Tuesday, May 29

The Pursuit of Happyness.

A must watch movie based on a real story. It is about Chris gardener and his struggle to achieve happiness.  Chris invests his family's savings into a bone scanner which proves to be a white elephant leaving him and his family with financial issues. Chris's wife leaves him to settle in new York, but he has his son with him. Chris then earns an internship as a stock broker where he has to juggle between his work, find a home to live and also take care of his kid.
The entire movie shows Chris's willingness to accept his situation and determination to achieve his dreams. At one point, when he barely has money and is homeless, Chris does not reveal his situation to his co-workers and tries to figure out how to solve his problems. This was I think the best part of the movie, it was very inspirational.
Also trying to fix one of the broken bone scanner machine, and studying his way to his internship exam, which selects only one out of twenty, shows how if one is determined, firm and focused, can achieve whatever one dreams.
A conversation between Chris and his son Christopher, where Chris explains how important it is to follow your own dream, is motivational. This is what Chris says to his son.
Hey. Don't ever let somebody tell you,
you can't do something.

Not even me.
All right?

You got a dream? You gotta protect it.
People can't do something themselves, they want to tell you you can't do it.
You want something?
Go get it!
Period!

Monday, May 21

Table row hide and show using jquery issue.

The other day, I encountered a problem in dynamically showing and hiding table rows using jquery. In IE it worked fine, but in chrome and firefox, the UI would break. When I would display = "block", the first th would wrap and contain the entire tr.
Searching on google, I stumbled upon this post  which helped solve the issue.
The solution is simple but way to difficult to guess.
We could just say display = "" and chrome or firefox will reset it to table-row. This does not affect IE though.

Friday, May 18

Iphone's camera app when phone is locked, yet another simple but awesome feature.

The other day, my friend got an Iphone4. He had kept a password deliberately, since he knew I would want to check out his personal stuff. (Yes – Upfront warning, never let me use your phone :P). So while I was trying to guess his password and the phone getting locked for one minute, I saw a very good feature which iphone has introduced.
We can use the camera app, even if the phone is locked. That made me wonder why iphone had to do this. What I could think of is this,
  1. Camera app is an important part of a smartphone just as music app is. Instead of unlocking and then searching for your camera app, why not just provide it on one simple click.
  2.  Worst case scenario, if you had to take pics of record a video of something bad happening around, you would not want to waste time in entering your password and then looking for your camera app. In such situation every second every microsecond counts.
This may be just another feature, but it actually shows how the apple as a company thinks about its users. Simplicity, usability and customer satisfaction, makes this product so awesome.


Monday, May 14

Book Review - A thing beyound forever by Novoneel Chakraborty

This book is about love. period. At first i thought i would not read it, but as and when each chapters passed by, i was curious to finish it. It has lot of philosophy. The characters in the book come lively with each words.
The story is about Raen Verma and Radhika Sharma, starts when both are teenagers. Raen falls in love with a girl called savera, However radhika is in love with Raen. Raen tries to propose Savera, but fails both the times and then radhika comes in his life.
Raen starts liking radkhika, but he cannot forget savera. Raen mentions most of his activites in his personal diary.
Raen falls sick and dies, leaving Radkhika alone. Radkhika only has his diary left with her. Even after 13 years for Raen's death, Radkhika still mourns over Raen, and is not ready to face the truth and move on with life. Radhika who is a Doctor, meets with a kid and soon finds out that the kid is different and connects her with Raen, the kid has same interest / hobbies as Raen and starts beliveing in Reincarnation. Only to find out later, whom the kid belongs to, Radhika's belief gets stronger.
The story is simple and somewhat predictable.
The good parts
1) It makes us believe in love, re-incarnation.
2) Very nicely written and simple to understand and follow. The is the only reason i completed it.
The Bad parts
1) In search of love, the protogonist dies, though i am still in doubt as to who is the main character, Raen verma or Radhika Sharma.
2) Sad endings, and it will always keep me confused as to why did Radhika Sharma commit suicide. Just because she did not get her first love does not mean she has to die.
3) The book gives emphasis on first love. (Not a con but i hated that :P)
Overall Rating : 3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, May 8

How to connect Archos 5 internet tablet on windows 7 as USB mass storage device.

I have been using archos 5 internet table over a year now. Since this tablet is an android tablet, its format is ext3. Initially i somehow managed to install ext2fsd software and ran the tablet on my windows 7 machine. However recently i could not get ext2fsd software to run my tablet.

While i was browsing my tablet, i realized, archos settings provides options to be able to view tablet in two formats i.e ext3 and FAT32.

ext3 being the default, i was using it. However if you change the mass storage format to FAT32 for windows compatible, it erases your entire data which was earlier stored in ext3 format.

To change the mass storage option go to
settings -> About Device -> Repair and formatting tools -> Mass storage file system format and then select FAT32 which is in windows compatibility mode.

Once you select this, it asks to flush your device. Once the device restarts, you need to ensure that your device is in mass storage mode to be able to recognize by windows, if not, windows gives a driver missing error.

To do that, go to
settings -> Device storage and USB connection -> USB connection mode and select Mass Storage drive (MSC).

Once done connect your device via USB cable and it will appear as a Storage drive for windows.