Thursday, December 25, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Browser Based RSS reader : Google Reader - A review

http://www.google.com/reader
Web Apps often look great and are fun to tinker around with, but when it comes to it, a dedicated application that runs natively from your PC offers you many benefits: you can make a backup, work offline, and get to have control of your data. Browser-based apps however have evolved considerably, and the social aspect of these apps is the most compelling reason why users keep coming back. We look at two browser-based feed readers for keeping you updated with the news - Google Reader and Bloglines.

Web Applications often look great and are fun to work with. When it comes to feed readers, a dedicated application that runs natively from your PC offers you many benifits; you can make backup, work offline, and get the control of you data. Browser-based apps however have evolved considerably and the socail aspect of the apps is the most compelling reason why users keep coming back. Here we talk about a browser-based feed reader - Google Reader.

This is a perfect RSS feed reader for both newbies and pros - Google Reader is an effective, easy to use RSS reader that lets you share your favourite blog entries or news stories with you friends. It's one of the best designed Web apps, designed to be keyboard friendly and social. Log in to your Google Reader account the first time around and you might not feel so compelled, but once you have it configured to read a few feeds, and have other friends doing the same, it becomes an awesome medium to recommend and discobver good reads.

The user interface is sleek and simple, with menu options that link to Home, All Items, Starred Items, Trends, Your Stuff, and Friends Shared Items. Viewing All Items will get you on the river-of- news mode, where you can surf through all your unread stories. An auto-sort option here can reorder this list so that feeds with fewer updates get a preference over feeds that update frequently. It's a useful preference that lets you prioritise blog posts made by your friends over hundreds of news updates.

Adding a news feed is easy - just paste the feed URL in the Add subcription tab, and you're subscribed. If you like a particular entry, you can bookmark, share, email, and add notes to the entry. To save an article for future refrence, click on the star at the bottom of the story. Clicking the share button adds the item to a dynamically generated page. You can visit your shared items, have them posted on a publicly accessible page, or as a widget on your blog. It can also import you existing subscriptions into Google Reader. To do this, you first have to export your subscriptions in a stardard format called OPML Most RSS feed readers support this standard, Google allows you to export your subscriptions as an OPML file too.

Google has a Top Recommendations tab, tha is auto-generated, based on the feeds that you have already subscribed to - these recommendations aren't always spot on, but gives you a chance to discover new blogs and Web sites in you line of interest.

The trends tab gives you analysis of your own reading habits - which blogs are the most read, a bar chart showiing the ratio of posted items and items read by you, along with data on the daily frequency of posts from sources. The cool thing about having Google analyse your reading habits is that the Home tab generates a list of unread items based on the data collected, so your favourite news sources are prioritised over other subscription feeds that aren't so hot.

If your phone has a data connection, you can access Google Reader on the go by pointing your mobile phone's browser to: http://www.google.com/reader/m. You cn even configure your Google Reader for offline use by installing the Google Gears plugin, or using the Google Chrome browser. This feature enables you to read up to 2,000 items even when your computer is not connected to the Internet. For those with iffy broadband, it's quite a blessing.

Keyboard shortcuts make Google Reader more convenient to use- every operation that can be performed with the mouse also has an assigned keyboard shortcut: (www.google.com/help/reader/faq.html#shortcuts) try this one out: press the "t" button to tag an item, and "gt" to have an Ajax panel popup, so you can search the feeds by tags.

Google's offerings are constantly upgraded, with new features added based on customer feedback. They just added a killer feature - automatic translation from any language, a feature not yet present in any other feed reader. As far as Web apps go, this one is the best.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wanna Wix? Create free Flash Website from WiX.com

http://www.wix.com
Hey guys, I found this cool website which gives you some cool feature to make Flash websites for free. Wix offers you a simple powerful online platform to create free flash websites, MySpace layouts and more. No programming or downloads necessary.

+ Features
* Free to use
* Many designs to choose from and no boundary to resolution.
* Lots of animations
* Import photos from Flickr, videos from YouTube in seconds. Upload pics, music, logos and more from your desktop.
* Supports Google Earth
* Search Engine Friendly.
* Instant Sign Up.

- Features
* Can't use HTML or any codings.
* Can't simply use '@'
[When you encounter typing problems, it is recommended to write/paste your desired text or email address in a simple notepad and then copy/paste it to the desired place.This recommendation is applicable to any part of Wix. It is not recommended to copy/paste from word/exel docs since they sometime carry invisible characters. ]
* The slow internet guys can have problem loading the flash layouts.
See some designing works here.

http://www.wix.com/maccs1/Bullying-UK-Juniors

http://www.wix.com/pilster/bianchi%20musica



WARNING: Wix can be Really Addictive
More info
For FAQS Click here

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Getting A Secure Password‏

Its been no suspense that how passwords are no longer good security. Passwords are still secure enough for many applications, but you have to choose a good one. And that’s hard. The best way to explain how to choose a good password is to describe how they’re broken. The most serious attack is called offline password guessing. There are commercial programs that do this, sold primarily to police departments.

There are also hacker tools that do the same thing.
As computers have become faster, the guessers have got better, sometimes being able to test hundreds of thousands of passwords per second.

These guessers might runfor months on many machines simultaneously. They guess intelligently. They don’t run through every eight-letter combination from “aaaaaaaa” to “zzzzzzzz” in order. That’s 200 billion possible passwords, most of them very unlikely. They try the most common password first: ‘password1’. (Don’t laugh; the most common password used to be ‘password’.)

A typical password consists of a root plus an appendage. The root isn’t necessarily a dictionary word, but it’s something pronounceable. An appendage is either a suffix (90 per cent of the time) or a prefix (10 per cent of the time). One guesser I studied starts with a dictionary of about 1,000 common passwords, things like ‘letmein,’ ‘temp,’ ‘123456,’ and so on. Then it tests them each with about 100 common suffix appendages: ‘1’, ‘4u’, ‘69’, ‘abc’, ‘!’ and so on. It recovers about 24 per cent of all passwords with just these 100,000 combinations.

Then the guesser tries different dictionaries: English words, names, foreign words, phonetic patterns and so on for roots; two digits, dates, single symbols and so on for appendages. It runs the dictionaries with various capitalisations and common substitutions: ‘$’ for ‘s’, ‘@’ for ‘a’, ‘£’ for ‘l’ and so on. With a couple of weeks to a month’s worth of time, this guessing strategy breaks about two-thirds of all passwords.

But that assumes no biographical data. Any smart guesser collects whatever personal information it can on the subject before beginning. Postal codes are common appendages, so they’re tested.

It also tests names and addresses from the address book, meaningful dates, and any other personal information. If it can, the guesser indexes the target hard drive and creates a dictionary out of every printable string, including deleted files. If you ever kept an email with your password, or saved it in an obscure file somewhere, or if your program ever stored it in memory, this process will grab it. And it will recover your password faster. So if you want your password to be hard to guess, you should choose something that this process will miss. My advice is to take a sentence and turn it into a password. Something like ‘This little piggy went to market’ might become ‘tlpWENT2m’. That nine-character password won’t be in anyone’s dictionary. Of course, don’t use this one, because I’ve written about it.

Choose your own sentence — something personal. Strong passwords can still fail because people are sloppy. They write them on Post-it notes stuck to their monitors, share them with friends, or choose the same passwords for multiple applications.

Websites are sloppy, too, allowing people to set up easy-to-guess ‘secret questions’ as a backup password or email them to customers.

If you can’t remember your passwords, write them down and put the paper in your wallet. But just write the sentence — or better yet — a hint that will help you remember your sentence. Don’t feel this is a failure; most of us have far too many passwords to be able to remember them all.

Passwords can still provide good authentication if used properly. The rise of other forms of authentication is more because people don’t use passwords securely, and less because they don’t work any more.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

If you have logged into your Windows Live Hotmail then you would have known that the new Windows Live Hotmail is out now.

The interface has good vista design. Any way the interface is not new to us and Windows fails to recognize the advantage of tabbed interface as in the Yahoo! Mail.

Anyway at last you can talk with your chat friends through the browser and thus no problem for Linux and Mac users.

For more info click here

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The skull is back

2 week wait and the it has paid off. The whole new updates to the Runescape; the Player vs Player worlds are now available with other visible updates too. Besides the PvP world the other updates are:
1. a new log in system - Now you won't need to go through the series of links to play the runescape. There is only one page difference between you can the game. Just select the new menus on main page for free or members then you are directly send to the game.
2. new way of calculating the combat level. It seemed a bit unfair that Summoning increased your Combat level everywhere but couldn't actually be used everywhere. Therefore, your Summoning is now only counted into your Combat level if you have recently summoned a creature or held a Summoning pouch. When you log in, you will see that your Combat level has been split into two numbers (e.g. '75+6'). The first number is your base Combat level, and the second is the potential extra available from Summoning. If you're holding a Summoning pouch or have a familiar, this potential will be added on taking you to your full level.
3. Players in the same clan chat channel will now appear as purple dots on the minimap. This is the second highest priority after friends (green) and before other players wearing the same team capes (blue). Note: Being in the same clan won't remove the default attack option in the same fashion as a team cape!


Now lets go to the PvP.
You will be able to go to the PvP worlds by selecting the worlds which has a tick in the 'skull' column. To avoid nasty accidents, if you let the game choose a world for you automatically it will never select a PvP world. Also note that you require a Combat level of at least 20 (not including Summoning) to get into a PvP world.

Before you are logged in, you will be warned that you are entering a PvP world which is a dangerous place: you will lose your items on death and you will not get a gravestone. Upon entering the world for the first time, you’ll be teleported to Lumbridge and given a manual to explain the finer points of PvP worlds.

Here are its features
*Fight players (within your level range) anywhere on the map, except in a few safe areas.
Safe areas include banks, respawn points and some guilds.
*Level ranges are 10% of your Combat level, plus 5 levels. If you are fighting inside the Wilderness, the Wilderness level is added to this total. Your current attack range is shown on your screen at all times. (The 10% is measured from the higher of the two combatants’ levels.)
*Skulling is back – same rules apply. If you initiate combat, you are skulled and on death you will lose all items, with the Protect Item prayer saving one item as normal.
*Teleport Block is back in the normal spellbook.
*Some minigames are available to play, others are not – please see the Game Guide for more details.
*Death drops are back – new rules apply. Drops will be a mixture of items from the defeated opponent’s inventory and items from drop tables specific to PvP worlds. See below for details.

The quality of the drops you get when you PK someone depends on several different factors:
*To get a reward from a kill, you also have to risk some items yourself!
*To accumulate a possible reward, you have to risk a minimum of 75k of items on a members’ world, or a minimum of 25k of items on a free world.
*Note that your three most valuable items won’t count as being risked unless you’ve been skulled, as you wouldn’t lose them.
*The longer you spend on a PvP world (outside a safe area) with the required amount of items at risk, the better your possible rewards might become, to reward you for your risk.
*The possible reward increases even faster and goes to a higher maximum if you go into a ‘hot zone’.
*Note, however, that risking more than the minimum won’t improve your rewards faster, so it’s a good idea to take relatively cheap and useful items that won’t cost you too much to replace if you die.

When you get a successful kill, the exact reward you can claim depends on a number of other factors, including the level difference between you and the value of the items lost by the dying player. Any unclaimed loot is saved for the next kills, so you don't have to worry about it being lost if you kill a low level player.

Don't despair if you are dying a lot and losing a lot of items. The game will detect this and improve your chance of getting decent rewards when you do eventually get a good kill.

The above is a simplified description of how it all works. To prevent cheating there are various other factors taken into account. Jajex has calculated the rewards and rates very carefully, so that a successful PKer should be able to get a good income, and PKers who get lucky might find themselves with a good drop. Higher level players may also get higher rewards to reflect their increased earning ability when not PKing, such that PKing is still worthwhile for them. The aim is to make PKing a fun alternative (albeit very high risk) way of earning money in the game.

Included in the PvP-specific drop tables is a wide range of new combat equipment and XP-boosting gloves. Members will get access to level 78 items for all three corners of the combat triangle, including armour as well as weapons, and a new set of Ancient Magick spells. Non-members will get access to corrupt dragon equipment. But these currupt dragon equipments are only for 30 minutes and can be easily distinguished by the faded colour.

Hope that fills you up for another update to come

Growing up with Search Engines

When you are researching online, you need to be aware that anyone can publish a web page. This means that material you find on a web site is not necessarily accurate. This can be discouraging, but there are steps you can take to see whether or not the information is accurate.

Once you understand that not everything on the web is factual, you are ready to learn some techniques to help you sort through the thousands upon millions of sites located on the word wide web. Some well known search engines include - Google (http://www.google.com), Yahoo! (http://www.yahoo.com, MSN (http://www.live.com).

There are also some good search engines made specifically for kids. This means the results will be tailored to fit your needs. Two search engines designed just for kids are - KidsClick! (http://www.kidsclick.org) and Yahooligans (http://www.yahooligans.com). There are also specialized types of search engines. These sites specialise in specific fields such as math, science, medicine, and even newspaper articles.

Search Engine Tips
There are also tips you can take when typing your search request into a search engine. Here are some of the tips.

* If there's a specific phrase you're looking for, to get the best results put the phrase in quotation marks. For example, if you want to learn about graphics designer, type it into search engine as "graphics designer". If you do not your quotation marks, your results may include sites that are just about graphics, pictures.
* Include words 'or' and 'not' in your search. If you type 'book not fiction' into a search engine, then the list of results will exclude fiction books.
* Using an akterisk can also help when looking for web pages. Adding asterisks to the ends of words or partial words makes the search engine look for other words that have the same roots. For example, instead of looking for 'law' and 'lawyer' separately, you would type 'law*'. Anyway nowaday's search engines are smart enough to add the results of both 'law' and 'lawyer' without the use of * in search.
*You can use Google to search only within one specific website by entering the search terms you're looking for, followed by the word "site" and a colon followed by the domain name. For example, 'admission site:www.college.edu'.
*You can also include number range. For example 'DVD player $50- $100'.
*Use the Advanced Search option. This option allows you to search local, include date, language, domains, occurrences on the page, and likewise.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

See that? Windows live mail coming soon.

Anyone with a windows mail have known what the the coming soon is all about. Yes, after some years of clearly dumping the ideas that its opponents took, now Microsoft has finally considered it.

After the coming soon tag ends there will be 70 percent faster to sign in and working around. There will also be improved security on detecting the spam and viruses. The eye candy is going to be replaced by simple, clean design and user selected design.

There is more probability that there will be unlimited storage space or at least a 10 GB of storage space.
The most awaited feature would be the IM right from your mail. Now most of the top email clients has the feature and Windows Live mail would be the last one to do it.

That's it now wait for the new improved Windows Live Mail to come soon.

The question is are they giving anything new, innovative to us?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Runescape new update for Clan Wars, Beware of scam

You might have seen the new update to the clan wars. Now you can choose new arenas to fight, new ways.

The new ways to fight include re spawning after death, play for certain time, number of kills needed for victory.

And this might be the most awaited by pkers; the drop item after death. This one is cool but beware if you don't want it drop you items.

There is no confirmation box here, so like in the past trades, you can be scammed to play a drop item after death by just clicking on accept. This is an easy scam, just click on the center box saying drop item match, if the other user removes it then again click it, do it time to time fast and you might be able to trick the other player and play the drop item match. Good for you but when you die it feels very bad.

But don't worry getting scammed. If you see it is not the criteria of the war you wanted you can easily forfeit through the portal. You can also see an icon saying; on death: items are safe or dropped.

It would be better if it had the confirmation box as in the Duel Tournament showing what are the criteria for fighting.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Google wants more, now Google Crome

Its clear that google is not going to stop, from internet market to desktop applications, now it has come with a new browser, named Google Chrome. The release was on the 2nd september 2008. It is a beta version and currently only for Microsoft windows.


The interface is cool. See the tab? The tabs are placed on the top opposite to the other browsers. Google gives motto 'minimal design with sophisticated technology'

Several websites have performed benchmark tests using the Sunspider JavaScript Benchmark tool as well as Google's own set of computationally intense benchmarks, which includes ray tracing and constraint solving. They unanimously report that it performs much faster than all competitors, including Safari, Firefox 3, Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8. While Opera has not been compared to Chrome yet, in previous tests, it has been shown to perform a bit slower than Firefox 3, which in turn is slower than Chrome. Another blog post by a Mozilla developer comparing the Javascript engines in Firefox 3.1 & Chrome using the Sunspider test results states that some tests are faster in one engine and some are faster in the other.

The design has some vista touch. The interface is not new as you can see the 'Most Visited' on the opening of new tab is same like the 'Speed Dial' in the Opera. The intelligent address bar is not new too as you can also see it in the new Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Learn more on
http://www.google.com/chrome/

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Showcase your images through Lightbox2

http://www.lokeshdhakar.com/projects/lightbox2/
Hey check this fantastic freeware for showcasing your images in your website. It works with javascript. This is really cool and easy to setup.
Just go to the link above.

+ points
1. cool display
2. navigation

- points
1. when the user blocks images then the page gets stucked to the loading of image and you cannot do anything in the page. So reload.
2. when the javascript is disabled by user certainly it won't work but the loading of link won't work either.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Download Files; some Best places

Softpedia
http://www.softpedia.com
This is a download site… but what a site! They offer everything from software for Windows, Linux, Mac, handheld devices and even mobiles, to the latest drivers as well as the latest gaming files, so that you stay in pace with your clan, if not be the geek yourself! It is really well categorised. They even have a section for iPod tools… now can you beat that! And mind you… all these are updated regularly.

Softpedia also reviews a lot of stuff. There is nothing like having a trusted review to tell you whether a download is worth it. We went through quite a few reviews and they are all very thorough and comprehensive. In spite of the fact that there is no editor’s review, Softpedia enjoys huge fan following that would ensure you know about any software you care to name. They even showcase the latest in handheld devices.

With frequent updates, Softpedia offers the latest in news. This is value addition in case you get tired of downloading or if your PC gets tired of you downloading!

Download.com

http://www.download.com
Download.com offers a wide range of Windows, Mac and Mobile Software, as well as the latest drivers and utilities and of course the latest game demos and patches. If you haven’t noticed, this list is shockingly short as compared to the earlier Softpedia, with the exclusion of Linux software. To add to the injury, the number of drivers available was very short as well, with less than a thousand overall. This is not all that great. What we did like is that they offer a large selection of Web ware as well, which is Software you can run on your Internet browser. Download.com also offers free music downloads. Don’t worry it’s completely legal and at the time of reviewing they had over 1,00,000 free songs for download. The best part is that all the software on the site is very well categorised into several logical categories. This makes it very easy to browse for the software relevant to what you are looking for. Also, the editors pick out what they think are the best of the best and display them under the editor’s picks section for your convenience.

Download.com also offers several reviews and these are found on the download page itself. Sadly, the reviews were nowhere as comprehensive as we would have liked. It lacked screenshots and were more descriptive than anything else. Luckily, the pros and cons in any software you care to name are brought out by the user base at Download.com. The user reviews are also found on the download page. Though we would have preferred a longer review, it does make sense to have a short review as people really don’t consider downloading a rather risky thing. But in case what you are downloading is a 2+ GB mammoth, a full review would surely be appreciated.

The editors of Download.com actually maintain a download blog simply called, “The Download Blog”. This is an absolutely fantastic
addition as it tells you the latest tech secrets that you need to know. Even if you don’t end up visiting Download.com a lot, the Blog is worth visiting.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Google Documents - A review

http://docs.google.com
As most of you probably know, one needs a universal Google account that can be used across all Google services. This means that in case you use Gmail then you already possess the requirements. To start off with the Google Documents, start of by visiting the URL http://docs.google.com, and enter your user ID and password. A new rival to the Microsoft Office.

Just below the logo on the top left of the screen that says Google Docs Beta, you can see a drop down menu which says New. Once you click on New, you are given either of four options; namely, a new Document (Word), Spreadsheet (Excel), Presentation (PowerPoint) or Folder. Here we will know about the Document Function— go to New > Document.

If you have ever used Microsoft Word, you would be able to navigate through easily. As you would have figured out by now, the blank page with the cursor is the beginning of your document. You could continue typing in your leisure as much as you require. Similar to Gmail, Google Docs periodically saves the changes made, which comes in quite handy. In fact, keyboard shortcuts are similar to Microsoft Word, thereby giving you a feel of working on Word itself. You can adjust font sizes with the button marked “T”. Most of the functionalities here are similar to MS Word. Once your document is complete, the next step is saving.

Now consider this— you get a word processor, with password protection, data storage, and to top it all, an option to save it either in .rtf, open office, .zip, Word, and even .pdf formats. Another important function here is that these documents can be shared online. Data could be added by your chosen users— all you need to do is invite them to use this document. You can set their privileges similar to the way you do for a shared folder in Windows— for example, deciding on who gets permission to read and who gets permission to write. This speeds up the process of data compilation from multiple sources, yet maintaining security. The Insert tab lets you insert objects to make your document more lively.

The Revisions tab keeps a track of every change made to your  document— both by you and those who you have shared your document with. That’s the best part, because as the owner of this document, you can then track any error that may have crept in and isolateit, without having to correct other areas of the document.For example, if you first typed a word, a friend deleted it andthen a second friend added it again. You may have been (verbally) informed of the deletion,but not of the re-addition. You would get all the relevant information from the revisions tab along with a time stamp. To the right hand side of the page, are two vital tabs, namely, Share and Publish. Click on the Share tab to share our document.

As you would see, from the window, there are two options: “as collaborators” and “as viewers”. Collaborators are those with special privileges to change the data just like you, while viewers are those who have no permission to write, but rather just read. Let us consider an example: the principal of an institute wants to release the results of a recently conducted test, and fast— everything’s already overdue. There is a tremendous amount of data to be compiled. Conventional office suites would require one person like a data entry operator to key in the marks of each student for each subject— this can be time consuming. It is in situations such as these that online office suites come in handy. They can be time-saving in data segregation from multiple sources. The easiest way would be to start a Google Document session. She could then invite the teachers as collaborators, who would enter the marks in the respective fields. At the end she could invite all the students as viewers.

The next important function on Google Docs is Publish. Clicking on this gives the document a unique URL, whereby anyone can view it. Google Docs also empowers you with the option of publishing your document right away as a blog! This gives a reasonably brief idea of using Google documents, the first alternative to the typical MS Word processor. One must note that this is in fact just the tip of the iceberg.

Overall, Google Documents may not give you everthing MS Word gives, but it is one of the best you can get free.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Showcase you image gallery through Lightbox JS v2.04

http://www.lokeshdhakar.com/projects/lightbox2/

The Lightbox JS v2.04 gives you the coolest way of presenting your images. This freeware use javascript, and is a very efficient way to present your images through. Just go to the link above and download the freeware. You get there an easy guide, for how to setup.

Here is a simple use of it.
http://coolworks.clanteam.com/lightbox/seethis.htm

Friday, August 1, 2008

The new openWYSIWYG 1.4.7

http://www.openwebware.com/
See this updated openWYSIWYG 1.4.7, with some cool new features. Click here for information ver 1.0
  • 3 types of editor.
  • Full Screen mode.
  • openImageLibrary addon to upload images and insert images from server.
  • Tag place viewer on the bottom of the editor.
  • Addons enabled.
  • Easy customization
See these pictures of different forms of the editor.


Monday, July 28, 2008

Know what? Runescape High Detail is now for free players too

Hey guys know what?
Now finally(14th july 2008), the runesape's high detail is out for free players too. Previously the high detail gameplay was only for members.
The graphics are so cool, I could not stop taking pictures. Here are some pictures I took. (Other pictures)







Click here for system requirements.
Any way the Full Screen option is still for members only.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Online picture editing from picnik

http://www.picnik.com



Picnik is a really cool and free site which has basic photo-editing features from rotating, cropping and resizing images to adjustment of saturation, contrast and even red-eye removal.

Using this site is very simple. Go to the site and upload your photo. You can work with your photos on myspace, flickr, facebook, photobucket, picasa, webshots, freewebs and your computer.

Next, you will be taken to a Web page having a menu with the several options.The rotate option allows for clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation of images and even flipping images horizontally or vertically. There is also a slider to make the image rotate by an angle of your choice. Cropping gives the facility to select only that part of the image that you wish to use. Drag the selection area larger or smaller by using the mouse. Resizing the image can be done to change the resolution or the aspect ratio of the image.

The exposure menu option offers the feature of changing the contrast or exposure of the image. The colours option is to be used to adjust the saturation or the temperature of the image giving it a fuller appearance. Both are done using slider controls.

The sharpness of the image can be adjusted using the sharpness menu option. This is useful for noise-removal or improving the quality of grainy images. The red-eye removal menu option is used to remove the unwanted effects of a flash on the eyes of people who are present in the photo.

Overall picnik is a good and powerful image editing website.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I wanna make 3D. "Google Sketchup makes it easier"

You don't know how to use the Autocad and 3Ds max?? You feel you have some an architect in you? Even if you don't have that feeling, once you use the Google Sketchup then you will start having those feelings. You don't need to be an expert on using the Sketchup; Google SketchUp has a very user friendly interface and training system. Google has designed SketchUp primarily to help even ordinary people model buildings with varying complexity.

I still remember those days I tried to get the grip of 3D max but failed. The 3Ds max was way too advanced for me. When using the Sketchup, I first went through the guidelines and tutorials. Then making my own designs on it went very easy to me. These tutorials help you a lot on working with software. But still, I need many things to learn from it.
This one is done by me.

The features of Google SketchUp are as follows.
1. Good GUI.
2. Availability of tutorials (Through internet). On the internet you can find large number of tutorial, from the SketchUp team and third party. The in-built help functionality gives you the basics of the software.
3. Works on low system configuration. RAM 256 (I haven’t tried it with 128 RAM yet), processor: 1.5GHz, 50 MB free space, windows XP.
4. Easy modeling. After you take a little help then making some simple models is very easy task. Getting deeper would need a little bit of professionalism.
5. You have got a measuring scale through which you can make your models precise in their size.
6. Textures to cover your models. There is quite a good range of textures for your models; e.g., water, metal, tile, ground, wood and many more.
7. Some reality effects. You can use shadows in your model which is set according to the time. You also have fogs which decrease the visibility. You can add sky to your background.
8. Many functions. Less than the 3Ds max, but there are many functions that will keep you occupied.
9. Export to the world. When you are making a real building model then you can export it to the Google Earth which shows your model in the 3D to the world.

If you still think this is small software and can’t do much, then take time looking around its works.



Essential links
http://sketchup.google.com/
http://sketchup.google.com/training/ - Video and self- placed tutorials
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/ - for the 3D models from the SketchUp community

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A hi5 error

Post update! 12th July
First I thought it was only me, but now I have found that I am not
alone in this. Many Hi5 users are having the problems on their profile.
I also came to find that the problem with me was just a minor, others
had their whole profile comments erased.

It is said that there is some problem with the Hi5 database. See this group.
Post update Ends!

Hey
guys i found a error on the hi5. I found it because it was on mine. See
this picture. See the highlighted part. The meter shows profile
comments is zero, 0, even though there are profile comments. You can
also visit my profile at http://remrow.hi5.com I don't know how long this is going to last.


See this picture of the profile comments. There are profile comments. There is more to go than the comments shown.


I
found this out on 5th July. It had been so much time since i last
viewed my profile, so the error should had been there from very long. I
don't know how this happened. I tried to report this to the hi5 staffs
but could not find any means to do that. If you know where to contact
the hi5 staffs then please let me know.Post update!
First I thought it was only me, but now I have found that I am not
alone in this. Many Hi5 users are having the problems on their profile.
I also came to find that the problem with me was just a minor, others
had their whole profile comments erased.

It is said that there is some problem with the Hi5 database. See this group.
Post update Ends!

Hey guys i found a error on the hi5. I found it because it was on mine. See this picture. See the highlighted part. The meter shows profile comments is zero, 0, even though there are profile comments. You can also visit my profile at http://remrow.hi5.com I don't know how long this is going to last.


See this picture of the profile comments. There are profile comments. There is more to go than the comments shown.


I found this out on 5th July. It had been so much time since i last viewed my profile, so the error should had been there from very long. I don't know how this happened. I tried to report this to the hi5 staffs but could not find any means to do that. If you know where to contact the hi5 staffs then please let me know.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

How is the w3schools forum? – A Review

The w3schools has helped us a lot on the programming tutorials. HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, ASP, AJAX, and many more things you can know on the w3schools website. You can say it is a heaven for newbie. The website has always been helpful to us and there is an additional help from its forum.

W3schools’ forum, unlike others has a quite unseemly URL; http://w3schools.invisionzone.com. With that URL you may not think this is a forum but it is. However, the forum is quite a good place to start learning and sharing. The interface is like any other forums, but its usefulness is the main point here.

The registration is no pain. You will have a profile where you put your profile details. The profile view looks pretty much like a social networking website’s profile view. Then you can put in your signature which appears below your every post.

You might not find any topics exceeding the 100 posts except the ones on the important topic lists. In fact it is hard to find even the ones with 30 posts. It is probably because most of the topics are questions, so there is not much discussion after the ask er gets his answer. But it doesn’t mean there aren’t discussions, there are, and some looks like and war going on.

There are many professionals in this forum. You can get lots of useful helps from them and they are the life of any forums. Any questions or discussions you do they reply it in their ways which may be way to far for you.. Many times they are useful to us and sometime we feel, what he was telling? Discussing with the experienced guys, won’t be an easy task until you are one of them. The newbie may feel alone on this forum sometimes, though there are other newbie too but their interaction is lesser than the experienced ones.

If you are a newbie on programming and such other stuffs then first better join other similar minded forums than w3schools and only then join this forum.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A new Runescape and too much of eye candy

Finally, the wait is over for a new improved Runescape.
Now while you open the Runescape then you might have your mouths opened. Runescape has now changed, graphics and a new web site environment.

The Low detail login

The graphics are fantastic as any other 3D games. When you log in on a high detail level you mouth gonna be wider. The game background environment goes on changing showing the places around the Runesacpe; it is like the one on PC games (you know farcry, Prince OPs).


The High detail logins

But one thing is that, you need to be a member to log into the high detail game. For now the High detail level is on a beta stage so Free players can hope to get the High level after the testing phase is finished. Look at the system requirements of the High detail and the screen shots.

Then comming to the web site, yes the website interface has been changed. The interface is not so much new and looks alike the other MMOGs' web interface. Lots of graphics, informations are compacted and for the first time visitors it may look like "is this the website of runescape? where am I?". Starting with the new interface you get really stuck for sometime where that thing is but soon you will get the hold of it. Anyway I think if the web site interface had been better.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Let others know, I am here!

What is a web presence? Is it just having an email id and surfing through website? Is it making a website? In fact it is all those things and much more. It is almost like creating you identity online like the offline world.

So here go some tips on how you can create your identity online.
1. E-mail
The most important thing you need to have to stay on the online world is that you have an e-mail. You can see wide variety of free email providers now, though Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail are the leading ones. Yahoo offers unlimited web space, Gmail offers 6.5 GB (and increasing) and Hotmail offers 5 GB space.

2. IMs

Instant Messengers (IMs) are inevitable for you presence in the web. You can get an IM service from almost all e-mail providers and some ‘made for IM’ like skype. They two have same things in common, you need to sign up, add contacts and then chat. This is a free service almost every where so make sure you use it.

Some simple rules on using the E-mail and IMs.
1. Do not all in caps. Typing all in caps means that you are yelling or screaming online. Various studies on the topic reflect that it is more difficult and takes longer time to read the texts all in caps.
2. Do not leave your subject field blank. This is very important for you email receiver to know about the email and manage it. Avoid using all caps or all small case, terms such as ‘Hi’, ‘Help’ or ‘Please Respond’, or the recipient’s name in the subject field, as you may be misidentified as a spammer, and your e-mail automatically deleted.
3. Avoid using colored text and background colors or images on your e-mails or chatting. You color and formatting choices can make your texts impossible bto read.
4. When you need to send email to a group of peoples then prefer using BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) field than the ‘To’ field. When an email is sent through BCC field then the recipients will get a copy of the email while their email address remains invisible to other recipients. Long lists of email addresses at the beginning of any email is an immediate sign that the sender is either a novice or doesn’t care to respect other’s privacy.
5. Don’t send spam emails. These are like sending or forwarding chain letters, with so called informative stuffs or advertisements. This just annoys the recipient and you may be forever send to junk group or furthermore ‘delete contact’.
6. Never give out your personal information without confirming you are communicating with a reputable party.
7. Don’t reply to nasty or spam emails. Just hit ‘Delete’ to those kind of emails.
8. Use emoticons or acronym to covey your message in short. When you are happy send a smiley .

3. Online Social Networking websites
The online social networking website lets you connect with your friends and make friends of similar interests. Myspace, Orkut, Facebook, hi5, Bebo are some of the social networking websites around. But don’t just go to anyone without knowing where you friends are. Choose the one with the most of your friends on.

4. Making your own website / Blog
A sign of being professional on the internet is that you have your own website or a blog. You can get your website for free or paid service. For a free website freewebs.com and googelpages.com are suitable, and with payments you can make high end website with godaddy.com, hostmonseter.com, bravnet.com and many others.

Blogging is a free service but there are some paid ones too. For blogging the best ones around are the Blogger.com and wordpress.com. It is not necessary to know HTML to blog. You can have your personal blog or a family blog or a business blog. Blog is now accepted as a wise tool to share information and get news and gossip about.

Making them popular is way another thing to do. I have given you tips how to make your website/ blog popular on my previous posts.

5. Forums
The usefulness of online communities is best represented by looking at various forums. It’s the simplest way for like-minded people, or people with a common interest, to come together and share their thoughts and opinions in true online style, without having to take trouble to actually meet anyone.

If you haven’t used a forum then please use anyone and don’t take it lightly, this is where you can gain lots of reputation and diminish it too. While using forum you may also find some addicted ones who are very much committed to forums. These are peoples who post several times a day and are significantly responsible for its growth.

We don't need to refer you the forums that's ur job to find your likely forums.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

I love you because...

After some time, when the sheen of romance wears off and you feel that being in love is just another thing in your mundane life, that you are no longer that special someone, you beloved comes along and does something really special though it might be as insignificant as tucking that irritating lock of hair behind your ear when you are arms deep mixing dough for the rotis for dinner. Then it all comes back to you, all the reasons - big and small - why this person is so special to you.

So this time why not to list down the reasons why you love him/her, get it framed and help it to remind you of all the special things that this person has done for you.

I love you because...

* You take time to make me feel appreciated.
* Of they way you love me.
* You respect my family and friends.
* you give me space.
* You respect my work and the effort I put in.
* You believe me when at times when I don't believe myself.
* You tolerate my mood swings.
* I can call you at odd hours.
* And i know that you will listen to all my crazy talks.
* I can pretend to be angry knowing that you will let me get my way.
* You stand all my dramatics.
* Even in my bad hair days, you tell me I'm beautiful.
* Of the small things you do to make my life easier.
* Of the silly things you do just to make me laugh.
* When I lose all hope, you are there to reassure me.
* You are the first one to give me call in the day, and the last one to wish me a sweet dreams.
* Even when we fight, we know it's not forever.
* You don't get embarrassed when i cry during the movies.
* You sing to woo me at times.
* You make me feel beautiful.
* You wait for me even if I'm an hour late.
* You love me for who I am.
* You try to remember all the important dates.
* I come first in your life.
* You make me feel important.
* You bring me tea inm bed.
* You are you.

I love you for these things, those things, something else, anything and everything.

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Now with this post, we have to tell that the 7 days long lifestyle week ends with the following posts.
1. Making a happier out look
2. Some love bliss... Myths busted
3. What does the Colors mean?
4. Corporate lingo explained
5. How poor we are?
6. Creating Smiles all the time- the joke series
7. And this one, that you are reading.

After this likeweb is going to run in its normal speed again, and later we will be having more of these types of stuffs.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Creating Smiles all the time- the joke series

#1
There were 11 people hanging onto a rope that came down from a helicopter; 10 were men and the other was a woman.

The helicopter pilot said that there were too many people on the rope and it would break and they would all die, if someone didn’t get off.

No one could decide who should go, so finally the woman gave a really heart touching speech, saying how she would give her life to save the others, because women were used to giving up things for their husbands and children.

As soon as she finished, all the men started clapping.

#2
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go on a camping trip, set up their tent, and fall asleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.” Watson replies, “I see millions of stars.” “What does that tell you?” Watson ponders for a minute. “Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, it’s evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?” Holmes is silent for a moment, then speaks. “Watson, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent.”

#3
Consultant charge
A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on display. While he was there, another customer walked in and said to the shopkeeper, “I’ll have a C-monkey please.”

The shopkeeper nodded, went over to a cage at the side of the shop, and took out a monkey. He fit a collar and leash and handed it to the customer, saying, “That’ll be $ 5000.” The customer paid and walked out with his monkey.

Startled, the tourist went over to the shopkeeper and said, “That was a very expensive monkey. Most of them are only a few hundred dollars. Why did it cost so much?”

The shopkeeper answered, “Ah, that monkey can program in C — very fast, tight code, no bugs, well worth the money.” The tourist looked at the monkey in another cage.

“That ones even more expensive — $10,000! What does it do?” “Oh, that one’s a C++ monkey. It can manage object-oriented programming, Visual C++, even some Java. All the really useful stuff,” said the shopkeeper.

The tourist looked around for a little longer and saw a third monkey in a cage of its own. The price tag around its neck read $ 50,000. He gasped to the shopkeeper, “That one costs more than all the others put together! What on earth does it do?”

The shopkeeper replied, “Well, I haven’t actually seen it do anything, but it says it’s a consultant.”

#4
A student in a science class wrote, “The universe is a giant orgasm” (instead of organism). At the end of the student’s essay, the teacher wrote, you answer gives new meaning “to the Big Bang Theory”.

#5
Feeling rather glamorous in my long red cape, I decided to amuse my grand children by pretending to be Red Riding Hood. “Who am I”? I asked, bursting into the room. Without a moment’s hesitation, they chorused, “Dracula!”

Thursday, June 19, 2008

How poor we are?

One day a wealthy father took his son on a trip to the countryside with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm with a very poor family. On their return from the trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?"
"It was great dad!"
"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.
"Oh yeah,"
"So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered, “I saw we have one dog and they have four. We have pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have creek that has no end. We have imported lantern in our garden and they have starts at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us but they serve themselves. We buy our food but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us. They have friends to protect them.”

With this the boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added. “Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are.”

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Corporate lingo explained

Here's a little clarification of corporate lingo. Be aware of these terms when interviewing:

1. I'm willing to relocate
As I am unemployed, any where's better.
2. My background and skills match your requirements
You're probably looking for someone more experienced.
3. I am adaptable
I've changed jobs a lot.
4. I am on the go
I'm never at my desk.
5. I'm highly motivated to succeed
The minute I find a better job, I am out of here.
6. I have a formal training
I'm a college drop-out.
7. I interact well with co-workers
I've been accused of sexual harassment.
8. Thank you for your time and consideration
Wait! Don't throw me out!
9. I look forward to hearing from you soon
Like I’m going to hold my breath waiting for your stupid form letter thanking me for my interest and wishing me luck in my future career.

Here's a little clarification on corporate lingo and just what those vacancy advertisements mean..

1. Competitive salary
We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.
2. Immediate opening
The person who used to have this job gave a notice a month ago. We're just now running the ad.
3. Requiring motivated self-starter
We're not going to supply you with leads; there's no base salary; you'll wait 30 days for your first commission check.
4. Self-motivated
Management won't answer questions.
5. Seeking enthusiastic, fun, hard working, people
...who still live with their parents and won't mind our internship level salaries.
6. Casual work atmosphere
We don't pay enough to expect that you'll dress up; well, a couple of the real daring guys wear earrings.
7. Competitive environment
We have a lot of turnover
8. Join our dynamic team
We all listen to nutty motivational tapes
9. Fun work environment
Your co-worker will be insulted if you don't drink with them.
10. Some public relations required
If we're in trouble, you'll go on TV and get us out of it.
11. Some overtime required
Sometimes each night and sometimes each weekend.
12. Career-minded
Female applicants must be childless (and remain that way).
13. Apply in person
If you're old, fat or ugly you'll be told the position has been filled
14. No phone calls please
We've filled the job; our call of r resumes is just a legal formality.
15. Seeking candidates with wide experience
You'll need it to replace three people who just left
16. Good communication skills Management communicates.
You listen. You figure out what they want and you do it.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Runescape's new system specifications

On the latest, Runescape has now announced their system specifications for the upcoming new graphics. We have shown you what the new Runescape graphics are going to be. Now going to the specifications.

To play the new runescape the system requirements you need to fulfill.
  • 1.5 GHz processor or higher
  • 256MB of RAM or more
  • 64MB 3D Graphics card, such as Nvidia(R) GeForce(TM) 3 or above
It is recommended your computer exceeds the given requirements for a better gaming experience.

When the graphical improvement is released, you will be able to increase or decrease the number of graphical features that are activated. This will be done in your in-game 'Options' menu .

Though with these new graphics you can use the existing High detail and low details too.

Now, time to wait for the new runescape.

What does the Colors mean?

Red
*Red is linked with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire and love.
*It has a very high visibility, that’s why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted in red.

Orange
*Orange is associated with joy, sunshine and tropics.
*It represents happiness, creativity, determination, success, and encouragement.
*Orange has a very high visibility, and is used in catching attention and highlighting important things.

Yellow
*Yellow is associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
*In heraldry, yellow indicates honor and loyalty. Later the meaning of yellow was connected with cowardice.
*Yellow is usually taken as a ‘kiddish’ color so it is not used in the prestigious products.

Green
*Green symbolizes for growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility.
*Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for human eyes; it can improve vision.
*Green is also taken as the sign of neutrality, peace and safety.

Blue
*Blue is the color of sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability.
*It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
*Blue is associated with tranquility, calmness, piety, sincerity, consciousness and intellect.

Purple
*Purple is associated with royalty, wisdom, independence, creativity and mystery. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition.
*It conveys wealth and extravagance.

White
*White is associated with light, goodness, innocence and purity.
*It is considered to be the color of perfection.
*White shows simplicity and used in high-tech products.
*White can represent successful beginning.

Black
*Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.
*Black is associated with fear and is used in war.
*Black denoted strength and authority. It is considered to be a prestigious color.
*A black suit or dress can make you look thinner and smart.

More colors..
Light red represents joy, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.

Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.

Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.

Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.

Light purple evokes romantic and nostalgic feelings.
Dark purple evokes gloom and sad feelings. It can cause frustration.

Note:These are the important ones; if you want to know them more, Click here!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Some love bliss... Myths busted

Everyone knows it’s difficult to find true love, but the problem lies not only in finding the right person, but on making the relation work. One thing that ruins most of the relationships is high expectations. People believe that romance as shown in the movies is what an ideal love life should be like. But here’s a reality check: Life is not two hours of entertainment directed by cool dude.

Though there are no foolproof plans or magical rules for romantic bliss, unrealistic expectations can strain even the most loving of relationships. These are just a few false expectations and fantasies that people expect from relationships and end up destroying it.

We should be together 24/7
It’s great that you’ve found ‘the person’, but that doesn’t mean the end of the way you live life. Couples do not have to hang out together all the time. You can have your group of friends or hobbies, which will help you to be yourself and maintain your individuality. This will lead you to have your won space to grow and make you eager to spend time with your loved one.

You won’t be attracted to anyone else.
It is a must for one to be faithful and committed in a serious relationship but that doesn’t mean you will not be attracted to someone else. Its normal human nature to find someone attractive and it is equally normal to find someone else attractive even if you are in a committed relationship. But that doesn’t mean you start cheating. You should know where to draw the line, and make sure that it’s drawn using a permanent marker.

Your lover is a mind-reader.
It’s true that once you are in a relationship you tend to understand a lot of things about each other, but that does not mean that your beloved can read your mind. If something is troubling you or you are not happy with his/her behaviour, be verbal about your doubts. Don’t say “Nothing is wrong” and sulk because s/he doesn’t do anything to comfort you or put your doubts to rest.

S/He’ll change overnight
Don’t and I repeat don’t ever expect him/her to change overnight. The two of you are different individuals with different choices and preferences, so expecting him/her according to your choices will end up making him/her another you. Every person is different, and that is what make that person special.

We have to share everything
It is not necessary to let your other half know what is going in your mind all the times. Yes, honesty is the strength of all successful relationships. But brutal truths should not be uttered a the price of hurting your better half. Anything that will hurt their feelings should be kept to yourself.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A full week of lifestyle and making a happier out look

Likeweb is going to run a full week of lifestyle. It is not a special day but this idea is of course good. Technology anyhow affects the lifestyle and so does vice versa. It is going to be spiritual, humorous and more likely, useful.

Life is short but a smile is only a seconds effort.(..more)
So this week we will learn how to smile,at least.

Starting with, 'How to develop a happier out look?'
*When you first open your eyes in the morning tell yourself “It is good to be alive. Today will be better than yesterday.”
*Never forget you have control over you life. Tell yourself “I am in charge”
*Be glad when you go to your work. Be happy, you have a job, be thankful you are earning a living.
*If you are out of work, remember you have the talents to get another job, so your present situation is only temporary.
*Use your leisure time to the most. Do not sit around when you can be out having fun or enjoying a hobby.
*Do not allow money problems to trouble you.
*Avoid comparing yourself with others.
*Be less critical. Accept your limitations and those of your friends. Focus on your good points and others.
*Improve your sense of humor. Do not take yourself so seriously. Try to crack a joke in the face of adversity.
*Take your time. Do not try to get everything done at once. When you are starting a new project, go about it gradually. You will be able to build your confidence this way.
*Smile, and the world will smile with you.

Note: Some of the articles(now and then till the end of lifestyle week) are sourced from different magazines.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Yahoo! Yahoo! Re-rejects Microsoft’s Offer and plunges to Google

Yes, Yahoo did it again. Yahoo has rejected the second offer from Microsoft to buy it from $44.6 to $47.5 billions on Thursday. Microsoft initially increased its bid from $31 to $33 per share but Yahoo was firm for not less than $37 per share. So Microsoft had to go says Yahoo! “It is useless to negotiate with Microsoft” they added.

The denial has grown the rebellions from the shareholders. They are highly upset by the Yahoo’s way to negotiating with Microsoft. Moreover they, lead by Carl Icahn have vowed to bring down the present Yahoo’s board of directors and restart the negotiations from the August 1 annual meeting.

Then again Microsoft is indicating towards buying the Yahoo's Search Engine instead. But still Yahoo refuses saying their search engine is too important to sell.

Currently Google is at the highest rank at advertisement business with 75 percent of the US market and Yahoo at the distant 9% of the Market.

Meanwhile, Yahoo said it had agreed to let Google put search ads on its site in what it called an $800 million annual revenue opportunity that would boost cash flow by $250 million to $450 million in the first 12 months.

Now Yahoo has been struggling to convince their shareholders that it is rather more profitable with Google than Microsoft.

Yahoo shares sank as low as $22.50, 10% drop on news of the talks failing and expectations of the Google deal. It was their lowest level since January 31, the day before Microsoft announced its offer for the company.

Google shares finished up $7.75 at $552.95, and Microsoft closed up $1.12 at $28.24.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

New pictures of The Future Runescape

Okey! the days are coming near for The Future Runescape to come in. Here are the new pictures direct from Runescape website of The Future Runesape. They are for both free and member worlds. Its going to be more realistic and distinctive.

The first improvement is the texture. Almost every inches will have some textures in them and differ from each other.
How do you like those textures?? They are good for a java based game.


The blending add more realistic and immersive environmental effects to Runesape. Before it used to be a flat colour but now there will be greater variety of ground colors. Even the grasses will have textures.
This one really looks beautiful.

What did you see in the horizon before? Is it a complete black surface?? Now it is going to be replaced by fogs so they are going to be natural and smooth. The fog level will also be able to be modified. The Shadows will add more effect to the graphics. The brightness and darkness of places will be different from place to place and the shadows are dynamic. The dynamic shadow!! How about adding runescape clock?


The warcraft and other 3D fans!, runescape had already beaten them in the game play and is going to equalize on the graphics soon enough.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The most popular game of all time!


You might be thinking the most popular game of all time would probably be the big games like, Halo, Sims, Pokemon? But that is not. According to slate.com Solitaire is the most popular game of all time. Solitaire is included on every Windows PC by default. It is mostly popular among the employees who want to spend their boring times.

The solitaire was motivated to develop during the windows 3.0. Since then solitaire has been the best games and tutorial to click and drag. Playing the solitaire is simple and anyone with some basic concepts can play it. You need to know to put the cards on the descending order with alternate colors and again to ascending order with same type cards.

What after the Solitaire. You may not need to go far. Its probably the minesweeper.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Making a completely Free Website (better places)

Website has truly been a part of our internet lifestyle nowadays. From a personal website to the whopping business websites, we cannot live without making one of them. Making website may cost money (most of the times, large) but they are also for free. So here we talk of making the websites for free.
  1. Well for making a free website first of all, you need to have knowledge of HTML and CSS. I am not going to give you a tutorial about them here, so to know them you can go to the http://www.w3schools.com . If you can, learn some JavaScript and optional, php or asp.
  2. Well then sign up for a free web hosting services. Have you found any good one? If you have, then please take time to inform us on the comment. Well I have got one for you, this is my personal choice. It is http://www.zymic.com . This one has not got a site builder but here are some of its features:
    • 6GB of Space
    • 50 GB of Bandwidth
    • FTP File Management
    • PHP, MySQL (15 databases)
    • Free .com for Good quality websites
    • No any advertisements at all.
  3. Ok no more advertisements. If you know how to do web design and programming, zymic is the best place for you.
  4. If you aren't good at web designing or don't know HTML and CSS then you can use site builders. Googlepages gives you a very reliable platform. You get to choose templates for your website through a long list and you just need to do is fill up your website. It too has no ads.
  5. The another alternative to googlepages is freewebs, a template based web site builder. It has very good user interface and is easy to use. You can get different javascript glitters, guestbook and chat room for your website. The only drawback of freewebs, it has ads in it.
  6. If you are going to stick with zymic then there are lots of choices than making your own design. Choose from different web templates from freewebsitetemplates. You can get more by searching.
  7. Well finished with choosing the hosting service, now you just need to write contents for your website, manage them properly, and then publish them.
  8. Then comes the part of making your website popular. I have already explained it in my older post.

Well following the above steps you can create your own, Completely FREE website. Note:This post is not powered by zymic.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Dailymotion beating the youtube!

Dailymotion is definitely trying to take over YouTube, the most popular video sharing website. Well the Dailymotion is just a 1 rank behind YouTube and already winning lots of hearts.

Dailymotion is a free video sharing website. Its aim is to allow sharing of video just like in YouTube. Dailymotion was founded on March 15th, 2005 in France. In July of 2007 they opened in the United States to increase their presence there.

Dailymotion has some unique advantages over the YouTube. It now supports HD videos of 1028 X 728 resolutions; the YouTube still lacks it. The video size can be up to 150 MB and duration can be 20 minutes. The features of Dailymotion are twice what YouTube offers, and the video quality is much better then YouTube.

Dailymotion is a good choice for the one who needs good quality videos. You can also watch movies here, but don’t expect the blockbusters; the movies are small and made for internet community. You get lots of channels to choose from, with easy navigation thorough out the site.

When watching a video you can directly view from the middle of the video, saving the time to load. If you are looking for an better alternative for YouTube, Dailymotion is it.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Future of Runescape!!?

If you are a regular Runescape player then you must have noticed the 'Send Us Your Specs' post, haven't you? If you haven't, then do it now. The small software will fetch your computer specification to the JAGEX to improve the game and make its future available to majority of the players.

Past:


After:



You can see the 'after' picture is the Future of Runescape. It has quite good detailed environment graphics. The pebbles on the ground are decent, more textures on the roads and wood carvings. The most impressive is the shadows. You can see shadows on some angle to the ground. Does the shadows means there's going to be day and night on runescape and will they move? Or will the shadows just sit in one place all the time?

Though a small thing, the texture of face of players has not been improved. Though you can see added textures on the clothes the facial texture would be an added bonus.

Don't expect the future of runescape to be like the warcraft, but for a java game it is almost the best you can get.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Making your website/blog popular

Finished with the designing tips?? I have here a set of traditions that can help you make your website or a blog popular.

A Proper Domain
In order to make your website/blog easier for the peoples to visit you need to have a proper and easy to remember domain. Having a long domain is forgettable for the peoples. So try to get a correct keyword and short domain as much as possible.

Frequent update
It is very important that you update and add new contents and posts regularly. For the first few months it is very important work to do nor it will tire your visitors. The frequent updates can help you get some loyal visitors.

Profile Advertisement
You must have got your membership in some Social Networking Websites, haven’t you? Most of the websites has a small field for your website. Enter you website there and also give some description about your website on your profile. When you friends will visit your profile, and may also visit your website/blog.

Forums are also a good place. On the signature or your profile you can have a link to your website/blog. During the discussions, some guys will of course have a look at your link. To attract more visitors through this method make sure you are good at discussing and you should have good replies.


Links Exchange
By this method, if your links are on the high trafficked website/blog then you can have lots of visitors. You can find many links exchanging websites. Here are some of them -
www.linksjunk.com
http://www.linkmarket.net/

You’ve got money to burn?
You can advertise your website/blog on some advertisement websites by paying them some money. Adwords is one of the popular advertising website. It offers PPC (Pay per Click) service, so you only need to pay when someone visits your website/blog.

SEO
Report says about 70% websites are visited through search. For SEO you can follow the simple steps
- Fill up the META tag. Though now days the leading search engines don’t rely on it but it can be useful.
- Make a good title and also base your topics and contents according to your website/blog title. The words you have on your website/blog’s title make sure you have them on your contents too.
- Make many links as possible to your contents or posts. This will increase your search engine rankings.

Content Sharing
If you have a good content on your website or your blog, then what you can do is share your content to bookmarking websites like the digg.com and del.icio.us. You need to enter some parts of your content and then also have a link to your website/blog. The bookmarking websites has tones of users and some of them will eventually look up at your content and thus enter your website/blog.

Interacting with others
Two similar minded website/blogs can interact with each other. Like sending them emails on the related topics and giving comments to their contents. The interaction with each other can make him view your website/blog. With the interactions you will have some loyal readers.

Be Controversial
By being controversial you may get criticized but it really helps increasing your website traffic. This creates a set of discussions on the topic and you can get some regular visitors. But be controversial for good.

Answer your replies
When a user send you a reply through an email or comment then don’t hesitate to give reply them. This will make them feel you are committed to what you are doing and you can get some regular viewers. While replying, make sure it is understandable and polite.

So try them out. You can find relevant changes on the traffic to your website. If you want to know about your visitors use some site meter services like googleanalytics. I will be updating this post new ideas comes out.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Microsoft pulls its offer to Yahoo

Lately the software giant Microsoft has pulled back its bid of $44.6 billion for Yahoo!. Microsoft failed to convince Yahoo board of directors for the bid.

Microsoft offered approximately $44.6 billion in a half-cash, half-stock deal, which represented a premium of more than 60% to Yahoo's stock price at the time. Yahoo's board of directors rejected this offer as it undervalued its business.

Yahoo is still firm on its decision. Microsoft had increased its bid from $31 per share to $33 but Yahoo rejected it as they were expecting $37 per share.

With this Yahoo! has lost the superiority of a software giant and Microsoft has diminished it's hope to stand on the internet advertising. With less than 5% users using Microsoft Search engine, it is clear that Microsoft needs Yahoo, more than Yahoo needs Microsoft.

Also there has been a decrease in the yahoo Stock price after Microsoft pulled back.

In other cases, Yahoo is likely to have deals with Google and AOL. But none have come up with a competing proposal.