Google+ : The new Social Network

Well… it seems that right now Google+ is the hottest web address on the planet! Those who have it can’t stop using, those who haven’t are eagerly waiting for an invitation. Yeah … you read it right! You need an invitation to use it, just like the early days of Gmail.

Google asked a few number of people to use the Google+, the new social network from Google. On June 29, Google enabled an invitation option for them so that they can invite other people to join the Google+ network. But the invitation process went like a hell. It became so frenzy that Google disabled the option just after a few hours of enabling it. Vic Gundotra, a senior vice president at Google mentioned the invitation as – “Insane demand”. So he said that, “We need to do this carefully, and in a controlled way”.

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Google Translate now supports Bangla: Be a Contributor!

Yes, you read it right! Google Translate is supporting Bangla. Although it is in alpha phase, it is certainly a great initiative by Google. Being the sweetest and sixth most spoken language in all over the world, Bangla should have drawn the attention of Google Translate team much earlier. Well … better late than never … at least they’ve started it now!

I don’t know exactly when did they started the project, but Google Translate team announced it on June 21 and I’ve found it just a couple of hours ago! Then I gave it a try. It did not go for a smooth ride (it is in alpha state remember?), but I am glad that at least it works! Below is the screen shot from the Google Translate. As I said before, the translation is not perfect that much. So most of the translated portion is not accurate.
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World IPv6 Day

Today – 8 June, 2011 is the World IPv6 Day! Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.
IPv6 Day

Any website owners and network operators can join this movement. More information on World IPv6 Day can be found here.

Bangla Unicode Fonts in Google Chrome

First of all check that whether you can read Bangla Fonts with your Google Chrome. Just try to read the following boxed sentenced.

সুখ নাইরে পাগল… কী আছে দুনিয়ায়!

If you can’t read then you surely need to carry out the following instruction guide. By the way this guide is for “Windows XP Service Pack 2”. So make sure you are using that. I’ve not tried whether it works in SP1 or Vista. But as the release dates of Windows XP and Windows 2003 is almost same, it should work in Windows 2003 server. And for Vista it should work automatically.

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Fun with Google!

So you want to make fun with Google? Here goes the step-by-step guide for the fun:

  • Go to Google home page.
  • Click “Images” on the upper left corner.
  • Fill in the search box with any words (Car, Flower etc).
  • You will get a page with alot of images thumbnailed.
  • Now delete the URL of that page from the addressbar of your browser.
  • Copy the following script and paste it in your addressbar and hit the ENTER key of your keyboard.
javascript:R= 0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI= document.images ; DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i<DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position='absolute'; DIS.left=Math. sin(R*x1+ i*x2+x3)* x4+x5; cos(R*y1+ i*y2+y3)* y4+y5}R++ }setInterval('A()',5); void(0)

Want to play more?? Well… in that case try the following codes in your address bar one by one.

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Google Chrome

Today I got the link of Google Chrome in the Google Search Engine page. It looks like Google is entering to the world of web browser. Curiously I installed it. But well I don’t see any thing specially useful for the user in Chrome. It is working with same principal as the Fireforx. The only difference is it has a startup page where most recently viewed web sites are displayed in thumbnail (actually quite larger than thumbnail) view. And ofcourse it has a very simple look like the other Google services. It can’t handle the Bangla Fonts smoothly unlike Firefox. But yet Google said that it is just the beginning and it has a long path to go to be a perfect web browser. As it is Beta so the time has not come yet to discuss about it. Let’s see what will be the Chrome looks like in future!

You can view the official news about Google Chrome from the Official Google Blog.

Save the Google Page Creator

It is really a shocking news that Google is going to collapse it’s Google Page Creator (GPC). Instead of GPC they are introducing Google Sites (GS). I’ve noticed it recently. I couldn’t resist my surprise at this news. GPC is a simple way to create web pages without knowing HTML. GPC’s rich text editor is now included in many other Google services, but Google decided to focus on the more powerful GS. Google doesn’t allow new users to sign up for GPC. While current users are still able to use the services of GPC, new users are being directed to its sister site, Google Sites. Google is expected to move all Page Creator content to Google Pages later in the year.

Google Sites is almost similar to GPC. I said ‘almost’ because it doesn’t allow users to upload any HTML file. Which means users have to pick the websites’ look from GS’s default template; users don’t have any privilege to set their own HTML pages. It is a bad news for me, because all of my GPC sites are using their own HTML files not GPC’s default one. Though Google said that they will shift all the files, images and web pages stored in GPC  to Google Sites later this year, this may be a concern for some as it will lead to broken links because GS and GPC follows a different URL structure. More over as GS doesn’t support any uploaded HTML pages, the transition may permanently delete all of those unsupported files. To me, GPC is far far better than GS.

I actually have no idea why Google is closing their one of the most popular web services. Google Sites is nothing more than a wiki. Do the people need a website or a wiki for their personal or business homepage? Google is saying that GS is more powerful than GPC as GS uses the contents management. Well… this is the only thing the GPC is lacking of. Wouldn’t it be better if the feature is added in GPC? Wiki is obviously an important feature in today’s internet, but people will not like it as their home page. So, what if both GPC and GS are staying side by side? I don’t any necessity of closing either one for surviving the other.

Users of GPC is already depressed hearing this news. They still believe that GPC will not be closed at all some how. They have also taken an initiative to save the GPC by a petition. The same debate is going on Google Page Creator Discussion Group. I recommend every GPC user to sign the petition. And above all I still believe that the world really still needs Google Page Creator. So a request to Google, “Can’t you please save the Google Page Creator from it’s termination!

Introducing MAQtanim: My new personal site

Previously I had two websites; one is personal and another one is official. As I am a faculty of AUST, I used the second one to interact with my students. Those two sites were created with the built in templates and features of Google Pages. Those sites surely have some limitations, as Google Pages doesn’t allow to edit their templates. So those two never got a chance to have professional looks. Rather they looks like some novices’ creation. I was very much inclined to update them so that they looks professional and cool.

I’ve just developed my personal site. And hosted them with a nick of MAQTANIM. Well…  who know me in web world they already knew that MAQTANIM is my only favorite nick. Many were surprised why did not I published my earlier websites with the nick MAQTANIM. I used to tell them that those sites were in experimental mode; when I would get time I would publish my own personal site with that famous nick. And I did it! I’ve published my personal site which has a professional outfit and my famous nick! Click here to visit my newly published personal site. This link used the URL redirection. Originally [without URL redirection] it is hosted in my Google Pages account. You can visit the site directly there. And don’t forget to comment in my guest book.

My personal site
My personal site

And I also developed another site which will work as a portal between all my sites in web. Because I find it really fascinating to have a gateway for all of my creation. So anyone through only one site can reach me. So here is my new web portal MAQweb. You’ll find all of my sites name (including the oldies) in the right navigation panel. I couldn’t deducted the oldies as they inspired me to express myself in the world wide web. You’ll find them also in the navigation panel. Just remember one site and get in touch of all of my sites!

My web portal
My web portal