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[BREAKING] Facebook adds sidebar

By Mohnish On July 16, 2011 10 Comments

I just noticed the sidebar on Facebook. Don’t know how many of you’ll have got it as yet, but it is one of the worst update Facebook has ever got.  The sidebar basically gets all the real time updates and online contacts you message the most in the sidebar. This is useful to contact people whom you message the most on Facebook/contacted recently or check for updates real time. It’s fast, light and very useful for Facebook users (or stalkers?). You can read more about the Facebook side bar here. Apart from all of this, you can’t see who all are online now.

I guess Facebook is trying really hard to compete with Google+ but this is nothing compared to Google+ in the long run.  Honestly, EXTREMELY ANNOYING. Let’s not compare both the platforms, because if we do, Google+ wins hands down. Facebook sidebar on the other hand is something which I do not want to see on my Facebook home page. It’s just an addition to my home page which was already clutter, Facebook just added to the mess! Also, let us not forget that Google+ launched recently and has only 10 million users, which is a very small number compared to Facebook’s 750 million. Also, I’m sure Google isn’t looking at numbers in the first month itself. We could expect some big numbers and features rolling out on Google+ by Thanks Giving.

Until the Facebook and G+ war goes on, I shall take some popcorn and sit back to watch the fireworks. Let me know what you think about the Facebook sidebar in the comments.


WordPress 2.8.2 Available for Download

By Mohnish On July 21, 2009 6 Comments

WordPress, the most popular blogging software is vulnerable. You don’t need to worry about it, WordPress has released a security patch — 2.8.2. If you are using 2.8 or 2.8.1 you should upgrade right away!

Quote from WordPress:

WordPress 2.8.2 fixes an XSS vulnerability. Comment author URLs were not fully sanitized when displayed in the admin. This could be exploited to redirect you away from the admin to another site. Download 2.8.2 or automatically upgrade from the Tools->Upgrade page of your blog’s admin.

Sensonize.com got hacked a few days back because of this vulnerability which is extremely dangerous. You can lose all your content and blog if a hacker runs this exploit on your blog.

The upgrade changes only 10 files and doesn’t touch the database. A simple upload and replace is all that’s required. Or you can use the auto upgrade feature built into the WordPress software.

Download WordPress 2.8.2

@Miley__Cyrus Twitter Hacked! and FB now owns you!

By Mohnish On February 16, 2009 5 Comments

Ok.. I know its not necessary to blog this but.. you know! You should blog for Social Media and Search Engines sometimes 😉 People need this gossip! 😛 But anyways, I am not going outta my niche.. I have Social Media update on Facebook.. Read it below =)

So we have some hot news coming up.. Miley’s Twitter Profile is hacked! There were many expletive messages posted from her profile and thats seriously not good! Twitter has currently suspended her profile.

Source: Pulse2

I have a hotter news!
No no.. there has not been another Miley scandal but Facebook has changed their TOS. Now according to the ‘NEW’ Facebook TOS they now have the right to content!!! Don’t get shocked if you see your pic in a commercial or on TV or maybe in a poster around the corner. Facebook now owns you! Even if you delete your profile, never mind.. They still own you! You ticked their TOS without reading it and now they have modified it a bit which says,

You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.

Now even if you remove your content from Facebook, they still own you. Forever.

Please Stumble, Digg and Tweet this. It won’t take more than 10 seconds! 🙂

Twestival Fever!! Gonna miss it!

By Mohnish On February 7, 2009 No Comments

The Twestival fever is heating up the globe!! But I’m really dissapointed that we might not have one here, in Mumbai. I don’t know the exact reason but when I contacted the volunteer yesterday to know the location since there was nothing posted on the official Mumbai Twestival Blog he said they were still looking for a location and asked me if I would like to volunteer. I mean – WTF!! 5 days before the Twestival?!?! You can’t expect me to help you find a place, sponsors, arrange stuff etc. I wasn’t really pissed off with the event organizer but I was really pissed off when I heard he is only 13!! How can someone(Twestival Global Organizers) give this job to a just turned teen just because he was the first one to register his city ?!?! But hey! Thats not the matter, Monik is trying hard, without any funds or support. I’ll make a blog post if I have any updates about the Twestival in Mumbai. 🙂

Mumbai, the financially capital of India is already out of the race before it started.. I’m afraid, India is.. because I don’t see many cities in India participating for the Twestival. But hey we can even donate online 😉 If we don’t have the Twestival in Mumbai, nevermind – I’ll donate the sum online 🙂

What is the Twestival?
On 12 February 2009 175+ cities around the world will be hosting Twestivals which bring together Twitter communities for an evening of fun and to raise money and awareness for charity: water.

Why Water?
Right now, 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water. That’s one in six of us. Many communities in developing nations often have a plentiful supply of clean drinking water just below the ground, but no way to get to it. This is where charity: water and their partner organizations come in. Drilling a well can cost from $4,000 – $12,000 USD and many living on less than $1 a day cannot afford one in their community, even if the money is combined.

charity: water is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. They give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person in a developing nation clean water for 20 years.

Enjoy the Twestival and donate as much as you can! 🙂

UPDATE: All those who read my blog or were subscribed to the RSS feeds were updated about the Twestival that we had in Mumbai. All those who weren’t… See you next year! You can see my review on the Twestival Mumbai here

Is this the end of WWW or the World?

By Mohnish On December 19, 2008 10 Comments

Major Disruption to Traffic in Middle East/North Africa

downfallA major loss of connectivity, reducing overall bandwidth to a crawl with very high latency, is currently affecting most of the Middle East and parts of North Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

The disruption started at around 07:30 GMT and has continued ever since. This is affecting all traffic in and out of the region – particularly SMTP.

Typical TTL to the US and Europe is currently around 1800ms on Broadband and 800ms on Tier 1 – compared to 180ms and 90ms respectively under normal conditions.

We have not yet been able to establish the reason – although it is likely to be a cable breakage somewhere between the Middle East and Europe.

If anyone here has any news on the subject, or is also experiencing regionalised outages (we know parts of southern Europe have some connectivity issues) let us know.

Update: It is now confirmed that 3 out of the 4 fibre cables that connect the Middle East, North Africa and Indian sub-continent to Europe and US have been cut.

These cables carry around 90% of the Internet and Voice communications to these areas, and will take considerable time to repair. On the last occassion (early 2008) it took almost 1 month to repair.

In the build up to Christmas this will serverely affect eCommerce and Call Center activity – this will also affect hosting companies with customers in these regions which will not be able to access their servers/hosting accounts.

The affected cable providers are FLAG, SMW3 and SMW4.

I’m not seeing anything major on the Internet Traffic Report website, but there is a noticeable increase in latency being recorded:


The 7 day graph also shows a slight drop in traffic and an increase in latency:


I’m knocked out! I don’t know what am I going to do without internet! This failure has effected my ISP and my browsing speed has been reduced by almost  3 times! 🙁 I got this update yesterday from my ISP about this international failure and this is a 100% confirmed news from a well known source.

Now what can this internet failure do? This can make the economy condition worse! and if I’m not mistaken, it will also effect the stock exchange in the next 72 hours since companies/call centers depend on the internet for their over seas business and trade. The stock exchange might see a down fall by almost 30-50%! It also means that this Xmas might not be as good as it was last year 🙁

If you get any more updates about this do post them below in the comments and I’ll update the post as soon as possible!

So is this the end of WWW or the World?