Posts Tagged ‘ internet ’

10 Golden rules of using Facebook

or an other social network.

[tweetmeme] Facebook has crossed 400 Million users online, and with the addition of more people comes the risk of something going wrong, meaning unreliable people and scams, phishing, identity thefts and of course the self inflicted fails. The inclusion of location based services are not only making interesting applications but are providing information that might not be what you want to portray, this is something that is highlighted in the new service Please rob me which shows the empty homes based on the location based service of their owners.

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These threats can however be negated by the users as all of us love using Facebook, In fact these days you are nobody if you are not on Facebook ! Facebook, twitter and the sorts are making our lives not only more truthful but also a bit more entertaining with the regretful posts and updates by people. Here are 10 Golden rules to use our beloved sites:

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  1. Pay attention to what you are posting online especially concentrating on what images and videos you are posting online and the information you choose to publish.
  2. Avoid posting sensitive information, be it personal or even professional.
  3. Verify all your contacts and do not accept friend requests from people you do not really know.
  4. Be careful how you portray your company, organization or bosses online, you never know what will hit you if you bad mouth your employers.
  5. Try not to mix your business contacts with your friend contacts.
  6. Your personal information and profile should be visible to only those people who you want it to be visible to.
  7. Be careful about what you publish about others and untag yourself from anything negative posted about you.
  8. If ever you get the time, read the full privacy policy and the condition and terms of use of the social network you choose.
  9. Use privacy-oriented settings (check who can see your pictures, who can contact you and who can add comments)
  10. Deactivate location based services as they are a serious threat to not only your online privacy but also your physical privacy.

25 years of .com and the Internet

[tweetmeme] The Internet, the most common resource of the entire world is not really very old. I mean considering that I am older to the internet by a good few years. Its interesting considering that it is more known than I am … hehehe well I guess thats like wishful thinking. Nevertheless, its really surprising that something that a few years back was considered very geek, is now considered normal. I guess there is hope for us Geeks, only issue is the time it takes 😉

Well getting back to the whole, how old is the internet, there is a website to answer the question, its (guess) www.howoldistheinternet.com which is quite the name that seems to answer the question straight off. But to be honest, the Internet was the successor of the then research network The ARPAnet, which was born in November 1969, making the Internet 39 years old. The ARPAnet created by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) of the United States Department of Defense, was the world’s first operational packet switching network, and the predecessor of the contemporary global Internet.

I am not sure when the internet was born, did people ever think that it could reach the proportions that it reached today. In the future, when we touch upon the realm of Augmented Reality, the Internet will become more ubiquitous with the day to day activities of our daily lives.

Having said that, the first website ever was the Cern Website, yes the research facility that is now the home of the world’s largest and most expensive machine ever built the LHC (Large Hadron Collider).

Todays Inquisitive tit bit is the oldest Domain Names of the Internet.

Rank Registered Date Domain Name
1 15-March-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM
2 24-April-1985 BBN.COM
3 24-May-1985 THINK.COM
4 11-July-1985 MCC.COM
5 30-September-1985 DEC.COM
6 07-November-1985 NORTHROP.COM
7 09-January-1986 XEROX.COM
8 17-January-1986 SRI.COM
9 03-March-1986 HP.COM
10 05-March-1986 BELLCORE.COM

I guess the only Joy I am getting out of this is reminding myself of how Old I am. lol What it does tell me is the most technologically switched on companies around the world have been Xerox and HP. Hmm, maybe next time before ridiculing the HP laptop that my friend bought I will keep this in mind.

My Tattoo Stolen … GONE

[tweetmeme] For the past few days at home my wife and me have been talking about getting a tattoo for myself. And trying to get a unique tattoo is something that is on everyone’s mind when thinking of a tattoo, so well I thought I will try to get a very tech tattoo something unique, started with the bio mechanical designs like some shown below :

The Bio Mechanical designs are decent but still they are a bit too extreme, and also I guess a bit lame and try to make a transition to Humanoid a bit too soon, virtually at least. So I moved on from them, and started to look at the tattoo designs online for inspiration again. This time technology was the theme, and what I found on technology astounded me, really geeky designs, corporate logos and video games dominated most of the internet media in the look of a cool and unique tattoo. However, I felt a little too geeky. Here are some of the worst geeky designs; if you are interested in more head here.

Ever since I have been writing about my favorite technologies on this blog here, the most favorite of them being Augmented reality and QR Codes, I thought it would be pretty cool to get one of them, the obvious choice of the lot would be yes, QR Codes. Since you could embed a URL into it, and then put whatever you want on that webpage or series of webpages there. Well I thought, that well if I would still be updating this blog in a few years time, it would be a bit of an anticlimax for the tattoo. Well I said, “lets just get one and then decide”. So i got to make my QR Code which is here below, and then looked over the net to make sure it will be unique.

Well as you can see, that idea was taken, then I turned my eyes to Augmented Reality, the one technology that could give motion to the tattoos continuing the look that you are trying to get with the ink in the first place. Well I was beaten to even that concept. Augmented Reality tattoo, would have really been very cool, including a watch.

Well so the search continues, and while I am at it, if you can suggest some good ones also I will be thankful for it. Tattoo of mine gone, stolen, lost or just outclassed. Don’t really know but for the time being, the search is still on.

3 new web innovations / finds that are awesome ;)

I am self proclaimed online citizen, I mean spend a lot of time looking for information, sometimes mindless. I have always been a strong believer that to be intelligent in the modern times you do not need to know everything, but knowing where to find information about everything is what would make it easier. I know most of you were thinking google or wikepedia when reading the sentence above. Its not that simple, it is sometimes but then to have an understanding of which links will have more information and which will have less, you need to be on a familiar ground. Anyway, the point I was trying to make is that it is necessary in this day and age to be online at least for sometime everyday to be able to just browse the internet. About a couple of years ago, on the advise from my former boss, I took up browsing as an activity, Looking up for information or movies or just anything. Anything apart form your social networking, Youtubing, Mailing… for an Hour daily. It changed from an hour to 2 hours now, and to be honest, I am now hooked.

Most people will ask me what does it mean no FB ? Youtube ? email ? so what do you do ?? My answer is simple, Just browse for anything eventually you will find that one interesting thing that you are passionate about. Well I think I am talking to an audience that has the qualities that I am talking about, cos I am not sure that my blog comes under the social networking, entertainment etc umbrella. Ok then, getting back to the three web innovations that I found and are pretty cool.

1. PICAPP : This revolutionary service is actually awesome for any and all bloggers like me, You can find press and creative photography that is legally distributable, and embedded into blogs everywhere. I have started using the same, you can see it in my blog starting with the previous post and that is when I thought I should dedicate the entire post to it. You can check it out at http://www.picapp.com

2. Facebook Lite : Hehehe (Laughing sheepishly).. After all the talk about browsing apart from the social networking etc I am again suggesting another site related to social networking. However, this is an awesome application. Its from the facebook team and is a liter version which loads faster than the regular facebooks as the ads are lesser (non flash based) and also the information that you would get is also a little lesser than the regular facebook. But it’s a boon for me, cos I sometimes use facebook from my phone, and so the app has to be lighter to make it through the GPRS billing here in Dubai. Check it out here http://www.lite.facebook.com

3. IndiBlogger.in : This awesome resource is a compilation of all the Indian bloggers who have registered to have a Indian Blog ranking. I am glad that someone thought of it, actually I am now thinking, “Why did’nt I think of that ??”. However from recipies to politics, from poetry to photography this is an awesome resource of Indian Bloggers. Its not a lie that Bangalore is the Silicon city of India, cos you would see the highest bloggers in India are actually from Bangalore. Whohoo … me included 😉 Check out their site, http://www.indiBlogger.in

There is one other innovation which by far is the most anticipated atleast from my side. It’s the Chrome OS. Please see the video below yourself, to get an idea of chrome Os. Will pen my thoughts about this another time.

Change as an engineer

For the longest time I thought that change is for the good, why would anyone make a big deal of change. Being in an industry where people work for years and years, I would always think of the “Oldies” as some sort of mental blockers in accepting that their landscape is changing. Their reluctance to accept new technology etc is something that we all know of but even people, they would be very skeptical to accept even new people.

On the contrary, they also know that, if we all resisted change all the time, we as designers of course would not be able to improve and advance technology.  Change is, without question, inevitably necessary to evolve our products, procedures, efficiency etc. If the guys making the first car would have never changed or evolved we would have amazing gas guzzlers that would provide 1 km per gallon and would cost a few hundred thousand, wait the American cars still do that. 🙂

Working in a similar landscape I realized that we engineers go through rigorous scientific process when making decisions.  We rely on experiment, trial, hard data, user experience, cost analysis, potential and future benefit, and product efficiency to evaluate new tools, products, and design flows.  As one can imagine, this often takes a hefty chunk of time and effort.  We engineers decide to put in the time and effort now, and plan on using the eventual choice for many recurring projects.  It is a significant investment for both the engineer and the company to evaluate and make these difficult choices.  The motivation for change must be painfully obvious and very compelling else the inclination towards it is not even there.

Like they say necessity is the mother of all invention, we believe that laziness is the key to all efficiency. Quite frankly. I can state maybe 2 examples to show this. One being my computer, where the shortcuts, look and feel, customization of menus, bookmarks etc are meant to maximize my computer using experience. And when I say that I mean get all my stuff with the minimum effort. Even the routine excel files that I use are all with formulas, etc to ensure that I am able to provide the required reports etc with minimal effort. Maybe that is why most of us DO NOT like anyone to fiddle around with our computers. Even the place where I used to live as a bachelor was a small 8sqm studio which was made up to accommodate most of my whims and fancies at that time. It was also an efficiency masterpiece to be able to enjoy all of my stuff with minimal effort. Again what might seem as laziness to a lot of people is definitely the efficiency of the process.

I also do believe that engineers do embrace change, but it takes  a lot for them to do so. Like it is aptly put there should be painfully obvious to make the change.

Engineers should embrace change if it provides an immediate opportunity to increase their own personal skill sets.   This applies to learning new software, new programming languages, new management techniques, and of course new design methods. In the industrial world, new products and materials can provide unforeseen improvements to high-tech designs.

The long-term gains available should be embraced by the engineer, given appropriate runway and deadlines.  This is where upper-management normally misses the boat. When all is said and done, the goal is to make money.

The Management’s mantra to lower costs is not entirely evil; it should be everyone’s goal to help the bottom line.  Again, the key is balance.  If there is a significantly cheaper option available, whether it be software, tools, or parts, it should be evaluated in detail by the company’s best engineers.  It is up to them to determine the technical capabilities of the new toy.

And these things are something that I am now getting to see while slowly moving up the corporate ladder. I wonder would it have made a difference if someone had spoken to me during my college days I mean made it more management type discussion then I might have adapted accordingly. Well that Is something of a discussion that needs to be taken another time. For the time being it is clear we as engineers are as stubborn as a donkey on some issues. And yes I am admitting it, finally.