Friday, November 25, 2005

A brand new day

After trying to blog using every possible tool in town. I am blogging using an email client. Just finished installing Apache, MySQL and the complete website in less than 20 minutes. XAMPP really makes things so simple. 5 mintutes to install the server software and 15 minutes to setup my own site. This is really cool.

P.S.: I guess blogging using email is not working so I had to post it using Blogger :(

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Viamatic foXpose downloaded 4000 times in 5 days

When we started making the Viamatic Tabnail extension we thought it would be the one which would be downloaded more. It has a very original design and I still feel it is a better extension than foXpose. The funny part is that it took a few weeks to get the final design of foXpose ready. Initially we started out with a sidebar extension, then we switched over to another design. After trying out many combinations we finally settled in for the canvas inside the tab. It might seem easy to make but getting the design right was a real headache. We first got rid of the image and replaced it with teh canvas. But this design had a flaw, how would you know if the page has loaded. So we had to keep both the image as well as the canvas. The second thing was as the number of tabs increased it would be impossible to show the canvas. That was another design challange. All this seems like smart talk now but all I can say is that it was a really good effort that went into designing the Tabnail extension and in the end it will sure rule. But till that time the suprise extension has to be foXpose.

Viamatic foXpose was the exact opposite of tabnail. It was made in a few hours time. Though the thought was there but in front of tabnail I did not see why anybody would want this extension. But I still went forward and made it when I was a little free time. But somehow it is surprising that people found foXpose better than tabnail. And for that the only reason I feel that could happen is the name. The name foXpose seems to say it all.

For Tabnail we first called it Thumb Tab which somehow sucked. I know Tabnail also sucked but the good thing about Tabnail is that if you searched on google there was not even a single site. So in a way the name was unique. In the end I guess Tabnail will have people going really loving it i.e. once they start using it.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Bye! Bye! Google. I am back to Yahoo!

Its been more than a week and google has been acting really funny.
The only way of getting onto google is to use the IP. That is really
frustrating. I have changed the default search engine from google to
Yahoo! Whenever I wish to search for anything all I see is the problem
with the DNS. I really don't know if its a problem with thier hardware
or someone has hacked into the google plex. These two lines are what I
normally see when I unknowingly use google. "The connection has timed out

The server at is taking too long to respond."

The outages seem to be increasing at such an alarming rate that now
its almost impossible to log onto gmail. The only way of checking mail
on gmail is through a mail client. I started using the IP but that does
not make life any easier. So finally after being frustrated I am back
with Yahoo!

If you use Yahoo! as the default search engine in firefox it hardly
matters if its Yahoo!, MSN or Google. Next time if you do not get
through google just try setting Yahoo! as the default, you will hardly
notice the difference.

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