How Do You Sleep? – John Lennon.

Holy Whackalicious! I was going through the log of my feed subscribers for this blog and I found one subscriber using Lynx!!! For those who don’t know, Lynx is a completely text based browser and runs primarily on Linux. It does have ports for Windows and Mac though. You can find more info for it on

In other news, I went home late last night – very late, didn’t sleep well and now I feel completely out of sync. It’s like my mind is working faster than my body. It feels weird. You take a step and you realise that your feet is not there yet but your brain has already decided to take another step – am I making any sense?

The replies didn’t come in yesterday also. I feel like a telephone operator. I have called the dude up so many times that I think I know his number by heart now (and if you know me remotely, you will realise that this is a BIG achievement). I hope to end this by today, one way or the other.

Pownce is said to go public by afternoon today and I want to be onto it. When I first joined there, it looked like another Twitter clone with the only USP being the ability to send files to friends, like you can’t do that with email or the messengers already, I thought, and happily abstained from using the service. I was reading up on all the planned upgrades to the service today and it seems quite interesting. I particularly like the option of being able to import friends from FB, Twitter and a few other social networks. That should help. I also like their client, which runs on Adobe AIR.

I want to play with KDE 4.0, I have been reading about it, and I know it’s far from stable but I like to get my kicks from time to time. I am planning to run it on OpenSUSE or Fedora. Definitely not on Ubuntu. I wonder why people like Ubuntu… it’s so non Linux-like, so much like Windows, very rigid and hard to truly customise.

I uploaded the snaps I took in the mosque and others onto Picasa, so you can look em up in the random pics album.

Looking to play with the HCL UMPCs. The Y-Series catches my fancy. I hope the finishing is not as bad as it looks in the snaps – cheap plastic type with wobbly keys. I hope to get my hands on the ASUS EEE PC too… been reading so much about it that it feels like I know everything there is to know about it and all I have to do is feel the PC (no pun intended).

Am I the only one who is starting to find these HDFC system upgrade messages irritating. I know its going down on the 25th and I have it marked on my Google calander, my desktop notes, my calander in the cubicle, tattooed on my hand and what not! Gimmie a break people and stop spamming my email, my phone and the annoying popups when I use netbanking… Sheesh.

Time to read His Dark Materials till the replies come in… adios people!

j j j

Try Opera today!

As I have stated previously, I am a download junkie. I am constantly downloading and trying out new (and mostly free) software. Over the last year or so, I have tried literally hundreds of different programs, including at least 20 different browsers. Of all those I have tried I now use primarily two browsers – Opera and Flock. I use Opera about 80% of the time – it has an excellent buiilt-in mail program (which I also use), and it is the fastest browser out there when it comes to page loading (for specific test results look here). I also use Flock, which is built on the Mozilla platform, but unlike Firefox, it is specifically designed for those of us who blog. I’ll say more about it in an upcoming post.

But first, I want to encourage those of you read my blog (all ten to twenty of you) to give Opera a try, if you have not done so already. Until last year, many refused to try Opera since it was not a free browser (although if you did not want to pay the $39 for it, you could use an ad-based version). I did this myself, because I found that even with the ads, Opera was the most versatile and fastest browser. Now, however, Opera is free, and it’s latest version (Opera 9) is getting rave reviews. One recent review comes from Gareth McCumskey, the editor of ISP Directory, who also reviews and grades Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox. Of the three major Windows browsers he reviewed, Opera 9 received the highest marks, followed by Firefox and IE. In particular, he grades the browsers as follows:

Internet Explorer – 36%

Firefox – 88%

Opera – 93%

You can read McCumsky’s full review here. In addition, the UK’s best-selling internet magazine Webuser has an overwhelmingly positive review of Opera. You can find their review here, but this is their ending paragraph which they entitle Verdict:

Evidently seeking to innovate rather than imitate, Opera 9 leaves other browsers in the shade. It’s packed with clever features that make web surfing simpler, speedier and safer, but is still straightforward to use and loads pages at lightning speed. Although Firefox fans may miss having thousands of extensions to play with, Opera’s versatility and powerful performance make it a worthy rival to the browsers from Mozilla and Microsoft, who will probably be eyeing some of its new tools with interest.

So let me say it again, in case you haven’t heard it by now – try Opera. If you use it for just one or two weeks, I am sure you will make it your browser of choice.

Disclaimer: I am not, unfortunately, being paid anything for this recommendation : )

j j j