Rohit Aggarwal

April 25, 2010

TalkValley Professional Demo

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 2:32 am

Following demo illustrates one of the applications of  TalkValley:

Rohit Aggarwal


January 6, 2010

What Paypal doesn’t tell you?

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 12:13 am

This post is to explain the pseudo assurance that eBay or Paypal gives you.

“Pay with  and your full purchase price is covered |See terms

You see the above assurance on ebay and felt safe to purchase an item. You wait for many days but your item never arrives. Getting apprehensive you try reaching out to the seller. He never responds to your messages. After getting frustrated you test the above statement and later gets pointed to the following policy.

What if PayPal makes a final decision in my favor?
If PayPal makes a final decision in your favor, we will collect any available funds in the seller’s PayPal balance
at that time. However, recovery is not guaranteed and is limited only to the amounts that PayPal can recover from the seller’s Account. Any amounts collected from the seller will be placed in your Account.

The point is that in case a seller commits fraud and never sends you the item, you can not do much about it. Fraudulent sellers are not going to leave any money in their Paypal account. So ebay and Paypal will only apologize to you and you will not get any dime back. 😦

I don’t recommend using debit card for paying an eBay purchase. With credit card hopefully you can still file a chargeback against Paypal and get your money back.


August 5, 2009

TalkValley Celebrity Demo

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 12:33 am

Following demo illustrates one of the applications of  TalkValley:

February 5, 2009

PHP Functions for parsing data

Filed under: Interesting,Web Applications (IS 4460) — Rohit Aggarwal @ 3:24 am

function html2text($document){
        $search = array(‘@<script[^>]*?>.*?</script>@si’,  // Strip out javascript
                                   ‘@<[\/\!]*?[^<>]*?>@si’,            // Strip out HTML tags
                                   ‘@<style[^>]*?>.*?</style>@siU’,    // Strip style tags properly
                                   ‘@<![\s\S]*?–[ \t\n\r]*>@’        // Strip multi-line comments including CDATA
        $text = preg_replace($search, ”, $document);
        return $text;

function getrequired($iugl,$csn,$csen){
        if ($csn!=”){
                if (preg_match(“/$csn/”,$iugl)){
                        if ($csen!=”){
                        return trim($iulast);
                }else {return “XX”;}
                if ($csen!=”){
                        return trim($iulast);
                }else {return “XX”;}

September 30, 2008

Venture Capitalists’ (VCs’) visits

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 10:44 pm

I am very excited that I was able to get the following VCs as guest speakers:

Feb 12, Thursday – Wayne Cantwell

March 4, Wednesday- Ashmeet Sidana

March 31, Tuesday- David Hornik

April 15, Wednesday- Anurag Chandra

April 29, Wednesday- Tim Draper


I have scheduled all the talks between 4.45-5.45PM as there are no classes at this time. I initially approached these VCs for guest lectures in my MBA class. Realizing that other students would also be interested, I have organized these talks at the school level.


These VCs fund IT related ventures and it would be interesting to know their perspectives on emerging technologies. I believe it is a great opportunity for students to bridge the gap between class room teaching and the real world of private equity financing. 

Rohit Aggarwal

August 14, 2008

Setting Outlook Exchange on iphone or Blackberry

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 11:48 pm

If you would like to sync your outlook exchange server of University of Utah, with your iphone or blackberry then you require the following three information:

1) incoming host server:
2) username:
3) password: <your password>


March 5, 2008

Office Live vs Google Docs

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 7:20 pm

Nice comparison by ReadWriteWeb. I wish they had included Zoho also.

Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Office Live Workspace vs Google Docs: Feature-by-Feature Comparison  —  Today, Microsoft announced that the Office Live Workspace beta is publicly available for everyone to access.  The site, a free web-based extension of Microsoft Office, lets you access your documents online and share your work with others.

via Techmeme

Lifehacker has a comparison of Google Docs and Zoho.


February 1, 2008

Microsoft Offers $44.6 Billion To Acquire Yahoo

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 3:29 pm

via Techmeme

 Ina Fried / CNET Microsoft bids $44.6 billion for Yahoo

Discussion: Kdawson / Slashdot:   Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion For Yahoo
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:   Terry Semel leaves Yahoo for good, gets street named after him

 DealBook:Microsoft Makes $44.6 Billion Bid for Yahoo 

Discussion:Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:   Microsoft Offers for Yahoo: Welcome to the Land of Neuromancer
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:   Microsoft Offers To Buy Yahoo
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:   Microsoft Wants To Buy Yahoo

Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:

 Associated Press: Microsoft offers $44.6 billion for Yahoo

Discussion:  Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:   Microsoft Offers to Buy Yahoo for $44.6 Billion

 DealBook: Microsoft’s Letter to Yahoo 

Discussion:Matthew Aslett / 451 CAOS Theory:   Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo. Whither Zimbra?

Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:

January 24, 2008

Interesting Videos

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 8:13 pm

This is an amazing video showing fights between crocodile and lions, and lions and buffaloes for a calf.

This one is a funny indian ad.

November 16, 2007

Just for fun- Hardwork, Knowledge, Attitude, Bullshit & Ass kissing from mathematical point of view

Filed under: Interesting — Rohit Aggarwal @ 6:49 pm

Mathematical Point of view  is posted by Dr. Zvi Goldstein on his website. This is an interesting read. To summarize:

Hardwork= 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

Knowledge= 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

Attitude= 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

Bullshit= 2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

Ass kissing= 1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

“So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that While
Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it’s the Bullshit and Ass kissing that will put you over the top.”  

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