Wednesday, November 21, 2007

"Don't Give Up On Vista" - Apple Ad

There's a hilarious web ad from Apple being shown around popular sites. It combines a top banner ad saying "Don't Give Up on Vista" with a tower ad on the side which involves the "Mac" and "PC" characters from the well-known Apple Mac advertisements.

Watch the video capture below ( via MacRumors ):

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Update to Safari 3 Beta for Windows - Ver. 3.0.4

Safari for Windows has just been updated to 3.0.4 , with new features added and of course improvements in "Security and Stability". I've been using Safari for Windows for testing purposes and have found the initial release buggy and slow at times. Hopefully with this upgrade, Safari on Windows would work as "smooth" as Firefox and Opera.

Links:
Safari download page.
"About the Safari 3 Beta Update 3.0.4 for Windows" .

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Marvel Comics offers free issues online

Marvel Comics now offers free back issues of familiar titles like X-Men and Spiderman. The digital editions could be viewed online and there are no options to download. The viewer has a pretty decent interface, and has options for different viewing modes, has a zoom function, and usable next / previous buttons.

Link to complete list of free issues.

Congratulations to the 2007 Weblog Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2007 Weblog Awards - you all deserve the compliments and the recognition. Some of the notable winners:
  1. Best Blog - PostSecret
  2. Best Technology Blog - Engadget
  3. Best Literature Blog - Neil Gaiman's journal
  4. Best Podcast - This Week in Tech
For the complete list - visit the 2007 Weblog Awards site.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Make your vote count - 2007 Weblog Awards

2007 Weblog Awards : Last few days of voting for your favorite blogs, podcasts, vidcasts and independent content sites - besides voting for those that you've followed over the years or just recently, discover new content from the different categories showcased.    

Friday, November 02, 2007

A Blogger Experience Comparison - 2006 vs. 2007

I'm really not sure when all these changes happened to Blogger, but after not opening this account for a whole year, exploring the control panel has been a surprise and a pleasure. What prompted me really to open Blogger was Prism , which is a Mozilla product that works the opposite of what new and modern browsers are -it is simple and takes away the menu clutter and lets you just play with a specific web application. And so, while I was opening my "Web Apps" in Prism I thought of Blogger and wanted to see how it would feel to blog without the distraction of my web mail open in another tab and an article from Wired on another. Just you and application staring face to face. And so I was really surprised to find that you can now customize your sidebar and easily add content to whatever part of your blog. This was not so when I started using Blogger - I remembered sites that featured clever ways of creating Tags for blog entries, for inserting a header image ( which I wrote about 2 years ago ) and for other things that the platform lacked ( or that other blogging platforms offered ). The templates are basically the same as before ( as I remember ) except for 1 or two additional templates. But right now, choosing a template is much easier. Testing how fast it was to setup a blog - I could very well say that it is easier and much more polished than before - setup could take as fast as 5 - 10 minutes including inserting a widget, adsense and tags to the sidebar. Looking back - to add content to the sidebar meant editing the HTML and knowing what you we're doing, which is in contrast to what is capable through the control panel right now, adding anything is just a few clicks, copy-paste and save away. Letting users add javascript without opening the HTML makes customization fast and easy. 
Note:  The new blogger template customization tool needs you to upgrade first - which means that customization that you've done with your current template would be lost, but you can always go back or revert to your old template if you wish to do so.  For this blog, I used the new template for a couple of days but reverted back,  as I'm more used to HTML than XML ( you can download the XML and edit it elsewhere to customize, etc. ,but the point of the tool is to give the user freedom to change parts of the blog without understanding the code )
Overall - improvements may not be "astounding" for most, but they sure made me feel that the product as whole has matured a lot. And after a year of silence, it's nice to be blogging again.

A year after

Yes, we're undergoing a major revamp, both in looks and in content. Right now the template being used is one of the defaults for Blogger, this is a temporary thing, as a new template is currently being designed and should be fully integrated into the site in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we hope to post more stories, reviews, commentaries and other written goodies. Thanks for your visit, and have a wonderful day!