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Blog moved … October 30, 2008

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I have moved this blog to another hosting provider.

The new blog can be found at here and its feed is available here.

Keep in touch, bye.


Me @ RIA Developer Summit 2008, Bengaluru September 18, 2008

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I was a speaker at the recently concluded RIA Developer Summit 2008 in Bengaluru, India. Was my first presentation at a public conference and it felt nice to interact with the users of the product we build. Look forward to seeing everyone at future events.

Me speaking at the RIA Developer Summit 2008, Bengaluru

Me speaking at the RIA Developer Summit 2008, Bengaluru

Getting started with Eclipse Plugin development September 7, 2008

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One of the most intimidating tasks when starting with eclipse development is setting up the workspace. I checked out the source code from the cvs repo but I would just not get the right projects in the workspace for the build to get through with ‘0’ errors …

And then I read this article. Amazing stuff, you have a fully functional workspace in a matter of minutes :). So all those of you who’ve been trying hard and haven’t quite reached there yet, get started using the Import Plugin Fragments feature and eclipse to get a jump start …


View methods of base class in Eclipse August 22, 2008

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Ctrl + O brings up a list of methods in the opened file.

Did anyone know that on pressing Ctrl + O again, the popup shows methods from the base classes also?

Cool 🙂


When Cricket Meets Web 2.0 … June 15, 2008

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Cricket is one of the unofficial religions for lots of Indians. While the use of technology on field is going to be a debatable issue for sometime to come, there is not doubt that any technology enabling a cricket follower to get scores faster and more reliably is going to be one of the hottest things in town.

Most of the time, users spend time trying to find a site which refreshes scores without going into an endless request …

Well, cricketnirvana.com now has an answer to the yearning cricket fan which will offer him live score updates (without the need to click on any refresh buttons), the manhattans and graphs (that he is used to seeing during any live telecast), videos and much more …

Get your hands on a copy of the desktop client checkout Cricket Center beta here. A small demo of the features of the client is available here.

For the technology enthusiasts, this client was built using Adobe AIR.


Useful Firefox Plugins February 18, 2008

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This is a list of some of my favorite firefox plugins …

Tab Mix Plus – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1122

DownloadThemAll! – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/201

Web Developer – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/60

Firebug – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843

Greasemonkey – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748

Live HTTP Headers – http://livehttpheaders.mozdev.org/installation.html

IE Tab – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419

WML Browser – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/62

Mouse Gestures – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/39

Google Toolbar – http://toolbar.google.com

Google Notebook – http://www.google.com/notebook/download


Customize VIM May 25, 2007

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VIM supports a lot of customization, to see the power of VIM download the tar file from http://platon.sk/projects/release_list_page.php?project_id=2 and place the vimrc file in u’re home directory as .vimrc.

Ubuntu Tips and Tricks March 16, 2007

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Display Resolution Issues with Intel 82865G

visit https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FixVideoResolutionHowto

# sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.custom
# sudo sh -c ‘md5sum /etc/X11/xorg.conf > /var/lib/x11/xorg.conf.md5sum’
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to restart X

Install PDF Printer

# sudo apt-get install cups-pdf
# sudo /etc/init.d/cupsys restart

Install ntfs-3g (for reading and writing to ntfs partitions)

# sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Add to this file -> #ntfs-3g repo deb http://givre.cabspace.com/ubuntu/ edgy main main-all
# wget http://flomertens.keo.in/ubuntu/givre_key.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add –
# sudo apt-get update
# sudo apt-get upgrade
# sudo apt-get install ntfs-config
# gksu ntfs-config

Enable telnet/ssh

# sudo /etc/init.d/sshd start

To do this in the GUI, you need to start up the services manager and then set the state of the respective services.

Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 Keyboard Zoom Key to Scroll Key February 19, 2007

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I am not a major user of the Zoom functionality in the MS Ergonomic keyboard. I would rather set the zoom key to scroll up and down in applications.

After hunting around the configuration utility supplied with keyboard I was still clueless about the zoom key’s configuration.

I then spotted a command.xml in the installation directory of the config utility. Editing a couple of sections did the trick ..

The file has a section
<Application UniqueName=”StandardSupport”>
<C309 Type=”5″ KeySeq=”ctrl F4″ />
<C319 Type=”6″ Activator=”ZoomIn” />
<C320 Type=”6″ Activator=”ZoomOut” />
<C1101 Type=”6″ Activator=”HorizontalScroll” />
<C1003 Type=”7″ Subtype=”0″ />

<C319 Type=”6″ Activator=”ZoomIn” />
<C320 Type=”6″ Activator=”ZoomOut” />


<C319 Type=”6″ Activator=”ScrollUp” />
<C320 Type=”6″ Activator=”ScrollDown” />

There will be similar entries against specific applications also, so you can modify the behaviour for specific applications by editing the corresponding entries over there.

– Double click on mskey.exe and then Actions > Close Microsoft Intellitype pro
– Double click on type32.exe

You’re done 🙂

Do Not Call Registry December 22, 2006

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We’ve all been troubled the tele-marketing people at some point of time or the other. It is indeed interesting to know that some banks have finally started maintaining “Do Not Call Registers”. Some telecom operators also provide the facility of registering your phone for the “Do Not Disturb Service”. I was planning to list some sites here, when I found this interesting blog.

Hope you guys find it useful.