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Google chrome : V8 , I have been using it a lot. The fact that the addressbar itself serves as Google Search is it's USP for me.
Mozilla Firefox : Tracemonkey My favourite browser, simply because of the amazing add-ons owing to open source.
Opera : Futhark (Carakan is coming ) While it's my lifeline on my symbian mobile, the latest desktop version seems to have a little too much.
Posted by Unknown on Apr 14, 2009
The big question is what is it we will be discussing then. Let's break the news : It will be Linux OS (atleast for a number of Tuesdays ).
All of us have heard about Linux and many of us might be thinking of trying it or taking a plunge into the world of Linux. But there are a few myths that keep us from doing it.
Linux and Unix : What's the difference ?
Unix is an operating system developed by AT&T in 1969. Official trademark of Unix is with " The Open Group ".
It's a text based ( terminal ) OS and not the graphic based Windows and Macs we are used to.
Linux : Linux is a Unix like OS developed by free and open source software collaboration. Linus Torvalds wrote the original Linux Kernel ( read system files) in 1991 while rest of the utilities and libraries come from GNU OS by Richard Stallman ( hence the name GNU/Linux).
It's cliche but true : Linux is not Unix.
Do we need technical and programming experience to use it ?
No, the Linux distributions ( different versions since it's open source ) now a days like Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse, Debian and the likes comes with graphical user interface ( X window interface ) much like the Windows and Macs and in some cases even better.
Now it's really commonplace with a number of laptops and desktops coming with Linux distros
The very fact that it's open source ( the source codes are open to public to develop it) means it's updating all the time.
I have been using Fedora Linux (Fedora 4 onwards ) and let me tell you it's a beauty. It's like having a fully customised OS of your own. It's this " control in the hands of user " aspect that makes Linux special.
I also carry with myself Knoppix Linux live CD. Just boot with it into any system and it becomes your own, do your work and get going.
Once you discover the world of Linux, you will be hooked. Much of my Tech Tuesday future posts will be in the direction of getting you hooked to THE OS and simplifying the how to use part.
Posted by Unknown on Apr 13, 2009
- getjar : Get both Java as well as symbian applications.
- symbian-freeware : One of my favourites.
- smartsym : Find S60 5th edition (Nokia 5800 expressmusic) softwares !!
- dotsis : Terrific site with forums where we can discuss everything Symbian. Register to post !!
- wapain.net : Another one with S60 v5 softwares. Another one of my picks.
- mobilefan.net : Softwares by category, a well simplified list.
- mobiletopsoft : Find all freewares and shareware.
- my-symbian : Freewares as well as shareware.
- gallery.mobile9 : Cool Interface, community based site. User uploaded.
- soft32.com : Cool interface and some really amazing collection.
- mobiles24 : Another cool site to look for the latest softwares.
- brothersoft : Well known for all your software needs, not only Symbian.
- getsymbian : Large collection of softwares.
- freesymbiansoft : Another great collection.
- symbianstock : Large stock of softwares
- bestsymbian : Good collection !!
The Best Blogspot/Blogger Blogs in this Business :
Tell me if you think I missed out on that one amazing link that would make this directory a more complete list !!
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- Opera Mini : This is one software I guess all smartphones must have, what with the java version also out there. Landscape browsing and zoom view are it's biggest plus.
- UCWeb Browser : This one comes in Chinese but there is the English translated version by Akushah. Tabbed browsing and in-built downloader with resume capability makes this one really special.
- Fget : The ability to resume downloads and work in background make it worth ahving on our device, even though the UCWeb browser with its in-built downloader has really made this one redundant.
- Symtorrent : I have already covered thisone in my earlier post. The only working torrent downloader on Symbian platform. Amazing software to have.
- Divx Player : We need to install the xvid codec along with this and play files in avi format in addition to mp4 and 3gp.
- Smartmovie Player : Nothing to separate this from the previous one.
- Mp3 Players : There are quite a few mp3 players. Download these and find which one works for you.
- SFManager : This is a file browser/explorer which makes it easy to browse through files on our memory cards. The native browsing system on these devices can be really frustrating at times.
- Adobe Reader : We know this must have app to go through our pdf files
- Pdf + (mBrain Software): A great lighter alternative to Adobe
- Screenshot ( http://www.rock-your-mobile.com product ): This one is for people like me who like to take a screenshot of their device screen for blogging or other posting purposes.
- Flashlight : A great tool for Nokia N70, to turn your camera flashlight into a torch. It's amazing to see what a powerful torch a N70 is !!
Posted by Unknown on Apr 3, 2009
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1. The Godfather II : Not much to say about this one. I read the book by the same name, a masterpiece by Mario Puzzo, before I saw the trilogy. Pacino as Michael Corleone delivers the performance of a lifetime and earned an Osacar nomination. If there has been a movie close to perfection, it's this one. Might sound exaggarated but tell me how many people haven't seen this one and how many disagree with me !!
2. Scent of A Woman : This one finally earned him an Oscar after 8 nominations. An older Al Pacino is absolutely brilliant in an otherwise low profile movie. Pacino plays the part of Lt. Colonel Frank Slade, a blind and retired army officer and delivers some of the most memorable dialogues. Another out and out Al Pacino flick, though Chris O' Donnell delivers a convincing performance in the role of a prep school student.
3. Dog Day Afternoon : This is one of his lesser known but for many one of his finest. This one will make anyone fall in love with Al Pacino's character Sonny Wortzik if not with the man himself. A comic situation ending on a tragic note, another Oscar nomination that he couldn't convert. John Cazale as Sal, Pacino's partner in crime delivers a performance of his lifetime.
4. ...And Justice For All : Another one that makes it impossible not to love Al Pacino. Pacino as an ethical defence lawyer Arthur Kirkland defending a Judge he despises , is absolutely brilliant in this movie which made a great statement on he American Judicial System of those days, in its own satirical way. Another Oscar nomination.
5. Scarface : No Oscar nominations and yet thiso ne is a legend and one of his most remembered performances. A dark and violent movie starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana, an illegal Cuban immigrant who takes the drug empire by storm. Movie has a lot of profanity, what with almost every dialogue having the forbidden f word, but one for the Al Pacino fans.
Those who have watched these are the fortunate ones and those who haven't are still fortunate as they would have the time of their lives when they watch the Pacino Classics.