Sunday, December 20, 2009

Firefox 3.6 makes an upgrade to ramp up its performance

Mozilla Firefox will be watched quite closely since now more than 1 in 4 people use theFirefox browser. The browser wars are back with Chrome browser leap frogging overSafari and is now the 3rd most used browser.
Firefox 3.6 beta version has had a new upgrade and I thought I would let your know what is new with this version. If you already have Firefox 3.6, the new upgrade will be done automatically from your browser. If you are using a version lower than Firefox 3.6you might want to download it from their beta website.
Firefox 3.6 Beta upgrade
  • The new upgrade support HTML 5 File API. This means its possible for allowing user to select a local file using HTML. This means it can be done using HTML inputelement or using drag and drop.
  • Scripts will be run asynchronously which essentially makes the speed of the browser a lot faster. Even though I have not testing the browser for speed, but I did seem a marked difference in speed after I upgraded.
  • Firefox 3.6 will proactively alert you about out of date plugins.
  • It also promises better support for CSS, HTML5 and JavaScript.
I started using the upgraded browser and its been a few hours. I must say when opening multiple tabs I found it better than Chrome. I usually end up opening over 10 tabs. Also there has not been a single crash. :-)
It is still early days but it’s definite that Firefox will keep eating into Internet Explorer’smarket share right through December.
Let me know if you have more details and interesting facts about Firefox 3.6 throughyour comments.


SMStweet lets you Tweet via local SMS

 SMStweet enables user to post Tweets via SMS. To use this service just go to & sign in using Twitter. This service uses Twitter oAuth & hence doesn’t store your twitter login information. After authenticating with twitter, give your mobile number to SMStweet & start using the service right away.
Send TWT YourTweet to 09220092200 or 09243000111 to post a tweet. If your tweet gets posted successfully, you will receive a response message containing latest @reply made to you.
Tweeting is fun when you share your experiences right away. Once I tweeted from middle of a river! SMSTweet just enables you to do it! No need of a GPRS connection, no need of a fancy device, all you need is a mobile phone & every mobile phone supports SMS (Do I have to say that?). I also find SMStweet useful to post interesting forwarded SMSs to Twitter.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Google Public DNS

What is Google Public DNS?

Google Public DNS is a free, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider.
To try it out:
  • Configure your network settings to use the IP addresses and as your DNS servers or
  • Read our configuration instructions.
If you decide to try Google Public DNS, your client programs will perform all DNS lookups using Google Public DNS.

Why does DNS matter?

The DNS protocol is an important part of the web's infrastructure, serving as the Internet's phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day.

Why should you try Google Public DNS?

By using Google Public DNS you can:

Friday, December 4, 2009

Check if your Gtalk Friend is Logged in from Mobile, Blackberry Device, Gmail or other Gtalk Client

All you need to do is download and install Digsby, one of the best and recommended Gtalk client, and login with your Gtalk credentials. Whenever your friend becomes visible on Gtalk, just hover over his status on Digsby window and you will be able to see their status as mentioned in the screenshots below:
identify gtalk buddy's client identify gtalk buddy's client2 identify gtalk buddy's client3
 identify gtalk buddy's client4

Hope, if not earlier, at least now you must have understood this quite useful feature of using Digsby. On your friend’s status message’s ‘resource’ section, you can check how your friend is logged into Gtalk. If he/she might have logged in from multiple devices then all of them will be listed here.
For those who are still not using this great app (free of course), this may be another reason for you to try it out.
LinksDownload Digsby |

Chrome OS Screan Shots

[From: Google Chomium OS Official Blog]

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Google Chromium OS

Google has finally released Chromium OS as a open source project. The news about Google’s Chrome OS has been received by people with anticipation which is expected but views on the OS are different in many ways. Some experts think Chrome OS will drive Google to go the Microsoft way. Others think it will not last and the idea of an Chrome OS is not suitable when Linux is still around.

About Google Chromium OS

  • Chromium OS will work on the principle that many people who use a computer may not want a OS which takes 45 seconds to load up. Chrome OS will load up in approx 3-4 seconds.
  • One thing that stands out with Chrome OS, is it’s laser like focus on the internet. Google being an internet giant has not lost it’s focus with its OS. It keeps the focus as the internet and has built the Operation System around what a internet user will need.
  • Chrome OS will not store a lot of data on the computer. This will give it a great advantage when it comes to security. All files and data will be stored online. Even if the computer is hit with a virus when Chrome OS updates the virus will be removed automatically.
  • This will also mean that when if Chrome OS crashes, there will be no data loss as all data will be stored online. So if my Chrome OS crashes all I will need is to re-install it and I should be good to go with all my data intact as it would anyways be stored online.

Chrome OS vs Windows 7

Many blogs might be taking the name of Chrome OS as competition to Windows 7, but I doubt that is the case. Google has kept its focus on internet functionality unlike Microsoft which is multi focused. I doubt Google is even looking to rival Microsoft’s Windows with Chrome OS. The impact Chrome OS will have on the Operating System market is still to be seen. Being still a year away from when it might get out of beta where Chrome OS will position itself is difficult to predict.
But if Google gets Chrome OS right, there is a good chance that people who are just using the internet and their browser with their computers might just dump Windows and move over to Chrome. I do not see Mac users dumping their Macs for Chrome OS as most people who buy a Mac would need their computers for a lot more than just using the internet.

Malware On Orkut

My Latest Discovery. Google Chrome detected a Malware on Orkut.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Orkut Now in 40 New Colors

Now Orkut has more fun. Orkut added a range of new colors to spice up your Orkut profile page
. You can change your profile color with a single click in New Orkut Version. Haven't you changed yet to New Orkut? Leave a message on my Google friend connect comment box to get a 'New Orkut' invitation from me or our friends.
Orkutplus, Sajitha Pramod

Airtel offers internet browsing free for 3 months

Airtel offers 100 MB/month internet browsing free for 3 months with select handsets.
If you want to get this offer send SMS 'My Data' to 543210 from your handset. 100MB free data download per month will be credited in customer's account within 24 hrs of receiving the SMS. Please note that this offer is available only for Airtel subscribers who own the following handsets. This offer is valid from October 2009 to December 2009 and customer will be charged at 30paise/50KB forpost free MB usage.
Eligible handsets
Nokia 5130K,Samsung Star, Nokia E63, Samsung Star WiFi, Nokia 6700, Samsung Star 3G, Nokia N79, Samsung F480, Nokia 5800, Samsung Jet, Nokia N97, Samsung Omnia HD, Nokia E71, Samsung Corby, Nokia 6303

(Via:Sajitha Pramod)

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