Are you sick of posting URLs in emails only to have it break when sent causing the recipient to have to cut and paste it back together? Are you a victim of posting huge links in IRC and chat windows? Here is the solution for you. My list of top 5 URL shorteners.
Just when people all over the world were enjoying the release party of Ubuntu 8.10 , I stuck to hardy with my internet down on release day. You know how it feels not having a hands on with the new release even after 24 hours. Finally, downloaded the iso the next day and boot it right away. Here are some of my observations.
1. Boot time: Extremely fast. Live CD boots just within a minute. No issues with that. Infact hoping a major turnaround in boot time optimization by the time of Jaunty.
2. Installer: A few new features added. Graphical representation of the partitioning process was introduced. I personally liked the idea, but surely not the implementation. If you have a terribly large hard disk ( >200 GiB), then you would be wasting 10 minutes for the graphical representation to load.
3. Display: Right after the first boot which happened at about 20 minutes of Live CD, I found that my display was hopeless. I have a widescreen monitor with default resolution 1280×720. There was no way that I could change the resolution so that the display detected widescreen rather than square. The package displayconfig-gtk was made obsolete. Now, I had to rewrite the whole of xorg.conf manually. WTF?!? back to the times of manually editing (wait, did I say editing, sorry, rewriting the whole of) xorg.conf. Anyways, I did it. Finally, after a reboot, all new Ibex was ready to rock on my system. You can find my discussions with displayconfig-gtk’s developer here. (Don’t miss Madhusudan’s post there )
4. Applications: Everything worked out of the box. Madhusudan’s blog helped me in gtalk pidgin issues, adding a simple line barring which I did not find any application misbehaving or freezing. The all new user/user status switcher is really cool. Started liking it the moment I saw it. Firefox worked like charm and fonts this time was just appropriate as against Hardy where Firefox was completely messed up. I would have loved to see OpenOffice.org 3.0, but no. Audio and Video just worked, no hassles after installing the codecs. ( you can find my codec installation guide here).Nautilus tabbed window is another advantage.
5. Tasksel: Some more additions to make tasksel more awesome. Tomcat server and Virtual Machine host can now be installed with just a simple Enter Key. Great job.
6. Shutdown: Here is where Ibex gave me a shock. When audio rendering is ALSA, system would not shutdown. This seems to a major problem for most of us around. Hoping for a fix early. Solution – switch to pulse audio or OSS. (System -> Preferences -> Sounds)
So, finally I would rate Ibex as the best release till date (my experience and usage benchmarks), if not the best October release. What are you waiting for? Go, get Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex now. Download Here.
Wishing you all a great six months with Ibex, I sign off with lots of expectations from Jaunty Jackalope.
How many times again and again and again does Micro$oft proves its non-competency in the industry? This really has reached heights of monopoly and an unsatisfiable quench to conquer the world. In the process Micro$oft fails miserably and makes a fool of itself.
I take a “live” example to prove myself.
Having a mail server is a primary necessity for any educational institution. Since my college did not have one, the concerned personnel in collaboration with the Micro$oft Student Partner decided to use Micro$oft applications to provide email IDs to students and staff. This is surely a matter of pride for anybody in the institution to have the email – firstname.lastname@example.org.I appreciate the pain taken by these people to create email IDs for more than a thousand students and staff.
I don’t blame the college personnel for their ignorance to choose Micro$oft Live @edu. Micro$oft’s cheap mentality behind providing these services which they claim to be free(definitely not) is to be blamed.
All students were instructed to login into their mailbox at http://mail.live.com . I was stunned at what I saw. Anybody who wants to access his mailbox is forced to use Internet Explorer. The server will not respond if the user uses Mozilla Firefox. Holy shit, Isn’t this crap.
The error message I saw, left me speechless. Never before ever in my experience Mozilla Firefox had I seen this kind of an error message – “Redirect Loop”. Screenshot of the error is here.
You have to believe me at this point of time that I have enabled cookies.
The second note made me laugh my heart out -
Its likely to be a server configuration error and not on your computer.
Do not get fooled by the link in the address bar. Its redirected from http://mail.live.com. Its been a tradition of Micro$oft to make links look complicated just to show off.
Still don’t believe me? See this video. I am using Ubuntu Hardy Heron with Firefox 3.
Finally, Opera could open the mailbox and what I saw made me say YUCK! If shit could shit, it would be Hotmail and its mailbox interface.Its so hard for anybody using GMail for more than four years where life is made easy, to just even compose a mail in Hotmail.
Micro$oft boasts that it provides these services for free? Ah-em. There are banner Ads and Flash based Ads in the mailbox. One in the header and another in the sidebar. I just sent a mail to my GMail ID to test the validity of Hotmail. Again, Micro$oft proved its Business mentality. Automatically Text Ads were added to the signature of the email sent through Hotmail. This is so very irritating.
My sincere advice to all institutions opting for a student-staff collaboration – Please Use Google Apps. Save students from the crucked, cunning world of Micro$oft.
I repeat, Micro$oft, you suck.
This simple commandline installs the most common restricted codecs in Hardy Heron, allowing you to play mp3, aac, DVD ,mp4, avi, wmv, divx and many more formats. It also installs the codecs for ripping mp3s. It also installs VLC and Exaile media players
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse libsubtitles-perl vlc vlc-nox exaile
Who says Ubuntu does not play MUZIC ?
There has been a whole lot of talk and debate as to why people should use and promote free software, but here comes a live example. Just a month back, Google released its native browser Google Chrome which arguably is the fastest browser out there. All this was because of the newly coded Java Script engine V8 which loads websites at a rapid pace. But wait, just a Java Script engine would not complete a browser. The remaining features were undoubtedly borrowed from the World’s Best Browser Mozilla Firefox‘s source code.
Now, according to GPL, if you borrow the source code from a product, the resulting product should also be released under the same terms and conditions. As a result, Chrome is also Open Source. That said, I am not taking away any credit from Google for making Chrome a FOSS product.
The winner is the end user who gets an awesome product.