Archive | November, 2005

Firefox Just Got Hotter with 1.5

30 Nov

Firefox 1.5 is finally out!

Get it here now!

Upgrade to Firefox 1.5!

In case you are wondering why you need to upgrade, Firefox 1.5 comes with significant performance & usability upgrades, greater customization options and supports Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), JavaScript 1.6 and new versions of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

Firefox 1.5 Releasing Soon

29 Nov

I just came across this on Spread Firefox. Looks like we’ll see Firefox 1.5 anytime now!

It’s 5AM here in the UK and me any my small team of engineers are off home to bed after helping to get SFx ready for tomorrows big event:)In about twelve hours time “it is very likely” that Firefox 1.5 will be officially with us, and to mark this occasion Spread Firefox isgoing to be launching a very special campaign; That I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you about now… But I’d recommend you stay as close to the site as you can over the next 24 hours! (hint get some campaign buttons for your blogs & sites as they award points too!)

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Paint.NET v2.5 available for download

29 Nov
Paint.NET v2.5, about which I had written earlier this year, is out of beta and is available for download now. Started as a CS undergraduate design project at Washington State University, is an image and photo manipulation software supporting layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
Paint.NET Screenshot
Paint.NET Screenshot
Paint.NET can be installed on computers that run Windows XP (SP1 or later), Windows 2000 (SP3 or later), Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista and requires .NET Framework 1.1.installed.

Download: Paint.NET v2.5

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Free Online Data Storage. We never had so many options

28 Nov
With so many options for remote data backup available today, FREE online data storage never had so much excitement going around. Here are some of the new services I came across recently.
Mozy LogoMozy is a remote backup and archiving service that requires you to create a mozy user account and install a software on your computer, It is a small download available at their site with which you get 1 GB of backup storage. But if you fill out their survey, they give you 2 GB of space. Mozy provides Open File support, 128-bit SSL Support (to secure your data during transport) and 448-bit Blowfish Encryption (to secure your data on our server)
In return for the free Mozy data backup service, Mozy will be sending emails to its users with advertisements for products and services useful for the users in its opinion. Not really a great ask for all the storage space they are offering.
Mashable has written a quick introduction of the next two online storage solutions”: AllMyData and Openomy.
Openomy LogoOf these two, I found the approach of Openomy quite interesting. Instead of folders, Openomy has adopted the ‘tags’ concept to organize the files. Something really interesting and never heard of before in online data backups. It is currently offering 1Gb of storage space and it is absolutely free to use.
Also it can allow certain outside applications (of your choice) to interact with your data. For development of these web applications, it has made available the API documentation. An example application has been developed by Maurice Codik called Openomy/RSS which publishes feeds with tags and notifies the subscribers when files under the feed’s tags get updated.
AllMyData LogoThe other site AllMyData is more of a p2p kind solution using the power of grid, in which you get free storage by sharing space on your hard drive. In the free plan, for every 10 Mb you share, you get 1 Mb of space on Allmydata. So if you share 10 Gb on your hard drive, AllMyData gives you 1 Gb.
Streamload Streamload is way ahead when it comes to prviding online storage space in terms of Gb. It offers 10 Gb, almost 10 times the others provide. However, the data is NOT ENCRYPTED and hence loses out to the other services that I mentioned above. But it seems to be a good option for storing the not-so-critical data such as photos or music files. There’s another thing though, the downloads are restricted to only 100Mb a month and 10Mb a file.
eSnips LogoeSnips again provides 1 Gb of data storage online. However, the interesting part is the eSnips toolbar (for IE only) that allows you to “snip” any content you see on the web and store in your eSnips account. It allows the user to “Save text, images and links from any web site, highlight relevant sections, add personal comments and save the source.”
It also allows for file sharing options where the invited people get a link directly to the shared folder where they can add their comments, contribute their own files and also invite more people to the folder. Now that makes it a very good collaborative development tool. I particlularly like the interface they have. Neat and informative.
Besides these free services, there is XDrive, a very popular online file storage option and Strongspace. If you need online storage in excess of 1Gb and are willing to pay, then these two are options worth considering.

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Google heading towards e-commerce 3.0

27 Nov

InternetRetailer has a story on how “Google is heading toward capturing the next e-commerce paradigm using search to buy anything from anyone, anywhere.”

From InternetRetailer:
Now that it has taken the Internet search market by storm, Google is heading toward capturing the next e-commerce paradigm—using search to buy anything from anyone, anywhere, Safa Rashtchy, senior research analyst at investment firm Piper Jaffray & Co., tells “Google will be a Craigslist on steroids—a very potent and dangerous challenge to where eBay wants to go,” Rashtchy says.

While eBay has brought millions into online commerce, it is still too complicated for sellers who balk at the listing process and for buyers who don’t want purchase from someone located far away, he adds.

Craigslist Inc.’s has pioneered a new form of e-commerce, which Rashtchy and others call “e-commerce 3.0,” that connects consumers with sellers of products and services in local communities.

E-commerce 1.0 was defined by early efforts by dot-coms at excessive branding and advertising, but without a sustainable platform or customer base, Rashtchy says. E-commerce 2.0 debuted with the advent of Internet search, which provided the necessary connection between e-retailers and large volumes of consumers, and 3.0 will take that to a local level.

[via Emergic]

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Yet another Online Calendar – Monket

25 Nov

I might be the last person left on the planet who doesn’t know that is LIVE for more than two months! However, if you follow the link, you won’t find any Google Calendar on it as it is currently only showing the Google Search Homepage. More confirmation that Google has plans for a Calendar about which I wrote in February.

However, if you can’t wait till there actually is a Google calendar, there’s another dynamic web based calendar that you could try out. Monket supports “drag and drop events to change dates, drag the start/end of an event to create multi-day events, create and edit events without refreshing the page, all with an iCal style interface.”

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SlashDigg and – For all nerd news freaks

24 Nov

Slashdigg and are two sites I came across recently that combine news from the three most popular sources out there: Slashdot, Digg and combines news from Digg, Slashdot and into a unified format Also it claims to eliminate dupes and add some extra niceities.

The other site Slashdigg aggregates news form Slashdot and Digg and provides various viewing options such as side by side, frames, and combined and also has a ‘Super Nerd News’ section that combines news from sources such as, wired, cnet.

From what I see of their interface, I think Slashdigg makes use of the Lilina Aggregator.

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Short notes

22 Nov

Too much of procrastination throughout the semester ensured that I was busy the whole past week loaded with tons of project work and presentations. Hence no updates here.

OpenGL is really cool. I just finished a Project yesterday with my friend coding a basketball game in OpenGL and it was fun.
looks like it has had a revamp of sorts. It looks neat with recent and popular bookmarks arranged in columns.

Gaming in Universities has the Profs concerned. An IIT student commits suicide. The reason: He had failed in three courses because of poor attendance. Could gaming be the only reason for poor attendance? I have known people who are as ignorant about gaming as I am(and that is as ignorant as one could get) and yet have seriously poor attendance.

Also, Niall Kennedy ‘s blog has instructions on adding your blog to Google Base. Another avenue for Splogs?

And finally, updates here would be sporadic over the next few days as I will be busy with the end-sem examinations.

W3C opens India Office

17 Nov

Pallab had this entry on The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) opening its India Office at Noida, India hosted by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC Noida).

Seen as as “the national contact point for W3C activities in India,” this India Office of W3C will be instrumental in promoting efforts in local languages, broaden W3C’s geographical base, and encourage international participation in W3C Activities.

The site has a listing of W3C Prospectus W3C related events in India, Indian members of the W3C, Latest News & Newsletters, and Mailing List

At the top of Indian Members List of the W3C is Department of Information Technology, Government of India, ( Just out of curiosity I checked for its conformance to W3C Recommendations and other standards with W3C Markup Validation Service. Here is the result: Failed validation, 80 errors.

The website of CDAC India, second on the list, was down. But I am sure we’ll find even more surprising results!

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Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie blogs on MSN Spaces

17 Nov

Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Ray Ozzie has started a new Spaces blog.

Here is what RayOzzie wrote on his new Spaces Blog:

…A couple of weeks ago, Bill and I brought life to a new initiative that, over the course of the months and years ahead, will catalyze and deliver a number of things that I’m very excited about. At that event, I said that unlike many other stealth projects I’ve/we’ve done, in this case many of our plans and offerings will evolve progressively and in the open, shaped in good measure by a dialog with you. This is not just feel-good marketing speak: the conversation related to Microsoft – its reputation, its intent and its offerings – is occurring and will continue to vigorously occur on the ‘net with or without us. I’d rather it be “with”, and I hope to add value in becoming another of the varied Microsoft voices conversing on the ‘net.

And yes, Spaces has a new theme only for its most prized Microsoft Blogger with a customized top banner! This special theme is, however, not available for the non CTO types!

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