WIshing a quick recovery

Wish you a quick recovery Mr. Singh so that you can resume your office soon. The Indian Prime Minister underwent his 2nd bypass surgery at AIIMS. An 11-member team from the AHI led by Dr Ramakant Panda performed the beating-heart operation on 76-year-old Mr. Singh. The whole country is anxious and the business stocks are sensitive to the health outcome. The benchmark BSE index fell more than 1.5 percent before regaining a little ground.India will celebrate its Republic day on 26th January which he will not be able to attend.

List of food products subject to recall

The U.S. government is advising consumers to avoid cookies, crackers, ice cream etcN made with peanut butter or peanut paste. As you already might know, an investigation is going on about an outbreak of salmonella illness that is believed to have killed six people and sickened at least 485 others across the country. It is unclear how the peanut products were contaminated with Salmonella species. Infact many of the nations large scale manufacturers and retailers are voluntarily withdrawing peanut butter products from their shelves.

If you are one of the concerned U.S. resident worried about the kind of products that are suspected to be infected with Salmonella, check out the following link on the website of F.D.A. It maintains a periodically updated list of food products subject to recall in the United States since January 2009 related to peanut butter and peanut paste recalled by Peanut Corporation of America.
Link: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/peanutbutterrecall/

Let Google Notebook RIP

There is a post in Mashable about Google Notebook users pleading through an online petition, a Facebook group, and a “Save Notebook” blog against the proposed withdrawal of its service. Since there are other alternatives I would rather let the Google notebook service rest in peace. There is a similar notebook service from Yahoo too.

It is not that I am against Google. It is just that there are other viable services and we should not be entirely dependent on Google. But personally, deep in my mind, I wish (and pray) Google would keep up people's trust on its services and let the notebook service hold on to its life. They should just invent some kind of contextual or other forms of advertisement to keep it going.

Best bookmarklets

There has been many times I have searched online for the essential bookmarklets whenever I use a different computer or reinstall my browser. Of course I could have just bookmarked them in Delicious and reinstall it from there. Maybe I was just lazy to bookmark all my bookmarklets.

For those who are unfamiliar to bookmarklets - A bookmarklet is a small JavaScript program that can be stored as a URL within a bookmark in most popular web browsers, or within hyperlinks on a web page. Bookmarklets serve advanced functions and are very useful if you use browsers like Google chrome which does not support addons and doesn't have much inbuilt functions.

Cybernetnews has listed a set of very useful bookmarklets under an apt title - The best bookmarklets for your browser. Click the link below to grab them!
 Link: http://cybernetnews.com/2006/12/27/cybernotes-the-best-bookmarklets-for-your-browser/

Flight landing on a river

You might have already read the news item on the U.S. Airways passenger plane as it conducted an emergency landing into the Hudson River Jan. 15, 2009. The video of that incident is there in Youtube. The video was captured by Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service. This is one of the hottest videos on Youtube right now with more than 3 Lakh views.

Introducing JS-Kit commenting system

I am using the JS-Kit commenting system from today. JS-Kit does more than just replace Blogger’s built-in commenting system. You can comment using your facebook ID. It saves me the pain of introducing facebook connect to my blogger account. It imports existing comments and provides live synchronizaiton of new comments with Blogger.

I would recommend this for every blogger. Every time a visitor leaves a comment on your blog using JS-Kit interface, the comment is instantly copied to Blogger’s built-in commenting system. If for any reason you disable JS-Kit Comments on your blog, your visitor comments will be preserved on Blogger. This feature is something that was missing from Disqus or Intensedebate commenting systems.

Lawsuit Live!

This reminds me of the old Roman empire when people used to watch men kill each other in the colloseum. We can watch the RIAA trial live online and have the same sadistic pleasure. Maybe this could act as a deterrent to potential pirates and would infact prevent online thefts. But curiously RIAA opposed the broadcast and the judge aptly called the situation "curious". You can read the news item at http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/01/riaa-court-hear.html

Google Notebook alternative

Now that Google Notebook is going to be shut down, we need a similar service to do the job. Though popular tech websites recommend Evernote, what works for me the best is Snipd. Snipd works from a bookmarklet and you can select the part of the webpage you want to save online. You can even clip videos from sites like youtube. No matter which service you are going to use, just make sure that you backup your data from Google notebook since it is going to shut down.

Google Friend Connect

I happened to watch an amazing video on how easy it is to set up Google friend connect on blogger. I thought it is not possible on blogger as it needs to install two html pages to the site. Thanks to the following video on youtube I can now enable it in my blog. The trick is simple – you don’t need to upload the 2 files!