Shayon's Labyrinth - Number Games For January '08

Are you a publisher / blogger yourself? Do you fret over the visitors' statistics on your website? How often do you check up the statistics? Once in a year? Once in a month, a week or is it once in an hour? Yes, such obsessed was I, even a month or so back. Those days, the only place where I would play my number crunching games were on FeedBurner. But then, on January 14th, 2006 I finally decided to embrace Google Analytics. Man, ain't I thankful to Google for overwhelming me with all those charts, tables and graphs! So immense is their weight that after a week, I almost stopped following the numbers. It did help me in the end, though, since that made me stop bask in the glory of every 100 new pageviews and start putting in more effort in the content creation for this blog.

Anyways, it's the last day of the month now and starting today, I plan to post traffic details of my blog on the last day of every month. Although the data is just for 14 days, I hope I can quadruple them by the time February passes by.

Stats of Shayons Labyrinth
Stats of Shayons Labyrinth
Stats of Shayons Labyrinth
Stats of Shayons Labyrinth
Stats of Shayons Labyrinth
Stats of Shayons LabyrinthI know it's a sin to end this post here and that I must also write an analysis over these figures. Unfortunately, I am currently too saturated and tired to do the same. I've started with giving out the monthly figures, this time. I promise I shall also start with the analysis, next time onwards. In the mean time, if you wish to write a guest post on my blog, while dissecting these figures, I shall be more than happy to accommodate you. And yes, if you wish to have some more data for the same, all you need to do is drop in a comment.

Labyrinth's Images Exceed PhotoBucket Monthly BandWidth Limit

A large number of blog surfers are bloggers themselves and most of them have used free templates, free domains and free web hosting at the start of their blogging careers. What more, even you could be one of them! Had it been so, then whose template did you use for your blog? Was it a default template or a template downloaded from another site and customized to meet your own taste?

Well, the template that I used right now is called "Minyx" and was developed by B-Themes. However, unfortunately, B-Themes had hosted all the photos on Photobucket free account which allows the bandwidth of 10GB per month. As and when this template kept on getting popular, the load on the Photobucket servers kept on increasing and one the limit got cracked. If you've been a regular visitor of my blog then I'm sure you must have noticed the screw up. I had images all over my blog saying "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded". It was a huge mess.

"All's well that ends well." I must appreciate B-Themes for their efforts since as soon as I contacted them of my misfortune, I got each and every image, used on my blog, emailed and uploaded to my personal Google Pages account. Now, it's true that even Google Pages have a bandwidth limit but they simply refuse to disclose the amount. Now all I can do is keep my fingers crossed that I don't shoot the roof there too, in near future.

Moreover, if you wish to know more about this particular problem, why don't you head over to eBlogTemplates' post titled "Are your Blogger images not showing up"?

How To Advertise For Your Blog Effectively? - The Solutions

If you are a regular at Shayon's Labyrinth, you shall remember that I'd written a post yesterday on how to advertise for your blog effectively where I had debated on the issue of whether one should put up advertisements that link to separate blog posts or to the whole site in itself. I had also promised to come out with the final solution today. Hence, here's the final verdict of the debate.

The Verdict
  • Always make provisions for navigating to important pages of your website from any other page.
  • If possible, put up excerpts of recent comments at the sidebar so that a reader can always learn about the current buzz on your blog.
  • Set up a "related posts" section below every post so that a reader can navigate to other pages that might interest him.
  • Ditto about the above for your feeds as well.
  • Also, set up a "most popular posts" widget at the sidebar. Showcasing those posts just might help you in developing a loyal reader. Remember, those posts had become popular because they were good and your readers appreciated them.
  • If possible, post your RSS link in every article that gets popular.
  • Keep linking to other articles in your site, frequently.
  • Keep rotating the graphic you use for advertisements, link to the best of your posts.
  • There must be provision for your readers to contact you. Contact forms are very official-looking & turn quite a few readers away. Email addresses are so much nicer. It shows that you trust your readers.
  • Last, but never the least, always advertise on the sites of your own genre / niche.
I hope these posts helped you a bit in deciding on which route to take while advertising. Do let me know your take on the issue or if there are more points that you can come up with.

How To Advertise For Your Blog Effectively?

How To Advertise For Your Blog Effectively?

Almost every blogger in the cosmos has advertised for his website at least once in his lifetime and I am sure you are one of them. Today, there are a lot of avenues where one can advertise. Some of them happen to be Google Adwords, EntreCard, Project Wonderful or by directly inking deals with other bloggers. My question here is, what do you allow these ads to link to?

Did you even undergo any internal conflict regarding the link? If you link to your website itself, did you ever publish an awesome post & then wished to advertise that very article, since it was your best creation? If you normally link to various contests in your blog, did you ever feel that your visitors never browsed through your whole blog because you'd linked to just one post? Well, I don't know about you, but I certainly have.

I have always been juggling between this concept of "blog url" & "post url". Hence, I thought I would share my dilemma & its solutions to you, here in my blog.

Advantage of linking to the main website / blog :
  • The main web page is almost always optimally designed. You can always decide how to make your visitors navigate through the pages once they land up on your website.
  • The basic design of the homepage is usually constant, unlike separate blog posts. This helps in brand recognition among repeat visitors.
  • The website can be divided into various sections and all be served at the same time to the readers. This allows the reader to choose where he'd wish to navigate to.
  • If a blog is running contests, all of them can be viewed at the same time on the main page.
Advantage of linking to separate blog posts :
  • Since the posts, you link to, are some of your best pieces, they create huge impact on the incoming visitors, increasing your band value.
  • If a stumbler is too impressed with your post, he shall, most certainly, dig into the archives in search of more gold. If you are capable of churning out quality posts frequently, that certain visitor is bound to become a loyal reader.
  • Sometimes, a reader might land up onto a certain post because he wanted to get a certain job done. Now, if your article succeeds in helping him and since he's in a hurry, he'd just sunscribe to your blog so that he could follow you in future. Thus, you earn yourself a very precious subscriber.
  • There are times when, even if your post fails to solve a visitor's problem, your comments just might. This again results in subscription. However, the comments are almost never visible on a blog's homepage.
  • Again, landing up on the posts' page increases the chance of visitors' commenting to a large extent. Then, you can interact with your readers and hence form a community for yourself.
So, what do you think? What way do you advertise for your blog? Do you normally link to the main page or separate articles? How are your experiences with advertising , in general?

Just in case you still haven't subscribed to my RSS feeds yet, do so immediately because tomorrow I plan to publish the final verdict on this perennial dilemma of advertising, combining my views and those of yours.

Blogger For Hire

Who Am I?

My name is Sayantan Pal (full profile) & I reside in Mumbai, India. I got into blogging about 3 years back and this blog is approximately 2 & a half years old. It is this blog where I've learnt and been learning the secrets of the trade. Although currently, I am pursuing a course in Electrical Engineering, I also happen to be a technological self-proclaimed geek and a freelance writer.

Why Am I In This Profession?

While writing on Shayon's Labyrinth, I realized that blog is a powerful medium to reach the masses & that every brand must maintain one. After I looked around, I realized that not many people have the time and energy to spare in maintaining a blog. It is then that I decided to make myself available for the job.

Why Would You Need A Blog?

I'd already written a post on 8 Reasons Why Today's Companies & Firms Need A Blog Or Freelance Writers. Kindly refer that for the same.

Why Should I Be Hired?
  • Knowledge can always be acquired, not passion. Passion needs to announce its presence from within. I blog with passion and it is this zeal that helped me in keeping this page alive for so long. Ask around. A very few percentage of blogs has survived 2 years of patience & persistence.
  • "Survival of the fittest" is the rule that I follow. I know that being adaptive is the best way to survive in the market. This blog itself is a living proof.
  • With the given managerial acumen, acquired technical background (I'm a to-be Electrical Engineer) and the zeal to write, I'm confident I can keep up to any expectation, be it promoting a cause, writing about technology or simply working up a biography.
  • I write in simple clear English (as evident from my tutorials), unlike some who defeat the understanding of the reader in an effort to be extra eloquent.
  • The power of persuasion is my forte and I know how to handle customers and reply to their queries. I understand that public relations is one of the major parts of any companies' functioning.
  • For any blog, regular posting is a must. This is something not always possible for the people on the company payroll. This is where outsourcing a freelance writer pays off.
  • Without trying to sound boastful, just to prove my credibility, this blog got rewiewed by a leading Indian newspaper, The Telegraph, on their issue of January 30, 2007.
  • To add to it all, I write at a lot cheaper price than many leading bloggers. This way, you could give the idea of blogging a shot without losing out a lot of moolah. But given a chance, I'm confident you shall never discontinue the blog.
However, I'm also available as a writer for other bloggers and blogging services. You are requested to shoot me an email at or just leave a comment if you are interested.

21 Free Blogger Templates WebSites

I was just browsing through my RSS reader when suddenly this certain post by Madhur Kapoor crossed my view, titled The Digs’em wordpress theme by Garry Conn. I have been using blogger for a long time now. It's been many times that I wished to shift to WordPress because of many features of theirs, like the "Top Commentators" widget, huge amount of free templates being available, wonderful comment management & the ability to use the platform on your own domain. However, my love for blogger just kept on and hence, today, I decided to scourge the web and find out as many sites as I can manage that provides free blogger templates.
Phew! That was almost all that I could conjure up. I hope they help you enough. If you have a blogger template design site yourself, kindly submit your site in the comments and i shall update it soon. Moreover, if you know of any more sites that offer good Blogger Templates, do drop in a comment.

By the way, I am also posting these links in the sidebar so that they are always available for this blog's visitors.

MeMe Tag - Link Love

It's been a long long time since I last participated in a "meme" tag (?). Yet, I couldn't stop myself when I got tagged by Bioteck. Actually, this game seemed to be pretty great to me since it is full of links to new & wonderful blogs who you can reach out to and moreover, it helps you create a great community among the bloggers themselves.

Well, without much ado, here's me "meme" -

Rule #1: Copy all the links below and replace a single link under the appropriate letter of the alphabet. If your domain name, or even the title of your blog, starts with an “A,” you’d replace the link under that letter and put the replaced link at the bottom. Also, don’t forget to credit the tagger, or where you got the list from, at the end of the list with a full URL of the post so that a pingback gets generated.

19. Shayon's Labyrinth

Replaced link: Shirley's Delight
Previous tagger:BioTeck

Rule #2: You now have to “tag” at least five people and encourage them to participate so that this thing spreads like a virus. Remember, though, that not everyone’s into these kinds of things, so don’t be upset if they don’t participate. Just simply replace your tag. Remember to tag blogs only and no pornographic ones as we do want to keep the integrity as a blogging community. Anyway, I have tagged the next persons:

* Link Lovers
* Toingks
* Rhyan.Net
* Chemist2dio

Rule #3: None.. Just have fun!

EntreCard Series - How To Make EntreCard Chain Droppers Read Your Blog?

In the EntreCard Series, I'd planned to write an exhaustive collection of articles on everything concerning EntreCard. After explaining how EntreCard works and the concept of chaindroppers, this was a natural question that needed to be answered.

How To Make EntreCard Chain Droppers Read Your Blog?

Despite all the nuances of chain droppers I'd pointed in my previous post, they are very much a part of the daily lives of all the EntreCard users. Here are a few tips on how to make chaindroppers read your blog.
  • The very first point that needs mentioning is the design of your blog. The design and flow of your blog should be compelling enough for anyone to feel like stopping and look around the page.
  • Try to write quite a few posts on EntreCard and keep them at the top of your blog. However, if they seem to get lost in the archives, later on, showcase those articles in a space around your EntreCard widget such that the links are easily visible to anyone wanting to click on the widget. This is primarily because no EntreCard chain dropper can stop himself if he / she comes across posts on EntreCard itself.
  • Always drop cards at the ones who drop on you. This can create interest within the droppers about your blog provided you keep dropping onto their inboxes everyday.
  • Always advertise on blogs on your niche & resist dropping cards on blogs that don't belong to your niche. This is because you get most of your EntreCard traffic from the users' inbox or through the ads you have placed.
  • Last, but never the least, start out on contests that give out EntreCard credits for prize. This is a win-win situation since you can attract a lot of traffic because of the contests and the prizes (EntreCard Credits) that you dish out are all free.
So, do you too have any more tips to add to this quarry? Do feel free to comment.

Coming Up On EntreCard Series -
  1. Great Things About EntreCard.
  2. What Make EntreCard Suck?
  3. Tips To Make Your Blog Go Places With EntreCard.

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Entrecard Series - Chain Droppers

I had started a series of posts earlier this week where I'd planned to write an exhaustive questionnaire about EntreCard. Last time, I'd answered to the questions What is an EntreCard & how does it work. Today, I plan to write a few lines outlining the idea of chaindropping and how to use the methodology to the best of a blogger's advantage.

What is Chain Dropping & Who is a Chain Dropper?

As I'd mentioned in the last post on EntreCards, the registered members of EntreCard can earn EntreCredits by only five methods -
  • Putting up advertisements from others on your own widget.
  • Selling ad space or services at the EntreCard shop, in exchange of credits.
  • When other people "drop' their cards on yours.
  • When you "drop" your card on others.
  • When someone decides to send some credits to you, in return of love or contests in their blogs or even when he/she might be benefitted by your expertise in the EntreCard Forums.
Now, it is clearly understandable that other than you yourself dropping your card on others by visiting their web pages, you can't use any other method actively without involving others. Since dropping your own card onto others is the easiest way to earn more and fast money (EntreCredits), many EntreCarders just visit other blogs that have the widget, drop their cards and off they go to their next destination. Yes, I know you do earn an extra credit because of that. But other that one single benefit, there are few more darker sides to it as well.
  • The values of the advertisements on your blog reduce a lot. If you get paid per impression (page view) then the advertiser gets to shell out much more in return of considerable less. That'll make the advertiser think twice before renewing their contract with you.
  • With increased bounce rate, it creates an illusion that a lot of people are reading your blogs whereas in actual there might be very few.
  • A lot many of us think of building contests on the blogs, one time or the other. Now, if you happen to start a contest with the illusion of a lot of readers, there just might not be enough participants at the end of the day, sufficient enough for the prize you'd shelled out.
Thus, as we can see, there are both good and evil sides of the same phenomenon. Yet, there are people who keep chaindropping everyday. Thankfully, EntreCard has put a cap of 300 "droppings" per day.

By the way, if you are a chaindropper yourself, how often do you sit back and go through a blog?

Coming Up On EntreCard Series -
  1. Who Are Chain Droppers?
  2. How To Make EntreCard Chain Droppers Read Your Blog?
  3. Great Things About EntreCard.
  4. What Make EntreCard Suck?
  5. Tips To Make Your Blog Go Places With EntreCard.

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GameBox National Championship 2008 - Awesome WarCraft Video

If you are from India then I am sure you must have heard about the National cyber games competitions being held by Reliance & Intel. These competitions are going to be organized in Reliance Web Worlds where the competitors are first going to pitch up against each other in one store and then within the zone and finally in the national level. The competitions start on January 28th, 2008 while the finals being slated on the 9th and 10th of February, 2008. The games that are to be played are Counter Strike, Age of Mythology, Half Life 2, NFS - UnderGround and The Frozen Throne.

If you are a regular in this blog, you must be aware of me being a great WarCraft fan. Hence, I got myself registered for the competition, yesterday. Unfortunately, I haven't played the game for over 6 months now and hence am absolutely out of practice. I was just checking out a few YouTube videos yesterday when I stumbled onto this awesome one that showed how Human raped the Orcs in almost 5 minutes. If you are a Warcraft fan, this is a must watch for you.

Illacrimo Theme Screwed By Blogger

Illacrimo Theme Screwed By BloggerYes, this is how Shayon's Labyrinth is supposed to look. It's been for 2 days that Blogger has screwed up the CSS for this page. I tried tweaking quite a few elements in the page. I'd even tried to upload the original style sheet from Illacrimo but to no avail. I am currently googling my heart out, trying to figure out a solution for my problem. I have even been contemplating shifting to Wordpress. I think it's high time.

Do you think you can help me out with the problem? Do you think you can figure out what went wrong with the style sheet? By the way, I shall keep posting articles, as usual. Do keep visiting. I know, the visual appeal won't be that great. But kindly bear with me.

Update: While giving my page a look, apparently, BosCardin's browser rendered the page just the way it's supposed to be. Hence, here's a screenshot of how things are getting rendered, most of the time (most, because Boscardin got it right, I think). Moreover. you can scrutinize the XML template too, from this link [XML].

Shayon's Labyrinth Has Moved - Update Your BlogRoll And BookMarks

Shayon's Visiting Card - Click To Enlarge Image (It Will Open In New WindowYes, Shayon's Labyrinth has moved. It's been a long journey, from Rediff to Yahoo 360 to Blogger and finally Shayon's Labyrinth. I've finally moved to a domain of my own. I've been planning the shift for almost a month now but haven't been able to because of heavy schedule. The domain registrar from whom I bought the domain is ResellerBrand. As of now, I'm pretty impressed with the service. Although the transition was a little rough but thankfully I could finally make it. Soon, I plan to post a tutorial on how to shift your blog from Blogger to a domain of your own. I think, if I share my experience of the shift, it'll be much easier for other bloggers to follow suit. The new URL to Shayon's Labyrinth is but don't you worry, even if you use the previous URL you shall be automatically redirected to this blog. However, since I later plan to shift to WordPress platform, it'd be good for you to bookmark this link at the earliest. And yeah, our RSS feed link still remains the same.

Above is the picture on the new visiting card that I'm planning to print up soon, now that I plan to take up writing as a full time profession. Do give it a look and tell me what you think about it. I'd love it if you too have a visiting card and share it with me. That way, I too can get an idea of how my fellow bloggers design their own cards.

Happy Blogging!

EntreCard Series - All The Dope About EntreCard

What Is EntreCard All About?

Widgets on the sidebar had never been a new thing for the bloggers. Almost every blog has a MyBlogLog widget or a counter showing where the visitors are from or at least a blogroll. This isn't really an uncharted territory. However, EntreCard has almost revolutionized the widget world. The concept of "dropping" started by EntreCard is already a buzz word. It's a great way to push youg blog that extra mile so very much required by the bloggers, especially the new ones, to reach out to new audiences. Moreover, the idea of creating a "visiting card" also sounds pretty cool.

How Does EntreCard Work?

This is truly a little tricky part. However, if you can get through this little detail, life's so much fun in the EntreCard world. Here is a complete showdown on how EntreCard works.
  • After you get yourself registered into the website, you end up in a dashboard with a few nuggets of information served to you. the most important part out there is the amount of EntreCredits you possess. Yes, you start off with zero but don't you worry, it's really easy to rake up millions of credits, provided you be patient and have unlimited download limit :-P (I know I'm getting you scared. All I pray is kindly read this article through.)
  • EntreCredits are nothing but the currency in the EntreWorld where all transactions, be it advertising on a page, leasing out ad space on your blog or even buying services from a very interesting shop, happen in terms of the same.
  • After you register, EntreCard provides you with the code to a little widget that you can publish in your blog.
  • Now, here is the dope. This widget that you install is the portal where other bloggers from EntreCard shall advertise in your blog, in exchange of EntreCredits.
  • Similarly, you too can buy ad space in others' blog page by leasing out the real estate in exchange of EntreCredits.
  • As you can see, this is a great way to publicize your blog without the need to actually shell out any dough. This is almost like the age ol' "link exchange" but more fun and if you are lucky, you just might end up advertising on ProBlogger for as low as 200 EntreCredits :-P
  • Now, here's the catch. You can advertise on others' widgets for only one day, rather 24 hours. After 24 hours, you shall have to make way for other publishers. Of course, you can again advertise on the page, but never more than 24 hours at a stretch.
  • Moreover, after you apply for advertisement on a certain page, the admin of that page has to approve your request before your ad actually starts showing up on the page.
  • For advetising, you are expected to provide for a 125x125 card which is known as the "visiting card" for your blog.
  • Moreover, you can even visit other blogs that have the EntreCard widget and click on "Drop Yours" which is a portal through which your drop your card, letting the person know that you'd visited his site. More often than not, he/she shall definitely give you a visit back.
  • Every time you "drop" your card, both you and the page holder, where you "drop" your card, get 1 EntreCredits.
  • What more, EntreCard community has been growing at a huge rate and it already boasts of over half a million users. So, you got a lot of blogs to advertise on, all for free (for EntreCredits, actually).

Coming Up On EntreCard Series -
  1. Who Are Chain Droppers?
  2. How To Make EntreCard Chain Droppers Read Your Blog?
  3. Great Things About EntreCard.
  4. What Make EntreCard Suck?
  5. Tips To Make Your Blog Go Places With EntreCard.

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EntreCard On FaceBook?

Talking about EntreCards, here's an interesting post I came across, today. Of course, FaceBook has been a great social networking website for quite some time now, almost running parallel to Orkut. However, it was interesting to know that Affiliate Lounge has been getting a lot of visits from searches like "facebook and entrecard" & "entrecard facebook", as pointed out in his post EntreCard on Facebook.

I, kind of, agree with his analysis that such a search request is because of the growing popularity of EntreCard and the curiosity of the folks to be able to use EntreCard related applications on their Facebook profiles. Now, why would someone ask for such an application? Here are a few reasons that I could think of :
  1. Advertising is all that EntreCard's about. Everyone wishes to advertise their weblogs and what better place than FaceBook itself where they can show off their blogs to their own friends?
  2. The thrill of being able to publish their EntreCards for the world to see.
  3. A well designed application just might help them to earn credits without the need to keep "dropping by" other blogs.
So, what do you think? What's your take on the issue?

EntreCards - Latest Wave On Blogosphere

It's been 3 days now that I've gotten myself registered on EntreCard (to know more about EntreCard, you can refer to this interview with Graham Langdon by Darren Rowse of the Problogger fame). I absolutely loved the service. What intrigued me the most is the idea of a "visiting card" for your blog. While I was browsing through the endless list of blogs listed out there, I was kind of impressed with the beautiful 125x125 cards that people had designed for themselves. In contrast, i had the one above which hardly looks snazzy. Yet, Transparent Hypnotist, another member, messaged me pointing out that there is a certain romance in my card too. It is the very simplicity of the same that pulls viewers' attention towards it. However, I still decided to go on with a revamped design that I could use as a logo too, for Labyrinth. This is where EntreCard helped me a lot. It is via Entrecard that I got connected to Chemist2dio who is a graphic designer and has promised me to design me a lovely card. I just had the privilege to check out the initial design and i must say, I am impressed! I'll unveil the logo as soon as it gets built up, which shouldn't be more than 4-5 days, I assume.

Oh, by the way, I have currently been vacationing for the past 2 days and it is because of this that I haven't been able to post as frequently as I'd have liked. I promise to get more regular the day I reach back home. After that, i do plan to write a few pretty little pieces on EntreCard, my experiences as a member and my analysis of the usefulness of the system.

If you are new around here and would not wish to miss those posts, you can subscribe to my RSS feed and keep reading!

Blogging Tip - Blog Less, Blog Frequently

Blogging Tip - Blog Less, Blog Frequently

I was just keeping myself updated with all my subscriptions on Google Reader, last night, when a certain thought suddenly struck me. I realized a pattern in which I read my subscriptions. It just so happens that I don't get the time to reduce the unread items' count to zero everyday. Hence, there always comes a time when I fall behind by about 300 posts at the end of every week. I'm hoping that I am not alone here. What do you do, in such a case? Do you just click on the "Mark all as read" button or do you prioritize your readings?

As far as I am concerned, I don't really like the idea of keeping my subscribed feeds unread & hence I end up prioritizing the feeds. I find myself drawn towards the feeds that have lesser number of unread posts. Somehow, it gives me satisfaction to see the number of unread feeds reducing even though I know, at the back of my mind, that the effective number of unread posts are the same as it would have been if I had read them chronologically.

This certain behavior of my sub-conscious forced me to put on my thinking cap. I wondered, blogs like Problogger, Killer Startups & Quick Online Tips generate awesome content & that too at an astounding rate. Yet, they fail to get read regularly by bloggers like me (hoping there are other bloggers out there, following the similar pattern of behavior) just because their posting frequencies are very high.

Such an incident taught me a lesson that one should not post too many articles a day; two, probably maximum three. Although it is highly commendable if you are able to come up with more than 3 quality posts a day, it just might hurt your blog in the long run. How, you might ask. Well, a user not being able to read your posts in time shall mean lesser comments for your individual posts and lesser interaction with your readers. Moreover, you can, rather, schedule your posts to be published later on. Who knows? After a while, you just might be able to keep your blog on auto-pilot and earn yourself a blogging holiday!

So, what do you say? Do you agree with my theory? Or do you have some more interpretation of my observation?

Freeware Series - Office Utilities

This is the 6th installment of the Freeware Series that I'd started earlier this week. The previous four were collections of Internet Utilities, Multimedia Softwares, Windows Drivers, Games & Security Softwares.

Office Utilities
  1. Abiword - A real alternative to MS Word.
  2. ASAP Utilities - A very useful MS Excel Plug-in.
  3. BullZip PDF Printer - The BullZip PDF Printer works as a Microsoft Windows printer and allows you to write PDF documents from virtually any Microsoft Windows application.
  4. FloatingNotes - FloatingNotes allows you to place notes on the screen. The notes are fully customizable.
  5. Stickies 6.0c - Stickies is a PC utility to cut down on the number of Post-It notes. It stores all information in a single text-based ini file. They are yellow rectangular windows onto which you can put some text notes. Once created, they will stay on screen until you take them away. Just like a real sticky piece of paper.
  6. Commercial Invoice - Commercial Invoice is an easy to use program that allows you to enter items to be sold or services to be rendered and generate custom invoices. These invoices are printable, and the program stores all invoices to be easily recalled or edited.
  7. Keynote - A text editor that can create nested documents.
  8. Invocator - Instant Invoice creator for small businesses. Customise with your own logo, name address etc. Fully automatic numbering. Add Items or services. No limit to number of lines on an invoice. Editable sales tax.
  9. Rainlender Lite - Rainlendar is a customizable calendar that displays the current month, events, and reminders. It is a very lightweight application that doesn´t use much system resources or take much space on your desktop.
  10. Rename Master - Rename multiple files at the same time.

Next Category - System Tools

Pravah '08 - A Techno-Management Fest By NIT Jamshedpur

"Problem is the reflection of society and technology depicts the progress."

National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, presents Pravah '08, its 2nd ever techno-management festival, from March 28th to 30th, 2008. This festival had been an event of the students' intense labor, passion and participation in huge numbers from colleges all over the country. TATA Steel itself had been the mentor for the college and had always been a great support for every event that had been organized.

Pravah is a portal for all the budding engineers and "geeks" to pitt their skills against the best in the country in events like Business & IT quizzes, programming competitions, software presentations, case study and model creation. Watch robots race themselves on the road or fight themselves out in a game of Polo. Put on your creative caps and design the best car on AutoCad that'll force Dilip Chhabria himself to get you into his bandwagon. If you are the kind who likes to shut himself up in a laboratory, you can even present your papers to be judged by the best in the business. If you are already intimidated by all the jazz, don't you worry. Pravah organizes guest lectures and seminars by eminent professors and personalities who shall get you updated about the latest technologies used in today's industries.

If you happen to be a firm or company who'd like to get exposed to the brightest of the countries, you can even contact the administration bloc of Pravah '08 for event or title sponsorships.

The official website of Pravah '08 is However, the site's currently under construction. But, it's expected to be up & running, shortly. In the meantime, if you wish to be a part of Pravah '08 or if you wish to sponsor events or if you just want more information about the festival, kindly leave back a comment. We shall get back to you in no time.


Map of NIT Jamshedpur

This is a map of the complete college. Click on the various colored shapes to know what they are all about. You can move the map to get directions from anywhere in the world. However, if you feel this map is too small for you to handle directions. here is a larger version.

Freeware Series - Internet Utilities

This is the 5th installment of the Freeware Series that I'd started earlier this week. The previous four were collections of Multimedia Softwares, Windows Drivers, Games & Security Softwares.

Internet Utilities
  1. Ares Galaxy Turbo Accelerator - Ares Galaxy Turbo Accelerator (AGTA) is a powerful acceleration plug-in for Ares file-sharing program. State-of-the- art software technology used by AGTA generates dramatic decrease in downloading time. The add-on consumes very low resources from your computer and the nice and easy-to-use interface offers a great experience. AGTA is an essential accessory for any Ares user and is free
  2. BitMeter - It allows you to visually monitor your internet connection by displaying a scrolling graph that shows your upload and download speed over time. BitMeter is freeware and there is no trial period, no time-limited features, no spyware, and no adware. Using the Alerts feature, BitMeter can notify you when you have uploaded/downloaded a certain amount, or if your speed goes above or below any limit that you specify.
  3. BitTorrent 6.0 Beta - BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer (P2P) client designed to efficiently manage the downloading of large, high-quality, digital files such as video, music, and games. The client is used to search the Internet for legal torrent files, which can then be quickly downloaded to a user´s machine. As files become more popular, the speed in which they can be downloaded increases through the use of a central tracker and peers. This technology saves time over traditional methods, while maintaining the integrity of the file.
  4. Bluto XT - Bluto is a free and fast browser that comes with unique features. The Bookmark Panels at the top of each browser are equivalent to the Favorites list in common browsers. The sidebar has tons of information. The idea behind Bluto is to maximize speed, visibility, and efficiency, while minimizing tools that take up valuable space and memory.
  5. Yahoo Mail Notifier - This Firefox extension notifies you when new messages arrive in your Yahoo mailbox. Notification options include: customizable sound, notification alert, status bar and toolbar icon. Also allows the user to map different mouse buttons to open Yahoo Mail in different tabs, windows, etc.
  6. FireTune - FireTune for Mozilla Firefox was developed for an easy and fast optimization of your browsing experience with Firefox. Usually you have to optimize Firefox manually, which can be time consuming and difficult for the novice user. FireTune helps you here - it includes all the performance optimizations. The only thing you must do is: make your selection. It does the work for you.
  7. GoogleGrab - GoogleGrab is a tool to download images from the Google image search service. It makes image research very easy because they are downloaded directly to your hard drive. So there is no need to click and wait for the entire picture to load before you can save it. This version of GoogleGrab has an image source log file so you can back track any image that you may have missed out on.
  8. MSN/Yahoo Message Archive Decoder/Viewer - MSN/Yahoo Message Archive Decoder enables you to view MSN/Yahoo chat logs. No, this is not a run-of-the-mill archive tool that archives your online activities; it empowers you to keep a check on other's online activities.Isn't it something!!! How amazing will it be to be able to keep a check on your spouse, kids, your nagging boss, or that over ambitious colleague? Yeah! With MSN/Yahoo Message Archive Decoder/Viewer you sure can do that. You can have the access to anybody and everybody's chat logs. It doesn't require a password to view the chat logs. You can secretly turn on archiving option and spy on his/her conversations. You can even view the chat logs from a different computer or print copies of the chat logs.
  9. TeamTalk - TeamTalk allows you to chat with your friends or colleagues using the internet or a local area network. All you need is a microphone and a sound card. Unlike many other internet voice applications, TeamTalk allows any number of people to participate in a conversation. This, of course, requires more bandwidth but TeamTalk features a variety of configuration options, which allows you to select the quality settings that best fit your connection speed.

    The primary goal of TeamTalk is to provide a conversation with minimum lag (delay) so that it becomes as close to real-time conversation as possible.
  10. CrunzhMail - Sometimes you just need to send a quick e-mail, and it would be nice if you could send it without having to open up the big, bloated, and slow-to-load e-mail clients that you normally use. That is where CrunzhMail comes in.

    CrunzhMail is a very small and simple e-mail client application. It doesn't have any of the numerous special features like a calendar or a spell-check found in some of the larger e-mail clients. Instead it's just a small program specifically designed for the purpose of sending out quick e-mails. It's a simple program that does one job, and it does it very well.

Next Category - Office Utilities

Blogging Tip - Write Notes On Sundays

Did you ever have a concept called "Reading Day" when you were a kid? Did your parents or even your teachers ever ask you to keep aside one day out of the busy week to do reading practices? It is unarguably true that any self-respecting & successful blogger needs to follow a lot of other blogs, social media websites & other sources of information. I'm sure you take rest from the pressures of blogging for at least one day of the week. Why don't you reserve that one day for reading only? I'm not asking you to visit and comment on the blogs too. Your job should be just to keep a pen & paper at hand to take some notes as and when necessary.

I don't own a personal computer. I blog from my college. However, on Sundays, I just carry a pen & a piece of paper around and make it a point to read all the new posts that I've subscribed to, using the GPRS connection in my phone. All the while, I keep a lookout for a few essential ideas that keep me occupied for almost the whole of next week. This practice helps me learn various tips & tricks suggested by well known bloggers like Problogger, Madhur Kapoor & Blogging Tune. In the process, it also helps me to get new ideas for posts and advertising. For the taste, here's what I learnt last Sunday -
  • I really need to structure the way I post, according to the days of the week. For example, video tutorials on Mondays, how-tos on Tuesdays, Advice columns on Saturdays etc.
  • Got a lot of new ideas to write on, an example is this very post.
  • It's high time I hire a pro graphics designer to personalize this blog.
  • I need to make visiting cards for myself.
  • Need to create a section in my blog for guest blogging.
  • Shall need to organize the meta description of this blog.
Now, almost all the tips are indispensable in running a successful blog. Every Sunday, arrange for a whiteboard & get yourself a personal blog optimization tutor, free of charge.

So, I told you about my method of getting new ideas? What are yours?

Freeware Series - Multimedia

Here's the 4th installment of the Freeware Series that I'd started earlier this week. The previous three were collections of Windows Drivers, Games & Security Softwares.

Multimedia Softwares
  1. Any Video Converter - Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format, for FREE!

    It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone.

    It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.
  2. AVI Screen Classic - AviScreen is an application for capturing screen activity (ScreenCast) in the form of AVI video or images. Beside the usual options defining the capture area, AviScreen has a unique feature called “follow the cursor”. Using this mode you can produce a video or image of relatively small dimensions while covering all mouse activity over the whole screen area.
  3. Burn4Free CD & DVD - Burn4Free is a freeware utility to burn CDs or DVDs. It is compatible with most of the popular CD/DVD burners available. The drives supported include dual-layer DVD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM (SCSI, IDE, EIDE, and USB 1.0 and 2.0). Burn/Backup data and audio with just a few clicks. Audio formats supported are WAV, WMA, MP3, OGG, FLAC, WavPack, and CDA. You can also open, burn, and save ISO's as well.
  4. Cole2k Media Advanced Codec Pack - Cole2k Media Codec Pack is an application that features a large number of codecs and also some additional programs. This Advanced Codec Pack is mainly for use by encoders, it features a large number of codecs/filters and also some additional tools. The package will enable you to playback and encode almost all major formats currently available.
  5. FLV Extract - Extracts video and audio from FLV files without decompressing or recompressing. The video is saved to AVI (H.263/FLV1 and VP6/FLV4 are supported) and the audio is saved to MP3.
  6. GX Transcoder - The GX::Transcoder is freeware audio converter software, which is able to convert a lots of audio formats in a batch mode. Additionally, the Transcoder uses plug-ins to add more functions for transforming and playing audio files. The GX::Transcoder in its standard version is able to encode and decode MP1, MP3, MP2, MPC, OGG Vorbis, PCM up to 7.1 Channel and RAW files as well. It can encode and decode QuickTime files like MOV and QT. There are also Add-ins available, which extends/shortens the Transcoder to handle the formats AAC, M4A, M4P4, LA, LPAC, WMA, TTA, OptimFrog, WavPack, FLAC, rkAudio, Real Audio, Speex, Bonk Audio, ALAC, etc. There are plans to support even more audio formats. The transcoder also contains a video converter. This converter can transcode between all installed avi codecs, mpeg with dvd, vcd, and svcd extensions and wma video files.
  7. K-Lite Codec Tweak Tool - K-Lite Codec Tweak Tool will scan for broken filters and remove them. If the tool detects something that is broken, it will then prompt you with the details and you will be given the option to remove the broken item. This is a stand-alone version of the tool that is included in the K-Lite Codec Pack.
  8. StreamRipper For WinAmp - Streamripper is an open source application that lets you record streaming mp3 to your hard drive.
  9. Wavosaur - Wavosaur is a powerful free audio editor for Windows XP, ideal for editing audio clips, sound designing, mastering, audio mangling and recording of your digital audio sounds.

    Wavosaur lets you edit all your samples and audio recording. You can cut, copy, paste parts of your digital recording. Wavosaur provides many tools and shortcuts to make the editing very fast and efficient. The program was designed to give a powerful audio editor but very easy and fast to use.

    Wavosaur is also a VST host, it means you can use VST effects on your audio recording, listen in real time to the audio processed by effects, and apply the effects of course. You can make a chain of effects, this means endless possibilities with all the VST plugins effects available nowadays.

    Wavosaur can record from your soundcard inputs, and lets you monitor your audio ports. Inserting loop points and markers to your audio files is very easy. Wavosaur is also MIDI controlable, you can use a MIDI control surface to command the main functions of Wavosaur.
  10. TV v2.0 - Now you can watch hundreds (300+) of LIVE worldwide channels on your PC, free of charge. TV is an extremely easy to use application and anyone can find their own favorite stations on TV. Music, news, educational, sports & shopping channels are sorted in a very easy to find way, together with TV in English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese & Arabic sections.

    You may also browse world TV by regions or by country name. No configurations or settings are needed. The intuitive & user friendly interface will give you a pure Plug n´ Play! Experience. All you have to do is easily find your desired station, click on the station´s name, then sit back & relax…

    TV emulates the regular Television set on your PC, by using the high-speed Internet connection (xDSL, Cable or LAN, WiFi) for online global Television reception.

Next Category - Internet Utilities

Video Tutorial - How To Start Blogging On Blogspot?

I was video hopping on YouTube this morning when I suddenly stumbled upon this pretty little video by chrisabraham on "How To Start Blogging On Blogger". Although he'd been working on a version of Blogger that's at least 1 year, it's still pretty good for the current one too. It was hilarious when he tried to show how to upload an image on Blogger but was unsuccessful because of low bandwidth. Also, he'd been accidentally canceling the blockquote while trying to go to a new line. Do watch the video if you want a showdown on how to start blogging and if you're a veteran, still watch it for the kick of it. It's good fun, really.

Freeware Series - Drivers For Windows

This is the 3rd installment of the Freeware Series. The previous two were lists of Games & Security Softwares. Today, I'm listing out all the links to various driver installation pages. I didn't think that it'd be necessary to write descriptive paragraphs for the drivers since there an be a lot mane versions of drivers for a single company itself. Kindly refer the websites referred here for the ones that'll suit your hardware.

Audio & Multimedia Drivers
  1. Altec Lansing
  2. Creative Labs
  3. Crystal SemiConductor
  4. Hauppage
  5. I/O Magic
  6. Logitech
  7. Realtek
  8. Sony
  9. Sound Blaster
  10. Yamaha
Printer Drivers
  1. Brother
  2. Canon
  3. Fujitsu
  4. Hewlitt Packard (HP)
  5. Lexmark
  6. Panasonic
  7. Xerox
BIOS Drivers
  1. AMD Support
  4. Award
  5. Compaq Computers
  6. DELL Computers
  8. Intel
  9. NEC Support
  10. Toshiba

Next Category ; Multimedia

Automatically Clear Temporary Internet Files In Internet Explorer

A lot of us use shared computers to access the internet, even today. For us, privacy is a major matter of concern. However, after one surfs the net and leaves the computer for other to use, it is hardly rocket science to be able to figure out what the previous person had been browsing. Hence, it is very important to clear the temporary internet files and history before logging out. However, it is a tedious job to clear the data every time one logs out. Hence, here's a wonderful tutorial that shall guide to automate the system on Internet Explorer. Another major browser used today is Mozilla Firefox. However, it is pretty easy to automate the same in Firefox. Here's the tutorial to clear temporary internet files in Internet Explorer.
  1. Open your registry (type 'regedit' in the 'Run' dialog box) and find/create the key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache]
  2. Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called 'Persistent' using the settings
    Name: Persistent
    Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
    Value: (0 = empty, 1 = do not empty)
  3. Now again search for this key
    urrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache]
  4. Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value called 'Persistent' using the settings
    Name: Persistent
    Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
    Value: (0 = empty, 1 = do not empty)
  5. Exit Registry Editor.
  6. You might need to restart/log out Windows for the changes to take effect.

Freeware Series - Security Softwares

Here comes the 2nd installment of the FreeWare Series. As I'd already mentioned, I'd started this series as a help guide for all those who aren't rich enough to buy original software but are conscientious enough not to use the pirated ones.

Security Softwares
  1. CyberHawk - Cyberhawk is a next-gen security software. Simply put, it is "threat protection made easy" for everyone, even novices! It provides protection against viruses, spyware, trojans, intruders and other threats to PC security. Cyberhawk does the work of antivirus, anti-spyware and firewall programs. It is designed to work alongside any current security programs you may already have installed, so you don't need to uninstall your previous antivirus, anti-spyware, firewall or other security program before installing Cyberhawk.
  2. Security Process Explorer - Security Process Explorer is an enhanced task manager, that provides advanced information about programs and processes running on the computer. It displays all the standard information, including file name, directory path, description, CPU usage etc. as well as a unique security risk rating. This rating is conclusive and relies on the expertise of the user to determine whether the process should be terminated or removed.

    Security Process Explorer allows you to monitor CPU and memory usage graphs per process, view detailed processes information (with descriptions), stop and start new processes, set priorities and much more. You can easily find and remove unnecessary background processes as well as assigning more resources to demanding processes like games, realtime multimedia applications and cd writing softwares.

    • Give you detailed information about each and every process
    • Indicate whether a process is safe or not
    • Allow you to terminate process with a single click.
    • Let you block any unwanted processes or malware
    • Simple and User friendly interface
  3. Stinger - Stinger is a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but rather a tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with an infected system. Stinger utilizes next generation scan engine technology, including process scanning, digitally signed DAT files, and scan performance optimizations.

    This version of Stinger includes specific detection and repair for W32/Polip only. At this time, because of the nature of the infection algorithm, repair of files infected with W32/Polip may not return the files to their pristine, pre-infected state, and can cause problems with self-checking applications.
  4. Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool - Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found.

    This tool will help to remove specific, prevalent malicious software from infected systems. Because computers can appear to function normally when infected, Microsoft advises you to run this tool even if your computer seems to be fine. In addition to using this tool, you should use an up-to-date antivirus product to help protect your computer from other malicious software.

Next Category - Drivers

Format Your Drives In Just One Click

Format Your Drives In Just One Click
Yes, it's possible. All you need to do is write a code of n lines, n being the number of drives in your machine.

  1. Fire up the Notepad by typing "Notepad" in the Run window (Windows key + R).
  2. Type the following set of commands :
    format C:/q /y
    format D:/q /y
    format E:/q /y
    format F:/q /y
  3. Save the file as "Format_Drives.bat" in any location you wish.
  4. Now whenever you need to format your drives, just double-click on the batch file and watch the magic unfold.
Things to Remember:
  • Do save the file in a safe location so that you don't happen to format your drives just because you double-clicked the wrong file.
  • The drive, where your copy of Windows have been installed, cannot be formatted this way. Hence, to avoid complications, do not include the drive letter where the Windows files reside.
  • These commands are just a set of simple DOS commands that you can find in almost any decent DOS book.

Freeware Series - Games

I have been scourging the internet for a while, searching for free softwares that I could install on my machine. I'm not too rich to be able to buy professional softwares. I know, there are a lot many websites that allow you to download premium versions of softwares for free but being a software developer myself, I know how it feels to have people use your paid software for free. Hence the choice of freewares. Well, I've categorized all the softwares to the best of my ability and I plan to post the links as a series of posts. Don't worry, I shall publish the links to all categories so that you jump from one category to another, any time. Hope you find these links useful.

  1. Mini Golf Maniacs 1.0 - Mini Golf Maniacs is a free mini-golf game with fun graphics, good game play and several playing modes: one hole, coin gathering, tournament or multi player game online. Simply select the mode you like best and begin practicing your swing!
  2. - This is a website that is full of free games. However, some of them are adwares. All you need to do is confirm the same before downloading.
  3. QTracker - A nifty little program that lets you know what games are currently being played on the network

Next Category : Security Softwares

Do You Have The World's Best Folder Lock Yet?

You just got to try this method out. As the headline boasts, it is the best way you can hide and lock those little personal folders of yours, away from the prying eyes of your partner, parents or even kids. Here it goes -

title Folder Hide
if not exist readme_locker.txt goto readme
if EXIST "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" goto UNLOCK
if NOT EXIST Personal goto MDLOCKER
echo Are you sure you want to lock the 'Personal' folder (Y/N)
set /p "cho=>"
if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
if %cho%==y goto LOCK
if %cho%==n goto exit
if %cho%==N goto exit
echo Invalid choice. Try Again.
ren Personal "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
attrib +h +s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
echo Folder locked
goto exit
echo Enter password to unlock folder
set /p "pass= >"
attrib -h -s "c:\windows\setup.ecr"
set /p oripass= <>
attrib +h +s "c:\windows\setup.ecr"
if NOT %pass% == %oripass% goto FAIL
attrib -h -s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"
ren "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" Personal
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto exit
echo Invalid password....
echo If you forgot the password mail
goto exit
rem echo Enter the name for create a folder to hide:
rem set /p "name= >"
echo Enter the password for hide the 'Personal' folder:
set /p "msg=>"
del "c:\windows\setup.ecr"
echo %msg% >> c:\windows\setup.ecr
attrib +h +s "c:\windows\setup.ecr"
md Personal
echo 'Personal' Folder created successfully ...
echo It is created in the current directory...
goto exit
echo Readme file created....
echo Follow the procedure according to the readme_locker.txt
echo ================================================>> readme_locker.txt
echo Folderlocker 1.0 (Beta) * README FILE * Nov 22, 2007 >> readme_locker.txt
echo =============================================== >> readme_locker.txt
echo CONTENTS: >> readme_locker.txt
echo 1. What is Folderlocker? >> readme_locker.txt
echo 2. Steps >> readme_locker.txt
echo 1. What is Folderlocker? >> readme_locker.txt
echo ------------------------ >> readme_locker.txt
echo Folder locker is used for the protect a folder with a password. >>readme_locker.txt
echo 2. Steps >> readme_locker.txt
echo -------- >> readme_locker.txt
echo i.Enter the password for hide the 'Personal' folder >> readme_locker.txt
echo ii.Drag the files into 'Personal' folder to protect >> readme_locker.txt
echo iii.Run the folderlocker.exe again >> readme_locker.txt
echo iv.If you want to lock the folder hit 'y' or 'Y' Without Quotes >> readme_locker.txt
echo vi.If you want to retrieve the folder run the folderlocker.exe again >> readme_locker.txt
echo vii.Give the Correct password >> readme_locker.txt
echo ============================================== >>readme_locker.txt

  1. Copy the above code in NotePad or any other text editor and save it as "LockFolder.bat".
  2. Run the batch file. This will create a text file called"readme_locker.txt" in the same folder.
  3. Again double click on "folderlocker.bat" which now asks to enter a password. Input the password and now you will see a folder created, named "personal".
  4. Now copy all the contents you want to hide in this "personal" folder.
  5. Again, double click on "folderlocker.bat" which will asks you to press y/n to hide the folder. Press y.
  6. That's all. You will see your personal folder is hidden completely and also invisible if you show hidden files and folders.
  7. Later, if you want to see the personal folder just click on "folderlocker.bat" which asks to enter the password. Input it and then you the personal folder appears.