[June 29, 2006] I want tag clouds !!!

The battle of clouds continues. I have tried a way suggested by Gerrit (Thanx pal), that to copy paste the tag-cloud. And it works !!! But the problm now is that this cloud is only static i.e. it will not show any future additions. blog (8), coldfusion (1), css (1), fordipika (1), gtd (5), howto (1), interesting (9), k750i (1), motivation (1), mp3 (1), music (1), organization (4), productivity (11), reference (2), tipstricks (5), topdf (3), toread (8), tutorials (2), webdesign (2)

[June 27, 2006] Created del.icio.us tag cloud

I had always wondered if Yahoo 360 supported tags, or even catagories for posts. But I’ve not found any such feature as yet in 360. I had heard/read a lot about del.icio.us tagging and thought that tag-clouds were cool and a very intuitive way to present content highlighting it with accosiated importance. So here is my latest addition to my 360 page ūüôā

Edit: HTML Code from del.icio.us did not work ūüė¶¬† The post editor did not allow to put me the script. But I’ve found a similar tag-cloud functionality from MyWebYahoo (I was expecting that, you see) so I’m trying the Yahoo tag-cloud now. If every thing goes fine then it should be visible here —

.myweb2badge{border:1px solid black;font:normal 90%/1.2em arial,verdana,helvetica,sans-serif;padding:10px;} .myweb2badge #taglist ul{margin:1em 0 !important;padding:0 !important;list-style:none !important;} .myweb2badge #taglist li{margin:0 !important;padding:0 !important;list-style:none;display:inline;} .myweb2badge #taglist li em {font-style:normal !important;} .myweb2badge em.one{font-size:100%;}.myweb2badge em.two{font-size:120%;}.myweb2badge em.three{font-size:140%;}.myweb2badge em.four{font-size:150%;}.myweb2badge em.five{font-size:170%;}

— but as you can see … no luck! If any one can figure this out then please let me know.

[Jun 17, 2006] Tips for Music on K750i

I’ve been listening to MP3s a lot on K750i. Some notes and tips –

The supplied head phones are very good. Fit nicely in my ears. Bass output is also good especially when MegaBass is on. I just need to plug in the USB cable in the computer and it recognises K750i  as a flash drive. I can browse/cut/copy/paste contents to and fro the memory card and the File Explorer. So all I have to do is that find the MP3s files on my computer and copy/paste them in the \MP3 folder or in \MSSEMC\Media files\audio in the memory card. Simple.

The inbuilt Media Player shows the files in Artist-Title format. So if you want your playlist to look neat and clean then right-click on the MP3 Properties>Summary>Advanced and change the Artist value to the artist name, album name or whatever you want to display in the playlist. Then change the Title value to the song name.

Tip :-
– You will need to change the Title value individually for each file but you can give a common Artist value to multiple files. Keep the CTRL pressed and select the related files with the mouse. Then right-click Properties>Summary>Advanced and change the Artist value. This will be applied to all the files.
РAnother tip you might find useful. Create folders according to artist/album on the phone memory card. Then while creating playlists on the phone, you can select the folder and all the files will be put in the playlist.

This seems to be a lot of work but I don’t mind doing this coz it hlps me keep my playlist neat. This will be also helpful in sorting the list by Artist or Title

To Do :-
– Try playing¬† .M3U playlist files. Have’nt tried this.
– Finetune media synchronization with Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player has synchronization feature with portable devices. I’ve tried using it and it put files on the root of the memory card or in a Music folder. Both these are not acceptable coz phone plays files only from \MP3 folder or \MSSEMC\Media files\audio folder. I’ll try again and post updates. I’m surprized this topic is not discussed¬†in any forum!

[Jun 17, 2006] Stuff I’m Doing With My K750i

I’m using my K750i for the following activities –

– Making Calls (of course)
– Listening music (Some tip and tricks …)
– Watching videos
– Net Surfing
(limited to Airtel Live service and Yahoo)
– PIM (Calendar + ToDo Lists + Notes)
РReading Articles and Novels (currently reading Dan Brown-Angels & Demons)
– Clicking Photos
РTransfering files betwen Home and Office as Flash Drive

I’ve found these features to be most useful –

– Flash Light This is basically a LED light to be used as a flash with camera but as it can be kept on like a torch so I’m using it to find my way around the house when I come back late¬†from work.¬†I’ve made a shortcut to it in my Activity Menu for quick access. Another quick way to start the light is to¬†slide open the camera shutter and press * (Bottom-left button)
– Active Screen It is possible to create a note in K750i and display it on the standby screen at all times. Open that note in the phone and select the More > Show In Standby option. I use this to show important ToDo items or Reminders so that I’m reminded of them everytime I use the phone.
– USB Charging I don’t need to carry a charger to my office bcause I¬†carry my data-cable to office anyway.

[Jun 09, 2006] My New K750i

My quest for a perfect mobile phone is over. After delibrating over Nokia 3230, 6680, N70, Moto Razr, O2 XDA-II, XDA II Mini and XDA Atom, I finally decided on Sony Ericsson K750i. Although it was nowhere in my initial research items, I instantly decided to go for it when I got to see its feature list.

The factors which were in consideration while I was in research mode, were –

  • Screen size (pixels)
  • Weight
  • Price (of course!)
  • PIM featres (Calendar and a To-Do list were essential)
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio/Video formats supported
  • USB flash drive, and
  • Camera features

Click on this link if you wish to see a side-by-side feature comparison. As you will see that K750i has an advantage in weight, phonebook, internal memory and camera megapixels. The features which I consider as bonus are FM radio, camera flash as night-light and camera auto-focus.

Now the cons … yes K750i has some cons too … ! The call drop rate is more than my previous phone, Nokia 3120. My office cafeteria is point-in-case (or case-in-point, however that is said). I used to have voice breakage when I took a call on Nokia set and occasional call drops too. But I’ve felt that K750i is dropping more calls and there is some hissing noise too!

The speaker phone volume is less as compared to Nokia handsets, but I won’t be using the speaker phone much for calls or music playback so it is okay with me.

Another issue worrying me is the longetivity of the joystick. SE phons are notorious for joystick problems. Although I have¬†used Ericsson T68i whose joystick is working perfectly after so many years. But that is Ericsson … and this is Sony-Ericsson!

Now the disturbing news. The keypad of my K750i stopped working on the third day!!! I got my phone on May 27, 2006. I checked the phone features, the sound quality and the stuff and admittedly was quite glad about my decision to go for K750i. But on the morning of May 29, 2006, I was not able to stop the alarm in my sleep-induced-stupor. I did’nt think much of it and attributed it to the sleep-induced-stupor. Then there was an incoming¬†call and I was not able to reject it. My sleep-induced-stupor was gone and with my eyes wide open,¬†I realized that only 4 buttons of the keypad were responding to user-inputs (i.e. my frantic pressing). The joystick was only accepting press inputs, not nudge inputs.

Later in the day, I¬†was¬†consoled by guy at¬†the service-centre and their assurance to replace my handset.¬†I got the replacement¬†on June 1, 2006. Till then I used T68i. BTW, the service-centre told me that they will be giving me a new handset but i’ll get to keep my existing accessories. I agreed because three days old accessories are as good as new for me,¬†but was I supposed to get a box replacement?! Was I ripped?! Anyway, now, that I have got a new set, I’m enjoying the music features a lot and discovering shortcuts to avoid using the joystick as much as possible.

Well, nothing in this world is perfect. One has to decide how much of imperfection is acceptable.

P.S. – I plan to write about my user experience in detail later.