Friday, February 27, 2004

Everyday Yoga

Use These exercises at your desk to help alleviate the strain of working at the computer

Online Game: Sonic

Sonic (flash required)

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Mercedes Benz Chrome Look.

See it for yourself.

Micro Mini: USB style

Iomega has come up with a USB storage device thats as big as a paper clip. Currently only available in 64Mb format. See it for yourself here

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Change in Name

As you can see I'm changing the name from 'DesiDost' to 'Abhijit's Webmarks'. I had started this blog as an experiment in a community blog. As it turned out I was the only person posting regularly. So the name change is necessary to better reflect the blog.

The site url will remain same until I decide otherwise.


A new way to view London: from a toilet

An interesting article. A new way to view London: from a toilet: "Usable bathroom exhibit boasts one-way mirrored walls".

Talk about doing it in public albeit privately :)

Why Human Babies Are Fattest (and Smartest)?

Did you know this? Why Human Babies Are Fattest (and Smartest) from WebMD

Monday, February 23, 2004

Human Eggs for sale

According to This story, An internet service which claims to be the first to offer a global database of human eggs for sale to infertile women has been launched in Britain.
The website, www.WomanNotIncluded.com, offers eggs to women prepared to pay a registration fee, and then extra for searches of the database and consequent introductions.

The World According to Trump

I'm sure most of you spend your Tuesday evenings watching 'The Apprentice' and are mesmerized by Trump's charm. This MSNBC article 'The World According to Trump' talks more about Trump and also raises some questions about the 'You'r Fired' process in 'The Apprentice'.

One Web Designer's Jail experience with US customs and immigration

renascent's trip to Seattle to Jail and back.... Very horrible. Anytime you work in country other than your own, Please check the local laws. Be safe.

What you can do with $25,000?

Written for Indian readers, this article What you can do with $25,000? talks about investing abroad, in view of recent relaxations announced by Reserve Bank of India.

Saturday, February 21, 2004

RSS Reader

Yet Another RSS reader. Pluck integrates with Microsoft IE. Claims not to be a spyware. hmmm. I will wait until I have a few people test this one out.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Kung-Fu: Rumsfeld Style

Absolutely hilarious, Rumsfeld Fighting Technique

Thursday, February 19, 2004

PC based PVRs

AnandTech has this excellent review on Windows XP Media Center Edition. Turns out its good but not there yet. While you are at it and interested in Digital PVRs, check out the free stuff , Freevo and MythTV both based on Linux.

Top 10 Ludicrous Laws

This article on MSN mentions the most ludicrous laws I have ever read. From the Article, a Mississippi Law states "A man may not seduce a woman by lying, and claiming he will marry her" whereas a New Jersey Law states "It is illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while committing a murder." Outrageous!!

Perils of not wearing a seatbelt

From Boing Boing boing
Incredible in-car video of a poor guy who falls asleep while driving, and then gets in an accident. No blood, but he flies all over the car and cracks his head through a window. Link(Thanks, Lorin!)

Drive Safely.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

From Lockernome's Technology News
Protected Storage PassView is a small utility that reveals the passwords stored on your computer by Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and MSN Explorer. The passwords are revealed by reading the information from the Protected Storage. Starting from version 1.60, this utility reveals all AutoComplete strings stored in Internet Explorer, not only the AutoComplete password, as in the previous versions.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Mini Windows PC

Flipstart is a new minipc handheld pc based on Transmeta Crusoe Processor and powered by Windows XP. Vulcan is founded by Paul Allen so might be a thing to watch out for.

Man of Mystery

From Fast Company Man of Mystery: "Ram Charan lives nowhere and goes everywhere, consulting for the largest and most powerful companies seven days a week, 365 days a year. Work is all he does, and all he wants to do. But even more than his dedication, it's his insights that have won him the ear of hundreds of top managers. Find out why"

Most Scariest Spoof ever

From Jeff Key's Blog
The latest thing the internet evildoers are doing to confuse your parents is called Visual Spoofing. Instead of faking URLs, these smart guys are faking the IE toolbars. Here's the deal: They launch a new browser window with all of the toolbars invisible and replace them with, you guessed it, toolbar images that contain a legit URL, SSL lock and so on.

Article is here. More info and an example of Visual Spoofing is on Don Park's Blog.


Scary, eh? Hope Microsoft notices it soon enough.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Flickr

I just came across Flickr.com coasts to be a new online tool that combines social software, instant messaging, and digital photography. Cant say what of that means, I havent tried it yet.

Fast Company | The Art of Multitasking

Read about how most effective executive handle multitasking successfully in Fast Company's Article The Art of Multitasking

Captchas : Identifying Humans and Machines

Captchas (short for Completely Automated Public Turing test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) is a program that can generate and grade tests that: (a) Most humans can pass and (b) Current computer programs can't pass. You might have come across them when you signed up for online email services such as Yahoo or Hotmail or even when you performed a whois query on Network Solutions. They basically prevent automated script bots from signing-up for lots of accounts etc.

Microsoft Office in Hindi

Microsoft India has just launched Hindi Version of Microsoft Office 2003. You can view their main page here. They also claim to support several other languages.

M&Ms cause better understanding of physics

Pouring M&Ms into a bowl leads to a marvel of packing efficiency, a team of sweet-toothed scientists reports.

freeware : Powerbullet presentation software

Powerbullet freeware Flash business presentation software: Create a slick animated Flash presentation by typing, clicking and dragging. Drop in sounds and images from other sources. Paste in formatted text from other applications.

O'Reilly Open Books Project

O'Reilly Open Books Project: "Over the years, O'Reilly & Associates has published a number of 'Open Books'--books with various forms of 'open' copyright. "

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Naming your Business

bCentral has an article on Naming your business. Article has good suggestions for naming your next venture. Even I should incorporate a few in this blog. When I started this blog, I named it 'DesiDost' meaning friends from same country (India) after several of my friends expressed enthusiasm for blogging. I wanted it to be a shared blog. Unfortunately, it never turned out the way I hoped.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

The C# Design Process: A Conversation with Anders Hejlsberg

The C# Design Process: A Conversation with Anders Hejlsberg: After 13 years with Borland, Hejlsberg joined Microsoft in 1996, where he initially worked as an architect of Visual J++ and the Windows Foundation Classes (WFC). Then, Hejlsberg was chief designer of C# and a key participant in the creation of the Microsoft .NET Framework. Today, he leads the ongoing development of the C# programming language.....

is it your money?

I didnt know these even existed. These are sites that list people who are owed money by insurance companies, banks and utilities. Try MissingMoney and CashUnclaimed. MissingMoney service seems to be free where as CashUnclaimed charges $10 for 30 days subscription.

Portable Power

Brunton "SOLARROLL™ 14" : a next-generation solar device is the ultimate means of powering your equipment in the field. Even though the SolarRoll weighs just 17 ounces, it's capable of producing 14 Watts of power--enough juice to run a satellite phone, digital camera, and many other electronic appliances. It can also charge larger items like laptop computers or car batteries, and the SolarRoll quickly rolls up into an included tube for easy packing and storage. All of that just for $399 :)

Monday, February 09, 2004

Coolest New Devices

Ambient Devices is a new MIT startup which employs a unique technology that summarizes hundreds of different data into new forms (i.e. color, sound, movement) for wireless applications. There is definitely a cool factor associated with the offerings but market for such devices yet remains to be proven.

btw, you can buy an Ambient ORB at amazon.

CNET news.com article on Ambient.

Molecular Expressions: Images from the Microscope

Molecular Expressions has galleries full of images of ordinary materials under extraordinary magnification. Created by Michael Davidson of Florida State University, the site took nine years and $5 million to produce.

MIT OpenCourseWare

You probably already know this one. Here it is anyway. MIT OpenCourseWare is a free, open, publication of MIT Course Materials.

BBC - Languages

BBC - Languages has put up online language courses for beginners. Choose from French, Spanish, German, Italian, portugese, chinese and Japanese. For the adventurous type, there's Gaelic, Welsh and Irish. As if thats not sufficient, there is an essential phrasebook in 30 languages to print and go. Kewl, eh?

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Fake or Genuine

How good are you at spotting Genuine smiles? try it out and other interesting tests at BBC's Psychology tests

Friday, February 06, 2004

Basics of Space Flight

Basics of Space Flight (BSF) is a training module designed primarily to help JPL operations people identify the range of concepts associated with deep space missions, and grasp the relationships these concepts exhibit.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Taking care of CDs and DVDs

From Lockernome's Technology News,
From a Slashdot post. "The scientists working on the Digital Preservation Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released an excellent 50 page guide on care and handling of CDs and DVDs for long term storage. It talks about the effects of light, moisture, radiation, scratches, marking, adhesive labels, and even playback on the discs. For those slashdotters who is not familiar with the physical made up of these optical discs, there is a very nice chapter explaining all the background. And if you only want to know how to care for your precious data, there is a one page summary. And yes, they agreed that glued-on labels are harmful."

GEMCar

Another electric vehical, this time from General Electric Motors, a subsidiary of Daimler Chrysler. A special red,white and blue version is already developed for President Bush for G-8 summit as per this cnn article.

Cure international

I often try to bring benevolent organizations to notice. Today as I was reading the news about undeveloped cojoined twins from Dominican Republic, I came across Cure International.

CURE International establishes and operates teaching hospitals in the developing world for the medical and spiritual healing of disabled children and their families.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Virtual Knee Surgery

This wonderful flash presentation gives you an insight into a knee surgery. At time you even help in performing one. have a look.

Sorry! for not posting since quite a few days.
I'm back from vacation in India. It was great. I will write more about it in a few days.

btw, Belated Happy New Year