Archive for the ‘computers’ Category

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April 19, 2006

Use Academic search launched by Live.com to search for journals and publications.

Another way to access websites. Use Hostname to IP address and get the ip address of the website then use IP address to decimal calculator to get a decimal equivalent and then visit the website in this fashion http://3477384427

Tips: Developing High Traffic Web to make it handle millions of hits.

Top 10 Best Designed Blogs, looks like we might have to work very hard to compete.

Make your web better and more attractive using Top 10 CSS tutorials

How can you save your installation by using Windows Xp's Rebuild command

Rumours say that Oracle is set to launch own version of linux

Have a look at the screen-shots of new Yahoo! homepage.

Wanna know who is ignoring you using yahoo stealth settings, here is a hack for you.

chk out Aishwarya Rai in her first Hollywood movie trailer The Last Legion.

Dhoomk2 on Dalip Singh aka Great Khali, the first real WWE wrestler from India. Gaurav also shares his views and achievements of a labourer from Punjab, then a policemen, a Mr. India and now a WWE wrestler.

and a must watch trailer of Titanic 2: The surface, superb job of editing. 😉

| live ip web blog design css trailer |

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Office 2007 UI preview

April 6, 2006

Have a look at the new UserInterface of Office 2007 from the video

new user experience involves

  • The Ribbon inplace of menubar and toolbar 
  • Contextual tabs
  • Galleries
  • Live preview
  • Customizable quick access
  • Mini toolbar

Microsoft, Office 12 | digg it

myths and facts of s/w patents

April 3, 2006

In his new post on software patents Paul Graham seems to validates patents saying

"Hockey allows checking. It's part of the game. If your team refuses to do it, you simply lose. So it is in business. Under the present rules, patents are part of the game."

He mentions the following benefit of patents

"Before patents, people protected ideas by keeping them secret. If secrecy were the only protection for ideas, companies wouldn't just have to be secretive with other companies; they'd have to be secretive internally. This would encourage what is already the worst trait of big companies." "Businesses would become more secretive to compensate, and in some fields this might get ugly."

But he also (mainly in starup domain) says that Software Patents doesn't matter much because

"software is so complicated that patents by themselves are not worth very much"

"startups rarely attack big companies head-on"

"Good hackers care a lot about matters of principle, and they are highly mobile. If a company starts misbehaving, smart people won't work there."

and advise startups to ignore patent infringements

"Most innovation in the software business happens in startups, and startups should simply ignore other companies' patents. At least, that's what we advise, and we bet money on that advice."

and also advise them to apply for patents either for defense or for mating dance with acquirers

"We do advise the companies we fund to apply for patents, but not so they can sue competitors. Successful startups either get bought or grow into big companies. If a startup wants to grow into a big company, they should apply for patents to build up the patent portfolio they'll need to maintain an armed truce with other big companies. If they want to get bought, they should apply for patents because patents are part of the mating dance with acquirers."

His this way of establishing tautology is quite interesting

"when you're saying something that Richard Stallman and Bill Gates would both agree with, you must be perilously close to tautologies."

But I was brought up in the open/free (source) world with the 'myth' that patents are evil. The bible strongly said that.

"Software patents are the software project equivalent of land mines: each design decision carries a risk of stepping on a patent, which can destroy your project." [link]

PG and RMS both are gurus, but i somehow feel convinced with PG's views. I just assume that these are views of a practical and an extremist gurus. I cannot compare these views as they are made on different planes.