Blogger in Draft

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Google has just invieled the draft version of some new features to come up in the blogger including uploading of videos. Check it out at http://draft.blogger.com

I just tried using the upload video function and its just great. It uploads your video to Google videos and embeds the link directly in the post. Bye Bye to all thsoe Myspace and youtube hacks.

written by Sandeep Gupta

Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 9:12 AM

It had been long since I have blogged, busy with the role and responsibility change I went through in the past few weeks. Now, I am back to work and here I go...

The stuff Microsoft creates had always impressed me. This fascination comes from ease of use of its products and, the drag and drop behaviour of most of the functionalities. Browsing through their websites brings me to something wonderful.

I had been collecting links to Microsoft websites, and the list kept growing longer. While checking Google Account Services website, the idea sharing it with all popped up, so here is the list of links I have compiled over time,

  1. Microsoft: The official website of Microsoft.

  2. Asp.Net: A website all about ASP and ASP.NET.

  3. netFx3: Dedicated to .NET Framework 3.0

  4. VWDHosting: Free .NET 2.0 hosting service for development and testing.

  5. CodePlex: Microsoft's open source project hosting web site.

  6. GotDotNet: This paved way for codeplex.com.

  7. Live.com: A website dedicated to all online services of Microsoft namely, search, blogs, mails, etc.

  8. WindowsVista: All about the Windows Vista operating system.

  9. WindowsMarketPlace: A place to buy all Microsoft Windows stuff.

  10. MicrosoftVolumeLicensing:Provides access to licensing terms, conditions and supplemental information.

  11. IdeaWins.com: A website about Microsoft Office Accounting.

  12. FlightSimulator: A website about Microsoft Flight Simulator.

  13. WindowsMedia.com: A website about Windows Media: music, movies, tv, radio, celebrities, games and all.

  14. WindowsUpdate.com: A website about updating your Windows Operating System and staying up to-date.

  15. MicrosoftOffice.com: A website dedicated to the Microsoft Office product technology.

  16. WindowsOneCare.com: A website about the Windows One Care Live service, protecting your system from viruses, worms, trozans, spywares etc.

  17. ZooTycoon.com: A website about gaming and fun.

  18. MicrosoftProgramGuide: Nothing to do with computer programming, it features TV programming schedules for the Windows Media Center Edition machines.

  19. XBox.com: Website about the gaming machine XBOX

  20. WMPlugins.com: Website about Windows Media Player plugins.

  21. FreeToInnovate.com: A legistlative action tool

  22. VisualStudio.com: A website about Visual Studio and related stuff.

  23. Web Development Learning Series: Learning modules designed to leverage the Web development skills you’ve already mastered.

Let me know about other websites, if you know.

Hope this helps.

written by Sandeep Gupta

Friday, June 1, 2007 at 3:05 PM

Google yesterday unvieled a new technology that would help shape Web 3.0. In the times when Adobe and Microsoft are fighting to build the latest web delievery platform in the form of Flash/Flex/Apollo and Silverlight, Google has touched the area which no one could have imagined.


As per Google, Google Gears is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using following JavaScript APIs:
Store and serve application resources locally
Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database
Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness

Wow! Now thats what one should call innovation. Flash/Silverlight went to the extent of only providing a means of delivering rich content, whereas Google intends to provide a Web Server to the client's platform.

Its availability for IE/Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux... and in development versions for Mac Safari are definitely worth noting.

Another important factor is that Google has open sourced the project. It means that the growth of the framework would be exponential. The power of Javascript and the client browser has been leveraged best by Google in its previous products such as GMail and Maps, and now Google gears to take it further.

The examples on the website are quite exciting. They open the doors to a road that has never been travelled. Infact, Google has just integrated Gears with Reader. So now you can read your past 2000 items without even logging in or getting connected to the internet. Wow! What would happen when Google integrates it with GMail. We would have an application like Outlook running from internet, and storing our previous mails, and sending the new ones... as soon as it gets connected.

The opportunity for the applications built on top of Google Gears seems enormous. It is innovation Google style.

written by Sandeep Gupta

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