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Windows Live Academic Search

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Another Windows Live tool has been released – Windows Live Academic Search

It was released some 2 weeks back. For those who missed to know about this amazing tool – The academic search tool lets you search for all the academic papers submitted by various authors. In case you are doing a project, this live academic search tool is really going to help you a lot.

The interface is done using AJAX and its really quick in finding the papers you need. But the first time you search for something it really takes so much time which is unusual. 

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Written by lokesh

April 19, 2006 at 12:04 pm

Google Calendar

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Google Calendar is finally out. Previously it was code named as CL2 and it was the time when some of the screenshots were released. Now Google has finally let out its next tool to compete against Yahoo and Microsoft.

Google Calendar is a free web-based calendar and as usual it is also powered by AJAX, hence giving it a feel of desktop application.

You just need your Google account to use the Calendar application. The Google Calendar application is so advanced compared to Yahoo calendar application. Here is a screenshot the main page of Google Calendar.

You can add events to any time and date and you have a number of useful sub-options that are really handy. Once you create an event you have options to edit all of the event details such as time duration of the event, description of the event, reminder, whether the event detail is private or public etc.

Apart from these there is also one other good feature which is well worth mentioning. You have options to invite guests to any event that you add.

All you have to do is add the email addresses of your guests/friends and they’ll be notified. Thats not it, the system works similar to a poll. The guests can also confirm whether they are attending the event or not.

One feature that I feel is left out is the availability of gmail contacts inside google calendar. It is really annoying to type in the contacts manually. Since its just a beta, I hope many more features will be rolled out soon.

Written by lokesh

April 14, 2006 at 12:22 pm

BarCamp – Chennai

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BarCamp is an unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees. The BarCampChennai focusses on Web 2.0, Social Media and Next Generation Internet.”

Now this is a event which I was long awaiting to go for. I thought that these kinds of conferences related to web 2.0, AJAX and other internet technologies used to take place only in countries like US, UK… but to my shock I’m hearing for the first time that such a event is taking place in India and that too in Chennai.

The event focuses mainly on web technologies, where every person attending the event is a participant. unlike other conferences where there are lot of spectators, this even is an unconference where each and everyone actively participates in something or the other. I was very desperate to present some of my experiences with web 2.0 applications & AJAX as soon I came to know about this event. Unfortunately the sign-up for presentations was over by the time I came to know about this event.

The BarCamp is a 2 day event which took place today and yesterday in Anna University. Apart from participating in presentations one can also participate in live blogging and live photo & video-casting of the event. Free wifi was provided so that you can live update your blogs.

This BarCamp takes place all over the world and you can also organize your own BarCamp in you locality. More details here.

I’m quite sad that I was not able to attend such an event which I was longing for, but I’m happy that I came to know about this wonderful event.

One more important thing that I came to know is that how good Indians are at making internet applications. I always had a false belief that in India the internet applications field growth is very slow and that there are very few out there who are interested in such web applications, but this BarCamp has proved that my beliefs are so wrong. Infact I can say that Indian webdevs are really awesome. Want to know why ? Check out these blogs which has the BarCamp events covered…

http://bothack.wordpress.com/

http://www.kiruba.com/

Written by lokesh

April 9, 2006 at 5:29 pm

New & Improved Google Talk

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The new version of Google Talk – 1.0.0.92 has been officially released.The new versin of Google Talk has many new features such as user avatars, chat themes etc. There was also a testing version of Google Talk 1.0.0.91 which was released previously a week ago which had all these new features.

Keep in mind that the chat themes used in made of plain HTML and CSS, and hence you can create your own chat themes or get user-created themes from various online communites.

Apart from the chat themes and avatars, there are also some minor modifications to the user interface which makes google talk look more neat.

Hope Google soon comes out with more features like File transfer, Video chat… 🙂

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April 8, 2006 at 7:31 am

Goal!

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Heard from Sayanthan that the movie 'Goal!' is a very nice movie and so I decided to see that movie (I usually don't miss any good movies). I downloaded it right away and saw it today.

The movie has a really strong story and outstanding picturisation of football. I'm not a great fan of football, but still I like to watch it. Its all about a young boy named Santiago Munez who is a talented football player, supporting his family by doing menial jobs following his father's path. His talent is not discovered until a British Scout gets admired seeing his talent in football. He also offers Santiago a chance to play with England's premier soccer club, Newcastle United, but even then Munez faces a lot of problems. And after facing many problems he destines himself to play football, in which he succeeds.

The movie is really inspiring and I'm sure this movie would be loved by all and not necessary that only football fans would like it.

For those who liked this movie, the good news is that 2 more sequels are in production, Goal! 2: Living the dream and Goal! 3.

Goal! 2: After gaining experience with the football club Newcastle United, Santiago Munez (Becker) gets a huge break when he's transferred to Real Madrid. Goal! 2 is scheduled to be released this year. Not much information is available for goal! 3, and it is scheduled to be released next year. 

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April 4, 2006 at 5:13 pm

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We Do Need Another Desktop OS

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Check out this blog – We Don't Need Another Desktop OS

The blog speaks against Windows Vista with only one point of view – business and not the consumers point of view. It is known that atleast 50% of the PC users use their PC for tasks such as hearing music, movies, DVD ripping, CD/DVD writing, gaming etc., but all these things were not considered.

Just imagine a system which can just connect to the internet and to the server where the OS is located, everything is streamed online and that makes accessing files easier but thats good only for those business people and not the general consumers.

One main point would be the gaming industry. There are more PC gamers than XBOX or PS gamers, due to the fact that they feel comfortable accessing all the things from a single system.

If this desktop OS is not there, then it would give rise to different devices for different applications and hence killing flexibility.

Windows Vista offers a lot of awesome features and I must mention the much awaited DirectX 10 support. Check out Dhuraison's World for a nice intro to Windows Vista.

All these doesn't mean that the Web OS should not be there, it is infact very important and is going to be the future. As far as I'm concerned Google is the key towards Web OS. But the Web OS cannot be a replacement for the desktop OS. One cannot enjoy all those high quality DVDs, music, games etc. from a Web OS unless access is available through high-speed broadband.

Although high-speed broadband is not too far, one cannot imagine to play games by simply streaming online. All those eye candy requires a high performance GFX card and inturn a high-performance OS is required to control that GFX card.

Hence a full featured desktop OS like Windows Vista is very important and the concept of Desktop OS will be there atleast for the next 10-15 years (unless someone comes out with some break-through technology soon). 

Written by lokesh

April 1, 2006 at 4:07 am