Archive | December, 2005

Clickie – Add Features to Windows Explorer Context Menu

17 Dec

Just came across Clickie, a neat little utility that adds two wonderful features to the context menu (right-click menu) of Windows Explorer.

Copy Path Name: Copies the path of the selected folder or file to the clipboard (as text). You can then paste it wherever you need it.
Open MS-DOS Prompt: Opens a DOS window in the selected directory. Using Clickie, you don’t need to crawl to the directory you want to work in.

Clickie Snapshot

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Update from the Capital City

17 Dec

It’s been a while since I last posted anything here. In fact, its not just a zero-blogging phase, but I have been on a complete web-hiatus all these days, barring a couple of occasions where I had to log on to my University Mail account.

I’m in New Delhi, the capital city, for close to a week now and I must say it is really really cold. The first couple of nights I was here, the mercury mark was hovering about a chilly 3 degrees Celsius. Honestly speaking, these are the lowest temperatures I have encountered for a while! On a sunnier note, the results for the last semester are out and it couldn’t have been any better. Just another semester to go now and there’s another 20 days to go before it begins.

Nothing else to write here for the moment. I am not too sure if I’ll be updating very frequently here for the next fortnight. But then, I just might. Till then…

Yahoo! and del.icio.us

10 Dec

First flickr! and now del.icio.us!

Yahoo! just acquired the hottest “tagging thing” on the web. I wonder what would Scoble be thinking now. I remember Pete Cashmore, who blogs at Mashable, and who came up with this logo too, actually suggesting del.icio.us when Scoble wanted to make an acquisition.

Yahoo.icio.us Logo

With Yahoo! acquiring del.icio.us, things get all the more exciting. I only hope that they don’t go about changing the log-in procedure the way they did with flickr.

From the del.icio.us Blog:

We’re proud to announce that del.icio.us has joined the Yahoo! family. Together we’ll continue to improve how people discover, remember and share on the Internet, with a big emphasis on the power of community. We’re excited to be working with the Yahoo! Search team – they definitely get social systems and their potential to change the web. (We’re also excited to be joining our fraternal twin Flickr!)

We want to thank everyone who has helped us along the way – our employees, our great investors and advisors, and especially our users. We still want to get your feedback, and we look forward to bringing you new features and more servers in the future.

I look forward to continuing my vision of social and community memory, and taking it to the next level with the del.icio.us community and Yahoo!

Jeremy Zawodny at Yahoo Search Blog writes

As Joshua writes, the del.icio.us team will soon be working in close proximity to their fraternal twin, Flickr. And just like we’ve done with Flickr, we plan to give del.icio.us the resources, support, and room it needs to continue growing the service and community. Finally, don’t be surprised if you see My Web and del.icio.us borrow a few ideas from each other in the future.

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Bill Gates Live in Bangalore 2005

9 Dec

If you aren’t in Bangalore or haven’t managed to coax an invitation to the event (I am told the entry is by Invitation pass only), do not miss the webcast.

Register NOW! for the Bill Gates LIVE webcast

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The Semester ends officially

8 Dec

The semester has officially come to a close and its time now to move on to things that I have been procrastinating for quite sometime on the pretext of examinations and project submissions. Some pretty interesting things are lined up and probably I’ll be posting about them here too.

If you’re wondering why I have been so lax in updating this blog, it’s only because of the end-semester-torment that I was subjected to. With the final exams getting over just last Saturday and a project submission due today, most of the time was spent in front of a stupid computer terminal that in my opinion has seen better days. Somehow, we managed to get the Project completed by this morning. However, the project demo didn’t go all that well. Its amazing just how your system crashes at the most crucial of times. The GridFTP service that I and my friend had developed working for the most of the previous night simply couldn’t be demonstrated as the system on which we had it running simply gave up an hour before our presentaion. Otherwise, it went pretty smooth. But that is the way it goes. All we’ll have to show for it now is a few screenshots.

Anyways, I now have close to a month before the next semester starts during which period, I’ll have to decide upon my final Project. I haven’t really been able to narrow down to a particular field in which I’ll be working on my final Project and that is something that will kep me occupied for most of the time. I think Semantic Web is one in which I could finally end up doing my project but a distributed storage system looks as exciting a prospect. But with all ideas so vague and nothing concrete and well defined yet, the pursuit of a good project idea is still on. Any ideas?.

Protopage v2.0 released

6 Dec

Yesterday I received a mail from Protopage which informed me of the release of Protopage Version 2.0

ProtopageI had been using Protopage as my web Desktop until I switched over to Windows Live and had found it really easy to use and pretty exciting even with its then limited options for sticky notes, to-dolists, favorite links and quick searches. The best part about it was that it allowed me to create panels that could be understood as HTML. So I could easily add forms, for example, to log into my University Mail Account, something which I found extremely useful

As expected, version 2.0 has now more features that make it even better. There is support for multiple pages, with individual page sharing options along with more customizations, more colour schemes and rich text editing for sticky notes. All the new features are explained in detail at the Protopage News Blog.

However, the only place they lose out is extensibility and add-ons. Protopage has no option for third party developers built cool add-ons like the numerous widgets at Microsoft Gadgets for Windows Live. (The last time I had checked, the number of available gadgets had reached 94.)

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Why Microsoft’s Classifieds Service will be better than Google Base

4 Dec

Fremont LogoCharlene Li on Microsoft’s new classified service ‘Fremont’ and why it will be better than Google Base:

“First, a quick description of Fremont. It looks and acts like a classic online classifieds site. A list of linked categories is on the front page and users can browse or search through the listings. A key difference though is that the listings are turbo-charged – as the poster, you can control who can see them, from everyone to just a select group of people on your MSN Messenger buddy list. If you choose the latter, the next time one of your privileged buddies signs into Messenger, they’ll see a little alert that says you have a set of golf clubs for sale. The categories include the usual suspects – jobs, homes, apartments, cars, and one thing that caught my eye, tickets.

…So I look at Fremont and I see a really nice service shaping up. The classifieds interface is familiar – each category has the expected search fields (number of bedrooms in housing, make and year in autos, etc.) and the opening page lays out all of the options in a simple manner similar to Craig’s List’s austere list of links.

Now compare that to Google Base. Honestly, can you imagine your average user trying to make heads or tails out of it? Don’t get me wrong – I love Google Base because of the audacious potential it represents in terms of creating new content for the Web. But in terms of a classifieds service, it will take a lot of application development to get it to the point where the average Joe will be able to use it. ”

[Read the full post here]

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