Archive for February, 2006

Coding Horror Blog

February 21, 2006 3 comments

I too am getting into coding horror

Categories: Tech

Instant Messengers

February 21, 2006 Leave a comment

I absolutely don’t like all the messenger clients hogging up system resources and precious taskbar area. The alternative till now was to use a multi-sign-in IM client like trillian, gaim or jabbers. I’ve also heard friends working in other organizations complain about these IM clients disabled in their network. Well, not anymore I guess. Check out the browser-based meebo, brining IM to Web 2.0. Ofcourse, it doesn’t have all the additional features like sounds, emoticons, webcam sharing, etc, but good enough for one-on-one text chat. Also, recently launched is gtalk on gmail.

Categories: Tech, Tweaks

The Code Book

February 14, 2006 1 comment

On one of my previous posts, a friend recommended The Code Book by Simon Singh. I got one but being an occassional reader, it took me almost a couple of months to finish reading through it. Its a great book with an interesting account of evolution of cryptography.

With each new encryption algorithm, there is an initial feeling that its “secure enough” and not breakable practically. But through the history, we have seen most of them being broken.

Categories: Tech

Anagram Generator

February 10, 2006 7 comments

If you have ever played texttwist, you would know the importance of getting the anagram in less than 120 seconds. Apart from making the smaller 3-4-5 letter words, the objective is to get the 6-letter anagram correctly to keep the game going on.

It was a friend’s interest to develop a brute-force crack to cheat on the game. The first task is to generate all possible anagrams with the characters and then lookup each entry in a dictonary. Ofcourse, such programs are already available on the net, but its a good exercise to build one on your own.

Generating anagrams, looked like a simple task, and actually is :), but I got lost and it took some time to finally get a recursive function ready. The actual part of finding meaningful words through a dictionary lookup is still TODO. If you are interested to have a look at the C# code leave a comment and I’ll try to post it.

Categories: Tech

command prompt bar

February 9, 2006 4 comments

Windows, Skins, GUI is all good, but I do often find myself launching the good old command prompt for various little things. Command Prompt Explorer Bar is a wonderful little utility that adds hooks to plug-in the command prompt window right into Windows Explorer.

It can keep track of your browsing in the explorer and sync it to the path of the command prompt. Also, a set of frequently used commands are stacked up for reuse. Ctrl + M it is!!

Update 2006.02.17: Documentation of all the win xp command line tools.

Categories: Tweaks


February 2, 2006 Leave a comment

I’ve just got the ie7 beta installed; I’m liking the design and looks but too bad that I could find a couple of glitches within first 10 minutes. There must be many more bugs and I’m sure that guys at ms must be working hard on fixing them. And as with any of their product’s new version, the memory footprint is huge. Here is the link to download ie7 beta 2.

Media Player 10 required Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation before you could download the setup files. But, I’ve read of reports that it was cracked (with almost no effort and in almost no time). With IE7, the WGA is built-in to the setup, so that it validates every copy of windows on which you want to install the new browser. Hmm.. just a matter till another report, i guess!!

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