Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tough games and freezing cold

Freezing temperatures wont deter playing a nice and tough beach volleyball. It was 31(-1c) when we started the first game, but there wasn't any wind. So we went on to play 5 games. Cool! Really! These pictures were taken before the game while warming up.



Google Gmail Offline Access : Read "WithIn" Browser

Google announced Gmail offline access yesterday, I read on the web different interpretations of what it is and what it means for your offline email activities like checking and composing emails even when offline.

Well, if you are currently using Outlook or any other desktop counter parts, there is nothing new on the table. Gmail was one of the first providers to provide free POP/IMAP access. So if you have outlook or any other desktop email application, you could readily access Gmail and compose emails while offline. This functionality was not new.

This new offer is for those who do not use any desktop email client applications like outlook but only use Gmail in a browser.  Gmail with the help of Google gears now can download all email and store in the browser add-on (gears) to provide offline access to your emails. It will even allow you to compose an email and send it when connected to the Internet.

This functionality as such is nothing special if you already accessing Gmail with a client application. But if you prefer an alternative from Google, then this will be for you.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

India, a collage by Google Maps

Google maps have changed the way we look at the world. No matter where we live, it just takes a few seconds to go wherever you want to go. Not just go there, but watch in live the colors of life in pictures and videos contributed by users just like you and me. In a way, we are all writing the story of Life as it happens, and thus each one of us is documenting the history of life. Our life.

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A collage of User photographs on Google maps, showing key places of interest in respective cities. Looks wonderful.

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This time, showing all wiki entries.

The quality (resolution) of Maps for India has increased a lot since I visited last time and now I can traverse my place as if I am walking on the streets. Wonderful.

Thank you Google. Thanks you, online communities, for sharing your wonderful pictures and videos.

Can I go back to College?

One of the Best College life videos I have even seen. As if following the footsteps of Happy Days movie, these students of Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada have captured their entire college experience in this 10 minute vide.

Wonderful editing and playback tunes along with beautifully orchestrated story behind, reminds me of my college days. Can I go back to college?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Launching 'Yes, To Politics'

What comes to your mind when I say 'Politics'?

Well for most, it will be some things like Corruption, Exploitation, Power, Money, Criminals and so many other, that could be quite, well, disturbing. A typical politician in India is quite synonymous with ...? (Don't look around, feel free to fill in.)

Okay, enough being said about Politics. We are from the country that is known as the largest democracy of the world. That means, we (you and me and many others) elected those very Politicians that we are talking about. Some of you may say, "Wait. Wait a minute. So the whole blame for this mess is on us? How can it be?" Well, if we are not 100% responsible, at least, we are responsible for letting it happen. Aren't we?

Let us leave the blame game and start talking. In a sense, I believe, we deserve it. For who we voted. For why we voted. For we did not vote. Or for what we have done(nothing?). Well, some of you, may have thought about doing something. But then the hard question comes up. Why would some one wants to venture into politics knowing what it is?

I understand what is going through your mind. I had the same dilemma too. Read on. Would you be thinking of doing something, if a corrupt politician grab your land? Would you be interested in doing something if you only get electricity for 12 hours a day while the Government spends crores of rupees in projects that may never even existed? Would you be compelled to do something when your friends and family fall for Alcohol, because it is so easily accessible everywhere? Would you be interested in doing something if you don't get an opportunity to grow though you have all of what it takes, except a friend or relative in Politics?

I am sure, You know a lot more than me. Those are just a few everyday examples. I am not talking about theoretical ideals yet. If we give it a serious thought, we will realize within no time that dirty politics affect us in every possible way. Even in ways, that we may have never imagined.

So, do you think, we can still afford to do nothing about it?

I thought about it. And, I have decided to do something about it. So, I said 'Yes, to Politics'. To Politics, that make sense. I believe, its time we start doing few simple things, that could change Politics significantly.

What do you think? I am looking forward to you saying 'Yes, To Politics' and joining the community. Visit 'The Road Not Yet Taken', for more information.

More about what I learned while building the Application little later.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

TEDTalks: Understanding Comics

In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.

What a wonderful talk and how elegantly he arranged all those images to tell the great story. Wow!

NDTV.com : Fact or Allegation ? Just another twisted title for sensationalism

This is yet another example of NDTV.com’s sensationalism twisted titles. The title says, as if this was a fact, woman made to urinate in pub...