Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Screen Query: Testing your LCD screen Pixels

Screen Query is a utility which will assist you in determining whether your LCD screen / CRT monitor contains any dead pixels. Although a certain percentage of dead pixels is considered "normal", there's always a chance you have a 100% perfect screen.

Monday, December 22, 2003

Mechnical Marvels of the 19th Century

Mechnical Marvels of the 19th Century: "most extensive collection of images and information on Victorian-era robots to be found in the whole World Wide Web.
Read illustrated accounts of the world's first robot, the Steam Man, created in 1865! Subsequent automatons such as the Electric Man and the Automatic Man are also profiled. The most comprehensive section, with more than 20 pages, concerns the mechanical man known as Boilerplate--described as 'charming' by U.S. News and World Report and declared 'cool' by NASA!"

Friday, December 19, 2003

Toothpaste World

If you ever wondered how toothpaste in other countries look like. Check this out

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Build yourself a Paper Bike

This Yahama site has a comprehensive collection of free downloadable paper-motorcycle kits. Do let me know if you have tried it?

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Neat Google Hacks

Douwe Osinga, has developed unique Google hacks. see it for yourself

  • Google News Map : projects the headlines of Google News on a world map, so you see where news is happening.
  • Google Talks : Enter three or four words and Google will finish your thoughts by searching for what comes next after these words
  • Visual Poetry : translates any text into a series of images by looking up the words on Google image search and projecting the most relevant results as a slide show.
  • Google Best time to visit: my favorite. Just specify the place you would like to visit and query returns with a best time to visit.

  • and others at

    Online Game: Globulos

    Another way to kill time Globulos (requires Flash)

    Sunday, December 14, 2003

    Opensource Picks:

    While reading the newsletter, I came across these noteworthy projects

  • eGroupware is a multi-user web-based groupware suite written in PHP. Included are modules for Email, Adressbook, Calendar, Infolog (Notes, Todo, Phone Calls), CMS, Forum, Bookmarks, Wiki, Knowledgebase, Polls etc.

  • PDFCreator is a free tool to create PDFs easily from nearly any application. With the PDFCreator Printer driver you turn any program into a PDF-machine.PDFCreator is released under the terms of the GPL (GNU General Public License).
  • FileZilla is a fast and reliable secure FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface
  • floAt's Mobile Agent is a powerful phone editing tool allowing users to easily manage all of the personal data stored in their phones, via a number of different connections methods. FMA allows easy management of Phonebook (both SIM and Phone memory), SMS, Profiles, and Files stored on the phone. FMA can also allow you to pickup and dial calls directly from your PC.
  • and the ever popular Gallery: A slick, intuitive web based photo gallery with authenticated users and privileged albums.Easy to install, configure and use.Photo management includes automatic thumbnails, resizing, rotation, etc.User privileges make this great for communities

  • Friday, December 12, 2003

    RSS feed

    Just added a RSS 0.92 feed for the desidost site. Use your favorite news aggregator newsgator, AmphetaDesk , RSS Bandit, Bloglines to read the posts

    Thursday, December 11, 2003

    Create your own snowman

    For those in regions without snow, you can now create your own snowman online here :)

    Wednesday, December 10, 2003


    The FeedRoom, the broadband news network, gives high-speed Internet users the video news

    Bayesian spam filter

    Spambayes is a pretty good spam filter using the Bayesian filtering. It's available in windows, mac and unix/linux environments. I loved the outlook plugin. After training it a little bit, now I have spamfree inbox :) btw, did I mention it is free.

    Tuesday, December 09, 2003

    Hello World

    An interesting experiment Hello World Project.
    Send in your message, and see how it is projected by a laserbeam onto a mountain overlooking Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, onto the UN building in New York City, onto the most prominent building in downtown Mumbai or onto a 140 metre tall water fountain in Geneva.

    Who invented Airplane?

    if you answered Wright bros then prepare to be amazed when you read this article from yahoo news.

    360 degree lense from Sony

    A full 360 degree lense from Sony that can capture a 360 degree panoramic shot without having to rotate or move. No word on when...

    Save a life

    From ,

    The AMBER Plan was created in 1996 as a powerful legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, a bright little girl who was kidnapped and brutally murdered while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas. The tragedy shocked and outraged the entire community. Residents contacted radio stations in the Dallas area and suggested they broadcast special alerts over the airwaves so that they could help prevent such incidents in the future.

    In response to the community's concern for the safety of local children, the Dallas/Fort Worth Association of Radio Managers teamed up with local law-enforcement agencies in northern Texas and developed this innovative early warning system to help find abducted children. Statistics show that, when abducted, a child's greatest enemy is time. went live on August 23rd, 2002.

    Henceforth this site will always display the Code Amber Alert ticker on the top.

    Thursday, December 04, 2003

    Stealth inflation

    From >>
    This NY Times article (free registration reqd) on the Web explores the topic of incorrect bills and numerous surcharges with names like 'assessment', 'handling', 'restocking', etc. David Pogue quotes Business Week magazine, where it says that such small charges $100 million annually for hotels, $2 billion for banks and $11 billion for credit-card companies. Users of landline phones, cell phones, checking accounts and credit cards are starting to suspect that such huge revenue might imply the mistakes are made on purpose. Is it just another conspiracy theory, or are we becoming victims to the stealth inflation?

    1GB in your wallet

    Thats what Freecom Technologies new product usbcard claims to be. USBCard is a Ultra thin credit card form factor flash drive with USB 2.0 support and available in sizes from 128Mb, 256Mb, 512Mb to 1Gb. All of which can fit in your pocket.

    Video email

    This new Outlook plugin from Microsoft allows you to use a Web camera to easily send a video e-mail to your friends and family. Alas!! it only works on Outlook 2003.

    Tuesday, December 02, 2003

    How rich are you??

    By specifying only your annual income, will tell you where you stand in the global richlist. I'm among the top 3% . That got me so excited for a nano-second.

    Monday, December 01, 2003

    India plans a Free AIDS Therapy

    According to this NY Times story, Indian Govt plans to provide free anti-retroviral drugs to AIDS positive citizens. The decision amounts to a significant policy shift for India, which has not previously attempted to offer anti-retroviral treatment on any significant scale. The effort hinges on the Indian government reaching a price accord with pharmaceutical companies.

    GeoLocation for your digital images

    RoboGEO is Windows software that georeferences digital images, allowing you to permanently embed latitude, longitude and altitude information within the image.

    Travel Sentryâ„¢ Certified locks

    According to this article, Travel Sentry™ an organization that provides security solutions to the travel industry, announced today a new baggage locking system that allows airline passengers to lock their bags without interfering with the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) need to open bags for inspection.

    Where can you buy these locks? Here are a few vendors

    Blind Spot

    Which car has the least amount of blind spot? check this article from consumer reports to find out.