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OrkPic - Orkut Photo Downloader

Orkut usage is on the decline. Frankly, hardly anyone uses Orkut nowadays. They have all migrated to Facebook. Naturally, new applications developed for Orkut are very far and few. This may also be the result of Google's apathy towards Orkut and its OpenSocial API.
But there was a time when Orkut was hugely popular in India when people uploaded hundreds of photos on Orkut but now have no way of getting them back (except manually going through each of them). That's where OrkPiccomes into picture. This tool lets you download your Orkut albums onto your system in a flash (depending on the speed of your internet connection, of course).
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OrkPic lets you choose the albums you want to download and stores them in your "My Pictures" folder. OrkPic is built on .NET 4/WPF and uses DotNetOpenAuth library.
Download the tool and liberate your Orkut photos.

UPDATE - You have to install .NET 4.0 Full Setup before installing OrkPic. Please download and install …

Movie Review–Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)

Clearly the best movie of the Harry Potter series; it is also the most honest one. For once, the movie does not take “cinematic liberties” and make the original story a complete mess. It sets the tone of gloom and darkness from the first scene itself in which Hermione “obliviates” her parents. There is death and despair in the air as we miss the familiar surroundings of Hogwarts and the warmth of Dumbledore. Instead there is Nagini , writhing and hissing, as per Lord Voldemort’s will. Harry as the chosen one, Hermione and Ron take upon themselves the mission to find all the Horcruxes and destroy them and we follow their story as they continue on this dangerous mission.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) has clearly matured as an actor, as was also displayed in his play Equus. Rupert Grint (Ron) is at his funny best. The icing on the cake is the restrained yet powerful performance by Emma Watson (Hermione). Probably with Hogwarts out of the picture, it was easier for her to stop acting bookish. …

Bhagavad Gita Reader

Few days ago I had a heated argument with my friend about religion. Still fresh from watching "Religulous", I was countering his every argument. Fed up, he asked me to read Bhagavad Gita and then tell him if I find anything wrong with it. Faced with the prospect of reading a book running into hundreds of pages, I asked him to keep it cool and let it go. He anyways went ahead and gifted me the holy book. Now I don't have the patience or passion to read such a thick religious book (yeah go ahead, judge me), I was thinking of a shortcut. That's when the idea of Bhagavad Gita Reader came into my mind. Snapshot -
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This application divides Bhagavad Gita into chapters and verses. Then each verse and its translation is shown. There are no extra "interpretations to clutter up your mind."
This application is built on WPF/.NET 4.0 with MVVM Light framework - A great framework with a very small learning curve as compared to Prism albeit with less …