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When reading emails in Hotmail, I dislike the idea of hyperlinks in the message opening up in a framed browser window. One problem is that it eats up browser space and the other being I cannot add it to my favourites or email the URL. Look at this, a simple hyperlink to www.venkatarangan.com in a Hotmail message, is turned into a URL beast: http://64.4.16.250/cgi-bin/linkrd?_lang=EN&lah=09127ba509d5e08eae29a46ded62cadd&lat=1075044828&hm___action=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2evenkatarangan%2ecom%2f On an evening where I had nothing else to do, no India Cricket Match, no calls, no reading; I sat down to write this tiny program that solves this problem. Just right click and copy shortcut on the Hyperlink in Hotmail,  switch to this application,…

I have been always curious on how these IM’s work. My favourite IM being MSN Messenger. I was searching for documentation and code-snippets to understand on what goes back and forth over the wire when we use Messenger. I came…

I believe if not for the sweeping wave of HTML in the mid 90’s, the document management world today will only be of Adobe Acrobat (PDF). PDF supports lots of interesting features, but not limited to Cross-Platform, wide availability, Ability…

About 6 months ago during a chat with my mobile Project Manager, I was predicting that the days of proprietary Ringtones in Mobile phones are ending. Phones will become smarter, powerful and start supporting WAV files. Once WAV files are supported by phones, I can convert few seconds of my favourite movie song from a CD into WAV and move it to my phone. I don’t need to pay exorbitant Ringtone download charges. Though this seemed very distanced at that time as Nokia always favoured a locked-in approach. Today with the new Nokia 3660 phone, it has come true. This…