Internet Salsa

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Is it fun to throw away cell phones?

Well must be for some. Believe it or not you can win a medal by throwing a cell phone the furthest. Some throwers did the same at the Mobile Phone World Championship that was held in Savonlinna, Finland.

Lassi Etelatalo of Finland won the gold medal who threw a Nokia cell phone at a distance of 89 metres.

So I guess this is an alternative to those who don't make it to the Javelin throwing competition.

Finnish have also started other competitions such as Wife Carrying and Sauna World Championship.

Friday, August 25, 2006

How did he get that Umbrella So Small?

Something for fun after all its Friday.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Amazing Height for a 13 year old

When was the last time you saw a 13 year old weighing 256 pounds, 6 foot 8 inches tall? If your answer is no then here is the picture of that kid during a Little League World Series 2006 in South Williamsport, PA.

14-year-old girl sues friend over missing iPod

You gotta love the litigousness of youth -- especially when there's an iPod involved. A spat over a missing iPod resulted in a lawsuit in Wheaton, Illinois.

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Are you for Google Video?

The search giant's video service is easy to use, but skimpy when it comes to programs you actually want to watch. But Google is putting enough emphasis on the site
â??nudging aside Froogle on its main page to make room for the video search toolâ??that it seemed worthy of inclusion in our series on Web video sites.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Good Bye to Internet Service on Boeing

Were you going to check emails at 35000 feet? Well, it doesn't look like that you will be able to since Boeing is shutting down its service that was going to offer internet service on its planes. It is also a complex process to install internet service and will be expensive. Airlines are more concerned about the high cost of oil rather than the internet service.

However, LiveTV LLC and AirCell Inc are developing such service but at low price. There are however few Asian and European airlines that have signed up for such service. Lufthansa offers free internet service for its business class during long flights.

Verizon is also discontinuing its phone service soon.

I think its fine to drop such services specially of the recent threatening incidences.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Bellies Painted

I had seen bellies used as a billboard/advertisement, but today I saw this picture of pregnant women from China who had their bellies painted during a painting contest. The first picture shows a husband painting on his wife's belly.

Source: Yahoo Photo

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Google to Distribute Discount Coupons Online

How often do you search for coupons online?

I did use a coupon that I printed online couple of weeks ago for my car repair, and was useful.
I m sure you all at some point have gotten mails full with coupons. But now Google is also taking part where it is displaying coupons from merchants that are listed in Google. According to the news, VALPAK will be providing initial coupons to Google and will be updated every night. It will be available on Google's mapping service.

Google will also allow other businesses to come up with coupon and take part and its free for them to do so.

But how does it affect other online coupon services? I m sure it will hurt them since Google has lots of traffic. It is taking advantage of its huge traffic. VALPAK got lucky but at the same it is also boosting other businesses, and I would like to see how it will affect the google ads. Google is planning to display short, text-based ads as well.

Monday, August 14, 2006

President of Iran has a blog

I guess these days everyone is getting into blogging. Even Iran's President Mahmood Ahmadinejad started to blog.
His first posting was posted on Aug 11th where he wrote about himself (autobiography) and talks about Iran as well.

You can also view in English.
Click here for the link of his blog.

18,000 websites devoted to Miss World 1994

Since winning the title of Miss World 1994, Aishwarya Rai has been exposed to the western world a lot (Hollywood, Cannes Festival, Oprah's Show, etc). You can even see her in many commercials outside of India. She has also starred in her first English film "Bride and Prejudice." According to the recent report/news, she lost about 22 pounds in 3 days for a movie where she could be wearing a bikini.

Anyways, the reason I wanted to write on her here is that there are more than 18,000 websites devoted to her. Thats a lot...

Click here to see her interview on CBS (The Early Show)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

25th Aniversary of Personal Computer (PC)

Who is PC? Thats the question I was asked by couple of people when I had written "25th Aniversary of PC" on my MSN messenger window.

Anyways...25 years ago on this date, IBM launched a Personal Computer (PC) - the IBM 5150. The PC was priced at $1565 with only 16k memory. "The machine was developed by a team of 12 engineers, led by Don Estridge, who was also known as father of the IBM PC."

Over the years a lot has changed and have brought a revolution in the field of computing. IBM's PC division is now owned by a Chinese company Lenovo.

Apparently nothing was mentioned on

The 25 Greatest PCs of All Time

Here are the top PCs ever, from machines you owned and loved to systems you've never heard of.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

One of the world's Largest Libraries going Online

Google is rolling...They never stop. They have many projects under their belt. The next major one is to put the whole library online. Its not just any library but one of the World's Largest Libraries. Google is planning to put all the books from the libraries of University of California. UC has about 100 libraries in all of its campuses.

I don't know how they are gonna do this but its a major project. had done similar stuff where you could search inside the book. Well its not really similar. Either way this is going to be a very tough.

According Google, the copyrighted materials "will be limited to title, author, a few lines of text related to the query and where it could be bought or borrowed."

what's in for Google?
Well, first thing that comes to my mind is that they could charge the University some fee to put the library online, and I guess some ads.

Other universities such as Harvard, Stanford is also interested in this project.

Will this affect the employment at those libraries?

World record trampoline slam dunk!

Check out the whole video. Do not do this at home or work.

Notebooks, iPods, mobiles, books banned on UK flights

Air travellers leaving the United Kingdom on Thursday faced the strictest security measures in years: iPods, cellular phones, laptops, and even books and magazines were no longer permitted as carry-on items.

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Topless Car Wash

Do you want to see a Sexy Topless CarWash.....Play the video

Google: the Godfather of Open Source?

It's well known that Google runs its vast array of servers using a custom version of GNU/Linux. But this is only one aspect of its support for free software. Others include its Summer of Code, now well established as an incubator of both coding talent and projects, and more recently its open source code repository.

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446 Million Watching TV on Their Cell Phones By 2011

From the "Take it or leave it" network: IMS Research forecasts that by the end of 2011, nearly half a billion people will be watching TV on their cellular handsets. Driven primarily by the adoption of broadcast-based services such as DVB-H, mobile digital TV will experience 50% year-on-year growth through 2010.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Spring Break MISHAP !

I thought this was funny. I m not sure this was a set up or not.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Yahoo! Search Builder launches

With Yahoo! Search Builder you can create a custom Web search engine by selecting a set of trusted sites to search across or you can tune the search algorithm to the topic of your choice.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Google Research to Release 1 Trillion Words Online

"We believe that the entire research community can benefit from access to such massive amounts of data. It will advance the state of the art, it will focus research in the promising direction of large-scale, data-driven approaches, and it will allow all research groups, no matter how large or small their computing resources, to play together."

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Linux -- The next TV Operating System

The TVs aim to make accessing video and similar online content easier than with computers, spokeswoman Mina Naito. The other companies involved are Sharp Corp., Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd.

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

About Time: AOL Goes Free

After much speculation, AOL announced today that it would finally bite the bullet, and become a free portal, complete with free AOL email addresses for anyone who wants one. The company says it now wants to exploit the "explosive rise in broadband usage and online advertising", though, of course, it's already missed out on much of the explosion.

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America's First Train with Fast Wireless Internet Debuts in California.

The proof of concept, which was conducted along 16 miles of track between the Millbrae and Palo Alto stations, was deemed a success when multiple people surfed the Internet simultaneously, watched streaming video, answered e-mail and completed a large file download all while maintaining continuous connectivity at broadband speed.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Terminator Gives British Prime Minister Blair iPod After Visit...

"Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, handed Blair an all-new 60GB black video iPod as a souvenir of the trip yesterday...The music player was pre-loaded with 160 songs about California." Unknown if Blair said, "I'll be back"....

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Las Vegas hosts two hacker conferences

The middle-aged G-men who wear crisp suits and consort with teenage hackers sporting purple hair can make the two conferences that will converge in Las Vegas this week look like a scene from a science-fiction movie.

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Compilation exposing 9/11 Truth

This video takes a closer look at the collapse of World Trade Towers in Sept 11th.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

China shuts blog by Tibetan author that wished Dalai Lama happy birthday

I guess Chinese are good at it. Must be watching online activities pretty seriously. According to the report, China government shut down a blog written by a Tibetan author who wrote Birthday Wishes to Dalai Lama and touched...

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YouTube Overtakes MySpace

YouTube has established itself at the top of the league of the new generation of community websites by becoming even more popular than MySpace, according to research. According to Nielsen/NetRatings, YouTube's American user base grew by 297% in the first half of the year.

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