Friday, April 28, 2006

Cult of the FOX

I'm a big Firefox fan, but isn't this a bit too much ?

Reminds me of the days of "This website is suited for IE with 640 x480 resolution" .

Firefox is great, it will eventually beat IE but aren't we touching extremes of fanboy-ism here ?

Agreed, that it does provide three options of advocating Firefox usage, still isn't Spread Firefox enough ?

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Got hit by BUG 360421 . Had to go back to sarge and run a 'apt-get -f install'.

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Blog Template Cleanup

Thanks to Blogger's custom templating system I had screwed up my blog's template. It's fixed now(i think) , had to remove the "Rollyo Search" thingie and the "Bloglet" and "Blogshares" thingies. Looks more cleaner now. Have left the "newsvine" and "digg" stuff for blog visitors to stumble upon some interesting stuff.

Monday, April 24, 2006


Look Ma, They wrote a song about me.



Code Monkey
by Jonathan Coulton

Code Monkey get up, get coffee

Code Monkey go to job

Code Monkey have boring meeting

With boring manager Rob

Rob say Code Monkey very diligent

But his output stink

His code not functional or elegant

What do Code Monkey think?

Code Monkey think maybe manager want to write goddamn login page himself

Code Monkey not say it out loud

Code Monkey not crazy, just proud

Code Monkey like Fritos

Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew

Code Monkey very simple man

Big, warm, fuzzy, secret heart

Code Monkey like you

Code Monkey like you

Code Monkey hang around at front desk

Tell you sweater look nice

Code Monkey offer buy you soda

Bring you cup, bring you ice

You say no thank you for the soda, cuz

Soda make you fat

Anyway you busy with the telephone

No time for chat

Code Monkey have long walk back to cubicle

He sit down pretend to work

Code Monkey not thinking so straight

Code Monkey not feeling so great

Code Monkey like Fritos

Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew

Code Monkey very simple man

Big, warm, fuzzy, secret heart

Code Monkey like you

Code Monkey like you... a lot

Code Monkey have every reason

To get out this place

Code Monkey just keep on working

See a soft pretty face

Much rather wake up eat a coffee cake

Take bath, take nap

This job fulfilling in creative way

Such a load of crap

Code Monkey think some day he have everything, even pretty girl like you

Code Monkey just waiting for now

Code Monkey say someday, somehow...

Code Monkey like Fritos

Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew

Code Monkey very simple man

Big, warm, fuzzy, secret heart

Code Monkey like you

Code Monkey like you

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

LiveURL's - my best hack till date Part II

knutties has already written Part I of the LiveURL's story so I'll not be repeating that here.What I will be focussing on in this post is the feedback received on LiveURL's and the future direction of the project.

The Release:
The release was poor. This was the first time we had submitted code to and we made a mess of it.We forgot to enter a proper description text about the URL. People who came to the website were left guessing as to what the extension did. Some rather negative comments which were posted on the day of the extension release would have made early-adopters leave the extension page in a hurry. But considering that the extension has been downloaded 1100 times in 3 days we think it's a good start.

Lesson learnt:
No matter how cool the technology if you don't describe your product properly it will fail

The best part has been the feedback from peers. Getting some good feedback from people like sunson and nearfar is really satisfying. Also managed to get some feedback off IRC today. Feedback on was lukewarm but the folks did give us something to think about on how this can be extended to the existing bookmarks section of Firefox.Here's a cool idea which Mike Beltzner gave.

Lesson learnt:
Open discussion is good.

Future Plans
  1. Multiple content representation : Extending LiveURL's to indicate multiple selections would really be a good feature add.
  2. Centralization : nearfar really believes that a centralized system wherein users needn't install any extensions/software on their PC to enable LiveURL's would be good. A webservice which incorporates a service like + liveurl like capabilities would help. People just need to upload content to the site and they will get a URL which can be used by a browser which does not have any extension/software installed.
  3. Annotations : We really feel annotations are the way to go when it comes to collaborative content sharing. A service like Annozilla modified to have a LiveURL for every annotation would be good to have.
  4. Bugs: Writing a solution to encompass the trillions of webpages available is next to impossible, so as and when we come across a website wherein LiveURL's fail we need to fix it.
All in all, LiveURL's 0.2 should be a good update.Watch out for it. :-)

Back to school

I'm in chennai for the weekend and while I'm here, I'm going to my oldschool days of music-listening. So,

Green Day,Madonna,Psapp,Audioslave,KoRn = OUT

Sepultura,Anthrax,Megadeth,Theatre of Tragedy,LedZep = IN

Feels good to get back to one's roots.Currently my playlist holds the following albums.

  1. Megadeth - Rust In Peace - 10/10
  2. Anthrax - The Greater of Two Evils - 8/10 *new*
  3. Sepultura - Dante XXI - 7/10 *new*
  4. Theatre of Tragedy - Storm - 5/10 [Single] *new*
  5. Led Zeppelin - IV - */*

I'll give a rough rating for each album. No need to rate Deth's best album till date, it automatically deserves a 10-er. The Anthrax one is a re-recording of good old stuff which deserves a solid 8 just for the replay value. Sepultura's offering is not another Chaos A.D, it is however a concept album and narrates Dante's "Divine Comedy". Filled with short 3 to 4 minute thrash-blasts it is also the best Sepultura album post-Max Cavalera. I thought Theatre of Tragedy was down,out and done with after Liv Kristine left the band to form Leaves' Eyes but they seemed to have found a replacement Nell Something and I have to say she is no Liv Kristine.ToT disappointed. Guys, go get Liv Back and give me another "Hamlet for a soulful vassel", the pop craze is over. The last one on the list, heh.. there's really nothing *I* can write about it.

Thursday, April 20, 2006


Now Google seems to be creating mashup's of syndication formats.Introducing GData , Google's brand of RSS + ATOM feed with their own little modification layer on top of it.Guess from now on Google users(like me) will get a constant feed of their GData.

Coverage here.

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Cool Firefox Extension

Want to try out a cool firefox extension ?

Read about it here. Install it from here.

I'll post a more detailed blog entry soon. :-)

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Online Doc's using Writely

I'm moving all my documentation to the web so that I can access it from anywhere.All collaborative mails which need to go out from my side and a few peers are now being done online through Writely. Just migrated a 7200+ .txt file which has served as a scrapbook for various odds and ends into Writely.

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Monday, April 17, 2006

Netvibes ++

So my fav online RSS manager,netvibes introduced tabs making my online RSS feed management easy.The new feature is really a welcome relief as my feed-list was growing and Netvibes was _not_ scaling up to handle all of them. The tabs feature now allows me to categorize the feeds into "feed-groups". Read the Netvibes Blog for other new features.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

Modern, Cool Geek

Modern, Cool Nerd
60 % Nerd, 60% Geek, 39% Dork
For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.
Nerds didn't use to be cool, but in the 90's that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn't quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and "geek is chic." The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 63% on nerdiness
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 87% on geekosity
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 65% on dork points
Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test.

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