Thursday, February 19, 2009

Dont miss Neera (Nira) when you visit Pune

Come Hot summers & these small boxes selling this beautiful drink spring up in a thousand places in & around Pune..

Neera is basically the unfermented sap of the flower of the Palm tree. It has very short shelf life & if left unrefrigerated can quickly get converted to Palm wine or Tadi.
Its very refreshing & very Healthy ( I can only speak of the unfermented version! )

Read more about it here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_wine
 
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Open Source reaches Retail & Clothing in a completely bizarre way !

This is one interesting 'Pati' ( Signboard ) that i feel i should share with everyone.This signboard in the Karvenagar area in Pune, India caught my attention.

It announced : Open Source Retail. 5 to 15% Discounts !



Who'd have thought Open Source was making waves even in retail & clothing & that too in such a bizarre way !
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Open Source Survey : What works best in Internet Marketing today !

So Here i am with a completely different blog post again. No wonder no one really follows my Blogs as i am quite unable to follow any set theme!

Anyways let me come to the point!

I am doing a survey ( This is for My Management Report btw ) on 'What works best In Internet marketing today' . So I had to do this report on short notice & collect a lot of primary Data.

So i thought since i have to do it anyways, why not collaborate on the survey as a small super mini Open Source project to find the most impacting Internet marketing tools today.
So here it is !

Help me spread the word & get in as much data in as possible & i will release the results  to everyone who wants to use them :)

Survey On What works best in Internet Marketing today
http://tekdi.net/takesurvey/index.php?sid=62999
 Take the survey. Spread the word
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Google Docs goes offline!

I think it does seem like i am only blogging about Google nowadays..
Nothing much i can do about it. .Go complain to Google!

These guys just keep rolling out feature after feature week after week & never seem to be done with them!

I wont say more ..Better go & read it from the Gods themselves..

Official Google Docs Blog: Bringing the cloud with you

Offline access to Google Docs

Friday, February 13, 2009

Monitoring your Power consumption with Google

About 2 years ago i had tried out a pilot project to monitor our everyday home power usage using simple Spreadsheets. The idea was to monitor power consumption on a daily basis & have an everyday watch on how much was being spent on electricity. I found that maintaining this sheet itself helped reduce bills by quite a significant quantity.

Of Course it is necessary to remember that this experiment was carried out in Pune & in the house of a 'Kokya' ( Dont want to go into specifics of this here .. it will be enough to state here that it signifies a guy very unwilling to spend much money , as it goes against my secular upbringing to diferenciate on basis of caste- which is what 'Kokya' signifies) .

What i found was that this kind of monitoring helped in getting the people in the household to actively try to switch of unwanted power sources thus decressing the load.

I had suggested to a lot of people that if we could do this in an online application that could be shared & a kind of power saving competition helping save loads of electricity.

Reading Google's announcement of its Power Meter inspired me yet again to do something to take that initiative forward.

Read Google's official announcement here :

Official Google Blog: Power to the people: "addition to policy advocacy, we're building consumer tools, too. Over the last several months, our engineers have developed a software tool called Google PowerMeter, which will show consumers their home energ"

It'll be still quite sometime before something like this hits our homes.. So we plan to make an application that will bridge the gap.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Community Builder Validation in Plugins

Do you want to use native CB validation in the plugins you build for CB ?

Just use mosreq="1" moslabel="Field label"

Eg :

input="" class="inputbox" moslabel=" Contact Number" mosreq="1" value="" id="cb_pricon" name="cb_pricon" type="text"

Hope you find this useful!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Whats Google got against Linux ?

What with all this plus loads of features like Offline Gmail, Canned responses etc. coming out in such a time span Google definitely seems on the roll. But i have one major complaint with Google, which promises to 'Do no Evil' & support Open Source technologies to the hilt, is that when it comes to rolling out its features it certainly does a lot of 'evil' by not giving linux systems higher priority.

Several of its features & products like Google Desktop, Gtalk, Video in Chat etc etc either dont run on linux or do so with extremely limited features. Some like Picasa need Wine to run.

I can understand that many of its clients are on Windows or macs. But just think if Google would roll out features on Linux first & then roll them out on other Os's a year or so later how many people would be using the other Os's..

Yes they do fund a lot of Open Source work, support Linux & are a licensee of the Open Invention Network (OIN) but still when it comes to their own products Linux fares much lower than other operating systems..

Google please please please give Linux as high if not higher priority !

People please comment on this & show support for this cause.. Hopefully we can move google to notice atleast!

Related Posts on Google's Blog

Official Google Blog: Google Desktop now available for Linux

Explore Oceans & Dive into History , Narate Stories with the new Google Earth!

Google has yet again surpassed itself with still more cool features in Google Earth.
Apparently now you can explore the Ocean Beds in Google Earth, browse historical layers of Data..That's as close to time travel as we can get yet i guess !
Google has now additionally added a time slider to Google Earth letting you travel through time associated data.

& this isnt the end of the story! They have also added a narrate feature that lets you easily record strories as you browse through locations & record the narration for that then & there!

All About Earth Apart Google's partnership with NASA has also lead to 3D Mars letting you explore the terrain in 3D.

Check out the full blog here :
Official Google Blog: Dive into the new Google Earth