Time Zone Conversions (after Google lies)

Google is at my disposal, easy to use and pretty accurate. Hence I use Google frequently to check time in other countries and also use it pretty much to convert time. However once Day Light Saving (DST) has started the time conversion seems to be not correct,

For an example, the time difference is 3.5 hrs in CET to IST when DST is in effect. But Google still thinks the difference is 4.5 hrs.

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Search Link

I prefer www.timeanddate.com which is one of the best tools to work with time zones. Time zone conversion is pretty handy, I would say it is pretty CooL.

Having said that, I also came across WolframAlpha.com which is handy and smart as well.

wolframalpha

Search Link

WolframAlpha is amazing, it comes with some useful tools.

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I played with few and still exploring the other tools. Firefox add-on, Chrome extension are also available. Just give it a try. You wont get regret, I m pretty sure.

PS: found the following article when I google – Google Lies, pretty funny and interesting, have a look guys !

Google abandoning “Google Code”

It is Googles’ fashion to shutdown services which are not popular enough. The latest victim was Google Code project [1] which was started in 2006. Google was very frank on the press release I suppose. I would like to quote the following.

When we started the Google Code project hosting service in 2006, the world of project hosting was limited. We were worried about reliability and stagnation, so we took action by giving the open source community another option to choose from. Since then, we’ve seen a wide variety of better project hosting services such as GitHub and Bitbucket bloom. Many projects moved away from Google Code to those other systems.

It is true that GitHub gained increase popularity among developers for code hosting and many developers are comfortable with it too. However as Google claimed it was true that in 2006 the choices were limited, even GitHub started in 2008 [1]. However the large picture is quite astonishing. In 2006, Google was a giant company and Google Code was one of the projects they have started. They could have done something better than GitHub, I believe.

However it is good to see the dynamics of Google, other than few, most of their interests never seems fixed. It quite sounds like the open source way too.

I worked closely with Google Code repositories few years back and it is quite sad to hear that it is getting shutdown. But I think it is the right decision they took. Need to move forward with new interests and causes.

Good Bye, Google Code for the support hosting open source projects through the decade of service.

Reference

[1] http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2015/03/farewell-to-google-code.html

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GitHub

Marking maps with Google Visualization

If you ever wonder an easiest way to mark places, countries, regions etc on a map for presentations or web content, it can be easily achieved by using Geo-charts in Google Visualization API.

Find more information on https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/gallery/geochart

For example I wanted to mark some countries on a map and then use it on my presentation (web), following gave me a good result with 2-3 minutes of work.

<html>
<head>
<script type=’text/javascript’ src=’https://www.google.com/jsapi’></script&gt;
<script type=’text/javascript’>
google.load(‘visualization’, ‘1’, {‘packages’: [‘geochart’]});
google.setOnLoadCallback(drawRegionsMap);

function drawRegionsMap() {
var data = google.visualization.arrayToDataTable([
[‘Country’],
[‘LK’],
[‘US’],
[‘NO’],
]);

var options = {
magnifyingGlass: {enable: true, zoomFactor: 5.0}
};

var chart = new google.visualization.GeoChart(document.getElementById
(‘chart_div’));
chart.draw(data, options);
};
</script>
</head>
<body>
<div id=”chart_div” style=”width: 600px; height: 600px;”></div>
</body>
</html>