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YouOS, Your OS?

My first account with YouOS, a MIT project on the future of OS being web-based was about 6 months back. I signed for curiosity and forgot about it quite soon. The OS an alpha build has various apps such as a text editor, RSS reader, email client, lots of other community developed apps. The support seems interesting and everyone is welcome to write apps for it.

I recently revisited the concept and had to set up a new account (forgot old username/password) and decided to explore further and bring you a few shots. Applications:




Changing wallpaper (right-click on YouOS desktop):


The main advantages:
1. They are cheaper (annual subscription fee) than buying a stand alone for your PC software
2. You can access your desktop, apps and files from any where in the world as long as there is access to the Internet.

The main disadvantages:
1. If the web server is down, you are out!
2. The web-based app may not be as fast or as robust as your desktop app

If you really want to view the YouOS as proper desktop than you need to use the -k IE switch, a tip submitted by a user at the YouOS blog:

1. Right-click your desktop and Select New. Select Shortcut and click it.
2. Enter in the Location Field C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE -k and click Next.
3. Give your shortcut a name and click Finish.
4. Double-click the shortcut and Internet Explorer will open as a kiosk screen.

The future being on the web, is a vision being shared by many especially Google which is developing various web based app and an MS Office alternative. There are already other web-based word processors and spreadsheets available to users now for a fee but none have been a run away success so far.

The future as some see it is having just a display, keyboard and mouse (unless these are obsolete too) with internet connection. You log-in to your desktop, the web server is your processor, your RAM and your hard disk. Your files, music, photos every thing on it. You buy and install apps online to your desktop/system.

Why? Well, to reduce system costs. You don’t have buy any motherboard, processor, RAM, hard disk, graphics cards, sound card, optical devices. Just sign-up with may be or (Google OS may be?) or and pay an annual fee to get your OS and desktop.

But that still does not remove the concept of a local OS, there still has to be some kind of an OS that just runs the browser on your display, supports peripherals and networking standards for communication, and this could be embedded in an EEPROM inside the display.

No one’s going to dump their desktop for YouOS but it seems that the future is headed that way, or may be not. Time will tell.

But I do find the project interesting and fun, and if it catches up, you can at least boast that you were part of the early adopters.

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Microsoft releases free Office Accounting Express 2007

Microsoft is giving away free its Office Accounting Express 2007 software for download (280MB) or on CD (postage costs required) through their website ideawins. Features Include:

Save time on everyday tasks
Create quotes and invoices; track expenses and employee time
Enter data once and share it seamlessly with other Microsoft Office system programs
Manage payroll and taxes with ADPs integrated payroll service

Get a complete view of your business
Store and organize all your customer, vendor, employee, and financial information in one place
Get business insights with over 20 customizable reports
Easily share your books with your accountant through Office Live

Grow your business online
List items on eBay, track sales activity, and download and process orders
Email invoices and get paid faster with PayPal
Monitor your customers business credit in real-time through Equifax

I think this might be a good deal for small businesses rather than dishing out thousands for purchasing other advanced accounting software.

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Windows Vista and Office 2007 Packaging and Pricing

Microsoft has unveiled the packaging for all versions of the new Windows OS Vista and Office 2007. The new packaging consists of glossy plastic cases to hold the DVDs ensuring long life of the disc contained.

Vista Ultimate:

Vista Ultimate

Office 2007 Pro:

Office 2007 Pro

All family:

All family

Vista and Office 2007 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) will be available to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer) on November 30, so that branded or boutique systems running on Vista with Office 2007 are made available. Whereby, Vista and Office 2007 retail (pictured above) will be available to the public at large on Jan 30, 2007.

Microsoft will also be offering the Windows Vista Upgrade program that will let users upgrade to Vista after Nov 30 who choose XP on all new purchases. The users can avail 50% discount on upgrade prices to Home Basic or Home Premium.

The only exception being that one cannot upgrade to Vista Ultimate from XP, a full version needs to be purchased.

Upgrade paths:
Vista Business from XP Pro, XP Tablet PC Edition and XP Pro x64 Edition
Vista Home Basic from XP Home
Vista Home Premium from XP Home, XP Media Center Edition 2005
Vista Ultimate no upgrade path

The above assumes that you already have a licensed XP running on your system and to migrate to Vista you only need to purchase the lesser priced upgrade Vista DVD.

Pricing (full/upgrade):
Vista Business $299/199
Vista Home Basic $199/99
Vista Home Premium $239/159
Vista Ultimate $399/NA
Office Home and Student 2007 $149/NA
Office Professional 2007 $499/329

Initial benchmarks also confirm that DX9 games run slower on Vista than on XP, this was similar with XP on its release DX8 games ran faster on Win 98/ME!

But users were forced to abandon the previous OS as new graphic cards drivers and game developers chose to support XP only. And in order to improve benchmarks (improve frame rates) users had to purchase more powerful graphics card and upgrade systems to get similar or better performance than that offered under Win 98/ME architecture.

Continuing the tradition, Halo 2 for PC will only run on Vista so you’ll need at least 1 Gig RAM (recommended for Vista), a 512MB graphics card, probably a new hard disk, hmmm maybe a dual core cpu, ohh I forgot and a new mobo…!!!

History repeats itself. šŸ˜‰

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WordPress Upgrade

Upgraded to WP 2.0.3, and they just addedĀ the two best features I was looking for:

1. On demand backup (MySQL db only)

2. Akismet spam plugin

To use “on demand backup”, you need to login to the Dashboard, click Manage, and Backup is the last tab. I love the option of emailing my backup to my Gmail account.

To activate Akismet anti-spam, you need a API key, which you can obtain freely by signing up for blog, and then checking your profile page, which you can reach by clicking “My Account” on the top-right when you log-in. Once done copy the API key and click Plugins from the Dashboard, click Activate and enter the key for your blog to start using it. Viola.

I now don’t have to delete around 20 spam comments daily. šŸ™‚

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How Tech companies got their names

Adobe – This came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.

Apple Computers – It was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn’t suggest a better name by 5 o clock.

CISCO – It is not an acronym as popularly believed. It is short for San Francisco.

Compaq – This name was formed by using COM, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.

Corel – The name was derived from the founders name Dr.Michael Cowpland. It stands for COwpland REsearch Laboratory.

Google – The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named Googol, a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders – Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to Google.

Hotmail – Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in mail and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters html – the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.

Hewlett Packard – Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

Intel – Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company Moore Noyce but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

Microsoft – Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the – was removed later on.

Motorola – Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.

ORACLE – Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA. The code name for the project was called Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such). The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. They kept the name Oracle and created the RDBMS engine. Later they kept the same name for the company.

Sony – It originated from the Latin word sonus meaning sound, and sonny a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.

SUN – Founded by 4 Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer; Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX-based OS for the computer.

Yahoo! – The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gullivers Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

Source: Internet

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American Pie 5: Apple Boot Camp

There’s no Jim (Jason Biggs), Steve (Seann William Scott) or Michelle (Alyson Hannigan), but you’ll find lots of Apple hardware and one Windows XP. Apple today announced support of installing Windows XP on its Mac systems through Boot Camp Beta.

Apple in 2005 abandoned IBM PowerPC architecture in favour of Intel processors, and released its first Intel-Macs in January this year.

The shift to the x86 architecture logically enables installation of all Windows and *nix OS on Apple systems. Boot Camp allows dual boot of Windows XP and Apple’s flagship Mac OS X 10.4 (Panther) or higher.

American Pie 5: Apple Boot Camp

Incase you are wondering about Mac drivers for XP, Boot Camp Assistant will burn a CD containing all your Windows drivers. You can download the official installation guide here.

American Pie 5: Apple Boot Camp

Apple in my opinion is the classiest hardware designer of any OEM. They are always the first to innovate. My reluctance to own an Apple Pie has been due to its snub niche, where by majority of the software designed for Windows could not be installed on it.

Two reasons why this didn’t appeal: one, software free or purchase is enormous for Windows, not for Mac. Two, the Rs. 25 CD from Jumbo is god sent, I can’t pay $499 to buy Mac Office Pro for an iBook!

Yet the software designed by Apple for OS X are the best in its class, such as iLife, iWork and its audio-video pro apps are a stronghold for Apple which you wont find on Windows, translating to owning a Mac.

Boot Camp changes all this, now there’s a chance to enjoy both of the worlds in one system, as you are just a restart away to switching between the two OS. šŸ˜‰

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7 Sins of IE 7.0 Beta 2 Preview

From first-hand experience:

1. MSN 7.5 stopped working
2. Pages take comparatively more time to load
3. Takes a bit longer to launch
4. Saves web pages as .mht by default and does not remember your preference
5. When saving pages as Web page complete, it saves them as HTML only!
6. Completely loaded pages cannot be some times saved, gives error message. This web page could not be saved.
5. Cannot organise favourites, or sort by name
7. Lacks the tab to edit page with your editor (eg FrontPage, Word)

Still not convinced, read: 7 reasons not to try IE 7.0 Beta.

Uninstall instructions here.

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Brand new Intel, same old story

Intel today unveiled its new corporate logo having raised the famous e and has removed the tag line Intel Insideā„¢ with a flashier Leap aheadā„¢ with a linear Intelā„¢.

Brand new Intel, same old story

The move comes after 37-years when the original Intel logo was designed in 1968 by founders Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce.

In 1991 Intel added the phrase Intel Insideā„¢ which made it the 5th most valuable brand in the world.

Brand new Intel, same old story

The firm has seen radical shift in its direction ever seen since Paul Otellini took over the helm from veteran Craig Beret. First of it, a realization that Gigahertz no more matter, that faster isn’t better, something rival AMD had championed before.

Its billion dollar Itanium series was a flop. It adopted a new 3-digit processor numbering system and scrapped plans for the successor to Pentium 4 code named Tejasā„¢, and finally added 64-bit extentions to its P4 line, when AMD already had a 2-years lead. It seemed that AMD had been pushing the right buttons while the giant slept.

The move is not only related to Intel processor line, which its core business but more of an overall marketing strategy to re-brand Intel as a company to be more than a semi-conductor giant. This marketing strategy was spearheaded by none other than CMO Eric Kim who had previously transformed Samsung into a global brand.

Intel have realized that their profits cannot only lay in their flagship Pentium series processors and have diversified into the living room products such as the upcoming Viiv platform.

Intel also released the much awaited Yonahā„¢ dual core successor to Dothanā„¢ (the 533FSB 2MB L2 Pentium M) officially named as Core Duo (having a 667FSB) and Core Solo (having a single core). Intel will certainly look at 2006 to Leap aheadā„¢. Download the new Intel brand architecture logos from here.

Ed’s note: This note was written in the first week of Jan 2006.