Google Reader got a fresh update today and the experience is nearly as good as my favorite offline reader, RssBandit. It even works on my slow dial-up line from home. Bloglines and Newsgator on the other hand choked and fell flat on the floor!
By the way, I’m blogging this from Word 2007 and it feels super good, what the spell and grammar checking and the natural feel to writing documents. I love it.
Configuring it was pretty straight-forward. If you’re using dasBlog just make sure that the url is set to http://<site url>/blogger.aspx.
Wohoo. Guidance Explorer has gone online at http://www.guidancelibrary.com/GuidanceExplorerBeta/. This is the first smart client that I’m happy has turned into a website. I can now always get the latest stuff by browsing to this page instead of going through the hassle of downloading the latest client and guidance.
Now, if only I could sign in to the system and create my own custom views…
Congrats to the Guidance Explorer team!
If your a geek (or not so much a geek but) with Rs. 1000/- to spare a year, then owning your own domain has become so cheap now that there’s not much of an excuse as to why you shouldn’t own one for yourself.
The annual cost of purchasing a domain is more or less the same as it was in the last couple of years (typically $10 per year) but what makes them attractive now is that Google (Google Apps) and Microsoft (Windows Live Custom Domains) (Yahoo would be joining soon I guess) are competing to host your email for you for FREE. In my opinion Google holds the upper hand right now since in addition to creating any number of 2GB mail addresses for your domain you also get other utilities like Google Pages for hosting your website, Google Calendar and Google Talk. What sealed the deal for me though is the POP access. I now have my system setup so that Gmail archives all my incoming and outgoing mail as a backup on their server and I have my own local copy of all the mails on a .pst file.
So to get started, head over to a domain registrar of your preference (I use domains.yahoo.com, but I hear that godaddy.com is better) and purchase your domain. Then head over to either Google Apps or Windows Live and set them up to host your email. You typically should be all set within a couple of hours.
Go Daddy is holding a special promotion where your first year’s domain subscription costs only Rs. 200/- ($2) if your a new customer. Yahoo had one for the last six months or so but stopped it recently. One word of caution on reading the fine print on these promotions, you could sometimes end up not being able to transfer the domain if you decide to switch registrars.
Note that Google Apps is in beta and the free service is available only if your accepted into the beta but continues to be free even after the beta for those lucky enough to get in.
With dasBlog 1.9 being released today I made a quick jump and got the site upgraded to the latest version. I also joined the dasBlog mailing list to see if I could make some type of contribution back to the community.
Plus, I finally moved away from the default dasBlog theme and switched over to Mads Kristensen‘s clean and simple theme.
In the process of upgrading the site I got a chance to use Scooter Software’s Beyond Compare, which I must say is a truly awesome work of art and a must have for anyone who works with a site hosted on FTP. If only I had known about this when doing my painful dasBlog upgrades in the past.
I finally managed to connect to the internet from home today. The dial-up line that I’m connecting from though is excruciatingly, painfully slow and keeps disconnecting frequently.
The good news is I’m going to be a ‘new home owner’ soon and thankfully SLT provides ADSL to Thalawathugoda.
What this all means though is that I’ll be able to blog more often in the future.
A feature that Firefox users have been enjoying all along finally comes to IE. Infact I was not happy when IE7 didn’t include this feature and even now a search on www.ieaddons.com doesn’t turn up any results.
There is one though at http://www.core-services.fr/inline-search/ go get it.
The latest version of of Vista (RC1) is available for public download. Go get it now at http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/rc1/en/download.htm
The guys over at LinuxAdvocate.org have a slightly biased ‘Plain English’ translation of the legalise in the Windows XP EULA. Many of us have clicked on the ‘I Agree’ button without really understanding them but given that they are non-binding, I guess it doesn’t matter what **** they have in there.
Makes for interesting reading: http://www.linuxadvocate.org/articles.php?p=1
The funniest part, as mentioned in a recent InfoWorld, is this translation:
Microsoft is not liable even if they break the terms of this agreement.