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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

[-] Photosynth- the next wizard in web

We all know that the online photosharing made a remarkable change in the way common people began to use the internet.The internet has now become a galactic empire inhabited by trillions of images from all over the world.But the mere bidemnsional digital dreams now will be transformed into the elated 3D ones.The hidden labs of the software titan, Microsoft, is forging the wizadry.Photosynth is an amazing new technology from Microsoft Live Labs that will change the way you think about digital photos forever.Microsoft's Photosynth takes collections of images, analyses them for similarities, and then displays them in a reconstructed 3D space.The system builds a 3D model just from a raw collection of photographs.

The technology works by scanning collections of photographs, which can be taken from different cameras at different times. It picks out distinctive features in each image and cross-references them against the other photographs, checking for similarities. This allows it to pinpoint a feature's 3D position and to also calculate where the position of the camera would have been when the picture was taken.

One of the questions we’re often asked is when people will be able to create their own 3D collections. This is something we’re absolutely committed to but will not be available in our first external release. Photosynth currently requires a large number of CPU cycles to perform the matching between images and for larger datasets this can take hours or sometimes days of processing. We are exploring a number of methods for drastically reducing this processing time but want to ensure that people realize that we’re a technology that is evolving in real-time and we want to incrementally build towards the vision of a world of interconnected images through collaboration and participation from the online community.

says their blog

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[-] HTTrack Website ripper

I use HTTack to rip websites :) .Its fast and light.Most of ripers available are not free.But HTTrack is a free and open source website copier and offline browser by Xavier Roche licensed under the GNU General Public License. It allows you to download one, or a set of World Wide Web sites from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. Its available for linux and windows. 

HTTrack uses a web crawler to download a website. Some parts of the website may not be downloaded by default due to the robots exclusion protocol. HTTrack can follow links that are generated with basic JavaScript and inside Applets or Flash, but not complex links (generated using functions or expressions) or server-side image maps.


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Friday, August 18, 2006

[-] Writely
Writely is taking new accounts now. It had stopped taking new accounts after the buyout by Google.
The speed is very good and the interface is really smart.
Some features include the ability to post to a blog directly.
Saving is done automatically like while composing in Gmail.
Wait for a full fledged review.
Right now, check out the comparative review by Cnet.

edit: Writely has some issues while accessing the blog...especially for a user like me who has multiple blogs...
[-] 2006 Wikipedia CD Selection
Charity organization SOS Children released 2006 Wikipedia CD Selection with the help of Fixed, aimed at improving awareness of the world around us amongst 8-15 year olds.The CD has 2011 articles, more than 8000 images and over 3.5 million words .These articles have been hand-picked from Wikipedia, tidied up , checked for plausibility and suitabilityand put together in a form suitable for publication on a CD.The zip file may be downloaded HERE and the CD can be viewed at Fixed Reference.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

[-] Search for good

GoodSearch is an Internet search engine with a simple concept and unique social mission. GoodSearch enables you to help fund any of hundreds of thousands of charities or schools through the simple act of searching the Internet.Its powered by Yahoo, raise the fund from ads.The company says
| GoodSearch can not only help fund organizations focused on recent major disasters including 9/11, the Indian Ocean tsunami and now Hurricane Katrina, but it is invaluable to the hundreds of thousands of smaller causes that have a hard time raising funds to begin with and often see further shortages in contributions due to the overwhelming support for disaster relief. |


Sunday, March 26, 2006

[-] Highest Internet Speed - 60 DVDs per second

Scientists have set a new world record for data transmission by transferring a data rate of 2.56 Terabit per second over a glass fibre link of 160 km length.

2,560,000,000,000 bits are equivalent to the contents of 60 DVDs.

By comparison, the fastest high-speed links currently carry data at a maximum 40 Gbit/s, or around 50 times slower.

Source: Fraunhofer Institute | OTDM group | Gizmag UK

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[-] 12 yo brain makes Google Desktop Plugin

Adam Faulkner, who is in seventh grade, has created a Google Desktop search plug-in that displays the verse of the day from with the status of being a Google programmer, Adam also received a Google Desktop T-shirt .Adam submitted the plug-in to Google this year. The search engine giant e-mailed him in February, saying it liked his work.Adam Faulkner is now one of about 150 plug-ins featured on Google's plug-in Web site.

Verse of the Day from Bible Gateway
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Monday, March 13, 2006

[-] Again caught in Web 2.0
After some freezy days we r back ....I am always inspired by logos of web 2.0 sites and apps.Some guy called Stabilo Boss made a collage of it.I found it in Flickr..Coool.The image map in flickr also make it more useful.

Friday, January 20, 2006

[-] Project Windstone - a Universal Passport

What is Windstone?
Windstone is a set of standards and formats used to exchange information in a secure way. Think of it like this: Two students in a classroom want to talk to each other but can't talk to each other normally because other classmates and the teacher can hear what they're saying. If the two students pass notes, the other students and the teacher cannot overhear what they're saying, but if someone looks at the note, they know what's going on. If the two students were to, say, create a kind of secret code to write to each other, they can talk and nobody but them knows what they're talking about.

This is the basis of Windstone. Two WebSites need to talk to each other but don't want anybody to overhear, so they use a secret code (encryption) to talk to each other that only the two WebSites know and understand.

What Can Windstone Do For My Site?
There is literally a host of benefits of using Windstone. Namely, universal login and registration. Windstone issues a kind of drivers license to a person. That person can use that drivers license to drive all over the Internet and maybe even your WebSite. If your WebSite accepts the Windstone drivers license, then the user can simply let you know that they're going to drive on your roads and go along their merry way. Instead of issuing your own drivers license to the user, you just simply make a note of their drivers license number and let them be on their way. This way the user doesn't have to keep getting a new drivers license every time they want to use a WebSite (e.g. registering on your site).

Another major feature is universal messaging. This is like being able to write a letter to someone and the message follows them. You write a letter, send it off, and the message finds the person you were writing to and gives itself to them.

What Can Windstone Do For the Regular User?
One registration for all WebSites, for everything you need to do, and one password. You use your existing Email address as your username (you do know your Email address, right?). No juggling large amounts of usernames, passwords, screen names, contact lists, messenger programs, etc. Simplify. That's what we have computers for.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

[-] Indian States Monitoring Cybercafe Users
BANGALORE, India - The southern Indian state of Kerala will join two other states in requiring cybercafes to record the names and addresses of their customers in an effort to combat online fraud, virus attacks and terrorism, an official said Tuesday.The new rules would require cybercafes to verify the identities of Internet surfers and record their home addresses and visiting times, said M. Vijayanunni, the top administrator of Kerala's government."Our police are trying to learn from the experience of our neighboring states and monitor cybercafes better," he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
Two Indian states — Karnataka and Gujarat — have imposed similar rules, hoping such records would help trace threatening e-mails or unauthorized credit-card transactions. Two other states, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, do some monitoring of cybercafes without having specific laws.Several other Asian countries and cities, most prominently China, require registration at cybercafes. Italy is the only European Union country to require Internet cafes to record ID information, but nonmember Switzerland does require that customers show ID.All Internet surfing leaves an electronic trail that can be traced to the computer it came from. But police need other records to trace the person that used the computer at a specified time.In December, an unidentified Internet user sent a hoax e-mail to a U.S. diplomatic mission claiming a bomb would go off in India's Parliament.The building was evacuated amid panic.The mail was later traced to a cybercafe in the town of Palayamkottai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, but the sender has not been caught yet.Privacy advocates question the effectiveness of record keeping — which they say is hard to enforce."Such rules have proved to be ineffective and enjoy little support on the ground," said cyberlaw expert Pavan Duggal. "It is also very difficult to implement them."