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Which software is right for you?

Printing PDF Files In Linux

Do you have a whole folder of image files (or PDFs) and you want to print out all of them?

Well, you don’t have to open each file individually in an image viewer and select File>Print. Linux command line magic sorts this out for you all at once. Just go to the folder where you’ve stored the images that you want to print and type the following command into the shell: lpr *

This will send all your image files from this folder to the default printer queue. If you want to check the status of all the printers assigned to your computer, just type lpr -t

Kodak Easy Share Software

Kodak’s EasyShare photo editing / organizing software comes bundled with any new Kodak camera. This is a multi-use application and is fairly easy to use, once you get used to its quirks.

Those who have used “iPhoto” for Mac will notice similarities in the user interface and organization. The main window shows thumbnails of photos, while the left hand side of the application is used for albums and “smart albums” (albums that will automatically add photos that fit a certain criteria, those with the comment “vacation” for example). Clicking twice on any image with blow it up to nearly full screen size. About 90% of the screen is used by the image, with black bars on the left and right sides of the image and a navigation bar on the bottom of the screen. In this “full screen” view, you can tag an image as a favorite, crop an image, start a slideshow, or move to the next image. I like this software because it’s fast, unlike the memory hogging iPhoto.

The features are nowhere near as complex as iPhoto, especially when editing an image. Clicking on “edit image” will take you to a small window in which the photo is viewed on a much smaller scale than the original. When you select “contrast,” the photo is split in two: “Before” and “After.” It’s a neat effect, but why not just give a full picture preview of the effect? It’s difficult to edit this way, as you don’t know how the editing will affect the entire image. The software seems to have an update every two weeks which can get annoying. It seems as every time I use to software I am being prompted to update. Printing and Sharing photos is incredibly easy using the different tabs. As a whole, I like this software for viewing and sharing photos because of its ease of use and speed, but for more complex operations, look elsewhere.

Spacetime 3D – The Future of Browsing?

Spacetime 3D extends the world of browsing into third dimension.

With Spacetime 3D you can display multiple web pages in a 3D space, allowing you to adjust the position of pages as you desire and navigation of web pages is like as objects in 3D virtual space. Spacetime’s search functionality loads multiple search results as a stack of separate pages, simultaneously loading 10 results at a time, each in its own window. Users can then flip through results, re-arrange the pages or manipulate them.

The feature I liked most is spacetime 3D image search. With this you can simultaneously search G & Y Images. It makes image search a hell lot of easier. The drawback which I felt most was it makes browsing much slower if you don’t have fast internet connection. Apart from this obvious drawback, it lacks bookmark support and many other functions as compared to firefox or IE. Spacetime 3D is pure eye candy but lacks many functions as compared to other present day browsers but it makes you imagine the future of web browsing!

EMC Symmetrix

One of EMC’s most widely used product throughout the IT industry for data replication and site failover facility is SRDF (Symmetrix Remote Data Facility).

Companies with business critical customer oriented data always have a requirement for a minimum downtime of the production system and a need for fallback mechanism which should cater this. Technically it is a block by block replication of data disk from the primary site to the secondary fallback site, which caters the purpose of secured customer data incase of a total primary site failure. One of the variant of the SRDF technology which is popular is the Asynchronous mode of transfer of data blocks from primary site to the failover site -SRDF/A. SRDF/A proves very useful when the primary and the secondary sites are located far and the data transmission is through a Interconnect(WAN/MAN). Transmission of data blocks is asynchronous, the writes at the primary site need not wait for the data to be written on the secondary site.

Tame Your CPU

“Process Tamer” is a nifty piece of software for those who do a lot of video viewing, online movie watching, file conversions … or anything that uses a lot of CPU processing power.

What this software does is monitor your cpu usage and when it’s about to overload the process tamer does just as its name proclaims – it reduces the usage enough to keep the almost overloaded process running. It’s a great little tool. The Process Tamer is a freeware product the works on most all systems(windows 2000,xp,vista) and it only takes up around 6MB of space, so go ahead and tame your CPU.

Twinkle on Twitter

Twinkle is an iPhone app made by the upcoming company, Tapulous.

If you find yourself owning an iPhone, and constantly tweeting on the popular site, Twitter, this app is made specifically for you. Twinkle allows you to send tweets to Twitter no matter your location. You can also check on your friends tweets on the go. The design on Twinkle is top-notch with a slick, yet professional appearance. It’s quick to learn, easy to use and very pretty to look at. If you ever do have problems with it, the developers are easy to contact and eager to answer all of your questions. Not to mention they are super courteous. Twinkle also has a nifty feature to see who is tweeting near you. This is handy if you want to know who is in your area who might be making tweets. It’s a good tool for building potential new friendships. You may even learn that a friend of yours uses Twitter and you haven’t added them as a friend yet. And oh no, it doesn’t stop there. This nice little app even lets you attach pictures taken from your iPhone to your tweet. It uploads the picture and inserts the link in your tweet for easy and instant sharing! If you like a good-looking application, own the popular iPhone, and also love Twitter, this app is a must have.