Wednesday, December 28, 2005

SWT Introduction

Nice article on Javaworld introducing SWT.

Visual Studio 2005 Trial

I have to get Visual Studio 2005 - 180 day trial moment it is avaliable in Europe.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


Some usefull PC utilities extracted from various PC Quest Articles

CVS integration with Win Explorer.
Knowledge Management with Confluence
Preview Search Results Instantly:
Port monitornig in Win XP: Port Reporter
Xpde :
Determine you ip address :

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Adding Google Video to your blog page

I have to try this out later on.
I also have to upload more videos

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

I am thinking of upgrading to a Flickr Pro Account

I am thinking of upgrading to flickr pro account it is about 47$ per year.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Candy Mareen

Originally uploaded by ♫ maria.
Really nice colors

Need for Speed - Most Wanted

I downloaded this game demo on Sat night and I have been playing it since then.
It is really great, It is really good that they have got back day time racing; not that I didnt like the underground scene that was really good; but the entire concept of open world driving along with day time driving with cop chace is really great.
The music is excellent too.
I am waiting for Prince of Persia demo

How to change the location of IDEA caches (system) and configuration directories

I am quite sure I blogged about this a while back and I wasnt able to locate it using google blog search. Well here it is again.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

Finally got this book today. I cant wait to read it.

Be There Broadband

Quite a good broadband ISP for London. it gives 24 megs for24£per month. But it requires ADSL2,I think that requires a different type of modem I am not sure if I can use my existing modem/router for the same.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Low space on C:

The amount of space on C: was really low, so I decided that I would install windows on a diff partition (this time give it 10Gb) I started off with that and then got board since it takes a really long time, moreover I didnt have the installer for some of the software, like Far Cry and Stary Night. So I decide that I would go back to my previous install and try and move Docuements and Settings to a different partiftion after searching for a some time I found this I tried to move 'Documents and Settings' but I wasnt successfully so I finally mamanged to move my profile to a different drive.
I now have 500mb on C:, well much better than 97mb.

Spent the entire day on this...a realy waste.

I still have to move to the new windows since I am quite sure I am going to hit the lower limit soon.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Quake 4

Been playing Quake 4 for a couple of days and I have to say it is really good. It built on the same engine as Doom but I seemed to like this game much more than Doom, I guess I didnt quite like the Doom story line about ghost on Mars didnt make much sense. Well there isnt much sense even in Quake 4 but then too I quite like the single player game strategy.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Joanna Newsom (This Side of the Blue)

A really nice song by Joanna Newsom called This side of the Blue from the album The Milk eyed Mender I heard this song the first time on TV in some Ad, I think it was a Vodophone 'NOW' ad though I am not that sure. She has got a really nice voice and the tune is really great.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Social Networking at JavaOne

Nokia Sensor post by Michael Yuan

Spring MVC vs Struts

Gerard Davison's Weblog: First looks, Spring MVC vs Struts

In most places, the Spring framework doesn't reinvent working technologies. In the area of presentation logic, though, Spring introduces a simple model-view-controller framework called MVC Web that has many competing architectures, like Struts and Java Server Faces (JSF). Take solace, though. You don't have to use MVC Web to use Spring. But if you decide to do so, you will find a few advantages:

-MVC Web is based on interfaces rather than inheritance. As we discussed in Chapter 3, interfaces often give better flexibility and looser coupling than inheritance-based designs.

-MVC Web does not dictate your choice of view. Other frameworks tend to provide better support for favored view technologies, such as Velocity (proprietary) and Struts (JSP). For example, Struts exposes the model via request attributes. As a result, you need to build a bridge servlet to use a technology such as Velocity that doesn't understand the Servlet API. Spring exposes the model through a generic map, so it can work with any view technology.

-MVC Web provides consistent configuration across all aspects of a Spring application. It uses the same inversion-of-control paradigm that the other frameworks use.

-MVC Web makes testing easier. Since you don't have to extend another class (like Action or ActionForm in Struts), you can easily mock the request and response.

Karl Baum opened this thread.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Tom Lehrer Song

Used to listen to this guy quite often during the first few years of Engg, from 4pm till 5pm.

DHTML SQL Designer

Really cool DHTML Designer sent to me by Joshua Spoerri. Quite cool

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Brillo - Shine

Brillo - Shine
Originally uploaded by * No. Pip, no!!! *.
Another Great one

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

AJAX and DHTML and stuff is something that I have been looking for, it is really great. I have to look into to see how this works is similar to google personal, but I am really interested in seeing how they save the page title is the best of all, is really amazing

Dynamic HTML and XML: The XMLHttpRequest Object

Nice article on DHTML and XMLHttpRequest object.
This is a good article about AJAX :

Monday, September 19, 2005

Java Script Site with drag and drop


Originally uploaded by Agridulce.
Really Nice picture, morever this is my first blog from flickr

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The New Quantum Universe

I got this book on Sat and it really quite a good book. I have just gone through a couple of chapters till now, it seems really interesting so I guess I am going to complete a lot of it.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

IBM - DB2 Alphablox connections to DB2 OLAP 8.2/Essbase 7.1 ASO databases

I was having a real problem setting up the Essbase connection from Alphablox on Nt and I finally solved the problem I had a look at this support site from IBM and it was quite helpfull. Now all that I have to check is the working of the Tomcat 5.0.28 with Alphablox and the finally debugging. Once I get the debugging up and running I should be in a really good shape.

This is like a major break through since I have been fighting with this for almost a week now.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Google Talk

It is finally out. I just installed it at home and thatz about it. Didnt quite try it out since there isnt any one else on my friends list !!!. I have sent out a couple of friend invitations but havent got any reply back.

27th Aug 05 14:30
I happend to meet Karthik Gopalan (aka KG) online so we decided to give talk a try. I was absolutely amazing. Much much better than what is currently given by yahoo or MSN, I havent tried Skype but this is really quite good, what is even better the size of the app is just 900K.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Error 1714 - while installing iTunes

I was getting 'Error 1714' while installing iTunes I guess it has something to do with the fact that I manually deleted the folder c:\windows\Downloaded Installations\

Since this folder was taking up a lot of HD space on the C drive
Now since I didnt that I couldnt install iTunes updated version since the iTunes installer was loooking for an older version of iTunes to uninstall it and it couldnt find the older installer at c:\windows\Downloaded Installations\

So I downloaded Windows Installer CleanUp Utility that did some clean up.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Google Desktop Episode II

Google desktop search 2.
Just installed it some time back, seems quite interesting. There are some good plugins avaliable for it. I installed the System Monitor plugin.

There seems to be some resources for plugin development, I dont know if I will get the time to read through all that.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Drag & Drop for Images and Layers in JavaScript DHTML Library,

I had a look at drag and drop in Google Personilization site and it was realy nice.
Here is the Javascript and DHTML API that does the same.
This page also some other interesting stuff like adding too tips to links
DHTML JavaScript Tooltips

I can also attach images to the tooltip, like this is a pic of me on a tooltip

Then there is also stuff for dragging and images, like this Picture , taken when amit was over in london can be dragged.

I got the drag and drop to work using this site :

Ok the dragging doest work in this blog, since there seems to be some interference between the code generated by blogger.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Konfabulator: The Beginning Widget Writer's Guide

Nice page introducing creating Widgets for Konfabulator. It seems quite good and really easy to write.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

RSS 2 PDF - Free Online RSS, Atom or OPML to PDF Generator

This is something quite good, an online PDF converter

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Wireless ADSL Router

I am thinking of going in for this Wireless ADSL Modem Router

Friday, August 12, 2005

Sony Ericsson Developer World

Development site for Sony Erricson Phones. I am really interested in getting the Nokia N90 phone, since it has implementation for a lot of Java APIs that I am interested in,but since it is still not out here. I guess I will have to go in for another phone, may be Motorazon V3 or Sony Erricson K750i. Still havent decided.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Looking for a Mobile phone with Symbian OS Series 60 Platform, 3rd Edition

I was lookin for a mobile phone that implements the Location API for J2ME.
I then found out that Symbian has allready implemented that API in its Series 60 Platform 3rd Edition.

So I posted this in the Java Ranch forum.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Should I go in for a PSP

I cant decide if I should go in for a PSP ?

Google Personal

Really nice google personal site.
A lot of customization avaliable, you can also add some external feeds to your personal site.
I tried adding linux admin's blog atom.xml feed to my personal site and it worked.

Like here is how you can add my blog to your google personal home page.
1. Go the google personal home page
2. Click on 'Add Content' on the top left corner.
3. Select the last option 'Create Section'
4. Enter the following URL in text box
5. Click on 'Go'

Hacking the hotel through the TV | Tech News on ZDNet

Nice article.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Stopped by the cops again at Tower Hill Tube Station

I think I am the chosen one since I was stopped again by a cop today but this time it was the Tube station and not the DLR station.
This cop started asking me stuff and then I told him that I had allready been searched, he had a stupid look on his face and I told me that I was searched on friday and he asked me if I had the ticket with me so I showed it to him. He then said that he was sorry and he said that I do have a big bag with me ( big ??? it is just a normal sized bag, and nothing much in it ), told him that if he still wanted to have a look inside he definately can. He said that he said that it was ok and he let me go.

A bit of Hot Coffee for Senator Clinton's mind

An article about how video games affecting childerns mind. I didnt get time to read through it but I guess it should be an interesting read.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Stopped by cops on the way to work

This friday I was stopped by the cops at Tower Hill DLR station at 8:30 am and searched. I also got a ticket containing details about the search and the clothes that I was wearing etc.

Microsoft "Genuine Advantage" cracked in 24h: window.g_sDisableWGACheck='all'

This is a nice one, I really had to post it.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Rapid reboots on Dell GX270

For the last couple of days I was having a problem with my PC at work. It just kept rebotting, and I also noticed that it made a wierd sound while starting up. The rebotting was quite random and not related to any problem with a software.
That guy at the help desk was really helpfull and he told me that my profile was really huge, we reduced it by deleting the cache folder in .IntelliJ that seemed to have solved the problem for yesterday, but then today morning I couldnt log into the system at all.

Finally the hardware guy came over and he opened the machine and he told me that a capacitor was fried, I had a look at it and it looked like some puss ozzing out.
He told me that he is taking my PC and going to replace the motherboard and will get it back in about an hrs time, it is good that the problem was related to just my motherboard and not any software, since I didnt want to go through the entire process of re configuring my machine and setting it up to work the way I wanted it to work. Moreover I also dont loose the work that I had done yesterday evening.

I also googled the problem and it came up with this article. I have to say I am luck I dont have this problem with my PC at home since, coz if I did I would have no idea about the actual problem and no way I could get it replaced without paying a huge sum.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

The Fabric of the Cosmos

I got this book for my US trip, it is really very good. It is written by Brian Greene, the same author who wrote 'The Elegant Universe'.

Had a really very nice trip to US and did a lot of things, I dont feel like writing much now. I guess I should be uploading all the photos to the internet soon.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Cheap Air, Inc. - Search for Cheap Air Fare at

Nice site for searching Cheap Air Tickets in US. I think it consolodates data from different sites

Friday, June 24, 2005

Open Source Testing

I wanted some tool for load testing my server side application ( not web based ). I didnt want to write my own load testing application client.

Found some interesting stuff over here.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Grand Theft Auto - San Andreas: Simple Skin Editing

I was looking up a stuff about GTA: SA since I have been playing that game for almost a week now. It is really quite interesting since it has some interesting stuff like you have to go to the gym eat at regular intervals and moreover you change you look and hair style etc. The maps are really really huge compared to Vice City.

I found some interesting site on GTA SA:

I was also looking into creating a custom Skin for CJ and I found this simple tutorial.

The GTA development community is really really huge. The number of freelance developers working on hacking into GTA to change it in some way or the other makes you thinking about talent out there.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Nice list of Internet Smileys....

This site has a nice list of internet smileys and what they mean.
The smiley that I was looking for was : ^_^
but that isnt explained in this page :-(
Internet Smileys.... ^_^

GMail Drive shell extension

Nice Windows Shell Extension into Gmail, this is really quite cool. If you require an extra 1Gb of online space. - provided by Kartik G.

There are definately some limitations
1. You can only upload and download files of size 10Mb
2. Incase GMail changes its interface it breaks this program.

There is also something similar for Java - G4J

GMail Drive shell extension 1.0.5 Free Download - Softpedia

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Foo Fighters - All my life

I want to this T shirt but since it is not for sale. I am thinking of painting it my self.

Band: Foo Fighters
Song: All my life.

last one

DU Meter Home Page

A cool tool for monitoring your downloads - real time and it also stores download history.
You even setup notifications when you have crossed a downloaded set up limit over a period of time.
The realtime download meter is transparent so you and keep the window on top without obstructing anything else.
I feel that it is quite good, since now I can monitor my download activty over a few months, and moreover since I have download limit of 20Gb per month I can also monitor if I am crossing that limit. I think i may have crossed the limit in the last month since I downloaded Fedora, Vs.NET, Scrubs Season 3 and part of Season 4.
That reminds me that I have to delete Fedora from my HD since I have allready burnt it on a DVD.

Scrubs Music - All kinds of time

There is really a nice song from Scrubs - Season 4, Episode 13 - My Ocardial Infarction called 'All kinds of Time' by the 'Fountains of Wayne' and it really fits the mood.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Messing up the boot.ini File

I seem to have messed up my boot.ini file so I am not able to boot into windows. I get an error 'NTLDR missing', I think the default for NTLDR is pointing in the wrong direction.
I am facing this problem only after installing Fedora.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Having a problem with WebLogic Server 8.1 ApplicationLifecycleListener

I was having a problem with ApplicationLifecycleListener in Weblogic Application server.
So I posted it on Javaranch.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Detailed Process Viewer for windows

A very nice tool for Windows Process Viewing by sysinternals

Process Viewer

Sunday, May 01, 2005


I finally got the song from the movie Lakshya - Agar Main Kahoon
I got the song from Ruhi.
It has got a nice tune to it - it is an excellent movie too.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Computer Games

I have started playing Prince of Persia 2 again on quite a regular basis, I think it is since I was sick this weekend so I had a lot of time on my hands. I have finished about 85% of the game and it has a nice twist, I guess there are more Twists later on too. I am really keen on finding out how the story pans out.
I just happend to search on the net and found out that they are working on Prince of Persia 3,and it is going to be released Q4 2005 and then in Q3 2006 for the PC, which is really bad since I was hopping that it would be released at the same time in all the platforms.

GTA SA is comming out for the PC, so that is going to be really good.

There is also another games posters that I have been seeing - Pariah

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Enterprise - In a Mirror, Darkly

Really like the introduction to this episode of Enterprise, It had a darker theme something similar to Prince of Persia Warrior Within.
Well I have not see the complete episode so I dont know how good it is gonna be.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Google Maps UK

This is really good, I wonder if they provide a Web Service or XML based interface into their maps and location based services.

Have a look at Linux Admin's post

And then have a look at Paul Rademacher's Housing site that uses google maps, it is totaly mind blowing.
Even the guys at google are shocked, I cant figureout how he did it ???

It is totally amazing.

I did some searching around and found this

Nifty way to view Firefox configuration

Type the following in the address

Noticed it first at Google Web Search Features

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

MSN Spaces

This is quite good since it is linked into the chat application which is really quite nice. Comming to think about that I wonder if one could hack into MSN Messenger 7 so that when we a user clicks on MSN spaces it opens up and not MSN Spaces Blog space. That would be interesting.

Another thing that I noticed was that it had a size limit on the number of images that can uploaded.

I wonder when Google is going to come out with a chat application.
I would assume that it has all the normal chat features like
- Chat
- Audio and Video
- File Transfer ( better than what MSN and Yahoo Offer )
- Chat room
- Making Phone calls
- Blogging
- Searching
- Viewing Music Vidoes
- Listening to Radio
- Online Gaming.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Interesting things about Google Desktop Search

I notices that Google Desktop Search connects to the internet at times. I wonder what it is sending ?

Another interesting that whenever I go to and search for something, the first line contains Google Desktop search results. So when we search for something using Google the same search is performed on our local machine, I wonder how it does that ?

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Fabric Painting after a long time

I liked this T-Shirt a lot, I managed to get a Black T-Shirt and paint it on the back. Though I really wanted to paint in on the front but the T-Shirt allready had 'CAT' in the front.

I think i posted about this T-Shirt a while back.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay

Just played the demo version of this game and it is realy quite good. I really liked Vin Diesel dialogs. What I also liked about it is the menu system, that was something really quite good and inovative.

Read a review here

Monday, April 04, 2005

Stereophonics - Language. S3x. Violence. Other?

New album by the Stereophonics.

It is quite good I particularly liked the song 'Superman', been hearing that one over and over and over again.
Also liked 'Lolita' and 'Deadhead' and ofcourse 'Dakoda'

You can search up a lot of lyrics at

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Looking Glass

I have to go through this and install the looking glass on my Linux.
That means I really have to log into Linux after a really really long time :-)

Pc Quest is really a good magazine but their customer service is really bad.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Something for Office

There are some things that I really have to get for office.
1. caramel sauce : We have a Machiato machine in office all that we need is some caramel sauce, once we have that we are done.
2. MnS Chocolate Stuff: I have to get this so that we have it with late afternoon tea.