Times of India Alive App – Review

Today I came across an interesting app, Alive app from Times Of India. A very nice concept to engage smartphone users to interactive content. But this app is from TimesMobile, not Times Internet Limited. Whatever, lets go and try it out. I quickly opened web-browser on my Android 4.1 tablet and jumped to aliveapp.in. Install. Open. And here is what I felt about it, discouraging, my all hopes are stranded. Read on to know how wrong they are in marketing, technological advances, app design, and mobile user interfaces. (It should be noted that I have not used this app on…

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Showcase of Indian Academic Websites

Web is ubiquitous. An institute’s website is the first impression an applicant has. However, Indian institutes are not gearing up for this changing scenario. Indian academics’ websites are far beyond the quality of US colleges and universities. I understand, in India institutes have other major problems to deal with and building a website comes at last. In this post, I tried to pick some of the best designs from Indian academic world. Here go some recommendations first – Rich colour photographs: They add liveliness to your website. Some of the academic websites have photographs of saturated colours and these are…

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Handicapped Software

[ This post is about software’s disability to meet users’ expectations. I know you have developed lots of software/applications over your career! Have you ever evaluated them on disability index? No, then read on. “You” = refers to our typical “software engineer” ] Ever heard someone saying “this software sucks”… I love such moments. It makes me laugh, not for the user, but for the poor developer! Users are innocent, they are not concerned about technical details. A software is there to make life simpler and hide complications of a task. It’s your responsibility to make it intuitive and meet…

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Sony Ericsson W660i: Features (Review)

Two days back I bought W660i, a Walkman series mobile phone from Sony Ericsson. It features 2 MP Camera, Walkman 2.0, FM Radio, 512 MB card, Bluetooth, Video Call, Email/RSS, USB mass storage, Flight mode, Synchronization services, Stylish, and all these in less than INR 9K. In addition to those common features, this phone features something new. In this post I’m going to write those specifications which you won’t be able to know unless you buy the phone. Here are a few:

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Foxit – PDF Reader

Q: How many times in a day you wait for Adobe Acrobat Reader to load? A: Almost 2-5 items a day, as I’m an avid Internet user. Let me list down where Acrobat Reader sucks: The Adobe Reader 8 installer a massive 20.8MB setup to download and time consuming setup. Version 5 was roughly fast whereas new versions are becoming more memory hungry and CPU intensive and version 7 is damn hungry. It takes almost 10-15 seconds to load! Frankly speaking, I hate their patents listed in splash screen. If a PDF file has high graphics it sucks further and…

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Preview: LINQ

Hmmm… a new tool in my hands … and following equation makes me crazy about it! C# 2.0 + ADO.NET = LINQ = C# 3.0 In simple words Language Integrated Query (LINQ) exposes the power of SQL queries within C# syntax. This technology along with its tools allows you to connect to SQL database, extract metadata, build typed datasets/classes (using C# Generics) and make you use them along with C# syntax using just two lines of code. And not necessarily SQL databases, it can execute on any collection type. int[] numbers = { 5, 4, 1, 3, 9, 8, 6,…

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