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Yahoo! Mail, it rocks!!

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No, I’m not talking about the existing Yahoo! Mail, which is not bad in itself, but I’m talking about the Yahoo! Mail that’s not yet available to the masses. Yes yes, I’m of course talking about the new look & interface of Yahoo! Mail, which is currently in beta and accessible only to a very small percentage of Yahoo! users. I got the invitation yesterday when I logged in to mail, & asked me whether I want to try the beta, I of course wanted to & clicked the button, but I hit a snag there, as on the next screen I was informed that my browser(Opera v8.51) is not supported & that either I get a browser which is supported(IE6 or FireFox or Mozilla) or I continue on with old UI of Yahoo! Mail. Not one to let go of the opportunity, I immediately changed browsers & logged in again & there, the new interface loaded, & after the first look, my first reaction was ….. “wow”!! 😕

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AdWords, now on Radio!!

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The last news on Google’s AdWords expansion, it was about AdWords Print Edition. Now it seems that Google will be trying its hand next in Radio, by delivering ads in the broadcasts, as Google looks set to buy a radio ad company called dMarc Broadcasting Inc. The purchase price of New Beach, California, based company is estimated at about $1.2 billion. Under the deal, which was announced few hours ago, Google will be paying $102 million in cash & about $1.14 billion over the next three years provided that the performance targets meet, like product integration, net revenue and advertising inventory targets.

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Windows Live Mail sucks, literally!!

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I got the invitation for testing the Windows Live Mail Beta & I opted for it, anticipating some enhanced UI that will help me use my Hotmail better. The invitations for this next generation of Hotmail are given out by themselves only, no existing beta tester can invite anyone else, as in the case of Gmail. So I jumped on, upgraded to Windows Live Mail Beta and logged in. But after using the interface for a few minutes, I was quite a bit disappointed, even though I’d known from the first looks that I’ll be disappointed!!

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Bloggers' Evening Out!!

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Note: If you are interested in reading a Hindi version of this, then please click here.

I’ve been waiting for the evening of January 2nd, 2006, with great anticipation, for the 5th Delhi Bloggers’ Meet was scheduled for half past six in the evening at the N-Block Connaught Place outlet of Barista. 😕 But the skies were not sharing my eagerness to meet the fellow bloggers and were looking menacing all day & started spitting their venom in slow motion by the time I was getting ready to leave for the meet. I waited & waited and when finally the skies stoppped for a breather, I seized my opportunity & rode my bike like hell, so as to get out of the area hoping against the hopes that they would leave me alone when I’m considerable distance away. That was not to happen as the conspiracy against me continued resulting a slight drizzle 2-3 times when I was on road. Unfazed, I continued to plough on. But determined to be not outdone by a mere mortal like me, the skies unleashed their fury when I took the turn for Laxmi Narayan Temple. Being stubborn as I’m(afterall I was nearly there), I increased my speed and continued on to Gole Market, Bangla Sahib and then Connaught Place. Since I hadn’t been to Barista(at Connaught Place) before, and as pointed out by codey earlier, I started to circumnavigate around the outer circle when finally after Ruby Tuesday & Federal Bank, I spotted the target!! 😀 I was already late by an hour and quite a lot soaked thanks to the fury of skies(which have given up by then & had gone for a break). So after parking, I dried up my bag & helmet, unsuccessfully tried to dry up my self & then went in.

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Intel's New Year Gift!!

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Yeah, looks like its Intel’s New Year Gift(you can call it a Christmas Gift as well). FedEx delivered 5 thick books from the good guys at Intel yesterday, the IA-32 Intel® Architecture Software Developer’s Manual:

  1. Volume 1: Basic Architecture
  2. Volume 2A: Instruction Set Reference, A-M
  3. Volume 2B: Instruction Set Reference, N-Z
  4. Volume 3: System Programming Guide
  5. Optimization Reference Manual

These books are also available for free from Intel’s website as PDF downloads(eBooks) but I always prefer printed books over eBooks whenever possible, the traditional way has a warmth that the electronic way lacks(& talk of warmth, its pretty cold here)!! 🙂

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Delhi Bloggers' Meet!!

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Yep, Saket announced it just a few minutes ago, the first Delhi Bloggers’ Meet of 2006 at the coffee pub Barista at Connaught Place, New Delhi. 😀 Its on 2nd January 2006, 6:30pm IST onwards. The 5th edition of Delhi Bloggers’ Meet is being hosted by Shivam Vij. 🙂

If you happen to be in New Delhi on that day at that time, drop in to say hello and you’ll be able to meet a special attendee, Amit Varma of IndiaUncut fame!! 😉

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Don't upgrade your WordPress, yet!!

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Yes, that’s right, if you are using WordPress 1.5.2, then stay where you are, don’t be tempted by the candy that WordPress 2.0 offers you, don’t upgrade yet, especially if you are not of a techy species, that’s a bit of friendly advice from me!! 🙂

Though there’s nothing to worry about, but still, it happens sometimes with some major software upgrades, things go messy. A few things have gone awry with this WordPress release(which is a mammoth upgrade to the core) and they can prove to be too much for the non-techy users who aren’t used to the heat of applications & websites breaking down unexpectedly. I’d say that this release of WordPress can be taken on par with a nightly build, Robert posted few important things that are broken and has striked off those which are fixed in WordPress SVN(Subversion).

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iG:Syntax Hiliter Incompatibility!!

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iG:Syntax Hiliter is not fully compatible with the new WordPress 2.0. Though the existing installations might work alright, new installs of the plugin on WordPress 2.0 may cause some problems due to the revamped user system in WordPress. The earlier user levels have been disposed off and user roles have been introduced. So the plugin will not install when activated in the plugin management page on your WordPress 2.0 install as it currently checks for the minimum user level 8 to install the plugin and edit the configuration options!! 😕

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