Thursday, June 11, 2009

Get real time updates of Twitter and Flickr visually on Earth Map

See who is adding which photo on flickr on the map as they add it in real time.

See the updates from twitter on the map as they are posted on the site.

Make USB disks/drives write protected (or read-only) using USB WriteProtector

Do you always fear that your USB drive, which contains your important data, may get affected instantly when plugged into a foreign computer in a cyber café, computer lab in your college or even at your friend's place? Then USB WriteProtector by Gaijin is for you.

This program can be downloaded from
Moreover this program is FREE and Portable, i.e. it does not requires installation.
Extract the files from the archive and run USBWriteProtect.exe.
The default interface language is not English, so choose English from the list of available labguages and you are ready to go.

This nice little app turns On/Off the write protection flag in the file syetem of your USB drive. So if you turn write protection on, then no changes can be done to the contents of USB drive, not even viruses can infect your drive.

When ever you turn write protection on or off, you just have to remove/eject the drive and attach it again.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Microsoft Bing - A quick review

Microsoft launched it's brand new search (oops I mean, decision) engine two days before the scheduled date. Here's a quick review (and of course, comparison) of Bing with two major search engines Google and Yahoo!.

Did you mean...
One of the most important feature that is missing from Bing is spelling suggestions. Its a must for any search engine.

Web and Images
Bing provides good search results for web and images. Plus the categorization for images is also very good, especially the option for searching images with "Face only" and "Face and Shoulders". This can be used to find images with people only very easily.

Local Search
Google has vast amount of data for local listing (I guess from Google Maps), that's why Google shows local listings with web site and phone numbers for almost every search. In comparison Bing does not have that much of data so we miss out local listings.

Currency Conversion
Google's currency conversion feature is very handy.
Bing and Yahoo! don't provide currency conversion.

Courier Search
If a package number such as 1Z9999W99999999999 is entered, then both Bing and Google show a link to track that package. But Yahoo doesn't.

Another handy feature is that entering 'Time' shows current local time in Google. Bing and Yahoo! both miss it out.

Enabling All Features
You may not be able to access all the features of Bing (like Shopping, CashBack etc.) in your country. To access and try all the features, click on the country name on the top horizontal navigation bar and choose United States - English.