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 []