Coming up – Hyderabad International Airport

Photosynth : Arrange your photos in the “right” order

Have you ever worried on arranging, re-arranging your pics in a proper meaningful order? Or irriated by the way you have to navigate through the photos in a linear sequence?

Here is the solution from Microsoft….Photosynth

Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space.

With Photosynth you can:
· Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle.
· Seamlessly zoom in or out of a photograph whether it’s megapixels or gigapixels in size.
· See where pictures were taken in relation to one another.
· Find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing.
· Explore a custom tour.
· Send a collection to a friend.

Photosynth, Microsoft Live Labs’ first major Technology Preview. The actual application will be released in the near future, but we will be formally announcing the technology at SIGGRAPH in Boston next week. This project has been the result of a cross group collaboration with the University of Washington, Microsoft Research, recent acquisition Seadragon Software, PIX, and Windows Live Local.

The videos give a taste of things to come and a few of us also recently met with MSDN’s Channel 9 and Channel 10 who are currently running features.

Kevin Rose breaks on Calacanis

Atlast Kevin Rose, the Digg.com founder breaks on the offer made by Calacanis, CEO of Weblogs, Inc. Calacanis made an open offer to all the top diggers to use the latest re-built netscape.com instead of digg.com.

Kevin Rose has attacked calacanic on the latest diggnation podcast and on his blog throwing some personal commnt warfare at him.

My thoughts : When I first read about calacanis offer, I thought he must be a mad guy to offer this way. But later I found there is a cause and reason behind it. Actually, that is the actual economical model that any Web 2.0 firm should adopt.

Digg.com gets thousands of links and valuable comments from users and it does’nt pay a single cent out of it’s revenues. Kevin Rose and Alex does chit-chat about the links submitted and earn millions out of it? (when they sell digg.com to anyone :-)).

Infact these days you can find a pattern in digg.com’s post…most of the posts are created on one of the following topics…

01. Fire Fox “X” version released
02. How to make egg shape using only CSS
03. Gmail new feature released
04. One more vulnerability in Microsoft “X” product

Come on diggers, cut the crap….ofcourse the world of software is not limited to gmail and microsoft.

GTalk…and the Reality !

TechCrunch has published some facts about Gtalk (one of the many Beta products out there) usage on this planet(assuming google may launch GTalk for moon and it gets digged 4000 times).

The fact is bitter….as bitter as Gmail’s performance. Gtalk was ranked at 4th position with 1% of message traffic according to comsScore media.

NYT has its own version of the story published here

 So what do you think about these facts? people just talk about innovation and they don’t use it? I disagree on that point having seen the success of Fire Fox browser. The important factor in these failure is the lack of feedback and user study. Google search engine might be very smart in learning things automatically but not the managers who build applications at google on thier own. Some of these google products are half baked, and pre-matured born babies. These products gets lot of hype and no features with-in. GTalk stands in the front-row of such class. I wonder on one fact that who the hell want to chat with someone when they want to read mails in the same interface? That’s very funny.

oooooouch !

Had lot of fun tickling these bikini gals and making music out of it..:-)…very cool & creative…

Try it here…http://www.oooooouch.com/

Democracry…

GOOD News : Ban was lifted….:-)

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/government-lifts-ban-o…

The Department of Telecommunications of the Government of India has lifted the ban on blogs  following pressure from the Indian blogger community and the media. Even with the lifting of the ban several bloggers from BloggersCollective are getting ready to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India against the Government censorship of the Internet.

Flash News : Blog Blockade will be lifted in 48 hours (Source : Rediff)

Helping hand from Pakistan :  This is a great gesture….The pakistani bloggers community is giving its helping hand to support all Indian bloggers to route thier blog links to pkblogs using a cool-nifty script…find more about it here….

Heard from friends : Blockade still continues…seems some ISPs have removed the restrictions already and the banned blog sites are now accessible. well, the real good news is not yet out 😦

Wired Coverage :

“In its efforts to shut down extremists blogs, the government ended up blocking all access to several websites, including the popular Blogspot.com. That brought calls from angry internet users and software executives on Wednesday. They called for the Indian government to reopen access to the sites.

The Indian internet service providers don’t have the technological wherewithal to block specific blogs on a blogging site. Consequently, they ended up blocking the entire site,” said technology expert Pawan Duggal.

Gulshan Rai, director of the state-run Computer Emergency Response Team of the Information Technology Ministry, said the government order targeted four blogs hosted on blogspot.

“There’s no attempt to block blogspot.com from our side,” the Hindustan Times quoted him as saying.

On Wednesday morning it was still difficult to access blogs on that website from India. Angry Indian internet users exchanged e-mails and flooded message boards with postings in protest.

Kiran Karnick, president of The National Association of Software and Services Companies, the country’s main information technology trade group, said his organization would take up the matter with the government.”

India is the world’s largest democratic country…once upon a time. It’s a shame to add the last part, but it seems we are successfully heading towards that destination.

Indian government now successfully have shutdown the access to all blogspot, typepad and geocities blogs at ISP level. This is a serios violation of primary rights possessed by all indians by means of Indian Constitutional Law.

The right to freedom is one of the most important fundamental right that have been granted to us by the founders of Indian Constitution. This right allow every citizen of India to be free from the ancient form of slavery. This fundamental right is described in the constitution as:

All citizens shall have the right-

  • “To freedom of speech and expression;”
  • To assemble peaceably and without arms;
  • To form associations or unions;
  • To move freely throughout the territory of India;
  • To reside and settle in any part of the territory of India;
  • to practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business.

India Uncut coverage on this Disaster

My heart feels burnt when I see India beside countries like Pakistan, China where freedom and democracy has no meaning.

This is what you will see on pkblogs.com homepage

Is your blog blocked in India, Pakistan, Iran or China?

If Yes then you can still access your blog anytime using pkblogs free Blog Gateway.

Updates & Tracking:

Scoble Says “It Sucks” : http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/07/17/blockin…

Global Voices Online : http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/2006/07/17/india…

Desipundit : http://www.desipundit.com/2006/07/15/blogspotcom-b…

Protests by Bloggers : http://censorship.wikia.com/wiki/Protests_By_Blogg…(add your protest here)

Coverage by The Hindu : http://www.hindu.com/2006/07/19/stories/2006071902…

Join Blogger’s Collective @ Google Groups : http://groups.google.com/group/BloggersCollective

RTI Petition against Telecom & Dept of Information Technology : http://baxiabhishek.spaces.msn.com/blog/cns!8A8DB0…

List of Banned Sites in India : http://censorship.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Sites_Ban…

Sun and Web 2.0

Now don’t look at me with that face expression :-), yes atlast I was able to find some content on Ajax from the “network computer” company…

Enjoy this 10-week Ajax programming Online course from Sang Shin, Sun Microsystems.

http://www.javapassion.com/ajaxcodecamp/