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Monday, July 09, 2007

Top 15 Ways to Extend Your Laptop’s Battery Life

Top 15 Ways to Extend Your Laptop’s Battery Life

Thanks to Friedbeef's Tech for some very useful tips for extending the battery life when you are on the go. I wish I knew how much impact each of the tip on the battery life. Lot of the tips are really common sense, but couple of things that I was not aware of were "defrag you hard disk", "prevent the memory effect", and "turning off the auto save button".

Hope you find these tips useful as well.

Monday, March 26, 2007

The Simplest Weight Loss Tips No One Follows

"Will Brink" has done an awesome job in summarizing some of very simply easy to follow tips. Really Useful Fitness Blog: The Simplest Weight Loss Tips No One Follows (with little to no effort).
Tip #1: never ever go food shopping hungry
I have done this and paid a heavy price, as I ended up buying so many "big bad" junk food items. You crave for food you know is bad for you, but buy it anyway because your body/mind is only thinking of food.
Tip # 2: never keep snack foods in the house
Absolutely - somehow you can very easily conquer your craving by the virtue of the fact that it is not easily accessible when you really crave for it.
Tip # 3: eat off of smaller plates
Simple to follow and a very effective strategy - I went to an all-you-can-eat-buffet last weekend and I successfully employed this strategy. I did not stuff myself to the brink -- always a good thing.
Tip #4: Know Thy Self
well, I have not done it yet, but I will definitely document my triggers and develop strategies to cope with them

I will add another tip to this list (my little value add to a very well written blog post by will).
Tip #5: Drink lots of water
hmmm .. simple enough? Although, drinking water alone does not directly help with weight loss, but it helps in portion control and is really good for your body. It is a habit you have to consciously develop .. I was somehow under the habit of drinking water only towards the end of a meal and not while eating -- but, once I started to develop the habit of drinking some water along with my meal made me eat less and I really felt contended with smaller portions. Easy portion control strategy!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Freedom from Text Chat clients!!!


Text Chat or Instant Messengers are becoming increasingly popular. If you are anything like me then you must have become increasingly dependent on text chat to connect with friends, family and business contacts. The popular clients such as AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, MSN instant messenger, etc. all have one fundamental problem .. they are not compatible with each other. If you have one contact on one client and another contact is using another service then the biggest challenge is to have access to them both. I have a whole bunch of these clients installed on my laptop(which are really annoying because they take up a lot of memory) and the other problem being the firewall at my work place does not allow some of the clients to connect. I always wondered if there is a way to solve to this problem by allowing me to connect online at one place … then I came across Meebo which allows you to connect to any number of text chat services all in one window and the big plus being it is web based. I encourage you to try this out .. It is really useful.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

YouTube - Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

A great video from Michael Wesch that demonstrates the evolution of digital text to hypertext to web1.0 to web2.0. In this video Michael demostrates very simplistically the web2.0 in action. I really liked the definition where web1.0 is about linking information (websites, webpages, etc.) and web2.0 is about linking people .. people sharing, trading and collaborating.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Web 2.0 is all about creating a PUBLIC SPACE for ordinary users

Last night I was browsing on some new social networking sites around the internet just to learn more about what they are doing to attract the conversations and build online communities. My day job is really all about building a network of developers using Intel technology and to build a vibrant software developer community. I happen to come across the top web 2.0 websites from eSnip. Looking at all these websites it seems like the overarching theme is really centered on creating a personal public SPACE easily for ordinary people.

Share personal views, stories, podcasts, photos, opinions, videos, etc.

Participate in online conversations, discussions, answer questions, etc.

Aggregate user driven content, blogs, feeds, comments, knowledge, etc.

Connect with people across the globe, make friends, exchange ideas, meet business contacts, etc.

Engage in conversations, discuss, chat, participate in a community, etc.

Web 2.0 is all about creating a personal public SPACE (Share, Participate, Agrregate, Connect, and Engage) for people in the virtual world of Internet. It is all about giving you SPACE in the internet for you to blossom, thrive and grow without any traditional restrictions. You own this SPACE and you share your personal life, opinions, pictures, videos, etc. I call it PUBLIC space because email also gave you a personal space, but it was private to you where you could connect with the world through your unique email id, but only a select few people you choose had access to your SPACE (and spammers!!).

Any company which can successfully create this public space for everybody to thrive and contribute are really going to be the winners in this new age of the internet evolution.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Movers 2.0 - Follow the Web 2.0 traffic trends

Movers 2.0 - Follow the Web 2.0 traffic trends

Here is a simple website that lists out the top web2.0 sites with Alexa rank. Check out the graphs for each website that tell you the daily reach and page views. If you are web2.0 company then surfacing to the top of such lists means a buyer waiting for you .. and it could be your exit strategy. I had not heard of some of the websites listed here, so it is time to check them out.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Google Press Center: News Announcement

Google Press Center: News Announcement

I tried some of the new features of google groups announced today. I really liked the page customized look and feel with graphics along with file sharing. I think the drag and drop customization capabilities is really nice .. I am hoping that "blogger" takes some of the concepts to make the blog pages more customizable. Although, I should admit the new capabilities of blogger are right on target, but the drag and drop features for the google groups are really nice. Way to go google!!