Thursday, May 22, 2008

DExpose2 Mac Expose for Windows XP and Vista

This little app is a must for Windows users that have multiple tabs open on their desktop. It is pretty much the same thing you get with Compiz on Linux and Expose on Mac. There are a bunch of settings but I didn't even bother. I got what I need from it. Highly recommend. Get it here.

UPDATE: I have a mainframe console running on my machine at work that's called TSO (Time-Share Option), so the keys to navigate are F10 and F11 for left and right. This brings me to an interesting point, you may have to reassign keys for DExpose2 to use other shortcuts. Btw, in default DExpose2 install: F10 initiates Expose, F9 brings you back to the way the window was before and F11 shows desktop.

Thanks.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

SysInternals Administration Suite

This blog is about Linux but by day I'm doing the "dark force" type of things :). I'm a Microsoft SQL DBA, go figure, anyway. I had a problem with an old backup file being locked by a process and wouldn't get deleted either by VB script job or Enterprise manager utilities. I needed to identify what process was holding the file. I fired up Process Monitor, a little utility that identifies pretty much more info than I'd ever need. Lo' and behold, there was my file being locked by Tivolli tape backup process. I highly recommend sysinternals suite that you may download from SysInternals.

The suite is huge and I haven't used many other utilities, so if you do get to use others, please leave a comment on what were you trying to do and how well it worked out for you.

Thanks.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Google Reader

Reader got a few changes recently like an updated toolbar at the bottom, I'm used to the old look but it's fine. Also another very good feature is to share with notebook. Notebook is surprisingly an overlooked tool and it helps me a lot. Now instead of sharing with blogger I can share with my notebook and come back later to my notes. Thumbs Up!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

I hate Verizon and my Motorola Q..

Ok this is a rant post. I don't understand how a company like Verizon doesn't care about their clients. My phone and data plan add up to $80 after my corporate discount. To other carries, I would be considered a valuable customer. Not so with Verizon. I've tried to upgrade to another phone so many times.. well every time my Q gets unstable. Verizon customer support reply is to do a hard reset. It isn't a big deal to most people but to me it is. To fix my phone, means I have to lose all my settings. It takes a few good hours to restore them and as a consumer, I don't believe I should be doing this at all, let alone every three months. I called the customer support and requested to upgrade to a new phone. They are offering me Blackberry World Edition for $349 after a rebate. Now, are you kidding me? You want me to sign another two-year contract for another sub-par device? I no longer wish to stay with Verizon and the minute my contract runs out, which is next month :) I am switching to another carrier. Now dilemma is to wait for Android, get a Nokia with ATT contract or forget anything I've said about iPhone and cop that. Time will tell.

F@&k Verizon!

Amarok does Last.FM

I love Last.FM and as far as I know there is no dedicated client for Linux coming from Last.FM. Fortunately Amarok, a media player client coming with KDE does Last.FM. This puts Amarok by far above any media client available for Linux. KDE is coming for Windows folks as well and they too can enjoy Amarok and Last.FM if they choose to instead of the client provided by Last.FM.

Enjoy and have a nice Sunday...

Digsby changes

this feature is pretty cool, I changed my picture on my global buddy list for all my IM accounts (Google Talk, AOL, Yahoo, MSN, Facebook, ICQ). Turns out it changes the photo everywhere. Now in my GMail I got the new picture from the Digsby buddy list. I love Digsby!!!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Digsby adds Facebook IM

last week they surveyed the users what other IM clients to add and today they have Facebook IM out! I get impressed with Digsby every day. By far the best client and support!