Update: Email docs, RSS feeds of public docs & more

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Hi,

With today’s update, you can email the documents that you have created to multiple email IDs from within Zoho Writer itself. And there are options too to send them as HTML (here again there are the inline and as attachment options), doc or PDF (sxw, OpenOffice’s doc format got dropped the last minute due to a minor issue & Ranjith says it’ll be avl in the next update).

Separate RSS feeds are now available, one for all the public docs & the other for public docs of a particular user.

In bug fixes:

Issue with Spell Checker (the tool couldn’t check some docs before) has been fixed. When a doc is shared with a user who hasn’t got an account with Zoho Writer, it’ll always be Read Only (even when its given Write permission). This too has been fixed.

Happy collaboration online.

And do visit the Zoho Writer forum – http://forums.zohowriter.com/

Cheers!!

Z

Google’s buying of fiber optic cable

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Om Malik reported in Business 2.0 around 2 months back that Google is on a buying spree of fiber optic cable & he speculated it was for Google to build a national broadband network (he dubbed it the GoogleNet) which would provide free WiFi to USA & then to the world.

Now Robert X Cringley has a different viewpoint saying that Google will use the fiber optic cable itself (for connecting its growing network of datacenters to make a “giant processing and storage grid”).

The same follows for the rumor that Google, as a dark fiber buyer, will turn itself into some kind of super ISP. Won’t happen. And WHY it won’t happen is because ISPs are lousy businesses and building one as anything more than an experiment (as they are doing in San Francisco with wireless) would only hurt Google’s earnings.

So why buy-up all that fiber, then?

The probable answer lies in one of Google’s underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn’t just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the most storage, memory and power support into a 20- or 40-foot box. We’re talking about 5000 Opteron processors and 3.5 petabytes of disk storage that can be dropped-off overnight by a tractor-trailer rig. The idea is to plant one of these puppies anywhere Google owns access to fiber, basically turning the entire Internet into a giant processing and storage grid.

Which do you think is the case? Or, is it for both? Any other ideas of what Google would do with all that fiber?

-Arvind

Folding a paper 8 times

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You can’t fold a sheet of paper in half more than eight times, no matter how large the sheet of paper may be

Heard this before? I heard it sometime when in school, promptly went back home, tried it with a newspaper sheet, found it can’t be done & accepted it as fact till I came across this article today.

Hmm, as the article ends, “It pays to question received wisdom, at least as far as paperfolding is concerned.”

And you know what? They are monetizing this concept proved by Britney Gallivan (who folded it 12 times) in 2001/2002. (Boing Boing had a post on this)

A related note : There’s this question posed in the book “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell – Take any size of paper & fold it 50 times over & over. How tall do you think the folded paper stack will be? And the answer : approximately equal to the Earth-Sun distance. (another piece of received wisdom, huh? Think over it. Its very much like the grain of rice & the chess board puzzle)

-Arvind

Two oft forgotten things

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If you are like me, chances are you will forget these two things often – 1)passwords for the various online services you had signed up and 2)saving a file that you are working on. And these two things have now been taken care of in Zoho Writer. The latest update has the “Forgot your password?” link in the login page now which mails the forgotten password to your email account.

And, saving files – well, Zoho Writer has taken care of it nicely too. Your working file gets saved every 45 seconds, regardless of you saving it often while working on it (a best practice which you & I tend to forget). And here comes the beauty – even when you forget to save the file and close it, while logging back in, you will be shown the last two versions – the not saved version & the last saved version and you can choose to work on the version you like. Now, aint that lovely?

Look out for more.

Cheers!!

Z

The New Search

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Stepping into the Web 2.0 world, I now find myself using sites like Memeorandum much more often than the conventional ‘GYM’ (thanks to Om Malik for making this abbreviation so popular) search engines. This is so because knowing the latest tech beat and what the web is speaking of ‘now’ becomes mandatory for folks like us who live our life in the Web 2.0 world.

Take for example the Sony BMG’s DRM-rootkit-uninstaller affair. It has literally exploded and the net is abuzz with the news now. Sites like Memeorandum, Technorati, GYM’s news/blog search services score over the traditional search here by giving the current pulse of the web. Not to forget the feed readers which help in their own way. Live search is the new search mantra & it looks so exciting.

-Arvind

Lighten up your day

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It now takes me just 3 minutes to lighten up everyday. And I do it by getting rocketboomed with Amanda Congdon. Check out rocketboom, the vlog (or video blog or vog, as you may prefer). For samples, try this interesting rendition.

Cheers to Andrew Baron, the man behind Rocketboom & the rocketboom team. Believe they will keep innovating & the novelty doesn’t wear off.

-Arvind