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Cosmic Struggle for new iPhone: Latest Wallpaper June 17, 2007

Posted by Nigel Ajay Kumar (NAyK) in Funny Stuff, Mac, Recommendation, Wallpapers.
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(Another) new iPhone Wallpaper, not to be taken too seriously. (Please don’t be offended, Michaelangelo fans!)

Cosmic Struggle for new iPhone

Image above is a 500px sample, for wallpaper (1024/768px) download click thumbnail below:

Cosmic Struggle for new iPhone 1024/768px

Art image source: http://www.christusrex.org/www1/Sistine/4-Adam.gif

ALSO… if you’re interested…

The downloadable (eye)Phone wallpaper is in two sizes found below.

The (eye) Phone

(1280/768 px)

The (eye) Phone

(1024/768 px)

The Eye image is taken from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Eye_iris.jpg And the iPhone (which is an Apple trademark obviously) is a stock image.

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Green Wallpapers (some links) June 14, 2007

Posted by Nigel Ajay Kumar (NAyK) in Linux, Mac, Recommendation, Wallpapers, Windows, Working with Linux.
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I like Green. And would love to promote more Green wallpapers for Linux or otherwise. Here are some links of some abstract and nature ‘green’ wallpapers that might interest a few. All these links are from kde-look.org After you click you can download from the site directly.

1024/768
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Green+Cream?content=12124
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/greenfly?content=48374
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Linux+Green?content=21305
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Reunion+Green?content=15393

Other sizes
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Blend+green?content=29850
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/More+green%21?content=48144
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Blurry+Green+2?content=55042
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Blurry+Green+3?content=55102
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Green+Tornado?content=52098
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/openSUSE+Green+Veins?content=50088
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/green+paprika?content=21879

New iPhone wallpaper released! June 13, 2007

Posted by Nigel Ajay Kumar (NAyK) in Funny Stuff, Mac, Wallpapers.
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Ok. I couldn’t resist making this. (Please don’t get offended Apple fans! :) )

The new (eye)Phone

The downloadable (eye)Phone wallpaper is in two sizes found below.

The (eye) Phone

1280/768 px

The (eye) Phone

1024/768 px

The Eye image is taken from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Eye_iris.jpg And the iPhone (which is an Apple trademark obviously) is a stock image.

Surfing with Windows Safari: and missing Firefox already June 12, 2007

Posted by Nigel Ajay Kumar (NAyK) in Blogging, Confessions, First Impressions, Internet, Mac, Reviews, Software, Windows, Wordpress.
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Call it being familiar with the familiar, but I just didn’t like the feel of the Safari browser. Now, I’m not a Firefox fan-boy. I really am not. I like Opera a lot, but it doesn’t open many of the sites I need. Firefox opens most of them, so I use it the most. IE7 obviously opens all, but come on!

Recommended only to people who want to simplify their browsing experience, not enhance it.

Installing Safari wasn’t that hard, perhaps it was too easy. Because once I went to the site, downloaded and UNCHECKED the default Apple software/update options which are really irritating, I waited for a long time for something to happen, and nothing did. Later I realised that it had already finished installing, but just failed to inform me.

Then, when I opened it, found that it did NOT ask me to import bookmarks as it promised. Nor could I figure out how to do it. Perhaps I lost out by not choosing a default install option during install, but already I was disappointed.

Safari’s default look was compact and cute, but a little too morbid (grey) in contrast to Firefox’ orange-y look (which is not thaaat great either, btw). Also, the default font made my webpages look heavier (for font rendition images see this link. But there some cute animation effects though (very Mac-ish, I’m told). It makes a funny (in a good way) addition to browsing for a (little!) while.

When I finally started using Safari, I found a few problems/discomforts. For instance, WordPress does not seem to support Safari for when you go to Code view, it messes up your new paragraph spaces. And even if you correct them, the post will be displayed without para spaces. (I had to correct this post in Firefox after typing it in Safari). Since that may not be Safari’s problem, I guess that’s not so important. I also had a tough time finding the homepage. I was shocked to discover that I had to enable the homepage icon (because I can’t image a browser without the ability to go to a homepage). Perhaps because this is beta, the designers probably felt that the crash report icon is more important than go to home page.

Actually, the biggest problem was that I found myself immediately missing Firefox extensions the most. Now I know the Mac is loaded with Extensions for Safari, I just couldn’t find any Windows ones. Thus, Windows Safari’s claim to be fasted web browser needs to be measured against an extended Firefox’s ability to handle multiple tasks, like blog-editing, calculating, video-downloading, and most importantly multiple GMail Account background checking. Plus, I couldn’t find a Showcase like feature to view multiple tabs, which was both surprising and disappointing. (IE7 even has it by default!)

Safari did have a few promising features. The increasing of the form field option was attractive, and the ability to send a quick screenshot.

Evidently, Firefox has become more of an application rather than just a ‘browser’. And so the ‘simple’ browsing of Windows Safari was actually a little too simple. I wanted more from my most used application on my computer, and Safari just could not fit the bill. To be fair, Safari is still in Beta, and the more it’s out on Windows, the more extensions it will get. But for now, I think I’ll stick to Firefox.

Summary: Very neat interface, especially in its compact use of space. Though heavy fonts and morbid default look may scare a few. The browser feels limited, lacks easy access to widgets or extensions and makes you wish you were using Firefox instead. Recommended only to people who want to simplify their browsing experience, not enhance it.

Five reasons that prevent my ‘school’ from adopting Open Source: (from a non-western perspective) May 30, 2007

Posted by Nigel Ajay Kumar (NAyK) in Article Watch, Discussions-Conclusions-Hopes, Linux, Mac, News, Open Source, OpenOffice, Recommendation, Software, Windows, Working with Linux.
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Recently the NZ government aggressively pushed the adoption (some say too early adoption) of open source software (NeoOffice) for their Macs (news-report here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10442388) I found this a fascinating discussion but in the end unrelated to my situation because while my heart goes out for the permeation of open source for the sanity of the global IT customer/user, my own school (in a non-western country) is ions away from moving towards open source awareness let alone adoption.

A bit about my ‘school’: My school (without naming names) is a small set-up for advanced learning; with about 50+ computers for faculty and students. All computers run Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP. All computers use Internet Explorer (except a few faculty who have chosen the adoption of Firefox. The Firefox option does not exist for the students). For office software, all student computers have Star Office 7. While the faculty have either Star Office or MS Word 2003 (education version). Some faculty have their own MS Office solutions, through OEM licensing when they bought with their laptops. The same is true for students with Laptops, though students with desktops (usually assembled of local one-room shops) may have some pirated software, but all MS oriented. In the entire campus, there is only one Mac, and that sits in the Publications Office.

There are at least five reasons why for the next five years my ‘school’ will probably still be dependent on Windows-based products and not touch anything from open source.

1. Our institution is not government funded, hence management policies are determined in-house and by the Board. While currently, finances are not preventing positive IT implementation, there are still enough financial constraints to give the impression/feeling that “we can’t take risks” with open source.

2. Since our IT supervisors (we outsource our IT solutions and support) are MS Windows oriented, their recommendations will obviously be Windows-based solutions. In fact, one deterrent for resisting the implementation of Linux in student computer labs is that, according to these IT-guys, the Windows server does not (cannot?) recognise which site a student on a Linux computer is browsing. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but in a school situation where internet monitoring is important, such arguments are clinchers.

3. Our management (raised in the generation of typewriters) is not IT friendly, and any adoption of new technology (even if it is windows-based) is not thought of positively.  For example, out of all the faculty, I know only one has a blog. And that too he needs help to manage it.  Of course there are exceptions; we have probably two-three IT geeks hidden in the faculty/management. But they are still in the Windows mold and trust Windows enough because it works for them.

4. There is also a false (in my view) impression that grammar check and spell check improves grammar and spelling. That is why, there has been a push for the adoption of Microsoft Office on all our student machines; because it has grammar check. (Currently we use Star Office). There is also the false impression that the software with more tools means greater productivity. In actual fact, neither student nor faculty, in my experiences, uses the computer for more than writing academic documents (which require footnotes, table of contents and indexing). Still, the idea of ‘better’ software is always, ‘potential’ to do more.

5. Finally, there is no understanding of open source philosophy. Open Source philosophy, of free (as in money) and free (as in for cooperation/transparency) is unheard of.  Linux is probably just a catch-phrase out of context. And right now, people feel they have bigger and more important things to worry about than the operating system and software running on their computers. I say this because this lack of understanding of the ideology of Open Source exposes how despite being an advanced educational institute that focusses on the discussion/critique and development of ideological thinking among students, they fail to understand the ideology (and politics) that control their decision to continue with Microsoft, or the alternatives the lie, waiting for adoption.

In summary: as you can see, we’re far away from implementation. I almost wish that the government was funding our institution and would then force us to adopt something like what the New Zealand government is doing. But alas, I realise that even if our government was funding us, they will still push for Microsoft, because what is here below (the people) must reflect what is there above (our governments that reflect our people).

Mac Spoofs PC. Linux spoofs Mac. April 27, 2007

Posted by Nigel Ajay Kumar (NAyK) in Article Watch, Discussions-Conclusions-Hopes, Funny Stuff, Linux, Mac, OpenSUSE, Windows.
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OK, I admit it. I just saw these videos. Everyone else must have seen this series long time earlier. Anyway, web means sharing and I would like to “share” these three youtube movies. Obviously, like the MAC ads, these ads are not geared to “inform” the viewers. The Mac ads were supposed to make us snigger at the competition while we feel good about ourselves. Well, these Linux (Novell) videos certainly makes me feel the same!

Linux Exists!

“You’ve grown up fast!” great line. :)

Linux changes. Fast

I really liked this ad, above. It points to the very thing that makes Linux such a strong attraction; configurability and community sharing.

Linux everywhere

The third video, I didn’t like it, probably because I couldn’t believe anyone would want to replace their (expensive) mac os for a linux. Also, it seemed the least realistic ad in terms of Linux’ capabilities visa vi the competition. But at least it made it’s point that Linux works on both systems.

Official Novell site for the ads: http://www.novell.com/video/