Posted on | October 6, 2011 | No Comments
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. — Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011)
Love Apple or hate Apple, there’s no denying that Steve’s dedication and passion has created some of the cornerstones of technology as we know it for the last 10 years. While people may keep on debating on the computing technology, I will miss him because he gave us Pixar.
Posted on | October 2, 2011 | No Comments
Post Carol Bartz, it seems Yahoo! has put up a For Sale board. Among various contenders, it seems the privately owned Alibaba Group is rumored to be prime. Who knows what future has for us. Yahoo! was once an icon of interwebs and represented the concept of “being connected to the internet”. I’m going to wait and watch.
Posted on | September 29, 2011 | No Comments
Finally, Official Flickr app for Android is here. Ever since I upgraded to the Android smartphone, I’ve been looking for a good app for Flickr. They have one for iPhone for ages, but didn’t care about Android.
The app has in-app camera and can upload the photos directly to flickr, or share it via facebook, twitter & email. Its seamless integration with flickr and the associated goodies that results in is a killer.
Posted on | September 28, 2011 | No Comments
The fine folks at Mozilla are out with Mozilla Firefox 7. After adopting a rapid release cycle inspired by Google Chrome, Mozilla has been releasing Firefox almost every month. Firefox 5 was released on June 21, 2011 and Firefox 6 was released about a month back, on Aug 16, 2011.
Mozilla team has been largely focusing on improving the performance and security of Firefox lately. Firefox 7 uses as much as 50% less RAM than Firefox 4, thanks to MemShrink project. Another significant change, it won’t show http:// in front of URLs anymore (the way google chrome behaves).
Latest release of Firefox can be downloaded from downloads page.
Posted on | September 27, 2011 | No Comments
A flexible cellphone that can be rolled up on your wrist?
Rumor has it that Samsung is coming up with flexible AMOLED displays by 2012, that would allow one to bend and twist the phone, or roll it up like a wrist watch.
Posted on | September 25, 2011 | No Comments
Yesterday while I was browsing the interwebs, I landed up on a letter calling President Obama to direct the US Patents Office to cease issuing software patents. While this topic is highly debatable, its not the subject of this post. To sign the letter, I had to create a washington.gov user account.
As usual, the registration form had a reCAPTCHA — but with one of the words written upside down. I had seen such meaningless reCAPTCHAs before, so I thought let me refresh and see what kind of meaningless words reCAPTCHA has been showing lately.
Posted on | September 22, 2011 | 1 Comment
When I leave the city for treks and hiking, my most frequent excuse for being unreachable on cellphone is — battery drained out. When the car is around, I usually plug my battery hogging smartphone to car’s USB port, but that’s not always the case.
Posted on | September 21, 2011 | No Comments
imgur.com is a popular image hosting website used by several twitter clients and tools by defauly. But what does it take to run a no frills image hosting site like imgur?
As per imgur stats page, the service is now averaging up to 40TB of data each day and averages up to 255 million image views each day. That’s some massive expenditure in terms of infrastructure.
Posted on | September 21, 2011 | No Comments
Looking for big huge datasets to play with? Peter Skomoroch maintains a delicious bookmark on datasets which he’s been updating since 2007. From NCDC weather data, to wikipedia traffic dumps, to amazon public datasets — you’ll certainly find something interesting there.
With cheap computing power easily available for hire, crunching huge datasets isn’t limited to just big guys anymore.
Posted on | January 5, 2009 | No Comments
FutureBazaar was under maintenance for the new year weekend, but its back on new year with an all new reworked interface. Product navigation is easier, so is searching and narrowing down for what you are looking for. The eshop was offline for a sometime while they transitioned their systems from SAP to popular ATG e-shopping platform.keep looking »