Moving Hosts

June 18th, 2009

Hey guys, I will be switching hosts today and in the time that the DNS propogates, you may experience a slight downtime. Kindly bear the same. Thanks.

I’m a big fan of Dev Opera Articles. They have some excellent articles on HTML, javascript and all things web.

The biggest problem is that, their RSS feed doesn’t give the full content. Everytime new articles show up, I have to visit the website by clicking the link on the RSS feed. It soon got very frustrating.

So, here’s the result – That link contains the RSS feed for Dev Opera Articles in full. That is, there are no one liners any more. This feed will give you the full content of the articles present on the Dev Opera’s original feed. Subscribe to this feed and live happily ever after 😛

Skyfire Review

June 1st, 2009

Skyfire 1.0 is the new kid on the block in the mobile browser war. Its not a kid per se but there are some big boys like Opera Mini and Opera Mobile who don’t give up all too easily. I have been a beta user of it from India since 0.6 😉 and it was fun all this while to keep track of this superb browser. Their main aim is to bring desktop like browsing experience to the mobile browser and they are almost there. So near, yet so far.

Like all other reviews about this browser until now, its safe to tell that it is able to play flash videos pretty well inside the small screen. Here are some notable differences between the earlier betas and this 1.0 version:

  1. While watching any videos on youtube, my Nokia E51‘s rear would just heat up quickly & few minutes down, it would be difficult to hold the phone. This problem has been nearly solved in 1.0. That’s possibly due to power optimization techniques.
  2. When you scroll very quickly on long web pages, Skyfire usually shows a checkered screen with gray squares (screenshot below), which disappear as and when content appears. Pre 1.0, this checkered screen would take a long time to disappear. With 1.0, this problem has been solved. Same problem used to occur during zoom in/out. Now zoom happens at blazing speed. Neat!
  3. The checkered placeholder
  4. Its able to handle basic javascript very well. For e.g. its able to display the hover menus that are present on top of my blog. Its also able to show alert boxes.
  5. Video quality is maintained even during zoom in and zoom out. This was a major drawback in pre 1.0 versions.
  6. The initial loading and shutdown of the browser would take a long time in pre 1.0 releases. Not so in this current release. This has been drastically improved.
  7. File downloads happens excellently. Kudos for this. This is a major drawback with the E51’s native browser.

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