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Upgrade your computer memory with Memoryx.com

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Upograde your computer memory with Memoryx.com
Originally uploaded by shashiBellamkonda Warning ! geeky post ahead !

My Desktop is a pentium 4 with a processor speed of 2.53 GHz. Its about 6 years old but serves my purpose. Of late I have been feeling limited by the 512 RAM it has. When you are faced with a slow computer you consider your options : upgrade it or buy a new one. I use my laptop more than my desktop so I decided to just upgrade it. Here is what i did:

a) From my desktop I went to memoryx.com
b) Using the tool it deteced my computer and told me what i had already . Suggested 4 different combinations.
c) You can order online from them or take the specs and shop around.
d) I called them 1-866-636-6799 and a friendly guy answered all my questions and said i could call tech support and they would walk me thorugh installation if I needed help.
e) I asked for a price match $3 and they did it ( OK. I am a cheap guy:)
f) 2 day shipping was $9
g) Except for UPS having issues in the las…

Twitter poll - No prize - Just for fun

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Do you Listen to NPR?













When I first came to the US over a decade ago, a good friend of mine told me about NPR and since then I am a fan. I listen to 88.5 WAMU whenever I can and that is sadly only while driving. NPR is a great public institution and I hope more people will listen and support NPR.

Update: Dec 29th : Linda Thanks for pointing out that NPR shows can be downloaded on iTunes.

Bill Marriott on YouTube - Wishing You a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year

When Bill Marriott first started Blogging I posted the news in a previous Blog post :Bill Marriott on the Move Today I saw that the 2007 holiday greeting from Bill Marriott is posted on YouTube. Bill Marriott's blog is actually a podcast. He travels a lot -yet I am happy he finds the time to post .His blog in my opinion follows best practices. I like reading his blog and I am a regular subscriber and a occasional commenter.

Happy new year and congrats Mr. Marriott on your Blog. look forward to your posts in 2008.

Andy Carvin Talks about Twitter & Utterz on NPR

NPR story click here to hear

I got alerted to this NPR story by @podcastjunky Megan Evins who writes the blog
Podcast Junky. I was thrilled to listen to this story. Its about how Blogging is becoming more and more mobile. The story also mentions the Susan Reynolds story without mentioning names I guess for privacy reasons.

Andy Carvin currently "Polishing off a mojito with a plate of jerk shrimp, black beans and plantains." somewhere in Florida - created it and fellow Tweeter Jonny Goldstein is featured.

Great job Andy.

Update 12/29/2007: Clarification from @PodcastJunky (Thank you !- sb): My podcast is kind of a review show. Actually its more of a "best of" show were I talk about and promote other podcasts.

Taking Time During the Holidays

I am having a wonderful Holiday vacation. Along with spending time with the kids I am also catching up on some reading .

Here are some observations on what I have been reading:

I am awed by the fact that as I am reading the Book "Naked Conversations - How Blogs are changing the way businesses talk with customers" ,I occasionally exchange Tweets on Twitter with co-author Shel Israel.
Naked Conversations has a lot of the examples of small businesses using Blogs . There is an example of Thomas Mahon and his Blog English Cut where the custom tailoring business can become more successful using Blogs. Horsefeathers - a Bar in North Conway , NH -used Social media to retain as well as expand its guests . The blog address seems to have changed from the one the book mentions. The blog is now at http://horsefeathers.tumblr.com/. The author's of Naked Conversations hope to get the local plumbers to blog - In my new role at Network Solutions I hope we can make that happen ( Network Solu…

Exciting News

To all my friends in the Blogosphere, Twitter, and Facebook and in my offline life I would like to make an exciting announcement. I am moving from Product Management into a new position within Network Solutions leading Social Media strategy.

It’s a win-win situation – I get to do something that professionally excites me and the company gets to use in-house resources to establish a listening post within Social Media. What will change? My personal blogs/microblogs will continue – I already have a disclaimer that the opinion on my blogs is mine and not that of Network Solutions. I have been blogging for 2 years and participating in forums and social networks as an individual. I am excited and passionate about meeting and connecting with new people. In the new role I will be looking forward to communicating with customers and others who want to reach out and communicate with us.


You may be asking yourself, What are our goals at Network Solutions? We as a company have reinvented ourselves…

Twitter / T-Mobile - Updated

I have been watching this episode of Twitter vs. T-mobile erupt since last evening. I am a T-mobile customer but use my Web browser to use Twitter mobile (m.twitter.com)so i am not affected. Now I am not on a unlimited SMS plan so each SMS from Twitter costs me .10 cents I hate paying that so thats the reason why i do not use Twitter SMS much. At the social times launch party I did feel the need to use SMS for direct responses to my tweets from the party. I am puzzled by a few things in this T-mobile-twitter episode:

a) Why do this on Friday ? I have not seen any response from T-mobile but I did see a response from Twitter at getsatisfaction.com. By the time Monday comes the T-mobile brand may have suffered a lot of damage just by their silence.

b) One customer did get a scripted response from T-Mobile which may have done more damage. i wish they had just said they do not know and will try to get an answer.

c) Mkrigsman has written a post on ZDnet to explain the motive :


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Movable Type is Open Source

As of today, and forever forward, Movable Type is open source. This means you can freely modify, redistribute, and use Movable Type for any purpose you choose. Now Word Press has competition. You have the choice of using them or Movable Type for your blog that you want to host on your own hosting account. Thinking of moving I am sure there are easy ways to move from your current blog to this version. The experts will have ti chip in here.

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Twitter Aftershocks: What To Do With The Conversation Now Social Media Explorer.

I have been called many names and now Jason Falls says - "Shashi Bellamkonda, an Internet junkie and thinker from D.C." at http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/2007/12/12/twitter-aftershocks-what-to-do-with-jeremiahs-conversation-now/ . I am thrilled so I am blogging this link. His post says that we should do something about the new followers we have and add value. What is twitter Tuesday and how it changed many lives - read it here

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Vote for the 25 Best Products and Services for Small Business

SmallBusinessComputing.com has a poll where readers can vote for the favorite small business technology tools. Here is a link to the ”.Small Business Technology Tools poll to check it out. The deadline to vote is January 8, 2008.

In the interest of full disclosure—Network Solutions is nominated in the category ‘Web Hosting Product of the Year

Google Accidently Bans Hundreds of Users from Gmail

A Google Groups thread is tracking a major problem for hundreds of Gmail users. Many users were noticing that their Gmail accounts were all of a sudden disabled.

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Led Zeppelin Reunites in honor of Ahmet Ertegun

Great Blog post from Jeff Pulver on the Led Zepplin concert with pics and video

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Microblogging for Marketers

This is my second post referring to a Forrester Analyst today. I was just on Peter Kims' Blog - "Being Peter Kim" He is @Peterkim on Twitter. He announced that the report on microblogging for marketers is now free (You will need to register)here.

The report is a great resource to hand out at work to the traditional Marketers. One of the statements of the report "6% of US online adults use Twitter regularly" caused a controversy that Peter talks about. I agree with the key takeaway from this report - The audience is growing and Marketers can be smart about it and do it right in a channel where the barrier to entry is low.

The podcast of interview with Jennifer Jones at Marketing Voices/PodTech Microblogging For Marketing is interesting.

Thanks Peter for making the report free. In other news @CharleneLi ( another well known Forrester analyst) posted a Tweet today that CBS was in her opffice filming her Tweeting :) Good for you

Death By PowerPoint

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Thanks to Jeremiah Owyang - Web Strategist who posted the link on Twitter.

Twitter Members say goodbye to Marc Orchant

R.I.P. Marc Orchant by ZDNet's Dan Farber -- A week after suffering a massive heart attack Marc Orchant passed away today. Marc was part of our ZDNet blogger team for a few years and well known and respected in the tech blogger community. Marc’s good friend Oliver Starr posted the sad news here. I’ve known Marc and his wife Sue since he started [...]

There was a very emotional moment as you read 1000's of Twitters on the passing of Marc orchant. Jared Goralnick (@Setjared) said it for all "There was not a kinder, more balanced (or productive) person. He always made time for everyone. This is so horrible."

Oliver Starr used his Blog to coordinate the news.

Marc was a guest blogger at ZDNet. We connected in Twitter in Nov . I did not have the previlege of meeting him yet I feel the void left behind by his passing away. My condolences to his family.

Auto-Follow Those that Follow you on Twitter With this Open Source Script

Jesse Stay wrote this script that you can install on your own server so you no longer have to worry about following those that follow you on Twitter. Run this script, it does all the work for you! Comes with a blacklist to specify those you don't want to follow.Script is here : http://www.jessestay.com/articles/2007/11/14/auto-follow-those-that-follow-you-on-twitter/

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US House and Senate on Twitter

My impression is that both the houses of legislature adopt technology very fast and have lead to success of companies. RIM ( research in motion) owes a lot to its success to the adoption by both the US senate and House of Representatives.

If you are a Twitter user you can "follow" @HouseFloor you can get tweets directly from the US House of Reps. The US Senate Tweets as @SenateFloor

To follow either of these Twitter feeds you can sign up for Twitter and then search for them using the search box on the right of the Twitter Home Page. 'Follow" measn that once you add them to your following list you will receive their updates on your Twitter homepage.

I am happy to see these legislative bodies embracing technology very fast.

Here are some sample Tweets from @HouseFloor

Suspension Vote: H R 236 North Bay Water Reuse Program Act of 2007: Passed 358-55, 18 .. http://tinyurl.com/2kz87u about 5 hours ago from twitterfeed Icon_star_empty
Suspension Vote: H CON RES 147 Recog…

Travel Tips From a Road Warrior

Nicole shares her tips from her travels all over the country in her Blog at nicolespag.com

I have personally suffered by not taking tip 3 seriously. Must read blog post if you travel

Nonpartisan Effort to Support the Troops Needs Help Today

eMail Our Military is sponsoring a mail drive to show support for the troops during the holidays. Whether you support the war or not, the men & women of the military currently deployed could use your comfort while they are away from home. Please pitch in and help. See the Efforts of emailourmilitary.com here When a determined person decides to help bring cheer to the troops help comes in from all corners. It is a pleasure to spread the word for emailourmilitary.com. Please pitch in to help . Your help is needed today.

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