Archive for July, 2004

MS Longhorn & 3D Graphics

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

Okay, this is news for me. I didn’t know that Longhorn would have 3D graphics driving its interface. That means an incredible number of things — for software and hardware alike. Given the amount of GPU resources we have available in various corporate environments, to rely so heavily on a major hardware upgrade by the […]

h6315: Future Phone

Monday, July 26th, 2004

C|Net’s has a story about HP’s h6315, co-developed with T-Mobile, which not only is a regular tri-band GSM phone, but switches over to Wi-Fi when it’s available, has GPRS, bluetooth, a built-in camera, a detachable keyboard and can store and play MP3s. Nokia 9500 Communicator is a similarly able phone but that’s not planned […]

The All-In-One Nintendo Entertainment Console

Monday, July 26th, 2004

This guy called Logan “Shadow” West made a All-In-One Nintendo Entertainment Console which combines NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and GameCube in a single housing. Awesome. What a mean dude!

Stinking Office

Sunday, July 25th, 2004

Whenever we open the office, it stinks of pigeon shit thanks to about 50-60 pigeons living on the false roof of my office. We sometimes encounter bugs and other little crawlies that have somehow managed to crawl between the fixtures and fallen down in the office. My boss says it’s the responsibility of the landlord […]

Sender ID @ Microsoft

Friday, July 23rd, 2004

InfoWorld is reporting that Microsoft has decided to enforce Sender ID on all email sent to its Hotmail, MSN & email addresses from October 1. Microsoft will begin matching the source of inbound e-mail to the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of e-mail servers listed in that sending domain’s SPF record by Oct. 1. Messages […]

Hotmail’s 2GB & Webmail Wars

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

According to an article on PC Magazine: Microsoft launched its MSN Hotmail Plus subscription service in 30 markets worldwide today. The upgraded service, as announced in June, offers subscribers, for $19.95 a year in the US, 2GB of storage, the ability to send 20MB attachments, no account expiration, and no graphical advertising. That is 4 […]

New Keyboard

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

I have a new keyboard! TVS Gold tactile mechanical keyboard.

A Call Can Kill You

Tuesday, July 20th, 2004

Well at least right now most of Lagos (that’s the commercial capital of Nigeria) believes that if you answer a call from certain numbers, dubbed ‘killer numbers’, you will drop dead immediately. Immediately. Right there. Poof! Gone! Us humans seem to lose our capacity of individual thought in masses. We easily believe in and will […]

Duts: First PocketPC virus

Monday, July 19th, 2004

The Register is reporting the existence of Duts, the first PocketPC virus. Remember the European virus writer collective 29A Labs I talked about while talking of Cabir earlier today? The same group has created Duts. Just like Cabir, Duts is a proof-of-concept and exists only in the laboratory, not in the wild. Similarly, the virus […]

Hotmail Updates

Monday, July 19th, 2004

I just ran into two reports on BetaNews about Hotmail. The first reports that in the first moves towards competing in the email business, they have enabled Anti-Virus scanning. Now existing users might remember that they already had a tie-up with McAfee but they have apparently expanded from scanning attachments being downloaded to scanning entire […]

alphaWorks’ aDesigner

Monday, July 19th, 2004

I just gave aDesigner a test run. Simply put, I am damn impressed. Let me organise my thoughts: What is aDesigner? IBM has an emerging technologies initiative called alphaWorks. Here they develop, showcase & distribute new ‘alpha-code’ technologies till they are licensed or integrated into IBM products. (Read more) aDesigner is a disability simulator. It […]


Monday, July 19th, 2004

I suffer from N.A.D.D.

Mobile Phone Virus – Cabir

Monday, July 19th, 2004

European virus writer collective 29A Labs have demonstrated a virus called Cabir which infects Symbian OS mobile phones with Bluetooth. This is a zoo virus which means it exists only in the laboratory environment and is not in the wild, that is, in circulation. The Cabir virus was benign. The worm is transmitted over Bluetooth, […]

Doom 3!

Sunday, July 18th, 2004

Doom 3’s website has been updated to announce an August 3 shipping date! Woo hoo!

Man Learns He’s Dead

Saturday, July 17th, 2004

Life never ceases to amaze me with some rather bizarre incidents popping up every now and then. “I thought, ‘I hope they didn’t bury me on my birthday’,” Lunkov told the Moscow Times after visiting his grave in southeastern Moscow. “But it turns out they did.” 😀 Update: Some other miscellaneous ones. Spider catches a […]

Google Enters The Computer History Museum

Saturday, July 17th, 2004

The Google Blog talks about Google entering The Computer History Museum. We’re five years old and already they’re sticking us in a museum. The museum’s display is of Google’s first corkboard server rack from 1999. A few specs: each tray contained eight 22GB hard drives and one power supply, and the rack itself required no […]

Happy Birthday Mozilla Foundation

Friday, July 16th, 2004

Mozilla Foundation turned one this week. I have been a Mozilla/Firefox user for a long time and have been a fan of Bugzilla since the first day I used it more than a few months ago. The entire project, and their products are simply amazing! Happy Birthday.

DVD Pirate Tries To Sell To Police…. Caught!

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

In the story Police keelhaul world’s thickest DVD pirate, The Register reports on how an Essex man walked into a Chelmsford Trading Standards office and tried selling to the gobsmacked staff. Peter Martin, Essex County Council’s Trading Standards supremo: This incident will become part of Trading Standards folklore. Okay! I had a feeling that the […]

Hackers hacked by hacker

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

I just came across a funny story on The Inquirer which provides info on how Hackers got hacked by a hacker! I’ve usually heard of stories about this, especially the tiff between pro-India and pro-Pakistan hackers/crackers/script-kiddies a few years back when they went on a site-defacement spree. But this is a pretty detailed account of […]

Silly Window Syndrome (SWS)

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

Did you know that there is something called Silly Window Syndrome? Don’t believe me? Read this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article if you don’t believe me. 😉 This site provides a huge list of humourous Microsoft Knowledge Base articles. Some of them are quite quite funny indeed! 😀