Yup! this is what everyone is talking about in recent hours. The search engine company acquires YouTube after its own Google Videos was not that big success. I don’t know if it is even correct to call Google just a search engine company anymore because it has really spread its wings. It seems like everything you do online is or will be run by Google. The thing that amazes me is that its only Google that comes up with innovative ideas (or atleast implements them first). What are people at Microsoft and Yahoo doing? why aren’t they coming up with brand new ideas? Ok right Microsoft was originally not an Internet related company but Yahoo? AOL?

I was not originally a Google fan. Infact I didn’t know about it till I was in university (yea embarrassing :() but it has certainly changed the way we think and use Internet.

P.S. I wrote this entry at office yesterday but couldn’t post it because of work load :(. Another good reason for me to get a laptop ASAP :).

Google Code Search

October 6, 2006

Another feather in Google’s cap. Google announced its Code Search beta project yesterday. It allows you to search through a huge code base. Its yet another good step for Google but it can certainly do with some more features for instance displaying results by grouping together the code from same project etc.

On top of every thing, it needs to be a bit more intelligent in bringing up the results. As it stands, you need to have a great deal of idea about what you are searching. If I want to search code for ‘parser’, it should ideally bring up code from any parser project instead of pulling up files that have parser in comments or code snippets. But then again ideal world and ideal software only exists in ideas :).

Google literacy project

October 5, 2006

++hits for Google. They just keep on coming don’t they. Now they’ve teamed up with UNESCO to  launch the Google Literacy Project at the Frankfort Book Fair yesterday. I don’t think that they have done something significantly new in this project rather than grouping together some of their existing products/feature in a single portal. But its still a great idea which will certainly help and encourage school students to find relevant material and in quick time as well.

Yahoo opens up Mail code

October 3, 2006

Yahoo announced yesterday that it will unlock the source code for Yahoo mail to public. It will be available sometime later in 2006 according to Jason Rupp, product manager for Yahoo!’s email services.

It would be fun working with it and creating some small customized apps. I wonder if Google and specially Microsoft will follow.

Human Clock

September 29, 2006

I recently digged this human clock out. Nice thinking 🙂  

Happy Programmer’s day

September 14, 2006

One of my friends and coworker here at Mentor, Fuaad Ahmed, just wished me Programmer’s day. Its 2 to the power 8th (256th) day of the year (analogy for the total number values that can be represented using one byte-8 bits).

Happy Programmer’s day to all the great people we call programmers:). Although I’m ~24 hrs late to wish :).

I think the answer to this is yes. Perhaps the blog structure wasn’t designed to be this popular and authentication was not considered for comments. But as it stands today, the blog culture is getting popular by the second. There is something that worries me though. I can pose to be anybody on anybody’s post while leaving a comment. Its so easy to destroy someone’s image by faking comments OR you can imitate famous people and comment on your own blog to get famous:). I don’t know if there are laws against this or not but even if they exist, it will be mighty hard to catch the culprit. This area might not be that sensitive, because things will eventually get cleared, but it sure is one which is better off not to be put to test:).

Arnold Hacked?

September 13, 2006

This is interesting, California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s computer was claimed to be hacked to get hold of some private documents/conversations. Great! can’t get spies to work? employ hackers:). It would have been an interesting scenario for one of his movies though. A governor hacked by his counter parts. hmm perhaps he would have invaded them with M-60’s and terminated them. but life isn’t that easy in the real world is it:).

The Reunion

September 11, 2006

It took a long time coming and some serious efforts from Fahim and Rehan, but it finally happened. It certainly was one of the best get-together’s I have recently had. It refreshed the memories of the great days we had in our university. I hope this proves to be a trend setter and we get more and more PUCIT students to participate every year.

Well however odd this may sound but people might file such cases in future. The growing interest in MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) games might just lead to this. Games like World of Warcraft can support thousands of players at a time. They all play simultaneously in a persistent world. To play you just need to buy the game and a monthly subscription to access the game world. Then you can go on playing and earn gold coins and similar currency with which you can buy weapons and stuff.

The world isn’t perfect in reality and in computer games as well :). Hackers can steal the account info, virtual gold, magic weapons etc in MMO games and sell it for real money 🙂 and a good chunk of it as well. Microsoft has recently issued a warning to the MMO game players about this threat. Lets see what they come up with to eradicate it. If not, the police might need to set up an online crime branch employing computer scientists :).