Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Almost all the big Internet companies (and probably software companies) have a Labs site where they dish out the latest they are working on.
Here are some of the most popular ones
1. Google Labs - http://labs.google.com
I guess many of us would know about this. This is where Google has their latest 20% innovations
2. Adobe Labs - http://labs.adobe.com
Adobe has probably defined Internet so quietly (or maybe Macromedia ;) ) that we use all of their products and yet be oblivious that its made by Adobe. At Adobe Labs, you will probably find the next generation Internet platforms that Internet companies work on.
3. Yahoo Next - http://labs.yahoo.com
Yahoo calls their playground - Yahoo Next. They have pretty interesting products lined up like My Web 2.0 Beta and is worth a check.
4. AOL Labs - http://labs.aol.com
AOL has a labs page too, their labs concentrates mostly on AIM and its plugins
5. Microsoft Research - http://research.microsoft.com
Doesn't exactly have too much of Web experiments, but they do have some interesting projects such as Nocturnal
Their http://labs.msn.com throws up something which probably associates them best -Service Unavailable
Know any other company playgrounds ? Leave us a comment!
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Its easy to create a screen cast on Ubuntu using a program called byzanz which will save the screencast as an animated gif file.
To install byzanz
Use sudo apt-get install byzanz
To record your screencast, On a terminal, type byzanz-record filename ( the default option is to record for 10 seconds), but you can increase the duration. use byzanz-record --help for more options
I finally installed Beryl on a nvidia GeForce based machine.
I had to
sudo apt-get install xserver-xgl beryl-ubuntu beryl-manager emerald-themes
Had to add Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True" to my device section to get the Window titles back. I was also suggested to make DefaultDepth 24 in my Screen section of xorg.conf
One I had done this, restart X/Gnome and do a beryl-manager to get going. Little buggy but its worth the fun watching windows flying around :). Expose feature ! Wow!
I like the Beryl Manager > General Options > Shortcuts / Commands feature so that I can get my terminal open if I press Alt-t - ofcourse you could add any command that you want - say launch Firefox. Doing this in metacity involved some hacking through the gconf-editor
The options just stunned me - you could basically own what you want to do - you could configure anything and everything. Move over Vista
What I love as of now
1. Screen Edges
2. Desktop CUBE - wOw!
3. Configuration options
4. Stunning effects.
5. Non GPLed Themes - Sorry :)
Haven't had a crash yet :) Ok, It just doesn't like rxvt in the background, crashes pretty regularly. My system hangs once in a while. Ugh, SAD!
Late night fun!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I happened to see a Google Ad for a job portal which interested me - So I click on it and to my horror I see the above screen which has that many 'mandatory' fields. How the hell do you expect someone to copy paste their resume the first thing you land on a page.
At the most you could get the user to signup with a basic password and send reminder mails if they don't fill the required fields soon enough.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Google released a new version of their Google Analytics product and the first impression is that its a huge makeover from the earlier version.
There are some nifty features such as exporting your analytics report to PDF or send the reports by email. You now operate through a Dashboard similar to Blogger, things can be customized in the dashboard.
The graph visualization is much better and usable, ranges work much better. Overall, a good improvement!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Trying out Gnome themes (or for that matter, any themes) could be quite addictive.
At the same time, getting them from http:// art.gnome.org previewing the themes, untarring them is quite boring. Gnome provides a utility - gnome-art to do that for you - It lets you preview themes for applications, windows, backgrounds and splash screens, download or install them directly through a single window.
To install Gnome Art for Ubuntu/Debian
sudo apt-get install gnome-art
Start up gnome-art - gnome-art through the terminal
System > Preferences > Art Manager
It will download the theme data the first time and retrieves only the new files from then on.
You now can Preview, Download or Install directly
Sony Ericsson T250a Specs:
- VGA camera
- Screen: 1.7-inch 65K-color TFT (128 x 160 px)
- WAP 1.2.1
- Polyphonic ringtones
- Vibrating alert
- Picture messaging (MMS) and text messaging (SMS)
- Predictive text input
- FM radio
- Alarm clock, calculator, calendar, phone book, stopwatch, and timer
- GSM/GPRS 850/1800 or GSM/GPRS 900/1900
- Talk time: Up to 7 hours
- Standby time: Up to 300 hours
- Size: 100 x 45 x 13 mm
- Weight: 82 grams
Friday, May 11, 2007
If you always wanted to try Ubuntu and didn't want to install it fiddling with partitions on your hard disk - you should really try Wubi.
Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other application and it does this by installing Ubuntu into a single file as opposed to installing on a partition
Download the installer
Thursday, May 10, 2007
If you have installed Feisty and notice that your bootup is really slow - fsck might be one of the causes - dosfsck which is called via fsck everytime you boot takes quite a bit of time and slows down the boot process dramatically.
You can disable the fsck check by changing the entry "1" (checks file system everytime) to "0"
So, your fstab entry for vfat partitions would look something like this
UUID=301C-1A1D /media/hda1 vfat defaults,utf8,umask=007,gid=46 0 0