2. June 2009 20:25
So, here's a nice little effect of installing Windows Vista SP2... it increases free disk space!
I just did installed it today and my free disk space increased by 11 GB! 11 GB...! What did SP2 delete??
And I'm not the only one. Almost Everyoneone who has installed SP2 is seeing an increase in free space on their system from 5GB to even upto 130 GB.
We'll see what microsoft says about this but for now it was a nice surprise knowing vista to be such a disk space hog.
update: So was looking arround some more and one of the reasons for increased free space is that SP2 seems to clear the shadow volume copy cache which wasn't limited in vista earlier, and limits it. This led to big increases in free disk space.
see http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2009/6/2/vista-sp2-frees-up-disk-space-or-good-bye-svc.aspx - better explanation.
23. July 2008 04:10
I recently tried to add google adsense ads on my office live page at http://www.vishalseth.net. It wasn't straightforward but you can do it. Initially, I saw the HTML module available in the site designer and thought I could just use that; but if you've tried it that doesnt work either... or atleast did not work for me. I had to use an iframe... This is what I finally did to make it work:
Create an empty html file e.g. AdSense.htm on my computer
paste the AdSense code from google including the script tags into the htm file using notepad. The html file at this point only contains the code in the script tags and nothing else (no <html>, <head> or <body> tags either.)
save and close the file
upload the file to to your documents folder in your office live account. when logged into site builder, the link to the document library should be available on the left. Clicking on it should alloow you to upload any files into the library.
in the site builder, open the page onto which you wish to add the adsense ads. add a html module onto the page.
for the html, insert the following: <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" src="http://yoursite.com/Documents/adsense.htm" width="770" height="110"></iframe>. Save.
yoursite.com is the base url of your site
height, width can be set to suit the dimensions of the ads you're displaying.
The ads should now be visible on your site...
21. July 2008 19:24
This iPhone development thing is addictive. seriously. It's hard for me to have a little time on my hands and not want to write another fun app that shows up on my home screen. This one just pulls and displays the Photo of the day from National Geographic Magazine's website. It's something I have on my google home screen and just like to look at daily and thought it would be fun if I could have it on my phone as well. The url is http://www.iNGPOD.vishalseth.com. You can see it published in Apple's web application directory by clicking here
Update: The application is offline for now due to problems with making httprequests in my medium trust hosting environment.
10. July 2008 21:39
This is a link to a paper I published as part of my coursework at San Jose State. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?tp=&arnumber=1286466&isnumber=28682
Current e-commerce Web sites employ designs that are catalog based. Most Web-stores are seen to be fancy displays of product catalogs. The drawback is that customers are easily confused with the number of links available; they have to go through complex navigation and keyword searches to find their products; and solely rely on their own decision to purchase a product. Additionally, they cannot distinguish one retailer from another based on the Web-front; identity of the Web-business is lost. Hence, there is a lack of trust. The human and personal element seen in traditional shopping is also lost when shopping online. This paper discusses and proposes an intelligent solution to these problems. The e-Salesman System (eSS) aims to simulate the human element of traditional shopping for online sales. It is based on a knowledge driven, intelligent model as opposed to a catalog based, and static model. It is supported by a framework that is easily extensible and customizable to the needs of any Web-store.
10. July 2008 03:48
Long story short; I bought an iPhone, saw that apple had a webkit for building web apps and wanted to experiment with creating a web application in ASP.Net to run on the iPhone & iPod touch. Also extended it recently to work on a desktop browser so if you navigate to it using a desktop browser, you'll see the desktop version. To see the mobile version navigate to it using an iPhone or iPod touch.
I submitted it to the apple mobile web apps directory; you can see it published here.
Its a nifty little app; simple but seems to be quite popular ;) Basically its just a database of online cocktail recipes accessible on the iPhone & iPod Touch. It also has a nice little icon that you can add to the home screen of your mobile device to start it up automatically when you click on it.
The url for the app is http://pocketbar.vishalseth.com
Here's a screen shot of what it looks like on the phone.