Sunday, December 28, 2003

Open Source and Feature Comfort (BROWSERS)

Somehow I am not satisfied with the open source browsers such as Mozilla and Firebird though IE isn't exactly bug-free far from it its full of high vulnerability bugs but some features I sorely miss on other browsers.
I have Opera 6, Mozilla 1.1, and Firebird 0.6.1 installed apart from IE 6.0 ...
The one feature that is making me go crazy is the offline viewing capability.
If I have visited a webpage and then close down my DUN connection and close the browser, I can come back at a later time and read it offline when I fire up IE (through history or the address bar links) with most websites; this seems to be missing completely with Firebird and in Mozilla it works to some extent, however lately Mozilla keeps on crashing on opening too many tabs and then none of the links will ope even if you make the file -> work offline true. The tabbed browsing is a cool feature but by mistake you tend to close the windows and all youe tabs are closed - probably this behaviour is a hang over from IE usage.
Opera is OK I dont use it too often but this feature is not well supported in any of these. Moz and Frbd are fast but this above missing feature has made me switch back to IE 6.0 - its too useful (saves money, time etc etc) to be missing.
And now about Microsoft IE 6.0 - it slows the whole system if I open 7-8 windows and then things freeze (partially if not completely) - you cant even type a URL on the address bar and the text starts to crawl... amazingly annoying !
I have 192 MB RAM - P3 450 MHz and Cacheman optimizations on my system.

Note: Among the active open source products that I use all in all Open Office is a cool and very high pedigree office suite and I use it extensively but all the browsers seem to be bugging me including the closed source IE.
Question : Is Winzip and Winamp open source ?
Winamp 5.0 is nice with the graphics rich Interface and all, costly on the RAM though - thats why they give an option to go back to the good ol lean GUI.


Thursday, December 18, 2003

BLOGS - A SAFE MEDIUM TO BE PUBLIC ?
Do posts convey or mould your character...


Have you guys ever had this feeling of 'I should not have posted this particular post I should delete it' - I sometimes have strong feelings like that and feel should immediately delete an earlier posted entry because its not right to make public or is too stupid for me to have done so and will bore people ...
Do your posts in some way mould your character in the eyes of the readers - maybe yes; but you can always pretend and stuff - that holds with any medium.
Any ways the blog as a public diary seems like a scary thing where you tend to write on and little more restraint would be appropriate. The recent incident wherein a software engineer was expelled from Microsoft comes to mind. Also clicking photos and posting pictures from within the workplace or in and around the organization you work in can be dangerous as I am currently prohibited from doing so in my organization (reasons I will leave it to you).

Of course you can have private blogs but I don't see the point - keep a handy diary instead.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Pixel crunching graphics at the workplace



All the PCs in our team (13 members) were loaded with the nVidia GeForce4 MX 420 graphics cards because the application we are developing uses some graphics intensive 2D and 3D GIS rendering and features which the older Matrox cards did not support and this was essential. Earlier, images or icons and symbols didnt load up or where patchy at best (3D features crashed...) - its all gone with the mind-blowing 64 MB VRAM on board.




With the GeForce4 MX graphics processing units (GPUs), NVIDIA provides a new level of cost-effective, high-performance graphics to the mainstream PC user.
With its incomparable nView(TM) multi-display architecture, Lightspeed Memory Architecture II, and Accuview Antialiasing(TM) engine, the GeForce4 MX series delivers feature-rich, leading-edge graphics technology, performance and flexibility.


Though the latest stuff for desktops by nVidia are much more mind-boggling - FIND OUT

Monday, December 08, 2003

Yearning to break free - The Free Spirit


There is this mindset that you are inferior to me consequently I am superior to you so I do not care a damn, 'why should I bother about you' attitude that is prevalent in our generation, haughty behavior and a misguided feeling of pride is what follows. Or is it some kind of fear that he is inferior so I should not mingle with him � as a result 'rotten apples will spoil the good ones' phobia? Or does this have something to do with the levels of thinking or wavelength matches that we hear about. People may be good to you and willing to help or be friends but you will not give a second look ignoring and hurting of humiliating them. Muted aggression and contempt dripping in every look. I do not need him or he is of no use to me so I need not even be courteous to him. Strains of autism ? Does it have something to do with the environment we are all bought up in ? Maybe to some extent but its always possible to break free of inhibitions, the basic criteria being to be 'good' to all.

The intellect is always looking out for adventure
I know not what it is looking out for in this world of infinite choices
But the monotone of this gray world is not food for its thought
It has to reach higher things; not satisfied nor satiated
With the comfort that the body finds itself in currently
Outward it wants to go � Wanderlust ...
To break out of these shackles of time, position or status, geography etc
To make way for the journey of this lifetime
Taking in all people along as mates and comrades

The dangers of this illogical want of wanderlust can be many � the tide is rising and falling all the time seeming to grow to irrepressible limits � The journey outwards is it actually a journey within � inward bound.
To conquer the external conquer first the internal as they say, sermonizing and pedantic as they may sound.
As a negative thought arises - this should not go out to take the evil course of crime against society not that bad, not that low... but this may happen as the spirit losing its control and everything gone awry.
The normal course of life that of any normal mortal (see that haughty feeling raising its hood) is something that is
unbearable � excruciating in pain with as benumbing and comfortable as it may seem the wandering free spirit is present within, trying to pervade all of this world in its grasp in one leap in one impulsive strain of thought trying to surpass all boundaries and getting all sick with the confinement of space, time and money. This nasty thing - money � that can buy you all the riches but also create the greatest divide � the glistening, glorious, worshipped dirt � the system that kills men out of no reason of theirs - a wicked system that is a veritable trap that man created for himself � the dirt for which men and women sell their and kill other's bodies, and minds; thank god not their souls; at least it yearns to be free � as free as the snowy chilly fresh breeze blowing across the bosom of the mighty Himalayas.
But things remain as they are, requiring effort to change the scheme of things � no escape to that � to come out of the laze of things and charge up that free spirit the horse power of those invisible million horses to carry forward the chariot of this body to great distances out of this senseless yearning.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

When the Microsoft guys came over to Linux Bangalore 2003 Conference


Believe me, unbelievable as it may sound it was true and they had come as usual to promote a proprietary software, something that allows all kinds of Unix/Linux programs to run over Windows (SFU or something...) with support in the windows kernel itself - these guys keenly dissassemble and take a close look into competing technologies. They actually, frankly speaking, did a good job and the supporting 'non-violent' ;-) crowd was a great thing to see.
The three days went off very well with non-stop lectures by some of the top open-source developers. Naba Kumar of the feature-rich Anjuta IDE for C/C++ and GTK development on creating projects and maintaining them.The extremely funny antics of Miguel de Icaza (founder of GNOME) on Mono (Open source .Net platform) and and a more sober Nat Friedman on Web-services. Sirtaj Kang on KDE, Jeremy Zawodny, Rasmus Lerdorf (creator of PHP) on PHP optimizations and basics and many others.
Talks ranged from business to kernel and networking development to desktop environments, web-centric, server and enterprise issues on Linux.
The evenings were also a lesson in infotainment the first day ended with a documentary film on Linux and open source called 'Revolution OS' featuring the rise of open source software with the doyens and stalwarts such as Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, Linus Torvalds, Bruce Perens and others. The second day concluded with a brilliant performance by a fusion group called Laya Taranga � amazing stuff.
The community is a really happening thing.
Stalls of HP, Yahoo and Novell kept people busy with their events and quizzes and other activities. The Encore Simputer was explained and demonstrated at their stall � Neat hand held device with tons of features, a mini computer - true to its name.
Ill write more about the event later . . .