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Gmail is giving me problems.

Posted on August 4, 2007. Filed under: google |

Gmail of late is giving me few problems when I try to send attachments. And this problem surfaces every time when I try to attach image file in any of format. My Dad who was new to Gmail admired it for its mail management capabilities, but was really bugged when he tried to send attachments. Same happened to me, when I did it, and it is not a computer specific problem as I faced same problem when I tried to mail from my college or my Dad tried to do it from his office. I am here posting the image of problem if any one of you encountered same problem then, and later found solution to it then feel free to post it in comments.

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Why feeds are addictive?

Posted on June 29, 2007. Filed under: blogging, google |

I also feed on feeds and and Google Reader acts as my dinner table. And let me tell you that feeds are addictive, though I dont have any scientific or medical proof for it, but yes I can say that from my very own experience. And anybody else who is using some kind of reader must be feeling same. I use firefox as my browser, and there are three things which I open as soon as I get online.

  • Orkut
  • Google Reader
  • Blogger/Wordpress

One can easily understand that there is one thing common in all the three items, and that is social connectivity. The crux is that any thing which connects you with others, and with connection if that thing provides you with infotainment then that thing is going to be addictive. And history is full of examples. And a feed reader does all these things quite handsomely.
One thing which bugs me about the reader, and in particular with google reader is that it does not have any kind of interaction facility. Often there are posts, on which I would love to comment, but I wont, as I have to click and then wait for next page to upload. By the time I decide, I am already on next post.

By the way this is an echo post, and the post which inspired me to write this is here.

And below is an interesting video of Robert Scoble telling about his reading and filtering skills.

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Orkut adds one more feature.

Posted on March 30, 2007. Filed under: google, Orkut |

I really love when Orkut adds some features, because I reside in it. It is not the best social network when it comes to express your feeling to whole world but it is a great way to communicate withing your known group. And more importantly I have nearly all my friends on it.
Coming on the new feature…
Image is self explanatory, but to mention it is only in communities, and not on your profiles. So this raises a question, why didn’t they made it universal? Though the logic is simple but still it could have been placed in profiles also.
Now coming on interface…
Its is very simple and all on same blue background. You can place unlimited options, go for multiple checks, get instant results(in green bars…different from all blue), You get it on the main page of your community. As such there is nothing bad in interface, and is a good addition all in all.
So now on enjoy polling on Orkut.

Update…
I discovered yet another feature on Orkut, its kind of a mix feature using Google Toolbar. You get a search icon for your google toolbar to search your friends and communities in Orkut. I dont know whether this is a firefox only option or is also for Google toolbar in Internet Explorer. But once again Google is doing which I will call as consolidation of services and bridging them together.
Do you have any prediction for any new bridge.

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Picasa+Web=Picasaweb+Blogger!!!

Posted on March 27, 2007. Filed under: google, social networking |


Consolidation, this has been the mantra for people at google for while, at least it seems from viewer angle. Gtalk with Orkut, then Orkut+Youtube, Reader+Blogger, and now Blogger+Picasaweb.
This time also they have done it nicely and it was a long felt need. I, always wanted to retrieve images I uploaded to blogger for posts and wondered where they went after I uploaded them, and now they have solved both of my problems. They have integrated both the platforms together. You can see all your photos which you uploaded on your blog on your Picasaweb page with a Blogger B logo on them. And them from there, you can use them for reposting.
This is still not done they can also make Picasweb a hub for my photos on Orkut, and can make them more secure.
There is one more thing which Google have added on Picasaweb, and that is community photo search. This now brings it in lines of Flickr, but still it is not very networking friendly, as you still dont have a single window kind of thing to view your favorites photos. But they are improving and that too on fast pace, and more importantly this king kong size organization is going for consolidation.

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Picasa+Web=Picasaweb,

Posted on February 19, 2007. Filed under: google, web services |


Picasa from Google is a well known software for image management + some tweaking options. But when it comes to Picasweb situations turns out murky. Google model for this service is different from many other online photo storage services like Photobucket, Imageshack etc. Picasaweb is like an internet partner to Picas and both are seamlessly integrated, with easy uploading options. Though Picasa is not a necessity for uploading, which means it also have normal uploading options. There is no mention of bandwidth provided but they give user some 250MB, which can be upgraded to 6GB for $25/year, which in itself is a good bargain.
Navigation on Picasaweb is very good, and swift, sharing facility is also great, which is the viral part, like any other such service. There is an option for print ordering also, which is very much in phase with other services. And very much similar to other such services there are all those tagging, commenting, HTML links etc. But when it comes to social aspect it is a big zero. Just to understand Flickr is such a success not because it is a photo storage service but it is very social friendly, you can spend hours surfing on flickr. Go to my Album, and you will not find a single way to search any other album, but my favorites, and currently I am not having any favorites, because none of my friend is using PW and I am not able to search any other album, which mean even I am facing a dead end. They are offering a video upload option, and also an option to uploads friends album, but hey I haven’t got a single friend on PW and neither I am able to make any as I am not able to search any.
If you think that there is no way out, then I am not going to buy your view. My logic is pretty simple, integrate Gmail(which now is an open network), Orkut(which is also an open network), Blogger(which was open and will remain open) with PW. And then what you get is a killer application, with killer web service.
Google has really got something wrong when it comes to create social networks around their service. One of the key feature of WordPress which by many is regarded as a better blogging platform than Blogger is their social nature. Google answer also turned out to be a debacle and Google would soon like to forget it. Google groups is not at the top of chain, and if there wouldn’t have been up to blogs then you might have probably missed many of their services.
While Google creates any new service or buy out a new one, you can try their old ones, and comment on this post.
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Videos on Orkut – Back gift on Orkut’s 3rd B’day

Posted on February 2, 2007. Filed under: google, social networking |


Oh yes, I came and blogged which I wasnt meant to do, as my exams are on run, and I am trying to catch them red handed. But one thing compelled me to do this, yes after so many messages of suggestions which many others including me must have posted to orkut about including videos, we finally have them. It was quite simple, they are having one of the biggest library of videos, yes You Tube and still they didnt had video option for their social network. But now they have that. And yes it wasnt there yesterday.
They also had (for one day) a navigation button for pics in orkut album, which they removes after few hours or so, I dont know the reason behind, but that was a good add on.
Google can still integrate few more things on orkut just from their very own stable. They have many for that. And one certainly would be Blogger.
Googlers please add just one more button…on profile page for Blogs. And thats it.
And yes yes please remove the 12 image cap from album, we want to upload more, and yes few more personalized options for increased privacy. Like by whom we want our photos to be seen, because recently there have been few cases in India regarding this problem. As of currently any one visiting my profile can see my album, which was primarily meant just for my friends as orkut was a closed network. But late last year they made it open, and now we have more problems regarding privacy.
One more thing…yes for orkut…why dont they update there news section
Before ending lets discuss what this service is, its not a stand alone video sharing service. You upload your videos on two of the Google services, that is You Tube and Google video, which I think amount to largest user generated(and not so user generated) video library, and then put its link on your Orkut video favorites. So this makes it more like video blog entry without any possibility of any kind of write up. If google is in any plan to monetize videos for users than this can be a double edged master stroke. I dont understand one thing, why after making Orkut a open social network they are not providing easy url for profiles for example my profile url is http://www.orkut.com/Profile.aspx?uid=6074091533297241425 , this is some thing which I can not remember, at least that number is beyond my mental reach.


As of videos one more thing which I should mention is that this service is only limited to You tube and Google video, this means that if you are having your videos on some other services that you can not show them on your orkut profile. This is not at all good.
Beside adding an option for video they have also tweaked one thing for good, that is in scrap book, now they wont be telling you some out of world time for your scraps but would be telling local time and also relative time. Oh thats one great relief.
Even in present format Orkut is far from being complete, its not as big as Myspace but yes it does have potential to be so. Now they should try to make it much more secure, they should also look at privacy factor because that was one of their USP when they launched it.

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Videos on Orkut – Back gift on Orkut’s 3rd B’day

Posted on February 2, 2007. Filed under: google, social networking |


Oh yes, I came and blogged which I wasnt meant to do, as my exams are on run, and I am trying to catch them red handed. But one thing compelled me to do this, yes after so many messages of suggestions which many others including me must have posted to orkut about including videos, we finally have them. It was quite simple, they are having one of the biggest library of videos, yes You Tube and still they didnt had video option for their social network. But now they have that. And yes it wasnt there yesterday.
They also had (for one day) a navigation button for pics in orkut album, which they removes after few hours or so, I dont know the reason behind, but that was a good add on.
Google can still integrate few more things on orkut just from their very own stable. They have many for that. And one certainly would be Blogger.
Googlers please add just one more button…on profile page for Blogs. And thats it.
And yes yes please remove the 12 image cap from album, we want to upload more, and yes few more personalized options for increased privacy. Like by whom we want our photos to be seen, because recently there have been few cases in India regarding this problem. As of currently any one visiting my profile can see my album, which was primarily meant just for my friends as orkut was a closed network. But late last year they made it open, and now we have more problems regarding privacy.
One more thing…yes for orkut…why dont they update there news section
Before ending lets discuss what this service is, its not a stand alone video sharing service. You upload your videos on two of the Google services, that is You Tube and Google video, which I think amount to largest user generated(and not so user generated) video library, and then put its link on your Orkut video favorites. So this makes it more like video blog entry without any possibility of any kind of write up. If google is in any plan to monetize videos for users than this can be a double edged master stroke. I dont understand one thing, why after making Orkut a open social network they are not providing easy url for profiles for example my profile url is http://www.orkut.com/Profile.aspx?uid=6074091533297241425 , this is some thing which I can not remember, at least that number is beyond my mental reach.


As of videos one more thing which I should mention is that this service is only limited to You tube and Google video, this means that if you are having your videos on some other services that you can not show them on your orkut profile. This is not at all good.
Beside adding an option for video they have also tweaked one thing for good, that is in scrap book, now they wont be telling you some out of world time for your scraps but would be telling local time and also relative time. Oh thats one great relief.
Even in present format Orkut is far from being complete, its not as big as Myspace but yes it does have potential to be so. Now they should try to make it much more secure, they should also look at privacy factor because that was one of their USP when they launched it.

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Google Reader trends, a trend setter.

Posted on January 4, 2007. Filed under: google, web services |


When it comes to feed reading, then its Google Reader for me. I once trried few others, but the ease which it provides is certainly beyond comparison. Lets start whole topic with why I love Google, and its products. Not because they are on some what anti Microsoft stand but the are dynamic. And If you are on net then you must be dynamic.
Reader, is on with a new add on, that is trend. This little new feature allows to user to watch the previous trends which he had followed while he read his feeds.
They have not only divided statistics on the base of most read and almost inactive feeds but also the most active time and days, which make an interesting read. And not only a interesting read but also helps to unload some of feeds if you find them as dull, and static. And I think Google have used ‘Tags’, as they nearly always use ‘Labels’ for the same purpose. This might just help them to be the market leader in feed readers.
One of the few complains which I have with google is that they are really weak with community developing. Looking for an example…. http://www.google.com/reader/shared/08826823285193384074
That URL is address of my feed blog. I certainly can not remember it.
One more trouble i with its sharing option, it is not providing any customization option in sharing field. I think I should be given an option to share few feeds with my friends only, and not with whole world.
But of Trends, its really a nice service as it will help in prioritizing feed reading if in 11th hour. More over one can just share his feed reading trends, and certainly Robert Scoble would like to do so. I certainly think that this is a mere coincidence that in my previous post I discussed about a guy named Yuvi from India who has done a detailed study of Robert Scoble’s blog Scobleizer and even of his feed blog, Robert on his blog have repeatedly written about his affection for Google Reader. Hey I am not in for doing a study on Scobleizer, as I have to study for the end semester examinations which are just around my neck. By the I think Google should continue with the same spirit to bring up some thing new, and keep their ever growing empire dynamic.


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Orkut is down…in viral? {UPDATED}

Posted on December 29, 2006. Filed under: google, social networking |

Orkut which is the only social network in Alexa rankings of top ten barring MySpace and YouTube, is down and as Techcrunch is reporting it is down for 15 hours…and counting. I woke up early morning and put on my PC to see orkut down, and I am still seeing Orkut down. There can be few theories, they are going for some major major upgrade which only few people wanted to do, none was agreeing them and then to get their thing accepted they shut the whole system down and now they are doing it all from beginning. Second they are down due to some really big virus, probably of the size of human. Thirdly the recent earthquake near Taiwan can be the possible culprit…OK there can be many more and we really dont know what the possible reason is.

But to see that Orkut had got some huge publicity in India and Brazil though not for some good reasons, and thus increasing their traffic in folds is really enthralling. Why enthralling, just because its Google venture and Google, I think is very weak in community run ventures.

By the way due to Orkut viral, I was not able to contact many of my friends. So if by any chance any one of you are here, then have a Hi from me in this my small space.
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Update…

After hours of waiting I checked it once again and it is on…bye the way it is 1:30 am in India, and I was digging in some physics books. Now on a serious note I think that google is getting serious about Orkut, and by now they are also fed up with DONUTS, so I think it would me much of a server overhaul and it took them some 18+ hours to do so. And on optimistic note they would have done some major arrangement for 1 Jan celebrations, by providing us a video+audio integration, and unlimited image posting. They already have server power and necessary services in place, what they miss is a bridge, which can join them all. Lets hope we have more skit options, to think beyond that awkward blue.

Update…
This morning there was an official statement from Orkut and here is what it says. So no… surprises…But life would still move on.

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Bypassing firewalls.

Posted on December 26, 2006. Filed under: google, Tips and Tricks |

We all have as per over human nature have some grey shades in us, and most of the time we enjoy it, when it comes out once in a while. And when we see that some one is jepardising our freedom, we feel like tied down and when it comes to internet then it increases many folds. The famous thing which stops us using few of the mosty wonderfull site on net is fire-wall, and typicaly to the students its one thing which we all like to break.
Here I will be telling you how to bypass most of the firewalls, not break them, because breaking allways create more problems then solving.
One ofthe method which most of you would be familiar to is using proxy server, but once they are identified by an intelligent administrator then you have problem at your hands. There is one site ehich none of the administrator worth his blood can block, and that is none other than google.
The two tricks which I found some where in on net and the ones which I am please to share with you all so that you all can enjoy My Spcae, Orkut and many more are….

  1. Use Google Translate or BabelFish to translate the front page from any language to english, and bingo you will be haivng your front page ready.
  2. The other method is also from Google, that is to use cached versions of the website.

Ok try them, as I havent, and do tell me if they are unsuccessfull. And if they are good enough for your use then just use them and enjoy, do not bother to tell it to us as we will be happy to find you enjoying on net.

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