Sunday, March 20, 2005

Flickr SOLD!

Yes, after all that we've been hearing for the past couple of weeks. Yahoo! has finally acquired Flickr and its parent company Ludicorp. It was just yesterday that we were discussing about Flickr's probable acquistion by Yahoo! and today this happens! Wow!

So, what next? My speculating half tells me that Yahoo might integrate Flickr with 360º. Oh boy, that would be really interesting to see.

Toyota launches record label.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Coming Soon : Yahoo! 360º

Firefox tip : Changing homepages quickly.

Here's a nice little tip that I discovered by accident. To change your homepage quickly, select the favicon (of the webpage you want to set as homepage) and drag it to the homepage button on the toolbar.

Once thats done, you get the following pop-up

Select 'Yes' and voila - you have your homepage changed! *That was too easy, wasn't it?*

Note : In case you don't see the homepage button - Right click on the toolbar, select the homepage button and drag it onto the toolbar.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Firefox apparel - Pimpzilla

Monday, March 14, 2005

Mittal and his wealth.

Has Mr. Hegde got nothing else to do? Perhaps, you'd be better off reading Dilips' take on this.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Customize Google News

Google News now allows you to customize news and make it appear the way you want to. It even allows you to create your own topic for inclusion as standard news module on the front page. I've always felt the need to have news reported to me in a manner that I liked and Google seemed to have answered just that - appreciating the individuality of its users.

A few months back, when Yahoo! revamped their personal pages, I found it to be uber cool to have content and layout changed to one's liking. Google can perhaps take a cue from Yahoo and as a step forward, give a few options (like colors and fonts) on Google News.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Web Apps - Its happening!

Seated on the verandah last weekend, a couple of friends and I were discussing about how the internet has changed the way we work. It was interesting to trace out how much the web has evolved from its primitive stages where it was used primarily in academic circles, to a tool which is now driving many aspects of todays economy. It has, without doubt, changed the way we work, play, learn and communicate amongst other things.

The talk that we had revolved around web applications. I'm sure most of you are aware that some of the coolest things that we use these days [email, photo sharing, podcasting, personal publishing, contacts etc.] are all web based. Which made me wonder - what would be the next big thing to hit the web?

We played around with a few ideas, some of which seem to have good potential. However, I'd like to hear from you. How many times have you felt crippled about some desktop application that you wish you had online? Now its pretty obvious that web applications do not provide the same level of user experience as real "desktop" applications such as Photoshop, Maya, etc do. But the point here is, people actually dont care about how the interface is as long as it works and is easy to use. For example - Gmail (oh yes, I had to mention it!) is an increadibly easy to use tool. However, its overall look and feel is nowhere close to the polished interfaces of a desktop app. The point is, web applications needn't (it cant, infact) replace desktop ones. However, what it should do is - liberate the user from being tied down.

Now, what is one application or tool that you wish you had online?


Thursday, March 03, 2005

Designing under the influence

"Is it possible for someone to "own" a graphic style? Legally, the answer is (mostly) no."

Interesting point. Every design that is created has some influence from a previous work [either graphic or non-graphic]. Designers should instead treat design as a language and use its power to communicate an idea effectively!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Yahoo Netrospective - Yahoo turns 10!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Currently Reading

The Last Song of Dusk - Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi