Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Google Sidewiki Comments.


Find below the my Google Sidewiki Comments for various websites.



Recent Sidewiki Entries

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Google Hot Trends in Search Result itself.


Google has started integrating Hot Trends with Google Search result.

According to Google blog post, A Hot Trend graph will be displayed at the bottom of the search results page if you search for a particular keyword which is being listed in Google Hot Trend.

This feature is currently available only for U.S. and Japan users.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Go directly to the desired section of the web page from the Google Search Result


Google has enhanced the search result display by introducing a new feature "Jump to the information you want right from the search snippets".

Now onwards Google will show a "Jump to" link to the desired section of the page in the Search result itself. We can directly go the desired section of the page by clicking this link.

This new feature will be very useful for the lengthy webpages. (i-e webpages having more contents in many sub sections).

For example, our QTP knol is lengthy webpage having many sub-sections such as Object Repository, Best practices and vbscript.

Many people suggested me to break up this knol into multiple small knols for showing relevant information to the users who are coming from Search result.

But, because of this Google's new feature, we need not split the knol.

If you search for "Object repository qtp", Google will show below search result.




Here you can see can see a link "jump to Object repository" which will bring you to the desired section "Object repository" in our knol.

If you are a web master you can read this article from Google WebMaster central blog which will help you make your page utilize this feature.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Goolge's response to AT&T's letter to FCC on Google Voice


AT&T claimed that Google Voice is blocking some of the outbound calls, it violates net neutrality with Voice app.

Google has responded for this claim.

Google says "The FCC's open Internet principles apply only to the behavior of broadband carriers -- not the creators of Web-based software applications"


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Showing latest blogposts in our website


I came to know that blogger blog (blogspot.com) is blocked by some organizations.

Since we are also using blogger blog, our blog also is not viewable within network of some organizations.

So, we are showing the latest posts of our blogs in our website also using RSS Feeds.

You can see it here.

And, you can forward this url http://www.qualitypointtech.net/blog.php to your friends who are not able to view blogspot blogs.


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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Vote for selecting Best Idea that will be sponsored by Google


Last year Google has announced about its Project 10^100 (pronounced "Project 10 to the 100th")which is a call for ideas to change the world, in the hope of helping as many people as possible.

Google has committed $10 million to fund up to five ideas selected by its advisory board.

Google has selected a handful of finalists from more than 150,000 submitted ideas.

Now you can VOTE for the Idea which will help many people.

Voting ends at October 8, 2009.

Google will fund for the 5 selected ideas to make it reality.



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PubSubHubbub protocol for getting the RSS/Atom feed in almost Real Time


Most of the sites are providing their updates as Rss feed for enabling the users to read the updates from their RSS reader/aggregator (e.g Google Reader)itself.

Main drawback of this approach is, the reader/aggregator will fetch the updates only at predefined intervals.

So, we can not read the content immediately even when the RSS feed is updated with the latest content.

PubSubHubbub protocol will handle this issue effectively.

This protocol uses an intermediate role hub between the publisher and the subscriber.

Refer the below screens/slides to understand this protocol.



Google Code blog says,
The protocol is decentralized and free. No company is at the center of this controlling it. Anybody can run a hub, or anybody can ping (publish) or subscribe using open hubs.



FeedBurner is supporting this PubSubHubbub protocol.

But you have to activate PingShot service in FeedBurner feed.

You can easily do it by going thro' Publicize->PingShot->Activate as shown in below screenshot.



We are running our below news services using FeedBurner along with Yahoo Pipes.
So this protocol is helping us to deliver the News as quickly.

Tech News   Software Testing News  News about Google  Business News
Medical News Tamil News

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Amazon Hot Deals


Find below the Hot Deals and Best Sellers from Amazon.com. You can select the required product from here or from our our store to buy from Amazon.com.

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Google sidewiki for making universal commenting for any website


Google has released Google Sidewiki which works on below theme.

"Contribute helpful information to any web page"

"people helping people"


In brief, Google Sidewiki is a Google Toolbar feature which allows adding and seeing comments for any webpage universally.

You can download the Google toolbar with Sidewiki at http://www.google.com/sidewiki/intl/en/index.html

Currently it will work in few browsers (Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 2+) only.

It seems sidewiki for chrome will be released soon.

Sidewiki is allowing to share our sidewiki entry in anypage thro' Twitter, Facebook and email.

Even google is sharing sidewiki data with anyone thro' sidewiki API.

Watch below video to know about SideWiki.





Even if it is very useful for understanding about any webpage, many people are worrying about spammers. But it seems Google's "Quality algorithm" along with Users voting for comments will suppress the spammers.

I have tried the Google Sidewiki. It looks great. Download will take few seconds only. After downloading the Google Toolbar you need to restart the browser.

Now, you can see the the sidewiki. You need to login with your Google account for making any entry in Sidewiki for any webpage.

Sidewiki will provide option to send your comment entry into your blogspot blog also.

Even you can see all your comments under sidewiki tab in your Google profile page.

And, you can subscribe to the RSS feed of comment entries also.
You can see sample Sidewiki entry made for our website in below screenshot.

Interestingly, if you are using blogger blog, then sidwiki will identify you as the owner of your blog and it will show your comments as page owner comments.



Google's this initiative can be considered as an action for achieving Economic Growth as stated by its CEO Eric Schmidt in G-20 summit as below.

History has shown us that cutting-edge technology and the free, open flow of information are key drivers of economic growth.



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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Setting up aStore provided by Amazon.com


Amazon.com is providing affiliate option called as Amazon associate program.

We can get referral payment by referring buyers to the Amazon site from our blog or from our website using this Amazon associate program..

In addition to providing Text link, Widgets and Banners, Amazon is providing aStore.

aStore enables the affiliates to create their own store for displaying products from amazon database.

You can see our aStore "QualityPoint Store".

Amazon will allow us to put the aStore created in amazon domain in our own domain using iFrame.

But it seems it is not effective. If you see our aStore "QualityPoint Store", you can notice lot of white space under the product listing.

The reason is, we have to specify height for iFrame. But it is difficult to judge the correct height for the site as some products will be having lengthy details.


So, we thought of using ajax instead of iframe. But we dropped that option as it won't work for subsequent pages correctly.

By searching Internet I came to know about another solution which will use javascript for dynamically setting height of the iFrame based on the height/length of the aStore page.

But it seems it won't work in some browsers. If you know any appropriate solution to solve this issue you can share it here thro' comments.
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Combine multiple Blogger RSS Feeds using Yahoo pipe and Feed burner


Recently we have started another blog YouCanStart.blogspot.com.

I wanted to combine the RSS feed (http://youcanstart.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default) of this new blog with RSS feed (http://qualitypoint.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default) of our main blog.

And also I wanted to use feedburner for knowing subscriber statistics.

So, I have redirected the blogger RSS feed by specifying the feedburner feed url in Blogger Dashboard.

It can be done at Settings->SiteFeed in the blogger Dashboard.



And, I combined both feeds http://youcanstart.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default and
http://qualitypoint.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default by using yahoo pipe.

I used the yahoo pipe output for burning the feed burner feed http://feeds.feedburner.com/QualitypointTechnologies

But this final output feed was not created correctly. It showed lot of issues such as missing items and duplicate items.

After doing more analysis and investigation, I found the reason for the issues.

The reason is, the original blogger feed (e.g http://qualitypoint.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default) was redirected to feedburner feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/QualitypointTechnologies) even before getting merged with other blogger feed in the Yahoo pipe.

i-e combined feed is again used as input for the yahoo pipe.

So, to resolve this issue I created two feedburner feeds from the blogger feeds.

i-e http://feeds.feedburner.com/youCanStart was created from http://youcanstart.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

And, http://feeds.feedburner.com/qualitypoint was created from http://qualitypoint.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default.

These feed burner feeds are used in yahoo pipe for getting the combined feed as shown in below screenshot.



After making these changes the final feed was created correctly without any issue.

So, my observation is Yahoo pipe is taking the redirected output if the blogger blog is set for redirecting the original feed.

But Feedburner is taking the original blogger feed even if the blogger blog is set for redirecting the original feed.

Why yahoo pipe and feed burner are behaving differently? Am I missing any setting to force the yahoo pipe to take the original feed?

So, it seems Yahoo pipe alone is not enough just for combining two blogger feeds, and the feedburner is required to achieve this.

If you know more about this strange behaviour you can share it here thro' comments.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

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Google's letter to FCC about Google Voice rejection by Apple


Google had sent reply letter to FCC as Google was asked to give more details about rejection of Google Voice application for iPhone.

In the letter, Google asked to keep some portion of the letter as confidential.
But the secret information is made public as Freedom of Information Act request was filed.

You can read the Google's answer (un-redacted) in this pdf file which is published by FCC in its Website.

Find below the key part of the un-redacted portion of the answer.

Apple's representatives informed Google that the Google Voice application was rejected because Apple believed the application duplicated the core dialer functionality of the iPhone. The Apple representatives indicated that the company did not want applications that could potentially replace such functionality




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Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Make Book from your Blogger Blog


For celebrating its 10th anniversary, Blogger has now partnered with blog2print.com for enabling the blogger users to make Book out of the blogger blog.


You can easily create Book from any blogger blog by specifying many different options such as From Date and To Date.

In Blog2Print.com specify url of your blog in the below mentioned screen.



Click the "Print My Blog".

Below screen will appear to get the options.



Click on the "Create Book" button for creating the Book from your blog.

The created book will look like this which is the book created for our blog for specified duration.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Google acquires reCAPTCHA




Google has announced that it is acquiring reCAPTCHA which is providing online captcha service for thousands of websites for preventing spam in their sign-in/registration pages.

Google says that this new acquisition will give two benefit for them.

One is, it will improve the security system for preventing spam in many Google websites by implementing the reCaptcha.

Another benefit is, reCaptcha will be used as way for improving scanning process involved in Google Book project. i-e It will help to improve effectiveness of OCR (Optical Character Recognition).

After reading the second benefit, I was thinking about "how the captcha will help to improve the scanning process?".

By searching the internet, I got the answer for my question.

I came to know that the image text displayed by reCAPTCHA in Sign-in/registration pages are actually the scanned text which are not recognized by OCR.

So, reCAPTCHA will gather the details from data entered by users to improve the transcription accuracy.

reCAPTCHA says "answers from millions of humans on the internet, reCAPTCHA is able to achieve over 99.5% transcription accuracy at the word level"

So, reCAPTCHA is allowing users to complete their registration page only after doing small data entry work which will help to improve transcription accuracy.

This article about transcription will help to understand the role of reCaptcha in the transcription process.



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Started new Blog "Start Learning and Show your talent to the World"


We have started new blog youcanstart.blogspot.com.


The need for this new blog is based on below facts.

  • Many people who are talented in their field (e.g Design) are not having enough opportunity to show it to the world. i-e Experts in any subject/field need a way to show/prove their expertise for getting any job/opportunity

  • Beginners of any learning activity need proper guidance about where to start and how to proceed



I believe our new blog will fulfill both things.

We have planned to post many articles about start learning any new things.

Our new blog will be used to post the content/code/design from readers. They can send the details to our mail qualitypointmail@gmail.com.

The experts can give tips/guidance to improve the learning of beginners. It will help the experts to show their expertise to the world, especially to their future Employers or clients.

Since visitors count for our blog and sites is getting increased daily, showing your expertise thro' our blog will increase the possibility for your expertise getting noticed by target audience.

A Good Beginning Is Half Done



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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Strange Behaviour of Browser Back button.


We have noticed strange behaviour of Browser back button while implementing new requests from our client of GroupIt learning Activity project.

This project is extensively using Ajax/javascript. Our client asked us to show the previous page with existing data when clicking "back" button.

So, we created a back button whose onclick event calls "history.go(-1)", which is same as clicking Back button in the browser.

This back button behaves differently in different browsers and in different servers.

i-e Existing data in previous page was NOT shown in Internet Explorer (IE).
But existing data was shown in FireFox in production server. The strange thing is, existing data was NOT shown in FireFox itself in our Test server.

We have faced lot of cross browser issues in our previous projects. But first time I am noticing different behavior of same browser (FireFox) in different Servers.

My understanding about browser back button is, it is purely depending on behaviour of the web browser. Since we are using same code in our Test server and in the production server, the HTML rendered to the browser from both Test server and production server should be ideally same.

Just wondering why same browser is behaving differently when getting HTML from different webservers.

By searching internet I came to know that the factors affecting the behaviour of Browser back button are "cache control" and "expire" parameters which are set from either meta tag or from header method of php.

But in our case, since the code is same the header information should be same in both server.

Is there any other factor which controls behaviour of browser back button?


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Does "Safe Mode" of PHP really give any benefit?


We had used ImageMagick tool for resizing the images without affecting quality in our BookMarklet project.

We implemented this project successfully in Client's server.

After few Months, client informed me that this tool is not working when they moved the code to another server.

After doing more analysis, I couldn't find any reason other than imageMagic installation in the new Server.

But the client confirmed that ImageMaigic was installed properly in their new server.


When I tried to show echo of "system (convert)", it didn't show any output.

So, I confirmed that the issue is with the ImageMagick usage only.

Here, convert is the executable file name for ImagaMagick tool. And, system is the php method for executing the executable files/system commands.

So, I informed the client about my findings. And, they were able to successfully use the ImageMagic without any issue after turning off the php Safe mode.

It is clear that Safe mode is preventing use of "system" method/function.

Refer this list to know the complete set of functions that are prevented by safe mode.

Php.net article/discussion is clearly saying that SafeMode is not having any use.

So, I am just wondering why some hosting companies are keeping php safe mode turn on by default.


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Thursday, September 10, 2009

FileZilla - Free FTP Client for doing ftp thro' secured connection


Recently, I came to know about FileZilla which is a free and open source FTP solution providing both FTP client and FTP Server.

Normally we use ftpcommander as ftp client for transferring files thro' ftp.

Few days before, our hosting company made the connection secured using SSL.

It seems free version of ftp commander is not supporting secured connection.

So, when I searched for an alternate for ftp commander I came to know about the FileZilla.

It supports secured connection. Just we need to choose serverType as FTPES for making secured connection.

If you have more experience with FileZilla you can share your experience (advantages and disadvantages of FileZilla) thro' Comments.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Handling "headers already sent" Error


We used to get below error when using header() in our php code.


Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at...


The reason/root cause for this warning is due the fact "No other information can be sent to the server before the Header".

This "headers already sent" error is usually caused by having white space before or after the opening and closing PHP tags (<?php . . . ?>).

So, remove any white space before or after these tags.


If you still get this error even after removing white space, you need to check whether you put echo of any text before using header().

Use of ob_start() at start of the code may resolve this issue.


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Cache issue in Blogger Blog


We are displaying Global Tech News in our blog by combining several RSS feeds using Yahoo Pipes.

I have noticed that this News was not getting updated correctly when refreshing the Blog page.

After doing some analysis I assumed that this behaviour is due to the browser Cache issue.

To avoid this issue normally we used to append some random value using javascript. But I am not sure how to handle this in Blogger.

I searched the blogger template code to find the timestamp in blogger.
I found the below code for adding timestamp. After including this timestamp along with the feed url, the cache issue was resolved.

<data:post.timestamp/>

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Steps for PHP installation.


We can follow below steps for installing php with Apache server.

  • Install Apache-2 while (installing it give domain name and server name as localhost)

  • Create a folder inside Apache with name=”php”.

  • Unzip the file “php-5.2.6-Win32.zip” inside the folder “php”.

  • Rename the file “php.ini-recommanded” as “php.ini”.

  • Open php.ini and change the following:

    • Remove ; present from the lines “extension=php_gd2.dll”, “extension=php_mysql.dll”
      (; means comment)

    • Change extension_dir = "C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\php\ext"

    • Copy and paste “php.ini” inside “windows”

  • Open “httpd.conf” file that is present inside “Apache\conf”.

  • Paste the following line ServerRoot "C:/Program Files/Apache Group/Apache2"

  • Don’t use # symbol. It is used for comment.

  • Paste the following line at the end of loadmodule: LoadModule php5_module "C:\Program Files\Apache Group\Apache2\php\php5apache2.dll"

  • After documentroot paste this: DocumentRoot "C:/Program Files/Apache Group/Apache2/htdocs"

  • Add this: AddType application/x-httpd-php .php after the following line: #AddType application/x-tar .tgz





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Truncating Feed Item Description without affecting HTML design


In my previous post, I have explained about Yahoo Pipes for combining multiple RSS feeds into one single feed in desired way.

Today, while improving our Tamil News, I was required to limit the number of characters in the description of the feed items.

The feed item description will be having HTML tags also. So blindly truncating the description after specified amount of characters will spoil the look and feel of the description.

To handle this scenario we can use RegEx module (Regular Expression) of the Yahoo pipe.

We need to fill the RegEx module as below.

In -item.description
replace-(?s)^(([^<]|<[^>]+>){400})(?(?<!\b)([^\b]*?)\b).*
with-$1$3



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Sunday, September 6, 2009

We have started our another Development Center at Ottapidaram (Tuticorin District)


We have started our new Development Center at Ottapidaram , (Tuticorin District).

Already we are having our Office at Chennai. This new Development center will help us to operate cost effectively. So, we will be able to set competitive price for our customers.

We are looking for "Software Engineers" to work in our new office at Ottapidaram, Tuticorin District. So, interested candidates can send their resume to qualitypointmail@gmail.com
















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Thursday, September 3, 2009

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