Monday, December 31, 2007

Reflecting back on the year

Another year is coming to an end and the best thing to describe my state of mind right now is "LOST". With the Long road to ruin by Foo Fighters playing in the background its not really helping. The past 3+ years have been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Am still not sure what I want to do and where I want to go in life. Most people seem to know and have a clear direction by this age but seems like I need a little more time to understand things in life.

I have learned a lot over the years yet there is something that I seem to be missing. I almost feel like the ranting swede (A character on Sheep In The Big City). But thats another post altogether. Coming back to the year gone by it been an interesting year, getting rid of the extra baggage I was carrying over the last few years. I know all this sounds cryptic but I really cannot help it. Hoping for a change and something new and interesting in the coming year.

Thinking of technology this year there were a lot of new buzzwords SilverLight, Adobe AIR, JavaFX, Google Gears, iPhone, gPhone (Android), Open Social etc. but nothing really good enough to hold anyones attention. Maybe except for iPhone the others created a buzz and kind of died down. Vista came in and could not conquer and not to be left behind Leopord had its own share of problems. In the end I would still put my money on Vista only if they can put into peoples head that you need the next generation hardware to run the OS. A lot seems to have happened in technology but it seems like we are going back in time rather than moving ahead. There was hardly anything new or interesting that I can remember this year for in terms of technology.

Personally in terms of technology one of my posts was on slashdot and this year unlike last year none of my posts were on digg or reddit. Have to start writing something interesting next year.

I will try and add more in this post but for now I am drawing an about:blank.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Strange and funny day

The moment I woke up I had so much that I had thought I would complete by the end of the say. Surprisingly the day turned out a lot different than I had expected. I did not work as I had planned but I met a friend and it felt refreshing and have no idea how the day went by. At first I thought that I would complete one of the many projects that are stuck up in my head. If nothing else I wrote like three blog posts today and that in a weird way is an accomplishment none the less.

This week has been strange in every possible sense. My phone did not ring nor did I get any random messages. My inbox was empty and there were hardly any mails, no spam either. It felt like I was being ignored :) by the spammers also. And today all of a sudden I talked to a few friends and my inbox had quite a few messages but thankfully no spammer sent me a mail.

Welcome or Taare Zameen Par

I am not really a movie buff but after sitting and watching two movies over the week, it was more than necessary to write about it. The first movie I saw was "Taare Zameen Par" and the second was Welcome. Both are bollywood movies but both were the exact opposite of each other. I enjoyed watching Taare Zameen Par 'cause of the way the story was and also the music was pleasing. The second movie Welcome was a train wreak at best. It was a torture to watch that pathetic movie, and it just made me question if I had lost my sense of humor. Many people seemed to enjoy the movie but I felt it was completely mindless. Not that I was looking for something earth shattering the whole movie made little or no sense.

There was hardly any plot to speak of. It was like stringing half a dozen unfunny situations together and presenting it as a movie. I have watched a few movies over the last few months that really make me question my sense of humor. Have I really lost it, or are these movie really just beyond senseless.

Before and After

I have never really had a beard and for the last 20 days after not shaving I had grown a beard. It looked so weird but none the less a change. I had planned a before and after and I just got a comment that the look with the beard was a lot better. This post seems so narcissistic.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Positive side effects of being ill

Its been two weeks since I got back and am still to fully recover from the fever and cold. I still have a sore throat and been a little slow with work. I still have a few mails left that I need to reply back to. If I have not replied back to you I am sorry and will do it as soon as I can. Thats the apology and now coming back to the post, there has been one really positive side effect of the trip. In the two weeks I was there I had loads of salads and after getting back have not been able to eat much food either. I have lost a few pounds of weight that I have so desperately been trying to get rid of. If nothing else I had some healthy food (the veggies that I normally tend to skip) that my body so desperately needed.

Its not the best way to loose weight but who am I to complain. I just hope I don't end up putting back the weight this winter. I am planning to follow a little exercise regime but thats still a plan and am still not sure if I will be able to follow up with it. The other good or bad thing that has happened since I returned back is that I have not bothered to shave. I have a two week old stubble and I plan to keep it up for a month or till I don't start feeling all weird.

I had met some interesting people on my trip and have still not got back to anyone so far, not like anyone would be expecting me to get back. But still I think its good to stay in touch with a few interesting people.

Coming back to work I have not done even a single thing in the last one month. Everything that I started has been hanging in a limbo. My TODO list seems to be growing with each passing day. The first thing I really want is a new look and feel for the blog and my website. But lets see if I can do something in the coming holidays.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Stranger than fiction


Its almost been a month since my last post and a lot has happened in the last few days and weeks. For the last 2 weeks I was in Oslo and had some good time there. Returned back 2 days back and have been in bed ever since I returned back. Not sure what else I want to write.

While I was in Oslo I got a mail that this blog had been marked as a blog spam and would be deleted. I tried posting yesterday but I could not. But since I have been able to post I think that its been removed from that list.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

AVSystemCare is it a virus or antivirus

Today while visiting a site I was greeted with this screen. I was sure I had just opened a story on digg and the site it was pointing to also seemed legit. There was nothing to suspect but I just could not see how this was possible. I had seen a video yesterday about a similar attack using the doubleclick adverts network. But on that page I did not see any adverts being served by them, so possibly there is another network that is being used to get the adverts on the web pages.

After looking and snooping for a while I got the URL's from where the ads were being served. To see how it looks like you can copy the URL and see for yourself how the social engineering attacks work. Just make sure your browser is fully patched. Also make sure you don't download/run the executable that is shoved down your throat.
http://avsystemcare.com/data/?mtrt=avds22&gai=swmid&gli=2822_ao_3923_0_758_ao_&gff=pp_240877101&ex=1&ed=2&h=10&ax=1&ed=1&ex=1&mtrt=null&45080703&mt_info=3923_0_758
http://avsystemcare.com/data/index.php?52545a0d4647545e006e191c6a5258675351060714535a080b0a0f035139030b6a060a02066f09685304593b5458691e5352040b4244695302080f065457525513525f5108011f5008545c5513500b0c0712055e0f05064755550a00
http://85.255.115.218/ind.htm?src=409&surl=environmentalgraffiti.com&sport=80&suri=%2Findex%2Ephp%3Fp%3D484

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Wow! I just got an offer for Six Million U. S Dollars

I just got another spam mail but funnily it landed into my inbox. I could not help but laugh after I read it.

From Peter Brown.
Crockford Lane Basingstoke Hants
RG24 8WB. London UK.
Tels: +(+447045749371, +44 7045710463)

Greetings to you !

I did a lot of searching and prayers before choosing your contact from your country’s website / business online register. It is with trust and sincerity that I approach you for assistance to transfer some funds into your foreign bank account. Please do accept my apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics. I want to introduce myself and this business opportunity to you. My name is Mr. Peter Brown, A Private Accountant based in London. Honestly it will be my humble pleasure if we can work together.

I would like you to stand as the next of kin to my deceased client who made a deposit of US$6 Million (Six Million U. S Dollars Only) with a bank here in London few years back. He died in an auto crash with his wife and only child without any registered next of kin and as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate with a reputable Bank here in London which means that any person from your country can stand as the next of kin of the deceased person for claiming the inheritance funds without any risk involved. If you are interested in this kind of this transactions, Please do let me know immediately so that I can give you comprehensive details on what we are to do next. I urgently hope to get your response as soon as possible. Call me immediately at: +447045749371, +44 7045710463
Regards,
Mr. Peter Brown,
From London UK.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

List of Open Social Applications on Orkut

A huge list of Orkut/opensocial applications http://opensocialdirectory.org/wiki/Main_Page I saw a couple of other pages where you can get a list of applications. I will be updating this list when I get more urls.

If you want to know how you can add the applications to your orkut profile check out this post

These are some of the applications which I like.

1) .. will update later

Now for some ideas I have. A cool looking wall where friends can draw on the canvas. Add pictures and other things. It could turn out to be a complicated widget but it would work.

A widget to use the awesome new service drop.io. If you visit my drop [http://drop.io/vivekjishtu] you can drop files, links and notes on my page. And all of it without filling up a single sign up form.

A twitter widget where a user can post and keep in touch with other friends. I was making it but still not done with it. Anyhow the next application to be completed would be drop.io

Sunday, November 04, 2007

My first open social applications

After trashing the open social platform last night I thought of developing a hello world application for the platform. Here are a few screenshots of the sample applications that I built tonight.


Facebook application on Orkut



Digg on Orkut


Reddit application on Orkut





If you want any of these open social applications on orkut, you need an account on http://sandbox.orkut.com. You can apply for the sandox here http://code.google.com/support/opensocialsignup/. Once you have access to the sandbox goto http://sandbox.orkut.com/MyApps.aspx and use the following urls to access the applications.

Facebook Application - http://vivekjishtu.com/opensocial/facebook.xml
Digg Application - http://vivekjishtu.com/opensocial/digg.xml
Reddit Application - http://vivekjishtu.com/opensocial/reddit.xml

They are nothing more than simple iframes but it defiantly seems cool the first time you see it.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Open Social and Facebook faceoff

Probably I just don't get the whole social networking idea, or at least the idea of having applications inside a social networking websites. So far the coolest facebook app I've seen is the one which lets you view messages from orkut. And that too 'cause you don't have to log into two separate accounts. Other than that I would have to be a teenager to like the kind of applications on facebook.

I was going through this video.

I've tried really hard to see the interesting bits in the new platform but it seems like such a drag. The whole presentation seemed boring. But like I've said before I just don't get social networking. I have been a little too much on Orkut lately. Not that I think its productive, but it seems like a good place when I am really bored. But if they also add applications like facebook and I have 10+ invitations to try out the latest application I might also end up leaving orkut for good.

Right now I am half asleep so am not sure what exactly I want to say. Maybe eventually after a few days I might get the whole hype behind and give a better view of open social. But till then it seems all hype without anything concrete.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Setup gmail IMAP account on E61i

To configure IMAP for your Symbian S60 device, just follow these steps:
  1. Enable IMAP in your Gmail account settings.
  2. Select 'Messaging' > 'Options' > 'Settings' > 'E-mail' > 'Mailboxes.'
  3. If you have never set up email on your phone before, select 'Yes' to define a new mailbox. If you already have other mailboxes, select 'Options' and then 'New mailbox.'
  4. Select 'Start' to begin the setup wizard.
  5. Select 'IMAP4' and then 'Next.'
  6. Enter your Gmail username (including '@gmail.com') as the email address and select 'Next.'
  7. Enter 'imap.gmail.com' as the incoming mail server and select 'Next.'
  8. Enter 'smtp.gmail.com' as the outgoing mail server and select 'Next.'
  9. Select the appropriate access point and then 'Next.'
  10. Enter a descriptive name for the email account mailbox name.
  11. Once your mailbox is set up, select it from the email mailbox settings screen.
  12. Select 'Connection settings' > 'Incoming e-mail.'
  13. Enter your Gmail username (including '@gmail.com') and password.
  14. Select 'SSL/TLS' for your security (ports) and define your port as '993.'
  15. Select 'Back.'
  16. Select 'Outgoing e-mail.'
  17. Enter your Gmail username (including '@gmail.com') and password.
  18. Select 'StartTLS' for your security (ports) and define your port as '587.'
  19. Select 'Back' and change any other settings according to your preferences.
This is from the gmail help but I just want to make sure I have it when I need it next time.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Biting off more than I can chew

This idiom sums up whats going on in my life these days. I have started more projects than I can handle. And instead of focusing on completing the ones I have started I end up taking every new idea that comes into my head. In the end I have tons of half finished projects with great potential (at least I would want to think that way). But nothing much to show. Recently I bought a domain http://bigchandigarh.com. I have no idea why I bought it. I had no real plans for it, but without thinking I started developing the idea around it. It has evolved into something big, if I can ever complete it. I have the very basic thing up in minutes. If nothing else I could use it on my own for looking around places in Chandigarh.

Getting back to the point, this weekend I thought about this domain and what I would be doing with it. But 'cause of that my comics project and other projects were hanging in a limbo. Since its nearly the end of the day I can't help but thing how the day/weekend seems to have been wasted.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The mystrey "Free Public WiFi" is all over

What exactly is the free public wifi? At first I thought it was some government funded project but its a lot more weirder than that. It seems to be everywhere I go, and to top it all its all over the town/country/world. I am not sure if the IP remains the same but if it does, there is something really awesome that can be done using it. Wait and watch this space for more details.

I am just hoping that we can somehow get a DNS system in place and you would be able to connect back to your computer at home without using any ISP. All your traffic would be Peer-To-Peer and way too many things and plans are going on in my head. I can just visualize the whole town connected using WiFi and you can watch streaming media and transfer files amongst your computers without wires and any ISP.

Well I need to come out of the dreamworld and need to figure out if its a virus or something even more weird.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Challenging myself for a month of work and results

Over the last few months actually 2 years I have not been able to develop things I really wanted to or to be more precise finish things that I've been developing. The main reason seems to be that whenever I start anything I never finish it and somehow move onto the next project. Due to this I have loads of ideas but nothing that is finished. Since this is not really my job and its more of a hobby these projects seem to linger on for ages without any concrete results.

So to challenge myself here is a list of tasks I plan to finish this month. Not sure if I really stick to it, but if I say it here on the blog and there are enough people to push me around about the list I just might finish them. So here goes the list in terms of priority.



  • Work and make the Comic Reader generic, so that anyone can add other comics that they like


  • Finish off the mystery project. Its been a few months in development and redevelopment and have been going back and forth a couple of times without actually launching anything online. Its nothing big but still something I and a few other people might use. This is the first priority and needs to be finished.


  • After this post was on slashdot I realized I had to develop a project for the mobile platform and I have zeroed in on a J2ME project. This is just to prove that I know a little bit about programming and not making things up. If nothing else this would be a good answer to people who thought I did not know about what I was talking. I will be working on an IM product. I am not doing anything from scratch but will be taking in some Open Source projects and combining them to make something useful that I can use. And in the end if it works out maybe other people can also use it. Stay tuned for information on this project.


  • Once I am done with the first two projects I need to get a common template for vivekjishtu.com, vivekjishtu.blogspot.com and viamatic.com and combine them to form a link in all of them. I am still not sure how this one will go.


  • There might be others but for now this is what needs to be finished in a months time.


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The best mobile development platform for hobbyist programmer - Final words

Finally the frenzy had ended and no more than 5-6 visitors online at a time :), never thought I would be happy about the fact that hordes of people are not visiting the blog. I was about to shift my blog to http://vivekjishtu.com and in a way it was good that I did not. In the last 2 days more than 10K people visited the blog. That site would have collapsed within the first 20-30 minutes.

I got all sorts of comments, some good, some bad and a few ugly ones. I've still not gone over the comments on slashdot and probably will not go through them anytime soon :P

After all the frenzy I realized that even though I like .net as a platform for development but the fact is that it is expensive to buy the development platform. Given these circumstances Java ME (The platform formally known as J2ME), it almost sound like "Symbol," "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" wins hands down. Putting BREW in there made no sense 'cause its almost impossible for a hobbyist to get their applications on a BREW phone without going through the carriers. For most people it would be impossible to get their applications on the phones.

Blackberry uses Java so no point in thinking of it as another platform. Though again you would have to pay $100 for a key. Just got that as a comment I have not confirmed it and if you think its wrong just leave a comment.

That was more or less it, and now I should better get to work with the other projects. Will be writing about them soon. Its got to do with AJAX, HTML, CSS and caching. Incase you are interested don't forget to subscribe to the feed.



UPDATE: Since the last time I wrote this things have completely changed. As of January 2011 here are the new contenders.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The best mobile development platform for hobbyist programmer - II

Just did not realize that the post would be on slashdot, and now I am scared to go though the comments there.  I was looking for 5-6 comments on my blog but I've got a lot more than I wished for. There was quite a lot more that I wanted to add in that post, but that would be for some other day. Since I saw a lot of people visiting the blog I wanted to know a little about what you guys think about the best mobile development platform. Also are there any more crazy people out there (besides me)  who even think about programming their mobile phones?

Just to answer a few comments on the blog post I missed out Maemo 'cause I was talking about software development on the mobile phone. And as far as comparing iPhone which is supposed to be "hardware" I meant the OS on iPhone as a platform for development.

"You forgot Nokia's Python implementation for their Series 60 line of phones. As far as joy in programming goes things won't get much better than with Python. Besides, you don't need a huge SDK like Visual Studio to get started, any text editor will do."

I have used Python on Symbian and it is quite interesting. Its great to get going on the Symbian but again its not the easiest thing to start with if you have no idea about Python.

Let me give you a personal perspective on the mobile development scene. I bought my first phone in 2002-03 and the only reason I bought it was 'cause it had J2ME. I even got the whole environment setup and after dabbling in it for a while I soon realized that I was trying my hand at MIDP 2.0 while my phone was MIDP 1.0, after a few hiccups and not being able to transfer the final jar file onto my phone I gave up on the idea. At that time there were hardly any phones with MIDP 2.0, the same thing is with the Sun Java Wireless Toolkit 2.5.1 for CLDC today. I have no idea of any phone that supports it but that the one on the top if I want to download the toolkit today. But the scene is quite different today and the Java ME platform offers quite a lot of things today, and its easy to startup and deploy things.

The second phone I bought was the Motorola A780 and it had Linux so without looking for a SDK or tools I bought it for $550+ the moment it was launched. When I finally got the phone I realized there was nothing much I could do with it. There was no easy way to develop a native application. The only supported platform was J2ME and that made the whole experience a little crippled. I never went beyond the "hello world" applications. Though it was easy to develop using J2ME but still not something what I was looking for.

Finally this year I bought a Symbian S60 3rd edition based E61i, and realized no easy way of developing for this platform either. The whole certificate clamp down was enough to scare me. I finally settled with python for a few quick programs but bundling a 2+ MB runtime with a 100Kb script seems like an overkill.  I again looked at J2ME, the development platform is good and I don't think I had anything to complain about.

Recently I got a WM6 based phone and just to start with it I played around with the compact .net framework. The first concept application was ready in less than a hour. It was nothing big just fetching information and displaying it. The whole experience was amazing and fast. Not that this is the best way of developing applications. But the fact that I could run the application on the mobile unmodified was amazing.

Let me take some more comments. The more I read these comments on my blog the more scared I am to go through comments on slashdot.

"regarding JavaME and the wireless toolkit 2.5.1 (wtk) I have to point out that before writing about the tool author should've read at least users's guide. He would find out that wtk2.5.1 allows to develop for all phones with java. Even if the main feature of wtk2.5.1 is support of MSA (jsr248) it allows also development for JTWI based phones or plain CLDC 1.0 MIDP2.0 based phones. And where did you find swing for Java ME in wtk?"

After going through this comment I really felt like an idiot but could you please run this sample provided with the the WTK http://vivekjishtu.googlepages.com/BasicJButtonDemo.jar . This is first sample I started with this time around.

// Source File Name:   BasicJButtonDemo.java

import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.ActionEvent;
import java.awt.event.ActionListener;
import java.io.PrintStream;
import javax.microedition.xlet.*;
import javax.swing.JButton;

But I do see javax.swing.JButton in the profile I had chosen. This demo is meant for a mobile phone but I was not able to run it on any of my phones. I eventually got a sample running but the whole experience was not something I liked. Plus its not my job its just my hobby so no point in RTFM. Though eventually I had to go through the manual :P. Let me go to the next comment.


"Typical of most Indian "developers" I know -- thinks he knows everything, in fact knows nothing."


I have no idea how I should answer this one. This is the kind of comments I am scared of on slashdot. Again this is not my job I am just looking for a platform where I can work on as a hobby and learn something new.


"You might want to double-check your facts about the Motorola A780. It only supports third party Java apps, but Moto is happy to provide both a Java SDK and the Linux source code for the phone."


They do provide source code to the Linux kernel under GPL but they have no SDK to develop native Linux applications, and if I remember clearly they released the kernel code after a few people persuaded Motorola to release the code.


"You can not use the Visual Studio Express to create Windows CE and Pocket PC apps. You must buy $$$ at least the Standard edition to use the Windows Mobile 6 SDK.
In contrast, you can download the Netbeans 5.51 IDE for free and start programming J2ME CLDC and CDC mobile apps
."


This is the inconvenient truth and I hate saying it, I did have access to Visual Studio so it was easy for me to develop the application. If I just had the SDK and had to use another editor to develop the application it would take a lot longer to develop it. For someone new Java ME with Netbeans wins hands down. Earlier Microsoft used to bundle up a special VC++ and VB Embedded IDE in the SDK but I could not find any such thing online now (Correct me if I am wrong on this one).


"...or want to develop for the huge installed base of the Palm OS?
For that matter, if you're a hobbyist programmer, why would you develop for anything other than the one you have? Are you looking to buy a platform to do mobile computing? Or seeking to develop an app that you hope "just works" on a platform that you *don't* have?
"


Yeah! you are right about this :), but lately I've not seen too many people with Palm OS based mobiles.


"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Access_Linux_Platform
It's been around since 2006. I can say I've seen 700-series Treos running this."


This comment left me thinking for a while if I really had made a blunder and Plam had already launched their Linux based platform. But this next comment answers the question.


"Ummm... Where the heck did you see a 700 running ALP? As a palm developer I can say this as a fact:
ALP doesn't run on the 700 or any 7xx :-) Are you thinking of Hackndev linux? (
hackndev.com)
Furthermore, Palm will NEVER run ALP. Palm and ACCESS are on rought terms at best.
Palm is developing its own LinuxOS, which accordingy to Ed Colligan (CEO, Palm Inc) will be available by the end of the '08.
Seriosuly, if you show me a 700 running ALP, i'll lop off my arm.
"


"Blackberries are programmable in Java , beside J2ME it has its own GUI API. RIM has a full development environment that you can download for free from their site, that includes emulators etc.
I programmed blackberry for almost 2 years and I have to say their developer support is fantastic.
"

Thanks for the insight.


And now for the final word on this topic.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

The best mobile development platform for hobbyist programmer

This is something I have been thinking for a while so here it goes. This is a list of platforms I know of and my choice of what makes sense for a hobbyist programmer like me. Let me first list down all the possible platforms and then list down the pros and cons that I feel are associated with each platform.

  1. Java ME (The platform formally known as J2ME)
  2. Windows Mobile
  3. Linux
  4. Palm
  5. Brew
  6. Symbian
  7. Blackberry
  8. iPhone

iPhone

Let me start with iPhone the darling of the media and blogger's till about a fortnight. I had real expectations from iPhone as a platform but the way its been going so far I would never bother developing for it. Officially there is no SDK with which one can build applications. What ever tools the community had built have been rendered useless with the iPhone 1.1.1 software upgrade. The community might be able to hack a version for 1.1.1 but without any support from almighty apple its just a cat and mouse game. With every minor release the applications will break which makes little or no sense in developing for this platform.

The only official way of developing on this platform is if one makes widgets. But widgets can only do so much without support from the underlying platform.

Blackberry

Next comes the blackberry, I have no idea about this as a programming platform so cannot say much about the SDK support. But here is what Josh had to to add about it. Everything is pure, normal java. The APIs are clean, well documented, and capable. The free development IDE is good enough, and they give you command-line tools so you can use another IDE if you want.
The free simulators make it exceptionally quick and easy to test stuff out without needing a phone at all. You can also test things that would be hard to test on an actual phone in real life, like runing out of memory, or going into an area with different cell coverage.
To distribute your app, you do need a blackberry assigned key. This is actually a good thing because it helps keep viruses and malware mods of existing apps away. The last time I bought a key, it cost $100 and they got it back to me in less than 24 hours.
Blackberry also makes deployment easy. People can install the app straight from a webpage on the device, or use the PC-based syncing program to download it.
Overall, for me there is not much that could be better.

Brew

Brew as a platform is great but its not a platform for a hobbyist programmer. The tools are supposed to be good. I have never directly worked on a brew project so cannot say much about it. As far as I know there are no free  SDK's (it is free) which a hobbyist programmer can use to start programming for the Brew platform. All of them are paid and to top it all you cannot directly test your application on a real device till its certified by Qualcomm, all in all its not easy to get your program onto the device. Even if somehow you test you application there is no easy way to deploy it. Only your service provider (mobile company) can deploy the applications for you. Brew works in favor of the mobile companies as they can completely control what goes on your phone.

I got this mail from Ryan Mahoney at  Alltel Wireless and this is what he had to add to what I had written about Brew as a platform. Once a developer has become registered with Qualcomm (the $400), the developer can test their applications directly on a device, without having to go through a carrier. Qualcomm gives registered developers the ability to generate test signatures, as well as a cable-loading tool. Now when it's time to deploy to others, yes, then the developer must go through the carrier(s).

Palm

Personally I liked the platform for development but I don't see any new products with the Palm OS. When Palm comes out with their new OS which is based on Linux things might change but till then I don't see any reason to develop for the palm. The best part about developing for the palm has to be the SDK's and it was almost like programming for windows. If you compile your program once you can directly run it on the device without bothering about signing and going though a 100 loops to see the final result.

I like the platform and I am eagerly waiting for the Linux based Palm OS. But till then I am not sure why one would bother developing for the palm, unless you have one.

Symbian

When I bought my latest phone I made sure it was a Symbian 'cause I had heard so much about the support and the great development tools available. SDK's are available for the platform but if you plan to program for S60 3rd Edition, the whole experience is nothing short of a nightmare. Its almost impossible to test the application without signing it. If you want some good applications on your phone you have to sign them yourself as the signing process is a nightmare. If you plan to develop a shareware application then get ready to dole out cash for getting your application signed.

The whole experience is not very pleasant. They had to do it because of the "virus" problems on the earlier editions but this is just plain silly. Somehow the only sane way to develop for Symbian 3rd edition is using Java ME or python. Developing native applications is only for people who plan to develop free applications or for big organizations, getting a certificate for a free application can take weeks if not months. Its no longer seems like a platform for hobbyist programmers.

Linux

I've always had a love hate relationship with Linux. I love it 'cause its a great platform for learning but I hate the licensing. I like the BSD license any day but that is something personal. I had bought the Motorola A780 thinking that I would be able to tinker with Linux and develop some really cool things for this platform. The whole thing came crashing down as soon as I tried looking for tools to develop a native application. I realized that there was no SDK from Motorola to develop native applications, and since the whole community was tiny there were hardly any development frameworks. Motorola has a huge line up of phones including the latest Razr 2 which uses Linux but unfortunately there is no official SDK to develop native applications. The unoffical SDK is available but I am not sure its ready for prime time as yet. There is a ray of light in OpenMoko and the upcoming Palm OS but till then I really don't see any way of developing for Linux. Though Linux seems to be everywhere but without proper tools and SDK's its just one more platform where there is almost no support for the developers.

Java ME (The platform formally known as J2ME)

I've always had great expectations from Java but unfortunately the whole experience of developing applications never seemed right. Though they have some good tools and debugging is also great but the SDK's they seem to offer/highlight is beyond me. The libraries they provide are a few generations ahead of what is available in the market. I don't know of any device which has the Java ME libraries they seem to highlight on their site. Guess they want people to develop for the future but what about the present. As of today the they offer/highlight Sun Java Wireless Toolkit 2.5.1 for CLDC for download. But I have no idea about any device which offers support for it, I like the fact that I can use swing in Java ME applications but where am I supposed to test it. Unless they want a programmer to develop for a hypothetical platform which exists only as an emulator. They should offer/highlight Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) v2.0 which makes a lot more sense. It is also there on the download page but with half a dozen versions to download it can be really confusing for someone new.

But overall if you know your way out you can create an application in no time at all. Plus deployment is also easy. Overall its a great platform. But they really need to make things easier for an average developer. If they get the hobbyist crowd to start developing and make it fun for them to develop it can really work out. There are many good hobbyist Java ME programmers who are developing some good games and applications but if they market it right they can get many many more people interested in developing applications for this platform.

Windows Mobile

I never thought that Windows Mobile would take the pie, but for a hobbyist programmer they offer the best SDK's and you can make applications without worrying about certificates while testing and debugging. With a windows mobile one really feels in control, if you want to screw up your mobile device its really upto you. One rarely feels tied down the API's are clean and functional. Getting your first demo program onto the device takes a few seconds. It just makes sense to develop for windows mobile. There is almost no need to get your applications signed, at least for testing. You can develop you .net application on your desktop and if you use the compact framework you can run the same application on almost any windows mobile device. The application will look and feel native on most windows mobile. I was able to run the same EXE on my desktop and mobile phone. And that is something really cool, you can test the application on the desktop not just an emulator or simulator. I am sure not too many people would have seen it. But as a hobbyist I would like to program for a windows mobile device any day. Its really fun to develop and see your application running in no time.

For an average "John Doe" who just wants to dabble with programming there is no better platform than windows mobile. If nothing else it gives a chance for a programmer to develop for the mobile. There are many applications where its just about getting the information across to the user, and for those things windows mobile shines. You can use web services in you applications and it's pure bliss. Just the fact that you get to see your concept ready in no time is one pleasant experience.

The final verdict

As of today I would put my money on windows mobile. With the best development tools and ease of debugging no other platform can come close to it. But in terms of numbers Java ME takes the cake. So as of today if I wanted numbers I would develop my next hypothetical "killer application" in Java ME. But if I wanted to develop just for the joy of programming, I would prefer windows mobile. The conceptual part of the program can be developed/deployed in less than a few hours on windows mobile and no other platform can beat that. On most platforms most of the time would be wasted in getting the certificates and other stupid things which make no sense while developing and testing the application. And we better not talk about debugging which is a nightmare on most devices. This is just my personal opinion of whatever little I know.


If you were planning to develop you next killer mobile application which platform would you choose?

UPDATE: The best mobile development platform for hobbyist programmer - II

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Blog editor for the J2ME or Symbian

Lately I wanted to blog using a client application for blogger but I have been unable to find a good application. I really hate logging into the interface using my phone. I just wish I had a good phone based application that did such a thing.

Lets see if I don't find one it will go into my TODO list. I will probably start an application that does this. Not sure how many people would want such an application but anything till I find one I can think of developing one myself.

Also I really miss a nice little desktop blog client. All of the ones I've seen are bloated and take a while to startup. I had planned to start work on one about 2 years back but that idea went nowhere. Lets see till when I can stick with these things.

Monday, September 24, 2007

The saga of the iPod accessories by HCL

And after getting the USB cable for the iPod I had figured out that things would turn out well. But unfortunately that is not how this story has to end. The sub standard product (iPod cable) made by HCL failed to install.

This is what I get when I try and connect my iPod using it. I really don't want to start another thread of how HCL sucks. But all I can say is that the stupid cable did not work, and to top it all I threw away all the packing thinking that it will work. Now as I can do little or nothing this just goes to prove that try not to buy things online.

But, but incase you do make sure you try it before you throw away the packing. Just make sure you never buy any of the cheap accessories by HCL. They are cheap in every possible sense.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Comics I like to read

These are links of comics which I love to read every morning.


The list is good but there is a slight problem. I use http://my.yahoo.com to manage them. But this is turning out to be flaking these days. I can have a maximum of three comics on the homepage and that kinda sucks. So I came up with this page that lists my favorite comics on one page.

I only have to open one page and all my comics are there for me to view, in a nice orderly fashion.

http://vivekjishtu.com/comics

Spider Pig by Hans Zimmer

All thanks to Ananth this stupid song is stuck in my head and no matter what I try its going to remain there. The simpsons movie was great and after that this song is awesome. The music by Hans Zimmer is haunting and really addictive. Lets see till when it remains in my head/ipod.

Incase you've not seen it till now here are some of the spider pig shots I got from youtube.




Future bazaar and the saga comes to an end

To get a better perspective of this post you would have to go through "Futurebazaar sucks big time" and Future bazaar sucks big time - II.

All's well that ends well or so I would want to believe. I have finally got the delivery of all the products, the wire in the photograph was delivered just minutes back. Though I have the products but I cannot help notice the quality of the products. This time future bazaar is not to be blamed. I always thought that HCL was selling Apple authorized products. I have the photograph of the original cable with the HCL cable. The HCL one looks cheap and really ugly. Though the products I have got were exactly the ones I had ordered but if I had a look at them in a brick and mortar store I doubt I would be tempted to buy them.

These ones look like a cheap rip off. Well they are cheap so cannot blame them. But still I expected a little more from HCL.

I also finally got the delivery of the Kingston 2GB Micro SD card. This time the lady from future bazaar who was dealing seemed really polite and without my mentioning the 2 GB Micro SD card she said it will be delivered. So in that sense I am satisfied with their service now. Guess I need to send back the SD card they had delivered earlier. That seems like an additional job but since they have kept their part of the bargain I think I need to send back the 2 GB SD Card.

But the big question will I buy online again?

I will look for the product in a brick and mortar store first, and if its available there I won't mind paying something extra from buying it from a store rather than wait endlessly for the product to be delivered. Only if you have the patience to waist endlessly or you feel you are getting a very good bargain buy online otherwise stick with the real stores for now.

UPDATE: Unfortunately this was not the end of my misery The saga of the iPod accessories by HCL

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Twisting and turning in my bed

Its around 1 AM and have been in bed for the past 2 hours, I have been unable to sleep. I am typing this blog post on my phone using opera mini using a nokia E61i. So far i love the keyboard on this phone. I also love the huge screen and wifi.

UPDATE: This post was written when I was unable to sleep so it hardly makes any sense whatsoever. Though I still like my phone.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Boosting the volume in VLC

Just a quick tip in increasing the volume to 400% in VLC. Press Ctrl + Up Arrow to increase the volume of a movie/song to upto 400%.

I was just watching a movie right now but the overall volume was low so went looking out for a way to increase the volume and this is one cool hack for movies, while watching them on a laptop.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Future bazaar sucks big time - II

Continuing on with my woes with future bazaar I have still not received the goods. I am still waiting for the call they promised, but thankfully I got an email. I have changed the color to red to lay emphasis on the reason for delay.

Dear Vivek,
Greeting from Futurebazaar.com

This is with reference to your Order Number: ****** on www.futurebazaar.com.

We are sorry to inform you that due to certain unavoidable reasons there has been a delay from our end in dispatching the " HCL Nano Small FM Transmitter Mp3 Access "," HCL Iwoz( USB Cable) Mp3 Accessories "," HCL-Ipod Ear Phone I Bud Mp3 Accessories ".

However,we are making best possible effort to deliver the product at the earliest.

We regret the inconvenience caused to you in this regard and sincerely apologize for the same.

Assuring you of our best services.
Thank you again and enjoy shopping!
For help or information please contact us via phone or email.
We will typically respond within two working days.
Phone: (022) 40490490
Best Regards,
Team FutureBazaar


I am still not sure if this is a reason I should believe or there is something really sinister going on. I had called them up on Monday and the moment the guy picked up the phone he did not hear me out all he said was that all systems were down since Saturday :), and again this guy took my number but am still waiting for the call. Not sure when they will deliver the goods but next time you shop with future bazaar just keep this incident in mind. I was reading this comment somewhere, they really are a future bazaar, they send the products sometime in future, the delivery is never in the present.

UPDATE: Future bazaar and the saga comes to an end

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Futurebazaar sucks big time

I have been holding myself back for a long time now. I don't want to bring anyone down but given the kind of service FutureBazaar provides I have been forced to write this blog post. Hopefully someone at FutureBazaar reads it and figure out the poor service they provide.

I bought a Nokia E61i from them around 3-4 months back and it took 25 days to be delivered. After numerous calls I finally got the mobile. I paid Rs. 1500 over the market price for a phone and it was delivered after 25 days and to top it all the free 2 GB Micro SD card was missing. I again checked the website and all evidence of the 2GB card was erased but luckily for me I had taken a screen shot of the web page when I had ordered it.

I called them up and they acknowledged that they had removed the 2GB offer but since it was advertised when I had ordered it they would provide me the card as and when they have it. After a few weeks they sent a 2GB SD Card. The dimwits at futurebazaar had sent a SD Card instead of a Micro SD card. I have no device where I can use a SD card plus the price difference of the two cards is phenomenal. So I was back calling them and sending them emails. I had a very hard time explaining the difference between a MicroSD and a normal SD card. After a few calls and emails they finally understood it or at least pretended that they understood the difference and they would get someone to take the SD Card from my place. For the next 15-20 days no one turned up. Then one fine day I got a call that they could not arrange for a pickup so I would have to courier it to them. That card is still lying on my table and I have no idea as to what I can do with it.

That was part one of the story. Since I had bought the phone they had given me gift coupons. Some 20 days back I thought of ordering stuff for my iPod. I ordered a pair of headphones, a car charger, fm transmitter, extra usb cable and an ipod skin. They sent out the ipod skin and the car charger, the two things I least required, and the rest of the stuff is in mid air. So far I have called them up twice but have not got a callback so far.

Lets see till when it continues. I will keep you posted on this one and when I finally get the order in my hands. So if you plan to shop from them just keep this post in mind and think about all the agony you would have to go through. Its still better to buy stuff from a real store. No point in waiting endlessly for the package to arrive.

UPDATE: Future bazaar sucks big time - II

Friday, September 07, 2007

The addictive line game



I rarely play games but I really liked this game. You can play this game in fullscreen. The game is really addictive.

Apple giving $100 credit to early iPhone buyers

Last night I was thinking about the apple fiasco. And wow they have really done what I was thinking. I was somehow sure that apple would give out a discount coupon or something similar and all the fanbois would be happy. Not that its apple's problem but I somehow felt that giving a $100 rebate just makes sense. The apple sheeps have to buy more apple products in sense Apple keeps their flock happy.

In a way I've started thinking like Steve Jobs :) but I guess this was the best way to deal with this situation. I really love the way this whole fiasco has been managed. In the end everyone is happy. The fanbois get a $100 rebate, apple still gets to keep its flock intact.

Just to clarify had this been done by Microsoft the same boi's would be running out with their torches and trashing it right left and center. And the $100 would be way too little. I love the way things are for Microsoft and Apple.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Multiple ID's with Yahoo

You can create multiple email ids on yahoo, and all the emails will end up in the same email address. To create more yahoo ids goto http://edit.yahoo.com/config/list_alias?.src=ym

Log into your primary email account and you can create more email ids. All the mails will go into your primary account. So if you are stuck with nameless321_2000@yahoo.com you can finally change it to firstname.lastname@yahoo.com

All your mails will still land into nameless321_2000@yahoo.com but you can give out a better looking email address.

I saw this last year and somehow forgot the URL. This post is more of a bookmark for myself.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Just got a mail from Hajia Mariam for a shot at $12.6 million

Normally these mails land in the Spam folder so I rarely get to read them. But today this landed right in my inbox. And since I spent 2 minutes reading it and it seems so funny I could not help but post it here.







from Hajia Mariam



reply-to hajai_mariam0@yahoo.com.hk

to undisclosed-recipients <>

date
Sep 1, 2007 6:14 AM

subject
Please Reply ASAP With Your Telephone Number.
Hello..

Due to the sudden death of my husband General Abacha the former head of state of Nigeria in June 1998, I have been thrown into a state of hopelessness by the present administration.I have lost confidence with anybody within my country. I got your contacts through personal research, and had to reach you through this medium. I will give you more details when you reply. Due to security network placed on my daily affairs I cant visit the embassyso that is why I have contacted you.

My Husband deposited $12.6million dollars with a security firm abroad whose name is witheld for now till we communicate. I will be happy if you can receive this funds and keep it safe I assure you 20% of this fund. I will need your telephone/mobile numbers so that i can forward it to my son Mustapha to enable him reach you verbally and also give you more details on how you are to assist us.feel free to discuss with him and let me have 100% trust in you. I wait you urgent respond.

Yours truly,
Hajia Mariam.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pornographic adverts using google adwords on digg.com

I was surfing on digg.com when I cam across this gem of an advert. Its for some pornographic/adult content but seeing something like this on the google adwords network certainly came across as a surprise.

Its the first time I came across something like this, I always thought that google would have some filters to stop content like this from getting through. I am really not sure if google has started allowing links for adult content on sites like digg. But someone would have some explaining to do at least in this matter.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Who is Silky Kumar?

If Silky Kumar ever becomes a phenomena, I just hope he does not. But incase he does it would just go to prove that just about anything can be made famous if there is enough publicity. Even if the whole idea is crap, with the right PR and advertising anything can be made famous.



Here is the debut video of Silky Kumar. I am still hoping its a bad joke but then you never know. At first I thought Himesh Reshammiya and Rakhi Sawant were some kind of a joke but boy was I wrong or what.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

orkut Blog: Coming Soon: A New Look!

After sticking with the simple blue look Orkut seems to be going in for a major makeover. I have been waiting for a while now [2 hours :)] but nothing new till now.

UPDATE: Finally found a link which shows whats coming up. Its on Google System and should give you some idea of whats coming up.

I thought it would be a MAJOR upgrade, but it seems a very minor cosmetic change. But then again I have still not seen it live so still waiting for it.

UPDATE 1: Some more screenshots on Blogoscoped. Now they seem to be different when posted side by side.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

About life in general

Its been a long time and I think I need to post another entry on the blog :). I have been having some trouble with Shozu so no new pics online. I will try and resolve it and then hopefully will be back blogging using the phone.

Instead of waiting I just started downloading Shozu on my phone and hopefully by the time I finish of with this post I would have it installed and ready for some action. I am also live on my website and on kyte.tv. Recently I formated my phone and I lost both of these softwares and never bothered downloading them again. Now I am back with a vengeance and lets see till when the josh to click a photographs/video every now and then stays with me.

From Tuesday onwards I will hopefully join the gym again and hopefully get into shape again. I guess round is a shape no longer seems to work for me anymore.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

It is okay to control people's hardware

I was going through the news online and this is what really caught my eye.
Torvalds said the Free Software Foundation's position on Tivoization is one reason he won't license his Linux kernel under GPLv3. "The GPLv3 doesn’t match what I think is morally where I want to be," Torvalds wrote. "I think it is okay to control people's hardware, I do it myself," he continued.


Till now Trovalds did not have a problem with GPL2 'cause it did not hurt his own interest. Its just about having double standards. If Linus can give away software for free (Linux) whats the problem in the same thing being applied to hardware. The company Linus works for earns its money from hardware and not the software that runs it. Thats a simple thing to understand. Till now it was in his interest to give out software for free as it did not take away the edge he had. But with the adoption of GPL3 it just might end up hurting his own interest and that is where the problem crops up.

So its perfectly right to starve people in software but its a whole different ballgame when the same happens with the people designing the hardware. I might be a little harsh but GPL 2 or 3 or for that matter any version makes no sense at all. Its just a stupid license by a little boy who never grew up. Since he did not get his software free and he could not change the source code he thought of throwing a tantrum and that so called tantrum is the GPL license. The so called GNU Hurdis nowhere to be seen. Guess most people don't even know about it. Linux came up at the right time, the OS that would save us from the evil empire. Since GNU hurd would not be completed in the next 1000+ years the Linux kernel was the chosen one to fight the battle. The battle was with the evil empire as it was a s/w only company which did not give away the source code to the little child who threw the tantrum. At that time circa (1991+) Mr. Linus did not have much to loose so he got into the bandwagon and got the publicly he wanted. He joined a company that made hardware so even if he made free software it did not hurt his own interest as the main source with which he earned his money was not the software but the hardware on which it worked.

To many people Mr. Trovalds is like a hero who is fighting against the evil empire but this month the little boy throwing tantrum (the kid who never grew up) changed the license to GPL3. The reason why this little kid made amendments to the GPL license was 'cause he could not change the software in his TiVo. Even though TiVo gives out the complete source code according to the GPL2 you still cannot do much as the software is controlled by the hardware and you cannot do much with the source code. This is when this little kid thought of a new cool word Tivoization and new clauses were added into the GPL3 to make sure no more Tivoization was possible with GPL3 licensed code.

But the big question would be why does TiVo use Linux and not allow us to change the software as it under GPL. The simple answer which the little kid would never understand is that people need to earn money to feed themselves. They use linux in TiVo as its cheap and makes sense to use it but if they allow people to use that and make there own TiVo's they would loose revenue which would not be good for them and the people who are making it might not get the money they are trying to earn. But only if the little kid had a family to support would he understand this simple concept of work and getting paid for it.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Photographs by Sanjay Austa


Taj Moonlight
Originally uploaded by Sanjay Austa



Leaf in the Jungle
Originally uploaded by Sanjay Austa
I was just surfing the net when I came across these photographs by Sanjay Austa. You really need to see the level of detail in his photographs. I was really amazed the first time I saw them. I have never really appreciated art or photographs nor do I understand how people go on and on about Art and Photography. But these pictures certainly tell a story and you need to check them out to believe it.

http://www.sanjayausta.com

Invites for pownce

I have some invites for pownce in case you want one leave a message in the comments and I will sent you an invite. I have not used it so cannot say if its good or bad. Will try and write a review once I use it.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

First impression of the Mac Book

This is the first time I am using OSX. The last mac I used was based on Mac OS 7.xx. Having used a windows machine all this time it seems so different using this. The first thing that one sees is the the build quality of the machine and on that front there is nothing I can complain about. Everything just feels right in terms of the hardware. I am in love with the keyboard and I just wish my laptop had this keyboard. As far as the mouse/trackpad is concerned I simply hate it. Where is the second button????, its a mess holding down the ctrl to simulate a right click.

Safari as a browser seems so different and just not something I could ever get used to. The fonts look a little to dark and a little out of place. The other thing I still could not figure out is how I can maximize a window. Maybe these are silly things but I don't feel I can change my habits all of a sudden. Just downloaded Opera and Yahoo! Messenger and the size of the installers is 2-3 times compared to the windows installers of the same programs.

The one good thing I really liked is the talking clock that tells you the time every 15 minutes. It is something that makes a lot of sense. This is just my first impression of this machine. Overall if I buy another machine I would rather buy something that is not a mac. I just don't feel at right working on this machine. Its different and I don't like it. Lets see if my impression changes after a few days.

Finally realized to open a new tab in th browsers its the key with the Apple, I think its the command key plus 'T'. So in a way Ctrl == Command key. I could be wrong calling it the command key but WTH.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Orange Sky with the E61i

The sky really looks awesome. Have been taking quite a lot of pics of clouds and sky. You can check them out at http://flickr.com/photos/vivekjishtu they are really random and the quality is not great but I still love the fact that I can snap a pic every now and then. All these pics have been captured using the E61i. These days I have been using Shozu quite a lot and whatever I click is normally online in less than a minute.

The application is really easy to use and gets the work done. Just click a pic and it gives you the option to directly upload the pic to flickr. The other application that I have been using is kyte its like a live version of my life. The pics and the videos are all live.

Got loads of work

I have so much work to do and more piling up. Lets see by when I can finish of my current load of work. I know my handwriting sucks big time but cannot help it the boards all upside down.

Just hoping for things to improve by this weekend. But then again its another story if it does not.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Getting flashlite applications and applets

You can download flashlite applications from adobe exchange, thats the easy part but where is that link is the tougher part. To download any flashlite games follow this link.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

I am live blogging now

Its been a while since the last post but these days I am more into live blogging and you can catch me live on Vivek live and Kickin' TV. I am also photo blogging on Flickr so you can catch a lot of whats happening in my life these days.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The first post from e61i

I am just testing out my new mobile phone. I am writing this post on the phone.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Chinese iPhone clone

I was checking out this iPhone clone, though there is still time for the real iPhone to launch I just had a sneek peak at this clone, actually two clones. Though they really look cheap but might have some flaunt value till the real one launches. No multi touch as of now, but I am amazed at the speed with which this clone was made and released even before the launch of the real device.





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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Trying out this cool new service Jaxtr

I just added a new widget on my blog which lets you call me or SMS me from the widget. It seems like a really neat concept. Not sure how they plan to survive in the long run but hey who's complaining I am getting free long distance calls from anywhere on earth.

If you really feel that you need to talk to me you can use it. I really don't see why you want that but hey who am I to judge you. Also you can leave me a SMS incase you don't plan to call or I am not talking the calls.



To try it out just click "Call me for free!" and put in your number. You will get a call on your number and the moment you get the call I will also get a call on my number. I really see the potential of this being used for all the wrong reasons :) But till I don't get too many annoying calls I will keep the widget up. And once thats over lets see.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

999 more joost invites

I have 999 more invitations for joost incase you are looking for one just leave a message on meebo or leave your email address in the comments and I will send you an invite. Incase you leave your email address in the comments please don't write it in plain text. Use this format xyz(at)emailprovider(dot)com instead.

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Digg and herd mentality

Herd mentality This pic really sums up whats happening over at digg right now. These are screenshots of digg which shows how all the stories on the frontpage are about the HD-DVD Stories. In one of the screenshots all the stories from the frontpage have been removed. Possibly the admins are cleaning up the junk. Its a pure herd mentality and everyone is up in arms against the digg admins for removing a story about the HD DVD encryption key being cracked.










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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

And yet more invites for joost

UPDATE: I have given out all of them, if I get anymore I will send them across.

I have more invitations for joost incase you are looking for one just leave a message on meebo or leave your email address in the comments and I will send you an invite. Incase you leave your email address in the comments please don't write it in plain text. Use this format xyz(at)emailprovider.com instead.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Is food from McDonald's devils food?

Just my list of why food from McDonald's might be probably provided by Satan.
  1. Just check out the phone number you have to call, it has 666 written all over. From what I remember 666 is the devils number.
  2. Look at the brands color RED. Thats like the official devils color. Thank god its not black, but since the Satan is supposed to be red the color just makes the statement.
  3. The food from McDonalds makes you fat, and just goes to reduce your life and that should make it easier for you to meet the Satan :)
  4. Thats the list so far incase you have more to add to it leave it in the comments.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Use VJ97 as a $97 dreamhost rebate coupon code

I finally figure out I could still get a few dollars from dreamhost even if I give a full discount of $97 on the dreamhost packages. I had also written earlier about a $90 rebate at dreamhost using the coupon code VIVEK. Using this promo code you can get one years hosting with all these features for around $23. So you $120 hosting price comes down to around $23 using this rebate coupon code.

Use the promo code VJ97 to get a rebate of $97 on any of their web hosting plan. They offer WebDAV, Shell accounts, 1TB bandwidth and nearly every other thing the other hosts provide. The best thing that they provide is a shell account. A shell account really gives you a lot of power to do things you can only imagine with the other hosts. They don't have the CPanel as the admin panel. They use their own setup. If you are a developer you will really like the features they provide. Dreamhost is not really for dummies but for a people who know the importance of shell/cvs/subversion while developing. I have not seen any webhost other than dreamhost which provides all three in the regular packages.

UPDATE: I just realized I don't get paid anything if you use VJ97. But it hardly matters as very few people were signing up using VIVEK so if you want a full discount of $97 on dreamhost account use the promo code VJ97.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

How to kill linux vendors in a few easy steps?

Actually its not just linux but most other open source projects that are funded by major corporations. How easy or difficult is it for a company like Oracle or Microsoft to kill competition? Lets take Redhat as an example. Oracle offers the support for Redhat Linux at half the price for what Redhat does. So is it wrong? Actually there is nothing in GPL that Redhat can do to stop Oracle from providing support at half the price. So to kill of a company like Redhat if another major vendor comes up and starts supporting Redhat Linux at one tenth the cost there is nothing Redhat can do about it. The same goes for most other Open Source projects which are funded by big companies. So if ever Microsoft wanted to kill the competition from major Linux vendors, all they would need to do is to create another company that's indirectly funded by Microsoft. That company can support Linux distributions from other Linux vendors at half or even one tenth the cost of the regular distribution.

Next we come to Ubuntu, as of now its being developed 'cause there is a very strong backing plus there seems to be a lot of excitement about the project. But in the long run once the backing is removed would the project still work the way it is. I am not really sure about it. Right now Ubuntu needs numbers to make a mark and finally a dent on the windows market. Maybe killing Ubuntu might turn out to be a challenge but the the other vendors seem to have nothing concrete that stops a copy cat vendor from coming up and selling the same brand of Linux with another name. In a way the same GPL license might work against most of these companies.

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