May 31: Day to quit Facebook

Posted by Hitarth Jani | 11:11 PM | 3 comments »

Has that time finally arrived when you’d be better off deleting your Facebook account? If so, then May 31 is looking like D-Day.

A website called Quit Facebook Day has set the last day of May as the day everyone keen to leave the social network should finally take the plunge and hit the Delete key.

Several high profile technology pundits and celebs are kicking the world's number one social networking site to the curb.

The bridge too far has been Facebook's recent introduction of a platform that, by default, gives third-party companies access to members' names, friend lists and hobbies to "personalise" their surfing experience.

When a member logs onto a partner site, such as Yelp or Pandora, the content displayed is shaped by their own interests, as well as the activities of their Facebook friends. To disable this feature, a manual opt-out is required.

According to a security expert website, Facebook users unwittingly expose themselves to five dangers that might be beyond their control: their information is shared with third parties; their privacy settings revert to a less safe default mode after each redesign; malware from Facebook advertisements; fake profiles from scammers; and real friends who unknowingly make them vulnerable.

Google Canada reports that the top online search related to "Facebook account" is "delete Facebook," while the fastest-rising related query is "deactivate Facebook account," up 40 per cent over the past 90 days.

Worldwide, the search engine's results on Facebook account deletion ballooned from 15.9 million to 19.5 million between May 11 and 13 alone. There are 400 million members in total.

Privacy and security must be dirty words at the Facebook HQ at the moment as the world's largest social media network comes under fire for its privacy policy that has left users exposed and vulnerable.

Amazingly, it was reported that Facebook's privacy policy is a whopping 5,830 words long, even more verbose than the Constitution of the United States which reads at 4,543 words. Meanwhile, Facebook is making it difficult for users to delete their accounts. Let's wait for May 31!

My Take On The iPad – It Rocks!

Posted by Hitarth Jani | 12:53 PM | 8 comments »


Few days ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed the world the iPad. During the presentation, I had a good time making fun of the new device with the interesting name. I tweeted, Apple will introduce a big screen version call the MaxiPad plus a small screen version call the iPad with Wings.

There were a bunch of features missing from the iPad that many people were hoping for, like a camera, SD card reader, USB, etc. Judging by the Twitter streams and many blog posts I’ve read, most are calling the new device a failure. However, I believe the iPad rocks and is going to be a massive win for Apple.

It’s Not Meant To Replace An iPhone Or A Macbook

The iPad is not an iPhone or a Macbook. Stop thinking of it as such. It’s a brand new category. Had Apple put features like card readers, USB, cameras, etc., the only thing they’ll be doing is cannibalizing their laptop sales. That’s what netbooks did to laptops and it’s the reason why 90% of laptops sold for $1,000 or more are Apple Macbooks. No, Steve Jobs is not dumb enough to make the same mistake PCs did with the Netbook.

Amazon Should Be Worried

With a starting price of $499, the iPad is only $10 more than a Kindle DX. Anyone in the market for an eBook reader is going to think seriously about the iPad. For $10 more, you can get a device that can do so much more than read books. Who wouldn’t go for that?

While E-ink is a great way to display written pages it has limitations. The contrast is still too low and it’s only black and white. While the iPad’s LED screen may cause eye strain sooner it has the ability display materials that e-ink doesn’t perform well at, like comic books, children books and text books.

The Kindle is designed for linear reading. It doesn’t work well for non linear materials like text books or the bible, where you’re scanning through chapters or verses. I have the NIV Bible on both my Kindle and my iPhone and the iPhone verison works way better. The Kindle navigation is extremely cumbersome. I can navigate to a verse in less than five seconds on my iPhone compare to 30 seconds for the Kindle.

The main advantage the Kindle has right now is the size of Amazon’s library. However, giving the marketing power of Apple, I suspect the iBookstore is going to get huge really quick. Don’t be surprised if you see Amazon announce a price reduction on the Kindle in 60 days.

At $499, It’s An Impulse Purchase

Had the iPad been priced at $999 as some speculated, the iPad would have been a massive failure. However, at $499 this thing is a game changer. People would buy it just for the novelty factor alone . At this price, Apple is going to sell millions of these things and it’s going to create a whole new revenue channel for them not just in iPad sales, but book sales as well. The iPad could do for books what the iPod did for music.

I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

Some Very Useful Websites !!!

Posted by Hitarth Jani | 12:14 PM | 3 comments »

Did u know that the un-catalogued information on the net is around 500 times more than the information that is catalogued by the search engines?

So I thought of sharing with you links of some websites which can prove useful to us. You can comment on some other useful websites with description so that we can share it with others.

www.bhookh.com Lets start with 2 minute charity. Donate without money, with just one click

www.bored.com Some cute games & applications to try it if you are bored!

www.picanswers.com Post a picture/photo & ask a community questions about it.

www.wigflip.com/signbot Make your own animated scrolling text LED sign.

www.a1vbcode.com The ultimate VB, VB.NET, ASP, and ASP.NET source code resource.

www.hypergurl.com Learn how to create, improve and promote a website.

www.tools.dynamicdrive.com/favicon/ Use this online tool to easily create favorite icons

www.dynamicdrive.com #1 place on the net to obtain free, original DHTML & Javascripts to enhance your web site

www.mindtools.com This site will help u do develop your leadership skills, management capabilities, problem solving skills, memory improvement. Do not think as just n ordinary advertisement site. The designers are really serious about helping their visitors. The site is designed my some great experts who have been active in the field of social services for a long time.

www.star28.net/snow.html Let the Penguin Write Your Name in Snow!

www.printwhatyoulike.com/

With this online utility, you can remove ads, images of a webpage before printing. You can also change font size or font type. Save money and environment by reducing paper and ink usage.

www.quillpad.com It is a free online typing tool. You can write/email in 10 Indian languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu etc. with its online editor.

www.crosstips.org If you like to play crossword it gives u hint when u r stuck somewhere.

www.ted.com Powerful and Inspiring talks!

http://indiarailinfo.com/ This is an interesting site that helps you visualize the current geographical location of any train in India. Just type train name or train number and check its exact location on the map.

http://www.befunky.com/cartoonizer/index.phphttp://www.befunky.com/cartoonizer/index.php

Try this!

Just upload the image or capture one live using the webcam and convert it in to the cartoon image. It can be downloaded or you can either convert the picture into a black and white pencil sketch or a colored one.

http://postcard.fm/ Send audio postcards to your friends

http://www.indianchild.com/amazing_facts.htm Collection of interesting facts, strange facts, and fun trivia

http://www.didyouknow.org/ Fascinating facts and useful trivia factoids about people, products and places

http://www.ranksheet.com/ 100% Free Online Certification and Job. Free Online exams in Windows,.Net, SQL Server, PHP, My SQL, Linux, J2EE, Oracle and more

http://beeks.eu/Screensaver.htm You will find 14 different clock screensavers on this site.

The handwritten one is very cool and the timeline is very slick.

http://www.freewarefiles.com/ Free Downloads of over 14000 free software programs. All freeware downloads include ratings, reviews and screen shots.

http://www.meebo.com/ chatting for all messenger. Can chat with http port on computers where chatting is blocked.

http://www.brainyquote.com/ Your source for famous quotes and quotations from thousands of famous people.

http://www.scribd.com/ Free online Library & Reference for any document or topic.

http://www.lifetips.com/ Actual tips, tricks & tricks to lead a good life

www.desktopnexus.com Good website for free nice wallpapers

www.savevid.com Download youtube videos with this online tool as FLV or MP4 format.

http://www.animalcorner.co.uk/ Animal Corner is an animal encyclopedia that can be used by students and teachers or anyone wishing to learn about animals and their environments. Animal Corner is constantly expanding, featuring new animal species from around the world regularly. Use the menu on the left to learn about various types of animals from different parts of the world or click on Alan the Ape to visit animals in general.

www.photofunia.com Provides a variety of cool backgrounds to edit your photos

www.blogbard.com Convert your favorite blog into audio and listen to it

www.pixelgroovy.com Tutorials for Adobe Photoshop, Java and many more software’s.

www.educationsupport.nic.in Government website for info on scholarships, fellowships etc..

http://www.coloringpage.org/ Online coloring pages for kids of all ages with a variety of drawings to print and paint. All coloring books are free for everyone to enjoy.

http://www.fun4child.com/paint_online/house_k01m.html Draw a House paint picture online for kids. You and your child can paint online this picture. Fun this free Paint online game. Draw a House online paint game.

www.freebookspot.in This is an excellent website for any kind of book u needed if u doesn’t get any books in torrent try this it will be helpful for professional and various seasonal educationists

http://www.wordle.net/ Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

http://fixmypcandmac.com Free tech Support for Windows, Mac, Linux, Router, Servers etc

http://listverse.com/ The ultimate site for top 10 list of every topic ranging from crime to religion.

http://www.testq.com/career/quizzes/show/121 Comprising of 40 questions, this site gives a complete analysis of your intellect. Do try this one when u are free…

http://www.devx.com/DevX/Door/6947 DevX.com helps software, web developers and IT professionals get answers to tough development questions. Other features are a buyer’s guide, an event calendar that covers significant events in the computer industry, a career link, and a searchable database.

http://trendy.org/magic/interactivemagic.html Home of the original mind-reading Mysterious Rabbit ™ interactive card trick along with a few other interactive oddities.

http://www.readprint.com/ A good place for bookworms to read books free. It is an online library which offers thousands of books for students, teachers and enthusiasts.

http://www.howjsay.com/ This site is dictionary but it also tells how to pronounce a word. If you are not sure how to pronounce a word just key it in the text box and when it appears in pink, move your mouse over and it will pronounce the word for you.

http://www.querycat.com/ This is a questions and answers site which answer almost FAQs with over 5 million Qs and As and could be one of the biggest FAQ database on the net.

http://www.photonhead.com/ For shutterbugs, this site offers everything you needed to know about photography. a beginner’ s guide, buying guides, for cameras, tips on photography as well as photo editing. The resource also offers camera reviews and a few easy tutorials.

http://www.dafont.com/ Archive of freely downloadable fonts. Browse by alphabetical listing, by style, by author or by popularity

http://www.howtocleananything.com/ If you need the answer to how to clean something quickly this website probably has the answer

http://www.xe.com/ Currency converter covering every world currency.

http://www.ehow.com/ Learn how to do just about everything at eHow, the world’s most popular place to find How To instructions. New on eHow: Publish your own

http://www.addtoany.com/ Help your visitors share, save and subscribe to your content with AddToAny widgets

http://www.encalc.com/ Encalc is an online scientific calculator. Its strength lies in its ability handle units and dimensional analysis, to define variables and its large database of constants. Parenthesis and scientific formulas are also supported.

Encalc can be used for unit conversions and dimensional analysis. To convert from Metric to US Customary Units, try inputting “2 cm + 3 meters expressed in feet” and hit “Encalc!” Other conversions are handled similarly.

http://www.googlefight.com/ Googlefight is a website that allows users to compare the number of search results returned by Google for two given queries

http://www.powerset.com/ A better way to search and discover information in Wikipedia articles.

www.quotesdaddy.com Over 1000000 Life quotes, Death quotes, Funny quotes, Love quotes, Inspiring quotes and many more. If you need it, the Quotes Daddy quotes it.

http://www.clocklink.com/ ClockLink offers a huge selection of online flash clocks that can be easily added to almost any webpage

http://www.howstuffworks.com/ The name itself gives away what the site is all about… This site answers questions about the way all kinds of things work– from refrigerators to computers to the human body.

http://www.errorkey.com/ Search engine for Error codes and messages.

http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/referrer/srtest This site provides a One-Click solution that looks at your computer’s hardware and system software to determine whether or not your current system can run a product. Each of your computer’s components is evaluated to see how well it meets the minimum and recommended requirements for specific products. Recommendations are made on how to update or upgrade each component which does not meet the listed requirements. Sometimes, a simple, free software download is all that is needed. Sometimes you’ll find that you need a different video card to fully experience what the game has to offer

http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/index.htm This site provides facts about common household products. It discusses possible safety hazards and health effects. You can enter the name of a household product and the site provides explanations about ingredients and health information related to automotive products, landscaping, pesticides, pet care products, products used during arts and crafts, personal care and home maintenance.

http://www.straightdope.com/ This site brings all the strange question & answers at you fingertips, like what does OK stand for??? What is a MOJO?

www.ezinemart.com Read and download all Indian Magazines for free

Thanks to all my online communities & friends for sharing with me the above information