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  • A pain in the… back

    Posted on September 28th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Suffered the mother of all back-aches yesterday. I just could not stand straight or sit in my chair. I slept straight (without a pillow, even) for nine hours after applying Belladonna plaster. The thing is a small miracle. I woke up in the morning without any pain, but anyway did not risk doing anything strenuous. Since I was in no mood to ride my bike to office, I decided to come by auto-rickshaw.

    … And just now, I received an SMS from ING-Vysya (with whom I have a life insurance policy, thankyouverymuch), reminding me that my premium is due by the 3rd of October. Sigh, isn’t technology wonderful?

  • Busy

    Posted on September 23rd, 2004 Sandeep 2 comments

    I’ve been busy as hell. I am currently working on:

    • Porting one of our products to Itanium
    • Evaluating Amaretto
    • Preparing a Perl training program for some new-hires in the company
    • Documentation (a lot of it)
    • Meetings, meetings and more meetings

    In the meantime, Airtel launched its EDGE (Enhanced Data Rate for Global Evolution) network in Bangalore, soon to spread over the entire state. That’s good news, but hell I don’t have an EDGE-capable mobile! (Not yet, anyway). Oh, and thankfully, I can still send MMSs to an e-mail address. I think there was some temporary problem with Airtel about a few days ago when this was not working (I didn’t check with them on that — I’ve been that busy).

  • Firefox 1.0PR

    Posted on September 19th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Heh, Firefox 1.0PR reached 1 million downloads in less than 100 hours. They still have six days to go, and are happily waiting for the 2-millionth download. Great going!

  • Firefox 1.0PR

    Posted on September 15th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Get Firefox!
    Ok, so we now have Live Bookmarks with the just-released Firefox 1.0PR. Put simply, it’s a place where you add your RSS/ATOM feeds as bookmarks. When you load a live bookmark, it promptly lists the feed’s entries.

    But, hey, just hold on before you chuck out that version of NetNewsWire or FeedReader or RSSReader or whatever other software you are using to keep track of your favorite blogs. It’s still got pretty basic. If you ask me, they should make it similar to the Bloglines interface (I suspect that’s how it’s gonna turn out, anyway). Right now, to get the latest headlines, you have to right-click on the feed and select “Refresh Live Bookmark.” With Bloglines, however, as soon as you login, it immediately shows you how many unread posts are present for a feed.

    Also, there is no way to find out if you have read a post or not, since there is no indication of this. Yeah, I know I’m expecting too much from a Preview Release ;-)

    I downloaded it and have started using it. Some extensions (like LiveHTTPHeaders, Tabbrowser Preferences) have been disabled since they were written specifically for 0.9. But that’s ok — I’ll bet newer versions for these will be out in a day or two.

  • NetFront for free

    Posted on September 13th, 2004 Sandeep 3 comments

    Access Systems, the makers of NetFront, a web browser for Symbian-powered smartphones, is giving away free activation keys. All you have to do is take their survey here. I had previously used a trial version of NetFront, and even blogged about it.

    Go on, give it a try.

  • GPRS Costs Rising?

    Posted on September 10th, 2004 Sandeep 2 comments

    Airtel and Hutch are two of the major players in the GSM arena in India. Airtel offers GPRS connection at Rs.600 (about $13.50) for a maximum of 10 MB (stupid). Earlier, Hutch had GPRS on offer at Rs.400 (less than $10) a month for unlimited access to the Internet. Now their website has updated the rates. More stupidity. Rs.200 per month rental and Rs.0.50 for every 10 KB downloaded? I mean, come on! If I download 10 MB, the monthly charge would be Rs.700, and that’s costlier than Airtel!

    I guess nobody is in the mood to attract customers by lowering costs. I was thoroghly disappointed in Airtel’s rates that I once actively considered moving to Hutch, but I was not ready for the change in phone number. Way too many people have this number for more than two years now.

    And another stupidity: it looks like Airtel is barring subscribers from sending MMS to an e-mail address (in case I haven’t mentioned before, I use MMS solely to post images to I am still not sure of it, though. I sent an MMS to myself about four hours ago, and it’s yet to reach my Inbox. Damn. I don’t like this one bit.

    In other news, you can now book Indian Railways’ train tickets on your mobile (available currently only to Hutch and Reliance mobile subscribers). I haven’t tried it, but if I get a chance to play with it, I will post a review on how easy/difficult it is ;-)

  • Gmail: The Real Power

    Posted on September 9th, 2004 Sandeep 2 comments

    I’ve been playing around with the “Search Mail” feature of my Gmail account for a while now, and not surprisingly, it’s GREAT. My account is now 220 MB full, which includes a lot of backup mails that I have been sending from my other addresses to test the search feature.

    The speed with which the search results are thrown at you is amazing. Whether you are searching by sender or keyword, you get a list of e-mails from the newest to the oldest. As usual, you can exclude words from your search with “-excludeword”, etc. etc. The “Back to Search Results” link is about the fastest link to load in the universe. I’m not kidding! Try it out, honest.

    And the ads are pretty relevant, although at times they tend to be funny (i.e. no relation to the mail content) as can be seen here.

    With Google acquiring Picasa, searching images on your hard drive has been made easier (at least that’s what their page claims). I haven’t tried this out yet; if you have a review somewhere, please point me to it right away :-)

  • Missed Nokia Workshop

    Posted on September 7th, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Well, I’m an ass. I did not attend the Nokia Mobile Developer Workshop held on August 20 in Mumbai, India. The reason I couldn’t go was because I couldn’t get out of work (since it was a Friday), nor did I have funds to fly to Mumbai and back. The topics were interesting enough. Check out the presentation downloads (PDF).

    Wonder if/when Nokia will have a similar one in Bangalore.

  • Gmail

    Posted on September 3rd, 2004 Sandeep No comments

    Hmm, looks like Google is playing around with Gmail’s interface. (Of course, they should be – it’s still beta). The “Apply Label” drop-down is now merged with “More Actions” and colors are a-changing.

    It’s blazingly fast as usual. But one thing bugs me though: when you are in the Inbox, there is no option for you to open a message or thread in a new tab in Firefox (unless I missed something?). I like how you can do the same thing in Yahoo! Mail.

    Any idea what Google is doing in the mobile space? Apart from, I mean ;-) A quick search for “Google Mobile” yielded this. I had missed this completely. Gmail on my mobile? Alright!

    I have a couple more Gmail invites left. If you haven’t yet got one (which is highly unlikely), comment with your name and e-mail address.

  • Otherwise Useless Stuff

    Posted on September 2nd, 2004 Sandeep 1 comment

    Every so often (about once a week), our office network goes down for no apparent reason. The break is for about 15-20 minutes at the max. This is a pretty nice time for a quick snooze (or to collect one’s thoughts together — whatever). I use the following batch script to wake me up:

    @echo off
    echo Running wakeup script…
    ping <<whatever.ip.or.hostname>>
    C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\MPLAY32.EXE /PLAY “C:\WINNT\MEDIA\Windows Logon Sound.wav”