Tuesday, October 26, 2004

The Blogosphere Journeys: Part Three

At last we come to the final part of the Blogosphere Journeys. I know it's been a terribly short one, but I do hope that you enjoyed it. Here are the last three blogs, the first three that I actually liked.

First of is Panthere's Panthere Noir. This is mostly a tech news blog, somewhat similar to my own. But it apparently has a very wide following. The last time I checked, this blog had referred 213 people to the Spread Firefox site and ranked 78th on their list of top referrers. This is another very good blog, by any standard. I guess the design could be somewhat better, but that's forgivable.

Next is Ookami Snow's blog titled I Don't Like The Word BLOG. Hmmm... I wonder why. Anyway, I owe this blog a debt of gratitude for introducing me to my great blogging tool, w.bloggar. This blog is a textbook example of a personal blog. It makes a good read, if you're inclined to such things.

Finally is One Million Footnotes. There's only one word which adequately describes this one: different. It's a good project and can be quite entertaining. It also figures on Blogger's own list of noteworthy blogs. But I do wonder they call it 1 million footnotes, as of now, they have less than 300.

And there you go folks, the Blogosphere Journeys have come to an end, for now at least. I'm sorry to say that I won't be doing much exploring at least for the next few months due to my exams. After that, maybe we'll go for another walk together in the Blogosphere. Till then, feel free to do some exploring and feel free to tell me about interesting blogs.

Monday, October 25, 2004

The Blogosphere Journeys: Part Two

Hello and welcome to the second leg of my journeys. Once again here are two more blogs. These are blogs that I found on my wanderings on the net and that I decided to bookmark.

The first blog on today's list is Eric "Cracell" Cranston's blog, called "The Knight in Rusting Armor". This is mostly a personal blog, but it is pretty interesting. However posting is very erratic. Cracell, by the way, is the moderator over at the Gmail Forums, which is a pretty good place to go is you have a Gmail account.

Then comes RSC. The naming confuses me, but otherwise, it is in my opinion, a very good blog. It seems to be a more for the intelligent types, than it is for the average browser, but it is appealing none the less. For the most part it's a news blog, but a pretty interesting one at that. The layout is fantastic. If you want to learn how to make an attractive blog, check this one out. Just for the record, this belongs to someone over at the Gmail forums, but I just can't remember who.

That's it for this part. The next part will probably be the last. I'll be covering the three blogs that I first came to like. So hold on until then.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Some more news

Before I continue with part two of The Blogosphere Journeys, there's some important news. Firefox 10 is due for release on November 9. So mark your calendar for November 9 people and please make sure that you at least try to download it. (Due to the number of people trying to get it at the same you may not be able to actually get it, but do try)

The second bit of news is that Spread Firefox has launched it's fourth Firefox campaign. If you've been wanting to pay, but weren't exactly sure how or what your money was going to do, this is your chance. They want people to contribute towards a full page ad in the New York Times. Your name gets featured in the ad if you do. Over 5,000 people have pledged their support, so what are you waiting for? I would have paid, if I had my own income.

Those of you who wanted a small handy tool to get rid of Windows Messenger in Windows XP, check out his review. I'm downloading as I type.

Finally my site-meter just hit 75 and the report says that I got 29 hits this week alone. Considering that I visited only about 3 or 4 times, that means about 25 new visitors this week. Those of you who are regular readers, and have recommended this blog, thanks a lot. Once more feel free to leave comments as to who are, if you want.

The Blogosphere Journeys will resume shortly.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

The Blogosphere Journeys: Part One

This is the first of a number of posts that will be devoted to "reviewing" a few blogs that I have found and that I like. This first part will be featuring three blogs. The special thing about them is that they are all new blogs. Before I start let me say that two of these blogs were actually inspired by my blog. They make me fell that this blog is actually worth the effort (besides personal satisfaction, of course).

First off, Tolkien Fandom. This was the first blog that I inspired. It was started by a friend of mine a few weeks back. Unfortunately it only has one post on it in all this while. So I think that it's already died a premature death.

Then is Kaushik "Kazarelth" Narasimhan's blog, titled Fealdamar. This is the second blog that I inspired, and it makes me proud. He's posting at a rather amazing speed and his range is quite varied too. It includes tech, news, fantasy and even some mystic stuff. A nice mix for a blog, especially if you have a wide range of interests. Give him a hit, it's worth it. The layout and links are pretty good as well.

Finally is Ramesh Balabhadruni's blog. This is also a tech -related personal blog, A bit like mine. There's only one post so far, but I think that it has potential.

That's it for the first part of The Blogosphere Journeys. Stay tuned for the next part, where I cover other blogs that I've discovered. I'll be waiting a while before I put these blogs up on my blog link panel, just to make sure that they don't go bust.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

I've been playing around

I've finally got some time to play around with the Internet and the blog. First off, the Internet. I've found this great Zip program called ALZip 5.5 thanks once again to Techtree. Normally I found Windows XP's default zipping tool good enough for the little use that I put it to. But it can get really irritating at times, since it apparently lacks the functionality to extract just one or two files. You have to extract the whole file whether you like it or not and it simply can't remember extract paths. And somehow, I never really liked WinZip much. But ALZip makes all those problems go away. It supports 35 formats, including of course TAR, RAR, TGZ, and ZIP. It allows to create executable files without any extra cost and the best thing is, it's absolutely free. Long live free software!

Now for the site, I've managed to finally add the link panel to some blogs that I like. I'll be updating it and I'll start to post reviews about the blogs from tomorrow. I'm also trying to make a favicon, it I can figure out how. If anyone knows, please tell me. Will be back with more stuff tomorrow.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Interesting things

Quite a few interesting things have been happening lately. Firstly Google Desktop Search beta has been launched. Here's a ZDNet review. It seems pretty interesting, especially if you happen to have a lot of stuff on your hard-disk. It's quite widespread, functionality-wise. But ir could do with support for more non=Micrsoft products. Especially Mozilla Firefox. But it's a start and hopefully, it'll keep growing as days go by. Google's already made quite a good impression with Gmail.

Here's something a little alarming. Mobiles really are bad for you if you overdo it. Oh, well, we're all dying young anyway. Stay tuned for more news and a blog template update tomorrow. Till, then, Sionara.

My first case of blogger's block

Well, it happened something like this. Yesterday and the day before I sat down at my computer to write up a blog entry, and lo and behold, I simply couldn't write. No matter how hard I tried, I simply couldn't figure out what to put up. The cause of this was most probably that I hadn't founf anything interesting to talk about. Those of you who have your won blogs and websites must know hoe irritating it is to not be able to write something no matter how hard you try.

Since my attempts at writing something interesting have boiled down to nothing, I decided to make a post about how frustrating it is put up a post. If any of you have similar experiences, do tell me. I might put one or two up here. Here's a short of list of things that I'll be putting up in the days to come:
1. Some more news-related posts.
2. A link panel to some interesting blogs.
3. A post or two about the blogs themselves.

So folks, keep watching this blog for upcoming changes. As always, feel free to leave suggestions.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Superman no more

Yes that's right. The 1980's Superman, Christopher Reeves died of heart failure at the age of 52. I wouldn't be too interested except for the fact that he was one of the biggest supporters of stem-cell research and I think that stem cell research is a good thing too. But hopefully in a few months one of stem cell research's bigest supporters will hopefully be lost, or more correctly will have lost. I am talking of course of George W. Bush Jr. and the November elections.

On the more down to earth side, I'll be uploading a list of my favourite blogs to the right hand panel in a few days. Maybe I'll put in another link or two as well. Spread Firefox has embarked on it's third publicity campaign. Head over and take a look if you like. But since it'll take more resources and time than I have, I'll have to stay out entirely. Unfortunately, I haven't been too active in the last two campaigns, so my profile is pretty low. Oh well, I hope that someone's at least intersted in my Blogger profile!

Monday, October 11, 2004

Yes, I'm alive

Yes folks, I am alive and so is this blog. First my apologies for being off for so long. But my modem wasn't working right and so I had to wait to get it fixed. But it is fixed and so I'm back and I'll try to stick to my original intentions of posting as regularly as possible.

Now some news. First some more Microsoft news. They have apparently pushed back their release of MSN messenger 7.0 to fix a security issue. At least Microsoft is finally beginning to make efforts to fix something instead of sending a buggy product out into the market.

Something more interesting is this. So desktops are getting smaller, much smaller. Maybe we'll actually have full-fledged wearable computers by the time I'm thirty.

I'll be back again soon. If you have something interesting, please contact me by leaving a comment. Suggestions for links/articles etc. are always welcome.