Saturday, December 04, 2004

Blue inside out..............


Don't tell me people that there has not been a single day in your life when you felt down and out. I personally am one of those people with a positive attitude (not bragging), but even I have my blue days.

Still don't know what blue means. Ask the people mentioned below and they will tell you :-

a) An engineering graduate searching for a (software) job while all his classmates have been placed in top-notch companies.

b) A guy who loves a girl but holds back from telling her because he knows that he can't spend the rest of his life with her becoz of some damn reason.

c) A successful businessman with a not so successful family life.

I am not going to bore you with an extensive list because the power of blue is so great that it can strike at any particular moment of time and the beauty of it is that it doesn't even need a reason.

Hold on. The question you might wanna ask at this point of time is "Why is this guy writing all this ?" , "Is he depressed ?" ,"Is he trying to make us depressed ?". Woah ho hold on people that's not the idea here. I am just discussing a general feeling which all of us go through at some point of time.

All this talk about blue and I haven't told you why I am talking about this. Blue happens to be my favourite colour. It has always been and it was much later in life that I realised that blue had this other meaning attached to it too.

What do you ppl think abt the colour blue....?

Friday, December 03, 2004

Back after the break………..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s been a long time. The pressure of work has kept me from updating my blog. It has been testing times for me. Climbing up the social ladder always is.

Luck has introduced me to many poets and dreamers and within these few months, I have got to more of than I had ever seen put together. Very inspiring people they are. It’s after seeing these totally chilled out people that I rediscovered my urge to write. I don’t even know if people are visiting the page anymore, but to those out there who have not lost hope that I will write again “Thank you”.

Guess that’s enough of a comeback note. Will get back to you with more. Till then keep dreaming folks……………………

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Internet & Phone Frauds..............

Analyze the heading of this article. Internet and telephones signify technology and frauds are the bane of the society. When the bane of the society start using technology to their benefit, then beware, you might be their next victim. This is a mail I received a few days back. Read on for a look into the modus-operandi of these frauds. Learn how they trap their victims.............

This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA &Mastercard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better preparedto protect yourself. Thanks to Dr. Pat Cloney for passing this on. Thosecon artists get more creative every day.

The Letter

My husband was called on Wednesday from "VISA", and I was called onThursday from "MasterCard". The scam works like this: Person calling says, "this is , and I'm calling from the Securityand Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460. Your card hasbeen flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify.This would be on your VISA card which was issued by bank. Did youpurchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketingcompany based in Arizona?" When you say "No", the caller continues with, "Then we will be issuing acredit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and thecharges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500 purchase patternthat flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will besent to (gives you your address), is that correct?" You say "yes". The caller continues... "I will be starting a Fraudinvestigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 1-800number listed on the back of your card (1-800-VISA) and ask forSecurity. You will need to refer to this Control #" The caller thengives you a 6 digit number. "Do you need me to read it again?" Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works. The caller then says,"he needs to verify you are in possession of your card". He'll ask youto "turn your card over and look for some numbers. There are 7 numbers;the first 4 are your card number, the next 3 are the 'Security Numbers'that verify you are in possession of the card. These are the numbers youuse to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. Read me the 3numbers". After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say ,"That iscorrect. I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost orstolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any otherquestions?" After you say No, the caller then Thanks you and states,"Don't hesitate to call back if you do", and hangs up. You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you thecard number. But after we were called on Wednesday, we called backwithin 20 minutes to ask a question. Are we glad we did!

The REAL VISASecurity Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes anew purchase of $497.99 was charge on on our card. Long story made short, we made a real fraud report and closed the VISAcard, and they are reissuing us a new number. What the scammers wants isthe 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don't give it to them.Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or Master card direct. The real VISAtold us that they will never ask for anything on the card as theyalready know the information since they issued the card! If you give thescammers your 3 Digit PIN Number, you think you're receiving a credit.However, by the time you get your statement, you'll see charges forpurchases you didn't make, and by then it's almost to late and/or harderto actually file a fraud report.

What makes this more remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a"Jason Richardson of MasterCard" with a word-for-word repeat of the VISAscam. This time I didn't let him finish. I hung up! We filed a policereport, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking severalof these reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we knowthat this scam is happening. Please pass this on to all your friends. By informing each other, weprotect each other.


Here is another mail which a friend of mine received at work (to his official e-mail id which he claims is one of his best kept secrets outside the organization). This is also a fraudulent mail. Check it out...........

Date: 08/16/04 21:37:35

International Promotions/Prize Award Department

Dear Winner,


Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the First Category draws of SUNSWEET LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL. We are happy to inform you that you have
emerged a winner under the First Category, which is part of our promotional draws. The draws were held on the day prior to your notification and results are being officially announced . Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000names/email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program.

You/Your company, attached to ticket number 6422-5-486, with serial number 59-18 drew the lucky numbers 33-92-78-05 (18) and consequently won in the First Category.

You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of $750,000 (SEVEN FIFTY THOUSAND US DOLLARS). This is from the total prize money of $13,000,000 shared amongst the winners in this category.


Your fund is now deposited with our transfer agents and insured in your name. In your
best interest and also to avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice until the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants/non
participants of this program.

We also wish to bring to your notice our end of year premium stakes draw where you stand a chance of winning up to $50 million; we hope that with a part of your prize you will participate.

Please contact your claims agent immediately for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice:

Mrs. Kate Williams,

You are advised to contact our agents by both email and fax within a week of receiving this notice. Failure to do so may warrant Disqualification.

NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent.

REFERENCE NUMBER: sunsweet/2031/8161/04

Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.

Dr. Thomas Brikk,



N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please Contact your Claims agent immediately.

These are just two samples and there are many more ways in which these frauds operate. If you want more details, and also if you have received any mails like this and want some action taken then log on to

Anywayz before you reply to any more mails like this or follow whatever steps these frauds tell you remember that in today's world nothing is free and everything comes with a price-tag which may be hidden but surely existant.

So happy surfing people...........................

Monday, August 16, 2004

With my buddies on the last day of college...................... Posted by Hello
Me Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

GMail: Frequently asked questions.


My first posting about GMail had a comment from a certain person asking me whether GMail was free. It is free my fellow earthling and much more. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about GMail :-

1. What makes Gmail different?

Gmail uses Google search technology to automatically organize and find messages. And because Gmail includes 1,000 megabytes of storage, a typical user won't ever have to worry about deleting mail. Everything just gets archived so it can be found again if needed.

There are other differences in the way Gmail provides access to your email. For example, Gmail automatically groups an email and the replies to it as a conversation. That means you always see a message in its proper context. And there are no pop-ups or banner ads in Gmail, just relevant text ads and links to related pages. Gmail's other distinctive features include a labeling system, a spam reporter and a system for filtering your mail as it comes into your inbox.

2. How much does Gmail cost?

Gmail is a free service and includes 1,000 megabytes of storage with each account. However, Gmail is still in preview mode as tests are being conducted to work out the kinks. So for now, it's not generally available.

3. How do I sign up? When can I get a Gmail account?

Google is currently only offering Gmail as part of a preview release and limited test. I don't have details on when Gmail will be made more widely available, as that depends in part on the results of the test.

4. Is Gmail available in other languages?

During this testing period, the Gmail interface is only available in English. However, Google is committed to making Gmail available to as many people in as many languages as possible. And Gmail accounts can already be used to read and send email in most languages (even Klingon).

5. What are Gmail's system requirements?

Gmail currently supports the following browsers:

Microsoft IE 5.5 and newer (Windows)
Netscape 7.1 and newer (Windows, Macintosh, Linux)
Mozilla 1.4 and newer (Windows, Macintosh, Linux)
Mozilla Firefox 0.8 and newer (Windows, Macintosh, Linux)
Regardless of the browser used, you must have JavaScript and cookies enabled. Google hopes to expand this list of supported browsers in the near future.

6. Does Gmail support automatic forwarding and POP3 access?

Not at the moment, but they're working on it. Google believes in helping people access information whenever and however they want to do so. Your email should never be held hostage by a service provider. In the future you'll be able to access Gmail messages from non-Gmail accounts at no charge.

7. What about spam?

Google is committed to keeping unwanted messages out of your Inbox. Gmail includes a sophisticated spam filter that we're continuing to improve. The Report Spam link in Gmail is a way for users to help with this effort. It removes spam from the Inbox and sends valuable data to the Gmail team working on spam blocking.

8. Are there ads in Gmail?

There are no pop-ups or banner ads in Gmail. Gmail does include relevant text ads that are similar to the ads appearing on the right side of Google search results pages. The matching of ads to content is a completely automated process performed by computers using the same technology that powers the Google AdSense program. This technology already places targeted ads on thousands of sites across the web by quickly analyzing the content of pages and determining which ads are most relevant to them. No humans read your email to target the ads, and no email content or other personally identifiable information is ever provided to advertisers.

9. What is Gmail's privacy policy?

Google is committed to keeping your personal information private and our policy reflects that. You should know that Google:

Collects only limited account information and stores and maintains your account and email messages on secure servers.
Never rents, sells or shares information that personally identifies you for marketing purposes without your express permission.
Respects your privacy. No humans ever read your email to target ads or related information to you. Gmail serves highly relevant ads and other information using completely automated technology.

10. Why is Google offering email? I thought they were a search company.

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally useful and accessible. For many people, email contains valuable information that can be difficult to retrieve. We believe we can help with that.

Gmail uses Google search technology to find messages so users don't have to create folders and file their individual emails. Many of Gmail's other features also incorporate search technology to improve their effectiveness. Used this way, search enhances the efficiency of email, so we believe it's a natural area for Google to offer a service.

Really Utopia isnt it. What do u say people ?

APIC: A big hoax!!!


The Chennai landscape like that of any other city is filled with numerous hoardings. They are fast becoming or maybe it is proper to say already become a part & parcel of our lives. Whether it is while traveling over the Anna fly-over or overlooking the busy traffic signal at Kathipara junction, hoardings are here to stay.

Well that is not exactly what I have in mind. I have no objection to MNCs putting up hoardings all over the city. I would just like to refer to one particular hoarding that grabbed my attention a couple of months back. “Indiatimes e-mail. With APIC advantage, for the first time in India.”, screamed the hoarding with models in trendy clothes to drive home the point. I was intrigued. I went to the Indiatimes site & registered for the free mail account they were offering. It comes with the normal 6 MB of free storage space. The logging in time I found was much faster than any of my other accounts. Thus I assumed that the acronym APIC had something to do with increasing the server throughput. Why hadn’t anyone else thought of this before? Guess nobody was smart enough. But one should never assume or guess with technology.

Recently a fellow blogger brought to my attention the expansion of this much hyped APIC & I was left astounded. APIC, my friends, stands for Auto Phrasing & Instant Chatting. These are features provided by almost all of the free e-mail services. Hotmail provides an excellent but at times irritating Auto Complete feature. Again with Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger & ICQ which have a flourishing user community backed by excellent user interfaces who needs Instant Chatting.

The audacity of Indiatimes to take us for a ride by using aggressive advertising tactics is quite shocking. Who are they trying to fool? Just by wrapping a candy of inferior quality in a colorful wrapper they can sell it to hundreds maybe thousands of people but soon the word is going to be out. The speed just attributes to the fact that there are very few people currently using their mail service compared to the giants Hotmail & Yahoo. With the amount of traffic flowing in and out of their servers it is amazing that we can connect at the speeds that we do.

So people, my sincere advise,(from this particular experience). is that you shouldn’t let the ads fool you. If you find a term that you don’t understand then look it up in Google. Just remember, “Technology can be a real double-edged sword.”

Happy surfing people.

GMail: Jumbo Size Storage & More


How many times have you seen your email server revolting against you and telling you to throw your precious mails into magnetic oblivion. Imagine throwing out the first (maybe the first and the last) email from your first love, or maybe the letter inviting you to join your dream job, a mail filled with love from your mother in a distant land, a mail telling you that you have become a father. Believe you me, this list is endless and I could go on for pages about all the things your account has made you do. But you might say that this guy is full of crap, we can just save our best letters on our hard disk if we value them so much. Well go ahead and do so, but dont lament the day your disk crashes for it will be of no use my friend.

Now, my friends let me tell you about GMail (those of you who already know, it wont hurt to read along.). It is an experiment by the famous search engine Google (we have all used it one time or the other for some purpose ). They provide you with a whopping 1000 MB of storage space(much more than you will ever need). But hold your horses people before you go out and type and prepare to register there is one problem. As I said earlier this is just an experimental concept. It has not been tested completely till now and is in the Beta stage (membership by invitation from Google only). Beta testing is carried out by a closed group usually but right now Google is picking and choosing at random (you may be the next one). This system is, right now as you read this, being tested by hundreds maybe thousands of people selected randomly by Google and will soon be going live. I will now list out it's features as given by Google:-

Search, don't sort.
Use Google search to find the exact message you want, no matter when it was sent or received.

Don't throw anything away.
1000 megabytes of free storage so you'll never need to delete another message.

Keep it all in context.
Each message is grouped with all its replies and displayed as a conversation.

No pop-up ads. No untargeted banners.
You see only relevant text ads and links to related web pages of interest.

Cool right. Well stay tuned folks the giant may come alive anytime. Hey and do check your mails regularly. Maybe Google wants you to test their system for them. Till then folks HAPPY DELETING....................................