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Things have been quiet on the blog for a while now. I’ve been busy with foobar2000, the semester project, etc among other things. I’ve finally got time to post an update. I’ve been working on this (not quite so) new feature in Google Books, called My Library. It is to, in their words, “help people harness the power of Google search within their own personal book collections.”And it has somehow got me to set up the library, something I’d done back in an Orkut app in First year.

Well anyway, here’s the Library so far. It’s got almost all the books I’ve read in college (68 and counting) 😀

Here’s a li’l screen shot. I’m really grateful for this tool. And I must add, it’s one of the few things Google’s got right.

 PS: As an afterthought, this not so new feature has been around since 2007, so I think it qualifies as old 😀

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“Browser Wars” is a metaphor used to refer to the Market Share that each of the browsers have/enjoy (have it any way you please.) Here I compare how the same browsers compare in their share of this blog (Um yeah, I am a bit conceited.) Well anyway, here’s the data.

It is pretty obvious why IE has been losing out their market capitalization for a while now. You may not forgive me for presuming, but I’ll just assume you have and go right ahead (and like I’ve mentioned here, you would be better off forgiving.) In a blog visited almost entirely by the youth (but mainly engineers at that,) it is obvious that Mozilla and Google’s offerings have almost entirely overshadowed the Microsoft’s native Internet Explorer. This seems to suggest that any computer savvy person seems to prefer installing a browser besides IE.

While I keep track, I don’t often bother to change browsers just because something new is out. But it seems that even among the young folk, there are many who don’t seem to keep a track of their browsers and their updates. So I’m gonna go on one of my rants as to which browser to pick. In fact, I’m doing that even as you read this.

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Key features

  • Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 3.5″ 16M-color LED-backlit TFT capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 960 px resolution
  • Scratch-resistant glass front and rear, with fingerprint-resistant coating
  • 1GHz Apple A4 SoC; 512MB of RAM
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and touch focus
  • 720p video recording at 30fps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; digital compass
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated secondary microphone
  • Excellent audio output quality

Main disadvantages

  • Hardware design is prone to reception issues
  • MicroSIM card support only
  • No Flash support in the web browser
  • No true multitasking for all applications
  • FaceTime video calls work only over Wi-Fi
  • No file transfer over Bluetooth or USB Mass Storage mode
  • No hardware shutter key for the camera
  • No FM radio
  • No stereo speakers
  • No microSD card slot (Somewhat compensated by a 16/32GB inbuilt memory)
  • No smart dialing
  • Too dependent on iTunes for loading multimedia content
  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • Poor loudspeaker performance

One would think the iPhone fans would know better. The only good part is, its $199! Sadly enough, it doesn’t apply to us Indians. (It’s about 50k+ here)

Source: GSMArena.com

PS: A thing I saw recently… looks like it’s real sturdy… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=950ufxJe1Uw

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lol… I was wondering about what I could write in here… before eventually realizing the images were pretty much self-explanatory… I never really thought about how much memory a simple internet browser could take! I don’t know what made me check the PC usage stats either. But when I did, was I in for a huge shock! Imagine Chrome taking up 1.25GB RAM. It beats the previous high by GTA 4. I would’ve been unable to browse the internet on my previous PC!

For comparision, here’s a list of RAM Usages:
NFS Most Wanted – 220MB
GTA San Andreas – 200MB
Bioshock – 500MB
NFS Shift – 680MB
GTA 4 – 1.2GB

No need to worry though. Even if you use Chrome, getting into such a mess would be almost impossible. I am yet to meet anyone who has 40+ tabs open at any given time… You can see the tabs open in this window, and I have two windows open. Calculate…

And for a better perspective, here a screen of the Windows Task Manager. 90% usage of 3GB is quite something…

I have some interesting posts lined up for the next few days. If I manage to do them on time, that is…

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It can be the most shocking thing to watch! Your own account being accessed by someone, even as your logged in! Not to mention that it was from China…

I don’t really have to point out the different IP right? Its obvious I couldn’t have been in India and China simultaneously.

Needless to say, I changed my password immediately!

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Understand this guys. This college may have a lot of things. (It doesn’t.) But what it surely does not have is a sane internet connection. I mean seriously, it’s insane. But that would mean it is capable of thinking. It is. You know that crucial moment in your life where 5 minutes could mean a journey home that vacation? Well, in any case, if you’re at MNNIT and those crucial minutes are those just before getting your ticket booked, God be with you. No. I should say may the devil be with you (as he seems to be eager to please to get you to his side. God’s more of a sit-and-wait-to-see-how-he-reacts type.) Bottom line is, you will not get that ticket.

Now I’ll get to why I call it insane. It can sense the intensity of your need. It knows which is the most crucial point in your activity. And it strikes when the time comes. We were supposed to complete a project today (and we did.) Guess what happened. Net stopped working. 4 days in a row. I’ve been trying to upload a pic for almost an hour now, but no, why would it upload. That’s why I’m writing this post in the first place!

And hey! Net started working properly. The pics up 😀

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That was some project. The report took almost 2 days to complete. And the project.. well its just half done, but how would they know! In the end, what mattered was getting the Report complete and ready for a signature. And presto! Another successfully completed Project. One more that can be put in the Resume! And that’s what counts. (As if…)
I’ve slogged my ass off the last 4 days, just to know now that the only thing that mattered was whether the project “Executed” or not. Come to think of it, he didn’t even look at the code. Advantage rest of the batch. Yeah. Besides a pitiable few like me, the projects were ones that had been handed down generations of MNNITians.

In the end though, I’m glad I’ve done it myself. Cuz u know what? At least I won’t have nightmares about the  interviewer having done the same project as myself.

A snapshot of my project 😛 Come on guys, lemme have my 5 secs of fame 😀

PS: I’ll upload the pics later. For more info, see the next post

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Now to my flash project (pun intended) I’m working on for the Software Engineering Course (SE in short.) Many a times in life, we feel that working continuously towards a goal helps get things done in a more orderly fashion. But heck, why would we be Software Engineers if we were to be so “goal oriented” and “orderly”?! We would be better off ordering around minions as Managers of Evil Inc, given our obviously superior intellect. (Scream “Geek!” or “No, You’re Wrong” and point at me, but deep down, really deep down, you know I’m right.)

So, here’s what happened:
Shortly after 2 PM yesterday (20/04/10), we innocent denizens of MNNIT were caught unawares by a mail that seemed to be the workings of the Devil himself. He sought audience on 24, with demands quite astounding to comprehend. But little did we know at that time, that he was indeed serious about the matter. (Ok, it wasn’t the Devil. And he was not making incomprehensible demands.) He was our SE course coordinator, and wanted us to give Presentations on the projects we’d been seemingly working on for the better half of the semester. But there was a catch. In his words: “all must bring their Lab assignment files and spiral binding of their project in the format that is being attached with this mail. If they don’t do so, then zero marks are given against the software engineering lab weightage”. That seemed rather harsh. 3 days. 1 Project. 1 SRS Documentation. 1 Practical Record. Seemed like a joke. And it was. An epic move played on us.

The day went as usual. People relaxed after a while. Things returned to normal. A calm before a hurricane. Luckily, I got a drift of things to come. And I’m thankful for that. Right after AI (Artificial Intelligence) Lecture, I came to my room and started to chart out a strategy-cum-battle plan. It had to be a blitzkrieg. Hitler had been good at it. Now it was my turn to prove it to him, that I was superior. I feared the thought that brought about his end could well spell trouble for me. But it looks like it hasn’t. Not yet anyway.

After having a quick meal at the mess (yes, it took some 6 hrs for the things penetrate), I started working on the database structures and a way to make their interaction with Flash (hail Adobe.) I was tired, really. Waking up early every day is quite hard. I started feeling sleepy. I battled on, draining my energies to the last bit. But I failed. (In short, I designed the structures and fell asleep.)

If you guys are still reading, I’ve come to the finest part of the post. It’s the part where I prove what I’ve written in the first paragraph. Unlike an organised guy, I had ignored the project all along. Feeble attempts to work on it were dropped due to lack of time. Met with a submission deadline, I got on to the adrenaline wave and got right to it. I started on the project right after lunch, or that’s what I remember. Since then, it’s been a quick and steady progress on and on. And it’s been the kinda shit that would make naïve bystanders (read: computer illiterates) get the cross and pray like they’ve seen Satan. (You won’t get that line if you haven’t seen me work.) David Howrath (the pioneer of multi-programming) would hang himself in shame. (Well, to be honest, I was pushing my XPS to its limits, but by no means outperforming it). But I was doing a hell lot at once. I had medicine, made coffee, made glucose water, watched HIMYM, was coding, playing Spider Solitaire, browsing, chatting, and doing about a dozen other things (Priority based Round Robin rocks.) And to top it all, I managed to do it all so efficiently, I got some time off for the blog 😀

And yes, a screenie is well deserved here. (Note not just the taskbar, but also the number of tabs in Chrome)

Seems like I was meant to be a coder all along. Definitely not my choice though. I love programming. To what extent, I’ve realized now. It was awesome to crunch through code, obstacle after another. Finally go all the user interaction with the database working. Got to work on advanced GUI transformation and more. Its going to be a long week.

 But shit. I suddenly realize, I’m going behind schedule! I’ve got just some 2 hrs more to finish a major part of the project. I won’t make it will I? Later.

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