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Rejected Google logos

As it seems, everybodys is poking fun at Google, here are some supposedly rejected logos :)

 

"Supposed to be celebrating: 150 years of cigarettes. Reason for rejection: Too political "

"Supposed to be celebrating: Children's Day 2003. Reason for rejection: Too childish."

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2006 1:52 PM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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GooglePark: The spaghetti code
I came across this through Feld's blog and tell you what , geeeeeeeeeeeeeeees, i am lucky that this is the first thing i read on Internet today , this really made my day :-)  Have a Good day .....

Posted Tuesday, February 14, 2006 12:36 PM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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Microsoft scares me

A very thought provoking article,  following is worth reading and will seriously force you to think and say 'HMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm'

Microsoft scares me. When I look at what’s in .NET, and I look at what’s going on in Vista, and I look at the overall platform strategy that Microsoft is embarked upon, I see three things: long-term planning, coordinated action, and fundamental innovation.

When I look at the valley, I see a lot of innovation. But it’s surface innovation instead of deep innovation. To dramatically overstate the case: we’re focusing on building better event calendars and better blog aggregators. And on bringing the same functionality, slightly tailored, to all the nooks and crannies of the long tail.

Microsoft is focused on changing the game entirely.

I also see a lot of bright people in the valley swarming after the same things. And that’s really dangerous. because we’re taking a generation of entrepreneurs and technologists and training them in the art of short-term thinking (when a swarm of people are pursuing the same goal, there’s going to be a lot of small releases and jockeying for incidental advantages. Which means customer-driven and surface innovation, not deep innovation).

And I see a lot of people repurposing the same ideas, with minor variations, in order to address slightly different markets with slightly different demographics and needs.

Maybe I’m a little too skeptical, but does anyone really think this is the way to build lasting companies and lasting value? I look at what we’re doing right now, and I don’t think we’re laying much groundwork for the future at all.

Posted Thursday, February 9, 2006 2:39 PM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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You only have 18 seconds

I could only make it to 16.103 seconds. Go here if you want couple of minutes off from your work and let me know your time :-)

Posted Tuesday, February 7, 2006 12:50 PM by fakeGeek | 2 Comments

GoogleS
So now we have another proposed design of google by some company,however, i like the original one because it is so simple and clean. Nothing more and nothing less, as everybody likes more and everybody likes less so in order to hide behind a pillar and shoot its lot better to know and give LESS , oh and yes i am not trying to sound similar to some two-digit company,if you know what i mean:-)

Posted Saturday, February 4, 2006 10:46 PM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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Creative and different....

I really like this guy cartoons and all that. He has even written some great articles on creativity, worth reading twice :)

Posted Saturday, February 4, 2006 9:41 AM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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MSN IM Icons and Tooltips: A usability view

Couple of days back i was using MSN IM v 7.5 and i came across an interesting observation. There are quite a few icons placed vertically on the left side of IM and when you place your mouse over them they are supposed to show you some relevant tooltip text. As you click any of these icons you are taken to the relevant web page. I found something interesting. When you place your mouse over Gift BoxIcon the tooltip says Make your own Messenger, as shown in the following picture.

SecondScreen

Well, the Gift Box Icon has nothing to do with Make Your Own Messenger. I mean it comes very intuitive that a Gift Box Icon will take me to some sort of shoping website as in EBay, Amazon and etc. This is as if you place a road sign, showing purple cows, to direct customers to a Ferrari car show room :)

Ironically, when you place your mouse over Nerd Smile Icon, the tooltip says Holiday Shopping. This is a paradox, this is again as if you place wrong sign boards along the highway that connects five major states and you keep coming back to the same point after four hours of drive :) Here is the screen shot

firstscreen

Please note that i have taken these snapshots couple of days back and since then i am caught up with Dementia and i have not used MSN IM since then :-)

Posted Friday, February 3, 2006 11:42 AM by fakeGeek | 2 Comments

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Take some time off for yourself...

Yeah, you read it right. I guess we all must take some time off in a year to do whatever we want to, in a rough way. I mean if you are a geek, then pack up your stuff and go for a short vocation. Watch some great movies and read whatever interests you. Well, i am not here to tell you that you should go and yell at your boss rightaway and tell him the benefits of a *rough* vocation  :)

I just finished watching a great movie. There are two actors i really admire. Tom Hanks and Russel Crowe. I just watched Russell Crowe's 'Cinderalla Man'. Geees that was wonderfully awesome. Acting and Russell Crowe at its best. I never got involved so much in a movie. At times, you will crush your right fingers in left palm and sometimes you will shout "Take him, take him" :) You might learn a great lesson of determination as well. So folks, leave everything as it is. Go and watch that movie, i know you owe me a great lunch :) I wish i were in a world where Oscar Awards would have been considered as the lowest award :)

Posted Wednesday, January 25, 2006 7:23 AM by fakeGeek | 1 Comments

Microsoft offers Yahoo! 80 billion dollars.........

Wow,  80 billion. This is hell of money but not enough to buy Yahoo! :) However, according to the source

It's just speculation at this point. But there were rumors this past weekend that Microsoft offered $80 billion for Yahoo. Yahoo was said to have rejected the bid as too low. On Tuesday, even though neither party would comment, talk of a potential Yahoo-Microsoft deal of some kind sent Yahoo shares up 4.4 percent. For the record, Microsoft has $40 billion in cash at hand.

So microsoft plans to be king of internet as well :)

Posted Wednesday, January 4, 2006 4:33 PM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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Best of.....

So 2005 is about to pass by. It would be highly appreciated if someone would like to share the best thing happened to him/her in 2005. Best software,best blog, best book, best tool/technology....Any predictions for 2006 ?

 Just to start with , here you can find a list of the Top underrated apps of 2005 and here you can find the Top apps of the year. Best blogs i have discovered and watch closely is life beyond code,SvN and Schneier's blog. Best book i have read is The federalist letters by Alexander Hamilton et al. It is such a great book that you can pick a topic from anywhere in the book, as topics are not linked as the book contains individual federalist letters, and trust me you won't be disspointed. Book was given to me by Zahid Irfan who recently moved back to GIKI. I miss you Zaheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed. He is a great writer and a critique and does have the ability to think out of the box ...at times :D :)...Man, i miss your grammies over coffees :) .

Anyways time just flew by. I have made lots of mistakes and plan to make more valuable mistakes in the coming year :) Have learnt lots of lessons, met and worked with amazing set of people. Lots of friends moved. So this is me, i wish everyone luck and wish a great year ahead.

Posted Friday, December 30, 2005 11:15 AM by fakeGeek | 2 Comments

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Amazonia

I love Amazon and now i love them even more. I have found a good news here. Here is the excerpt

Did you know that if the price on something you buy drops, within 30 days of your purchase date, Amazon.com will credit you the difference if you ask for it? It’s a not-advertised price drop policy that most people don’t know about and it’s saved me tons of money over the last few years.

Geees, following is cool :)

Did you know that if the price on something you buy drops, within 30 days of your purchase date, Amazon.com will credit you the difference if you ask for it? It’s a not-advertised price drop policy that most people don’t know about and it’s saved me tons of money over the last few years.

Seems like a great marketing stroke, however, im unable to understand the economics behind this. I mean what if prices of more than 50% products go down or someone buy million books and their prices go down , yes i know this is very very unlikely to happen but what if :) This is not likely to happen , moreover, precussions of this will not hurt company the size of Amazon. But i guess we must consider odds , at times or may be all the time :)

Posted Friday, December 30, 2005 10:32 AM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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How to become as rich as Bill Gates and a rant :).....

Hi folks, long time no see :).....I was darn busy, quite relaxed now. Lot has been happening and i really was unable to post anything due to haphazard ( both in terms of life and work :) )schedule.Well, i have found this article quite interesting and somewhat funny at the same time. Here is the first catchy paragraph :-)excerpt

"A young man asked an old rich man how he made his money. The old guy fingered his worsted wool vest and said, "Well, son, it was 1932. The depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents. The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I'd accumulated a fortune of $1.37. Then my wife's father died and left us two million dollars."

This was not known to me untill i read the essay

She was also on the national board of United Way, along with John Opel, the chief executive officer of IBM who approved the inclusion of MS/DOS with the original IBM PC.

Gates indeed is cranky

An 1994 New Yorker article about Microsoft relates "If he strongly disagrees with what you're saying, [Gates] is in the habit of blurting out, 'That's the stupidest fucking thing I've ever heard!'". Jennifer New, a former Microsoft contractor, writes "Meetings with Bill or one of his top people are often replete with a barrage of expletives and other disdainful comments." (Salon, September 1997) My friends who work or have worked at Microsoft tell similar tales.

and here is a good comment on this article posted by some reader  :)

I like what Bill Gates has done for the American economy in general, and for my career in particular. In return for my $350, he has indirectly provided me with over $100,000 worth of employment opportunities using Windows, Office, and Visual Basic. In a free market, the fact that someone gets fabulously rich means that he produces something that is universally desirable. If Bill's personality were more congenial, perhaps he'd be better liked. But if he weren't a nerd, he might not have made Microsoft so successful. At least he didn't become rich by making others poor, like some third-world oligarch. Thanks to Bill, the hardest work I do is to lift my arm from the keyboard to mouse when I click a button.

and lastly, here is the Gates personal wealth clock.

Well, many people associate Gate's success with luck, but, this indeed is far from truth. Yes, luck could have a tiny share, but not a major one. Gates deal with IBM for DOS is still known as the deal of the century. IBM approached Gates for an OS and he didn't have it but he promised IBM to call back right after three months for an OS. Gates hired QDOS creator and gained the rights of the software. They tweaked it and sold it IBM and from there they took off beyond skies. I mean this is only Gates could do, you need to have iron balls to come up with something like an OS for giant company like IBM  in just three months, oh and yes it was 80s :)..Though i think Gates was little slow to anticipate the rise of Internet. In 90s i read somewhere that Gates said "If i would have one button to control Internet i would shut it down because i don't know how to control it". However, Netscape woke Gates up and in his one remarkable speech he said " Now we are hardcore about Internet, we are hardcore about anything we do at Mircosoft" ( i don't remember the exact phrase, so accept my apologies for misleading you somewhat :) )...and now Gates has Ray Ozzie as CTO and once again Microsoft is dead on. Well, Microsoft has not pioneered any market but still is the market leader. They really are proactive and hiring great people, having loose structure of organization and small and focussed teams really helped them. OOoops, my rant is not drawing any conclusion, but what do you really expect from a guy who is writing this at 5:20 AM and he is not ready to go and get a cup of tea to open up his eyes. This is exactly why i really do not like chemistry of brain-and-keyboard, i guess brain-and-pen does so much better. Try that, my two cents :)..

About the coffee plan, i know it will *never* be materialized :), just kidding. I usually end up at CTC around mid night so if anybody would like to accompany ,  you are most welcome. Today i tried Starbucks and the flavour was Frenchtoast ( or something that had 'French' in its name), that was...................weird, awful. Never ever try that. So i ended up with latte. One thing i really wish these coffee shops in Lahore must offer ,and it would really add lot of value , is books. I mean why can't you have 10 or 15 current Amazon best sellers in there, but i guess then the whole place would be designed by keeping book-reading at the top of the mind and by the way if coffee shops will have books in there and if people start reading books at places like CTC, if at all :) ,then one thing is for sure and that is our fashion industry would definitely go dead, if you know what i mean :)...

Anyhow, here is my thesis's conclusion and i apologize for wasting your time :)

Great ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said " I skate where the puck is going to be" and i guess , right now it seems Google is skating where the puck is going to be :)

Have your say? Please do share :)

 

Posted Thursday, December 29, 2005 4:59 AM by fakeGeek | 1 Comments

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Numsum and Alexa web crawl

Numsum is a nice ajaxified-hosted spreadsheet. Yes, its free. I guess everyone should atleast manage their personal finance, everything going out and everything coming in must be listed somewhere and numsum comes handy for this.

The Alexa Web Search Platform provides public access to the vast web crawl collected by Alexa Internet. Looks good.

Posted Thursday, December 15, 2005 4:15 PM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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Mindjets, two thumbs way up....

This indeed is a great piece of software. This software comes very handy if you try to generate your feature and requirement specs, i wish everybody start hating those long meaningless documents. In contemporary software industry, 20% of the work is done by putting 80% effort and this causes havoc which only is realized when you come to sort out the last 10%. This is a dilemma, a dilemma that in itself is a huge dilemma :)

 Back to mindjets, you can start from somewhere and you would definitely end up having something useful. You can generate mind maps and import and export into different formats, again this comes very handy. Have a look at their website, here and here.You can take great notes in a session by using it. Its a great tool for enterprise wide productivity and management. All in all its serves great for brain jamming.

 

Posted Tuesday, December 13, 2005 10:05 PM by fakeGeek | 0 Comments

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Live custom domains...
Cool.

Posted Friday, December 9, 2005 4:57 PM by fakeGeek | 2 Comments

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