Google adds Forms Feature to Spreadsheets

This is one of those features which goes very well with the spirit of Google, making use of the information available and presenting it in a meaningful way.

Google docs has added yet another interesting feature which lets a Spreadsheet author send mail invites to other users with fields for the recipients to fill. As the users respond, the spreadsheet gets automatically filled in with the data. What is interesting about this feature is that all this happens at the real time. A clear distinction between desktop and web software.

Google Docs

To begin playing around with this feature, follow the below mentioned steps.

  • Create a new Google spreadsheet.
  • Fill in some desired column names and values ( if needed).
  • Click on the link called Share.
  • Select radio pointing to the choice fill out a formNEW .
  • Click on Invite Collaborators.

As soon as you are done with this, a mail is sent to the user with the form fields. The beauty of this application is that as users enter the values and submits the form, the spreadsheet automatically gets filled. Also, the users have the option of seeing previous values entered so far.

Clearly, We just don’t need web versions of our desktop software. We, as end users need web software that takes advantage of being online.

[Source: Official Google Docs Blog ]

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Vaibhav

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How-To: Get a transcript of a WebEx session

WebEx is no doubt the proven choice for most of our online collaboration needs. WebEx’s collaboration softwares enable the user to Share documents, make presentations, and collaborate with people across town and around the world. Web conferencing lets you use the power of the Internet to hold meetings without leaving your office.

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Most of us have been using WebEx for most of our online meeting and other collaboration needs. However, not many know that you can even get the Transcript as a Word Document of your WebEx session by sending the file ( .wrf or .wmv) to globalreservations@attgtc.com

Webex

This service however comes for a fee of 25 $ per hour of recording.

Also read:

Own a small company? Try these freebies

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Vaibhav

Notchup.com: Get Paid to be Interviewed For Jobs

Notchup.com is a relatively new service which is making news these days for its unique model wherein the interviewee gets paid for giving an interview.Logo

NotchUp is as of now in its beta stage , and therefore , in an effort to keep the user base concentrated on people worthy of recommendations and referrals, users need to either apply or join based on an invite sent out by an existing member.

Google, Yahoo, Barracuda, Piczo and Medium are some of the tech giants using the service early.

Notchup’s model aims at removing the fees companies often shell out to headhunters and thereby cutting the cost of hiring an employee.

Some of the salient features of Notchup.com

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  1. Import your linked in profile ( No need to fill in those boxes)
  2. Stats for your Interview Performance.
  3. Stats related to the offers made to you.
  4. Inviting friends gets you 10% of their earnings.

However, bloggers around the world are also complaining about Notchup’s terms and conditions policy. Have a look at one such post by Russ here and here

In my honest opinion, one must be very clear with the approach and the vision before signing up for services like Notchup. Features wise, its rich and well presented and even gives an opportunity to squeeze out some extra money from those potential employers 🙂

Cheers

Vaibhav

Use Twitter to Publicize your blog

Yes, whether you accept it or not, every blogger on this planet Earth wants to get more and more hits on his blogpost. With the evolution of microblogging tools like Twitter this definitely has become even more easier. The only catch is that you should be knowing the right way to use Twitter. 🙂

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Twitter follows an open approach and using this many application developers have built on applications which have certainly added more and more value to Twitter. One such application is called TwitterFeed.

TwitterFeed is a service which is aimed at popularizing your blogpost by publishing them on Twitter.

All you need is an OpenID , Twitter User ID +Password and your blog’s RSS feed. Once the setup is done, Twitterfeed will periodically check for your Blog Feed and keep publishing your blog posts on your Twitter Page.

Here’s how to get your blog twittering using TwitterFeed:

  • Create a new twitter user at twitter.com (or use your existing one)
  • Provide Twitterfeed with the URL for your blog’s RSS feed, and how often it should be posted to Twitter.
  • Bingo, Time to get on and get started.

By the way, I am already on Twitter with my feeds live, courtesy Twitterfeed, at http://twitter.com/vaibhav1981

Do let me know your twitter feeds as well, i would love to follow them 🙂

Don’t forget to bookmark the blog or better still Subscribe to the blog’s new feed.

Cheers,

Vaibhav

Send Free SMS in India using 160by2

After having written a post on making a free phone call using Fring in my post How to make a free call using fring, i was in the process of researching for a free SMS service to send SMS in India, during this, i came across a few services which do make this possible. In my coming posts, i will try to present with you few of the services which can be used to send Free SMS in India. One such service is 160by2 and in this post i intend to discuss on the various features provided by them.

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160by2 is a SMS Marketing service launched in India by smscountry networks. The service allows users to send Free SMS messages through their website. Using 160by2 service, users can send free SMS of 80 characters. The rest 80 characters are filled in by the service with contextual advertisements.
The web interface is pretty interesting and easy to use.

Some of the features provided by 160by2 are:

  • Sending same message to multiple users.
  • Sharing of messages with other users.
  • Users can maintain their contact information in address books.
  • Group messages feature. ( although i still need to test this)

Invitations to 160by2 can be obtained by accessing their webpage here.

[Update] 160by2 has also released a mobile application. The application provides following features

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  • No need to Login every time.
  • Access your contacts from 160by2.com account as well as from your phone book
  • You can now upload and backup your phone book on 160by2.

Related Read: Send Free SMS using Yahoo Mail

Reader Contributions: Way2SMS is also such a service which provides users to send 92 characters of free messages. Way2SMS can also be accessed using WAP. I tried the service and found it good enough. Thanks to Bala for this.

Try it out and share your experiences in the comments.
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Also read: IMEI: What is it?

Send Free SMS using Yahoo Mail

Email2SMS: Send Free SMS in India using Email.

You can also follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vaibhav1981

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Cheers

Vaibhav

Web Technologies: Enter the future

Web Technologies: Enter the future

Until a few years back, Internet used to merely a bunch of static web pages linked to each other. However, today, the time and the Technology governing the net have changed. With the emergence of Web2.0 technologies, Internet today is a live and happening place, and, the popularity of Web 2.0 technologies is growing with every passing day.

In this blogpost, I intend to discuss about how various Web 2.0 Technologies are collectively changing the future of Web.

With the emergence of Web2.0 technologies, the static pages with content and link have become yet more powerful, the Web 2.0 technologies have added the most important and missing feature into the WebPages, Interaction.

The Technologies which have contributed in changing the web include XML, J2EE, ASP.NET, JavaScript, AJAX, PHP/Perl, MySQL etc. Using these technologies, Individuals/ Corporates developed many web based application which gradually led to this change of Internet.

This emergence of Web2.0 has offered several opportunities to the Enterprises as well. Enterprises today are able to able to integrate their applications with powerful tools like Wiki, Blogs, RSS Feeds and develop applications which are more interactive and useful for users.

Whenever, the word Web2.0 is referred to in discussions, the first name that comes to anyone’s mind is AJAX. I will therefore write a little about AJAX below.

AJAX

AJAX stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. AJAX has enabled the web applications to become more responsive by exchanging small amounts of data with the server behind the scenes. This ways, AJAX enables the application to refresh without actually the page getting reloaded.

Ajax model

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JavaScript is the main scripting language wherein AJAX function calls are made and using XML the data is asynchronously received.

Data is asynchronously retrieved using the XMLHttpRequest object. This is then passed to the JavaScript sitting on the client; it then binds everything together and displays the updated information to the client.

AJAX is a framework model which has been getting support from both .Net and Java platforms.
E.g. of applications using AJAX are: Gmail, Google Maps, Google Suggest etc…

Mashups

Mashups are small applications (lightweight) which can be added into a web application. Mashups then source the content from a third party using an interface of API’s.

A good example of Mashups can be a small application on one of the webpage which shows local weather information.

RSS

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS is a XML based protocol which when used with feeds and aggregators, offers website summaries and syndications. The RSS feeds are in the form of XML file which can be hosted and then updated automatically by the website owners.  The feed can then be read by RSS feed software. One e.g. of RSS feed reader is Google Reader.

I shall be writing in more detail about AJAX and RSS in my coming posts.

Cheers,

Vaibhav

Hindi Programming Language

SKTN Hindi Programming Language (HPL) is a high level programming language with the distinguishing feature of being in Hindi (primary language of India) developed by the Indian developer Shamit Kumar Tomar. The language is currently in its initial stage and is developing continuously. The first beta of the language and the accompanying IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is released on August 29, 2007.

The Hindi Programming Language has been developed to target the over 350 million Hindi speaking population. According to Comrie (1998 data),[8] Hindi is the second most spoken language in the world.

The Hindi Programming Language is designed to be easy to learn and use. The language not only allows programmers to easily create simple applications in their native language, but also has the flexibility to develop fairly complex applications as well. The programs are compiled to Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL) that can run on any machine where .NET Framework 2.0 is installed.

Check out http://sktn.freehostia.com/ for more details.

Program to print Hello World on screen:

कार्य खाली मुख्य ( )
     लिखें "Hello World!"
खत्म कार्य

Program to input time from user and greet him/her accoordingly:

कार्य खाली मुख्य ( )      अंक समय       लिखें "Enter current time"
     पढें समय        अगर [ समय < 12 ]
        लिखें "Good Morning"
  वरनाअगर [ समय >= 12 और समय < 16 ]
           लिखें "Good Afternoon"
  वरना              लिखें "Good Evening"
  खत्म अगर
  खत्म कार्य

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Cheers,

Vaibhav