Tuesday, January 30, 2007

How to Customize Google to Improve your Googling Experience...

If you are a die hard Googler, then you would probably love this great Firefox extension called Customize Google. It can change your Googling Experience completely. This little addon weighing around 215Kb has many features to enhance your experience. Let me sort out what this small piece of add-on can do for you:
  • Remove Ads: Although Google Ads is blind enough to be seen, yet you can completely remove all the Ads in Google Services like Gmail, Google Search, Groups, News, Froggle and Print.

  • Customizing Gmail: Use a fixed font for Gmail mail bodies, hide the Gmail spam counter, Secure Gmail and switch to https always. Remove sponsored ads and make your interface clean.

  • Google Search: Can’t find your result in Google search? Add competitors Search Engine like Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, AlltheWeb, Msn, Lycos, Technorati, Feedster, Bloglines, Altavista to Google Search. Remove Sponsored links from Google search results and filter spammy websites from search results.
  • Google Image Search: Widen your image search and remove the limit of searching images only in Google by adding competitors image search engines like Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, AlltheWeb, Msn, Pic Search, Ditto, Getty, Creatas, Web Shots, Nasa, Flickr. Another best part is that CG add-on will rewrite links to point straight to the images in Google Images.

  • Other Features: Other features of CG Add-on Include use of Google Suggest in all Google services, anonymity of your Google user id, result counter in search result, removal of image copying restrictions in Google Book Search, secure https of Google Calander, blocking Google Analytics cookies, links to WayBack Machine in webpage history including click tracking removal.

  • Some Other Facts About CG Extension:
    • According to Mozilla.org, the Firefox extension Customize Google has now been downloaded more than 5 million times since its introduction in july 2005.
    • Customize Google is available for Internet Explorer too but with some limitations which you can download here.
    • This Add-on is available in 50 International languages .
    • This Extension is certified as Spyware free by Softpedia.
    • CG allows you to easily customize the features by giving users the ability to turn off unwanted features.
I strongly recommend this add-on and have been using it successfully for one year without any crashes. You can check more screenshots of the add-on here and here.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Notepad++ 4.0 Released :: A Better Replacement for your Notepad...

Notepad++ is definitely my favorite Notepad replacement because of the extensive features that it has built-in. A lot of applications are going to have tabbed interfaces these days and Notepad++ realized the importance of this early on, which is actually why I started using it in the first place. Being able to have multiple documents open in the same window is a huge plus not to mention how much room it saves on your Task bar.

Notepad++ v4.0 brings some new goodies to the table and now includes the Explorer plug-in pictured on the left-side in the screenshot above. It actually lets you navigate your hard drive so that you can easily open up the documents without fussing with a popup window. Besides for that there are a lot of bug fixes so the upgrade is highly recommended:
  • Fix the crash issue.
  • Add Docking feature for plugin dialogs.
  • Fix the bug that current “open” and “save as” directory are unchanged with the shortcut Ctrl+Tab.
  • Fix the bug that the new added languages in v3.9 can not be hidden from the language menu.
  • Fix the volatile search direction bug.
  • Fix the Tab display problem.
  • Add Haskell, InnoSetup languages support.
  • Add the option to open/save files in the last operation directory.
  • Enhance Document switcher (MRU and switch crossing view abilities).
  • Fix “Find Next” unicode bug for Find Replace Dialog.
  • Support Unicode in displayed result of Find in files & Find in all opened files.
  • Add Reload from disk feature.
  • Fix bug : quite (close or restart Windows) without prompt to save.
  • All the shortcuts of plugins commands are customizable via the shortcut mapper
If you’re a programmer like me then you’ll surely love Notepad++ with its syntax highlighting. It supports all kinds of languages including C++, Java, PHP, HTML, ASP and much more. When you’re just trying to make a quick edit, whether it be to source code or any text document, there is nothing better than to have Notepad++ a click away!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Apple iPhone :: why should you buy and why shouldn't...

The Apple iPhone combines three products - a mobile phone, a wide screen iPod with touch controls and an Internet communication device with email, web browsing, searching and maps - into one small and lightweight hand held. Offering an entirely new user interface the iPhone integrates a large multi-touch display and new software, letting users control iPhone with just their fingers. The iPhone allows users to make calls by pointing at a name or number.

Why Should You Buy an Apple iPhone :
  • Phone’s accelerometer detects when users rotate the device from portrait to landscape, then automatically changes the contents of the display, so they immediately see the entire width of a web page or a photo in its proper landscape aspect ratio.

  • An ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the display to the appropriate level for the current ambient light, thereby enhancing the user experience and saving power at the same time.

  • Doubles as a wide screen iPod with touch controls to enjoy content - including music, audio books, videos, TV shows, and movies - on a 3.5-inch wide screen display.

  • Features Cover Flow, Apple's way to browse the music library by album cover artwork on an iPod.

  • Watch TV shows and movies purchased from the online iTunes Store, with touch controls for play-pause, chapter forward-backward and volume.

  • Integrated with Yahoo! Mail to 'push' IMAP email to iPhone users or with industry standard IMAP and POP based email services, such as Microsoft Exchange, Apple .Mac Mail, AOL Mail, and Google Gmail.

  • Quick switching - while listening to your music using the iPod application on your iPhone, the phone rings. As the phone call comes in, the music fades out, and the screen changes allowing you to answer. While on the phone, you can even pull up photos to send in an email, and browse the web. After you end the call, the iPod continues playing where you left off. Amazing!

  • Other features you may like:
    • Only 11.6 mm thickness and 3.5 in. width
    • Runs Mac OS X (access to Safari Web browser)
    • Touchscreen display with multi-touch support
    • 2 megapixel camera
    • 8 GB storage
    • Bluetooth with EDR and also WiFi
    • Quadband GSM radio with EDGE
    • EDGE or WiFi, the phone switches to WiFi when detected
    • Google Maps: Satellite directions, traffic monitoring, and normal maps.
    • Random access voicemail
    • Widgets: Weather and stocks
    • Photo album lets you scroll through images with your finger and you can zoom in/out by “squeezing” or “pinching” the screen with two fingers.
    • The orientation of the screen (landscape or portrait) will automatically rotate based upon the orientation of the device itself.

Why Shouldn't You Buy an Apple iPhone :
  • Only 2-megapixel camera when others have 5-megapixel shooters on board.

  • It will be a closed platform running software approved by Apple only. That means Apple will get a huge cut from selling the software through its iTunes store. It may even charge a dollar per ring tone.

  • Only 5-hour talk time, poor battery life.

  • It does not have 3G, but will have EDGE (2.5 G). 3G is faster but eats up the battery life, and apple may not have a good battery in place to support 3G.

  • No removable battery - that means you can't take along a spare battery for iPhone.

  • No expansion slot. So if you go for this 8-GB model and that's it, you can't add up extra memory card.

  • Price of iPhone: $499 (4GB) or $599(8GB) with a two year contract, by the time the contract is over your, iPhone will probably be scratched all over like the Nano or be made obsolete by better phone on the market.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Even Windows XP fears President Bush...

Believe it or not, even your operating system Windows XP fears United States President George W. Bush... Now you might think I have gone mad. But folks, I can give you a proof... Lets follow the steps mentioned below :
  1. Open your notepad (Just right click on your desktop and select ‘New -> Text Document’ )

  2. Rename the text document file as Bush.txt

  3. Open this Bush.txt, write ‘‘Bush hid the facts’’ (excluding the quotation marks) on it. Then save the text file and close it.

  4. Now re-open this Bust.txt. Shocked ??

    - you can't see the text you have just typed, but instead you will see a bunch of squares (or, as I later found out, some Chinese characters - that is, if you have the Chinese fonts installed, which is not my case).
So now you believe Windows XP fears President Bush ?? Some of the more wide-eyed conspiracy theorists postulate that this result is a form of political commentary directed against US President Bush and was knowingly and deliberately programmed into Notepad by Microsoft. But this text is not the only one to cause problems in Windows XP Notepad. There are other strings as well that cause Notepad to screw up, including ‘‘this app can break’’, ‘‘sami can not dance’’ and even ‘‘abcd efg hij klmno’’ and ‘‘xxxx xxx xxx xxxxx’’. What do these phrases have in common ?? They are made up by four words made up by four, three, three and five letters, all lowercase.

But if the text file is saved as ‘‘Unicode’’ text encoding instead of windows XP default ‘‘ANSI’’, then the text displays correctly. Older versions of Notepad such as those that came with Windows 95, 98 or ME do not include ‘‘Unicode’’ encoding support so the error does not occur. Now you might wanna know the reasons behind this ‘‘bush hid the facts’’ easter egg/bug of Notepad... Now, two different but similar explanations can be given :

Explanation #1 :
After the ASCII-to-hex conversion of the string, Notepad rearranges the hex codes not according to ASCII standards, but to Unicode, and that messes it up. For example, take ‘‘bush hid the facts’’. The hex codes (they can be seen with any hex editor you want to download) for the string are:

62 75 73 68 20 68 69 64 20 74 68 65 20 66 61 63 74 73

Arrange the codes to make up Unicode characters and you will get:

7562 6873 6820 6964 7420 6568 6620 6163 7473

You should notice that every code here is hyper linked. If you click on each one of them, you'll see that each one represents a Chinese letter. So this whole thing's cause is the coincidence that the 18 ASCII characters happen to represent 9 Unicode characters. And, of course, Windows' inability to determine the right encoding of the file.

Explanation #2 :
This explanation is slightly different, but the basics are the same: the difference between ASCII and Unicode. It's just a matter of Notepad defaults. You see, when you save the file, in the "Encoding" field, the default drop-down is set to ANSI. So, by default, Notepad saves as ANSI. But if you do a File -> Open, the default Encoding is set to Unicode. That's exactly what happens when you double click a saved file. Notepad knows the path, but not the Encoding. So it uses the default Unicode encoding, which spits the Chinese characters as explained above.

And that's about it. No easter eggs, no conspiracies, no Bush interventions. Just plain old Microsoft.

[ Credit goes to Steady Rollin' ]

Friday, January 12, 2007

Get a Free copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2007...

Microsoft is continuing to build-up to the launch of both Windows Vista and Office 2007! Part of this excitement is their Launch Event 2007 called ‘Ready for a New Day’. So, how does the free copy come into play? Well, anyone who attends one of the launch events will be given a free copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 as well as Microsoft Office Groove 2007.

The launch event will give you the chance to experience Vista, Office, and Exchange server 2007 in action. These events are being held all across the United States, even in the states you’d least expect it! On their website for the launch event, they have all of the details including a clickable map so that you can find exact locations, dates and times. They have two different events, one being ‘Microsoft Across America’, and the other being ‘Ready for a New Day’. Each have a different agenda which you can view on the web. When you go to sign up, you’ll either register to take the partner, developer, IT pro, small business, or the IT Executive and Manager track (each with a different agenda).

So, now you have a chance to get in on a free copy of Office 2007!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

How to turn your Mouse into a Screen Pen with Microsoft ZoomIt...

Microsoft ZoomIt is an excellent Windows utility by Microsoft that lets you draw or write free-hand on the desktop screen in various colors as you can see from the screen shot below...

But it's more than just another screen annotation tool - you can pan like an on-screen camera or magnify any area of the desktop using either the mouse wheel or the arrow keys.

It might take a minute to get used to the ZoomIt Options and Hotkeys but once you master that, it's fun all the way. The first time you run ZoomIt it presents a configuration dialog that describes ZoomIt's behavior, let's you specify alternate Hotkeys for zooming and for entering drawing mode without zooming, and customize the drawing pen color and size. For example, I use the 'draw-without-zoom' option to annotate the screen at its native resolution. ZoomIt also includes a break timer feature that remains active even when you tab away from the timer window and allows you to return to the timer window by clicking on the ZoomIt tray icon.

ZoomIt works on all versions of Windows. There's an option to change the nib size of the pen as well. Unfortunately, you cannot directly save your creative screen drawings but the Print Screen key can help. And there's no eraser.

[ Credit goes to Digital Inspiration ]

Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Most Innovative Haircut Ever...

Need some innovative haircut ideas ?? Spluch came across a great haircut style at Flickr with which you will look like a man with two faces...

Here is another innovative haircut idea you would surely love to see! In this haircut, you will look like a man with a cap on your head...

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Download Closeup1 2006 Songs...

Close Up1 2006 : Gao Bangladesh Gao, a musical talent hunting show organized by Unilever Bangladesh, is just over, And in this musical competition, we got not only our new 'Bangladeshi Idol' - Salma, but also got some young talented and promising singers including the first runner-up Muhin, the second runner-up Nisheeta, Ronty Das, Putul, Kishor, Sabbir, Polash, Poran, Pulak, Anup and some others. Most of the songs they performed in the different rounds of this competition have become our favorite tracks. I have already collected some of those tracks. Here, I will share some of my favorite ones with you...

  • Salma in Close Up1 2006:
    • O Mor Bania Bondhu
    • Lalon Tomar Arshee Nagar
    • Jen Jon Premer Bhabh Jane Na
    • Ishtition Err Rail Garita
    • Gari Chole Na
    • Ami Chailam Jare
    • Amar Ek Noyon toh Dekhenare

  • Muhin in Close Up1 2006:
    • Amar Shopno Gulo Keno Eto
    • Ekhon Onek Raat
    • Je Matir Buke Ghumiae Ache
    • Hayre Manush Rongin Fanush
    • Pitch Dhala Ei Poth Tare
    • Hazar Borsha Raat
    • Tumi Chara

  • Nisheeta in Close Up1 2006:
    • Bondhu Tomay Mone Pore
    • Bhalobashbo Bashbo re Bondhu
    • Din Gelo
    • Tomar Ghore Boshot
    • Hridoy Kadamatir Kono Murti Noi
    • Jar Chhaya Porechhe
  • Ronty Das in Close Up1 2006:
    • E Emon Porichoy
    • Moner O Ronge Rangabo
    • Harano Diner Moto
    • Tumi Ajibon Shudhu
    • Poran Pakhi
    • Jar Chhaya Porechhe
  • PutuL in Close Up1 2006:
    • Amar Kono Jaiga Naire
    • Achcha Keno Manush Gulo
    • O Majhi Nao Chhaira De
    • Ami Kulhara Kolongkini
  • Kishor in Close Up1 2006:
    • Din Jay Kotha Thake
    • Ami Nirbashone Jabona
    • Jiboner Ahoban
    • Tumi Jodi Bolo
    • Ami Tomakei Bole Debo
    • Mela-i Jaire...
  • Poran in Close Up1 2006:
    • Ami Ekta Jinda Laash
    • Mon Tui Chinli Na Re
- And if you are looking for some other songs from closeup1 2006 competition, not uploaded yet, then you can request for them by posting a comment upon this blog entry...

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