Jigar Mehta’s WebBlog

June 30, 2008

Bye bye FullShot.. Welcome Evernote!!!

Filed under: Great Softwares,Random Rants — jigarme @ 1:49 am

Here is a secret!! I am a screenshot junkie! I take lot of snapshots of portion of computer screen for any of the following reasons..

  • I have to remember that stuff for future use.. (say I made some money transaction over internet, and bank website has provided me details about transaction confirmation.. I dont copy stuff and mail them or store them somewhere.. I just take a quick snapshot and save the JPG on the disk!)
  • I like some website or software interface and want to share stuff with somebody! (I share such stuff a lot! I send snapshots through email attachments a lot)
    • Though, this activity has been taken over by Mento now! And coolest stuff is, it posts the thumbnail and hyperlink on my WWW Activity Stream..
  • I need to refer to something later on.. for research purpose.. (If I am just surfing internet and found something on interesting which I dont have time right now to do research on! I just take snapshot and put reference to it on my ToDo widget on desktop!)

Till now, I had been using Inbit’s FullShot software (thanks to one of my friend who gifted it to me!) Its undoubtedly awesome piece of software for taking arbitrary screen snapshots! If you learn that software entirely, you increase significant percentage in productivity!

Main problems that I was facing with Fullshot was, snapshots taken on one machine were only on that machine.. Many a times, I had to remote into my office machine just to take a look at the damn snapshot that I took during office hours! I was looking for a solution that includes S+S model.. where I can integrate snapshots of all my machines (there are bunch of them that I work with regularly.. sometimes it becomes painful keeping things in synchronization!)

Before I got evernote into mainstream, I added my snapshot folder in Live Mesh profile so that all the snapshots on all the machines are synchronized! (Even before I got live mesh into mainstream, I had been using Windows Foldershare.. there is a lot of history associated with this dragon!)

But then, I got Evernote which is exactly what I wanted!! I moved all my snapshots into evernote (there are appx. 780 screenshots in my store increasing everyday!).. Here are advantages that I get using evernote over all my past systems!

  • Add it once and get it everywhere! (No more synchronization issues.. Take snapshot on any machine and with just one click snapshot gets saved to evernote, which all other machines get automatically – of course, through evernote system!)
  • Search within snapshot! (Would you believe it?? But, this is Evernote’s Mastery!)
    • Just imagine, I have taken snapshot of my bank confirming payment of my Mobile bill.. and after 15 days I have to refer to that confirmation again due to some issues.. now, I just search for my mobile number in evernote and that confirmation surfaces in matter of milliseconds!) It searches images like its a text stored in there!
  • No computer access, dont worry, access it from Web Interface!!
    • This is high relief for me.. Sometimes it happens, I am at somebody’s home and need to access these snapshots quickly.. Its just a login away.. I login on evernote website and get access to all my snapshots along with search features, on the web!!
    • I dont use Windows Mobile or iPhone right now, but evernote has mobile client as well!
  • Storage : I am using free account from evernote as of now! which gives me 40 MB of uploads every month! (appx 100 snapshots every month = ~3 everyday!) If I am running out of this limit, I think I would be happy to pay for it!
  • Screenshot Taking procedure is awesome!
    • Evernote has a small tool called Universal Clipper which takes snapshot like charm! Not just it can take plain screenshot, It can also add it to the Evernote collection with just one click OR copy the clipped area to clipboard (as bitmap for pasting it in outlook email!) OR save it as external JPG! OR Mark it with various color pen provided by the tool (to highlight or something!).. In short, love this tool!

So, after a long time, I have Good bye Fullshot and welcome’d Evernote to my always running tool! Like they say, One needs to welcome change.. and Softwares are no exceptions to it!!

Stay tuned.. Wave

June 19, 2008

Blog crossing 1000+ page views per day with 850+ new daily visitors..

Filed under: Random Rants — jigarme @ 4:43 am

Woo hoo.. June 18th was somewhat special in the terms that my blog crossed 1,000 Page Views marks.. (Generally this has been from 700-800 average daily page views with 500-600 visitors).. Looks like Chris’s twitter and respective friendfeed post has helped getting people’s attention on my Live Search blog-post..

Following is what my Woopra shows..

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Though, time spent per visitor per page (47 seconds) is not very good.. But I think Woopra’s algorithm for counting it has some drawbacks (say if you come to any page, read it for 10 minutes and leave the site without clicking any other link, Woopra counts it as zero second visit!! and I think its not woopra’s mistake, because there is no way to track such visit’s accurate timing..)

Anyways, Thanks a lot people, hope you enjoy the content! Just thought of sharing this because crossing 1000 page views for this blog is first time in my knowledge Happy

Stay tuned.. Wave

June 3, 2008

VARAHA on eTV Gujarati..

Filed under: Random Rants — jigarme @ 6:19 am

Before I joined my present company, I was working with VARAHA.. I just found their latest product release featured on a regional TV Channel.. Way to go, team..!

Stay tuned.. Wave

May 7, 2008

My Virtual Machine Repository!!

Filed under: Random Rants — jigarme @ 6:49 pm

As I might have mentioned in my other posts as well, that I use Virtual Machines a lot!!

I love snapshot feature in Virtual Machine softwares, like Microsoft Hyper-V and VMWare Workstation! My repository goes something like this,

  • Windows XP 32 bit – Base OS (with SP2)
    • Windows XP 32 bit – Visual Studio 2003
    • Windows XP 32 bit – Visual Studio 2005
    • Windows XP 32 bit – Visual Studio 2008
  • Windows 2003 Server – Base OS
    • Windows 2003 Server – Base OS (with SP2)
  • Windows Vista 32 bit – Base OS (with SP1)
    • Windows Vista 32 bit – Visual Studio 2005
    • Windows Vista 32 bit – Visual Studio 2008
  • Windows XP 64 bit – Base OS (with SP2)
    • Windows XP 64 bit – Visual Studio 2005
    • Windows XP 64 bit – Visual Studio 2008
  • Windows Vista 64 bit – Base OS (with SP1)
    • Windows Vista 64 bit – Visual Studio 2008

This entire virtual machine jungle eats up almost 80 GB of my hard drive, but I think its worth it!

Because of various environment I have to work with on every single day, Virtual Machines is the only thing that can help me. Sometimes, I wonder if there would be no Virtualization technology, how would I work!

Stay tuned.. Wave

May 3, 2008

Your Digital Lifestyle..

Filed under: Random Rants — jigarme @ 5:32 pm

I remember, I watched this Video first time when I was at Seattle (attending an internal Microsoft Tech. Conference) may be at that time, it was not out in public!

Its Amazing! Take a look!

Video: Your Digital Lifestyle

Ok, watched the Video? Now, Add your imaginations for Applications developed on Live Mesh Platform and many other things Microsoft is not talking about Right now (that they are going to release in near future!) and See the Future! Looking colorful, colligated and contemporized ! ??? At least, it does to me! Happy

Stay tuned.. Wave