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How Google is becoming an extension of your mind

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SAN FRANCISCO — It’s time to think of Google as much more than just a search engine, and that should both excite and spook you.

Search remains critical to the company’s financial and technological future, but Google also is using the search business’ cash to transform itself into something much broader than just a place to point your browser when asking for directions on the Internet.

What it’s now becoming is an extension of your mind, an omnipresent digital assistant that figures out what you need and supplies it before you even realize you need it.

Think of Google diagnosing your daughter’s illness early based on where she’s been, how alert she is, and her skin’s temperature, then driving your car to school to bring her home while you’re at work. Or Google translating an incomprehensible emergency announcement while you’re riding a train in foreign country. Or Google steering your investment portfolio away from a Ponzi scheme.

Google, in essence, becomes a part of you. Imagine Google playing a customized audio commentary based on what you look at while on a tourist trip and then sharing photo highlights with your friends as you go. Or Google taking over your car when it concludes based on your steering response time and blink rate that you’re no longer fit to drive. Or your Google glasses automatically beaming audio and video to the police when you say a phrase that indicates you’re being mugged.

Exciting? I think so. But it’s also, potentially, a profoundly creepy change. For a Google-augmented life, you must grant the Googlebot unprecedented privileges to monitor your personal information and behavior. What medicine do you take? What ads did you just glance at while walking by the bus stop? What’s your credit card number? And as Google works to integrate social data into its services, you’ll have to decide how much you’ll share with your contacts’ Google accounts — and the best way to ask them to share their data with your Google account.

Where your Google comfort zone ends
It’ll be foolhardy to be as cavalier with tomorrow’s Google as you might be with it today. I think some of those sci-fi possibilities I just described could be real within three to five years, so now is a good time to start thinking about where your Google comfort zone ends.

Me? I’m immersed in Google services, but I worry that handy new features will arrive in a steady stream of minor changes that are all but imperceptible until one day I wake up and realize that Google has access to everything that makes me who I am.

Google Now says it needs access to my calendar? Sounds useful. My Android phone needs to turn on my phone’s microphone so the Google Maps app can judge by ambient noise whether I’m indoors or outdoors? Well, that’ll help me get through the airport faster. My glasses need to identify the faces of people in my company so Google can deduce who gets consigned to the Google Voice answering machine and who gets through to my phone even at 3 a.m.? Well, I sure don’t want to have to set all that up manually.

Source:http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57470853-93/how-google-is-becoming-an-extension-of-your-mind/

Software Freedom Day 2011, Countdown..

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Celebrate SFD with us on September 17!

Message not displaying problem in Yahoo [solved]

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I was facing a problem with yahoo messenger, that the text I type and send is not seen in the window above, and also offline message was not displayed when I login to the messenger. Neither you can buzz. This problem was solved as I followed the steps below.

Go to Run -> HKEY-CURRENTUSER-> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Current Version -> Internet Settings -> Zones -> Delete folder other than 0,1,2,3,4

Try this worked fine in my case.

Multiple Login in Yahoo Messager

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Most of use the yahoo messenger to login only one id. But only one installed version of yahoo message on your Windows OS can be used to login multiple yahoo id. Here is the basic setting for making your yahoo messenger multiple Login:
Steps:
1. Click on start menu and click run. Or, directly press windows key+ R<br/>
2. Type ‘regedit’ without single quote and press enter.
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Changing Windows 7 folder Icon and restoring the default

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Changing Windows 7 folder Icon
1. Start menu>> regedit
2.Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Micrososft\Current Version\explorer
3.On explorer key, right click abd New–>key
4.Rename it to shell Icons, select
5.On right panel, right click on an empty space and New–>string value, type 3
6. Right click on number 3, and click modify
7. write down full path of the new icon
8.Close regedit
9.Restart computer.
Restoring default folder icon
1. Start menu>> regedit
2. navigate to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ software\microsoft\current version\explorer\shell icons
3.Right pane of shell icons right click 3 and click delete
4. close regedit
5.Restart computer

49.5 Rajanikanth jokes

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1. Rajinikanth killed the Dead Sea.

2. When Rajinikanth does push-ups, he isn’t lifting himself up. He is pushing the earth down.

3. There is no such thing as evolution, it’s just a list of creatures that Rajinikanth allowed to live.

4. Rajinikanth gave Mona Lisa that smile.

5 .Rajnikanth can divide by zero.

6. Rajinikanth can judge a book by it’s cover.

7. Rajinikanth can drown a fish.

8. Rajinikanth can delete the Recycle Bin.

9. Rajinikanth once got into a fight with a VCR player. Now it plays DVDs.

10. Rajinikanth can slam a revolving door.

11. Rajinikanth once kicked a horse in the chin. Its descendants are today called giraffes.

12. Rajinikanth once ordered a plate of idli in McDonald’s, and got it.

13. Rajinikanth can win at Solitaire with only 18 cards.

14. The Bermuda Triangle used to be the Bermuda Square, until Rajinikanth kicked one of the corners off.

15. Rajinikanth can build a snowman out of rain.
16. Rajinikanth can strangle you with a cordless phone.

17. Rajinikanth can make onions cry.

18. Rajinikanth destroyed the periodic table, because he only recognizes the element of surprise.

19. Rajinikanth can watch the show 60 minutes in 20 minutes.

20. Rajinikanth has counted to infinity, twice.

21. Rajinikanth will attain separate statehood in 2013.

22. Rajinikanth did in fact, build Rome in a day.

23. Rajinikanth once got into a knife-fight. The knife lost.

24. Rajinikanth can play the violin with a piano.

25. Rajinikanth never wet his bed as a child. The bed wet itself in fear.

26. The only man who ever outsmarted Rajinikanth was Stephen Hawking, and he got what he deserved.

27. Rajinikanth can talk about Fight Club.

28. Rajinikanth doesn’t breathe. Air hides in his lungs for protection.

29. There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Rajinikanth lives in Chennai.

30. Rajinikanth kills Harry Potter in the eighth book.

31. Rajinikanth does not own a stove, oven, or microwave, because revenge is a dish best served cold.

32. Rajinikanth has already been to Mars, that’s why there are no signs of life there.

33. Rajinikanth doesn’t move at the speed of light. Light moves at the speed of Rajinikanth.

34. Rajinikanth knows Victoria’s secret.

35. Water boils faster when Rajinikanth stares at it.

36. Rajinikanth can throw the Thackerays out of Mumbai.

37. Rajinikanth kills two stones with one bird.

38. Google won’t find Rajinikanth because you don’t find Rajinikanth; Rajinikanth finds you.

39. Rajinikanth gave the Joker those scars.

40. Rajinikanth leaves messages before the beep.

41. Rajinikanth once warned a young girl to be good “or else”. The result? Mother Teresa.

42. Rajinikant electrocuted Iron Man.

43. Rajinikanth killed Spiderman using Baygon Anti Bug Spray.

44. Rajinikanth can make PCs better than the Mac.

45. Rajinikanth puts the ‘laughter’ in manslaughter.

46. Rajinikanth goes to court and sentences the judge.

47. Rajinikanth can handle the truth.

48. Rajinikanth can speak Braille.

49. Rajinikanth can dodge Chuck Norris’ roundhouse kicks.

49.5. Rajinikanth can teach

Happy New Year 2011

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Happy New Year 2011, may this year bring you, good health, happiness and prosperity. Enjoy New Year with new thoughts and resolutions.

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