Thoughts Sans Boundaries

Possible cure for AIDS?

Posted in internet stories by Aditya Moorthy on June 29, 2007

A friend of mine pointed me to this news. Apparently a group molecular biologists from Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany have made a breakthrough in identifying the DNA of the HIV virus by using an engineered enzyme called Tre which removes the virus from the genome by recognising and reconstructing the DNA of the virus and then destroys it thus removing the infection from the cell. Although it is still in clinical trials, it is indeed an interesting breakthrough as it can pave the way for curing more then 40 million people from this deadly virus.

Read more about this here http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21988403-601,00.html

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Some interesting stories to waste time on…

Posted in internet stories by Aditya Moorthy on June 28, 2007

This story talks about some of the worst currencies in the world. All the countries listed are either under seige or they are severed from the “international society” because of their policies. No takeaways from this story but interesting for a casual read
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=3880

This one is… don’t know what to say. I really wonder what point is being driven through that montage. I know the freethinkers out there are going to jump back and say, “hey this is freedom of expression” but honestly, it does not evoke any emotions in me. Maybe it does for you.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6245112.stm

Viddler the video man

Posted in technology by Aditya Moorthy on June 28, 2007

There are umpteen sites out there which boasts of video hosting services, offering all kinds of interfaces and features to easily upload videos. So, I came across this new service Viddler. What’s so cool about it that one should use it?

  • The video can be embedded on a website or a blog entry. I couldn’t embed one myself as the button in the wordpress dashboard wouldn’t function properly. Still getting used to the new WordPress service.
  • The application has a really cool way of tagging the videos. It is completely flash driven and once can click on the timeline of the video and create tags based on specific video moments. This is one feature that I like very much as the tags can be highlighted when the video is playing and if tagged properly it can put the video content is perspective. Whoever thought about it deserves a pat in the back!
  • It lets you write comments on specific moments of the video and start a discussion in-turn.  This is very similar to the tagging feature but instead of tagging, the users can write comments and then reply on other’s comments. Another of my favourite.
  • One can record a video from the webcam and directly save it on viddler
  • And it has a nice search facility

I still think it has a long way to go before it can think of competing with application like YouTube. But I think applications such as these will eventually push for better services from bigger providers like Google and MSN

Go ahead and fiddle the viddle…

I am hooked on to meebo

Posted in technology by Aditya Moorthy on June 27, 2007

I simply love this service. I even added the meebo widget on this blog and you can message me from the blog that you are reading. Isn’t it cool?

I can now manage all my IM lists in one location online and I can see who is online without worrying about installing the applications in all the gadgets that I carry. Great work meebo team!

Windows planning online file storage?

Posted in technology by Aditya Moorthy on June 27, 2007

It is already be old news by now but there is renewed interest in Techmeme about this topic. Last year Ray Ozzie, CTO of Microsoft made a statement that they are looking to get into the area of online storage by leveraging its huge server farms making file storage online, thereby accessible anywhere, anytime, code named as Live Drive. There is also intense speculation (for quite a while now) that Google is planning something similar service, popularly codenamed as Gdrive.

I think they are really cool products as it changes the way we manage and operate PCs. Imagine high-speed bandwidth on several of your devices – mobile phones (with integrated music player), laptops, desktops, PDAs and various other mobile computing devices and you could access all your data anywhere. You are talking to your friend about a song that you have stored in your online “drive” but can’t play it as you don’t have it in your mobile phone cum music player and all you have to do is simply log on to your online “drive” via wireless Internet, download the file and play it on your device. It opens up so many different avenues for new ideas and applications.

Can’t wait to try them all!

Welcome to my new blog space

Posted in Uncategorized by Aditya Moorthy on June 27, 2007

If you are looking for older posts, check out http://kanmoorthy.spaces.live.com

My newer posts will be on this site from now on. I have used wordpress before and I think it is a very intuitively built tool. Hope they keep making the enhancements and kudos to the wordpress team.