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Friday, October 13, 2006
  How to get around broken links
[Note: I know some of you saw this post 5 times in your RSS aggregators. Sorry about that. Had some problems with the net connection. Pressed publish a few too many times.]

It was brought to my notice recently (sad, sad start to a blog entry). One of the links in one of my previous posts ("posts" is a bit of a stretch. There are two.) is dead. I'm sure it's happened to you, before. So, how can you get around it?

I can think of a couple of things off the cuff (side note: I don't wear things which have cuffs):

Ironically, in this case, the broken link, is not that easy to find using either technique. Giving that link to the Wayback machine returns one page, with a lot of broken image links. You can get to the actual pages by getting those links and giving them to the Wayback machine. But, that's too much trouble.

Giving that link to Google or Yahoo turns up almost nothing (even using "site:"). So, I'm left with no option but to use the fact that I know the title of the page I'm looking for (the secret diaries and tolkien). So, a Google search for the secret diaries tolkien gives the page I'm looking for. It's here.

Any other ideas?


PS: Searching for old stuff? Go to archive.org.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
I love The Lord of the Rings. It's one of those books you SHOULD read. It's an epic spanning over a thousand pages of very small text, but once you start reading it, you're hooked.

I especially loved Tom Bombadil, the Ents, Strider and of course, Gandalf (funny site). Tom Bombadil is so cool, he has his own webpage. You can also find a proper Gandalf biography here.

What was the objective of the whole post? It was not to introduce you to LOTR (if you didn't know about it already, you're a loser and I don't want you to read this). It was to introduce this site. It's a site about the languages (tongues) that Tolkien invented. I don't claim to have read it, and I don't plan to ever read it in it's entirety. But, it's a symbol of Tolkien's greatness. Helge Kåre Fauskanger (Sex: M, girls are called Helga), has dedicated what seems like most of his life to reading all the documents he can chance upon to come up with this site. Wow!

Anyway, after (and only after) you're done reading the LOTR, you should read this. It's very funny.

Waaaay off-topic, but currently (as of May 15th, 2006), Surat leads India's search for porn. But, if you get into the details (pun intended, don't know how many of you will get it), "sex" beats "porn", hands down (a small pun intended). Bangalore's not even on the map. Come on, people!

[Note: The link provided at the end is dead. It's actually here: The Very Secret Diaries. (October 14th, 2006)]
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Blogs. Did you know that the web was envisioned to be a read/write medium? Did you know that the first web browser was actually an editor? I just wrote this blog entry to see how it looks. I doubt that there will be too many more entries.

If you're interested, you can read this. It's about Tim Berners-Lee and that vision of his. If you're unfortunately extremely techically-oriented (meaning, a geek), you might like Doc Searls' writing. For example, this. It's about, what he calls, the "World Live Web".

As you can see, there's not much to see here. It's just some random guy rambling about useless, random stuff. Move along, folks.

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