Archive | January, 2005

Technology Festivals in India

30 Jan

I write this post in the middle of the biggest college technology festival in the country. With what would have begun as an attempt to create, connect and relate aspects of technology, it has now taken the shape of an entirely commercial event with enormous budgets and unprecedented extravagance.

Forced to wonder, is it still THE platform for the energetic and creative to push the frontiers of expanding technology, or is it the place to see ‘branding’ take new dimensions, the place to “walk away with a fortune”.

Weak Passwords and MySQL

30 Jan

I still remember the day, when I attended my first lecture at this university. The one thing my Prof warned me then was to make sure that I keep my passwords *cryptic*. For me cryptic then meant anything that was not my name or my date of birth. Of course how could I expect somebody to know that a new word could be formed just with my bike license plate number and my sister’s name.

Then I was just a kid, someone not exposed to technology, rather someone not exposed to its dark side. But then, I am not alone. People who should know more about this than me, the “system administrators” think on these lines even today too. Else how could a password guessing worm access a flaw in MySQL affecting not one, not two but eight thousand databases!!

Republic Day Wishes

26 Jan

India celebrates Republic Day today. Let’s hope that this day enthuses vigour and vitality, inculcates in us a feeling for our nation, its rich heritage, and kaleidoscopic life. As my friend wrote in his Republic Day Greeting email, “Let’s hope that this momentous occasion would also bring more food to the needy, more clothes to the ravaged, more cheers and less tears on the face of every child and more grit, courage and determination in every single individual of this nation.”

In triumph and in tragedy- One country, under God Indivisible.

Wallop Invitations

26 Jan

A mail in my Inbox

You recently requested more invitations for your wallop account. This request has now been processed. Please feel free to use these to invite new friends to wallop. However, please be aware that after 7 days any of your unused invitations will be recycled back into the system.

The countdown starts… 7

Google Video – Search TV Programs

26 Jan

From web pages to Television programs. That; swhat Google has now ventured into in its quest of organizing world information. According to Google, “Google Video enables you to search a growing archive of televised content – everything from sports to dinosaur documentaries to news shows.”

rel=”nofollow” – (Over)Commercializing the Internet

24 Jan

I had written in my previous post that the use of rel=”nofollow” attribute wouldn’t be all that useful in stopping comment spams. Nikolaos writes on his blog that this could also lead to the already overcommercialised Internet becoming evn more commercialised.

Stopping Comment spam

21 Jan

The big guns- Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have gotten together in the crusade against comment spam with the use of rel=nofollow attribute in the links.

Why it wont score a 10/10?

From the Google blog,

From now on, when Google sees the attribute (rel=”nofollow”) on hyperlinks, those links won’t get any credit when we rank websites in our search results. This isn’t a negative vote for the site where the comment was posted; it’s just a way to make sure that spammers get no benefit from abusing public areas like blog comments, trackbacks, and referrer lists.

Now, this means that if I add rel=nofollow attribute in the links, then no one can just fool around and increase his website rankings and thereby has no reasons to spam! Right?

But what about those comment spams whose objective is nowhere linked to achieve higher website rankings/pageRanks but is to spread awareness about their ‘product’, which might be a blog or a brand. All this spam strives for is people visiting these URLs and taking note of their website. In this sort of a situation, I do not see rel=nofollow being of any use.