Category Archive for 'Software'

Upgrade Time

Sunday, January 30th, 2005

I have been putting off doing some upgrades to my system here at office for some time now. I guess now is the time to go ahead and do them: RAMI had 512Mb RAM a few weeks ago (266Mhz) but I saw that WinXP was using 500+ Mb of page file all the time and […]


Monday, December 13th, 2004

I came across GUIdebook in one of my random link-followings. This is a fascinating resource for anybody who’se interested in User Interfaces (like me). A website dedicated to preserving and showcasing Graphical User Interfaces. Tons of stuff in the archives — enough to keep anybody busy for hours on end when put to good use.

Patent Insanity

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

More patent insanity. This time it’s for landing pages that appear when users initially start their browser at public hotspots to enable them to log on, select items such as bandwidth and billing options, etc. Recently Jim Rapoza also wrote about two stupid patents on eWeek as well. This is getting pretty ridiculous.

MSN Spaces (beta)

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004

The beta of the recently oft-spoken blogging tool by Microsoft is out and contains all the necessary features of a blog. The blogs look nice too so I guess MS scores on the looks department. But then, it appears it is noticeably slow for many users. Check it out. I’m stick with WP here of […]

The Honeypot Experiment

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

Arstechnica gives a nice summary of an article in USA Today about an experiment involving ‘monitoring six “honeypot” computers for two weeks — set up to see what kind of malicious traffic they would attract.’ Less than four minutes from start of the test, an intruder breaks into Windows XP SP1. Wow. Kids, start using […]

Microsoft Pirates Software Too

Monday, November 29th, 2004

Found this slightly old news at /. about an article on German PC-Welt magazine report that Microsoft apparently used an illegal version of SoundForge 4.5 to edit the Wave files shipped with Windows Media Player. You can check that yourself by opening any file in the [Windows location] \Help\Tours\WindowsMediaPlayer\Audio\Wav\ folder in notepad or other editors […]

Yahoo! Mail Gets Spazzier

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

According to Brad Garlinghouse (VP, Communications Products) on Yahoo! Search Blog yesterday, Yahoo! Mail now has three new features: Better Search DomainKeys Implementation DHTML Nothing too surprising or exciting in search features since it was expected after Gmail‘s search within their mail interface. Yahoo! merely seems to equal their feature list for now; only Gmail’s […]

Novell “Unbends” The Truth About Linux

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

Microsoft has been continuing its campaign against Linux. Now Novell takes the first big step towards countering the MS propoganda by unveiling a specific site Unbending the Truth: Things Microsoft Hopes You Won’t Notice that builds a case for Linux while clarifying the facts stated by Microsoft. It’s ironic that first Microsoft used selective passages […]

Mac Through The Eyes of a PC Die-Hard

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

Anand has written a 16-page article about his one month use of a Mac. Written pretty objectively, he’s done a marvellous job of pointing out the small nuances and the big issues — from software to hardware — and what makes what click. A must read.

My Yahoo! Search

Saturday, October 9th, 2004

I checked out the My Yahoo! Search beta today. From the 5-10 minutes I spent looking around, I liked what I saw and will return later to explore it further.

KDE 3.3

Thursday, September 30th, 2004

I have upgraded to KDE 3.3 desktop environment. It looks so much better than KDE 3.1 that came as default with WBEL that I was using only a few minutes ago. It’s a nice feeling. Time to explore!


Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

FlashBlog is a Weblog made in Flash/Php/MySQL. It is an Open Source application and even the Flash source (FLA files) are available. Though in beta, it already does: Front End in Flash Back End Php/MySQL Categories Search WYSIWYG Publisher Multi-users Multi-author “Limitless” vertical stage Function buttons: back/ahead Not a big fan of Flash applications but […]

Apache Software Foundation Refuses To Implement Sender ID

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

I just caught it on /. that ASF has refused to implement Sender ID. They’ve written an open-letter to MARID IETF Working Group about it. The current Microsoft Royalty-Free Sender ID Patent License Agreement terms are a barrier to any ASF project which wants to implement Sender ID. We believe the current license is generally […] Gets A Facelift

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004 got a facelift today. Quite refreshing design though I was taken aback just a little when I saw Firefox being promoted over Mozilla 1.7.2 but I suppose there must be a logical reason to do so. Don’t think Firefox has become the flagship product for Mozilla Foundation yet though it appears that it is […]

sIFR: Scalable Inman Flash Replacement

Tuesday, August 31st, 2004

Ever wonder how to deliver custom typefaces to people who don’t have them installed without using graphics? It’s quite a catch-22 isn’t it? You use graphics and your search engine ranking goes down and in some cases, the page simply doesn’t show up since all the good stuff is in the images. If you don’t […]

X-Chat Win32 Goes Shareware…

Monday, August 30th, 2004

… and causes an uproar. The official thread on the topic on forums is nothing compared to the fiery stuff at IRC Junkie. Almost everybody is saying that GPL is being broken and those who contributed code are wondering about the licensing of their code. This open letter to Zed, the core developer of […]

Another Step Forward

Saturday, August 28th, 2004

For the first time, I compiled and installed a software directly instead of finding RPMs.

Feed Aggregation on Linux

Thursday, August 26th, 2004

When I shifted to Linux, I was using FeedDemon on Windows which unfortunately did not run on wine’s default installation. I looked around and came across Straw which sounded and looked almost like a Linux-avatar of FeedDemon. Unfortunately, no rpm of Straw existed and I managed to track down the SRC on Dag’s Apt/Yum RPM […]

Going Further (A look back)

Friday, August 20th, 2004

I have been away a few days. A lot has happened meanwhile: I have shifted to Linux. Karan advised me to use Whitebox Linux. Since my only experience with Linux dates to ’99-’00 when I was managing a 27-node cybercafe with 24 machines running Caldera, and he’s not touched Windows in a *long* time, I […]

MS Longhorn & 3D Graphics

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

Okay, this is news for me. I didn’t know that Longhorn would have 3D graphics driving its interface. That means an incredible number of things — for software and hardware alike. Given the amount of GPU resources we have available in various corporate environments, to rely so heavily on a major hardware upgrade by the […]