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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

One Care Live released by MS

The latest addition to the Live products released by MS is this One Care Live. So what is it? They claim its a security package having Antivirus, Firewall and such usual things. It might be cool I don't know, I will let you know after i download it. They are providing a free 30-Day trial version (Bah!) . You must also need IE6 to download it. Looks like MS really don't like Firefox. You also need a Passport account (Their email service will do).

Windows Live Products

- Sujith Tom

R2 waiting for your orders

First the light saber, now the R2 itself. Get the cuttie, funny little robot from the Star Ware series. This is simply cool. Here's a quote from Gizmodo:

"I know you’ve been waiting for this—don’t deny it. Finally, R2-D2 can be yours,
in your own home, and for only $119.95. Fully functional, R2 can roam around and
obeys over 40 voice commands (please refrain from asking him to project Obi-Wan
please). He also plays children’s games like tag with an IR sensor that can be
set to detect motion (which can also be set to sound an alarm for a watchdog
effect). Available at Hammacher Schlemmer."

But there is a problem. A really big problem. Its only 15 inches long making it a kid's toy. Sigh.

Star Wars R2-D2 Robot Replica On Sale

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Review: Firefox 1.5 (RC3)!!

First lot of guys won't believe that its the latest Firefox (as you can see in my last blog). So here see this:
The about screen

OK you see the version as 1.5? Do you believe now? Now i must apologize that this page will be very very slow due to this posts. Its full of images you know :D

Installation was a breeze. Just like previous version it had custom and default settings and they made it bit shorter this time. This time it all get installed very quickly. Plus it can retrieve information from other browsers. By information i mean everything not just Bookmarks as wee saw in Flock. Well you may say there is nothing new. Old firefox had it all. Well i am writing this for newbies also.

The installation screen


  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Firefox may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.
  • Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance.
  • Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs.
  • Improvements to pop-up blocking.
  • Clear Private Data feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.
  • Answers.com is added to the search engine list.
  • Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and "Safe Mode" experience.
  • Better accessibility including support for DHTML accessibility and assistive technologies such as the Window-Eyes 5.5 beta screen reader for Microsoft Windows. Screen readers read aloud all available information in applications and documents or show the information on a Braille display, enabling blind and visually impaired users to use equivalent software functionality as their sighted peers.
  • Report a broken Web site wizard to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox.
  • New support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6.
  • Many security enhancements.
The Burning Edge has more detailed lists of notable bug fixes in each of the alpha and beta versions leading up to Firefox 1.5 RC3.

[Taken from Firefox Website]

So the most notable improvement is the addition of SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) which is very useful for better browsing experience and the drag and drop tab arrangement.

A site using SVG viewed through Firefox

The options window has all the same thing last Firefox had.

As usual the default page is the Firefox customised Google Search Page.

A view of 4 The Geeks in Fire fox

Though most of the new addition is not viewable, as it being mainly security updates and such, Firefox rocks as it ever does. It is a must download for Firefox fans and its time for other to migrate to firefox by now. Come on lets take back the Web!

Get Firefox!

Here i will list my newly discovred stuffs in Firefox

  • Just realized that the Flock people copied the view of Firefox. Damn them! Yeah Firefox also shows error messages in style :D .
  • Installed Google Toolbar. Decided to dumb IE forever and for good.
  • Downloaded many extensions and themes. Phew cool one. Only one problem. I need a bigger screen now to view all these toolbars

Bugs-Need some pesticide!

So many bugs in the new version. Here are some i found.

  • Can't post in Blogsource Blog
  • Can't view recetly posted images in most of the blogs including Blogger, Wordpress etc.

The Fox is on loose

The heat is on! And the source of heat is Firefox. Guess what?? The much awaited Firefox 1.5 RC3 has been released today. It promises new cool features and extra security.

The browser will include an improved updating system, faster navigation using
the "Back" and "Forward" tabs, and a redesigned Options/Preferences window that
increases the number of category icons and moves them from the left side of the
window to the top.
Firefox 1.5 also adds support for Scalable Vector Graphics
(SVG), JavaScript 1.6 and new versions of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).
The update includes better pop-up blocking and a host of security improvements, plus the addition of Answers.com to Firefox's list of search engines and a Clear
Private Data function that allows users to quickly remove personal data through
a menu item or keyboard shortcut.

Source: Techworld

Links: Download Page [5MB]

- Sujith Tom

Need an 'e-hug' ?

Do you want to hug your girlfriend or parents who are miles away? Till now it might be impossible but no longer it is thanks to the innovative invention of James Teh, interaction and entertainment research centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He developed a 'hug-suit' to hug anything ranging from humans to poultry.

According to Teh, people will soon be able to touch their pets or children
across cyberspace with his innovation, that seeks to transmit sensation via

"Poultry Internet" is Teh's immediate focus, especially since he feels strongly about chickens, saying that though they are badly treated they make highly intelligent pets.
The "Hug" technology involves the pet fowl wearing a wireless, sensor-rigged jacket", moving inside its coop in the "home" set-up, and being tracked by a video
camera. The information is transmitted via the internet to the "office" set-up,
wherein a 3D model of the pet moves exactly like its live counterpart.
When the owner touches this model, the instructions are translated into data and reproduced as a series of vibrations, on the jacket worn by the hen. Teh said that the system which is being tested, will give the chicken the feeling of being touched by its owner. Teh has been working on this project for 2 years, along with center director - Adrian David Cheok and center manager - Lee Shang Ping.
Of course with the recent alarm raised over the possibility of an "avian flu" pandemic spreading across large parts of South East Asia, one wonders as to why anyone would want to touch a chicken... whether actually or virtually...
However Teh's "Poultry Internet" technology promises to be just a fore-runner to the real thing i.e. "human-to-human virtual hugging".
Teh plans for children to wear wireless, sensor-rigged "pyjama suits", similar to the chicken "jackets". Each suit will receive signals via the internet, and interpret the data to adjust to changes in pressure and temperature. In effect, children will
actually get a "hug" from their parents and vice-versa, if parents wear these suits as well.
Cheok expressed the view that there will be a huge demand for these suits, especially with parents going out frequently on business, and hugging and touching being considered inseparable parts of communication.

Source: Tech Tree

- Sujith Tom

200 GB optical drive

Ricoh said that it will release a 200GB optical drive by 2008, according to today's Nihon Keizai Shimbun.
The technology will use eight layers rather than the two promised by Sony's Blu-ray and Toshiba's HD tech.
But - and here's the rub - the optical head uses a similar design to HD and Blu-ray, so Ricoh's tech will be able to work with these two competing camps.
But hey Maxell is releasing a 1.6 TB holographic 'floppy' right? So who needs a 200GB HD DVD?

Monday, November 28, 2005

Play to stay fit with the new treadmill for Gamers!

A simply cool gadget. There is nothing so big thing in it but its simply innovative. This liitle treadmill allows you to play more, the faster you run. So you need to play? Then Run. Simply amazing. And you can boast to your friends that you shed off your weight by playing computer games!

Our special friends over at Kotaku found this little gem: a treadmill game
controller called the GameRunner. The faster your run, the more you get to play!
I mean this is obviously one of the better memes to come out of the gaming
industry in years. I’ve already seen an exercycle that with a few buttons so you
can play some hot games and this ads to the magic. Here’s how it works: you’re
thumping along in your t-shirt and shorts, you wig out, save up for a
controller, buy one, and then tell mom you’re exercising while you lay on your
old Sesame Street pillow and play CoD2 for fifteen hours straight. So
essentially these things improve the market for gaming peripherals.

- Gizmodo


Treadmill Joystick [Kotaku]

Product Page [GameRunner]

- Sujith Tom

Sony to add parental control to new PlayStation

According to Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Sony is the latest video game consel to add Parental Control following the footsteps of Microsofts XBox 360. Thus all the three major video-game consels will have parental control, the other bien Nintendo. Earlier this month, Nintendo announced similar plans for its next-generation machine, Revolution, due out in 2006.

Read full article: Mail and Guardian Online

- Sujith Tom

Samsung makes the biggest flexible LCD panel ever

Samsung developed a seven inch TFT LCD using thin pliable plastic to display 640x480 resolution colour video.

The panel is thinner, lighter and lasts longer than glass LCD panels and will maintain a constant thickness even when it is bent.

Samsung said that it will be used for notebook computers, cell phones and you will even be able to weave it into your clothes, if you have that bent (Wow right. A television in your shirt, or something that magnifies whatever is inside the dress :D )

Though there are some problems now like substrate's heat sensivity, which it overcame by using a low temp processing technique to make the amorphous thin film transistors (TFT), colour filters and liquid crystals much lower than glass based amorphous silicon.

But Samsung doesn't say when we'll see applications using the plastic LCD screens. Hope it will be soon :-)

- By Sujith Tom

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Free CD's and DVD's

This isn't exactlly a news but i thought this might be helpful to many. I got this from Think Digit Forum and was posted by a member called Siddhartha. Thanks Siddhartha.

  • 10,000 books free DVD: Well, I know this for quite some time and most of you will be aware of it.. Yet this is for all newbies and those who don't know.. Get a free DVD/CD delivered to your home (devoid of postal charges) containing more than 10,000 eBooks.. It has everything.. From Arabian Nights to Robert Louis Stevenson.. Fill in the form here
  • UBUNTU Linux free CDs: Get yourself as many LINUX (Ubuntu) CDs you want for free. Keep some for yourself, distribute among your friends.. Click Here. [You need to make a free account first]


If you know any website that provides free cds or dvds other than listed above please post it as comment. Please report broken links or websites which have discontinued free service in comments. Thanks.

- Sujith Tom

N-Gage dead, buried silently

Nokia announced that it will no longer put 'development time' on N-Gage meaning there will no more updates for N-Gage. Yeah you saw the last of the N-Gage. Nokia didn't specify why they were no longe giving attention to mobile gaming but said that it will come back to mobile gaming in late 2007.

Can anybody explain whats going on with Nokia?

[Read more about it]

- Sujith Tom

Friday, November 25, 2005

Mandriva Linux 2006 released!

Mandriva formerly known as Mandrake released their 2006 version of the popular Linux distro.

  • Linux kernel 2.6.12-12mdk
  • KDE 3.4
  • Kat desktop search tool
  • OpenOffice 2.0
  • Interactive firewall
  • Official support for Intel’s Centrino mobile technology
  • Full integration of Skype
  • Auto-installation server
  • Smart package manager
  • Integration of Conectiva’s and Lycoris’s technologies.

It can be freely downloaded from here.

- Sujith Tom

Google Space

Google has been very active in the past two months and still continues to be. News agenicies are saying that the next Google's product is Google Space. No its not releated to outer space but to air flights. Waiting for airplane espcially when its late is really boring and time consuming process. So Google in a mission to remove this boredom allows you to know more about your destination while you ae waitng.

Sadly enough the service is currently available only in Heathrow Airport in London. I hope it expands it service worldwide.

The 'pod' known as Google Space is situated in the Terminal One
departure lounge and consists of 10 Samsung laptops dedicated to Google
Google staff "flown in from all over the world" are on hand
to answer any questions as well as monitor usage.
"We see it as a huge focus
group," said Lorraine Twohill, Google's European director of marketing. "For
many of our users, we have always been something in their computers and they
have never actually met us."
A survey conducted for the launch by Google has
shown that the average airline passenger wastes a day's holiday a year waiting
around in airports, some nine hours in total.

Source: VNU Net

- Sujith Tom

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Google advertising to go Beyond the Internet

Tech Web claims that Google.Inc is currently testing a service called 'click-to-call' service. They are saying that soon Google will put a phone icon below the sponsered advertisers who participates the program. A user can contact the advertisers by clicking this icon.

The telephone numbers are not shared with advertisers or anyone else, and
are kept on Google servers for no longer than four months after the last time a
person uses the service, the Mountain View, Calif., company said. Numbers are
deleted permanently after that time.

The advertiser's number, however, will appear on a person's caller ID
when Google makes the connection, giving the consumer the option of saving the
merchant's phone number.

Tech Web

- Sujith Tom

Simple Sharing Extensions by M$

Microsoft Corp. is said be currently working on an extension for RSS feed. It is said to be named as Simple Sharing Extensions. The new extensions will add the pwer of calendring and sharing of contact lists between indivduals to the popular RSS.
The idea is to use OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language), which is used to
allow exchange of outline-structured information between applications and RSS,
to create a new format to allow exchange of data.
Ozzie explains that RSS on
its own is not sufficient as it is essentially a 'one way' transfer mechanism
aimed a broadcasting from a central point rather than his vision of a 'mesh' of
feeds between many different people.
SSE has already been discussed among
various interested groups within Microsoft. Now the company has published a
draft specification for SSE on its website for discussion.

Now a hundred dollar question. Sharing of contact lists? Aren't we feed up with having enough spam in our mail box?

PC Pro News Ray Ozzie's Blog

- Sujith Tom

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

And now a floppy with 1.6 TB storage space!!

Forget all other storage medias like DVDS, CDs,, Blu-rays and even your hard disk because Maxell along with InPhase Technologies is coming out with a cool thing using holographics. Using cartridges (read: floppys), the new technology will support up to 1.6TB with data transfers at 120MBps. Yeah. That’s a lot of storage. It could even replace your hard drive if you think about how fast and big it will be.

“Holographic recording technology utilizes intersecting signal and reference
laser beams to store data in a number of 3D hologram images capable of saving
hundreds of data pages in a single location. In principle, laser beams can be
moved with no mechanical components, allowing access times of the order of 10
µs, faster than any conventional disk drive will ever be able to randomly access
Maxell Releases Holographic Storage Medium [OhGizmo!]

- Sujith Tom

Mommy is watching you son!

Parents, PingAlert is perfect for your nerdy little kid. Next time he’s getting his ass kicked on the playground for lunch money, he can use PingAlert to give you the heads up. You enter a special number into a speed dial on the phone, and it dials the KidsOK service which then sends an SMS to your parents with your exact location. Then it terminates into a repeating loop where it orders pizza from Papa John’s and everyone is happy. Available in the UK, a year’s subscription, PingAlert for three mobiles and 10 free pings will cost about $45. Subsequent pings cost an extra 70 cents or so. Dumbest service ever. Just buy your kid some brass knuckles and no one will mess with him ever again.

PingAlert anti-bullying system [Shiny Shiny]

-Sujith Tom

Forget the $100 laptop. See this free computer!!

The free iT does it one better. A stripped-down PC from Hong Kong-based website Asiatotal, the iT will be given away for free to small businesses and those of you in the lower income bracket. It comes with a keyboard, mouse, a 7-inch LCD monitor with speaker, smart card reader, mouse pad and all necessary cables and the entire thing is financed by sponsors. Why, you may ask? There are 14 “hotkeys” on the keyboard, and every time you press one, you’ll be directed to a different sponsor’s website. Of course, if you need a free PC, are you really going to buy anything from the sponsors? Chew on that, why dontcha’.

PC for free! Yes it’s true [Techticker]

- Sujith Tom

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

LaCie Lego Bricks

Guess what these are? Lego bricks? Nope. Look again silly. No idea? Its desktop and mobile hard disks!!
Designed by Ora-Ïto, who has done crazy beautiful work for LG, Toyota, Swatch, and others, these stackable drives come in red, white or blue. The desktops range from 160-500 GB ($119-$399), and the mobile versions are 40-120GB ($119-$329). The red 250GB desktop brick is in stock now; the rest of the desktop drives are up for pre-order and ship in December. The Mobile versions come out in January.
But don’t go dropping your ducats just yet, because LaCie says this is just the first of several HDD products from famed designers that the company is introducing in the next 6-12 months.

Lacie Lego Bricks [Product Page]

XBox 360 finally unveiled

Well, it’s finally here—the best thing in the world ever, until the PS3 comes out. Here’s
the massive bolus of coverage from all around the the world. All I can say
that Project Gotham Racing rox.

-Gizmodo Gadget Blog


In search of the Xbox 360 [Star Tribune]

Xbox 360’s Thrills Are Many but They Don’t Come Cheap [LA Times]

Q&A: The Xbox 360 [BBC]

The games to get for the Xbox 360 [Chicago Tribune]

The new Xbox 360 is the stuff of dreams, but most new games aren’t up to the challenge [San Fran Chronicle]

18 games for Xbox 360 [Detroit Free Press]

Initial Xbox 360 reviews good not great [TheRegister]

Gates: Xbox Live Will Become Windows Live [Spong]

Microsoft XBox 360 raises games stakes [TheBusiness]

The Xbox 360 rush is on [CNET]

PC and the New Power Generation: Xbox 360 [IGN]

Microsoft Xbox 360 Media Center Extender [PCMag]

[Tom] Reporting

Microsoft Office 'OPEN' for you!

Microsoft was expected to announce Tuesday that it would seek approval to make the software formats behind its Office suite of applications an "open standard" that it would license free to competitors, partners and developers.
As a set of application principles endorsed by international standards-setting groups, the so-called Office Open XML format could be used by others to make applications and tools to work with Microsoft's popular office document programs, company executives said Monday.....

Read full Article: International Herald Tribute

[Tom] Reporting

FBI Warns of Email Scam

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a press note warning the public to avoid falling victim to an on-going mass e-mail scheme, wherein computer users received unsolicited e-mails supposedly sent by the FBI.
These scam e-mails tell the recipients that their Internet use has been monitored by the agency, and that they have accessed illegal web sites. The e-mails then direct recipients to open an attachment and answer questions.

The e-mail appears to be sent from the e-mail addresses of mail@fbi.gov and admin@fbi.gov. There may be other similarly styled addresses. The recipient is enticed to open the zip attachment, which contains a w32/sober.jen@mm worm.
The attachment does not open and its goal is to utilize the recipient's computer to garner information. The virus also allows the e-mail to be forwarded to all those listed in the recipient s address book. The FBI post goes on to cite an example of the spurious mails.

Dear Sir/Madam,

We have logged your IP-address on more than 30 illegal Websites.
Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions is

Yours faithfully,
Steven Allison
Federal Bureau of Investigation-FBI- 935 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW ,

Room 3220 Washington ,
DC 20535 Phone: (202) 324-30000

The FBI maintains that it takes this matter seriously and is investigating it. The release says, "These e-mails did not come from the FBI. Recipients of this or similar solicitations, should know that the FBI does not engage in the practice of sending unsolicited e-mails to the public in this manner." While the address and phone number for the FBI is correct in the email, users receiving e-mails of this nature are encouraged to report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center via http://www.ic3.gov.

Source: Tech Tree

[Tom] Reporting

Monday, November 21, 2005

Intel launches 90-nanometer M18- NOR Flash Memory device

Intel Corporation has launched 90-nanometer (nm) multi-level cell (MLC) NOR flash memory device. The new Intel StrataFlash Cellular Memory (M18) delivers faster performance, higher density and lower power consumption than the previous 130nm version to meet the increasing demand for feature-rich cell phones equipped with cameras, color screens, web browsing and video.
"Flash memory is one of the driving technologies in enabling the next generation of cell phone applications," said , Intel Flash Products Group vice president and general manager, Darin Billerbeck. "The M18 delivers to cellular designers the unique combination of performance,density and low power required for today's phones. Moreover, the M18 is built on Intel's reliable and cost-effective fifth generation MLC technology and 90nm process lithography."
The M18 offers the fastest read speeds, up to 133MHz, in the industry enabling the new flash memory to operate at the same bus frequency as next-generation cellular chipsets This speeds user application execution because the interaction between the chipset and memory operation is faster than in the 130nm version.
With write speeds of up to 0.5MB/second, the M18 supports 3MP (mega pixel) cameras and MPEG4 video. OEMs benefit from lower production costs that result from factory programming speeds of up to three times faster than prior 130-nm versions, states an official release.
The M18 consumes one-third the energy to program and about half the energy to erase than prior generation products, and offers the new Deep Power Down operation mode, all for improved battery life. The M18 also increases the NOR flash density reach, with single chip solutions of 256 Mb and 512 Mb and standard stacked package solutions up to 1 Gb.
Intel's industry-leading standard stacks combine NOR and RAM in multiple bus architectures, and improve OEM time-to-market and supply-line flexibility, the release adds.

Source: Indian Television

[Tom] Reporting

Google Analytics not sooo Hot!

Whenever user tries to sign up Google Analytics, an error message flashes saying that Analytics is temporarily suspended. The cited reason is 'heavy demand'. Though google made it up with a text box asking you to enter your email address so that Google can notify you when the service is back.

Google Analytics

[Tom] Reporting

IE fumbles again

Recently news reporters announced that an exploit code for a new flaw for IE 5.5 and IE 6 running on Windows XP SP 2 and Windows 2000 SP4 was relesed. The exploit code was made public in Monday. When a user visits a website with the malicious code, the exploit will be tiggered automatically which will enable the website to download any code to the user's computer.

Read the news: ZDNet

Get a 30Gigs without inviatation!

All of you have been surfing around the net finding a way to grab a invite from 30gigs.com and also many have started offering a bypass script by which you can get a invite too.

I just found a simple and yet direct way to access 30gigs.com to get
invite yourself, actually this is not a invite, a direct registration
at 30gig.com, its simple as you read this blog.

Step 1 : Use the url http://www.30gigs.com/accept/79380/enter-any-name-here (see examples below)

Examples :







If you run short of ideas just give a big string of characters instead of google and microsoft like

You can very well sign up, directly using the link put above, or by entering any character after /79380/ of your own wish. Its simple as easting a pie ?

Once you move to the step 1, the next is easy and the one which you do elsewhere to get a email account.

Step 2 : Enter the information that you will need toget started with your 30gig.com account!

more bypass and no more requests for invites on every forums you visit!
Happing mailing, though most of you are satisfied with your Google 1 GB
mail service, this for people who are just craze in signing up, that
comes as a invite (a trick that google used to create a hype, followed
by Yahoo! 360 blog, also seen at Orkut)


Also my observation is that you don't need a number 79380 to do this. Any five number combination will do.

Try these



Also you can use this page also to create your 30gigs.com Account


TiVo moves TV shows to iPod and PSP


"In an effort to boost its subscriber base, TiVo, the company
whose name
is synonymous with recording and storing your favorite TV
programs, will
announce today a feature to move recorded TV shows onto
Apple Computer's
newest video iPod and Sony's PlayStation Portable

The San Jose company did not sign any partnership agreements
with either
Apple or Sony. It said it is able to offer the feature to
customers through
its TivoToGo feature, introduced in January. The
feature uses a software
program that will encode the programs into a
smaller format so that they can
be moved to these smaller digital

Source: Mercury News

The Fox is on fire!!!


The open source company Mozilla recently launched the latest version
of Firefox. The claimed that the new has a better and fast
navigation system and much improved security. The new firefox is
labbeled as Firefox 1.5 Release Candidate 3.

"Those additions include faster navigation, with upgrades to
back and forward button performance, as well as drag-and-drop
reordering for browser tabs, and improvements in general usability,
such as more descriptive error pages, a further redesigned options
menu, RSS feed discovery capabilities and a "safe mode" for enhanced
protection against potential threats.

-Copied from e-week

Read full article

Google Print changes name to Google Book search

Google book search

Recently Google announced in its blog that it has changed the name Google Print to Google Book Search.

Here is a quote from that blog:

"What's in a name? Quite a bit, actually; what you call yourself
a lot about what you think you are. And we've been thinking lately
Google Print should really be called
Google Book Search.

Why the change? Well, one factor was all the comments we got
how excited people were that Google Print would help them print
out their
documents, or web pages they visit -- which of course it

More important, the change reflects our product's evolution.
When we
launched Google Print, our goal was to make it easier for users
to discover
books. Now that we're starting to achieve that, we think a
more descriptive
name will help clarify what our users can do with it:
namely, search the
full text of books to find ones that interest them
and learn where to buy or
borrow them.

No, we don't think that this new name will change what some
think about this program. But we do believe it will help a lot of
understand better what we're doing. We want to make all the
world's books
discoverable and searchable online, and we hope this new
name will help keep
everyone focused on that important goal."

About Book Search People's comment about Google Book Search

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

US retains hold of the internet nations.

Negotiators worked late into the night on a deal

The US has won its fight to stay in charge of the internet, despite opposition from many nations.
In an eleventh-hour agreement ahead of a UN internet summit in Tunis, Tunisia, negotiators agreed to leave the US in charge of the net's addressing system.
Instead an international forum will be set up to discuss net issues, although it will not have any binding authority.
The deal clears the way for the summit to focus on how poorer nations can benefit from the digital revolution.
About 10,000 delegates, including world leaders, technology experts and campaigners, are expected at the three-day World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis.

Read full article: BBC

We did not change anything on the role of the US government with regard to the technical aspects that we were very concerned about.

David Gross, US State Department

Google Base. Yet another service from Google!

Several people report Google Base went live, or at least, its login-screen. The ambitious new Google Inc. service lets anyone upload almost anything to a publicly searchable database, potentially laying the groundwork for a foray by the Internet juggernaut into classified advertising.
Google Base is Google’s database into which you can add all types of content. We’ll host your content and make it searchable online for free.Examples of items you can find in Google Base:• Description of your party planning service• Articles on current events from your website• Listing of your used car for sale• Database of protein structuresYou can describe any item you post with attributes, which will help people find it when they search Google Base. In fact, based on the relevance of your items, they may also be included in the main Google search index and other Google products like Froogle and Google Local.”

About Google Base Google Base

$100 Laptop Snubs OS X, Goes to UN

MIT Media Lab's research initiative, to build a $100 laptop for students across the globe is chugging along, with Nicholas Negroponte, laboratory chairman and co-founder, MIT, to demonstrate a working prototype to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan at a technology meeting in Tunisia. According to reports, Steve Jobs had offered to provide free copies of OS X to the project, but his offer was turned down because OS X is not open source and the creators want an operating system where the source code is open and can be altered and "tinkered with". Ironically, OS X is based on Unix which is open source.

Negroponte has said that this technology could revolutionize how we educate the world's children. The $100 machine will be a full-color, full-screen laptop that is Linux-based and running on AMD processors. These rugged laptops will be WiFi and cell phone-enabled, and will be able to do almost everything, except store huge amounts of data. Five corporate sponsors; the likes of Google, AMD and Red Hat, have contributed $2million each to the project. Negroponte reportedly came up with the $100 laptop idea, after seeing children in a Cambodian village benefit from having notebook computers at school, which they could also take home and use. Negroponte has said that the laptop is a cost-effective alternative to hiring additional teachers, and is aimed at helping children teach themselves.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Google Analytics, another cool service of Google

Are you a webmaster? How many times have you payed through your nose to know what visitors are doing in your site, what they are reading and where they are going from your page? Here is the good news. You never will have to pay for it from now. Why? Simply because Google's new service gives you all these features for FREE!! This is simply cool and you got to check it out. I think google bought this thing from someone else just like Google Earth because they say that it was formerly called Urchin.

Google Analytics Features

The first Post

First i need to thank blogger for this space. Secondly, i am thanking Blogsource.com on which my earlier blog was created (http://click.blogsource.com). I am looking forward to use blogger. It simply seems to be cool!