New E-bay User Agreement

2010-03-02 12:01:52 +0100

Just got a mail from ebay about their new user agreement policy.
Reproducing the mail verbatim in here. eBay sent this message to user(UserName).
Your registered name is included to show this message originated from ebay.
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Important Information - New eBay User Agreement

Dear Anshu Prateek,

You are receiving this because you are a registered user of an eBay website ("eBay") and you have provided a registration address in India.

Currently your "eBay" site of registration (that is the site on which you registered) is and You have contracted with eBay International AG, a company incorporated under the laws of Switzerland and having its registered office at Helvetiastrasse 15 /17C H-3005, Bern, Switzerland. If You sell on "eBay", You receive an invoice from eBay International AG for Your activities like listings, various features, final value fees etc.

With effect from 00:00 hours (India Standard Time) on the 1st day of April, 2010, all eBay users with a registration address located in India, will need to be registered with eBay India Private Limited (and not longer with eBay International AG). This means your existing User Agreement with eBay International AG will be terminated as of 31st March 2010 at 23:59 hours (You shall no longer be registered with eBay International AG) and immediately afterwards (i.e. effective 1st April 2010, unless you choose not to accept it, you shall be bound by a new User Agreement with eBay India Private Limited, a company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 (as applicable in India) with its registered office at 101-B, Akruti Corporate Park, LBS Marg, Kanjurmarg (West), Mumbai 400079, Maharashtra (INDIA) and the Privacy Policy of eBay India Private Limited would raise invoices to You for your activities like listings, various features, final value fees etc. on "eBay".

If you are registered with, your new User Agreement with eBay India Private Limited and the Privacy Policy of are hyperlinked as under. Please click on the following hyperlinks to carefully and fully read and understand your new User Agreement and Privacy Policy:

If you are registered with any other eBay website, while your existing user agreement with eBay International AG will be terminated as of 31st March 2010 at 23:59 hours, you shall be subject to the same user agreement of your registration site effective 1st April 2010, except for the following:

  1. Your contract is with eBay India Private Limited. eBay India Private Limited would raise invoices to You for your activities like listings, various features, final value fees etc. on "eBay".
  2. The following clause in the Section "Fees and Services" or "Fees", as the case may be:
    If you reside in India and you select to receive Your invoice in a currency other than Indian Rupees, you will receive all invoices from eBay India Private Limited in the currency as selected by you. You shall make the payments of these invoices in the name of eBay International AG, a company incorporated under Swiss laws and having its principal place of business at Helvetiastrasse 15/17, CH-3005 Bern, Switzerland. Your payments to eBay International AG should be in a currency other than Indian Rupees and should be from a bank account other than an Indian bank account or from a credit card other than those issued by Indian banks. You shall be solely responsible for compliance of all applicable laws including those in India for making payments to eBay International AG. Your payment to eBay International AG with full compliance of all applicable laws shall be sufficient to discharge you from your obligations towards eBay India Private Limited regarding payments under these invoices.

In the new User Agreement, as applicable to you, you would notice that the significant changes are (a) change in the contracting entity from eBay International AG to eBay India Private Limited; (b) eBay India Private Limited would raise invoices to you for your activities including selling and listings on any eBay website; and (c) your payment to eBay International AG for the invoices raised by eBay India Private Limited in non-Indian currency. Once these changes take place, you would continue to have the same world-class experience and protections in transacting on eBay websites that you always had.

Please note the following:

  1. If you agree and accept the aforesaid new User Agreement as applicable to you and with eBay India Private Limited and the Privacy Policy of, then no further action from your side is necessary and effective 1st April 2010, all Your activities including selling and listings on "eBay" shall be governed by the User Agreement and Privacy policy mentioned above.

  2. If you do not wish to accept the aforesaid new User Agreement as applicable to you with eBay India  Private Limited and the Privacy Policy of, you can choose to request to close your eBay account permanently on or before 31st March, 2010. Once you close your eBay account: (i) Your eBay account cannot be reopened, (ii) You cannot use the related feedback and (iii) You will not be able to use this user ID or email address on eBay .

  3. Please note that if you do not close your eBay Account permanently before 31st March 2010, as aforesaid, it shall be deemed that you have accepted the User Agreement as applicable to you with eBay India Private Limited and the Privacy Policy of

However, we encourage you to communicate with our Customer Service Resource to address any concern that may have prompted you to close your eBay account. Click here to learn more about the account closure process

Note: We recommend you to retain a copy of this email notification.


eBay International AG and eBay India Private Limited


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Time lag!

2010-03-02 08:43:15 +0100

This thoughts been for a while in my mind! When you work for a US company, you come to know about happenings and holidays in the US before you come to know when is holi! The latest news piece that prompted me to come back to this particular train of thoughts is the news piece about the Playsation 3 time issue. The older PS3 (non-slim versions) considered 2010 as a leap year. As a result their time mismatched from the servers on the Playstation Network and some of the user data (trophies won etc) were unavailable/corrupted for some users. Even as we speak, Sony updated with the news and the fix (manually changing the date on PS to 1 March 2010 fixed the issue). However, many of the US news majors on the net are yet to catch up with the latest update and still running the news about the failure without the latest updates. It leads me to believe that the US night time news can be better handled by folks where its daytime. Interesting thought! Will any online News media try out the same?

So many times reading a particular news piece in the newspaper or watching it on the TV, I feel that ain't that a old news? Yeah, maybe coz being employed by an internet giant, I get to know News as it happens while the traditional media takes its own sweet time to comeup with the latest (err.. oxymoron? )!

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Bing follows Google suite with innovation! Launches Auto Suggest based on history!

2010-03-02 00:07:06 +0100

Bing has come up with a new feature that doesn't exist in the market as of date! It now gives Auto suggests based on your past searches. Google also stores your past searches(if you are logged into google) using web history. Yahoo now seems to be the only safe search engine out there which doesn't seem to be storing users past searches!

As per bing offical blog

In fact, 44% of non-navigational search sessions last longer than 1 week!

This move might again stir up the Hornets nest of privacy concerns! Lets wait and watch!

DISCLAIMER: Author works for Yahoo! Search and the opinion displayed in here are his personal views and nothing to do with the official stand of any of the above mentioned companies. All the data mentioned in here are to the best of my personal knowledge. Any discrepancy which might have crept in here is solely due to my own ignorance and I take no responsibility for any usage/misusage of the above mentioned.

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an arbit post!

2010-03-01 11:59:04 +0100

An arbit post! After a looong time! Times have been changing! From my yesteryears of college days to today of working hours. Yesterday was the first Pragyan in my last 4 years that I didnt attend! Why I didn't go could be a stupid reason but a rational one. So unlike me! And then the last weekend. Saying out something that you always wanted to say to a dear one is always relieving. After a while you may think that maybe you should not have said / done so. But I believe in living in the world knowing that I did whatever I could. If something went wrong then maybe it was my mistake or maybe none of my fault. But anygiven day its far better than living in the world thinking what if I would ve done so. Had it be any different? This thought of 'maybe it would ve been different if I would ve done so' is the most killing one. I believe in action. Do what you want to do. Be ready to face all its consequences. Don't just sit there wondering if you should do something or not! I do so in each and everything except for one thing - whenever the question pertains to a member of the opposite sex, then you can count on me to take forever to get out of the loop as to whether I should or whether I should not! Though I ve been working upon it lately and I think I ve overcome the sole indecision factor to a greater extend. Still many a times I think that maybe I shouldn't have said so to her. But then that wouldn't ve been me right? I am what I am. And you need to accept me in my entirety. With my flaws and failures.
Its funnily weird yet a well known strange fact that writing/talking/blogging out helps your to vent out. I wanted to say something! Twitter was a bit short. FB and gtalk - too many people. So here I am. In my new home. Talking out to the world. cheers!

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Surge 2010

2010-02-27 21:42:46 +0100

UPDATE: Results declared!

UPDATE: From the IIT-K Surge Site:

The results of SURGE 2010, for Non-IITK students, will be declared on Tuesday, 6th April 2010. Thank you for your patience and sorry for the delay.

Update: The results of SURGE 2010, for Non-IITK students, will be declared by the end of March 2010.

Its been over two years since I first blogged about surge 2008. I followed it up with another one on surge 2009 after seeing the traffic on that particular post. Here is the info on the series about surge 2010.

First and foremost, What is Surge?

Summer Undergraduate Research Grant for Excellence
SURGE at IIT Kanpur

The Under the Summer Undergraduate Research Grant for Excellence (SURGE) program, undergraduate students from IITK and other participating institutions will undertake short duration, but focused research projects and push their intellectual abilities beyond those driven by the classroom. The duration is 10 weeks from early-May to end-July of each year. Students working at IITK will receive a stipend of Rs.10,000 for the entire 10-week duration; an additional Rs.10,000 Award plus a commendation certificate will be given to those SURGE students who produce exceptional quality research during the 10 weeks. IITK students in overseas institutions will receive a stipend as fixed by the agreement between IITK and the participating institutes.

Surge has added a couple of more foreign institutes to its list in 2010. Now the Universities for SURGE 2010 are California Institute of Technology (, Ecole Polytechnique (, Ecole Centrale de Paris ( and Rice University (

However the above is available only to IIT-K students.

Surge 2010 has a new feature! People from other colleges can also apply to Surge. Also, now First year M.Sc/ MA can also apply to Surge. Earlier only B.Tech students of NITs could apply for surge.

Unfortunately it seems that this year's application dates are over :(

The completed application form along with the paper copies will be due on/before February 12, 2010.

Students studying in the following colleges are eligible to apply for the SURGE program in 2010 at IIT Kanpur. Please note that students from any department of these colleges can apply to any department at IIT Kanpur.

The SURGE program is open to all students currently in their 2nd year and 3rd year of bachelors (BA/B.Sc/B.E/B.Tech) or 1st year of M.Sc/MA.

Students from all IITs, NITs, IISERs and NISERs are eligible to apply for the SURGE program. In addition, students from the following colleges may also apply.

The list of colleges that are eligible for Surge application are:

1. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
2. Amrita Institute, Coimbatore
3. Andhra University
4. Anna University
5. Banaras Hindu University (all departments including IT-BHU)
6. Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur
7. Bharadidasan University
8. Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
9. Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani - Goa Campus
10. Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Ranchi
11. Birsa Institute of Technology, Sindri
12. Burdwan University
13. BV Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli
14. Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), Chennai
15. Cochin University, Kochi
16. College of ceramic technology Kolkata
17. College of Engineering, Pune
18. College of Engineering, Trivandrum
19. College of Technology, G B Pant University
20. CSJM University, Kanpur
21. Delhi College of Engineering
22. Delhi School of Economics
23. Delhi University
24. Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Infomation and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar
25. Govt. College of Engg. Salem (Metallurgical Engg.)
26. Gulbarga University
27. Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, Punjab
28. HBTI, Kanpur
29. Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata
30. Indian Statistical Institute (ISI),Bangalore
31. Indian Statistical Institute Delhi
32. Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research Mumbai
33. Institute of Mathematics and Application, Bhubaneshwar
34. International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad
35. Jadavpur University
36. Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University (JNTU), Hyderabad
37. Jawaharlal Nehru University
38. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University, Bhubaneswar
39. Lucknow University
40. Madras School of economics
41. Madurai Kamaraj University
42. Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
43. Mangalore University
44. Manipal University
45. MIT, Anna University, Chennai
46. MS University Baroda
47. National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi
48. National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai
49. Osmania University
50. Pondicherry University
51. Presidency College, Kolkata
52. PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
53. Punjab Engineering College
54. Punjab University
55. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology
56. Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar
57. Saurashtra University, Rajkot, Gujarat
58. St. Stephens College
59. St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
60. St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.
61. Thapar Institute of Engineering and technology
62. The Laxmi Nivas Mittal Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur
63. Thiyagarajar College of Engg, Madurai
64. UIET, Kanpur University
65. University College of Science & Tech, Calcutta University
66. University Department of Chemical Technology
67. University of Bombay
68. University of Calcutta
69. University of Hyderabad
70. University of Madras, Chennai
71. University of Pune
72. Veer Jijamata Technical Institute, Mumbai
73. Vellore Institute of Technology
74. Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan
75. West Bengal University of Technology

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Earthquake in Delhi !?

2010-02-25 01:18:29 +0100

UPDATE: Its official Now! A small quake of Magnitude 2.5 hit Rohtak region in Haryana


Date of Occurrence: 25/02/2010

Time: 00:51:52.0 HRS(IST)

Intensity: SLIGHT

Magnitude: 2.5

Epicentre: Lat. 28.6°N Long. 76.9°E


There was another earthquake in Japan as well.

Earthquake Information (Information about Seismic Intensity at each site)
Issued at 08:39 JST 25 Feb 2010
Occurred at (JST) Latitude
(degree) Longitude
(degree) Depth Magnitude Region Name
08:35 JST 25 Feb 2010 35.7N 139.5E 30km 3.2 Tokyo-to Tama-tobu

Apparently there was a earthquake in delhi on February 25th, 2010 around 0050 Hrs. There are no confirmed news as of now. Tweeples are tweeting away on twitter about the earthquake. Non of the TV News channel have anything on them as of now. They are all showing Sachin's 200 quake or some other news.

Keep checking for more updates.

Kaveri Ahuja was one of the first tweeples to report it on twitter while the rest of Delhi Tweeples join the crowd.

Earthquake!! I felt an EARTHQUAKE!
Delhi 12:51 AM EARTHQUAKE. Birds & animals are shreiking outside!

Kaveri further states:

The epicentre was NOT Delhi. Probably not even India. I felt the shock wavr run from my foot to toe. #Earthquake

And she is an experienced one :( :

YES. Im VERY SURE. It was an EARTHQUAKE. Epicentre cant be here. But it was a bad one somewhere. I have felt many in my life Latur, Kashmir.

Though seems it wasnt that huge. People in Noida are saying they didnt feel anything.

Though seems otherwise in Gurgaon
Will keep you updated on it.

UPDATE: Twitter is dying down on earthquake tweets in delhi. Seems it was a small one. Hope all stays well.

UPDATE 2: Apparently it wasn't just Delhi but some in Uttaranchal as well.

Mild earthquake in Bageshwar Uttaranchal. Some people in South Delhi felt tremors. Seems nothing major.

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How to add subdomain in slicehost dns

2010-02-24 21:28:58 +0100

How to setup dns in slicehost?
Create the dns for your primary domain name using the setup as provided by slicehost.

Once you have a proper working domain name configured on your slicehost,
to add a sub-domain,

login to slicehost admin
Go to DNS tab.
Click on records next to your domain name.
Create a new record
Type A
Name yourSubdomain. <-- Note the last (dot). its compulsory
Data - your ip address to where you want to point your subdomain to. Most probably you want it to point to your slicehost ip itself.
change TTL if you want to.
Create record.
Now you have yourSubdomain.yourDomain up and running.

PS: Am assuming you are using your slicehost dns as your primary dns.

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slicehost setup mysql beginners guide

2010-02-22 21:07:39 +0100

Ok, so first and foremost about the heading. Its a direct search term that I got on this blog. I realised that even though I answered the query in this post, the user actually never got to see it. My bad!

Ok, assumption 1: You are using Fedora as your server distro. If you are using some other distro, please modify the yum commands as per your distro.
These steps can rather be used to set up a working LAMP
Type the following on your terminal

yum install apache mysql mysql-server phpmyadmin
service start mysqld
service start httpd

These will do the basics for you. You still wont be able to access your apache running on your host because of firewall/iptables.

referer to this post for further instructions on how to get it all up and running.

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Twitter "LOL is it you?" spam/phishing attack - what to do if you are affected.

2010-02-22 17:34:00 +0100

Twitter is facing another round of phising attack. This time again in the well known "lol is it you" format.

This spreads like a viral only through infected accounts. Once a person is tricked into clicking a link that he gets as a direct message, he is presented with a false twitter login. The person gives in his twitter username and password and then the malware sends out similar direct message to the infected person's followers.

I got one such dm yesterday from one of my friend. When another dm came from the guy today, I told him that most probably his account has been compromised. He did whats the right thing to do. Change his password. Right now this malware is not known to change the password.

A sample dm received from an infected account:

"Lol. this you??"

Dont click on the link.

The affected accounts are now being used to send direct spam links like

"free get bigger and have sex longer, go here"

What to do if you ve entered your twitter password on such a site?

So what to do if your twitter account is sending out such direct messages?

Immediately login to and change your password. Do not click on any link to go the twitter site. Thats why I ve not linked the twitter url above. Type it yourself in the address bar:

After logging in, click on settings in right hand top corner.
In the settings page, go to Password tab (second from left) and change your password.

What to do if you receive such dms from someone you follow.

You can tweet @yourfriendname telling him you are getting dms from his account. That ways rest of your followers will also come to know that a particular account is infected.

example of a tweet you can send @yourFriend

@friend ur account is hacked/infected. getting dm s from ur acc. plz check/change ur passwd.

The fact that the second dm doesnt ask for your twitter username password says that this attack is being used simple for spamming purpose, atleast till the time being.

This attack doesn't misuse any twitter vulnerability but rather the social vulnerability that even google cant avoid - phising.

Most of the browsers now warn you when you click on such links. You are presented with a screen like this in firefox:

Opera goes a step ahead and shows a fraud site message in the address bar even if you proceed to the site.

However one step where opera fails from firefox is that once I click on proceed in opera, it saves that in preferences and doesn't show the warning again. Whereas firefox shows the warning every time you click on the link. Despite you agreeing to visit the malicious site. I think Firefox's way is better than Opera's. For two reasons:

You can read more about the twitter attack on this article on mashable, from where I partly picked up the heading.

PS: I picked up the original pic used right in the beginning from

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Slicehost upgrades bandwidth and introduces new slices!

2010-02-22 12:06:32 +0100

Slicehost, the webhost on which this blog is hosted have upgraded their basic slice features starting February 17, 2010. Now for a monthly charge of $20, you get 150GB of bandwidth. It was earlier 100GB per month. Similarly all other slices have been upgraded. Also they have introduced new slice sizes, which in their own words

to help with a smoother, more consistent upgrade path we are very pleased to offer our new 'Intermediate Slices'. They sit nicely between our most popular Slice sizes. We have introduced a 384Slice, a 768Slice, a 1.5GB Slice and a 3GB Slice.

The prices of the new Slices will also allow for an easier resize path - the new Slices start at just $25.

Also, slicehost now have started "Professional Services", which basically mean you pay them and they do whatever you want :)
The upgrades are in effect immediately. You can see your upgraded bandwidths at your slicehost manager

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