Design Goings On

As far as I know

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!

As far as I know


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.

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.


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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: and a simple work around:

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 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.

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 

Welcome to the Post-WIMP Era

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It is hard to say exactly when the WIMP paradigm came into being. The mouse and pointer (or ‘bug’ as it was originally called) came out of the work of Douglas Engelbart and his research staff at the Stanford Research Institute during the mid to late 1960s (his Mother of all Demonstrations is still amazing to watch). It was later, with Xerox Parc’s Alto and Xerox Star, and with the Apple Lisa, that the WIMP approach solidified. Which device got there first is somewhat irrelevant; between them, these early devices established the central features of what we now know as desktop environments.

The ‘WIMP’ paradigm is made up of four key components: windows, icons, menus and a pointer. The approach was highly file-centric when it was conceived, and mimicked the physical world of the office. There were files and file systems, and a desktop containing a variety of objects, such…

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How to configure cinnamon Desktop in fedora .


Cinnamon is Shell for of gnome shell which is created to provide traditional layout of gnome desktop with new technologies . we have reviewed cinnamon desktop and tell you how to install it in fedora . But configuring cinnamon  desktop is not really easy in fedora . In this post we will tell you how to configure cinnamon desktop  in fedora . Read full article at Geekkamer 

From now on I will be writing blogs at Geekkamer

As blogging has now become passion for me i can’t stop writing blogs . I love to write blogs related to Linux , tips n tricks open source news or any thing that i found interesting on internet . and i tried to share what i know with people and some people really appreciated it ( Well SOME is good at starting)  . I am waiting for my joining call and between started writing blogs i found it better than Facebook or twitter as it provide full swings to your thought .
I have a thought of giving back to internet what i have learned from internet . so i have started posting blogs on Geekkamer. It is a  website build in contribution with some of my friends . so , from now  i will be post on that site. All my blogs that i am going to post here will be now cross posted with Geekkamer . For more info visit Geekkamer