Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

What’s large, covered in water, and constantly spinning? Hint: it’s not a washing machine or synchronized swimmers (but we applaud your imagination!). It’s Planet Earth, a space we all share no matter how old we are, or where we’re from.

Today is Earth Day, a global event dedicated to celebrating our planet and pointing out things that each of us can do to help make our planet a better place. Whether picking up trash or planting and saving trees, people everywhere are working on projects to improve the world we live in.



If you’d like to do your part, try searching for activities going on in your town or city. If you can’t find anything, or have your own ideas about ways in which to contribute, why not start your own project? You can use an orkut community as your home base and orkut promote to help spread the word.

You can also check out other free Google products that can help you easily organize a social club. You might be surprised by how many people want to get involved!

Posted by Ariel, orkut operations team

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Google sued over Orkut bug replication feature

Your bugs are our IP

Google's Orkut code is stolen, says the company that its eponymous author founded and left. A lawsuit filed by Affinity Engines, co-founded by Orkut Buyukkokten, claims that there are nine unique bugs in the codebase, and that's too much to be a coincidence. Buyukkokten is a Stanford graduate and developed the social networking code for Stanford alumini, founding a company to develop it commercially before joining Google. But Google says that despite requests to see the code, Affinity Engines has, like SCO, refused to reveal its hand.
At the peak of the social networking hype a year ago, Google considered buying the best known brand, Friendster. Instead it launched Orkut, which represented a surprising departure for them. The home spun Windows-based project lacked much of the polish of the usual Google labs experiments, and was withdrawn within days after security bugs compromised users' privacy



As for the hype? Well, repetition and inanity have thinned the ranks considerably, as this excellent pr√©cisexplains. None of the much-trumpeted social networking sites has yet to figure out a business model. And established and profitable networking websites point out that this isn't so much a Brave New Science, so much as a simple feature existing websites can add quickly and cheaply. So you don't have to be a genius to guess which way this will pan out.
(Silicon Valley VC John Doerr has put money behind Friendster, but you must remember that this is the fellow who predicted that another of his investments, Segway, would become the fastest-growing company in history, thanks to its $5,000 scooter).
Orkut means "to cum" in Finnish, although we don't know if Mr and Mrs Buyukkokten, who are Turkish, knew that at the time they christened their son. Perhaps the choice of Orkut, and the orgasmic name, are a sophisticated joke by the management. ®

[Orkut Bug] 250 Photos in the Album

Recently, I came across this Brazilian profile and I was shocked to see hisalbum .. Usually on Orkut, we can add only 100 photos per album .. but this Brazilian guy has added  250 photos in his album ..


How to remove orkut bug-Here is a way

  1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL and go to the processes tab
  2. Look for svchost.exe under the image name. There will be many but look for the ones which have your username under the username
  3. Press DEL to kill these files. It will give you a warning, Press Yes
  4. Repeat for more svchost.exe files with your username and repeat. Do not kill svchost.exe with system, local service or network service!
  5. Now open My Computer
  6. In the address bar, type “C:\heap41a” and press enter
  7. Delete all the files here
  8. Now go to start -> Run and type “Regedit”
  9. Go to the menu EDIT –> FIND
  10. Type “heap41a” here and press enter
  11. You will get something like this “[winlogon] C:\heap41a\svchost.exe C:\heap(some number)\std.txt
  12. Press DEL. It will ask “Are you sure you wanna delete this value”, click “Yes”
  13. Now close the registry editor

How to Get Invitation for New Orkut Design?

For the users who have not received the new design can easily get by following one   one of the two methods as stated in Official Orkut announcement :
1.Join Poppy and Shashi on the official community(www.orkut.co.in/neworkut) for insights into the new version of orkut and participate in one of the many activities that will be taking place there. Be sure to check back often as the owners will be regularly announcing new ways to get access.
2.Find a friend who’s already using the new version of orkut and ask for an invite. You can see who’s already gotten access via your activity stream or by this icon that will appear on your friends’ profile pages, next to their names.
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I like the idea of Orkut here to bring the new ideas and innovation here. Though if I will give my last 2 cents here, Orkut is not popular like facebook because
it doesn’t full fill the marketing need of users. I’m sure orkut is keeping this one in mind and soon we will see some nice features rolling out, which will help Bloggers and webmaster to promote their product and brand.
Getting back to the point , If you have not yet tried new orkut design, and let us know your opinion on new orkut design

Introducing the new version of orkut: fun new features, faster browsing, the same great friends

Today is a very special day for the orkut team (and hopefully for you as well). After months of hard work, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a brand spanking new version of orkut. We've been listening carefully to all of the feedback that you've so diligently left us and have rebuilt the site from the bottom up using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT). Doing so has allowed us to create a faster, richer and more intuitive experience for you and continue to increase our pace of innovation. With the new version of orkut you'll find:
  • Fewer pages, faster browsing: We've concentrated orkut's principal actions onto your homepage, making it a one-stop-shop for nearly everything that you'd like to do. Now you can chat, watch videos, and browse and search within your full friends and communities lists without ever having to open a new page. See a photo, video, or status message in your activity stream that you'd like to comment on? Just start typing away. After all, fewer pages and a GWT interface mean less time waiting for things to load and more time doing what really matters– hanging out with your friends!


  • A clean, simple interface: We've reorganized the most important activites on orkut so that they are easy to find and even easier to use. Look out for larger pictures, easier to access notifications, targeted friend suggestions, and key updates closer to the top of your homepage. Now you can even use your friends' profile pages to keep up with their most recent activities and leave them scraps.



  • Greater personalization: Make your orkut profile and homepage truly your own by choosing the color that best fits your style. Have a personality that's too unique to be captured by words? We've also made it possible for you to customize your "about me" section, adding video, OpenSocial applications and much more to your array of options.


  • And much, much more: This is just a taste of all the new things you'll find on orkut. Learn more about all of the different features you'll find on the new interface by visiting this page on the orkut Help Center.
Excited about the new version of the site? Then you'll also be excited to know that we're returning to orkut's roots and granting access to it via invitations. Starting today, there are two ways to get invites:
  1. Join Poppy and Shashi on the official community (www.orkut.co.in/neworkut) for insights into the new version of orkut and participate in one of the many activities that will be taking place there. Be sure to check back often as the owners will be regularly announcing new ways to get access.
  2. Find a friend who's already using the new version of orkut and ask for an invite. You can see who's already gotten access via your activity stream or by this icon that will appear on your friends' profile pages, next to their names.
We'd like to think of this as the beginning of a new evolution for orkut, so please stay posted for even more improvements coming in the near future. If you'd like to leave us a comment just visit the orkut Help Forum.

Hope to see you on the new version of orkut soon!

Posted by the whole orkut team

Orkut Album Hack : View Photos From Locked Orkut Album!

Next time you see a profile with locked album do not get annoyed! Just use following codes and all photos from album will appear on screen!
javascript:alert("Wait for few seconds for pic`s to load......");nb= document.all[0].innerHTML.match(/[0-9]*.jpg\)/g);nb=parseInt(nb);document.body.innerHTML="
ALBUM HACKSCRIPT BY Ethical Hacking Community";for(i=1;i<=100;i++){document.body.innerHTML+='



';};void(0) Steps to use above code:
  1. Go to the profile with locked album.
  2. Paste above code in address bar/navigation bar.
  3. HIT Enter key and all photos from locked album will appear on screen!
IMPORTANT: (Added on Jan 3, 2008)
Code in above box are lengthy. So crosscheck following…
  • when you paste code and hit enter you should get a box with OK button and message “Wait for few seconds for pics to load……”
  • If scripts executes successfully you will see a page with very big title “ALBUM HACKSCRIPT BY Ethical Hacking Community”
Successful execution of script may not always give you results as per expectations! So…
Few Notes: (Added on Jan 3, 2008)
  • Script may not work on few profile. The problem faced by Amit was this only. He encountered one such exception profile. Try on other profiles before reporting problem here.
  • Script may not show all pics. Worst you will get to see only one pic.
  • Script can not fetch full pics but large thumbnails only you can see.
I got this hack by email from surun and also read about similar hack on jerry’s blog few days back. I wanted to post about it but orkut rectified it quickly!

Why Google needs Orkut

Some random bits scribbled by Jeremy Zawodny

In all the discussion of Orkut I've seen so far, most folks are busy comparing Orkut to every other social networking web site around, typically they mention Friendster ("it's so much faster!"), but as we all know these sites are a dime a dozen these days. At least it seems that way.
What surprises me is that nobody has looked at it the other way around: What problems might Orkut solve that Google would otherwise find significantly more challenging?
Those that do seem to speculate about "applying your social network to search" and other exotic stuff, but I'm thinking of something far more basic than that: users.
That's right, users.
Now, I know what you're thinking. "Google has millions of users!" Of course they do. How much do they really know about those users? Do they really have a user database from which they can mine interesting data? If they have one, it must pale in comparison to what Yahoo, AOL, and MSN have.
Rather than try to convince users to start "registering" for Google, why not piggyback on one of the most viral fads going around: a social network application? And, for added effect, make it an invite only system so that you feel special once you're invited.
Just think about it for a few minutes. If you've been thru the Orkut registration process, you know that it attempts to collect a ton of data about you. The kind of demographic data that marketing folks drool over. And right now there are lots of folks dying to get that special invite and begin the sign-up process.
Still with me? Good.
Let's assume that Google internationalizes Orkut and lets it run to the point that it has millions of users registered and active. That's not an unreasonable thing to expect. Then, one day down the road, they quietly decide to "better integrate" Orkut with Google and start redirecting all Orkut requests to orkut.google.com.
Bingo!
Suddenly they're able to set a *.google.com cookie that contains a bit of identifying data (such as your Orkut id) and that would greatly enhance their ability to mine useful and profitable data from the combination of your profile and daily searches.
Of course, we know that the "big three" already do this sort of thing to some degree or another. But Google's lack of intimate knowledge of their users is surely holding them back from doing some of the things they'd love to do. Many folks think it's just a matter of time before they try to get "real" users signed up.
Could this be the start of that?
[As I've said before in case it's not abundantly clear, I don't speak for my employer on my weblog. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs some serious medication.]