Saturday, August 28, 2010

Make Galleries For Your Website....

Fabulous way to make Galleries for your website.
Install Adobe Bridge CS5.
And follow some simple steps to make your websites full of charm and grace. 
Just click on the image if you cant see properly. It'll take some time but its worth it. 

Open Adobe Bridge CS5 on your computer.
Select Folders Pannel. Or get folders pannel from the Windows Menu bar from the top 

On the Left hand side, browse through the folders that contain wallpapers or photos which are desired to be the part of the gallery.

Now you have to select files from the content pannel as shown below.
You have to select the files that would to be the part of the gallery.
select it with Ctrl+Mouse Click on that file.

As I said, I have selected few files at the bottom.

Look at the top right corner of your screen. Select Output pannel from there. If it doesnt appear, click on the down arrow and select "Output".

Select Web Gallery Options from there(in the top right part)

Choose the type "Airtight AutoViewer"(preferred).... or any other as you want.

Select "Lightroom" for style.

Following are the pictures to customise your view.

Let the gallery be created.

Open the folder where it is saved.
Open Index.html in your favourite browser which has flash.

Just check out the effects of browsing photographs in your HTML page.

Enjoy and Innovate.
Happy "BRIDGING"!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

"BUMPTOP 3D" - Desktop Innovation

Via Mashable and ReadWriteWeb: Anand Agarwala’s Bumptop, a viral demo from TED2007, has gone live (for Windows).

Two years ago, a bright engineer, Anand Agarawala, gave a presentation at the TED conference about a new technology he and a team were working on that showed how they believed the desktop should work. Just like how people use a real desk, they believed that the user should be able to interact with desktop items in 3D, pin up photographs, pile related items into stacks, and more.

Today, that dream has become a reality with the launch of BumpTop for Windows (Mac version coming soon), a gorgeous desktop application that transforms the desktop from a cold, vertical interface into a dynamic 3-dimensional room …

Right now, the site seems to be swamped. So until you can check it out in person, here’s Anand Agarwala’s demo of Bumptop at TED:

This is my old desktop : 

Now crank it up..... new desktop with BUMPTOP....
Messy New Styled Desktop.... With all the things here and there.. 
Select all of the icons and pile them.... 

Piled Icons 
Perform operations on the file.... 
Push the files or icons on thePile top.... 

Emphasise any Icons.... 
Paper fold properties to icons as a reminder.... 
make an icon as a dust ball and throw it on side.... 
Select all 
Throw it like a pack of cards 

Even pin imp files on the wall.... 
Excellent photo browser..... and thats bumptop

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tug of War: Push mail vs. Pull mail

             For the first stride, let us take a look at what happens when you access your email account from your PC: Every time your email client (whether it is Thunderbird or GMail's web interface) refreshes the email in your inbox, whether it is automatically after a set interval, or you refresh it manually, your computer will send a request to your mail provider's servers. The mail provider then checks for new mail and returns the same to you. This is pull mail, working pretty much like you expect the web to work.

            All was hunky-dory in the world of email, until mobiles-dapper-enough-for-email came along. The steps above were followed on the earlier handsets, and they’d flaunt their GPRS capabilities and fetch mail on the go. But with constrictions of battery life and data charges, it was soon realized that the current system of email was not the most efficient for phones. Thus was born Push-mail.

            Brought to the fore by RIM’s BlackBerry, this type of mail service eliminates the step where your device needs to send a request to the mail server to fetch mail. BlackBerry, for example, mediates between your mobile and the email provider. Theoretically, the ‘refresh’ done by you, is now done by the servers of the company – after all they're the one who know first when you get mail. If there is new mail, it is pushed onto your device. Now this is a very important ability: the ability to wake your phone up from stand-by. It is much like sending an SMS. Your phone doesn’t have to be ‘awake’ to receive it, thus, saving battery life. This was not the only reason for BlackBerry’s success though. It was also their proprietary encryption, protocols and near-real-time delivery of mails that made these phones indispensable for many businessmen.

            Another way to do the same is using the IMAP IDLE feature of the IMAP protocol. To understand how it works, consider this: Suppose you want certain data from a server. You send a request and wait. If there is no response within a stipulated time, the session gets expired or the packets get lost. In IMAP IDLE, this waiting time is very long. So a message is sent to the server and the phone waits in idle mode while the push-service provider checks for mail at regular intervals. The main constriction of the change of IP or network of the user is solved here by sending a new IMAP IDLE request if the user hops onto another network. Although it is a more widespread alternative, it does not match the efficiency of BlackBerry because you need a constant connection with the server. This creates a problem when your mobile service provider times out idle connections after 5 minutes, hence reconnection and battery kill is required. However, if this doesn't bother you, then one advantage is that many IMAP IDLE based push-mail clients are free or come bundled with high-end phones. These include: Emose, Yahoo Push Mail, Google Sync etc. for all platforms. K-9 Mail and MailDroid for Android. OviMail and Nokia Messaging in Nokia also work on IMAP IDLE. These clients work with popular email services like GMail, Yahoo, and Microsoft Exchange servers.

            BlackBerry is for the elite (their cheapest phone is around Rs. 10,000) and not every phone supports IMAP IDLE. I mean to point out the Java-based mobiles and low to mid-end Nokia phones that the masses love. This is the reason why a common Indian man has probably never used, or even heard of push-mail. This is the reason why we penned down this article. It is not that survival is difficult without push-mail, but instant delivery of emails is bound to attract anyone who needs to check the inbox, due to bindings of profession or obsession. And it is only healthy that like every other technology, push-mail comes to the masses at reduced prices.This has been accomplished to some extent by several providers of email-over-sms service, where a part of the mail is sent over SMS to your phone. This obviously supports each and every phone out there. It is probably as bare-bones as it can get. As far as push-mail over low end phones is considered, a much better alternative from our own backyard is BlacMail (available free for now), by a Bangalore-based startup, Fifth C Solutions. It is a variation that builds on the strengths of email-over-sms, while providing features like a graphical interface, address filters, and most of all – the much desired BlackBerry experience to the masses. That it uses the GSM channel to perform the task generally meant to be performed over the data/GPRS channel is also desirable (very similar to a recent project by HP Labs). It is in process to get a GPRS based version too that will take care of the attachments et al. We feel that a GPRS capable service, with initial push through GSM channel would be a winning mix, not just for the low-end phones. The provision of this service by BSNL (in Karnataka for now) shows that the people out there do want a taste of the cherry... oh, we mean, the berry!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Welcome to the Era of Paperless Reading

Environmental Protection Drives Demand for e-Book

Printed materials are the number one way most people receive information. Nowadays, however, thanks to technological developments and increased focus on products that are environmentally friendly, the e-book has been one of the hottest products in the ICT field.

E-Reading: An Irresistible Trend
North America is the world’s fastest growing market for e-readers. It is estimated the market in the United States will reach 6.8 million units in 2010. Globally, 75% of e-readers are sold in North America. In addition to Amazon, Sony and Barnes & Nobles are also keen to increase their digital content. As of the end of 2009, consumers were able to access 2.85 million e-books. It is also expected that around 1 million e-readers will be sold in China this year.
According to DisplaySearch, the popularity of e-books, particularly Amazon’s Kindle, increased electronic paper display (EPD) shipments to 5 million units in 2009, up 417% from 950,000 in 2008. It is believe that this growth is a vote of confidence and an indication that consumers have embraced e-books. The research institute also pointed out that momentum from e-book popularity last year combined with new, larger-screen products hitting the market right now, means this trend will continue.
The Taiwan-based IT company, Ben Q Corp. has any eye-catching achievements in the popular field of e-reading. The company’s Vice Chairman Jerry Wang pointed out that with the popularity of iPad, the market for e-readers is likely to expand quickly. However, he also addressed the odd relationship between the iPad and various e-readers, “Mutual benefits exist between these two devices, but there is also competition. What I mean is: iPad undoubtedly helps to push the e-reading habit among readers, since people will gradually get used to holding a ‘pad’ to read, which benefits the sale and development of e-readers; but in the end, which device will readers choose to use when reading? iPad or e-readers? This is where there is much competition.”

In Wang’s opinion, e-readers will ultimately come out on top because they are designed to mimic the traditional book-reading experience. E-readers do not require a backlight or strong CPU and storage. They are slim and light with low power consumption. “The cost of e-readers will be similar to that of calculator, which cost US$1000 in 1970. But are now worth only US$10 each!”

Although it seems that everyone involving in the e-reading industry possesses is very optimistic about the future, Wang urges industry insiders not to forget readers’ expectations. “Content plus devices equals end-user reading experience, which is exactly what end-users care about. If the industry cooperates to offer them a good reading experience, then the market will grow faster than we expect.” That is also why BenQ does not feel that the business model for e-readers will copy that of MP3 players, which allows users to download free music from the Internet on their own. “Free content may not be very readable and thereby will not create a good reading experience for end-users.”

“Readers want the e-reading experience to be just like reading a book, nice and easy without the cold feeling of holding a machine. They also want flexibility in how they read. What they do not want is a mass of wires and cables around their ‘book’ or to have to charge the device all the time. They also want buying books to be a quick purchase process -- they are willing to spend only 20 seconds buying content from the Internet!” In other words, potential customers are looking for technology to make their lives easier and more convenient, rather than a burden and too much trouble. “Time should be spent reading, not operating the device. Our goal is to maintain consumers’ reading experience even where devices vary,” Wang says.

Wang also proudly announced that BenQ’s ambition is to successfully integrate hardware and content and develop its own distinctive business model for services.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Exploring FLICKR
-          Browse FLICKR by tags
Make sure that you click on the tags only option
e.g. type Mumbai Rains are Fun
-          Map
Uses Geo Tagging
easily possible to notice where the picture came from.
-          Commons
Hidden treasures of the worlds public photography archive. A must watch.
-          Bulk Downloads with BULKR
Easily download your photostream.
-          Flickr Games
guess one word for the photo. Fastest answer = more points.
-          Fun way to browse your photos
-          For Large Screen….. still enjoy Flickr
Totally new interface and design
-          Notes using flickr(fancy notes)
-          Flickr Badge(flash of images)


Wednesday, August 4, 2010