Wednesday, June 28, 2006

great web design tool - test in big range of browsers

now this is one of those ideas you see and think ...

Test your web design in different browsers - Browsershots
Browsershots is a free online platform where you can test your web design in different browsers. When you submit your web address, it will be added to the job queue. A number of distributed computers will automatically open your website in their browser. Then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server

Is the Semantic Web the end of Google

This is a thought provoking article that deserves more of a response. The Institute of Government Business is supporting some open source projects like Metanode that are implementing semantic web concepts like the health and aging thesaurus in a health educational community. The seeds are there ...

Evolving Trends » Wikipedia 3.0: The End of Google?
The Semantic Web (or Web 3.0) promises to “organize the world’s information” in a dramatically more logical way than Google can ever achieve with their current engine design. This is specially true from the point of view of machine comprehension as opposed to human comprehension.The Semantic Web requires the use of a declarative ontological language like OWL to produce domain-specific ontologies that machines can use to reason about information and make new conclusions, not simply match keywords.

one design gallery feed to rule them all!

CSS Galleries: aggregating web design inspiration
CSS and web design galleries are great. But there are so damn many of them. Wouldn't it be nice to have one site to visit, and one feed to subscribe to. CSS Galleries makes your life easier by aggregating the major design showcases into one simple RSS feed.

Web Designers - you have to change your defaults now - most used resolution changes - About Us - Press Box
Amsterdam - June 25 - ( ), the number one provider of real-time intelligence web analytics, today reported that the screen resolution 800 x 600 pixels has signficantly decreased since July 2005. More and more internet users choose for screen resolution 1024 x 768 or higher.

The finding has important implications for web site designers because most web sites are designed for a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels.

The screen resolution 1024 x 768 has reached an all time high of 56.15 percent. Users with monitors set to the most common resolution 800 x 600 for web sites have an approximate 12.04 percent global usage share. Almost a year ago this percentage was 18.23 percent.

Colour for web sites - short sharp quality article

Blue Anvil Design :: Website & Logo Design ::
This article explains the use of colour, what colours signify, and how to find colours that fit with each other in your web pages.

In the web design world, one of the main mistakes made by designers is the incorrect usage of colours. Bad colour schemes can make your site look unfriendly, amateurish, and inaccessible.

This article will identify common mistakes with selecting colours, how to create good colour schemes, and accessibility issues that arise from colours.

Swapping to Ubuntu - another useful experience

The Linux movement is strong throughout Asia and Eastern Europe. This article suggests that Ubuntu is pretty easy to substitute for most users, but the author cae across enough problems to recognise that there is still a need for advice.

Philippine News -- Manila Standard Today -- Life without Windows -- june27_2006
For Windows users, downloading and installing new software on Linux can be rather daunting. Where’s the .EXE file? What do you do with the downloaded file (called a package, in Linux)? What file do you run? Fortunately, Ubuntu takes care of most of these problems for you. A program called Synaptic Package Manager takes care of finding new programs and installing them for you. These are sorted by program types, but the sheer number may be overwhelming. When I ran Synaptic Package Manager, it happily reported that there were more than 18,808 programs available, only 1,221 of which I had installed.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Make Ubuntu look like Mac OSX

The free environment just gets better and better - this site was "dugg"

Lauri Taimila's website
I have noticed that many people try to imitate Mac OSX Tiger's look with their current operating system. No matter is it Windows or Linux. I'm one of those people and this is my atteption to make Ubuntu Linux look like OSX Tiger.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Exciting new Open Source tool to run Windows apps on Mac and Linux

Exciting new Open Source tool to convert MS programs. The executable can then be distributed. How many ways to run Windows on Mac does that make? - bringing Microsoft Windows programs to Linux and Mac!
Alky (pronounced "AL-KEE") is a tool that allows you to convert a Windows executable to a Mac OS X or Linux binary. We are focused on high-end gaming at the moment, though we will support other applications in the future. Our binary translation layer is already working fully for OS X and Linux support is in progress. Of course, Windows applications use a very different set of libraries from Linux or OS X applications so we are also working on a library called LibAlky that will provide those Windows libraries to the application.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Creating Creativity in Youth with digital tech

Arts and Crafts for the Digital Age - New York Times
At first blush, the PicoCricket Kit resembles a plastic box of arts and crafts supplies, crammed with colored felt, pipe cleaners, cotton and Styrofoam balls.

Singing to her Pico-Cricket Kit creation allows Hana Machover,12, to influence its behavior.

Mitchel Resnick sought to encourage artistic uses for the robotics kit.

But this is a craft kit for the digital age. It includes electronic sensors, motors, sound boxes, connecting cables and a palm-size, battery-powered, programmable computer.

By combining the traditional materials with high-tech ones, children as young as 9 can invent interactive jewelry, fanciful creatures that dance, musical sculptures and more, said Mitchel Resnick, a professor of learning research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.

one of the best introductions to Linux desktop I've seen

I just had to post this - it represents one of the new stream of articles about how easy linux is becoming to install and use - with still a set of things you need to know: Basic Things to Know When Switching to a Linux Desktop
I am an advocate of Open Source, and try to promote Linux to friends, colleagues, and sometimes to total strangers. But even though Linux has made its way to the mainstream and wouldn't make an intermediate computer user sweat, there are always bumps on the road. New users get stuck on their new Linux machines trying to figure out what went wrong, or as a better way to say it.. what they didn't know. From different questions that I get from new users, I have come up to a collection of the basic things that a new Linux user must know.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Create a Firefox extension » How to create Firefox extensions
Everyone has a good idea at one time or another to implement a new feature in a web browser. Well, with the goodness that is Mozilla Firefox, now you can do just that. You need to have a vague understanding of XUL and Javascript, but you certainly don’t need to be a master of either.

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Monday, June 05, 2006

Use your computer to fight cancer

Gearlog : Find a Cure for AIDS and Cancer By Donating Computer Time
It isn't every day that we are presented with a chance to save lives, just from using our computers.

David Baker, 43, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Washington, has been trying for years to find an AIDS vaccine or a cure for cancer. However, he hasn't had the funds nor the right kind of computer needed for his research.

Ultimately, the only way for him to conduct his research was to turn to strangers and their computers through networks. His research team uses the computing power from "tens of thousands of PCs whose owners are donating spare computer time to chop away at scientific problems over the Internet." The project is called Rosetta@home, and more than 60,000 people have donated their computer power to aid Baker and his team.

How it works: "The project sends work to computers that have installed the necessary free software. When the machine is idle, it figures out how an individual protein — a building block of life — might fold or contort, displaying the possibilities in a screen saver. When the PC is done crunching, it sends the results back to Baker's team and grabs more work."

If you'd like to help with the project, visit to learn about system requirements and how to download and install BOINC—a free, open-source software for distributed computing.

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