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Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview is now available for developers and IT Pros to download and evaluate.

"Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview will only run on Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) systems, but will ultimately be available for Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows Server 2003."

Who had imagined that one day even "Betas" will have a "Preview"?

Google Toolbar 4.0

The new version of Google Toolbar would come packaged with a host of new features that surely sound useful. According to the Revision History, the new Google Toolbar for IE would feature:
Version 4.x.x.xNew FeatureCustom buttons: Add custom buttons to the Toolbar to search your favorite websitesBookmarks: Create bookmarks that are accessible from any computerEnhanced search box: Get query suggestions as you type in the enhanced search box"Send To" feature: Send web pages to friends via Gmail or SMS, or post directly to a blogLog into your Google account from the Settings menu I am not too sure what the Bookmarks feature is all about? If it is only about accessing your personal bookmarks from any computer, then it is no big deal. But if Google manage to do a with bookmarks sharing and tagging, it could be an interesting proposition.

But one just wonders what usefulness will these features have with the release of Internet Explorer 7 as it has an integrated search t…

enginerd v2.01 with a Web2.0 Template

With everything around me looking so web2.0, it was time the blog too had a web2.0 look to it! And so the enginerd Weblog is now in v2.01

So what has enginerd v2.01 got? Well it has really large headings, white background (tons of whitespace thrown around), Trebuchet font, simple underlined links with hover style highlighting the full link, and the flavour of the season: selective highlighting in the lightest yellow possible.

If that isn't enough web2.0, enginerd v2.01 also switches to a content-rich footer. Now that definitely make it web2.0 styled!

And, if you would like to have a modified version of this template for your Blogger blog, feel free to contact me.

Enhance Computer Security with Graphical Passwords

Researchers at the Rutgers University have developed a unique system to safeguard your computer and online accounts by using images, and not digits and alphabets as passwords.

In one of the solutions proposed by the group, the user is required to pick certain 'click-points' that he had selected initially while setting the password on an an image. The other solution requires the user to select certain icons scrambled within hundreds of icons and then click inside the "convex hull" formed by connecting imaginary lines among these selected icons.

In the first method, the user sets the password by selecting an image of his choice and then selecting a number of regions in that picture. Now to authenticate himself, he will have to click within those regions in the picture.

Example: To login, the user is required to click within the 4 circled red regions in this picture.

The second method requires the user to select a number of pass-icons from a large pool of icons and memorize…

Logos 2006

Intel, AT&T and Kodak, all three changed their logos recently. Even Hutch, provider of GSM mobile services changed its 'orange everything' to 'pink everything'.

I might have found these "swanky" new logos thoroughly disappointing but who's complaining. The corporate suppliers are surely in for some serious money now with new business cards, letter heads, and all the stuff that would have to be done sporting the new logo.

My quick thoughts:

AT&T: Everything lowercase is not always cool.

Intel: The least horrible change of all three, mixing the 'Intel Inside' and the intel original logo.

Kodak: The less said about it, the better.

What next? Which company do we have next going for a new logo, a new image? Microsoft, or Yahoo! with its all new taste for tagging? btw, which logo redesign did you like the most?

The Time is Now for Front-End Architects

Garrett Dimon writes that with the developments in the front-end technology which allow increasingly complex possibilities, the web needs more front-end architects today than it ever did.

Garrett attributes this to factors such as better cross-browser support of advanced technologies, an increased focus on user experience, and a greater awareness in topics like accessibility which makes it almost mandatory for a front-end architect to be comfortable with topics such as XHTML, CSS,DOM Scripting, AJAX, Flash, Accessibility, Usability, Information Architecture, Interface Design etc.

In the article, he also makes the point that a front-end developer must be able to programme or have a programming background, the lack of which, very often acts as a bottleneck to the whole integration of the front-end and back-end.

Read The Time is Now for Front-End Architects

Apostrophe catastrophes

Ara has posted a link to 5 Embarrassing Grammatical Mistakes by Martha Brockenbrough

In Martha's words. "it is a catastrophe of apostrophe to make a plural with an apostrophe-s." But there is this particular problem she mentions and which I faced only three days ago when I had to write to my Academic Dean:

"You can't easily write home about all the A's you got in English class if you don't stick the apostrophe in there. (It reads as though you're saying, "I got all As." As what? As if?)"

(You can work around this by putting the A in italics, but if you aren't careful when you change your typeface, you might lose it in the editing phase.)

Any ideas?

Ganguly about to get into another controversy

It looks that Saurav Ganguly just cannot avoid controversy!

Just came across this snap of Ganguly signing an autograph for a young Pakistani fan.

Image courtesy: Cricinfo

Nope, the board can't ban him for three test matches for this. But it most certainly could for Ganguly sporting Adidas headgear when Nike is paying it a whopping $27.2 MILLION an annum as "kit sponsors"!

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