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Jumplist is one of the most prominent and useful features in Windows7. Many applications work very well with it. However, Gtalk fails miserably to implement even the most basic of jumplist feature – launching the application itself!

This is how Gtalk jumplist looks on Windows7

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If you, by mistake the main Gtalk window, you should ideally be able to bring it back by either clicking on the icon in the taskbar or by launching it from the jumplistst! However, neither of these options seem to work.

The only way you can make it work is by launching it from the system tray! Hope Google fixes this soon!

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For most of us, a Search engine is the gateway to internet. We rely on it for day to day tasks. Thanks to search engines, we need not remember a plethora of domain names; a few words which you can remember from a site is all that is needed to take you to the right site.

A large population of internet users seldom click any link other than the first one the search engine throws at them. Some of them go further and explore the next page, and rarely does anyone go beyond the 3rd of 4th page. I was always wondering why Google says it found some millions of results as people are never interested in viewing the 1000th results let alone the millionth one. I was wondering why they’re waste computational resources on indexing data no one would ever use.

Today, I tried a little experiment. I searched for Apple on Google. It returned a whopping 340 Million results!! Whew.. Then I tried accessing the 2nd page.. I noticed there is an attribute which is seen in the address bar called Start, which changes for every page. e.g., for the 2nd page the PageStart value is 10, which actually says show results starting from the 10th page which is quite logical.

The URL looks something like this

http://www.google.co.in/webhp?hl=en#hl=en&safe=off&q=apple&start=10&sa=N&fp=2b0cc07f38284dd0

I tried changing the number for 10 to 2000 to see the 201st page, but I was in for a surprise –

Sorry, Google does not serve more than 1000 results for any query. (You asked for results starting from 2000.

Here it is, Google can’t serve you results exceeding 1000 for any query! So the first question which was haunting my head was resolved..

I wanted to play around with Google more, so I tried giving another value – this time 640 to see if I actually get redirected to the 65th page.

http://www.google.co.in/webhp?hl=en#hl=en&safe=off&q=apple&start=650&sa=N&fp=2b0cc07f38284dd0

Above is the URL I tried in my browser. It said “ Results 431437 of about 340,000,000 for apple”

Results 431437 of about 340,000,000 for apple

And it is now on page 49! Results 431- 437 should ideally be on page 42, moreover it should have actually displayed results 650-660. After all it has 340M results and it has no problem displaying upto 1000 results for any query.

Why is this anomaly present in Google? It is not specific to this search term alone. I have tried it with different search terms and all the time I see such anomaly.In some cases, clicking on the next page reloads you the same page.

All of the following URLs differ in the Start property but all point to the same page. Also you can see that the page number which is highlighted in each case. Though different numbers are highlighted in each case, we get to see the same result page everytime!!!

http://www.google.co.in/webhp?hl=en#hl=en&safe=off&q=microsoft&start=450&sa=N&fp=2b0cc07f38284dd0

Go to the above URL and click on the next page (46). You will land up on the same page again! This anomaly differs with each keyword!

I don’t understand why this anomaly exists. If anyone has a clue about this, please let me know through comments.
Also, please share with me if you find any such anomalies in other search engines too!

RNG

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My new best friend : Digsby

Digsby is a multi-protocol IM + Social + E-mail manager. It is a single application which can almost replace your browser and your array of Instant Messengers.

I got to know about Digsby through a tweet from my friend Prashanth.

Here is a screen shot :

digsby1

Hover on the Email providers list and it will pop out your inbox. You can preview your messages in the pop-up window. Digsby also lets you perform basic operations like Open, Delete, Report Spam and Mark as unread straight from the client.

The IM is more or less like any other Multi protocol client viz Pidgin.

Make sure you uncheck Show Icon in Tray under general preferences if you don’t want to clutter your taskbar.

A well implemented pop up unlike the others from Yahoo, MSN, Gtalk and others lets you reply while you are browsing without switching windows. This is one of the features I really liked.

A nice option added which asks you what to do when you are running a Full Screen Application. I hate Gtalk disturbing me when I playing a game, hence I have disabled all notifications when I am in full screen mode. Really useful for gamers who are Gtalk addicts.

You can also send an email to any of your contacts right from digsby. It won’t open a browser window.

The now playing status message also works flawlessly. It grabbed the song name from KMPlayer. My Gtalk used to crash whenever I tried using that option.

It takes around 40 MB of memory with 3-4 chat windows open.

Cons:

  • Invsible mode doesn’t work for Gtalk yet!! Come on Google..Clean up your APIs.
  • No Buzz!. Not there in other IM as well except Yahoo. Would be a real good addition.
  • Cannot initiate conference chats. Haven’t tried joining one yet.

That is all I can think of right now. It’s a real good addition or should I say replacement for your list of desktop applications.

Highly Recommended

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This technique works on Windows XP Professional SP1 and above for sure.

If you do update your windows regularly, and are annoyed with the ‘Do you want to restart now’ prompts which keeps recurring every 20 minutes, read on.

This is a nuisance while playing games, and while watching movies (for me 🙂 )

There is a simple solution for this :

1) Go to Start –> Run

2) Type gpedit.msc . This is the Microsoft’s  group policy editor.

3) You should see a screen like the one below

gpedit

Select Administrative Templates under Computer configuration then

windows components > Windows Update

In the right pane look for Re prompt for restart for scheduled installations. Double click.

In the options. Select disabled.

Now play or watch movies in peace.

Errata : Disabled prompts every 10 mins! Use enabled and make the interval 1440. Thats the maximum interval between prompts.

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ಕ್ವಿಲ್‌ಪ್ಯಾಡ್

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಷಣಮಾತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆಯಲು ಅತ್ಯಾಧುನಿಕ ಅಮೋಘ ಹಾಗೂ ಸರಳ ಯಂತ್ರ. ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆಯಲು ಒಂದು ಅದ್ಬುತ ಯಂತ್ರ. ನಾನು ಕಂಪ್ಯೂಟರ್ ಬಳಸಲು ಶುರು ಮಾಡಿ ಒಂದು ದಶಕವಾದರೂ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆಯುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಇದೆ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿ.
ನನಗೇನೂ ಕನ್ನಡ ಟೈಪಿಂಗ್ ಬರಲ್ಲ, ಆದರೂ ಮಾತೃ ಭಾಷೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬ್ಲಾ ಗ್ ಬರೆಯಲು ಅದೇನು ಒಂದು ತರಹ ಕುತೂಹಲ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಡುಕುತ್ತಿರುವಾಗ ಕಣ್ಣಿಗೆ ಬಿದದ್ದು ಈ ಅದ್ಬುತ ವೆಬ್‌ಸೈಟ್ . ನಾನೆಗೇನು ಬರೆಯಬೇಕೆಂದು ತೊಚುತಿಲ್ಲ. ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆಯ ತಲೆ ನೋವು ಬೇರೆ. ಮುಂಬರುವ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಬರಹಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿಸಿ.
ನೀವು ಕೂಡ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬ್ಲಾಗ್ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆ?
ತಮಗೆ ಏನಾದರೂ ತಪ್ಪು ಕಂಡು ಬಂದಲ್ಲಿ ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ಕ್ಷಮಿಸಿ. ತಪ್ಪೇನಿದ್ದರು ನಾನೇ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರ, ಸಾಫ್ಟ್‌ವೇರ್ ರಾಕ್ಸ್ 🙂

To pen your own blog in kannada. Please visit : http://quillpad.in/kannada/

Thumbs up for this amazing piece of software.

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Twirl – on Facebook

Exams are nearing. I knew it would become very addictive! I really don’t know what happens to me during my study holidays, I watch stupid movies, read insane blogs, play funny games.

This little game called twirl is a Facebook App. Everytime you are given a six lettered jumble word and your goal is to make all possible anagrams using atleast 3 out of the six letters. If you manage to get the jumbled complete 6 lettered anagram you get to go the next round, and so on.

I played this for about 5 hours hoping I could make it to the top 50 leaderboard. Made it to the 36th spot!

My name on twirl leaderboard

Twirl Leaderboard

Finally I am bugged of this highly addictive game! Yawn yawn..

Signing off.

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Quick Post

Lab internals, weekend classes in Microsoft and long X-box gaming sessions after that and add to that the sify night-only play! My internet time has somewhat reduced this week 😦 Here’s the gist of latest news I found online..

What if Matrix ran on Windows – a nice video created by a College students..

Got attendance shortage in 2 subjects – I have less than 36 classes of attendance. If there is any PESIT junior reading this, this is the PESIT’s magic attendance formula. They don’t care how %age of attendance you have actually. Just the magic number 36. Make sure you attend at least 36 classes, else you will have to run around the department to get your hall ticket.

Watched Dostana (hindi Movie) – big disappointment for me; supposedly a box office hit.

IT Crowd Season 3 has started and I am happy to see my fav serials back on air again. Started Dexter some time back, good show – but people who can’t stand gore, try to staw away from this.

Yawn Yawn.. Its 0340 hrs IST!! Very slywej[wey. adoooooozeee

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