Google Plus – Invites available via BharatBeat!

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As many of Dad’s readers know, Dad’s Taxi and BharatBeat.com continue to be partners and we are working to establish a global community for our friends.

Today, we are introducing for a limited time FREE INVITES to Google Plus.

  • We are not selling anything nor is there any obligation for you purchase anything. We are just trying to give back to our community!
  • You don’t have to buy anything, and your information will always be kept private.
  • Follow the directions below or go to the facebook page for and  BharatBeat as we introduce to our friends the new world of Google Plus!
After a very long time, Google has created a big buzz by releasing its own version of Social media called Google Plus or Google+. As of now it is in test phase and access is limited only to invites by members (like they did when Gmail came in).
After Facebook shot down Google’s Orkut, Google has come out with a bang with Google+. It has some really neat features. We will be soon creating a new section for Google Plus discussions.To get an invite for join Google Plus – here are the easy steps you should follow:

  • Once you complete the steps above, the BharatBeat Team will send you the invite to Google Plus ASAP.
  • In the email that you send us, make sure that you include the screen name which you used to post a message in this thread. If we cant match or find the screen name to the registered email, then we wont be able to send an invite.
  • If you are not a registered member of BharatBeat forums  click on Register button on the top of the forums page.
For example – if you sign in to this forum using a name called “email” then include that name in the email so that we can verify that you posted a message.It might take couple of days to get the invite because we have to send bulk invites. So please be patient.

Thank you and we hope you enjoy Google Plus

Another Year another year older

On the eve of my birthday, some reflections by dad and his taxi of life!

So another year has passed by and it seems that each birthday comes faster and faster. Seems like only yesterday I was turning 18, 21 and now wow much much older. I would reveal my age, but that would just make me feel old, so I won’t.

I guess this year can best be characterized as the year of travel and illness. I had a great trip to India and of course I came home with eColi. Let me tell you something eColi is something that can easily drain your physical and emotional energy. Luckily I survived this one and came out somewhat unscathed. Except of course for the medical bills!

What I’m really grateful for this year is my family. Through everything my familial links and bonds have kept me sane and upbeat. Of course when I say family, I’m talking about my kids and my better half. I also have to credit my humor for keeping me focused and upbeat.

Financially, the year was a disaster, but hey which single income family doesn’t struggle and live paycheck to paycheck?

I think the best thing that happened to me this year is this blog and my new venture with my buddy AK.  We continue to plod along as we develop a South Asian Community based global portal. Even this, we have not really made much headway, but we keep pushing forward! We know that we won’t be the next Facebook or even Rediff, but this venture allows me to utilize the excess creative energy that I seem to be always searching for.

I guess the best I can say about the past year, I really matured as a person. I finally realized that holding on to old bitterness only does harm and does nobody any good. I finally realized that growing older does not mean you have to feel sorry for yourself, but to really appreciate what you have achieved and to enjoy your family. I’m also starting to realize that as I get older, I’m becoming more self reliant and care less what others say or think of me! Is that my arrogance speaking or is that my self-confidence showing its true self?

Overall, I think I finally grew up this year, or at lease some sense of maturity has finally crept into my existance. Let’s see what next year holds for me financially and emotionally.

Dad..

Internet Achive – Family Links

Just when I thought my 2008 Geocities site was gone for good I found it on the beta version of WayBack! check it out!

Geocities archives

Updated this entry from 2008 to showcase the ability to see an archive of the web! I actually found the entire content of my now closed Yahoo Geocities Family links website which was the last incarnation of Dad’s Taxi.. Of course there is a gotcha.. all the links from this archive are links to the Archived version of the sites as they existed in 2008-2009! Now that is cool. So it’s like I have my own personal repository of a snapshot in time! 

For 5 years from 2003 – 2008, I researched and compiled a mega-site for links for my kids and family. Of course, when Geocities closed, my site was gone till today!

My  Geolinks Family Links site was the last incarnation of Dad’s Taxi that I had utilized to put together links my then pre-teen older daughter to use get a better understanding of the Web. Of course as is normal with Dad’s Taxi, this links site got to be almost unmanageable and before long, Yahoo shut down Geocities!

Internet Archives

I used the beta version of the wayback machine to get this archived version of my Yahoo Geolinks Family Links site which I used to accumulate

A majority of the links below this point refers to the archived versions of the site! The sites which still are are still working and worth your click!

If you want to see whether a link still is still active.. check it out by copying the URL from the Archive.  Take the case of Mad Money Recap (Archive) and today’s version! It’s an interesting exercise that I think I’ll do when I revive Family Links into Dad’s Taxi with the updated links.. but that is an action item for another day!

Archive: http://web.archive.org/web/20090207164253/http://madmoneyrecap.com/index.html

Today: http://madmoneyrecap.com/

I read Money magazine almost religiously every month and I came across this article that was great.

The 28 Best Money Sites.  Below are some direct links to sites of interest
Categories include:

  • Shopping – Are you a smart shopper?? It always pays to comparison shop, especially when you can get money back in your pocket via  rebates and coupons to save more money!
  • You know those mailers you get at home from Valpak? You can customize them for your zip-code. Use discount codes when you shop.
  • My favorite site that I’ve used for a years now provide both on-line and off-line shopping
  • Searching on the Web – Here I accumulated some sites for some interesting search engines. Of course Google is now the standard.. Remember InfoVista?