‘Technomania’ merges with ‘Knowliz.com’

I have been playing around with couple of blog platforms for some days, Blogger, WordPress, Livejournal & Vox etc.  Because of the complication of using WordPress.org, domain & webhosting and all and overall cost involved, I made up my mind.  Finally I have booked a domain for myself : www.knowliz.com.  I will be moving all my blogs to this address and kind of reduce some burden of maintaining different blogs containing almost same content i.e. Technology related whether it is Ubuntu, linux, Computers, Microsoft, Office, Vista, Web 2.0, Open Source, Blogging or anything related to computer and electronics.

It is hard to say because I kind of liked wordpress.com as well and it was really a tough decision to make between Blogger and WordPress.  But following are couple of concerns I found while using wordpress.com :

  • I was not completely free to use and modify my blog the way I wanted, but I could do that with Blogger.
  • I was not able to use ads or anything containing iframes and scripts…really felt bad about it.  It limits lot of possibilities for me.
  • I can’t modify the default templates available to further customize it for my purpose.
  • It was kind of forcing everyone to switch to wordpress.org if they wanted any customization and wanted to tweek a little bit here and there….
  • In my personal opinion, if wordpress.com is free then let it be free like blogger, please don’t limit the possibilities.
  • I was not able to write the paid reviews which might have helped me to host my blog going forward.
  • I added one recommendation on this blog to use Ubuntu and some non-profit links in the sidebar, they were removed.  Sorry about it….I hate wordpress.com about this.

Though there were some good things about wordpress.com, it was really easy to set up, yet as long as someone tries to force the things on me, I feel bad.  And when there are other options available elsewhere it was very hard to be loyal with wordpress.  I had to take this decision

But that is my personal opinion and kind of constrain right now not to invest too much on web hosting and domain, so I am merging this blog with my own domain on www.knowliz.com.

See you all guys there on that page.  Knowliz.com will have everything you got on this blog related to Ubuntu and open source community as well as other technology updates.  I am sure you will really like it there.

So, don’t wait any longer, click on any of the links provided in this post and subscribe to the feed.

Thank you wordpress.com, but this is not the place I thought will be the best place to set up my blog on.

Edit: I just noticed that the Ubuntu recommendation links are back.  Thanks for that.

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What is Compiz, Beryl, Metacity & Emerald etc. in Ubuntu?

You might have been hearing lots of terms for desktop managers in Ubuntu or any other distro. I was also confused initially but I collected some information which I wanted to share with you.
Compiz is a Desktop manager which is enabled by default in Ubuntu 8.04. It controls how all the windows appear on the screen, like the title bar, colors, icons, cursors and borders etc. Ubuntu already has one which is called Metacity which is very basic. The advantage of using Compiz is that it has lots of cool effects. Which can make you windows transparent, enable Desktop cube, many customized effects while minimizing, maximizing, opening, closing & moving windows as well as many eye candy effects.
Compiz-fusion was originally called Compiz and had some limited effects. Another window manager Beryl had some other effects and some common effects as Compiz. Eventually Compiz and Beryl combined resulting in Compiz-Fusion.
Emerald is another desktop manager which helps you modify the settings further and help you cutomize the entire theme itself. But you can enable either one of Compiz or Emerald. This is a short explanation of the terms.

There are some other plugins like cairo dock and AWN also which provides you the ability to get a Mac OS X like dock. There are definitely lot of things you can do to get better look than Vista.

Now how to enable those effects:

  1. Ubuntu 8.04 by default has Compiz enabled.
  2. To enable advanced features :
    Go to System > Preferences > Appearance > Visual Effects and select the last option ‘Extra’.
  3. Restart the computer.
  4. Search for ‘Compiz’ in Synaptic Package Manager or Add/Remove software and install ‘Advanced Desktop Effect Settings’
  5. Once installed, play around to get the required effects.

Keep reading Technomania for more tips and tricks on Ubuntu, Linux and Open source community updates. You can subscribe to the feed or receive email as and when I update anything on this blog.

Cheers…

Anurag Bansal

OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta : A complete Office Suite

The public beta release of OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now available for download. You can install it along with your existing OpenOffice.org 2.4 installation. You don’t need to uninstall 2.4 to give 3.0 beta a try. 3.0 Beta has got some cool interface. Other than that some noticable features are:

  • You get a desktop icon to launch OpenOffice.org 3.0
  • Once you start you will see a Start Centre where you can select what you want to do, new fresh looking icons and a new zoom control in the status bar.
  • View multiple pages in Writer.
  • OpenOffice.org 3.0 supports Microsoft Office 2007 file formats (*.docx, *.pptx, *.xlsx etc.)
  • Calc now has a linear optimization solver. It finds a set of values that maximize or minimize an objective function while satisfying a set of constraints.
  • At some places you will see new theme, kind of glass effect.
  • The most sought feature in Impress : native tables is now available with 3.0. You will get some cool table designs as in Office 2007.
  • Instead of only 256 columns, now it supports 1024 columns.
  • 3.0 supports for spreadsheet collaboration through workbook sharing.
  • Numerous chart enhancements.
  • Improved crop feature in Draw and Impress.
  • And a good news for Mac OS X users, OpenOffice.org 3.0 will run without X11 with the look and feel of any other aqua application.
  • Read here to know more about what is new in OpenOffice.org 3.0.

About OpenOffice.org 3.0

Start Centre

In nutshell, OpenOffice.org 3.0 is an excellent release. Considering the fact that it is still in Beta, we may expect couple of other enhancements going forward.
For the ones who haven’t tried it yet, OpenOffice.org is a complete Office suite of applications like Microsoft Office and is available free of cost. Ubuntu and other Linux users get this by default with their distro.

If you are not a big fan of MS Office and haven’t got a free copy, then OpenOffice is the way to go. It is FREE and at least will save some $200 for you. You can install it with any operating system, Windows, Linux (already installed) and Mac OS X.  If you don’t want to install the beta version, then you can download the stable version of OpenOffice.org 2.4 from here.

Some useful keyboard shortcuts for Ubuntu

Most of the times it so happens that we want to do something quickly but don’t want to move our hands from keyboard to the mouse. There are some shortcut keyboard keys/combinations which lets you save couple of clicks. These shortcuts make our life easy. It is true for everything : Windows, Mac or Ubuntu Linux.
Today I am going to provide information about some such shortcuts in Ubuntu. Though there is always a shortcut for all applications menu items. But for a start couple of ‘ALT’ and ‘Fn’ key combinations are here, learn them by heart, they will be useful for your Ubuntu life:

  1. ALT + F1: Displays application menu and expands it. Use arrow keys to navigate further.
  2. ALT + F2: ‘Run application’ dialog box
  3. ALT + F4: Closes the selected window.
  4. ALT + F5: Reduces the size of current window if it is maximized. Use arrow keys to change the size.
  5. ALT + F7: Move the selected window. Use arrow keys to move it around.
  6. ALT + F8: Resize the selected window. Use arrow keys.
  7. ALT + F9: Minimize the selected window.
  8. ALT + F10: Maximize the selected window.
  9. ALT + Tab: Cycle through the open windows. Brings the window in focus to front.
  10. ALT + Space bar: Displays context sensitive menu.

These are couple of ‘ALT’ and ‘Fn’ function key combination which helps you navigate through the desktop quickly without using your mouse or touchpad.

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Cheers…
Anurag Bansal

Ubuntu 8.04 is released now

As I mentioned in my yesterday’s post, the Hardy Heron is finally released today. The Desktop Edition of Ubuntu 8.04 is a LTS (Long Term Support) and will be supported till 2011, while the server edition is supported till 2013.
Go and download Ubuntu 8.04 known as Hardy Heron.
Download/upgrade options:
Direct Download: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
Torrent Options: http://releases.ubuntu.com/hardy/
Upgrade Option: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/upgrading
Enjoy the latest Ubuntu Linux release 8.04. I am sure you will never wanna go back.

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Get Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Shipped to your door

Ubuntu ShipIt is accepting pre-orders for 8.04 Hardy Heron, the latest Ubuntu release. Hardy will be released on 24th April, 2008. ShipIt will send you a CD free of cost, but it may take around 8-10 weeks. If you are not in hurry to get the Ubuntu Hardy Heron official CD for your collection and otherwise have a fast internet connection, then please prefer downloading it. I am listing both the options below:
Download : http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
Get it shipped : https://shipit.ubuntu.com/
Enjoy…!!! I already ordered mine…have you??? Remember, if you prefer to download and burn yourself, you can use a rewritable CD.

Ubuntu 8.04 ‘Hardy Heron’ Release Candidate is here

Today Ubuntu 8.04 ‘Hardy Heron’ Release Candidate has been released. RC is late by one day though. But that won’t affect the final release date of 24th April, 2008 for final release of Ubuntu 8.04 ‘Hardy Heron’.
Those who don’t know, Ubuntu is one of the finest Linux OS which gives every user the ability to perform all activities with ease without worrying about the commands which used to be case earlier. Ubuntu has got a very nice Coffee brown theme and a clean user interface. To know more what is there in Ubuntu 8.04, read this release note. Ubuntu doesn’t need heavy resources like other operating systems as Windows need. 25 such reasons to try Ubuntu are listed here, if they give you a boost to give it a try. And if you decide then this guide will help you try Ubuntu without messing with your existing operating system.
you can download the release candidate here…. If you want you can get all other Ubuntu flavors like Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio & Mythbuntu also from this location.

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