Monday, July 24, 2006

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 refers to the current generation of the world wide web, evolved from its formation in the early 1990's (conceived and created by Tim Berners Lee) to what we see today.

The term "Web 2.0" was popularized by O'reilly associates.

Two key factors standout when we speak about Web 2.0,

User Participation: Increasing user participation and tapping the collective intelligence of the users to organize and share data/information.

Web Services and online apps: New and compelling web services and online applications to store, query, process and present data .

Some Web 2.0 Concepts and their examples:

1. Wikis - Wikipedia, PBWiki
2. Blogs -,
3. Social Networking -,
4. Tagging & Bookmarking -,,
5. Photo sharing -
6. Video Sharing -,,
7. Online Apps -, Google Spreadsheets, Yahoo Maps
8. Web APIs & MashUps- APIs from Google, Yahoo, Amazon etc.
9. Audio Content delivery - Podcasts
10 Peer-to-Peer - Kazaa, Bittorrent

And the list goes on...

Technologies for web 2.0

Though these technologies have been around for sometime they are now widely used for a rich user experience in Web 2.0

CSS - Cascading Style Sheets
XHTML - Extensible HTML
AJAX - Asynchronous Javascript and XML
RSS - Really Simple Syndication
SOAP - Simple Object Access Protocol, for web services

Blogs are back in India

The access to blogs and geocities have been restored in India.

It was understood that the intention of the the Govt was to block certain specific blogs, but the ISPs messed up and blocked the entire domain! Anyway, now things are restored and it is good to know that complete block of blogs was NOT the original intention.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Now you see it, Now you don't!

This blog is not available in India now!

In a strange move, Indian ISPs have blocked access to entire Blogspot, Typepad and Geocities.

They haven't given any explanation so far regarding this move.

This is the second time in my knowledge India has imposed internet censorship. A few years back Yahoo Groups was blocked, and access was restored a few days later. Hope the current ban would be removed too.

Wonder what is going to be blocked next - Yahoo and Google???

Friday, July 14, 2006

Nice Cartoon On The Internet


Cartoon by Peter Steiner. The New Yorker, July 5, 1993 issue (Vol.69 (LXIX) no. 20) page 61