Gang of Four

Ever wonder how this thing figured here? Well, I am talking about the Gurus' who cataloged the Design Patterns and came up with a solid book (pretty solid since it is hard-bound) called Design Patterns – Elements of Reusable Object-oriented software.

Special thanks to Kulki (our mentor) for getting me this book.

For more information on the Gang of Four you may go to the Wikipedia page.

And for people who want more info about this new world you can refer to Booch's page. Booch is the chief scientist at Rational (a company bought by IBM).

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The disadvantage of LJ

With about a year's experience in blogging and commenting on others' blogs, I realized that LJ has one problem.

Consider this:

Suppose I go and tell my friends (non-geeks) that I have started blogging, it doesn't interest them much because my blogs are filled with technical stuff, which they won't be interested in. Now if I start blogging about non-technical things, I suppose my main purpose of blogging is lost.

In order to serve both purposes, LJ should have provided some provision to place blogs under different categories. Now all that I need to tell my friends is go to page http://www.livejournal.com/~gauthampai/life (this URL doesn't exist. don't try to open it) to view my blog. And if you are intend to know what I am interested in blogging about you may visit http://www.livejournal.com/~gauthampai. You may similarly have many more categories like this.

Is this feature already available in LJ? If so please let me know as I need this provision badly.

A good example is Chandan's blog.

My Blogroll @ Bloglines

Finally managed to spend some time to get things in place in my Feed list. I now officially release my Blogroll@Bloglines.

No information management related stuff though.

GoogleX

People criticize me saying that my blog is only full of links. But hey, this is my blog! You are no one to question right?!

Coming to the point, I had written earlier about XtraGoogle. Now how about some similar tool from Google (Labs)? Have a look at this: GoogleX.

LJ can be used for RSSing

I just realized that your LJ friend's page can be used for getting RSS feeds. Just go to http://www.livejournal.com/syn and then add the RSS links of your choice and enjoy!

MV is approaching its first birthday

Now that Modus Vivendi is approaching its first birthday, some stats are in place.

As on Mar 11, 2005 the number of comments received from different users are as follows:

1 27 comments 31.03% of total
2 17 comments 19.54% of total
3 8 comments 9.2% of total
4 6 comments 6.9% of total
5 6 comments 6.9% of total
6 5 comments 5.75% of total
7 4 comments 4.6% of total
8 2 comments 2.3% of total
9 2 comments 2.3% of total
10 2 comments 2.3% of total
11 2 comments 2.3% of total
12 2 comments 2.3% of total
13 1 comments 1.15% of total
14 1 comments 1.15% of total
15 1 comments 1.15% of total
16 1 comments 1.15% of total

These statistics were generated using the LJ Stats Web Interface by . Original idea from 's LJ Comment Stats Wizard.

Brain boost :)

Hey this is really cool.

Brainboost calls itself an answer engine and not a search engine.

What brainboost does is take questions and attempt to answer it. These are some questions that I got the correct answers for (of course you have to search for the most relevant one in the list of answers provided).

When was Gandhiji killed?
Who is Bharat Shetty?
What is Websphere MQ?
etc etc etc

But of course there are certain questions which it couldn't answer well.

In simple terms, questions like what, where etc would probably be answered well. But for others it needs some work.

Suppose my question contains a word, I expect the site to search for all relevant words – for example, for killed it should also include assasinated, murdered etc, but it doesn't do that.

We can rate Brainboost somewhere between a chat-bot (which they say it is not) and a normal search engine. And ya, it is better than Ask which just gives results and doesn't try to answer them.