Ok, not mine but i have this very model so kinda the same effect
, the guyz at Wi-Fi Toyz
have been able to setup a bluetooth connection from a distance of 1 km (a new high), using Sony Erricson T610
Nothing too great but now you can upload your Mobile Photos to your Yahoo Photos account via certain mobile networks. Funny thing i tested such a system with Albinator
about a year ago which was network independent. Well it seems like i got one before Y! did
Now thats some design! No wonder it won the IDEA 2004
Design Exploration Gold Award. The product i am talking about is the new and very innovative concept by Kang-il Chung from Samsung Electronics who has presented a unique and a practical solution for portable printing, The Circular Printer
. Now going around in circles, is worth it.
Ok is it just me or the lesson during Computer Science 101 was messed up? My Gmail a/c says: "You are currently using 0 MB (0%) of your 1000 MB
.", hmm wasn't Gmail supposed to be 1 GB ? = 1024 MB. Though Gmail has never mentioned 1 GB in its storage space offer (accept in the invitation mail), and I am sure I will not be needing the last 24 mb as yet ... but still technically speaking ...
Microsoft has just released a technical preview
of its new search technology. As per MS there are about 1 billion Web pages in the index. The search preview is purely for beta testing and doesn't guarantee speed or any other performance level. Yea, I agree it took about 3 secs to find my name itself. Though with another keyword it was lightning fast. I guess it is really in Beta or my name is getting some weight after all
It will be replacing the existing MSN Search, I liked the options, though bare minimum ... Will keep checking it for updates.
"Why is this never-ending obsession for an invitation to beta test
something which eventually will be free of cost", asked my yet not so geek friend. Well, I had no answer but that's been the case for most geeks out there (ahem, including me, ahem). A recent article at Wired.com
, My Left Arm for a Gmail Account
, says it all about the Gmail craze. As someone posted on Slashdot
, "its a way for the net dorks to get revalidated...", really, is it just that?
Now that Yahoo and Rediff have started giving comparable storage space accounts and MSN will be joining them soon, then why is the Gmail craze still on. Well, the key thing here is that they all have their existing users, who have already taken almost all possible combinations of a human name. After all 99% of us don't have unique names. I am pretty sure Osma Bil Laden won't even get his choice email id now.
So, basically the only logical reason I can think of is that the rush to get a 1 GB email a/c with your name preference before someone else does. No wonder initially there were bids running into huge numbers at eBay
for an early invite. Now as more invites pour in, that craze is cooling off, right? Yea, sure, there are still too many gmail-starved out there. These guyz are going crazy at Free Gmail Invite give-out websites. The webmasters of these sites are practically working full-time to be able to hold the huge traffic coming in. So I went and reviewed some of the most popular ones:
As the name suggests, its a place where you can basically put up anything for an invite. Developed by a dude named Sean Michaels, the site has offers from shining new digital cameras
to simple a Christmas card every Christmas
to the infamous, My left arm
. Though on second thought I just might go for the card offer, i haven't received a real card since these ecard sites started. (P.S. before anyone mails me, i don't have any extra gmail invites yet).
A random number Lotto, gives out an invite to anyone who gets a specified number out 100,000 randomized ones. So basically the only skill you need to win here is to know how to hit the refresh button and basically have no life. Last week I tried my luck on the website and it was being practically hit by more than 1000s of visitors every second. Now there's a million dollar idea to boast the traffic of your site. Though these hits are kinda useless as most of them aren't unique, but I just think the guy who made this Site, (Scott) is a pretty intelligent being, as one thing is for sure, he is getting some real publicity and I won't be surprised if he is approached to put ads before the random number is displayed.
Gmail Chain offer
This one is the simplest, just plead or according to the site promise to beta test and create chain of gmail invites. But make sure you pass it to your friend to create a chain, or else!, well they can't do anything about it then
. I posted a simple beta testing promise to check out what happens, well nothing has happened for about a week now. There were almost 500 posts above me, so I am expecting my invitation anytime around 2-3 months after Gmail's public release.
There are loads of other ones going up everyday, just try a simple search on google to be surprised. Contests ranging from Designing Templates to basic Beatles quizzes, there are just too many of them. The contests are easy and very frequent, though it seems getting a real invite might just not be.
btw, Sean, Scott, got any spare Invites for me?
I just love the user-interface, its very user-friendly. Nifty features to ease one's WebMail experience. Personally, I never use WebMail from their designated sites, for me if it ain't on POP then I am not for it. That's simply because the whole appeal of these webmail websites is very restricted.
Well thats old news, Gmail just is different, from Keyboard shortcuts to email remembering clues it has all the neat tricks for you to make a quick transition from your email client. Also, worth mentioning is the very innovative use of the classic threading display for their Chat like-arrangement for all the follow-up mails. Also, I like the way they display small quotes if your current folder is empty, neat stuff.
My dream trip to space is on the verge of being fulfilled! The first manned Private spaceflight was completed successfully by Mike Melvill, an ex-Test pilot. He took his ship "SpaceShipOne" upto 100 km (62 miles) of altitude, leaving the Earth's atmosphere entering into the sub-orbital space.
SpaceShipOne is the top among the 27 other teams still in the race for the coveted ANSARI X-Prize
of 10 mil USD. Though the team is still quite far from the prize winning position of launching 3 people in the same ship and then performing the same feat again within 2 weeks.
Checkout some amazing pictures of the flight at Space.com
has announced that they will be venturing into the Indian market by acquiring the current eAuction giant in the country Baazee.com
. The US based world's biggest online auction site has agreed to pay 50 mil USD to Baazee. Recently ebay has been expanding their business in various countries purchasing the top web auction sites.
Baazee started in January 2000 by two Mumbai based gentlemen, Avnish Bajaj and Suvir Sujan, has more than 1 mil registered users in India. So what does it mean for an average user in India? Well, a big change, now users from the country can purchase from other ebay affliated sites world-wide, which untill now very limited. Personally I have purchased some stuff off Baazee and I would rate the experience pretty decent. Though I feel ebay has a much better approach to the concept.
This would be the second biggest International acquistion of an Indian founded dot com company, since the famous purchase by Microsoft
(co-founded by Sabeer Bhatia) in December 1997 which was estimated to be around 400 mil USD.
Btw, I got my full name id
. As per my initial review,