I just noticed that DayPop, the search engine that focusses on current events, news and weblogs is back. I had gotten addicted to the Daypop Top 40 for the top 40 links of the day before DayPop went down.
When we founded idya Research, we had one statement that we resolved to keep in our minds when working on anything. The statement is "Because Simple is beautiful". While chatting with a friend today, he asked me what it meant, and I said:
Me: Remember that scene from Dil Chahta Hai? Preity Zinta in that pure white dress, wet looking hair, and just a string of beads around her neck and shoulders, so subtle but still looking like an angel fallen from heaven?
Him: er, Yes
Me: That's what we mean by "Simple is beautiful".
Speaking of idya, Idea Cellular has arrived in Delhi, with awesome ads on TV and posters, glowsigns, and billboards all accross the city. The ads look so good that my evil brain thought up this really cool plan where we could simply print "Y" signs in bulk, and paste the Y over the E in every "Idea"!
No wonder they were showing all those cute movies on TV! It was Children's Day yesterday!
Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India was born on the 14th of November. Children's Day was named after him, for his love for children.
Sam has a PJ for Children's Day.
This message box suddenly popped up right now:
The MSN Messenger Service will be shut down for maintenance in 5 minutes. Please complete all conversations in this time. After maintenance, you will be able to log back in.
a) It's nice they're telling us about it instead of a sudden blackout; but
b) why go down for maintenance in the first place?
Everyone is talking about Macromedia's Contribute. But what I don't understand is that how it's so revolutionary. How more easy to use is this than a customized content management system? If this has something to do with being able to edit static webpages without having to open them in DreamWeaver of Frontpage, how about a Wiki with a WYSIWYG edit box?
When I'm training someone to be a C++ programmer, it would be nice if I never had to teach them about char*'s and pointer arithmetic
I know exactly what he means. I am a C++ guy at heart, but this is why I use PHP for more or less everything nowadays. (link found via Rob Fahrni)
I wrote to Rob when I saw a Visio ad in my inbox today, and before I could even reply to his first email, he had googled me out! (yes, it's a word).
This is what I got in my inbox a few minutes ago:
We found the following 9 broken links on arnab.org:On page http://arnab.org/blog: http://arnab.org/properties.php : Not Found http://arnab.org/blog.php : Not Found On page http://arnab.org/blog/: http://arnab.org/blog/properties.php : Not Found http://arnab.org/blog/blog.php : Not Found ...
For just $5 (US) per month we will check your website regularly, and warn you of any future broken links. Your website's visitors will thank you for it. [direct paypal link]
The broken links he sent were correct - so the email was pretty helpful, and I would consider it if it was a little cheaper. That's what I call good marketing.
Two weeks after releasing this site to the general public, the Googlebot has paid a visit. It indexed my site for 2 days, and now this site is in the Google search results. The first search term that brought people to my site is tughlaqabad fort.
While I was studying Google's indexing of this site, I've discovered that the word "arnab" means two things: It's a name; and it's a word in Somalian or some other African language (like I had guessed in a previous weblog entry). What I'd really like to know is what "arnab" means in Somalian.