How Google maps the world

Technology Review interviewed engineers at Google and at ­DigitalGlobe, the company that supplies Google’s satellite photos, and did a little bit of reverse-engineering to figure out how it works.

Read it out here :

Can a developer become software architect?

What exactly is software architecture? Do we really need it? Why have we only recently been discussing it? Has some contagious fever suddenly infected those who claim to be architects? And who are these people anyway? Are they gurus, senior developers, or maybe just smooth-talking self-promoters?

These are questions that junior and senior developers are asking about software architecture and software architects. This article will address these questions and
more, asking the forbidden question: “Can a developer become software architect?”

Read the Skyscrapr’s article by Diego Dagum here:

Software Architecture: Past, Present and Future

Windows Personal Firewalls Comparision

As part of Windows Personal Firewall Analysis project matousec has performed their own leak-testing on most of the personal firewalls for windows.

They have examined 21 personal firewalls and published the results on their site. It is very interesting to see popular products such as ‘ZoneAlarm’ and ‘Norton Internet Security’ were listed there under very poor protection. ‘Comodo’ tops the list with the highest score.

Feel free to check yourself before choosing a firewall or switching to a new one.

Windows Personal Firewall Analysis

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Cool Web 2.0 Stuff for Your Life Online

The Simple Spark Catalog is the place to find all of the really cool web applications that will become an integral part of your life online.

Simple Spark Catalog
have a comprehensive listing of really cool apps that gets larger every day, but it also give you the tools to organize and share all these apps with your friends.

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SnapGalaxy – An Online Digital Photo Printing & Sharing Service

On many occasions, you might have felt – “I wish my family and friends can view the photos of this event” – No worries! SnapGalaxy ships Rs.4.80/- high quality digital prints to any address in India/USA for as low as Rs.30 shipping. Residents of India & USA will now be able to ship the prints abroad & within the country with a mouse-click.

The website – allows users to upload digital photographs and send prints to their friends and family worldwide. It provides unlimited photo space. No need to drive to the photo lab to get digital photographs printed. Order high quality digital prints from the comfort of their home. This saves time and money – SnapGalaxy
lab is open 24 hours on net!! act as a central repository for all digital photographs. Registered user can access their digital photographs stored at from anywhere, create personalized albums and share it with friends and family. Friends can sign user’s guest book and order prints from his/her album. The concept of online photo albums helps
everyone view & share a slideshow of the event. Tracking & managing of shared album is very unique and one the favorite features of users at SnapGalaxy. SnapGalaxy focuses on providing excellent user interface.

SnapGalaxy uses high quality digital printing equipment and guarantees customer satisfaction. They have digital photo labs established in India and USA. The prints are developed with their choice of paper type – Glossy or Matte. Photo can be printed in different sizes such as 4×6, 5×7, 8×10 and wallet. Registered users have large variety of
printing size options as large as 30×120 poster size.

4×6 Prints are only Rs.4.80/- and shipping starts as low as Rs.30/-. As launch Special, SnapGalaxy is offering 10 free prints to new users and 20% off on all orders. There is no pre-pay requirement or minimum order size restrictions.

For the first time, consumers in India will be able to send wishes to friends and family, convey festival/event/birthday wishes using Personalized Photo Cards. Photo cards are only Rs.18/- per card and shipping starts as low as Rs.10/-

SnapGalaxy is also the perfect place to make personal gifts for everyone on customer list. Using their printing technology, SnapGalaxy allows user to create mouse pads, shirts, key chains, mugs, calendars, DVD slideshows, greeting cards, photo cards and much more all with your photos. This present makes a great gift for all holidays and special occasions. This service is offered at one of the lowest prices on the net and there is no hassle as SnapGalaxy takes care of the whole process.

SnapGalaxy is a great resource for all your photograph needs. For all the information you may need, including prices, more information on their services, a full list of all items your photos can be printed on, and much more, visit

Linkblog for Friday, 20 October, 2006


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Firefox 2.0 Relese Candidate 3

It seems that Firefox 2.0 getting stablised and ready for release soon.

It is currently in Release Candidate 3 phase and has very good enhancements over the previous version.

Download it from mozilaa site here

Here is the list of features available in the new version :

  • Visual Refresh: Firefox 2’s theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience. For instance, toolbar buttons now glow when you hover over them. We will continue to improve the look and feel throughout the release candidate process.
  • Built-in phishing protection: Phishing Protection warns users when they encounter suspected Web forgeries, and offers to return the user to their home page. Phishing Protection is turned on by default, and works by checking sites against either a local or online list of known phishing sites. This list is automatically downloaded and regularly updated when the Phishing Protection feature is enabled.
  • Enhanced search capabilities: Search term suggestions will now appear as users type in the integrated search box when using the Google, Yahoo! or search engines. A new search engine manager makes it easier to add, remove and re-order search engines, and users will be alerted when Firefox encounters a website that offers new search engines that the user may wish to install.
  • Improved tabbed browsing: By default, Firefox will open links in new tabs instead of new windows, and each tab will now have a close tab button. Power users who open more tabs than can fit in a single window will see arrows on the left and right side of the tab strip that let them scroll back and forth between their tabs. The History menu will keep a list of recently closed tabs, and a shortcut lets users quickly re-open an accidentally closed tab.
  • Resuming your browsing session: The Session Restore feature restores windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last user session. It will be activated automatically when installing an application update or extension, and users will be asked if they want to resume their previous session after a system crash.
  • Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds: Users can decide how to handle Web feeds (like this one), either subscribing to them via a Web service or in a standalone RSS reader, or adding them as Live Bookmarks. My Yahoo!, Bloglines and Google Reader come pre-loaded as Web service options, but users can add any Web service that handles RSS feeds.
  • Inline spell checking: A new built-in spell checker enables users to quickly check the spelling of text entered into Web forms (like this one) without having to use a separate application.
  • Live Titles: When a website offers a microsummary (a regularly updated summary of the most important information on a Web page), users can create a bookmark with a “Live Title”. Compact enough to fit in the space available to a bookmark label, they provide more useful information about pages than static page titles, and are regularly updated with the latest information. There are several websites that can be bookmarked with Live Titles, and even more add-ons to generate Live Titles for other popular websites.
  • Improved Add-ons manager: The new Add-ons manager improves the user interface for managing extensions and themes, combining them both in a single tool.
  • JavaScript 1.7: JavaScript 1.7 is a language update introducing several new features such as generators, iterators, array comprehensions, let expressions, and destructuring assignments. It also includes all the features of JavaScript 1.6.
  • Extended search plugin format: The Firefox search engine format now supports search engine plugins written in Sherlock and OpenSearch formats and allows search engines to provide search term suggestions.
  • Updates to the extension system: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
  • Client-side session and persistent storage: New support for storing structured data on the client side, to enable better handling of online transactions and improved performance when dealing with large amounts of data, such as documents and mailboxes. This is based on the WHATWG specification for client-side session and persistent storage.
  • SVG text: Support for the svg:textpath specification enables SVG text to follow a curve or shape.
  • New Windows installer: Based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, the new Windows installer resolves many long-standing issues.

Internet Explorer for Linux

IEs4Linux is the simpler way to have Microsoft Internet Explorer running on Linux (or any OS running Wine).

No clicks needed. No boring setup processes. No Wine complications. Just one easy script and you’ll get three IE versions to test your Sites. And it’s free and open source.

Get more info and download it on the  IE4Linux site.

New version of Google Talk

A new version of Google Talk was released yesterday with lot of new features.

As per official google blog, The new features include :

File transfer – This has consistently been the top requested feature, and we’ve worked hard to make the experience simple, fast, and fun. You can share any type of file, several at a time if you like. We think the photo sharing experience is especially fun.

Voicemail – The name of this feature doesn’t do it justice. Yes, you can now leave voicemails for any of your Google Talk contacts when they don’t answer a call, but I think the coolest thing is that you can easily record voice notes and send them to anyone you know by just adding their email address to your contact list — they don’t even have to be running Google Talk. This is a fun and easy way to just say hello, send someone a reminder, or even sing your mom happy birthday! Also, our friends on the Gmail team have added a slick voicemail playback experience within Gmail.

Music status sharing – Show your friends what music you listen to and discover new music that your friends are into (or discover that they spend their entire day listening to Barry Manilow… hmm). We also thought it would be fun for you to see the musical tastes of the broader community. So you now have the option of sharing your music listening history with Google, to be included in the rankings of our new Google Labs project called Music Trends.

Download the new version here

Hot Technologies With Greatest Potential Impact

Researcher Gartner Inc. on Wednesday identified the technologies it believes will have the greatest impact on businesses over the next 10 years, naming such hot areas as social-network analysis, collective intelligence, location-aware applications and event-driven architectures.

Read more about this story on InformationWeek.

Gartner Names Hot Technologies With Greatest Potential Impact


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