Archive for July, 2004

Patent Overload

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

This banner speaks a lot about software patents. As more and more so-called intellectual property is being patented and licensing fees demanded, I am slowly beginning to wonder where the future is headed in this regard. Sooner or later, we’ll see amazingly high costs for all software because all new UI enhancements/processes require licensing fees […]

Bypass Compulsory Web Registration

Tuesday, July 6th, 2004

Often you’ll come across site that require you to sign-up before you can access their content. These sign-ups are free, yet compulsory. I have often used Mailinator for this. But it still requires me to fill out a registration form and then visit the Mailinator site to check email and in some cases, follow links […]

Rediscovering Google

Monday, July 5th, 2004

I have been playing with Google a bit today on and off. Visiting the Google Zeitgeist “Search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google” to quote from their page, browsing through he Google Blog, taking a look at photos of Google employees at work which are pretty dated by the way, and of course, the […]

President Pushes for Open Source

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

The Indian national daily The Hindu has reported that the Indian President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has “advised defence scientists to shun proprietary systems and opt for open source codes to enhance software security in defence networks.” Open source codes can easily introduce the users to build security algorithms in the system without the dependence […]

Apple OS X Tiger preview

Sunday, July 4th, 2004

eWeek has put up Apple OS X Tiger preview screenshots! Some of the new things in this update are pretty exciting. For one, I’ve been looking forward to Safari 2.0 which comes with ‘private browsing’ — a feature, once enabled, does not store any information in the cache or browser history. Very cool. The RSS […]