Friday, 27 January 2006

Nintendo DS Lite

Welcome to my 98th post on this blog! Two more and I hit 100 posts (master of the obvious)
One particular console i'd like to add my generous collection of systems is the Nintendo DS, and thankfully, Nintendo have officially confirmed their Nintendo DS Lite. Check out pics here. Also, while you're at it, you might want to read up 10 things you didn't know about a Nintendo DS Wi-Fi connection here. Compared to the Sony PSP, you can say that the DS does not quite match the PSP's graphical and homebrew-able capabilities, but one thing's for sure, Nintendo certainly won over gamers by making their latest addition to the console family different. What did they do that Sony didn't? They actually made it 'fun to play with'. Some features such as Pictochat, in my opinion, is awesome.
Also, the DS utilises its Wi-Fi connection extensively and Nintendo clearly made their online connectivity flexible (for example, if you don't have a Wi-Fi hotspot near you, connect your DS through a USB connector to play online through your existing internet connection on your PC). No doubt the PSP is cool, but the sales figures speak for themselves - 800,000-odd PSPs since 12 December 2004 debut versus 2.84m DS units since late November launch. Also, while i'm on the topic of portable consoles, rumour has it (the movie sucked) that Microsoft is developing a portable console/iPod rival product. More info here. Enough of DS-ranting, recently i jumped onto the Lost series bandwagon. It's an amazing series, so far i'm on the 6th episode and i'm dying to find out what happens.
Also, since I got subdomain hosting not far back I've been installing open source CMS's (to no avail) - which eventually means i'll have to stick with either Wordpress, Pivot (IMO, better than Nucleus only if it would INSTALL!!) or Nucleus. If you're unhappy with the CMS you're using, read this article to get a better sense of direction.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2006

Internet Explorer 7

It has been just under 2 years since the release of Mozilla Firefox 0.8 in February 2004. The project which became Firefox started as an experimental branch of the Mozilla Suite. When sufficiently developed, binaries for public testing appeared 2002 under the name Phoenix.
Firefox has developed considerably since its first release as Phoenix on September 23, 2002. The browser is lauded by fans for its download speed and a superior user interface, and users say that its pop-up blocker is one of the best out there. It offers tabbed browsing, which means that users can jump back and forth between different sites with only one window open, and live bookmarks, which show users the most recent headlines on their favorite sites and lets them go directly to those articles. Firefox 2 development is well underway, with an Alpha 1 release set to come out on February 10. For more info on Firefox 2 "Bon echo" features, click here.
If you're one of the few people who are not so sure about the Firefox hype, download it here, to change your browsing experience. Here's some information about IE7 :
  1. IE 7 was originally scheduled only for inclusion in Windows Vista (codenamed Longhorn)
  2. IE 7 will be focused on security
  3. IE 7 will include tabbed browsing
  4. IE 7 will not include a new Outlook Express version
  5. IE 7 will be free
  6. IE 7 will ship for XP SP2, XP x64
  7. The version of IE in Windows Vista (codenamed Longhorn) will be quite different from standalone IE
  8. IE 7 will include major changes for Web devs.
  9. IE 7 will not include ad blocking
Click here to view the IE7 screenshots gallery.

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Sunday, 22 January 2006

Lifehacker software

ABC's Googleplex visit was quite interesting as the Google park or campus as it's better known, reflects the companies goals and ethics (which have come under fire recently) . Bob Woodruff, the ABC anchor takes a tour of the complex and it is quite obvious that Google is very concerned about the wellbeing of its employees. Just imagine working for a company where food, haircuts, trips and many other stuff is 100% free. Not only is food free, but employees are given things such as exercise equipment which are scattered around the hallways. If you ask me, Google is the #1 company to work for, even though employees there may be a little wierd, Google employs the smartest.
If you want to check out the video tour - click here. Oh and if you didn't know, Google has seen a 400,000 % growth in revenues over the past 5 years. Thats my 0.2 $ on Google.
Lifehacker software
software that you should have
  • 7Zip - When WinZip started refusing to open certain necessary file formats, I switched to 7-Zip and never looked back. ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR, CAB, ARJ, LZH, CHM, Z, CPIO, RPM and DEB, oh my
  • FoxIt PDF Reader (Firefox Extension) - In the time it takes for Adobe Acrobat Reader to launch and then load up that PDF, you could download, install and open it with FoxIt with time to spare. Ditch Adobe for FoxIt’s leaner, meaner PDF browsing.
  • Audacity - Wanna record a song being played on an Internet radio station? How about clip a tune down to 20 seconds to make it your cell phone’s ringtone? Audacity will do ya right.
  • Picasa 2 - If you have a family member that has recently purchased a digital camera, this is a must have program. Manages all your pictures. Want a reason to download it? It's a Google owned company :P
  • VLC Media Player - If you had a file that WMP or any other media player whined about failing to open, this is what you need. In my opinion, the best media player out there.
  • Free Download Manager - Normally you'd think this containd spyware and adware. This is not the case. Use Free Download Manager in the place of Mozilla's Download tool (since it times out so often) This software downloads files at blazing speeds and it will not fail you.
  • Skype 2.0 - Get a headset. Get Skype 2.0, now you're connected to anyone else that has a headset and the program. Superb audio quality, VoIP at its best.
  • - Stop using MS Office! Start using! Contains all software that do the same functions as the MSOffice package.
  • Miranda - A reason to get stop using MSN Messenger. Miranda contains all IM clients and what's best is - you can skin it all you like.
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btw - this post was written at around about the same time Liverpool lost to Manchester United - damn.

Saturday, 21 January 2006

Found In Translation

Its been around 1 week since I last posted here! This was because I was busy with some work and took some time to design my personal website, which, if you would like to see is here - Feel free to check it out and if you would like, comment on this post so that I can get some feedback on how it looks.
Here are some stuff i've been checking out these past couple of days :
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Friday, 13 January 2006

Boinc Boinc

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Thanks to Beastage on neowin IRC, I discovered Boinc! Boinc stands for Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing. What Boinc basically does once you download and install the software is donate your PC's computing power to scientific research projects such as: SETI@Home and Einstein@Home. In other words; this means that during your computer's idle time, you and many others who have Boinc, are actualy helping out either in the search for extraterrestial lifeforms or gravitational signals emitted by pulsars. This means that instead of institutes having only one super computer doing all the searching, people can actively choose to help increase the overall computing power in researching various projects. Other projects are :
You probably think that it would take up a whole lot of space and consume alot of resources on your PC while it runs. This is not the case, as you can choose when and how the software runs, if you want to - you can tell the program to run only when your PC is idle. I myself am running SETI@Home and Einstein@Home, after all why not help out humanity while your PC idles.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2006

Audio so real, it's scary

Till I find something to blog on or write about, here are some interesting finds.
Here's something I came across on This three dimensional audio clip is so real, you can actually judge where its coming from. Check it out here. For info on Holophonia, click here.
Also, a video clip from Nintendo's E3 2005 booth that shows off its amazing floor screen technology. You have to see it to believe it, its amazing stuff.

A new audiocast has been released that targets hackers, geeks, and the security paranoid. SploitCast will discuss a wide variety of topics; these include, but are not limited to, new vulnerabilities, exploit code, security and tech news.

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Featured App - HOT AllPeers. A free extension which combines the strength of Firefox and the efficiency of BitTorrent to transform your favorite browser into a media sharing powerhouse. To view screens, click here. HOT

Note - Stay tuned for a hands-on preview of Windows Vista, im awaiting my legal copy.
BTW - Be sure to comment on posts as I have resorted to a new commenting system.

Sunday, 8 January 2006

Optimus Keyboard

All I can say is - WOW! This is the best keyboard i've seen and since its keys are customizable LED's its even better. Check out the screens and the website. Rumoured to cost around 399$ !

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Saturday, 7 January 2006

CES update

Updates from CES 2006.
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Friday, 6 January 2006

Windows Live Messenger 8.0

edit : I have 10 invites remaining. Comment on this post if you want an invite.

I got invited to the much overhyped and hard-to-get WLM 8.0 Beta, Microsoft's new version of MSN Messenger that incorporates Live features.
Here are some screens.
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Wednesday, 4 January 2006

Tech stuff

CES is back this year and it brings together more than 100,000 people and 300 companies for four days in the middle of the desert. The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off in Las Vegas on January 5, and there's much hype about the products and new tech innovations that would be shown there. Here, at the PCWorld website, you can see some of the gadgets shown off during the first 24 hours of the exhibition.
Some of the most eagerly awaited news from the show will be updates on the launch plans for both HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc optical disc formats. The Blu-ray Disc has not yet confirmed a launch date. Sony's upcoming next-gen gaming console the PlayStation 3 is said to use the Blu-ray disc format, since Blu-ray hasn't been confirmed, and with the PS3 set to launch in the first half of this year, they seem to be running short of time.

Also, Intel, with its new look, is to formally unveil its next breed of processors, the Intel Viiv (pronounced 'Vive') at CES. The Viiv is to home multimedia PC's as the Centrino processor was to notebooks, some features it is said to have are: Quick-boot technology that allows users to instantly start their PC at the push of a button and dual-core Intel processors.

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Monday, 2 January 2006

Predictions and things to come in 2006

2006 is here! let's hope this year is much more exciting and better than the last. Happy New year to you all! Before I begin with whats to look forward to this year, here's a final look back at some of 2005's greatest web moments and gadgets. Some highlights - The Numa-Numa guy, The boy who hacked and AOL's acquisition of Google.

Some stuff in brief - Time magazine recently announced its Persons of the Year - Bill and Melinda Gates and U2 rocker Bono. Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, and his wife Melinda, along with Irish rocker Bono, were chosen for making a difference in different ways. The Managing Editor of Time said the three had been chosen as the people most effective at finding ways to eradicate such calamities as malaria in Africa, HIV and AIDS and the grinding poverty that kills 8 million people a year. Gates, who topped Forbes magazine's list of richest people again this year, were named for their work in the Gates Foundation.
The charity is one of the world's biggest with $29 billion in funding allocations. The organization funds hundreds of projects around the world primarily focused on public health, from vaccinating children to developing new drugs. Bono and fellow musician Bob Geldof spearheaded a popular campaign to tackle poverty in Africa through canceling the debts, Bono was described as the “rocker who has made debt reduction sexy.”
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Predictions and stuff to look forward to in 2006
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