I have shifted to Firefox beta builds and I must admit that after a long time, there has been a credible worthwhile option in the Open Source. I have always aligned with open source; though I have been using Opera as my default browser. The annoyances come in when one can’t customize the software to one’s taste.
For example, Thunderbird allows one to set up multiple email identities. Opera mail refuses to listen to it’s customers (be it on their news servers or their forums). Although I have to admit that it terms of GUI or innovations, nothing beats it; even though their software sucks.
In any case, Chromium was too overbearing for me in the past few builds; it was refusing to open up, sucking up on the experience. And I have no qualms in admitting the fact that Firefox is indeed the next Chrome; the browser battles have been drawn up clearly and it remains to be see how it finishes off.
Opera would remain at it’s pathetic best unless they open up the API‘s and make it more extensible. At present, because of its poor market share AND lack of “open source”, desktop is sucking up. The problem is that it extends to their entire ecosystem (on mobile phones and other platforms) that is impossible for them to open up the code. Well, thats part of the reason.
I have my annoyances with BSNL broadband off and on… and I am looking at the computational databases with interest. Broadband has a lot of potential; it remains to be seen how we extend our imagination.
I have always supported Community Wifi Access. This is because mobile broadband is useless for heavy duty applications. 3G access is a passe’.
Aircel has not responded to my queries and neither I am interested to follow them up. I had earlier emailed them about the promotion of mobile apps. It isn’t clear how they were developed and what platform is supported.
But I was genuinely surprised to see their advertisements in main stream media for Wifi access through smart platforms (phones/laptops/tablets). Although the adverts did allude to a “rosy picture”; it is not entirely clear as to how they propose to pull it off with no identified “backend”. More so, it is important that Wifi needs to be scaled up to residential areas so that they enough traction to call the shots as well as have a positive spin off on their recently launched 3G options.
Trust me; I am gung ho about the new semantic web technology. It’s the integrated whole that excites me.
Sadly, we don’t get to see a lot of development in India. Call it stupidity or callousness but I would strongly argue that most of the “IT Whiz Kids” can’t even write a line of code. As my friend says, they are just script kiddies, bottom of the food chain where they feed on scraps. I mean look at Open Source and see the development of Linux. Where are we in the chain? No where.
I am also happy for Word Press 3.1 released today and updated “automatically” by a click of a button.
I have also integrated Zemanta (a blogging tool) to assist me around and try and get the best of the articles. Although, there is a “plug-in” for Word Press but an extension for Google Chrome works just fine. Brilliant stuff; although I am surprised that I haven’t used it in a long time. It makes it easy to update the links in a flash (all the while actually analyzing the context of the write up).
Linking is the key; generating a tag cloud which back links would make it better.