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My new Digital gadgets
Lately I have bought myself few digital goods that I am going to play with for a while. Nearly 10 days back I bought myself a digital Camera. The Camera is Kodak DX 6490 . This is my first digital Camera. The camera is 4 Mega Pixel and 10x Optical Zoom with very professional looks (atleast I think that). I am not into photography but want to get my steps into it and atleast want to make myself capable enough to take good photos. My wife loves photos and she loves getting photos taken of her. Any ......

Posted On Sunday, October 31, 2004 12:40 AM

Podcasting and me
I am still not all juiced up about Podcasting. I am still trying to understand what Podcasting is and the full potential of it. Just to get started I went to Audio Blogs today, downloaded 4-5 podcasting and mannn...., they sucked. They sucked badly. Some podcasts were as if they were reading news and some were just too much to listen too. I will keep on looking for some decent podcasters, but till then if you guys know of decent technical podcasters than please put the details in the comments. Tejas ......

Posted On Friday, October 29, 2004 5:57 PM

Spammers get a life and a decent job

I have just finished deleting 60+ Spam comments on this blog. Spammers get a life and get a decent job. You are wasting other people precious time and not gaining any respect from us too. Looks like as if you guys are spoofing the IP addresses as well. 100% hatred and anger to you guys.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Friday, October 29, 2004 11:05 AM

Get a free copy of Visual Basic.NET and a ASP.NET book

For a limited time, you can register to attend three ASP.NET webcasts and when you do, you can receive free copy of Visual Studio.NET Standard Edition along with a copy of ASP.NET Development book. More details can be found from the website at http://www.aspnetwebcasts.com/default.aspx .

A good way to start learning ASP.NET if you have't already.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Wednesday, October 27, 2004 6:17 AM

I was undermining Firefox
I think I was undermining Firefox for all this while and was just neglecting and ignoring the hype around it. I was speaking of my Microsoft developer friends and engineers (they mainly use Microsoft products) and they said that around 50-60 of them have nearly abandoned Internet Explorer and now use Firefox browser for 95% of their browsing. Not all of them are located in Australia, but they are scattered in different locations. One of the guys even took the liberty of showing me off the features ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 26, 2004 11:04 PM

Download the OneNote 2003 Trial

Download or trial 60 day trial of Microsoft OneNote 2003. I love the product and it's worth a try. With the powertoys it's much more fun.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Tuesday, October 26, 2004 10:29 PM

Are we ready for Wikinews
Constantly free updated and accurate thing is good to have. Steve Rubel links to Wikinews proposal page. A blurb from Mission statement. “to create a free source of news, where every human being is invited to contribute reports about events large and small, either from direct experience, or summarized from elsewhere. Wikinews is founded on the idea that we want to create something new, rather than destroy something old. It is founded on the belief that we can, together, build a great and unique ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 26, 2004 5:57 PM

Google Desktop Proxy
Well this was going to happen. Now if you are using Google Desktop and have more than few machines on which you work and want to search the primary machine while you are away from it, you can use Google Desktop Proxy to do a search than. “How it works This program is a very simple proxy. A browser or other program on another computer can open a connection to this program which passes the request through to the Google Desktop web server on the same machine as the proxy. Because it is on the ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 26, 2004 1:54 PM

Find out the times using Microsoft Time Zone
There is a cool tool from Microsoft called 'Microsoft Time Zone'. It let you see the different time in different parts of the world. One also has the facility to add upto five locations for quick reference and search for the time for different countries. It can be downloaded from here. Be aware before downloading you will have to validate your operating system just to check whether it is genuine. I have installed it and it's working fine on my systems. I like this small utility and can come very ......

Posted On Monday, October 25, 2004 4:31 PM

Microsoft profit increases than last year

Looks like Microsoft made more profit than last year. More news can be found from http://afr.com/articles/2004/10/22/1098316819447.html.

What does this result show us?

Tejas Patel

Posted On Friday, October 22, 2004 3:59 PM

I was going to miss some good blog posts
I rarely tell this to myself, but I should RTF help files and “how-to” section of a tool before using it. Two days back I started using the free version of Newsgator Online Services without quite understanding how exactly it is working. Last night at home and this morning at work I was surprised to see so many less posts and no posts at all from some of the regular bloggers. I checked Robert Scoble's blog and saw that there were more than few new posts since last two days. I disabled ......

Posted On Thursday, October 21, 2004 5:45 PM

one more secure remote connection tool
I found remote connection tool while I was surfing the net today. It is called LogMeIn. It is very much similar to GoToMyPC which is now owned by Citrix. The good thing with LogMeIn is connections are made securely using 128-256 bit connections and they work on normal ports meaning you don't have to configure your firewall or router to open extra ports. One more good thing is LogMeIn offers free service in which you can monitor the remote desktop while their premium services offers file sharing and ......

Posted On Thursday, October 21, 2004 4:03 PM

What file extension are you ?
Looks like I have too much time on my hands today. Nirav sent me a test to check what file extension am I. I checked it and it shows that I am a “.exe“. Not bad. What are you ? Which File Extension are You? Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Thursday, October 21, 2004 2:51 PM

Speculation on Google Browser and Google IM

Avalokna links to two articles discussing Google's plan for IM and Google Browser.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Wednesday, October 20, 2004 10:35 PM

Hack the 32 bit applications
Resource Hacker is the tool to use. Remember seeing something like this couple of years back. Now I am more geek than I was before and will find a better use of this tool. “Resource HackerTM is a freeware utility to view, modify, rename, add, delete and extract resources in 32bit Windows executables and resource files (*.res). It incorporates an internal resource script compiler and decompiler and works on Win95, Win98, WinME, WinNT, Win2000 and WinXP operating systems.Viewing Resources: Cursor, ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 20, 2004 6:18 AM

Concerns of how much space Google Desktop search index is consuming
This was going to be next topic of discussion and criticism. Somebody points out how it takes 2.3 GB of space to index 216 thousand documents. For a start, I think it is worth the information it is handling out or giving out. It makes it very easy to search the information. If you are not happy, than try out other tools like Lookoutsoft or Blinkx or X1 and then compare out. On one of my boxes Lookoutsoft indexes 271,295 documents and email and it consumes 395.5 MB of space. The problem with Google ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 19, 2004 11:11 PM

Subscribe to Newsgator Online Services for free
Just bumped into Newsgator website while I was referring one of my friends to try Newsgator Outlook Tool for reading feeds. Saw the offer that Newsgator is offering their Newsgator Online Subscribtion for free. I have to admit that I never bothered to find what Newsgator Online Services had to offer as never found the need of any such service myself. What are your opinions if you have used it or heard anything somebody else using it ? I have just registered and going to try it myself. Will keep updated ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 19, 2004 3:49 PM

Finally 250 MB of Hotmail space

OK, finally got 250 MB of Hotmail space for the email. No more deleting on email messages on a daily basis. OK, the email space war seems to have saturated now. Come on all the providers, now it's time to fight and compete for some other feature of integration of technology.

Tejas Patel

 

Posted On Monday, October 18, 2004 5:46 PM

Google Desktop Tool launched + My experiences
Google Desktop is here. There are many articles on this but here is one from Searchenginewatch.com. I won't go into what features it contains and what not, this information can be found on the web and on Google website itself. Yes, I did install it straigt away. My findings... It crashed my powerful P 4 system with 2 GB of RAM on it 4 times until I uninstalled it from this system. It just won't let me do anything with it. The moment I open Google Desktop, it will just hang up. I went to another system ......

Posted On Friday, October 15, 2004 7:06 AM

Understanding Hinduism
This is totally non computer related post. I have always been facinated by different cultures and their interpretations by different individuals. It is amazing how each individual understands and interprets his religion, culture, caste and the lot. It is even surprising that people who critize and find mistakes in other cultures know about their own cultures. Lately I have started to dedicate some time in understanding my roots and my religion and my culture. As that is something I want to give to ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 13, 2004 10:48 PM

Update to Blinkx

I uninstalled it today. Kept it for nearly 20 hours and still did not finish indexing my pst files. 20 hours is a long time. I did not even use my computers in that time. It's a fine concept but I am happy with Lookoutsoft for now. Atleast it is fast and does the job properly. I will check future releases of Blinkx to see if things have improved.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Wednesday, October 13, 2004 9:48 PM

Blinkx-->A new search tool for me
OK, looks like I found this tool too late. It is called Blinkx. Today my friend Nitin IM'ed me a link to Blinkx and told me to try it out. As eager as I am to try new things, I downloaded it straight away and installed it on my system. I think it already has more than 1 million downloads and still growing strong. I am still get used to this tool while it indexes my file and more than 2 GB of my Outlook .pst file. Isn't this tool similar to the one offered by X1.com ? And this is free tool so far. ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 12, 2004 10:40 PM

Portable Firefox browser

John Haller has crafted a portable Firefox browser which can be on a USB Drive. Have'nt tried it yet, but this software will be on my 'To-try' list. At the time of this writing, the Johnhaller.com site shows that the software has been downloaded 17300 times already. Via. Marc Orchant.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Tuesday, October 12, 2004 2:26 PM

Uncover passwords from asterik

T David links me to Snadboy.com which can uncover passwords and text behind asterik marks. Nice tool which is free too. I remember trying a similar tool before which costed money. Although this tool does not work on Opera browser, any reasons ?

Tejas Patel

 

Posted On Tuesday, October 12, 2004 2:14 PM

Interesting information on photocopying currency notes
I don't know why, but I have never thought of trying to photocopy currency notes and see how good my printer was, but I am sure that many people can do this if they want and fool innocent people. Today on WinXPNews “Money Doesn't Grow on Trees - or Copy on New Photocopiers”, I learned that there is a technology that stops people from photocopying or scanning currency notes. Now this is cool technology. Has anybody else has any more information on it and how it works ? Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 6, 2004 5:35 PM

Meet a new tool today- Wondir
Robert Scoble links me to a new tool to play with, it is called Wondir. It is a question answer website. Now one asks what is Wondir and below is part of the answer. “Wondir is designed to help people find practical, focused answers to questions, with an emphasis on connecting people who have questions with other people who can provide needed help. These experts, tutors, mentors, enthusiasts, and peers might be volunteering on their own or as part of an organized online help program, such as ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 5, 2004 6:04 PM

Now get Gmail news in RSS reader
Now this is wow, I was waiting for this for a long time and finally there is a provider who is supporting email access using feeds and which can be read in a news aggregator. Gmail has done it again. Now one can receive Gmail email into RSS aggregators using ATOM feed.Now my Gmail account is still not updated and I cannot see this option yet, but I am excited by this news. Also looking forward to other options as shown by Nathan Weinberg on his blog. Some other related news can be found here. Tejas ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 5, 2004 5:27 PM

FAT filesystem patent revoked from Microsoft

Eric Bageman reports on ArsTechnica about US Patent office rejecting Microsoft's application on patenting FAT filesystem. Jee, this patent thingy is getting on my nerves now. This is the fifth post that I read today about patent wars.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Friday, October 1, 2004 3:11 PM

Pradeep speaks on 'Evolution of Software Engineers'

A new blogger Pradeep speaks his mind on 'Evolution of Software Engineers'. He gives a real world perspective (and somewhat funny) of what might be going on. Atleast I have seen this happening in many occasions. Nice post Pradeep, you are doing a great job for your third blog post.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Friday, October 1, 2004 11:57 AM

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