Thursday, October 20, 2011


HTML5 is a family of new technologies, enabling us to build rich web applications.  Currently many  applications are built around Flash or Silverlight, which provide rich graphics, and multimedia capabilities to web pages.

HTML5 is an open platform (free to create and run) which promises, not just exciting multimedia capabilities - but many other features (such as storage, geo-location, offline access etc) with which we can build applications which blur the lines between traditional desktop and web.

Browsers are more like operating systems now, in fact Google's Chrome OS is a an attempt to use the Chrome browser as a OS for running various web apps. These web apps could be anything from word processing, games, or even programming IDEs. HTML5 plays a crucial part in this.

Not just on modern browsers, modern OSs like the upcoming Windows 8, will be integrating HTML5 based apps in its desktop interface ('Metro').

Since HTML5 technologies are fairly new, it only works on latest version of browsers, like Chrome, IE-9, Firefox 4+, Safari, IOS browser (on the iPhone and iPad) Also the level of support varies with browser implementation.

I got interested in HTML5, when I worked on developing a game for Microsoft's Dev-Unplugged contest. The game was selected as one the finalist in the contest and showcased stunning graphics using the new <canvas> element in HTML5. What was previously done using Flash, is now possible completely using just HTML5 and JavaScript.

The game is titled "Magician: Fairy Rescue" - created by Brunda Merinal, and me. 

Here is a short video of the game:

You can play this at:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Photo of Jupiter and It's Four Moons

Here is a picture of the planet Jupiter and its four moons (Callisto, IO, Europa and Ganymede) taken from my camera last year. More details of the camera settings used on my flickr page:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Moon Landing

While we haven't discovered liquid water on the moon (not yet!), scientists now estimate a staggering 600 Million metric tons of water 'stored' on the lunar craters near its north pole. All in a place previously called the driest place in the solar system!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

WayNotes in the Wild

WayNotes, my augmented reality app for Android mobile devices, has been released into the android market place. Its a free app, download and try it out today.

For regular updates visit the official blog of WayNotes -

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Windows Update...

"Windows Update: To check for updates, you must first install an update for windows update!"...huh...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

India - According to Google Maps

Google, known for localizing their search results, localizes their map images too! Compare the various representations of India in Google Maps

The version for India:

The Chinese version -
Notice how many places are now shown as part of China!

The US / International version:
See the dotted lines for disputed regions of Jammu and Kashmir, and Arunachal Pradesh!

Image Credits: Google Maps