I Got more RAM

Yes finally after 6 years of using the same configuration, I have added a new parts to my PC (i.e. when replacing the packed up keyboard and mouse is not counted). The new parts are a 256 MB SDRAM (Rs. 1500) and a Cabinet Fan (Rs. 50).

This means I now have a total of 320 MB SDRAM and a cooler cabinet, and a serious boost in my PCs performance. Now the boot up time is just 2 minutes (with an antivirus running) up from the earlier 3 minutes (without an antivirus). Now that’s something isn’t it! Now this means I don’t need to run Gaim anymore and even a no more long waits just to run a messenger and Opera together. And a lot more software. Man the performance boost is enormous.

The next thing I want to buy is a Lite On DVD-RW for Rs. 2600, which I plan to get in a weeks time (hopefully). Whereas my ultimate wish list is an Apple iMac, so any one care donate!!!

UPDATE (24-June-2006): I got myself a LG DVD-RW for Rs 2200. I did want to buy a Lite-On but its not in stock and is only available on order. Also Lite-On dosent have an after sales office in Vashi, so had to go with LG (the second best in my list).

Opera 9 Final Released!!!

Opera today has released the final version of its desktop browser, Opera 9.

Opera 9 presents a significant upgrade over previous versions of the browser in both features and more importantly better site compatibility.

Some of the notable new features introduce in Opera 9 include Content blocking (A.K.A An ad blocker), Widgets, BitTorrent support, and Site-specific preferences (See Opera 9 screenshots here).

Opera Widgets are small applications — such as multimedia, games, utility programs, newsfeeds, and more – the run on the desktop outside the browser. Widgets have proven popular with Yahoo’s Konfabulator and Apple’s Dashboard Widgets; Google too recently released Desktop widgets with Google Desktop.

The new content blocker allows you to block various kinds of content, such as ads, from being displayed in the browser. Though the new Content Blocker sports the same functionality of an Ad Blocker, Opera was careful not to name it an Ad Blocker as many ad-displaying sites would block Opera users.

Bit Torrent support also made its way in the browser, after being released in previous preview and beta versions. With Opera’s BitTorrent support, downloading a torrent file is just like downloading a regular file.

Opera 9 Features | Opera 9 Changelog | Download Opera 9

Football takes over Cricket

For the first time ever I have seen the Indian Media give football more coverage than cricket. TV shows dedicated only to cricket are giving previews and reviews to the world cup, out of the 4 pages of sports 3 for the Fifa World Cup and the 1 page had all other sports news just as a formality. The biggest thing is that Fifa World Cup 2006 Germany begins only tomorrow!!! And that really means something. If you said “Why?” then there can be only one reason for that question and that is “You are Not an Indian!” Cricket is next to a religion in India as is football in Europe.

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I Got Microsoft Office 2007 Beta2 Running

OH yes I did get Microsoft Office 2007 Beta2 running on my 6 year old PC with a meagre 64 MB RAM. And the best part is that I find it running more efficiently and faster than Office 2003, that’s really commendable to Microsoft for not making Office 2007 a bloat ware. But still the apps are a bit slow in some places and I think that’s acceptable on a PC with 1/4th the RAM than required.

The new User Interface (UI) in Office 2007 is really cool, makes life very easy. But unfortunately Microsoft hasn’t added the new UI to all the applications. Its just available in Excel, PowerPoint, Word & composing part of Outlook. OneNote is the place where this UI is sorely missed. Microsoft says it will add this new UI in the next office release, which essentially means Office13 and that means at least 4 years.

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Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Released

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
Download: http://www.ubuntu.com/download
Free CDs: https://shipit.ubuntu.com/
On 1st June 2006 the Ubuntu Community released versions 6.06 LTS of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu & Xubuntu. All these the are Long Term Support or LTS meaning they will be supported for atleast 3 years for desktop (upto 1 June 2009) and 5 years for the server (upto 1 June 2011).
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