Category Archives: The Web

Google Chrome – Not Prom Queen yet!

Now there is always a fall line for ‘Beta’ products and boy does Google love the word beta. Gmail is still in beta after god knows how long. None the less, Google’s new product the chrome is more of a disappointment rather than a ‘wow product’. I have been using Chrome for the past couple of days and the first thing i noticed and probably the only good thing was the amount of real estate available. Only a tool button towards the right houses all your immediate needs and the interface is light and simple – as Googly as ever.

But thats where the excitement stops. For a browser that was released with the sole purpose of bridging the divide between existing browsers and web based ‘applications’ this browser sure has a long way to go. One look at the Google Chrome Googlegroups site will show you just how many seemingly trivial issues are being noticed. While i agree that the product is still in Beta, this is probably not what i expected to see. And yes i faced my own issues before i decided to outright reject the product in its present state.

While the whole world is gawking at the fact that Google Chrome captured 1% (reports with higher numbers are out there too), i believe its just the hardcore fans and those who were intrigued with the product that downloaded it. The real test ,however, would be to see what the market share would be after 4 weeks of being out there.

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Encyclopædia Britannica – Free for a blogger

Remember the stolen sidekick story that broke out a year or so ago or the jailed egyptian blogger and not to forget the pivotal story of how Yahoo got a chinese blogger arrested. All these stories are a result of blogging. And of course blogging is no joke its a lot of hard work just ask Scoble or Michael Arrington or any of the top guys in the blogosphere.

Blogging being such an important reporting platform as it is, many companies have shown a whole lot of affection to bloggers (both famous and not-so-famous alike). For example, when zooomr came out, they offered free pro accounts for all bloggers

Now Encyclopædia Britannica is offering access to its articles free for a year if you meet their criteria which as per their site goes something like this

Note: This program is intended for people who publish with some regularity on the Internet, be they bloggers, webmasters, or writers. We reserve the right to deny participation to anyone who in our judgment doesn’t qualify.

So if you do happen to post ‘regularly’ on the internet go ahead, register and await the email from Britannica that says “you’ve won gold!”

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Voizd.com

Ladies and gentlemen, its my pleasure to bring before you Voizd. This brand new release of a blog will ..ah well read all about it there.

Voizd – let our voices be heard

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Its Green Time

It is DIFFICULT to get a man to understand something when his SALARY depends on his NOT UNDERSTANDING IT – Upton Sinclair

An Inconvenient Truth - Poster Global Warming is definitely an issues that’s on our minds, at least our sub-conscious. An Inconvenient Truth certain helps one get a perspective into the seriousness of this problem. Although many people, material have tried to help open peoples’ eyes to this grave concern, none have managed to drive the point home better.

Al Gore has demonstrated through this documentary, without a shadow of doubt, the impending consequences that we are about to face as a result of our ‘ignorant and blind’ actions over the past decades. What captured my attention for the entire duration was the sequence in which his point were stated, adequate use of imagery and video and also his ability to connect with his audience no matter what region of the globe they are from.

The idea of ‘go green’ is not something new. Its been around for quite some time. I remember a show on Discovery that discussed this very issue form a ‘worst case’ perspective. Although i watched this show at least 5 years back, i do distinctly remember the designs of an architect ( i have not been able to research him on Google) who came up with designs for buildings meant to be constructed on water – the designs being inspired by his fascination towards ‘gears’.

In my quest to find anything i could about the architect and his designs, i stumbled upon a few (out of millions) of ‘green designs’ and other ‘green news’ that are worth taking a look.

We have to be able to change the world we will in, for us and for our future and perhaps a renewable resource like ‘political will’ could give us the direction we are looking for to help forge on in this time of uncertain futures.

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A Constitutionalized Blogosphere

Can you imagine a world without rules? I’m sure when faced with such a question, most of us would conjure an image of total chaos, fighting, mayhem and bloodshed. Now why should the virtual world be any different? Most of us have heard of cyber bullying and for the more unfortunate have been a victim of such acts.

The recent events in the life of Kathy Sierra might have pushed the creation of the ‘Blogger’s Code of Conduct’. The crux of the 6 point draft of a conduct for those in the blogosphere is this:

We take responsibility for our own words and for the comments we allow on our blog.

A blogger is responsible not only for the content in his/her blog but also the words in the comments that follow. If any ‘objectionable’ comment is found, it is the responsibility of the blogger to remove them. Now having said that ther is a very thin line between this and censorship. A comment with an opposite view point could easily be mistaken as ‘objectionable’ and deleted. And that would only help destroy the freedom of speech that we so enjoy more in the virtual than reality.

Now on to more trivial things. “..if you fancy enforcing this code of conduct on your blog feel free to use one of our multi colored ‘Civility Enforced’ badges..”. Well I believe it makes more sense to pledge having a ‘Parental Advisory’ image along with posts with explicit words. That way we could enforce ‘civility’..dont you think? 

Civility Enforced - Badge“In case you do not wish to enforce civility, do not worry! Feel free to use this ‘Anything Goes’ badge into your blog”. This way you let us know that what we have been doing for so many months/years might not be endorsed by O Reilly.

 Fancy anyone of those badges? Id rather have one of these ‘Parental Advisory’ badges any time of the blogging year!!

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Blogmusik – Prelude to the Revamp

Blogmusik is one of the best on demand music sites available on the net. After the initial success that they had, post release last year, they look all set for a total revamp of the site (to be called Blogmusik v2) and its features. We had covered blogmusik earlier over at scribez and will do a write up once the new site is launched sometime this week.

Among the plethora of features that are about to be unveiled one that we knew was on its way was the album art. You will find below one of the pictures that we took some time ago in which you will clearly see the presence of album art associated with the music thats being played

Blogmusik album art pic

If you haven’t noticed i already just peek behind the virtual ipod screen. A whole siteoverhaul was on the cards since then, and looks like we were right after all. Check out the new interface pictures with, oh yes, album art.

You can read about blogmusik’s current developments and other features to be realeased over at the Blogmusik Blog.

There are some similar sites available but not many with the function and flexibility that Blogmusik provides. So until the revamped site is opened, cross your fingers and happy streaming.

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The Walls Have Ears

A couple of days back I was flipping through the channels to find something interesting to watch and a small segment of news entitled ‘The Walls Have Ears’ from CNN IBN caught my attention. This was a one minute news segment about an upcoming technology. I have spent 2 days since then trying to find anything on the Internet about this news  but have always come up empty handed.

The technology developed by a structural engineer and a software developer from India over the course of 17 years can be used to reconstruct (replay) conversations held within a room without the use of any electronic devices.The identities of the individuals who created this technology were not revealed due to security reasons. There was even a source that went on to say that this technology had profound uses in countries like USA. The theory behind the technology was briefly explained:

When we speak, our sound waves strike the walls. These sound waves represent a form of energy and when struck on the walls excite the atoms within the walls displacing electrons and other particles. Every sound (word,sentence etc) hits the walls at different energy levels thereby creating a unique identifiable signature. By measuring this energy it would be possible to determine the words spoken and thereby the conversation made within a room.

Sounds like something straight out from a science fiction movie. However the technology would be made available in 2008. Considering the possibilities this has to offer I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a mad rush by many nations to understand the workings of this technology.

“..And on the day of Judgment even walls will testify against you..”

The quote above represents a passage in the Bible that some,after hearing this news, have been quick to associate with. No matter what conclusions are drawn, if someone could let me know of any links you come across on this subject (the technology) i would appreciate it.

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