Thanks MyPhone

July 16, 2009

MyPhone by now might be a familiar service to many Windows Mobile users. It certainly saved my day. I had a new laptop and set the ActiveSync connection the wrong way (haven’t we all done that atleast once and moaned at the loss of data !). The next thing I know is that my Windows Mobile phone Contacts are all gone. I had started using the MyPhone just a couple of months back, and had synced all my messages and contacts with the service.

Today was the first time I was going to restore those contacts back. I was not sure if it was going to work; but it worked like a charm – my contacts were all synced back to my phone.

Thanks MyPhone.


Question: How can I move all my Google Reader Starred Items into Shared Items?????

May 24, 2008

I have a lot of posts that I have Starred in Google Reader, and would now want to move it all into Shared Items, to make it available via FriendFeed. I have found a couple of articles that explain how to shared the Starred items directly, but Friendfeed doesn’t seem to be liked it, and seems to be parsing only the Google Reader Shared Items link.

Is there a way to just drag all the items into Shared??

 

Update:

I have already tried making the Starred items Public like this, but this didn’t seem to work

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and the public page URL is http://www.google.com/reader/shared/user/04058743716240195013/state/com.google/starred 

Now when I try to add this at Friendfeed, it does not seem to like it –

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Mozilla Prism ! Use it to read docs

May 4, 2008

Mozilla Prism is a nice way to browse all that API documentation and HTML user guides free of distraction. I have resorted to creating Prism shortcuts to almost all of the API documentation, HTML User and Reference guides. When I need to refer to a User guide, I just launch the shortcut, and all I see is that API documentation.

Not radically new, but beats launching a new browser instance to read these docs, and getting distracted by getting tempted to check email, blog subscriptions, etc.. etc.. etc..

Here is how it would look – This is an instance of Prism with the Spring Framework tutorial open currently – I can concentrate just on the tutorial, and not get distracted by anything else.

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Adapt pages for mobile viewing using Google <add>Mobilizer</add>

April 27, 2008

Update:

I seem to be very late in discovering this, really only after browsing the web on the phone. This Google page mentioned below is popularly known as Google Mobilizer and has been already blogged about many times. Just search for “Google Mobilizer” and there are tons of links that show up.

 

While I wait for my broadband service activation, I have been depending on my Airtel GPRS data plan for all my Internet needs.

I subscribe to a lot of RSS feeds in Google Reader, and reading them over this GPRS connection can take a loooong time.

I use a HTC Touch for my phone needs, and share the GPRS connection to my PC using the “Internet Sharing” program that comes with it.

I can access Google Reader’s mobile versions at http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/?source=mobileproducts&source=m2, which I access from my PC.

When I click a link in any of the RSS entries of a news feed, Google Reader most of the time automatically adapts the page for mobile viewing rendering it faster.

Agreed, it is not as pretty as the actual HTML page, but I can get through my RSS feeds pretty fast just viewing the Mobile verions as well.

The URL is always http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=<url-of-the-page&gt;. So for instance, I need to visit CNN, I just type http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.cnn.com and I see an adapted version of the site.

 

Even easier, just bookmark the URL http://www.google.com/gwt/n. The page looks like this –

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Enter the URL, say http://www.cnn.com and of course I select the “No Images” most of the time to speed it up even further.

Many popular websites today have versions specific to mobile phones, but the links in most of the RSS new entries always seem to point to the actual HTML versions, which is a sad thing. It is good that Google Reader adapts those outgoing link destinations for mobile viewing.


Maxthon over Firefox or IE7 – for watching video.

December 22, 2007

I use Maxthon almost exclusively when I am watching videos online on Youtube/Metacafe/Google, because it pops up a nice log window, in which it presents the URL to the FLV file, which promptly goes into my download manager if I wanted the video offline.

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Click on the "Options" link in the corner to open a log window, that has the complete URL to copy.

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Nice !!

Way better having this available as a feature, than having to install browser extensions to download videos offline.


Synergy goodness

October 30, 2007

Recently at work, I installed Synergy and am loving it. It is great to be able to share the same keyboard and mouse between two different computers. I am sharing my keyboard and mouse between a desktop and laptop. Apart from sharing the keyboard and mouse, the other thing I really like is the ability to copy and paste across screens, which is proving to be extremely useful.

Read about it the first time at Lifehacker, and I have been wanting to try it since then. Lifehacker has instructions on how to get started with Synergy.

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Launchy/Slickrun and environment variable troubles

March 20, 2007

I love Launchy and Slickrun. Don’t remember the last time, I actually opened the Windows Start Menu, after I started using these tools. But recently I had a really harrowing time when working on some of my development stuff.

I noticed that the command shells, editors and other applications (IntelliJ IDEA/MS Visual Studio etc..) that were launched using Launchy Slickrun weren’t reading the environment variable changes that were made.

It was dumb of me to not have restarted Launchy or Slickrun after I had made these changes, because the applications read the environment variables when they start up, and don’t seem to be pick up changes unless forced to or restarted. I restart my workstation once a month, and so I never realized the risks of launching applications using launchers, that are running all the time.

So after spending 20 minutes or so, I realized my mistake.

I wish launchers like Launchy and Slickrun were able to detect changes to the environment. I am planning to write my own Win32 program that will send a message to these applications to re-read the environment (someone told the Win32 function SendWindowMessage() should do the trick)