Monday, October 30, 2017

Postman and data driven testing


Not sure if you have used this, I recently tried this while trying / testing something for my product and it works great.

My need – to have incremental runs of the same test cases / fire the same request, with different data in the request. The data needs to be driven by a CSV file. Didn’t want to write custom java code for this…

Feature Used – Collection Runner of Postman -

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· Environmental variables work great within postman

· You can add custom JS code as pre-test steps / post-test steps.

· Recurring runs, with data driven input like CSV files work well with Collection Runner

· You can have results flow from one test case to another and create test flows / sequences.

· You can parse JSON responses and write to Chrome Console, however you need to enable it - | |

· There is a standalone desktop version with its own console -

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Outlook Reset Recover missing folders such as deleted and sent

Outlook Reset Recover missing folders such as deleted and sent


I started noticed missing folders and it wasn’t easy to recover them.


These two links solved my issue, hope this helps. 





Monday, June 06, 2016

Jurys First Runner Up award–Photography Contest

Some glad news.

I had officially taken a break from wildlife photography for 18 months. Eagerly waiting for the monsoon to kickstart the season for 2016.

In the meanwhile participated in the ICICI – Privilege Moments photography contest ( Naturally in the wildlife category.


Pleasant surprise when they called me and told me that I had won ‘something’ – later the official announcement and the position was announced on their website.

I won the Jury’s First Runner Award. The Jury is below,


The winners page screen shot below -


And the winning image is,



Hope I make some nicer images this monsoon… wish me luck…


PS: The other special mention award that this image won. -

New Blog Writing Client

For those who have loved Windows Live Writer and frustrated with the lack of updates, upgrades and the recent login (2FA) issue with Blogger.


I am trying this new tool called Open Live Writer -


So far very smooth. Hope it stays the same.


Saturday, January 03, 2015

Farm land for your social events, very close to the city in Chennai

Looking for farm land close to the city, looking for a retreat amidst nature, looking for a camp site your search ends here.



An extremely suitable location for Corporate Events, Social Functions, HR Revival Camps/ Revamps,Team events, Team bonding activities, Corporate Conclaves, Barbecue cooking etc. in the midst of Chennai city, just 4 Kms behind Chennai International Airport. Located on the side of Adyar River with copious water supply, excellent vegetation of Coconut Trees, Fruit Trees in a village habitat.

Can also help with other supporting arrangements.

Early booking get a 10% discount. Contact us for booking and reservations,

Ascent Farm.
Old No.1/142, New No. 1/271,
Irattai Malai Srinivasan Street,
Vinayaga Nagar, Pozhichalur,
Chennai – 600 074, Tamil Nadu,
Mobile:+91 9940247368
Email your detailed requirements to

Sunday, December 14, 2014

What we all wished for - Seamlessly share content between phones, windows and tablets


What we all wished for - Seamlessly share content between phones, windows and tablets…


How many times have we had to send emails to ourselves with links, files and content, just to access them easily between devices.


Here is the app that is aiming to solve it and it is pretty neat.




Android App -

Chrome Extension -

Chrome Extension Settings - chrome-extension://chlffgpmiacpedhhbkiomidkjlcfhogd/options.html#advanced 


What do you think? Any other app’s that you would recommend???



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cover Image of a Novel

Great news coming up.

The Lotus and the Storm - A Novel by Lan Cao and published by Viking / Penguin Books. The book was released on August 14th in a worldwide release.

So what's the great news…

The cover image of the book, a novel is an image shot by me. The lotus candle was bought in Sri Lanka and gifted to Anu. And the photograph was made during a electricity less night in JP Nagar battling boredom, sweating buckets and swatting mosquitoes as well ( with the folded newspaper bundles - the days of no inverter and generators).

Penguin books, USA found this image as a compelling image to complement the great novel by Lan Cao.



Cover Image  - Penguin

A cover image of a novel by a great publisher - tick.

And yes find a mention on wikipedia as well – tick.


Here is the image,

Cover Image  - Penguin

Cover Image  - Penguin

Cover Image  - Penguin

Cover Image  - Penguin

Monday, April 28, 2014

(Updated) Wireless Movie Display, Google Chromecast and Media Servers (Updated)


Have always had the problem of wirelessly transferring video from my laptop to my TV. In the past have used wired cables and viola the laptop becomes a captive until the movie ends.

Recently read about the Google Chromecast and had a chance to buy one, BTW it is available on Amazon India website -


Really loved the ease of setup via the laptop and the android phone. Easy to cast from the chrome browser and from apps such as youtube etc.

Right now there aren’t options for screen mirroring, but with the SDK being open to all, guess it is a matter of time before we see some innovative cool games and apps being rolled out.

Also for local media server I am running the Plex Media server and it is quite awesome - 




Chromecast has added support to cast entire screen - still in beta stage

Some Android apps which are nice to use with Chromecast,

Google Photowall


All Cast

Jamo (ios)


Dayframe (Chromecast Photos)


Chrome Browser App

1) Videostream for Google Chromecast™ - To stream several file formats to the chromecast.

Monish Matthias

Friday, March 21, 2014

Team Outings Around Bangalore

If you have exhausted all the usual team outing places in Bangalore and have visited -


Here are few options which we explored and they seemed very good,


And they have few options at Bheemeshwari Fishing camp and Kolar Cave exploration.

2) This option was also very good, 

3) Play – Sarjapur

4) Gopalan International School – Hoodi Junction / Whitefield – for indoor cricket / football facilities



Finally we ended up at Play and I personally loved it,

Must do activities include,

1) Laser Tag

2) Rifle Shooting

3) Quad Bike

4) Segway

5) Flight Simulator

6) Cricket in closed turf area

7) Beach Volleyball

There are at least 10 other activities, the place is well maintained, the equipment is good. And to top it off the pricing is economical. Buffet lunch at the extreme sports bar was good.

Overall a must visit place and repeat place.

Here is the map,


Monish Matthias

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Google Cached Results

How many times have you wanted to refer to some information on a page but the web editor changed them on the fly.

Or the page you want to see is not available, restricted etc.

Here is the solution,


Replace the end URL in this case with the URL that you want to monitor.


And a guide if you want to read more -


Monish Matthias

Saturday, January 11, 2014

India Post–Good Service

Why pay hefty charges to private courier services when the government based India Post does such a good job. Very good service at the counter, super cheap charges. Their complaint resolution is also super professional / fast. However the one disadvantage that I see is the tracking website of India Post is very slow in getting updated, for which I have a workaround for currently the USA.


I have been sending registered post’s to the USA and they have been reaching on time and safe.




Tracking postal mails sent via India post - 


Even after 30 days sometime the tracking will show as in progress but in reality they have reached the destination.

Work around – go to and enter the registered post tracking number and voila you can see the latest update on details of your registered postal mail.


Complain to get India Post to investigate - 

Location details of your nearest post office - 


Overall I am starting to love government offices and their services. Is it just me ?

Monish Matthias