Saturday, December 30, 2006
Information on the Tooltip.js and using it. Find more examples here.
I plan to use it with AJAX and in my next writeup on AJAX tooltip for ASP.NET Datagrid. There are some issues with proper initialization of the tooltip in IE. Though I have a fix for time being, I would like a more elegant solution.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
I found about this amazing piece of software called VLC Player. It can convert video from one format to another. Also it has a streaming server built-into it. It means you can stream your video over network.
Finished reading the famous book 'Man Eaters of Kumaon'. Really impressed by Jim Corbett. Especially by his knowledge about tigers and Indians. Great man, great book.
Monday, October 23, 2006
And yes, there is no movement of lens outside the cameras body. That’s really great I think. You can see images of this camera here.
To add to it, it also has Bluetooth , which means you can transfer your images wirelessly. It uses Kodak's Li-Ion batteries. I mean those similar to mobile phone ones and not the normal AA size one.
Price in India is around Rs.23000. Add a couple of thousands more to it for memory card. But the same camera is available in US for around $325, which means ... :-)
Here are some reviews you may want to read before going to your nearest shop to see one:
Comments and more information are always welcomed.
[Believe this information at your own risk. These are my personal views about the product and may not necessarily be correct]
Sunday, September 10, 2006
is a game console from Microsoft. To make it simple, it is a video game system that connects to your TV. It has a DVD drive, where you insert game DVDs and play. What makes Xbox so special is the realistic quality of graphics, smooth game play and some awesome games. Internally it is a powerful computer designed just for playing 3D games. You can also watch movies and listen to music on Xbox.
You can find out more from official site here: www.xbox.com/hi-IN/
You can find videos and screenshots of how the games look like here: xbox360.ign.com
Impressed!... So what’s the price?
The price in India to the best of knowledge is around Rs.20-23,000. Games could cost in thousands too!!
Are you thinking : Why the hell spend so much for 'GAMES' ? ....then think again.
People spend thousands on buying stylish mobile phones ...so why not Xbox 360! You should definitely try it out at some store or showroom; it's worth the money I bet!
About the advertisement:
I and my brother have kind of nicknamed Xbox 360 as 'Porok'.
The advertisements is really cool because:
1] It is very Indian (desi)
2] Shows games and gaming are very popular in every section of society, every age.
3] How people become crazy about certain games and start thinking of them all the time.
4] Tries to show that games are integral part of our life, kind of necessity.
5] Universal spirit of gaming share by a person playing on a costly game console and a villager
Good luck MTV and Microsoft.
If you have any links, information on games for Xbox360 in India or advertisements to show on this page, drop in a comment.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Check out the artilce here: http://ashishware.com/Dojo_Panel.shtml
Live demo here: http://ashishware.com/Dndwipe.html
Play the game : http://ashishware.com/snakegame.shtml
Friday, July 07, 2006
You can download AJAX.NET from this site http://www.ajaxpro.info/default.aspx.
Read the article titled AJAX:Getting Started
Comments and criticism will be highly appreciated :-)
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Couple of articles from my blog have been moved to my homesite www.ashishware.com.
- Transliteration Tools for Indian Languages
- Running Linux on Windows Like Normal Programs
Bookmark the site www.ashishware.com for new stuff.From now on updates and newer techincal articles will not be posted here. This blog will be maintained for non-techincal stuff.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
FOP (Formatting Objects Processor) is from the apache group.It is said to be the worlds first print formatter driven by XSL formatting objects (XSL-FO) and the world's first output independent formatter. Actually it isn’t a tool for specifically meant for PDF conversion or creation.FOP can be downloaded here.
But, its ability to convert XSL files (*.fo) to PDF certainly makes it worth mention . Basically FOP is great for template based PDF generation. Simple programs can fetch data from any data source and populate such a template , and generate PDF’s on fly !
Its not that it is not very flexible, but generation XSL files for complex PDF’s can be a big pain. It is a Java application that reads a formatting object (FO) tree and renders the resulting pages to a specified output.It comes with nice documentation and samples that get you started within minutes.
Before you start using FOP, you should have look at samples in \examples\fo\ folders particularly \examples\fo\basic.I think you will learn things more quickly than reading the reference document (xslfoRef.pdf). Given below is a very simple *.fo file that includes a heading,some text,hyperlink , table and a image.
Save this in a file called test.fo. Now run fop.bat (or fop.sh on Unix/Linux)
<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<!-- defines the layout master -->
<fo:region-body margin-top="1cm" margin-bottom="1.5cm"/>
<!-- starts actual layout -->
<!-- Heading -->
<fo:block font-family="Helvetica" background-color="blue"
color="white" text-align="center" font-size="14pt">
<!-- Hyperlink -->
<fo:block space-before.optimum="10pt" text-align="left" >
You can download FOP here:
<fo:basic-link external-destination="www.apache.org" text-decoration="underline" color="blue">
<!-- table start -->
<fo:block space-before.optimum="10pt" >A Table</fo:block>
<fo:table table-layout="fixed" border-width="0.1mm" border-style="solid" background-color="yellow">
<fo:table-cell border-style="solid" ><fo:block>good</fo:block></fo:table-cell>
<!-- table end -->
: >fop.bat test.fo test.pdf
The test PDF in this example will look like this :
FOP is ideal for generation of simple PDF's from templates. It is a powerful alternative for server side PDF creation in all platforms supporting Java.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Edit your email signature and modify the content as follows(Make sure to use HTML view):
<font face=Tahoma size=2>
Consultant (.NET Technologies)<BR>
yahoo id: your yahoo id
<img border=0 src="http://opi.yahoo.com/online?u=[your_yahoo_id]&m=g&t=0"></a><BR>
If you sent an email using this signature you should see something like this. To the right is small icon that shows your online status .
The lines to watch out are:
<a hrefhttp://edit.yahoo.com/config/send_webmesg?.target=[your_yahoo_id]&.src=pg >
<img border=0 src="http://opi.yahoo.com/online?u=[ your_yahoo_id]&m=g&t=0"></a>
Look at the ‘src’ attribute closely . In place of 0 , if we pass other values we get different images.
AIM users can use this technique to display if they are online or not:
border = 0 >
But the disadvantage here is that you can't click on the image and send a message to user. AOL seems to have a nice API for doing what we want here http://developer.aim.com/faq.jsp#presence
I tried doing same with Microsoft Outlook signatures , but it doesn't work. Outlook seems to be replacing the URL with copy of image from its cache. I am looking for a workaround to accomplish it.
Note : Many email clients/services dont show images by default.You may have to click on 'download images' or 'show images' hyperlink.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
FloatingPane Widget whit tree control(left) and 'FisheyeList' control in action(right)
Google has just released it AJAX toolkit , which it claims works only with JAVA. Microsoft's ATLAS , I have heard is somewhat coupled with .NET 2.0.What I personally like about Dojo is that it is neutral to server side development enviornment.
Also the toolkit does seem to 'perform' with IE and Firefox .All developers irrespective of language they are developing (JSP,PHP...) can benifit from Dojo.