Archive - Apr 2003


April 30th

usability news

A Heuristic Evaluation of the Usability of Infants:

Consistency and Standards: Most infants have similar requirements and error messages, and the same troubleshooting procedures work for a variety of infants. Cuteness is also an infant standard, ensuring that users continue to put up with the many user interface difficulties.

A retrospective on the Xerox Star Information System. If there ever was a single software that shaped the way human interaction would be handled on computers, it was this.

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April 28th


Reliance Mobile - Do The world In Your Fist!!

[via Vipurva]


April 26th


Nikita writes:

You know you're in trouble when a silly mid-night conversation keeps you smiling for the next three days...


April 25th

practical knowledge

The Compiler Design + Multimedia Applications practical exam went off without any major mishaps. Minor mishaps: The keyboard of the computer behind me got stuck with the chair, and flew off the desk when I turned. I had to do a clumsy dive-under-the-table action to save it. The external examiner gave me a weird look.

Then there was the multimedia program whose menus *just don't work*. Just one of those things that happen to perfect programs in crisis situations. I know my code, and I'm dead sure it was perfect, but it just didn't work! So I go out to drink water, and confirm the code with this friend, and the Compilers teacher sees me talking. Great, first of all, your code gives up on you, and then it also makes you look bad in front of everyone.

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April 22nd

new blogger review

I've started DanoReview to serve as an outsider's observation of the new Blogger. Co-authors invited.


April 21st

information flow

Last week, Kapil and I prepared a collection of all the programs we needed for our practicals this semester, and Kapil sent them out to all the members of our class. Yesterday, I got the same zipfile we sent back as an email, from a person outside our college. Also, someone uploaded the file to the BITBIS community filespace. Soon after that, I got two copies of the same 604 Compilers notes from two different people.

It's extremely interesting to see how information flows through which such high redundancy.

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spooky stuff

For those who don't believe in ghosts... here is one neat proof - just click the link after reading. This pic was taken in an old house. This one was wild and a little spooky once you find the ghost in the picture. Also, there is something creepy in the picture - try finding out what. So if u you are weak hearted, don't try it.

It took me a few seconds to find it, but when you do, it just stands out. To save you some time, concentrate around the table on the window... See
the reflections formed in the mirror. Be patient as it takes about 30 seconds or so for your eyes to focus and see the real image.

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April 19th

weekly web wonder

HomestarGreetings, earthlings, and welcome to the brand new, weekly web wonder entry! This week's website is, one of the most ultracool Flash websites I've seen in my entire browsing life. This CartoonNetwork-esque website documents the life of Homestar Runner, one of the most lovable comic characters around. There's also a bunch of other people,StrongBad including the uber-villain StrongBad and his brothers StrongMad and StrongSad.

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April 17th

damn, i'm in the papers again

A college friend just commented: "looks like fame does not stop following you"

Is this some sort of a conspiracy? I'm on the back page of this week's Education Times, listening to the wonderful Joanne Doyle from UCD at the Ireland Education Fair that was held recently.

In other media news, I won't be writing for the Hindustan Times any more, since I'm too soft hearted to tolerate the editorial intendance. Lookout for this week's Weekly Web Wonder, tomorrow on this weblog itself.


April 16th


I made some additions to my link-list, so I should introduce them as well:

Amit Agarwal: This 'Netahoy' gizmo dude is the only other Delhi blogger I know.

Anita Bora: Rediff's shining star. Also keeper of the Indian Blogger's List, a insurmountable feat in itself, considering it's a single HTML file.

Cameron Marlow: That dude who created Blogdex. Also Ph.D. student at the Media Lab. and also into the music scene. Not exactly role model, but something incredibly close.

Gaurav Sabnis: CEO in the making at IIM Lucknow. He's in the list because of the Calvin&Hobbes cartoon on his page. Also because of the content, but the cartoon ownz.