Wednesday, August 29, 2007

openSUSE 10.3

two reasons why i can't wait to try out 10.3 -

One-Click Install: Hassle-Free Installation of Software

Greatly Improved Boot Time

Looks like SUSE is finally getting it's act together... 'n also i just remembered the 2007 Desktop Linux Survey...SuSE has taken a big big jump to 2nd place, with a jump of 8 percentage points!!! But it still has a long way to go before it catches up with ubuntu, as you can see from the figures...hopefully we will reach there sometime... :)

anyways that itself is a lot to cheer about... :)

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Windows Users Caused Skype Outage!!!

Skype has finally explained the reasons behind the 36+ hour outage of their popular P2P VOIP service last week: Windows Users.

According to Skype the outage was caused by “a massive restart of our user’s computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine software update” which The Register points out was Microsoft’s monthly patch Tuesday. Patch Tuesday is the time of the month Windows users receive security updates that often result in widespread reboots by Thursday.

Skype said that whilst their peer-to-peer network has an inbuilt ability to self-heal, the event “revealed a previously unseen software bug within the network resource allocation algorithm which prevented the self-healing function from working quickly.”

Windows Users Caused Skype Outage

This was too good not to blog! :)

Compiz Fusion - Videos III (Switcher again)

Ring Switcher and Shift Switcher(in both Flip and Cover modes)...
though shd say quality of google video is bad...if you were to watch the original ogg, you will know...

Compiz Fusion - Videos II

Screen Saver Plugin: Rotating Cube

Screen Saver Plugin: Flying Windows

You can see the youtube video playing in the window as it flies around :) btw thts chax's marriage video... :)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Compiz Fusion - Videos

Recorded few using recordMyDesktop, faced lots of problems...i am still unable to get videos of few right now just uploading 2, will update the post with more soon...
'n btw Google Video is awesome, just lets you upload directly in ogg format!

Compiz Fusion - Paint Fire On Screen

Compiz Fusion - Gears

Compiz Fusion - Switcher(leaves Vista way behind :) )

Friday, August 17, 2007

Compiz-Fusion 'n Awn!!!

Thats "Snow" plugin - one of my faves

yep i finally 'em working!!! right now just posting some screenshots...will soon post a how-to 'n how-not-to... :)

Thats 'Gears in Cube', which keeps rotating in ur transparent cube, myself prefer this to the 'Cube Atlantis' 'n tht is ur fishes in cube(for those who aint familiar with the terminology)

'n thts 'Rotating Cube Screen Saver', another option of 'Screen Saver' is 'Flying Windows' 'n which is real time!!! but photos dont do justice...shd upload videos, prob sometime next week...

thts my skydome img in background 'n again, the beauty of skydome 'n its animation can be made out only in video... :(

'n thr r loadz of other effects....prob my next few posts will all be on this... :)

update: one more ... :)

this is using 'Paint With Fire On Screen'...

Monday, August 06, 2007

Podcast/Vodcast - best thing since sliced bread?

today on my way back home, was watching series of vodcasts(Video podcast for the uninitiated) i had downloaded...'n dint realize when my one-hr journey got over! Its an amazing way to pass time...'n it needn't go have podcasts/vodcasts in almost any category you can think of! So if you are the kind of person who likes learning new languages, all you have to do is subscribe 'n you are on your way...'n if you digg NG or Discovery, you can subscribe to their informative vodcasts as well...
iTunes website does a neat job of listing the top podcasts/vodcasts...

well Novell used to have NOA, when Ted was there...hmm wonder if its still happening...

Anyways here's da list of my top podcasts/vodcasts -
BestOfYouTube ( Must have!!!)
National Geographic Video Shorts
Flight of Conchords (nice comedy series by HBO...'n u get few entire episodes for free download!)
The Classic Tales Podcast
Discovery Channel Video Podcasts
Learn Spanish With Coffee Break Spanish
Ask a Ninja - iPod
Pandora Podcast Series

'n ofcourse you have ur Techie 'n Sports sections...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Google again!!

Just saw this weird behavior, when you click on 'View Online' in picasa, it automatically opens up in IE, even when you default browser is set to something else!
Can somebody plz xplain to me Y?!! 'N its not only picasa, try Google Earth too, its the same. Click on view in google maps, 'n it opens up not one but 2 IE windows!I dont want to think badly of google, but 'm getting more 'n more such instances wherein i have no option to think otherwise...