Monthly Archives: August 2009

Create Web Application Shortcuts with Chrome

Many times we feel that boring and irritated by the fact that whenever we want to check our mail or do something using any web application we need to type username and password and wait for it to login and do our work.Even though nowadays we are having the option called “Keep me signed in”  still we want to open the browser and type the URL which is again time taking process.What if we can launch our email in box with just a double click like an desktop application,Though there is software from Mozilla called Prism still we want to download that and install and configure that.In Google’s chrome browser there is an option to create shortcut of our application,here is how to do it.

  1. Open the page to which you want to create a shortcut
  2. Click on the “Control Current Page Icon”  ccp
  3. Click on the “Create Application shortcut option”menu
  4. Choose where you want the shortcut.choose

Write Protect Your USB

USB drives have completely replaced CDs and floppies. Most of the users prefer to use USB drive as it is available at cheap price with high storage capacity. USB drives are also becoming medium of sppen-drivereading of viruses and worms due to auto run functionally of Windows.

Also when you connect your clean USB drive to infect machine your USB drive may get infected and subsequently infecting all the machines on which this USB drive is used. One way to protect and prevent  virus spreading via USB drive is by disabling USB drive write meaning making it “read only”.

By default Windows doesn’t provide any option to Write Protect USB drives and you need to edit Windows registry to achieve this. To make it easier for you here is third party freeware tool Thumbscrew.

Thumbscrew allows you to quickly enable or disable writing to all USB mass storage devices on your Windows system. In other ou can use it to make a USB flash drive, hard drive or IDE / SATA drive in an enclosure read only.

Linux Desktops

Some days back when I was talking to my friend about Linux desktops he asked what does that mean is it something like themes in windows. Then I realised people who are used to windows get confused with idea that one can have different desktops. Linux was basically a Operating System without any graphical user interface(GUI),for a very long time this was one of the major hurdles for people who wanted to use Linux. Since Linux is open source many people created different desktops for Linux which is basically a front-end for Linux. These are complete interfaces with their own applications and visual appeal. So when you choose a different desktop it will be as if you are using a different operating system. There are lot of options for Linux f these most common one are Gnome and Kde.Let us see about these two.



Gnome-GNU Network Object Model Environment.

This was started in 1997. It uses completely free software right from beginning of the project.This is the default desktop in many distros like Ubuntu and Fedora.It has an clean uncluttered gnomedesign which makes it easy to adapt for users who are new to Linux.In this menu is “Category Based” like “Accessories”,”Games”,”Sound and Video” and the related softwares are placed in the appropriate category .Gnome desktop is having a professional look and not bloated with too many features.GNOME is designed around the traditional computing desktop metaphor. Its handling of windows, applications and files is similar to that of contemporary desktop operating systems. In its default configuration, the desktop has a launcher menu for quick access to installed programs and file locations; open windows may be accessed by a taskbar along the bottom of the screen and the top-right corner features a notification area for programs to display notices while running in the background. It uses Metacity as its default window manager.The default video player is “Totem Movie Player” and audio player is “Rhythmbox”, cd burning application is “Brasero”. The thing with Gnome is that doesn’t look appealing as much as KDE.It has different look when compared to Windows because of the location of the menu and task bar.


KDE-K desktop Environment

Here K doesn’t denote anything it is just the alphabet “k”.In my view KDE is Linux’s answer tokde-logo Apple.It has really beautiful appearance which windows users will appreciate very well. It has interface similar to that of windows so in many place when one wants give training to students first the make the students to use KDE and then shift to Gnome.The audio player in KDE is called amarok which is widely popular among Linux users.KDE is based on a technology called Qt which was once a proprietary software(for windows only) .It is nothing but a cross platform application development program.The desktop has various applications and widgets for different purposes like twiiter updating, weather and lots of other stuff.


My Opinion

 I started using Linux with Gnome desktop and had no major problem in using it. Initially I had small problems in adjusting to the menu options but as time progressed it became easy  to use. In KDE’s case it was not that much easy to use may be due to fact that I’m used Gnome’s style.But one thing is that it has appearance which makes anyone who sees the desktop use it.

Share Files With Twitter

Many times we get bored just by updating our status in twitter,but Twitter has an open API which makes others to develop third party applications. Filesocial is one such service. It allows users to share files up to 50 MB of can upload images,ppt,pdf,videos,audio files,compressed files.One has to just login with twitter account and you can upload your file. The files uploaded are encrypted with oAuth mechanism which is safer than username and password.


If you want to share a file privately one can use the service Filetwt. One can share a file up to 20MB in size. It dosen’t use oAuth encrytion. One has to sign up to share a file privately.


                                        Happy Tweeting

Wireless Power

THE WIRELESS POWER industry is closer to powering mobile gadgets wirelessly.

The Wireless Power Consortium has released version 0.95 of its specification for delivering wireless power to things like mobile phones and music players.qilogo-120x120

Members like Duracell, Samsung and Texas Instruments are all hoping to benefit from this technology. Since banding together some seven months ago they’re now at the late stages of testing and heading towards version 1.0 of the standard.

The consortium’s initial aim for delivering power wirelessly is rather small at only five watts. This is enough to run a mobile phone or an MP3 player, but the group hopes to support higher power in time.

The specification’s logo "Qi" is the Chinese word ‘Chi’ meaning "vital energy". The logo will appear on products that are capable of being powered wirelessly.

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