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Track Your Kid’s Facebook Activity With Minor Monitor

Track Your Kid's Facebook Activity With Minor Monitor

  • We know that you care about your child's well being and feel protective for them, but you cannot keep them under your wings at all times, can you? As internet penetrated our lives, various strangers gained access inside our houses in the form of social networks, chat services, forums and what not. Minor Monitor is a web service the can help you track the nature of your child's activities on Facebook, without having to shadow them each time they log on to the infamous social network. It is a free web service that requires you to login with your child's Facebook account once, and the app will retrieve your child's photos, friends lists, status updates etc, for the previous 180 days. You also have the option of linking more than one Facebook account with Minor MonitorMore to follow after the break.

Minor Monitor does not require a lengthy registration process; you can start tracking your child's moves with just an email address. You would be requested to enter your kid's Facebook user name andpassword once you have registeredThe web service takes a few seconds to retrieve your child's account information.

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Minor Monitor will retrieve an overview of the number of friends your child has, their photographs, the nature of their comments( a good way to check his profanity vocabulary!), all in a nutshell. There are tabs at the left of the browser window where you can go through your child's Activity, Photosand Friends list in detail as well.


There is an Alert tab in the same menu that lets you know about any new activity of your child on Facebook, whether they have commented on a post, or uploaded a photo etc.  An Add Child button below the same menu lets you connect another Facebook account with Minor Monitor, in case you want to track the Facebook activities of multiple children.

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Minor Monitor is a good way to keep an eye on your child's activities, but the web service interprets your child's behaviors on Facebook in a slightly over the top manner. So, try not to get too worked up if you see 70% use of profanity or 80% Drug & Alcohol reference; reality can be considerably different.

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*M Junaid Tahir

Thought for the Day

A man cannot directly choose his circumstances but he can choose his thoughts and indirectly shape his circumstances.
*M Junaid Tahir

Info: The Airbus A380

The Airbus A380

Country of origin 
Europe (France, Germany, Spain, UK)


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A380-800 - Four 311kN (70,000lb), initially derated to 302kN (68,000lb), later growing to 374kN (84,000lb) thrust Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or 363kN (81,500lb) thrust Engine Alliance (General Electric-Pratt & Whitney) GP-7200 turbofans.

A380-800 - Max cruising speed M 0.88. Long range cruising speed M 0.85. Range 14,800km (8,000nm). Service ceiling 43.000ft (13,100m).
A380-800F - Range 10,370km (5,600nm).

A380-800 - Operating empty 277,000kg (610,700lb), max takeoff 560,000kg (1,234,600lb).
A380-800F - Operating empty 252,000kg (555,600lb), max takeoff 590,000kg (1,300,700lb).

A380-800 - Wing span 79.8m (261ft 10in), length 72,75m (238ft 8in). Height 24,08 m (79ft)

A380-800 - Flightcrew of two. Standard seating for 555 passengers on two decks in a three class arrangement. Qantas plans to fit its aircraft with 523 seats (in three classes). A380 has 49% more floor area but only 35% more seats (in 555 seat configuration) than the 747-400, allowing room for passenger amenities such as bars, gymnasiums and duty free shops. Cargo capacity 38 LD3s or 13 pallets.

236 firm orders by August 2011. Airbus has forecast a market for approx 1235 airliners of 400 seats and above through to 2020. First delivery took place in autumn 2007.

High capacity, long range, twindeck, widebody airliner



The 555 seat, double deck Airbus A380 is the world's largest airliner, easily eclipsing Boeing's 747. The A380 base model is the 555 seat A380-800 (launch customer Emirates). Potential future models include the 590 ton MTOW 10,410km (5620nm) A380-800F freighter, able to carry a 150 tonne payload, and the stretched, 656 seat, A380-900.

Airbus first began studies on a very large 500 seat airliner in the early 1990s. The European manufacturer saw developing a competitor and successor to the Boeing 747 as a strategic play to end Boeing's dominance of the very large airliner market and round out Airbus' product line-up.

Airbus began engineering development work on such an aircraft, then designated the A3XX, in June 1994. Airbus studied numerous design configurations for the A3XX and gave serious consideration to a single deck aircraft which would have seated 12 abreast and twin vertical tails. However Airbus settled upon a twin deck configuration, largely because of the significantly lighter structure required.

Key design aims include the ability to use existing airport infrastructure with little modifications to the airports, and direct operating costs per seat 15-20% less than those for the 747-400. With 49% more floor space and only 35% more seating than the previous largest aircraft, Airbus is ensuring wider seats and aisles for more passenger comfort. Using the most advanced technologies, the A380 is also designed to have 10-15% more range, lower fuel burn and emissions, and produce less noise.

The A380 features an advanced version of the Airbus common two crew cockpit, with pull-out keyboards for the pilots, extensive use of composite materials such as GLARE (an aluminium/glass fibre composite), and four 302 to 374kN (68,000 to 84,000lb) class Rolls-Royce Trent 900 or Engine Alliance (General Electric/Pratt & Whitney) GP7200 turbofans now under development.

On July 24, 2000, Emirates became the first customer making a firm order commitment, followed by Air France, International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Atlantic. Together these companies completed the 50 orders needed to launch the programme.

On receipt of the required 50th launch order commitment, the Airbus A3XX was renamed A380 and officially launched on December 19, 2000. The out of sequence A380 designation was chosen as the "8" represents the cross-section of the twin decks. In early 2001 the general configuration design was frozen, and metal cutting for the first A380 component occurred on January 23, 2002, at Nantes in France. In 2002 more than 6000 people were working on A380 development.

Apart from the prime contractors in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain, components for the A380 airframe are also manufactured by industrial partners in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. A380 final assembly is taking place in Toulouse, France, with interior fitment in Hamburg, Germany. Major A380 assemblies are transported to Toulouse by ship, barge and road.

On January 18, 2005, the first Airbus A380 was officially revealed in a lavish ceremony, attended by 5000 invited guests including the French, German, British and Spanish president and prime ministers, representing the countries that invested heavily in the 10-year, รข�¬10 billion+ ($13 billion+) aircraft program, and the CEOs of the 14 A380 customers, who had placed firm orders for 149 aircraft by then.

Later, the following companies also ordered the A380: FedEx (the launch customer for the A380-800F freighter), Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Etihad Airways, Thai Airways and UPS.

However, in 2007, amid production delays, Airbus announced that it was halting design work on the A380 freighter to concentrate on the passenger version of the aircraft. FedEx and UPS canceled their orders for the aircraft.

Five prototypes were used in the flight test programme, which was heavily delayed due to problems with configuration management and wiring issues. The first flight occurred in August 2006, and entry into commercial service, with Singapore Airlines, took place in October 2007. Copyright, some information Copyright Aerospace Publications

Kandenchi Battery Mouse Is Hardly A PC Mouse

Kandenchi Battery Mouse Is Hardly A PC Mouse

Kandenchi Battery Mouse Is Hardly A PC Mouse

Awkward looking, but Japanese consumers just love their gadgetry. The more deviant it is from the usual run of tech products, the more appealing to them. From the same people responsible for endless silly USBs and other electronic peripherals comes the Kandenchi, a rotund contraption that works like a PC mouse. We have to admit that it's a fascinating piece of hardware.

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Looks a bit uncomfortable but it does follow the natural way you hand rests when on a table. It might be compact, but then again thanks to the availability of different computer mice and countless touchscreens, a gadget like the Kandenchi is too 1990s for our tastes. Well, at least it's wireless so you can use it instead of that teeny touchpad on your netbook or as a replacement for your media center's wonky wireless mouse.

Still, the novelty appeal of a mouse like the Kandenchi will work its magic on those most susceptible to anything that goes click.  The Kendenchi is not out yet (due October) but the available info suggests a $65 retail price.

Here's the product page for the curious.

*M Junaid Tahir

11 Most Expensive things you'll never need :)

11 Most Expensive Sh*t you'll never need

Published on 8/2/2007 under Cool Objects - 662,134 views 
TAGS: most expensive cell phone, most expensive tv

From the world's most expensive cell phone to the most expensive TV. Why would you use your money to feed a starving country, when you can pay $1,500,000 for a box of chocolates? 

 World's Most Expensive Box of Chocolates ($1,500,000)

Le Chocolat features a selection of Lake Forest Confections gourmet chocolates, selected by the confectioners master candy maker, as well as an arrangement of magnificent jewelry from Simon's personal jewelry and gemstone vault. The price tag is $1,500,000. The jewelry that comes along with the box of chocolates includes a "priceless" collection of natural yellow and blue diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires from Simons Jewelers. (How priceless can it be with a price tag?)

 World's Most Expensive Cell Phone ($1.3 Million)

Designed by Peter Aloisson, the Diamond Crypto Smartphone is made out of platinum and rose gold. It has over 80 diamonds on it. There are 50 diamonds going up and down the sides (10 are blue diamonds), the navigation key has 28 diamonds surrounding it and the navigation button is actually a 1/2 carat diamond. The buttons on the sides are suppose to be diamonds too. It costs $1.3 million, so that phone better work! 

 World's Most Expensive Hello Kitty ($163,000)

Who doesn't love Hello Kitty? Sanrio came out with a platinum Hello Kitty. Its W3.8xH5.6cm and weighs 590g. The miniature Hello Kitty comes with seven hair ribbons made of gems including diamond, ruby, pink sapphire, amethyst and blue topaz. The figurine comes with a price tag of ¥18,9-million -- ($163,000 US) a record high in Hello Kitty's extensive line-up. Only one set is available, which went on sale on December 2006 at the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo. 

 World's Most Expensive Pizza ($1,000)

The world's most expensive pizza was made by Nino's Bellissima Pizza (located in New York City). The 12-inch pizza is topped with creme fraiche, chives, eight ounces of four different kinds of Petrossian caviar, four ounces of thinly sliced Maine lobster tail, salmon roe, and a little bit of wasabi to complement all the fish. The pizza is cut into eight... that is a mere $125 for each serving. 

 World's Most Expensive Purse ($1.63 Million)

On June 14, 2007, Ginza Tanaka showcased this diamond platinum bag at a fashion show in Tokyo. The handbag is shaped out of pure platinum and studded with 2,182 diamonds totaling 208 carats. The handbag has a brilliant price tag of $1.63 million. 

 World's Most Expensive Tequila ($225,000)

Can you imagine spending $225,000 on a beverage? On July 20, 2006, Tequila Ley .925 sold a single Platinum and White Gold tequila bottle for $225,000 to a private collector in Mexico City, Mexico. The liquor was made out of 100% blue Agave liquid and was aged for six years. The company won the Guinness Book of World Records title for the most expensive bottle of liquor sold in the world. For those of us who can't afford the Platinum bottle, the company also sells the Gold and Platinum bottle for $150,000 and the Silver & Gold bottle for $25,000. 

 World's Most Expensive Cricket Ball ($68,000)

This diamond studded cricket ball was presented to the Best Indian and Best International players at the 2007 Cricket World Cup tournament. The diamond cricket ball was created by Gitanjali Gems Limited. Each diamond ball is studded with 5,728 pieces of diamonds with a worth of approximately $68,500. 

 World's Most Expensive TV ($130,000)

Yes, instead of buying a new house, a few cars, or feeding a starving country... buy this TV. The Yalos Diamond LCD TV costs $130,000, but its really worth it. You see, the LCD TV is plated in white gold and encrusted with 20 carats worth of diamonds. A TV encrusted with diamonds... just what the world need it. 

 World's Most Expensive Tea Bag ($14,000)

PG Tips is a British company that makes tea. Boodles jewelers (an exclusive jeweller based in the UK) made a diamond teabag to celebrate PG Tips 75th birthday. The tea bag was hand-crafted using 280 diamonds. The tea bag is valued at around $14,000. I knew the British took their tea seriously, but now I know they're plain crazy about it! 

 World's Most Expensive Toy ($41,000)

Japan's Ginza Tanaka Jewelers and toymaker Bandai Co. unveiled a miniature version of Japan's famous animated robot character - "Gundam." Gundum is one of the longest running Japense animation series. The figurine weighs in at 1,400 grams (45oz) and stands 13cm (5") tall. He is made of pure platinum which explains its name "Gundam Fixed Platinum." At today's prices, melted down, he would go for $41,468! 

 World's Most Expensive Parking Spot ($225,000)

Well, this one you might actually need if you live in Manhattan, but for $225,000 you better get yourself a FERRARI and live elsewhere! reports ".... in space-starved Manhattan, a parking space is considered prime real estate. There's actually a waiting list for the $225,000 spot." People who don't even own cars are buying parking spaces as investments to flip. So exactly what do you get for your $225,000? A 18 feet by 9 feet parking spot. I know, you feel like you just hit Lotto for all you are getting.
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*M Junaid Tahir