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Friday, September 30, 2005

Haiku



5-7-5 Haiku

Arranged marriage is a market
Falling in love and failing is better
Marry me or my degree?


Haiku


3-5-3 Haiku

Waterdrops and headlights
Combine to shine my glasses
Make potholes colourful


Haiku


5-7-5 Haiku

Staring out the open window
People busy for even Hi-Bye at work
Simple matters are so difficult

Haiku


3-5-3 Haiku

Emotions and rains
Streams of tears and water
Need an outlet

Recipe Search Engine


Foodieview is a recipe meta search engine. Link via WebProNews.


Thursday, September 29, 2005

Nice Shayari


Nice Shayari. Taken from the public domain.

Usko chaha bhi to iqraar na karna aaya,
Kat gayi umr, hamein pyar na karna aaya,
Usne maanga bhi agar kuch to maangi judaai,
Aur ek hum they ke inkaar na karna aaya


Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Cricket


There are indications that as it always happens always with cricket in India, a stop gap solution would be found with a compromise formula. It would be a triumph of mediocrity over justice if there is a compromise and Ganguly retains his place and the captainship of the Indian cricket team.

Update: 10:30 p.m.
The English language has got a new definition for miscommunication. It is a 6-page confidential email, written by a coach to the cricket board, and leaked by it to divert attention from its wrongdoings and mismanagement.

Thank God the Indian selection committee and the cricket board has got nothing to do with education or the software industry. By the way, these guys can be effective HR guys.

The BCCI meeting, as expected, washed the whole episode off with a contrived compromise asking Ganguly-Chappell to work together for the benefit of Indian cricket.

If Greg Chappell has self respect he should quit the job. The Indian cricket team doesn't deserve his services. India deserves a hopeless cricket captain and they've got one.


Monday, September 26, 2005

Personal


You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as everyone tells you when you lose. You have to believe in yourself.

Life is a race; a long race. Sometimes you're ahead; sometimes behind, and in the end, the only one you're competing is with yourself. So why to worry.

Life is not about the face of your wife/girlfriend and what the world says about it, or how good your company is, or how much do you earn, or how many have you stashed in your bank balance, and which parties you attend, and how many contacts do you have. These things don't matter.

Here's a fantastic quote.
And I want two people for whom I can relate this quote.
I have none.

For the joy of all the battles we've fought together.
For the dignity of all the battles we've fought between us.


I just want to be happy, and somehow I'm not.
I need a good friend. I have none.

I am not bored at work. I am not numb at work.
But, I'm not excited at work. It happens and goes on. Sometimes cool, sometimes hectic.


Sunday, September 25, 2005

Short Story


Fiction: An attempt at writing a short short story.

Potential gone waste, they said.
He was a simple guy in search of his dreams, who for once wanted to do something right with his life. She was a girl with all the riches of the world, yet in search of her identity.

Away from home in the garden city, their paths entwined and their life entangled. What did she see in him? That know-it-all, thinks too much of himself guy with an attitude. What did he like in her? That rich, snooty, and arrogant gal.

They traded for a fortnight of love and got a lifetime of unhappiness.
Love happens and lasts for a while. Why does forgetting take so long?

He still remembers her, and she won't have forgotten him.


Cricket


The selectors would be meeting Tuesday to decide on the Ganguly-Chappell issue.
If Ganguly isn't kicked out the selection committee should be sacked.

Look at Australia, one bad series with a couple of debatable decisions, yet Damien Martyn is dropped from the team. Look at India, Ganguly who hasn't scored in any form of the game for the past so many years, except against minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, is still the captain of India?

What kind of politics is running/ruining the game in India?


Lyrics

People are crazy and times are strange
I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range
I used to care, but things have changed...

This place ain't doing me any good
I'm in the wrong town, I should be in Hollywood...

I hurt easy, I just don't show it
You can hurt someone and not even know it...
~ Listen to Bob Dylan's Things Have Changed.



Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Google Web Search Index


What is the size of Google's Web search index?
- As shown on the Home page it is 8,168,684,336 web pages that is 8.16 billion web pages.
- Try a * * search on Google and one gets 11.35 billion search results. Google Web search has now indexed more than 11 billion web pages. Is this the actual web page count of Google's Web search index?

Via Google Blogoscoped.

Related:
- Yahoo!'s search index


Monday, September 19, 2005

Google Korea Logo


Google Korea celebrates Chusok, the Korean Thanksgiving day, with a special logo. Read more about Chusok.

Google Korea sports a special logo on the occasion of Korean Thanksgiving Day Chusok - www.google.co.kr


Short Story


An attempt at a 55-word story.

For once in office before time and the computer doesn't start. Emails to reply, if only the machine comes to life.

Check the wires, they're fine; switch off and switch on the system, nothing happens.
No one is around. The watchman enters, "How come in office on a Sunday? Should I switch on the Mains?
"

Update: 08:35 p.m. Another one.

The public waits impatiently as the timer counts down to zero. Fifteen, fourteen...the engines roar to life; eleven, ten... the honking reaches a crescendo; seven, six...one by one vehicles of all shapes and sizes pass by; three, two, one...he's the last man waiting for the traffic signal to turn green. Right seems so wrong on Pune's roads.


Yahoo! Instant Search (Beta)


What's New at Yahoo!?

Yahoo! introduces Instant Search (Beta)

This is Yahoo!'s answer to Google Suggest.

- Get search results as a blurb below the search box, without pressing the Enter key or clicking on the search button.
- Get instant search results, once you enter the search query
- Note: Only selected search queries provide instant search results. Click on the search button if an instant search result doesn't appear.


Sunday, September 18, 2005

Outsourcing: Pune or Bangalore?



Pune or Bangalore: Where would you outsource your work in India?

Wrote this article at work, a couple of days ago, to send to prospective clients in the Asia Pacific. Posting it on my blog today.

Update:
1. From my perspective, this is a pro-Pune article, being from Pune, and wanting them (potential clients) to outsource work to us.
I can write the above sentence on my blog.

At work, I wrote it from the management's perspective, to enable client's to make up their mind to outsource to us in Pune.

2. A balanced view.

Pune does hold more promise, however, Pune's problems are no less urgent and pressing than those of Bangalore, although Bangalore is more in the news because it is internationally recognised as the Silicon Valley of India, plus it already is home to many major MNC IT companies, which compounds the problem of infrastructure, as problems that seem minor to Indians like say a Rasta Roko (Road block) or political rally disrupting traffic or political instability leading to elections or drainage problems leading to flooding of roads after light showers, and so on, are highlighted across the globe.

Bangalore is good, but it's grown too fast, too soon, and that's why it's time for people to look beyond Bangalore. Instead of starting from scratch at places around Bangalore, all they've to do is see the potential that is Pune. Read below to know why.

Pune is an upcoming IT destination and the city and its suburbs need better administration, an even more proactive local and central administration, plus big IT heads to take up its plea for faster infrastructure development,(potholed roads, power cuts, and traffic jams in that order), to prevent the problems that Bangalore faces at present.

Disclaimer: I've been to Bangalore for six months, that was in the first half of 2003. At that time, I found Bangalore to be a nice city to stay and work with better roads and public transportation, as compared to Pune.

However, the infrastructure development of Bangalore seems to have gone from slow and in progress to stuttering and stopping and down and out in 2005.

Now on to the actual write-up.

Pune or Bangalore: Where would you outsource your work in India?

Given a choice to outsource work to Pune or Bangalore in India in October 2005, Pune would definitely be a better destination than Bangalore. Pune is an upcoming information technology (IT) and Biotechnology (BT) destination. It offers all the facilities provided by Bangalore, like qualified and quality resources with International project experience, a better quality of living, along with cheaper real estate, better education, proactive government policies, political stability, and improving infrastructure.

Traffic jams are Bangalore’s biggest headache and unplanned growth plus the mushrooming of numerous IT and ITeS companies in each and every nook and corner has saturated Bangalore's urban landscape.

Bangalore has become a commuting nightmare from a laidback, military cantonment that was once a pensioner’s paradise. Read about the IT industry’s displeasure with Bangalore’s infrastructure. The bad condition of roads, constant traffic jams, and the long time for commuting has led to a drop in productivity for IT companies in Bangalore.

Bangalore is plagued by problems of continuous traffic jams with the increasing number of vehicles, roads under construction, incomplete flyovers with no sign of work re-starting, drainage problems, narrow roads, and unplanned commercial and residential construction.

Pune offers better real estate facilities and the cost of living is cheaper than that of Bangalore. Potholed roads, traffic jams, lack of flyovers, urban congestion are some problems associated with Pune too, however these are not as critical as compared to Bangalore.

There are traffic jams in Bangalore at anytime of the day. Even on weekends and holidays.

Bangalore’s infrastructure is crumbling and major IT companies have voiced their protest over the inadequate infrastructure of Bangalore. Bangalore has grown too fast too soon and now it’s saturated. Pune on the other hand is an upcoming Information Technology and Bio Technology destination that offers a pleasant work atmosphere throughout the year, a decent standard of living, less trouble in commuting to and from work, and a cosmopolitan outlook that mixes tradition with modernity.

Advantage Pune

- Cheaper real estate
- Decent standard of living
- Not too crowded like Bombay

- Cheaper than Bombay and Bangalore
# An example: Rent for a 2 bed room hall kitchen apartment taken in an upmarket area like Kalyaninagar in Pune costs Rs. 8K to Rs. 9K/- per month, while the same costs Rs. 11K to Rs. 13K in Koramangala 7th block to 3rd block/Bannerghatta road in Bangalore (correct me if I'm wrong about the rates in Bangalore areas). Comparatively it's costlier than Pune.
# Another example: A starting salary of Rs. 8000/- per month for a fresh software engineer is just enough to survive is Bombay, all-right for Bangalore, and provides an incentive to save money in Pune.

- Mini metropolis with a cosmopolitan flavour
- Improving infrastructure
- Cosmopolitan outlook
- Student city
- Educational city
- Quality manpower
- Preferred by experienced IT professionals, as it offers good education facilities.
- Background of automobile manufacturing and consumer electronics
- Situated near the commercial capital of India, Bombay
- 3-hour drive from Mumbai, the commercial and financial capital of India
- Political stability
- Peaceful city
- Pleasant climate
- Good facilities for entertainment with pubs, shopping malls, movie multiplexes, trekking spots

Examples:
- Pune has five multiplexes. Inox, E-Square, Adlabs, CityPride, and Mangala. Bangalore has a single multiplex. The one on Ring road. Correction: Bangalore has three multiplexes, with two more to open by the year-end. Thanks, Anon.
- Of course Bangalore has more pubs, however most of these are situated on and around Brigade road, M.G. road, and Infantry road. While Pune has pubs spread across the city. In Bangalore one has to go all the way to Brigade road from BTM Layout a distance of 10 kms. in Bangalore's traffic, all for an evening of entertainment.
- Bangalore has M.G. road, Brigade road, and Commercial street for shopping, that's it. Pune has M.G. road at one end of the city and F.C. road at the other end of the city, plus a variety of shopping options in and around Laxmi road.

Things that need improvement in Pune

- Roads
- Traffic
- Power situation

Bangalore’s Silicon Valley dreams turn nightmarish
Ok, maybe the heading is harsh. Bangalore's dreams turn sour.

- Crumbling Infrastructure – Incomplete flyovers, roads under construction
- Traffic jams at anytime of the day/night
- Potholed roads
- Water shortage
- Power shortage
- Political instability
- Drainage problems that leads to flooding of roads after mild showers
- Saturated with IT and ITeS companies
- Pollution
- Stressful lifestyle because of the traffic conditions
An example: People in Bangalore keep a buffer of 30 minutes to an hour while going to work on account of the daily traffic jams. There are traffic jams even on Sundays and holidays. Read more about the buzz or the lack of it in Bangalore from the BangaloreBuzz.

So where do you want to outsource your work in India?
To the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, whose dreams are slipping from its hands like sand; or to the future of IT in India—the Pune-Bombay region that is going to be the commercial, financial, industrial, IT, and BT capital of India.

Why go to Bangalore when you can get experienced professionals and better facilities at cheaper rates in Pune? You decide and take a call.

Work hard and play harder in Pune. Bombay is too crowded and costly, Bangalore’s infrastructure is crumbling, and Hyderabad doesn’t have the lifestyle that software professionals yearn for.

So the next time someone asks a question, “Where would you outsource your work in India?” You know the answer, am I right Mate?


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Google Blog Search


Google Blog Search
What's New at Google? Google introduces Blog Search (Beta).

URLs:
- http://blogsearch.google.com/ - Google-style interface
- http://search.blogger.com/ - Blogger-style interface

Note: Both the URLs show the same search results.
Posts can be searched by relevance or by date. Default blog search sorts results by relevance. Click on the Sort by Date link to see the latest blog posts first.

New Search Operators in Google Blog Search:

- inblogtitle: Searches for keywords in the Blog's title
For example: Find Blogs with these words in the Blog title
inblogtitle:Search Engines

- inposttitle: Searches for keywords in the Blog Post's title
For example: Find blogs with Google Quiz as the post title
inposttitle:Google Quiz

- inpostauthor: Searches by author name
For example: Find blogs written by John Battelle
inpostauthor:John Battelle
inpostauthor:chirayu (Results sorted by Date)

- blogurl: Searches for keyword in the Blog's site address, i.e. URL
For example: Find blogs with chirayu in the URL
blogurl:chirayu

- The References link shows the number of posts linking to that particular post.

- Find Poetry related posts from my blog
Poetry site:chirayu.blogspot.com

- Find Cricket related posts from my blog
Cricket site:chirayu.blogspot.com

- Find Google related posts from my blog
Google site:chirayu.blogspot.com

- Find Yahoo! related posts from my blog
Yahoo site:chirayu.blogspot.com

Update: This post has been indexed by Google Blog Search.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Links: Cricket: Ashes 2005


Ashes 2005:

- Full scorecard: Fifth Test, The Oval, London - 8 to 12 Sept.
Match Drawn. England wins the 5-test series by 2-1 and reclaims the Ashes after 16 years.

- Batting and Bowling Averages

- Men of the Series
# Shane Warne - Australia
# Andrew Flintoff - England

- Images from the fifth and final day of the fifth test.

- Photo Galleries and Trivia

- Fourth Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham - 25 to 28 Aug.
England won by 3 wickets.

- Third Test, Old Trafford, Manchester - 11 to 15 Aug.
Match Drawn.

- Second Test, Edgbaston, Birmingham - 4 to 7 Aug.
England won by 2 runs.

- First Test, Lord's, London - 21 to 24 July
Australia won by 239 runs.

- Cricinfo's Ashes 2005 links


Monday, September 12, 2005

Fun with Google Logos


Visit HolidayGoogle.tk and find a different Google logo each time you refresh the Web page.


Friday, September 09, 2005

Cricket: Ashes: 5th Test, 2nd Day's Play


Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden gave a perfect start to Australia's 1st innings with an unbeaten century opening partnership of 112 runs in reply to England's 1st innings score of 373 all out before bad light stopped play on the 2nd day of the 5th Ashes Test being played at The Oval in London. Langer playing his usual attacking game was unbeaten on 75 with Matthew Hayden not out on a cautious 32. Hope the Aussies make a match of it.

There's been one superstar in this Ashes series, and no, it's not Flintoff. My Man of the Series, whatever the outcome of the final test match, is Shane Warne. He has carried the team on his shoulders. The only bowler capable of bowling England out on any pitch. Be it his fighting batting in the earlier tests, his attitude of winning even when Australia was facing a torrid time, and his backing of his teammates coupled with his bowling exploits. Well bowled Shane! All this after a turmoil in his personal life.

Adam Gilchrist has been the biggest disaapointment of the Ashes. Hope Gilly gets going in at least the last two innings of the series.

I've missed the entire Ashes. We don't get ESPN / Star Sports on cable because the cable operator has not paid dues to ESPN and they've stopped beaming the channel for the past so many months.

We pay Rs. 422/- per month for cable TV. For what? - Saas-Bahu crap on TV?

Update:
Scores: 5th Test, At stumps on Day 2
England....1st Innings...373 all out
Australia...1st Innings...112 for no loss

Links:
- Follow the match on Cricinfo.
- Listen to Live ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Cricket.

Related: Full scorecards - Ashes 2005.

- Fourth Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham - 25 to 28 Aug.
- Third Test, Old Trafford, Manchester - 11 to 15 Aug.
- Second Test, Edgbaston, Birmingham - 4 to 7 Aug.
- First Test, Lord's, London - 21 to 24 July


Search Links


- To make Multilingual Search a part of my weekly reads. It is a blog on global search engine and Internet statistics.

- To browse Yandex.ru - Russia's leading Internet portal and search engine.
Information via SEW blog.

- WorldLingo provides free online translation tools with facilities to translate from English to Dutch/Russian/Greek and vice versa; services that Google Translate doesn't offer. Dabble with words in a foreign language. Try WorldLingo. I found it useful for Dutch translations.


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Petrol now costs Rs. 50/- per litre


The government, after discussions for the past 2 days, has decided to raise Petrol and Diesel prices following a spiralling increase in crude oil prices worldwide. Petrol now costs Rs. 50.20/- per litre in Pune city.


Google Turns 7 Today


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

It's 02:00 a.m. in Pune, India; 06:30 a.m. in Sydney, Australia; and 01:30 p.m. (Tue) in Mountain View, CA, U.S.A.

Google turns seven today (September 07). From a non-entity to an international hero. All it takes is less than 7 years. Ask Google.

Happy Birthday, Google—my favourite search engine.

Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide
It's a small world after all...


Here's wishing you all the best on your 7th Birthday.

Birthday Wish for Google

May your stock rise above $350
May your products keep on shipping
May you expand operations in India
May you introduce India Local Search
May you buy a Blog search engine
May your Operating System come soon
May you always do things differently
May you always make people dream
May you always be my favourite search engine
May you change the world
May you be successful in your mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.


Monday, September 05, 2005

Cricket: Trivia


Q: When was the last time India won a One Day International tournament?
A: Way back in July 2002 when India won the NatWest Series final defeating England by 2 wickets at Lord's, London. That was Mohammad Kaif's match and his 6th wicket century partnership with Yuvraj changed the game in India's favour from a losing position of 146-5 chasing 326 to win in 50 overs.

It was a memorable match, made even more unforgettable by news channels repeatedly showing captain Saurav Ganguly's T-shirt waving emotions from the dressing room balcony of Lord's, months after the match was over. Read more on that match.

India plays New Zealand tomorrow in the Videocon Triangular Series Final at Harare in Zimbabwe.

Will this final break India's losing jinx or will it be yet another, the 11th if I'm not mistaken, instance of losing in the finals after that famous win in 2002? Follow the match on Cricinfo and watch it Live on ESPN from 12:45 p.m. IST on Tue., Sept. 06, 2005.


Fun: Google Vanishing Logo


Here's your chance to become Harry Potter for a minute.
Conjure a magic trick and make Google disappear.

1. Select this link to open a new web page
2. Click anywhere on the above web page
3. Put your hand across the computer screen to hide the Google Logo seen on the web page
4. Wait for 5 seconds - say a magic spell
5. Take your hand away from the screen
6. Wow! See the Google logo fade and watch two Os disappear in thin air
7. Click anywhere on the web page
8. Follow steps 3 to 5
9. See the two Os appear again
10. You're a Google magician, able to make the logo appear and disappear at will.
11. Try the Google Vanishing Logo magic trick.

Link via Google Blogoscoped.


Blog for Pune Java Enthusiasts


On the occasion of Teacher's Day today, let me post a link to Satish Talim's Pune Java blog.

If Java's cup of coffee stimulates your grey cells, then Pune Java blog would be a useful link and good resource for you to bookmark. Find Java resources, articles, reference links, tips and tricks, and an opportunity to co-author the blog, post your thoughts on Java along with questions and comments.

If you're from Pune and your domain of work includes Java and related technologies, then Pune Java blog aims to provide you a platform to share your thoughts and interact with Java professionals.

Good luck with your Pune Java blog, Satish.

Technorati Tags: , , and Pune Java

A Thought for Today on Teacher's Day - September 05

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
~ William Arthur Ward

Read more Teaching quotes.


Pingoat: 1-Click Ping for Blog Search Engines


Use Pingoat to ping various blog search engines with a single click. Pingoat pings general blog search engines like Technorati, IceRocket, Feedster, BlogDigger, NewsGator, etc. along with non-English blog search engines, and special services.

Pinging a blog search engine notifies its web crawler to visit your Web site and index the latest content found on it. Pinging enables faster indexing that results in the latest and newest posts from your Web site to show up on blog search engines.

An example: Search for Pingoat on Yahoo! after a day or two, and chances are this post would appear in the first ten results. Technorati indexes a post within 25 minutes of posting it.

Link via SearchGal.

Technorati Tags: , , and .

Related:
- Try Pingomatic
- Use Pings.ws
- Ping Technorati


Saturday, September 03, 2005

Live: Blogging the Rains


For the last three days it has been raining in the evenings after a perfect sunny morning. Wow, the sky has turned dark grey, trees are swaying in the breeze, the rain slants down. I've opened the window, ah! the wind on my face wow!

The view looks great fom my third floor office window. Wish I had a camera cell phone. It looks green and grey from here. Trees dance to the tunes of wind. Lovely, slight slanting rain, vehicles making a swisshhing sound on the street below, the Eucalyptus trees swaying in the breeze. Its raining harder. This is good. Looks so good from up above and the roads will be a mess this evening. Hope there isn't a power cut at home.

Small rivulets from on the road. Raindrops enter the window, some of them fall on the monitor. It's raining harder. Wow! I like it! The wind on my face, drops of rain pitter-pattering on the window sill, oh there's a sound of thunder. The keyboard is getting wetter with the raindrops. Only a car or two passing below. It continues to rain. This is a good half-an-hour downpour. Hope it continues longer, but without the power cuts. The breeze stops, and it rains harder. Sheets of silvery-grey fall between the trees. I've got to close the window. It's raining even harder. Now stops; now speeds; slants sometimes, then falls straight. Blogging the rains live. F.C. Road, Pune, India 04:38 p.m. IST.

Update: 05:00 p.m. IST
It has stopped raining.


Friday, September 02, 2005

Google Local Search for China


Google introduces local search for China. Visit Google Bendi (Beta). Bendi means 'natives' in Cantonese.
URL of Google China Local Search: http://bendi.google.com/

Related:
- Google Local
- Google Local U.K.
- Google Local Canada

Request:
# Please introduce Google Local Search for India.


Poem: All You Who Sleep Tonight


A beautiful poem. Read it once and you feel like reading it again.

Vikram Seth's All You Who Sleep Tonight

All you who sleep tonight
Far from the ones you love,
No hand to left or right
And emptiness above—


Know that you aren't alone
The whole world shares your tears,
Some for two nights or one,
And some for all their years.

~ Vikram Seth


Poem: Sit


Sit

Sit, drink your coffee here; your work can wait awhile.
You're twenty-six, and still have some of life ahead.
No need for wit; just talk vacuities, and I'll
Reciprocate in kind, or laugh at you instead.

The world is too opaque, distressing and profound.
This twenty minutes' rendezvous will make my day:
To sit here in the sun, with grackles all around,
Staring with beady* eyes, and you two feet away.
~ Vikram Seth

* beady - small, round, and shiny


A 2-hour Power Cut this Evening


Note in my diary:

Again a power cut this evening from 7 to 9.


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Power Cuts



Update: 11:58 p.m. IST
A 13.5-hour power cut at home. Getting through a MSEB phone number is more difficult than trying for KBC 2. At least some people do get a reply from KBC 2. The sun may rise in the west, but no one can get through a MSEB telephone number on the first, tenth, or nth attempt; let alone waiting for someone to answer the phone.
I suppose MSEB's schedule for the day would have been an 8-hour scheduled power cut for load shedding and then a 5.5-hour power cut for maintenance after the half-an-hour downpour that lashed the city this evening.

03:56 p.m. IST
MSEB resorts to power cuts again. Power cuts have re-started in Pune after a 2-month gap. Last Sunday there was a 2-hour power cut, and now, as usual, it seems like there's going to be an 8-hour load shedding schedule set for Thursdays. There's no electricity in office from 10:30 in the morning. A/cs off with fans and computers on.


September Plans for Footsteps on Clouds


What's New at Footsteps on Clouds?

- I am going to introduce a Picture of the Week feature.
Post an image that catches my interest and a write-up decribing it.
Like this image posted in the 3rd week of August.

- Potential plans to celebrate Google's 7th birthday on the 7th of September.
# Prepare a Google Quiz
# Write a poem, "An Ode to Google"
# Write Search-related Haikus on Google.
# Showcase a Google collage
# Mention about Google's birthday plans
# Follow the latest information on Google's birthday
# Display Google's birthday logo
# Post links on Google's birthday celebrations

- How about a Face of the Day picture?


Humour/Humor: Satirical Article on Google


Humour/Humor

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible.

So what does Google really want to do with information that it can't index?
Like data on hard disks not indexed by Google Desktop Search, copyrighted books that can't be indexed under Google Print, IM chats that are not saved, and so on.

Simple. Destroy it. Enter Google Purge to do the honors.
Read this satirical feature from The Onion on Google and its plans to destroy all information that it can't index. So the next time you search for a book on Google you will easily find it, as all those books that are not searchable won't exist! ;-)