Thursday, July 23, 2015

Google History Feature -

There are those of you that live in perpetual fear that NSA is tracking your phone calls, and big tech companies like Google have all your data. 

Then there are some of us enthusiasts that think it's great for Google to have more information so they can curate more amazing features with this data. One such feature that caught my attention today is Google History. 

  1. To check your history - simply to go -
  2. One cool feature I found was maps history 

Once there you can adjust settings to see various trips you've taken and relive the memories. It even has pictures embedded in the photos you took while there if you utilize 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Google Express has landed!

I'm test driving a relatively new service by Google - Google Express. It's the home grocery delivery service akin to Instacart and Amazon Fresh.

So far the app works seamlessly with my Costco account to deliver goods to my house. I even run into the google delivery guy at my house as he was delivering the goods.
Here are the basic features of Google Express :
- Ability to pick specific time slots for delivery
- Free 3 month trial then switch to $10 a month
- Free delivery for orders over $15
- Intuitive ios and android apps and web interface
- These are the stores it currently partners with

Thus far, I've been impressed by ease and efficiency of the service. Let's see how the rest of the trial period goes.
Read more about this :

Monday, April 06, 2015

Tech Interviewing Tips - The lost art of the thank you letter

Anyone that really knows me knows how much I hate cards. But I'd have to be really cold hearted not to budge for this intern's gesture.

In today's world where getting a job is so competitive, I have to give him props for finding a way to stand out from the crowd of candidates. 
Is it corny or ingenious? 
I don't know, but I found it thoughtful, what do you think?

Friday, April 03, 2015


The primary goal of a unit test is to take a small piece of testable software, isolate it and prove that it behaves exactly as intended. This document serves as a basic framework for unit testing your .NET applications.

  • Under Test Frameworks, pick NUnit. Leave the rest of the options as is.

  • Open a class file in your solution and right click on any public method that you would like to unit test. You will see the option to Generate Unit Test as shown below.

  • Clicking on it will create a new project for you with test class for your object.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Flickr vs Amazon Cloud: Alternatives to Google Plus Photos / Picasa

I have a love-hate relationship with Google Photos.
I loved picasa, hate google plus and can live with the google photos. 

Recently, I've been looking more and more for viable alternatives for storing and sharing my photos. 
As a father with a young growing family, I take lots of baby pics to share with family and friends. 
However, as shown in the image below, my google space is running out. I've been a long time user of picasa (before it was google plus) and gmail (10 years).

So it is time to start looking at other options. 

First things first. I went ahead and requested my photos archive via google take-out. (Neat feature by the way). 

Okay now that I have my photos on disk, the next question is which service to upload my photos to? Flickr or Amazon Cloud Services. 
I've researched other options like dropbox, one drive etc but they didn't fit my needs.

I'm test-driving flickr. They are offering 1TB free for photos. 
So far I'm impressed with the improvements to both web and mobile app (iphone). It's sleek and minimalistic. 
However, it still has some catching up to do with google plus/photos.  

I've found the auto-sync feature to be buggy. 
It has no support for chromecast like google photos (I like to show my baby pics to family on big screen once in a while)

I'm already a prime member so this is another nice add-on feature from Amazon -> unlimited storage for photos and 5GB for videos. 
I'm loving their mobile app so far - you can easily share photos to all platforms (google photos only lets you share to plus)
Also their sync feature works seamlessly. 

I dislike google plus, but love google photos. 
I hate that the google plus app only lets you share photos to google plus - which has only 5 users. 

However, with all its flaws, its tight integration with gmail and ease with which one can organize albums is still far superior for photo storage and sharing than the other platforms. 
The competition is making huge strides, but google photos is still the best option for the average photo taker that wants to back up photos and send links of albums to friends and family. 

A lot is changing and I'll have to update my feedback as I find out more about these alternative services. 
More to come. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello Ello

After a long wait, I'm finally in. 
Now let's see what all the fuss is about.


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Easy Documentation for your .NET Application

Assumptions: You are using vs2012 or higher, c# and .NET framework 4.0
  1. In the Solution Explorer, on the Project menu, click Properties and then check off the XML documentation file checkbox as shown below.
    MSDN link -
  2. The step above simple generates the xml documentation based on your comments decorating each of your classes or methods. I wanted something more substantive so I did some research. 
  3. After some research, I settled on Doxygen, a free utility that generates doc files from your app documentation.
    *I had earlier explored Sandcastle but the setup seemed too tedious given the simplicity of the task at hand
  4. The doxygen gui is pretty straight forward as seen below

  5. Within minutes I had sleek and navigable html document that I used in my technical presentation

I highly recommend checking out DOxygen. 
Also, if you know of a better or alternative documentation utility, please share. 

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Useful online image editor -> Pixlr

Who needs photoshop when there is this useful online tool that can provide you more than enough tools to get you started with editing images.
It took me 30 minutes to whip up this +Kobe Bryant  phoenix rising poster in commemoration of his return from injury on Dec. 8th.

Warning: Make sure you create an account and save your work otherwise if you accidentally close the browser, all your work will be lost.