March 8, 2006


Filed under: Fun,People,Web/Tech — by anshuljain @ 3:44 pm

My online social security number. I recently got an invite for claimID. Its a service which lets you establish your online identity. You associate links with yourself after signing up and that becomes part of your public profile. Most of us do not require such a thing but maybe high profile executives. The links that you list signify that any other information on the internet that uses your name is not comfirmed. I have a couple of invites. Just leave your email in the comments to get one.
Hehe, this reminds of the prank that my friends played on me. As my name is anshul, they made a website with the URL and then sent an email to the whole college using my name. The problem was that whenever you tried going to the website, it automatically re-directed to Now, you sure know what is that. Dont you.:)


March 6, 2006

Click snaps…Get PAID

Filed under: People,Web/Tech — by anshuljain @ 10:10 am

Spymedia is another web 2.0 with an actual business model. They have made a nice twist to the existing stock photo marketplace. Unlike iStockPhoto, Fotolia et al, SpyMedia is concerned with newsworthy photos. Media companies are increasingly turning to user-generated content, SpyMedia has set up shop, acting as an agent for citizen photographers. I’m not sure about them being the first to have this idea, but with cameras in every phone these days, these guys might be on to something. If Scoopt want to embrace the long-tail of media buyers, they need to work on creating a user-friendly interface with plenty of social software features.

March 5, 2006

Windows Starter Edition 2007

Filed under: Microsoft,People — by anshuljain @ 8:05 pm

I’ve come across Windows Starter 2007. However, there are Software and Hardware Restrictions that you should pay attention to before trying to reach for a torrent. It is aimed at beginner computer users in emerging markets who can only afford a low cost PC. As with the XP version, Windows Starter 2007 is a subset of Vista Home Basic, and will ship in a 32-bit version only (no 64-bit x64 version). Starter 2007 will allow only three applications (and/or three windows) to run simultaneously, will provide Internet connectivity but not incoming network communications, and will not provide for logon passwords or Fast User Switching (FUS). Starter 2007 is analogous to XP Starter Edition. This version will only be sold in emerging markets. Screenshots are available almost everywhere.
Windows Starter 2007 is lacking a number of unique features found in most of the other Vista product editions. There is no Aero user interface, for example, and no support for Castle-based networking. Other missing features include DVD Authoring, gaming common controller support, and image editing with enhanced touchup.

Software Requirements:

  • Windows Starter 2007 Beta has a restriction of opening only three applications at a time.
  • No domain access and no inbound connection.
  • You cannot share your printer, files, folders or internet however you can have access to other computer’s resources, i.e, you can access their resources however vice versa is not true. Its only a one way communictaion.
  • Hardware Requirements:

  • CPU – Intel Celeron; Pentium (except IV and Higher); AMD (except Athlon, Opteron)
  • Memory – 256 (Minimum) 512 (Recommended/Maximum)
  • 10 GB of available hard disk space
  • DVD drive
  • Super VGA resolution video adapter and monitor.
  • Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.
  • March 4, 2006


    Filed under: Ajax,Fun,People,Web/Tech — by anshuljain @ 5:01 pm

    This is funny. Coastr is aiming to be the of beers. Yes, beermarking. From their site:

    “Coastr is an experiment in social networking for beer snobs (meant as a compliment, of course!). The basic idea is for you to create a list of your favorite beers, and to connect you with other people with similar tastes. And those connections will help you discover interesting new brews that you might have not known about before. “Social beermarking”, if you will.”

    This is nice. Now soon we will have ajax powered cricket marking or maybe some Web 2.0 drinking. The point here howeveris that how web 2.0 applications are branching away from the early adopter crowd. This brings into my mind my Technology and World Change class where the prof showed us a graph which had a S-curve and showcased the different categories of individuals who adapt a technology fast and those who dont. This is exactly what is happening now. Look at Connotea for researchers and clinicians or Postgenomic for life science blogs. Both of these show how web 2.0 can be used for audiences outside the normal geeky ones. Or look at Carspace, a network for car enthusiasts or Cingo and Minti, soon to be launched family 2.0 services.

    February 18, 2006

    Get More Traffic on Your Blog

    Filed under: People,Web/Tech — by anshuljain @ 6:16 am

    I have signed up for which is some kind of website to increase your traffic. Its still in beta but allows signups. It helps increase traffic to your blog by the same amount that you view other blogs. In other words, you read more, you get more. Looks pretty nifty, lets see how it works when it launches. When you signup you get some free credits which you can later use to increase traffic. Sign up here.

    February 17, 2006

    Turn Your Blog into a Book

    Filed under: Books,People,Web/Tech — by anshuljain @ 5:50 am

    How many of us have always wanted to publish our own book. Most of us. With the internet around, people say books are no longer the sole provider of knowledge. Agreed, but reading a hardcover book is always different than clicking links and searching. Most of us would prefer to read a book than search information over the internet even today.

    This is exactly what does. You can publish your own blog, cookbook, travelbook for posterity. Simply download their software and preview the book online and then just order for publishing. The prices are not too high. So, hurry up and grab their service before its too late. These guys are still in beta.

    February 10, 2006


    Filed under: People,Web/Tech — by anshuljain @ 12:09 am

    Most of us read Guy Kawasaki’s blog at Typepad. Few days ago there was an article on co-branding on his blog about how he noticed people putting Apple logos on Dell computers and how does it affect brands and their marketing.

    While going through Orchard road today, I noticed a peculiar thing. The Levis store had on display their new jeans and tees and a Samsung mp3 player. Is this another effort at co-branding and samsung trying to sell more of their mp3 players? Its difficult to guess because nothing was written or shown at the store to suggest something of that sort. It sure is not going to go too well with consumers though.

    February 9, 2006

    Newest Member

    Filed under: People — by anshuljain @ 3:55 pm

    I welcome the newest member of this blog, Amrt Sagar (withoutfear). With likeminded interests and issues, I look forward to his posts on this blog.

    February 8, 2006

    Localization in India via redhat

    Filed under: People,Web/Tech — by anshuljain @ 3:25 am

    How many languages does India has? 100, ok no 200. Wrong. There are about 500 languages out of which 22 are official. How many of you have ever worked on a computer in a language apart from English, Spanish, Japanese or French. I bet not too much. If a language is not becoming part of digital advancement then the language will become outdated and endangered and in some cases might even become a thing of the past. Thanks to the free software ideology and contemporary open source development methods that have given a new lease on life to many different languages. Free and open source software, unlike other bureaucratic processes, enable each individual, including you, to contribute toward enabling local language computing and thereby expediting the process of adoption of technologies enabled by computers in rural India. It is a fact that proprietary groups cannot afford to fulfill the needs of the masses, especially in an economy with limited purchasing power, but the community of open source computing can rise to the occasion.

    In India, so many groups are working to have their languages enabled on computers. “Localizing free software for a free country” is the slogan of IndLinux, a major and popular group having enormous success with this work. IndLinux is a group of people who believe, not so surprisingly, that the benefits of information technology must be widely and freely available to the Indian masses. They are a group of people who combine skills in written scripts, free/open source technologies, and technology journalism to make this happen. Punlinux is one of the most successful examples. Within two years, this group has localized an enormous amount of content in Punjabi, a vibrant language and culture of India. Everything from Fedora® to GNOME to KDE to OpenOffice and all! A great success story from an organization based in rural India! None of the Punlinux members has any urban base! The work of localization started long before and now it has taken the form of movement. Internet availability, lack of resources, and illiteracy are some hindrances in the path of local language computing. Two decades ago, the condition of the television industry was similar to the present computer industry in India. Positive changes are inevitable and also not very far off in the field of computers.

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