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Sat, 27 Nov 2004 12:18:28 -0500
Firefox 1.0 is out! Bring back the puch in your browsing!
Mon, 1 Nov 2004 23:08:14 -0500
I was going over the applications on my Windows PC (Yes, MS is still my primary desktop, though I use Redhat Linux occasionally). I discovered that the mainstream applications I use are increasingly comprising more Open Source applications. They are competing for my mindshare and jostling for space with the Commercial software. Here is a list of Open Source Applications I used on the Windows PC. None of these are freeware.
That's a handful. None of them are Freeware. All of them are are Open source! You may also be interested in the OSSWIN page that lists Open source and freeware and applications for the Windows platform. Other useful resources for Windows Open source are: OSSDir, WinLibre, Freshmeat, Sourceforge (Win32, NT/2K/XP, XP), Tigris, GNUWin2
The push is on...
Mon, 1 Nov 2004 06:07:51 -0500
Here's my wish list for Yahoo Messenger:
Its been a while since we had an update from Yahoo. There's lot more that could be done. I should be posting some time a list of great features I love on Yahoo Messenger.
Sun, 31 Oct 2004 07:57:16 -0500
Some new programmers at work were asking me - what might be the good books to read to pick up a thing or two on programming.
It dawned on me that I had learnt most of my programming hygeine factors along the way...through experience. It set me thinking and I looked up Amazon for such books.
I came cross a Programming Booklist by Matthew Van Horn.
Neat list of books. To my surprise I figured I had read some of them too! My brother tells me the title - Code Complete - by Steve McConnel is a must read. Got to check it out sometime...
Sun, 31 Oct 2004 07:56:26 -0500
Many extensions I used to use with the Firefox 0.8 dont work anymore. To name a few...Basics 1.0, Close Tab on Click 0.1, Undo close tab, Duplicate Tab 0.1, FLST 0.6, BugmeNot 0.3, Slogger 0.1.0, Stumble upon 1.994, ImageZoom 0.1.2, Checky 2.2, Blanklast 0.4, WindowsUpdate 0.5. Yes, that a whole log of extensions that dont work.
Yes, I use 24 extensions on my Firefox. And 12 (50%) of the extensions don't work after my upgrade. I really fancy the extensibility of the Browser. Addicted as I am to these new little extension thingys, it is becoming a challenge to upgrade and manage them.
Firefox 1.0 PR did a great job in spotting these incompatible extensions and atuomatically look for upgrades and upgraded many of the old extensions.
Mozilla needs to do a better job to managing the ecosystem. They need to ensure / encourage the extension authors to keep pace with the version upgrades. You can throw these extensions as bait and not get the authors to upgrade when a version upgrade happens. This really takes away the edge that these extensions promise. Nothing can be more irksome than not being able to use what you have gotten used to.
Thunderbird extensions are another challenge. When I upgraded to 0.8 I wanted to pick up popular extensions for Thunderbird. Sidebar 0.3 for example.
All one gets is the message...
Contacts Sidebar 0.3 could not be installed because it not compatible with Firefox.
Here we go again....
Well given the fact that these products (Firefox and Thunderbird)are not 1.0 versions one needs to eb careful while critiquing them. But still...
Sun, 31 Oct 2004 07:55:56 -0500
I upgraded to the latest version of w.Blogger my Blog client and my existing settings went for a six. Took some googling to figure out the fix.
Here is a posting from Dave's posting that makes things a lot easier.
Sat, 20 Dec 2003 14:44:10 -0500
Palm has long been claiming that the greatest differentiator between the Pocket PC and the PalmOS PDAs is the availability of a huge cache of applications for every need. And they have also been aware that a majority of the users of the Palm OS have thus far used only the default applications that come with the PalmOS based PDAs. Most users don't really every got to use the 20,000 plus applications the PalmOS platform boasts of!
Palm did try bundling applications but that was only a handful! Digging through the poorly organized lists like Palmgear can really overwhelm a new user. Despite the Categories Palmgear has, one really needs to still dig for specific apps.
Expert Guides from PalmSource now cuts through the clutter!
"Expert Guides" are a set of 40 odd guides written by experts that look at PalmOS Application from the following perspectives - Profession, Interest and task on Hand. This list is growing. Even regular users of sites like palmgear like me found a great deal of value in these guides. For example - The guide on "Emergency Preparedness" is a case in point. Many of the applications listed here were unknown to me and so many of them were free too!
Expert Guides are steps in the right direction. PalmSource needs to make many more to stay in business - gettting firmly onto the smartphone bandwagon is one such pending step.
Mon, 10 Nov 2003 15:22:58 -0500
The Louisiana gubernatorial polls has my attention even though I am on the other end of the world. Even though most of the US doesn't seem to care.
My interest does not stem only from the fact that one of the candidates - Bobby Jindal is of Indian origin. There is a lot more to this poll that interests me.
Some interesting perspectives on the poll:
Way to go Bobby! My fingers are crossed. Good luck!
Tue, 23 Sep 2003 10:24:54 -0400
Apparently Sony is moving the location of the Jogdials on their new PDAs. The Jogdial is expected to move from the side to the front (where the Page up/Page Down buttons were in earlier Clies). The Jogdial for me is one of great innovations that I like with Sony Clies.
Why on earth would Sony want to move the Jog Dial to the front?
It simply doesnt make sense and I protest!
It was so easy to scroll (to choose) and click and use the Clie while driving with the other hand engaged on the wheel. Moving the Jogdial to the front kills the ability and to me this is a step backwards.
Tue, 23 Sep 2003 10:23:11 -0400
Brighthand.com RumourMill carried an article on the to-be-release PDAs from Sony.
Guess what? They will have 32MB RAM on board memory! How many times I wished for this on my Sony Clie 610?
- Motorola i.MXL processor than run at 200MHz.
- Multiple PDA colours.
- Piscel view for multiple doc formats
And a price tag of around 200-250 US$!! I am all ears now!
Mon, 22 Sep 2003 13:00:22 -0400
It is quite shocking that none of the Palm PDA majors have any kind of support in India. We have many users of Palm based PDAs - dont have a number but quite a sizeable number for sure - going by the PDAs I see people walking around with.
The Bangalore Palm User Group mailing list has numerous people complaining about the difficulties they face in getting repairs done, buying accessories. Even simply things like Screen protectors are an issue.
The websites of Palm, Handspring and Sony for support India lead you no where. One simply lands on the APAC page. Really disappointing.
There are also many companies that work on PalmOS applications for their customers. It is high time Sony and Palm offered some support in India for the hardware people use.
Wed, 27 Aug 2003 13:46:57 -0400
One of the things that has been a challenge for me at the work place is to get the best out of people. If I To get them to define their own goals and to align them with those of the task/project on hand. To get them to keep their "fire in the belly" going and to instill in them as sense of positive competitive spirit. To get them to be self accountable and to challenge themselves to do better and seek greater milestones. To get them to think of the whole than the part.
If I could achieve these, well my job becomes easy. In reality, that is not the case.
I enjoy getting people realize their potential and for this I feel everyone needs to constantly "raise the bar" - need to set higher goals like a high jumper or pole vaulter would do. To stretch their horizons, to realise the potential of their creation.
But many people dont realize that they need to "raise the bar". Some are contented with where they, others naive about where they are, some truely indifferent and the rest indulge and are immersed in what they do to! Such are the ways of people.
To raise the bar one needs to:
- Stop, pause, catch a breath and reflect
- Know where they are
- Realise their potential
- Take calculated risks
- Set revised goals that "raise the bar"
If one does not "raise the bar" at the right time, then one fine day one would shocking realise that time and people have flown by and one got left behind.
To Quote Pink Floyd number Time:
Ticking away the moments that make up the dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find that ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
And you run and run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death
Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or a half page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in a quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone the song is over, thought i'd something more to say
To quote Swami Vivekanada:
Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.
Wed, 27 Aug 2003 13:40:56 -0400
My wife seems to like Queen's (on church street at Bangalore) for some reason. For the uninitiated they are a small ethnic restaurant in downtown bangalore that serves spicy North Indian food. I must say the food is generally good here and most people get attracted to the restaurant to devour (yes devour is the word) their phulkas (Thin Indian bread, you could say extra-slim rotis). I have been a visitor there for the last 5-6 years.
The restaurant is cosy and small. Just enough place to qualify for being called a restaurant. The interiors are every ethnic and the lighting is very nice. The walls have some terracota work (or what do they call it?) with some nice art work.
They are really very adept at making us upset. It has happened the last few times we visited them. Now I am beginning to think it is more a trend than a one off incident.
We went in really hungry souls around closure time. We beat the clock by 5-10 mins. We were exhilarated to see the "We are Open" sign. We were sure we would make it to dinner this evening. We were received by a waiter who saw us, paused, checked his clock, contemplated for a few seconds and then declared that they were closed.
This really upset me. At the very least he could have said they were closed without the contemplations! And guess what ... We were introducing a good friend of ours to the restaurant!
It appeared he just wanted to close things and get on with the day. We explained to him that we were in on time and welcomed by a "We are Open" sign and that he must honour that. He agreed after a lot of reluctance.
We made it!
And I was animatedly introducing to this friend of ours, the great dishes we thought she should taste.
The waiter came in and gave us the menu and almost barked "This is the last order!". We said fine and we went about ordering a few the gravies that go with the phulkas (or Indian bread). We were for a moment lost in our contemplation of dishes (you could call it greed too..). The waiter interjected "You need to order now". I tried to explain we just needed a moment. He wasnt willing to buy that. We tried to go over our decision making a little faster. He persisted and pushed us again. This time more forcefully. My wife who is normally quite patient in some of these things lost her cool. She couldnt take it anymore. She told the manager that this treatment was unacceptable. And she even went on to give them a small lecture on customer management.
Great food. But what's the point of the experience if one were ot receive it at Gun point?! If one cast even make one's choice? Is one cant even expect basic courtesy?
If you are looking for great food and great service. Try Aangan! They beat everybpdy in town with their service. They wont disappoint you.
And Queen's - if you want to pickup a lesson or two on customer service, head to Aangan!
Sun, 24 Aug 2003 17:11:30 -0400
It was quite some time past dinner last evening when my wife and I decided to drive down to our favourite coffee shop in Indira Nagar - Barista's for my favourite - Latte. It was one of those nice cool evenings in Bangalore. We were a bit tired after the busy tasks at home. As we got into the coffee shop, it was around 11:30 PM and I was surprised to see a couple sitting on a table with a small 6 year old along with them wide awake and drinking coffee too.
Whats a small kid doing here so late I thought? May be they are leaving I guessed...
We ordered our favourite coffees and got down to our regular habit of the game of scrabble. I always lose to Madhavi (my wife) and whatever I try it always ends up that way. We dunked in our coffees and it was getting closed to the midnight hour.
I could'nt get my mind of the other table with this couple discussing away to glory with the kid still sitting there wide awake.
Is this the way to bring up a kid I thought? Isnt it way past his sleeping time, I thought? What the hell is this kid going to do when he is a teen ager. And do his parents care? I dismissed my thoughts and told myself maybe its one of those days that need them to close out their talk!
The scrabble gave was on. And oddly I was getting in the long words and hitiing the triple word tiles on the board. The game was slowing tilting in my favour, to dismay of Madhavi.
It was nearly 12:30 AM....And I was'nt tired one bit. It was one of those odd days I was in the lead....
There comes this couple... And to my shocking surprise they were carrying a small 4 year old. There were coming in for a coffee!!!
Whats up with the young couples in Bangalore? DO you take parenting seriously at all? Does'nt one need care a hoot about the small kids and their sleep?
Or am I just getting downright old fashioned?
Time alone will tell....
Sat, 21 Jun 2003 07:54:28 -0400This is my first post