Thursday, March 19, 2009

Easily viewable wallpaper

Sometimes the icons on your desktop will not be easily recognizable due to the color of wallpaper. Just try this method to blur the part of wallpaper where the icons appear. You can easily view the desktop icons without much effect on the wallpaper. Using Photoshop or GIMP, select a rectangular area where the icons come and apply Gaussian Blur. Now use this image as wallpaper and see the difference. 

Eco friendly printing

Why not save ink while printing? Here is the Eco friendly font that is designed specially to save ink. It is free to download and use. http://www.ecofont.eu/ecofont_en.html Tip: If you are using mono laser printer, another way to save ink is to change the font color to red. This will reduce the amount of ink used while printing.

Printer friendly page

Usually we see links in web pages to show another version of page that is printer friendly. But, we can create a page such that it will display correctly in browser, but while printing, we can decide which all content to be printed. This is achieved with CSS. The method is simple. You create a style sheet such that the content that you do not want to appear in print will be given the attribute 'display:none'. This style sheet is add to you page with an additional attribute media="print". So, when the user choose to print the page, this style sheet will be considered and the content that are given the display:none attribute will be hidden. http://envisionic.com/webtips/user_experience/printer_friendly.php

'Simple' difference between Proprietory and Free software

See the two images from Visual Studio and Eclipse. While Studio tells 'Close all but this', Eclipse simply tells 'Close Others'.

Monday, March 16, 2009

IT magazine stops print edition

The magazine I.T from the efy group had sent out his last print issue. In the editorial of the Mar 2009 issue they have informed the subscribers about their decision to stop print and move entirely to web which will be available for free.
The existing users will get an option to get a refund of the remaining subscription amount or switch to another magazine from the group.