Saturday, October 29, 2011

RT @mashable Siri Gives Apple a Two-Year Advantage Over Google, Says VC .precise answer engine is better than search

Log4j, Stat4j, SMTPAppender Integration-Aggregating Error Logs to Send Email . Should we try it in our projects?

Enterprises Can Now Create Google+ Accounts via @zite. Should we try it in our office?

My dad taught me cashflow with a soda machine via @zite. Really a fantastic article.

Why did MDE Missed the Boat? via @zite via @zite what is this? have to find out!

Project Proposal: JFX via @zite. Oracle's desperate effort to revive java fx. Will it work? I have my doubts.

Weird Funny Java! via @zite. Something to really try out.

ScriptCover: Javascript coverage analysis tool via @zite. That's quite useful. Another chrome based tool. Firefox?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I guess this is the phone angle...

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Launched, Official Ice Cream Sandwich

Sam­sung and Google intro­duce GALAXY Nexus

From the horse's mouth. The changes are decent. Everybody is talking about the UI. We ll see

Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Google and Sam­sung launched Galaxy Nexus, the third Nexus Smart­phone, and Ice Cream Sand­wich (ICS), the new Android ver­sion that brings many of the Hon­ey­comb fea­tures to smart­phones. Ice Cream Sand­wich is the first Android ver­sion that will work on smart­phones, tablets and TVs, but today's launch only focused on smart­phones.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Siri ad. Quite cool

iPhone 4S: What can you say to Siri?

Curi­ous about the iPhone 4S's new voice assis­tant fea­ture? So were we.

I have always thought I need something like this. May be I need to check this out.

Belkin Power Pack – Charge your phones and tablets on the go

Belkin has released its Power Pack, a mobile charg­ing dock in India. There are 3 vari­ants which are avail­able and the price ranges from Rs. 1999 to Rs. 4799. Belkin Pow­er­pack allows simul­ta­ne­ous charg­ing of two devices.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Siri - will it work for us (not US) guys who have a different accent. May be not! Check the video out.

Siri gets lost in translation with Japanese ‘master’

This has to be one of the fun­ni­est videos involv­ing Siri doing the rounds. Pre­sum­ably shot in Japan, where the iPhone 4S went on sale today, all this guy wants to know from Siri is the weath­er out­side. But Siri, for some rea­son, wants to hook him up with Linda. No mat­ter what he asks, Siri keeps tak­ing him back to Linda. Mind you, the man is not a native Eng­lish speak­er and can man­age some bro­ken Eng­lish at best. Also, Siri remem­bers your past ques­tions and con­sid­er­ing this is a store where hun­dreds of peo­ple would have asked her all sorts of ques­tions, we can spare her for get­ting dis­ori­ent­ed. Nev­er­the­less, it is one of the most hilar­i­ous clips so far. Watch it after the break.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Android on Hp touchpad getting better... Interesting. If only we had that sale.

Cyanogen Mod 7 Comes to Touchpad in Alpha Build

While we still un-package our touch pads, Team Touch­droid has man­aged to dual boot WebOS and Android 2.3 on he ...

Goodbye Mr.Ritchie. Thanks a lot too...

Dennis Ritchie who created C and co-created Unix has died

Ritchie was best known as the creator of the C programming language and a key developer of the Unix operating system, and as co-author of the definitive book on C, The C Programming Language, commonly referred to as K&R (in reference to the authors Kernighan and Ritchie).

Ice-cream sandwich has come.... Hold on, I meant the statue!

Android Ice Cream Sandwich statue arrives outside #44 at Googleplex

By: Rajat Agraw­al | Oct 14th, 2011 at 03:18AM

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Looks interesting to us, sadistic to bugs!

How many bugs does it take to charge a Snapdragon powered smartphone? [video]

Have you ever won­dered how many bugs would it take to power your smart­phone? We haven’t either. But some­one at Qual­comm did and decid­ed to find out. Nope, it ain’t one of those how many XXXX does it take to change a light bulb joke. Watch it for your­self and let us know whether you think this is the real deal or not. Either way, Qual­comm has man­aged to get its point across about its power sip­ping Snap­drag­on proces­sors and we can­not wait to see what Nvidia and oth­ers come up with.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Had not heard of DAAS before. The use case does make some sense though.

Orbitz outsources analytics to the cloud

Travel-booking service Orbitz chose Kognitio's Data Warehouse as a Service offering. The decision to move such a critical piece of the analytics stack to Kognitio's cloud service highlights Orbitz's commitment big data and is further proof that the cloud is an ideal place for it.

The Games community group for HTML. They are getting really serious about gaming on the web. Look at some of the features they are adding.

Workshop on for Games

The Open Media Web project organized a very successful workshop on for Games on Saturday 24 September 2011, co-located with the onGameStart conference in Warsaw, Poland. This page reports on the outcomes of the workshop, in particular the creation of the Games Community Group in W3C, decid…

Android now blackberry like. Don't worry, only from a security point of view. RIM which is already in bad shape is going to get really fried

The Most Secure Android Phone, Ever | Fast Company

A new German project makes Android phones significantly more secure for business communications--this could change the way people use smartphones, entirely. The project, Bizztrust, creates virtual "work phones" on Android smartphones, and employs BlackBerry-style encryption to guarantee secure commu…

Monday, October 10, 2011

Could this be true! It will be great if it does. Let us wait with our fingers crossed!

Free roaming, high broadband speeds in new telecom policy

The new tele­com pol­i­cy will bring cheer to con­sumers with the gov­ern­ment Mon­day propos­ing to remove roam­ing charges for sub­scribers with­in the coun­try, expo­nen­tial­ly increas­ing broad­band avail­abil­i­ty and speed and allow­ing for mobile num­bers to be port­ed to any part of the coun­try.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Just got curious about GTD. Came across this. A starting point I think if you are interested.

"Getting started with "Getting Things Done""

This article was originally posted during the first week of 43 Folders' existence, and, pound for pound, it remains our most popular page on the site. Please be sure to also visit related pages, browse our GTD topic area, plus, of course you can search

More Mustache integration stuff

Last week, we talked about scalate. We specifically talked about using mustache as the templating mechanism for the view. Since mustache was the template mechanism I wanted to try it out, I sought other mechanisms of integrating mustache with spring mvc. Mustache integration through java is the obvious choice (scalate is of course great but it still means adding the entire scala runtime/infrastructure to be embedded for just that use... seems a bit too much). When we check the mustache page, it leads to the framework/library created by Sam Pullara.
I did some more search just out of curiosity. I hit upon another library called jmustache created by samskivert (Michael Bayne). The documentation seemed to be there and I also found another github project by sps (Sean Scanlon) which integrates jmustache with spring mvc. So Viola! Everything was available readymade. I put in similar code to last time and things worked like before.
So now I had mustache spring mvc integration in java itself. Hopefully I will be using it more and will be able to comment on how good it is. Keeping the other implementation by Sam in standby for now.

Chrome is getting good tooling I guess. This is nice. Will add this to my chrome right away.

Pendule – A Neat Web Developer Plugin [Chrome]

I do quite a bit of Web development, and Google Chrome is my main browser these days. Chrome is pretty developer-friendly as it is, and you can also set up Firebug on Chrome. But today I wanted to show you a different Chrome extension called Pendule. Pendule supplements Chrome’s built-in Inspect Ele…

Chrome is getting good tooling I guess. This is nice. Will add this to my chrome right away.

Pendule – A Neat Web Developer Plugin [Chrome]

I do quite a bit of Web development, and Google Chrome is my main browser these days. Chrome is pretty developer-friendly as it is, and you can also set up Firebug on Chrome. But today I wanted to show you a different Chrome extension called Pendule. Pendule supplements Chrome’s built-in Inspect Ele…

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A sneak peek into samsung galaxy nexus - ice-cream sandwich flagship phone

Samsung Galaxy Nexus caught on video

Well, it was bound to hap­pen soon­er or later. Google’s upcom­ing flag­ship device, the Sam­sung Galaxy Nexus, has leaked out in video form cour­tesy of, and it’s almost a minute and half of pure Google. Ice Cream Sand­wich looks like an evo­lu­tion of Hon­ey­comb, and it cer­tain­ly does look like it will be at home on both smart­phones and tablets. There are also thank­ful­ly some nice sub­tle design enhance­ments that start to make Android seem more cohe­sive. Video is after the break.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Apple's Future

When Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple CEO, there were questions about Apple's future. Some people thought that Apple might find it difficult to come with new innovative products like it has done for sometime. One of the important counters to that talk was that Steve Jobs was still around to provide his vision to the company.
The current news of him not being around; Does that change anything?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sending this message from an IPad... Can't understand the feeling. But one thing is there... What a life he has led! bye Steve Jobs!

Steve Jobs RIP – How the world is reacting

Steve Jobs, the vision­ary who built many beau­ti­ful things have passed away at the age of 56. Jobs has stepped down as Apple’s CEO only recent­ly and made sure that the tran­si­tion will be smoother. More than Apple, more than the prod­ucts Jobs built it’s his atten­tion to detail that strikes me the most. Excel­lence is what Jobs strived for. If there are two things I have learnt from the man it is this – Para­noia and excel­lence.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The camera is surely better but 'Siri' seems to be the exciting stuff!

Breaking : Apple intros new iPhone 4s with A5 Chipset Retina display same design as the iPhone 4 (PR)

Apple Launch­es iPhone 4S, iOS 5 & iCloudiPhone 4S Fea­tures Dual-Core A5 Chip, All New Cam­era, Full 1080p HD Video Record­ing & Intro­duces Siri

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Beware of these calls

After spam SMS, phishing ISD missed calls menace beckons | Video & Photo Reviews of Gadgets at BGR I

After spam SMS, phishing ISD missed calls menace beckons | Get Video & Photo Reviews of latest gadget launches at BGR India Website. Get insights from all gadgets shows with a complete expert tech review.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Setting up Scalate with Spring MVC

A week back I tried out using scalate with spring mvc:
The above link talks about just the spring configuration entry. I thought I could add a bit more information.
Get the required libraries
Yeah, this must be obvious. But just to keep things explicit.
  • scalate libraries  - scalate-core-1.5.2.jar, scalate-util-1.5.2.jar (I did not know I need the util jar also till I hit an issue) 
  • scalate spring mvc integration library - scalate-spring-mvc-1.5.2.jar
  • scala jars (hmmm... now that was obvious but yet...) - scala-library-2.9.1.jar, scala-compiler-2.9.1.jar.  Still not sure why the compiler is required!!!
Configure the spring configuration file
I think this is already covered in the above link. It tries to configure a view resolver for scalate templates.

A sample Spring MVC controller
A sample controller which provides some data to the template (I used the mustache based templates which we will see soon).
public class ScalatePOCController {

	public ModelAndView pocHandler() {
		ModelAndView modelAndView = new ModelAndView();

		String name = "Superman";
		Product product = new Product();
		product.setName("Super Belt");
		return modelAndView;


A sample template
I used mustache as my templating mechanism. Kind of like the fact that I can use the same template on both server and client side.
Hello Basic POC working!!!
Hello {{name}}!

This is the Product you want!!!

That I thought should get me rolling. When I then ran my tomcat to see the page, I got OOM (OutOfMemoryError). The JVM perm gen space had run out. Looks like all the scala stuff meant I needed a little more memory (could be just my case because I had other stuff also in my project.... so may not happen to all). I increased my perm gen space by giving the following jvm argument.
That did it! I got my simple scalate - spring mvc app running...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

JavaScript again... And google- what happened to dart

Introducing Google JS Test - Google Open Source Blog

News about Google"s Open Source projects and programs

Quite useful hmmm...

Spice Mi 350 : First 3G Dual SIM Android phone

Spice Mobil­i­ty, which gave India its first taste of a dual SIM mobile phone is the first to launch a 3G Dual SIM Android phone. Spice Mi350 is a dual SIM (GSM+GSM) phone pow­ered by Android 2.3 and will cost Rs. 9000. Spice Mi350 has other great spec­i­fi­ca­tions like a 3.5 inch touch screen and 5 megapix­el cam­era. Before we get to that let’s clear what’s first about this dual SIM phone.

Hmmm... Watch out for Amazon!!

Amazon to buy Palm and WebOS?

Ama­zon not con­tent with its Android fork is shop­ping for WebOS. Sam­sung has backed out and HTC is still think­ing, leav­ing Ama­zon to grab Palm. In all like­li­hood Ama­zon will buy Palm and WebOS. If and when that hap­pens, the mobile game and tech indus­try dynam­ics will change one more time.