Disconnect – Stop 3rd party web trackers

Stop third parties and search engines from tracking the webpages you go to and searches you do.


  • Disables third-party tracking,
  • truly depersonalizes searches,
  • shows blocked resources and cookies,
  • lets you easily unblock services, and
  • is free for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari!

Facebook Disconnect stops Facebook from tracking the webpages you go to

  • Prevent “frictionless sharing”
  • Access Facebook itself as usual
  • Install the extension free for Firefox, Chrome, or Safari


The developer talks about how he came about these trackers and to stop. Very educational:

Say NO to SOPA

Please vote against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)!

Here’s the letter that tech companies wrote to the congress:

The letter was signed by tech giants such as AOL, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, LinkedIn, Mozilla and Zynga.

What Do You Love (www.wdyl.com) – New Google service

New service provided by Google. All you have to do is type in a term or phrase of something you love/like and it shows you things related to that topic going on about it. For instance type in Barack Obama and you’d get info on what’s going on with the president and his popularity and books about him etc etc. Try it out:



My Blackberry is not working

This is just brilliant

BlueStacks: Android Emulator

The emulator works full screen on a Windows platform where you can test out/use all your own apps that you have on your phone/tablet (paid and unpaid).
You start off with installing the emulator which creates an account with the BlueStacks cloud. Then it provides a PIN. You then download and install the BlueStacks Cloud app on your phone, put in the PIN and then you can export out all your apps and it automatically appear on your emulator.

The emulator can be downloaded from here

The good features are for the developers so they can test thing out on a bigger screen with keyboard support. For me its providing a good platform to do app writeups on various applications with excellent screenshots. Here are a few of them:

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The long awaited app is almost here (probably this evening). Facebook for iPad is finally here. Go get your copy on the App Store later today.

Hotmail getting hotter

Looks like Hotmail is getting a redesign. Including a bazillion filtering options and a brand new app Android app with 2-way sync for email, contacts AND calendar.


The filtering also includes an “unsubscribe” feature that lets you cancel subscriptions to newsletters you signed for during weak moments. It would also feature a scheduled cleanup feature which would delete certain types of emails after a designated number of days.

You can also create custom categories right where the emails lie. Think of them as Labels in GMail. Just select an item in your inbox and create a custom selection filter of similar items and you’re all done.

And, last but not least, you’ll now see so-called Instant Actions (e.g., “delete,” “flag”) when you hover over messages. The changes will be rolling out in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for them.

Kindle the Fire?

I’m just loving the end of summer technology announcements. Here comes Amazon with its brand new Android tablet, the Kindle Fire.

“The Kindle Fire will have a 7-inch display and sell for $199, compared with $499 for Apple’s cheapest iPad, Amazon executives said in interviews with Bloomberg Businessweek. The device, a souped-up version of the Kindle electronic-book reader, will run on Google Inc.’s Android software, the Seattle- based company said. Amazon also introduced a touch-screen version of its e-reader, to be called Kindle Touch.”


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Network Cabling the continents

Althoug I have known how the world is cabled together and that there are huge pipes on which we transfer tons of data, I didn’t know the extent of it and how long those have been in existence. So when I read this article I was totally blow away by the fact that the first cables were put down in the 1860’s and by early 1900’s most of the continents were cabled up by the British empire. Totally amazing.

cross section of a submarine communications cable.
1 – Polyethylene
2 – Mylar tape
3 – Stranded steel wires
4 – Aluminium water barrier
5 – Polycarbonate
6 – Copper or aluminium tube
7 – Petroleum jelly
8 – Optical fibers

As far as laying a submarine cable, specialized cable-laying ships must be used — and again, when a cable is broken (usually by a trawler, but sometimes a whale!), another special ship must be used. This generally means that laying a cable is logistically challenging and very expensive — and when a cable breaks, it sometimes isn’t possible to fix it immediately if a cable-fixing ship isn’t nearby (and for this reason, most submarine cables use a ring topology in case one stretch is broken).

Further reading:

  1. Secret World of Submarine Cables
  2. Wikipedia: Submarine communications cable

Ghostery – Track the trackers

This is an extension for Firefox, Chrome and other browsers which lets you see what the sites you are visiting are doing in the background. Those sites come into our computers and not only install tracking cookies but also sometimes malware and other unmentionables in our computers.

Ghostery gives you that information in real time and makes you aware of what’s going on behind the scenes. This is what they have to say:
Ghostery is your window into the invisible web – tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons that are included on web pages in order to get an idea of your online behavior.

Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity.”