Looks like the leading online bookstore Amazon.com is having some gamely goofups in recent times!! 😀
Last month, they mistakenly put up a pre-order price for Sony’s upcoming gaming console PlayStation3 and then backed off saying that it was merely a placeholder page. Now it seems is the turn to do that with Microsoft’s next generation gaming console Xbox 360. Amazon has been taking pre-orders for the soon to be released Xbox gaming console, which it was expecting to deliver via its partner Toys R US, but now the two companies have sent out letters to everyone who placed a pre-order, cancelling them & apologizing for it, says Daniel Terdiman on c|net Gaming Blog. 😯 The letter was reported as saying: Read More
Yes, it so happens that the safe browser ain’t safe as you thought it to be!! Another critical security hole in Mozilla browsers(including FireFox) can let attackers run malicious software on the computers of those using any of Mozilla browsers, reports c|net.
The security flaw, reported by security researcher Tom Ferris, is due to the way Mozilla browsers handle International Domain Names a.k.a. IDNs. Mozilla Foundation released a patch in a hurry, that disables the IDN support in its browsers. 😕 Read More
There’s another feather in Google’s Hat, and considerable increase in the brainpower that Google Inc. wields today!! The chairman of ICANN & a visiting scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Vinton Cerf will start working at Google from October this year, reports Yahoo! News. Read More
Apple unveiled its latest head turner, the iPod Nano, at a special event in San Francisco yesterday, reported Yahoo! News!!
This brand new iPod looks uber cool, with the thickness equalling a #2 size pencil, and weighs just 1.5 ounces!! Ofcourse, it doesn’t have a hard-disk, its flash memory based, like the earlier introduced iPod Shuffle. But unlike iPod Shuffle which comes in 512MB & 1GB storage capacities, this iPod Mini replacement comes in 2GB & 4GB flavours, with some cool new accessories!!! Another first in this iPod is its screen lock feature which renders it un-operable to anyone but the owner!! 😉 Read More
Well, its nothing new, MT is a big disappointment, yet again!! I thought that I’d install the newly released MT3.2 to see what they have improved that they are skipping about, so I went ahead and downloaded the FREE Personal Edition.
Downloading it required me to have a TypeKey account which I didn’t have, no problem, I signed up. I downloaded the 1.76MB ZIP package(unzipping it makes it a cool 5MB+). Now I needed to install Perl(I don’t have it since I don’t use it), so off I went and downloaded ActivePerl(weighing 8.5MB), then proceeded to install it. Then opened the Perl Package Manager & installed DBI & DBD-mysql packages, configured IIS , so the Perl was now fully setup on my PC(yuck!!). Read More
Yeah, I finally started on Ruby, more than a year after I considered learning it. 🙂
Installing it was a breeze as I downloaded OneClick Ruby Installer for Windows which is an EXE file that installs Ruby painlessly. Took less than 5 minutes!! 😉
Now starting on Ruby wasn’t difficult at all. The OneClick Ruby Installer installed two editors, FreeRIDE & SciTE Editor. Any of them can be used to code & compile Ruby, & they are both good. I first tried FreeRIDE, its written in Ruby itself. It looked OK, not as cool as other editors like Zend Studio or DreamweaverMX. But then I noticed, it was quite an older version of FreeRIDE. I downloaded the latest version of FreeRIDE, it weighs almost as much as the OneClick Ruby Installer, about 14MB. Then I noticed that the SciTE Editor bundled with the OneClick Ruby Installer was also quite outdated, so I downloaded & installed the latest version of SciTE Editor as well. 😉 Read More
Yes, it is true. After revolutionising the online advertising media industry, Google is now trying out for a share in the print media as well, the traditional advertising media, reports c|net!!
Its a known fact that almost all of Google’s revenue is generated from its ads, and now its quietly testing the print ads, in order to expand an already high revenue business. Google is doing this by buying ad pages in tech magazines like PC Magazine & Maximum PC and then reselling that real-estate in small chunks of quarters & fifths, to a select few advertisers of its AdWords program. Read More
The Webmaster’s Weekly #12 is out & the Quick Tip tells you about a simple way of doing a search-replace in a MySQL table.
Well, it might be something new for Chrispian but I’ve been doing this for ages, infact I don’t know of any other search-replace technique for MySQL when you don’t need to replace the data of the whole column of a record, but just some text from between it, like in “hello world, today is wednesday” you want to replace “today is wednesday” with “yesterday was thursday”. This is ofcourse quite a simple example which can be done with a simple SQL. The tip however says that its quite simple to just download the data as SQL using phpMyAdmin, open it in a text editor, search-replace and then upload back after saving. Read More
MovableType 3.2 is now out in open to wreak havoc, well for the time being, its wreaking havoc on the paying customers, says TurboBlogger!! 😀
It seems that the guys at Lockergnome tried to upgrade their multi-user blog but after the upgrade, none of the authors, including the super-boss Chris Pirillo, were able to login. So they’ve reverted to the earlier MT version they were using for the time being, till the sweet guys at SixApart take apart this little “all in a day’s work” snag out!! Pretty sloppy for a company that charges an arm & leg for a blog software & claims it to be the best, that they didn’t test out the upgrade process!! 😉 Jay Allen who announced the MT release, listed “Better Installation and Upgrade” as one of the new features, well ofcourse they didn’t have Lockergnome ruining their party!! Well Jay, you guys gotta concentrate more on making your product atleast easy to install & upgrade for old bats, before thinking about anything else like loosening up bottle corks for the company President!! 😀 Read More
A test version of Microsoft’s long awaited & talked about next generation file system, WinFS, was released quitely to MSDN subscribers on Monday, reported ZDNet Australia.
This new file system was earlier slated to be released with the Windows “Longhorn” Vista but Microsoft announced about an year back that it was pulling out WinFS from the next version of Windows so that the much-awaited operating system can make a 2006 release. One of the new features of this new file system will be faster file search, I read somewhere that it’ll be powered by a streamed down version of SQL Server & files could be called up just like an SQL query & can benefit a lot from indexing, whether that’s true or not, is yet to be seen. 😉 Read More