Monday, September 26, 2005

Yahoo 360 degree vs Hi5

Here is yahoo killing Hi5

Whats Yahoo 360/Hi5

Hi5 or Yahoo 360 is your site/place to create network of your friends. You can showcase your photos, interests, blog, personal information etc etc. This is exactly what Hi5 has been doing since many months. This has been one of the place for exploring (yes you can explore new friends before adding them as your friends) and also meeting lot of dates (Ah.. thats what people on Hi5 have been saying... not me ).
In addition to most of Hi5's features yahoo has Blast message. You can call this an extension of your yahoo profile where it showed you a summary of your account.
Yahoo 360 will show you many more details in a neat format. Checkout my Yahoo 360
What Yahoo 360 product dev team has to say..
Future : This is one of the effective ways of bringing people/friends together and make them stick to the website as often as possible. Google should be coming with its own 360 degree product soon.


Thursday, September 22, 2005

Google Maps

Another award winning google product that lets you browse the maps.
Apart from just showing your city or streets on the map, Google has much more to offer, lets you programatically add your bookmarks and create your own maps.
Thats right I am tlaking about Google
Maps API
. Google maps has a web page interface and has Zooming options and buttons provide further functionality. Map button shows maps drawn using conventional maps, Satellite shows the satellite map of the location and Hybrid shows a Satellite map and conventional map on top of it. Google earth application has similar functionality with application interface. Thats downloadable and connects directly to the google servers for maps to be displayed. This is more effective in rendering and zooming compared to the web version.

Other interesting examples already in use...
1. A shipping company showing their local pickup points.
2. Sight seeing company listing the places of interest on googlemaps.
3. This leads us to some new interesting Now here is the most interesting one TimTV: This tracks a person called Tim on the Map - He carries a mobile that has a java application that uses GPS to track the current location, and thats uploaded to his site, using which current location of tim is shown on the map.
4. Maps of indian historical places listed.
5. And finally my own map, :p Places that i have travelled in india.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Windows Anti-Spyware

Do you get popus of software/websites for which you never subscribed or installed any application? That must be a spyware.
Windows anti-spyware is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software.
This helps you to reduce negative effects caused by spyware including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings, and unauthorized use of your private information. Continuous protection improves Internet browsing safety by guarding over fifty (50) ways spyware can enter your PC.

Supported by xp and windows 2000 series of operating systems
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Good thing about this software, detects and lets you removes existing spywares and It will ask you before it lets any application installs itself permanently on your pc (like a shortcut on your desktop, a startup item etc).
Such complementary applications will make your operating system more reliable.