On 11th June, OperaWatched gave us a hint on Opera’s next 'Big Thing'. And since then I have been desperate to see Opera's idea of how they intend to Reinvent the future of the Web with their legacy of innovation. And finally, today Opera has announced “Opera Unite”, an outstanding, All-Purpose Server at your desktop. They've turned next version of their browser into a zero-config server for files, music, photos and websites. Read more & Download Opera Unit from [unite.opera.com] Click Here to Read More..
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Reader Sean's desktop proves that Linux can be bright, colorful, and geeky all at the same time—there's no reason to be stuck with brown.  Hit the link for the full explanation and a link to download all of the Conky configuration files used to generate this theme. Great job, Sean! Want to see your own desktop featured here?

Read up on how to customize Conky for ambient Linux productivity, and then post your productive desktop over in the Lifehacker Desktop Show and Tell Flickr Group complete with a description of the programs and tweaks you used (and preferably links as well!), and we just might feature it here.

via[SeanKelly's Page]via[LifeHacker]


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//EDIT_7:30pm: Just moments ago they have released it (finally). Thank you Ubuntu Team! check out the new features

It’s 23rd April 2009! Promised date for the final release of Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope". It's nearly end of the day for me but so far no sign of the final release. Since last night I have been waiting for the final release to hit the servers. Gotta agree it’s painful waiting for the final release. Next time I would recommend the ubuntu team to set not only the date but the exact time it would be available for download. Been waiting patiently for months, guess I could wait afew more hours, or a day for that matter.

There is going to be a mad rush for downloading the release version since there are millions of users waiting for the final release to hit the servers. However, if you can’t be patient until then, you could start downloading the last daily build. In all probability daily build available now would become the final release (maybe with afew minor modifications).

Daily build are available on: http://cdimage.ubuntulinux.org/
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Time for a fun post. About 90% of my web activity is spent on social networking and reading IT related stuffs. Below is a list of places where I like to waste my time when I need a break. Hope you’ll find it useful.

lifeHacker.com:
An award-winning daily blog that features tips, shortcuts, and downloads that help you get things done smarter and more efficiently. Lifehacker launched in January 2005, and now ranks as one of the top-linked blogs on the internet according to Technorati.



gizmodo.com
Gizmodo is a blog about gadgets and technology. Started in 2002, Gizmodo has grown to be Gawker Media's largest blog, bringing in upwards of 100 million page views a month in traffic. Gizmodo post about a variety of electronics, as well as all sorts of things gadget geeks will enjoy.


tbohiphop.net
The Best Of HipHop - HipHop; Mixtapes CD's, Music Videos, News, RnB, Reggaeton, Huge Community, Rap, Underground. You will find it very interesting if you are a fan of Hipop.


warez-bb.org
The biggest Forum and where the most traffic happens in the Warez world is warez-bb. Reaching the heights that this site has is quite a milestone in the community as a whole. It is unquestionable that WBB is the pinnacle. and just keeps growing. Ranging from latest Apps, upto-date movies, Music, Templates and Scripts, Warez-bb now has over 1 million active users.


enGadget.com
Similarly to the gizmodo, Engadget is a web magazine with obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics. Engadget was launched in March of 2004 in partnership with the Weblogs, Inc. Network (WIN).



withinWindows.com
Tech blog by Rafael Rivera Jr. who is responsible for a number of technical memes such as patched Uxtheme libraries, which nullify the need for having your Microsoft Windows themes digitally signed, and the Alky for Applications project (previously VAIO), a custom implementation of Microsoft Windows Vista API on older platforms such as Microsoft Windows XP etc.


iStartedSomething.com
It’s more than just a Windows Live blog. Consisting of some of the best stories first, Long Zheng, the self-proclaimed king of istartedsomething.com attracts more educated, young adults, slightly more male than female, more Asian, HH income up to $60k audience and growing.
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What do you think of my new blog design? It was actually completed afew days ago but I had to make sure it works fine with the top web browsers; opera, firefox, chrome and internet explorer. Surely still there are afew minor defects (that I hope you won’t recognize).

While the look has been transformed quite a bit, the idea was to keep the elements I liked from the old cobbled together theme while making the whole thing work and not appear so clumsy. That’s the main reason why I used a pre-coded bloggy (thnxs to falconhive).

Anyways, I guess I must publicize my old blogger theme for free download. So keep in touch folks.

Here's my old bloggy;



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Yesterday I logged on to my deviantART page and was astonished to see loads of unread comments in my inbox. It turns out that I received my first DD on the free-hand icon set. I actually made this icon set for my personal use; to theme up conky on my ubuntu desktop. Anyway I’m glad that it got DD. I'm so thankful to =eos8 for suggesting it and ^yingjunjiu for featuring it as a DD.

Btw, Thanks for all the watches, Favs and comments! Really appreciate it.



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ColorStroked freehand Icon set includes over 22 graphics tailored icons for your personal needs. You may download and use it as you like. This pack includes many social media icons such as Delicious, Digg, Flickr, StumbleUpon, Technorati ,Twitter and WindowsLive. Moreover, universally and OS based icons such Tux, Windows, Terminal, Firefox, OppenOffice, Gimp etc is now available in the Free(ColorStroked) icon pack. Hope you’ll find it useful.

To Download the Icon set, please visit my devianART page here>>
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Ubuntu-Desk-Top. This style can be created with afew tweaks to your desktop. To get the exact look-and-feel, you must have the Ubuntu-Desk-Top wallpaper I designed exclusively for my ubuntu desktop. Get the Wallpaper Here..

I have used conky to print out system stats and weather on the notebook Just below that, conky prints out my unread emails on an envolope, following the system date and Calendar. To get the exact look, you'll need the customized conky script here.

Hand watch displays current time (note that its not just an image, I have used MacSlow's cairo-clock to look like a watch).

Use AWN or any other docks, make it's theme transparent. Download and assign Color-Stroked hand drawn icon set I designed for this style. (Photograph, notebook-Links, Coffee-Break Links directs to relevant apps and folders). For this, you can download and edit the PSD files here.

I still haven't got the audio player (zune on Desk-Top) to work. However, if we call in amarok (my fav audio player) using conky, its all done.

stocks, DV and sxc.hu
full view at my devianART>>>
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Get your ideal Blogger templates now with BloggerStyle!Not only they list Blogger templates with nice design, they also do a detail rating base on the functions and usability. BloggerStyles grade them in 4 categories. Templates which score 59% and below get nothing. Score 60%-74% will get a Bronze award. Score 75%-89% will get a Silver award. Score 90%-100% will get a Gold award. For details about BloggerStyles rating system, click here.


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Find Blogger related resources and blogging tips
What should you do next after you have found your ideal template? BloggerStyle also do provide some tips and tricks for you to jump start your new Blog.

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I don't blog very often, but certainly do try my best to b-log and entertain my self as much as possible. According to my blogging history of 2008, I have posted very few about my personal life and blogged mostly about my Art Works and Reviews of interesting new Technologies and it certainly did attract a fine traffic to my blog. So anyway, I'll try my best to post more about my personal life, more Art Works, including Photography in my future posts.

In early 2008, I followed a couple of articles on how to get traffic to personal blogs and websites. Which resulted with a fairly nice amount of traffic. However, for some reason, still 90% of my blog readers doesn't leave any track-backs. This could be due to lack of taste in my posts to them. If so please do leave a comment saying so. And I shall revise it.

Also I would like to mention about an offer I received after my blog post in 2008 about the Thomas Character Designing I did for a client. The Thomas Project was no big deal but with that blog post, I received a project that earned me a fortune, enough to buy my self a Brand New Computer System. So I guess 2008 was not that bad for me.

Updates or not, I always receive emails from many friends and readers asking for help with their blog interfaces, Designing stuffs etc. and yes I do help them with open arms. So if you think I could help you with my rookie talents, please don't hesitate to email me. And of course do subscribe for my blog updates and do leave a comment if you find anything interesting.

Here are my favorite posts of 2008:
Boost your Productivity with a few small tweaks and the right desktop Applications [Reviews, Tutorial]
http://mfayaz.blogspot.com/2008/12/boost-your-productivity-with-few-small.html

3D floral patterned text effect: [Art, Tutorial]
http://mfayaz.blogspot.com/2008/07/3d-floral-patterned-text-effect_04.html

Save your PC’s and other valuable gear from lightning [Misc, Reviews]
http://mfayaz.blogspot.com/2008/06/save-your-pcs-and-other-valuable-gear.html

How to design a cool 3 dimentional Globe with easy 10 steps [Art, Tutorial]
http://mfayaz.blogspot.com/2008/04/how-to-design-cool-3-dimentional-globe.html

Personal website Interface: Dreamy Landscape [Art, Concept Art]
http://mfayaz.blogspot.com/2008/03/web-interface-dreamy-landscape.html

When Nature goes Wild... [Art, Concept Art]
http://mfayaz.blogspot.com/2008/03/when-nature-goes-wild.html



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First of all let me wish all my fellow blog readers a very Happy New Year 2009. I guess many would talk about how horrible 2008 was, but for me, last year was a successful one in many ways; I earned quite something working on small projects, did better in college than the previous year, took a big leap on my love relationship, managed to talk my brother into drug rehabilitation (yes it was a success, he has been a pain in the ass for my parents for like 5 yrs).

Conversely, I did spend more than I earned, will have to continue as an undergraduate for another 2 sems and also i would say it was a less rewarding year than usual. But lets face it, its 2009 and it can only get better. Let us all hope for the best with this new year. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to share my thoughts with the world. :) Once again welcome to 2009.




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