Saturday, December 29, 2007

Why Digg sucks

Consider the recent news of AOL stopping development of the Netscape Browser

See this on Digg and the pointless comments there

and see Slashdot - Now which one do you prefer

Digg sucks , most of its users are dumb who pretend to be elitist and the front page is a bunch of shit stories and each one of them having many useless comments

Thursday, December 20, 2007

PDF Split and Merge

pdfsam is an open source tool (GPL license) designed to handle pdf files. It requires JVM 1.4.2 or higher and it’s released in 2 versions, basic and enhanced.

pdfsam basic can split and merge pdf files -

* split your pdf documents (into chapters, single pages, etc.).
* merge many pdf documents or subsections of them.
* exctract sections of your document into a single pdf document.
* save and load your environment to automatize your recurrent jobs.
* manage pdfsam settings and set an environment to load at start up.

pdfsam enhanced also lets you encrypt your pdf files (RC40 bits, RC128 bits, AES128 bits) and set permissions on them. It also lets you add a pdf cover or footer (or both) to your pdf documents.

Get it here for Windows

Here comes another bubble

Here Comes Another Bubble - Free videos are just a click away

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Paypal supports Indian Banks

Paypal now supports Indian Banks! This would be cheered by web publishers who want to receive their payments instantly via Paypal

Paypal supports the following Banks

State Bank of India

Bank of India

Canara Bank

Union Bank of India



ING Vysya Bank

Axis Bank

Standard Chartered



You will have to provide the IFS Code which is usually on your Cheque Book and your account details

Charges for withdrawal are Rs 50 for amount less than 7000 and free for greater amounts!

Monday, December 10, 2007

In-car GPS Navigation Device

CE Infosystems, India has launched a in-car GPS navigation device.

The device lets you enter any destination in India and you will be guided, turn by turn with voice prompts. It would be interesting to see how this works with the entirely unplanned road infrastructure India has.

The device is powered by which is not too bad except the search!

See the demo video below

Go to the Site

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Gmail integrates AIM

Check your gmail and see if its enabled!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Enable Video Acceleration on Linux

These are Debian/Ubuntu specific steps

  1. In your terminal, execute lspci -v and check for the manufacturer of your video card. You are likely to find either nvidia or ATI
  2. To install Nvidia drivers
    1. Check for your kernel version using uname -r which might return a output like 2.6.22-14-generic
    2. Install the restricted drivers package - sudo apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-2.6.22-14-generic
    3. Install nvidia-glx module - sudo apt-get install nvidia-glx
    4. Make a backup of /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and replace the string Driver "nv" with Driver "nvidia"
    5. Exit Gnome and you should see the nvidia Logo. See the difference in framerate!
  3. To install ATI drivers
    1. Install the fglrx driver - sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx
    2. Make a back up of /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and replace the string Driver "ati" with Driver "fglrx"
    3. If you want to install ATI's own driver, you might have to check their site for the procedure

Microsoft Office Mobile

Microsoft has released a updated version of Microsoft Office Mobile.

It's priced at $50 and you can pick it up here