Microsoft Outlook or Gmail – Which is better?


outlook or gmailMicrosoft recently revamped it’s popular email service Hotmail to Outlook and all email accounts on Hotmail are being upgraded to Outlook. While Hotmail addresses can still be used on Outlook.com domain new email address can also be created on Outlook.com domain.

Microsoft is spending a whooping US $30 million to promote Outlook.com against Gmail. So is it really worth it? Read on..

I shifted one of my Google Apps domain to Outlook to start with. The shifting was quick. Just had to remove the Google Apps settings and added the MS and email was all set up. Took me about 5 minutes to make the switch. Continue reading

Car dealers monopoly in Himachal Pradesh


himachal carsDecision of Himachal Pradesh Government to impose 5% entry tax on vehicles purchased from outside the state is pinching the pockets hard. This decision has resulted in dealers getting a complete monopoly and buyers are now left completely at the mercy of the dealers.

Earlier there was an option to buy cars from Chandigarh, Punjab or Haryana as the dealers there used to offer handsome discount and freebies when buying a car. This used to pressure the dealers in Himachal also to offer schemes. Once the said decision was implemented, the dealers in Himachal have got a virtual monopoly and have stopped all schemes, discounts etc and are minting money at the cost of the buyer.

The government was not loosing any money as all central taxes like VAT etc. were already being charged by the dealers outside the state. As these vehicles used to get registered in Himachal and govt was getting it’s due in form of road tax etc. Continue reading

Himachal Live now in top three Google search results


himachal liveA quick post after a very long time. Not that I have been away from the blogging world but Himachal Live blog has been taking much of my time. Keeping a track of daily news is a daunting task and to add that I not being a trained journalist makes my work equally responsible as I have to really work hard on the stories.

Here is something which I wanted to share about Himachal Live blog. The most common keyword to reach this blog has been ‘Himachal News’ on Google. I am happy to share that on Google India site (www.google.co.in) Himachal Live blog now appears on number three in the search results. Just check the screenshot below.

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Sexual perverts being custodians of law.. !!


The year 2009 saw the high and mighty biting the dust. While it was a top cop of Haryana with a Talibani mindset who finally caught up with the law after a brave and lone battle of the Girhotra family, towards the end of the year it was ND Tiwari who grabbed the headlines with orgies being organised in the Rajbhavan.

Governor of the state is known as the first citizen of the state. ND Tiwari by his actions reduced the office of His Excellency to His Sexellency. His antics were aired on television and the entire country watched the Sexellency in disbelief!! Reports which have come out is even more shocking. His OSD Arvind Sharma would fix girls through pimps and brokers who would then be sneaked into the Rajbhavan as temporary employees. One such girl named Radhika with two other girls approached the media with proof including video footage which showed the country of happenings behind the four walls of Raj Bhawan.

Facebook virus alert – Clickjacking


fb1 Facebook is cleaning up after a clickjacking attack that infiltrated the social networking site this week — and security experts say this won’t be the last such attack.

Clickjacking, in which an attacker slips a malicious link or malware onto a legitimate Web page that appears to contain normal content, is an emerging threat experts have been warning about. The attack on Facebook was in the form of a comment on a user’s account with a photo that lured the victim to click on it. The embedded link took the victim to a Web page that presented like a CAPTCHA or Turing test, and asked the user to click on a blue "Share" button on the Facebook page.

Once clicked, the victim is redirected to a YouTube video, and then the same post shows up on the victim’s account and thus tries to infect his or her friends. Security experts say the attack appeared to be more of a prank or trial balloon, and it affects only Firefox and Chrome browsers, according to security expert Krzysztof Kotowicz, who blogged about the attack this week.

Facebook has now blocked the URL to the malicious site, [fb.59.to] "This problem isn’t specific to Facebook, but we’re always working to improve our systems and are building additional protections against this type of behavior. We’ve blocked the URL associated with this site, and we’re cleaning up the relatively few cases where it was posted — something email providers, for example, can’t do," a Facebook spokesperson says.

Read more on DarkReading.com

Hootsuite for managing Twitter and Facebook


hs Facebook and Twitter take maximum of our social media time. Many of us have multiple accounts and keeping a tab on all the messages and tweets can become really cumbersome. There are many applications like Tweet Deck where you can add your Facebook and Twitter accounts and post from a single window. The biggest drawback of Tweet Deck I found is the overall interface of the application which I found not pleasing to the eyes. Plus this application needs to be installed on your desktop. Switching between the applications can be tiresome when surfing or working on the Internet.

Hootsuite is one such service which lets you add your (multiple) Facebook and Twitter accounts. Above all nothing needs to be downloaded as it works in the browser. Simply register and log on to the Hootsuite site, add your accounts and you are done!  Switching between tabs in the browser is quite painless while on the Internet. Here is a screenshot of my Hootsuite page.