Friday, September 24, 2010

Communication: what and how in

Have you seen the article in sysfun on effective communication?
It deals with what is communication and how to be a good communicator. A never to be missed post!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

bye bye!

I've bought a new domain, and I'll be setting my new website there. Will be migrating my posts as well.

Thank you all for the support!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Twitter Error 500 : Internal server error

This day, I tried to log in to my twitter account with my user name and password and wooosh! It threw an internal server error(Error 500).

OS: Win Xp
Browser: Firefox 3.6.6

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Firefox latest beta version : 4.0 Beta1

I've installed the version 4.0 Beta1 of Firefox. Haven't went through any review of firefox 4.0 beta1 before I installed it
Here is a screen shot of the application. Please note that if you need a stable version, stick on to  the current version (3.6.6 is the current stable version of firefox).

As a first impression it is the new clean UI, the loaders and the option to give feed back that welcomes us. 

Will try to post more on it when I start using it more.

Applications I can't live without : Part 1.

I work in the software Quality assurance field, and here are the Windows Applications I can't live without.(Doesn't involve the software testing apps - that list is endless). I use 3 windows OS: Win XP / Vista/ Win 7. These must have applications(atleast for me) are mostly free and open source which are sure to work in all the three OS. Check them out.

1. Notepad++:  free as in both "free speech" and "free beer"
        - The replacement for notepad, having advance features, and easy to use with a tabbed interface. It helps me a lot in writing my technical blog, as well as do some basic programming as well.
More info in Notepad++ website

2. Paint.Net :
        - Replacement for the Paint in Windows (the MSPaint in windows 7 is more powerful than the one in other versions like xp and vista). This application can handle layers, and can do almost all the adjustments that are needed for your small time picture editing needs.
More info in Paint.Net website

3. Open Office :
        - Open Office(earlier with Sun, now with Oracle after the acquisition) is an open source office applications having almost all the capabilities of of MS Office. A true MS Office replacement and nifty to work with!
More info in Open Office website

4. Foxit reader :
        - I use this instead of Adobe Acrobat reader to view *.pdf(Portable Document Format) files. Light to the memory, and easy to use.
        Foxit Reader website

5. Browsers - FireFox/ Chrome :
        - Firefox is the thing with fire in it's stomache and can be claimed as the IE killer - Open source, fast(except may be because of some scripts), and almost crash free. Chrome from Google is also reliable in most of the cases.
         FIrefox and Chrome can be obtained from their websites.

To be continued...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Change the background picture of your google search

Saw the background image feature of google search? if not try that.

Yes, the google web back ground can be changed.. I've done that..

If you are wondering hoew to change the web search background use the link on the left bottom.

Monday, June 28, 2010

New building for Infopark; Athulya opened by Chief Minister

Infopark's new building, Athulya was inaugarated by Mr. V. S. Achuthanandan, the cheif minister of Kerala, India on last day. This Information Technology Park(Info Park) is the second initiative of Kerala Government in the field of Information Technology after technopark, Trivandrum, and already houses some of the big names in the industry. The chief minister also opened the 2.4 KM infopark express high way, that links the technology park to the sea port airport road.

Situated on 7.1 acres of land in Infopark SEZ, Athulya has a total built-up area of 5.5 lakh square feet and can house a software development block (with an area of 3.5 lakh square feet), a cafeteria building (with an area of 0.50 lakh square feet), and multi-level car parking facility (300 cars). With a total seating capacity of 4000, Athulya will have a total of 10 elevators (8 for the software development blocks and 2 for the cafeteria). With an average floor plate size of 50000 sq. ft. Athulya also boasts of facilities such as incubation centers; training rooms; direct four-lane connectivity road ...etc.
More info on the facility of athulya in infopark can be found out in Kerala Information technology's blog.. in the function a mention on the smartcity issue also came up.

image courtesy : The Hindu

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Technology updates

Here are some quick technology updates in this technical blog..

1. Google updated google interface.. But wait, its for the ipad. - and the change - full view of the compose window with no distraction with messages in the side showing the inbox

- Source: craig wilkinson(he is an SE with google mobile) in his post in google mobile blog

2. Mobile devices will be spotted with adobes latest release on Flash player (version 10.1 for mobile)

3. A couple of months back IRCTC released a beta version of their portal make sure that you try it (A little buggy for me though) the search is easy with all the available classes showing and even the print out of the ticket is neat. - wish to try? use the flashing beta banner on the top left of the site.

4. Black berry have a small set back with standard chartered bank replacing it's black berry devices with (so called) more advanced tools called iphone.

Off beat: Processor/ Chip giant AMD have started marketing its 12 core processors widely. A cute little ad appeared in Economic times with a kid holding weight and asking what is overloading!
An attractive and full page one!

Update: How did I missed the wordpress 3.0 ?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

CAP Flying Scholorship details.

$2500 worth Aerospace Leadership Scholarship(For CAP[Civil Air patrol] - 2011) to be awarded to make sure that dreams take a flight. Spaatz Association have started to invite applications and the dead line is Sep 30th. Details can be found in The flyer is also available there to download.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Blogger Design : Template designer

Blogger design template designer have been migrated from blogger in draft to public. Its something nifty to work with and you can find the announcement in blogger buzz on the announcement of new features.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Skype, 3G and apple iphone- A deadly combination.

Saw the news in gizmodo? Skype is coming to iphone with small user fee for skype to skype calls. Advancements with 3G helps achieving this.. but will we be using that, especially when there is a data charge of the operator in force plus the usage charges? Any way its nice to get one in hand because, you can dial to skype from anywhere and that too with near CD quality sound..

Friday, May 28, 2010

HP Overtook IBM to reach No.1 Spot in server revenue

Compared to the previous year, the shipment of servers by the manufacturers have increased to around 23 percentage(which is still teh 80 % of what in 2008). Hewlett Packard or HP have took over the numbner one spot from IBM in global server revenue in this first quarter. read the news in ZD Net UK.

OT: Trying to find data like how many of the HP servers have been implemented in kerala (India).
HP's demo graphical influence on India. and so on.
(Do HP have "HP service centers in Kerala" for it's server division?)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Technical Blogs" - The keyword in Google.

It's been ages since i quit with the promotional activities of Last day when I checked with the data of the site I found that the word Technical blogs is attracting many a number of visitors to the site and when checked with Google India, I found that it is appearing in the first page. To rank in a key word like this wasn't something I expected.. Still its a good feeling that the word "Technical blogs" started generating more hits. From now on I will try to include more contents on the technical category (at least have to justify the search!).

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Adsense.. how much do you earn?

When ever some one clicks on adsense ad, Google shares its revenue with you.. but how much.. google recently disclosed the same and it is around 68 percentage see about that in here

Monday, May 24, 2010

3G in India -

3G or 3rd Generation (International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 (IMT-2000)) services are now the international standard in mobile tele communication, with higher bit rates up to 14 Mbps uplink and 5 Mbps downlink.
Read an article in Businessline about the 3G auctions in India. The 3G tarrifs in India and the impact of the bid over the 3G specturum and so on.

BTW, in the bid Bharathi came out as the no:1 bidder with 12295 crores, and they do think that this rate is on the higher side (cue: prices of 3G may go up)

read the article from source

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Career oppurtunity for IT Professionals : financial Services - Cochi

A leading financial services company is looking for software professionals in fresher, entry level job categories. If you are a BE/Btech computer science graduate or a BCA/MCA graduate, with 0 - 2 years experience do send in the resumes to me (contact address is in, alappuzhakaran at the rate gmail dot com ). You can use the form available in

India's W3C dreams. - W3C opens it's Office in India

The inventor of WWW(World Wide Web or W3), Tim Berners-Lee found the W3C, and now have offices in different countries and regions hosted by a neutral organisation.

World Wide Web Consortium(W3C) have opened its office in New Delhi on 6th of May 2010. Under the supervision of TDIL Programme(Technology Development for Indian Language), this effort will inject a new life in to the veins of usage of local language in Indian Cyber-space.

Cochin Edition of The Hindu, has an article on this, published on May 8th.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Story of pagerank, blogger, wordpress and more..

A couple of years ago the most important thing around for webmasters was how to increase Google page rank or PR. In those times, I was also in constant search for articles around the internet by using keywords like "how to increase the PR", "Increase the Page rank" etc. Occasionally I used to search for "Increase the Alexa ranking" keywords too. I was able to increase my page rank(maximum of 5 for a short duration) and increase my Alexa score to the range of 2,00,000. After that I migrated my blog to Wordpress, tried Drupal, again to Wordpress and then back here to blogger. if there wasn't a DB migration at my host side, i wouldn't have got my articles deleted in Wordpress and i wouldn't have came back to blogger. Every thing happened for good(courtesy: Bhagavat Geetha).
Last day when i migrated my page rank was 2 and this day its updated and is now 4! err.. What's happening Google?
What is left? I now have a mission in Hand, to migrate my blog sqaguy to blogger. i think I'll loose my articles in sqa blog.. wanna try all the options..

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Back to blogger

Am back with blogger.. and that too with the same old template and stuffs.. the things which were written in wordpress were all gone! .. Still happy with ths stuff, coz I don't have to care much about maintenance.. Should thank google for one of the most wonder ful service called blogger and it took less than a couple of minutes to switch back to blogger!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

blog's down

My blog is down for the last one month.. damn, I donno how to revive !

It all started with some issues with host. I cancel the hosting account and sign up again as one of the server's of the host was creating issues.. but now, everything is hay wired!