Monday, December 18, 2006

Remote Apps for Mac

Remote applications for Mac :

Also another Applet based SSH client using an applet

Saturday, November 25, 2006

I need armor

I need one of these
Nazgûl armor

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Pulp Fiction

Ashish happen to have same Cognac that he got from Swiz, and we are going to try out 'Pulp Fiction'

Saturday, October 21, 2006

DownThemAll! :: Mozilla Add-ons

Nice download manager for firefox, doest some type of multi part downloading which really improves the speed and the best part is that it is free.
I still have to see how to totally advance configure it but it seem quite point and click right now.

DownThemAll! :: Mozilla Add-ons :: Add Features to Mozilla Software
Mitch Hedberg Standup

-unique pronunciations
-"abrupt" style of punchline delivery
-professional-but-casual and confident-but-shy

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Perception of Beauty

Dove - Evolution Commercial

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

Quite an interesting talk from Steve Jobs
Windows Vista Speech Recognition

Interesting video about Ms voice recognition

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Graphics 3D /w Polarization

Some interesting stuff about polorization and 3d graphics


Sunday, September 24, 2006

Opening scenes of Johnny Sokko and the Giant Robot

This is the opening scene from a very old show that used to be on the tube. Watched it as a kid and loved it at that time.
They used to show it at 7:00pm on DD2 in india (bombay)

Learn more about the show at :

Watch the clip at :

Also there is a DVD and a cartoon of the show.... just search on Google.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Friday, September 15, 2006

You Are Mighty

This is really interesting site that generates a flash message based off the url.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

OSGI Equinox Eclipse

Some nice documentation on OSGI, Equinox and Eclipse

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Crisis - CryEngine 2

This is the game that I was talking about.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

SETI for humans

I was really bored this weekend, didnt have anything planned. That is one whole weekend wasted, they should someting that SETI but for humans, so we can use up all those idle hours.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Eclipse Trader from behind a proxy

I was having a look at eclipsetrader 0.24 and eclipsetrader 0.25 and it seems to have a problem connecting to the news services and getting the Level II feed when running the application from behing a firewall.
On having a look at the code it seems that it doest use the proxy settings at all, well at least not for getting the Level II feeds. If I get some time over this week I will try and fix that.

Monday, August 14, 2006

1337 Translator

Leet Translator......


Sunday, August 13, 2006

District 13 - High Speed Chase

High Speed Chase

Nice trick to fold Shirts

This is really a nice way to fold shirts.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

AJAX LiteSpellChecker

AJAX spell checker that promprts with alternatives as you type
Emil's Chronicle LiteSpellChecker

Trying out DOJO

You can Type in any text here.

I was supposed to try out DOJO in this post, but I cant seem to get it running because the java script is hosted on a different server from this one.

dojo, the Javascript Toolkit

A while back I was looking into Java script that provided dragable components, and have a look at DOJO Toolkit. It is really a very nice toolkit. I am planning to add a couple of examples to my blog in a couple of days.
I really like the Fisheye control also the easy with which you can create Floating Panes (Windows), Editors, Trees etc.
I havent tried out the RCP functionality, I was also looking int YAhoo UI Toolkit and Google Web Toolkit, I am looking for someone to provide a nice compare of these toolkits.
dojo, the Javascript Toolkit: brought to you by the Dojo Foundation

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Monday, July 24, 2006

All About Symbian Review: Nokia N80

Quite a detailed review of Nokia N80.

I coudnt find many applications for Nokia N80?


Microsoft is taking over Sysinternals

It is really quite sad to know that Ms is going to take over Sysinternals.

Sysinternals provides some really very good windows utils.

Read the full news report below.
Today @ PC World - Microsoft Sucks Up Sysinternals

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Access number for making international calls from your mobile (UK) - thanks to Rohit S

one of the sites provide free access number for vodaphone.

Finally got EclipseTrader source code compile and working off Callisto

I finally managed to get the eclipsetrader 0.24 source code to work in eclipse - callisto. First I had such a problem setting up callisto, I managed to get the base but i just couldnt download all the other plugins and stuff that was really bad.
Then I just coudlnt run the eclipse plugin, it just would not run, it kept saying that it couldnt get application id, i had a look at the config and that application id did match, then I realized that certain plugins were not included when running the application -- Eclispe can be a pain at times.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Understanding classloaders in Eclipse

EclipseZone - Eclipse - a tale of two VMs (and many classloaders)


Eclipse RCP Meets Spring: A Perfect Thick-Client Match

This article is really a must read. I have been looking into the viability of eclipse RCP and then Spring RCP came along, this is like the best match.


Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Sunday, June 18, 2006

::O R S O N::

Excellent album 'Bright Idea'. It is pure rock, it is something that you listen a couple of times and really like, It is something that you can just listen at 23:24 and totaly forget everything.


Saturday, June 17, 2006

Why wont I commit

Quite an interesting read about what girls do wrong in the whole dating arena. For a change some one is talking about it from a guys POV.


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Foot- Video View

Excellent Footy video


Leet(1337) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is an interesting language


and at Also look into how you can learn to read that language

Lifeblog post

Lifeblog post
Originally uploaded by Vivek Viswanathan.
Thu 15/06/2006 19:34 15062006007

Lifeblog post

Lifeblog post
Originally uploaded by Vivek Viswanathan.
Thu 15/06/2006 19:34 15062006006

Lifeblog post

Lifeblog post
Originally uploaded by Vivek Viswanathan.
Thu 15/06/2006 19:33 15062006005


Originally uploaded by Vivek Viswanathan.
Wed 14/06/2006 21:13 14062006004

Star Trek Sound FX and Theme Music -

I was looking for Star Trek Sounds, and this site all the stuff that I was looking for.


Mobile Google Maps with Location information

The latest phone support JSP-179 (Java Location API for mobile phones), using this java API you can get location information. I was wonder with the launch of Google maps for mobile phones (i.e. Goolge Maps as an MIDP Application that runs on your mobile phone). I was wondering if it can be modified so that it uses the Location API to get your current location information.

This guy has some idea about something similar but he using an external GPS receiver. This bluetooth receiver picks up GPS infromation and transmittes it to the mobile phone through bluetooth and phone displays the maps and other information.

I tried searching for the gmaps MIDP application source code and I found a link in one of the forums

Nokia Life blogging into flickr

Nokia provides Lifeblog, but I didnt want to upload the pictures that I take on my phone into lifeblog. Here is a way to configure lifeblog mobile application to blog to flickr.

Trial mobile post

Trial mobile post
Originally uploaded by Vivek Viswanathan.
Wed 14/06/2006 21:13 14062006003

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Java API supported by N80

Nokia N80 suports the following Java APIs
  • CLDC 1.1

  • Mobile Media API (JSR-135)

  • Web Services API (JSR-172)

  • Security and Trust Services API (JSR-177)

  • Location API (JSR-179)

  • SIP API (JSR-180)

  • Mobile 3D Graphics API (JSR-184)

  • JTWI (JSR-185)

  • Wireless Messaging API (JSR-205)

  • Scalable 2D Vector Graphics API (JSR-226)

  • FileConnection and PIM API (JSR-75)

  • Bluetooth API (JSR-82)

  • MIDP 2.0

  • Nokia UI API

Detailed specifications for Nokia N80 can be found here

Monday, June 12, 2006

N80 supports Location API (JSP - 179)

I was looking for a phone that supports Location API and about a year back I was fixed on N91, today I happed to see N91 along with N80 and trust me N91 is huge and bulky phone a better option is N80 and the best part is that also supports Location API

Phone upgrade hell

Looking to upgrade to N91 and trust me it is a real hell calling uping the service provider and haggling with them about the correct price and the monthly deal and duration etc.

And before calling them up I have to spend time doing all the price research into the phone deals etc,
Here is what Vodafone is charging me after being a customer for 2 years and not asking for an upgrade (yes I didnt ask for one - totaly stupid)
Phone Charge: 160£

Monthly Rental : 36£
Talk Minutes: 200 X network with stop the clock (Stop the Clock - Any calls made on the evening and weekend are capped at 3mins even if you make a single call that is > 3 min)
Texts : 100

I would also get 2 months free line rental which make the phone cost around 88£

After having a talk with them I decided not to go in for it, since I think when I did some research over the weekend I got a few other sites where I could get it much cheaper.
This site has a good comparison for N91 and the different deals avaliable.

I think I am go in for Dial a phone
O2 -
Minutes: 200 X network anytime
Text: 100
Monthly Charge:30£
Phone Charge: 19£
And 6 months free 1/2 price line rental.

If i do switch to o2 I guess I have to get the pac code from Vodaphone and cancle my contract and move my phone number over and do all the other mess.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Ink Blogging : Handwriting Posts on Your Blog

Ink blogging seems to be new thing, but from the initial skimm through the article it seems that you need a Tablet PC software for doing it. Well I guess you do need an electronic pen for it.

Quick Online Tips � Ink Blogging : Handwriting Posts on Your Blog

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Setting up Mac for internet sharing

A nice article on setting up internet connection on a mac. Read more 

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Quantum Physics Double Slit Experiment - Google Video

Some really really good video's on physics avaliable here


Nice article about SWT and Swing

This article actually talks about the inherent problems in SWT when compared to Swing.

Read the full story here

Required Swing JTable Extensions

I was looking for certain JTable extension.
1. Sorting tables (multi level)
2. Multi level sort indicators.
3. Exporting tables to multiple formats XML, Excel,HTML (the formatting used when exporting to HTML must be configurable)etc.
4. Ability to add custom cell rendering and cell editors.
5. Changing the table column and row ordering.
6. Cell, Row and Column highlighting (bg color, fg color)
7. Adding triggers to columns (e.g. if the value is > 100 ) then show in red. Also ability to add this to multiple columns and also multiple condition using AND , OR operators.
8. Freezing Columns and Rows, once they are frozen scrolling dosent hide them
9. Adding custom formatting of columns (numberical, text etc)
10. Editable table headers, including specifying the style etc
11. Nested tables.
12. Searching table data - similar to the one provided by iTunes when searching for a song (i.e. as you star typing the list of hits narrow down)
13. Ability change the data displayed in a column if the column contains certain value e.g. If the value = H then display Hot and if C then display Cold. The user should be able to configure this.
14. Ability to specify the font and the allignment for each column.

Some of these features are provided by JIDE Softwar, Read more here: JIDE Software

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Eclipse and Microsoft

Quite a nice blog about eclipse and how it is a compition to Microsft. He also talks about AJAX.
Read More here :

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Import (Mac)Address Book vCards to Outlook

I wanted to import all the contacts from Mac-Address book into outlook, unfortunately Outlook can only import single vCard (version 2.1) and Address Book (on Mac) exports a bulk of address as a single vCard (version 3). I am finally looking into doing what this person suggested - Read More here:

Using iSync for Synchornizing Mac and Nokia 6600

I used iSync for synchornizing the contacts and calendar between my phone and the Mac, and it worked without any possible problem at all. It was very easy as compared to the pain and torture that I have to go through when syncing up on window with the different blue tooth device drivers - It can really be a pain. Moreover the nokia pc suite for windows is a horrible tool (totaly useless) - I guess Oxygen Phone manager for windows is much better but you have to pay for it, while the stuff that comes with Mac is totaly free. 

iTrip iPod FM Transmitter

Operating frequencies


Saturday, March 25, 2006

Thursday, March 23, 2006

AJAX Introduction.

Nice article on Ajax Introduction at java.sun

Yahoo Online Presense

Declaring your yahoo presense on your web page. Visite the following page :Yahoo Online Presence. Enter in your yahoo id and it will generate the html that you can paste on your web page.

It will generate something on these lines

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Google finance

Google finance was lauched a couple of days back.
Aso have a look at NYSE MarkeTrac it is really good.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Inside Man

Went to see the movie Inside Man over the weekend and it was excellent, the best part of the movie was the title track, it was totaly unexpected.
The title track Chayya Chayya is from a Bolloywood movie called Dil Se the video is excellent too after all it is got Malika Arora
Inside Man has an excellent plot line, and over all quite a gripping movie.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

All the right reasons - Nickelback

Nickelback - All the right reason.

A very good album , it hasnt got many good reviews, but I quite like the songs from this album, particularly 'Animals'.

Also like 'Fighting for all the wrong reasons'

Friday, March 10, 2006

A short history of nearly everything

Just started reading the book 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson.

I havent read much of the book but it based of what I have read it seems really interesting.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Beautiful World - Colin Hay

Nice song by Colin Hay, I think it is about being content with life.

My my my, It’s a beautiful world
I like swimming in the sea
I like to go out beyond the white breakers
Where a man can still be free,
Or a woman if you are one
I like swimming in the sea

My my my, It’s a beautiful world
I like drinking Irish Tea
With a little bit of lap sang souchong
I like making my own Tea

My my my, It’s a beautiful world
I like driving in my car
Roll the top down,
Sometimes I travel quite far
Drive to the ocean
Stare up at the stars

All around is anger, automatic guns
Death in large numbers, no respect for woman, or our little ones
I tried talking to Jesus, but he just put me on hold
Said he’d been swamped by calls this week
And He could not shake his cold

And still this emptiness persists
Perhaps this is as good as it gets
When you’ve given up the drink and those nasty cigarettes
Now I leave the party early at least with no regrets
I watch the sun as it comes up I watch it as it sets
Yeah this is as good as it gets

My my my, It’s a beautiful world
I like sleeping with Marie
She is one sexy girl full of mystery
She says she doesn’t love me, but she likes my company
For now that’s good enough for me

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Optimus keyboard

Nicekey board


Each key display the exact short cut.


The Webshite :: Nickelback

Nickelback is really a nice group but this site, plays 'How You Remind Me' on the left speaker and 'Somday' on the the right speaker and you will see that both the songs are exactly the same :-).

I am still interested in getting album 'All the right reasons'


Nice blogger widged for Mac OS

This blogger widget sites on the dashboard

Friday, February 24, 2006

Demon Haunted World

I have been listening to this audio book and it is really a very good book. Something quite different from 'The Pale Blue Dot' but very similar interms of having a down to earth look at science.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Flickr Related Tag Browser

Really good looking interface into exploring tags in flickr. This is some really good and inovative use of Flickr API.
See it here:Flickr Related Tag Browser

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Free:IBM DB2 Personal Developer's Edition

IBM DB2 PDE (Personal Developer Edition) is avaliable as a free downloand.

Read More : IBM Software - DB2 Personal Developer's Edition

Friday, February 17, 2006

BOINC: Distributed computing

It provides a sort of VM for executing distributed applications.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

JavaView Homepage

I found an Open API for java 3d, I think it also integerates into XML


Friday, February 10, 2006

Usefull Mac utilities

Some usefull Mac utilities (thanks to Tom)

For remote desktop, there is a commercial product called Timbuktu that might be better. I haven't used it but it is popular among mac users.

For utilities, etc, the ones I use most regularly are:

Fink - loads of open source programs, with the debian apt-get installer means its very easy to add most command line (and other) utilities you've used on linux and other unixes.
InquisitorX - I actually paid for this, it's only 5 dollars. Gives you a decent google suggest for the search box on Safari.
Menumeters - gives CPU/net/etc graphs for the menu bar. Also gives quick access to Activity Monitor.
AdiumX - multi-network chat client. Best one I found and free too.
BluePhoneElite - neat on screen alerts when you get a phone call or SMS (including who is calling). Also allows sending SMS from desktop.
CaminoBrowser - OSX-ised version of firefox. Quicker than firefox and looks neater but doesn't support plugins.
Cyberduck - simple, neat, free FTP client
Flip4Mac - free windows media codecs for OSX. Much better than windows media player - actually works well embedded in browser, etc.
Kismac - Wireless network scanner. Best one I think - better than iStumbler or MacStumbler
Gvim - Mac port is good
VLC - Mac port also very good.
Carbon Copy Cloner - handy for backing up whole disk to another drive. - do decent packaged versions of Tomcat, MySQL to install. Adds System Preferences widgets for starting/stopping.
Native versions of IntelliJ and Sybase are decent.
Best Torrent client is Azureus of course ;-)

Hopefully that's enough to get you started !

My DVD/CD drive doest recongnize CDs in Windows

I rebooted the machine and I still have the same problem
First I wanted to find out if the problem was software or harware. On way to test that is to boot into Linux and test if I still access the drive, the other option was a simple, I used one of Nero's Tools and it could test the drive speed, get the name of the disk and other stuff. This confirmed that the problem is software and not hardware ( just to be really sure that the problem is software I could boot into linux and test it out). Next was to find out if anyone had the same problem so I started googling.
I got this site a guy on this forum talks about the drivers that are loaded into windows and a tool that can display the device drivers load order for different drives. So I downloaded and executed the program 'Filter Driver Load Order'. My NEC DVD drive had the following information
1. Upper Class Filter - GEARAspiWDM - Gear Software
2. Upper Class Filter - redbook - Microsoft
3. Device - the actual device
4. Lower Class Filter - Pfc
5. Lower Class Filter - PcHelp20
6. Lower Device Filter - imapi

The only thing standing out was GEARAspiWDM, since this wasnt supplied by Microsft.
This is the first time I am hearing about a software from Gear, so who installed it?
On Googling for sutff realted to GearAspiWDM I found this article , It seems that there are certain 3rdParty applications that install the GEAR drivers, like iTunes - I think I just updated to the latest version of iTunes a while back, I just need to remember if the last time I used the drive was before of after that time(I still dont remember). I downloaded and installed the latest version of iTunes on the 26thJan, I also looked into the iTunes installer and noticed that it comes with and bingo this file contained the GEAR drivers.

What is Upper Class Filters etc?
I could find more information about this in the book
'Microsoft® Windows® Internals, Fourth Edition: Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000' - By Mark E. Russinovich, David A. Solomon
I think I blogged about this a while back.

Is there a way for uninstalling it ?
Using this article I can possible manually uninstall it

What other options do I have ?
1. Download and install the latest version of the driver from GEAR
2. Find out if there is a way for
3. Uninstall iTunes and see if it solves the problem.

We will see how it goes.

Finally I manually uninslled Gear Drivers, and I restarted iTunes and iTunes came up with a message stating that iTunes was not installed propertly and it cannot import music from CDs, which is fine since I dont use iTunes for that at all.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

DIRE STRAITS — ( Industrial Disease )

Listening to this album after a really really long time, I purchased this album from iTunes today. It was really great to listen to industrial disease.


The Official Eclipse FAQs

A list of FAQs for Eclipse.
Read More at :The Official Eclipse FAQs

Monday, February 06, 2006

Google Your Desktop(Moving your Index files)

The application (Google Desktop) fails to install if you have less than 1GB free and will only install on your system partition.So if you have multiple partitions, don't like installing apps to your system drive or have less than 1GB free on it then you cant do anything much.

This can easily remedied with a registry change...If you want to change the location of the cache, you just need to change a registry key:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Google Desktop\data_dirIt defaults to C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Desktop SearchI just exited the search with the tray icon, changed it to a folder on my D drive and moved the existing files over to the new location and then restarted it and it is now updating at the new location just dandy


Sunday, February 05, 2006

No Cool wave effect in the MacMini Dashboard

The GPU that comes with Mac min (i.e ATI Radeon 9200) doest do the 'Core Image' (what ever that is ) as a result of which you dont get the cool wave effect when you drop Widgets in the Dashboard. You can have a look at the cool Dashboard Wave effect over here:


Saturday, February 04, 2006

Remote Desktops accross Mac, Windows, Unix

Talks about Remote Desktop Access across different OS. This is really good.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

How to fix a dead pixel on an LCD Monitor

An interesting article on fixing a dead pixel on an LCD Monitor.
I am definately not going to try this

Read more here []

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Few more useful firefox plugin

Blogger Web Comments - Allows you to easly view and add comments to the page that you are currently viewing (This is much better than, 'blog this' button that comes in google firefox tool bar)

Web Developer Extension - Provides really usefull extensions that is really required by any web developer.

Forecast Fox - Weather information at the bottom right.

livehttpheaders for Firefox

This tool is similar to ieHttpHeaders that I posted a while back, but it is a firefox extension

Read more at livehttpheaders.mozdev....

Mac OS X Tiger vs. Windows XP

Providing some sort of comparison between Mac Os X and Windows XP


Friday, January 27, 2006

ieHttpHeaders @

Nice tool for checking IE request, response headers

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Eclipse Distilled

This book provides quite a good introduction to eclipse, I bet there is a lot of information about eclipse on the net and most people will not require a book, but I generally find that when looking into a new topic the amount of information is too much, quite often when you are looking at a new topic you want a high level view of the entire subject before you can choose the particular sub topic to dive into. This book provides that kinda high level view (well at least the 1st chapter does).

After reading the first chapter I am very interested in Eclipse Rich Client Platform(RCP) applications.

About a month back I picked up a book on SWT (Professional Java Native Interfaces with SWT/JFace), just for casual reading just out of interest. I liked the book very much and its introduction to SWT. At that time I was thinking that the next time I have to write a desktop application I should SWT instead of Swing. But today after understanding the Eclipse RCP framework and the generic features that is provider, I feel that it provides much more application support rather than just using SWT. I feel that if you are using Eclipse RCP you can then concentrate on the actual business logic rather than spending time re-creating a UI, moreover the plugability provided by RCP is really great.

Book:Eclipse Distilled

Developing for Eclipse Rich Client Platform(RCP)

A very nice article about developing applications for Eclipse RCP


Saturday, January 21, 2006

World Tracker turns anyone into a cellphone spy - Engadget

Traking anyone using their phone and their current location in the cellphone grid.


Flickrmap - get a flash world map of your flickr photos

This is really a nice idea. Have a look at the tutorial about geo taging picture using Google Earth. I amquite tempted to go in for this and moreover it costs only 5$ per year, but I dont travel a lot neither do I take many photos.


Adding google video to blog pages

Here is a blog that has multiple google videos added to it. I have to look into how it has been done.


Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Raible's Wiki: TomcatAntTasks

This is some really usefull stuff, using this you can reload Tomcat web applications without restarting the server, this is particularly usefull for rapid development.

Raible's Wiki: TomcatAntTasks

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Compare Desktop Search Products Matrix email search tools

Nice comparison matrix for all desktop search engines


Oscar's Multi-Monitor taskBar

I finally got the DVI-I to VGA converter and hooked up my DELL 17in Monitor to my PC.

I had to use Ocar's Multi-Monitor Task bar for having a continious monitor


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Xml to SWT - Cookswt

I have to give this a try, since it seems really easy to create SWT UI using XML.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Dual Monitor Support on ATI Radeon 9800

This article talks about the the dual monitor support on ATI Radeon 9800, not only that the article does a complete review of Radeon 9800.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Plugin development - Azureus

Here is some nice documentation on writing plugins for Azureus.
JavaDoc for plugin developmnent