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The much awaited feature packed release of WordPress is finally here. I know I’ve been quite dull on the blogging front & I know I’m late in reporting this, given the fact that it was released last Monday(February 14th, 2005). But then, “I’ve been kinda busy”(not taking pictures of my friend ofcourse). 😉 But then I’m not the only one who’s late in reporting(or announcing). The official announcement came 3 days after the official release(that infrastructure issues is just a cover-up, Matt’s been busy with something really more important, you know what I mean). 😉

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Being a CIO..... !!

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Would you like to be the CIO of your Company? Whether you want to be or don’t want to be, you should read this, Why be a CIO? by Michael Zammuto (via ProgrammersHeaven Newsletter)

I’ve always thought that the higher you are on the ladder, the difficult it becomes for you to breathe & Mr.Zammuto seems to be telling just that in this article, that the life of a CIO is just next to hell. 😀

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An interview with a Spammer!!

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Oh yeah, now we have SPAMMER Interviews!! A spammer is telling his(maybe her) end of the story, as to why he(maybe she) spams blogs & websites with comment spam. These spammers call themselves “Search Engine Optimisers” & they do nothing wrong, as per them. A vulnerability is there in the system & they are only exploiting that to their benefit, earning a 7 figure sum for their tedious tasks. 🙄 Besides its fun spamming websites & blogs. đŸ‘ŋ

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Microsoft's Big Payout!!

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As per this report on c|net, citizens of California, USA are all set to claim their piece of the US$1.1 billion pie that Microsoft lost to California in a case filed by the latter claiming that Microsoft over-charged for Windows & its other softwares. Now this is one huge payout, & if you are a citizen of California & bought a Microsoft product between 1996 & 2001, you can file your claim.
You will be paid in the shape of vouchers ranging from $5 to $29 depending on the number of licenses of Microsoft products you purchased. The last date for filing claims is Jan 8, 2005. If the total amount claimed is less than the US$1.1 billion, then Microsoft will have to pay two-thirds of the remaining amount as technology donations to needy schools & they can keep the remaining one-third. How generous of the judge. 😀
But it doesn’t look like Microsoft will be able to save even a cent from this bounty. So far around 6,20,000 individuals & companies have filed for claim ranging from $50 to several million $$. đŸ˜¯

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Windows without Media Player!!

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Can you imagine? I can’t. Sad but true, Microsoft lost its Europe appeal & will now have to ship Windows without Windows Media Player, reports The Register.

I was against this when the decision was slapped by the EU on Micosoft & I’m still against it.

Firstly you don’t have any right to tell a company that they can’t give out a software of theirs for FREE with another software of theirs. That’s just taking away the freedom of doing business legitimately, that’s just dictatorship, when you are telling a company how they should sell their software, even when they are doing nothing wrong.

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PHP Buggy!!

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There are bugs(seriously) in PHP meaning that you need to upgrade so as not to let that potential nutter nut his way into your server, reports c|net.

The PHP Group released versions 4.3.10 & 5.0.3 which contained the patches that fill the holes with putty(I hope not).
So if you are using PHP4, get v4.3.10 or if you are using PHP5, get v5.0.3 now!! 😀
The website is the same old one, www.php.net 😀

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Drive THEM Bankrupt!!

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Wanna kill SPAM? Kill the SPAMMERS instead. Well, not actually kill SPAMMERS but make it almost impossible for them to SPAM.

Just ask yourself a question. Why do spammers SPAM you? Just because they can’t afford advertising their websites/services etc. so they opt for the next best(worst) thing, they SPAM so as to spread awareness about their stuff. What does all this mean? That they are low on budget. If they are low on budget then if their hosting bills suddenly increase manyfolds, they wouldn’t be able to afford it. And just how can you increase their hosting bills? Their host just won’t bill them more simply because you want them to. 😉 So?? 😕
Well, you can simply pull so much data from their websites so that their bandwidth usage & their data transfer increases which would result in more bills.

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Linux = Law Suits = Trouble??

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Are you using Linux? Do you proudly wear the Penguin? If yes, well then there are chances that soon you’ll be hauled into a court of law in patent lawsuits. Atleast that’s what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in Microsoft’s Asian Government’s Leaders Forum in Singapore, reports Reuters. Steve also added that Linux violates over 228 patents & there are chances that someone will demand money for all that intellectual property rights. One big example is SCO Group Inc. who claims that Linux is based on its Unix & is suing big boys like IBM, etc.

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Blogger to go Multi-Lingual

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One of the earliest Blogging sensations & the most widely used hosted Blog service, Blogger.com(now owned by Google) will soon be available in your own lingo. Yes, that’s what Blogger Team Member Biz Stone wrote on GoogleBlog.

About time I’d say, this is a great step forward, indeed. Like Stone, I also felt amazed at how so many people from different languages managed to ind their way around with an English only interface. Though I haven’t had the fortune to come across many non-english blogs, but I’ve come across some of them & though I couldn’t understand what they said, some of them looked quite good. So like Stone, I now imagine what would happen if the users can get the interface in their own lingo?? 😕

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