Friday, May 29, 2009

Google Wave makes fefoo look like a joke

Though there is no link between the two, but I am amazed at the amount of work that has gone in making Google Wave. It is a whole new way of working. The first time you look at it it seems really complicated but once you see the demo you see the real power of collaboration. Its wiki + email + forums + blog + .. nearly all the tools one uses for collaboration today.

If nothing else it will enable Google Apps to make inroads into the business community. Coming back to fefoo, the amount of work I've done almost feels comical in front of Google Wave. I am almost done with all the features now. I was working on a new feature for the last two weeks but had to drop it as I was unable to get a usable UI. I've tried many ways to implement it but nothing seems to fit in. I will probably move it to the next version.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Finally finished off with vivekjishtu.com

I have been planning to revamp the homepage for quite a while now. Finally I have been able to do something about it. I finished off the non-javascript part a week back. I was hoping to do a lot more with the JavaScript part but shelved any major plans for now. In the process I ended up with a leaner page, with less than 7KB of JavaScript. I was planning to use YUI but in the end got rid of it.

The JavaScript part is an add-on and even if you turn off javascript you should be able to see the complete content. I wanted to use JSON and get data from all possible places and show it on the homepage. The main problem with this approach is that the website becomes dependent on multiple sources. Incase flickr, blogger or twitter is down the page will take a long time to load. To get rid of the problem all the scripts are loaded after the page has loaded. Even if any of the scripts fail the page does not end up looking broken.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Spam from my domain name

Some idiot's (lyncean@vivekjishtu.com) have been sending out mails with my domain in the reply-to: header of the email. If you got a mail from any email address from my domain its not me. I don't plan to sell you anything. There are only two email addresses on my domain and I won't be using then to send out spam. I want to clarify that the emails that you have got are not from me.

Friday, May 08, 2009

The week that was'nt

Have finally finished work on http://vivekjishtu.com/, at least the non javascript version is up. Have been doing quite a bit of designing and trying to get the right template for the website. Since I am anything but a designer I stole my own design I had made 5 years back. Its almost like going back to basics. I had a similar design for my homepage http://vivekjishtu.tripod.com/ in 2005. It keeps a lot of design elements from that page and adds a few more things to it. Have planned to add quite a bit of JS elements to the page. But thats got to wait I guess.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Long awaited vacation

After working for quite a few years I am taking time off for the next 2 months. I am hoping it will be time away from the computer and not thinking of any work. Lets see till when I can stay away from the computer and rest my overworked brain. For a change I plan to do a little more physical work and quite a bit of walking and giving a much deserved rest to my mind. I have finally finished most of the work on fefoo. Its finally become a part of my surfing habit and I can rarely search without it. Still has a few quirks that I have to remove over a period of time.