Google Wave is destined to be a Dodo – Says Google

Remember Google Wave – the innovative way of communication which Google unveiled amidst much fanfare a year back ? When it was released, Google Wave was considered to be a potential replacement for the ubiquitous Email.

However, things did not work o…

Remember Google Wave – the innovative way of communication which Google unveiled amidst much fanfare a year back ? When it was released, Google Wave was considered to be a potential replacement for the ubiquitous Email.

However, things did not work out the way Google envisaged. While the Google Wave interface was well designed, and the idea captivating, the initial public euphoria fizzled out quickly and every body went back to their trusty Email for their communication needs.

So Google has decided to stop developing Google Wave for lack of user participation. The good news is, the technology itself will be eventually incorporated into other Google products.

Much of Google Wave code and specific protocols such as drag-n-drop and character-by-character live typing have been released as open source. So if you are up to it, you can continue with the innovation.

Google further says it will help all users retrieve their data from Google Wave before its final burial.

[Source : Google Blog]

First Person Minesweeper 3D

My brother and I developed a first person minesweeper game in 3D, using the UNITY game development platform.

We’ve also built a Facebook application version of this game, available to play at:
http://apps.facebook.com/minesweeper-game/Learn more about First Person Minesweeper 3D

My brother and I developed a first person minesweeper game in 3D, using the UNITY game development platform. Give it a shot (click to play):

Please view the full post to see the Unity content.

We’ve also built a Facebook application version of this game, available to play at:
http://apps.facebook.com/minesweeper-game/

July 13 Microsoft support for Win2000, XP ends

Support for Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP will come to an end soon. Come July 13 and paid support, support assistance and security updates for these versions will be discontinued according to the company. July 13 will be the last day that extended support will be available.

However, self-help online support, which includes Microsoft online Knowledge Base articles, FAQs and troubleshooting tools, will be available for at least another year.

Microsoft offers support for its products for five years and extended support for another five years.

While, users of Windows 2000 will need to migrate to a more recent version of Windows. Windows XP SP2 or earlier version users can simply upgrade to Windows XP SP3.

This can be done via Internet Explorer’s Windows Update utility.

What is WordPress?

If the question intrigues you, this video of me lecturing about it will probably answer it for you. This video was shot last month in a user-generated content meeting organized by StartupSeeds.

The lecture is in Hebrew but there are English subtitles available…. Learn more about What is WordPress?

If the question intrigues you, this video of me lecturing about it will probably answer it for you. This video was shot last month in a user-generated content meeting organized by StartupSeeds.

The lecture is in Hebrew but there are English subtitles available.

Identity Theft Breach 3.3 Million Students Affected

The stolen data includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of borrowers, but no financial or bank account informations were stolen. The data stolen were stored on a “portable media” device. If you were potentially one of the 3.3 million borrowers that had your data compromised, you should be expecting a letter from ECMC soon, which will include an offer of free credit monitoring and protection services from Experian (look for a sign-up code in the letter).
Educational Credit Management Corp., a nonprofit guarantor of federal student loans has reported a major theft of “personally identifiable information” involving a staggering 3.3 million students after a break-in last weekend at its Oakdale, Minnesota headquarters. As of date, this may be one of the largest-ever breach of private personal information and could effect as many as 5% of all federal student-loan borrowers.

Those with questions about whether they are affected by this data theft can:

Check at the ECMC website
Call ECMC at 1-877-449-3568
Check the National Student Loan Data System
You should note that no misuse of the data has been reported to date (though to be fair, this data theft has only recently occurred a week ago). In the provided Experian credit protection service, you’ll receive access to certified ID theft specialists and ID theft insurance.

Despite steps you can take individually to protect yourself from identity theft, there is little we can do when our information is compromised whether due to carelessness or randomly stolen hardware that may contain our information. Here’s hoping that this particular data breach won’t lead to subsequent, serious misuse of data for the 3.3 million student-loan borrowers.