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Comments Subscription WP Plugin

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Via Matt, I came across this seemingly cool plugin for WordPress made by Jennifer, which lets users subscribe to comments to the posts they’ve commented so that they get an eMail notification when someone else has commented after their comment. ๐Ÿ˜€

Looks like cool. I’ll sure try that out & put it in my Blog once I upgrade. Mind you, I haven’t upgraded to WP1.2 yet, & its been weeks since it was released & I was one of the people who reported its release within few hours. ๐Ÿ˜‰
But then, like i mentioned here, I’m also working on changing the look of the Blog & I’ve decided that I’ll upgrade with new look, so that’s what’s taking the time.
 

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Google PageRank!!

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Google PageRank is a way through which you can know how does Google rank/value your website on a scale of 10. The higher your website is ranked/valued, the better it is, for your prospects of being listed higher in Google increases & its the No.1 search engine, don’t forget that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But how do one know the page rank of their website or any other website? Well, those who have Google Toolbar installed in their browsers can find out the page rank of the website you are currently browsing. ๐Ÿ˜€ But then again, the problem is that the toolbar is available only for Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later on Microsoft Windows, & there are lots of people who don’t use Internet Explorer or aren’t on Microsoft Windows. I for one, don’t use plain Internet Explorer. Sure, I use Internet Explorer 6 but I use it through Crazy Browser, which means I can’t use Google Toolbar. Then? How do they see the page rank of a website or their own website?

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GMail or TroubleMail?

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The famous can’t stay out of controversies, that’s a fact that they have to live with. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Be it an individual like Britney Spears, Madonna or a company like Microsoft or Google. Google? Yes, Google, the famous search engine, widely acclaimed as the No. 1 search engine in present internet. ๐Ÿ˜€
Google shocked many & crashed heavens on many a heads when it announced that it’ll start a free eMail service that’ll provide a massive 1GB of storage. But what came as a real shock that became a sort of controversy later was its decision to scan all outgoing eMails for keywords & place ads in eMails according to those keywords. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ Since then, there’ve been many a copycats beating Google to come forward with 1GB of storage, as GMail’s still in Beta phase. ๐Ÿ˜‰
But though Google has weathered troubled waters, one woman vowed to stamp it out of Google. Senator Liz Figueroa of Fremont, California, USA, filed a proposal with the Senate for the legislation to be passed which would ban the evil practices that Google may employ with GMail, ie., scanning its users’ outgoing eMails for keywords to place relevant ads in the eMail. ๐Ÿ˜•
And now, the Californian Senate has approved the anti-GMail bill after several revisions, placing strict restrictions on scanning of customers’ eMails for advertising or other purposes.
Though Google touted GMail as a revolution in FREE eMail industry with a storage of size so huge that users would never have to delete their correspondence. This, as it turns out, has numerous side-effects as that storage would mean a vast repository of private & personal correspondence which can be reviewed by law enforcement agencies or any other 3rd parties. Sounds like trouble, no? ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, read on then…

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New Additions to the website!

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Ok, a quick post before I go offline for good.
I’ve added 6 more games to the Games Planet. You can see & play them here. 4 are Flash games & 2 are Shockwave games, so be sure that you have Flash Player plugin in your browser to play Flash Games & Shockwave Player plugin to play Shockwave Games. You can get the latest versions here if you don’t have them, they are FREE. ๐Ÿ˜€
Download Flash Player
Download Shockwave Player

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A peek inside the future?

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Matt gave us a peek inside the plans for the future of WordPress, what’s on the charts & what we can expect. ๐Ÿ˜€
Having the ability to run multiple blogs through just one installation is a feature that has eluded WordPress users till yet. To have multiple blogs, we have to install multiple instances of wordpress. Though its not a problem but still, the ability to create/edit/monitor a blog with just a click is too tempting & too good to be overlooked. ๐Ÿ˜‰
And this is the feature that other Blog scripts in the competition have had for many versions now, the leader of the pack being MovableType. This is a feature that has kept MT users from switching to WordPress from MT. Many MT users have been fed up with the slow rebuilds(rebuilding itself is a disgusting thing) & now the licensing evils of MT. But most of MT users have more than a Blog running of their MT install & they used to wonder that how difficult would it be to manage more than one instance of WP, logging in to different urls(this can be solved with a little coding) each time to adminster a Blog, its just too much of an overhead. ๐Ÿ˜ก
I, for one, don’t have any problems with non-existence of multi-blogs feature, as I’m the only one who run this Blog. So added feature or not, it doesn’t matter much to me(at the moment). But I think that it’ll be an added reason for people to start using WordPress & to switch from MT. ๐Ÿ˜€
 

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Howdy Mac!!

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I’ve just 2 words to say to those Mac users who ridiculed Windows users saying that we are fools to use insecure & virus happy OS, “hastalavista baby”. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Mac users have been hit hi-time with the risk of 1-2-combo attacks. A security researcher has released the fact that OS-X has a couple of security flaws which when exploited together, can do the ole Mac some good by allowing the attacker to run any file from the victim Mac. In simple english, it means that Mac OS-X is Vulnerable. The reasearcher claims to have notified Apple of these flaws in February but the big A never responded, which made it quite clear that Apple are just too confident about the security of their products that they can be safely called over-confident.
Its not that they didn’t respond. Apple did release a security patch last Friday but what’s amusing is that it has failed to plug the security hole. Jason Harris, a programmer for Unsanity wrote in his company’s white paper that it’ll not be easy to fix these flaws & Apple will have to remove useful features from its OS to fix these flaws, given that there’s a lot of overlap between the apps on OS-X.

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Philanthropist Microsoft!!

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Its not that Bill Gates the philanthropist & Bill Gates the Microsoft Chairman, are two different people. Nor is that he does philanthropy only through Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I’ve got a strong reason to believe that he does philanthropy through Microsoft too. If anyone follows news closely or have been doing so even for past one year, (s)he can see what I’m pointing at. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Whoever said that Microsoft hasn’t done anything significant in the past year, needs to brush up on the news headlines & get an eye checkup. Ofcourse Microsoft has done pretty significant things in the past year. They are the settlements for law suits filed against Microsoft. Seems like Microsoft has found out a new way to contribute for development in the IT industry. They pay for settlements of law suits which are filed against them by rival companies. In the past year, Microsoft has paid billions of $$$ to settle the courtroom duels with Sun Microsystems, InterTrust, Time Warner’s Netscape division, etc.
James Gosling, the father of Java, mentioned Microsoft’s pay-off to Sun in his Blog & hinted that a good part of the settlement would be invested in Java development.

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SuperComputing Windows!!

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A market dominated(or should I say monopolised) by Unix/Linux until now, may not be the same in next 2-3 years. Microsoft is planning to take its war with Linux into the next level by moving up its efforts to make Windows for the hi-speed data crunching monoliths, shortnamed Super Computers. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 
Presently, if you want to have supercomputing simulation, you create a cluster of high performance computers & to get all that computing to work, Linux was the obvious choice. Techies around the world would instantly say “Linux” if you ask them for an OS to run on their clusters.
Now Microsoft is also going the cluster way, with its High Performance Computing for Windows Server 2003. ๐Ÿ˜€
One of the key benefits of this will be that connection between the big bird(the cluster or super computer) & the workstations running Windows will be smooth & easy. ๐Ÿ˜€ Until now, creating the bridge between Linux Server & Windows Clients had been tricky, a bit difficult, & dependent on 3rd Party tools.
Well, until anything solid is released, I’m not looking further in it. It still is a concept that hasn’t yet materialised. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But you can read up the full story at CNet’s News.com if you desire. ๐Ÿ˜‰
 

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64Bit Virus

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We heard about 64Bit processors. Then we heard about 64Bit operating systems & softwares. I think its time we hear about 64Bit Viruses. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Yes, that’s true. Anti-Virus & Security company Symatec reported on thursday that they’ve identified what they think is the first virus for the 64Bit versions of Windows, which is labeled W64.Rugrat.3344.
That’s crazy if you ask me. ๐Ÿ˜ก I mean, 64Bit operating systems(especially Windows) haven’t even got a foothold in the industry yet, they are not widespread yet & there’s a virus already for them. ๐Ÿ™„ What does the virus writer want with this? The last thing I knew was that virus coders write viruses for OSes that have a great following, so as to make an impact on a lot of computers & people. Maybe I should refresh my thoughts on that & do some reading again. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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Stored Queries in Access

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Marcus has written an article at 15Seconds which highlights the increase in performance that you can get when you use Stored Queries in the Access database rather than using Dynamic Queries.

Ofcourse everyone has heard about Stored Procedures in databases like MSSQL & Oracle etc., but what you may ask what are stored queries in Access databases. Its not a surprise that many ASP developers, including those who’ve been programming in ASP for quite a time now, are unaware of Stored Queries. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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