Few days back I was fiddling with my Facebook layout. I wanted to give it a different look. I googled for it and found one alternative to change Facebook look and feel. So I installed Yontoo Layers facebook layout. Everything went fine and I got some colorful background for my Facebook. But there was something that came for free with Yontoo. And it was annoying like anything. The problem with such applications is that while you install them, they try to change your other application without your knowledge. I got something called buzzdock automatically enabled in my chrome browser. Now whenever I searched for anything; the first result was ads and other stuff by buzzdock.
There is a famous saying that “only change is permanent”. Well this is not the case with recent changes brought by facebook. The moment I noticed the news ticker on right side of my facebook page , only one thing came into my mind – ” what the crap is this for”. Well my attitude towards such changes in facebook might annoy hardcore facebook fans but dear why change a thing which is already working so fine ?
Recently I was discussing with one of my friend who had just bought Amazon Kindle 3. Our topic of discussion was Kindle only. I have got my Kindle 3 some 4 months back and I am simply in love with this device. I have read with Kindle twice as much as I would have with paperbacks. Now where ever I go, my kindle is always with me. Coming back to discussion with my friend, he asked me something interesting about kindle. He question was “how do i turn off my kindle”. I answered him with another question ” why you need to turn off kindle”
iOS has some great functionality which we miss badly in Android, like for iOS there are number of apps which can let you take screenshots easily and one need not to jailbreak their devices to install these screenshot apps. Unfortunately this is not the case with Android devices. Upto Android 2.1 there was only one way to take the screenshot without rooting your device . One had to use DDMS through Android SDK to take screenshots. There are applications (like ShootMe ) available for Android devices but all of them require a rooted device.
Sometime back in November 2010 Google was super pissed off at Facebook. This was because of Facebook’s attempt to import Gmail data without Google’s consent. apparently Facebook thinks of “one way” data traffic, it takes data from wherever possible but when it comes to sharing the user data with others Facebook shows a big middle finger. Google even made some public remarks regarding this issue.
“We’re disappointed that Facebook didn’t invest their time in making it possible for their users to get their contacts out of Facebook. As passionate believers that people should be able to control the data they create, we will continue to allow our users to export their Google contacts.” - Google
Google, Yahoo! and many others allow a free flow of data from one to other. This reflects one philosophy – if you have created the data, you should be able to use it the way you want. On the contrary, Facebook uses others data but it never lets others use it data.
Facebook uses Gmail, Yahoo! contact to populate its data
Recently Facebook has made some big changes in its user interface. Not all of these changes were taken positively by masses. One such change which I do not like personally is the new “light box” pop up view of album images. Facebook calls this effect as “theater view”. Personally I find this new “theater view” as obtrusive in nature, it covers most of my screen adding no value addition to the over all viewing of normal friend’s/family’s albums. The biggest drawback of this change is that one can not opt to go back to earlier normal album view, which was much simpler and more fun to browse through. Facebook should have given its users an option to revert back these changes.
Facebook | Always trying to introduce something new
If you have been waiting for a jailbreak for recently release iOS 4.3.1, than your wait is over. Dev-team has just released an untethered jailbreak, redsn0w 0.9.6rc9 (release candidate 9), for Windows and OS X . Redsn0w 0.9.6 rc9 is capable of jailbreaking almost all iPhones and iPad1, here is the complete list.
Google’s engineers keep on adding new functionality to its search engine. Many of the features are well known, like Google has got inbuilt capability to check spelling mistakes. It can also suggest you words if you just know how to pronounce the word
Google search corrects spelling mistakes and suggests similar sounding words
Many Google search features are not well known, few of them are really useful. Here are few most useful Google search features
Google Calculator: This is probably least known feature of Google. Normally people just type CALC in the run box and do their calculations, but Google calculator is not just about doing simple arithmetic calculations, if used properly it offers greater flexibility than other built-in calculators. Just try to do the below calculation in your regular calculator
Google Calculator , a very handy application from Google labs
I am not sure if this problem is with everyone but somehow all my attachments which are bigger than 10 MB or so fail to get attached in Gmail. It’s pretty annoying knowing that maximum limit of attachment is 25 MB still I am not able to attach smaller files.
I know yahoo mail has got better support for big file attachment but who wants to leave the Gmail and switch to cluttered Yahoo!? This frustration led me to search for alternate ways to send that PDF which my friend was waiting for.
A quick Google for of the term “file splitter” gave me an overwhelming 1,440,000 results!! I decided to check out this result .First search result lead to filesplitter.org, offering a nice little free tool of just 627 kb size. This tool does the job just the way one expects splitting the files and joins the parts back together. It gives you the freedom to set your own size of the chunk.