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Thursday, March 31, 2005

My Yahoo! Search

My Yahoo Search
url: http://mysearch.yahoo.com/

- Login
- Search with My Yahoo Search
- Save search results
- Sort and categorize search results
- Save searches with notes
- Find saved search results

My Yahoo! Launchcast Station

Listen to songs from My Yahoo! Launchcast Station.

My Yahoo! 360

My Yahoo! 360. The url of my Yahoo! 360 page is http://360.yahoo.com/chirayu20

I'm experimenting with the blogging features.
The url of My Yahoo! 360 blog is http://blog.360.yahoo.com/chirayu20

Yahoo! 360 Blog
- Good for people who want to start blogging. Type and post.
- Basic features. I tried adding a title="xyzee", and target="_blank" to open a link in a new browser window, and the code added an extra /, /\ after the url. Is target="_blank" not allowed?

- Provide Friends and Email search box on the top right sidebar

- What if I want to post a Review but India does not have a Yahoo Local Search page?

- Please include a Yahoo! Search Box on the Y! 360 page

- Sharing photo albums is nice

- Give an attractive title to the Blog. The current title in light green looks dull. Make it bold Crimson or bold Maroon.

These were initial thoughts. More later.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Assorted Links

To read and practice:
- Fifty Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark.

Google acquires Urchin
- Google acquires Urchin, a San Diego, California based Web analytics company.

- To try Yahoo! 360. I'm waiting for an invite from Yahoo!

Ready reference:
- Waypath Search topic stream
- Blogpulse top links
- Bloglines top links.

- Search with a colorful Google logo for company. Fun with Google Holiday logos. Refresh the Web page and see a new Google logo.

Hindi Lyrics

Nice lyrics from the film Zeher.

Agar tum mil jao
Zamaana chh-od denge hum
Tumhe paa kar zamaane bhar se rishta tod denge hum
Agar tum mil jao
Zamana chh-od denge hum

Read more lyrics on Hindi Lyrics.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Cricket: 3rd Test, 5th Day's Play. Pakistan Wins by 168 runs as India's Batting Collapses

India's famous batting line-up showed its vulnerability as Pakistan defeated India by 168 runs on the fifth and final day of the 3rd Test match to draw level in the three test series.

Shahid Afridi took the wickets of Sachin, Laxman, and Ganguly; Danish Kaneria chipped in with two wickets including the last wicket of Balaji, and Arshad Khan and Mohammed Sami took two apiece as a disciplined bowling performance by the Pakistanis overcame a hopeless defensive approach adopted by the Indians.

Floodgates opened with Sehwag's wicket
India started from their overnight score of 25 for no loss and both the openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir batted with ease. However things changed after Sehwag's run out for 38 runs with the score on 87.

Defensive batting by Sachin and Laxman
Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir departed in a span of a few overs, then Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman adopted a defensive strategy. Laxman is a strokeplayer and he should have played like he did in the first innings, however he too followed Sachin's defensive mode and was out LBW to Shahid Afridi after scoring only 5 runs in 29 balls.

Selectors should rethink on Ganguly's place in the team
Saurav Ganguly came to the wicket, lasted for the customary fifteen minutes and went back to the pavilion, bowled by Shahid Afridi after scoring only two runs.

Tail didn't wag except for Anil Kumble
Dinesh Karthik was bowled by Sami; Irfan who disappointed with his bowling and fielding, failed with the bat too and went for a duck after hanging on for 29 balls, Harbhajan didn't last long and was caught by Younis Khan off Danish Kaneria.

Anil Kumble remained the last man standing
Anil Kumble remained unbeaten for a fighting score of 37 runs scored off 52 balls with 7 fours. Balaji was the last man to be dismissed, out LBW to Danish Kaneria with six overs remaining for the end of the day's play, and Pakistan had won the 3rd and final Test match by 168 runs.

Defensive strategy cost India the match
Why didn't other Indian batsmen play like Anil Kumble? What has happened to Sachin's batting? Why does India always falter under pressure? There was no need to play defensive and increase the pressure. So many close in fielders and then playing maiden over after maiden over. Take a look at Shahid Afridi's bowling figures. 17-7-13-3.

Sachin should have attacked the bowling
Saurav Ganguly was expected to fail. No one had hopes on Ganguly. Laxman played defensive cricket and that cost him his wicket. Rahul Dravid somehow has never performed on his homeground, Bangalore. What about Sachin? Why did he adopt such a defensive strategy. Sachin scored 16 runs off 98 balls. He could have taken on the spinners and hit them for boundaries to scatter the close in fielders. Was it a team decision to try and save the test match by playing defensive cricket?

Saurav Ganguly hasn't performed in any match on this tour
Ganguly had a chance to play a Test match saving innings. He disappointed with his batting, like he has been doing with consistent regularity. Is Saurav Ganguly required in the team? Saurav Ganguly, on the basis of his recent batting performances, does not merit a place in India's Test team.

Heroes for Pakistan
Shahid Afridi was an unlikely bowling hero taking three wickets including those of Sachin and Laxman. Arshad Khan took the wicket of Rahul Dravid. Mohammad Sami got breakthroughs when required, and Danish Kaneria ended the innings by trapping Balaji with six overs remaining.

Brief Scores
Pakistan...1st Innings...570 all out
India....1st Innings...449 all out
Pakistan...2nd Innings...261/2 declared
India...2nd Innings...214 all out
Result: Pakistan won the 3rd Test match by 168 runs.
Man of the Match: Younis Khan of Pakistan for his 267 and 84 not out.
Series: Draw. 1-1.
1st Test was drawn in Mohali.
India won the 2nd Test in Kolkata by 195 runs.
Pakistan won the 3rd Test in Bangalore by 168 runs.

Read the Complete Scorecard of the 3rd Test match played between India and Pakistan from the 24th to 28th March in Bnagalore.
Read more on Cricinfo.

Schedule of One Day Matches in April 2005.
Apr 2...1st in Kochi (Cochin)
Apr 5...2nd in Vishakhapatnam
Apr 9...3rd in Jamshedpur
Apr 12...4th in Ahmedabad
Apr 15...5th in Kanpur
Apr 17...6th in Delhi

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Cricket: 3rd Test, 5th Day. India 136/5, Pak sniff victory

Sachin and Laxman were playing cautiously when Laxman was trapped plumb in front by Shahid Afridi and India slumped to 128/4 with 44 overs still to go on the final day.
Saurav Ganguly is the next man in. This is the time for Ganguly to play a match-saving captain's innings.

Rahul Dravid was out for only 16 runs, Virender Sehwag was run out for 38, Gautam Gambhir was LBW after completing a well-made half-century, and with VVS Laxman falling LBW to Afridi and Ganguly next man in, Pakistan are sniffing at a possible victory if they get two wickets before tea.

Saurav Ganguly fails again!
Saurav Ganguly bowled by Shahid Afridi for only two runs.
Now, it's time for the selectors to take a look at Saurav Ganguly's place in the Test team. When was the last time Ganguly had made a substantial contribution and played when India needed it the most? This was a good chance for him to lead from the front by example, but he failed once again, getting out bowled by Afridi.

Sachin is holding one end with Karthik for company. If India tries to defend for 40 overs, it is going to be a tough ask. Now it is upto Dinesh Karthik to support Sachin, and Pakistan needs the wicket of Sachin to get a step closer to victory.

Why can't our team play under pressure and there was no pressure whatsoever. They built it on themselves by playing slowly.

Brief Score. 3rd Test. 5th Day. 40 overs remaining.
India...2nd Innings...136/5

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Cricket: 3rd Test, 5th Day. Will India win today?

Inzamam's declaration has set up an interesting day's play. India needs 358 to win in a maximum of 90 overs on the 5th and final day of the 3rd Test match versus Pakistan in Bangalore.

Brief Scores. 3rd Test. 5th Day.
Pakistan...1st Innings...570 all out
India...1st Innings...449 all out
Pakistan...2nd Innings...261/2 declared
India...2nd Innings...87 for 1 in 24 overs

India needs 296 runs to win in 72 overs with 9 wickets in hand.

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Friday, March 25, 2005

Cricket: 3rd Test, 2nd Day. Pak 570, India 55/0

Younis Khan broke many records on his way to a career-best score of 267 runs as Pakistan scored 570 in their first innings. India replied with 55 for no loss with Virender Sehwag looking good for a big score tomorrow.

This match is heading for a draw. The pitch would have been ideal for a one day match not a test match.

Brief Scores. 3rd Test. End of 2nd day's play.
Pakistan...1st Innings...570 all out
India...1st Innings..55 for no loss

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What's New at Yahoo!?

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Yahoo! Search for Creative Commons content (Beta).
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that offers flexible copyright, which enables owners to license their work under a Creative Commons License.
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Yahoo! Creative Commons Search finds content that is free to use, share, and modify based on certain conditions provided by Creative Commmons.

Some Rights ReservedFor example, I offer flexible copyright of this blog under a Creative Commons License that has conditions of Attribution and Non-commercial use. So you may use content from this blog on your web site provided you attribute it to me and use it only for non-commercial purpose.

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Cricket: 3rd Test, 1st Day. Pakistan 323/2

Inzamam and Younis Khan in an unbeaten 3rd wicket partnership of 316 runs.
Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan put the Indian attack to sword as Pakistan reached a formidable score of 323 runs for the loss of only two wickets on the first day of the 3rd Test match at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

Inzamam was unbeaten on 184 runs (263 balls, 25 fours) with Younis Khan, who scored his second century of the series - 127 n.o. (267 balls, 12 fours, 1 six), for company and their unbeaten 3rd wicket partnership of 316 runs took Pakistan from a dangerous 7/2 to 323/2 at stumps on the first day.

Early gains then a leather chase for Indian bowlers.
Irfan and Balaji took the wickets of openers Yasir Hamid and Shahid Afridi. After that it was day with long bowling stints for the Indians as Inzamam and Younis Khan started to play their shots on a pitch that had nothing in it for the bowlers.

Kumble, Harbhajan, Irfan, and Balaji bowled more than twenty overs each without any success against the pair of Inzamam and Younis Khan.

Inzamam enters the record books.
Inzamam joined the company of England's Colin Cowdrey and Alec Stewart, West Indies' Gordon Greenidge, and Pakistan's Javed Miandad in the record books as only the fifth player to score a century in his 100th Test match appearance.

Inzamam who is unbeaten on 184 runs at stumps, looks good to achieve the distinction of becoming the first player in the history of the game to score a double century in his 100th test match.

Brief Scores. 3rd Test, End of 1st Day's Play. Bangalore.
Pakistan....1st Innings...323/2 (90 overs)
Inzamam-ul-Haq 184 not out
Younis Khan 127 not out

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Cricket: 3rd Test, 1st Day. Good Start for India. Pak 60/2

Pakistan has lost two early wickets on the first morning of the 3rd Test match played at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

Inzamam-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat. Yasir Hamid opened with Shahid Afridi and both of them were out within fifteen minutes of the start of the day's play.

Shahid Afridi pushed at a ball outside off-stump and went for a first ball duck, caught by Rahul Dravid at first slip off the bowling of Balaji in the second over of the day's play. Pakistan lost Yasir Hamid in the next over, Irfan inducing an edge to wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik and Pakistan's score read 7/2 in 3 overs.

Pakistan's score is 60/2 in 20 overs. Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan are at the crease. Pakistan will be hoping for a century from Inzamam in his 100th Test match.

Pakistan made two changes to the team that played the last test. Yasir Hamid replaced Taufeeq Umar to open the batting, and off-spinner Arshad Khan came in place of left-arm fast bowler Mohammed Khalil. India is playing the same team that beat Pakistan in the Kolkata test.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Fun with Flickr's Massage Message

A busy photo-sharing web site needs a massage now and then for smooth functioning.

Do you want to get a flickr like massage?
Use http://WriteYourNameHere.ishavingamassage.com/ to get your flickr like massage message!

Sachin should get a massage to score a century in the 3rd test starting tomorrow.

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Google AdWords Keyword Matching Options

1. Choose keywords to display your ad with Google AdWords.
Google AdWords Keyword Tool helps in choosing keywords for Ads.

Keyword Matching Options for Google AdWords Ads.

  1. Broad Match
    digital cameras
    Ad appears for any of the words.

    * used cameras - ad will show
    * buy cameras and digital watches - ad will show
    * see digital photos of canon cameras - ad will show
    * print digital images - ad will show

  2. Phrase Match
    "digital cameras"
    Enclose keywords within double quotes "" for a phrase match.
    Ad appears for searches that include the phrase with words before or after it.

    * compare digital cameras under $450 - ad will show
    * digital cameras - ad will not show
    * buy digital cameras - ad will show
    * digital cameras for free - ad will show

  3. Exact Match
    [digital cameras]
    Enclose keywords within brackets [] for an exact match.
    Ad will appear for only the exact match.

    * digtal cameras - ad will show
    * buy digital cameras - ad won't show
    * find digital cameras for $400 - ad won't show
    * cameras digital - ad won't show

  4. Negative Match
    digital cameras

    Ad will appear for the any of the broad match words without the word used.

    * bid for used cameras - ad won't show
    * used cameras - ad won't show
    * best digital cameras - ad will show
    * cameras and digital photos - ad will show
    * buy used digital cameras - ad won't show

Which keyword matching options do you use?
I prefer the exact match. I welcome your thoughts, suggestions, and feedback.

2. Find ad keywords with Overture Keyword Selector Tool.
Overture Keyword Selector Tool suggests keywords to use for promoting your ads. Overture is now known as Yahoo! Search Marketing Solutions.

- Overture treats singular and plural words the same.
For example, atlanta hotel and atlanta hotels are treated the same.
- Google AdWords treats singular and plural as different words.
For example, ads shown for the keyword atlanta hotels are different from the ones shown for the keyword atlanta hotel.

3. See AdSense ads that will appear on your web page.
Google AdSense ads finder shows contextual advertising AdSense ads that will appear on a web page based on page content.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Quote: We are our Dreams

We all have some weaknesses, but then we are not our disabilities; we are our dreams.

Thanks for the quote, Suneet.

New Search Engines: Become, PinPointTravel, and ZoomInfo

New Search Engines.

Become.com (Beta) is a shopping search engine that finds product reviews, buying guides, articles, and related links to help shoppers take smart decisions in choosing a product. Requires free registration.

AOL's PinPointTravel (Beta) searches more than 50 travel web sites to find Hotels and Flights.

ZoomInfo finds and extracts people summaries. Search for people on Zoominfo. Related: Also try Business.com's People search.

Add your blog to Objectssearch, a new blog search engine.

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Monday, March 21, 2005

Yahoo! Buys Flickr

1. Yahoo! buys photo-sharing web site flickr.

Yahoo! 360 Blogging  +  Share photos on Flickr.com

Flickr.com (Beta), the photo-sharing web site started by Ludicorp R&D Ltd., a Vancouver, Canada-based company is now a part of Yahoo! and will play a major role in Yahoo! 360, their blogging and social networking community web site set to launch on the 29th of this month.

Flickr allows registered users to upload photos from computers and camera phones, create and share photo albums, blog about and publish public photos; and save, organize, and search for photos by user-defined categories called as tags, among other things.

Read more on the Flickr blog and on CNET News.
Yahoo! Media Relations hasn't written anything about this deal.

I'm a frequent user of Flickr for the last one month, and even though I haven't uploaded many photos as I don't have a digital camera, I've used and liked Flickr's BlogThis, Tags, Zeitgeist, Tags Search, Help, and Set your Blog features.

Flickr's strengths

- BlogThis feature for public photos
- Tags to organize photos
- Give multiple tags to photos
- View photos by searching for tags
- Fast sign up. (Only three text boxes to fill. That's it).
- I like their welcome salutations
Namaste, Hola, Aloha, and many more :-)
- Good documentation
- Black text on White background. Nice and simple.
- Pink and Blue colors for branding looks good
- Variety in photographs
- Login. Search for a tag. View photos.
- Like a photo? Want to blog? Setup your blog.
- Write a post, and publish with the BlogThis feature.
- Use white space to their advantage
- Nice Flickr blog
- Flickr Zeitgeist for blogs
- Flickr photos show up on Technorati

Many congratulations to everyone at Flickr and Ludicorp.

Good luck to Yahoo! for a successful launch of Yahoo! 360, their blogging and social networking service. I am looking forward to its launch and for an invite to try Yahoo! 360 on March 29, 2005.

Request and Suggestions for Yahoo! 360

- Please increase the allowed Flickr photo uploading limit for free users from 10 to 50 MB per month.
- Please allow a maximum of 500 photos to be displayed in a free Flickr account.
- Add a Flickr photos search on Yahoo! Search.
- Allow users to add Flickr photos search on their web site.
- Keep a separate web page for Flickr photos on Yahoo! 360
- Don't fill Yahoo! 360 with a lot of content
- Let each feature of Yahoo! 360 open as a separate page.

2. IAC to buy Ask Jeeves

IAC/InterActiveCorp to buy Ask Jeeves Inc. for $1.9 billion.
(From NYTimes.com - Requires free registration).

IAC owns Expedia, TripAdvisor, Hotwire, Hotels.com, CitySearch, ZeroDegrees, TicketMaster, Match, among other web sites.
Ask is a major web, images, products, local, and news search engine.

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Sunday, March 20, 2005

Cricket: 2nd Test, 5th Day's Play. Anil Kumble takes 7 Wickets as India beat Pakistan by 195 runs

Anil Kumble took 7 for 63 as India beat Pakistan by 195 runs on the 5th and final day of the 2nd test match played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Pakistan lost last innings centurion Younis Khan for a duck, a smart stumping down the legside by Dinesh Karthik off the bowling of Anil Kumble and it was 95/2.

Inzamam played on to Anil Kumble after half an hour that yielded only 13 runs, Taufeeq Umar was caught in the slips by Sehwag off Balaji, Yousuf Youhana was caught at forward short-leg by Gautam Gambhir off Anil Kumble, Kamran Akmal played inside the line of a Harbhajan delivery and was bowled; Asim Kamal, after scoring a fighting half-century departed to a smart catch at backward short-leg by Mohammed Kaif off the bowling of Anil Kumble; Sami was trapped in front by Kumble, and Harbhajan bowled Danish Kaneria to end Pakistan's second innings at 226 and give India a 195 runs comprehensive victory.

Anil Kumble proved to be unplayable on the final day. The pitch did not have demons, it was the unwavering accuracy of Anil Kumble's bowling that set up India's victory. Anil Kumble's bowling figures. 38-16-63-7.

Well done, Anil Kumble, Well bowled! Congratulations, India! Congratulations to Rahul Dravid for winning the man of the match award.

The third test starts in Bangalore on the 24th of this month.

Brief Scores. 2nd Test. 5th and final day's play.
India...1st Innings...407 all out
Pakistan...1st Innings...393 all out
India...2nd Innings...407/9 declared
Pakistan...2nd Innings...226 all out
Result: India won by 195 runs.
Man of the Match: Rahul Dravid (India) - Century in both innings (110, 135).
Series: India leads the 3-test series by 1-0.

Read the complete scorecard of the 2nd test between India and Pakistan played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata from 16th to 20th March 2005. See the photo gallery of the 2nd test. Read more on Cricinfo.

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Cricket: 2nd Test. End of 4th Day's Play. Pakistan are 95/1 chasing 422 to Win.

Shahid Afridi started with a bang and smashed 59 runs to get Pakistan off to a good start and finish the day at 95/1 chasing 422 to win. Shahid Afridi was out caught by Ganguly off the bowling of Kumble at the fag end of the day. One can't blame Afridi, that's the way he plays, and he has put the match in an interesting position with his fast batting.

Pakistan need 327 runs to win on the final day. India need to take nine wickets to win the test. It will be an interesting day's play tomorrow. Let's see what it has in store. India v Pakistan matches are always exciting and this test has been full of twists and turns, India taking an upper hand, then Pakistan, then again India with Rahul Dravid's batting, and now Pakistan is fighting back.

Shahid Afridi has set up the match. Now Pakistan should go for the chase and India should go for the kill. This match shouldn't end in a draw.

Brief Scores: At the end of 4th day's play.
India...1st Innings...407 all out
Pakistan...1st Innings...393 all out
India...1st Innings...407 for 9 declared
Pakistan...2nd Innings... 95 for 1 (20 overs)

2nd Test Photo Gallery
Read the complete scorecard at the end of the 4th day's play.

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Cricket: 2nd Test. 4th Day. India set Pakistan 422 to Win.

AFP Photo Rahul Dravid's Century
Rahul Dravid Scores a Century in both Innings.
Rahul Dravid scored a century in both innings of a test for the 2nd time in his career and Dinesh Karthik gave good support as India took the match away from Pakistan on the 4th afternoon of the 2nd test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Rahul Dravid had earlier scored a century in both innings (190 and 103 n.o.) of a test during the 1998/99 season versus New Zealand in Hamilton, NZ.

Rahul Dravid scored 110 runs in the first innings and then true to his nickname, played like a Wall in the second innings scoring 135 runs to hold the innings together and give India enough runs on board to push for a win tomorrow.

Ganguly fails again-nothing new!
Saurav Ganguly was out trying to pull a short one from Sami and ended up miscuing the shot and Sami ran toward mid-wicket to take a caught-and-bowled chance. One fails to recollect the last time Saurav Ganguly had played an innings of substance when India needed it the most.

Laxman retires hurt
VVS Laxman retired hurt soon after; hit on the head by a rising delivery from Sami. In came Dinesh Karthik and all of a sudden it looked like Pakistan were in with a real chance of ending the India innings under 250.

Dinesh Karthik's gutsy batting.
Dinesh Karthik arrived at the crease with the score on 161/4. He played the best-innings of his short test career. Karthik kept the scoreboard moving and gave good support to Rahul Dravid. They shared a 167 runs partnership that gave India a lead of more than 300.

Two quick wickets before tea
Rahul Dravid and Dinesh Karthik fell in quick succession. Rahul Dravid was out for 135 runs (283 balls 15 fours) and Dinesh Karthik missed his maiden test century by seven runs (93 runs 140 balls 13 fours) when he was bowled by Danish Kaneria.

421 runs ahead
Laxman was stumped by Kamran Akmal of Danish Kaneria; Harbhajan didn't last long and went for a duck, and so did Balaji; both taken by Razzaq. Irfan hit two sixes off Kaneria and is unbeaten of 38 with Kumble the last man in.

Brief Scores: 2nd Test, 4th Day. At 03:57 p.m. IST
India...1st Innings...407 all out
Pakistan...1st Innings...393 all out
India...2nd Innings...407 for 9 declared
Pakistan...2nd Innings...18 for no loss (17 overs remaining)

I will write more on Rahul Dravid's batting and the shots that he played and on Dinesh Karthik's gutsy, fighting innings of 93 after watching the highlights of the day's play.

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Friday, March 18, 2005

Cricket: 2nd Test. India 133/3 at Stumps on Day 3

India leads by 147 runs at the end of the 3rd day's play of the 2nd test versus Pakistan at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Sachin (52 runs of 91 balls with 9 fours) and Rahul Dravid (54 n.o. of 92 balls with 8 fours) shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 98 runs, before Sachin was given out caught behind of Razzaq, which looked to be a dubious decision given by the umpire.

Brief Scores. 2nd Test. End of 3rd day's play.
India...1st Innings...407 all out
Pakistan...1st Innings...393 all out
India...2nd Innings...133 for 3

Read the complete scorecard at the end of the 3rd day's play.
Read more on Cricinfo.

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Cricket: 2nd Test, 3rd Day. Pakistan 393 All Out. India 36/2 at Tea

Yousuf Youhana fell early in the day, trapped LBW shouldering arms to a Balaji inswinger; Inzamam was caught behind off Irfan, Kamran Akmal went for a duck, Razzaq didn't last long and Pakistan lost 8 wickets for the addition of only 120 more runs to collapse from their overnight score of 273/2 to 393 all out.

Irfan picked the important wicket of Inzamam, Balaji got the wickets of centurions Younis Khan and Yousuf Youhana, and Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh shared the last four wickets.

Pakistan have come back strongly after their batting collapse. India are 23/2 with both the openers out bowled by Sami. Sachin and Rahul Dravid are at the crease.

Brief Scores. 2nd Test. 3rd Day. 02:30 p.m. IST (+05:30 GMT).
India...1st Innings...407 all out
Pakistan...1st Innings...393 all out
India...2nd Innings...36 for 2 at Tea on Day 3.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Cricket: 2nd Test, 2nd Day's Play. Pakistan gallops to 273 for 2 in reply to India's 407

Younis Khan and Yousuf Youhana score unbeaten centuries.

Centuries by Younis Khan (108 n.o. from 167 balls with 14 fours) and Yousuf Youhana (101 n.o. from 172 balls with 13 fours), and their unbeaten third wicket partnership of 203 runs put Pakistan in a strong position to take the first innings lead tomorrow. Yousuf Youhana reached his hundred with a four to the midwicket fence off the bowling of Harbhajan on the last ball of the day's play.

Pakistan's first innings started with a flourish. Shahid Afridi scored 29 runs (7 fours) in quick time before he was caught by Sachin off Irfan Pathan. The other opener, Taufeeq Umar was caught by Harbhajan off Balaji and Pakistan were 2 down with 70 on board.

Younis Khan, who had a lean run with the bat in the last few matches was joined Yousuf Youhana who had earlier looked susceptible against Irfan's left-arm pace. However that was not to be today as both scored at a brisk pace of more than four runs per over and remained unbeaten at stumps on the 2nd day.

I'll post more once I watch the highlights of the day's play.

India v. Pakistan. 2nd Test. End of 2nd Day's Play. Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Brief Scores:
India...1st Innings...407 All Out
Pakistan...1st Innings...273 for 2

- Read the complete scorecard at the end of 2nd Day's play.
- Read more on Cricinfo.

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Get Google AdSense Checks in Local Currency and display Ad Links

What's New at Google AdSense?.

1. As per Google's updated Terms and Conditions for AdSense you can disclose your Google AdSense payment. Read the updated Terms and Conditions of Google AdSense, the contextual advertising service of Google Inc.

Point No. 7 says "Confidentiality. You agree not to disclose Google Confidential Information without Google's prior written consent. "Google Confidential Information" includes without limitation:...However, You may accurately disclose the amount of Google’s gross payments to you pursuant to the Program."

2. You can also choose to receive your AdSense check payment in a currency other than USD. I have chosen payment in Indian Rupee (INR).

Change Google AdSense Check Payment from USD to your Local Currency.
- Login to your Google AdSense account.
- Select the My Account tab, and edit the Payment Details to choose your local currency.

Google AdSense now provides payment in local currency of 43 countries.

3. New Google AdSense ad format
Ad Links is a new form of Google AdSense contextual advertising.

An Ad Links unit displays a list of topics that are relevant to the web page. Each topic, when clicked, brings the user to a page of related advertisements.

Choose Ad Links display for your web page.
- Login to your Google AdSense account.
- Select the Ad Settings tab at the top of the page.
- Choose the Ad Links radio button for Ad type.
- Pick a layout option (120*90 is shown below).
- Get your AdSense code at the bottom of the page.
- Select the code and paste it on your web page.
- Start showing Ad Links display of Google AdSense.

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Cricket: 2nd Test, 2nd Day. India 407 All Out

Harbhajan and Kumble take India past 400

A last wicket stand of 44 runs helped India cross 400 on the 2nd morning of the 2nd test versus Pakistan at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

India lost three quick wickets and were 363 for 9 before Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble scored 27 and 21 to take India past the 400 runs mark before Harbhajan was out LBW to Razzaq.

Dinesh Karthik was run out on his overnight score of 28; Balaji was bowled by Afridi for 3, and Irfan was caught off the bowling of Kaneria for 8.
Danish Kaneria, Shahid Afridi, and Abdul Razzaq chipped in with three wickets each.

Pakistan open with Shahid Afridi and Taufeeq Umar. This is a good chance for Shahid to play a big innings to secure his place in the team. Irfan and Balaji vs. Shahid Afridi will be an interesting duel. Shahid Afridi is always going to be suspect in the first few overs and that's the best time to get him out.

Brief Scores. 2nd Test. 2nd Day. At 11:15 a.m. IST. (+05:30 GMT).
India...1st Innings...407 All Out
Pakistan...1st Innings...To Start

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Cricket: Batting Averages of Players in the 10,000 Test Runs Club

Batting Averages of Players with more than 10,000 Test Runs.

Test Batting Average of Players who have scored more than 10,000 Test Runs

Batting Averages:
Sunil Gavaskar 51.04, Allan Border 52.0, Steve Waugh 49.66, Brian Lara 52.91, and Sachin Tendulkar has a Test batting average of 57.8.

Read a Cricinfo article on Sachin's memorable innings'

StatsGuru, the Cricket search engine is fantastic. It gives innings by innings list of scores and many other search options.

A long list of Cricket quotes from around the world.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Yahoo! to start Blogging and Social Networking Service—Yahoo! 360

What's New at Yahoo!?
Yahoo! 360 (Beta).

Yahoo! 360 is a combination of blogging, mobile blogging, social networking, photo sharing, music sharing, local web searching, instant messenging, list sharing, and much more. Read more on the web site of Yahoo! 360 (Beta).

Sign up to be on the Beta waiting list of Yahoo! 360.

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Google X Search Interface

Update: 17th March 2005. 11:30 a.m. IST
Google Labs has taken off Google X.
The requested URL was not found on this server.

What's New at Google?
Google X search interface.

Google X search interface

Access Web, Image, Groups, News, Local, Froogle, Scholar, Video, Maps, Labs, and more from Google X search interface.

- Enter words to search in the text box
- When you move the mouse over an image, it enlarges and shows the name of the search
- Click on an image
- Get search results for that particular type of search

An example.
- Enter words to search
- Click on the News image
- Get News search results

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Cricket: 2nd Test. India 344 for 6 at Stumps on Day One.

India v. Pakistan. 2nd Test. End of 1st Day's Play.

Honours even as Rahul Dravid departs in the last over.
Rahul Dravid was out for 110 runs (222 balls, 15 fours, 1 six) in the last over of the day's play, and that left honours even at stumps on day one of the 2nd test between India and Pakistan played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

India were 344 for 6 at stumps on day one, losing three quick wickets in the post-tea session to collapse from 225 for 2 to 298 for 5. Rahul Darvid was out in the last over of the day, caught behind by Kamran Akmal—his third catch of the day, off the bowling of Danish Kaneria.

Rahul Dravid completed his 19th Test match hundred and shared good partnerships with Virender Sehwag (81), Sachin Tendulkar (52), and Dinesh Karthik (28 not out).

Virender Sehwag's strokeplay, Rahul Dravid's century, Sachin's 10000 Test runs, and Razzaq's wickets in the afternoon were the highlights of the day.

India v. Pakistan. 2nd Test. End of 1st Day's Play.
India...1st Innings...344 for 6 (89.1 overs)

Read the complete scorecard at stumps on day one.
Read more on Cricinfo.

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Cricket: 2nd Test, 1st Day. Rahul Dravid Scores a Century

Rahul Dravid scored his 19th Test century, but three quick wickets in half an hour brought Pakistan back in the game.

Rahul Dravid is batting on 100 (198 balls, 15 fours, 1 six) with wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik for company.

The latest score is 315 for 5 in 79 overs with ten overs left for the end of the day's play.

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Cricket: 2nd Test, 1st Day. Razzaq triggers a mini collapse. India 302 for 5

India lost three quick wickets after tea and are 302 for 5. Sachin was out caught behind for 52 after reaching the landmark of 10,000 Test runs. Saurav Ganguly was caught behind, Akmal's second catch of the day off the bowling of Abdul Razzaq and then V.V.S. Laxman was out for a first ball duck, leg before wicket to Abdul Razzaq.

Sachin's 10,000 Test Runs
Earlier in the day, Sachin Tendulkar reached the landmark of 10,000 Test runs and joined the elite company of Sunil Gavaskar, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, and Brian Lara as only the fifth batsman in the history of Test Cricket to score more than 10,000 runs. Read more on Rediff. Sachin's 10,000th run on Cricinfo.

Congratulations, Sachin!

Sachin was out soon after, caught behind by Akmal off Afridi for a steady 52 runs from 102 balls with 9 fours.

Latest Score:
India...1st Innings...310 for 5 (78 overs)

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Cricket: 2nd Test, 1st Day. India are 225 for 2 at Tea

Rahul Dravid is unbeaten on 70 and looks good to score his 19th test hundred. Sachin is playing on 25 and the India are 225 for 2 in 60 overs at tea on the 1st day of the 2nd test versus Pakistan at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

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Cricket: 2nd Test, 1st Day. Sehwag is out for 81

Virender Sehwag goes for 81 (114 balls, 11 fours) caught at extra cover by Inzamam off the bowling of Shahid Afridi.

India are 157 for 2 on the first day of the 2nd Test being played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are at the crease.

Brief Score at 12:55 p.m. IST.
India...1st Innings...157 for 2 in 40 overs
Gautam Gambhir out for 29
Virender Sehwag out for 81

Read more on Cricinfo.
Check the latest Score.

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Cricket: 2nd Test, 1st Day's Play. Sehwag Gives a Flying Start to India

Pakistan's Cricket Tour of India in March and April 2005.
2nd Test Match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta).


Off spinner Harbhajan Singh comes in place of left-arm fast bowler Zaheer Khan. Harbhajan will strengthen the spin attack with Anil Kumble. Irfan and Balaji will share the new ball and Saurav Ganguly will chip in with a few overs of medium pace.

Shahid Afridi comes in place of Salman Butt and will open the batting for Pakistan. Rookie left-arm fast bowler Mohammed Khalil replaces Naved-ul-Hasan.

Start of 1st Day's Play

Saurav Ganguly won the toss and elected to bat first on an Eden Gardens pitch expected to play true for five days. Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir started on a fast and confident note. What else can one expect when Virender Sehwag is at the crease? :-)

The first wicket fell on 80 when Gautam Gambhir was out LBW to leg spinner Danish Kaneria for 29 runs. Virender Sehwag is going strong on 58 with 8 fours and Rahul Dravid has joined him at the crease.

Brief Scores at 11:25 a.m. IST (+05:30 GMT).
India...1st Innings...112 for 1 in 27 overs

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Add your US Business on Google Local Search

Google Local Search (Beta)What's New at Google?
Google Local Business Center invites US businesses to list for free and provides them an opportunity to create, update, and add their listing on Google Local Search, which searches for local (US) businesses and services on the Web.

This is good news for Small Business Owners who can now list their business for Free on Google Local Search.

URL to add your US Business to Google Local Search.

Add your Business to Google Local Search for Free.
Login to create, edit, update, and add your US business listing to appear on Google Local Search.

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Microsoft plans to start Paid Search Advertising

Microsoft plans to compete with Google (AdWords) and Yahoo! (Search Marketing Solutions) in the money-making Paid Search Advertising business by showing ads on MSN search result pages.

Read more from Google News results for Microsoft Search Ads.

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Monday, March 14, 2005

Mild Tremors Felt in Pune

Mild tremors shook Pune at 03:17 (+05:30 GMT) this afternoon. I felt the tremors in office for five-six seconds and then they stopped. For those few seconds the chair and the floor shook and it was over soon. People got up from their chairs, exchanged puzzled looks and wry smiles, and it was back to normal. I didn't think of it as a tremor until I read it on Rediff at 6 in the evening.

Rediff.com has confirmed it was a minor earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale. There are no reports of damage to life or property.

Initial reports said the earthquake, measuring 5.1 on the Richter Scale, was centered around Koyna in western Maharashtra. Konya is an area prone to seismic activity. Read more on Rediff and ToI.

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Cricket: Media Reports Suggest a Fast Pitch at the Eden Gardens

Media reports suggest a green-top (pitch that helps fast bowlers) for the 2nd test between India and Pakistan starting this Wednesday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata (Calcutta).

If the pitch helps fast bowlers then India should persist with Irfan, Balaji, and Zaheer with Ganguly to bowl a few overs of medium pace, and Harbhajan Singh should come in for Anil Kumble (a tough choice) as he has always performed at the Eden Gardens.

Let's hope for a batting masterpiece from VVS Laxman. It is March and it is the summer of 2005. It was March and it was the summer of 2001 when VVS Laxman set the Eden Gardens aglow with his sublime strokeplay that dazzled the world. How can one forget those magical cover drives against Shane Warne and those wristy flicks off Jason Gillespie.

(Start digression)

Let me go down Memory Lane and recollect some gems from VVS Laxman's batting.

Eden Gardens, Kolkata. March 2001. India v. Australia.

1. In comes Shane Warne bowling round the wicket, pitches wide outside the leg-stump.
VVS Laxman takes two steps forward meets the ball in flight (now this is magic), waves the bat like a magic wand and playing with the spin hits it past cover and mid-off, the ball running all the way along the carpet for another four. Amazing shot and there were so many of them on that magical summer afternoon at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata when VVS Laxman played the innings of his lifetime.

2. Jason Gillespie bowling right arm over to VVS Laxman, ball pitches outside the off-stump, VVS moves on the front foot picks the length and with a flourish of the wrist sends it to the mid-wicket fence. Amazing!

Normal batsmen would have played the first shot for the second ball and the second shot for the first ball. Ball pitched on leg would go to mid-wicket and ball pitched on the off would go to covers.

VVS Laxman's wristy batting made those kind of impossible shots possible and that earned him the nickname of Very Very Special (VVS) Laxman. His real name is Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman.

VVS has it in him to produce one more masterpiece and what better occasion to show his class and display his magic than the cauldron of Eden Gardens against Pakistan.

(End digression)

Come on VVS Laxman. One more sublime innings at the Eden Gardens. Wish you all the Best!

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I'm so happy when I write about cricket. I'm not unconcerned with the corner place, with no space to stretch my left hand, with the heat outside, and the slow and dull afternoon.

Yahoo! Notes the Cricket Buzz in the Subcontinent

Yahoo! Buzz Index mentions Cricket in their Buzz Index. Thanks, Yahoo!.

A tip for Yahoo!: Showing an image of a batsman instead of a bowler will result in more clicks.

Searches on India Cricket are up 480% and Pakistan Cricket spiked 528% this week.

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- Schedule of India v. Pakistan Test and One Day Matches
- Follow the Cricket matches on Cricinfo.com

Dear Google, Please update Google India Zeitgeist

Dear Google,

Please update Google India Zeitgeist and let us know the popular searches for February 2005.

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A Beautiful Quote

Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.
~ Herman Hesse

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Happy Birthday, Apurva

Category: Personal

14th March 2005

Dear Apurva,

Wish you a Happy Birthday.
May all your dreams to come true.


Saturday, March 12, 2005

Cricket: Kamran Akmal's Century Helps Pakistan Draw the First Test versus India

1st Test Match, 5th day's play.

Pakistan's wicket keeper Kamran Akmal scored his maiden test century and Abdul Razzaq played a supporting role to frustrate India's bowlers who couldn't take four Pakistani wickets in a day. Razzaq and Akmal shared a 184 runs seventh wicket partnership to take Pakistan beyond a score of 400 and the match out of India's hands and the only likely result was a draw from there on.

Brief Scores:
Pakistan....1st Innings......312 all out
India.......1st Innings.........516 all out
Pakistan.....2nd Innings....496/9 declared
India.......2nd Innings........85/1
Result: Draw

Read more on Cricinfo.
- Complete Scorecard
- Image Gallery
- 2nd Test: 16th to 20th March at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Related Cricket News.

Australia's Adam Gilchrist blazed his way to yet another swashbuckling (no other word for Gilly's batting, like always) almost run a ball century (121 runs of 126 balls 12 fours and 6 sixes) on the 3rd day of the 1st test versus New Zealand. He's an amazing player who always performs when the team needs it the most. A score of 300 for 4 and chances are Gilly won't play, but 200 for 4 and in comes Adam Gilchrist smashes the attack and changes the match. Well played, Gilly! No test match is over till Adam Gilchrist is batting.

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Cricket: Pakistan Fights Back on the Final Day of the First Test

At Lunch on the fifth and final day's play of the first test match in Mohali.

Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal pulled Pakistan back in the game with an unbroken century partnership. If India doesn't take four wickets before tea then this match may be heading for a Draw.

Scores: 1st Test. 5th Day at Lunch.
62 overs remaining.

Pakistan....1st Innings....312 all out
India.......1st Innings....516 all out
Pakistan....2nd Innings....369 for 6

Pakistan lead by 165 runs with India to bat again.

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New Bollywood Actress Sneha Ullal looks like Aishwarya Rai

Beautiful Sneha UllalSalman Khan's latest movie, Lucky - No Time for Love, stars Aishwarya Rai look-alike Sneha Ullal. I saw a promo of Lucky while surfing channels, and was surprised to find Ash paired with Salman then came to know from an article on Rediff Movies that she's 18-year-old Sneha Ullal, a student of National College in Bandra, Bombay.

Sneha looks like Aishwarya Rai. Those greyish-green eyes complement a fair complexion and charming looks.

On reading a preview of the movie, it seems to be yet another love story shot for a change in St. Petersburg, Russia instead of Switzerland, Malaysia, Mauritius, or New Zealand. Bollywood's going places. Let's see where the movie goes.

- See the Wallpapers of Lucky - No Time for Love.

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Friday, March 11, 2005

Cricket: India v. Pakistan. 1st Test. 3rd Day.

Cricket Test. India v. Pakistan. 1st Test. End of 3rd day's play.

I haven't written anything on the Cricket test match. I follow the match on Cricinfo, but I haven't been able to catch up on the highlights. Saw a bit of Sachin's batting on DD Sports last night. Wonder where are the highlights packages? They seemed to show the entire match.

It's good that Sachin didn't score a century. It was a dull, laboured, stodgy, fidgeting, and uncomfortable ninety-four runs scored by Sachin. Sachin's 35th test century should befit his reputation. I'll be happy watching Sachin score a fast 50 with five fours and a six rather than a pottering 94 with a strike rate of less than 50.

Come on Sachin! Show us the batting of yore. Those booming straight drives past the bowler; that tap off the back foot past mid-off—fast enough to reach the boundary and slow enough to make the fielder chase till the end. The magic of Sachin's batting when will it come back or will it come back? Or has Virender Sehwag stamped his style on our psyche that it even overshadows Sachin?

I will catch up on today's highlights and post tonight or tomorrow morning.

Update I: 4th day's play. 11th March.
Pakistan are three down for only twenty-three on board in their 2nd innings.

Pakistan...1st Innings...312 all out
India........1st Innings....516 all out
Pakistan...2nd Innings...29 for 3

Update II: 02:10 p.m. IST. Inzamam and Yousuf Youhana have taken the score past 100 without further loss. Pakistan are 121 for 3. If Pakistan bats through the day and a session tomorrow to set India a target of 200 to win in 75 overs on the final day then it will be interesting to see whether India accepts the run chase and goes for a win or settles for a draw.

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Thursday, March 10, 2005


See and share photos on Flickr
From zen's photo album on Flickr.
A glimpse of eternity in a moment.

It's a slow, dull, and listless Thursday afternoon.

I don't love her, that's certain; but perhaps I love her.
Love is brief. Forgetting lasts so long.
~ From Twenty Poems of Love by Pablo Neruda.

Customize Google News

What's New at Google?

Google provides an option to customize News.

Bangalore's Traffic Jams

Bangalore Buzz blog reports on Bangalore's traffic jams (ToI news) that are increasing by the day.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Yahoo! to Launch Contextual Advertising Services like Google AdSense

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Yahoo! is going launch new products for publishers. With this Yahoo! will challenge Google in their contextual advertising offering, Google AdSense.

From Yahoo!'s Publisher web page.

Yahoo! will be introducing new products and services-including publishing tools, advertising products and access to our Yahoo! audience.

Enter your email address at http://publisher.yahoo.com/ to get the latest news about Yahoo! Publisher Network (YPN).

What's New at Yahoo!?

Yahoo! launches Small Business Resource Center that provides articles and resources for small business owners.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Lovely Orchids

It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.
~ William Carlos Williams

See and share photos on Flickr
From ayutheos's photo album on Flickr.
Beautiful pictures of Orchids on SV's blog.

Google Desktop now searches PDFs, Images, and Video files

Search your computer with Google DesktopSearch your computer and find files fast with Google Desktop. Google Desktop is out of Beta, and now searches for PDFs, MP3s, Firefox browser pages, Thunderbird email, images and video files.

Use Google Desktop to find AIM chat conversations; MS Outlook, Outlook Express, and Thunderbird email messages; IE, Firefox, and other web pages; word, excel, powerpoint, pdf, mp3, jpeg, gif, avi, wmv, and other files on your computer.

Download Google Desktop Plug-ins for searching more files.

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Meeting the sky

See and share photos on Flickr
From dustpuppy's photo album on Flickr.
Doesn't this image remind you of the church in the November Rain video?

Colours of the Evening Sky

See and share photos on Flickr
From lotusutol's photo album on Flickr.
A mixture of pink, orange, yellow, azure, and blue forms a colourful evening sky.

Monday, March 07, 2005

What's New at Technorati? Links to Related Tags in Tag Search Results

Technorati shows related tags for a tag search.

Search Technorati for posts tagged as Yahoo, for example tag:Yahoo, and get posts filed under Yahoo and links to Related Tags like Google, Search, MSN, Technology, etc.

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See and share photos on Flickr
From ewidem's photo album on Flickr.
Take a vacation from Pune's summer. Look at these snow-covered coniferous trees. Makes me want to go there.

What's the temperature in Pune?
Pune Weather.


A beautiful image from Neelima's Flickr photostream.

Their lips were four red roses on a stalk.
~ William Shakespeare

Sunday, March 06, 2005

FindForward Direct Image Search

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Use FindForward's Direct Image Search to get full size images as search results instead of thumbnail images. FindForward's Direct Image search uses Yahoo! API to show full size images. Try FindForward's Direct Image Search. Thanks, Google Blogoscoped.

Check Ask's new and improved image search interface and results.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

To Read

Edward B. Toupin's, Touching One's Soul - The Ultimate Inspiration for a Writer. Write to touch your soul.

To read. W.G. Sebald - In Writing. An essay review of W.G. Sebald's writing.

A Beautiful Love Quote

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We turned at a dozen paces, for love is a duel, and looked up at each other for the last time.
~ Jack Kerouac


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Stopping to pick
A flower by the roadside
Blows away near yet far

Time and Life slips away
Keeping a memory and holding it tight
A handful of sand

View from Golconda fort, Hyderabad

Share your photos on Flickr.com
From the Flickr photostream of chirayu.
Bird's eye view from Golconda fort, Hyderabad.

This photo dt. June 2004 is a bird's eye view of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad from the top of Golconda
fort on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Photo Haiku

flowerhill two
From the Flickr photostream of kucharo.
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Flickr Photo Sharing.

This is a post from Flickr to my blog. I'm using Flickr's BlogThis feature to blog about a public photo from Flickr, a fantastic photo sharing web site.

Upload, categorize, show, share, stream, and blog photos with Flickr.

A Haiku for this flowery photo.

Breeze flirts, and grass shies
Flowers yellow and red are surprised
Play of nature's symphony


Thursday, March 03, 2005

Add Keywords and Search Smart with Firefox

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Smart Searching with Firefox.

1. What is Smart Searching with Firefox browser?

Smart Searching is the use of Firefox browser's address (location) bar to search web sites instead of visiting the site.

2. How to add a Keyword for Smart Searching with Firefox?

Suppose you want to enable Smart Search for A9.com's web search, that is search A9 from Firefox address (location) bar.

- Go to A9.com
- Right mouse click in the A9 search box
- Select Add a keyword for this search
A9 search with Firefox
- An Add Bookmark window opens
Add Smart Search Bookmark
- Add the Name of the web site.
- Give a keyword for your search. Say, a9
- Create it in Bookmarks or select other options from the drop down list
- Click OK
- You have added the keyword a9 for A9.com Web search. Try it.

A9.com Web search
- Type a9 (word/s) in Firefox address bar
- Example. a9 Poetry
Search A9.com with Firefox
- Press the Enter key
- Get search results for Poetry from A9.com

Smart search with Firefox. Use it to your advantage. Download Firefox browser.

3. Smart Searching Examples

Smart Searching is enabled (by default) in Firefox browser for Google Web search, Dictionary, Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary, IMDB, and Google Stock search.

You can add your own smart search keywords for Yahoo, Technorati, Dogpile, Feedster etc., by following the steps shown in above example (#2) to add A9.com.

Google Web search
- Type google (word/s) in Firefox address bar
- Example. google forests wallpapers
Google Web search with Firefox
- Press the Enter key
- Get search results for forests wallpapers from Google.com

Dictionary Meanings search
- Type dict (word/s) in Firefox address bar
- Example. dict transitory
Search Dictionary.com with Firefox
- Press the Enter key
- Get search results for transitory from Dictionary.com

Wikipedia Encyclopedia search
- Type wp (word/s) in Firefox address bar
- Example. wp seven wonders of the world
Search Wikipedia with Firefox
- Press the Enter key
- Get search results for the query from Wikipedia.com

Urban Dictionary Slang search
- Type slang (word/s) in Firefox address bar
- Example. slang blogosphere
Search UrbanDictionary.com with Firefox
- Press the Enter key
- Get search results for blogosphere from UrbanDictionary.com

IMDB Movies search
- Type imdb (word/s) in Firefox address bar
- Example. imdb salma hayek
Search IMDB.com with Firefox
- Press the Enter key
- Get search results for Salma Hayek from IMDB.com

Google Stock Quotes search
- Type quote (Symbol) in Firefox address bar
- Example. quote YHOO
Google Stocks search with Firefox
- Press the Enter key
- Get search result for YHOO

Download Firefox browser.

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