Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Sick of spam? Attack the spammers!

No seriously! BBC reports in this article of a new screeensaver developed by Lycos that repeatedly sends data to spammers websites. In effect, it increases the bandwidth usage for their websites and causes them to pay a lot more money -- and driving them out of business.

Currently only launched in Europe, you can download the screensaver here. Thousands of people have already downloaded it and have started bombarding spammers. Lycos has maintained that the screensaver will not cripple the spammer's website by causing a DDOS attack (because they will be monitoring traffic). It will just increase their bandwidth by orders of magnitude. Here is the Slashdot story on it too.

Download the screensaver to be part of the War Against Spammers!

Monday, November 29, 2004

Latest in Blogosphere

This is a pretty amusing read: The 10 Habits of Highly Annoying Bloggers. I must say that after going through these habits, I definitely consider myself an annoying blogger.

On a different note, has anyone noticed the new "Media" section on Orkut? This brief article (?) wonders if this is an Orkut blog minus comments.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Flicker

Has any photo fan tried Flicker –photo management sharing application, so far free.

Pirated XP swap offer for Britons.

Microsoft has recently launched a scheme in the United Kingdom to freely replace your copy of a pirated Win XP (Pro/Home) with a genuine one.

The offer is for those individuals who have purchased systems with Win XP pre-installed. In return to their gratitude, you will sign as a witness and disclose the vendor from whom you purchased the system. Up to 5 submissions per person allowed.

This will eventually help Microsoft crack down on piracy of its products in the UK.

Spider readers in the UK, what are you waiting for? Go get your copy. Hurry, offer ends Dec 31, 2004.

Now, will we ever see such move reaching our shores?

Want a Philips PC?

Netherlands electronics giant Philips has decided once again to venture into the PC market in Europe.

Coming to think of it, I doubt the company will have success this time around. I am used to idea of seeing a Philips TV, monitor, refrigerator but having a Philips branded PC "with Intel side" does not seem appealing enough.

Who's next LG or Dawlance? : P

Thursday, November 25, 2004

New game stirs controversy

I am an avid gamer too, but the idea of a game to replicate the assassination of J. F. Kennedy and paying a $100,000 bumper prize to the one who can perfectly execute it in the game seems to have gone too far.

May be not the best theme to base a game on. Visit the game site for more.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

News of the Day

A number of you have shown interest in contributing to this blog. Have a news or post to share? Post it under this topic.
**Add: Please hyperlink the news item and include only a brief excerpt [with a comment on it, if you can] in the text.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Telecom news: Old and New

PakistanGulfEconomist has a summary of telecom deals struck and changes expected. I think the punchline of the article should have been the intro: "It must also be kept in mind that retaining the subscribers will not be an easy job, without bringing in further improvement in quality of services being offered."

Monday, November 22, 2004

TIME thinks Centrino surfboard is cool

TIME dubs a surfboard with Centrino as one of the coolest inventions this year. Having traveled around with a Centrino notebook for a year, I’ve found it pretty functional—wait for the gripe. The wireless scene is cluttered with jargon and labels and Intel’s marketing arm helps push this ‘wireless package’ above many. But if one or two players are out with a mobile technology that talks to Wi-Fi hotspots, I wish they would push their brand to handheld manufacturers (I know Centrino has been recently bundled in one), along with other portable devices that let users surf the net—why are MP3 players left out? Intel Pakistan claim there are about 40 hotspots up and running in the country. Would anyone know of an online Wi-Fi hotspot tracker exclusively for Pakistan? I’ve only accessed them at major hotels. Here’s help for Linux notebook users who want to install Centrino.

Here's a list of other inventions—SpaceShipOne made it too—TIME found cool. Anyone for alternative voices on coolest invention this year? Not the iPod? Not the Simputer?

Spider and Orkut

Finally! We have a Spider Internet Magazine Community on Orkut

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Browsers vs. IE

"Dear IE," writes Vamosi, "I'm leaving you for good". And a few of us have switched over, converted from IE forever. About 65% Spider.tm blog visitors access us via Internet Explorer while the number of Netscape based browser users has shot up from 10 to 20% since August 2004. There's all of 2 Opera users amongst us who have been visiting this blog [do say hi/salaam, I'd like to know who you are] for a while. To all Internet Explorer users, Firefox is worth the switch! Read Vamosi's column, if you've missed Spider reviews of the other browsers. Reinvigorate, the site tracker this blog uses, has stats on platforms/browser usage.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

"Pakistan's IT challenges"

Thanks to Irfan Khan (S-Asia-IT) for following up on the positivity lead ;~) and sending the sequel to Anthony Mitchell's first article. The writer takes an indepth look at last mile and connectivity issues (such as our dependence on FLAG) in addition to offering a word of caution to American investors.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Eid Greetings

Eid greetings to all bloggers and readers

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Watch what you blog

A blogger named Annie made sure that the whole world knew that she was against Bush and the next thing she knew, the Secret Service Agents were knocking on her door. You can read the full news story here or read what Annie herself has written about her ordeal on her blog
Moral of the story: keep your political views to yourself!

Monday, November 08, 2004

Great Gmail

Gmail (still with Beta tag) is down for the moment. . .

Saturday, November 06, 2004

something 'phishy' is going on

I knew I should have suspected foul play the minute I got the following email. But naive as I still am, I ended up submitting my email address and password to pick up an Eid card before realizing that something 'phishy' is going on.

Here is a part of the email I received yesterday:

From : MSN Greeting [sumera323ali@hotmail.com]
Reply-To : "MSN Greeting" [sumera323ali@hotmail.com]
Sent : Friday, November 5, 2004 5:45 AM
To : Hafsa Ahsan [my email address]
Subject : Sumera Ali sent you an Eid Card.

Dear Friend,
Sumera Ali [ sumera323ali@hotmail.com ] has sent you an Eid-Card from Msngreetings.com
123Greetings.com is all [standard 123greetings.com text]
To view your e-card, choose from any of the following options:
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OPTION 1
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Click on the following Internet address or copy & paste it into your browser's address box.
http://www.lordsgreetings.com/view/BV30213092911104


Clicking on the link above took me to a website cleverly designed to resemble MSN Greetings where I was required to enter my email address and password to pick up my card which I stupidly did. Upon entering it I was told to select a card to send it elsewhere. Frustrated, I closed the window. Today, after re-clicking on the above link I noticed that it redirects to a website http://www.geocities.com/smartfaiza323

Interestedly if you copy and paste http://www.lordsgreetings.com/view/BV30213092911104 into the location bar the message that the "website cannot be found" turns up.

Maybe this is a false alarm. But it does look like someone is out to get people to enter their email addresses and passwords through a sophisticated form of hacking.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Pakistan's broadband policy draft released

You can download the 453KB PDF file from the IT Division's page. Email address provided for feedback.

Bloggers Beware

Blogger gets fired from her job. But this is not due to blogging. There is more to it

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

"Pakistan Now a Hot Spot for IT Outsourcing"

A dose of positivity by Anthony Mitchell who says, "Americans who have worked in both Karachi and Mumbai report that there is no discernable difference in the safety and security situation in both cities." The story is positioned to give Pakistan a green light in outsourcing and I've emailed the author asking for his inspiration in writing it.

Here's the real catch: "The biggest boost to Pakistan's efforts to break into the global IT marketplace came on September 28, when India's finance ministry announced an income tax of more than 36 percent on foreign firms with software, R&D and customer service operations in India. This tax proposal had been in the works since the beginning of the year and is expected to prompt U.S. firms to follow GE's lead in selling off assets in India."

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Netscape 7.2

The newest version of Netscape is available for download here. But I still can't access my hotmail and gmail accounts with this one.