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  • Dileepa Prabhakar 10:09 on April 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Android, CM9, CyanogenMod, , ICS, Nightly, Novacom, Touchpad   

    CyanogenMod CM9 (Android ICS) on HP Touchpad 

    I finally got around to trying CM9 on my Touchpad and I must say it works pretty well (except for the webcam and microphone, which don’t work at all).

    It was fairly straightforward, but I didn’t get everything right initially because the instructions I was referring to didn’t point to the right files or files with the right names.

    I am not going to do a tutorial — there are many out there — but I’ll link to useful information and other hard-to-find information in this post.

    Refer to instructions from here (but only download Novacom from this link — see below):

    But download files (except for Novacom installer) from here (scroll down for to the “Downloads” section in the first post) :

    You may also want to use the latest nightly instead of the Alpha 2 build in the above link. Nightlies are available here:

    Google Apps (referred to in the first link) package is available here:

    Have fun with CM9!


    • Dual boot: Once it it set up, you will be dual booting between webOS and CM9. In the boot menu, use the volume rocker to scroll-up the list and the home button to select boot option.
    • Nightly upgrade: If you later want to upgrade to a newer nightly or go back to an older version, see instructions in this video:http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1572555

    Download ‘ACMEUninstaller’ from here http://rootzwiki.com/topic/18843-releasealpha2-cyanogenmod-9-touchpad/ and use the same methodology — boot Touchpad into webOS Recovery and issue the novacom command, this time using the ACMEUninstaller script.

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  • Dileepa Prabhakar 22:36 on February 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Google Bar, Google Header   

    New Google header 

    I signed into Gmail today and got the new Google bar/header.

    New Gmail header.


    Google.com too showed the new style header.

    New Gmail header.


    Gmail header settings drop-down:



    Gmail header user name drop-down and ‘Switch account’ drop-down. The ‘Switch account’ drop-down shows both delegated accounts and all currently signed-in accounts.

    Gmail header user name drop-down.Gmail header ‘Switch account’ drop-down.


    Google.com header settings drop-down:

    Google.com header settings drop-down.


    Google.com header user name drop-down:

    Google.com header user name drop-down.


    Looks really neat!


    Google Reader hasn’t yet switched to the new header for me.

    • Fhrostbyte 12:42 on February 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It “looks” neat, but fundamentally it is extra work. There is mass outrage on Google forums, as now there is at minimum an extra click (plus mouse movement) to sign out, switch accounts, go to settings, etc etc. Some may mock others for complaining about such miniscule extra effort, but the big question is WHY did they add this complexity? Does it actually contribute anything, or is it just pointless extra work? Was this just busy-work so someone could justify his continued employment?

      • Dileepa Prabhakar 18:45 on February 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I had a similar discussion with my friend today. Yes, it some operations require more clicks. But it definitely does look neat. And since Google does react to feedback quickly, you can expect them to improve on the design.

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 23:47 on December 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Google Maps   

    Google Maps testing new view switching controls 

    Saw a new type of view switching control appear when I opened up Google Maps a short while ago. This is probably one of Google’s numerous experiments that they run on their various web apps.


    • There is one big icon that shows the current view.
    • Clicking on it switches between Satellite and Map views.
    • Hovering over it brings up two icons – Earth and Satellite/Map.
    • Clicking on Earth toggles between Earth and Satellite views.
    • A dropdown below the icon lists and allows selection of layers.

    I found the icon controls to switch between Earth, Satellite and Map views confusing. The dropdown list to select layers is a nice improvement, but needs improvement: It disappears too quickly if I move the mouse out of the list area.

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 18:29 on September 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: D2680, Deskjet, , Hewlett Packard, , Idiot, Laptop, Moron, Notebook, Stupid   

    Is HP being run by a bunch of idiots? 

    I purchased an expensive laptop, again, from HP and they offered to send me a printer (free after mail-in-rebate). After I received the printer, I opened the box and tried to set everything up, but was left scratching my head after not finding the USB cable that is required to connect the printer to the computer.

    So I thought I’d chat with an online HP technician and that is exactly what I did today.

    Imagine my surprise when he told me that HP does not ship USB cables with their printer!

    What kind of a stupid, idiotic, moronic company is this?

    To be precise, who are the stupid, idiotic, moronic people that run this company?

    Who made the decision to not ship a cable to connect the printer to the computer?

    How do these brilliant, over paid, over rewarded MBAs expect people to use the printer after paying for them?

    I am a pretty loyal customer of HP and have bought a number of laptops and printers from them before. I am definitely going to think thrice before ordering a HP product now. Especially printers, considering how HP printer cartridges are a rip off!

    I made my displeasure very clear to the support technician. Here’s the chat log:

    Dileepa Prabhakar : I ordered an HP HDX16T (Online Order HXXXXXXXXX) and received a free HP Deskjet D2680 printer. However, the printer did not ship with a USB cable to connect to the computer. I am now left with an unusable printer.
    [An agent will be with you shortly.]
    [You are now chatting with Yyyyy .]
    Yyyyy : Welcome to HP Total Care chat support for Imaging and Printing Group. My name is Yyyyy. Please give me a minute while I review your problem description details.
    Dileepa Prabhakar : Hi Yyyyy. Sure. Ping me when you are ready.
    Yyyyy : Sure thanks Dileepa. As per the records with me you are referring to a HP DeskJet D2680 Printer, with WIN VISTA installed as an operating system. Am I correct?
    Dileepa Prabhakar : Yes.
    Yyyyy : Dileepa, I would like to let you know that the USB cable is not a part of the printer and is not shipped with any new printer. It is ordered and purchased separately. I apologise for inconveniences.
    Dileepa Prabhakar : Oh, really? Wow… I don’t know how to say this, but that’s stupid (on HP’s part).
    Yyyyy : Once again, I apologise for inconveniences. Would you be interested to order the a new USB cable from HP directly?
    Dileepa Prabhakar : No. Don’t want to pay double for a USB cable from HP when I can get it for far less elsewhere. Thanks for letting me know though. Tell your management that they are idiots, pardon my strongish language.
    Yyyyy : Okay, is there anything else I may help you with?
    Dileepa Prabhakar : No. Thanks. Good day (or night, wherever you are).
    Yyyyy : It’s been a pleasure assisting you today. Please note the reference ID of this chat ZZZZZZZ. Thank you for contacting HP Total care and giving us an opportunity to serve you.
    Yyyyy : Have a good day!
    Yyyyy : Thank you for contacting HP Total Care Real-Time chat support. If you need further assistance, please contact us again at:
    Chat support is available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.
    For information on keeping your HP and Compaq products up and running, please visit our Web site at:

    • Sindhu BS 18:00 on April 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What the hell! which person with the right mind will not send an usb cable?? what made them think usb is not necessary, its like the most important part, isnt it?

      • Dileepa Prabhakar 22:15 on April 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        They made it an ‘accessory’ that one has to purchase and they charge quite a bit more for it than what you would pay outside. For e.g., ordering a USB cable from HP would have cost me ~20 USD, but I ordered one from Newegg.com for 4 USD with free shipping.

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 21:27 on June 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: DigitalPersona, , Firefox 3.5, , HDX18T,   

    DigitalPersona 4 and Firefox 3.5 

    HP recently made DigitalPersona 4 (4.0) fingerprint management software available for download on it’s support website. This version of DigitalPersona resolves two important issues with the software:

    • DigitalPersona 4 is compatible with Windows Internet Explorer 8
    • DigitalPersona 4 works great on Windows 7 (Release Candidate)

    Grab the 32-bit version here and the 64-bit version here.

    DigitalPersona 4 is also compatible with Firefox 3.0.x, but they weren’t prepared for Firefox 3.5, which has been in a long beta & RC phase and was released today. And now Firefox 3.5 reports that DigitalPersona 4 is incompatible with it.

    Now, I use the fingerprint login capability provided by DigitalPersona extensively and didn’t want to miss out either on this feature or on using Firefox 3.5. I had been using Firefox 3.5 pre-release versions with extension compatibility checker disabled, but didn’t feel like doing that with the release version.

    So I set out to see if I could get DigitalPersona 4 to work with Firefox 3.5 and I didn’t disappoint myself ;).

    Here’s what you should do to get it to work:

    • Close all open Firefox windows.
    • Open an elevated Command Prompt and navigate to the DigitalPersona Firefox extension folder (type command in Command Prompt):
    cd %programfiles%\DigitalPersona\Bin\FirefoxExt\

    • Open install.rdf in WordPad (type command in Command Prompt):
    write install.rdf

    • Change <em:maxVersion>3.1.*</em:maxVersion> to <em:maxVersion>3.5.*</em:maxVersion>
    • Make a note of the <em:id> value —  it was {ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384} on my computer.
    • Save and exit WordPad


    Update: Turns out there is an easy way to package this modified DigitalPersona Firefox extension and reinstall it in Firefox 3.5. Follow instructions in the highlighted post here and skip the steps listed below.

    • Navigate to your Firefox profiles folder (type command in Command Prompt):
    cd %appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\

    • If you have multiple Firefox profiles set up, you will find a number of sub folders here. But for most users, there should be just a single folder in the following format: <random_characters>.default. Navigate to that folder (type command in Command Prompt):
    cd *.default

    • Open extensions.rdf in WordPad (type command in Command Prompt):
    write extensions.rdf

    • Search for DigitalPersona Extension. Four lines below that, you should find something like this <NS1:targetApplication RDF:resource=”rdf:#$GyBtJ”/>. Note the RDF:resource value.
    • Scroll back up to the top of the file, place your mouse pointer on the first line and search for rdf:#$GyBtJ (i.e., the RDF:resource value you noted down in the previous step).
    • Ensure that the NS1:id in the next line matches with <em:id> noted from install.rdf above.
    • Change NS1:maxVersion=”3.1.*” to NS1:maxVersion=”3.5.*”
    • Save and exit WordPad

    DigitalPersona_Extensions_rdf_RDF-resource DigitalPersona_Extensions_rdf_version

    • Restart Windows and resume browsing in Firefox 3.5, now with DigitalPersona 4 fingerprint login enabled!
    • Randika 05:18 on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      • Dileepa Prabhakar 08:37 on January 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Radhika.

        DigitalPersona has since released an update that officially adds support for Firefox 3.5. Just run the DigitalPersona software updater to get the update.

    • Scott 18:12 on October 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      How would I alter the file to work with Namoroka now that a 64-bit flash player (Flash Square, I think it’s technically a beta) has been released?


    • teknophilia 15:16 on March 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, I know a few years have passed, but do you know how to get it to work with FireFox 4.0?

      • Dileepa Prabhakar 18:00 on March 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately, no. I’ve moved on from Firefox onto the super-fast Google Chrome and have given up the “comforts” of fingerprint based login.

        Does this trick not work with Firefox 4?

        • ralphrj 17:47 on March 25, 2011 Permalink

          Not able to get it to work with FF4 – I had to downgrade it back to 3.6.16

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 13:43 on October 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ask, Ask.com, ,   

    Ask.com: What is Google? 

    I read the BBC article about the new Ask.com and thought I’d give it a try.

    I thought I’d like to know a bit more about The Google and ‘asked’ Ask to tell me what Google is:

    Ask.com Google

    The top result says “They are bad. Dogpile. com is better. ihategoogle”. Would have even been funnier if it had said “They are bad. Ask.com is better.”!

    But let’s see how Google itself answers that question:

    Google Google

    “Google, a popular search engine, is a tool for finding resources on the World Wide Web. Google scans web pages to find instances of the keywords …”

    Hmmm… that’s better!

    But seriously, Ask.com is pretty cool. Great search results, pretty good search suggestions. I might even use it occasionally for general purpose search! Give it a try — you just might like it!

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    • Dileepa Prabhakar 18:50 on October 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hmmm…. people find ways to make money bidu. I should have charged for online and chat support from my college days! Would have a been richer now 🙂

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 21:07 on October 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Clock, Sticky, Taskbar, Tips, Vista, Windows   

    Windows Vista tip: Sticky Taskbar clock/calendar pop-up 

    Wouldn’t it be nice if you could ‘sticky’ the Taskbar clock/calendar pop-up in Windows? Very useful when you want to refer to the calendar while working in a different application. Vista allows you to do this, sort of. Here’s how:

    • Click on the Windows logo (Start button) to display the Windows start menu.
    • Click on the Taskbar Clock to display the Taskbar clock/calendar pop-up.
    • Click on the Windows logo (Start button) again to hide the Windows start menu.

    (With the help of the keyboard: Win key –> Click on taskbar clock –> Win key)

    The Taskbar clock/calendar pop-up is now sticky! You can now switch to any other application, but the clock/calendar pop-up stays on screen and on top of all other windows. 

    Sticky Taskbar Clock Calendar Popup

    Click on the Taskbar clock again to hide the pop-up.

    This ‘feature’ is probably a bug and may be removed (i.e. fixed) in the next version of Windows. Enjoy it while it lasts!

    • calvin 00:39 on October 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      vista has a lot of good features like adding clock, calendar.. but it is not as user friendly as xp is.. so even after gr8 features, i prefer xp..

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 15:36 on October 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Google at 10, , Search 2001   

    Google at 10: The real Google search page in 2001 

    Google is celebrating, well, 10 years of Google! In keeping with Google’s goofy ways of doing things, Google is allowing people to search its index from January 2001.

    Go back in time and search the web as-it-was in January 2001!: http://www.google.com/search2001.html

    But how did Google’s search page actually look in January 2001? Thanks to Internet Archive,one can easily find out! The earliest working archive from January 2001 is from 19th January.

    Google search page in January 2001

    Google search page in January 2001

    Google.com in January 2001 -- the search box.

    Google.com in January 2001 -- the search box.

    As you can see, Google was already ‘Feeling lucky’. The logo is missing from the Internet Archive page, but you can see Google’s 2001 logo in the ‘Google at 10’ Search 2001 page:

    Google at 10, Search 2001 page.

    Google at 10, Search 2001 page.

    Google has come a long way from indexing just 1.3 billion pages in January 2001. In fact, by December 2001, Google had indexed over 3 billion pages and added ‘Images‘, ‘Groups‘, and ‘Directory‘ search options. Google continues to be the leader in Internet search in the US and in many other search markets.

    Google on CrunchBase.

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 14:22 on September 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Exclusive, , Microsoft Office, , Windows 7, Word   

    Exclusive! Office vNext UI revealed!!! 

    As we have seen from the UI in the Windows Live Wave 3 products and the leaked Windows 7 M3 screenshots, Microsoft is moving towards a more typographical UI. Which means they are eliminating all icons from the user interface and moving towards a more textual user interface, as can be noticed from the following screen shots:

    Windows Live Photo Gallery Wave 3 toolbar

    Windows Live Writer Wave 3 toolbar

    Windows 7 Windows Explorer toolbar

    In keeping with this new UI philosophy, the next version of Office, code named Office vNext, too will have a typographical user interface. And I have exclusive access to a screenshot of a very early version of this UI!

    I present to you the Home tab of Word vNext!…

    Word vNext Ribbon Home tab

    Compare this to the Word 2007 Home tab:

    Word 2007 Home tab

    As we can see, Word vNext’s Home tab is really easy on the eyes and makes the user concentrate on the task at hand rather than the user interface itself.

    Now, this redesign of the Office vNext UI is in a very preliminary stage and Microsoft is looking to eliminate all icons, including the Office button. Microsoft is also looking at bleaching the UI with white or shades of white in keeping with the new design philosophy.

    Since Microsoft never makes drastic changes to the UI without some kind of feedback, it is believed that the new typographical user interface philosophy is driven by extensive user group study data.

    Microsoft has not yet finalized on this user interface model and is further investigating ways to make the user interface even more typographical. Their ultimate aim is to hit the clear, confident and disconnected user interface of the classic MS-DOS editor, edit.com.

    MS-DOS edit.com

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