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Symbii's back!

It's been a long time coming. And I suppose with Halloween around the corner it's appropriate to be bringing symbii back from the dead. Long story short, I got a bit bored with posting for a while, and then when there had been a hiatus of a few weeks (and then a couple of months), I started thinking...



Site Maintenance

This site may behave strangely this weekend...it just got moved to a new server and I am still working out the kinks. It was down for some of today, and you may see errors on some pages. Hopefully I'll have it resolved by the end of the weekend, but this is just a heads up that it might behave strangely...



Polka dots

Yes, sadly April Fools is over. The background is back to normal, the tagline is as well, and no more fake stories. But you say you actually liked the polka dot background? Well, to each his own, I suppose. You can now choose polka dots in addition to the other options that were already there when you...



700 posts in 2.4 years!

It's true...though the symbii.com URL has only been around since April 2007 (the blog was at nirajsanghvi.com before then, and moved to shorten the URL and repurpose nirajsanghvi.com), the blog began back in August of 2005. 882 days later, there's been 700 stories posted in 57 different topics. New Years...



Compare DVD prices before you buy, Part II

You may recall I created a DVD comparison search back at the end of 2005 primarily to compare prices of DVDs between Amazon.com and Deep Discount DVD. Considering I was getting all of the results via screenscraping because neither site provided an API, it's unsurprising the tool eventually broke (particularly...



Not a fan of blue? Like change?

I really like seeing the rotating banner images on here everyday, and it occurred to me that it'd be nice to have a change of color every once in a while too. Or some people may not be fans of the all-blue theme in place on this site since it's pretty bold. I happen to like blue and that's why it evolved...



Registered and anonymous comments now merged

Originally when I made the comment system here, I wanted just registered users to be able to post in order to prevent spam. Eventually I decided to allow anonymous comments because someone might have something to add to the discussion without wanting to either login or register in order to do so. Then...



Story rating system is now live!

The last of three suggestions I got from Mark and Dave, a story rating system, is now implemented (the other 2 were changing the banner image and moving the Google Hits box). You'll see it on both the main page as well as the story pages in the post footer (where the "Submitted by" information is). Dave...



Rotating banners

For anyone that hasn't noticed already, there's now a rotating banner image at the top of this site. At my request for site improvements I could make, dave gave me a couple of ideas of new banners I can use. Before I could even think about it, he put together several of them and suggested I rotate through...



Movies, simplified

I've still got to see Knocked Up, Sicko, and Die Hard and all of those movies are out right now. I just saw Transformers which came out this week, and License to Wed which also came out this week looked terrible. And now I need to keep track of movies that are about to come out too...I've been looking...



Slow news day?

There's not a lot of crazy stuff going on today. Or most Fridays for that matter. So how to pass the time? Try out the new "Random Story" feature! Just click on the little dice icon up in the navigation bar () and you'll get flung to some random story posted on this site. And with 569 stories and counting,...



500 posts and counting

It's funny, I didn't even notice when I posted the 500th story on this blog. And now that there's that many, it's fun to go through the list of topics and see some of the stories I don't even remember posting. I'm pretty pleased with how easy it to find a story between the topics and the search options,...



My blog is moving to a new domain, symbii.com!

So finally, the big news you've been eagerly anticipating! I'm moving this blog from nirajsanghvi.com to its new home, symbii.com. The site's called "Something You Might Be Interested In," a name inspired by a line from HBO's Entourage. I think it fits the subject matter of the blog pretty perfectly. Something...



Pardon my lack of dust

There haven't been posts in a couple of days, and while that's happened before, this time it's the calm before the storm. There are some major site changes taking place over the next couple of weeks, so check back here to see what's new! In the meantime, I do intend to try and stick to a regular amount...



ESPN Group Bracket Mash

Have a group on ESPN for the NCAA tournament? I've been working on a nifty little tool for a group myself and my friends are in and have decided to open it up. The purpose of the tool is two-fold: See all your individual brackets at once on 1 large group bracket so you can compare picks easily,...



Comment system changes

You probably haven't noticed, but I've made some comment system changes in the last few days that are really effective at blocking spam. I got the ideas from this article. It looks like one of the changes had a bug that made comments unusable for a couple of days, but it's fixed now. For the curious,...



Anonymous comments are back!

Allright, last time around I gave up trying to actively combat spam by getting rid of anonymous commenting on this site. But the new spam filter 3.0 is ready to go, so lets give this another shot. Comment away in the comfort of internet anonymity! Of course the comments of members still appear before...



Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2007! My New Year's resolution is to post more frequently...we'll see how it pans out :) What's yours? Also, there may be some new design changes on the horizon, so keep your eyes peeled!



Happy Holidays!

As I am travelling out of the country, this blog is on hiatus for a few weeks. I'll be resuming posting by January 15th, so Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all!



nirajsanghvi.com redesigned! (sort of)

It's not a very drastic change, but I liked the look already. Instead, it's more of a bunch of design tweaks. At any rate, you may have to hit refresh (maybe even a few times) to see the changes. You'll know it's right if it looks like the image below. I've given everything - stories on the main page...



nirajsanghvi.com turns 1!!

If I went by the official launch on August 9, 2006, it would actually be 5 more days. But I posted the first story on here on August 4th and I'm going with that. This site has hit the one-year mark, and it's time to celebrate! The past year has seen 361 stories (including this one), resulting...



Sparse postings...

Yes, the posting has been more sparse than usual...I just finished moving, and the internet will supposedly start working as of next weekend. So until then my internet connectivity will be limited to none, and the number of posts should be back to normal after the weekend!



Riddle crazy!

Ok, I admit it. Dave and I have been a little riddle crazy recently. Ever since playing the Da Vinci Code Quest on Google, we wanted to do something of our own. We have created the Amazing Web Race, an internet riddle that is challenging but not impossible. In the last few days, hundreds of people have...



nirajsanghvi.com now hosted by Dreamhost! - get $95 off by using code DHNIRAJ

That's right, I'm dropping the zuchinis.net/niraj name as I move over to Dreamhost. A huge thanks to Steve for sharing his webhosting at 1and1.com for several months with me. Why the switch? There's many reasons - like being able to create subdomains, email addresses like user@nirajsanghvi.com, not forwarding...



Switching web hosting

This site may experience a hiccup or two in the next day or so as I am switching web hosting. I'm hoping to have the transition be as seamless as possible, so hopefully any issues are minimal. I'll post more about it after the switch.



Comment system overhaul!

There's a new comment system in place here. I now allow for anonymous commenting. But of course, there's perks to being a member...on the story/comment page, anonymous comments appear only after all member comments, and anonymous comments appear in a flat list - no comment hierarchy. Why the change?...



nirajsanghvi.com passes 200 stories!

This story marks the 204th story on this site. There were also a few comments today, which got me thinking it wasn't very obvious when someone left a new comment. Well, no more! Now comments are more clearly marked on the right, but the biggest change is to the "Recent Comments" box on the left pane. Place...



nirajsanghvi.com, now accepting feedback

So you've got a burning question about this site, comment on how much you love it, suggestion for a new feature, or (gasp!) a scathing criticism. Well, now you can direct it all here. I think a form is the best way to handle feedback considering any email address posted on the internet is quickly spammed....



Compare DVD prices before you buy

Want to make sure you're not getting ripped off on that next DVD purchase? Why not compare prices with 2 of the more common (and cheap!) online sellers: amazon.com and deepdiscountdvd.com I am hoping to add more to the page, it's pretty basic right now. Best Buy really makes it difficult to extract...



View stories by popularity and see number of hits

There's a new feature I added that lets you view stories ranked by how many hits they have gotten. The Kyle Orton story has been the most popular, and there's a page that breaks down the hits for that story. Each story's page now has a link to the number of hits broken down by day (The link is next to...



nirajsanghvi.com reaches 100 stories!

Counting this story, there have been 100 total stories posted! Take a look back at what's been posted so far using the topic list (that page also notes the actual number of stories at the bottom - the sid value of stories are not accurate because of deleted stories). Alternatively, you can search for...



New Search Feature Added!

I finally got around to writing up a search for past stories. It allows you to enter multiple words and you can also search for exact phrases by putting them "in quotes." Give it a try and let me know how it works. I wrote most of it myself, so there's probably room for improvement. A search tool for...



Make your own countdown!

It's back by request! Create a countdown to anything. The one I've included here is just an example.



nirajsanghvi.com official launch

Welcome to the new nirajsanghvi.com! This site has been under development for a while now, and it is nearly complete. The page is dynamic, meaning you can post content in the form of stories and comments. You have to register to do anything cool (vote, comment, post stories) but it takes 2 seconds and...



Site gets continued updates

The site is still getting better. Another handful of features have been added, such as seeing how many comments are under each story. Read on for specifics.



New Day, New Story

This is the only Thursday story. Usually there would be more, but not today!