[Aug 23, 2006] New home for my blog at WordPress

Hi guys,

Well, I’ve decided to have a NEW home for my blog

https://eyesofcalvin.wordpress.com 

Looking forward to your visit there.

Luv …

[July 02, 2006] Template for a Pocketmod

Ever since I discovered GTD, a technique advocated by David Allen to increase personal productivity and time management, I had tried putting it to use in many forms. Even tried using my Sony Ericsson K750i but that required too many buttons to push and didn’t provide a uniform view. As I don’t have a PDA, so I was looking for alternatives which suit my lifestyle and requirements. Moleskins, Hipster PDA etc are too bulky for me. I needed something affordable and handy to take my notes and ‘next actions’.

I came across PocketMod.com and have been a fan ever since. This website provides a Flash utility which offers some nicely designed templates for To-Do lists, planners, calendars, simple games, formulas etc to be printed out on an A4 size paper which folds into a small 8-page booklet. Its cheap, looks cool and very handy. But the geek I am, I wanted MORE ! I wanted the ability to get my next actions to be printed instead of being written by hand. PocketMod team is working on that functionality yet but I couldn’t wait. I guessed someone must have created some utility to do that already or at least a Word template. I looked on the Net but nothing for me. So I’ve decided to design my own and share it with PocketMod fans ūüôā

Click here to go to my new blog to download the template in DOC format.

I designed this for myself and your needs might be different so you can edit the template as you wish and maybe forward it to me also. Or drop me a mail about what you think about it. Till then, Enjoy!

[July 02, 2006] Deadly sins? Really?

“So many people/so many creeds,
So many paths that wind and wind,
While just the art of being kind,
Is all the sad world needs.”

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

I came across this article [Deadly Sins]¬†by Khushwant Singh, a renowned Indian author, who has a talent¬†of writing in simple vocabulary. In this particular piece, he writes about the¬†so-called 7 sins in Christianity and 5 sins in Hinduism. Are they really so bad for humanity that¬†they could be termed as ‘sins’ ?! How come that both these religions don’t include ‘violence’ in these lists of sins? Should’nt hurting a fellow being be considered sinful? Although we all consider violence as morally incorrect, but putting it in this list would might help end much misery from the world which we live in.

[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
– SMS
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.