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Thursday, September 22, 2005

A Trip into Blogsville



I wandered off, today, peeping in and out of a myriad blogs. Only a few manage to imprison the attention, and today they were those of Princess Au Contraire and Deepak Jeswal. I've read DJ before and his stories are irresistably enrapturing. But today I found immense beauty in his stories and language. His personal post 'Married on 5th July' stirred me emotionally and I longed to see Dad and Mum together again. Princess has a fine linguistic appeal about her posts. I felt agitated when I read they had to put up with verbal abuse in London, post those bombings, merely owing to their Asian origin. How unfair is that?!

It's a pity I discovered them at a time when both have just taken an indefinite break from their respective sites. I've always nurtured this desire to write beautiful, impeccable English and this trip has just shown me where I stand. The writers I particularly adore are Deepak Jeswal, Princess, The Raging Currents, Abhinav and Mukund. Perhaps someday I'd be able to reach somewhere close to their ranks!

A few prominent alterations on my blog: First, the tag box is gone. It was causing irritating pop-ups and I've removed it...if anyone could suggest how to get rid of the pop-ups rather than the box itself, I could have it back again. Then, Thought for the Day features again. I've this vast kitty of thoughts I want to put up here; only, last time I was too clumsy to update each day! Dunno if I'd be any better this time around. Lastly, there's a counter steadily ticking away at the top. Apparently, not everyone understands what the Goblet of Fire is - the fourth movie in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, cinematic version of the fourth Potter books by the same name, is releasing this November 18th. And we, Potter fans, are eagerly waiting to see Danielle Radcliffe play our favorite wizard hero, Harry Potter!!


Comments:

Wow! Thanks for the mention :-). As for the chatbox pop-ups....no idea....never been any good at such things......but mine doesn't gimme any problems....how about enabling pop-up blocker on Firefox?
# posted by Blogger Darth Midnightmare : Friday, September 23, 2005  


Wow! Agreed mostly with all of this Vidhi! Deepak Jeswal is my favourite writer and he works hard at it. Princess is the dearest person in the whole world and writes oh so well and whats the best thing about these two are that besides being fabulous writers, they hre the best persons too! LOVE your template!!! You take care and dont forget to vote at the bloggerattis!
# posted by Anonymous Kaush : Friday, September 23, 2005  


Wowiee, this is just out of the blue! I am absolutely overwhelmed. Thanks a zillion :-)

Now, I hope I am able to end the break soon.

Take care.
# posted by Anonymous deepakjeswal : Friday, September 23, 2005  


Hey Vidhi! Thanks for dropping by.

And how how how can anybody not know about the Goblet of Fire! How!
# posted by Blogger First Rain : Friday, September 23, 2005  


@johnny...cummon dont thank me! ur writing is worth mention! i've noticed a couple of other sites whose cboxes aren't troublesome...unlike mine!! i've tried all those enabling pop-up blockers...but still it doesnt work! :(

@kaush, hello kaush...yeah, i realized that too! :) and glad u liked the template!

@deepak...u too dont need to thank me! u ppl hv got this gift! and if i cud persuade u to come back to blogging, my write-up has served its purpose! :)

@first rain...welcome here! so u read harry potter?! *in titanic style* and that makes u my new friend!!
# posted by Blogger Vidhi : Friday, September 23, 2005  


Man , you embarass me yaar.my writings are like a C grade govinda flick - no meaningful messages , just time pass.anyways , thanx :)
# posted by Anonymous abhinav : Sunday, September 25, 2005  


nice post..but i felt that you are sad over something...

DJ is well known for his stories and Princess is really wonder person..her post are always have loads of feelings

abt ur chatter box..mine doesnt make any probs..why urs?

i hope will get it soon..

take care

God bless u !
# posted by Blogger Fursat : Sunday, September 25, 2005  


Hi there! This place has changed a lot since my last visit! And as for a shoutbox, get one at http://saybox2.co.uk
That one has no pop-ups or anything and is highly customisable. A lotta others available though! Just do a google...
# posted by Anonymous AkS : Tuesday, September 27, 2005  


Nah, make that http://saybox.co.uk
Sorry for the typo!
# posted by Anonymous AkS : Tuesday, September 27, 2005  


@abhinav, nevertheless...u write well!

@neetie...just flip back into my blog's pages...perhaps u'd get a hint of what chaos reigns in my life...
# posted by Blogger Vidhi : Tuesday, September 27, 2005  


hey akash! where had u been pal?! hope u r fine now. i so much wanted ur help with the design of the template; u werent around, but thankfully anat helped me out!:)
# posted by Blogger Vidhi : Tuesday, September 27, 2005  


and akash, thanks for the link to the tag box!
# posted by Blogger Vidhi : Tuesday, September 27, 2005  


okay, i came here searching for some new blogs to read.... but your template has somehow left me craving for strawberry shakes.I dunno :(
Nice blog.... will visit again.
* stumbling, skidding, pushing, falling ... runs towards the canteen *
:D
# posted by Blogger ~Sen~ : Wednesday, September 28, 2005  


hi sen! but strawberry milkshake is pink right? i love the drink too! welcome here! must say, u leave good comments on richa's...
# posted by Blogger Vidhi : Wednesday, September 28, 2005  


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Computer News
Microsoft lawsuit is called a 'charade'

In a simmering legal tussle, Google, the Internet search company, is asking a judge to reject Microsoft's bid to keep a prized research engineer from taking a job at Google, saying that Microsoft filed a lawsuit to frighten other workers from defecting.

Microsoft sued the research engineer, Kai-Fu Lee, and Google last week, asserting that by taking the Google job, Lee was violating an agreement that he signed in 2000 barring him from working for a direct competitor in an area that overlapped with his role at Microsoft.

"This lawsuit is a charade," Google said in court documents filed before a hearing on Wednesday in Seattle. "Indeed, Microsoft executives admitted to Lee that their real intent was to scare other Microsoft employees into remaining at the company."


Google countersued last week, seeking to override Microsoft's noncompete provision so that it can retain Lee.

"In truth, Kai-Fu Lee's work for Microsoft had only the most tangential connection to search and no connection whatsoever to Google's work in this space," Google said in court documents.

The judge in the case, Steven Gonzalez of Superior Court, who heard arguments in the case on Wednesday, said he expected to issue a ruling on Thursday.

Google's filings include details about a conversation Lee had with Microsoft's chairman, Bill Gates, suggesting that his company was becoming increasingly concerned about Google's siphoning of talent, and perhaps intellectual property.

Lee said Gates told him in a meeting on July 15, referring to Microsoft's chief executive, Steven Ballmer: "Kai-Fu, Steve is definitely going to sue you and Google over this. He has been looking for something like this, someone at a VP level to go to Google. We need to do this to stop Google."

A Microsoft spokeswoman, Stacy Drake, declined to comment on Gates's statement directly.

"Our concern here is the fact that Dr. Lee has knowledge of highly sensitive information both of our search business and our strategy in China," she said.

Lee said Google did not recruit him and had not encouraged him to violate any agreement he had with Microsoft.

Microsoft countered that Lee's job with Google gave him ample opportunity to leak sensitive technical and strategic business secrets. Microsoft noted that Lee attended a confidential, executive-only briefing in March, which was labeled "The Google Challenge."

"In short, Dr. Lee was recently handed Microsoft's entire Google competition 'playbook,"' Microsoft said.

Lee joined Microsoft in August 2000 after he helped to establish its research center in China. At one point, Microsoft said, he was in charge of the company's work on MSN Search.

Microsoft and Google, along with Yahoo, are locked in a fierce battle to dominate search, both online and through desktop search programs. Google has begun offering new services, including e-mail, that compete with Microsoft offerings.


Microsoft said it had paid Lee well in exchange for his promises to honor confidentiality and noncompete agreements.

The company said that Lee made more than $3 million during nearly five years at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and that he earned more than $1 million last year.

Microsoft asserts that there is "an extremely close between the work Lee did at Microsoft and what he will be doing at Google.

Google argued otherwise, insisting that Lee is not a search expert and noting that his most recent work at Microsoft was in speech recognition.


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# posted by Blogger BLANCHE : Friday, October 14, 2005  


hey there! Thank you ever so much for the kind words about my writing! it certainly inspires me to write more often. Now that I am within a fortnight of being back in civilisation ie. internet access, i promise to write more often. Lovely template! Great Job!!
# posted by Anonymous Princess Au Contraire : Saturday, July 15, 2006  


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24 year-old female Arian. wheatish complexion, long hair, slender frame. After being a citizen of the world an Indian to the core

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Fav Movie: The eternal Titanic
Fan of: Salman Khan, the English language
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