Review Google Talk (Unreleased Version)

Google Talk (About)The guys at Google are at it again, and are testing a new version of Google Talk. Last time I called it a leaked version and everyone was on me for that, so this time I am calling it Google Talk (Unreleased Version). You can download this version from here.

This one sports quite a few changes, and Google has also created a temporary What’s New Page for it. The new features and changes are:

  • Main Window now shows image icon for all users instead of only the online ones.
  • Notifications for Contacts coming Online.
  • Supports File Transfer.
  • Supports Voicemails.
  • Notifications for Voicemail.

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Me in Mumbai Mirror

My Blog Post featured in Mumbai Mirror Open your copy of Mumbai Mirror dated July 25, 2006 and go to page 31 and look at the Bloggers’ Park section. And Read, the first featured blog. Its my last blog post “Prince Rescued. What Big Deal!!!

OH and for all my Non-Mumbai readers (or for that matter who don’t get Mumbai Mirror) click on the image on the left to see a picture of the page (Sorry for the bad pic.) or you can visit the Mumbai Mirror Page.

I am very very very excited and happy about this, and hope you guys are too!!!

Prince Rescued. What big deal!!!

Prince RescueThe 6 year old boy “Prince” who was trapped in a 53 feet deep 1.5 feet wide shaft and was rescued after a two days of ordeal, by the India Army. A great rescue accomplished, and a salute to everyone involved in the rescue mission.

After all this I have one little problem, and it has nothing to do with the approach taken in the rescue effort. My problem is with The Great Indian 24×7 News Channels and especially the ones that fall in the Hindi News category and the one channel that stands out in the whole episode is Star News. It’s the approach taken by the media that bothed me.

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Google Ads == Phishing Attacks!!!

Google ADs = Phishing!!!Just as usual I turned ON my PC; updated definitions on my Kaspersky Internet Security Suite 6.0 and proceeded to check my e-mails, blogs, and all the regular stuff.

As soon as I opened my blog page I got this alert. The first ever Phishing attack notification and was surprised by the url it was giving the alert for.

The url was none other than that of Google Ads, and that’s what really shocked me. At first I thought it was a one off incident, but strangely I got this alert for all the sites I visited that sport Google Ads. The alert for some strange reasons are appearing on a some sites and not on others, (The alerts appears for sure when I refresh the page). Also its not like these are some strange sites, but they are the ones I visit daily and there was nothing just 12 hrs. ago(e.g. Frihost, Digg, Think Digit, CNN-IBN, etc.)

But still if Kaspersky thinks Google Ads are Phishing attacks then it should really mean something and hope they sort it out. (Just hoping its a false alert or some screw-up with the latest definitions). I trust Google and would not like this to happen.

Update (24 July 2006): It looks like Kaspersky has got stuck obssessed with showing Google ADs as phishing attacks, which in all cases is certainly a False Positive. SO I have now altogether disabled its Anti-Phishing alets. As it is I dont need that service because I know what sites I am looking at and what I am doing online.


July 7 2006, was one of the blackest day in the history Mumbai City and for the whole Nation. But we all stood together, and didn’t let the terrorists get away with their evil plans. On this fate full day everything seemed to fail except the Spirit of Mumbaikars and the bloggers.

The Spirit of Mumbai has been well publicized now (or over exaggerated to a certain extent). The other significant contributors were the blogs, that kept people notified when all our telephone lines literally went dead.

So what does our government do? BLOCK them out, because they are a threat to our national security. The reason being that these blogs are being used to spread anti-national stuff and also the terrorist are using blogs to communicate with each other.

So what am I supposed to do now? Well just use any proxy site (e.g. PKBlogs for Blogspot) and you are back in business. You might not see the images but rest of the important stuff will be there. And I bet these are on their way to bans too.

OR an alternative is to use Google’s cache feature. You only don’t see images from that site, but rest all is there. (e.g. The older version of Muchhala’s World {Google’s Cache}). So that even makes Google bad. Its showing me stuff that the government doesn’t want me to see. And also with Google I can find all other anti-national stuff, porn and other stuff that will spoil our generation. So Google is the biggest EVIL!!!

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