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Microsoft’s Anti-Virus & Anti-Spam June 7, 2006

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Those interested can get a trial version of Microsoft's anti-virus and anti-spam product: Antigen.

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Misc. Interesting Stuff June 6, 2006

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A new Microsoft relay service which allows services built using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) to connect over P-to-P networks through security devices such as firewalls and network address translators (NATs).

Eric Drexler's Engines of Creation is available free online.

Stephen Wolfram's A New Kind of Science also available free online.

My Problem May 28, 2006

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All over the blogosphere, people raise their voices for or against some issue. A number of people raised their voice in the IIPM fiasco, while others protested the Reservation issue. Some protested the way Da Vinci Code was being treated.

Quite a few of my friends use their blog to talk about issues close to their heart. And talk passionately and with unwavering belief, they do. My problem is that somehow there is nothing I seem to be bothered about, nothing I care about immensely to blog about.

The only things that bother me, even slightly, are usually tech related. Network Neutrality, for instance. While I support the High Tech Broadband Coalition's view, I am always left with a nagging feeling there might be some small merit in what the telcos have to say.

Wonder if there is something abnormal about this kinda behaviour?

Online Videos May 23, 2006

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Full Length Cartoons on YouTube.

Watch Videos Online: PeekVid. (via Anand). PeekVid even has episodes (001 to 185) of Naruto, one of my favourite Anime series.
Enjoy!

HTTPS and WordPress May 20, 2006

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Cool find of the day. WordPress.com runs a https server. If you so desire, you can connect to https://dhar.wordpress.com. Neato!

Swiss Pics May 9, 2006

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Currently on project at Switzerland. Did some sightseeing on the weekend and here are the snaps.

Partially Colored Images April 16, 2006

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Flower2 Flower2 cut
Flowers Coloured Flowers Partial Colors

The Technique:
Open image in GIMP or any other photo manipulation program. Select from Menu: Layer -> Colors -> Hue-Saturation. Click the radio button of the colors you DON’T want in the image. Set their saturation level to -100. From Flickr Technique

Customer Service and Fuji April 16, 2006

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For quite some time, I have been unable to update my Flickr photostream for a simple reason. My camera was undergoing repairs at the authorized Fuji repair center. While I had given the camera to the repair center quite some time back, they were dragging their feet as the part (Power Circuit Board) was not easily available in India.

One mail to Fuji guys and they swing into action. Harmeet, the Fuji employee at India, personally called me on 5th April and promised to have the defective part flown in from Hong Kong / Singapore within 10 days. Yesterday, I got a call from Harmeet. My camera has been repaired fully and as a small compensation for the inordinate delay, it will be personally delivered to me at my home. In addition, Harmeet said they will be providing me with a set of rechargeable batteries along with a battery charger as a complimentary gift.

Since my battery charger too had conked off, this is a real welcome move on their part. While Fuji may have taken time to get things functioning, they do know how to keep their customers happy.

If any Fuji guy reads this post, I am also looking for UV / Polarizing / Macro filters. A set of complimentary filters might not be a bad idea. Errr, I guess that is expecting too much. :))

Email in the Subject Line April 9, 2006

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Some people I know, use the email Subject line to draft the complete email. I recently received an email with the subject:

If anyone has access to analyst reports on Videocon Industries/links where I can access these reports, can you please forward the same to me urgently – Thanks EOM

For some strange reason I find such emails very irritating. Is it because they convey a sense of “I am too busy to move the cursor to the body of the email” and a sense of lack of courtesy to the intended recipient? Or is it because Gmail does not allow me to see beyond 10-12 words of the subject and I have to anyway open the mail to read it? And more importantly, am I the only one that finds such emails irritating?

Misc. March 26, 2006

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Cowards of the Year: They came, they saw, they caved in. Fast Company profiles 10 antiheroes who turned their backs on what they knew to be right. And guess who tops the list?

AjaxWrite: The look, feel, and functionality of Microsoft Word, in a completely web-based AJAX platform.

The Rorschach Test