Tuesday, December 23, 2008

trying qt60

trying to make an app for E51 using qt60 lets see what I can do :)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

KDE on Windows 7 (pre-beta)

KDE 4.1.3 on Window 7 Video review coming soon :)

checkout this screenshot :-


Friday, October 17, 2008

Amarok 2 screenshot peview! :)

**Update**
Added some Amarok on windows screenshots :)

For those who don't know about Amarok, Amarok 2 is the free cross platform music player, with support for album art, lyrics, Wikipedia and last.fm integration.

Amarok 2 is not out yet as it is going to be released with KDE 4.2 sometime in January 2009 before KDE 4.2 :) in 1 to 3 months, Amarok team released beta 2 few days ago, Amarok 2 is cross platform i.e. available for Mac, Windows & Linux (:D). As my Arch installation was screwed up so I'm on Kubuntu, they have a nice repository to try nightly builds of Amarok/KDE4 (project neon), following screenshots are bit old as they are taken from my Arch Installation.

It supports Last.fm integration, Jamendo, Magnatune, Shoutcast Radio service,Mp3tune service etc...

the best feature I like about Amarok2 is Dynamic Playlist.

for collection and statistics it uses MySQL embedded


Lyrics script fetches lyrics as soon as you play the song




Internet Services:

Last.fm




Shoutcast!



Dynamic Playlists:






About Amarok ;P

Amarok2 on Windows

working pretty good, no problems encountered so far.. taking in mind the beta state of this software, it works very well!


Using Oxygen style




surely it lacks many features compared to Amarok 1.4 but Amarok 2 looks promising and there are many unique features that makes Amarok 2 users special ;)

powercut =(

few days ago power cut screwed my root partition :( fsck didnt work :O, I was bored so didn't install Arch... tried Opensuse 11 it's cool!! <3 the incremental update thing... but same thing repeated and my Opensuse installation was screwed up :( so now I'm on Kubuntu 8.10 beta its pretty good, working good ;)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

My Review of KDE4 (SVN)

About Me:

First of all something about myself, I'm Ravi Vagadia. I'm from Amreli a small city in Gujarat state of India. I'm currently doing BS.c. Computer Application (Final Year :P) and I'm (was?) a hardcore Windows user, I've been using Windows from around 10 yrs. I would like to express my views on KDE 4 (Open source Desktop Environment for Linux/Unix based operating systems).
I have been distro swapping since past 4-5 years and finally settled on Arch Linux which is fast, stable and not bloated like some other popular distros.

About KDE4:

K Desktop Environment version 4 (KDE4) was released on 26th January 2008 after many delays and was criticized for its bugs and many incomplete features although it was developers preview release and was not targeted towards general users. However, KDE 4.1 (current stable version) which was released in July 2008, addressed most of the issues and is usable for general desktop users.

KDE desktop is revolutionary and its something more than a simple desktop environment, its a suite of desktop applications. KDE is based on QT4 (pronounced as cute4 :D ) GUI toolkit which uses very low memory and is highly efficient in managing memory and is cross platform toolkit developed by Trolltech (now acquired by Nokia).


here is how my Arch + KDE4 desktop looks like: (click on the image to view full image)


As you can see, traditional desktop icons are replaced with "FolderView", a plasmoid (widget) . FolderView is a container in which you can choose folder so that you can see files from other folders rather than default "Desktop" folder on Desktop. You can put many different types of widgets like "Picture Frame", "Now Playing" etc, same as Mac OS widgets and Windows Vista sidebar widgets but in KDE every part of desktop is a widget which is handled by Plasma(Desktop Shell).

For those people who doesn't like new FolderView concept they can even set FolderView as Desktop Container to get same functionality as traditional (icons on desktop) feel. :
(click on the image to view full image)


you can also set any svg image as wallpaper in KDE4

KDE4 Applications : - No doubt KDE has some of the best apps (Amarok!!) in OSS(Open Source Software) world, although there are many apps which are yet to be ported for KDE4 but I'm sure that devs are working on it.


File Management :
File management application is very important part of any Desktop Environment, KDE 4 uses Dolphin as File manager replacing Konqueror. Some of the awesome features of Dolphin are Tabbed browsing, Split Column view etc. One feature I like the most in Dolphin is "Filterbar" as the name suggests it filters files/folders in current folder with name/extension you type.

I have used "Finder" on Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard), "Nautilus" on Ubuntu and I've been using "Windows Explorer" from Win95 to Vista, although there is huge improvement in Vista's Explorer yet i prefer "Dolphin" as my File manager. it's neat, and fits my needs, Mac OS Finder feels good but lacks advance features.
some screenshots of Dolphin in action :-


Split view / Tabbed File Browsing:-




KDE PIM (Personal Information Management) :-

KDE PIM is the collection of Applications like Email Client(Kmail), Contact Management (Kontact), Calendar, RSS Reader(Akregator) etc


Here is the screenshot :- System Monitor:-

Similar as Windows Task Manager, provides information of your system resources.System Settings:-

Similar to Control Panel in Windows, from here you can change (almost) any settings related to KDE/System.



Final Words:-
I'm using KDE (svn trunk ) last built on 9/9/08. It has many KDE4.2 features like Panel Auto-hiding, resizing panel, Plasmoids as Desktop Containers etc... its running quite stable I'm yet to encounter any serious error/bug. KDE developers are doing great work!!! a big thx for making a wonderful Desktop Environment.


This is my first review!! so plz comment :)





P.S:- Video Review Comming soon!!!! :)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

working on college project

started working on my college project with qt4 :) but i dont know how to get database working :P

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Amarok2.0 (svn) Review coming soon!!!

something went wrong today :(

I got a nice opportunity to speak on Linux/OSS in the classroom today but i failed to do so :( , was quite nervous may be ill do it next time ;)


P.S : - KDE 4.2 svn Review comming soon

Saturday, March 22, 2008

AmaroK + Scripts = Your Ultimate Music Solution

Amarok is a popular free audio player based on the K Desktop Environment. Right now, it's available only under Linux and other varieties of Unix, although the Windows version is to be released soon. There has been much talk already about how it is the best music management software. However, not many amarok users are aware of the powerful scripts that can be used to extend its usability further.

Amarok includes many useful features by default. Supported scripts and plugins, providing a huge new range of functionality, complete the package to bring you your ultimate music solution.

I have listed only some of the large number of scripts, ones I found especially useful for the average music lover. The whole list can be seen at the official Amarok Scripts Page.


Instant Messenger Support

Amarok PidginDisplaying your song information to your friends is the easiest thing to be done through amarok. Pidgin users can install the AmarokPidgin script which includes the broadcast of a variety of information including the Song, Artist, Album, Track Duration and the Elapsed Track Time. AmaroKopete allows Kopete users to do the same and more. Amsn-Amarok integration is also possible through amsn-now-listen. Other supported messaging clients include XChat, Skype, Gaim and Gajim.


Network Accessibility

Amarok supports a number of scripts that provide you with the ability to manage your music without actually sitting at your Desktop. The best script in this section is definitely Blueamarok. A Sony Ericsson mobile phone and a bluetooth dongle is all you need to control the functionality of your music player. Blueamarok allows you to control the basic functions of amarok, including play, pause, stop, previous/next song and volume control, through a bluetooth connection. Another script called the Amarok Shouter allows you to stream your songs to your friends computers through the internet. You can also manage the music playing on your computer from anywhere in the world using XUL Remote. All you need is a simple script and Mozilla Firefox web browser. Moreover, the connection is completely secure and requires a login/password authentication


Lyrics

Amarok LyricsA large number of lyrics scripts ensure that you have your favorite song's lyrics right in your music player. The more popular ones are Wiki-Lyrics, Lyrc and GoogLyrics. I have personally found GoogLyrics to be the most effective.


Other Scripts

The list of useful scripts and plugins can go on and on. Here are a few more that have helped me pretty much-

1) AmarokTube- Search for YouTube videos of songs directly from your Amarok playlist with a single click. The videos are, by default, opened in Firefox.

2) e-mail- Mail your songs to your kmail contacts.

3) MP3 Fixer- This small script fixes the various errors in an mp3 file.

4) transKode- transKode lets you transcode audio files from and to different formats. This is one of the most useful scripts for Amarok and support includes flac, ac3, mp4, mp3, ogg, spx and wav.

5) nightingale- Want to listen to music while going to sleep? This 'xmms goodnight plugin' parallel lets you do the same by shutting down the PC after the last song of the playlist. Moreover, it allows you to replace the shutdown function with anything else you want by simply editing the script.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Get Double Speed BSNL Broadband Simple Trick High Speed Broadband


UPDATE 2:

Step 1: Make sure that your modem is in Bridge Mode.

Step 2: Make a new Virtual Machine and install Windows XP on it.

Step 3 : Create a new text file and type following command:

rasdial "Broadband Connection" username password

username =
ur broadband username
password =
ur broadband password
Broadband Connection = Name of the Connection you use to connect, you can find it in Control Panel -> Network Connections


save it as "connect.bat"

double click on that file to check if it connects to the internet or not.

Step 5:
Copy that file to XP running in Virtual Machine.

Step 6:

Click Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System -> Task Scheduler

select connect.bat as application to run and then set the time to run that app (same time in both systems*)

Time should be 2 minutes from current time so you dont have to wait too much...

*Very Important if connect.bat doesnt run at same time then only 1 XP would be connected to internet.

Complete Step 6 on both host and virtual XP

wait for 2 mins....


Step 7: If all works, enjoy 2x speed!!!

it will give u double speed (depends on ur line quality)
but i get 32 KBps on both XP as I have 256 UL plan.

Thats all :) sry for taking too much time to post this simple trick :P


UPDATE:
sorry ppl as i was not able to update blog, my PSU stopped working and i didnt care to repair coz i have exam till 27th
So I will update this place till 30th this month :)

get double speed on your bsnl broadband, i will post trick in few dayz check out this site for more info :D although u must have got idea by this screenshot, its very simple trick u need to have ur modem in bridge mode and have to connect on both machine (real & virtual) at same time, you have to try it few time before it connects, i'll put detailed guide after few dayz. ;)

Prevent Autorun pendrive/ flashdrive viruses

The usage of a pen drive or a flash drive become a very common thing. Also with the cost of memory chips going down (now you can get a 4GB memory stick for Rs.800) have boosted its usage and also an USB flash drive is compact and very easy to carry around. With the increase in the usage of pen drives, viruses spreading through these memory sticks has increased exponentially.
As such you can't completely prevent the viruses but to minimize these viruses and worms spreading to the PCs we can take some preventive measures.
Turn off the Auto Run:-
Pen drives uses the Autorun feature to load certain files when it is plugged into a USB port. Now, the worms and viruses uses this autorun feature to spread itself from the thumb drives to the computers. You can avoid majority of these worms spreading by turning off the autorun feature. To do is very simple just follow these steps,


If you are using Win XP Professional edition:-
Click Start button
Select Run.
Now type gpedit.msc in Run command .
You will notice the Group Policy Window opening.
Double click Administrative Templates.
Select System in the right pane of the window.
Now,select(double click)Turn Off AutoPlay .
Turn Off Autoplay properties window opens.
Now.select All Drives from the combo box in that and select Enabled radio button and press OK.




If you are using Win XP Home edition,try these:-
Select Run and type regedit to open the registry editor.
Then navigate as follows

HKEY_CURRENT_USER
--> Software
--> Microsoft
--> Windows
--> CurrentVersion
--> Policies
--> Explorer.

Now,select NODRIVETYPEAUTORUN and select Modify.
Set the Hexadecimal value to 95 to turn off autoplay in removable drives and use b5 to turn off autorun feature in CD-ROMs and pen drives.
Thus turning off autorun feature just stops many malwares from spreading into a PC from a thumb drive.
Known malwares:
Now you can now delete many worms manually some known viruses are Autorun.inf,iexplore.vbs,ifo.exe,raven.exe,rvhost.exe and NewFolder.exe(a worm looks like folder,but is actually an exe file,a worm).Better to use a nice antivirus and scan for viruses in the plugged in drive before opening it as these files will be hidden or access protected.But however you can view those files in command prompt by first entering into your removable drive(eg: J:)then type the following- attrib -h -r -s -a *.*.After typing that you can view those files.But it is better to use a nice Anti-virus software.
You can also many softwares available(like TrueCrypt) to encrypt your pen drive .In such a case a window Pops Up every time when you plug in the drive.This would also help preventing the viruses from loading automatically into the pen drive. Using such softwares will also prevent unauthorized usage of data your drive, especially when your having sensitive information in your drive.

Use latest anti-virus software (NOD32 is best dealing with auto run virus)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Get Double Speed on your BSNL DATAONE Broadband


UPDATE: sorry ppl as i was not able to update blog, my PSU stopped working and i didnt care to repair coz i have exam till 27th
So I will update this place till 30th this month :)

get double speed on your bsnl broadband, i will post trick in few dayz check out this site for more info :D although u must have got idea by this screenshot, its very simple trick u need to have ur modem in bridge mode and have to connect on both machine (real & virtual) at same time, you have to try it few time before it connects, i'll put detailed guide after few dayz. ;)