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July 10, 2005

Got a good response to gWiFi

Filed under: gWiFi,My Life,Software Releases,Website Updates — Suramya @ 2:24 AM

This past week has been pretty cool. Its the first time that a program I have written has gotten so much publicity. A day after I launched it the site got so popular that it brought down my webserver. Since I was out all weekend with friends I didn’t find out about it till monday (4th July) at which time I restarted the server and brought everything back up. The popularity of the site hadn’t gone down so the server went down again. So I moved gWiFi to another system and its been pretty stable so far. It did go down once yesterday but that was due to a scheduled system downtime that I didn’t know about.

Got some pretty interesting reviews on gWiFi and some pretty nice emails too. Thanks for the great feedback and reviews everyone.

Next Steps:

* Fix the map so that it doesn’t crash when a lot of points are mapped (Almost done with this. Have a few more javascript bugs to take care of and then I am done)
* Import the remaining data from Yahoo Mobile to the gWiFi DB (Yes I finished the scrapper for Yahoo Mobile)
* Create a submission page for people to submit more nodes
* Maybe move the gWifi page to a new server.

Well this is all for now. Will keep everyone posted about the status of gWiFi.

– Suramya

July 1, 2005

Launched gWiFi Ver 0.1

Filed under: gWiFi,Software Releases,Website Updates — Suramya @ 3:35 AM

I have created a webbased application called gWiFi that uses the newly released Google Map API and merges it with data from (which lists locations in US that offer free wireless internet access to the general public) and displays ithe result using the google map for ease of use/access.

The URL is: .

Currently the site only shows WiFi locations in New York but I will be adding other locations over the next few weeks. Check it out and let me know what you think.

– Suramya

June 29, 2005

Released Ver 0.2 of IM2Email

Filed under: Software Releases,Website Updates — Suramya @ 2:40 AM

Released IM2Email Ver 0.2 today.


* Added Config file support. Now the BOT can be controled using a config file
* Added logging support using Log4Perl. User can now control the logging level from a config file
* Added ability to reload the config file on the fly based on an IM message
* Added better help messages.

Also, have been talking to Brian Bittman who has created an Email2IM app like I was planning to and we both have decided to combine our programs and create a single program that does both. (This will be a modular program so you will be able to choose what modules you want to use). I am pretty excited about this oppportinity.

This shows why I like open source software, I created a program and posted it online for free download. Brian found it while surfing the net, realized that we both trying to do the same thing and could share code thus not have to re-invent the wheel. So he email’s me his program, which gives me a lot of good idea’s for stuff to add to my program. After talking agrees to work on a joint project and voila a new software is born. Time Frame: 3 days (Mostly ’cause I delayed in replying to his email)

If this was a propritary software it would have taken a lot longer for me to get permission to copy code and then it would have been full of restrictions telling me what I can and cannot do with that code and all the associated legal crap.

NEways, keep watching this space for updates, ’cause some really interesting things are going to be happening soon. I will keep you posted.


June 22, 2005

Released Ver 0.1.1 of IM2Email

Filed under: Software Releases,Website Updates — Suramya @ 7:09 AM

Released Version 0.1.1 of IM2EMail. This version has a more error checks and the ability to change the email address where the email is sent to on the fly.

To Do for the next version:

* Allow the email address to be set per session (For each conversation)
* Improve the help
* Add more feedback from the BOT about what its doing

Try it out and let me know what you think.


April 11, 2005

Ver 0.1 of IM2Email released

Filed under: Software Releases,Website Updates — Suramya @ 6:56 AM

Ver 0.1 of IM2Email is a little perl script that connects to a AOL IM server, collects all IM’s sent to it and sends them to the specified email address. This program was developed on the request of Vinit Bhansali who seemed to think that something like this would be useful.

Check it out over here and let me know what you think of it.

Coming Soon: Email2IM, which will send all emails it recieves as an IM to a specified AIM account.

– Suramya

CollageGenerator is back up

Filed under: Software Releases,Website Updates — Suramya @ 4:31 AM

I finally got my system completely back up and running so the CollageGenerator is back up. I haven’t completed the new version yet but I am hopeful that I should have it done by the end of the week.

Sorry about the downtime.

– Suramya

April 5, 2005

Computer Down so Collage Generator is down

Filed under: Software Releases,Website Updates — Suramya @ 5:52 AM

During a routine distribution update (apt-get dist-upgrade) of StarKnight (My primary workstation) something went wrong and KDE disappeared from my system. I tried reinstalling it but it still didn’t fix it. Then I played some more with the system and managed to mess it up even more. (I started getting segfaults when I try to install stuff and programs started giving wierd errors). So I am in the process of re-installing Debian on my computer and till thats done I am stuck using a windows machine. 🙁

Now since StarKnight is down the Collage Generation page is also down as the backend processing for it was being done on StarKnight. I am hoping that I should have it back up and running by tomorrow but lets see how that works out. I will keep you posted.

– Suramya

March 19, 2005

Suramya’s Collage Generator Ver 0.1 released

Filed under: Software Releases,Website Updates — Suramya @ 7:37 AM

Released Ver 0.1 of Suramya’s Collage Generator in the scripts section. This software creates a collage using images located using the Yahoo Image search based on your search terms.

The script was written in Perl and uses a modified version of webcollage to generate the collage. The current version is kind of slow (It takes about 45-60 secs to generate the collage) but I am working on improving that. The biggest delay is in downloading the images from the web and haven’t figured out to reduce that yet. I am also hacking the webcollage script further to reduce the collage generation time.

Check it out and let me know what you think.


Update 3:40 am:

The server is really busy right now so the script times out before it generates the entire collage. I will fix it tomorrow… today… you know what I mean. Might move it to a different server to speed it up. Will keep you posted.

Update: 23rd March:

Moved the server component to my home computer which is a lot faster than the webserver. This speeds up the collage creation but its still pretty slow. Secondly the script seems to have problems with multiple word searches, I am trying to figure out why and how to fix it. If you have any idea’s let me know. I might convert this script to use google API’s instead of yahoo to make it more accurate. Lets see….

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