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Posted by Sayak
December - 31 - 2009

I discovered that directly importing from GMail to Thunderbird (hereinafter TB) loses all important information and leaves the address-book non-functional. So I thought I’d write here the way I got it working.

  1. In your google account, goto Contacts.
  2. Click on the “Export” link on the top right side of the box.
  3. Export it in “Outlook CSV” format and save the file to a desirable location.
  4. Open Microsoft Outlook (2007 in my case) and goto File -> Import and Export.
  5. Make sure “Import  from another program or file” is highlighted and click “Next”
  6. Select “Comma separated values (Windows)” and click “Next”
  7. Select the downloaded file and click “Next”
  8. In the “Select destination folder” area, highlight the “Contacts” entry and click “Next”
  9. Click the “Finish button”. Outlook will import all contact, please wait while it does that.
  10. Once finished, close Outlook and launch Thunderbird.
  11. In the Thunderbird window, goto Tools -> Import
  12. Select “Address Books” option and click “Next”
  13. Select “Outlook” from the menu and click “Next”
  14. Click the “Finish” button and you’re done!

That should be all. This is just a 10 minute procedure that will import all your Google mail contacts to Thunderbird. Enjoy!

Posted by Sayak
December - 30 - 2009

I’m sure this is already used by quite many, although I think this is worth a share. For all those who download keys from warez sites and have those blacklisted every now and then, this is a way of using a KIS 2010 (or KAV 2010) installation for one full month without being bothered.

To begin with, download the trial reset program from here:

Please turn off the Kaspersky auto protect when you do this, as KIS/KAV would detect this as a Trojan (yea, spicy huh?).

Anyway, once you have the file, you would need to disable the  “Self Defense” option from the Kaspersky Settings > Options. You should also disable the auto protect feature by using “Pause protection” from the Kaspersky context menu. Once done, execute this program and click the “Trial reset” button. This will give you a 30 day trial license, whenever you run it. So execute it once every 30 days and enjoy using Kaspersky forever!

PS: Don’t forget to add this to your exclusions list as you don’t want KIS to delete this file, do you? 🙂

Posted by Sayak
December - 30 - 2009

Have been using Windows 7 for some time now. I really love the performance boost I experience when compared to Vista, although I sincerely feel that it has some usability issues which I didn’t find even in Vista:

1. The taskbar text doesn’t have a dark border or a dark colored cloud. So in cases where the background becomes white, the text is almost unreadable:


Start Menu

I feel that the text should have a dark color with a white cloud around it, or vice versa.

2. The control panel window when maximized lacks a much needed left panel. I wonder why the left panel has been removed.

3. Small icon mode isn’t very pretty for the taskbar. The taskbar overall lacks a 3D view and looks somehow – broken..

4. Windows Media Player 12 lacks the glass background at the controls area. As you can see in the following picture, the WMP window at the front doesn’t have the glass controls like the Windows photo viewer window at the background.

Media Player

I wonder if there’s a way I can convey these to Microsoft.

PS: I’ve become a fan of the Aero peek functions. Also, loving the new taskbar thumbnails! 🙂

Posted by Sayak
December - 21 - 2009

I just had my campus recruitment from 14th to 18th December ’09. I got placed in Infosys Technologies, the top Indian software company and an MNC. For me, the picture is as follows:


  • Training date: Starts from 27th Jan ’10
  • Training location: Infosys Mysore
  • Field(s) of work: Devel, Testing, Mainframe, Webserver etc.
  • Joining date: Immediately after training

Infosys offers this world class training at Mysore. My college will be dispersing the students off on or before 27th Jan and we’ll be ported to Mysore. I am yet to receive any details on what the training will have and what are the DO’s and DONT’s for that. But I am confident that whatever it is, I am ready to take up. I’ve heard that the trainees are so busy that they end up having a daily cycle of 08:00 to 00:30 at night, but this doesn’t scare me in any way. In fact, I am mentally prepared to be burnt out, yet have fun.

I am so looking forwards to the Mysore training. For all those who have got a chance to go for this, I suggest that you shouldn’t think again and go for Infy. It’s an amazing company and a great platform. And of course, the training is the best you can get in this part of the globe. It feels pretty damn good to be an Infoscion!! 😀

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A son, brother and friend. Enjoys scripting and making small bits of apps here and there. Wants to conquer the world (well, who doesnt). A geek who has an obsession for ponies. Loves acoustic and wants to play guitar sitting on the Hollywood hill one day!

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