Say hello to AjaxWrite..

March 25, 2006

The new epoch is here! Finally the day has come when you can actually think of having a computer that doesn’t need to have a particular software known as Microsoft word. Bamboozled? How can you actually expect to use a computer without that particular application? After all every single computer out there has this proggie and for good reason too. When you think about it that way, people don’t even care about using a specialized anti virus software, atleast not as much as they care about having Microsoft Word in his computer. But this will change, or so it seems.

So, what’s the deal with the so-called term called the “new era”? The deal is that some new applications (both web and desktop) have shown the potential to outclass Word. OpenOffice.org is one of the desktop applications that have proven to be of immense potential. The best thing about OpenOffice.org is that it’s not only completely free, but also is an open source application that you can download from the developer’s site (with no strings attached). But the newest and simply amazing entrant into the office space is the introduction of a simply awesome web 2.0 application called AjaxWrite. Read the rest of this entry »

Portable apps..

March 22, 2006

Say.. Do you happen to be one of those freaks who love to walk around with his beloved applications so that he can edit his files on the run, not bothering with the computer and its content that is to be used? Well, incase if you are than don’t take any offence from the term I used to refer you as I happen to be one of those particular type of “freaks” myself.

With all the assignments and project related stuffs in the university, I fancy carrying around a number of application in my USB flash drive these days incase I need them on the run; and not to mention my doubt upon the lab computers that we are supposed to use. So, I just consider it worthwhile idea to carry some basic applications such as a word processor or maybe a spreadsheet analysis software with me. The cool thing about these programs is that you don’t have to worry about installing them, just plug-in your USB device and they are ready for you to use. These Portable Applications range from operating systems to even Games, from CD/DVD burning tools to web development applications. Pretty nifty, don’t you reckon?

Wikipedia.org has published a really nice list of useful portable applications that can be run from a portable device with ease. Read the rest of this entry »

Blogs are undoubtedly one of the hottest web publishing formats there is. With both the numbers of bloggers and blog applications increasing every day, picking the right blogging tool that suits your taste can be both confusing and frustrating. So, as a blogger, before starting the fun of expressing yourself by posting folksy squabbles (ranging from personal to political), you have to outstrip things like selecting, installing or configuring your blogging environment. What makes this step so hassling is simply the long array of available options.

Online Journal Review has published an interesting article and also a rather useful comparison chart that compares some of the renowned blogging tools available. It also provided an article to help you find the blogging tool that complements you and your taste. Read the rest of this entry »

Meebo rocks!

March 14, 2006

I felt kind of criminal for not adding certain few sites in my preferred list of web 2.0 applications as those were just a mare few out of the huge list of sites I came to fancy. Well, we are talking about the next generation of web after all! With desktop like web applications being released with fresh concepts, each with its own fresh set of amazing features; it’s enigmatic to choose one over another one. But Meebo undoubtedly stands out as an application with unparalleled set of features.

It doesn’t take rocket scientists to produce a great idea and Meebo is an awesome example of that. Meebo is basically an AJAX-based chat client that allows you to use all of your favorites such as AIM, Google Talk, Jabber, ICQ, and more. If you have used Gaim that you’ll probably know what I’m talking about here. I have been using this awesome web 2.0 application for a few weeks now and I’m getting more and more impressed with each and every day I use it. A great aqua-like interface with no occurrence of refreshing while dragging IM windows or your friends’ information is one the many amazing features that impressed me. The chatting platform is also great and is simply an ideal choice for those individuals who are not allowed to install or use chat clients on office computers. You can even set messages away and leave your browser window open! Meebo does all this without using any technology such as Java, which is simply an amazing asset.

The thing I personally found most useful about Meebo is the painless login process. With courtesy to my pathetically slow LAN connection, troubles while logging in to the IM clients has became some sort of a cliché. And not to mention the numerous times when I got disconnected while being in the middle of a conversation. So far I didn’t have any kind of problems with Meebo, including those. Its simply awesome and a must check out! Spread the word!

Firefox going next gen..

March 12, 2006

Playing around with alpha or beta version software is something I always referred to as somewhat “adventurous” and is something that I always tend(ed) to deprive my PC from, and that is of course for obvious reasons. Having said that, I wonder what have gotten into me these days as my program list now appears to be full of builds and beta version proggies. Satirizing my former belief, I’m actually enjoying all the fooling around with the beta/alpha version stuffs and not to mention reporting the bugs and actively participating in the beta testing procedure. So, keeping this recent trend of mine I just installed Deer Park Alpha 2 couple days back and simply love it. Deer Park is actually the codename for the Mozilla Firefox product and the recent alpha (alpha 2) version actually refers to the to-be released version (considered as the next gen firefox) of Mozilla Firefox 1.6.

I couldn’t wait for the final version to come out and downloaded the alpha version as soon as I stumbled upon it. Although an alpha version, it seems to be very much stable and offer some great new features such as the nifty looking drag and drop stuffs and not to mention the thing that impressed me most, the faster browsing. The faster loading of pages is clearly apparent and there are also small changes here and there, making the already best browser even better. Although seemed to be loaded with plenty of new features, I was kinda annoyed with a couple few things. For instance, some of my most favorite firefox extensions are not compatible (yet) with the alpha version. Another thing I came to hate is the bookmarking method where when you add something to the bookmark Deer Park adds it in the bottom of the list rather than asking you which folder to put it in. Another thing is that, although they are calling it the next generation browser, it was missing the “next-gen” feel in it. But hey, it’s the alpha version after all, so small glitches here and there are pretty much expected. Looking forward to the release of the final (or beta) version!

And for further info on Deer Park, you can check here. You can also check the official webpage here.

Anyways, enough with the tech for now, just checked out of the dreamworld and looking forward to yet another hectic kinda day with three classes stretching round the clock, starting from 9:40 with my MIS class and ending with my French classes at 9:30 at night, and not to mention all the tacky kinda stuffs in between that are waiting to be dealt with. So, loads of things out there basically waiting to be graced by my presence, let’s not keep them waiting, shall we? Bon courage!

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Mozilla Firefox is arguably the best browser out there. I have been using it for around 3 years now and simply loving it. It sure has taken web experience to new heights by offering safer, faster and better ways to surf the internet than other browsers namely Internet Explorer.

getfirefox.com has provided some simple, yet beautiful explanations of what the Firefox browser can do for you and how can it change you surfing experience. Also don’t forger to check 5-minute Firefox Challenge.

One of the things I love most about Firefox is the fact that you can further enhance your browsing experience by modifying it with some rather impressive and nifty looking extensions. With the extensions firefox can be whatever you want it to be. Here are some of mine most favorite Firefox extension:

Session Saver: If you close your browser, this nifty extension will automatically save whatever tabs you had open at the time of closing. This simply gives you the freedom to pick up right from where you left off during your last browsing session.

Flashblock: Flash advertisements are, without doubt, really flashy. So they’re not only distracting, but also tend to suck up bandwidth and make pages slow to load. This extension will allow you to block ALL sorts of flash ads from loading in the browser.

Not all Flash files are evil, and at times you might want to see some Flash. In that case, you can simply disable the filter with just one click and allow trusted sites to get around the filter.

IE View: Once in a while you are going to stumble upon a site that only runs properly on IE. Should this happen, this is the extension for you. Just click the icon and Internet Explorer will open, and point to your current page for a near seamless experience. You can also set a website to “always open in IE” with this extension!

PDF Download: PDF files, which are undoubtedly useful but can be a nuisance at times if it’s on the web, as it may take ages to render in the browser. So, every time you click on a PDF file, this extension will kick in and tell me how large the PDF file is, then ask me what do I want to do with the file. It will give you several options including saving the file, viewing it normally, or viewing it as HTML (Stripping out images for faster loading). Real nifty if you are an ebook savvy like me.

Answers : Probably the extension I tend to use most! Hold down Alt (or Option on a Mac) and click on any word to get a quick definition, an up-to-the-minute reference and more from Answers.com. You don’t even need to highlight the word. Simple, fast, and really useful.

Flashgot : A must have extension if you are using Flahget as your download manager. With this extension, you can use the power of the most popular external download manager with Fierfox. FlashGot also offers a feature called Build Gallery functionality which helps you to synthetize full media galleries in one page, from serial contents previously scattered on several pages. So you get to use a easier and faster “download all” option.

Need more convincing, eh? Check out what the experts have to say:

130 Millions of downloads can’t be wrong!

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Ever thought what is this song?.. just let Tunetic tag it for you!

Here is a nifty piece of free proggie I stumbled upon while looking for a tag editor. It lets you find artist or such information about songs. A really handy tool provided that you have audio files without any kind of tag information.

Got this song you really like but have no idea who the artist is or from which album the song is from? Just let Tunetic listen to the song and it will get the artist’s name and the song’s title in matter of seconds. Tunetic is the very first song search engine based on the sound of your computer. All you need is a microphone and internet access to use this software.

For further information, documentation and downloadable links you can visit here.

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