Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Cookin' With Google

There's a book out from O'Reilly on Google Hacks and i thought what good will that do but here's a real neat example... and one that you guys might like to use.. type in some ingredients and get a bunch of recipes related to them...

50 Coolest Websites

as rated by Time Magazine... all on one page... the google hack shown above is from this listing...

Friday, June 25, 2004


are these java scripts that you drag onto your browsers menu bar.... "blog this" (mentioned earlier) which automatically posted articles to your blog on Blogger, is one such example... i found another which gives you your ip address.. useful for using the freebie sip software phones to make free calls but discovered later that it only works with Netscape! i guess they're the ones that came up with java script so....

The World Clock - Time Zones

Nice and easy page to figure out time at various locations... ramesh what was the one for currency?

Photography In the Digital Era

Digital Photography Check out a text book online. i guess soon is going to be time to stop looking and start reading :P actually i found this a year ago and bookmarked it on gala's computer. i'm back on it after a year and so... you could download the pages onto your desktop using one of the apps mentioned on this site.. or a save this function with multiple links from your browser menu

Monday, June 21, 2004


The next step in searching - combining net and your desktop... try it out... * Search information from your desktop * Link don't search * Ideas not keywords Sadly not for the Mac as yet.. I read about it first at GigaOM - Om Malik's Blog

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Wireless Home Entertainment (no links on this header)

will update with details as soon as i have more - "With just a few hundred dollars worth of equipment, you can easily set up a TiVO-style system that records your favorite TV shows (either analog, broadcast, digital cable, or satellite) onto a hard drive. You need to upgrade to an 802.11g wireless network (802.11b is too slow for full-spectrum video) and plenty of storage space (30 minutes of video is about 150 MB). After you have the captured video, you can share it, edit it, delete it, view it, and more. You can even view TV signals on a laptop equipped with a TV tuner card. With the right equipment, you can also control your TV from a wireless laptop. Do you have a bunch of MP3 files stored on a computer or laptop and want to play them on your home stereo? Well, most sound cards come with a 0.125-inch jack for headphones. Simply run down to your favorite electronic superstore and buy a cable with a 0.125-inch plug on one end and two RCA connectors on the other end that plug into the line-in jacks on your audio amplifier. If you want the same thing without wires, kits are available starting for around $100 that will let you beam music files to your home stereo equipment from a PC or laptop. Bingo, music to your ears." source CNET lessons - Wireless Home Networking... wonder if those usb adapters suck up their power thru the cable???

FeedDemon - the NewsReader for Windows

FeedDemon is a newsreader for the wintel platform.... it is pre-loaded with a lot of useful websites. This software allows you to view changes (only changes made since you last checked) to the website you've selected (called subscription). You can add to this existing list by dragging the XML button from the websites you frequent into FeedDemon. My newsreader has Indian Express (i wish the samachar guys would wake up and have an RSS feed!!), BBC, Engadget, Gizmodo, DPReview etc.. Let me know if you try it out! Also if you do, please drag my XML button in too so you can then keep uptodate on the changes i'm making!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

The IndiBlog Awards

thought you guys might be interested in checking a few of these blogs... Jivha - the Tongue - won the award Indian Bloggers List - see what some others have to say :P Kamat: The Blog Portal - list according to when updated

Canon Digital Learning Center

learn to use your digital camera better.... the link above will take you to the page with lesson 1 - 5.... i'd checked this site out almost a year ago when the new canon rebel was launched... quickly discovered that most of the tips were useful for my nikon too... only problem was that back then there were just 2-3 lessons but now there are 25! so have a look.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

EyeTV - Elgato systems

This is allows you to use your computer as a DVR and allows you to watch tv too... i was wondering if any of you know the kind of broadcasting we now have in india - is it digital satellite television? it's not terrestrial is it?? lemme know... tks! (sorry, this product is for the mac only)

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Mac + PC - AirPort Express & AirTunes

I'm definitely going to get my hands on one of these on this trip to NY... listen to music, print or surf wirelessly... nice deal!

Eco glass cleans itself with Sun

I would love to have this glass used for the windows in the house we (if / when?) build. Should be affordable by then!


People, 1. Yes Uj, I saw the picture. Smaller, on the right, et al. 2. With every one of your e-mails I also saw a weird attachment suffixed ".tiff".  I couldn't open it, as hard as I tried.  I think though that the suffix is an appropriate one, b'cos it's what the kalab seems to be heading for with the raging blog-controversy. Here then, is my ha'penny worth: 3. I'll take your word on blogging being here to stay.  But as for me, I'm finding it somewhat less convoluted to type in the word "gkalab" in the "to" line on my yahoo-mail, and achieve the same result.  Sure, things might've been less easy if I'd wanted to send all of you large files and pictures, or if I wanted to keep a lifelong log of all gkalab email messages. But seeing as I don't, nor intend to, I'm thinking there's too much unnecessary slog over this blog.  In sharp contrast to your hotmail analogy, blogging therefore seems to make things needlessly more complicated vis-a-vis the existing alternative! (Sidebar to SV : as a fellow-investor in the stockmarket, here's a tip --- do not put too much money buying blog-companies ka stock.) 4. The way I see it, the main benefit of this entire blogging debate has been that we've all received more mail from Uj in the last month than we have in the last 5 years. I will therefore not claim blogging doesn't have its uses.  I'm toh simply saying I don't see it as a better alternative for me -- given that I'm anyway a regular gkalab correspondent, given that I'm not sending humongous files routinely, given that I'm not longing to preserve gkalab correspondence for posterity, and given that I'm less excited by tech for tech's sake. Amen. Harry

Monday, June 07, 2004

5 Qs (You’ve Been Dying) To Ask About Business Blogs

"Put it this way: scarcely 10 years ago you might have asked, “Will email replace the phone, fax and postal mail as the preferred means of business communication?” Of course, we exclaim in hindsight." i like these guys.. i still get their newsletters though i hardly if ever read them anymore but unlike the others i havent unsubscribed... if you read this article you might be interested in checking out their website..

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Paint by Number - An addictive game

Paint by Number or Nonograms or Tsunami are a few of the better known names for this type of puzzle... ooh remembered one more - griddler. these are puzzles in a have no.s along the rows and columns to fill in some of the grids and once completed it reveals a picture. try only if you have the time... click on the headline here and it will take you to a site where you could download for free.... the original type that i'm currently trying is called pic-a-pix here... enjoy!

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Night and Low Light Digital Photography Tips

i thought that these links would be of interest to most of us.. harry shouldnt have a problem coz her canon has got one of those focussing lights for these situations... but t'would help the rest of us.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

iSketch - Pictionary on the web

I'm sure that subha and shiti know about this site.. but do the boys?? playing a round or two is a good stress buster...