Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Back to some tech now...

Hello dudes and dudettes,
I am fairly better now, and here are a few things from the web, and the world of technology. 
Otherwise, college is going on well, and so are my guitar lessons, am looking forward to reach the jamming stage, which I suppose shall take another few months, or probably a year!

GMail Gadget for Windows

Google has unveiled a new gadget that allows Google Desktop for Windows users to check their Gmail accounts without having to leave leaving the vendor's desktop search application.

The new gadget will allow users to read, search and send Gmail messages while in Google Desktop, Google noted. Users can also star messages and use keyboard shortcuts.

"It doesn't take up much space in your sidebar or desktop, and you can also resize it to show as few or as many messages as you'd like," noted James Yum, developer programs engineer for Google Desktop, in a blog post Monday. "When I'm at work, I keep two instances of the gadget open: one logged into my personal Gmail account and the other set to my Google Apps account for work related stuff. Instead of getting lost in a sea of tabs or browser windows, I can bring up the gadgets in an instant."

Google released Google Desktop in 2004. The application promises to make searching a PC as easy as searching the Web. It provides full-text search over email, files, music, photos, chats, Gmail and Web pages viewed, according to Google. The application includes other gadgets that allows users to be shown new email, weather updates, photos and personalized news.

Yum noted that Google's gadgets team has received countless requests for a Gmail gadget for Google Desktop, and users posting comments to the page for downloading the new gadget had mostly positive comments.

News Feed on Mumbai Attack, from AFP.

US intelligence chief implicates Lashkar-e-Taiba in Mumbai attacks

December 3, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell late Tuesday implicated Lashkar-e-Taiba in the deadly attacks in Mumbai that killed at least 188 people.
Speaking at Harvard University, the top US intelligence official left little doubt that he believed the group was responsible for the bloody attacks.

"The same group that we believe is responsible for Mumbai had a similar attack in 2006 on a train and killed a similar number of people," said McConnell. "Go back to 2001 and it was an attack on the parliament," he added.

The July 2006 bombings of Mumbai commuter trains killed at least 186 people and injured some 700 others. Indian police at the time blamed Pakistan's intelligence service and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which fought Indian rule in divided Kashmir, for the attacks.

Indian officials also blamed Lashkar-e-Taiba for the deadly assault on the Indian parliament in 2001. That attack killed 12 people and pushed New Delhi and Islamabad to the brink of war.
The radical Islamic group, whose name means "Army of the Pious," has past links to both Pakistani intelligence and Al-Qaeda.
McConnell, who did not mention Lashkar-e-Taiba by name, said he did not see the Mumbai attack as a new form of terrorism.

"If you examine the groups we think are responsible, the philosophical underpinnings are very similar to what Al-Qaeda puts out as their view of how the world should be. It is a continuation," he said.
About 10 gunmen landed in rubber dinghies in Mumbai Wednesday and wreaked havoc with automatic weapons and hand grenades, in a 60-hour assault that killed at least 188 people and injured more than 300. The dead included 22 foreign nationals.
Pakistan outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba after the 2001 attack on the Indian parliament, though Indian officials allege the ban has not been enforced.
In his speech, McConnell emphasized the difficulty in fighting shadowy Islamist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba...

More over here:


Some sites now, after a while!

Two tricks that work with almost any photo-editing software.
Useful for circuit repairing, circuit bending, circuit understanding. 

This is a really useful trick for those who like dissecting electronic objects and try fiddling around with them.

Joongel is a simple web application for searching and navigating through the most popular sources on the Internet in different categories. Our search method is based on the geographic location of the user and traffic ranking analysis from Google, Hitwise, Compete, Comscore, Nielsen//Netratings, Quantcast and more.

The Joongel websites are currently running on a beta version.


Well, since I've started learning my guitar, I've become crazy about it, and concentrae only on guitar riffs while listening to Rock. Here are the top 5 guitar solos that really got me!

5. Zehreelay-Rock On!!
4.Victim of Love-Eagles
3.In Pieces-Linkin Park

Now in the second place....

2. Battery - Metallica

The guitar solo in this is awesome and has the real attitude and modd of the highlights the song more than Hetfield's voice!

The best guitar solo is....


With 16 different riffs and 2 solos, the song is nearly NINE MINUTES LONG, and about two minutes of it is pure guitar solo with excellent use of pedal, and the transition from clean tone to the distortion...takes you into it...also the intro, verse and chorus riffs are too good in this song. I've got crazy that this has become my tagline in my Orkut profile..!!!

Well, I ought to be off now, so see you people soon with more tech, news and quips from my life.
Till then,

Templar AKA Sumanth


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hey thats a very informative blog keep rocking

zoram said...

this is good ...interessant :)
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Sumanth said...

@ Deep(u)[sorry if I've got ur name wrong] - Thanks

@zoram - Yeah, I'll check that out.

Klaus said...

Good blog,friend.
Nice little countdown on your fav riffs. :)

Sumanth said...

@Klaus - Oh, yea, thanks!
Well, the world of guitars is getting dearer to me day by day, in fact, even right now I have another tab open with a youtube page showing master of puppet riff lessons!

Insomniac said...

Dude, Very informative. Really exhaustive explanation.

And about the LeT attacks, The RAW agency of India has found out that "threatening" mails have been sent from Russia.

Regarding the songs, YEAH! The Master of Puppets beats and the guitar is really good, but not "so" much of heavy metal. What do u think?

Thanks for the informative post.

Sumanth said...

yea, it isnt too heavy cuz our ears are too used to such music, the 'metallic nature' of the music can be identified only by the ones who arent used to it....all the same, its music, and ITS GREAT!

LeT is deceptive, whatever u(or me) may say. None of the news may be actually be authentic, or accurate!
So, No!

Insomniac said...

Yeah. Right..