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  • Browser wars redux

    Posted on August 31st, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    According to this article running on CNET News.com, Opera will be releasing a version of their popular browser for Microsoft’s mobile phone OS, owing to customer demand. Is it “Goodbye, Pocket Internet Explorer” time already?

    Russ’ Nokia 7610 review mentioned that Nokia has already been bundling Opera with their phones. Nokia has also been known to fund the Minimo (Mini Mozilla) project. Is there a connection here? If, one fine day, Nokia chooses Minimo as their default mobile browser… Well, that’s a lot of ifs and buts, but we all know that mobile browsing is going to be the wave of the future anyway.

    More stuff on smartphones:
    BBC’s article predicts boom times ahead for smartphones (I knew it long back :-P). By 2009, some 117 million of them would be shipped, according to a report by InStat/MDR.

  • Windows Security Advisor

    Posted on August 23rd, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    The “Windows Security Advisor” page on Microsoft’s site (here) does not load in Firefox, since it requires Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater and Windows XP.

    D-oh.

    Here’s the full message I got:

    “This automated page requires Internet Explorer 6.0 or greater and Windows XP. For information about Internet Explorer, visit the Internet Explorer Web site. If you are not using Windows XP, please go to http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/default.asp and choose your operating system. If you don’t know which operating system your computer uses, go to http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/checkos.asp.”

  • Windows: Show Desktop

    Posted on August 17th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    I accidentally deleted the “Show Desktop” shortcut in Windows 2000′s Quick Launch Toolbar. Turns out Microsoft’s Knowledge Base has a solution for recreating it.

    Create a file named “Show Desktop.scf” having the following lines:

    [Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop

    Save it into your %SystemRoot%\SYSTEM32 folder (anywhere else will do) and recreate the shortcut.

  • How mobile India is

    Posted on August 16th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    The number of GSM mobile subscribers in India for the quarter ending July 2004 is a staggering 30,593,166. Yes, that’s 30 million people. For the same period last year, the number was 16,298,598. Within a period of one year, the subscriber base has almost doubled.

    Wow. I knew the number was big, but never took a wild guess anywhere near this number.

    The ARPU (Average Revenue Per Unit) for the year 2003-2004 has also decreased considerably among private GSM operators. From data available with the Cellular Operators Association of India, ARPU has dropped 17% from Rs. 523 (~ $11.62) in Q1 to Rs. 432 (~ $9.60) in Q4.

    And now the bad news: there’s a controversy between the GSM and CDMA operators about the allocation of 1900MHz band for 3G services (details here). If this drags on, it may delay the entrance of 3G into India.

  • Mosquitos Trojan

    Posted on August 13th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Symbian has released a press statement on their website on the recent Mosquitos Trojan. For those who came in late, Mosquitos is a game developed by Ojom for phones based on the Series 60 interface. Although I haven’t played it, from what I heard, it’s a pretty neat game. It uses the phone’s camera, and you have to move the camera in different angles to target and shoot the Mosquitos.

    Recent cracked versions of the game carried a trojan, which would send out SMSes without the user knowing about it and running up phone bills in the process.

    Symbian is also stressing on developers to go in for the Symbian Signed program to avoid getting infected by malicious illegal software. The costs involved in getting into the program are high (it starts with having to get an ACS Publisher ID from VeriSign that costs $350, and more later!).

  • mOlympics.com

    Posted on August 12th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    mOlympics.com
    If you haven’t already done so, please bookmark http://molympics.com on your mobile. It’s a mobile Olympic Games news aggregator (the display is formatted specifically for mobiles!). I don’t have GPRS (yet), so I browsed the site on my Nokia 3650 using Airtel‘s WAP gateway itself, and it worked without any hiccups.

    Just what I needed to keep me updated while on the move during the 2004 Olympics. It even has a “lite” version (http://molympics.com/lite) for mobiles that cannot load “heavy” pages.

    Great job, Russ! :-)

  • More on Python, SOAP

    Posted on August 11th, 2004 Sandeep 2 comments

    Following my earlier post on Python and SOAP, here is a simple SOAP server that returns a SOAP array (or, correspondingly, a Python list object):

    import SOAPpydef getList():
    list = ["Item 1", "Item 2", "Item 3"]
    return list

    server = SOAPpy.SOAPServer((“localhost”, 9078)) # address tuple
    print “SOAP Server running on localhost:9078″
    server.registerFunction(getList) # expose the method

    try:
    server.serve_forever()
    except KeyboardInterrupt:
    pass

    The SOAP method getList can be invoked using a simple SOAP client like the one below:

    import SOAPpyserver = SOAPpy.SOAPProxy(“http://localhost:9078″)
    try:
    list = server.getList()
    print “Got: “, list
    except Exception, e:
    print “Caught exception: “, e

    Next: WSDL. Or something.

  • True Mobility

    Posted on August 10th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    (From BBC’s report)

    Mobile wallet. What can you say? One of the perfect killer applications for your mobile phone – doing away with your credit cards. The mobiles have all the usual security mechanisms in place to prevent fraud (one of the mobiles even has a fingerprint scanner!). Now you need not worry about having your credit card stolen. Even if the thief gets away with your mobile, he won’t be able to cash in on it.

    NTT DoCoMo rules.

  • Windows Messenger popup ads

    Posted on August 10th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    (From BBC’s article)

    A San Diego-based company was using a Windows Messenger loophole to deliver popup ads. What really cracked me up was this:


      Ironically, the pop-ups were advertising software which blocked pop-ups.

    Fortunately, the company has since been banned from advertising this way.

    Oh, and on the long-awaited update for Windows XP – here’s a feature from Windows XP SP2: the Internet Explorer Information Bar. Ring a bell? Sure, it does. More information on the Information Bar here.

    For a complete list of changes to Windows XP in SP2, check out this link.

  • Banning camera phones

    Posted on August 9th, 2004 Sandeep 1 comment

    (Follow Rui‘s post here and Lessig’s original post here)

    With more and more mobiles and PDAs coming out with better-than-average-quality cameras, it looks like they are heading out to face a ban in public events. I don’t really understand the point here. So what if someone at the event takes pics and sends them (via MMS – heh heh) to their friends? I know that cameras are banned, but mobile phones? Sheesh.

    I remember a few months ago when Rush and me went to Bryan Adams’ concert in Bangalore, I saw several people with 3650s/6600s trying to take pics. Of course, the end result left much to be desired. First of all, it was dark, and secondly, the stage was about at least 40-50 ft away from the crowd. Anyone with these mobiles will tell you that those images sucked big time.

    One request from the event organizers was that mobile phones be switched off, as it may interfere with the electronics there (ever hear the buzzing sound from a radio when a nearby mobile starts to ring?). Fair enough. But just because you have a camera phone, if you are thrown out, how would you feel? I’m glad and India, for now at least, isn’t into such laws – otherwise I would have a tough time updating Jacemobile.