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Email – search engine – result as Email

Few services are emerging as a solution to few problems:

  • Organizations ban some search engines, or access is very limited

  • We often forget what query result was, or sometimes just links are stored – result links

Limited access, or no direct access to search is the primary reason behind evolution of these services those essentially function as under:

  • Compose simple email with search parameters as subject line, or similar format as per service website. Most do not require any body message.

    Send the email to specific email address.

  • Get the search results as consolidated email directly in inbox! Yes, this is smart auto responder service.

This is very simple yet useful service, and may emerge as web services for company’s intranet search engines to be indirectly connected to giant search engines.

Here are two such services:

  1. SnapAsk

  2. Rediff WebinMail

Meaningful story

I have received a story via (yes, FWDed) e-mail which is as under:

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Cast your vote or don’t, if you wish so but know rule 49-0 well

There is a fake email spreading over Internet which is misleading. I had been victim of this email quiet a long time back, and I believed!

Today I come to know about the fact.

Rule 49-0 does not cancel or reschedule polling evenif I don’t wish to go for or against any party.

Copy of an email misleading the facts:

Did you know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section “49-O” that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn’t want to vote anyone!

Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it. This is called “49-O”.

Why should you go and say “I VOTE NOBODY”… because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received “49-O” votes more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and will have to be re-polled. Not only that, but the candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on them. This would bring fear into parties and hence look for genuine candidates for their parties for election. This would change the way, of our whole political system… it is seemingly surprising why the election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public….

Please spread this news to as many as you know… Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India… show your power, expressing your desire not to vote for anybody, is even more powerful than voting… so don’t miss your chance. So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote 49-O) and pass this info on…

Copy of an email clearing the facts:

This is a hoax that has been floated by an irresponsible dimwit by mails and pasted as-is by an irresponsible blogger.

Every one knows that Indian Constitution does not mention about any Section, but only Articles. In Indian Constitution there is no Sec. 49-0, leave alone Article 49-0. Article 49 of the Constitution of India deals with protection of historical monuments. The news further states that it is as per the 1969 Act. Which is the so called 1969 Act?

The fact is as follows:

Section 49-O is a section coming under the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961. It has nothing to do with the Constitution of India. It reads as follows:

“49-O: Elector deciding not to vote. – If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49-L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.”

This is only a provision for abstaining from voting or at the best negative voting. It does not provide for cancellation of polling if the 49-0 votes are more than the candidate’s majority or provide that the candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on them.

In fact in the PROPOSED ELECTORAL REFORMS by the Election Commission of India, which was forwarded to the Prime Minister of India on 05/07/2004, the following reform was proposed;

“7. NEGATIVE / NEUTRAL VOTING

The Commission has received proposals from a very large number of individuals and organizations that there should be a provision enabling a voter to reject all the candidates in the constituency if he does not find them suitable. In the voting using the conventional ballot paper and ballot boxes, an elector can drop the ballot paper without marking his vote against any of the candidates, if he chooses so. However, in the voting using the Electronic Voting Machines, such a facility is not available to the voter. Although, Rule 49 O of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 provides that an elector may refuse to vote after he has been identified and necessary entries made in the Register of Electors and the marked copy of the electoral roll, the secrecy of voting is not protected here inasmuch as the polling officials and the polling agents in the polling station get to know about the decision of such a voter.

The Commission recommends that the law should be amended to specifically provide for negative / neutral voting. For this purpose, Rules 22 and 49B of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 may be suitably amended adding a proviso that in the ballot paper and the particulars on the ballot unit, in the column relating to names of candidates, after the entry relating to the last candidate, there shall be a column .None of the above., to enable a voter to reject all the candidates, if he chooses so. Such a proposal was earlier made by the Commission in 2001 (vide letter dated 10.12.2001).

(A petition by the People’s Union for Civil Liberties seeking such a provision filed at the time of the recent general elections is pending before the Hon’ble Supreme Court)”

This is the actual fact. Please do not spread messages without verifying the authenticity

So, it’s true that major (18+) Indians can vote for none, but it doesn’t mean voting will be cancelled if similar counter is larger!

Here is a news item published

References:

  1. Election Commission of India Press Note
  2. The Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961
  3. 49-O on Wikipedia

Dumb Spammer

Receiving spam messages via email is old way. Receiving unsolicited calls and SMS is present tense! And that makes us tensed at times!!!!

Here are two samples of idiot spammers:

1.

An email

From hrd.hcl.com@gmail.com

Dear Candidate,

Ref: Selection and initial response of your Resume online.
It is our good pleasure to inform you that your Resume has been
selected for our plants in NOIDA ” HCL Technologies Ltd Unit – 4″.
The Company is the collaboration concern of “HCL Groups India Ltd”.
Dealing in IT and Electronics manufacturing business in India.

You are selected according to your resume in which Project you have
worked on according to that you have been selected in Company.

Your interview will held on 14th to 20th of OCT. 2008 in Delhi.

You will be pleased to know that Company has advise you in the
selection panel that yourApplication can be progress to final stage.
You will come to Company corporate office in NOIDA. Your offer latter
with Air Ticket will be send to you by courier before date of
interview.. You have to come with photo-copies of all required
documents. First you have to deposit the (Cash) as an initial amount
in favor of Company HRD. Department. for Rs 4,250/- through any
[CANARA BANK] Branch from your Home City to Company Senior HRD.
Account NO- 2886101000289- Name of Mr.RAKESH GUPTA. This is
refundable interview security. Your offer latter with Air tickets
will be send to your Home Address by courier after receiving the
confirmation of interview security deposited in CANARA BANK . All the
expenditure will be paid by Company to you at the time of face to face
meeting with you in Company.. The Company can be offer you as salary
with benefits for this post Rs. 35,000/- to Rs.70,000/- P.M + (HRA +
D.A + Conveyance and other Company benefits. The designation and Job
Location will be fix by Company HRD. At time of final process.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BY THE COMPANY HRD.
photo-copies of Qualification Documents (Must)
photo-copies of Experience Certificates (If any)
photo-copies of Address Proof (Must)
Two Passport Size Photo-graph (Must)

The Job profile, salary offer, and date -time of interview will be
mention in your offer latter. Your offer latter will dispatch very
shortly after receiving your confirmation of cash deposited in CANARA
Bank. The last date of interview security deposit in bank 6/10/2008
TO 7/10/2008. We wish you the best of luck for the subsequent and
remaining stage. You have to give the information after deposited the
security money in bank to same Email ID Your offer latter will be
dispatch same time after recd. the information of security deposited
by email..

Thanks

Mr.. RAKESH GUPTA ( HRD)
HCL Groups India Ltd.
H.O. B -125, HCL House,
Surajpur Industrial Area,
GREATER NOIDA
Cont No :-09837772058

2.

An SMS received from No. 919116655433 (yes, I don’t know whether it’s international SMS of prefix is short for +91)

“IIM CALCUTTA invites graduates from 2006-08 with min 50% for a course with a guaranteed job for the post of Sales Manager with 4.5 p.a. Cal:9903456704/9433248198”

I can never imagine that IIM contacts some advertisement agency, or perhaps I might have received the SMS from some frustrated – failed student of IIM!!!!

Please donate some brainstorming food to those dumb! :p

Where did you receive email from??

A continuous email threat makes big challenge to identify where the email was sent from. It is very important to trace the location.

Yesterday night, I tried to explore basic things about email, like origin of email, forwarded reference, sender’s machine’s public IP etc.

Here is a basic and simple way to get this information extracted:

  1. eMail headers contain many valuable (for us) information that is not valuable for many end users.
  2. Usually any email client (like Mozilla Thunderbird) can reveal this. (Yes, open source rocks!!!)
  3. Go to View menu and click Show Headers to make the header of any email visible.
  4. Some information like Sender’s IP or received from IP is the key.
  5. Go to http://www.ip2location.com/ or http://www.apnic.net/ and find the location, service provider (ISP) from where the email was sent. These websites give simple details of location by providing IP.
  6. That’s it! We can at least trace machine’s public IP and location…..

Of course, this information is very primary. But I guess it is the first step of investigation. Just to test, I found that one of my friends from Pune sent me an email when he was in Ahmedabad, and he revealed it later!!!

Summary:

Email header > sender’s IP / received from IP > IP to Location query > Result!!!

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