Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Presenting TEBookmarklet 1.0

Gathering inspiration from the nifty bookmarklet to add technorati tags to your blog posts ( as ive done below ) , i played around with some javascript and that led me to a day of challenging and - at the end of the day - satisfying piece of coding .

To install a beta version of this bookmarklet,go to this page and drag the TEBookmarklet1.0 linknear your browser toolbar under your address bar. Else wait till it is published on TE full the final version .

Presenting the TEBookmarklet1.0 a tool that i feel could help TechEnclave users and News posters especially. Its a very easy- to - use util that i spend today making ,and let me give a walkthrough :


  • - suppose your on any page in firefox
  • - select any text ,click on the bookmarklet
  • - a new popup asks which section you want to post into
  • - click go,and the new thread comes
  • - text is automatically copied ,so go to the thread area and paste to get the text you highlighted in firefox in the thread.
Where it will be useful :
  • - for newposters who find something on the fly and can post quickly .
  • - for users ,a faster way to reach and post.
  • - can also be used as a copy highlighted text

  • -You are registered and logged in as a TechEnclave user (register here)
  • - firefox with javascript enabled ( bookmarklet made for firefox as of now )
  • - Need to allow the site to allow popups when prompted (adblock wil by default disallow it )

I have made this tool for the TechEnclave Forum especially . To explore how you can have this feature for your site/blog or to help me code and migrate to IE as well ,do drop in a comment.

Keep Clicking,
Bosky ,
Staff & Super Moderator - TechEnclave.com

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Live Clipboard , from Microsoft

What is it ?
The Live Clipboard web control is a DHTML control that provides copy/paste functionality for data associated with a web page using the Live Clipboard XML data format. It consists of the following components:
  • UI elements for displaying the Live Clipboard icon
  • Javascript objects representing the Live Clipboard object model
  • Javascript that handles serialization / de-serialization of the Live Clipboard XML data
  • Javascript callback function registration for retrieving data for copy, pushing data for paste, and notifying when the control is “selected.”
What else ?
  • uses standard Javascript and CSS techniques
  • works in many browsers : IE 6, IE 7 Beta 2 Preview ,Mozilla Firefox , Safari .
  • does not depend on installation of any client side applications or browser plug-ins,
  • and it never gains access to the contents of the clipboard without explicit user action to paste.
Check out the "Live Clipboard " demo here.

However ,I did wonder how it would handle certain events ,which we will try out now shall we :

Hypothetical Situation 1

: copy complex object /data
step2 : copy normal clipboard text
step3 : paste complex object / data

Result 1 : shows error on status bar .

Hypothetical Situation 2
step1 : copy normal clipboard text
step2 : copy complex object /data
step3 : paste normal clipboard text

Result 2 : copies gibberish.

im not surprised that it did throw up this behaviour , but what would be really great (and this is feedback ofcourse ) is a way to identify and seggregate the two so that both the hypothetical situations will still show positive results .

So "Live clipboard team " , if your listening 8 ) - heres a feature that im sure you guys will give a thought into before the release .

Keep Clicking,

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Monday, March 13, 2006

The BarCamp phenomenon hits Chennai

The Web2.0 wave in Chennai ?! Well by the looks of what Kiruba Shankar and other volunteers have pain stakingly organised , I should get geared for a fun filled ,and geeky two days at the first Chennai BarCamp on April 8 and 9th ,2006 .

A little history from the BarCamp wiki

BAR Camp was created as an open, welcoming, once-a-year event for geeks to camp out for a couple days with wifi and smash their brains together.The first BAR Camp was held in Palo Alto, CA, from 2005 August 19 to 2005 August 21. An estimated 200 participants attended and gave numerous presentations on a wide variety of high-tech topics including:
  • Wikis and other collaborative editing paradigms
  • Social impact of technologies
  • Voting methods
  • Technical and physical security
  • Version control, configuration, and package distribution
  • Synchronous telephony
  • Women in technology professions
  • High-tech business models
Attendees must give a demo, a session, or help with one. All presentions are scheduled the day they happen. Prepare in advance, but come early to get a slot on the wall. Presenters are responsible for making sure that notes/slides/audio/video of their presentations are published on the web for the benefit of all and those who can’t be present on 8th and 9th April 2006.

Even as i speak , BarCampChennai is gathering mass ! So be there if you have something web savvy to contribute or just sink into and basically as the motive goes :
"To learn, meet people who share different interests, contribute, and push yourself and your thinking "
Keep Clicking,

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