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Riya o Riya, what have you done!

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After having played with Riya for about 4-5 hours, one thing stands out like mad. I just have to … have to keep my pictures private. I cannot keep them public. It is unsafe. And all my friends who appear on my pics did not like being made famous by me 😦 After I “trained” Riya to recognize a few faces, anyone could just type my friend’s name in the search box and find his pictures. Privacy goes to super hell!! So I’ve had to go to each pic and mark the ones with my friends as private … oh so painful 😦

Technology wise it’s awesome. But it’s a thousand times worse than Google. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words? Google’s amazing search capabilities destroys my anonymity on the web unless I am paranoid and extremely careful with my name. Riya can do much worse. Imagine a college friend uploading pics of mine in college… me with the beer bottles and the vodka… me in my underwear … me kissing a girl (ok.. that never happened.. but it could have :-D). That is ok. I couldn’t care about people who don’t know me seeing those pics. Now imagine me trying to get married. Prospective father-in-laws/wife’s googling for me or “riyaing” for me!!! Yikes… there goes my chances …

Apart from that, I hate the fact that they won’t let browsers other than IE6 and Firefox. I know it is in beta… but i prefer showing a warning instead of blocking out other browsers altogether. You know… some functionality might just work, such as search the public photos.. and maybe that is all I want to do.
Riya has a long way to go, even though the technology is amazing… and they really need to tighten up privacy and make it more usable. Ugh.. I’d hate to have to browse each pic to mark them private. And if there was a simpler way, they should have highlighted it someplace very prominent. Privacy is going to be crucial for this webservice to be successful.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 4:41 pm

Posted in Reviews, Webservices

Crashing made easy and friendly

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Some ideas are just fabulous. And not always because they have a lot of thought put into them, and have a huge database backing it up with extremely complicated tables. Just found out about Can I Crash? from Kiruba’s blog. And it is an amazingly simple and wonderful idea! Keeping it a wiki also just made it so simple… no one needs to manually update lists of bloggers etc. The workload is distributed across many people. I love it.
In case you’re too lazy to check out the site, please don’t be 🙂 However, if you’re adamant… this is a place where you can invite travelling fellow bloggers to stay at your place. And look for accomodation if and when you’re travelling. I hope it’ll work. I’ve read multiple bloggers posting about having other bloggers stay at their place. And this is how you can simply find friendly people willing to put up with you 😛
There’s not much yet on the site, at least for India. But I hope the templates are improved. I’d like bloggers to have their own pages where they list the bloggers who have stayed with them as well as the bloggers with whom they have stayed themselves. Now that could act as a friendly or a nuisance index for each blogger 😀 You let a lot of people stay with you and your friendly index goes up. You go stay with other people, and your nuisance index goes up!!
This site will get my details as soon as I become a little more friendly and a little less worried about anonymity 🙂
Good work Henriette and Thomas?.

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Monday, December 26, 2005 at 7:12 pm

Posted in Reviews, Webservices

Found a problem with Performancing for Firefox

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After being gaga over Performancing for Firefox when it was working flawlessly, something stopped working. And I could not use it anymore and had to move over to Zoundry 😦
What happened was that on clicking on the icon in the lower right corner of my Firefox status bar, the lower pane for blogging would open, but the Categories list would not appear. The Categories tab kept saying “Loading categories…”. I tried publishing without setting the category, but even that would not work 😦 I tried the same thing at home which is a different machine on a different network, but had the same problem. So the problem was most probably not with Performancing, but maybe with the WordPress.com site or something that I was doing wrong at both places.
Just now, I finally got it working! 🙂 The problem wasn’t in WordPress.com. So… yep. It was me doing something specific at both the browsers so that it wouldn’t work. I use the Master Password feature in Firefox. And I think it stored the username& password that I configured Performancing with. The next time I opened the browser, I dismissed the master password prompt box. After all I wasn’t doing anything and hadn’t even started to blog! So why should I enter a password to open a blog editor? And so the categories list never was populated. And I could not publish 🙂
As far as I recall, why I did not submit my master password was because switching on Performancing prompted me to submit my master password 4 times!! I got suspicious and then dismissed it. I’ve checked it again now. I open a new session of the browser, start Performancing, and I am prompted for my master password 4 times 😦 This is not good…

[UPDATE: The problem has already been discussed at http://performancing.com/node/523]

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Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 8:05 pm

Posted in Info, Rants, Webservices

gchart — seriously cool

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Just found http://www.gchart.com from digg. It is seriously cool. This is so much better than the complicated or image heavy sites to find out the time in some other place on the world.

And a simple URL to remember too 🙂

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Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 10:16 am

Posted in Reviews, Webservices

What Should The Future Bring?

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Now, that is the tagline of FutureFeature, a site i found just now after I started checking out the Referers page on WordPress.com.

Its a really cool site, unlike immedi.at 🙂 which I immediately rejected.

This website allows people to make requests for all sorts of web services, blogs etc., stuff that they’s want to change or improve. The interface is cool (although very common nowadays). And you get to see all feature requests for the various services and have your feature requests to be displayed to the entire world! This is so much better than having all feedback to stay with one guy which’ll never see the light of day 🙂

Problems with a service like this? One word perhaps: S P A M. Yes. this is one place where spam would reduce the usability of the site immediately.

And, I’d prefer to make suggestions to this place ONLY if it has been endorsed by the big guys.

Which will never happen 🙂

But a nice, cool service that made me curse myself not having thought of before.

But of course, I’d never actually have done anything about this idea! 😛

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Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 9:04 am

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Success: There was an error… (at Odeo)

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I checked out Odeo today after reading that they had a new update.

Yes, that is the message that I get when I try to change my username on Odeo 🙂

Check out the screenshot below:

Odeo's Success Error
I love it when I can find glitches 🙂

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Saturday, December 3, 2005 at 1:03 pm

Just subscribed to NewsGator

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Why? I must be crazy. I happen to be perfectly happy with Bloglines. Other services have come and gone… Pluck, Rojo, Google Reader… but nothing convinced me to move away from Bloglines. Bloglines is simple and does the job. No hunting too much for ways to add feeds etc. Or maybe I’ve gotten so used to it… I find it difficult to move to anything else.

But I still went ahead and created a login for NewsGator. Even though I have known about its existence for a long long time. It never caught my fancy until now. And it was all because of Scoble. The guy is impressive. And he mentioned in a post that he uses NewsGator. Well… I just had to now try it out to see what the big deal was. If Scoble uses something, maybe there is something to it 😛

Well, I tried out the Free Web edition. For sometime. Still not good enough to sweep me off my feet and away from my dear Bloglines 🙂

But I wonder is how many people did subscribe to NewsGator today after Scoble’s post… 🙂 I wish I had insider data. Did they experience a sudden spurt in new logins? Because I can’t be the only one who wanted to try what Scoble uses 🙂

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Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 5:52 pm