldy plans for an operating system, software suite, and struggling media network. The latter is approaching media company status with an expanding network of original and outsourced content. While both Microsoft and Yahoo are making valuable progress in other fields, neither is innovating in search anywhere near the rate of Google. That's why over the past year, Google is the only engine with a growing market share in the U.S., and why Google could soon become China's top engine as well. And Google will stay on top -- by beating everyone else to the world's first global A.I. system.

Source:
http://www.valleywag.com/tech/google/five-reasons-no-one-will-replace-google-183892.php#more

Monday, July 03, 2006

Microsoft ending support for Windows 98 and ME


The Microsoft Corp. says it will end support for some of its older Windows versions, leaving 70 million users without security updates.
The Washington Post says the affected versions are Windows 98, Windows 98 Special Edition (SE) and Windows Millennium Edition (ME).
The policy takes effect July 11. Microsoft first planned the action for January 2004, but delayed to give users time to upgrade.
Users of the older versions will no longer get software fixes, leaving them vulnerable to hackers, the Post said.
Al Gillen, an analyst with IDC, a Framingham, Mass., market-research firm, told the Post an estimated 48 million computers were still running licensed versions of Windows 98 at the end of 2005, with 25 million still using Windows ME.
Gillen said he expects Windows 98 and ME to account for just 6 percent of all Windows installations by the end of this year.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Yahoo Messenger 8

Yahoo has released its Yahoo messenger 8 beta.
Today, i got a prompt from YM 7 saying that some updates are available,

Upon selecting, YM 8 and downloading the installer from Yahoo, the installation proceeds as follows.
YM8 follows a 6-step installation process as shown in the six screenshots below.




Its similar to YM 7 except that it has some interface enhancements and Menu categorization.
Yahoo messenger's new interface,

Sign -in: Signed-in:

Then, there are these so-called Plugins.Plugins for Yahoo Answers, 360 and Music, all integrated into YM.

Featured Plug-ins for YM8,


Overall, unless you are a fan of Y! Answers or Y! 360, YM 8 is not worth the upgrade, since there are no new features on the IM side.
Want to try, YM 8, then get it here

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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Bypass compulsary registration in news websites

BugMeNot.com is a website that provides free logins to news websites that require compulsary(of course, free but lengthy) registration.
Ex: nytimes.com, washingtonpost.com etc

Instructions:
STEP 1: Make a note of the website address your are trying to access. For example:http://www.nytimes.com/cnet/CNET_2100-1024_3-5567274.htmlOr even just:www.nytimes.com
STEP 2: Visit http://bugmenot.com/
STEP 3: Enter the address from step 1 into the box and press the "Get Logins" button
STEP 4: You should now be presented with at least one username and password. Make a note of them.
STEP 5: Go back to the site you were originally trying to access in step 1 and proceed to login with the username and password you noted in the previous step.
With any luck you should be able to access your article now!


Link: www.bugmenot.com

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