Harshdeep 2.0

February 17, 2006

My 15 seconds of fame

Filed under: Uncategorized — harshdeep @ 12:01 pm

Yesterday I was on India TV for a couple of minutes, nodding my head to a barely audible Azharruddin talking endlessly about why Pakistan lost to India.

At the risk of sounding unpatriotic, outlandish and losing a few good friends, I must confess that I don’t follow cricket. I didn’t even know there was a match yesterday. But when I went to Barista in Noida Sec. 18 last night, I saw a college friend smiling at me from inside the glass wall with a girl trying to push a mike into his mouth. Later I realized that he was actually smiling at the camera and asking Azharruddin a question, live on TV. By that time I’d already opened up the door and asked him “Tu yahan kya kar raha hai?” (What are you doing here?) Before he couldd say anything, the India TV hostess asked me to join them. Now I know as much about cricket as our college gardener knew about Quantum Electrodynamics. Thankfully all I had to do was sit and nod, even if couldn’t understand any of the questions the other guys asked or hear a word that Azhar said. And after 4 years at NSIT, I think I’ve got pretty good at that. In any case, I was on TV.

Here is a pic. I am sitting to the hostess’ left.

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February 16, 2006

The importance of “Ignore All”

Filed under: Uncategorized — harshdeep @ 3:50 pm

Today I was installing Visual Studio 2003 on my new office laptop (yea, now I have two laptops – 4 months ago, I didn’t have a single one. I think I’ll use my personal lappie to record Friends episodes while I’m churning out code in the office lappie during the day) from the company’s internal apps server.

During the installation it showed an error message saying that some file could not be found in the setup and asked me if it should Abort, Retry or Ignore. Looking at the path of the file, I knew I could do without it, so I selected Ignore. And pop comes another error message saying the same thing about another file. I can ignore this file too, so “Ignore”. But the error messages kept popping up and after about a minute, I lost the patience required to keep clicking the left mouse button.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. I had to keep the ‘i’ key pressed on the keyboard to select “Ignore” every time this message popped up. I made the following setup and went back to work on my desktop. If you are an Indian, you’d probably call it Jugad.
Jugad 1

Jugaad 2

If only they could have an “Ignore All” option.

By the way, Visual Studio has been installed and is working fine on my lappie except a module that I’d selected for installation but whose files were not there in setup directory. I’ve never used that module and I doubt if I ever will.

February 15, 2006

Things I want my mobile phone to do

Filed under: Mobile — harshdeep @ 6:56 pm

Here is my wish list for my mobile phone. Some of these are already available in some models, some are under consideration and others are just pure fantasization.

  1. VoIP: Automatically switch from Cellular network and VoIP when there is a Wi-Fi connection available. Nokia and Qualcomm are pushing for this kind of convergence. Dual-mode phones (with both Cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity) are being demoed in 3GSM Conference, Barcelona.
  2. Location awareness: I think GPS receivers are going to be just as common on mobile phones as cameras already have. Some companies like Mitac already provide Windows Mobile powered Pocket PCs with GPS receivers. Bluetooth GPS receivers are already available for Series 60 devices. Nokia has plans to launch its own. I think we’ll see GPS equipped Symbian phones in the market pretty soon. There is a host of services that can be provided when GPS enabled phones become common.
  3. Browse desktop: I should be able to browse my desktop from anywhere using my mobile phone. I want to have access to all my pictures, mp3s, powerpoint presentations and business documents from anywhere. One of the available options for this is Avvenu
  4. Universal Remote: Once I set up a Wi-Fi network in my home, I’d like to use my mobile phone as a remote for surfing channels in my TV, looking at the playlist of my Audio Player, changing water temperature in my bath etc. The mobile phone can do a lot more than being just a universal remote. It can, for example, display the artwork of the album of the current song that’s playing in my audio system and can also show me the lyrics downloaded from the internet.
  5. Substitute Credit Cards: There’s also this idea of converging credit cards with mobile phones so that you can pay directly from your phone and don’t have to carry all those cards. They already have this in place in Japan. I read in Times of India some time back about Airtel planning to introduce this here in India.
  6. Integration with vehicle: If my phone rings while I’m driving, my car should be able to pick up the caller’s number and name from the phone’s contacts list and display it on the dashboard display. And I press a button somewhere easily accessible on the dashboard – better still if the display is a touch screen and I hear the voice on the car’s speakers. Nokia 616 Bluetooth Car Kit is one gadget that does something like this. The car should automatically lock up when I go a certain distance away from it i.e. as soon as the mobile phone that I’m carrying in my pocket goes out of the bluetooth range from the car.

Is it too much to ask for?

February 8, 2006

Mobile Tag – minimising clicks on the mobile phone

Filed under: Mobile — harshdeep @ 5:39 pm

Mobile Tag

This is information retrieval in its simplest and most convenient way.

This is how it works – on your business card, you print a tag (somewhat like a barcode) along with all the other details. When you give it to someone, he just takes a picture of this tag with his camera phone. An application sitting in the phone identifies the tag, contacts a server and fetches all the related info about the tag. That info may include your phone number, address, email, url and all this gets stored in the address book of that phone. The other guy doesn’t have to type a thing!

For more examples of using this brilliant concept, watch the demonstration video at Mobile Tag’s website.

The entire site, apart from the demo video, is available only in French, so I can’t glean any more info until they put up an English translation also.

February 7, 2006

Online Image Editor

Filed under: Internet — harshdeep @ 10:57 am

At PXN8.com, you can do some basic editing with your images like Crop, Rotate, Resize, Sepia, Red Eye Fix etc. There are a bunch of image filters also. You can directly upload the edited image to Flickr from here.
Pretty basic stuff but testimonial to the fact that most of the applications are moving from your desktop to the network.

Harshdeep 2.0

Filed under: Uncategorized — harshdeep @ 7:31 am

I have finally migrated from Blogspot to WordPress. Moving all the posts from my previous blog will require a lot of time especially because the images uploaded to blogger.com aren’t accessible from a WordPress blog (as I mentioned in my last post). So my previous blog will stay where it is.

February 6, 2006

Blogger blocks image links from WordPress

Filed under: Internet — harshdeep @ 9:20 pm

I just shifted my blog from Blogspot(Blogger) to WordPress to get rid of the noob tag. I think a lot of people do this because WordPress has this cool feature of importing an entire blog from Blogger, Typepad or Movable Type.

But then I discovered something really frustrating. I lot of pictures that I had posted on my previous blog stopped showing on my new blog. I used to upload those pictures either with Hello or the web interface of Blogger.com. The uploaded pics went to photos1.blogger.com. If these pics are linked from a Blogspot blog or if you go to them directly (by typing the URL in the address bar of the browser), they are accessible, but if the referring link is from WordPress, you get an error like this:

ERROR

The requested URL could not be retrieved


While trying to retrieve the URL: http://localhost:10141/img/162/1334/1024/IMG_0103.jpgThe following error was encountered:

  • Access Denied. Access control configuration prevents your request from being allowed at this time. Please contact your service provider if you feel this is incorrect.

Your cache administrator is webmaster.

I think this has been done to discourage the migration of blogs from blogspot to wordpress and if that’s the case, it’s a lame act.

Note: If you open the Blogspot blog before opening the new WordPress blog imported from it, some pics may start showing as the browser may pick them up from the cache.

Blog at WordPress.com.