Category: Personal

Cool & Nifty Windows Mobile 5.0 Software

The main reason i upgraded to the Windows Mobile platform was to surf the internet….and before you say it…i might as well….i’m beyond hope! 🙂
Most of the software i have downloaded and tried on my mobile computer has revolved around adding speed/convenience to my online experiences…here is a very short list of FREE tools that help you surf better or online tools that aid your offline life!

a) Opera – An absolute MUST HAVE … tabbed browing, multiple views, data compression the list goes on and on and on …
though i am a BIG fan of firefox….i will urge you to stay away from Minimo … though its based on the mozilla shell, it falls way way short.
Opera Mini is also an alternative, albeit a limiting one…very strange that Mini offers an option to remember passwords which the full version doesn’t ..

b) Mobispine – Discovered yesterday…and i’m already addicted! An RSS reader for your phone…helps you maximise your news sources and adds some interesting feeds of its own… i’m just piping my “What is Gautham reading just now” to my phone …. and running up some very moderate data usage ….also, on the PATHETIC edge speeds that Hutch offers RSS is a much better alternative to HTML…

c) Google Maps – Brilliant! Necessary if you’re not too used to the offline world or a typical male that can’t ask for directions….offers you the ability to zoom down to street view (well, almost) , has landmarks, aerial or satellite view, route mappers etc etc etc…

d) Widsets – Allows you to run widgets on the Mobile platform…is fun to play around with…. I’ve kitted this out too… the Wikipedia Widget is absolutely rocking….scrapes content, compresses and renders very very quickly…other feeds i’ve added include techcrunch, assorted news and email widgets… i’d urge you not to miss this one…

Gotta run now…but will be back to update this later… have fun!

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Remote Desktop Access

There are 10 kind of people in the world. Those who understand binary, and those who don’t.

If you happen to be of the first kind, i can confidently say that you gladly double up as a sysadmin to friends and family, not just for “best practices” / must have software, but more importantly during emergencies where computers refuse to work…nothing can be more frustrating than providing ‘blind’ telephone support and dealing with error messages that you’ve never encountered before.

Our pad in Gurgaon was pretty hooked up…a monster desktop, 3 laptops, 2 windows mobile computers, 2 smartphones and a long long list of peripheral devices hooked up around these…goes without saying that almost every gadget had multiple forms of connectivity with any/all other devices (wifi, bluetooth, usb, firewire)… and for any ideas i may have had, De had the ability to bring it to life….while we weren’t close to Googleplex capability, we’d easily excite any technology enthusiast in the region…

The most convenient mode of controlling a device on any network is when you can browse the device in first person…and essentially thats what “Remote Desktop Control” is all about. While the best application for local devices on a network is ‘Windows Remote Desktop Connection’, the best tool i’ve used to playing sysadmin for my folks back home is Crossloop.
It’s pretty light (couple of MB), extremely simple to use, doesn’t sap precious system resources nor cause conflicts with other programs running on your computer. I’ve been able to run all sorts of tasks remotely, without any issues and would strongly reccomend this to anyone looking for a remote screen sharing solution.


Update 1:
i just found out about remote desktop sharing via Windows Live Messenger (the process is outlined below) …however fails to work with folks on the Reliance network…

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A peek into my inbox! :)

If you thought this would bring you all sorts of juicy gossip….i’ll just say that’s not my style 🙂 .. this is a Jai RSS (Really Simple Syndication) post .. and the inbox in question is the one i use on Netvibes.
Stumbled across this Yahoo! Messenger plugin which led me to the developers page… which then me thinking about whether i could export all my feeds from netvibes and get Y! Pipes to parse them into the script.
This is an attempt to show you what i’m possibly reading at any given time and aims to add some level of dynamic content to my otherwise static blog.

Powered by Yahoo! Pipes

Update 1:
This refuses to work….so i’m going retro and pointing you to my pipes page…
http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=yGumNJP92xGUOqbZlfXiAA
Update 2:
Just for my friends from Russia (the largest non-english/hindi speaking country on my blog) here is a translated version in Russian.

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=qjQ3ot0n3BGtrf_a6kjTQA

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Now handing out Joost invites

My friends at Joost finally sent me an invite (had to wait a couple of weeks) and three more invites for my friends. Drop me an email if you want one.

Update:  Now have 999 invites…and so handing them out by the dozen…leave a comment if you want one…. 

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