abhin4v's blog

a simple blog about me and things around me

March 08, 2006

Edge of IIT KGP

Today I along with Sumit went to RDC for my project work. After the brief meeting we decided to go to the tree plantation area of RDC. I have been there before but for Sumit this was first time. We took some great photos. I am sure not many people have seen these locations in IIT campus. May be I'll go there again someday.

March 03, 2006

Firefox crosses 150 Million Downloads!!

Firefox has achieved yet another milestone. After just 14 months of the lauch of Fx 1.0, it has crossed the golden mark of 150 Million downloads. Congrats to everyone one there using Fx. On this occasion I am adding a Fx download counter to this blog.

150 Million downloads and counting


I am back again. After two (or may be three) days of inactivity on digital plane I am here again. Last two days have been pretty usual except a few things. On wednesday (1st march), I went to Gopali which is 4 kms away from IIT. I passed through the forest and went to the Gopali Aashram. I sat there for about half an hour. The peaceful environment made me feel that we are losing simple joys of life running after artifical and supeficial things.
I am including a pic.

Open Road

Rasmus Lerdorf’s no-framework PHP MVC framework

Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of the PHP langauge, has a new tutorial on his site today that looks at the creation of a "no-framework PHP MVC framework" using PHP5, the Yahoo! User Interface Library, and JSON.
So you want to build the next fancy Web 2.0 site? You'll need some gear. Most likely in the form of a big complex MVC framework with plenty of layers that abstracts away your database, your HTML, your Javascript and in the end your application itself. If it is a really good framework it will provide a dozen things you'll never need.
I am obviously not a fan of such frameworks. I like stuff I can understand in an instant. Both because it lets me be productive right away and because 6 months from now when I come back to fix something, again I will only need an instant to figure out what is going on. So, here is my current approach to building rich web applications.

The no-framework PHP MVC framework - Rasmus' Toys Page

February 27, 2006

Desperate IITians

I was looking around in the list of bloggers from IIT kgp and i found this post in the blog by Arnav. It quotes a theory (and its rigouress mathematical proof) about the desperation level of IITians. Nice read.
I have been with the 'IITian' for almost 10 yrs now. Most of my frnds who I used to hang out with since Std 8 have gone on to become the reason of concern for memebers of this community. I will try my best to answer you with all my experience. And I wud like to do it using the technique that we are allegedly best at.Solving it as a problem.

Incedently Arnav was the previous Hall President of Patel Hall of Residence, the hall I stay in.
Desperate IITians

February 26, 2006

Extend Firefox Contest Finalists :: Mozilla Update

The finalists of the Extend Firefox Contest have been announced on Mozilla's site. The list also gives links to install the chosen extansions. I use/have used 10 of the 18 extensions listed there.
We are happy to announce the finalists in our Extend Firefox Contest, a contest held to award the best and brightest extension developers in the Firefox community. The contest asked entrants to create Firefox Extensions that are innovative, useful, and integrate with today's Web services. Over 200 Extensions were submitted to the contest. Many thanks to everyone who entered and everyone who helped spread the word about the contest.

Extend Firefox Contest Finalists :: Mozilla Update

Splasho » The Superbrowser

There are currently about a thousand extensions available for Mozilla Firefox. Splasho decided to do an experiment with Fx. He installed 100 most popular extensions and stress tested Fx. Although he gives no specs, he has some cool screenshot available on his blog.
Yesterday I decided to undertake an experiment. My favourite browser, Firefox, allows its users to add extensions. Currently 1148 extensions are available at Mozilla update. I decided to install 100 of the most popular extensions at the same time, trying to avoid those that duplicated others functionality.

Splasho » The Superbrowser

Yahoo! adds Serialized PHP ouptput suuport to its Web Services

In addition to XML and JSON outputs, Yahoo! has now added Serialized PHP as an output format to their Travel, Search, and Maps Building Block Web Services. They now have a PHP Developer Center too.
We're sending out Serialized PHP love via our Yahoo! Web Services. In addition to returning XML, our Travel, Search, and Maps Building Block Web Services now return Serialized PHP. Serialized PHP is PHP data structures encoded as text. It's easily consumed by PHP, and all you have to do is add the output=php parameter to have your web services request return it.

Yahoo! adds Serialized PHP ouptput suuport to its Web Services

Firefox Themes and Extensions I use

I am a hardcore firefox user. I always like trying new firefox extensions. This is the list of the extensions and themes I am using now.


February 25, 2006

a weird day

Yesterday was another one of those weird days which i spend doing nothing poductive. My day started off with ..., i dont realy remember what i was doing. I spent afternoon searching the web for a free web host (and i found one). I spent the eveing uploading and customising a wordpress blog on the web host, only to find that the host does not allow fetching remote URLs through php function: fopen(). After that I was doing some changes to my blog template (this one) and suddenly the template was corrupted.

Frustated with all these, i decided to watch some anime. I searched around and found this: Noien. Its a science fiction, adventure, romance story of a girl named Haruka who is blessed with a strange power, which a band on people from an alternate dimension, want to use in their wars. Strange story indeed...
I hav seen only four episodes yet.
Time for sleep
One more thing. I restored the template from a backup i made earlier. So alway backup your important files.