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Hello there,

If you’ve been following my posts for a while then you might have realized that I’m not good at blogging regularly, especially when it comes to my work. However, after over a month of coding, and over two months of being accepted into the Google Summer of Code, I am proud to share some tangible development that I have done. After some slight changes, my working branch of KGet, now has a good minimal support for Metalink HTTP as described by RFC 6249.
Here is a brief summary of what it supports

  • Download from multiple mirrors as specified in the HTTP header response
  • Secure verification of hashes as specified in the HTTP header response.

 

Here is a set of pictures to show its test use while downloading http://download.services.openoffice.org/files/stable/3.3.0/OOo-SDK_3.3.0_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

 

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Technopreneur- Reaching out Beyond Technology

Usually when it comes to entrepreneurship, students from the field of technology/engineering either lag behind or end up making a totally commercial venture(like Google or Facebook). However, as lame or as un-practical it may seem the technological graduates in today’s India hardly are interested in anything beyond placements or a green card of the United States. Moreover, what bugs people “with dreams” is that only of handful of them really end up creating jobs while the majority ends up working (like graduates from all other fields). Agreed, that even the engineers need to work for some corporation or people, BUT the government didn’t spend billions of Rupees in developing infrastructure and training them at subsidised costs so that they end up as “easy meat” for MNC’s(who’ll eventually brainwash them). So what is expected of them????

SIMPLE: CREATE JOBS…….and BE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

Yup…..the idea may sound a little too ideal and a lot far fetched for anyone. But hey, calling India as “The superpower in making” isn’t going to help at all.

So, yes I guess its time that the people in India’s elite engineering colleges break out of their laptop facing rooms and stare into the REAL WORLD, where CHANGE is possible through TECHNOLGY.

Which way does this battery go? (via Mashable)

Ever been frustrated by devices not working because you put the batteries in the wrong way? Well, the days of making sure the + and – side of your AA batteries are in the right direction are over, thanks to a new technology developed by Microsoft.

InstaLoad is a new battery technology from Microsoft that gives devices power, regardless of how users insert the batteries. It doesn’t matter which side is positive or negative; the device will simply work.

The technology is in the mechanical battery contact design. Each side of the metal contacts in a device have positive and negative points, rather than just a positive or negative point. The technology works with most barrel-type batteries, so your AA, AAA, C and D batteries are all compatible. It also doesn’t matter whether the batteries are rechargeable or not.

Frankly, we can’t figure out why no one invented this tech until now, but we’re glad Microsoft did. They have the reach to really get device manufacturers on board, which will be crucial to InstaLoad’s adoption. Microsoft is also providing a royalty-free license program for devices designed for those with hearing, vision, learning or ot

her disabilities.

All we can say is that we eagerly await InstaLoad devices in our homes. Batteries give us too many headaches already.

Facebook’s with new Photo tags

Reports have it that the all so popular “Social Networking Heavyweight” , Facebook has started up a new feature that shall allow the user to tag photos with more easiness than before.

According to the popular Mashable website, “If you’ve got a large album or a lot of friends in a single photo, this process is inefficient and tedious. To solve this problem, Facebook has implemented face detection technology that will automatically find faces in photos and select them, eliminating one of the most tedious steps in tagging Facebook friends in photos. Your friends are already selected by the software — all you have to do is answer the Facebook prompt, “Whose face is this?””.

What seems to a natural act of letting the users of Facebook have a more Facebook based upload and tagging plugin, Facebook seems to be going in the right direction, at least for now.

Reports had it that earlier this year, Facebook was seeing a heavy rise in the uploads done by the Third Party based Facebook Apps, which made uploading and tagging much simpler.

When I went to check out such apps, one of them called LiveUpolad, a plugin in the hugely popular Microsoft’s Window’s Live Photo Gallery has a better functionality than Facebook’s plugin.

However, one thing still comes as a non-surprise package  as the post on Facebook to bring this new feature was written by Sam Odio, one of the co-founders of Divvyshot, which Facebook acquired back in April in order to improve the Photos product.

Tweeting or showing off ?

It was last month that I took up a Goliath task that was hanging outside my doorstep, and now I find myself so immersed in the same “task” that others seem mundane to its glory.

Still thinking what is that I’m talking about?

Huh!

Well, it’s the world of “Twitter”, where everyone you ever dreamed of “following”, ( I mean everyone including the hot babe living next door to the handyman of the community to the President of United States himself) could be followed by a simple mouse click.

Considering this fact, I too started following or in my terms “stalking” , people from the Hollywood, Bollywood, Kollywood, and all those other “woods” that the world doesn’t know about (Believe me it’s fun).Moreover, with the 2010 FIFA World Cup going on, Twitter seemed to be a “trending” topic in the webosphere , I thought I lived in. However, I was WRONG.

It’s really hard to believe but Twitter considers itself a “Small Company of about 200 employees”. Considering the fact that it’s a small company and popular in the developed world, Twitter seems to highly unlikely to be the “future of Web”.

And just in order to make myself believe that Tweeting is a much smaller task for the web, I went on to do some research of my own.

Firstly before you people come across some boring Facts and figures of my research, I’d like you people to ask yourself the two things that are listed below……..(and relax, they’re to Rocket Science Questions)

  1. How often, in comparison to other web sites of its “calibre” do we see Twitter Crashing or the “Fail Whale” of Twitter?
  2. How many of your Facebook friends are actually on Twitter?

Trust me people, until you live in some “Developed” nation or a “Hippocratic Third World Society”, Twitter seems to be another “trending” web trend, that’ll die out quite a bit soon.

And here’s the proof for that,

Searchs for "facebook"

The Facebook stats

Searches in Google for "facebook"

The Twitter stats

And, if we look at both of the graphs properly, we see the ultimate result that Twitter is more of a over rated web phenomenon than Facebook, at least in the developing world.

And for the Tech Connected Developed world, Twitter could still be the “Next Big Thing”.