Saturday, June 12, 2010

International Dolls Museum Chandigarh

After visiting Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake and heart of the city beautiful the sector-17  market every alternate weekend or so, last weekend, I decided to explore some not so famous but interesting places of Chandigarh.

My this endeavor at least made my little daughter happy. We visited International Dolls Museum, Bal Bhawan sector-23 last weekend. International Dolls museum has dolls from all over the world. Dolls and puppets housed in the museum  gives a glimpse of  culture and traits of the people of different Geo locations.


Doll from Himachal Pradesh



Cinderella

Ali Baba

International Dolls museum is indeed a beautiful concept of showcasing rich culture, costumes and other facts of different walks of  life.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Gmail security

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Of late I read couple of posts about hacking of  Gmail accounts and took necessary steps like addition of alternate email address and mobile number to prevent such incidents happening to my account. Though my account seems to be safe as I get sms alert as well as email on my alternate email address, yet my today's experience with Gmail password recovery  was bit shocking.

Today, accidentally I logged into someone else's Gmail account. Year back I tried to create a Gmail address for my 2 years old daughter and wasn't sure whether I was able to get email address with her first name or a combination of first name and last name.

I just entered her first name and  password to login. It was a failure and assuming that I've forgotten the password, I went on to recover password from the recovery page. First screen was prefilled with firstname@gmail.com, on second screen I was asked to enter Father's middle name which I did and the result was a password reset screen. After resetting the password I landed in Gmail account. To my surprise the inbox was full of junk emails (I was still thinking it's the email address I created sometime back) and at the top of page, just below the search box, one standard yellow notification bar was showing an email address set as an alternate email address which  was probably yet to be verified.

Email address notification which was displaying an email address unknown to me and the last mail of date 2004 caught my attention. This is when I realized that I've logged into someone else's account.

I logged out immediately without performing any unethical action. If this password recovery process would have sent password or instructions on alternate email address or the process should have asked some other questions, this incident would have never happened. This is a major flaw in the password recovery flow. It's quite possible for two persons to have same middle name, especially in India. Guys @Google, if you happen to read this post, do revisit the flow for Gmail users who never bothered to add alternate email address or mobile number.

Friday, April 16, 2010

PowerPoint presentations on iPad

Yesterday, we rolled out iPad compatible version of authorSTREAM presentation output.  Now authorSTREAM presentations can be viewed on iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices. Apple's big no to Adobe flash player on iPad and increasing mobile traffic were some of the compelling factors to make authorSTREAM iPad and mobile ready. Everyone here at authorSTREAM  worked extra hard so that your presentations can be viewed on any internet surfing device; be it computer, mobile or iPad.

All the new PowerPoint  uploads can be viewed on iPads and over time all the presentations will be iPad compatible. Animations, timing and capability of handing audio and video inserted in PowerPoint has always been strength of authorSTREAM output. For now iPad output lacks in sound and animation but we're detremine to bring that functionality soon. Down the line you will see more functionality and better user experience on iPad and mobile devices. Read more at TechCrunch or authorSTREAM blog.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

Enjoyed 1st day of 2010 with 3 Idiots

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Today, got a chance to view Aamir Khan's new movie, "3 Idiots" at PVR cinemas. Needless to say that Aamir is fantastic as always.


First half of the movie raises serious concerns  about Indian education system in a very amusing way. Though the second half of the film is more dramatic and emotional yet all is fabricated in such a nice manner that not for a minute audience loose interest.

In a nutshell, movie is worth watching. Films like "Lage raho Munna Bhai",  "Tare Zameen par" and  "3 Idiots" have proved that commercial cinema can go a long way in sending out social messages.