Personalize Your Facebook URL

12 06 2009

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//Yeahhh, Facebook will soon(tomorrow morning) allow its users to choose a personalise web address for their profile page. Now we will have our real names to share and connect with friends. A nice move by Facebook. This way your friends will have an easy-to-remember way to find you. Facebook users will have the option to claim variation of their personalise URL on a first-come, first-served basis. Tomorrow you will have to be very fast to be the first one to choose the name you want. Here’s the countdown before the launch.

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Reserve Now

Here is a request form for businesses that want to make sure their trademarks are reserved. This form can be used to prevent your trademarks from being registered as usernames.

Example

Instead of “http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=541320719” (littered with numbers and random letters). You will have something like “http://www.facebook.com/username” which is easier to remember.


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Yepp, its really time for a change. To change your Facebook URL, click here. Get Ready, only 10 hours left, set your timer …

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Wolfram Alpha Begins

28 04 2009

 

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//…. still busy with assignments, ok let’s go for a quick post. What is Wolfram Alpha? Have you heard about it, hmm … its a movie? a new operating system? a robot? a search engine? Guess !!

Well Wolfram Alpha is a new way to get answers from the web, they called it the “computational knowlegde engine”. Wolfram Alpha engine will be able to process questions people ask in natural language like “What percentage of the human body is water?”.  Instead of returning links to pages that may contain the answer to your questions, this search engine will respond with the actual answer. 

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Don’t get confused, its not like Google search engine. Google is not intelligent, the following search results make Google to appear intelligent but its not the case. These values have been fetched from a database.

                    1. One dollar in mauritian rupees

                    2. Atomic mass of plutonim

                   3.  Circumference of the earth

 

I think Wolfram will have the ability to reason based on information about the subject and to understand natural language. In a blog post Stephen Wolfram said:

 “Getting computers to deal with natural language has turned out to be incredibly difficult … Wolfram Alpha …With one simple input field that gives access to a huge system, with trillions of pieces of curated data and millions of lines of algorithms”.

Will Wolfram Alpha be a sucess ? Lets wait and see … 

 

How they are different from Google?

They are not trying to index the web, instead they are trying to compute data(knowledge) of the web using natural language algorithms. Wolfram computes answers, it doesn’t look them up in a database. It allows someone to ask scientific(technology, music, weather and more) questions and it compute the answers. 

Wolfram Alpha is built on top of 5 million lines of Mathematica code running on top of about 10,000 CPUs.

 

Who is behind this computational data engine? 

Stephen Wolfram, a British physicist, mathematician and businessman known for his work in theoretical particle physics, cosmology, cellular automata, complexity theory, and computer algebra. ~ From Wikipedia 

He built that engine based on his previous research and works Mathematica and A New Kind of Science

Visit WolframAlpha … Launching May 2009 … I’m excited to test this new engine. If(it’s a really big IF) this really works, its going to be a big thing.





Third Generation iPod Shuffle

12 03 2009

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//Yeah … its here, the new iPod Shuffle 4GB(~1000 songs) with its new special feature, the VoiceOver. The VoiceOver allows the iPod Shuffle to speak your song titles, artists, among others. lol, just wondered what would happen if the title is not spelled correctly? Ahh,  it also tells you when battery level is low.  A nice little display on the device would have been much better. This iPod comes in only silver and black (the silver one still rocks), err… what happened to all the other flashy colors?   

 

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Concerning the new design, its half the size of the previous version,  looks weird and ugly(long rectangle shape). I greatly preferred the previous design over this one. The controls are no more found on the device but  in a small remote found on the standard earphone cord. The sound quality from the standard earphones is very poor, mushy sound at times and the earbuds, aiee aiee … hurt the ears after long use. Users will be forced to use the standard earphone as all the controls are attached to the earphone cord. I think it’s going to put a lot of people off.

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Conclusion

The prior generation iPod Shuffle looks far much better than this one. Hurray, my old iPod Shuffle(2nd generation) still rocks, I used the Sony Ericsson earphones with it, the earbuds offer deep bass and the sound quality is incredible. Note that the old version of iPod Shuffle will still be available according to Apple… go for the old one. Happy Independence Day !!

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Free Unlimited SMS in Mauritius

5 03 2009

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// Wep … You want to send an sms? You don’t have credit on your mobile phone? No worries, sign up on Wadja.com, its a Mobile Social Network that allows you to send free “Unlimited” SMS worldwide(including Mauritius). Wadja supports 80 character messages. There is no delivery confirmation. It covers over more than 500 networks in over 200 countries, so chances are that your friend will live in a place where your text message will reach them. On the top of all, its free. Thanks flyz to Ziad for this nice tip.

Still here, hmm … what next !! Just some tips on how to use this service and on how to configure your account(which is pretty easy).

Step 1: Registration

Go on Wadja.com, fill in the details, enter a valid mail and “Join Wadja”.

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They will send you a confirmation mail.

Step 2: Sending an SMS

Login to your account, once it has been confirmed. Click on “Compose”(2), choose “SMS”(3). Enter the receiver phone number, the message and finally click on “Send”.

Note: Don’t forget to enter the country code just before the phone number(for Mauritius its +230).

 

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Step 3: Add your mobile number to your account (optional)

Now, go through this step only if you want the receiver to know your own phone number, just select “Add mobile number”(4) from the list. 

 

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Enter your phone number and a verification code will be sent to your mobile phone for confirmation.

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Hooray, your account has been configured. Btw, this website has been specifically designed to be viewed on your mobile phone or handset device. You can access it from your mobile phone and send SMS via wap. You can also check out SmsFree4All. 

Enjoy! 😉





Triple Torrent Download Speed

2 03 2009
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// Yep…with price reductions and increased speed on broadband and Orange My.T in Mauritius, its  time to accelerate your download speed. This is a step by step guide on how to configure uTorrent to triple your download speed. I recommend uTorrent(the number one choice) as BitTorrent client. If you are new to torrent world then you should first check this tutorial for port forwarding. 

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Disclaimer: Proceed at your own risk! I will not be held responsible if this document causes your computer to explode or burst into flames. In real serious terms, if any corruption of data, hardware damage or any other kind of damage/losses/etc. arises from the use of this tutorial, I will not be responsible for it. 

Step 1: Increase the number of Max Half Open TCP connections

Let’s starts, Windows XP limits the number of connections a Bittorrent client can attempt to establish simultaneously at any given time. The default limit in Windows XP is 10, its a barrier against virus multiplication(to slow the propogation of worms) but its also drop torrent speeds considerably, as torrent needs a large number of simultaneous connnections.

What is Half Open TCP Connection? 

A half-open connection is when your computer has requested a connection to a remote computer, but has not received an acknowledgment back. If the remote computer is overloaded, it can take some time for it to acknowledge the request, during which time your local connection sits there, half open. Eventually it will time out.

 

To change this limit:

  • First you have to download that patch.

                             For Winblows XP Service Pack 2: Download Patch Here

                             For Winblows XP Service Pack 3: Download Patch Here

  • After that you need to disable your Internet connection/Unplug your Internet cable and restart your computer.
  • Then run the patch to set the connection number, set it to 200.  (Some said that 500 to 600 is better).

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  • Click ‘Apply’ and Restart the computer again.  

Note: This patch modifies the TCPIP.sys file in Windows to allow a higher number of TCP connections.

 

Step 2: Set the number of TCP connection in uTorrent

  • Open uTorrent, go to Options > Preferences > Advanced.
  • In the right hand side pane, browse for “net.max_halfopen” and set to “190”, as shown in the picture below.
  • Click “Set” and finally “Apply”.

Note: The number of “net.max_halfopen” is set lower than the value set in TCPIP.sys.

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After these two steps, you should notice a considerable increase in speed(of course if you are downloading a file with with a good number of seeders).

 

Step 3: Changing the Protocol Encryption in uTorrent

When enabling protocol encryption, ISPs find it difficult if not impossible to detect that the traffic is coming from BitTorrent. I’ve enabled it but I don’t know if this setting has contributed to the increase in speed. Yep, logically you should get better speeds with encryption disabled.

 

  • Open uTorrent, go to Options > Preferences > BitTorrent.
  • Select “Enabled” from the list and click “Apply”.

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Step 4: Don’t forget to change the “Connection Type”

  • Open uTorrent, go to  Options > Speed Guide. 
  • In the “Connection Type” zone.
  • Set it to xx/512k (depending on your broadband connection).

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Conclusion

After running through each of the above steps, you should get a nice juicy download speeds. If you don’t see the green icon(as shown in the picture below), then something is wrong with “Port Forwarding”, check out the steps again in the tutorial to try solve this problem.

 

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Cupidon, petit con en Pampers

14 02 2009

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//Cupidon, petit con en Pampers, dangereux pervers frustré. T’es ridicule avec tes ailes de poulet sur le dos. Comment oses-tu attaquer les pauvres célibataires, avec une flèche en métal en plus. T’es actes stupides et naifs commencent à me faire chier. Je parie que tu ris constamment de mes malheurs.           

Bofff, ton nom me fait penser à un autre pervers obèse, le Pére Noël … un sacré menteur. Ça fait plus de 15 ans que j’ai commandé une Porsche(couleur rouge démon) et j’attends toujours ma voiture. Je vais donner des carrots à tes rennes pour qu’ils te pètent à la gueule quand t’es sur ton traineau.

La grippe aviaire a fait du dégât ! Depuis on bute tout ce qui vole. À Maurice, on a eu le fameux chikungunya ! Depuis on pique avant qu’ils nous piquent (pik li avan li pik ou). Mais toi Cupidon, sale volaille tes plus dangereux que ces foutus virus. Je me demande comment ça se fait que t’es encore en vie.

A cause de toi, le 14 février de chaque année, c’est le jour de la Saint Valentin, jour ou les mecs soi-disant galants doivent lécher le cul de leur soi-disant Aphrodite avec une rose à la main.

Tiens-toi à carreau petit emplumé, la prochaine fois que tu tireras sur moi. J’ai tout prévu pour te capturer, je vais t’enfermer dans une cage à hamster. Je vais adorer prendre des photos de toi en te lançant des cailloux sur la tête. Je te fais la promesse qu’on ira même faire un tour à la MSPCA dès que j’aurai un peu de temps libre, dommage que t’es moche j’aurai pu me faire quelques roupies en te vendant à la foire du dimanche.

J’espère que t’auras l’occasion de lire ce message un jour. Je te laisse mon msn, au cas ou t’auras quelque chose a me dire, c’est pixidou@hotmail.com. C’est dommage que je n’ai pas une baguette magique, devine ce que j’aurai pu faire avec!

Ris, ris donc sale pd ! on verra bien qui rira le dernier ! 

Très belle Saint Valentin à tous. Ca continue sur facebook, avec les comments.

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Google Search Went Down

31 01 2009

 

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//Wooooaa, what’s happening on the world wide web? Its 19:37 (GMT+4), a friend of mine just phoned me as he was having some problems with his new set of speakers. As usual, the easiest way to find a solution for him, was to google the problem. Guess what? Anything I searched on Google, the warning message “This Site May Harm Your Computer” appears underneath each of the results.                       

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If you click the title of the result, you’ll be shown the following warning:

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At first I thought that the problem was on my computer (maybe a virus or spyware), I logged onto my second PC, googled again, same problem. Even if I search for the word “Google”, I got the same message. Damn, Google went down, Google’s Search was completely unusable. 

 There are many possible explanations: Either Google went down or every server on the Internet becoming infected (lol… can’t be). Maybe Google servers were hacked (lol… why not) but one thing is sure, the problem is from Google side. Seems to be a major Google bug. Hope everything will be solved soon. 

 

Update Saturday 31 January @ 20:11 (GMT+4):

Just Google It! …Google Seems to be coming back to normal.  What happened to cause these false warnings? I will answer to it as soon as Google gives an explantion :).

Update Saturday 01 February @ 7:30 (GMT+4):

It was simply an error, human error. Here is the official explanation from Google (Marissa Mayer).