Harry a History


Written on 3:47 PM by Unknown

While browsing the net, I casually spotted a book called Harry, A History - and as I read further about it I came to know that it was written by Melissa Anelli - the webmsitress of The Leaky Cauldron - one of the most popular Harry Potter fan sites in the world!

Harry a History

Well, another icing on the cake was that the book had a foreword by J.K. Rowling! The piece focuses on how J.K. Rowling "finally cracked," she said, in 2002, and "Googled Harry Potter."

"I had already heard of 'The Leaky Cauldron'; it was one of the biggest and most popular Harry Potter sites on the net, and I had been told about a couple of great things they had done....But I had never seen it for myself, never realised exactly what went on there. I sat and read editorials, predictions, theories that ranged from strange to wild to perfectly accurate. I was, frankly, stunned
- and I remain stunned."

The article also points out how J.K. Rowling says in the foreword that the book has filled in "an enormous number of blanks," and that:

"At long last I understand what was going on while I was holed up writing, trying to filter my exposure to Potter-hysteria...a great chunk of my own life has been explained to me. Melissa has filled in an enormous number of blanks. Reading the book you now have in your hands has been an astonishing experience for me. It is as though I have, at last, achieved the ambition I held for years: To go along to a bookshop at midnight on Harry Potter publication night, in disguise, and simply watch and listen."

Well well, today I just got a copy of the book in my mailbox. Having read the first 2 chapters, I can say that anelli doesn't really have Rowling's falir with the pen, but I am definitely hooked!

You can order the book from Amazon or maybe get one at your local bookstore. Below are amazon links:

Amazon USA: Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

Amazon UK: Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

Meanwhile, Harry Potter fans are also eagerly awaiting the release of Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling's book of fairy tales that had a central role within Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

tales of beedle the bard

You can pre-order Tales of Beedle the Bard from Amazon, which is offering a 50% discount on the retail prices!

Amazon US links for people in USA and North America

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Collector's Edition (Offered Exclusively by Amazon)

Amazon UK links for people from UK and Europe

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Collector's Edition (Offered Exclusively by Amazon)

People from other countries can also pre-order these books from Amazon but be careful of the shipping charges which will be more or less according to the distance of your country from the Amazon store location.

Daniel, Rupert and Emma Interview


Written on 5:01 PM by Unknown

In the latest issue of Teen magazine, Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson spoke about their characters' romances in Half-Blood Prince in a new interview, which can be read below:

Daniel spoke about kissing Bonnie, teasing Rupert, and on-set shenanigans:

Dan Spills!
What's the kissing scene like between Harry and Ginny Weasley?
I think Bonnie (Wright, who plays Ginny) was maybe a bit nervous, and I probably was, too. It is very much the case that it's nowhere near as exciting to film those scenes as people would imagine them to be. I hateto disillusion everyone.

Did you give Rupert any advice on his kissing scenes?
I wasn't there because they filmed the actual kiss after I had gone home one day. I couldn't watch it and laugh at him, which was deeply annoying. I love watching the scenes where Lavender swoons over Ron. I think there's a little bit of Rupert looking embarrassed, which makes me really laugh.

Is it fun filming a movie that has a little more romance in it?
I prefer the dark stuff to be honest! The romance is fun and it's something people will really enjoy, but I personally like doing stuff in a cave where I'm close to death. It's a lot easier than romance.

What was a funny moment onset?
Rupert, Emma and I displayed a total lack of professionalism because we could not stop laughing during one scene, and we didn't know why. I think it was partially because I had just seen a piece of film footage of a monkey in a little uniform riding a bicycle and I was thinking about that. I shared that with Rupert, which was a terrible thing to do because he started laughing. And then I think Emma just though, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

Rupert Dishes!
We heard you checked out the top five actresses who auditioned to play Lavender Brown. What was that like?
(Laughs) Yeah, I went to some of the final stages of the auditions. It was really cool to be involved in that side of it, not that I really had any say. There were some good girls, but we didn't do the kiss. We didn't even talk about the kiss until the day we actually did it. But Jessie (Cave), who got the part of Lavender, is really cool. Potions are a big part of the story.

How were you at chemistry in real life?
I quite enjoyed it- the stuff with the Bunsen burners.- but I never went to school much because I did most of my learning onset. We didn't do many experiments, so I missed out on that.Rumor is there's a lot of Ping-Pong played on set and Emma is the one to beat!I don't like playing her because it's really embarrassing. She's so much better than me and Dan, but we're getting good. We're quite quick!

Emma's scoop!
You'll have your first Harry Potter kiss in the seventh movie. How do you feel about that?

I think it's going to be quite awkward, but I was speaking to Dan and Bonnie, and apparently, after a couple of takes it gets boring!

Do you ever work with the costume department on choosing Hermione's clothes?
Yeah. As I've gotten older, I've been more involved. In the beginning, I found it really hard to understand that I was wearing clothes people expected Hermione to wear. I was 10 at the time and I'd get really upset about the clothes because I never would have worn anything like that in my life! I've been playing her for so long now that I can have more fun with it.

What's your secret to being the onset Ping-Pong champ?
My parents played and they're really competitive. They never user to let me win, but I got quite good at it. Dan and Rupert were quite taken aback that I could beat them. I think Rupert took it the worst.

Half Blood Prince Worldwide Release Dates


Written on 12:52 PM by Unknown

Half Blood Princehalf blood prince release dates

The worldwide release dates for the 6th harry potter movie -Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince have been announced!

Please have a look below to find the release date in your country.

Update @13th August, 2008 - The movie has been postponed for a July 2009 release disappointing many Harry Potter fans. So the dates posted below are now null!

North America
United States - 21 Nov 08
Canada - 21 Nov 08

Latin America
Argentina - 20 Nov 08
Brazil - 21 Nov 08
Mexico - 20 Nov 08
Venezuela - 28 Nov 08

Middle East / Africa
Egypt - 19 Nov 08
Israel - 20 Nov 08
Lebanon - 27 Nov 08
South Africa - 05 Dec 08

Asia Pacific
Australia - 11 Dec 08
Hong Kong - 18 Dec 08
India - 21 Nov 08
Indonesia - 21 Nov 08
Japan - 21 Nov 08

France - 26 Nov 08
United Kingdom - 21 Nov 08

For the full list of countries and the release date for Harry Potter and the Half Blood prince, please visit the Warner Bros' official Harry Potter site.

Harry Potter Half Blood Prince Trailer


Written on 11:09 AM by Unknown

After the disappointing 15 second Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince imax trailer, Warner Bros released the bigger and the better one...the kind of trailer most fans were waiting for.

Having a duration of 1:29 seconds, this trailer for the sixth potter film has drawn flattering comments form the Potter community. Check oout the trailer below if you havent already done so:

And just like most Harry Potter related stuff, this video has a complete 5 star rating from the fans! Harry Potter and the Half Blod Prince Movie releases on Nvember 21 worldwide (might be a day or 2 different in some counties)

Buy and Sell Domain Names


Written on 1:23 PM by Unknown

I had earlier posted a very detailed article about making money from domain names at my weblog - lughole.net.

The following domains are being sold or are on auction as of today and will be there for the next few days at the Sedo marketplace:

supercasino.net (has already got a bid of 4000 USD at the time of posting!)
staffordshire.com (has already got a bid of 12,000 GBP at the time of posting!)

I myself ave collected a few domains for sale and if anyone's interested in a good bargain you can contact me at the following email address:

Playback iTunes audio with WiFi


Written on 8:26 AM by Unknown

iphone 3gApple is working on an application aimed at letting people remotely control iTunes in the home via their iPod Touch or iPhone, according to a report on MacRumors.com.

The application is described in information included with the iTunes 7.7 pre-release version that was made available to developers on Thursday.

According to the MacRumors report, the application will "presumably" allow people to play back their iTunes audio with the help of Wi-Fi. The report offers these details from the developers pre-release version, based on the "Read Me" area of the iTunes installer:

Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later. Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home--a free download from the Apple Store.
Such an application would add momentum to Apple's unveiling of its iPhone software development kit in March.

Run Multiple Yahoo Messengers on one PC


Written on 10:19 AM by Unknown

A-Patch for Yahoo! Messenger allows you to remove all advertisements from Yahoo Messenger and run more than one Messenger at a time, .i.e multiple yahoo messengers can be opened and signed in on the same PC!

A-Patch for Yahoo! Messenger doesn not really "patch" Yahoo, all it does is add some registry entries which disables the ads and enables multi-messenger for Yahoo Messenger.

At the moment it has only been tested with version but it may also work for other 8.x versions of Messenger.

Download A-Patch for Yahoo! Messenger

Meanwhile, be prepared to chat with gtalk users from your yahooo account and vice versa. Thats the latest agreement between the bosses at Yahoo! and Google Inc.

Buying a Ceiling Fan Online


Written on 11:25 PM by Unknown

Its summer time when the weather is fine, though not in all places. Summer time can be seriously irritating in some areas where excessive heat and humidity drain you of all energy. This is where the ceiling fan comes in.

Ceiling fans are a great value addition to any home. These provide the room with comfortable air movement and are available with lighting that add to the decorative touch. Choosing the apt ceiling fans for your home is an important decision. Ceiling fans also add a lot of beauty and charm to the interior d├ęcor of the room.

They are available in a wide variety of styles and finishes. And there are various brands to choose from as well.

However, ff you want to buy ceiling fans online, there is no better place than Farreys.com. It offers thousands of unique ceiling fans and ceiling fan accessories from more than a dozen popular ceiling fan manufacturers. Be it casablanca fans or craftmade fans, farreys.com has it all. Their ceiling fan customization system assist you in configuring and ordering ceiling fans to exact specifications with all accessories. The fan search tool at farreys.com quickly helps find the perfect fan for your application

Download Cool Blackberry Themes Free


Written on 1:47 PM by Unknown

eVeek offers some extremely beautiful BlackBerry themes that can make your BlackBerry screen look and behave like an iPhone, the Mac OS X Desktop or the upcoming BlackBerry Bold.

These are premium BlackBerry themes and cost $8 each but you can have all of them for free for a limted time.

Open this link in your BlackBerry browser & download the themes directly or you can visit this link in the desktop browser and install the themes via BlackBerry Desktop manager. The latter option is recommended if you are subscribed to some expensive data plan.

The themes are available for most BlackBerry models including Pearl, Curve and the BlackBerry 8800 series.

Thanks Digital Inspiration

Half Blood Prince Filming Completed


Written on 11:38 AM by Unknown

Finally, some news from the horse's mouth! Actress Emma Watson aka Hermione Granger has stated on her offical website that filming for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - the 6th book and movie in the series, has been completed on May 17.

A still from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

The site also promises new promotional images and trailers from the sixth Harry Potter film once they are released by Warner Bros.

Emma is currently studying for her all-important A-Level exams, here's wishing her loads of luck!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released on November 21, 2008.

Related Posts:

Business Networking with Konnects


Written on 6:43 AM by Unknown

Konnects is a brand new business networking site with over 350 city business networks around the globe. while the social networking scene is dominated by the likes of orkut, facebook and hi5, people serious about business are already making profiles on sites like linked in - one of the first such websites emphasizing the importance of professional relationships.

Konnects promises to give serious comptetion to linked in with its loaded profile features and its powwerful regional networks. To know more about konnects, check out this squidoo lens below:


Half Blood Prince Movie Anticipation


Written on 4:54 AM by Unknown

People cant have enough of Harry Potter, and that includes me! In anticipation of the 6th HP movie - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, I have created 2 webpages.

The first one is a facebook page which you can visit below and become a fan if you would like -
Half Blood Prince on Facebook
Remember, this is a facebook page and not a facebook group.

The 2nd web thingy is a squidoo lens on the sixth Potter movie and the book. Check it out:
Half Blood Prince lens
The above lens incldues pictures from the movie sets and other interesting info.

Movie will be released on November 21, 2008 in the US and UK. November 27 in Australia. Worldwide dates to be decided.

3G iphone to be launched soon


Written on 12:36 PM by Unknown

(This article has been created automatically using an article rewriter for test purposes. You might find some of the sentences odd and funny!)

The 3G iPhone will be appear June 9, the acceptable date of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, analysts said in analysis addendum on Thursday.

The 3G iPhone will be the "first of an absorbing beachcomber of new products" from Apple, wrote Citi analysts Richard Gardner and Yeechang Lee. They additionally apprehend an adapted Mac laptop and iPod lines. The Apple appointment is appointed for June 9-13 in San Francisco.
In accession to a 3G iPhone absolution in aboriginal June, the 2.5G archetypal could accept a "minor case change" and a amount bead to amid US$299 and $349, compared to the accepted $399, wrote Shaw Wu, an analyst with American Technology Research, in a analysis report.
Those predictions are constant with a February anticipation Gardner fabricated that 3G iPhones will be appear by midyear. The 3G iPhone absolution will advice Apple accommodated its ambition of aircraft 10 actor iPhones in 2008, Gardner wrote at the time.

Apple is assured it will advertise 10 actor iPhones this year, admiral said during a appointment alarm on Wednesday to altercate the company's second-quarter earnings.
When asked about the accessible absolution of a 3G iPhone, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer beneath comment. Apple has new articles in the activity that the aggregation is aflame about, Oppenheimer said.

Apple awash added iPhones than accepted during the division and iPhone inventories were not abundant to accommodated the able demand, aggregation admiral said. Apple accustomed that accumulated iPhone inventories were low in the U.S. and Europe, which in the accomplished has led to belief that Apple is abbreviation accepted iPhone food to adapt for the absolution of the 3G iPhone.

The iPhone curtailment is constant with Apple's "tendency to wind bottomward account advanced of an update," Wu wrote in his note. Predicting assemblage addition of about 11 actor iPhones in 2008, Wu said that iPhone acceptance could be apprenticed by the dispatch of iPhone 2.0 software, which was appear in March as a beta and will be delivered to iPhone users by the end of June.

The iPhone 2.0 software provides action applications to iPhones, including advance e-mail abutment through the Microsoft Exchange mail server. It additionally includes an SDK (software developer kit) for developers to address iPhone applications.

Related posts: iphone 2.0 will be powered by SDK

Tales of Beedle the Bard Contest


Written on 7:14 AM by Unknown

A delightful opportunity for Harry Potter Fans!

Amazon, the owners of one of only seven copies of the Tales of Beedle the Bard, are running a contest whereby one lucky fan can win a weekend in London, England, with the book. The book will apparently be accompanied by security guards!

The competition, entitled the Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest, is open to those aged 13 & over. To qualify, you have to write a submission of 100 words or less (in English), in response to ONE of these questions;

-- What songs do wizards use to celebrate birthdays?
-- What other sports do wizards play besides Quidditch?
-- What have you learned from the Harry Potter series that you use in everyday life?

Entries will be accepted from April 9th through to April 22nd, in two age groups; 13 - 17 and 18+.

Te contest is open to residents of 24 countries, including the U.K., U.S., Canada, Germany, Japan, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, and China.

10 semifinalists will be chosen by a committee and from May 5th people can vote online for their favourite for a week. The final 2 entries will go head-to-head in a vote to decide the winner, who will be announced in mid May (May 22nd). Each finalist will receive a $1,000 gift certificate.

To enter, go here (entrants under 18 must get a parent or guardian to complete the entry form).

Yahoo Responds to Microsoft Deadline - Demands More Money


Written on 4:32 PM by Unknown

As expected, Yahoo has responded to Microsoft's 3 week deadline this morning. The bottom line is pretty clear in a letter signed by Jerry Yang (CEO) and Roy Bostock (chairman).

In the "Dear Steve" response to Ballmer they state, "we will not allow you or anyone else to acquire the company for anything less than its full value." They go on to state that, "We consider your threat to commence an unsolicited offer and proxy contest to displace our independent Board members to be counterproductive and inconsistent with your stated objective of a friendly transaction."

Apparently, Yahoo seems to be heading towards Google for support, and we might see its best engineers working for the Big G soon enough.

Skype with video calling for linux


Written on 11:05 AM by Unknown

Skype has released version of its client for Linux with video calling feature. The Mac and Windows versions of Skype have had this feature for some time now.

skypeSkype for Linux Features :
* Free video call with anyone in your contact list.
* Group chat with up to 150 people.
* Conference call with up to 25 others.

Hardware requirements :
* 1 Ghz processor or faster* 256 MB RAM.
* 20 MB free disk space on your hard drive.
* Microphone and speakers or headset.
* Internet connection (broadband is best, GPRS is not supported for voice calls, and results may vary on a satellite connection).
* Video card driver with Xv support.

Software requirements :
* Qt 4.2.1+
* D-Bus 1.0.0
* libasound2 1.0.12

Download now

Tata Buys Jaguar and Land Rover


Written on 3:57 PM by Unknown

Car giant Ford has sold its luxury UK-based car brands Jaguar and Land Rover to Indian company Tata. Tata, India's biggest vehicle maker, is paying $2.3bn (£1.15bn) for the British brands after months of negotiations over price and supply relationships.

The deal is another sign of the growing economic muscle of India and something of an economic role reversal, with two icons of British industrial might expanding the global reach of a premier conglomerate in the former British colony.

Ford nets about $1.7 billion, a far cry from what it paid for the properties -- $2.5 billion for Jaguar in 1989 and $2.7 billion for Land Rover in 2000. Counting losses and product development, analysts figure Ford spent more than $10 billion on the brands.

Those acquisitions, like General Motors' purchase of Saab and Chrysler's entanglement with Mitsubishi, came when cash was rolling in at the U.S. automakers as drivers snapped up cars and pricey pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Jaguar and Land Rover employ about 16,000 staff at UK plants in the West Midlands and Merseyside. Although Land Rover remains profitable, Ford has never managed to make money from its investment in Jaguar.

The Tata Group has been at the forefront of corporate India’s outbound acquisitions with the latest being Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford for 2.3 billion dollars.

A look at the significant acquisitions by the TATA Group

  • 2000- Tata Tea acquires the Tetley Group, UK. This is the first major acquisition of an international brand by an Indian business group worth 275 million pound.
  • 2004- Tata Motors buys the heavy vehicles unit of Daewoo Motors, South Korea for about 102 million dollars.
  • 2005- Tata Steel snapped up Singapore-based steel company NatSteel by subscribing to 100 per cent equity of its subsidiary, NatSteel Asia and spent 486 million dollars on the deal.
  • 2005- Tata through VSNL take overs Tyco Global Network for 130 million dollars, making it one of the world's largest providers of submarine cable bandwidth.
  • 2006- Tata Coffee acquires US-based Eight O'Clock Coffee for for 220 million dollars.
  • 2007- Tata Steel buys Corus for a whopping 12.2 billion dollars.
  • 2008-Tata makes Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford a part of its empire for 2.3 billion dollars.
Tata is India's oldest and largest conglomerate, with holdings in steel, information technology and auto. Tata Motors is the automobile arm of the company. It should have the cash to save Jaguar and Land Rover and develop new products to better compete with luxury automakers.

Hosting Recommended By Kaushal Sheth


Written on 9:37 AM by Unknown

Renowned web designer Kaushal Sheth, who is especially famous for his wordpress themes, recently listed his favourite web hosting services on his blog. Having tried various web hosting companies to host my websites on, I quite agreed with the necessity of his post.

For newbies to website hosting, here's a small intro - Web hosting is a service that allows users to post Web pages to the Internet. A web host, or hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for Web sites to be viewed on the Web.

How to choose good web host? A good, shared Web host must provide reliable and reasonable quality of service. Many times, a consumer will sign up with the least expensive provider only to experience many technical difficulties and the inevitable and frustrating experience of a change in web hosting.

To avoid this experience, it is best if the consumer chooses the right web hosting company. Ensuring that a shared Web hosting firm has the following characteristics will increase the probability of consumer satisfaction.

Final Harry Potter Movie Split in Two


Written on 2:09 PM by Unknown

The 7th and final Harry Potter book will be adapted for the silver screen in two parts, Warner Bros has confirmed. The announcement comes after producer David Heyman admitted it was impossible to cram Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows into a single movie.

Fans of the series have been left disappointed in the past when key scenes, including Quidditch matches, were excised for the film adaptations. Because of the many adventures in "Deathly Hallows," Rowling, the movies' producers and Warner Bros. all agreed that two movies were necessary to truly tell the end story.

Part one of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will debut in late 2010 and be followed months later by part two.

"We feel that the best way to do the book, and its many fans, justice is to expand the screen adaptation of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' and release the film in two parts,"
Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said in a statement. The Kill Bill strategy will also have the benefit of boosting profits at the film studio.

The first five Harry Potter movies have made $4.5 billion (£2.2 billion) worldwide - making it the biggest film franchise in box office history, surpassing both James Bond and Star Wars.

Filming for the sixth chapter in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, began in September last year.

It is being directed by David Yates, who will also helm the final two films.

"I consider it a great privilege to continue to bring Jo's extraordinary world to the screen, and to be the director to complete this epic and exhilarating journey,"
he said.

"Harry Potter" represents a $20 billion business, so an eighth film will likely only expand the enterprise.

Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, and his co-stars Emma Watson (Hermione) and Rupert Grint (Ron) are now filming the sixth movie -- "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." All three have said they would appear in "Deathly Hallows."

iphone 2.0 to be revolutionized by SDK


Written on 12:38 PM by Unknown

Apple will release a major update to its iPhone software this June, , including new features for businesses and broad support for third-party software.

Apple has revolutionized the capabilities of its iPhone, as it tries to appeal to gamers and businessmen alike, however users of the phone will have to wait until June before they can start benefiting.

Announcing the launch of its Software Developers Kit (SDK) at its town hall event in at its headquarters in California, the newly announced SDK will allow developers the chance to use the same APIs and tools that Apple says it uses in-house to develop iPhone applications.

The announcement is likely to cause an avalanche of new applications for users of the mobile phone. The company takes cues from both the business and consumer worlds, finally letting third-party developers in on the action to bring games, utilities, and other apps to the phone.

These impending changes promise to radically transform the daily experience for iPhone users.

The iPhone 2.0 update will include an iTunes App Store utility. Tap it, and you'll see a library of downloadable titles. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has indicated that, while the purpose of the App Store will be to sell software for the iPhone, many of these apps will most likely be free. Of course, that depends entirely on what developers decide to do.

The iPhone SDK will give developers access to most aspects of the device, from the touch screen to the camera to the accelerometer that is responsible for sensing when you tilt the device.

In fact, application developers have already announced grand plans. After studying Apple's newly released SDK docs for 24 hours, Sun decided it was feasible to develop a JVM, based on Java Micro Edition, for both the iPhone and the iTouch. Gameloft said it will develop more than 15 game titles for Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone in 2008.

Applications developed for the iPhone will be distributed through Apple's AppStore and loaded onto the iPhone through the company's iTunes software. Apple will charge developers $99 to publish applications and take a further 30% of the revenue, however Apple has said there will be no charge for applications that are offered for free to end users.

The iphone 2.0 will be available as a free software update to existing iphone users on its release in June.

iPhone 8GB

iPhone 8GB

iPhone is Apple's revolutionary new phone - a phone, a widescreen iPod, and a breakthrough internet device all in one.

Sources: Washington Post and Sky News

Be Invisible in Gmail Chat


Written on 11:31 AM by Unknown

Gmail Chat added a new status option: invisible. Now you can be logged in to Gmail Chat and see if your contacts are online, but they won't be able to see you're online. I think its a long awaited feature!

If you simultaneously use Gmail Chat and any other flavor of Google Talk (the gadget or the desktop application), you won't be able to change your status to invisible because they don't support the new feature yet.

The feature was first added to Gmail Chat because it's the most used interface for Google Talk, but it's unpardonable to have three separate interfaces with different features.

Feedblitz Adds Yahoo and MSN Messenger Support


Written on 1:45 PM by Unknown

FeedBlitz turns blogs and feeds into emails to subscribers. It reads your blog's RSS feed - a computer-readable form of your blog produced by all the blogging tools out there. It then figures out what's new and sends the updates to subscribers by email, instant messages.

FeedBlitz has now extended its IM support (Skype and AIM) to include beta support for the Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger.

Subscribers can choose Y! and MSN from the newsletter subscription page, or may interact with the chat bots by adding the following names to their buddy lists and sending the "?" command:

Skype: FeedBlitz.Alerts
Yahoo!: FeedBlitz.Alerts
MSN: FeedBlitz.Alerts@hotmail.com
AIM: FeedBlitzAlerts

FeedBlitz recently passed a circulation of 5 million on February 10.

Abu Dhabi to Get Futuristic Green City


Written on 2:27 PM by Unknown

Abu Dhabi has started to build what it says is the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste car-free city.

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co., also known as Masdar, will spend $22 billion developing the carbon- neutral city that will save the equivalent of $2 billion in oil usage over 25 years. The green city will use 75 percent less power than a conventional city, and less than half the amount of desalinated water.

There is also a financial payoff. Masdar fits neatly into Abu Dhabi's efforts to diversify from dwindling oil wealth. Its developers say that it will create 70,000 new jobs and boost the UAE's GDP by 2 per cent.

The project is unquestionably ambitious and forward looking not only in scope but also in the goals it is trying to achieve. Surely, Abu Dhabi has set a precedent and the pace on a regional and international level.

My Favourite Books


Written on 1:12 PM by Unknown

Saw this bookie post on Phoenix's blog, thought I should write about my own favourites as well!

A book that made you laugh: The Inscrutable Americans, Anurag Mathur...simply hillarious!

A book that made you cry: The Kite Runner, Dobby's death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, One Flew Overthe Cuckooo's Nest

A book that scared you: none till now

A book that disgusted you: disgusted in what sense? If its what I'm thinking, then I actually like disgusting books. In that case, Delhi by Khushwant Singh wins hands down :D

A book you loved in elementary school: The Wizard of Oz

A book you loved in middle school or junior high school: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, A Room on the Roof by Ruskin Bond

A book you loved in high school: White Mughals, City of Djinns - both by William Dalrymple, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

A book you loved in college: Five point Someone by Chetan Sharma, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Da Vinci Code

A book that challenged your identity: The Fountainhead

A series that you love: Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, including The Hobbit

Your favorite horror book: The Forbidden Forest

Your favorite science fiction book: 20,000 Leagues under the sea

Your favorite fantasy: Harri Puttar (Harry Potter)

Your favorite mystery: The Hound of Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes), Angels and Demons, Q and A

Your favorite biography: Wings of Fire (APJ Abdul Kalaam), there was one on Bill Gates which I read many years back;

Your favorite "coming of age" book: Five Point Someone

Your favorite classic: Macbeth, Great Expectations

Your favorite romance book: Dont like romantic novels much!

Like Phoenix, I must have missed like a gazillion good ones in this impromptu listing. Books are forever - they are the treasure, unfortunately lost many of them to people who borrowed but never returned back! That includes my first ever girlfriend...

Tired of Facebook Apps Invites - Here's the Solution


Written on 7:53 AM by Unknown

One of the major complaints about Facebook is the Application Request Queue that keeps getting longer and longer unless your religiously hit the "Ignore" button each time there’s a request from a friend to add a new Facebook application.

At the time of writing, there were some 320 invitations in my Facebook Inbox for various Facebook Applications and clearing this queue would have taken days as I would press the Ignore button exactly 320 times.

Fortunately, there’s an excellent solution available now in the form of a bookmarklet for IE and Firefox that will completely erase all Facebook application requests in one click.

Go to http://www.ignoreall.com/, bookmark the bookmarklet and click on it on your Facebook request page. It works like HarryPotter's magic.

This simple Javascript removes only the Facebook Apps requests - if you have any pending friend requests or group invitations, they’ll stay unaffected.

Store Yahoo Messenger Webcam Streams on Your Hard Drive


Written on 1:33 PM by Unknown

The YCC Cam Cap application allows you to automatically save both inbound and outbound Yahoo! Messenger webcam streams to an AVI file.

YCC Cam Cap performs this by taking individual screenshots of the Yahoo! Messenger webcam control and saving them into a video file on your hard drive. YCC Cam Cap is not selective in the webcam streams it captures but saves any webcam control located on the desktop.

This process is carried out automatically behind the scenes so that when a new webcam window is opened, a new file is created and when a webcam window is closed the file is finalized. As long as you have a powerful enough machine, YCC Cam Cap is capable of saving an almost unlimited number of webcam windows at the same time and in real time.

Screenshot of YCC Cam Cap:

But yeah, I know what youre thinking. It could be a boon for internet perverts as well! Oh well, when will they ever grow up!

Facebook Out to Clean Your Profile


Written on 1:13 PM by Unknown

Facebook is planning an early spring! The social networking site which famously opened its gates to developer applications in May '07, announced that it will soon be starting a way for app-happy Facebookers to keep up appearances by relegating many of their widgets to an "extended profile." By clicking the button, you will be able to hide everything except Facebook's own applications and a number of others, and a "Show Extended Profile" button will reveal the entire thing to you or your friends.

All Facebook noted that this may mean bad news for developers who've created little-known Facebook applications and are counting on viral buzz to grow their products. If those applications are rendered invisible by "extended profile" controls, that viral expansion could be stalled.

Aside from that, I think the "profile cleanup" is a great idea. One of my female friends' profile page is cluterred with 300 applications and its an onerous task waiting for the page to load (it even looks quite ugly with vampires and werevolves staring at you!) to write on her wall.

However, there are some applications like iread and superwall, which really add depth to a facebook profile and I feel it would be a raw deal for the developers of those applications.