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30 Aug, 2005

GPS to catch criminals

Posted by: Gargs In: Tech and Culture

Yet another Amber Alert has been sounded in NC, this time for a 12 year old girl who was abducted by a 27 year old man. I came to know about this while I was coming back from Burlington on Saturday evening, and saw animated signs about a vehicle registration number near the RBC Center […]

I just realized that the latest version of Yahoo! Messenger suffers from a vulnerability that allows a hacker to get your IP address. Basically, if both the clients use the latest version of messenger and the victim responds to an IM from the attacker, the former’s IP address is shown in the netstat output of […]

25 Aug, 2005

India through the eyes of Hollywood

Posted by: Gargs In: India

The “blogosphere” is abuzz with reviews and commentary about the academy award winning documentary, “Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids”“. I haven’t yet seen the movie myself, but have been reading about it and the directors on various websites. I am not going to say so much about the movie (mainly because I haven’t […]

I downloaded and installed the latest version of Konfabulator yesterday. Needless to say, it is probably one of the best free software that I have ever installed on my Windows machine. Konfabulator is a “JavaScript runtime engine” for both Windows and MacOS that allows programmers to design interactive and visually appealing “widgets” to be placed […]

I just listened to my first official PodCast at slate.com! Nevertheless, I am sure I cannot be branded a slow learner. After listening to this news-piece, I realized that PodCasting isn’t as new as we think it is. Anyone else remember the old CNET Radio 910?! It used to be a terrestrial radio channel in […]

15 Aug, 2005

Happy 59th Independence Day, India !

Posted by: Gargs In: India|Politics

Today marks the 58th anniversary of India’s successful freedom struggle. I would like to extend the warmest best wishes to the readers of my weblog on this occasion. At the same time, I salute the martyrs who laid down their lives to fulfill their dream of an independent and progressive Hindustan. Click here to read […]

14 Aug, 2005

USCIS reaches 2006 H1-B cap

Posted by: Gargs In: Economy

Just discovered that the H1-B visa cap for FY2006 has been reached. This signifies an acceleration in the demand for H1-B visas by corporate America when compared with the demand last year. The USCIS would not issue any H1-Bs for applications that are received after Wednesday, August 10th, 2005. The “cut off” date was October […]

13 Aug, 2005

NC State webmail service compromised

Posted by: Gargs In: Tech and Culture

One of last week’s major event was the compromise of the NCSU Webmail system by hackers. What is surprising to me is the fact that the hackers had an IRC server running on 2 webmail servers for about 5 days before the IT Department staff noticed that the attackers might have captured user passwords. The […]

09 Aug, 2005

This Blog now uses rss2pdf

Posted by: Gargs In: Life and Personal

For all those who like my weblog so much that they wish to read it offline, I now have a way of getting a printout ready aggregate. Please click on this link to check it out ! The software works great, and I love it ! Addendum: Thanks for the nice comment, Tom! After I […]

08 Aug, 2005

Windows Vista to use HDCP

Posted by: Administrator In: Tech and Culture

Just read on the Inquirer that the final release of Windows Vista would use HDCP to curtail viewing of protected digital media on devices without DRM. This comes as a surprise as Microsoft is going to be the first company to actually use this technology. HDCP enabled monitors are still pretty rare, and of course, […]


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