Saturday, February 23, 2008

Usernames and Passwords everywhere

For each and every new site on internet you need a username and password. We need different passwords for each site due to security reasons. We dont want people to crack one password and get the key for each and every site where we have an account.

Lifehack has a great post saying 12 hours to better time management where the author has mentioned KeePass software. I thought it as interesting and installed it on my PC. Lets see if this makes the task of password maintenance really easy.

The KeePass site describes the software as:

KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. So you only have to remember one single master password or insert the key-disk to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).

Tushar Joshi, Nagpur

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Default fonts in Open Office Writer

I love the export to PDF feature of Open Office Writer. I write my documents frequently in OO Writer so that I can send the PDF export to clients easily.

I was wondering how to set the default font of OO Writer and it was a simple feature available in Tool menu Options dialog box.

I set my favorite font Georgia as the default for all the text I write.

Tushar Joshi, Nagpur

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

GTD with Tudumo

I am using Tudumo since some weeks and it is helping me do things faster. I got the tip from my favorite DownloadSquad about this tool and as always they have provided tip about a great tool.

Tudumo is easy, quick, fast, efficient. It has keyboard shortcuts which are easy to absorb and work.

Tushar Joshi, Nagpur

Skype buddies in my Pidgin Rocks

In Skype I always faced one issue of not able to clear the chat window which I often do in my Pidgin chat windows through the keyboard shortcut CTRL+L. This is very handy tool for clearing the window in Pidgin.

Now as Skype users are available in my Pidgin list through the new Skype Plugin I get all the power of Pidgin chat window and my CTRL+L shortcut for Skype chats also.

I am Happy.

Tushar Joshi, Nagpur

Skype plugin for Pidgin

Got the news for release of Skype Plugin for Pidgin.
I am a fan of Pidgin and this delights me as now I can see all my Skype contacts in my Pidgin buddy list which already list my Yahoo, GTalk, MSN buddies

Tushar Joshi, Nagpur

Monday, February 18, 2008

BlueJ way of learning Object Oriented programming

BlueJ is a tool to teach and learn Object Oriented programming. I fell in love with this tool as soon as I saw it, so indeed this is love at first site. I exclaimed hey! this is what I was searching for so many days.

The BlueJ site describes it like follows:

The BlueJ environment was developed as part of a university research project about teaching object-orientation to beginners. The system is being developed and maintained by a joint research group at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. The project is supported by Sun Microsystems.

The aim of BlueJ is to provide an easy-to-use teaching environment for the Java language that facilitates the teaching of Java to first year students. Special emphasis has been placed on visualisation and interaction techniques to create a highly interactive environment that encourages experimentation and exploration.

BlueJ is based on the Blue system. Blue is an integrated teaching environment and language, developed at the University of Sydney and Monash University, Australia. BlueJ provides a Blue-like environment for the Java language.

I have started using this tool in my Java course as it is available for teaching Java. I believe my students will love this tool and will be able to learn OO concepts fast.

Tushar Joshi, Nagpur

Good bye Adobe Reader welcome Foxit Reader

Today suddenly Adobe Reader 8.0.2 stopped working for me like a naughty kid. I was desperate to read GeoTIFF specification version 1.0. I tried and tried but in vein. :(

Finally learning from some blog posts and geek words I agreed to download the Foxit reader and started using it.

This is fast and easy. I wonder how I lived with the buggy Adobe Reader so long and remain deprieved of this beautiful piece of happiness named Foxit reader.

Tushar Joshi, Nagpur

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Camtasia: Nice way to create training videos

So you want to create a video and publish it to your blog, ipod, or just about any format. Well Camtasia is the answer that you are looking for. This product has helped me create some nice videos showing a brief overview of the functionality of my website for new customers. The software allowed me to easily do a screen capture of my site, and then do a voice overlay later.

To create the video I found it helpful to first go through and cut points that you want to cover up into different topics. Then capture each one of those videos individually. Once you have done this you can add all of the videos together into the Producer section, where you can create a story board and add the voice over as needed.

Camtasia will allow you to execute your videos into the following formats:

  • MP3
  • iPod video
  • Flash (SWF and FLV)
  • AVI
  • Silverlight compatible WMV
  • QuickTime (MOV)
  • RealMedia (RM)
  • Animated GIF
  • Executable (EXE)
Tushar Joshi, Nagpur