Sunday, October 24, 2004

Scheduling Java program on Windows

Windows scheduler cannot take Java programs and schedule it.
But there is an easy work around.
Make a bat file with the necessary commands to run your java program. And schedule the bat file. Works for me.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Easy but effective way of creating passwords.

Its difficult to come up with good passwords which are hard to crack and at the same time easy to remember.

But Anil Jhon in his msdn blog describes a very easy way of creating such password.
Here is his recommendation:

"Choosing a good password is critical to maintaining the security of this system. To construct a good password, create a simple sentence of 8 to 9 words and choose letters from the words to make up a password. You might take the initial or final letters; you should put some letters in upper case to make the password harder to guess; and at least one number and special character should be inserted as well. An example is the phrase "It's 12 noon and I am hungry" which can be used to create the password "I's12n&Iah". All passwords will be checked to make sure that the following complexity requirements are met:

Must be at least 9 characters
Must contain at least one lower case letter, one upper case letter, one digit and one special character
Valid special characters are - @#'$%^&+= "

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Carry your Internet Explorer favorites with you.

Do you have your browser favorites synchronized between your home pc, laptop and office machine. Most probably your answer will be ‘no’. That’s because there is no easy way to keep them synchronized.

It would be fun to have the favorites follow you rather than the other way round.

Recently I came across two tools, which do just that (to some extent). One is A9 from Amazon. And the other is Yahoo toolbar. Both store your favorites in server rather than in client machines. So after you login they are available from any machine. While A9 is 100% web based, Yahoo toolbar needs to be installed on the machine. But it’s easier to access the favorites using yahoo toolbar than using A9.

My Texas A&M web page.

Here is the Link.

Its outdated.
I have plans to update it soon.

Finally decided to start my blog.

It's always good to be in tune with the time. Although it is better to be ahead ( is it so ??) . So I decided it is high time to start my blog.
Recently I posted my comments to a blog. It was moderated. And since the author didn't like my message, it never made it to the blog. This provided me with added impetus to start my own blog. Yes it is mine.