WordPress Coltrane

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I was excited about WordPress 2.7 from the day I heard about it. Got myself involved in testing nightly builds and user testing. But I didn’t update my prime blog with the release canditate until I heard from other users that it was stable. WordPress 2.7 was available to wordpress.com users a couple of weeks ago but not to the self-hosted wp users until about a few hours ago. The twitter SMS from wordpress made me jump to sky and I immediately got the final version of the WordPress 2.7 coltrane and instantly update my blog. Heard its been breaking a few old themes. But I have no such issues with any of my favorite themes.

Like @wp2.7

  • The dockable side menu is really cool. It could give a lot of space for the writing space.
  • Highly ajaxified fluid dashboard.
  • The dashboard can be chosen to have either 2 column or 1 column layout. I prefer 2 column layout.
  • The “Right now” box in the dashboard
  • Auto suggestive tags have been combined with “Choose from the most popular tags”
  • Auto blog and pluggins update is cool and I can help get rid of the FTP hassles.
  • Recent Drafts box is very useful.
  • Reply to comments from the dashboard is also a nice feature.
  • Bulk edit of blog posts is one option which I have had in my wishlist from the day I started blogging.
  • Love the Sticky post feature just like in forums.
  • The built-in help content can come handy.

Don’t Like @wp2.7

  • The tree view menu structure is a slick upgrade. But there is no way to find if a menu item has child items unless you click on it. There could have been a icon to indicate this.
  • Activating a theme without previewing is not available. This could have been very helpful for slow network connections.
  • “Quickpress” is cool, but not able to categorize the post from there. Again you have to go to the main edit page to put the post in a category.
  • Blog stats could have been improvised with additional features.
  • Find the overall performance a bit slower than the previous stable release.
  • The icons are a bit dull and so is the overall color palette. There could have been an option to customize the look and feel of the dashboard.

Frank Martin loosens up

Transporter 3 has got the Transporter Frank Martin to change and loosen up.

  1. He was so strict about his rules like No Names, No opening the package. We see him break one of his rules in the previous movies. But in this movie, he breaks all of them.
  2. He tries to socialize with his passenger and gets pushed off. Usually its the other way around.
  3. Emotionally he gets involved with his package. He falls for her and makes love too.
  4. He smiles. He laughs.
  5. He is wobbly and all loosened up. So unlike Frank Martin.

Transporter 3 is packed with high octane action. Though none of the action sequences are logical, it feels good, at times, to watch mindless action movies.

gAdvice: Skip the theatre, if you could get a good copy.
gRate 3/5

Exciting New Picasa 3 Beta

Google released an update for the image management software Picasa sometime ago. I didn’t know about the update until I opened the software after a long gap. It was a pleasant surprise. This upgraded version is Picasa 3 beta. You can download Picasa 3 beta for free from www.picasa.google.com. Let me give an overview of its new and improved feature list.

The Picasa Image Viewer is one of the first improvements that will strike you on the first run. It integrates into the windows shell and opens up the images for preview. The menu graphics is awesome and gives the Mac cover flow feel.

Its syncs with the picasa web album seamlessly. You will be able to automatically sync all basic fixes and edits, new or deleted photos, and changes in captions, tags or geotags. Geotags is another cool feature. If you have Google earth installed in your PC, you can geotag the photos.

The remix features have been enhanced. You now have a wide range of option to make image collages. Movies can also be made out of the images with text and audio playback. The movie created by Picasa can be directly uploaded to your YouTube account as well.

The new tool for retouching your images is really cool. You can get rid of your pimples, blemishes and dark spots in the photos using this relatively simple tool. The image fix panel has undergone a few changes and has included some new preset option. Text tool is noteworthy. You can add watermarks or captions to your photos using this text tool. The screenshot tool excites as well. You can integrate Picasa with your Printsceen key and capture screenshot. You can also capture images and videos from your webcam.

Importing images from memory cards and camera is a lot faster. Search feature has got a major uplift. This includes a filter option as well. You can actually select images which has faces with a click of a button. Picasa 3 beta is under a major metamorphosis to transfer from being a image manager to an integrated image editor.

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The questionable Nokia N97

Nokia launched its so-called flagship mobile computing device today: The Nokia N97. The very first sight of promotion picture did excite me, but as I went down the specs, the excitement faded away. The device is said to have 32GB of onboard memory and expandable upto 48GB by adding memory card. You can have 70 movies each 700mb in size in 48 GB. Though it has 3.5Inch screen, watching movie is not an exciting option in a mobile. The 5 megapixel camera is again not an innovation. With a 5MP camera, we can produce approximately 25,000 photos in the 48 GB. 8MP camera being current trend in mobile industry, why still stay with 5MP. So, I guess, unless you have 10,000 songs to listen to, 48 GB is not needed by any average mobile user (Trend projected: Atleast next 2 years).

When the whole world of mobile users agree on a single fact that the xenon flash with Nokia N82 was a great feature, why doesn’t Nokia listen to it? Dual LED flash is the most they could put onboard the N97. This is a great let down. The phone is bulky, maybe because of the punch-in QWERTY keyboard. I expected something thinner and smaller. They claim the battery can run for 1.5 days playing music all the while. But what if I use camera, movies, music, GPRS and telephony? How long will it last? Again one day?

Apart from these, they have retained most of the N Series’ features. The 150g phone has no great innovation or improvement. Even the accelerometer based menu navigation is missing. A flag-ship phone is something which has to be an innovation and not necessarily a market safe accessory.

What I expected from N97: Thinner than the iPhone’s Slim form factor + 5800’s tactile touchscreen + Sony Ericsson C905’s 8MP camera + N82’s xenon flash

What the real N97 is: 30% thicker iPhone + 5800’s tactile touchscreen + N95’s camera + N85’s dual LED

Though the looks are awesome, this one fails to excite me considering the gravity of hype that was created around its launch.

Pictures courtesy: Engadget

Full specifications on N97 at GSMarena.

1000 elephants for titlesake

Vaaranam Aayiram is a movie with can relate with every audience. At least that was what promised by the marketing team. But I refuse to agree with that tagline. It’s not a very practical movie but it deals with some practical decisions one takes at any given stage of life. I have not seen any (Indian) father to let go his son’s hand to do some crazy stuff. Neither have I seen a family in which everyone takes anything, from demise to remorse, lightly. It could be an ideal one, but it would take generations to nurture such nucleus family which is comprised of only 4 people and never care about the society.

Warning: Story Spoiler ahead 

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