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Yuuguu: Free Desktop sharing application

 I often get asked from friends to help them troubleshoot their PC problems. It’s not a problem if they’re sitting in front, but more often than not they’re communicating from somewhere far and that’s when you wish there’s an application out there like Yuuguu!

Well here it is! Yuuguu is a free service allowing it’s users to share each others’ desktops. It means you can view/use your friend’s PC as if you were sitting right next to them. Imagine the uses:

1. Work remotely:
You’re at home and need to login to your Office PC. With Yuuguu you can remotely logon to your PC, and interact with colleagues as though they’re next to you.

2. Web Conferencing
I’d recommend using Yuuguu with skype. It’s a great combination to give anyone a presentation remotely and also speak to them live.

3. Troubleshoot PCs
IT Admins of small businesses can trouble shoot PCs in their offices which may be in their premises or somewhere else. All you need is an internet connection.

Any more uses of Yuuguu you can think of ?

Signing up is as simple as signing up for Yahoo Messenger or Gtalk. A user can control what level of permission and share your desktops with as many users as you want!

How Netvibes.com will save you several hours each week

Has the Internet changed how you read the news? It certainly has changed for me, and saving me lots of time. I remember the pre-internet days when I had to wait for dinner time to watch the news, or wait for next morning, to read the headlines.  The internet of course changed all that. These days all the small and big news & content providers have an online presence that provide the news that is up to date. From CNN and BBC to The Hindu and Times of India.

So how can Netvibes.com save you several hours a week? Well, instead of sitting infront of the Idiot box during dinner time waiting for the news to show up, or spending hours visiting all the websites to track the news. You can use Netvibes.com to brings the latest news from the sources you select, neatly arranged in a nice package, waiting to be read.

Below are some steps I’ll show you on how to setup your page at Netvibes, and add your favorite news source to track, with some cool tips & tricks to manage them.

1. Visit Netvibes.com and setup your account

Setting up your account is as easy as clicking on the ‘Register Now’ link and then entering your email and password.

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2. Add your news sources to your netvibes page

Now comes the main part! At this point you have to select the content that you want to display on your netvibes page. To start with you will find lots of useful widgets already present on your page, but other that this you’ll also have the option to add custom news feeds to your page.

For example if you would like NDTV headlines to appear on your Netvibes page, visit www.ndtv.com and lookout for the RSS link. You can find it on top of the page:

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Click on that will give you the option to select the news feed you would like to insert on your Netvibes page:

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Since I’m interested in ’National News’ I copied that link, and added it to my netvibes page by clicking ‘add a feed’ and pasting the NDTV feed URL:

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Once you’re done click on the finish button. You’ll now have NDTV coming to you instead of you going to NDTV :-) Neat!

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3. Create Tabs

Soon you’ll find that you’ve got lots of news & blogs that you’d like to track. Netvibes’ Tab feature allows you to organize your feeds Tab-wise. Here’s how I’ve done mine:

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4. Add Widgets

You would have realised by now that besides displaying news, you can add some pretty cool widgets ranging from Email to Calendars, tasks & Notes.

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5. Access from Mobile 

Ok, last but not the least, you can access your netvibes page from your Mobile phone! This is a really time saving feature. I no longer have to be on my PC to read the news, I can read them when I’m on the go from my Blackberry. So if you own a GPRS enabled mobile phone, then visit http://m.netvibes.com and login to your account, to read the news you want!

MapMyIndia.com: The Google Maps of India

I was really surprised to see this site! Inshort, it’s like the Google Maps for India. MapMyIndia allows the user to search any place on the map of India by entering the location details. eg:

“S block, Greater Kailash II, New Delhi”

It’s not there yet, ’cause when I tried entering the Vakil Housing office address, it just recognised the ‘bangalore’ in it. But nonetheless it’s a great start, with some cool Ajax features like dragging the map & zooming! Some of the other features available:

* When browsing a city or town it shows the popular places to visit.
* Registered users can create & save their locations. (e-locations)
* Right click to see driving directions from

Below is the location of our office which I’ve marked with a blue indicator (e-location):

5 Podcasts that I try not to miss

Considering that it was iPod’s 5th b’day earlier this week, I thought this would be a good time to review a few podcasts that I keep download and listen to farily regularly.

The first podcast on my list, goes with the really wicked title…The Naked Scientists. The Naked Scientists Podcast is described as, ” a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials.” Other than being educational & highly-informative, these podcasts are most of all so very entertaining. Dr. Chris Smith is without doubt one of the wittiest and most talented presenters that BBC Radio has. I’ve listened to quite a few of their shows and I’m yet to see been caught off-guard by any question thrown at him. And he this knack of simplifying and explaining the most complicated scientific theories/phenomenans. This podcast is a must for anyone who has even a passing interest in National Geographic or Discovery TV channels.

Robin Sharma’s Podcast. I was tempted to visit Robin Sharma’s website after completing two of his books, Mega-Living and The Greatness Guide. Listening to his podcast is like slugging down a 6 pack of Red Bull all at once. It’ll keep you motivated and going for weeks. Best part of his podcasts are the 3 or 5 action bullet points he gives at the end that makes his advice not just mere words but actually implementable. It’s a pity Robin doesn’t make these that regularly anymore, anyway there plenty in his archive that would keep you energised for a while. Two of my favourite podcasts f
rom his archive are, Life is short-Get up Early and 8 Things successful People Do.

Big ideas, are lectures/points of view on a variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture, economics, ar,t history, science by leading authors and thinkers. As a review from the iTunes mentioned “Some episodes are fascinating, somre are duds”. Nonetheless, this is a lovely podcast to keep track of and listen to on long road trips. Occassionally one comes across real gems of episodes. My two favourite episodes have been two book reviews by Robert Adams, the first was a review on The Kite Runner and the second on the book Family Matters. (Edit: Currently the links to these two episodes are not available, will update this post as soon as they are).

The Changing World is a weekly series of documentaries produced by BBC and PRI on a range of topics from ‘The working daily life of a housemaid in India‘ to ‘Inside the world of Google‘. Very current and presented in a highly professional manner, listening to these podcasts always leaves me fascinated on the insight of the topic provided and more so on the research done upon.

A Christian and an Atheist: Finally, my week is not complete if I haven’t got my dose of philosiphical delibration from Norton and Emery on A Christian and an Atheist. The podcast aptly describes itself as ‘the show where two friends disucss God, Faith and Morality’. The cover a number of highly-debatable topics such as ‘Objective moral standards without God’ and ‘An Atheists meaning of Life’. I find many of their podcasts quite mentally stimulating and throughout their dicussion I catch myself extremely involved as I either end up taking sides with the Christian or the Atheist or mentally fight out the point of view put across. A captivating podcast for all who’ve asked themselves, Does God not Exist?

Go Riya!

Here’s a Web Service that I’ve been meaning to write for a long time. Riya.com is a free photo sharing website with a difference. Once you upload your photos, using it’s face recognition technology it can match the faces of the same person across all photos!

So once you’ve got a whole bunch of photos uploaded on Riya, you can automatically browse through them by the people present the in photos! Try Riya today!

Interesting Fact: Riya is founded by an Indian, Munjal Shah. Check out his Blog here: http://munjal.typepad.com

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