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I released a new version of Chrome Nanny that incorporated few requested features. They are:


1. Validate regular expressions when they are entered in blockset.

2. More robust error handling inside the extension.

3. Always allow access to Chrome extension links even if you block *.*

4. Disallow *.* from White list.

5. Do not strip www/http from the blocksite. So a block url of www.ft.com will not block www.microsoft.com unless the url is ft.com.

6. Multiple internal changes that will allow implementation of other Chrome Nanny features faster.


Let me know how this version works !

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I routinely read lot of blogs covering multiple areas and share interesting blog posts. Primarily I use Google Reader to maintain the feeds and share items. If you are interested in following my shared items , subscribe at http://www.google.com/reader/shared/saravanan.thirumuruganathan . Alternatively, you can also subscribe to my Buzz stream as all my Google Reader shared items are shared in buzz too.

If I like some post from a blog that I follow, then sharing it is easy. Just like it and share it with my followers. The problem arise when I want to share some interesting post from a blog I do not follow – I could have got the link from ,say, reddit or may be its an interesting news article. One thing I tried was to manually post it to Buzz. Now it got sent to all my Buzz followers but not to my Google Reader followers. This is a small issue and it kept nagging me.

Currently I use the following method – Whenever I find some good article, I immediately bookmark it in delicious. This has the added advantage that I can “tag” this url appropriately. Delicious allows each account to have an RSS feed that streams the urls the user bookmarks. I then add this feed to my Google Reader account. After some time , this feed shows up in my Google Reader and if the original reason for my bookmarking was sharing, I just share it now.

There are a few interesting advantages for me. Google Reader now becomes my defacto bookmarking method and I can use it to search for topics I read but whose URL I cant find. Interestingly, the tags in delicious seem to be searchable from Google Reader which makes it all the more cool.

This method is arguably cumbersome and “pollutes” my delicious bookmark but I have not found a better way. If you have some other management method, feel free to chime in the comments.

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Biweekly Links – 10-02-2010

1. Ultraprecise clock helps cut relativity down to size

Looks like by using highly accurate atomic clocks, scientists have concluded that relativity theory works even under normal conditions although the difference is somewhere around 90 billionths of a second. It is always amazing to know that scientists can precisely measure quantities as small as this !

2. Open Facebook

An interesting site that aggregates publish Facebook statuses. I did a superficial search and found lot of potentially embarassing posts. Not sure if the post owners even know that the posts are out for the whole world to see !

3. Seabird – A Community-driven Mobile Phone Concept

An interesting effort from Mozilla. Hopefully Android phones copy these features soon 🙂

4. Turning Thoughts into Words

Some of the cutting edge work in Brain-Cognitive studies are simultaneously both exciting and scaring. Even though it can detect 10 words with 48% accuracy , I am sure within 10 years we can do much much more.

5. Google Blacklist – Words That Google Instant Doesn’t Like

A master list of words which will not be completed by Google Instant.

6. India Launches Project to ID 1.2 Billion People

National ID is one of India’s most ambitious project. Lets hope it succeeds in its aims.

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Biweekly Links – 09-10-2010

1. Why God Did Not Create the Universe
A neat discussion about Stephen Hawking’s latest book "The Grand Design". Another good discussion is in Has Stephen Hawking ended the God debate?. The title of the articles does seem to be slightly provocative. I bought the book and hoping to finish reading it sometime soon.

2. Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits
A NYTimes article discussing about effective study habits. Could be helpful !

3. Inside Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines: ‘We don’t need anymore Fart apps’
Not sure how important is knowing the guidelines is ! They are vague enough to give leeway for Apple to reject apps. Probably the bigger news is allowing 3rd party tools dev tools. MonoTouch is maturing well and hopefully this will propel it more.

4. Google scribe appears to have some absorbing states
Even though lot of people focused on Google Instant this week, another cool tool is Google Scribe. It has become my past time to push it to the extreme and see how it behaves. Some times it feels like making two emacs doctors speak to each other but more fun ! This buzz post has done some analysis and found some absorbing states. Neat !

5. TalkMiner
This is a very neat site that allows you to "search" within video lectures. It does OCR and finds the text in video and makes it searchable. A really really cool idea. I did some sample tests and I can definitely see the potential.

6. Search: now faster than the speed of type
Looks like an interesting move by Google. I very rarely go to Google homepage – searching instead using browser address/search bar. Also I mostly search for rarer queries that I do not thing this feature will help me a lot. But the technology behind this feature – I am really interested in knowing them ! Hopefully Google puts out a paper soon !

7. K-Anonymity Privacy Protection Model Needs a Little Help
I am getting more interested in privacy preservation and stuff. So this post and its future seems pretty exciting.

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1. Google News
Google was in the news this week quite frequently. The most buzz worthy was the integration of Google voice with gmail. My favorite news though was Google Acquires Angstro. This company had been doing some neat work and had some good code in github. Hopefully, these tools will be integrated into Google services. Another interesting news was Google’s instant search – most likely they are doing some A/B testing but I think it is a cool idea . I also found a presentation from a Googler called The Real Life Social Network v2 which was very insightful (but looong !).

2. Facebook Looks to Develop More Social Startups
An interesting partnership – although I do not know how much Y-Combinator benefits from it !

3. Want Instant Delivery of New Blog Posts & Comments?
This is a post from WordPress about cleverly using Jabber for getting real time information about blog posts and comments from the blogs you are interested in ! I feel the idea is pretty geeky but not sure how useful it is in practice.

4. A Search Service that Can Peer into the Future
This is probably the most innovative application using NYTimes’ articles. The interface is slick and it shows information in a very interesting manner. I guess the articles were heavily tagged with micro formats – I cannot see how this tool could be built otherwise. The coolest idea is that it can peer into the future (sort of). It has become one of my favorite past times – To see the references in NYTimes for 2010 and 2011 (and beyond). Check this tool out !

5. Running On Empty
This post discusses issues faced by documentation translators and the stigma attached when you work for Ubuntu related stuff (that is an exaggeration but kinda true).

6. Bad News, Good News
This post brings a very valid point that I have noticed many times. All the newspapers discuss about bad news and usually ignore good news – Most of the time , the only positive news comes from sports. What effect this has on us ? I remember Dr.Abdul Kalam made a similar observation some years back. May be time for introspection.

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1. In a Video Game, Tackling the Complexities of Protein Folding
In an interesting news, humans outperformed supercomputers in predicting ideal protein folding. Protein folding is a very fascinating topic and I am surprised that humans did well. Probably because of superior pattern recognition perhaps?

2. Netflix to Pay Nearly $1 Billion to Add Films to On-Demand Service
This makes the Netflix service even more attractive. But I guess till they bring better Linux accessibility , I am not going to use their service.

3. A joint policy proposal for an open Internet
Looks like I am not the only one confused with what Google tries to say in the post. It looks like they want net neutrality for internet but not for wireless ? I do not know why they make the distinction (perhaps due to android ? ) . Hopefully we will know more about these stuff in a few months.
    In the other google news, Oracle sues Google over Android and Java – This is all the more surprising as Google literally sidestepped Java when it created Dalvik. Hopefully things will clear up as we know more about this.

4. Common Programmer Health Problems
An interesting post from Zed Shaw and has some neat suggestions.

5. We’ve only got ourselves to blame for the indestructible Indian superbug
There is a lot of back and forth about the super bug. I was not able to find a neutral post but this one seems interesting.

6. China to Build State-Run Search Engine
This is a surprising move by China – It should be interesting to see what happens to Baidu – also will the new search engine have some stigma as it is associated with the government?

7. Donald Duck and Inception
As a fun topic, the following cartoon looks eerily similar to Inception’s plot.

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Defcon was held in Las Vegas some time back. As usual there were lot of cool hacks – My favorites were Hacker Spoofs Cell Phone Tower to Intercept Calls and Web attack knows where you live. Both were incredibly clever and a bit creepy.

2. A regular expression to check for prime numbers
This post got lot of attention recently. The claim to fame is a clever (but inefficient) regular expression to check prime numbers. The trick was to represent the numbers in unary format and use regular expression backtracking to check for divisibility. Cool !

3. High-Speed Robot Hand
One of the mind blowing robot demos I have seen.

4. Amazon Prime for Students
This is an interesting move by Amazon to offer 1 year of free prime membership to students. I am not sure what percentage of students will continue with paid prime membership after a year. Usually, the students (especially foreign) students are pretty tech savvy and can search patiently for the lowest price deals. Let us see how successful this program becomes.

5. The Web’s New Gold Mine: Your Secrets
An interesting article series by WSJ that analyzes the amount of cookies and other tracking stuff popular websites uses. I was pretty impressed with the whole article series "What They Know". Check it out !

6. Google News
Update on Google Wave announced the shuttering of Google Wave. I was pretty impressed with the technology and quite sad to see it go. But there have been adequate (less confusing? ) replacements so I am sure most people will not miss Wave. Google will definitely add Wave’s features to other products so Wave will kinda live on.

Another of my favorite post was New Google Buzz API features, including a hose of fire. I have always wanted to play with Buzz programmatically but its limited API was hampering me. Recently, the Buzz API has made impressive strides that I should check it out again. The availability of fire hose is really neat. Lets see if I can build something cool !

7. GNOME Census
This article caused a huge commotion in the GNOME community especially with respect to Canonical. I have to say the census was very interesting.

8. Massive Censorship Of Digg Uncovered
A very interesting article. Looks like there is some organized conservative group that is burying more liberal articles. What surprises me the most is that digg did not have any mechanisms to prevent a group of people gaming the system. If my intuition is correct, it is a relatively simple data mining problem using topic models, anomaly detection and collusion detection/role discovery in relation graphs.

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