Category Archives: Technical

what do you Think About This Blog


I have been blogging for quiet some time now. In recent times I’ve not posted as I have wished. But now after two years I want to know how well my viewers like my blog. I wanted to know your over all view about my blog. If you have specific views regarding the blog don’t be shy to leave a comment.

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Games In Google Plus


Google Plus(g+) is a social networking site from Google. Currently it’s an s invitation only service. I have been using it for quiet some time and I must say most of the features are like Facebook. What makes it’s different and more likeable than Facebook is that it’s very easy to use and g+ has taken privacy very seriously so it gives complete control to the users over their content.

Having said that g+ was(tats “it was”) not as engaging as Facebook because there were no games or apps which makes Facebook user spend a lot of time on it. But not any more  after unveiling g+ was only a matter of time for Google before launching games in g+. But the have taken a different approach in that. The official announcement starts like this

My family has a games closet. Inside you’ll find a few decks of cards, two decades’ worth of board games and a Twister mat for those times when we’re feeling limber. Playing games is a great way for us to spend quality time with each other (and a little healthy competition never hurt anyone either).

What google is saying is that unlike Facebook where your game activities are published in your news feed, in g+ there is a separate tab for games, If you choose not to play any games then you can easily ignore it completely concentrate on the real people.

Google  Plus games

The initial set of games include Angry Bird, Edge World etc.

PS:

If anyone need g+ invite  just leave a comment.

Microsoft Montage, Create Visual Albums Of Topics Of Interest


How do you keep track of topics of interest on the Internet? Do you visit news site, subscribe to RSS feeds, email newsletters, Google Alerts, Twitter? Many Internet users are overwhelmed by the information at their disposal.

Montage is a new online service by Microsoft Fuse Labs that allows everyone to create visual web albums of topics of interest. The information can be supplied from a variety of sources including RSS feeds, Youtube, Twitter or Bing. To make it better, they are also updated in realtime to always displays the latest and greatest.

You get started by visiting the Montage website and entering a topic of interest. This can be anything, from your favorite blog to a sports team, celebrity, brand or hobby.

All Gallery

 

 

Montage automatically pulls information from various sources and displays a first suggestion to the user.

 

It is possible to try different layouts. Once an initial layout has been selected it can be edited before it gets published. The layout is divided into widgets that can be removed or split either horizontally or vertically.

Contents can be edited or added easily by selecting the option and performing a search. Searches currently available include text, video and image searches but also Twitter, Bing Twitter Maps, Facebook Comments, News and RSS.

Its flexibility is one of the strength of Montage. It is possible to use realtime updates or select a specific element that should always be displayed on the page. Even better, it is possible to combine information from different websites in one montage.

Montages can be saved and published. This requires a Twitter, Facebook or Windows Live account. TheMontage gallery lists already published Montages by users grouped into categories such as technology, business, news or sports. The gallery can be used to take a closer look at the online service which is especially helpful for users who are not sure yet if they should create their own montage.

 

Do File Extensions Really Matter in Windows?


Today I had a perplexing experience. Of late I’m using Fedora 14 as my main operating system though I have windows xp on my machine. I know in Linux operating system file extensions are  not necessary. I mean if you have a file a don’t know what type of file it is (be it multimedia or document file) Linux will some how open it. I don’t know the  reason for it but i was happy for this facility so that I need not worry about what format the file, just double click it the file will open in Linux. In windows the operating system needs to know the extension of the file or else the file won’t open.

Yesterday I downloaded a video from youtube and saved in linux.  I’m using a firefox addon called DownThemAll!. It doesn’t save the download with file extension. Since I was using Fedora i was not bothered about it much. Then for some work I logged onto xp.  Then I tried to play the downloaded video in windows, but it didn’t play because it was not having an File extension.I know it should be either  mp4 or flv, So i tried renaming the file with extension mp4 and it worked.  Then i had a doubt, what if i rename the file with the extension flv and play. So i renamed with the extension flv and played. To my surprise it the file was playing without any glitch. My questions are

  1. If the same file can be played without any problem in two different extensions, then what is the use of having extensions?
  2. If VLC player in Linux can play a file without an extension, why can’t it do the same in windows?
  3. On the first place, What is the reason for having a file extension?
My questions can very dumb, but I’m sure there is an explanation for this. So if anyone knows answer kind post as your reply.

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Desktop Notifications In Gmail


Many of us open a lot of tabs and do multitasking. Checking Facebook updates, updating news, watching videos etc. If you are one of them like me there are lot of times you miss important chat messages or mails. It’s difficult to keep on checking for new mails. Today Gmail itroduces a new feature called Desttop Notification. In their official post they mentioned that whenever a new mail of chat message arrive a display pop ups.

desktop Notifications

To turn them on, click on the Settings link in the top right corner of Gmail and scroll down to the “Desktop Notifications” section. If you just want to get notified about chat messages, or if you use Priority Inbox and only want to get notifications for important messages, you can customize your settings from there too.This functionality is currently only available for people using Google Chrome.

Desktop Notification settings

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