Monday, December 22, 2008

web directory called

I found this neat web directory called - for web 2.0 related sites and products.
Quote:“2.0 Websites is a web directory for those interested in what’s available and happening in the Web 2.0 arena.”
The directory would include list of sites which are in the areas of Web 2.0, including the evolving areas of Security 2.0, Identity 2.0, Media 2.0, Data 2.0, Programming 2.0.
Certainly worth checking out & bookmarking.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Conference on Advances in Usability Engineering, Pune.

I have attended "CAUE - 2008" a national Conference on Advances in Usability Engineering, November 27-28, 2008 at Pune. This conference was organized by Department of Information Technology at Vishwakarma Institute of Information Technology (V.I.I.T) considering the need of a platform to get together the professionals, academia and students to discuss and share their experiences in the emerging field of usability. There were ~125+ registrations and the interesting part is 90% of the audience is the Industry professionals. Initially I was not much interested to attend this and was in a fickle situation whether to attend this or not, as my schedule were very tight. Thought for a while and decided to attend as I know the organizing committee and have good contacts with Pune usability friends.

When conference started, felt as a college annual day celebration and not much smelled as professional conference. Some topics were really boring as same old stuff "WHAT IS USABILITY" THE UCD PROCESS... blaw..blaw..blaw..! Later this became more interactive and interesting. The best part is all the invited speakers were also actively participated and made more interactive, shared their experiences, questions, views, etc.

Most of the paper presenters topics and invited speaks were really good. I really liked the second day of this event better than first day. VIIT team has worked very hard to make this event successful and for the first time they have organized this type of event and done a great job!

One thing which really felt bad is that I did not submit my paper on usability (as it was ongoing ..... iterative state – may be, I am following UCD process for my paper too ;). By seeing the conference published hardcopy proceedings, realized that it is very important to submit my paper and which will help some of the new upcoming professionals and indirectly our society.

Pune industry people should join as volunteers and help the VIIT team to make CAUE -2009 more successful. Dr.Dinesh Katre, Y.D Deshpande and VIIT team were the main back bone for this event and made this successful. Closing ceremony was dragged too long. End of this event i can say this is overall good, great networking, met most of my old usability friends and some learning’s :)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Tips on Google’s new open source browser Chrome

Google Chrome released out for downloading. It is very fast, simple and good looking.It has an important feature which is given in Firefox;If your system turned off suddenly when you browse, after restarting the browser you can restore the pages.Number of features are given in Google chrome.New add-on’s will come as it is open source browser.This browser will be a competent to other existing browsers like Firefox, IE7, Safari etc,.If you didn’t download Google chrome, Try downloading it at Google Chrome web page. I will give you assurance that it will be great experience for you to use this browser.Lot of Tricks have been found and i take this tips and tricks in front of you with this post.
CTRL+SHIFT+N:-If you try this you will be open a new window in “incognito” mode. In this mode no trace out’s are left behind your pc like cookies,passwords,usernames. So, now we don’t have an extra task every time to delete history,cookies etc,. You can also open “Incognito” in new window by going to CURRENT CONTROL PAGE on right side of address bar and select NEW INCOGNITO WINDOW.
ALT+HOME:-Loads home page you have set as default and displays thumbnails of recently visited websites or pages.
CONTROL+T:-Opens a new Blank Tab.CONTROL+SHIFT+T:-Opens the most recent tab you have closed and if you give another stroke with CONTROL+SHIFT+T then it opens another recent tab you closed one just before opened tab.CONTROL+NUMBER
(CONTROL+1,CONTROL+2 Like that):-This will shift between tabs currently available.CONTROL+TAB:-This let you open tabs in an order.New Firefox 3 comes with a new feature. Drag and drop a link to a tab. This feature is available in Google Chrome.CONTROL+B:-By using this you can hide or show Bookmarks bar.CONTROL+H:-Open History page.
CONTROL+J:-Open download page.Google Chrome allows you to see how much memory your tabs and Plugins are using by implementing Task Manager.Point your mouse pointer to the top of browser window and right click the select Task manager. You can close particular tab or Plugin by ending process.
SHIFT+ESCAPE:-Opens Browser Task manager.about:plugins - This lets you see what plugins are installed in your browser.about:crash - This lets you see how a crashed tab looks like.about:stats, about:network, about:histograms, about:memory, about:cache, about:dns, about:internets - These lets you know more about Google Chrome.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

‘Clickless’ online user interface

This website features a one of a kind ‘Clickless’ online user interface. Navigating this site through simple movements of the mouse is a breeze. No button clicks are necessary. Isn’t it cool? Check it out on the following link.\

Check this link and experience yourself without click.. :)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

10 Best Intranets of 2008

Bank of America, US
Bankinter S.A., Spain

Barnes & Noble, US
British Airways, UK
Campbell Soup Company, US
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, US
IKEA North America Service, LLC, US
Ministry of Transport, New Zealand
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Australia
SAP AG, Germany


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Pixels, EMs, and…oh crazy!

What is an EM?
Wikipedia puts it well: “An em is a unit of measurement in the field of typography, equal to the size of the current font.” If your font-size is at 16 pixels, then 1em = 16px
For more information visit Wikipedia and W3Schools.

What is the text sizing difference between PX, EM, %, PT?
Pixels and points are static measurements. 1 pixel is always 1 pixel. 1 point is always 1 point. Points are a little different because they change size based on DPI. On paper, with its higher DPI, 12 point text is actually more pixels that 12 point text on a computer monitor, which has a lower DPI than paper.
Percent and EMs on the other hand are relative measurements. The size of EM or percent-based text depends on its parent. If body text is sized at 12 pixels, then text set at 120% or 1.2 EM inside the body will be 1.2 * 12, or 14.4 pixels.

How do I convert between PX, EM, %, and PT?
Assuming you aren’t using to keep it simple, here’s the formulas uses.
Note:16px is used as the body text size in all conversions because that is the browser default on today’s browser. You will change 16px to your base text size.
PX to EM: text size in pixels / body text size in pixels = size in EMs
Example: 12px / 16px = .75em
PX to %: text size in pixels / body text size in pixels * 100 = size in %
Example: 12px / 16px * 100 = 75%
PX to PT: text size in pixels * points per inch / pixels per inch = size in pt
Example: 16px * 72 (72 points = 1 inch) / 96 (96 pixels per inch in Windows, 72 in Mac) = 12pt
EM to PX: text size in EMs * body text size in pixels = size in pixels
Example: .75em * 16px = 12px
EM to %: text size in EMs * 100 = size in %
Example: .75em * 100 = 75%
% to PX: text size in % * body text size in pixels / 100 = size in pixels
Example: 75 * 16px / 100 = 12px
% to EM: text size in % / 100 = size in EMs
Example: 75 / 100 = .75em
PT to PX: text size in pt * pixels per inch / points per inch = text size in pixels
Example: 12pt * 96ppi / 72ppi = 16px

Why size your text with EMs in CSS?
Style sheets that use EMs are easier to maintain for the designer (especially with at your side) and more accessible to end-users.
Style sheets become easier to maintain because all text set in EMs scale to the body font-size. Only one element’s font-size needs to change instead of individually changing the font-size of each element.
Accessibility is increased for end-users because text is scaled based on their preferences rather than set statically in pixels. Additionally, end-users can use hot keys to scale the text in all browsers. Many people have difficulty reading small text on a computer screen.
For more information visit A List Apart, informIT, Jon Tan’s Blog, and this SharePoint Blog.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Pay Per Play Media - New era in advertising ?

Dear Friends,

(especially those who are bloggers), I want to show you how to get a 100% conversion rate on your website traffic.
This is not a sales pitch and there is nothing to buy. There is no squeeze page that is designed to sell you anything later either.
This is an event that you should know about…
First there was Pay Per Click advertising which pays you on the small percentage of website visitors that actually click on an advertisement.
Now there is “Pay Per Play” advertising that will pay you on 100% of your website traffic… NO CLICKS NECESSARY!

Pay Per Play caters to an audience that is larger than radio, television and print media combined!
Billions of dollars are being spent by big brand advertisers and they are ready to pay you. Will you claim your share of the pie?
Or will you let someone else have it?
To learn more about Pay Per Play visit:

Seem like its a crazy way of making new ads hysteria :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Wishing you my best wishes for this
New Year-2008

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