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Archive for January, 2007

How google is touching lives.

Posted by silverstag on January 24, 2007

Check this post on how google has made interaction with the web easy. The author mentions various google services that brought changes about the way we interact online. I would like to add to what he writes, and mention the philanthropic venture of Google – Google.org. Google.org includes both non-profit and for-profit initiatives by Google.  I use almost all of the Google services in my day to day life save the ones for the enterprise like “Apps for Your Domain”. It’s hard to believe how much i depend on google and it freaks me out that google can at any point of tell more about what i did online than i remember. But then, the convenience of digging out an old article i liked or finding something that i stumbled upon sometime back, makes me a happy slave. 

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Biometric ATM’s

Posted by silverstag on January 22, 2007

Check out this post about biometric ATM’s coming to india. I’m glad that biometrics is being put good use and all but, i had a bit of trepidation as i was reading the post. More on that later.

All the banks i interact with take me through a two factor authentication for all my online transactions. It’s a really cool thing, this “something you know and something you have” thing for authentication. And we are getting biometric ATM’s this means that soon all our dealings with banks will go through some form of biometric authentication and that is just great(atleast for people like me whose signatures can be easily forged). I’ll be a happy soul when biometric banking kicks-in in full scale in india.

Now, to the sinister part of the post. I stay in Bangalore and crime over here is not something that could be taken light-heartedly. I’ve heard of incidents where criminals have got cash withdrawn by the victims at knifepoint. So, with biometric ATM’s criminals won’t need the victims anymore, they just need their cards and fingers(or worse, their hands). I hope it doesn’t come to that end. And yes, that reminds me of this dialogue from a famous hindi movie Sholay, ye haath mujhe dede thakur. Only, it’s not an entertaining thought.

I sincerely wish that no one will ever find themselves in such a situation.

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Hello world!

Posted by silverstag on January 13, 2007

Hello Folks!

 This is my first post on WordPress. This will be a short introduction of me.  I’m 23 years old. I work for software consulting firm. I love reading and have a fascination for *nix (that’s Linux/Unix, if you didn’t know that already) . I have other interests too.

See you around.

Happy Surfing.

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