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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Small Changes Durable Link to this BLOG
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  • Amit [of nHlog] pointed out to me that Blog Portal was not clearly indicating when a ping was rejected. I've added a message to indicate that only one ping per hour is accepted. I've also fixed a defect when a Ping imported was over-riding a manual ping. Now manual pings get precedence.
  • Thanks to Srijith's persistence, I've implemented XML, RSS1.0 and RSS2.0 feeds for the Blog Portal updates. Apparently some news readers still can't read it, although I have modeled the feeds exactly like the leading examples.
    Exactly my point, Thank you
    My thanks to Srijith for taking the pains to validate and test 'em.
  • Small changes to by RHS (right hand side) are: Link to Yahoo Finance is back, and link to Cam is gone, to reflect the current trends.

Yahoo Wallet is Gone!
(and other ecommerce blues)

I sent a thank you message to Yahoo today, because they finally got rid of the the requirement to signup for Yahoo Wallet before you bought anything via them. What a pain that requirement was! And for the first time I have actually paid money to Yahoo (by upgrading my mail account) for a service. Now if only they implemented a rule-based system for next year's Fantasy Football......


I found this shop on the web called eShakti, that sold Indian merchandise. The website was pretty usable (except that the underlined words were not hyperlinks), but they didn't have the product I wanted in stock. However, they had a button called "Inform me when it gets stocked", which I thought was clever and signed up. A week later I got an email saying the product was in stock. My joy knew no bounds and I promptly ordered it, and started waiting for the package to arrive.

But no, they said it was an error, and as if it is some kind of consolation, told me that they didn't charge my credit card. I thought, OK, the matter's closed, but now they've signed me up for their 'buy this', 'buy that' SPAM.
I just can't win.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Last Modified: 2/12/2003

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