Saturday, January 24, 2009

and the problem is solved...

I have instance of Windows Live Writer on my box and seems to make my life easier.
The only warning that I would like state along with it is that it will ask you to install the whole suite which includes:
Mail, Photo gallery, toolbar, family saftey, MS outlook, MS Office Live Add-in, SilverLight and Writer.
Make a wise choice and select only what you want. Secondly it is going to update your windows live messenger to v9 which definitely has a problem in signing in if you are behind a firewall (and you should be behind a firewall).  So if you use messenger be ready to uninstall the v9 of messenger and then downgrade to messenger8.1
Talking with the development team they had solution [e-mail conversation]

The error message indicates the following

MSGR_E_INVALID_AUTH_PACKAGES 8100030F IDS_INVALID_AUTH_PACKAGES_FORMAT

Here is what is happening: The upgraded messenger (Wave 3) uses MSNP 18 as the protocol to connect to services. There could be some firewall/proxy which does not understand MSNP 18. The previous version of messenger shipped with MSNP16.

What you need to do is to either shut down firewall or open up the appropriate ports. A list of ports used by Wave 3 messenger is at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960820

Ignore the link article above as it is not a great solution and the ports they want you to open are default ports already open on all machines. Another hack is available if you are desperate to use v9 messenger add:

Just browse to "c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\", open the file "hosts" with Notepad and add this string to fix the error:
65.54.239.80    messenger.hotmail.com

Anyways coming back to the point:

Writer actually asks your credentials the first time to your blogger and once provided it downloads the template settings and gives you a feel as if you are editing at the blogger page rather than the editor.

Advantage 2 is that you no more need to play around with the monotonous html rather you can just drag drop tables, media, video, pictures, maps and resizing and alignment are just one click away.

Thirdly no need for a preview as it is just like blogging on the blogger page itself where you post.

Fourthly you can write all posts save as drafts and can also assign dates for auto publishing. Nothing new but yet another good feature.

Download here

Happy bloggin to you all

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Testing Windows Live Writer

If this goes good… i would share it with you all. So far it seems to be a cool experiment and I am not hating blogger editor anymore.

Why not I try adding a video and a slide show along and see how can i resize and move it around…!!!

Lenovo Add

 

i can even add the aerial view of my apt building… sweet

Map picture

 

huh… thts awesome… resizing was just a click away… i think I will advertise this with my next post…

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

You, your wife n Me

..sick..? Ok pardon me probably this will make more sense.


What will that "extra person" do on a honeymoon trip... looking at this UI the horses of my thoughts started galloping from pastures to meadows, from marshes to prairies wondering "can I be that extra person"

...r u asking me what m i doing looking for honeymoon packages, u better neck rein your horses n stop whipping them, I told ya i browse all never lands on this web <:D)

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Open Question...

The million $$ open question to sucess: "Fundatmental of product right" or is it proportional to the "What's new you have to offer"

well most of us would say a right combination of 2 but that doesnt hold true always. Its kinda baffling naa i think its bizzare in some sense that the answer to these basic questions change with the line of business and products.

Me considering myself as a consumer thinks that the quality of the product delivered to me can be compromised as compared to the quality of product delivered to an enterprise. Rather than beating around the shrubs; Live has quiet some better things to offer than the counterpart but than the basic purpose is yet not served viz the relevance of search results.Tips & Tricks of searching... hmmm well how many of us have actually read this doc or this its us we dont refer to usage guides... they are monotonous isnt it... experience is the best teacher.

Than another improtant thing to notice in the view source of live.com and google is the similarity of font sizes colors layout. Microsoft cannot afford to give away that because we the end users are very typecasted. We consumers are a bit of a pain in butt and some changes are just not acceptable to us. We dont want a new way to search therefore the basic idea of tabs cannot of altered.. but then how did Google defined a new page in contrast to Yahoo. I am not going in those details here but they did.

What should microsoft exactly do to make live popular. Give more relevant search results or offer more and better innovation more marketing (several millions are already spend) or a mix of all which they are already doing.

Live is capable of solving any mathematical equation and i think its pretty cool but than is that feature going to pull in more users? Live's Health Vault is superb source of concise info. Live image search and those search options for images are unquestinable better than what the counterpart has to offer. But then the relevance is the factor that I dont use it
Experiment(click): Live , Google

I think in some sense the innovation that actually is bagged by the right fundamental is the key to success. Example Google integrated the face recognition in its search and is indexing even the scanned documents over the web as relevant results is what is going to add towards my loyalty to them when it comes to search rather than arranging the number of pictures on a page grid style offered by live.

Another point to notice here is with the sinking Yahoo and a monoploly of Google, Live with its limited # of users is still not a loss to microsoft as they still capture that single digit market share on search giving Google a threat and Google on the other hand has not even a single successful product other than search. Stats of Gmail, Gtalk, Gdesktop, etc state it.( not accounting the acquired orgs youtube, blogger, etc).

I think its a tough deal to evaluate the key to success else noone would have been a looser...
who knows that kick ass college drop out kid is somewhere working in his dad's basement to wipe the giants out.