Signal vs Noise

Just pruned my feed subscriptions in Google Reader from 800+ to less than 300. I feel lighter now 😉

P.S. Leave me a link to your blog below in the comments. Thanks. is live! is live! is an ideal get away from social networking apps. its a one of its kind testbed for anonimity on the web with comments, tagcloud and postflood.


* anonimity at all times

* celebrate anonimity: confess, ask, poll, comment

* track:if you create a login you can track everything. though any which ways we make no distinction between a person who has created the post or is just tracking a post. so at all times we never know who created a post.

* no profile, no friendlist, no community, no followers, no apps, no networking, no poke, no wall posts (thanks, i can hear the applause!)

reasons to pursue this idea:

* people (atleast i,) find social networking today annoying at times. i must thank it for finding my old friends and helping me connect with them but it ends there. now-a-days i find it becoming too intrusive.

* ideal platform for people to share, confess, poll and discuss away from their social network. there is no “me” and along with it there are no inhibitions. One can reach out to this whole world anonymously.

* it would be interesting to see how people interact,react,contribute by being anonymous.

read announcement is live !

Can someone please explain this to ME ?

Just stumbled upon these domain names while checking out alexa rankings and after discussing about a simple domain name extractor with a friend of mine.

What do you think of these domains: &

Oh! Fine they are in chinese can’t make out what those websites are all about but I would always think that sina is a sub-domain of (Not sure whether its the case here)

Now to add to the complexity I google and found these domain names too: & &

In both these cases IMHO the former would qualify to be a fourth level domain for the latter second level domain.

Am I right OR is there something I am missing here ?

Humanity to Others ;-)

Ubuntu which means ‘Humanity to others’ is back with its latest version Ubuntu 7.04 whose release code name is ‘Fiesty Fawn’. It was released on my birthday April 19th. Isn’t it a cool birthday gift >? LoL I have kept my desktop for an upgrade to this new version and I am really excited about it.

Did I tell you my research paper got accepted?

The research paper “Optimizing Web Search Results using User Feedback” based on the prototype feedee has been accepted at the International Conference on Business and Information (Tokyo, Japan).

I am really excited about it. Not sure whether I would be able to make it to the conference (anyone ready to finance?). I would like to congratulate Manav (co-author) and our guide Prof. Amiya Tripathy (co-author). Big thanks to DBIT(Don Bosco Institute of Technology), Dr. Revathy Sundarajan, Dr. S. Krishnamoorthy, Reshma Nayak (who also burnt some mid-night oil 😉 and so many others.

I would surely try working on another paper as it been a full-filling journey and this time it would be more concrete and thorough.

Pretty GNU Emacs with XFT goodness

I have been using Emacs for most of my ruby and rails programming. I tend to like it and now I can say that I am an Emacs addict. A week back I stumbled upon this article Pretty Emacs while search for some popular themes for Emacs. I tried installing Emacs from the repositories but the installation was never successful. Later I also followed posts GNU Emacs with XFT goodness and Emacs font joy.

Finally, I have it working(most probably) and here is my screenshot:


Looks Yummy! isn’t it?

At the eleventh hour

Came across this interesting option of ‘Trends’ within my Google Search History account. I had enabled search history long back when I started working on feedee. I find it pretty useful and would recommend it to everyone who use Google extensively for their research work.

Key advantages over social bookmarking websites are:
 – Its Transparent – It saves all your queries and search results clicked once activated.
 – Its intelligent (At least its made to be intelligent) – There are options like ‘Interesting Items’ which is a search query or web page discovery tool based on your past queries to Google.
 – Its Useful – There are so many times when you forget to bookmark a web page you found through Google. Now , there is no more disappointment.

This still is not a replacement for social bookmarking websites but very nifty utility for someone like me who instinctively  presses  Control+k (shortcut for Firefox search box) on his keyboard when he needs to find anything.

Here is my Trends chart:

My Google Search History trends

The initial section lists Top queries, sites and clicks. Most of the picks there were pretty obvious. (I confess I do a lot of egosurfing)

Search activity section is what interested me the most. The graphs reveal my work pattern. They also justify the title of my blog stream, Coding on the late shift and off course this post title too. Looks like the eleventh hour is when I get going  and pretty much sums up my life till date too.

Google Search History also has a option of ‘Interesting Items”. It suggests search queries, web pages, videos and gadgets related to your searches. I didn’t find the suggestions interesting may be the algorithm still has a bit of learning to do.

Have you signed up for Google Search History?

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The State of Search Engine Marketing in India

U Thought I was busy with something all this while?

– Yup !

Here is what it was all about > A Report on The State of Search Engine Marketing in India

About the report from Pinstorm – News channel

This report is a first-of-its-kind in the field of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) business. You can expect to find some very interesting data, comparisons & revelations here.

  • Find out where the SEM industry in India stands today.
  • What sectors are hot.
  • How much the key players in every sector are spending- Naukri vs Monster, HP vs Dell, Shaadi vs Jeevansathi. You name it, we have it.
  • Are other players catching up with the giant eBay in the retail market?

Some coOL, funny and interesting tit-bits straight from the report:

Rs. 230 crores of ad spend on this media is aimed at Indians alone. Of this, about a third, over Rs. 70 crores is spent by Indian companies. For an industry that barely got off the ground a couple of years ago, it’s a huge leap.

A note of thanks. An enterprise of this scale wouldn’t have been possible without the help of some very smart people. A big hand to Dr. V. Vinay, Pinstorm’s technology guru (with flowing locks to match) who wrote much of the code and algorithms to make these calculations possible. A doff of the hat to Akshay Surve, Ansoo Gupta, Hanisha Vaswani, Harish TM, Indrojit Chaudhuri, Milan Zaveri, Netra Parikh, Nikhil Sheth, Ratan KK and Reshma Nayak – some of the other Pinstormers who temporarily gave up sleep and sanity to make this report happen. And to the redoubtable Subho Ray of the IAMAI, Doc, here’s to making history together!

Delhi is more expensive than Bangalore, which is more expensive than Mumbai. But only in search marketing terms.

So, here we are, many nights, many cups of Barista coffee, Punjab Sweet House samosas and Snack Shack sali botis, many lines of code and charts on Excel later.

You can download the report for free 😉 from here.