Design Goings On

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The GNOME 3.8 release kept me pretty busy. In the run up to UI freeze I was focusing on tracking bugs, providing guidance and testing. Then it was marketing time, and I was spending all my time writing the release notes as well as some of the website. (Kudos to the marketing team for a great 3.8 release, btw.)

With 3.8 behind me, I’ve been able to turn back to some good honest design work. I’ve been looking at quite a few aspects of GNOME 3, including Settings and GNOME Shell. However, in this post I am going to focus on some of the application design activities that I have been involved in recently. One of the nice things here is that I have found the opportunity to fill in some gaps and pay some attention to some of the long-lost applications that are in need of design love.

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3.8 is out!

Originally posted on As far as I know:

gnome-3-8

It’s that time again: 3.8, the latest GNOME release, has just gone out of the door.

This is the strongest release of the 3.x series, in my opinion. We’ve not just got a lot of really nice features, like the new application view, the updated window selector and the new Clocks app. There’s also major technical accomplishments, like Owen’s frame sync work, Jasper’s pointer barriers and Web’s switch to WebKit2. Many of the existing applications have also received some very nice enhancements.

Go read the release notes, if you haven’t already: they’re pretty impressive.

As ever, this release is the result of the hard work and dedication of everyone who contributed, and I know that some people really pushed hard to make this release as good as it is. To all of you: thank you. I continue to be blown away by the dedication of the GNOME community.

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Alternative of Google Reader , Google is going to kill it.

vzades:

Here is a good news for all those who were sad after listening  the new that google is killing google reader. Feedly is going to do the transaction seamlessly. It will trasfer all your data using its project Normandy.

 

Originally posted on Building Feedly:

Google announced today that they will be shutting down Google Reader. This is something we have been expecting for some time: We have been working on a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless.

If you are a Google Reader, give feedly a try before July 1st, and you will be able to migrate seamlesly:
Feedly for iOS
Feedly for Android
Feedly for Firefox
Feedly for Chrome
Feedly for Safari

Note 1: if you are migrating from Google Reader to feedly, here are some tips on how to personalize feedly to better match your existing workflows. If you have any feature request please add it…

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Originally posted on FZ Blogs:

I have recently upgraded my ThinkPad T500′s operating system to Ubuntu 12.10 and everything went very smooth except an annoying issue: the suspend functionality was not activated when I closed the laptop lid. Running pm-suspend from the command line, clicking on the Suspend from the GUI, or using the Fn+F4 key combination was working and my laptop was going into the sleep mode but somehow closing the lid was not achieving the same effect.

A quick Google search turned this bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-power-manager/+bug/863834 and a simple work around: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-power-manager/+bug/863834/comments/30

So I have decided to implement a similar workaround, but instead of using pm-suspend, I preferred to use dbus-send to invoke the sleep mode (see http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=11331634&postcount=6 for more details):

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Some Days Without Smartphone

Recently I bought a Sony Xperia J android Smartphone.I bought it and thought that it will make me more productive and will save my lot of time. It was working very I downloaded many apps to make me more productive and I assumed that I am now more productive.  I thought apps like Facebook , Twitter and Instagram Will make me social hero. But recently I analyzed I am more productive without my smartphone.

In a period of three months I have put my smarphone in service center for 3 times. The model that bought sucks a lot. This post is not about arguing how bad Sony Xperia j is it is about some days without smartphone.

I have submitted my phone last Saturday I am not using any phone I am in switch off mode. These days are quite mixed for me, some time it’s good sometime its bad. I think it is not about good or bad it is about what is important for you. For me mental peace is most important so i am quite happy without smartphone.

Now the first thing is that there is no alarm clock to wake me up early in the morning. I have to borrow it from someone else, well!! That is pain in neck; this can be resolved by bringing a new alarm clock. I am ready for the office bit early because I don’t waste my time checking mails, social media notification and Google reader. My morning is now more productive.

After reaching office i check all my mails and Google reader feeds on my office machine. The only thing that I miss is my music now that is again pain in neck. In office I don’t face any distraction in forms of call , sms or social notification. I am not concentrating more on my work. It may be the case of will power that how often you check your mail but for me it was my habit of checking my phone after every half an hour. So, for me it is real peace to not have a phone with me. I am no longer on line on g-talk and facebook so no distraction in forms of pings.

These days I have less work in office so I spend my e hours after lunch in library. There I  miss my phone allot because I not able to make notes on evernote.This is the first time from morning I have missed my phone.

I check all my personal mail, social notification and Wordpress notification only after reaching home. In office I am only doing my official work and this increases my productivity in office. And in night also I am sleeping early. I am no longer gazing on my Smartphone lying on bed. There is no sense of urgency of replying someone or posting comment on Facebook, and there is a peace in my life.

I am enjoying these days without phone and I have learned what are good and bad of Smartphone. If you use you Smartphone wisely then it is useful thing otherwise it is waste of time. Share your thought on comments.

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself.

Jealousy Curve Press

As i am big user and fan of Google plus and it Whats hot feature . I found this in Google plus and it is really inspiring and profound . This post has 671 plus one and 100+ comment . Here are the things that you should not do in your life .

As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.

Some ideas to get you started:

1.) Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.

2.) Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.

3.) Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself. Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves. Read The Road Less Traveled .

4.) Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.

5.) Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

6.) Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.

7.) Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success. You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.

8.) Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us. We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.

9.) Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive. But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.

10.) Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either. You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else. Read Stumbling on Happiness.

11.) Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.

12.) Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

13.) Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.

14.) Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.

15.) Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.

16.) Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”

17.) Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.

18.) Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.

19.) Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.

20.) Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.

21.) Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

22.) Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.Little Wonders – Rob Thomas

23.) Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done. Read Getting Things Done.

24.) Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.

25.) Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.

26.) Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.

27.) Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. So narrow your focus.

28.) Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.

29.) Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.

30.) Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.

 

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Chrome extension for vim addicts . Vimium Hacker’s browser

If you are vim addicted like me then vimium is a Chrome extension for you . vim is  text editor for Linux which is very powerful and  is used by Linux geeks . If you are addicted to the vim’s key board shortcut then you should use this extension . This extension will provide you the keyboard shortcuts which is very similar to vim’s shortcut keys . Read full post at Geekkamer 

Some deadly Linux commands that you should never use.

In my previous post  we told you some basic Linux commands that you should know .If you are new to Linux, chances are you will meet a stupid person perhaps in a forum or chat room that can trick you into using commands that will harm your files or even your entire operating system. To avoid this dangerous scenario from happening, I have here a list of deadly Linux commands that you should avoid.  Read full article at Geekkamer