Monday, November 12, 2007

Review of Lenovo Y500 series 47Q laptop

Just bought a Lenovo Y500 series 47Q laptop last week, it costs about57,000INR in Chennai, India.
Configuration is as follows,
Centrino core 2 duo,Intel Mother board,
15 inches widescreen,2GB DDR2 RAM,
128 MB nvidia graphics card, 160GB SATA HDD,
dvdwriter,card reader,dolby speakers,1.3MP webcam,
Tv tuner card with remote, Bluetooth, Wifi and more.

Its a superb model and i would recommend it to anyone looking to buya laptop.It has integrated face verification system that can even lock the system if you are away from your lap for a predefined period oftime,and as well as verification at login.It comes with vista home basic, vista home premium could have been better.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What is Smart Pricing on Adsense?

Google's smart pricing feature automatically adjusts the cost of a keyword-targeted content click. So if our data shows that a click from a content page is less likely to turn into actionable business results - such as online sales, registrations, phone calls, or newsletter signups - we reduce the price you pay for that click.

Some info about smart pricing,

  • Smart pricing affects an entire account. It is not on a per page or per site basis.
    One poorly converting site can result in smart pricing impacting an entire account, even sites completely unrelated to the poorly converting one.
  • Smart pricing is evaluated each week. So removing ads from sites you suspect are converting poorly could result in seeing an adjustment to a higher smart pricing percent in as little as a week.
  • Smart pricing is tracked with a 30 day cookie, so you could be rewarded for new conversions that saw the initial click from your site up to 29 days earlier.
  • Image ads are also affected by smart pricing.
  • With smart pricing, an advertiser could end up paying less than their minimum bid, which would theoretically include the minimum bid price available, meaning publishers earn less for even the minimum valued clicks.
  • Conversions for smart pricing publisher accounts are tracked by those advertisers who have opted into "AdWords Conversion Tracking"
And, here is what Google says,

1. Many factors determine the price of an ad
2. Clickthrough rate doesn't affect advertiser return on investment (ROI)
3. Google doesn't make money from 'smart pricing'
4. Remember the old chestnut: "Content is King"
This is found on Adsense blog here

Click Fraud Index 2007

Click fraud rate, that is, number of fraud clicks for every hundred clicks counted.
From this data, it is presumed that 25% of clicks are fradulent !

This data is compiled from

Worldwide Click fraud heat map

Here is a map showing the source of click frauds throughout the world.

Click fraud has become the new spam and it’s clearly a problem that is getting worse, not better,” said Tom Cuthbert, president and CEO of Click Forensics, Inc. “A significant percentage of today’s click fraud traffic can be attributed to two growing areas of concern for search advertisers – traffic that comes from botnets and from parked domains or made-for-ad sites. Advertisers running campaigns on content networks are especially vulnerable as they are increasingly targets of this growing pool of savvy fraudsters.”

More @

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Domain deletion cycle

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Online FLV converter

This site converts FLV videos from Youtube to WMV or 3GP format and provides link for downloading.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

More Link units with Adsense

Google updated their policies to allow upto 3 link units on a page , rather than the previous 1 unit.

In their policy statement, this line says,
"Up to three link units may also be placed on each page. "

This means that publishers are not limited to just a single ad unit, they now can have up to three, so you can now have a link unit in the footer as well as in the navigation.

Adsense earnings as Adwords credit

Digg this!

This is one cool feature thats about to be implemented by Google.
In an online survey conducted by Google Adsense, they asked the publishers about their interest in using Adsense earnings as Adwords credit.
That will be beneficial for both Adsense and publishers.

The actual question sounded something like this ,
.Will you be interested to use your Adsense earning as Adwords credit?
a) Yes
b) NO
c) What is Adwords?

The answer of most Adsense publishers would be "YES".
Hope Google Adsense implements that option soon enough.

(Now, YPN supports paypal too!)

Yahoo Publisher network now supports Paypal!

YPN (Yahoo publisher network) had announced in their blog ( that they are now officailly supporting Paypal for payments made to YPN publishers.
The minimum payout threshold had been reduced to 50$ from 100$ for paypal users.
(Google Adsense still has an payout limit of 100$ and doesnt support paypal yet).

For more information, please read YPN FAQs.

Yahoo mail offers unlimited storage!

Yahoo! Mail has upgraded its 1 GB mailbox size to unlimited capacity, and the graphic below shows how the storage limit went away!

Yahoo mail offers unlimited storage

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Human ancestry

Modern man (Homo sapiens) is the only surviving species of the "Homo genus.
Here's the list of species that belongs to our genus(all except homo sapiens are already extinct).
Click link to get more info from Wikipedia.

Homo habilis (Handy Man)
Homo rudolfensis (Rudolf Man)
Homo ergaster (Working Man)
Homo erectus (Upright Man)
Homo floresiensis (Flores Man — discovered 2003)
Homo antecessor (Predecessor Man)
Homo heidelbergensis (Heidelberg Man)
Homo neanderthalensis (Neanderthal Man)
Homo rhodesiensis (Rhodesia Man)
Homo cepranensis (Ceprano Man)
Homo georgicus (Georgia Man)
Homo sapiens
Homo sapiens idaltu (elderly wise man — discovered 1997)
Homo sapiens sapiens (Wise Man; modern humans)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

N73 Music edition green theme

N73 Music Editions' green theme can be downloaded from this link,

[this is one is for N73 users who wish to change their interface like n73 music edition]


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Checking Gmail on airtel mobile

A nice bookmark for checking Gmail on mobile devices (WAP/WML) can be found at this URL.

(This link is working for Airtel users with NetOnPhone -NOP- and without MobileOffice).

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Value of Indian currency

These values provide an idea about where the value of Indian Rupee stands(as on 14 Jan 2007).
[better foreign currency]
1 British Pound = 86.81 Indian Rupees
1 Euro = 57.26 Indian Rupees
1 US Dollar = 44.3 Indian Rupees
1 Australian dollar = 34.72 Indian Rupees
1 chinese Yuan = 5.68 Indian Rupees
1 Malaysian Ringgit = 12.6 Indian Rupees
1 Russian Rouble = 1.66 Indian Rupees

[better Indian currency]
1 Indian rupee = 1.37 Pakistan Rupees
1 Indian rupee = 2.44 Srilankan Rupees
1 Indian rupee = 2.71 Japanese Yen

As on 11:43 PM 1/14/2007
Source: Yahoo Finance

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Feasibility of Moon base?

NASA's evolving plans for building a permanent moon base by 2024 portray the facility as a scientific outpost where astronauts will build telescopes, forage for rare minerals and prepare for future Mars missions to be launched from the lunar surface.

It is expected to cost 200$ billions over the next 20 years.
The researchers with the most to gain from a permanent moon outpost are experts in lunar geology, who see a chance to finally glimpse the moon's full history, including details of how it is thought to have formed from a Mars-sized planet's collision with Earth more than 4 billion years ago.

What supporters and opponents of a moon base fear most is a repeat of the International Space Station, widely considered one of NASA's worst failures. That facility has not delivered on promised research benefits and brought few inspiring images of exploration from its perch in low Earth orbit.

Some boosters of the new moon missions argue that helium-3, an isotope rare on Earth but common on the moon's surface, could be used to fuel nuclear fusion reactors on Earth. But no one knows if reactors based on helium-3 would be technically or economically feasible.
Even if the moon were made of solid gold, it's doubtful that exporting lunar resources to Earth would be profitable. Manned missions using the space shuttle cost about $10,000 per pound of payload--about the price of a pound of gold.

"Sometime in [the] next 100 years we may have the construction base on the moon to do this, but in the near term it makes no sense," said Lawrence Krauss, a physicist at Case Western Reserve University who supports building a human presence on the moon over the long term.

All said, moon base will be a next major step for mankind in exploring the cosmos.

Exploring alien civilizations

Is there intelligent life on other planets? If so, what do space aliens watch on TV?

Astronomers plan to search 1 000 nearby stars for television broadcasts and other signals that could indicate extraterrestrial life, the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics said today.
The project, planned for early 2008, would use a new radio telescope to search for radio traffic similar to that found on Earth.

Current efforts to find extraterrestrial life look for messages deliberately beamed across space - an approach that would miss any civilisation that does not advertise its existence as Earth's does.

The new effort would search a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum used on Earth for more mundane purposes - radar, television and FM radio broadcasts.
"We may pick up spurious signals from people that never meant for us to hear them and get an inkling that something's going on," said David Aguilar, director of communications at the centre.
The project will be able to detect Earth-like radio signals within a distance of 30 light-years, which encompasses about 1 000 stars.
The project will be formally presented at a conference of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle on Wednesday.

- Reuters