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January 12th, 2010

Astrology Tweets

Here is what Planetary Positions is doing – it is becoming more net savvy :-) You can now follow us on Twitter @

Any posts written on this blog will be delivered to this twitter account courtesy of Google.

Thank you !!

PS: With this small post, planetarypositions has reached another milestone – 100 articles… Thank you for your continued support.

August 31st, 2009

Geocities, RIP

Yahoo is pulling the plug on Geocities and it will close on October 26, 2009.

The first version of this website went live on Geocities in March of 2001. For a long time, Geocities was the place to serve the static html pages and the applet for this website.

The site had outgrown the “free” services provided by Geocities and I had to move it to its current home. Still, there is a lot of good feelings associated with it and the “sharma_jyotish” nickname I got on the internet.

July 30th, 2009

Hurt by Piracy

This astrology site got hurt by piracy again. Someone reverse engineered the chart matching source code from this site and sold to a Sri Lanka based matrimonial site for almost $2,500. The webmaster of this matrimonial site claims to have purchased it from In the pirated version, the copyright and other information is promptly removed and few display string are changed. The layout and output remains the same.

Although I have taken certain precautions against hackers and code stealers, the fact remains that Java can be reverse engineered if someone is motivated enough.

Are there any readers with legal experience to suggest how I can go after scriptlance?

January 16th, 2009

No Astrology Newsletters

My newsletter server Zookoda is going down and as a result I will not be able to continue the monthly mailer till I figure out an alternative. Quoting from this page:

As a result we have decided to put the Zookoda platform on ice. Users will not be able to login effective January 1, 2009. We will do all we can to assist users in getting their email lists out of the system for use on another platform. We are not selling Zookoda and all user information and emails will remain protected. Think of it as cold storage.

Over last two years, this site has built a db of about 300 readers. I am thankful to each and every one of you. I will include your addresses automatically in my new service. Rest assured that I will keep them safe. I am an astrologer, not a spammer…

July 25th, 2008

Looking good now?

The hosting provider has fixed the problem and I was able to run the kundali and chat matching applet as well as generate images on the site. I will keep monitoring the site and will contact the provider if the site goes down again.

Please let me know if you think there are any other problems.


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