Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in CREDIT CARDS, MONEY, Offers 1 | 0 comments

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Unity 2010 Beta 2 Impressions

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Linux | 0 comments

As noted previously, I’ve been pretty hard pressed lately in my secular job due to migrations and other fun activities happening throughout the past few months.  I did however, get the chance to download Unity 2010 Beta 2 and give it a go.  I had some problems when booting because I was brought to a blank black screen with a mouse pointer no matter what options I passed during boot.  To get by this, I had to follow some IRC advice on #unitylinux  (thanks wile_netbook!) and change to a second tty, kill the Xserver and GDM, followed by executing do-vesa.  It’s hard to try to do it quickly though because GDM will try and restart X and switch init levels on you back to a graphical one.  To get by this, you’ll need to do the following:

Drop into a different tty.  Login as root…if you’re on the liveCD, the password is root.  Execute:

1 ps aux | more

Make note of the PID for X and GDM.  Write them down…replace the terms below with your PID numbers:

1 kill -9 PID_for_X && kill -9 PID_for_GDM && do-vesa

You now should see something other than black screen with mouse cursor.  I’m not sure how many systems this affects…but I know my Dell Latitude D630 laptop took it on the chin for this one.  Not a huge problem for a Beta…I mean, a distro can’t be all things to everyone.

Overall though, Unity 2010 Beta 2 is much more solid than Beta 1 was for me after getting by the initial X problem.  Everything works as it should as far as sound, Internet, and wireless are concerned.  I quickly removed PCmanFM and replaced it with Thunar, my file manager of choice.  I removed LXPanel and installed Tint2.  Installed Nitrogen to manage wallpaper.  Installed Parcellite to give me a clipboard,  Installed volwheel to give me a volume applet to control volume.  Installed Pragha to give myself a great music player.  Installed Irssi to allow me to get my IRC fix and put pidgin in play to IM.  I had a usable, customized desktop within about an hour.  And it’s been really solid…just as solid as my Arch Openbox desktop I run at home…which makes me feel good about this Beta.

So what else have I been working on?  I’ve been working on a large (VERY large)  tutorial on file permissions and making use of groups for file/directory access to add to the tutorials section of YALB.  This thing has been in work since last year and I’m attempting to finish it up before the months end to give a good representation of what file permissions in Linux are for and how they work with users and groups.  I’m also going to write up a tutorial on how to customize Unity 2010 Beta 2 into a lightweight Openbox desktop.  So, some good updates hovering on the horizon.  Stay tuned :D

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Opera to drive fast on Android

Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Mobile Phones | 0 comments


Many of us don’t like the unflavored and tedious Internet explorer and me especially. And at the same time web browser known an Opera has taken full advantage of such opportunity offering the high speed and many other features which some unknown for some browsers. Opera is renowned for its mobile browser too called the Mini. Mini also offers the same in the cellular world. But for a cellular Operating System, it seems ready to unleash all the ingredients infused in it. Yes, I am talking about the Opera mini which is not Mini for Android OS.

A big grapevine was in the air for about months, it also struck my eyes, sounded a bit unique. Yes it is unique as the opera is launching its full version for the Android operating system. Opera has groomed its browser with its hardware acceleration inclusion. This hardware acceleration feature allows no frame breakage when you zoom in or zoom out while browsing. So, we all won’t have to wait for the browser to zoom in while accessing internet. Smart phones have this problem which doesn’t show any smartness. These phones were lacking in the browsing turf were flexibility was missing which should be present.

Many Operating systems developed for the Smart phones still have this drawback and standards other than Apple iPhone were working on it intensively. There was a rumor with the new symbian series for smart phones will allow such technology. The technology of 3G will be fully utilized with this technology as Video watching, rendering, and almost everything won’t remain the same. Android has the platform which can support the demands of the Opera.


While reading this, you haunt yourself asking the question, what is hardware acceleration? It is not the acceleration associated with cars, it just reflects on the fact that it will enhance the speed of the machine. As Opera is a browser, so it will augment the downloading and uploading speed of a webpage. So, how does it work? It is a bit tricky as every engineer is working on this and it will be unraveled only after the official launch of the Opera on Android. Earlier it was a rumor but now it is a reality and I am certainly excited about it as I have the HTC.

Again, a shocker for you all (readers), Opera will enhance its Mini and other mobile browsers with the similar hardware acceleration technology.  This technology will be available for every platform and will be a great support to the 3G lovers.

My verdict will be very colorful and vivid. This will be great breakthrough for those people who had the 3G service but didn’t have the platform to make the most of it. It will also upgrade our hunger for more from Android and Opera. This is just an upgrade in acceleration; still there are many loop holes in the Multimedia or smart phones present in the market.  I love HTC and I love Android, so it will be very exciting and I am building up for the official launch.


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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Review

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Microsoft | 0 comments

Often Microsoft name is widely associated with software and Operating System and many doesn’t know Microsoft also manufactures some of the cool hardware products for PC such as keyboard, mice, webcam, headsets and Microsoft LifeCam HD webcam is quite popular amongst podcasters. In wireless keyboard and mouse category Microsoft has some of the best ergonomic and travel friendly products & Microsoft Arc Touch mouse is one of them.


Microsoft Arc Touch Packaging

Today we got the chance to review Microsoft Arc Touch mouse. To start with review, Microsoft Arc Touch mouse comes in nice small red box package. The box contains Arc touch mouse, two alkaline AAA size batteries, USB transceiver and a product guide. Unfortunately Product guide isn’t useful in describing Arc mouse usage or even providing any definitive steps of installation. The USB based nano transceiver was tuck to the back of mouse with the help of magnet; we must say it is quite innovative and creative idea to keep transceivers handy while travelling.

Microsoft Arc Mouse

Flattern Arc Touch Mouse

First time when you take out Arc Touch mouse out of the box you will be surprised with its flatness and compact design. It has nice soft rubbery material at the second half which provides nice gripe for hands and has regular mouse design at the front however one change, instead of roller for scrolling Arc Touch mouse has flat touch scroll pad.

Microsoft Arc Mouse uses Microsoft Blue Track technology which offers same performance and experience on any type of surface including rough wood surface or your living room carpet except clear glass or mirrored surfaces.

Nano Transceiver

Arc Touch mouse has pretty good range support, you can use mouse up to 30 feet away from nano transceiver. You can turn on Arc Touch mouse by just bending mouse in to curve. As soon as Arc Touch mouse is turned on a green LED light will turn on for brief moment at top of Arc touch mouse which is good indicator of mouse is on.


The installation of Microsoft Arc Touch mouse looked complicated initially but it wasn’t at all. You just need to insert batteries and connect transceivers to PC or Laptop and you are good to go, though you do need Internet connection for Windows to download required drivers for Arc Touch mouse operation. Being Microsoft product you really don’t need to research on drivers as Windows will automatically start downloading drivers as soon as you connect transceiver to PC/Laptop and Arc Touch is on.


Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

Unfortunately apart from scroll pad there is no substantial difference between Arc Touch mouse and any regular mouse. Scroll pad does offers handy way of scrolling & has slight vibration feedback every time you glide your finger up or down the scroll pad. Arc mouse has left and right click button like regular mouse but in order to properly hit mouse button you figures should reach to the rear end of arc mouse buttons.

Pro –

1. Compact design

2. Flatten body makes it easy to carry

3. Nano transceiver takes very less space

4. Blue track technology makes it easy to use on any surface

5. Scroll pad for easy navigation

Cons –

1. Less ergonomic

2. USB based Nano transceiver blocks your USB port, your one USB port will be always in use which could be issue for the owners of those netbooks which comes with just one or two USB ports.

3. Arc Touch Mouse attracts dirt and is smudges pron

4. Dependency on alkaline batteries


Arc touch mouse is definitely innovative product from Microsoft but it can not replace your good old regular mouse when you need to work on PC for long hours and productivity is the matter and the price of $59.95 at which Arc touch mouse comes you can get much better ergonomic mouse for your day to day use. That said Arc Touch Mouse is best if mobility is what you are looking for.

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How to transfer data between iOS devices

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Apple | 0 comments

Often, you’ll want to transfer some piece of data — a link, contact information or a photo, for example — from one of your iOS devices to another. iCloud will make some of that easier, but unfortunately, the iPhone doesn’t support Bluetooth file transfer like most phones. Luckily, there are other workarounds.


The easiest way of transferring a small amount of data, like a link or a single photo, is via email. Since there’s no need to download any extra apps, it’s possible to do this as soon as you set up a device. All you need is an active email account, and you can send messages to yourself. The email will be received on the other device, and then you can copy and paste the information as you please.

The downside of sending yourself emails is firstly, it can take a while to send an email containing lots of photos or a long video, even over Wi-Fi. Also, if you’re not at home or on Wi-Fi, using email will use up mobile data, since you’re connecting to the Internet. If you don’t a Wi-Fi connection, I’d suggest using the next method, which can be done with Bluetooth and doesn’t impact your data plan.

Dedicated app

Another way to transfer data is using a dedicated app, such as Bump. Bump doesn’t have an iPad app, but the iPhone version works just fine on the iPad. Bump allows you to send photos, apps, contacts and music between devices. Again, though, Bump will use your data connection if you aren’t connected via Wi-Fi. It is free however, and enables you to send more than Mail does.

Another similar app is Mover. It’s a Universal application, so it has an iPad-specific interface in addition to one designed for the iPhone. It also works over Bluetooth, saving you precious mobile data. Mover can’t send music or apps like Bump can, but it can send contacts, photos, text and videos. There are some reviews in the App Store saying Mover doesn’t work, but I’ve never had problems with it, and it has been great for quickly copying information over. Mover costs $1.99 in the App Store, and it also has a free Mac companion app that lets you transfer files from your computer to your iOS device.

Using a dedicated app isn’t only an efficient way to transfer data, but both Bump and Mover use interesting mechanics to transfer the data — bumping the phones together and flicking the data from the screen, respectively — so they’re so a nice way to take advantage of your device’s unique interface options.

If you know of a faster or easier way of transferring your data between your devices, tell us how in the comments.

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Personal cloud options for iOS users grow with Hitachi G-Connect

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Apple | 0 comments

Hitachi unveiled its G-Connect wireless storage drive that can also act as a router, designed for use with mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone. Users can stream media stored on the G-Connect to up to five devices over a local wireless network created by the drive, using an iOS app that will be available free on the App Store when the G-Connect launches in July for around $200.

The new Hitachi offering joins the Seagate GoFlex Satellite as yet another device that is trying to make external storage relevant to user who are increasingly using mobile devices to consume content. Like the GoFlex, the G-Connect offers 500 GB of storage, and the ability to simultaneously stream to multiple devices. The G-Connect offers some nice advantages over the GoFlex, however, like the ability to stream to up to five devices, instead of just three, and an Ethernet port that lets it plug into a wired Internet connection and act as a wireless access point. But it also carries a major drawback: it lacks an internal battery, so unlike the GoFlex, you’ll have to plug the G-Connect into a power source if you want to use it, which for some might limit its utility as a mobile support device. Still, when a power source is available, as they often are on trains, planes and coffee shops, it should greatly expand the media library available to your iOS devices.

When iOS 5 arrives, iPads and iPhones will finally be cut loose from their PC tethers. That will mean that users can depend on them as their only computing devices, if they wish. But owing to the limited local storage options on iOS devices, they might run up against space constraints when doing so. iCloud aims to help with some of that, by making music, apps and books available on-demand from Apple’s servers, so that you can delete them as needed when you’re running out of room, and grab them again when you need them. But that solution depends on relatively unfettered access to an active Internet connection. Users without mobile data plans for their devices, or those with caps like Verizon’s new tiered plans will have a harder time taking full advantage of a cloud computing future.

Devices like the G-Connect and the GoFlex could be just the start of a flood of supplemental hardware designed to provide a local alternative remote streaming for users who either don’t have the bandwidth to take advantage of the latter, or who’d rather own their content than rent access to it from content providers. External local wireless storage also offers more privacy, which is a selling point for some.

While I expect the general thrust of computing in general to continue to favor remote cloud options, I think the personal cloud stands a good chance of developing at a similar pace at the same time, albeit on a smaller scale. Physical storage is cheap and getting cheaper, while the same can’t necessarily be said for broadband access. As Apple and other device manufacturers move to make the cloud the centre of its universe, it’s only natural that a percentage of consumers will opt to find an alternative centre for their own gadgets that allows them to remain autonomous and possibly save money.

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How to create iOS device home screen icons for websites

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Apple | 0 comments

As more and more people browse the web with their iOS devices, using websites and web apps designed for them is a good idea to reach the growing number of mobile users. But making sure your brand is well represented on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad involves more than just making sure it’s accessible. Encourage users to create web clips that live on the iOS home screen like apps, and make sure that the icon that leads to your online content looks good by following the instructions below.

Creating a web clip icon for each iOS resolution

There are apps in the Mac App Store, like Icons, that can help developers create web clip icons. Otherwise, you can just use your favorite graphic editor or even the basic OS X utility Preview (included free on every Mac) to create the image files required.

For the iPhone 4 and latest-generation iPod touch, a 114px x 114px image is what you’ll need. IPads optimally use 72px x 72px, and all other iOS devices prefer 57px x 57px image files. In all cases, the web-standard resolution of 72dpi is the way to go. If you like, you can manually create a custom image for each device, or you can just create an image targeting one device and let the others scale the image up or down as needed.

Resize Image in Preview

One thing that iOS does on your behalf is add image effects like rounded corners, a drop shadow and the iconic reflective shine to the icons you create. To take advantage of this, ensure that the image file you create is perfectly square and free of any shine or gloss. If you prefer to add your own effects, be sure to append the -precomposed keyword to the end of the image file name.

Adding the icons to your website

If you’ve decided to use just a single image or set of images for your entire site, then simply copy the files to the root directory of your domain. On the other hand, if you want to add different icons to different individual pages of your site and name them however you like, simply add the following link element to your pages, substituting your custom file name for the href value:

1 <link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/your-custom-icon.png"/>

This also works if you create specific icons for each device’s particular display characteristics. You also need to include the size attributes, as illustrated in the following code:

1 <link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="your-custom-icon-for-iphone.png" />
2 <link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="72x72" href="your-custom-icon-for-ipad.png" />
3 <link rel="apple-touch-icon" sizes="114x114" href="your-custom-icon-for-iphone4.png" />

Now when someone decides to add this page to their home screen, the image file you created will be used in place of a scaled-down thumbnail of the page itself.

Users increasingly want to access content on the Internet using their mobile devices, and that means iOS devices for a large percentage. If you want to make a lasting impression, make your content accessible on iPhones and iPads first of all, but also make sure that if users do want to save your site for later viewing, they can find it among their many web clips and apps with relative ease.

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