Sunday, December 28, 2008

Rsync tips

I have been using DeltaCopy (a rync GUI wrapper) for quite a while now. It works well.

But rsync and DeltaCopy aren't user-friendly. That, I feel is their biggest undoing.

For example, the retry count in DeltaCopy for a failed backup attempt is 5. That should be 1 (Edit->Modify Retry Configuration menu-item). If it fails once, then it would fail again and again.

Also, they would be better off making -i (itemize changes) and --modify-window=1 (don't write back a file if modify time is < 1 second). The latter option is particularly insidious. Until, I read the rsync FAQ, I didn't know what was the reason that the backup wasn't looking like an incremental one (quick and easy).

Oh, DeltaCopy automatically adds -rlt options to rsync command line which some tips pages refer as well.

I think, DeltaCopy owners lost the enthusiasm in perfecting the product - it works but it could have rocked.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The positive of it

Ever since the recession has hit the world, I have only heard the bad stories. Folks going out of jobs, houses' valuation going down the drain - doom and gloom.

Amidst all this, there has a been a positive change too.

All those nasty cold calls that one had to put up with at the most inconvenient time; those calls that peddled credit-cards, personal loans are gone now :).

Banks are actually interested in doing a credit-worthiness check!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Contributing to Flex SDK

This is mostly a personal note. If anyone else gets some benefit, then that's entirely a side-effect I should get no credit for.

This page was good.

Caveat: Not all projects in Flex framework have corresponding Flex Builder projects. So, its best to build these using the official instructions which also runs the sanity test-cases.

It would be great if the above page could be cross-linked with the below one:

Short summary:

You can run “ant clean main checkintests” from the root directory, to make sure that everything builds with your changes

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Some basic items

But he wrote them well . I liked two phrases (something I would wish to preserve):

  • DRY (Don't repeat yourself)
  • Single truth principle

Diomidis D. Spinellis says it here

DTH Service


I tried to see prices from Airtel Digital TV, Tata Sky, Sun DTH, Dish TV (Zee). And it looks like Sun DTH is the most agressive in terms of setting up initial costs for customers. Rs 1000 only. Others look more in the range of Rs. 2000.

But the problem in all of this is that friendly neighborhood cable-wallah doesn't want any setup charges as we already have the connection and he takes less money than what we would shell out with Big ticket players.

So, I don't really get what these big boys are trying to do. Would wait and see.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Why I like Symbian so much

May be I have used it before, or may be it is something else. But more I try it, more I think that the 'software' is one of the big problems keeping me away from using my mobile.


I wanted to read something on my mobile, so I converted that to RTF. Thinking RTF is a simpler format and so would easier on my small CPU/memory device.

Guess what? Symbian OS based Office app thought nobody uses RTF anymore! And so there is no support :)


It is good that competition is happening - Android (LiMo), Win Mo 6.1 and Apple Mac OSX would force them to up their game.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mobile Phone Specs

So, I have thinking of buying a newer mobile phone for a long time. I have a Nokia N80. I am okay with it, but I wish I had a phone with MS Exchange ActiveSync support and a wide display screen so I could read on it.

Here is what I could think of:
Spec that must be there:
Price: Rs 15, 000 (great). Max Rs. 25,000 (No use buying an super-expensive electronic item whose price falls rapidly). So, no iPhone 3G for me till Apple does a little price correction.
Microsoft Exchange 2007 support (either Window Mobile 6 or Symbian with ActiveSyncs support or iPhone 3G OS)
FM Radio
Display screen > 3 inch. 3.5 inch great.
CPU > 350 Mhz
100-140 grams weight
QuickOffice/MS Office Mobile
Opera for mobile or Apple Webkit/Safari browser
Bluetooth/Infrared, Wifi b/g, GPRS/EDGE/3G
Qwerty keyboard or touch screen based full-keyboard. No predictive text please.
Camera (quality not very important)

S/w to have:
fring - It encapsulates the Yahoo, GTalk, MSN, Skype, SIP.,
skype for mobile
Gmail client
Adobe Reader for PDFs.

Nice to have:
standard 3.5mm headphone jack
miniUSB chargeable
expandable memory (microSD)

Croma retail has a decent feature list
GSMArena has a nice compare function

An Accessory I really liked
Nokia bluetooth headset

Another phone I liked but its from Nokia, which has a lousy after sales service.
Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic

Friday, October 17, 2008

Why the crisis got worse

Ajay Shah wrote a nice informative article on the present situation.

Why the crisis got worse

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Back to blogger. Bye-bye LJ

About 2 years ago, I decided to move to LJ as I thought blogger was behaving like orkut - no improvements and a crumbling server infrastructure.

"Bad Bad server. No donut for you."
I have seen this quote from orkut countless times. I mean GOOG is the best in hosted-services space. They have the best apps like gmail. But orkut (and blogger to an extent) were neglected children. It seems both are slowly improving now.

So, I am back to blogger. What else?