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I've moved my blog to and my portfolio to

The new blog will integrate technology news as well as my personal blog all into one so that it'll be kept more up-to-date and easier for me to keep track. Cheers.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Vista Start Menu: ViStart

Wasn't Vista's start menu so much better. Especially the search functions which enables you to better find your programs rather than going through the whole start menu?

Well, part of the Vista Transformation Pack 7 and developed Lee Matthew Chantrey and Windows X, the ViStart program would definitely be part of your customization toolkit.

Heres a screenshot of the start menu after ViStart is run.

You may also want to try the Vista Transformation Pack found at Windows X

Sunday, July 15, 2007


The usability gap and effects gap between Windows and Linux, in my opinion have shrunk. And that comment comes in lieu of my recent conversion to Linux.

I must admit, I'm quite sold on the Linux platform. Currently I'm using Ubuntu as it has some preloaded drivers which eased my setup. However, what more can you really ask. Just installing Beryl has already replicated or nearly replicated Windows Vista functionality.

Moreover, it is really fast. Much faster than Windows. Although there have been occasional crashes, and slightly more than Windows due to some hardware incompatibility as I have alot of "Designed for Windows XP" hardware. However, on the whole, its usable and software is really easy to obtain.

Compiling software isn't such a pain either...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Apple Safari 3 (Now on Windows!)

Apple's standard compliant safari browser version 3 has entered into public beta. According to Apple, it is 2 times faster than Internet Explorer.

Web Developers which has been bound by Windows (like me) has reasons to cheer as now it is possible to test websites in Safari without the need to break my piggy bank to buy a Mac.

I would love a Mac but no financial funding to do so. Thus the news on Safari on Windows is highly welcomed.

By bringing Safari to Windows, Apple should have given Microsoft a jab to bring Internet Explorer even more standard compliant than now. Safari, based on the WebKit open source project, which is a standard compliant web rendering engine.

In my view, Internet Explorer, though more standards aware, still has a long way to go. Some developers (like me) still have to resort to using JavaScript workarounds (for example, Dean Edwards IE7 script) to get IE to behave and understand CSS which follows closely to standards.

Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR)

Adobe® has officially renamed the Apollo runtime.

Now named Adobe® AIR™, the beta runtime is now available to public. Go to to download it.

Read more about it on Adobe Labs or my previous blog post.


Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Google Gears

Google is now on the path to making its Web-based apps available offline.

Google Gears is an open source browser extension that lets developers create web applications that can run offline. For now, it consists components called LocalServer, Database and WorkerPool.

Only the Google Reader will be made for offline use for now. However, as time goes on, other useful applications such as Docs and Spreadsheets, Calendar and Gmail will be put for offline use.
With the talk about a Google Presentation Software (see my previous post), the bringing of these applications offline could post a serious competition to Microsoft in the future.

For interested developers, take a look at Google Gears Developer Website:

Google Gears (Beta) can be found at:

Monday, June 4, 2007

Microsoft Surface

I guess many of you may have heard about it already.

Well for a closer view on it, Microsoft has a website for it at:

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Tech News: Google's PowerPoint

I guess this is expected every since the inception of Google Docs and Spreadsheets.
Google's future launch of a presentation tool was confirmed at the Web 2.0 Expo Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Expect integration of all their products (i.e. Blog, Docs, spreadsheet, presentation and mail. etc.)

Schmidt stressed that their office suite isn’t a threat to Microsoft. Of course, users feel slightly otherwise. Docs and Spreadsheet came after the acquisition of Writely and it seems that this time, the presentation tool announcment comes after the acquisition of Tonic Systems.

However, a search on the internet lists some sites saying that this technology has in fact been used in meetings at Google, fueling thoughts that this product has been under development for sometime now.

Most probably, the new tool will allow for the conversion of a document into a presentation, create slides and view full-screen presentations.

For now, consumers will have to wait for its slated release in Summer...

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