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Awoken by a song and much more…

Posted by lapstre on March 17, 2006

I was almost on my way to bed when a beautiful song came on and lightened the air…

I sat swaying to the song and i felt no longer like sleeping. I decided not to waste a beautiful night like this and sat down to do something when i noticed some notifications for comments on the BLoG. So what did i do? Replied to the comment and started another blogpost!

The past week as i sat and wondered why i had written the previous post about orkut i realized i had done that thing more out of compulsion than out of will. I had smelt a controversial article on orkut’s money making strategies, So i sat and pondered for a long time but couldn’t figure out any! Then i did what every other person would do, Google it! But then at the end of reading numerous articles and blogs i came to the conclusion that orkut wasn’t built with making money in mind. So guess i did a pretty bad write up, but then i know you’ll forgive me for that.

One blogpost, rather comment that that enforced this thought in my mind was this post by Scobleizer and the comment on that post left by a Mr. Anonymous who made a good argument against Scobleizer’s rants about Google’s products which have no money making plans. I’d recommend you read the person’s comment on the post (the first comment on the post). Where he makes a effective case about how companies should try and put people first rather than money…

Talking about Google, Don’t forget the Google Code Jam coming up on the 21st! Registrations close 20th march, so you better hurry! Also there are issues with the UI, I’ve had problem with the GLX drivers, hopefully i’ll be able to fix that within the competition. Also try the sample problems, just to have some practice with the compiler (Learn from others experiences, Mine! The GNU Compiler plays differently than the Turbo Compiler and you are going to have a hard time on the competition day if you are stuck not knowing what to do!). Wishing you the Best for the Competition…

Also one more exciting event is on the horizon, Barcamp Chennai is around the corner (NO! One does NOT sit there and drink all night!). It’s a place where technology enthusiasts get together and discuss the latest advances in the web and next-gen technologies. Everybody in the barcamp has to present on something on technologies of their interest. Barcamps like this are popular around the world. Kiruba’s Blog has some photos from barcamps around the world. Check out the cool pics of barcamps from around the world here and here

Don’t know if i will be taking part in the barcamp though! I’ve haven’t quite figured out what topic to handle. Speaking of Kiruba’s BLoG check out the pics of the Google interiors on his blog. Coincidentially Orkut is in one of the pictures. Check them out here. Also check out the original flickr photos link here (This one for Rahul who was talking about workculture at Google and policies)…

Hey i forgot to add the link to Orkut Büyükkökten‘s personal home page in the previous post. I did add it a bit later though! If you missed it check it out here.

NJoY the Week Ahead !


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Orkutten !

Posted by lapstre on March 15, 2006

Hello there,
Its been a long long week and its time for another one of my crapy articles to come and bug u by…

I was wondering about what to bug u by this week and have been putting off writin a blog post, but then i have come to a point in life where life is as boring as it can get. Same old boring routinues are driving me crazy. The projects end dates are just around the corner and i have finally started an attempt at making the deadlines. Reminding myself of my commitment to bug you. I connected to my blog host to start writing a post, thinking that the sight of my blog host’s text editor would bring all the inspiration needed to start and finish a new blog post in marathon time. There are actually a lotta thoughts going through my head right now, most of which you wouldn’t understand unless u we’re the person i am… Neways i connected to my blog host to get a server under maintenence message. I was left cursing(Oh why me? I just shifted blogs, Can’t bear another shift). Dunt know if its just a routinue maintenece downtime or if their server’s gone bonkers. well they added the support for new stuff like html editing in the side bars and small widgets and all that stuff, maybe the load was too much. But they still didnt add support for java, nor have they added more formatting features but then for now, i will be happy with this.

Speaking of server overloads and server crashes, the first thing that comes into my mind is the ever frustrating orkut’s “No donut for you” message. Though the mesage was put in some light humor by Orkut Büyükkökten the Man behind Orkut, It is definitely amongst the most annoying messages in the history of the internet (Oh yes! It’s more annoying than annoying can get, Regular orkutters know of the pain, Others u are just darn lucky!). Anyways i was wondering why the orkut servers are so darn slow, And keep up throwing pitiable excuses when orkut is a part of one of the biggest companies on the net (In case you dint know Orkut is now formally a part of google), The reason i found out to be, was the large scale flooding wars and scrapbook wars amongst the people on orkut. Also orkut has been the center of controversy in recent days bcos of the large number of hate groups on the communities. The no of hate groups and the frequent exchanges between each of these communities is a definite cause for concern. I’d noticed atleast 6 to 8 hate groups against India and i went thro some, only to saddenned by the amount of hate people have for each other…

Don’t be discouraged by what i’ve just said, After all people will be people and people will have likes and dislikes. Its as natural as the every other part of human nature. I dont personally understand hate though, though i’ve come to understand dislikes i’ve never been able to comprehend how someone can hate another (Dislike?Hate? whats the difference? you may ask, but when u think about it you realise theres a helluva difference). And so, let not all of this discourage you to join orkut, Because orkuts interface is sumthing more different than anything u might have seen(Atleast anything i have seen) I’ve used Hi5 for more than 1 and a half year and yahoos 360 for more than 6 moths but it was of no use, we were better off communicating via email, Though i did make some new friends, no denying that. But orkut is a whole new experience u just gotta try it to know it.

Also on orkut are the orkut Media sections, The Gallery section in the Media is real cool and you get to check out some brilliant photographs by various people from various walks of life, Most of them are amateur photographers who submitted their photo collections to orkut. Ah and i almost forgot the innumerous communities and the celebrities on orkut. The communities are a happening place where you can meet people with similar interests and discuss things. Communities range from ones abuot programming to ones about day dreaming. As for celebrities, there are many. I can vouch for the google employees on orkut, they’re all originals, believe it or not! Sergey brin and Larry page have a personal orkut profile. Their authenticity is vouched for by the Medals before their names. As for other celebrities on orkut, they might just be the actual ones, but you never know, it might just be another crazy fan! I searched orkut for some popular celebrities and came across multiple results. There we’re atleast 47 Bill Gates on last count, 40 Neo Andersons, 21 Keanu Reeves(quick stats: one keanu reeves had 1084 fans),21 mel gibsons, 169 Maddonas and 1 LApstrE(Must do sumthin abt the last figure)…

Hey why am i telling u all this? (I’ve just gone plain crazy thats all) You probably already are on orkut! What you aren’t on it yet? What the heck are you doing not on the most happening place on earth???

PS: (I forgot to add something)

I actually found most of this info wanting to write an article on Orkuts money making strategy… But the strategy finally i figured there was none. As of now it is a not for profit project created by orkuts employee Orkut Büyükkökten. He’d earlier worked on similar projects for Stanford of which he was also a student of… (Sigh!)

There are many theories doing the rounds on the web about Orkuts money making strategy, The most popular one being that it is a part of a strategy to link actual people and communities to target better ads at people. Sort of a data mine for targetted advertising. If you think about that angle it makes lotta sense and it could be a really huge gold mine, But then deep down i am of the opinion orkut was not about making money, orkut was just a dream of an ordianry man (Ordinary??? You cant call a google employee ordinary!) who just wanted to make a better platform for his friends to get together and have fun…

Check out orkut Orkut Büyükkökten’s personal webpage at

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