AdBlock+ for chrome/chromium and some benchmark results

If any of you are wondering what’s the deal with Google Chrome and Chromium, Chromium is the open source project behind Google Chrome. There were some fires about Chrome EULA in past, which were eventually sorted out. Anyways, I decided to go with Chromium instead of Chrome. Here’s a post that talks about their comparisons and relationships.

I also did some sunspider benchmarks recently(well around 15 days back) and chrome was a runaway winner. As we can clearly see that Chromium nightly was almost twice as fast as next best Firefox nightly.

Opera 10.10B13062.4ms
Firefox 3.0.142705.0ms
Firefox 3.5.31063.0ms
One of the important things missing in Chrome(for me..) was lack of an industry standard ad blocking extension. AdBlock+ is one of market leader at munching ads. And now it has been made available for Chrome/Chromium as well.
So here you go – AdBlock+ for Chrom*.
As of now two of my most used extensions have been working fine on Chrome ( XMarks and AdBlock+). The themes have been looking good. That firefox icon is getting lesser clicks day by day and sometimes only accidently out of the old habit.  I am afraid, at this rate, that firefox icon will soon find its place along that damned IE icon 🙂

Pulseaudio lives upto the expectations..

After months of naughtiness, Pulseaudio seems to settling in nicely in Karmic Beta. Everything stable, no glitches, twitches, CPU usages back to depths of lowness 🙂

Always knew pulseaudio has network access possible. Always wondered to be able to do it. Finally I have two laptops to try all those twosome things. And I did.

First I connected them using synergy(mouse/keyboard). Using SFTP to use them as file servers and pulseaudio as my audio servers.

Now the situation is, I have kept one laptop in that corner there. Its supposed to be my process intensive server. Its supposed to run my music, download stuff for me, check my mails – sound horns when they arrive and be busy and burn in hell in that corner. And it runs KDE. Now my powerful speakers (donated by a dear friend after he moved to US), remain connected to this busy bee. Well they sound like thunder, they are Altec Lansing MX5021.

What pulseaudio allowed me to do is, broadcast or redirect by audio from my mobile laptop to my server laptop. So while I want to play movies, I don’t need to get that speaker wire sorted out from the tangly world of wires. All is done by a mouse click. 🙂

Pulseaudio delivers and I have a smile.

Just for a quick start –
– Install paman (pulseaudio device manager) from Synaptic and run PulseAudio Device Chooser from Application -> Sound & Video.
– On the device chooser click Configure Local Sound Server, Make sure your sound server is discoverable in first 2 tabs. I even by passed authentication.

Do that on all the machines in the LAN. Done.

Now you can simple send your sound to any machine, by simply selecting “Default Sink” to whichever machine you want.

Done. Sound starts playing in the remote machine. You can have your smile:) The best part is I can choose which application plays where. I can decide that this music plays there, this youtube plays locally here on my box and this alarm application sounds in the machine there in other room. You know where I am going with this. Bring out your Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8 and do this for me. Oh wait, they got a new feature to sell Windows 7 Supreme.

Cost for all this – Around 200KB/s more wireless data flowing around me… Now only if I could get this charging wire off me, but I heard even that’s coming … 🙂

Out of hiding…

Its been really long, I guess. A lot happened meanwhile. I got to feel recession in real life when my product was scrapped (Shelved as they say it ). So, lets acknowledge it again, its real. After losing pretty much all the investments in Indian stock markets, I can proudly say, recession did hurt me. Well, the job is still there, but lets see for how long.

When you start in a new company/project you always start from bottom most and if you don’t prove your worth fast enough, chances are  you will be first one thrown out on next lay offs.

As they say it, Last In First Out.

Anyways, lets try to be a bit more regular here and get back in touch with technology.

Today’s Tip : Did you know it is possible to synchronize, Evolution contacts (read Google contacts), Calendars (add google), Memos, Tasks and also Tomboy Notes using GTKPod,  the open source ipod manager.

IE8 Beta 1, Best feature …

I happened to notice that IE8 beta 1 was released. So I decided to give it a try, considering the great hype. Well, it has activities and web slices as it said on its home page. OK fine, but its first duty is to open web pages. Right?

So I opened, gmail.com. The login fails at start screen, the status bar says, “Error on page”. Hmm…..
So I open my finance site, moneycontrol.com, I try to login into my portfolio. Again no going forward, and status bar very confidently declaring, “Error on page”. Hmm….

So I thought, wait, that’s not possible. Must be cookies or something. May be they are reading cookies differently :P. So I deleted temp files, cookies etc.. But still, “error on page”.

Hmmm….. Then I saw that best feature, a cute button that said, emulate IE7. Well that proved to be best feature to me. It helped me browse my net again :). Good luck to IE8, its slices and activities. Firefox and opera are motoring for me.

Adblock Plus in Firefox Beta 5.

If you guys would have noticed, Ad block plus doesn’t work in Firefox beta 5, even on setting extensions.checkCompatibility = false.

Neither searching for updates helps. So guys, just head over to Adblock Plus development builds here.

Pick up the latest development version for adblock plus. Like for me adblockplus-0.7.5.3+.2008040612.xpi works perfect.

And yeah! Firefox3b5 rocks, upgrade now.

Happy ads blocking.

Firefox beta 4, Upgrade now + run all your incompatible extensions : extensions.checkCompatibility = false

Firefox 3 beta 4 was just released. I have been upgrading without waits and have been running the greatest firefox all the time. When I advised a friend, he said he does not upgrade since his extensions doesn’t work. I was like come on!! You don’t know, Extensions.checkCompatibility ?

So friends, don’t stop yourself any further, Install the latest wonderful thing here. Again, here’s are the release notes to find how much greater it became. And here’s the detailed performance review.

Firefox 3 Beta 4 includes more than 900 enhancements from the previous beta, including drastic improvements to performance and memory usage, as well as fixes for stability, platform enhancements and user interface improvements. Many of these improvements were based on community feedback from the previous beta.

And for those who had been laying back for extensions that doesn’t work, quickly browse to about:config and create a new boolean value -> extensions.checkCompatibility and set it to false.

Most of my extensions work without breaking anything.

Music Encoders, Formats, bitrates(VBR,CBR,ABR), codecs – LAME, OGG Vorbis, AAC.

High bitrates have become the fashion statement these days. Often you search for music online, you’ll end up with 320 kbps 180 mb albums. How much is actually enough? What gives you best compression? Time to switch to futuristic codecs yet? Free formats. These are few things we’ll discuss today.

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