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The browser war has a new joinee – GOOGLE CHROME !

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Suddenly there has been an announcement and a sudden launch of a new browser to the world of hacks and compatibility, making life more challenging for the web developers around the world. Will it be a new ground of web experience for the netizens around ? Well…we need to wait and watch…

Im taking about the launch of the new browser ‘CHROME’ by google,  yesterday. The service went live at 12 Noon PT yesterday and is available for Windows Vista and XP – for now. Mac and Linux versions are coming soon. It will launch in 122 countries and 43 languages. It is also fully open-source.

I just downloaded the app and this blog comes right from the  cute and clean tab of CHROME. Its a clean and simple interface and google has kept its consistency around the theme that they normally follow – SIMPLE and EASY TO USE. Actually this sudden launch of this new member of the google family was reportedly because of a leakage of information about the browser project that was under progress in google for the last 2 years and the corporate has told that it is a ‘huge investment’ for the company.

 

There are many pros and cons about chrome, but one thing is clear. It has a long way to go,for being at par with the other players in the arena.  Here are some updates

  • Tabbed browsing, as it has become a norm by now 😉
  • Addressbar cum Search bar (In chrome it is the ‘omnibar’ that functions as both an address bar and a search bar)
  • Newly created tab showing recently visited site links and screeshots increasing the usability
  • Total security from intrusions through web, as chrome has an additional security layer that makes it inaccessible for those bad guys around to access your system registry via web

One major disadvantage would be the absence of effective extensions which firefox has in abundance. But never to underestimate, im expecting wonders from the search engine sultan !

Courtesy : ZDNET Blog

Written by Ranjith

September 3, 2008 at 12:21 am

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Matching HTMLs ‘Pixel Perfect’ly with visual design

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At times i have wondered, if there is a better way to match the visual comps from graphic designers to the HTML / XHTML pages that the web-developers code. Navigating using ‘Ctrl+Tab’ and using ‘Calipers’ are indeed working out, but there should be some other better ways to do that…and that is what exactly the page, that i happened to visit after googling for a while, had to tell me

PIXEL PERFECT

This firefox extension that allows web developers to easily overlay a web composition over top of the developed HTML/XHTML. By toggling the composition on and off, the developer can visually see how many pixels they are off in development. Pixel Perfect also has an opacity option, so that you can view the HTML below the composition. Being able to see both the composition and the HTML, you can now simultaneously use Firebug while Pixel Perfect is still in action.

http://www.pixelperfectplugin.com/about/

Written by Ranjith

August 26, 2008 at 9:46 pm

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A revolutionary way to browse images on web !

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Just dropped into a link where i found this interesting concept, where the images on a webpage can be viewed in a 3d model plane. This would bring about great optimisation in time taken browsing images on web, and i believe it would work wonders for designers seeking aspirations from web, wherein they wont be needed to waste time in each clicks, as this revolutionary concept loads all the images in a fullscreen plane and the capability to browse in a 3D simulated way is really wonderful !

Check it out now: http://www.piclens.com/

[You can install the toolbar in your browser and enjoy the ride ;)]

Written by Ranjith

June 26, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Posted in Creativity, Techie, UI

Not yet another video sharing tool !

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This video sharing app, is not yet another video sharing app on the web. Check out for its usability and the cool UX. Ofcourse, the videos rocks too 😉

http://www.vimeo.com/ 

Written by Ranjith

February 24, 2008 at 8:16 pm

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Microsoft seeks help of flickr user !

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Ever imagined where the dazzling wallpapers and cool scenaries in Windows Vista come from. Well i wouldnt have believed it untill i came across this posting in a news site. MS have approached a flickr user Hamad Darwish, for either use of his photos or commissioned to create new images for the desktop backgrounds that are included in the new Windows Vista operating system.

Get detailed story from
http://dsphotographic.com/index.php/2007/02/…

Written by Ranjith

February 5, 2007 at 2:53 pm

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Computing is getting too personal – MOJOPAC has arrived :)

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Moving around places and missing all the softwares and environments in your PC back home, has been a pain for most of the software professionals. Being a designer ive felt that pain whenever i travel out where i dont have access to the sort of softwares that i have at my PC @ home. There seems to be an end for this trivia.

I just came across an interesting software that is offering solutions that enables you to carry around all the softwares and environment as it is in your PC, and work in any other PC with the same set of s/w, without even installing the softwares in the new PC. Im talking about “Mojopac”. Get to know this new technology…

MOJOPAC

MojoPac is a technology that transforms your iPod or USB Hard Drive or Flash drive into a portable and private PC. Just install MojoPac on any USB 2.0 complaint storage device, upload your applications and files, modify your user settings and environment preferences, and take it with you everywhere.

Every time you plug your MojoPac-enabled device into any Windows XP PC , MojoPac automatically launches your environment on the host PC. Your communications, music, games, applications, and files are all local and accessible. And when you unplug the MojoPac device, no trace is left behind – your information is not cached on the host PC.


Written by Ranjith

January 5, 2007 at 4:06 pm

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The ‘Aero’ experience

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Its all about the new windows vista!

Microsoft has put on a great effort in this latest version of windows…to make a hell a lot of new features and a great new look. i would say that this is microsoft’s greatest ever release of their new OS version and i am all praises for this sort of an effort from the S/w giant. But like every new products, this version of windows has also got a lot of minuses or shortcomings rather, that the IT gurus all over the world would say. Lets go through the pros and cons of this exciting new version and lets come to know what actually can vista give users…

First let me take through the highlights if the OS

Vista’s single best feature is the graphics subsystem and Aero “Glass” user experience it enables (when your hardware supports it). Direct support for advanced 3-D graphics processors, vector-based graphics and fonts, DPI scaling, reflections, transparencies, 3-D movements and a whole range of visual improvements account for the most profound change to Vista. The new integrated desktop search features, the ability to save searches as dynamic collections, and some new data sorting and visualizing options (including “stacking”) make up the next most significant feature set.
Have a luk at the mindblowing interface for the Vista start screen 😎

Another what’s-new story about Vista concerns bundled applications. Vista adds several new apps, such as Windows Defender, Sidebar, Calendar, Photo Gallery, DVD Maker, Fax and Scan, and BitLocker full-volume encryption. Significantly upgraded bundled apps include Internet Explorer 7+, Windows Mail (Outlook Express), Media Player 11, Movie Maker, Speech Recognition, Windows Meeting Space (Wi-Fi-based peer presentation/file sharing), automatic hard-drive defragmentation and disk backup.

There are loads of stuffs that we can add as highlights…but since i have to go to bed and since there is a time constrain…let me make a quick drift towards the cons of the subject.

These are the some of the headaches associated with the Vista users in the future. Well…this can be MS’s new strategy to raise the bar and to increase the hardware sales as well, but its for sure that there are some sufferers also.

Vista requires 128MB of video memory in order for the up-level Aero Glass features to take effect.

The stratification of PCs based on whether they can display Aero will become a headache for IT managers. This problem is likely to grow over time, as more business-class PCs are equipped with 128MB or more of video memory. Most business people have little use for 128MB of video RAM

Will be back with more information soon…till then its gnite…:)

Written by Ranjith

December 12, 2006 at 10:24 pm

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