Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Installing WP7.1 Mango

Go an invite to participate and update my dev phone to WP7.1 Mango.

Guess what!!! I am installing it as we speak :) another couple of minutes and i should have my HTC Mozart running Mango

:) I am supposed to be a good boy and not start putting stuff on the net... guess what... who has the time :)

Deutsch Slydr 1.0 now in WP7 Marketplace

Just got a notification of Deutsch Slydr app's publication on marketplace.

Finally :)

We next due for marketplace submission
* French Slydr (hopefully in the next few hours)
* v1.4 for English Slydr (or sliding keyboard) will change logo to Slydr
* v1.1 for German Slydr (mainly bug fixes)


WP7 Deutsch Slydr 1.0

Hello All,

German Slydr 1.0 which is based on Sliding Keyboard 1.3 is currently undergoing testing in WP7 Marketplace. The app contains German dictionary.
The 1.3 features include:
* Auto insert of first match when sliding is complete (when you lift your finger)
* Ability to correct the entry.
* Manual Edit of entered text (using microsoft keyboard)
* Copy to Clipboard for sharing with other apps.

The app should be out later on today.

Others in pipeline include French Slydr, Spanish Slydr and Italian Slyder.

WP7 sliding keyboard v1.2 Published

Hello All,

Sliding Keyboard v1.2 has been published to marketplace finally.

It contains a better word matching algorithm that should fine better results for tracing.
Default tracing speed is Normal. It you have issues with word matches please try changing the speed to Slow or to fast and that should change the results you get substantially.

I will try to put 1.4 out to marketplace today. It contains various fixes and the ability to remember previous usage. There is also an option for broad search which allows for non precise swipe start (though it becomes slower as it searches 4 / 6 times more data).

Please remember Sliding Keyboard only contains English (American / British Dictionary).

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

WP7 sliding keyboard

Hello All,
I am the person who has been working on the standalone Sliding Keyboard app available on WP7 marketplace.

I agree that v1.0 was pretty awful. It was a proof of concept on my part. I did not force any one of pay for it and trial mode was enabled. If however you did pay, thank you - I dont have a single penny / cent out of it yet.

Being called Swype ripoff hurts though it certainly is true. I first used swype on WinMo 6.5 and it was brilliant. Unfortunately nothing like that is available on WP7 Marketplace. In current iteration, 3rd party keyboards are not allowed. I wanted to write something that worked like Swype.

I am however improving the app as much as i can.
v1.1 changed to algorithm to provide better matches. v1.1 also provided ability to auto insert on comma, fullstop or space.

v1.2 has been in testing since last Friday and it includes a much better algorithm for work matching. That update also contains the ability to automatically insert the first match. The user can then change it by selecting correct entry from list or can cancel the last entry by pressing X.
v1.2 also added updated dictionary (both British and American)

Since then i have further improved the app but since v1.2 has not gone live, i cannot submit v1.3/v1.4 for testing.
v1.3 / v1.4 stores existing matches so it builds a list as you use it and next time it detects same input, it uses existing match. It also provides ability to allow for broad match (uses neighbouring characters to ensure a broad search is executed, this allows for a non precise slide action). The broad search does make it slower as it searches for matches in at least 4 times more data. when broad search is off, the start of swipe determines that search range and is therefore faster.

In v1.5 (which will happen in next version not current v1.3 / v1.4), i will add ability to add user additions to list.

I would like to thank many of you who have provided me with useful pointers.
1) v1.0 dictionary was limited.
2) Auto insert / auto space.

Any suggestions are most welcome.



Thursday, May 21, 2009

Beware of Halfords sale - HotUKDeals Forum

Beware of Halfords sale - HotUKDeals Forum: "Last week i was looking for bike carriers on halfords and i found a high mount 3 bike carrier for £ 56.

Earyly today morning i get an email informing me about 50% sale on all items including bike carriers. I check the item in question and guess what. they modified the details to have retail price to £ 89 and sale price to be £ 56.

What's the point of having a sale if the price remains the same."

Thursday, April 30, 2009

mounting skydrive in windows home server

two days back i finally removed vista from my workstation at home and converted it to become a home server. I was interested in taking some backups to sky drive.

Good search came up with Gladinet which supports mounting cloud based storage and skydrive is one of them (though most people complain about whs not being supported)

Well i installed Gladinet and on running it i got a Port 80 in use error. Which look up suggested that IIS is the culprit (ofcourse WHS exposes itself through web interface too). Opened IIS, modified default website to consume 8008 instead of 80 and that was all.

Gladinet started up jut fine, connected it up to skydrive and copied 10 gigs worth of pictures :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Intelligent design vs. Evolution

You would have imagined that the place for Intelligent design would be in a schools Religous Education curriculum. Oh well some of the rather stupidly religious and blank minded members of Dover Area School in Pennsylvania, USA changed the rules and made it compulsory for the students to be taught about ID before being taught about Evolution (in a Biology class).

A few days back I even read about Vatican saying that ID had its place in christian explaination of the world and that it should not be taken as a science. I agree there are lot of religions and how far would the board go... accomodate a chapter for each religions version of ID !!! oh well thats a thought... but there's no place for it in Biology class...
In the latest battle, a federal judge said Tuesday that 'Intelligent design is a religious alternative masquerading as a scientific theory and cannot be mentioned in biology classes in a Pennsylvania public school district'

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Oracle coming out with Express edition

A few weeks back I read in VSJ magazine that Oracle was coming out with Oracle Developer Tools for Oracle 10g database which would sort of enable use of .net framework in Oracle.

I logged into OTN and I had a sniff around. Over the last few years MSDE which is the stripped down SQL Desktop Engine has gained a lot of support and market because even though it's limited functionality, it still can do lot of shit. The new version of SQL Server is also coming out with new MSDE christined SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. What I saw on OTN surprised me. Oracle wants a piece of it too.

The release 2 supports .net framework 1.0 and above and you can write stored procedures and probably functions using .net. It creates PL/SQL wrappers for the .net code and when called it loads CLR as a seperate process and uses LPC to communicate with CLR. That would sort of do the job but maybe take a little longer. The fact that thats all you can do with .net is the limiting factor.

Even IBM who I consider proponents of Java support .net framework 1.1 in there DB2 UDB 8.2 or something like that. They like Oracle allow only Stored Proc and UDFs using .net languages. The CLR is again hosted in a seperate process.

I think SQL 2005 has the most extensive implementation out there supporting, Stored Procs, UDFs, UDTs, Triggers etc.