Thursday, August 24, 2006

Tea is good for you

I just found out that drinking tea is healthy. That is good news to me. I had quit coffee sometime ago. I am drinking around three cups of tea a day.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Jill Carroll tells her story

I stumbled across this link while reading Yahoo News! She was held captive for 82 days in Iraq.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Few things (family tree, backup et al)

I have a few things to write about. So here goes:

1. Tribalpages: I have setup my family tree here. You can check out a sample family tree of the British royal family. After I added photos to each person, the views got really interesting. It acts like a address book too. I suggest you give it a try.

2. External hard-disk: I once heard on Leo Laporte's radio show, the importance on having a backup solution at home. I recently got to implement one at home. My digital videos and pictures collection absolutely needed it. The question was "What if my system crashes and I lose everything?". The company built external hard-disk solutions have smaller hard disks and high prices. I had a friend of mine suggest how I can build one myself (Thanks Suresh). I went to Micro Center and got a internal IDE hard drive for a cost of $120 ($60 mail-in rebate). I then bought a hard disk drive casing for $25. For a final cost $85, I had a 200GB external hard disk solution. Setting up the casing was pretty easy, just put in the hard disk and connect the cables. It works like a USB flash drive. You get a new drive letter and it is simple copy and paste operation to backup the files.

3. Name search: If someone knows your name, wants to find out where you are and what you are up to, what do they do? I was thinking, they would do a Google search. But Google search results are random and not a ideal way to do this. If you don't have a online presence (homepage etc), you will never show up. The next option is to use a website that has tons of members. Yahoo is one such. I have now updated my profile so that I show up on a search like that on There is a check box on the profile that has to be checked so that it shows up on a search like this. Now the question is, who is going to bother search for me? :)

4. Free postal service to India: Free online postal service is one that provides a e-mail to paper post service to reach people in India without e-mail access. Alcacrity housing in Chennai once had a service like this. Now that site is down. I went searching and found a list of websites providing this service. Indianservice is one that stood-out in the list. Has anyone tried it?

5. Yahoo Answers and Ask: If you have not check these yet, you should. Ask has an XML feed.

6. Definitions: Did you know Google can be used as a online-dictionary?

Friday, August 11, 2006

Getting paid for writing on Wikipedia

Companies are starting to see value in having presence on Wikipedia. Now someone has started a business based on it. gets paid helping companies setup their articles on Wikipedia. Here is one of the company's contributions. Now that's a novel idea.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Israel and Palestine

The Israel-Lebonan war is all over the news these days. I have a particular interest in Middle east history, Israel in particular. Ever wonder how Israel ended up in the middle of bunch of Arab states. BBC News has a detailed history of the conflict and a portal on Middle east crisis. BBC remains my primary source of news online. And NPR on the radio.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I'm back

A post from me after a long break. I had been at Wikipedia all this time. It's great to be back. Hopefully should start posting like before. This week, I managed to create my Yahoo! 360 page. I wonder what makes MySpace so popular. Y360 has many of the same social networking features. It may be because MS was the first one on the block.