It all started with a research paper, and next thing we knew it took over our lives. From a search engine to an email platform, maps, browser, smartphone operating system to a social network, Google has it all. And today our much loved and appreciated internet friend, Google celebrates its 13th birthday.
They publicized it by making a doodle of course! And this is the doodle to celebrate their 13th birthday.
Happy Birthday to Google and thank you for revolutionizing the web.
Here’s a random compilation of accessories / gadgets for the Geek community. Some of them are personal favourites, others just caught my attention.
1. Rubik’s Cube Mug
$12.99 [approx. RM41.33]
Rubik’s cube are amazing things, the complexity of the logic and the easiness to solve (well, if you know how to solve it). It certainly represents the geek in many of us. And what a better way than to show it off while having a drink.
2. Nintendo Wall Graphics
Who doesn’t love Mario?? And trust me the next best thing is to have it on the walls around you house. It may be a little bit pricey but hey, it’s Mario :)
3. Ghostbusters Proton Pack Backpack
$40.00 [approx RM127.26]
There’s something strange in the neighbourhood, who you gonna call?? GHOSTBUSTERS! What a better way to share our inner geek than going back to our childhood. This is seriously something worth buying.
4. Universal Gadget Wrist Charger
$39.99 [approx. RM127.20]
This is for all the people that are on the go – and keep forgetting to charge their gadgets. This wrist chargers your device as you use it and works for iPhone, Nokia, Mini USB, LG, Samsung i900, Sony Ericsson, PSP, NDS Lite and Nintendo DSi.
5. Pizza Pi Cutter
$17.99 [approx. RM57.20]
We all used Pi in school while bombarding our maths teachers with questions like “Why would we need this in life?” Well, at least now you can cut pizzas with it.
6. Smart String Tape Measure
Ever tried using a tape measure to measure an object and then struggle reading the measurement? Not any more. With the Smart String Tape Measure, the length is calculated for you and displayed on the string. You can also store three measurements and use them in calculator mode.
The next Ubuntu, Ubuntu 11.10 or more know as Oneiric Ocelot has finally got its Beta release. This version features a host of changes, mostly to the Unity dash when compared to Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04). The dash know features a better interface with more filter options. It also adds in a Music Lens in addition to the Files Lens and Applications Lens. Among other changes are the new look of the Ubuntu Software Center, Alt-Tab previews and a nicer login screen.
On a personal note, I actually like the changes to Unity, especially the dash as it was the one part of Unity I didn’t like on Natty Narwhal. And yes, it is much prettier and would be something to bring new users in (although not really liked by most Linux users). And even though it lacks customization abilities as compared to Gnome, Unity still has my vote. Although more keyboard shortcuts on Unity would really help, the fact that I have to keep moving my mouse to do stuff annoys me.
Tell us what you think about this release and to download Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1, click here.