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As Yahoo! Mail approaches its 10-year anniversary, I’m the lucky one who gets to announce that we will begin offering everyone unlimited email storage starting in May 2007. To mark the occasion, I checked in with David Nakayama, our group vice president of engineering, for some perspective on this milestone. In case that name doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the developer of RocketMail, one of the world’s first webmail products, which Yahoo! acquired and relaunched as Yahoo! Mail in 1997.Dave reminisced: “I remember getting in a room to plan our RocketMail launch over a decade ago and worrying that our original plan of a 2MB quota wasn’t enough, and that we needed to be radical and DOUBLE the storage to 4MB per account! It’s ironic that I routinely send and receive individual mail attachments bigger than that now. Our total capacity for mail accounts back then was 200GB for all of our customers. At Yahoo!, we’re now receiving more inbound mail than that every 10 minutes.”

When Yahoo! Mail launched 10 years ago, users got a whopping 4MB of storage for their entire mailbox. Today, you would fill that up with a single picture from your weekend.

This got me thinking about how the storage capacity of other popular technology products has changed. A quick snapshot:

1997: Yahoo! Mail launches with 4MB of storage

  • SanDisk introduces 2MB flash card for the Canon PowerShot.
  • Compaq announces “high capacity memory upgrades” in four capacities, including 16MB, 32MB, 64MB and 128MB capacities.
  • Caleb introduces the Ultra High Density floppy disk drive that stores up to 144MB on a single disk.
  • The first iPod is still a gleam in someone’s eye. It’s not introduced until 2001 and comes with 5GB of storage.

2004/2005: Yahoo! Mail upgrades in 2004 to 100MB of storage, followed by a jump to 1GB in 2005

  • Olympus upgrades to 1GB flash memory card.
  • HP announces 160GB storage upgrade for its Media Center PCs.
  • Corsair in 2005 announces a USB flash drive with 4GB of storage.
  • Apple announces the Fifth Generation iPod with 30GB capacity.

2007: Yahoo! Mail announces unlimited email storage

  • SanDisk launches 8GB flash card for photo storage.
  • Alienware introduces a desktop computer with 1 terabyte of storage.
  • Apple currently ships the newest 80GB iPod, launched in 2006 and holds up to 100 hours of video.

We’re psyched to be breaking new ground in the digital storage frontier by giving our users the freedom to never worry about deleting old messages again. And, like any responsible webmail service, we have anti-abuse limits in place to protect our users. BTW: As much as we’d like to just flip a switch and “unlimit” everyone on the same day, we’ll be rolling this out over a few months to facilitate a smooth transition — we know there’s virtually nothing more precious than your inbox.

We hope we’re setting a precedent for the future. Someday, can you imagine a hard drive that you can never fill? Never having to empty your photo card on your camera to get space back? Enough storage to fit the world’s music, and then some, on your iPod? Sounds like a future without limits.

Beats a slice of birthday cake, eh?

John Kremer
Vice President, Yahoo! Mail

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Another wordpress theme release by me today: AqueousWP 1.0

Its based on Aqueous template by Sixshootermedia.

Features:

  • Sidebar Widgets supported
  • Supports Gravatar2 Plugin.
  • 3 column Fluid Style

Wordpress Versions Supported: 2.0.x, 2.1, 2.2

Demo: http://themes.wordpress.net/testrun/?wptheme=2097

Download: http://themes.wordpress.net/download.php?theme=2097

AqueousWP theme

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Earlier I reported about MSN Live Search link command problem. Today MSDN confirmed that its not a bug but has been purposely turned off.

For those of you who use some of the advanced query syntax in our search engine such as link:, linkdomain: and inurl:, you may have noticed that this functionality has been recently turned off. We have been seeing broad use of these features by legitimate users but unfortunately also what appears to be mass automated usage for data mining. So for now, we have made the tough call to block all queries with these operators.

We are doing our best to get this back online as soon as possible in a manner that allows folks that use this functionality for real queries. We have a few good ideas up our sleeve on how to enable this, but want to make sure we are making the right changes that will give you the functionality you want and all of our customers the experience they deserve. Our apologies and thank you for being patient. Keep an eye on our blog for updates.

Though I respect the intention of Microsoft to block bad spammers from using the service for misuse but this was no way to block genuine users as well. Well I hope Microsoft soon find a middle way out which will appeal to genuine users like me too.

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The new mayor of Mexico City is offering criminals a free Xbox 360 for every handgun, and a free PC for higher caliber firearms such as assault rifles, that are handed into police in an amnesty, according to Reuters.

The move is being trialled in one of the more dangerous neighborhoods in the city and will be extended elsewhere if it proves a success. Already 17 handguns have been handed in, with the ex-criminals walking away with an Xbox 360 with which to conduct crime and mayhem in a less destructive virtual environment.

Info : http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/31379/98/

Hey I am booking the earliest flight to Moscow with my toy gun. Hope I qualify for the free Xbox!

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Yahoo! announced that it will increase the inbox storage space from current 1GB to unlimited storage space from this May 2007.

As Yahoo! Mail approaches its 10-year anniversary, I’m the lucky one who gets to announce that we will begin offering everyone unlimited email storage starting in May 2007. To mark the occasion, I checked in with David Nakayama, our group vice president of engineering, for some perspective on this milestone. In case that name doesn’t ring a bell, he’s the developer of RocketMail, one of the world’s first webmail products, which Yahoo! acquired and relaunched as Yahoo! Mail in 1997.

Source

Well for me no changes since I know I will never exceed even 1GB space. Well webmail war again hots up with this. Wonder if Windows Mail is planning anything after switching to 2GB. Well hotmail.com page still lands up on conditional USA only 250MB. :p Anyone?

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For the past 1 day I tried using link:www.exguides.org command on Live Search but it kept returning blank day. First I thought some problem in cache or cookies. I tried deleting cache and cookies but still returning blank page. Changed the browsers to IE(MSN’s favorite :D) and Opera but still same result. I thought why Live Search behaved like this with me till I reached http://searchengineland.com/070326-095339.php and found that its world wide offline. Even search for term link showed blank pages. Some people reported that linkdomain:example.com is working but it didn’t work for me either.

Currently you can go to Hotbot and enter your query(link:www.domain.com) and click MSN to get the number of backlinks. It is showing similar results as Live search used to show earlier.

Hoping that Microsoft tells why this happening soon and fixes the problem.

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GreedyTorrent is the survival kit for a leech, a freeware software program that can boost your bittorrent upload ratio.

Features and advantages?

  • Unlike many other utilities out there, GreedyTorrent is set-once-and-forget type software. You do not need to configure settings each time you queue a torrent file to download.
  • No complicated options to configure. The default installation of GreedyTorrent is configured to provide you 5 times actual upload, enough for the survival of a normal ADSL user. Also there is no need to manually find the hash values or to set tracker URLs, GreedyTorrent takes care of them automatically. GreedyTorrent was developed with a novice user in mind, with an easy to use interface.
  • Unlike many other utilities, GreedyTorrent generates no additional traffic. GreedyTorrent does not run or emulate an “extra torrent client”, and thus does not waste your precious bandwidth.
  • Only one set of client identification and upload ratio are reported to tracker. Clients that emulate an extra BitTorrent client server have sometimes the disadvantage that two sets of ratio and client identification are reported to tracker, one from the utility and another from your actual bittorrent client.
  • You dont need to stop using your BitTorrent client server while using GreedyTorrent. This has the advantage that you can download 24×7, while GreedyTorrent automatically maintains the specified upload ratio.
  • The upload values reported by GreedyTorrent are no different than what an actual high speed uploader would generate. For instance, some utilities can increase your upload ratio dramatically by reporting a very high upload, lets say in the order of gigabytes in just one instance. However, this discrete abnormal value is easily detectable by an administrator. It remains as a contradiction to yournormal upload, and is likely to result in an account ban. When it comes to GreedyTorrent, even if you are setting the upload as 50 times your actual upload, the ratios reported are consistent and continuous in nature — it can only be inferred by the administrator as a high speed upload.
  • GreedyTorrent does not generate any extra client identification, thus it cannot be banned by the tracker. You can use your favorite Bittorrent client server along with GreedyTorrent, the client identification generated by it will be preserved and reported without modification.

How Does it Work?

GreedyTorrent is implemented as a proxy for the BitTorrent tracker protocol. Once installed, it sits in the system tray and waits for the BitTorrent client server to make a request to the torrent tracker. Once the BitTorrent client server is connected and attempts to report the uploaded quantity, GreedyTorrent modifies the upload ratio to report the results according to your predetermined preferences.

GreedyTorrent advertises the ability to be in control of your upload ratio, which you can set to be increased as a multiple of either your download or upload speeds. For example, to maintain a 1:1 ratio for a poor uploader, a multiple of 1 times the actual download would be enough. This has the advantage that the torrent file you download always maintains 1:1 ratio, no matter how poor your actual upload speed is. Suppose you have a fair upload speed and you just want to double your upload ratio. You can select a multiple that is twice the upload.

http://www.greedytorrent.com/
With inputs from ZeroPaid

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I have launched a new general webdirectory : 7CD Directory

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Its a complete human edited directory and submissions are approved in less than 24 hours. We approve only quality links and strictly check for spam links. Directory submissions are completely free and reciprocal linking is allowed. You can also purchase featured links at 4$ for 1 year.

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Windows Vista can be run for at least a year without being activated, a serious end run around one of Microsoft’s key antipiracy measures, Windows expert Brian Livingston said Thursday.

Livingston, who publishes the Windows Secret newsletter, said that a single change to Vista’s registry lets users put off the operating system’s product activation requirement an additional eight times beyond the three disclosed last month. With more research, said Livingston, it may even be possible to find a way to postpone activation indefinitely.

“The [activation] demands that Vista puts on corporate buyers is much more than on XP,” said Livingston. “Vista developers have [apparently] programmed in back doors to get around time restrictions for Vista activation.”

Microsoft Calls it a Hack

Microsoft promptly labeled the registry change a “hack,” a loaded word that is usually synonymous with “illegal.”

“Recently it has been reported that an activation hack for Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system has been identified,” said David Lazar, the director of the company’s Genuine Windows program, in an e-mail. “Although these reports are purely speculative at the moment, we are actively monitoring attempts to steal Microsoft intellectual property.”

“This is not a hack,” Livingston shot back when Lazar’s e-mail was read to him. “This is a documented feature of the operating system.” To back up his view, Livingston pointed out links to online support documents where Microsoft spells out the pertinent registry key. Nor is it speculative; Livingston demonstrated the procedure live via a Web conference session Thursday and claimed “we have run this dozens of times.”

Postpone Activation

Livingston last month revealed that a one-line command lets users postpone Vista activation up to three times. Combined with Vista’s initial 30-day grace period, that meant users could run Vista for as long as 120 days before they had to activate the OS. At the time, Microsoft seemed unconcerned with the disclosure, and flatly stated that using it would not violate the Vista End User License Agreement (EULA).

“The feature that I’m revealing today shows that Microsoft has built into Vista a function that allows anyone to extend the operating system’s activation deadline not just three times, but many times,” Livingston said.

Microsoft documented the key on its support site in a description of what it calls “SkipRearm”. In it, Microsoft explains that “rearming a computer restores the Windows system to the original licensing state. All licensing and registry data related to activation is either removed or reset. Any grace period timers are reset as well.”

By changing the SkipRearm key’s value from the default “0″ to “1,” said Livingston, the earlier-revealed “slmgr -rearm” command can be used over and over.

In tests with several editions of Vista purchased at different times, Livingston found that copies of Vista Ultimate and Vista Home Premium obtained at the end of January would accept the SkipRearm change only eight times. Together with the three postponements made possible with slmgr -rearm and the opening 30-day grace period, that would give users nearly a year (360 days) of activation-free use. A copy of Vista Home Basic bought March 14, however, ignored the SkipRearm registry change.

“Microsoft has slipstreamed something into Home Basic and Home Premium,” Livingston said. “But from my reading of the support documents, Microsoft needs to keep this feature in its business editions, Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate. It seems that Microsoft is sympathetic to enterprises’ difficulty in rolling out Vista within the activation deadlines.”

Lazar did not answer several questions e-mailed to him Thursday, including one that asked why Microsoft had included the SkipRearm feature in the first place. However, he indicated that the feature could be blocked if Microsoft desired. “It is important to note that these hacks are, at best, temporary. Microsoft has systems in place to detect and block piracy.”

Activation Deadline Extensions

“This is somewhat of a threat to Microsoft,” Livingston said. “But the extent to what it can retroactively patch, I don’t know. Maybe they will want to change this. But that would only call more attention to activation, and perhaps reveal the mechanism Vista is using to count SkipRearm.”

Livingston has not been able to find where Vista stores the SkipRearm count; conceivably, that count is what restricts its use to a maximum of eight. If someone was to find the count location, however, and manage to change that as well as the SkipRearm registry key, users might be able to postpone activation forever, said Livingston.

“The problem I see with this is that unscrupulous system builders will use it [to install counterfeit copies of Vista], but that Vista will start demanding activation a year or more out, when the guy is long gone with your money,” said Livingston. “And then the activation key wouldn’t work, because he would have used it on hundreds or even thousands of systems and Microsoft would have blocked it.”

Background

Microsoft introduced product activation in 2001’s Office XP and also used it in that year’s Windows XP. Activation was toughened up for Vista, however; After the grace period, nonactivated PCs running Vista drop into what Microsoft calls “reduced functionality” mode. In reduced mode, users can only browse the Web with Internet Explorer, and then only for an hour before being forced to again log on.

Livingston’s work-around, however, may do away with activation altogether. “[Activation] has become so convoluted, the way Microsoft has implemented it, that it’s more of an irritation to legitimate users than a worthwhile antipiracy measure,” Livingston concluded.

Naturally, Microsoft’s Lazar sees it differently. “The new anti-piracy technologies in Windows Vista are designed to protect customers and prevent the software from working correctly when it is not genuine and properly licensed,” he said. “Systems utilizing these hacks will not provide the benefits of genuine Windows, nor will they work as expected.”

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Microsoft will imminently announce its first PC-bundling deal for Windows Live.

Sources wouldn’t identify the PC manufacturer, but Dell is unlikely to be the partner. In May 2006, Google cut a deal with Dell for bundling its software and services.

Gateway, HP and Lenovo are likeliest candidates for the bundling deal, with the latter two offering biggest benefit to Microsoft, because of their global reach.

The initial bundling would be for the Live homepage and Windows Live Toolbar, according to sources. Live search also is expected to be included in the deal. Other products or services could come in the future.

Sources couldn’t comment on financial terms, if there are any. Software and services vendors typically pay PC manufacturers a bounty for placement on the Windows desktop, or—in the case of Vista—the Windows Welcome Center. Google ponied up $1 billion for its bundling deal with Dell.

Even if the deal were with a smaller OEM, such as Gateway or Sony, Microsoft could claim some advantage in its competitive position with Google. The Dell deal made Google the default home page and bundled in Google search and software, including its search tool bar. Microsoft’s bundling deal also would benefit the fledgling Live portal. Hitherto, PC manufacturers choosing a Microsoft portal had MSN as the choice.

The deal would come as uncertainty arises about the future of Windows Live. Two top Live executives—Blake Irving and Chris Payne—are expected to leave by summer. The deal confirms that Microsoft is, at least in some fashion, still committed to Live as a brand. Directionally, the bundling arrangement shows where Live is going. Last week, in a quiet executive reshuffling, some prominent Windows executives took on new roles in Microsoft’s Online Services group, which is responsible for Live.

Sources tell Microsoft Watch that in the months before the November 2005 launch of Windows Live, the operating system division began absorbing what had been previously been MSN. Recent executive changes reflect the Windows organization’s increasing role and control over MSN/Live. The bundling deal also reflects the directional shift, as MSN/Live moves away from being a separate online service to serving as an adjunct to bolstering either Office or Windows.

The bundling deal could give Microsoft competitors new fuel to fire complaints with government regulators. In its default configuration, Vista’s new Windows Welcome Center, which consumers see immediately on bootup, serves up offers to six Microsoft products or services, such as Windows Live OneCare and Search. In summer 2001, Microsoft opened up the desktop, allowing PC manufacturers to place whatever icons they chose there, as a concession in the U.S. antitrust case. Competitors could argue that the Welcome Center placement, which is highly prominent, negates the desktop icon concessions Microsoft made before Windows XP shipped. Liive bundling with a major PC manufacturer, particularly with the reach of HP or Lenovo, could add legitimacy to competitor complaints.

Because of the three-hour East-West coast time difference, Microsoft could not be reached for comment.

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