Friday, March 31, 2006

Goowy + IM + Virtual Storage

Goowy is back with a vengeance 2 new sleek features which are to rock up mail city , integration of Instant Messaging an Virtual File Storage.

I was kindly allowed to checkout out these neat features which is really just great , although i did have a few problems with the virtual file storage.

The IM features works like a breeze , you can connect to not only people having goowy accounts but also MSN , Yahoo , AIM , ICQ users , etc..

Below is an extract of an interview I had with CEO of Goowy Alex Bard:

1. What is the maximum capacity for the File Storage feature?

We are offering 1gb free with premium services in the near future to upgrade to more space.

2. To which IM networks would the IM client be able to connect?

You will be able to connect to AOL, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Goowy to Goowy and shortly all other Jabber networks.

3. What features would the IM client have apart from text e.g Voice , file sharing , emoticons , etc..

Take a look and you can see – some of the main features are:

1. emoticons
2. individual themes for windows
3. pop windows in and out of the browser
4. sounds
5. and in the near future full integration with file storage and email

4. When is the official launch for both services expected ?

We are rolling them out over the next few weeks in phases. The official launch is coming inside of the next 30 days. If you want your account enabled just email us at

5. How is goowy thinking of competing with the giants such as GMail , Yahoo and Hotmail ?

We have been doing it ever since we launched goowy in early 2005. We are competing by providing a better experience and a more dynamic, interactive environment. Additionally we integrate with all of the major players whereas they do not play so well with one another.

6. What other cool features could we be expecting in the coming months ?

We are working on a lot of really cool features, including more enhancements to our core components - email (tags, more folder support, multiple views, rules, etc.) contacts (better integration, synch) calendar (synch, public events, mobile notifications). Additionally we are working on opening our APIs for external development and some other stuff we are not quite ready to share J

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So do look out for Goowy in the coming days ;) it rocks...

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Monday, March 27, 2006

Car Hunter

Hunting for your Car is so tiring but it does also have its share of excitement. I browsed though the newspapers for weeks and endless months to find the rare pearl that I could possibly buy but thats really painstaking and if you are someone like me who has really few spare hours per week to go check out second hand vehicules from particulars it soon becomes a never ending journey.

So i shifted gear and decided to check out re-conditioned vehicules , now like most developing countries Mauritius has an arsenal of car centres specialised in these. Cars usually start at Rs 400 ,000 onwards and can reach up to Rs 600,000 (thats the case for Honda's and Toyota's even saw a Mitsubishi 2003 at such a price).

Most of these specialised shops provide payment facilities via leasing and they do all the registation work for you which is really good.

Advantages of a re-con is that the car is definitively newer , right now there is a law which has just been passed which forbids car older than 3-4 years from being imported to the island this ensuring that our roads are not filled with wrecks that could be potential hazards.

I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel , but hey the hunt is not completely over yet ;) .

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

fancy a car ?

My good friend Avinash just booted up his website The site started as a project for learning php and has ended into a brilliant car portal that allows uses to search for used cars and provides useful information on getting driving theory , car insurance and buying-selling advice.

He is adding new functionalities every week and the site promises to be a really cool tool if you want to get your hands on the cars that fit your budget.

The services offered are free so do check it out !!!

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Friday, March 03, 2006

Diwa Cyclone and Zee cine awards

At the time of writing of this article a cyclone warning class 1 is prevailing in Mauritius in other words our weekend is gone for good , damn i love DODO land.

All is set to make people stay at home and watch the Zee Cine Awards , one of the biggest shows todate in Mauritius. Performs will come from bollywood direct to our little island for a 5 hour show broadcasted live to many stations through out the glode tommorrow.

Tickets are really expensive the lowest being rs 7000/- something to rs 20,000 for the VIP ticket which lets you sit with the Shah Rukh and Amithab Bachan. Its making big noise here almost outclassing the Chikunkungha epidemic which is just around the corner with the cyclonic rains that awaits us.

So i would be expecting many mauritians clustering in front of their TV sets on Saturday nite watching the show whilst Diwa makes her show outside and people getting themselves suck and bitting by mosquitoes on Monday... not a very rosy perspective but thats how nature gets it way with you when stars fall on your head :p
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