WaveNine is moved to http://naveen.info. As I got my name in an auction, I decided to install Wordpress and run my own blog. It's easy to remember for my friends and also to the visitors of this blog. See me there.
eBlogs is a free blogging service, which allows you host your blog for free and you can also get a chance to read what others saying or sharing on their blogs. It has an easy to use editor and also a User Guide to help you format the text and embed the images in your posts.
Choose a preferred user name and your blog look like http://www.eblogs.in/username. I think it is easy to remember and also nice to share with your friends.
Registration takes few seconds. Go and get your preferred blog address before somebody takes it.
Today, Google Apps came out of beta with a premium edition. Free edition will also continue to exist. As it was stating, Google has come up with a premium edition where users will get 10 GB email accounts, extensible APIs, partner services, 99.9% uptime guarantee, and 24/7 assistance, including phone support. Charge is $50 per account per year. This time, it has also included Docs & Spreadsheets in all the three editions along with customized service URL (mail.yourcompany.com) and domain registration. It has also changed the control panel and it really looks nice.
If you want a free email service with all the features of Gmail, Google Talk, Calendar, Docs & Spreadsheets, and page creator for your domain, then go to the Google Apps page and signup for the Standard Edition, which is free.
Now, anybody can signup for Gmail account without invitation. No more waiting...click here to get your free Gmail account. It comes with 2.8 GB (as on today and counting) mail space, in-built chat, mobile access, RSS feeds, free POP access, and much more. Click here to see all the features of Gmail.
Want to change the theme of your GTalk? Bryan created some nice themes for GTalk. I like the yellow theme and added some screenshots to this post. Get the theme file, which is an edited googletalk.exe file, and replace the original exe in the folder C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk with it. When you restart it, you will find the theme changed. He also explained in his post how to create your own theme and it is very simple. So, let us start experimenting!
Though I got the Orkut invitation from a US friend when it was in testing mode, I did not use it. Now, it seems that Indian users are increasing on Orkut and the word 'scrap' is heard everywhere. 'Scrapping' is becoming more popular than chatting. I think Google Talk is also gaining some popularity because of Orkut.
I also started orkuting and adding friends. I also found the community of my previous organization.
I saw some special scraps in different colors, fonts, and languages and searched to know how to do that. Being a Firefox-fan, searched on Mozilla Add-ons and found this toolbar. I think it is also helpful for other orkuters. To install this, you need Firefox browser.
By installing it, you will be able to:
Bold, italicize, and underline the words
Change the font color, font type, and text size
Can type in English and convert it into 10 Indian languages viz. Telugu, Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Gujarati.
Inset link, images, emoticons, and sigs.
Rainbow colorize the words
(click the images for bigger and clear images)
And also, it will add scrapbook, album, send a message, and send teaser links to all the people in My Friends' list. You will also see a drop-down menu on menu bar with direct links to lot of options in Orkut.
Just come across a tiny browser - Browzar, which promises complete privacy by not storing browsing history, stored files, or cookies. There is no installation needed. It is only 273K and downloads in seconds. Just download the exe file and run it directly. You can copy this tiny exe file onto your USB stick and run. It is based on Internet Explorer browser engine. Much smaller than the other USB browser apps I mentioned earlier. It comes in black and silver.
The downside is it comes with the pre-configured homepage of Ask, which I don’t like. I love Google. They are working on the browser to offer the users to set their own homepage and also tabbed browsing, which attracted me to change to Firefox. Mac and Linux versions are on the way.
It is sad to hear that Google is closing Answers, which is similar to Yahoo Answers, but not a free service. Actually, Yahoo copied the idea of Google, but implemented in such a way that it attracted a lot of people than Google Answers. The main thing is it is open to all and anyone can answer the questions posted on Yahoo Answers unlike Google where answers will be given by Google screened researchers and it is a paid service. Though Google Answers is shutting down, the archive would remain available.
I have enjoyed a lot reading Google Answers and learned a lot from it. Especially, Google Researchers assessing scam websites.