Archive for July, 2007

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Plagiarism – Black Listing of Sites is a Must

Posted on July 30th, 2007 in News | 1 Comment »

In the present days you may have heard of black listed organizations or institutions and now it is time that the web should follow the same real life principles. Spams can be resolved by various techniques but is there any way to stop plagiarism? I definitely feel that the policy of black listing of sites must be bought into effect. I would like to elaborate the reason why this is required in two examples, one of a hugely popular community and one of my very own.

Example of Mashable

Mashable is huge in its popularity for providing the readers with all the different kinds of news on websites, technologies, social networks and links to various resources. It comes in use to many people worldwide and thats why I suppose it’s attracted a massive community.

On the flip side, if you carefully notice the comments section of Mashable you would be amazed by the antics of one blog which calls itself as the “Technology News Daily“. The amazing thing of this site is it provides the contents as is from the source and also leaves a trackback to the site.

For example, if you search in the site for the term “Mashable” then you would get almost all the posts from Mashable with its content as is copied. I was dumbfounded when I saw this. I know that many sites do rip – off content without anyone’s knowledge but this was the first time I saw from a trackback!

The site is such a mess that the content ripped off from the source contains even the Read the rest of this entry »

New Theme for TechTracer

Posted on July 29th, 2007 in News | 1 Comment »

Edit: I reverted back to Bosco theme, if you are reading this now because of advice from many of my friends.

You might have noticed the big change in the looks of TechTracer. If you are reading this post through an Feed Reader or through Email then you would have to visit the site if you want to see the changes.

TechTracer is growing in its popularity and I am trying to make it a big collaborative technology resource. So a change was required to make it look more professional. I searched many themes for WordPress which had a professional look for almost 2 months but nothing seemed better than the previous theme “Bosco“.

Yesterday while I was surfing the web a theme immediately caught my eye. The name of the theme is “Illacrimo“, don’t know what it means. The credits for the theme are mentioned in the footer of the layout. I liked it so much that after downloading it I tweaked it for almost 2 hours, before applying to this site.

Adobe Reader 8.0 – Fully Loaded

Posted on July 25th, 2007 in Opinions, Reviews | 1 Comment »

ADOBE READER 8.0 has drastically changed in its appearance than all the earlier versions. The influence of Macromedia is quite prominent with Flash like interface features thrown in. It has adopted the glossy looks too! Adobe seems to be on the same lines as Windows Vista for its GUI.

The features not found in its prior versions are:

  • Shared Reviews – Reviews are stored on a central server, allowing all participants to see reviews in real time
  • Commenting – The selected comments are highlighted for easier visibility when zoomed out
  • Attachments – A PDF file can have Read the rest of this entry »

Servlet 3.0 – The Journey Begins Now

Posted on July 23rd, 2007 in Ajax, Java EE, News | 8 Comments »

The Servlet 3.0 specification is doing rounds of the web these days. Although people have loved to use Servlets for various purposes such as implementing business logic in case of small web applications to using it as a controller in MVC architectures, we are yet to see what power will the new specification unleash to the world of web application development.

On a brief note the Servlet 3.0 specification has been approved in the form of JSR 315 is going to be a part of Java EE 6 as mentioned by SUN:

The JCP has approved JSR 315 (ballot) starting the process that will develop Servlet 3.0. Servlet 3.0 is intended to be part of Java EE 6 together with approved JSRs like JSF 2.1 and JAX-RS 1.0 and several more yet to be launched.

The new specification suggests to bring in the feature of asynchronicity to Servlets. We still can leverage the asynchronous nature in a JEE application with the use of Ajax. Experts think that the Ajax model has a problem in its Read the rest of this entry »

SOA – Still Far from Reality

Posted on July 22nd, 2007 in Concepts, Opinions | No Comments »

The Prospects of SOA

Service Oriented Architecture better know as SOA is an architectural paradigm which makes the software applications expose their functionalities in the form of services to their users. The principles of SOA dictate that it should be inter-operable. SOA puts forward the use of open standards in order to achieve this goal. These open standard help the software application to communicate with each other in a language which is understandable to both ends i.e the sender and the receiver.

SOA is generally targeted for enterprise level applications where the buyout of products and technologies is varied and unpredictable. The benefits of SOA to enterprise can be easily realized in situations where enterprises refrain to stick to a particular vendor and still want their applications to communicate within themselves.

Why Enterprises Seek SOA

An  article from JavaWorld targeting the 6 burning questions for SOA states that

When you have a SOA environment, the same business service may be used in 10 different way.

The statement is enough to explain why enterprises are aggressively trying to leverage the use of SOA in their applications. This is because Read the rest of this entry »

WordPress Error – “Allowed memory size of 8388608 bytes”

Posted on July 18th, 2007 in Issues, Wordpress | 48 Comments »

You sometimes might get the following error if you are trying to import a previous blog into a newly installation of WordPress through an RSS feed or while installing a new plugin as:

Allowed memory size of 8388608 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate xxxxx bytes)

This means that the server is not allowing to process the size of the data than its maximum alloted size. Remember that there is nothing wrong with the WordPress installation. Its the matter of the amount of data that the server can process at one time.

Don’t be scared, you can get it resolved in a matter of seconds. There are two ways of resolving this error.

Method #1 : Without Restarting the Server

If the error mentioned appears during the importing, what you need to do is get access to the source code of the WordPress where you have done the installation.

Once you get the access you will need to modify two files . They are: Read the rest of this entry »

Xinu – Ajax Based Site Statistics Tool

Posted on July 15th, 2007 in Ajax, Utilities, Web 2.0 | 2 Comments »

You might have used many site statistics checking mechanisms to keep a track of how much popular your site is. Such mechanisms include using Google Pagerank, Alexa‘s ranking tool, Technorati’s Authority Value, the number of diggs you have got. But this requires you to go to the individual sites to keep a watch. This is time consuming.


Ajaxian recently reported about this tool by the name Xinu which is simply amazing. Some of the amazing statistics it provides are: Read the rest of this entry »

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