How to activate Partial DND & receive SMS from selected categories

Starting September 27th, the Do Not Disturb (DND) regulations from TRAI will kick-in, meaning mobile users who have subscribed to the National Do Not Call Registry will stop receiving unsolicited SMS or Calls from telemarketers, financial institutions, advertisers and any other pesky services that harangue users by sending such messages.

While this is a good (and long overdue) move by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India which will guarantee some peace of mind to consumers, there is a flipside to it as well. Mobile users will also not receive “informational” messages from various services providers or institutions. For example, you will receive (not sure though) any SMS about the call taxi that you had just booked or the confirmation SMS from an eCommerce site that you made a purchase on.

Though the unsolicited messages menace is a genuine one, there are some messages that users will actually need and await for. How to address that, you might ask.

Well, there is a way to implement Partial DND i.e. selectively activate the do not disturb services for a particular category. Details below:

We can haz Reblog! (via WordPress.com News)

Tired of copy-pasting or including a link to a blogpost you liked and wanted to share with your own readers? Ever thought of a process by which you can share some amazing content with others with just a few clicks? And not simply via, ahem, a cumbersome *Retweet* button?

Fret not. The folks at WP have extended this awesomeness into a feature called “Reblog”. This, my friends is the “Retweet” of WordPress. “Reblog”. How original, huh!

We All Like to Reblog Have you ever come across a blog post that you enjoyed so much you wanted to easily share it with the readers of your own blog? Sure, you can copy and paste the link and perhaps even a snippet of text with your own comments, but overall it’s not a particularly enjoyable experience. We wanted to change this and make sharing other posts with your readers as easy as posting to your blog. Today we’re introducing a new like and reblog feature enabled … Read More

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Each Chrome extension has its own process?

After an initial dislike, I started using Google Chrome again on my notebook, but to my chagrin found that it was an even bigger memory hog than the trusty ol’ Firefox! Whilst with 3 of my oft-used sites open in Firefox it was at 96k of memory, Chrome with just the one tab open had 8 different chrome.exe processes in the task manager, with a combined memory footprint of 118k 👿

Now I know Chrome creates a separate process for each tab but with only 1 tab, why 8 processes? I started killing the processes, starting with the least memory usage first and look what I noticed:

Chrome Processes

Each Chrome Extension creates its own process! And each Chrome Plugin creates its own process! What the…

I don’t know if the multi-process architecture is the inherent “good stuff” about Chrome but yes, that does help in keeping the browser running even though a related extension or plugin or tab has crashed. But that comes at what price? What if it were an older PC with just the 512 MB of RAM and a not-so-fast processor? Chrome would just C(h)rawl!

[Update]

Found this page at Chromium.org that says:

Chromium extensions will follow a multi-process architecture to share the same kind of stability and security that regular web pages have in Chromium.  All of an extension’s code runs in a single process, separate from the browser

Good idea but dunno how useful it’ll be with older and slower pc’s.

What’s your Persona?

Persona: A persona is the mask or appearance one presents to the world. Importantly, the persona, used in this sense, is not a pose or some other intentional misrepresentation of the self to others. Rather, it is the self as self-construed, and may change according to situation and context.

In case you’re wondering what’s all that psychological mumbo jumbo was about, let me introduce you to the Personas Project from MIT. Built by Aaron Zinman, the project, in its online avatar, is a website that takes your name as an input and scours the internet for its traces. Out of the sites and pages that it finds, it picks the keywords best describing them and presents in a ‘weighted image’ – which is your (name’s) persona on the web!

It actually helps if your name is a unique one and you’ve used the same name across different places on the internet. If like me, you’re in the habit of using different monikers at different sites, your profile will be a stunted one! Some of my er…um…aliases threw up rather confusing results:

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New WordPress Smileys Vs. Older Ones

As mentioned in an earlier post, WordPress has changed their Smiley set. And there has been widespread criticism across the blogosphere, in some of the comments here, comments on other blogs and even on the WordPress Forums. I too was one of the early critics but it really doesn’t matter that much, does it?  Smileys are often used in informal and personal blogposts and the so-called “geeks” rarely use them.

I myself have used them on some of the posts, but the usage here pales in comparison to that on the discussion boards I frequent. Almost all of my posts are laden with these yellow characters and the one forum where I’m Admin, I constantly scour for new ones and update the database!

But there’s some good news for those who hate the newer crop of the yellow people on WordPress. Word on the Forums is that the WP team is discussing changing them and is even looking out for a smiley set that is GPL v2 compliant. So if you know of such a set (or have designed something like that), do drop in a word to WP Support.

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Google Squared – Searches in Grids

Seems Google is taking the fight to Bing! Or maybe not! Given that this was announced more than a month ago…

Google Squared Logo

Google’s new new search ‘tool’ (or call it toy) – Google Squared went live in the Google Labs yesterday and at first sight, seems a nifty way to categorize information. To quote their own help pages:

Google Squared is a search tool that helps you quickly build a collection of facts from the Web for any topic you specify.
  • Facts about your topic are organized as a table of items and attributes.
  • Customize these Squares to see just the items and attributes you’re interested in.
  • See the websites that served as sources for the information in your Square.
  • Save and share Squares with others.

So what they do is restructure the search results into neat little grids or squares, each with its own category & label. And the user can add/remove the necessary rows and columns and when they do so, Google automatically gets that information (if available) and populates the squares. One can add as many items or columns in one’s search and what’s more, can also save them for future reference. But of course, the information should be available on the web for Google to retrieve in the first place.

To illustrate that, I’ve saved myself a neat square for Hyderabad. Go to Google Squared and type in Hyderabad. The areas by popularity (or search results) will be listed out as items, with few attributes as columns. I chose to add items that included areas/places of my interest and also changed the columns to show the attributes that I needed and voila! Again, information I desired, but was not available on the www (like population or nearest chemist, for example) will not show up in the grids. Check out the image after the jump…

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When will we get to see Angels & Demons?

May 1st has come and gone. The same can’t be said of the first summer blockbuster movie from Hollywood – X-Men Origins: Wolverine – which hasn’t found a release in India, as yet! With the Bollywood releases all held up due to the stand-off between the producers and the exhibitors, and Tollywood not yet coming out of the rut of crappy movies, movie-goers had only Hollywood releases to look forward to. Of course, movies such as The International and Milk found their way into the theatres but not into the must-watch lists of the audience!

I’m hoping against hope that the one movie I’m most looking forward to, will find a favourable release cometh the 15th of May. No prizes for guessing which one it is – Angels & Demons. Ron Howard’s adaptation of the Dan Brown novel by the same name, starring Tom Hanks, Ewan MacGregor & Ayelet Zurer. I’ve had the novel sitting on my shelf, unread, unseen and forgotten all this while. I only remembered it when I happened to catch the trailer of the movie some days back on the telly. Even then I didn’t pick it up to read coz I knew the movie would come out soon…so why bother with the book :mrgreen:

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