DesktopBSD is out!

DesktopBSD combines the stability of FreeBSD, the usability and functionality of KDE and the simplicity of specially developed software to provide a system that’s easy to use and install. Take a look at screenshots
. More info available at offical web page.

Big B – What a Man

Amitabh Bachchan aka Big B still leads the race of the industry’s top starts. He ranks amongst best starts and most prolific brand ambassadors. Today he is in sixties and the big B still rocks with TV & cinema. This year so far his six films are released. Tonight countries biggest game TV show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” (KBC2) he will be back in action again.

Cybersquatting is big bad business

In dotcom era cybersquatting was at its peak. Basically booking or using domain names with bad-faith to make profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to large/small corporations. They also try to sell these domains for profit to others or even to business itself. Even after DOT-COM crash Cybersquatting still continues because of profits.

I remember when I uses to sell computers and my firms name was ‘Cyberciti Computers’, so I booked domain. I used to get an email from someone who claims to owner of domain and willing to sell me the same.

By past mistakes I have also learned lesson to renew domains on time. My first domain was taken by someone. So if you got domain make sure you rename it on time or even in advance.

If someone takes your domain related to your business then you can take the help of laws. If you are in US you can take help of 1999 US federal law known as the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. I don’t think so we have any such law in India, under IT Act 2000.

Switzerland (swiss post) will issue the worlds first MMS stamp

Scheduled to release on September, 2005. Swiss Post, Swisscom Mobile and Museum for Communication organized a competition, where user submitted MMS photo taken using a camera & MMS capable mobile phone to the website.

This the first time four mobile phone photographers are being honoured. They used Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) to submit over 3,300 MMS photos taken by owners of mobile phone and final 100 were selected using the public votes . Finally specialist jury composed of representatives from the three project partners then selected four of these MMS pictures, which will now feature on the new stamps.

You can view these stamps online at MMS stamps page along with photos of winners

More information please visit official swiss post website.

Mumbai Rain floods and IT

Recent record rain in Mumbai took its toll on IT too. Many call center located in Mumbai diverted work/call to Delhi and Bangalore. This put lots of pressure workload in this cities.
Network administrator had their worst nightmare. Many of cities ATM, phone lines, Mobile networks were down. Although connections resumes now.
My friend needed some money here in Delhi so he went to SBI as well as HDFC ATM and guess what both were down due to rain in Mumbai. Most of the banks in India have data center in Mumbai and rain hits it very badly. In these days of cutting edge computers, Internet, and satellites banking operations should be easy. I don’t believe then don’t have backup servers and routing in first place :( . We claim to be number of hot spot for outsourcing jobs, but we don’t know how to handle such disaster.
These days lots of private data center exists in Delhi, pune, bangalore cities. Why banks in Mumbai partner with them for backup servers and routing i.e. outsource your work to other cities in India itself so rest of the people get service.

Because they have don’t have backup plan in Mumbai the entire banking network went on blink (network is unreachable!!!). This is not good for for developing economic.

Nearly 800+ people are feared to have been killed in worst-ever floods and loss of billions of dollars. May they rest in peace.

Wikipedia has article on Maharashtra floods of 2005.


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