Friday, October 31, 2008

Microsoft and Google now share more than colors

miWe all know only too well the Windows logo, that ubiquitous four-color flapping flag, which conveniently marks the Start Menu. In case you have not seen the trees because of the forest so far, the colors in question are red, green, blue and yellow. Coincidently, the same colors have been planted in Google's logo - the search engine - as well. However, there would be nothing too strange about this, if the similarity were restricted to the chromatic aspect alone.


But when it comes to Google's web browser, the resemblance between its logo and that from Windows tends to become more obvious, in that the former’s approach seems like a stylized clone of the latter’s logo. Since just taking a closer look at the two, side by side, will do the trick. It could be just us, but the only difference in there is the fact that Windows' fluttering flag has been rolled into a Google ball.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Azure Pics

Windows Azure

Microsoft  announced a version of Windows that runs over the Internet from inside Microsoft's own data centers. Named Windows Azure, it's less a replacement for the operating system that runs on one's own PC than it is an alternative for developers, intended to let them write programs that live inside Microsoft's data centers as opposed to on the servers of a given business.

With the launch of Azure, Microsoft will find itself in competition with other providers of Internet storage and computing services including Amazon,, and Rackspace.

The company itself plans to offer businesses the option of running over the Internet the kinds of software that have traditionally run on a company's own servers. Microsoft already sells its Exchange corporate e-mail software in this way.

POST BY - Mohit []

Monday, October 27, 2008

Plasma vs. LCD

The ADVANTAGES of Plasma over LCD are: 

1. Larger screen size availability. 

2. Better contrast ratio and ability to render deeper blacks. 

3. Better color accuracy and saturation. 

4. Better motion tracking (little or no motion lag in fast moving images). 

The DISADVANTAGES of Plasma vs LCD include: 

1. Plasma TVs are more susceptible to burn-in of static images. 

2. Plasma TVs generate more heat than LCDs, due to the need to light of phosphors to create the images. 

3. Does not perform as well at higher altitudes. 

4. Shorter display life span (about 30,000 hours or 8 hrs of viewing a day for 9 years) than LCD. However, screen life span is improving to as high as 60,000 hours due to technology improvements. 

POST BY - mohit []

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Command Line Stuff for Gtalk

Here’s a complete list of what you can do with Gtalk in run command prompt.

"C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe" /parameter 

/nomutex: Open more than 1 Gtalk.
/autostart: Check the registry settings to see if Gtalk needs to be started. If the “Start automatically with Windows” option is unchecked, it won’t start.
/forcestart: Similar to /autostart, but forces Gtalk to start.
/S upgrade: Used when upgrading Google Talk
/register: registers Google Talk in the registry, includig the GMail Compose method.
/checkupdate: check for newer versions
/plaintextauth: uses plain authentication mechanism instead then Google’s GAIA mechanism. Used for testing the plain method on Google’s servers.
/nogaiaauth: disables GAIA authentication method. The same as above.
/factoryreset: set settings back to default.
/gaiaserver uses a different GAIA server to connect to Google Talk. Used for debug purposes only, there are no other known GAIA servers.
/mailto send an email with Gmail
/diag: start Google Talk in diagnostic mode

/log: probably has something to do with the diagnostic logging


Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Fedora Project

The Fedora Project is a Red Hat sponsored and community supported open source project. Its goal is the rapid progress of free and open source software and content. The Fedora Project makes use of public forums, open processes, rapid innovation, meritocracy, and transparency in pursuit of the best operating system and platform that free and open source software can provide.

You can help the Fedora Project community continue to improve Fedora if you file bug reports and enhancement requests. Refer to for more information about bugs.


What's new in Ubuntu 8.10 [Intrepid Ibex] ??

  • GNOME 2.24.x. (GNOME 2.23.91 development version at the moment.)
    •  Nautilus finally has tab support and can now restore from Trash.
    •  File Roller ("Archive Manager") now uses p7zip to extract archives, so it supports ALZ, RZIP, CAB, TAR.7Z now also.
    • Empathy IM client and Hamster time tracker are two new applications that have been accepted into GNOME 2.24 "module suite."
    • When you try to log out, shutdown, etc. with (a) program(s) open, a warning pops up stating you must close all applications first.
    • Redesigned "Quit..." menu very similar to Mac OS X's (unlike before which was similar to XP.)
  • Complete theme overhaul. (With alpha 4, the default theme was switched back to Human(-Murrine.))
  • 3.0.x with MS Office 2007 new file support.
  • Linux kernel 2.6.27 images have been prepared and will be uploaded soon to Intrepid.
  • Compiz 0.7.7 development release from Git with tons of new effects.
  • Network Manager 0.7.x with better network configuring and 3G support.
  • Ability to sign in as Guest via (Fast) User Switcher panel applet.
  • Default Adobe Flash 10.x.x.x (RC now) in repos to enhance Flash experience.
  • Improved Jockey ("Hardware Manager") to additionally download printer drivers when needed.
  • Official USB installation support for converting ISO CD image files into USB-live compatible files. EDIT: Work has started! Package usb-creator just got in
  • Ubiquity (Ubuntu installer) layout redesign.
    • An "Automatically sign in" option added at the fifth step of Ubiquity (Ubuntu installer) "Who are you?."
  • Secret ~/Private folder to encrypt anything you place into it.
  • X.Org 7.4, still in development, with X Server 1.5 and Mesa 7.1, is included in Intrepid.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

How was 'Windows 7' named??

Mike Nash, vice president of Windows product management, has revealed the following details about the naming of the next Windows OS (Windows 7) to hit the market in order to pacify the raging debate over the counting methodology used by Microsoft to reach the number "7": 

"The very first release of Windows was Windows 1.0, the second was Windows 2.0, the third Windows 3.0," he said. "[But] here's where things get a little more complicated."

To reach the magic number, Microsoft tallied all Windows 9x versions -- Windows 95, 98, 98 SE and Millennium -- as Windows 4.0. By that reckoning, Windows 2000 is 5.0 and Vista is 6.0.

Windows XP -- still the most-used version of Windows by a wide margin -- was relegated to the minor 5.1 by Microsoft. "[When] we shipped Windows XP as 5.1, even though it was a major release, we didn't want to change code version numbers to maximize application compatibility," Nash explained.

To confuse matters further, Nash noted that even though the next Windows will carry the "7" moniker and is considered the seventh version of the operating system, its code will actually be marked as Windows 6.1. "We decided to ship the Windows 7 code as Windows 6.1, which is what you will see in the actual version of the product [when you run] cmd.exe," Nash said. 

QUITE confusing, eh?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Jokes for Geeks

  1. There are 10 types of people in the world - those who know binary and those who don't
  2. There are 10 types of people in the world - those who know binary and those who have friends
  3. Q: Did you hear about the Coder that got stuck in his shower for a week?
    A: The instructions on his shampoo said: Lather, rinse, repeat.
  4. 1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d t0 g37 l41d
  5. If at first you don't succeed; call it version 1.0
  6. Q: How many programmers does it take to change a light bulb?
    A: None. It's a hardware problem.
  7. Q: How many IBM Processors does it take to execute a job?
    A: Four. Three to hold it down, and one to rip it's head off.
  8. Q: How can you tell if a geek is extroverted?
    A: He stares at your shoes.
  9. Windows: Just another pane in the glass
  10. Failure is not an option. It comes bundled with your Microsoft product.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Samsung's M8800 Pixon Cellphone

Samsung officially announced its second 8-megapixel cell phone, the Pixon a.k.a M8800
(the first one was Samsung i8510 INNOV8)
In fact it looks very much like a compact camera from the rear, and its 3.2-inch screen bears the same TouchWiz interface as the Omnia. That screen is a 400 x 240 pixel touchscreen with touch keyboard and handwriting recognition, and the phone has AGPS, accelerometer and FM radio.
Quad-band GSM, tri-band HSDPA
• 107.9x54.6x14.9mm, 110 g
• 3.2-inch touch screen display (240 x 400 pixels)
• 8 megapixel camera, auto focus, face recognition with smile detection and blink detection, WDR (wide dynamic range), ASR (advanced shake reduction), GPS geotagging, ISO 1600, WVGA (720x480 pixels) and VGA (640 x 480 pixels) @30fps video recording
• Built-in GPS receiver
• Accelerometer
• DivX playback
• FM radio with RDS
• microSD card slot
• Bluetooth
• Landscape virtual QWERTY keyboard
• Handwriting recognition
• ShoZu integration - direct image and video upload
• Office document viewer

Interestingly, there's no mention of Wi-Fi in that list of specs. It'll be out early November (in Russia, at least) for around $800

posted by:
abhinav bhatia

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Play Music in GTalk!

It's possible to broadcast music, MP3 etc... through Google Talk.

1. Unplug your microphone.
2. Double click on the speaker icon on the lower right corner of your screen. This will open up "Volume Control".
3. Select "Options" and then "Properties".
4. Then check the button next to "Recording" and click OK.
5. Now the recording control screen should be up. Select "Wave Out Mix".
6. Call your friend and he'll listen to the song you are playing on your computer.

Gr8 Android applications!

To those who are already itching to get the first Android-powered phone here’s a preview of some of the exciting applications that you will be getting with your Googlephone. Here are a few killer apps that are specifically made for Android:

  • cab4me

cab4me enables you to easily call a cab to any location worldwide. You do not need to know the number of the local cab company. You do not need to enter or even know the address you want to be picked up at. You do not need to place a call. With cab4me you can order a cab to your current location with a single click.

Killer features:

* Google Maps integration

* Uses the location awareness of Android (GPS and cell-based)

* Phone’s contact list integration to select pickup locations

  • CompareEverywhere

Shop smarter using your phone. Compare prices, read reviews, and connect with local stores with CompareEverywhere.

Killer features:

* Barcode scanner using the built-in camera

* Ability to connect across dozens of stores to compare prices

* Can use GPS to find nearby stores, and then call them directly, or find driving directions using Google Maps

Friday, October 3, 2008

Diffrence between Microsoft XP sp2 & sp3

1) Network Access Protection compatibility - This feature allows Windows XP machines to interact with the NAP feature in Windows Server 2008. This functionality is built into the RTM version of Windows Vista as well.

2) Product Key-less install option - As with Windows Vista, new XP with SP3 installs can proceed without entering a product key during Setup.

3) Kernel Mode Cryptographics Module - A new kernel module that "encapsulates several different cryptographic algorithms,".

4) "Black hole" router detection algorithm - XP gains the ability to ignore network routers that incorrectly drop certain kinds of network packets. This, too, is a feature of Windows Vista.