Archive - 2006

March 27th

meat market

The Bangalore Torpedo analyses the Indian Marriage market.

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March 27th

maintainers wanted

Today, I woke up and decided that I will give my drupal modules away, in the hope that they will be better maintained. If you’re a Drupal developer who would like to take over the Captcha, TextImage and Similar modules, please contact me. Note, I’m not unmaintaining them, I’m only looking for a person who has more time and energy than me to work out the kinks and make the modules work for every Drupal version and not bloat the features and prefers to make things more efficient. If I do not find such a person, I’ll just keep sporadically maintaining them like I was. Interested? Just send me your drupal.org username, and what module you’d like to take over.

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Google's BigTable

Jeff Dean talks about Google’s Distributed Semi-Structured Data Storage solution. (video)

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March 26th

selection zoom in Google Maps

Raj Kaimal has an implemented demo of zoom by area selection. Very neat.

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things i have done in the last few days

1. Had dinner at Mongolian Barbecue. Interesting place : they do it on the grill! The grillers are one merry bunch: spending hours in that hot, loud, noisy grill arena, singing, cheering — they almost make it seem like it’s an extreme sport. Would love to work there for a very short while. Follow that up with Chocolate Therapy at Ben & Jerry’s, and I’m a happy man.

2. Saw V for Vendetta – nice movie.

3. Met Arnab, Kaushik’s cousin. It’s always fun to meet a namesake.

4. Played with a friend’s Macbook Pro. The first thing I noticed was: Ooh, it’s thin! I’m finding it very hard to resist buying one.

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March 25th

tuttle tussle

CentOS takes over Tuttle City.

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March 24th

good times, bad times

Caterina Fake: It’s a bad time to start a company.

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March 22nd

the web 2.0 list

Web 2.0 : THE LIST.

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March 20th

google and the yahoo fixation

Another Yahoo clone: Google Finance. The current mode of operation looks like this:

(1) Take a Yahoo! service.
(2) Clean up the UI, remove the ads
(3) Throw some search mojo at it to keep Google a “search company”
(4) Release it to the public.

There’s also part (5), where we watch the service crash repeatedly with cute messages (Orkut, PageCreator, Reader). So much for innovations in scalability. Considering what you expect from the big G, I’m still surprised how I’m yet to see a Yahoo! property ever get overwhelmed. I did once notice the whole of Y!Groups crash and reboot sometime last year, but that’s about it.

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March 20th

187 dollar computer

Chinese startup YellowSheepRiver release the Municator, which seems to be the cheapest fully-functional computer that money can buy. Pretty much everything in the box seems to be Chinese made; including the Godson processor. Contrast this with the Indian counterpart Simputer, which in my opinion was much superior in terms of design, but failed to break the 200 dollar barrier (it included a touch screen, though), and used an Intel StrongARM processor.

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