Caller ID on your Watch – Fossil Bluetooth Watch

This is one great feature I always wish to have in my watch. Nothing but to check who is calling on my mobile right from my wrist watch, so that I don’t have to pick my mobile phone from pocket.

Fossil has introduced a watch which can pick the Caller ID information right from your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

This watch is compatible with most of the Sony Ericsson blue tooth enabled mobile phones and Symbion based phones.

The Compatibility is as follows…

  • Sony Ericsson Bluetooth enabled mobile phones (K610, K610im, K618, K790, K800, W710, W850, Z610, Z710, P990, W950, and M600)
  • Series 60 phones using Symbian OS version 7, 8, and 8.1 (coming soon)…
  • More details here
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Microsoft unveiled so called "The Flash Killer"

Today, Microsoft has unveiled the much awaited, so called “The Flash Killer”. It was named as “Microsoft Silverlight”. Sliverlight was famous for it’s old name “WPF/E” which means Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere. WPF is one of the key elements in Microsoft’s new initiatives around managed API for Windows. It is a part of .NET 3.0 (formerly WinFX) now. Silverlight is Cross platform, Cross browser compatible system. That means one can develop applications using Silverlight independent of any OS or browser.

 

 

Silverlight uses .NET 3.0 runtime and works with major browsers just like any flash based applications. The big deal with Silverlight would be the powerful environment support from various languages that are supporting .NET and WPF. Using WPF’s powerful graphics and video features, developers can now develop high end media rich internet applications like this…Album Browser

 

Read the The Top 10 features of Microsoft’s Silverlight (infact only 9 :-))

01. With a couple of lines of code,it supports wmv playback both on windows and mac seamlessly. Supports glitch-less transition between full-screen (720p) and window mode for any video.

02. Separation of mark-up (XAML) from code. This enables both web developers and designers work in a familiar web metaphor.

03. Silverlight mark-up (XAML) is HTML integrate seamlessly. Developers can treat XAML just like any HTML tag using JavaScript.

04. XAML can be used directly with in HTML with out having to add any opaque binary content.

05. Full runtime support for Silverlight XAML.

06. Just a 1 MB download for any PC.

07. It is fast. You can view multiple videos simultaneously with out having dropped frames from videos.

08. It is server or client agnostic. You don’t need any special microsoft software needs to be installed on server. This means one can deliver Silverlight experience right from a linux server.

09. Though Silverlight uses a light-weight WPF, it is almost 100% upward compatible with WPF. This means developers can use Silverlight code right away in WPF with out any modifications at all.

10. This was not revealed yet :-)…Watch it in Mix’07

 

Future : Microsoft is planning to introduce these technologies as part of IIS 7 media pack plug-in future upcoming server technologies according to PCWorld. There will be releases of lot of integration and developer support for Microsoft Silverlight for web application developers such as IDEs and 3rd party integration software.

Former Microsoftie is in the Space now !

Charles Simonyi, a former Architect and Pioneer of Microsoft Office Suite, lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 17:31 GMT, Saturday (7th April, 2007).

A human spaceflight misson named Soyuz TMA-10, a successor of Soyuz TMA-9 is carried the billionaire Charles Simonyi to Space. Charles will be back to earth after 11 days with Soyuz TMA-9 in it’s return journey to Earth.

You can track Simonyi on his website live…

Charles is also famous for his invention in coding practices called “Hungarian Notation“, a standard way to name the variables.

Making Fire Fox look like Internet Explorer 7+

I use IE7 most of the time when I have to go online. It’s not just because I like it very much as a browser as such but my mind just can’t believe that there is another browser “Fire Fox 2” exists at all. My bad. So I have decided to give it a try to make Fire Fox 2 look exactly like Internet Explorer 7 and deceive my brain 🙂

One thing which I like very much in IE 7 is the sleek interface and cool shady blue tabs. Fire Fox also has got nice interface, but it looks bulky and classic to me. It mimics and resembles Internet Explorer 6 to me.

I have installed the following Add-on theme for Fire Fox 2 and bingo !, I have got a cool Fire Fox windows that looks exactly like Internet Explorer 7+ :-). This theme look even more cool on any Windows Vista Ultimate Screens.

Give it a Try….

Install myFireFox

Once you install this theme, go to Tools > Add-ons > Select the theme and Click on “Use Theme”. Restart your browser.

You will see Fire Fox in new looks as shown below..

myievista

Screen Zoomer for Presentations

Many times, presenters encounter typical problems with audience sitting in the back seats. In many cases those audience cannot see what’s up there on the bottom of the slide or demo. They will have to literally stand up and read those portions of the presentation screen. This causes a disturbance to the flow of the presentation.

Presenters use many screen zooming tools in such cases. Windows XP comes with a Screen magnifier which was intended for Accessibility purposes. So it doesn’t serve the right purpose of a screen zoom tool for presenters at all.

Zoomit is a nifty utility written by Mark Russinovich (Winternals Software fame). It’s just 60 KB in size but has got fantastic user experience in terms of zooming the right portion with out causing confusion to presenter or audience.

As you can see in the above image, you can configure zoomit for hot keys, drawing pen and break mode as well.

Thanks to Mark for making our life easy 🙂

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