Powertoy Calculator / Calc For Windows 7

Check Out The All New Windows 7 Calculator- Powertoy calculator for Windows 7!

Looks like Microsoft has tried to build one of finest OS ever released in the form of Windows 7. With Windows Vista having such a beautified graphical user interface, nothing much could have been upgraded in that area.

So now, Microsoft has started updating and upgrading long pending functions and features of applications and programs that are packaged free of cost with Windows. One such basic and important program that has been upgraded is “Calculator”.

In Windows 7, new features have been added to enhance the Calculator. Users can now call history and perform unit conversions with ease using this new upgraded Calculator. Unit Conversion option allows you to convert 11 types of measurements including area, volume, velocity, angles and more.

This calculator also has the ability to calculate the total time between two given dates. You just need to input the two dates and the calculator reports number of days, weeks, months and years between the given two dates.

Moreover, two new modes namely “Statistics” and “Programmer” have been introduced besides the usual Scientific and Standard modes.

The programmer mode comes with the ability to make Oct, Hex and Bin conversions. This mode also helps you to perform Word length and size calculations.

The Statistics Mode can make various types of statistics calculations including Standard Deviation and Summation. This Windows 7 Calculator also has 4 inbuilt worksheets to enable you perform more complicated calculations.

Now users no longer have to buy third-party calculator software or make use of downloaded calculator powertoys like Calculator Plus.

Now you tell me, is there any need for a Powertoy Calculator For Windows 7?

To Connect Is Human – Impact and Importance Of Social Networking

I am a statistics guy .. I love glancing at all kinda data. I know for a fact that most statistics are just numbers and mean nothing more 🙂 … But statistics at times can prove somethings.

One of the recent numbers that exited me is that there are around 1.1 billion internet users and a good 3 billion mobile phone users !! I have nothing against mobile phones, but I’m more the internet guy as my friends call me, the number 1.1 billion exited me; a billion who use Messengers; a billion who e-mail every day; and lately in India we have a lot of social networks popping up almost every single day some of the famous ones being Ibibo, Orkut and Myspace.

If one observes,in the last few years, the online phenomenon has become a very important phenomenon, the most important part – it has become the second life. All this mostly because of Web 2.0 and more prominently because of the Social Networks.

Social networking sites like myspace, orkut and such, and Web 2.0 sites like youtube, and Social bookmarking sites like digg, delicious have raked in 100’s of millions of users in less than 4-5 years. Carefully observe them and you’ll notice that all these sites have human link-ups.

These sites nurture human communication in a better manner, create platforms for like minded individuals to share their thoughts and opinions and most, important of all lets users exchange content. Most of these successful sites have been an instant success, they have been globally accepted by all, with no language, cultural or racial barriers. All this was possible as a result of manifestation of technology.

We love to connect – with real people – at times even just for a duel. Think about it, there are chances that we might do this by creating virtual identities for ourself in Second Life. Some of us also might satisfy our desires to be someone else. But eventually we are doing this to connect with other humans (even if the person sitting at the other end is represented by a virtual identity them self).

Networking sites or the second life as I call it are making it clear, what a technological innovation in online space needs, in order to be successful. To become a global success and to scale up to levels higher, the innovators must put in a pinch of human connect to their sites – it doesn’t matter even if it is virtual 🙂

How-to set up MailTrends

Mail Trends is a software written in python that analyses your IMAP inbox to produce a variety of graphical results.

Background rant: I first came across this when I was on windows and since there was a windows binary, I gave it a try. It didn’t work of course, had some issues with namemapper.py and utils.py (AFAI can remember) and couldn’t find a single person who has tried it on windows and blogged about it.

I looked for user comments on the Google Code wiki page and tracked down one of them on deviantart (All hail Google!) who seems to have got it working under Windows. But my joys were shortlived, he wasn’t quite willing to help out and in my world, nothing is left undone.

Now that I got Opensuse and everything is more than perfect, this was something I had to get back to.

So here’s how to get it up and running on your system (OpenSuse 10.3).

  1. Get the mailtrends tar ball
  2. Get the Cheetah template system tar ball (it wasn’t available on YaST for me, if you are using an Ubuntu system, probably can try the apt get commands mentioned on the mailtrends page).
  3. Extract both the tar balls on your say.. Desktop.
  4. Installing Cheetah:

    Part 1: This part they don’t tell you. You will also need “Python-devel” package (can be found via YaST) else when you try to install cheetah it’s going to spew an error like…

    “error: invalid Python installation: unable to open /usr/lib64/python2.5/config/Makefile (No such fil
    e or directory)”.

    Part 2: Now, navigate to the extracted folder of your Cheetah and do a “sudo python setup.py build”. Proceed if you do not encounter any error. Then do a “sudo python setup.py install”. That should install Cheetah.

  5. Now navigate to the mailtrends folder in your terminal and run the following…
    python main.py \
      --server=imap.gmail.com \
      --use_ssl \
      --username=username@gmail.com \
      --me=username@gmail.com,username@somedomain.com \
      --skip_labels

    where in my case (I have a IMAP enabled Google Apps Gmail account) I filled the parameters like this…

    username=me@sindhu-s.com, me =”me@sindhu-s.com, me@sindhu-s.com”

    You can use additional flags as mentioned in the mailtrends page, but I didn’t use any. This is the output that followed after I ran the main.py…

    sindhu@linux-5e3p:~/Desktop/mail-trends> python main.py \
    > —server=imap.gmail.com \
    > —use_ssl \
    > —username=me@sindhu-s.com \
    > —me=me@sindhu-s.com,me@sindhu-s.com \
    > —skip_labels
    [2008-05-10 11:16:08,482] Initializing
    Password for me@sindhu-s.com:
    [2008-05-10 11:16:13,894] Connecting
    [2008-05-10 11:16:17,317] Logging in
    [2008-05-10 11:16:18,521] Selecting mailbox ‘[Gmail]/All Mail’
    [2008-05-10 11:16:20,278] Fetching message infos
    [2008-05-10 11:16:20,278] Fetching message list
    [2008-05-10 11:16:25,583] 5825 messages were listed
    [2008-05-10 11:16:25,584] Fetching info for 1000 messages (1000/5825)
    [2008-05-10 11:17:41,850] Parsing replies
    [2008-05-10 11:17:43,277] Fetching info for 1000 messages (2000/5825)
    [2008-05-10 11:18:32,059] Parsing replies
    [2008-05-10 11:18:34,171] Fetching info for 1000 messages (3000/5825)
    [2008-05-10 11:19:33,951] Parsing replies
    [2008-05-10 11:19:36,227] Fetching info for 1000 messages (4000/5825)
    [2008-05-10 11:21:17,537] Parsing replies
    [2008-05-10 11:21:19,929] Fetching info for 1000 messages (5000/5825)
    [2008-05-10 11:22:25,941] Parsing replies
    [2008-05-10 11:22:28,076] Fetching info for 825 messages (5825/5825)
    [2008-05-10 11:23:42,639] Parsing replies
    [2008-05-10 11:23:44,585] Got 5825 message infos
    [2008-05-10 11:23:44,587] Logging out
    [2008-05-10 11:23:46,306] Identifying “me” messages
    [2008-05-10 11:23:49,444] 1473 messages are from “me”
    [2008-05-10 11:23:49,444] 1771 messages are to “me”
    [2008-05-10 11:23:49,445] Extracting threads
    [2008-05-10 11:23:50,231] Generating stats
    [2008-05-10 11:23:56,660] Outputting HTML
    [2008-05-10 11:23:57,274] Done

  6. That’s it 🙂 You can view the output in /out folder of your mailtrends folder.

In case you are interested, I have uploaded mine here.

PS: Now don’t get all over me about too much disclosure of personal information. There is nothing you can deduce from it. I just happen to a lot of people and I use the mail regularly.