The Many Faces of Google (Year 2006)

Oct 27, 2007

I really love the way Google changes there Homepage according to events and seasons.

Happy New Year from Google

Google Romance (April Fool's Joke from Google)

Check this out "Romance not Found"

Check out the Slide-show I mage for the Year 2006.


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Couple Swarmed by SWAT Team After 911 'Hack'

Oct 17, 2007


You should be careful where you hack. Unfortunately these two made a big mistake trying to hack in to 911. The teenager might face a 18 year prison sentence.

PS: Why in the world do you want to hack into the 911 Emergency Response system, lives could have been lost if the system went totally down.


Skype Trojan on the prowl...

Trojan Horse @ Troy

Seems like this is the 2nd time of such an alert. A Trojan that masks itself as a Skype user and steals personal information from other Skype user.


Contacting the M$ Support about Autopatcher

Sep 16, 2007

After commenting at the web site about the Immediate Shutdown of Autopatcher. I tried to contact Microsoft regarding this issue. Below is the exact letter I got. Its as follows:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for contacting us about AutoPatcher.

I would like provide you with more information on our position. 

It is our policy that the distribution of supplemental code such as hotfixes, security updates, and service packs is discouraged. This policy is in place due to concern for the safety and security of our customers, as we can only guarantee the download’s contents when it comes from a Microsoft web site. Distribution of these materials without permission is also an infringement of our copyright. 

We try and contact anyone who is in violation of our policy as soon as we can, once we are aware of what they are doing. AutoPatcher is not the only company we have contacted. 

We recommend that our customers sign up for Microsoft Update (MU) and enable Automatic Update functionality to receive all updates directly from us. In addition, we have enterprise services such as Windows Server Updates Services (WSUS) that we recommend our enterprise customers to use.

We provide this guidance as it is common to see email scams encouraging people to download our latest patches, but the URL takes them to sites where they are actually exposed to malware. In order to ensure that customers are getting actual Microsoft updates and not malware, we recommend customers get their updates directly from us.

I hope this information has answered your query, but if you have any more questions please give us a call on 0870 60 10 100. The lines are open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. If you still have any more questions, please reply to this email.

Many thanks for contacting us.

Warm regards, 


Customer Service Professional

Microsoft Customer Services

Protect Your PC: Microsoft recommends that you protect your PC from Viruses and Security threats. Please visit our website and follow the steps to stay secure.

First of all. The main reason Autopatcher must have been shutdown is because that they suspected them  of spreading malicious coding (eg. Malware) in there distribution (This is Crap...). But initially saying that its was also because of copyright infringement saying that "Hey you can't distribute that patch without asking US."

Are the people people nuts? They should put up a poll in their M$ Technet Site and see what the public thinks about Autopatcher.

I for all Love Autopatcher. Its a time saver and is less complicated than a WSUS server that they ask me to try. What's the point of having SUS server for a PC that is totally offline? Like a Distributor PC (Totally remote and offline, except for a 56k Modem). They cannot be updating there Windows Updates from Scratch (Like takes about 8 Hours or more + Telephone Bills). Lame excuse by M$, more or less it seems that they are jealous that a 3rd Party is providing a free service that they didn't provide

Still Praying that Autopatcher will make a Victorious Comeback.

Good Luck..

Autopatcher Shutdown by M$

On the  29th August, 2007, Antonis Kaladis informed that Microsoft have sent then an email to immediately take down their download page for Autopatcher.

Sad day

Posted by Antonis Kaladis on August 29th, 2007 |

Today we received an e-mail from Microsoft, requesting the immediate take-down of the download page, which of course means that AutoPatcher is probably history. As much as we disagree, we can do very little, and although the download page is merely a collection of mirrors, we took the download page down.

We would like to thank you for your support. For the past 4 years, it has been a blast. Unfortunately, it seems like it's the end of AutoPatcher as we know it.

Comments are welcome...

Antonis Kaladis

Some people have been asking for the E-mail to be published. Heres a copy:
Lyndon Brown (Blaze)

I was very disappointed to know that M$ after 4 years of their existences sent them a email to stop. Why all of a sudden? As a user of Autopatcher I can safely say there is not problems with Autopatcher whatsoever. Just Hoping that Autopatcher Team Can make a comeback.


UPDATE: Apple Continues Surge As Price Targets Hit New High

Jun 7, 2007

June 07, 2007: 12:51 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones) - Apple Inc. shares continued their ongoing surge Thursday, rising to another all-time high as two industry analysts raised their price targets on the stock to $160 a share and forecast upbeat sales for the company's soon-to-be released iPhone.

Gene Munster, of Piper Jaffray, raised his target price on Apple's stock from $140 a share, saying that he believes Apple can sell 45 million iPhones in 2009. Apple is set to release the iPhone - which combines a mobile phone with an iPod - on June 29.

Munster holds an outperform rating on Apple's (AAPL) stock.

A similar move came from UBS analyst Ben Reitzes, who lifted his price target to $160 a share from $133. Reitzes estimates that Apple will sell almost 1 million iPhones in the second half of this year, and sales could reach 7.4 million units in 2008. Reitzes has a buy rating on Apple's stock.

The changes set a new upper limit on Wall Street's price targets for Apple, according to data from Thomson Financial. Current targets range as low as $100 with a median of $130.

Shares of Apple were trading up 1.9% at $126 by late morning. The stock set a new high of $127.61 earlier in the session.

Anticipation has grown around Apple as it set an exact release date for the iPhone this week. Also, the company is on the eve of holding its annual developers conference in San Francisco on June 11. Much of the conference is expected to center around showing off features of Leopard, Apple's upgrade to its Macintosh operating system.

Reitzes said Thursday that after evaluating revenue models for the iPhone and the Apple TV set-top box, he believes the company's free cash flow will increase beyond many forecasts.

The analyst said part of the reason for Apple's cash situation to improve comes from the deferred revenue Apple will share with AT&T Inc. (T) , its wireless network provider for the iPhone. IPhone customers will have to sign an initial two-year service agreement, and Reitzes says such a situation will result in Apple recording more than 85% of its iPhone sales as deferred revenue.

Because of how iPhone sales will likley be recognized in the coming years, "We believe that free cash flow and deferred revenue will become more important metrics in driving Apple's shares" through 2008, Reitzes said.

Piper Jaffray's Munster said that in evaluating the iPhone's potential, "it is critical to keep in mind that the iPhone will be a combo device, which will attract more than just a mobile phone customer." In addition to being an mobile phone and and iPod, the iPhone will come with a built-in digital camera and can also wireless access the Internet.

Currently, Apple plans on offering the iPhone in two models, a $499 version with 4 gigabytes of storage, and a $599 model the comes with 8GB of storage.

Munster forecasts that Apple will sell about 100 million iPods this year, and that it is not "unreasonable" to estimate that as many as 15% of those iPod users will look to replace their devices with an iPhone by 2009. Munster such replacements, along with new iPhone sales, could give Apple 7% of the U.S. mobile phone market and 2.8% of the world's handset market share in two years.

Still, Munster said there are risks at play with Apple right now, and among those is the company's decision to, at least initially, not operate the iPhone with third-generation wireless technology standards. The iPhone will run on AT& T's EDGE network, which is considered 2.5G, and can't stream music or video.

Additionally, Munster said the durability of the iPhone's touch screen, and potential user headaches with emailing or sending text messages on a touch screen could result in some negative views about the device.

A less bullish view on the company was aired by Bill Shope of J.P. Morgan earlier this week. In a note to clients Monday, Shope said the iPhone's high price will likely temper demand. In addition, potential iPod customers may hold off their purchases, waiting for the price of iPhones to drop.

"Given the difficult production ramp for the product, we expect availability to be fairly limited," wrote Shope, who rates the stock as neutral. " Nevertheless, as we move from 'the buzz factor' to true fundamentals, we continue to believe Apple's shares are priced for perfection."


New trial for teacher over cyberporn in classroom

June 8, 2007

WASHINGTON: A US judge has ordered a retrial of a schoolteacher found guilty of computer porn charges after a sustained campaign by internet specialists proclaiming her innocence.

Julie Amero, 40, was convicted in January of causing a series of sex advertisements to pop up on a classroom computer, which were seen by pupils in October 2004. She faces up to 40 years in jail.

But the defence filed a motion for a retrial, and at a sentencing hearing on Wednesday Judge Hillary Strackbein granted the application.

The prosecution at the trial in Connecticut had alleged Amero must have clicked on porn websites for the pop-ups to begin appearing. But after the trial 28 computer science academics in the state sought to prove that the rapid-fire sequence could have appeared automatically.

Sympathetic campaigners argue such pop-ups are one of the scourges of the internet and say she is the victim of a witchhunt.

The computer was sent to a state laboratory after the trial, and Judge Strackbein said its report might contradict evidence presented by the state computer expert, a police detective. "The jury may have relied, at least in part, on that faulty information."

The prosecution did not oppose the defence motion for a retrial. Neither the prosecution nor the jury appear to have been fully aware of the extent to which computers can be infiltrated, especially old ones that do not have firewall protection.

Outside the court Amero said: "A great weight has been lifted off my back."

Her lawyer, William Dow, commended the prosecutors for acting responsibly. "The lesson from this is all of us are subject to the whims of these computers."

Pupils, some of them as young as 12, told police that the computer had been left on for several hours and they had seen men and women engaged in oral sex.

Guardian News & Media

Microsoft Strikes Linux Patent Deal With LG Electronics

Under a deal with LG Electronics, Microsoft will forego any Linux-related patent claims and in return gain access to certain intellectual property produced by LGE.

By Paul McDougall
Jun 7, 2007 10:00 AM

In its second such agreement this week, Microsoft has struck a deal under which it will extend amnesty to a company that's using what the software maker claims is patented Microsoft intellectual property embedded in the open-source Linux computer operating system.

Under a deal with LG Electronics, disclosed late Wednesday, Microsoft will forego any Linux-related patent claims against the South Korean electronics manufacturer. In return, Microsoft will gain access to certain intellectual property produced by LGE.

Microsoft insists that the Linux kernel infringes on 42 Microsoft patents, and that other open-source software programs violate an additional 193. LGE uses Linux in a number of its consumer-electronics products, including smart phones.

In a statement, Jeong Hwan Lee, executive VP for intellectual property at LGE, said the intellectual property that his company is licensing to Microsoft concerns "patents directed to computer architecture utilized in game consoles and other products."

The deal also gives Microsoft access to technology used by LGE that's patented by MicroConnect Group.

Specific financial terms of the cross-licensing pact weren't disclosed, but Microsoft said the arrangement calls for it to make "net balancing" payments to LGE. That implies that the two companies have agreed that the technology to which Microsoft gains access is more valuable than the Microsoft technology claimed to be part of Linux.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced a cross-licensing agreement with Linux distributor Xandros. That pact also includes a provision under which Microsoft pledges not to pursue patent claims against Xandros arising from its distribution of Linux.

Last November, Microsoft reached a similar accord with Novell.

The deals are controversial. The Free Software Foundation, which governs open-source software licensing, denies Microsoft's contention that Linux and other open-source programs contain Microsoft intellectual property.

The FSF is in the midst of updating its open-source license in ways intended to make it more difficult for Microsoft to strike patent-protection deals with Linux distributors and users.

Among other things, the forthcoming third version of the General Public License, expected to be released this summer, is backdated to forbid Linux distributors from entering patent protection deals with commercial software developers as of March 28.

It would also force participants in prior agreements to extend patent protection to all Linux users. The FSF is hoping the latter provision will convince Microsoft to exit the Novell deal.

Ironically, LG Electronics is a member of a group called the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum. The group comprises a number of electronics manufacturers that embed Linux into their products. On its Web site, CELF says part of its mission is "to operate completely within the letter and the spirit of the open-source community."

The FSF and other open-source advocates are likely to question whether LGE's tie up with Microsoft is part of that mission.



Jun 3, 2007

Nokia has unveiled its latest concept phone, designed to highlight the company's focus on products that allow users to more readily stamp their personality on their gadgets.
The concept phone, dubbed Aeon, combines two touch-sensitive panels mounted on a fuel-cell power pack. The handset's connectivity and electronics are built into the panels to allow them to be used independendently. When assembled, one panel would operate as the display, the other as the keypad. Since the buttons are entirely virtual, Aeon can flip instantly between a numeric pad for dialling, a text-entry pad for messaging, or a media-player controller.
It's a cute idea and one that ties in with Nokia's expectation that phones will become essentially "wearable" devices - if foresees users removing one of Aeon's display panels and mounting it on a watch-like strap or worn as a badge.

More than a phone, Aeon might tap into local wireless networks to transmit data acquired from sensors such as devices that monitor the user's health signs - which is the kind of application the company has in mind for its Wibree personal-area network technology.
Source: A email from my Friend.

Feedburner to be acquired by Google

May 24, 2007

I just heard that 'Feedburner' is going to be acquired by Google for around $ 100 Million.

Here is the Original Story...