Google Chrome – My Views and Review

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Google is everywhere these days. Most of their products, or “innovations” as many people like to call them, usually get very successful. Like GMail, Orkut, Google Docs, and many more. Some time back, they decided that we, the people, need an all new browser that would redefine our browsing experience. So, here we have yet another browser. And the name is Chrome, Google Chrome.

Just a day before the launch of Chrome, a blog entry was made on the Official Google Blogย on 1st September notifying the readers about the launch date of a beta of Chrome. That was when I came to know about it. So, I eagerly waited for the next day to arrive. Although I had my exam the day following the lauch date, I still preferred to wake up at night and be one of the first ones to download it.

My first attempt on downloading was when I went to the official Chrome site for it. From there, I got a 470KB executable which would download the actual Chrome browser from the Internet. As my modem has a tendency to disconnect very frequently, I made 3 unsuccessful attempts of downloading Chrome through that 470KB file. On some googling, I got a direct link to the actual Chrome installer which was around ย 7MB in size.

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Some C++ programs

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Update:
As requested by Sajith Karingat (comment #29), I worked on a Phone Billing System in C++, as per his requirements. You can download it here.

I have entered my final year in my B.Tech course, and with it, it’s placement time. Companies for the computer science stream (my stream) will start visiting my college beginning from 11th August. The first to come will be TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) which is considered as a good IT firm in India with global fame.

As part of my prep for the placements, obviously, I am revising my concepts (technical ones). Today, as it was raining heavily in the college, we sat in our central canteen, waiting for the rain to stop. During that time, we held a heated discussion on C++ programs that were most likely to be asked in interviews for placements.

Amongst those programs, one was to swap the values of two variables “a” and “b” without using the “temp” variable. Another interested one we discussed was that would generate a pattern like:

1
2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14
…… and so on.

When I got back home, I decided to have a go on these programs. And so, here are my answers to above problems.

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10 Cool Easter Eggs

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Anwsers.com defines an easter egg as:

A hidden feature in computer software, a DVD, or a video game.

Over the past few days, I got to check out some cool easter eggs in the softwares I use often. I got to know about some of them from the Internet and the rest of them from a popular Indian computer magazine Digit. Although I was used to seeing these easter eggs in video games and movies, but softwares? I didn’t even know they existed in softwares too. Anyway, here I share 10 cool easter eggs worth mentioning:

Mozilla Firefox
Firefox needs no introduction. It’s one of the best web browsers available and is growing at a rapid rate. The following 2 easter eggs associated with Firefox work no matter which version you are using.

  • Type about:mozilla in the address bar and hit enter. You’ll see a page with maroon background and white text written on it. Now what is written is in the style of Bible verses and tells briefly about the history of Mozilla and Netscape. This message varies from version-to-version, but the idea behind what is displayed remains the same. This trick even works in Netscape browsers.
  • Another eater egg here is that when you type about kitchensink in the address bar, you are redirected to a webpage where you are shown an animated picture of a kitchen sink, designed wholly with ASCII characters.

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Fedora 9 – The first impression

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It took me about 8 hours to download the Fedora 9 i386 DVD image from their server. I did that even when I had my final exams going on, but then Fedora has always had a special place in my heart. I had an existing installation of Fedora 8 on my PC (which I could have just “upgraded”, still I went to make a fresh install. I’ll format the F8 partition later, once I have backed up my stuff from there.

The Fedora 9 download got over in the morning, after which I had my paper. So, I decided to install it after returning home from college. And I did exactly that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It didn’t take much time in burning the image onto a DVD. As soon as it was done, I popped in the DVD in my DVD drive and rebooted. After a few seconds, I was able to see all the installation options, like perform a fresh install, upgrade an existing installation, boot from the first hard disk, etc. I chose the first option.

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