Thursday, 29 October 2009

Chocolate – yeh dil mange more!

I was buying grocery during the weekend…Along with the grocery I bought quite a few chocolates from the section of the shop where they had variety of chocolates… well they also had chocolates for sale at the billing section…a good marketing idea! but a bad…very bad thing for me..I was looking at those chocolates near the billing section and was saying to myself - ‘Look, I already have bought a good number of chocolates…and I should not be buying any more of these…’ Kept on saying this in my mind for sometime, till my turn came to pay the bill… I ended up buying those chocolates and adding that to the bill! Something's you just cant come over eh…

Opera Mini 5 beta – a review…

Java powered mobile phones gave the users an ability to stay connected to the internet on the go! Well, with apps like Opera Mini…it became better and easy. I have been using Opera Mini browser on my Sony Ericsson mobile for the past two years, and with every update Opera Mini just got better. Their new version of mobile browser is Opera Mini 5 beta…and its still in the testing stage. I have been trying the new browser for last few days, and a lot features have improved…and as its still in the testing stage…I guess the missing features will be a part of the full release…
Tabbed Browsing – The best thing in the new browser is tabbed browsing..I always used to think why cant mobile browsers give the user an option to have multiple websites open at the same time.. Well that's been taken care in the version 5. Now, one can open multiple browsers and switch from one website to another without any difficulty. The browser also allows to save the bookmarks in the thumbnail format giving a nice look to the browser…
Password Manager – This in another good feature that accompanies the version 5. Similar functionality that Firefox supports where a user gets an option to save the login information. It was tedious earlier to always enter the login credentials with the mobile key pad. This feature allows to start browsing without having to enter login details every time.
Speed – One of the things I noticed was the speed…Now the pages open faster than they would have opened in the previous version 4.2… And guess Opera Mini added a lot of compression techniques to compress the web pages to make it suitable for mobile display, and guess that's why the installation file size of Opera Mini doubled from 130 kb to 240 kb…
Right Click – Its so much like a pc… Web pages can be opened in different tabs using the functionality similar to what a PC offers…press the key 1 for a little while and a menu appears asking to copy, open in new tab, etc… Also, it allows to copy a part of the web page by selecting the text…
Inline editing – This is a feature for touch screen mobiles…however this can be turned off by going to the advanced settings in the browser. Using the inline editing option, the browser allows to enter values in the text field directly..while in the previous versions it required to input the values using the mobile phones default text editor…
RSS feed – One thing I found missing was the RSS feed section in the new version…The previous version allowed me to subscribe to various news feeds, while the newer version is missing this option…
Its in the testing stage, and it crashed once while I was browsing…well, the full version would ensure it wont crash… A couple of things I want the full version to incorporate is – 1. When the user selects to exit, it should not ask ‘are you sure?’.. given the scenario that the user selects the menu and traverses all the way to exit section to exit the browser, would mean that the user is certain about exiting and one would not traverse all the way to exit and then choose not to exit! 2. More shortcut keys can be added to allow faster browsing experience. 3. And of course the RSS feeds… 4. Playing videos within the browser…
Overall, I think it is a better browser, user-friendly and fast compared to its predecessors…

Friday, 16 October 2009

I miss you tommy :(


Its not a long time ago, it was some 12 years ago… I had a cat named tom, well I like Tom and Jerry..may be that's why I named it as tom… It was there with me for almost 2 years…what a wonderful cat…I used to call tom or Tommy and he used to run towards me as and when he heard me calling… Early morning he used to come to me, bang his head to my feet to wake me up…if I did not respond, he used to bang his head to my head and wake me…he was hungry early morning hours I guess… it was a lazy bugger thou.. give him chicken meal, then you are done…for next 24 hours he will be asleep…however a small sound would wake him up, and after realizing that it was not a rat or something that he could eat, tom used to go to sleep again… If my mom opened the refrigerator, don't know how he would sense that…he would come running and stand in front of the refrigerator… Tom was a cat like the one in Tom and Jerry…once the neighbors bought some hens and everyday some hens went missing till we caught Tom eating those! Well that's the law of nature and the food chain… Overall Tom was nice cat… once a snake came into the house and it was Tom who had a nice meal by swallowing the snake and for next two days it was just sleeping… Keep the vessel of milk in front of him, he never drank it unless it was poured in his dish, a gentle-cat!!!… hmmm if it were to be chicken, within few minutes there wont be any sign of chicken left, even the bones would disappear… We shifted to the newly built house and after few days Tom went missing… Tried searching him around the neighborhood calling ‘Tom..Tommy…tom..’ however could not find him..neighbors might have thought that I have gone crazy and yelling some names in the midnight… I miss tom even today…

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Google Me

A fantastic documentary by Jim Killen..starring 7 Jim Killens…which started when Jim googled his own name and found few more Jim Killens! The direction, the story and flow is good… You should not be missing this one… Watch it…
just for fun - I did google my name and the results I get are from… my blog, my name in my friends blogs, names database, facebook, google profile, linkedin, newsvine, networked blogs, moneycontrol.com, etc etc etc…
BTW..I should study the google offering in a little more detail to understand what made ‘Google’ to be a verb..to be the first search engine when it comes to find any information…to be the worlds fastest and more accurate search engine…and above all, to be a product that demonstrates simplicity, creativity and user-friendly…

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Google Wave

Wow… what a functionality! I hope it hits the market soon… it should relieve a lot of people from going through the chain mails and end up spending time to search where actually it started!
This new offering should and I guess it will reduce a lot of mails that go up and down every day jamming the exchange servers…lot of mails that are sent as ‘FYI’ should also reduce…
gmail has been good…fast, light and easy to use UI.. I guess Google Wave would follow this… and not to forget gmail chat which has been one of the best chat app which runs on a pc as well as mobile…
What would this offering compete with? None of the email service providers have this feature yet…and it should take a good deal of time for them to enter with an offering similar to this…
I hope, I get an invite to use the Google Wave!

Google’s new way…

The new improved functionality of Google is just great… Definitely the Google way! So far Google gave an option to open the searched doc in the HTML format..I like the new way where the docs appear as part of the search result are linked to Google Docs which open the docs in the original format.. say you get a pdf doc in your search, click on ‘view pdf’, it opens…and no longer you need to see it as a HTML file…And more added functionality at ‘This week in Search’

On the fun side – I just googled for something and ended up accessing this site…It just makes you create the Google search page with whatever name you want to call it! I just tried this one.