Monday, July 30, 2007

Vista Look on Windows XP - Vistamizer

People who do not bother about how vista works but only how it looks, but can not install it on their 'old' machine or don't want a hole burnt into their pocket - might want to look at Vistamizer (ver. 1.1.6) - it's tailor-made for guys who want to give their XP machines, the new Vista look!

Many would have used desktop replacement software, like Windows Blinds, Style XP etc. to make XP look like Vista - but nothing comes close to Vistamizer and added benefits are - it replaces the system files, so no heavy background processes have to be run while using the look; uninstallation is clean leaving the system perfectly in the state it was before installation; and it's a freeware!

All essential Vista looks are packaged, viz: startup, logon screens, sounds, taskbar, icons, applications' appearance and even, thumbnails of minimized windows while hovering over them. To view enlarged screenshots, click here...


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Sunday, July 29, 2007

A Googlewhack approach to be a Googlewhacker!

Googlewhack, for those who have been living in a dream world and do not know what 'the one' is, is a search query consisting of only two words entered into Google's search page that results in one & only one result - and then, there are rules [Follow this to read the rules].

Googlewhacking is the pastime of finding a Googlewhack.

Googlewhacker is a person Googlewhacking.

Now, after all these definitions to get the 'no idea' reader interested, let's get to the story. Let me be right to the point.

For the uninitiated, starting from random words would take ages - and one may still not become a Googlewhacker. There are small scripts floating around the net to get to such queries, but there is hardly one with 'something to write home about' success rate!


Thanks to my friend, Prashant Gaharwar, for his help in Googlewhacking.

Happy Googlewhacking!

- Pag 'Googlewhacker' Floyd :D

P.S. The list of recent Googlewhacks is here...


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Friday, July 27, 2007

A-Z of the Harry Potter World!

With the release of Deathly Hollows, ahem Hallows, on popular demand, I almost wrote the A-Z list of the Harry Potter World - The most important terms, characters, places et. al. in James's (who? Harry James Potter ;)) world in an alphabetically ordered list.

But, while exploring around for references, I found an excellent A-Z list here. It's nearly the kind of list I'd have made except a few minor changes which are listed below, but it's a good read anyway.

Here are the minor changes/more suggestions:
A - Avada Kedavra
B - Bellatrix 'Bella' Lestrange
E - Expecto Patronum
F - Fudge
H - Hermione, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hagrid too! {the list says 'Harry Potter'}
I - Imperio (Imperius Curse)
J - J. K. Rowling (well, one can't leave her out!)
K - Knight Bus
O - O.W.L.s
R - Ron Weasley (although the list mentions the Weasleys in W but Ron needs special mention)
T - Transfiguration
Z - Little to choose from but maybe, Mrs. Zabini for her 'alleged' supreme beauty ;)

You beg to differ? Write in!


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How to show Images uploaded on Blogger in a Modal Window using Lightwindow

If one has been following this post, he/she would be happy that 'phydeaux3' suggested the possible cause and a solution to the problem. phydeaux3's original comment in full body & soul can be viewed here.

Quoting phydeaux3's comment:

"Actually, the problem most likely resides in the peculiar way blogger image hosting works. By default, the large linked image is in a format (I'm using yours as the example and only showing the last relevant bits of the url)


If you view that image directly, you'll find that Picasa Web Albums (which is the actual image host for blogger) makes this NOT an actual image file, but an html page, with an image embedded in it (view source). What that means is, the large image cannot be used as in in an image tag, but only viewed directly. But if you cut out the -h in the folder name
That gives an image that CAN be used in an image tag, and presumeable in your scripts as well (but cannot be viewed directly, as it will prompt for a file down load..yeah it's odd). So remove the -h from the last folder name and try it.

(there also may be referrer restrictions on images larger than 800px in size, but I haven't messed with it lately)."

Here, I put the above to the original test (without '-h' in the target url):
Without a doubt, it works! Hail phydeaux3 :)


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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lightwindow fails to run with Images uploaded on Blogger

Modal Window (Box) utility, Lightwindow - based on Prototype & libraries - fails to pop-up on clicking the (image or text) link if used with an image uploaded on Blogger. At least, it does not in my case. It works in case of other links (e.g. click on Lightwindow, Prototype etc. links).

To illustrate the point, here is an image uploaded on Imageshack (Click on it : works clean as a whistle!)...

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How to Widgetize your RSS feeds?

Here is a step-by-step guide to Widgetize (Desktop or Web) your (or any) RSS feed, just like the one on this blog on the right (Web-based), powered by MuseStorm.
  1. Go here, if you haven't already joined or else here to login.

  2. You will be taken to the 'Dashboard' after logging in.

  3. Click on the button 'Widgetize a Feed'

  4. Enter your feed URL (e.g. if you have a BLOGGER account, your feed would be 'http://www.[blog-name]') & Click on 'Add Feed'.

  5. In the Widgetize Feed form that pops up after step 4, enter mandatory (*) and optional fields - also 'check' on 'Web Widgets' + 'Desktop Widgets' (currently supports 'Yahoo Widgets' & 'Google Gadgets')

  6. If all goes well, you will see 'Your widgets are ready!'

  7. You can download the Desktop Widgets or click on 'view' for the Web Widget to configure it.

  8. When 'configured', click on 'widgetize' to get the code for 'Web-Widget' to be put on any website.

  9. In case of blogger, the instructions (directly copied from the source) are:

    1. Login to your Blogger account

    2. Select your blog from the dashboard

    3. Click the "Layout" link

    4. Select "Add a page element"

    5. Select a "HTML/JavaScript" element

    6. Give the element a title and paste the HTML snippet into the content field

    7. Hit "Save changes"

    8. OR, directly edit the template's HTML
Happy Widgetizing!


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Emotions against Google!

Are emotions running high against Google? All of a sudden, everything is going against the search giant, except of course, the big-moolah. Sample this:

  • Who's who of IT industry questioning Google's monopolistic move to buyout DoubleClick - the list is getting longer everyday.

  • $1 billion lawsuit from Viacom for YouTube's alleged copyright infringement.

  • Privacy International placing Google dead last in its evaluation of Internet service companies in terms of consumer data protection, labeling it hostile to privacy.

  • Came under the scanner for keeping a lifelong record of every search query of each of its users, along with the IP address the query was executed from and a cookie ID to link together queries from a user's computer even if the IP address changes - a direct link to the point preceding this.

  • Allegations that Google underestimates click fraud rates even after it paid a $90 million settlement in a click fraud case in March of last year.

  • Amazon deciding to use M$'s Live Search over Google's to provide search results on its site.

  • Today's news that prompted this article, Microsoft replaces Google as the exclusive provider of display and contextual advertising on Digg.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Adsense incompatible with Blogger?

When I tried to insert 'Google SiteSearch' code generated through Google Adsense into the template of my Blog on the recently revamped Google's Blogger - it gave the following error on saving:

Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly. XML error message: Attribute name "checked" associated with an element type "input" must be followed by the ' = ' character.

Since, the new Blogger had been in beta earlier - I suppose these quirks have already been discussed and thus, I got the solution i.e. to write: checked = "true" to get rid of the problem in the SiteSearch's auto-generated code. But, the bigger question is "Is the adsense generating non-standard code?"


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Harry Potter and the Autograph of the Batting Wizard!

No, it's not the title of the 8th installment of the HP series - but, a meeting of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) with the Batting Wizard of Cricket (Sachin Tendulkar).

Potter turned up at Lord's to witness England take on India in the first match of the three test-match series. The match ended in a rain-washed draw but Potter made the most of his first visit to any cricket match by getting an autograph of the Indian batting maestro and also, the englishman - Andrew Strauss. Amusing is the fact that both the cricketers didn't recognize Mr. Potter - as they were in a customary position while signing i.e. their heads down into the autograph books of their fans - an impossible position to have a look at the fans, one of whom happened to be Radcliffe himself!

Later, Strauss got an HP book signed by the On-Screen Potter for his son. Apparently, the news did finally get to the cricketer that one of the fans was not YAF (Yet Another Fan)!

Read the full story here...


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Monday, July 23, 2007

How to ace the NTSE interview?

This post is a direct result of a number of emails received by a friend of mine who is an NTSE scholar (Year 2000) on preparation for the NTSE interview.

NTSE is an acronym for: National Talent Search Examination - a prestigious scholarship exam in India for standard 10th passouts leading to a scholarship funding upto postdoc level.

Here is what my scholar friend has to say about the interview:

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Wrong Potter book and the Real Spoilers!

It seems my source wasn't authentic enough hence the earlier misleading spoilers...

here go the real spoilers:

Also have a look at why the 'leaker' is safe!


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Why the 'leaker' of Harry's last adventure is safe - the escape route!

As claimed here, "A few lines of 'digital DNA' could allow the publishers of Harry Potter to find and finger the person apparently responsible for leaking the final adventures of the boy wizard...", may not turn out to be entirely fool-proof.

Taken, the digital DNA (EXIF data) has revealed the camera model [Canon Rebel 350] and the serial number [560151117] and may eventually point out the owner of the camera, but is he/she the person they are really looking for? Noticeable is the fact that the camera has been out for 3 years - and assuming that the 'original owner' would still be the 'owner' of the camera is a bit far-fetched and even if true, provides an escape-route for the 'leaker'.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

A-Z of Top Motion Pictures!

Note 1: Articles, Prepositions eg: a, an, the, to etc. ignored while determining alphabetical order!
Note 2: Movies mainly from English (Hollywood) & Hindi (Bollywood) Film Industries
Key: Movie Name: Language - Year of Release - IMDB Rating - Plot Synopsis - Strongest Point(s) - [Other Movies]

Anand: Hindi - 1970 - 8.9/10 - The classic story of a terminally ill man who wishes to live life to the full before the inevitable occurs, as told by his best friend - Story + Acting of Rajesh Khanna - [Apollo 13]

Beautiful Mind, A: English - 2001 - 7.8/10 - After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish - Story + Acting of Russell Crowe - [Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il, Bawarchi]

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows spoilers!


- Ron dies
- Lupin dies
- Percy dies
- Voldemort dies
- Snape dies
- Harry DOES NOT!

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Update: July 21, 2007 - The REAL Spoilers!

Checkout the 'A-Z' list of Harry Potter World!


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Friday, July 06, 2007 is worth $0.00, MSN leads!

Yeah it's true, if 'how much is your blog worth?', a tool developed using Technorati's API, is to be believed!

Inspired by Tristan Louis's research into the value of each link to Weblogs Inc, this tool was created using Technorati's API which computes and displays your blog's worth using the same link to dollar ratio as the AOL-Weblogs Inc deal. Old news, huh!

But, writing in the box to compute it's worth gives this startling result:
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