Posted by Kunal on January 6, 2006
One of my favourite ‘tech’ blogs is Joel on Software, when he writes about programming and not promoting his books/company. His articles have an amazing clarity, rarely seen in similar literature. The best thing about his articles is the way he makes his points, very logical and passionate at the same time.
Some of his previous articles that I liked:
The Perils of JavaSchools
Advice For Computer Science Students
How Microsoft Lost the API War
Getting Your Resume Read
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Posted by Kunal on December 2, 2005
FOSS.IN is happening right now. I never imagined a FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) event of such magnitude in India. The event is currently going on in Bangalore (29th Nov to 2nd Dec). Evidently, this event is 5 years old (earlier it was called Linux-Bangalore). Take a look at the event schedule, some amazing events are scheduled during the event. Its not just Linux events, there is FreeBSD, OpenSolaris, Python, Apache and a host of other open source technologies. Big names like Alan Cox (Linux kernel hacker), Jonathon Corbet (LWN.net guy) have come to India for this event. Ubercool.
More power to FOSS!
I wish I was in Bangalore.
Vist the site.
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Posted by Kunal on November 26, 2005
For the last many months, I have been following blogs using feed readers/aggregators. It is a very convenient way to read blogs especially if you are following a large number of blogs. Since I am a compulsive downloader, I must have tried atleast a dozen feed readers till now. Sadly, most of them don’t fit my needs.
When the company which can-do-no-evil created its own feed reader aka Google Reader, I thought that as usual it would be yet another competition thrashing product from the stables of Google. Yes, it does have snazzy UI, but its still half-baked IMHO. The problem with most feed readers is that they expect the users to read feeds in the same way as we read emails. The traditional two-paned view in which one pane has the headlines/titles and the other pane had the text body served well for emails, but I don’t like it for feeds. Feeddemon, which is by far the best feed reader I have used, uses something in addition to the two-pane view called as ‘newspaper view’. It is the best way to view blogs IMHO. The newspaper view diplays a feed like a page in a newspaper. The new and unread posts of the feed are concatenated together and displayed as one page. This not only minimizes efforts required by the user in terms on mouse-clicks, but it also makes it possible to briefly glance at all the new posts of the feed without actually reading them.
The problem is that very few feed readers have this feature. Of the ones which I have tried, I only found this feature in Bloglines, Feeddemon, aKregator (the feed reader for KDE) and Newzcrawler. Bloglines is probably the best feed reader of all, but for a dialup user like moi, offline reading isn’t possible using Bloglines so I don’t use it. aKregator is the only feed reader on Linux (from the ones I have tested, and believe me I have tried many) which supports newspaper style. I am just a recent convert to Kontact (the KDE Personal Information Manager which includes aKregator, KMail and other lot of other jazz that I don’t use), and its quite good. Much better than Thunderbird.
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