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Lawsuits P2P’d

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This is about Skype and Zennstrom being sued by Streamcast (Morpheus maker). Om Malik tells

At the core of the complaint is the FastTrack P2P technology, which went from Kazaa to Sharman and eventually ending up in Skype.

TechDirt has some background and details here.

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Written by Brajesh

March 28, 2006 at 6:43 am

Posted in Money, P2P

memeorandum worth $500?

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Apparently memeorandum is worth just $500 if we go by this list of bids to clone memeorandum. Gabe Rivera (the memeorandum creator) is tempted to bid himself, but doesn’t – as he lacks the killer 10 star feedback, but that doesn’t stop Matthew Chen of megite to bid. $10k for megite license looks lame in front of all those $500 bids though. I bet Gabe can’t compete with $500 bids :-). By the way, I love megite for sending all that traffic to this blog.

I can see so many Indian bidders there. One bid by someone who shares his first name with me.

Written by Brajesh

March 25, 2006 at 9:00 am

Posted in humour, Money, Web 2.0

Not showing ‘friendly’ HTTP error messages

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Ever wondered how Internet Explorer shows the same “The page cannot be found” when it doesn’t find the requested page, while Firefox doesn’t. I found this little comment in one source page.

<--
- Unfortunately, Microsoft has added a clever new
- "feature" to Internet Explorer. If the text of
- an error's message is "too small", specifically
- less than 512 bytes, Internet Explorer returns
- its own error message. You can turn that off,
- but it's pretty tricky to find switch called
- "smart error messages". That means, of course,
- that short error messages are censored by default.
- IIS always returns error messages that are long
- enough to make Internet Explorer happy. The
- workaround is pretty simple: pad the error
- message with a big comment like this to push it
- over the five hundred and twelve bytes minimum.
- Of course, that's exactly what you're reading
- right now.
-->

Apparently, IE comes configured to “Show friendly HTTP error messages” which replace the server’s normal error messages. Nothing profound about it, just a little eureka.

Written by Brajesh

March 24, 2006 at 3:42 pm

Posted in Coding, humour

wget for Windows

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It does feel good to use wget on Windows for downloading. It lets me get rid of some windowing/visual overheads.

The link – http://users.ugent.be/~bpuype/wget/#download
move the file to C:\windows after downloading, and type wget -h for options.

[Thanks Scott]

Written by Brajesh

March 24, 2006 at 11:50 am

Posted in Desktop, Windows

Humour two-dot-oh

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  1. Official Web 2.0 Certifyr beta
  2. isolatr beta

(via Steve Rubel and TechCrunch)

Written by Brajesh

March 20, 2006 at 6:01 am

Posted in humour, Web 2.0

Google Soccer

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Soccer World cup is around the corner. In time for the world cup, Joga.com* is a collaboration between Nike and Google to create an online community for soccer fans. It's invite-only as of now, and apparently Orkut-powered. I'm queued up.

*The site says – "Joga bonito"? means "play beautiful"? in Portuguese.

Written by Brajesh

March 18, 2006 at 9:25 am

Posted in Asides, Google

For Traffic Rank Junkies

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Though I usually just type the Alexa URL directly in browser, Alexaholic is just a fine tool to compare site traffic rankings. Its neat, simple, AJAXy and fast. While I’m on that, check out Alexadex.

[Update] – TechCrunch is getting Alexaholic too.

Written by Brajesh

March 12, 2006 at 12:52 am

Posted in Asides