Monday, October 30, 2006

FireFox 2.0 Rockzzzzz!!!!

Yesterday was really good day for browisng as my clumsy connection gave me immemorable browsing experience with a magnificient download rate-one wouldnt believe ,an average of 19.7 KB/Sec.I was using FireFox,but i thought i would upgrade it as Firefox 2.0 was officially released with much hype.See being some one new to the OSS movement,i find it really interesting to compare stuffs based on that and now i m curiously going through the reviews of IE7 and FF2.0 and i undersrtand that FireFox (Mozilla Corporation as such)wins the battle with the perfect browser.

Also i downloaded some themes for FireFox 2.0 which includes iFox Smooth 2.3.5 and Noia 2.0(eXtreme) 3.30 which really looks cool.So i thought i would upload some features in this update of my blog,which happens occasionaly nowadays.Features from the makers themselves


Improved Tabbed Browsing

Tabbed Browsing screenshot

We love tabs as much as you do, so Firefox 2 will open new web pages in tabs by default. Each of those tabs has its own close button, but don’t worry - if you accidentally close a tab, just go to the History menu to bring it back from the list of “Recently Closed Tabs.” You’ll never be crunched for space anymore, either. When you have too many tabs open to comfortably fit in a single window, scroll arrows will appear on either side, and a button on the right side will always show you an easy-to-read list of all your open tabs.

Spell Checking

Spell Checking screenshot

Sometimes you’re in a rush, and can’t remember if it’s “i” before “e” or the other way around. Firefox 2 has built-in spell checking to keep you from making any mistakes in your blog posts and Web-based email, so you can worry about more important things.

Search Suggestions

Search Suggestions screenshot

Some of the search engines in Firefox 2 can read your mind, and actually suggest search terms for what you’re looking for. Just start typing into the Search bar, and a drop down list of suggestions will appear. (Works for Google, Yahoo! and

Session Restore

Losing your place while you’re doing things on the Web is a pain. Now, with Session Restore, if Firefox has to restart or closes when it comes back you’ll pick up exactly where you left off. The windows and tabs you were using, the text you typed into forms, and the in-progress downloads you had running will all be restored. You can even set Firefox 2 to always restore your previous session instead of loading a home page, so you’ll never lose your place again.

Web Feeds (RSS)

Web Feeds (RSS) screenshot

What do news headlines, indie rock podcasts, and pictures of kittens have in common? They’re all things that you can subscribe to with Web feeds. Firefox 2 gives you full control over Web feeds, showing you a preview and letting you choose how you want to subscribe. You can use a Firefox Live Bookmark, or a feed reader that you’ve installed on your computer, or through a Web service such as My Yahoo!, Bloglines or Google Reader.

Live Titles

Live Titles screenshot

Keep an eye on that auction or the status of a delivery using the new Live Titles feature in Firefox 2. Compact enough to fit as a bookmark label, Live Titles are regularly updated summaries of the most important information on a Web page. As the information on the page gets updated, so does your Live Title. Try one out in Firefox 2 by bookmarking

Integrated Search

Integrated Search screenshot

Firefox helps you find whatever it is that you’re looking for. The Search bar comes pre-loaded with search engines for Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, eBay,, and Creative Commons. Wherever you are on the Web, you can enter a search term in the Search bar and receive immediate answers from the search engine you’ve chosen. You can select a new search engine from the Search bar menu at any time, and add search engines from hundreds of your favorite Web sites.

Live Bookmarks

Live Bookmarks screenshot

Firefox Live Bookmarks let you view Web feeds such as news and blog headlines in the bookmarks toolbar or menu. With one glance, quickly review the latest headlines from your favorite sites and click to go directly to the articles that interest you.

Pop-up Blocker screenshot

Firefox keeps you in control of the Web pages you’re viewing, blocking annoying pop-ups. Firefox’s pop-up blocker notifies you when pop-ups are blocked via the information bar or icon on the lower right of the screen.

Streamlined Interface

The user interface in Firefox 2 has been updated to improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience.


Firefox delivers a better browsing experience for everyone - including those who are visually impaired. Firefox includes support for DHTML accessibility. Web developers can create pages that reduce the amount of tabbing required to navigate a document to minimize keystrokes for those with mobility disabilities. Firefox also includes support for Microsoft Active Accessibility, Microsoft’s accessibility API standard for Windows. This support allows Firefox to work with screen readers such as GW Micro’s Window-Eyes and Freedom Scientific’s JAWS. Firefox 2 (Windows version) meets US federal government requirements that software be easily accessible to users with physical impairments.

Stay Secure on the Web

The Web is a great place, but sometimes you’ll encounter bad people. Firefox keeps you safe from spyware, hackers, scammers and spammers, using the power of a vigilant and passionate community to protect you 24/7.

Phishing Protection

Phishing Protection screenshot

Phishing Protection takes Firefox’s security to a new level, helping to safeguard your financial information and protect you from identity theft. When you encounter a Web site that is a suspected forgery (known as a “phishing” site) Firefox will warn you and offer to take you to a search page so you can find the real Web site you were looking for.

Open Source, More Secure

At the heart of Firefox is an open source development process driven by thousands of passionate, experienced developers and security experts spread all over the world. Our openness and active community of experts helps to ensure our products are more secure and updated quickly, while also enabling us to take advantage of the best third party security scanning and evaluation tools to further bolster overall security.

Automated Update

Automated Update screenshot

Firefox’s update system always checks to see if you’re running the latest version, and notifies you when a security update is available. These security updates are small (usually 200KB - 700KB), giving you only what you need and making the security update quick to download and install. The automated update system provides updates for Firefox on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in over 40 different languages.

Protection from Spyware

Firefox will not allow a Web site to download, install, or run programs on your computer without your explicit agreement. Period. You will be notified whenever downloading or installing software, and Firefox will always tell you what’s happening so that you can stay in control of your computer.

Clear Private Data

Clear Private Data screenshot

Firefox offers the ability to clear all your private Web browsing data with just one click with the “Clear Private Data” tool. You can be confident that when you clear your private data in Firefox it’s gone - whether you are using your own computer or one at the library.

Personalize Your Browser

Choose from thousands of useful Add-ons that enhance Firefox. It’s easy to personalize Firefox 2 to make it your own.

An Add-on for Everyone

You can choose from over 1,000 add-ons at the Firefox Add-ons Web site. A Firefox add-on can help you comparison shop, share bookmarks with your friends, see the weather in a corner of your browser, write to your weblog, get news, listen to music - all from inside the browser you already love. You can even change the appearance of your browser - from buttons to colors and fonts - so that it matches your own personal style.

Add-ons Manager for Extensions and Themes

Add-ons screenshot

The new Add-ons Manager improves the user interface for managing extensions and themes, making it even easier for you to customize Firefox 2. Install, uninstall, enable and disable your add-ons in a single place.

Search Engine Manager

Search Engine Manager screenshot

You can now quickly add, remove and re-order your search engines in the Search bar. Firefox 2 will also detect when a Web site has a search engine that can be installed, and will install it for you with a single click in the drop-down menu.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Its all KDEEEE.................!!!!!

Before installing the shock of installing my first Linux subsided,my attention was drawn
towards the KDE version of my Linux.It is Kubuntu 6.06.So without wasting much time,I went to and placed my order.Exactly after 2 weeks ,i received my parcel with that cool company tag "Canonical".Let me testimony that though i liked the appealing graphics when it came to functionality ,Ubuntu blew my mind.Its way too good (Yeah i know there are (is)other distros which may out perform Ubuntu) .
Now after i pondered my way through the stuff,i discovered several great things like aMaroK n all,but sadly i figured out that it wont play MP3s and i needed some plugins for that.My next step is to find a way to get those.Unlike GNOME(Ubuntu),this KDE version is not that user friendly (as i feel so).I sincerely hope the developers would find a better solution for that.Being a KDE user it is my honor to put up a screen shot of it here.The screenshot is taken when the KDE login screen is trying to Authenticate me in to the desktop [;)]

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

                      Creative MuVo TX SE 512 MB

 Today my friend Rakesh came to college and as he promised ,he showed me his    Creative MuVo TX SE 512 MB and it rocks.I listened to "Iam Rock " and it was too good.He is really excited about his MP3 player and proud too.So i take this opportunity to make this entry a
review of Creative MuVo TX SE 512 MB.

(Courtesy :
               With so much great music around don't you think it's time you got hold of a decent MP3 player? If the answer is "er, maybe" you're probably one of those CD-worshipping technophobes who is reluctant to take the digital plunge for fear of breaking the bank only to get your tunes in a twist.

              Well, fear not, because the incredibly dinky Creative MuVo TX SE Digital Audio Player is here, and it's not nearly as complicated or expensive as its convoluted name suggests. In fact the superb sounding TX SE is a doddle to operate despite a whole heap of price-defying features. But before we list them it's worth mentioning that this ingenious device is no slacker in the storage stakes. No siree, this pocket-friendly player has an impressive (for its size) 512 MBs of memory - that's enough to store up to 120 songs in MP3 format or 240 in WMA. Imagine trying to cram that many CDs down your trackie pants!

                                    And if you're looking at the TX SE's ludicrously low price tag and envisaging Christmas cracker-esque build quality you'd better envisage again, because the TX SE is a gorgeously engineered little devil that looks, feels and sounds as if it should cost far more than sixty smackers.

Now what about all those lovely features? Well, for starters there's a reversible backlit LCD display that tells you exactly what you're listening to; handy if you're a fan of Elton/Pete collaborations, as you'll never again confuse them with similar sounding files (you know, the ones of cats being castrated and pianos that've just been tuned by Les Dawson falling down flights of stairs).

Next up, the TX SE offers high speed cable-free USB 2.0 connectivity. And transferring tunes and data is easy, even if you're a digital dunce. Simply drag and drop your files straight onto the MuVo. The TX SE also has an integrated microphone that can record up to 16 hours of babbling. Perfect for all you talkative sieve-heads who can't be bothered to write things down.

Did we also mention that the TX SE will play for up to 18 hours from a single AAA battery? We are so good to you ! If all this isn't enough to get you clicking on the 'Add to cart' button the TX SE even features a built-in custom equalizer with four presets.
                                                    The incredible MuVo TX SE measures a mere 35x74x15mm and it weighs in at a gym-friendly 43g (with battery). We could go on about the MuVo TX SE for ages and pages, but it really needs to be seen and heard to be believed. So come on; if you want a lot of sound for your pound in a tiny, idiot-proof package you'd better hurry up and get Creative!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

So after a long wait(yeah horrific indeed) ,our fourth semester results were published.
It would be nice to put things in this way.A few weeks back,i met a person who is working with the University.I told me my name and we left.But i saw this same guy last week and i asked my result.
He told me that i scored 489/600.
         Since it was a University exam,i was happy to hear the score especially when i was worried about my Maths mark.I was sure that someone would score more than me esp. Renjini.But i had a small doubt whether i would pull it away.But to my bad luck,two unexpected entries spoiled the party-Anjana and Devi.As expected renjini and Vidya scored the first and second respectively.I was sad but yeah i do believe that i did my part.Let me see whether i can spoil others party atleast.(Hopefully)And my friend justin also did well with 98 in Java (484/600)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

                            Yesterday i was given a question by my friend justin ,that was originally put forward 
by one of my friend Anjana.It was based on Java.Actually she wanted to know the exact details of any file
(like date time etc) that too using a Java program.

                                                         So i went across some programs which i had and also seeked help from Mr Vishakh of NIIT.Atlast a solution was found using which one could find the date ,time at which a particular file was last modified.So i wrote one program.

This program currently accept a file name from the current directory and  would print the above mentioned details.But i also look forward to find a way using which one could find
out a way to find the details at which the file was actually created.Im also enclosing a screenshot of 
how the program window would look like(a comand line window)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Today i started experimenting more with the instructions gien by Manoj(justins bro) in our group(uit_tvm).As mentioned by him i downloaded Apache.But when i tried to configure it ,it was found that there was no gcc ,C compiler etc.So i downloaded gcc C compiler and all.Now that when i try to run ./configure ,it is showing me an error.Refer fig(1)

Now that Im searching the net using Google to find an answer for this question.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

                                                       Yeah I went for the tour of ma college life.We started on 29th wnet to Kodai.Did some boating n cycling Took lots of pictures..Next day we went to Munnar.There we couldnt see any neelakurinji.But we did some traffic control on a path where anyone could simply put his scorpio in a ditch.But we enjoyed pulling the cars n stuff.Also we went to Veegaland ,the cool amusement park here in kerala.It was altogether fun and we really enjoyed the trip>im enclsoing a tour snap here