Archive for May, 2011

People Widget for Gmail

May 31st, 2011

Google is always innovating and today is no different with the introduction of the’people Widget’ in Gmail.

This little beauty sits on the right side of your Gmail inbox and gives you a quick snapshot of your communication history with the participants of your current Gmail conversation. this is a big step in Google’s social puzzle. At a glance, you can see who you have invited to the party, see the calendar, add events etc. and just plain see who you have connected with and in what way…this is just some powerful socializing!

Notice the unobtrusive location!

Built in ability to instantly chat with any of your contacts that are online!

View google’s full ‘People Widget‘ announcement.

Unity is Gateway to Gnome 3

May 27th, 2011

For those of you that are daily Ubuntu users, hatred for the new Unity interface is nearly universal. Ultimately its not so much about the appearance change as it is about the functionality…or lack thereof.

Cannonical has decided to use Unity as a way to transition Ubuntu users into gnome 3. This can be the only explanation as to why you would completely destroy the usability of your flagship OS.

As you can see, there are many visual similarities between the Unity interface and Gnome 3. As a user, I would be more inclined to use Gnome 3 over Unity simply because Unity is composed of a handful of tweaks to the Gnome 2.x interface. It is not a ‘true’ UI like Gnome, KDE, XFCE or LXDE. i suggest leaving the UI design to the experts.

The transition from Windows to Ubuntu was pretty smooth due to the easy usability of Gnome. Menu structures were somewhat familiar. You could easily add shortcuts to the desktop. The Gnome Panel was a welcome feature where you could take Windows Quick Launch bar to the next level. This has now changed.

Gone is the customizable panel. This was one of my most favorite features of Gnome and Ubuntu. There were shortcuts to my favorite applications, a quick link to the task manager, TomBoy notes and many others.

Gone is the bottom panel where you could easily identify what you currently had open and switch applications with a click.

Gone is the ability to easily open two instances of a program?

Kubuntu

Kubuntu uses the KDE UI. This user interface is far more friendly then the new Unity or even the New New Gnome 3. KDE has been around for what feels like centuries in the realm of computing. You can rely on KDE to be similar to what you were used to in Gnome (unmodified).

Are you aware that you can try out any one of the UI that I mentioned above without having to reinstall. Navigate to the synaptic package manager and enter their name into the search. Once you have installed the new UI…log out…then look on the bottom of the login screen for ‘Session’…in there choose your new UI…then login. (I recommend this for trying out new Ui…but I recommend a full re-install to take advantage fully of the integration of Ubuntu and the new UI.

I Chose Kubuntu

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May 24th, 2011

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Crazy Sense 3.0 Icon Packs

May 23rd, 2011

niteowl360 rocks some serious Android customizations. With the new Sense 3.0 becoming available, there are some crazy looking mods coming out.

Check out these custom icons.

Here is an Idea how they would appear on your device.

Download the Icon Pack.

Head on over to niteowl360’s XDA thread and look for this link ‘niteowl360_semi_sense_icons_v5b.zip’

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