Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Microsoft IE7 Beta 2 Public Preview

Microsoft is planning to release, to the public, a preview version of Internet Explorer 7.

Dubbed "Public Preview" the release includes tabbed browsing, page zoom, tab groups, RSS support and improved printing support. The release is expected to be available by this evening (GMT).

Amongst the many new features, tabbed browsing will allow customers to manage multiple web pages within one session of a browser. Firefox, an open source rival, has long intergrated this functionality by default but now Microsoft is catching up this may lure many users back to the Microsoft browser. RSS is a heavy new feature of IE7 allowing users to "syndicate" feeds from various sites.
Microsoft is expected to deliver the final version of Internet Explorer 7 at the end of the year alongside Windows Vista.

Internet Explorer 7 Public Preview will be available shortly to users with Windows XP SP2 and a genuine copy of Windows.

Update: Microsoft have now released Beta 2 as build 5296, download below.

Download: Download IE7 Beta 2

Monday, January 23, 2006

Mystery tech HQs revealed

Mystery tech HQs revealed

The company in this clutch of towers is Amazon.com, based at 1200 12TH Ave S, Suite 1200, Seattle, WA 98144.

Intel, headquartered at 2200 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95052.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

PC viruses hit 20 year milestone

PC viruses hit 20 year milestone
Floppy disk, BBC
The first PC virus travelled around on floppy disks
The 20th anniversary of the first PC virus falls this month.

It was during the opening weeks of 1986 that the first PC virus, called Brain, was discovered in the wild.

Though it achieved fame because it was the first of its type, the virus was not widespread as it could only travel by hitching a ride on floppy disks swapped between users.

Now 20 years after they first appeared there are more than 150,000 malicious programs in existence.

Rapid attack

The origins of the Brain virus are disputed. It is thought to have been created by a Pakistani software firm to help protect the software it created and sold.

The virus was discovered in January 1986 but may have been written some time before that as it used a relatively slow method to travel.

The most significant change has been the evolution of virus writing hobbyists into criminally operated gangs bent on financial gain
Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure
Brain was known as a "boot-sector" virus because of the area on a floppy disk it hid on. By concealing itself in this region, the virus could ensure that it would be installed every time that floppy disk was used on another computer. The Brain virus is now extinct.

Although Brain was the first PC virus, it was not the first malicious computer program. That honour goes to the Elk Cloner virus written by Richard Skrenta which infected Apple II machines.

The term computer virus dates from 1984 and was coined by US computer scientist Fred Cohen.

Since Brain first appeared, the number of viruses and other malicious programs in circulation has grown enormously. Microsoft's Windows operating system is the favourite target of virus writers.

The growth of local computer networks, e-mail and the internet has fuelled this rise and now it can take only hours for a new virus to appear and infect thousands. There are also many different types of viruses that use varying attack types to infect machines.

The reasons people write viruses has also changed.

"The most significant change has been the evolution of virus writing hobbyists into criminally operated gangs bent on financial gain," said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure.

This week the FBI released figures which suggest that 84% of US businesses were attacked by viruses, spyware and other malicious programs in 2005.

On average, dealing with the attack cost US businesses $24,000, said the FBI.

Afridi's 4 Sixes of 4 ballsl Paki Vs India 2005 Test Match

Afridi's 4 Sixes of 4 ballsl Paki Vs India 2005 Test Match

Pakistan vs India 2006 Test 1 (ALL THE HIGHLIGHTS)

IE 7.0 BETA 2

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Google.com overtakes MSN.com in Alexa rankings

Google.com overtakes MSN.com in Alexa rankings

I see lots of people talking about Digg v Slashdot, but this seems to have gone unnoticed.
And non-techies say the Internet is boring ;)

Monday, January 09, 2006

Message Board Service Beta

Message Board Service Beta
Yes boards.live.com is almost ready to be used (i say almost, I personally don't speak Spanish ;).

Read more over at LiveSide.net

Sunday, January 08, 2006



> TEACHER: Why are you late?
> BONGANI: Because of the sign.
> TEACHER: What sign?
> BONGANI: The one that says, "School Ahead, Go Slow."
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: BONGANI, why are you doing your math sums on the floor?
> BONGANI: You told me to do it without using tables!
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: BONGANI, how do you spell "crocodile"?
> TEACHER: No, that's wrong
> BONGANI: Maybe it's wrong, but you asked me how I spell it!
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: What is the chemical formula for water?
> TEACHER: What are you talking about?
> BONGANI: Yesterday you said it's H to O!
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: BONGANI, go to the map and find North America.
> BONGANI: Here it is!
> TEACHER: Correct. Now, class, who discovered America?
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: BONGANI, name one important thing we have today that we didn't
> have ten years ago.
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: BONGANI, why do you always get so dirty?
> BONGANI: Well, I'm a lot closer to the ground than you are.
> -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> BONGANI: Dad, can you write in the dark?
> FATHER: I think so. What do you want me to write?
> BONGANI: Your name on this report card.
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: How can you prevent diseases caused by biting insects?
> BONGANI: Don't bite any.
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-**-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: BONGANI, give me a sentence starting with "I".
> BONGANI: I is...
> TEACHER: No, BONGANI. Always say, "I am."
> BONGANI: All right... "I am the ninth letter of the alphabet."
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: "Can anybody give an example of COINCIDENCE?"
> BONGANI: "Sir, my Mother and Father got married on the same day, same
> time."
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: "George Washington not only chopped down his father's Cherry
> tree, but also admitted doing it. Now do you know why his father didn't
> punish
> him?"
> ONGANI: "Because George still had the axe in his hand?"
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: What a pair of strange socks you are wearing, one is green and
> one
> is blue with red spots!
> BONGANI: Yes it's really strange. I've got another pair just like that at
> home.
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: Now, BONGANI, tell me frankly do you say prayers before eating?
> BONGANI: No sir, I don't have to, my mom is a good cook.
> *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: BONGANI, your composition on "My Dog" is exactly the same as
> your
> brother's. Did you copy his?
> BONGANI: No, teacher, it's the same dog!
> -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> TEACHER: What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are
> no
> longer interested?
> BONGANI: A teacher

Courtesy : NASA Digital Image Collection

The recently discovered bridge currently named as Adam's Bridge made of chain of shoals, c.18 mi (30 km) long, in the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka, reveals a mystery behind it. The bridge's unique curvature and composition by age reveals that it is man made. The legends as well as Archeological studies reveal that the first signs of human inhabitants in Sri Lanka date back to the a primitive age, about 17,50,000 years ago and the bridge's age is also almost equivalent. This information is a crucial aspect for an insight into the mysterious legend called Ramayana, which was supposed to have taken place in tretha yuga (more than 17,00,000 years ago). In this epic, there is a mentioning about a bridge, which was built between Rameshwaram (India) and Srilankan coast under the supervision of a dynamic and invincible figure called Rama who is supposed to be the incarnation of the supreme. This information may not be of much importance ! to the archeologist s who are interested in exploring the origins of man, but it is sure to open the spiritual gates of the people of the world to have come to know an ancient history linked to the Indian mythology.

Microsoft acts on Xbox shortages

Microsoft has addressed criticism about shortages of its Xbox 360 by announcing a third manufacturing partner.
The company faced the ire of frustrated gamers last month as limited supplies of the new console quickly sold out.
Speaking on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Xbox's Peter Moore said Microsoft was trying hard to meet demand.
The Xbox 360 is the first of a new generation of games consoles.
It went on sale in the US in November, and in Europe and Japan in December.

MS Opens Live Messenger Beta to More

Microsoft began sending out additional invitations for its Windows Live Messenger client on Thursday, BetaNews has learned. The company had previously closed the test to a few thousand users, who have received only a limited number of additional invites over the past several weeks for friends and family."We'd like you to be among the first to try a new beta version of Messenger," the invite reads. "We need your feedback if there's anything that doesn't seem to working right, or that you would like to see done differently." No information has been released as to how many invitations will be sent out during this second phase of the beta test.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

VideoCon cup 2005 India V Sri Lanka Match 3 Highlights

VideoCon cup 2005 India V Sri Lanka Match 3 Highlights
on this match Dhoni scored 183


Google PC on the horizon?

New year, a new Google rumor. This one involves a story in the Los Angeles Times, which is reporting the company will show off a low-priced PC or other device that connects to the Internet at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

The paper said Google is in talks with Wal-Mart, among others to market the device.

While the news piqued quite a bit of interest among bloggers, not everyone was thrilled at the combination of two such powerful companies.

A new look at Windows vista

A new look at Windows vista




Tuesday, January 03, 2006

kopi Blog: City-wide wi-fi rolls out in UK

kopi Blog: City-wide wi-fi rolls out in UK

Cornice launches smaller drive with more memory

Cornice's newest line of portable drives boosts memory while shrinking in size.

The hard-drive maker will show off what it calls the market's smallest hard drive at the Consumer Electronics Show, the company said Monday.

Upgrades to Cornice's Dragon series feature 8GB and 10GB of storage, up from 4GB and 6GB, and have slimmed down to the size of a book of matches, the company said.

This will offer electronics manufacturers the opportunity to make smaller digital music players, video-equipped handhelds and cell phones that come equipped with more memory, according to Cornice executives. Longmont, Colo.-based Cornice plans to debut the new drives at CES later this week.

"The Dragon series micro hard drive is Cornice's answer to our customers' needs...and a result of focusing our storage solutions for portable consumer electronics," said Camillo Martino, Cornice's CEO.

Hard-drive makers are in a race with flash-memory technology to fit more memory into smaller devices. Cornice says that its product can retail for about $18.50 per gigabyte, significantly cheaper than flash. In chopping the size of the hard drives by 40 percent, Cornice says that it now has the smallest drives on the market.

Privately held Cornice also announced that it has developed a new USB stick to hold the new drive.

In other news, Cornice said that Samsung has included the 3GB Storage Element (SE) in the production of its SGH-i300 embedded music smart phone, which went on sale in Europe in November.

Monday, January 02, 2006


These are the pictures of a mermaid that were claimed to be found in Chennai(india). According to an annonymous e-mail this body was found two days before the tsunami which was on saturday December 24th at marina beach. It also inidcates that the body was removed before the tsunami devastated the coastlines. It is being kept under tight security in the egmore museum .

Google sued over Talk

A firm that holds patents for technology used in Internet voice calling is suing search giant Google for US$5 billion over its Google Talk instant-messaging client.Rates Technology (RTI), a small, New York company that holds patents to telecommunications technologies but does not sell products, filed suit in October against Google, claiming the company is using two technologies RTI has patented but has not licensed.The case was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York in October, but surfaced first in published reports this week.Google uses the two technologies, which are for minimising the cost of long-distance telephone calls, in the VoIP service of its Google Talk VOIP client."Google's wrongful acts have damaged and will continue to damage RTI irreparably, and RTI has no adequate remedy at law for those wrongs and injuries," the company said in court papers.Google has been notified of its patent infringement and given a chance to remedy the situation by licensing technology from RTI, "but has refused to do so," the company said in its court filing.

Kodak packs two lenses in latest camera

Kodak packs two lenses in latest camera

The new Easyshare V570 digital camera from Eastman Kodak includes a pair of lenses in a slim body.
Kodak calls the V570 the world's first dual-lens digital still camera. The device incorporates both a wide-angle (23 mm) lens and a 5x optical zoom lens, stacked vertically in the center of a black and silver frame that's less than an inch thick.
Besides taking still images, the 5-megapixel camera captures video at 30 frames per second using MPEG-4 compression.
A panorama feature lets users create 180-degree images from three shots. The camera has a 2.5-inch LCD screen for viewing images.
The V570 will be available worldwide later in January for $399, a price that also includes a docking station. The company will be showing it off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.
Through the first half of 2005, Kodak was the top seller of digital cameras in the U.S., just ahead of Canon--with analysts predicting that Canon could soon claim the lead.

Pioneer's Blu-ray disc drive

Pioneer's Blu-ray disc drive

Pioneer plans to begin selling its BDR-101A Blu-ray Disc drive in the first quarter of 2006.
Credit: Pioneer

Buy Bill Gates' 1990 Lexus on eBay

Buy Bill Gates' 1990 Lexus on eBay

Well if you believe everything on the Net then you might want to cruise over to eBay to bid on Bill and Melinda Gates' 1990 Lexus. I have no idea if this is the genuine article or not but the person selling it sounds like they have sold stuff on the late night shopping channel. But wait, there's more...it even comes with Bills' old car phone! The thing I question the most is the letters of authenticity signed by Gates himself. Hmmm.

Check it out here.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Japan Turns Hostile

For decades, Japan's corporations have been resistant to takeovers because of a system of cross-holdings. Companies all hold stock in other companies, which makes it nearly impossible for anyone to gain a controlling interest. It also promotes a stable business environment, since a strong economy benefits everyone. However, economic struggles have led to many companies selling off their cross-held stocks to increase capital or cover bad loans. In 2000 and 2001, the cross-holding system began to unravel, and Japan has seen a rise in takeovers since then [ref].

What's New in Windows Presentation Foundation

The Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly code-named "Avalon") provides the foundation for building applications and high fidelity experiences in Windows Vista, blending together application UI, documents, and media content, while exploiting the full power of your computer. The functionality extends to the support for Tablet and other forms of input, a more modern imagin

Pakistan vs England 2005

Pakistan vs England 2005