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Subway Map Visualization jQuery Plugin

October 8, 2010

I have always been fascinated by the visual clarity of the London Underground map. Given the number of cities that have adopted this mapping approach for their own subway systems, clearly this is a popular opinion. At a conference some years back, I saw a poster for the Yahoo! Developer Services. They had taken the Read More

Redirecting to Canonical URL in IIS7

January 14, 2010

If you are using IIS7, it’s very easy to ensure that all requests always go to your preferred canonical URL. It’s a two step process: Step 1: Install the UrlRewrite module for IIS: Step 2: Add the following rule to your applications web.config file: <configuration> <system.webServer> <rewrite> <rules> <clear /> <rule name="Redirect from www" Read More

NSF Website on Birth of Internet

August 18, 2008

Om Malik posted about the NSF website chronicling the birth of the Internet. What a cool site. I skimmed it briefly and found this entry for 1980s: In the mid-1980s, NSF decided the time was right to try to link its regional university networks and its supercomputer centers together. This initial effort was called NSFNET. Read More

Some Thoughts on Posterous

August 17, 2008

I have been thinking on and off about Posterous since I first used it and decided to put my thoughts down in a post. Nischal asked the question “Would you stick to Posterous?” My answer today is “No” for the simple reason that it’s difficult to make the commitment to use Posterous as my primary Read More

iWidgets déjà vu

July 1, 2008

At the height of the dot-com boom, I founded a venture-funded startup called My vision was to have mini-apps called “widgets” that you could plug into web portals that were all the rage at the time. Unfortunately, the market was not ready for widgets back in 1999, and when the stock market took a Read More

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

January 4, 2008

Dennis McDonald tagged me in the “8 Things You Didn’t Know About Me” game so here goes: I love Chai and drink a lot of it (not the Starbucks kind…the regular Indian kind which is way better). I am a digitalmediaholic. I have over 6 terabytes of ripped movies and 100 GB of music. I Read More

A world of widgets

August 8, 2005

It seems like there are widgets everywhere. Apple added widgets to Tiger through the cool Dashboard feature. Yahoo has a whole section of its site devoted to widgets. I greet widgets with a mixture of emotions. In 1999, when I created my venture-funded startup, my world-changing idea was to bring the web to people in Read More