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Laundrette Laugh

I went to Laundrette with my friend recently and I saw a big sign board there saying “While leaving the laundrette, please remove all the clothes”!

I thought this was funny and my friend and I started giggling about it till the manager came and said that some customer has wiped off the remaining portion which said 'from the machine'.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Friday, July 30, 2004 2:07 PM

Finance lessons for children
Thomas Williams talks about that how in a school children are given an early education of money matters. He says, “Here are the rules:Each week, you get a salary of funny money (I think it can vary depending on grades and behavior, but the details aren't important). There are cheap, flashy toys you can buy with your funny money. Catch number one: You must pay rent on your desk. The rent turns out to be a significant amount of the funny money. Catch number two: You can save up and buy your desk. ......

Posted On Thursday, July 29, 2004 11:40 AM

Talking about OneNote..
As I was chatting with William this morning, he reminded me of how thing that I had to blog about. I had to blog that I have introduced OneNote to my boss who is not normally very receptive from the new and shining things from Microsoft or anybody else in this case. I gave him a 5 minute run down and the next thing he said was “Give me the installation CD and associate license”. Than I showed me few more features that were there in SP1 Preview and he was like “wow”, “this ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 28, 2004 1:18 PM

OneNote SP1 available and installed
Hurray, OneNote SP1 is available now. Found the news on Chris Pratley's weblog today. SP1 can be downloaded from Microsoft website here. Do read the instructions, there are not many but will save you couple of minutes of frustration once you get started, I mean I got so excited by this news, that I did'nt even stop to read the whole post made on Chris's weblog and jumped on to the link, downloaded the version and started installing it, just to find that it won't work as I had the SP1 preview installed ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 28, 2004 12:52 PM

Few problems I face with Technorati
I thought that Technorati will improve as the time goes by. OK it might have some more features but I am really unhappy with the speed of the website. Sometimes it takes 1 minute or so for results to show up and sometimes they don’t show up at all with some stupid error message. Can someone give me a technical reason why it’s so slow most of the times? Feedster on the other hand keeps on getting better with more and more services and quite happy with their speed of searching as well. ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 28, 2004 10:59 AM

Linked from Lockergnome
I got linked on my previous entry by Lockergnome today. Just realised it when I checked my Trackbacks and site statistics. I am flattered with all the traffic that I am getting onto my blog. Thanks to Matt Hartley for linking me in. He has interesting things to talk about, subscribed to his blog! Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 27, 2004 11:55 PM

Can't go to Tech-Ed 2004
Just found out today that I won't be going to Tech-Ed 2004. Well a business decision. More work load during that time. I am sad indeed. I was really excited about the number of people I could meet there, see Frank Arrigo's http://blogs.msdn.com/frank... team http://blogs.msdn.com/frank... and to get all the information first handed. I was looking forward to go to the security sessions, TechEd parties and a lot. Wanted to experience the whole motion, excitement and ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 27, 2004 11:42 PM

This is my testing from Newsgator

OK, hope this works.

Tejas Patel 

Posted On Tuesday, July 27, 2004 5:45 AM

Gmail Email reversal system
Karanbir Singh pointed me to a problem ( Gmail might say that it is intentional) that Gmail has with it's email system. Whenever we sent out email to non-existant Gmail email accounts from non Gmail addresses or even in Gmail address, we do not get any “Permanent errors” or “fatal error” messages back to the senders address which is normally the case. As per Karan, they store the emails.”What makes it quite interesting is that someone signed on as {username}@Gmail.com ......

Posted On Monday, July 26, 2004 6:13 PM

XP Sp2 limiting the number of connection/sec
This feature/function can be handy from security point of view. Bink.Nu links to a functionality in Windows XP SP2 that limits conncurrent TCP/IP connections. I vaguely remember reading some relating when I was using Windows 2000 as well about a setting in registry where we can limit the number of TCP/IP Connections. On Googling I found the following link and on this forum . You can save your computer from P2P programs trying to make many connections at the same time and this can also apply to some ......

Posted On Monday, July 26, 2004 3:03 PM

My absence for few days
I have missed reading and writing blogs during last 3-4 days. The reason being that I am held up doing my work, University studies ( I am doing my Masters) and other related studies along with looking after my wife and being a good host. University work is holding a lot of my time. Next 4 months would be very very busy time for me and this does not mean that I won't be blogging and won't be reading blogs. This is the time when I can emphasize again the real importance of time and resource management. ......

Posted On Monday, July 26, 2004 2:49 PM

RSS & Virus
Continuing this saga about Virus and how it can get into RSS, a user recently posted some comments on my blog which can be found at http://geekswithblogs.net/t... . He tell us some ways viruses can infilterate aggregators or onto a user's system. I am now even scared of visiting unknown blog. It happens that I was on a site statistics website and looking at where it gets most of the hits. I saw that the site statistics website was getting from Sex related blogs ......

Posted On Monday, July 26, 2004 2:35 PM

Three Indians held hostages in Iraq
Heard the news yesterday and I am in deep shock that six more being were abducted three of which are from India. I thought India was Iraq friendly country and we have not sent our military forces to Iraq for whatever reason still they were abducted as they were thought to be working for American companies! That's a shame. The government and other military forces in Iraq should really do something to take this nuisance out. People are beheaded if the demands are not meant! What kind of justice is ......

Posted On Friday, July 23, 2004 8:20 AM

Snapshot of the 2 GB MSN Account

Snap Shot of 2 GB account:

Tejas Patel

Posted On Thursday, July 22, 2004 12:32 PM

MSN Offering 2 GB of email space
This is unbelieveable. MSN is offering 2 GB of email space. Will this be mistake ? Just signed up for a MSN account usign the MSN Explorer which comes in XP and found that I got 2 GB of space with it. Just to confirm I signed up for a Hotmail email account using www.hotmail.com website and I just got 2 MB of email space. I will see if this lasts. This is exciting but I am over email space now. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Thursday, July 22, 2004 12:07 PM

Some funny facts with funny comments
OK, do you need a bit of laugh along with bit of knowledge, this blog is to be visited then. Good One collects some interesting facts and moves around the fact that a pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes and he wants to be a pig in next life. That was a interesting fact and a funny comment. I wonder if my friends wife allready knew about this fact, as the ladies abuse my friends like calling “He is like a pig”, I now wonder what they mean by it really. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2004 11:42 AM

My Ideal Job
Thomas Williams links me to Job Predictor. I go there excited to see what my ideal job could be and bang :( :( :( and then one little :). I typed in 'Tejas Patel' submit my request and was shocked as I got the unpredictable predicted job! It said Tejas Patel, Your ideal job is a Prostitute. I typed in three times before I realise that this was no mistake. I even tried 'Patel Tejas' but with the same results. Now I don't think I want computers to predict my jobs any more. I am happy with what I am ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2004 11:19 AM

Love for a city
Anil Dash writes a touching post on his love for New York as he is leaving the city for a short period of time. What an explanation along with the correct words to express it! I am touched. Not sure if I can totally relate to this, but atleast I can say that I understand. When I talk about the love and obsession for the Baroda (the place where I was born and brought up in India) some of my Indian friend laugh at me and say ask me that why does it matter to me so much and why am I allways pulling ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2004 11:03 AM

Come on over to Blogshares
If you are interested in shares, playing with numbers, dealing with billions of dollars of virtual money, you should visit BlogShares. Just noticed that there is a tremendous increase of blogs on blogshares in past three months and there is a steady growth with the amount of user accounts too. It has grown from a market of a bit more than 0.3 million blogs to a bit more than 1.1 million shares. I visit there 5-6 times a month roughly at at the moment I have 381st Rank on the market. Not bad seeing ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 20, 2004 2:13 PM

DefCon 11 Media is available on their site now
For those who love to know more about hacking, computer security and cracking , they might be interested in knowing about what goes at DefCon.Defcon organises events on a yearly basis where experts talk on various things related to computer and network security. They had an event last in August last year and I found that they have all the media available online for people to see and download in the form of video's, presentation slides, pdf's and audio clips. The information can be found and downloaded ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 20, 2004 12:04 PM

Tech.Ed 2004 Australia
OK, it is final that I will be at Tech.Ed 2004 at Canberra this year. I am excited at this will be my first visit to Tech.Ed 2004 as well it will be my first visit to Canberra as well. Are any other of my Australian readers going to be there as well? I am being told that it's very cold there and I need to take loads and loads of winter clothes. Eh I am more excited now. Update:- Thanks to William Luu, I just found out that Tech-Ed is also having a Open Day which is free to people. Frank blogged on ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 20, 2004 11:05 AM

See through toilet

Stare at the people while you are sitting in the see through toilet enjoying your visit. Check the pictures of see through toilet here.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Tuesday, July 20, 2004 10:53 AM

Blog Reader Survey
Joi Ito links to Blog Surveys that were done and the interesting chart is “Why US Bloggers read Blogs ?” I would very much agree with the statistics and it is not only US but I think that a similar statistics might come up even if done in parts of Australia. The statistics show 79.9% of people read blogs becuase the get the news that they get cannot get from anywhere else. I would put my vote towards it. There are small and big news going on around the IT world that I never see on the ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 20, 2004 10:24 AM

eWeek on ISA Server 2004
I am nearly ready to evaluate Microsoft's ISA Server 2004. For those of who you are still not aware of what ISA Server is, go here. “Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 is the advanced application-layer firewall, virtual private network (VPN), and Web cache solution that enables customers to easily maximize existing IT investments by improving network security and performance” eWeek presents a brief summary on what they think on ISA Server 2004. I have heard ......

Posted On Monday, July 19, 2004 7:58 PM

India & Sex Toys
As I learn or try to learn something new each and everyday, I found an interesting fact today about India and sex toys in India. Looks like Indian Government does'nt like people importing sex toys in India and there is a ban of such things to be sold in India as well as to be exported to India. Jivha writes more about it. The author of the blog also put a interesting link about Sex of a baby. I have never read or heard about this before. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Monday, July 19, 2004 2:55 PM

One more technology company acquired by MSN
Tariq links me to the news that Lookoutsoft is aquired by MSN. More news here. This is good. I have been using Lookout for few months now and I am very very happy with it, have introduced it to many others and they are very happy too, including CEO of the place where I work. I am hoping to see some more innovation in coming days. Guys congrats and good luck with your future. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Friday, July 16, 2004 2:53 PM

Get people to answer your questions
KC Lemson makes a post on how we can get someone to answer a question even though he might not be willing to respond to it in the first place. She says “Send the mail to the person or group of people, but rather than asking the question, state what you know is the wrong answer. “I think the way it works is Foo, right Bob?” You'll be amazed at how quickly someone will take the time to correct you, particularly if the question was aimed at more than one person, since it's an opportunity ......

Posted On Friday, July 16, 2004 8:30 AM

More interroperable IM systems
Looks like Yahoo, MSN and AIM are coming up with a IM system with which users will be able to communicate with each other using a common IM system. I think this is great. I hope that is better than Trillian that I use it now. More information found here http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS... I will wait for this piece of software. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Thursday, July 15, 2004 1:28 PM

Call Forwarding Scam
Read about Call forwarding Scam on Snopes.Now this is new to me, have never heard of 'Call forwarding scam' before. A scam that is quite simple and I can imagine that innocent people can be easily conned into this. I have never used call forwarding service in my life, never had the need to do so but I am aware that there is such facility available. I will have to investigate how this service works in Australia and if it is easily exploitable and make my friends aware of this as well. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 14, 2004 9:14 AM

Transferring ownership of files
Ever wanted to sneak into somebody else's documents but you did not have enough permission on the file to do so, now with a little hack, you can find a way around this. We know that by default when people create documents and file, they become owner of the file or the document and then have the ability to give permissions to whomso ever they wish and even kick out the Administraotor with just “read” permission or no permission at all.Mitch Tullock shows us a trick on how the file ownership ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 14, 2004 8:38 AM

Is Aventuremail serious?
Is Aventuremail serious about what offering of 2 GB mail service. After Gmail I think they were the first one to jump into GB email service and these guys don't provide one, but 2 GB of space! This will be useful only if people will be able to use even their email properly on Aventuremail account. The whole experience of using Aventuremail facilities has been a nightmare for me and for many others who have dropped by on my blog to tell us what their reactions were. If you read the comments on my ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 13, 2004 2:51 PM

Kevin Mitnick's Interview on Social Engineering
Slashdot link's me to a interview by Rob_Warwick. The interview can be found on applefritter and mp3 is available here. I have heard some of the same things in his interviews before too, but it is allways refreshing to hear him again and again. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Monday, July 12, 2004 5:54 PM

Blogs are data stores
Blogs are data stores says Brian D Foy. I agree to this and I have written about this long time back too, now I don't normally keep on adding bookmarks, nor I write down the important things that I like somewhere. All I do is blog about them, add few key words and then when I need it either search through categories on my blog or through Google or Yahoo and it works faster than I would do to go through my long land cluttered ist of bookmarks. If I really need to save something on my system, than ......

Posted On Monday, July 12, 2004 5:33 PM

More 1 GB email account

Almost forgot to mention this on my blog, somebody linked me to www.walla.com and they offer 1 GB account as well, Let me know if anybody signs up for this, I have'nt signed up for this as I don't need any more email accounts.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Monday, July 12, 2004 2:34 PM

Buy virus made-to-orders

Where is Internet heading towards, now you can customise viruses to suit your needs and order them for merely $US 12-24. If these types of services become popular than it will definately be a shame. More info can be found from Interfax.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Monday, July 12, 2004 7:54 AM

Do you still think that blogs are'nt going anywhere?

Blogs are getting more and more important and if you still think that they are not, just check that Microsoft has put up a blog portal on their website at http://www.microsoft.com/communities/blogs/PortalHome.mspx .

Tejas Patel

Posted On Sunday, July 11, 2004 8:28 PM

Cisco CCNA Manual for free
The Register reports about one Cisco CCNA Manual for free. I downloaded the copy and it looks extensive and the hard copy is sold at Lulu for $25. Upon preliminary examination the book looks OK, but than I would still spend $40 on Amazon for this book, as with the book I get exam questions along with simulations and other electronic material and allways use this as a reference material. But this is a good effort. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Friday, July 9, 2004 4:03 AM

Download firewall and Antivirus for free

Incase if you guys still don't know about this, eTrust is still giving free downloads for it's Firewall and Antivirus package worth $50. So keep your machine safe and get it installed now, if you still don't have a firewall on your system.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Thursday, July 8, 2004 7:38 PM

Software piracy is costliest in Europe- What about Ebook/Magazine Piracy
Chris Oakes writes on International Herald Tribune and provides us some figures on software piracy. According to the figures 36% of software that is used are illegal. Although I think it might be a bit higher than this. The report mentions that in Western Europe , the % mentioned is 37% for illegal piracy. That's a huge percentage and worth billions of dollars. What surprises me is people allways talk of software piracy, but hardly mention about the piracy that is happening for publishing industry. ......

Posted On Thursday, July 8, 2004 9:04 AM

One new blog every 5.8 second, wow
Now this is just amazing. One new blog every 5.8 seconds according to a calculation that Steve Rubel has linked to. Which means that 14896.55 blogs in one day. This is amazing. Yes PR people and advertisers should start focusing on bloggers now. 14896.55 new blogs are created everyday. Out of these 14896 new blogs I am assuming that 14000 are new bloggers. New to blogging world. They will devote nearly 2-3 days initially on their new project of blogging.This is the time to get new bloggers facinated ......

Posted On Thursday, July 8, 2004 8:20 AM

FedEx package tracking by RSS
Now this is the most interesting info bit for me today. I can now track FedEx parcels by using RSS feeds. What can be more fun for a receptionist or a admin person in a office who has to track several packages on a daily basis. Now the answer is you can save heaps of your time using RSS feeds for FedEx parcels. Ben Hammersley has created a tool for tracking FedEx parcels using RSS. Damn, cannot trace anything as don't have any genuine FedEx bill nos. at this stage. Via. Geek News Central. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 8:28 PM

Congratulations to Tejas Patel

OK, call it self praising or whatever. Now I am no. 1 blogger on Geekswithblogs.net website (atleast for now). Fellow blogger Justin King will be my closest competitor now :). I have told it before and I am telling it again, I am enjoying my journey all along.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 6:39 PM

Scriptless Internet Explorer, not worth it
Larry Seltzer tries to use his IE after disabling ActiveX on his browser. I had tried this earlier before reading Larry's article and have to tell that I was not impressed with the results. After reading his article, I was again inspired to write about my experiences. All the rich content all of a sudden does not appear in the browser. How should I check my Gmail?, what about Channel 9 and above all, the MSDN library won't work without it. Try this and Channel 9 will appear all funny. Try some other ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 6:34 PM

Digital Certificates become free
Andy Oram links me to CAcert. CAcert is a free digital certificate provider. Welcome to CAcert, the community non-profit Certificate Authority. If you are looking to have your web browser trust our certificates, please install our root certificate. Alternatively you can check the validity of the certificate. CAcert's goal is to promote awareness and education on computer security through the use of encryption, specifically with the X.509 family of standards. We have compiled a document base that ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 6:13 PM

Mistakes in spiderman II
Nitin Krishnan links us to the obvious mistakes found in Spiderman II. I am not into such movies, but my friends who saw the movie were not very much impressed by it. My movie expert friend said, “it is so so, spend the money if you don't have anything else to do on the weekend”. I see, Nitin linked to Rampyari as well. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 6:02 PM

A Indian car for 500 Australian dollars
OK, early morning heard it on Sunrise News on Channel 7. They were showing a car made in India from scrap and that just cost nearly 500 australian dollars. I saw it and it is a small cute little two seater car. More info about this on India Times news paper. The car is called Rampyari and is made in the state of Gujarat (this is where I come from India). Proud to see this creation. Well done Gulab Parmar ( I know you can't read English neither you have a computer), but if somebody meets Gulab in ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 5:57 PM

Removing Administrator account manually
Esrever posted a article on Kuro5hin about how to manually remove administrator account manually. I will test it for myself sometime soon, but reads and sounds interesting. Let me know if some of you have allready tried this or something similar. People should take care, this article deals with flirting with the Registry of the OS. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 2:56 PM

Learn about RSS in 2 minutes

RSS tutorial in a simple and easy language.Via. Ed Bott.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 2:48 PM

Notepad Popups
Looks like everybody enjoys and loves finding design flaws in Internet Explorer. I had never heard of notepad popups until 5 minutes ago, have you heard of them before? Richard Smith talks on Notepad popups and their side affects.He tells us some side affects of Notepad popups:- A Notepad window will pop up automatically in an HTML email message even when scripting is turned off. Most popup blocker software packages do not block Notepad popups. A simple email HTML message or Web page can easily open ......

Posted On Monday, July 5, 2004 6:37 PM

Claim:-Thieves are using camera cell phones to capture credit card information
There is a claim made that thieves are using cell phone cameras to capture credit card information, now this is quite easy and possible too when one thinks about it. Yes I will be more cautious from now on when I go to stores or to a ATM machine and would forbid to wave my credit card and use as a small hand fan. Small cameras are actually posing threat in a way, I was talking to a friend who told me that he saw people in the museum with small thumb size cameras taking pictures and it was clearly ......

Posted On Monday, July 5, 2004 6:00 PM

Feedster feed used in Newsgator and my problem

I am subscribed to “Feedster -Feed Of The day” and today I just realised one thing, see the image below.

 

Did you notice, it says Time last update “34 Years”!!!

I am not even 34 years nor is feedster and my time and date is correctly configured as well.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Monday, July 5, 2004 5:47 PM

Credit card stats
Thomas links to a interesting stats on credit cards and personal savings. As per his post, “On average, we carry eight credit cards per person and have a balance of $8,400 in credit card debt.” I think I am a content person as far as this goes, as don't keep these many credit cards and proud to reject bank offers when they send me one or to upgrade my credit limits. “The Commerce Department reports that our personal savings rate is a wafer-thin 1.8%. “ aaaah, I,,aaah I think ......

Posted On Monday, July 5, 2004 5:33 PM

Be someone's computer hero
Ed Bott suggests few ways on how to be a computer hero for not so much computer literate people. I agree to them and I use them in practice from time to time. With my friends, they are not so much passionate about computers as I am neither do they worry too much about viruses and worms until I tell them “Viruses steal your credit card information and will steal your online banking information” and that is when they freak out and want to test their computer out for any spyware or malware ......

Posted On Monday, July 5, 2004 9:35 AM

Pop-ups snatching banking passwords

One more way of getting our banking information out on the Internet. Criminals now use pop-up images to installed BHO (Browser Helper Object) to install programs that pass our financial transactions and information out on the Internet, read more here. One more reason to use a better firewall that has inbuilt cookies and pop up blockers.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Thursday, July 1, 2004 10:56 AM

10 stupid email mistakes while doing Email Marketing
Online Marketing, e-newsletter and burning your email databases is a great and cheap way to do the marketing, but not allways and now with the laws coming and people being overwelhmed with email, you don't want to do stupid mistakes to put your customers off. Here is a list of 10 mistakes companies should avoid doing if they are more involved with e-marketing. I think no. 11 is the most stupidest mistake to do. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Thursday, July 1, 2004 9:58 AM

6 Steps on tracking and influencing consumers voice online
An excellent article is published on Marketing Sherpa on “How to Track (and Influence) Consumer Buzz Online About Your Brand - 6 Steps “. The steps are:- Determine how big your potential fire is Decide who will track the key sites identified for CGM Create a targeted Top 10 list of sites to check frequently (blogs in on the list) Track buzz by type: positive, negative buzz Look at "believability" Identify key issues Traditional working companies still fail to give importance to places ......

Posted On Thursday, July 1, 2004 9:48 AM

Try telling your boss for a pay rise
In some companies, boss or the company culture is too cold to give a pay rise or performace rise without asking for it. Which means that sometimes you have to remind atleast 10 times and then finally confront him in front of everybody about the pay rise (this sucks). Depends on what kind of Boss you have, asking for a pay rise or let me put it this way, asking for the deserved pay rise needs some more skills than just telling your boss “increase my pay”. Cherl Dahle discusses more on ......

Posted On Thursday, July 1, 2004 9:32 AM

J.W. Olsen on Surf The Web Annonymously
J W Olsen writes about suring the Internet annonymously. His post does not justify properly that why people should be surfing the web annonymously. He writes “Along the way, the packet can be intercepted and used by others to track your Internet activities -- or to attack your computer, maliciously or otherwise. Further, web sites share information about your visit with others to target you with ads that match your activity profile. If you're a regular web adventurer, these and other ungracious ......

Posted On Thursday, July 1, 2004 9:03 AM

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