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Cuil : New search engine from former Googlers.

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Just came across this search engine http://www.cuil.com , which is supposedly from former Googlers or I must say rebellious googler. Cuil Inc (which is pronounced as Cool) claims that it can index faster and more cheaper, a far larger portion of the web than google. The would-be Google rival says its service goes beyond prevailing search techniques that focus on Web links and audience traffic patterns and instead analyzes the context of each page and the concepts behind each user search request. Personally from my experience it doesn’t give better search results for proper noun. For example querying my name […]

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How to get started with web development?

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Many of my friends have asked me on how to start with web development. I am not expert but here in this post I would like to describe a few steps that might help one climb the ladder of web development fast. Kindly feel free to add to this blog post if you think some other methodology might be better off. Where do I start web development? Well the first and best place to start web development is your own system. Yes your very own personal computer. You don’t need a server on internet to start with. Infact I worked […]

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Calendar with Auto-Notification : API and demo.

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I was quite impressed with the Google Calendar, Yahoo Calendar and Outlook implementation of the same and wondered how exactly is it done? What are the challenges? So I thought of making a clone of one of them and see if I am able to achieve the same level of perfection. I must say my 1 day of work did indeed brought some smile to my face as I could see my application running and rocking. Here is it, try out for yourself and Let me know if it worked for you. You can even use it for your day […]

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Its too much to handle for YouTube now : Finally its down

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Hi, Well I was just doing the daily maintenance of one of the sites I own where I have several youtube videos embedded. I noticed that I wasn’t able to embed some videos successfully which were there before yesterday. I tried changing my script 2-3 times, tried different method. Finally I thought of opening the video directly in the browser. Bingo! Youtube is down for the first time in front of my eyes. Am I dreaming? I did a quick: ping youtube.com (Failed) tracert youtube.com (Failed) ping google.com (Success) So indeed it was youtube that sucked for the first time. […]

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YAHOO! Announces Settlement with Carl Icahn

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 21, 2008 Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Carl Icahn to settle their pending proxy contest related to the Company’s 2008 annual meeting of stockholders. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, eight members of Yahoo!’s current Board of Directors will stand for re-election at the 2008 annual meeting:  Roy Bostock, Ronald Burkle, Eric Hippeau, Vyomesh Joshi, Arthur Kern, Mary Agnes Wilderotter, Gary Wilson and Jerry Yang.  In view of the settlement agreement with Mr. Icahn, and the termination of the proxy contest, Robert Kotick has […]

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iPhone Flick Photo SlideShow API

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Apple Inc has been the pioneers in the field of innovation and excellent User Interfaces. After iPod they have come up with much hyped iPhone which runs on touch screen technology. I was just looking at this particular feature in iPhone where user can flick the photos in the slide show, and depending upon his flick speed the photos scrolls overs. Excellent application by iPhone we all must agree. I though why not have such a feature for our websites where users can just flick through the slide show. Basically it started from a mailing list discussion and finally I […]

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Link to new facebook design: See it building everyday

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Hello Everyone, I don’t exactly remember from where I came across this link. The link shows you the latest development on new look and feel of facebook. Click the link below which will take you to the new facebook’s development page. New Facebook Design Development Link What’s new in the new design? Well Facebook was always Ajax dominated social networking site, but now it goes a step further. It adapts philosophy from iGoogle and my.Yahoo and provides its users to add new tabs at the top of your profile page. By DEFAULT it comes with Wall, Info, Photos and Boxes […]

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Photo Cropper API: How is it achieved?

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Photo Cropper was something which was introduced or I must say became popular after various social networking sites started applying it. This allows users to choose a section from a photo which he wants to upload and show to the world around. I initially tried to investigate how Orkut do this for their users. Further I took a look at API’s provided by YUI for the same purpose. After investigating a few other sources of photo  cropper I finally decided to build a photo cropper with an approach used by orkut. I will further explain the algorithm used in more […]

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Gain admin access on windows system using your guest account

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Hello All, Ever thought of how to get into your friend’s system and see the access denied files and folders? Or ever wanted to hack into someone’s admin account? Well here is a method which exploits yet another windows bug. Have you ever noticed that if you press your system’s SHIFT key >= 5 times continuously a pop up windows occurs with the name “Sticky Keys”? If it doesn’t pop up on your comp, then may be your shortcut is turned off. For enabling it, goto Control Panel -> Accessibility Options. In the accessibility options under the keyboard tab, in […]

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Fake Email from PayPal Cloned Sites

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Do you enter your paypal emailid and passwords without looking at the URL in your browser? If you are kindly stop doing the same. Here is a very strong reason why I say this: 1. Today I received an email which you can very well see below. 2. It says that your pay pal account has been de-activated and kindly click to activate. When I click on the link it opened a page which looked like below. 3. I thank God that I am more of a net savy and I cared to Check the url of the website opened. […]