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39th Bharteeya Blog Mela

Ladies and Gentlemen! It's my privilege to host the weekly celebration of Bharteeya Blog Mela this week. And here is a formal invitation:

Translated, that means: nominations for the 39th mela are open and may be submitted using the comments area for this post. If you go by rules, they have been quoted by last host Yazad here. You can nominate posts (including your own) made between December 2 and 8, 2003. The mela will be hosted here on Tuesday, December 9, 2003. Looking forward to your nominations!

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Hindustan times' ePaper

News paper giant Hindustan times has come up with a new ePaper concept. The catch is, it is a premium, subscription based content where they promise the replica of the print edition would be available online even before it would reach regular reader's doorstep. The concept is one coined by Bodhtree who are apparently servicing other publication groups as well.

Honestly, I find such moves fairly stupid. The only plus it seems to offer (for people accustomed to reading online) is the keyword search. Now, with Google news, that hunts on headlines from news papers all over, even that is an overhead. IMHO, for the rustic feel there is no substitute to the print medium. As I have to leave early for work, I miss my morning skimming but I always compensate it with a cozy evening read, even though I subscribe to various newsfeeds. Also, as far as I know, a similar venture of the India Today group never saw the light of the day.

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Google Suggest and other things

Joel pointed to Google Suggest, another incredible offering from the guys who always think different. I agree with Joel when he says that “Google is very publicly raising the bar on the quality of interfaces that people will expect from web pages.” What inspires me is the approximate number of search results displayed along side the suggested search term, result of the XML HTTP Request magic.

Among other things, voting is on (and it seems would be on for a long time) for the New 7 wonders. Emails from patriotic Indians all over are already doing the rounds. Do your bit to give the Taj it's due.