Trackbacks – Know about it

Today read a good post on Trackbacks. Andy Wibbels had written in a elegant and way to know about Trackbacks in blog and how to make use of that efficiently. Have a look at his post.

 

One sample is, OpenGiga had written an article linking to one of my article on Adobe Share on it’s blog.

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You you would see Trackbacks link in your WordPress admin area.

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A Firefox bug, prevailing more than 2.5 years

Today I noticed something fishy in the Google Reader while reading the Chennai MetBlog Post of Iniya Pongal Nalvalthukkal. I was viewing the post through Google Reader using Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.11( Downloaded yesterday Jan-14-2008).

The fishy thing is Tamil Indic text rendered by Firefox was garbled. I checked quickly with other Indic language scripts( Hindi, Telugu, Kannada ). They seems to render properly.

The post which I was reading in Firefox , which renders Tamil Indic text.

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Same through the Microsoft Internet Explorer. I could see correct text rendered.

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I checked with one of the Wikipedia article which runs test for rendering the Unicode Indic scripts.

The 2nd Column shows the correct rendering, 3rd column displays the Wrong Indic rendering in the current browser ( Firefox )

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The 2nd Column shows the correct rendering, 3rd column displays the Correct Indic rendering in the current browser ( Internet Explorer )

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Then I verified the rendering of Tamil Wikipedia in both the Browsers.

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Tamil Wikipedia rendered in Internet Explorer

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IE rocks in rendering the Tamil Unicode pages properly.

I checked in the BlogoSphere to find any such blogs have already complained about this problem and found I found Vasanth Dharmaraj’s blog. Surprising things is, he complained the problem on Aug, 2005.

Also I checked with another site which has the details of the bug and the fix. The site says that the fix will be shipped in 2007. Also, it lists some trackbacks of the bug.

Immediately I did a search in Bugzilla. The bug has been reported more than twice to the developers.

  • Bug 292429 – Tamil Unicode is not displayed properly
  • Bug 391805 – Firefox 2.0.0.6 does not display proper Tamil,Telugu letters(Unicode)
  • Bug 333659 – Move nsTextFrame over to Thebes APIs

It’s about 2.5+ years and still the problem is in Firefox. I’m really surprised why Firefox developers hasn’t fixed it until.

Yahoo Pipes Filter for Hindu BusinessLine

Pipes

Yahoo Pipes filter for Hindu BusinessLine Magazine!!!
This filters down the news items from Hindu Business line. This pipe filters Technology, Finance, Auto, Computer News items. I’ve just developed it , when I got irritated reading 1000+ news items from Hindu BusinessLine magazine.

Below are the feed sources for the pipe.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/02hdline.xml
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/14hdline.xml
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/27hdline.xml
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/03hdline.xml
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/15hdline.xml
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/iw20hdline.xml
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/09hdline.xml
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/19hdline.xml
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/05hdline.xml
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/06hdline.xml
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/04hdline.xml
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/rss/18hdline.xml

Check out my pipe here incase you want to customize more.

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Windows Live Writter – Bookmarking Plugin

I’m using Windows Live Writer for writing my blogs. It’s awesome features impressed me to stick to it.Since I use WordPress blog and it’s free hosting services, I couldn’t make my blog look and feel like what I want. Until few days back, I couldn’t insert Digg, I couldn’t add the links of Social sites to share my posts. Few days back I came to know about how to insert a Digg link into the blog post.

Insert the below snippet in your blog post HTML.This small snippet in the WordPress is cool.

[ “digg = You digg link to the blogpost” ]

So similarly I tried searching for Windows Live Writer plugins that would make me to add my blog various social sites.

Here came a plug-in from Rahul Soni’s blog.

But one small drawback is, you can’t get things out of this plug-in during your first submission of any blog post.

Becuase the plug-in requires URL of your blog post.

So, first submit your post and let your blog software generate a URL. Then again edit the same blog post to create the social site links for sharing your blog posts.

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Make quick notes in Google Notebook

Google Notebook, a novel idea from google, at first didn’t impress me. Whenever I come across any content that should be made note of, I used to copy and store it in my gmail. But things became difficult when my corporate blocked the mail programs. Then the only way was to forward the mail to my corporate id for any references that I’ve made.

Herecomes the Google Notebook the saviour of time and energy for me.

Google Notebook, allows me to add text items.

Each items are dragabble, so it’s very comfortable to organize the notes made.

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Tag your notes for easy references.

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The Trash section is very useful when you unknowingly deleted any notes

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Also create categories, sections to the notes that you make in the notebook.

Sort your numerous topics notes that you have created.

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It would be very useful if google could add a facility to make a note through mobile, like Twitter or Google Calendar.

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