Archive | October 2011

6 GNOME Shell Tweaks

GNOME Shell or GNOME 3, the alternate desktop interface for Ubuntu, has just won me over. I was a huge Unity fan before this but after getting my hands on GNOME Shell, choosing my interface just got a lot harder when booting my computer, and most of the time GNOME wins it.

Anyways, here is a collection of tweaks that can be done to improve GNOME Shell and make it the way you want it.

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Gmail Revamped

I’m pretty sure many of us have switched to the Preview version of Gmail that was released shortly after Google+ hit the internet. It is also the same look that was given to Google Docs, Calender, Search et cetera.

Well, let me tell you something, the changes ain’t over yet. Google is going to be rolling out even more changes to Gmail, some that are very called on for – like changes to the conversations, more themes for the new look and improved mail search.

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Ubuntu 11.10 is finally here!

After six months of development, the much awaited Ubuntu 11.10, or more commonly known as Oneiric Ocelot, was released today.

By comparing Ubuntu 11.10 to Ubuntu 11.04, we can see many changes made to it, especially towards to Unity Dash and Launcher. The Dash now features the Lenses feature, for better files and apps searching – something that lacked in 11.04. LightDM is also now the default login screen, with new default apps and changes to certain apps like the Ubuntu Software Center.

If you’re all excited to know what’s new, watch the video below:

Amazing isn’t it? You can also get a live tour at Ubuntu’s website which is pretty impressive.

I’m currently really excited with this release and so is the rest of the Ubuntu community. Both “Oneiric Ocelot” and “Ubuntu 11.10” was trending on Twitter when the OS was released. And I’m not praying my internet connection doesn’t fail me as I upgrade from Natty Narwhal. Nothing against Natty, it’s been a great OS but Oneiric is just awesome. :)

More updates on Oneiric Ocelot coming soon!

Note: Featured image from OmgUbuntu

Great Quotes by Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs have changed the way we use and imagine technology. His death is in fact a great loss. Here is a compilation of quotes uttered by him throughout the years of innovation.

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

– Wall Street Journal 1993

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

– Business Week 1998

When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.”
– Playboy magazine 1985

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
– Stanford commencement speech 2005

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.”
– Wired magazine, 1994

“And it comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”
– Business Week 2004

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
– Stanford commencement speech 2005

“Stay hungry, Stay Foolish”

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
– Standford University Commencement, 2005

Steve Jobs, an icon that will truly be missed

The world has been totally moved today after hearing the unfortunate news that Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple Inc, and the creator of devices that has revolutionized the way we use technology, had passed away.

As shocking as this can be, it comes a day after Apple announced the release of the iPhone 4S – which came to much criticism and led people to calling it a disappointment. 15 months and all Apple did was change the camera and added Siri. But that really isn’t the case right now, is it? The iPhone 4S was the product Steve wanted to release but unfortunately he stepped down as the CEO of Apple months before the release due to his deteriorating health condition.

The loss of Steve Jobs is a great loss indeed. He shaped the tech world we have today. I may not be a fan of Apple, and I may be one of those people telling you how much Android is better than the iOS, how I won’t purchase an iPhone and how I would rather use Ubuntu on a fat notebook than purchase a MacbookPro. But let me make things clear here. We probably wouldn’t have Google improving Android so much, HTC and Samsung racing to create better looking phones or PC manufacturers creating thinner computers if it wasn’t for Steve Jobs. He was the man who believed in innovation. He didn’t just go by the flow, he shaped the way we use technology now and probably for the years to come to. Or as the CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo puts it:

Personally, I have always wanted to meet Steve Jobs. Though I wasn’t going to splash my cash on an Apple product, I have always (and will always) his ability to think differently. The ability to create new products and ideas, the ability to turn those ideas into actions and the perfectionism that brought the best out of all Apple’s products. With my life long dream being about making it to the software/tech industry, I had always wanted to have the honour to compete with Steve Jobs. And since now that would never happen, I just want to be able to change lives the way he did if I ever make it to the industry.

Now the eyes are on Apple, Tim Cook and his team. The world is watching and waiting to see how they can cope without Steve. Hopefully it doesn’t just end with the iPhone 4S that disappointed many. Hopefully, they keep innovating and doing what they do best. And I also wonder how Apple’s competitors would be treating this situation. Are they going to move forward and take the lead in innovation, or are they going to just lay back and let someone else innovate stuff (and late copy of the idea – just like how many companies are doing it). For years, Steve has been revolutionizing the tech world with new innovations and ideas, pushing technology forward without leaving any room for those who look behind, and we just have to thank him for that. May his soul rest in peace.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” – Steve Jobs