Due to time constraints, many people are not able to launch their personal blogs or websites. But most of them still want to have a personalized email address. The reasons could be to avoid general spam on public domain email addresses OR a dedicated email address for official reasons etc. While these reasons are valid for individuals, it might also happen that small organization having team of 5-10 people dealing in business, may still need 8-10 email accounts (the number can increase, just keep reading the article). Going for full fledge hosting plans or buying dedicated email addresses is still a costly affair. Some of the email providers charge somewhere in between $30-$40 per year, per user for dedicated email addresses. So is there an option, which is viable for smaller teams and doesn’t cost much? How about just paying for domain name registration and the email boxes are available free of cost? No need to pay for every email account for smaller teams? Rich interface to access emails online and provides decent storage space? Continue reading
Cloud has become most integral part of most of the enterprises and many businesses are banking on the services provided by Cloud Service providers. The delegation of managing infrastructure to experts and focusing on the core business, definitely seems to be right choice. This trend mandates every developer to get acquainted with Cloud enabled systems and understand how it actually works. Luckily, there are many Cloud Service Providers, who are providing trial packages that range from 1 year long subscription, or servers nodes that wake/sleep for a duration or ready to go services without worrying about underlying OS and managing virtual machines. While various carriers are providing trial based services, interestingly one of the carrier is providing non-expiring cloud subscription for free and its definitely worth exploring for hobbyists and learners. Continue reading
Email integration has been painful exercise, with the need to install SMTP server and using right set of libraries to send email. Moreover the follow up with administrators to enable specific ports for application and if you are small company, maintaining your own SMTP server is really frustrating. The fight with spam and a need to respond instantaneously to customer queries, may end up eating most of your crucial time. While experimenting with quite a few email services, I came across Mailgun. An easy to use HTTP service to send/receive emails.
The prerequisites to integrate Mailgun, requires
Having your own domain.
Verification stage which requires adding MX, CNAME and TXT entries.
Use ready to get started APIs available on Mailgun site.
Eclipse is strong IDE and preferred choice for coding many languages. I have been using it for Java, JEE, PHP and recently started C, C++ using Eclipse. The strong plugin ecosystem has always proved of great help to get many things done at faster rate and in convenient way. Besides using Eclipse as IDE, I have also ventured into developing Plugins/Features/Product and you may notice few of my articles describing same. Few years back, I came across tools like Maqetta and online screen editors and off recently my encounter with Wix and Weebly made me think as how these technologies can be made available inside Eclipse. It was obvious that using SWT browser control, its quite easy to plug the tools described above. But to me, that’s mere hack and not delivering true Eclipse Plugin experience (experience similar to what Flash Builder provides with native component panels and clean editor area to design screens).
This lead to venturing into an undiscovered area of my technical experience but due to some reasons, I left the exploration mid way. Till that time, I had got fair understanding of SWT Browser and Browser Functions. Also I did cross ventured into embedded chromium but didn’t explore it any further and got occupied with my daily routines. Few weeks back, while playing with Wix, the long time sleeping dragon just woke up and hinted me to dig again as what options are available to deliver true experience of HTML editor inside Eclipse.
When I am going to get the notification? After seeing, the news that Microsoft has started rolling out Windows 10, this question started bugging me for days. At the beginning of the August, I saw a tilted window popping up in my Windows 8.1, asking if I want to register for upgrade. Sure with no delay, I booked my upgrade and again wait started for getting final upgrade. On 5th August, my wait was over and I got another notification indicating that I can now upgrade to Windows 10. Aha! the moment has arrived to get hands on the much awaited OS. The upgrade process was quite smooth and I didn’t face any problems. Finally the upgrade was done and I was ready to experience the new journey.
It was good to see the start menu was back. All the programs are now accessible (much like Windows 8 Phone menu). Additional options like Restart, Shut Down, Sleep are directly visible in the menu itself. The mini version of tiles view looks great and it has been named brilliantly “Life at a Glance“.
July 2014, returning back from New York and I was on Newark airport having bag filled with memories of first visit to US. A store on the way, caught attention showing Beats products. Felt for a moment, to experience what it really is? I love listening music while working or reading articles. I never thought, I will go for such an expensive stuff. But someone just told me, if I like it, I should go for it. And somehow, I felt I should. Few demonstration by the shopkeeper left me stoned with the quality of sound produced by Beats Studio.
Having fun at burger shop or sipping coffee in a famous restaurant, how about pleasant holiday at some resort and make your mind fresh. Who doesn’t love all of these and with it sometimes, we expect at such places another basic necessity – WiFi (oh yes, it has been basic necessity nowadays – people cant rest for a minute without peaking into that tiny-shiny device – mobile). The post isn’t about whether its right or wrong to check your whatsapp messages or facebooks posts every while and then, but I am trying to bring another perspective which seems to be totally ignored by people while using WiFi at public places. Not everything which comes free is actually free. Beware, someone behind the scenes is watching over all the activities that you are doing.
We mostly experience that Free WiFi has been provided at most of the public places like cafes, restaurant, open places etc. and without a doubt in mind, most of us, go straight for it and connect to the WiFi. After all, its free! and why one won’t go for it, which will save hefty data charges. But for a moment, take a pause and see what happens when you use such services
Back in year 2004, I got my hands on Sony K 320 mobile (it was my first mobile with nice headset). While going through the set of media that came preloaded with the set, I came across quite a few files which had .svg as extension. Being curious about what these files are, I opened it and to my astonishment I found the files were actually consisting of animating picture. Rather than mere GIF transitions which spins series of images, the animations felt real and it seemed like every pixel in the picture was programmed to do something interesting.
Back then to explore what options are available in the world of SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), I did spend some time on blogs and posts. The hunt gave me basic information about what SVG files can be created and what goes inside the file. But soon after that, I somehow lost it till just recently when I was trying to do something different. Continue reading
Curiosity is the key to learn new things and it always results in discovering new things. Things which enable you and the entities associated with you, to stand apart from the crowd and showcase the unique talent. While one side of my brain is fascinated with learning new tools/frameworks/libraries etc, the other side always looks for adventures in electronics, embedded stuffs. Up until now, I was little restricted to just building my own PC (another article about my PC – WorkHorse) and never ventured into breadboard or PCB, my surge to Raspberry Pi pushed me to go for one.
When I heard the news about Raspberry pi 2 – Model B, my other side of the brain just pushed me to go for one and explore the other horizon. I immediately placed order for
Most of the time, I find it funny that organizations asking for certain qualification while recruiting Software Engineers. Qualification certainly doesn’t indicate that the person is just brilliant in mugging up things or really good at what he/she has learnt in the university. Exceptionally, there are people in the world, who are not bound by the qualification. Moreover these people are not ready to give up, even after being rudely responded by seniors or so called experts. With the strong belief in own abilities and with the attitude of not giving up, some finally do the miracle and the whole world has to bow.