the next door (so called) geek

@rakkimk | your next door geek | friend | blogs mostly on technology, and gadgets.

TamilThandhi – aggregates most popular tamil dailies

If you read Tamil, give this Windows 8 app of mine a try. This app brings you the latest news from the leading Tamil news dailies. Semantic Zoom, FilpView, and sharing options makes this app shine in its space, I think.

Download it from here.


webtechnews – my first windows 8 store app

This is my first windows 8 app has been published to the store, and you can download it from here. It’s a very simple HTML/JS app that I wrote, perhaps in a week or so. Design took a bit longer, refreshing all my CSS skills again. Not a great app I know, but just a starter for me.

If you are using Microsoft Web Platform for your development, this app of mine might be useful to you. This aggregates a few important blogs together, and gives you a way to share with others using the share charm. Give it a try, and let me know. A few UI tweaks, ability to add your own custom feed URL are the ones you should expect in the next update, and offline reading in the later.


I spent more time in getting the vibrant color right, and the CSS shadows right. Here is what the landing page looks like, give it a try if you are interested. I still remember my early days of HTML/CSS with notepad, and IE6. I felt the same excitement in writing this app, in a nutshell there isn’t much I spent time to read with my existing HTML/JS skills, except understanding WinJS, and few controls. There are tons of articles available in Channel9, and MSDN.

What are you waiting for? If I can, you can too. Bring your HTML/JS skills back to life.

Windows 8 rocks!

Hello World!

I’m supposed to write this kind of a post as the first one in this new blog. Isn’t that a self-rule imposed by many of us when you start a new blog? I wouldn’t consider this as my new blog, perhaps my attempt to create an identity for myself in this web (again, I should say). I’m not sure if any of my writing would be of everybody’s interest, but I would like to cover a few of technology, and gadgets that I’m interested with. Again, my technology interests vary time to time, and for now it circles around Microsoft products. Yes, I do work for them and they pay me for my living, but this is my personal space. All my writings, and opinion on this site is just mine, and doesn’t necessarily reflect my employers! So, you heard it.

I hope to keep this space active, and try to write something which might be useful to people. So, if you are interested in topics like, ASP.NET, Windows Azure WebSites, IIS, Debugging, C#, ASP.NET MVC, Windows 8 Store Apps / Windows Phone Apps, and Development, Javascript, jQuery, CSS, HTML5, AJAX, and other gadgets news, please go ahead, and subscribe.

I’m active in Twitter/Facebook as well, so please feel free to follow me @rakkimk / fb. Here is my link to MSDN blog, to which I might cross post a few of the Microsoft Technology posts. This is my personal blog, but I’ll try not to talk about my pets at home or my political views, but only technology, in my words, and views.

Well, see you in a bit!