Tag Archives: Google

Running multiple instances of Google Talk

Ever since I moved my mails from Gmail to Google Apps, I was using my Google Apps email address in Google Talk. But still some of my old friends are added in my Gmail address. So I was searching for a way to run multiple instance of Google Talk in the same machine and found this tip. I thought of noting it here so that I know where to search if I reinstall Google Talk in my system.

To run multiple instances, all you need to do is to pass the parameter nomutex to the Google Talk Exe file.

c:\program files\google\google talk\googletalk.exe" /nomutex

If you want, you can create a new shortcut in your desktop with this parameter.

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Get the current time for any city using Google

In addition to fetching fresh results and following cricket scores, you can also now also get the current time for any city by just searching in Google.

All you have to do is just type time followed by the city name

Eg: time Chennai

Google Time Query

You can also search by typing the time zone

Eg: time central

Google Time Query

Next time when I have to send a meeting request to my clients (who are in US), I can save a few seconds by doing a Google search rather than changing the timezone in my computer clock to find their current time.

More details in Google friend’s newsletter. Thanks Phil for finding this.

You can also check out my Google Search syntax complete tutorial or the latest additions to Google Search Syntax.

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Some new additions to Google Search Syntax

Google has added some new search syntax and so here is the update to my Google Search syntax tutorial.

Fetch only Fresh results

First one is to narrow down your search to only the most recent web pages. This is particularly important, since Google has started serving fresh results.

Alex Chitu from the unofficial Google Operating system blog has found that we can use as_qdr query parameter to search only for fresh pages.

In order to use this you have to add a new parameter as_qdr at the end of the url like below
http://www.google.com/search?q=ipod&as_qdr=d

The as_qdr parameter can take the following possible values.

  • d[number] – past number of days (e.g.: d5)
  • w[number] – past number of weeks (e.g: w5)
  • y[number] – past number of years (e.g: y5)

More explanations by Matt Cutts and also at Life hacker.

Cricket

Being born in India, circket is there in my blood and the same for Sadeesh Duraisamy who works in Google. Thanks to him and now we can keep an eye on the latest circket scores by just typing the word cricket in Google’s search box.

Well, it’s time for me to watch the do-or-die match with South Africa for India in the latest twenty20 tournament. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Google Search – Combining allinurl with the keyword search

I used to get lot of emails from people asking me to help them with Google search syntax, ever since I dissected Googleโ€™s Search syntax and I used to reply them back with the correct search syntax.

Recently I received a mail from a person named Jack and I couldnโ€™t come up with the search syntax for his query. So I am listing it here to get the help from the wisdom of crowd and here is the query.

Find all links that have ‘love‘ in the url (allinurl) AND the word ‘sweet‘ in the content of the page.

Can anyone do this? โ“

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Is Google down?

Is it just me who is not able to access any of the Google sites (Gmail, Google.com, Google.co.in) from India? All Google related sites are returning 404 for me from noon (13-May-07, 7:00 AM GMT, 12:30 PM IST). I could remember this happening to Gmail some time back. But now even Google Talk seems to be down.

Anyone else sharing the same plight like me?

Update: It’s 5 PM (IST) now and all Google sites are working fine.

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Thank You Google and Linux

One big advantage in having a unique name is that people can google and find you. Well, that’s what has happened now. One of my friends at school, (with whom I lost contact) found me after 7 long years through a Google search about Linux which let him to this blog post of mine. Thanks Google and Linux.

So I have found one more reason to blog, to help my old buddies find me through Google search ๐Ÿ™‚

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Google can eat your email

When I talked about the reliability of user data in the web 2.0 style websites, I asked you to just imagine what might happen if you loose all you email from Gmail. But indeed it has happened to few people. Here are few links from reliable sources

Oh my god! I just cannot imagine this happening to me. More over it seems that Google doesn’t retain a copy of your email once you delete it due to privacy issues. This means that there is very little chance that your email can be restored. All say that the solution is to back up you email. But how to back up my 1.5 GB of email? ๐Ÿ™

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Bloglines Notifier – My First Google Gadget

Bloglines Notifier Google GadgetI didn’t have much to do last weekend and so I thought of giving a try to Google Gadget and ended up developing my first Google Gadget – Bloglines Notifier. As the name implies it will notify you the count of unread items in your Bloglines account. (Nothing special just a trivial one ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

You need to enter your Bloglines account email id and it will retrieve the unread count using the Bloglines API and display it in the Gadget screen. The count will be automatically refreshed according to the interval set in the Gadget settings. Since Bloglines doesn’t need you to be authenticated before retrieving the unread count you don’t need to enter your Bloglines account password.

The Google Gadget API is very simple to start with but at the same time very powerful if you need to do complex or advanced things. If you are interested grab the Google Gadget API Developers Guide and get started. It’s actually that simple.

The full source code of this Gadget is available here and if you are interested you can add it to your personalized page by clicking this button. Add to Google

Now I can have one icon less in my system tray. ๐Ÿ˜‰ BTW if you guys have a nice idea for a Gadget, let me know I shall give a try.

Resources Used

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Online Spreadsheets comparison

As I promised earlier, here is the result of my comparison of various online spreadsheet services. I compared the services based on the following criteria.

  • Basic Requirements
  • Interpretability
  • Usability
  • Functionality
  • Sharing and collaboration

Do let me know if I have overlooked something and also your comments and suggestions and I will try to keep this list updated. Also let me know if want me to add some more services to the list.

Features Google Zoho iRows NumSum EditGrid
Basic          
Browser Support IE 6, FireFox 1.07 IE 6, FireFox 1.0, Mozilla 1.4 IE 6, Firefox 1.5, Opera 9 IE 6, Firefox 1.5 IE 6.0, Firefox 1.0, Epiphany, 1.8.5, Galeon 2.0
Stable or beta Private beta public beta Out of beta Public beta Public beta
Regsitration Needed Not needed Needed Needed Needed
           
Interoperability          
Import Excel (*.xls) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import CSV (*.csv) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import OpenDocument spreadsheet (.ods) No No Yes No Experimental
Import OpenOffice.org Calc (.sxc) No Yes Yes No Yes
Import Lotus 1-2-3 (.123) No No No No Yes
Import TeX (.tex) No No No No No
           
Export Excel (*.xls) Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Export CSV (*.csv) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export OpenDocument spreadsheet (.ods) No No Yes No No
Export OpenOffice.org Calc (.sxc) No Yes Yes No No
Export Lotus 1-2-3 (.123) No No No No No
Export TeX (.tex) No No No No Yes
Export HTML Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export to PDF No Yes No No No
           
Print Preview No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Max size of imported file 400 KB No particular limit 500 KB 500 KB Not available on site
           
Usability          
Key board navigation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Right Click menu No No Yes No Yes
No of sheets open (by default) 1 3 1 1 1
Undo/Redo Yes No Yes Yes No
Cut, copy and paste Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
           
Line Wrap Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Resize Row Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resize Column Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bold, italic, underline, colors etc., Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Align Horizontal and vertical Yes Only Horizontal Yes Yes No
Insert rows and cols Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Delete rows and cols Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Delete Selection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
           
Functionality          
Search No Search Files based on tag Yes No No
Add Images No No Yes Yes No
Fill Series No To be impemented soon Yes (but Only copy) No No
Functions around 200 Yes around 50 Yes around 500
Format Numbers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Format Currencies Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Header rows and cols Only Rows No Yes No No
Hide rows and cols No No Yes No No
Merge Sells Only horizontal No Yes Yes No
Sort Only entire sheet, by one column No Yes Yes No
Charts Not yet Bar, Column, Pie, Line Pie, Bar, Line Line, Area, Bar No
Automatic Save Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Build-it Templates No No No No Yes
Publish on other sites No Yes   No No
           
Sharing and Collaboration          
Tagging No Yes Yes Yes No
Chat Yes No No No No
           
Share read access with another user Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Share write access with another user Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Share read access with public No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Share write access with public No No Yes No Yes
Password-protected read access No No No No Yes
Password-protected write access No No No No Yes
           
Real time collaboration Yes No No No Yes
Conflict resolution Last save wins Last save wins Not applicable Last save Wins Last save wins

Links to the above sevices

PS: I composed this list in Excel and then imported it to ZohoSheet and then generated the HTML page and then hand coded and cleaned it.

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Suggest me some features to compare online spreadsheets

Google’s release of Google Spreadsheet yesterday has generated lot of sudden attention on online web applications especially those which are proving to be direct competitor to Microsoft Office applications.

In addition to Google’s Spreadsheet I came to know about a couple of other great products like Zohosheet, iRows, NumSum from Techcrunch’s article yesterday which are also targeting similar user base. So I thought of comparing all these online spreadsheets to get an idea about their pros and cons. (Nice weekend project right?)

So guys let me know your favorite features which you would expect from a spreadsheet program so that I can base my comparison on them. Also let me know if I have missed any other online spreadsheets.

Here are the links to the programs which I am going to compare

I will publish my results as soon as I finish them so stay tuned and don’t forget to leave your favorite features in the comments.

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