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Technorati Searchlet not working

There seems to an issue with today. Even if you limit your search to one particular domain, it fetches results from the entire web.

I did a Technorati: Search for India related posts in my blog got some arbid results:

150,094 posts from matching India sorted by most recent. Query took 0.6670 seconds

Updated (March 2, 2005) - The technorati searchlet bug is fixed and the search works perfect as before. Thanks Edgardo and Dave for providing such a quick fix - According to Dave, founder and CEO of Technorati - It is a known regression bug, we're working on a fix as we speak.

Google Calendar is

Google Calendar (GCAL) -

Google Calendar (GCalendar) is coming tomorrow. The calendar google subdomain is live now though it shows the main Google search page for the moment. I noticed this while seeing one of my website referral.

Even before the launch of Google Talk and Google Base, their subdomains went live few days before the actual launch. The same can be anticipated with GCalendar since the Google calendar subdomain is now live.

Now that GMail AntiVirus Scanner is already available, we can expect GMail to move quickly out of the beta once the GCal (Google Calendar) application is available.

The domain is registered by Data Docket Inc on April 2, 2004. Data Docket Inc. are already affiliated with Google. Before Google Earth was officially released, the domain name was registered to Data Docket. On May 31st, the domain was transferred to Google Inc. (and Google domain servers) just a few weeks before Google Earth launched.

Google is …

Copernic upgrades its free Desktop Search Tool

Copernic, the leader in desktop search tool companies, today announced version 1.5 of it's Free Copernic Desktop Search. Much has changed in the desktop search market since released version 1.1 last year. Microsoft, Google, AOL, Yahoo!, Ask Jeeves, X1, Blinkx - all entered the lucrative market with great products. Mamma, another search engine company, also made an entry by buying Copernic.

Copernic 1.5 now fully supports Mozilla Thunderbird, Eudora emails, indexing of network drives, filmstrip viewing of images, an embedded audio/video player, and the ability to search JPEG picture comments, iTunes songs by artist and album, and metadata indexing of QuickTime movies and OGG audio files. There is support for developers too - third-party developers now have a well-documented COM API that allows them to write CDS plug-ins for indexing additional file types. This reminds me of the iFilter in MSN Desktop Search. They claim to have made number of user interface tweaks as well. F…

Ebay selling Agarwal people (an Indian Community)

This is one of the most weird thing I ever saw on the Internet. An online auction site in UK - is offering "Agarwal for Sale" and one can choose from a big selection of "Agarwal". I am sure it would upset millions of Agarwal worldwide to see that "Agarwal" is for sale on eBay ? Agarwals are descendents of Vaish King Maharaja Agarsen and the Agarwal Community has a very prominent place in all the communities in India at present.

While searching for Agarwal on, I saw this weird ad in the Google Adbox (though the ad says, it links to some advertising site

Looks like eBay has little control on what it's affiliates can sell on the internet. Take a look at some of these previous eBay ads.

1. A woman rents her cleavage on Ebay to advertise their logo, web site or slogan. Says Angel in her eBay listing for ample 42GG breasts: "No longer restricted to USA based advertising, you can now rent my CLEAVAGE for a peri…

MSN Search Engine's own Zeitgeist

Watch out what people are searching at MSN, the top 200 searches at MSN updated weekly and don't miss the action of MSN Search Duels.

The results are presented in a timeline, the interface is impressive and done entirely in Flash.

Start playing now with MSN Search Insider.

Google has a similar page here. They just added India in their country list. Tsunami tops the Popular Queries of January 2005 in India.

You can try GoogleFight - Enter two keywords and Googlefight will tell you who is the winner based on the number of results retrieved from Google.

Google is giving a 403 Forbidden error

I entered a URL in the Google search and got 403 Forbidden


We're sorry...

... but we can't process your request right now. A computer virus or spyware application is sending us automated requests, and it appears that your computer or network has been infected.
We'll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your computer is free of viruses and other spurious software.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we'll see you again on Google.

Any clues why I am getting this error ? Is my PC infected ?

Microsoft offers guide to computer slang for Parents

In an effort to help protect children online and guide parents in how to protect them, Microsoft recently threw up a A parent's primer to computer slang

The entertaining guide goes through the different phrases commonly referred to as leetspeek, or leet for short. Microsoft lays down some key points for getting to grips with leetspeek - The new language of the 21st century.

Some of the more entertaining phrases can be found defined, below:

"pwn": A typo-deliberate version of own, a slang term that means to dominate. This could also be spelled "0//n3d" or "pwn3d," among other variations. Online video game bullies or "griefers" often use this term.

"n00b," "noob," "newbie," or "newb": Combinations synonymous with new user. Some leetspeekers view "n00b" as an insult and "newbie" as an affectionate term for new users.

"ph": often replaces "f," as in "phear" for …

Web Hosting in India - Rediff and Indiatimes join

Following the success of Rediffmail PRO service, is now offering complete web hosting solutions both on Windows and Linux Platforms. They also offer domain transfers if you are registered with another service provider. promises a 99.9% server uptime. See this FAQ for details. They are silent on bandwidth limit. Rediff's email support is slow to respond and not very useful. charges are like: Domain Name Registration: Rs 495.00 per year, Email with 1 GB space and POP3 access: Rs 1,695.00 per year, Web Hosting with FTP access: Rs 2,400.00 per year.

Indiatimes, a popular Indian portal, also joined the web hosting arena built on Microsoft technology. Their introductory package, FTP 250, is available for Rs 2,500.00 with 5 GB of Data transfer, 50 Email Accounts, support for database and lot of other features. Indiatimes offers support over phone (040-55845555 M-F) and email.

Indiatimes offers MeraDomain for Domain registration, Merasite for Website hostin…

Bill Gates speaks on competition from Firefox

Microsoft co-founder and chairman Bill Gates sat down with Peter Jennings to discuss the future of the technology industry. Gates talked at length about Microsoft's effort to upgrade security in the computer industry, his foundation's charitable work, and his goals for the company.

This interview follows Bill Gates announcement that Microsoft will be releasing their newest version of Internet Explorer this summer. The new version, called IE 7, will add new levels of security to Windows XP SP2 while maintaining the level of extensibility and compatibility customers have come to expect from IE.

JENNINGS: I read an article coming up here on Firefox (Web browser) and its perceived ability to do this better than you. Is that fair?
GATES: Well, there's competition in every place that we're in. The browser space that we are in we have about 90 percent. Sure Firefox has come along and the press love the idea of that. Our commitment is to keep our browser that competes with Fir…

Websites for Women

My wife, Garima, just wanted to share some of here favourites sites about Women. offers a comphrensive guide for Women's Health Issues. You can sign up for their free women's health newletter or subscribe to RSS XML feeds. is a great resource from the US Health Department. It also has a Health Newsletter, FAQs about Women's Health, Non English readers can also benefit as the entire site is available in different languages. You can call their toll-free number 1800 - 994 - WOMAN. (9662) for free women's health information. The special section on Pregnancy is a wonderful resource for expecting mothers.

iVillage is the probably the best resource for women on the net. It is organized in the form similar to Yahoo! directory. iVillage is more like an online community to find and share advice, information and support on subjects such as parenting, careers, computers, diet, fitness, food, relationships, politics and working from home. Their newletters and me…

Reliance announces new plan for R Connect

Reliance just released another plan for RConnect called "Freedom Plus" which allows 1.5 GB for monthly data transfer for Rs 900 per month. This scheme is available only to post-paid subscriber. R-Connect is a Reliance service to provide Internet connectivity, supporting high-speed data transfer.

Reliance has released a new Time based Plan (for RIM/FWP/R Connect cards). The new R Connect Data Plans are Freedom@Night and Swift series.

The Peak (6.00 a.m to 10.00 p.m) charges are Re 0.5/ min while the Off Peak (10.00 p.m to 6.00 a.m) rates are Unlimited or hourly based.

Earlier, Relianceannounced new plans for RConnect - With a monthly charge of Rs. 650, the new 'Freedom Plan' offer the subscribers an unlimited Internet surfing option with maximum data downloads of up to 1GB. Per month. For unlimited data downloads the subscriber can opt for the 'latinum Plan'at a monthly rental of Rs. 1500. As part of the default plan subscribers can access the net at Rs. 0.50/mi…

WGA = Windows Genuine Advantage

Microsoft will make the verification mandatory in all countries for both add-on features to Windows as well as for all OS updates, including security patches. Microsoft will continue to allow all people to get Windows updates by turning on the Automatic Update feature within Windows. By doing so, Microsoft hopes it has struck a balance between promoting security and ensuring that people buy genuine versions of Windows.

The company's new authentication system - Windows Genuine Advantage requires users to prove they have an authentic copy before they can obtain updates. Pirated copies will still be able to download security fixes, but only if the systems are set to do so automatically.

Microsoft has advised consumers to take a copy of the CD that contains genuine software from retailers. It has advised consumers to check whether the authentication key slip is stuck to the PCs as the window genuine advantage validation tool will require the Original Windows XP CD Key.

Some Comments fr…

Remove hidden information from MS Office documents

When it comes to Microsoft Office documents, there is often a lot more in them than meets the eye. Most people don't realize that when two or more people collaborate on a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document, hidden information--such as deleted text, names of authors, and revision marks--are sometimes unintentionally left in final drafts.

A company called Workshare Technology now offers a free safety net from the potential embarrassment of a public display of these hidden and forgotten comments and changes. The company's Trace application sends out an alert if hidden information, also known as metadata, is embedded in a Microsoft Office file. When hidden data is identified, a dialogue box pops up from your system tray alerting you. Clicking on the alert message generates a report of all the hidden data inside the file. Workshare Trace, announced early this month, is available for download now.

Microsoft offers its own Office plug-in called Remove Hidden Data to accomplish this. I…

Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage Validation - Get your legal copy of Windows XP

Windows Genuine Advantage (wga) Workaround tool for bypassing XP key validation in IE and Firefox recently released on the internet.

If you are running a pirated version of Windows XP, you will not be able to download updates / security patches from Microsoft website. Aiming to crack down on counterfeit software, Microsoft plans later this year to require customers to verify that their copy of Windows is genuine before downloading security patches and other add-ons to the operating system.

Customers who visit the Windows Update site will be asked to prove that their copies of Windows are legitimate by allowing Microsoft's system to automatically run a check, or by providing a product identification number. Users who have lost that number will be asked three basic questions, and if they are deemed to be acting in good faith they will be given a free replacement key.

By the middle of this year, Microsoft will make the verification mandatory in all countries for both add-on features to…

Technosexuality - What's that ?

Wordspy definition of technosexual (tek.noh.SEK.shoo.ul) n. A male with a strong aesthetic sense and a love of technology.

How is it different from geek? Look again at that "strong aesthetic sense". Real geeks never care what their technology looks like; it's almost a badge of honour to have an ugly box running some elegant code. What fascinated me more than the term itself was the linguistic process of transmission.

Earlier this year, people who spend less money on mousse and more on mouse pads decided that if the style-savvy guys could get their hands on a marketable brand name, then the uber-geeks could certainly come up with something better than nerd: Thus, the term "technosexual" was born.

For years, technological experts have been called many derogatory names, including geek, nerd, dweeb, technophile, gadgeteer, techie or Mr Computer Guy.

"With metrosexuality, it's about style, fashion, culture, and grooming for the straight…

Google Holiday Logos - Doodle Secrets

Attractive Google logos commemorating holidays and events. Watch this Flash movie on Google Timeline featuring interesting Google logos Or Scott Adams logos.

There's a thing about the special Google logos - There's no set list of events to illustrate, and users never know when one is going to pop up. Google logo designers set up meetings quarterly to map out a calendar, discuss which countries would be offended if they left out their biggest holiday, throw out suggestions for people and events worth commemorating and make sure there were not becoming predictable.

Dennis Hwang is the brain behind these creative logos. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the company's founders, had been experimenting with revisions to the Google logo for special events (in 1999, the first time they tried it, they added a "burning man" to the logo to let pals know they'd be at the Burning Man festival in Nevada for a few days). But Page and Brin were unhappy with the quality of the drawin…

Benefits of using Google Search Technology

Your search covers more than 8 billion URLs. - Google's index, comprised of more than 8 billion URLs, is the first of its kind and represents the most comprehensive collection of the most useful web pages on the Internet. While index size alone is not the key determinant of quality results, it has an obvious effect on the likelihood of a relevant result being returned.

You see what you're getting before you click. - Instead of web page summaries that never change, Google shows an excerpt (or "snippet") of the text that matches your query -- with your search terms in boldface -- right in the search results. This sneak preview gives you a good idea if a page is going to be relevant before you visit it.

There's an online tool to check your Google PageRank. The PageRank is indicated by a horizontal gauge; moving your mouse over that gauge will reveal the specific value of your PageRank.

You can get it, even when it's gone. - As Google crawls the web, it takes a …

New features added to Blogger Comment Pages

Blogger has totally revamped the "Post a Comment" page. It allows you to login and publish at the same page without requiring you to login and then enter the comments page.

On the right hand side of the page is the space for you to enter your comment. Beneath that are the identity options. (Some of these may not be available, depending on the blog's settings.)

The options are these:
* Blogger username: Your display name will appear, along with a link to your profile and your photo (if you have one).
* Other: You can enter your name and a link to your website, without having to have a Blogger account.
* Anonymous: No identifying information is displayed. The comment is credited to "Anonymous" without a link.

I would now have to change my custom changes that I made to the comments section of my blogger template.

The owner of a blog also has the option to have comments open in popup windows. In this case, all the primary features will still be present, just arranged a li…

GWiki or GoWiki or GHost- Google hosting for Wiki

Google has offered to assist online encyclopedia Wikipedia, by providing some much needed storage and hosting services to the giant non-profit site. Although terms of the upcoming arrangement have yet to be finalized, Wikimedia commented that any deal will still see Wikipedia remaining ad-free; meaning that the arrangement will not impose Google "AdSense" technology on the popular site. An administrator for the Wikipedia project spoke briefly about the pending agreement:

"Google has at least tentatively agreed to give us access to a certain number of dual Xeon servers at one or more of their data centers and with unlimited bandwidth. I've been told that there are no strings attached, meaning they don't expect us to do anything for then, such as having Google Ads. In short, this is wonderful news... In addition to taking a lot of work, there is barely ever enough money to run what will shortly become one of the top 100 websites on the internet, and the only thing …

Frame-Grab Tutorial for Television

When you analyze a novel or poem, you need to quote words from the original to support your argument. When analyzing television, it's equally useful to be able to "quote" images--as you can see in the pages of Television.

The convergence of computers, television, and the cinema in the 1990s has changed. Moreover, teachers, scholars, and students are not limiting themselves to still image captures. With relatively modest computer resources, anyone can capture sample clips to use for analysis and illustration

Television: Frame-Grab Tutorial encapsulates the process of preparing images/clips for Television and provides step-by-step instruction on how to grab still and motion images from video.

Blinkx users - You may be at risk

There is a critical bug in Blinkx that may actually delete files on your computer.

PCMag warns that Blinkx 2.0 Beta Users Must Upgrade - This is applicable to any Blinkx 2.0 release before version 2.0.10.

Specific versions of the blinkx implicit search engine have a dangerous flaw in the Smart Folders feature. Blinkx founder Suranga Chandratillake confirms the flaw in version 2.0.8; we at PC Magazine Labs have tracked it in version 2.0.7 as well. Current blinkx users should see an update reminder when launching the program, and the web site includes a warning as well. The flaw did not seem to manifest in versions before 2.0.7, but we still recommend that anyone running a beta version earlier than 2.0.10 upgrade immediately.

The problem does not occur on all systems, which made it difficult to track. On an affected system, files can be deleted unexpectedly and permanently under specific circumstances. Blinkx's Smart Folders feature automatically fills a folder with shortcu…

What exactly are Microsoft's plans for Linux on Windows?

A Linux developer -- he prefers to remain anonymous -- has told NewsForge he was recently contacted by Microsoft and invited to a job interview. He accepted, and during the interview he asked the obvious question: Why was Microsoft interested in hiring someone with strong Linux skills? The reply was that Microsoft is working on an emulator that will allow Windows users to run Unix.

Considering that Microsoft already has an emulator that will do just that, it's not crystal clear exactly what the monopoly has in mind for Linux on its desktop and/or server products. Microsoft purchased its Virtual PC product from Connectix early last year.

Why is Microsoft interviewing Linux developers? Are they needed to work on the Virtual PC product, or on Longhorn? I called Microsoft public relations -- actually, it was Waggoner Edstrom's Rapid Response Team, which handles MS public relations -- and put the developer's question to them.

The first response I received said "After speak…

An easy ping bookmark for Bloggers

Ping-o-Matic is a free online ping service. See my previous post to know more about pinging. Just enter your blog details here, tick the services you would like to ping and click the Submit Pings button. Through this simple interface you just pinged (or told these services that you have updated your blog),, Technorati, Feed Burner, Syndic8, NewsGator, Feedster, My Yahoo!,, Blogdigger, BlogRolling, BlogStreet, Moreover, Audio.Weblogs, RubHub, A2B GeoLocation and BlogShares.

It is so easy but what if you have to do this everyday. It is so boring to enter the same details again and again, ticking all the relevant boxes and press the submit button. So I created a simple bookmark which I click once or twice in a day depending on my frequency of posting.

If you are a blog author, you can also use this approach, just modify the URL below and add it to your favourites. Happy Pinging !…

Online Source Code beautifier for PHP, Java, C , C++, Perl, JavaScript, CSS is a source code beautifier (source code formatter), similiar to indent.

You can use it to beautify your PHP, Java, C , C++, Perl, JavaScript, CSS code. (Please make a backup before you replace your code!)

The author of this code formatting tool, J. Meise, has another online utility for comparing files here. This tool highlights the differences between two versions of a file.

Google Maps - Great service but only for US residents

Getting from point A to point B just got a lot easier. Google Maps shows you where you want to go — and tells you what you'll find when you get there. Google Maps is an online service that allows users in the U.S. to find location information, navigate through maps, and get directions quickly and easily.

Type in a starting and a destination address - Google Maps plots the route for you, displaying it visually on the map itself, together with step-by-step directions for getting there (or back from there).

You also have the option to type search terms into a single search box under the Maps tab to get local search results and driving directions.

If you are looking at an area on the map and want to locate a business, say a pizza place, in that area - just enter "pizza" in the search box and we will search around the center of the map - you don't need to enter a location.

According to Infoworld, Google Maps is a web of linked XML documents. You can append "output=…

Let the world know that you just posted on your blog

Wayne, author of Blog Business World, has some simple but very useful advice for bloggers - When you update your blog, don't forget to ping it!

He explains the complex world of Pinging in very easy terms. Pinging is one of those many wonderful internet words. It refers to letting the various blog aggregators know that you have updated. Pinging merely means letting everyone know you've added new content to your blog.

For example, the blog news site Technorati keeps track of blog entries as news sources. The site also measures the number of inbound and outbound links from each blog. To stay up to date with the changes, Technorati relies on regular pinging. Another site that depends on reporting blog updates is Daypop. Along with news items from conventional sites, Daypop depends on bloggers reporting their updates.

Where do you ping your blog?

Many blog hosts (but not all) offer automatic pinging as a feature of their service. If it's not provided as part of the package, howeve…

A 75 year old blogger

Partha Krishnaswamy, a 75 year old, maintains his own blog - earlydays.

Partha is from Metro DC, United States. You can see his complete profile here.

Why Yahoo Desktop Search is superior To Google or MSN

Rich Ord explains why Yahoo's Desktop Search seems to be much further advanced than Google and MSN's desktop search.

X1 is the brainchild of entrepreneur Bill Gross, who conceived and developed a similar product, called Lotus Magellan in 1989. Bill Gross is the founder of Idealab, a company that incubates Internet startups such as X1. Idealab founded Overture, which of course was acquired by Yahoo in 2003.

Yahoo is now a "strategic partner" with X1. I think we can safely assume that Yahoo is using X1 technology
as the basis for its free desktop search application. This is different than Google and MSN, which primarily used technology developed by their in-house programmers.

# Speed. YDS is really fast.

# Instant Feedback. YDS provides incremental search, much like you find in Firefox. As you type each character of your search, the results are updated instantly. Not only does this mean less typing, but you'll catch spelling mistakes a lot faster too.

# Comprehe…

Desktop Search Software

Yahoo! Directory has a complete list of all desktop search programs available today to find documents, email, photos, music, and other files on the PC. Only Filehand was missing in the list.

Ask Jeeves Desktop Search - program that allows users to search for files and emails on their computer.
blinkx - offers downloadable software that automatically links information from files on your hard disk, and can suggest content from news sites, the Internet, video, and blogs.
Copernic Desktop Search - allows users to search their hard drive for files, email, music, or pictures.
dtSearch - searches text across a desktop, network, Internet, or intranet site.
Enfish - developers of Onespace, a personal desktop portal that integrates personalized information such as email, documents, and other local files with relevant information from the Internet.
Filehand Search - allows you to search files and Microsoft Outlook items. The results contain a clickable link to your document, an estimate of the releva…

Indian teen kidnaps self to buy Nokia mobile

The Register wrote:

A 15-year-old from Lucknow, India, who faked his own kidnapping because he wanted cash to buy a mobile phone is safely under lock and key after police traced his menacing calls home using Caller ID.

The unnamed criminal mastermind reportedly wanted a Nokia mobe costing 30,000 rupees (roughly £370). Presumably, his dad was unwilling to cough up the required amount, because on 31 January the lad left home as usual for school but later failed to return. Shortly afterwards, he made his first demand via phone using the time-honoured "hanky over the mouthpiece" ruse. He later admitted: "I would place a handkerchief over the phone set to talk to my father. He was too naive to suspect anything."

The ne'er-do-well demanded 500,000 rupees (£6,100) for his own safe return, warning that failure to comply would result in death and disposal of the non-existent kidnapee's body on a railway line. His relatives, however, went straight to the police, who …

Get Gmail accounts without an invite's Gmail invite spooler is back in the news. It offers a place for Gmail invites and those who want them to come together with minimal effort and fuss.

People with available invites send them to the spooler's address (, and it automatically adds them to an available pool. People who need addresses can then get invites from this pool, as necessary. At the time of writing, they had 47,600 invites available to share and they had distributed 220,491 invites since this page went up on Sep 13, 2004.

The gmailomatic has over one-half dozen different checks in place to ensure that no person can acquire more than their fair share of invites. Instead, invites disappear very quickly because there are more than 1 million hits per day on this single page. The demand for invites is very high and the number of people frequenting the page to get invites is quite enough to ensure that available ones are snapped up very quickly.

See Gmail invite spooler stats here.


Email spam is evil [Even deleting spam is not free]

You will be shocked to know that American businesses spend more than $22bn a year to delete spam.

The National Technology Readiness Survey produced by Rockbridge Associates worked out this figure by adding up the number of people who receive spam, multiplying that figure by the number of spam emails they receive and calculating the average time spent deleting them.

Since the average number of spams is about 18.5 a day, it takes 2.5 minutes of your life to delete them. If you multiply this by the average cost of an employee and divide by your shoe size you get the figure of $22bn.

According to Associated Press, 14 per cent of spam recipients actually read messages to see what they say, and four per cent of the recipients have bought something advertised through spam within the past year.

Interestingly enough, this figure must be about the same figure for the cost of allowing your employees to go to the toilet. It would be double that if they took a newspaper. With billions wasted like this…

Using an Illegal Pirated Software will erase all your data

Aunty Spam's Net Patrol reports of a company which warns - Use an Illegal Copy of This and it Erases All of Your Data

The next time you are tempted to borrow someone’s copy of their favourite software, take note: software developers, sick of having their software pirated, are starting to boobytrap it.

That’s right. In an interesting twist, it is being reported that Anton Tomov, author of, among other things, Pocket Mechanic for the Windows Mobile platform, has rigged the latest update to Windows Pocket Mechanic to wipe the entire device on which it resides if upon execution it detects that the version is not legally registered ("Yawn..good morning…am I legal? Great Beard of Zeus! No! I’m not legally registered…delete delete delete!!")

Mozilla Firefox 2.0 plans for the future

Lead engineer for the project Ben Goodger noted that the new roadmap for Firefox 2 will include an alpha release developer preview in March and a beta release preview in April.

Firefox 1.1 is scheduled for a June 2005 release. It originally had been slated for March, but Goodger said that more time was needed for testing, according to news reports.

No specific details have been given about what Firefox 2 might include. But Goodger posits that some likely goals include improvements to bookmarks, accessibility compliance, and improvements to the extensions system, toolbar and software-update functionalities.

Since his first posting on the delays, Goodger felt the need to point out that the slippage in the release dates was not because he had started work at Google. He said it was simply because he needed to ensure the 1.1 release is of identical quality and scope as the 1.0 release.

Mozilla Firefox 2.0 Roadmap

Student Installs Keylogger On Teachers PC To Steal Tests

Yahoo is reporting that a high school student is facing criminal charges for allegedly hooking a device up to a teacher's computer to steal test information to sell to other students.

...the 16-year-old boy hooked up a keystroke decoder to a teacher's computer and downloaded exams in November.

"Sometime in mid-December, we got a tip that this student was selling test exams that had apparently come from a teacher's computer, so that's when the investigation began," said Mary Ann Simpson, with the Fort Bend School District.

The student confessed when he was confronted, officials said.

Via A Welsh View

Bill Gates announces new MSN through his letter A letter from Bill Gates

Our mission at Microsoft is to use the power of software to solve our customers' toughest problems. Searching the Internet today is a challenge, and it is estimated that nearly half of customers' complex questions go unanswered. That's why we're proud of our new MSN Search service, a simple and powerful tool that helps you find the answers you want from sources as diverse as Web pages, images, news headlines, music downloads, and even files on your PC.

GDeskop rumour is back with Project Googlefox (GBrowser)

Am I moving towads the GDesktop? This question is back with Project Googlefox.

The buzz meter ratcheted up a few ticks last week when Ben Goodger and Darin Fisher, two key players in the development of the Firefox browser, each announced on the MozillaZine blog that they were now employees of Google.

"Another pointer towards a Google browser," someone posted on "Ben Goodger was lead engineer on the Firefox project…now he's been hired by Google -- the company that owns gbrowser."

According to, IE has lost five percent of its market share directly to Firefox, a product publicized almost exclusively through word of mouth alone. Think about the user reaction -- spurred by perceived virus vulnerabilities and quality concerns -- if Google were to launch a browser and advertise it heavily.

"A Google browser could dramatically change the browser market share," says Mark Mahaney, an analyst with American Technology Research.

And no…