Monday, January 23, 2006

Interesting ...

Today morning, I saw an opinion poll on our corporate intranet and the live results (in %s, as well as number of votes in each category) being declared beside it.

Interestingly, there was also the following "Thought for the Day" quote running on a frame besides the poll

"I can prove anything by statistics except the truth. George Canning"

Interesting / ironical / ... ? :)

All I could do was smile.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Find Wi-Fi Hotspots in India

From here.

Largest numbers in Karnataka (231, prominently in Bangalore) followed by Tamil Nadu (72, prominently in Chennai).
(dated 21-Jan-2006)

You can search based on location type (stores/cafe/restraunts/airport/business center/...) or provider (NTT DoCoMo/Dishent/iPass/...).

Find what your public ipaddress is ...

ipid.shat.net and showmyip.com are sites that show what IP address and country you appear to be coming from.

Found these sites while reading about Tor - An anonymous Internet communication system.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Feedvalidator has problems with my blogger atom feed ...

Feed Validator has problems with my Blogger generated ATOM feed. Need to check if this is a known issue. There are some Google hits relating to this, but needs more reading and follow up. Later.

The only reason I found this was 'cos FeedMedic (of FeedBlitz) is complaining about issues in the email generated reports.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Thunderbird 1.5 refuses to die ...

Migrated to Thunderbird 1.5 a few days ago after reading the /. post.

While everything else is wonderful (if I can ever say that of TB FF), whenever I try and exit TB, it just refuses to go away. The process keeps lingering on for a very long time. I haven't bothered to check if it really dies, just end up killing it :(

Does anyone know if this is a known issue ?

And, any recommendations for a _decent_ MUA ? (One that can do what FF can do and doesn't hog as much memory or CPU at times)

pine/elm/gnus/emacs/and their like _and_ Microsoft Outlook/* are ruled out.

Monday, January 16, 2006

FeedBurner, FeedBlitz and SiteMeter

Did some template reorganization and ended up using FeedBurner, FeedBlitz and SiteMeter on my regular (this blog) and the humor blog.

FeedBlitz like service was something I was looking for, for those of my readers who weren't used to RSS/ATOM. However, an email subscription service of course always comes with the thought of "spam" ...

Friday, January 13, 2006

New things I'm planning to try out ...

Firefox's (probably) latest blogging extension - Performancing from which I'm writing this post.

Pando - a tiny app that lets you email any size file or folder to anyone, free.

Mp3tag -
a powerful and yet easy-to-use tool to edit metadata (ID3,
Vorbis Comments and APE) of common audio formats. It can rename files
based on the tag information, replace characters or words from tags and
filenames, import/export tag information, create playlists and more. ...

Just 7 at about 9.20am ...

Given that today is a holiday for those who have opted for it in my office, I see just 7 people, at about 9.20am in my floor's wing where it can seat about 100+ people.

Also, there's this thing with flexi-timing. While I've been to the US and people there "rush" (or get in) to the office pretty early in the morning, between 7-8am (at times), here, it's usually between 10am-12pm !!

OTOH, if the company does stipulate fixed timings like 9am-6pm, people do come in at 9am (leaving at 6pm may not necessarily happen always).

What do you think could be the reason ?

One of the reasons for the behavior in US could be the nasty traffic jams if starting late, convenient access from home, etc. Any others ?

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Switching to Windows, Not as Easy as You Think

"Mad Penguin writer Simon Gerber has published an amusing review of Windows XP as seen from a Linux users point of view. He really makes you feel like you are trying to use Windows for the first time after exclusively using Linux. The article covers everything from the hideous installer and its lack of partitioning/formatting capabilities to the utter wasteland that is the Windows desktop, devoid of useful applications and everything in between. A fun read."

Read the ensuing discussion here.

Courtesy: Slashdot

Apple Inc - Doomed ?

The Innovator's Dilemma author Clayton Christensen outlines his case for why Apple's proprietary strategy will soon fail, just as it did before ...

Go here for the complete article. Interesting observation on how the age old management theory of companies and managers trying to maximize the stock value could be "flawed" in present day scenario !

Monday, January 09, 2006

You don't exist, go away!

That's what came up when I was trying to login to a unix machine ! Interesting message :)

Googling pointed me to this. Interesting & amusing choice of words to spit out to the user :)

One heck of a tool - Mp3Tag ...

I've always wanted an mp3 tag editor to edit my music collection. The built-in tag editor that came along with my Creative Zen Touch Mp3 Player's Creative MediaSource software was functional, but lacked sophistication and was cumbersome to use. I've always hand edited mp3 tags and that was really tiring and boring, not to mention extremely time consuming.

Last night, I got my act together and searched for "mp3 tag editor" on beloved Google and was presented with Mp3Tag - the universal Tag Editor amidst several other choices. Given that it was free to use, I was tempted to try it out and I couldn't have been any happier for that stroke of luck.

Things that I like about it

1. Its free.
2. It has ability to generate tag information from file names.
3. It can construct file names from tag information.
4. It can bring Hungarian Notation (This Is An Example Of One) to tag information.
5. Its very fast.
6. Very flexible.
7. Has tons of other useful options

The software project home page has information on some of the useful/main features.

I'm still to explore various other options of the software, but I'm pretty pleased with what I've seen and used till now. It will become a part of my "Must Have Software" collection.

Update:
I've received good recommendations for the following software on Mac/Linux.
* amaroK (for Linux/Unix, ports available for other platforms)
* EasyTAG (for Mac/Linux)

Saturday, January 07, 2006

So much for Google Video ...

Trying to view any video on Google Video produces the following output !!

Thanks for your interest in Google Video.

Currently, the playback feature of Google Video isn't available in your country.

We hope to make this feature available more widely in the future, and we really appreciate your patience.


Boy, do I hate it when I see such a notice !!

Google Pack would have been better with ...

AVG Anti Virus (Free Personal Edition) and Spybot Search & Destory instead of Symantec Norton Anti Virus and Ad Aware respectively. Zone Alarm Personal Firewall would have been another good addition. It remains to be seen why the latter were chosen instead of the former. Is it that they are far better or that the companies were easily ameanable to Google's proposal ?

And I wish Google Pack was also available on Windows 2000 ! :(

See here for my list of "Must Have Software".